WWE Night Of Champions 2013 Review – WWE Give Us The Worst Pay-Per-View Of The Year As Daniel Bryan Wins The WWE Title Off A Fast Count!

Wrestling fans, I am “Big Hungry” Tom Robinson here again. We’re coming off Night Of Champions with a lot of controversy coming off the main event and a lot of things to address because I really wasn’t impressed by last night’s event. Nothing really stood out for me, other than the main event. There was only one title change and all the matches seemed really flat to me, as did the fans for all but two of the matches. Let’s get to it…

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An Impromptu Intercontinental Title match sees Curtis Axel FINALLY defeat Kofi Kingston

We start off the show with COO Triple H addressing the WWE universe and stating that the WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton would have ZERO interference, making it a fair one on one encounter. This was interrupted by Paul Heyman and Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, with Heyman making a last-minute plea to Triple H to cancel his and Axel’s handicap elimination match against CM Punk later on. Triple H started to mess with Heyman and Axel by questioning Heyman’s trust in Axel’s ability and refused to cancel the match. Curtis Axel then got the mic and suggests that Triple H is still holding a grudge over his defeat to Axel on May 20th 2013. Yes, Axel actually stated when his first victory over HHH took place. Axel’s talking got him into trouble as HHH would then put Axel in an IC Championship defence to start the show against the first person he sees when he goes to the back (which just so happens to be Kofi Kingston, the guy Axel has lost to a couple of times in the last few weeks. How convenient). Two things were really off about this segment I believe….

  1. Triple H still having a grudge with Heyman and Axel sort of makes the new corporation seem sort of face if you will. It takes away the heat that the corparation has when he messes with fellow heel Paul Heyman.
  2. I hated that the fans were chanting “BORING” during Axel’s promo. For god’s sake, give the guy a chance to talk. Yeah, Axel’s not the greatest talker but at least give him the chance at least without unleashing a “BORING” chant.

The match itself was really good in comparisons to their matches on RAW and SmackDown! over the last couple of weeks. Some really good near-falls during the match, including Axel kicking out of the S.O.S. Axel got the victory and gives himself confidence ahead of going up against CM Punk in the handicap match, which was actually upgraded to a No-DQ Elimination Handicap Match. Good way to start off the show.

 

Awkward Botch Ruins An Already Awkward Divas Title Match

Before AJ Lee’s Divas Title defence against Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella in a fatal four way, Alicia Fox and Aksana both ended their alliance with AJ, with Layla possibly doing the same. This was like the shortest stable in WWE history! It lasted like 2 weeks and it could have actually been a decent stable if they didn’t lose their first match together last week on RAW. Anyway, it appears AJ will have no back-up against the 3 divas from “Total Divas” that she slandered on RAW 3 weeks ago.

To be honest, it was a decent effort by all 4 women. They tried to make the match as interesting as possible and you’ve got to commend them for that. All 4 women had their fair share of time to show their stuff. But to be honest, this never seemed to get the fans interested one bit. It felt so awkward and out of place. The only time the fans popped during this match was then Natalya locked in the double sharpshooter. Also, it didn’t help when the referee made a HUGE error near the end of the match…

Right, Natalya scoop-slammed Brie Bella onto Naomi who was taken out before. Anyway, Brie Bella’s laying on top of Naomi for about 20 seconds, Naomi’s shoulders were down, and the referee did NOTHING. He was supposed to make the count and all he and Natalya were doing was just staring at both women. Sure, it’s nice to stare at two women on top of one another but he should have made the god-damn count. Even the commentators were even yelling at him to make the count. It was one of the most awkward botches of the year in my opinion. Anyway, the one thing to take as a positive from this match was that AJ Lee retained the championship.

 

A disqualification sees RVD’s World Title Hopes Shattered By Alberto Del Rio

To be honest, this match was nowhere near as good as Del Rio’s recent title defences against Dolph Ziggler and Christian in recent pay-per-view, but it was at least a decent effort. The only thing that was off-putting about this match was the fact that it ended in a disqualification. When RVD got to the ropes after being locked-in the Cross-Armbrearker, Del Rio refused to break the hold and was disqualified. This hurts Del Rio’s credibility a bit as this is the second time in 3 PPV World Title defences that Del Rio’s retained the title on a disqualification. Del Rio should have made RVD tap out. Maybe their setting up a rematch at Battleground for all I know. At least I hope so because I think will a bit more time this match could be a lot more improved at Battleground.

 

The Miz and Fandango Are Given A Match On A PPV… why?

The Miz vs Fandango has been like the least appealing rivalry of the year and for some absurd reason they were given a PPV match. Really? I mean it’s bad enough that Fandango showed up to ANOTHER PPV but he has to go up against The Miz of all people? Two guys who I can’t stand right now and their match was such a bland match. I hope this is the end of their feud because the fact that I had to sit through that match just really wound me up. -.-

 

Ryback Helps Heyman Against CM Punk And Becomes The New “Paul Heyman Guy”

This match went exactly as I thought it would. Axel fights Punk. Punk beats Axel. Beats Up Heyman A Little Bit. Taken Out By A New “Paul Heyman Guy”. While I didn’t like the predictability of it all, I like the way it was executed. It was a really brutal exchange between Axel and Punk, with kendo sticks and chairs being used in the fray, as well as a table being set up. However, CM Punk would make Axel tap out, leaving Paul Heyman to Punk. After chasing him around a little bit, Punk finally got his hands on Heyman and beat the crap out of him with the kendo stick. He event handcuffed him and then unleashed a fury of kendo stick shots on Heyman. Just as Punk had finished the beatdown, Ryback made his way to the ring and speared Punk through the table. This proved to be enough to put Punk down for the count to three as Heyman picked up the victory over Punk.

