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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – January 25, 2009

MATCH #1: ECW Championship Match – Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy

Swagger has been the champion since 1.13.09 when he beat Hardy, and this is his first defense, and Hardy’s rematch. The champion has only been on TV since September, by the way. The crowd is in full support of the challenger. Hardy outwits the champion in the early going, and Swagger takes a powder. That doesn’t last long, as Hardy chases Swagger outside and brings him back in the ring. Swagger once again takes a powder and this time creates some distance between himself and Hardy. Back in the ring Swagger takes Hardy down to the mat, which is his strong suit. Hardy tries to keep up but Swagger is an All-American. He does make a comeback though and hits a bulldog for two. He goes up to the top rope and Swagger dumps him to the floor. Swagger starts working on Hardy’s arm, which Hardy needs to execute the Twist of Fate. Hardy fights back, but Swagger weathers the blows and keeps going after the arm. He finally escapes the armbar with a clothesline and fires up, hitting what looks like the Eye of the Hurricane for two. He hits another bulldog for two. An elbow off the second rope gets another two-count. Swagger catches a boot and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He follows up with a single-arm DDT for two. They fight up top as Swagger is going for a super back suplex, but Hardy avoids it and knocks Swagger back to the mat. Hardy hits a Moonsault but Swagger kicks out at two! The crowd bought that one. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Swagger avoids it and throws Hardy’s shoulder into the ring post. Swagger pulls Hardy out of the corner and hits the Gut-Wrench Powerbomb to score the pin and retain the title at 10:28. I like Swagger going over clean. That was a solid opener to get the crowd going.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Women’s Championship Match – Beth Phoenix vs. Melina

Phoenix has been the champion since 8.17.08, and this is her fourth defense. Melina has been champion twice before. The champion overpowers the challenger early on, while the crowd chants for Phoenix’s valet, Santino Marella. Melina fights valiantly but Phoenix just throws her around and stretches her in unnatural ways. In fact, she stretches Melina’s leg back far enough so that she’s able to say “stop kicking yourself, stop kicking yourself!” Melina almost gets a comeback but Phoenix hits a side suplex for two. Phoenix gets Melina up for a Gorilla Press Slam but Melina slips out and eventually hits a chinbreaker. They trade more holds and Melina hits a spinning face slam for two. Melina hits a Thesz Press off the second rope. Phoenix reverses the momentum, but Melina catches her with a quick rollup to win the title at 5:58. That had the one neat spot but it was otherwise kind of sloppy.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – John Cena vs. JBL

Cena has been the champion since 11.23.08, and this is his second defense. JBL is accompanied by his employee, Shawn Michaels. Cena takes the early advantage so JBL takes a powder and confers with Michaels. Back in the ring JBL toes right after Cena with punches and kicks. Cena makes a brief comeback but gets distracted by Michaels and JBL goes back on offense. He hits a series of elbow drops for two. A side suplex gets another two-count. JBL knocks Cena to the floor, and follows him out to deliver more punishment, whipping the champion into the steel steps. The crowd is completely dead. Cena regains control and sort of hits his legdrop to the back of the neck. He hits some more of his signature moves, and the crowd has come alive a bit. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He tries the F-U but JBL avoids it. Cena is able to lock on the STF-U though, and once again gets distracted by Michaels. JBL kicks Cena to the floor and Cena can’t take his eyes off Michaels. Back in the ring JBL hits a Clothesline from Hell for two. The referee takes a bump to the floor and both men clothesline each other. Michaels gets in the ring and warms up the band. He nails JBL with the kick instead of Cena, much to the delight of the crowd. Cena then stupidly walks right into another Superkick, and Michaels drapes JBL’s arm over the champion. Another referee comes down finally and Cena kicks out at two. Both men get back to their feet and Cena hits a quick F-U to get the pin at 15:29. These two have had some great matches together but boy was this ever not one of them. The crowd was completely dead, and the whole match was just a backdrop for Shawn Michaels’s drama.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: WWE Championship Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Edge

Hardy has been the champion since 12.14.08, and this is his first defense. Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes this a no-disqualification match. Edge is accompanied by Chavo Guerrero. Hardy makes his entrance first, which I’m happy to report Jim Ross comments on. Hardy attacks Edge right away and it’s on. He controls for the first few moments, and then Edge cuts him off and goes to work. Hardy comes back with a clothesline and a dropkick to the back for two. He sends Edge to the floor and hits a clothesline off the apron. He tries to springboard back into the ring but Edge hits a boot to the face and Hardy crashes to the floor. Edge hits a baseball slide to knock Hardy back down, and he joins the champion on the floor. He whips Hardy into the guardrail. Back in the ring it’s all Edge on offense. Edge goes out to the ring to grab a chair, which actually gives Hardy enough time to recover and hit a spear, sending Edge crashing from the apron to the floor. Hardy hits a slingshot dive to the floor, and then whips Edge back in. They battle on the apron, and Hardy hits a sweet Twist of Fate. Hardy clears off the announce table and sets Edge up. He then brings out a ladder, but Chavo stops him from jumping off. Hardy then whips Edge into the ring post and then sets Chavo up on the table. He climbs the ladder again and this time hits a splash on Chavo, breaking the table. He recovers rather quickly, and throws Edge back in the ring for a high cross body off the top rope for two. Back to their feet and Edge hits a big boot. Edge then exposes the turnbuckle, but Hardy hits the Whisper in the Wind for a near-fall. The challenger then comes back with a DDT for two. Hardy gets an inside cradle for two. He’s firing up and tries the dropkick in the corner, but Edge drops him face-first onto the exposed turnbuckle (cool spot). That only gets two. Edge tries a Spear but Hardy catches him with an awesome Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up for the Swanton Bomb but Vickie Guerrero interferes. He kicks her down and then hits the Swanton. Vickie pulls the referee out at two. Matt Hardy comes down to defend his brother and take care of the Smackdown General Manager. He gives Jeff a chair, and gets another one for himself. They set up for a con-chair-toe, but then Matt clobbers his own brother with the chair! The crowd is unhappy. Edge rolls over to get the pin and win his fourth WWE Championship (seventh World Title overall) at 19:23. Jeff and Edge might work together better than Matt and Edge did. That was a very entertaining match, and the finish worked for the story they were telling.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross are calling the action. Rey Mysterio draws #1 and John Morrison is #2. Intervals are 90 seconds, allegedly. Rey staves off elimination, delivers a headscissors, and almost eliminates Morrison. Carlito is the #3 entrant, and he spits apple in Morrison’s eyes. Morrison recovers and takes both babyfaces down. MVP is #4, and he takes shots at everybody. The Great Khali is #5, and have I mentioned how much I love his new music? He throws chops at everyone, and slams Morrison to the mat. Then he nails Carlito with the Punjabi Plunge. Khali stands alone as #6 is Vladimir Kozlov. The big Russian single-handedly eliminates Khali in seconds. MVP tries to hit Kozlov with the Drive-By but it misses and MVP is tossed over the top. Carlito makes a valiant effort, but he gets hit with the Iron Curtain and tossed to the floor. Triple H comes out at #7! He’s a former Rumble winner and has a bone to pick with Kozlov. They slug it out and Triple H takes the advantage and quickly eliminates Kozlov. Next out is Randy Orton at #8. Triple H obviously has a bone to pick with him, and they go right at it. Morrison and Rey rejoin the battle to take Triple H and Orton down, and then Rey hits Morrison with the 619. #9 is a member of Cryme Tyme, and they flip a coin to decide who gets to go. JTG wins the toss and enters the ring. Ted DiBiase comes out at #10, and now Orton has some backup. Morrison and JTG almost eliminate each other but manage to hang on. Ditto for Rey and DiBiase. The 2008 Superstar of the Year Chris Jericho is #11. He goes right after Orton. Mike Knox comes out at #12, and I have to admit that I like him. The Miz is lucky #13, and now both World Tag Team Champions are in the ring together.

Orton starts dishing out RKO’s to everyone in sight. Triple H cuts him off with a Pedigree, and then the Game eliminates both tag champions at the same time. Of course he does. Finlay comes out at #14. Not much happens and then #15 comes out and it’s Cody Rhodes! Legacy is in full force now and they take advantage of it. Rey tries a springboard body press but Orton catches him with the RKO. We’re into the second half with Undertaker at #16! Undertaker, the 2007 Rumble winner, tosses JTG out right away. The bizarre Goldust is #17. He goes right after his Cody, his own flesh and blood. Straight Edge and Proud, Intercontinental Champion CM Punk comes out at #18. He throws kicks and knees, all while hearing his own name chanted by the Joe Louis Arena. He hits Triple H with the Go 2 Sleep! Mark Henry is the #19 entrant. He goes toe-to-toe with the Undertaker. The United States Champion, the “Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin is #20. Next out at #21 is William Regal, the 2008 King of the Ring. Regal goes right after Punk, the man who took the Intercontinental Title from him. Mysterio is able to eliminate Henry, which is pretty impressive given the size differential. #22 is Kofi Kingston. The ring is looking pretty full. Kane is #23, and he happens to hold the record for most eliminations in a Rumble match (2001). He and his half-brother Undertaker work together. Punk eliminates Regal, and then R-Truth comes out at #24. Next up is #25, ROB VAN DAM! His home state reacts pretty favorably to him, and the wrestlers are so impressed that they stand there and let him take everyone out individually.

The Brian Kendrick is #26. He eliminates Kofi right away, and then gets tossed over himself by Triple H. Dolph Ziggler is #27 and he’s quickly eliminated by Kane. Santino Marella comes out at #28 and Kane clotheslines him out immediately for a new record. The first-ever Rumble winner, Hacksaw Jim Duggan is entry #29 and the crowd digs him. The final entrant, #30, is the enormous Big Show. He tosses Duggan out. Moments later he slams R-Truth to the floor. Next to go is CM punk via a vicious right hand. Tired of eliminating just one man, next show tosses Mysterio and Knox out at the same time. Mysterio lasted an impressive 49 minutes. Hornswoggle tries to help Finlay by distracting Kane, but Finlay winds up getting eliminated by the Big Red Machine. Orton hits the DDT on Triple H. Undertaker and Show square off now. RVD hits Orton with the 5-Star Frog Splash, but then gets tossed out by Jericho. Unfortunately for Jericho, Undertaker is right behind him. Jericho is able to hit a Code Breaker, but Undertaker recovers and tosses Jericho to the floor. Legacy joins forces to eliminate Kane, and we’re down to the final six – Legacy, Triple H, Big Show, and Undertaker. Show hits Triple H with a Chokeslam. He then battles Show on the apron. Orton eliminates Show with an RKO, and then Show pulls Undertaker to the floor to eliminate the Dead Man. We’re down to the final four, and it doesn’t look good for Triple H. Legacy triple teams the Game for a while. But Triple H recovers long enough to eliminate Rhodes and DiBiase, but then Orton gets the last laugh, eliminating Triple H for the win at 58:34. I’m pretty easy to please with Royal Rumbles, and this one was a lot of fun. I love the story of Legacy surviving throughout the match, and there was lots of other fun stuff throughout the match. I think Orton going over was definitely the right move.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Royal Rumble 2008 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 rumble 08

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Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY – January 27, 2008

MATCH #1: Career Threatening Match – Ric Flair vs. MVP

MVP’s United Sates Championship is not on the line here, but Ric Flair’s career is. Flair cuts a promo before the match to talk about what a great honor it has been to be able to wrestle in Madison Square Garden. He thanks the fans for their respect, but MVP’s music cuts him off.

MVP is very confident early on, backing Flair into the corner and then mocking him. Flair goes to work on the arm and MVP reaches the corner. Flair busts out the chops early, and the crowd is enjoying them. MVP counters a knee attempt into a drop toehold and follows with a kick to the face and a neckbreaker for one. I just remembered that these two also fought on PPV back in June in MVP’s first title defense. MVP is in firm control here, and eventually connects with the running boot in the corner for a near fall. Well, the idiot referee counts three but Flair had his foot on the ropes so he’s not calling for the bell. MVP complains so Flair rolls him up for two. MVP pops up with a clothesline and punches Flair a few times because he’s angry. Double underhook suplex by MVP gets two. Flair comes back and they fight to a double-knockdown. Flair tries another small package and gets two. A backslide also gets two. MVP fights back and tries the Playmaker, but Flair grabs the leg and puts on the figure-four Leglock to get the win at 7:59. That was fine enough given what Flair can actually do these days, but he never really worked on the leg at all leading up to the finish. MVP is still mad at the referee and argues all the way up the ramp with him.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Chris Jericho vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield

Both men look angry with each other, and Jericho is able to back the much larger JBL into the corner twice. JBL comes back and tosses Jericho to the floor, but Jericho is right back in and slugging away on JBL. Jericho is able to put the Walls of Jericho on, but JBL reaches the ropes. They go back to the floor and brawl out there for a bit. Back in the ring JBL hotshots Jericho onto the top rope and now he takes control. He goes after Jericho’s neck and throat area. He uses the sleeper to take Jericho down, but he fights back up. Jericho hits a big clothesline and both men are down. Jericho runs into a big boot and JBL tosses him shoulder first into the ring post. Looks like Jericho’s head actually hit the post, as he’s bleeding from the forehead. JBL goes right after the wound outside the ring. Back in the ring JBL delivers kicks to the face. Jericho fights back and hits a series of moves, even a Lionsault. They go back to the outside of the ring and fight by the ECW announce table. Jericho pulls a chair out of nowhere and levels JBL in the head, drawing the disqualification at 9:30. Jericho’s not done though, as he throws the chair in JBL’s face and wraps a thick cord around his neck and chokes him out. The crowd is chanting “Y2J.” That was a decent enough brawl up until the abrupt finish.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Rey Mysterio

Edge has been the champion since 12.16.07, and this is his second defense. Vickie Guerrero is wheeled out to ringside by her assistant Theodore Long. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder are coming out as well. Edge actually gets a pretty good face pop for his introduction. In fact when Rey hits offensive maneuvers the crowd boos. Edge winds up dumping Rey to the floor where Hawkins and Ryder look like they might want to interfere, so the referee sends them to the back. Rey goes for the 619 and then hits a dive to the floor and looks to the back to make sure Hawkins and Ryder aren’t coming out. Back in the ring Edge goes to work on Rey’s surgically repaired knee, even applying the Half Boston Crab. Rey makes a few brief comebacks but Edge is able to cut him off every time. Rey makes a comeback and gets a couple of near falls but Edge is always able to kick out. Rey hits a double stomp off the top rope and Edge once again kicks out. Edge tries to powder but Rey slides under the bottom ropes and is able to hit a DDT on the floor. Remember when Jake Roberts DDT’d Ricky Steamboat on the floor in 1986 and it was like death? Yeah Edge kicks out of this. I’m just saying the business has changed, that’s all. Rey tries to run at Edge but gets a kick to the face. Rey is able to come back and hit the 619 and a splash from the top rope but Vickie Guerrero jumps out of her wheelchair and pulls the referee out of the ring. Rey is angry, but avoids an Edge charge and sets him up for the 610, and he winds up hitting Vickie with it as well. He tries a springboard DDT but Edge spears him out of the air to get the win and retain the title at 12:45. The match itself was solid if unspectacular, but the finish sucked hard. It was clear though that Edge was carrying the brunt of the action, as Rey just doesn’t appear to have much left. I think the injuries have just had such a deleterious effect on his body.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: WWE Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy

It’s WWE Champion versus Intercontinental Champion here, only Orton’s title is on the line though. He has been the champion since 10.7.07, and this is his fourth defense. They have a strong collar and elbow tie-up to start, and the crowd is actually split for both guys. Hardy tries grounding Orton with a headlock, but Orton reverses to a headscissors. They fight up and Hardy sends Orton to the floor, and follows with a huge dropkick, sending Orton’s head crashing into the guardrail. Hardy follows that up with a dive. Orton grabs his belt and motions like he’s leaving, but Hardy stops him and throws him back into the ring. He tries to slingshot his way in, but Orton takes him out of the air with a dropkick. Orton goes out to the floor and suplexes Hardy and back in the ring gets a two count. Orton stomps on Hardy and chokes him right in front of the referee. Hardy fights back and sends Orton to the floor once again. Hardy takes a leap off the apron on Orton and then tosses him back into the ring for two. Hardy charges into the corner but Orton moves and Hardy takes the ring post right on his shoulder. Orton then grounds Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy tries to fight out but Orton catches him with a powerslam. Hardy is finally able to fight back and quicken the pace of the match, hitting Whisper in the Wind for two. He hits a few more moves and goes up top, but Orton rolls to the apron. Hardy cleverly hits a dropkick onto Orton from there, and he goes crashing to the floor. Back in the ring Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Orton quickly reverses it to the RKO to get the pin at 14:10. That was even better than I expected it to be, with the crowd pretty hot and everything about the match just clicking. I think this would be a good match to show Orton haters, as he wrestled an excellent match, as he looked both vulnerable but also earned his win.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: The 2008 Royal Rumble Match

Michael Buffer is here to be the ring announcer for some reason. Let’s hope he doesn’t screw up anyone’s name (remember Bret Clark?). He goes over the rules, and introduces #1, the Undertaker. Last year Undertaker entered at number thirty, so this is quite the flip-flop. In another interesting twist, the last man Undertaker eliminated last year, Shawn Michaels, enters at #2.

Neither man is holding anything back in the early going. Undertaker has the advantage, but both men get themselves nearly eliminated before #3 comes out. It’s Santino Marella, by the way. Michaels casually Superkicks him and Undertaker tosses him out. That gives Michaels a chance to toss Undertaker, but he can’t do it quite yet. The Great Khali comes out at #4, just as Undertaker delivers a chokeslam to Michaels. Undertaker attacks him right away. The crowd thinks they’re cute by chanting “you can’t wrestle,” but seriously the guy is as huge as he is, would you like him to do lots of armdrags and leapfrogs? Grow up, MSG. While I think about how much that annoys me, Undertaker pitches Khali over the ropes and Hardcore Holly is out at #5. I could be wrong, but I believe these are the three oldest and longest tenured guys on the roster right now. Holly is one half of the World Tag Team Champions, and #6 is John Morrison, who happens to be one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. He almost gets eliminated quickly, but he’s able to hang on. Michaels hits him with a top rope elbow drop, and he’s bleeding from the nose. He goes for Sweet Chin Music but Morrison counters and Tommy Dreamer comes out at #7. Joey Styles makes Dreamer look like a loser by saying most guys who would win the Rumble would challenge for the Raw or Smackdown titles, but Tommy would go for the ECW Title. And they wonder why people don’t care about that belt? Batista comes running out at #8, and he’s the third former Rumble winner in the match thus far. He and Undertaker stare off but Dreamer gets in the middle and gets dumped for his troubles. Hornswoggle is next out at #9, and he goes right under the ring. Not much happens before #10 comes out, and it’s Chuck Palumbo. Palumbo’s rival Jamie Noble is the next man out at #11. His ribs are taped due to a beating administered by Palumbo on Smackdown. There’s lots of brawling going on, as John Morrison almost gets eliminated but stays in as #12 CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Looks like Jamie Noble has been eliminated, how did I miss that? Maybe it happened when I sneezed. Punk eliminates Palumbo. Cody Rhodes is #13 and he goes right for Punk. Umaga is next out at #14. He has new red gear and quickly eliminates Hardcore Holly. We’re halfway there as Snitsky is our #15. Rhodes isn’t afraid and goes right after Snitsky and almost eliminates him.

