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Ronda Rousey Could Be Headlining WWE WrestleMania 32

March 30, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The worlds of WWE and the UFC have converged once again. This time these two juggernauts are spinning around the axis of Ronda Rousey. What’s next for the UFC champ after locking up the arm of the Billion Dollar Princess?

Rousey has been hanging around the WWE for several months now, so seeing Rousey at ringside cheering for her friends at WrestleMania 31 was expected. Seeing Rousey inside of the WWE ring judo-tossing one of the members of the Board of Directors was not. Where in the world is this going and how this story will end is what everyone is talking about today.

The latest reports coming out are that Rousey’s appearance inside of the ring at a WrestleMania will not be isolated to San Francisco. Most reports are putting Rousey back in a WrestleMania ring next year in Dallas, Texas at 32. While everything is just pure speculation at this point, Rousey headlining WrestleMania 32 would be Vince McMahon’s biggest coup since signing Mike Tyson in 1998.

Dave Meltzer reported on his F4WOnline.com podcast that Rousey is expected to be a part of WrestleMania 32. Dave reports that it is pure speculation right now but Rousey will either be in Rock’s corner vs. Triple H or teaming with Rock against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Just having Ronda on the show will be huge, but actually getting her in a wrestling ring is a great start in making WrestleMania 32 the biggest ever.

The plan going into next year is to make WrestleMania 32 the biggest Mania of all-time. I wasn’t sure how you did that a week ago with the current roster. Yet the picture is much clearer today with Ronda in the mix and Brock re-signed. The WWE will have a lot of seats to fill in Jerry World and the intrigue of seeing the most popular UFC star teaming with the most popular pro wrestling star certainly doesn’t hurt.

The wild card here has always been Dana White. The UFC president has been adamant against his fighters doing pro wrestling. Even undercard guys like Tom Lawlor can’t wrestle in a pro wrestling ring. Vince McMahon has tried to make deals with White in the past. The most well-known was back when Brock was UFC champion and he wanted to book Brock vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania. White shut that down and even invitation from Vince for White to “fight” McMahon at Mania. Why has the UFC president shifted his position all of the sudden?

I think it benefits everyone. The UFC is at a place now where there will be no confusion with fans seeing one of its biggest stars doing pro wrestling. The UFC is also coming off of a disappointing year. While 2015 has been great thus far for the company, there aren’t a whole lot of big fights left on the horizon. Anderson Silva and GSP are probably done, at least in 2015. He already saw the kind of money Brock drew with pro wrestling fans. Bringing those same fans back to watch Ronda is a stroke of genius on his part.

The UFC has to be getting something here. It can’t be purely money or this deal would have been done years ago. My first thought was CM Punk. Punk hates the WWE and he isn’t coming back. However, maybe White uses the WWE to promote Punk’s UFC debut? Maybe the WWE offer up footage for the UFC to use to promote Punk? My hunch and it is only a hunch, is that somehow this is paid off with Punk. I wouldn’t expect to see Punk on WWE television promoting his fight but you never know. Stranger things have happened but that one would be really strange.

At the end of the day Vince McMahon got his man and his woman. He re-signed Brock and was able to do the unthinkable and that is get Ronda Rousey in a WWE ring at WrestleMania. It’s a win-win for everyone and it will only get better as we get closed to WrestleMania 32.

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WrestleMania XXXI: General Thoughts on a Super Night in the Bay Area

March 30, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I never saw it coming. One of the best WrestleMania events wrestling fans have ever been witness to took place last night. After the worry of a less than stellar showing by some of the participants on the card, this one will go down as not only one of the greatest ever planned, but maybe the most surprising ever to take place.

And for the record, I am glad I was wrong about many of my posts leading up to Sunday evening. This one was better than advertised. Now, the WWE can move forward with three new title holders and the future looking as bright as the west coast sunrise.

The win by Seth Rollins was the perfect foil to what was a solid match by both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. While I saw the title change coming and hoped Rollins would so how lasso the title away in the main event, the injection of the Money in the Bank winner was still worth its weight in WWE gold. Mike Mooneyham, wrestling guru and columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier wrote on his Twitter account, “As I mentioned in today’s column and on several shows over weekend, Rollins cashing in was going to happen either tonight or Monday on Raw.”

He was dead correct. (https://twitter.com/ByMikeMooneyham). And it was also a case where another Ring of Honor alum became the ring leader of the WWE’s circus.

The swerve by Vince McMahon and the creative team also sets up some interesting scenarios for Extreme Rules in 27 days in Chicago – and no there will not be any CM Punk references in the 26 days leading to the next pay-per-view event.

Rollins’ win also clearly defines the WWE’s plan to move forward with rising stars. Daniel Bryan and John Cena have already reached the apex of the mountain and are in a positon to solidify the mid card with their wins Sunday. I still see Bryan as a potential contender for the WWE World Title, but that is somewhere down the line. Title unification is still a real possibility for SummerSlam and should be pushed as part of the focus of the company moving forward.

Here are some other quick observations…

The Rock and Triple H will happen

The long, drawn out dialogue between the two superstars and the addition of MMA star Ronda Rousey has to mean something. I have thought about Rousey as a WWE target in the past (by the way, she looked really good on camera). The potential match with her and Stephanie McMahon is a joke, but hey, this is professional wrestling.

