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WWE’s Elimination Chamber 2014 Live Blog

Follow us here on the blog for LIVE coverage of WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV!

21:54:43

Thanks for following along everyone! That does it for Elimination Chamber!

21:53:22

That puts me 5/6 on predictions. Did I mention I really don’t like Orton?

See you tomorrow for RAW!

21:51:51

Kane nails Bryan and Orton hits another RKO!

1… 2… 3!!! ORTON RETAINS!

21:51:10

Bryan rolls up Orton! Two!

21:50:51

Orton cuts Bryan off and hits his DDT from the second rope. Orton Vipers up and Bryan counters the RKO! Bryan NAILS HIM WITH THE KNEE!!

1… 2… KANE PULLS THE OFFICIAL OUT!!

ORTON HITS A RKO!! BRYAN KICKS OUT!!

21:49:18

Bryan with a side suplex off the top! Pin gets two!

21:48:43

Orton in a tree of woe and Bryan kicks and dropkicks the hell out of him!

21:48:22

Now Kane comes out to get the Wyatts to the back. Now Kane goes to help get Cena out of the Chamber. Bryan NAILS KANE WITH THE KNEE! Orton catches Bryan and drags him up top! Bryan crotches him!

21:46:58

Orton pins Cena, and Cena is eliminated!

Down to Orton and Bryan!

21:46:12

The Wyatts are going after Cena! They’re totally destroying him!

Sister Abigail!!

21:45:35

Cena now has the STF off Orton!

The Wyatt’s video hits and the arena goes dark!

THE WYATTS ARE IN THE CHAMBER!

21:44:20

Bryan goes for the Yes lock on Cena, but Cena counters into the AA, but Cesaro cuts him off! Cena somehow manages to go back for the STF, but Cesaro counters! Cena hits the AA to the outside! He has Cesaro into the STF! CESARO TAPS!

Cesaro has been eliminated!

21:41:24

Orton now trying to that that stupid rope DDT on Christian but fails. Bryan wipes out Christian with a knee and PINS CHRISTIAN!

Christian has been eliminated!

21:40:10

Sheamus goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Christian climbs up top on a pod and escapes! They battle, but Orton grabs Sheamus and suplexes him off! Christian SPLASHES OFF THE TOP OF THE POD and PINS SHEAMUS!

Sheamus has been eliminated!

21:38:56

Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick! He nails Cena! Christian rolls up Sheamus but he kicks out! Christian pins Cena, but only gets two!

21:38:15

Cesaro with 25 ACTUAL swings on Orton, but the crowd counts way too fast and they push 30.

21:37:25

CESARO SWING ON ORTON!

21:36:37

SHEAMUS BROGUE KICKS HIS WAY INTO THE POD AND GOES AFTER ORTON!

21:36:07

But then he succeeds and Sheamus can’t get at him!

21:35:48

Orton ties to lock himself back in the pod and EPIC FAILS.

21:35:32

Orton misses a punt on Bryan and everyone has Orton pinned into the corner.

21:35:09

Orton goes after Cena and headbutts him. Crowd is shitting on Orton and he taunts them back and points to the WM sign.

21:34:37

Cesaro with a superplex from the second rope FROM THE OUTSIDE on Sheamus and gets two!

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOOOWWWWOOOWWWWN! and Orton comes in!

21:33:53

EVERYONE IS KICKING EVERYONE! Bryan gets driven into a post on the Chamber!

21:33:33

MANY MUCH MOAR ACTION!

21:32:36

Cena back suplexes Christian into the steel, but Cesaro hits a huge uppercut on Cena, but only gets two!

21:31:56

Sheamus counters the Neutralizer and Christian dumps Sheamus outside. Christian tornado ddt’s Cesaro for a two count.

21:31:20

Cesaro and Sheamus trading uppercuts AGAIN!

21:31:06

Cesaro grabs Christian for the big swing but Cena cuts him off. Cena looking for the 5 knuckle shuffle but Sheamus hits him with White Noise for a two count.

21:30:20

Cena AA’s Cesaro onto Christian in the ring! Bryan ranas Cena off the top and starts hitting kicks! Christian hits the Kill Switch on Bryan but gets two!

21:29:20

Countdown is up, and it’s… CENA!

21:29:00

Cesaro and Sheamus trade uppercuts and eventually Cesaro gut wrenches Sheamus onto the steel!

21:27:53

Bryan fires back with leg kicks, and then an enziguri. Bryan charges the corner and misses, landing on the shoulder. Sheamus fires Christian into the steel! Christian counters the lawn dart into an inverted DDT o nthe steel. Cesaro looking for the big swing on the steel but Christian kicks him off and goes for the kill switch but Cesaro throws him up for the uppercut! Christian GRABS ONTO THE STEEL, but Cesaro grabs him and powerbombs him into the chamber!

21:25:53

Christian repeatedly fires Bryan into the steel chains shoulder first and then pounds on the shoulder. He goes up to the second rope and hits a tornado DDT for a two count.

21:24:44

Christian goes right after Bryan’s shoulder.

21:24:21

Sheamus and Cesaro up top as the countdown ends… it’s Christian!

