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WWE Releases 11 Superstars While Classy Fans Cheer Their Approval

June 13, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE released 11 Superstars on Thursday, June 12. While the move came as a surprise to fans, the fact is that we’ve seen this before. Some refer to it as “spring cleaning,” while others employ the often overused “future endeavored” cliché.

No matter how you describe it however, the fact is that the world’s largest pro wrestling company has once again cut talent that they just could not find a use for. And some fans want to see even more added to the list.

If you’ve been a fan for longer than 10 minutes, then you know how this works.

WWE is a business and businesses have to cut costs. It’s just a fact of life. Pro wrestling doesn’t draw the numbers it did once upon a time, that’s a fact of life too. And when those facts are added together, the end result usually equals a handful of pink slips.

And while many fans are usually classy in their response, sending well wishes on Twitter and other social media, some are not quite as tasteful. In fact you could say they’re downright obnoxious.

However, a lot of the hate is actually not directed at the guys released. The list of 11 Superstars includes Aksana, Teddy Long, Curt Hawkins, Brodus Clay, Yoshi Tatsu, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, Camacho, Evan Bourne and referee Marc Harris. Of those names, Drew and Jinder have received their fair share of farewell tweets, mostly from fans lamenting the death of the 3MB.

The whereabouts of those supporters when 3MB was actually in the ring working hard to a chorus of crickets is unknown.

Teddy’s name has also been mentioned more than once, mostly by those who are wondering what a vetrean with 29 years of experience in the business will do now. And we can’t forget about the man from Planet Funk, Brodus Clay. Brodus was heavily featured at one time and even though his star had faded, fans still appreciated him. They also appreciated the hard work he had put in to a gimmick that admittedly could have died the very night it was introduced.

Brodus made it work and he should get credit for that.

But while some are taking jabs at the names on the list, many others are throwing some left hooks at the remaining roster. Names like The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, Santino Marella and JTG were among the names mentioned during the course of the day.

JTG stands out on that list, as WWE has of course done less than zero with him. His biggest claim to fame was in Cryme Tyme and once that gimmick was no longer dope, Vinny Mac had to bust a move and smoke some fools.

And if you think that rhetoric was bad, you should have seen the gimmick.

JTG had basically just been riding the bench the entire time after his tag team ended. So his name was among the first to come up when the company began announcing the releases. Truth be told, many fans went after him as if he owed them money.

And unfortunately for them, he can’t pay up now; he became the 11th name on the list.

So while his critics are no doubt getting jiggy with it in celebration, we are left with a WWE locker room that is a little bit lighter. And me? I have a bad taste in my mouth for the whole thing.

Fans can be cold hearted, that much is for sure. What begins as breaking news becomes comedy relief in the hands of the wrong people. And the fact that the majority of these guys will land on their feet in other companies is irrelevant. The truth is that there are families involved and bills to pay. How would you feel if you checked Twitter only to find that the loss of your job was trending and people were laughing about it?

Or what if your career could possibly be on the line, while people anticipated your impending termination and questioning why you still had a job? How’s that for comedy?

Let’s face it. For the most part the 11 Superstars that were released, as well as others that could potentially join those in the coming days, are all very accustomed to a certain way of life. And chances are their paychecks were or are quite a bit bigger than anyone reading this, including me.

But we cannot forget that pro wrestling is a dangerous way to make a living. One wrong move and you’re paralyzed for life or worse. And it’s a cutthroat business; full of individuals that are all fighting for the same spot and at the end of the day, it’s very hard to know who to trust.

Yet every time these men and women step through the curtain, they do nothing but fight to entertain us. They put their bodies on the line so that we may stand up and cheer. They sign autographs and shake hands with fans when perhaps they’re too tired or are hurting too much to even do so. They live the dream that most fans will never even come close to attaining.

Would it kill us to show a little decorum every now and then? Would a simple “good luck, thanks for entertaining us” be too much to ask? Is refraining from taking unnecessary shots at guys that may or may not join the list of terminated Superstars too hard to do as well?

I don’t think so. But then again, I have much love and mad respect for the business. True dat yo.

Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report and a Contributor for Whatculture.com

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Brodus Clay Talks Being Bumped From WWE WrestleMania 29

June 25, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As big as the high is of wrestling on a WWE WrestleMania, the low is incredibly rough of being booked and then scratched from the show. Brodus Clay experienced that mix of emotions this year and is finally talking about it.

Imagine you are a guy like Brodus, mid-card, finally getting a push, and eyeing a spot on what is predicted to be the biggest WrestleMania in WWE history. Then imagine being that same guy, telling your friends and family, preparing all day, and the being told you are bumped due to time. Like Brodus or not it is hard not to feel any empathy for the big man.

That is exactly what happened to big Brodus at WrestleMania 29. Clay was scheduled to team with Tensai and his dancers against the Rhodes Scholars and the Bellas twins. The match was hardly a draw but to the eight involved, it was the biggest night of their careers. Unfortunately there came a point in the event where the matches ran over and the eight-person match was pulled. Brodus told the guys at Busted Open that he was crushed.

“I got dressed early. I had new boots, Tensai and I had new gear. We had actually had suits made, tear away suits, like pin stripes, we had like a gangster look. We had a hat for Tensai, which is impossible. The guy’s head is unreal. I had to go to like four different places to get a hat. As a show of team unity I put the face tattoo on like he has. We were ready to go and we were really fired up. I was excited. As each match went down, they’re always on us about time and stuff, but I didn’t pay any attention to it. We were in the Gorilla, we’re getting ready, waiting for the finish of the match and noticing time’s going on a little longer and unfortunately the boss, in a very classy manner, had to stand up and tell us unfortunately we have to cut it due to time. Like I said, at that point, as would anybody be, I was devastated. Upset, a little angry, a little sad, just a lot of things. Like, you work all year for that opportunity and so to have them take it from you is always frustrating.

“I actually was one of the last people to leave. It took me forever to pack my bag, it just took forever. I was on a pretty much empty bus and I was looking at my phone and there was some chants from the crowd saying Brodus got screwed, or something like that. It was a bunch of fans trying to be positive. It was a kind of negative message and I sat on the bus and tweets were pretty negative and stuff like that. I just decided at that moment I got a lot of kids who look at the Funkasaurus and enjoy that stuff so this is an opportunity for me to show everybody that you can take setbacks in life, we all have them, and not just focus on the bad part about it.

“Yes, I was hurt. Yes, I was setback or whatever, but we’re going to take it and we’re going to use it and learn from that experience and build on it. So that’s what the whole process has been with #365 It’s just been more and more fans have shared their stories and I didn’t expect that at all. It’s been everything from they want to lose weight to they want to fix their job to be a better parent or be a better son or daughter or finish their education. So it’s been a lot of different things. I think we’re in day 72 or 73 today and it’s been a pretty crazy process in terms of, I learn about the fans and get a better understanding of what they want from me and what they get out of the stuff that we do. Sometimes we lose sight that some people do look forward to us coming out there every week and make them laugh and not think so much about the other things that are going on in life.”

What a great answer! The positive of this age of social media in pro wrestling is that it allows fans to develop a more personal connection with the wrestlers. Some wrestlers embrace it and others use social media as little as possible. Brodus gets it and I find it refreshing that he actually credits hearing from fans to helping get over that crushing blow.

Brodus also mentioned that the office praised him for the way he handled the situation.

“Triple H, he’s a man’s man. He came up to me and shook my hand and said it took a lot of guts to handle things that way. Across the board, other wrestlers came up to me and same thing. Everyone was pretty positive.”

I’m not a Brodus Clay fan inside the ring but after getting this brief glimpse into his personality I am certainly a fan of Brodus the man outside of the ring.

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WWE Main Events waiting to happen: Inside The Wheelhouse

June 13, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week marks my 4 year anniversary with Camel Clutch Blog and for those of you who have been at the site for know by now what my annual blog tends to be. The last three years I have looked back at my very first blog where I deemed John Morrison was “a main event waiting to happen.” Well, John Morrison isn’t in wrestling at the moment and I couldn’t have been more far off then stealing that line from the legendary Jim Ross on an episode of SmackDown.

I’m going to instead take my anniversary blog with the CCB and turn into “Main Events waiting to happen” in all of professional wrestling.

Who are the future top stars in wrestling? Who has the potential of main eventing a WrestleMania at some point in their career?

Well, let’s kick it into gear with my list of up and coming stars:

Dean Ambrose – No shock here that this guy is at the top of my “main events waiting to happen” list. Prior to joining the WWE we had heard that Ambrose (then Jon Moxley) had the “it factor” that not many wrestlers have. He had the “independent wrestling buzz” that we haven’t seen since the days of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) and Samoa Joe.

Ambrose has the ability to talk extremely well on the mic and be just as good inside the squared circle. While he’s with one of the best acts in wrestling right now, “The Shield,” the “cream will eventually rise to the top” and we will see him reach his full potential in the near-to-soon future. Dean Ambrose has the ability to be one of the best heels to come into professional wrestling for quite sometime.

Antonio Cesaro – The former “Claudio Castagnoli” on the independent scene has an extreme amount of potential and “it factor” that I cannot believe the WWE has tapped into yet. Like Ambrose, I can foresee Cesaro being a huge heel in the WWE for years to come. He’s a rising star that has the look, in-ring ability and underrated promos to be a top star in this company.

To be honest I’m quite surprised the WWE hasn’t given him the ball to run with. I could really see Cesaro as a heel battling it out with John Cena over the WWE Championship and him defeating Cena wouldn’t be something “shocking” based off of his look. It’s been great to see him rise in the WWE and I think it’s only a matter of time before he’s holding some sort of World Championship.

Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns – It’s very rare that there are multiple stars within a faction or stable but “The Shield” has the ability to “break the mold” when it comes to those theories. I still believe Dean Ambrose will surpass his two other Shield members eventually and be the big star first but Rollins & Reigns won’t be that far behind. We may look back at “The Shield” days as one of the most impactful groups/factions/stables in the history of professional wrestling based on what each star did post-group.

