Tag: WWE

Vince McMahon ‘arrest’ triggers phone calls to NYPD: Sounds right

TMZ is reporting today that the NYPD received a “bunch of calls” triggered by the storyline arrest of WWE chairman Vince McMahon on Monday Night Raw.


TLC Review: Is WWE finally figuring out how to push Roman Reigns?

WWE didn’t do its TLC pay-per-view event any justice with the Raws and Smackdowns that served as the lead-ins.


WWE TLC Preview: Is pro wrestling finally dead?

Wrestling, once again, is dying. You want to doubt that, then you have to explain the final segment of the go-home Raw.


WWE Survivor Series preview: Your guess is as good as theirs

Tonight’s WWE Survivor Series live event features a traditional Survivor Series match pitting two teams of five head-to-head. Not that we know who is on either of those two teams.


Seth Rollins out for nine months: WWE in crisis mode? Paging Brock Lesnar

We were heading into WrestleMania season with Seth Rollins the likely WWE champ, perhaps getting ready for a break and co-main event with Authority figure Triple H, or a Shield reunion with Roman Reigns.


WWE champ Seth Rollins tears ACL, MCL, out 6-9 months

WWE champion Seth Rollins will have to vacate his title after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a match with Kane Wednesday in Dublin, Ireland.


Alberto Del Rio return highlights WWE Hell in a Cell

The highlight of a good WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view at a sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles was the return of four-time world champion Alberto Del Rio, who was the surprise opponent for U.S. champ John Cena in the show’s opening match.


Record-low ratings, viewers for WWE Monday Night Raw: What’s the deal?

The post-WrestleMania 31 Monday Night Raw hit a three-year ratings high, drawing more than 5.4 million viewers to see what WWE had in store following the surprise Seth Rollins world-title win.


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Chris Graham: Fun night of LTW Entertainment pro wrestling at the Waynesboro YMCA

What happened was, Matt Wilde used his feet on the ropes for leverage to gain an illegal pinfall over Lance Lude in the main event, and since I was on the scene of the LTW Entertainment show at the Waynesboro YMCA as a special representative of the commissioner’s office, well, I had to do something.


Is Seth Rollins too dangerous to be WWE champ?

Seth Rollins tried to Irish-whip Sting across the ring after delivering a second Buckle Buster of their main-event match at WWE Night of Champions Sunday night, but Sting wasn’t able to play along with whatever was supposed to happen on his return trip.


Night of Champions Review: The payoff is Seth Rollins vs. Kane?

Even Seth Rollins isn’t allowed to beat John Cena two straight times. That was among the things we learned at Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions, which ended predictably with Cena topping Rollins for the U.S. title, and Rollins then pinning Sting to defend the WWE title.


Night of Rollins: Seth Rollins carrying the ball for WWE at Night of Champions

It’s called Night of Champions, but the WWE Network September live event coming up on Sunday could just as easily be Night of Seth Rollins. The WWE and U.S. champ will defend both belts in separate matches: taking on Sting for the WWE title and John Cena for the U.S. title.


WWE SummerSlam Review: Did that just happen?

Jon Stewart interfered in the Seth Rollins-John Cena WWE title match at SummerSlam, which is news itself. Then consider that the former Daily Show host made his presence felt in WWE by hitting Cena in the abdomen with a steel chair, thus aiding Rollins, his TV rival since before WrestleMania 31.


NXT Takeover Brooklyn Review: Ready for prime time

If you aren’t a regular viewer of NXT, you wouldn’t know from watching NXT Takeover Brooklyn that WWE considers the product to be that of a developmental nature.


Will SummerSlam live up to the hype?

Nice salesmanship on the Brock Lesnar-Undertaker match headlining this weekend’s SummerSlam: “Too big for WrestleMania.”


Hulk Hogan, the n-word, and the limits on the business side of the wrestling business

Take my word for it, and don’t scan the wrestling news blogs for comments on the Hulk Hogan n-word controversy, though if you feel inclined, be prepared to take a shower soon after.


