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Posts by tag: Seth Rollins

2 weeks 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 , , , , ,

2 weeks 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 , , , , , , ,

2 weeks 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 , , , , , , ,

2 weeks 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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3 weeks 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 , , , , , , ,

3 weeks ago

The WWE Lumberjack Match Fits Ambrose vs. Rollins Rivalry

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The idea by the WWE to place Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a lumberjack match is both brilliant and curious at the same time. Its brilliance lies in the fact the company is willing to take a punishing match of the past and allow its two best workers beat the hell out of each other with the aid of others. The curiosity lies in the questions of which WWE superstars will be around the ring and which ones will surprise us by administering punishment.

A Lumberjack match is a standard match with the exception that the ring is surrounded by a group of wrestlers not directly involved in it. These wrestlers, known collectively as lumberjacks — female wrestlers serving in this manner are sometimes called lumberjills — are there to prevent the wrestlers in the match from fleeing the ring. The groups of lumberjacks are typically split up into groups ..click here to read more ,

1 month ago

Dean Ambrose Says Battleground Bait and Switch Was Best for Business

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Dean Ambrose is taking the wrestling world by storm. While the WWE have made it clear that he isn’t their chosen one, fans disagree. Those same fans were upset with the bait and switch on his match with Rollins at Battleground but according to Ambrose, it was best for business.

Ambrose in an interesting spot right now after breaking the Shield a few weeks ago. Ambrose losing to Randy Orton on RAW a couple of weeks ago was a clear indication of where the company sees him today. Yet keen ears and watchful eyes see the beginning of a new movement with Ambrose, likely to challenge Roman Reigns for his impending “chosen one” spot in the near future.

There wasn’t much to look forward at Battleground, other than Ambrose vs. Rollins. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, with the WWE pulling a bait and switch in a big match for the first time in ..click here to read more , , ,

2 months 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

Ambrose, Rollins and other WWE Money in the Bank Thoughts

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Judging by the comments made by friends and others on social media, the decision to give the Money in the Bank contract briefcase to Seth Rollins wasn’t as disappointing as it was to see Kane get involved and “guarantee” that the newest member of the Authority would walk out of Boston with the case in his hand. I’m not as disappointed at the ending as one might think and in the scheme of things, it was the right thing to do at this moment. For the future, I am not so sure about that.

The idea of both Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the briefcase match could only mean a 5-star performance, which both competitors gave us in and out of the ring. It reminds me that this is the hot summer months and there is generally a need for a “hot” feud to continue and thrive leading to SummerSlam and ..click here to read more , ,

2 months ago

WWE Is Botching The Shield Post-Breakup

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I don’t think it’s too early to be concerned about the Shield. Thus far it would appear that the lessons the WWE creative team got right when the Shield were together have been forgotten now that they’re apart.

It’s easy to play fantasy booker without the responsibilities the WWE Creative Team carry but this one isn’t brain surgery. If there is one thing that this writing crew has gotten right in the last year and a half it is the booking of the Shield. Every mistake this team has made when introducing or elevating talent on the roster was avoided with Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose. That is why it is concerning to see that playbook thrown out now that the trio have been split apart.

Let’s go through the team individually and take a look at how their first couple of weeks apart as singles stars is going.

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3 months ago

Harley Race and the Lost Art of the Heel Promo

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The best thing Seth Rollins did on Monday night was the one thing he does better than most of the WWE roster – he cut an awesome promo. The former member of the Shield that now wears coat and tie instead of Kevlar walked out onto the ramp, marched down to the ring and continued his solid work on the microphone, as if changing sides of the fence never meant anything at all. With a few short words, Rollins was instantaneously anointed the top heel in the company which has some pretty hard shoes to fill.

For Rollins, the words were more important than the action which preceded them.

The one thing that is lost on many of today’s superstars is the lost art form of talking into a microphone and spewing the venom to fans who will then buy tickets to the arenas to watch the “dance” of good and evil ..click here to read more ,

3 months ago

Seth Rollins Leaves The Shield: What’s Next for Reigns and Ambrose?

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While the wrestling world wants to see what the next move for the Authority and Seth Rollins, did the WWE forget about the other two members of The Shield – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose? What are the plans for the two superstars and will they still remain joined at the hip or part ways and seek singles success. As I watch the split – which made the WWE look like the WWF of old – I am reminded of what happened after the Four Horsemen finally disbanded and how the incarnations that were devised by WCW were never like the original or the four comprised of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham. Wresting was never the same once that era was perforated.

In September of 1988, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard left, to join the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). This forced them to drop the Tag Team ..click here to read more , , , ,

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