Rollins is a great in-ring worker who lacked promo ability with ROH in my opinion. Well he’s still a great in-ring worker and he has vastly improved in his promos with the WWE. The former “Tyler Black” is a guy who may take some time to grow but will be a major player in my opinion. I would not be shocked to see an Ambrose/Rollins feud somewhere in the near future, should that happen it will be a great thing for wrestling fans.

When it comes to Roman Reigns it has taken a while for him to grow on me but he is starting to reflect a wrestler who has a lot of “it” potential as well. I didn’t know as much about Roman Reigns as I did Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins but I have been pleasantly surprised with what I have seen from him. The WWE has been missing that “Batista-like” wrestler (sorry Ryback) that can be a “monster” or “Animal” (pun intended) since Batista left and I think Roman Reigns could fill that role as well.

I would not be surprised if all three members of “The Shield” have some sort of World Championship reigns at some point’s in their career.

Brodus Clay – This is my wildcard pick for “main events waiting to happen.” I can foresee Clay being a force in the WWE frankly because The Big Show and Mark Henry can’t be those typical “monsters” in the company forever. Both stars are getting older and Brodus Clay has the legit ability to fulfill their roles.

Clay is very much underrated with his in-ring ability, we already know he can cut a good promo and he has a ton of charisma. Whether the WWE decided to keep him as this loveable “monster” face that he is right now or turn him heel I still think he could get the job done as a top star in the company. The WWE loves marketable stars and Brodus Clay can be a guy who can sell a lot of merchandise for years to come.

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WWE SmackDown Results March 8 and Report

March 10, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Sheamus faces The Big Show in the main event.

The show opens with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter making their way down to the ring. Love this gimmick or hate it, it has gotten Swagger over more than anything he’s ever done. Swagger welcomes us to his America, and he is our future World Heavyweight Champion. Now, show some respect for his friend and mentor, a real American and a “founding father”, Zeb Coulter. Zeb wants everyone to admit something to themselves, that being that we all share the same values as Jack and him. The same sense of patriotism in that we all think alike. We all can see what is wrong with our country, but you are too afraid to say or do anything about it. How many of you know someone who has lost a job because someone else has sneaked across the borders to take a job for a few pesos or a pat on the head? That’s why he and Jack have become our spokesmen. They will represent us when writing a new Bill of Rights for legal citizens. That’s why we the people have had enough. Swagger says enough is enough. He’s drawing a line in the sand and taking America back. Zeb says if we don’t agree, it’s because we’re the problem, and he and Jack are the solution.

Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez interrupt this diatribe, and ADR says they have it all wrong. He says he has the solution. His real America is all about…we get a video of ADR and Ricardo doing a parody of Zeb and Swagger and intentionally making them look stupid. I’m not going to recap the whole thing, but it’s actually pretty funny. Ricardo refers to Mexican food as a threat, and a plot against America. A delicious plot. Back to the arena, ADR just smiles as his music hits. Later tonight, he’ll face Dolph Ziggler one-on-one.

MATCH 1: Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater (w/Jinder Mahal) vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No! (Daniel Bryan and Kane, non-title)
Drew attacks Kane at the opening. Kane misses a corner charge, and Drew lays in some clotheslines before running into a back elbow for 2. Drew tags in Slater, and he runs into a back elbow as well. Bryan tags in, and Kane whips him into Slater for a corner dropkick. Bryan lays in some No! Kicks and avoids a back suplex before taking Slater to the floor with a hurricanrana over the top rope. He misses the apron knee but lands on his feet. Drew tries to attack from behind, but Bryan sees him coming and sends him into the guardrail. He turns around to Slater and gets dropped before being rolled back into the ring. Drew tags in and beats Bryan down in the corner before tagging Slater back in. Slater hits some punches and tags in Drew. Bryan ducks a short-arm clothesline and snaps off a beautiful back suplex before tagging in Kane. Slater also tags in, and he’s hit with an uppercut, a kitchen sink and a seated dropkick. Corner clothesline hits, but Slater blocks a second one and goes to the middle rope, jumping off right into an uppercut for 2. Kane hits a sidewalk slam and calls for the chokeslam. Slater fires off some rights off a Mahal distraction and sends Kane into the ropes. Bryan makes a blind tag and there’s a bit of an argument. Slater rolls Bryan up in a schoolboy, but Bryan immediately counters into the No! Lock for the submission win.

WINNERS: Team Hell No!

Matt Striker is in the back with Dolph Ziggler, AJ and Big E. Langston. He asks about Ziggler about his match tonight, which was decided via a Twitter vote. Ziggler said the WWE Universe made their voice heard and voted for him because they want to see the greatest main event in SD history. Is it because Zeb and Swagger told him he didn’t look like he swam through a river to get into this country? Yes. Most importantly, it’s about his briefcase and Langston. When all these stars align against ADR tonight, history will be made. Right, babe? AJ says they’ll make history, babe.

We see a face-to-face between Mark Henry and Ryback as Ryback is headed towards the ring. They stare at each other for a moment before continuing on their separate ways.

Brad Maddox is joining Michael Cole and Josh Mathews for color commentary for some reason.

Damien Sandow is in the ring and he says that, tonight, he, the intellectual savior of the unwashed masses, will face a barbaric brute, the man that Darwin’s theory of evolution forgot. Silence! A man whom instead of choosing to feed his soul with literature and the arts is more than content than feeding his…Ryback music cuts Sandow off.

MATCH 2: Damien Sandow vs. Ryback
Lock-up starts the match, and Ryback backs Sandow into the corner for a shoulder thrust and a chop. He hip tosses Sandow out of the corner before hitting a spinning over-the-shoulder powerslam. Sandow rolls to the floor and crawls to the announce desk, and Ryback quickly throws him back in. Sandow rolls to the other side and hotshots Ryback on the apron before slapping him across the back of the head. Ryback chases Sandow back into the ring, where Sandow drops an elbow and hits a pair of clotheslines before stomping Ryback down. Sandow hits some crossface punches and some knee lifts before connecting with a running boot and a jumping kneedrop. A rear chinlock is applied now, and Ryback armdrags out of it. Sandow connects with some rights but runs into a pair of back elbows and a back body drop. Ryback hits a standing spinebuster and calls for the Meat Hook, which connects. Shell Shocked connects, and Ryback gets the 3.

WINNER: Ryback.

We see some footage from RAW that occurred after the show went off the air. The Big Show was surrounded in the ring by The Shield, eventually getting speared by Roman Reigns and hit with the triple powerbomb. Striker is standing by in the locker room with Show. Show doesn’t know what his beef with The Shield is, other than they got knocked out when they got in his way, and he’ll do the same thing to anyone else who gets in his way. What happened on RAW, he blames Sheamus and Randy Orton. They’re responsible for the attack. His fist is his answer to all of them. Does he need anything else?

Before the next match starts, we get another video for Fandango, as if anyone outside of Johnny Curtis’ family gives a flying crap.
MATCH 3: World Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ and Big E. Langston)
Ziggler fires off some rights before ADR kicks him in the leg. Ziggler hits some gut shots in the corner, followed by an elbow to the back of the head. He sends ADR into the corner, where he connects with an avalanche. Ziggler chokes ADR over the bottom rope, and Langston gets in a cheap shot behind the ref’s back. Ricardo throws a towel at Langston, and Langston stalks him around the ring until AJ tells him to stop. Ricardo grabs his water bucket and goes to throw it at Langston, but he moves, resulting in AJ getting soaked. She then goes after Ricardo, but Langston stops her. She goes around him by climbing into the ring, then chases Ricardo around the ring until Langston intercepts her. The ref’s had enough, and he ejects both Langston and AJ. Commercials.

Back from the break, Ziggler drops an elbow and follows up with the Show-Off Elbow for 2. Ziggler applies a rear chinlock, but ADR fights out and gets in a sunset flip for 2. Ziggler pops back up and hits a dropkick for 2. We see Zeb and Swagger watching from the back as Ziggler hits a snapmare on ADR before applying a body scissors/chinlock combo. ADR fights out once more and sends Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler blocks a charge before getting pancaked. ADR hits a quick kick to the head and avoids a corner charge. Ziggler gets caught in the buckles, and ADR goes up and hits an inverted superplex. Man, I haven’t seen that since Phil LaFon at the ’96 Survivor Series. Both men are back up and trading blows until ADR hits a mule kick. He follows with a couple clotheslines and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Out of the corner, ADR hits a thrust kick to the face for 2. He calls for the rolling jujigatame, but Ziggler intercepts him. ADR sends him to the corner, blocks a kick and hits some forearms to the kidneys. Ziggler fights him off from the apron, but ADR manages to catch him with the Backstabber as he’s coming back in for 2. ADR goes up top, but dives off right into a dropkick for 2. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper, and ADR hits the bridging German suplex for 2. He calls for the step-up enziguri, but Ziggler hits a mid-run tornado DDT for 2. He goes for the Zig Zag, but ADR holds onto the top rope. He goes for the rolling jujigatame, and Ziggler counters into a schoolboy for 2. He blocks a tilt-a-whirl, but ADR keeps spinning and locks in the jujigatame for the submission.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio. Good match there, and a nice finish to boot.

We see Daniel Bryan and AJ in the back. Bryan calls her a Shetland pony. He says he didn’t see what happened out there, but since she left him at the altar, he is amused by her misfortune. AJ doesn’t care, because her boyfriend still has the MITB contract, and that means she will soon be the girlfriend of the World Champion, a champion who actually knows how to handle a woman like her. The only reason she’s not with him right now is because she was attacked at ringside. Unlike Bryan, she knows how to get along with her partner. Bryan says he has his way of handling issues with Kane, and when he won MITB, he didn’t just carry around briefcase; he WAS champion. AJ reminds him he lost the belt in 18 seconds, and Bryan says that, by dating Ziggler, she should be used to things that last 18 seconds. Bryan walks off as AJ begins seething.

MATCH 4: Yoshi Tatsu vs. Mark Henry
I had almost forgotten Tatsu still worked for WWE. Henry immediately knocks Tatsu down, then hits a jumping splash., back up, Tatsu tries some kicks, but Henry clubs him across the back. Pancake off the ropes by Henry, and the World’s Strongest Slam gets 3.

WINNER: Mark Henry.

