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BREAKING: AJ Lee Retires

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WWE announced minutes ago, via WWE dot com and Twitter, that three-time Divas Champion AJ Lee has retired from in-ring competition and is parting ways with the company.

AJ most recently held the Divas title in late 2014, losing the strap to Nikki Bella at Survivor Series.  She soon after disappeared from TV for a few months, resurfacing just weeks before Wrestlemania to forman alliance with Paige.  Her last WWE bout was on the Raw after Wrestlemania, in which she teamed with Paige and Naomi to defeat the Bellas and Natayla.  While AJ forced the Divas Champ to tap-out at Wrestlemania, it was Naomi who scored the fall on Monday.

Of course, AJ is the wife of soon-to-be cage-fighter CM Punk, who parted ways with the WWE in early 2014 in less-than-amicable fashion.

We’ll have more as details become available.

CM Punk shows off his MRSA scar on Opie Radio

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Courtesy of the Opie Radio channel comes this picture of CM Punk’s appearance on Thursday’s Opie Radio show where he showed the crew his scar from the infamous MRSA staph infection which he talked about in his two-part podcast with Colt Cabana.  Punk also talked about his departure from WWE and whether he’d return, his outlook before his Undertaker WrestleMania match,  not planning to return to wrestling, and the various challenges he’s gotten since signing with UFC.

Hit the jump for video from Opie Radio’s You Tube channel featuring highlights of the interview.  And if you’re CM Punked out?  Just watch the background for Miss AJ Lee watching her husband’s interview.

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The Day After: TLC (and Stairs) 2014

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This year’s Tables Ladders & Chairs (& Stairs) was a very divisive show bookended by two outstanding matches, the show opening Ladder Match and the show closing TLC Match.  While I agree with many saying Thursday’s NXT Takeover special was better, this wasn’t a show that made me feel ripped off or overly disappointed.  Sorry, I’m not an internet outrage kind of guy.  There were 3-4 matches I enjoyed and hey, it’s entertainment.  There are worse ways to spend 3 hours.

What many are talking about, for the second time in 3 months, is a controversial gimmicky ending in the main event.  Much like the vision from the lantern at Hell in a Cell, many aren’t happy with the sparking television signaling the downfall for young Dean Ambrose against Bray Wyatt.  Silly?  Perhaps.  Guess what, wrestling is silly which is part of what I love about it.  One of the biggest stars in the industry is an undead zombie whose brother was burned alive by a fire that who the hell even remembers started but then wasn’t burnt anymore and now wears slacks to the ring.

Some will call Ambrose’s character “stupid” for not knowing to unplug the monitor that blew up in his face.  I counter that the character of Dean Ambrose is insane.  Insane to the point where he is a danger to himself.  With the ladder sizes getting bigger each time as he delivered elbow after elbow onto Bray Wyatt through a table, the damage to his opponent and himself became greater and greater.  Ambrose was consumed with destroying Wyatt and not considering the ramifications of his actions.  Is someone blind with rage going to stop and think, “Hey, better unplug this TV?”  More likely the thought is, “I’m gonna put his head through this powered on TV and electrocute him!”

Look at this major positive: the past three pay-per-views have ended with someone other than Cena in the spotlight. We as fans want the WWE to not be so predictable, so perhaps when they try to step out of that pro wrestling box and do something different, we not be so fast to crucify them.

TLC Match: Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose with Sister Abigail after Ambrose was temporarily blinded by an electrical explosion in a monitor he was going to use as a weapon.

Now that I’ve made my case for the finish, let’s discuss the actual match.  I loved it, brutal Attitude era style brawl which saw Wyatt go through 3 tables.  Ambrose started the proceedings by launching a ladder at Wyatt in the entrance way.  The spot of the match was Ambrose’s third dive onto Wyatt through at table, after which lying next to Wyatt, Ambrose kissed him on the forehead only to be met with a Wyatt headbutt.  Great moment.  If anything this match was hurt by following an evening of ladder and table spots, so much that the crowd wasn’t as shocked at that point in the night.

Would I have liked a clean finish?  Sure.  But this also means we get more Dean Ambrose versus Bray Wyatt.  Sign me up, may they feud for years.

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The Morning Roundup 12/15/14

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TLC Injuries – WWE

Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler paid a price for their show-stealing IC Title match last night.  Harper had a gash that had to be sealed with five staples to the side of his head.  Ziggler had a wound on his head glued up and bandaged.   AJ Lee suffered “chemical conjunctivitis” in her match with Nikki Bella, when Bella sprayed a substance in the former champ’s eyes.

Spike Moving Impact for Final 2 Weeks – Wrestling INC

Spike will be airing their final two editions of Impact before the move to Destination America later than usual.  The December 17th show will air from 11PM-1AM and the December 24th show will air from midnight-2AM.

Lana Posts and Deletes Possible Raw Spoiler – WrestleZone

The Ravishing Russian Lana may have posted a spoiler for tonight’s Raw on her Instagram.  The picture shown in the link was posted with the hashtag #Raw.  If you want to see what she posted hit the link, if you don’t want to be spoiled, obviously don’t click-through.

The Day After Raw: 12/8/14 Slammy Editon

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With a lot of minor happenings on last night’s Slammys/go-home Raw and no one storyline dominating the show last night to talk about we’re going old school with today’s Day After and giving it to you in the style of Dukes’ old 10 Thoughts on Raw column.

1. Because the Big Show killed it at WWE Fairfax, I’ll give them a pass and won’t openly complain too long about another Show-Cena match.  It was a risky gamble though, I wonder how many fans tuned out and missed another fun brawl between the remnants of Team Authority & Team Cena to promote Sunday’s show.

2. Seth Green was a better choice for this Slammy-hosting gig than Dennis Miller a few years back.  At least, Green looks like he wants to be there and, as some pointed out on Twitter his size makes the Superstars look impressive.

3. Sting won the Slammy for Amazing Moment, problem is you can’t give Sting an award at a wrestling arena; he’s probably hanging in the rafters.

4. Really enjoyed the Paul Heyman-Seth Rollins segment with Heyman talking Rollins into taking out Cena for good for his client.  Once again, Paul Heyman sells a match better than the two participants involved in said match.

5. Charlotte on RAW!  Whooo!  Not sure why you have her lose to hype Takeover: R Evolution, though.  If you want to see an even better Charlotte-Natalya match check out their match from the first NXT Takeover match.

6. Tyson Kidd continues to make the most of the little bits he is given and that cat hoodie.  Dude is slaying right now, get on the bandwagon.

7. The tease of Bray Wyatt interrupting Paul Heyman may or may not of made my pants spontaneously combust.  What I would give for a promo segment between those two.  I really enjoyed Bray’s promo tonight.  It was one of the only Wyatt promos I can remember that was straightforward about his intentions: finishing the job at TLC.  We also learned that the rocking chair Ambrose destroyed was Sister Abigail’s. Back story!

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