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1 month ago

WWE SummerSlam 2014 Thoughts

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The WWE did what was best for business Sunday night by hitting a home run with its SummerSlam pay-per-view event in Los Angeles. Not since WrestleMania 28 have we been so entertained with matches that made wrestling matter and help define the next four months of the wrestling calendar.

For now, we know everything belongs to Brock Lesnar, the Bellas are headed for a crash course in sibling rivalry and the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins feud is far from over. But what may puzzle me most is what happens now that the biggest wrestling event of the summer is over and John Cena will now fall down the ladder a bit, AJ Lee and Paige will feud like Trish and Lita and the company did the right thing by putting the Intercontinental strap on Dolph Ziggler.

Everything was almost perfect (with the exception of the final match of the night) but by dominating ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

1 month ago

WWE SummerSlam 2014 Results & Recap: Brock Wins, Shield Shine

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WWE SummerSlam 2014 Results & Recap: Brock Wins, Shield Shine

The Brock Lesnar era is back! Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena to win the WWE championship in the 27th SummerSlam main-event. The  show will be remembered for the most one-sided headliner in SummerSlam history and a match of the year candidate between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Brock Lesnar squashed John Cena to win the WWE world title. There are very few WWE matches that I get excited about these days but this was one of them. Their Extreme Rules 2012 match is still one of my favorite matches of the last several years. The rematch didn’t disappoint although I liked the more competitive Extreme Rules bout better. Lesnar hit an F5 in the first minute of the match! Lesnar continued to toss Cena around for a while, making it look easy. The storyline early was Cena trying to fight back with no success against Brock. The announcers put over the ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

1 month ago

SummerSlam 2014 Predictions and Preview

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Sunday is WWE’s Summerslam, the “Wrestlemania of the summer” where the stakes usually get higher and the matches become more high profile.

Unfortunately for us, the WWE thinks making the main event a good one and the rest of the card look like your standard RAW is enough to make us sign up for the Network (just $9.99!) or order on pay-per-view. Seriously, outside of Wrestlemania, every pay-per-view is starting to feel the same. Just the same matches we see over and over and over again, like someone swapped out the marker for the dry-erase board in the back with a permanent marker. “Shit, guys. Reigns vs Orton won’t come off the board, what do I do? Eh, don’t worry about it. No one will notice.”

Still, there are matches on the card and somebody has to predict them. That’s where yours truly comes in. Let’s get to it.

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1 month ago

WWE SummerSlam 2014 Predictions and Preview

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The 27th edition of WWE SummerSlam will host the biggest fight of the summer this Sunday night. Brock Lesnar will challenge John Cena for the WWE world title in a highly anticipated rematch while Stephanie McMahon comes out of retirement to take on Brie Bella in the semi-main event.

This year’s SummerSlam presents one of the strongest main-events in recent years on the event with several intriguing matches underneath. The headliner and co-headliner matches are what have everyone talking yet a quick look up and down the card shows something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the lineup and make some not so bold predictions heading into Sunday’s special event.

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena for the WWE world championship - I may be alone but this I have been looking forward to his rematch since Extreme Rules 2012. Their previous encounter was my choice for Match of the Year in ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

1 month ago

The Randy Orton-Roman Reigns Dance in the WWE

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If I want to know about professional wrestling from an authority, I usually look to my good friend Tom Clark. As a fellow wrestling and CB writer, Tom Clark is far more knowledgeable than I on the world of wrestling and its business.

So when he wrote a story for another online publication about the importance of Randy Orton to Roman Reigns ascension up the WWE ladder, I could not agree more with his assessment. Wrestling is a series of chain reactions and a series of chess moves that are used to build programs, increase popularity in performers and excite fans enough to pay at the gate and for pay-per-view events. But it is true for every top performer in the WWE or WCW or NWA or whatever wrestling promotion that existed, stars became stars because others have pushed ..click here to read more ,

3 months ago

Top Five WWE Money In The Bank Matches

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The WWE Money in the Bank match has produced some of the most exciting moments of the last ten years. The glorified ladder match features daredevil heroics, extreme punishment, and intense action. Today I look back and celebrate the top five Money in the Bank matches in WWE history.

