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UFC on FOX 11 Results: Fabricio Werdum makes statement with impressive decision over Travis Browne

UFC on FOX 11 took place on Saturday night at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and Fabricio Werdum made a statement as he defeated Travis Browne by decision to become the number one contender in the UFC heavyweight division.

Werdum would do something in the fight that not many people thought would happen which was beat Browne on the feet. Along with beating him on the feet, Werdum became the first fighter in the UFC to score a takedown against Browne.

Browne best moment in the fight came in the opening round as he rocked Werdum and attempted to finish the fight. Werdum would be able to survive and would end up getting back to his feet.

Once on his feet, he would score one of three takedowns and looked for a submission. Browne would defend the attempts and worked back to his feet. As the fight moved on, Browne showed visible signs of fatigue but kept coming forward. He would not be able to land a significant strike that could lead to the end of the fight and Werdum would cruise to a decision victory.

Werdum (18-5-1) has now won four fight in a row and he will be next for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. While the date of that fight is unknown, UFC President Dana White said that fight is targeted to take place in Mexico.

Tate starts off slow, end ups winning by decision
The co-main event of the fight card was a women’s bantamweight bout between former title challengers as Miesha Tate scored a decision victory over Liz Carmouche.

Carmouche would get a fast start in the fight as she scored three takedowns in the opening round and controlled what was essentially a grappling fight in the opening five minutes. She would continue with that game plan in the second round as she scored another three takedowns. During the second round, the big moment would come when Tate went for a guillotine choke, but Carmouche would defend the submission.

As the third round opened, Tate would land a combination and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, she would use her strikes to set you a submission attempt as she worked for a rear-naked choke. She would eventually get the submission but Carmouche would not tap out and the fight would make it to the final bell.

All three judges scored the fight for Tate (14-5), who snaps a two fight losing streak with the win and this is her first win in 610 days. For Carmouche (9-5), she has now lost back to back fights and is 1-3 in the UFC.

Cerrone drops Barboza with jab, finishes fight with rear-naked choke
Donald Cerrone tied Nate Diaz for the most finishes in UFC/WEC lightweight history as he submitted Edson Barboza in the first round.

Barboza opened the fight by stunning Cerrone, but Cerrone was able to recover. Barboza would continue to control the fight with his hand speed but Cerrone would connect on a left jab that dropped Barboza. Instead of trying to finish the fight with strikes, Cerrone went straight for the submission and Barboza would tap out.

Cerrone (23-6) has now won three in a row and he is now tied with B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz, and Joe Lauzon for seventh most wins in lightweight history. His last two wins have come by first round stoppage and he is now 2-0 in 2014.

Romero wins 4th straight, wins decision against Tavares
The opening bout of the main card was a middleweight bout between top fifteen UFC middleweights as Yoel Romero won his fourth straight fight with a decision victory over Brad Tavares.

Romero got off to a fantastic start as he stunned Tavares early with a combination and the fight went to the ground. He would control the entire round and score four takedowns in the first round. He would continue to control the fight in the second round as he landed a short elbow that opened up a cut on Tavares forehead.

The final five minutes of the fight would see Romero score two takedowns and would landed 87% of his strikes in the round. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges had the fight 30-27 for Yomero. He is now 4-0 in the UFC and will likely face a top ten fighter in his next fight.

The complete UFC on FOX 11 results are below.

Main Card: (FOX)
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:15
Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thiago Alves def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jorge Masvidal def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex White def. Estevan Payan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:28
Caio Magalhaes def. Luke Zachrich via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :44
Jordan Mein def. Hernani Perpetuo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Jack May via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:23

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Bellator 117 Results: Douglas Lima wins vacant title; Held and Pitbull advance to LW tournament final

Bellator 117 took place on Friday night and Douglas Lima became the third Bellator welterweight champion as he defeated Rick Hawn in the second round to win the vacant title.

From the opening bell, Lima attacked the lead leg of Hawn with kicks as Hawn attempted to counter the strikes. As the round went on, Hawn’s left leg was getting lit up by the low kicks and would eventually fall to the mat.