The Miz is #16 and both WWE Tag Team Champions are in now. He goes straight for Punk. The tag champions work him over and another ECW superstar is #17, and that’s Shelton Benjamin. He hits a couple of impressive maneuvers but gets caught not paying attention when Michaels Superkicks him out to the floor. #18 is Superfly Jimmy Snuka for some reason. Even Undertaker sells for Snuka here, probably more than he did for him at WrestleMania VII. Another legend is #19, as it’s the enormous Roddy Piper. Snuka and Piper square off while everyone else stands around and watches. It was stupid in Troy and it’s stupid here too. People start fighting again and #20 is Kane. He wastes no time in dumping Piper and Snuka out of the ring. Carlito is #21. He spits apple right away and gets the backstabber on Punk. Mick Foley comes out for #22. Remember when he was actually retired? Mr. Kennedy is #23. He fights with Undertaker briefly. Big Daddy V comes out at #24, just as Undertaker eliminates Snitsky. That’s followed by Michaels eliminating Undertaker, and then Kennedy eliminates Michaels. I like how that played out. Undertaker continues beating on Snitsky outside the ring. That was unnecessary, he got eliminated fair and square, and not even by Snitsky! Mark Henry is #25. Hornswoggle comes out of hiding briefly to help eliminate Miz. ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero is #26, and he and Punk fight right away. Morrison gets eliminated by Kane. Some complain about Chavo appearing in this match since he was the ECW Champion, but one can just assume he was already signed for the match, since he just won the title the previous Tuesday. Hornswoggle tries to eliminate Henry like he did to Miz, but Henry grabs him and looks to do terrible things to him. Finlay comes out with his shillelagh and gets Hornswoggle out of trouble and they both go to the back. JR gets the announcement that Finlay has been disqualified from the match for using that weapon. Elijah Burke is #28. Chavo eliminates Punk. Another former Rumble winner, Triple H, is #29. He tosses Rhodes immediately. He then eliminates Big Daddy V on his own and the crowd fires up for him and Foley trading blows. It does recall one of my favorite matches of all time. Triple H whips Foley into Burke, and both go over the top rope. He hits the Pedigree on Umaga, and #30 comes out and it’s JOHN CENA! He wasn’t supposed to be back yet!

The crowd pops pretty big for Cena. It soon turns to the usual cheer and boo cocktail, but that doesn’t stop Cena from eliminating Carlito and Chavo pretty easily. Henry is next to go. The crowd is jacked for Cena versus Triple H. Batista comes back into the ring and eliminates Kennedy, and then Umaga. He and Triple H join up to eliminate Kane and we’re down to three men. The crowd is going ballistic. Batista gets the advantage until being eliminated by Triple H, and now we’re down to two. They trade blows, with the crowd firmly in support of the Game. They go back and forth for a few minutes until Cena eliminates Triple H with the FU to win his first Royal Rumble at 51:45. That was a really good Rumble, with the only real low point being the Snuka-Piper thing. The roster is pretty deep now so they were able to bring out guys like Batista, Undertaker, and Michaels early on and that kept the match interesting and the surprise of Cena coming out makes this not only a good Rumble, but a very memorable one.
Rating: ****¼

BONUS MATCH: Intercontinental Championship Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton, Raw, 1.14.08

Hardy has been the champion since 9.3.07, and this is his fourth title defense. Orton kicks Hardy in the balls right at the bell, so he gets disqualified at 0:08. Orton continues the beating outside the ring and exposes the concrete floor. He tries the RKO but Hardy fights it off. They fight up the entrance ramp and Orton goes for The Kick to the Head but Hardy backdrops him off the stage. Hardy starts climbing the scaffolding and he keeps going higher. He delivers an amazing Swanton Bomb and the medics are out right away to haul both of them away. As a match that was more or less non-existent, but it was an effective angle to put heat on the title match.
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CB’s World: Booking the 2015 Royal Rumble Winner and WrestleMania 31 Matches with FD Swayze Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:55:35 +0000 Hello everyone! Welcome back to another edition of CB’s World. In this very special episode, I try my hand at booking WWE’s Road to WrestleMania 31. For such a momentous task, I invoked the help of my good friend and self-appointed Inside Pulse Wrestling comments section moderator FD Swayze. Together, Swayze and I have come up with what we believe to be a realistic and presentable WrestleMania 31 card, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. Also, after reading below, tell us what YOU think by sounding off in the comments section below, and give us your own ideas for booking WWE WrestleMania XXXI.

There are two cards below, one with The Undertaker and one without.



2015 WWE Royal Rumble Winner: Daniel Bryan

WWE Champion after the Royal Rumble: Seth Rollins

WrestleMania 31 Matches

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Winner: Daniel Bryan

Sting vs. HHH
Winner: Sting

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker II
Winner: Undertaker

Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Winner: Bray Wyatt

John Cena vs. Rusev
Winner: John Cena

Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns – #1 Contender’s Match
Winner: Roman Reigns

IC Title Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Tag Titles Match – The Usos vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

Divas Match – Charlotte and Natalya vs. The Bella Twins with Paige as special referee
Winners: Charlotte and Nattie

Special Attraction: The Ascension vs. APA (JBL and Ron Simmons)
Winners: The APA with help from other legendary tag teams

Pre Show: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal including Miz and Mizdow and whoever else.
Winner: Damien Mizdow, who eliminates The Miz



2015 WWE Royal Rumble Winner: Daniel Bryan

WWE Champion after the Royal Rumble: Brock Lesnar

WrestleMania 31 Matches

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Winner: Daniel Bryan

Sting vs. HHH
Winner: Sting

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns – #1 Contender’s Match (THE SHIELD TRIPLE THREAT)
Winner: Seth Rollins

Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Winner: Bray Wyatt

John Cena vs. Rusev
Winner: John Cena

IC Title Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Tag Titles Match – The Usos vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

Divas Match – Charlotte and Natalya vs. The Bella Twins with Paige as special referee
Winners: Charlotte and Nattie

Special Attraction: The Ascension vs. APA (JBL and Ron Simmons)
Winners: The APA with help from other legendary tag teams

Pre Show: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal including Miz and Mizdow and whoever else.
Winner: Damien Mizdow, who eliminates The Miz


So there you have it, our Royal Rumble predictions and two potential WrestleMania 31 cards.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Sound off in the comments section below.

That’s all from me — CB.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Questions Abound Heading Into The Royal Rumble Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:53:33 +0000 Congratulations wrestling fans. We did it. We made it through the dreaded fall months of WWE programming and our on the way to the Royal Rumble. Which means we are very close to the Road to Wrestlemania. Typically, this is the best time of year to be a wrestling fan. It’s when the WWE tries their hardest to put together the best show of the year.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean the show ends up being good. Or the TV to build to the show for that matter. But every year the WWE gets the casual fan to come back and they have to keep their attention somehow. And with pretty much every big star back this time of year, the WWE tries their best to keep those fans attention.

One thing to like about Wrestlemania this year is that the main card is still open to interpretation. I would say, outside of Sting/Triple H, no match is really set in stone yet. And the return of Daniel Bryan to the Royal Rumble just added a whole new money wrench to the situation. It opened up A LOT of possibilities for the entire Wrestlemania card. There’s multiple routes the WWE can now take to get to Wrestlemania.

The general consensus among most was that Roman Reigns was going to win the Royal Rumble, take down Brock Lesnar, and become the new face of the WWE. But Daniel Bryan being back now gives you a second option. And lets not forget, there are strong rumors that Brock Lesnar will be going back to UFC once his WWE contract is up around Wrestlemania. Now obviously Brock is signed until at least Wrestlemania, but does Vince want Lesnar going into Wrestlemania as Champ knowing that he isn’t coming back, at all, the next day?

Then of course there is Seth Rollins and his Money in the Bank contract looming over everything. I think you could argue that Seth Rollins has been the best act in the WWE for the last two months. It took some time but Rollins has become great in his role as the top heel in the WWE. He’s the right mix of cocky, confident, and slimy/cowardly that you want in a heel. I thought his work at the end of RAW this past Monday was great. But does the WWE trust Seth Rollins enough to go into Wrestlemania as WWE Champion?

Back in August, I thought it was 100% guaranteed that Brock Lesnar would be walking into Wrestlemania as WWE Champion. The story arc just made sense. Brock ends The Streak, Brock wins the WWE Title, Brock terrorizes the WWE, Brock is defeated at Wrestlemania, and a new star is born. But a couple things happened along the way to question that. First, Brock’s reign as Champion has been booked like absolute shit. With someone like him on a limited date schedule, his entire reign needed to be mapped out better. He should’ve wrestled on at least one if not two more PPVs. The man that was suppose to end the reign of Lesnar, Roman Reigns, was also out of action for about three months. That has hindered the development of Reigns and hasn’t put him in the spot he should be going into Wrestlemania.

That is why Daniel Bryan’s return has to be a blessing to the WWE. As much as I want to see Roman Reigns succeed and become a big time player in the WWE, I just think right now is not the time for it. You’d be throwing him to the top of the card when I don’t think he’s ready for it. And with Bryan now back and already announced for the Royal Rumble, I think it becomes more likely that Bryan wins. The crowd knows that Bryan is now in the Rumble, and I think they will turn on anyone else who wins the Rumble. Last year, the crowd forced Daniel Bryan into the main event of Wrestlemania. This year, Bryan earning the right to main event Wrestlemania at the Royal Rumble and not having to go a complicated route is a story that writes itself.

But who does Daniel Bryan face at Wrestlemania for the Title? I think both Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are very good options. With Lesnar, you have the typical David vs Goliath story. The Authority could laugh off Bryan thinking he has no shot against Lesnar. I think the two would have a good match together. And who knows, maybe Vince would want Brock to lose to someone like Bryan on his way out. The Beast Incarnate loses to the normal looking guy. In Vince’s mind, I’m sure he thinks that would effect Lesnar’s drawing power in the UFC.

Then there’s Seth Rollins. He’s been on fire in recent weeks. With this story, instead of going with the David vs Goliath story that Bryan/Lesnar offers, you get the story of the Authority’s hand-picked future of the WWE against the man the Authority has been trying to hold down for quite some time. And in this scenario, you could still do Reigns vs Lesnar but have it not be for the Title. Reigns could go over and the crowd, I believe, would be more likely to give the match a chance and cheer Reigns on. And who wouldn’t want to see Rollins and Bryan go for about 30 minutes in the main event of Wrestlemania?

And you know what the best part of this is? I talked about the potential top matches for Wrestlemania and didn’t once bring up John Cena (who I still think is facing Rusev) or Randy Orton (who I have penciled in to fight Bray Wyatt).

So what do you want to see at Wrestlemania? Do you want to see Daniel Bryan get another Title run? Or do you want to see Roman Reigns anointed as the next top star of the WWE? And who should go into Wrestlemania as Champion?

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Forever Heel: Top Five Heels of 2014 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:33:24 +0000 I thought I’d cover the top 5 heels for 2014. This list only covers talent from national federations. Basically only WWE and TNA. Although in 2014 TNA failed to have anyone on the list this year. EC3 and James Storm came close, but I already had Orton and Bray on the list at the time. I was about to replace Orton with EC3, but then removed Orton to put in a better heel that turns out to be another WWE guy. So here’s my final list of heels, complete with Kayfabe bio that has some conjecture to make everything flow. The list has no particular order.

Bray Wyatt

Bray did well in 2014.  His feud with Cena showed that he could be just as loved as Cena, and that’s disturbing to some. In the end it didn’t matter, Bray kept his cruel rule breaking ways. He became an anti-villain, meaning that no matter how much we love Bray, he will never be that loveable teddy bear we try to make him into. He will continue to be a charismatic creepy sociopath that will always choose to inflict pain over friendship.
After basically losing his feud with Cena, and having his rivalry with Chris Jericho put on hold, Bray made his most dangerous move. Not content to flounder in the WWE, Bray Wyatt made a destructive decree when he released his loyal monsters upon the WWE. Freeing Rowan and Harper to wander leaderless, mindless, with a craving to cause harm. We worried too much about Rowan and Harper, and didn’t notice that the most dangerous part of breaking up the Wyatt Family was a lone Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is free to roam the WWE without the distraction of brainwashed followers.
The new Bray Wyatt’s first order of business seems to be putting Dean Ambrose through Hell. It won’t be easy, Ambrose has experienced Hell before. Where these two reckless kindred spirits end up is anyone’s guess.


Rusev was a force to be reckoned within his native Bulgaria, but couldn’t stand watching his homeland grovel to the westerners for scraps. Rusev is a strong man who demands he represent an equally strong nation. At the same time Russia hadn’t had success within WWE in over 30 years. Russia would change that with their recent defector, Rusev. Pairing Rusev with Lana, and ordering that the former Bulgarian Brute crush all opponents in his way. Rusev will be the one to that returns Russia to prestige.
Rusev is as dangerous as any Russian in pro-wrestling history. He’ll crush any man in the ring, but especially enjoys beating those that would defend America. Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and Big Show have all failed to bring down this modern day Russian Nightmare. Rusev is putting America to shame, and the worst part is, he’s walking around as the WWE United States Champion. Antagonizing American fans with their own flag.

Seth Rollins

Rollins created the Shield as a means to break into the main WWE roster, and the Shield’s dealings with Paul Heyman, and then WWE Champion, CM Punk assured that they would stay in the big leagues. Rollins quickly captured the WWE Tag Team titles with fellow Shield member, Roman Reigns, while Dean Ambrose would win the WWE United States title, giving Ambrose the feeling that he deserved more of a say. Seth was okay with that and even let Ambrose talk him into rebelling against the Authority.
The Shield would have great success fending off the Authority’s attacks of vengeance. The Shield even beat back a newly reformed Evolution, but Seth knew the Authority would eventually win, or make their lives miserable until they did. Rollins did the only smart thing that any good leader would do, he’d destroy his own faction, and return to the Authority.
Upon returning to the Authority, Seth slowly gained favor in the group while Randy Orton’s golden boy status was losing it’s shine. With the help of Kane, Rollins would win The Money in the Bank Briefcase, and go on to beat back attacks by his former Shield brothers. By the fall of 2014, Seth had replaced Randy Orton as the Authority’s choice to be the face of the WWE. Now if he can only figure out a sure-fire way to win the belt…

Brock Lesnar

Brock Leasnar joined WWE strictly for the money and glory. He doesn’t care if you like it, or not. In Brock’s mind he’s doing the fans and WWE a favor by not showing up at most events because when Brock shows up, people get hurt. He doesn’t care if you’re a fan of his, he’d just as soon hug you, as break your arm. Lesnar doesn’t particularly enjoy causing destruction, but it comes so easy to him, and it solves a lot of problems for him.
Brock ended the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. He doesn’t care about the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. To Lesnar, Undertaker is just another faceless pretender to the thrown. Brock brought the WWE World Heavyweight Championship home at Summerslam. Meaning he won the WWE WHC, and brought it back to his home. The belt will stay nice and safe there. Some fanboys will say that Brock is tarnishing the belt by not defending it, and not appearing on WWE Tv.  Again, Brock doesn’t care. The belt brings in glory and glory brings in money. If WWE wants more of Lesnar then they should pay him more money. He is their champion after all. Why should he risk killing his golden goose by showing up on Raw, where Seth Rollins is waiting for the right moment to cash in?

Triple H

Triple H had his first WWE title reign in 1999, and the power that came with pro-wrestling’s top title wasn’t enough. He wanted to be in control of everything. Hunter wanted to run every aspect of the WWE. The only way that could happen is if he was a McMahon, or if he married one. Which he did.
Since then Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have become the top power couple in wrestling. Beyond just being a mere champ, Triple H is now a kingmaker, using his own wrestling pedigree as the yardstick to measure all potential main event players. Hunter isn’t above using nepotism and favoritism to insure that his vision is what’s best for business. A decade ago, guys worried about breaking through the glass ceiling. Now talent worries about Triple H putting them through the glass floor. A place where upon reaching the bottom, a superstar’s WWE dreams are shattered along with their livelihood.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 12/29/14: Daniel Bryan Has An Announcement Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:40:48 +0000 It’s the final RAW of 2014. Daniel Bryan created some buzz about an hour ago with a tweet talking about being at a crossroads and having an announcement tonight. Edge and Christian are also hosting the show. With half the roster also doing a house show, it will be interesting to see what tonight’s show looks like.

It’s Smackdown 2003 All Over Again!

Edge and Christian came out to start the show. Edge was wearing a Sami Zayn t-shirt. Christian said tonight they will have a very special Peep Show. Edge said it should be the Cutting Edge. Edge said the Peep Show sounds like something a 1920s pervert would watch. Edge said they should do the first ever Cutting Edge Peep Show, with the first guest being Seth Rollins. Edge said tonight Seth Rollins would go one-on-one with Roman Reigns. Christian said Rusev will go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler. Christian then asked would like to see Daniel Bryan here tonight. Edge said Bryan will be out here to talk about his future. They were ready to do a 5 second pose but Brock Lesnar came out with Paul Heyman.

Paul Heyman asked why a man with a broken neck and one with so many concussions that they can never wrestler again would swim in the waters of the WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Heyman dared them to make a move, but he knew that one wrong move would put them in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. Heyman started talking about Lesnar’s match with Cena at the Rumble when Cena came out. Cena said the only reason he doesn’t knock him clean into 2015 was so he doesn’t walk into the Rumble with an excuse. Cena said he had a gift and resolution. His resolution was to take the WWE Title off the waste of Brock Lesnar. His gift was for Heyman. He grabbed Heyman. Lesnar came at Cena but Cena lifted him for an AA, but Lesnar escaped and bailed.

Champ vs Champ: Don’t Expect A Clean Finish

Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev. Rusev took control early and landed some kicks in the corner. Ziggler started fighting back with some punches but Rusev caught him with an elbow. Ziggler escaped a headlock with a jawbreaker. He went for the DDT but Rusev threw him away. Ziggler slid under Rusev and hit a dropkick, then finally took Rusev down with a DDT.

Back from break Rusev was back in control. Ziggler fought out of another headlock and dropped Rusev on the ropes. Ziggler went for a crossbody but Rusev caught him. He tossed Ziggler over his shoulders but Dolph landed on his feet and hit an elbow then a missile dropkick off the top. Ziggler then connected on a Fameasser for two. Ziggler went for a superkick but Rusev threw Ziggler away. Ziggler moved out of the way of a splash and connected on a superkick this time for two. Rusev blocked a ZigZag attempt then landed a kick to the right knee of Ziggler and tossed Ziggler into the ringpost. Rusev landed a barrage of kicks in the corner and didn’t stop at the ref’s five count, causing a DQ.

WINNER via DQ: Dolph Ziggler

After the match Rusev locked in the Accolade with Ziggler in the ropes. Ryback came out and hit the Meathook Clothesline and Rusev bailed.

All That’s Missing Is A “My Sacrifice” Video

Back from break, Ryback had the mic. Ryback said that ever since he debuted there has been a little bit of a disconnect between himself and the WWE Universe. Ryback talked about being a guest time keeper at the age of 12. He then talked about getting eliminated from the $1,000,000 Tough Enough challenge. He talked about working 12 hour shifts at a BBQ place and being depressed and hating his life. But he worked harder than ever before and got a job with the WWE, then made his debut with the Nexus. He then talked about breaking his leg and coming back to the WWE as Ryback. He said this isn’t a USA vs Russia thing, it’s one big guy kicking another big guy’s ass. He said he takes all of the negatives people say about him and uses it to drive him everyday and to feed him more.

Nikki Bella defeated Natalya with the Rack Attack. Nikki was knocked off the apron and Tyson Kidd caught her. Brie then came over and confronted Kidd. The distraction allowed Nikki to pick up the win.

Backstage, Naomi thanked Miz for hooking her up with his talent agent.

Get Ready For More USO CRAZY References

Miz and Mizdow vs The Usos for the Tag Titles. Miz landed some early kicks to Jimmy. Jimmy came back with an upper cut and bodyslam. Miz hit a shoulder tackle but Jimmy came back with an elbow. Jey came in and hit an elbow in the corner. Jey was tossed into the corner but hopped over Miz and got him with an uppercut again. The Usos hit a double atomic drop with Mizdow came in and mimicked, then tossed himself to the outside as well. Jey went for a dive through the ropes but Miz caught him with an elbow.

Back from break Miz teased a tag to Mizdow but didn’t do it. Jimmy eventually got the hot tag and hit a few clotheslines and followed it up with Samaon Drop. Jimmy hit an enziguri then a dive over the top. Miz got out of the way of a dive off the top and hit a DDT for two. Miz went for a Figure Four but Jimmy escaped and hit a Whisper in the Wind off the top. Both men recovered and Miz applied the Figure Four. Jimmy eventually got to the bottom rope. Jimmy applied a half boston crab but Mizdow broke it up. Miz put Mizdow in the way of a superkick and Jimmy then knocked out Miz. Jey got the tag and went for the splash but Miz got his knees up. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale but Jey kicked out at two. Jimmy came in and hit a double superkick on Miz. Jimmy then hit a splash on Miz to pick up the win and regain the Tag Titles.

