“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Passes Away At 61

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In what is a huge loss for the wrestling industry tonight, Rowdy Roddy Piper has died from a cardiac arrest at the age of 61. It’s so sad to hear considering Dusty Rhodes passed away last month. Two influential wrestlers oozing with charisma having passed away and Piper’s charisma was just on a level few could ever match up to. Whether it’d be in a joking manner or a serious manner, Piper knew how to get the crowd on the edge of their seats and for that, you have to respect him.

Vince McMahon said in a WWE.com press release about it that “Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world,” and that’s pretty much bang on the money. Piper was such an inspiration to anyone wanting to get into wrestling and entertain people. He inspired others to be the bad guys of wrestling, let alone the good guys! Many superstars now say in interviews that they were inspired by Piper. Particularly heels, who were blown away by what Piper did or said in that ring. In my mind, the greatest wrestler to never hold the WWE Championship who was beloved by all. He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Hot Rod.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 24 – FALL BRAWL 2000 (UPDATE)

NOTE: The following is an re-uploaded blog post, tidying up Part 24 a bit.

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Previously on WCW EWR

At the start of the series, Eric Bischoff was removed as WCW President and replaced by Ric Flair. Bischoff had a bit of power for a while due to the power of the nWo. However, shortly after the nWo disbanded, Bischoff was suspended from WCW without pay. However, Flair’s actions on screen came into question by the board of directors with Flair getting into conflicts with other superstars. One of the last straws was Flair personally getting involved a WCW Championship match as special referee. Eric Bischoff returned on television to reveal that Flair has been put on probation and Bischoff being reinstated as Co-WCW President. Bischoff had 75% control between the two of them, with Bischoff having majority say in WCW matters. Bischoff usually would override Flair’s decision, which got under the skin of the Nature Boy. Flair was put in a match with Chris Benoit at Road Wild, which he lost as a result of Bischoff. The two decided to settle the score in a winner-take-all eight man elimination match. Representing Ric Flair would be WCW World Champion Booker T, Chris Jericho, Hollywood Hogan and Sting. They would take on Eric Bischoff’s team which would consist of Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Curt Hennig. This match will finally put an end to the power struggle within WCW and crown an undisputed WCW president. Needless to say, the stakes were high for this one.

Exiles leader Raven lost his WCW World title to Booker T at Bash At The Beach, losing the Exiles power in WCW. With WCW already in the middle of a power struggle between Flair and Bischoff, the group decide to hold a “State of the Exiles” meeting on Nitro to determine what needs to be done. Raven takes responsibility for losing the WCW World title but vows to bring back power in another way. With that, he attacks WCW International Champion Rob Van Dam. Raven becomes the number one contender for the title and vows to bring home the title. Raven announced that if he lost, he would exile HIMSELF from WCW.

The Exiles aren’t the only stable around having issues. The Asian Invasion really lost it’s edge in 2000. Especially coming off Road Wild, the group isn’t looking so great. Keiji Mutoh blames Tajiri for his Cruiserweight title loss but the rest of the group are standing beside Tajiri. They blame Mutoh for the downfall and ask him to stand down as leader. Jeff Hardy, whose been a thorn in Mutoh’s side, makes fun of him for his predicament. Mutoh angrily challenges Hardy to a match at Fall Brawl. If Mutoh lost, he would no longer be the leader of the Asian Invasion. If Hardy lost, he would be Mutoh’s servant for a year.

Rey Mysterio finally captured the Cruiserweight championship after many months of trying. He won an elimination fatal four way match against Tajiri, Ultimo Dragon and Jamie Noble at Road Wild to win the belt. However, his celebrations are interrupted by a fast-rising new star, Silvio Maldini. This developmental star got the call up to the main roster a few months ago, and has already won a few big matches on WCW television. He disrupts the celebrations by attacking Mysterio and standing over him with the title. Mysterio responded with an attack of his own and challenged Maldini’s request for a Cruiserweight title match at Fall Brawl.

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Now I’m sure you’re well aware that the results for the last match is blocked out. Well for a match this important, I feel I have to build up the suspense for it!

Pre-Show – Kensuke Sasaki def. La Parka in a hardcore match

Yep, Kensuke Sasaki vs La Parka got a 87% overall for me! That’s pretty insane! Like with the Road Wild pre-show, this did well on TV so I gave them the chance to shine on the pre-show. And it was a pretty strong showing. La Parka is getting really over and with Sasaki’s overness dropping, this is a great way to build him back up. If it weren’t for the rest of the card, this would have been one of the strongest matches! It beat two matches on the actual show in the ratings and got a 100% match quality! Well done guys!

Match 1 – Piper’s Pit w/Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair

Piper’s Pit with the two Co-Presidents just before the big main event tonight. A bit of an debate with Piper moderating… that’s probably the first time somebody’s ever said that! It gave me a 97% so an actual angle on a PPV gave me ratings for once!

Match 2 – Jeff Hardy def. Keiji Mutoh. If Jeff Hardy wins, Keiji Mutoh is no longer the leader of Asian Invasion. If Keiji Mutoh won, Jeff Hardy must be his servant for one year.

I figured that since their match did so well last time, that it would be cool to do it again on PPV. I also added the Asian Invasion stipulation because Mutoh’s been really surpassed by the other members of the group in overness. They’ll had a bit of hit (except Low-Ki which we’ll get onto later) but Mutoh’s has been REALLY bad! So I put in the stipulation so that somebody like Tajiri could take over maybe. But I just felt Mutoh had to be demoted or something. I’m not sure what to do with the group to be honest, so Mutoh being dropped as the leader might freshen things up again. We’ll see.

Match 3 – Tajiri and Low-Ki def. Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko

You guys like cruiserweights? The Asian Invasion members Tajiri and Low-Ki knock off Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko in a tag team match. Low-Ki’s really sprung up the rankings in WCW and Tajiri was kinda maintaining his overness as well, despite losing the cruiserweight title at Road Wild. I’d like to see if this Tajiri/Low-Ki tag team goes anywhere because there’s a lot of potential and could make a good feud for the tag team titles.

Match 4 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) def. Scott Steiner and Jamie Noble in a hardcore tag team match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Sadly the Steiner System weren’t able to bring home the gold for the stable, as Arn Anderson and DDP retained the tag titles. However, both teams are now really over after this feud. Jamie Noble especially is insanely over at the moment. The young stud of the Steiner System could be coming into his own…

Match 5 – Silvio Maldini def. Rey Mysterio (c) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

  • Just to let everybody know, Silvio Maldini is actually an original EWR wrestler that was actually generated from the company’s training camp. I shot him into developmental as soon as he arrived and he just got insanely over quick when he debuted on WCW. He’s a European cruiserweight with a lot of pace but not really much of anything… except charisma. This guys a very cocky son of a gun!

So this new developmental guy is now my cruiserweight champion! You may not know who he is, but his in-game stats are pretty incredible… even if he isn’t a really wrestler. He’s got a lot of potential and is more over than Mysterio so why not have him win the title? Not sure how long it’s going to last. All I know is that with a 90% overall including a 100% match quality, Silvio Maldini has got the potential to be a big star…

Match 6 – AJ Styles (c) def. Steven Regal via DQ to win the WCW Television Championship

99%! Yes! A 99% crowd reaction, but a 100% match quality! Insane results from these two! This might actually be the highest rated match we’ve ever had in the series! AJ and Regal… are money! So about the finish, Piper inadvertently cost Regal the match by attacking AJ with the belt, causing a DQ. AJ would then lay them both out and pose with the belt at the event!

