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Brock Lesnar’s Opponents: Dean Ambrose

July 24, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s gonna happen people.

On August 17th, Brock Lesnar will more than likely beat John Cena and become WWE World Heavyweight Champion again. I know most people are groaning about the prospect of it, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s an interest booking challenge with the limited dates for Lesnar to work, plus you have some interesting opponents for Lesnar to face. In what I’m hoping is a possible new series, I’m going to look at the possible opponents for Lesnar. The one thing that I hope with Lesnar being the champion is that not only do faces want to face him, but heels too.

Heyman’s promos thus far about Lesnar aren’t just putting down faces, but heels too. Heyman just isn’t targeting the Daniel Bryan’s when he talks up the accomplishments of Lesnar, he’s going after the Orton’s of the world when he talks about everything Lesnar has accomplished. When Vader first won the title, sure a guy like Ron Simmons’s or Ricky Steamboat made their intent to take the belt known, but Cactus Jack was also talking up taking on the big man. That would establish Lesnar as a complete monster that needs to be stopped. It shouldn’t be Lesnar vs The Good Guys; it should be Lesnar vs The World.

While certain opponents in this series can match up with Lesnar in terms of physicality, strength, brutality and even wrestling ability, this guy doesn’t match-up with Lesnar in those areas. What he has though, is the insane ability to take punishment and keep coming after you. A man who doesn’t care about his body, just beating the crap out of you is what he cares about. A gutsy brawler with some wrestling chops to boot. A street dog essentially, who won’t stop until he has you on the ground and rips your throat out.

Dean Ambrose.

When I think of the prospect of Lesnar against Ambrose, I think of a quote from Rocky II, when Duke tries to talk Creed out of a second fight with Balboa:

“I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you.”

What I see, is a guy who can play the Cactus Jack to Brock Lesnar’s Vader. I remember watching the first Cactus/Vader match with my dad and telling my dad that Vader is gonna run over Cactus with ease. My dad, probably appeasing four year me, told me that Vader might be bigger and stronger but don’t underestimate the guts of a guy like Cactus Jack. Ambrose is that guy to take on Lesnar and hell it makes sense that Lesnar and Ambrose would meet up. Ambrose is becoming a thorn in the side of Triple H and what better way to do away with him than putting him against Brock Lesnar. A public execution, billed as a championship match to the uninformed. Except, Heyman doesn’t want it.

Not because he doesn’t believe that Brock can’t beat Ambrose, but that Ambrose isn’t a guy that you can train for, there’s nobody out there like Ambrose. You can train to face a John Cena, but just how the heck can you train to face a guy like Dean Ambrose? The man is crazier than a bag of no cats and you have no idea what he’s gonna do out there. He might bust out some lucha libre or wrestle British rounds style, and that’s the appeal of Ambrose facing Lesnar. Not only that, but he knows that Ambrose won’t stop until he beats Lesnar, but he also knows that Lesnar won’t stop beating on somebody until they’re dead if they keeping getting up. Remember, Heyman talked up the possible injuries that The Undertaker could have suffered: A broken neck and a cracked skull. Heyman said that Lesnar would have beaten The Undertaker until he had those injuries and insinuated that Lesnar was willing to KILL The Undertaker if he had to.

And that is what the match is, Lesnar dishing out insane punishment towards Ambrose, but Ambrose just keeps coming at him. I’m not saying it’s a squash, Ambrose does dish out his fair share of damage but it becomes obvious that he’s overmatched. Hell, he evens reverses and F-5 into the Dirty Deeds but it doesn’t put the monster down. At points in the match, Paul Heyman even pleads with Ambrose to stay down knowing that Brock will do anything to keep his belt, murder isn’t off the table for Brock F*****g Lesnar.

