WWE Battleground 2014 Review – MH17 Plane Crash Mention Gets WWE In Hot Water

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Ladies and gentlemen… it’s here! Battleground Review is here and for those of you who weren’t expecting much from this pay-per-view… you were right to think that way. This PPV was essentially a filler PPV, something to fill the gap before the big dance, something to fill the gap before Summerslam. This was hardly going to be a PPV of THAT caliber and expectation. However, was it able to at least put on a good display as WWE begin their road to Summerslam?

 

The Usos (c) vs The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) – 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match For The WWE Tag Team Championship

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I’ve got to admit. I was not aware that this match was a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match, so I was pleasantly surprised! The Usos and The Wyatts always had great chemistry together… and this match certainty demonstrated that. While I was not a fan of the early falls in the 2 Out Of 3 Falls match, they made up for that with a tremendous third fall of the match. Near-fall after near-fall for both teams. A lot of the spots and stuff were from previous matches and seemed repetitive but they introduced a lot of new spots that kept the match alive. In the end, The Usos performed the double splash to, I think it was Rowan, to pick up the third and final fall of the match!

I was definitely surprised that the Usos won. I’m not saying that it was a bad move, but it was something that caught me off-guard. Because if there’s one thing I like in wrestling, that’s being kept off-guard! And NO-ONE saw the Usos retaining. It got a fair amount of boos at the end, but the Usos retain. Maybe if they’re still planning to put the belts on the Wyatts, do it at Summerslam. A bigger event gives the moment more prestige. And to avoid it from being the same thing over and over, throw in Goldust and Stardust. Or maybe bring Rybaxel into the fold again. But I loved this. Great start to the show…

 

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins?

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Now it was time for Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins… or not. Before the match could take place Dean jumped Seth during his interview and as a result, Triple H called off the match and had Ambrose removed from the building.

Seth would mosey on down to the ring and have the ref declare him the winner by forfeit. But Deano was having none of that – he took matters into his own hands by taking his fists to Seth’s face. Somehow getting back into the building, Dean attacked Seth resulting a large brawl between the two former Shield members. I like that Seth was getting his fair share of hits in on Dean before it was broken up so Seth didn’t seem weak in the fight.

Seth was then sent home for his own safety but was once again jumped by Dean who decided to jump out of the boot of a car to get the job done! You gotta wonder how long he’d been in that ca…. Seth was able to get away from Ambrose and drove out. He took the car that Ambrose was hiding in so either Seth just committed Grand Theft Auto and stole a car or Dean took Seth’s keys and hid in the car! Either way, this was a hilarious way to end this little war between Seth and Dean. I would have liked to have seen a match but this was certainly entertaining. This adds fuel to the fire and intensifies the feud. I like it!

 

 

AJ Lee (c) vs Paige for the Divas Championship

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This was… highly disappointing. I expected a lot from these two divas. A legit match between these two you would imagine would be great. It had great build and it had a lot of anticipation to it. But to me it felt like a let-down. And I don’t think the fans were into it as much as they would have hoped, especially after watching the quality tag match between the Usos and Wyatts. I personally feel that Paige should have won because her just losing cleanly like she did here just completely diminishes her past title reign and it doesn’t make her look like a legit threat to AJ. I really hope Paige turns heel or something to give this feud some umph because right now, it’s not as interesting as I would have liked it to be because I do like these girls a lot… from an athletic standpoint!

 

Rusev vs Jack Swagger

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This match got a lot of people talking… and it wasn’t because of the match itself. The match itself was just a little bit better than I expected it to be – and that’s not saying a lot because I thought it was going to be a huge let-down. Also, it ended in a sloppy countdown finish. It just didn’t feel when Rusev did the proud Russian celebration at the end like it was a decisive finish because like Michael Cole said, “Swagger had dominated the entire match”. However, this was not the talking point…

Prior to the match, Lana cut her usual Anti-USA promo and put Rusev over like he was a million dollars. However, during the promo she referenced to the MH17 Plane Crash in the Ukraine that killed 283 people. She stirred some controversy with these comments (hoping that this doesn’t get taken down. If it does anything like “Lana Mentions MH17 Crash” on YouTube should get it up).

This has put WWE in some serious hot water. The worldwide media have hounded WWE for allowing Lana to exploit such a tragedy just after it took place in order to gain heat for herself and Rusev.

Here’s an article from the Independent below about it…

WWE accused of ‘exploiting’ MH17 crash at Battleground pay-per-view

Whether WWE were right to do it or not is up to you. I’m not gonna offer an opinion on whether WWE were right to do it, but it’s not exactly something that took me off-guard. Vince McMahon is a proud supporter of free speech and he will go to all kinds of levels to get people talking about WWE, even mentioning major international disasters. Hell Vince once suggested that WWE run an insect angle involving him and his daughter Stephanie (Yes. Vince really wanted to do this). And it seems that WWE are gonna stick with their guns with this Russian-Supporter gimmick with Lana and Rusev. I mean they’ve had days to stool over what to do with Rusev and Lana following the crash. I just hope that should they continue with this, they tread lightly as the infamous line from Breaking Bad goes. Because sometimes, not all publicity is good publicity.

 

Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt

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Holy crap, this match had a lot of blown spots! I had a lot of anticipation for this match, but it was shockingly bad for such two elite stars in the company. I always thought after Jericho’s match with Ryback at Money In The Bank last year, that Jericho could have a great match with anyone. But this match was not going to follow suit. The one thing I noticed is that when Bray is in a standard one on one match, the match pace slows RIGHT down. That’s not something I like, especially when you’re in there with someone as quick as Jericho. Jericho had to slow right down because Bray couldn’t keep up. This match was utterly dreadful. However, the result was a surprise.

For what is a rare occasion these days, Jericho was FINALLY able to pull-off a PPV victory over Bray! As a fan of Jericho, I love that he’s finally got a big win under his belt after so much putting newer talent over. However, I know Bray Wyatt fans are going to get all mad because Bray had lost another big match after losing to Cena and in the WWE Title match at Money In The Bank. However, I’d like to bring up Justin Labar’s tweet about the ending (an awesome writer in my opinion):

 

JBL called Jericho’s win an UPSET. When was the last time you heard Jericho getting an UPSET victory? WWE are building up Wyatt to be something spectacular if, even against a multi-time World Champion and mega-star, he is considered the favorite to win. I mean it’s not like Bray isn’t going to get his revenge so be patient!

 

19 Man Battle Royal For The Intercontinental Championship

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A very excitable battle royal. A lot of shockers and a lot of cool moments. Kofi Kingston providing cool elimination escapes once again. Cesaro with some impressive displays of strength. HEATH SLATER ELIMINATING CESARO!

Oh man. I cannot tell you how happy I was after that happened! I am such a big Heath Slater fan. I hope he gets pushed now that 3MB is gone! It was down to Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler… with Miz still on the outside. It was an epic final two between the Celtic Warrior and the Show Off… with Miz still on the outside. After a long battle, Ziggler was able to eliminated the Celtic Warrior… with Miz still on the outside. But wait? The Miz comes back in… and eliminates Ziggler. Miz wins the Intercontinental title… Really?

I got to admit I wanted Heath Slater or Ryback to win, but Ziggler winning this battle royal would have been major for him. It would have brought prestige to the title. It could have been wonderful. So why? Why did the Miz do the predictable “wait-outside-the-ring” strategy and win the whole thing? That makes the IC Title seem like a joke. Which was exactly what I didn’t want to happen. Ziggler would have been perfect to win the gold with Barrett out. Miz just seems like a joke with his stupid new movie star gimmick. Diego would have brought more prestige to the belt than The Miz. It’s just illogical and stupid. 

