Through questionable booking, a stock market crash, fan discontent, and the unfortunate loss of JTG, WWE has provided audiences with, if nothing else, a lot of great in-ring action. Here are my personal picks for the ten best bouts so far in 2014.
10. Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Christian vs. Sheamus (WWE Elimination Chamber, February 23)
As long as the performers cut a watchable pace in the epic-length Chamber matches, and there’s some creative mayhem taking place between the chain-link walls, it generally adds up to a great match. This was no exception, and it even came with some added drama: would Bryan avenge his exclusion from the Royal Rumble match and become WWE Champion? A spurned Twitterverse, led by a bat-wielding Mick Foley, glued their eyes to the action.
Bryan, of course, didn’t win here, succumbing to Corporate Kane (RepubliKane?) in a screwy finish. Cena ..click here to read more
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There is still plenty of time to go in 2014 as we cross the halfway mark. Thus far it has been one of the least predictable years in recent memory. What other shockers and/or surprises await the WWE Universe? Let’s dust off the crystal ball and see if the rest of 2014 will be full of just as unpredictable.
If you were to make predictions at the start of 2014, I would have missed out on some of the bigger stories of the year. Would you have predicted that Daniel Bryan would ascend at WrestleMania only to lose the title due to a legitimate injury? Would you have predicted that Seth Rollins would be the one to turn on the Shield and unite with Triple H? Would you have predicted that the Shield going over Evolution twice? Would anyone have predicted that CM Punk would walk out and retire within the ..click here to read more
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Now that we all know the seven participants in the Money in the Bank Ladder match for the WWE World Title, let the handicapping begin.
Everyone has their favorites and why. Include me in that process. But my thoughts may be different from those who put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Here is a look at the seven wrestlers and how they should fare in the Money in the Bank match.
He won’t win – it would be too easy and the WWE Universe would hate it. A 15-time champion is nice, but it’s Cena and the fans want a new champion. If it cannot be Daniel Bryan, it should be someone new. The WWE’s mantra need to be “Anybody but Cena.” I see him playing the role of spoiler, making sure Bray Wyatt does not walk away with the title.
He has the potential to be one of ..click here to read more
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When you look past WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and even King of the Ring, what have been the best PPV events in WWE history? I pored through the last two decades of the promotion, and came up with this list of secondary-PPV excellence. All are recommended viewing on WWE Network.
25. Backlash 2009 (April 26, 2009 – Providence, RI)
After a largely-unfulfilling WrestleMania outside of Undertaker and Shawn Michaels’ timeless epic, WWE rebounded with a better show, surrounded by Chris Jericho’s battle with an ageless Ricky Steamboat, a tremendous Last Man Standing match with John Cena and Edge for the World Heavyweight belt, and Christian felling Jack Swagger to become ECW Champion. Tack Taker/Shawn onto this, make it four hours, and boom: a great WrestleMania.
24. No Mercy 1999 (October 17, 1999 – Cleveland, OH)
One of the few PPVs from 1999 that actually holds up years later, No Mercy took place ..click here to read more
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The pro wrestling world is still reeling after seeing Daniel Bryan get stripped of the WWE world championship. Unfortunately the reality is one man’s hardship opens another’s opportunity and someone will become the new WWE world champ at MITB.
We already have a few guys confirmed for the big match and a new report that cites two additional participants in the match. There is a big opportunity but how big is another question. A new report cites that this champion will only be a placeholder until Bryan returns. Yet as we have seen many times in recent months, these plans can change at the drop of a dime.
Let’s take a look at the competitors and pick a new WWE world champion. Unfortunately the pickings are pretty slim unless something drastic changes over the next few weeks. Now that the title is at stake, I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.
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The wrestling world was a bit surprised when Stephanie McMahon revealed plans for the WWE world title at Money in the Bank. According to one report, there is more truth in this new angle than fiction and we may be seeing the end of Daniel Bryan as WWE champion.
Stephanie dropped the bomb shell on RAW Monday night. McMahon told the world that Bryan would either have to show up to Money in the Bank with clearance to defend the title against Kane or the belt would be stripped. McMahon went on to say that a new champion would be crowned that night as MITB would be for the vacant title. This wasn’t supposed to be the way the Yes Movement came to an end.
