How WWE Got It Right With RAW This Week (26/10/15)

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The majority of RAWs in the past month have been well below par. It’s featured a lot of repetitive booking which have prevented the show from gaining any good ratings as TV viewerships went to record lows. However, this RAW was actually a pretty good one for a number of reasons. I think the biggest reason for it’s success though is that it appears that the writers have “re-booted” the storylines as it gave wrestlers fresh new material to work with.

It wasn’t like the events of Hell in a Cell weren’t followed up on. Bray Wyatt explained his attacks on Undertaker and did reference his match with Roman Reigns in his promo. There’s also the winners of the matches at Hell in a Cell being given spots in WWE Title contendership eliminator matches which we’ll get onto later. However, it just seemed to me for so many weeks that the writers were some what burned out. A part of me still thinks that’s the case but they did a great job with this week. I think the reason it worked so well is that it almost seems like they started from scratch again which is sometimes not a bad thing. With the current WWE storylines going stale, the writers had to try something else. The transition into these new storylines were pulled off so well that it opens up a lot of possibilities for the future.

They had Paige’s heel turn finally cemented which was a big plus from me. It was almost like they were milking this apparent PCB reunion storyline for so long that it just lost it effect. It was almost making little sense as Charlotte and Becky would have came off so bad for falling for Paige’s act. Paige turning heel for good now shifts the focus onto Charlotte vs a fully heel Paige.

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The best part of the episode was the series of qualifying matches for a number one contendership match at the WWE World title. This was exactly the type of thing that WWE needed. I mentioned WWE following up on what happened the night before. With this little concept, all the winners from the night before were actually rewarded for winning these big matches at this big event. All of a sudden, the winners are actually starting to get over as top talent. They’ve earned the right to fight for the championship.

For the majority of the year, there’s rarely been a time where the number one contenders for the WWE World title have actually had to earn their title match in such a way. Usually, just beating Seth Rollins would get you the opportunity. The problem with that is simple… EVERYONE had started to beat Seth Rollins on RAW and SmackDown! Therefore, anyone could have theoretically been the number one contender. With this, only the strong will survive and get the opportunity at the title.

It could be argued that WWE should have stretched this out so it could take place over the course of a few weeks and build up anticipation for future shows. However, I think that’s very difficult considering that the writers have to fill up three hours worth of television RAW every week. I’m happy with the way they went as it could have built up anticipation for the main event.

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Another reason why this worked so well is that they could have easily killed the momentum of a lot of the winners from last night, but no one really suffered badly. Kofi Kingston and Big E both lost, but the New Day were coming off a big win of the Dudleyz the night before anyway. Cesaro and Neville didn’t really get a lot from this night after losing but they weren’t stars with a lot of direction in the first place. Cesaro and Neville won in the pre-show match of Hell in a Cell so it’s not like they won a big match of importance.

Then there’s the fatal four way itself. Usually, I’d be mad that they brought Alberto Del Rio back just for him to get beat in the main event of his first RAW with the fatal four way. However, Del Rio looked really good in this match. Hell, everyone in that fatal four way looked strong in their own right. Kevin Owens started to look like a legitimate threat alongside Del Rio. I didn’t believe that Ziggler was going to win the match but he didn’t look that bad himself.

This was a main event that lived up to the anticipation built over the course of the night. It was a main event that actually seemed like a main event. It’s not like the crowd was bored and burned out by the end of it. They got really pumped for the finish of the fatal four way when Kevin and Roman Reigns were staring each other down.

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Finally, Roman Reigns won. The right man won this mini-tournament and looked great when he did. He was actually built up to be a great contender by beating up everyone else to do it. These were not just over people too. He defeated the US and Intercontinental champions who were coming off two big wins in the course of 24 hours or so. I think with his win over Bray at Hell in a Cell as well to take into account, Roman now suddenly looks like a main event title contender.

It was just a great show in general that was exactly what the WWE needed heading into November. I’m praying that booking like this can continue on into next week. If that’s the case, the viewership numbers maybe about to turn around and a new star COULD be made.

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Should Dean Ambrose Turn On Roman Reigns?

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It appears that the 2015 Survivor Series main event is set. Around 18 months have passed since the Shield imploded. Seth Rollins betrayed his brothers to sell out to the Authority, leaving Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the dust. Seth’s success has been exponential, having won the Money in the Bank briefcase and then cashing it in to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania 31. Roman Reigns was the man he pinned to get the job done, with Roman earning his opportunity at the 2015 Royal Rumble. Roman now gets Seth one on one for the title, with the Roman Empire possibly about to conquer Seth Rollins. However, there is another factor that could come into play at Survivor Series…

Dean Ambrose has had a number of WWE World title opportunities himself. He’s wrestled in main events against Seth at Elimination Chamber and Money In The Bank, but was unable to capture the gold. Right now, he’s the one member of the Shield that’s been really left on the outside to watch in on his two brothers battling for the richest prize in WWE. This has left many people speculating about Dean Ambrose’s future and whether he’s going to play a huge role in the main event of Survivor Series. Will Dean get involved to screw Seth or will he get involved… to screw Roman Reigns?

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While Seth Rollins has been rolling with the Authority ever since his heel turn, Dean and Roman have stayed close friends and fought side-by-side against the likes of the Wyatt Family. Dean has even said in a promo that Roman is the closet thing to a friend he’s got in WWE, even though he’s usually just a loner. With that being said, should Dean turn his back on Roman?

The question where asking here is not if Dean Ambrose should turn heel. I would like to see Dean as a heel but the question is whether or not he should do it by turning on Roman. Turning on your friends/partners is an easy way to get the turn done. Pulling a “Shawn Michaels” could be very simple for WWE in this scenario. In fact, if you turned it around this would actually work well for a Roman Reigns heel turn. I’ve talked about Roman turning heel a few times now. This would be effective for Roman as he may feel frustrated of missing out the title time after time and may feel that he needs to break away from Dean in order to do so. This would work for Roman but would it work for Dean?

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This probably wouldn’t work for Dean as Dean’s not really been in the WWE World title picture since he lost to Seth Rollins at Money In The Bank. The argument that Roman is holding Dean back is pretty flawed and that reason wouldn’t be a logical one for Dean to abandon Roman. The idea that Dean’s had to be in Roman’s shadow is a much better one. In WWE’s eyes, Roman is their golden boy and Seth is the Authority’s corporate champion. Dean might think that everyone sees him as “the other Shield member” and he refuses to be seen like that. Doing it this way would actually make sense when you look back at Dean’s career since the Shield broke up. That way, he’s not just another generic bad guy as he’s got legitimate gripes that would lead to his turn to the dark side. Even when he was fighting for the title in May and June, Roman was by his side during his segments with Seth Rollins. Even then, Roman is sharing the spotlight with Dean. It’s like Roman is Hulk Hogan and Dean is Randy Savage. The Mega Powers need to explode as Dean needs to get away from the idea that he is just the third wheel in this feud.

