WWE Live Event Results From Indiana, PA (01/21): Seth Rollins Works Two Matches, More

– Check out the following results from last night’s WWE live event in Indiana, PA:

* Big Cass (with Enzo) defeated Rusev (with Lana).

* The Big Show, Sin Cara and Golden Truth defeated The Shining Stars, Titus O’Neil and Curtis Axel

* Rich Swann retained the Cruiserweight title over Neville and TJ Perkins.

* Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn.

* Sheamus and Cesaro retained the Raw tag team titles over The New Day and Gallows and Anderson.

* Bayley, Sasha & Alicia Fox defeated Charlotte, Dana & Nia Jax.

* Chris Jericho comes out next to defend the US title. It took him almost a full 5 minutes to even speak. He then spent several minutes cutting a promo on the crowd. Very long promo, but he had crowd on edge the entire time. He referred to the city as Pennsylvania, Indiana.

* Seth Rollins defeated Jericho by DQ after Kevin Owens interfered.

* Rollins and Reigns defeated JeriKO after a long main event.

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Triple H On Kurt Angle Picking Up Pro Wrestling, This Year’s Royal Rumble, More

– WWE Executive Triple H recently participated in a interview with IGN to help promote the new WWE Studios animated movie, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, check out the highlights below:

On this year’s Royal Rumble match:

“This year’s Royal Rumble is one of the biggest, most star-studded Rumbles that I can recall. Just look at the people who have thrown their name into the Rumble so far. You’ve got Goldberg and Lesnar and the Undertaker. When you start to look at that level of talent and then also see the Bray Wyatts and the Randy Ortons and everyone else that’s going to be a part of it, it really is one of the biggest Rumbles I can think of. Sometimes there’s a year in the Rumble where you think “Okay, I can see this or that happening. This seems like where the Rumble might be headed.” But this year, it’s really tough to call. And I think that’s when the Rumble’s at its best, when you can’t really put your finger on what’s going to happen. I can see this year going a lot of different ways and I think it’s going to go in a way that nobody expects.”

On Kurt Angle being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:

“I think it’s a very well deserved induction into the Hall of Fame. We’ve had an association with Kurt for a long time but when Kurt was here in the WWE, he was one of the most impactful and memorable and iconic characters probably ever. One of the things that always stands out for me is that I was here when Kurt was coming out of the Olympics and training. And having never done this before, he went from zero knowledge of our industry to being one of the most incredible performers in the ring in the time frame of the Attitude Era where, you know, he was in there with some of the best in the world. And he very quickly went from walking to the ring for the first time to being one of the best in the world himself. It happened faster than anyone else. And that’s what I do now mostly in my day to day job. Most of my day is focused on talent and recruiting and training and talent development. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen someone pick it up as fast as Kurt. Just on that basis alone, he should be inducted. But then you throw in all that he’s accomplished, that he’s accomplished since leaving WWE even, and will continue to accomplish. I’m really happy for Kurt as a human being. I’m also happy that he’s a really good place in his life right now.”

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PWX X-16 Tournament Night 1 Review

PWX: X-16 Night 1

8.2/10

This is a 16 man tournament featuring some top indy names as well as some guys from the southern indys you don’t normally see anywhere else. It’s actually a nice change of pace to see some different guys get to mix it up with the usual big indy names. Outside of one match that wasn’t very good, this all delivered especially Zach Sabre Jr Vs Davey Richards, which was only hampered by a dead crowd. A lot of these southern guys like Ethan Case, John Skyler & Anthony Harris among others looked really good and could really help up the quality of ROH or Evolve if they were given the chance. Here’s hoping they do.

Match List:

John Skyler Vs Darius Lockhart ***

James Drake Vs Jason Cade *3/4

Chip Day Vs Trevor Lee **3/4

Anthony Henry Vs Martin Stone ***1/4

Bravados Vs Revolt Vs Ugly Ducklings ***1/2

Ethan Case Vs Fred Yehi ***3/4

Colby Corino Vs Tracer X ***1/2

Corey Hollis Vs Matt Riddle ***1/2

Davey Richards Vs Zach Sabre Jr ****1/4

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It’s Time To Rumble!

Royal Rumble 2017 Poster (inquisitr.com (2017)

The Royal Rumble has been one of, if not, the biggest pay-per-view (with the exception of Wrestlemania) in WWE history. The simple concept of a ring filled with 30 men (sometimes Women) trying to throw each other over the top rope with one man left standing, has managed to appeal to and entertain fans for over twenty years. The Royal Rumble embodies what professional wrestling should be – simple, dramatic, and most importantly, fun.

The idea of 30 superstars competing in one ring, has promised fans mayhem which no other sport or entertainment show offers. The Rumble is unique, and hence why it has been able to draw the interest of wrestling fans, casual fans, and even non-wrestling fans. Looking at the pay-per-view numbers before the launch of the WWE network helps prove this argument. Royal Rumble would bring in almost double the buy-rate of any other pay-per-view (again, with exception of Wrestlemania). Royal Rumble 2011 being a perfect example, the event drew 446, 000 buys and the closest competitor that year was SummerSlam which drew 296, 000 (according to 2xzone.com (2015).

Traditionally, the Royal Rumble match has been filled with top stars; look no further than Ric Flair’s Rumble victory in 1992. That match had the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and also superstars like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker who went on to become household names years later. As well as the star power, it provided dream clashes for fans that they would not get to see anywhere else as the Rumble has had a tradition of surprise appearances from various wrestling legends, celebrities and also with the brand split, the Rumble is the only time superstars like Bray Wyatt and Brock Lesnar may be able to clash.

