Wrestlemania 32.

Well, another Wrestlemania is in the books. In fact, it was literally the biggest Wrestlemania in the event’s history. Over 101,000 people piled into the AT&T Stadium to experience the biggest night in sports entertainment. I personally loved the event, as I always do, there were the moments that I loved and some that I didn’t particularly like. That’s the gamble that we wrestling fans take while being so immersed in something so wonderful. Now let’s break down some of my least/most favorite moments…

Favorite Moments:

Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker

Like I had to even say that this match was in my favorite Mania moments. This was the one match on the card that I actually had no inkling of how it would go, especially when Vince added the stipulation that it would be the last Mania for Taker if he lost to Shane. The thought of never seeing the Undertaker at a Wrestlemania again shook me to my core, laugh if you must but I mean that. When Shane made his entrance with his three young sons, I was like ‘That’s it. He’s done, bye-bye Taker’. However, that wasn’t the case.

The match was outstanding and one of my favorite HIAC’s. Shane and Taker brutalized each other to the point that I thought neither man was going to be able to walk out of that arena under their own power. They were literally throwing whatever they could get their hands on at each other. I knew at some point that we were going to get a Shane-O-Mac flying elbow off of something, and everyone was hoping that it would be off the top of the cage. We got our wish and it was amazing, not so much for Shane when Taker moved out of the way right before he came barreling through the table. I thought for sure that Shane was seriously injured. Undertaker won the match and Shane was taken away by the medics, Vince got to retain control of Raw and that was that. What I appreciated most about the match was that there was no fuckery or interference, they got to wrestle a good match and tell a story.

That story left Shane battered and bruised on Monday Night Raw, I couldn’t believe that he was able to walk. He did get his wish when, refusing to be upstaged by Shane’s goodbye, Vince let him have control of WWE’s flagship program for one night.

And it was glorious.

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

I thought that this was going to be an easy win for Sami Zayn. He could get the belt from Kevin Owens and they could continue the magic that they had in NXT.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

There was so much going on in the ring that I’m glad I didn’t take notes because I wouldn’t have been able to keep up. Kevin Owens put Sami Zayn through a ladder with a splash that would make Bam Bam Bigelow proud. Sin Cara put Stardust through another ladder, probably injuring himself. Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens superkicked each other at the exact same time. Not to be cliché but it was literal pandemonium. My dad and I were on the edge of our seats, shouting our faces off.

When the other competitors were down and the Miz went to grab the belt, my heart sank. He’s a non-factor for me usually, but that moment was actually scary. It’s bad enough that I have to put up with him on television during MizTV, I couldn’t take him as a champion again. Zack Ryder pushing Miz off the ladder to take the belt was like a godsend. My dad and I agree that Zack deserved the belt. It wasn’t because he was the longest tenured guy in that match that made us feel like he deserved it. Zack deserved that belt for coming out and entertaining fans no matter where he was on the card. Every time that I’ve watched him wrestle live or on television, he’s always giving it everything. I still remember the first match I ever saw Zack in, he faced Tommy Dreamer at my very first live Smackdown. He was still wearing those ridiculous one-legged pants/tights combo, but I was entertained.

He lost the belt to the Miz the very next night but I have a feeling that his title run hasn’t been stopped dead in its tracks.

Sasha Banks

There is a reason why this woman is called ‘the boss’.

The triple threat match was important to all three of the competitors but I think that it was most important to Sasha. It was telegraphed in the way she entered the arena, she had a special saunter to the ring, and she paid tribute to the biggest inspiration in her wrestling career. You could see how much she wanted to win the Women’s Championship with every fiber of her being. She was the most entertaining part of the entire match for me. It was her moment, her time to shine, and she did it.

She may not have won the match but she got to live her Wrestlemania dream and made every person feel like anything and every is possible.