Match 7 – Raven def. Rob Van Dam (c) to win the WCW International Championship

NEW CHAMPION! Raven ends the glorious reign of Rob Van Dam as International Champion! Now I know what you’re thinking… why is Raven going after the International title right after losing the world title? Well it’s not really a demotion in my eyes. The International title is just as over as the WCW Title in the game! So Raven holding onto that belt improves the prestige of it and it doesn’t take away from RVD’s reign either. 93%

Match 8 – “Team Flair” Hollywood Hogan, Sting, Chris Jericho and Booker T vs “Team Bischoff” Bret Hart, Curt Hennig, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit in an elimination match. Winner Takes All.

So the match. Hennig is eliminated like right away after Hogan quickly delivers the boot and the Leg Drop for the three count. Team Bischoff is in shock as they are already down a man in this elimination match. Sting is eliminated after a trip by Hennig allows Eddie to capitalize and deliver a brainbuster to even the score. Booker T pins Eddie after Jericho takes out the rest of the team flying off the top. Hogan is counted out after Bret nails him with the piledriver onto the stairs. Booker is pinned by Benoit who hits him with the WCW Title and makes him pass out with the Crossface. Jericho beats Benoit with the moonsault leaving just him and Bret. Jericho hits the lionsault but Bischoff takes out the ref and Bret capitalizes with a low blow to Jericho. Bischoff is about the hit Jericho with the chair but the lights go out. We hear this familiar sound next….

“Ooooooooooooo Yeah!”

The fans mark out as Randy Savage returns. He climbs to the top rope with the ref, Bret and Jericho all out. He delivers the elbow drop… to Hart! The fans cheer as Savage then drops Bischoff. He smacks Hennig and Eddie with the chair. He goes for Benoit but inadvertldy smacks Jericho. Savage and Benoit brawl to the back but as that happens, Bret covers Jericho. The ref gets up, makes the count and it’s over.

That’s about it for the newly updated Fall Brawl 2000. I do apologize for the lack of EWR in the last few months. Please check out our latest EWR update for more details about the future of the EWR series.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 – SEASON ONE RECAP

Previously on WCW EWR….

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There’s been a war waged between the two Co-Presidents of WCW, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff. WCW President Flair began running the show after Eric Bischoff abruptly left WCW (in the game, he was sent to rehab). However, Ric Flair would cause a huge problem between himself and other members in the locker-room. He would influence World Title matches and attack a number of wrestlers on the roster. With that, Bischoff was reinstated into power. He became Co-President of WCW and worked with Ric, but still had the majority power in the partnership. This meant he can pretty much veto any of Flair’s decision. Tensions between the two caused for one final match for 100% control to be contested at WCW Fall Brawl 2000. It would be WCW Champion Booker T, Chris Jericho, Hollywood Hogan and Sting representing Flair going up against Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Curt Henning representing Bischoff. This would be an elimination match. Randy Savage returned to the company going after the Team Bischoff members. However, Bischoff’s crew would win after a botched attack by Savage onto Jericho. With that, Flair was ousted from power and Eric Bischoff became permanent WCW President with 100% control of the company.

However, the wars in WCW will never truly be done with. Particularly with the Exiles stable running around. The group, headed by Raven, have proven to be a force to be reckoned with in WCW. Raven himself has been turned into a main eventer, becoming a two-time WCW Champion in the process. At our last PPV Fall Brawl, he recently won another championship…

The WCW United States Championship has been one of the most fiercely craved championship in the company, with some of WCW’s finest battling over the belt. When Rowdy Roddy Piper won the championship, he renamed the championship to the WCW European Championship. However, a match on Nitro would result in the title being vacated. A new championship was created at Superbrawl in it’s place called the WCW International Championship, and was won by Rob Van Dam. RVD was champion for months until Raven won the title from him at Fall Brawl. With such a prestigious title in his hands, Raven has gained back power and influence in the company for the Exiles.

The WCW Television Championship is currently held by AJ Styles, whose had some amazing matches for the title with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Steven Regal. No doubt AJ is looking to shine in WCW. The WCW Tag Team titles are currently held by the “Diamond Enforcers” DDP and Arn Anderson, having beaten Steven Regal and Roddy Piper to win them. The Crusierweight Championship is currently held by Silvio Maldini. He’s a game-generated character that has shot up through the ranks in developmental and made instant impact by beating WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio to win the title.

The Asian Invasion stable is no longer led by Keiji Mutoh due to his loss at Fall Brawl, the Steiner System is currently headed by Scott Steiner and features rising star Jamie Noble in their ranks. Rowdy Piper and Steven Regal had a British stable alongside Fit Finlay but now it’s just them two as a tag team. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero are currently “Paul Heyman Guys” and the nWo is no longer a thing in WCW. This came after the likes of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall both left the company and Hogan turned face. And I think that’s pretty much the jist of the main storylines currently in WCW.

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To be honest, it’s not really much of a recap of the season but hopefully it does help bring everybody up to speed. Whether its those new to the blog or those coming back, I want to help you guys understand the storylines going forth. In our last PPV at “Fall Brawl“, we ended with a pretty big storyline development so it’s a crucial part of what comes next.

Do check out our latest EWR update for more details of what you can expect to see in the future.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 – UPDATE #3

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Extreme Warfare Revenge: WCW 1998 series! Indeed, the series has proven to be a big hit on my blog since it began last year. A lot of blog views have come off the EWR series and I do thank you all that checked it out. It’s a really fun game to play and it’s nice to see others checking out my WCW storylines. I’m very grateful to you all.

HOWEVER, the series has been on a bit of a hiatus as of late for a number of reasons. Firstly, I wanted to get back to doing a number of the things that I started off this blog doing. I wanted to do a lot more real-life analysis of WWE and it’s programming, as well as bringing back the reviews with my WWE Battleground 2015 review. Also, I’ve developed the “How I Would Book…” series which has really taken off in its own right. I think it’s fair to say people like to see fantasy booking and that’s good to see!

I’m all for people getting creative, especially with wrestling. And that’s one of the reasons why I love playing EWR. It gives us the chance to show the world how we’d book wrestling shows ourselves.

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I’m happy to announce that I AM planning to bring back the series once again with the WCW 1998 save! I MIGHT do a PPV or two with the TNA series but I’m unsure about that one. My main focus will be the WCW EWR series as that’s the big hitter. I can’t say for sure how many PPVs I’ll be doing but I will tell you that I’m planning a “re-upload” of sorts of my last post, WCW Fall Brawl 2000. I’m just going to upload it again and tidy it up a bit with the storylines and stuff which I didn’t explain thoroughly enough before due to… well let’s call it time restraints. That’ll be re-uploaded as well as the follow-up PPV “Halloween Havoc”, which I did a while ago but I never actually got around to posting it on the blog. But that’s in the books and it’s just a matter of me writing it up.

So yeah, I can guarantee that you’ll see those two posts soon on the blog. The Daniel Biggerstaff challenge which I introduced will STILL be going on. Do click on this link to find out all about that little side-plot added to the series!

Before any of this happens, I would like to do a recap of everything that’s happened so far. Consider it a “Season One Recap” if you will, with everything that happened up until Fall Brawl 2000. That PPV had a “Season Finale” like feel to it so it does kinda make sense. This will be kicking off what I consider to be “Season Two”.

However, I will be working on other aspects of the blog too. I do want to continue with the How I Would Book… series and I have a lot of plans for that. Therefore, content for THIS series isn’t going to be as intense as it used to be! So if we go weeks or months without a post, I do apologize. However, I hope you’ll appreciate the other content on this blog in the mean time. If you guys needing catching up on the series, here’s a list of every blog post from “Season One”. And be sure to follow us on Twitter @ArmbarExpress for updates and postings of new content!

