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Wrestling Review Weekly First Edition, Number 39

April 27th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Peter Schifani

This past week in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment saw WWE focus in on it's next special event 'Extreme Rules' whilst TNA put the finishing touches on it's second pay-per-view of 2014 entitled 'Sacrifice.' While Daniel Bryan finished up his honeymoon with Brie Bella he found out that his father had passed suddenly, but he fulfilled his obligation and showed up to Raw.

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Despite that Raw opened with the returning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and a beautiful "Yes!" chant led by both Bryan and his bride, he was soon interrupted by The Authorities' Stephanie McMahon. She would warn Bryan about Kane, who has returned under the mask, and thereafter Kane would come down and dismantle the champion with three tombstone pile-drivers, the final one on the announce table. It was really a way for WWE to give Bryan the "night off" and rest of the week to deal with his father's passing. Just as Bryan was about to get in the ring everyone could see the emotion in his eyes as he mouthed "thank you" to the WWE Universe cheering him on as he came to the ring. The bitter battle between the trios of The Shield and the re-united Evolution continued on Raw as Evolution one upped The Shield with the 11 men they had faced the week prior in a handicap match. The Shield would answer Friday night on Smackdown by taking out all but five of the same men whom they would face again in a handicap match as Smackdown came to a close. The Shield decimated them and reigned supreme at the end of the night. Also the finalists were determined in the number one contenders tournament for a shot at Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston at 'Extreme Rules' as Rob Van Dam advanced with a count out victory over Cesaro and Bad News Barrett beat Sheamus.

On Impact Thursday night TNA continued to finalize the card for 'Sacrifice' but not before allowing Abyss to win back his spot on the roster after defeating Magnus, who then snapped and showed a vicious side with chair shot after chair shot on both Abyss and Eric Young, who came to the ring from the announce table. TNA will have eight matches total on the 'Sacrifice' card and you can read our preview here, four of those matches featuring all of the TNA championships being on the line. It still seems that TNA is just trolling along with card after card, and storyline after storyline, but nothing is happening to separate them from WWE, nor are there any superior matches that have fans talking about them more-so than any other wrestling company. Hopefully 'Sacrifice' will change that impression, otherwise we can't see them surviving in the long run.

Lastly, on May 17th at the prestigious Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City the "War of Worlds" will be held between Ring of Honor (ROH) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). For both organization there World Championships (Heavyweight and Tag-Team) will be on the line. It will be something to see when the talents from both wrestling promotions combine on that night.

Tags: Daniel Bryan, Eric Young, Extreme Rules, Raw, ROH, Sacrifice, Smackdown, TNA, World Heavyweight Champion, Wrestling, WWE

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