WINNERS and NEW Tag Team Champions: The Usos

The Usos were interviewed after the match. They said they were all on the same page and it feels damn good.

RAW Is Character Development

Cesaro was in the ring with a mic. He said 2014 should have been his year. He won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. He said but now WWE decision makers say he doesn’t connect. But he connects every time he is out there. He said there is no one in the WWE who can do what he does in between those four ropes (he meant sides). He dared anyone to come out and challenge him. Bad News Barrett came out. He said the only thing connecting tonight will be the Bullhammer Elbow with his bald head.

Barrett took control early and hit a backbreaker then knocked Cesaro off the apron with a boot. Cesaro recovered and dropped Barrett on the barricade then hit an axe handle off the top in the ring. Cesaro continued to dominate and then did the Swing. Barrett caught Cesaro with a punch to the face then hit the Bullhammer for the win.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett

Please Don’t Push Harper As The Smelly Giant

Luke Harper vs Jack Swagger. Harper landed some early shots in the corner then caught Swagger with an uppercut. Harper tossed Swagger into the corner but he bounced back with a clothesline. Harper came right back with a dropkick. Swagger escaped a headlock then tossed Harper over the rope and hit a clothesline on the outside. Harper had control back from break and connected with a boot to the face. Swagger escaped the Gator roll and started a comeback. He hit a dropkick to the knee then a pump handle slam for two. Swagger tried for the Patriot Lock but Harper escaped and connected on a Superkick for two. Swagger recovered and applied the Patriot Lock again but Harper got to the ropes. Swagger went for the Swagger Bomb but Harper got his feet up and hit his finishing clothesline for the win.

WINNER: Luke Harper

Backstage Edge and John Cena talked about what they did to each other over their careers. Christian brought up Edge hitting Cena’s father and then awkwardly left. Cena talked about all they did over their careers and how much respect he had for him. They hugged it out.

What’s With All This Good Wrestling?

Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins with Big Show on commentary. Reigns knocked Rollins out of the ring early. Rollins came back with a few shots and an elbow but Reigns came back with one of his own. Reigns tossed Rollins into the corner but Rollins caught him with a boot. Rollins worked over Reigns for a bit. Reigns escaped a headlock and went for a rollup and then lifted him up and dropped him on the mat. Reigns connected on his apron dropkick. J & J Security distracted Reigns, allowing Rollins to recover and knock Reigns off the apron.

Back from break Rollins hit a dropkick to the back of the leg of Reigns then one to the face for two. Rollins applied an extended headlock but Reigns broke it by backing Rollins into a corner. Reigns charged at Rollins but Rollins dropped him in the corner. Rollins hit a splash in the corner but Reigns came back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Reigns hit a clothesline then a powerslam for two. Rollins went for a boot but Reigns caught it and shoved him down. Reigns went to drop Rollins from the ropes but Rollins landed on his feet and hit an enziguri followed by a superkick for two. Reigns escaped a Curb Stomp and the Flying Knee off the top and connected on the Superman Punch. Big Show then interfered and pulled Reigns out from the ring. Big Show tossed Reigns over the announce table then dumped the table on top of Reigns.

WINNER via DQ: Roman Reigns

Bray Wyatt cut a promo in an ambulance saying that he already had Dean Ambrose’s soul. They will have an ambulance match next week.


Daniel Bryan came out. He said its an honor to be in the ring every single time. Who would have thought an average guy like him would main event Wrestlemania and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He said that opportunity was given to him by the WWE Universe and he can never fully thank them for that. Then he married Brie. But a week later his dad died and then he had a career changing injury. And all he could do was sit and watch and it hurt not being there for months. He said he loved watching Dolph Ziggler end the reign of the Authority at Survivor Series. He said he talked to his friends and said he knew he had to make a decision about whether or not this was all for it. He asked if his career is over. He said No. He said is he going to be in the Royal Rumble? YES!

Backstage Edge and Christian were playing the kazoos. Miz and Mizdow came in and demanded a rematch for their Titles. He said they don’t get that, but they get a match, and its next.

The Ascension defeated Miz and Mizdow. Very quick match which the Ascension dominated and ended with the Fall of Man.

And Back To Our Regularly Scheduled HHH Promos

Cutting Edge Peep Show. Seth Rollins said that they were his heroes. They both said it was condescending. He said who had a better year than Seth Rollins. Seth said it has been a difficult month for him since Survivor Series. He’s been a party pooper but in 2015 that Seth Rollins is gone. He said he couldn’t have this celebration without his good friend the Big Show. Rollins then called out John Cena but he didn’t come out. Edge said Rollins had no charisma and Rollins shot back saying he’s better than him. Rollins said he wanted Cena out there because he wants something from him. Rollins said he is going to have to force Cena’s hand. He hit Christian with the MITB briefcase. Edge shoved him but was immediately surrounded by everyone. Rollins threatened to Curb Stomp Edge. Cena eventually came out.

Rollins said that Cena knows what he wants. He said Edge is a father and a husband. Rollins asked if Cena was a phony or the real deal. Rollins demanded the Authority be brought back. He said if he doesn’t he will paralyze Edge. Cena agreed to bring back the Authority. Rollins went to Curb Stomp Edge anyways but Cena intervened. Cena was eventually caught by a Big Show KO Punch, then ate a Curb Stomp from Rollins. On the ramp Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman showed up. Heyman shook Rollins hand. The Authority then came out with champagne and closed the show celebrating.


That was certainly a newsworthy RAW to end 2014. We had the return of the Authority, which I’m surprised at. I didn’t think we would see them until after the Rumble. Daniel Bryan is coming back, which puts the WWE in an interesting predicament. Are they really going to take the chance of putting Bryan in the Rumble and not winning, and risk Roman Reigns getting booed if he does? I don’t know about that. There was also some good wrestling on the show with Ziggler/Rusev, Rollins/Reigns and the Tag Title match. Hell even Ryback’s little trip through time wasn’t terrible. This show didn’t feel like three hours. It had a good flow to it and it didn’t drag. I found it weird that the Ascension debuted as faces. This was definitely a newsworthy show to bring RAW into 2015. I liked it and am going to give the show a 7. The Bryan announcement definitely bumped the score up a point.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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10 Thoughts on WWE Live at Nassau Coliseum 12.27.2014 – Randy Orton Returns to WWE, Seth Rollins as Top Heel, Damien Mizdow, More Sun, 28 Dec 2014 05:24:32 +0000 Tonight I had the opportunity to check out my first WWE House Show in over a decade. I’ve been to plenty of TV tapings and PPVs in the past 10 years, but it’s been a long time since I went to a WWE live event where the cameras weren’t rolling. That’s not to say tonight’s show at the Nassau Coliseum was without anything newsworthy, as this weekend marked the return of Randy Orton to the WWE Tour. Also, I personally learned a lot about just how far Seth Rollins has come as a heel character in the eyes of the more family-friendly audience that a house show tends to bring out, and I also bore witness to Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville winning over the non-NXT viewer by simply having an awesome opening match.

Here are my 10 Thoughts on WWE Live at Nassau Coliseum 12/27/14:

Note: You can also check out my live Tweets that I posted from the event right here @PulseWrestling.

1. I attended the show with my wife, and Mrs. CB was in the market for a new WWE T-Shirt. It didn’t take her long to pick out the black and pink Dolph Ziggler shirt from the rest of the lot as she is a Ziggler fan and wasn’t really interested in Cena or Usos gear. No, she didn’t want BRIE MODE, either.

2. We settled into our seats in Section 217, which was in the lower level of the Coliseum (not floor seats, more Loge) and was pretty much in the center (the ring was across from us and the wrestlers entered from our left). This was not a sellout by any means, but there was a decent-sized crowd for a house show and the fans were into most of the matches.

3. At the beginning of the night, Tony Chimel announced that due to an injury suffered at MSG on Friday night, Randy Orton would not be competing. The main event match was then announced as John Cena in a 2-on-1 Street Fight against Seth Rollins and Corporate Kane. More on that later, but everyone seemed bummed out about Orton not wrestling.

4. In the first match of the night, Adrian Neville battled Sami Zayn (c) for the NXT Championship. I loved that the NXT title was put on the line here, and despite Neville and Zayn not being recognized by many people in this particular audience, it didn’t take long for them to get the crowd to warm up to them. Neville’s high-flying offense was a thing of beauty to watch in person, and Zayn’s sheer energy and wrestling ability really won over the crowd. By the end of the match, the crowd was loving Sami as the baby face champion, and the Hellova Kick to Neville ended it to give Zayn the 1-2-3 pin.

5. Fandango vs. Ryback was up next, and while Fandango still falls flat, the crowd absolutely erupted for the Big Guy. The “Feed Me More!” chants were pretty resounding, and Ryback made short work of Fandango.

6. Curtis Axel vs. Jack Swagger was next. There isn’t much to say about this match other than to reiterate how miscast Swagger is as a baby face. Even with “WE THE PEOPLE!”, Swagger is just very boring to watch. Having Axel as his opponent didn’t really help much, either. Axel does land a sweet looking drop kick, but he also went for it about four times. Ugh. Swagger won with the Angle Patriot Lock

7. The Miz and Damien Mizdow made their way out, and the crowd ate up their entire act. Miz cut a heel promo on the New York Islanders and the fact that Nassau Coliseum is being torn down next year (which is half-true as the Coliseum is being renovated into a smaller arena and despite the Islanders moving to the Barclays Center, they will be playing 7 home games at the new arena in Long Island as well). The Usos came out to combat Miz on the mic (not their strong suit, but they were fine), and then Miz and Mizdow retained the Tag Titles when Damien Mizdow landed a Skull Crushing Finale for the pin and the win. Mizdow was way over, The Usos were way over, and The Miz, well, he was there.

8. Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Luke Harper for the Intercontinental Championship was the last match before Intermission. The fans absolutely loved seeing Dolph, and he and Harper continue to have great chemistry in their matches together. There were several believable near falls before Ziggler finally won with a combination Fameasser / Zig-Zag, and this match earned the first and only “THIS IS AWESOME!” chants of the night. Well-deserved.

9. After Intermission, Paige was introduced as the special guest referee for the upcoming Divas tag team match. Paige looked great in her referee’s (half-)shirt, and the match itself featured Emma and Alicia Fox vs. Nikki and Brie Bella. Paige screwed over the Bella Twins with a quick-count, helping Alicia Fox score the pin. Nothing epic here, and Paige was the best part of this thing.

I’m going to skip over Big Show vs. Erick Rowan, as there’s nothing to really report.

10. For the main event match, Corporate Kane came out first, followed by Seth Rollins. John Cena’s music hit, and the energy in the arena definitely picked up. Love him or hate him, Cena always makes an impressionable entrance. After the standard “Let’s Go Cena / Cena Sucks!” chants, Rollins got on the mic and trash talked the fans for even thinking about John Cena when the future of WWE is in the ring. Rollins called the fans the worst he’s ever been around because they don’t see what’s in front of them, and then he mocked Cena for having to be in a Handicapped Street Fight Match. Interestingly enough, there was no Cena promo and what Rollins showed me here is how he can truly carry not just a match but the story behind it as well. His mic work was awesome and he can definitely be WWE’s top heel if he isn’t already (he kind of already is considering Brock Lesnar is rarely around).

After Steel Steps and Tables and Chairs got involved in the match, Cena was about to lose when suddenly Randy Orton’s music hit. The injury report from the beginning of the night was a SWERVE for the live audience, as Orton ran down to the ring, hit an RKO OUTTA NOWHERE on Rollins and then fed Kane to Cena. Cena won the match with an AA to Kane, and the crowd was sent home happy as Orton and Cena stood tall to close the show.

Ultimately, this was a solid house show with a solid opener, a great IC title match and a satisfying show-closer. There was a little bit of filler, but that’s what happens when the full WWE roster is split off into two touring crews. I would give this show a B+ considering my expectations and how the WWE superstars and Divas who performed pretty much met them.

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Two WWE Returns Over Christmas Weekend Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:45:18 +0000 Over the weekend, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton returned at Madison Square Garden. WWE tweeted out:

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Meanwhile Chicago received some “bad news” when Bad News Barrett made his return to the ring from injury.

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Video Of The Day: Randy Orton RKO’ed On Christmas Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:30:04 +0000
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Back in October, way before Kim Kardashian did her Paper magazine photo spread and “broke the Internet”, WWE Superstar Randy Orton became a YouTube sensation with a vine compilation of him being inserted into videos doing his patented RKO finisher.

Well now the tables have turned. A video was posted to YouTube on Christmas Day with the Viper on the receiving end of his own finisher.

See how Randy Orton wins Christmas.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The WWE Christmas Wish List Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:10:35 +0000 First off, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers. With the holiday season in full swing, I figured I would put together a little Christmas wish list for all of the wrestlers in the WWE. Hope you enjoy!


Adam Rose

-To go back down to NXT where his gimmick was somewhat over. Rose was called up way too quickly after his gimmick change, and the WWE Creative team ruined any chance he had to get over. I hope he has a breakdown and transforms into Leo Kruger,

Bad News Barrett

-An injury free 2015. Every time Barrett seems to be rising up the ranks, he suffers an injury. This past year was the second time I thought he was the favorite to win Money in the Bank, only to suffer an injury before the match. The fans want to cheer him and I think his gimmick will still be over when he returns. Here’s hoping for a big year from Barrett.

Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xaiver Woods

-A heel turn. And a convincing one. I thought maybe the New Day would be the opposite of Brodus Clay. Corny debut vignettes, but a serious threat when they debuted. The gimmick was pretty much dead on arrival. I would love to see the New Day just come out and destroy someone like John Cena or Dean Ambrose to get over as a threat. But even at this point it may be too little too late.

Big Show

-A full year as a face or heel. Seriously, just stick with something and don’t change.

Bo Dallas

-Hope that creative still remembers him when he returns from injury. With a mid-carder like him, he could be all but forgotten when he comes back. I like the Bo Dallas gimmick and hope that somehow, someway, the WWE finds a way to make it work.

Bray Wyatt

-To give his character more meaning/purpose. Every single one of his feuds have been based around the same storyline. His character needs some more depth to it. It’s starting to fall flat and needs a good Wrestlemania program to help it out. Hopefully if it is against The Undertaker, that helps.

Brock Lesnar

-To get a bidding war going for his services. I’m pretty sure that is all Brock cares about at this point.


-That someone, ANYONE, recognizes the talent that is here and figures out a way to use it. It looked like 2014 was going to be the year of Cesaro and then the WWE just dropped the ball big time. The talent is there, and it is no one’s fault but the WWE’s for Cesaro not reaching for the “brass ring.” Instead of a start/stop push, get fully behind him and see if things take off again.

Curtis Axel

-Hope that he can find some promo ability, otherwise he may not last the year.

Damien Mizdow

-To keep his new found popularity going once he breaks away from the Miz. I think Mizdow has what it takes to do so. If they do a proper break-up angle, where Mizdow is gone for a few weeks to sell the beatdown, then his comeback could be pretty big. If done properly, Mizdow could be a solid upper mid-card act in 2015.

Daniel Bryan

-Answers. One way or another, I want Daniel Bryan to find out if it is okay for him to return to the ring. If he has to retire, I have no problems with that. I want Bryan to figure out what will be best for his long term future and go from there.

Dean Ambrose

-To win a meaningful match/feud. Since the break-up of the Shield, Dean Ambrose has not won a single match on PPV. He also lost his feud with Seth Rollins and has pretty much lost every match with Bray Wyatt. I get that Ambrose is pushed as someone who is a lunatic and doesn’t care what happens. But sooner or later, he is going to have to start winning some big matches or the fans might lose interest.

Dolph Ziggler

-That 2015 really is the year of Dolph Ziggler. The WWE seems to be giving him some momentum at the end of this year. I don’t know if it will lead to anything, but it is the most Ziggler has been talked about on TV in a long time. If there was a dark horse, out of nowhere candidate to win the Rumble, Ziggler would be my pick. But I hope he keeps this momentum going into the new year.

Erick Rowan

-To not become just another comedy act. Rowan seemed like he was going to get some kind of a push going into Survivor Series. But he’s been an afterthought ever since. He lost to Big Show at TLC and hasn’t done anything since. I’m not saying Rowan was going to be a main eventer, but he could have been something better than the low card act he appears to be on his way to becoming.


-Maybe to change his gimmick again to a hip hop dancer? He’s a lost cause at this point.


-A proper send off. The guy has been around for so long he deserves a proper retirement match whenever that happens.

Heath Slater

-To be found not guilty.

Jack Swagger

-A heel turn. Swagger has grown pretty stale as a face and needs something to change up his character. Of course, he just lost to Fandango on RAW. That’s not a good sign for anybody’s future.

The Usos

-Fresh blood in the tag team division. The Usos popularity rose in 2014. They are probably the best team currently in the WWE from an in ring perspective. But they need some more competition in the division to keep their popularity high.

John Cena

-Normally I would say a heel turn, but I know that won’t happen. What does Cena really need? I would say a break. The guy has busted his ass for ten years in the WWE and really hasn’t had a break outside of injury. I would give the guy a couple months off after Wrestlemania and bring him back for the summer months. Let him rest, and this holds true especially if Daniel Bryan is medically cleared to wrestle. Bryan, Reigns and Ambrose can carry the face side of things for a bit.

Justin Gabriel

-Anything. Seriously. Pair the guy in a tag team with someone good and let them get over. How hard can that be?


-Similar to Goldust, a meaningful retirement. Kane is a complete shell of his former self. Give him a decent storyline to go out on and ride off into the sunset.

Los Matadores

-That El Torrito doesn’t continue to get over more than them.

Luke Harper

-A win. The guy never won a match after becoming Intercontinental Champion. He has the talent to be one of the top big men in the business and needs to be pushed as that. He could be big for the WWE in the future but similar to Ambrose, he needs to pick up some wins to gain some credibility.

Mark Henry

-A return to the Sexual Chocolate gimmick. Why not? At this point in his career you can’t really go back to the great push that he got in 2011. That’s how he should have been booked throughout his career. Why not let him go back to a toned down version of his sexual chocolate character?


-To stick with the tag team scene. Miz has worked the best in his career, outside of his main event run, when he was paired with a tag team. He’s had success with John Morrison, Big Show, and now Damien Mizdow. I don’t know who would be next. But it seems like Miz works rather well when he has someone to team with.


-To go back to 2011 when he was put in a semi-decent storyline and fighting The Rock on PPV. That’s the last time he’s been relevant.

Randy Orton

-To not tone down his character. I was at the last RAW Orton was on and he was definitely over. I know if they give him the unstable character it will be similar to Ambrose. But Orton seems to be at his best when he is just showing up and handing out RKOs left and right. If his character is watered down like it was in the Authority, fans don’t care.

Rey Mysterio

-Two healthy knees that will keep him around longer than a few months.

Roman Reigns

-For the fans to give him a chance. I ranted about this at the end of my live RAW Report. But there are a handful of fans who are already turning on Reigns. He’s not being shoved down our throats like some claim. He’s not John Cena levels of over-exposed and showing up on half of RAW. The same fans who are booing Reigns are the same fans who bitch about Cena being on top all the time. Now we potentially have someone different, and they already hate him. Give Reigns a chance before everyone craps on him, and we are back to square one with John Cena on top.

Rusev and Lana

-Tone down the anti-USA gimmick. Recently on the Wrestling Pulsecast, I said that I believed 2015 would be a big year for Rusev. But they need to tone down the anti-USA stuff a bit and just focus on Rusev being a dominant force who crushes everyone he steps in the ring with. There’s no reason Rusev can’t be a top heel in the WWE, but they can’t make his gimmick so one dimensional.


-That someone finally feeds him more? But seriously, how about deciding whether you want to push Ryback as a serious threat or keep him as a comedy act. It’s already flipped back and forth since he came back.

Seth Rollins

-That he’s not forgotten about after he cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. That’s happened a lot in recent history. Rollins is better than a lot of those guys, so I doubt that it happens. But there is always that little bit of worry in the back of your mind as a fan. I think Rollins will win the Title when he does cash in, so hopefully his reign will be something worthwhile.


