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UFC 183 Silva vs. Diaz Results: Anderson Silva Wins Decision

February 01, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

The Spider is back…well sort of. Anderson Silva returned from a career threatening injury to win a unanimous decision over Nick Diaz. While the win was nice, the story was the Silva we saw and didn’t see at UFC 183.

Silva returned after a devastating leg injury 13-months ago to take on Nick Diaz in a UFC Super Fight. Silva’s future was in doubt at this time last year and Nick Diaz was missing in action. Both guys resurfaced and delivered what will likely be one of the biggest fights of the year. Yet it wasn’t the fight I and others paid to see.

I thought that the styles of both Silva and Diaz made for one of the most exciting matchups in recent memory. Both guys like to fight on the offense and neither guy was known for coasting to decisions. That said I expected it to go the decision because neither guy had a propensity to get knocked out. Yet at the end of the fight it was really the first two minutes and final two minutes that were the most exciting. The rest of the fight consisted of both guys picking spots yet rarely engaging in anything more than some elaborate stick and move.

Quite frankly the most exciting parts of the fight came in the first two rounds when Diaz talked smack and at one point laid down begging Silva to go down to the ground. Unfortunately Nick stopped talking until the end of the fight, thus the Diaz show failed to deliver as advertised. Silva collapsed at the end of the fight in tears while Diaz was busted up pretty badly. Silva intimated at the end of the fight that this could have been his last fight, although I think I have heard that speech from Silva for the last two years.

The big question was Silva’s leg. How would it hold up? The leg was definitely not a problem as Silva gained confidence. Silva rarely used it early on but he gained confidence as the fight progressed and was kicking just fine with the rehabilitated leg. Nick said after the fight that the leg kicks from that leg weren’t very effective but consider the source.

The big story here in my opinion is that while Silva was back, the Spider was still at home. Silva looked nothing like the dominant machine he was for many years. Chris Weidman would have dominated the Silva that fought tonight. It was kind of sad quite frankly and yes Silva did win the fight. But this was dialed-back Silva and not the Silva you probably paid money to see.

I don’t know where you go with either guy from here. Both guys only want to fight super fights or title fights. Diaz certainly doesn’t deserve a title fight and neither does Silva. I do believe that Silva vs. Weidman needs a definitive conclusion. Whether that is Weidman rolling through this Silva or not is another story. However, I just don’t see any way that you can justify booking this unimpressive Silva directly into a title fight. Stranger things have happened and let’s face it. The championship booking in UFC lost credibility years ago. I just think he needs one more win minimum, and I am not so sure he’s going to get it against any of the top contenders in the division.

Full UFC 183 Silva vs. Diaz results…

Anderson Silva defeated Nick Diaz via Decision (unanimous) (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Tyron Woodley defeated Kelvin Gastelum via Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Al Iaquinta defeated Joe Lauzon via TKO (punches)
Thales Leites defeated Tim Boetsch via Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)
Thiago Alves defeated Jordan Mein via TKO (body kick and punches)
Miesha Tate defeated Sara McMann via Decision (majority) (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
Derek Brunson defeated Ed Herman via TKO (punches)
John Lineker defeated Ian McCall via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal defeated Tom Watson via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ildemar Alcântara defeated Richardson Moreira via Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago Santos defeated Andy Enz via TKO (punches)

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Roman Reigns Must Turn Heel at WWE WrestleMania 31

January 29, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Universe is in a tailspin following the finish to the Royal Rumble. The groundwork has been laid and while it may not have been the plan, the best thing for business is to turn Roman Reigns heel at WrestleMania.

I hate to be one of those kneejerk reaction kind of bloggers. I really try and take a step back and analyze a situation before I make a radical suggestion and believe me, this is a radical idea. The WWE creative machine have been hard at work on the Roman Reigns babyface plan for over a year. Deviating from the blue print is something I don’t take likely.

At the same time, any successful company in or out of wrestling have been companies that have reacted as opposed to dictated. Wrong reason or not, the WWE reacted last year to the Yes Movement and it paid off with one of the most exciting Mania matches in recent memory. Imagine for a second what would have happened if the WWE stayed the course and firmly held Batista as a babyface? It would have been a disaster and fans would have been turned off, some tuning out. It could be worse for Reigns as Batista was never a long-term plan.

