Wrestlemania XXX Review – The Streak Is Over! Daniel Bryan Wins The Title!

Ladies and gentlemen, we had probably the biggest pay-per-view in WWE history last night. It was the first PPV to be broadcasted on the WWE Network, we had so many legends dropping in and we had some of the biggest matches in a long time for the WWE. Undertaker vs Lesnar, Cena vs Wyatt, Bryan vs HHH, the Andre The Giant Battle Royal and the WWE World Title match! This PPV was STACKED and for four hours, we were in for a treat. I won’t go through the pre-show match but I’ll just say that it was really good and I loved how over the Real Americans were! Cesaro turning was awesome too!

 

Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock Open Wrestlemania 30!

 

Yes. Probably the greatest way to open such a big Wrestlemania… three icons together in the same ring to electrify New Orleans! Wrestlemania host Hulk Hogan got things started pumping up the Hulkamaniacs! Despite referring to the New Orleans Super Dome as the Silverdome, Hogan was somehow able to recover from his mistake and made light of his error! If there’s anyone that can make a monumental error like that and still able to get a huge reaction, it’s Hulk Hogan! It’s always best to just make light of mistakes. Hogan produced a lot of laughs and it was a great added element to this phenomenal segment. The star power of Hulkamania was added by the power of Austin 3:16 as STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN made his way to the ring!

Austin got an amazing pop! I love how Austin immediately took the piss out of Hogan’s error upon arrival! “Well it sure does feel good to be back at the Silverdome!” Epic moment seeing Hogan and Austin in the ring. No coming to blows just a mutual sign of respect between the Icon and the rattlesnake. And in came The Great One to enter the fray!

The Rock made his way down the ring to add to the star power! I was not expecting The Rock to actually be at the event! I knew that he was in New Orleans because he put it on Twitter but I never thought he’d be at Mania! Amazing! After these three came out I really wanted Sting! Unfortunately I never got that but this was still an unreal way to kick off Wrestlemania!

By the way really awesome clip of the behind the scenes before this segement below. You should check it out…

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

WWE sure as hell didn’t start the match card lightly either! Getting straight to it with Daniel Bryan vs Triple H as the opening match! Triple H’s entrance was over-the-top as usual! I didn’t know why he was trying to be Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat! FINISH HIM!

Triple H: I AM SHAO KAHN!

Triple H: I AM SHAO KAHN!

This match was fantastic! You saw Triple H whip out a lot moves that he’s never really used before in the ring! For example, the release Tiger Suplex, which I thought he pulled off tremendously! I don’t know how, but the chemistry was top-notch between two guys that were so different in wrestling styles. It’s nice they added “Ring Psychology” in the match with Triple H targeting the arm of Bryan and even his leg. In the end it was Daniel Bryan that got the victory and qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match in the main event. His celebration was short-lived as Triple H was not going to take his defeat lying down. He attacked Bryan and whacked him in the arm with a chair. Indeed the cards were stacked against Bryan just before his main event match.

 

 

The Shield vs The New Age Outlaws and Kane

This isn't gonna end well...

This isn’t gonna end well…

Very disappointing that this match was essentially a squash match. I know the Outlaws and Kane are old-timers but surely they would have lasted more than 3 minutes. This seemed heavily due to time restraints. Nevertheless, we had some cool moments in the match. Roman Reigns delivering a DOUBLE SPEAR to the Outlaws and a Triple Double Powerbomb to the Outlaws for the victory! Two cool Wrestlemania moments for the Shield! If I had to guess, a rematch is to be expected soon because I doubt the Shield and the Authority are far than through with each other.

 

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Like most battle royals, very messy with a lot going on. Nevertheless this battle royal had a lot of star power to it that gave it some added significance, especially if you’re the winner. Eliminations came fast. 3MB was surprisingly dominant! They actually eliminated three guys in the match!… until of course Big Show eliminated all of them in a dick mover. -.-

Fandango eliminated Big E Langston and then danced around the ring which the fans majorly popped for! Kinda of annoyed how easily the Intercontinental Champion was eliminated especially by someone like Fandango. Dolph Ziggler lasted quite a while in that match which took me off guard. I guess he’s back on the rise again? Kofi Kingston had an amazing elimination-escaping moment when got elevated over the top rope but landed so his feet were on the steel steps! That looked sick! This is why Kofi Kingston is going to have a job for life! We saw a lot of moments for a lot of the superstars until it came down to the final four…

Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show and ANTONIO CESARO! Yes Cesaro was in this match! He was unannounced and we thought that he would be here just for the pre-show but obviously we were wrong! Sheamus and Del Rio eliminated each other leaving it down to Cesaro and the favourite to win The Big Show! And Cesaro did something that could only be described as outstanding! As a dedication to Wrestlemania III, Cesaro body-slammed Big Show over the top rope to win the battle royal! Fantastic end to the match and a more than deserving winner of the Andre The Giant battle royal! Amazing moment!

