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1 hour ago

WWE Night of Champions 2014 Results and Recap

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WWE Night of Champions 2014 Results and Recap

WWE Night of Champions 2014 delivered one of the most entertaining special events in recent months. An unpredictable rematch between John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE world championship and the return of Dean Ambrose highlighted a card which featured very good-great matches from start to finish.

This main-event was a real tough one to predict. The rumor mill swung back and forth almost daily on who was going over. The way the angle played out on the go-home RAW led me to believe that Lesnar was going over. Regardless, it was one of the most unpredictable championship matches the WWE has booked in quite some time.

The biggest piece of news going into the show was the absence of Roman Reigns. Reigns underwent emergency surgery over the weekend to treat an incarcerated hernia. The operation could keep Reigns out of action for up to three months, although early prognostications are ..click here to read more , , ,

13 hours ago

Brock Lesnar Must Retain At WWE Night Of Champions 2014

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WWE Night of Champions is several hours away and fans are in a panic. What if Brock Lesnar loses? What if we are subjected to seeing John Cena leave as WWE champion? I join you in your concern and it is imperative moving forward that Lesnar retain the belt at WWE N.O.C.

I don’t think I am making any kind of startling revelation here. But there is serious cause for concern that Lesnar will be leaving the PPV tonight without the WWE world championship. I left RAW feeling that Cena had a good shot of winning and Seth Rollins was cashing in, leaving Brock as the odd man out. That just cannot happen!

Brock is the first true superstar that the WWE has had carry the title (other than The Rock’s brief reign) in several years. Brock is a true difference maker. All you need to do is look at the ratings ..click here to read more , , ,

16 hours ago

Roman Reigns Out Indefinitely, Off Night Of Champions

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The WWE babyface side just got a lot thinner. Roman Reigns will not only be missing WWE Night of Champions but will be missing some ring time over the next few weeks. Reigns underwent emergency surgery and has been placed on the D.L.

News broke Saturday that Reigns had emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. The surgery will keep him on the shelf for a minimum of 4-6 weeks and up to three months. WWE.com has a brief interview up on their website with Reigns’ surgeon Dr. Chris Amann.

“I was in contact with both Roman and the surgeon who performed the operation in Nashville [Saturday]. Roman had developed acute abdominal pain in his hotel room [Friday] night after his match,” Dr. Amann told WWE.com. “This wasn’t related to a specific injury that occurred in the ring. Roman has had a pre-existing hernia ..click here to read more

3 days ago

Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleepers

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We are back for Week 3 and players are already starting to panic. One of the strangest weeks I can ever remember is finally put to rest and it is time to look ahead at this week’s sleepers and there are a few that should be on your radar.

Once again I try to go for the not-so obvious players here. I like to find the sleepers that have great matchups, a proven history, and are real bargains you can either find off of the waiver wire, your bench, or in the bargain bin of weekly fantasy games. So with that said here are a few guys that you won’t see at the top of anyone’s Start/Sit list and that is a good thing if you are looking for some sneaky plays.

For consistency purposes I will once again use the ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

4 days ago

The WWE Is Blowing It With Brock Lesnar

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The WWE is blowing it…but you probably already knew that coming out of Monday night. The WWE will never an opportunity again to build around someone like Brock Lesnar yet they are doing their best to make sure that their investment pays very little dividends.

I recently got into a discussion with Brian Fritz on his Between the Ropes podcast about the state of the WWE. We both agreed that the company is not connecting with its fans right now. I went further to pontificate about the grand opportunity that has fallen into the laps and how the “smartest guys in the room” are letting it pass them by. Let me explain.

Guys like Brock Lesnar don’t come around every day. Take a look back at the glory years of the WWE and those years always featured a franchise guy on top. Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and The Rock were ..click here to read more

5 days ago

WWE WrestleMania 31 Predictions – Seven Months Out

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Believe it or not we are less than eight months before WWE WrestleMania 31. The biggest event of 2015 is the end game for the current WWE creative team and while card is always subject to change, here are some card predictions based on the current landscape.

It is almost impossible to predict the next WrestleMania card this far in advance yet it doesn’t mean I won’t try. Storylines change, injuries are unpredictable, and the roster could look much different by the time March 29, 2014 rolls around. However there are a few balls in the air which make the guesswork a little easier as compared to a few weeks back. Keep in mind that all of these picks are pure guesses unless otherwise noted.

I took a stab at early Mania 31 picks the week after the 30th edition of the event wrapped up. Most of those picks won’t pan out ..click here to read more

6 days ago

Knile Davis Or Donald Brown On The Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

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The plum of a weekly fantasy football waiver wire list is a starting running back. Starting RBs are hard to come by, yet unfortunate circumstances this season have already resulted in some nice opportunities. The big question now is with one pick or a limited budget, which RB do you grab?