The plate has been set for a classic double-turn at Mania. Brock Lesnar has been booked like a babyface for weeks. I don’t necessarily like it, but that is how he has been portrayed. His comeback win on Sunday at the Rumble enough evidence to convince me that he really he is a babyface. Whether he stays or goes, Brock could always be a tweener and wrestle both heels and faces. He is the perfect partner to make this turn work.

It is also a great excuse to keep Paul Heyman around. Heyman booked this very same angle when he turned Sabu on Taz and flipped Bill Alfonso. The very same angle! Reigns desperately and I mean DESPERATELY needs a mouthpiece. Give Heyman the microphone, make Reigns a monster, and you are picking up right where you left off with Brock. Imagine if Brock does stick around. Imagine Heyman running his mouth for a few months about Lesnar the way he did the Undertaker with Brock coming back for revenge at SummerSlam.

The money for Reigns was to have him chase the title. That never happened. There was never a prolonged chase, ala Daniel Bryan last year for the title. That money could be saved for a future babyface turn in a couple of years. The money is in Reigns being a bad-assed heel and paying money to see the heroes conquer the impossible villain. In other words, the WWE gets their Brock Lesnar but this guy is full-time and he is not going anywhere.

There are enough challengers to carry Reigns as heel WWE champion from now through WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, and yes John Cena are all matches that be sold as headline WWE title matches. I think if held off, Reigns vs. Cena or Bryan could actually be pretty big. Even bigger could be a Mania 32 showdown with The Rock. This is a lot more enticing than Reigns’ list of heel challengers which boasts of Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. Can you follow the money here?

Not only is this the right choice, quite frankly I see this as the only choice. The WWE have completely blew it on Reigns being a big-time babyface champion. They don’t have enough guys ready to challenge and he certainly isn’t ready to carry that ball. The booking is so freaking easy, even Vince Russo could do it.

On second thought…

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WWE Creative Needs An Overhaul

January 28, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

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 issue here is that an objective look at this writing regime and its process over the last several years concludes that this writing team has done more harm in elevating talent and creating elite superstars than any other in the history of the WWE.

Stone Cold Steve Austin was the first guy to my knowledge to question the writing process to the head cheese, Vince McMahon. Austin asked Vince why it took so many writers, some with no pro wrestling knowledge, to book a company that was successfully booked by less than a handful of guys for decades. Vince gave him the “Oh Steve the business has changed” line and he’s right, it has changed. The WWE business model no longer elevates talent to the top of the card and has not been able to figure out how to do it since about 2010.

The current state of the WWE is full of guys that are what many in the business would call great hands. As a supporting cast, this may be the most talented supporting card that the WWE has ever produced in my lifetime. From bottom to the middle, it is hard to argue with the quality of most WWE talent yet there is a gap and it is a big one from middle to top. That gap continues to widen and Roman Reigns is the latest example of a company that continually fails to put guys in the right positions to make that leap.

I don’t know what it is because as many have said, it’s not rocket science. Booking pro wrestling is not that hard and elevating guys to the top is a lot more simple than Vince McMahon wants you to believe. Yet for whatever reason the WWE Creative department continue to muddy up the process with their terribly scripted promos, illogical storyline progressions, 50-50 booking, lack of continuity, and cartoon-ish character development. The more they tinker the bigger the misses and there is plenty of evidence to back that up.

The Miz, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Christian, Mark Henry, Dean Ambrose, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Ryback, and Bray Wyatt all come to mind as misses. Hear me out before you argue CM Punk. These guys were all identified at some point as guys the company wanted to elevate to the top. Everyone here at some one point garnered some momentum and were on their way to the top of the cards. All of these guys were able to create some buzz, acquire fan support, and appeared poised to fill one of those coveted top spots. That was of course until the creative team started to work their magic (I’ll call it black magic in this case), get cute, and successfully booked these guys all back to the middle and lower cards where they started from. At the end of the day the creative team did nothing to put these guys in a position to succeed, yet there has been minimal accountability for these failures.