Dave Meltzer had all of the details surrounding this plan on his post-RAW F4WOnline.com podcast. According to Meltzer, this plan was hatched on Monday when word reportedly ..click here to read more
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Daniel Bryan continues to be one of the most honest interviews you’ll get from a top WWE superstar. Bryan recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s podcast and what he said about his current push reveals a lot about how committed the WWE may be to the champ.
The WWE world champion was a guest on Chris Jericho’s Podcast One show recently. The two-part interview is fantastic and Bryan pulls back the curtain more than you’d expect from someone in his position. Yet it was their conversation regarding his current push that is drawing headlines.
According to Bryan his push to the WrestleMania main-event and the WWE world championship had more to do with CM Punk than it did with the Yes Movement. Bryan told his former partner and foe that if it wasn’t for Punk leaving, we probably would be seeing a different guy with the WWE world title
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The Internet is a buzz about what the WWE will do with the world championship. Daniel Bryan is out for an indefinite amount of time and the WWE has a big choice to make. Could this be the moment to finally pull the trigger and start the Roman Reigns era?
Don’t misunderstand me. I am a Daniel Bryan fan. I love his ring work and the Yes shtick has turned out to be pretty damned entertaining. Yet I still get the feeling that while he has the title, Vince and Trips are doing it with a wink and a nod. They are playing the hand that was dealt and these are two guys that like to be the ones dealing the cards.
The severity of the neck injury to Daniel Bryan remains unknown. Some have speculated he will be back in as little as three weeks while others say he could be ..click here to read more
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The WWE world championship is in limbo today as Daniel Bryan recovers from neck surgery. The time table for his return is a mystery and the WWE will announce tonight how they plan to handle the title situation. Will the championship be stripped from Bryan?
The WWE has rarely faced this situation. They have certainly had injured champions, but this one is a little different. In the past you had guys like John Cena and Batista sustain injuries as champions that kept them out for months. The solution was a no-brainer but tonight’s decision is much more difficult to make. Bryan could be out for as little as four weeks or up to eight. There is no easy answer out of this one.
If you were going to play this one strictly by the storyline, the WWE world championship is leaving Bryan’s waist. Why wouldn’t the Authority use this injury as an ..click here to read more
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WWE rumors focusing on the return of Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels. Rumors pointed to the WWE booking HBK at WrestleMania against his former student, yet HBK says those plans were more wishful than necessary.
It didn’t take long for fans and wrestling media to make the lengthy jump from Hell in a Cell to WrestleMania when it came to Shawn Michaels. Michaels came back to take part in the angle between the Authority and his former protégé Daniel Bryan. Most expected the angle to culminate in a big Mania showdown. Michaels says that is not the case.
Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on Jim Ross’ Ross Report podcast on Podcastone.com. J.R. asked Michaels how close he was to returning to the ring and according to the Hall of Fame star that was just not going to happen.
“I know that it did look like that,” Michaels said. “I guess I ..click here to read more
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Executive Vice President of the WWE, Triple H, sat down with Michael Cole to address the fate of the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship after Daniel Bryan’s surgery.
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To term Daniel Bryan’s reign as undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion ‘disappointing’ is to do a disservice to other disappointments in world history. Though we’re barely five weeks into the reign, it’s made Al Capone’s vault look Fort Knox.
The fans have been wanting to sink their teeth in Bryan as champion. It doesn’t matter that he’s shorter than most NFL running backs, or has a bandier frame than the bloated-bicep bores that populate WWE. When Bryan’s been placed in tense situations, the crowd has backed him accordingly. From the turn on Bray Wyatt in January, to the Occupy RAW showing, to pulling himself from the stretcher at WrestleMania to make the comeback and capture the title, he’s had the backing of the crowd in spades.
Perhaps that’s why Mick Foley was so moved to criticize his long-time employer for excluding Bryan from this year’s Royal Rumble: he too was Daniel Bryan ..click here to read more
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