Sting and Triple H had a match that was pretty good even without the additions of the DX and New World Order clans. Seeing all the former greats in the ring or ringside was worth it, but in the end, all Sting did was job for Triple H. That really sucks.

The Intercontinental Champion Ladder Match was phenomenal despite the predicted outcome

I wonder who now challenges Daniel Bryan. Wade Barrett should get another title shot, but the seven competitors could face each other again in a match perfect for Extreme Rules.

John Cena’s match against Rusev showed all of us that the WWE cannot live without their cash cow

I am pissed the company took a great angle and squashed it. There will be a rematch, and hopefully Rusev will regain his title, sans Lana.

The Bray Wyatt-Undertaker match was more impressive than I thought

Undertaker came to fight and although he still looked 50 years old at times, the Deadman proved he could still spar with the best of them. While Wyatt lost the match, he is certainly over in the minds of the WWE fans as the next face of evil and one hell of a performer.

Overall I give this pay-per-view an 8 out of 10.

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WWE WrestleMania 31 Results: Seth Rollins Cashes In, Ronda Rousey Appears

March 29, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Seth Rollins WrestleMania 31Expectations for WrestleMania 31 may have been low, yet the show will go down as one of the most exciting in recent years. This year’s event was packed with surprises ranging from surprise appearances and a new WWE world champion that wasn’t even scheduled in the match.

Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become the new WWE world champion. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fought a grueling match for about fifteen minutes. A bloody Brock and beaten Reigns were down when Rollins cashed in to make it a Triple Threat Match. Rollins came in and curb stomped Brock but wound up getting Rollins up for the F5. Reigns speared Brock as he held Rollins. Rollins popped up, hit a curb stomp on Reigns and pinned Reigns to win the title.

The booking was excellent and while many predicted Rollins would cash in, nobody predicted it would go down in this fashion. Quite honestly I never knew you could cash in the briefcase during the match. I think it was the right move at the right time. Putting Reigns over would have been a mistake. He was booed more than any other babyface tonight including John Cena. The crowd just isn’t buying him right now. It was also time to take the title off of Lesnar. I don’t know what would marketable match would be next for him if he steamrolled another opponent. Now the WWE can go with Rollins vs. Reigns through August and Rollins vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam for the title.

But that may not be the biggest surprise of the event. The biggest surprise was getting UFC Ronda Rousey in the ring for what appears to be the start of her pro wrestling career. Rousey got physical with both Stephanie McMahon and Triple H to set up what looks like to be a mixed-tag team match with Rousey and the Rock vs. Hunter and Stephanie. Rock came out as a surprise and interrupted a promo with the Authority. Stephanie slapped him and challenged him to hit a woman. He went to ringside and got a woman who “would hit a woman.” Steph told Ronda to get out of her ring, Ronda wound up putting an arm bar on Steph and stood tall with Rock. Rousey was great and the fans absolutely loved her. They were chanting her name before she even got into the ring.

It does appear that Rock and Rousey will tag up against Hunter and Stephanie next year at WrestleMania 32. The WWE were looking for something big for AT&T Stadium and the dream team of Rousey and Rock may do it. They are already generating a ton of mainstream media buzz. I have to hand it to the WWE. They have wanted Rousey for a while now and they pulled off quite a coup to get her. UFC president Dana White has been adamant against fighters doing pro wrestling for years, including prohibiting Brock wrestling Undertaker when Brock was UFC champion. Obviously he has acquiesced and my bet is that the compromise will be WWE promoting CM Punk’s UFC debut. I have no idea whether that is the case or not, but Dana had to get something big in return for Rousey wrestling on WrestleMania.

Triple H defeated Sting in a pretty fun match. It wasn’t the best match on the card and really hurt following what I thought was a fantastic Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins match. But Sting looked great, the fans ate it up, and we got some fun surprises here. The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac came out to help Triple H and were countered by the n.W.o. group of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. The match ended with Shawn Michaels coming out of nowhere to hit Sting with Sweet Chin Music. Triple H eventually got the pin after using the broken top of a sledgehammer. Everyone hugged after the match signifying the official end of the Monday Night War.

John Cena beat Rusev to win the US title. I am stunned by the decision here. I have no problem with Cena but I think Rusev should have remained unbeaten until he lost to the WWE champion. I think the WWE could have had something with Rusev against either Brock or the WWE champion and while those could still do business, it’s not the same. Rusev ran into Lana inadvertently at the end of the match. Lana was selling her ankle and Rusev yelled at her and walked out.

Undertaker beat Bray Wyatt. I’d say that Undertaker looked a lot better than last year. He moved much better and it was fun seeing him back in the ring. That said, the match was pretty mundane. That could be that I had already watched four hours of wrestling up to that point and just got out of what seemed like an hour-long segment with Rock and Rousey vs. the Authority. I should note that Undertaker was shown in the commercial promoting WrestleMania 32.

Other notes: Daniel Bryan won gold again at WrestleMania. Bryan won the intercontinental title in the Ladder Match. This was a real fun match and probably one of the better Mania openers. This was a pretty crazy match but it was Bryan and Dolph Ziggler who stole it in my opinion. Randy Orton pinned Seth Rollins in what I’d dare say was one of the best Mania matches on the card. I loved the match and it obviously sets up Orton challenging Rollins at some point coming off of the clean pin.

