Details Released for “Battleground 2017”

One more for Philly. The 2017 pay per view calendar is starting to fill in its gaps, one show at a time. So far we’re covered through June, which means that we still have quite a few to go. With multiple pay per views for most of the months, there are bound to be a lot of cards being announced in a hurry. As of Monday, we have another show on the calendar.

According to, WWE has announced that “Battleground 2017” will take place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 23. The pay per view’s brand has not been announced and just because it was announced at a “Monday Night Raw” show doesn’t mean that “Battleground 2017” will be a “Monday Night Raw” show.

Opinion: I still don’t understand why every major city gets a pay per view when there are so many to go around. Maybe it’s because I’m not from the biggest city in the world but it would be nice to have something come to a town closer to where I live. Of course I’m not expecting a show in a town of 300,000 people but it would be a bit refreshing to go to some places that don’t normally get pay per view.

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Two Big Names Confirmed for Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

That’s all they can spare. With most of “Wrestlemania XXXIII” set, there aren’t a lot of questions remaining to be answered. One of the few things left is the list of participants in the fourth annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Only a handful of names have been confirmed but after this week’s “Monday Night Raw”, two big names have been added.

On tonight’s show, Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman were both confirmed for the battle royal. Strowman came out near the end of an Over the Top Rope Challenge and announced that he’ll eliminate Big Show from the match. Zayn had a bit harder as he had to defeat Kevin Owens in a No DQ match or risk losing his job thanks to Stephanie McMahon.

Opinion: I really wish they had more for Strowman than just a spot in the battle royal, especially if he doesn’t win the thing. The battle royal really is just a match that allows for a few debuts and a bunch of names to appear on the roster, which isn’t what I’d expect for Zayn and Strowman. At least someone should get a nice rub from it, assuming it’s not wasted on someone else.

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Here’s the First Match Bumped to the WrestleMania Kickoff Show

That’s one and more are likely to follow. There is a lot going on at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” and it’s getting to the point where they might not have enough time for everything. At the moment there are thirteen matches announced, plus a miniature concert and whatever New Day has planned as the hosts. Thankfully there’s also a two hour Kickoff Show which can take up some of the action and one match has already been moved there.

On tonight’s episode of “Monday Night Raw”, it was announced that Cruiserweight Champion Neville will defend against Austin Aries on the Kickoff Show. There is no word on how many total matches will be added to the Kickoff Show but last year’s featured three matches, one of which was for the United States Title.

Opinion: Well something had to take the spot. The “Wrestlemania XXXIII” card is filled to the brim and it was clear that multiple matches would be moved to the Kickoff Show. The Cruiserweight Title match is one of the matches I’m looking forward to most and I’d rather it be there when things might not be as cramped instead of squeezing it in between a Pitbull song and the Tag Team Titles.

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At Long Last, This WrestleMania Match Is Confirmed

You can categorize this one as not too shocking. With less than a week until “Wrestlemania XXXIII”, we already have a dozen matches officially announced. As of this week on “Monday Night Raw”, a thirteenth has been set, though in this case it wasn’t exactly the biggest shock in the world.

This week on “Monday Night Raw”, Seth Rollins and Triple H officially signed the contract for their match at “Wrestlemania XXXIII”, which will be non-sanctioned, meaning anything goes. The match has been teased for months but was in jeopardy due to Rollins’ knee injury from back in January.

Opinion: Yeah this wasn’t the biggest surprise in the world. We’ve pretty much known this match was happening for months now, even if it doesn’t make the most sense at Wrestlemania. I’ve seen worse ideas and while I’m not big on the story, at least they’re getting this over with once and for all (until we get multiple rematches).

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Monday Night Raw Results – March 27, 2017

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 27, 2017
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves

It’s the last show before Wrestlemania and that means there isn’t likely to be much going on tonight. The big story tonight is the HHH vs. Seth Rollins signing, which is a match that somehow hasn’t been confirmed yet. While it seems to be a guarantee, I could see Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe being added to make it a tag match for the sake of protecting Seth’s knee. Let’s get to it.

The Undertaker hacks the opening video and turns it into one of his own.

Opening sequence.

Here’s Bayley, in an Ultimate Warrior shirt, to open the show. This is her favorite time of the year because she used to get together with her friends and buy Wrestlemania every year. This time around though, she’s defending her title on the show and it’s the biggest night of her life. Cue Charlotte to interrupt and talk about taking care of Sasha Banks last year. When she beat Sasha at End of the Line, she sent her away from the title picture.