Lima went for the finish on the ground, but Hawn would make it to the bell. Once the second round started, Lima went back to attacking the lead leg and Hawn fell to the mat on multiple occasions. After Lima dropped him near the three minute mark of the round, Hawn’s head trainer Firas Zahabi would throw in the throw and referee Rob Hinds stopped the fight.

Hawn (26-5) has now won five fight in a row and this victory ties him with Lyman Good for the second most wins in Bellator welterweight division. This defeat marks the second time that Hawn (18-3) has lost a title fight in Bellator and he will likely drop back down to the lightweight division.

Held scores another submission, advances to lightweight final
The co-main event of the fight card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Marcin Held scored his tenth career win by submission as he defeated Derek Anderson in the second round.

Held was able to get the fight to the ground early and immediately went for a leg lock. Anderson would be able to defend the submission attempt but he would be stuck on the ground with Held for the entire round. Anderson would be able to keep the fight on the feet at the start of the second round, but Held was able to get the fight to the ground with an awkward move. Once on the ground, he locked in a triangle choke and Anderson would tap out.

Held (18-3) now has seven wins in the Bellator lightweight division, which is second most in divisional history. While this is his tenth career win by submission, this is the first time he has won by triangle choke.

Amoussou earns first victory since 2012 with split decision over Gomez
Season six welterweight tournament winner Karl Amoussou snapped a two fight losing streak on Friday night as he defeated Bellator newcomer David Gomez by split decision.

Amoussou opened up the fight by being able to use his jab to creat distance and be the more active fighter during the opening round. He came close to a stoppage victory in the beginning of the second round as he went for a heel hook submission. Gomez would survive the submission attempt and began to land significant strikes during the middle round.

The final round would be high pace with each fighter landing several significant punches. It would be the closest of the three rounds and could have been scored for either fighter. The judges would be split on the decision and two of the three judges had the fight for Amoussou (17-6-2). This is his first victory in 638 days and may secure him a spot in the next welterweight tournament.

Pitbull advances to second lightweight tournament final
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Patricky Pitbull advanced to his second Bellator lightweight tournament final with a second round TKO victory.

Pitbull got off to a slow start in the fight as Campos was in control during the opening round. However, Pitbull came out quick in the second round as he dropped Campos with a right hand. Campos would be able to survive for a moment as he got back to his feet, but Pitbull would drop him once again and finish the fight on the mat.

The victory for Pitbull (13-5) gives him four tournament victories in Bellator and all of those victories have come by TKO/KO. He has now won three straight and both of his wins in this tournament have come in the second round.

The complete Bellator 117 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 3:09
Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:09
Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patricky Pitbull def. Derek Campos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :52

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Ryan Jensen def. Mark Stoddard via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Houston Alexander def. Matt Udhe via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via verbal submission (injury) – Round 1, :48
Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, :59
Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:37
Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (punches) – Round 2, :04

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Independent Roundtable – April 18th, 2014

Hosts: Jason Namako (@Jason_Namako); Nicholas Gray (@DaBoyzNDaBak)
Email the show: jason@wrestleview.com

On this week’s Independent Roundtable, Jason and Nick review the April 12th episode of ROH TV and the April 10th episode of WWE NXT, discussion of ROH’s major announcement concerning live PPV and a preview of this weekend’s ROH & SHINE shows.

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The MMA Report Podcast Episode 91

On this week’s edition of “The MMA Report Podcast,” Jason Floyd will recap TUF Nations Finale and play audio clips from the post fight press conference and Dana White post fight scrum.

Also, preview this weekend’s Bellator 117, UFC on FOX 11, and give the latest news in UFC, Bellator, and World Series of Fighting.

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TUF Nations Finale Results: Tim Kennedy wins fourth straight with decision over Michael Bisping

The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale took place on Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and the card was headlined by Tim Kennedy winning his fourth straight fight with a decision over Michael Bisping.

Kennedy opened the fight by getting the fight to the ground but Bisping was able to work his way up. As Bisping worked his way up, Kennedy kept a grip on Bisping and got the fight back to the ground. He would end up passing to the mount position and Bisping would give up his back.

