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WWE SmackDown Results and May 21 Recap

May 23, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s episode opens with Roman Reigns making his way down to the ring. He says he has a bit of bad news: he didn’t win at Payback. But, he has some good news: he had a really good time at Payback. Any time you punch Seth Rollins in the mouth, it’s a good time. The Shield hit a triple powerbomb and blew the roof off the joint, and he got to go toe-to-toe with his boy, Dean Ambrose. The fact is, he can chase Rollins all he wants, but it won’t be a fair fight. By next week, he’ll probably have 50 more little security guards. While Reigns is fine with punching them all, sometimes, you have to think with your head and not your fists. It’s a new game plan now, as he’s entering the Money in the Bank match, and he’s going to win. You can believe that.

Dean Ambrose heads down to the ring. He apologizes for interrupting, but when he heard Payback, his ears started burning. So he looked for a bucket of ice to dunk his head into, but took a wrong turn at catering, and here he is. But before he came out, he heard something about MITB. He thought about the violence, which he loves. Then he remembered that this year, he won’t be reaching for an opportunity to become WWE World Champion, because by then, he’ll already be champion. Reigns says he hopes so, and he respects Ambrose outsmarting Rollins for a title shot, but for once, just once, would Ambrose please think of an exit strategy.

This prompts Kane to come out onto the stage. He can’t believe he’s about to say this, but he agrees with Reigns. Ambrose’s exit strategy ended with Rollins giving him a Pedigree. He may have gotten one over on the Authority, but in the end, the Authority always wins. Reigns asks how Kane could know that, since he’s always on his back. Kane says that, as far as he’s concerned, Reigns is not in the MITB match. This is not a personal bias; it’s based on fact. Reigns lost at Wrestlemania. He lost at Payback. The only thing Reigns has earned is his spot at the back of the line. The only way he’ll get another title match is proving he deserves it to Kane. Ambrose calls Kane a Justin Bieber groupie. Kane used to be a “brother of destruction”. Now he’s the redheaded stepchild of the Authority. When Triple H and Steph feed him the scraps from the table, does he get to use a fork and knife, or does he eat from a bowl like the lapdog he is? Kane gets pissy and says to not mention his “family” in any way ever again. Ambrose has a hard time listening, so maybe he’ll get this: tonight, Ambrose gets a RAW rematch with Bray Wyatt. Ambrose is happy about that, and he’s going to take care of Wyatt tonight. Kane then tells Reigns he has no plans for Reigns tonight. In fact, Reigns should reflect on his failures tonight. He needs to turn inward, and find ways to grow as a complete superstar. Enjoy the night off. Reigns thanks him. He’ll take a cheat day, fill a plate with Chesapeake crab cakes and cheesecake. But, he’ll still watch the show and make sure Kane does everything that is best for business, and Kane can believe that.

The Prime-Time Players and the New Day are on commentary for the next match.

MATCH 1-FOUR CORNERS TAG TEAM MATCH: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO AND FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO) VS. THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA) VS. THE LUCHA DRAGONS (KALISTO AND SIN CARA)
Kidd and Cara start with a lock-up. Kidd applies an arm wringer. Cara counters and goes for a Gory Special into a pin for 1. He then turns it into a submission, only to have Kidd reverse into a sunset flip for 2. He hits an armdrag into an armbar, only to have Cara tag out to Viktor. Viktor beats Kidd down, only to have Fernando make a blind tag. Kidd trips him and goes for the Sharpshooter, but Torito jumps on the apron for a distraction. Nattie puts a stop to that by grabbing him and lugging him on her shoulders, only to have him spin out and sunset flip her on the floor. In the ring, Fernando kicks Kidd in the back, sending him into the ropes. Diego tags in and cannonballs onto Kidd’s back. Konnor tags himself in, and he hits Kidd with a powerbomb into a DDT. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kidd is fighting out of a rear chinlock, only to have Konnor club him down. Konnor knocks Cesaro off the apron. Moments later, Kidd falls into a tag from Cara, who hits Konnor with a springboard somersault plancha. Cara ducks a clothesline and hits a springaboard cross-body for 2. Konnor boots him and sends him into the corner. Cara boots him away, hits Viktor, then takes Konnor down with a twisting armdrag from the middle rope. He follows up with a handspring elbow, then goes for a lionsault. Konnor blocks it with his knees and tags in Viktor, who stomps Cara down. Konnor back in, and the two hit a double powerbomb. Viktor back in, and he stomps Cara for 2 as Kalisto breaks it up. Viktor hits Kalisto with a falling tigerbomb, then talks trash to Los Matadores, only to have one tag himself in. He covers Kalisto, even though he’s not legal. Viktor pulls the Matador off, and the two of them argue before fists start flying. Their respective partners hit the ring and continue the brawl. Viktor takes a Matador out with a running STO as Konnor and the other Matador spill to the floor. Apparently, during the shoving match between Viktor and the Matador, a tag was made, making Viktor legal again. He sends Cara in for an Irish whip, only to have Cara backflip off a back-body drop attempt and tag in Cesaro. Cesaro nails an overhead belly-to-belly, then hits his series of corner European uppercuts. He calls for the Cesaro Swing, hits a spinebuster, then goes into the Swing in order to set up Montezuma’s Revenge by Kidd, who apparently tagged in at some point. Diego makes a blind tag off Kidd and throws him to the floor, then covers Viktor for 2, only to have Cesaro break it up with a double stomp. Konnor then nails Cesaro and sends him to the floor, only to have Fernando send him out with a hurricanrana. Diego is back up as Viktor tags out to Kalisto, who hits a springboard cross-body. He dropkicks Diego in the knee, then drives his head into the mat off a hurricanrana for 2, only to have Konnor break it up. Konnor grabs Fernando and throws him to the floor as Kidd comes back in the ring. He ducks a Konnor clothesline and hits a somersault plancha on Fernando, who is on the floor on the opposite side. Cesaro comes in and clotheslines Konnor to the floor, only to turn around into Kalisto tossing Cara onto him with a flying dropkick. Cara heads up top and hits a corkscrew plancha, wiping out everyone. Diego sneaks back in and rolls Kalisto up for 2 and goes for a catapult. Kalisto lands on his feet on the middle rope and hits a blind hurricanrana into a roll-up for 3.

WINNERS: THE LUCHA DRAGONS.

I don’t think I’ve seen a blind hurricanrana like that since Jonny Storm’s Rewind.

After some video of what happened between Rusev and Dolph Ziggler on RAW, Renee Young is standing by with Ziggler. She asks for Ziggler’s reaction to what we just saw. He says it’s been a hell of a week. He got busted open at Payback. On RAW, after he was told he’s in the Elimination Chamber match for the IC title, Lana kissed him, only to have Rusev come out and assault him. He’s no stranger to women kissing him, but this is the first time he’ll be locked in a steel structure with the ex-boyfriend. Tonight, he faces another one of his EC opponents, King Barrett. It’s the week that keeps on giving. Lana walks up, and she wishes him good luck before saying she’ll be watching. Ziggler asks Young to leave. He says he knows what Lana was doing on RAW. He knows she was just trying to make Rusev jealous. Rusev needs to respect women. He knows the game she’s playing though, and he’s fine with it. She’s not too bad of a kisser, either.

MATCH 2: KING BARRETT VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
My feed goes to commercial, and when it comes back, the match has already started, with Ziggler in a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out and nails Barrett with a right cross before planting a dropkick. He misses a corner splash, then turns around into the Wasteland for 2. Barrett complains about the count as Ziggler rolls to the floor. Barrett heads out and rams Ziggler back-first into the apron. He then launches Ziggler into the barricade by the timekeeper’s area before slamming him face-first into the announce desk. He rolls Ziggler in before taunting Jerry Lawler at ringside. Back in, Ziggler sneaks in a stack-up pin for 2. Barrett comes back with a pair of mule kicks, the last one to the face, for 2. Barrett calls for the Bull Hammer, but Ziggler superkicks him in the arm. He goes for the leaping DDT, only to have Barrett toss him face-first onto the mat. He goes for the Bull Hammer, but Ziggler ducks and drops him with a Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Lana comes out and applauds Ziggler from the stage. She’s wearing less makeup, which is actually a huge improvement.

Paige heads down to the ring, and says it’s so good to be back. Last time she saw the fans, she was in her, and I quote, “hometown of England, in London”, in front of her friends and family, in a divas battle royal for a title match, which she won. That was one of the best moments of her career, but her triumph was short-lived. We go to the footage from said match, where Naomi attacked her after it was over and put her on the shelf. Back to the arena, Paige says that’s when Naomi finally became relevant. You’re welcome, pumpkin. She has a weird admiration for Naomi because she took what she wanted. Paige has done that countless times. On the way, Naomi found herself a “boyfriend” in Tamina. She then says Tamina is int he wrong division. Moving on, she’s fully recovered and despite her admiration for Naomi, she took what is Paige’s. This is her division, the Divas title is her title, and the ring is her house.