Overall I would call this one of the best Mania cards top to bottom in some time. The show had a ton of surprise and the pace was fast throughout the night. Five hours of wrestling is a lot of wrestling in one sitting but it really didn’t catch up until the Wyatt vs. Taker match at around 10 PM. I’d highly recommend checking out the show if you haven’t already. For a show with low expectations, this one could go down top to bottom as one of the all-time best in Mania history.

Full WWE WrestleMania 31 results and winners…
Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match to win the  WWE World Heavyweight Title
John Cena defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Title
Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Stardust, and Bad News Barrett in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
Triple H defeated Sting
AJ Lee and Paige defeated The Bella Twins
Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins
The Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt
The Big Show won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd  defeated The Usos, Los Matadores, and Big E and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal 4 Way to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles

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CCB Exclusive! Roman Reigns Talks WWE WrestleMania 31, Boos, Brock Re-Signing, and More

March 29, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns WrestleMania 31 InterviewRoman Reigns is heading into his first WrestleMania main-event Sunday night as he’ll be challenging WWE world champion Brock Lesnar. Reigns took a small detour on the way to WrestleMania 31 and stopped by the Camel Clutch to speak about WrestleMania 31 and a lot more in this CCB exclusive.

Roman Reigns will be one of a very few WWE superstars on Sunday to make his WrestleMania singles debut in the main-event. Reigns will earn that honor on Sunday amidst more controversy and criticism from Daniel Bryan fans and media. Facing more pressure than anyone in the industry, Reigns remains cool, confident, and prepared to prove the doubters wrong and conquer the challenge of Brock Lesnar.

Reigns was gracious enough to give me some time just days before the big match in conjunction with a SNICKERS “Who Are You When You’re Hungry?” contest. We hit on several hot topics including the pressure of making that historic WrestleMania leap on Sunday, the booing, thoughts on the Mania card, his Mania dream match, Brock Lesnar re-signing, and more in this CCB exclusive.

You are just days away from headlining WrestleMania 31 against Brock Lesnar for the WWE world championship. What is the pressure like to have your first WrestleMania singles match in the WrestleMania main-event?

Well you know if we’re going to call it pressure I’d say it’s exciting. I’m pumped! This is an opportunity of a lifetime. You know you can’t write stories like this, well I guess you can. It just feels real good, it’s great to be out here on the west coast in San Francisco in the San Jose area. I was at Levis Stadium yesterday just looking around, I got to tour their facilities and everything. It’s just an awesome opportunity and I couldn’t be any happier.

Coming from a family with Sika, Rikishi, the Rock, have you gotten any advice from your family, peers, or other veterans about the WrestleMania main-event experience?

Absolutely and that is something that I am so fortunate to have are those resources that you kind of just tapped into there. For me it’s all about gaining as much experience as fast as I can so with my family I am just communicate and talk, ask questions. It seems like the consensus is to just live in the moment, have fun, and regardless of whatever happens this is the biggest opportunity I am ever going to have so just live in it, practice humility, and just represent our family.

Has the booing gotten to you at all?

It’s one of those things, it does a little bit. I am not going to lie. I care a lot about what I do, I have a deep passion for wrestling, sports entertainment, and just performing in front of a live crowd in general. So obviously you want things to be positive and support you but at the same time I really firmly believe that the fans, they have a choice, they pay their hard-earned money, it’s their opinion, and we live in a great country where you can voice that so it’s on them. No matter what happens I’m going to work my butt off, I’m going to go out there and perform to the best of my ability and the rest will take care of itself.

Are there any other matches you are looking forward to watching at WrestleMania 31?

“I am. That’s the great part of WrestleMania, it’s the grandest stage of them all. Some of the best matchups, it’s not like other sports where it’s just one game. There’s so many different games being played and with that being said I’m really pumped for Triple H and Sting. I have to say that there’s another unique opportunity for a younger talent in Bray Wyatt taking on the Undertaker and as we saw last year the beast Brock Lesnar broke the streak so I am very curious to see how Undertaker bounces back, how he uses his wisdom and his experience to get back on track. With that being said the younger guys, the I-C ladder match is going to be as physical as there is going to be a matchup for WrestleMania.

What is a WrestleMania dream match of yours against anyone past or present?

I’m doing it man, it’s happening for me this year, Brock Lesnar the beast incarnate, a guy who carries so much respect not only in the UFC world but in sports entertainment world as well and just such a great athlete, he’s a proven competitor, I’m looking forward to showing what I can do and proving my abilities.

What is it about the Samoan blood, the intangible that has made not only so many good pro wrestlers, but successful professional wrestlers?

Well thank you for that, I think the main thing is it’s our blood. We have it in us, that intensity, that aggression we can tap into, I think it’s extremely believable. It’s something we are able to get lost in and I think not only for myself I am able to do it but there’s going to be a long line of more family members of mine coming up. If there is one thing we can do is reproduce.

I tell a story about being scared as a kid after watching an interview with the Wild Samoans. What was it like for you to bring your friends to your house and meet your father (Sika the Wild Samoan)?

It was awesome, you know like you said it’s a bit of a scary persona and a larger than life out there persona. A lot of times when I’d bring friends over or other kids from the neighborhood they’d be really shocked at just how laid back and cool he was. Most of the time when you come off of the road you’re tired so he’d just be super calm. The big thing is when you’re the only kid with a wrestling ring in your backyard, that’s a huge distraction so I think he could have been just terrifying but they’d still love him because he had a wrestling ring in his backyard.

