WWE Royal Rumble Predictions Part 2: The Rock vs CM Punk – Who’s Walking Out Champion?

Ladies And Gentleman, the Royal Rumble is just 4 weeks away and to be honest, the last few rumble events have produced some mighty shockers. Edge returning and winning the Rumble in 2010 was a shocker (unless you read the spoilers before hand). Alberto Del Rio was not exactly someone I expected to win the Royal Rumble in 2011. And last year, yeah, I didn’t think the dark horse Sheamus would stop Chris Jericho from winning the Rumble. That is exactly why this pay-per-view is my favorite PPV of the year (and yeah that top-trumps Wrestlemania). It doesn’t matter how bad or lacking in the matches the under-card is, the match itself is what you pay for. Except this year is different, WWE have something else for you to spend your money for… The Rock.

THE ROCK - Scheduled To Face The WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble

THE ROCK – Scheduled To Face The WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble

The Brahma Bull challenges CM Punk for the WWE title at the Royal Rumble (CM Punk will face Ryback on the first RAW of 2013 for the title, but lets face it, Ryback is not winning that match). Now the question in my mind is simple… which match will actually be the main event? The Rock vs CM Punk or the Royal Rumble match? Tradition has the Royal Rumble match main-eventing the card every year (of course in some cases, like the 2006 event, this wasn’t the case). And the reason it main-events the card is simply because that’s the match everyone wants to see. But this mega-superstar The Rock we are talking about. The Rock is The Rock, and logically should The Rock take a back seat to another match on the card? I mean Attitude Era fans will pay big money to see The Rock return since it’s so rare. And CM Punk vs The Rock has been building ever since July at RAW 1000, when CM Punk decked The Rock and turned heel. This brings up the question of… Tradition vs Business. Respect the PPV’s long-standing tradition and go with the Royal Rumble match as the main event, or go for the big-money match Rock vs Punk as the main event. I personally they’ll go with Rock vs Punk for the main event, since he’s on the freaking cover, but I’m not bothered either way.

Now the match…WHO DO I THINK WILL WIN  THE BIG MATCH?

Match Background:

In the main event of Wrestlemania 28, The Rock defeated John Cena in the “Once In A Lifetime” dream match in his hometown of Miami. This made The Rock the first person to defeat Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena at Wrestlemania events.

During The Rock’s victory speech the next night on RAW, he mentioned that he had a vision for what to do next… becoming the WWE Champion. Up until RAW 1000, The Rock never made it clear what his plan was in order to get the WWE Championship.

However, on RAW 1000, he interrupted a segment involving Daniel Bryan and WWE Champion CM Punk. During the segment, he ripped into Daniel Bryan and declared that he has been given a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble event in 2013, and wished CM Punk luck for his title defense against John Cena in the main event of RAW 1000.

CM Punk would go on to retain the championship that night, after The Big Show attacked John Cena causing a disqualification. The Rock came to Cena’s rescue and as he was about to deliver the People’s Elbow to Big Show, CM Punk clotheslined Rock. CM Punk would then deliver the GTS to the People’s Champion, and walked off with his championship, turning heel.

On the next episode of RAW, CM Punk justified his actions by claiming The Rock disrespected him and acted as if Punk was invisible to him when he was ripping into Bryan. He also said that The Rock tried to make RAW 1000 all about him by assisting John Cena. Punk said that the spotlight and the attention in WWE should be directed on the WWE Champion. CM Punk has remained champion ever since, and is set to walk into the Royal Rumble event having been WWE Champion for more than 400 days. While The Rock hasn’t been on WWE Television since RAW 1000, he and Punk have had an on-going Twitter feud ahead of their encounter at the Royal Rumble.

It has been quite a good build up to this match, despite The Rock not showing up on WWE Television for the last 6 months. But The Rock is scheduled to appear on the first RAW of 2013, which also features CM Punk defending the WWE Championship against Ryback in a TLC match (which CM Punk is obviously going to win). The Rock actually has quite a lot of WWE bookings planned for the next several months. According to Cageside Seats , he’s booked for the following events…

Jan. 7: Raw in Tampa
Jan. 8: SmackDown in Miami
Jan. 21: Raw in San Jose
Jan. 22: SmackDown in Sacramento
Jan. 27: Royal Rumble in Phoenix
Jan. 28: Raw in Las Vegas

He’s also booked for the Elimination Chamber event on February 17th, and on RAW the night after.