 
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

I’m not going to lie. I actually really enjoyed this match! A bit long-winded mind you but it was really good storytelling with Wyatt trying to “unleash the monster” in John Cena. A bit of deja-vu don’t you think? XD It would have been awesome if he actually did it but it wasn’t meant to be as Cena picked up the victory after an Attitude Adjustment.

If this doesn't make you shit bricks any time you see it...

If this doesn’t make you shit bricks any time you see it…

It was disappointing to me that Bray Wyatt didn’t win the match but I don’t think a loss like this will be too damaging to his character. After all, Bray beat the shit out of him for 20 minutes! This match was a lot like Cena vs Lesnar from Extreme Rules 2012 – the heel beating up the good guy all match until the good guy finds a way to pick up an unlikely win. It’s whole good vs evil story, but something tells me that this is far from over. Good match though, regardless of the outcome.

 

Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

And here we go…. the match everyone and their grandma is talking about. Not really because of the match quality but because of the finish.

First of all, let me start by saying this was a piss-poor match. No disrespect to both guys, but there was literally no chemistry between them and the fans were not that into it. That is until the end of the match…

Taker had been on the receiving end of an ass-kicking throughout the match. He had little offence in while Lesnar had dominated with two F5s and locked in the Kimura Lock. As Taker went for a second tombstone piledrvier, Lesnar countered into a THIRD F5 to Taker. And to the amazement of everyone… that F5 did the trick. Lesnar pinned Taker for the three count… the streak was over….

Trust me, this ain't photoshop...

Trust me, this actually happened….

I don’t think anyone knew how to make of it at the time. The Super Dome was almost completely silent (other than Paul Heyman screaming in joy)! We all thought that this was some kind of trick or something. I for one believed that the streak would never end and I think 90% of wrestling fans believed the same. And now… it’s done.

It’s still hard for it to sunk in for a lot of people including myself. A lot of rumours came about afterwards that they fucked up the ending, but of course they were wrong. Lesnar had been booked to win all along. To give WWE the credit it deserved… no one saw that coming. The shock value went THROUGH THE ROOF! The Undertaker actually lost at Wrestlemania. You never thought you’d ever saw that in your life but it happened. However, despite believing for so long that the streak should never be broken…. I’m OK with this.

I’m not particular that big on the match this historic being so bland mind you, but the decision to have Taker get beat was literally a stroke of genius. They took us of guard with the streak ending like this. If this would have been announced as Undertaker’s last match, you might have suspected that it would have ended and the surprise element would have slightly disappeared. Instead they did it so none of us would have guessed it. I saw some bookmakers make Lesnar 40/1 to win a singles match! When a wrestler is 40/1 in the bookies to win a match, you know that it would be unexpected. It’ll be the shock of the moment that’ll make it so historic. And Lesnar was not a bad candidate to break the streak. Someone as big of a star as him and someone as dominant as him should have been the one to end it. However, I do think if anyone should have broken the streak… it should have been Roman Reigns.

Sean Waltman tweeted it on Twitter as well, an up-and-comer like Roman Reigns would be elevated so much by a win as big as this one! It would have been much better to put over a wrestler that wasn’t a star yet than someone who already was. All we know now is that the Undertaker is no longer perfect at Wrestlemania… so what now? Does The Undertaker try to get revenge next year? Or does Undertaker call it quits? We’ll have to wait and see.

What a meme this is going to be...

What a meme this is going to be…

 

The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

I actually heard this was Vickie’s last appearance in WWE as she was pursuing business ventures outside of WWE after this. All I can say is good luck to her in her future endeavours.  Anyway… the divas match.

This was actually not that bad of a divas match! Compared to most WWE divas match nowadays, this was probably one of the best in the last six months! I think everyone though was just rattled and still shocked by what happened in the last match. Hell, AJ Lee didn’t even get a slight reaction. AJ retained in the end, but damn everyone was still shocked by what happened before.

 

Randy Orton (c) vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

This really was a fantastic Wrestlemania ending match! The fans were able to refocus for this one! I actually thought Rev Theory were really good performing “Voices” live for Randy Orton! Orton had a pretty cool entrance! Bryan was still injured following his match from earlier on but it was not going to stop Bryan from the main event of Wrestlemania!

