Tables And Ladders And Chairs, Oh My!

With the way that Monday Night Raw ended this week, I am more than excited to watch the TLC event this Sunday. All hell broke loose in the end segment and that single moment built the entire event up, not just for myself but for the rest of the WWE Universe. It’s a magical thing when you can sell an entire pay-per-view off of fifteen minutes of television. This pay-per-view also boasts the prestige of having, arguably, the single most important match in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. That match would be the unification match that will see the WWE championship, held by Randy Orton, combined with the World Heavyweight Championship, held by John Cena. I’m going to start off my TLC predictions with that match.

Title Unification Match: John Cena (World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Randy Orton (WWE Champion) 

Winer: John Cena (Unified Champion)

Is there really any other person that should win this match?

As I said in my last post, Cena is a company guy and you almost expect him to be the one that unites both belts. I don’t think that this match will go off without a hitch and that there will be something or someone who interferes and screws it up. I am not a huge fan of the unification, as I think it should be done at a Wrestlemania, but it’s happening so people better just hop on the train and enjoy the ride. The type of match that they chose is also very interesting. A tables, ladder, and chairs match really does favor John Cena. He’s bigger, he’s tougher, and has proven himself more than Randy Orton has.

Recently, Orton has shown that he can’t win a match on his own. That is one factor that makes me think that some tomfoolery will be afoot in the title bout on Sunday. Had this been a different event, they should have gone with a 60 minute Iron Man match. That is the ultimate test of how tough someone is and how much stamina they have. It’s a tough match that very few superstars can make it through.

Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs. Natalya

Winner: Natalya

I don’t know about everyone else but I am more than ready for a women’s champion that actually carries the title with the respect and seriousness that it deserves. Also, I’m sick of seeing AJ carry that belt around like it’s a toy or something.

Natalya has EVERYTHING it takes to be a champion and is probably one of the most deserving wrestlers on the roster. Total Divas has helped to propel the roster of female wrestlers to new heights, having a strong and capable champion will help them go even further.

Intercontinental Championship Match: Big E. Langston (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Damien Sandow

Winner: Big E. Langston (retains)

I really, REALLY like Big E as champion. Everything about him holding a belt just clicks. He’s a powerhouse in the ring, has a great knack for speaking on the mic, and he seems really proud to be carrying that belt over his shoulder. You can’t ask for much more than that!

His determination to retain his title will give him an edge over him competitor, Damien Sandow. Sandow has been on a mean streak like no other recently and I hope that it continues, it really adds to his condescending character and makes his on-screen work so entertaining. I like him with a little edge and a little aggressive. All of that frustration stems from him losing his MITB title shot and from a somewhat recent string of defeats and failures. That adds so much more dimension to Damien Sandow. He wants this title so bad. He won the right to compete against Langston.

However, that will not be enough to take the title from the brick wall that is Big E. Langston.

Kickoff Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango

Winner: Fandango

I just love Fandango.

I also think that this match will be so fantastic with such strong competitors and it will be the beginning of a beautiful feud.

3 on 1 Handicap Match: Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Calm down people!

I think that the Wyatt’s will win simply to keep Daniel Bryan down. That may or may not have something to do with the crowd stopping the ending segment of Raw with a massive ovation for Bryan this past Monday, who knows! Many say that Daniel Bryan is being buried by the powers that be at the WWE but I have a different theory. I personally believe that all of this is just a part of a larger moment that is coming for Bryan, perhaps at Wrestlemania. I don’t know how it’s going to happen but I am confident that it will.

As much as the Wyatt’s creep me out, this storyline is really intriguing. Yet again, you have Daniel Bryan battling against forces that are trying to change him. He’s fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle against evil, this is the kind of stuff comic books are made of and it’s awesome. Daniel Bryan is tough and a very formidable opponent but against the three members of the Wyatt Family, I’m not so sure. Bryan has faced some pretty big opponents but that was one on one. This is three on one and these guys are probably twice the size of Daniel.

The odds are not in his favor and if Bray does that creepy crab walk thing, this wrestling fan will forever have nightmares.

3 on 1 Handicap Match: CM Punk vs. The Shield

Winner: CM Punk

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a dissention forming within The Shield. Specifically after Roman Reigns had his incredible performance at Survivor Series, it was probably the biggest performance of that entire event and really put him on the map. You can see it in the way that The Shield now interacts with each other. Sure, they’re still a cohesive unit but there are tiny cracks in their foundation that are beginning to show.

Dean is acting like he’s the star and that Rollins and Reigns are nothing more than his lackeys. Very interesting, considering that Dean has had a title that he hasn’t defended in months. There is more to being a star than being the leader of a nearly unstoppable faction, you need to have the skills to back that up. Not saying that Dean or Seth don’t, but they didn’t fare nearly as well at Survivor Series.