Matt Striker is in the back with Sheamus, and Striker informs him The Big Show blames him for the attack by The Shield. Sheamus isn’t surprised. Show’s massive ego took a huge dent because of his first beating at the hands of The Shield. But as far as Show’s concerned, nothing’s ever his fault. If Show is at Universal Studios and fans call him, “Shrek”, that’s not his fault. Or when he plugs up the toilet, that’s not his fault. Or the fact that you can smell him from 10 miles away because he never changes his gear, that’s not his fault. But when Sheamus Brogue Kicks Show’s head off his shoulders later tonight, that won’t be his fault either; it’ll be Sheamus’.

MATCH 5: Tamina Snuka vs. WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn (w/Layla, non-title)
Snuka kicks Kaitlyn in the gut and whips her down by the hair. Kaitlyn hits a back elbow out of the corner, then nails a clothesline. Back body drop by Kaitlyn, but she misses a clothesline and goes face-first into the ropes, and then rolls to the floor. That looked really bad. We see Cody Rhodes watching from the back. Snuka goes to the outside and knocks Layla into the barricade. Kaitlyn recovers and slides back into the ring. At the same time, Layla is doing the same, but the referee stops her from coming in. Tamina hits a shot to the face and connects with a Samoan drop for 3.

WINNER: Tamina Snuka. We see Rhodes still looking on, and he’s joined by Damien Sandow. Sandow says he can’t believe that in this god-forsaken city (Albany, NY) there’s not a restaurant within 100 miles worthy of their patronage. The good news is they can discuss strategy against the New-Age Outlaws this Monday. Rhodes asks what he thinks of Kaitlyn, and Sandow calls her a commendable in-ring performer. Rhodes wants to know what he thinks of her as a woman. Sandow says she’s made the most of what she can considering she comes from a genetically-deficient pool. Post-haste! Sandow leaves, and Rhodes continues to look at the monitor.

Another Fandango video. He comes out with his unnamed dance partner, apparently for a match with Justin Gabriel. However, Lilian Garcia mispronounces his name. He says no. That is unacceptable. He’ll make his debut when she learns how to pronounce his name correctly: FON-DONG-GO. Lilian does it again, mocking him in the process, and he says it’s still not good enough. Lilian does it one more time, and he’s still not happy. He asks if everyone here is incompetent. He will not compete tonight, and you can thank Jillian (what he calls Lilian) for missing out on the debut of Fandango.

We see Booker T and Teddy Long watching this in the back. Book tells Teddy to find this strutting flamingo and tell him the next time Book puts him in a match, he needs to wrestle. Book and Teddy argue for a moment about how to pronounce his name, and then Teddy leaves to find Fandango.

Am I the only who does not give a rat’s ass about The Undertaker’s return for what will be a total of one match this year? No. No, I can’t be the only one.

MATCH 6: Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Show starts the match with forearms to the back. Sheamus ducks a chop and fires off some strikes. Show shakes them off and nails a headbutt, but Sheamus fights back until Show clubs him across the back and connects with another headbutt. Show hits a body blow in the corner, but Sheamus fights back before getting hit with a spear off the ropes. Sheamus rolls to the floor, and Show follows. Show hits an open-hand chop against the apron before throwing Sheamus back in. Sheamus shoulders him on the way back into the ring before ramming him into the top turnbuckle and hitting the forearms in the ropes. Show drops down before Sheamus can hit all 10, pulls Sheamus to the floor and throws him into the barricade. Commercials.

We’re back, and Show has Sheamus in a top wristlock. Sheamus fights out, but runs right into a sidewalk slam for 2. Show goes to the corner for the Vader Bomb, but Sheamus cuts him off and goes for an electric chair. Show escapes and goes old school, hitting the Alley-Oop for 2. Show puts Sheamus in the corner and hits a series of open-hand chops to the chest, dropping Sheamus to the mat. Show goozles him, but Sheamus headbutts his way out, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Sheamus hits a running shoulder in the corner, a knee lift and another clothesline. Up top, Sheamus goes for the Battering Ram, but Show catches him. He looks for the chokeslam, but Sheamus escapes and hits a DDT for 2. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Show fights him off. Sheamus ducks a clothesline and picks Show up, connecting with White Noise on the second try. He calls for the Brogue Kick, but Show sees it coming and slides to the floor. Sheamus goes to the apron and nails a flying clothesline. Show fights back with a body shot blow and throws Sheamus back into the ring. Show gets on the apron, where Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick. The Shield’s music hits, and we see them coming through the crowd. They surround the ring, and Randy Orton joins Sheamus. They look at each other and hit the ring.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sheamus. Sheamus and Orton brawl with The Shield, but are getting dominated. Show gets back in the ring, so The Shield triple teams them. However, he fights them off, and Show, Sheamus & Orton clear the ring. Roman Reigns appears to have had his nose busted open. In the ring, Show knocks Sheamus out with the WMD, and Orton hits an RKO on Show.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results March 1 and Report

March 03, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

On this week’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Randy Orton faces The Big Show in the main-event.

We are in OKC, and the show opens with Ricardo Rodriguez introducing the World Champion, Alberto Del Rio. Looks like we’re going right into a match. Damien Sandow is the opponent, and before he comes down to the ring, he says that others will say what they will, but he believes ADR fits right in with the rest of America: poor grammar, lackluster word choice, and sentence structure that is absolutely abhorrent. Silence! And above all, you, the World Heavyweight Champion, are accompanied by a man in an outdated, rented tuxedo, wielding a spit bucket. He, on the other hand, is accompanied only by his superior intellect, his timeless good looks, and the jealous gazes of the unwashed masses. You’re welcome. ADR says he wants to talk about “unwashed”. He thinks Sandow needs to wash his mouth, because it smells like caca.

MATCH 1: World Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Damien Sandow (non-title)
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are on commentary tonight with Josh Mathews instead of JBL. Not sure the reason for that. Lock-up to start, and ADR gives a clean break. Another lock-up, and Sandow applies a side headlock. He shoulders through ADR, then taunts him. Back to the lock-up, and ADR applies a side headlock. ADR now shoulders Sandow a couple of times, and Sandow rolls to the apron. Back in, Sandow goes back to the side headlock and turns it into a hip throw. Back up, ADR backs him into a corner. Sandow throws ADR to the corner and boots him down before hitting some rights. ADR comes back with a mule kick, a kick to the gut and some rights. Snapmare out of the corner, followed by a kick to the head by ADR. Bodyslam near the buckles, and ADR goes up for the moonsault, which barely connects for 2. Sandow chops him in the throat, then hits a suplex for 2. Rear chinlock is applied, and ADR fights out before Sandow whips him down by the head. Sandow hits a jumping kneedrop for 2 before going back to the rear chinlock. ADR shoves him off, and they go into a crisscross, which ends when ADR trips him and applies a la magistral for 2. Sandow pops up and hits a clothesline for 2. ADR reverses a corner whip, but Sandow blocks the charge. He goes to the middle, but ADR catches him with a kick to the gut. He goes for the rolling jujigatame, but Sandow shoves him off. ADR tries to send Sandow to the floor, and Sandow lands on the apron, where ADR hits a step-up enziguri, knocking Sandow to the floor. Commercials.

We’re back, and Sandow is back in control, hitting a bodyslam. Cobito Aquiet connects for 2, and Sandow is now beating ADR down before going back to the side headlock. ADR fights out, headbutts Sandow, ducks a clothesline and hits a release German suplex. The two trade punches now before Sandow sends ADR into the corner. He misses a charge, and ADR hits a pair of clotheslines and a titl-a-whirl backbreaker. Thrust kick to the face connects, and ADR goes for the pin, getting 2. We see Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter watching the match on a monitor in the back. ADR calls for the jujigatame, but Sandow escapes and hits an Edge-O-Matic for 2. ADR dodges a boot, ties Sandow up in the ropes, hits some forearms to the back and caps the attack off with a Backstabber for 2. Sandow goes to the corner where he blocks an incoming ADR with a boot and follows up with a flipping neckbreaker for 2. Sandow hits a series a kneelifts and goes for the Terminus, but ADR continues spinning and locks in the rolling jujigatame for the submission win.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio. Good match to star the show. I hope it doesn’t go downhill from here. Considering the main event is Orton/Show, however, my hopes aren’t very high.

We see Kane sitting in his locker room when he’s approached by Daniel Bryan. They argue over their win on Monday night, and Bryan says they have a rematch tonight, only this time, Kane will be blindfolded and Bryan will have his arm tied behind his back. Kane says fine, and Bryan doesn’t like that. Kane’s fine for 2 reasons: after he beats PTP tonight, he’ll prove once and for all he’s better than Bryan. Second, since he’ll be blindfolded, he won’t have to look at Bryan’s ugly goatface. Bryan starts screaming, “No! No! No!”

MATCH 2-Best-of-3-Falls Match for the WWE United States Championship: The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro (Champion)
I haven’t seen a Best-of-3-Falls Match in what seems like forever, so I’m a bit excited here, even if one of the two guys competing is Miz. Lock-up starts, and Miz rolls Cesaro up quickly for 2. Another lock-up, and Cesaro hits a waistlock takedown into a bridge for 2. Side headlock is applied, and Cesaro knocks Miz down with a shoulder for 2. Another headlock, and it leads to a crisscross. Cesaro blocks a hip toss, but Miz does connect with a clothesline for 2. Miz rolls through on a sunset flip and connects with a boot to the face for 2. Cesaro rolls to the floor for a breather before coming back in and booting Miz in the gut. European uppercut connects, but Miz ducks a back elbow and hits a legbreaker. He goes for the figure-4, but Cesaro boots him off. He goes for another boot, and Miz blocks into a dragon screw. Cesaro rolls to the floor and suckers Miz back into the ring, but Miz slides through his legs from the apron and rolls Cesaro up in a sunset flip for 2. He tries for the figure-4 again, but Cesaro counters into a side headlock before connecting with a kitchen sink for 2. Cesaro applies a rear chinlock, and Miz fights out. Miz blocks a kitchen sink with a schoolboy for 2, ducks a clothesline and sends Cesaro to the corner before hitting a clothesline. He goes for the hanging clothesline, but Cesaro catches him on his shoulders and hits a modified fireman’s carry slam for 2. Miz rolls Cesaro up in a small package for 2, but Cesaro gets back up and hits the Neutralizer for 3, putting the score at 1-0 in favor of Cesaro as we go to commercials.