 

John Cena (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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This… was… tedious. This match wasn’t exactly a Thriller in Manila. It was a whole lot of boring as per with Orton and Cena. Kane and Reigns brought something different to the plate and Reigns did dominate a lot of the match. However for a PPV Main Event, this simply wasn’t good enough. I mean there wasn’t any interferences or anything. Not a lot of interesting spots (other than Reigns spearing Orton through the barricade… like he’s done a number of times before). Cena just flat out won clean. At least the Authority could have interfered to screw Roman Reigns or something. Not this boring ending like we’ve seen SO many times before. Maybe they wanted to have Cena look strong before he fights Brock Lesnar at Summerslam so they had him win clean or something. Other than that, I don’t see any reason as to why this was a logical way to have the match play out. 

 

 

Overall, this PPV was disappointing. Even if this was a filler PPV, that was shocking. This certainty wasn’t a good advertisement for the WWE Newtork. I loved the tag team match at the start of the show but the rest was so dire mostly because of the finishes. And that seems to be the story of the show. Rusev and Swagger ended in a lame count out. Jericho won in what was a badly botched match to begin with. The IC Title match ended with a predictable ending and a poor decision of a winner. It doesn’t put me in high spirits for Summerslam unfortunately.

But I’m glad I did this because I don’t think I did do the Money In The Bank review so it’s good to be back! Be sure to check back on the blog for more content coming soon. Follow us on Twitter @ArmbarExpress and have a fantastic day!

WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Predictions: The Game And The Next Big Thing Do Battle In The Steel Cage – WHO’S GOING TO WIN?

Hey there WWE fans, I am “The Excellence Of Execution” Thomas Robinson here with my WWE Extreme Rules predicitions! The pay-per-view has a pretty decent card on actually. Although it’s suffered set-backs with Great Ones bailing, The Best In The World resting and the World Champion injured, WWE actually haven’t done THAT bad with the card. I mean sure it could be better, but WWE were really hindered by losing the star power of CM Punk, The Rock, Undertaker and Dolph Ziggler. Anyway, let’s run down the card.

THE SHIELD VS THE WORLD – United States Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Dean Ambrose/ WWE Tag Team Championship: “Team Hell-No” Kane (c) and Daniel Bryan (c) vs “The Shield” Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

Background: The Shield have been whooping all kinds of ass since debuting in November and gained huge momentum by being victorious at Wrestlemania, defeating Team Hell-No and Undertaker in London, and taking The Undertaker out. But now it was time for The Shield to focus on getting the gold, and The Shield targeted the United States Champion Kofi Kingston and WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan. Dean Ambrose has been given a US Title shot against Kofi Kingston at Extreme Rules. Reigns and Rollins got a Tag Title Shot against Kane and D-Bry for the PPV.

What I think Should Happen?: The Shield win. BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

What I think will happen?: The Shield win. Kingston was basically a transitional champion, and Team Hell-No have held the tag titles for long enough. BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

SMACKDOWN’S CURSADE VS SMACKDOWN’S POWER TRIP – Strap Match: Sheamus vs Mark Henry/ Extreme Rules Match: Randy Orton vs Big Show

Background: At Wrestlemania 29, The Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus battled The Shield in a 6 man tag. However, the team of former world champions was not enough to take down the Shield. Upset with Randy Orton tagging himself in, Big Show angrily KO’d both Sheamus and Orton and left. The next night on RAW, Big Show interrupted the Randy Orton vs Sheamus match and attacked both his Wrestlemania partners. However, he specifically targeted his attacks Orton and delivered a huge beatdown on The Viper. On SmackDown!, Sheamus himself was attacked backstage by “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, and was attacked again by Henry on the RAW afterwards. Henry and Big Show teamed up to defeat Sheamus and Orton (cleanly might I add) on SmackDown!. Sheamus then got his own back on Mark Henry, and attacked him backstage. It was eventually announced that both feuds would be settled at Extreme Rules, with Sheamus taking on Mark Henry in a strap match, and Big Show taking on Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules match.

What I think should happen?: I think the heels should get the victories. It’d make sense for Mark Henry to defeat Sheamus and continue his huge wave of momentum coming of the Elimination Chamber and his Wrestlemania victory over Ryback. To be honest, Big Show vs Randy Orton is that much of an interest to me. I just think that Randy Orton toppling the giant Big Show so easily at Extreme Rules just doesn’t seem right. Mark Henry and Big Show win.

What I think will happen?: I’m going to go for Mark Henry for the strap match, because I think they want him to keep up his momentum and challenge John Cena for the WWE Title after Ryback is done with Cena. As for the Orton/Big Show match, I think they’ll have Orton win. I don’t think they want Orton to lose too many high-profile matches, and I think they want him to go after Ziggler and the World Title, and losing to The Big Show might not help him in that sense. Mark Henry and Randy Orton win.

REMATCH OF THE DECADE – Chris Jericho vs Fandango

Background: Fandango, SOMEHOW, defeated Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 29 with the flukiest of victories. However, Fandango did gain another victory on the RAW after when the FANDANGO-REVOLUTION began, with the fans singing Fandango’s theme song during his match with Kofi Kingston. However, that match ended up with Chris Jericho laying out Fandango. Over the next couple of weeks, Chris Jericho would gain little spades of revenge, costing him his match with R-Truth via count out and constantly attacking him after matches. Jericho also faced Fandango in a dance-off last week on RAW. The two will settle their differences at Extreme Rules in an actual WRESTLING rematch. Will the Fandango Revolution continue or will the Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla finally defeat Fandango?

What I think should happen?: CHRIS JERICHO WINS! PLEASE!

What I think will happen?: Chris Jericho wins. As much as a 2nd win over Jericho would properly get Fandango over, Jericho needs a win before he gets back. And I don’t think a loss to Jericho will hurt the Fandango Revolution.

NUMBER ONE CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – I Quit Match: Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger

Background: The night after Wrestlemania 29, Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Alberto Del Rio to become the World Heavyweight Champion. On SmackDown!, during Ziggler’s celebration speech, Del Rio and Del Rio’s opponent for Wrestlemania 29, Jack Swagger declared their interest in a World Title match. After Swagger prevented Del Rio from getting his rematch on RAW the next week, a triple threat was made between Ziggler, Del Rio and Swaggger for Extreme Rules with the title at stake. The match was made a ladder match by Del Rio the next week. HOWEVER, after Swagger attacked Ziggler with a ladder the FOLLOWING week, Ziggler was taken out of the injury with a legitimate concussion. So the decision was made to have Del Rio and Swagger face off in an I Quit Match at Extreme Rules, with the winner facing Ziggler once he’s back from injury.

What I think should happen?: Del Rio wins. And NO, the reason is not because Swagger should be punished for being dangerous in the ring, or for taking Ziggler out or for his marijuana business before Wrestlemania. I think Del Rio should win because it’d make a lot more sense for Del Rio to go up against Ziggler afterwards than Swagger.

What I think will happen?: Del Rio wins.

THE FINAL ENCOUNTER (I think) – Steel Cage Match: Triple H vs Brock Lesnar

Background: A 1-year old gets settled tonight at Extreme Rules inside the Steel Cage. More than a year ago, Triple H’s arm was broken by Triple H. Since then Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H at Summerslam, and Triple H returned the favour at Wrestlemania by defeating Lesnar and keeping his career in tact. Lesnar’s representative Paul Heyman proposed one FINAL match at Extreme Rules – Triple H vs Brock Lesnar – IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH. In London, Triple H replied with an emphatic Pedigree to Paul Heyman, accepting the match. 2 weeks later, Lesnar and Heyman invaded WWE headquarters. While there Brock assaulted employees, teased Rock/Brock II and trashed Triple H’s office. The two would have one final confrontation on RAW this week, scrapping in a steel cage.

