WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 4/2: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - WM28 fall-out, how will Cena respond to Rock loss?, two big title matches
Apr 2, 2012 - 10:12:10 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY
WWE Raw Supershow Results
April 2, 2012 - Episode #983
Live in Miami, Fla.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Following the one-hour 2012 Hall of Fame special, the Raw the night after WrestleMania 28 opened with a backstage shot of the locker room assembled in chairs. They were hushed by David Otunga and John Laurinaitis, who now controls both brands. Laurinaitis said he made WrestleMania history last night and is now the most powerful man in WWE, which he will not abuse. Tonight, U.S. champion Santino will defend the U.S. Title against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger in a triple threat match.
Suddenly, C.M. Punk spoke up off-camera. Punk eventually emerged from the back of the locker room area to confront Laurinaitis. He said he speaks for all of the fans and the locker room that despite Laurinaitis is GM of both Raw and Smackdown, they all consider him to be a giant toolbox. Various babyfaces broke up laughing. Laurinaitis then had a chuckle. Punk said he likes a good rib like everyone else, but he's not joking. Laurinaitis then booked Punk vs. Mark Henry tonight for the WWE Title. Laurinaitis called it a good use of power. He called it the beginning of a new era. Heels applauded.
Live inside the AAA, pyro shot off before Michael Cole called this the culmination of a wild WrestleMania Week. After a pause, The Rock's music played to bring out the WM28 main event winner to a huge reaction. Rock came out on-stage and soaked up the crowd's response before marching to the ring to even more applause from a hot crowd. Once in the ring, Rock acknowledged the mini-WrestleMania crowd. Once his music stopped, the crowd chanted his name. More loud applause for Rock, who sold being overwhelmed by the moment. "Boots to asses," the loud crowd chanted.
Rock teased talking, smiled, paused for more chants, pointed to the goose bumps on his arm, and opened his speech by saying that 14 months ago...pause for "You still got it" chant. He thanked the crowd. Rock said 14 months ago, he came back to WWE and they did it all - birthdays, history lessons, and rock concerts. Rock said it wasn't until last night when Rock stood before a history-making, record-breaking 78,000 at Sun Life Stadium that he could say, "Finally, The Rock has come back...pause...home." Big reaction. Rock noted he has goose bumps right now.
Rock said there is one man he has to thank. "That man is John Cena," he said, which drew loud boos. Rock sold being put off by the boos. "Cena sucks" chant. Rock said last night at WrestleMania, Cena brought it to him like never before. He said that after two AAs and a big leg drop off the top rope and after Cena put him in the STF, he was put to the test. Rock said it was an honor to compete against Cena in the biggest match of all-time. He said that win or lose, at the end of the day, they made history at WrestleMania and did it for the fans. So, he wants to thank Cena and wants to thank his friends, family, and the fans.
Rock then went back to the mid-1990s when he was cut from the CFL. "Do you have any idea how much you have to suck to be cut from the Canadian Football League?!" Rock shouted. He then said he is now standing in this ring proudly as "Your People's Champion." Rock paused for a "Rocky, Rocky" chant. He said that for those people out here who think this is the end, Rock has another idea. He said this is just the beginning. The crowd then shouted, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" a la Daniel Bryan. This was followed by a "Thank you, Rocky" chant that got Rock.
[Q2] Rock said ever since last night, The Rock has had this vision. He said he went out in Miami celebrating the victory, and did a little dancing. Rock paused for some whistles and said it must have been from a John Cena fan. Rock had this vision and he told some people about this vision. He said he was told that vision is impossible. But, Rock wipes a monkey's ass with the word "impossible." Rock asked if they want to hear his vision. "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant from the crowd. Rock said his vision is that Rock, one day, will walk down that aisle again...as WWE champion. Pause for more "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chants and applause. Rock thanked the crowd and said that will come true one day. Rock signed off and his music hit to a loud reaction.
Cole and Jerry Lawler talked about Rock's vow to become champ again as Rock did a victory lap around the ring. "One more time," Rock mouthed on-stage before doing the belt-around-the-waist motion. Cole then fed to a video package on the other man in the equation, John Cena. They rolled a clip from the WM28 build-up when Cena said he had to win the match, and it meant everything to him. How will Cena respond tonight? Great follow-up, as Cena has to react to the loss and respond to Rock saying in the promo that it didn't matter who won since they electrified the crowd.