Can Hulk Hogan apologize his way out of n-word controversy?

WWE has cut ties with its most recognized name, Hulk Hogan, after a National Enquirer report detailing that the Hulkster had made extensive disparaging, racist remarks on a video that is the focus of an ongoing lawsuit initiated by the retired wrestler against the news and gossip website Gawker.


WWE Battleground: Match Ratings

Chris Graham rates the matches on the card for WWE Battleground. How did the surprise return of The Undertaker play out in the final accounting?


WWE Battleground Review: Plot twists, and the plot thickens

If you thought you knew going in what was going to happen at WWE Battleground, yeah, you were off, way off. Which is good for WWE fans, who had clearly been getting bored with the product of late.


WWE Battleground: Does Brock Lesnar leave with the gold?

Brock Lesnar is back in the mix, and it couldn’t have come a moment sooner. Ratings for WWE Monday Night Raw have been tanking in the tank with Seth Rollins at the top of the food chain as WWE champ, not so much an indictment of Rollins as the lack of marketable challengers.


What’s next for Dolph Ziggler?

You know him now as WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler. Not the best name for a top star, and he may go back to being Nick Nemeth soon, and that name isn’t any better. Whatever name he goes by, he’s at a crossroads.


Money in the Bank Preview: Who walks out with the briefcase?

Two things at WWE Money in the Bank we can predict with certainty: Seth Rollins is going to leave as world champ, and John Cena is going to even his summer series with Kevin Owens. Who wins the match that is the title of the show is very much a question.


Wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes passes away at age 69

WWE has confirmed that Virgil Runnels, known to millions of wrestling fans as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, died on Thursday, with multiple published reports saying the death was the result of complications from a fall in his home early Wednesday morning.


Podcast: WWE Money in the Bank preview, Brock Lesnar returns, Samoa Joe in NXT, more

CGI Raw Impact Wrestling host Chris Graham previews the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Also on this week’s podcast, Chris talks about the return of Brock Lesnar, the latest on Ring of Honor and TNA, and offers thoughts on the next steps for Samoa Joe in NXT.


WWE Elimination Chamber Review: Surprises, mixed with formula

Ryback is the new WWE Intercontinental champ. Kevin Owens won the champ vs. champ match with John Cena with a clean fall. (A clean fall!)


WWE Elimination Chamber: Does Kevin Owens break out, become next top heel?

WWE hastily scheduled the 2015 Elimination Chamber, adding the pay-per-view to the schedule just earlier this month, not giving creative much, if any, time to build up storylines with Payback having taken place just two weeks ago.


Podcast: Big news with TNA, Destination America, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

Why doesn’t either Destination America or TNA just come out and say that the network isn’t planning on discontinuing all TNA-related programming come September? CGI Raw Impact Wrestling podcast co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward examine the ongoing controversy from all angles.


Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch about to go the porn route?

CGI presents the Raw Impact Wrestling podcast with co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward, and the focus is on news reports that WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known to wrestling fans from her run as Sunny, is considering a turn in the porn industry.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward discuss the latest news in the world of pro wrestling. This installment discusses the latest news from TNA involving developments with its broadcast partner, Destination America, and how the move from Fridays to Wednesdays could impact the product. The show also goes in-depth on Global Force Wrestling, which founder Jeff Jarrett is aiming toward its own TV deal. News from WWE wraps us up.


Podcast: WWE Monday Night Raw review

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down the May 18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. This week’s Raw had a lot on the table, with the fallout from Recap and less than two weeks until Elimination Chamber. Did WWE do what it needed to do to bridge the two May pay-per-view events? Does WWE champ Seth Rollins have his next challenger? Why were Roman Reigns and Randy Orton noticeably absent from the show? That and more …


WWE Payback Review: Predictable, but entertaining

WWE champ Seth Rollins, as expected, retained, and U.S. champ John Cena, as expected, won his I Quit match with Rusev, who as expected didn’t quit, but was quit for by his manager, Lana. So WWE Payback was predictable. It was also still very entertaining.


