WWE Monday Night Raw emanates tonight from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The show is the go-home to Extreme Rules, which of course is the first pay-per-view after Wrestlemania XXX. The show is loaded up with an announced appearance by Ric Flair, Hugh Jackman and Stephanie McMahon’s apology to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Two matches have been announced, The Usos vs. RybAxel for the WWE Tag Team Championship and Bad News Barrett vs. RVD in the finals of the WWE Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender Tournament. We have a complete preview at this link, make plans to join our Raw “Open Thread” beginning at 7 PM EDT tonight.
TNA will tape this week’s Impact Wrestling tonight from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Less than 24 hours displaced from Sacrifice, Eric Young will defend the TNA Championship. We have a preview online at this link. Wrestling News World’s Scott Brooks will be in attendance and we’ll have a complete report online when the show is over.
- WWE held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 25, 2014. As part of the meeting, a vote was held for the Board of Directors. Below are the seven members that will serve as members of the board until next year’s meeting:
- Vincent K. McMahon
- Stuart U. Goldfarb
- Patricia A. Gottesman
- David Kenin
- Joseph H. Perkins
- Frank A. Riddick, III
- Jeffrey R. Speed
You can see the results of the vote in form 8-K that was filed with the SEC at this link.
- The Shield granted their first wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation at WWE’s live event in Peoria, Illinois on Sunday.
- Shawn Michaels is doing an ad campaign with Can-Am Spyder motorcycles. I previewed a viral video that will be released on Wednesday that revealed the motorcycle as his new tag team partner. As with anything Michaels does, it was entertaining and funny. We’ll have the video for you as soon as it’s released.
- Last week’s episode of WWE Smackdown garnered an average viewing audience of 2,670,000 viewers on SyFy. This was down slightly from the week prior. TV By the Numbers has more data at this link.
- Adam Rose worked this weekend’s WWE live events, as did Bo Dallas. The story on Rose was his entrance as it consisted of people dressed up (like in the vignettes), behind a red velvet rope. A “bouncer” then opened the rope and Rose and everyone else came running down to the ring, throwing out noisemakers and party supplies. We’re told he drew a strong babyface reaction. Rose went over Heath Slater in bouts, while Dallas went over Justin Gabriel.
- Former WCW announcer Lee Marshall has died. Details regarding his passing aren’t known as off press time. He was a ring announcer for the Los Angeles portion of Wrestlemania 2 and is known for his work on WCW telecasts. He was also the voice of “Tony the Tiger” from Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
- CM Punk and AJ Lee made headlines over the weekend for attending the Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues games on Friday. This doesn’t mean Punk will be at Raw tonight but that won’t stop the paranoia.
- I don’t really know why I’m mentioning this but I’m bothered by the notion being continuously pumped out that Undertaker had to be “talked into” putting Brock Lesnar over. My source maintains Undertaker did not want to retire with the streak in tact and wanted to offer a payoff for it. They pointed towards Undertaker’s “old school” mentality and the fact he wouldn’t feel right retiring undefeated after so many had “done the honors” for him. I’m not sure what agenda the publications/sites have in reporting otherwise but to insinuate Undertaker didn’t have control over the streak is incorrect.
- In today’s Ask WNW, I led with what’s next for Brock Lesnar. While the protection most certainly has to be on, Tuesday marks two years since he returned to WWE. In that time, he’s worked seven matches for a record of 5-2. The losses came to John Cena and Triple H.
- Dean Ambrose is now the longest reigning WWE United States Champion but I’m not sure that means a whole lot given the very few times he’s actually defended it.
- WWE announced on Monday they raised more than $400,000 benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs and New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees’s non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation. Click here for th official press release.
- Pittsburgh Penguins fans know what’s up, check out as the #YesMovement infiltrates CONSOL Energy Center at this link.
- Dana Warrior issued a new statement to Warrior’s grieving fans that you can read at this link.
- There were two title changes at TNA Sacrifice. The Wolves beat The BroMans to win the TNA Tag Team Championship, while Angelina Love beat Madison Rayne to win the TNA Knockouts Championship.
- Bully Ray claimed on Twitter that he bruised a rib and fractured another in his Tables Match against Bobby Roode. James Storm Tweeted that his x-rays came back negative but he had some “deep damn bruising” from his “I Quit” match against Gunner. We have the updates at this link.
- Knux is returning to TNA and I guess one could accuse TNA of biting off a Wyatt Family theme. Here’s the new description of his official bio on ImpactWrestling.com: Debuting in TNA IMPACT WRESTLING as a member of the Aces and Eights outlaw biker gang, Knux was one of the top enforcers for the group. With the Aces now gone from TNA and the star on his own, Knux is making a comeback – but first he had to return home to see his family.
- TNA Champion Eric Young’s new show on Animal Planet is called No Limits and is set for a May 30, 2014 premiere. We have official details at this link.
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