He went for a rear-naked choke submission but Bisping defended the choke and Kennedy would end the round in the half guard. Bisping would have his best round in the second as he was able to keep the fight on the feet and stop the takedown attempts of Kennedy.

However, that would be the best offense for Bisping in the entire fight as Kennedy was able to get takedowns in the final ten minutes of the fight and stay away from any significant strikes from Bisping. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges scored the fight for Kennedy.

Kennedy (18-4) is now on a four fight winning streak and three of those wins have come in the UFC. Two of his three wins in the UFC have come by decision and he is now 4-3 when the fight goes to the judges.

Cote defeats Noke by decision in battle of TUF Nations coaches
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout between the two TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote scored a decision victory over Kyle Noke.

Cote got off to a great start in the opening round by getting the fight to the ground and controlling the fight on the ground. The fight would take a turn in the second round as Noke landed a knee as Cote was closing the distance. Noke would attempt to finish the fight with strikes on the ground, but Cote would be able to survive.

At the start of the third round, Noke got off to a solid start but Cote would score a takedown with two minutes left in the round and would keep the fight on the ground until the final bell sounded. All three judges would score the fight for Cote (20-8) and he has won three fights in a row.

Theodorou weathers early storms, stops Westcott in 2nd round
Elias Theodorou won the middleweight tournament of TUF Nations as he weathered the early storm of Sheldon Westcott and won the fight in the second round by TKO.

Westcott opened the fight by closing the distance and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, Westcott was able to get on the back of Theodorou and looked for a submission. He would be unable to get the submission and Theodorou would take the fight over. He would pick apart Westcott with his strikes for the remainder of the round.

In what would be the final round, Theodorou would take the fight to the ground three times and became clear that Westcott’s gas tank was getting close to empty. After his third takedown, he used his ground strikes to secure the victory as the referee came in to stop the fight. Theodorou (9-0) has now won six of his fights by stoppage and this is his fourth career win to come by TKO/KO.

Laprise wins TUF Nations Welterweight Tournament
Chad Laprise remained undefeated in his career as he defeated Olivier Aubin-Mercier by split decision to win The Ultimate Fighter Nations Welterweight Tournament.

The opening round would would a standup battle as Laprise would keep the fight on the feet as he stopped all three of Aubin-Mercier takedown attempts in the opening round. Aubin-Mercier would be able to get the fight to the ground early in the second round and went for a guillotine choke submission. Laprise would escape the submission and get back to his feet. The remainder of the round would be on the feet with Laprise winning the exchanges.

In the final round, Aubin-Mercier would be able to score a takedown but was unable to keep the fight on the ground as Laprise got up and kept the fight on the feet. They would battle until the final bell and Laprise (8-0) would win the fight by split decision. This is his third straight win by decision and tonight marked the first time that Aubin-Mercier had fought past the first round.

Poirier wins third straight with TKO victory
The opening fight of the main card was a featherweight bout as Dustin Poirier won his third straight fight as he stopped Akira Corassanni in the second round by strikes.

The opening round would primarily be on the feet and Corassanni would land a punch that hurt Poirier. He would not be able to capitalize on the strike and Poirier would recover. As the round was coming to a conclusion, Poirier would hurt Corassanni and went for a submission. Corassanni would survive the submission and make it to the bell.

However, the fight would only last for thirty more seconds as Poirier landed an uppercut at the second round started and finish the fight with strikes on the ground. After the fight was over, Poirier told Jon Anik that Corassanni told him that the uppercut broke his nose. Poirier (16-3) now has eight wins in the UFC featherweight division and he passes Chad Mendes for the most wins in the divisions history.

