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.

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!

Stepping On The Battleground.

Sunday was the inaugural Battleground pay-per-view.

And if you have been on social media in the last day or so, you’ve seen what the popular opinion of that event is. People didn’t like it. In fact, they hated it and thought it was probably the worst event they’ve ever seen/purchased from the WWE. I don’t think it was completely unfortunate but I don’t think it was the worst either. I take each event as a chance to improve and this is just another learning experience. So, let’s start breaking down the event!


Overall, I thought that the event was good. (Please don’t rip me a new one wrestling fans!)

What took me by surprise was some of the matches on the card. They had Curtis Axel face R-Truth and Kofi Kingston facing Bray Wyatt, Kofi and Truth’s spots should have been reversed. It just didn’t make any sense to me to have R-Truth go for the Intercontinental title. Kofi had a fantastic match with Axel at the last event, putting these two in a feud makes SOOOOOOO much sense. The extra letters emphasize how much I wanted that to happen. Kofi Kingston and Axel had history, it may only be a bit but it’s still history. The two of them facing off made perfect sense. R-Truth facing off against the Wyatt Family made sense. I just want to think that something got lost in translation and it is all just a colossal mix up. The matches were pretty good but you could just tell that something was a little off. Each superstar put forth a solid effort and it was reflected in the work that they did. I think what the biggest problem was that the fans could pick up on the mismatched opponents. It was a slight slip up but a slip up no matter how you slice it.

And that weird crab walk thing Bray did just creeped me out.

I thought that RVD versus Del Rio was pretty good but I just don’t like Del Rio right now. I find him almost as bland as Randy Orton, he just has no distinguishing characteristics to me. I remember when they had Alberto as a face, that was such a glorious time. I get that gimmicks need to change but I just don’t like the way he is going right now. I don’t like that he is just beating up people for the sake of beating them up. A hardcore style match should have been right up Del Rio’s alley but the king reigned supreme. Who is that king you ask? Well, it’s ROB VAN DAM!

I thought that this was a fairly strong match, with RVD getting the upper hand (although he did not secure the win). Coming from ECW, I expected Rob Van Dam to have the advantage in a hardcore match. Del Rio doesn’t really strike me as the hardcore type. Sure, he can be a little brutal sometimes but it’s nothing compared to what ECW would consider hardcore.

Another thing that didn’t really make sense was that they had Brie Bella facing Aj Lee for the women’s title. I really thought that they were going to go with Natalya for this one, just because of the on-screen tension between her and Aj on commentary and backstage. Honestly, I just want anyone but Aj to have the title. I don’t like her that much and this whole crazy girl thing she has going is wearing thin on me, she has some great moves but she just isn’t my favorite. The divas division is riding high on the success of their reality show and this is the time that they should be switching up the champion and pumping some new life into the championship picture. Someone like Natalya, with talent and beauty, could really carry the women to the same heights as their male counterparts.

The shining light of this pay-per-view was the Rhodes family versus The Shield. There aren’t enough good things that I could say about this match and anything I do say won’t do it any justice. It was simply one of the most beautifully fought matches I’ve ever seen. Storytelling was an integral part of this feud and it worked to that match’s advantage. It boiled down to good versus evil and good prevailed. The Shield is such a strong team, they know each other so well and really use their strong dynamic as a tool to defeat their opponents. The Rhodes family have had their differences and it was quite difficult to predict how they would do working together as a team. My personal favorite moment during the match was when Dusty dropped that bionic elbow on Dean Ambrose. That crowd went insane, as did I.

The truly touching moment came after Cody won the pinfall, securing the jobs of his family. Some of the WWE roster, disgruntled with how the company is being run currently, came out to congratulate the Rhodes family on a hard-fought victory. Emotion is what sold this story and it is what kept the fans interested and invested in what was happening.

What people will remember this event for mostly is the five-minute blackout that happened all across the world. I initially thought that it was just my cable provider but Twitter confirmed that it wasn’t just me. They resolved the issue and we got treated to a kind of mediocre WWE Championship match which resulted in four people being knocked out. It also resulted in apparent chants of a not so nice word towards the superstars and the company.

On Monday Night Raw we did get treated to a lot of rematches and a lot of story building towards the next event, which is Hell In A Cell (a personal favorite of mine!).

The WWE also addressed the mediocre ending to Battleground and made amends for what had happened. It takes a lot to scare me, but the images of Stephanie slapping and then firing the Big Show will haunt me for the rest of my life. In all actuality, I thought it was really cool how they brought up what happened during the pay-per-view and just dealt with it. A lot of companies would have just let it go but WWE chose to deal with it and I really feel like it worked in their favour. Another thing that it did was further the story and make the interaction between the authority figures and the rest of the roster have more depth. Sure, they had the Rhodes family come back but they never went after the guy in charge. Big Show knocked Triple H out cold, left him laying in the middle of the ring like a lump. It was beautiful.

The crowd lost their mind and all was well in the wrestling universe.

The real shocking moment of the night was when it was revealed that the real-life superhero, John Cena, will be returning to face off against Alberto Del Rio for his World Heavyweight Championship. Even I was shocked, that actually took me by complete surprise. Cena was estimated to be out for approximately four to six months with the most grotesque injury I’ve ever seen, his elbow looked like a baseball. I don’t think this is just a move for ratings, I think that WWE acknowledged that they had some displeased fans and wanted to make things right. How many companies actually do that?