-I’ve said this a few times already, but he DESPERATELY needs a heel turn. Probably more than anyone I mentioned already. His character is pretty much a heel as it is but he is pushed as a face. The heel side of the card is lacking and he needs something to freshen up his character.

Sin Cara

-That when he is called up with Kalisto, their tag team gets over. I think they work well together as a team so hopefully the crowd warms to them.


-A chance as a singles star. I don’t know how much longer Goldust will be around. I think by the middle of the year Stardust will be on his own and hopefully he can make some adjustments to his character that will help make it more appealing to the audience.

Titus O’Neil

-The guy seems to have some charisma. Why not give him a fair shot?

Tyson Kidd

-A chance to show off his skills in the ring. He’s already getting over as the kind of douche husband of Natalya. Let the guy wrestle and get some more character development and it will probably help establish a mid-card star. We know Kidd has the ability.

Happy Holidays!

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE News: Brock Lesnar Set For Raw, Hogan Hosts Smackdown, Orton House Shows Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:46:04 +0000

Brock Lesnar is set to return to WWE Monday Night Raw on the show next week, December 29, 2014. Raw comes from the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

After finishing filming the movie 12 Rounds 2, Randy Orton is set for a return to WWE at house shows. He starts at the MSG house show in New York City the day after Christmas, on December 26, 2014.

Hulk Hogan is officially the special guest GM for Smackdown this week. The show was already taped
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Randy Orton News: House Show Return, Babyface Turn, Royal Rumble Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:00:17 +0000 Randy Orton is currently off from WWE, shooting The Condemned 2 movie. He was rumored to appear both at Survivor Series 2014, which was from his hometown of St. Louis, and TLC 2014, but ultimately was not used.

Right now, Orton is scheduled to return to live events starting with the big MSG house show in New York City on December 26, 2014. This doesn’t necessarily point to a return date for TV at this point.

He is also being advertised for a dark match 8 man tag for the Dallas, TX Raw on January 19, 2015. That match is being advertised as Cena/Roman/Dean/Orton vs. Rollins/Show/Bray/Kane, which indicates that Randy will indeed be a babyface when he returns.

Whether or not he returns to TV beforehand, Orton is almost definitely going to be part of the Royal Rumble 2015, possibly as a surprise entrant.
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Inside Harrak’s Head: The Top “Fantasy” Picks Of 2015 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:05:13 +0000 Inside HH Logo Draft

{Ed. Note: The majority of this article was written last month and it was only now that I realized some of my comments echoed more popular sentiments over the last couple of weeks. I promise to you that all of this comes from my own voice and I am not repeating the words of other men in the wrestling business. – MJH}

Its been a long while since I took to to write a true editorial. In fact, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had free time to sit down and write for fun & not for assignment. Two toddlers and two jobs can do that to a guy. But when I went searching for the more popular articles over the years, there was one clear winner & it was an article published in October of 2011:

The Birth Of The CEWA


It was my take on “fantasy booking” and while I don’t usually like to indulge in the practice, it was one of the more fun articles to write and it spurred a great debate among readers, which is what we always strive for in this crazy internet world. The rather coincidental part of this introduction is that only a few days ago I was roped into a lively debate surrounding fantasy booking scenarios and that very morning I was deciding on a topic to write about. It’s been practically 4 years exactly (Oct. 10th 2010) since the “CEWA” was unveiled to Inside Pulse & HTC (then Creatively Endeavored) so let’s look back quickly & see how that roster would stand up in today’s wrestling landscape:

#15 – Eddie Edwards
#14 – Austin Aries
#13 – Samoa Joe
#12 – Matt Morgan
#11 – Daniel Bryan
#10 – James Storm
#9 – Wade Barrett
#8 – AJ Styles
#7 – Cody Rhodes
#6 – Dolph Ziggler
#5 – Bobby Roode
#4 – Sheamus
#3 – The Miz
#2 – Randy Orton
#1 – CM Punk

Not a bad roster but not spotless either (Matt Morgan/The Miz). And remember, I filled my roster with veterans and budding stars & I think I’d still be in business today with this group of guys (TNA somehow still is). But the wrestling landscape is completely different today – only four years later! Guys have retired (even my #1!), been released, dropped down the card or off the radar and some are in the exact same position as they were 4 years ago (not good).

With all that said, I think it’s time to look at the pro-wrestling landscape has we head into 2015 and just who would be the best group of men to launch a promotion with.


EWA temp

1 - Sami Zayn

If you know Sami Zayn & what he brings to the table, then you’re half a step ahead of most of the world. A lot of wrestling fans are just getting to know Zayn through NXT but there are still quite a few people out there that remember this lovable red-head as El Generico from his days roaming ROH, PWG and Japan among many others. He’s won championships in almost every organization and even captured the coveted 2010 Feud of The Year title (given by the Wrestling Observer) for his Ring Of Honor battles with fellow NXT member, Kevin Steen. Zayn only removed the mask when he entered the WWE’s training system and his career has only gotten better. Zayn burst onto WWE television with an astounding match against former adversary Cesaro on Zayn’s debut show for NXT. The match would be looked at as a Match Of The Year candidate and he’s almost been in the main event scene ever since. A worldly veteran of almost 15 years at 30-years-old, Zayn could easily be the lovable babyface of the company while performing fantastically in the ring night in and night out.


2 - Dean Ambrose

With what we’re seeing on WWE TV right now, how can you NOT start a wrestling organization without Dean Ambrose! He’s insane in all the right ways and obviously can step up when called upon. This past summer the WWE was floundering on the babyface side once Roman Reigns went down with a freak injury. Enter the “Lunatic Fringe”, straight off the set of his new movie & into the main event scene, rubbing elbows with John Cena, Triple H & Randy Orton. His work with Seth Rollins & The Authority was so good that his feud splintered into a side feud with THE John Cena. That’s a lot to throw at a guy who is in the first major singles’ feud of his WWE career (not including his FCW feud with William Regal). Ambrose proved that he can withstand whatever’s thrown at him and thrive both on the mic & in the ring.


3 - Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns is everything you want in a heavyweight babyface. He’s got the look, the charisma, the athletic ability and the “It” factor. He steps into a ring and the crowd is immediately behind him without him having to say a single word. Not many people possess that presence and very few ever will. The fact that Reigns is only 29 and still willing to learn & grow adds immensely to his value. He may not have the experience of indy veterans Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose but he also doesn’t have mileage on his body that an independent wrestler attains either. Roman Reigns can carry a company into the foreseeable future and may very well be the next Hulk Hogan. Only time will tell but I have a feeling it won’t take too long.


4 - Randy Orton

Not a popular choice in many circles but Randy Orton is absolutely my go-to veteran. Shawn Michaels retired at the age of 45 in good health thanks to somewhat modifying his in-ring work to lengthen his career. Randy Orton has all the luxuries afforded to a main event star in today’s wrestling world (own bus, lighter schedule, time off when needed) that should lengthen his career. Especially when you consider many of his contemporaries have said that he wrestles a very similar style to HBK. Oh and he’s 34-years-old. It doesn’t seem possible since he’s grown up on WWE television and has been a major star the whole time but it’s true. He’s got the same tenure as John Cena with half of the stress of carrying the entire company and being able to have a good match with almost anyone you put him in the ring with. Sort of makes you think that maybe the transgressions from earlier in his career were just nice groundwork for his current state as a star.


5 - Daniel Bryan

While Daniel Bryan has moved up on my list since 2010, he’s probably not as high up as some people expected him to be. As much as I love Bryan, he’s damaged goods now. The years of independent pro-wrestling are catching up with the former American Dragon & I’m wondering if he ever returns to the ring; or if he even wants to. Sure Bryan left the WWE at the height of his popularity and as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion but that also lends the reason of what else does he need to accomplish? If you’ve watched Total Divas you’ve seen how this injury has been affecting his daily life with wife Brie Bella. Does he really want to return to wrestling where he may get hurt worse & his quality of life diminishes drastically? At 33, Bryan has more than half of his life to live and part of that includes having a family. Is he willing to risk being able to play with his kids to wrestle for the WWE for a few more years? I have to believe this is a discussion that is truly happening in the Danielson household and whatever his decision is, I hope its the best for Bryan Danielson.


6 - Luke Harper

Luke Harper will surprise the majority of the WWE Universe with how his singles’ run plays out. Sure he might not be off to the greatest start if WWE focuses in on a “crazy eyes” gimmick. But the former Brodie Lee was one of the first guys the WWE signed after CM Punk & Daniel Bryan that really had an underground following. Wrestling everywhere from CHIKARA to Ring Of Honor, Harper’s ability and move set are far wider than what we’ve seen so far on WWE TV. His first singles’ push on the main roster should showcase a lot of what Luke Harper has to offer and I’m looking forward to it.

7 - Seth Rollins

Part 3 of the former Shield and probably the best all-around athlete out of the three. What can be said about Seth Rollins that hasn’t been said already? Rollins’ heel turn and run was surprising to me as I see Rollins as WWE’s next coming of Jeff Hardy. His wrestling style and look scream babyface but WWE threw a microphone into his hands and the WWE Universe began to love booing him. His range is impressive and should serve him well in what should be a long career.

8 - Adrian Neville

“The Man Who Gravity Forgot” is a big nickname to live up to but not for Adrian Neville. Standing at “reportedly” 5 foot 10 inches, the Newcastle-native had to find a different way of making an impression since his size wasn’t intimidating many opponents. The former PAC dazzled on the independent scene with his high-flying moves and fluidity in the ring. Sometimes called the next Rey Mysterio, Neville has all the tools to excel on the big stage as long as his size isn’t looked down upon.

9 - Cesaro

Many might be wondering why Cesaro isn’t higher on my list. One word: promos. Inside the ring, Cesaro oozes athleticism, attitude and an old-school approach to the sport we all know and love. But all of that seems to disappear when a mic is put in his face. Sure he’s good at the interview-style 2-minute promo but give him the stage and he just can’t sell his character. Once that final piece falls into place, Cesaro is built to be a World Champion.

10 - The Usos

A little cheat here but they’re twins, dammit, they can count as one! Jimmy & Jey are the most exciting true-tag team to anchor the tag team division in YEARS. They have the look and intensity to be successful. Plus they always look like they’re having fun! Don’t discount that factor when it comes to making a connection with the fans. Obviously we haven’t seen what these two can do on their own if they choose to go that route but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the both of them work their asses off to succeed.

11 - Finn Balor

You may not recognize the man in the picture above as the former “Prince Devitt”. How about in some of these photos:

Yea Finn Balor is one damn creative guy. While Balor might not be able to utilize his body painting skills in the WWE (he debuted without any), I doubt his creative style will be stifled inside the ring. The innovative Irishman is responsible for some of the finest wrestling moves in wrestling today. His top rope double foot stomp, his backbreaker into a gut-buster and his vicious “Bloody Sunday” Impaler DDT are just some of the few maneuvers that set this man apart. Look for Balor to make a tremendous impact once the WWE instills some trust in this creative mind.

12 - Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt might have lost a little luster since his debut on the main roster 2 years ago, he still remains one of the most unique performers on the WWE roster. Now free of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, Wyatt is now allowed to showcase how dangerous he can be without two monsters standing behind him. Many people believe that he might have peaked with his feud against John Cena and their WrestleMania match. I believe that was just Wyatt getting his feet wet. He’s a tremendous talker and remarkable athlete for his size so don’t think this man is a “one-hit wonder.”

13 - Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett’s pro-wrestling career has taken an unusual path. Billed at 6’3″ and 225 lbs, Bennett was raised on the east coast & was named as one of the top 75 wrestling bodies in the world by Muscle Men magazine. And yet he’s never worked for the WWE. Never in OVW, FCW or now NXT. Bennett has been the rare WWE-prototype star that’s made his home on the independent circuit. Sure he had a couple WWE tryouts but honestly I’d say he’s been doing pretty damn good since he’s married Maria Kanellis and been riding the upper-midcard with Adam Cole & (sometimes) Matt Hardy in Ring of Honor. This 29-year-old is FAR from hitting his prime & can only get better from here.

14 - Wade Barrett

Wade “Bad News” Barrett has had one hell of a roller coaster career since his main roster call up in 2010. NXT “rookie”, leader of Nexus, the Corre, the Barrett Barrage and now “Bad News”, Barrett’s seen the highest of highs and lowest of lows the WWE can provide. But yet the Englishman somehow always stays a strong hand to win either the United States title or Intercontinental championship. He’s one special match or character run away from stepping into the main event spotlight and becoming a World Championship contender.

15 - Hideo Itami

Here’s where the hard choice really comes in. Who is the last guy to make the cut? Who are you sure deserves a spot in a budding new organization? Who will bring fans to your shows and eyes to your PPVs? And who will be able to entertain those fans for the long haul? Why not choose the man who’s already done it for years? Even if you’ve never seen Hideo Itami wrestle, you’ve seen his fingerprints all over the sport. The “YES Lock” and running knee of Daniel Bryan to the GTS made famous by CM Punk were all first used by the man formerly known as KENTA. After seeing his signing to NXT and subsequent debut, the WWE knows what a special talent they have with Itami. Now it’s up to him to connect with a WWE television audience the way he was able to in arenas across the world.


THAT’S IT! That’s my roster! You may love it or you may hate it but this is the group of guys I’m betting on. Who do you have on YOUR roster? I’m immediately challenging Justin Czerwonka and CB (as well as every reader!) to respond to this post with their own rosters. I look forward to all of you dismantling my EWA and presenting your own 15!topstory120x120-×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz – WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 (John Cena, Wade Barrett) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:50 +0000 tlc 2010

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Toyota Center – Houston, Texas – December 19, 2010

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Triple threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger

Ziggler has been the Champion since 8.6.10, and this is his ninth defense. Everyone goes after everyone and Ziggler is the first one tossed to the floor. While he’s out there Ziggler grabs a ladder and brings it into the ring to climb when Swagger and Kingston roll to the floor, but he gets pushed down by both challengers. Swagger gets his injured wrist looked at by a trainer while Ziggler throws Kingston into a ladder set up in the corner. When Swagger gets back in the ring he catapults Ziggler’s face into the same ladder in the corner. Kingston gets back in and takes Swagger out. The action is fast and furious here, with everyone using the ladder to their advantage. With all three men on the floor writhing in pain, Vickie Guerrero gets in the ring and climbs up the ladder. Kingston gets in the ring and climbs up the other side, then climbs down to threaten to push the ladder over. Ziggler and Swagger save her and she runs back to the floor screaming. Everyone tumbles to the floor again, and when they get back in the ring Swagger has Kingston in the Ankle Lock. Kingston tries climbing the ladder anyway, and then Ziggler climbs up Kingston’s back and almost grabs the belt. Swagger gets knocked down so it’s Ziggler and Kingston fighting on top of the ladder. Ziggler ducks a big right hand and locks on the Sleeper. Kingston breaks out of it and knocks Ziggler off the ladder but Swagger climbs up and they knock the title down. Ziggler retrieves it and is awarded the win at 8:56. That was quite short but they packed a ton of action into it and the crowd was hot. The finish seemed to deflate them a bit, but rules are rules and that’s a fine win to give a heel Intercontinental Champion.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Divas Tag Team Table Match – Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Lay-Cool

This is the first-ever Divas Tag Team Table Match, and only one Diva has to go through a table to end the match. Michelle McCool and Layla look a little bit frightened of participating in this match. Natalya is the current Divas Champion. She and Phoenix dominate early on, and go for the special table they have prepared for their opponents. Lay-Cool avoids the table for now, and they go to work on wearing down their much stronger opponents. McCool simply tosses Phoenix through the ropes and it causes a nasty bump on her head and neck. Yikes. The momentum shifts back and forth and the crowd is reacting really well for a Divas match. Lay-Cool disposes of Phoenix and tries a double superplex on Natalya, but the Divas Champion pushes them both back but the table doesn’t break! Natalya then hits a Superfly Splash to put them both through a table and get the win at 9:23. That was one of the best Divas matches probably in company history, with really good action, great heat, and a great finish.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #3: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

Marella and Kozlov have been the Champions since 12.6.10, and this is their first defense and the Nexus’s official rematch. This is the only match on the card to not have a TLC stipulation attached to it. Slater and Gabriel are accompanied by fellow Nexus members Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris. Marella and Gabriel start the match with some mat wrestling. The Nexus is able to take the advantage and they isolate on Marella, a former two-time Intercontinental Champion. Kozlov is able to tag in and he immediately asserts his power advantage. Harris interferes from ringside to give the challengers the advantage again. Marella makes the hot tag and the crowd is on fire with him. He goes for the Cobra and McGillicutty gets in the ring to interfere and the referee sees him and calls for the bell at 6:28. Wade Barrett comes out and uses a chair to beat down the Tag Team Champions. That wasn’t much of a match and the finish was more suited to Raw.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Number One Contender’s Ladder Match – John Morrison vs. Sheamus

Morrison pinned Sheamus at Survivor Series and Sheamus beat Morrison in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament, so this is a rubber match. Sheamus immediately starts asserting his power advantage and throws Morrison around. They take it to the floor and Sheamus sets a ladder between the apron and the announce table. Morrison avoids it and drives Sheamus into the barricade. Back in the ring Morrison uses a ladder to his advantage and makes the first couple of attempts at reaching the contract. Sheamus fights back and goes to work on Morrison’s knee, which is good strategy against a high flyer and really against anyone in a ladder match. Morrison tries to fight up but King Sheamus just has too much power for him. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse and Morrison rolls to the floor. Both men bring ladders in the ring and Morrison throws his at Sheamus first. Momentum shifts a few more times and Sheamus finds himself at the top of the ladder but he can’t grab the contract. Morrison hops up the ladder too and knocks Sheamus down, and then Sheamus tries to bring Morrison down with a powerbomb but Morrison instead ranas Sheamus to the floor. Whew. Morrison gets his hands on the contract but can’t pull it down and Sheamus pushes the ladder over. They fight back to the top of the ladder and both men fall over right through the ladder that was set up between the apron and the announce table earlier! That was a nasty bump. Back in the ring Morrison once again tries to get the contract but he can’t unhook it. Sheamus gets back in the ring and tries to push him over but Morrison bounces back off the top rope with a kick to the face and pulls the contract down at 19:07! What a great match, with some awesome creative spots, a good story, and amazing crowd heat. Morrison’s selling was outstanding as well. This is probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in WWE.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #5: Tables Match for the WWE Championship – The Miz vs. Randy Orton

Miz has been Champion since 11.22.10 and this is his second defense as well as Orton’s rematch. He’s accompanied by his apprentice Alex Riley. The pop Orton gets is deafening. Orton is the aggressor early on, keeping Miz on the mat. They go to the floor and Orton stays in control. Miz comes back by dropping Orton’s face on the steel steps, and then he sets up a table. He sets Orton on the table and goes to the top rope but Orton rolls off before Miz can jump. Back in the ring Miz sets up a table but Orton cuts him off with an Angle Slam. Orton sets up a table and hits a superplex, but Riley moves the table, saving the Miz’s title reign yet again. The challenger hits the Orton DDT and then takes Riley out with a clothesline on the floor. Orton hits the Orton Backbreaker and sets up for the RKO but Riley interferes again and the referee gets bumped. Riley gets in the ring and runs right into an RKO. Orton then powerbombs Riley through the table, and Miz sneaks back in and hits Orton with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz then pulls Orton onto the broken table and wakes the referee up, who calls the match in favor of the WWE Champion at 12:59. The referee spots the replay on the Titan Tron and he restarts the match! Orton is energized by the restart, and he takes it right to the Champion. He throws Miz back in the ring and as soon as Orton gets on the apron Miz pushes Riley, who knocks Orton off the apron and through a table and Miz wins for real at 0:41 (13:40 total match time). These two don’t have great chemistry together and the finish seemed like an overly complicated way to not help The Miz at all.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Fatal Four Way Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