Bryan was up against it in this match. HHH and Stephanie re-emerged from the scene to try to screw Daniel Bryan with the rogue referee Scott Armstrong. However, Daniel was having none of it as he took out the ref and took out the Authority with the dive to the outside. With HHH and Steph out-of-the-way, Batista and Orton formed an unlikely alliance which saw one of the most insane announce table spots I’ve ever seen. Batista set up Bryan for a Batista Bomb which Orton caught with the neckbreaker to send himself and Bryan crashing through the table! I was literally blown away by that spot! It looked so sick and amazing! It really was the spot of the night in my opinion. And considering every thing that happened tonight, that’s saying an awful lot. By the way… it was a neckbreaker Orton caught him with, not an RKO! Why the hell are people still calling it an RKO when it wasn’t? There’s a distinct difference between the two!

Somehow, Bryan got back into the match off the stretcher. And somehow, despite all the shit that had happened to him Bryan was able to pull off the victory by making Batista submit to finally have his moment in the sun!

You know I have bitched about how much they were shoving Daniel down our throats and his push to the main event over the last couple of months but this was such a fantastic moment! Even though it was predictable as hell, WWE really pulled this ending off in style! The fans were ecstatic by the end of it! I kind of wanted to see Batista win at the end because I’m such a big Heel Batista mark, but I’m still happy with this! It was a fantastic way for the PPV to end! I think Bryan doing it all by himself was a bit too much for my liking, but I don’t think the fans cared! Amazing moment for him to finish off the show and a quality match!

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This Pay-Per-View was something else! This was something many will remember for years to come! I’m going to go out on a limb and say this may have been one of the greatest Wrestlemanias of all time! So many moments we’ll not soon forget and a lot of matches that were off the charts! This PPV, whether it’d be for the right or the wrong reasons, will never be forgotten and that is what Wrestlemania is all about. We come into the show buzzing with anticipation and excitement and we get moments that will live on for decades to come! The moments that shook the foundation of WWE! Moments that you’ll be proud to say “I watched that live!” I’m from the UK so it’s really hard to find the time to watch WWE PPVs live so for me to able to watch it LIVE and live-tweet and for it to be as good as it was is such a great feeling for me! Hell, writing this review has been awesome because I have so much to write about. Whether certain superstars were here or not, whether you agreed or disagreed with the results, you will never forget Wrestlemania XXX…

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News: Fatal Four Way For Tag Team Titles Announced For Wrestlemania XXX

NEWS! Another match has been announced for the granddaddy of them all Wrestlemania XXX! It’s another title match for you guys to feast your eyes on as the newly crowned WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos are defending their titles against not one, not two but THREE different tag teams at the event!

And those tag teams are….

“The Real Americans” Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro….

“Los Matadores” Fernando and Diego (along with El Torito… the greatest midget in wrestling history!)

and “Rybaxel” Curtis Axel and THE BIG GUY Ryback!

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I think it’s safe to say that we were all expecting the tag team titles to be on the line at Wrestlemania. The tag team division has received a lot exposure in WWE in the last couple of years and it would have been unjust not to have the belts on the line. I’m surprised that the Real Americans are in the match considering the storyline involving Swagger and Cesaro. I would have figured that either Swagger or Cesaro would fight for the Intercontinental title… or each other. Then again, if the Shield has proved us anything is that you can’t assume that a team is gonna split up or not anymore. Hell, Cesaro and Swagger might both turn face on Zeb Colter. Los Matadores are also a team I never expected to be in, largely due to WWE hardly ever utilizing them on RAW or SmackDown! these days. I will allow these teams to be in the match because I know there’s now a possibility that Antonio Cesaro is gonna swing around El Torito! I should open a pool of how many times or how long Cesaro is going to swing that bull around! I’m going to mark out if Cesaro actually does it!

And lastly… Rybaxel! Let’s be honest… we’re all here to see THE BIG GUY! Curtis Axel is a class wrestler but Ryback… is Ryback! Speaking of things I really want to see… I really want to see Ryback give El Torito a Shellshock! He could do it with on arm if you think about it! At least have Ryback attempt because I really want to see what it looked like! I just want to state for the record that I’m a huge El Torito mark! But I’m an even bigger mark for the Big Guy!

This seems a forgone conclusion of a match, but I still think it’ll be a nice little match for us to enjoy. We’re gonna get high-flying action! We’re gonna get THE BIG GUY! We’re gonna get people being swung around! And we’re going to see El Torito! I think this fatal four way will be a great addition to the PPV!

NXT Arrival Review – The Next Generation Of WWE Takes To New Heights!

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NXT Arrival is the first mega show for the NXT developmental league. A huge milestone for the future stars of WWE to show us just what they’re made off. I’m not going to lie. Before this, I barely ever watched NXT so I decided to flick on NXT Arrival to see what the deal was with it. And boy was I blown away in as early as the first match!