This Sunday, Sasha is going to turn on Bayley because Banks believes in keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. Charlotte shows us a Tweet to prove it but has to deal with CM PUNK chants. Now it’s Sasha coming out to say she hears this every single week. She promises to win but here’s Nia Jax to interrupt as well. It’s her turn to promise to win the title and a brawl breaks out.

Bayley/Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax/Charlotte

This was previously announced so they didn’t just throw it together for a change. Sasha works on a backbreaker with her knee in Charlotte’s back to start but it’s off to Nia for the power game. Things start going badly for Sasha as you might expect and it’s back to Charlotte.

Sasha gets over for the tag as well though and sends Charlotte face first into the buckle a few times, only to miss a middle rope crossbody. A chinlock keeps Bayley in trouble as long as a chinlock is going to do, meaning it’s off to Sasha for a kick to Charlotte’s ribs. Not that it matters as Nia runs her off the apron and we take a break.

Back with Charlotte and Nia taking turns on a chinlock until Charlotte bends Sasha’s back over her knee. Banks finally fights up and makes the hot tag off to Bayley for a very nice pop. A belly to back gets two on Charlotte but she goes after the knee and grabs the Figure Four, only to have Sasha make the save. Sasha poses Nia, leaving the Bayley to Belly to finish Charlotte at 13:00.

Result: Sasha Banks/Bayley b. Charlotte/Nia Jax – Bayley to Belly to Charlotte (13:00)

Nia drops everyone post match, including a splash to Charlotte, allowing her to hold up the title.

We look at HHH re-injuring Seth Rollins’ knee.

We look back at Mick Foley being fired last week.

Sami Zayn enters the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to honor Foley’s legacy. Stephanie comes up and says not so fast because Sami hasn’t earned that right. Therefore, tonight he has to defeat Kevin Owens in a No DQ match. If he loses, he can join Foley on the unemployment line.

Austin Aries vs. Noam Dar

Neville is on commentary. Aries hits a running dropkick to put him on the floor and we take a break. Back with Dar stomping away in the corner and grabbing a chinlock. The comeback doesn’t take long and a legsweep sends Dar outside for a suicide dive. Back in and Aries unloads with the discus Fivearm, followed by the Last Chancery (making its main roster debut) to make Dar tap at 7:30.

Result: Austin Aries b. Noam Dar – Last Chancery (7:30)

We look back at HHH demanding Rollins sign a paper to prevent lawsuits due to injuries.

Here are Rollins and HHH for the contract signing. HHH doesn’t get in yet because he has to tell Seth that the match is off if there’s violence before the match. Seth has to sit down and listen to what he has to give up or there’s no match. HHH explains the idea all over again and then blames the fans for putting Seth in jeopardy.

The boss doesn’t understand why people hate success so much. How dare HHH drive a nice car and live in a nice house? You have one life to live and there’s no point in holding back. HHH finally gets to a logical point by saying Seth doesn’t want to miss Wrestlemania twice in a row but if he walks in to Wrestlemania, he’s not walking out.

Seth says that’s the same nonsense he bought into three years ago but he’s not doing it now. He didn’t mind wrestling in front of 100 people for a hot dog and a handshake in the Philadelphia National Guard Armory because he loves this business. Seth loves this and it’s more than just a match at Wrestlemania. Rollins signs and the beating is on with HHH going after the knee. HHH loads up the crutch but gets caught by an enziguri and backdropped over the top.

We look at Goldberg beating Brock Lesnar at Surivor Series.

Back from a break and we look at what we just saw.

Over the Top Rope Challenge

This is basically a battle royal gauntlet match. Big Show and Jinder Mahal start with Show putting him out in about thirty seconds. Bo Dallas gets the same treatment and both Shining Stars don’t do much better. Golden Truth and Curtis Axel come in, plus the other four who were previously eliminated, to finally put Big Show out.

It doesn’t really matter as Show gets back in and beats up everyone save for Truth, who bails instead. Show’s music plays but Braun Strowman comes out for the trash talk against Big Show as the match ended….I guess when Show was eliminated. I’m really not sure who won so we’ll call it a no contest at around 3:00.

Result: An Over the Top Rope Challenge went to a no contest (3:00)

We look back at Sheamus and Cesaro winning a handicap match in 40 seconds last week.

Anderson and Gallows think Enzo and Cass are stupid.

The Undertaker is digging graves.

Reigns isn’t scared.

New Day rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, gave out cheese steaks and New Day Pops to people in Philadelphia and trained by running the Rocky Steps.

Anderson and Gallows jump Sheamus and Cesaro……with a ladder.