However, even this method has it’s flaws too. The main flaw this has is that it doesn’t really make sense with regards to Dean Ambrose’s character. He is the lunatic fringe that has always been portrayed as a crazy guy. For him to get into a huff just because Roman Reigns is stealing is spotlight wouldn’t work well at all. Why would he care? All he would be bothered with is kicking ass and drinking milk. Him turning on Roman because of this reason wouldn’t suit his character unless his character is going to get suddenly repackaged. For someone like Dean, a character change needs to happen over time. If I were to turn him heel, it would because of months of pent up aggression and an increasing derangement of Ambrose. Eventually, something would happen that’d cause him to snap.

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Him joining the Authority is another idea but again, wouldn’t suit his character. It’d also hurt Dean because there wouldn’t be a lot for him to do with the group. He would also have to play second fiddle to Seth Rollins, unless the Authority were priming Dean to take Seth’s spot at the top of the group. That suggestion also wouldn’t work as this has already happened with the group, with Seth replacing Randy Orton as the main man of the group last year.

That last suggestion doesn’t really have a lot to do with Reigns, unless Dean costs him the match at Survivor Series and joins the group afterwards. The point is there’s not a lot of valid reasons for Dean to want to turn on Roman other than to get out of Roman’s shadow, but even that has it’s issues.

I believe that Dean Ambrose turning heel would be a whole lot of fun, but him turning on Roman is just not the way to do it. People would go nuts but ultimately, it wouldn’t make sense from a storyline standpoint. With the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton taking time off now, the WWE needs all the top faces they can get…

How I Would Book… Batista vs Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker

Previously on How I Would Book, we’ve covered a dream match that would truly be a money-maker for WWE if it were to ever go down. We discussed the possibility of “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar battling “The Animal” Batista. However, let’s think bigger. A straight up one on one match would be a lot of fun but as the old saying goes, the more the merrier. Let’s add someone else into the mix and make it a triple threat match. But who? Who could join these two monsters for a triple threat clash of titans? I believe the man that could join Batista and Brock is someone that has had great matches with both men in the past. It’s someone that would fit right in and help deliver a tremendous triple threat bout which could take things even further. How would I book Batista vs Brock Lesnar…. vs the Undertaker?

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The Beast, The Animal and The Deadman. Those three big men could provide a monsters battle of epic proportions. We know from Summerslam 2015 that Brock and Undertaker can have incredible matches together. Undertaker has also had a great feud with Batista in the past, which featured some great matches. With Batista and Brock Lesnar never squaring off before in a big match situation, this triple threat has the ingredients for a quality main event. Let’s see how we’d book…

Well, the first step towards getting this triple threat together would be to slightly change the finish to the Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. As much as this would be a sour way for the Lesnar/Taker feud to end, Brock would because of interference by the returning Batista who targets the Undertaker. However, Brock would be displeased at Batista “stealing his kill” and would F5 Brock for good measure.

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Undertaker is promoted for Survivor Series, so let’s put that to our advantage. It’s likely that Brock will not be used for the event but Batista should be fair game. We’re going off assumptions here but Batista might be able to come back full-time for a few months like he did in 2014. If that’s the case, then we can use him a lot more than Taker and Brock. Therefore, Batista will go up against the Undertaker in our Survivor Series main event. The match ends with a case of deja vu. The finish is caused by interference as Brock F5s Batista when the ref is down. Undertaker picks up the scraps and hits the Tombstone for the win.

Don’t worry. Batista will get a big win himself during this feud and he won’t be brought back just to lose all of his matches. He goes up against Brock at TLC in a tables match. There’s no interference in this match. Batista and Brock have a straight up match. The finish would be Brock locking on the Kimura on the ring apron with a table on the outside. This is a standing Kimura with Brock’s back turned against the table. Batista goes for a low blow to force Brock to let go of the hold for a while. Brock suddenly locks the Kimura in again and repeatedly headbuts him while he does it. Batista ends up tapping but then goes low again and the two of them fall through the table on the outside with Batista falling on top. Batista wins the match but it’s a very tainted victory.

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The Authority eventually settles the issues with Brock and Batista, with one more match set for the Royal Rumble. To make things interesting, it will also include the man Batista initially targeted… the Undertaker. A triple threat match is made with the winner getting a shot at the WWE World title at WWE Fast Lane. With Batista wanting the title shot he earned two years ago and Brock being robbed out of the title at Battleground, the stipulation does make a lot of sense. In this match, Brock goes over by pinning the Undertaker to earn his title shot and win this feud.

That about does it for this edition. I know it’s a bit short but there’s not a lot that needs to be said to get these three monsters to battle it out. I for one would love to see it go down.

Have any suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress or @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

How I Would Book… Dean Ambrose Winning The WWE Championship

NOTE: The following “How I Would Book” was suggested by one of the Armbar Express’ Twitter followers @Karriem15! Just remember, you can tweet your ideas for a future “How I Would Book” post to @ArmbarExpress on Twitter! I’m all ears!

There’s a million ways to have a superstar win a championship. There’s only a few ways to create a legitimate champion. You can give a man gold but he’s still just a man with gold unless you give him credibility and the tools to solidify him as a top champion. If Dean Ambrose ever becomes champion, he is no exception. He must be built to look like a true champion before he even wins the championship in the first place. Here’s how I would book Dean Ambrose… winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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Out of all the three members of the Shield, Dean is the only one to have yet been seriously pushed to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Seth Rollins has already won the WWE World title and Roman Reigns was booked to win it originally at Wrestlemania 31. However, Dean has not really had the opportunities Seth and Roman have to be the top man in the WWE. Yeah, Dean’s had main event feuds for the title but there wasn’t really a time where it seemed like Dean was ever going to win the title.

With this edition of How I Would Book, it’s a fun way to explore the potential of building up Dean to become a legitimate title contender and win the title itself. When he feuded with Seth Rollins for the title in May and June, he was really just thrown into the title picture and had been coming off feuds with mid-card talent like Luke Harper and Bad News Barrett. There wasn’t enough time allowed for Dean to build himself up for a high-profile feud like this. With this scenario, we’re hoping to make sure Dean is ready to become champion before he even wins it.

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The start of this scenario will actually feature elements from our last edition of How I Would Book. On that edition, we had Roman Reigns turn heel on John Cena and go on a rampage until he came across Dean Ambrose. I would keep that in for this edition, with the minor detail of Roman turning on Dean himself. That particular scenario was designed to plant the seeds for Roman vs Cena. Obviously, that’s not our aim with this scenario.

So Roman has turned on Dean and is now tearing through the roster. What happens next?