Kane has been the Champion since 7.18.10, and this is his sixth defense. Mysterio is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a nine-time World Champion at this point, and has by far the most previous TLC experience. They immediately pair off exactly how you would expect them too, with Edge and Kane going straight to the floor. Mysterio and Del Rio creatively involve the ladder early on, and then they trade places with Edge and Kane. Eventually they trade dance partners as well, as Kane goes after Mysterio and Del Rio takes on Edge. Then Edge, Mysterio, and Del Rio work together to take Kane out, and then Mysterio and Edge double-team Del Rio. Edge sets Kane up on a table outside the ring and climbs up a ladder in the ring and puts Kane through said table with a splash. Finishers start popping up pretty early, and all four men make their way up by the entrance. Mysterio uses the props as a launching pad to take Kane out. Everyone except Kane fights back to the ring and up on a ladder. Edge and Mysterio knock Del Rio off and then pull each other down face-first into the mat and all four men are down again. Ricardo Rodriguez tries to climb the ladder and retrieve the belt, but he gets stopped by Kane and hit with a Chokeslam. Del Rio and Edge suffer the same fate, Edge through a table. Mysterio halts Kane’s momentum and takes him out with a steel chair. Del Rio takes Mysterio out and climbs up for the belt but Mysterio pushes the ladder over and Del Rio crashes hard through a table. Mysterio climbs but Kane pulls him down and hits a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane climbs up but Edge stops him with a chair. Edge Spears Kane off the apron and through a table, and then climbs the ladder and grabs the belt to become a 10-time World Champion at 22:42. With four guys in the match there was certainly no shortage of spots and they worked in some great ones. It’s hard to get fired up about Edge getting a World Title for the tenth time, but at least the match was fun.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Chairs Match – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

CM Punk comes out to replace Matt Striker on commentary, which is a huge trade up. Houston loves John Cena, wow. Cena tries to keep Barrett from getting a chair but it doesn’t take long for him to fail at that. Barrett takes the advantage and controls the first several minutes of the match. They fight up on the entrance ramp and Barrett is in complete control. Barrett goes for a piledriver but Cena backdrops him to finally get a reprieve. Cena goes backstage and gets a nice leather office type chair. He puts Barrett in the chair and slides him down the ramp right into the steel steps! That’s a cool spot but Barrett pretty much recovers from it instantly and goes back to work. Barrett wraps a chair around Cena’s neck and hurls him into the ring post. Back in the ring Cena tries to fire up but Barrett cuts him off again. Finally Cena avoids a chair-assisted elbow drop off the second rope and he gains control of the chair. Cena then goes up top and hits a chair-assisted Cena Slice. He sets up six chairs and delivers a brutal Attitude Adjustment to get the pin at 19:09. That was solid stuff but it never quite got the epic feel that the end of this months-long feud could have gotten. It’s the problem with a lot of Cena matches nowadays, where the result is so obvious that people just wait for his comebacks and don’t really get sucked into the match.
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JC’s Top Rope Report: Updated Wrestlemania 31 Predictions Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:47:59 +0000 After SummerSlam this year, I gave my early predictions for the Wrestlemania 31 card. In case you forgot, here was what I predicted the card would be at the time:

WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns

Triple H vs Dean Ambrose

Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins

The Rock vs Batista

The Undertaker, Sting and Kane vs The Wyatt Family

John Cena vs Bad News Barrett

Randy Orton vs Cesaro

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

It’s been three months since those predictions were given, and I think it’s fair to say that I’ve decided to change some of those. Some of the reasons for changing them are fairly obvious. The Wyatt Family is no longer together. And with the recent way he has been booked, there’s no way in hell Cesaro is getting any kind of singles match at Wrestlemania. At this point he will be lucky to even be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.

At this point, I would assume that the WWE has a pretty good idea of what the top of their card will look like. If they don’t, then the WWE is even in more chaos then what most people think it is. Now obviously injuries, or crowd reactions, or wrestlers walking out, can change plans in an instant. But the WWE probably knows what they are looking for. Their problem, however, is that they book backward and have a tough time filling in the middle part of their storylines.

I preach on this point every year, and it holds even more water this year after CM Punk’s comments, is that the WWE needs to do a better job of building up their full time talent during Wrestlemania season. It’s okay to have part timers around for Wrestlemania season to help boost ratings and what not. But if you don’t give the casual viewers who only tune in for Wrestlemania season a reason to stick around, then it almost seems like everything was a waste. Sure it’s good to bring in viewers from January to March. But if you push your full time talent during that time, maybe the casual viewers will take a liking to some of them and stick around after Wrestlemania.

I could go on about the problems with the WWE’s booking for hours, but lets get to my new Wrestlemania card for now.

WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns

-I’m sticking with this one at the top of the card, for now. When I gave my thoughts on this after SummerSlam, I said that Roman Reigns had the rest of 2014 to show he belonged in this spot. Well, he was injured a month later. I still think the WWE is committed to this because they need a new top star to take the “reigns” from John Cena. However, if Roman Reigns absolutely flops in his return come December, I could see a change happening. I’ll be curious to see how the crowd takes to Reigns upon his return. I think at this point, the man that would replace Reigns would be Daniel Bryan. Dean Ambrose has cooled off a little bit since SummerSlam. I don’t need to get into the Brock Lesnar Title reign again. I’ve states my disappointment with it already, and nothing has changed since then.

Sting vs The Undertaker

-This prediction has flip flopped in the last two days. Originally, it was Sting/Undertaker. Then I had Triple H vs Sting. Then on Monday Night the WWE played that WWE2K15 teaser between Sting and Undertaker. So if I would have published this before RAW, it would have been Sting/HHH. But I settled on Sting/Taker as of now. Will the match be a good wrestling match? Probably not. But this one is all about the spectacle. I think Sting will wrestle Triple H before Mania, then go out against Taker. The two can work a safe, basic match. With these two it is all about the showmanship and giving wrestling fans the one dream match they’ve been wanting to see for a long time.

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

-The one thing changing from Triple H/Sting to Undertaker/Sting did is free up a spot for Daniel Bryan. I was having a really tough time finding a spot for Daniel Bryan because he already feuded with a lot of guys still left. If the WWE is going with a power struggle storyline, and The Rock isn’t going to wrestle at Wrestlemania, then a Bryan/HHH match makes sense. The WWE can find a way to make it work. Someone goes to Cena and asks for the match, Vince tells Cena who is choice is, and Cena agrees to it because he knows Daniel Bryan can beat HHH one-on-one. It’s the WWE, they will find a way to make it work even if it doesn’t make sense.

John Cena vs Rusev

-If I would have written this column a week ago, it would have been Rusev vs Ryback for the United States Title. It seemed like Ryback might have been in line for a decent push but the way he was booked on Survivor Series and RAW leads me to believe otherwise. I think that leaves John Cena as the next logical choice to face Rusev. At this point in his career John Cena should be used as the gatekeeper to guys looking to get up to the main event. He did it last year with Bray Wyatt. It didn’t work out well, but it was the right choice. Rusev is moving up the card and is improving every week in the ring and I’ve enjoyed his work. Rusev working with Cena would be good for him and I think Rusev is destined for a main event push in 2015.

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins

-We really didn’t get any clear finality to this program. Sure, Seth Rollins beat Ambrose twice. But the last win that we all assumed would be a clean, final win wasn’t. So that’s why I think we get this match here. These two finally get a one-on-one match with no gimmicks attached. They can just go out and wrestle a 20 minute wrestling match and entertain the crowd. I would assume that Ambrose would get the win here, and we would see Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank contract soon after and get the last laugh down the line. Ambrose has cooled off a bit in the last month but I think a feud with Rollins will help give some new life to his character, especially since the two have such great chemistry.

Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt

-This is honestly the best spot for both men. If Orton is going to be a face upon his return, there really aren’t many people left for him to feud with. These two have not had a program before so at least it is something new for both men to do. I may have soured on the Bray Wyatt character recently but he still deserves a singles match at Wrestlemania and this is right about where Bray, and Orton, should be.

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

-I’m assuming this is still going to happen. I would say your favorites to win this year would be the likes of Ryback, Luke Harper, and Bad News Barrett.

Throw in a Divas Match, and maybe a Tag Titles Match on the pre-show and there is your Wrestlemania card. So what would be your Wrestlemania 31 card if you put one together today?

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE Survivor Series LIVE Results Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:23:47 +0000 Hey everyone, Justin C here to bring you live coverage of WWE Survivor Series tonight. There may only be five matches on the card, but it sounds like we are in store for some pretty big surprises tonight. Follow along with me!

I’m a little late to the preshow, but apparently Fandango with Rosa Mendes beat Justin Gabriel. The New Fandango is apparently just a salsa dancer instead of a ballroom dancer. So there’s that.

Bad News Barrett came out. He talked about the stipulations and said that while John Cena not being fired if he loses may be good for him, he’s got some BAD NEWS. He said the Authority will make his life a living hell if he loses and he would wish that he was fire. Barrett then said that if The Authority loses, the WWE would flourish under the new era of Bad News Barrett.

Jack Swagger vs Cesaro

Cesaro came out, he talked about how he is a proud Swiss son. He said throughout history Switzerland has remained neutral. But tonight, he sides with Team Authority. Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger came out. He said they sided with Team Cena and that Cesaro was brown nosing.

Some basic mat wrestling to start before Cesaro caught Swagger with a knee then a gut wrench slam for two. Swagger caught Cesaro with the Patriot Lock but Cesaro was able to escape. Cesaro moved out of the way of a charge and Swagger went into the post. Cesaro then hit a German suplex. Cesaro connected on another German then a belly-to-belly for two. Cesaro connected on an elbow drop for two then went to a headlock. Swagger escaped. Cesaro went for another belly-to-belly but Swagger counted to a German suplex of his own. Swagger hit a chop block then went for a Swagger Bomb. Cesaro put his feet up but Swagger applied the Patriot Lock. Cesaro escaped, then hit two German suplexes. He went for a third, but Swagger countered into the Patriot Lock. Cesaro tapped.

WINNER: Jack Swagger

JC’s Thoughts: Ho hum match. It really seems like Cesaro is just going through the motions at this point. I don’t like Swagger appearing on the show but being too injured to wrestle on Team Cena in the main event.

Vince McMahon was shown entering the building as the pre-show ended.

Vince came out to start the show. He guaran-damn-teed that this would be a Survivor Series no one would forget. He then welcomed out Triple H and Stephanie. Stephanie thanked her dad for giving them such a wonderful opportunity tonight and said she knows they will make him proud tonight. Triple H tried sucking up a bit but Vince then called out John Cena. Cena asked The Authority if they lose tonight if they will leave on their own or will he have to throw them out. HHH then asked how is it going to feel to know that he is personally responsible for the firing of four people. He said when they are fired, they are going to get ignored and be completely forgotten about. Steph said that if they lose they may not be in charge of RAW and Smackdown every week, but they will still be in charge of the show from their office in Connecticut. Vince said that isn’t exactly what he had in mind. Vince said they won’t have any influence over the careers of WWE superstars and that the only person that could ever bring them back into power. Steph then sucked up to her dad thinking it would be him, but Vince said the only person who could bring them back to power is John Cena. Vince said that is how much confidence he had in them. Steph said that will just give them even more thrill when they beat them tonight. Cena said there would be no chance in hell they will be back in power when his team wins tonight.

JC’s Thoughts: So you start off a free show and make it seem like it is nothing more than a RAW? Weak. And the fact that they are still just revealing details of the stipulations of the match on the day of the show just makes it seem like more of a mess of booking. Did HHH and Steph not read the contract before they signed it?

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Goldust and Stardust (c) vs Miz and Mizdow vs The Usos vs Los Matadores

Stardust and Fernando started. Stardust hit a kick but Fernando took him down with a leg sweep. Stardust hit an armdrag. Miz tagged himself in and went for a rollup but got two. Fernando took control and tagged in Diego as Mizdow sold as well on the outside. Miz went to the top but Diego tossed him off. Mizdow also jumped in the ring. The distraction allowed Miz to hit a backbreaker but Diego threw Miz into the Usos corner and one of them came in. Jey and Diego exchanged chest slaps. Stardust tagged himself in and pulled the rope down on Jey, causing him to go over the top.

Stardust slammed Jey’s head into the apron then tagged in Goldust. Goldust landed some punches in the corner then tagged Stardust back in. Stardust hit a face first suplex and teased tagging in Mizdow but didn’t. Miz tagged himself in. Jey escaped Miz and tagged in Diego. He hit a backstabber. Goldust clotheslined Diego and Miz hit the corner clothesline. Mizdow went for one of his own but Goldust tagged himself in. Goldust pushed Diego into his corner then tagged in Stardust. Goldust came in and tossed Diego to the outside and kicked him around. Goldust hit an elbow off the second rope. Stardust came back in and hit a clothesline and went for a running powerslam, but it was countered into a DDT. Goldust got the tag as well as Jimmy Uso. Jimmy knocked Miz off the apron and hit a Samoan drop. Jimmy hit his butt splash and Jey hit another. They super kicked everyone in the match. One Matador pulled Jimmy out of the ring. This allowed Goldust to hit a quick powerslam for two.

Jey recovered and hit an enziguri kick. Both Usos then hit dueling dives. Stardust then hit a springboard off the second rope. El Torrito was tossed to the outside and both Matadores hit dives. Back in the ring Los Matadores and the Dust Brothers hit one of those tower moves. Jey came back in and hit a splash, but Miz tagged himself in while Jimmy was on the apron. Miz tossed Jimmy to the outside. Mizdow tagged himself in and got the pin.

WINNERS AND NEW Tag Team Champions: Miz and Mizdow

JC’s Take: Okay match. Somewhat slow throughout before the big cluster of a finish at the end that just came out of nowhere. Miz celebrated with both belts so it will just be a matter of time before the breakup. Fun finishing sequence at the end but the match was kind of disappointing for the most part.

Backstage The Bunny and Adam Rose were playing with WWE action figures. The Bunny won. Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater came in. They made fun of them. It lead to a tag match later.

Survivor Series Elimination Match: Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla vs Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox

Paige dominated Natalya before Layla missed an elbow and she tagged in Emma. Emma and Layla exchanged near falls. Paige came back in and landed some knees to Emma. Paige took Emma to the top but Emma is the one who hit a suplex. Cameron came in and dominated Emma. Emma escaped an armbar and tagged in Namoi. All of the Divas ended up fighting in the ring. Naomi rolled up Cameron and eliminated her.

***Cameron eliminated***

Naomi caught Summer Rae with a kick. Natalya tagged in but Summer Rae knocked her off the apron. Alicia Fox tagged in and hit some dropkicks. Alicia screamed at Summer Rae. This apparently scared her enough to tag in Layla. Layla hit a crossbody but Alicia countered and hit a backbreaker to eliminate Layla.

***Layla eliminated***

Natalya tagged in and hit a clothesline but Paige caught Natalya with a kick and tagged in. Summer Rae stopped a Sharpshooter attempt and tagged in. Emma also came in and applied the Dilemma. She hit the Emmamite Sandwich then made Summer Rae tap out.

***Summer Rae eliminated***

After Paige dominated Emma for a bit, Emma was able to block a kick and tag in Natalya. Paige caught Natalya with a kick, but Paige came right back with a German suplex. Natalya escaped and tagged in Naomi. Alicia distracted Paige. Namoi hit the rear view and then a head scissors slam to the mat for the win.

WINNERS and SURVIVORS: Natalya, Alicia Fox, Emma and Naomi

JC’s Thoughts: Nothing to write home about. Next

Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt

The match started with both men exchanging punches. Bray caught Ambrose with a shot to the throat. Ambrose came back with more punches and kicks but Bray connected on another right hand. Ambrose came back with a crossbody. They went to the outside where Ambrose clotheslined Bray. Ambrose hit a punch off the apron. Back in the ring Bray tossed himself into Ambrose. Bray went for a clothesline but Ambrose followed him into the corner and hit one of his own. Ambrose went for a dive through the ropes but Bray caught him with a right hand then tossed him into the steps.

Back in the ring Bray hit a suplex followed by a backsplash. Ambrose escaped a full nelson and went for a crossbody but Bray stopped his momentum. Bray charged at Ambrose on the outside but they double clotheslined each other. Ambrose started a comeback back in the ring and hit a bulldog. Ambrose hit a knee to the gut then dropkicked Bray in the ropes and followed it up with a legdrop. Ambrose went to the top but Bray caught him with an uppercut. Ambrose blocked the suplex attempt and headbutted Bray off. Bray caught Ambrose off the top and after an exchange hit Ambrose with his chokeslam. Bray went to the top but Ambrose moved out of the way of his backdrop. Dean bounced off the ropes and hit his clothesline and then an elbow off the top for two. Ambrose went off the ropes again but Bray caught him with a hard clothesline. Bray slammed Ambrose on the steps on the outside but only got a two back in the ring.

Bray grabbed the mic and asked Dean why he was doing this. He said they could have ruled the world together and no one could have stopped them. He said Dean chose the wrong path then caught him with an uppercut. Bray brought a chair in the ring but Dean took it and Bray begged him to use it. After some thought, Dean used the chair and hit Bray in the gut then the back. He then hit Dirty Deeds on the chair. Ambrose the brought a table into the ring and elbow dropped Bray through it. Dean brought another table in and put it on Bray and slammed a chair into it. Dean then threw a handful of chairs onto Bray. Dean then set a ladder up and stood on it to end everything.

WINNER via DQ: Bray Wyatt

JC’s Take: The match was good and then the ending happened. I get that Dean is a lunatic and does whatever he wants, and doesn’t care about wins or losses, but the end just seemed a bit anti-climactic to me. I knew this feud was extending, and they obviously foreshadowed what will be happening with the next PPV. Good match but the ending was a bit of a letdown, at least for me.

Backstage, Triple H gave a pep talk to Team Authority.

Adam Rose and The Bunny vs Slator Gator

The Bunny was ready to start the match but Adam Rose tagged himself in. Slator took out Rose with a dropkick. O’Neil came in and hit some backbreakers. Rose escaped and The Bunny got the hot tag. He hit a dropkick off the second rope and pinned Slater to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Adam Rose and The Bunny

Roman Reigns was interviewed. He said if he was there he would make it reign bitch. JBL asked him about Seth Rollins. He said it doesn’t matter who is in power to him. He said around this time next month, Roman Reigns will be back.

Now it was time for John Cena to give his pep talk to his team.

Divas Championship: AJ (c) vs Nikki Bella (w/Brie)

Brie stood on the apron with the Divas Title. AJ walked over to Brie and Brie kissed her. AJ turned around and walked right into Nikki’s punch. Nikki then hit the Rack Attack for the win.

WINNER and NEW Divas Champion: Nikki Bella

JC’s Take: Well, time to see if those rumors about AJ leaving are actually true.

Team Cena vs Team Authority

Big Show and Mark Henry started the match. Henry talked smack to Show then charged at him, but ran right into a KO Punch.

***Mark Henry Eliminated***

Luke Harper came off the apron to distract Big Show, but Rollins came in. Rollins went to the top but ate a slap to the chest. Kane tagged in but Big Show laid on some punches. Cena came in and did the same. Cena hit a dropkick but Kane came back with a right hand. Luke Harper and Erik Rowan each tagged in. They stared each other down but Rollins tagged himself in. Rowan put Rollins in a headlock and rammed him into the turnbuckle. Rowan hit a bodyslam and tagged in Ryback. Ryback slammed Rollins into the corner. Harper tagged himself in but ate a suplex. Kane came in and landed some rights but Ryback connected on a Lou Thesz press and splash. Rusev tagged in and both men exchanged punches. Ryback hit a spinebuster. He hit the Meathook clothesline and went for Shell Shocked but Rusev escaped and Ryback ate a boot from Kane. Everyone started brawling outside. Ryback ate a Curb Stomp from Rollins then a superkick from Rusev and was pinned.

***Ryback Eliminated***

Rusev ran right into a Big Show boot. He went for a chokeslam but Rusev tagged in Harper. Show slammed Harper into the corner a few times but ate a Harper dropkick. The heels took their turns working over Big Show before he tagged in Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler went to work on Harper but Harper came back with a black hole slam. Now it was the heels turn to work over Ziggler. After every heel had their chance to beat down Ziggler, he finally hit a DDT on Rusev. Everyone hit a signature spot. Rollins was tossed over the top on to the Authority. Rusev then caught Ziggler and tossed him onto everyone outside. Rusev started taking apart the Spanish announce table and went to splash Ziggler through it, but Ziggler moved. Mercury and Noble tried picking up Rusev and putting him back in the ring but they couldn’t. Rusev was counted out.

