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Daniel Bryan Announces Real Injury On RAW, Rollins Talks PG Era, The Time Batista Was Fined, CM Punk Runs Race

May 12, 2014, WWE RAW Results

The big news out of last night’s RAW was an announcement from Daniel Bryan that he’s taking time off to have neck surgery. The news broke prior to the show and is legitimate, though his career is not in jeopardy like he portrayed in the promo. It’s not clear how long he’ll be out or what the status of the title is.

Dolph Ziggler whose main event run was cut short by an injury, Tweeted the following after the segment:

Here’s what went down on the rest of RAW …

– The Shield called out Evolution, but when they refused, they took the fight to them!

– Rob Van Dam quickly def. Jack Swagger, when Adam Rose’s party caused the distraction.

– Divas Champion Paige def. Alicia Fox, with a Paige-Turner. After the match Fox had a tantrum and stole JBL’s hat.

– John Cena & WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos def. The Wyatt Family, with two Uso superkicks to an interfering Bray Wyatt and an Attitude Adjustment to Erick Rowan for the 1-2-3.

– Triple H booked a rematch between Evolution and The Shield, but when the Hounds attacked once again, Batista challenged Reigns to 1 on 1.

– Nikki Bella def. Natalya.

– U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Curtis Axel, with the Cloverleaf.

– After the match Ryback challneged Sheamus, but the Irishman picked up a second victory.

– Stephanie McMahon called out Daniel Bryan for a face to face meeting, but instead Kane dragged his lifeless body out to the stage.

– Dolph Ziggler def. Fandango, with a Zig Zag.

– Rusev threatened “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, but Big E came for the save.

– Cody Rhodes def. Damien Sandow, when he thumbed him in the eye and hit the Disaster Kick. On the post-show Sandow blew up and delivered a pipe-bomb lite.

– Roman Reigns def. Batista via Disqualification, when Evolution got involved. As the hound retaliated Stephanie sent out more heels from the back for an all-out brawl.

Seth Rollins Doesn’t Mind PG

Seth Rollins told Alternative Nation that he doesn’t feel the PG era has limited him:

I don’t think the PG rating has a whole lot to do with the style we bring in the ring. The company is now publically traded, and as you mentioned the programming is PG, but realistically a lot of the matches are still as hard hitting and fast paced and definitely more athletic than they’ve ever been. If you look at the talent roster now, you look at guys like Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, The Usos, and especially a lot of the guys coming up in NXT like Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, and myself. We’re just bringing a different element to the matches that I don’t think people are used to. So I don’t really think that the PG rating has much to do with the in ring content, as it does necessarily with the storyline content. Plus the company is just a little more keen on our safety these days too, they take extra precaution when it comes to injuries. They’ve really taken the danger out of the bleeding situation, they’ve taken the extra care to make sure that everyone’s healthier so we can be doing this longer. Realistically, that’s good for everybody. If you look at Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family too, their storylines are pretty edgy and sometimes borderline PG 13. I think it’s a good time to be a wrestling fan, I don’t think there’s any reason for us to move away from trying to be kid friendly.

On The Shield’s theme music:

We were worried about the music. Because music to me is super important, it’s always been a big deal. I love music, I was always a stickler for wanting real music, like a real song. But when I heard Jim was going to our song, I was pretty excited because he’s got a good track record for entrance themes. I remember when we recorded the voice portion of it, that’s us actually doing the Sierra Hotel India, that’s me, Roman [Reigns], and Dean [Ambrose]. I remember recording that and then we got to hear it maybe the next week at television or something like that. It was awesome, it would be really hard to imagine now doing another song because we’re so used to hearing those words and the beat of the music coming down the stairs to it, so it’d be really hard to imagine doing something else. One song we get kind of fired up to is called “Wild Eyes” by Parkway Drive, who I’m a big fan of, the song is pretty gnarly and I think it would make a sick entrance theme actually.

Jericho Recalls Batista Getting Fined For Blading

If you ever wondered why WWE stars never try and secretly blade to get their matches over, Chris Jericho was recently on Opie & Anthony, and recalled an incident where Batista bladed in one of their matches. He was escorted into Vince McMahon’s office and shown a tape from a secret ceiling camera that clearly showed Batista blading. He was fined a whopping $100,000!

There is speculation however that some stars get blood hard way, so they can just say it was an accident.

Related: Blading: The History Of Blood In Wrestling

CM Punk Runs Tough Mudder

CM Punk was among the runners at Saturday’s Tough Mudder event in Chicago.


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