Now the new bookings being added to The Rock’s WWE schedule has given me doubts about who is going to win The Rock vs CM Punk match at the Royal Rumble. Especially considering The Rock is booked for Elimination Chamber. Why would The Rock appear at a PPV like the Chamber, if he wasn’t going to defend the championship on the card. Now, it seems to me that the WWE want The Rock to be WWE Champion heading into Wrestlemania for a rematch with John Cena. With all these new bookings, and possibly more bookings being talked about, it appears that they want The Rock to appear more often if he is to win the WWE Championship. Or maybe, that’s what the WWE want us to think…

What if The Rock is NOT being booked to win the WWE Championship? WWE may pull something off like this:

What if John Cena screws The Rock out of the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble (considering The Rock cost Cena the WWE Title at Wrestlemania 27)? The Rock could use the next night on RAW in Las Vegas to say that he will confront John Cena at Elimination Chamber. He shows up, and him and Cena agree to a rematch at Wrestlemania 29, and the next night on RAW, Rocky starts the build up to Wrestlemania. That is easily possible.

After all, CM Punk’s title reign is incredibly important to WWE at the moment. Does the WWE really want Punk to drop it to a semi-retired wrestler like The Rock, who will predictably lose the belt to Cena at Wrestlemania? I don’t think that should be what happens, and I think a lot of people, including CM Punk, would be a little PO’d about that plan.

I just think the Road to Wrestlemania will be too predictable if The Rock beats CM Punk at Royal Rumble. If Rock beats Punk, he will obviously take the WWE Title with him. Also, if The Rock did win the title, it’s not like he’s gonna be defending the WWE Title at House shows is he? And WWE want the championship defended at house shows.

So, I think…………………………………………………………………..

CM PUNK WINS.

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WWE Royal Rumble Predictions Part 1: The Royal Rumble Match – My Top 5 Picks

Ladies And Gentleman, the Royal Rumble is just 4 weeks away and to be honest, the last few rumble events have produced some mighty shockers. Edge returning and winning the Rumble in 2010 was a shocker (unless you read the spoilers before hand). Alberto Del Rio was not exactly someone I expected to win the Royal Rumble in 2011. And last year, yeah, I didn’t think the dark horse Sheamus would stop Chris Jericho from winning the Rumble. That is exactly why this pay-per-view is my favorite PPV of the year (and yeah that top-trumps Wrestlemania). It doesn’t matter how bad or lacking in the matches the under-card is, the match itself is what you pay for. Except this year is different, WWE have something else for you to spend your money for… The Rock.

THE ROCK - Scheduled To Face The WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble

THE ROCK – Scheduled To Face The WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble

The Brahma Bull challenges CM Punk for the WWE title at the Royal Rumble (CM Punk will face Ryback on the first RAW of 2013 for the title, but lets face it, Ryback is not winning that match). Now the question in my mind is simple… which match will actually be the main event? The Rock vs CM Punk or the Royal Rumble match? Tradition has the Royal Rumble match main-eventing the card every year (of course in some cases, like the 2006 event, this wasn’t the case). And the reason it main-events the card is simply because that’s the match everyone wants to see. But this mega-superstar The Rock we are talking about. The Rock is The Rock, and logically should The Rock take a back seat to another match on the card? I mean Attitude Era fans will pay big money to see The Rock return since it’s so rare. And CM Punk vs The Rock has been building ever since July at RAW 1000, when CM Punk decked The Rock and turned heel. This brings up the question of… Tradition vs Business. Respect the PPV’s long-standing tradition and go with the Royal Rumble match as the main event, or go for the big-money match Rock vs Punk as the main event. I personally they’ll go with Rock vs Punk for the main event, since he’s on the freaking cover, but I’m not bothered either way.

Anyway, let’s go down to the Potential/Rumored Winners. First and foremost:

JOHN CENA: May be in line for a rematch with The Rock

JOHN CENA: May be in line for a rematch with The Rock

John Cena – A Big-Name widely considered to win the Rumble for the second time. The Rock vs John Cena II has been widely rumored to be occurring at Wrestlemania 29, with The Rock beating CM Punk for the WWE Championship at the Rumble, John Cena winning the Royal Rumble, setting up the rematch from their epic clash at Wrestlemania 28. Makes a lot of sense, and gives Cena a victory over The Rock, makes things 1-1, and setting up a final encounter, possibly at Wrestlemania 30 (plans, plans…). However, I don’t want this to be the case, as John Cena vs The Rock I was billed as “Once In A Lifetime”. So why have them go at it again, and contradict that tagline? Leave it as “Once In A Lifetime”.

However, John Cena doesn’t necessarily have to go for the WWE Championship. The winner of the Royal Rumble is entitled to a championship match against either the World Heavyweight Championship OR the WWE Championship. So John Cena could pull a u-turn and challenge the World Champion. I mean, as of now he’s feuding with Mr Money In The Bank Dolph Ziggler right? So how about John Cena goes on to win the Royal Rumble, Dolph Ziggler cashes in Money In The Bank at Elimination Chamber 2013, John Cena comes out and says he’s gonna fight for the World Title at Wrestlemania 29, setting up Ziggler vs Cena for Mania? That’d be a scenario I’d be down with. Ziggler could also beat Cena at Mania, and put himself over big time. Then again, I highly doubt that WWE would have their poster boy John Cena lose at Wrestlemania for a 3RD YEAR IN A ROW, so Cena would likely win.