Why CM Punk will emerge victorious this Sunday is because he will use that rift to his advantage. He is going to play off of their squabbling and secure a win. His victory will bring about the break-up of one of the most successful factions that the WWE, or sports entertainment in general, has ever seen.

Also, they added a fatal four way tag team match to determine new tag team champions. The Rhodes brothers will take on the Real Americans, Rey Mysterio and Big Show, and Ryback and Curtis Axel. I think that the Rhodes brothers will retain the titles but I do have one question. Where in the hell are The Usos in this? After they got screwed out of their earned title shot, they should at least get a chance to compete in this match. They are one of the hottest tag teams going right now and are more than deserving of a title shot.

Whatever the outcomes of these matches, I feel like we are in for a big surprise tomorrow.

I am hoping that they will turn John Cena heel and shock the hell our of wrestling fans everywhere. If they don’t, you can find me curling up in a corner in the fetal position.

There’s No ‘I’ In Team.

In a recent string of not so great pay-per-view finishes and questionable decisions, Survivor Series was a welcomed change. The matches were intriguing and enthralling, filled with a lot of things that people weren’t expecting. I actually did fairly well with my Survivor Series predictions, the only match that threw me off was the five on five traditional elimination match. The whole event was absolutely wonderful, with the main event and what happened after that starting a little bit of a debate (and by little bit, I mean a lot) amongst wrestling fans.

The kick-off show let us see the Miz take on Kofi Kingston, furthering their feud that started on Raw. I thought that this match was fantastic from Kofi’s side, Miz wasn’t doing so well. I find his work very sloppy and not enjoyable in the least. To further Miz’s heel turn, they had him pick up a win over Kofi. The best part of the match was when Kofi slapped him in the face, a little payback for Miz ditching him in their match on Raw. Like I said on Twitter, if I were Miz I would be kissing Kofi’s feet for giving him such a good match. I just don’t get what his deal is! I do not understand him at all so we’ll just move right along to the main card.

Like a small child tearing through presents on Christmas morning, I almost wept when the pay-per-view started with the traditional Survivor Series five on five elimination match. That may seem like an overreaction but those elimination matches are one of the simple pleasures of life. If you’ve never watched one, you need to because it is awesome. What makes it so awesome and exciting is that you don’t know who the sole survivor will be or how many of them there will be. It’s a numbers game that the WWE plays very well. Speaking of numbers, it was the one year anniversary of The Shield’s debut in the WWE and they celebrated in a big way. Roman Reigns was a beast during the match and carried his entire team, consisted of Ambrose, Rollins, Cesaro, and Swagger. WIth the very recent return of Rey Mysterio it seemed like a sure thing that his team would win and they would emerge the survivors. Boy, was I wrong…

Roman destroyed them.

He barreled through his competitors in such rapid succession that if you blinked, you missed it. He took out four members of the opposing team as swift as most people change their socks, it was unreal. Eventually, I think that The Shield will break up and that the three men will go their separate ways. What that traditional Survivor Series elimination match did on Sunday was cement Roman’s spot as a future star and top contender. That’s not to say that the other men in that match aren’t good or they can’t go to the top but Roman was ONE guy who single-handedly eliminated eighty percent of the other team. Mind = blown.

I also really did enjoy the Intercontinental title match that saw the newly minted champ, Big E. Langston, take on the former champ, Curtis Axel. These two wrestled a fantastic match and I really think that the power that they each possess really plays well with one another. Langston has brute strength and is pretty much a brick wall with legs, Axel has the power of perfection on his side (how can you not with a dad like Curt and a grampa like Larry?). Axel made a great champion but he just had the title and didn’t really defend it, I chalk that up to not really knowing who to pair him with. I thought that they complimented other really well in the ring and I hope that the feud carries on for a little longer. The Intercontinental title always seems to be in the background and it is exciting to see the belt and its champion getting some recognition.

Another match that I was psyched for was the seven on seven diva elimination match but I was left a little disappointed. The divas division has so much momentum from the success of the Total Divas reality show and it made them exciting again. They were so stagnant and boring for so long, this sort of resurgence was refreshing. The Total DIvas obviously won and it was a great win for them but the match lacked a little something. I think the problem was all the rapid fire eliminations, that boils down to time constraints. I thought that they all did a great job and it is so nice to see the women’s division being recognized.

We also got treated to an impromptu match between Ryback and Mark Henry. I’d like to personally thank Mark Henry for shutting Ryback up. When Ryback speaks all I hear is bitch, bitch, bitch. I also like Henry and I still think that his fake retirement angle from his last run was some of the best work I’ve ever seen in the history of WWE.