21:23:43

Bryan rams Cesaro into the steel chain and then crashes through the pod shoulder first! Cesaro lands a FLURRY of uppercuts, but Sheamus cuts him off and hits the front rolling slam on the steel and gets a two count!

21:22:09

Sheamus with uppercuts on Cesaro followed by a clothesline and a knee. Cesaro fires back and dumps Sheamus over the top.

21:21:24

Back and forth YES kicks on both men! Roundhouse kick on Cesaro and he rolls out. Sheamus cuts Bryan off but Bryan hits a drop toe hold into a leg lock, but he ALSO Germans Cesaro! Cesaro catches Bryan off the top into a backbreaker!

21:19:48

Sheamus nails a shoulder block off the top as the countdown finishes, and DANIEL BRYAN is the first one out of the pod! Fans go ape! Dropkick on Sheamus! Knee on Cesaro! Kicks on Sheamus! Clothesline on Sheamus!

21:18:44

Cesaro lands some uppercuts in front of Cena, does the You Can’t See Me, and Sheamus cuts Cesaro off before Cesaro lands another uppercut. Sheamus finally takes over but Cesaro cuts him off on the top.

21:17:51

Whoops. Double stomp off the second rope.

21:17:35

Cesaro blocks suplexes back into the ring. He pulls Sheamus outside and they brawl at the edge of the chamber. Knee from Cesaro off the second rope.

21:16:33

Sheamus cuts Cesaro off with a shoulder block. Arm ringer into a corner whip and shoulder block and a knee, followed by a clothesline to the outside. Sheamus looks for the CLUBBING FOREARMS~! but Cesaro fights back. Sheamus finally counters and does the 10 count.

21:15:05

Sheamus fights back and drives Cesaro into the corner. Cesaro fights back with uppercuts before dumping Sheamus to the outside platform!

21:14:22

Here we go!

Cesaro takes Sheamus down and kicks the crap out of him.

21:13:04

This one will be hard to keep up with once everyone is in the ring. I’ll do my best!

Which means, I’ll post highlights as I can.

21:12:20

Bryan gets locked in a pod, and that means Cesaro (introduced next) and Sheamus will start the match in the ring.

21:10:30

Orton takes his place in a pod, and Daniel Bryan is introduced next. Massive YES chant!

21:08:22

Randy Orton is introduced next.

WHY CAN’T THE CHAMPION COME OUT LAST?!?

21:07:51

Cena is intro’d first, and he’s in one of the pods.

Christian comes out next. He taunts Cena, and is locked in a pod.

21:06:27

Forgot John Cena is part of this match.

21:02:31

4/5 on predictions!

Up Next: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Randy Orton (Champion)

The entire panel thinks Orton will lose.

My prediction: I want Bryan to win, but I think Orton retains.

Hype video for the Chamber.

20:58:40

Hype video for… the WWE Network.

20:57:42

Batista counters the cross arm breaker into the Batista Bomb and gets the three count.

Absolutely no one cares.

20:55:55

ADR up to the top… MISSES a senton splash! Batista with the spinebuster and crowd is PISSED. ADR counters the Batista Bomb and the crowd cheers. Big kick to Batista’s head gets two!

20:54:55

ADR counters a carry into a backstabber and gets a two count.

20:54:26

Batista with a spear and the crowd loses their mind. Two count gets a cheer! Batista clothesline gets shit on.

20:53:18

An RVD chant?

Corner kick from ADR gets two as Big Dave grabs the rope. Crowd boos.

20:52:49

ADR charges into the corner and eats the ring post. Batista with the shoulder blocks in the corner and the crowd chants BOR-ING. ADR counters out of the corner and there’s a small pop.

I’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

20:51:55

Now there’s a “Y2J” chant. WTF?

20:51:39

CROSS ARM BREAKER OVER THE ROPE!

Now we get “DAN-IEL BRYAN!” and “CM PUNK” chants. Not good.

Batista fights back and the crowd boos. ADR lands a shot and the crowd loves it.

20:50:14

Now that he’s waylaid Batista, ADR calls for the match, but Batista unloads on him and the crowd shits all over it. ADR fights back and the crowd cheers.

There’s a chant: BOO-TISTA

This can’t be good for WWE if they want this guy to win a title.

20:48:47

And ADR suckers Batista in and beats the shit out of him with the crutch.

Yep, I was right.

20:47:16

Del Rio comes out with a neck brace and a crutch and hobbles his way into the ring.

It’s a work, I bet.

And that’s a shoot.

20:45:57

Up next: Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio

Prediction: Batista. Duh.

Cut to: Flash back vids to their altercation on RAW.

20:43:46

It’s BATISTA~! and the crowd goes mild.

HOLY PYRO though.

20:42:40

Santino is playing with the new WWE ring and toys backstage. Emma catches him. Khali comes in and I can’t understand a word he says. Los Spanish Guys and the Midget Bull come in and tease Santino, who leaves.

Ugh.

20:41:24

That should be Winner: Cameron by DQ. AJ remains Champ.

