2014 Armbar Express Awards

It’s time for the Armbar Express….. AWARDS!

Yep. THESE are the big ones. More prestigious than the Slammys. More professional than the Slammys. The glittering Armbar Express awards here… on the internet.

We celebrate everything great and everything not so great in the year of 2014 in the world of wrestling. We’re going to start with….

Turn Of The Year

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This celebrates the greatest face or heel turn in the WWE all year long. The nominations are….

  • Randy Orton’s Face Turn – Randy Orton’s face turn came after defying The Authority to get himself a piece of Seth Rollins. Randy had been having issues with playing “protector” to Seth Rollins, who was picking fights with the likes of John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Tensions began to boil, with Seth Rollins eventually curb-stomping Orton on the RAW before Hell in a Cell. Orton responded by dropping Seth with the RKO in the following week. Triple H decided to settle things with a match on RAW, which Seth won. Randy would not accept defeat and attacked Rollins again. Eventually, Triple H gave the order to put the Viper down for good. This cemented Orton’s turn to the good side, having been kicked out of the heel stable in shades of the end of his run with Evolution… also led by Triple H.
  • Seth Rollins Heel Turn – Just when you think you’ve had all the turns you need, Triple H comes and changes the game. Seth originally had defied Authority along with the rest of the Shield. The group were able to score TWO big wins over Evolution at Extreme Rules and Payback. However, a Plan B was initiated by Triple H that would finally put an end to the Shield for good. That Plan B… was Seth Rollins. Seth laid waste to his Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose to break up The Shield in a dramatic fashion on RAW. Indeed, Triple H always found a way to win.
  • Batista Heel Turn – Batista really should have started out his return to WWE as a heel anyway, but we’re glad that he eventually made the move over to the dark side. Batista’s return as a good guy was met with negative fan reactions, especially when the Animal won the Royal Rumble. After a pretty dismal feud with Alberto Del Rio, Batista eventually lashed out at the WWE Universe on SmackDown! He expressed his disgust at what WWE had become since he’d been gone and vowed to take out each of their heroes. Sadly, he was unable to capture the WWE World title and the rebirth of Evolution was met with consecutive losses with the Shield. However, the turn saw Batista at his finest cutting great heel promo after heel promo.
  • The Shield Face Turn – The Hounds of Justice had been apart of the Authority since it began on August 2013. They helped silence disobedience coming from WWE superstars and had the group had taken out a number of big guns in the world of wrestling. However, Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose would begin to mess with the Director of Operations Kane and Triple H’s friends the New Age Outlaws. This led to a six man tag team match at Wrestlemania and was followed the next night by The Shield eventually turning on the Authority to the delight of many. It breathed new life into the stable just prior to it’s break-up and they were over with the fans big time.

The winner of this award… is Seth Rollins.

The break up of the Shield was always going to be hard to write. I mean you have to handle it well and Seth Rollins’ heel turn was executed tremendously. The long term implications for Seth is that he’s now the top heel in the company with Brock Lesnar’s absence. I suspect things are only going to get better for Mr Money In The Bank.

Newcomer Of The Year

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When we’re talking about newcomer of the year, we’re taking about those that were in NXT and debuted on the main roster THIS YEAR. The nominations are…

  • Paige – Paige debuted on the main roster in emphatic way. On the night after Wrestlemania 30, she ended the record-breaking Divas Championship reign of AJ Lee to a huge reaction. She would continue to defend her title until AJ regained her championship from Paige in June. Paige responded by winning her title at Summerslam. While she lost the title again only a month later, Paige has shot up the Divas division and sparked life into this division that was seemingly dominated by one woman.
  • Rusev – Speaking of domination, Rusev debuted the night after Wrestlemania 30 much like Paige. Rusev has torn through the majority of the roster, having taken down the likes of Big E, Jack Swagger, Big Show and Mark Henry on his path of destruction. His dominance led to some gold too, as he won the WWE United States Championship on the WWE Network. Rusev is still unbeaten (as of December 2014) and surely he’ll only go from strength to strength.
  • Bo Dallas – The former NXT Champion Bo Dallas debuted on the main roster this year, hoping to inspire others to BO-LIEVE. Bo began his own undefeated streak, celebrating every win with a victory lap around the ring. His streak was conquered by R-Truth which was followed by a beat down by the “inspirational” Bo Dallas. While he’s not really been able to recover after his streak was broken, 2015 could provide a great year for Bo Dallas.
  • Emma – Emma debuted on WWE television in January, as a part of the audience beginning the “Emmalution”. Her appearances annoyed Summer Rae, eventually leading to a feud between the pair over who was the best dancer. Emma seemingly won the feud and also began hanging out with Santino Marrella. She’s not really made THAT much of an impact yet, but hopefully she’ll get her opportunity soon.

The winner of this award… is Paige

Rusev probably should have won this award but Paige has made much of an impact on WWE television than Rusev has. All Rusev’s done is just beat people up while Paige has really shaken up the Divas division. She’s had some great matches all year and she can only get better from here.

Rivalry Of The Year

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Many rivalries have come and gone this year, but only a select few have been really good.

  • The Shield vs The Wyatts – The roots of this feud were actually planted back in 2013, when the two groups brawled in London on RAW. The groups eventually crossed paths again in 2014, this time during The Shield’s six man tag team Elimination Chamber qualifying match. The Wyatt Family attacked John Cena, inadvertently costing the Shield the match. The Shield eventually called out the Wyatts to a match at the Chamber which Bray Wyatt accepted. The Wyatts would be victorious and would win a rematch on an episode of RAW in March. The groups battled again two more times. Firstly, The Shield won a match on Main Event but the Wyatts  would win again on RAW thanks to Evolution.
  • The Shield vs Evolution – Speaking of Evolution, their feud with The Shield began the night after Wrestlemania 30. The Shield interrupted the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Triple H to spear the COO of the WWE. This led to Triple H asking Batista and Randy Orton for their help in combating this new threat to the Authority. This led to the re-emergence of the Evolution group which was focused on destroying The Shield. However, The Shield would best Evolution twice at Extreme Rules and Payback with the feud ending the next night when Batista quit WWE and Seth Rollins turned on The Shield
  • Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose – Speaking of Seth Rollins, he turned his back on the Shield the night after Payback and “sold-out” to join the Authority. The next night, Dean Ambrose cut an amazing promo vowing to “beat the hell” out of Seth Rollins. Indeed, Seth and Dean had some amazing scraps over the course of 2014. The two would battle for the Money In The Bank contract and in a crazy Lumberjack match at Summerslam until Seth Rollins took out Dean with a Curb Stomp into cinder blocks on RAW. Dean would return to attack Rollins once again with the feud culminating at Hell in a Cell. However, Dean’s revenge on Seth was ruined by the interference of the “Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt.
  • Daniel Bryan vs The Authority – Most of this feud really developed in 2013, but Daniel Bryan’s popularity restarted his program with the Authority and Triple H. Daniel Bryan was cost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber which led to Bryan “hijacking” RAW to get the Authority to listen to a few demands. He requested a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania, adding that he would get added to the WWE World title match if he won. Bryan beat Triple H in what was a brilliant match and then overcame the odds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestlemania.

