Welcome to the first November edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week. This week saw the banning of Big Show from WWE for life, only for him to be rehired and become number one contender for the WWE Championship. Only in WWE, people. We also witnessed the returns of two superstars, one of whom is earning honorable mention and the other is the recipient of WWE Wrestler of the Week.
The honorable mention goes to Tyson Kidd, after his year long struggle to return from injury. As a side note, I had no idea until a good friend mentioned that Kidd was one of the Los Locals tag team (with Ricardo Rodriguez) who faced Los Matadores a few weeks ago. However, this week Kidd returned as himself and the best possible way for both himself and the fans. I never understood why his wife, Natalya, was paired with the Great Khali. ..click here to read more
For many wrestling fans there is always something to complain about. Whether it is how WWE misuses superstars, the PG era is ruining WWE or Raw moving to three hours was a mistake, there are always people who think WWE can do better in some way.
This brings me to my main question – should wrestling fans blame the writers or the wrestlers for the issues in WWE? The simple answer would be that it depends. Sometimes it is the writers’ fault and sometimes it is the wrestler’s fault.
Each and every wrestler works hard to be successful at their job by training their bodies, working on their speaking skills and learning everything about the wrestling business. However, they should have a look or gimmick that makes them stand out in order to be successful. The writers hired by WWE are experienced television show writers who are trying to put together the ..click here to read more
Curt Hawkins, Hart Dynasty, Kane, Tyson Kidd, Zack Ryder
When you get past the annoying social media trends, infatuation with past stars, and inconsistent booking, WWE produced a number of classic PPV match-ups on the 2012 calendar. Choosing 20 was hard, ranking them was harder. Here is what I came up with for the creme de la creme, the best of the best for the year 2012.
20. World Heavyweight Championship/Elimination Chamber: Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella vs. Great Khali (Elimination Chamber, February 19)
You wouldn’t think this one would make the classics list, and early on in the match, it didn’t seem to be a likely addition. What made this match special was the dramatic finishing sequence, in which comedy player Marella eliminated Rhodes and Barrett, and came within believable inches of upending Bryan for the title. Despite the crowd cheering him on, the Milan Miracle succumbed to the LeBell/Yes/No Lock, ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, chris jericho, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, john cena, Kane, R-Truth, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Roman Reigns, Royal Rumble 2012, Ryback, Santino Marella, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Sin Cara, SummerSlam 2012, Team Hell No, Tensai, The Big Show, The Great Khali, The Miz, The Rock, The Shield, The Undertaker, triple h, Tyson Kidd, Wade Barrett, WrestleMania 28
This week’s Raw was hyped with the returns of both John Cena and Mr. McMahon, while continuing to try to build towards Hell in a Cell just three weeks away. We saw Mr. McMahon come to give the State of WWE Address, the semifinals of the tag team tournament, Larry King and more. Let’s break down each segment of the night.
John Cena opens Raw to a big mix of cheers and jeers. Cena says he feels good to be back. He acts as though he hasn’t been on Raw in months by discussing the tag team champions, Antonio Cesaro’s nipples, the divas out of control and tells AJ he wants to take her out on a date. Sorry Cena, but you only missed one week and most of the those things were already happening. Cena claims he ..click here to read more
AJ, AJ Lee, Alberto del Rio, Antonio Cesaro, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater, john cena, Kane, Larry King, Michael Cole, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd, vince mcmahon, wwe raw
We’re in Green Bay, WI tonight, and the main event for the evening is Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown kicks off with the World Champion, Sheamus, making his way to the ring. Sheamus wants to take the time to acknowledge Triple H before he gets down to business, calling him one of the toughest guys he’s ever faced. His very first WrestleMania match was against Triple H, and he also suffered his first loss at the hands of “The Game”. He doesn’t know Triple H’s future, but Trips has his respect. The conversation then turns to Alberto Del Rio, with Sheamus saying Triple H is everything ADR isn’t.
Before he can continue, Your Intellectual Savior, Damien Sandow, makes his way out. Oh, how I’ve missed this man and his fantastic beard. Sandow wants to beg our indulgence for a ..click here to read more
Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Justin Gabriel, Kaitlyn, Kane, Night of Champion 2012, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus O'Neil, triple h, Tyson Kidd, Vickie Guerrero, wwe smackdown
When someone says WWE tag teams, who comes to mind? The Legion of Doom aka Road Warriors? Nasty Boys? Money Inc.? Hart Foundation? The Rockers? Dudley Boyz? Hardy Boyz? Demolition? What do all of these teams have in common that make them different from today’s tag teams? The answer is not so simple.
First, they all have tag team names. WWE tried to solve this issue with Air Boom and the Awesome Truth, but all they were doing was combining two names or nicknames. Most of the tag teams in the last few years have just been superstars’ names – Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, Primo and Epico, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty, Big Show and Kane, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, Santino Marella and Vladmir Kozlov and now I think you see my point. Most of these tag teams also did ..click here to read more
Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Tag Team Wrestling, The Usos, Tyson Kidd
-If Waylon Mercy shows up, the remainder of my review will be 100% positive, no matter what happens. All cynicism aside, I’m looking forward not so much to bashing anything with malice, but enjoying a night set aside for nostalgia and celebration. Unless something horrifically stupid happens, I won’t get too worked up. If you wanna see somebody take the fun out of a show, James Caldwell at the Torch has been the gold standard for a loooooong time.
