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Sting’s True Impact on WWE and 2015

November 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The wrestling world stood still at about 10:35 Sunday night as Sting finally made his way into a WWE arena and shocked the world.

Finally, the business had come full circle. After rumors had run rampant that “The Icon” would give the fans what they have been waiting decades to see, Sting walked into the ring, stared down Triple H and the Authority and changed the WWE in a matter of 10 minutes.

Watching wrestling is now must see television again. My only question about what transpired on Sunday night is, “What took so long?”

The emergence of Steve Borden and his “Sting” persona was a dramatic as Ric Flair walking on the set with the World Title in hand and the day Hulk Hogan jumped to the dark side and joined the NOW. Thank goodness the company finally saw the decline in crowd support, cable buys and the lack of success with the WWE Network to make changes in the format of its storylines. With Sting on board and the potential decline of The Authority, the WWE is walking a different path to success.

Even before the emergence of the man painted in black and white, the change already started with just ..click here to read more

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WWE Post Survivor Series 2014 Perspective

November 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

So the 2014 Survivor Series is history and as Joel Gertner would say, “Well, well, well…” So Sting has finally arrived in the WWE. Team Cena wins. New tag champs. And a Roman Reigns cameo. And all of this was free thanks to the November Special promo offer. I wanted to do an article within the past couple of weeks but I thought it would be best to wait until after the Survivor Series to get a better picture of which direction the WWE superstars will be going as 2015 approaches.

Of course, Sting was the big news from the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Didn’t expect to see him until early next year but why not plant the roots late in the year during the NFL season to grab some eyes away from Monday Night Football. I’m now hooked on it more so to the point that I will be clicking back a few times more than normal. It felt like Sting had been on the wrestler in history to never sign with the WWE. His appearance came to a huge pop but a little surprised he confronted HHH. What does that tell at first glance?

I’m looking at a Sting/HHH fight at ..click here to read more

Dolph Ziggler Establishes Himself as Go-To Star

November 24, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As we older wrestling fans bitterly walk into our thirties and forties, we have this tendency to slip on rose-tinted sunglasses. This is done in an attempt to view today’s wrestling world through old lens, as much of a chore it is to try and build parallels to the two.

In particular, we sometimes champion a wrestler in today’s field by dressing them in the repurposed shell of a wrestler we heralded about an era or two back. Daniel Bryan became the bearded, jovial reincarnate of Chris Benoit, one that nobody would feel guilty about enjoying. Bray Wyatt’s manner of speech invoked memories of Jake Roberts and Kevin Sullivan, the calm savage. CM Punk at one time had seanced the spirit of Stone Cold Steve Austin, through profanity, blunt honesty, and defiance. When Punk’s walkout in 2014 too eerily matched Austin’s 2002 vacancy, Dean Ambrose stepped in to be the unconventional, office-scorning rebel.

What about Dolph Ziggler? Before, Ziggler was a more convincing offspring of Curt Hennig than Curtis Axel is, flailing like a fish out of water off the simplest of offensive strikes, curly blonde locks scattering like the frills of a pom-pom. Salesmanship aside, Ziggler’s legitimate athletic background, like Hennig’s, ..click here to read more

WWE Survivor Series: General Thoughts on a Semi-Decent Event

November 24, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

At least the ending was something to remember. STING IS HERE!

I am purposely staying away from the main event match of the night. Too much to comprehend and I want to pay the impact of Sting appearing in St. Louis its proper respect.

By the way – All Hail Dolph Ziggler.

Here are some of my thoughts on the other matches at the pay-per-view… hopefully the WWE will learn to make the WWE World Champion at a PPV at some point soon.

As if it wasn’t obvious, the fans of the WWE got a taste of the first match for the TLC pay-per-view event to close out 2014.

Frankly, it is one of the best moves the WWE could make to finalize an up and down year of professional wrestling. Ambrose and Wyatt stole the show last night, in my opinion.

Wyatt vs. Ambrose might be the closest thing we have seen to a Buzz Sawyer/Tommy Rich slug fest since the two destroyed Atlanta back in the early 1980s. The feud between Wyatt and Ambrose is what hardcore wrestling should be. Ambrose and Wyatt are the perfect combination of oil and vinegar mixed with some pepper to add a splash of change.