 

RANDY ORTON: The Viper may be slithering to his 2nd Royal Rumble Victory.

RANDY ORTON: The Viper may be slithering to his 2nd Royal Rumble Victory.

Randy Orton –  The Viper has been away from the World Championship picture for an extremely long time (other than a short 4 way feud in May which led to a fatal four way at Over The Limit) and with Orton spending most of his time since losing the title in September 2011 putting over up and coming heels, perhaps Orton should be rewarded with a run at the World Title, with him being rumored to battle Dolph Ziggler for the World Title during the majority of 2013 (click here to see my blog post about them rumors in November) I could totally see him winning the Rumble in 2013. Then again, he was one of the big favorites to win the Royal Rumble last year, and never won the match. Maybe history will repeat itself.

 

SHEAMUS: The Great White Two Time Royal Rumble Winner?

SHEAMUS: The Great White Two Time Royal Rumble Winner?

Sheamus – Winner Of Last Year’s Royal Rumble has apparently been chosen to win the event for a second year in a row, according to several reports. It’s suggested that he’d go on to face Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 29. Now I would not like it if Sheamus won the Rumble. Sheamus hasn’t actually been out of the main-event scene ever since he won last year’s event. He won the Rumble in January, feuding with World Champion Daniel Bryan until April, won the World Title at Wrestlemania 28, held onto the title until October, and feuded with Big Show for the title up until TLC a week ago. And now you want him in there again? To be honest, I’m kind of getting sick of seeing Sheamo fighting for the title. I’d say give him some time away from the World Title picture. I wouldn’t exactly say no to a feud between him and Wade Barrett. But then again, someone winning two rumbles in a row is something incredibly rare, and it would be a special moment if Sheamo won the rumble again.

 

UNDERTAKER: Rocking A Hoodie Is The Deadman

UNDERTAKER: Rocking A Hoodie Is The Deadman

Undertaker – Now, this man is also (wait for it) rumored to win his 2nd Royal Rumble match. :O SHOCKER! Undertaker has been rumored to return and win the Rumble and go on to face WWE Champion CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 in a Streak vs Title match. This makes sense and it’d be a great moment to see the Undertaker come back and rule the rumble. CM Punk would be a great opponent for the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29, and Triple H did hint at The Undertaker’s return at the Slammys on Monday, and he could return at the Royal Rumble event. My only problem with Undertaker winning the WWE Title is simple… is he physically able to be WWE Champion? What I mean when I say that is, can ‘Taker do the house shows, wrestle every week and represent the company as WWE Champion? I mean… The Undertaker has only wrestled twice in the last two years. If The Undertaker is ready for the run… fine. Give him the title. But I don’t want a repeat of 2007, when Taker won the World Title at Wrestlemania, and got injured a month later. The WWE Championship has become to important to be given to a wrestler who gets injured and vacates the title. I mean CM Punk has been champion ever since November 2011. Whoever ends CM Punk’s reign should be WWE Champion for a while and not just a couple of months.

 

RYBACK: My Pick To Win

RYBACK: My Pick To Win

Ryback – FEED ME MORE! To be honest, Ryback has been my pick to win the Rumble since he had that staredown on RAW in October, and I’m not budging from this pick. Ryback still has a lot of momentum behind him, and despite loses in 3 PPVs in a row, a Rumble win for Ryback would make up for all of that and him finally getting his victory over CM Punk at Wrestlemania would be a great moment. But… rumors have also been flying around that Ryback is scheduled to meet Big Show for the World Title at Wrestlemania 29 (therefore contradicting the rumor above about Sheamus vs Randy Orton. Rumors have a tendency to do that). Now that would be a really bad idea. 4 Reasons:

1) The match would totally suck.

2) From a storyline prospective, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. CM Punk has been pissing off Ryback ever since October, so why would Ryback opt to face Big Show for the World Title, while he has a chance to get revenge once and for all on CM Punk (providing he’s still the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania 29) and become WWE Champion? But then again, things never seem to make sense in WWE anymore (like The Rock getting a WWE Title shot despite only showing up once in a blue moon).

3) If Big Show is still the World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania, then whoever faces them at the event is all but guaranteed to dethrone him as champion, especially if that someone is Ryback. It takes away the predictability from the product, and that is something I don’t want to happen.

4) Seeing Big Show in the main event at all would be rather disappointing for me. Seriously, this man is past his prime, and shouldn’t be allowed near the ring, let alone the World Title. Please get the World Title off this guy pronto.