-WWE RAW 1000 is live from St. Louis
Opening Segment: Vince McMahon introduces D-Generation X
SWERVE! DX no-showed! Vince thanks the fans, mostly for putting up with the trending updates and Did You Knows. Well, okay, he didn’t say that, but I would’ve felt better. He introduces DX, the “Sanitation X” years. Shawn and Hunter think something’s missing from this segment, and ..click here to read more
AJ, Alberto del Rio, Bob Backlund, Brock Lesnar, Charlie Sheen, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Degeneration X, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Gene Okerlund, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Howard Finkel, Jack Swagger, jerry lawler, Jim Ross, Jinder Mahal, john cena, John Laurinaitis, Kane, Layla, Lita, Lord Tensai, Michael Cole, Money in the Bank 2012, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sean Waltman, shawn michaels, Sin Cara, Stephanie McMahon, SummerSlam 2012, The Big Show, The Miz, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, Tyson Kidd, vince mcmahon, wwe raw
Tonight, we begin WWE Friday Night SmackDown!’s build towards Summerslam next month, with Money in the Bank taking place last weekend. In case you didn’t watch it, you missed a damn good show, and yet another installment in WWE’s trend in 2012 of making enjoyable PPVs. Crazy concept, I know, but it does work. If nothing else, you should at least watch Punk/Bryan, who tore the roof off the place with an unbelievable match. The 8-man ladder match opened the show, and was incredibly good as well. That’s 2 years in a row where the SmackDown! ladder match proves to be the superior. The RAW one wasn’t bad by any means, but it was just far too predictable for my tastes. Still, a very enjoyable PPV overall.
We open with the return of Rey Mysterio, giving me a very disappointing start ..click here to read more
Abraham Washington, AJ, Alberto del Rio, Brodus Clay, Camacho, chris jericho, Christian, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Eve Torres, Heath Slater, Hunico, john cena, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Lord Tensai, mick foley, Money in the Bank 2012, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Rosa Mendes, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, The Road Warriors, Titus O'Neil, Tyson Kidd, Vickie Guerrero, wwe smackdown, Zack Ryder
-So yes, I enjoyed Money in the Bank as many did, but I’m also with that group when I say that Cena winning in the end was just a “fe-fi-ho-hum.” Punk seemed awful defensive on Twitter to fans who pointed out his 0-7 standing in main evening PPVs in 2012, but maybe all can be forgiven if Cena cashes in an loses. They’ve really gotta jump start Punk at some point; they’ve drained his battery worse than leaving your car charger plugged in for a month.
-If you want some light reading, enjoy this blog on the day I spent with former ECW and ROH Champion Jerry Lynn. Not having paid my dues in the sport, I put him over. In table tennis. Really. http://camelclutchblog.com/a-day-with-jerry-lynn/
-WWE Monday Night RAW is live from The ..click here to read more
AJ, Alberto del Rio, Bob Backlund, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, jerry lawler, john cena, John Laurinaitis, Layla, Lord Tensai, Michael Cole, Money in the Bank 2012, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, SummerSlam 2012, The Big Show, Tyson Kidd, wwe raw
-My how things change in a year. In 2011, CM Punk was Stone Cold 1996. Now he’s Stone Cold 2003: he looks the same, but is missing everything that fans covet in a game-changing star. On the bright side, the show should be pretty good tonight, as long as the action wins out over any potential screwiness.
-WWE Money in the Bank 2012 is live from Phoenix, former home of Nashitude.
Match 1: Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Tensai vs. Sin Cara vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella (World Heavyweight MITB)
Booker called Tyson Kidd “Dynamic”. Dynamic Kidd? I’m down. Tensai brutalizes the opposition early, and slingshots Kidd into a ladder from the corner. Yeouch. Kidd gets his revenge with an assist from Christian, bashing Japanese Bullet Train with the giant ladder. Christian, Santino, and Kidd go up (with Kidd standing on the easel-fold!), but Sandow tips ..click here to read more
AJ, Alberto del Rio, Beth Phoenix, Camacho, chris jericho, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Curt Hawkins, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Eve Torres, Hunico, john cena, Kaitlyn, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Layla, Lord Tensai, Money in the Bank 2012, Natalya, R-Truth, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tamina Snuka, The Big Show, The Miz, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, WWE Money In The Bank
Another month, and yet another “B” PPV from WWE to preview. This time, it is “No Way Out,” and it is emanating from Phoenix, Arizona tomorrow on July 15, 2012. The build up for the PPV, at least in my opinion has been hit, and miss. There has been good booking in certain places, and in others, it looks like things have been just thrown together. I doubt if it is going to do a lot of business, but we will see.
I know that WWE will likely add some matches while the PPV is going on. I honestly do not understand that tactic. How does that get any more buys? The PPV has already started, and I don’t think anyone can jump in, mid-show, and order. Why aren’t these bonus matches announced BEFOREHAND? They could also push the idea to ..click here to read more
AJ, Alberto del Rio, Camacho, chris jericho, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Hunico, john cena, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Lord Tensai, Money in the Bank 2012, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, The Big Show, Tyson Kidd, WWE Money In The Bank
For tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown!, we get Zack Ryder as the guest GM as a result of winning the 20-man battle royal last week. Although we saw on Monday that Sin Cara was the last qualifier for the SmackDown! MITB match for this Sunday, I have a feeling Ryder is going to insert himself into the match as well. While I normally wouldn’t go along with it, I’d be fine with Ryder getting a slot, as he deserves it.
Speaking of Ryder, he’s opening the show tonight. I love how he’s got custom Nikes to match the colors of his ring gear. He welcomes us to the very first “Friday Night Zack-Down!” His first act as GM is to get the world’s largest fist-pump going, and pretty much everyone in the crowd responds positively. He says tonight will be the ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, Brodus Clay, chris jericho, Christian, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Eve Torres, Heath Slater, john cena, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Lord Tensai, mick foley, Money in the Bank 2012, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Tyson Kidd, wwe smackdown, Zack Ryder