The winner of this award… is The Shield’s feud with Evolution.

The Shield’s feud with Evolution made for great television. Seth and Dean’s feud really was good. However, The Shield and Evolution delivered some of the matches of the year and it did wonders for The Shield just before their break-up.

Female Of The Year

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Last year, the divas division was seemingly dominated by one woman… the Divas Champion AJ Lee. However, a few divas have risen up to challenge AJ’s dominance. AJ was also my winner of last year’s Female of the Year award which I did to coincide with the NoDQ.com award. So AJ is defending her position on top of the divas division. The nominations are…

  • Paige – As mentioned earlier, Paige has given the division some new life. She’s been able to make her way to the top of the division fairly quickly and she’ll only get better from here.
  • AJ Lee – The defending Female of the Year had another great year in WWE. Despite not being on WWE television as much as she was the year before, AJ’s been a treat to watch. She’s also had a great deal of success in the ring, having held the Divas Championship three times and having a great feud with Paige. It’ll be interesting to see where she goes from here.
  • Nikki Bella – Nikki’s big moment came at Summerslam 2014, where she turned on her sister Brie to help Stephanie McMahon. Nikki’s in-ring skills have certainly improved which will be important in 2015, as he walks into 2015 as Divas Champion.
  • Brie Bella – Brie’s probably been the most pushed diva on the roster this year. Her involvement in her husband Daniel Bryan’s storyline’s led to her “quitting” the WWE at Payback. Brie was later re-instated to wrestle Stephanie McMahon at Summerslam. Of course, as mentioned earlier, Brie lost due to the betrayal of her sister Nikki. Her feud with her sister was hard to bare, but all of that momentum Brie had built was truly squandered with her own heel turn at Survivor Series. However, Brie still continues to be a prominent part of the division.

The winner of this award… is Paige

Paige’s in-ring skills trumps the other candidates, leaving AJ, Nikki and Brie in the dust. Sadly, AJ couldn’t quite keep up the momentum she built in 2013 to win this award. It’s true that Paige’s own momentum was hurt after her feud with AJ ended. But Paige was still there to put on a show and be a prominent diva.

Theme Song Of The Year

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This is an important award, as every great superstar must have a great theme song to come out to. The nominations are…

  • Brock Lesnar’s theme song
  • Sting’s theme song
  • Sami Zayn’s theme song
  • Bray Wyatt’s theme song

The winner of the award… is Bray Wyatt and his theme song “Broken Out Of Love”

Bray Wyatt’s theme suits his character probably more than anyone else on the roster. It’s what makes him unique and stand out as a character. So Bray Wyatt gets this award this year, after failing to win the award last year.

Break-Up Of The Year

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Break Ups are hard to pull off. It’s hard to break up a team and keep both of them strong coming off of it. Most of the time, you’ll have a situation where one becomes the “Shawn Michaels” and the other becomes the “Marty Jarnetty”. We’ve picked these four break ups which didn’t actually do a bad job.

  • The Shield – The Shield crumbling was always going to be hard to pull off. However, all three members are still prominently featured on WWE programming. Nobody is really being left in the dust and I’m confident no one will in 2015 either.
  • The Bella Twins – At least with this break up, the Bella Twins where able to break off on their own. Even though it only lasted three months, at least Brie and Nikki were both able to create identities that separated each other.
  • The Real Americans – Cesaro needed to break off from Jack Swagger at Wrestlemania. However, Jack wasn’t exactly thrown into obscurity either. Jack turned face and feuded with Rusev while Cesaro became a Paul Heyman guy.
  • The Wyatt Family – We still don’t know how long this split will last, but it’s interesting to see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on their own in the WWE wilderness. Do they need Bray to remain relevant?

The winner of this award by a landslide… is The Shield

All good things must come to an end… so even greater things can occur for the Hounds of Justice. Seth Rollins became Mr Money In The Bank, Dean Ambrose headlined two WWE PPVs and Roman Reigns looks prime to take the WWE by force. I think it’s safe to say the break up of The Shield wasn’t a bad idea. It was pulled off brilliantly on RAW too.

Twitter User Of The Year

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  • Ryback (@Ryback22) – Ryback was a Twitter machine that really tore apart the WWE Twiterverse with some incredible tweets this year… which were later deleted.
  • And…

There’s no point. Ryback is the winner! Nobody could touch the Big Guy! Although I will give honorable mentions to Vince Russo, Sid Vicious and Stevie Ray for some great tweets this year too!

Tag Team Of The Year

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  • The Usos – The brothers finally won the WWE Tag Team Championship this year and put on some amazing matches with the likes of the Wyatt Family, showcasing the quality of the tag team division that’s been first-class for the last few years in WWE.
  • Gold and Stardust – The brothers started the year as WWE Tag Team Champions, but lost it at the Royal Rumble to the New Age Outlaws. The two had great chemistry as a tag team and it continued onto their promos when Cody Rhodes became Stardust. They won the tag titles again and have continued the great work they did last year.
  • Erick Rowan and Luke Harper – Rowan and Harper’s most notable moments in 2014 was a great feud with the Usos. Despite not winning the titles, the Wyatts were able to put together some incredible matches both on television and on PPV. Just a shame that this team never won the tag titles.
  • Rybaxel – In my opinion, the most underrated tag team of the year. The Big Guy and the Axe Man were very funny in promos and weren’t actually bad together as a tag team. I kinda wished these two got a tag run too.

The winners of this award… is the Usos.

The Usos chemistry trumps the rest and have been putting in quality matches… ALL YEAR. Indeed, the Usos are great representatives of the tag team division.

