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1 day ago

Dean Ambrose Should Beat Brock Lesnar For The WWE Title

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I try not to jump on the bandwagon but this Dean Ambrose bandwagon is rolling full steam ahead. The last few weeks have convinced me of one thing. The Lunatic Fringe is the guy who should beat Brock Lesnar.

It was never meant to be this way. A few weeks ago when Randy Orton pinned Dean Ambrose the message was clear. His push was going to be capped. There were no future plans for Ambrose other than a series against Seth Rollins and a nice spot in the mid-card. He wasn’t at Orton’s level, he wasn’t at Rollins’ level, he wasn’t close to Reigns, and he certainly was not in Lesnar’s league. That has all changed.

Ambrose is the breath of fresh air this company has been searching for the last few years. The rotation of guys in and out of the mid-top spots has been disappointing and uninspiring. Even CM Punk’s ..click here to read more , ,

3 days ago

WWE SummerSlam 2014 Lessons Learned

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Going into WWE SummerSlam, there were three things that I felt had to happen. The first thing was Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Championship. The second was Chris Jericho had to put Bray Wyatt over. Finally, Brock Lesnar had to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. From top to bottom, I thought SummerSlam was an entertaining show. Here are my lessons learned from Sunday.

The Conqueror is on top I’ve been saying it since the day he defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania and it finally happened. Brock Lesnar absolutely destroyed John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and that’s without question the right decision. Really, it was the only decision.

Just because Lesnar is the champion now, don’t expect to see him on TV more. I expect him to continue to work his normal schedule and that’s fine with me. Having the title away from TV makes the title more prestigious. ..click here to read more , , , , ,

4 days 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 , , , , , , ,

5 days 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 , , , , , , ,

5 days 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 week ago

Roman Reigns and the WWE Babyface Formula

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The WWE has a way of taking guys we like and turning them into monsters we hate.

John Cena was the beloved “Doctor of Thuganomics” before his “Hustle, Respect, Loyalty” mantra became all we would know of him for the next decade. Dolph Ziggler was everyone’s favorite heel, winning the World Heavyweight championship to the loudest pop I’ve heard in a long time, before they turned him into a snarky, dickish face with no real motivations. And don’t even get me started on Sheamus, who went from one of the best hoss characters in the WWE to a generic match formula.

Now they’ve gotten to Roman Reigns, too.

The former muscle of The Shield, Reigns has had a meteoric rise over the last year while the group rose to legendary levels. He, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose put on incredible trios matches that hadn’t been seen in the WWE, well, ever. Any match ..click here to read more ,

1 week 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 , , , , , , ,

2 weeks 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 them to the top.

There are two sides to ..click here to read more ,

1 month ago

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

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

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

What you see is what you get with Sandow – when he is truly wrestling. A technical mat man who reminds me a little of Nick Bockwinkle and Lanny Poffo rolled into one. The WWE could ..click here to read more , ,

1 month 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 ,

1 month 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 , , , , , , , , ,

2 months ago

Roman Reigns: If Not Now, When?

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It’s hard to look at Roman Reigns and not only see a WWE World Title in his near future, but also see dollar signs when Vince McMahon hears cheers and the approval of the man-child taking apart opponents in the ring and as part of the current Money in the Bank Title Match. Reigns’ participation all but guarantees that the fans in attendance in Boston and the millions watching the pat-per-view will be pleased with the outcome, whether the former member of the Shield wins or loses.

In my opinion, I think what is best for business is a Reigns win and a summer filled of him being chased by Randy Orton or better yet, Brock Lesnar. Not that we have forgotten, but let us remember that the WWE has done a great job over decades of building up superstars and then killing momentum because creative or McMahon himself has decided to turn ..click here to read more

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