We’re back, and Miz tied things up during the break. We see that, during the commercials, Cesaro came off the middle rope with a dive, but Miz caught him and applied the figure-4 for the submission, tying the score at 1-1. Back to the match, Cesaro quickly grabs Miz in the deadlift gutwrench suplex and follows up with a double stomp for 2. Cesaro goes to a sleeper now, and Miz begins to fade. He starts to fight out, avoids a fireman’s carry and lands a big boot. Miz hits a double-leg takedown before running into a boot to the gut. Cesaro calls Miz a “stupid American” before slapping him hard in the face. Miz comes back with a couple of clotheslines and the Reality Check. Cesaro avoids the neckbreaker, though and shoves Miz off. Miz charges in and gets blasted with a Very European Uppercut for 2. Cesar slaps Miz a few times before Miz chopblocks him and hits a snap DDT for 2. Cesaro headbutts Miz from his knees, and now they trade some punches. Miz gets the best of it and beats Cesaro into the corner, where he connects with the hanging clothesline. Miz goes up top and connects with a double axe handle. He calls for the figure-4 and locks it in while bridging up. Cesaro drags himself to the ropes and manages to get the break. Miz snaps him off the ropes and drags him back to the middle, but Cesaro boots him off into the corner, where the referee is standing. Cesaro runs into Miz and rolls him up, slightly shoving the ref into the corner in the process. Miz continues to roll through and gets 2, but Cesaro rolls through once more and gets the 3 with a handful of tights.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Antonio Cesaro. Really good match, and even better than the opener. While I don’t like Miz, guys like Cesaro and Kofi Kingston really help him step up his game, and it shows.

We see Sheamus and Randy Orton in the locker room. Sheamus says Orton is a sitting duck tonight in regards to The Shield. Orton says he’s fine with that, and Sheamus says they’re probably counting on him feeling that way. Orton asks Sheamus what he’s supposed to do about it, and Sheamus tells him he’ll watch Orton’s back. Then again, Orton is such a loner, he wouldn’t be interested. Orton never said he wasn’t interested, and instead says thanks.

Jim Ross makes his way out, and he’s set to do an interview in the ring with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter. That’s up next.

Another video for Fandango, who is supposed to debut tonight. I actually just wrote a column about this, and how I don’t expect him to last, based on the career that the man behind the gimmick, Johnny Curtis, has already had.

Jim Ross thanks the crowd for the response, and is happy to be back home. He’s here tonight for a specific reason, and that’s to address one of the most heated, controversial issues he’s ever dealt with in WWE. Please welcome the self-proclaimed “Real American” Jack Swagger, and his associate Zeb Coulter. JR says he and Swagger go back a long way, and he’s always respected Swagger. He lets us know he recruited Swagger for WWE, and Swagger insults the Sooners in the process. Swagger still calls JR a “Real American”, and that’s why he allowed JR to do this interview. Zeb interjects and says that, after last Monday with The Miz, they wanted a forum where they’d be treated fairly. JR insists they’ll be treated fairly, and he has some tough questions. Before he gets to the political views, he reminds us how, on September 3rd, Swagger decided to take a sabbatical and announced it publicly after the latest loss in a streak. After five months, Swagger came back a different man. What happened? Zeb says what happened was he told Swagger the real problems in this country. JR doesn’t understand what Zeb means. Zeb says JR refuses to see. WWE is a microcosm of what’s happening in the US every day. How is it possible Swagger could go on a losing streak and allow ADR to sneak in and take a position that rightly belongs to an American? Every day in this country, thousands of undocumented workers are crossing our borders and taking jobs from real Americans. Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter will not stand idly by and watch this country self-destruct. Swagger says, “We the people”. JR moves the conversation to WM29 and becoming champion. Zeb interrupts again and says that, when the dust clears, the belt will be around the waist of a natural-born citizen, a real American who speaks English, who recites the Pledge of Allegiance and has worked for everything he’s ever gotten in this country. ADR is not one us, and to be quite honest, he needs to leave this country. Mr. Ross, when you’re in your home in Norman, OK and on your kitchen table is a fruit basket that is rotting, are you going to smell it or throw it out? You’ll dump it. This is our country. We smell something stinky, and that is ADR. Jack Swagger at Wrestlemania is fighting for more than a title; he’s fighting for the heart and soul of OUR country. Swagger does the “We the people” bit again. JR starts laying into Swagger, accusing Zeb of brainwashing him. Zeb interjects once more and says that JR knew Swagger in his formative years, so if there was any brainwashing going on, it was done by JR. Zeb is telling him the reality and truth of what’s going on. JR respectfully disagrees, then tells Zeb to express his right to remain silent. Zeb says that he suggests JR keep a civil tongue in his head, lest he regret something that happens later on. JR doesn’t know what Zeb means, and he doesn’t care. Swagger knocks JR’s hat off, then tells JR that’s Mr. Coulter. Know what Swagger thinks? He was wrong about JR. You’re either part of the solution or the problem, and he along with Zeb is going to fix the problem. JR isn’t a real American; he’s nothing more than a sympathizer, and you know what we do to sympathizers?

ADR interrupts things at this point and immediately gets between Swagger and JR. He puts JR’s hat back on for him, then takes a mic. He says Zeb and Swagger are the problem, and he is the solution, perros. Swagger isn’t a real American; he is a real jackass.

MATCH 3-Kane will be blindfolded while Bryan has an arm tied behind his back: WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No! (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. The Prime-Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) (non-title)
This is a rematch from this past Monday, except Bryan and Kane have their stipulations reversed.
Kane has a goatface blindfold on, courtesy of Bryan. Kane starts the match with Young, and Young is toying with Kane. Kane runs into the corner before nearly tripping over Young. Young taunts the crowd, and Kane lands an uppercut. Titus starts blowing his whistle, and that allows Young to attack from behind. He goes up top, but Kane stumbles into the ropes. Bryan tags himself in, and he fires off some No! Kicks to the chest. A chop in the corner drops Young, but he comes back with some punches. Bryan ducks a clothesline and gets in a one-armed crucifix for 2. Young comes back with a kneelift and tags in Titus. Titus knocks Bryan down as we go to commercials.

We’re back, and Titus sends Bryan into the corner. Bryan blocks a 3-point stance in the corner and tags in Kane. Kane is getting help from the fans as he points around the ring for his target, a la Jake “The Snake” Roberts at Wrestlemania VII against Rick Martel. He finds his mark and hits an uppercut, followed by a hiptoss. Titus tags in Young, and he runs right into a chokeslam. Kane goes for the pin, but Young rolls to the apron. Bryan tags in as Kane accidentally goozles both him and the ref. Kane feels Bryan’s beard and realizes his mistake. Titus has tagged in, and he easily rolls up a distracted Bryan for 3.

WINNERS: The Prime-Time Players. Kane takes the blindfold off and sees the goatface drawing. Bryan tries to calm him down and says he didn’t do it. Bryan asks Kane to hug it out, and Kane instead puts the blindfold on Bryan and hits him with an uppercut.

Matt Striker is in the back with The Big Show and asks about the match with Orton later tonight. Show says this is ‘Mania season, time to make an impact. And what better way for Show to do that than to chokeslam Orton?

Matt Striker is now in the back with Fandango and whoever this girl is. Fandango corrects Striker on his pronunciation a couple of times, and I am already sick of this gimmick. Striker says the WWE Universe is excited for his debut. What’s his fighting style? Fandango lists off his dancing accomplishments, and says it’s time to take his grace to the ring so everyone in the WWE can follow his lead. He then says he won’t make his debut tonight, and won’t debut until Striker gets his name right. Great. Thanks for that complete and utter waste of time, WWE.

MATCH 4: Randy Orton vs. The Big Show
Lock-up starts the match, and Show shoves Orton down. Orton ducks Show and fires off some rights, and Show answers with a body blow. Orton stops a chop with a right and hits a clothesline, followed by 10 corner punches. Show shrugs them off and hits a running shoulderblock. Show with a headbutt, and he backs Orton to the corner for a body blow and an open-hand chop. Another body blow, and now Orton fires back with kicks. Show stops him with a headbutt, then hits another chop to the chest. Show hits a hip bump in the corner before running into a dropkick that sends him to the floor. Commercials.

We’re back, and Show is back in control, attacking Orton’s left arm. Orton comes back with rights until Show headbutts him in the shoulder. Show applies a top wristlock, and Orton breaks it with rights. Show hits another body blow and follows up with the Final Cut for 2. Show goes to the corner and mounts the middle rope, missing an elbow drop. Orton fires off more rights (anyone noticing a trend here?) before running into a goozle. Orton counters into a DDT for 2, and Show rolls to the floor. Orton follows and hits more rights. Show hits another shot to the gut and goes to lawn dart Orton into the post, but Orton escapes and shoves him into the post. Orton tries to pull Show up into the ring, but Show goozles him. Orton hotshots the arm, boots Show in the head and hits the suspended DDT over the top rope. The Shield’s music hits, and we see them coming through the crowd. They hop the rail and surround the ring as Orton looks around. Sheamus’ music hits and he joins Orton in the ring. They finally rush the ring, which leads to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Randy Orton. The faces fight off The Shield as Show is still down. The Shield dominate Orton and Sheamus until Show knocks Roman Reigns out with the WMD. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambros leave and drag Reigns out through the crowd. In the ring, Show hits a chokeslam on Orton, but is leveled with a Brogue Kick by Sheamus.

End of show.

Well, the show started out with two good matches and then just slowly fell apart after that.

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WWE SmackDown Results February 22 and Report

February 24, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens with Ricardo Rodriguez introducing the World Champion, Alberto Del Rio. We are 44 days away from ADR/Swagger, but only if Swagger doesn’t get his title match taken away as a result of him getting arrested shortly after this taping concluded.