Promo Of The Year

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I love a good promo, and these four promos really stood out from the rest. The nominations are…

  • Paul Heyman On The RAW After Wrestlemania (April 7th, 2014) – Despite the greatest streak of in wrestling ending at the hands of his client Brock Lesnar, Heyman was able to work the crowd incredibly well with this promo. I think this was the promo that made you realize Brock’s mystique and importance in the company. Heyman even got cheers throughout his promo, even after his client Brock had upset so many wrestling fans the night before.
  • Paul Heyman In Chicago (March 3rd, 2014) – Paul Heyman’s cut great promos all year, but this one as well was incredible. WWE decided to handle CM Punk’s depature from WWE head on, with Paul Heyman addressing Punk’s home town crowd of Chicago. After coming out to Punk’s theme song, Heyman did tremendous work on the mic. He touched on a “shoot” incident while in kayfabe mode which was pretty incredible.
  • Dean Ambrose On Seth Rollins (June 9th, 2014) – Dean Ambrose showed off his magic as a promo cutter shortly after Seth Rollins betrayed The Shield. You could feel the intensity in his promo and it will probably be the best promo Dean Ambrose will ever cut.
  • Bray Wyatt On The Shield (January 31st, 2014) – Bray cut a lot of great promos on The Shield, but this one on SmackDown! really did stand out. He talked about his love of war and brought the intensity that made this feud between The Shield and the Wyatt Family so great.

The winner of this award… is Paul Heyman and his promo about Brock Lesnar breaking the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.

Paul’s at his best when he’s bragging. But here, he’s bragging about probably the greatest win his client will ever had. With all due respect to the other promos, this one made Brock Lesnar seem like a god and the fans were really into it.

PPV Of The Year

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  • Wrestlemania XXX – Probably one of the most memorable PPVs of all time. Daniel Bryan got his big moment, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin opened the show in incredible fashion and we saw the end of the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.
  • Extreme Rules – This PPV was a good PPV, mainly due to the incredible six man tag team match between The Shield and Evolution
  • Payback – We saw the rematch between Evolution and The Shield as well as an incredible Last Man Standing match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena
  • Summerslam – This was a good PPV all around, most notable for Brock Lesnar destroying John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

The winner of this award…. was Wrestlemania XXX

Wrestlemania was just a great PPV from top to bottom, and probably one of the most memorable PPVs in wrestling history.

Shocking Moment Of The Year

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  • The Shield Implodes – It’s been covered a number of times already in these awards, but it was quite the shocker which few saw coming.
  • Brock Lesnar Conquers The Streak – Deep down in our hearts, we all believed that the Undertaker’s streak would never end. However, Wrestlemania XXX proved us wrong.
  • Sting’s Debut – After all these years of refusing to join the WWE, Sting eventually stepped into a WWE ring at Survivor Series. He helped Team Cena slay the Authority in the most shocking of circumstances.
  • Paige Wins The Divas Championship – I was not expecting this NXT Women’s Championship strolling into RAW on the day after Wrestlemania to win the Divas Championship. Definitely, one of the great moments in WWE women’s wrestling.

The winner of this award… Brock Lesnar Conquers The Streak

Let’s face it… nothing was going to even come close. Not that the other candidates weren’t good… nothing was going to top the ending of the streak.

Wrestler Of The Year

This is the big one. There were a lot of candidates to consider but there was only going to be one winner….

Seth Rollins!

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Seth’s had quality matches all year long, with the Shield and without. He’s been transformed into the top heel in the company and has had great rivalries with the likes of Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins is your Wrestler of the Year.

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29/12/2014 RAW Review – John Cena Reinstates The Authority

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What’s up guys. Thomas Robinson here. With what is possibly the last post of the year for me. I was going to do this 2014 awards thing where I give out awards on wrestling. Pretty much, my own personal slammys. I did a NoDQ.com sponsored one last year, but I’ve really not had the time to do any this year because of university. Plus, I don’t write for them anymore, so there’s no real extra motivation to do it. If I am going to be doing one, it’ll be after New Year’s Day or something. Anyway… the last RAW of 2014.

The show was hosted by Edge and Christian which I was OK with. During this period of guest hosts, I like how most of them were wrestlers. Hardly any celebrities. It was just the wrestlers like Bryan, Jericho, Edge etc. booking the show.

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Edge and Christian came out. They were excited to be here and I was excited to see them. You rarely see these two on TV anymore. Edge is out once in a blue moon and Christian is normally out injured. By the way, during the show Jerry Lawler referred to Christian as retired. According to reports, this was in fact true. Due to the dozen or so concussions sustained by Captain Charisma, he’s kinda hung up his boots. It’s a real shame and an extra shame that Christian never really had a big send off from wrestling like Edge. After all the years of commitment to wrestling and all he’s done, he just quitely goes away. They were hyping up a retirement-like angle for Daniel Bryan later on, but Christian surely deserves some kind of thing. Hell, Santino got a send-off at a house show. I’m sure Christian needs one.

Edge and Christian were arguing about hosting their shows. They announced that they would be combining their shows to host the first ever Cutting Edge Peep Show… the C.E.P.S. Show! Seth Rollins would be the guest. They also said that he would be fighting Roman Reigns as well tonight and we could have a Champion vs Champion match. We would have Rusev vs Dolph Ziggler. They were about to do the five second pose when Brock Lesnar came out…

I can’t say that Paul Heyman SAVED the promo, because the promo wasn’t THAT bad to begin with. It was a nice little segment with Edge and Christian, even though it seemed watered down to what they used to do. Heyman and Lesnar added a sense of intensity to this comedy promo from E&C. He was threaten to paralyze the both of them when John Cena came out.

Cena suckered Lesnar in for an AA attempt but Lesnar ran away. Yes. Because when you’re hyping up your WWE World Heavyweight Champion that doesn’t appear every week, the best thing to do is have him RUN AWAY! That’s the thing that always pisses me off with WWE’s booking of Lesnar. WHY WOULD HE BE SCARED TO FIGHT JOHN CENA? He beat the shit outta him at Extreme Rules in 2012 and Summerslam this year. And… he’s the freaking champ! Please don’t book Brock like this!

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Ziggler got a huge pop as he squared off against the undefeated Rusev. I started laughing when after a couple of short elbow drops I thought Rusev was going to try Ziggler’s multiple elbow drop thing! This was a surprisingly good match considering the completely contrasting styles. Although I did find it tedious when Ziggler oversold Rusev stamping on his foot. Rusev stood on his foot… and Ziggler went flying in the air! You know I don’t mind overselling a lot of the time but… why did he need to oversell the foot stomp?

