Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Updated WWE Fastlane Card

Here is the updated card for WWE Fastlane this Sunday in Milwaukee.
WWE Universal Championship Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Goldberg
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Neville (c) vs. Jack Gallagher
WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships Match
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c’s) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Kickoff Show:Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa vs. The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar

2/27 Raw Report

- We're live from Green Bay as Michael Cole welcomes us. He's joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
- The music hits as the cameras start following Bill Goldberg from the back. He hits the arena and fans pop as JoJo makes the introduction.
Goldberg thanks the crowd and cuts a promo on taking the WWE Universal Title from Kevin Owens in six days, then taking it to WrestleMania 33 to defend against Brock Lesnar. Goldberg promises everyone, including his wife, his son, the fans and Owens - he will deliver, so he'll see Owens on Sunday. The music hits and out comes the WWE Universal Champion to interrupt.
Owens says Goldberg was missing last week but now he's here and Owens can say what he wants to his face. Owens is speaking from the stage as Goldberg looks on from the ring. Owens goes on and warns Goldberg - you are next, next in the evolution of Kevin Owens as Universal Champion. Goldberg mocks Owens for his wonderful & moving speech. Goldberg says the speech did nothing but piss him off. Goldberg calls Owens to the ring for a fight. Owens marches to the ring and proposes a Street Fight but remembers he's in Green Bay and says Green Bay doesn't deserve to see him fight. Owens says he and Goldberg will fight this Sunday and he can't wait for the moment the referee counts to three, then Owens stands over Goldberg with his title. Owens says the Goldberg chants will die at Fastlane. Owens drops the mic and makes his exit as his music plays. Goldberg hits the corners and poses for the fans.
- Still to come, Seth Rollins will be here to talk to Corey Graves in the ring. We see The New Day backstage walking. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.

They talk about The New Day hosting WrestleMania 33 and say they have a lot on their plate but we should focus what's in our bowls. They talk up Booty-O's cereal but they're aware that we want much more. Kofi says we want that ice cream. They tease the ice cream and go to dance until the music interrupts and out come The Shining Stars.
The New Day vs. Jinder Mahal and Rusev
Primo and Epico are out. Big E has their music cut. Xavier has a red envelope. He says they made a mistake, The Shining Stars aren't facing them tonight. They have a match later... against Big Show. They reveal that Rusev and Jinder Mahal are their opponents. This was a parody of the Oscars botch on Sunday night. Rusev and Jinder are out with Lana next.

Woods starts off with Jinder and they go at it. Big E tags in for some double teaming. Woods hits the Honor Roll and Big E covers for a 2 count. Woods leaps off the apron and takes out a running Rusev. Big E splashes Jinder from the apron and The New Day dances at ringside as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rusev has control of Woods. Woods fights out but Rusev catches him with knees to the gut. Rusev with a big fall-away slam for a 2 count as Lana barks orders at ringside. Jinder tags in to keep up the attack on Woods. Jinder drops a knee and covers for a 2 count. Jinder keeps Woods grounded now. Rusev comes back in and keeps Woods down. He poses but fans boo him. Woods fights back but Rusev stops him from tagging.
Rusev with shoulders to the gut in the corner. More back and forth as Big E finally gets the hot tag. The finish sees Jinder get pinned as he's distracted by Rusev tending to Lana.
Winners: The New Day
- After the match, The New Day make their exit as Rusev and Jinder argue in the ring.
- Still to come, Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke and Charlotte Flair. We go to commercial.
- Enzo Amore and Big Cass are backstage. Cass is trying to get them to focus on Sunday's title shot but Enzo is all over the place as usual.

- Cesaro and Sheamus are backstage having words over their #1 contenders loss last week. Samoa Joe appears. He says it's been a while since he's seen Cesaro. He says Cesaro is still desperately grasping for the brass ring while he came into WWE with it around his neck. Cesaro says Joe is only carrying Triple H's jockstrap. They have more words and Joe walks off. Sheamus says he'd love to Brogue Joe's head off but Cesaro assures him he's got this.

- Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley are backstage. Stephanie called Foley in to apologize to him but she gives him more of a pep talk. She mentioned how Triple H ended Foley's career on this night several years ago. She says Triple H gets stronger every year but Foley continues to fall and is just a shell of his former self. She goes on and says she believes Foley knows he gets more feeble and more pathetic with every step, and he doesn't even live up to his own expectations.

Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar
Back from a break and out comes Akira Tozawa. Austin Aries is out for commentary with Cole and Graves. We see video from earlier today with Brian Kendrick talking about how Tozawa needed to be taught a lesson last week. Noam Dar is out next with Alicia Fox.
Lots of back and forth to start. Tozawa ends up hitting a big dive on Dar as Fox looks on. Tozawa brings it back into the ring and goes to the top.
Tozawa lands on his feet but meets Dar with kicks. Tozawa ducks Dar and nails the German for the win.
Winner: Akira Tozawa
- After the match, Tozawa stands tall as we go to replays. We come back and Kendrick attacks Tozawa from behind. Kendrick launches him into the ring post and keeps up the attack. Kendrick takes a mic as fans boo. Kendrick says that was lesson #3 and even though Tozawa won his match, he needs eyes in the back of his head and he doesn't. Kendrick says even though the match is ended, the match isn't over. He hopes Tozawa is learning his lessons.
- Still to come, Charlotte and Dana vs. Sasha and Bayley. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Foley is backstage looking upset. Joe walks up and asks what's wrong, if he's having a nice day. Foley says he's not having a nice day and he hasn't had a nice 7 months as General Manager. Foley goes on and says he used to be a fan of Joe but now he sees nothing but Triple H's puppet. Joe insists he listens to no one. Foley puts him in a match against Cesaro later tonight.

Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Charlotte and Nia Jax
We go to the ring and out first comes Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke. Charlotte takes the mic and says she thought Bayley was going to do the right thing and hand over the title last week but she proved that she just greedy. Charlotte goes on and says Bayley has been playing the fans. They boo Charlotte. She keeps talking until the music interrupts and out comes the RAW Women's Champion. Bayley hits the ring as fans chant her name. Charlotte calls her a cheater. Bayley says she's a champion. She knows she did the right thing last week and if Charlotte thinks her WWE journey ends here, she's wrong. Bayley says once one dream is achieved you move onto the next one and her next dream is... she points up at the WrestleMania 33 sign. Charlotte is tired of hearing about Bayley's dreams. Charlotte says she's going to regain her title at Fastlane and then buy Bayley's dad a front row ticket to watch her dreams get crushed. The music interrupts and out comes Sasha Banks. Sasha rips on Charlotte and defends Bayley. Sasha says she's tired of Charlotte's stupid face and that gets a "stupid face" chant going. Sasha is ready for the tag match. Charlotte says they do have a match but Dana isn't her partner, this woman is... out comes Nia Jax. Dana doesn't look happy. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Nia is in with Sasha. Nia takes control and wants Bayley. Bayley comes in and gets slammed. Bayley slides out of a move and takes Nia to the corner. She mounts her with strikes as fans count along. Nia sends Bayley to the mat. Bayley dropkicks her. Sasha tags herself in for a double team attempt but Nia takes them both out. Nia takes Bayley to the corner and Charlotte tags back in. Charlotte drops Bayley with a big chop for a 2 count.

Sasha comes back in for the double team and a 2 count. Charlotte turns it around and taunts Bayley. Sasha counters a move and sends Charlotte flying with scissors. Sasha keeps control for a 2 count. Sasha talks trash and takes her back to the corner as Bayley tags in. Dana tries to interfere but it backfires. Charlotte ends up on the floor. Bayley goes to the floor and hits the Bayley-to-Belly on Dana before we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Sasha dropkicks Nia a few times. Nia sends her to the corner with a headbutt. Sasha avoids a splash. Sasha unloads and goes for the arm drag out of the corner but Nia blocks it and nails a shoulder to the gut. Nia with two big elbow drops and a 2 count.
Charlotte comes back in and keeps Sasha down. Cole says Dana was taken to the back for medical attention and may have suffered a rib injury from the Bayley suplex. Sasha stops a double team with boots. Bayley gets the hot tag and unloads on Charlotte. Bayley goes on and covers for a 2 count. Charlotte dumps Bayley to the apron. Bayley fights back and drops Charlotte on the second rope. Bayley goes to the top and doesn't see Nia tag in. Bayley ends up on Nia's back with a chinlock. Nia slams her to the mat. Bayley knocks Charlotte off the apron but Nia floors her. Nia knocks Sasha off the apron.
Sasha comes off the second rope but Nia catches her. Nia slams Sasha on top of Bayley. Nia with the big leg drop on Bayley for the pin.
Winners: Nia Jax and Charlotte
- After the match, Nia stands tall over Bayley. Sasha is down on the floor. Charlotte comes in the ring to stand beside Nia as we go to replays. We come back to Bayley checking on Sasha as Nia makes her exit.
- Still to come, Graves talks to Rollins in the ring.
- Foley is backstage with Braun Strowman. Foley says he can't give Strowman competition tonight. Braun says he doesn't want that, he wants a contract. He's been flooring Roman Reigns for weeks and knows he's going to break soon. Braun wants a contract so Reigns can't tuck his tail and run. Foley doesn't see that happening but if Braun wants to stand in the middle of the ring and sign a dotted line, be his guest but don't blame Foley if it doesn't go how he wants. Braun wants it tonight, or else. He walks off.
- Still to come, Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows. Back to commercial.

Luke Gallows vs. Big Cass
Back from the break and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Enzo Amore and Big Cass are out next.
Back and forth for several minutes. Enzo cheers Cass on as he unloads in the corner. Cass with a big tackle. Cass splashes Gallows and nails a fall-away slam. Cass with another big running corner splash. Cass with a sidewalk slam and the Empire Elbow.
Anderson distracts Cass and attacks Enzo. Enzo sends Anderson into the steel steps. Cass turns around to Gallows coming at him but he turns it around and drops him with a boot. Cass gets the pin on Gallows for the pin.
Winner: Big Cass
- After the match, we get replays as Enzo and Cass talk trash from the ring.
- The announcers plug the WWE Network.

