02/06/14 RAW Reaction – Seth Rollins Turns On The Shield

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Ah… Triple H always wins in the end.

Evolution may have lost the battles against The Shield at Extreme Rules and Payback, but he seems to have won the war with the Hounds Of Justice with perhaps the steal of the century. While Evolution’s Plan A of merely kicking their asses failed, as Triple H said…

“There’s always a Plan B….”

Plan B was the destruction of The Shield, by turning one of the hounds on their own…

Seth Rollins was the cause of the implosion of The Shield by whacking Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose with the chairs he introduced to the ring. I can’t say I’m surprised that Seth was the one that turned and joined Evolution. Reigns is too over as a face to be turning any time soon and Dean Ambrose is too  crazy to fit in Evolution! I am surprised about the timing. I think it caught us all off guard. I was actually going to write up a blog post asking the question of “How Long The Shield Would Last?” And as it turns out.. not that long!

If anyone needs a spell with Evolution, it’s definitely Seth Rollins. Triple H is a DAMN good mouthpiece for Seth. And that’s not me shitting on Seth Rollins’ mic skills. He’s an alright talker… but not as good as Triple H. He’s the kind of guy that could take shit and be able to put it over. I mean guys like Randy Orton and Batista that aren’t too powerful on the mic had a real good asset in Triple H as a mouthpiece. Seth’s gonna benefit just like them… only he’s got the in-ring ability as well. So with Triple H’s dare I say God-Like mic skills and his incredible in-ring work, Seth’s already got a tremendous future ahead of him. Now another two things to take into account… his former partners.

Roman Reigns, I believe, is going to be the next big thing in WWE. WWE already know that, that’s why they’re pushing him so hard now. He was seen as the top dog in the Shield and, in my opinion, is headed to do battle with The Game Triple H! It’s Deano I’m worried about.

Dean is a very talented wrestler in the ring and even better on the mic. The lunatic fringe is in a good state right now… but what’s his plan? I mean that long and, to be quite honest, dire US Title reign of Dean’s never helped him. What’s his next step gonna be once Roman goes out alone?

I hope it’s for the best because with Reigns and Rollins seemingly headed for glory, it’s hard to believe that Ambrose is gonna be the worst hit by the dissolution of The Shield. However, one man that’s not gonna get hit by this is the newest member of Evolution… Seth Rollins!

Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler Highlights – Bragging Rights 2010 #ChampionVsChampion

Small video for you today. Kinda had little time to do any RAW reviews or any other blog pieces today so here’s a pretty nice highlight video from RTom1994 from the Bragging Rights match between Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler! Enjoy!

WWE Payback 2014 Review – The Shield Adapt As Evolution Perish

Payback Review Time! Let’s get right into this!

 

Sheamus (c) vs Cesaro for the United States Championship

Sheamus Stands Tall Over A Stunned Cesaro And Heyman

Sheamus Stands Tall Over A Stunned Cesaro And Heyman

A solid match for the mid-card title. Two wrestlers with very similar styles that provided Chicago with a hell of a show. This was definitely better than the matches they’ve had the last couple of weeks. There were a lot of cool spots and lots of great feats of strength by Cesaro as you’d expect. It was a good match to build up the prestige of the title. I’m glad that Cesaro didn’t lose flat-out clean. It means that Cesaro isn’t hit too badly by the loss to Sheamus when he was simply rolled up for the victory.  A good start to the show.

“Rybaxel” Ryback and Curtis Axel vs “The Brotherhood” Cody Rhodes and Goldust

THE BIG GUY!

THE BIG GUY!

I’m really glad this match was added to the show. This was a really good tag match. Goldust was really on form tonight. He really never missed a step tonight. They tried a lot of cool spots during the match. However, I don’t think a couple of their key spots went exactly to plan. For example, when Cody Rhodes tried to do a moonsault to both members of Rybaxel he never landed probably. It’s kind of like he tried to twist himself in mid-air and that resulted in him butting heads with Ryback I think. Regardless, this was still a really good match. I loved the ending where Ryback caught Cody from the springboard and turned it into a shell-shock for the win. It was hard for Ryback to grab him in mid-air but he was just able to do it. Post-match, Cody told Goldust “You need a better partner” and left. I think this was a much better thing to do than turning Cody heel like it has been teased for a couple of months. I think this will help Cody get more over. Think about how Daniel Bryan did the storyline of himself being the weak-link last year and where that’s led him. I think Cody will benefit a lot from this.

 

Rusev vs Big E

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The Bulgarian Stands Tall… With A Russian Flag

This was a short but SOLID match between Rusev and Big E. This was nice and physical match between the two. I loved Big E’s spear to Rusev through the ropes. We’ve seen him do it before but it always looks awesome when he does especially to a big guy like Rusev. It annoys me that Big E lost to Rusev in such a short match though. However, he did look really strong against him with that spear. I have to tell you.

 

Bad News Barrett (c) vs Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship

Bad News Barrett Gets Ready To Deliver Some Bad News!

