The Best Of?

Seamus and Cesaro are currently embroiled in a Best of Seven series, the winner gets a title shot. Oh boy…

When the series was announced, I had mixed feelings because I despise Sheamus but I absolutely love Cesaro. It sounds weird but I almost felt sorry for Cesaro to have to waste his talents on someone like Sheamus, I thought for sure that he would walk all over him and dominate the series. Cesaro is better in the ring and simply more entertaining to watch. Sheamus has all of the appeal of watching wet paint dry.

Much to my chagrin, Sheamus has already bested Cesaro by winning three matches. Allow me to repeat myself…

SHEAMUS. WON. THREE. MATCHES.

I just don’t understand the logic behind him winning three matches in a row. As a fan, I would find it much more gripping if they went back and forth in winning matches. Let’s say Sheamus wins two and then Cesaro wins one, have it go like that instead of having that ginger win three in a row and Cesaro get his first victory at a house show. The only part of this feud that has me invested is that I get to watch the Swiss Superman in the ring. He could easily be the champion and the main guy in the company. The crowd loves him and he has an athletic ability that is pretty damn tough to match. I would love to see him in a feud with someone like Finn Balor, someone who can match his abilities in the ring. Pitting him against Sheamus just isn’t fair.

A dirt sheet online reported that Cesaro was going to be done with the WWE in the near future and I don’t see that as a possibility but they do need to do something to showcase his talent. Cesaro can hold a belt, he consistently has the absolute best matches on the card, and I’m pretty sure that he is part robot/cyborg.

I’d be hanging on to that talent with everything that I had. Let’s hope that the WWE feels the same way and big things are coming for him.

 

Concrete Jungle.

Summerslam is the second biggest event that the WWE puts on and this year it is literally going to be bigger than ever. Not only do we get an extra hour of beer drinking and nacho eating, we get an extra hour for more wrestling.

One can never have too much of any of those things!

Overall, the card looks amazing and each match looks better than the one before it. The WWE has been on the top of their game with their events for the last little while and I am enjoying every second of it. I’ve probably said it a billion times before but this really is an exciting time for wrestling fans, the caliber of matches that we are getting to watch is just out of this world. They may not all be perfect but they are damn entertaining!

The matches that I’m most looking forward to are Cesaro versus Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins versus John Cena, and (obviously) Lesnar versus Undertaker. Every match is going to be good but those three are going to be the standouts for this girl.

Cesaro has always been one of my favorites and he is getting his time to shine. I really enjoy Cesaro and Tyson Kidd as a tag team and I am so glad that he isn’t losing any momentum with Kidd being sidelined with a very serious injury. He is superhuman and if I didn’t know any better I would swear that he was a robot or something. The moves that he does in the ring just make your jaw drop and don’t even get me started on his strength. I feel the same way about the in-ring ability of Kevin Owens but it’s different. Kevin Owens is just out to wreck you, Cesaro takes you down with finesse.

The contrasting styles of both men is what is going to make this match riveting. I picked Cesaro to win from the beginning (and because the more frustrated Kevin Owens gets, the angrier he gets and I like that!) but I’d be happy if either of them won.

I’m much less diplomatic about Taker versus Lesnar.

Taker has to win this, there is NO way he can lose. My feelings about Lesnar are known, as are my feelings about Taker. I’m not saying he should win simply because he is who he is but COME ON! He is by and large a much better wrestler than Lesnar ever could be. What would the point be in bringing Taker back to just have him lose? I can’t take two losses to that block head (I mean that literally, his head is the same shape as a Lego man’s). When I saw Taker at Battleground I could have cried I was so happy, I knew that he meant business and there was no messing around.

He looked borderline crazy when he came back over a year after his loss to Lesnar. He was a changed man and he wasn’t going to take any shit off of Lesnar, or Heyman for that matter. For me, this match is the main event of the year.

Speaking of main events (nice segway right?), Seth Rollins versus John Cena should be one hell of a fight. It is title versus title, winner takes all. This match, more than any other, will polarize the audience more than any other. I want Seth to win so bad because I just don’t know if I can make it through another John Cena title run right now, especially if he has two titles. A lot of fans have been making their views known, myself included, and it really is dividing fans. My view on it is that John Cena doesn’t need this win for his career. Sure, he’ll tie Ric Flair for number of reigns but is he really gaining much more than that?

I respect John Cena but I’m not such a huge fan anymore. More often than not, he just seems to kill the momentum of a lot of his opponents. You guys can think what you want and I respect your opinions but Cena does not need this win.

