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WWE WrestleMania 31 Results: Seth Rollins Cashes In, Ronda Rousey Appears

March 29, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Seth Rollins WrestleMania 31Expectations for WrestleMania 31 may have been low, yet the show will go down as one of the most exciting in recent years. This year’s event was packed with surprises ranging from surprise appearances and a new WWE world champion that wasn’t even scheduled in the match.

Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become the new WWE world champion. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fought a grueling match for about fifteen minutes. A bloody Brock and beaten Reigns were down when Rollins cashed in to make it a Triple Threat Match. Rollins came in and curb stomped Brock but wound up getting Rollins up for the F5. Reigns speared Brock as he held Rollins. Rollins popped up, hit a curb stomp on Reigns and pinned Reigns to win the title.

The booking was excellent and while many predicted Rollins would cash in, nobody predicted it would go down in this fashion. Quite honestly I never knew you could cash in the briefcase during the match. I think it was the right move at the right time. Putting Reigns over would have been a mistake. He was booed more than any other babyface tonight including John Cena. The crowd just isn’t buying him right now. It was also time to take the title off of Lesnar. I don’t know what would marketable match would be next for him if he steamrolled another opponent. Now the WWE can go with Rollins vs. Reigns through August and Rollins vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam for the title.

But that may not be the biggest surprise of the event. The biggest surprise was getting UFC Ronda Rousey in the ring for what appears to be the start of her pro wrestling career. Rousey got physical with both Stephanie McMahon and Triple H to set up what looks like to be a mixed-tag team match with Rousey and the Rock vs. Hunter and Stephanie. Rock came out as a surprise and interrupted a promo with the Authority. Stephanie slapped him and challenged him to hit a woman. He went to ringside and got a woman who “would hit a woman.” Steph told Ronda to get out of her ring, Ronda wound up putting an arm bar on Steph and stood tall with Rock. Rousey was great and the fans absolutely loved her. They were chanting her name before she even got into the ring.

It does appear that Rock and Rousey will tag up against Hunter and Stephanie next year at WrestleMania 32. The WWE were looking for something big for AT&T Stadium and the dream team of Rousey and Rock may do it. They are already generating a ton of mainstream media buzz. I have to hand it to the WWE. They have wanted Rousey for a while now and they pulled off quite a coup to get her. UFC president Dana White has been adamant against fighters doing pro wrestling for years, including prohibiting Brock wrestling Undertaker when Brock was UFC champion. Obviously he has acquiesced and my bet is that the compromise will be WWE promoting CM Punk’s UFC debut. I have no idea whether that is the case or not, but Dana had to get something big in return for Rousey wrestling on WrestleMania.

Triple H defeated Sting in a pretty fun match. It wasn’t the best match on the card and really hurt following what I thought was a fantastic Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins match. But Sting looked great, the fans ate it up, and we got some fun surprises here. The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac came out to help Triple H and were countered by the n.W.o. group of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. The match ended with Shawn Michaels coming out of nowhere to hit Sting with Sweet Chin Music. Triple H eventually got the pin after using the broken top of a sledgehammer. Everyone hugged after the match signifying the official end of the Monday Night War.

John Cena beat Rusev to win the US title. I am stunned by the decision here. I have no problem with Cena but I think Rusev should have remained unbeaten until he lost to the WWE champion. I think the WWE could have had something with Rusev against either Brock or the WWE champion and while those could still do business, it’s not the same. Rusev ran into Lana inadvertently at the end of the match. Lana was selling her ankle and Rusev yelled at her and walked out.

Undertaker beat Bray Wyatt. I’d say that Undertaker looked a lot better than last year. He moved much better and it was fun seeing him back in the ring. That said, the match was pretty mundane. That could be that I had already watched four hours of wrestling up to that point and just got out of what seemed like an hour-long segment with Rock and Rousey vs. the Authority. I should note that Undertaker was shown in the commercial promoting WrestleMania 32.

Other notes: Daniel Bryan won gold again at WrestleMania. Bryan won the intercontinental title in the Ladder Match. This was a real fun match and probably one of the better Mania openers. This was a pretty crazy match but it was Bryan and Dolph Ziggler who stole it in my opinion. Randy Orton pinned Seth Rollins in what I’d dare say was one of the best Mania matches on the card. I loved the match and it obviously sets up Orton challenging Rollins at some point coming off of the clean pin.

Overall I would call this one of the best Mania cards top to bottom in some time. The show had a ton of surprise and the pace was fast throughout the night. Five hours of wrestling is a lot of wrestling in one sitting but it really didn’t catch up until the Wyatt vs. Taker match at around 10 PM. I’d highly recommend checking out the show if you haven’t already. For a show with low expectations, this one could go down top to bottom as one of the all-time best in Mania history.