I also didn’t like the finish. Rusev locked in the Accolade on Ziggler on the ropes and wouldn’t break it up leading to a DQ. For a match that was actually good, for it to end in a disqualification was a damn shame. After letting go of the hold, then Ryback came out! Why did Ryback wait until after Rusev let go of the hold to make the “save” on Ziggler? Although Ryback did get a hell of a pop.

Before we go onto Ryback’s promo, I have to comment on Jerry Lawler’s jumper. You know I don’t want to be that guy that talks about how other people’s dress sense but what on earth was he wearing?

Anyway, The Big Guy cut a promo. This promo lasted MORE than five minutes! I think Ryback is genuinely a good-talker but why was five minutes of the show dedicated to him talking about his career? I mean I respect the hell outta Ryback, but there was no need to give him this amount of time for him to get to his point. His point being, I’m going to turn all the nasty things that have happened to me and eat them… just like what I’m going to do to Rusev. I thought this was going to lead to him entering the Royal Rumble because he was talking about Wrestlemania. I thought this promo was way too long. A quick minute interview could have done the same as what Ryback had accomplished here.

I don’t know if it was WWE time-wasting, but couldn’t they had wasted it some other way? Like dedicate it to more match time for a couple of matches. Perhaps have Dean Ambrose cut a promo (Dean never appeared at all on the show). Actually, now I’m onto Dean Ambrose. He did not appear AT ALL. Bray Wyatt appeared for a 2 minute promo in an ambulance (shorter than Ryback’s!). However, the most that appeared from this feud on RAW was a 2-3 minute video package summing up the feud over the last few months (which Cole said had been going on for the last few weeks). It was just the same promo they have been showing for the last few months ever since Hell In A Cell, but just updated a bit at the end. No wonder this feud is nowhere near as good as it should be. They have two top talents who had the potential to do wonders… and they just did not know what to do with them. Seriously, so disappointing.

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Yeah, so WWE have three hours to fill up every Monday. They dedicated FIVE minutes to the Ryback promo which led to nothing but somehow… the Nikki Bella vs Natalya non-title match lasted like a minute! So the top diva angle they had was given a MINUTE of television time! And all it featured was Tyson Kidd catching Nikki, Nikki giving Natalya a forearm and then hitting the Rack Attack. Now the Rack Attack did impress me considering Natalya is one of the bigger divas in the WWE. But these two are good performers… and this seemed to just kill this little feud of before it barely began. Seriously. Thumbs down on this.

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Now THIS was one of the highlights of the show. The Miz and Mizdow defending the tag titles against the Usos. Although I do have to mention this. During commentary, Michael Cole actually claimed that Christian Bale was dead. I’m not making this up. JBL was mentioning a number of actors including Heath Ledger and Christian Bale. Cole said they were all dead. This was the embodiment of how bad the banter of the Monday Night RAW commentary is. In a month where Jeff Jarrett’s promotion announces the commentary dream team of Jim Ross and Matt Striker, Cole claims that the man that portrayed Batman in the last decade or so in movies… has DIED. Thankfully, this match did an awesome job at saving the god-awful commentary.

This was a good match. I think good is fair because it was just a standard tag match which had an incredible ending. There was not a lot going on at the start. Usual stuff with Mizdow. I also liked how Miz looked like, near the start, that he was teasing a tag to Sandow… and the fans did not care. There was not ONE response. They did it again later on and it got a reaction, but I just wanted to point that out.

Another thing I wanted to point out is that when Miz was going to lock in the Figure Four on Jimmy I believe, he worked on one leg and then twisted the other! That just seemed off to me. He worked on one and put the pressure on the less injured leg!

It had a great ending and a lot of cool near-falls. Jimmy went for a superkick on The Miz, but he threw Mizdow in to take the impact. He rolled him up but Jimmy kicked out. I thought this was a good little part that kind of built this tension between Miz and Mizdow and I thought the match was over at this point.

Then I think Jey Uso was tagged in. He tried the top-rope splash but Miz put his knees up. He hit the Skull-Crushing Finale but AGAIN… another kick-out. This was highly-entertaining. Two HUGE near-falls. In the end, The Usos hit the double super kick on Miz, hit the splash for the 1, 2, 3. NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!

That was a good match. I think the tag title loss for Miz and Mizdow indicates to me that they’re setting up a split-up between the two. I think the Damien Mizdow thing has run its course at the moment. But we’ll see because Mizdow has been doing this since September and he’s still one of the most over-people on the show!

The Usos cut a horrible post-match promo when they offered Jerry Lawler a chance to be at a party with the Usos. I don’t know how the Usos like to party, but I’m sure Jerry Lawler would not fit in ANY scenario! They said they had played Miz with the Naomi angles they’ve been doing (Naomi had hugged Miz earlier on). And that ends that feud…

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Next up was Cesaro in the ring. He cut like a shoot-like promo on how the WWE thought he didn’t connect with the fans and that he was being pushed down because of this. Cesaro said that he lets his actions in the ring speak for him and I thought that Cesaro had a cut a very good promo… just a shame it was interrupted by the return of BAD NEWS BARRETT!

I seriously doubt that Bad News Barrett will work well as a face (assuming that the WWE are going down that route) but he was very over. You guys know I’m one of the biggest Barrett fans out there… but why did have to return and beat Cesaro? Cesaro was cutting a really good promo and he’s just squashed by Barrett in a matter of minutes. If Cesaro doesn’t get the push he deserves in 2015, I will be incredibly steemed. But it is good to see Bad News Barrett back in the ring.

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Luke Harper and Jack Swagger had a very long, very dull match which the fans were not into at all. I think they were trying to get into it at the end but then Harper just won the match. Someone else was trying to get a “We The People” chant going but when nobody else was doing it… he just gave up! It’s really hard for two big guys to put on an exciting match but this match was just so slow. And these two aren’t exactly the slowest people on the roster. You would have expected at least something a bit more than what we got here.

I also wanted to point this out… FOUR people on this show hit superkicks. Ziggler onto Rusev, both the Usos onto Miz and Harper onto Swagger… GET YOUR OWN MOVES!

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Next we had Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins. The match started off boring. A lot of headlocks and it did improve over time and it was getting exciting. Then the Big Show attacked Roman Reigns and THREW him into the announcers! You have to give Roman credit for the way he sold that! He then legitimately BURIED Roman under the announce table. I really wasn’t paying attention to a lot of it. I laughed at the Big Show’s laugh when he was doing commentary. Actually, the one thing I didn’t like about this was The Big Show. He pretty much spent most of the match burying the WWE’s “SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR” on commentary and then beat him up afterwards. So this 40+ slow, injury-plauged giant just beat up the young, up-and-comer who is supposed to be the future of the WWE? Just… why?