Hell, after a spot with the breakaway barricade that nobody ever seems to properly repair, he takes a piece and tries to throw it at Ambrose who’s against the post. This is what a match with Ambrose does for Lesnar, it shows just how brutal and barbaric he is willing to get just to keep that belt.  Then Lesnar does something brutal, an F-5 on the exposed floor and the ref has no choice but to stop the match after seeing that. Either that or Ambrose passing out in some sort of submission hold similar to Austin at WrestleMania 13. What you wanna do here is put Ambrose over as a super tough bastard while keeping Lesnar over as a killer, so you show off what Lesnar is willing to do in order to keep his belt by going to a certain extreme. After all that, Lesnar walks off and Ambrose leaves on his own power and refuses to accept any help from medical personnel.

Ambrose vs Lesnar would be the perfect match for both guys, it shows off how tough off a guy Ambrose is, while keeping the stigma of Lesnar being a complete monster.

Robert Goeman has been writing for CamelClutchBlog since 2014 and has written for FiveOuncesofPain and What Culture. Follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/RobertGoeman. After every article, Robert usually does “Talking Points” on twitter, bringin up points that didn’t make the article.

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Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena II and the Death of PPV

July 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The worst possible secret in the WWE was leaked this week. SummerSlam 2014 will be headlined by a Brock Lesnar/John Cena rematch. Now, I know most of you have probably groaned at the thought of this since it’s a no-win situation for you guys.

It’s either LOLCENAWINSLOL (Of course you could put any dominant face’s name in-between the LOL’s) or we get Lesnar as a part-time champion. Considering the company can only get 25 dates out of Lesnar (They’ve used eight this year), I’d be pre-taping a crap ton of Lesnar promos with Heyman either before or the day after SummerSlam. Heck, Lesnar in a pre-tape promo isn’t that bad, Lesnar with a live mic is something we should avoid at all costs. And Mr. Lesnar, if you somehow are reading this, Levin wrote that part. *Evil laugh*.

My question is though; did the WWE miss the boat on a Lesnar/Cena rematch?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved and I mean LOVED the first Cena/Lesnar match at Extreme Rules. It was my personal candidate for MOTY, because it was so different. The little touch of Cena bringing the chain to ringside to use a weapon was great. So many people expected the typical WWE no disqualification matches like they had seen earlier (Punk/Jericho) and what we got Lesnar just destroying Cena. The crowd going from cheering for Lesnar to murder Cena to actual anger at Lesnar and eventually boos at Lesnar.

Praise goes to Lesnar for being such a great heel, taunting Cena while he’s down and his facial expressions throughout the whole match. Its equal parts cockiness mixed with an “I’m gonna rip out your eyeballs and have relations with your eye sockets” the other time. It doesn’t feel like a wrestling match, it felt like a legitimate fight, and the story of Based Ace sending Brock in to take out Cena adds to the feeling of legitimacy. Imagine if Hogan at the peak of his popularity, so 85 Hulk and they brought a monster in like Brody and they booked a no DQ match at MSG. I feel like that would be like the first Lesnar/Cena match. Hell, even the commentary was great with Cole acting legitimately concerned, turning face for one night only, Booker trying to cheer Cena on and all of them putting Lesnar over. I’d say that it might be one of the best PPV main events of this decade, only to be topped by Cena/Punk from MITB.

At the same time, a Lesnar/Cena rematch has always felt like less of a wrestling main event and more of a big time boxing main event. Not because of Lesnar’s pay, but it just feels like such a unique match and the added presence of Heyman this time. In-fact, the commercial that leaked is even hyping it up as the Ultimate Battle, which sounds like something out of a boxing main event.

If we weren’t in the middle of Budget Cuts 2k14, the match could benefit from a HBO 24/7 style series with both men. You can have the narrative of Heyman motivating Lesnar to not only take the title but to destroy Cena, and Cena facing the doubt of whether he can actually beat Lesnar again. People have told him that he got lucky the first time around and that this is a different Lesnar, not the man being led by an idiot like Johnny Ace. This is the man leading Lesnar that lead him on the most dominant rookie year in WWE history when he debuted in 2002. This version of Lesnar is fueled by anger, rage and the desire to become champion again, the killer of the mythical streak, the man who made grown men cry. Cena now his back against the wall, having to stare down this monster one last time and maybe he doesn’t believe that he can beat Lesnar again. Splice in footage of Lesnar training at Death Clutch along with Cena training and I think you have a damn fine way of building up the second match.

