WWE Using Social Media in Several Different Ways for WrestleMania 28

WWE issued the following:

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. : Social Media Event of the Year WrestleMania®

WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced the first ever “WrestleMania Pre-Show,” simulcast live on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com this Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET, as the centerpiece of its record-level digital and social media activities for WrestleMania Week in Miami. WrestleMania XXVIII broadcasts live on pay-per-view this Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET. “The Social Media Event of the Year” also includes:

To kick off WrestleMania Week, the WrestleMania press conference at the Eden Roc Hotel will live stream on YouTube, Facebook and WWE.com tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The press conference will take live fan questions via Twitter, allowing online participants to get the scoop from the WWE Superstars in attendance.

WWE Divas will bring fans along for all the WrestleMania festivities as they happen, providing exclusive coverage for PerezHilton.com, including tweets and photos from the WrestleMania VIP Party on Thursday, March 29 and the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, March 31.

This year’s celebrity WWE Hall of Fame honoree, Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson), will be tweeting live from key events, including the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WrestleMania Axxess and WrestleMania XXVIII. Exclusive videos, photos and articles of Tyson participating in WrestleMania events will be uploaded to YouTube and WWE.com.

WWE will also involve fans, celebrities and WWE Legends in a Twitter hashtag battle over who will win the WrestleMania main event featuring The Rock vs. John Cena, utilizing the respective hashtags: #TeamBringIt vs. #Cenation. WWE Superstars will also be tweeting throughout WrestleMania, letting fans in on all the action backstage.

On Friday, March 30, WWE will post exclusive WrestleMania videos on YouTube’s home page. The series will feature WWE Superstars The Rock, John Cena, Triple H®, Undertaker®, CM Punk® and Chris Jericho®. WWE Superstar Santino Marella® will also film his popular YouTube show, Santino’s Foreign Exchange, at WrestleMania Axxess.

Fans have the chance to win one of 100 pairs of tickets and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for next year’s WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013 by texting from their phones or entering online at WWE.com during WrestleMania.

#Axxess – WrestleMania Axxess
#WWEHOF – WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
#WMParty – WrestleMania Premiere Party: A Celebration of Miami Art & Fashion

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Lots of John Cena and The Rock News, McMahon Enjoying Legit Heat, Austin Backs The Rock and The Rock on Cleveland.com

Multiple sources have confirmed to the Pro Wrestling Torch that there is legitimate tension between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena, which reflects in their war of words. Furthermore, Vince McMahon is doing nothing to stop it as he and those in upper management love the conflict.

As in the past, McMahon enjoys seeing top stars challenge other. He feels the audience will sense real friction between two wrestlers, thus furthering interest in the match he’s trying to sell. In the case of Johnson and Cena, the top circle likes that fans are sensing their friction and believing that they may legitimately come to blows at WrestleMania XXVIII.

Steve Austin Discusses Talents Problems with The Rock, Returning & More

WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin was interviewed by The LAW this past week about his new movie Recoil. The LAW can be heard every Sunday night at 11pm EST with Dan Lovranski, Jason Agnew and John Pollock on TSN 1050 Toronto and online at liveaudiowrestling.com. Here are some highlights, courtesy of Chris Maffei:

Talent Having Problems with The Rock returning: 
“My thoughts on that are, you earn what you get in this business. Rock has earned the ability to come and go as he wants, because the business still needs him, it can still use him, and it can elevate the profile with having such a mainstream guy there. I don’t know about the promos between John (Cena) and Rock. I think some of them have gotten kind of personal, you wonder how much of it’s a work and how much of it’s a shoot. At the end of the day, it’s a worked business. Again, I think it’s a good thing for Rock to be involved with this. He’s earned his right to come and go and do whatever he wants.”