What I thinks should happen?: Brock Lesnar wins. While I’m OK with Triple H winning the battle at Wrestlemania, Lesnar should be the one to win the war, especially if he wants to remain a dominant force in WWE. Triple H – do what’s best for the company.

What I think will happen?: Well firstly, someone will win by escaping the cage. And I think Lesnar will be the one that wins. I think they’ll have some finish in which Lesnar inadvertently escapes tthe cage, or Heyman will distract Triple H or something. I don’t think they want either man to lose in the cage.

SUPERMAN VS DOOMSDAY – WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: John Cena (c) vs Ryback in a Last Man Standing Match

Background: At Wrestlemania 29, John Cena defeated The Rock to win the WWE Championship. The next night, after a match with Mark Henry, Ryback saved Cena from a beatdown by Henry. He then delivered the meat-hook clothesline to Cena and dropped him with a Shell-Shocked, turning heel and declaring his interest for the WWE Title. Ryback justified his actions by stating that Cena never helped him in the battle against The Shield while he’s helped out Cena time after time. Cena then challenged Ryback to a fight the next week and in typical Cena-Villian style, he backed down and did nothing while The Shield attacked Cena. Cena returned the favour in London, but then saved Ryback at the last minute, and then dropped him with the Attitude Adjustment. Then Cena got “injured” while wrestling at a house show, when Ryback threw Kryptonite at him. XD However, the Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules was booked for the WWE Title, and the injured Cena suffered numerous attacks by Ryback in build up to the match.

What I think should happen?: I think Ryback should get the win, primarily because he can not afford a SEVENTH PPV defeat in a row. Yes, John Cena’s title reign has only just started, but Ryback needs to prove he’s not all show, and how irrelevant will he become if he can’t win the big matches.

What I think will happen?: John Cena wins. Ryback loses again. Superman saves the day. -.-

That’s the Extreme Rules Predictions done and dusted. I’m Tom Robinson, and I will be watching the PPV myself (not live because I have to be up early in the morning. :() and I hope the PPV delivers. 🙂

16/05/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review: Big Matches And Stipulations Added, As The Road To Slammiversary Takes A New Direction

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

BULLY RAY AND STING: Face To Face ahead of their encounter at Slammiversary

Evening Wrestling fans, I am the “Phenomenal” Tom Robinson with another TNA Impact review for you as Slammiversary draws near.

We started off the show with Hulk Hogan announcing Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles for Slammiversary and wanting to say thanks to “The Monster” Abyss. And we got a Park alright. Unfortunately…

Joseph Park showed up instead. Urrrrgghhh. Really TNA? REALLY? Surely the Joseph Park character has surely had its day by now. Just please get him off TV and have Abyss back full-time. Anyway, Hogan’s had enough of Park’s crap and demands to know where Abyss is. This draws out the “Sergeant Of Arms” of Aces And Eights Devon and fellow member D-Lo Brown who was demoted to “prospect” level last week, which is the lowest of the low if you’re a part of Aces And Eights. Devon said he wanted to, and I quote, “take a piece out off his ass”. LOL. I might actually incorporate that line into my daily vocabulary. What a line. I’m really starting to like Devon on the mic. Anyway, Joseph got mad at Devon, and challenged him to a match. However, Devon said Joseph had to prove himself and D’Lo stepped up to the plate. So Hogan set up the match between Joseph Park and D’Lo Brown, and if Joseph wins, he gets a match with Devon. And if D’Lo loses, well… he’s in the shit.

Meanwhile, in the tag team division, the tag team champions Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez going up against Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels respectably. In Chavo vs Roode, Chavo got disqualified because James Storm came out and spit beer in Roode’s face. And in Daniels vs Hernandez, Hernandez defeated Daniels off a James Storm distraction. After the Daniels vs Hernandez match, James Storm announced that it would be a fatal four way match for the TNA Tag Team Titles at Slammiversary. Chavo and Hernandez will be defending the gold against Daniels and Kaz, Roode and Aires, and James Storm, who will pick his own partner for Slammiversary. As much as I don’t like seeing the same old teams competing for the gold, James Storm being brought into play is a good way to mix it up. I’d mark out if James Storm chose “The Wildcat” Chris Harris for his partner at Slammiversary! America’s Most Wanted reunited would be a legendary moment that I’m sure true TNA fans will love.

Kurt Angle called out his Slammiversary opponent AJ Styles. However, he gets everyone’s favourite asshole… MISTEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ANDERSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Anyway, Mr Anderson cuts a decent promo and basically says that next week will be the “patching-in” of AJ Styles as a member of Aces And Eights, and dares Angle to come. However, Angle doesn’t want to wait and takes down Anderson. This brings out AJ, who takes down Angle with a kick. Nice segment. I really wonder what’s gonna go down next week with the “Patching-in”. And I’m looking forward to AJ vs Angle at the PPV.

Also, 4 former Gut-Check winners started off a mini-tournament to determine who gets a spot in the Bound For Glory series. In a match between two former Gut Check winners, Jay Bradley defeated Christian York in a quick match to earn the right to go to Slammiversary to try and earn a spot in the Bound For Glory series. Personally, I think Christian York should really be the one getting a spot in the Bound For Glory series. I’m not saying Jay Bradley isn’t worthy enough or isn’t talented enough. It would just make a lot more sense if the guy that’s actually been active in TNA since getting his contract would be rewarded for his work over guys like Jay Bradley who have only showed up once in a blue moon. HOWEVER, competing in the Bound For Glory series can give whoever wins the mini-tournament some much needed exposure and can give him a lot more air-time post BFG-Series. Who knows? For all we know, TNA may have them win it!

Gail Kim lost a non-title match to Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky via a roll-up (is it me or is too many women’s matches in TNA ending in roll ups?). It was a decent TV Women’s match, which included Gail attacking Velvet post-match in similar fashion to how she attacked Tara and Taryn Terrell in the last couple of weeks – figure four leg lock on the ring-post. Anyway, Mickie James was also given a Knockouts Tag Title match with Velvet next week so I hope to hell this match was much better than their match about a month ago.

Kenny King retained the X-Division Championship in a sound triple threat title match also involving Chris Sabin and Petey Williams. Petey got the wrong end of the stick and was the one that got pinned. This means that Petey is out of the title picture for a while and has to earn his way back in under the new X-Division rules. It’s a shame because I’m a big fan of Petey. It was also announced that at Slammiversary, Kenny King will defend the X-Division Title against Chris Sabin and the returning Suicide… in the Ultimate X Match. That will be an enjoyable match if TNA give them a lot of time at Slammiversary. I’m sure Sabin, King and whoever takes on the mantle of Suicide (likely Kiyoshi) can pull a terrific match together if given enough time.

Joseph Park defeated D’Lo Brown… unfortunately. Same old stuff with Joseph Park. D’Lo Brown kicks his ass for a bit. Makes him bleed. Park turns into Abyss. Blackhole Slam. And got the win. -.- However, I will admit. D’Lo looked very slick in the ring for someone who has barely wrestled in the last couple of years. I’m surprised how well he could move for someone his size and age. But because Joseph Park won, D’Lo will likely be in the shittest of shit with Aces And Eights. Nice seeing you D’Lo.

Contract Signing for the TNA World Title match between Sting and champion Bully Ray at Slammiversary. Jeremy Borash introduces Bully Ray who comes out and pushes Jeremy out the ring and calls out Sting and Hulk Hogan (Bully wanted Hogan to watch the contract singing go down). Sting proposes a stipulation for their match at the PPV… NO HOLDS BARRED! Oooooooooooooooooooooo. Bully Ray agrees to Sting’s stipulation as long as Sting agrees to Bully’s stipulation. If Bully Ray wins at Slammiversary… Sting can NEVER compete for the TNA World Title again!

Sting agrees to the match and a brawl between Bully and Sting breaks out to end the show.