This might seem like a bit of cheating but I’m going knick another idea from that particular How I Would Book in order to start the feud between Dean and Roman with Survivor Series. The match between them which happened in that scenario will go down exactly the same in this scenario. Roman Reigns beats the living daylights out of Dean and the ref awards the match to Roman via KO. Down below are the details to that match:

“Dean Ambrose then confronts Roman about his new attitude. He doesn’t mind Roman getting a little crazy and just wants Roman to get take out all of the anger built inside against Dean at Survivor Series. Roman accepts and punches Dean in the mouth. Dean laughs about it and mouths that “this will be fun, my brother.” The two have their match at Survivor Series. It’s a nice little match which eventually spills onto the entrance ramp. The ref stops his count briefly just to tell Reigns and Ambrose to get back into the ring. Eventually, Roman spears Dean through the stage screen leaving Dean out. Roman rolls into the ring, grabs the mic and yells “Is that what you wanted Dean?” The doctors are trying to help Dean but he suddenly struggles down to the ring. Roman batters Dean in the ring and hits the spear but Dean kicks out. He hits another spear but Dean kicks out. This infuriates Roman to the point where he is just punching Ambrose over and over like he did with Cena. Eventually, the ref calls for the bell and awards the match to Roman via knock out. It features shades of the Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens match in February which ended in similar fashion. However, it does work well for Roman’s character as he is shown to be a legitimate badass.”

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This is where we finally break away from that last scenario and can get a bit creative. Dean got KO’d by Roman Reigns but is far from done with him. Dean would come out on RAW and would tease Roman for not being able to properly beat him. He couldn’t make Dean tap out or pin him because he doesn’t have the edge that Dean does that makes him willing to put everything on the line. Roman might have been able to knock him down at Survivor Series but he won’t be able to pin Dean’s shoulders down for a three count or make him submit. Dean challenges Roman to a TLC match where the match can only be won by pinfall or submission. Roman accepts and tells Dean that at TLC, he wasn’t just going to knock him down. Roman does a gun sign with his hand towards Dean and says “I’m going to put you down.”

Things are now coming to a boiling point between Dean and Roman. Roman is beating the crap out of Dean but Dean is putting up a much better fight. He is throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Roman but Roman is kicking. Roman does a lot of hard-hitting moves himself but Dean kicks out. It eventually comes down to a spot where Dean and Roman are up on a ladder with a table at the bottom. Roman initially knocks Dean with a head butt on top of the ladder. Roman takes a breather and smiles but Dean pulls himself up on the ropes and climbs back up. Roman does it again but Dean gets back up. Dean goes back and simply says “Is that all you’ve got?” Dean then delivers head butts of his own and Roman and Dean are just going blow for blow until eventually, both men fall off the ladder and through the table. Roman gets up first and Dean slaps him in the face. Roman laughs and then goes to the rope for a spear. However, Dean gets up and counters into Dirty Deeds and gets the pin on Roman Reigns. Dean gets up and celebrates but Roman suddenly hits the spear in the middle of the celebration and both men are laid out. Both men are helped to the back as Dean gets the crucial win here at TLC.

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Dean cuts a promo next night on RAW talking about how he was able to beat Roman the night before. Dean says with no pain, there’s no gain and Dean is hoping to gain a whole lot of both real soon. Dean announces his intentions on winning the Royal Rumble and he doesn’t care how much pain he’s gonna go through at the event. At the end of the day, it will be him pointing to that Wrestlemania sign as he will fulfil his destiny and win the WWE World title. The Authority come out and laughs at Dean for thinking that one win over Roman Reigns makes him believe that he can win the rumble. Dean’s going to find out that only the elite stars of WWE have ever won this match and they had to go through hell in order to do it. If Dean thinks that he can just walk into this match and win just because he won one match win Roman Reigns, he can think again. They tell Dean that if he wants to enter the Rumble, he’ll have to earn it. Starting that night on RAW, Dean will be wrestling every week. If Dean loses just a single match, he will be out of the Royal Rumble.

This challenge for Dean starts that night. His first opponent, is Heath Slater. Dean’s a bit confused but he wrestles him and picks up the win. His next opponent, is Bo Dallas. Again, Dean wins his match and is rather confused. The next week, his opponent is Brad Maddox. Now the announcers and Dean are starting to think that something’s up. No disrespect to Heath, Bo or Brad but they’re not exactly the top stars of WWE. After winning the match, Dean confronts the Authority backstage for giving him such weak opponents. Dean believes that the Authority is mocking him with these opponents and tells them to start giving him some real competition. On the week before the Royal Rumble, Triple H tells Dean that he will get the competition he desires so much. He tells Dean that he will be in a FOUR MAN gauntlet that week and he must win to keep his Rumble spot.

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The first man right off the bat is Kevin Owens, who is hopefully still the Intercontinental Champion at this point. It’s a hard hitting match for Dean but Kevin eventually gets himself disqualified and beats Dean over and over with a chair. Dean’s second opponent is Sheamus, who is hopefully still Mr Money In The Bank. It’s another hard hitting match for Dean but again, he wins via disqualification after WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins attacks him. Sheamus and Seth argue and Seth tells Sheamus that he’s Dean’s next opponent and that he was going to finish him off. Sheamus brogue kicks Seth and is about to cash in Money in the Bank but Dean hits Dirty Deeds to stop him. Triple H then brings out another man to replace Seth as Dean’s third opponent. That man turns out to be Alberto Del Rio, who is hopefully still the US Cahmpion. Del Rio is picking Dean apart but Dean is hanging in there. The match goes on for a while until Dean ducks the enziguiri and hits Dirty Deeds to beat Del Rio. Del Rio batters Ambrose in retaliation and hits the super kick, leaving Dean down and out. The fourth opponent turns out to be Roman Reigns. Roman simply hits the spear on Dean but Dean kicks out. Roman hits another spear but Dean again kicks out. Roman goes for another but hits the referee. When the ref is down, someone like John Cena comes down to help Dean and hits their finisher to give Dean a chance. When the ref wakes up, Dean side steps another spear to hit Dirty Deeds and get the win. Dean takes out the man that helped him to make him aware that it was everyone for themselves at the Royal Rumble.

The reason that someone runs in to help Dean is simple. It’s one thing to make someone look strong. It’s another thing to make them look completely over-powered. If Dean beat Roman by himself after the three other matches, then that would be a bit silly.  