Did you ever consider MMA along your trajectory to the WWE?

You know I didn’t. One thing I am kind of throughout my sports days is I never got into amateur wrestling. Growing up in Pensacola, Florida football and baseball were kind of the big sports and what I was pushed to do. Amateur wrestling never popped up and I thought that would have been a really nice segue as I got older into the Mixed-Martial Arts so I’m a little bummed I didn’t ever get to dabble in that side of athletics but I think my path happened for a reason and I am pretty happy where I am at.

Roman’s thoughts on Brock Lesnar re-signing with the WWE.

“I think it’s great, I think it’s great. Anytime we can lock down top talent, Brock is a proven veteran, he’s been in the ring and he’s performed at the highest levels and he’s going to do so again Sunday so I think it’s awesome and it’s just another guarantee that he’s going to show up Sunday.”

Can you talk about the SNICKERS “Who Are You When You’re Hungry?” contest?

That’s something that I am very proud to be a part of, to partner up with SNICKERS you know that’s the question. Who are you when you’re hungry? As we know anything can happen when you’re hungry so for me I was able to show a different side than most people were expecting, a bit of a questionable, insecure side of me and you take one bite and everything’s better and you can see it in the commercial where I snapped out of it, a bit of a kick-out if you will, and I was back to the regular me.

Your personal favorite match up to this point in your career?

You know there’s been a lot. I tend to favor the ones that are on the higher level or the more prestigious matches which are usually on a pay-per-view or a WrestleMania setting. With that being said I think thus far it’d have to be either the SummerSlam match against Randy Orton or the Fastlane match against Daniel Bryan. They were both awesome matches, great guys to compete against, and hopefully they’ll be many more down the road.

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WWE Hall Of Fame 2015 Ceremony Videos and Ring Presentation

March 29, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Hall of Fame 2015The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame will go down was one of the most emotional ceremonies in recent memory. Tributes to the late Randy Savage and Connor “The Crusher” left plenty of tears while Kevin Nash and Madusa provided the laughs and entertainment.

The entire ceremony was streamed live on the WWE Network. You really can’t beat the bargain of getting the entire ceremony and WrestleMania 31 for less than ten bucks. If you decided to pass on the Network, the WWE You Tube channel provided a compilation of speeches and moments including Vince McMahon presenting the class with their Hall of Fame rings.

The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class….

  • Kevin Nash
  • “Macho Man” Randy Savage
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Rikishi
  • Tatsumi Fujinami
  • The Bushwhackers
  • Alundra Blayze
  • Larry Zbyszko
  • Connor “The Crusher” Michalek

Check out the playlist of videos below along with the entire ceremony on the WWE Network…for just $9.99. It’s a great way to kill four hours today as you count down to Mania!

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WWE SmackDown Results and March 26 Recap

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

This week, SmackDown emanates from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This is the “go-home” show before Wrestlemania XXXI, so don’t expect much.

MATCH 1-FATAL 4-WAY MATCH: JIMMY USO (W/NAOMI AND JEY USO) VS. BIG E (W/XAVIER WOODS) VS. FERNANDO (W/DIEGO AND EL TORITO) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION CESARO (W/TYSON KIDD AND NATALYA)
This is a preview of the fatal 4-way for the tag titles that will take place on the WM kickoff show. The four start off attacking each other in opposite corners until E and Jimmy are left standing. They duck shots from each other, and collide with Cesaro & Fernando in opposite corners. Looks like tag rules are not in effect here. Jimmy chops Cesaro as Fernando is hit with an overhead belly-to-belly from E. He does the same to Jimmy, then throws Cesaro into the other two, hitting the trio with a corner attack. He gorilla presses Cesaro into Jimmy, then hits Fernando with a belly-to-belly. He hits the Warrior Splash on Fernando for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. E sends him to the floor, then turns around into a reverse dragon whip from Jimmy. Jimmy goes for a suicide dive, but Fernando intercepts him with a dropkick before hitting a suicide dive on E and Cesaro outside. Jimmy then takes his turn, wiping out all three. He rolls Cesaro in, then goes up top for the Samoan Splash. E stops him, and Cesaro knocks him to the floor with a European uppercut. Cesaro dropkicks E off the apron, then nails Fernando on the apron with punches before going for the lifting superplex. Jimmy climbs up to the middle rope as well, while E comes in from behind with a German suplex, taking all three down in a variation of the “Tower of Doom” spot. He covers Fernando, but only gets 2. Fernando comes back with a complete shot/DDT combo on Jimmy and E for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. Cesaro boots Fernando, then runs into a pair of boots in the corner. He catches Fernando off a dive and hits the Cesaro Swing before catapulting Fernando into Jimmy. He then does the same thing to E before going for the Neutralizer. Fernando breaks it up with a Backstabber, and E looks for the Big Ending on Cesaro. He hits it, but only after Jimmy nails him in the face with a superkick, putting both men down in the process. Fernando tosses Jimmy to the apron, but Jimmy backdrops him to the floor. He heads up top and hits Cesaro with the Samoan Splash for 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

In the main event, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry will take on Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, the Big Show and Kane in an 8-man tag team match.

What comes next, like ever year, is craploads of filler, emanating from Wrestlemania Axxess.