The complete TUF Nations Finale results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Tim Kennedy def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Patrick Cote def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Sheldon Westcott via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:41
Chad Laprise def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Dustin Poirier def. Akira Corassani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :42

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
K.J. Noons def. Sam Stout via KO (punches) – Round 1, :30
Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan Jimmo def. Sean O’Connell via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:27
George Roop def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Mark Bocek def. Mike De La Torre via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Vik Grujic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Richard Walsh def. Chris Indich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Tim Gorman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Soul Luminous Radio – Sloan Rawlins – April 16th, 2014

Hosts: Michelle Rober (@RoberLeap); John Masiulionis (@JohnMasiulionis)

In this week’s episode of Soul Luminous Radio, Michelle and John talk with author Sloan Rawlins about her personal and powerful transformation and shares how we too can apply the 4 corners of healing – Faith, Self Awareness, Gratitude & Positive Thinking, to grow in ways we have previously believed impossible. Her book “Taming The Invisible Dragon” provides hope, inspiration and guidance to help you stay the course to finding authentic happiness.

Follow Sloan on Twitter at @SloanRawlins

Visit Sloan’s official website at http://tamingtheinvisibledragon.com/

Buy Sloan’s book “Taming the Invisible Dragon” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taming-The-Invisible-Dragon-Self-Realization/dp/1484936124/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1393364359&sr=8-1

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Pulse!n Episode 87 – PAX East Will Reap Your Soul

News

Sony is making a Zombie MMO
Heartbleed and what it means to you
Blizzard’s new file format is a game changer
EA was dethroned.. the worst company in America is Comcast
PAX: Blizzard announces the first expansion pack for Hearthstone!
PAX: Harmonix has GRAND plans to revive Rock Band & Dance Central

What The… Moment of the Week

Soda Drinker Pro coming to Xbox One

The Rapid Pulse

If you are a Club Nintendo member, Super Mario World is available for 200 coins til 5/11
PAX is coming to San Antonio, TX on 1/23/2015 for the first PAX South
On 4/22, five 3DS games will be dropped to $29.99: Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario 3D Land.
Oculus Rift sales are at 85,000, dev kit 2.0 at 25,000
Attack on Titan is coming to Toonami n May 3rd at 11:30pm
Congratulations to Nirvana for getting into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame!

Commercial Break

Our commercial this week is APEX Radio and Bret “The Hitman” Hart battling an egg to make an omelette.

Geek Culture Segment

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Review – We take a look at the Crusader Class, Act V, Adventure Mode, Nephalem Rifts, The Mystic, Art, the OST, and more!

Plug of the Week

Kripparian – The first to defeat Diablo on Hardcore Inferno MP10, avid player of Hearthstone and Path of Exile!

Kripp’s Twitch: www.twitch.tv/NL_Kripp
Kripp’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kripparrian

Song of the Week

Urzael battle theme from Reaper of Souls OST

Length: 84:22

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (04/14/14)

April 14, 2014

Birmingham, AL

Rest in Peace Ultimate Warrior. A video package is played highlighting Warrior’s career, and all the Superstars and Divas gather on the stage. Jerry Lawler announces that the ring bell will be rung ten times in honor of the Warrior. And the Superstars and Divas join in in a Warrior chant.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio takes it to RVD as the bell rings with kicks. Van Dam reverses a whip to the corner and manages a monkey flip, a heel kick and a springboard cross body from the second before clotheslining Del Rio out to the floor. Del Rio sends RVD into the corner and catches him with a running enzuiguiri. Del Rio hits a suplex and rolls over for the 2-count. Del Rio slides out to the floor and kicks Van Dam’s head off the apron. Back inside, and Van Dam back drops Del Rio back to the floor and catches him with a baseball slide. Van Dam tries a springboard moonsault, but Del Rio moves out of the way and clotheslines Van Dam. Del Rio tosses Van Dam into the barricade as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and RVD is mid-Rolling Thunder. Del Rio catches RVD off-guard with a thrust kick and a DDT. Del Rio sets up RVD for a slingshot to the corner, but RVD lands on his feet and misses a thrust kick. RVD tries one more time and catches him, setting up for the split-legged moonsault. Del Rio gets his knees up and hits the Back Stabber for a 2-count. Del Rio heads to the top and Van Dam nails him in the face on the way down with a spinning heel kick. RVD heads to the top, but Del Rio is up and trips up Van Dam. RVD’s perched on the top rope, and Del Rio hits the running enzuiguiri again for a near-fall.