A bit of information before we get to the Royal Rumble match, Seth would drop the WWE World title to Lesnar at the event itself. Dean comes in early for the Royal Rumble. He doesn’t come in as the #1 entrant or anything like that, but he comes out in the first half of the match. Something like #14 would be OK. Dean makes it to the final four. It’s Dean, Roman, John Cena and Bray Wyatt. Cena is able to eliminate Roman but Cena is eliminated by Bray Wyatt. Bray would have come in at #30 so he is as fresh as a daisy. The rest of the Wyatt Family come down to the ring to watch Bray eliminate Dean. Bray first goes for Sister Abigail but Dean hits Dirty Deeds. The Wyatt Family suddenly gets up on the apron and Dean tells them to bring it on. The Wyats are about to get in the ring but we hear that oh so familiar gong. Undertaker appears and takes down the Wyatt Family one by one. This would continue on from the events of Hell in a Cell, where the Wyatts attacked Taker after his Hell in a Cell match. Taker and Braun Strowman battle to the back. Bray throws himself at Dean when the Lunatic Fringe turns around. Bray goes for the elimination but Dean counters it to eliminate Bray for the win. Dean has won the Royal Rumble.

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The reason I went with Brock for being Dean’s Wrestlemania opponent is because he’s the perfect final challenge for Dean before winning the title. After all his been put through so far, Brock would be his last huge mountain to climb and conquer. In order to conquer the WWE, he must conquer the conqueror. I would have Dean defend his title shot against someone like Roman Reigns at Fastlane first mind you. In order to become a legitimate contender, he must beat other legitimate contenders. OK, he has beaten Roman Reigns before at TLC. However, Roman Reigns was also Brock’s opponent at Wrestlemania 31 and came very close to beating him. It needs to be made clear that Dean is every bit as better as one of Brock’s toughest opponents. If he beats him again, then he can look like a legitimate threat to Brock. The match at Wrestlemania 32 between Dean and Brock is also made no disqualification as it does play to the finish off the match.

Finally, Dean defeats Brock in the main event of Wrestlemania 32 to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Keep in mind, it is Brock Lesnar. It should take a lot for Dean to put him away. I would have a cool spot like Dean spearing Brock through an announce table in order to bring Brock closer to Dean’s level. If Brock dominates the start with Suplex City and then Dean puts him through the announce table, the two are pretty much even. In the end, three Dirty Deeds are hit by Dean but Brock shockingly… KICKS OUT! The fans are gob-smacked as is Dean. Dean becomes unhinged in the ring and grabs a chair from the outside. He unleashes a fury of chair shots onto Brock’s back, goes for the cover but Brock kicks out. He gets another chair and performs a number of conchairto shots to Brock, goes for the cover but Brock kicks out. It then takes one final Dirty Deeds on the chair to put Brock away and Dean is the champion. The fans are shocked by what’s just happened. This is not strictly a heel turn from Dean but I’d call it the start of a more deranged and psychotic side to Dean. 

Dean, up until this point, has been crazy but in a funny way. Now it’s crazy but a more serious and scary way. He needs to be an agent of chaos as champion which causes the rest of the locker room to shake in their boots. Dean has done everything he could to try and become the champion but was still unable to beat Brock after three Dirty Deeds. At that point, Dean takes a more extreme approach. If Dean is to truly become WWE World Champion, there has to be a sense of fear and seriousness introduced to his character in order to make him a star as WWE World Champion.

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I’d like to thank @Karriem15 for his suggestion on Twitter to do this How I Would Book. Have any of your own suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply follow me and tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

WWE Hell In A Cell 2015 Review – Lesnar vs Undertaker III Delivers On Really Good Show

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Hell in a Cell brought a lot to Los Angeles, California. It featured hard-hitting matches, shocking moments and a hell of a main event with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker squaring off inside the demonic structure. However, did they bring all they could to the state of California? Could the WWE make up for a poor month of RAW ratings with a quality event on the WWE Network? Could this be the turning point the WWE need to get back on the right tracks? Well, let’s run down the card with this review.

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The night started off with the US Title Open Challenge. Cena cut his usual promo and opened the challenge up to the roster. Zeb Colter of all people came out on some kind of scooter.He called John a divider and said that it was time for people to come together. He introduced the man that he claimed would become the United States Heavyweight champion. That man was Alberto Del Rio! No words can describe how much joy I had at that moment. I truly never believed that Del Rio would be the one to answer to call for a few reasons. I was talking with a few writers from SLTD Wrestling about who would take up the challenge. Someone actually threw Del Rio’s name into the mix but I shot it down. A reason for that is I had no idea if Del Rio was still under contract with Lucha Underground or not. I heard that Del Rio could have gotten out of that contract any time he wanted but I figured it would taken a lot of time to get the paperwork through in time for Hell in a Cell. Alberto Del Rio is also still the AAA Mega Champion too which is a huge missed opportunity for WWE! After the PPV, I looked onto NoDQ.com and this how Del Rio was able to sign with WWE so easily:

“Regarding his contract with the company, Del Rio’s deal was a lot easier to put together than most. Del Rio’s deal calls for less dates, and he will also be allowed to work through his remainder indie dates that he has previously agreed on. Money played a major factor in Del Rio’s return to the company. Lucha Underground was his main source of income, but both parties had a falling out because Del Rio couldn’t agree with creative and returning to WWE was his only option to making any kind of real money again.”

I did not believe it was going to be Daniel Bryan. I did not believe it was going to Tyler Breeze. I didn’t really know who I thought was going to challenge Cena but I didn’t think it would be Alberto Del Rio. Putting Del Rio with Colter is an interesting mix. I’m not sure if it’s going to work but then again, I was critical when Colter was put with Cesaro and Cesaro ended up benefiting from it in the end. So you never know.

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When I was doing the predictions for this on SLTD Wrestling, I really didn’t know what to think. I’d changed my mind over and over regarding whether the mystery challenger was going to win. On the predictions, I predicted that Cena would retain. When I saw Del Rio, my predictions were in a constant state of flux! I thought right away that to bring Del Rio back just to beat him on his first match back would be preposterous unless this was a one-off appearance. However, John Cena is John Cena. Having anyone beat Cena is very hard for the writers to do. They have to protect Cena. So I was thinking of all of these ways that would protect both Cena and Del Rio regardless of who win. I thought either Del Rio would win due to Zeb or Cena would just go over. Again, I was wrong. Low and behold, Del Rio pinned Cena after seven minutes… clean.

It was mind-blowing! The whole world went nuts when Kevin Owens pinned John Cena clean at Elimination Chamber. Not only did Del Rio beat Cena clean here, he did it seven minutes. He won off a backstabber and a super kick. The super kick is done by every other wrestler on the roster and is Del Rio’s signature move. It’s not even his proper finisher and Del Rio won clean. CLEAN!

Now I’ve seen a lot of fans on Twitter tweet about the logic of Cena beating the WWE World Champion Rollins clean but losing here clean to Del Rio. Let me just point something out. When John Cena beat Seth Rollins clean at Night of Champions, Seth was preparing for two opponents that night. It was not as clean a finish as you would have thought as Seth was preparing for two opponents. On the other hand, Del Rio had not been in WWE for over a year. Del Rio’s schedule in the last year has been a lot lighter than Cena’s. Cena’s been on the road with WWE nearly all year long. Del Rio’s worked for the likes of AAA, Lucha Underground and ROH but has not been wrestling as much as Cena in 2015. Cena’s body, in terms of the storyline, is hurt after putting up his US title every week. Del Rio is a lot fresher and simply took advantage of a wounded champion. It makes perfect sense as Cena was more prepared than Rollins at Night of Champions but not as prepared as Del Rio for Hell in a Cell. This is alright with me.