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Daniel Bryan came out and cut a teary promo and hinted at retiring. However, he instead announced that he was going to be competing at the 2015 Royal Rumble match! Wow! A huge shocker with Bryan declaring himself to be competing at the Royal Rumble! There were rumors that WWE were planning this but I didn’t believe that Daniel would be ready for it. It’s good to see that he’s coming back for my favourtie match of the year! It’ll be interesting to see if he wins it or not because they’ve been preparing Roman Reigns to win it for so long. This might be making the change their minds! It wouldn’t be the first time!

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Edge and Christian had a pretty cool segment with The Miz and Damien Mizdow backstage and then gave them another match… with the Ascension! They got a good response. They got NXT chants… and they went over. Miz tagged Mizdow in right away and then Mizdow got the tar beat out of them. I think it was good they had the Ascension  debut by beating the former tag champions. They started off strong. I think this will lead to them beating the Usos for the tag titles at least before or at Wrestlemania. That’s my big prediction. I can see WWE really giving these guys the ball. But can they run with it and knock it out of the park? Only time will tell.

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Last segment. This was a LONG one believe it or not. This was around 20 minutes long. Seth Rollins was the guest on the Cutting Edge Peep Show. Seth talked about his respect for Edge and Christian, but they were just making fun outta him and didn’t believe him. He called out John Cena saying that Cena had something that belonged to him. He took out Christian and threatened to curb stomp Edge on the Money In The Bank briefcase. Cena came out and Seth ordered Cena to bring back the Authority. Otherwise he was gonna paralyze Edge by driving his head into the briefcase. And Cena… ACTUALLY DID IT!

He brought back the Authority and then tried to saved Edge as Rollins said he was going to “kill him anyway”. However, he was beaten up by Show, Rollins and J&J. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman then came out and shook hands with Rollins and this led to Triple H and Stephanie coming out celebrating with champagne.

I thought the segment was good, but the timing of this whole thing was just OFF by a landslide. They built up the Team Cena vs Authority match at Survivor Series like it was the biggest match in years. They had all these stipulations and the epic finish with Sting and Dolph Ziggler. The Authority was out of power…. and just a MONTH later, they are brought back? Look, I would much rather have the Authority in power than all these guest stars. Don’t get me wrong. But what was the point of the whole match if Cena was just going to bring them back a MONTH later. I mean they could have built up this “Rollins trying to make Cena bring them back” angle a little better. They could have done it where the stipulation of the tables match was, if Cena loses he must bring back the authority or something like that. But all it took was ONE threat to Edge and Cena caved in. Mr Never Give Up John Cena caved in after A MONTH!

 

I do think this was one of the best RAWs in the last couple of months. I know I sounded a bit salty throughout this article, but I honestly did like it! Loved the tag title match, a lot of great segments. And an important one… the Authority are back in power. Brock Lesnar was on the show. But I just think that the fans were worn out with everything that happened early on that it was hard to get back into it until the end, especially during Swagger vs Luke Harper. I thought it was good, but there was a lot of nonsense writing and booking involved here.

 

BREAKING NEWS: AJ Lee Getting “Backstage Heat” From WWE

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Today, Boxing Day, a report came out from Wrestlezone about AJ Lee reportedly getting heat from WWE and here’s why:

According to Wrestlezone:

“AJ’s Slammy speech was focused on, and it was speculated that she first was saying a subtle goodbye to fans, but The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting she was actually taking shots at the WWE Divas roster. The way she spoke was not the same way the speech was originally scripted, and AJ was very complimentary of Paige, but seemed like she slammed the rest of the Divas.”

I don’t think I mentioned this when I did the Slammys review a few weeks ago, but I had a serious bone to pick with AJ’s acceptance speech at the show. This has nothing to do with the “bashing the divas” part of it. It’s this…. why was she praising someone she had hated and feuded with all year long? Paige is still a heel and AJ is still a babyface… why AJ? Like the article said, it was clear that this was clearly not what AJ was told to say. Even the WWE would have acknowledged the little rivalry these girls had. But yet, somehow that bit of a praise slipped out.

AJ went out of her way to put over  Paige when she was supposed to be hating her. Now I don’t have a problem with Paige because I’m a huge Paige fan, but AJ was clearly not fulfilling her role as a babyface by putting over the heel. I’m sure a number of you will be like, “But Tom. It could make sense for a face to put over a heel to show his/her respect to all her opponents.” That sort of thing. Fine! Daniel Bryan used to do it all the time. That’s acceptable. But AJ is supposed to be a crazy chick! AJ needed to be all-about-herself because that’s what her character is based on. It made no sense, unless they were turning Paige face which I doubt.

Now I’m sure we were all kind of suspecting this at the time (at least I was) but AJ was also taking shots at the rest of the divas. She named off that she’d like to see Paige or Bayley or anyone of the NXT girls win this award. No mention of any current roster divas other than Paige. If this is true then it just shows just how unprofessional AJ is. She’s literally morphing into her husband’s gimmick and real-life personality. She just goes off script to praise these girls and disrespect everybody else  on the current roster. If she really cared about the WWE and where she works, she would just stick to her role, stick to the script and maybe she’d be treated better.

And please don’t give me the “Oh. She’s getting punished because of CM Punk,” because that has little to do with it. It could be a bit of a reasoning behind it, but not that much. If it was that great of a reason, she would not have regained the divas title from Paige on her first night back from her time off. WWE still sees AJ as a big part of the company because she’s still a major hit with the fans. I think she’s still in like the Top 10 merchandise sellers for the company and the only woman to be so. WWE still wants AJ around to waive the flag for the division. That’s why they’re offering her the Total Divas spot because they know girls would tune in to see it more if she was on.

Some of you might be disputing this because she was removed from the Main Event intro video a month ago. Maybe so, but not being on the Main Event intro is not exactly the greatest thing in the world to be upset about!

Here’s my stance on AJ Lee and her position in WWE right now, judging from what her husband said on the Colt Cabana podcast and everything going on…

I think if AJ Lee is unhappy at the state of the divas division and the company, the divide caused in commitments to her husband and WWE, and everything else going on… she should just quit.