Heck, I think with the proper build up that you could make a pretty big killing on pay per view buys, but that’s the problem. The company is moving out of PPV in news that’ll shock nobody, and putting more emphasis on getting people to subscribe to the network. So, the big question is did the WWE wait too long on the big rematch?

While I do believe that the match will bring big numbers for Network subscribers and quite possibly the last big PPV numbers that the company will do. With the reestablishment of Lesnar as a monster since ending the streak, this might be the last chance for the WWE to pop a big PPV number. Whether or not that happens, we’ll just have to see. If the buy rate is bad, then the WWE must be kicking themselves in the ass for waiting so long to pull the trigger on the rematch.

All that I know is that when SummerSlam ends, I’ll be in my bunk(er) for the fallout. Nothing good can possibly come of this, but I think that Lesnar as champion could make for some interesting feuds.

Robert Goeman has been writing for CamelClutchBlog since 2014 and has written for FiveOuncesofPain and What Culture. Follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/RobertGoeman. After every article, Robert usually does “Talking Points” on twitter, bringin up points that didn’t make the article.

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Damien Sandow’s fall, Reigns Rumbles and Other WWE Thoughts

July 11, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It is now official - sadly Damien Sandow has become the laughingstock of the WWE. He has become the jobber of all jobbers. He has become the classic impersonator and he is creating a following like Barry Horowitz, but he is certainly not in the same league as the legend. The case of Sandow is one of sadness as last year, he was challenging John Cena for the World Heavyweight Title a year ago and that his battle with Cody Rhodes was epic and short lived.

This is just proof of two things. The WWE is destroying Sandow’s career, and there are too many superstars on the roster so someone has to fall toward the bottom rung.

What you see is what you get with Sandow – when he is truly wrestling. A technical mat man who reminds me a little of Nick Bockwinkle and Lanny Poffo rolled into one. The WWE could not find a true place for the character and has disposed of him like he was trash. The tag team combination of Sandow and Cody Rhodes was a masterpiece, but the WWE changed courses, had Cody become a face and now, he is Stardust, teaming with his brother Goldust. Just proof that a little ingenuity goes a long way.

While it appears the company continues to give Dolph Ziggler opportunities to claim the mid card ladder, here is hoping the WWE does the same thing with this extreme talent.

Ruling Reigns
If the WWE does what I think it is going to do, I am not watching anymore. JUST KIDDING.

Was that a streak of evil we saw in the eye of Roman Reigns on Monday night? Could it be the WWE’s future meal ticket could be walking a thin white line? Does this mean John Cena’s title reign (no pun intended) will stop at 15?

Reigns was all the rage on Raw, and when he and Cena butted heads, there was a great amount of support for the former member of The Shield, but replay of the tape shows there may be more to it than just a snarl or two.

The idea of Reigns becoming a heel again is not as farfetched as thought. And Cena vs. Reigns is the perfect way of changing the guard like Rock/Hogan and Rock/Cena before them.

What worries me more than anything is the company is willing to potentially do this so quickly after Seth Rollins joined the Authority and Dean Ambrose is gaining his footing as a singles star.

And just a thought – does this mean at some point soon Bray Wyatt becomes a face star the flocks of fans will embrace on the other side?

Where’s Lesnar?
Everyone is waiting for the one man who is part of the one as in the one in 21-1 who defeated the one man who looked invincible. Not bad, if I say so myself.

If the WWE is going to add Brock Lesnar to the SummerSlam countdown, look for him at Battleground or the Monday after. I suspect he will be Plan B – the other plan in Triple H’s idea to rid the company of both John Cena and Daniel Bryan before him.

