- After WrestleMania 26
- WWE RAW 3/29/10 Shawn Michaels Say Goodbye Part 1
- WWE RAW 3/29/10 Shawn Michaels Say Goodbye Part 2
The Undertaker def. Shawn Michaels Bret Hart def. Mr. McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match John Cena def. Batista (New WWE Champion) World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho def. Edge Jack Swagger wins Money in the Bank Ladder Match Unified Tag Team Champion Big Show and The Miz def. John Morrison and R-Truth Triple H def. Sheamus Randy Orton wins Triple Threat Match vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes Rey Mysterio def. CM Punk Vickie Guerrero's team wins the 10-Diva Tag Team Match Yoshi Tatsu wins 26-Superstar WrestleMania Battle Royal
TNA Knockout Awesome Kong has apparently parted ways with the company, according to a message she posted on Twitter.com/awesomekong.
Kong thanked TNA president Dixie Carter and all of the TNA employees for wishing her the best in her future endeavors.
The former Knockouts champion announced last week that she is suing radio host Bubba The Love Sponge for allegedly making racist threats against her. Bubba issued a statement refuting the allegations.
WWE announced the releases of Maria, Hurricane Helms, Paul Burchill and Scott Armstrong late last week. Rumors are floating around that there could be more cuts later this week.
- John Cena wins Elimination Chamber Match; Batista defeats Cena (New WWE Champion)
- Chris Jericho wins Elimination Chamber Match (New World Heavyweight Champion)
- Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre def. Kane
- United States Champion The Miz def. MVP
- Michelle McCool & Layla def. Gail Kim & Maryse
ST. LOUIS – “All glory is fleeting.” – Anonymous
Few men have felt the sting of that axiom quite like John Cena. The Superstar had struggled against five resolute rivals – Sheamus, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston – in one of the most unforgiving structures ever devised to capture his sixth WWE Championship. An exhausted Cena basked in his accomplishment as the WWE Universe reigned their approval upon him. Glory was his.
That glory, however, proved fleeting indeed. Mr. McMahon and his de facto enforcer as of late, Batista, made their way to the ring. The Chairman informed the newly crowned champion that he must defend his title against The Animal – immediately. Cena appeared incredulous, but knowing Mr. McMahon, perhaps he should have expected just such a despicable twist. Despite a valiant effort, Cena seemed too battered, too spent to mount a worthy defense, and he was forced to relinquish the championship to a victorious Batista.
This final shocking turn capped off an entire match littered with surprises. The biggest shake-up may have been the further dismantling of The Legacy. If ringleader Orton had come to question the loyalty of DiBiase, he needn’t question it any further – it’s long gone. As DiBiase and The Viper battled inside the chamber, Rhodes came to the ring to sneak a lead pipe to his mentor. DiBiase, however, claimed the pipe and bashed Orton with it before pinning him.
In other action, the seemingly unstoppable Sheamus met his match against Triple H. It was The King of Kings who avenged an attack from The Celtic Warrior a week earlier and put an end to his tyrannical rule by eliminating Sheamus from the bout. The Game would eventually face Cena, who forced him to tap out to claim the title, brief as it was.
What will happen in the wake of such unexpected developments remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely that any of the six Superstars involved in the match will give up their quest for the most revered of treasures, the WWE Championship. After all, glory may be fleeting, but obscurity lasts forever.
In a shocking upset, Chris Jericho outlasted five elite SmackDown Superstars to become a six-time World Heavyweight Champion at WWE Elimination Chamber. But, his victory wasn’t simply a case of Jericho being “the best in the world at what he does.” Ultimately, his triumph came with some shocking “Heartbreak,” in the form of HBK.
Nonetheless, Jericho overcame tremendous odds to capture the World Championship inside Satan’s Structure, outlasting not only the legendary Undertaker, but also John Morrison, CM Punk, R-Truth and Rey Mysterio.
The career-threatening match proved to be a brutal battle from the moment CM Punk locked horns with R-Truth at the opening bell. The Second City Saint defeated the rapping Superstar with the GTS before Rey Mysterio could even enter the Chamber at No. 3. The Master of the 619 – who has a tremendous score to settle with Punk for the back-to-back assaults he has endured on SmackDown – returned the favor by pinning Punk with a splash before Jericho could enter at No. 4.
John Morrison entered at No. 5, initiating a fast-paced trifecta of pain that eventually ended with The Guru of Greatness pinning Mysterio with Starship Pain.
The Demon of Death Valley entered last, finishing off The Shaman of Sexy with a chokeslam onto the unforgiving steel.
The Undertaker then turned his attention back to Jericho. But just as he seemed ready to finish off his prey, Shawn Michaels suddenly emerged from under the Chamber and executed an earth-shattering Sweet Chin Music to cost the World Champion his title.
Although Shawn Michaels’ attack on The Phenom came as a surprise to the entire WWE Universe, it is no secret that HBK has been consumed with his attempts to face The Deadman in a WrestleMania rematch for months. Clearly, the frustration of coming up short in his quest time and time again - with devastating losses in the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match at Raw – has taken its toil.
Despite the circumstances surrounding Jericho’s triumph, the enormity of his feat can not be denied. By conquering the dreaded, steel terror that is the Elimination Chamber, the highly decorated Superstar did more than back-up his claim that he would capture the illustrious title two days earlier on SmackDown. His monumental triumph has earned him the right to headline WrestleMania, adding to his already amazing list of accolades.