MOAR BAD NEWS:

At 9 AM EST the WWE Network goes live. The problem is, we will all be so overwhelmed by the content we’ll all lose it. Adults will lose their jobs. Kids will get kicked out of school. We’ll be so mesmerized we won’t even take our trash out.

Screw it, I’m not covering him anymore.

20:39:55

Cameron goes after AJ and Tamina super kicks-WHOA Cameron ducks and Tamina nails AJ on the outside! Cameron rolls her in and gets a two cause Tamina makes the save. Tamina pulls Cameron out and levels her, causing the DQ. AJ is not happy and we get the STAREDOWN~! in the ring.

Winner: Cameron by pinfall.

Ooops, forgot to predict this one.

20:38:00

AJ is messing with Cameron’s pom poms.

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:37:21

AJ whips Cameron to the corner, misses the follow up and Cameron rolls her up for a two. Dropkick by Cameron gets another two. Cameron ducks a clothesline and hits a horrible Thesz press, but AJ dumps her out of the ring.

20:36:00

Neckbreaker by AJ gets a two count. Rear chin lock stretches Cameron out.

20:35:24

Lock up into a pinfall attempt by Cameron. 1 count. Another roll up by Cameron. 1.

Cameron hits the SPLITS on AJ and gets a two. AJ cuts off Cameron and gets a two.

20:33:52

Whoa… the legends are true… Divas DO get matches on PPV.

WWE Divas Championship Match: ??? vs. AJ Lee (with Tamina) Champion

Champion comes out first. #RAGE

AJ promos how she’s been champ for 252 days. She has zero competition, but she has to defend her title. She doesn’t care who the challenger is. She wishes Naomi would come out, but her face is broken.

FUNKADACTYL music plays and Cameron comes out.

WWE Divas Championship Match: Cameron vs. AJ Lee (with Tamina) Champion

20:30:48

Backstage with Christian and Renee Young. She points out Christian’s current losing streak. Christian says don’t worry about it, no one will remember after he wins the Elimination Chamber match.

20:29:46

WWE NETWORK COMMERCIAL

20:29:12

That match is now officially the second match on my Match Of The Year list!

20:28:49

Noting I’m 3 for 4 on predictions as they replay the action. #FOLLOWTHEBUZZARDS

20:27:30

HOLY SHIT I NEED A CIGARETTE

20:27:17

COVER!!! 1!! 2!! 3!! It’s over! The Wyatts win!

20:26:57

SPEAR!!! Reigns wipes out Harper! Bray hits Sister Abigail’s Kiss!

20:26:19

Reigns attacks Bray but Rowan cuts him off! Splash in the corner and Bray hits a big boot on Reigns! SISTER ABI- REIGNS POWERS OUT!!! Bray’s head butts have no effect! SAMOAN DROP BY REIGNS! SUPERMAN PUNCH TO WYATT!!

20:24:39

Only Reigns is left in the ring for the Shield! All three Wyatts are coming for him!

20:24:08

Fall away slam by Rowan on Reigns! Reigns rolls outside! All the Wyatts are on Rollins now! DOUBLE CHOKESLAM BY ROWAN AND HARPER puts Rollins through the Spanish announce table!

20:23:08

Now the main announce table is being dismantled!

20:22:33

Rowan and Reigns trade right hands! BOO! YAY! BOO! YAY! YAY! YAY! Reigns eats the ring post! Reigns cuts Rowan off with a clothesline for two!

20:21:49

Rollins is tearing apart the Spanish announce table! But Bray nails him! Ambrose cuts off Harper and goes after Bray! Bray and Ambrose tumble into the crowd!

20:20:43

FLYING HARPER THROUGH THE ROPES and he takes out Ambrose! ROLLINS through the ropes and he takes out everyone! Both Reigns and Harper are down in the ring after a collision!

20:19:55

Rollins DIVES to the corner and the crowd POPS as Reigns gets tagged in! Samoan Drop on Rowan! But Harper fires Reigns through the ropes, but Reigns is right back up and hits the dropkick up to the ring apron! Pin attempt gets two!

20:18:52

Harper gets tagged in and taunts Reigns who enters and allows Harper to manhandle Rollins. ENZIGURI by Rollins!

20:18:12

Bray counters with a modified Rock Bottom and gets a two!

20:17:46

Bray calls for a tag and he goes for the REST LOCK rear chin lock. Rollins fights his way up and fights out of it but Bray hits a head butt. Corner splash is cut off by a Rollins boot!

20:16:43

Harper works Rollins over in the corner. One side to the other gets a corner splash and then a slingshot into the second rope!

20:15:57

Kidney shot gets a two count. “WE WANT TABLES” chant starts up. Wyatts start double teaming Rollins. Harper comes in.

20:15:29

Rollins looks for a tag but Rowan cuts him off with a head butt and then a big slam.

20:14:56

Bray is in, working over Rollins on the outside. Bray comes back in and gets a two. Tags in Rowan.

20:14:11

Rollins up to the top and he kicks Rowan away, but Harper catches him and climbs up behind him! Gut wrench off the top but Rollins lands on his feet! He FLIES to the outside and hammers Harper! AGAIN from the top and Rollins smashes Harper! Rollins runs the ropes but Harper catches him with a sidewalk slam for a two!