Titus O'Neil vs. Sheamus
Back from a break and we see video of a backstage altercation earlier today that led to this match. Titus O'Neil is out first followed by Sheamus.
Titus attacks Sheamus as soon as he hits the apron. Titus destroys Sheamus at ringside and brings him in. The bell rings and Titus goes to work but Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick out of nowhere for the easy win.
Winner: Sheamus
- After the match, we get replays as Sheamus stands tall.
- Still to come, Joe vs. Cesaro. Also, Rollins will speak. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and Corey Graves is in the ring. He leads us to a video package on Seth Rollins and Triple H. We come back and Graves introduces his guest, Seth Rollins. Out he comes using one crutch. Rollins takes a seat with Graves.
Graves asks how the knee is doing and how rehab is. Rollins says it's doing well and he hopes to be coming back soon. Rollins says the rehab has been intense but it is what it is - it's medicine, not magic. Graves asks Rollins where his head is right now. Rollins says that's tricky. To be honest, it sucks. Rollins wondered if maybe he deserves this. Rollins says two years ago he ended WrestleMania with the title and it was the greatest moment of his life but he keeps asking himself in the mirror, what did he sacrifice for that moment? A CM Punk chant actually starts up as Rollins is talking. Rollins says he should've known better on Triple H stabbing him in the back but he let his ego get in the way. Rollins goes on and says he's been feeling like this is all his fault.
Graves says according to Joe and Triple H, Rollins will be missing WrestleMania. Graves asks Rollins if he will be there. Rollins says right now... he cuts himself off and looks a bit emotional. Rollins says right now it's not looking great, it doesn't look like doctors will clear him in time for WrestleMania. Fans boo. Rollins shakes his head. The music hits and out comes Triple H to a big pop.
Triple H is smiling. Rollins stands up with the crutch and waits for a fight. Triple H says it really is good to see Rollins because the last time he saw him, he didn't think we'd ever see him again. Samoa Joe is now standing on the other side of the ring. Triple H introduces him. Triple H is on the apron now. He has an answer for Graves' last question - Rollins will not be at WrestleMania. Fans boo. Triple H tells Rollins not to listen to the fans because they will just get him in trouble. Triple H says if Rollins knows what's best for him, he won't be at WrestleMania. Triple H can't believe Rollins is just now realizing that this is all his fault. Triple H goes on and on, saying he used to call Rollins the future but now he's the past. Triple H calls Rollins another washed-up Superstar that's worthless. He tells Rollins to salvage what's left. Triple H tells Rollins to listen because this will be the most pivotal decision he makes of his career. Triple H warns Rollins not to come to WrestleMania, not to call him out. Triple H says he's done playing, he's done warning Rollins. He says if Rollins shows up or calls him out at WrestleMania, Triple H swears it will be the last thing he ever does in a WWE ring.
Rollins says he told Stephanie last month he has nothing to lose and that still stands. Rollins says he will be at WrestleMania. Fans pop. Rollins says if it's the last thing he ever does, then he swears it will be the last thing that Triple H ever does as well. He drops the mic and they face off, Triple H still on the apron. Rollins' music hits as Triple H walks down the steps and makes his exit. Joe joins him. Rollins looks on as Joe and Triple H leave together.
- Still to come, the Braun vs. Roman contract signing. Back to commercial.

Big Show vs. The Shining Stars
Back from the break and out comes The Shining Stars. Big Show is out next for this Handicap Match. The bell rings and they try to sell him some real estate but he's not having it. Show goes to work on both opponents.
They finally double team Show and get him to one knee. Primo comes off the top but Show knocks him out of the air and pulls Epico back in. Show ends up hitting the knockout punch on Epico and a chokeslam to Primo for the pin.
Winner: Big Show
- After the match, Show makes his exit while The Shining Stars are laid out.
- Saxton leads us to a Black History Month video on Martin Luther King Jr.
- Tony Nese is backstage warming up when Neville walks in. They have a tag match tonight and Neville wants to make sure the purpose is clear - put Jack Gallagher in his place before the title match on Sunday at Fastlane. Neville asks Nese if he understands. Nese says that is the concern for Neville but as far as far as he's concerned, he's going to do what's best for The Premier Athlete. Neville tells him not to screw this up and walks off. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Cole leads us to a video package for Austin Aries coming to the RAW cruiserweight division soon.

Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins vs. Neville and Tony Nese
Aries joins Cole and Graves for commentary as Jack Gallagher makes his way out with TJ Perkins. Tony Nese is out next with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville.
The bell rings and Neville immediately sends Gallagher out. Perkins unloads on Neville. Perkins inadvertently knocks Gallagher off the apron and Neville turns it around. Nese comes in but gets dropped with a kick.
Gallagher tags in with dropkicks to Nese. Gallagher with a crossbody for a 2 count as Neville breaks the pin. Perkins comes in but Neville cuts him off. Gallagher sends Neville to the apron. Perkins with the Detonation kick to Nese. Gallagher dropkicks Nese and applies a submission while staring at Neville, who backs away from making the save. Nese taps.
Winners: Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins
- After the match, Neville backs up the ramp while Gallagher and Perkins celebrate.
- Cole leads us to the video package for 2017 WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
- Still to come, Joe vs. Cesaro. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and Sasha is backstage nursing her injuries from earlier with Bayley. Sasha mentions she will be at ringside for Charlotte vs. Bayley at Fastlane this Sunday. Stephanie McMahon appears and makes Sasha vs. Nia Jax for Fastlane.

Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe
We go to the ring and out first comes Cesaro. Samoa Joe is out next.
The bell rings and they go at it. Cesaro with an early gutwrench suplex and a running uppercut. Joe dumps Cesaro out of the ring. Cesaro comes back and goes to the top for a crossbody and a 2 count. Cesaro with uppercuts now. Joe takes control and continues to focus on the knee as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Joe continues to dominate. Cesaro tries for a suplex and nails it to a pop. Joe ends up putting Cesaro in a kneebar. Cesaro turns it into a Sharpshooter but Joe jabs him and breaks it. Cesaro with a flying uppercut. Cesaro with a bunch of uppercuts in the corner and a big slam for a 2 count.
Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing but it's blocked. Cesaro with the double stomp for another close pin attempt. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Joe counters. Cesaro's injured leg goes out on the ropes and he gets hung up. Joe kicks the leg into the rope. Joe with the Uranage for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe
- After the match, Joe stands tall as we go to replays. Joe heads to the back but is stopped by Charly Caruso on the stage. She asks how he's made such a big impact on RAW in such a little amount of time. Joe says the answer is simple - he came to hurt people and tonight was Cesaro. Joe gives props to Cesaro but says he is not me. Joe says this is a reminder to everyone in the back - it doesn't matter what you've accomplished, who you are or how much the people love you... Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins. When you come at The Destroyer, you... the music interrupts and Sami Zayn comes from the side and attacks Joe. Sami unloads on Joe and they brawl over to the side of the stage. Security tries to break them up. Joe lands a cheap shot. They're separated until Sami comes flying off the stage and nails Joe and security. They're finally kept apart as Sami's music hits.
- Still to come, the contract signing for Braun vs. Roman. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Sami vs. Joe is confirmed for Fastlane.

- Mick Foley is in the ring for a contract signing. He's quickly interrupted by the music as Braun Strowman makes his way out. Braun says Foley's no longer needed. Foley says he may not be RAW GM for much longer but Braun will respect what he says until then. Braun rips Foley and calls him pathetic. Braun says when he tells Foley to leave the ring, he says it with the respect that a broken down suburban dad deserves. Foley snaps and says he's had enough of being talked down to tonight. Foley gets in Braun's face and says he will respect him as a Legend if nothing else. Braun laughs. Foley says Braun will learn to respect him, or else. Fans chant for Foley as Braun bullies Foley. The music hits and out comes Roman Reigns to the ring.
Braun meets Reigns at ringside and they brawl with each other. Reigns gets knocked into the ring post and sent over the barrier.
Braun beats Reigns through the crowd near the production area. Reigns fights back and nails a Superman punch off a few steps. Reigns spears Braun through the barrier and a camera man or security guard goes down. Reigns goes back into the ring and prepares to sign the contract. Braun stands up from the barrier and asks Reigns if that's all he's got. Braun enters the ring and Reigns nails a Superman punch. Reigns goes for a spear but Braun catches him and launches him into the turnbuckle. Reigns hits so hard the turnbuckle pops off and the top rope falls loose. Braun stands tall as some fans boo. Referees rush down to check on Reigns as we go to replays. Braun marches to the stage as Reigns starts to get to his feet. Braun looks back as Reigns is finally able to sign the contract. Braun walks to the back as Reigns' music hits and we go to replays again. RAW goes off the air with Reigns recovering.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Matt and Jeff Hardy appear to be parting ways with Impact Wrestling

According to multiple wrestling media reports on Monday, current TNA Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy are expected to officially part ways with Impact Wrestling.

Reports by PWInsider.com and Prowrestling.net indicated that both Matt and Jeff were sent updated contract terms by Impact Wrestling and that the Hardy’s were not pleased with some of the new terms. The updated contracts were described as being sent very late due to the current transition of ownership under Anthem Sports and Entertainment.

News of this impasse between Impact Wrestling and the Hardy’s made headlines shortly after Drew Galloway announced on Sunday night that he was officially parting ways with the company (Galloway was also in a renegotiation with Impact Wrestling). Terms of the new deal reportedly asked to receive a percentage of earnings the Hardy’s would get on the independent wrestling scene – believed to be 10% – which is expected to be the new standard with contracts associated with Anthem going forward.

The report by PWInsider indicated that Matt Hardy had also wanted to regain creative control of his character after the successful introduction of his “Broken” Matt Hardy storyline over the last year. This was something Impact Wrestling may not have been interested in granting with the reintroduction of Jeff Jarrett’s creative team now consisting of Dutch Mantell and Scott D’Amore, who were involved with TNA in the early days. It would appear the Hardy’s were not on board with these last minute clauses.

The company will be holding another set of Impact Wrestling TV tapings for Pop TV starting this Thursday through the weekend in Orlando at Universal Studios. While not confirmed, it’s possible both Matt and Jeff Hardy could be working the tapings in some form or fashion as they are still the reigning TNA Tag Team Champions. If not, Impact Wrestling will be left with an issue in that department. Reby Hardy, Matt Hardy’s wife, took to Twitter today and appeared to confirm the reports about issues between the Hardy’s and Impact Wrestling, even going so far as to say she would “melt some gold” (referring to the tag titles).

John Pollock of Fight Network (whose parent company is Anthem Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of Impact Wrestling) tweeted out the following follow up on reports by PWInsider.com and Pro Wrestling Sheet.

John Pollock @iamjohnpollock 3 hours ago

Beth Phoenix revealed as next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame

WWE.com has announced Beth Phoenix as the next inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando this April.

The story of Phoenix’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year was first reported by USA Today earlier today before WWE made the news official.

Phoenix made her debut in WWE back in 2006 and ended up suffering a severe jaw injury that kept her out of action for nearly a year on the main roster. She would go on to become a three-time WWE Women’s Champion and a one-time WWE Divas Champion. Phoenix quietly stepped away from WWE and wrestling all together in late 2012.


WWE Raw Preview

WWE RAW is live tonight from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Scheduled for the show tonight is an appearance by Seth Rollins for the first time in weeks where he will address his injury and his status for WrestleMania 33 this year.

Also advertised for the show is an appearance by Goldberg just days before he challenges Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane on Sunday.