But while other “oddities” ..click here to read more

Lucha Underground is Worth Your Time

November 24, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Lucha Underground (originally named Lucha Uprising) is a new professional wrestling series produced by United Artists Media (Mark Burnett – Survivor) and it every Wednesday for one hour on the newer El Rey Network.

El Rey is a small network seen roughly in 40 million homes. The debut show saw roughly 8,000 viewers, with an average now of between 14,000 and 29,000 viewers. For a small network, those numbers still seem very low.

This new Mexican pro wrestling style based series debuted at the end of October and features for World Wrestling Entertainment and the defunct World Championship Wrestling stars like Chavo Guerrero, Konnan, Jr. John Morrison (Wrestling in Lucha Underground as Johnny Mundo) and Big Ryck (formally Ezekiel Jackson in WWE and Rycklon in his short run in Impact Wrestling).

Behind the announce table you have former WWE interviewer Matt Stryker and former WCW wrestler Vampiro. Lucha Underground also features some of the best wrestlers from Mexico and the independent scene. The first series of television tapings were filmed in Boyle Heights, CA in what is called The Temple. From what I read, the fans in attendance were “extras” told how to cheer and when to cheer. When watching the crowd you ..click here to read more

WWE Survivor Series 2014 Results: Sting Debuts, Team Cena Win

November 23, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE rewarded its free subscribers with one of the most memorable show finishes in years. The Survivor Series 2014 delivered with an outstanding main-event and one of the biggest debuts in years. Sting is finally in and the questions surrounding his WrestleMania plans have been answered.

This one-match, one-angle show delivered a memorable evening with fans coming away counting down the hours until RAW. The long road to WrestleMania 31 became clearer at Survivor Series and while there are still plenty of questions, we are finally starting to get some pieces of the Mania puzzle. I don’t think there has been a show this memorable since WrestleMania and it will be exciting to see where things go from here starting tomorrow night.

The show opened up with Vince McMahon dropping a “bombshell.” McMahon told Triple H and Stephanie McMahon that if their team lost, not only would they be out of power, but only one man could bring them back. Vince told them that man was John Cena. Cena told them that when his team wins they will never be in power again. Hunter did not look happy at all.

The Authority are out! Team Cena survived to throw the Authority out ..click here to read more

The WWE History Of The Big Show Turns

November 23, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The Big Show turned yet once again at Survivor Series, taking out captain John Cena and aligning with the Authority. A look back at Show’s untrustworthy history tells you that Cena and every one on his team should have expected it. You can’t trust the Big Show!

The turns of The Big Show have become something of a running joke among longtime WWE fans. One week he is on the side of good fighting evil and the next he is aligned with the corporation out to destroy John Cena. You never know which Big Show you are going to get which is why I thought it would be fun with the help of Google and Wikiepedia to look back on all of The Big Show’s turn during his WWE career.

All in all I counted over 20 turns here although to be fair some of them weren’t full-fledged turns yet for the sake of this list they are being counted. 21 turns since 1999 is amazing although after RAW I’d have to guess that Kane would be honing in on this record. Let’s have some fun and relive the roller coaster ride of The Big Show’s emotions.

– A few months after “Big ..click here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results and November 21 Recap

November 23, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Michael Cole is in the ring, and he welcomes Triple H to the ring, who comes down alone. Cole points out Survivor Series being two days away, then mentions the stipulations for Team Cena vs. Team Authority, laid out by Mr. McMahon. Does Trips realize this could be the final night he is able to conduct an interview like this? Trips warns him to pick his questions carefully, otherwise this could be Cole’s last interview ever. Cole agrees and points out the fact that the WWE Universe loathes him. They can’t stand him or Steph. Can Trips imagine the euphoria if Team Authority loses?