But there have been some hits! Yes, there have been some hits. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and even Ryback for a short time were able to breakthrough and reach the top of the cards. In the case of Punk, if you look back at his pre-pipe bomb angle he was positioned a couple of times to move up the cards yet wound up in an eventual descend each time. The difference between all of these guys and the above is that their rises came about organically. Their success had absolutely nothing to do with the writing. Ironically the only thing that kept these guys from staying in those top spots was the creative team. It was the crack creative team that got cute and tinkered with an entity that was already appealing to fans. In the case of Ryback, he was never able to get his momentum back and was eventually sent back to the openers. Punk was talented enough to withstand it, yet even Punk never fully reached his potential thanks to the meddling of Vince, Hunter, and friends. Daniel Bryan is still a question mark. He already withstood the tinkering of the fall of 2013. We won’t know for a few months whether he’ll get past this phase.

And then of course there is Roman Reigns. Reigns has been groomed for the last year and a half for his WrestleMania spot. There were always questions around the pick, but Reigns had the buzz and the fans loved him. That was until the creative team started to spend more time with him. Reigns as a character has not been the same since creative made him a priority. His scripted promos are awful, his character choices lack logic most of the time, and the persona he has morphed into over the last several months is a complete 180 from the persona that got him over. He is just the latest victim of Vince’s writing army and the next miss on the list of victims.

The answer is obvious. Whether it is Vince, Triple H, the writing army, or the process, something has to change. Everyone always says that Vince signs off on everything so I’ll put the blame there. Vince doesn’t even know who he is writing for anymore. He is completely out of touch with the majority of his fan base and all you need to do is look at the current economics of the company to support that. None of his superstars sans Brock Lesnar invoke any of the passion past top guys both heel and babyface have received from the fans. The creative just isn’t connecting and the lack of successful ascensions (no pun intended, well maybe a little) is all of the evidence you need to see this.

It’s Roman Reigns this year, it will be somebody else next year. Until Vince and his writers learn how to adapt and react instead of dictating to its fans, no new talent will be able to sustain a top spot and that is very disappointing. At some point the creative team needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and accept some accountability. Nothing will happens until the process changes and that is unfortunate for the next “chosen one.”

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Roman Reigns Comments on Getting Booed at the WWE Royal Rumble 2015

January 27, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

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 they want, and that’s cool. They paid their money, they can do whatever they want, they can cheer, they can boo. As long as I can be a part of it and do my thing, I’m smitten, man.

Well that was certainly a much different take than when he was asked about his critics in an interview a few days before the Rumble on CraveOnline.com.

Yeah, I think it’s hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.

The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.

That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.”

Looks like someone got himself a media coach.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Results: Roman Reigns Is Your Royal Rumble Winner

January 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

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 in the match early at #5. Another big spot was Bray, Rowan, and Harper all alone and fighting with each other. The key here is that Rowan wasn’t officially in the match and just came into the ring. Bray dumped Harper and Rowan over the top rope. The Boogeyman was another surprise entrant at #7. Zack Ryder returned to action at #9. Daniel Bryan was in this year at #10. As you could expect the crowd went nuts for Bryan. Diamond Dallas Page showed up as another surprise at #15. Page hit Diamond Cutters on Bray and Fandango. Rusev was next and quickly eliminated DDP. Bray eliminated Bryan right before #16. Wow, didn’t see that one coming! The fans continued chanting for Bryan. Roman Reigns entered at #19 to a lot of boos. What did they expect? The booing grew louder and it got ugly early. Reigns eliminated Stardust and Goldust. Dean Ambrose quieted the crowd entering at #25. Reigns was fairly quiet after his first few minutes in the Rumble. Dolph Ziggler entered at #30 to a big ovation. Big Show knocked out Ziggler with a KO punch. Show and Kane dumped Ziggler over, giving Kane the record for all-time eliminations. Show dumped Bray Wyatt over the top rope leaving the Show, Kane, Ambrose, and Reigns as the Final Four. This went over as well as you’d expect with the crowd. The action was also as slow as you’d expect with Show and Kane in there. Show and Kane dumped Ambrose over. Show and Kane argued and Reigns wound up dumping them both over to a loud chorus of boos. Show and Kane double-teamed Reigns following the match. The Rock hit the ring and helped out his cousin. While the intent was to get Reigns over, the crowd booed Reigns and cheered Rock. Rusev was never eliminated and rolled back into the ring! He didn’t last long as Reigns threw him out to win the match and a date with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

There is a lesson learned here and the lesson here is that WWE Creative doesn’t budge. Unless someone is injured or quits, the WrestleMania booking plans aren’t changing…no matter what. I admit it, I fell for it. I thought things may change yet we are getting the match that we have been hearing about for the last nine months.