I’d rather watch an AJ Lee that was excited about being the spear-heading this new generation of divas, rather than a bitter woman complaining about every other thing in WWE. Taking time off over and over, not following the script and ignoring what WWE is telling her to do isn’t a healthy outlook on life to be having. If AJ is getting punished, it’s because of her attitude towards the WWE right now. She really needs to get her act together if she wants to not “get heat” and be apart of the WWE.

However, I feel like many others that there is a lot more to the story than the Slammys or even Punk. They’ll be a lot more to come out of this and I would stay tuned.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 6 – SPRING STAMPEDE

Previously on WCW EWR…

We wrapped up a number of feuds at Uncensored as the new WCW World Champion Raven retained against Sting due to interference by Eddie Guerrero in a Last Man Standing match! Chris Jericho also won his feud with Bret Hart while the Outsiders retained against Booker T and The Giant.

Many feuds ended and changed by the time Spring Showdown so let me just outline all the feuds…

  • Exiles Leader and WCW World Champion started feuding with Bret Hart. Even though Bret Hart had lost the TV title feud to Jericho, he was still 100 over. So him and Raven was put in place for the WCW Title…
  • The Ric Flair vs Hollywood Hogan feud was still going on with Flair having just been removed from power as WCW President. The rematch between the two would take place at Spring Stampede. If Flair won, he got his power back. If Flair lost, he would never appear in WCW again!
  • Sting turned his attentions to the extremely-over Eddie Guerrrero after Eddie cost him the WCW Title match at Uncensored.
  • Here’s the biggest change of them all… WCW Television Champion Chris Jericho turned FACE to fight the Outsiders alongside Chris Benoit! I really wanted another top babyface and Jericho was the perfect candidate. Him and US Champion Chris Benoit would face the Tag Champions the Outsiders, with all the belts on the line. So if Nash and Hall won, Nash would win the US and Hall the TV. But if Benoit and Jericho (who already had the name Canadian Violence) won, they’d win the tag titles.
  • Scott Steiner broke off from Rick Steiner to feud with Booker T. The team never neccesarily broke up in some dramatic fashion. I just had the two of them doing separate things. I may have them reform, but it depends on how Steiner does here. The gimmick was that Booker had kept on beating Steiner on Nitro and this was pissing Scott off. This led to a number one contendership match for the US Championship at Spring Stampede…
  • Keiji Mutoh and Rob Van Dam had been requesting matches with each other for so long, so I decided to have them feud after they wrapped up their last feuds. This would be a kind-of respect story where RVD was trying to get the respect of Mutoh. It’s like the Cesaro/Sami Zayn storyline from NXT.
  • The idea of Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger as a tag team was appealing so I had them team up to take on the nWo’s Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig.
  • DDP was continuing his feud with Randy Savage that began just after Uncensored.
  • ECW also went out of business in my game! So Paul Heyman became available and I signed him up! At the end of the post, I will announce who’s the newest Paul Heyman guy…

So let’s get to it. Spring Stampede!
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Pre-Show – Ultimo Dragon (c) defeated Chavo Guerrero and Dean Malenko in a triple threat elimination match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

These three were the hottest three cruiserweights, so I stuck them in a three way dance for the cruiserweight belt. Chavo went out first and then Ultimo Dragon defeated his friend and tag team partner Dean Malenko to retain the cruiserweight title!

 

Match 1 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Randy Savage

A rematch from Uncensored. DDP did win the match at Uncensored but I wanted him to win again because Savage was going over at the end of the feud. He won off a botched interference from Savage’s manager Sable. Despite him eventually losing the feud to Savage, DDP looked strong off two PPV wins over Savage.

 

Match 2 – Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger def. Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig

So yeah. These two teams never had that high overness rating but I felt these two could have a good tag team feud. I liked the idea of a Liger/Mysterio team and Bam Bam and Hennig were the secondary tag team of the nWo (behind the Outsiders). So it seemed a decent pairing of tag teams. Mysterio and Liger got the win in the first PPV match between these two as they needed a bit of momentum. This would lead to a manager coming up to Hennig and Bam Bam saying, “Hey listen. You guys need me on your side to beat these guys,” leading to the reintroduction of a manager I forgot I had on the roster!

 

Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh def. Rob Van Dam

This match didn’t perform as much as I would have hoped considering they’ve been requesting to do a program together for ages. They’ve had good matches on TV before but here it struggled to get ratings. It’s like the Jericho/Wyatt feud… good on paper, not as great in reality. Mutoh wins because I like the thought of RVD trying to earn the legend’s respect by beating him. He struggles at the start but he will eventually get there.

 

Match 4 – Booker T def. Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner had risen to amazing overness heights following a number of huge tag team feuds with his brother Rick and Booker T came off the feud with the Outsiders very well. Solution? Feud them! I decided to do a storyline where Booker T would beat Scott all the time and Scott would keep getting pissed off. I think Booker won like two matches before this match. He won again, which led to Steiner attacking Booker. I do like the ratings this feud is getting me.

 

Match 5 – “Canadian Violence” Chris Benoit (c) and Chris Jericho (c) def. “The Outsiders” Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to win the WCW Tag Team Championship. Benoit’s United States Championship and Jericho’s Television Championship were also on the line

I had been planning this for a while. I wanted the Outsiders to lose the tag titles but I needed two strong faces to beat them. Benoit and Jericho were already a tag team and they were on par with the Outsiders as far as overness. So I had them do a titles for titles match at Spring Stampede. The Outsiders would put the tag titles on the line against US Champ Benoit and TV Champ Jericho (a.k.a. Canadian Violence), who were putting their belts on the line as well (by the way, if the Outsiders had won, Nash would have won US/Hall would have won TV). Benoit and Jericho won the titles, giving us new tag team champions for the first time since Starrcade!

 

Match 6 – Sting def. Eddie Guerrero

After Eddie jumping him over and over, Sting got his revenge in their first one-on-one encounter. Sting defeated Eddie after botched interference from Chavo Guerrero. Despite losing, Eddie looked strong and gained overness! Good news!

 

Match 7 – Ric Flair def. Hollywood Hogan (If Ric Flair won, he regains power as WCW President. If Hogan won, Ric Flair would never appear in WCW again)

Flair getting revenge for Hogan beating him at Uncensored and regaining control of WCW. Botched interference by Eric Bischoff led to Flair getting the win.

 

Match 8 – Raven def. Bret Hart to retain the WCW Championship

Highest overall rating of the show. Raven retained after cheating – hitting Bret with the chair after the ref was knocked down.