WWE.com is also teasing the latest between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and The Club and Charlotte and Bayley.


John Cena to host the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 11

The following was issued on Monday announcing that WWE star John Cena will be hosting the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 11 in Los Angeles:

Platinum-Selling Artists Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello to Perform at “Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards”

Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the show will air live on Saturday, March 11 from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Burbank, Calif.,–Feb. 24, 2017–Nickelodeon today announced that chart-topping recording artists Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello are set to perform their platinum-selling number-one single, “Bad Things,” at the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards. The reigning rock star of rap and the multi-platinum selling singer songwriter will take the KCA stage for their first time in a dynamic performance of the infectious hit song. Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the show will air live on Saturday, March 11, at 8 p.m. (ET/ tape delayed for West Coast), from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Celebrating kids’ favorites from across the worlds of film, television, music and pop culture, Nickelodeon recently announced the nominations for the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards which features an all-star list including: Henry Cavill, Daya, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Megan Fox, Lukas Graham, Kevin Hart, Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Jones, Anna Kendrick, Bruno Mars, Melissa McCarthy, JoJo Siwa, The Chainsmokers, Justin Timberlake, Twenty One Pilots and more. This year also features nine new categories guaranteed to be unique to this awards season, like “Favorite Frenemies,” “Most Wanted Pet” and “#Squad.”
Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards is the only live event where kids can cast their votes across 28 categories with a brand-new voting experience on Nickelodeon’s digital platforms including Nick.com and the Nick App on iPad, iPhone, Kindle and Android devices.
Stay up-to-date on all Kids’ Choice Awards news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook and following @Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram using #KCA.
While this will be Cena’s first time hosting the global show, he is beloved worldwide by the Nickelodeon family, having previously hosted Australia’s Kids’ Choice Awards in 2008, as well as undergoing a sliming at the first UK Kids’ Choice Awards in 2007.
Sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards include Cinnamon Toast Crunch(TM), Crest(R), Hot Wheels(R), Nintendo, Skechers(R), Toyota and Walmart.
Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions. Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey, Shelly Sumpter Gillyard and Jay Schmalholz are executive producers.
Media outlets can access photos and video for Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards by logging onto Nickpress.com.

Match Set For Impact Wrestling Taping

Impact Wrestling has announced on Monday that Cody Rhodes vs. MOOSE is the first match set for their upcoming TV tapings for Pop TV scheduled for later this week at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Seth Rollins to Be At Raw This Week

PWInsider has confirmed that Seth Rollins is in Green Bay for tomorrow night’s episode of Raw. Rollins has been out of action with a torn MCL in his knee and has been rehabbing it in the hopes that he can be back in time for WrestleMania 33. Rollins was originally set to face Triple H at the event; it isn’t yet confirmed whether he’ll make it back in time and thus the match is up in the air.
There is also no confirmation on what Rollins will be doing or if he’ll even appear on screen at this time.


Drew Galloway Confirms TNA Departure

Drew Galloway posted on Twitter the follow. Galloway confirmed he is leaving TNA after two years with the company-

Drew GallowayVerified account@GallowaySpeaks 1 hour ago

Viceland developing pro wrestling series

Dutch Mantell (former WWE star Zeb Colter) noted on Twitter that he has been approached by Viceland about a new series covering untold stories about pro wrestling.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

2/23 Impact Wrestling Report

The words In Memoriam appear on a blank screen. It then lists the names of George "The Animal" Steele, Chavo Guerrero Sr., Ivan Koloff and Nicole Bass.
The show then opens with a video hyping tonight's upcoming events. It starts with Matt Hardy at his compound. He is seeking guidance from his giraffe "George Washington". Which he refers to as his great confidante. He then confers with Vanguard One. He tells VG1 about his conversation with "George Washington". Matt tells Vanguard that George is worried about his drinking issues. As Matt proceeds to tell VG1 what the seven deities have told him about his next journey. Brother Nero arrives. Matt tells Nero that he is going to be transported and start to make the transformation from "Broken Matt Hardy" to the "King In Gold". He warns Jeff that he may lose his abilities during this, and asks if he can house his abilities into Nero's vessel. Matt than uses the 7 deities to give Nero his abilities. Matt asks his brother to keep his abilities safe, while he goes on an unknown odyssey. Nero starts feeling the effects of his brother's transformation and has a "premoneetion". He tells Matt that he is going to Egypt. Matt then grabs a hold of VG1 and disappears.

The next part of the open is a video invitation from Maria for tonight's wedding between Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness. Maria will be the host and she calls Braxton and Laurel's partnership and love, an endless black hole that will never end.
We are now in The Impact Zone and Cody and Brandi Rhodes make their way to the ring. A highlight is shown from Moose and Brandi's mixed tag team victory over Decay last week on Impact. On commentary, Josh Mathews makes mention of Cody's new moniker "The American Nightmare" and his recent exploits in Japan. The opening five minutes of Impact are in the video below.