In-ring: U.S. champion Santino came out to the ring for the first of two advertised title matches tonight. They cut to a break 20 minutes into the show.
Back live, WWE rolled still-shot photos from WrestleMania last night. Vickie Guerrero then interrupted and said one of her clients will be the new U.S. champion. Jack Swagger was announced first to loud boos. Vickie then introduced Dolph Ziggler for essentially this handicap title match.
1 -- U.S. champion SANTINO vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. JACK SWAGGER -- three-way U.S. Title match
Ziggler and Swagger took turns dominating Santino early on. The crowd was much more appreciative of Ziggler's work than Swagger's push-up routine. Santino then teased a comeback, dumped Ziggler to the outside, and was clotheslined by Swagger. They cut to break with Swagger in control.
[Q3] Back from break, the heels were in control until Santino thwarted a double-team. Santino then reached into his trunks for the Cobra, but Ziggler cut him off and landed a neckbreaker. Swagger and Ziggler then combined for a dangerous-looking double-team move on Santino that could have injured Santino's neck. Ziggler and Swagger then turned against each other, arguing over who should get the pin. After Ziggler took a wild bump into the top turnbuckle, Santino dropped Swagger with the Cobra for the win.
Post-match: Santino escaped an attack by pointing to an object and running away. Suddenly, Brodus Clay appeared on-stage in normal Brodus mode to stand next to Santino. Ziggler then charged Clay, who headbutted him in mid-air, with Ziggler taking a big, wild bump on the entrance ramp. "Funkasauras" chant as Swagger decided whether to go after Clay or call it a night. Swagger opted to check on Ziggler, then Clay's music hit and the dancers came out for Swagger, Santino, and the Funkettes to dance in a scene from Santino's YouTube show.
WINNER: Santino at 6:52 to retain the U.S. Title. Basic Santino vs. Vickie storytelling with Santino finding a way to thwart the incompetent villains and "put a smile on people's faces."
Announcers: Cole and Lawler talked on-camera as Arnold Skaaland's widow clapped along with Clay's music in the background. Lawler plugged that a new World Hvt. champion was crowned last night and they will hear from Sheamus next.
Back live, Lord Tensai's music played. Out came Sakamoto first, then Giant Bernard (Tensai) in traditional Japanese wardrobe. Tensai, wearing a face-covering and long robe, slowly made his way to the ring before Justin Roberts announced Alex Riley is in the ring. Cole said he's done some research that Tensai is a former WWE star, then went to Japan and became an international star. Lawler hyped Japanese wrestling, then Tensai entered the ring. Tensai did a dramatic removal of his mask to reveal his face and Japanese characters covering his head.
2 -- LORD TENSAI (w/Sakamoto) vs. ALEX RILEY
Tensai slowly picked apart Riley, methodically inflicting punishment while staring into the crowd every once in a while. The crowd chanted, "A-Train," once in a while, but they were more hushed as Tensai slowly destroyed Riley. Tensai delivered a butterfly suplex bomb, then delivered an elbow drop follwed by a flying splash. Tensai continued to take his time picking apart Riley before delivering hard elbow strikes in the corner. The crowd chanted along, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" with each elbow strike. Lawler noted this is how Tensai destroyed competition in Japan. Tensai then hit a bit sit-out powerbomb, and the ref called for the bell. Apparently Riley could no longer continue.
[Q4] Post-match, The crowd wasn't sure how to react, then Tensai spewed mist into the crowd and applied The Claw to Riley's head to inflict more punishment. They replayed Tensai's destruction of Riley as Sakamato joined him in the ring for a celebration. Lawler said he didn't see any flaws or weaknesses in the ring. Tensai was then shown slowly walking out of the ring. Now a word from Yoshi Tatsu on Twitter, "I just wanna let you know Lord Tensai is NOT Japanese. I'm REAL Japanese!!!"
WINNER: Tensai via referee stoppage at 2:50. It was like a pre-Funkasauras Brodus Clay squash match, only drawn out another two minutes and more methodical. It will be interesting to see how Bernard's re-introduction unfolds over the next few weeks and how it plays in front of a regular WWE crowd, not a hardcore fanbase the night after WrestleMania.