Full WWE WrestleMania 31 results and winners…
Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match to win the  WWE World Heavyweight Title
John Cena defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Title
Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Stardust, and Bad News Barrett in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
Triple H defeated Sting
AJ Lee and Paige defeated The Bella Twins
Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins
The Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt
The Big Show won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd  defeated The Usos, Los Matadores, and Big E and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal 4 Way to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles

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WWE WrestleMania 31 Predictions and Preview

March 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WrestleMania 31 is finally here and the big event will go down this Sunday March 29. The WWE card is arguably the most shallow in years, yet there are a few matches to get excited about. Topping last year’s event will be a heavy feat yet the lineup has the potential to certainly exceed expectations.

The beauty of this year’s WrestleMania show for WWE management is that expectations are probably lower than they have been in years. There is no real dream match or scenario to get excited about nor is there a compelling storyline that has fans waiting for a conclusion. Yet the roster is solid and in terms of excitement, I have a feeling most will come away from Sunday night feeling that they got their $9.99 worth.

Let’s take a look at how the main card shapes up, breakdown some matches, and make some predictions for the biggest WWE event of 2015.

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE world championship – We all think we know how this one is going to play out yet it could go in a few different directions. Now that Brock Lesnar has re-signed with the WWE, a world of booking options have opened up. The WWE dodged a real bullet by avoiding a lame duck WWE champion situation at Mania.

I think the match itself could be better than people expect. A lot of it comes down to what it follows. If it is following Sting vs. Triple H and Hunter and Sting deliver a fantastic ending, this match could be D.O.A. If there is a buffer between the main-event and the other big matches, I think fans will be more receptive to it. The match placement is critical to this one like no other on the show.

Roman Reigns is expected to win the title here. The win over the Undertaker last year was used to put Brock in a spot to give Roman the ultimate win here. Yet I don’t think anyone will argue that Reigns is not over and could be set up to be a dismal failure as WWE champion. There are also the rumored heel turn scenarios out there which I think are stronger now that Brock is staying.That said, I think the WWE wants to keep Brock heel looking ahead to a potential Rock vs. Brock match next year. I think WWE take the unpredictable route here which is Brock retaining in a hard fought match. I think the Reigns heel turn is coming but it isn’t going down at Mania. I think the idea here is that Reigns is elevated just by going toe-to-toe with Brock in a hard fought war. Brock retaining is a bit anti-climactic, however I think the idea of Brock going over is that they can buy some time with Reigns and shoot that angle later…even the following night on RAW.

Triple H vs. Sting – Don’t be mistaken. This is the real main-event. For better or worse, this match has far more interest going into Mania than any other match on the show. Even I wasn’t interested in this match back at the Survivor Series, yet I have been drawn in over the last few weeks. Sting’s promos have sealed it for me over the last two weeks. Plus no matter what this looks like on paper, Triple H has delivered excellent matches on the last five WrestleMania shows. I can’t imagine him taking a match with Sting if he wasn’t confident he could pull it off.

I would not be surprised to see some kind of interference from a big ex-WCW star. Maybe it’s Ric Flair or maybe it’s Bill Goldberg, but I think WCW is playing into the match on Sunday. This is a tough one because Sting really should win his first match in a WWE ring. However, Sting’s future is dependent on his performance in the ring so there is no guarantee he wrestles ever again past Sunday. For that I think Triple H goes over, although for all of Hunter’s critics he is 2-3 in his last five Mania matches. My gut tells me that Hunter gets the win here but I think this match turns into the show-stealer.

John Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. championship - I never would have predicted that this feud would be so hot. This feud is so hot that Cena has actually been cheered in recent weeks. These guys have great chemistry together and Rusev has been booked solid for a year leading up to this match. Quite honestly you couldn’t ask for better booking on paper sans the goofy “Russian” lawyer last week on RAW.

Does Cena go over Rusev? That is the real question here. We all thought that Bray Wyatt was beating Cena last year and were stunned when Cena pulled off the upset. I think the money in Rusev is challenging for the WWE world title as the undefeated U.S. champion. That would mean that Rusev beats Cena here and beats him again at Extreme Rules. Cena did put Lesnar over three times but that is Brock Lesnar and he did beat Lesnar once at Extreme Rules 2012. If Roman Reigns is leaving Mania with the belt a championship program with the undefeated Rusev makes the most sense. For that reason I predict that Rusev pulls off the upset here and beats Cena clean at Mania.

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker - I never like the idea of keeping an opponent off of television but I have to admit that keeping the Undertaker off of TV has worked in this one. It has created a ton of intrigue and speculation that you wouldn’t have if he was on TV even just once. I haven’t been a big Bray fan but the promos here have been better but the storyline is just kind of odd to me. The idea that Undertaker would return to answer Bray’s challenges and yet completely ignore the taunting and mockery of Paul Heyman for an entire year makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever.

