John Cena: Undercover Badass?

Since Seth Rollins deflected from his brothers, Dean and Roman, everyone has had one question on their mind. Can anyone take his place?

The answer is yes.

They could push anyone that they want to into that vacant slot. I’m all for a mid-card push but a lot of those guys need to establish themselves and create a bit of identity more they can take on such a task. Not that none of them are capable of doing it, but a lot of them don’t necessarily fit into that group mold either. A perfect example of that would be Dolph Ziggler, he is simply fantastic on his own. My personal pick would be Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, Respect. That’s right, I choose John Cena. Shocking, I know!

It would be so perfect if you think about it. The golden boy of the company in a partnership with one of the most ruthless (and popular) factions ever, it’s brilliant! John Cena is a very recognizable brand and I don’t think that he would be harming that in any way whatsoever. Aligning himself with Dean and Roman would allow John to shed some of his goody two shoes image that he has with a lot of the adult audience. The Shield fit the description of a hell very well but they are so over with the fans.

I’m a realist and know that Cena will probably never turn one hundred percent heel. As awesome as the thought of that is, it will more than likely never happen. However, joining the Hounds of Justice will allow him to do heelish things but still be seen as a good guy. It could be played out as a group of guys rallying against the machine, which is pretty much what is happening on television now.

John Cena is so established that the union doesn’t need to last forever. I would love to see it last about a year or so. He needs it to last long enough to shed some of that Super Cena image. That is what is hurting him with the adult audience. Kids love him and adults boo the bejesus out of him. Joining The Shield would allow him to walk such a fine line that he could probably get through a promo without deafening boos.

Most importantly, John Cena needs this for himself. He’s had the same persona and look for more than ten years. He has had so many memorable moments in his career but something like this could be the biggest.

Hey, a wrestling fan can dream can’t she?

Going To The Extreme.

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

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

El Torito vs. Hornswoggle (Kick-off Match)

Stipulation: WeeLC match

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

Winner: El Torito

R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev

Stipulation: 2 on 1 Handicap match

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

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

Winner: Alexander Rusev

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger

Stipulation: Elimination Triple Threat match

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rob Van Dam

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Stipulation: Steel Cage match

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Big E. vs. Wade Barrett

Stipulation: none as of this posting

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

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

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

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Paige vs. Tamina Snuka

Stipulation: none as of this posting

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

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

Winner: Tamina Snuka

The Shield vs. Evolution

Stipulation: 6 man tag team match

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

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

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

Winner: The Shield

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

Stipulation: Extreme Rules match

Daniel Bryan is the definition of a trooper.

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

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

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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

How About This?

Initially, the preliminary card to Wrestlemania wasn’t looking so hot. The main event looked like it would be the most boring thing on the planet and the flying goat was nowhere to be seen. A certain superstar walked out on the company and put what ever the creative department had planned in complete jeopardy. Superstars, fans, and staff had no idea what was going on with the biggest event of the entire year.

Everyone has their own version of what they would do and how they would book it, I’m no different. My fellow blogger Frank (or Fdoosey, as he is known in social media land) have been messaging each other and emailing for days saying how we would book the event. Here is how I would book the Showcase of the Immortals…

WWE World Heavyweight Championship:

Randy Orton (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Winner: Daniel Bryan)

Randy Orton isn’t my ideal champion but he was the perfect person to carry the title into Mania. There is no one in my mind that should win this match other than Daniel Bryan. He has taken such a shit kicking (literally and figuratively) in the last few months that it seems like there is nothing that he can do to secure a victory. The fans need to be given what they deserve, what they cheered so hard for. This victory wouldn’t just be for Daniel, this is for every fan that chanted ‘YES!’ alongside him.

The Streak:

The Undertaker vs. Kane (Winner: Undertaker)

If this is the Undertaker’s last ever Wrestlemania match, he should face his ‘brother’. There is no one else in my mind that should be his last opponent. Kane won’t break the streak but he will help deliver one hell of a match for the fans and for Taker.

There is no other argument to be made, if you think differently then your argument is invalid.