A very interesting night indeed. It’s nice that some PPV matches are getting announced and the card is starting to take shape. Next week with the “patching-in” of AJ Styles at Aces And Eights, D’Lo Brown facing the fury of Bully Ray, the return of Suicide and the Knockouts Title match is going to be a hell of a show to build on the foundations set on this one. Anyway, that’s my TNA weekly review done. And I’ll see you with the Extreme Rules predictions later on today!

09/05/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review: “The Monster” Abyss Returns To Battle The Aces And Eights!

HE'S BACK!

HE’S BACK!

Hey wrestling fans. I am the “Shockmaster” himself, Thomas Robinson and I’m here to talk to you about a shocking return on Thursday at the end of TNA IMPACT WRESTLING! Also, we have new developments in the AJ Styles storyline to talk about as well as everything else which includes 5 Hour Energy plugs, D-Lo Brown being treated like a bitch and tag team matches galore on Impact Wrestling!

First things first. Sting and Kurt Angle came down to the ring and called out AJ Styles, who they hoped would team with them in the 6 man tag team main event against the Aces And Eights that night. Angle demanded an answer from AJ, but as with his usual MO as of late, AJ remained silent. Sting then cut a promo about how AJ helped built TNA and talked about his accomplishment, but AJ was STILL silent and left the ring. Pissed off at AJ being “disrespectful” towards them, Angle angrily approached Styles on the ramp and the two scrapped in a good-old pull apart brawl. I love these sorts of segments. Pull-apart brawls are a great way to have the tension building up for weeks pour out, and it gets AJ doing something different from his old usual “silent treatment” as we’ve seen for a couple of months. However, this scrap leaves the Stinger in the ring by himself, wide open for an attack by the Aces And Eights. Mr Anderson, Devon and Bully Ray come out to attack Sting, with Devon and Ray dropping Sting with the 3D. A great way to start the show and build up the main event.

“Hardcore Country” Mickie James and the TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky defeated Tara and Gail Kim in a knockouts tag team match. A very short tag team match that wasn’t really anything special to be frank. However, Gail Kim did attack her partner Tara after the match, continuing the “Gail Kim needs Anger Management” storyline. You’ve got to believe that something’s going to come out of this. At least I hope something does. Gail is quality in the ring, and I for one would not mind her getting another Knockouts title reign.

Next, Aces And Eights took to the ring to take care of “Club business” as Bully Ray put it. The TNA World Champion Bully Ray was pissed off at D’Lo Brown for losing an I Quit match to Kurt Angle last week. This was basically a segment to confirm that D’Lo Brown is in the “doghouse” right now with Aces And Eights, and Bully told D’Lo to give up his vest and accompany DOC at ringside for his match with Magnus. However, that match saw D’Lo inadvertently cost DOC the match. After this, a backstage segment which saw Bully threaten D’Lo with a hammer saw D’Lo downgraded to a “prospect” in Aces And Eights. In other words… D’Lo Brown has become the official bitch of the Aces And Eights. This was a great segment to show off tension within Aces And Eights, and to show off Bully Ray’s “tough love” towards his Aces And Eights members. It’ll be interesting to see if they replace D’Lo after a while or whether they’ll just have Bully makes examples out of everyone in the group.

Speaking of tough examples, group members DOC, Knux, Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff assaulted Magnus backstage in a brutal beatdown to the Englishman so he would not be able to team with Kurt Angle and Sting in the main event. Running out of time, Hulk Hogan said he had someone on the phone who’s ready to step up and get there to help them in the main event. I wonder who it could be?

Austin Aires and Bobby Roode had a hell of a tag team match with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. I seriously enjoyed that tag match, and the 4 were really effective in the ring together. There was just one problem… the special referee James Storm. Urghhh. Really TNA? You just couldn’t let these two teams have a legit match? Storm delivered a Super Kick to both Daniels and Aires and walked out on the match he was supposed to officiate. A legitimately good tag team match ended because the referee decided to walk out. But of a disappointing ending if you ask me. Mind you, justice was served when James Storm was attacked backstage by what I’d assume was Daniels, Kazarian, Roode and Aires’ doing. Good. However, that does beg the question as to who the number one contenders will be. I hope it’s someone different. Hell, I’d take Robbie E and Jesse as the number one contenders. Brisco and Bischoff from the Aces And Eights going after the titles would be something new. Anyone other than the same old teams from the last couple of months.

Kenny King and Chris Sabin did a segment hyping up the triple threat match also involving Petey Williams for the TNA X Division title next week. Not exactly a great promo from either man, but the match next week speaks for itself. Chris Sabin, Petey Williams and Kenny King could produce something special next week, and it’s a match I’m very much looking forward to.

MAIN EVENT. Since Hulk Hogan’s mystery partner for Kurt Angle and Sting never showed up, it appeared to be a 2 on 3 handicap match with Angle and Sting facing Devon, Bully Ray and Mr Anderson. A decent main event with a cool but confusing ending. Aces And Eights got the advantage and it looked like Bully and Devon were gonna put Sting away with the 3D. However, we saw the return of “The Monster” ABYSS, who marched down to the ring to take on the Aces And Eights. Chokeslamming Anderson, dropping Bully Ray and hitting the Black Hole Slam on Devon, Abyss was whooping all kinds of ass. And Abyss would go on to… pin Devon to win the match. Wait. So it was a 6 man tag all along? I don’t get that ending. The match started off as a 2 on 3 handicap match and it for some reason changed into a 6 man tag mid-match? Talk about confusing.

But anyway, Abyss returning to TNA is brilliant. It’s been nearly a year since the Abyss character was last in TNA and him feuding with Aces And Eights will be a great sight to see. Personally, I think Abyss should really be the one challenging Bully Ray for the TNA title at Slammiversery and not Sting. However, I still think Abyss will get to Bully Ray eventually. Abyss has always been a favourite of mine, and I’m glad Joseph Park is out the way for now. Abyss coming back adds a little bit of spice to the TNA vs Aces And Eights war! I can’t wait to see next week’s developments.

Overall good show. It had a good opening and a great ending and it was a very enjoyable show overall with a great tag match with Daniels and Kaz vs Roode and Aires and other things. Great show.

Weekly Wrestling Round-Up: The Fandango Revolution, Dolph Ziggler Cashes In, Bully Ray Retains

Evening Wrestling fans, I’m the “Show-Off” Thomas Robinson and I’m here to show of my GIANT BEAST…..

…of a blog.

Yes, an eventful week of wrestling, which I’m going to sum up in one blog, as it’s difficult for me to do 2 separate blogs for RAW and Impact Wrestling on top of uni work and other things. So, for the foreseeable future, I am going to start blogging about RAW and TNA on the same blog at the end of the week or something. And I’m also going to add SmackDown! to the picture if it’s any good and if I can be bothered. So let’s get to it…

RAW

What a RAW it was this week. Largely due to the awesomeness of the fans in New Jersey. I always say that the fans can make a show, and this is certainly the case here. This was one of the best crowds I have ever heard, and that is NOT an exaggeration. They weren’t shitting on matches all night, they were having fun instead. Like in the Sheamus vs Randy Orton match, rather than doing chants like “Same old shit” and “Boring” they were just having fun and chanting random wrestlers’ names. JBL, HBK, RVD, Randy Savage, Jerry Lawler, even Michael Cole and Mike Chioda got chants. ECW chants were at large too! They did a wave during the match! There were “Thank You Big Show” and “Cotton Candy” chants when The Big Show interfered in their match. It wasn’t that great of a match, but it’ll always live long in the memory because of the fans.