Let’s bet bank on this one. The only question is whether he turns on Paul Heyman, makes Heyman a part of this angle, fights with Cesaro along the way and after, or does he betray both in the Heyman party. My hope is he comes back and continues his alliance with Heyman, leaving Cesaro to turn face.

Hey we can all dream, can’t we?

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Brock Lesnar Must Win The WWE World Title At SummerSlam

July 08, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Plan B for the Authority will be unleashed at SummerSlam as Brock Lesnar will challenge the WWE champion. Lesnar is expected by many to win the title and I for one can’t think of a better choice for WWE champion.

It is no secret that Brock Lesnar will be gunning for the WWE title at SummerSlam. Promotional posters released days before Money in the Bank let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Barring injury, Cena and Lesnar will rematch with the odds on Lesnar to win it. It’s about damned time!

Brock Lesnar is the perfect man to be the face of the WWE in 2014. How it took this long to get the title around Lesnar’s enormous waist is a question in itself. Forget about Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins, Lesnar is the only man that should be holding that title in a reign that spans through WrestleMania.

We all know the deal but in Brock, you have a legitimate tough guy holding the title. He is a throwback to the old school days where toughness was a prerequisite to being a champion. More people probably know Brock Lesnar as a former UFC world champion than recognize him as a WWE star. Heck, Lesnar is the biggest draw the UFC ever had. With Brock as champion, you are looking at a champion that could beat people up in and out of the WWE ring. No man can match the kind of credibility that Brock will bring to the title now or maybe ever.

The biggest criticism of guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk as WWE champions is that they weren’t big draws. Cena is the only draw the company has been able to count on for years. That changes with the Beast. Brock is a proven draw in the WWE and out. Brock makes a difference on the special events and his quarter hour RAW ratings are always above average. WWE and non-WWE fans like to watch Brock Lesnar period. In Brock, you will have a champion that will draw more attention and cross popular culture lines than anyone in the business. Not since The Rock held the title last year has the WWE had a champion that could draw casual fans. Brock is best for business!

The only obstacle or criticism one can levy is that Lesnar is on a part-time schedule. I would disagree with that criticism. I think it’s an advantage. When I grew up watching WWE wrestling on television, the champion rarely appeared on TV. It created an aura around him and created more motivation to watch the champ when he did make a rare appearance. It worked for The Rock last year. Less has always been more with Lesnar and it will only be enhanced with the title.

I would dare say that all of Lesnar’s matches since he returned have been very good to great. Lesnar’s championship matches are bound to deliver as advertised. That is key because the last thing you want to see in 2014 is a main-event blown out by the undercard. Every Brock Lesnar WWE title match will be worth paying for and the psychology of the popular challenger trying to slay the unbeatable giant is money you can print for months on end.

All I know is that Brock is the only guy I see on the roster who could actually make a difference as champion. He will bring more viewers, he will sell more tickets, and he will have more people talking about the WWE than any other champion since The Rock. Any other result at SummerSlam will be tantamount to throwing your money into a fire pit.

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Brock Lesnar vs. Big Van Vader: Dream Booker

July 08, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welcome to the first edition of Dream Booker on Camel Clutch Blog.

There are so many dream matches that wrestling fans would love to witness but will never get the chance to see, with Dream Booker I will be bringing some of the matches myself and others would like to see if eras/time period, wrestling companies, as well as life and death were not a factor.

Since one of these men are returning to the WWE soon, it has influenced this first match choice for Dream Booker, the match I have decided to book involves the soon to be returning Brock Lesnar and his opponent in this scenario will be Big Van Vader, in the battle of the “The Beast” vs “The Mastodon”.

These men are two of the stiffest, toughest and most intimidating monsters in wrestling history, if both were around at the same time in their prime they could have delivered one of the most hard hitting and realistic battles ever in wrestling quite possibly.