With the big event just a few hours away, this girl is going to get her beer and snacks and settle in for one hell of a ride!

 

 

The Demon Has Risen.

Photo Courtesy of WWE.

Photo Courtesy of WWE.

After a few tenuous weeks, I have finally found my computer and my charger. Not going to lie, I was getting a little stressed out. There has also been a lot that’s gone on in the wrestling world, since there is still two weeks before a pay-per-view so there’s no better time to jump right in. Some may have thought the amount of specials and pay-per-views may seem a little overwhelming but I was loving every second of it!

Do I really need to say anything about the Beast in the East show from Tokyo? It may have just been a live event but it was surrounded with all the spectacle of a pay-per-view. The venue was beautiful and the tone of the event was chilling, in the most amazing of ways. The matches were pretty good but the obvious stand-out was Finn Balor taking on Kevin Owens for the NXT championship.

That match was absolutely breathtaking, everything just fit so well.

F. Scott Fitzgerald couldn’t have written a story more perfect than the one that Finn and Kevin told in that ring. The atmosphere was tense but in the best kind of way, the audience was captivated, and the venue was a perfect choice. Kevin Owens was the heeliest heel that has ever heeled when he threw those flowers, I don’t even give a shit if that sentence didn’t make any sense. He immediately won the hate of every fan in that arena (except for the KO cosplayer in the first row). If any of my readers know anything about Japanese wrestling, the giving of flowers during a championship match is a HUGE deal. You accept them with grace and respect, two things that Kevin Owens did not bring with him into that ring.

And don’t even get me started on the wrestling! It was beautiful, simply beautiful. I feel like those two guys gave the best performance of their careers so far. Dare I say that everything was pretty much perfect? Kevin Owens mocked John Cena, the commentary was excellent (Cole was anyways), the wrestling was amazing, and every single fan in Sumo Hall was on the edge of thier seats for the entire thing. Seeing Fergal (who became Fergie Ferg after a few wobbly pops) win the NXT title in Japan was also a very important moment, adding to that was Tatsumi Fujinami coming down to the ring to congratulate him. This moment was on the same level as Shawn Michaels winning the title from Bret Hart in the Iron Man Match at Wrestlemania XII, it was THAT big.

You really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect match from either of these guys.

I hope that the WWE continues to do specials like this from all around the world, I really like seeing how the fans react form different parts of the world.

Monday Night Raw did a fantastic job of furthering the feuds for Battleground and what I was most curious about was how Kevin Owen’s loss in Japan would factor into his feud with John Cena. Let’s just say that Kevin didn’t take the loss well. When the open challenge was issued, Kevin stormed down to that ring but the challenge was actually taken on by Cesaro. We got treated to one of the most fantastic wrestling matches ever on Monday Night Raw, courtesy of the Swiss Superman. Cena did okay but that match was CARRIED by Cesaro and I will argue with anyone until we’re both blue in the face. John Cena did get the victory but Cesaro was the real winner in that match.

With the two matches in the past two weeks that they’ve had, it begs the question if Cesaro will be added to the match at Battleground or if he will be the #1 contender for whoever comes out victorious. I can tell you all this, wrestling fans are in for a real treat in the coming weeks and months.

This girl can’t wait!

#TeamCena.

There’s a lot of things that I love about the fall season. The leaves change color, I can wear my favorite boots, Thanksgiving, my birthday, but even more important than all of those things combined…

Survivor Series.

The five on five tag matches are some of my all-time favorite matches and it’s something that truly makes me giggle with excitement. That’s right, I said giggle. I just find them so exciting, you never know what’s going to happen or how the numbers are going to work out. Those types of matches built the Survivor Series legacy and they are the cornerstone of the fall classic.

A particularly interesting match will main event the pay-per-view this year, Team Authority versus Team Cena. Initially, I was stoked. With the addition of the stipulation from Mr. McMahon, if the Authority loses they no longer are the Authority, I could have wept. It’s always exciting to me when he makes an appearance, usually because he’s there to shit all over someone’s good time. The Authority has a pretty decent team lined up; Rollins, Kane, Rusev, Mark Henry, and a to be determined participant. Their team is big, strong, athletic, and damn near unstoppable. Cena’s team, so far, consists of; himself, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, and Sheamus. Pretty decent line up, but I feel like I can do a bit better. This is how I see my version of Team Cena…

  • John Cena
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Cesaro
  • Big Show

In my opinion, I think that this team covers the wrestling spectrum way better than the Authority’s team. We’ve got the giant, the strong guy, the old school grappler, the high flyer, and the bat shit crazy one. What more is there to ask for? Dean Ambrose has already proven that he can handle himself in the main event spot. Cesaro is a beast, both he and Ziggler have both been pushed and forgotten about several times (for no reason as they are two of the best on the roster today). As for the Big Show, I just love the guy so give me a break.