Speaking of hilarious, I find it kind of hilarious that John Cena couldn’t even get a solid ovation in his hometown. Contrary to things I’ve said recently, I actually really like John Cena but he needs to diversify himself. He needs to diversify his personality and his move set. That being said, I thought he did really well in this match and I’m glad that he retained the title, Del Rio’s high point of the match was when he nailed Cena with a beautiful DDT. Another moment that I really liked was when Alberto broke John’s submission hold, the STFU, with a single finger on the bottom rope. I give credit where credit is due and both men put on a great match. My final critique is that I am sick of this whole ‘SuperCena’ thing that always happens each and every match. I know why people don’t like him and I completely understand. They don’t like him for the same reasons that they don’t like Hogan that much.

Whoa, someone doesn’t like Hulk Hogan? Calm yourself and allow me to explain fellow wrestling fans.

Even as a child, I found Hogan very boring and bland. I think a lot of that has to do with me watching wrestling with my dad and he doesn’t care for him that much either. Before someone complains, I am not denying that Hogan was an integral figure in wrestling or that he didn’t have some fantastic moments in and out of the ring. He was just always Hulk Hogan, the same way that Cena is always Cena. Sure, Hogan turned heel and whatever in WCW but that still didn’t make me like him. What I also didn’t like is that Hogan (among others during that time) spoke so negatively of the WWE and some of his fellow superstars. I believe that if it wasn’t for the WWE, Hogan wouldn’t have been half the recognizable figure that he is today. For him to speak in not so nice terms about his former employer and coworkers speaks to his character. Cena loves the WWE and I highly doubt that you would EVER hear him speak the way that Hogan does. But I digress…

I also really enjoyed CM Punk and Daniel Bryan taking on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan from the Wyatt Family. I don’t even need to praise these guys for giving the audience more than their ticket price worth of entertainment. This tag team match was the classic David versus Goliath story and the crowd just ate up every second of it. With Bray being his crazy and intriguing self, a lot was really added to the feud in terms of story and intrigue. Nobody really understand what the Wyatt Family says but it drives you crazy when you try to figure it out. I mean crazy in the best possible way.

Now on to the screwjob, I meant to say main event.

In true Survivor Series fashion, Show got screwed over. He was killing Orton throughout most of the match and then the Authority comes out and distracts him. In that split second Randy gets the pinfall and retains his title. It was a blemish on an otherwise fantastic pay-per-view. I half expected it but I was also holding on to hope that it would be a clean win. But hey, why should Orton ever earn anything based on ability? That feat would probably be a lot easier if he actually had any.

And then Cena came out to the ring and we got treated to the biggest pissing match ever, and that screamed that a unification was amongst us. I’ve written almost 1500 words so far so I will save my rant about the possible unification of the WWE title and the World Heavyweight title for another day.

Trust me.

Strive To Survive.

This Sunday, the annual fall classic takes place. Survivor Series was founded on pitting teams of five against each other to see who is the strongest, to see who will survive the elimination match. To be honest, I was starting to get a little worried that the card wasn’t as structured as it normally is but the WWE didn’t let me down. Let’s take a look at the card and my predictions on who will win.

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz (Kick-off Show)

Winner: The Miz

As much as this pains me, I honestly think that Miz is going to win. Obviously I feel that Kofi Should get the victory. Not only is he more talented in the ring, he has way more personality. When Miz bailed on Kofi during their tag team match on Monday, I didn’t really know what was happening. They need to do something with him to make him appealing to the audience in any way.

They tried him as a heel, it was alright but he was bland. They tried him as a face, he was still bland. He tried to imitate Ric Flair by doing his signature figure four leg lock, which he can’t even apply properly. With that stunt that he pulled on Raw, they have moved him back into the heel role. Even with that, I feel like he’s trying to be like Chris Jericho. I actually feel bad for the guy but he just can’t catch a break with me.

John Cena (champion) vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship Match)

Winner: John Cena (retain)

I’m hoping that this will be the final time that we see Del Rio compete for the World Heavyweight title.

Unlike The Miz, I actually can tolerate Alberto Del Rio. I think he is a good athlete and he’s had some fantastic moments in the ring. The problem is that he doesn’t fit the heel profile for me at all. My favorite moments with Del Rio largely happened when he was in a feud with Zeb Colter and the Real Americans. That was pure gold and I wish they would have went with that a little longer, get Del Rio to build a team to take on Cesaro and Swagger. It’s not that I can’t buy into him as a heel, that isn’t it at all, I just don’t enjoy it. Del Rio is much more enjoyable when he’s having fun and not just putting people in the cross arm breaker.