Current talent being vocal to creative: 
“(CM) Punk was a guy, and is a guy who, man, that guy flew by the seat of his pants. He was pissed off, he vented, he cuts great promos. He worked himself out of a bad situation into a great situation. He knew when it was time to pick his spot, when he contract was gonna be up. That guy’s been around the horn a few times, and he’s been kicked around a little bit. He saw how the other guys were being treated, and he needed, and deserved, and earned the right to be treated in that same fashion. Guys, you gotta pick your spot, but you gotta be vocal. It is a very interesting machine these days. They need voices to question them. They need voices to inspire them, or fuel them, to rethink some of the things that they’re doing and make it a better product.”

Returning under the right circumstances:
“There’s nothing up in the air for me. If there’s something that presents itself as a business opportunity, then I have an open ear to listen to it. It would have to be right for myself, my opponent, and obviously the company. I’m not lobbying for another match. There’s always talk. People ask, ‘am I capable of having another match?’ Yeah. If I was in a bad situation, I would get back in the ring full time if I had to, but I don’t have to. I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

The Rock Says He’s Come Close to Slapping John Cena’s Lips Off His Face

The Rock recently spoke with Cleveland.com about facing John Cena at WrestleMania 28, returning to wrestle for WWE and more.  Here’s some of what Rock had to say about Cena:

“Coming back into this world, I felt like I needed something real to sink my teeth into as a performer. [This is] very real. Whatever Cena has said in the past publicly, three or four years ago, I always remembered it. Then, that gave us a nice launching point. It’s not personal. I don’t personally hate John, I don’t hate anybody but the tension is nice and real and I like it. I think it plays well into what we’re doing at WrestleMania. People feel that. I don’t have to be your friend, I don’t want to be your friend. But when we go out there, let’s entertain the people.

But that tension is very palpable and it’s nice and real. I’ve come close a couple of times to slapping the lips off his face. It’s OK. I like his lips where they’re at for now. [Laughs.]”

March 5th – 11th: This Week in Wrestling History (2)

“If You Smell…”

Rocks Road to Wrestlemania in Years Gone By (Part Two)

by Neil

Follow me on Twitter: @shootwrestling

That’s right folks. I promised a double header this week and thats exactly what we have. I decided that for this particular “Week in Wrestling History” it may be a good idea to take a look at The Rock and the build-up surrounding some of his previous Wrestlemania matches. In my first installment this week I took a look at the build-up for his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIX as well as his match at Wrestlemania XX teaming with Mick Foley to face Evolution. I couldn’t, however, finish without focusing on one Rock feud that carries with it probably the most significance going into this years Wrestlemania.

This year on April 1st The Rock takes on Cena in what is being called one of the very biggest matches of all time. It’s easy to see why the WWE would bill it as such considering the huge draw this creates, having two of the biggest names in wrestling collide. The Rock is arguably the biggest name ever in wrestling. His roots as a third generation star, following in the footsteps of his grandfather ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia and his father Rocky Johnson were then eclipsed by success in Hollywood and on the big screen. The Rock has achieved a greater level of success in Hollywood than probably any other wrestler. However if The Great One is the biggest name in wrestling then who, you may ask, could have laid claim to that title before him?

Wrestlemania X8

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

In 2002 the WWE saw one of its most anticipated returns in history. The legendary Hulk Hogan returned to the ring after WCW, the company Hogan originally left the old WWF for in 1993, was dissolved following a buy-out by chairman Vince McMahon. In February’s No Way Out pay-per-view fans were treated to a sight they perhaps thought they would never see again as Hogan made his grand re-appearance – and he didn’t come alone.

Once the biggest babyfaces in professional wrestling history, the Hulkster ran wild, urging children to take their vitamins and drink their milk and dominating the WWF throughout the late eighties and early nineties. Hulk Hogan would become a rare household name, something not usually associated with wrestling. After originally retaining the same character in WCW, there came a time for a change. There came a time for a Hogan heel turn. Joining forces with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, forming the New World Order, Hogan enjoyed more success in WCW as that company began to beat WWF in the Monday Night War of ratings in the late 1990’s until it was bought and consequently closed by Vince McMahon. The No Way Out event in 2002 was Hogans first appearance on WWF TV in nine years as Vince McMahon officially unveiled the individuals he said were hired to “inject a poison” into the WWF and fianlly kill the empire that he created.

Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hulk Hogan would run riot through the WWF over the next few weeks, attacking, amongst others, its two biggest babyfaces in Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. After The Texas Rattlesnake had fallen prey to the nWo, The Rock appeared on the March 7th 2002 edition of Smackdown seeking revenge of his own. By this time the match had already been made – The Rock and Hollywood Hulk Hogan would square off at Wrestlemania X8, and three weeks before this edition of Smackdown The Rock was attacked by the nWo. Following an assault on The Peoples Champ, Hogan, Hall and Nash would take control of The Rocks ambulance, locking him inside before running it down with a truck. The WWF really seemed to be trying to make Hogans heel turn as visual and as emphatic as possible. Coming out to the ring The Rock called out the group and challenged Hogan to a match there and thern, before Wrestlemania. Claiming to want nothing to do with an injured Rocky, Hogan backed down claiming to want to save the match until Wrestlemania where he would have no excuses. Accepting on his behalf, a match was made for Smackdown later that night between Scott Hall and The Rock.

A star in his own right in the WWF in the early to mid nineties under his ring name Razor Ramon, Scott Hall came to the ring backed up by Hogan and Nash to take on The Rock in the main event. The match would quickly break down into a brawl and get out of hand as the “pack of dogs” would play the numbers game and team up on an injured Rock. However the odds would be evened up as The Rock had some back-up of his own, leading to a blockbuster announcement from Vince McMahon.

A few nights later, on the March 11th 2002 edition of Monday Night Raw, fans tuned in to witness a huge main event. In just six days Hollywood Hulk Hogan and The Rock, two of the biggest names ever in professional wrestling, would meet in what was being billed as the biggest match of all time – wrestlings past meeting wrestlings future, Icon vs Icon at Wrestlemania X8. In this handicap tag team match The Rock teamed with Stone Cold Steve Austin as they both were out for revenge against Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Who would get the upper hand before the big show down? Could Hogan, at his age, still hang with the likes of The Great One? Watch the build up to the Wrestlemania encounter from this week in wrestling history right here.

March 5th – March 11th: This Week in Wrestling History

“If You Smell…”

Rocks Road to Wrestlemania in Years Gone By (Part One)

by Neil

Follow me on Twitter: @shootwrestling

Almost an entire calendar year to the day the match was made. At last years Wrestlemania it was announced that in his home town of Miami, Florida The Rock would clash with John Cena in what is being billed as one of the biggest, most high-profile matches in WWE history. Over the course of 12 months the hype has been building and in just three and half weeks the wait is finally over. You would think that this makes me excited, right? The live crowds and large sections of the WWE Universe seem to be excited. I, however, am not and this is why.

Making a match a year in advance is a massive call. Thats twelve months of work, twelve months of hype, twelve months in which to keep peoples attention and hold peoples interest. That is a huge ask of any two people on the roster. So then, when you consider that one of those men has been absent and only at a handful of live events during that time, having only one match at a WWE pay-per-view in that time and shouldering his share of the responsibility via satellite, pre-recorded comments and Twitter you may just begin to realise where my patience has worn thin.

I am no Cena mark. I never have been. I actually used to rather dislike him. Having Cena forced upon me every time I want to watch WWE over the last few years has not always been enjoyable. Cena has been in the main event, usually with a championship around his waist, for several years now. Cena has been the WWEs top dog and where thats all well and good the lack of change to the scenery has been somewhat tiring. With that said I have been very surprised to say that in recent times I, who once owned a Rock t-shirt and consider myself a fan, I have been all about John Cena as far as this “war” goes. Cena has worked remarkably well in a very tight spot, trying to keep air in the lungs of a feud with a man making rare appearances, armed with little more than a mic and a titantron or live satellite feed. What makes this situation even more disappointing is that when The Rock has been live on Monday Night Raw he has done, in my opinion, very little to further enhance the angle and quite frankly has been easily trumped and brushed aside by an impressive John Cena.