Backstage: C.M. Punk was shown walking down the hallway. His WWE Title defense is next.
Back on the show, WWE aired a collage of photos from WrestleMania. In the arena, Cole said they have heard from The Rock tonight, but they want to hear from John Cena. Cole then introduced a clip from last month in Boston when Cena said in the Empty Arena Promo that no one will remember second place. "That's why I need to win," he said at the time. "It's all or nothing." Tonight, how will Cena react? Cole asked if he's embarrassed, ashamed, or proud of his performance. He said they know Cena will call out Rock tonight.
In-ring: Justin Roberts announced the following match is for the WWE Title. Cue up Cult of Personality to a loud reaction, bringing out the WWE champion. Cole noted Punk is walking very gingerly after going 20 minutes with Chris Jericho last night at WrestleMania. Stack The Deck booking against Mark Henry, who came out next to loud boos as the heel. Henry did the belt-around-the-waist motion as Cole noted Henry is receiving a favorable opportunity from John Laurinaitis after Henry helped Team Johnny win at WrestleMania.
3 -- WWE champion C.M. PUNK vs. MARK HENRY -- WWE Title match
After formal ring intros, the bell sounded and Henry threw Punk across the ring to target Punk's injuries from last night at Mania. The crowd rallied with a "C-M-Punk" chant as Punk tried to get Henry off his feet, but couldn't. Henry then knocked Punk to the mat and stomped away at the champ. Cole did the line about not seeing how Punk will walk out as WWE champ tonight, which gave away the outcome. The crowd tried to rally with a "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant as Henry trash-talked Punk. Henry then landed body shots to the stomach and back, targeting Punk's mid-section. Henry continued to handle running commentary, instructing Punk to stay down if he knows what's good for him.
[Q5 -- second hour] At the top of the hour, Punk found himself in a bearhug that Punk countered with a DDT. Punk tried a cover, but Henry press-slammed him onto the ref. Punk followed with kicks and body shots as the crowd chanted, "Yes!" with each strike. Punk made a cover, but Henry grabbed the bottom rope for a break. The crowd then chanted, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" before Punk went for a top-rope move, only to find himself in Henry's arms for a bodyslam. Henry wanted a Vader Bomb, but Punk blocked and landed more "Yes!" body shots. Cole noted the crowd is jacked tonight.
Henry then kicked Punk in the face, prompting "No! No! No!" chants. Henry tried to finish Punk with a corner Vader Bomb, but Punk moved. Punk then went to the corner turnbuckle for a springboard move, but Henry intercepted with a clothesline. At 6:27, they cut to commercial with the two men locked in a stalemate.
After a video plug for Smackdown with WM28 fall-out, they returned with Punk on the top turnbuckle for a double axehandle attempt, but Henry intercepted with a kick to the injured mid-section. Henry then slowed down the match with a nervehold as the crowd apparently chanted Daniel Bryan's name. Punk fought back and got super-fired up with rapid-fire chops as the crowd chanted, "Yes!" with each chop. He finally floored Henry, drawing a big reaction. Punk then went up top to a big reaction, set up for the Macho Man elbow drop, smiled through the pain, and connected. Punk sold he may have hurt himself connecting, though.
They reset with Punk landed a high knee in the corner as Henry tried to recover. Punk followed with a second high-knee, then Punk tried a bulldog, but Henry lifted Punk up into the air and dropped him over the top rope on the floor. The ref applied a very fast ten count and Punk was not able to re-enter the ring, resulting in a count-out victory for Henry.
WINNER: Henry via count-out at 12:57; Punk retained the WWE Title. This was an amazing match. The crowd was red-hot, the storytelling of Henry cutting off Punk at every move was strong, Henry's trash-talking added to the match, and Henry looks like a monster heel again. Aside from the Punk-Bryan match a few months ago, this was one of the best Raw TV matches in a while. (***)
Post-match: Henry realized he did not win the WWE Title, so he took out his anger with a World's Strongest Slam on the floor. Punk coughed as he sold the effects of the move. John Laurinaitis and David Otunga then appeared on the stage. Laurinaitis vowed to make Punk defend the WWE Title more often. He awkwardly said he foresees more dark clouds in Punk's future. Suddenly, a voice was heard taunting Punk.