Part 1 – World War 3

Part 2 – Starrcade

Part 3 – Souled Out

Part 4 – Superbrawl

Part 5 – Uncensored

Part 6 – Spring Stampede

Part 7 – Slamboree

Part 8 – The Great American Bash

Part 9 – Bash At The Beach

Part 10 – Road Wild

Part 11 – Fall Brawl

Part 12 – Halloween Havoc

Part 13 – World War 3 1999

Part 14 – Starrcade 1999

Part 15 – Souled Out 2000

Part 16 – Superbrawl 2000

Part 17 – Uncensored 2000

Part 18 – Spring Stampede 2000

Part 19 – Slamboree 2000

Part 20 – Nitro of Champions Special

Part 21 – The Great American Bash 2000

Part 22 – Bash At The Beach 2000

Part 23 – Road Wild 2000

Part 24 – Fall Brawl 2000 (Reuploaded at this link)

Part 25 – Halloween Havoc 2000 

Part 26  – World War 3 2000

How I Would Book… Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

The debate over who should have really ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania could go on forever. Hell, the debate over whether the streak should have even been broken at all could go on forever. It’s like the Superman vs Goku of WWE debates. As many great bouts we’ve seen, there’s been a number of top talents that never got a chance to go toe-to-toe with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. In fact, some have never once went one-on-one with Undertaker in their entire careers. With that, we’ve missed out on interesting matches that could have very well been one of the matches of the night. From Sheamus and Seth Rollins to Alberto Del Rio, a number of fantasy matches have missed the cut over the years. However, there was one person who I think could have potentially been hugely elevated after a match with the Deadman. Someone who the WWE is desperate to make a star and could deliver a pretty physical match with the Phenom. What I would have liked to see is Undertaker… vs Roman Reigns.

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This has been a match that has always intrigued me. It’s the up-and-coming bad ass Samoan doing battle with the old supernatural Deadman in a true battle of old school vs new school. If we looking for an up-and-comer to take on Undertaker at Wrestlemania that can be truly elevated from the showdown, we really should be throwing Roman Reigns’ name in the mix. After the Undertaker’s streak was broken by Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns WAS one of the names that fans were claiming should have given this honor. Why’s that? Because he a rising star that WWE valued and whose true ascension to stardom would begin by having him slay the Undertaker. If anyone would, why not have be someone like Reigns? Why not have it be Roman Reigns vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 and give Lesnar the streak the next year?

It’s not like Roman hasn’t got the build or that bad-ass feel to him either. One of the reasons Chris Jericho gave on his podcast for Lesnar breaking the streak is that Lesnar was legitimately someone that could beat up Undertaker in a real-life fight. While Roman Reigns doesn’t have the MMA and amateur wrestling background of Lesnar, you can’t tell me that you wouldn’t have Roman Reigns by your side if you had gotten yourself in a scrap with a bunch of guys!

Roman Reigns also is someone with a sporting background. He’s a natural athlete that began his time in sports in Canadian Football. He’s everything Vince McMahon could ever want in a superstar. So why not have his ascension to the top begin with a battle with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania?

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Now let’s be clear that I’M not suggesting that Roman Reigns ACTUALLY break the streak. He doesn’t need an accomplishment like that in order to get himself over. Despite popular belief, you don’t need to win every match you have in order to look strong. All you have to do… is look strong.

That last sentence might have seemed like a deliberate reference to the CM Punk/Colt Cabana podcast where CM Punk shoots on Roman Reigns, but there’s actually a bit of point. Look at how Roman Reigns was booked against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31. Brock DESTROYED Roman in this fight and the only momentum Reigns was able to garner was as a result of a lucky push into the ring post. To have Roman Reigns actually beat up Brock Lesnar to a significant degree is not believable. Whether Roman could take Undertaker in a legit fight is a debate for another time, but the two year rookie conquering the legendary Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania is a pretty ridiculous notion. Up until Wrestlemania XXX, other than record eliminations in Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches, Roman hadn’t had a lot of singles success in the WWE. So Roman doesn’t really have the credentials to make people think that he could possibly be a threat to the Undertaker. But a true beating by Undertaker could elevate Roman even more than if he were to break the streak.

Here’s how I’d play it out…

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Up until Elimination Chamber 2014, I’d have everything played out the same for Roman Reigns. He give tremendous performances at Survivor Series and Royal Rumble and now his crew are up against the Wyatts at Elimination Chamber. The match plays out pretty much the same as it did in real-life with a few changes. Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt fight into the crowd. However, the camera pans to Ambrose and Wyatt beating each other up backstage. Bray hides behind a wall of some kind but then we hear some sort of commotion. We hear a chair shot and Bray looks up to find Dean laid out and chair broken next to him.

Now I’m sure some of you are asking “Wouldn’t the chair shot have resulted in a disqualification?” Even though they’re not in the ring, you’d think what was going on would have been shown on the titantron or something. However, I think it’s possible to have the referee not notice the pinfall in one way or another. Do you remember at the end of Backlash 1999 when Vince McMahon wasn’t aware of his daughter been taken, ironically by the Undertaker, despite the fact that it was shown on our screens? With all the action in the ring, the referee might not have had the chance to look back at the titantron. I know this sounds a bit iffy and we’re making it sound like the referee is completely incompetent, but he can be let off just a little considering it’s a wild six man tag team match between these two dangerous factions. Either that or you could just have Luke Harper and Erick Rowan distract the referee while that was going on.

Seth Rollins is then taken out like he was in real-life and we have the Wyatts surround Roman Reigns in the ring. Also, the referee would get taken out somehow. Roman clears the ring and looks like he is about to hit Bray with the spear. But then we hear the Undertaker’s dong. Undertaker pops up in the ring and hits the chokeslam on Roman Reigns. It’s followed up by Bray Wyatt hitting Sister Abigail and the ref comes over and makes the pin.

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As for why The Undertaker cost the Shield the match is pretty straight-forward. Do you remember the Shield taking out Undertaker in 2013 on SmackDown!? This would have been Undertaker’s first appearance since then. I will admit, I’ve never quite gotten how the Shield attack was never addressed and followed up on by WWE. I mean with Undertaker getting revenge on Lesnar right now in real-life, why did he never get revenge on The Shield and the Nexus for their attacks a while ago. At least this way, you are also wrapping up old storylines and integrating them into the Wrestlemania build up. The next night on RAW, Undertaker would simply state that he’d wish to get his revenge on The Shield for their SmackDown! attack, by challenging one of its members to a match at Wrestlemania. Roman would step up and challenge the Undertaker. After quite a battle which is mostly Undertaker dominated, Taker goes 22-0. Roman gets the respect from the crowd and becomes a true single star with the match of his life against the Undertaker.

And that’s pretty much that. I’ll admit there are a few issues with booking this match at Wresltemania 30. Firstly, I realize how hilariously unfair this would be to Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose if Roman were to get the big match. If Roman were to fight Undertaker, then where would that leave those two? They could fight Kane and The New Ages Outlaws still I suppose and just beat them three on two. Or they could enter the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal or something. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that Ambrose and Rollins would get the short end of the stick on this one. Sorry lads!

However, what this does is sky-rocket Roman’s singles career despite still being a part of the Shield. The Shield storyline with Evolution can still happen after Undertaker departs again. Now with Roman’s singles push already getting a huge boost, you can direct your attention to Seth and Dean in the matches with Evolution. At least when they do break up, they’ll all be able to stand out on their own merit. They were able to do so in real-life, don’t get me wrong. But if Roman was truly the WWE’s golden boy, then this is one of the rare chances they’d have at making a true star out of Reigns. Besides, if you were wanting to do either Undertaker vs Rollins or Undertaker vs Ambrose… then just take out Reigns and insert either Rollins or Ambrose. Hopefully with this storyline, you can push the Shield member of your choice to be a top singles star in WWE!