Naomi and Tamina come down to the ring. Naomi laughs and says she must’ve hit Paige harder than she thought. Paige doesn’t understand where she is in the pecking order. Someone like Naomi, with all of her qualities, deserves to be the top diva, not someone who’s made a career out of screaming, which is all Paige is good at. She doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle and be overlooked by the same people she’s trying to impress. Paige got a title shot on day one. She didn’t earn it, and she damn sure didn’t deserve it. Paige hasn’t been here as long as Naomi has, but this is how things work: you can’t wait for opportunities; you have to take them. Naomi is doing that right now. Paige had an opportunity, and someone better took it from her. Don’t take it personally; Naomi simply removed her from the equation. Paige says taking an opportunity is exactly what she did. In one year, she did more than either Naomi or Tamina in their long, dinosaur careers. There’s more to being a diva than athleticism. You also have to have opportunity, which Naomi lacks. What she doesn’t lack, however, is excuses. Shut up, get over and get over yourself. Naomi starts screaming and says she’s about to run over Paige and everyone else who gets in her way. This is Paige’s house? Naomi and Tamina are about to clean house. They jump on the apron, only to have Paige attack both of them. Eventually, they’re able to double-team her and beat her down, which leads to Nikki Bella “running” down to the ring and chasing them off. She then goes after them outside, only to fall from the ring onto her stupid face. She grabs Naomi by the foot and manages to throw her into the ring, where Paige drops her with a side kick. Nikki tries to climb in, but Tamina pulls her back down. Nikki fights her off as Paige goes for the Ram-Paige on Naomi. Nikki enters the ring and hits Paige with a forearm to the face at the same time, then hits her with the Rack Attack.

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen and says not too long ago, people used to treat these so-called lunatics as if they were evil. Some would go as far as to claim perhaps they were possessed by demons. Nowadays, these claims are looked down upon, as if they were primitive and outrageous. Here’s the thing: they were right. Demons are all around us and exist in us all. Tonight, he will prove to Dean Ambrose he has his inner demons, but they watch the minds of men (I think. That part was hard to hear). Ambrose is asking himself, “why me, why now?” Simple. Ambrose is in his way. Run.

It is announced that Nikki Bella will defend the Divas title against both Paige and Naomi in a triple threat match at EC.

MATCH 3: R-TRUTH VS. STARDUST
Stardust gets the jobber non-entrance treatment. He hits a boot, then clubs Truth across the back. Truth comes back with a hiptoss, then nails an uppercut that sends Stardust to the outside. Stardust hits a hotshot from the apron, then nails a springboard dropkick for 2. It’s announced Truth will be in the IC title match at EC as well. Back to the match, Stardust stomps Truth down against the ropes, then drives his knee into Truth’s back before applying a straightjacket. He snaps Truth down by the neck, then stomps the side of his head. He hits a short-arm clothesline and a punch to the face, then goes back to the straightjacket. Truth gets to his feet and manages to break free with elbows and punches. He goes for the Osaka street cutter, but Stardust escapes and hits the Disaster Kick for 2. He gets another 2-count, then hits Dark Matter for 2. Stardust pulls off one of his gloves and nails Truth with punches in the corner. As he grabs his glove, Truth kicks him in the face, picks up the glove in some kind of weird distraction, then hits Lil’ Jimmy for 3.

WINNER: R-TRUTH.

Renee Young is standing by with Ryback, who is also in the IC title match. She asks about what is going through his mind going into the Chamber. He says he’s never competed in this match before, and he’d be lying if he said it wasn’t intimidating. At the same time, he’s chomping at the bit to get inside. He’s a starved lion trapped in a cage with five antelope. What does Young think would happen. She says something stupid about vegans. Ryback then delivers a message to the five others: The Big Guy’s hungry, and anything that stands between him and the IC title will get devoured. He’s hungry. The WWE Universe is hungry. And when people are hungry, people say “Feed me more”. Ryback then tells her he has some great vegan recipes and he’s quite the cook. Again, stupid vegan lines.

MATCH 4: THE META POWERS (CURTIS AXEL AND MACHO MANDOW) VS. ADAM ROSE AND HEATH SLATER (W/ROSA MENDES)
Mandow and Slater start with a lock-up, with Mandow backing Slater into the ropes before giving a clean break. He misses a clothesline, and Slater applies a side headlock. The two crisscross until Mandow hits a back elbow. He throws Slater into the buckles, then snaps off some jabs. Rose comes in and gets the same treatment before Mandow hits him with an inside-out hotshot. Back in the ring, Slater hits a Harlem side kick for 2, then kicks Mandow in the back. Rose tags in, and the two hit a double suplex for 2. Rose drops some elbows and a fist for another 2, then tags in Slater. Slater hits a kick to the gut, then chokes Mandow over the middle rope. Rose back in, and he kicks Mandow off the ropes for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Mandow counters with a back suplex. Rose tags out, as does Mandow. Axel hulks out, does the finger point, hits the three punches and the big boot. Rose comes in, but Mandow backdrops him to the floor. Axel hits an Atomic Legdrop and gets 3.

WINNER: THE META POWERS.

The two have a pose-down after the match.

Renee Young is now standing by with Bo Dallas for some reason. She says Dallas made quite the impact on RAW when he attacked Neville. We go to that footage. Back to Young and Dallas. She asks why he attacked Neville. He says when he was a kid, a bird used to land on his windowsill every morning. God, his voice is obnoxious. The bird was beautiful with bright colors, and could fly higher than the rest. One day, it flew too high, hit a power line and hurt its wing. He watched it try to fly again, but it couldn’t, so he came along, took the bird, fed it, coddled it and nursed it back to health. With his help, the bird overcame adversity and flew away. Just like that bird, Neville has a broken wing. He’s trying to make Neville stronger. With Dallas’ help, he can overcome adversity and fly away. All he has to do is Bolieve.

MATCH 5: DEAN AMBROSE VS. BRAY WYATT
The two lock-up, and Ambrose applies a side headlock. Wyatt comes back with a shoulder off the ropes, but then runs into a drop toehold. Ambrose pounds Wyatt’s knee, then snaps it backwards before hitting a dragon screw. He sets Wyatt’s leg up on the middle rope in the corner and hits a kick to the knee, but Wyatt shakes it off and drops Ambrose with an uppercut. Ambrose comes back with a kneelift against the ropes and a flying forearms that sends Wyatt to the floor. He follows up with a suicide dive, breaks the count, goes for a dive off the apron, only to have Wyatt sidestep him and send him knee-first into the ring steps. Commercials.

Back from the break, Wyatt has Ambrose in a rear chinlock, with his knee in the back. Ambrose fights to his feet, but then gets kicked in the knee. Wyatt hits a bodyslam, then misses a running senton. Ambrose pelts Wyatt with rights and goes for a cross-body, but Wyatt blocks it with a vertical splash. My feed cuts in and out, making the next minute choppy. When it comes back, Wyatt has Ambrose draped across the middle rope. He then yanks on Ambrose’s neck from the floor and looks for a suspended DDT. Ambrose fights him off and turns it into a tornado DDT on the floor. Ambrose is up first, and he throws Wyatt in before climbing back in himself. They pull themselves up in opposite corners, and Ambrose hits a corner forearm. Wyatt shoves off a bulldog, but Ambrose rebounds with a clothesline. He hits several strikes, and my feed starts acting wonky again. When it comes back, Wyatt is on the floor, and Ambrose goes for a suicide dive. Wyatt catches him and looks for Sister Abigail. Ambrose escapes, so Wyatt tries to roll him back in the ring. Wyatt spins through on the apron and levels Wyatt with a clothesline. Back in the ring now, Ambrose heads up top for the flying elbow. Wyatt catches him and looks for the standing uranage. Ambrose escapes and goes for Dirty Deeds. Wyatt escapes and hits the uranage on the second try for 2. Wyatt hits a right, and my feed sucks yet again. Back on a few second later, Ambrose hits a low dropkick and goes up top. Jamie Noble runs down and jumps on the apron to distract the referee, which allows Joey Mercury to shove Ambrose off. He lands on his feet, but gets caught in Sister Abigail. Ambrose reverses it into a schoolboy for 2, gets hit with an uppercut, then rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline. As both men are down, Seth Rollins marches down to ringside. Before he gets to the ring, Roman Reigns heads down through the crowd. He nails both members of J&J, then chases Rollins back up the ramp. Noble attacks him from behind, and Reigns chases him into the ring, where Ambrose pelts him with fists. Wyatt is back up, and he throws Ambrose into the ropes. Ambrose avoids a charge and ends up hung up on the middle rope. as the ref is getting Noble out of the ring, Reigns nails a Superman Punch on Wyatt, and Ambrose follows up with Dirty Deeds for 3.

WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.

End of show.

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Kevin Owens Talks WWE Transition and NXT Sami Zayn Feud

May 22, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Nobody ever doubted whether Kevin Owens had the tools to make the switch to the WWE. Yet even Owen’s supporters are impressed with his quick success in making the transition yet according to Owens, it really hasn’t been much of a transition at all.

Kevin Owens made one of the most memorable WWE RAW debuts in years this past Monday when he laid out John Cena. Owens is on his way to becoming a money player in the WWE as NXT champion and a new feud against John Cena. Owens rise to the top is coming quicker than anyone has expected and as Owens told RollingStone.com recently, his success may be credited with a very minor transition process from the independents to the WWE.

I had a bit of a struggle at first with thinking, “Who do I want to be here? What part of myself do I want to tap into so I get on NXT television as quick as possible?” Then I realized what I’d been doing for 14 years had worked because it had gotten me here. So there were little tweaks, maybe clean up the language a little, but besides that I think I’ve been pretty true to myself. And I think that’s a big part of what helps me be successful. I’m genuine, and I think people can see that when they watch. I’m just gonna keep going that way and see where that takes me.