Bad News Barrett Gets Ready To Deliver Some Bad News!

This was a good match which I’m glad that Barrett won clean. No shenanigans. No cheap finishes. Barrett flat-out beat RVD with a bullhammer to retain the championship. I don’t think it was as good as the other mid-card match on the show but it was still decent.

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing Match

Wyatt And Cena Do Battle

Wyatt And Cena Do Battle

Regardless of how it ended, this Last Man Standing match was exceptional. There were a lot of cool spots during the match. Bray Wyatt putting Cena through the barricade was a really cool moment. I love how the Usos and the rest of the Wyatts got involved. Luke Harper did the suplex on an Uso to the outside of ring through TWO TABLES! I loved that! It’s the OMG moment that you can do in the WWE games actually showcased in real-life WWE. I thought it looked awesome and it had me off my seat! I’ll tell you one thing. It was a cool Last Man Standing match and that’s what I’ve come to expect from John Cena. He’s had some AMAZING Last Man Standing matches over the years. Umaga, Edge, Ryback. He’s always had really good matches. However, I really had a problem with the finish… Now I’m not normally one to bitch and complain about Cena winning all the time like the majority of you. However, I cannot see how this could do someone like Wyatt any favours. John Cena won the feud? OK, who needed to win this feud more? The 10 time WWE Champion that has beaten everyone there is to beat or the up-and-comer Bray Wyatt that needs that added umph to get to the big time? Cena basically said in a promo recently that any up-and-comer wanting to prove themselves had to go through him. But it seems that any up-and-comer that does try to go through him will most likely hit a roadblock. Umaga and Ryback lost big Last Man Standing matches with Cena and none of them had gotten anywhere near to that level of overness since. It just seems illogical. Regardless this was still an epic match. Shame about the result. I fear for the future of Bray Wyatt… 😦

Paige (c) vs Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship

Paige Holding On To The Gold... yey!

Paige Holding On To The Gold… yeah!

A better than average divas match, I’ll give it that. However, I think Jericho222 from NewLegacyInc summed this match up perfectly in this tweet….

It does not sit with me well that Paige has to get her ass-kicked throughout the match only for her to put together a few moves at the end for a win. And Alicia’s gimmick does not sit well with me either.  Only two women in the wrestling world is able to pull off the crazy diva gimmick to a tee – Mickie James and AJ Lee. And Alicia is far from either of those women…

 

Evolution vs The Shield in an Elimination No Holds Barred Match

Sucker Punch Bitch!

Sucker Punch Bitch!

This was an interesting one. I think this match took a lot of people off guard and that’s a good thing. Firstly, because of how it started. All six men in the ring and were beating each other up around the arena. So we all thought it’d be a tornado elimination match since it’s No Holds Barred. Then they all came back to the ring… and then two members from each team went into their corners as if it was a standard tag. How come it didn’t just start off like that from the beginning? WWE logic nowadays. The match was good and then the match got REALLY interesting. Evolution took control of the match and put Roman Reigns through the announce table. Then Evolution took out Ambrose and Reigns on the entrance way. Evolution had asserted their dominance in the match and basically wanted to show that through repeatedly whacking Roman Reigns with kendo sticks over and over again. This was hard to watch and it was a damn brutal attack. And they took his jacket off and everything so DAMN it hurt. Ir seemed that Evolution would win… But NOOOOOOO! Seth Rollins came flying off the top of the titantron onto Evolution and turned the tied for the hounds of justice. Rollins eliminated Batista (sporting the most ridiculous attire he’s ever worn)…

WOAH. Somebody had better call the fashion police on Dave Batista!

WOAH! Somebody had better call the fashion police on Dave Batista!

Ambrose took out Randy Orton with a sick finisher on the chair (sorry I forgot what it was called. It’s like some inverted DDT or something) which left Triple H all alone. Triple H tried but was not able to overcome The Shield. Surprisingly, The Shield had beat Evolution in a clean sweep! You know what was good about this victory for the Shield… all the members of the team got an elimination. That is so awesome for all of them and it wasn’t like Reigns was the main man in the Shield any more (other than him being the one that got canned). Awesome way to end the show.

WWE Payback 2014 Predictions

 

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Pre-Show: Hornswoggle vs El Torito – Hair vs Mask match

Background: This legendary rivalry between Hornswoggle and El Torito has been brewing for months. Just as we thought we saw the last encounter in this epic feud, it was announced that on the Payback Pre-Show that these two wrestling icons would battle once more. This time, it isn’t just for the bragging rights. If Hornswoggle loses, he gets his head shaved bald. If El Torito loses, he gets unmasked. Máscara contra cabellera! Mask vs Hair! This is for all of the marbles!