That’s it for this edition of How I Would Book. Be sure to check out all the past blogs in this series, including the on-going series on the WWE’s incarnation of the nWo. Coming up will be part five of that series and to be honest, I’m really proud of the storyline I’ve came up with so far!

See you guys really soon and keep up to date with all the blog’s newest posts by following us on WordPress or @ArmbarExpress on Twitter.

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UPDATE: Hulk Hogan’s contract “terminated” according to WWE statement

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A big update on the news earlier that Hulk Hogan has been removed from everything WWE related.

His profile on WWE.com, his merchandise and other mentions of the Hall of Famer have been removed by the WWE, and he was no longer listed as a judge for WWE’s on-going series Tough Enough.

As I mentioned earlier, we expected a statement from WWE about the matter. And now, it appears we’ve got one.

The WWE issued the following statement about the status of Hulk Hogan, who had been signed to a WWE legends contract ever since his return to the company in 2014…

“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

Nothing has been mentioned as to why Hogan’s contract was “terminated” but wrestling journalist Wade Keller stated that Hogan was “apparently done with WWE,” and the statement from WWE confirms the rumours that WWE and Hogan no longer have any working relationship.

As mentioned, WWE.com prevents you from clicking on a number of pages related to the Hulkster.

For example, if you go onto his profile page at this link, “You are not authorized to access this page,” appears at the top of the screen.

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This revelation comes amid speculation of a leaked audio clip, with Hogan reportedly involved in a racial tirade.

Again, it’s important to note that WWE has yet to comment on the allegations themselves and have not yet provided a reason for the termination of Hogan’s legends contract.

Hogan’s legends contract began when Hogan rejoined the company in early 2014, in time to be the “host” for that year’s Wrestlemania XXX event.

Over time Hogan’s role with the company has developed into an ambassador-style role, being featured in a number of WWE international events worldwide.

Hogan’s also had a number of on-screen appearances for the WWE in a non-wrestling role, involved in angles with the likes of John Cena, Brock Lesnar and even celebrated his birthday live on RAW last August.

However, it’s now been officially confirmed that Hogan is no longer apart of the company, with even more probably yet to come out of this story.

Hulk Hogan Removed From Everything WWE Related

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IN an unusual story, WWE has seemingly disassociated himself with everything related to Hulk Hogan and has seemingly parted ways with the Hall Of Famer.

Every mention of Hulk Hogan has been taken down from WWE.com as well as merchandise related to the Hulkster.

It also seems that Hogan’s days as a judge for Tough Enough are over too, as he is no longer listed as a judge for the on-going series.

It what is seemingly a response to the news, Hogan tweeted this out.

The reasons for WWE’s decision are still not clear, but rumours and reports began surfacing that either an audio or video tape has been leaked onto the internet with Hogan going on a racial tirade of some sort. However, these rumours still can’t be confirmed as of right now nor can’t be confirmed as the reason for Hogan’s apparent departure from WWE. However, it’ll be interesting to see how this story develops as it does effect a number of wrestlers on the current roster. Curtis Axel, whose current gimmick is parodying Hogan as Axelmania, has had his profile picture at WWE.com changed back to his normal persona. This will likely mean that the Axelmania gimmick will be dropped, which will also see the break up of the “Mega Powers” team of Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow (who currently parodies “Macho Man” Randy Savage). Well-known wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer tweeted that the website were told to remove all references of him in this tweet below.

Again, this story only broke a few hours ago on a number of wrestling sites.

Hopefully, we’ll know more later on in the day and we may possibly get an official WWE statement addressing the situation.

WWE Battleground 2015 Review – Tombstone City Rises, Kevin Owens Falls

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St. Louis was in for a wild night at Battleground, with a number of highly-anticipated matches with huge implications for the future of not just the superstars involved but the WWE’s future in general. This night was a make-or-break night for a number of future stars as well as top stars looking to cement their legacy going forth. However, I think it’s fair to say that St. Louis wasn’t expect a night quite like this.

WWE Battleground proved a number of memorable moments along with planting the seeds for what we can expect to see at Summerslam, arguably their second biggest PPV of the year. This was a crucial night of the WWE and their talent, and the pressure were on the superstars and the writers to perform for this particular Battleground.

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We began things with Sheamus vs Randy Orton, in a singles match which somehow stemmed from the two of them both being in the Money In The Bank ladder match. During this match, Michael Cole and JBL pointed out a number of times that “these two know each other very well.” This comment got me thinking because comments like these that Cole and JBL throw out there are really over done nowadays. Even if two guys had been feuding for three weeks, you’d have Cole going “these guys know each other so well,” after there’s been like one counter in a match. However, at least this match in general backed up what the commentators said about their history, because there was an incredible amount of counters during this match! It may be a small thing, but at least what the commentators said were being backed up in the ring!

Now it’s easy to lose interest in a match like this, because we’ve seen it time after time on RAW, SmackDown!, on PPVs ever since their first match at Royal Rumble 2010. Despite all of that, this was probably one of the better matches I’ve seen between these two during all of that time! It was surprisingly quick-paced despite their styles. The crowd took a while to get into it, but Orton did a great job at rallying his hometown crowd near the end of the match. Randy was well over with his hometown crowd and and they were going nuts as Randy was signalling for the RKO at the end. It was a decent match that was given enough time and Orton got the RKO for the win. It’s funny, people were telling me last night that there’s no way that WWE would have their Money In The Bank holder lose in their first PPV as the briefcase holder. But as I pointed out in my predictions last night, they do it a lot more often than you think! As I predicted last night, Sheamus lost just like so many before him. I’m sure Sheamus will eventually build himself back up, but losing to Orton clean doesn’t help his chances unless they continue into Summerslam with this program. However, good match regardless.

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Next up was the WWE Tag Team Championship match between the Prime Time Players and the New Day. The crowd were into this one. New Day cut a decent promo about needing to lose in order to win. I figured with the New Day being represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston rather than Big E and Xaiver Woods that this match would have been a lot better than their match at Money In The Bank… I was wrong. It was a OK match, but there wasn’t anything special about it. The finish was the Prime Time Players overcoming the three-on-two situation with Xaiver Woods interfering and getting the pin to retain the tag titles. I didn’t like the finish to this because it made the New Day look so bad.

The storyline for this feud between the Prime Time Players and the New Day has been the numbers game catching up to Titus O’Neil and Darren Young, which has been costing them the tag titles. Eventually at Money In The Bank, with Kofi not there due to the MITB ladder match, they got a proper two-on-two match and won the titles. Here, there was the numbers game again and the Prime Time Players just beat them clean. Now if it was something like Xaiver botching the interference to lead to the pinfall, then I would have liked it even more. Because in this situation, the three-on-two handicap would have actually helped the PTP win the tag titles and it means the three-on-two storyline would have meant something and actually led to an interesting finish. But here, it didn’t lead to anything. The PTP just hit their finishes and pinned them. Xaiver Woods was just there to make little interferences here and there and make a lot of noise at ringside. It’s killing the New Day’s gimmick of ganging up on the other tag teams to dominate the division. They’re probably the most over group in the company, probably more than the PTP, and here they just lost clean. Other than, it was a OK match with just a lame finish for me. Others might think differently, but I just wanted them to stick with to the outnumbered storyline and have it lead to the finish of the match. However that did not happen.