Now it’s on to Cena. The man is literally superman, coming back from a career-threatening injury four months earlier than expected. His elbow is obviously still bothering him a great deal but I’m confident he’ll keep the title. I just wonder if bringing him back so soon was such a good idea, it’s fantastic for the ratings but I can’t help but wonder if it’s good for John Cena. I saw that elbow on Raw when he announced he was having surgery and there was no way that elbow wasn’t a serious injury. You have to give him credit for working so hard to get back into the ring for the fans but he is a person, he isn’t a superhero. He needs time to heal and to heal up properly. No fan can question his devotion to wrestling or the fans but we can question his judgement regarding his health.

Cody Rhodes/Goldust/The Usos/Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield/Real Americans (Classic 5 on 5 elimination match)

Winners: Cody Rhodes/Goldust/The Usos/Rey Mysterio

This is the type of match that Survivor Series was built on, the five on five elimination match. It’s what I look forward to every fall and it is so exciting to me. You never know how the numbers will be stacked and who the sole survivor will be.

A mystery partner was teased for the Rhodes/Uso team and that man turned out to be Rey Mysterio! That really added an extra level of excitement heading into the event and it was a really cool moment that nobody expected. I think that the Rhodes/Uso/Mysterio team has a better chance of surviving because I think they will function better as a team. Allow me to further my explanation just a tad…

The Shield function fantastically as a team, between the three of them that is. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and they play off of that. We got a taste of that this Monday when they teamed up with Harper and Rowan from the Wyatt Family. For a majority of the match, The Shield only tagged themselves in. That shows that they don’t trust easily in others or their work. I thought that was a really cool touch because it set the stage for a future feud between the two factions. Another fantastic story can come from this match, The Uso brothers can FINALLY get their tag team title shot against the Rhodes brothers. One thing that has always bothered me was that Cody and Goldust got those belts before Jimmy and Jey. It’s not that I don’t think that they deserved to have the belts, it’s just that they didn’t earn their spot to compete for them like Jimmy and Jey did. Hopefully the fans get to see The Usos hoist those belts above their head sooner rather than later.

Cast of Total Divas vs. Aj/Tamina/Kaitlyn/Rosa/Summer Rae/Aksana/Alicia Fox

Winner: The case of Total Divas

This really is a no brainer seeing as the show just got picked up for a second season. I just can’t wait for Natalya to slap someone in the sharpshooter.

Randy Orton (champion) vs. Big Show (WWE CHampionship Match)

Winner: Randy Orton (retains)

FOr weeks we’ve had to listen to Randy bitch and moan about Show getting a title shot and I have to say I really think that Randy is going to retain his title. With that being said, I don’t actually think he can win, I just think he is going to.

Randy admitted himself that he can’t beat Show on his own because of what happened to him last week. How much confidence can the WWE universe have in a champion who doesn’t even think that he can beat his challenger? Sure, Triple H said there would be no interference and no Shield present but that doesn’t mean that nothing will happen. I’m very confident that the Authority will find some loophole, find some way for someone to intervene. I haven’t quite figured it out yet but I am expecting an epic screwjob to come our way on Sunday.

What would Survivor Series be without someone getting screwed over?

CM Punk/Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper/Erick Rowan (Wyatt Family)

Winner: CM Punk/Daniel Bryan

I really thought that these men would be a part of a traditional Survivor Series style match but, hey, this is just as good!

I always enjoy see superstars teamed up who would normally compete in singles competition. It really gives you insight into how they operate and it is always interesting to see the dynamic of an unexpected team. Luke and Erick definitely have a size and power advantage over their competitors, Punk and Daniel are both on the smaller side. I think that what this match is going to come down to is speed and agility, which Punk and Bryan both have.

Nothing against the bigger wrestlers but, more often than not, they can’t keep up with the smaller guys. All Punk and Daniel Bryan have to do is keep Luke and Erick grounded and not let them gain any momentum. The main challenge that the new team is going to face against these two members of the Wyatt Family are that Punk and Daniel are a new team and you can’t really read Harper or Rowan. I’m sure that their minds are just as blank as the expressions on their faces. I also think that using the word challenge is putting it mildly but they’ll overcome these mountains of men with little problem.

It’s a pretty stacked card for this Sunday, I can’t wait to see who sill strive to survive!

Returning To Tradition.

I always enjoy when the WWE goes overseas, simply for the crowd reactions. Let me tell you a little secret, they never disappoint! This week, the WWE broadcasted Raw from Manchester, England. They get events with even less frequency than I do in Alberta, we get them about once every year and a half to two years. My only disappointment with them was that I wasn’t there to cheer with them against Randy Orton. This week was the second to last show leading up to the last big event of the year, let’s take a look at the card so far.