This match would be a dream one for fans of realistic looking old school wrestling, the shoot/strong style and it would even appeal to MMA fans for many reasons, I believe Vader would be a perfect match for Lesnar, both men are massive heavyweights however are agile and quick for their size, can do unexpected things in the ring, will fight tooth and nail to gain a victory and will not be intimidated by each other.

Tale Of The Tape

Name: Brock Lesnar

Billed From: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Height: 6ft 3in

Weight: 286 lbs

Finisher: F5

VS

Name: Big Van Vader

Billed From: “The Rocky Mountains” Boulder, Colorado

Height: 6ft 5in

Weight: 450 lbs

Finisher: Vader Bomb

The Rundown

Both men are legitimately tough and work a physical and stiff style as mentioned above, Lesnar of course has MMA experience at the highest level in the UFC so is used to taking and dishing out real strikes designed to damage his opponents and Vader is famous for his strong style in the ring, for example his Legendary matches in Japan with Stan Hansen where Hansen broke Vader’s nose then accidentally poked out his eye, Vader proceeded to push it back in and continue the match giving a small glimpse of how tough he really is.

For big men both can move like men well below their weight class and perform unexpected moves for their size and stature, Lesnar is deceptively quick for a heavyweight and at times has performed the Shooting Star Press as a finisher, Vader is similar for example being one of the first big men to use a Moonsault as well as other moves like Dropkicks and his Vader Bomb finish which of course involves a form of splash from the middle rope.

Both men share a common link having both been trained in part by renowned tough trainer, Brad Rheingans, therefore are cut from the same cloth in many ways.

Both men have also played football, Lesnar in 2005 almost made the cut for Minnesota Vikings in the NFL however a previous bike injury hindered him causing him to be dropped and Vader played college football for University Of Colorado becoming a great in college football history before moving on to playing pro for the Los Angeles Rams from 1977-1981.

Lesnar is not only a former NCAA Heavyweight Champion in Amateur wrestling, a former 3-time WWE Champion and 1-time IWGP Champion in Pro Wrestling but also a former UFC Heavyweight Champion proving himself as both a legitimate wrestler and MMA fighter at the highest levels against the likes of Randy Couture and Frank Mir, also this year Lesnar broke The Undertaker’s legendary Streak at Wrestlemania in maybe his biggest achievement yet.

Vader shares the honour of being a former 3-time IWGP Champion in addition to being a former 3-time WCW World Champion, 2-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion and overall 13 time World Champion, also keeping in with his shoot style he even won the UWFi World Title, a promotion which was shoot based and became a precursor to Japanese MMA companies like Pride, before MMA was the established powerhouse it is nowadays.

Lesnar is a big PPV draw against anyone it seems, proving himself in both the WWE and in the UFC, where business was at a massive peak during his run as UFC Heavyweight Champion, Vader was also a big draw during his time in Japan and Europe as well as doing good business in his time at WCW when feuding with the likes of Hogan, Sting and Flair.

Both men are used to headlining and performing on major shows, Lesnar headlined Wrestlemania XIX as well as having main event matches at several others, Vader himself headlined a Starrcade event in 1993, WCW’s equivalent to Wrestlemania as well as appearing at several January 4 Dome Shows at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, Lesnar has also headlined a January 4 Dome Show in 2006.

Both men have had influential managers throughout their career, Lesnar more so than Vader, with Paul Heyman guiding him almost his entire career where as Vader had the legendary Hall Of Famer and 8 time World Champion, Harley Race guiding him for many years during his reign at the top in WCW.

Lesnar has faced some of the best in the business in the ring including Kurt Angle, Triple H, Eddie Guerrero and some of the biggest names/draws in Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, John Cena, The Rock and Goldberg.

Vader has also feuded with some of the biggest names in the business during his career like Ric Flair, Antonio Inoki, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker as well as some of the toughest including Stan Hansen, Mick Foley and Bruiser Brody.

