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!

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!

Rule With An Iron Fist.

The last two weeks of Monday Night Raw have seen a new monster take over. That monster is corporate in nature.

Ever since Daniel Bryan got screwed over at Summerslam, the McMahon’s and Triple H have been ruling the WWE with an iron fist. They have the entire roster under their thumb, a true reign of terror. No one can speak out, no one can express their opinion. Any superstar or diva who speaks their mind is ceremoniously punished. The message they are sending is that if you don’t share their vision of what is best for WWE, then you suffer the consequences that they see fit. Cody Rhodes learned that lesson the hard way when he lost his job this past Monday just for losing to Randy Orton. All he said was that Randy shouldn’t be scared to face Bryan and POOF! Cody was out that door faster than you can say ‘moustache’.

Having an opinion will make you become an example for the others, we saw it happen with several superstars over the last two weeks. The entire roster is forced to watch so that they know what fate awaits them. The one individual that we saw struggle the most with it is the Big Show. I feel so bad for him. He has an iron clad contract but if he does not perform his duties, Stephanie McMahon said that he will be found in breach. He had all of his personal issues put out into the public. He also had to be in a match with someone he considers a friend, Daniel Bryan. The gentle giant was forced to publicly beat down Bryan, he was stuck in a terrible situation with an even more terrible action to commit. You can actually see the pain on his face throughout the entire final segment from Raw this past Monday. With this new regime, you do what they tell you, when they tell you.

With John Cena out for approximately four to six months, there is a void that needs to be filled by the others on the roster. They are more than capable but this is their time to shine and we are being treated to some really entertaining stuff. My personal favourite is Fandango and the Miz. I don’t really care very much for the Miz. I don’t think he is a good wrestler. I don’t find him entertaining in the least, I actually find him very boring. He hasn’t had anything decent to do for months and people cheer for him when he has a match because they are so shocked he is actually doing something. Boring isn’t even the proper word to describe him, I don’t even know what the right word would be. Fandango on the other hand, I just love him SO much.

It’s not just them, the entire roster is really stepping up to fill any voids. The real stars are the divas. I know that I crap all over them but they are consistently improving. Their matches are entertaining. Their backstage interactions are engaging and they are starting to bring their division to where it needs to be.

Another Raw is ahead of us, full of all new surprises and entertaining moments. What does this new phase of leadership mean for the WWE and it’s fans? Damn fine television, that’s what!

The television that is being put out now is some of the best that has been on in years. I truly applaud the superstars and divas of the WWE, as well as everyone else who works behind the scenes. Thank you.

Extreme Rules 2013.

Extreme Rules has wrapped up and it was an event that did not disappoint the fans. Overall, I thought it was really well done considering all the injuries that left the fate of the pay-per-view in peril. Like I said in my previous post, it would be the most important event that the WWE would put on all year. Here are my hits and misses for Extreme Rules…

Hits:

The Shield gains gold (x3):
They really are an unstoppable force, winning their matches and winning three championship belts all in one night. Dean Ambrose faced off against United States Champion Kofi Kingston in his first ever solo match. What impressed me the most about the whole thing was that Ambrose won it all by himself, there was no interference as Rollins and Reigns weren’t even present at ringside. I am also a huge fan of Kofi having gold because, let’s face it, he is one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster. I was a little sad to see Kofi drop the belt but it couldn’t have been to a better competitor. Ambrose will do great things with that title and winning that was just the stepping stone to bigger and better things, the same with Rollins and Reigns winning the tag titles. I’m always impressed by The Shield, even if I was a little critical of them when they debuted. I would have settled with them just having the tag belts and using the Freebird rule, something that I have been saying for quite a while. Think of how exciting it would be and how long it has been since someone has done that, it would be a treat for fans today. I hope they have lengthy title runs and continue their dominance in the WWE.

Cena/Ryback plow through the set:
This was probably the most shocking moment of the entire pay-per-view. I didn’t think it was real and I didn’t think that it was supposed to happen. Another result was that it led to a controversial match decision that is the talk of Twitter and other social media, it was a no contest. No contest means that Cena retains the title and neither man technically won the match, basically it was a draw. It was a good decision as I didn’t think Ryback had a chance of beating Cena in a Last Man Standing match. The ref didn’t count, so therefore nobody won. There is room for one final match between the two at Payback, although I think that the feud should have ended a while ago, and then that will be it. Ryback needs a bit more time before he goes for a major title. Maybe if he went for the IC belt first, let him sharpen his skills and work his way up. Putting titles on relatively new superstars is a dicey game, it either works or it doesn’t. With The Shield it works because they are consistently dominant every time we see them, Ryback seems a little uneasy in his new role as a top guy and I would be too. It takes a lot of work to be a champion and Ryback is up for it, he just needs to get his footing.

Colter throwing in the towel:
As mad as this made me, it was brilliant. It reminded me of when Helen threw in the towel for Bret, at the request of Owen. A small moment that helped to set up the win for Del Rio to be the number one contender but it made a huge impact. I watched the event with my dad and we were genuinely pissed off. What a great move for Zeb and Swagger, it brings them even more heat.