Del Rio gets frustrated he can’t put RVD away and signals for the Cross Armbreaker. Van Dam counters into a rollup, but Del Rio kicks out. Del Rio heads to the top and Van Dam trips him up and hits the 5-Star Frog Splash for the win.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam

A highlight of Ultimate Warrior’s win over The Honky Tonk Man at Summerslam ’88, effectively ending the reign of the longest Intercontinental Champion, is shown. 

Backstage, The Authority is with Randy Orton and Batista. Triple H says he knows they each want to be WWE World Champion, but Daniel Bryan’s not here tonight. They have a bigger problem on their hands, The Shield. And if they’re prepared to attack him based on principle, they won’t have any problems not letting Orton or Batista near Bryan. He says The Shield reminds him a lot of Evolution and he doesn’t know if anyone can stop them. Stephanie says she does, and it’s Orton and Batista. Batista says all he wants is to be champion. Orton agrees and they say it’s Triple H’s problem, not theirs.

Rybaxel vs. The Rhodes Brothers

Curtis Axel and Goldust start this off. They trade offense briefly until Goldust catches Axel off the ropes with an atomic drop. Cody tags in and they utilize the 5-count for a quick double team. Cody drops Axel with a frontface slam and rolls him up. Cody starts to work Axel’s arm and makes another quick tag. Goldust snapmares Axel and drops an elbow. Axel finds an opening and sends Goldust into the ropes, but Goldust drops down for the uppercut. Axel clotheslines Goldust and stomps away before finally making the tag.

Ryback whips Axel into the ropes and into Goldust. Ryback is right behind him with a splash. Ryback chokes Goldust in the ropes and slams him. Ryback heads to the second rope and makes the tag. Ryback hits a splash from the second and Axel follows up with a double axe handle. Axel rams Goldust into the turnbuckle and tags Ryback back in. Ryback slows things down with a reverse chinlock, and Goldust has to fight back to his feet. Ryback slams Goldust back to the mat and tightens up the hold. Goldust fights back to his feet, but Ryback sends him to the corner. Goldust hits a back elbow off the second turnbuckle and both men are down.

Goldust makes a tag, and Cody hangs Ryback off the top rope. Ryback tries to scoop up Cody, but he counters and drops down for an uppercut. Cody takes Axel off the apron and heads to the top for a moonsault onto Ryback. Ryback rolls out to the floor, and Cody hits a big move off the top onto Ryback. Cody hits Ryback with a springboard missile dropkick on his way back into the ring. Axel comes back in and sends Goldust out to the floor. Cody hits the Disaster Kick on Axel. He tries to hit one on Ryback but gets nailed with a Meathook Clothesline on the way down for the 1-2-3.

WINNERS: Rybaxel

Paige vs. Alicia Fox

These two tie up, end up in the ropes, and the referee has to split them up. Alicia tries a cheap shot and shoves Paige. Paige gets heated and starts to rip at Fox’s hair and slams her. Fox reverses an Irish Whip and takes down Paige with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Fox scoops her up for one more and a third. Paige has to roll out to the floor, and Alicia pulls her back in by the hair. Alicia hits a northern lights suplex and bridges for the pin, but Paige kicks out. Fox applies a reverse chinlock and thrashes Paige around before slamming her. Fox continues to toy with the crowd and pulls Paige up by the hair and connects on a forearm. Paige nails Fox with a superkick out of the corner. Paige starts to battle and takes down Fox with a series of clotheslines and a dropkick. Paige slaps on a Scorpion Crosslock, and Alicia Fox has to tap.

WINNER: Paige

The Usos vs. Randy Orton and Batista

I think it should be noted that The Usos are wearing some sweet Ultimate Warrior face paint. The bell rings and the Usos attack Orton and Batista, sending them out to the floor for a pair of suicide dives over the top. Orton and Batista regroup and Orton will start this off with Jimmy. Orton sends Uso to the corner, and Uso slides out and tags in Jey. Jey catches Orton with a flying elbow off the double team. They trade a few blows, and Orton catches Uso with a backbreaker. Batista tags in and they utilize the 5-count. Batista ties up Uso in the ropes and starts to work his back. Batista hits a suplex on Uso. Batista drags Uso to the corner and tags Orton back in. Orton stomps Uso and pulls him to his feet. Uso starts to mount a comeback, but Orton takes him down again and tags Batista back in.