Who Should Win?: El Torito, because I’m a major El Torito mark! 😀

Who Will Win?: Obviously, El Torito’s mask is a lot more of a marketable product than Hornswoggle’s hair so it’s not exactly hard to figure out who’s gonna win…

 

Big E vs Rusev

Background: The Bulgarian Brute Rusev (who is now apparently a Russian monster… like we haven’t seen that before) has been making his way through a majority of wrestlers since he debuted the night after Wrestlemania. However, at Payback he encounters his biggest test yet. Big E hopes to bounce of his Intercontinental Title loss to Bad News Barrett by knocking off Rusev and end his undefeated streak.

Who Should Win?: Big E, because I honestly don’t want to see Big E job out to Rusev right after losing the IC Title. That would be a step in the wrong direction for his career.

Who Will Win? Rusev. Come on, WWE aren’t going to have him get beat THIS early into his main roster tenure.

 

Paige (c) vs Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship

Background: After losing to the reigning Divas Champion on RAW (3 weeks ago I think) Alicia pretty much flipped her lid as she tore up equipment at ringside and attacking staff members. Somehow in this spell of craziness, she picked up a victory over Paige on RAW which earned her a championship match against Paige at Payback… somehow.

Who Should Win?: Paige. This new character/storyline for Alicia Fox is LAME. Alicia CANNOT act for shit, let alone play crazy. Paige needs to beat this girl and retain her championship.

Who Will Win?: Paige. I don’t see WWE having Paige drop the title THIS early.

 

Sheamus (c) vs Cesaro for the United States Championship

Background: The night after Extreme Rules, Sheamus captured the US Championship in a 20 Man Battle Royal put together by the Authority. Sheamus would then compete in a number of matches with Paul Heyman’s new client Cesaro. After fighting to a draw at Main Event, Cesaro picked up a non-title victory over the Irishman with the help of Heyman. This has led to Cesaro receiving a title shot at Payback and if he wins, he will give his manager Heyman even more reason to boast. By the way, did you know his client Brock Lesnar broke the Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak at Wrestlemania?

Who Should Win? Sheamus, because I don’t want Cesaro to win the US Title for two reasons….

  1. The last time a “Paul Heyman guy” won a mid-card championship, he never exactly went anywhere with it but down…
  2. Cesaro doesn’t need a US title run… but Sheamus does.

However, I hope that this doesn’t have a clean finish. Cesaro deserves better than that.

Who Will Win? Sheamus.

 

Bad News Barrett (c) vs Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship

Background: Rob Van Dam won a Beat The Clock challenge on RAW in London which earned him a Intercontinental Championship match at Payback. However right after winning the challenger… HE RECEIVED SOME BAD NEWS! A Bullhammer to the back of the head as Barrett stood tall.

Who Should Win?: Bad News Barrett

Who Will Win?: If you think Rob Van Dam is going to win… I’M AFRAID I’VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS!

 

Bray Wyatt vs John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match

Background: The score is currently 1-1 in this series between John Cena and Bray Wyatt. Cena thought he had saved his legacy when he beat Wyatt at Wrestlemania, but at Extreme Rules Wyatt levelled the score with a huge cage match victory. As Wyatt hopes to crush the Cenation leader for good, Cena vowed last week on RAW to show Wyatt’s true colours at Payback.

Who Should Win?: If there’s a god… Bray Wyatt.

Who Will Win?: John Cena. I just have a really bad feeling that Cena is not gonna want to lose this feud with Wyatt, which is unfortunate for Bray. I’d like to think that WWE would give Wyatt the victory he desperately needs. Otherwise, the whole world is going to slip from his hands…

 

Evolution vs The Shield II – No Holds Barred Elimination Match

Background: The Shield gained a huge victory in their fight against the Authority’s injustice at Extreme Rules when they knocked off Evolution. However, Triple H was having none of that. After forcing Dean Ambrose to defend his US Championship in a 20 man battle royal (which he lost), Evolution laid a huge beat down on the Shield. The Shield wanted Payback… at Payback. And so it was made… these two factions would go at it again. Only this time… No Holds Barred! Elimination Rules! Both sides stated that this would be the end for one of these stables, but the question is… which one?

Who Should Win?: Errr… Evolution because I do feel Evolution need to get a win out of this to look strong. Especially if Batista is taking time off soon to plug his movie (which is being suggested by wrestling reports).

Who Will Win?: I think Evolution will win. I had a small gut feeling that The Shield would win, but it doesn’t make sense for The Shield to win twice. The whole point of this rematch is to even the score for a rubber match.

 

And last but not least. The WWE World Heavyweight…. Oh wait. NO.

Apparently there is not going to be a WWE World Heavyweight Title match because our champion is injured. I think this whole storyline about Daniel Bryan, might or might not be, surrendering the championship is absurd. The championship should be vacated… hands down. The 30 DAY RULE people. In wrestling, there is a rule which WWE ignores so much nowadays which legit pisses me off. A champion is supposed to be able to defend his championship at all times really. If a champion is unable to defend his/her title in 30 days, he should be stripped of the belt… why has this rule not been enforced? Are WWE really that worried about the backlash from a decision like that. If anything that’ll get Bryan even MORE over… if that’s possible. And it’s not like Bryan couldn’t just win it back upon his return.