Neville vs. Jack Gallagher

Non-title. Gallagher starts with the headstands in the corner and a rollup for two. Not that it matters as Neville sends him flying with a release German suplex as we take a break. Back with the big headbutt dropping Neville but Jack can’t follow up. With Neville rolling outside, Jack grabs William III and dives off the top for a seated senton but it only seems to annoy Neville. Neville comes right back with the superplex and the Rings of Saturn for the tap at 7:35.

Result: Neville b. Jack Gallagher – Rings of Saturn (7:35)

Neville poses but we get Austin Aries News Network breaking news. Aries wants to know who is going to win the Cruiserweight Title match and asks……New Day. Kofi things Aries needs to use his hips and dancing ensues. That’s enough for New Day’s endorsement as Neville looks disgusted.

Al Roker will be guest ring announcer for the Wrestlemania mixed tag.

We look at Goldberg eliminating Lesnar from the Royal Rumble.

Here’s Reigns for his big talk about Undertaker. He was in this building two years ago when he won the Royal Rumble and then went on to main event two straight Wrestlemanias. Roman, sounding rather heelish, doesn’t care what the people say and doesn’t care what Undertaker thinks: this is his building and this is his yard. The gong strikes and Undertaker is on screen in the graveyard.

We see him digging the grave, which is in a special part of the cemetery. At Wrestlemania, the Roman Empire will crumble and the ultimate thrill ride will be Reigns’ Last Ride. Reigns should live each day like its his last because at Wrestlemania, he will…….and there go the lights because Undertaker is in the ring. As he was saying, Reigns will rest in peace. The lights go dim again and Reigns isn’t phased.

Enzo Amore/Big Cass vs. Anderson and Gallows

Non-title. Enzo and Cass imitate Allen Iverson’s PRACTICE rant from about seventeen years ago. And never mind as Sheamus and Cesaro attack all four with a ladder.

Women’s History Month video on Maya Angelou.

Kevin Owens doesn’t want to hear about Chris Jericho being his former best friend. Sure he used to be a Jericho fan but he doesn’t want to remember convincing his parents to buy him any more Jericho gear. This Sunday, the ultimate thrill ride is turning into Jericho’s ultimate nightmare.

Long video on HHH vs. Rollins with HHH talking about Rollins collapsing underneath the pressure (meaning his knee injury) and giving up everything he was handed. This gets the big music video treatment.

We run down the Wrestlemania card. The Cruiserweight Title is officially on the Kickoff Show.

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

Anything goes. If Sami wins he’s in the battle royal but if he loses, he’s fired from Raw. Sami goes after him in the corner and they’re quickly on the floor with Owens shoving Zayn off the barricade when the moonsault slips. Owens gets sent knee first into a wall though and we take a break.

Back with Owens DDTing him onto the steps for two. The Cannonball connects but Owens tries for a second, which is countered into the exploder into the corner. The diving DDT through the ropes spikes Owens into the floor but he blocks the Helluva Kick with a superkick. The Pop Up Powerbomb is countered into a Blue Thunder Bomb for two….and here comes Samoa Joe. Before he can get to the ring though, Chris Jericho jumps him from behind, allowing Sami to roll Owens up for the pin at 11:08.

Result: Sami Zayn b. Kevin Owens – Rollup (11:08)

Post match, Jericho chairs Owens down and puts him on the List.

Post match, Jericho chairs Owens down and puts him on the List. It’s really impressive that they waited that long to finally do the big line from Jericho and it worked….mostly.

Here are Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar for the big closing segment. Lesnar is the extremist who is going to derail Goldberg’s ultimate thrill ride. The Universal Title is what matters most around here because it’s the one (Heyman: “There’s a number you’re familiar with at Wrestlemania.”) thing that matters more than anything else. Lesnar craves and lusts after that title but more than that he wants to destroy Goldberg.

While Goldberg may be the man, Lesnar is the Beast that will chew him up and spit him out at Wrestlemania. Now we need a reason to get people to buy the show (“Or buy a ticket off a secondary market because Wrestlemania is sold out. Thanks for the house Brock!”) so here it is: Goldberg is going to Suplex City! Lesnar doesn’t fear the spear because Goldberg can’t survive the F5. Here’s Goldberg to say the people are here to see us fight, meaning it’s a spear to Lesnar in the aisle. Lesnar is down on the floor as Goldberg poses to end the show.

Bayley/Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax/Charlotte – Bayley to Belly to Charlotte
Austin Aries b. Noam Dar – Last Chancery
An Over the Top Rope Challenge went to a no contest
Neville b. Jack Gallagher – Rings of Saturn
Sami Zayn b. Kevin Owens – Rollup


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Watch: WWE’s Top Twenty Wrestlemania Entrances

Well it is the first thing that most people see. One of the best remembered things about any given Wrestlemania are the entrances. Wrestlers often go out and over the top with their entrances and they’re often the most entertaining things on the show. As luck would have it, WWE has you covered on the best of all time.

