[WWE News] ‘Elimination Chamber’ 2013 Preview; Lineup + Predictions

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The march to Wrestlemania 29 makes a pit stop in New Orleans this Sunday as WWE presents Elimination Chamber. With a big main event and a star-studded Elimination Chamber match it’s definitely looking more like a must-buy than most non-big four WWE PPV’s.

Click “read more” for the full lineup plus my own thoughts and predictions.

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[TV Results] WWE ‘Raw’ – 2/11/2013

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With one week to go until Elimination Chamber, this episode of Raw was all about building to this Sunday’s PPV…in between all of the filler. On this week’s show the final spots in the Elimination Chamber match were filled, Jack Swagger debuted a potentially awesome manager/mouthpiece, Paul Heyman and CM Punk have an emotional moment, and WWE Champion The Rock returned to hype up his match this Sunday and, erm, tell a story about a Nashville crackhead he bought a car from.

Click “read more” for results and notes from the show. Match times and other information come from Jason Powell‘s detailed recap over at ProWrestling.net.

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[TNA News] Jeff Hardy Signs For Two More Years; More ‘IMPACT Wrestling’ Dates Announced

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To keep the cross-pollination going between the two shows, TNA President Dixie Carter appeared on the MMA show Bellator to drop some news about TNA. First, and most important I’d argue, Carter announced that their World Champion Jeff Hardy has signed on for an additional two years locking him up and preventing him from making the jump to the WWE without having ever lost the title. A very smart move on TNA’s part to sign Hardy as he continues to be a license to print money for them, no matter how much some of us hope he loses the title soon (maybe now that the contract is signed…).

In addition to this big news, Carter also announced some new IMPACT Wrestling dates and locations. They are as follows:

  • March 28 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the ASU Convocation Center
  • April 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Center
  • June 6 in Duluth, Georgia at the Gwinnett Center

Two decent-sized news bites for Carter to break on Bellator and more importantly I’m glad the MMA fans now also get to suffer this forced co-promotion between the two.

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[TV Results] IMPACT Wrestling – 2/7/2013

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Bully Ray made his return to active competition this week, teaming up with Sting to take on Devon and D.O.C. of The Aces and 8’s in a tables match. Also on the show Rob Van Dam defended the X-Division Title against Kenny King and Zema Ion, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez defended the TNA World Tag Team Titles against Austin Aries & Bobby Roode.

Click “read more” to see match results/storyline notes from the show. For a more detailed report check out my coverage/review over at 411Mania.

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[TV Recap] WWE ‘Main Event’ – 2/6/2013

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On this week’s episode of Main Event, Sheamus takes on Cody Rhodes in the “main event”. Can Rhodes and his mustache overcome the pale-skinned fury of “The Celtic Warrior”?

Click “read more” for a full recap of the show, either as it airs or to catch up after the fact.

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[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 2/4/2013

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The end of last week’s Raw saw not only proof that Paul Heyman has been working with The Shield this entire time, but also heralded the return of Brock Lesnar who ended last Monday taking WWE Chairman Vince McMahon out with the F-5. Heyman has a lot to answer for this week and he will start right at the beginning as a guest on The Miz’s talk show “MizTV”. What will Heyman have to say? Will Lesnar and/or The Shield appear? And, perhaps most importantly, what does now former WWE Champion CM Punk think about all of this? Those are the big stories going into this week’s show. Also on the docket Punk will continue to build his Elimination Chamber rematch against the man who usurped him The Rock and the personal feud between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show will continue to build. Smackdown GM Booker T also has a big decision to make in regards to who will be entered in the “Elimination Chamber” in two weeks. The winner will get a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship come Wrestlemania 29 so it is not a decision to take lightly.

Click “read more” for quick results from the show plus a fully-detailed recap of the events, matches, segments, etc. as they air or as one giant report after the show concludes.

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[WWE News] Bruno Sammartino to Be the Fourth Inductee in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame

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It is now safe to go ice skating in Hell as WWE announced today that Bruno Sammartino is the 4th member of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class. In the annals of WWE history, Sammartino is the third most important wrestler to ever work for the company, behind Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin. Sammartino became the face of the WWE, then known as the WWWF, defeating Buddy Rogers to become World Champion in 1963 and holding it for eight years before losing it to Ivan Koloff. During that time he sold out Madison Square Garden more times than anyone can count, becoming the hero for the scores of Italian immigrants that made their home in New York City (and the surrounding areas). Sammartino would win the gold once again in the 70’s and hold it a few more years before dropping it to “Superstar” Billy Graham in 1977. Sammartino would continue to be a big part of the WWE as the years went on, feuding with Larry Zbyszko and eventually even returning to the ring part-time in the 1980’s during the company’s national expansion.

With such a storied and impactful career, it seemed almost ridiculous for Sammartino not to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame but a fallout between Sammartino and the WWE has prevented this from coming to fruition for the past few years. Sammartino has been highly critical of the WWE product and where it brought wrestling, and distanced himself from anything WWE-related instead making appearances at independent wrestling promotions and conventions (most notably in Ring of Honor). But after a talk with Triple H and a chance to watch the current-day product, Sammartino is finally comfortable enough to accept the Hall of Fame induction. And considering it’s being held in the same building he helped make a wrestling mecca in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s almost too damn perfect.

The 2013 WWE Hall of Fame takes place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 6th the night before Wrestlemania 29. Joining Sammartino thus far in the 2013 class are Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, and Trish Stratus.

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