Back to the arena, AJ Lee is in the ring. The fans have known her for a long time. They’ve seen her as a diva, a GM, everyone’s girlfriend, and the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history. She loves that belt, and so does Paige. On RAW, the Bellas used that love to turn them on each other. It worked, but because of that, at Wrestlemania, she’s going to step up to the plastic mannequins, and she is going to beat them. The only question she has is whether she’s doing it alone. Paige, whether you want to join her at WM is entirely up to you.

Paige comes out and says she loves how Lee wants to skip past RAW, but she’s not fooling anyone. It’s been a year since the day after last WM when Paige beat Lee for the title, and she knows Lee doesn’t want Paige to have it back. Lee says it’s not about that. She wants the belt, and when she wants something, she gets it. But now is the time for WM, and as long as they are threatening each other, they are no threat to the Bellas. Paige agrees, but how does she know if this isn’t another one of Lee’s tricks? Lee says it’s because she hates losing. Paige is the same way. She’s weird, crazy and stubborn as hell, and she also hates losing. That is why they can’t let the Kardashians win at WM. Paige agrees, says to ditch the “frenemies” thing and become actual tag team partners.

The Bella Tw*ts come out, and my ears are already bleeding. Nikki calls them names and says Lee is a manipulator, but that won’t help them win. Brie says they have a bond that can’t be broken. She’ll always forgive her sister, because they’re sisters. Nikki says these two desperately want the title, and we all know if Lee gets it, she’ll never defend it. Brock Lesnar showed up for work more times last year. Nikki says she has been running the division since Lee has been on vacation. These two remind her of every other diva in the locker room, trying to be them. Brie says everyone wants to be a Bella, and I throw up in my mouth. Lee says that they’re right: everyone wants to be failed, D-list actors like these two. I’ve mentioned I love AJ Lee right? Okay, good. Nikki responds with the most brilliant retort ever: “Not a failed actress, no.” Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Paige says they don’t want to be the Bellas because they prefer to be freaks, geeks, widows, misfits and oddballs. Most of all, they prefer being the ones that can be themselves. Lee says they are what real women look like, and at WM, they are going to kick the Bellas asses. Nikki says she prefers no labels, but a real woman prefers to let her actions do the talking, so why don’t you garblegarblegarble? Brie pretends to hold her back, then makes some stupid comment about how being held back makes them real women and calls Paige/Lee bitches.

Holy lord, the Bellas are worthless. Every time I think they’ve gotten as worthless as they possibly could, they outdo themselves.

More filler.

MATCH 2: JOHN CENA, MARK HENRY, DANIEL BRYAN AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY), THE BIG SHOW, KANE AND BRAY WYATT
Reigns is getting Cena-levels of boos. Reigns starts with Rollins, with Rollins ducking a lock-up attempt. He then applies a side headlock before Reigns breaks free and hits a shoulderblock. Rollins throws Reigns to the corner and stomps him down, only to have Reigns hit him with a running clothesline. He follows up with a series of short corner clotheslines, misses a short-arm, then hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Rollins counters an arm wringer with a jawbreaker, then tags in Wyatt, who knocks Reigns down with an uppercut. Reigns comes back with a back elbow, then throws Wyatt to the corner for some kicks. Wyatt gets whipped across the ring, where he backdrops Reigns to the apron. Reigns lands on his feet and hits a hotshot before nailing Wyatt with the apron dropkick. Wyatt tags out to Kane, who shoulders Reigns off the ropes. He nails an uppercut, misses a clothesline and gets hit with one by Reigns. Reigns hits a couple uppercuts, hits a boot out of the corner, then lands a flying clothesline from the middle for 2. Kane tags out to Show, and now Henry is begging for a tag. Reigns obliges. The two big men trade punches before Show hits a shoulder off the ropes, then nails a big body blow before throwing Henry to the corner for a hip attack. Wyatt back in, and he drops a couple elbows before peppering Henry with rights. Rollins in, and he stomps Henry down. He screams in Henry’s face, leading Henry to shove him away. Kane tags in before Henry can tag out and stomps Henry some more. In the corner, Kane hits a straight right, then tags out to Show. Show hits a big chop, but Henry starts fighting back with punches. Off the ropes, Show connects with a big side kick, then walks over Henry before draping him on the bottom rope. Show stands on Henry’s back as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Cena and Wyatt are now legal, with Cena hitting a Proto-Plex. He connects with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, then looks for the AA. Kane tries to interfere, but gets knocked to the floor. Cena turns his attention back to Wyatt, who runs through Cena with a flying back elbow. Show tags in, and he drops Cena with a bodyslam. Kane in, and he hits an uppercut before stomping Cena down. On a side note, watching the new Road is Jericho DVD (review coming soon) and watching him work with Kane back in 2000 or so, you realize what a lazy slob Kane has turned into in the years since. Back to the match, Kane locks in a front chancery, and Cena is trying to power his way to his corner for a tag. Kane muscles him across the ring back to his own corner, where Rollins tags in. Rollins stomps Cena down, then distracts the ref as Wyatt nails a cheap shot. Cena fights back as Rollins talks trash, and now the two are trading punches. Cena ducks a clothesline and goes for the AA. Rollins lands on his feet, kicks Cena and hits him with an Asai DDT for 2. In the corner again, Wyatt tags in and beats Cena down. He hits the running senton for 2, then goes for it again. Cena moves on the second attempt, and is now crawling for the tag. Rollins tags in and cuts Cena off with a sleeper. Cena fights back to his feet, so Rollins jumps on his back with a bodyscissors. Cena rams him back-first into the buckles to break it up, then collapses. He looks for a tag, but Rollins stops him with a botched blockbuster for 2. Rollins tags out to Show, who then boots Henry off the apron. Show goes to the middle rope for a Vader Bomb, but Cena dodges it by rolling to the apron. Cena rolls himself back in and begins to crawl, only to have Rollins tag in and cut him off yet again. He charges at Cena, but gets backdropped to the floor. Cena dives for the tag and gets Bryan, who ducks a Rollins clothesline and knocks the rest of the heels of the apron. Rollins sends him into the corner, Bryan backflips off, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He connects with a corner dropkick, then sets Rollins up for a super hurricanrana. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks and goes for the Buzzsaw, but stops when J&J jump on the apron. Bryan dispatches of them quickly, only to turn around into a Ghetto Blaster by Rollins. Show looks for a tag as Reigns does the same. Show tags in first and knocks Reigns off the apron as Henry gets back up. He goes for the chokeslam on Bryan, only to have Reigns enter the ring and nail him with a Superman Punch. Wyatt comes in and goes for Sister Abigail, but Reigns shoves him off and hits the spear. Kane comes for a chokeslam, so Reigns escapes and hits another spear. He connects with a corner clothesline on Show, and Henry comes in to hit Show with an avalanche. Cena in with the AA, and Bryan caps it off with the running knee for 3.