At the time of this post, there is still an open spot on Team Cena. I’m not super convinced that it will be Dean due to his match with Bray but I am sincerely hoping that it is someone epic and that the fans will go fucking nuts over.

It better not be Hogan.

Rising Star.

Money In The Bank always feels like a surprise party to me. What does that mean? Allow me to explain!

You never quite know who will show up (okay, so you kind of do) and you know that not everybody is going to leave in the same shape they arrived in. Some crawl away, some need to be carried out, and some shit is going to get broken.

This particular MITB ladder match has a lot of significance behind it. It won’t just be seen guys clamouring to get to the top of the ladder to get a guaranteed title shot that can be used at anytime. The person who climbs that ladder is guaranteed champion status. For three of the competitors in that match, this will elevate their profile with the company and fans in a huge way. As sad as I am to have Daniel Bryan stripped of the title, this opens up the door for the three guys who have never competed in a Money In The Bank match before. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, and Cesaro, are being handed a monster opportunity and it is up to them to take full advantage of it. I’m not saying that those three aren’t already over big with the fans but a win in a match with this much significance in sports entertainment will solidify their ‘superstar’ status.

Initially, I had a hard time picking who I thought should win. I love Roman, Bray, and Cesaro. After some thinking, I am really rooting for Cesaro. There is just a quality within him that I love, I think it’s his style of wrestling to be honest. He flawlessly integrates old school moves, like the neutralizer, with a new school type of flair. Even as I’m posting this, I can’t pinpoint it. Whoever wins this match will be bringing in a new era for fans and the company as a whole. There will no longer be a constant repeating cycle of the same guys getting the belts. The fans won’t be getting tired of seeing the same gimmicks over and over again. I’m very excited for this match because I honestly think that this will help to revitalize and refresh the superstars and the fans, especially those who constantly complain about the product being stale. I don’t think that but it definitely could use a shot in the arm, but that’s with anything that has been around as long as World Wrestling Entertainment has.

The WWE provides opportunity to everyone who walks through those ropes, it is up to the individual to capitalize on it and make the most of it. This also has potential to have the winner written into a feud with Daniel Bryan when he returns. It pretty much writes itself.

The face of wrestling may very well change on Sunday. Bring. It. On.

Going To The Extreme.

Tonight the superstars of the WWE will face some of their toughest matches and opponents, tonight is Extreme Rules.

Every match has some sort of crazy stipulation attached that is going to make it harder to gain a victory. No pain, no gain. Let’s take a look at the card…

El Torito vs. Hornswoggle (Kick-off Match)

Stipulation: WeeLC match

I could care less who wins this match. I have ZERO invested in it but it will be a fun match to get the crowd going before the actual event starts. It’ll get a reaction, no guarantee that it will be a good one.

Winner: El Torito

R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev

Stipulation: 2 on 1 Handicap match

I still see this as an obvious squash match. Sure, Woods and Truth got a leg up on Rusev on Raw but it stops there. Why would they have spent all that time and effort building him up as a ‘super athlete’ just to have him lose to two guys with crazy hair?

If he did lose, Rusev would lose all credibility as a competitor and the fans would probably laugh him out of the ring. A victory over two people at the same time would certainly establish him further as the Bulgarian Brute. I am still undecided on Rusev so this match will help me figure out if I even like the guy or not.

Winner: Alexander Rusev

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger

Stipulation: Elimination Triple Threat match

I have to admit that initially, Rob Van Dam seemed a little out-of-place in this particular match up. I was rooting for Cesaro and Swagger to go at it but the addition of Rob Van Dam makes this match all the more intriguing.

Rob Van Dam is the only guy in this entire thing with nothing to lose but everything to gain.

There are so many elements of this match that are going to work in his favor. Cesaro and Swagger will be at each other’s throats, especially for Swagger costing Cesaro the number one contender spot for the Intercontinental title. In addition to that, Zeb and Heyman will also be at each others throats. All Van Dam has to do it sit back, relax, and watch shit hit the fan.