Least Favorite Moments:

Street Fight (Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar)

I love Dean Ambrose and was very much looking forward to seeing him beat the holy hell out of Brock Lesnar. You can just imagine the shock on my face and my dad’s when the exact opposite of that happened…

It was the worst match of the entire event for me, which is upsetting considering it was one of the ones that I was crazy excited for. I thought that Dean was going to get to use the gifts that the hardcore legends, Mick Foley and Terry Funk, had given him the previous weeks. It pretty much turned into the Brock Lesnar Variety Hour and further proved my point as to why I can’t stand him. He proved in that match that he’s just there for a paycheck. He doesn’t give a flying fuck about entertaining people, he just wants to show up, get paid, and leave. I was expecting a FIGHT, not a dance.

I really felt bad for Dean because he is a much better wrestler than what he was able to show in that match. I sincerely hope that the WWE rethinks using Brock further. It may be wishful thinking but hey, a girl can dream!

Ric Flair

I respect wrestling legends. I don’t respect Ric Flair.

During the Hall of Fame, Ric was incredibly embarrassing. Usually, people can laugh it off but this time it was impossible to do that. It was quite obvious that the man was intoxicated and I don’t know how he was even allowed on that stage. He rambled on so much that people were joking that he was inducting himself for a third time. Ric Flair lost any respect he had from me that night. It was supposed to be about Sting and his induction. Instead, he rambled on about his rivalry with Ricky Steamboat, and cried incessantly. I hope that they never allow him to induct anyone ever again.

The following night on Wrestlemania, he interjected himself into the triple threat match and cost Sasha the victory that she deserved. I don’t even get why the fuck he was down there because he never seems to add anything to Charlotte’s matches. He just struts, slaps his arms, and woo’s. He is the embarrassing drunk uncle at the family reunion, you just feel sorry for him because he doesn’t know what a fool he is making of himself. Sure, he’s a legend but conduct yourself with decorum and tact. ESPECIALLY at the biggest events on WWE’s calendar, the entire world was literally watching you make an ass out of yourself.

As always, the Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania was even more crazy than the event itself! That’s another post for another day!

Insane In The Membrane.

Last week, the addition of Dean Ambrose into the triple threat match at Payback changed it into a fatal four-way.

This week, all four participants stood toe to toe with each other.

I have to admit that I was a little unsure of the addition of a fourth man to the match but I’m so excited for this match. That being said, there’s still some questions and concerns going into the match. Before I go into that can of worms, I wanted to do something a little different and take a look at the competitors and sum them up using a single word…

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Conniving.

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Established.

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Insane.

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Powerhouse.

Initially, I thought that adding Dean to the match was just to add some sort of spice to the match and I thought that he seemed a little out-of-place. Before everyone blows their top, I’ve gotten over that haha! Now, I think that Randy is the one that feels out-of-place in that match.

Between Seth, Roman, and Dean, there is so much unfinished business. All three of those men absolutely dominated the WWE for the better part of two years, and that’s putting it lightly. The Shield were an unbreakable unit, one of the strongest factions that I’ve ever seen but that came crumbling down when Seth turned on his teammates. With each man having a very successful singles career since the destruction of the Shield (See what I did there?), I’ve always been mildly curious as to how they would all interact now. Is there still bad blood between all three of them, will they let bygones be bygones, will Dean and Roman work together to eliminate Seth? I would hate to sound cliché but the possibilities are endless, I think a single tear just rolled down my cheek as I am typing this.

Roman needs to beat Seth for taking his title opportunity at Wrestlemania. Seth needs to hang on to the title to prove that he is worthy of being the future of the WWE. Dean, well Dean is fucking insane, and will certainly bring a new energy to the title.

Since I’m so pro-Shield, the next thing on my mind is if Randy being in this match is even a necessity. He’s an established superstar with more title runs then you can shake a stick at, does he REALLY need another crack at the title? Randy is good but I would be far more interested in seeing what Dean, Roman, and Seth are going to offer fans than what Randy brings to the table. He has nothing left to prove to the WWE Universe, he’s one of the top guys in the company and he can really do whatever he wanted. If Randy is going to go for a belt, I’d like to see him in the Intercontinental Championship race. Personally, it’s all in how a champion carries themselves while holding the belt, not what belt they are holding.