20:12:41

Suplex by Harper gets a two on Ambrose. He manages to get a tag to Rollins!

20:11:22

Rowan with a Skull Crusher a la Sargent Slaughter! HUGE SIDEWALK SLAM gets a two!

20:10:38

Bray is dismantling Ambrose. Rowan gets tagged in. Big slam!

20:10:07

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:09:58

Ambrose up top with a flying elbow and a distraction lets Harper hit a drop kick! Bray tagged in! He mounts Ambrose.

20:09:09

Ambrose now lands a drop kick and gets a one count on Harper. Rollins in. Kicks, headlock, tags in Ambrose.

20:08:37

SO MANY TAGS!!

20:08:06

Reigns counters 3 suplex attempts before hitting his own, and he tags in Ambrose, who fires away at Harper.

20:07:30

Reigns lands a right and drives Wyatt into the corner! He unloads but Bray cuts him off and fires back! Reigns counters and knocks him down for a one count! Now Bray lands a right and Reigns is back in the Wyatt corner! Harper gets tagged in!

20:06:40

Tag to Reigns! Staredown!

20:06:24

Wait, that came out wrong.

20:06:11

Something tells me this could be hard to keep up with.

Bray comes in and starts unloading on Rollins.

20:05:34

Quick tag into Reigns and he hits some shots before tagging in Rollins. He gets caught and dragged to the Wyatt corner and Harper comes in.

20:04:50

Now we’re underway! Rollins vs. Rowan

20:03:58

Oh that was quick. Brilliant! Shield clears the ring. Crowd is chanting again. Setting up again…

20:03:21

AND THERE THEY GO!!! ASPLODE!!!

20:03:06

Duelling “Let’s go Wyatts!” vs. “Let’s go Shield!” chant!

20:02:44

Love how Reigns is now standing in the middle of the Shield formation, like he’s the leader.

20:01:46

Pleasepleasepleaseplease milk the initial confrontation for a minute or two.

20:01:17

Love The Wyatt’s entrance music. The Shields’ too.

19:59:00

Oh wow, getting up at 4:30 AM for the Olympic Gold Medal Men’s Hockey game was a bad idea. #Sleepy

Or maybe it’s just this show.

19:57:04

Obligatory flash backs to recent RAW/Smackdowns are shown to hype the match.

19:55:48

Up next: Six Man Tag Match: The Wyatts vs. The Shield

Prediction: The Shield wins as Reigns destroys everyone in sight and eats 4 planets.

19:55:02

Sweet Jebus this panel is awful.

19:54:10

Highlights of the pre-show match are shown.

19:53:04

Barrett: Hulk Hogan is returning and will host Wrestlemania. His once red hot spotlight will forever be dimmed by yours truly, Bad News Barrett.

Really?

19:51:52

Now I’m 3 for 3!

And here comes Barrett again. Sheesh.

19:51:30

Titus takes over with a shot and a Clash Of The Titus, and Titus gets the pinfall!

19:51:03

DARREN WITH A NECK BREAKER ON THE SIDE OF THE RING APRON!

19:50:24

Darren counters Titus with a high kick off the ropes. Darren’s trying to Hulk up! Crowd doesn’t really get behind him and he takes over with some punches, a knee lift, and a clothesline, before hitting a back body drop.

19:49:17

Wait, that came out wrong.

19:49:07

Titus catches a top rope splash attempt and nails Darren with a big back breaker. Into an ABDOMINAL STRETCH and Titus pounds away as well!

19:47:59

Titus reverses a whip attempt and pretty much fires Young THROUGH the corner and to the outside. Now he smashes his back into the ring post a couple times before rolling him back in for a two.

19:47:11

Young to the top and hits a flying clothesline for a two count.

19:46:44

Darren with a quick head lock but Titus takes back over again and hits a heavy shot before Darren hits a discus right hand.

19:45:55

Wait, that came out wrong.

19:45:43

Titus beating on Darren early.

19:44:34

Up Next: Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neal

Talk about rushing this match. Obligatory flash back video plays to set up the match.

Prediction: Titus wins this one but Darren gets a future pay off.

19:42:08

Hey, also in case you didn’t know, WWE has an app.

19:40:55

In case you haven’t heard, the WWE Network launches tomorrow.

19:40:38

What is the point of Barrett again?

42 days way from Wrestlemania, BTW.

19:39:36

Here comes Barrett again. He says Bryan will NOT be winning the EC match. Now the fans will turn on Bryan and the #YESMovement will cease to exist.

19:38:35

Since I posted that other bit, I will claim I am now 2 for 2 on predictions. If you don’t like it, I’ve got two words for ya!

19:38:03

Missed a tag somewhere. It’s Jimmy and Billy in the ring. Jimmy goes to superkick Road Dogg on the outside, but Billy rolls him up for the pin! NAO retains!

19:36:22

UCE!! OOOOOO! UCE!!! OOOOO!!

19:35:58

FLYING tag and now Jey is in to clean some house!

19:35:37

Jimmy fights out of a head lock with some TOE STOMPS before hitting a wheel kick, but he’s down!