Chris Jericho then appeared in the crowd and taunted Punk, telling him they had a classic match last night, so they should celebrate...with a drink. Jericho played up Punk's straight-edge lifestyle before pouring an alcoholic drink over Punk. Jericho tried to follow with a dropkick, but slipped and fell in the liquid. The ringside fans laughed before Jericho recovered with kicks and stomps. Jericho then retrieved another drink from ringside. Jericho vowed to make Punk a drinker, then he blasted a bottle of liquid over Punk's head, drawing oohs from the crowd. Punk, facedown on the floor, shook as Jericho stood over him, happy with his work. They replayed the final bottle shot before showing Jericho standing tall on the entrance ramp. Punk was shown a mess on the ground, his face not visible. A medic checked on Punk before they cut to break. (Jericho tweeted in-character after the segment, "By the way that wasn't a slip; I was imitating Punk the Drunk. I never make mistakes u wannabes..."
Segment Reax: Strong storytelling, heavy for PG-TV, and the expected follow-up to likely set up a WWE Title re-match at Extreme Rules after Punk retained at WrestleMania.
Before returning live, they did a Just For Men stillshot replay of Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to capture the World Title. Back in the arena, Justin Roberts announced the new World Hvt. champion Sheamus, who was booed by the WrestleMania crowd. Sheamus came out all-smiles as the vocal portion of the crowd continued to boo. Before Sheamus could say three words, Alberto Del Rio's music played to bring out a returning Ricardo Rodriguez and Alberto Del Rio. Ricardo had apparently been saving up the intro for a few months, as he rolled the heck out of "Del Rio" in the intro. Cole noted this is a summit of the past two Royal Rumble winners.
Once Del Rio was in the ring, the crowd chanted, "Si! Si! Si!" Del Rio stared down Sheamus, then the crowd chanted, "Daniel Bryan," which Del Rio tried to ignore by continuing to talk. Sheamus got in close to hear Del Rio over the Bryan chants. Del Rio essentially vowed to become World Hvt. champion. Sheamus waited out more "Si!" chants before the crowd booed him. He said the crowd wants to see him Brogue Kick someone right in the face. Sheamus vowed to show the people something they will never forget. Del Rio then got down to business that Laurinaitis has agreed to give him a match this Friday on Smackdown. Del Rio said when he wins, he will receive a future World Title shot.
More "Daniel Bryan" chants, then Del Rio's mic was cut off. He tried talking again, but it cut out again. Del Rio went over to Ricardo to retrieve his mic, then turned around and ate a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. Del Rio rolled to the outside and sold an ear injury. On a replay, it appears Del Rio turned his head and essentially fed his ear to Sheamus for the boot. They showed Del Rio and Ricardo recovering on the outside while Sheamus celebrated on-stage with the World Title belt.
Suddenly, they cut backstage to Daniel Bryan and A.J. watching the events on a monitor. The crowd exploded for Bryan and chanted, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Bryan, upset, turned around to stare at backstage interviewer Josh Mathews, who asked him about losing the title last night. Bryan refused to talk. Mathews then sent it back to ringside as the crowd continued to chant Bryan's name in the background.
Still to come: John Cena calls out The Rock tonight.
Back from break, WWE showed more stillshot photos from WrestleMania last night. Lawler then introduced Machine Gun Kelly, who was booed by the crowd. Cole noted MGK was in favor of John Cena last night, which is why he's getting booed.
[Q7] In-ring: Former IC champion Cody Rhodes came out to the ring for a match as Cole noted Rhodes lost the Intercontinental Title to Big Show last night. Kofi Kingston came out next to face Kofi in a singles match.
4 -- KOFI KINGSTON vs. CODY RHODES
Kofi and Rhodes started off with quick offense, indicating this wouldn't be going long. Cody nailed the Disaster Kick early in the match, then Big Show's music suddenly played. Show walked out on-stage and told Cody he has something to show him from WrestleMania. He said he hopes Rhodes doesn't find it...embarrassing. Show introduced a slow-motion clip of his KO Punch that ended Rhodes's night and title reign. Back in the ring, Rhodes then tried to run at Kofi out of anger, but Kofi nailed him with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
WINNER: Kingston at 1:48.