Survivor Series is only six days away and, so far, there are only three matches announced on the card. We have Randy Orton taking on Big Show, John Cena facing Alberto Del Rio, and CM Punk partnering with Daniel Bryan to take on Harper and Rowan from the Wyatt Family. I have to admit, they have me a little worried about the card but I’m confident that they will pull through and deliver. I may not really agree with the match, they’ve done a fantastic job of building Big Show versus Randy Orton for the WWE championship. Randy Orton has perfected the art of being the ultimate asshole, I mean, heel. He came out this week and said that Show didn’t deserve his title shot and that he didn’t earn it (I actually agree with him on this one, don’t have a heart attack people!).

If anyone knows anything about getting things you don’t deserve, it’s Randy Orton.

Randy was then put in a match where he had to face both Cody Rhodes and Goldust, the Rhodes brothers emerged victorious via a count out. Randy basically bailed because he knew he couldn’t win. Big Show, being the kind individual that he is, gladly helped Randy find his way back to the ring. He then proceeded to beat the holy hell out of him and put him through the commentary table, returning the gesture from last week. What I didn’t really care for was the potential injury angle that was being played up by showing Randy being checked out by the trainer backstage. He doesn’t need another excuse to not properly defend his title, what I mean by that is that he doesn’t need another easy out.

If I can’t have Daniel Bryan as my champion, I’ll gladly take the Big Show.

The second match on the card is John Cena versus Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. All Del Rio wants to do is destroy Cena and take back his title. You have to admire his aggression and determination but there is no way that he will take the belt off of Cena. He interrupted Cena’s two on one handicap match against the Real Americans on Monday, with the sole purpose of trying to shake John Cena’s confidence heading into the event. I would call it a rather unsuccessful attempt but good for him for trying so hard. The match that I would have liked to see would have been Damien Sandow taking on John Cena. That would have been much more dynamic and entertaining, Sandow lost his Money In The Bank title shot to Cena. The storyline practically writes itself!

Much like Orton, I find Del Rio quite bland. I liked him much better when he was a man of the people and wasn’t just out to hurt people. They desperately need to do something with him because he is putting me, and the rest of the audience, to sleep. He can’t just randomly appear at ringside or have random matches. That’s the beauty of the WWE though, things always change and anything can happen. All they need to do is put him in the right feud with the right person, everything will fall into place after that. Personally, I’d like to see him take on someone like Kofi Kingston. I think that it would be a classic good versus bad storyline and it would inject some personality into Del Rio. Maybe he could even take on Curtis Axel for his Intercontinental belt, there are a multitude of possibilities. Alberto Del Rio needs to face someone who is a good foil for him in every single sense of the word.

The final announced match on the card is the one that I am most excited for is CM Punk and Daniel Bryan versus Harper and Rowan. We got a little preview of how Punk and Bryan function as a team on Monday Night Raw when they took on all three members of The Shield.

What we got before the actual match started was a little speech from Paul Heyman about how he blamed Punk for his injuries and how Ryback caused their loss at Hell In A Cell. Punk thankfully saved the day and took care of those two so we could move on with the match. Coming from similar indie backgrounds, I instantly knew that these two would make a dynamite team. What made the match even more fantastic, besides the huge ovations that both Punk and Daniel received, was that they got to face one of the strongest tag teams in recent memory, The Shield. Don’t get me wrong, the match was the best of the night but the ending is what made it. We got to see the potential rumblings of a traditional Survivor Series match that would see The Usos, Rhodes brothers, Punk, and Bryan, take on The Shied and Wyatt Family. Anyone who knows me knows that I LIVE for a traditional Survivor Series match.

To be honest, I got a little worried when I didn’t see that listed on the card but I have faith. I have faith that the WWE will listen to the fans on social media and give them what they want. The November classic was founded on team competition and that’s what the WWE universe is itching for.

Bring it on.

Going Through Hell And Back.

After a short hiatus due to school and work, I’m baaaaaack!

A lot has happened in the last few weeks so let’s jump right in by talking about Hell In A Cell.

I thought that his event was leaps and bounds better than what we got to watch earlier in the month with Battleground. As a fan, I really appreciate that the WWE made such a conscious effort to make it up to their very loyal fans. Unlike some companies who shall remain nameless, they knew they screwed up and rectified the situation. There were some moments that I loved, some I liked, and some I thought were going to make me put my fist through the television set. That mix of emotions is what makes wrestling so exciting. Now let’s get to it…

I really did enjoy each match, even if it didn’t turn out how I wanted. The main event is a completely different story but we can discuss that at length later. First of all, the kick-off match was removed from the card due to an injury that Curtis Axel suffered, replaced by Sandow versus Kofi Kingston. I really like Kofi and Sandow. I think that they both did a fantastic job with whatever time they did have in the ring. Damien Sandow should have been going against Cody Rhodes in a race for the World Heavyweight Championship but they have other plans for Cody at the moment. Kofi needs something to put him back in the spotlight, he is talented and well received by the crowd, he just needs a situation where all of his talents can be truly appreciated.