Owens’ story is a great lesson here that I hope isn’t being missed by the WWE. The process for most new signees has been to strip them down to basics and rebuild them with a WWE style. Guys like Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, and even Seth Rollins all had to go through rebuilding periods. For whatever reason, Owens was able to stay true to himself and the skills that brought him there. Whether this was an experiment or not, it’s working and it needs to be considered for all future signees coming in with large pedigrees outside of the WWE.

For independent road warriors like Owens, the NXT schedule is a breath of fresh air. I worked with Owens quite a bit in CZW and at the time he was making drives from Canada to Philadelphia in a packed car for little money. The new schedule is well deserved for someone like Owens who has certainly paid his dues.

One of the big advantages of NXT for me was I get to sleep in my own bed every night almost. For years, I was on the road with the indies two, three days a week, and it got to the point where I’d wake up not sure which town I was in. Which, honestly, I kind of liked. That’s part of being a wrestler. But when I signed with WWE and moved to Orlando, my wife and my two kids came with me. That’s been great. My daughter just turned one a couple of weeks ago, so I get to be there for a lot of the landmarks I didn’t necessarily get to see with my first kid. That said, I do look forward to getting back on the road when the time is right.

It also doesn’t hurt to work with your close friend and best rival in your first WWE program. Owens jumped right into NXT feuding with Sami Zayn. Zayn and Owens as El Genrico and Kevin Steen had one of the greatest rivalries in Ring of Honor history just a few years back. Owens was asked about the NXT feud and distinguishing it from their past rivalry.

I haven’t done anything in particular. We have been who we are, and I speak for Sami Zayn here as well. In that aspect, we are very alike. A lot of people have doubted us throughout the years, we know we can make those people come around. We’ve never faltered from that, so why try to be different here? And we haven’t tried to be different and it’s been working very well, so I think that says something not only about the faith we have in ourselves, but about people being true to themselves. I think that’s important in this day and age. With social media around, people can see glimpses of who we are there, so why shy away from it in another environment? All around, we’ve been true to ourselves for years, so why change now?

Check out the entire interview in RollingStone.com where Owens goes into much more depth about his transition, his mentors in NXT, and more.

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Samoa Joe Debuts On WWE NXT Unstoppable

May 20, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It only took him sixteen long years to get there but Samoa Joe is finally in the WWE. Joe debuted at the conclusion of the NXT Unstoppable Network special, confirming numerous reports throughout the week that predicted Joe would debut at the event.

Joe came out following the Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn match. Owens had Zayn laid out and started attacking him with a chair when Joe’s music played. Joe walked out and got into the ring going nose to nose with Owens. The fans ate it up chanting “Holy Sh*t!” and “Joe is gonna kill you.” The confrontation ended with Owens walking away and Joe looking strong to close the show.

According to a report on F4WOnline.com, Joe has a “Rhyno-like” deal in which he will work independent shows as well as NXT dates. Ironically it was announced this past week that Joe just started booking independent dates into the summer, leading many to believe that Joe was not coming to NXT. My hunch and it is only a hunch is that Joe is in, and those dates were a ruse. Joe will probably honor those dates, but I would not expect to see more announced elsewhere.

As big as this is I am left with more questions about NXT, specifically its purpose. Is NXT a developmental program or is it competing to be the number one branded independent promotion in the United States? Signing Joe is great and I am excited for him and his fans, but bringing in Joe and Owens in recent months and shooting them straight to the top isn’t necessary developing anyone.

Samoa Joe is 36-years old and should be on the main roster if he is being considered for the future. Having Joe spend any time in NXT is a wasted investment in my opinion…unless the goal here is to brand NXT and not necessarily build to the future. I think the mission and goals around NXT really need some serious re-evaluation at this point.

It also makes me wonder in the world are they bringing Owens up for a match with Cena at Elimination Chamber? Owens is clearly sticking around NXT, with programs against Joe, Zayn, and Balor in play or upcoming. Again what is the goal here? Is the goal to build Owens up for NXT or the main roster? Bringing Owens up to lose to Cena and go away will do Owens no good when the time comes for him to move up to the main roster. I am just scratching my head here trying to come up with a logical game plan here and I can’t.

Again don’t misunderstand me. I thought it was great to see Joe and Owens have their confrontation and it is nice to see Joe finally get a shot in the big league. That said I just have to wonder if the NXT Triple H is running is what Vince McMahon had in mind when he signed off on the $2.3 million investment.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 Features Outstanding Card

May 19, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE will be presenting its first big Network-only brand event in two weeks. The network will host an exclusive broadcast of the 2015 Elimination Chamber show which features a lineup more impressive than the last two pay-per-views.

With less than two weeks to go, the WWE went into full Elimination Chamber mode on RAW this past Monday. The company put the pedal to the metal and unleashed creative for the network show. Four matches were confirmed following RAW giving fans one of the most exciting non-WrestleMania cards on paper the company has had in a while.

The main-event will feature arguably the greatest WWE rivalry of this era as Dean Ambrose challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE world championship. Now I have seen some complaints by fans on social media but I don’t get it. I have never seen a bad match between these two, most matches better than the last. Plus, their feud never came to a conclusive conclusion in the Hell in a Cell match last year so the rivalry continuing makes sense.

This brings me back to my Payback wrap-up blog in which I wrote that the WWE missed a golden opportunity with Ambrose. I thought that the WWE could have done a hotshot title change with Ambrose getting the win (even pinning Orton) and dropping the belt back two weeks later. The quick win would have at least established Ambrose as a top guy, investing in his future. Since the company was going with Ambrose-Rollins anyway, I feel even more strongly that they dropped the ball here.

In one of the most intriguing matches in ages, NXT champion Kevin Owens will challenge John Cena for the U.S. title. The angle was set up Monday night on RAW when Owens laid out Cena after balking on Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge. This is certainly an interesting one and fans are going crazy for it on social media.

I am not sure whether to get excited or disappointed for this one. Bringing Owens in and having him lose to Cena in his first match is a recipe for mediocrity. At the same time, having Owens come in and beat Cena in his first match is also not a good move because there isn’t much more from Owens to do from there. Why Rusev worked so well is that they held him away from Cena for a year and while he did lose three straight, he went into the program real strong. Judging by the tepid reaction Owens received on RAW Monday, I don’t think he is helped at all by coming straight up into a feud with Cena. Making matters even worse is that they only have one more week to build the angle. In another scenario the company could establish Owens for a few weeks before the match and get him hot. In this odd scenario, he has one more week on RAW and that just isn’t enough in my opinion.

It’s a great opportunity for sure but let’s be honest. When is the last time Cena put a new guy over in a feud? I am not talking about taking one loss, I am talking about putting a guy over in the feud. He didn’t do it with Bray Wyatt and he certainly didn’t do it with Rusev. I don’t blame him, he doesn’t book the shows. Although it tells me that the company has a mindset when it comes to Cena and new guys and in their minds, they feel that by putting Cena in feuds with new guys that the rub is enough. It’s not and when you bring a guy in like Owens and have him lose out to Cena in his feud, he will be swimming upstream for a while to recover.

That said I am making a lot of conclusions here but an objective look at history tells you how this feud is going to play out. It’s a great opportunity for Owens to shine and I am really looking forward to the match up. It’s extremely promising to say the least.

Finally fans will get two elimination chamber matches. The vacant intercontinental championship will be filled as Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev, and R-Truth battle in one chamber match. It should be a fun match but wow, talk about a demotion for Rusev. And why is R-Truth in this match over Neville?

The tag team championship will be decided in the other with New Day, Kidd and Cesaro, Lucha Dragons, Los Matadores, The Ascension, and the Prime Time Players compete in the other. To my knowledge this is the first time the Elimination Chamber has hosted a tag team match. It is hard to go wrong when you got guys like Kidd, Cesaro, Kofi, and the Dragons in here. Quite frankly if these guys have enough time they could make a strong case for match of the year by the time it’s over.

I would expect Roman Reigns vs. Kane, Neville vs. Bo Dallas, and a Bray Wyatt match to be added. The event will go down on May 31, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas on the WWE Network.

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WWE SmackDown Results and May 14 Recap

May 16, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week opens with Bray Wyatt appearing on the screen. He says that, last Monday night, Ryback stood toe-to-toe with fate, and won. But Wyatt knows that, beneath the muscle-made facade, is an Achilles heel. He wants to expose. He will make an example of Ryback, and he will prove to the world Ryback is chasing a Garden of Eden that doesn’t exist. Tonight, Ryback will try to scratch an itch, but beneath the surface, his wounds will fester with malice. Scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch. And Wyatt will come forth and turn his dreams into nightmares. Here’s some advice, friend: resist the itch and run.

Dean Ambrose makes his way down to the ring. He says he works best alone. He fights alone. He drinks alone. It felt good on Monday to be standing all alone in the ring, because alone is what he’ll be this Sunday at Payback. Once the bell rings, it’s every man for himself. We’ve got Seth Rollins, the little troll with his Lollipop Guild goon squad. We’ve got Randy Orton, who ate a spear from Roman Reigns last time. Moving onto Reigns…so, yeah. He hit Dirty Deeds on his only friend. He didn’t plan on it, and we know what happens when things get out of hand with Ambrose. So, he has one thing he wants to say to Reigns before they do battle on Sunday.