6 Man Tag Team Match: 

The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (Winner: The Shield)

The fans obviously love this feud, I know that I go nuts over it. Seeing these two factions compete is much more than just a match.

It could tease the end of The Shield as we know and love them. Roman is the star, Dean gets jealous, and Seth is just there shaking his head in disbelief. Let’s face it, they’re all awesome together but they’d be just as awesome (if not more awesome) on their own. What I would want to see happen is that they split and the Wyatt Family just hangs the fact they couldn’t keep it together over their heads for months. Wouldn’t that make brilliant television?

I wouldn’t make it a permanent split, just long enough for them to do their own thing and get a greater sense of who they are as wrestlers. Nobody wants to be confined to one ideal, these guys have been working together for a few years but they still need to explore who they are individually. I may be reading a bit too much into this but that’s my job as a wrestling fan.

Tag Team Championship Match:

The Usos vs. Real Americans (Winner: The Usos)

I think that this one is pretty much a no brainer and if you pick anyone other than Jimmy and Jey to win, you need to give your head a shake.

My main point for my argument being that they got screwed over so hard when they RIGHTFULLY won a number one contenders position by it being handed to the Rhodes Brothers. They deserve a long a fruitful title reign for that reason and they are the most entertaining duo in the tag team division. However, the Real Americans will give them a run for their money.

What won’t allow Cesaro and Swagger to take the titles from Jimmy and Jey is the fact that they have a small rift forming between them. Each one of them want to best the other one and that leads to matches being lost due to stupid decisions and mistakes. That is what will bring them down and cost them the match. It’s not that they aren’t a good team, the Uso brothers just work more harmoniously.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

Winner: ???

I think that this match is a fantastic idea for two reasons:

  1. It honours someone who was so integral to the history of sports entertainment.
  2. It allows more superstars to have a moment in the Wrestlemania spotlight.

I’m always a huge proponent of anything that gets more superstars on the card for the biggest night in the WWE and I’m VERY excited for this to become an annual event. I like the unpredictability of having so many competitors in the ring and I don’t think that it’s the same as the Royal Rumble at all. The superstar I envision winning this is someone like Dolph Ziggler or maybe even Damien Sandow. The winner has to be someone who is fantastic in the ring and deserving of a push, I’ve seen the entrants and there are more than enough of them in there.

Stay tuned for another collaboration between Frank and I! Check out his blog here!

A New Hope.

Raw was in Chicago. But was CM Punk?

No, he wasn’t.

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

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

The Usos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kicking It Old School.

Let me start off by saying how much I really do enjoy themed episodes of Raw. They’re so much fun and allow the superstars and fans to enjoy something a little special, everyone just has a good time with them. This past Monday, the theme was Old School (probably my favourite out of all the themed episodes). We got to see legend upon legend and it was just a fun show, not just for the fans but for the superstars as well.

The show opened with Mr. Woooo himself, Ric Flair. In typical Ric style, he came out to have fun and Randy Orton interrupted him and ruined it for the rest of us. He went on his typical rant about how he is the greatest superstar of this generation or any other and how everyone should respect him (blah, blah, blah). I laughed so hard when the camera panned to Flair because he looked like he had a few and trying to stifle some laughter. Orton tried to assert his dominance as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and was promptly stopped by John Cena, who gave the legend the respect that he deserved for his accomplishments in pro wrestling. Then the usual happened, Randy Orton received a challenge and he bitched out. He rolled right out of that ring and walked away with his two belts, with that same smug look on his face that he always has. There is one thing that Orton is very good at and that is playing the role of the asshole. One hundred and ten percent brilliant.

The one thing that he said that I did agree with is that the Authority should reverse their decision on the main event match at the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton versus John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Royal Rumble is the very first step in the Road to Wrestlemania. It is the first pay-per-view of the year and it is of the utmost importance. The match will be good and all but I’m hungry for someone new to take the championship helm. I’m not saying that Randy Orton and John Cena can never be champions again, I’m just saying that they can’t be the champions all the time. There is enough time between now and Wrestlemania to bring someone new into the title race. It just has to be the right person and done properly. Nobody messes around when it comes to anything to do with Wrestlemania.