Cesaro will be at Swagger’s throat and Zeb will be at Heyman’s throat (probably for pulling his moustache), the seeds are being laid for future feuds. That is something that the WWE does very well, planting the seeds for the future. It will be interesting to see if the other two superstars in this match can focus enough to go for a victory against their opponent.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Stipulation: Steel Cage match

On the go-home show this past week, Cena seemed to have his confidence shaken after that opening segment. Bray had a children’s choir singing his signature tune and donning sheep masks. That, ladies and gentlemen, are the things nightmares are made of.

I actually liked seeing that side of Cena, his vulnerability came out and for once you didn’t feel like he was a superhero. Until he gave Renee Young that interview towards the end of the show, he was his usual peppy self. That just destroyed it for me. If I was facing Bray Wyatt in a steel cage, I don’t think that I would be all happy go-lucky. In all reality, I’d probably be peeing my pants.

By non-selling his fear at the match that is happening tonight, Cena made the WWE Universe turn on him even more than they already have. Bray has the fans behind him 1000000%. The fans are tired of seeing Cena win every damn match that he is in. They are sick of seeing him kick out at the two count. They are sick of seeing him as this superhero. What they WANT to see is him lose. They want to see him get beat up. They want to see him be defeated so that he can build himself back up.

I love Cena but even I’m tired of his superhero act. I’m a realist. I know there is a very miniscule chance that he will ever turn heel but they need to make him seem more human to the fans. Not every superstar wins every single match.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Big E. vs. Wade Barrett

Stipulation: none as of this posting

When Wade Barrett won the finals of the Intercontinental tournament on Monday Night Raw, I was over the moon with joy. That may seem like an overreaction to some, but for wrestling fans, it’s a normal reaction.

I’m so happy that this match is happening for two reasons. One, I get to see Bad News Barrett in action. Two, he is going to add the much-needed spice the Intercontinental title landscape needs. I like Big E a lot, I think he’s fun in the ring and maybe needs a little more work on the microphone but I like him overall. The problem is that he has no formidable opponents to go against. He’s stronger than all of them and he’s more powerful. No one he’s faced in the last little while has a style that contrasts his. Well, Wade Barrett has certainly changed that!

I can’t wait to see the bare knuckle brawler go against the pure power of Big E. All Barrett has to do is kill his momentum once and then Big E is done for. Hopefully we end up with a new champion! Barrett is so over that it would be ridiculous to NOT give him the belt.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Paige vs. Tamina Snuka

Stipulation: none as of this posting

Everyone and their mom knows how I feel about the women’s division.

I like the fact that they are integrating the female wrestlers from the developmental territory and everything but I think that giving Paige the title on the night she debuted was a bit much. The new divas are providing competition and variety in a division that many see as stagnant and repetitive. What I think should have happened was that an already established diva should have taken the title off of Aj Lee and the NXT divas should have done an invasion angle. They could have come in, challenged the current divas and we would have had something that was as shocking as the invasion angle done years ago. It will definitely be interesting to see how this goes tonight and if they will integrate more of the developmental divas. I’m still pulling for the veteran.

Winner: Tamina Snuka

The Shield vs. Evolution

Stipulation: 6 man tag team match

I can’t wait for The Shield to shut Evolution up.

Basically this match is just a giant pissing contest and I’m 100% okay with that. Evolution used to be cutting edge and cool, challenging the established order of things, and asserting their dominance over the rest of the roster. Now that isn’t the case, The Shield are the ones who are kicking ass and taking names. Triple H and his buddies can’t be having that!

The Shield are younger, faster, more powerful, and they don’t need to gang up on people to get the job done. Evolution is strong together but weak individually, The Shield doesn’t have that problem. All I want to see is Roman deliver a superman punch to Batista, rendering him speechless on his media tour for Guardians of the Galaxy. That would be a real treat to fans everywhere.

Winner: The Shield

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Stipulation: Extreme Rules match

Daniel Bryan is the definition of a trooper.

This guy gets beat down week after week, even after winning the biggest title that the sport has to offer, gets married, loses his father tragically, and still comes out and entertains the thousands of fans who paid money to see him. His fans are relentless. They cheer when he is up or down, showing him that they are behind him 100%.

Tonight he is going to be facing the devils favorite demon in a match that doesn’t really suit his style of wrestling. This style of match as a victory for Kane written all over it. Daniel doesn’t back down. He won’t give up. Even if he loses, he will still walk out of that match with his head held high. He gives everything he has in the ring and he won’t let Kane walk out of there without suffering just a little bit for almost harming his wife.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

All of the superstars involved in the matches tonight have been through a lot in the last few weeks, I fully expect more than a few of them to need help out of the arena tonight.

