With just one week until the one year anniversary of this column, I would like to recognize two wrestlers for the award. After discussing both, I will provide my thoughts on which should ultimately be the winner this week. They both became number one contenders this week. They are Damien Sandow and Natalya.
This past Monday on Raw, Sandow defeated Dolph Ziggler to become number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. The matches between Sandow and Ziggler the last few weeks have been pretty pointless up until now. Sure, they mainly dealt with the theme of that episode of Raw, but why should anyone care about this feud? Two former Money in the Bank winners finally squared off with something on the line. While Sandow winning made sense in the fact that he is the heel, a match between Ziggler and Big E Langston would also be intriguing based on their past as partners.
Nonetheless, the choice of pushing Sandow into the Intercontinental title picture does interest me. He did appear to lose a lot of steam after failing to cash in Money in the Bank, but ..click here to read more
The rumors and speculation regarding WWE WrestleMania 30 matches appears to change monthly. It seems that this is the first Mania in years where fans don’t have any indication of where things are going. That is what makes these predictions fun.
I can’t recall a time in recent years where I didn’t have some idea of what the direction was for WrestleMania. Even if it is just one match, the WWE has generally given fans enough of a tease by now to get the buzz going. It was only two Mania events ago that the fans knew one year out what to expect at the annual spectacular.
Plans seem to be changing by the week in the WWE. Guys on top a few weeks ago are now wrestling in mid-card tag team matches. Anything is possible at this point. So with that mindset let’s look at a few logical and maybe not so logical matches that we could see this coming in April in New Orleans.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker…Unified Title vs. Streak - I have been predicting this match for years and every year I am ..click here to read more
If the WWE is going to unify the WWE and World titles at TLC, then the idea of making the Intercontinental and the United States Championship more prestigious is the thing this company must do to give new life to title competition.
And maybe WWE’s Main Event and SmackDown are the best way to promote these titles.
While it is “only” a one-hour show, Main Event and SmackDown for that matter concentrate more on wrestling. While I think the Blue Brand still does too much recapping events that are already a week old. But if the company would stick to a script of “wrestling” and staying on point of promoting the upcoming shows and pay-per-views, the WWE could strike gold again.
Main Event and SmackDown are where wrestlers like Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, R-Truth and E Langston could shine. Case in point, Damien Sandow and R-Truth “wrestled” on Wednesday night, which I found to be entertaining and worth the time to watch a mid-week show. We see this time and time again from the program, where there is actual insight from The Miz and other guest commentators. It ..click here to read more
We were all rooting for him to succeed yet in the end Daniel Bryan was not nearly the draw at the box office his “Yes” reactions suggested he would be. The numbers are in and it is official. The Daniel Bryan experiment was a failure. Now it’s time to take some accountability.
I had this debate constantly for the several months that Bryan was pushed. His hardcore fans are as loyal as you can find. They not only thought Bryan was the best, they were convinced he was over. I never bought in and blogged about it several times. To me it always came down to the numbers and not the number of fans at a live event chanting “Yes!” His defenders either failed to see that or discounted them. Unfortunately there is no getting around it at this point. He wasn’t over.
Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter breaks down the buyrates from recent pay per view events that featured Daniel Bryan in the headliner and top story. The numbers aren’t pretty. We already know that SummerSlam was a disappointment in ..click here to read more
Anderson Silva is an interesting guy. Not only is he the greatest MMA fighter of our lifetime, he is certainly one of the most quotable. Silva has an interesting way of looking at things so his take on Chris Weidman KO’ing him shouldn’t be a big surprise.
Silva was stopped for the first time in his UFC career back at UFC 162 against the underdog Chris Weidman. Silva started clowning around and Weidman clocked him for the knockout while his hands were done, dethroning the middleweight champion. Silva though sees things differently.
Silva told Sport.TV that it was his footwork and not his hands being down which cost him the fight.
“My mistakes in that fight, and that’s the first time I’m saying this, were basic mistakes,” Silva told Sportv. “I did everything I had to do except hit him. I didn’t counterattack. When I stopped with my feet parallel, I should have hit him and walked one step behind. I didn’t do that. I saw my mistakes and I’m working on that to train for this next fight.”