(Let’s all take a moment for that gem….annnnnd we’re done.)

The go-home show for Raw threw another curveball into the mix with Triple H basically telling Kane he is done if Seth doesn’t walk out champion on Sunday. I would love to see any one of the former Shield members walk away with the title, I’m not so crazy about Randy getting it though. We need to someone new(ish) get the belt, there needs to be variety, new faces need to start breaking through.

I’m always the WWE optimist and I know that the match will be intriguing and entertaining. I’ve said this next sentence a million times over….

At least it isn’t Cena.

Power Play.

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Monday Night Raw was one of the final stops on the road to Wrestlemania XXXI.

This was the last major chance that the superstars had to show themselves off and make their mark before the Showcase of the Immortals. I personally think that they did a fantastic job.

Sting kicked off the broadcast by calling out Triple H in the middle of the ring. He spoke about the conniving and manipulative nature of the Cerebral Assassin and his words almost earned him a patented Stephanie McMahon slap. Triple H came down to confront the Vigilante and we got one epic standoff. Well, it would have been epic had Hunter not chickened out and left ringside. He had his sledgehammer but Sting had that bat. There is no guarantee who will win this fight but I think it speaks volumes that Hunter back away like he did. Will he get Sting when his guard is down? Is this all just a double-cross?

I am still in shock that I get to see Sting in a WWE ring after waiting over a decade. There is no bad outcome for this match for me. I’m just happy that I get to see him wrestle on a platform truly worthy of his ability.

(On a historic note, it was 14 years ago this Monday that Vince purchased WCW and won the Monday Night Wars.)

As stacked as the Wrestlemania card is this year, I think that the Intercontinental Championship ladder match is going to be the one to steal the show. The entire situation seems a little chaotic and comedic at times but these competitors have put on some of the most consistently entertaining matches and segments. The person who I want to win is Wade Barrett but the realist part of me is thinking that it will be Dolph Ziggler. Some may see it as a ‘downgrade’ for Dolph but I think that it doesn’t matter what belt a superstar carries, it’s all in how he carries it.

We also got treated to a divas match and some tag team matches, I may not have agreed with who won but I was still entertained. One point of contention that I have is with this whole #GiveDivasAChance movement. I think that it’s great that people want women’s wrestling to be given more exposure within the company because they do have some extremely talented women on that roster. However, it can’t just be AJ, Paige, and the Bellas; everyone needs to get a chance at the belt. AJ isn’t the saviour of the women’s division, I’d hate to break it to some people. There are women who are more talented and more athletic. If you want women to get a fair shake, they all have to be treated as equals in the division and on the roster. Maybe I’m reaching for that rainbow but that’s how I see it. They all work hard so they should all have a shot, there really isn’t that many women on the main roster to begin with. I don’t think the women’s division should be all sunshine and rainbows but you can’t just apply the movement to a small group of them.

Now that I’ve ranted, I think the biggest moment of the night was when Roman grabbed the title out of Lesnar’s hand and held it up. I was rendered speechless and I realize how hard that is to believe coming from someone like me. People will always bitch and moan about Roman and I could give two shits. Like I said in a previous post, no one is ever truly ready to be in that main event spot at an event with the grandeur of Wrestlemania (if you say you are, you’re lying through your teeth). Taking Brock’s title was a major power play by Reigns and I think that it sent a VERY strong message to Lesnar.