I think the match will be fine. I don’t think it will be great but I don’t think it will be bad either. The Undertaker is reportedly in much better shape than people think and he looks ready to go. It’s important that he can still go here as there are a ton of reports that they want him for something much bigger next year at 32. for that reason I think Undertaker wins although I think it may be better for business for Bray to win. I think setting up Bray with a win as Reigns’ first challenger is the better path but I can’t see Taker dropping two in a row at Mania.

Bad News Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Dean Ambrose in a Ladder Match for the intercontinental title – Get ready for a wild match here! I am going to keep this one short because we all know what to expect in this one. I would be shocked to see anything less than a great match. I’d expect Bryan and Ziggler to steal the show, although Ambrose certainly has the talent to make his mark as well. Bryan losing to Ziggler twice certainly leads me to think he is winning the match. It makes sense as the WWE can placate his fans by giving him a title, albeit a low-level belt. Regardless, we’ll get a great match, a Yes chant, and a belt around Bryan’s waist. Everyone wins!

Full WWE WrestleMania 31 card and matches…
Brock Lesnar (c) with Paul Heyman vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match:
Rusev (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE United States Title Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett (c) in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Title
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Sting vs. Triple H
AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker
The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. Big E and Kofi Kingston vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd in a Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Tag Team Titles

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Sting vs. Undertaker at WWE WrestleMania 32 – The Way It Should Be

March 22, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It appears the WWE wants to capitalize on the wave of momentum from WrestleMania 31 by taking the initial step toward WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Center in Dallas by finally give wrestling fans the dream match they have wanted for years – Sting vs. Undertaker.

According to a report on Sports-Kings.com, in a story that ran March 19, the plan is already in place.

“According to multiple source, the current creative plan is for Undertaker to appear on the RAW following WrestleMania 31 to put over Bray Wyatt and to set up a match with Sting at WrestleMania 32. Wrestlezone.com is reporting that Sting is currently on his way to WWE HQ to talk with Vince about the details.

It’s widely assumed that WrestleMania 32 will be the last year that Taker will wrestle.”

It could very well be the last match for The Icon as well. What better way to send to living legends out in a blaze of glory then to have them face each other at what could be the largest crowd to ever witness a pay-per-view wrestling event.

This would also go a long way toward clearing debris from the night before should the outcome of wrestling’s biggest night fall short.

When word got out that Sting would finally appear in the WWE ring to wrestle, the immediate speculation was a dream match of The Icon and The Dead Man, the Undertaker. The reason for this colossal match never getting off the ground had plenty to do with management’s fear that ‘Taker, who took a beating last year when Brock Lesnar broke The Streak, could not carry his end of a solid match.

Now, with only seven days until WrestleMania, the wrestling world still wonders of Mark Calloway can summon the powers of the underworld to create a main event match with Bray Wyatt.

And to be honest, I have my doubts as well.

But an announcement like this one might put a poor performance by Undertaker on the back burner as a match like the one rumored is must see pay-per-view television. I’d be curious how the build is planned and would the two face each other in or out of a ring during the next 12 months.

It also makes you wonder what the WWE has in store for Wyatt after the card Sunday night.

Instead of the usual build of the WWE most tenured star coming to the ring in dramatic fashion, creating a buzz as only he can, fans and media types alike wonder if there is still anything left in the tank for a one-a-year performer who looked as beaten as a grade schooler who has been taken to the woodshed by the playground bully. I was worried about a Sting-Undertaker match for the simple fact a 56-year-old Sting can’t carry the match by himself and therefore, in this situation, Wyatt will not only have to carry the match, but will shine in doing so.

While I believe the Daniel Bryan – Dolph Ziggler confrontation in the IC Ladder Match may be the show stealer of the night (yes, throw the pun in there), Wyatt may come out of WrestleMania as the performer who gained the most. What better way to cement yourself as part of the future of the WWE than to defeat the man who the company could count on for a “W” for the past two-plus decades.

Now, the WWE will be able to build a year-long program, much like John Cena and The Rock in their first battle. The Rock beat Cena in Miami. It was not a one in a lifetime event – the two faced each other again, this time Cena getting the upper hand.

A match with Sting and Undertaker will only happen once.

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Is Wrestlemania 31 Shaping up to be Just Another Show?

March 11, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s Wrestlemania time folks, and if you’ve made it to a site like Camel Clutch, you don’t need anybody here to tell you what a big deal that is.

Where others have their Super Bowls or their Oscars or their Olympic Games, pro wrestling has its WWE Wrestlemania, an event which transcends its own medium to stand tall as a spectacle of epic proportions. It’s the one event of its type guaranteed to get people talking whether they follow the game or not, and the one event that most fans would give their right arm to be ringside.

At least, that’s how its supposed to be.

Sitting here some twenty or so days away from the WWE’s marquee event, this writer can’t help but feel as though Wrestlemania 31 is fast shaping up to be little more than just another show.