***Rusev Eliminated***

Kane went for a chokeslam but Ziggler escaped and tagged in Cena who went into CENAMODE. Cena hit the AA but Rollins came in and hit the Curb Stomp on Cena. Harper and Rowan were each tagged in and they went to blows. Rowan tossed Harper into the corner and hit a splash. Rowan ducked the Harper clothesline and hit a spin kick. Kane went for a chokeslam. Rollins came off the top and hit a flying knee and Harper hit the clothesline to score the pin.

***Erik Rowan Eliminated***

All the heels stared down Big Show, who turned and hit the KO Punch on John Cena. Cena was pinned and eliminated.

***JOHN CENA Eliminated***

Big Show walked off and was counted out.

***Big Show Eliminated***

Dolph Ziggler was on the outside and could barely get up. Kane tossed him into the barricade. Back in the ring the heels took their turns working over Ziggler again. Kane went for a suplex off the top but Ziggler knocked him off and hit a crossbody. A superkick and ZigZag and Ziggler gets the pin.

***Kane Eliminated***

Luke Harper came in and hit a boot to the face of Ziggler, sending him to the outside. Harper hit a dive through the ropes. Back in the ring Harper hit a superkick but got two. Harper hit a sit down powerbomb but only got two again. Harper went for the clothesline but Ziggler ducked and rolled up Harper to get the pin.

***Luke Harper Eliminated***

Seth Rollins hoped in and went to work. He tossed Ziggler into the barricade again. Ziggler tried a quick roll up but only got two. Ziggler then hit a DDT for two. Rollins hit the corner power bomb for two. Rollins went to the top. Ziggler met him there but he was knocked down. Rollins missed a Curb Stomp and Ziggler came back with a Fameasser for two. Ziggler went for a Fameasser but Rollins held the ropes. Ziggler took out Noble and Mercury and hit the ZigZag, bur HHH pulled the ref out of the ring. Ziggler tossed Mercury and Noble into Steph. Ziggler hit another ZigZag but HHH stopped the new ref from counting. HHH beatdown Ziggler and ended up hitting a Pedigree. Scott Armstrong came out but the lights went out and STING came to the ring. Sting took out Armstrong. Sting and HHH stared each other down in the ring. HHH swung at Sting but Sting ducked and punched HHH. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop on HHH. Sting then rolled Ziggler onto Rollins and the original ref came in and counted the pin, giving Team Cena the win.

***Seth Rollins Eliminated***

WINNERS: Team Cena (Dolph Ziggler Is The Sole Survivor)

After the match Triple H and Steph were shocked in the ring. The crowd sang “Goodbye” and chanted “You Got Fired” as Steph threw a tantrum as HHH tried to calm her down.

JC’s Thoughts: Well where to begin. The problems I had were Mark Henry hitting the KO Punch on Mark Henry if he was just going to turn anyways. And Ryback being eliminated so quickly after being hyped up. The positives? Ziggler getting the win as the sole survivor. Kudos to the WWE for pulling that off. And Sting’s debut was great. The ultimate good guy comes in and stands up to the Authority. The match itself was good as well. Strong ending to the show that will have people talking.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE Survivor Series 2014: Two Major Names Likely For Surprise Appearances (Spoilers) Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:30:36 +0000 As WWE is preparing a huge Survivor Series 2014 for WWE Network’s “free month”, there are two huge names that could be on the show.

The first is Randy Orton, who is a native of St Louis, which is where the PPV is being held. Orton has been off TV for a few weeks shooting a movie “The Condemned 2″, but has been seen this weekend in St. Louis. Orton took a 9 AM flight out of Albuqerque, where he is filming a WWE movie, to DFW Airport, connecting to St. Louis. While him being in town does certainly point to a PPV appearance, it’s not a guarantee, and he could just be taking the weekend to visit family.

The other major name being mentioned is in fact Sting. WWE has been waiting for the right time to make a Sting announcement, and the free WWE network promotion could be the time they choose to pull the trigger.

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The Classy Ring Attire Podcast #145: “The Only Match Anybody Cares About” Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:52:42 +0000 It’s a hectic time at Classy Ring Attire. New jobs for both hosts, Joel is sick, and Survivor Series approaches. But they still band together to bring you the latest in Classy news and opinions.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 11/10/14: RAW in the UK Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:48:07 +0000 Tonight RAW takes place from England. Who will join Team Cena? Who will join Team Authority? Announced for tonight is John Cena vs Ryback. Remember, every time you read the spoilers the WWE will come up with a new, stupid guest host for each show.

Everyone Wants To Feed Ryback More

After a recap of last week’s events John Cena came out. Cena talked about the importance of Survivor Series in two weeks and how The Authority is making it impossible for him to field a team. He talked about the injuries to Zack Ryder and Randy Orton. He said that he has been able to put together a team of two former World Heavyweight Champions: Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. Cena talked about Ziggler being held down by the Authority and if it were up to him he would have Ziggler on the show all the time. Cena then talked about Ryback and invited him to the ring to talk about joining Team Cena.

Ryback came out and said the Big Guy is back. The Authority immediately interrupted. They brought Mark Henry out with them. Steph said these people are used to being ruled by monarchs. HHH talked about everything being on the line at Survivor Series, and he damn well is making sure people are scared to join his team at Survivor Series. HHH said that since the stakes have been raised then the game has been changed. HHH said it would be career suicide to join Team Cena. And at the end of the day, the Authority always wins. HHH talked about Cena’s team and chuckled at the mention of Jack Swagger and called Dolph Ziggler a tiny little guy who won’t make it to Survivor Series. Cena said HHH said the same thing about Daniel Bryan and he beat HHH’s ass at Wrestlemania. Steph said everything Cena is saying is propaganda. She said if Ryback joined Team Authority he could have so many more main event opportunities. She said they are putting together the biggest, baddest Survivor Series team ever. HHH talked about giving Ryback MORE. Cena said it doesn’t matter if he has a full team at Survivor Series because at least he won’t go down as a sellout. Cena told Ryback to look at the Authority’s track record and if he screws up just once with them he is done. Ryback said he isn’t afraid of The Authority, but he also doesn’t see John Cena’s name at the bottom of his paycheck. Ryback then hit a spinebuster on Cena.

Seriously, Swagger??

Jack Swagger vs Seth Rollins. Swagger gained early control with a headlock. The hold was broke but Rollins landed a cheap shot and went on offense with some kicks. Swagger started a comeback with some shoulder tackles then Rollins bailed to the outside. Back in the ring Rollins gained the upper hand. He went for a suplex but Swagger blocked it and hit one of his own. Swagger hit a leg drop then went to an armbar. Rollins escaped and cameback with a dropkick. Swagger recovered and slammed Rollins into the turnbuckle a few times. Swagger went for the Swagger Bomb but Rollins bailed to the outside into commercial.

Rollins had control back from break and landed some kicks on Swagger. Rollins threw Swagger into the ropes but Swagger stopped himself then tossed Rollins over the top. Swagger started a comeback and hit a Swagger Bomb for two. Rollins went for a roll up but Swagger countered into the Patriot Lock but Rollins got to the rope. Rollins sent Swagger to the outside and went for a running knee but Swagger moved and applied the Patriot Lock. Mercury and Noble distracted Swagger, allowing Rollins to shove Swagger into the post. Back in the ring Rollins hit the Curb Stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match Rollins hit another Curb Stomp on Swagger.

Dean Ambrose talked about how he has a rap sheet a mile long from being in this business. He said he doesn’t hide from any of it. He said Bray Wyatt will not put him out of his misery. Ambrose said that if he is going down, Bray Wyatt is going down with him. Ambrose vs Wyatt was then announced for Survivor Series.

Kane told Ryback that he would be at ringside for his match against John Cena. Ryback said that he’s got this. Kane said Ryback has to show some humility and take his lead. Ryback said that when he wants his advice he will ask, and to stay out of his way.

Paige defeated Alicia Fox with the RamPaige.

Steph asked Lana and Rusev again about joining Team Authority. Lana said they couldn’t discuss it for political reasons. Steph said there are no politics in the WWE (haha). Lana said they would consider it. Steph said listen you stuck of Russian, I scratch your back, you scratch ours.

A Russian vs An Irishman For The United States Championship In The UK

Lana and Rusev were in the ring. She said that Rusev holding the US Title shows Russia’s power over the United States. Lana said if it wasn’t for Russia’s military everyone in the UK would be speaking German. A random Russian government representative talked about President Putin being so proud and read a “declaration” from Putin congratulating Rusev. As the Russian National Anthem played Sheamus came out and cleared the ring.

The match started back from break. Rusev gained control early on with some kicks to the back and gut. Sheamus came back with a knee to the head. Sheamus got a few punches in and then knocked Rusev off the apron. Rusev caught Sheamus on the outside and rammed him into the apron then hit a fallaway slam onto the announce table. Rusev continued to dominate inside the ring. Rusev went to a headlock. After what seemed like forever, Sheamus escaped but went right into a spinning heel kick.

The two exchanged blows back from break before Sheamu started a comeback, but ran right into a Rusev dropkick. Mercury and Noble were now at ringside. Sheamus caught a charging Rusev with a powerslam. Sheamus hit his punches then a shoulder tackle. He then went for the Cloverleaf but couldn’t lock it in. Sheamus then connected with White Noise for two. Sheamus went for the Brogue Kick but Rusev bailed to the outside. Sheamus hit a shoulder tackle off the apron. Sheamus tossed Rusev into the barricade a few times. The ref got to nine and Sheamus rolled Rusev back into the ring. The ref checked on Rusev, Noble and Mercury distracted Sheamus, then the ref turned around and finished the  ten count.

WINNER via Countout: Rusev

Lana told Steph backstage that Rusev would join Team Authority.

Backstage, Seth Rollins told Ryback he didn’t have to take orders from Kane. He could take them from him instead.

Los Matadores vs Miz and Damien Mizdow. Miz landed some kicks then teased a tag in to Mizdow but went back to work. Miz hit his corner clothesline then an axe handle off the top. Miz teased a tag again then finally tagged in Mizdow. Mizdow hit one move then Miz tagged himself back in. Mizdow broke up a pin but ate a dropkick for it. Mini-Mizswoggle was on the apron but El Torrito knocked him down. Miz went to the apron and landed on a Matador. Mizdow held down Miz’s foot and they picked up the win.

Dolph Ziggler vs Mark Henry. During Dolph’s entrance the Luke Harper “eyes” vignette appeared. Ziggler hit a quick dropkick but Henry came right back with a clothesline. Ziggler moved out of the way of a splash in the corner. Ziggler charged at Henry but Henry caught him. On the outside Henry tossed Ziggler into the barricade. Henry charged at Ziggler but Ziggler moved out of the way. Henry then grabbed a chair and tossed it at Ziggler, causing a DQ.

WINNER via DQ: Dolph Ziggler

Henry went to slam Ziggler on the steps in the ring but Big Show came out. He blocked a shot with the steps then tossed them at a bailing Henry going up the ramp. Show said that he joined Team Cena and would see Henry at Survivor Series.

A Kofi Kingston promo, similar to the Xaiver Woods one from earlier with the Gospel singing, aired.

Sheamus said that he was joining Team Cena.

AJ defeated Brie Bella with the Black Widow. After the match, Nikki hit the Rack Attack on AJ.

Tyson Kidd defeated Adam Rose with the Sharpshooter. During the match, Erik Rowan came out and said “She’s not here.” He was probably referencing Natalya. Adam Rose attacked the bunny after the match because the bunny was on the top rope and distracted Rose, causing him to lose.

Bray Wyatt promo. He once again talked about Dean Ambrose’s dad being a sinner. He said there is no going back for Dean, and he has not seen real evil. Bray said he could walk with him or Ambrose could walk away and burn for it.

Clearly, The Authority Doesn’t Know How To B A Star

John Cena vs Ryback. Ryback shoved Cena down to start, then hit a shoulder tackle. Cena went for a quick AA but Ryback escaped. Cena went for a running bulldog but Ryback hit a powerslam. Cena tried fighting back again but Ryback tossed him to the outside in front of Team Authority. He then hit a kick to the face of Cena. Kane gave marching orders to Ryback. The distraction allowed Cena to knock Ryback off the apron and into Kane.

Back from break Ryback caught Cena off the top and hit a side slam. Ryback hit a backdrop. Ryback continued to dominate. He went for Shell Shocked but Cena escaped. He hit one shoulder tackle but Ryback jumped back up and hit a clothesline. Ryback hit a pressslam/powerslam combo for two. Cena tried coming back again but Ryback caught him with a powerbomb. Ryback went for a Razor’s Edge but Cena escaped and countered into the STF, but Ryback reached the ropes. Ryback hit a crossbody but Cena again came back with the STF. Ryback lifted Cena up and went for Shell Shocked, but Cena countered with a slam. Cena knocked Kane off the apron but Ryback hit Cena with a spinebuster. Kane’s frustrations got the best of him and he attacked Cena, causing a DQ.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

Ryback and Kane argued. Seth Rollins tried to calm things down but Ryback decked him. Kane came back and took out Ryback and Team Authority started going after Cena. Sheamus came out  but Team Authority got the better of him. The same happened to Big Show. Ryback came back in and clotheslined every member of Team Authority and hit Shell Shocked on Kane. Ryback left up the ramp.

Backstage, Triple H and Steph looked on angrily. Suddenly, Dolph Ziggler was thrown in front of them unconscious. Luke Harper then appeared and told them that he was a team player as the show ended.


Ryback: I’ve liked Ryback’s return so far. If they let Ryback be himself, I think the crowd will get behind him. It seems like the crowd is leaning that way so far. I would like to see a Ryback/Rusev feud after Survivor Series. Let Ryback be the guy that beats him instead of Cena.

Seth Rollins vs Jack Swagger: Acceptable TV match that had some good action. Surprised that Swagger was as over as he was. I don’t like how Swagger was on the team and is now off it. I hope they at least keep Swagger off TV until after Survivor Series to sell the injuries. Knowing this company, they might just throw him on Smackdown.


End of Sheamus/Rusev: This just may be minor nit-picking from me. But Rusev got back in the ring at 9, the ref stopped and checked on him for about 10 seconds, Noble and Mercury distracted Sheamus, then the ref counted to 10 causing a countout. It was just really stupid and looked bad as well.

Bray Wyatt/Dean Ambrose Build: The second biggest match at Survivor Series gets two recap packages and two backstage promos. Everything is being focused on Team Cena vs Team Authority, and this seems to be getting pushed to the backburner. These two could have had a good program but it seems like very little, if any, real effort is being put into it by those in charge.

Erik Rowan: We knew that Rowan was going to get the short end of the stick when it came to the Wyatt break-up, but this is just stupid. So Rowan is a female stalker now? This has the potential to end bad.

As much as I would prefer to see the WWE Champ around, at least this Survivor Series match is giving some guys a chance to shine that wouldn’t normally get the TV time. Dolph Ziggler is getting a prominent role, Ryback is getting a new push, Rusev is getting some more time, and now it looks like Luke Harper will get a push as well. That’s the positive. The show is still too long and definitely dragged at times. The wrestling was okay at best. The show gets a 4 from me.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Also, Chris talks about his recent absence in a special address to the listeners at the end of the show.

(Also, here is the match joel mentioned in the “What’s making me happy” segment)

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for November 7th 2014: Halloween Was Last Week Sat, 08 Nov 2014 18:41:12 +0000 Yo yo yo, you crazy kids. It’s Friday night, which means it’s time for me to write the SmackDown Report, although that may or may not also occasionally take place on Saturday night, or Sunday morning. What’s it got to do with you anyway, man? Can’t a guy spend Friday night taking the edge off? Pouring himself a fine Irish whiskey and watching Adventure Time? You’re not my parents, dude.


Anyway, we’re in Albany, which years of watching WWE tells me is in New York. And people say this show isn’t educational. Because, let’s face it, it is not.

When Your Only Other Teams Are Los Matadores and Miz2

Looks like we’re kicking of SmackDown with a cage championship match. You know, feels like a main event sort of thing, but what do I know? I don’t run a business which is so desperate for money that about two thirds of its programming is advertising for itself or other products. But hey, tag team cage championship match. So…let’s do it.

God, that new announcer has a shrill, nasally voice. And Cody is either totally committed to his character or has just snorted a metric assload of cocaine; either way, I’ll watch it. Wait…wait, it’s not a tornado tag match? Inside a steel cage? You know, I had a whole rant written out about that, but no. No, I’m going to do what some parents do to their unruly, screaming kids, and not dignify bullshit with a response. Yet.

Jimmy or Jey starts off against Stardust or some crackhead who dressed as Stardust for Halloween and is now in way over his head one week later. Chops to Stardust, then a big uppercut from Jey. There’s an escape attempt, and then a stand-off. So…what, if neither illegal man goes back to his corner, they can get DQ’d, right? I mean, I assume that’s why both of them are standing there doing nothing. Goldust tags in, slamming some Uso skull against the turnbuckle, but his Irish whip gets reversed and he gets backdropped. Jimmy comes in now, knocking Dust down with a chop and flipping onto him. Goldust does fight back, hitting the Rhodes Uppercut, but gets slammed face-first into the cage for a two-count. Goldust struggles out of an armlock, and manages to duck a crossbody, leaving Jimmy to smash right into the steel, and then turns him inside out with a huge clothesline as we head to the commercial break.

Back to the action, and Stardust is slamming Jimmy’s back against the steel, tagging Goldust in to rake the Samoan’s face against the chain links. Jimmy manages to turn another attempt to smash him into the cage into a near-escape, but Goldust catches him with an electric chair drop. Jimmy gets placed onto the turnbuckle as the announce team fellate the WWE Network to the point of workplace harassment. Goldust gets knocked back down to the floor, and Jimmy hits a corkscrew moonsault to the Bizarre One. Both men are down, but Jimmy gets the tag, as does Stardust. Jimmy is all over his opponent, with strikes and a Samoan Drop. Goldust tries to interfere, but gets a taste of the steel. Samoan Wrecking Ball to Goldust; Stardust almost eats Uso ass, but manages to counter with a sitout pin for a near-fall. He gets sent into the steel and takes a dropkick; Goldust hurls Jimmy into the steel, and then takes a superkick from Jey! Stardust hits Crossrhodes, but Jey kicks out at two!

Stardust is amazed at the kick-out, and decides climbing out’s a good move, but Jey manages to grab his leg, keeping him up there. Goldust boots Jimmy down, and those two head up to the turnbuckle as well. Stardust gets headbutted to the canvas; Jimmy superplexes Goldust and Jey nails Goldust with the Samoan Splash, but Stardust rolls Jey up for the win.

Decent match, but a good combination was dealt a poor hand with the ridiculous tagging premise and a finish we’ve seen used before. I’m starting to yearn for the end of this feud; Henry and Big Show should have taken the belts and been the huge mountain for the Usos to climb. 2 Stars.

We recap RAW, which was basically Randy Orton going from ‘fucking awesome’ to ‘injured, but still fucking awesome’. I actually like this Orton turn, because he’s now not just that guy they can throw into a match they need someone to get booed in. He’s always been at his most entertaining (for me) when he wants to kick the shit out of someone but will settle for whoever he runs into first, and I only wish he could have a match with Lesnar where he could bring this much ferocity. Seriously: WWE did something I’m happy about, and also made Rusev the US Champion (except they get no credit for that because they put the match on the Network; that was actually the first time I’ve ever typed ‘Sheamus vs.’ into the YouTube search bar before, and I felt dirty doing it). It’s been a decent week.

Kane shows up to the ring with the difficult task of rationalising the maiming of an employee whilst being yelled at by a crowd. He has, like, a weird job. Randy Orton is apparently being used as an example to the rest of the locker room, and if I was a guy whose job ostensibly came under the category of ‘hurting people’, and my employers plus four of their friends were threatening to concuss me, I’d have gotten a group of every other wrestler together and said ‘okay guys and gals, we’re going to break one leg per Authority member, which hopefully will put an end to this “threatening us with physical violence” policy. After that, beers are on me.’ I’m surprised John Cena hasn’t already led the WWE locker room out to the ring to a chorus of ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’. Kane says the battle lines have been drawn, and then picks out Dolph Ziggler, and says he could have had the world but, really, if he’d joined the Authority’s team he’d probably have jobbed to Cena. For avoiding that, Ziggler will fight Kane tonight in a steel cage. Okay…fair reason for having the Uso match early.