I don’t think anyone realized in 2005 when the WWE announced the first Money in the Bank match the significance this match would have on wrestling history. Stars were made, history was written, and memories have been cemented forever thanks to this innovative match. With two new matches around the corner I thought today would be a great time to look back and count down the top matches in MITB history. Since we aren’t quite ten years into MITB I went with a top five as opposed to a top ten. Leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to mention ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 months ago

WWE Money in the Bank 2014: The Seven Wrestlers Who Hope to Win WWE Gold

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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.

John Cena 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.

Cesaro He has the potential to be one of ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

3 months ago

Top 25 Best WWE B-Show PPV Events In History

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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 , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

Evolution Appears in Nick of Time as WWE Savior

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Don’t look now, but it appears the WWE has gotten it together and put the members of Evolution back into circulation as the new villains of the company to go along with the wilting “Authority” angle.

I applaud the efforts of the WWE giving this a go instead of taking a planned program like “The Authority” and shoving it down our faces. At least with Evolution, the WWE can use a basic premise of the past and apply it to the current unstable situation of new “Attitude” era.

Evolution is a villainous professional wrestling stable in WWE. They originally were apart of WWE’s Raw brand between 2003 and 2005. At the height of its original existence, the group consisted of Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista. Each of the members represented “the best in: “the past” (Ric Flair), “the present” (Triple H), and “the future” (Randy Orton and Batista) of ..click here to read more , , ,

6 months ago

WrestleMania XXVIII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII From SunLife Stadium in Miami, FL April 1, 2012

BACKGROUND It’s been purported that each WrestleMania event is generally planned a year in advance, and the booking is written backwards to support what they want to present on the grandest stage. While recent WrestleManias seem a bit more thrown-together at times, owing to an increasingly frenetic Vince McMahon being known to make constant changes, WrestleMania XXVIII was an event where a year-long plot was used, this time as an actual storyline.

One night after WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, John Cena called out The Rock. Rather than thrash the previous night’s guest host for costing him his World Title match against The Miz, a calm and happy-go-lucky Cena simply challenged Rock to a match at next year’s big event, giving both men one year to prepare for the clash of the ages.

The idea was unique for a modern time frame in which that $45 ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

Top Five Worst WrestleMania Moments

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Hello loyal readers and welcome back for yet another WrestleMania countdown article. Yes, spring is in the air, the snow has melted away, birds are singing, and the internet is full of articles counting down every kind of WrestleMania list imaginable. Best matches, worst matches, top moments, etc. Well, never being one to miss getting on the bandwagon, I have compiled my own list.

Every year there are those special matches that you just can’t wait to see at WrestleMania. Maybe it’s the culmination of a feud that has been simmering for months or maybe a long gone star has returned to the spotlight. Of maybe there is even a historic first ever clash between two icons of the sport. Whatever the situation, there is always immense hype surrounding the biggest event of the year. But sometimes the moment doesn’t quite live ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

The Triple Threat at WWE WrestleMania 30 Will Turn Into a Fatal 4-Way

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There is no doubt in my mind that the WrestleMania XXX main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will move from a Triple Threat to a Fatal 4-Way. Recent events in The Authority storyline mandate that will happen.

It’s been building for weeks now. Not only has Triple H, the storyline COO of WWE, had heat with top good-guy Daniel Bryan, but he also has had heat with current champ Randy Orton and Batista, the number-one contender. All that heat has to explode somewhere, and it will happen in the top match at the top pay-per-view event in WWE.

It’s just the latest in WWE’s rekindling of the old “top guy wants the spotlight” plot. Remember in years past how evil chairman Vince McMahon would insert himself into the top stories and how many of those stories would climax with him squaring off in the ring against whomever?

This time around, exit ..click here to read more , , , ,

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