A New Hope.

Raw was in Chicago. But was CM Punk?

No, he wasn’t.

The crowd was rowdy and then his music hit, but he was nowhere to be found. Instead, we got treated to Paul Heyman and another villainous promo. Heyman sat in the ring, Punk style, and blamed the fans for stealing him and even went as far to blame the Undertaker. The inability of Punk to stop Taker at Wrestlemania last year was apparently the catalyst in the destruction of their relationship. I personally think that their match was the best match of the entire event last year. For the destruction of their relationship, Heyman wants the streak ended and Taker defeated by Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is the only capable superstar to do this in his mind.

Lesnar hit his cue and came out to wow us with his verbal acuity. He babbled about how the Undertaker is scared of him, I saw Raw last week and it looked like he pissed his pants at the sight of Taker. I don’t blame him because I would have done the exact same thing. Mark Henry came out to face Brock and Lesnar did his typical ‘I’m going to huff and puff to look really badass but everyone will see what a terrible wrestler I really am’ act and then he peaced out. I find Lesnar good for a cheap pop and reaction from people (not me, unless you count dislike) but he can’t wrestle for shit. Now, let’s talk about a couple of guys who can wrestle…

The Usos.

These two guys are probably the hottest tag team that the WWE has seen in a long time. I figured that they’d get screwed over, yet again, when they were set to face the New Age Outlaws. I figured that Hunter’s buddies were going to get to keep the titles that they didn’t really earn or deserve. Boy, was I ever wrong.

The Uso brothers wrestled a beautiful match, watching them is literally like watching a ballet in the ring. When Jimmy got the winning fall, I screamed ‘YES!’ at the top of my lungs and actually fist pumped. Not even joking, I actually held back tears. There is no better feeling than seeing someone get a title belt when they truly deserve it. Everyone in attendance that night could read it across the faces of Jimmy and Jey when they got to hold the belts that they fought so hard for. Moments like that make me truly happy and proud that I am a wrestling fan.

As fans, we really did get spoiled rotten on Raw this week. The WWE did all that they could to divert attention away from #HijackRAW and I think that they did a really good job of it. We got to see the beginning of the break up of Cesaro and Swagger. I am so happy about that because Cesaro is WAY too good to be saddled with such a mediocre partner. Jack was simply jealous that Cesaro was becoming so accepted by the fans and he wanted to stop that. When he interrupted Cesaro’s match with Big E, I thought Cesaro was going to flip his shit and knock him out. Cesaro did the same thing to Jack later that night, when Swagger faced Big E, just so he knew how it felt. We all knew the break up of that team was coming but watching the seeds of that split being planted was the best part.

That same logic also applies to The Shield. They had another epic match with the Wyatt Family on Monday and you could cut the tension between Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose with a knife. Seth was left hanging and then he left his group members hanging. He was always the one who was holding them together, fixing what was broken and he just could not deal with it anymore. As sad as I would be to see such an amazing and dominating group split up, they would be so strong as singles competitors.

The final moments of Raw were the same as they’ve been for the last few months, Daniel Bryan got fucked.

He had to face Bootista, I mean, Batista. Randy Orton was ringside as well, how could this match have possibly ended well for Daniel? Hunter pulled his usual shit to get his buddy over and the fans voiced their opinions about it quite loudly. Batista just looks so tired in the ring, he can’t keep up with someone who works at the speed that Daniel Bryan does. Fans notice that and it reflects in their reaction towards what they are seeing in the ring. He’s just boring to watch, I’m not hating on him but he’s not what people want to watch anymore. When Daniel was attacking his knee, I was secretly hoping that something would happen and he would be out of the Wrestlemania main event. Harsh? Not really.

I would also like to add that I thoroughly enjoyed Aaron Paul as the special guest. Not only is he beautiful, but he seemed to genuinely be enjoying himself and what was happening in the ring. I hope that the WWE has him back again soon. Mostly so I can oogle him.

Another special moment was the announcement that WIlliam Moody, a.k.a Percy Pringle, a.k.a Paul Bearer, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. I truly hope that the Undertaker is the one who inducts him, along with Kane, because he was the man who made both of them into the superstars they are today. I think that they would have been popular without him but he moulded them and shaped their in-ring characters, making them that much more special to the fans. Rest in peace Mr. Moody.