 

15/12/14 RAW Review – RAW IS JERICHO!: Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Seth Rollins Alliance? A New Paul Heyman Guy?

Chris Jericho opens the show as the RAW General Manager. He calls out Fandango (who stole his Slammy award last week). However, he instead got the advocate for BROCK LESNAR, Paul Heyman. Heyman congrats Jericho on winning the Extreme Moment Of The Year and the two talk about ECW, and apparently the fact that Paul owes Chris $200. Paul declared his intention of calling out Seth Rollins for not beating John Cena, but Seth didn’t wanna wait. Seth came out with J&J Security. He corners Heyman and challenges Cena for a rematch next week from the sound of it. Cena came out and told Seth to simply stop making excuses, accept his loss and move on. But Cena said he was in a mood for a fight and asked Jericho to book them in a match tonight. Jericho agreed to do it, which prompted Seth to slander Jericho saying he couldn’t even be Paul Heyman. This leads to Jericho booking himself in a match with Heyman later that night. Nice opening segment to RAW.

Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan vs Big Show and Luke Harper

A decent quick match but Ziggler seemed SO out of place among these giants! But it was good… but the case of TLC’s bad finishes seemed to continued. Ziggler charged Harper and they crash into the announce table. They were both out of it. And this was simply followed up with Big Show KO’ing Rowan for the win. I’m sorry but this is two times Rowan has lost clean to Big Show in the space of two days. Big Show really did not need to be Rowan clean twice in a row. Rowan is a part of the “Next Generation of WWE” and he must surely beat Show at least once. If Show won at TLC, Rowan should have won here.

The New Day cut a promo. They hyped up the rematch with Gold and Stardust and err… Yeah! Really not invested in this team!

Nikki Bella and Brie Bella vs Alicia Fox and Natalya

This match was like two minutes long but you could tell easily who the better worker is between the Bellas. Nikki’s actually proved to be a decent worker in the work but Brie offense’s was awful in comparison. Natalya and Alicia got the win after she made Brie submit. Tyson Kidd went to check on Nikki (who got knocked to the outside) stirring things up between Tyson and Natalya.

The Highlight Reel with Rusev

Jericho is back with the Highlight Reel and credits himself with predicting that The Authority would lose power! He calls out Rusev and Lana. Jericho speculates a possible relationship between Rusev and Lana and has a little fun mocking Lana. A bit too PG for my liking but still funny. Jericho then says that someone wanted to fight Rusev and that guy ended up being… THE BIG GUY RYBACK! Rusev backs off as Ryback wanted to fight!

“The New Day” Big E and Xaiver Woods vs Goldust and Stardust

This match wasn’t really that interesting to be honest but the New Day gimmick wasn’t getting all kinds of heat from the crowd. We got a “New Day Sucks” chant as the match rolled on. This was a way longer match than it probably should have been. I think it was longer than the Rowan/Ziggler vs Show/Harper match. The match was getting bored we got “We Want Mizdow” and “CM Punk” chants. We got a bunch of boos.

Kane vs Adam Rose

To be honest, this was a pretty cool moment. Kane double chokeslamming Rose and the bunny, following up with a tombstone to the Bunny which the fans marked out for!

Chris Jericho vs Paul Heyman

“I am the Jew in Jiu-Jitsu!” A great way to start of the pre-match promo from Heyman. Heyman tries to talk Jericho out of it, but Jericho insists on it happening. However, Heyman reveals that Jericho is gonna be in for a fight with BROCK LESNAR! In comes Lesnar! After a bit of brawling, Lesnar plants him with a F5! That’s why you don’t mess with BROCK LESNAR!

Roman Reigns Confronts Fandango

Fandango was about to cut a promo when Roman Reigns interrupts. He punches him and hits a hell of a spear to rattle the dancer. Then Roman got the mic… and was interrupted by The Big Show! Big Show tries to charge him… and gets a Superman punch for his troubles!

The Miz vs Jimmy Uso

Damien Mizdow time… even though Miz was in the ring! Just laughing at Mizdow the entire time to take notice in the match. The one problem I have is after the match, The Miz offered Naomi a chance to be on MizTV at Main Event and he told her not to tell her husband Jimmy Uso about it… but this was being filmed. There was a camera right in front of them! Sometimes there’s the rule that you pretend that the camera isn’t there but I kinda don’t like that rule. :/

John Cena vs Seth Rollins in a steel cage match

Decent cage match but this match dragged on for so long. Cena hit the attitude adjustment off the turnbuckle to Rollins and both men were down with the cage door open. And then… Lesnar hit the ring. He hit multiple german suplexes to Cena followed by an F5. Rollins somehow escaped a beating and even shook hands with Heyman with the commentators believing them all to be in cahoots. Seth delivered a curb stomp and climbed out the cage.

WWE TLC 2014 Review – Tables, Ladders And Chairs… and Stairs… and Kendo Sticks… and hairspray…

Luke Harper (C) vs Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship
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I think there were a bit too many ladders in this ladder match! The ring and all around the outside was flooded with ladders. And they just weren’t there for show… I think Harper was able to hit Ziggler with just every one. A cool little spot match. One spot was a pretty dangerous. Harper did a suicide dive onto the ladder that Ziggler was holding! He seemed to go head first onto the ladder in flight and landed on his arm. I thought that was Harper’s night right there. However, it seemed not to be. Ziggler took a load of punishment in this match. Ziggler countered Harper’s powerbomb into a facebuster on the ladder which I thought was a risky maneuver. Ziggler was about to dropped on the ladder when Ziggler lifted himself up for the facebuster. Thank god they were able to pull it off because Ziggler could have landed on his neck on the ladder. This was a very good ladder match. Not the greatest I’ve seen in the last few years but definitely one of the most memorable. Ziggler’s hometown crowd of Cleveland went nuts as Ziggler came out and they were hugely invested. And it made Harper’s job as the heel a lot easier. At the end, both Ziggler and Harper got up on ladders. Harper got Superkicked off the ladder, Ziggler won the Intercontinental Championship. As much as I liked Ziggler winning and not losing his momentum from Survivor Series… the Intercontinental title has changed hands FAR too much since Bad News Barrett vacated the belt back in June/July. Ziggler needs to stay champion for a long time now if the WWE want it to be as prestigious as it should be. But the only question left is… where does this leave Harper?
 