The only thing that took away from this moment with Del Rio coming back was Jerry Lawler down-playing Del Rio’s return like it was nothing. He criticised Cole and JBL for making it seem like he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. As someone on Twitter pointed out, he was aghast at the thought that Cole knew so much about Del Rio. I don’t know if Jerry Lawler is aware of this or not but MICHAEL COLE IS A JOURNALIST! It’s his business to know all of this stuff. You’re mad that he knew so much about a wrestler that you bury him for it? You can be a good guy all you want and you can bury the heels when you need to but not when he’s just made his return. Cole and JBL were making Del Rio out to be a star and Lawler thought it was no big deal. This was the start to a horrible night on the commentary table for Jerry Lawler. However, Del Rio’s return was still lovely despite Jerry Lawler on commentary. The pressure is now on WWE to make sure they don’t drop the ball with him.

There was a backstage segments that followed with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Seth Rollins and Corporate Kane all taking about the WWE World Heavyweight title match. Seth vowed to retain the title but Kane just wished Seth good luck as he would need it. Scary.

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match

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Initially, I thought it was kind of strange that there was no cool-off match between Del Rio winning the US title and the first Hell in a Cell match. Having thought about it, I understand now that it was probably WWE not wanting the Cell matches to be too close together so I kind of get it. I’m going to actually give Michael Cole credit for bringing up the statistic of only 35 men or so ever competing in a Hell in a Cell match. That actually helped make the match itself a bit more sacred and special as if it’s not competed in a lot. It may be a small thing, but I think that added to the Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt match with two competitors that were in this match for the first time.

It was a decent Hell in a Cell match. Early on, Roman did his drive-by kick to Bray which caused Bray to tumble a few steps and then slam himself into a cell wall. Other than that, I thought Bray was great during this match. Bray was just innovative in general when it came to using the weapons inside the cell. I remember he was like this when he was feuding with Dean Ambrose. When he and Dean had that TLC match last year, they had a WHOLE lot of fun with the weapons. Bray grabbed the chair and was about to hit Roman with it. Bray stopped himself, sat down on the chair, picked up the Kendo stick that was used earlier on in the match and then smacked Roman over and over in the chair while sitting down. I thought that was awesome. Bray was great during this.

The crowd loved Roman hitting Bray with double kendo sticks. The match was very slow paced sometimes to a point where it seemed that they didn’t know what was going on. They were stalling for time quite a bit. What I can say is that both men looked really good coming off this match. Bray and Roman both kicked out of a lot of big moves. Roman did a big powerbomb on Bray through the table but Bray immediately kicked out. There was an awesome sequence with Roman reversing Sister Abigail with a roll up and then hitting the Superman punch. Three tables broke during this. Roman hit a spear from the apron onto the table on the outside which looked really good but Bray kicked out. There was a fan that told Roman to “take his soul.” That made me laugh. Bray had planned to throw Roman into a kendo stick that was wedged into the turnbuckle but Roman threw Wyatt into it and hit the spear for the win.

This was a darn good Hell in a Cell match which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was every bit as fun as I hoped it would be. It was a suitable finish to the feud with Roman getting Wyatt in the cell by himself. It was a great story told with the right man going over. I believe this is a great way to get Roman back into the main event picture if that’s what’s going to happen. At the end of the day, this feud was actually a worthwhile. There’s been times which I’ve been annoyed at the feud but it gave us a quality finish. Judging by the end of the PPV, it seems that both men are going to get a lot out of it. Very satisfied with this one.

The New Day (c) vs The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship

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Xaiver Woods was not a ringside for this one. The announcers claimed it was because of Xaiver being put through the table on Monday Night RAW. I actually think Xaiver Woods was away because he was being married or something. I think that was the reason if anyone was wondering. Big E and Kofi dedicated this match to him. Kofi said he was going to play the bongo drums on D-Von’s head. Big E said he would slap Bubba’s belly like it were a drum. They told everyone to show off their “unicorn horns” which is really just putting your finger on your head. What this lead to was JBL telling Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler to “get their horns out!” I was critical of Jerry Lawler earlier but JBL was great during this show. There was a lot of stuff he threw in which I don’t think were planned. When he just goes off on his own, JBL is so awesome. It’s such a shame that Vince usually limits what JBL can say. Here, he was great somehow. Great promo as usual even without Xaiver Woods!

The match itself was much worse then the stuff they’ve done at Night of Champions and Madison Square Garden. The Dudleyz have been together for twenty years and messed up a tag team spot so bad in this match. Let me cut to the chase. Bubba had Kofi up for a side slam. D-Von came off the rope and it appeared that he was going for a leg drop onto Kofi. However, D-Von instead while running decided to switch legs at the last minute. So he got to his spot, jumped up to do the leg drop on one leg, then went for the other, but Bubba didn’t go down at the same time and didn’t drop Kofi either. It was such a bad mess up and it came from the Dudleys. Unbelievable.

Kofi tried the old Eddie tribute spot where he got the trombone, threw it to Bubba and went down. The ref didn’t buy it and the match continued. What was funny actually was that Bubba was begging the referee to not DQ them and told them to listen to the fans. However, not only were the fans mostly behind the New Day during the match, when Eddie usually did this spot, he would be cheered! Big E would then hit Bubba with the instrument behind the ref’s back and Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise for the win. I thought this match was very underwhelming as I expected more considering the amount of months this feud has went on. However, all I can say is the right team went over. With that being said and the botched spot earlier in mind, it was still a pretty average tag team match. Not the best pay-off to months of build though.

Charlotte (c) vs Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship

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It was announced on the pre-show that no divas were allowed at ringside for this match, which completely derailed my prediction of Paige screwing over Charlotte! However, I was still convinced that Nikki was somehow going to win the title. I predicted this on SLTD Wrestling. However, it appeared that I was wrong all along!

There’s something about how Charlotte throws her punches that was really off-putting to me. She doesn’t do like a jab, an uppercut or a hook or anything like that. What she does is make a fist and pokes Nikki with her fist. I think Charlotte needs to work on her striking game in the future because it came off so bad in this match.

There were “We Want Sasha” chants. There was a German suplex spot which I thought was so badly screwed up. Nikki was going for a German suplex from the top rope but she had hardly any grip. So what happens is that looked like she was going to try and suplex Charlotte by wrapping her arms around Charlotte’s waist rather than her stomach. It was the most ludicrous looking German suplex I’ve ever seen. The only redeeming quality of it was that Charlotte was able to land on her feet after Nikki tried this “German suplex” which actually made it look sort of cool. Nikki hit the Alabama slam on Charlotte onto the ring apron which looked like it sucked for Charlotte. This went along well with the story of the match, with Nikki targeting the back. Nikki went for the Rack Attack but Charlotte countered it into a botchy looking figure-eight leg lock for the win.