19:34:51

Double team in the corner by the NAO! Hey ref! Jimmy fights his way out but then gets cut off before making the tag.

19:33:55

Cover gets a two count, and BG lands some more right hands.

19:33:35

Gunn wipes him out on the outside, before rolling him back in.

19:33:08

Tease the tie up but RD hits some shots and goes for a head butt. Jimmy break dances it off and attacks but RD hip tosses him into the corner and Jimmy sells being legit hurt with a hammy issue. He gets tossed outside.

19:31:41

FLYING USOs— oh wait, they cut it off as NAO get out of the way. Nice tease.

19:31:12

Some more arm bar back and forth but then Gunn takes over with a right hand. Jimmy hits a drop toe and some arm drags. Gunn dodges a superkick and rolls out. So does Road Dogg!

19:30:02

Jimmy starts off with Muay Thai stance! But Billy takes over with an arm drag and then hits some elbows.

19:28:24

LOVE the Usos intro!

19:27:57

Part of me thinks the Usos will lose and then win for the big WM moment, but I hope they win tonight.

19:27:05

Here comes the standard Outlaws schtick.

19:26:26

Up next: WWE World Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs. The New Age Outlaws (Champions)

Champions come out first. #RAGE

Prediction: Usos become the new champs!

19:25:38

They talk about Bryan being less than 100%. Bryan puts over the brutality of the Chamber, but will do everything he can to win the match. Will he win the EC and go on to main event WM? YES! YES! YES!

19:24:32

Bryan is now backstage with the new interviewer dude.

19:24:16

Flashback to RAW where Kane beat the ever loving hell out of Daniel Bryan. Then to Smackdown where Bryan beat Cesaro as Kane interferes with a choke slam.

19:22:42

HULK HOGAN RETURNS TO WWE TO HOST WRESTLEMANIA!! Whatcha gonna doooooo, BROTHER?!?!?!?!?

19:22:10

Don’t get the point of that. Barrett says something about Russian sports supremacy. What?

19:21:02

As E celebrates in the ring, Bad News Barrett interrupts and podium rises WAAAAY up.

19:19:37

BIG ENDING!! It’s over! E retains!

19:19:20

E with a desperation clothesline and drops the straps but Swagger rolls him into a Patriot Lock! E WITH THE ENZIGURI!

19:18:46

E rolls over and kicks Swagger off! He fires some punches but Swagger drops him and goes for a gutwrench but E reverses, yet Swagger cuts him off with a knee.

19:18:02

PATRIOT LOCK attempt! He gets it locked in!

19:17:31

Swagger bellies E off the top and gets a two count!

19:17:15

BIG E GOES UP TOP!! Swagger cuts him off and climbs up after him. This can only be trouble.

19:16:29

Big E with a spear through the ropes and both men hit the floor. E rolls Swagger back in and gets a two.

19:15:32

Swagger cuts off the big splash with a spinebuster and gets a TWOOOOO!

19:15:14

Big E firing back with boots and a big clothesline, and another belly to belly SOO-PLAIT.

19:14:40

Big “WE THE PEO-PLE” chant.

19:14:21

E with a charge into the corner but eats the ring post and Swagger rolls him up for a two!

19:13:42

DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE and Cole calls the TSN Turning Point.

19:12:49

REST HOLD and E hulks up! But Swagger cuts him off and gets a “WE THE PEOPLE” moment in before a clothesline and another two count.

19:12:03

Swagger works E over with a bunch of knees in the corner and drills a big knee and gets a two count.

19:11:26

Now they’re killing each other on the outside. There are ring steps involved, and finally Swagger rolls E back inside.

19:09:29

A little back and forth opening moves between the two: punches, shoulder blocks. Big E. finally opens things up with a couple awesome belly to belly suplexes.

19:08:42

Side note: the “healthy” chips I bought for snacks: est no bueno. Supposed to be parmesa, garlic and herb. Tastes like cardboard. Yes, I’ve eaten cardboard.

19:06:09

Zeb back to the old rhetoric about illegals sneaking across the border, and the polar vortex. (Not sure how that fits.) Tonight the title comes back around the waist of a Real American.

19:05:13

Up first – WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jack Swagger (with Zeb Coulter) vs. Big E. (Champion)

My prediction: Big E. retains, and Cesaro gets a future shot.

19:03:21

WE… ARRRRRRRRRRRRE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!

19:01:54

Jiminy Crimmus… WWE’s production team is pretty awesome.

18:58:41

Mark Henry, The Miz, and Rey Mysterio are your panelists for the PPV.

18:57:10

Backstage: The Usos (UCE!!! OHHHHHHHH!) talk about winning the tag team championships tonight.

18:56:14

Pre-show: Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat Curtis Axel and Ryback (with Larry “The Axe” Hennig) by pin fall.