Batista ducks his head, and Uso catches him with a kick. Uso heads for the ropes and Batista catches him with a spinebuster. Uso counters a whip and hits a Samoan Drop. Orton comes in to break up the pin and takes Jimmy off the apron. Orton slams Uso into the announce table and here comes the Shield! Roman Reigns launches Orton into the barricade, and The Shield surrounds Batista in the ring. Rollins makes the first move and gets taken out. Ambrose does the same, and Reigns nails Batista with a Superman Punch as The Shield stand tall in the ring.

WINNERS: No Contest

The highlights of Ultimate Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania VI are shown.

Backstage, Orton and Batista run into Triple H, who just says, “I told you,” and walks off.

Paul Heyman comes out and says he knows everyone will think he will drive home the point of his client Brock Lesnar breaking The Streak. He repeats himself that Brock Lesnar defeated The Streak. He repeats himself again, and again and shows images of Undertaker’s loss at Wrestlemania. When Brock Lesnar’s advocate speaks we must listen, especially when he anoints someone knew to be the next top-tier talent. And he brings out Cesaro.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Mark Henry vs. Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman

They tie up and Henry forces Cesaro back to the turnbuckle. Cesaro walks up the turnbuckle and tries to push off, but Henry throws him down. Cesaro tries to lock up with Henry again, but Henry throws him over the top rope. Heyman pulls Cesaro off to the side for some coaching. Cesaro regroups and climbs back into the ring and catches Henry with a series of uppercuts, backing him to the corner. Henry shoves Cesaro off, but Cesaro fires back with a running uppercut. Henry shoves him off again, and Cesaro comes right back with another running forearm. Henry shoves him off again and nails Cesaro with a running clothesline.

Henry’s visibly dazed and stumbles over to Cesaro, who drops Henry across the top rope. Henry scoops up Cesaro for a World’s Strongest Slam, but Cesaro lands on his feet and takes Henry down with an uppercut off the second rope. Cesaro lifts Henry for the Neutralizer and gets the 3-count!

WINNER: Cesaro

Backstage, Triple H and Stephanie tell Brad Maddox to find The Shield to tell them they’ll be in the Main Event tonight.

Alexander Rusev vs. Xavier Woods

Rusev blocks a kick from Woods and backs him into the corner for a series of kicks. Rusev levels Woods with a big kick. Rusev hits a spinning sideslam, and Woods has to tap out to the Accolade. R-Truth runs in and attacks Rusev, and Lana has to separate them. Truth goes to Woods’s aid and Rusev takes him out with another big kick.

WINNER: Alexander Rusev

Another video package of Ultimate Warrior, this time defeating Rick Rude at Summerslam ’90 inside a steel cage for the WWE Championship, is shown.

Intercontinental Title Tournament Match:

Jack Swagger vs. Sheamus

Swagger unloads several knees on Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus manages to duck a clothesline and turn things around on Swagger. Sheamus takes down Swagger with a couple of clotheslines and sends him out to the floor. Sheamus tries for the clubbing forearms, but Zeb Colter gets up on the apron for the distraction. Sheamus dives off the apron, and Swagger catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. Swagger applies a double chicken wing, and Sheamus has to battle to his feet. Swagger forces Sheamus into the ropes and connects on another belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger chokes Sheamus in the ropes and hits a short-arm clothesline.

Swagger goes back to the submission, and once again Sheamus battles to his feet. Sheamus comes off the ropes with a big clothesline, and both men are down now. Sheamus starts to rally with some more clotheslines and hits a tackle in the corner, followed by a running knee lift. Sheamus hits another in the corner. Sheamus snapmares Swagger over, kicks him hard in the back and drops a knee.