WINNERS: DANIEL BRYAN, JOHN CENA, MARK HENRY AND ROMAN REIGNS

End of show.

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WWE WrestleMania 31 Predictions and Preview

March 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WrestleMania 31 is finally here and the big event will go down this Sunday March 29. The WWE card is arguably the most shallow in years, yet there are a few matches to get excited about. Topping last year’s event will be a heavy feat yet the lineup has the potential to certainly exceed expectations.

The beauty of this year’s WrestleMania show for WWE management is that expectations are probably lower than they have been in years. There is no real dream match or scenario to get excited about nor is there a compelling storyline that has fans waiting for a conclusion. Yet the roster is solid and in terms of excitement, I have a feeling most will come away from Sunday night feeling that they got their $9.99 worth.

Let’s take a look at how the main card shapes up, breakdown some matches, and make some predictions for the biggest WWE event of 2015.

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE world championship – We all think we know how this one is going to play out yet it could go in a few different directions. Now that Brock Lesnar has re-signed with the WWE, a world of booking options have opened up. The WWE dodged a real bullet by avoiding a lame duck WWE champion situation at Mania.

I think the match itself could be better than people expect. A lot of it comes down to what it follows. If it is following Sting vs. Triple H and Hunter and Sting deliver a fantastic ending, this match could be D.O.A. If there is a buffer between the main-event and the other big matches, I think fans will be more receptive to it. The match placement is critical to this one like no other on the show.

Roman Reigns is expected to win the title here. The win over the Undertaker last year was used to put Brock in a spot to give Roman the ultimate win here. Yet I don’t think anyone will argue that Reigns is not over and could be set up to be a dismal failure as WWE champion. There are also the rumored heel turn scenarios out there which I think are stronger now that Brock is staying.That said, I think the WWE wants to keep Brock heel looking ahead to a potential Rock vs. Brock match next year. I think WWE take the unpredictable route here which is Brock retaining in a hard fought match. I think the Reigns heel turn is coming but it isn’t going down at Mania. I think the idea here is that Reigns is elevated just by going toe-to-toe with Brock in a hard fought war. Brock retaining is a bit anti-climactic, however I think the idea of Brock going over is that they can buy some time with Reigns and shoot that angle later…even the following night on RAW.

Triple H vs. Sting – Don’t be mistaken. This is the real main-event. For better or worse, this match has far more interest going into Mania than any other match on the show. Even I wasn’t interested in this match back at the Survivor Series, yet I have been drawn in over the last few weeks. Sting’s promos have sealed it for me over the last two weeks. Plus no matter what this looks like on paper, Triple H has delivered excellent matches on the last five WrestleMania shows. I can’t imagine him taking a match with Sting if he wasn’t confident he could pull it off.

I would not be surprised to see some kind of interference from a big ex-WCW star. Maybe it’s Ric Flair or maybe it’s Bill Goldberg, but I think WCW is playing into the match on Sunday. This is a tough one because Sting really should win his first match in a WWE ring. However, Sting’s future is dependent on his performance in the ring so there is no guarantee he wrestles ever again past Sunday. For that I think Triple H goes over, although for all of Hunter’s critics he is 2-3 in his last five Mania matches. My gut tells me that Hunter gets the win here but I think this match turns into the show-stealer.

John Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. championship - I never would have predicted that this feud would be so hot. This feud is so hot that Cena has actually been cheered in recent weeks. These guys have great chemistry together and Rusev has been booked solid for a year leading up to this match. Quite honestly you couldn’t ask for better booking on paper sans the goofy “Russian” lawyer last week on RAW.

Does Cena go over Rusev? That is the real question here. We all thought that Bray Wyatt was beating Cena last year and were stunned when Cena pulled off the upset. I think the money in Rusev is challenging for the WWE world title as the undefeated U.S. champion. That would mean that Rusev beats Cena here and beats him again at Extreme Rules. Cena did put Lesnar over three times but that is Brock Lesnar and he did beat Lesnar once at Extreme Rules 2012. If Roman Reigns is leaving Mania with the belt a championship program with the undefeated Rusev makes the most sense. For that reason I predict that Rusev pulls off the upset here and beats Cena clean at Mania.