No divas match:
Do I really need to explain?

Almost every match was awesome:
All of the matches on the card really were fantastic, except for the Randy Orton/Big Show match. I just didn’t like it. With an event with such uncertainty around it, the superstars and crew of the WWE really put on a good show for the crowd in attendance and the crowd watching from home. I was enthralled through the entire two and a half hour show, watching every match with intense concentration and excitement. This is what each event should be like, it should always be the best possible show. Congratulations to the WWE.

Misses:

Randy Orton versus Big Show:
I just thought that this match was incredibly mediocre, especially since they were in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis. The punt was most definitely the biggest moment in that match but that was it. There was nothing that drew me in like all of the other matches. It was just boring. I don’t buy Show as a heel or Orton as a face, vice versa yes. Randy Orton just looks like an asshole and the heel role suits him perfectly, he has that smug look that just makes you want to knock him out. How much more can you ask for in a heel? Show is a lovable giant, he’s actually incredibly funny and entertaining to watch. The match was a slight disappointment after all of the great ones that came before it on the card.

The ending of Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar:
Worst. Ending. Ever. I thought it was a pretty strong match but HHH should have won. Mostly because I am sick to death of seeing Lesnar, or I would be but he doesn’t appear on television that often. If that is Triple H’s final match, it was a bad way to go out. It just goes to prove my point that Lesnar couldn’t wrestle his way out of a wet paper bag. He always needs a stipulation as a way to cover for his lack of skill. I heard a rumor that they are going to set up Rock vs. Brock for Wrestlemania 30, may someone help us. Two guys who can’t wrestle their way out of a paper bag.

The next pay-per-view that is coming up is Payback, the bar is set high and it better not disappoint. With injuries happening, they need to keep up the momentum going into the Summerslam season. Tonight is the post Extreme Rules Raw, so let’s hope that they can keep it up!

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.

Raw Goes Old School.

I always love when Raw goes old school. It’s a different atmosphere and it is something special for the fans. Such a solid show and it had, for me, the biggest moment of 2013 (yes, I went with biggest moment).

I thought all of the matches were quite good, except for the main event but we can get to that later. Onto some of the matches…

Antonio Cesaro versus Ryback
There is no denying the strength of either of these men but I think that Cesaro has the upper hand. This man is a beast and makes Ryback look like a regular guy, that is no small feat. I get a push for Ryback but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the United States champion (or any champion for that matter). Antonio Cesaro is a champ, not a chump and shouldn’t be used to get Ryback more over. At the end of the match, Mark Henry approached the ring for his obvious squash match with Zack Ryder. Henry versus Ryback? Now THAT is something I would love to see!

Speaking of Ryder, what in the hell happened to him? I used to hold out so much hope for him, now he’s just another jobber. This guy was a champion. He needs to do something to regain control of his career. Maybe a character change, maybe something else involving social media, he just needs to get people talking again.

Miz versus Dolph Ziggler
Nothing that the Miz does will ever make me like him. It doesn’t matter how good his match was or how well he can speak in his promos, I just do not like him. I think that he is becoming a slightly improved version of what Heath Slater was doing with the legends. You can have Ric Flair in your corner all you want, it doesn’t make you Ric Flair.

Like I’ve mentioned a few times, Ziggler seems stuck. He doesn’t seem to be going anywhere or really doing anything. I hope he cashes in that briefcase and wins a title because he is such a fantastic athlete and is one of the most talented guys in that ring today.

Jack Swagger versus Hacksaw Jim Duggan (with Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes)
This was just a quickie match that was over before it began. Swagger attacked all three legends and then started screaming his ‘We The People’ garbage. It was just exciting seeing those three guys come down to the ring. I could have done without Swagger.

Primetime Players versus Team Hell No
A pretty solid match. I love the tag team division and I don’t think that it should ever be treated as a joke. This match had a special stipulation, having Ted DiBiase be the manager for PTP if they won. That would be a brilliant idea, they are a team that could really benefit from some strong leadership. Preferably leadership that doesn’t make rape jokes on live television.

For me, Titus was the stand out wrestler in this match. I just love him in the ring. He just needs to find his niche and then he will sail straight to the top. There is nothing but success in his future.

Wade Barrett versus Alberto Del Rio
This is pretty much just going to be me praising Wade Barrett. I like Del Rio but Wade has just come so far and is a superstar that has everything a fan could want. He is athletic, strong, a fantastic talker, and just has a subdued charisma about him that just makes him magnetic. He is such a strong competitor and is very strong with his ring abilities. When he strikes his opponent, you feel it. There isn’t enough good things that I can say about him other than he has such a bright future ahead of him that it is ridiculous.

Now I can talk about what I wasn’t that fond of and that won’t take long!