Kane starts talking about another potential member of Team ‘We’ve Only Got Two Full-Time Wrestlers’, but Cesaro cuts him off with his siren, which is a wussier version of Scott Steiner’s. And how dumb or masochistic is Cesaro that, after seeing what happened to Orton, he wants to hang out with those guys? Kane actually wasn’t thinking about Cesaro, which would have been an awesome moment for Cesaro to snap, beat Kane to a sobbing pulp and win both a place on the Authority’s Team and any ground he’s lost against Ziggler and Sheamus, and show Triple H’s fall into desperation as he makes any decision necessary to hold onto his power, but instead Cesaro will face Ryback. Hey, I’ll still watch it.

Ryback vs. Cesaro Really Looks Like Machoke Facing Machop

Ryback says ‘it’s feeding time’, which he should not ever do again ever. The WWE Rewind shows Ryback flattening Titus O’Neil, so this is totally anybody’s game. We come back to Ryback breaking out of a sleeper, but running into a big boot. Cesaro locks in the sleeper again, rolling the Big Guy over. Snapmare to Ryback, then a suplex for two. Apparently Rusev might join the Authority, which I’ll admit is a way Cena can pin him without having to wait until WrestleMania, with the added advantage of devaluing the US Title yet further. Ryback breaks out of a sleeper, although Cesaro is persistent, and drives the Swiss Superman into the mat with a spinebuster.

Meathook Clothesline levels Cesaro, but he breaks out of Shell-Shocked, throwing Ryback into the turnbuckle and booting him! Elbow from the top rope connects, and he rains punches down on Ryback. Suplex to Ryback is reversed, into a Shell-Shocked for the win.

This was okay; I’d be interested in seeing something full-length, as this was very short. 2 Stars.

Ryback isn’t getting paid to hang around, so gets out of the ring, and Kane stands in the ring, looking jilted. Chin up, ugly; you get to maul a blonde guy later.

The Bunny Stood Looking On. “O Brave New World, O Brave New World…”

Oh yay, it’s R-Truth. Blah blah what does this guy contribute blah blah get rid of him blah. He’ll be facing Adam Rose, in the moral lesson that speaking your mind means you have to fight a guy.

With the psychotic narcotics looking on, the two men lock up. Rose is knocked down with a shoulder block, and Truth mocks him through the medium of dance. Adam Rose leaps into R-Truth’s arms in response, which is surely something to avoid in a wrestling match. But then…this isn’t going to be a wrestling match, is it? More dance mockery, and Bunny starts dancing; JBL is so excited by this that I can only assume he’s rabidly humping Tom’s face whilst commentating. Adam Rose tries to have words with the man he forces to dress up as a rabbit for his drug-addled amusement, but R-Truth rolls him up.

Well, I guess this is the new stupid thing we’ll be watching. Although ‘stupid’ is a vague term. 1 Star.

Adam Rose hits the Bunny in the face, clearly having learned a thing or two from the Authority. The Rosebuds look shocked, but at Adam Rose’s encouragement, start dancing and partying again. Holy shit, the veil was just lifted there on a very twisted vision. Is the Exotic Express some sort of 1984 dystopia, where Rose rules through myriad tortures and all-pervading surveillance, quelling any disquiet through organised hatred directed toward Bo Dallas? Or is it more like Brave New World, where any feelings of dissatisfaction are removed and suppressed through the moulding of the Rosebuds to their station in life, plus a steady diet of awareness-numbing drugs?

The drugs one. It’s the drugs.

The Bunny gets back up, and Adam Rose stares at him until he cringes away. But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother Adam Rose.

Well, turns out Christian’s still alive and employed. Good to know. Seems Ambrose will being continuing his tour of fake interview segments, although Christian’s doesn’t even get furniture now. He says unless his ears are deceiving him (they are), he has a lot of peeps in Albany. He asks if people want to see the Authority (who, by the way, are apparently less effective as a governing body than Adam Rose) or Cena triumph, and Ambrose interrupts. We replay the bullshit ending of Hell in a Cell and Christian asks him why, Bray, why?

Ambrose asks why anyone goes after anyone, and it’s because WWE Creative have not a fucking clue. He says he can play games too; he gets a thrill out of getting hurt and hurting others…and this brings out Bray Wyatt, who should really look into the fact that his lantern is billowing smoke. He tells Ambrose that he shouldn’t worry; he has nothing to lose. He rubs in the fact that the Shield broke up, even though it sort of looks like the Wyatt Family isn’t together now either. He offers to heal Dean, and on an interesting side note, I met a group of faith healers once and found them to be condescending assholes when not scamming people for money about their work. Bray references Daniel Bryan, which is way better than when the Bellas do it. Wyatt then taunts Ambrose about his incarcerated father, who apparently sends postcards from prison instead of, you know, letters or emails. Ambrose heads for Bray, apparently keen on demonstrating some of the shower-themed features of prison life to the fat bastard, but the lights go black, and Wyatt vanishes…

…only to reappear like one fucking inch behind Dean Ambrose, which is the most terrifying fucking thing I’ve seen outside of a fucking horror movie. FUCK. Oh, that just bought them this whole feud without a complaint from me; they can do what they want. Then Bray legitimately vanishes, and Ambrose, to his credit, looks more furious than afraid. Holy shit.

The commentary team try once again to use a Sheamus match to advertise the WWE Network, which is like making an advert for burgers set entirely in an abbatoir: it’s a component we’re not interested in knowing about. Also, they pussy out of their ‘this is only for customers of the WWE Network (and anyone else with an internet connection)’ by showing the end of the match, which is all most of us would even watch. Seriously, guys, I hate your strategy of censoring matches and only allowing people to watch them if they suckle at your poorly-thought-out and money-haemorrhaging teat, but it’s an exercise in futility if you don’t follow through on the threat. Come on; we’re going to complain about you anyway: be an asshole and don’t show it to us filthy, non-subscribing, UK-based pagans. Yeah, Britain still doesn’t have the Network, but on the lighter side, Sheamus passed out in a wrestling hold.

We recap something I missed from RAW, where Nikki ordered Brie to slap AJ and AJ decked her. In an interview with Renee Young, AJ absolves Brie from blame, but doesn’t apologise for punching her. Brie then appears to seemingly try to patch things up, and Nikki jumps AJ from behind. I fear that that wooden, wooden woman might actually hold the title. She tells Brie ‘try to be more sincere’, and that was so hypocritical I’m amazed Michael Cole didn’t ascend to his final form.

Wow, WWE, Too Real. Too Real.

Well, seems like Natalya’s got a match, and that’s something. Apparently Tyson Kidd is trying to win an award for being the Worst Partner of All Time, which is up against some stiff competition from Triple H (drugged, married and raped a woman) and Kane (killed a woman due to being drunk and driving, and then raped the corpse). Tyson is just sort of an asshole. Natalya’s facing Summer Rae, who starts things off with a stiff jab to the jaw.

Nattie goes for Summer, who takes her down with a swinging foot to the face. Summer wraps her legs around Nat’s waist, but she powers out of that, bodyslamming Summer as Michael Cole calls Tyson Kidd out on being such a piss-poor onscreen husband. This drives Tyson Kidd, who has a strange form of speech-impediment, to call ‘lock in the Sharpshooter!’, which somehow distracts Natalya enough for Summer Rae to pin her.

I assume this has something to do with Total Divas, but as I neither know nor care, that’s sort of redundant. Tyson Kidd is actually a fairly restrained parody of the entitlement oft present in couples these days, which is a part of this storyline which has caught my interest. But all I wanted was a real match. 1.5 Stars.

See, this is intense stuff: Tyson sabotaged his wife’s efforts, thus undermining her self-esteem and making him seem to be the more successful and dominant partner in their relationship, meaning that she won’t see him for the worthless parasite that he is and her sense of self-worth will begin to align with his fiction/fantasy of her, allowing him to act out his delusions of grandeur in real life. Guys? Girls? Do not be a Tyson Kidd, and do not enter into a relationship with a Tyson Kidd. Tyson Kidd is not the sort of person you need in your life (this writer acknowledges the likelihood that Tyson Kidd is probably a stand-up guy and a great husband in reality; his character is just a rat bastard).

Okay, between the dystopian undertones of the Exotic Express, the uncomfortably realistic themes of the Kidd/Neidhart marriage and Bray Fucking Wyatt, this has been a seriously dark SmackDown. But on a lighter note, a psychotic attempted-murderer burn-victim necrophiliac will now lock a former cheerleader in a cage and hurt him.


Kane’s future cheerleader-skinned rug is backstage with Renee Young, who has a history of having potentially-last conversations with Dolph; you’d think she’d have it in her to give him a hug, or at least end with a prayer. Triple H shows up, interrupting Ziggler’s shouting into the void, and extends another offer to join Team Authority, and then threatens Ziggler with Orton-like consequences. Shit, guys, form a mob and cripple him.

If Irony Happens In A Steel Cage Does That Mean It’s An Alloy?

Ziggler makes his way out to the cage, the condemned man who, let’s face it, could have lied to the Authority, joined their team and sabotaged them at Survivor Series, meaning he’d have them out of power and would have avoided weeks of this ‘getting beaten up’ bullshit. Then some crazy Wyatt-related eyes show up on the screen, so apparently that’s another aspect of this situation. Immediately after that the Big Red Machine comes out, and I would love it if it turned out Ziggler paid the APA enough money to beat the hell out of Kane before the match for the easy win. Actually, I’d just like to see one person employed by WWE demonstrate the slightest bit of devious cunning; it’s not been the same since CM Punk left.

Both men get locked in the cage, and it’s go time. Ziggler plays hard-to-get with his dodging, and takes Kane onto one knee with a dropkick before hitting a facebuster. First escape attempt of the match, and Kane stops it. He tries to hurl Dolph into the cage, but that just leads to Ziggler climbing back up. Finally, Kane manages to smash Ziggler’s face into the steel as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Kane is in firm control, and destroys any possible hope spot for Ziggler with a big boot. Ziggler gets pancaked into the corner, and Kane rips off the top turnbuckle. Because there wasn’t enough exposed metal in this match, I guess? Ziggler manages to capitalise, hitting his big DDT to down Kane. Another escape attempt from Dolph, but Kane heads up there with him, only for Ziggler to crotch the Big Red Machine on the ropes; Kane then does the exact same thing, and think about the fact that they both agreed with each other to do that spot.

Both guys are down, because they are guys with guy parts, but Ziggler finally leaps at Kane, only to be caught with an uppercut and knocked to the floor. Kane signals for the chokeslam, and almost hits it, but Ziggler leaps away at the last second, dashing back up the cage again. Kane catches him by the leg, hurling him back down to the mat. Chokeslam hits, but Kane doesn’t want the cover; he wants the Tombstone. Ziggler manages to wiggle out of it and hit the Zig-Zag for a tremendously close fall, but Kane does get the shoulder up.

Dolph has the least movement-efficient crawling ever, and you’d think the whole ‘both feet must touch the floor’ rule would prompt more superstars to head out of the cage backwards. But Kane does catch him, dragging him away from the door, only for Ziggler to kick him away. Kane comes back; Dolph ducks and superkicks him, but Kane rebounds right away with a clothesline; both men are down again.

Ziggler tries to escape again, really giving Kane as much time as he needs to catch him. Kane charges, but strikes the exposed turnbuckle (damn you, irony!), and Dolph climbs on Kane to escape the cage, as oppose to anything you could climb on that wouldn’t try to attack you. Ziggler gets to the outside of the cage, in front of the door, but Kane boots the door open, leaving Dolph to hang across it. Kane tries to escape, but Ziggler uses the door like a battering ram to slam into Kane’s face, and drops down to the floor for the win.

At first, it seemed like a fairly simple match, but the ending really elevated it. Great main event. 3 Stars.

On the whole, things seem sort of almost promising. I like typical Survivor Series match-ups, and some of the other feuds look decent. Honestly, though, I’ve been most amused this week by the really dark stuff I’ve been reading into the WWE’s product. But it’s something I enjoy, so hey. Eight for this week.

Movie Recommendation: Sunshine. My favourite science-fiction movie ever, even more than The Matrix. Some of the most brilliant…everything I’ve seen in a film. Plus, Cillian Murphy. You know…it’s Cillian Murphy.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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JC’s Top Rope Report: My In Person Thoughts From RAW Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:12:49 +0000 For those of you who didn’t know, the reason I did not do a live RAW Review last night was because I was at the show in person. Figured I would throw some thoughts in from my night at the show.

-The lower and middle bowls of the First Niagara Center were filled. The upper deck was about 40% full. I’ve been to shows where it has been completely sold out (RAW leading up to Wrestlemania 29 where The Rock appeared) and shows where the lower bowl was full and half the middle bowl was full (Smackdown taping). It was about what the WWE usually does when they come here.

-Nothing special from the Superstars tapings. Right before RAW was about to start, literally about 30 seconds before the intro aired, Lillian Garcia announced that John Cena was unable to attend the show and fans wanting refunds had 20 minutes to do show. I figured he wasn’t going to be there since he was pulled from advertisements the week before the show. While it got some boos from the crowd, I think I maybe saw five or six people get up and leave right after the announcement.

-The surprise return of Mr. McMahon got the pop of the night. Pretty nice surprise following the Cena announcement. Vince definitely looks his age in person. I couldn’t hear anything that was being said in the ring because of the crowd. One thing you learn from being at a show then watching it on TV is the crowd is much louder in person.

-My favorite part of the night was getting to enjoy some good wrestling. Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro and Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler were very good matches. The Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins and Sheamus vs Rusev matches started off slow but picked up half way through and got the crowd re-invested in the matches.

-Randy Orton was definitely over. I was actually surprised at how over Orton was. I wasn’t expecting him to get as good of a reaction as he did. At the beginning of the Orton/Rollins match, the crowd chanted “KYLE Orton” for the first five minutes or so. For those of you that don’t know, Kyle Orton is the current Buffalo Bills QB who is playing well and has the team at 5-3 right now. I think it was just a byproduct of being in Buffalo, and nothing against Orton himself.

Now of course, I have a problem with the way Orton was booked. He may have still been over, but how he turned face was just so stupid. He was beat clean so he decides to go after the Authority? That makes no sense. There is almost no reason to be mad at the bad guys in that situation. It’s part of the WWE’s problem: They have NO IDEA who to book a babyface properly. Just go down the line. Ambrose probably has been booked the best but even he has had some rough patches recently.

-By the time the 3rd hour came around a lot of the crowd, myself included, was getting exhausted. Wrestling, outside of PPVs, just isn’t meant to be 3 hours. Especially when half the same people are appearing throughout the show. HHH and Steph had to be on for at least a full hour. A three hour RAW can work if booked properly, but that isn’t happening with the current crop of writers the WWE has.

-There was never really a point where the crowd turned on a match completely. The Big Show/Mark Henry match got a quick “Eric Wood” chant after they showed the Bills before the match. I’ve seen some bad shows in person. I was once at a RAW where we had a back-to-back pre taped segments of The Rock and Shawn Michaels, then saw a main event of Alex Riley vs John Cena in a cage.

-Last word of advice: NEVER be near the barricade at all when a wrestler is thrown into it. My friend lost her beer when Cesaro threw Ambrose into the barricade. And when Orton through Rollins into the barricade, I was on the metal part and it ricochets all the way to the metal part and I felt it in the mid-section.

I always say shows are more fun live than on TV (and when you have a little alcohol in you.) I rewatched the show this morning and probably would have given it a 6 or 7 if I watched it on TV. It had some good wrestling that somewhat hid the poor storytelling throughout the show.

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Pops of the Night

1. Vince McMahon

2. Randy Orton

3. Dean Ambrose

Heat of the Night

1. Seth Rollins/The Authority

2. Rusev

3. No Cena Announcement

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Live Monday Night RAW 11.3.14 Review & Results! (Vince McMahon, The Authority, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins) Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:11:41 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014

{Hello all, I’ll be filling in tonight as our own Justin Czerwonka has the privilege of attending Monday Night RAW live. Should be an interesting ride tonight. – MJH}


Nothing like kicking off RAW with a little “No Chance In Hell”. Vince McMahon makes his return to RAW flanked by Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. After running down his past feuds (including his feud with God), McMahon made the announcement that if Team Authority loses to Team Cena at Survivor Series that The Authority will be made to disband and will no longer be in power. Dean Ambrose’s music hit as McMahon and The Authority are leaving the ring. Vince greets Ambrose with a smile and a handshake while Triple H & Stephanie look on disapprovingly. Ambrose enters the ring for his match with Cesaro after the break.

Vince McMahon rants to The Authority about how good it felt to be in the ring tonight in front of his limo. They wish him a good trip back home and constantly reassure him that they have everything in order. After he gets in the limo, Triple H and Stephanie turn away saying they “need to go figure this out”.

Cesaro makes his way to the ring. Ambrose & Cesaro lock up and begin trading wrist locks and armbars for all of 30 seconds before the brawl starts. Cesaro tosses Ambrose out of the ring but Dean comes back to ram Cesaro’s head into the barricade a few times before tossing him back in the ring. The lights go out before the break and Bray Wyatt appears in his rocking chair on the stage when the lights are raised.

Back from break and Cesaro has control delivering a wicked spinning neckbreaker while Ambrose was in Randy Orton’s rope DDT position. Ambrose makes a comeback with trademark brawling & rebound clothesline before Cesaro counters with his vicious “very European” uppercut. Ambrose counters and throws Cesaro outside. Ambrose hits a diving planca to the floor and follows it up with Dirty Deeds in the ring for the win. The lights go out and Bray Wyatt disappears before Ambrose can get to him.

Triple H and Stephanie talk about putting together the strongest Survivor Series team possible. Triple H immediately begins to call Randy Orton to Stephanie’s dismay since Orton RKO’d Seth Rollins last week. Triple H says they need the strongest team they can get now that Stephanie’s father put so much on the line.

The Usos make their entrance as Jimmy Uso gets ready to face The Miz. The Miz and Jimmy lock up as Damien Mizdow does his typical routine on the outside. Jey Uso looks at Mizdow strangely before joining in and mimicking what his brother is doing in the ring. Michael Cole tosses out a rather cool fact saying that Survivor Series will be the first PPV the WWE ever gives away for free. Jimmy hits the Miz with a dive over the top rope but Mizdow creates the diversion when he rolls into the ring with The Miz. Jey Uso knocks out Mizdow with a crescent kick but Jimmy gets caught getting into the ring, gets hit with the Skull Crushing Finale and The Miz picks up the win.

Sheamus takes on Tyson Kidd with Natalya because two Sheamus matches tonight are better than one as he takes on Rusev on the WWE Network right after RAW for the WWE United States Championship. Tyson Kidd and Sheamus actually have a back and forth match until things spill outside. When Sheamus went to charge Kidd, Kidd pulled Nattie in the way and rolled back into the ring to beat the count and Sheamus. Post match, Sheamus Brogue Kicks Kidd while he’s celebrating and walks out with the US Championship.

Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring as the announcers play up Ziggler’s involvement with John Cena and if he’ll join Team Cena. Instead of announcing an opponent, all of The Authority make their way to the ring. Triple H tries to convince Ziggler that he shouldn’t join Cena’s team. He even went as far as to play into rumors that Ziggler just can’t break through the “glass ceiling” because someone is in his way (in this story, John Cena). Triple H offers Ziggler “anything he wants” if he calls Cena and backs out of the match at Survivor Series. Dolph responds that all he wants is them out of power for good. Triple H then makes a match for the Intercontinental Championship between Ziggler and Seth Rollins next as punishment.

Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury are ringside for Rollins. Ziggler & Rollins start out with some mat wrestling before things start to pick up. Rollins nails Ziggler with a stiff clothesline before Ziggler makes a brief comeback with a beautiful dropkick and clothesline. Rollins counters and clotheslines Ziggler to the outside as we go to the break.

