It’s easy to boo Roman Reigns but the Royal Rumble fiasco is symptomatic of a bigger problem. The Reigns revolt caps off a decade of consistently poor creative and ignorance that has produced absolutely zero new superstars and has done more to damage careers than enhance them. It’s time for this department to start taking some accountability and it starts right at the top with the Chairman of the Board and his hand picked successor.
WWE fans find themselves in the same spot they were last year. Frustrations are peaking once again as the company has sealed themselves into a bubble, isolated from the fans, forcing a superstar on its customers. Many bloggers and pundits are looking for answers, most accusing the WWE creative hierarchy of ignorance while I tend to look at more at the obvious. This writing team and it’s commanders in chief are inept at their jobs.
It’s easy to sit back and criticize booking based on personal tastes. Whether you were a fan in the 80s or last month, no booking period has ever given you everything that you wanted. This isn’t even a case of the company getting its top guys wrong. That isn’t the issue. The ..click here to read more
The snow storm in the northwest may have been the best thing that could have happened to the WWE after the fallout of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view from Sunday night. The impromptu “Raw Review” did a lot to confront some of the major issues form the events of Sunday night, but did not completely reverse the fact hundreds of thousands of fans, whether in the arena in Philadelphia or hose who bought the WWE Network or a cable buy, are not happy with the Rumble match, the ending to the night and the fact the first PPV event of the year left us all feeling a bit empty inside.
It’s unfortunate the brunt of the backlash has been thrust toward Roman Reigns after he won the Rumble match to a chorus of boos and chants for the Russian Rusev rather than the man who was passed over for Batista last year for reasons we all still scratch our heads and ask, “Did that really just happen?”
I guess if there was no Batista and a fraudulent Rumble win last year, there would not be a “YES” movement like there was and no Daniel Bryan title win in The Big Easy.
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The Flyers entered Tuesday night looking to build off their previous victory against the Penguins, six days ago. The All-Star break gave most Flyers a much needed rest while Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek saw themselves in Ohio to take part in the all-star festivities. Another player had themselves an all-star night for the Flyers.
Wayne Simmonds was a man on a mission as he scored his 17th goal of the season, tying Voracek for the team lead in goals. It was a power play goal in the first period that cut a Coyotes lead to 2-1 en route to a 4-3 shootout victory. A second effort by Simmonds allowed him to put the Flyers on the board.
“We moved the puck really well during the power play,” Simmonds said in an interview on the Flyers website. “Streit was able to get a good shot off, I tipped the puck and was able to follow up on my own rebound and put it in.”
Simmonds also scored the only goal in the shootout. Giroux and Voracek were stopped on their chances while goaltender Steve Mason stopped all three shooters he faced.
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A year ago following Royal Rumble Abortion Mark One, Batista was receiving the Joan of Arc treatment in his clumsily-designed victory. Between that, Daniel Bryan’s utter absence from the Rumble match itself, and CM Punk’s startling walk-out from WWE, it seemed as though a star was born out of the wreckage of a gimmick match gone bust.
Indeed, Roman Reigns couldn’t have been booked a whole lot better in last year’s Rumble. He eliminated 12 men, which stood as the new record. He scowled, punched, speared, and roared with the intensity that Goldberg had used to forge his own name in 1997-98. Angry fans after Sunday night may find it sacrilegious to even compare Reigns with “The Man”, but it’s not too much of a stretch.
Up until Reigns regretfully served up ipecac-laced coffee to the McMahons this summer, he’d cultivated a Goldbergian image of muted monster, one that can break ribs with a charging tackle, or collapse you with a leaping punch, his mane of hair whipping like Predator dreadlocks.
Much like Goldberg, Reigns’ appeal was twofold. There’s that force of nature element already mentioned, and then there’s the aura of mystery surrounding them. Goldberg barely spoke. The only sentences he ..click here to read more
UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson is looking for his next fight and in a recent interview, the champion said that he is interested in the Ian McCall vs. John Linker fight at UFC 183. In the interview (which we have highlights down below) Johnson explains who he thinks will win and more.
“If I had to bet, I would bet on Ian McCall, but I would not be surprised if Lineker gets a decision. So the fight can go other way, but on paper, I see Ian McCall winning it.”
Johnson then went onto explain why he thinks that Ian McCall will win at UFC 183.
“Ian McCall is going to use his footwork and his speed, and he’s going to be in and out. He’s going to fight him like he fought Brad Pickett (and) throw the body kicks when he gets close. He’s basically going to run around, or use his footwork, to run around and avoid damage from Lineker and get takedowns whenever he can. Ian is one of the few mixed martial artists that doesn’t stay in guard. He postures up, passes, and looks for submissions.”
When asked what Johnson likes about Ian McCall, Johnson had this to say.
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Roman Reigns got the Batista treatment from rabid WWE fans in Philadelphia after winning the Royal Rumble. How would Reigns react to getting booed out of the building during his defining moment? It didn’t take long to find out.