He points out a bunch of sports moments, including the “Miracle on Ice”, then asks if Trips realizes it would be like those moments. Trips says the Universe’s opinions don’t matter. Without the fans, there would be no WWE, but without the Authority, there are no fans. He and his wife make decisions every day based on the best interest of everybody in the WWE Universe. But like little kids, their opinion of him when he makes those decisions is absolutely irrelevant. Cole says it’s statements like that are why many people are speculating that it’s for ..click here to read more

Surivor Series 2014 Contest: Win WWE Attitude Era Vol. 2 DVD

November 22, 2014 By: Category: Contests, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Attitude Era Vol,. 2I am giving away 1 copy of the WWE Attitude Era Vol. 2 DVD this Sunday night during the Survivor Series. Winning is very easy but you have to be on Twitter to do it. It’s as easy as a Stone Cold Stunner on Mr. McMahon!

Follow me @CamelClutchBlog and look for the contest tweet when the Survivor Series begins. You must RT the tweet and give me your prediction on the winner of the main-event. Just RT the tweet with either Team Authority or Team Cena to enter. That’s it! It’s that simple but you have to be on Twitter to enter.

Look for this tweet – “RT & Follow to win a #WWE Attitude Era 2 DVD set! Predict which team wins the #SurvivorSeries main-event?”. Just make sure enter the winning team when you RT to enter.

I will pick a winner at random. Every entry that contains a prediction is eligible to win, even if you get the winning team wrong. All you have to do to play is participate. So make sure you are following me between ..click here to read more

Sting Reportedly Set To Debut At WWE Survivor Series

November 22, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The buzz for the WWE Survivor Series just got much bigger. A new report breaking over the last several hours reports that there is a major surprise lined up for the special event that immediately turns this must-miss event into a must-see.

PWInsider.com is reporting that the highly anticipated debut of Sting will take place at this Sunday’s Survivor Series in St. Louis. What the Stinger will be doing and who he will be paired with is pure speculation at this point. Although I think it is a safe bet that the angle will probably not have him wrestling on Sunday night.

Plenty of fans will probably agree that it is about time. Sting joined the WWE Universe several months ago, although nobody can quite pinpoint when he exactly signed his WWE contract. Many believed that Sting was purely working through the WWE 2K15 game with the company although this news certainly confirms that Sting and the WWE have come to terms.

Nobody has been able to report exactly what the plans are for Sting. It was widely assumed that he was coming in to build for an eventual WrestleMania 31 match against the Undertaker. ..click here to read more

More WWE Survivor Series 2014 Predictions and Preview

November 22, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Sunday, November 23, 2014, WWE will be presenting its second longest running PPV Survivor Series. The PPV emanates from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. Viewers can watch the PPV on regular PPV, or on the WWE Network. If WWE fans haven’t heard by now, for those who don’t have the Network, you can watch it for free.

Overall, the promotion of the Survivor Series has taken a backseat to the promotion of the free month of the WWE Network during the month of November, as a part of an effort to get new subscribers. The Network has yet to reach the milestone of one million subscribers, so WWE has gone overboard on television with all these promotional devices. Now, they give away one of the “Big Four” PPVs for free. How about improving the product, so people will subscribe WWE also could do something for those of us who have been a subscriber since the February 24th launch, so we’ll stay subscribers.

Anyway, outside of pushing the WWE Network, the main match that has been pushed very well is the Authority faction vs John Cena and his group. This push for the match has been in almost every other ..click here to read more

TNA Wrestling: Looking to Make an IMPACT With New TV Contract

November 21, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

While it appears TNA’s Impact Wrestling has been revived from life support with a new television deal, can it save the product that needs some refreshing as well?

Taken straight from the press release, which was made public this week, it looks like Discovery Communications had enough faith in the product to throw their hat in the ring and make the fledgling promotion its latest find.

Discovery Communications announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with TNA (Total Nonstop Action) IMPACT WRESTLING to bring the popular league to homes nationwide on Destination America, the only network dedicated to celebrating the people, places and stories of the United States.

Destination America officially enters the ring with its first world premiere of IMPACT WRESTLING in January 2015. The series features some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley and Gail Kim.

The partnership includes the U.S. premieres of additional TNA WRESTLING series and specials and provides Discovery Communications with international broadcasting rights in select regions, to be announced at a later date.

“Our partnership in this uniquely entertaining franchise with TNA IMPACT WRESTLING provides a significant addition to Destination America’s ..click here to read more