ADR says that last Sunday, he retained his title at Elimination Chamber. So that means he and Ricardo are going to Wrestlemania. He also found out who his opponent is that night, that being Jack Swagger. Swagger has a new friend and a new attitude, and with this new attitude, Swagger believes he is everything that is right with America, and ADR is everything that is wrong. Jack, he saw the State of the Union address on RAW, as well as all the YouTube videos. Swagger says the problem is immigration. According to Swagger, immigrants are taking the jobs from people like him. This country was built by immigrants, real, hard-working people trying to provide their families with a better life. That is why America is so great. Jack, this is the result of his hard work. This (the title) is the result of the American dream. And Jack, if you are a real American, to him, you are just a real jackass. We, the immigrants just want handouts, why don’t you come out here so he can lay his hand out across your face, perro.

Randy Orton’s music hits. He makes his way down to the ring. He says he’ll do his best to stay calm, cool and collected, but something was taken from him. This past Sunday, he was this close to getting a chance at regaining the title in the main event at Wrestlemania, but that was taken from him by Jack Swagger. Part of him admires it, because he would have done the same thing. Another part of him wants to take out all of his aggression on Swagger tonight. He knows it’s ADR/Swagger at ‘Mania, so he’s asking ADR to step aside tonight, as Swagger is his. If they have to fight over it, so be it.

Booker T comes out onto the stage now and he tells everyone to slow down. He doesn’t see SD going down that way tonight. His plans are this: a champion vs. champion match tonight, as ADR will face IC champ Wade Barrett. As far as Swagger goes, he will be going one-on-one with Orton. Randy, you got your wish tonight. Now can you dig that, sucka?

Sheamus is making his way out for a match with Damien Sandow, and that’s next.

Promo video for Fandango. If he makes it more than six months with this gimmick, I will be impressed.

MATCH 1: Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
Before the match, Sandow has something to say. Tonight, you will all bear witness to a monumental occasion: the destruction of your false idol, Sheamus. A man whose only purpose has been dragging you further into the bowels of your own ignorance. Tonight, Sheamus, your reign of terror comes to an end. You’re welcome. Sandow and Sheamus trade strikes, with Sheamus getting the better of it. Sandow fights back out of the corner until Sheamus trips him. Short-arm clothesline by Sheamus, and Sandow once again fights back. Sheamus blocks a hip toss and hits another short-arm. Clothesline over the ropes sends Sandow to the floor. Sheamus follows, sending Sandow into the barricade. He does it again on the other side before throwing Sandow back in. Sheamus hits the slingshot Battering Ram on the way back in, but Sandow connects with a clothesline out of the corner. Sheamus fights back with rights, but Sheamus grabs him by the hair and hurls him to the apron, where he gets set up for the forearms to the chest. Sheamus goes for a suplex back in, but Sandow drops to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sandow has Sheamus in a rear chinlock. Sheamus fights out, but Sandow connects with the side-Russian legsweep. Cobito Acquiet follows, as does a clothesline for 2. Sandow hits some crossface punches across the middle rope, then hits Sheamus with a low clothesline and some mounted punches. He chokes Sheamus under the bottom rope with his foot, then goes outside for some punches and elbows across the apron. Back in, Sheamus fights back with strikes, but Sandow cuts him off, hits a snapmare and applies a rear chinlock. Sheamus headbutts his way out, but gets tripped into the middle rope, where Sandow lands a legdrop across the back for 2. Back to the rear chinlock, and Sheamus fights out once more, hitting several rights. He hits a charging shoulder tackle in the corner, follows up with a running knee and a couple of Irish Hammers. Sandow runs right into a tilt-a-whirl, but escapes and shoves Sheamus into the corner. Edge-O-Matic by Sandow gets 2. Sandow with some knee lifts now, and he looks for the Terminus, but Sheamus won’t let him lock it in. Sheamus reverses it and headbutts Sandow before going for White Noise. Sandow escapes and avoids the Brogue Kick before dropkicking Sheamus in the knee. He misses a flipping neckbreaker and runs right into White Noise. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick, and it connects for 3.

WINNER: Sheamus.

Wrestlemania XXX is taking place in New Orleans. Honestly, I figured they’d go back to MSG for the big 3-0.

MATCH 2: Aksana and Tamina Snuka vs. WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn and Layla
Layla and Aksana start the match. Layla randomly dances, so Aksana does the same and gets kicked in the ass. Kaityln tags in, and she hits a flying shoulderblock before applying a rear chinlock. She gets distracted by Snuka, and Aksana knocks her to the floor. Outside, Snuka clotheslines Kaitlyn. Back in, Aksana hits a sidewalk slam for 2. She sends Kaitlyn into the heel corner, then slaps her. Aksana stomps her down before applying a headscissors. Aksana turns it into a Taco Twister before missing a splash off the ropes. Layla and Snuka tag in. Layla hits a hairmare and a hook kick to the face. Dropkick by Layla, followed by LOL. Snuka rolls through, though, and hoists her up for the Samoan drop. However, Layla makes the blind tag, and Kaitlyn spears Snuka for the 3.

WINNERS: Kaitlyn and Layla.

MATCH 3: Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Coulter)
Swagger has new, uber-patriotic marching band entrance music. Swagger pushes Orton to the corner, and they fight all over the ring in the lock-up position, giving a clean break in the middle of the ring. Swagger goes for a quick schoolboy for 1 before Orton comes back with strikes in the corner, stomping Swagger down. Swagger kicks him the knee, but runs into a back elbow. Orton hits a back suplex for 2. Orton chokes Swagger over the middle rope, but he comes back with some rights and shoulder thrusts in the corner. Orton no-sells and punches Swagger down before throwing him to the corner. Swagger reverses a corner whip, and Orton comes back with a clothesline. Snapmare by Orton, and now he goes to the rear chinlock, his most favorite of moves. Swagger counters into a back suplex, breaking the hold. Swagger goes for the pin, getting 2. He drops a series of elbows, then hits a running a shoulderblock. He hits another one, and Orton quickly schoolboys him for 2 before hitting a dropkick. Orton does the Garvin Stomp and follows up with a jumping knee for 2. Swagger rolls to the floor, where he drags Orton toward the ring post, wrapping the leg around the post. Back in the ring, Swagger goes for the Patriot Act (which Josh Mathews is now calling the Patriot Lock. Not sure which is correct now), but Orton kicks him to the outside. Orton hits a horrible Thesz Press on the outside before Swagger rolls back in. He rolls back out, where Orton drops him with a clothesline. Commercials.

We’re back, and the two are trading punches. Orton sends Swagger over the top, but Swagger lands on his feet on the apron. Orton boots him and goes for the suspended DDT, but Swagger back drops him to the floor. Orton lands on his feet and drags Swagger out, where he hits more punches. Swagger reverses a whip into the steps, sending Orton in shoulder-first. He slams Orton face-first into the steps before rolling him back in the ring for 2. Swagger hits some kneelifts in the corner before hitting a modified belly-to-belly suplex. Avalanche connects for another 2. Swagger applies a double chicken wing, and Orton elbows out. Swagger headbutts him before he gets backdropped to the outside. Orton heads outside, hitting a back suplex across the top of the barricade. Back in, Swagger chopblocks Orton from the front, then follows up with the Swagger Bomb for 2. Orton blocks a suplex a couple of times, then hits his own. Swagger pops back up, but misses a shoulder thrust in the corner, hitting the post. Orton loads up the Four Moves of Boredom, but goes for the 3.0 instead. Swagger fights out and kitchen sinks him. He goes for the Swagger Bomb again, but Orton sees it coming and connects with the 3.0 after a kick. Swagger rolls to the apron, where Orton hits the suspended DDT. He coils up for the RKO as Zeb helps Swagger back up. Swagger hotshots Orton, thumbs him in the eye and stacks him up with his feet on the ropes for the 3.

WINNER: Jack Swagger.

MATCH 4: The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
We get a cut-away promo from Rhodes, and he’s sick of people criticizing him for his mustache. The ladies are apparently calling it a “love-stache”. Looks like WWE is starting a romance angle between him and Kaitlyn as well. Miz starts with a waistlock, and Rhodes trips him up. Crisscross ends with a back elbow by Miz. Rhodes backdrops him to the floor, but Miz lands on the apron and climbs to the top. Rhodes hotshots the bad arm from this position, then stomps the shoulder. He stomps it once more before going for the pin, getting 1. Rhodes applies a hammerlock, and Miz elbows out. Rhodes boots him in the knee, kicks him in the shoulder and lands a dropkick for 2. Rhodes boots Miz in the head, then fires off some rights. Miz fights back and goes for a sunset flip, but Rhodes rolls through and knees him in the face for 2. Rhodes applies a modified armbar, then knees him in the gut. Miz backflips out of a back suplex and lands a big boot for 2. Miz shoves Rhodes to the corner, but misses a shoulderblock. Rhodes goes for the Alabama Slam, but Miz rolls through and applies the figure-4. Rhodes taps.

WINNER: The Miz.

MATCH 5-Champion vs. Champion: Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. World Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez; non-title)
Before the match starts, Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter make their way onto the stage to apparently watch this match. Barrett immediately goes into an arm wringer, and ADR flips out and hits a hip toss. Barrett comes back with strikes in the corner, and ADR counters with corner kicks. Snapmare by ADR, followed by a kick to the spine. Barrett rolls to the floor, where ADR hits a dropkick through the ropes off a Ricardo distraction. Back in the ring, they trade strikes until Barrett sends ADR into the corner. ADR mounts the buckles, and Barrett shoves him to the floor. Outside, Barrett slams ADR face-first into the steps , then whips him into another set. Back in the ring, Barrett goes for a cover, getting 2. He applies a rear chinlock now, but ADR fights out. Barrett ducks a clothesline, hits a mule kick, then follows up with a pumphandle slam for 2. Barrett chokes ADR with his knee over the middle rope, ties him up through the ropes for some kneelifts, then knocks his ass to the floor with a running boot to the face. Outside, Barrett rolls ADR back in the ring for a cover, getting 2. Barrett hits a series of elbows off the ropes for another 2. Barrett goes back to a rear chinlock before whipping him into the corner. ADR blocks a charge and hits a seated dropkick from the middle rope. Back up, ADR ducks a clothesline, hits a couple of his own, ducks another and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. ADR connects with a thrust kick out of the corner, but only gets 2. Barrett pulls himself up in the corner, and as ADR charges in, Barrett catches him with the Winds of Change for 2. Barrett goes for Wasteland, but ADR slides out and shoves Barrett into the corner. ADR blocks a kick, hits some forearms to the back and a Backstabber for 2. He calls for the rolling jujigatame as Swagger begins marching down to ringside. ADR is distracted, and Barrett rolls him up for 2 before hitting a running boot. Barrett calls for the Bull Hammer and pulls down the elbow pad. ADR ducks and manages to lock in the jujigatame, and Barrett taps out.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio.