18:50:05

Gearing up for the show… snacks and beverages ready! T-minus 11 minutes until show time! – Jarret

State of Pro Wrestling (SoPW)

This is going to be a regular series here at the A1-Wrestling.com Blog. My goal is to make it weekly, but there are going to be times when it will stretch longer, due to what is going on in the world of wrestling at the time. To make this easier for the most casual of readers, I'm going to make this a bullet-point format system on my views of Pro Wrestling. • CM Punk's situation can only end badly. With Punk "walking away" and the news leaking out before a resolution can/could be reached, all ...continue reading

Work Or Shoot, The Punk Situation Is Not Good

Unless you have been disconnected from the internet for the past week, you've heard the biggest wrestling news story in some time: CM Punk has walked out on WWE and has been pulled from all future bookings. It's not like 2013 was a bad year for him. He finished up the longest WWE Championship reign since mid 1980s by feuding with none other than The Rock. He then went on to have the coveted spot with Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. He spent the rest of the year feuding with his mentor and former ...continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Royal Rumble 2005

Recap courtesy of PWInsider: WWE holds the 18th-annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. This event made Fresno the first city to host more than one Royal Rumble event. San Antonio, Texas and New York City, New York would join that list in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In the main event, Batista won the Royal Rumble match from the #28 entry position, last eliminating #25 entrant John Cena. Both men had gone out of the ring at the same time, ala 1994 ...continue reading

A1′s Live Coverage: 2014 WWE Royal Rumble

It’s time for the 2014 Royal Rumble! There has been rumors, “sure things”, and everything in-between. It’s time for the rumors to stop, and the reality to set in. I’ll start my live coverage with the pre-show here at 6:30pm CST.

21:45:19

And that ends this Live Blog. Thanks for reading. Be prepared for my epic rant, tomorrow night on the A1 Podcast.

21:44:46

Wonder if Batista quickly turns heel? Who knows. The crowd is pro-Bryan it’s ridiculous.

21:44:09

Roman Reigns, in case you couldn’t tell, was MADE in this Rumble.

21:43:24

Good on Roman Reigns, though. And I’m interested in Punk’s story, as always.

21:42:34

I saw the ADR/Santino double flip coming. Batista wins, and the crowd is going to s— all over it, and all over everything from now to WrestleMania. Way to go, WWE. Idiots.

21:39:59

Reigns eliminated Sheamus  — TWELVE!!

21:36:20

Kane out of nowhere and screws Punk. We’re down to three…. including Batista. Frack.

21:35:38

Reigns eliminated Cesaro, Rollins and AMBROSE — THAT’S 11!!

21:35:09

Reigns eliminated Luke Harper… that’s #8

21:34:30

Rey Rey eliminated by Seth Rollins

21:33:35

Big E eliminated by Sheamus.

21:32:31

Now I just root for more Reigns eliminations.

21:32:17

#30 is ….. (prays) …. Rey Mysterio…. damnit.

21:30:46

#29 is ….. Big E Langston.

21:30:28

Batista eliminates ADR

21:30:01

Batista eliminates Ryback.

21:29:37

Batista eliminates Erick Rowan.

21:28:59

#28 is …… Batista……. (yawn)

21:28:17

No Jake Roberts, unless they kick one of Mysterio, Big E, or Batista (yeah, right) out of their spots.

21:27:33

#27 is …. Alberto Del Rio. So much for “Lucky 27″.

21:25:57

Harper eliminated Jey Uso.

#26 is…. Ryback.

21:25:06

Harper eliminated The Miz.

21:24:52

Reigns needs 4 to tie, 5 to break the record.

21:24:29

#25 is …… Erick Rowan.

21:23:51

What a waste of a spot.

21:23:36

Reigns eliminated JBL in short order…. #7

21:22:48

#24 is ….. JBL…. ARGH!!!!

21:21:11

#23 is …… Jey Uso.

21:19:43

#22 is …. Luke Harper

21:19:28

GIANT Cesaro swing on Seth Rollins

21:18:47

Cesaro swing on Miz… .and Punk… stopped by The Shield.

21:18:24

#21 is …. Antonio Cesaro (semi mark out moment for me)

21:18:02

El Torrito elimainted by Reigns. That’s 6 by my count (I think)

21:17:38

Fandango eliminated by El Torrito… yes that’s right.

21:16:30

Was Hornswoggle busy?

21:16:12

#20 is …. El Torrito (are you f’in kidding me?)

21:14:32

#19…… Faaaaahn Daaaaahn Goooooo!

21:14:03

Don’t think there enough left to get Reigns the record of Kane’s. Meh…

21:12:57

#18 is …. The Miz.

21:11:24

Goldust eliminated Cody. Reigns eliminated Goldust. That’s 5.

#17 is……. Sheamus (surprise)

21:10:46

Khali eliminated by Reigns. That’s 4.

21:10:30

That’s 3 for Reigns btw (Nash was it)

21:09:57

#16 is …. Great Khali. Bye bye Khali… Mr. Reigns has your table waiting for you.

21:09:28

NASH ELIMINATED BY REIGNS!

21:09:12

Dolph eliminated by Reigns. That’s 2.

21:08:58

Kofi eliminated by Reigns. That’s 1.

21:08:43

Hmm.. Reigns with the Diesel push with Diesel in the ring?!?!?

21:08:12

#15 is …… Roman Reigns … here we go … bidniss just picked up.

21:06:59

Swagger eliminated by Kevin Nash.