Sheamus finally gets the 10 Beats of the Bowery, and Swagger’s hung up in the ropes. Sheamus hits the Battering Ram off the top, and Swagger kicks out. Swagger backdrops Sheamus onto the apron. Sheamus springboards into the ring, and Swagger sidesteps and slaps on the Patriot Lock. Sheamus manages to kick Swagger off and hobbles to his feet. Swagger tackles Sheamus, sending him out to the floor. Swagger charges Sheamus, smashing in to Sheamus’s leg. Swagger sends Sheamus into the steel steps. Sheamus rolls back inside and Swagger charges again, but Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick out of nowhere for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Damien Sandow is in the ring and says regardless of how anybody feels about him, he’s the most deserving person in the WWE. The Big Show’s music hits, and Sandow keeps talking, saying he won’t be silenced. Show gets to the ring, and Sandow tells him to keep his thoughts to himself. He says when he comes out everyone should beg to touch him because he deserves it and he’s earned it. Sandow asks Big Show what he has to say about it. Sandow pokes Show in the chest and says Big Show knows he’s telling the truth. He says when Show looks at him, he sees a future champion and the future of the WWE and greatness. Big Show rears back and knocks out Sandow.

The Wyatts come out to the ring. Bray says society has become this vile, putrid thing. People do as they’re told so says the man. They see what they want them to see, and they feel whatever they want them to feel. He’s different. We see a black canvas, and he sees a beautiful painting. We hear silence, and he hears a symphony. He has a thousand faces and a million names: seducer, accuser, and destroyer. He has never once lied to the people. But we know who has. John Cena has made a career out of lying to everyone. He earns the trust, hidden behind his porcelain smile. He is no man. He is beast. Bray won’t let him do this to us anymore. He has Cena up against the ropes, on the edge. All he needs is that last little push. Abigail shall be his sword through the crusade, but he doesn’t wish to slay the monster, not yet. Right now, he just wants to come out and play. He calls out Cena.

John Cena makes his way out. Cena says the last thing he needs is another push because no one wants to see that. He wants to have some fun. The Wyatts always come out, looking so serious. Why so serious? Cena says the monster Wyatt wants to see doesn’t exist, and he wants to have some fun. He says if he could get the Wyatts to happy hour, they’d be the life of the party. Cena says he wanted to know if Sister Abigail was even real. So he did some research and found her on MySpace. He shows the picture and it’s Bray Wyatt dressed like an old lady. Then he found Bray Wyatt’s mom on Tinder, and it’s Luke Harper dressed like another old lady. But there’s a new member born one month ago, so he called TMZ to get the first photos, and it’s Erick Rowan superimposed on a baby’s body.

Wyatt says Cena only knows how to make jokes. Cena says if he wants Cena, Wyatt should know what it’s like when Cena gets serious; Bray Wyatt gets beat. He tells Wyatt to be careful what he wishes for, because he’s got it. He says he’s going to force Wyatt to do something he has yet to do since debuting in WWE. Cena says at Extreme Rules he wants Wyatt inside a steel cage. Wyatt laughs and says he likes it. He says John doesn’t even know it, but they’ve been playing catch with knives and sooner or later one of them will get stuck. How can John be sure it won’t be him? He says this is his world and it belongs to him. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Santino and Emma vs. Fandango and Layla

Santino and Fandango start this off. Some brief back and forth action leads to a take down by Fandango. Santino kips up and takes down Fandango with a hip toss. Santino pulls out the Cobra, but Layla gets the tag. Emma runs in and takes down Layla. Emma slaps on the Dill-Emma. Santino takes Fandango off the apron, and Emma gets distracted and taken off the second rope by Layla. Layla picks up the 3-count.

WINNERS: Fandango and Layla

Backstage, Stephanie is talking to Kane about his work as of late. She says she thought they chose a man who could lead and take charge as Director of Operations. She says when they took a leave of absence he couldn’t take care of business or handle Daniel Bryan. Kane tries to butt in, but she yells at him to shut up. She wants to know what happened to the Devil’s Favorite Demon. Kane stands up abruptly and sees his mask sitting in a case on a table. He takes it out of the case and says he’s going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan and send him to the depths of Hell.

