The WWE will be presenting its first Network-only special event from the main-roster on Sunday night. The Elimination Chamber returns with two chamber matches in addition to a rivalry renewed and the main-roster debut of the NXT star of the future. Let’s break down the card and take a look at the top matches on Sunday’s event.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE world championship
Count me in as a fan that will never sick of seeing these guys wrestle, even when the go-home angle features Ambrose in a goofy police getup. I was excited when it became clear that the WWE was bringing this rivalry back. I can’t think of many better rivalries in 2014 that the WWE had. Adding the component of the WWE world championship could only make this one better…or so I thought.
I blogged extensively this week about the problems I am having with Seth Rollins as WWE world champion. Unfortunately Rollins’ cowardice is hurting this second chapter in the rivalry for me. I preferred to see these guys both want to tear each other up limb from limb but at least we are guaranteed a killer match on Sunday. I also think that a golden ..click here to read more
Kevin Owens is the newest NXT superstar to kick down the front door of the WWE and make an immediate impact with his brash behavior. All he did was challenge the money train of the company, John Cena.
Throw out the United State Championship, this has nothing to do with titles. This is more about respect than anything else. And the WWE is doing its best to make sure the “invasion” of its next line of superstars is done in such a way as to be methodical and precise in its success. With Seth Rollins, a former NXT champion, wearing the WWE World Champion and becoming the most hated villain in the company at the present time, there is now proof the company can survive once the likes of Cena, Randy Orton and Kane call it a career.
Rollins, Owens, Sami Zayne and Neville are just scratching the surface of their potential. Along with the likes of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Wade Barrett and Bray Wyatt, has there been this much young talent and super stardom waiting to happen in recent memory?
Not since the days of Rocky Maivia, Steve Austin, Edge and Owen Hart has there been this much excitement over the ..click here to read more
If I could describe the Road Warriors, one word comes to mind.
Long before Goldberg went through opponents right and left en route to becoming one of the most intimidating men in professional wrestling, the Road Warriors pretty much beat everyone in their sight.
“There’s no appointment needed for dying”, Hawk once told announcer Milt Avruskin during one of their many trips to the Montreal territory in 1985.
When tag teams went into the ring to face this formidable duo, they knew the task that was ahead of them. Not only would a loss be on the menu, but also lots of pain and anguish. Because not only were Hawk and Animal rough looking, but their ring style was very much, well, stiff.
“You’d see the guys coming to the TBS studios looking at the sheet, seeing who were they working with that day”, said wrestling legend Jim Cornette. “And then, you’d just see their heart sink”.
Usually, when a wrestler breaks into the business, they have to pay their dues. It would take a couple of years for them to learn the ropes, and take a few lumps on the road to success.
When the Road Warriors debuted on Georgia Championship Wrestling on TBS in ..click here to read more
On May 19, 2015, Whitesnake, led by singer David Coverdale, released its new CD, “The Purple Album.” As many rock fans know, Whitesnake is famous for its 80s anthems, such as “Here I Go Again,” “Still of the Night,” etc., and the ballad, “Is This Love.” The band is also famous for classic songs like “Fool For Your Loving,” “Slow ‘N’ Easy, etc. Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale initially made his mark on the music industry when he became the lead singer of Deep Purple in 1974, replacing Ian Gillan.
As David has said in several interviews, he is very grateful for his time in Deep Purple. After reaching out to former Deep Purple band mate Ritchie Blackmore, and patching things up, as the two men had not spoken to one another for 30 years, Coverdale had an idea to do a Deep Purple related project. However, due to Blackmore’s representatives’ demands, it didn’t happen. David Coverdale decided to take the Deep Purple era songs that he was a part of, and re-create them as a Whitesnake project. These songs are from the Mark III and Mark IV eras of Deep Purple.
In this blog, I am going to ..click here to read more
Has the WWE replanted the seed that will finally see the Ryback experiment come to fruition? After a stellar performance at the Payback pay-per-view on Sunday night, the “Big Guy” may have finally gotten over with the fans as a wrestler who should be taken seriously – as a contender and not an over-sized pretender.
All it took was a couple of years of seasoning and a big push from Bray Wyatt to make the Ryback experience seem like it will finally work in the WWE – a proposition that Vince McMahon hoped for a couple of years ago when CM Punk was the ruler of wrestling’s free world.
We all know Vince McMahon’s philosophy of what is bigger is better for the business. That is why Hulk Hogan stayed on top of the WWF/E food chain for so long. That is why it took some convincing that wrestlers like Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero and CM Punk could carry the promotion despite their size and stature.