The WWE also learned nothing from last year. Reigns was booed out of the building the same way Batista was. I can’t say I blame the crowd as not only did you get Bryan squashed, the finish was probably one of the least exciting Rumble finishes in recent memory. The logic makes no sense. If Triple H is really out for what is best for business, than why do you send Big Show and Kane out to win the match? Is Big Show or Kane vs. Lesnar really best for business?

It will be interesting to see how the WWE reacts to this over the next few weeks. Brock definitely turned babyface with his performance tonight and Reigns was seen by all as the heel, sans his endorsement by The Rock. Will Lesnar go into Mania as the babyface and Reigns the heel or will the company ignore what is likely to be a growing chorus of resentment the same way crowds around the country turned on Batista.

The WWE really dropped the ball here and I don’t know if it was ignorance or intentional. They should have never booked Bryan in the match if that was all they had for him. They should have known the fans would turn. Number two, they should have never booked the Rumble in a city like Philadelphia because I think the east coast fans made it clear last year that they wanted Daniel Bryan. Three, it was fine to eliminate Bryan but to have him come in for such a short time and portray him like a jobber in a city like Philadelphia only made the crowd more irate. Keeping Bryan in the match for a while could have kept the fan negativity to a minimum as opposed to 30 plus minutes. It’s clear that the company sees Bryan as a mid-card star at best right now and it will be a long time before he gets another crack at the main-event and that’s a shame.

The WWE really dropped the ball here and I don’t know if it was ignorance or intentional. They should have never booked Bryan in the match if that was all they had for him. They should have known the fans would turn. Number two, they should have never booked the Rumble in a city like Philadelphia because I think the east coast fans made it clear last year that they wanted Daniel Bryan. Three, it was fine to eliminate Bryan but to have him come in for such a short time and portray him like a jobber in a city like Philadelphia only made the crowd more irate. Keeping Bryan in the match for a while could have kept the fan negativity to a minimum as opposed to 30 plus minutes. It’s clear that the company sees Bryan as a mid-card star at best right now and it will be a long time before he gets another crack at the main-event and that’s a shame.

Brock Lesnar pinned Seth Rollins to retain the WWE world championship. This match was just fantastic. How great was it? A John Cena match got several “This is awesome” chants in Philadelphia. The big spot of the match was Rollins delivering an incredibly high flying elbow onto Lesnar from the top rope to a table. Lesnar was wiped out at that point with Rollins and Cena in the ring. Rollins revered a Cena superplex into a running power bomb into the turnbuckle. Cena had Rollins in an STFU before J and J Security interfered and broke it up. The EMTs brought out a stretcher for Brock at this point. The announcers put it over as if Lesnar’s ribs were broken. J & J and Rollins delivered a triple power bomb onto Cena. Rollins brought the MITB briefcase into the match but was dumped over the top by Cena. Cena took out J & J with a double Attitude Adjustment. Cena hit an AA on Rollins for a two-count. Rollins wound up hitting a curb stomp onto Cena for two. Rollins hit the Phoenix splash and then Lesnar came back into the ring out of nowhere and delivered a couple of German suplexes. Rollins nailed Lesnar a couple of times with the briefcase. Lesnar caught Rollins going for the cub stomp and dropped Rollins on top of the briefcase for an F5 and the win. I would put this up there with arguably Brock’s best match since returning to the WWE.

The result tells me one thing. It tells me Brock is staying and has either re-signed or expected to re-sign with the WWE. My hunch and this is a total guess is that the WWE thought Lesnar was leaving and had Cena booked to win. Plans changed and the parties came to an agreement, yet the WWE didn’t want Cena doing another job to Lesnar so they booked Rollins in the match. This was also a case where getting pinned didn’t hurt Rollins one bit. I think this match actually helped Rollins and elevated him to a main-event player.