End of show.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Results: Rock Retains, Swagger Wins

February 17, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE 2013 Elimination Chamber delivered as promised, giving fans a very exciting show which set the table for the real main-event in a few weeks. The WrestleMania championship main-events are now officially set as the WWE puts its promotional machine in high gear from now until April 7.

The Rock pinned CM Punk to retain the WWE championship in the main-event. The stipulation was that if Rock got himself disqualified or counted out that Punk would win the title. Punk tried to bait Rock into getting disqualified early on, think Christian vs. Randy Orton. Punk gave Rock a Rock Bottom on the table at one point. The finish came when Punk tossed the Rock into the referee who went down. Punk then hit Rock with a GTS and covered him for the pin while the referee was down. Punk then begged a new ref to get in the ring. As he did The Rock caught him in a spine buster and then dropped a People’s Elbow recreating the sequence he used to win the Rumble match but Punk kicked out. Punk rolled onto the new referee’s ankle shortly thereafter who went down. Heyman handed Punk the belt. Heyman held Rock who ducked and took the belt shot. Rock hit a Rock Bottom on Punk for three. I thought for a second the referee would see the belt in the ring and teased a DQ but he didn’t. JBL put over the fact that Punk had Rock beat and no referee was there. This could be a tease for a Triple Threat Match if The Undertaker isn’t wrestling Punk at Mania. I liked this match a lot better than their Royal Rumble match. Punk was on offense for most of the match. It had a faster pace and told a better story.

Alberto Del Rio retained the WWE world heavyweight championship in the opener against The Big Show. Del Rio tapped out Show after hitting an enzuigiri into a cross armbreaker. I thought it was a pretty average match, especially coming off of a Last Man Standing Match last month. The shocker to me was Dolph Ziggler not cashing in Money in the Bank here. I was so convinced that I probably would have bet on it.

Jack Swagger won the Elimination Chamber and a title shot against the world heavyweight champion at WrestleMania. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that a year ago right? This was just a fantastic match. Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan started the match off. Bryan and Kane worked together initially until Bryan tried to pin Kane with a school boy. The crowd loved this. Mark Henry was the last to enter and all men were still alive in the match at this point. Henry quickly eliminated Daniel Bryan. Henry then tossed Randy Orton through the glass pod. Henry eliminated Kane next with a slam. Jericho and Jack Swagger worked together to double suplex Henry on the steel floor. Orton wound up sneaking up behind Henry with an RKO and eliminating him after Henry took a code breaker from Jericho and a kick to the face from Swagger. Henry came back in and delivered slams to Swagger, Orton, and Jericho, laying them all out until Booker T ordered him to the back. Orton eventually pinned Jericho with an RKO. Swagger snuck in behind and pinned Orton with a school boy to win the match and pull off the upset. Everyone here worked real hard and got an early lead on the WWE Match of the Year.

This now confirms what I wrote last week in that the Uncle Zeb angle on RAW looked like it was to start some heat for an Alberto Del Rio feud. It makes sense and the win tonight was super impressive, but I just think that Swagger needs a little more time to get people believing in him as a title threat. Swagger has been jobbed out for the last several years and fans remember that. I have always thought Swagger was underutilized but I think he still needs time. Regardless, they are going with Del Rio vs. Swagger and I’d expect a ton of cheap heat to get anyone caring.

Where this leaves Dolph Ziggler is what I want to know. He won Money in the Bank over the summer and hasn’t cashed in. Logically you’d think he’d want to cash in at WrestleMania at this point. Throwing him into the match would muddy it down. The only idea I see coming out of this is Del Rio retaining and Ziggler cashing in at WrestleMania and winning the world heavyweight title. Anything else would make no sense to me.

The Shield defeated Ryback, John Cena, and Sheamus. I was disappointed in this one early on but they really picked it up towards the end. The crowd absolutely ate it up which made it even that much more exciting. Seth Rollins pinned Ryback after Roman Reigns nailed Ryback with a spear while he was going for Shellshock. I have to admit that I am real surprised to see Ryback take the pin here. Reigns is being pushed here as something special with the emphasis clearly on him as a monster. One thing I should point out here is that Ryback stormed out and left without Cena and Sheamus. That could be a set up for something. I suspected that he’d be turning coming out of the Royal Rumble. I haven’t heard anything but I sense something there. Regardless, The Shield get a big win here and Ryback takes a big loss.

The table is set for the top of the WrestleMania 29 card with The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE championship and Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE WHC. At this point I’d look for something with Ryback and possibly Sheamus. If The Undertaker is returning I’d expect your first big hint on Monday night along with some movement towards the Brock vs. Triple H rematch. All in all it is one of the more loaded WrestleMania lineups in recent years.

Overall I’d give this pay per view a huge thumbs up. This one was exciting and fast paced for most of the night and delivered three fantastic matches (four if you count the four great minutes of Kofi vs. Ziggler). I can’t recall a time in recent memory where the WWE has been this hot. This is exactly what you want heading into WrestleMania.

Full WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 results & winners…
The Rock defeated CM Punk to retain the WWE championship
Kaitlyn defeated Tamina to retain the WWE Divas title
Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi Kingston
The Shield defeated John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus
Jack Swagger pinned Randy Orton to win the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match
Antonio Cesaro defeated The Miz via DQ
Alberto Del Rio defeated The Big Show to retain the WWE WHC
Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated Team Rhodes Scholars

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February 17, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week is the “go home” episode of SmackDown, as Elimination Chamber takes place this weekend. I gotta be honest-this year’s installment looks pretty weak. Last year was a great show, but this one just has me saying, “Meh”.

We’re in Little Rock, AR tonight, and the show opens up with the #1 contender for the World title, The Big Show. We see a replay of what happened to him last week, and he doesn’t find it funny. He hopes we are happy. Because of those actions, three innocent people on RAW suffered his wrath. Alberto Del Rio has never pinned Show. ADR doesn’t have what it takes to pin Show. He will never pin Show. The rage Show has inside right now will unload at EC. He’s going to ball that rage up nice and tight, and when he lets it fly, ADR’s fiesta will turn into a siesta.

Chris Jericho makes his way down to the ring, returning to SD for the first time in quite a while. Jericho says he’s known Show for 16 years. He can read him like a book and knows what he’s feeling right now. Show says that, if Jericho knows him like he says, Jericho needs to be as far away as possible. Why are you here? Shouldn’t you be on tour with Fozzy or writing a book? Shouldn’t you be hosting a robot fighting show? Stay away. Jericho says he’s back in WWE, and he feels better than ever, and everyone knows it to be true. But, he can read Show like a book, and knows he’s angry and maybe a little doubtful. They’ve been tag champs. He knows how dangerous Show is, and he’s the biggest force in this company. However, Jericho is a 6-time champion. He has been in more Chamber matches than anyone. This Sunday, he’s in another one. If and when he wins the Chamber and if and when Show wins the title, it’s Jericho/Show at Wrestlemania. If that happens, Jericho will beat him for the title, and that’s a fact Show can never…EEEEEVVVVVEEEERRR…forget again. Show says they’ve been through a lot together. If Jericho wins at EC and Show wins the title, it’ll be the last ‘Mania appearance of Jericho’s career. Get out of his face before he hurts you so bad you can’t make it to EC.

SD General Manager Booker T comes out to the stage, and he sees where this is going. He likes it, so since we don’t know if that ‘Mania match will happen, let’s make it happen tonight. Tonight, the main event will be The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho. Now can you dig that, sucka?

Randy Orton gets stopped by Matt Striker in the back. Striker asks about facing Mark Henry tonight. Orton starts to answer, but just stares. The camera pans over to show Henry standing there. They stare each other down as Henry’s music hits. Henry leaves.

The Rock is in the building tonight.

MATCH 1: Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton
Mark Henry hitting the World’s Strongest Slam on Hornswoggle is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Right up there with Bender steering the Planet Express ship with his ass. Henry backs Orton into the corner with a lock-up, giving a clean break. Another lock-up, and Henry throws him to the corner. Orton fires off some rights before sending him face-first into the middle buckle. Henry rolls to the floor, and Orton follows, knocking Henry down. Back in the ring, Henry drops Orton with a headbutt. He beats Orton down in the corner, then throws him across the ring. Orton recovers and knocks Henry down, following up with a dropkick. Mounted punches in the corner by Orton, but Henry throws him to the floor. Commercials.

We’re back, and Henry has a trapezius claw applied. Henry clubs him down before hitting a running powerslam for 2. He punches Orton in the back of the head before going back to the trapezius claw. Orton fights out, so Henry throws him to the corner. Orton blocks an avalanche, then tries a clothesline. A second one knocks Henry off his feet. Orton ducks one by Henry, but Henry ducks another attempt by Orton before connecting with one. Orton escapes a WSS and hits a snap DDT for 2. Henry rolls to the apron, where Orton connects with a suspended DDT. Orton calls for the RKO, but Henry shoves him off and forearms him in the face, knocking Orton to the floor. Orton tries for an RKO outside, but Henry shoves him off once more. He goes for the WSS again, but Orton slides out over the barricade. Orton hits a gut shot on Henry with a chair, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Mark Henry. Orton rolls into the ring behind Henry and cracks him over the back with the chair. He goes for a chairshot to the face, but Henry grabs the chair, swings Orton into the ropes with it and nails him with the World’s Strongest Slam.