Lesnar is used to throwing his weight around and easily dominating men however Vader is a super heavyweight, outweighing Lesnar by almost 200 lbs as well as being 2 inches taller, he would prove a formidable task for Lesnar as Big Show for example has in the past.

Setting The Stage

This match could draw anywhere really, in the America, Europe, Japan etc and any in company, WWE, WCW, NWA etc. However to allow them to have the type of stiff physical action that would be expected, it would be more suitable to hold the match outside of the WWE, WCW and America in general, in this case the setting will be the famous Tokyo Dome in Japan, most likely for NJPW.

Since eras/time periods are also no object in any case, the version of Lesnar for the match will be taken from the present day due to his list of accomplishments and current status as a multi sport legitimate bad ass athlete and the version of Vader for the match will be taken from the 90′s during his simultaneous run at the top with WCW and NJPW which was arguably the peak of his powers in every way.

To add a little something extra to the equation as well, for the match Lesnar will be accompanied by Paul Heyman as always and to counteract Heyman, Vader will be accompanied by Harley Race.

The Match

Both men come out the traps with stiff punches and attempts to over power each other, Lesnar resorts to his amateur wrestling background to take Vader down, out wrestling him on the mat and mounting him for ground and pound resorting to his MMA past busting Vader’s eye open hard way, however Vader powers out eventually and starts to fend off Lesnar with vicious chops and palm strikes making Lesnar’s chest bleed, he then tries to bully Lesnar using his weight advantage with various body shots and splashes, only to be suplexed overhead by the genetic beast Lesnar, Lesnar then attempts to work over Vader’s arm for a while and slows the pace in order to weaken him for the Kimura and eventually locks it in however Vader escapes, Race gets involved distracting the referee and Lesnar while Vader strikes him with a low blow followed by a big power bomb then a Vader Bomb for a close two count.

A shocked Vader gets Lesnar up to try for another Powerbomb but out of nowhere Lesnar shakes the cobwebs and nails Vader with an F5. Vader is laid out after the close count, Lesnar egged on by Heyman on the outside then sets him up on the top rope and manages to pull off a superplex almost destroying the ring under the weight of the fall.

Lesnar heads up to the top rope once again to try and finish Vader in spectacular fashion with his rarely seen Shooting Star Press, however he misses drawing gasps from the massive Japanese audience, with Lesnar crashing and burning, Vader takes advantage of the mistake, mustering the strength to head to the top himself, connecting with a Moonsault for a 2 and 3 quarters count.

Both men are exhausted, beaten and bloody by this point after the stiff physical war and have thrown everything at each other. With Lesnar still down after the Moonsault, Vader drags him to the corner and climbs to the middle rope to attempt another Vader Bomb on Lesnar but after being distracted by Paul Heyman on the outside and he misses it, Harley Race then takes out Heyman on the outside, giving Lesnar the opening to get Vader up and nail him with a second massive F5 which is too much for Vader to recover from again giving Lesnar the three count and the big win.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

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The WWE: It’s What’s Best for Business

July 02, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

After taking the past 24 hours to look at what occurred at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and what happened on Monday night’s Raw program, the moves made by management and the return of three key veteran superstars proves – like it or not – what is happening right now is best for business.

For the most part.

After coming off a strong showing (in my opinion Sunday night) – knowing Seth Rollins would capture the Money in the Bank contract and the odds were good that the company was not ready to put the WWE World Title on Roman Reigns yet – the return of The Miz, Chris Jericho and AJ Lee on Monday night were crucial to the transition toward the road toward SummerSlam. And by placing the title on John Cena and choosing a “Fatal Four-way” match with Reigns, Randy Orton and Kane, this all but assures us of seeing the 15-time world champion with the strap on his waist against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

But first, the company must get through “Battleground” to achieve this “mega” meeting.