WWE has released the Top Twenty Wrestlemania Entrances of all time in a special video on their YouTube page. As you might expect, the list spans the entire thirty plus year history of Wrestlemania and looks at everyone from John Cena to the Rock to Undertaker to Steve Austin.

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Opinion: Well they nailed #1 (there really wasn’t another option) but they missed Hulk hogan and “Wrestlemania III”. That long tracking shot of Hogan coming down the aisle with that many people around him plus the perfect commentary from Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura to make it even better.

Did WWE miss anything? What’s the worst entrance ever? Let us know in the comments below.

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Major Stipulation Added to WrestleMania Title Match

Just in case the show wasn’t long enough already. “Wrestlemania XXXIII” is already looking like it’s going to be one of the longest shows of all time and now things seem to be getting even bigger. Even with several multi-participant matches, WWE has managed to find a way to make one of them even longer.

EXCLUSIVE: @MikeRomeWWE has BREAKING NEWS about the #RAW #WomensChampionship #Fatal4Way match at @WrestleMania w/ implications for TONIGHT!

— WWE (@WWE) March 27, 2017

According to WWE’s Twitter page, the “Monday Night Raw” Women’s Title match with champion Bayley defending against Nia Jax, Charlotte and Sasha Banks will now be an elimination match. This was originally a one fall triple threat match but Jax was added last week. This even marks the one year anniversary of the Women’s Title, which was introduced at “Wrestlemania XXXII”.

Opinion: Well at least it won’t be a fluke finish. The problem here is the length of the show. As of this writing there are are twelve announced matches with a likely Seth Rollins vs. HHH match to be added, plus a potential “Smackdown Live” Tag Team Title match and a concert, which was announced earlier today. That’s quite the card and I don’t know how they’ll finish before midnight.

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Matt Hardy and WWE Trade Broken Comments On Social Media

Did someone say…..Broken? One of the big stories and questions in wrestling is the future of the Hardys. After the amazing Broken Universe took over TNA over the last nine months, it was clear that the team would be on WWE’s radar. With “Wrestlemania XXXIII” in less than a week, there’s been a rather interesting Twitter exchange.

Since it’s Wrestlemania week, WWE has been releasing some classic Wrestlemania matches on various forms of social media. One such match was Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy from “Wrestlemania XXV”, which featured a caption saying everyone was “BROKEN”. Matt replied by asking if “someone said Broken?”.

Did someone say #BROKEN?


— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 27, 2017

Opinion: While this certainly doesn’t guarantee a Hardys appearance either at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” or anytime soon for that matter, it does mean that they know how to work a crowd. There’s every possibility they could show up and if they do, it would be, shall we say, exquisite.

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Paige Makes First Public Appearance Since Scandal

You have to get back up. As you might have heard, Paige was recently the subject of a major scandal involving a leaked sex tape, which shows her along with current WWE star Xavier Woods and former WWE star Brad Maddox. Over the weekend, she made her first public appearance since the incident.

According to, Paige was spotted at an Impacto Lucha Libre event in Lima, Peru where her fiance Alberto El Patron was wrestling in the main event. She was shown on the big screen during the event so her being there was hardly a secret. The couple has kept a low profile since the incident with El Patron pulling out of a Wrestlecon appearance over Wrestlemania weekend.

Opinion: She had to make an appearance eventually and being in a country this far removed from the heartbeat of wrestling is probably the best idea. Paige will eventually weather this storm as almost everyone does, though I’m still not sure I can imagine her being back in WWE ever again.

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Bad News for Asuka Hitting the Main Roster

The Empress of Many Tomorrows. Asuka has completely dominated the NXT women’s division for the last year and save for Ember Moon, she’s completely out of competition. No one has been able to hold a candle to her and there isn’t much of a reason to be in NXT any longer. This has lead to her making some house show appearances, which could be the start of a full time promotion.

Not everyone seems to agree though. According to, Dave Meltzer is reporting that Asuka will be in NXT for some time to come. There is no word on whether she’ll be losing the title to Moon at the upcoming “Takeover: Orlando” but either way, there is also the possibility of her working for both the main roster and NXT.

Opinion: I have no idea why Asuka needs to stay in NXT any longer. There’s no doubt that she’s been ready for the main roster since the day she debuted in NXT but for some reason they like to let people stay down there for long stretches of time after they’re ready to go up. There really doesn’t seem to be anything left for her down there but if this report is right, she’ll be around a lot longer.

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