[adinserter block=”1″]The WWE is hoping to hit a homerun tonight in Tampa at the Battleground pay-per-view. We are all aware John Cena will retain the WWE World Title – setting up a huge confrontation with Brock Lesnar for the championship at SummerSlam. Both Kane and Randy Orton will be at odds, causing a rift in The Authority. Seth Rollins will not cash in his Money in the Bank contract and of course, Roman Reigns will not win the Fatal 4-way, which will piss almost everyone at the event off. The company has done itself a great disservice by not thinking outside the box, rather cowering in it and taking the safe route toward the second biggest event on the WWE money circuit.
To be honest, I am not so concerned with the main event match as much as I am the undercard, which must deliver for there to be any build in the growth of SummerSlam as a better event than WrestleMania XXX. Yes, there is the potential for that to happen this year, but dominoes must fall, the creative team must get its collect head out of its ass and when everything is said and done in Los Angeles, John Cena must drop the WWE title for the last time in his career. Even Triple H knew when it was time to stop challenging for the World Title and what was best for business.
The WWE decided to break The Shield up for successful reasons, which has proven to be the right move so far. But momentum can only go so far and since feuds in this company seem to only last two pay-per-views or the equivalent of two to three months, there has to be more moxey and drive between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to make this a “Daniel Bryan-style” witch hunt that lasts four or five months. Whether the company, the fans and the columnists who cover this business on a daily basis, the “Battle of Atlanta” could be rewritten with these two men shedding blood, sweat and tears like Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer did over 30 years ago.
While this feud between Rollins and Ambrose may be staged, the “war” between Sawyer and Rich may have been as real as it gets for over a year in wrestling circles. These men had a genuine dislike for each other, which only made things hotter than an August Atlanta.
afternoon. According to wwe.com every fan knows that Hell in a Cell first entered the WWE Universe on Oct. 5, 1997, when Shawn Michaels survived a vicious match against The Undertaker.
However, the sinister bout began taking shape 30 years ago in arenas across the South. Fans tuning into TBS each Saturday night had the date and time pounded into their heads: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Two of Georgia’s biggest stars would collide for the final time. To ensure that the fight stayed in the ring, officials declared the ring would be fully enclosed in a steel cage with a roof.
After tearing the South apart with chaotic brawl after chaotic brawl for nearly two years, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer would be locked inside the hellacious structure to settle the score once and for all. The brutal battle that ensued inside The Omni set the stage for the Superstars of today. WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recalled the vicious encounter and came up with the idea that evolved into one of WWE’s most dangerous bouts: Hell in a Cell.
These two men can do the same thing, and then some. Wrestling and its sensibilities have changed in the past three decades. Neither wrestler is anywhere near the styles of a Sawyer, who was as odd as the day is long and Rich, who was a former NWA World Champion and was being groomed to be the face of the promotion before the NWA Board of Directors saw they could draw from more animated and color characters like Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and the continued old guard of Harley Race.
In my mind, Rollins could be another “Edge” and the comparisons have been made to Ambrose and Brian Pillman. Both were huge successes in the WWE.
[adinserter block=”2″]Former wrestler Michael Hayes once said Sawyer was “A brawler, this little, short, stocky guy, but he had a wicked powerslam. He was a wrecking machine.” Rich was quoted as saying Sawyer never had a nice thing to say about anyone – that it truly was his personality. As one of the greatest wrestling writers of all time, Bill Apter said, “Tommy Rich debuted in 1974. Sawyer in 1979. They crossed paths in Georgia early on when they got there. It just seemed to be a natural rivalry, with who was going to command the top spot in the company.”
While it is hard to duplicate or replicate the past with wrestlers, let alone for a spot that worked decades before, the WWE may have magic with this angle.
The “hatred” is so pure. The feeling so mutual and if you look at the big picture of the near future, this is the perfect place for history to repeat itself. Hopefully, the match will be so good, it could be the match of the night – and hopefully help us forget how bad the main event could and should possibly be.
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