What we also got to see was Daniel Bryan as a member of the Wyatt Family. It’s still kind of weird to imagine him involved with that faction but I still love it. The Wyatt’s took on Rey Mysterio and The Usos in a three on three tag team match. The difference in Daniel’s demeanor was quite noticeable and I actually kind of liked this aggressive version of the flying goat. The match itself was fantastic, with The Usos and Rey picking up the win via pinfall. You could see the struggle that Daniel Bryan was facing. He disappointed some of the WWE Universe and disappointed some of his fellow superstars. When someone is disappointed in someone, it isn’t hard to tell. Being with the Wyatt Family is going to show everyone just how resilient and adaptable Daniel Bryan really is.

Big E. Langston also continued his Intercontinental Title run and his dominance over Curtis Axel. I really like this combination of superstars, they work really well together and that is something nice to see. There is a nice balance of pure power and calculated athleticism between the two that just makes for great matches. What I didn’t like is that they had Ryback on commentary, this man is even more boring on the microphone than he is in the ring. I could go on a rant about how much I don’t like him but I will spare everyone that 85747585 words that I will inevitably write.

One guy that could teach someone a lesson is Roddy Piper, The Shield learned that the hard way on Piper’s Pit. If someone reading this has NEVER seen a Piper’s Pit segment, you truly haven’t lived. Roddy Piper is the most talented superstar that I’ve ever seen on the microphone, with Punk being his modern-day equivalent. I’ve never seen someone so quick on his toes and have such snappy lines. The Shield, especially Dean Ambrose, thought that they had one up on Piper but he ran out of bubblegum (If no one gets that reference, please watch They Live.). What Roddy expertly did was drive an even further wedge in between The Shield. He did that by asking Roman if he beats Punk, does that make him better than his teammates? My only response to that was ‘Oh snap!’, there is no other logical retort to something like that. When they challenged the kilted one, Punk and the New Age Outlaws came to his aid. I was kind of hoping that we would get a match out of that with Piper as the referee or something crazy like that but it didn’t happen and I wasn’t upset. Just a little sad that no one got a coconut cracked over their skull…I’m kidding…maybe.

We did get a little advancement in terms of story and rivalries, nice to see since the Royal Rumble is just a few short weeks away. Alberto Del Rio started to spark a feud with Batista (I don’t really care for Batista that much but he would crush Del Rio), the Rhodes Brothers took on the Real Americans, Damien Sandow continued his losing streak against Khali, and we had a divas tag team match. Hell, we even got to see 3MB take on Too Cool and Rikishi! We also were witnesses to Big Show challenging Brock Lesnar and Lesnar running away like the little bitch that he is. I just do not understand this guy at all. Heyman and himself claim he is the beast incarnate, yet, he can’t even take on a challenge from an opponent? This all started with yet another confrontation with Henry, resulting in Henry being put in the Kimora lock by Lesnar. I don’t think in an all out brawl that Lesnar could beat either one of these men. That being said, I do like the idea of Lesnar taking on one of the big guys in the WWE but I think a triple threat match would provide a unique angle for this story. In all honesty, I just want to see Lesnar get the crap beat out of him. I’ve always said that Lesnar couldn’t wrestle his way out of a wet paper bag and he keeps proving me right with every single match he has.

My favourite match of the entire broadcast was watching CM Punk take on Roman Reigns.

This match had everything going for it. It had Mean Gene bring out the New Age Outlaws, they did the introduction for CM Punk, and we had some world-class wrestling. In the beginning, there was a definite power struggle and Roman was trying to show Punk that he wasn’t someone to mess with. The two turning points in this match were when Roman missed his flying superman punch, causing him to receive a boot from Punk, and when he could not make the superplex. I was one of those people who thought Punk had it in the bag after that mixed superplex, I was sure he was going to pick up the victory rather quickly. Boy, was I wrong.