Intercontinental Championship Tournament Match:

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler tries a waistlock take down. Barrett makes it back to his feet and throws an elbow and misses. Ziggler slides out to the floor to regroup. Ziggler comes back in, and Barrett starts to take over. Barrett hits a suplex and hits a knee drop. He tries one more, and Ziggler rolls out of the way. Ziggler applies a side headlock, but Barrett backs him into the corner and kicks him hard in the gut. Barrett chokes Ziggler in the ropes. Ziggler starts to rally with several right hands. Barrett reverses a whip. Ziggler hits a big dropkick and clotheslines Barrett over the top, and they both go to the floor. They start to trade right hands on the floor and Barrett sends Ziggler headfirst into the ring post as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Barrett retains control with a reverse chinlock. Ziggler battles out of the hold, but Barrett whips him to the corner. Barrett charges, and Ziggler moves out of the way as Barrett charges into the ring post. Barrett misses on a running clothesline, and Ziggler hits a cross body. Ziggler heads to the second for mounted punches on Barrett and follows up with a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser and runs into the Wasteland. Ziggler barely kicks out just before the 3.

Barrett tries a pump handle slam. Ziggler counters and hits the Fame-Asser, but Barrett is able to kick out at 2. Ziggler dives and misses in the corner. Barrett hops to the second rope, but Ziggler is up and catches Barrett. Barrett counters the superplex and knocks Ziggler off the ropes. Ziggler hops back up and hits a facebuster off the top rope for a near-fall. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Barrett hooks the ropes and hits the Winds of Change for another near-fall. Dolph ducks the Bull Hammer and tries a roll up. Barrett kicks out, and Ziggler tries a DDT. Barrett throws him off and nails the Bull Hammer for the win.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

Barrett says he’s got some bad news. He is your next Intercontinental Champion.

The Shield comes down for their match against the mystery opponents. Alberto Del Rio’s music plays, followed by Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, and Bad News Barrett.

Heath Slater has the unfortunate opportunity to start this off with Seth Rollins. Rollins pulls Slater into his corner and tags in Ambrose. Ambrose comes in, makes quick of Slater and tags in Reigns. Reigns inflicts more damage and tags Rollins in. Slater gets a right in before Rollins regains control. Rollins tries a cover, but Barrett comes in to break it up and finally get Rollins in their corner. Drey McIntyre tags in and unloads before tagging in Titus. Titus manhandles Rollins and tags in Rusev. Rusev drops a series of elbows and delivers a big headbutt. Swagger gets the tag and they continue to isolate Rollins. Ryback gets a tag and presses Rollins, dropping him into a powerslam before tossing him out to the floor.

Ryback follows him out to the floor, and here comes Roman Reigns for a Spear to Ryback! All hell starts breaking loose on the floor and Rollins divers over the top onto everybody! The Shield stands tall in the ring, but here comes everyone one more time.

The numbers finally start to overcome The Shield, and here comes Orton and Batista and Triple H out to Evolution’s theme song. Triple H orders everyone out of the ring. Rollins tries to get to his feet, but Orton trips him and they start to tear him apart. Reigns gets to his feet and starts fighting, but Orton takes him out with an RKO and Batista hits him with a Batista Bomb. Orton holds up Rollins for Triple H, who unloads several right hands. Batista sends Rollins into Orton for an RKO. Batista scoops up Rollins one more time, and here comes Ambrose. But they make quick work of Ambrose as Batista hits Rollins with a Batista Bomb. Orton and Batista take out Ambrose with the Batista Bomb/RKO. Reigns tries to crawl to Triple H, and Triple H just taunts him. Orton and Batista hold up Reigns. Triple H says, “Believe in Evolution,” and Pedigrees Reigns. Evolution stands tall to end this week’s RAW.

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DVD Review – AIW’s Gauntlet for the Gold 9

Hosts: Jason Namako (@Jason_Namako); Robert Pandola (@RealRobPandola)
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Jason and Robert review AIW’s Gauntlet for the Gold 9 from March 2014, featuring Michael Elgin vs. Andrew Everett for the AIW Title, Tim Donst vs. Eddie Kingston, plus Ethan Page, Veda Scott, ACH and more!

To buy AIW Gauntlet for the Gold 9 for MP4 Download from Smart Mark Video, click here.


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