21:06:45

Punk, please eliminate Nash.

21:06:32

#14 is ……. Kevin Nash (sigh) and another Surprise.

21:05:28

Jimmy Uso eliminated by Dean Ambrose.

21:05:10

R-Truth eliminated by Dean Ambrose.

21:04:35

#13 is …. R-Truth

21:03:02

#12 is ….. Dolph Ziggler.

21:01:46

#11 is ….. Dean Ambrose…. hmm.. both Shield members still in … in for Reigns to eliminate… BWAHAHAHAHA!

21:00:30

Here comes the Kofi-spot.

21:00:09

Rusev eliminated by a group effort.

20:59:43

My bad… two… Rusev was the other.

20:59:27

And now we’re 1/3 of the way through the entrants. Just one surprise (C.Kane)

20:59:03

#10 is ….. Goldust.

20:58:52

Ring is getting full… wonder if Reigns is coming out soon.

20:58:24

I wonder what number Richard Sherman drew?

20:57:47

#9 is …… Jimmy Uso.

20:56:26

Kofi right after his best friend, CM Punk…. hmm.

20:56:07

#8 is ….. Kofi Kingston. Hide the office chairs!

20:54:59

Cole calls is the Vader Bomb.. LOL

20:54:37

#7 is …. Jack Swagger. #WETHEPEOPLE

20:53:14

#6 is is Alexander Rusev from NXT. I LIKE IT and I’ve never even seen him.

20:52:50

Punk eliminates Kane … and that’s two.

20:52:02

My mistake … Corporate Kane and the first “surprise” in the match.

20:51:33

#5 is ….. Kane. Interesting….

20:50:46

Sandow eliminated by CM Punk

20:50:20

Cody right after his former partner… and the story-telling begins.

20:49:58

#4 is …. Cody Rhodes.

20:49:40

Never thought I’d see a neck breaker/DDT simultaneously. Good on ya Punk.

20:49:01

Originally thought The Shield would have drawn 2-3-4 to try and destroy Punk. Guess not.

20:48:34

#3 Damien Sandow… now I see why Khali was laughing.

20:48:15

While I like The Shield on the whole, I am anxious for all of their singles’ careers.

20:46:13

CM Punk is #1, in case you’ve been living under a rock for a week. #2 is …. Seth Rollins of The Shield. I already like it.

20:43:27

Panel predictions: Hacksaw picks Ziggler, HBK picks The Shield or CM Punk, and Flair picks Batista.

20:41:34

Both Usos are in the Rumble? Guess the Cryme Time rule isn’t in effect.

20:39:32

Oh goody … another commercial. Guess that’s why we couldn’t get a Divas match in.

20:38:41

Almost Rumble match time! Who will be #1? Oh, wait…

20:35:25

“Behold the leader of the New World….. ” …. Order?

20:33:14

Although I love seeing Sister Abigail performed on John Cena. And then Bray gets the “YES” treatment. So odd.

20:32:45

I know it’s the Road to WrestleMania, and I know they have time to “explain it”, but Bray going from Daniel Bryan to John Cena in one night, seems….. off.

20:30:37

Orton wins off the distraction; RKO for the 3-count.

20:30:17

And here’s how you get to Bray vs. Cena at Mania.

20:28:40

Cena with the RKO. Who is booking this crap?

20:28:06

Orton responds to the chats by stealing two of Cena’s signature moves… and still can’t win.

20:26:19

We Want Divas chant… that’s new. And quite insulting.

20:25:49

Cena kicks out of the RKO…. well then.

20:25:24

Orton kicks out of the AA. Oh yeah, that’s a good sign for Cena.

20:24:38

This is Awful chat…. nice.

20:23:21

AA attempt knocks out the ref. Who didn’t see that coming? (yawn)

20:22:07

RKO-in-to-the-STF… there’s Super Cena.

20:20:48

Orton DDT’s Cena on the floor. Head first. When does the Super-Cena cape come out?

20:19:13

John Cena’s top rope leg drop sucks.

20:16:51

I would describe the match, but just imagine any match on RAW, and that’s what you have here.

20:14:11

Undertaker chants… wonder when the last time a WWE title match was s— on this much on a PPV.

20:13:20

Now “Y2J” chants… (sigh)

20:12:44

Now “Randy Savage” chants…. who let in the post-WM RAW crowd from 2013?

20:10:20

There’s your first Daniel Bryan chant outside of his match; pre-bell of the WWE World Heavyweight title match. Now chants of boring in the opening minute, followed by “Let’s Go Cena!” vs “Cena SUCKS!” battle chant.

20:09:31

Please end the two belt charade. WWE, I’m giving you until WrestleMania.

20:08:52

Cena’s neon gear isn’t as hideous as most of his gear, but you can’t go wrong with a black shirt. Cena boo’d early during intro’s but not boo’d out the building. #chicagostillrules :)

20:04:59

WWE World Champion is out first, and somewhere in Winnipeg, Jarret is twitching.

20:03:15

Can we get deadly serious, I’m going to kick your ass Cena tonight and yet he goes too far and get DQ’d in the first few minutes? I really have no interest in this match.