On that note, Reigns marches down through the crowd. As he does so, we find out the main event is Reigns/Kane Part 812, in a match with no count-outs or DQs. Joy. Anyway, Reigns enters the ring, and Ambrose says he knows he won’t get an apology. Reigns gets in Ambrose’s face, smiles and says he wouldn’t expect one. Ambrose did exactly what Reigns thought he would do, and that’s pull the trigger. He hit Dirty Deeds one time, and that’s all he gets. At Payback, it’s Reigns’ turn to get payback. Tonight, they are brothers with no grudges, but this Sunday, Reigns is bringing the big guns, and he hopes Ambrose does the same. Reigns offers a handshake.

Ambrose starts to accept, but then Kane comes out. He hates to break up this moment, but as DOO, he’s here to let them know they should be less concerned winning the Slammy for “Bromance of the Year” and more concerned with the fatal four-way on Sunday. They should be concerned on even making it to Sunday. Ambrose says Kane should be concerned, because on RAW, Triple H said if Seth Rollins loses on Sunday, Kane is out of a job. So, technically, this could be the last time we ever see “Corporate Kane”. Kane says he’s not concerned, because next Monday, he will still be employed. He’ll deal with Reigns later, but now, he’s here to tell Ambrose he has a match, since that’s what’s best for business. Tonight, Ambrose will face Sheamus, and that match begins now. Ambrose cuts him off and says “right now” is the only time Kane knows when to make a match. So, if Sheamus is done French-braiding his beard, get him out here, and let’s get this fight started.

MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. SHEAMUS
They go into a lock-up, and Sheamus backs Ambrose against the ropes. Ambrose escapes and goes into another lock-up. He backs Sheamus into the corner before giving a sort-of clean break. Another lock-up, and now Sheamus grabs Ambrose around the neck. Ambrose reverses into a hammerlock, but Sheamus quickly gets to the ropes for a break. Sheamus nails a boot and hits a hip throw. Ambrose fights back up and sends Sheamus into the ropes, only to have Sheamus nail a shoulderblock. The two crisscross until Ambrose hits a drop toehold. Ambrose turns it into a leglock, then pulls Sheamus back by the mohawk before applying a half-straightjacket. He breaks his own hold with a kick to the back of the head, then grinds his forearm into Sheamus’ face in the corner. Sheamus comes back with some shots, then nails a European uppercut. He hits a bodyslam, then kicks Ambrose in the spine. Ambrose comes back with some punches, but Sheamus nails another European uppercut, sending Ambrose to the corner. Sheamus grinds his forearm into Ambrose’s face now. He misses a clothesline, and Ambrose connects with one of his own. Sheamus hits a boot out of the corner, then throws Ambrose in, only to misses a running shoulder. Ambrose hits a corner forearm, then connects with a running bulldog. He nails a series of shots against the ropes, then charges in. Sheamus sidesteps him and sends him outside, only Ambrose skins the cat and pulls himself to the apron. Sheamus quickly tries to tie him up for the 10 Beats, but Ambrose elbows his way out. As he comes back into the ring, Sheamus nails him with a running knee, sending him to the floor. Outside, Sheamus launches Ambrose into the barricade, then rolls back in to break the count as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus has Ambrose in a rear chinlock. Ambrose breaks free, but then eats a kick. Sheamus goes for the Irish Clover-Leaf, but Ambrose kicks him off. He snaps off a few jabs and a headbutt, avoids a back-body drop and goes for a kick. Sheamus catches the foot and locks in the Irish Clover-Leaf. Ambrose manages to crawl to the ropes for the break, only to have Sheamus kick him in the chest. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Ambrose counters into a sunset flip for 2. Ambrose hits a few more shots before running into White Noise, which connects on the second attempt. Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick, but Ambrose sees it coming and rolls to the floor. Sheamus follows and rolls him back in, only to have Ambrose keep spinning and floor Sheamus with a clothesline at ringside. Ambrose climbs to the apron, kicks Sheamus into the barricade, then goes for a suicide dive. Sheamus meets him through the ropes with a forearm, then attempts the Brogue Kick again. Ambrose once again avoids it and clotheslines Sheamus to the floor. Ambrose hits the suicide dive on the second try, then rolls Sheamus back in. He heads up top, dives over Sheamus, who sees him coming, then runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Sheamus slugs Ambrose a few times, but Ambrose comes back yet again with some forearm strikes. Sheamus hits a back elbow, only to have Ambrose rebound with a clothesline. Ambrose rolls to the apron and heads up top once more. Sheamus meets him on the buckles and climbs up for what looks like a super powerslam. Ambrose escapes and shoves Sheamus head-first into the ring post, then rolls him up for 3.

WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.

Outside of a count-out win against Daniel Bryan, has Sheamus won a single televised match since his return?

Kane is watching on a monitor in his office, when Seth Rollins and J&J enter. Rollins has a question, but reminds Kane of what Triple H said on RAW. Now, to the question: Rollins heard a rumor that Kane isn’t sure he wants to help Rollins on Sunday. Rollins asks if that’s true, then reminds Kane how much he gets paid as DOO. Kane says he’s set for life. He saved his money and doesn’t need the paycheck. Rollins is sorry Kane feels that way, but Kane needs to do the right thing. Kane says he’s struggling with that. In fact, he doesn’t know if he’ll know what the right thing is until he’s ringside on Sunday. Now, if they’ll excuse him, he has to get ready for his match with Reigns. Rollins wishes him good luck, and Kane wishes Rollins good luck as well…in his match against Ryback tonight.

Rusev and Lana make their way out, and Lana appears to be carrying a folder in her arm. In the ring, Rusev orders the crowd to shut up, then tells Lana to read what’s in her arm. She says last week on RAW, she betrayed her country by indulging in your perverse western customs. She allowed false ideologies to corrupt her loyalty and dedication to the Russian Federation and their long-standing traditions. She begs for forgiveness of her family, Mother Russia, and most of all, the super athlete and America’s only champion, Rusev. Rusev hands her the Russian flag then tells John Cena that, on RAW, he showed everyone why he will lose on Sunday at Payback. Cena was not prepared. He lacks focus. We cut to the video, where a match between Cena and Neville was ended by Rusev interference. Rusev then locked Cena in the Accolade. Back to the arena, Rusev says he knows what Cena was thinking in that hold. His mind was saying “I quit”, right before he passed out. The only difference between RAW and Payback is that everyone will hear Cena say those words. We then cut to a gif of Cena saying “I quit”. Back to the arena again, Rusev celebrates as the Russian flag drops down behind him.

Renee Young is standing by with Ryback. She asks if he can focus on his match tonight, knowing Bray Wyatt has threatened to come after him. He says tonight is huge. Going out there and defeating Rollins could earn him a title match. He doesn’t take anything for granted. His message is simple: Start full, then empty. Don’t leave anything out in the ring. As far as Wyatt goes, he gets it. He looks like a meathead. But he’s no dummy, and on RAW, the “Eater of Worlds” tasted a Meat Hook. At Payback, he’ll pick up where he left off. Tonight, though, he’s got Rollins. “The Big Guy” is hungry, and that means only one thing: “Feed me more”.

Another batch of Tough Enough submissions, this time including Tessa Blanchard and my friend, Josh “Caleb Crush” Sipple. These two are the only ones that stood out for me (for obvious reasons). The rest were either about as stereotypical as they come, or sob stories. Oh, and Gabriel Iglesias.

Seth Rollins and J&J come out for Rollins’ match, but before that, Rollins says we all saw what happened Monday night. It switches over to RAW, where the other three in the title match each took turns hitting their finishers on Rollins while Kane stood by. Back to the arena, Rollins says he hopes everyone enjoyed that because that is the last time you will ever see anything like that happen to him. It won’t happen at Payback, because it will be every man for himself. Reigns, Ambrose and Orton are just as cut-throat as Rollins, and they will cut each other’s throats, with Rollins there to pick up the pieces. With his security, his superior athleticism and superior mental acumen, and with the DOO Kane in his corner, he will emerge victorious. Now, as for tonight’s roadblock, Ryback…

Ryback’s music cuts him off, and we’re onto our match.

…Except no we’re not. As Ryback heads down to the ring, Bray Wyatt appears out of nowhere and sends Ryback flying headfirst into the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Ryback is pulling himself into the ring, attempting to get this match started. The referee checks on him, and he gives the okay to start.

MATCH 2: WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) VS. RYBACK (NON-TITLE)
Rollins immediately goes on the attack in the corner, then nails a series of quick punches to the temple. Rollins goes for a suplex, but Ryback reverses. Rollins breaks it with knees to the top of the head, then hits a complete shot into the middle buckle. He sends Ryback to the floor with a knee to the back, then distracts the referee so J&J can stomp Ryback down. Ryback tries to pull himself back up and just barely makes it back in at 9. Rollins hits a trio of boots, then drops Ryback with a DDT for 2. Rollins chokes Ryback over the middle rope, then pelts him with more rights. Ryback throws a few weak punches, then manages to hit a Thesz press before grabbing Rollins by the ears and slamming his head into the mat. He then collapses, which allows Rollins to hit a neckbreaker for a pair of 2-counts. Rollins locks in a front chancery, but Ryback manages to power himself to his feet and escape the hold by tossing Rollins, once again collapsing in the process. Rollins recovers, but then runs into a back-body drop. Ryback avoids a corner splash, but then runs into a boot. Rollins dives off the middle buckle, and Ryback catches him, then spins him around into a powerslam. Ryback hits a pair of shoulders off the ropes, then catches Rollins with a spinebuster for 2. Ryback pulls himself up and signals for the Meat Hook, only to have Joey Mercury try to interfere. Ryback goes after him, which allows Rollins to roll Ryback up for 2. Ryback turns around and blasts Rollins with a Meat Hook. He goes for Shell Shocked, but Jamie Noble distracts the referee, which allows Rollins to rake the eyes and escapes. Rollins hits a high kick from the apron, then connects with a flying knee from the top. Rollins then connects with a thrust kick. Ryback fights to get back up, and when he does, Rollins hits another thrust kick for 3.