When McMahon saw Ryback, a repackaged former member of Nexus, he saw dollar signs. Feed McMahon More!
In reality, the experiment is beginning to pay off and Sunday night, we saw the fruits of everyone’s labor ..click here to read more
I was really looking forward to the day Rollins was going to be champion and sit atop the WWE as the number one heel in the company. Then, he won the Money in the Bank contract and I knew that day was coming sooner rather than later. He was on fire when he won that briefcase, and on many occasions I went on record saying he was the best thing going in the WWE. But as time passed, I started to worry that WWE waited too long and missed their opportunity to put the title on him.
Fast forward to WrestleMania 31 and the most spectacular cash-in in WWE history. Rollins turned the Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns WWE World Heavyweight Championship match into a triple threat, where he would take advantage and become champion. It came a bit later than I expected, but it was well worth it. All of my speculation flew out the window the moment he came running down the ramp and won the title the way he did. The timing was perfect, not many people were expecting it, it was creative and best of all, Roman Reigns didn’t pin Brock Lesnar to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. ..click here to read more
We are now two months into the Seth Rollins era as WWE world champion and one thing has become abundantly clear. It’s not working. The champ needs a makeover and with a little more depth to his character, he may be able to turn it around before all is lost.
Let me start this blog off by saying this. I am a big Seth Rollins fan. I want nothing more than to see this guy succeed as a top guy. He is the first fresh face that the company has remained committed to as WWE world champion since The Miz. Yet any objective look at the first two months of his run will tell you that he is on his way to becoming a disappointment.
Disappointment may be a little harsh to some but as a fan I can’t think of anything other way to describe it. The ratings have been terrible since he took the title from Brock Lesnar and from a creative standpoint, his creative has become his biggest anchor. Rollins needs to be repackaged and a look at history and current booking will provide evidence of such.
Rollins needs to be booked stronger. I get the idea of a heel ..click here to read more
After going head to head against John Cena in a stellar segment on Raw, Kevin Owens made it clear that he is on the same level as the United States Champion. Owens is an imposing force within NXT, and plays his heel character to perfection. By securing a victory over Cena at the upcoming Elimination Chamber event, the NXT Champion could prove to the mainstream WWE audience that he is one of the best performers in the company today.
John Cena is coming off of his third straight pay-per-view event victory against Rusev. Another win isn’t necessary for Cena to be taken seriously by the audience, nor will it assist him in gaining any momentum moving forward. If Kevin Owens defeats John Cena in his inaugural WWE match, however, it would skyrocket him towards the top of the company.
While he’s no longer in the main event scene, John Cena is still the most popular performer in WWE, and is arguably most famous superstar of his era. Securing a victory over the man who has been the face of WWE for more than a decade would undoubtedly give Owens the credibility he needs to become an upper echelon performer on WWE’s main ..click here to read more
This week’s episode opens with Roman Reigns making his way down to the ring. He says he has a bit of bad news: he didn’t win at Payback. But, he has some good news: he had a really good time at Payback. Any time you punch Seth Rollins in the mouth, it’s a good time. The Shield hit a triple powerbomb and blew the roof off the joint, and he got to go toe-to-toe with his boy, Dean Ambrose. The fact is, he can chase Rollins all he wants, but it won’t be a fair fight. By next week, he’ll probably have 50 more little security guards. While Reigns is fine with punching them all, sometimes, you have to think with your head and not your fists. It’s a new game plan now, as he’s entering the Money in the Bank match, and he’s going to win. You can believe that.
Dean Ambrose heads down to the ring. He apologizes for interrupting, but when he heard Payback, his ears started burning. So he looked for a bucket of ice to dunk his head into, but took a wrong turn at catering, and here he is. But before he came out, ..click here to read more
Nobody ever doubted whether Kevin Owens had the tools to make the switch to the WWE. Yet even Owen’s supporters are impressed with his quick success in making the transition yet according to Owens, it really hasn’t been much of a transition at all.
Kevin Owens made one of the most memorable WWE RAW debuts in years this past Monday when he laid out John Cena. Owens is on his way to becoming a money player in the WWE as NXT champion and a new feud against John Cena. Owens rise to the top is coming quicker than anyone has expected and as Owens told RollingStone.com recently, his success may be credited with a very minor transition process from the independents to the WWE.
“I had a bit of a struggle at first with thinking, “Who do I want to be here? What part of myself do I want to tap into so I get on NXT television as quick as possible?” Then I realized what I’d been doing for 14 years had worked because it had gotten me here. So there were little tweaks, maybe clean up the language a little, but besides that I think I’ve been pretty true to ..click here to read more