 

Now 4 of the guys on that list have won the Royal Rumble before, and to be honest, if a former Rumble winner does win it again, I would not be bothered. Having someone win the Rumble more than once is incredibly rare in WWE. The last time a former winner of the rumble won it again was 2001, when Stone Cold Steve Austin won it an unprecedented 3rd time. Only the true greats of WWE have won it more than once. Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels are all immortalized as some of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, and have won the Rumble more than once, and it’d be a nice change to see someone wins the Rumble for a 2nd time. I, however, DO NOT think this will happen. I thought Ryback would win the Rumble in October, and I stand with my pick.

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Part Two Will Hopefully Come Before Christmas Day, and will be regarding The Rock vs CM Punk, and a 3rd will be about the rest of the card.Remember to follow me @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter, and I will see you soon.

Champions League Last 16 Draw: My Thoughts On The Draw

HEEEEEEEEY Guys. Tom Robinson here with my thoughts on the Champions League draw for the Round Of 16 Draw. Which brought about some interesting ties…

Galatasary vs Schakle – Two dark horses pitted together and I love it. One of these Dark Horses may fancy their chances with this tie. Avoiding the big time players of the draw, whoever wins could put themselves in a position to win the entire thing. Good tie here.

Celtic vs Juventus – Scotland’s only hope of success in the Champions League has a difficult challenge in the form of the in-form and all dominating Italians, Juventus. However, as their victory over Barcelona can confirm, anything is possible. And considering the lack of serious competition in the Scottish League, why not go for it all, and try to conquer the Turin Giants. It’s always possible.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – Arsenal haven’t really got a lot to play for this season. Struggling for European places in the Premiership, and eliminated from the League Cup at the hands of Bradford of all teams, Arsenal is really counting on Europe in order to retrieve something this season, but the German Giants have really been eying the Champions League trophy for some time. Runners up in 2010 and 2012, Bayern are definitely proving themselves as one of the best teams in the world, but they need the Champions League trophy in order to do that. And Arsenal will have a lot of work to do in order to knock off the German Giants.

Valencia vs PSG – Again, two dark horses pitted together. Moneybags PSG and struggling Valencia are pitted against one another and you know what, PSG have a lot to prove, and if they can’t topple the struggling Valencia (currently mid-table), then they’ve got some serious issues. Must-win for PSG on this one.

Shaktar Donetsk vs Dortmund – Dortmund are a bit of the pace in the German title race, but in the Champions League they have absolutely dominated, not losing a single match in the “Group Of Death” which also included Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax, and holding victories over all three teams. And to be honest, it’s quite the opposite regarding Shaktar. While they have dominated the Ukrainian League, flying high with 17 wins out of 18, they only just got through to this stage of the tournament through through the completely bogus “Head-To-Head” record system, with a single away goal separating themselves and former European Champions Chelsea. They are lucky to even get to this far, and I would be pretty amazed if Shaktar were able to defeat the mighty Dortmund.

Team Messi (aka Barcelona) vs AC Milan – Yes, Team Messi have got themselves a tasty tie against the once-mighty AC Milan. 7th in Serie A and failing to defeat Malaga during the group stages, the chances of Milan knocking off Team Messi are very slim, especially when you consider that Lionel Messi by himself has scored more goals in a calendar year, than AC Milan’s entire team. But, anything’s possible I guess/

Malaga vs Porto – Another decent Dark Horse match. The Spanish vs Portuguese. Porto are still unbeaten in the Portuguese League and while they came 2nd to PSG in the group stages of the UCL, they looked damn good doing it. And the surprise package Malaga, did well to conquer their group which included AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht, and are even catching up to Real Madrid in La Liga. With both teams flying high both in Europe and their respective leagues, this one should be a cracker to watch. 🙂

And finally…

MANCHESTER UNTIED vs REAL MADRID – HOLY S**T! Two iconic teams battling it out in the 1st Knockout Round Of The Champions League. And apparently, this is the first time Cristiano Ronaldo will face his old team since joining Real Madrid. A great added sub-plot. Honestly, finding out I will be watching Man Utd vs Real Madrid at least twice in 2013 is a great early Christmas present. Like them or hate them, these two will put on a jillyjacker of a show, and Real Madrid can forget about domestic issues in Spain, and in order to bring some light to their season, they have a chance to conquer a fellow powerhouse in Europe, in the form of Manchester United. I honestly don’t care who wins, because this match-up is sensational, and what a 1st Knockout Round we’ve got in store for us in 2013. 🙂

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Thoughts On The 17/12/12 Monday Night RAW – The Aftermath Of TLC

What is up guys? Tom Robinson here with my thoughts on Monday’s night edition of RAW.

Just a couple things to say first:

The Star Of The Show, AJ Lee

AJ getting in a very nice position in my opinion.

AJ getting in a very nice position in my opinion.

