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WWE Out of ABS-CBN Sports?

The Daniel Bryan vs. the Authority angle will not be seen on free TV’s ABS-CBN Sports + Action for now.

Looks like the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ ended way too soon for ABS-CBN Sports.

In an unexpected development, WWE programming was pulled out of the ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel at the beginning of March, and were replaced by either the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UEFA Champions League, Pinoy Pride and Top Rank Boxing, or the NBA. The pullout of WWE programs by ABS-CBN Sports comes in three years after Solar Entertainment’s Jack TV decided to cease airing all WWE programs.

As expected, some wrestling fans were angered by ABS-CBN’s decision to cancel its broadcast of the WWE. However, the reaction only paled in comparison to Solar’s pullout three years earlier, where an overwhelming majority of wrestling fans balked at the one-hour international format of Raw, the absence of SmackDown and Main Event (both currently airing on FOX Philippines), and the delayed broadcast of WWE pay-per-views on the Kapamilya’s UHF channel.

The absence of WWE programming on ABS-CBN Sports may have stemmed from the fact that the Vince McMahon-owned company recently established the WWE Network after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. As many wrestling fans know, the new network is expected to carry every WWE pay-per-view beginning with WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. Because of that, ABS-CBN Sports may find it difficult to even broadcast the upcoming WrestleMania 30 in both SkyCable and Sports + Action, considering the already complicated situation.

Should ABS-CBN Sports officially close the door on the WWE, Fox needs to step up. While the channel already has SmackDown and Main Event along with other supplementary programs like Vintage, Afterburn and Bottomline, what Fox needs at this point are both Raw and the pay-per-views in order to satisfy the demands of loyal wrestling viewers. If that happens, perhaps a return to a two or three-hour format for Raw and free live pay-per-views is in order, provided that Fox airs WWE programs on the same week as the U.S.

The loss of WWE should not be a big deal for Kapamilya viewers. After all, there is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, another form of combat sports which is just as entertaining, but without the scripted excess that is featured in professional wrestling. However, it remains to be seen whether or not free TV will once again accept the WWE.

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The Root of Triple H’s Tyranny in WWE

These days, the WWE universe pay witness to the tyrannical rule of Triple H and his family, claiming that his orders were ‘for the good of the business’. His first order was to put the WWE championship in Randy Orton‘s hands, and then hired The Shield as his bodyguards. The main target of the group is Daniel Bryan, who Triple H thought is not a good fit to the be ‘face of the WWE’. The entire roster tried to side with Bryan, with the Big Show, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler serving as spokesmen against Triple H’s so-called ‘dictatorship’. However, the WWE’s COO threatened to fire those who spoke against him, perhaps as revenge for this moment.

Two years ago, the majority of the WWE roster gave Triple H a vote of no confidence after the roster voiced out their complaints regarding the recent chaos within WWE. The roster, led by John Laurinaitis, thought that the presence of Triple H created an unsafe working environment, and that ‘The Game”s inability to manage the situation only made it worse. This led to the walkout of the roster, and Triple H was later stripped of his authoritative powers by his father-in-law Vince McMahon.  The video of the walkout angle can be viewed below.

Take note that Sheamus and John Cena were absent during the roster walkout, and neither were currently seen in WWE programming due to injury. CM Punk was also absent, due to the fact that his rebellious straight-edge persona was being rewritten for the upcoming feud with soon-to-be Raw general manager Laurinaitis. Then-face Orton was also absent.

Triple H’s revenge for the roster’s walkout on him two years earlier is now incorporated into the storyline between himself, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. The entire roster, previously defiant in the walkout angle, now appears scared of Triple H’s tyranny for the sake of their employment lives, and that they cannot help Bryan at all in his quest to earn the respect of WWE management. The video below of the WWE roster’s inability to help Bryan can be viewed below.

Much like two years ago, Triple H’s authoritative presence in the WWE created an unsafe working environment, only this time he runs with an iron fist. And without a John Cena to make his presence felt, things will only get worse.

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Daniel Bryan vs. WWE


Daniel Bryan is currently facing the entire WWE, over the McMahons’ claim that he is not superstar material.

SummerSlam last Sunday in Los Angeles provided a glimpse on the twists and turns of WWE storylines. The WWE Championship matches were a shocker, to say the least. John Cena, expected to miss time due to injury, relinquished the title to Daniel Bryan. However, the story didn’t end there. Randy Orton, the Money in the Bank winner, cashed in his shot at the title. Triple H, the special guest referee for the match, provided his former Evolution ally a much-needed opening by nailing Bryan with a Pedigree, culminating with Orton pinning Bryan and winning the WWE Championship.

Over the past few weeks, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie, and son-in-law Triple H, doubted Bryan over his image and capability of winning and honoring the WWE Championship. They claim that the image of Bryan holding the gold is not what WWE wanted, further concluding that Bryan is not WWE superstar material. This started a feud between Bryan and the McMahons, even going as far as sending The Shield to protect the McMahons and the WWE roster from Bryan at the end of Raw the night after SummerSlam. There is no doubt that the crowd was behind Bryan, but the rest of the WWE, led by Orton, were against him.

One particular theory behind the McMahons’ doubt over Bryan came during his ‘No, No, No’ gimmick, where he became a pessimistic and bitter wrestler after he was dumped by AJ Lee in the middle of their wedding ceremony last year. Of course, many knew Bryan’s psychotic gimmick, but Orton once had the gimmick of a psychotic wrestler during his feud with Triple H in 2009. That cancels out this theory. Another of McMahon’s theories is that Bryan’s beard does not fit the corporate WWE image, which led to an attempt to shave Bryan’s beard on Raw several weeks back. However, Orton currently sports a beard too, thus cancelling out this theory as well.

Another one came back in Bryan’s first WWE tenure. Back during his Nexus days, Bryan once strangled ring announcer Justin Roberts during a Raw live show in 2010, leading to his dismissal from the company. Yes, Bryan was fired the first time around, while Orton has remained with the company since his days as ‘The Legend Killer’. That incident alone may have proven the McMahons’ claim that Bryan was never WWE superstar material to begin with because of incidents such as this.

Over the next few weeks Daniel Bryan will continue to feud with the McMahons, Randy Orton, and perhaps the rest of the WWE. Whether or not Bryan is worthy to be a superstar remains to be seen.