I also wanted to address the fact that Lesnar resigned with the WWE, inking a multi-year deal. Yeah, I’m not happy about it but I have heard rumors of what they plan to do with him and I don’t think that he’ll continue on as champ. To me, it doesn’t make sense to put that much steam behind Roman and then just take it all away because some block headed dope can write his name on a line. Before anyone loses their mind, I don’t think Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are or were in the same type of situation so get out of here with that nonsense. I think that this signing was a strategic move on the part of Vince and WWE to keep Brock away from UFC. Did Brock honestly think that they would let him fight for both companies at once? There’s guys that work a lot harder than he does but I do understand why that decision was made from a business standpoint. I don’t like it in the least but I respect it. Since I’m such a curious cat, I want to know the terms of his deal. We all know that he can’t handle the work and he doesn’t like to travel so it will be interesting to see how often we will actually see him and what he will be doing. I’ve heard the rumors but I tend to not believe something until WWE releases an official statement or I see it for myself.

These people can change their minds like people change their underwear.

You Don’t Have To Go Home, But…

The biggest party of the summer is over and the excitement is just starting.

Summerslam was the highest quality event that the WWE has put on in the last year or so. I’m not even kidding. Every match was extremely entertaining and things just seemed to click with everyone that was in the crowd and in the ring. It was a beautiful thing and many people were saying that it was even better than WrestleMania XXX, which took place on April 6th of this year. WrestleMania will always hold a special place in my heart but I have to admit that Summerslam was incredible. I have to give the math of the night award to Dolph Ziggler versus the Miz, seeing Dolph finally hoist that title above his head in victory was a great moment. If you didn’t feel proud of him and get off your ass and cheer your heart out for him, you’ve got issues.

The biggest surprise of the night was the lumberjack match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. It’s not that I thought it wasn’t going to be a good match, I just wasn’t sure about the stipulation. However, that match turned into something beautiful with the lumberjacks being mostly people who Seth had wronged in some way. The match was my second favorite of the night. I have to give it up to everyone that was involved in the match in any capacity. Lumberjack matches can get some competitors lost in the melee of it, but each one of those guys played a role in some way and I loved it.

It didn’t stop there, the crazy train spilled over onto Monday Night Raw the following night. When I say chaos, I’m not even trying to be funny or witty. Nikki Bella turned heel and unleashed her wrath on her sister Brie, I actually found myself liking Nikki. I KNOW RIGHT?! I could barely believe it myself. I think it’s a good move for her, I still think she’s a terrible actress but I like her being mean. She is much more believable as a bitch, I wasn’t buying her as a nice person (I just realized how terrible that sounds but I made my choice!). Miz invoked his rematch clause, won by disqualification, but wasn’t able to win the title. No big shock there, he just gets on my damn nerves. Everything that he does just irritates the bejesus out of me. I find Ryback more entertaining than the Miz, that’s saying a lot considering that I used to despise Ryback with the fire of 1000 suns.

Speaking of despising someone, Brock Lesnar was presented with the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt on Raw by Stephanie and Hunter. I must say, I actually like the belt and I like even more that the champion doesn’t have to carry around two belts. Lesnar didn’t unify them as many have said, they were unified before he won. All he got was a beautiful new belt, something he will hopefully lose very soon. The best moment of the night was the WWE Active match with Seth Rollins and Den Ambrose. I wasn’t expecting another match of that caliber right after that epic lumberjack match, they need to rest for god sakes! Rumor has it that Dean is going to be filming a movie (hopefully a horror movie because he would make an AWESOME serial killer) and he was written off of tv with a curbstomp delivered on a pile of cinder blocks. It looked so painful but a fitting send off for Dean Ambrose. He isn’t the type to go out with a simple shoulder or knee injury. He needed to go out in style.

The craziness continued this week on Raw yet again. We got the official announcement that Cena chose to use his rematch clause at Night of Champions. Yay.