Cody takes the mic and talks about all the places he has been in the last year. He mentions AT&T Stadium, The Tokyo Dome and The Hammerstein Ballroom. Cody mentions how he is now back in Impact Wrestling. He talks about how his last stay in Impact was cut short by Bobby Lashley. Who attacked and laid him out backstage last year. Cody tells Lashley to not be nervous tonight because he isn't here for him. He is instead here for his wife. Cody calls Brandi lovely and exquisite but also refers to her as now being known as "Mini Moose". Brandi nervously does the moose chant symbol. Cody then tells Brandi, how proud he is of her. Brandi thanks Cody. She tells him that she has been spending all her time chasing after her husband and trying to be like him. Brandi calls coming to Impact Wrestling a dream come true for her. She says that a lot of people didn't know that she has always wanted to wrestle. Brandi thanks Cody for inspiring her and she also thanks Moore for helping her beat The Decay last week. Something, she never thought that she'd be able to do. Brandi says that she is looking to improve. Cody responds by telling Brandi that he knows the pressure that comes with having his last name. Cody tells Brandi that she doesn't need to improve because she is already perfect. Cody asks for Moose to come down to the ring to greet him and Brandi.
Moose enters the ring and Cody thanks him for helping Brandi. He says that his entire family thanks him and that Moose is one of them. Moose tells Cody that Brandi has his number and that if they ever need his help. He will be there. Cody takes exception to Brandi having Moose's number. He says that it goes against the rules of wrestling relationships. Cody says that if Moose and Brandi wrestle and train together. That it means that they will end up sleeping together eventually. Moose tells Cody that he is taking this the wrong way. Moose mentions that Cody is working around the world and that Moose was here to help Brandi while Cody was away. Cody doesn't accept Moose's explanation and calls him a "profitous slut". Brandi tries to put a stop to Cody's anger and asks him if he is joking. She is upset that Cody would be embarrassing her this way at her new job..... Cody pauses and gives a fake laugh and says that he is just joking. Cody says that his comments may have been in bad taste and then kisses his wife. He then goes to shake Moose's hand and then gives him a low blow, and starts stomping on him. Brandi starts yelling at Cody to stop. He grabs Moose and hits the "Cross Rhodes". Cody then does the bullet club signal. He then scolds Brandi, grabs her arm and makes her leave the ring with him.

Back from the break. Highlights are shown what just transpired between Cody and Moose. Cody is now shown in the back area with Brandi. He is grabbing her by the arm and she is being rushed out of the arena. The camera man tries to ask Cody about what he just did. Cody pushes the camera man away and demands that he get away from his wife.
A video package airs now with Tyrus and Eli Drake talking about the end of their business relationship. We now cut back to The Impact Zone and Tyrus is already in the ring awaiting Eli Drake. Drake grabs a mic on the stage. Drake tells Tyrus that despite being on Fox News. He is not the star that Eli Drake is. He calls Tyrus a dummy and says that he tried to ruin his Fact of Life show. Drake promises to ruin Tyrus.
Eli Drake Vs. Tyrus
Tyrus overpowers Drake early on in the match. Drake takes a powder to the outside and grabs a mic. He asks Tyrus to re-think things and talk business. Drake suggests that Tyrus do the right thing here. He asks him to take the fall for him. Tyrus suggests that Drake do it instead. Drake's negotiation doesn't work and he says that he will do things Tyrus's way instead. Seconds later, Drake intentionally knocks out referee Earl Hebner. Tyrus grabs Drake by the throat. Eli still has the mic and offers to give Tyrus a raise. Tyrus takes the mic from him. He teases not shaking Drake's hand but then ends up hugging Eli and accepting the raise. Tyrus and Drake then hug and pose together. Reforming their business relationship.
Eli Drake and Tyrus ends in a no contest?

Maria, Sienna and Laurel Van Ness are now shown backstage prepping for the wedding. Laurel reveals her special wedding dress that was shipped by her father. Sienna makes a comment about Laurel's dress being "so white". Maria tells Laurel that she is so proud of Laurel for being tall and beautiful. She then talks about the rings for the wedding and starts to question where the designated ring girl Allie is. Sienna promises to find her.
Back to The Hardy's in Cameron, NC. Matt is transported back from Egypt in his "King In Gold" attire. Well first a gold boat appears and Nero assumes that Matt has been turned into it before Matt appears a second later. The boat is actually "Skarsguard" who made the journey to Egypt as well. Skarsguard is no longer a dilapidated boat but a golden arc. Matt says that his Egyptian name is Anunnaki and that he lived many years ago. Matt now knows everything that they need to do during the "expedition of gold". That they must win all the tag team titles from around the world. Matt and Nero grab a hold of VG1 and chant "Procure" as they are transported to the next phase of their expedition of gold.

Back in The Impact Zone, The former Knockouts Champ Jade is in the ring. She calls out Rosemary and says that the red vs blue feud is not over yet. Rosemary tells Jade that instead of trying to save the Knockout division from the darkness. That she should just save herself. Jade grabs the mic away from Rosemary and tells her that she is not done with her yet. That she risked it all in their cage match against each other, and now she is prepared to risk it all again, in a last knockouts standing match. Rosemary accepts Jade's challenge. She offers to give her one more dance with the demon.

After the break, The Miracle is backstage with Braxton Sutter. Braxton is drinking champagne from the bottle. Mike Bennett tries to give Sutter marriage advice. He tries to cheer him up, even though he brings up all the problems he has with Maria. Bennett then tries to cheer up Sutter by telling him to imagine Laurel Van Ness taking her wedding dress off. Sutter says he doesn't care for that. He only cares about Allie. Bennett tells Sutter not to worry that Maria has something special planned for Allie.