Irate fans in Philadelphia took their frustrations out on Reigns after Daniel Bryan was eliminated early in the Royal Rumble. The hostile crowd made Reigns and the WWE look like fools, practically turning Reigns heel before the biggest run of his career. Reigns however took it in stride…at least on camera in this WWE post-match exclusive.
The WWE released a video on YouTube documenting Reigns day, beginning with Reigns walking into the building. The video was shot like a documentary and featured pre and post-match locker rooms with the former enforcer of the Shield. The video ends with a humble Reigns commenting on his win and fan backlash.
“You know, what? I went out there, I did my thing. One hell of a crowd, you know what I mean? Whether it’s love or hate, if I can be out there that’s all that matters for me. If I can go out there and they’re going to make some noise… they’re going to do what ..click here to read more
On the whole, the 2015 Royal Rumble was better than last year’s immediately-infamous show, not that last night’s event isn’t already being burned alive like Samuel L Jackson at Calvin Candie’s estate in Django Unchained. After Daniel Bryan was eliminated, Samuel L could have tried to rally all of Philadelphia to help him get the motherf–king snakes off the motherf–king plane with him, and they would have booed him out of the building as well. Or somebody would’ve yelled that Capital One sucks, whatever.
This space isn’t meant to disparage the name of Roman Reigns, mostly because he doesn’t deserve the venom. Hell, technically, Batista didn’t really deserve it last year; he was just playing the role he was paid to play. When WWE reversed course and put Bryan into the spotlight, Batista not only cleanly submit to him at WrestleMania, but cleanly lost to the Shield members at the ensuing PPVs. What more can you ask from a guy? He did his part to push the next generation forward when he was, quite presumably, set to win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He even admitted afterward, during the promotional blitz for Guardians of the Galaxy, that Bryan not winning the ..click here to read more
We could smell what the WWE was cooking after Sunday night’s Royal Rumble. And the fans were not happy with it.
The company stuck to its game plan that has been brewing basically since last year’s Royal Rumble when Batista eliminated Roman Reigns in the Royal Rumble last year. While the overall tenor of the pay-per-view was weak at best for the majority of the night, the only thing that saved it from becoming a total washout was the Triple Threat Match between Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and John Cena and a few stolen moments in a Rumble match that was anything other than average.
In the end, the fans saw Roman Reigns accomplish exactly what the WWE wanted – which was to finally eliminate Rusev after the Rock had to come down the aisle restore some order and save the kid from total embarrassment.
If the WWE wanted more controversy, it sure as hell got it. And all I can say is that if this was the Armageddon this Reigns claimed would happen when he returned from his injury, I have six words for you – SETH ROLLINS CASHES IN AT WRESTLEMANIA.
I give this pay-per-view a solid C-, not the B+ that ..click here to read more
The 2015 WWE Royal Rumble looked to be one of the most unpredictable Rumbles in recent memory. Unfortunately the final result wound up being the most predictable result of all scenarios. The WrestleMania 31 main-event match we have heard about for a year is still in tact as Brock Lesnar will meet Roman Reigns in the Mania headliner.
24 hours before the Rumble, the Rock sent out a tweet with a picture of himself in Philadelphia with the tweet “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly”. Rock’s involvement in the event and WrestleMania has been kept under wraps, thus for the fans that stayed off of social media in Philadelphia, they were in for a real treat and welcomed back the Rock with a thunderous ovation.
Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble. This year’s Royal Rumble featured several early surprises. Bubba Ray Dudley was the first surprise, entering the Rumble at number two. The former Bully Ray was an unexpected surprise, although he ditched Bully and was in full Bubba gear. Bubba worked with R-Truth to deliver the Dudley Death Drop on the Miz. Bubba eliminated Truth quickly. Luke Harper and Bubba were left alone in an interesting matchup. Bray Wyatt was ..click here to read more
A major Royal Rumble 2015 surprise has been revealed. There is a major name scheduled to show up at the Rumble who has turned every scenario upside down. Which WWE megastar is in Philadelphia for the Rumble?
The Rock will be at the Royal Rumble. This is a major surprise that came out of nowhere as not even the insiders reported any rumors of Dwayne Johnson taking part in the big event. The bigger story here is that The Rock is likely in for WrestleMania 31 making tonight’s event a lot more unpredictable.
The Rock sent out a tweet around midnight on Sunday morning giving away the big surprise. “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly” – @The Rock
A big question here is why the WWE did not promote The Rock coming to the Rumble? The company obviously had no problem with Rock sending out the tweet and giving away the surprise. The Rock doesn’t come cheap so why didn’t this company, which is struggling for network subscriptions promote the biggest star on the show? This one has a lot of people scratching their heads.
Now that we know Rock is in Philadelphia, we can all speculate as ..click here to read more