This is one of the most opportunistic weeks I have seen on the wire in a while. Jason DuClos will be breaking down all of the hot pickups in a separate blog. I wanted to focus on one position and more specifically the two hot names in that spot, Knile Davis and Donald Brown.

Getting a starting running back on the waiver wire can make or break your season. If you passed up on RB depth for WRs, TEs, or QBs, chances are you need some help. It doesn’t matter if you own Jamaal Charles or Ryan Matthews, most of us ..click here to read more , ,

6 days ago

John Cena and Brock Lesnar WWE RAW Brawl

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WWE is heading into Night of Champions 2014 with one of the worst go-home RAW shows I can remember, yet there was one bright spot. The brawl between John Cena and Brock Lesnar highlighted one of the better RAW segments of the year.

I don’t want to get too much into my Night of Champions predictions because I may do an entire blog on that later in the week. However, you can generally get a feel of who is going over in the top PPV matches by the way the angle plays out on RAW the week before. If that still holds true, it would look to me that Brock Lesnar is retaining the belt on Sunday…as well he should.

One of the things that Cena has said is that he doesn’t necessarily want the belt, he just wants to beat up Brock. I think that was a dead giveaway for the ..click here to read more , , ,

7 days ago

Has Bray Wyatt Peaked In the WWE?

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It was just a few months ago that the pro wrestling world was talking about Bray Wyatt. Today Wyatt is an afterthought, rarely mentioned among today’s WWE topics. Has the rising star of Bray Wyatt faded out?

The rise of Bray Wyatt was one of the great stories of 2013. Wyatt was the talk of the WWE before he even arrived as the social media went crazy once they got a taste of his vignettes. Wyatt quickly ascended to the coveted WrestleMania match against top star John Cena. Most thought that this was the beginning of greatness yet a few months later it appears that the greatness stopped there.

Bray Wyatt’s last several months have been some of the most fascinating to watch of any rising star. Wyatt came into the company with an immediate cult following. The fans were ready, the WWE was ready, and Wyatt was the breath of fresh ..click here to read more

1 week ago

Fantasy Football Week 2 Sleepers

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I could easily offer you a Start and Sit Em’ with the same usual suspects you can find across the Internet. You already have that information. What you need are the unusual suspects or as we like to call them the Week 2 sleepers.

Identifying sleepers is one of the most ambiguous topics you will read in fantasy football blogs. Some writers will identify a “sleeper” who isn’t really sleeping on anyone’s radar. I like to find the sleepers that have great matchups, a proven history, and are real bargains you can either find off of the waiver wire, your bench, or in the bargain bin of weekly fantasy games. So with that said here are a few guys that you won’t see at the top of anyone’s Start/Sit list and that is a good thing if you are looking for some sneaky plays.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans – I love this ..click here to read more

1 week ago

Hulk Hogan Talks John Cena, State of the WWE, and More

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Hulk Hogan Talks John Cena, State of the WWE, and More

Hulk Hogan has never met an interview opportunity he didn’t like. That is evident lately as new Hulk interviews are popping up online weekly. The latest comes from Inside Pulse and while short on time, an interesting conversation nonetheless.

Murtz Jaffer, an admitted Hulkamaniac caught up with Hulk at a recent Fan Expo in Canada. Hogan and Jaffer cover a variety of topics which predictably included Hogan’s memories on wrestling in Toronto. Hulk also talks about the current WWE landscape including where he lies in the “John Cena Sucks debate. Hogan also teases a possible feud with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the Authority. Hogan also talks working as a heel or face and what he likes better.

Check out the interview. It’s a quick and dirty conversation with the Hulkster ..click here to read more ,

2 weeks ago

Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman WWE DVD Review

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Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman may be one of the most inspiring documentaries produced by the WWE. The documentary chronicling the life of Heyman should be required viewing in business schools and marketing classes across America.

Heyman is one of the most under-appreciated success stories of our wrestling generation. As I pointed out in a previous piece, Heyman may be the greatest manager in pro wrestling history. Heyman has drawn money through four different decades and is better than ever. Only entertainment icons can boast that kind of pedigree. Heyman is indeed an icon.

Heyman’s journey is inspiring whether you are an aspiring enterprenaur, business student, marketing executive or pro wrestler. It isn’t so much Heyman’s rise in pro wrestling that is impressive. It was his tenacity, desire, courage, and dare I say hustle that you have to admire in or out of pro wrestling.

Heyman broke into the business ..click here to read more ,

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