There were all sorts of chants that night, and obviously the part that stood out the most was when the fans started humming Fandango’s theme, thus starting the Fandango Revolution! The fans humming his theme was made a lot funnier when Michael Cole pointed it out, and JBL and Lawler caught on. XD Absolutely hilarious. And to be honest, I’m not that big of a Fandango fan, but if this gets him incredibly over in time, then I’ll have to change my tune about him! His theme got to 13th in the UK iTunes charts which I think is absolutely incredible.

But the show wasn’t great, JUST because of the fans. There were a lot of moments that made this show awesome. Wade Barrett regained the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz in a better and longer match they put on at Wrestlemania. I loved the “Wade Barrett’s Barmy Army” chant during the match. But why did Wade Barrett lose the belt at Mania in the first place if he was just going to win it back the next night? Seems like a strange move to me.

Undertaker’s promo on RAW was interrupted by The Shield, who looked like they were about to pounce, until Team-Hell No made the save, which could suggest a 6 man tag at Extreme Rules. I loved how Daniel Bryan joined Undertaker and Kane in the Brothers of Destruction pose on the top of the ramp. He’s the only man beside Taker or Kane to do it, and it just shows how far he’s come. I mean he did lose to Big E Langston on Raw that night, but still you get my point.

Dolph Ziggler FINALLY cashed in Money In The Bank and became the World Heavyweight Champion! He defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the World Title! While I’m glad he’s champion, I’m not happy with the timing. I personally think he should have ran down the clock, and waited until Money In The Bank 2013 to cash it in. But, what’s done is done, and Ziggler was definitely one of the highlights of the show on RAW.

Lastly, WWE Champion John Cena’s Wrestlemania Victory speech was interrupted by “Mr That’s What I Do” Mark Henry, who demanded a shot at the WWE Title. However, SmackDown! GM Booker T (who apparently has the say on Raw too) told him he had to earn his shot and booked him in a non-title match with Cena. We also got the fans singing Mark Henry’s theme song when he came out! The match ended in a count out, which then saw Henry attack Cena. But then IN COMES THE CALVARY! Ryback attacks Henry, and gets him out the ring. He then helps Cena up and begins the “Feed Me More” chants before clobbering Cena with a clothesline to the delight of the New Jersey fans! He then hit the Shell-Shocked on Cena, and held the WWE Championship high! I personally don’t think that this is a heel turn though. I think he’s just sending a message to Cena. And, it appears they will be doing John Cena vs Ryback at Extreme Rules! However, what saddens me about that is if John Cena beats Ryback, that’ll be SEVEN pay-per-view defeats in a row. How can Ryback be considered a big player in WWE with all these losses?

TNA Impact Wrestling

Another live edition of TNA, and I do prefer the live editions to the tapped editions. However, this crowd was rather disappointing to be frank. Especially after the crowds of the last couple of months on Impact, and the Raw Crowd on Monday too. But, it was still a rather interesting show of Impact. Just a couple of points to talk about…

To be honest, the 2 out of 3 falls match between the team of Bobby Roode and Austin Aires, and the team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez was kind of a let down too. I love how they had Aires and Roode ambush Chavo and Hernandez from behind to get an easy first fall, and then Chavo got a quick 2nd fall afterwards. It was something different, and I always appreciate different. However, I don’t appreciate Roode and Aires dropping the titles. I don’t understand this. TNA had something good going with that team, and they for some reason wanted them to drop the belts? And to all the teams they could have dropped them to, why this team? I’m not a fan of the team of Chavo and Hernandez, and I do hope this was put in place for a cheap pop. Roode and Aires need them titles more than Chavo and Hernandez.

Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim in a grudge match between the two knockouts, in a fair match. The inclusion of ODB was a very funny inclusion, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen her, so it’s good to see her again. I think Taryn still needs more work in the ring, but she did look fine in that attire – AND THAT’S A PLUS IN MY BOOKS!

There was another angle involving AJ Styles and James Storm, with James interrupting Hulk Hogan’s conversation with AJ. “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kazarian came down to the ring, and both of them cut a good promo, asking for AJ to join them rather than the TNA Frontline or Aces And Eights. It’s nice that TNA have brought in a neutrality feel to the war between TNA and Aces And Eights. AJ Styles vs James Storm was booked for next week. Not exactly sure if it’ll actually happen, but if it does than great. I’d love to see them get it on next week.

And finally, Bully Ray retained the TNA World Title in Full Metal May-HEEEEEEEEEEEEEMM! It was an OK match. In comparison with Bully and Jeff Hardy’s previous TLC matches, it was shit, but as a match in general it was OK. There were cool spots, with Jeff doing the Swanton from the turnbuckle onto the outside which was rather cool. Bully won by hitting Jeff in the head with hammer, that sent him crashing through the table. Bully has won this chapter of the battle with TNA, but next week should have some new developments. I think it’s safe to say Bully is done with Jeff.

SmackDown!

A couple of quick notes. Firstly, Ziggler getting interrupted 3 times in the same promo was funny too see. Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio came out to declare their interest in the World Title, before Chris Jericho came out and ripped on Ziggler and AJ, calling the latter crazy, which made her go crazy. Jericho vs Ziggler was made for the main event, with Fandango at ringside. Alright match, followed by Fandango beating down Jericho. I think WWE edited the crowd an awful lot here. From what I heard in the tapings, the Fandango theme sing-song was quite load at the SmackDown! taping. Hmmm.

And secondly, a Triple H promo was interrupted by the 3MB, who was about to jump Triple H in typical stable style. That was interrupted by The Shield, who took out 3MB, and went after Triple H themselves. HHH was saved by Team Hell-No. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Team Hell-No and The Shield for Extreme Rules. Will they just do a tag match, or will they do a 6 man tag with Undertaker involved? I’d like to see the later, if Undertaker is OK to do it. But a Shield “free-bird” run as champions would be cool with more. Or Reigns and Rollins could hold the tag titles, and Dean Ambrose could go for the main title. One of them two scenarios is OK with me. Either way, I think Team Hell-No’s days as Tag Champs are coming to an end.

And that’s it for me. The Big Three Shows of the week, covered in one MEGA-BLOG for you all. This is Tom Robinson, and I’m going to leave with this…..

Du-du! Du-du-du-du! Du-du-du-du-du!

#ThemeOfTheWeek XD

Wrestlemania baby! WOOOOOO! WWE Wrestlemania 29 Preview and PREDICTIONS!

Guys. On Sunday, it’s event everyone is waiting for. It happens only once a year. It is shown all around the world. And it is the pinnacle of sports entertainment. Ladies and gentleman…. are you ready?

NO! I SAID…..

ARE YOU READY?

Then….. LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLETS GET READY TO PREDICT IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTT!

…….Yeah.

WRESTLEMANIA 29 IS THIS SUNDAY! Sunday Night for the US. Monday Morning for the UK. And if I wasn’t back at University on Monday, I’d be watching this event LIVE! But I’m not. But when I do eventually watch it (thank you desirulez) it’ll be a slobberknocker of a show… I hope.

To be honest, looking at this year’s card is doesn’t look THAT appealing. But I’m a little excited because it is Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania is the show where the stars come out and the lights are on bright. The Rock! CM Punk! John Cena! Triple H! Undertaker! BROCK LESNAR! Chris Jericho! Shawn Michaels! Everyone is here! And it’s time to do some predictions!

The Battle Of The Dancers: “Y2J” Chris Jericho vs FAAAAAAAAANDAAAAAAAAAANGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Background: Out of the blue, we get promos hyping up the debut of a new superstar. And soon enough, the new guy arrived. I mean this guy was certainty hard to miss. Had some amazing gear on, a face that looks like it got hit with a frying pan, epic dance moves, and an beautiful dance partner at his side. His name was… well, that’s the thing. We thought his name was Fandango, but apparently, everyone was saying his name wrong. For a couple of weeks, he’d come out all dancing, but when Justin Roberts mispronounces his name, he’d go in a fit, and refuse to wrestle. He even gave The Great Khali a chance to say his name right. But errrmmm….