How the WWE decides to deal with Reigns and Rollins and in the future with a potential title on the line is yet unknown, but I can see a Cena win over Lesnar at the company’s second largest PPV and then a cash in by the Authority’s newest acquisition. The summer months are guaranteed to be as hot as the Florida sun. It is only a matter of time before Daniel Bryan returns and the craziness that is beginning to calm within the company only heats up again.

Here are some observations from the pay-per-view and Monday night…

The team of Goldust and Stardust are mighty impressive. I honestly thought the union of the Rhodes brothers would lead to Cody turning on Goldust and joining The Authority. The WWE has done well to make sure the family stays intact.

I liked the idea of Jack Swagger defending America against Rusev and Lana. Swagger had no real place in the company once Cesaro left Zeb Colter to join Paul Heyman. I am sure if this means the fans will back Swagger, but they will back the concept of fighting for Old Glory.

A feud between Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro could be a good thing. But Heyman and the Brock Lesnar references need to stop unless Lesnar shows up at Battleground.

The idea of Dean Ambrose chasing Seth Rollins around when he wants to cash in the MITB briefcase is brilliant. The kryptonite at some point has to explode – making us all wonder if the Rollins experiment as a champion will succeed or fail.

At some point, The Usos and Sheamus must divorce and fight their own battles. These six-man tag matches are killing me.

Watching Naomi and Cameron at odds happened one night too late. It should have occurred at MITB.

The Damien Sandow experiment must come to an end. He is too talented to job for everyone in the WWE. He is no Barry Horowitz.

The Fandango/Summer Rae/Layla triangle must end now.

Please inform the creative team that The Miz vs. Chris Jericho is brilliant. Jericho dealing with The Wyatts cannot sell.

Oh and at some point, could Kane turn on Randy Orton and The Authority and cost them a chance at the world title.

And the one move that had to happen, whether the fans like it or not, was AJ Lee coming back to reclaim her title. I love Paige’s character and her skill in the ring. The Divas are now a better division and the idea of these two battling back and forth for the strap means this could be a Trish Stratus/Lita type rivalry, which is something the WWE needs to get more support for the ladies that remain within the company.

Oh, and I guess that means those AJ pregnancy rumors are a bit false.

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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Spoiler: New Champion Leaked?

June 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

For a company that prided itself on keeping secrets for decades, the WWE has been a comedy of errors in 2014 when it comes to giving things away. The latest spoiler confirms this year’s predictable winner for the WWE world championship MITB match.

Spoiler Alert: Do not read past this point if you do not want to spoil the WWE world championship Money in the Bank match. The rest of this blog will reveal the winner. You have been warned!

It appears that a DVD cover on Amazon.com has revealed the next WWE world champion. The SummerSlam 2014 DVD cover is up and features Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in the main-event. That would seem to indicate that the Cena will go on to win Sunday’s match and defend the WWE world title at SummerSlam.

This isn’t the first leak in the barrel regarding SummerSlam. The WWE scooped itself when it sent a survey out recently asking who fans would like to see Brock Lesnar challenge for the WWE world title at SummerSlam. Now the dirt sheets have reported for weeks that Brock would be challenging for the title at SummerSlam but the WWE confirming this with a survey is mind blowing.

This isn’t the first major gaffe in recent months for the company. The WWE wound up releasing radio ads plugging Dave Batista’s return to house shows before Batista ever appeared on television. The ads ruined the surprise and the WWE had to re-book his return. At the time it was considered one of the biggest blunders in years. This SummerSlam blunder may have topped it.

I understand that these posters and DVD covers are sent out and posted ahead of time but we are only talking days before Money in the Bank. The materials could have waited to be shipped or posted Monday, thus keeping Money in the Bank a surprise. Instead, savvy Internet users will see the result days before the big event.

All of this said, Cena was the predictable winner of the Money in the Bank match. Once it was revealed that Brock was challenging for the title, it was either going to be Cena or Roman Reigns. Recent rumors indicate that the WWE want to wait on Reigns and allow for a slow burn as opposed to shooting him to the top in a matter of weeks.