- It's said that Scott Steiner wasn't offered a new contract by TNA because the company felt bringing in Ric Flair was worth more to them and with the bad blood from the past between Flair and Steiner, it just wouldn't work out.
- As noted before, Karen Angle was backstage at the recent TNA iMPACT tapings. Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett aren't on that bad of terms right now. Apparently Jarrett has gone to bat for Kurt regarding Kurt getting more time for visitation with his children. Kurt has told friends he's considering moving to Nashville to be closer to work and his kids. There was a plan in place at the end of 2009 to do a Jarrett vs. Angle feud on TV based on the fact that Jeff and Karen are dating in real life but it was nixed.
Mike Tenay opened the press conference and spoke to members of the media who were there.
TNA President Dixie Carter came out and talked about how far TNA has came over the years. She talks about January 4th and TNA's record ratings. She says after seeing these results, TNA and Spike TV thought about moving iMPACT to Mondays. She confirms that TNA iMPACT will begin airing on March 8th from 9-11pm, head-to-head with WWE.
Dixie talks about Hulk Hogan joining TNA and introduces him. Hogan says he had no idea such amazing things would be happening in TNA in such a short amount of time. Hogan says he has never been around a company before that has so many positive things going for them. Hogan says this is bigger for him than any other wrestling moment in his career.
Hogan says from this day on, things are going to change like they have never changed before. Hogan says he feels young again being in TNA. He thanks Dixie, her father Bob and everyone in TNA for letting him be there.
A reporter asks them how long they think TNA will stay on Mondays. Dixie says it can go forever and says they have no other plan, this is it. They are committed to making the move. Another reporter asks why they decided to go from 9-11pm and not 8-10pm. Dixie talks about the Spike schedule but Hogan alludes to beating WWE and says this comes from a wrestler's standpoint.
Hogan talks about the Monday Night Wars and helping WCW compete with WWE years ago. Dixie says there was no talk of moving iMPACT to three hours. Another reporter asks if there has been any reaction from WWE. Hogan says no and there won't be because WWE doesn't acknowledge their competition. Hogan says the talent in WWE are cheering them on because this gives them an option. Hogan says the people in WWE's offices are running around panicking though.
Dixie says she wants to give the wrestling fans something to be proud of again and talks about TNA continuing to grow. Hogan says working at TNA is like going to church. Hogan puts over TNA some more before Mike Tenay closes the press conference.
Though Vince McMahon's announcement Tuesday was vague, one key detail became clear--in three weeks, ECW will cease its run and be replaced in the timeslot by the "next evolution" of the WWE product.
PWInsider.com reported that the new show, which will focus on younger wrestlers, will be called WWE NXT. That was not confirmed explicitly in the announcement, but it does fit the overall motif of McMahon's cryptic words.
Plans to drop the ECW moniker, especially since the current product in no way resembles the "extreme" nature of the brand, had been in development for several months. The show's poor ratings had become an area of concern for both WWE and SyFy, and the hope is that a rebranding can breathe some life into the product.
Sources had said recently that SyFy returned to its original idea of asking WWE to incorporate science-fiction and alternative elements into the Tuesday wrestling broadcast. It is unclear if WWE's new vision honors said request.
We are sad to report the death of WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco. Brisco passed away this morning at the age of 68. He underwent a triple heart bypass surgery a few weeks ago and had been resting in a rehab center. More details should be available soon.
Our condolences go out to the Brisco family and friends.
WWE sent out the following this afternoon:
ATLANTA TO HOST WRESTLEMANIA® XXVII
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA, GA – February 1, 2010 -- The Atlanta Sports Council, Georgia World Congress Center Authority and World Wrestling Entertainment® are proud to announce that the Georgia Dome will host WrestleMania XXVII on Sunday, April 3, 2011.
The announcement was made at a press conference today at the Georgia Dome. The Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta Sports Council President Gary Stokan, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development Ken Stewart and Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay joined WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in making the announcement. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Batista®, Big Show®, Rey Mysterio®, Mark Henry™ and WWE Divas Kelly Kelly® and Eve™ were also on hand for the announcement.
“Atlanta has a long-standing reputation of hosting the highest level of sports and entertainment events and adding WrestleMania XXVII to the list is a major coup for our great city," said The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta. "We've built our reputation on over-delivering for such prestigious events like the Olympics, Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours and All Star Games
. WrestleMania will further showcase Atlanta as one of the leading sports and entertainment capitals of the world and will bring substantial economic impact to Atlanta and the state of Georgia."
“We are thrilled to bring the biggest sports entertainment event in the world for the first time to the city of Atlanta in 2011. The enthusiasm of the sellout crowd at last night’s Royal Rumble® was just a small sample of what to expect when WrestleMania XXVII takes over Atlanta,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to focusing the eyes of the world onto the great city of Atlanta and making history at the Georgia Dome.”
Visitors from around the world are expected to converge on Atlanta and participate in a week-long series of events that will culminate with the annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXVII. Among the activities will be the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WrestleMania Axxess, WrestleMania Art auction and a Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The pay-per-view event will be televised to more than 100 countries. Last year’s 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania and the events surrounding it pumped nearly $50 million into the local Houston economy, as 72,744 fans converged on Reliant Stadium for the event.
The Georgia Dome is no stranger to hosting major sports events such as Super Bowl XXXIV and XXVIII, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, the SEC Football Championship and Chick-fil-A Bowl, along with major entertainment events such as U2, Rolling Stones and NSYNC.