I didn’t like this match. It was certainly not the worst women’s match I’ve seen on PPV. However, it just didn’t come off looking good. I like the idea of wrestlers working over body-parts during the match and it worked well during their match at Night of Champions. However, it did not look good when they did it in this match. This match just seemed like a desperate attempt from WWE to turn this Divas Revolution thing around with Charlotte and Nikki pulling out all the stops and put on a very good match. The only problem with that is you’re asking Charlotte and NIKKI BELLA to put on this “great” match. Nikki is not good enough to put on this type of match and Charlotte is not THAT experienced in the ring. It just came off a cheap rip-off of the stuff Bayley and Sasha were doing on NXT. Nikki and Charlotte were going for all of these great spots in theory but a lot of them were just messed up. The only one which kind of looked cool and was pulled off great was Nikki’s Alabama slam. It was not worth giving the ten minutes they gave them on this show. This match was longer than the Tag Team title and US title matches and it just never justified the amount of time they were given. Sorry girls. You need to do more to impress me. I also don’t think Charlotte was ready for this title run in the first place and this match has not really done a lot to help the cause. Let’s see what they do on RAW anyway.

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

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This match wasn’t really that great. It was certainly not that great considering all of the weeks of hype this feud has been given. The issue is that Seth wrestled this match with Kane like it was just another guy, with the exception of the spot where Seth tried to knock Kane down but he wouldn’t budge. For weeks, the storyline was that Seth was trash-talking Kane when he was in a suit but was scared of him when he had his ring-gear on. However, he treated this match like it was nothing and pinned Kane clean in the middle. The storyline they had built up for so long didn’t even play into the match itself and the finish. All I can think at this point is that it’s going to continue on into RAW where Kane is fired or somehow spared from being fired. We shall see.

Bryan Alvarez thinks that Kane got injured when he took the powerbomb from Seth onto the table. It actually makes sense as Kane didn’t really do a lot after the spot happened and the doctor came to check on him. I hope that’s not the case but it’s really not good news for Seth if he is hurting all of these lads in high-profile matches, whether it was a mistake or not. He broke John Cena’s nose, we have no idea what the future is of Sting after what happened at Night of Champions and he might have injured Kane too. Maybe he has to tone down a lot of his hard-hitting moves because it’s getting people hurt.

Kevin Owens (c) vs Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship

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This was a pretty bad short match. Usually when a match is a short, the wrestlers try to get in as much good spots as they can. However, it just played out like a normal match which had an abrupt finish after five minutes. Ryback got hardly any reaction when he came out which was worrying. I’m shocked that people are still chanting “Goldberg” at him after all of these years. It’s amazing.

Ryback did a powerbomb on his own to Kevin Owens and the announcers just completely no-sold it. He did his opponent’s finisher and the announcers didn’t even think to mention this. Some stuff happened and Kevin raked the eyes and hit the pop-up Powerbomb on Ryback for the win. It wasn’t a very good powerbomb but at least it played into what happened on RAW with the announcers suggesting that Kevin could do the powerbomb to Ryback as well. Hopefully, Kevin gets a much different opponent than Ryback. When Kevin has to work with a fellow big man, it just doesn’t seem like it works. It certainly didn’t work with poor Ryback.

Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match

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This was it. The biggest rubber match in recent memory. Brock got busted open very early into the match by going into the ring post. What’s funny is that the announcers mentioned that Brock stopped himself from hitting the post by using his arm but he was bloody anyway. Undertaker was also bloodied in the match too. According to Bryan Alvarez, “Vince freaked the fuck out” after there was blood in the match. That’s what Bryan said on the Bryan and Vinny show but here’s a bit more from the report I read earlier:

“Bryan Alvarez mentioned on the latest instalment of Wrestling Observer Radio that he received texts from someone that was backstage and the event and witnessed Vince McMahon’s reaction to the blood. Alvarez said that Vince and Kevin Dunn were freaking out over the incident because the company has a no blood policy. Dunn was seen screaming for a doctor to get out there. However sending the doctor out there didn’t do much, as Lesnar shoved the doctor down and after that, the doctor did not return.”

I will never say that wrestlers should blade for a sake of making the match better. I was especially not at ease by the “we want blood” chants that were going on during the match. However, blood just seemed to work for this match in a weird way. They showed a shot of Undertaker busted open and he looked very scary! You could tell it was a scary and serious situation which did add to the match.

Undertaker did the chair guillotine which he hardly ever does but it always looks cool whenever he does it. Brock hit a F5 but Undertaker kicked out. As mentioned earlier, a doctor was sent down to the cell. Brock threw the doctor out the ring and just hit another F5 on the Undertaker but he kicked out again. Lesnar hit Taker with the steel steps and Michael Cole was just like “this is it” as if this was going to be the finish. I know he did that to hype up the kick out but there’s no way that it was believable that Cole thought the match was over after that! Brock went to break Taker’s leg with the steel steps. If you’ll recall, Brock did the exact same thing to Kane a few months ago to take him out. In fact, Michael Cole referenced that on commentary. A nice little bit of story-telling there. Michael Cole was actually pretty good himself tonight on commentary.

Taker locked on Hells Gate and Brock was clenching his fist as he was considering tapping. All I kept thinking was “JUST PUNCH HIM!” He eventually took my advice and he beat the crap out of Taker as if this was the end of a UFC fight and if he was just waiting for the ref to pull him away. I liked this. It played to his time in UFC as a legitimate fighter. Brock then ripped up the ring mat but Undertaker used that to his advantage. He chokeslammed and tombstoned Lesnar onto the hard floor but Lesnar kicked out. Brock won the match with a low blow and a F5 to pick up the win. The right man won this one. I don’t think it was as good as their Summerslam match but it was a good Hell in a Cell match. It finished as it should have and it was a fitting end to the feud.

At the end of the night, Undertaker was stood alone in the ring as the crowd applauded him. The Wyatt Family came out. They came out and simply beat up the Undertaker. JBL was well into this angle and even called the Wyatts “sick bastards.” They then carried him out to end the show. I’m guessing this will lead into Survivor Series, as it appears that Undertaker is promoted for that event. I think it’ll be a four on four with Undertaker, Kane, Sting if he’s healthy and somebody else against the Wyatts. I’d like to see that as Undertaker wouldn’t have to do a lot physically but we’ll see where it goes.

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Hell in a Cell was a very good show. It was a great showing by WWE with a lot of good matches to talk about. The Hell in a Cell matches were the best matches of the night which is great as it’s the marquee match of the night. There was a lot of shocking moments and I really hope the WWE can capitalize on them as they hope to turn their RAW ratings around.

