John Cena’s Injury, Controversial Show On WWE Network, Off-Air Smackdown

- For those that missed it earlier, John Cena will return to Monday Night Raw next week from Los Angeles and has been announced in a non-title match against Randy Orton. Cena was held off of last Sunday’s WWE live event in Kansas City, Missouri due to a eye injury he suffered Saturday night in Orlando, Florida. Cena was unable to go on Sunday because the swelling was so bad it obstructed his vision. He traveled to Raw and appeared off-camera but was not scripted on the broadcast due to the injury.

- There is some surprise over WWF Over the Edge 1999 being included on the WWE Network. This is the show from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri where Owen Hart tragically died after he fell from the rafters when a planned spot where he was to descend into the ring went horribly wrong. I would expect heavy edits as the show was never released commercially on VHS or DVD and Vince McMahon received a lot of criticism for continuing the show after Owen had died.

- Alexander Rusev beat Tyson Kidd in a dark match prior to this week’s Smackdown taping. After the taping concluded, Daniel Bryan beat Bray Wyatt via disqualification after interference from the Wyatt Family. The Usos made the save to end the show. I have my comprehensive Smackdown notes online at this link.

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  • BIG M

    Wonder how long it will be before Owen’s widow sues WWE again.

    • Victor Miranda

      For what? Owen won’t be featured on that show.

      • opie

        He cut a promo before the match. That’s what they were showing when he fell. So, yeah, he would be featured on the show.

        • BlazeKing

          It’s all edited out. It’s done for the respect of his estate.

      • Bob’s Diner

        I was actually under the impression not releasing the show was part of their settlement with Martha Hart, so it could be argued that they are using it as a form of income now.

  • Venom

    Ive seen the full event on YouTube with JR and King stalling and later JR announcing Owen has died. Was a very intense moment. They’ll just edit that stuff out.

    • BMGabe

      “uncensored and unedited”

      • Victor Miranda

        Well I would be surprised if they didn’t edit that pay per view just a little.

      • Bob’s Diner

        The only things that are stated to be uncut are the matches on WrestleMania Rewind. They have never said it for anything else

  • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

    It will be very interesting to see how Owen’s widow takes this. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. Yes it was a dark moment in WWE history…but it is still part of WWE history. So, I commend WWE for adding it to the line-up and carrying through with their promise of having EVERY WWF/E, WCW and ECW PPV ever on the network. That said, I wouldn’t mind a few edits around the actual spot where the tragedy happened.

    • Bob’s Diner

      The WCW PPV list is not complete

    • Victor Miranda

      She can’t say anything about it because Owen won’t be featured on it. If anything I think they can use the show as a Owen Hart tribute.

  • Nostaljack

    Poor Tyson Kidd. He’s gotta be just a breath away from release.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Yeah it’s a shame :(

  • Tony Scurto

    I watched that ppv live. and thought it was part of the show at 1st.

  • Ray

    I watched that PPV live and I’m not sure too much needs to be cut. Aside from the shots of the crowd/announce for 10-15 minutes you’d need to cut most of the end of the PPV if you wanted to cut anything dealing with the incident. Wrestlers were crying in backstage promo’s and were noticeably shaken in the ring, and King/JR made mention/updates through out the ending

    • Victor Miranda

      They could redub the commentary for the last match.

  • John

    The decision to include that PPV is disgusting! I wonder if they will also show the tribute show they did for Chris Benoit? Completely unedited right?!