Sami Zayn vs Antonio Cesaro

The Koji Clutch. Gee, I Wonder Who This Move Reminded You Guys Of....

The Koji Clutch. Gee, I Wonder Who This Move Reminded You Guys Of….

You want to talk about a match that can tell a story? This was a fantastic representation of Zayn and Cesaro’s long-running rivalry. The underdog Zayn trying to earn the respect of the accomplished athlete Cesaro in what billed as the “Final Chapter” of their feud. The two put on a wrestling clinic at Arrival which had the NXT fans buzzing all over the place! This match was a great opportunity for these two incredibly talented wrestlers to show us what they’re made off. These two got a good 20 minutes to give us one hell of a performance. I enjoyed the storytelling of the match. Zayn trying to earn the respect of Cesaro by refusing to give up, refusing to die by kicking out of brutal uppercut after brutal uppercut. This match was really a match that hit all the right notes. To those that enjoy the storyline telling of wrestling, to those hardcore fans that just enjoy the technical wrestling part of it, this match is simply up your street. Fantastic finish to the feud.

Mojo Rawley vs CJ Parker

Parker Gets Ass To Face

Parker Gets Ass To Face

OK, CJ Parker is a very… interesting character. A heel hippie? I’m not sure if this character is going to go that well, especially if he’s a heel. But only time will tell. I love Mojo Rawley’s gimmick of being ultra-hyped all the time! This is definitely the type of guy that would have lucozade with his bowl of Cheerios in the morning! This match wasn’t much good and it really was the breather for fans after that stunning opener between Cesaro and Zayn. I don’t like the fact that Mojo won the match by just sitting on him with his “Hyper Driver”. Again, these two characters are probably characters that are definitely going to be hard for people to get into. It was for me anyway.

Ascension (c) vs Too Cool for the NXT Tag Team Championship

Domination!

Domination!

Boy, the returning Too Cool got nothing but the shit kicked out of them in this match against the team of Ascension for the NXT Tag Team titles. This was basically Too Cool being feed to the wolves. I don’t think a squash match like this would help the prestige of the NXT Tag Team Championship when they just beat up two old timers who had like 10% of offense in this match. Also, 75% of the match was just Grandmaster Sexay getting beat up by these two! Then again, Sexay wasn’t exactly as slick as he once was. You can’t really dish out a “You Still Got It” chant at Sexay like!

Paige (c) vs Emma for the NXT Women’s Championship

Paige Gives Emma A Dropkick For Her Troubles

Paige Gives Emma A Dropkick For Her Troubles

First of all, I loved Stephanie McMahon coming out and putting over the NXT women’s division. She did a real good job at hyping up the match and the competitors. Also I loved her response to the “You Still Got It” chant by simply stating, “Ladies and gentlemen, I never lost it”! No woman could act as boss as Stephanie in a WWE ring.

The match between Paige and Emma was really good. The fans weren’t into it as much as the Cesaro/Zayn, largely due to the pace being slowed down to show off the skill of these two divas. NXT is the best place to go nowadays if you want to see actually good women’s matches these days. We had a lot of back and forth, and a lot of great spots like Emma’s Sit-Out powerbomb. Somehow, Paige was able to kick out! Interesting to note that Emma’s powerbomb got a “Better Than Batista” chant! I loved that! Also, Emma was a lot more ruthless in the ring as you’d expect. Acting a bit heelish when she was slapping around Paige near the end. Maybe that was just to show that she’s not just some happy-go-lucky diva. She’s got just a mean streak within her as Paige. Paige won with the “Scorpion Cross-Lock” submission hold. I’ve actually seen that move before and it’s really rare to see it in wrestling because it’s so difficult to pull off. But Paige could and Emma was not getting out of that and submitted. Really good match which I think lasted 10+ minutes which I loved to see.

Xaiver Wood vs Tyler Breeze

Watch Out WWE...

Watch Out WWE…

Errrr… actually this match never actually took place because of a certain tank of a Bulgarian, Alexander Rusev, taking out both men with ease. Making a clear statement before he embraces the main WWE roster with his presence.

Bo Dallas (c) vs Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship

The Two NXT Stars Battle For The Top Prize!

The Two NXT Stars Battle For The Top Prize!

I was a bit disappointed with this ladder match considering all the hype that went into it throughout the show and before that. Neville was awesome in the ring and in a ladder match environment, but the same can’t be said for Bo Dallas. I really don’t get how he lasted 200+ days as champion. In the ring, he seemed really awkward in this match which is a shame for such a historic ladder match.