20:00:34

WWE World Championship match is up next… and I just want the Rumble match to get here.

19:57:55

Backstage segment with The Shield teasing dissension once again. Good stuff. Backstage segment with Randy Boreton. Not so much.

19:55:05

Yay – another commercial mid-PPV. Love it. Can’t get enough. Hey Jackson-Hewitt… guess what? H&R Block does my taxes. *crotch chop* Suck it.

19:53:29

Here are 55 replays for those of you wish a short attention span. Whatever happened to “hey did you see that? Yeah, so did I … it happened 30 seconds ago.”

19:50:02

Post-match beat down that wasn’t really necessary. Guess this is the filler instead of lengthening the match. Poor planning. Brock didn’t need this to show he’s “bad-ass”.

19:46:56

Big Show loading up the swear words tonight.

WTH… KO punch missed, and into the MASSIVE F5… Match over. Impressive… but I’m disappointed in the match length. Bring on the filler!

19:45:13

Early KO punch, but he didn’t hit square. Lesnar is on Dream Street. Kiddie Corner from Badd Street USA

19:43:26

Did Brock dye his hair MORE blonde? Tha hell…?

19:42:47

Brock attacks before the bell even sounds, and now is using a chair. Wonder if they’ll cut this short and add other filler; post beat-down?

19:41:55

Jimmy Johns’ Favorite Wrestler may still be a bag o’ douche, but I still love his theme music.

19:34:49

Big Show vs Brock Lesnar up next. Heyman backstage with Renee Young projecting his client to get past show and challenge the winner of Cena/Orton.

19:32:38

Another Sister Abigal for the win. I changed my mind. GREAT match.

19:31:06

Vicious Sister Abagail into the barracade. Damn. That was bad.

19:29:47

Bryan with the YES Lock, but Bray gets out of it by biting him. Broke the hold. Pretty damn good opening bout.

19:26:31

Bray is busted open in his mouth…. looks to be hard-way. Good tornado DDT on the floor.

19:25:21

Crowd with the “this is awesome!” chant. Both men putting on a good match… yet not great, imo.

19:24:05

D-Bry is hulking up… kicks a plenty!

19:20:29

Playing up the concussion again. Planting the seeds for the “reason” for losing already, should it go down that way.

19:19:42

Crowd must be bored already. Chanting “Jerry Lawler” already mid-match.

19:17:30

Nice attack of the shoulder by Bray Wyatt. Good “reversal” to regain control.

19:14:05

Didn’t take long for them to play up the concussion. “Rumors” of a concussion. Doesn’t really seem like something you want to leave to a rumor. Either he had/has one or he doesn’t. No real gray area here.

19:12:30

In a surprise, Bray Wyatt says to his brethren that “I don’t need you to fight this war for me”, and send them to the back.

19:11:44

First impact of Rowan and Harper pays dividends early. Distraction, and now advantage Wyatt(s).

19:10:28

New DB chant in the start of the match… “DANIEL BRYAN – YES! YES! DANIEL BRYAN – YES! YES!”

19:08:13

And we are underway, PPV-style, with Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt. Let’s kick this thing off right!

18:58:22

39 Hall of Famers have been in the Royal Rumble match’s history. One of those 39 is Koko B. Ware. Really.

18:56:35

Preview of Big Show vs Brock Lesnar. Flair says Big Show is not in control and that will be his downfall tonight. Segway into the RR video package #allaboutthenumbers #forgotthisisnottwitter

18:53:59

Crowd pops… the same crowd that will mark out for Punk coming out at number one.

18:53:25

Blind tag by Gunn, Fameasser on Cody for the three-count. New Tag Team Champs. What the hell. (sigh) This means more of them on my television. #90stimewarp

18:52:30

Nice reversal of the pumphandle slam by Cody in to the Cross Rhodes for the near fall.

18:51:55

Cody does the crotch-chop to B.A. Billy Gunn and tells him to “suck it”. Nice.

18:50:54

I hate commercials during a PPV. Not to mention a commercial FOR the Royal Rumble DURING the Royal Rumble pre-show “commercial” to get you to buy the pap-per-view. #redundancy

18:48:08

High risk spots by the champs early. Forget Charlie Sheen from a couple years back; Goldust is truly “winning”. Good on him, too.

18:46:54

Canada rules apply, and the NAO are only heels against CM Punk. BTW, I’m digging the theme amalgamation for the Brotherhood.

18:43:12

Flair’s answers are short and sweet. Maybe he’s on a verbal leash.

18:42:37

Matthews announces that Wyatt vs DB will lead-off the PPV. Hmm. That gives him enough time to rest up… hmmmmm.

18:41:19

“Random” number drawing backstage, featuring ADR, Kofi, R-Truth, Real Americans and Great Khali. ADR is happy, Kofi says his number could be better. Cesaro is happy. Swagger not so much and wants to trade with Cesaro. Khali not happy and Sandow comes in, laughs at Khali and pulls his own number, to which Khali bursts out in laughter.

Meh.

18:35:11

Josh Matthews introduces the pre-show panel of Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. HBK with the Rumble tip of “if you want to win, don’t let both feet hit the floor”. Great insight there.