When WWE NXT makes its debut on the WWE Network, management wants it to be viewed as a huge event. So, instead of just featuring developmental wrestlers, the company has booked Billy Gunn, Bret Hart, John Cena, Road Dogg, Shawn Michaels and Sheamus to make appearances throughout the night.
One of the notable absence during the recent Old School Raw edition of Monday Night Raw was Bret Hart. Rumor has it that WWE simply did not get around to asking the former world champion to make an appearance because they already had booked several performers.
"There is no real comparison, that is like comparing a diamond and a chunk of coal. Vince McMahon is an absolute master, he is a brilliant man, you take a look at going up against WCW, Ted Turner and that whole organisation. Turner gave us all no cut contracts; Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, Bret Hart, and myself all went to WCW. Vince then took all the cast offs like Triple H and Steve Austin and turned them into global superstars and once again he was on top. You've got to give Vince credit, he is not your friend, if you want a friend go buy a puppy, Vince is your boss. He will use you and make you money but when the time is right he will flush you down the toilet and won't think twice about it, welcome to the real world."
- Jim Duggan on Eric Bischoff
"First of all, I want people to realize that it is hard to see all the old stars come back to Hall of Fame stuff and me not be included in all these things. I accomplished more than anyone in 2 years at WWF and I was part of one of the biggest match that started the attitude era with Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin. That match changed wrestling to what it is today. There is not a peep from anyone within WWE. I don't know why they won't give me a shot in the WWE and to challenge for the WWE title. I have reached out through many different types of media and the only thing I've heard back is that they're doing okay and don't need me. I say that if you're gonna be bringing people back from the attitude era and before that then I don't understand why you wouldn't bring me back. There seems to be a black mark against me and I don't understand it."
- Ken Shamrock on potential WWE return
A picture of Bret Hart and his new wife, Stephanie, wearing San Francisco 49ers jerseys.
There were plans over the weekend to put the WWE Tag Team Championship on Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro during the fatal four way match at TLC. No word on why management changed their minds and kept the belts on Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
Randy Orton has captured the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating John Cena at TLC. Orton utilized a pair of handcuffs to his advance, while Cena also had to take an awkward bump into a table from the ladder at the end.
Daniel Bryan was unable to overcome the odds, as the former WWE Champion was defeated by Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a handicap match at TLC. Wyatt got the pin fall victory after nailing his Sister Abigail finishing move.
In a no disqualification match at TLC, Kofi Kingston defeated the Miz via pin fall after hitting the Trouble in Paradise finisher. Miz had exposed the turnbuckle, but it ended up backfiring on him. Not a lot of interest from the audience.
After Tensai, Naomi and Cameron abandoned him during his match, Brodus Clay, who exhibited heel tendencies throughout the match at TLC, was defeated via pin fall by R Truth, who nailed his opponent with a kick to the face.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust retained the WWE Tag Team Championship at TLC. Curtis Axel and Ryback were elminated first, followed by Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesario. Big Show and Rey Mysterio were eliminated when Cody pinned Mysterio.
After his match against Damien Sandow at TLC, Big E Langston remains the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Langston got the pin fall victory after hitting a clothesline and the Big Ending finisher.
Despite her backstage incident this week, AJ Lee managed to retain the WWE Divas Championship during her match against Natalya Neidhart at TLC. AJ got the pin fall victory after reversing a Sharp Shooter attempt from Natalya.
CM Punk defeated all three members of the Shield during the opening match of TLC. He was able to pin Dean Ambrose after Roman Reigns accidentally hit his teammate with the spear. Match was entertaining, and the crowd was lively.
Fandango defeated Dolph Ziggler in a really short TLC kickoff match. He won via pinfall after nailing the top rope leg drop. Summer Rae provided some distraction to help Fandango score the win over the former World Heavyweight Champion.
While the two championships are expected to be combined tonight at TLC, the feud between John Cena and Randy Orton is expected to keep going, as the two of them are being advertised for matches late into January.
Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been training a lot lately to become an in ring performer for WWE, has revealed that he will be working the TLC pay per view tonight. However, he will simply be working with the Spanish announce team.
Despite rough weathers, Mick Foley has revealed that he was able to make it from New York to Houston. The WWE legend will be working the pre show for Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
There are talks that Natalya Neidhart could be winning the WWE Divas Championship tonight after the backstage incident between AJ Lee and the Access Hollywood host. AJ was initially supposed to retain the belt at the pay per view.
Lilian Garcia was performing with her band in Las Vegas over the weekend, so the longtime WWE announcer decided to fly straight from Nevada to Houston, in order to work the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view on Sunday night.
Bret Hart posted a picture on Instagram of himself and family members attending a Pearl Jam concert together.
WWE filmed a Tribute to the Troops special. Since John Cena worked the event without either of the championship belts with him, there are heavy speculations that Randy Orton will walk out as the unified champion at the TLC pay per view.
WWE is hinting that the Intercontinental Championship will be given a boost once John Cena or Randy Orton unify the two main championship belts at TLC. That means that Big E Langston could be in line for a big push very soon.
Word going around is that Bret Hart was upset with the manner in which Randy Orton brought up the Montreal Screwjob during the final segment on Monday Night Raw this week. He feels WWE should have told him beforehand.
On Monday Night Raw, WWE announced that Dolph Ziggler and Fandango will be doing the kickoff match at the TLC pay per view. Neither guy has been given much of a push, and there is not a lot of history between the two of them.
One of the reasons why WWE contacted Bret Hart to present a Slammy award on Monday Night Raw was because they needed a familiar former world champion to take part in the final segment of the show.
Many within WWE are expecting Randy Orton to beat John Cena to capture both belts at the TLC pay per view. The belief is that management will allow Cena to lose the match since it can be done without a pin fall or submission.
"Toronto deserves Rob Ford, they put him in office. Toronto deserves everything it gets. Up in Calgary we've got a more prestigious mayor [Naheed Nenshi]. I think we've got the best mayor in North America."
The top candidates to work the kickoff match at the TLC pay per view right now are Xavier Woods, R Truth, Brodus Clay and Tensai. There's also a chance that WWE could opt to do a singles match between Woods and Clay as well.
Bret Hart has been chosen to award the Match of the Year during the Slammy Awards show on Monday Night Raw this week.
"Bret doesn't like reality TV normally and he didn't used to be a fan of women's wrestling. When the Hitman tells you it's cool, you know it's cool."
"I've calmed down a lot. There were a lot of things I did to escalate that whole thing with [opponent] Shawn Michaels and [now WWE owner] Vince McMahon. I wouldn't change anything I did in terms of my own conduct but I regret all of it.Visit Wrestling Inc. I wish I had never left the WWE but I've moved on. I went back and shook Shawn's hand and it was good for everyone to bury the hatchet."
CM Punk is having issues with his back and ribs right now, so WWE will continue to work the story around to limit the amount of physical pain that he has to endure until the TLC pay per view.
Big E Langston is basically guaranteed a spot on the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view, but WWE has not decided if it will be a singles match or a tag team match with Mark Henry at the moment.
Originally, WWE wanted to do a match between Big Show and Triple H at the TLC pay per view, but a last minute decision was made to postpone that until a later date.
One of the ideas being thrown around in WWE is to have John Cena and Randy Orton swapping titles at the end of their match at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view.
As of right now, WWE has no plans on bringing Brock Lesnar back for the TLC pay per view in December. The rumored return date is still at the Royal Rumble pay per view.
Bret Hart revealed in an interview that he is making a cameo appearance at the Survivor Series during the kickoff match between Kofi Kingston and the Miz.
Chris Jericho does the Bret Hart entrance in WWE 2K14.
Prior to becoming a WWE star, Bret Hart majored in filmmaking at Mount Royal College.
WWE is planning on saving the big match between Big Show and Triple H for TLC, so that they can boost the buy rate for that show.