Most of the attention of the show was centered around the lovely AJ Lee. AJ turned on John Cena in the ending of TLC, by shoving him off the ladder. On RAW, she first won herself the slammy for “Kiss Of The Year” for he snog with John Cena a couple of weeks ago. Then again, the other nominees for Kiss Of The Year included CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane who all kissed, yes, AJ Lee. I don’t like how they made AJ out to be such a slu… nah, not gonna say it. Eve Torres and John Cena could be added. Eve Torres and Zack Rydder could be added. I don’t like how bad that made AJ seem. Anyway, she accepted the award, and Vickie Guerrero said that AJ should give an explanation for TLC, and AJ says she doesn’t care what people think of her and she doesn’t have to give an explaination for anything. Vickie and AJ bicker, until Dolph Ziggler came out and tried to seperate them, this led to AJ leaping on Ziggler and giving him a big old kiss, with Ziggler starting to enjoy it. That certaintly got Philidelphia cheering.

Ziggler tried later on to cash in Money In The Bank after Sheamus attacked Big Show with a chair, but John Cena stopped it. Then Ziggler complained to Vickie, and the two argued back and forth, which ended with Ziggler dumping Vickie… FINALLY!

A mixed tag was made for later on that night, with the team of John Cena and Vickie Guerrero facing the team of Dolph and AJ. Alright tag match, which saw AJ skip off to the back after getting into a scrap with Vickie. She reappeared along with Big E. Langston (sorry, but I had no idea who this guy was until I looked it up. It seems I need to watch NXT more often), who attacked Cena causing a DQ. Langston then stood over him, while AJ skipped around.

A rather interesting development in the AJ storyline, with AJ getting enforcers to help out. Why does this storyline to me draw parralells to Posion Ivy from the Batman comics (yes, massive comic book fan here!)? I mean, Posion Ivy basically has the abillity to turn everyone she kisses into her slaves. AJ getting stocky guys to fall in love with her and do whatever she says may be a very interesting. First Langston, and maybe a couple of other guys from NXT and an army of AJ-followers to make AJ more relevant than ever. Holy S**t.

Also on the show…

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The Nature Boy! The Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun!

WOOOOOOOO! What an amazing moment right there to see Ric Flair return to RAW. WOOOOOOOO! And I gotta tell y’all, with a tear in my eye, this was the greatest moment of the night. Good to see the WWE/TNA issue solved, and Ric Flair presenting the slammy for Superstar Of The Year was very fitting. John Cena won that award (calling bullshit on that one like) and gave it to Ric Flair. Of course, cue CM Punk, stylin’ and profilin’ in crutches with Paul Heyman alongside. CM Punk said he should have won and that the entire slammy was a joke (which was spot on). Flair and Punk got into a schuffle which saw Flair put the Figure-Four-Lock on Paul Heyman. Then Shield came out to attack Ric Flair, who got back up with Team Hell-No and them 6 scrapped. Flair was about to be put through the announce table, when Ryback came out for the save.

Also…

Tommy Dreamer Returned To WWE, teaming with The Miz and the new face in town Alberto Del Rio, to defeat the 3MB. It was actually a pretty good 6 Man Tag Match. Dreamer then got attacked by The Shield backstage. Also, the two teams of Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes, and Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara traded 1 on 1 victories, with Mysterio beating Sandow, and Rhodes beating Sin Cara. Good to see that “injury” I thought Sin Cara had wasn’t as bad as feared and that he actually competed. Triple H teased a return from the Undertaker. Tensai jobbed to Kofi Kingston (do you remember when this guy beat John Cena in the main event of RAW in April? Ah, how far he’s come). Funny comedy moment with the New Age Outlaws presenting a slammy, and the Boogeyman appearing was a genuine shocker for me. Ryback squashed Cesaro. Kaitlyn beat Eve in a non-title match. I don’t think I missed anything out… oh wait…

 

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Overall a good show in my book to follow TLC. That’s 2 great nights of WWE programming. Let’s hope the Live SmackDown! keeps up the momentum.

WWE TLC 2012 Review – PPV Of The Year… At The End Of The Year

Note: Written before I watched Monday Night RAW

Well, well, well. TLC 2012. To be honest, Pay-Per-Views are slowly becoming a lot less anticipated nowadays. The promotion of these events have been WELL below par. The match quality with the majority of the matches just aren’t good enough. And seeing John Cena in nearly every main event of 2012 is becoming plain sad. However, and I say this having taken a long hard thought, TLC was the best pay-per-view of the year.

Wasn’t exactly promoted that well, largely due to CM Punk’s injury, but still the matches on show were still enough to get a thumbs up from me. The tag team tables match with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio facing Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes was a treat. These four seem to work really well in the ring together, and the rise in the quality of tag team matches are continuing. And regarding Sin Cara. He landed really hard when he crashed through the table at the end of the match (meaning Sandow and Rhodes wins of course). I hope this injury isn’t as bad as feared. Sin Cara and Mysterio are having a really good spell at the moment, and if Cara’s momentum is cut short aagain, he might not ever get it back.

