RAW Preview: 2/29/16

Source: WWE.com

The Undertaker returns! The Undertaker will appear live on tonight’s edition of Raw for the first time in 2016, WWE.com can confirm. Following Mr. McMahon’s blockbuster declaration that The Phenom will battle Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania to decide if The Boy Wonder will assume control of Monday Night Raw, the WWE Universe has been speculating on what the legendary Superstar will have to say about his role in the McMahon family power struggle. Will The Deadman shed further light on his historic 24th contest at The Showcase of the Immortals?

How will Triple H continue to assert his power on The Road to WrestleMania after injuring his Show of Shows opponent? Will Reigns even be be able to face The Game for his title at WrestleMania? Expect more fallout on Raw.

Who will face Charlotte at WrestleMania 32? #1 Contender’s Match: Sasha Banks VS Becky Lynch

Even though Brock Lesnar obliterated Dean Ambrose in the parking garage before last week’s Raw, The Lunatic Fringe — neck brace and all — commandeered an ambulance and confronted The Beast during the broadcast. Goading Lesnar, even in his battered state, Ambrose demanded a No Holds Barred Street Fight with The Conqueror at WrestleMania. The unstable Superstar’s challenge was met with a brutal F-5 at ringside, then an acceptance by Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman. Despite seeming indestructible, even in the face of The Anomaly’s fury, this is still a bout pitting a man against The Beast. Yet, will the chaotic nature of this anything-goes Show of Shows confrontation favor The Lunatic Fringe?

Expect The Dudley Boyz to continue reminding WWE fans and the locker room that they’re no mere nostalgia act — they’re WWE Tag Team Championship contenders.

TNA Is Looking For Investors

Source: WrestlingINC

It was reported that TNA Wrestling is looking for more investors. PWInsider has answered some of the questions as it relates to why this is happening.

TNA has been forced to cut back on both office space and talent that was scheduled for the UK tour. They’re unable to grow in the state they’re in, and while they’ll tread water, it won’t be profitable in the long run.

TNA is said to have a five-year plan in order, and a partner taking a percentage of the company will aid in making that a reality. The TV deals are helping keep TNA going, but Dixie Carter wants to be a “player.” It’s also said that it is believed Dixie Carter would consider an offer to buy the company outright for the right price. Carter has outright rejected several offers in the past.

Panda Energy still technically owns TNA, but they aren’t funding the company and also aren’t involved in any operations, with this being the case since about when Jeff Jarrett’s stake was bought out last year.

A source told Wrestling Inc that Josh Mathews will actually be in meetings this week with multimedia startups in relation to this.

Backstage Talk On WWE Possibly Splitting Up The RAW And SmackDown Brands This Year

Source: PWInsider Elite

Shane McMahon’s WWE return and match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 for the control of RAW got a lot of fans talking about a potential brand split happening again.

Fans aren’t the only ones talking about a brand split as there have been rumblings within WWE for several weeks now, even before Shane returned, according to PWInsider. No word yet on exactly what is being discussed or how close they might be to actually executing the idea but there has been at least talk of doing some kind of split with RAW and SmackDown.

It will be very interesting to see if WWE could pull off a brand split with the way business is today. It doesn’t sound like NXT would be involved but that wasn’t stated in the report. There’s also no word on if the stipulation for Hell In a Cell at WrestleMania would tie into the split but it seems like that would be the easiest way to get there.

Nikki Bella Gets “Amazing News” From Her Doctor

Source: WrestlingNews.co

Nikki Bella, who underwent surgery to fix a badly herniated disk in her neck, mentioned on Instagram that she recently went to the doctor and got “such amazing news.” She posted this:

The last official word on Nikki was that she would be out for six months before she can find out if she can compete again.

2016 WWE Hall Of Fame Update

Source: WrestlingINC

With WWE announcing Sting & The Godfather for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame, the remaining Hall of Fame inductees are Jacqueline, The Freebirds and Regis Philbin in the celebrity wing. JBL was also expected to be inducted this year with Ron Simmons doing the induction, but plans may have changes as it was revealed last week that JBL and Simmons would be inducting The Godfather. PWInsider reported that the Freebirds induction is expected to be announced today and they are likely to be inducted by Kevin Von Erich.

ROH 14th Anniversary ‘Winner Takes All’ Results

ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – Triple Threat Match
(C) Tomohiro Ishii VS Roderick Strong VS Bobby Fish:

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii via pinfall (vertical brainbuster) to retain the ROH World Television Championship

 

Adam Page VS BJ Whitmer

Winner: BJ Whitmer via inside cradle (low blow)

 

Dalton Castle w/The Boys VS Hirooki Goto

Winner: Hirooki Goto via pinfall (Shouten Kai)

 

Alex Shelley VS Christopher Daniels w/Kazarian

Kazarian tries to get involved, but Chris Sabin shows up and helps Shelley win! The Motor City Machine Guns clear the ring as the crowd chants for them!

Winner: Alex Shelley via pinfall

 

Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The Briscoes

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin via pinfall (High Fly Flow)

 

Okada w/Jado VS Moose (w/ Stokely Hathaway)

Winner: Okada via pinfall (Rainmaker)

 

NJPW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship
(C’s) Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks) VS ACH, Matt Sydal & Kushida

Winners: Bullet Club Elite via pinfall (Bullet Club Special #2)

 

ROH TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – NO DQ
(C’s) War Machine VS All Night Xpress

Winners: War Machine via pinfall (Fallout) to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships

 

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) Jay Lethal (w/Truth Martini & Taeler Hendrix) VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole

Winner: Jay Lethal via pinfall (Lethal Injection) to retain the ROH World Championship

 

ROH 14th Anniversary: ‘Winner Takes All’ Card – 2/26/16

Ring Of Honor’s big 14th Anniversary PPV “Winer Takes All” takes place tonight, live on PPV kicking off at 9 PM EST. The event is loaded, as several NJPW talents have made a trip over to compete.

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) Jay Lethal (w/Truth Martini) VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole

ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – Triple Threat Match
(C) Tomohiro Ishii VS Roderick Strong VS Bobby Fish

ROH TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – NO DQ
(C’s) War Machine VS All Night Xpress

NJPW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship
(C’s) Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks) VS ACH, Matt Sydal & Kushida

Dalton Castle VS Hirooki Goto

Okada VS Moose (w/ Stokely Hathaway)

Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The Briscoes

Alex Shelley VS Christopher Daniels

Adam Page VS BJ Whitmer