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Roman Reigns took on Bray Wyatt next. I was very fearful of how this match was going to finish. When Cole mentioned that Roman Reigns had not pinned or made anyone tap out since Bray Wyatt cost him the Money In The Bank contract, I felt sure that Reigns was going to win. I legitimately thought that Roman Reigns was going to beat Bray Wyatt clean here at Battleground, but thankfully I was wrong. I didn’t think much about this match. I saw a lot of people on a Wrestlezone article saying it was a good match, but I don’t really see it. I can’t say it was a bad match, because it certainty wasn’t. However, this was a very slow paced match and I thought it went a lot longer than it should have. A match like Wyatt vs Reigns shouldn’t really go 20 minutes, because it means Wyatt and Reigns having to drag out a lot of the spots and slowing down the pace of the match, and that’s what happened here. However, I did like the finish.

WWE had been teasing that Bray Wyatt had been getting into Roman Reigns’ head for the last five weeks. For the majority of the match, it didn’t seem like that storyline was being played out and it just seemed that Reigns was just acting as normal. However, they did incorporate it to the finish. Bray Wyatt got the chairs out and looked like he was going to use until Reigns knocked him down. Then Reigns himself got a hold of the chairs and threw them into the ring. I thought at this point that the ref was, for some reason, going to call for a DQ! There’s a lot of refs that just call for the DQ too early in the WWE and I legit thought Reigns throwing the chair in the ring was going to result in a DQ! Thankfully, it did not. But as the referee was distracted, a hooded man jumped Roman and hit a Superkick. I don’t know what it was like live, but on television we all saw who was underneath the hood right after he hit the move! But yet, the commentators were still pretending like they had no idea who was underneath the hood. That would be fine, but the man gave himself away by hitting one of his signature moves on Reigns. So surely, that would have given the commentators a heads up if this was real!

Bray followed the Super Kick up with a slam onto the apron and then hitting Sister Abigail for the pin. Again, it certainty wasn’t a bad match and there was a few decent spots in the middle. I liked the spot where Reigns no-sold a boot and going crazy, and walked straight into a clothesline from Wyatt. That I liked. It was OK match with a good finish. The hooded man was revealed to be Luke Harper, and he was back with Wyatt. Smart move by WWE to get Harper back with Wyatt as now he’s found himself some relevancy again in the company. I’m guessing Erick Rowan would have been with Wyatt as well had he not got injured. It’ll be interesting to see whether WWE just go with the two of them or if they’re going to bring in somebody else to join up with Wyatt.

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Next up was a bonus match for the PPV. And for the first time in years, the bonus match actually felt like a legitimate BONUS to a PPV! It was the continuation of the “revolution” of the divas division in WWE. Stephanie McMahon announced that one member of each of the new factions in the divas storyline would be picked to compete in a triple threat match. It would be NXT Womens Championship Sasha Banks from Team B.A.D. against Brie Bella from the Bella Army and Charlotte from Paige’s group. This was a great divas match. Mostly, it was down to Charlotte and Banks. Brie Bella didn’t really get involved as much as the other two, which was probably for the best. Brie was really off her game in this match. I would like to point out that during the match, Brie attempted to pay homage to her husband Daniel Bryan by doing his multiple kicks spot to both Sasha and Charlotte. And I must say that these were some of the worst kicks I’ve ever seen delivered! I actually like Brie and she has improved in the last few years, but man she looked horrible here. Especially when in the ring with divas as talented like Sasha Banks and Charlotte, Brie looked so out-of-place and really couldn’t keep up.

The match itself was great regardless of Brie. However, there’s one more spot that I want to talk about. Sasha dropkicked Brie into the rest of the Bella Army and landed hard onto the floor as Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox could not catch Brie. Nikki and Alicia have both been wrestling for nearly a decade and even now, the two of them together were not able to catch Brie Bella coming down on top of them. Brie might have launched herself a bit too far off the dropkick but Nikki and Alicia should have been a lot further back in order to catch Brie. I was just shocked by how badly their attempts at catching Brie was and Brie couldn’t have gotten badly hurt from it. In the end, after a decent little exchange between Brie and Charlotte, Charlotte locked the Figure-Eight Leg Lock on Brie to make her tap out. Again, it was a great divas match. They got a decent amount of time to do some serious work. I’m very looking forward to seeing how this “revolution” develop.

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Next was the third match between Kevin Owens and John Cena for the WWE United States Championship. This match was another great match between these two. In my opinion, this was not as good as the other two matches at Elimination Chamber and Money In The Bank. However, it was still a fine bout. There was lot of the same stuff which we’ve seen before between these two. A lot of the same spots. However, I want to get straight to the finish of this match. Cena hit Owens with the AA off the top rope and Owens kicked out. Cena’s face sold that kick out really well. Because this finish has been used so many times by Cena to win big matches. However, Owens kicked out. At that moment, I felt Owens looked as strong as anyone else who has faced Cena. I thought that this was going to go down as a truly memorable match in WWE history and Owens was going to get the win. But what happens? Cena simply locks on the STF and makes him tap out.

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I could not believe that this match ended like this. With the likes of Bray Wyatt and Rusev, there was always a lingering thought that Cena would win those feuds. Even though you believed in your heart in the past that Wyatt and Rusev were going to beat Cena at Wrestlemania, there was always a feeling that Cena was going to go over. And he did it both times. However, with this US title match between Owens and Cena, I truly believed that there was NO WAY that Cena was going to win. There’s a lot of “Cena haters” that were telling me that Cena was going to go over. I didn’t for ONE TIME believe them, because I believed that the WWE knew that Kevin Owens was something special. Owens dropped the NXT title which I believed meant that he would be committing to the main roster full-time. And to officially start his run, he’d beat Cena and win the US title. Having ALL the momentum in the world to just fly to the top of WWE. Turns out… I was wrong.

Here’s the thing, the stars have never been this well aligned for Owens to succeed. The stars were never THIS WELL ALIGNED! All he had to do was beat Cena and win the US title, as he was the right man at the right time to win this championship. In everyone’s mind, it was his time. But apparently… NOT EVERYONE. Someone in the back thought it was a great idea to kill off Owens’ momentum by having Cena MAKE OWENS TAP OUT! At least Bray Wyatt didn’t tap out to John Cena. At least Rusev simply passed out to John Cena. Not Kevin Owens! Oh no! After Cole and JBL talked about the will of Owens and made Owens sound like a billion dollars on commentary, Owens taps out to Cena. This makes Owens JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. The glass ceiling has never been more prominent as it was at Battleground. It’s now clear to me… you can only achieve this much success in WWE… but you MUST lose a feud to Cena. Just why?

I know wrestlers like Chris Jericho and Edge in the past have accused Cena of “burying” talent and putting himself over. However, I thought to myself that there was NO WAY that Cena would think him winning the feud against Owens was a good idea. I guarantee you, this can’t have been Cena’s idea. There’s one man in the WWE who thought that killing Owens momentum like this and Cena going over by making Owens tap out was a good idea but it just wasn’t. I think this match is the final acceptance by me that there is so little hope for future talent to become stars for one reason. And his name is John Cena.

Long time followers of the blog know what I actually LIKE John Cena. But when he’s booked to look like a bloody demi-god, how on earth will WWE be able to build up new talent when they can’t break the glass ceiling that is John Cena? This ending has infuriated me. Because now I finally realize, there’s little hope for the future of NXT in Vince McMahon’s WWE…

Now that’s out the way…

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Before Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins, The Miz actually cut an awesome promo about Big Show and Ryback. The fans were actually really into his promo and Miz talked about not getting his Intercontinental title shot tonight until Big Show came out and KO’d him. Little filler segment just before the WWE World Title match.