Full 2015 Royal Rumble Results and Winners…
Roman Reigns eliminated Rusev to win the 30-Man Royal Rumble match
Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena and Seth Rollins in a Triple threat match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) defeated Paige and Natalya
Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Adam Rose defeated The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)

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Major WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Spoiler

January 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

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 to what he is doing here and will be doing at Mania. Dave Meltzer reported on his F4Wonline.com podcast that Rock is definitely not wrestling Rusev at WrestleMania, so an angle with Rusev is off the table according to the Meltz. It would appear that all other options are on the table.

Meltzer reported that the Rock has been very interested in doing a Rock vs. Brock Lesnar match at a WrestleMania. That would seem to indicate the road Rock is traveling. It may also explain the last minute plans with the Rock. Quite possibly the WWE are convinced that Brock won’t be back for another Mania and thus everyone decided to the pull the trigger on this one. I can’t imagine this one being a last minute idea though only for the reason that Johnson would have had to clear his schedule months ago to make the commitments.

One scenario being talked about is Rock winning the Rumble. There are a lot of open slots left and let’s be honest for a second. Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns were the favorites and I don’t think either of them are at a place to maximize a win. I think Bryan needs some more time left to gather momentum and Reigns just hasn’t progressed as hoped. Rock coming in and winning the Rumble makes a lot of sense and I can’t imagine the Philadelphia crowd booing a victory from the People’s Champion.

This would throw yet another monkey wrench into trying to predict the WWE championship match. Does Brock retain and go to Mania against the Rock for the title? I think the only way that happens is if Brock re-signed. If not, the only payoff I could see is Rock winning the title at Mania only to lose it the same night to Seth Rollins via MITB cash-in. Maybe Rock sticks around for one more match with Rollins but I can’t imagine a scenario where Rock is hanging around as a part-time champion.

It sure looked like Rock and Triple H were heading towards a Mania showdown a few months ago after that SmackDown vignette. I am convinced that the vignette was a build for 32 in Texas. Plus everything appears to be pointing to a Sting vs. Hunter match. If not Brock and Hunter, what else would the Rock do at Mania? I can’t imagine any other scenario, especially if Rusev is off the table.

Regardless of what happens, things have gotten a lot more unpredictable for the 2015 Rumble and that is a great thing. The addition of The Rock and endless possibilities are turning into this one of the most anticipated Rumbles in Rumble history.

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Roman Reigns Talks Haters and WWE Royal Rumble

January 23, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

“That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.”

Roman Reigns has been groomed by the WWE to be the next John Cena of the company. Reigns is certainly following along that path as the superstar is starting to hear his fair share of boos. The difference between Reigns and Cena is that Roman is just a wee bit more sensitive about them.

Wow is all I can say after reading this interview with Reigns. Part of being the next face of the company requires Reigns to be a media pro. Reigns will be expected to give many interviews in that spot and I think it is pretty safe to say he could use some media training. If this interview is any indication of Roman will handle the pressure of that top spot I think it is safe to say that he isn’t ready.

Reigns talked to Crave about these “haters” and the possible fan reaction he could get at the Royal Rumble if he wins over Daniel Bryan. Roman says it is okay because the only people that hate him are people that don’t wrestle…you know the people that buy the product.

Yeah, I think it’s hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.

The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.

What a terrible answer. Reigns is essentially telling the world that the only people who hate him are non-wrestlers and he really doesn’t care about them. Call me crazy but that reads to me as if Reigns is saying he doesn’t care what fans think nor respect them. It is fairly evident that the Rumble scenario is in his head and it’s getting the better of him.

This really is a problem. Sure you could say that I am making a big deal out of one interview but this is a guy that will be expected to handle a lot more pressure than the Philadelphia crowd at the Royal Rumble. If this guy is already melting down at this stage of the game, the WWE really needs to rethink its strategy moving forward with Reigns.

Reigns also talked a bit about setting the record in last year’s Rumble match for eliminations.

The first thing was “Man, my hair is so poofy right now. Why’s it so dried out?” Then I was thinking well, I’ve been in there for thirty minutes and that’s what happens and you can’t hold that moisture, man. I was just taking in the moment. It was a cool situation. The fans as usual, WWE Universe, they are extremely vocal. They’re unlike any crowd in the world and they were on fire that night so to just have that moment and feel that rumble, it’s a real thing. The crowd when it starts to come up, you can feel the ring shaking when they start stomping their feet and making that noise. It was just a surreal moment to see myself and Dave in there as the final two.