Podcast: WWE Payback Preview

Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down Sunday’s WWE Payback pay-per-view. Who will walk home with the WWE title when champ Seth Rollins defends against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton? Who quits: U.S. champ John Cena or Rusev? That and a look at recent news involving TNA and Destination America.


WWE Payback Preview: Who leaves the four-way as WWE champ?

Seth Rollins is readying himself for his second pay-per-view title defense at Sunday’s WWE Payback. The new champ will face one of the tougher challenges a strap-holder can have: in the form of a fatal four-way involving Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton.


No, no, no: Hard as it is to say, Daniel Bryan needs to retire

For the second time in a year, Daniel Bryan had to vacate a major title belt weeks after a huge WrestleMania victory due to injury.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Jeff Jarrett, WWE, more from the world of pro wrestling

CGI host Chris Graham and wrestling industry veteran Doug Ward talk pro wrestling. This week’s podcast begins with a look at the recent state of affairs in TNA, which has suffered a decline in TV ratings in recent weeks on its new home on Destination America. Is that another sign that Nashville is at the beginning of the end of its long run?


Podcast: Mayweather-Pacquiao recap, Ronda Rousey, TNA, more

CGI host Chris Graham talks combat sports with regular guest Doug Ward. The show this week takes an in-depth look at the big Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. With fans expressing near-universal displeasure over the megadud, was this boxing’s last stand? Graham and Ward discuss that, and lay out ideas how Mayweather can set himself up as a legitimate promoter using his last fight later this year as leverage.


WWE Extreme Rules Review: Not again!

So we’re past Extreme Rules, or are we? Because WWE is bound and determined to relive it. John Cena and Rusev have now met on three straight pay-per-views, dating back to Fast Lane, the one before WrestleMania 31, and we’re going to get part four at Payback.


WWE Extreme Rules Preview: Nothing to see here?

After the best WrestleMania of all-time, or at least the best ending to a WrestleMania of all-time, we have an Extreme Rules pay-per-view to look forward to, or rather, to not look forward to, based on the card.


WrestleMania 31 Review: Seth Rollins emerges as WWE champ

Seth Rollins lost a clean fall to Randy Orton in a suspiciously early match on the WrestleMania 31 card, so suspiciously early that you knew that Rollins’ night wasn’t done.


WrestleMania 31 Primer: Match List, Predictions, Blog, More

Everything you needed to know about WrestleMania 31, Sunday night, March 29, from Levi’s Stadium in San Jose, Calif.


WrestleMania 31 Preview: Can Vince McMahon resist the urge to bury Sting, WCW, and set up dream match with Undertaker?

Sting debuted at Survivor Series to a hair-raising pop from fans, which was made all that more amazing to consider when you think back to what he did to earn that pop, essentially walking out onto the entrance ramp and pointing a baseball bat.


WrestleMania 31 Preview: How does the night end for Seth Rollins?

Let’s make this clear right here and right now: Seth Rollins is the future of WWE. The question: is he also the present?


WrestleMania 31 preview: Is Bray Wyatt the next Undertaker for WWE?

Bray Wyatt has been the hottest wrestler in WWE for more than a year, and yet he’s been suspiciously been left on the outside looking in as far as the various title chases have been concerned.


Brock Lesnar re-signs with WWE: You had to see this coming

Give WWE credit for having a flair for the dramatic. WWE champ Brock Lesnar went on ESPN SportsCenter, as Brock Lesnar, real life guy, awkward as hell, stumbling over his words, not Brock Lesnar, The Beast Incarnate, to announce, well, something.


Jon Stewart in WWE: The silly season begins

I’m a fan of Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show” and WWE, for that matter, a big fan of Seth Rollins. For the life of me, I don’t see the recent angle bringing them all together making any sense.