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

Renee Young is standing by with Naomi and Tamina. She says we’ve seen a new side of Naomi, then cuts to some clips. Back to the interview, Young asks about the change in demeanor. Naomi says they’re tired of being overlooked. She’s been here for years. She’s the best athlete in the division, and Tamina is a powerhouse. What has the WWE Universe given them in return? A whole lot of nothing. They’re sick of walking around, empty-handed. Opportunities aren’t given to girls like them, so they’re taking the opportunities. Tamina pipes in and says this division is run by them now. Naomi says the other girls don’t stand a chance. Nikki Bella is as fake as they come. She’s just desperate for attention. And don’t get her started on Brie Bella. Brie is nothing. She’s a quitter, just like her pathetic husband. Sometimes, a good girl needs to be bad in order to get things done.

The New Day come out, and Xavier Woods orders the music to be cut off. He says that Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are cheaters. But, out of the kindness within their souls, they will give the former champs a second chance at the titles at Payback in a best-of-3-falls match. Big E says Cesaro and Kidd are bad people. They don’t recycle. They double-dip. And when they go to the theaters, they buy one ticket, and seat two. Kofi Kingston says there is some good news for the fans. They don’t have to be like Cesaro and Kidd. They can choose to be like the New Day. The New Day are the change you need to see in this world. Woods tells everyone to sing with them and tries to get a “New Day rocks” chant, which of course they don’t get.

MATCH 3: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION KOFI KINGSTON (W/BIG E AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. TYSON KIDD (W/CESARO AND NATALYA)
Kidd goes for a waistlock, but Kofi breaks it with an elbow. He beats Kidd down, but Kidd comes back with punches. Kofi blocks a shot, hits an inverted suplex and floats over into an armbar in a very nice combination. Kidd fights out and avoids a trip attempt. Kofi slides to the floor, and Kidd kicks him through the ropes before hitting a somersault plancha to the floor. Kidd rolls Kofi back in for a 2-count, then goes for the Sharpshooter. E jumps on the apron for a distraction, but gets wiped out with a Cesaro clothesline. Woods tries the tactic as well, so Natalya grabs him by the foot and holds him for a kick to the head by Kidd. Kofi then rolls Kidd up with a handful of tights, but only gets 2. He misses Trouble in Paradise, and Kidd locks in the Sharpshooter. He drags Kofi to the center of the ring and sits down tight, forcing Kofi to tap.

WINNER: TYSON KIDD.

It is announced that the Elimination Chamber event returns this month on the WWE Network.

We get clips from Daniel Bryan handing over the Intercontinental title on Monday night and being forced out of action once again due to injuries. I really hate to say it, but I legitimately fear Bryan’s in-ring career is over.

Bo Dallas comes out, reminding us he still has a job. He says this past week on RAW may have been the last time we see our beloved Bryan. Life isn’t all about yes or no. Albert Einstein once said that in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, and while Bryan being gone is going to be difficult, this is Dallas’ opportunity to be there for all of the fans. There are five stages of grief, and he can help you through them all. The first is denial. There is no denying Bryan let everyone down. The second is anger. Anger is good. Anger is healthy, especially when you direct it at Bryan for letting you all down. Then there’s bargaining, and you’re all going to get a heck of a bargain on the Bryan t-shirts now that he’s gone. Then there’s depression. Depression is what is going to completely engulf Bryan once he realizes everyone is about to forget about him (as he says this and I look at his face, now sporting a beard, I realize he’s trying desperately to look like his far more successful brother). Last, but certainly not least, is acceptance. Dallas can help you all accept the fact that Bryan is gone and never coming back. All you do is Bolieve! At this point, his voice was cracking worse than the Pimply-Faced College Kid on the The Simpsons.

MATCH 4: BO DALLAS VS. NEVILLE
After the entrances, we go to commercial. When we come back, Neville is being sent into the corner, only to flip his way out of making impact. He flips across the ring and hits a cross-body from the middle for 2. We are informed King Barrett is on commentary, as he’s facing Neville at Payback. Neville has Dallas in a side headlock, but Dallas fights his way out and sends Neville to the outside. Neville lands on the apron, then low-bridges an incoming Dallas. He kicks Dallas from the apron, only to have Dallas trip him up. Dallas rolls him into the ring, covers his head with the ring skirt and pounds away before getting back in and hitting a clothesline for 2. Dallas applies a cravat, which Neville counters with a snapmare. He slides through Dallas’ legs, hits a few kicks, a running boot and a forearm. Neville nails a step-up enziguri, then hits the Red Arrow for 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

Barrett jumps up on the announce desk and says how dare Neville try to pass himself off as a challenge to the King’s throne. He doesn’t have time for frivolities of a mere peasant like Neville, especially one that comes out week after week in such a ridiculous costume. Neville is in need of some good, old-fashioned corporal punishment, and that’s exactly what he’ll get at Payback, and it will come in the form of a Royal Bull Hammer. Now, subjects, repeat after him: All hail King Barrett!

We see Adam Rose giving Rosa Mendes Eskimo kisses in the back. She looks disgusted, so she asks what’s wrong. Apparently, Rose’s hot dog keeps staring at them. No, that’s not a metaphor for an erection. Rose orders his hot dog to come over. The hot dog says his name is Carl, and he wants to know when the Exotic Express is getting paid. Rose says he doesn’t pay them to talk. This is about more than money; this is a revolution. This is about high art. Carl asks if they’re not getting paid then. Rose grabs him and says he’s just like the Bunny, in that he doesn’t get it. Rose throws him to the ground, then says the party is officially over. Rosa says the party is about to begin, then proceeds to try to lick his brain stem by shoving her tongue as far into his mouth as possible.

MATCH 5-EXTREME RULES MATCH: KANE VS. ROMAN REIGNS
No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO! I’m sorry, but I can’t do this. I am so damn sick of seeing these two slog through another snooze-fest. I like Reigns, but Kane is at the point of his career where he’s just dragging everyone down that he works with. Why he is still working when he planned to retire several years ago, I’ll never know.

The two brawl at ringside for a couple minutes. Then the match starts. A kendo stick comes into play. Seth Rollins and J&J are looking on via monitor in the back. The announce desk gets torn up. The steps get torn up. Kane hits a sloppy DDT. Reigns kicks out of a chokeslam through a table. Reigns spears Kane through a table and gets 3 after about 8 minutes.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

Renee Young is standing by with Rollins and J&J. She asks how his confidence is after seeing Reigns wins just now. Rollins says he has never taken anything away from Reigns. Kane is nothing to sneeze at, but it will take more to take the WWE World title, and that goes for Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton as well. On Sunday, they will all be losers, just like…Rollins stops when he notices Young backing away. The camera pans out, and Ambrose is eating a snack while standing behind Rollins and J&J. They turn around, and Ambrose offers a cookie. He then throws the plate at the three and assaults Rollins. Rollins fights back, and that’s when Reigns comes in with an equipment box. He rams it into J&J, then chases Rollins off before having a brief stare-down with Ambrose. The camera pans down, and the WWE World title belt is at their feet. The two stare at each other a bit more as Reigns offers a handshake. Ambrose goes to shake it, but instead picks up the belt and sets it on Reigns’ shoulder. He says not to worry; he’ll take it on Sunday.

End of show.

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Roman Reigns Fan Q&A From Comic Con, Takes Shot At CM Punk

May 12, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns is making some news for a rare fan Q&A he participated in over the weekend at Comic Con in Philadelphia. One comment in particular is creating a buzz in which Reigns shoots down a past claim about who created the Shield.

Reigns took part in a fun Fan Q&A at Comic Con. Before I go further I think Reign’s critics need to watch this to see a side of Reigns they rarely see on television. He is personable, engaging, witty, and seemed like he had a real great time being there. It was refreshing to see this side of Reigns as opposed to the guy created by WWE on Monday nights. The stripped down version of Reigns sans scripts appears to have a lot more potential than the one we are accustomed to seeing.

Reigns talked a bunch of topics but one that is receiving some attention is a comment he made about the success of the Shield. Reigns took a shot at CM Punk, who on a podcast last year claimed that the Shield was his idea.

So, and this, I don’t know, this will probably blow some people’s minds and then some people will be like ‘oh, you’re full of s***’ but I don’t f***ing care either way: The Shield was my idea. What happened was, at the time the head writer was Eric Pankowski. He called me up one day and he was like ‘okay, uh, nobody knows you’re going to turn heel but we want to stick a stable with you.

I’m willing to do the heel stable thing but why don’t we pick three guys from FCW that are ready instead of using two guys, you know what I mean? They would just be treading water. Who cares? How many times are these guys going to turn?

“The idea was [WWE] were supposed to be my group. Things f***ing change. They like to take other people’s ideas, make it their own idea, and then tout how awesome they are.