The main card was kicked off in a strong way with the triple threat tag team match that featured the Rhodes brothers (Tag Champions), The Usos, and Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. I don’t have a bad thing to say about this match except that the wrong people won. The Usos had a number one contender spot that they were never allowed to actually use and they obviously have a HUGE following. That’s what I mean when I said before that I liked them even if they didn’t turn out how I would have liked them too. There was just such a great effort put forward by everyone that competed. I even enjoyed the Divas match, as boring as I usually find them.

The Hell In A Cell match with Punk going against both Ryback and Paul Heyman was also pretty decent. What kind of disappointed me was that Heyman never actually got into the cage, talk about being a little bitch. I thought it would have a lot more action in it and maybe one of them would get split open but all it really did was show what a superior athlete Punk is compared to Ryback. You would think that someone of his size would be more adept in this type of match but no. He did his mediocre performance as he always does and got squashed.

Another huge moment of the event was Kane. I actually jumped off of my couch and scared the daylights out of my dog. In addition to how awesome his return was, it gives more purpose to the Wyatt Family and adds another layer to the authority storyline. It is brilliant on all levels to have him return at Hell In A Cell, it almost brings a tear to your eye. Having him in the clutches of Triple H and Stephanie, especially with them going against the Big Show, will inevitably result in a clash of the titans.

Now on to the giant elephant in the room, the main event. I truly thought that Shawn Michaels would do the right thing and call this match fair but I should have known better than that. If you don’t already know, let me make my feelings towards this man known to you.

I do not fucking like Shawn Michaels. (Yes, the offensive language was needed and I do apologize.)

Why don’t I like one of the most highly regarded superstars in the history of sports entertainment? I truly think that the persona he has on tv is actually him. I respect the hell out of anyone who gets into that ring and risks their life just for my entertainment, those superstars do so much for me that I couldn’t begin to show my respect and love for them. However, I think that he is the exact egomaniac that he portrays on television a majority of the time. I’m surprised he didn’t start to cry or something. To me, he just showed he was a shitty person who has two different personalities. On Raw the following evening, we had to sit and listen to this guy justify his actions because he is BFF’s with Triple H. Umm…what?

I can’t remember a time that the opening segment made me so angry.

I don’t really know why I was surprised that he screwed Daniel Bryan over, he doesn’t exactly have a squeaky clean history when it comes to doing the right thing. Anyone remember Montreal? It isn’t just that, he just doesn’t really strike me as one to put people, other than his friends, over. I seriously just do not understand why you would want to do something to keep down anybody in the wrestling business. I’m obviously not a wrestler but if I were, I would want to make sure that the younger guys got every opportunity that they could to succeed. Not everyone in the wrestling business has what it takes to reach the very top but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be given the same chances. Everybody has potential but how do you know what they are capable of if you don’t at least let them try?

Following Hell In A Cell, we got treated to a Monday Night Raw that featured a few rematches and a lot of surprises. The biggest surprise of the night was Damien Sandow cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase for his World Heavyweight Championship title shot. He went against SuperCena, who was victorious in his title match against Alberto Del Rio the night before. The match was spectacular. It was beautifully executed and Cena actually sold his injury quite well, although I’m sure that he was in real pain during the contest. What got me is that Sandow lost…HE LOST! In my humble opinion, he never should have gone against Cena for his title shot. It should have been Cody Rhodes, that feud had so much potential. Also, just because Cena blew his title shot doesn’t mean that the WWE needs to have other superstars do the same thing.

There’s four weeks left until the final pay-per-view of the big four (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Survivor Series). They need to keep up all of the momentum that they gained coming out of Hell In A Cell. They had dynamic matches, compelling rivalries, and introduced some new(ish) faces to both the squared circle and title fights. Summer Rae had her first match and wasn’t terrible and Big E got to tussle with Dean Ambrose.

They’re developing and expanding the talent pool even further, not having someone stomp all over a budding star just because they’re a Hall of Famer. Wrestlemania season is only two months away so if a superstar wants to secure his or her spot in the race to get on the card of the biggest event of the year, now is the time.

And hey, if I get to enjoy more Fandango on my screen, I’m okay with that!

Montreal Screwjob 2.0.

This past Monday, we got treated to yet another helping of the Montreal Screwjob.

This time, it involved Daniel Bryan, management, and occurred almost twenty years after the first one with Bret, Shawn, and Vince. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Daniel Bryan gets fucked again! Excuse the language.