The Rock has been at two consecutive live Monday Night Raw events as of late and hopefully should be scheduled to appear at more between now and Wrestlemania and as much as I have been bored and frustrated with this current angle I hope to see it offer up some entertainment in the weeks to come. After all if this match is going to keep the current champions on the under-card then you would hope that it at least delivers! I felt it would be appropriate, as The Rock gears up for a return to in-ring action on the grandest stage of them all, that we take the opportunity to look back at the events of this week in wrestling history and highlight exactly what The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment has been offering the WWE universe at this exciting time of year in years gone by.

Wrestlemania XIX

The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

At Wrestlemania XIX The Rock challenged his arch-rival Stone Cold Steve Austin to one more match on the grandest stage of them all. Arguably the two biggest, most impactful and most popular susperstars in WWE history had previously headlined Wrestlemania together on two seperate occasions. Austin prevailed on both occasions. On March 30th 2003 there were no championships on the line, only pride, as The Rock set out to do what he had previously failed to do and that is beat Stone Cold at Wrestlemania – in “Act III”. This battle would prove to be The Texas Rattlesnakes last, as he retired following it.

Three weeks before the showdown The Rock arrived on the March 10th 2003 edition of Monday Night Raw to be greeted by General Manager Eric Bischoff who informed The Great One that he would be wrestling Booker T that night. The Rock declined, claiming that match was not going to happen but that he would find his own opponent to face in the main event. In this hilarious backstage promo segment his hand-picked opponent would be revealed…but not before The Rock had taken an opportunity to share a song with the Cleveland audience.

Later in the show Eric Bischoff walked to the ring, mic in hand, to address his situation with The Texas Rattlesnake and made reference to his legitimate firing of Austin from WCW. Bischoff claimed that he deserved credit and that without him Austin would never made it to the WWE. Naturally Stone Cold would respond and as the two butted heads in the ring, The Rock couldn’t help but get involved.

With The Rock biding his time in his feud with Steve Austin, as he waited until Wrestlemania, it was time for the main event. The Rock and his hand selected opponent The Hurricane put on a decent match. After weasling out of his original, scheduled match with Booker T and backing down from a potential confrontation with his Wrestlemania opponent, Stone Cold Steve Austin would ensure that as Raw went off air that night he made his mark to further bait The Peoples Champion.

Wrestlemania XX

The Rock & Mankind vs. Batista, Randy Orton & Ric Flair

On March 14th 2004 at Wrestlemania XX “The Rock ‘n Sock Connection” took on “Evolution” in a three-on-two handicap match. The newly reformed former Tag Team Champions faced the “past, present and future” of professional wrestling, Dave Batista, the Intercontental Champion Randy Orton and the sixteen-time world champion Ric Flair.

The team of The Rock and Mick Foley were originally an unlikely combination. Mankind, desperate for The Rocks approval and respect would go out of his way in his attempts to impress ‘The Great One’ and usually his efforts would be met with little reaction. The comedic value of the team was never in doubt and this strange dynamic would lead to an unforgettable moment in the Attitude era and the history of Monday Night Raw when, in 1998, Mankind presenting The Rock with his “This is Your Life” would mark the highest rated segment in the history of the WWEs flagship programme.

Six years later and the pair were best of friends and on March 8th 2004, just six days days before Wrestlemania and after weeks of Foley falling prey to the assaults of the powerful trio of Evolution, The Rock would return to Raw with only one thing on his mind – cheering up his friend and tag team partner. On this night The Rock would present “Mick Foley – This is Your Life!” However before The Brahma Bull could get to the ring we were treated to a very funny encounter with one of his “fiercest rivals”!

Later in the evening the time had come for The Rock to “finally…” come back to Bridgeport, Conneticut and return the favour of his former Tag Team Championship partner. Would it live up to one of the most watched segments in Raws history? Would Evolution plan to ruin The Connections party less than a week before their match at Wrestlemania? Well, in my opinion, it certainly didn’t disappoint!

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Thats all for today folks. However trust me – this does not quite cover all the exciting moments from The Rock in this particular week in wrestling history. Check back over the next day or two where I aim to cover what is arguably the most relevant road to Wrestlemania the Great One has ever had with Cena just around the corner on April 1st!

