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3 days ago

Stephanie McMahon, Raw and Other WWE Thoughts

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Either the WWE did the smartest thing this year in turning Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella into a main event match, or the company is struggling so much it is hoping for any kind of ratings to boost failing story ideas.  The segment Monday night with Stephanie and Brie was so reminiscent of the inner workings of “daddy” Vince McMahon it was sick.

And oh, so salacious.

The best thing about seeing something like this is the fact that – although the company does not see it the same way – but a new form of the “Attitude Era” has returned to Monday night.

Hallelujah!

It could also become the precursor to the return of Daniel Bryan – who while not in the picture for the WWE World Title, challenging the Authority and Triple H is something that produces two things – the almighty dollar at the gate and of course – RATINGS!

Could this also ..click here to read more , , , ,

4 days ago

Brock Lesnar Needs to beat John Cena at WWE SummerSlam

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For the first time since WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar made an appearance on WWE television last Monday night.  He showed up on RAW as Plan C for the Authority.  In what was the worst kept secret of all-time, Lesnar will be facing John Cena at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  It’s absolutely imperative for Brock to defeat Cena and be the Champion going into WrestleMania next year.

Since Daniel Bryan defeated Cena at SummerSlam last year, the title just hasn’t felt important.  Between the title switching hands multiple times and being stripped, there’s no mystique around the championship right now.

Let’s review what’s gone down over the last year.

At SummerSlam Bryan defeated Cena clean to win the WWE Championship.  Thanks to Triple H as the special guest referee and the ever-powerful pedigree, Orton took advantage of the situation and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.

The following pay-per-view, Bryan defeated ..click here to read more , ,

2 weeks ago

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

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

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

My question is though; did the WWE miss the boat on a Lesnar/Cena ..click here to read more , ,

3 weeks ago

How Long Can the WWE Hold Off on John Cena vs. Roman Reigns?

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For those that are fans of Daniel Bryan, things must not be going well for you right now. Also, you’re probably not going to like the content of this article. I still believe that Bryan can still be a top guy in the company, so I’m not sweeping him under the table.

It was expected that 2014 would be the year that Bryan would get the big run and more or less solidify himself as the guy for the WWE. Bryan gets a nice long championship reign and a big time SummerSlam showdown with Brock Lesnar. With Bryan’s neck injury and his return uncertain, the company has gone back to the old standby of John Cena. I can’t blame them; go to the guy who you know can hold the ship steady until you make your next big move.

Except this reign is correlating with the rise of Roman Reigns, and the ..click here to read more ,

3 weeks ago

WWE’s Ten Best Matches Of The First Half Of 2014

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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 , , , , , , , , ,

3 weeks ago

John Cena, Bray Wyatt and the Dilemma of Reality vs. Fantasy in WWE

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People hate John Cena. I think we can all agree on that. It doesn’t make his fans happy and chances are they’re already forming an angry mob in response to the way I opened this column. Then again, I’ve written about Vince McMahon’s number one guy many times before so if they’ve not gotten me by now maybe I’m in the clear.

But facts are facts; John Cena is WWE’s top protagonist and a great number of fans want to pitch him off a roof. There’s no question about it. But what is in question is just what exactly do fans want? Do they want reality or do they want larger than life?

The reason for this query has everything to do with Cena and it starts with his gimmick.

John is presented as just your normal, everyday kind of guy. He’s clean cut, has a great smile and is a good person ..click here to read more ,

1 month ago

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

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

For the most part.

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

1 month ago

WWE Wants to Make John Cena the Greatest WWE Champ Ever

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John Cena is to WWE what Tiger Woods is to the PGA. Both are the heirs apparent to the kings of their respective sporting fields.

With his victory at Sunday night’s Money in the Bank, Cena now has 15 world championship titles on his resume, one behind Ric Flair, the person many consider the greatest champion of all time. Woods has won 14 major titles in golf, four behind Jack Nicklaus, the man many consider the greatest champion of all time.

There are other similarities. Both are in their 30s. Both are considered the faces of their respective sports. Both have been lauded extensively for their endless charity work.

Also, both have failed marriages. Unlike Cena, though, Woods’ post-divorce personal life and reported peccadillos were and are continuous tabloid fodder.

That, though, is where the similarities end. Unlike in professional golf (and other pro sports), the outcomes of pro wrestling contests are scripted. Everyone ..click here to read more

1 month ago

John Cena Is The Best Choice To Be WWE Champion

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I am not a Cena fan; never have been; never will be. While not confirmed I do harbor a suspicion that he has more creative control on what happens with his ‘storyline’ then anyone will ever admit to; and yes he does loads of work for Make-A-Wish and America’s Troops for which gets my respect; I still don’t like him…but that’s not the point…my point is regardless of how people feel Cena is still the best choice for this scenario.

Daniel Bryan getting sidelined with neck surgery and then having his recovery taking longer than anticipated has forced WWE to change tracks mid-ride. Considering the crowd reaction and the fact that the Yes Movement has actually transcended Bryan and moved to other sports; you cannot think that the brass in Stamford, CT aren’t jumping for joy over that; it puts butts in seats at venues and at home; and while he ..click here to read more

1 month ago

Only One Championship Option at WWE Money in the Bank 2014

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This Sunday WWE invades the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Daniel Bryan was not cleared to defend his title this weekend, so for the first time, there will be a championship ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship

The main event has an excellent mix of veteran and young up-and-coming talent. The match features John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt and the late addition, Kane. As exciting and unpredictable as this match seems, I see only one clear-cut winner.

As much as I’d love to see Wyatt, Reigns, or Cesaro win, now is not their time. Bray is a freak in the ring for his size and is amazing on the mic, but he’s coming off losing two of three pay-per-view matches to Cena. Putting the title on him right now doesn’t make sense. Cesaro has ..click here to read more ,

1 month ago

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

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

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

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

This isn’t the first leak in the barrel regarding SummerSlam. The WWE scooped itself when ..click here to read more , ,

1 month ago

Top 25 WWE Ladder/TLC/Money in the Bank Matches In History

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These Top-25 lists are picking up steam, so I’ll take the WWE approach of beating a good thing into the ground. With Money in the Bank coming up, it’s a good idea to look back at two decades-plus of WWE’s greatest ladder matches, and figure out what the best of the bunch truly are. There’s no bad matches to be found here; every entry is rewatchable time and time again. With TLC and Money in the Bank upping the ante of the classic ladder match, this list will cover a lot of ground, and no doubt provide a little argument fodder. Enjoy!

(Note: this list only includes matches which ended with the retrieval of a belt, briefcase, etc. As such, the TLC 2012 match with The Shield vs. Ryback and Team Hell No is excluded. Otherwise, it’d have likely been top ten).

25. Chris Jericho vs. Christian – Vacant Intercontinental Title, Ladder ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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