Night of Champions was supposed to be Bryan’s moment, and what a moment it was. When Scott Armstrong tapped that canvas three times and then rang that bell, you couldn’t have asked for a louder ovation. He hoisted that belt above his head and the fans threw their arms in the air, shouting his trademark phrase. Moments like that are why I love being a wrestling fan, there is nothing like it in the world. Wrestling fans rejoiced all over the WWE Universe because someone THEY wanted to be champion finally got to do so. Cena wasn’t there to steal the spotlight, it was all about Daniel. There was a legitimate feeling that this would be his moment. Also, there was a feeling that this title reign would be significantly longer than the one that he had at Summerslam in August.

No one thought anything of the winning pinfall at the end of the match, all that they saw was their new WWE Champion. I certainly didn’t think anything of it, I didn’t even notice that it was slightly faster than his usual pace. It was so miniscule that if you didn’t sit down and analyze the footage, you probably would have missed it. Triple H was one of those people who analyzed it and saw the fast count. He, yet again, ruined Daniel’s moment in the spotlight. He came out on Raw, interrupted Daniel, and brought up the count. He showed Scott counting the winning fall during the match at Night of Champions and compared that with another match that he officiated. I hate to admit it but it did look a tad bit fast, you can’t argue with the truth (especially when it is on film).

What you can argue with is the way that the situation was handled and the events that happened after it.

Scott was brought out, footage was shown, and then he did something shocking. He implicated Bryan in the fast count. Somebody in that ring was in on it and it certainly wasn’t Daniel Bryan. Secondly, he held the WWE Championship in abeyance. What that means is it is temporarily suspended. There is no champion, there is no number one contender, there is nothing. What proof did Triple H have that Bryan was involved in any way? None! All he was going off was a little phrase uttered by a referee. It doesn’t sound like the most sound evidence to me, and I’ve watched a lot of Law & Order.

One thing that I did agree with was that the belt was not just handed over to Randy Orton to parade around with. What I hope happens is that there is a tournament of some sort leading up to the next pay-per-view, Battleground. A bracket tournament is the only thing that will be able to determine who fights for the belt, two people can’t be arbitrarily placed in a match like that. I’m not sure how it would be structured, who would be involved, but I hope it ends up with Daniel holding the title for more than twenty-four hours. I always respect anyone who steps through the ropes and puts their life on the line for my personal entertainment but that doesn’t mean that I have to like them. In my opinion, Daniel Bryan can wrestle circles around Randy Orton. Try and fight me on that, I dare you.

I don’t think I could survive another reign with Randy as champion. I really don’t think I could make it. It’s tough to get behind a champion that doesn’t deserve it and has the belt handed to him on a platter.

The other superstars in the locker room also share my sentiment as they rushed the ring at the end of Raw. It was nothing short of the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen, showing that the fans aren’t  the only ones behind Daniel Bryan. Superstars stood up and made their opinion known, even if that didn’t necessarily involve the use of words. Whether that translates well this coming Raw, we’ll find that out on Monday. I’m going to throw out a wild guess and go with it not ending well for anybody. A mass firing? Suspensions? I’d like to go with no but with the WWE, you just never know.

Changing of the Guard.

Night of Champions is this Sunday, every single title in the WWE will be defended. There is probably more pressure on champions to retain their title on this night than any other. Championships are a badge of honour, something that every superstar fights their entire career to obtain. Some get it, some never do. For many, this night is their one shot at glory and their dream. Let’s take a look at the card for Sunday night…

WWE Championship:

Randy Orton (Champion) versus Daniel Bryan

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Ever since Summerslam in August, Daniel Bryan has been a corporate whipping boy. He is just being brutalized so often that it is becoming commonplace, as common as Zack Ryder being a jobber. Okay, that wasn’t that funny but I think I made my point.

Bryan is the ultimate underdog, the exact opposite of Randy Orton. Bryan didn’t have the luxury of having a famous lineage to help his career along, he worked hard to obtain his level of success. I’m not saying that Randy didn’t work hard but it is a lot easier to break into the business when both your father and grandfather can help you along. Randy doesn’t appreciate that title, he didn’t earn it, he shouldn’t have it. Why would you want to work hard when you have the boss handing you everything you could want? He is a bully and a puppet for Triple H.

The main difference between Orton and Daniel is that Daniel can wrestle. I always respect that these guys get into the ring and risk their lives to provide me with countless hours of entertainment. However, that doesn’t mean that all of them are good at it. I find Randy very bland, very boring. Sure, he has had some great moments but, overall, is very vanilla. He isn’t what is best for the business. The WWE needs someone who is dynamic, someone who has an edge, someone who doesn’t have the personality of wallpaper. They NEED Daniel Bryan to win this Sunday.