So next was Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins. It’s a similar type of match to what we’ve seen Brock deliver in the last year. He delivered 13 suplexes and dominated things from the get-go. However, Seth looked pretty strong when taking the abuse. He took it to Lesnar a bit himself and looked great in doing it. After a slap of defiance from Seth, Brock hit the F5 and then… we here a gong go off and the lights go out…

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IT WAS THE UNDERTAKER! Undertaker returned to do battle with Lesnar, the man who had broken his Wrestlemania streak. Undertaker delivered a low blow to the man and left Lesnar laying after a chokeslam and two tombstone pilderivers to win this particular battle. The match ended in a no contest.

Needless to say, I was not expecting this. Someone on Reddit apparently leaked Undertaker’s return but I never really believed it. However, this was an incredible way for him to do it. I just went on a tangent there about Vince McMahon, but you could tell he put a lot of thought into Undertaker’s return. Taker returning and hitting the low blow shocked a lot of people. People are still debating about whether Undertaker’s still a face or not, but I do believe that was the heel turn of the Undertaker right there. The all-mighty Undertaker shouldn’t really need to do the low blow but he did. That’s the ultimate sign of a heel turn, as he’s pulling off a desperate maneuver to win the fight with Brock Lesnar.

I loved this ending and to be fair, Seth Rollins looked good despite his beating by Brock. Seth slapped Lesnar back and fought back against Lesnar quite a bit. For a moment, I truly believed that Seth was actually going to turn face during this match. I thought it was going to be a Steve Austin-like face turn when he doesn’t give up. However, there’s still a chance that Seth could still turn face but it’ll be interesting to see if they do.

However, this ending was really well executed and the fans were going NUTS for it. Overall, this PPV was an OK PPV. There was certain decisions which I think didn’t work but there still a lot which I think payed off. I think this was a great prelude to Summerslam, and I’m excited to see what happens next with Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker!

How I Would Book… The nWo 19th Anniversary Special [2002] [Part Four]

WARNING: The links to the last three parts are down below. Be sure to check them out first before reading part four to get a better understanding of the storyline.

Last time in the series, we reached Summerslam. Summerslam proved to be a big PPV for the nWo 2002 storyline. We saw nWo member Shawn Michaels return to the ring for the first time in four years to wrestle The Rock, who he had taken out of competition before. We saw Vince McMahon regain control of the WWE thanks to help from the nWo and its newest member, Eric Bischoff. Lastly we saw Brock Lesnar defeat Triple H to win the Undisputed Championship, taking it to SmackDown! in the process.

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For the nWo, things are going great. Vince McMahon just regained 100% control of the company, meaning they don’t have to answer to Ric Flair on RAW anymore. Vince solidifies the group’s control of RAW by appointing Eric Bischoff as RAW General Manager. Bischoff is the nWo’s authority figure that will be able to book matches that benefits the group. So the nWo’s takeover of RAW is basically complete. Bischoff gets right down to business as there are two issues that the brand has to worry about. Firstly, it’s Brock Lesnar taking the re-branded WWE Championship to SmackDown!…

This leaves RAW WITHOUT a World Champion of their own. They need their own title as they can’t have RAW superstars challenging Brock Lesnar, as the title is exclusive to that show. So that’s exactly what Eric Bischoff does. On the night after Summerslam, he brings out the “big gold belt”. Formerly known as the WCW World Championship, Bischoff brings it to RAW as the World Heavyweight Championship. The primary belt for his brand. Rather than doing a championship tournament or something like that, he simply awards the title to somebody. And who else is he going to award it to… than Hollywood Hogan.

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Remember, Bischoff is a member of the nWo now. His best interests is keeping the power in the stable. With Hogan now as the World Champion, the rest of the RAW roster knows where the power lies. And to be honest, the top stable in the company really should be led by a World Champion. Hogan accepts the title and announces a nWo party for later that night.

Later that night, all the members of the group arrive. New Intercontinental Champion X-Pac, Big Show, the Outsiders, Bischoff, Hogan and Shawn Michaels are all there. Michaels would probably get the largest reaction out of the group coming off his big comeback match with The Rock. Hogan raises a toast to all the members of the group, but singles out Michaels. He tells Michaels that he owes it all to him for putting The Rock in his place at Wrestlemania (in part 1, Michaels cost The Rock his match with Hogan at Mania X8). Hogan tells Michaels that he respects him more than anyone and praises him for his performance against The Rock. After a hug between the legends, Michaels hugs the rest of the group. While Michaels hugs Bischoff last, Hogan opens up a present that was in the ring along with confetti and stuff. He opens it up and it’s revealed that there’s a lead pipe in the present. With it, Hogan clobbers Michaels in the back in the head. The nWo proceed to swarm Michaels and beat him down before Hogan delivers the Leg Drop. Michaels has officially been kicked out of the group.

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Yes, Shawn Michaels is the first man to be kicked out of the nWo. Firstly, this writes Michaels off of television up until his return just before Survivor Series (which happened in real-life and we’ll get to later on in the post). Secondly, Bischoff can now take over in the “hand of the king” role which Michaels played initially for the group. After all, Bischoff did it with Hogan during the nWo’s ORIGINAL run in WCW. So it makes all the sense in the world that he’d come back in a very similar way. Finally, it’s hard to say how well Michaels would fit in the group now that Bischoff’s in the fold. Everyone in the group has to have a purpose.

Hogan’s the leader. Bischoff is his deputy. The Outsiders are the tag team. Big Show is the big bodyguard. X-Pac is the Intercontinental Champion and the “cruiserweight” of the group. Since Michaels doesn’t really have any authority and is just another top star, he would be a bit left out. Everyone in the group should have a REASON for being in it. Michaels doesn’t have as strong a reason than anyone else to be in it. Plus, him being the only one of the group to be beaten at Summerslam gives Hogan all the more reason to get rid of him. However, Michaels will be set to comeback to RAW in a big way….

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Also, what this beat down does is provide motivation for another prominent wrestler in the storyline… Triple H. If you’ll recall, Triple H has just lost the Undisputed Championship to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. And if you’ll also recall, Triple H was NOT drafted in April as he was the Undisputed Champion defending the title that night against Chris Jericho and Stephanie McMahon. Triple H has pretty much been a free agent ever since that night, appearing on both RAW and SmackDown! So now he’s no longer the champion and without a brand, he must decide whether to go to SmackDown! or RAW. With Triple H hoping to get another crack at Lesnar, it seems set in stone that Triple H will sign up with Stephanie on SmackDown!…

However, learning what happened to his friend Shawn Michaels, Hunter is upset. While Shawn Michaels was with the nWo during Triple H’s title run, little interaction has actually taken place between the two. Shawn might have had an exchange or two with Triple H before Hogan challenged HHH for the title at Vengeance, but there’s been no real heat between the two. So HHH would no doubt still value Shawn as a good friend. Seeing what the nWo did to his friend might motivate HHH to go to RAW and invoke his rematch clause there. Invoke his rematch clause against the newly-crowned World Heavyweight Champion Hollywood Hogan… who just so happens to be the leader of the nWo! The stage is set for the two of them to do battle at Unforgiven. The match ends with Hogan getting himself disqualified and retaining the title. This sets things up easily for our next PPV No Mercy. But before we head into No Mercy, let’s discuss the other members of the group and their roles at Unforgiven….

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Eric Bischoff would be hoping to further assert the group’s dominance on RAW. The nWo already have X-Pac as the Intercontinental Champion, so that title is firmly in their grasps. You could have Eddie cash in his rematch clause against X-Pac for Unforgiven, despite the fact that the two of them are on separate shows. If you want to keep the two shows as separate as possible, then you could have someone on RAW like Booker T challenge X-Pac for the belt instead. We’ll go with X-Pac vs Eddie for this particular storyline, as I’d like to make sure that things like rematch clauses can be exercised as much as possible. Either case… X-Pac wins.