The US Title match was pretty much a repeat from their match at Survivor Series – a short victory for Antonio Cesaro over R-Truth. Wow. You know, I’m all for Antonio Cesaro being the US Champion, but PLEASE give him some legit competition please? The Miz. He’d do just fine.

The Barrett Barrage suffered a massive blow to the push I want him to have. Losing cleanly to Kofi Kingston in an IC Championship match will hurt Wade Barrett’s attempts to be this bad-ass bare-knuckle boxer from Preston, England. Alright match, but Barrett deserved better.

The personal favorite for me at TLC was the 6 man tag team TLC match with Ryback and Team Hell-No taking on the Shield. A good old fashioned-fight. I love them sorts of matches. There were a lot of great spots in that match. The spear through the barricade by Roman Reigns. Rollins landed hard off the top of the really big ladder through the table courtsey of Ryback. It really did have a bit of everything. Throughly enjoyed that match, and The Shield winning was absolutely THE right way to end the match. Yes, that’s Ryback third PPV defeat in a row, but a Royal Rumble victory in January will make up for all the defeats, and The Shield don’t lose momentum either. Superb match.

Eve Torres retained the Divas Title against Naomi… NEXT!

Big Show defeated Sheamus in a chairs match for the World Title. Hopefully this solidifies the end of their feud. To be honest, the World Title hasn’t really been done justice this year in WWE, and I hope they improve the quality of World Title feuds.

Here’s one of the real shockers of the night (and amazingly not the biggest shocker). Alberto Del Rio… TURNING FACE? The guy who is called the Mexican Aristocrat, drives around in fancy cars all the time, has a personal ring announcer turning face? Apparently, they were rumors that he was going to turn face, and those rumors seem to be true. Last night, he came to the aid of The Miz and the Spanish Announcers when the 3MB were the guests of MizTV. I guess it’s good to see Del Rio face. Del Rio is a breath of fresh air, and more heels can be pushed like Wade Barrett (yes, Barrett is the future, and I demand he gets pushed! lol). Del Rio’s character is getting a little flat, and seeing him face might spice it up a bit. Del Rio and Miz teamed up with the Brooklyn Brawler to defeat the 3MB in a 6 Man Tag later on in the show. A good crowd pleasing moment and a decent pop for the brawler.

FINALLY, the main event. Yes, John Cena in the main event, AGAIN! Really? However, this also gave Dolph Ziggler his first real main event on a WWE Pay-Per-View. His time to get the glory if he won the ladder match, which he did. It was a really good ladder match, a lot better than I was expecting (fitting considering this PPV was a lot better than I was expecting), There were some cool moments, like John Cena lifting Ziggler and the ladder over his head. Cena and Ziggler crashing through the table. It was really good, and the ending was even better. Ziggler got AA’d out of the ring. Then Vickie Guerrero (the impartial as ever Managing Supervisor or whatever her job title is) comes out and is about to hit Cena with a chair. And he comes AJ Lee, who turns on Super Cena, with the two of the worst shoulder blocks I’ve ever seen in my entire life, a back-suplex and the five knuckle shuffle. I will forgive that, for what happens next. John Cena climbs up the ladder, AJ skips around the ring… then pushes Cena off the ladder! HOLY SHIT! The Brooklyn crowd went absolutely bananas for that. What a moment, I will not soon forget. Ziggler obviously got the briefcase. But OH MY GOD, AJ turning heel was one of the least likely things to happen this year. If it weren’t for CM Punk’s epic moment in RAW 1000, AJ would have won the award for heel turn of the year in my book. What happens now, I am so amped up for!

AWESOME PAY-PER-VIEW. No doubt, the pay-per-view of the year, superb 6 man TLC tag match, decent titles matches, great tables match, and an amazing end to the pay-per-view. Man, I’d seriously recommend getting the DVD (or Blu-Ray if you are into that sort of thing) when it comes. Blown away. Hopefully RAW doesn’t disappoint when I watch eventually. Sorry about this review not being uploaded sooner. Uni work strikes again to prevent me from finishing this. I will watch and review RAW and SmackDown! in the next couple of days. Again, really sorry for the delay. But seriously, what a pay-per-view.

 

Is AJ Styles Turning Heel? My Thoughts on Impact Wrestling 13/12/12

Hey guys, it’s Tom Robinson, here to discuss last night’s Impact Wrestling, NOT in a full review like I normally do, but just one area of interest. I actually think  last night’s show was pretty good. RVD vs Kenny King fairly decent. I thought the storyline with Austin Aries paying off Aces And Eights was really well done. The heated exchange between Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray was superb. It really gripped me when I was watching it. Good Knockouts action with Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne. Bully Ray vs Jesse was OK. Got to say, the Joseph Park Wrestling School segment wasn’t that great in my opinion. Also, Aces And Eights losing to Jeff Hardy and James Storm was a bummer. That means that Aces And Eights got beat AGAIN! But their is one thing I want to focus on… AJ Styles.