My problem with this is Lesnar (I mean, come on, did you really expect me to say anything else?) and his lack of showing up. According to his schedule, his next appearance isn’t scheduled until the 15th of September. Did anyone tell him that the pay-per-view is that Sunday? Did he not write it down? That isn’t how you build a match. I’m not a Lesnar fan by any means but I’d probably give a shit about what he does if he was there to put in the same amount of effort as other superstars. He comes in, utters an empty threat, pounces on someone, then leaves for a few weeks/months. It’s getting a bit out of hand and I’d really rather watch Dwayne Johnson come back. At least he makes me laugh.

For the pro-Lesnar people, ratings my ass. You want the pay check, you show up to work more than once every three or four weeks. Cena always works hard but I don’t want him to get the belt, he just lost it, he’s hurting, he needs to take some time off. He should nurse his injuries, be silent for a bit, and then come back at Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber ready to kick ass. The only way I will accept a second Lesnar victory is if there is a chance that Roman Reigns will take it from him. Please. For the love of God. I’m thinking that their match at Night of Champions will see Cena win, but by disqualification, allowing Lesnar to keep the belt.

Even more shocking than Stardust and Goldust turning heel on The Usos, was that I actually agreed with something that Hulk Hogan said. Hogan threw his support behind Cena and I nodded my head in agreement. WHOA! Did hell just freeze over?

I think that the build up to Night of Champions will be very interesting because every single title is on the line. A lot of rivalries will come to a boiling point and a whole lot of asses will be kicked. I’m hoping that Brock Lesnar’s will be one of them.

Intercontinental Shake-Up.

A lot of people put so much focus on the WWE World Heavyweight title belt that the other ones sometimes get forgotten. People stay champions for an extended period of time and never really defend their title, it grows stagnant and fans begin to grow bored. Fans begin to crave something new, dynamic, and different. The WWE certainly delivered that to the WWE Universe the last two weeks.

The hunt for the new #1 contender for Big E’s Intercontinental title certainly got a much-needed shot in the arm. The last two weeks saw eight men fight for their chance to face the champion at Extreme Rules. Six fantastic matches took place and there were two HUGE moments that stood out and gave a glimmer of hope that the competition for the Intercontinental title can be revitalized.

Wade Barrett has been the shining star of this entire tournament.

After a long absence from television, he came back as Bad News Barrett. A man whose greatest pleasure in life is dampening the happiness of others, and he does it with a smile and giggle that really got him over. I, among others, eagerly awaited his return to the ring and it was well worth it. Wade Barrett has this quiet enthusiasm about him. He comes down that ramp and he is psyched up but he is also calculating how he’s going to beat the holy hell out of his opponent.

On Raw, Sheamus threw everything he had at Barrett but could not take the bare knuckled brawler down. He got some good shots in but he was no match for Barrett by any means. That Bullhammer Elbow caught him and he was finished and Barrett advanced to the finals of the tournament. In celebration, I screamed ‘BULLHAMMER ELBOW!’ and threw my arms in the air.

The second shocking moment of the tournament was that Rob Van Dam beat Cesaro, getting to face Wade in the finals. You heard me right ladies and gentlemen, Rob Van Dam beat Cesaro.

It’s not that I don’t like Van Dam or anything, I actually really enjoy his wrestling. It was actually shocking that they had Cesaro lose via count out. You could see it in the faces of the fans that even they couldn’t believe it. Swagger interfered, Cesaro ate the ring post and then was incapacitated for the ten count. He got his revenge though and swung Swagger around that ring like a frisbee.

After the initial shock wore off, I actually thought that it was a good idea. They had toyed with the idea of a Cesaro/Swagger feud before but it appeared to be dropped. I do think that Cesaro is ready to hold a belt but this story with Jack is just too good to ignore. This could end up in a tag team match that would see Cesaro and Heyman take on Zeb and Swagger. How absolutely amazing would it be to see Zeb Colter slap Heyman right in the face? That’s the type of things dreams are made of.

Monday Night Raw this coming week will see Barrett take on Van Dam in the finals. My money is 110% on Barrett, he is the type of competitor that they need to make fans interested and hold their attention. Big E is going to have to face a completely different type of competitor at Extreme Rules when Barrett captures his victory on Raw.