Bo Dallas, with his face like a rhino’s backside, was not able to stop the flying Geordie from grabbing the title after a “Red Arrow” onto Dallas on the ladder which looked like a pure peach of a finisher. Neville was able to become the fourth ever NXT Champion and ushered in a new era under a champion in NXT.

Definitely a great show! If you haven’t watched it yet, go watch it! It’s basically the show to watch if you’re like me. You never really watched NXT that much and want to know what the fuss was all about. The first match on the show was the greatest indication about why you should tune it. If this is an indication of the future of WWE, then we’re in for one hell of a ride boys and girls!

WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Review – Wyatts And Shield Tear The House Down In Quality PPV

Here it is ladies and gentleman. The Elimination Chamber PPV. A PPV with a lot of buzz and anticipation about it. Six men beating the hell out of each other in an all-out faction war. Six men beating the hell out of each other for the richest prize in the WWE. This was going to be a hell of a show and it certainly started out that way. I already did about Jack Swagger vs Big E Langston in an earlier blog today and that was a sensational opener to the show but then we progressed on with the Tag Team Championship match between the New Age Outlaws and The Usos.

New Age Outlaws vs Usos

Samoan Drop To The Ass Man... What A Sentence That Was XD

Samoan Drop To The Ass Man… What A Sentence That Was! XD

Not a bad match. It was a hurt by the great contrast in styles from both teams. The Usos are really fast paced while the veterans the Outlaws were slow and steady. So when the Usos were picking up the pace, the Outlaws could barely keep up. It was still entertaining though and I’ve loved the consistently good PPV Tag Title matches that we’ve had for the last year now. A bit of humour in it and the fans were really into it (might have been helped from the match before like). The Usos were unfortunate not to win, but their time will eventually come. Hopefully it’ll come at Wrestlemania, but probably not since they’ve already lost once. If they had not lost clean, then they’d have a legit excuse for a rematch. However they did. I do wonder if not the Usos, then who’ll be the number one contenders for the titles heading into Wrestlemania 30?

Titus O’Neil vs Darren Young

Headlock after headlock - I might as well call this blog the "Headlock Express"

Headlock After Headlock… I Might As Well Call This Blog The Headlock Express!

Titus O’Neil vs Darren Young. I’m not going to lie… not that interesting of a match. I mean it was nice to see these two lock up on a  PPV and they truly deserve it, but it wasn’t anything special really. To be honest, it was just getting these two on the PPV that was important and not the match. But it might have helped the match a little bit if the announcers were actually paying attention and not making references to Ric Flair the entire match. -.-

The Shield vs The Wyatt Family

If I Could Only Use One Picture To Describe This Match, This'd Be It... Total Anarchy!

If I Could Only Use One Picture To Describe This Match, This’d Be It… Total Anarchy!

You know if you have bought the WWE Network or are going to purchase the WWE Network, go back to this PPV and just reply this match over and over and over again. You want to talk about epic. This is the personification of epic. These two factions have been building up to this day for so long. The battle of supremacy between the top two stables in the company had finally arrived… and it more than lived up to the hype!

22 minutes this match went on for… and the fans were already chanting “This Is Awesome” before the match started. Myself and the fans were so amped up for this all out war between The Shield and The Wyatts. And it started off exactly as you’d expect… total anarchy. The two came to blows before the bell even rang. Instigated by Dean Ambrose, the two clashed before being restrained and the six man tag team match would begin.

The intensity of this match was so evident. This hardly resembled a wrestling match as it did a FLAT OUT FIGHT! I loved all the brawling and the fighting the two did in this match. Dean Ambrose was really good in that department as he’s a great scrappy fighter. Just wild fists flying. The psychotic nature of his character was played out really well especially when you’ve got the crazy-ass Wyatt Family in the ring with them.

One person that really impressed me in this match is Seth Rollins. Despite his high-pitched voice making him as convincing of a bad guy as Bugs Bunny, Seth was really on top of his game. I loved it when Seth landed on his feet after Luke Harper attempted a top rope german suplex. The athletic ability of this guy is off the charts and the fans were buzzing for this as well as the reminder of that particular 30 second segment involving Seth. He was quality through-out but that one in particular was amazing. If you go back and watch this match, you’ll get the segment that I’m on about.

Luke Harper was really good in this match too. Because of all the hype Bray Wyatt gets, you forget about Harper and Rowan of the Wyatts. These two were as good in the ring, if not better, than Bray Wyatt. Luke definitely was. Especially when he did the suicide dive to the outside, which was followed by Seth Rollins dive to the outside which were both really well coordinated!