Sure, it’s still going to draw the biggest numbers the company produces all year, and sure the only way they’ll attract more mainstream attention is if they somehow manage to book a dream match between a former UFC champion and that guy from the G.I Joe movie, but is The Granddaddy of Them All really inspiring anybody to tune in come March 29th?

Maybe some folks, sure, but sadly not this usually pro-WWE supporter.

As I’m sure many of my fellow Brits will tell you, being a WWE fan in the United Kingdom requires a special commitment. Forget splashing the cash for another Pay Per View or enduring another three hours of Monday Night Bore, the best some of us can do to pledge our allegiance to the Kingdom of McMahon is staying up til the early hours of the morning to watch the big events.

When you’re younger, it’s not a big deal. Stay up all night, sleep all day, hit the Internet to blast the booking decisions some time mid-afternoon. Though when you start getting a bit longer in the proverbial tooth, watching wrestling until four in the morning then getting up four hours later and trying to function like a responsible adult all day is no fun, trust me.

As such, you start getting a little more selective about the night’s you sacrifice sleep for the love of pro wrestling. Most years, the Royal Rumble is a cert, after that, it takes a pretty compelling card to keep you from hitting the pillow, unless of course, that card is Wrestlemania.

It’s been said before that ‘Mania as a show is bigger than any of the individuals who perform on it. That’s hard to disagree with, so much so that pulling an allnighter for the annual spring spectacular is even more of a no-brainer than doing so for the Rumble.

This year? This year things are different. No less than a few short weeks before the event, and there’s absolutely nothing at Wrestlemania 31 that makes falling asleep at my computer come March 30th seem worth it.

Looking up and down the card as it stands -or at least, is rumored to stand right now- the only match I’m even remotely interested in seeing is Triple H vs. Sting, and that’s much more for the novelty value of seeing WCW’s franchise player competing in a WWE ring than it is because I expect the two veterans to churn out a classic.

The same goes for Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt. Though a meeting between two of the WWE’s creepier characters certainly sounds compelling, and should make for some interesting theatrics as both men make their way to the ring, but once the bell sounds, there’s nothing to get too excited about.

As I mentioned in a previous article, rising star Wyatt is in a no-win situation here. Defeat the Deadman, and he’s only really defeated an aging performer who hasn’t been seen since he got his ass handed to him a year ago. Lose to WWE’s most tenured player, and well, you get the idea.

Beyond that, the proposed multi-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship does promise to be enjoyable for what it is, but it does reek of the WWE Braintrust throwing a bunch of guys together because they can’t figure out what else to do with them.

Fun though it might be, whatever happens in that match will either be largely forgotten about by the time the following night’s Raw transpires, or else repeated ad nauseam on every show for the next six months, neither or which is an ideal situation for some of the company’s most talented workhorses to find themselves in.

Speaking of talent. Seth Rollins delivered a star-making performance back at the Royal Rumble, though both he and Randy Orton are going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag if their match is going to anything more than your typical Raw main event. Likewise with the battle royal.

What may stand out as being a cut above the usual is Cena vs. Russev. With the company’s star player involved, this is sure to get a decent amount of time, and could well prove to be match of the night, though sadly that alone is unlikely to raise Wrestlemania up from the depths of mediocrity.

Which brings us, at last, to our main event. Like Shawn Michaels in 1996, Steve Austin in 1998, and countless others since the turn of the millennium, Roman Reigns’ moment of glory is practically a sure thing by now.

A match with a predictable outcome can be a good thing, but not when said outcome is one few fans actually want, and especially not when the match itself isn’t likely to be all that incredible. OK, so things might liven up a bit with a potential Seth Rollins cash in, but even that seems unlikely, and I fully expect to wake up on the morning of March 30th to find Roman Reigns as the new WWE Champion. After all, I certainly won’t be staying up all night to watch it happen.

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Latest WWE WrestleMania 31 Rumors: Why Roman Reigns Must Win

March 09, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The rumors are only getting hotter as we get closer to WrestleMania 31. WWE news continues to leak out of Stamford, CT and rather than focus on one story I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few headlines that are buzzing on the Internet.

The biggest story and rumor that I came across has to do with the main-event. Many are all questioning the decision to headline WrestleMania with Roman Reigns. It is obvious to anyone not named Vince McMahon that Reigns is just not nearly as over as other Mania challengers heading into the big show. He is certainly nowhere near as over as Daniel Bryan was heading into last year’s match. So why is Vince the only one oblivious to this and why is he moving forward in spite of the obvious problems with Reigns?

According to several rumors, this all goes back to The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 and the streak. The rumor is that Vince used his plans for Reigns to convince Undertaker to put over Lesnar and end the streak. Vince allegedly sold the idea to Undertaker on the fact that Lesnar needed the win so he could in turn put over Reigns this year, thus making Reigns’ win even bigger. Taking Reigns out of the match or going with someone else (Bryan) would be Vince going back on his word to the Undertaker, thus Vince is proceeding with his plan.