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker - I never like the idea of keeping an opponent off of television but I have to admit that keeping the Undertaker off of TV has worked in this one. It has created a ton of intrigue and speculation that you wouldn’t have if he was on TV even just once. I haven’t been a big Bray fan but the promos here have been better but the storyline is just kind of odd to me. The idea that Undertaker would return to answer Bray’s challenges and yet completely ignore the taunting and mockery of Paul Heyman for an entire year makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever.

I think the match will be fine. I don’t think it will be great but I don’t think it will be bad either. The Undertaker is reportedly in much better shape than people think and he looks ready to go. It’s important that he can still go here as there are a ton of reports that they want him for something much bigger next year at 32. for that reason I think Undertaker wins although I think it may be better for business for Bray to win. I think setting up Bray with a win as Reigns’ first challenger is the better path but I can’t see Taker dropping two in a row at Mania.

Bad News Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Dean Ambrose in a Ladder Match for the intercontinental title – Get ready for a wild match here! I am going to keep this one short because we all know what to expect in this one. I would be shocked to see anything less than a great match. I’d expect Bryan and Ziggler to steal the show, although Ambrose certainly has the talent to make his mark as well. Bryan losing to Ziggler twice certainly leads me to think he is winning the match. It makes sense as the WWE can placate his fans by giving him a title, albeit a low-level belt. Regardless, we’ll get a great match, a Yes chant, and a belt around Bryan’s waist. Everyone wins!

Full WWE WrestleMania 31 card and matches…
Brock Lesnar (c) with Paul Heyman vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match:
Rusev (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE United States Title Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett (c) in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Title
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Sting vs. Triple H
AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker
The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. Big E and Kofi Kingston vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd in a Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Tag Team Titles

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Rusev’s Path Toward Greatness

March 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Camel Clutch Blog’s Tom Clark hit the nail on the head when he wrote in one of his many columns online (for another publication, I might add) that the WWE would be doing more harm than good by having Rusev fall at the feet of John Cena.

While I have been preaching to who would listen, that Cena needs to win the United States Title at WrestleMania 31 to set up a showdown and unification match between the WWE’s main attraction and Daniel Bryan. I assume Bryan winning the Intercontinental Title will lead to his eventual heel turn. The only question with regard to that now is not if the turn takes place, rather does it occur on Sunday or Monday after the event or shortly thereafter?

The company has done everything in its power to promote him as an unstoppable monster, a force that dominates every time he steps into the ring. He has been built as on old school communist heel, a throwback to the 1980’s era of Nikita Koloff and the Cold War. Cena is by all rights the perfect man to take him down.

That is not what should happen at Mania. A victorious Rusev would be stronger than ever before and the sight of him holding up the United States Championship over a prone John Cena would be one of the most epic moments WrestleMania has ever seen. Cena is still the most over Superstar on the roster and a loss will not slow him down but a loss for Rusev could potentially halt all the forward progress he has made thus far.

Cena is the most logical of choices to bring down the mighty Russian, but in this case, it truly would be bad for business. With the Undertaker’s WM streak broken by Brock Lesnar last year, and the probability of him falling to Bray Wyatt this weekend, the company needs a strong performance by the mighty Russian. The company has lacked this kind of dominance for some time. Should Roman Reigns fulfill Vince McMahon’s wish of him capturing the WWE World Title over a newly re-signed Brock Lesnar, why wouldn’t Rusev become a top contender for the business’s brass ring?

The march to the event on Sunday has gotten better of late. The emphasis on matches now have meaning, most notably the WWE World Title match and the Intercontinental Title Ladder Match. Sting’s debut in a WWE ring has more meaning now that the Icon has finally voiced his opinion to the legions of former WCW fan and the WWE Universe. Don’t be fooled by the ages of both Sting and Triple H – this is now a match (albeit one that is interrupted by outside interference) that could be better than advertised. It will not be Triple H and Daniel Bryan like last year in New Orleans, but it will still be worth a viewing.

But all eyes may now be on Cena’s quest to fight for Old Glory and the title. I agree there is sentiment to put the strap on the 15-time world champion, but that would just quash any momentum Rusev has in getting over in a big way. Taking down Cena twice in two pay-per-view matches is huge, especially for a performer who is toiling in the mid card. It’s a similar circumstance as Cesaro was in with the U.S. Title and no plan for upward mobility.

The company could be faced with a dilemma from this weekend’s events if Rusev beats Cena and Wyatt beats Undertaker. Wouldn’t that deflate the company a bit because its true faces aren’t dominant forces in the company? Has the time come that the WWE is a business of heel domination with nobody there to defend the side of righteousness? For right now, it needs to be.

And of course, we cannot forget about Seth Rollins and his place in this unfinished puzzle.

Reigns may win the title, but in doing so, his support will wane. The company must be willing to give wrestlers like Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose more of a push and create a different path for Damien Sandow as the road toward SummerSlam begins.

Cena’s loss will help the WWE plod through its rebirth of younger talent. But if the company does not find a balance that will allow new faces to shine, the company may not be able to promote “being bad is a good thing” much longer.

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Finn Balor to the main WWE roster post-Wrestlemania?

