Another Stacked RAW Episode
Tonight’s episode of WWE RAW is live from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC – the last show before Wrestlemania. Content for SmackDown and Main Event will also be taped tonight due to the Mania schedule.
Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker are confirmed for appearance. WWE.com are hyping the following 5 points:
– Can Brock Lesnar survive The Deadman’s “final message” this Monday?
– Can John Cena find his footing and get prepared for Wrestlemania, or is Bray Wyatt irreparably in his head?
– After a roller-coaster couple of weeks can Batista maintain his momentum after SmackDown and fulfill his promise to become champion?
– Can The Shield power their way to their second consecutive WrestleMania victory? Or will the suits try to derail them tonight?
– What final hurdle does Triple H have in store for the thorn in his side that is Daniel Bryan?
It also appears that Zeb Colter has been filming some special footage from the capital:
Paul Heyman Discusses New DVD
Paul Heyman recently discussed his upcoming WWE DVD release with the The Poughkeepsie Journal:
I really don’t know much about it. I’m sure WWE has been trying to dig up a lot of dirt on me. You don’t have to dig too hard. It will be a snapshot of Paul Heyman at 48 years old, which would be a different look than if he was 38 years old and a different look from when he was 28 years old. If you did this documentary 10 years from now when I am 58, that would be a far different look at me. It’s a look at Paul Heyman at this stage of his career, begrudgingly reflecting on what he has accomplished so far and very much passionately looking forward to future things to accomplish in the next stage of his career.
Heyman also discussed the magnitude of the Daniel Bryan storyline:
This WrestleMania is being built around not only The Undertaker’s undefeated streak going against Brock Lesnar, who, with all humility, is represented by the most articulate salesman for a match in modern-day WWE, but it’s being built around the intrigue of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H with the caveat that if Daniel Bryan can survive the onslaught of the company COO, he’ll be inserted into what was already promoted as the main event of WrestleMania between the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton and the guaranteed No. 1 contender, Batista.
If so much of this WrestleMania is being built around the intrigue of if Daniel Bryan can get into the match and he’s facing his mortal enemy, Triple H, he’ll perhaps get involved again in the quest for a championship, someone please tell me how the fans are not being listened to. What are the fans screaming for that they are not getting delivered?
WWE Network Announces Wrestlemania Weekend Programming
STAMFORD, Conn., March 31, 2014 – WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup for WrestleMania Week, which includes the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, an expanded two-hour WrestleMania pre-show and concludes with WrestleMania 30, all live from New Orleans.
Fans can subscribe to WWE Network by signing up exclusively at WWE.com, clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar and creating an account. Upon signing up, fans will instantly have access to live and scheduled programming as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.
The WrestleMania Week programming line-up on WWE Network includes:
WrestleMania 30 – Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET
WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making. Featured matches include the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleMania winning streak against Brock Lesnar™, John Cena® battling Bray Wyatt™ and Randy Orton® defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Batista® and the winner of a showdown between Daniel Bryan® and Triple H®.
WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET
For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. On the eve of WrestleMania 30, a new class of inductees will join WWE Legends from the past as they are enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include The Ultimate Warrior®, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita, Razor Ramon, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon and Mr. T.
At 8 pm ET, one hour prior to the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WWE Network will air a live red carpet arrival show hosted by Michael Cole and Renee Young. The show will consist of interviews with WWE Legends, Superstars and Divas as they arrive to celebrate history and welcome in the new inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame.
WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show – Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET
WWE has expanded its WrestleMania pre-show to two hours for the first time ever. The first hour will simulcast across all WWE platforms, including WWE Network, WWE.com, WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pheed beginning Sunday, April 6 at 5 pm ET. During the second hour, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos™ will defend their titles in a Fatal 4-Way match against Los Matadores™, Ryback® and Curtis Axel™ and The Real Americans™, which can be seen exclusively on WWE Network.
WrestleMania Press Conference – Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET
Before WWE takes over New Orleans and Randy Orton defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match against Batista and the winner of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, all four WrestleMania headliners will come face-to-face on Tuesday, April 1 at 11 am ET at the Hard Rock Café in New York City live on WWE Network. They will be joined by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WrestleMania 30 host Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena® to offer a preview of this year’s historic event.
WrestleMania Today LIVE – Thursday, April 3 – Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET
WrestleMania Today will premiere with three nights of live coverage on Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5 at 6 pm ET originating from WrestleMania Axxess. Hosted by WWE’s Josh Mathews™, Booker T™ and Alex Riley™, the two-hour show will welcome in-studio guests including WWE Legends and Superstars as they analyze the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30. WWE reporters Renee Young, Byron Saxton and Tom Philips will cover all the action live from the Axxess floor.
WrestleMania Weekend Marathon – Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6
The weekend will be highlighted by a marathon of WrestleMania themed programming from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. On Friday, April 4, WWE Network will air a replay of WrestleMania 25 from Houston, TX at 2 pm ET. Then, on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, fans can see blocks of WrestleMania Rewind™ from 6 am – 9 am ET, a show that takes a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments in WrestleMania history.
Immediately following WrestleMania Rewind on Saturday, WrestleMania 26 airs at 9 am ET and WrestleMania 27 at 1 pm ET. WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29 air Sunday, April 6 at 9 am ET and 1 pm ET, respectively.
Legends of WrestleMania – Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET
Legends of WrestleMania premieres on Friday, April 4 at 10 pm ET featuring a round table discussion with WrestleMania Legends as they look back at their greatest WrestleMania moments. Fans will hear never-before-told stories about WrestleMania as well as commentary on the biggest matches at WrestleMania 30.
The Rock On Fast 7 Resuming
The Rock spoke with Yahoo Movies about resuming production for Fast 7 following the death of Paul Walker:
It’s not easy, and it’s a challenge when you have something like this — a beloved person. Paul, as you guys know, he was truly one of the good guys — a great dude, who didn’t take himself seriously, loved what he did, understood the business of the business. You got the real deal, genuine guy when you got him. So it’s important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can.
Body doubles and CGI has been utilized to fill in scenes that were left to be filmed.