We see Henry in the back after the commercials. He grabs a mic out of Striker’s hand and says he’s been at home for 9 months, frustrated about his return. Well, it’s official-the Hall of Pain is open for business, and it’s been getting full as of late. You see what happened to Orton. They’re going to lock five stars in a steel cage with him. He suggests law enforcement is handy, as well as the national guard, the army, the marines and the navy, because they’re going to need it. Nobody, and he means nobody, is stopping his road to Wrestlemania.

Before Tamina is introduced for the next match, we’re “treated” to another Fandango vignette. This time, he’s dancing with a woman, and pronounces his name FAHN-DAHN-GOO. A fancy new gimmick is not going to help Johnny Curtis at all. You know, Pepper, you can’t polish a turd.

MATCH 2: Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
Snuka backs Layla into the ropes with a lock-up, then shoves her. Another lock-up, and Layla goes into a waistlock. Snuka elbows out and goes for a hip toss, but Layla counters into a roll-up for 1. Jackknife by Layla for 2. Springboard cross-body for 2. Layla bumps her ass in Snuka’s face, knocking her to the floor. Layla tries a dropkick from the apron, but Snuka moves and trips Layla, sending her crashing to the apron and to the floor between the ring and the skirt. Back in, Snuka stomps Layla for 2. A rear chinlock is applied by Snuka. Layla fights out, so Snuka whips her down by the hair. Snuka goes back to the rear chinlock, and we see Kaitlyn watching from the back. Layla fights out once more, so Snuka knees her in the gut and whips her into the buckles. Snuka misses a charge, and Layla schoolgirls her for 2. Layla hits a few kick, misses a crescent kick but connects with a savate kick. She goes for a cross-body, but Snuka catches her and throws her into a Samoan drop. Up top, Snuka connects with the Superfly Splash for 3.

WINNER: Tamina Snuka. While her splash isn’t the most graceful, she definitely gets some height.

The Rock makes his way out, and he wants to make something clear to CM Punk: Punk, this past Monday, you ran off with the title, but that doesn’t make you champion. You only made a trade, and that trade is holding onto the Rock’s belt for 6 days in exchange for an ass-kicking that will haunt you forever. Punk, you can hear the people, because what happens on Sunday is Rock will make you suffer. The people want it, and they want you to be treated like the spoiled little boy you are. You lose your toy, so you run your mouth and try to steal it back, keep a “yes man” like Heyman around…Rock isn’t a spoiled boy; he’s a man. It took Rock 10 years to win the belt back, and it will take him one night to make sure Punk never touches it again.

We see Punk and Heyman on the TitanTron. Punk says this isn’t a belt; this is a title, and it belongs to the best in the world. Everyone saw at the Royal Rumble when Rock committed grand larceny. Now he’s here, throwing a fit. He complains about Punk throwing a fit, but he’s doing the same thing. He’s angry, and that fits into Punk’s plan. He wants a beating from Rock. He wants him to get DQ’ed, because that means he wins at EC. He beat Rock 1-2-3 at the Rumble, and just to change things up, he’s going to let Rock beat himself. If Rock gets DQ’ed or counted out, Punk wins. The People’s Era will be a blip on the radar. After this Sunday, Punk will still be champion. Rock says Punk talks a big game about what he’ll do. These days, Punk’s words are worthless. He said he’d stop Rock at the Rumble, and he didn’t. Rock promised he’d be champion, and he held up his promise. Even after The Shield was paid off, at the end of the night at the Rumble, Punk got beat. Here’s what Punk should do: He should think about what will happen Monday. Punk will wake up and realize he failed. This Sunday, Punk is a spoiled little boy, and he’s facing the Rock, a steamroller of a man. Rock will beat Punk this Sunday and go onto ‘Mania as champion, and everyone knows it, including Punk…if you smell what The Rock is cooking.

MATCH 3: Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater (w/Drew McIntyre) vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai (w/The Funkadactyls)
Tensai and Slater start the match. After a mini dance-off, Slater boots Tensai in the gut and goes for an Irish whip. Tensai counters and hits an uppercut. Slater comes back with a jump kick and tags in Mahal, who stomps Tensai down. Mahal hits a running knee for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Tensai fights out and botches a Sidewinder after catching Mahal off the ropes. Clay tags in and clotheslines Mahal. Exploder suplex connects, and he drops an incoming Slater with a headbutt to the chest. The faces hit a pair of avalanches and Tesnai hits a Derailer on Mahal. Clay follows up with Ah, Funk It for the 3.

WINNERS: Brodus Clay and Tensai. After the match, The Shield’s music hits, and they come down through the crowd. The faces try to fight them off, but The Shield is too much for them. Tensai gets hurled into the steps on the outside, and now they are triple-teaming Clay in the ring. They beat Clay down before hitting the triple powerbomb. Dean Ambrose grabs a mic and he tells the crowd this Sunday won’t look any different. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback, you will learn the hard way that your actions have consequences. This Sunday, you will be put on trial, sentenced, and you will believe in The Shield. Nothing against Rollins or Reigns, but they should just let Ambrose do all of the talking for them, all the time.

Another vignette for Tobey Maguire-er, I mean Fandango.

MATCH 4: Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz
Miz’s taped up thanks to Antonio Cesaro beating his ass this past Monday. Miz starts with a waistlock, and Rhodes fights out before Miz slaps him. Miz applies a hammerlock, and Rhodes counters into a side headlock. Crisscross ends in a Miz back elbow. Rhodes blocks a corner charge and goes to the middle rope, but Miz yanks him back down. Rhodes boots him in the bad shoulder and hits a hammerlock slam for 2. Rhodes begins working over the bad arm and shoulder, then beats him down against the ropes. Rhodes applies a top wristlock, but Miz eventually armdrags him off. Miz hits a couple clotheslines and goes for the Reality Check, but Rhodes shoves him into the buckles. Miz blocks a charge and goes for a spear, but Rhodes counters into a sunset flip. Miz rolls through and goes for a boot. Rhodes ducks and schoolboys him for 2. Rhodes arm whips Miz back down and goes for the Beautiful Disaster, but Miz catches him and goes for the figure-4. He gets it applied, and Rhodes taps.

WINNER: The Miz.

MATCH 5: Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Coulter)
I do not understand pulling Dutch Mantell out of the mothballs. Again. It’s fine that Swagger now has a mouthpiece other than Vickie Guerrero, but is Dutch really the best they could do? Harvey Whippleman wasn’t available? Swagger tackles Ryder, then forearms him in the back. Ryder comes back with some forearms to the face. He tries to block a corner charge with the knees, but Swagger catches him and whips him down. Swagger hits some kneelifts in the corner, then sends Ryder hard into the opposite buckles. Ryder ducks a clothesline and hits a flapjack. He beats Swagger down in the corner and calls for the Broski Boot, but misses. Swagger grabs the leg and whips it around the ringpost. Back in the ring, Swagger chopblocks Ryder’s bad leg before connecting with the falling Doctor Bomb and applying the Patriot Act for the tapout.

WINNER: Jack Swagger. Swagger grabs a mic and introduces his great friend. This man is a native and a great American. This man is Zeb Coulter. Zeb takes the mic and says that in the Declaration of Independence, all men are created equal, but it’s the choices that define you. Do you end up being a great patriot like him and Swagger, or a real American like they are? Or, do the choice you make resemble a clown like Zack Ryder, who cares more for his hair and tan than the country he lives in? You people are not blind, but you refuse to see. Their eyes are wide open. This country is broken, and they know how to fix it. Swagger is a great man, a great patriot and a real American. He knows how to fix the problem, and it starts right here. Remember: We the people. Zeb Coulter is officially the favorite wrestling performer of Fox News.

Matt Striker is backstage with Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. He reminds ADR that Show said he’s never pinned Show. ADR says they won’t answer that question. Ricardo, is he the champion? Si. Did he beat Show twice? Si. Did he look like a giant punk last week? Si. Show was right, though. He’s never pinned Show. However, he loves to do the impossible. Will he pin Show on Sunday and retain his title? Si! Si! Si!

MATCH 6: The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho
Show immediately backs Jericho to the corner, and Jericho reverses things before landing a few punches. Show shoulders him down off the ropes, then headbutts him, sending him to the floor. Show follows out and hits an open-hand chop against the announce desk. Back in the ring, Jericho hits a springboard dropkick, sending Show back down to the floor. Jericho hits a baseball slide, then heads out himself. Show grabs him and throws him over the announce desk. Back in, Show headbutts Jericho down to the mat. Open-hand chop against the ropes follows, as does another headbutt. Jericho tries to fight back, but Show stops that with a bodyslam. Show drags Jericho to the corner, where he goes up top. Jericho cuts him off, and Show shoves him away before hopping back down. Jericho goes up top now, and Show grabs him by the throat. Jericho hotshots the arm, then dropkicks Show in the knee before booting him in the face. Show comes back with a spear, getting 2. He calls for the chokeslam, but Jericho breaks the goozle before going up top once more. However, he jumps off right into a chokeslam. Jericho rolls to the floor, and Show seems content on a count-out for a moment. He finally rolls to the outside, where he tosses Jericho back in the ring. He mounts the middle rope, but Jericho avoids a big elbow. Lionsault connects for 2. He goes for the Codebreaker, but Show holds on. Jericho slides out into a sunset flip, and Show picks him up for a tree slam. Jericho counters with a DDT, getting 2. Jericho hits a seated dropkick to the side of the head, then tries to apply the Walls. Show eventually boots him off, and as Jericho gets back up, he walks right into a WMD for the 3.

WINNER: The Big Show. We see ADR and Ricardo staring at Show from the stage.
End of show.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Preview and Predictions

February 15, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Well, my WWE readers, we are almost there. In about 6 or 7 weeks, we will be at Met Life Stadium in my home state of New Jersey for Wrestlemania 29. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend. However, I am sure the PPV, and the week’s festivities, including WWE Fan Axxess and the Hall of Fame Ceremony will be awesome. I hope everyone who attends has a great time.

There is one stop WWE has to make however, before the company can really get into high gear on the road to WrestleMania. That stop is the Elimination Chamber PPV which emanates from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The PPV features only one Elimination Chamber Match.

Overall, the buildup to the main matches has been pretty good. On paper, this looks like a pretty good PPV.