Reigns told the fans at Comic Con the only thing Punk created was the Pepsi tattoo on his shoulder. This is just another instance where another one of Punk’s former colleagues has discredited an account or claim Punk made in his Colt Cabana podcast interview. So keep in mind that while what Punk said made him seem like a real cool outlaw, how much of it is true and how much of it is exaggerated will always be up for debate.

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Money Matters! Floyd Mayweather Defeats Manny Pacquiao

May 03, 2015 By: Category: Boxing, Sports, Videos

Money Matters!: Floyd Mayweather Defeats Manny PacquiaoWhen we went to the scorecards I had a nasty feeling that this one’s going to raise a stink. Nevertheless I expected it to be a close one. Then I heard 118-110! No one’s gonna score that against the home boy. That means Pacquiao’s going down.

But anyone who watched the match with a clear, unbiased mind would swear that Pacquiao didn’t go down even for a second during the 12 round ‘5-year-in-the-making’. He simply looked to live up to the fight. Perhaps the characteristic onslaught was missing. But then you need your opponent to square up to you for that.

In Pacquiao’s limited English, ‘if Mayweather wasn’t moving much….’ What he meant, of course was if Mayweather just fought back, maybe he could have unleashed a lot more aggression. But then Mayweather was kept on his toes throughout, trying to figure out how to survive the ‘eater of pac-dots’.

I won’t go into the rounds and what went down. Instead let me quote Pacquiao.

When asked at the end of the fight about what he thought, Pacquiao said he thought he had won the fight. And he wasn’t just saying it. He meant every bit of it.

The interviewer of course didn’t like it. And he asked why Manny thought so – with a supercilious ‘since no one else did’. Pacquiao said, ‘Mayweather did nothing.’ And he said that with disbelief that was hard to miss.

From then on it became a farce as the interviewer tried to exploit Pac’s poor language skills to get him against the ropes. With as much partisan edge he was allowed to get into his voice, he kept probing. But Pacquiao couldn’t say anything beyond the truth. Mayweather did nothing.

Yeah! The champ. The pound for pounder. The undefeated. And he did nothing.But then perhaps he knew money would win in the end.
He’s got a whopping big deal with Showtime. Not been defeated. Got one more match to go. There’s money riding on that. Big money. And I guess Mayweather had to win for the sake of Money.

Not so with Pacquiao. He’s still good. Can give as good as he gets or doesn’t. But he’s not Money.

He’s the bull that must die in the afternoon for the Matador de Toros to stand tall. The moment of truth hit him tonight. It hit us tonight. But let’s all forget that. Judges don’t matter. Scorecards don’t matter. That last image of a man walking back still trying to make sense of the true meaning of money is all that matters. After all it’s professional boxing!

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WWE SmackDown Results and April 30 Recap

May 02, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE SmackDown opens with Seth Rollins, flanked by J&J Security, reaming someone off camera in the Authority’s office. The camera pans over, and we see Kane. The two then argue about what happened Monday night. Rollins blames Kane for him now having to defend his title in a triple threat match at Payback (what the hell is WWE’s deal with triple threats?) against Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. Kane says Rollins shouldn’t have a problem proving how good he is in that match. Rollins says Kane is his problem. He’s supposed to make decisions that are best for business, which in turn are best for Rollins. Kane says what’s best for business is giving fans a match they want (so why hasn’t he done it?). Rollins calls that crap, then says Kane is jealous of him. Rollins is everything Kane never was and never will be. He will rise while Kane fades away. Kane says part of his job is to help Rollins grow as an athlete and a person, and so help him, he’ll make a man out of Rollins if that’s the last thing he does. So tonight, he’s going to face the man he was supposed to last week, Dean Ambrose, because that’s what’s best for business. Rollins says what’s best for business is Kane 20 years ago, not this irrelevant Kane. He dares Kane to do something out there and prove that he has some viability, something to give to the Authority.

Roman Reigns heads down to the ring, and we see what happened on RAW with Kane losing it on Rollins and J&J, eventually costing himself and Rollins a tag match against Orton and Reigns. Back to the ring, Reigns sends a shout-out to Ambrose and wishes him luck later tonight. Rollins destroyed what they created together, that being the Shield. He also took the greatest opportunity Reigns has ever had at Wrestlemania. Since that night, he’s had to scratch and crawl, but wait until you see the fight he brings to Orton and Rollins.

Kane comes out, and he’s taking his button-down off. He waves for someone to follow him, and it’s a referee. Looks like we’re going to a match.

MATCH 1: ROMAN REIGNS VS. KANE
The two trade punches until Kane reverses a corner whip. He clubs Reigns across the back, but Reigns comes back with a series of uppercuts. Kane grabs him by the shirt and throws him onto the mat before sending him into the buckles. Kane hits a back suplex, then drops a double axe handle across the back. Reigns comes back with a boot off the rope, then low-bridges Kane to the floor. Outside, Kane comes back with an uppercut and looks to throw Reigns into the ring post. Reigns reverses, then hits the apron kick from the opposite side. Kane recovers and drops Reigns with a sidewalk slam across the announce desk. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kane has Reigns in a bearhug in the middle of the ring. Reigns elbows his way out, only to get rammed back-first into the buckles. Kane foot-chokes Reigns on the apron, then sends him into the buckles for a corner clothesline, which gets 2. Kane talks some trash, only to receive an uppercut. The two trade shots before Reigns gets the upper-hand and hits a suplex. Both men get back up, with Reigns ducking a clothesline and hitting one of his own. He blocks a corner charge, then hits a flying clothesline from the middle buckle. Reigns hits a series of corner clotheslines and uppercut. Kane comes back with one of his own before running into a Samoan drop. Reigns loads up the Superman Punch, but Kane blocks it and catches Reigns with a chokeslam for 2. Kane is livid, and he signals for the tombstone. Reigns slides out and drops Kane with a DDT. He connects with a Superman Punch and goes for the spear, but Kane sees it coming and heads for higher ground. He is counted out as we see Rollins and J&J watching on a monitor.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: ROMAN REIGNS.

Renee Young approaches Rollins and wants a reaction to what just happened. Rollins says it’s obvious: Kane got in over his head. The major difference between him and Kane, aside from Kane carrying around a senior citizen discount card while Rollins carries the WWE World title, is that Rollins never runs away from a fight. He finds a way to win the fight on his own, which is exactly what he’ll do at Payback. He’ll beat both Orton and Reigns on his own. He doesn’t need the help of anyone, including the Authority and J&J. He only needs himself. He is the future, and the future is now, which makes him the man.

Tonight, we get a tag title rematch from Extreme Rules.

MATCH 2: DAMIEN SANDOW VS. CURTIS AXEL
Sandow has a new entrance theme, and it’s kind of generic. The bell rings, and Axel starts with some trash talk before ripping his shirt off. Sandow starts to do the same, but Axel tries to clothesline him. Sandow ducks and applies a side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. He finally rips the shirt off, then throws Axel to the floor. Outside, Sandow sits down next to Axel, only to hit him with a back elbow. Back in, Axel stomps Sandow as he re-enters the ring. Axel hits a corner whip and a splash before grinding his knee into Sandow’s face. Sandow avoids a second corner splash, then starts to do the Hulk Hogan bit. He connects with a big boot and follows up with You’re Welcome for 3.

WINNER: DAMIEN SANDOW.

Renee Young is with Ryback. She mentions him being attacked by Bray Wyatt on RAW. Why is Ryback Wyatt’s target? Ryback doesn’t have answer, but the “Eater of Worlds” has bitten off more than he can chew. He wants to question Ryback’s dedication, so tonight, Ryback is giving a special dedication to Wyatt when he devours Wyatt’s former disciple, Luke Harper. Wyatt, don’t worry, friend. His message will be very clear, and it won’t contain any big words. In fact, it only contains three tiny words: feed me more.

MATCH 3: RYBACK VS. LUKE HARPER
The two lock up, and Ryback applies a side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes for a 0-count. Harper backs Ryback into the corner, hits a couple uppercuts, then applies a headlock of his own. Ryback turns it into a top wristlock and drives Harper down for 1. Harper breaks free with a forearm shot, then hits an uppercut. Ryback nails a few punches, misses a clothesline and hits a Thesz press. He rams the back of Harper’s head into the mat a few times, then proceeds to shoulder him in the corner. He sets Harper up on top, only to have Harper hit another uppercut. He drops down and hits a suplex before flexing for the crowd. Harper looks for another suplex, only to have Ryback reverse and hit a delayed vertical. In the corner, Ryback mounts Harper for some punches, only to have Harper drop him with a sit-out powerbomb for 2. He boots Ryback to the floor as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Harper levels Ryback with a back elbow for 2. Harper applies the Gator Roll, but Ryback is powering his way back to his feet. He escapes the hold by tossing Harper on his face, then lays in some rights. Harper hits a boot, but then runs into a forearm that sends him to the apron. Ryback pulls him back in, hits a boot out of the corner, follows up with an over-the-shoulder powerslam and then hits a Warrior Splash for 2. Ryback sets up a powerbomb, but Harper counters into a jackknife for 2. Off the ropes, Ryback hits a spinebuster, then signals for the Meat Hook. Harper blocks it with a big boot, then nails a superkick for 2. Ryback recovers and ducks a clothesline before hitting the Meat Hook. Shell Shocked connects, and that’s good for 3.

WINNER: RYBACK.

The screen goes black, and when it comes back on, Bray Wyatt is in the ring. Ryback sees him and charges, only to get hit with a standing uranage. Wyatt pounds on him, then lays him out with Sister Abigail. He then stares at Harper for a moment before turning back to the crowd for his catchphrase.