You see, on last night’s show, AJ cut a promo in the ring, after losing to Christopher Daniels at Final Resolution. A really good one in my opinion. AJ was talking about being sick of being a “corporate janitor” cleaning everyone else’s problem, and that he had forgotten about what was most important to him… AJ Styles. And this is the quote of the night. AJ Styles saying “I’m tired of always doing the right thing. So from now on, I’m going to be doing my own thing”. Wow.

OK, FIRST OF ALL, Don’t count your chickens before they hatch guys. This promo doesn’t necessarily mean AJ Styles is turning heel or has turned heel. This might be just like John Cena’s “Embrace The Hate” storyline at the start of 2012. AJ becomes a bit more aggressive, starts acting like a dick, but in the end, remains a face. However, all appearances DO seem to suggest that the Phenomenal One is turning into the next big heel in TNA. Reasons?

One: AJ saying “I’m tired of always doing the right thing. So from now on, I’m going to be doing my own thing”, may be the most convincing line of all, purely because of how self-centered it makes AJ sound. Also, the whole “tired of always doing the right thing” line suggests that AJ is not gonna be playing a fair game in TNA anymore.

Two: The way his tone of voice changed half-way through the promo. It sounded deeper, a little less happy-sounding, and it’s basically how all heels (with some exceptions of course) seem to sound these days.

Three: The way the commentators played off the promo and Tazz saying stuff like “this is a new side to AJ I haven’t seen before”. A good way to create a character shift for AJ.

Four: Not shown in the video, Dixie Carter confronted AJ after the promo backstage, with AJ saying nothing in reply and throwing the TNA t-shirt at Dixie. A sign of total disrespect for TNA and good friend Dixie Carter.

Now I for one would love to see AJ heel. TNA is lacking heels nowadays. I mean the notable heels in TNA right now are Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and Aces And Eights. AJ needs to join the Dark Side of the force and change up his character. There are a few directions that the heel AJ Styles could go now.

Joining Aces And Eights

AJ Styles joining the Aces And Eights would be a huge plus for the faction, who are slowly losing relevancy in TNA. AJ coming in, and becoming an integral part of the group could make for good television, and AJ locking horns with TNA management like Hulk Hogan may be interesting to watch.

A feud with Kurt Angle

This will most likely happen, and to be honest, while we’ve watched Kurt Angle and AJ Styles face each other 1000 times, I wouldn’t mind watching them go at it again in a 30 minute classic.

X-Division Champion And Destination X

AJ returning to the X Division would be amazing in my opinion. This brings relevancy to the division, if guys like AJ are competing in it. And of course, the X Division Champion gets a World Title shot at Destination X. While his loss at Turning Point was supposed to ban him from the World Title scene for a year, AJ could use the Destination X stipulation as a loophole, and could get him the title shot, and win him the TNA World Title.

Fortune Reunion

WOAH! Probably the most unlikely option, AJ, Kazarian, Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode, could sort of reunite the Fortune faction which was formed in 2010, and didn’t last very long. This time for, things are different. Bobby Roode is probably the joint-top heel in TNA at the moment, and Daniels and Kazarian are both excellent heels in their own right. These 4 are better equipped as heels, and these 4 could do a lot better job as a faction, than in 2010.

Feud with James Storm

Again, another very likely outcome of the heel turn, AJ and James Storm both have unfinished business from Turning Point, where Storm pinned AJ to ban him from the TNA World Title picture for a year. And for a couple of weeks, hostility has been shown between the pair, and a heel AJ gives them a great excuse to feud.

There are a millions thing TNA could do with a heel AJ Styles and hopefully they don’t mess things up. As far as heels are concerned, TNA have done very the last few years with great Heels like Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Daniels and Kazarian coming through and making a name for themselves. In times where another main-event/upper-mid-card heel is needed, AJ could make a blinding impact in the year 2013.