As much as I’d hate to leave any members of the group off the PPVs, the Outsiders aren’t featured in a match. I was going to have them challenge the Hardy Brothers for the tag titles at Unforgiven, but I’d rather have them challenge them to a tag title match the night AFTERWARDS to help tie-in another feud within the group.

Undertaker, after him and Ric Flair lost to Vince and Hogan at Summerslam, isn’t the happiest of campers. Bischoff books Undertaker vs Big Show for Unforgiven, which results in the Outsiders interfering on the behalf of Big Show. Show wins the match via count out and further annoys the Deadman. The Outsiders get their award for helping the Big Show with a tag team title shot the next night on RAW. The match is made No DQ so several other nWo members can get involved. Undertaker tries to aid the Hardyz but is overwhelmed. Eventually, someone else comes to the rescue of the faces…. the Undertaker’s brother, the returning Kane. The road to No Mercy begins for the nWo.

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The Outsiders are already dealt with for the PPV, with a tag team match against the “Brothers of Destruction” Undertaker and Kane. This would actually be a pretty decent in-ring match, with these four big guys tearing each other apart. It’d be another fantasy match-up which we’d be able to fulfill! X-Pac can defend the Intercontinental title against somebody else on RAW, probably Rob Van Dam. I’d put Big Show in a match with somebody like Booker T, to give Booker a high-profile match with somebody that just beat the Undertaker. For the World Heavyweight Championship match, we’d see Triple H get his rematch against Hogan… in a Last Man Standing match.

For No Mercy, X-Pac would retain his championship against RVD or whoever. The Big Show vs Booker T match result probably wouldn’t matter significantly for this match. For me, I’d see Booker T win via disqualification and have Big Show destroy Booker post-match. However, it doesn’t really matter to a degree what happens. As long as you can keep both men from suffering too badly, you’re in business. Shockingly for the Outsiders vs Brothers of Destruction match… the Outsiders win clean.

I feel for a match this big between two top legendary tag teams that there should be a clean finish. You could argue that Kane and Undertaker need it more, but keep this in mind… Undertaker is off from TV after No Mercy. After his match with Brock Lesnar in real-life, Undertaker was written off TV and didn’t come back until the Royal Rumble. If the Outsiders are still going to be there, then they really should secure a big win like this to truly establish themselves as probably the TOP team in the WWE. Kane losing his first big match back in WWE clean might seem a bit of a momentum killer for Kane. However, if Undertaker is the one that gets pinned, then that should keep Kane looking strong going into Survivor Series. By the way, to write off Undertaker in this storyline, simply have Big Show throw Undertaker off the stage like he did in real-life. It’s easy enough and Big Show still looks dominant.

Lastly, to wrap up No Mercy, Hogan wins after copious amounts of interference from the nWo. It’s a strong PPV for the nWo leading into Survivor Series, where business really starts to pick up.

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Following No Mercy, Eric Bischoff excitedly announces his newest creation for the World Heavyweight Championship to be contested in… the Elimination Chamber match. The chamber debuts and Eric announces that Hogan will be in it as the #6 entrant. Big Show is also awarded a spot in the match after taking out the Undertaker. Bischoff decides to have at least one of the Outsiders in the match and decides to leave it to them to decide. The Outsiders jokingly have a rock, paper, scissors match to decide who gets automatic entry into the match, which Kevin Nash wins. Bischoff tells Scott Hall that all he has to do to get into the match is simply beat somebody like Rob Van Dam or Booker T in an Elimination Chamber qualifier. However, botched interference from X-Pac sees RVD/Booker qualify for the chamber. Triple H is then told he can win entry spots for him and another man of his choice for the chamber match. All he has to do is win a one-on-three handicap match against Hogan, Nash and Big Show on RAW! Triple H pulls off the miracle thanks to the distraction from the return of the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels! Triple H gets on the mic and gives Shawn Michaels the last entry spot and says if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for you…

There’s heat between Hall and X-Pac but Bischoff decides to have the two of them take their anger out on another threat to the nWo, Kane. It’s decided that X-Pac, Hall and Kane will have a triple threat for the Intercontinental title at Survivor Series. X-Pac and Hall would be prohibited from pinning one another, making it essentially a handicap match. I decided to re-introduce the stipulation from the Austin-Kane-Taker match from Unforgiven 1998, as it does add a lot to the finish of this particular match… Kane beats them both and wins the Intercontinental Title. It also introduces a bit of dissension between the group…

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Now let’s get down to the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. A few notes to make. Firstly, whoever beat Scott Hall would be able to score a pin on the Big Show during the match. This gives them a little something to take away from the match before they are eliminated by Kevin Nash. Triple H, who would have entered the match at #1, would be eliminated next by Hogan. It’s two on one for a while until Triple H returns to the chamber to nail Nash with a sledgehammer. HBK would super kick Hogan, who’d fall on Nash and accidentally cover him for the elimination. After a little back-and-forth between Hogan and Michaels, Michaels would get the pin and win the World Title. The big comeback story is complete with Michaels beating his old nWo leader. And we end Survivor Series like that….

And that’s pretty much it for this part… well at least for the RAW brand. If you want to know how SmackDown! would be booked, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar would beat Chris Benoit at Unforgiven, Kurt Angle at No Mercy and Chris Jericho at Survivor Series. At least with this format, you can still have the famous “SmackDown! Six” storyline which the genius Paul Heyman was able to cook up! Since Angle would be fighting Lesnar at No Mercy, Edge and Rey Mysterio would win the WWE Tag Team title tournament by beating Los Guerreros in the finals. Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle would team up to win the titles from Mysterio and Edge on SmackDown! which would lead to Survivor Series, where the Guerreros would win the belts.

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And with that little added detail, it’s time to finish. There’s a lot of developments that have happened in this part, I must admit. It’s a bit hard to keep up with it, but now it’s all coming together nicely! Shawn Michaels has returned in a big way at Survivor Series and the rest of the nWo have looked strong with a number of big wins over the likes of the Undertaker. Granted, Survivor Series was not a successful night. However, this will now play into the events of part five. Please check out part five to be uploaded some time before next week…

WWE Battleground 2015 Predictions

The Predictions… ARE BACK!

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I love the theme by the way for this PPV. It’s definitely a tune and a half. There’s a number of huge matches in store for the WWE Universe this Sunday. Among the stars entering the battleground include the “New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt, whose apparently stealing Meng and The Barbarian’s gimmicks! He will be taking on Roman Reigns in a match that was actually announced at the WWE’s last pay-per-view Money In The Bank. Also, we’ll see the third installment in a feud that has lit up the WWE and provided some of the matches of the year. The former NXT Champion Kevin Owens will challenge the United States Champion John Cena for the US Title, hoping to finally win the prize that is the title held by some of the all time greats of professional wrestling. And finally, returning to PPV for the first time since Wrestlemania 31 is the Beast Incarnate… BROCK LESNAR! He will be invoking his rematch clause for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when he takes on the reigning, defending champion Seth Rollins. Will Rollins be able to conquer the former UFC Heavyweight Champion or will Seth be taking an extremely painful trip to Suplex City?

Let’s get down to the predictions….

R-Truth vs King Barrett for King Barrett’s King of the Ring Crown

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Background: Bad News Barrett won the 2015 King of the Ring, joining such greats as Brock Lesnar, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, his reign as King has been met with some mockery by the “Sun Tan Superman” R-Truth. R-Truth began portraying HIMSELF as a King, annoying Barrett who actually won the right to be King. The feud finally ends on the pre-show of Battleground as King Barrett’s King of the Ring crown is on the line. And we truly get to see who’s the true king of WWE?

