It’s Monday Monday Monday! Time for another episode of Monday Night Raw! Tonight’s installment emanates LIVE from Kansas City, MO and it’s sure to be a barn-burner, as we are less than one week away from Hell in a Cell. Some pre-show notes:
- Handicap Street Fight: Tonight’s headlining match pits John Cena and Dean Ambrose against the Authority aka Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane in a handicap street fight. Expect tension and possibly blows between Cena and Ambrose as well, even though the matches for Hell in a Cell have been settled, as the two never really saw eye-to-eye in the first place.
- Go-home Show: Hell in a Cell is this Sunday, so expect the card to get fleshed out tonight and the finishing touches placed on the existing feuds. There are only five matches booked thus far, so at the very least expect Divas and Tag title matches to be set for this Sunday.
- Cell is in the Building: WWE seems to be making a big deal out of the fact that the hell in a cell structure will be hovering over the ring for tonight’s episode of Raw. Perhaps it gets mysteriously lowered and someone gets beat up inside while their would-be savior is trapped on the outside? Maybe so!
Not a lot to go on tonight, so maybe there will be some surprised in store! Either way, check back here tomorrow for the “Day After” report and all your wrestling news and analysis needs!
It’s Monday, another week in the world of pro graps. Let’s get to it.
Hulk Hogan at Raw – Wrestling INC
Kansas City’s Sprint Center is advertising Hulk Hogan will be appearing at tonight’s Raw. No word from WWE yet on whether this means he’ll be on the broadcast or if this is an arena only deal. Find out more about tonight’s Raw in the preview later today.
Ronda Rousey Gets Physical at PWG Event – MMA News
UFC Bantamweight Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey is in the Wrestling News again. Friday night she attended the Pro Wrestling Guerilla event in Reseda, CA and when prompted by Tommaso Ciampa, Rousey chopped his opponent Biff Busick. She’s obviously a big fan, if she is ever available to work for WWE, they’d be stupid not to take her up on it.
Ox Baker Passes - Twitter
Jerry Lawler broke the news this morning of wrestling legend Ox Baker passing away. Baker is most famous for being the master of the heart punch and appearing in John Carpenter’s Escape from New York.
Bo Dallas Unboxing – YouTube
Bo Dallas unboxes the Mattel Elite Series 30 figure BO-llection. The man is a national treasure.
Hell in a Cell coming to Raw – Lords of Pain
In his latest Michael Cole sitdown interview, Triple H said the Hell in a Cell structure will be hanging above the ring this Monday on Raw. I’d expect some unexpected Cell lowering shenanigans for sure.
TNA Hyping a Talent Negotiation – With Spandex
So, Dixie is telling people TNA will have a major announcement soon that won’t necessarily be the new TV deal but could be the signing of a talent who would “shock people.” They’ve been rebuffed reportedly by Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk, so who are we talking about here?
Shemian Mizdow – YouTube
From Tuesday’s Main Event, Damien Sandow is killing it once again, this time as Shemian Mizdow.
Bryan Not Ready for Rumble? – Wrestling, INC
The current rumor is Daniel Bryan won’t be ready for the Royal Rumble and is instead targeting WrestleMania 31 for his return. Or it could be a giant smokescreen for a surprise entrant. Stay tuned.
Bellas Match for HIAC, not in a Cell but… – WWE.com
A Bellas match has been scheduled for Hell in a Cell and while it’s not the rumored Hell in a Cell match between the two it still has a stipulation: the loser has to be the winner’s “bitch” for a month. Come for the “Fat Bella” burn, stay for Renee Young.
WWE Network Ads - Lords of Pain
Heard a lot of kvetching yesterday about this one, but honestly it’s no big deal. There will be no commercial breaks during scheduled programming, limited advertising between shows, and occasional advertising before our video-on-demand content. So really not much different from it is now or other services like Hulu Plus. You already have WWE commercials during shows like NXT & Superstars so I’m not sure what the big deal is. If it keeps the price at $9.99 I’m all for it.
Image Credit: WWE.com
Whoa. In a bit of a shock WWE has released top ring announcer Justin Roberts in another apparent budget cut similar to the release of time keeper Mark Yeaton and commentator Josh Matthews. Here’s the 411 from WWE.com:
WWE has chosen to not exercise its option to renew ring announcer Justin Roberts’ contract. Effective immediately, Roberts is released from WWE.
WWE wishes him the best in all his future endeavors.
Roberts had been with WWE since 2002 announcing for ECW and Smackdown, moving up to the top WWE ring announcer on Raw in 2009. With his contract expiring one would assume Lilian Garcia or Eden Rhodes (Cody Rhodes’ wife), who had recently been NXT’s ring announcer will move into his spot.