With everything that has happened in the last few weeks and months, this is the younger talents time to shine. These guys need to step up and show everyone what they are made of. They need to show the fans that they are worth every dollar spent and every cheer shouted in that arena.

I’d insert some inspirational quote here but I don’t have one ready at the moment so all I have to say is take your opportunity and run with it guys!

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.

Better Late Than Never: Wrestlemania Recap.

It has been just over a week since the Showcase of the Immortals and I have a lot to say. I even watched it twice, just to relive my favorite moments and remember what I didn’t like. Let’s break it down…

Pre-Show Match: Wade Barrett (IC Champ) versus The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
I still can’t believe that this was relegated to the pre-show.

I also can’t believe that Miz had a victory, however fleeting the moment was. However, I did think that it was a match worthy of being on the main card, with terrific athleticism and showmanship. The fans in attendance were very lucky to see it. I enjoyed watching it on WWE.com, even if Wade lost.

The Miz has no business holding the title, he couldn’t hold a candle to Wade Barrett. I don’t find him entertaining and his constant imitation of Ric Flair is just annoying. He doesn’t have anything really going on and he’s bordering on Zack Ryder territory (Sorry Zack!).

Six-man Tag Team Match: Sheamus/Randy Orton/Big Show versus The Shield
There is a distinct difference between the two teams that competed in this match. The Shield is a cohesive group and Randy Orton, Sheamus, and the Big Show are not.

You can really tell that Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns are meant to be in a faction together. Each one of those men comprise unique element of one of the most engaging teams since the Freebirds and the Horsemen (That’s right, I went there.). Dean Ambrose is the voice. Seth Rollins is the aerial artist. Roman Reigns is the powerhouse. The other three were good, they were entertaining, but it didn’t seem like it was meant to be.

There was obvious dissention between Sheamus, Orton, and Show at various points throughout the match, especially when it came to who was tagging who. You could see it all over their faces and it affected their performance. There were little rivalries brewing between the three of them throughout the match and it opened up the possibility of feuds involving any combination of Sheamus, Orton, and Show.

The teamwork of The Shield prevailed as Dean Ambrose picked up the win, keeping The Shield’s undefeated streak intact.

Mark Henry versus Ryback
This match was pure power against power, two huge men facing off in the ring. It definitely wasn’t a classic by any means, but it was entertaining and showcased just what the bigger wrestlers are capable of in the ring. Mark Henry and Ryback tussled back and forth, Henry hit the Sammartino bear hug and Ryback took out Henry with his deadly meat hook clothesline. It was a beauty of a move and I felt Henry’s pain. It was awesome.

The Wrestlemania moment, and my personal favorite, of this match was when Ryback had Mark Henry positioned for shellshock. What sold it for me was the look on Henry`s face as he was hoisted on the shoulders of his competitor. The fear sold it and the finish made the match much more than two big guys ambling around. Henry captured the win when he collapsed on top of Ryback, but he got his revenge by delivering a spine buster and a perfectly executed shellshock on Henry.

Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler/Big E. Langston versus Team Hell No (Tag Team Champions)
I had a feeling that Team Hell No would retain their titles and I was right.

This match was good but I saw it as just a showcase for both Ziggler and Langston. It was the in-ring debut of Big E and I thought it went over rather well. As I have said in a previous post, he needs to make sure that he is seen as more than just a pile of muscles in a singlet that is too small. The two shining moments were when Langston caught Kane like a baby and when Daniel Bryan got the win with the flying head butt. Aj and Dolph’s kiss before the match, taunting Bryan’s 18 second loss to Sheamus last year, was also a nice touch.

Tag team wrestling is one of the cornerstones of the business and I feel that this match would have been slightly better had it been against an already established team. Rhodes Scholars anyone?

Fandango versus Chris Jericho
Out of the entire card, this is the one that I was most on the fence about. It was one of the greatest superstars of all time facing a man who waltzed in off the ballroom floor. I was not disappointed.