March 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Finn Bálor has sent shock waves through the WWE universe since signing with the company last July. With his already noteworthy reputation around the world and the amazing buzz he has caused since joining the NXT roster, the only question is not will he be called up to the main roster, but when? Word getting around is that talks within WWE are to bring Bálor up shortly after Wrestlemania.

The post Wrestlemania story line rebuild is the favorite time for WWE to bring new developmental talent up to the main roster, and this year appears no different. Names being tossed around for the move are Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Charlotte, all of which have spent their fair share of time with developmental. Bálor, even with his limited time with NXT (debuting at tapings last fall) is obviously just as ready for the move as the NXT veterans joining him on the rumored list. Fueling the rumor, he also worked a main roster live event last week in Anaheim defeating Tyler Breeze.

Since his arrival on the scene in NXT, Bálor has been a standout turning heads and impressing fans at every appearance. With his well crafted in ring style, grand entrance and special occasion body paint, he is bringing a much-needed fresh and exciting element to the WWE. You could see awe in the faces of the fans that had never experienced the body paint entrance of Bálor before at NXT Takeover: Evolution in December when he and Hideo Itami defeated The Ascension. The buzz has also slightly crossed into the mainstream media with TV Guide saying that he is “destined to be the organization’s next big superstar.”

With over fourteen years experience in the ring and an already endless list of achievements, the former Prince Devitt is no doubt ready for any plans the WWE will lay out for him. He has made a major name for himself with countless title victories around the world, his ability being a successful face or heel and the amazing run he had in New Japan Pro Wrestling forming the top faction in the wrestling world today, The Bullet Club.

Bálor’s age may also be a reason in WWE’s current decision-making. Turning 34 this July, he is not a young pup like many of the developmental hopefuls and that surely plays into wanting to pull the trigger on him sooner than later. Currently being at the prime of his career and athletic ability, it would be a win-win for both parties to make the move now.

Overall, if WWE does decide to go a head with this move, I see only positive reaction coming from the fan base and the boost of interest it will add to the main roster coming out of Wrestlemania season. There is always a fear of what Vince and his team will decide to do with new talent, but if they let Bálor continue on with his current success, he will be a major draw for the foreseeable future. WWE is coming off a rough year of poor fan reactions to the product and story lines they have provided. This new class of NXT talent ready to make the move to the main roster is the most exciting and intriguing yet. With Bálor leading the way, they will bring the refresh that’s needed to confidently move WWE forward in 2015.

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Mark Henry Identifies With Roman Reigns Character

March 26, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The vignette of Mark Henry and Roman Reigns last week on Raw and the comments that have been made by the big veteran about Reigns’ potential title run hit the nail on the head for both wrestlers. If anyone knows about the battles in the ring, Henry has to be one of them. But his comments about Reigns and his place in the WWE are dead on. I like to think the comments he has made are more about the end of Henry’s career and what looks to be the start of a promising future for the soon-to-be world champion.

In a story on Yahoo Sports (https://in.news.yahoo.com/mark-henry-talks-roman-reigns-111515713.html), Henry said it was the match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 22 that had the biggest impact on him as a wrestler, that it “changed him.” It will take a match like that to have the same effect on Reigns.

“If Roman attacks Brock the way he attacked Daniel Bryan at FastLane, then he can do big things. People always run off at the mouth on what people should do. I believe people should sit back and enjoy and if they don’t like what they’re seeing, tune them out. Fans have to realize that as big of an impact that they have on the industry, they’re not calling the shots. They should just sit back and enjoy the show. When fans go to football games, they’re not the ones calling the plays.

“There’s a different mentality with the fan base nowadays where the fans are reacting before storylines even have a chance to play out. People are commenting before stuff even happens. There used to be a time where the anticipation grew so much and that anticipation superseded everything else. However, that anticipation has lessened in today’s day and age because of all the information and media surrounding the company. Roman Reigns can definitely be the next top guy in WWE but he has to have a thicker skin and not worry so much about what the critics are saying.”

Henry may go down in the business as one of the most underrated big men to ever get in the ring. After all the stupid angles Vince McMahon created for him, Henry’s run with the World Title, a program where he played one of the best heels this company has had in some time,  finally showed how great he could be in the ring.

There is a belief in this business that superstars are born from “moments.” Shawn Michaels and the Ladder Match at WrestleMania 10 started his ascension. Steve Austin and Bret Hart in the “I Quit Match” made Austin’s career. Those moments are etched in wrestling time and remain topics we all talk about. Reigns has a chance to do the same thing this coming weekend.

For everything we have been force fed about Reigns and the new catch phrase, “Believe That,” most of the shots taken at the rising star are not his fault. Injuries and circumstance have led to our sensibilities changing. Also, given the fact the WWE broke up The Shield at a time when it may have been a good idea in theory, but a bad idea in execution, fans may have felt like they weren’t given the opportunity to root for the champion of their choice. In this case it appears to be Daniel Bryan.

Now, with Bryan in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match at WrestleMania 31 and Reigns in the WWE World Title match against Brock Lesnar, fans will ultimately show the company whether they will accept the crowning of a new champion and a new era or will they fight it.

Can Reigns get over on his own? Not with The Rock getting in the ring with him. Not with everyone building him up as was the case with Daniel Bryan and then Paul Heyman. Reigns will need to stand on his own, much like Henry was finally able to do, to become the star the company needs him to be.

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