Jessie Godderz Vs. Bram w/Eddie Kingston
Godderz has the early advantage in this one until Kingston gets involved and interferes in the match. Bram throws Godderz over the top rope and Eddie Kingston beats up on him and throws him back into the ring. Bram stays in control for the next few minutes. Godderz eventually battles back with a suplex. He then hits a blockbuster from the top rope. He follows that up with The Adonis Crab submission. Bram tries to escape but can't. He is about to tap out when Eddie Kingston gets on the apron. Jessie sees this and slingshots Bram into Kingston. He then rolls up Bram and pins him.
Jessie Godderz defeats Bram by pinfall
After the match. Bram is able to fight off the two DCC members and escape.
Now back to The Hardy's. They have transported to the a wrestling locker room. Matt calls it a decrepit erection. Jeff asks where the tag team champions of this promotion are. Jeff says that they are procure gold from The Mid-Atantic Tag Team champions. The wrestlers direct The Hardy's to the other locker room. Two men wearing cowboy hats and blue jackets approach The Hardy's. Matt asks them if they are the champions of "this territory". The Mid Atlantic Outlaws, "Matt and Louis" say that they are not but that they are the #1 contenders for The Mid-Atlantic Tag Titles. While The Hardy's argue with "Matt and Louis". Another wrestler wearing a black flag shirt approaches them. He says that the champs "Mathis and Rage" have not been beaten in 12 years and suggests that The Hardy's can be the team to finally do it. He implores the outlaws to let The Hardy's try. The Outlaws agree to take a back seat for The Hardys'. They then all walk down the hallway doing the delete gesture.

When the show returns, Maria, Sienna and Laurel are sipping champagne in their dressing room. A dejected Allie finally shows up. Maria gives her a hard time about it. Allie tells Maria that she doesn't want to be here. Laurel mocks Allie and says that she is sad because Sutter chose her instead. Allie goes to leave the room. Maria tells her to not be too far away. As Allie is leaving, Laurel reminds her to book the hotel suite for her and Sutter, where she plans to consummate the marriage.... Allie is then shown leaving in the hallway and bumps into Braxton Sutter. She asks him if he loves Laurel and if he really wants to do this. Braxton gets tongue tied. He tells Allie he is sorry and that he has to do this. Allie just walks away.

Back to The Hardy's. They have been taken to "The Villains". The Mid-Atlantic Tag Champs "Mathis and Rage". The Hardy's challenge is accepted as they stare each other down. An all out brawl takes place between all the wrestlers in the locker room.

Rage & Mathis are then shown preparing to make their way to the ring for their match with The Hardy's. Rage asks Mathis what they are going to do about them. Mathis says that tonight "it's a shoot". The Hardy's are then shown in their locker room. Jeff and Matt psyche each other up to procure the Mid-Atlantic tag team championships.... We then cut to The Madison Civic Center for their match.
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship Match
The Broken Hardy's Vs. Mathis & Rage (c)
Highlights are shown of the match. The Hardy's get a great response from the crowd. They make their way to the ring with Vanguard One. No blurred refs this week. Marty Elias didn't make the trip. Unlike last week, The Hardy's opponents are shown getting in a lot more offense during this highlight package. Mathis actually hits a nice looking powerslam on Jeff Hardy. The highlights package includes the Hardy's two decades of signature tandem spots. Jeff gets in trouble and double teamed towards the end of the highlights. He rallies and makes the hot tag to Matt. Matt comes in on fire and takes on both Mathis and Rage. He then gets out a chair and attacks the both of them on the outside. Jeff and Matt take complete control of the match. Jeff puts Rage in a dumpster and wheels him down a flight of stairs backstage. He returns to ringside and helps aid his brother Matt in finishing off Mathis. They hit the twist of fate/swanton combo and then Matt pins Mathis. The entire crowd and The Hardy's celebrate and do the delete chant together.
The Hardy's defeat Mathis & Rage to become The Mid Atlantic Tag Team Champions
While everyone is celebrating with The Hardy's. Matt and Nero use VG1 to disappear and transport back to Cameron.

The Hardy's put their newly won titles into The Golden Arc and a fireworks display follows.
A video package of Josh Barnett airs. He talks about his ring name being The Warmaster. Barnett talks about his background in Mixed Martial Arts and in wrestling. He was trained by Billy Robinson and has wrestled and fought in Japan. He's also a former UFC champion. He talks about his catch wrestling style. Barnett says that he has a history with Bobby Lashley. He has been in his corner for his MMA fights in the past. Barnett states that he has been disappointed in how Lashley has carried himself as a champion. To be a real champ, Barnett states that Lashley is going to have to prove himself to him.

'The Warmaster' Josh Barnett Vs. Bad Bones
Before this match starts. Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring and joins the commentary team. I try to stay away from opinions during these recaps but Barnett is a better commentator than Mathews and The Pope, and does a great job with Jim Ross for AXS TV doing NJPW broadcasts. Maybe Anthem will have a place for him one day at the broadcast table.

MMA styled wrestling match here. Some early striking by both men. A lot of stiff action. Bad Bones actually makes a good showing for himself. During one exchange, He takes advantage of a ref break to launch himself at Barnett through the ropes. Bones has the advantage for a spell until Barnett catches him and hits a gut wrench suplex. Josh then hits a sick looking power bomb on Bad Bones. Where his head lands on the mat badly. Barnett then hits a northern lights suplex on a loop Bones and clamps on an armbar to make him tap out. Barnett looks directly at Lashley while he applies the submission.
Josh Barnett defeats Bad Bones by submission
X Division Championship Match
Trevor Lee (c) Vs. DJZ
DJ Z attacks Lee outside early on. Z is still selling the injury he suffered a few weeks back at the hands of Trevor Lee. These two have wrestled each other so many times on Impact in the last year or so. Each of their matches tend to look the same. So the selling of an injury by Z actually gives the match a different feel than their previous encounters. DJ has the momentum throughout the first part of this match until Trevor hits a german suplex on Z that has him land poorly on his ankle. Trevor takes control. Z rallies yet again with a flurry of offensive moves that he caps off with a nice looking reverse rana. As Z sets up to hit the ZDT, Shane Helms slows Z's momentum by grabbing his foot. This enable Trevor Lee to counter and roll up Z with a handful of tights for the victory.
Trevor Lee defeats DJZ by pinfall to retain The X Division Championship

After the match. Lee and Helms try to use a steel chair to further injure DJZ. Former Helms Dynasty member Andrew Everett comes to the save. He knocks down Lee and Helms, and then hits a shooting star press on Trevor Lee.