MATCH 4-WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON (CHAMPIONS; W/XAVIER WOODS) VS. CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA)
I dig Nattie’s catsuit this week. She looks great. Kidd and Kofi start with a test of strength, only to have Kidd immediately turn it into a pin for 1. The two go through a standing switch several times utnil Kidd turns the situation into a crucifix for 1. Kidd applies a rear chinlock, then turns it into an arm wringer. Kofi escapes and tosses Kidd over the top, only to have Kidd skin the cat over the top of Cesaro, who is supporting him with his back. Cesaro tags himself in as Kidd flips back into the ring, and the former champs hit Kofi with a flapjack into a Very European Uppercut for 2. Cesaro deadlifts Kofi up and hits him with a gutwrench suplex for 2. Cesaro gets in a backslide for 2, then applies a top wristlock, that he turns into a 3/4 nelson, which he then turns into a rear chinlock. Kofi counters with a jawbreaker, hits a few shots, then goes for a suplex. Cesaro blocks it, powers Kofi up into a vertical and tags in Kidd. Kidd comes off the top and he & Cesaro hit Kofi with a combination suplex/sidewalk slam for 2. Kidd applies an arm wringer and tags in Cesaro, who nails Kofi with a gut shot before hitting a butterfly suplex. Kofi rolls to the floor, only to have Cesaro give chase. Cesaro gets distracted by Woods on the outside, which allows Kofi to sneak back into the ring and tag E behind Cesaro’s back. Cesaro gets back in and hits a European uppercut on Kofi. E comes in, only to have Cesaro drop him with a German suplex. Kidd tags in, and the former champs stomp E down in sync with a “New Day sucks” chant. Kidd backflips over the top rope, hitting E with a kick in the process. He nails a shoulder through the ropes, then hits Kofi on the apron with a back elbow. He tries to kick Woods on the floor, but misses, allowing E to knock him off the apron and send him flying into the barricade. Woods taunts Kidd at E picks him up and rams him into the barricade. Back in the ring, E stomps Kidd down as Kofi tags himself in. Kofi does some stomping, then tags in E. Does the same, tags in Kofi, and slingshots him into Kidd for a dropkick that gets 2. Kofi applies an armbar, only to have Kidd fight out. Kofi trips him off the ropes, sliding to the floor in the process. Back in, Kofi goes for a double axe handle from the middle rope, only to be met by a dropkick from Kidd. E tags in and knocks Cesaro off the apron before sending Kidd to the floor with an over-the-top belly-to-belly. Commercials.

Back from the break, E has Kidd in a bearhug. Kidd escapes, but E quickly grabs him in a belly-to-belly for 2. Kofi tags in and hits a quick kick to the chest. He hits the Boom Drop, then knocks Cesaro off the apron. Kofi signals for Trouble in Paradise, but Kidd sees it coming and ducks. Kidd makes the tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro back-body drops Kofi before booting E off the apron. He nails four European uppercuts in opposite corners and follows up with a short-arm clothesline for 2. Cesaro applies a la magistral for 2, then hits a Warrior Press, followed by a double stomp for 2 as E breaks it up. Cesaro sends him to the floor, then goes after Woods, who has just jumped on the apron. Woods quickly drops down, and the distraction is enough for Kofi to roll Cesaro up for 2. Kofi hits the Pendulum in the corner and tags in E, who runs through Cesaro with a vertical splash for 2 as Kidd breaks it up this time. Kofi looks to toss Kidd, but gets tossed himself. Kidd ducks a clothesline by E and hits Kofi with a suicide dive. E turns to Cesaro in the corner, who hits him with a big knee. Cesaro mounts the middle buckle and hits a flying European uppercut. Cesaro calls for the Cesaro Swing, tags in Kidd, and the two hit Montezuma’s Revenge for 2 as Woods and Kofi break up the pin, leading to the DQ.

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: CESARO AND TYSON KIDD; STILL CHAMPIONS: BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON.

The 3-on-2 attack continues. Kidd gets thrown shoulder-first into the ring post and Cesaro is then stomped down by all three.

We cut to some footage from earlier today, and it’s Cameron and Summer Rae gossiping about Naomi and Brie Bella. Nikki Bella walks up a moment later, and says Cameron is brave for running Brie down when she’s not here. Nikki then tries to get all tough, then challenges Cameron to a match tonight. Cameron says she has no problem with that. Since when did the Bella Tw*ts turn face? And why are supposed to care?

Commercial for ECW Unreleased, Vol. 3. Those are always good sets.

More stupid submissions for the new season of WWE Tough Enough. Save for a female powerlifter and a female boxer, these clips are all garbage.

MATCH 5: CAMERON VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONS NIKKI BELLA (NON-TITLE)
We get an inset promo from Naomi. She says something about fairytales. In the real world, the nice people fail. Brie Bella got a taste of that on RAW, and soon, Nikki will have her dreams shattered.

The match starts with a lock-up, which Nikki reverses into an armdrag. She follows up with a clothesline, then hits a snapmare before going into an armbar. Cameron breaks it with forearm shots, then throws Nikki to the corner. She tries and fails to do something sexy, then runs into a back elbow. Nikki comes off the middle with a Disaster Kick, but misses. Cameron covers her for 2, then hits some forearms to the back before kicking Nikki to the floor. Nikki starts selling a knee injury as Cameron throws her into the barricade. Back in the ring, Cameron hits a suicide kick for 2. At least she remembered to lay Nikki in the right position for the pin this time. Nikki comes back with an armdrag, only to have Cameron hit her with a hair mare. Cameron applies a rear chinlock, then jumps on Nikki’s back as she gets to her feet. Nikki breaks it by falling into the buckles. She ducks a clothesline, hits two of her own, then hits a dropsh*t. She misses a corner clothesline, hits a back elbow, then connect with a Disaster Kick for 2. Cameron rolls her up for 2, then slaps her across the face. Nikki hits her with a forearm, then connects with the Rack Attack for 3.

WINNER: NIKKI BELLA.

Another segment with the Prime-Time Players. Darren Young is pretending to cry about the New Day being the new tag champs. Titus O’Neil asks if anyone is excited about the new champs. Crickets chirp. He then introduces the New Day Be Gone Box. You can put it anywhere in your home, and if you see New Day on the screen, you just clap them away while chanting. Now, if you want the PTP on your screen, call WWE and let them know. If WWE Shop ever gets their act together and starts selling the PTP shirt, they could be printing money. “Millions of dollars” chant.

Dean Ambrose is in his locker room, warming up, when he’s approached by Seth Rollins and J&J. Rollins says he just wants to talk. They have a lot of history, and he thinks it’s in his best interest if Ambrose backs out tonight. Rollins has a huge title match at Payback, and Kane made this match out of spite. When Triple H finds out, he’s going to be furious, and he’s going to take that fury out on anyone who willingly participated, including Ambrose. Ambrose says that sounds good, then says he’ll see Rollins out there. Rollins says that’s a huge mistake, and Ambrose says his whole life has been a huge mistake. At least this one ends with him beating Rollins’ face in.

We get some highlights of the King of the Ring tournament, which was eventually won by Bad News Barrett, who defeated Neville in the finals.

MATCH 6: DEAN AMBROSE VS. WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) (NON-TITLE)
Ambrose applies a hammerlock and drives Rollins into the mat. He pulls Rollins’ arm up and yanks on his fingers before sending him to the floor with a knee to the shoulder. Rollins gets back in and hits a kick, followed by a punch. Rollins hits some shoulder thrusts in the corner, then drives Ambrose down with a hammerlock of his own. Ambrose counters with a drop toehold, then goes for his version of the Regal Stretch, only to turn it into a half straight jacket, which he breaks with a shot to the back of the neck. Rollins recovers, sends Ambrose into the corner and nails him with strikes. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body, right into some mounted punches. Rollins gets clotheslined to the floor near J&J. Ambrose chases them off, then intercepts Rollins with a punch before rolling him back in the ring. J&J disctract Ambrose, allowing Rollins to dropkick him through the ropes. The ref turns his back, and J&J use that to stomp Ambrose down. Kane then walks down to ringside as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins eats a forearm shot from Ambrose. He shakes it off, kicks Ambrose, then stomps him down before hitting a short-arm clothesline. He follows up with another one, then kicks Ambrose in the face a few times. Ambrose ducks a third short-arm and hits one of his own. Ambrose snaps off some jabs, followed by some punches. He hits a couple forearms off the ropes, another one in the corner and a running bulldog. Ambrose heads up top and goes for the elbow. Rollins boots him and looks for the corner powerbomb. Ambrose escapes and dropkicks Rollins to the floor. Ambrose hits a suicide dive, then rolls Ambrose back in. Rollins kicks him, ducks a rebound clothesline, misses a roundhouse, then gets hit with an atomic drop into a sit-out facebuster for 2. Rollins rolls to the apron, and Ambrose meets him at the corner, pulling him up for a superplex. Rollins fights him off, rakes the eyes and sunset flips into a running corner powerbomb for 2. Rollins goes for a thrust kick, but Ambrose blocks it and rolls him up for 2. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, only to have Rollins escape and hit a Ghetto Blaster. He connects with the thrust kick this time, but only gets 2. Rollins argues with the referee as Kane is on the apron. Ambrose shoves Rollins into Kane, knocking him to the floor, then rolls Rollins up for 2. Rollins then gets backdropped onto Kane outside. J&J check on both of them, and that’s when Ambrose wipes out Kane and J&J with a flying elbow. Rollins comes out of nowhere and throws Ambrose into the barricade. He goes to check on Kane, only to have Kane grab him by the throat. Ambrose dives onto Kane, who catches him by the throat as well. The referee threatens to disqualify Rollins, so Kane lets both men go. He then goes to grab the referee, but stops. As he’s talking to the ref, Ambrose sends him face-first into the ring post. Rollins rolls Ambrose back in, only to have Rollins continue spinning. He lands on his feet on the floor and wipes out both members of J&J with a double clothesline, sending them over the announce desk. Rollins then sends Ambrose face-first into the ring steps. He rolls Ambrose back in and hits his new finisher, a falling DDT, for 3.