The new match replaces the originally scheduled match between Brock and Daniel Bryan. It’s disappointing as I think that would have been a real fun match, especially the Paul Heyman promos leading up the match. There is an obvious size mismatch but Bryan has had great matches with big guys in the past and Brock hasn’t had many bad matches since he’s been back.

My hunch is that Brock was going to win the title all along. If true, this would have put an end to the Yes Movement and Bryan’s reign. With Brock on limited dates, it will be interesting to see how Brock is utilized as champion. They pulled it off briefly with the Rock last year and his limited schedule. It’s just a guess but I can’t imagine Brock going into this match to lose.

Before fans riot over Cena they need to hop on the WWE Network and watch Lesnar vs. Cena from Extreme Rules 2012. I voted that Match of the Year in the annual Camel Clutch Blog year end WWE wrap-up blog. Cena or not, I am excited to see what these guys do in a rematch. At least it’ll even the score with Brock getting one up on Cena, possibly setting up a trilogy for WrestleMania 31.

DVD cover or not plans can always change and who knows. Maybe Cena loses at Money in the Bank but winds up winning the title before SummerSlam to swerve the fans. Generally in these circumstances the WWE have already spent their money on media and stick with their plan. Regardless, it takes quite a bit of steam off of Sunday’s event.

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June 24, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

OK, WWE, you have my attention. Finally (in my best Rock voice), the WWE has come back to REALITY!

Finally, the WWE knows what is best for itself and it seems the company will follow an old theory that used to work – put the world title on someone you know will bring in green. While I do not agree with the idea (and this is a rumor) that John Cena will win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at the MITB pay-per-view this weekend, I know it is what is best for business and leads to a hot summer, if true, with Brock Lesnar holding WWE gold at SummerSlam.

Right about now, in the “Go Home” Raw, the company really ramped up the ante of sorts, announcing the second ladder match to name a contract holder to challenge the WWE World Champion at some point.

You know this is some of Vince McMahon thinking and making changes that will ensure cable buys and more interest in the coming months. But I also have to stand back and think of “What Could Have Been” with two ladder matches, and a decent Divas match, a tag team title match and now, the building of the future for this company? It seems McMahon has his finger on the right buttons. Let’s hope he pushes them to fulfill the promise of a spectacular Sunday night.

According to Bleacher Report, Cena is expected to win the title and hold it until SummerSlam where he will drop it to Lesnar. The thought of having Roman Reigns or Cesaro hold the title for a short period of time does not make sense. What this could do is set up Cesaro vs. Lesnar for the title at some point before the end of the year, with Paul Heyman choosing Cesaro’s side, thus Lesnar turning face and saving the company even more.

This is all predicated on what happens with Daniel Bryan and his recovery.

Back in the day, the NWA continued to give the world title back to Ric Flair because like him or hate him, Flair could sell and make money for the company. Back when territories mattered he would walk in, insult the territory’s top face (Jerry Lawler, Jack Brisco, Dusty Rhodes, and Harley Race) and it was on. Flair would make fans love the heel as well, he was just that good.

Cena, love him or hate him, is a lot like Flair – he can sell. Fans cheer him, fans boo him and he rakes money at the gate and sells merchandise like Hulk Hogan did in the early 1980s.

In terms of the second MITB match (the contract match), it should be better than the actual title match (they usually are), it is a shame that we know Seth Rollins is going to win – as The Authority has already stated (Triple H) it expects him to. But wouldn’t the WWE have been better suited to build a summer of Roman Reigns as the champion with Rollins as the contender and a culmination at SummerSlam?

This reminds me a lot like the NWA building Barry Windham up as such a great contender, beating everyone but Ric Flair. Reigns could beat the hell out of everyone and become the best wrestler of this era not to win the WWE World Title. Sadly, it is a strong possibility. If Wade Barrett has not won the world title by now, he may never win it. Time has passed him by in an odd way, now that he is the Intercontinental Champion. Too bad the WWE blew it with that one as well.

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