Silva blames his feet here which is ..click here to read more
Not all WWE champions are created equal. For every Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and The Rock you will have a Miz, Kevin Nash, and Iron Sheik. A look back at the elite class of former champions reveals a class that may not all be so elite after all.
Worst topics are always fun in pro wrestling because let’s face it. There are a lot of terrible ideas that have made it to the ring over the years. Yet one of the most interesting to debate is world champion. There were a lot of great ones for sure, but a look back at the historic list of former WWE champions reveals several disappointments throughout the long lineage of champions.
Now keep in mind that I specifically looked back at former WWE champions. I skilled former WWE world heavyweight champions because the lineage only goes back ten years. The Great Khali and Jack Swagger are safe otherwise they would have wind up in the top five. The Miz and The Iron Sheik aren’t so lucky.
The Miz – I said it in 2011 when he was running around with the ..click here to read more
The one wrestler who is most effected by the Authority angle, more so than Daniel Bryan is CM Punk. With no true angle in the aftermath of the Paul Heyman feud, the WWE scored another zero by putting one of the best performers in the company in an angle that has shown to have no real meaning story-wise.
If you count taking Daniel Bryan from the highest pinnacle of success to possibly the lowest point the could be at with Wyatt Family, then you have an angle where maybe this is a punishment for the company’s two greatest lone wolves who define the establishment.
In doing so, the “devil” Bray Wyatt continues to talk about had better be Vince McMahon – or he and Paul Heyman. Anyone else would be a serious letdown for myself and the WWE Universe.
But right now, CM Punk has in effect become the one thing he swore in his numerous vignettes and promos – a puppet of the company.
Recently, the WWE has done a severe 180 degree turn in who is part of the WWE title picture. Not only is the company ..click here to read more
WWE WrestleMania 30 is still four months away but that has not stopped fans from speculating on the main events that will take place. Hulk Hogan’s name has been thrown around as a possible opponent for John Cena. Ryback versus Goldberg is being talked about once again and there is always the question of who The Rock could face if he chooses to come back.
But the Deadman trumps them all. And this year, the primary rumor surrounding Undertaker is a potential match against Brock Lesnar. While this makes sense on many levels, I for one am left with the notion that perhaps someone else could have challenged The Undertaker’s undefeated streak.
It could have been Undertaker versus Bray Wyatt; and it could have been huge.
From the moment that the famous vignettes began airing back in May, fans knew that they were in for something special. The Wyatt Family was unlike anything that the WWE faithful had ever seen yet were strangely familiar at the same time.
They were one part Raven’s Flock mixed with CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society and one part Mick Foley’s Mankind character. They ..click here to read more
The UFC is gearing up for its most ambitious year in its 20 year existence. The MMA giant is scheduled to unleash close to 50 live events in 2014. The company will air many on an exclusive network in what I believe is the beginning of a long ending to UFC as we know it.
I have no qualms admitting that I am hardly the UFC fan today I was 20, 10, 5, even one year ago. The handful of shows I miss has now turned into the handful of shows I catch over the course of a year. There is just too much UFC and the announcement of this network confirms it.
The UFC will reportedly launch its own network in 2014. The new network will be available online and will offer access to streaming live events around the world, international The Ultimate Fighter seasons, as well as the UFC library for a monthly fee. Lorenzo Fertitta told USA Today that he wants to make sure every fan has the access to catch all of the events.
“The UFC’s expansion into international markets, and the extended calendar ..click here to read more
Maybe the hardest sell in the title unification match between Randy Orton and John Cena at the TLC pay-per-view this month is not the match, itself. The provision of one man holding two titles works, but what happens after the titles are unified? And if (and this is a big if) John Cena is the face of the WWE to align himself with The Authority, can we accept Randy Orton as a face again when we so desperately wanted him to turn heel in the first place?
The WWE and its creative team (which I hear is on the hot seat of late, as usual) may not have thought this thing all the way through to see where this would end up. I am not saying the company should reach out to him, but may the WWE should take a page from Eric Bischoff’s book and work the program from ending to beginning before it starts handing out two titles to a wrestler and sends him on his merry way to defend the WWE Universe.
In other words – the idea is a great way to get ..click here to read more