You can check out the entire interview over at Crave.com.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions and Preview

January 23, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Royal Rumble is my favorite event of the year. There is nothing more exciting and in some years more unpredictable than the Rumble match. The 2015 event should be no different with an unpredictable Rumble and main-event.

The Rumble has been hot and cold in recent years. Last year’s Rumble was a lot more fun than people give it credit for. Unfortunately it was marred by the fan reaction to Batista being the odds on favorite to win at the height of the Yes Movement. Even Stone Cold Steve Austin jokingly said on his podcast that he would have gladly made an appearance to help diffuse some of the heat. That is what make this year’s Rumble so damned fascinating.

The 2015 Royal Rumble is essentially a two-match show. The WWE championship match and the Rumble match are it. The 30-man Rumble winner will go on to WrestleMania 31 and challenge the WWE champion for the title. Who either man will be is a complete toss-up at this point. Since I would venture to guess the majority of you reading this blog are only interested in those two matches, I will keep this preview to the main-event matches only.

WWE world championship: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat Match
This is arguably the most unpredictable WWE championship match in years. Not at any point in recent memory do I recall a WWE world title headliner with three guys where the result could wind up in any direction. It is very rare for the title to change hands at the Rumble, yet there has never been a title match at a Rumble with these circumstances.

Brock Lesnar is a lame duck champion. Lesnar’s contract has been reported to expire shortly after WrestleMania. That is not anything new for Lesnar, who has always had his contracts come due right after Mania. However, in previous years it was expected that Lesnar would re-sign and stick around for another 1-2 years. This year is much different.

Lesnar is rumored to be returning to the UFC after his contract expires. Regardless of whether he stays with the WWE or goes back to UFC, one thing is clear. Lesnar will be letting his contract expire in order to negotiate the best deal after Mania. With Bellator MMA now in the mix, Lesnar has the opportunity to make a lot of money. Unfortunately for the WWE, the economics are such that is really doesn’t make much sense for them to outbid UFC and Bellator. Thus unless Lesnar is simply bluffing and can’t fight again due to health issues, the WWE is the least likely suitor to sign Brock.

With most wrestling fans knowing that Brock is leaving, the WWE wants to avoid a situation like WrestleMania 20. While I don’t think it’s a problem if Lesnar comes to Mania as a lame duck champion, it is highly unlikely WWE takes that chance. Thus I see Lesnar as the least favorite of these three guys to walk out of Philadelphia as WWE champion.

The match is set up for Cena to get his win back. Cena is down 0-2 to Lesnar in the current WWE title series. The mentality of the guys in the WWE is to not let Lesnar beat Cena again if he is leaving. I think Cena gets his win back here in what will be an ugly situation in Philadelphia. As someone who has attended Philadelphia WWE shows going back to 1982, guys like John Cena aren’t very popular in this town.

Enter Seth Rollins. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Rollins was booked in the match late. I think there is a reason for it and the reason isn’t for Rollins to leave Philly belt-less. I think that WWE Creative realized Lesnar was leaving, realized that Cena had to beat him, and realized they didn’t want either Cena or Lesnar coming to Mania as the champion. It was time to pull the trigger on Rollins.

I think Cena wins the match and is destroyed by Lesnar after the match. I think Rollins takes advantage of a downed Cena, cashes in his Money in the Bank, and beats Cena for the title. The Philadelphia audience would eat it up, which isn’t necessarily a good thing since Rollins is a heel. Regardless, I think Rollins cashes in and leaves Philadelphia with the title on January 25.

The 30 Man Royal Rumble

I published a blog last week with my predictions so I won’t deviate too much from it. I went with Daniel Bryan as the favorite to win in my blog, with Roman Reigns being my second choice. That said, this year’s Rumble is probably the most unpredictable in ages and that is a very good thing. Nobody likes a predictable Rumble, just ask the fans in Pittsburgh about it.

The working plan for the last year has been to give Reigns the Rumble win and have him beat Lesnar for the WWE world title at WrestleMania 31, taking his place as the next face of the company. Unfortunately for Reigns and fortunately for fans like us who don’t like predictable Rumbles, a lot has changed. Bryan is back sooner than people thought, Reigns has not gotten over nearly as much as the company thought he would by this point (he was far more over last year at this time), and Lesnar is a lame duck champion. It was time to call an audible.