That is certainly an interesting take on the situation. Several insiders have accused Vince of being out of touch with the fans and product in recent years. Steve Austin asked Vince personally about it on his podcast. I don’t think there has been better evidence of that than this whole Roman Reigns debacle. However, Vince’s decision to stick with Reigns certainly makes more sense with this little tidbit to consider. If true, you have to appreciate Vince’s loyalty to the Undertaker. At the same time, Vince has to also be loyal to his shareholders. As a public company, there are a lot more people that Vince has to answer to other than the Undertaker. Would he really be that concerned about keeping his word to a superstar on the way out at the expense of jeopardizing his future business? I don’t know if that is commendable or just flat out irresponsible.

Brock Lesnar walking out of RAW continues to be a developing story. Quite frankly there are new rumors popping up daily and at this point nothing has been confirmed one way or the other. However, there are two new rumors floating around regarding the incident. The first one comes via Reddit.com by verified WWE insider MetsFan4Ever.

The argument was that Brock wanted to go to the UFC show this past weekend and discuss a deal. Vince was strongly against this as long as Brock was under WWE contract. Brock stormed out of the building and as we all know, showed up at the UFC show. It’s just a matter of time before Brock is headlining another UFC show.

This adds another layer to the story about Lesnar walking out. What we do know is that Lesnar was advertised on RAW two weeks ago, showed up, and left after a shouting match with Vince McMahon. Dave Meltzer speculated that the disagreement was over something in a new proposed contract. Most assumed that Lesnar showing up at UFC was a result of the argument, not the other way around. True or false, one thing we do know is that Lesnar walked and there could be ramifications…which brings us to our last rumor.

Some insiders are reporting that Brock may “owe” the WWE a date after walking out of RAW. Brock’s contract expires with his WrestleMania 31 match. The new speculation is that the WWE could hold Lesnar to another date post-Mania due to his walkout.

It is certainly an interesting spin to a story with many layers. The WWE may wind up benefitting here if that is true. The RAW after Mania is generally the most exciting RAW of the year. Having Lesnar available and appearing would only enhance what is bound to be a super show. My gut tells me that if the WWE and Lesnar can’t reach a new deal, the WWE lets Lesnar walk after Mania without forcing him to make another appearance. I think at the end of the day both sides know that there is plenty of money left on the table and it is in the best interest of both to remain professional regardless of who winds up with Brock’s services.

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The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt Makes A Lot of Sense

March 09, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As usual I am not writing from the perspective of popular opinion but I think someone needs to make a few points from the other side. Like most of us blogging on the subject, my professional wrestling worldview doesn’t allow me to get excited about watching Taker at WrestleMania without The Streak.

From a storyline perspective the return of the Deadman should be to avenge his loss to Brock Lesnar as Mr. Gargiulo has pointed out multiple times. I personally think he should have retired with The Streak. Yet here we are, approaching WrestleMania 31 where the Undertaker is scheduled to face Bray Wyatt. A superstar who has lost more big feuds than he has won. I realize I am not doing a very good job presenting my case but stay with me on this. To quote the Rolling Stones “You can’t always get what you want.”

In a recent interview Shawn Michaels commented on the current product’s PG rating. The comment starts off with Michaels mentioning how the WWE (WWF) had a PG type rating when it went main stream with Hulk Hogan in the 80’s and then finished with this quote. “I always have to say that ultimately everything is done more for the bottom line of making a profit. WWE is more profitable if it appeals to more people.” That statement should remind us that the WWE is a for-profit company whose sole purpose is to make money. Which means at its core all of its decisions are made with that goal in mind. So there must be money somewhere in this match.

Nostalgia

The Undertaker’s character spans multiple generations, spending the better part of 25 years at the top the card. The only person do it longer, Hulk Hogan. I was 10 years old when the Undertaker made his debut and today he is my seven year olds favorite wrestler even though he has only seen him in one live match. His aura and entrance are almost worth the price of admission alone. Having the Undertaker perform at WrestleMania is going to sell more PPV’s, generate more WWE Network subscribers, and sell T-shirts. Those of us who have been watching him for 25 years will still tune in because we don’t want to miss an icons final match. Sure the Undertaker is 21-1 at WrestleMania but I am 22-0 in watching the Undertaker perform at WrestleMania. No matter who he faces at WrestleMania, the aura and nostalgia of the Undertaker will instantly increase revenue.

Passing the torch

I am expecting the Undertaker to put Wyatt over at WrestleMania. All good things must come to an end and the show must go on. It makes sense that as Taker makes his exit he hands the ball off to young up and comer. Lesnar was the right guy to break the streak but he isn’t the future of the company. Now passing the torch in this instance doesn’t mean the Wyatt becomes the man but a good match and a victory over the Undertaker will lift Wyatt’s character credibility. It also strengthens Wyatt’s character as the “eater of worlds” becomes the new face of darkness in the WWE. He will never be the Undertaker but he will ensure that lights will still go out each week as darkness and evil slowly descend upon the ring and the helpless soul waiting inside. Bray Wyatt is to the Undertaker as John Cena is to Hulk Hogan.