Friday night Smackdown 02/03/2012 – The Review

After last week’s live Smackdown, normal service resumed with a Friday edition of the Teddy Long-run show. The night began with the Great White, Sheamus entering the ring to address his opponent at Wrestlemania, Daniel Bryan. Sheamus delivered a message to his ‘Mania opponent by informing the WWE Universe that he is going to knock Sports Entertainment’s only vegan down a peg or two by teaching him some humility. The address was short-lived, however, as Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler interrupted who decided to show their support to John Laurinaitis in the battle to become General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown.

Dolph Ziggler Vs Sheamus

Dismayed by their support for his rival, Teddy Long set up a match for Ziggler to take on Sheamus. Ziggler was close to scoring a victory but the man who hopes to bring Daniel Bryan’s title run to an abrupt end sealed the fall with his trademarked White Noise.

Winner: Sheamus by pinfall

With both General Managers switching their respective roles next week, the ‘playa’ Teddy Long announced that his first act as Smackdown General Manager would be to set up a match between David Otunga, Laurinaitis’ right hand man, and The Great Khali. Otunga has been on a winning streak of late but he is going to be alert if he is to overcome Khali. It’ll take more than a few trips to his beloved Starbucks that’s for certain!

Santino Marella Vs Heath Slater

The next match saw the Milan Miracle Santino Marella take on Heath Slater. The one-man rock band had the early advantage by putting the boot to Santino in an aggressive start. Slater looked like he was going to capitalise on his favourable position by going to the top rope. However, the crafty Italian was quick to his feat and knocked Slater off by throwing himself into the ropes. Santino then reached into his ring attire (reminiscent of Mankind with Mr. Socko) and pulled out another Cobra puppet, (he had thrown the one he wore down to the ring into the crowd) and delivered a devastating Cobra. Slater dropped to the floor before Santino covered him for the three count, much to the delight of the Seattle crowd. At the end of the match Michael Cole referred the Cobra as another “Spinarooni”, poking fun at his co-commentator Booker T’s signature move. The likeness was greeted with a “watch yourself, Cole!”

Winner: Santino Marella by pinfall

Up next was a Divas match between Eva Torres and Natalya, the latter appears to be having some issues with her bowels of late. Before the match, backstage, Natalya thought she’d give Torres the what for regarding the Zack Ryder situation. She said: “What you’re doing to Zack is inexcusable; Zack is a really good person, a genuine person.” Torres, without any remorse or compassion responded coldly by saying: “At least I’m honest enough to admit I used Zack.” Natalya then left Torres with a parting gift, an air biscuit! According to Booker T it’s because of all the whey protein Natalya takes.

Eva Torres Vs Natalya

Their match followed immediately with Natalya showing her Hart pedigree with some textbook grappling. Natalya offered out a handshake to Torres, only for the “Hoeski” to reject emphatically with a slap to the face. The match then moved up a gear with Natalya displaying her take on the Lou Thesz press, a cat fight then ensued. However, Eva Torres defeated Natalya after reversing a roll-up to score an unlikely victory.

Winner: Eva Torres by pinfall

From one third generation superstar in Natalya to another, Cody Rhodes, addressed the audience with more jibes towards the Big Show’s someone unflattering record at Wrestlemania. The Big Show then interrupted but he claimed it was only so that they could watch the next video segment of Big Show’s failings together. However, Rhodes fled like a scaled dog into the crowd. The Big Show made suggestions that if Rhodes wasn’t going to come back he was going to go after him. Teddy Long entered stopping Show in his tracks but gave him some good news. Long confirmed what we suspected; a match between the Big Show and Cody Rhodes that will take place at Wrestlemania with Rhodes’ Intercontinental Title on the line.