In this blog, I will be giving my preview of the PPV and my predictions for each of the matches.

Youtube.com Match: Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) vs Tensai and Brodus Clay

Well, WWE split up Team Rhodes Scholars just a couple of weeks ago. Now, I am guessing this is a “one night only” type of thing, so Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes (whom I think should not have been split up so soon) are reunited to take on the dual dancing machines of Tensai and Brodus Clay.

Wow, how the mighty have fallen. I remember when Brodus Clay was brought in to be Alberto Del Rio’s enforcer in 2011, and Tensai (formerly Albert) was brought back to be a brutish heel. Now, they are dancers. Well, to be fair, Tensai, as Albert, was the Hip Hop Hippo at one time.

Prediction: Doesn’t really matter. Rhodes Scholars win.

Diva Championship Match: Kaitlyn (C) vs Tamina Snuka

There has not been a lot of diva matches on Raw or Smack Down, as fans only see Natalya acting as a valet for the Great Khali. Even on Smack Down, fans may get a two minute match from Kaitlyn vs whichever diva WWE picks out.

That being said, I don’t see a title change here.

Prediction: Kaitlyn retains.

United States Championship Match: Antonio Cesaro (C) vs The Miz

This feud has been pretty interesting. Cesaro has been excellent as an American-bashing United States Champion. He is starting to grow on me as a worker also.

The Miz seems lost as a face. His smarmy character just does not fit as a face. He is a natural heel, and he should go back to being one. He just seems mismatched here.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro will still be holding the United States Championship.

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) vs The Big Show

I am enjoying Del Rio as champion, and also as a face. He was a face in Mexico for years, and he seems very comfortable in this role. I enjoy his interaction with his ring announcer Ricardo. Great stuff. I have liked Del Rio since he first debuted as well.

That being said, can this feud END? I am so over the Big Show as an main event talent. This feud has been so drawn out. I hope this match ends it once and for all. I think Del Rio can get a decent match out of the Big Show somehow.

Prediction: Del Rio retains.

Elimination Chamber Match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho vs Jack Swagger vs Kane vs Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry vs Randy Orton

There are plenty of story lines going into this Chamber match. Will Team Hell No blow up? What about the mini feud brewing between Mark Henry and Randy Orton? How will that affect the dynamics in the match? Could Jericho’s experience, being that he has been in 8 of these matches, be the key to his winning the match? Could Jack Swagger, after all that time off (same could be said for Henry), win the match?

A Swagger win would give his mouthpiece, Zeb Coulter, a license to spew his hatred, disguised as “patriotism,” that’s for sure. I am not a PC type of person. I just think racist story lines, and characters are just passe, and lazy writing.

Prediction: I eliminated Team Hell No right off the bat as likely winners. I also think Orton and Henry somehow cancel each other out. It leaves it down to Jericho and Swagger. I think somehow think Dolph Ziggler and his gang somehow cost Jericho the match, and your winner is Jack Swagger.

John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus vs The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose)

Well, it took me awhile to warm up, but I love the Shield. I am drinking the Shield Kool-Aid. That promo they all cut on this past Raw was great, especially Dean Ambrose. Great job by them.

As everyone knows, the Shield have been attacking people from Randy Orton to Sheamus to WWE’s Golden Child ,John Cena. Well, Cena decided to get two fellow Shield victims (Sheamus and Ryback) and in the past couple of weeks on Raw, started to act like Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) in the 1976 classic, “Network,” and basically say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

Instead of ultimately committing suicide onscreen like the Howard Beale character, Cena, Sheamus and Ryback will take on the Shield at the Elimination Chamber PPV. I believe this match will be a normal six man tag match.

Prediction: Booking 101 says from what happened on Raw, with the babyface group standing tall, the Shield SHOULD go over, and that is what I am predicting.

Do keep in mind that the Shield did win a six man tag match at the TLC PPV in December, 2012 against Team Hell No and Ryback. I would not be surprised if the Shield lost so Ryback gets his “win” back, especially with “Super Cena” in the match.

However, I will stick with my prediction that the Shield win.

WWE Championship Match (stip: If the Rock gets DQ’d or is counted out, the title goes back to CM Punk) : The Rock (C) vs CM Punk

This has been a pretty well built up match. On one hand, you have the Great One, the Rock with his 8th WWE Championship. He defeated CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, and mercifully ended Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion.

On the the other hand, you have the whining, sniveling former champion, CM Punk, and his manager, Paul Heyman. They were crying about how they were “screwed” out of the match, and how the Rock should give back the title, etc.

In my opinion, being a HUGE fan of his, Paul Heyman made this reign tolerable. Heyman was awesome. Even before he got together with Punk, Heyman was terrific with Lesnar in Brock’s feud with HHH. Heyman is brilliant. He has an incredible mind for the business.

Before I am accused of hating Punk (the IWC’s Golden child) , I am sorry. I like Punk, just not for an entire year plus reign. He is a wonderful performer in the ring. He has very good to great matches. I enjoy his matches. I just get tired of the “No one respects me.” “I’m the greatest.” Same old thing.

Yeah, I know, the Rock repeats the same catchphrases, etc.. So does Cena, HHH, and just about all top stars. I’m just saying that CM Punk does it also.

Prediction: Someone is going to interfere in this match. The question is, “Whom?” The next question is, “Which competitor is going to get screwed?” Another thing to think about is, “Could it be possible that Punk turns on Heyman?”

Lots of things could tip the outcome of this match one way or another. However, I am thinking with John Cena, the Royal Rumble winner choosing to face the holder of the WWE Championship, I think the winner is going to be the Great One, the Brahma Bull, the Rock.

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Predictions and Preview

February 14, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Sunday, WWE presents Elimination Chamber 2013 in one of the most exciting February pay-per-views of all time. From top to bottom, the card looks great, including the preshow.

Although there is only one match inside the chamber, there are three or possibly four main events happening this year. From World Title matches to the Elimination Chamber match to a six-man tag team match, you don’t want to miss this event.

With that said, as I do each and every month, here are my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2013.

PreShow: Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai

This was a brilliant move by WWE. Team Rhodes Scholars should have never broken up and this match should prove to the company that Sandow and Rhodes should reunite permanently.

This match also showcases two non-champion tag teams, which shows how deep and relevant the tag team division is. Brodus Clay and Tensai are the newest additions to the division, though they basically took the place of Kidd and Gabriel.

In either case, this match is actually somewhat difficult to predict. If Team Rhodes Scholars were reuniting permanently, they would be the favorites to win. However, if this is truly only for one night, it would be wise to give Team Monsters of Funk (I like that name) the win.

Prediction: Brodus Clay and Tensai

Divas Champion Kaitlyn vs. Tamina

We haven’t seen the divas on WWE TV in a number of weeks. When we do see them, it is for a very short period of time.

Things shouldn’t be much different at Elimination Chamber. The divas haven’t gotten much attention lately, so there is no reason for a title change here. Tamina needs to improve on the mic and her character to have a chance at being the next divas champion.

Prediction: Kaitlyn

United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz

The Miz will finally get a shot at the United States title on the real pay-per-view card as he faces Antonio Cesaro once again.

However, The Miz’s face turn hasn’t worked out well enough for him to be the one to end Cesaro’s reign. Cesaro will hold the United States title until the next up and coming superstar comes along and Cesaro can get pushed up to the main event.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

Hopefully this will be the last opportunity Big Show gets at the World Heavyweight Championship. It should be considering the Elimination Chamber match winner will face the champion at WrestleMania.

There is no reason to believe Big Show will win this match. Del Rio’s face turn, unlike the Miz’s, has turned out great. The WWE Universe is totally behind Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. WWE may have found their new top Latino babyface after all.

Prediction: Alberto Del Rio

Elimination Chamber Match for #1 Contender for World Heavyweight Championship

This match is probably the most difficult to predict, but at the same time only a couple of superstars have a good chance. Bryan and Kane won’t win as they will most likely cause each other to get eliminated.

Chris Jericho also probably won’t win as he is a part-time wrestler. I also don’t expect Randy Orton to win, especially since he wasn’t even on Raw this past week. He continues to be defeated by Mark Henry, suggesting Orton will not win.

That leaves Mark Henry and Jack Swagger.

I have been predicting Mark Henry over Swagger due to the fact that the World’s Strongest Man is more of a main event level superstar right now. Swagger has been in matches with Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella, while Henry has been defeating Randy Orton.

I won’t be surprised if Jack Swagger wins, but Henry has to be the favorite.

Prediction: Mark Henry

 

John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus vs. The Shield

This match is also difficult to call as WWE will try to make both teams look strong. John Cena needs to be protected as his Royal Rumble win has seemingly began a huge year for Cena. At the same time, this is only The Shield’s second official match.

Ryback and Sheamus also have been losing pay-per-view matches recently, making all superstars in major risk of looking weak.

Regardless, if WWE has to make one side look stronger than the other it’s the three superheroes of WWE. The Shield can lose this match and it won’t mean as much as if Cena and crew lose.

Prediction: John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus

WWE Champion The Rock vs. CM Punk

Most people were probably expecting The Rock to defeat CM Punk once again go on to face John Cena at WrestleMania 29. However, with the new stipulation and considering certain consequences, I wouldn’t count out a CM Punk win. No pun intended.

Now that The Rock can lose the title by disqualification or count-out, I fully expect CM Punk to win the title back. For those wondering what this means for WrestleMania, the main event can still include The Rock.

If The Rock loses the title at Elimination Chamber, he can invoke his rematch clause at WrestleMania. At the same time, John Cena will be cashing in his Royal Rumble win, making it a triple threat match.

With the news that The Undertaker may not have a match at WrestleMania, this is the best case scenario for everyone involved.

I won’t be surprised if The Rock wins and faces Cena at WrestleMania, but that leaves CM Punk without anything to do.

Prediction: CM Punk

What do you think of my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2013? What are your predictions?

Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and host of OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW!? PWPRadio’s weekly radio show covering all wrestling news and rumors. To read more from Seth follow him on twitter (@sethgutt) and check out guttwrenchpowerblog.com. You can also like GWP on Facebook here.

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