Roman missed his first spear but connected on the second. Watching that spear is just as deadly as feeling the move first hand. You can actually feel the impact while you’re watching the broadcast from the comfort of your own couch. The moment that sealed the deal to make this the best match of the night was the appearance of Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. Everyone knows that Jake has had his share of ups and downs throughout his entire life and wrestling career, he was in bad shape until Diamond Dallas Page took him in and helped him turn it all around. He looked absolutely fantastic and the fans lost their mind when he walked out carrying that snake in a bag. Dean was laid out in the ring, with Damien slithering all over him, Jake also used his ‘partner’ of sorts to scare away Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The only thing that could have made this any better would have been if he had one of them tangled in the ropes like he had Randy Savage all those years ago. You could tell by the smile on Dean’s face that this moment was just as much for him as it was for wrestling fans all over the WWE Universe.

Apparently, there will now be an annual Old School Raw episode airing every January. This wrestling fan could not be any happier about that!

And Your NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion Is…

RANDY ORTON!

Yes. You heard me correct, Randy freaking Orton is now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That was not the ending that the WWE Universe was hoping for and I was 110% shocked. I honestly didn’t think that Randy was capable of even beating Cena in a match like this. The one thing that I didn’t like from their match up was that he handcuffed Cena to the bottom rope and took advantage of his position. He should have just beat him clean, even in a match with a stipulation like a TLC match. With him handcuffing John to the ropes, it just proved that he can’t win without some kind of help. I feel like it sort of diminished the historic aspect of the match a little bit.

When he opened Monday Night Raw, he strutted past Cena like he was a king and Cena was a lowly peasant. It was beautiful.

He blabbed on about how he is the most powerful superstar and the best wrestler on the roster, the usual speech that he gives. Cena, ever so brilliantly, interrupted him and Daniel Bryan ended up with a main event match against Randy Orton. It wasn’t a title match but it was the match that fans wanted to see. Yet again, Orton proved that he can’t compete against someone with an advanced skill set like Daniel Bryan. Randy plays the heel brilliantly and has had some great matches but he couldn’t hold a candle to Daniel Bryan in terms of technical ability. That’s one of the beauties of being a wrestling fan though, you can go from cheering to booing someone in a span of ten seconds.

What we also got treated to was a bunch of great matches on Raw, some of which were rematches from TLC. They were so great that I didn’t even mind seeing them twice! I especially enjoyed the rematch that took place between Fandango and Dolph Ziggler, these two men are tremendous talents and I hope that the WWE keeps these two feuding with each other. There are two huge egos going against each other here and it could make for some fantastic television. We all know that Ziggler is a fantastic athlete and can sell a move like nobody else can in the ring.

The Rhodes Brothers took on Rey Mysterio and the Big Show, half of the teams that participated in the fatal four-way match the previous night. I liked it but I’ve never been a big Rey fan, the best moment of the match was the sportsmanship shown at the end. Seeing that wrestlers respect each other and their respective in-ring work is something that fans aren’t privy to, it makes the sport that much better (You don’t see that very often anywhere else!). We also got treated to a newer tag team, Big E. Langston and Mark Henry. Holy…

I just love these two guys and I love it even more when they are paired together in a tag team match. They took on the Real Americans, and when I say take on what I actually mean is completely destroyed! Another team that got decimated by their opponent was The Shield, who took on CM Punk and The Usos. I was so happy to see that Jimmy and Jey got a chance to showcase their talents after they got shut out of the tag team championship race. That doesn’t matter right now as they are using each and every opportunity they are given to showcase their talent and ability. They may not have been on the winning team but they certainly won over the fans. The Shield showed a stronger bond on Raw, especially after Roman accidentally spearing Dean at the TLC event. I still think that there will be an inevitable break up of The Shield that will probably coincide with a major pay-per-view, with Roman emerging as the budding star of the group. Like I’ve said before, they are all talented but Roman really wowed everyone with his performance at Survivor Series. The quality of wrestling that we got treated to on both the TLC pay-per-view and Monday Night Raw was like an early christmas present from the wrestling gods.

I hope that trend continues heading into the Royal Rumble at the end of January, and EVERYONE knows what that means! The road to Wrestlemania will have officially begun and this wrestling fan couldn’t be more happy about it.

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.