Right. Anyway, this would go on for a couple of weeks until Fandango met someone, who was actually a contestant in the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With The Stars. His name? Y2J Chris Jericho. Fandango then asked Jericho to pronounce his name. But Jericho took a lot more of a humorous approach to the name…

This obviously pissed off Fan-dangler, who would assault Jericho several times on RAW and SmackDown! Having had enough of the attacks, Jericho went to Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero, and set up Chris Jericho vs Fandango for WRESTLEMANIA!

What I think should happen?: Normally in these situations when the newcomer would face the veteran, I’d back the newcomer. A victory over the well-established veteran would be a big boost for the newcomer. However, I’m not going to do that here. Chris Jericho should really get the victory here. I’d be really mad if Fandango won here. Firstly, because I’m a huge Chris Jericho fan. Secondly, especially on a stage like Wrestlemania, Chris Jericho shouldn’t really lose to someone like Fandango, someone who’s character is just getting started. Yeah, if Fandango was facing someone like R-Truth or a mid-carder, yeah. But this is Chris Jericho. I understand Chris Jericho wants to help put people over, but if they give Fandango the victory, then that means that they are putting so much effort into this guy over heels who need the push more, like Wade Barrett (Yes, I like using Wade Barrett as an example a lot. XD). Fandango needs to work his way up, and fight lower-cards first before facing someone like Chris Jericho. So I’m saying I want…. Chris Jericho to win.

What I think will happen?: Unfortunately, all the signs point to Fandango winning this. Since returning in 2012, Chris Jericho has put over a lot of wrestlers, and would probably want to help Fandango out to, and if it meant losing to him, he would. Also, WWE have an unhealthy obsession of having wrestlers rise through the rankings in WWE very quickly, and winning their debuts over main-event players. So I’m saying they’ll have…. Fandango win. -.-

“Team Hell-No” Kane and Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Background: Since winning the WWE Tag Team Titles, Kane and Daniel Bryan (otherwise known as Team Hell-No) have been a force to be reckoned with in the tag team division. Lately however, the team started having some problems. It started in the Royal Rumble match, where Daniel Bryan eliminated his own partner Kane. Daniel was then pushed over the top rope by Antonio Cesaro, and knocked into the arms of the eliminated Kane, who decided not to save his partner from being eliminated and let him drop to the floor. The two then suffered more problems in the World Title Number One Contendership Elimination Chamber match, when Daniel Bryan tried a roll-up on Kane, nearly eliminating him from the match. With this act of betrayal by Bryan, Kane and Bryan went after each other in the match. However, neither man were successful in winning the chamber. Daniel would then get involved in this argument with former girlfriend AJ Lee…

After flat out owning Miss AJ Lee, Daniel and Kane were both challenged to a match for the tag titles by the team of AJ’s boyfriend Dolph Ziggler and his and AJ’s bodyguard, Big E Langston. The two would accept, and the match would be scheduled for Wrestlemania.

What I think should happen?: Kane and Daniel Bryan. I’m sorry, but I don’t like the thought of Ziggler and Langston being tag champions. I think if D-Bry and Kane should lose the tag titles, it should be to a legitimate tag team, not some guy and his bodyguard. Also, there aren’t a lot of face tag teams around to face Ziggler and Langston for the titles. We have, the Usos and “Lords Of The Dance” Brodus Clay and Tensai. Oh by the way, I don’t think Dolph Ziggler will or should cash in Money In The Bank tonight either.

What I think will happen?: Ziggy and Big E win the titles. I think WWE believe that the Team Hell-No story has hit a slump, and I think they want to pull the plug on it. Also, a tag title reign buys Ziggler a couple of more months as Mr Money In The Bank, and I think they want him to go down to the wire as Mr Money In The Bank.

The Lords Of The Dance And The Funkadactyls vs Team Rhodes-Scholars and The Bella Twins

Background: Matt Bloom returned to WWE donning the name of Tensai the night after Wrestlemania 29. Under this name, Tensai started of in WWE well, getting countless victories and even knocked off John Cena on RAW in the UK. However, when John Cena cleanly beat him a short time later, it all went downhill from there. He began losing to everyone – CM Punk, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston. This losing streak eventually lead him losing to even Santino Marrella at the 2012 Slammys. Seeing Tensai constantly humiliated, Brodus Clay offered his help. Despite being hesitant at first, Tensai began to bond with Brodus and even started dancing down to the ring with him. The duo later became a tag team called Tons Of Fun (which is a little annoying, as I believe Lords Of The Dance is a lot more suitable name. -.-). The two even defeat Team Rhodes-Scholars at Elimination Chamber. Angered by the defeat, the two teams would begin a feud, and it wasn’t just the men getting physical. Brodus and Tensai’s Funkadactyls (Cameron and Namoi) started feuding with new girlfriends and newly-reinstated twins, Nikki and Brie Bella. Eventually, a 8 person tag was booked with Tons of Funk and their Funkadactyls facing Team Rhodes-Scholars and the Bella Twins.

What I think should happen?: Honestly, this match shouldn’t even take place. Intergender matches aren’t that great to watch. While I was impressed with the Bellas vs Funkadactyls match on RAW this Monday, there are a lot of great superstars not even on the card. Where the hell is Antonio Cesaro on the Wrestlemania card? -.- If I have to pick, I’d have to say I want Rhodes-Scholars and the Bellas to win.

What I think will happen?: Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Namoi win. This is simply a brief crowd pleaser. The faces will win, the faces will dance. End of.

Wade Barrett vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship

Background: These two began feuding when both Barrett and Miz appeared on Y2J’s Highlight Reel on RAW, and argued about their recent movie releases. Wade Barrett has Dead Man Down, and The Miz had the Marine 3 (I personally don’t want to see either of them films). These two would eventually be booked in a triple threat for the IC Title on RAW, alongside Chris Jericho. Barrett would retain the title, but after The Miz defeat Wade Barrett in a non-title match the next week, Miz was given the opportunity to fight for the title again, on the pre-show of Wrestlemania 29, against Wade Barrett.

What I think should happen?: Well first of all, why the hell is this match not on the main show? Why is the IC title match not on the main show? They are really bringing down the prestige of the belt. The IC Title should be defended on the grand-daddy of them all, and Barrett and Miz deserve more than this. But anyway, I want Barrett to retain. Miz had his run as IC Champion. The more Barrett wins, the better champion he is. Wade Barrett should win.

What I think will happen?: I think Barrett will indeed win. I don’t see Miz beating him here, especially on the pre-show. Yeah, titles have changed hands on the pre-show before, but if Miz were to win the title, they wouldn’t have him do it on a pre-show. Barrett will win this. No sweat. NEXT.

“The King Of Putting Himself Over” Triple H vs BRRRRRROOCK LLLLLEESNAR!

Background: The night after Wrestlemania 29, Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE after 8 long years, by sending out an emphatic statement to the WWE Universe..

While back, Brock Lesnar started making ridiculous demands from the WWE. He wanted his own private jet, he wanted a lot more money, and he wanted to show to be renamed – “Monday Night Raw: Starring Brock Lesnar”. Having enough of Lesnar holding up the WWE, the COO of WWE Triple H came out and told Lesnar that he wasn’t going to have any of his new requests, and pleaded with him to stay in WWE under the contract that Lesnar and WWE first agreed to which were “more than fair”. Upset with not getting what he wanted, Lesnar took out his frustrations on the COO, breaking his arm…

The next week, Paul Heyman, legal representative of Brock Lesnar and former head of ECW, came out on RAW and addressed the WWE universe on Lesnar’s behalf. He basically stated that Lesnar has quit WWE in protest of Triple H not letting him have the new additions to his contract. He would go on to state that Triple H would be sued for publicly breaching the agreement made with Lesnar (by tearing up the new contract before being attacked) and for an assault by Triple H on Heyman himself. At No Way Out, Triple H made a proposal – Triple H vs Brock Lesnar at Summerslam in exchange for dropping the lawsuits. Heyman initially rejected the match, but eventually accepted on RAW 1000, after some goading by Triple H’s wife, Stephanie McMahon (who stills looks as stunning as ever, may I add). At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H. And guess how he did it?