Team CesarKO – Could This Be What Cesaro and Randy Orton Need?

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The ideas that men with the physiques, characters and natural wrestling abilities of Cesaro and Randy Orton are floundering around the mid-card position of WWE television is pretty astounding. Randy Orton is a 12-time former World Champion. Cesaro has had an insane amount of popularity and has put in a lot of tremendous performances this year. However, these two great athletes have somehow found themselves in the position where a lot of mid-card talent have been in for years. The Miz, Wade Barrett, even Big E and Kofi Kingtson before they took off with the New Day gimmick. All of these men had been in the mid-card spot for years with no direction and have been the victims of undivided attention by the WWE writers. Somehow, Cesaro is still in this position after all of these years. Somehow, Randy Orton is now in that position as he was even supposed to be on the Hell in a Cell pre-show until he pulled out this week.

It’s hard to believe that these two are in this position. However, I do have a solution which I think will revitalise the careers of both Cesaro and Randy Orton and it actually relates to a past Wrestling Flashback I’ve done in the past. Anyone that is familiar with the SmackDown! six will know that putting individuals together in a tag team scenario will do a great job at getting both those individuals over AS individuals. Even though these individuals are in a tag team, at the end of the day they are individuals. During the SmackDown! six, you had six individuals elevated as singles stars with that tag team scenario. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit were singles stars that got over as a tag team. Rey Mysterio and Edge were the same. Eddie and Chavo were probably more close to being a legitimate tag team than the two other two teams but it still elevated both men to World title status eventually.

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The point is that it never hurt any of those men going into the tag team division as it would help them out as individuals at the end of the day. Considering all six of the men in that “SmackDown! Six” became world champions, I think it helped tremendously. With the two of them currently in that mid-card purgatory just waiting for a direction, it wouldn’t hurt Cesaro or Randy Orton to enter that tag team scenario themselves in order to further their singles careers.

I know what you’re thinking. Of all the wrestlers you could team up, why Cesaro and Randy Orton? You’re right. Due to their different personalities, a tag team with these two does seem a little out of place. However, their wrestling styles surprisingly compensate each other nicely. Cesaro and Randy Orton have both been shown to be innovative in the ring. Cesaro is a genius in terms of his wrestling while Randy Orton is always coming up with inventive ways to hit the RKO out of nowhere. In fact, Cesaro and Randy once teamed up before to deliver probably one of the best RKOs of the year with this beauty on RAW.

As soon as I saw that finisher one the first things I thought was “these two should be a tag team.” There’s something about these two which I think could sublimely in that tag team scenario. The two of them are in the middle of nowhere anyway so why not at least give these team a shot? These two as a tag team against the New Day could result in some incredible matches on PPV. It could be a short be sweet partnership that could help elevate the Swiss Superman and the Apex Predator once again.

How I Would Book… Roman Reigns vs John Cena

John Cena – the name and face of WWE. He’s waived the company flag as their franchise player for ten years with many stars coming through the ranks to try and overtake the Cenation leader. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Ryback have all been pushed at one time to rival and potential surpass Cena in popularity but here Cena still stands as the face of the company even in 2015. Many fans have wanted change at the top of the food chain for a while and there’s a great opportunity at the moment for WWE to make their next top guy to knock Cena off the top. However, it’s not going to happen overnight. The first step towards creating a “new John Cena” is to have Cena “pass the torch” to someone that shouldn’t really start of as a good guy to begin with. Roman Reigns could very well be the next John Cena but in order to do that, he needs to beat the man himself and do it as a heel. Here’s how I would book Roman Reigns vs John Cena…

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If Roman Reigns is to truly become the next top guy in WWE, beating Cena is the best way to do it. Every time a new top guy is made, there’s always that “glass ceiling” that prevents them from being elevated. For the likes of Rusev, Bray Wyatt, Ryback and Kevin Owens, that glass ceiling was John Cena. However, those that have beaten Cena like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan in big match situations have become stars in their own right. They’ve never become the face of the company but they’ve been turned into one of the true elite in the WWE. Roman Reigns could finally break into that elite with a big win over Cena.

I know what you’re thinking. Bryan and Punk both beat Cena as babyfaces. The likes of Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens were heels and pressure to keep the biggest face of the company strong has lead to hardly any villains winning a feud with “Big Match John.” The likelihood of heels becoming stars by beating Cena doesn’t seem like a strong solution. Even after beating Cena at Summerslam, Seth Rollins is currently struggling after losing the US title back to Cena at Night Of Champions.

I don’t want this to seem like a knock on John Cena because it really isn’t. If anything, his position at the moment could help someone like Roman Reigns to get over. Roman turning heel is a risky move but worth it as he’s really got nothing else to lose. Roman was pushed as such a babyface at the start of the year but was seemingly rejected even more than Cena. If he turns heel, then it’s a great opportunity for Reigns to become the badass that got him over in the first place with the Shield. In a recent piece for SLTD Wrestling, I said:

“The Roman Reigns that became such a big hit barely spoke. The talking was mostly left to Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins when he was apart of the Shield. Roman let his fists do the talking and acted like a total badass. The fans didn’t like Roman Reigns because of his mic skills. They liked him because they liked to see him beat people up. Let him do just that.

That’s a crucial role for Roman to play. He needs to be a badass heel in order to counter the ultimate face. This would be Superman vs Doomsday. Two powerhouses with completely different agendas. Once you have that, you’re good to go.

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I think one of the biggest aspects of being a heel is having something to brag about and credibility. Right now, there’s a great opportunity to get that credibility as a bad guy. Firstly, he beats Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell. Then he sets his sights on Cena.

If the reports of Cena being out for two months are true, then the next step for Roman is easy. On the RAW after Hell in a Cell, US Champion John Cena comes out (who would have won his US title match the night before). He comes out and makes his challenge which Roman accepts. As Lillian Garcia is doing the introductions, Roman attacks Cena before the match even starts. This is not like a regular beatdown. Roman DESTROYS Cena. He batters him with the steel steps, he smacks him with chairs and does the spear through the announce table that he did to Bray Wyatt. As Roman walks up the ramp, Cena crawls back to his feet. In a fit of rage, Roman gets him back in the ring and just beats the crap out of him. He doesn’t do any special moves or anything. He just punches him. One after another after another until Cena is KO’d. He spits on Cena’s face and leaves.