Big Show Vs Mark Henry

Having two titans like Big Show and Mark Henry go toe-to-toe is a brave decision by those in charge as the dynamics between to heavyweights can sometimes be lacking. Do we all need reminding of Mark Henry’s match against Viscera at Now Way Out 2000? For those that can’t remember then it’s probably for the best. Henry dominated Big Show, taking the fight outside the ring. It has to be said that whatever it is that McMahon sees in Mark Henry I simply cannot. The man, in my opinion, is a spent force. What more, his apparent dominance over a man like the Big Show is a little farfetched. Although Big Show isn’t the lightest on his feet, he does have more agility than Henry. I have seen ocean liners turn quicker than the supposedly world’s strongest man. When was that then? 1991? Really the Big Show should be the world strongest man because he was carrying Henry all through the match. Big Show defeated Mark Henry with a powerful right hand, despite taking a World’s Strongest Slam. Big Shows right hook proved to be enough as Henry was out for the count, literally, as Big Show got the win giving him so momentum heading into Wrestlemania.

Winner: Big Show by pinfall

Up next was Drew McIntyre’s visit to last chance saloon. The Scot was told by Teddy Long that if he lost his next match he would be out on his ear.

We then heard from Randy Orton who was back after a concussion caused by the current Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. The Viper revealed how he was “back to normal” by which he meant he was “angry and cold-blooded” and declared his revenge on Bryan. The two were due to go one-on-one in the night’s main event.

Drew McIntyre Vs Justin Gabriel

The Drew McIntyre vs Justin Gabriel match followed with McIntyre showing good aggression and early domination. The Ayrshire-native went for the cover twice only to get a two count on both occasions. Justin Gabriel then hit McIntyre with a hurricane DDT before doing what he does best and showing his aerial prowess. An emphatic 450 splash followed and so did the three count for Justin Gabriel to defeat Drew McIntyre. With no real fanfare or drama heading into this apparent career ending match, it makes one wonder what is in store for the 26-year-old Scot.

Winner: Justin Gabriel by pinfall

Daniel Bryan’s bearded face appeared on the titantron in response to Randy Orton’s return. The current Heavyweight Champion revealed how he didn’t have butterflies heading into his match with the Viper and began patronising those that would listen how he is better off being a vegan and that he is still a role model. He also said that he is going to defy expectations and walk out of Wrestlemania the Heavyweight Champion. Let’s hope not.

Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan

The match kicked off with chants of Daniel Bryan sucks from the watching fans in Seattle before Orton launched a full scale attack on Bryan. The matched spilled to outside the ring with Orton using the ring steps to his advantage but the match re-found its way back into the squared-circle soon after. Bryan showed some resistance by reversing Orton’s attempts in superplexing him off the top rope before hitting the Viper with a powerful dropkick to the head. Then it was Orton’s turn for a reverse with a dropkick of his own hitting Bryan as he came off the top rope. Orton then gathered some momentum before attempting to hit the Vegan with two RKOs. Bryan then fled the ring, seemingly having enough but Orton followed.  Instead of using the ropes to elevate his DDT, Orton used the ring itself with Bryan’s head destined to bounce off the hard floor. That would have been the case if the Big Red Machine Kane hadn’t have interrupted. Bryan ran back into the ring to avoid being counted out whilst Orton set his sights on Kane. The referee gestured for the time keeper to ring the bell, Orton had been counted out but was focusing his attention on Kane’s intrusion. A chokeslame to Orton was followed by a “Welcome back, Randy. Welcome Back”.

Winner: Daniel Bryan by countout

With Barrett sidelined it seems that a new feud has been cooked up heading into Wrestlemania to keep both Kane and Orton relevant. There surely can’t be much room left on the bill for any more matches and if they are going to shoe-horn any more matches in then one would like to think they should build momentum up a lot sooner than 4 weeks away from ‘Mania.

Just before the curtain dropped on this week’s Smackdown we saw Otunga and Laurinaitis watching Kane’s exit from the safety of his office. Laurinaitis made suggestions about a match between Kane and Aksana next week on Smackdown. Clearly the feud between Laurinaitis and Long isn’t even reaching a simmer let alone boiling point.

All things considered it was a solid and well-thought out Smackdown with fans favourite Santino getting more in-ring time not to mention Big Show’s Intercontinental Title shot.