The Miz (c) and Damien Mizdow (c) vs The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship
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A standard tag match. However, like usually with Mizdow, the matches were merely a showcase of how awesome Mizdow is! There were a lot of awesome spots with Damien, including when he did a handstand when Miz was getting double suplexed! You forget in these matches how much work Miz actually does in the ring, while your watching Mizdow. Back to Damien, him crawling to the rope when Miz was getting submitted in some kind of single leg Boston crab! Miz and Mizdow retained after Miz pushed Mizdow into a suicide dive, which was followed up by Miz hitting an Uso with the title. This resulted in a disqualification win for the Usos, but Miz and Mizdow retain,
 
Big Show vs Erick Rowan in a Steel Steps match 
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Firstly before we get started… there is no way the steel steps weigh more than 275lbs! And… I just don’t like Erick Rowan’s theme song. Perhaps I just need to get used to it! This is a good physical match. However, I do feel like the ladder match that there were too many steel steps being used. You know WWE, more weapons don’t necessarily make better matches! I loved the spear through the steps, set up by Rowan on the outside, by Big Show. However, I never liked the finish. It just ended with Show chokeslamming Rowan on the steps and just knocking him out for the win. It was just very anti-climatic and Rowan easily should have won this. I also don’t like him pinning Rowan with the steps it just looked weird. How does this do Erick Rowan any favors getting beat clean? Good match, but bad ending and Rowan should have won.
 
Seth Rollins vs John Cena in a Tables match – If Rollins Wins, John Cena loses his WWE World Heavyweight Championship
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I’m very surprised this wasn’t the main event to be quite the frank. WWE must have had a lot of faith in Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose. This was a good match. Very creative with J&J security. Noble taking a suplex to the rail, the table spot where Rollins and Mercury were gonna crush Cena with the table onto the ringpost. I like the ref bump and Cena having won the match when he was down. Cena and Rollins oddly have a good chemistry between them. Loved the double attitude adjustment to Noble and Mercury through a table! The draw finish to the match was definitely a great swerve initially. I’m surprised that they didn’t just end there as the match restarted the match. Cena hit the AA on Rollins on the announce table, but the table didn’t break. Cena also took out Cole in the process. I loved that fan who shouted “Are you alright Cole?” Big Show came out to attack Cena, for like the billionth time. He went for the chokeslam when Roman Reigns returned! He hit the superman punch and speared Show through the table. He then hit Rollins with the punch which hurdled him into Cena, who hit the AA through the table on Rollins for the victory. I thought this This was definitely one of the best tables match I’ve seen in recent memory. Well done to Cena and Rollins. Great spectacle. 
This sets up Lesnar vs Cena again for the Royal Rumble. It really says a lot about how weak the roster seems to be if only Cena has been a challenger to Brock during his reign.
 
Nikki Bella (c) vs AJ Lee for the Divas Championship
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The divas title match was actually a decent match. AJ being wrapped around the ringpost looked nasty! The human body was not meant to bend like that! I thought the end was a bit lame. AJ hit the shinning wizard on Nikki went for the pin, but Brie put her leg on the rope. Brie was kicked out by the ref but as Brie was arguring her case, Nikki sprayed AJ with like a hairspray or something, which led to the Rack Attack for the win. I don’t like this “spray her in the face” finish as it’s done over and over. I remember the Beautiful People used to do it all the time. It just demonstrates lack of originality and quite degrading for these women. Like the steel steps match… good match but bad ending.
 
Before we move on to the next match… I think Reigns still needs a bit of work on his promo cutting. He declared his participation in the Royal Rumble… which he seems to be the favorite to win.
 
Kane vs Ryback in a chairs match
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Such a shame the crowd wasn’t into it this one, because it was not a bad chairs match. These big guys just battering each other with chairs is a pretty cool spectacle. I liked Kane’s DDT to the chair during the match. I loved Kane throwing the chair at Ryback as Ryback went for the meat-hook. Kane hit the chokeslam but Ryback kicked out. A great near-fall in this match. In the end, Ryback won off the meat-hook and shell-shocked. I thought it was a decent little chairs match, but I thought the ending was a bit flat after that near-fall. I figured Ryback could have done something like a Shell-Shocked to the chair or something to spice it up. 
 
Rusev (c) vs Jack Swagger for the United States Championship
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Before the match, I liked Rusev selling his ankle during his entrance after Swagger messed his ankle up with the Patriot lock. However, it was pretty much the same stuff as before with these two. Rusev dominates and Swagger passes out from the camel clutch. I hope WWE have someone big for Rusev to deal with next.
 
Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match
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I loved this match. Started off as a right brawl through the arena. Even to where the Kick-Off show was taking place. To quote Vince McMahon “If there’s anything I like more than a pot full of money, it’s a damn good fight!” And that was what this one was. Very innovative stuff with tables, ladders, chairs… and even kendo sticks when Bray almost poked Dean’s eye out with one. Dean… jumped off about three ladders onto tables! It really was a fantastic little fight. The ending was… I’m not sure what to make off it. Ambrose jumped off the huge ladder onto the announce table on Wyatt. He was about to hit him with a television (no word of a lie, a television). The TV exploded in Dean’s face! This followed up with Wyatt hitting the Sister Abigail for the win… this seemed like a strange ending to me.

Khan vs Alexander: King Khan Conquers Alexander In Las Vegas

Amir Khan may have just earned himself a big-money match after outclassing Devon Alexander at Las Vegas.

Khan defeated Alexander via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Arena in the biggest fight of his career to perhaps earn him a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Devon tried to lure Khan from the get-go, playing cat-and-mouse with the Bolton man.

Sadly, the pace and the fury from King Khan in the early rounds halted those plans as Khan hit a lot of hard shots.

Devon realized he had to change his game, and got back into the thick of things with a few hard blows in the 4th round.

Devon and Amir continued to ruffle each others’ feathers in the fifth, with Devon looking the unhappier of the too at the end of the 5th.

Khan continued to prove his dominance in the seventh round, putting in some amazing work laying into Devon.

Khan’s constant combinations proved to be a problem for Alexander, but the American still showed there was something in the tank with his 8th round performance.

Sadly, Alexander couldn’t capitalize on the success of the round as he struggled in the ninth.

Khan seemed to be dancing around Alexander in the tenth, as Devon could hardly land a blow on the Bolton boy.

Despite attempts from Devon to land a knockout blow, he proved to be outclassed as the twelfth and final round ended.

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Gonzaga vs Mitrione

Overeem vs Struve

Diaz vs Dos Anjos

Dos Santos vs Miocic