Still to come: Cena responds to losing to Rock at WrestleMania. They showed a clip of Cena telling Rock last week on Raw that he must win at Mania. Cole said Cena has gone silent on Twitter and friends haven't heard from him. Still to come tonight, Cena calls out The Rock.
Back on Raw, they showed more stillshots from WrestleMania.
Locker room: Mark Henry angrily tossed around the locker room, then Abraham Washington walked into the shot. He told Henry it's about time Henry puts some muscle to that hustle. He offered to represent Henry since he has a master plan. AW handed Henry his card and told him to think about it. "I'm on your schedule," he told him.
Announcers: Lawler said maybe Henry needs some guidance. Cole then transitioned to focus on Triple H vs. The Undertaker. Lawler noted Taker went to 20-0 and said it was the "most talked about match in WrestleMania history." They also recapped Kane beating Randy Orton and Team Johnny beating Team Teddy, thanks to Eve's action.
Speaking of Eve, her music played to boos. Eve walked out on-stage in a dress as the crowd chanted, "Hoeski." Eve paused for boos and said she got her WrestleMania Moment last night. She noted she manipulated Zack Ryder, which was so easy. She paused for a "We Want Ryder...woo woo woo" chant. She added that she can manipulate any man, except for one man, John Laurinaitis. Eve said if her actions helped him in any way, then so be it. Eve said it's Power to the People and her music played with no Ryder appearance. Is this Laurinaitis thing just a four-week build to a "Power to the People/Viewer's Choice" Raw?
Earlier Tonight: Cole fed to highlights from Rock's show-opening promo when Rock thanked John Cena and said the most important thing is they made history at WrestleMania. Going to break, Cole said they have yet to hear Cena. He said some people think the loss hit Cena hard, while others think he will rebound.
In-ring: The Miz's music played to bring out Miz as Cole hyped Miz as the reason why John Laurinaitis is in-charge of Raw and Smackdown. Cole said Miz thrives in pressure situations and is a big-game player. One segment later, Zack Ryder's music played to bring out Ryder, who Miz pinned in the 12-man tag match last night. Cole heeled on Ryder for being dumped by Eve.
5 -- THE MIZ vs. ZACK RYDER
Once the bell sounded, Miz taunted the Zack Ryder chants in the crowd. Meanwhile, Lawler said he's just been informed that John Cena has arrived at the building. To start the match, Ryder blasted away at Miz with strikes before throwing him to the outside and blasting him into the guardrail. Ryder continued to punish Miz back in the ring, but Miz cut him off with a big boot to the face. Ryder came back with double knees to the face, ducked a clothesline, and nailed a clothesline. Ryder then planted Miz face-first into the mat before nailing Miz with the Broski Boot. Ryder with a cover, but Miz kicked out. Miz then avoided a follow-up move and rammed Ryder into the guardrail. Miz then wanted the Skullcrushing Finale and he connected. It was good for the win.
WINNER: Miz at 2:56. Ryder momentarily re-built momentum showing fire early in the match, but it's clear Ryder is not a priority. Whereas, it appears WWE will be re-building Miz coming out of Mania.
Backstage: They showed the exterior of John Cena's locker room. Cole said Cena will address his Mania loss and will call out The Rock...next.
Back live, Cole plugged Kane vs. Randy Orton in a WrestleMania re-match this Friday on Smackdown. Also, the aforementioned Sheamus vs. Del Rio match.
In-ring: After a pause, John Cena's music played and Cena slowly walked out on-stage, selling that he was distraught. Cena, with his cap lower-than-usual covering his eyes, slowly walked out to the ring as the crowd booed. In the ring, Cena clenched his jaw and surveyed the crowd, which continued to boo. There was some applause in the background, too.
[Q9 -- over-run] Cena said he never thought of losing. He said that now that it's happened, he has to do things right. Cena said they all take defeats in life, quoting Muhammad Ali. He said the crowd has seen various clips and footage of him doing a lot of talking on the Road to WrestleMania. Cena said he will not backtrack or make excuses because he meant every single thing that he said. He said there is not one second in the year-long build-up to Mania where he thought he would lose. Cena said if you think like that, then you have already lost. Cena said no one goes undefeated in life and a true champion retains the will to win even in the most disappointing loss.