This really could go either way in regards to Reigns or Bryan. I know a lot of fans are saying that Bryan has to win or the fans will revolt. Well, I am not entirely sure about that because guys like Reigns play pretty well in Philadelphia. I don’t sense the Yes Movement being as strong as it was before Bryan left, but that would certainly change with a win in Philadelphia. I also think Bryan vs. Rollins would deliver a lot more than Reigns vs. Rollins in a Mania headliner.

I am going to stick with my Bryan prediction although I would not be surprised to see Reigns win. I think that WWE Creative can be pretty stubborn as was the case last year with Batista. Whether they learned their lesson or are too arrogant to recognize it is the bigger question. I tend to think that these guys are pretty arrogant and will do what they want. Remember, without Punk leaving it is highly likely Bryan would have never gotten that spot vs. Triple H and thus the title match. I do predict that it will come down to Bryan vs. Reigns in the Final Two which could make the final few minutes some of the most intense and fun in Rumble history.

Yet I think it ends with Bryan winning and a hell of a main-event in San Jose.

Full 2015 Royal Rumble Card and Matches…
30-Man Royal Rumble match
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a Triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Paige and Natalya vs. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella)
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Adam Rose in a Six-man tag team elimination match
The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)

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Manny Pacquiao Becomes a WWE Wrestler

January 23, 2015 By: Category: Boxing, Humor, Sports, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Check out this fun video from the website Funny or Die featuring boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The video shows Manny training to be a pro wrestler, including developing a gimmick including getting training by Garry Shandling. This is great stuff…unless you take your pro wrestling seriously. Lucky for Manny it’s not 1979.

Hey, if the Floyd Mayweather fight falls through it looks like Manny has another big pay day opportunity. I have to believe that WWE officials are salivating this morning over this video and the WrestleMania angle they can write off of this. Floyd did it, why not Manny?

WWE Tough Enough Returning to the USA Network

January 22, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

One of my favorite WWE shows is coming back to television. Tough Enough will be back for a new season and will air on the USA network. The show will take a different twist on the contest, with hopes to finally produce a true superstar.

USA Network announced that the show will be coming back after WrestleMania. The show is scheduled to be an hour and will likely air after RAW. Unlike the last season, the show is expected to have a different twist on the competition. One of the rumors circulating is that the contest will feature strictly wrestlers currently under a developmental deal with the winner being evaluated to the main roster.

The biggest question I have is whether Stone Cold Steve Austin will be back. To me, Austin’s promos at the end of every Tough Enough last season were some of the best in the wrestling business. Austin was a show stealer and his promos blew away anything the WWE had on TV then or even now. Dave Meltzer reports that Austin was expected to come back, however Austin’s name has not been mentioned thus far by the USA Network.

The reboot comes after the show was canceled shortly before production last year. The show was scheduled to return as an exclusive to the WWE Network. Once the Network subscriptions didn’t meet expectations, the show was cancelled as a cost-cutter. The show was scheduled to be taped at the developmental center. Those plans appear to remain intact.

As great of a show as Tough Enough can be, the show has a horrible track record when it comes to winners. Last year’s winner Andy Levine struggled in developmental and was shortly gone after violating the WWE Wellness Policy. The biggest stars to come out of the show have ironically been cast members that didn’t win. In one of the craziest bits or irony, Cameron is without a doubt the biggest star to come out of the last season. It’s ironic because Austin made a mockery of her before eliminating her in the first week of the show. Yep, the first wrestler eliminated was wrestling on WrestleMania a few years later. The Miz and Ryback are also former Tough Enough castoffs that didn’t win their seasons.

Meltzer also reported that there are ads on Craigslist.org looking for independent wrestlers to try out for the show. That would appear to be a conflict with the plan of using WWE developmental talent. Meltzer also reports that talent close to graduating to the main roster will not be on the show. I can understand the idea of the WWE skewing the odds of getting a good winner by placing all of their talent in the cast. I just hope this isn’t presented as if these are guys and girls walking in off of the streets, insulting our intelligence.

Quite frankly I don’t care how the contest is run as long as Steve Austin is back. Let’s make that happen USA and WWE!

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