I hope that Cena does take his title. John Cena holding the World Heavyweight title doesn’t mean he is ‘lowering’ himself, it doesn’t matter what title he holds. When you’re a strong wrestler and a great entertainer, any title around your waist looks like a million dollars. I personally can’t wait for Hell In A Cell, it is going to be a turning point for some of the superstars on the roster. Titles will change hands, allegiances will dissolve, and there is going to be a whole lot of fantastic wrestling coming our way!

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!

Knocking Down The King.

In the WWE universe, some things just become accepted, never-changing.

One of those things is the fact that John Cena will always be seen as the perfect champion, never faltering. Super Cena always comes to the rescue. He is a literal superhero, saving anyone who he thinks needs it. Vincent Kennedy McMahon even said himself on Raw this week that he wanted someone to beat Cena. He wants someone to take his title away, a new face for the WWE. I felt like there was some truth in that statement, whether he is expressing his own opinion or sharing what the majority thinks. The fact that he and Maddox are talking smack about Bryan is just going to make his victory that much sweeter. I don’t think that they are saying these not so nice things about Daniel to  beat him down, it’s just their version of tough love. With the recent demeanor of Bryan, he needed more than just a pat on the back and a ‘Good Job!’. He needed a good swift kick in the you know what.

He is being poised to knock down the top guy in the company and probably one of the most polarizing champions in the entire history of World Wrestling Entertainment. I personally hope that Daniel Bryan gets his moment in the sun and mops the floor with Cena.

What Vince said really struck a chord with me, we are hungry for a new champion and King Cena’s days are numbered.

Speaking of numbered days, Mark Henry and the Uso brothers certainly showed The Shield that their reign will soon be over. In a six man tag match on Raw, Henry threw all of the hounds of justice around like they were a cheap rag doll that a child cast aside. It was terrifying and Henry is not a guy that I would want to meet in a dark alley. I’m not the only one who was a little sad when Henry didn’t defeat Cena for the title at the last pay-per-view but this is also a good spot for him to be in. Sure, The Shield has had their fair share of opposition but nothing the likes of Henry/Usos. These three men are beasts. Working in a trio can be navigation through some tricky waters but I’m very confident that the combination of Jimmy, Jey, and Mark can get it done. It obviously isn’t a long-term group like The Shield but they can’t be discounted, they’ll provide some healthy competition for the next few months.

What I hope disappears much sooner than that is this new attitude that Ryback has. I’ve been watching wrestling a lot of years and know that heels sometimes have to walk a really fine line with what they do on camera and in the ring but Ryback is just a big bully. That doesn’t fly with me at all, moving on to more things I don’t quite understand… I think it’s great that Rob Van Dam is back and all but he doesn’t seem to have a direction right now. I don’t know what they are building him up for but I don’t think facing Fandango is it (Not that I don’t love the man with the rainbow pants!). We still don’t even know a time frame for his run, if it is permanent or short-term, so it is hard to determine what exactly will happen with him. I would also like to see this whole Aj/Big E/Ziggler thing some to an end. Now, I like the interaction that Big E and Ziggler (my only regret is that it didn’t happen sooner) and they had a great match on Raw. My problem with it is the Aj factor. Her screaming and acting nuts is getting old, she’s more annoying than ever.

The match of the night was Christian versus Alberto Del Rio, hands down. Del Rio was up to his usual shenanigans of being unusually brutal towards his opponent. I sincerely hope that Christian is picked by Alberto to be his opponent at Summerslam because he has been on such a winning streak the last few weeks. If anyone remembers, Christian has a history of being screwed over big time. Anyone else remember the last episode of ECW where he lost the title to Ezekiel Jackson? I sure do. (And I’d like to send a HUGE congrats to Christian who was announced as Del Rio’s opponent at the time this article was still being written!)

The main events were good but more on the mediocre size. Everyone knows that Bryan will beat Cena and they’ll have this epic showdown. That doesn’t necesarrily excite people. What is exciting to the fans is that Cena will no longer hold the top spot and be seen as the golden boy of the WWE. His career isn’t over by any means but it is time to let someone else shine. Before everyone freaks out, I know that Cena does things for younger talent and all that but he is everywhere. He doesn’t need to bow out of the spotlight completely but if he went away or was ‘injured’ for a while, the intrigue for his return would be big.

Cena does his best work when he is facing defeat, when the odds are against him, and when he’s getting the bejesus kicked out of him. He thrives on it.

But let’s face it, people will still boo the hell out of him.

WWE Payback Predictions.

Here are my predictions for Payback this Sunday and it looks like a very solid card. With the return of CM Punk, I have nothing but high hopes for this event and hopefully I’m on the right track with my choices! I guess we will wait and see…who did you pick?

Pre-show match:
Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus
Winner: Sheamus

Main Card:
Kaitlyn (divas champion) vs. AJ Lee
Winner: AJ Lee (new divas champion)

Dean Ambrose (US champion) vs. Kane
Winner: Dean Ambrose (retains)

Wade Barrett (IC champion) vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel
Winner: Wade Barrett (retains)

Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns (tag team champions) vs. Randy Orton/Daniel Bryan
Winners: Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns (retain)

Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Winner: CM Punk (hometown advantage)

Dolph Ziggler (world heavyweight champion) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (retains)

John Cena (WWE champion) vs. Ryback
Winner: John Cena (retains)

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!