The match resets with a double clothesline as both men try to get back to his feet. Ziggler reaches his feet first and hits Rollins with his comeback set. Rollins counters a 10 punch in the corner with a turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins misses a flying knee and Ziggler connects with the Fameasser for a long two. Rollins counters a superkick from Ziggler with a nice kick to the back of the IC champion’s neck. Ziggler avoids interference from Mercury but Noble hits him with a top rope clothesline and Rollins throws Ziggler into the steel post followed by the Curb Stomp. Before going for the cover, Randy Orton sneaks in and hits the RKO on Rollins. He walks out with the rest of The Authority shouting after him.

Randy Orton confronts Triple H & Stephanie McMahon backstage and begs for Seth Rollins in a match tonight. Stephanie asks why they would put their co-captains in a match against each other which completely sends Orton over the edge. Orton asks why he should even fight for this side and maybe he should fight for Team Cena. Triple H goes into pep-talk mode about needing “The Viper” on his team so he’ll give Orton his match against Rollins so they can get all of this crap out and then be done with it. Orton accepts and we have Orton versus Rollins later tonight.

Cue a very weird “eyeball” vignette that left the announcers speechless. Go to YouTube if you’re interested. It was weird.

Titus O’Neil is in the ring spelling his name and saying how he wants on Team Authority when Ryback’s music hits. Ryback is in full babyface mode again this week and Buffalo is into it by immediately chanting “Feed Me More”. Titus shows off an awesome display of strength by lifting Ryback over his shoulder, holding him there for awhile and then dropping him with a backbreaker. Ryback comes back with a spinebuster and goes to the Meathook clothesline as the crowd chants “Feed Me More” again. The Authority is shown watching the match as Ryback hits the still pitiful-looking Shell-Shocked finisher.

The Big Show makes his way down to the ring for his match against Mark Henry. I guess they’re fighting because they both suck at defending America. Now an Irishman gets to do it tonight after RAW on the WWE Network making RAW even longer than it already is. Big Show & Mark Henry traded a bunch of elbow drops and slams until Big Show kicked out of the World’s Strongest Slam & Henry got mad so he hit Show with the steel steps for the DQ. Henry then delivered the World’s Strongest Slam outside the ring on the stairs.

Renee Young tries to conduct an interview with Brie Bella but Nikki shuts that down because she didn’t approve it. Erick Rowan comes out of nowhere, strokes Renee’s hair and says “pretty”. Nikki Bella squares off with Emma as AJ Lee joins in on commentary (cue “CM Punk” chants). Nikki dominates the match and ends it with the Rack Attack. She then demands Brie go and slap AJ which caused Lee to knock out Brie and chase Nikki up the ramp.

Because we always have time to kill, it’s time to kill Zack Ryder at the hands’ of Rusev. Ryder gets crushed (dammit, I used it!) as The Authority looked at recruiting Rusev because apparently they have no American pride.

Los Matadores and Gold & Stardust are already in the ring as we’re set for Stardust versus Fernando. The Miz & Damien Mizdow are on commentary, well The Miz is on commentary and Mizdow is lip-syncing everything. El Torito knocks Goldust into The Miz which caused enough of a distraction that Fernando caught Stardust with a backstabber and picked up the upset.

Randy Orton makes his way to the ring and our own Justin Czerwonka gets some valuable screen time for the HTC/Inside Pulse Wrestling Pulsecast behind “The Viper”. Seth Rollins comes down the ramp with a limp and even sells a hurt back when taking off his shirt. Rollins even looked at Stephanie and Triple H to see if the match is still going to happen. The bell rings and Orton begins a one-sided asswhopping Steve Austin would be proud of.

We’re back and Rollins has control. Until he tries to hit a planca to the outside and Orton sidesteps him. Rollins eventually regains control as Triple H and Stephanie begin to look a little more worried. The action spills to the outside and Orton hits a side suplex to Rollins on the table. Orton then went into crazy cleaning mode by completely clearing the announcers’ table while Triple H asked him if he really needed to do this. Rollins rolled back to avoid any damage for now. He regained the advantage after dumping Orton to the outside and hitting a dive to the floor. Rollins rolls Orton back inside, jumps off the top for the flying knee and gets a long 2. Orton gains the upperhand after avoiding the Curb Stomp and moving into his signature moves. Orton hits the middle rope DDT and sets up the RKO. When he goes for it, Rollins reverses it into a backside and a quick 3 count out of nowhere. Triple H is almost out of his suit because of stress but asks Orton to shake everyone’s hand. Orton does until he gets to Rollins, who gets another RKO. Orton sets up the punt kick but Triple H stops him and tries to talk him down. He succeeds for a bit until Orton snaps and clocks Triple H too. He continues to take out everyone until Kane holds him on the table long enough for Seth Rollins to Curb Stomp him on the table. Orton’s head is legitimately busted open now and Stephanie is trying to convince Triple H to order The Authority to “finish this”. He finally did and Seth Rollins Curb Stomped him onto the steel steps. The announcers played up the fact that Orton is no longer in The Authority (and thus we now have a babyface Randy Orton) while Rollins posed and the doctors’ worked on Orton.

On the Network, the doctors are still working on Randy Orton and are putting him on a stretcher when Rusev’s music hits for the United States Championship match. Michael Cole set up the match and even said that neither Rusev nor Sheamus have ever tapped out in their WWE careers. Both men are pretty stiff as every punch & kick are loud and leave a mark. Neither man holds an advantage for long until Rusev counters the Battering Ram into a powerslam onto the floor and then nails a spinning heel kick. Sheamus begins to make a comeback when he tries to hit his tilt-a-whirl suplex but it ends up being mostly a slam. The advantage is traded back and forth with Sheamus breaking out of the Accolade and Rusev dodges the Brogue Kick. Rusev hits Sheamus with two superkicks and locks in the Accolade. Sheamus fights for a little while before passing out and thus your new WWE United States Champion, Rusev!

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Harrak’s Thoughts: WWE Hell In A Cell 2014 (Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose/John Cena vs Randy Orton) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:38:43 +0000 2014 Hell In A Cell Header


#1~ Dolph Ziggler versus Cesaro was pretty much everything we expected from two of WWE’s best in ring performers. It was a little shocking to see Ziggler win two straight to none but considering how much he sells and loses non-title matches, I can see the importance of giving him a strong win against a strong contender. But what now for Cesaro? He’s against both the US and IC Champions. Doesn’t he try for the Tag Team titles again? Cesaro just needs a positive path right now.

#2~ Nikki & Brie was pretty much that was expected. They got the exact right amount of time and were placed well on the card. Combine that with some decent in ring action, a clean finish and suddenly there was a second decent women’s match on the show. I wish I could say I expected more from the backstage segment that they shot later but I guess we should all get settled in for a month of “Mean Girls” reruns.

#3~ If it wasn’t for the giant cage hanging above the ring, I would’ve checked my DVR to see if this was last week’s RAW. It’s hard to believe that these two teams could any think of any other spots that they haven’t tried yet since they wrestle each other on TV every week. I guess that’s what happens when you only have 4 tag teams on your main roster.

#4~ I think John Cena versus Randy Orton was better than most expected it to be. The wrestling was solid, storyline was easy to follow and the veterans were able to throw in enough new moves (awesome counters & great near falls) from both men. I still want to see want to see Orton thrown into the WWE Championship match since I really don’t need another Lesnar/Cena match for the rest of my life.

#5~ Sheamus beat Miz without anything special happening at all. It was a RAW match. A BAD RAW match. This was the perfect time to turn Sheamus since everyone is loving Damien Mizdow but nothing. Just more terribleness and missed opportunities.

#6~ Again, another RAW match that just happened to take place on a PPV. I think Big Show left his intensity at RAW as well since these two just appeared to be going though the motions.

#7~ You had to know that as soon as Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose were signed for a Hell In A Cell match that someone was coming off of the top. Therefore, I loved that they started the match off on top of the Cell, right where we all expected them to end up. I liked that both men took the “Shawn Michaels bump” off of the Cell but the addition of Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble was completely uncalled for and overbooked. And then you add Kane and my attention is starting to wander. Throw in a pretty cool return for Bray Wyatt and I’m officially ready to crap all over this match. Why would anyone, in ANY WORLD, not let Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have a legitimate match. They were headlining your damn pay-per-view and spent more time receiving medical attention than the did having any physical contact. Bray Wyatt got a cool return, is now feuding with #2 babyface Dean Ambrose & the PPV closed on his image… Bray Wyatt, a man not on the show or even on live TV for the last 6 weeks returns to destroy the one story your fans, your paying fans have been dying to see and PAID to see. Time’s running short for the WWE to start listening to his fans.topstory120x120-×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-×250-2014-hell-in-a-cell.jpg|topstory500x250

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 10/27/14: Hell In A Cell Fallout Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:29:42 +0000 It’s the RAW after Hell In A Cell. Why did Bray Wyatt attack Dean Ambrose? When will John Cena get his Title shot? What does Hulk Hogan have to say? Also announced is John Cena vs Seth Rollins. So after a month of Cena trying to get his hands on Rollins and the Authority stopping him, then losing a match to get the right to face Rollins, Cena is then just awarded a match with him on RAW. WWE Logic at its finest folks.

No Pants Orton Means Business

RAW started with The Authority in the ring talking about Hell In A Cell, and they then introduced Seth Rollins. Rollins said that the lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose is finally out of his hair once and for all. He said last night he proved that intellect conquers over mayhem every single time. He said now that he is done with Ambrose, he sees John Cena on the horizon. He said tonight he will leave Cena just like he left Ambrose last night, in a puddle of his own failure.

Randy Orton came to the ring. Orton went on a tirade about losing last night and said that it was because of Rollins Curb Stomp last week. He went off about Rollins saying he was the future of the WWE and then went after Rollins. He was eventually pulled off and HHH told him that they were not doing this tonight. HHH told him to take the night off and this will be dealt with at the appropriate time. Orton then pushed HHH away and hit the RKO on Rollins.

The Heel Turn The Entire World Saw Coming

Tag Title Match: The Dust Brothers vs Big Show and Mark Henry (aka Team Failed America). Goldust and Henry started. Henry tossed Goldust around for a bit then tagged in Stardust. Henry tossed Stardust into the corner and landed some blows before tagging in Big Show. Show hit a couple of chest slaps then tagged Henry back in. Henry tossed Stardust hard into the corner then grabbed him by the ankle and held him by one hand to stop it. Show tagged himself in and that upset Henry. Henry then pushed and argued with Big Show about it into commercial.

Back from break Big Show escaped a chin lock and tagged in Mark Henry. Stardust caught Henry with a chop block to the knee. This allowed the heels to take turns working over Henry. Stardust hit a springboard dropkick knocking Henry into the corner. Show tagged himself in and he ended up hitting the KO Punch on Stardust. He then tossed Goldust over the top rope. Henry came in and started arguing with Show again, and he eventually hit the World’s Strongest Slam on Big Show. Henry put Stardust on Show and they got the pinfall win to retain the Titles.

WINNERS: Goldust and Stardust

After the match, Henry hit two World’s Strongest Slams and a splash on the Big Show.

Mark Henry said he did what he did to Big Show before Big Show could do it to him and that Show has always been jealous of him.

Roman Reigns was interviewed. He said when he is medically cleared, he is going to make Seth Rollins the past.

AJ Lee vs Alicia Fox. Fox started the match by drop kicking AJ out of the ring. Fox had control early and hit a northern lights suplex followed. Fox locked in a headlock. Fox went for a bodyslam but AJ countered nicely with a DDT. Fox came back with a backbreaker. Paige left the commentary booth and started yelling at Alicia. The distraction allowed AJ to roll up Alicia and pick up the win.


Paige tried apologizing to Alicia Fox after but Paige caught her with a kick, then launched her into the barricade on the outside and also slammed Alicia’s head into the barricade.

The Every Few Months “Someone Tries To Get John Cena To Turn Heel” Promo

John Cena came out. He said last night two men went through hell for the opportunity to challenge the Beast. He said he earned that right, and while Brock Lesnar sits at home pretending to be a Champion, he fights every night proving that he is a Champion. He said when he gets into the ring again with Brock Lesnar he will not lose. Cena said that everything he does from here on out will be a statement to Brock Lesnar. Cena said tonight he goes through the future in Seth Rollins.

Steph came out and said that she does look forward to tonight and that she also looks forward to Survivor Series where there will be a traditional Survivor Series match. Steph said she also has a business proposition for him. Steph said that he panders to the fans too much. Steph asked Cena to join The Authority where he could be loved and respected. That’s something the fans don’t do. She said The Authority could offer some assurance in a match against Brock Lesnar. Steph said he deserves so much better. Cena said all he deserves is the opportunity to come down the ramp and do what he does every single night. Cena said that his answer to Steph was hell no.

HHH came out and made fun of Cena being the big old hero. He told Cena it gets harder every year and that he is hanging on by a thread every single year. He told Cena he can’t fight the future and it doesn’t have to be as hard as it is going to get. HHH said that he guesses he will just have to show to Cena that the future is against him. He told Cena to find someone willing to stand up to the Authority and fight his team at Survivor Series. HHH said the future will run through Cena and that he better smarten up to the fact that The Authority always wins.

Faces Using Heel Tactics

The Usos vs Miz and Damien Mizdow. Miz started with a shoulder tackle but the Uso in the ring came back and hit a clothesline but he then ate a running knee. Miz landed a boot in the corner and was then clotheslined over the top, so Mizdow came of the apron and joined him. The Usos then hit dueling dives to the outside into commercial. Miz had control back from break. He hit a DDT for two. Mizdow came in and hit a suplex then went to a headlock. Mizdow also hit a DDT then tagged in Miz. Miz and Mizdow worked over Uso for a bit. Mizdow went for the Miz’s corner clothesline but Jey blocked it and hit a dropkick and tagged in Jimmy. Jimmy hit a Samoan Drop followed by a crossbody off the top. Jimmy went for a roll up but Mizdow broke it up. Jey then replaced Jimmy when the ref wasn’t looking. Jey rolled up Miz to pick up the win.


Backstage John Cena was seen talking to Dolph Ziggler. They shook hands. Back from break, Kane confronted Ziggler about talking to Cena and said he would meet him in the ring.

Hulk Hogan once again talked about breast cancer and welcomed the survivors in the crowd to pose in the ring.

Bo Dallas issued an open challenge that was answered by Ryback. Ryback hit a spinebuster and followed it up with the Meathook clothesline and Shell Shocked for the win.

Ummmm, I’d Rather Have The Cesaro/Ambrose Match

Before Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro, Ambrose took the mic. He said when he got to hell, he found Bray Wyatt. He said you don’t mess with an animal who has sharper claws then you and you don’t screw with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose then ran into the ring and jumped Cesaro with the mic. They went outside and Ambrose still beat down Cesaro with the mic. Cesaro went to the back. Ambrose demanded Bray come out so he could kick his ass. Bray appeared on the screen. He said that when he sees Ambrose it is almost like seeing his own reflection. He said they both like torture and they both enjoy inflicting pain. But Bray said he is not Ambrose, and told Dean to run.

Nikki Bella beat Namoi. Brie grabbed Naomi’s leg causing a distraction even though Brie didn’t want too.

Cena With The Save?

Dolph Ziggler vs Kane. Ziggler landed some early punches before Kane caught him with an uppercut. Kane then dropped Ziggler on the ropes and caught him with a boot to the face. Ziggler fought out of a headlock but ate a knee to the gut. Dolph fought out of another headlock with a jawbreaker then ducked a charging Kane and then connected on a dropkick sending Kane off the apron. Back from break Dolph hit a facebuster but then ran right into a right hand by Kane. Kane continued to work over Ziggler until he caught Kane with an uppercut and started a comeback. Dolph connected on a Fameasser for two. Kane attempted a chokeslam but Dolph escaped and rolled up Kane to pick up the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

After the match Seth Rollins jumped Ziggler from behind. Rollins and Kane started to lay the boots to Ziggler before Cena came out. Cena clotheslined Kane over the top as Rollins ran off.

I Hope You Weren’t Expecting A Clean Finish

Main Event time. Cena started with an early takedown sending Rollins to the outside. Rollins came back in the ring but ate a hip toss from Cena so he bailed again. Rollins ate a punch and bailed again so this time Cena chased him to the outside and smashed his head on the announce table. Mercury and Noble stood in the way of Cena, but Rollins busted through them and hit a clothesline on the outside. Rollins had the upper hand back in the ring landing multiple blows. Mercury caught Cena with a punch with the refs back turned. Noble then landed some blows on the outside and Rollins hit a suplex on the floor. Rollins continued to dominate. He stopped a Cena comeback with an elbow then a neckbreaker for two.

Back from break Rollins tossed Cena into the steps. Cena tried a comeback but Rollins ducked a shoulder tackle and Cena went to the outside. Rollins hit a dive and knocked Cena down but Rollins also hit his taped and injured back on the announce table. Rollins went for a superplex but Cena knocked him off the ropes and hit a crossbody. Cena went for the AA but Rollins countered with a DDT for two. They went back to the outside where Rollins tossed Cena into the barricade. Back in the ring Cena escaped a headlock but Rollins came right back with a dropkick. Cena beat the ten count to get back in the ring but Rollins went back to laying the boots to Cena. Cena recovered and went into CENA MODE. Cena tossed Rollins over the top and right onto Mercury and Noble. Rollins caught Cena with an enziguri back in the ring for two. Cena then caught a charging Rollins with a boot to the ribs then a tornado DDT for two. Cena went for the AA but Rollins landed on his feet. Rollins missed a kick and Cena went for the STF but Rollins got to the ropes. Rollins then hit a kick to the gut and a reverse DDT. Both men went to the top where Rollins gained the upper hand and it the turnbuckle bomb for two. Rollins went for the Curb Stomp but Cena moved and locked in the STF. Kane then came in to break up the move causing the DQ.

WINNER via DQ: John Cena

Dolph Ziggler continued to make the save until Noble and Mercury came in. The entire locker room then came out and a huge brawl started. The ring cleared out as Cena hit the AA on Heath Slater and Bo Dallas to end the show.


John Cena vs Seth Rollins: The match itself was rather good. You pretty much knew going in that you weren’t getting a clean finish. I may not have liked the fact that the match was booked in the first place, but both men did a good job in the ring before the schmozz finish.

Ryback Return: First off I’m surprised the crowd was that into him. But I’m glad. Ryback is a guy that could get over if he just let his real personality get through. If you haven’t seen his video from before his hernia surgery go look for it. He’s hilarious. This could be the start of a possible new push for Ryback that gives him a second chance here.

Randy Orton Face Turn?: Similar to Ryback, Randy Orton could get over as a face if he just plays his natural self. Orton is in need of new life because he is stale as all hell right now. A face turn might be a good start. I really wanted to see an Orton/Lesnar match just because it is different. I’m interested to see where they go with Orton from here.


John Cena/HHH/Stephanie McMahon Promo: Really? We have to go this route again? How many times over the years have various people tried to get John Cena to turn heel? And how many times has it worked? It’s just such a waste of time because we know it isn’t going to happen. This apparently is the storyline being used to cover up the fact that Brock Lesnar isn’t coming back soon.

Bray Wyatt Promo: As I said on Twitter last night, I would like to see a Dean Ambrose/Bray Wyatt feud. But it is off to a terrible start. First last night’s horrible ending to the Ambrose/Rollins match. Now we get a Bray Wyatt promo that doesn’t make too much sense. I had hopes for Bray Wyatt, but his character is really on thin ice with me. I’m hoping things pick up in the coming weeks.

Mark Henry Heel Turn: Maybe it’s because Henry’s last turn on Cena was so well done, but I just can’t get into another heel Henry run. Him and Big Show turn heel so much that I lost count. Plus, we’re getting a series of Mark Henry/Big Show matches. Those matches aren’t going to be entertaining.

There were some things to like from this RAW but it wasn’t enough to make it a good show. Everything outside of John Cena’s match tonight made no sense for him. He’s given a free match with Rollins after not getting one for a month and losing a match to get said match. Then we got the typical try to get Cena to turn heel promo we get every other month. There’s some potential out there but the WWE is just in a giant dry spell right now and haven’t been able to strike gold with anything recently. I’m giving the show a 3.

I’ll be at RAW next week so I won’t be doing a live results write up. Maybe someone can step in during my one week absence.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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