This sidelines Cena for the few months that he’s away. The US title would also be vacated. Meanwhile, Roman is running through the roster and just beating the crap out of everyone. Dean Ambrose then confronts Roman about his new attitude. He doesn’t mind Roman getting a little crazy and just wants Roman to get take out all of the anger built inside against Dean at Survivor Series. Roman accepts and punches Dean in the mouth. Dean laughs about it and mouths that “this will be fun, my brother.” The two have their match at Survivor Series. It’s a nice little match which eventually spills onto the entrance ramp. The ref stops his count briefly just to tell Reigns and Ambrose to get back into the ring. Eventually, Roman spears Dean through the stage screen leaving Dean out. Roman rolls into the ring, grabs the mic and yells “Is that what you wanted Dean?” The doctors are trying to help Dean but he suddenly struggles down to the ring. Roman batters Dean in the ring and hits the spear but Dean kicks out. He hits another spear but Dean kicks out. This infuriates Roman to the point where he is just punching Ambrose over and over like he did with Cena. Eventually, the ref calls for the bell and awards the match to Roman via knock out. It features shades of the Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens match in February which ended in similar fashion. However, it does work well for Roman’s character as he is shown to be a legitimate badass.

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The Authority would be impressed with Roman’s new-found aggression and would reward him with a WWE World title opportunity at TLC in a TLC match. The champion Seth Rollins would be annoyed but Dean would want to be in the match as well. The Authority give him a rematch with Roman on RAW. If Dean wins, he’s added to the title match. Seth Rollins is at ringside. The ref calls for the match to start but Roman instantly kicks Dean in the nuts to be disqualified. He lays onto Dean until Seth pulls him off. Seth is upset that Roman has just made the TLC main event a triple threat. Roman doesn’t care but Seth slaps him. Roman then goes after Seth. Roman hits both Dean and Seth with spears. He then notices the chair Seth was sitting on at ringside. He grabs it and we then get a case of deja vu. Dean and Seth are down as Roman smacks them both with chair shots over and over. If you’ll recall, Seth did the exact same thing to Dean and Roman when he left the Shield and joined the Authority. This sets things up nicely for TLC.

This match would probably be a great match with the three of them knowing each other so well. I would have Roman take out Dean with a spear into a table or something cool like that. Roman would be closing in on a victory but then we hear the music of John Cena. Cena returns to battle Roman on top of the ladder. This would be quite the bump but Cena AAs Roman off the top of the ladder onto a table similarly to what he did to Edge at Unforgiven 2006. Seth takes advantage to retain the title.

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Cena would then declare himself in the 2016 Royal Rumble and vowed to become only the second man to win the match three times (with Stone Cold Steve Austin being the first). Roman would interrupt and announced that “he’s in” and said that he would win the Rumble match for a second year in a row whether Cena or any of the fans liked it or not. He also vowed to eliminate Cena from the Rumble himself. Cena and Roman come out near the end of the rumble match and they both make it to the final six. Cena eliminates Roman by side-stepping his spear and clotheslining him over the top rope. However, Cena would get shockingly eliminated when his back was turned. Cena and Roman stare at each other and begin to fight on the outside. The refs come out to try and stop it but Cena and Roman take them out. Cena pushes the last ref away but Roman takes advantage to spear him. Roman looks like he’s about to spear Cena off the stage but Cena counters it into the AA on the entrance ramp. Both men are out and helped to the back to end their night.

John Cena comes out the next night on RAW and calls out Roman Reigns for a match. Triple H interrupts, saying that a match between Reigns and Cena needs to be promoted properly. He’s willing to give John Cena his match with Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania on one condition, Cena must win every match he wrestles from now until Mania. If he is to lose just one of his matches, Cena will miss out on Wrestlemania 32 all together this year. John Cena’s US Open Challenge has been such a success since Cena introduced it as it’s given many other wrestlers a chance to share the spotlight. Considering that a lot of wrestlers on the active roster might miss out on a big match at Wrestlemania anyway, being reduced to probably being in the Andre The Giant battle royal, this is their chance to make a name for themselves before Wrestlemania to go into the event looking good.

Meanwhile, Roman’s schedule is a lot lighter than Cena. He doesn’t have to do anything. Triple H tells Roman that if Cena loses before Mania, he does have a match for Roman to be in. If Cena loses then Roman would be added to the main event of Wrestlemania instead. Cena would vow to prevent Roman from sliding into a title match he really doesn’t deserve. John would face the New Day in a three man gauntlet at Fastlane. He beats Xaiver and Kofi but is losing to Big E. Big E is about to hit the Big Ending when Roman comes out. He stares at Big E and then spears Cena, causing Cena to win by disqualification. He batters Cena and spears him through the barricade to properly hurt him.

I know what you’re thinking. Why would Roman help Cena win by getting the New Day disqualified? If Cena wins, then Roman can’t get his title match right? However, Roman is preparing for Cena himself for Wresltemania too. If Roman’s attacks leads to Cena losing, then he gets his title shot. If Cena is hurt going into Wrestlemania, then it’s an easy day at the office for Roman. It’d be foolish for Roman to not prepare for Cena should he win all of his matches. If he doesn’t, then it’s a win-win situation for Roman anyway.

Eventually, Cena does win all of his matches leading into the event. Cena gets his hands on Reigns on the RAW before Wrestlemania giving him two attitude adjustments through the announce tables to hurt Roman. I would at least have Cena attack Roman once. Cena can’t be totally dominated by Roman in the feud because this match is huge for the Samoan. Cena and Reigns both have to look really strong heading into this match.

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At Wrestlemania, Roman and Cena have their match. The match initially starts with Cena hitting Roman with the AA immediately, but Roman kicks out at one! Cena is stunned as Roman just gets up and laughs at Cena. The match goes on and Roman then starts to dominate. The matches Cena’s had before this are really starting to effect him as he looks tired around seven minutes into the match. Roman is just hammering away. Things get worse for John as Roman spears him into the steel steps on the outside. Cena makes it back into the ring but is feeling his ribs for the rest of the match. Roman eventually hits a spear in the ring but doesn’t cover him. He stands over him and poses. Roman shouts “Who’s the man?” but then falls down as Cena locks on the STF. Roman is in the hold for nearly two or three minutes but somehow gets the ropes. However, Cena is spent after what’s happened to him in the match. That STF took a lot of Cena. Roman gets angry and starts slapping Cena repeatedly. Roman goes for the Superman Punch but Cena counters it into an AA but Roman kicks out. Cena then starts to make his comeback but is exhausted. Cena goes for the five knuckle shuffle but as Cena is coming off the rope, Roman hits the superman punch. Cena stays up as Roman hits another Superman punch and a spear to get the clean victory over Cena.

And that’s how I would book it. In fact, I think would be one of my strongest ideas of how to turn Roman Reigns heel. Roman needs to look like a badass and I think this feud with Cena has helped turn him into a legitimate badass heel that was not all about taking cowardly wins. Him having to work a lighter schedule then Cena leading into their match is heelish but it’s not done in such a way that makes Roman look bad. As long as he won the match at Mania, all of this would have been worth it. I think a star could be made with this feud and his name… is not John Cena. It’s in fact Roman Reigns and you can believe that.

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