I hated the Fandango segment. I think the whole idea of his character is stupid and if it is supposed to appeal to women, someone missed the mark. No woman in her right mind would find that poor man’s John Morrison attractive in any way. What a waste of television time but at least they debuted him instead of showing those awful promos. The only thing I enjoyed about that segment is that Kofi didn’t have to job to that loser.

I thought Triple H did great in his promo but it would have been nice to see Brock there. I think his mic skills could be improved a great deal but if you are building a Wrestlemania program, you damn well better show up each week to work. Speaking of not showing up…

The Rock/Cena segment also made me trail off a bit. It is no secret that I don’t like the Rock so I’m not boring anyone with that. Cena is rubbing my last nerve too. This promo is the same thing that they did last time, the EXACT SAME THING! What really got me was that Cena said that the Rock’s time was up. It’s only up until they do the same main event at Wrestlemania XXX. Nobody is interested,I just want this match to come and go. Besides, everyone knows that the real main event of Wrestlemania is always the Undertaker match.

This brings me to my favorite moment of the show and what, I think, is the biggest moment of 2013.

THE UNDERTAKER IS BACK! WAHOO!

My enthusiasm for this moment was amplified when Punk won his opportunity to face the Phenom at the SHowcase of the Immortals. although it was won in a very convoluted fatal four-way match (his opponents were Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show), he still earned it.

Punk versus Undertaker. That, ladies and gentleman, is main event material. Nothing will top it.

One Last Bump In The Road.

This past Sunday was the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Traditionally, the last major stop on the road to Wrestlemania. This is the last chance for many of the superstars on the roster to earn a spot on the card for the biggest event in sports entertainment. Some of those who got a spot may not deserve it, in my opinion, and some who didn’t get one should have.

The chamber match is always my favorite and I always liked when they have two of them but it is tough with the storyline involving the current WWE champion. The participants this year were; Kane, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and Randy Orton. The winner of the match gets to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. My choices to win were either Kane or Chris Jericho. I just really like the two of them and feel like they would present such a great match. However, Jack Swagger won. I shook my head in disbelief. A guy who wasn’t on television for months, comes in and steals the win. There are obvious reasons why this wasn’t the best choice and his current gimmick is the one that stands out the most to me.

It is just awful, simply awful. That awfulness was exacerbated by that speech and stupid propaganda video that was shown. Oh god, how terrible was that? The whole ‘All-American American’ thing was tolerable but full-blown racism isn’t. I get that it is reminiscent of something that Iron Shiek and Sgt. Slaughter might do but I don’t know if it fits into the WWE today. I’m all for being cutting edge and out of the box but I don’t think this is flying well with people. If you follow Twitter, it is causing a lot of conversation and it offended a lot of people. I don’t like it. If it turns out to be some sort of brainwashing cult storyline then I think that is the only way it could possibly work. There is no way a normal person would agree to say the things they are saying. I’m sure there is a better way they could have gone about it but I couldn’t even begin to tell you what it is because I find this whole gimmick ridiculous.

The match between Del Rio and Big Show was refreshing and exciting, great for a feud that was getting stale. I am loving Alberto Del Rio as a face and Big Show is hilarious, but both need to move on to something new. Antonio Cesaro and Miz was actually kind of boring, more so on the part of the Miz. I think he would have been better served in a feud with Lesnar and Cesaro should have been feuding with Swagger (you know, before he drank the kool-aid). I’d also like to add that no matter how hard he tries, Miz will never be Ric Flair. He’s got enough problems. I even found their rematch on Raw boring.

Another point I would like to make about Raw is that Dolph Ziggler seems like he is stuck in some sort of purgatory that is caused by that briefcase. He delivers fantastic matches and can sell a move like no one else on the roster (except maybe Dean Ambrose). He just needs to do what everyone knows he can do, capture that belt and have one hell of a title run. I know I just have to bide my time and it will happen. In my ideal world, Ziggler will cash in his briefcase at Wrestlemania, steal the title from Del Rio and hold it until Summerslam or Survivor Series.

Speaking of Dean Ambrose, The Shield was so impressive in their match against Ryback, Sheamus, and John Cena. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose are a bright spot on the roster and I am thoroughly enjoying their in-ring abilities. It isn’t just the wrestling or the mic work, they are dynamic and exciting. I didn’t like them at first because I didn’t know what to think of them. I like that they are an independent unit and aren’t tied to an already established superstar, it makes their impact that much bigger.

Now onto the meat of the sandwich, CM Punk versus The Rock. The match went exactly the way that I thought it would go and I am not the least bit surprised. Rocky wins, Punk gets screwed. Yaaaaaay!

And we all know that Cena isn`t going to lose his spot at Wrestlemania. Anyone who thinks that is a dum dum. If Undertaker doesn`t come back, we will see a triple threat match with Cena winning and doing his celebratory hoisting of the belt. What I do not like is that they have to cover for the absence of The Rock. A champ should be there each and every week with that belt, not work part-time because his movie schedule interferes. Fans deserve more than that…and they deserve more than a belt that ugly. The spinner belt wasn`t perfect but it was a lot better than what they showed on Raw. Ugh.