World Heavyweight Championship:

Alberto Del Rio (Champion) versus Rob Van Dam

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

As much as this pains me, I really think that Alberto Del Rio is going to retain his title this Sunday. I do want Rob Van Dam to win with all my heart but I just don’t see that in the cards. It isn’t that he is only supposed to be in the WWE until early October, there is one other variable that is more important and working against him. That variable is Ricardo Rodriguez.

Sure, Ricardo has been behind RVD ever since Del Rio brutally beat him in the ring but how long can that last. Ricardo and Del Rio have been together ever since Alberto debuted in the WWE. He’s been there when he has had some of his biggest victories, I really don;t think a little beating is going to get in the way of that. I don’t see Night of Champions playing out well for the human highlight reel on Sunday. RVD as champion is a very intriguing idea. He shows up each week, competes, actually takes the time to put in an effort instead of showing up via satellite or not showing up at all. He is dynamic and entertaining, something that Del Rio is not.

It really didn’t make much sense to me, initially, that these men didn’t face each other on the go-home show but it all came together in the end. During his match with Ryback, RVD was mocked from the ramp by Alberto, who proceeded to call the number one contender a washed up loser. Let me tell you guys something, I’d rather watch that ‘washed up loser’ over Del Rio any day. The last time I saw Del Rio live I flipped him off, not the most classy moment of my life but I got my point across.

Handicap Elimination Match:

CM Punk versus Curtis Axel versus Paul Heyman

Winner: CM Punk

The work that is being put out by these three individuals is some of the best I have seen on WWE television in a long time. Each man is so brilliant int he part that they are playing, however big or small it is from week to week. On Raw, Heyman became more and more disheveled looking and anyone could see that the weight of what could happen at Night of Champions was really starting to get to him. He knows that when Punk eliminates Axel from the match, he will finally be able to get his hands on the walrus in a sanctioned match. That terrifies the living bejesus out of Paul.

The man tried to fake a knee injury for god sakes (like anyone believed he was hurt for a second!)!

CM Punk and Heyman have an undeniable bond between them, he believed in what CM Punk was when others tried to run him down. He was there when Punk held the title for 434 days and became the longest reigning champion of the last twenty-five years. That is no small potatoes. I’ve always maintained that Punk never has, and never will, needed a mouthpiece. He isn’t the type of guy to have someone in his corner. He is the true definition of an underdog, he goes it alone and does so quite often. Punk is no longer under Heyman’s thumb and that bothers Paul to no end. When he secure a win this Sunday, he will finally be free of Heyman.

Divas Championship Fatal Four Way Match:

AJ Lee (Champion) versus Natalya versus Brie Bella versus Naomi

Winner: Natalya

I always rip on the women’s division, I usually never have good things to say about them. I used to think that their product was boring and stale.

That has changed.

They are all dynamic and entertaining now but the one I want to win on Sunday is Natalya. I always felt that she was the most talented and the most underutilized woman in the locker room. Everyone in the WWE works hard but I feel, out of the women, that Natalya works the hardest. I remember seeing her in Calgary back in May when she jobbed on her birthday. No matter what, she always goes out there and does what is required, even if it means not being put over herself. As much as I don’t care for the term ‘diva’, Natalya embodies what it means to be a strong and determined female. She is a champion that can lead the change in how women’s wrestling is received by the fans.

Tag Team Turmoil Match (Kick-off Show):

Prime Time Players versus The Usos versus Tons of Funk versus Real Americans versus 3MB

Winner: The Usos

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have gone way too long without any formidable opponents and they need to face a team who will truly give them a run for their money. In the last year or so, the tag team division has made great strides and has really upped the quality of teams and matches. Tag team wrestling is extremely unique. You can’t just slap two people together and expect it to work, that has been proven a hundred times over. Each of the teams competing in this tag team turmoil match have that quality.

3MB I still can’t figure out but that is another post for another day.

The most entertaining matches that Rollins and Reigns have had with another team have been against The Usos. The Usos have been underutilized but the current wave they are riding is really working for them. They are being given their time to shine and they are being smart about everything that they are doing. They have an awesome entrance, great team dynamic (they should because they are related!), their moves are captivating, and they truly seem to be enjoying entertaining the fans. There is nothing better than watching someone who you know loves what they do. It pulls the audience in and keeps them there. All  of the tag teams are working really hard to make their division one to watch out for.

I’ve said it a billion times over the last few weeks and months but the quality of television that the WWE has been putting out has been so fantastic that I think my head will just explode. You may think that is an exaggeration but it isn’t. To me, there is no bigger thrill than being a fan of the WWE (whether you are there live or watching at home). THis coming Sunday there may be a revolution about to hit the WWE. CHampionships will change hands, people will realize a dream, and some people will have their dreams crushed.

Be sure to tune into Night of Champions this Sunday!