Winning still has value

The Undertaker is 21-1 at WrestleMania with his only loss coming against arguably the most dominate wrestler to ever step into the ring. Prior to that match he threw down with the Shield, defeated CM Punk, as well as Shawn Michael and Triple H twice. He may not be the Phenom of old, but he isn’t jobbing for every superstar on the roster like Kane and the Big Show. A Wyatt win will only strengthen his character and it won’t diminish the Undertakers. For the WWE it’s a win/win situation. If these guys can put on a good match, it could be the moment that solidifies Wyatt in the main event conversation.

Wyatt is now

I think this is the biggest reason why this match makes sense. For many of us we remember the moment the Undertaker came on the scene. The mystery partner for Ted Debiase’s Survivor Series team. It was an awe inspiring moment that that has been in my brain since I was 10. 25 years from now my son might remember the day the Bray Wyatt became the darkness. The day that not only the Undertaker’s soul fell but the day the Wyatt ascended.

One of the biggest critiques of the current WWE regime is the inability to create dominate superstars. I think that is why they need this match to be good. Lesnar vs Reigns is marked with UFC rumors and fan rejection. The ladder match for the IC title is full of controversy with the likes of Ziggler and Bryan still being held out of the main event, along with the ineffective use of Dean Ambrose. Rollins is hated but he is becoming stale as he is just sort of standing around with his briefcase and Orton is just Orton. Then you have Wyatt and a match all to himself. No controversy, no backlash, no other superstars to share the spot light with. He is going to be expected to carry the match because Taker can no longer carry it himself. He is getting an opportunity to steal the spotlight without all the distractions, twitter rants, and Yes chants. He isn’t billed as the next big thing or marked as the chosen successor to John Cena. Yet he is in a match that could be the foundation for his career and create the superstar that WWE desperately needs. A match the truly embraces WWE NOW, THEN, FOREVER.

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need

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WWE WrestleMania 31 Probable Card and Match Rumors

February 23, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It looks like we finally have the blueprint of the main WWE WrestleMania 31 card. The main card may lack the zest of last year’s event, yet the excitement coming out of Fastlane is a sign in the right direction.

There were no real surprises at Fastlane, especially if you have been following the backstage rumors and social media spoilers over the last few weeks. But what we did was a rock solid direction heading into the big March 29 event. I was underwhelmed a few weeks back when the card looked to be taking shape, but Fastlane offered a glimpse of hope. Here is what I took away coming out of Fastlane, as well as the latest news and rumored matches.

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE world title - This one is going to be a lot of fun for all of the wrong reasons. While I do think the WWE needed to focus on Reigns, it was clear at Fastlane that the fans aren’t buying him. This match could get Goldberg-Lesnar ugly really fast without some creative booking. It’s unfortunate as I think six months ago this match could have been big. Yet the WWE booking of Reigns has been so terrible, that they have single-handedly ruined this guy’s momentum. The only answer here is a double-turn at Mania otherwise it will get real ugly by the end of the match.

The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt - I don’t know how you can logically book this match. So Taker is going to return to shut a nobody up that called him out once and ignore Heyman and Lesnar’s mockery over the last year? The only reason the Undertaker should be returning is to avenge his loss to Brock Lesnar. Granted, they may be saving that for Texas Stadium but if so, Taker should not be wrestling at all. Maybe make a surprise appearance? That said, the reaction at Fastlane for Bray Wyatt’s promo was promising. If I was to base interest in this match on the crowd heat at Fastlane, I’d guess that the fans are really going to be into this match. It will be different and I hope Taker can silence his critics. I just can’t help but think about all of the money being left on the table with a Lesnar rematch.

John Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. title - I’d expect some kind of stipulation to be added here. I liked their match at Fastlane a lot. I’ll disagree with a lot of people and tell you that I thought it was the best match of the night. I have no problem seeing them wrestle twice. The finish was kind of wonky, but I never have a problem with seeing a really good match twice. Cena as U.S. champion is interesting as well. Quite honestly I’d put Rusev over here and build him up for a run with Reigns or Lesnar for the title. But I’ll save that for my predictions blog.

Sting vs. Triple H - When Sting and Hunter set the table for this angle at Survivor Series I was about as disinterested as I could get in this feud. I had zero interest in watching these two wrestle. That said, I am actually looking forward to the match coming out of Fastlane. I think they had great chemistry in Memphis and I think that they can really pull something good off here. Sting has his limitations as we have seen in TNA. Sting has also had some decent matches with the right guys in TNA so it isn’t as if he is done. The chemistry is working for me here and I have to hand it to these guys. They completely turned me around at Fastlane. Mark my words, this will be the main-event of WrestleMania. It won’t be the last match but this will be the match that draws the most interest and gets the most attention by the time we get to the event.

Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton - I think we can all agree that Jon Stewart of the Daily Show will play a part in this match. That’s fine, although this angle does not seem very organic at all. It will be great publicity for all involved. Quite frankly I am not sure how WWE pulled this one off. They did and it will happen at Mania. I think they’ll have a good match, maybe the best on the card if given time.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus - All of the latest rumors point to a Bryan vs. Sheamus rematch. According to several reports, this was the direction they wanted to go in all along. It seems like a huge waste of Bryan and a big dropoff from a year ago. The WWE are determined to squash the Yes Movement and this is a step in the right direction. It’s a shame but I can’t see we didn’t see it coming.

There are other probable matches like Ambrose vs. BNB with a stip, something with the Rhodes brothers, and maybe the Bellas vs. Paige and a celebrity tag team partner. Overall it is a pretty solid lineup for Mania. Nothing stands out and while it is not nearly as exciting as last year, it is a far cry from WrestleMania 9 as well.

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Top 10 Pro Wrestling Controversies Video

February 23, 2015 By: Category: lists, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

From the Montreal Screw Job to Vince McMahon’s steroid trial to Jeff Hardy wrestling intoxicated, check out the top 10 pro wrestling controversies caught on video.

This interesting video comes from the folks over at WatchMojo.com. Watch this video as WatchMojo.com countdown the top 10 pro wrestling controversies…as they see it.

It’s certainly an interesting video and the crew did a great job of digging up video. I don’t know if I’d necessarily agree with these, but they do get you thinking. Some are a little corny such as the end of the streak so take this list for what it is worth. Check out the video below which runs a little over fifteen minutes.

Here is the list for those of you that don’t want to watch the video.

  1. The Death of Chris Benoit
  2. The Montreal Screw Job
  3. The Owen Hart Tragedy
  4. CM Punk Walks Out of the WWE
  5. The Mass Transit Incident
  6. Vince McMahon’s Steroid Trial
  7. Edge/Matt Hardy/Lita Love Triangle
  8. The end of the Undertaker’s Streak
  9. Muhammad Hassan (the gimmick in general)
  10. Jeff Hardy vs. Sting at TNA Victory Road (Hard wrestles inebriated)

Honorable Mentions: Raven-Sandman Crucifix Angle, Live Edge/Lita Sex Show, Triple H-Katie Vick, The Fingerpoke of Doom, Lex Luger Shows Up on Nitro, David Arquette wins the WCW title

Interesting list but I can think of about a dozen off of the top of my head that were omitted. Also, including something like the end of the streak on a list with two tragedies is controversial in itself. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

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The Undertaker Should Retire Before WrestleMania XXXI

February 17, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The Undertaker, one of the WWE’s last links between the Attitude Era and the belief in true Kayfabe, may be on his last journey to the ring at WrestleMania 31. Dave Meltzer reports that the man who is the most tenured star in the company may not be able to perform at a high level in the biggest event of the year, or may not be able to perform at all, given the condition he is in.

While the WWE continues to promote a Bray Wyatt-Undertaker showdown in San Francisco, does it mean the match actually happens or will we get the Undertaker we saw last year, one who was carried by Brock Lesnar throughout the contest and eventually had the streak of 21-0 by the current WWE World Champion?

It is hard swallow for someone like myself who grew up watching a man walk the top rope, rise from the “Dead” after lying on the make listless, and showing no signs of pain or injury while destroying the company’s roster. But it is a sign of the times and while at 43 I understand everyone retires at some point. My hope, however is that the character that Mark Calloway has created to be one of the best gimmicks of all time never sees another squared circle. It is my hope Calloway, who may respect the business more than any other wrestler on the WWE roster (with may the exception of Kane) knows that by getting in the ring, he is hurting not only himself, but the legacy he has created as one of the best big men in the business – period.

As Herbert wrote, “The feeling is that The Undertaker is still on course for a match with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31. Wyatt continues to reference the Deadman in promos and The Undertaker is expected to be back after Fast Lane.

“The issues of age and trouble with movement are the reasons WWE booked Taker with Wyatt. The office has faith in Wyatt’s in-ring ability and the belief is that the 27 year old can carry the 49 year old to a good match.”

There will be some changes to ‘Taker’s appearance and there will certainly be a noticeable difference in what he does in the ring. In 2013, he looked like his old self (to some degree) in his match with CM Punk. In 2014, he looked like Willie Mayes in his last days as a New York Met or Joe Namath on his gimpy legs in Los Angeles as a Rams quarterback. If you want a wrestling comparison, he was Ric Flair wrestling Sting two years ago in TNA.