For his first official match in the WWE, Fandango was fabulous. When he caught Jericho in the head with a mid-air dropkick, I lost it. If anyone can get someone like Fandango over with the (sometimes brutal) WWE Universe, it is the Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla. The match was fast paced and flawless, with Fandango gaining the win over the seasoned veteran. My only critique is that he uses an leg drop off the top rope as his finisher.

A LEG DOP OFF THE TOP ROPE! WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? I sincerely hope that he is holding out on us…

World Heavyweight Championship match: Alberto Del Rio (WHC) versus Jack Swagger
I was over this angle a while ago. I find Swagger boring and his gimmick very stale. The only point of interest is that Zeb Colter is garnering all the heat for him. Think about it, what has he really done to contribute to the furthering of his storyline? That’s right, nothing.

Del Rio retained via submission. Moving on…

CM Punk versus Undertaker
Epic. How else can this be described? This is probably the most anticipated match of the last few years, one I was so excited about that I could have peed myself. The work put into this match was some of the finest work I have ever seen in my 24 years of watching wrestling. It was so magical, I clung to every word and action of both men for weeks. As bad as this sounds, Paul Bearer’s death added a sense of reality and realness to this match. The Undertaker was hurting and the wrestling world was reeling from the unfortunate news of Bill Moody’s passing. Cue Punk now…

Even the entrances were perfect. Punk had Living Color play him to the ring, surrounded by a mixture of cheers and booing. The Undertaker walked through a sea of the living dead to exact his revenge on Punk for what he did to completely disrespect the memory of Taker’s long-time friend and manager. CM Punk’s black, grey, and purple trunks were also a nice nod to Taker. This match wasn’t about what one did to another or who hated who, it was about the highest level of respect between two men who love this business. Punk was able to win this match via count out or disqualification so Taker had to be extremely careful. It was everything that a good wrestling match should be, the two battled for control constantly and there wasn’t one moment that could be predicted by the fans watching. Taker went for Old School, Punk pulled him off the ropes. Punk went for the GTS and Taker countered with a choke slam. The Undertaker got into the ring at the nine and a half count! I was so into the match I was sweating while I watched it.

My two favorite moments were when the Undertaker gave Punk the ‘stare of death’ when he broke out of the anaconda vise and when Punk gave Taker the flying elbow off the ring and onto the announce table. As everyone saw, the table didn’t break and it added to the long list of injuries that Punk has been working with for the last little while. Things like this just make me appreciate these guys so much more than I already do.

The Undertaker continued his streak to 21-0 when he countered the GTS with a very strategic tombstone pile driver. Taker and his urn were finally reunited.

No Holds Barred: Triple H versus Brock Lesnar
The best part of this match is Triple H beating Lesnar. I didn’t really see a need to have them fight again, although the build up was pretty decent.

Lesnar can’t wrestle. The only way he can compete is if it’s a stipulation that gives him an edge. UFC isn’t WWE, in WWE you have to actually do things. Not knocking UFC fans but I don’t think half of the guys in the octagon could cut it in the squared circle.

HHH won and Lesnar lost. Can’t wait for Extreme Rules so I can watch the same match again!

WWE Championship: The Rock (WWE Champion) versus John Cena
Boring and predictable. The only thing that makes me happy is that the champion will actually be on the flagship program every week. What makes me sad is that we’ll probably be treated to another round of Rock/Cena at Wrestlemania XXX.

Final Thought
I found that the last few Wrestlemania’s that involved Rocky have been somewhat mediocre but this one was the worst. The only thing that truly made it great was Undertaker versus Punk. It had to be tough to book a major event around a champion who was too busy promoting movies to promote the business he supposedly missed so much. The other superstars were left to pick up the load, as well as the staff in the offices. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the grandest event in all of sports entertainment, I hope they step up their game for New Orleans.