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

Kane enters the ring and appears to be targeting Rollins, but then instead stomps Ambrose down. J&J and Rollins join in the attack, and that’s when Roman Reigns’ music hits. He runs down the aisle and wipes Kane out with a Superman Punch. In the ring, he tosses J&J, then goes after Rollins. J&J jump him again, but he throws them to the side and sends Rollins to the floor. J&J then get taken out with a double spear. Kane re-enters the ring and goes for a chokeslam on both Reigns and Kane, but Reigns breaks it with a punch to the head. Ambrose follows up with a rebound clothesline, and Reigns then nails a spear as Rollins watches from the stage.

End of show.

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Dana White Says No WWE Match For Ronda Rousey

April 26, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

While many observers are excited about the idea of Ronda Rousey wrestling at WrestleMania 32, there is one guy who isn’t. Unfortunately that happens to be the one guy who can make it happen and according to him, it’s time for the WWE to move to Plan B.

UFC champion Ronda Rousey made international headlines after she got into the ring at WrestleMania 31 and teamed up with the Rock. Most presumed it was a prelude to WrestleMania 32 and subsequential reports confirmed that the WWE are planning a Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon match at Mania 32. Not so fast says Dana White.

I think the bigger story behind Rousey appearing at WrestleMania was the UFC giving her permission to do so. Dana White has always been adamant that he didn’t want his fighters getting physical on pro wrestling shows. White was responsible for shutting down a Brock Lesnar return to the WWE while Lesnar was still fighting for the UFC. So when Rousey got into the ring and got physical at Mania, many wondered if White had changed his mind on pro wrestling. Apparently he hasn’t.

White was asked about her appearance at Mania and the rumors of Rousey wrestling next year in Dallas, Texas. White immediately shot them down and said that Rousey’s WrestleMania appearance was a one and done.

“What she did on WrestleMania was awesome. It was awesome. It came off great, I loved it. Um, she’s a one and done.”

When asked if that meant she wouldn’t be involved in any more WWE matches he reaffirmed, “Nope.”

Houston we have a problem! The problem is that the biggest star in the UFC wants to return to the WWE. Rousey is a big pro wrestling fan and recently told Roddy Piper that the biggest problem she had with her Mania appearance is that she is hungry for more.

“I hit the ground running,” Rousey said. “The first I ever wrestled was at Wrestlemania with an attendance record at Levi’s Stadium. I had a problem when I left. There’s no way I can’t not go back in there again. There’s no way. After experiencing that, there’s nothing like it.

The UFC could have a big problem on its hands. Do the UFC hold the power here? They sure do. But you also don’t want the biggest star in your company unhappy. Rousey’s popularity is growing and so is her movie career. Rousey is an athlete at heart but she is also a business woman and she certainly has enough money to retire or sit out to support a dispute. With Anderson Silva and GSP seemingly lost, the UFC cannot afford to a rift between its MVP and the president.

My prediction is that Rousey will be at Mania but she won’t be wrestling. Quite frankly I don’t think it makes much sense, unless she is getting in the ring and beating someone in 30 seconds. I do predict that we will see Rousey in a WWE ring but it will come much later after retirement or a hostile standoff with the organization.

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Happy Anniversary AWA WrestleRock 86

April 20, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

29 years ago today the biggest and last super card in AWA history took place. WrestleRock better known for the WrestleRock Rumble took place today in 1986 in what some could argue was the beginning of the end of the AWA.

WrestleRock was Verne Gagne’s answer to the super cards being presented by his rivals the WWE and Jim Crockett Promotions. While the super card was not a new concept, WrestleMania took that idea to new heights. JCP was already in the game with Starrcade which by 1986 had become its own entity for the NWA fan base.

The AWA was on ESPN during this time and unlike the WWE and even JCP who booked their super card angles up to a year in advance, WrestleRock seemed to come out of nowhere. I remember watching the shows at the time and thinking about how random the event seemed. One would have assumed that with the power of ESPN television, WrestleRock could have turned the wrestling war around. It didn’t.

One of the biggest questions looking back on the event is why Verne didn’t take it to pay-per-view. For whatever reasons he did not and instead invested into an event similar to the Great American Bash which produced a tour and one big show to highlight the tour. The show took place on April 20, 11986 in the home base of the AWA, Minneapolis, MN.

Almost 30 years later this event is not remembered for any match, any angle, or any moment on the show. This show is remembered for one of the campiest, corniest, silliest promotional videos of all-time, the WrestleRock Rumble! This gem produced by Verne featured all of his talent rapping, yes rapping for an event with “rock” in the title, promos behind music. It was based on the highly popular cult video that the Chicago Bears put it out a few months earlier before the Super Bowl.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the event itself was that it was a flop. It wasn’t. The event reportedly outdrew both Crockett Cup tournaments which turned out to be a big financial flop for JCP. Financially it is hard to ascertain what the final result was because the payroll was ridiculous for the show. The show drew 23,000 fans and featured fifteen, yes fifteen matches! Sounds like a bad independent show lineup but that is what Verne came to town with.

Another interesting fact that many fail to remember is that the event featured a concert by Waylon Jennings. So to recap you have an event with “rock” in the title to play off of the rock and wrestling success the WWE had, promoted by a rap video, featuring a country music concert. You have to love Verne!

One other note which kind of surprised me. This is not on the WWE Network. The WWE bought the rights to the AWA library and owns the footage. I would have expected to see this on the network by now, especially with so many future WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers like Mr. Perfect, Barry Windham, the Road Warriors, Shawn Michaels, and Scott Hall on the bill.

I won’t go through an entire review of the show because quite honestly I can’t force myself to watch them all again. What I do remember is that for such a big event, there were a lot of non-finishes. In fact, two out of the three championship matches on the show ended in disqualifications. The only finish in a championship match was Scott Hall and Curt Hennig defeating the Long Riders.

The lineup was quite an eclectic mix of talent. The best match on the show was probably the Midnight Rockers against Buddy Rose and Doug Somers, but that only went 12 minutes. Special guests on the show included Harley Race, Mike Rotunda, Barry Windham, Tiger Mask, Kamala, and Wahoo McDaniel. Other notables on the show were full-time and part-time AWA players Sgt. Slaughter, Bruiser Brody, champion Stan Hansen, Jimmy Snuka (who cooled off quickly after coming in hot from the WWE), Rick Martel, the Road Warriors, Michael Hayes, and Jimmy Garvin.

What should have been the turning point in the 1980s wrestling wars was the beginning of the end. The AWA never came close to hosting an event like this and by the end of the year most of the big names had left for Japan, WWE, or the NWA. Looking at the results throughout the rest of the year, the Road Warriors only did a couple of dates after this as they were pretty much full-time JCP. Stan Hansen was gone in a few months. Rick Martel left shortly after to return to the WWE. The Freebirds and Sgt. Slaughter were gone. Jimmy Snuka also worked minimal dates by the end of the year leaving the usual AWA suspects.

By the time Verne got into the pay-per-view game it was 1988 and he had lost all of his big guns. While the idea of coming to pay-per-view with a title vs. title headliner was nice, there was little demand in seeing two declining territorial champions in Kerry Von Erich and Jerry Lawler unify titles. In all actuality it was Super Clash 88 that was truly the end of the AWA as the promotion survived on life support for the remainder of its existence.

It is interesting to look back and wonder what would have happened if this card was televised on pay-per-view or didn’t happen at all. Would Verne have been able to keep his big guns around longer if he didn’t lose a fortune on this and future events? We’ll never know but in the meantime take a few minutes out of this historic day to enjoy yourself some WrestleRock Rumble…you earned it!

AWA WrestleRock 1986 Results…
Road Warriors defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin in a cage match
Verne Gagne defeated Sheik Adnan in a cage match
Greg Gagne & Jimmy Snuka defeated King Kong Brody & Nord the Barbarian in a cage match
Nick Bockwinkel defeated AWA Champion Stan Hansen via DQ
Scott LeDeoux defeated Larry Zbyszko via DQ
AWA Tag Team Champions Curt Hennig & Scott Hall defeated Bill Irwin & Scott Irwin
Sherri Martel won a 10 woman Battle Royal
Rick Martel no contest Harley Race
Shohei Baba defeated Bulldog Bob Brown
Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo defeated Fabulous Ones
Tiger Mask (Misawa) defeated Buck Zumhofe
Buddy Rose & Doug Somers defeated Midnight Rockers
Colonel DeBeers defeated Wahoo McDaniel via DQ
Brad Rheingans defeated Boris Zhukov
Little Mr. T and Cowboy Lang defeated Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo

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