Anyway, good to be back, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter where I am very active @TomRobinson5199, and I hope to write again very soon. But until then…

07/12/12 TNA Impact Wrestling Preview – The Last Stop On The Road To Final Resolution

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What is up guys. Tom Robinson here. Just a quick blog about tonight’s TNA Impact Wrestling Episode, and of course this is the last stop on the road to the Final Resolution PPV this sunday. And we’ve got a pretty decent TNA lined up. FIRSTLY…

Hulk/Brooke/Bully Ray/Aries Storyline

Like it or not, expect this storyline to continue. I am expecting some kind of match to be announced here between Bully Ray and Austin Aries for Final Resolution. I’d be pretty annoyed if they weren’t on that card, considering how over both guys are at the moment. Bully Ray is the new face on the block and is asserting himself possibly as THE TOP FACE in TNA when Jeff Hardy’s contract expires in February. Bully’s been on a roll and so has Austin Aries. Returning to his heel persona, Aries has been phenomenal on the mic, and as we know, he’s a great technical wrestler. He has been the superstar of the year in my book. Putting these two in a storyline together can be big for both of them, even if it is a soap-opera storyline. Also, lets take this scenario – Hulk Hogan as Special Referee. Hogan is caught in the middle of this whole situation. There’s Bully Ray, a guy he can’t stand who’s apparently dating Brooke, and Austin Aries, who he’s being a total dick. It adds enigma to the storyline and that is what makes a product good. Unpredictability. We could have all sorts of endings to a Bully Ray vs Austin Aries match with Hogan as special referee. Hogan could intentionally screw Bully or Aries. Brooke could turn on Hulk and Bully and get with Aries (Yeah, taking a page out of WWE’s book with the McMahon-Helmsley storyline, but then again – there’s been a lot of storyline-stealing going around hasn’t there?) Bully could attack Hulk in frustration. There is all sorts of ways TNA can go with this.

ALSO tonight….

DOC of Aces And Eights will take on Kurt Angle in a match I thought would be saved for Final Resolution. But maybe they’ve got something else planned for Final Resolution. Bottom line is DOC needs to win this. I mean lets whip out the super-duper Aces And Eights’ Match Record Since Gaining full access at Bound For Glory…

Aces And Eights Record Ever Since Gaining Full Access To TNA

Won: 1 (DOC’s win over Joseph Park at Turning Point)

Lost: 4 (Devon’s DQ loss to Sting the night after Bound For Glory, Devon and DOC’s DQ loss to Sting and Angle last week on Impact, Devon’s loss to Angle at Turning Point, and Devon and Prospect’s loss to Angle and Garrett Bischoff here)

No Contest: 1 (Devon and Bully Ray’s “Match” 2 weeks ago)

I doubt Devon is going to win his match tonight (I’ll talk about that later on), so DOC NEEDS TO WIN to bring back some attention to Aces And Eights. A win over Kurt Angle would be HUGE for DOC, and I think if Aces And Eights are in a match at Final Resolution, I think they’ll be put in a 6 man tag team match. DOC and two other members of Aces And Eights takes on Kurt Angle, Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco (who won a TNA Contract last week) at Final Resolution. Maybe we’ll see Wes Brisco turn on Angle and reveal his alignment with Aces And Eights. That’d make sense if they did that then, and it would make Brisco look good. I’m expecting a good match between Angle and DOC tonight by the way. I say DOC wins.

ALSO TONIGHT…

Devon takes on Samoa Joe for the TNA TV Championship. The reason I said earlier that I didn’t think Devon would win this match is because of how rare a title change just before a PPV occurs. Devon and Joe might go to a no contest, and they’ll reschedule the match for a bigger occasion like Final Resolution. I can see Devon winning the title back, just not now. What I think will happen tonight is that either Devon gets DQ’d due to Aces And Eights interference, or Samoa Joe gets DQ’d somehow. Either way, I don’t think anyone will win clean tonight.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST…

EPIC 6 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH! Bobby Roode teams with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian to take on the team of Jeff Hardy, James Storm and AJ Styles. This is gonna be a good one. 6 guys who have such a great chemistry in the ring together. Seriously, I am looking forward to this main event. a great way to end the show. I wonder if James Storm is gonna get put in a match at Final Resolution. Maybe, he’ll get a match with Kazarian, considering he hasn’t got any plans for the PPV. James definitely needs a match at the show.

They were all from the official TNA preview, and they’ll be a lot more tonight, and this looks like it’s gonna be a good way to send us to Final Resolution, so I’m looking FORWARD to tonight’s Impact. However, due to a heavy schedule these next couple of weeks, I may not have time to watch it. So, if a Impact Wrestling review is late or not posted by me I apologize. I couldn’t post last week’s TNA review because I was really ill. But I’m feeling a lot better now. After this week is over, expect a lot more blogging from me. Before I leave, I want to comment on a TNA Lockdown Poster I saw today…

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Yeah, this has popped up online today and as you can see the on-his-way-out Jeff Hardy is advertised on the poster alongside Austin Aries and Hulk Hogan. Now let me say this right now, I think this poster is… FAKE. Come on, that could be easily done on Photoshop. I could do that on Photoshop. That just doesn’t look real at all. Also, where’s the TNA logo? Surely if it were real the TNA logo would be shown in all it’s glory. FAKE. FAKE. FAKE. FAKE. FAKE.

But, let’s say it’s real… why is Jeff Hardy on the poster? Is TNA considering resigning him? Or is it just an mistake? I’ll let you ponder on that…

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