Yep, he broke Triple H’s arm again, and the next night on RAW, declared himself as the conquer of WWE, and left… like a boss. He came back in late January, planting Vince McMahon with an F5. Apparently resigned by Vickie Guerrero, Lesnar would interfere in a fight between Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon on RAW, and was about to attack Vince again, before “The Game” Triple H came back and… basically kicked Brock Lesnar’s ass. Triple H challenged him to a rematch at Wrestlemania 29. Lesnar and Heyman agreed, but only they could pick two stipulations of their choosing and them stipulations would not be revealed until Triple H signed the contract. Despite not knowing the stipulations of the match, Triple H signed on the dotted line. Heyman would then reveal that the match at Wrestlemania would be… NO HOLDS BARRED (little bit anti-climatic like. I wanted it to be Hell In A Cell 😦 ). Heyman also revealed that if Triple H lost the match, HIS CAREER WOULD BE OVER! DUH, DUH, DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

What I think should happen?: Brock Lesnar kicks Triple H’s ass! But then again, if Triple H retired, then he’d give himself 5000 tribute shows and highlight videos, increasing his ego tenfold. Either way, I want the match to certainty be an improvement on their match at Summerslam, which was a bit of a let down.

What I think will happen?: Triple H wins. Puts himself over! Goes back into hiding. -.- Not exactly happy with having to admit that like. I know what’ll cheer me up!

🙂 What a voice! I could listen to him say BROCK LESNAR all day! XD

The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) vs SmackDown!’s Crusade (Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton)

Background: Since debuting back at Survivor Series, The Shield have been a force to be reckoned with in WWE. They’ve taken out Ryback about a 1000 times, won their last two matches at TLC and Elimination Chamber (and looked awesome while doing it), and have taken out nearly everyone in WWE. Randy Orton and Sheamus stood up and said “You know. We’re not going to take this any more” and accepted a challenge thrown down by The Shield to face them at Wrestlemania in a 3 on 3. They initially chose Ryback as their 3 partner, but he was taken out the match by Vickie Guerrero. Big Show would then start to form an alliance with Sheamo and Orton, and despite not exactly liking each other, the 3 began working together for the greater good of the WWE. Big Show then officially became their partner for the match at Wrestlemania.

What I think should happen?: Simple. The Shield win (BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!) and Randy Orton turns heel. Regardless of the match quality. Give me them two things WWE, and I will be satisfied.

What I think will happen?: The Shield will win (BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!) and someone turns heel (probably Randy Orton). Not exactly difficult to work this one out.

“The Best In The World” CM Punk vs The Undeeeerrrrrrrrrrtakeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrr!

Background: After losing the WWE Championship to The Rock at the Royal Rumble, losing the rematch at Elimination Chamber, and losing to John Cena on RAW 2 weeks after, “The Best In The World” CM Punk would choose to set his sets on one man – The Undertaker, who had just returned to the WWE in time for Wrestlemania. After defeating Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton in a fatal four way match on Old School RAW, CM Punk earned the right to face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. In order to gain the mental advantage on the Undertaker, CM Punk needed to make things personal. And as it just happened… Paul Bearer died in real life. So, in the ultimate act of disrespect, CM Punk interrupted Undertaker’s tribute to Bearer the next week. Punk would then steal Undertaker’s sacred urn and began teasing him with it. Punk wanted to win at Wrestlemania and break his undefeated streak, and would even accept a Disqualification or count out victory. So getting him pissed off before the event, could get him pissed off enough to get himself DQ’d. Punk has gotten the upper hand in the mind game department, but while Mind Games be enough to defeat the Phenom at Wrestlemania, and enter Punk into the realm of wrestling legends.

What I think should happen?: Undertaker wins and goes 21-0. The Streak should never die.

What I think will happen?: Undertaker wins and goes 21-0. The Streak will never die.

“The Real American” Jack Swagger vs “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship

Background: Jack Swagger returned to WWE just after Royal Rumble, and declared his interest to be in the Elimination Chamber match for a shot at the World Title at Wrestlemania. With a couple of “impressive” victories (over jobbers like Santino and Zack Ryder) he was put in the chamber,  and amazingly… he won it. He gained a shot at the World Title, and despite getting arrested for DUI, was still in the title match at Mania. Swagger joined forces with Zeb Colter, who both tried to show the WWE what it is to be a real American, and said the American Government were weak for letting in illegal immigrants into the country. He also said that the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio is an inspiration for other illegal immigrants to cross the border to gain the amount of success he has. Del Rio was getting pissed off at these statements, and got even madder at Swagger, for “breaking” his close friend and personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez’s ankle.

What I think should happen?: Alberto Del Rio wins. Swagger doesn’t deserve to win. He doesn’t even deserve to be in the main event. How can WWE just look past Swagger’s DUI arrest and possession of weed? I will be seriously pissed off if the “Real American” Jack Swagger is given the World Title now. -.-

What I think will happen?: Alberto Del Rio wins. Personally, I don’t think WWE are done with this feud yet, and these two will go on to Extreme Rules and probably face each other in a submission match or something. And I think they’d have Del Rio walk into the rematch as champion.

Ryback vs Mark Henry – FEED ME MORE!!!!!!!!!! vs THAT’S WHAT I DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Background: Mark Henry came out and confronted Ryback on Old School RAW after the latter gained a victory over Antonio Cesaro. Henry would then deliver THREE World’s Strongest Slams to Ryback on SmackDown!, which led to Vickie Guerrero pulling Ryback out of his scheduled 6 man tag team match against The Shield, and put him up against “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. Since then, a battle of one-upmanship began between the two. When Mark Henry defeated The Uso in a handicap match on RAW, later on in the show, Ryback defeated The 3 Man Band in a handicap match. Who will win the battle of the titans?

What I think should happen?: Personally, I don’t like the thought of Mark Henry losing at Wrestlemania this year. He’s actually been really good since his return and had a great display of dominance in the Elimination Chamber match, laying out everyone in the ring. He’s even found a great new catchphrase…

BUT, as much as I like Mark Henry right now, Ryback needs this win. He’s had FIVE PPV losses in a row! FIVE! For a man who’s supposed to be a big deal in WWE, he hasn’t shown much dominance in PPVs. A big victory over Mark Henry would really get the ball rolling on the Ryback project again. I’m going with Ryback.

What I think will happen?: Ryback will win. I think they want Ryback to have his “Wrestlemania Moment” and deliver shell-shocked to Mark Henry. FEED ME MORE!

Finally……

The Main Event (I think)

The Rock vs John Cena for the WWE Championship

Background: At Wrestlemania 28, The Rock defeated John Cena in the “Once In A Lifetime” match, and declared that he would regain the WWE Championship. And at Royal Rumble, he did. He defeated CM Punk to become WWE Champion for the first time in about 8 years. Coincidently enough, John Cena just so happened to win the Royal Rumble that night, and earn another chance to go one on one, with the great one. TWICE IN A LIFETIME!

What I think should happen?: I think the part-time WWE Champion The Rock needs to be dethroned as champion, even if John Cena is the one to do it. John Cena should win.

What I think will happen?: It’s not exactly rocket science… John Cena wins.

PHEW.

Anyway, I’ll see you later this week for my Wrestlemania 29. I don’t know when it’ll be, but it should be done this week if I have enough time to. BYE! And have fun watching WRESTLEMANIA!

Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods Preview – Top 5 Favourite Dragonball Z Fights Of All Time

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Hey there Dragonball Z fans, I’m Tom Robinson. Yes, I do things other than wrestling believe it or not! XD. Anyway, it’s time to talk Dragonball Z, and the new film on the way. Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods! Yeah. I’ve been watching a lot of the old DBZ episodes as of late. Just finished watching the Kid Buu Saga, which is good considering that this film is set shortly after that, so I am ready for this new film! Oh Yeah! XD

Anyway, like I said, the new film is set after the events of Kid Buu, and the peace on Earth is disrupted by the arrival of the God of Destruction, Bills! 39 years ago, the Oracle Fish told Bills that in 39 years, a very mighty warrior would appear before him. Fast forward 39 years into the future, and Bills is ready to find this warrior – who happens to be Goku. Goku learns of Bills existence, and wants to fight him. However, Bills comes to the earth, and before he fights Goku, he takes out all the over fighters of earth with ease. Piccolo, Krillin, Ultimate Gohan, Vegeta (who apparently will not become a Super Saiyan 3 in this film, 😦 ) and even Majin Buu. After destroying everyone else, the fight between himself and Goku commences. However, even at Super Saiyan 3, Goku is no match for Bills. Bills is even able to stop Super Saiyan 3 Goku with one finger. WHAT A BADASS. Knowing that he may not be strong enough to defeat Bills, Goku realizes he has to crank it up a notch. And he’s not talking about Super Saiyan 4 (which apparently is NOT an actual super saiyan form anymore, since Dragonball GT has been deemed non-canon). He’s talking about SUPER SAIYAN GOD! And so, the Battle Of Gods will now commence. Holy Shit!

Now this is a film I will really enjoy watching. Just a shame that it might not get a English Dub. 😦 Apparently, the voice actors of Goku and Vegeta want to do it, but somehow it can’t be done. Nevertheless, the film is coming out, and the fight between Bills and Goku will be absolute sensational. In honour of this film, I’ve decided to bring out a list of my top 5 favourite fights in the Dragonball Z franchise. Nothing from the original Dragonball series or Dragonball GT is allowed. Also, while Goku vs Bills will likely be one of the best fights in DBZ history, it will not be included as the film isn’t even out yet. So, here we go!

5. Kid Buu vs Vegeta (The Kid Buu Saga)

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This was a really cool battle in my opinion. Yes, Kid Buu beat the hell out of Vegeta for abour 90% of the fight, but this fight was a real good example of Vegeta’s resiliency and refusal-to-stay-down attitude that he has demonstrated through-out the series. Seriously, this was a guy that could easily destroy planets and ACTUALLY blew up the earth, and Vegeta was still holding his own. I love the fact that Vegeta kept goading Kid Buu into fighting him despite knowing that he was never going to win. This fight was the ultimate test of Vegeta’s endurance, and Vegeta passed with flying colours. Takes all sorts of punishment from Kid Buu, and lives to tell the tale – WHAT A BADASS.

4. Gohan vs Perfect Cell (The Cell Games Saga)

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If the Dragonball Z series ended with the Cell Games saga, than this would have been an amazing way to end it. The torch being passed from Goku to his son Gohan as protector of Earth. After scrapping with Cell himself, Goku gave up on the fight and passed on his boss-battle-conquering duties to his son Gohan. And teenage Gohan was holding his own against Perfect Cell, who was giving even Goku a hard time. Gohan even managed to get the upper-hand on Cell. During the fight Cell became increasingly enraged, which would cause him to explode at the hands of Goku. BUT WAIT! Cell was able to regenerate and the fight was far from over. After knocking around an enraged Vegeta, Gohan stepped in. And with the guidance of Goku (who was speaking to Gohan telepathically from King Kai’s place), Gohan gave one final KAMEHAMEHA, which defeated Cell once and for all. It was an insane battle, and this was no-doubt Gohan’s greatest moment in Dragonball Z. A great way to end a saga, and a kick-ass fight.

3. Goku vs Frieza (The Frieza Saga)

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Goku’s first real major battle in DBZ, with the tyrant Frieza. Frieza took everything Goku had to offer, and was the first villain to push Goku’s past his limits and reach a form of legend. Up until this point of the series, Goku relied heavily on the Kaioken to defeat his foes. But that was not enough to take down Frieza in this fight. Goku even whipped out the Spirit Bomb, which was good enough to defeat Vegeta. But Frieza still got up from that. And after taking spirit bombs and all sorts of punishments by Goku, he was still able to effortlessly kill Krillin, pushing Goku’s last nerve and eventually cause to reach the level of Super Saiyan. Goku’s new form was more than enough to battle the tyrant, and the battle went on, destroying Namek in the process. Goku even let Frieza reach his maximum power, which just goes to show how badly he wanted to test himself and his new form. But in the end, after cutting himself in half, Frieza was eventually defeated by Goku in what may have been one of the most legendary battles in fictional history. Because it was the first to show of the legendary form of Super Saiyan!

2. Super Saiyan 2 Goku vs Majin Vegeta (The Babidi Saga)

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Goku and Vegeta’s rivalry is legendary. Vegeta’s obsession with surpassing Goku has been well-documented. Vegeta would do whatever it takes to defeat Goku – even if it meant allowing himself to be controlled. Believing that he had lost his passion as warrior by living and raising a family on Earth, Vegeta allowed his mind to be taken over by the wizard Babidi, who set Vegeta up on a path of destruction. However, Vegeta’s mind was not fully-taken over, and he was able to refuse Babidi’s command to kill the Supreme Kai, and proclaimed that as a saiyan, he will always have his pride. Vegeta was so desperate to fight Kakarot and realize the evil he once had, and he finally had that opportunity. And the fight didn’t disappoint. Both Goku and Vegeta went up to the level of Super Saiyan 2, and the two were evenly-matched. But when they sensed the emergence of the creature known as Majin Buu, they temporarily put the fight on hold. But Vegeta tricked Goku, and decked him when his back was turned. Vegeta declared that he would defeat Majin Buu himself, and flew-off, leaving Goku laying. Again, WHAT A BADASS! A victory over Goku was so important to him that he would resort to any measures to get it. And, well, he did defeat Goku in a way. It was a great fight to watch, and it truly showed the pride these two saiyans had.

1. Goku vs Kid Buu (The Kid Buu Saga)

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The final MAJOR battle of the DBZ series, Goku battled Kid Buu in a fight which determined the universe’s fate. As Kid Buu, Buu reached a power-level unlike anything Goku had faced before. Buu was easily the strongest being Goku had ever faced-off against, and Goku had just witnessed Buu destroy the earth. The ACTUAL earth. Of all the villains who try to destroy the earth, Buu ACTUALLY did it. And even at Super Saiyan 3, Goku was still not able to defeat Kid Buu. Mind you, he gave him a hell of a fight and was even able to bite him. XD But in the form of Super Saiyan 3, Goku’s body was put under SO MUCH strain during the fight. After taking a hell-of-a-beating, Goku needed to a breather and regenerate, and realized that he may not himself be able to takedown Buu. After Kid Buu battled Vegeta, Majin Buu and Mr Satan (of sort XD) Goku was revitalized and summoned the Spirit Bombs of all Spirit Bombs to end Buu once and for all. While the Spirit Bombs delivered to Frieza and Vegeta were actually NOT enough to defeat the villains, none of them spirit bombs were the size of this one. With all of earth delivering energy to the spirit bomb, the bomb was ready. Goku threw the bomb at Buu and was able to destroy him for good. What a battle! And what a way to end the DBZ series, and that was a fight that might not have ever been topped…

 

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Goku vs Bills promises to be an epic encounter. And what a film this may end up being! I can’t wait!