“Undertaker will dye his hair and be wearing make up to cover his aged appearance. Wyatt will do the majority of the work in an effort to cover for The Undertaker’s lack of mobility. His knee problems are well documented and the shocking physical state is down to Taker’s three decades of injuries and surgeries. He’s always been susceptible to injury and speculation on retirement started as far back as 1997.”

The idea of having someone “carry” him is crazy in itself and may have been one of the reasons the company could not have paired him with a 55-year old Sting, who is not the performer he used to be and would need someone like Triple H to carry him through a match at ‘Mania.

Whether the match happens – which in all probability will since Wyatt continues to promote the match and call out the Deadman – or the company comes to its senses and calls off what will more than likely leave us all underwhelmed, it tears at me that one of wrestling’s greats is at the end of what has been one of the most prolific careers and one of the best gimmicks ever. If there was ever a time to leave the “show” it would be now. I know, you know, and hopefully because he respects his trade so much, the Undertaker knows it – We hope.

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The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt WrestleMania 31 Match Makes No Sense

February 16, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The craziest WrestleMania rumor reported on websites for weeks has been the return of the Undertaker. The Undertaker is reportedly set to go for one more match at WrestleMania 31. That’s great news but the opponent makes absolutely no sense at all.

The rumored Taker match pits the Dead Man against Bray Wyatt. Those rumors have been strengthened in recent weeks with Wyatt’s promos on RAW which certainly appear to be geared towards an Undertaker match. Yet this whole idea seems like one big wasted opportunity by the company, something that appears to be a theme with Taker’s recent Mania matches.

Let’s go back a couple of years, three to be exact and look at the creative leading up to Undertaker’s Mania matches. The Undertaker’s streak has arguably been the biggest match or at least second biggest match on Mania since Michaels started playing it up at 25. Ever since then the streak has taken on a life of its own and been something to look forward to every year. It seems so easy to write yet the booking has been some of the most uncreative in recent Mania years.

I’ll start with 28 against Triple H. The whole idea behind that match was absurd. The Undertaker won yet it was Taker seeking the rematch for some kind of “revenge.” I am still not clear what that revenge was. The booking of 29 with an ad-hoc Fatal Four Way on RAW with the winner meeting Undertaker resulted in one of the writers getting fired. I should point out how easy that could have been with Punk putting up his own streak of 400+ days as WWE champion vs. Taker’s streak. That would have been huge! The match that wound up ending the streak wound up so underwhelming going in because the angles were rather dull and predictable. I just can’t understand why it is so hard to book this guy correctly at Mania.

Now we are here a year after the streak and it appears we are heading towards a Wyatt vs. Undertaker match. That match makes zero sense for one reason. If Undertaker is coming back, why in the world wouldn’t he want to avenge his streak? Is he scared of Brock? Does he know he can’t beat Brock? Have you ever heard an interview with a losing team or player in a championship game who says his or her goal is anything but getting back to the championship next year? While the streak is not necessarily a championship, the idea of avenging it is the same in my opinion.

I have written for a year that Taker vs. Lesnar 2 at Mania 31 could be absolutely huge. Like Rock vs. Cena at 28, the match and angle has been promoted for a whole year, more if you go back to pre-30 promos. Undertaker coming back to silence Heyman’s obnoxious mocking and end the reign of terror of Lesnar writes itself. Who wouldn’t pay $10 to watch Undertaker shut Heyman up once and for all about “21 and 1″? Who wouldn’t root for the Undertaker to get his win back and stop the beast in his tracks?

The angle was so easy to write that it’s mind boggling it wasn’t done. Have Taker start messing with Lesnar with the lights going down, etc back in November. The Undertaker appears and wants his rematch which Heyman and Lesnar decline out of fear because we all know that the Undertaker has nothing to lose at this point. The Undertaker enters the Royal Rumble as a mystery entrant and wins his title match. The match is made with the caveat of Taker having to retire if he loses the match. He can either win the title and drop it on RAW the next day or a month later, retire with it, or lose the match and retire gracefully. You could also have Taker screw Lesnar out of the title with Brock demanding the match against Heyman’s wishes. It’s not rocket science.

But no, the Undertaker will instead rise from the dead to answer some random challenge from a guy who most see as an upper-mid carder. I have never been a big proponent of the Sting match but hell, if he’s coming back a match with Sting would make more sense than this one. It makes less sense than a Lesnar rematch but more sense than anything else. This one makes Undertaker look more like a coward picking a fight with a lower card guy than the legendary tough guy he has been portrayed to be.

While I understand that Vince McMahon thinks his fans have short memories, nobody is forgetting about the loss at 30, especially when we have been reminded of it for a whole year. It will be nice to see the Undertaker back but at this point I’d rather let sleeping dogs lie. Keep him on the sidelines until you have something worthwhile. That match is not Bray Wyatt.

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