What Should Happen?: I’m really hoping this feud ends after this match. Barrett’s reign as “King” hasn’t really gotten off to a great start and his feud with R-Truth isn’t helping matters. Barrett needs to wrap up this feud with a victory over Truth and move on to some serious competition.

What Will Happen? Barrett will get the win on the pre-show. I do like R-Truth but they can’t possibly be considering degrading Barrett’s KOTR win by having him lose his crown to Truth. However, I don’t see things getting much better from here on out for the Englishman.

“Prime Time Players” Titus O’Neil (c) and Darren Young (c) vs The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship

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Background: The feud really began in the first ever tag team elimination chamber match. It came down to the Prime Time Players and all three members of the New Day. The Players gave it their all, but couldn’t overcome the three-on-two situation. The PTP finally got a fair two-on-two tag title match against the New Day at Money In The Bank (since Kofi Kingston was in the MITB ladder match) and capitalized to take home the gold. The New Day will be invoking their rematch clause and hoping to reclaim the tag titles at Battleground.

What Should Happen?: It’s a tough call either way you slice it. I do like the Prime Time Players and I’m glad they’re finally the tag team champions. It would be a really shame to have them lose the titles in their first title defense at Battleground. On the other hand, I see a HUGE amount of potential with the New Day. When they lost the tag titles, I was a little annoyed because it seemed that WWE was just trying to take advantage of Titus winning “Celebrity Dad of the Year” recently by putting the tag titles on him and Young. Them doing that I thought killed the momentum the New Day had been building up now as heels. I think the ones that have the more potential as champions is the New Day. So I’d like to see New Day win by disqualification which would lead to the group winning back the titles at Summerslam. At least then, the PTP would actually have somewhat of a credible tag reign.

What Will Happen?: I wouldn’t put it past WWE to hot-shot the tag titles once again. We’ve had four title changes already in 2015, so we really shouldn’t be surprised if they do it again. New Day wins.

Randy Orton vs Sheamus

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Background: These two have been attacking each other for the last few weeks ever since Sheamus won the Money In The Bank briefcase… and the WWE have not ONE TIME explained to the viewers why! Other than the fact that these two were both in the MITB Ladder match, there shouldn’t really be a reason for these two to just start attacking each other. And if so, it’d be nice for the WWE to explain the reasons for it other than “THEY HATE EACH OTHER.”

What Should Happen?: I’m not really too bothered about the finish as you could make good points for both these gentleman. However, pushing their Money In The Bank holder should really be a top priority for the WWE. Sheamus wins… through shenanigans.

What Will Happen?: I really see Orton going over in this one. WWE, for some reason, have a weird obsession of jobbing out the Money In The Bank holders in their first PPV match after winning the thing. I remember them doing it with Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Damien Sandow in the past. I see that happening here.

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt

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Background: Bray Wyatt cost Roman Reigns the Money In The Bank ladder match. This attack immediately caused WWE to announce Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns for their next PPV, Battleground. After some mind games from Bray Wyatt on RAW, the two are set to clash in St. Louis. Which will prevail? Fear or Justice?

What Should Happen?: In a perfect world, WWE wouldn’t even be putting on this match… at least not right now. The loser of this match is going to lose so much going forth that it’s unfair to both these gentlemen. I don’t want the WWE to feed Bray Wyatt to Roman Reigns but I also don’t want Roman Reigns to lose AGAIN either as the struggle towards the top for him will only get tougher. I think Bray Wyatt should get the win here but Roman HAS to win a rematch if they have one at Summerslam.

What Will Happen? Roman Reigns beats Bray Wyatt… CLEAN. It’s a sad reality but someone’s going over clean and it’ll probably be Roman Reigns. Bray Wyatt again loses credibility as a top star by jobbing out to Roman Reigns. They better have something GOOD planned for Bray at Summerslam. But for some reason, I don’t see that happening….

Kevin Owens vs John Cena III for the United States Championship

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Background: Then-NXT Champion Kevin Owens confronted United States Champion John Cena on RAW back in May, telling him that they will one day fight… on his terms. Their match ended up taking place at Elimination Chamber, where Kevin Owens beat Cena cleanly in a huge shocker. The two would meet again at Money In The Bank, with Cena grabbing the win. Owens would attack Cena post-match, with a powerbomb on the apron similar to what he’s done to Sami Zayn and Neville in the past. After attacks to Cena’s friend Machine Gun Kelly and verbal attacks, Cena agreed to one final match for the United States title at Battleground. On RAW, Kevin Owens has done whatever it takes to make sure that HE is the one to take the title from John Cena. He’s jeopardized the efforts of Cesaro and Rusev to win the title on RAW and knows this is a must-win match, having lost the NXT title to Finn Balor at Beast in the East.

What Should Happen? Owens wins. This feud has been excellent and has utilized others like Cesaro and Rusev really well. Needless to say, the United States Championship Open Challenge proved to be a great idea, as we’ve seen a number of high-quality US title matches from Cena including with the likes of Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn. However, the time is now at hand to crown Owens as the United States Champion. I’m really hoping for this feud to be followed up by Kevin Owens vs Cesaro for the title. Hopefully, I’ll get my wish.

What Will Happen? Owens wins. The NXT title being dropped by Owens in Japan now means Owens can focus on working the main roster full-time (well after the next NXT Takeover that is). Owens winning the US title and the feud elevates him tremendously. If there was ever a time for Cena to drop the title, it’s right now and WWE surely realize that.

Seth Rollins (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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Background: At Wrestlemania 31 Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank contract during Brock Lesnar’s WWE World title defense against Roman Reigns, making it a triple threat match. After pinning Reigns, Seth walked out the champion. Brock would respond by cashing in his rematch clause the next night on RAW. However, Seth backed out of the match which resulted in Brock Lesnar going on a rampage. This rampage caused Brock to be suspended by Stephanie McMahon. Brock returned the night after Money In The Bank, declared as the new number one contender for Seth’s title. Seth got the Authority back on his side and was able to beat down Lesnar in a four on one attack. Seth’s attempts of keeping them at his side included Apple watches, giving Kane a holiday and giving Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury a Cadillac car. However, Brock Lesnar responded by destroying the car on RAW and then beating up Noble and Mercury. After attacking Kane in this past week’s RAW, Seth Rollins has been left alone to fight Brock Lesnar at Battleground.

What Should Happen?: Not going to lie, I’m a huge Lesnar fan. I feel he should be champion once again now that he’ll be around for a few years. Either that or Sheamus cashes in on Lesnar right after he wins the title. Then again, I’d be worried about where this would leave Seth Rollins. If the rumored face turn and match with Triple H happens at Summerslam, and then Seth beats Triple H, that might recover him well from such a loss. Seth probably should win really to become the “diamond” and make himself a legitimate superstar in the WWE by beating Lesnar. However, Lesnar losing shouldn’t be taken lightly…

What Will Happen?: Seth Rollins retains the title. I can honestly see a DQ happening in this match and Seth retaining the title. Either that or somebody big interferes, costs Brock the match and leading to a big match for Brock at Summerslam. Either way, I really don’t see WWE doing another big title reign with Lesnar as it would be challenging for him schedule-wise to be able to defend the title. Unless he won this match at Battleground and then lost it at Summerslam, it’d be very awkward. Also, with the way Seth has been booked, I really don’t see Seth losing the belt this Sunday.

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At that wraps up the predictions from me. It’ll be an interesting PPV to say the list. I’m expecting a few filler matches as well with the Intercontinental title match now being postponed. However, there’s a number of matches which I’m looking forward to. Let’s hope Battleground is a good one!