It’s just the wild nature of this match that made it so awesome. The match direction and pace would change in such a heartbeat that the cameramen couldn’t even keep up! It was quality seeing Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose spill out into the crowd which was a nice added touch. Harper and Rowan chokeslamming Rollins through the announce table was really well done. And the finish as well.

Roman Reigns did his best to overcome the Wyatts on his own after Ambrose and Rollins were out of the equation. Superman punches and spears were dished out left and right, but it was Bray Wyatt who got the last laugh with the Sister Abigail for the win!

DAMN! That was an awesome match. I highly doubt there will be a better match than that this year. Just for the craziness that the match provided is more than enough for me! I love unpredictability and it had it. I love a good old fight and we saw a HELL of a fight! This will be hard to top by anyone this year! So worth the hype and I would replay this over and over again if I could, because that was freaking awesome. And you can now with WWE Network! Which we were reminded about, every 5 minutes of the PPV! -.-

AJ Lee vs Cameron

I dig it... just saying.

I dig it… just saying.

You want to talk about an awkward match. God. This was just so painful to watch. I mean AJ tried her best, god bless her. But this seemed so awkward. Even ending was awkward with Tamina nearly costing AJ the title. It’s hard to find anything positive to say about this match. Somehow after that amazing match between the Wyatts and Shield, the WWE were able to completely kill the mood of the night. And it ended the streak of actually decent matches. This was just dud all over it. God WWE, just get some more divas in the division will you? And no, I’m not talking about the woman with the worst dance moves of all time, Emma. -.-

Batista vs Albertoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dddddddeeeeeelll Riiiiiiiiooooooooooooo!

Eat My Boot Perro!

Eat My Boot Perro!

I actually liked this match. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. And trust me, I never had that high of expectations for this match. Del Rio actually looked like a legit threat to Batista which is good. Even if he did do a pre-match attack on Batista beforehand. Del Rio looked stronger than you’d expect against someone like Batista. I really wished Del Rio would’ve won. But that was never going to happen. As much as I wasn’t a fan of Batista’s performance, Del Rio’s performance was outstanding. He made this match worthwhile and was very good in carrying Batista during that match. Another thing I wanted to point out is Batista is so loud when it comes to calling spots. I’m not sure if anyone noticed this, but I remember Batista bellowing out “REVERSE” just before Del Rio reversed his Oklahoma slam! Christ! Anyway Batista won….

Elimination Chamber Match – Randy Orton vs Sheamus vs John Cena vs Daniel Bryan vs Antonio Cesaro vs Christian

The Final Four....

The Final Four….

It actually wasn’t a bad chamber match. It was anything that special like, but it was really good considering the wrestlers involved. I loved the exchanges Sheamus and Cesaro where having during that. Uppercuts and blows all through the match. It seemed like a proper brawl between those two. One thing for certain is that they were two tough old birds. I’d love to see a feud between these two because I loved them just beating the hell out of each other during that chamber.

Christian had a nice little showing in the chamber, possibly having the spot of the match with his splash off the top of a chamber pod onto Sheamus eliminating him. There were rumours that Christian was going to be taken out of the chamber but I’m kinda glad that he wasn’t. It was good having him in the chamber, but I’m a bit pissed that he didn’t last longer and was eliminated easily by Bryan.

One thing I didn’t like was the fact that made the smashes through the plastic seemed so hard-hitting and brutal when it clearly wasn’t. You had like Cole and Lawler treating it as if it were a car wreck when all they did was go through plastic. I remember when I think it was Cesaro that picked up a piece of broken plastic and rammed Sheamus with it and I was just thinking “Was that actually supposed to hurt him more?”. It looked weak as piss.

Anyway, it came down to the final four. Loved that Cesaro stared off the chamber and lasted longer than Sheamus. For a rising star like him that is a big claim to fame. However, I kinda wished he made it to the end or the final three. However, John Cena had something to say about that. It was a bit underwhelming to see the same old three people (Cena, Bryan and Orton) in the final three who had been feuding for the title ever since Summerslam of last year.

The Wyatts interrupted the match and helped eliminate Cena. It’s nice that they asserted themselves as the top faction of the WWE now by getting involved in the main event of the PPV. They attacked Cena and they’re probably going to feud with him. This is very GOOD news for the Wyatts.

And it came down to Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. And of course, it was Corporate Kane that had the last word in the chamber by assisting Orton in eliminating Bryan from the match and retaining his title. Right decision having Orton win the match… but why was Kane the one who screwed Daniel Bryan and not Triple H? It was a really good point made by Aaron Bower of Bleacher Reporter in this article. If Bryan’s fighting Triple H at Wrestlemania, than surely he should be the one getting his hands dirty?