However, since 2014 the WWE has somehow managed to crush the spirit of the Rumble, the spirit they have worked over twenty years to create. 2014 and 2015 featured two of the most disappointing Royal Rumbles; wrestling fans ever had the misfortune of seeing. Two Royal Rumbles, which left fans with a sour taste in their mouth, as it was clear who the universal favourite among wrestling fans was (just in case you didn’t know, it was Daniel Bryan) and who they wanted in the main event of Wrestlemania. On both occasions, WWE chose to ignore the fans and give two lacklustre Royal Rumble bouts, which had little star power, drama and they were, most importantly, not fun.

Fans generally have an idea of who they think will win the Royal Rumble, and at times WWE will throw a curve ball or plant seeds for other intriguing matches. In 2014 and 2015, there was only one clear winner for the fans and it made perfect sense for Daniel Bryan to win both those Rumble matches, as he had a ready-made storyline waiting for him on both occasions. WWE ignored the fans on both occasions and offered them little or nothing to cheer for instead of Daniel Bryan. But this year, whether intentionally, or unintentionally, WWE has given a plethora of options to fans, allowing them to cheer for whomever and whatever they want.

The 2016 Royal Rumble match, was certainly an improvement and it was highlighted by a phenomenal (pun not intended) debut by AJ Styles. This year the WWE has set itself up to restore the Royal Rumble to its former glory, with stars like The Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar all participating in the Rumble match, star power is certainly not an issue. And with fans not pinning their hopes on one superstar, the WWE have many different outcomes available to them. What seeds will be planted for Wrestlemania? We do not know, but we know that the WWE do have stars like the New Day and Heath Slater available to provide fun moments, like Santino Marella and Mick Foley’s battle of the socks from Royal Rumble 2012. Then, when it gets to crunch time they have stars like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Jericho ready to step up and perform, and who knows, maybe we’ll see the return of Finn Balor, the debut of Samoa Joe or maybe Kurt Angle will make his long-awaited in-ring return to the WWE. The WWE have all the cards available, it’s now up to them which ones they want to play, but this Royal Rumble match certainly has all the ingredients to be a very fun one for fans. The expectations for this year’s Royal Rumble match are understandably high and WWE has to deliver. So they better be ready to Rumble!

 

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Triple H Issues Warning To Seth Rollins, Goldberg Throws Man Into Water, More

– WWE Executive Triple H recently spoke with FOX Sports’ Wrestling Compadres and was asked about Seth Rollins calling him out, here was Triple H’s response:

“Apparently not. Yeah, no. Look, sometimes you just go to the obvious places, and you go out in front of the camera and you try to call a guy out and appeal to his manhood that he will come out and fight you like a man. None of that stuff bothers me. I’m okay with not getting my suit dirty and just sitting in the back a little bit. But at some point in time, be careful what you wish for.”

– The PGA posted a video from 2002 showing Goldberg in the CareerBuilder Challenge. You’ll notice a random guy begin to throw fake punches at Goldberg in a joking manner, Goldberg proceeded to violently throw him in the water like a rag doll.

Don’t mess with @Goldberg.

Especially on the golf course. pic.twitter.com/2xXdXn4Cf4

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2017

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WWE Marketing Officer Talks WWE Content, Virtual Reality, More

– WWE’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, Michelle Wilson, recently spoke with Business Insider about the connection between WWE and technology, check out the highlights below:

On the amount of original content WWE produces each year:

“When we look five years ago, we were putting out about 750 hours of original content every year, which is a lot. Fast-forward to today, we’re putting out double that, about 1,500 hours of original content that’s both long-form for TV, but we’re putting out just as much content short-form on YouTube and Snapchat.”

On the use of virtual reality:

“I think V.R. is a really interesting thing to watch for us, we know that our fans want to be literally in the ring with our superstars. I think it is absolutely sooner than five years, I’m not sure if it’s quite next year, but we’re definitely testing and evaluating, as we speak. I think a lot of it is us paying attention to our fans and are they adopting to buying the required headsets and the apps.”

On WWE’s digital team:

“We have an entire digital team that we’ve brought in a lot of young talent, who are users of those platforms, and it helps them to really think about how to produce content that makes sense, and tell our stories on those platforms. We have a digital team of probably 100-120, that their sole focus is creating content for YouTube, creating content for Facebook Live, and for Snapchat.

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WWE Live Event Results From Binghamton (01/20) – Reigns Vs. Owens In Street Fight!

– Check out the following live event results from Binghamton, NY:

* Cesaro and Sheamus defeated The New Day, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo and Big Cass to retain their RAW Tag Team Titles.

* Rich Swann defeated Neville and TJ Perkins to retain his WWE Cruiserweight Title

* The Golden Truth, The Big Show, and Sin Cara defeated The Shining Stars, Titus O’Neil, and Curtis Axel

* Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Alicia Fox defeated RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte, DanaBrooke, and Nia Jax

* Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn

* Seth Rollins defeated Rusev with the Pedigree

* Roman Reigns defeated WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens in a Street Fight

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Shawn Michaels Hits Superkick While Promoting Movie (Video)

– As noted, Shawn Michaels and Dallas Jenkins, who directed The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, appeared at the annual Convocation Spring 2017 of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia earlier this week.

Check out the 5 minute mark, HBK hits a staff member with a superkick, with more than 10,000 students attended the event.

Check out the following video:

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