With all of that being said, there was a lot of speculation on how he would respond. Would he make excuses, or lash out as his opponent? "You're a loser" chant from the crowd, which drew the first smirk of the segment from Cena. Cena continued that many people wondered if this would be the day he finally lashes out at the WWE Universe. The crowd chanted, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Cena said that will not be happening, which drew boos. He said he is a man, he was beaten, and so as a man, he will admit defeat. "Last night at WrestleMania, I lost to The Rock," he said. "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chants from the crowd. Cena said last night will not be the last moment of his career. He shouted out to his supporters and MGK, who was booed again. Cena said if he let him or anyone else down, he apologizes. Cena said he will wipe the slate clean and do the best he can do going forward.
But, now to address to the rumor mill that says he is here to call out The Rock. Cena said he's not here to do that because when you call someone out, that means you want to fight. He said they settled the issue last night. "We want Lesnar!" chant from the crowd. Cena cocked his head and clenched his jaw, contemplating the chant. He said there's always an interesting crowd at Raw. Cena said he actually wants The Rock. He invited Rock to come back down to the ring. Cena doesn't want to talk trash, as Rock is a man who has earned his respect. He said he wants everyone to know he considers Rock to be a champion. Cena said he considers Rock an inspiration. Now, he can consider Rock the greatest Superstar in this industry. "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant, which Cena smiled at. Cena said he knows the crowd is having fun tonight, so let's have another moment of celebration tonight.
On a personal note, Cena said this last year has been exhausting. He said they've gone over the line verbally at times, then another "We want Lesnar!" chant started up. Cena seemed annoyed this time. Cena said he understands the excitement in the air, but he put his heart and soul into last night. There was a smattering of applause. He said he came up short last night, then Cena chanted along with the "Yes! Yes! Yes" chant. Cena shouted to Daniel Bryan, looking into the camera and telling him he owes him one. Cena then paused for a "Daniel Bryan!" chant. Cena said this is why he loves Raw.
Cena said he just wants one second to acknowledge Rock as the better man. He called out Rock, but no sign of him just yet. "Rocky, Rocky" chant. Suddenly, Here Comes The Pain hit. The crowd went absolutely nuts. Cena stared toward the entrance ramp as Lesnar slowly emerged through the backstage area and appeared on-stage. Lesnar bounced around and flexed his chest muscles before pacing the stage. Back in the ring, Cena just smirked and smiled at the moment. Lesnar then bounced around on-stage before slowly making his way toward the ring. "Holy s---" chant as his music continued to play. Lesnar paced around the ring, then slowly made his way into the ring as Cena applauded.
In the ring, Lesnar posed in Cena's face. Lesnar then came face-to-face with Cena and extended his hand, then suddenly hoisted up Cena on his shoulders. Lesnar turned around to face the hard camera, then dropped Cena with the F5. Cole declared that Cena is back. He said the landscape on Monday Night Raw has changed. They signed off with Brock posing in the corner to close the show 12 minutes past the top of the hour after a 15-minute final segment.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Wow. Cena seemed a bit annoyed on the second Lesnar chant, ruining the surprise, but the crowd was ready to explode for a rumored Lesnar return, so it was still a great moment. It was very symbolic how WWE made the transition from Rock-Cena to Cena-Lesnar, with Cena calling out Rock, instead getting Lesnar. Cole made it sound like Lesnar will be full-time with the way he presented Lesnar's return at show-end, but I can't see him wrestling a full-time schedule. Overall, this was a strong, strong show coming out of Mania, even if the crowd didn't exactly follow the script, but they made this *feel* like Raw. It will be interesting to see how this is all handled next Monday when they're a week removed from Mania and in front of a regular WWE crowd.
We welcome your 0-10 score and comments on this show for a "Raw Reax" feature in the Torch Feedback section of PWTorch.com. To contribute your thoughts on Raw, email to firstname.lastname@example.org using our Feedback form.
THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.
He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.
He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).
He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)
REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.
Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.
The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...
-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars. **SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**