Anyway. Great PPV. A good build for Wrestlemania. A lot of people are going to be bummed about Bryan not winning, but Orton needed to win that chamber match. Orton vs Batista is happening. Triple H vs Bryan is happening. If you don’t like it… tough. But I’m sure Daniel Bryan will be winning the WWE World Title soon after Wrestlemania so just have a little patience.

On a side note, marked out every time Bad News Barrett showed up last night! He was on form big time here!

This was a really good PPV. Quality matches throughout the show. Great opener and a phenomenal six man tag team match between the Wyatts and the Shield. Definitely a match of the year candidate! I’d seriously recommend watching this again on the WWE NETWORK! XD

WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Predictions

Yeah, yeah. Guess who’s back baby! It’s the lean, mean, prediction machine! Tom Robinson! With the Armbar Express! Hell Yeah!

It’s good to back guys! I’m back! I’m excited… sort of, for the Elimination Chamber. It’s been a rather hectic month or so since the Royal Rumble. We’ve had Brock Lesnar. We’ve had Batista. And we’ve CM Punk taking his ball and going home! Oh we’ve had it all! And now we approach… THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER!

Who will walk out the Chamber and into Wrestlemania as the WWE World Champion OF THE WORLD? Lets look at the card!

Titus O’Neil vs Darren Young

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Background: January 31st 2014. On SmackDown! after losing to “Rybaxel”, Titus O’Neil decided that he had enough of Darren Young’s shit and turned on him, thus ending the Prime Time Players. Titus claimed he turned on Darren because of his quest to become a champion in the WWE. Darren would respond by assaulting Titus O’Neil backstage on the SmackDown! afterwards. This week, it was announced that these two would finally do battle at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Not the pre-show, but the PPV itself!

What Should Happen?: First of all, I want to state how shocked I am to see these two given PPV time. Pleasantly surprised and hopefully a lot more of these under-utilized roster members in minor feuds will actually get a bit of PPV time. It’s nice to see. I’m not sure what the future lies for Darren Young, but for Titus O’Neil the future seems bright! Anyway. Definitely want to see Titus go over in this one,  because I truly believe he’s got a great career ahead of him. Darren still has a bit of work to do before he’s ready for a big push in my opinion. Titus winning on a PPV could set him up nicely for Wrestlemania 30.

What Will Happen?: Titus O’Neil wins. I’m happy. Does the dog bark….

Note: To check out my NoDQ.com article on bit Titus O’Neil, click on this link to found out what I think about the dog-barking up-and-comer.

Big E Langston (c) vs Jack Swagger for the Intercontinental Championship

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Background: Big E Langston has been rolling along smoothly as Intercontinental Champion. The likes of Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow and Fandango have come to challenge Big E only to be knocked down a peg by the big man. But Big E has another fearsome challenger challenging him for the gold at Elimination Chamber in the All-American Real American… American Jack Swagger. Swagger, who won the Elimination Chamber match this time last year, defeated Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry in a fatal four way on SmackDown! last week to punch his ticket into the PPV with Big E Langston.

What Should Happen?: Man, how the mighty have fallen. Poor Jack Swagger. Well kids if you want a clear example about why you should stay away from the dope, Jack Swagger is a prime example. Here he is, a year on from his elimination chamber victory. And here is fighting for a mid-card title. Well, Big E Langston is clearly going over and he needs to keep his title going for as long as possible. Something tells me great things are on the horizon for Big E.

What Will Happen?: Forgone conclusion. Big E Langston wins (hope that doesn’t come back to bite me. :/).

New Age Outlaws (c) vs The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship

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Background: Oh you didn’t know? Your ass better CALLLLLLLLLLLLL SOMEBODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! The New Age Outlaws should no signs of slowing down at the Royal Rumble when they defeated the Rhodes Brothers in the pre-show to win the WWE Tag Team Titles! They continued to roll back the years with back-to-back title defenses over the Rhodes and they hope to continue to relive their glory days as they face the high-flying, highly entertaining Samoan brothers the Usos. Can the Usos after all these years finally capture tag team gold or will the “Road Dogg” Jesse James and the “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn have two words for them?

What Should Happen?: Personally, I don’t like seeing the Usos being on the receiving end of a defeat against these old-timers. I mean, the New Age Outlaws should be back to put people over not put themselves over. I mean if the Usos were to beat them at Wrestlemania or something, that would be a special moment. If they won here it would be a special moment and I personally believe a victory over the New Age Outlaws would be a great way to finally get the Usos the gold.