Lashley vs Josh Barnett is hyped for next week's Impact. Not this week's.
Maria is backstage with Braxton Sutter. She reminds Sutter why he has to marry Laurel. Allie's job is on the line if he doesn't.

"The Laurel & Braxton Wedding"

The ring is now gone in The Impact Zone. The entire arena has been decorated for this wedding. The groom Braxton Sutter makes his way to the altar with his "best man" Mike Bennett. The Miracle is downing two bottles of champagne on his way to the ramp.

The Flower girls Aron Rex and Spud make their entrance providing the flower pedals. They are followed by the bridesmaids in Maria Kanellis Bennett and Sienna.

Back from the break. The bride to be Laurel Van Ness makes her way to the altar. Maria takes the mic and calls this greatest wedding ever that isn't hers. She then says that they can't proceed until the ring bearer Allie shows up. Allie arrives with a bridesmaids dress on. Braxton sells the way Allie looks.

The ceremony begins and the fans are booing right through it. Maria wants the minister to rush and get to the "i do's part. Laurel reads her vows to Braxton. She mentions her trust fund and clothing. She doesn't care that Sutter isn't rich because she is. She promises to buy Sutter a whole new wardrobe. Change him out of is "middle class clothes". When it comes time for Sutter to read his vows. Braxton says that he forgot his and asks that they get this over with quickly. The minister asks if anyone here objects to this matrimony. Speak now of forever hold their peace. The crowd all objects. Maria takes the mic and says that they are skipping over this part. Maria then pushes Allie down to the ground and makes her hand over the rings. Laurel then says I do. Sutter hesitates and can't say it. Laurel starts egging him on to say I do. The crowd chants just say no. Braxton tells Laurel that he is really sorry but "I don't". Braxton says that he doesn't take Laurel to be his anything. That there is a guy out there that Laurel will make completely miserable one day. Sutter says that he can't marry Laurel because he is love with someone else. Sutter then tells Allie that he loves her. Maria, Laurel and Sienna snap. Sutter reveals that Maria is the one who forced him to stop seeing Allie and to marry Laurel. That Allie would be fired if he didn't go through with Maria's wishes. Maria laughs at Sutter for manning up and then turns and fires Allie. Allie grabs the mic and says that Maria can't fire her. Allie quits. Sienna grabs her from behind. Maria takes off her shoe to hit Allie. Braxton stops her and then knocks down Bennett who tries to intervene. Allie then spears Maria. Brooke comes out to help aid Allie. Robbie E comes out and goes after Mike Bennett. Laurel is laying on the ground sulking while this happens. Allie and Braxton them meet in the center of the ring and kiss. Laurel cries and drinks champage to drown her sorrows. As the show comes to an end.

Tonight You Are All Invited to The Wedding | IMPACT Feb. 23rd, 2017

* The Hardys expedition for tag team gold continues at CWF Mid-Atlantic.
* The wedding between Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness.
* Cody Rhodes returns.
* Jessie Godderz vs. Bram.


SPOILERS: 2/22 WWE NXT TV taping results at University of Central Florida

2/22 WWE NXT TV taping results:

* Dark match: Ruby Riot (aka Heidi Lovelace) def. Kimber Lee.
* Elias Samson walked out playing a song and was interrupted by Kassius Ohno. Ohno challenges him to a loser leaves NXT match tonight.
* Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young never took place as Sanity attacked Roderick Strong on the ramp. No Way Jose ran out to try and make the save and was also taken out by Sanity.
* Andrade “Cien” Almas def. HoHo Lun.
* Kassius Ohno def. Elias Samson in a Loser Leaves NXT match.
* Ember Moon def. Billie Kay. Kay took a bad bump from Moon during a top rope stunner and needed help from trainers after the match.
* The Revival vs. The Ealy Twins never took place. The Authors of Pain ran out and attacked the Twins. The Revival bailed.
* Heavy Machinery def. QT Marshall and Johnny Vandal.
* Nikki Cross def. Macey Estrella.
* Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Oney Lorcan.
* NXT Women’s Champion Asuka def. Priscilla Zuniga (aka Angel Rose).
* NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain def. The Ealy Twins.
* Sanity vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong and No Way Jose ended in a DQ.
* Dash Wilder def. Johnny Gargano and Akam in a triple threat match.
* Bobby Roode def. Kassius Ohno to retain the NXT Championship.
* Shinsuke Nakamura def. TJ Perkins.
* In what appears to be a post-show bonus segment, Bobby Roode walked back out and talked trash to Nakamura. He talked about having friends and sent Almas in to attack Nakamura. Finn Balor made a surprise appearance running out and cleaning house. Balor cut a promo saying he wasn’t cleared to wrestle yet, but will be soon.