From SunLife Stadium in Miami, FL
April 1, 2012
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
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The Hell in a Cell match has become one of the most brutal matches in WWE history. Started in 1997, the HIAC match features blood, drama, action, and intensity. Today I celebrate this classic by looking back at the ten best in WWE history.
Like anything else, Hell in a Cell has had its ups and down. Fortunately for most WWE fans, there have been more ups than downs. The concept has been watered down a bit since over the years with the reduction of blood and excess matches. Lucky for us, there are plenty of classics that remind us why this one is just that good.
I always like to remind redears that like any top ten list it is all a matter of opinion. If you agree, disagree, or feel that I left one off the list, let me know and leave a comment. Until then, here are my top ..click here to read more
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With WrestleMania 29 in the books and The Rock’s future in professional wrestling up in the air at the moment, I thought it would be a good time as ever to discuss if The Rock’s return to the WWE was a success or a failure.
I feel like the majority of wrestling fans believe that The Rock’s run with the WWE since WrestleMania 27 was a failure. I believe fans look at it as The Rock being paired with the wrong guy, John Cena, and use that as their focal point for how the run has been perceived since he returned to WWE television on February 14th, 2011. Now those fans that believe it was a failure have very valid points.
In my opinion Wrestlemania 27 was one of the worst WrestleMania’s of the last decade and that was due in large part to the The Miz/John Cena/The Rock storyline. The WWE ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, john cena, The Rock, WrestleMania 27, WrestleMania 28, WrestleMania 29
The 2012 WWE Royal Rumble winner was probably not the guy you expected. Sheamus won the Royal Rumble and a trip to the WrestleMania 28 main-event against a WWE champion of his choice. Sheamus eliminated Chris Jericho to win the Rumble and earn his title match in Miami.
Sheamus was certainly one of the dark horses to win the Rumble. I had him at 50-1 odds in my predictions blog. It was a great way to elevate Sheamus back to the championship status he had a couple of years back. I have no problem with Sheamus winning, especially eliminating Jericho and Orton.
The Rumble itself was one of the most disappointing Rumble matches in recent memory. A combination of a lack of big time superstars and a dead crowd made for a boring Rumble. It just felt like a long RAW or SmackDown battle royal for awhile. It was nowhere ..click here to read more
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Wrestler of the Year is such a subjective award, yet most seem to agree that the nod should go to WWE champion CM Punk. However if pro wrestling is a business at the end of the day, shouldn’t that award go to the biggest draw? If so, you’d have to give it to The Rock!
Listen I am with most of you. When I wrote up my Year End awards a few weeks ago I went with CM Punk. I am not a Punk fan but the guy was on top all year, reinvented his character, and had good to standout matches all year long. Did we all miss the big picture with Punk? I am man enough to admit I did and I was wrong.
I have heard a couple of podcasts and blogs throw around the idea of giving The Rock Wrestler of the Year. On the surface ..click here to read more
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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
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The World Wrestling Entertainment certainly had an exciting 2012. The WWE saw the dominance of a champion, the breakout of new stars, & several surprises in and out of the ring. Rather than look back myself at the WWE 2012 in review, I am joined by a collection of pro wrestling writers from CamelClutchBlog.com.
WWE Wrestler of the Year
Eric Gargiulo – CM Punk: It is hard to argue with CM Punk in 2012 and this comes from someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Punk. If you are basing this on success in the ring, there was nobody better in the WWE. He went undefeated for the year as WWE champion. In the ring I think it was arguably his most solid year. Punk had tremendous matches with Ziggler, Cena, and Bryan specifically. On top of that he segued from babyface to heel without missing a beat! While ..click here to read more
AJ Lee, Antonio Cesaro, Brock Lesnar, chris jericho, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, john cena, Roman Reigns, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Team Hell No, The Rock, The Shield, triple h, WrestleMania 28
CM Punk has officially hit the one-year mark as WWE champion. It was one year ago on November 20, 2011 when Punk pinned Alberto Del Rio to win the title and begin one of the longest world title reigns in WWE history.
It has been quite a year for CM Punk. If you step back and look at his entire year you would think that you were looking at a five-year title reign. He was a babyface, a heel, had several big feuds, and even modified his look all in the span of one year. I think it is fair to say that the year was certainly a success for the world champion.
Punk’s first duties as world champion were to finish up his feud with Alberto Del Rio. It was a weird time for Punk because on the one hand you could sense the excitement around him as world champion yet ..click here to read more
chris jericho, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, john cena, Paul Heyman, Ryback, Survivor Series 2011, The Rock, WrestleMania 28
Chris Jericho is finally gone after losing a match to Dolph Ziggler, ending his third run with the WWE. A look back at the nine-month run of Y2J begs the question as to whether it was a success or not. In this writer’s opinion, it was a slam dunk!
Chris Jericho returned after a lengthy hiatus from the WWE back in November. Jericho returned as a heel, although it took a few weeks for the fans to pick up on it. Jericho’s silence was a new twist in his evolving persona and created more intrigue and drama surrounding his first match than his last return back in 2007.
Once Jericho finally returned, he went full steam ahead in the WWE rings. His first big match back was the 2012 Royal Rumble. Jericho went to the finals, being eliminated by the current WWE ..click here to read more
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Chris Jericho returned to the WWE with fancy videos and a lot of fan fare in January. Depending upon who you believe we are watching the final days of Jericho’s return. A look back will have some questioning whether this was the best or worst of Jericho’s three WWE runs.
Measuring the success of Jericho’s latest WWE stint is really all up to what your expectations were out of the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla. If you were expecting Jericho to come back, win the WWE championship, and become the top dog in the WWE, well you are probably disappointed. If you were expecting Jericho to come back and bring quality and excitement to the match cards than you are probably satisfied. For me, I would rank this run as a huge success.
Jericho may have been his own worst enemy when ..click here to read more
chris jericho, CM Punk, Sheamus, WrestleMania 28
The WWE is just like anything else. We don’t remember wrestlers for what they did in the past, we remember wrestlers for what they are doing right now. This is very much a “what have you done for me lately” industry and it is reflected as such once a wrestler disappears from WWE television for a week to even a month.
With that being said, WWE stars need to stay current, they need to stay fresh and they need to stay, in people’s minds. One slip of “creative has nothing for you” can’t be a deadly omen for that wrestler’s career for that period of time. Here is a list of five current WWE superstars that I believe have fallen into that category as of late and need to turn their careers around ASAP:
5. Jack Swagger
His World Heavyweight Championship reign was one of the most forgotten reigns of all-time. He has ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, The Miz, WrestleMania 28
WWE RAW ratings through the WrestleMania 28 season were way down this season yet WrestleMania 28 appears to have blown away WrestleMania 27. This begs the question as to whether the ratings even matter when it comes to pro wrestling buyrates?
I remember talking about this very subject a week or two before WrestleMania on the Still Real to Us podcast with Jeff Peck. We discussed the ratings and whether or not WrestleMania 28 would be a catastrophic failure. I mentioned to Jeff that it would be interesting to see what the buyrate is and whether or not at the end of the day we all make a fuss over ratings for nothing. It looks like that may be the case.
I went back and did a little detective work over the last hour and took ..click here to read more
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