What Will Happen?: Of course the New Age Outlaws are not going to lose the belts this early into their reign. As much as I’d like to see The Usos come out on top, logic tells me that Billy Gunn and Road Dogg are walking out champions.

Batista vs Alberto Del Rio

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Background: In what was a highly appreciated result by the WWE faithful, Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble match to book his ticket to Wrestlemania 30 against whoever the WWE World Champion will be at the big dance. One man who had a big problem with the Animal was one Alberto Del Rio who has repeatedly clashed with the number one contender since Batista’s return. This has led to the match being booked – the “Mexican aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio vs “The Animal” Batista.

What Should Happen?: I’d personally like to see Alberto Del Rio win because I’m big Del Rio mark Perro! However, if the Royal Rumble winner lost just before his world title match that wouldn’t make him seem to good. :/ So I’m going to have to say… Batista should win.

What Will Happen?: Batista wins.

The “Oh Shit!” Match Of The Night – The Shield vs Wyatt Family

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Background: Ever since the emergence of the Wyatts in July, we’ve had two major factions dominate the WWE universe. The creepy and sadistic Wyatts as well as the “Hounds of Justice” The Shield. The two factions first came together in November here in England when the two clashed over who got to beat up CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The two has had little interaction since, but the Wyatts gave the Shield a huge problem recently when their interference in a six man tag Elimination Chamber qualifying match cost all 3 members of The Shield a shot at the WWE World Title. Of course, The Shield wouldn’t take too kindly to that and called out The Wyatts. This eventually led to the match being announced for Elimination Chamber. At last, The Shield would take on the Wyatts for the first time in a six man tag team match. Which team will prevail? Which team will prove themselves to be the most dominant force in the WWE? And Michael… are there any cracks in The Shield?

What Should Happen? I don’t care who wins… just as long as I get to see a good old fight this Sunday!

What Will Happen?: The Wyatts win. As much as The Shield has been a pleasure to see as a unit, they’re going to break apart and the likelihood is it’ll happen at the Pay-Per-View. I just hope it goes down well.

Randy Orton (c) vs John Cena vs Daniel Bryan vs Antonio Cesaro vs Sheamus vs Christian in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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Background: Randy Orton is currently the man in the WWE. Having beat John Cena two PPVs in a row, Orton has maintained his position as the top dog with a number of huge contenders looking in. But for how long can Orton maintain his status as the “face of the WWE”? With the Authority announcing an Elimination Chamber match the night after the Royal Rumble, Randy finds himself with 5 challengers coming after his title who all earned their way in through qualifiers. We have the veteran Christian who has been on the outside looking into the main event scene for a while now? He has the “one more match” he has longed for but will it be enough for Christian to seize the victory on Sunday? The returning Sheamus has never won an Elimination Chamber match before and with the stakes involved in this match, this is a must-win for the Celtic Warrior. John Cena has main-evented the last three Wrestlemanias. And after two disappointing defeats for the title before, can the third time be the charm for Cena who tries to make it for WM main events in a row? Antonio Cesaro. The dark horse of the match finally has the chance to showcase his impressive skill and ability in a big time PPV match. And after achieving victory over the champion last week on SmackDown!, can Cesaro mark his claim as the main man in the WWE? And lastly, we have Daniel Bryan. The leader of the #YESMovement! The wrestler the entire WWE universe got into a hissy fit about not being in the Royal Rumble match. The American Dragon walks into the chamber with the fans on his side, but will it be enough to see him become champion once more and headline Wrestlemania 30?

What Should Happen?: Phew! That was a long background! Anyway! What shouldn’t happen is WWE cave into the fans need and completely change the direction they’re heading to for Wrestlemania. If the plan is for Randy Orton to main event with Batista, fucking have the match. The old saying goes “No one man is bigger than the WWE”. Not Daniel Bryan, not CM Punk. No one.

What Will Happen?: WWE better not pull the same crap they pulled just before the Rumble when Bryan left the Wyatts TWO WEEKS, after joining them. I swear, that was worse than when John Cena was in the Nexus. At least that lasted a month! If they put the belt on Bryan just because of the constant bitching of the fans, than they are just making themselves seems weak. The fans will walk all over them and believe it or not, THAT is not best for business. Will they cave? No. If they’re smart and believe it or not THEY ARE smart, the original plan for Orton to win will happen. Orton wins.

Christ, I forgot how long these posts take to write-up! Anyway, that was the Chamber predictions! I’m Tom Robinson! And this is a PPV I’m actually looking forward to. Chamber matches are always fun and exciting. We have The Shield vs The Wyatts! Holy Shit! If I weren’t doing important shit in uni the day after, I’d definitely watch this live! But when I do it’ll be great to see!

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