I do feel that CM Punk should have took a lot more damage from Ryback before getting pinned. I think it should have been more than a spear through the table to put Punk away considering how resilient he was against Brock Lesnar during their feud. It seems a little bit unbelievable that Punk can take a beating from Lesnar and still keep fighting, but one spear through the table from Ryback and he’s done. However, this was a good way to introduce Ryback as the new “Paul Heyman Guy” though. Ryback does need Paul Heyman as his manager. Ryback’s bullying gimmick had to stop and with Heyman on board he could actually go places. But the question is, with Ryback supposedly on board, where does that leave Curtis Axel?

 

The Shield Retain All Their Gold At Night Of Champions With Dolph Ziggler and The Prime Time Players Getting A Taste Of “Justice”

Yep. The Shield still have all the gold they won back at Extreme Rules in May. Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the US Championship and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated The Prime Time Players to retain the tag titles.

Let’s talk about the US Championship. It’s clear that Ziggler is still not sitting well with WWE right now just because the manner of his loss. No screwjob. No Shield-interference. He flat-out LOST to Dean Ambrose. It’s sad to see Ziggler being punished by WWE. I mean it’s not like the match was a great match anyway. It sort of felt like a TV match. It’s was OK, but it didn’t deserve to be on the card if it was going to be just… OK. If Ziggler was going to lose like we all knew he would, he should have at least had a great match with Ambrose which we know he’s capable of. But of course, when you’re in the WWE Dog House, the chances of you getting to look good goes right down the drain.

And the Tag Team Championship match. A very decent match and the fans were all over the Prime Time Players. Both guys looked strong against The Shield and I actually thought they’d beat The Shield near the end. But I think this might be just a prelude to their title win in weeks to come. I think after this match, the PTP look in a strong position to win the gold despite not winning in Detroit, Michigan.

So, up until this point, every champion has retained their championship. Only one champion remains to defend their title… WWE Champion Randy Orton…

 

Randy Orton Vs Daniel Bryan For The WWE Championship

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It was not the greatest of main events. In my opinion, Daniel and Orton have had plenty of better matches than this one was. It was really slow paced and it ended abruptly (I’ll get on the ending in a bit). It was one of Orton’s better matches and it’s good to see Orton’s been developing his wrestling as of late. He’s had a couple of stellar matches in the last few months. But, of course the thing that annoyed me about the match was the result. Daniel Bryan won of the flying kick he used to win the title from Cena at Summerslam… oh and a FAST 3 COUNT BY SCOTT ARMSTRONG!

Really? The night ended with a fast count? I read somewhere after the match that the commentators were not meant to mention the fast count, but they should have said at least something about it, especially JBL. The Heel Commentator JBL would have PLENTY to say about a fast count. I mean yeah – if Daniel won of the fast count and Triple H came out and reversed the decision that night, it’d make sense. But we’ve got to wait until RAW to find out the fate of the WWE Championship? I

All I’ll say is this… if Daniel’s title win stands, then it was a daft way for it to go down, and his regaining of the title came WAY too soon. I mean what does that say of the heel regime when they don’t have the WWE Championship anymore? I hope Triple H reverses the decision of the match on RAW. Because a face winning the title of a FAST COUNT makes zero sense. And Orton would have gotten royally screwed if the result of the match stands. Let’s just hope for the best, because I am not happy with how that “title change” took place.

Overall it was a really under-whelming PPV. I think it was the worst PPV of the year so far. While the WWE, IC and Tag Team title matches were all decent matches as was Punk vs Axel and Heyman , the Divas match was EXTREMELY AWKWARD, the US Title match was such a disappointment and the World Title match ending made Del Rio look weaker as a champion. The crowd weren’t into half of the matches, and that’s worrying and really decreases how good a show is when the crowd isn’t into it? With Battleground only 3 weeks away and Hell In A Cell only 3 weeks after that, PPVs are coming in thick and fast and WWE are going to have a hard time building up each one. I just hope that RAW can recover a badly-delivered PPV.

That was the Night Of Champions review. I’m Tom Robinson!

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WWE Night Of Champions 2013 Predictions – Will Daniel Bryan Dethrone The Corporate Champion?

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Wrestling fans, I’m “Dragon Dragon” himself Tom Robinson. I’m so good, I’m double the Dragon! XD

Night Of Champions PREDICTIONS! Which champions will retain their titles, and which contenders are going to walk out Detroit, Michigan a champion?

 

Pre-Show: The Prime Time Players vs The Real Americans vs The Usos vs 3MB vs Tons Of Funk in a tag team turmoil. Winners Face The Shield For The Titles On The PPV.

Background: On RAW, It was announced that with the tag team division heating up with the rise of the Prime Time Players and The Usos that a tag team turmoil will take place on the Night Of Champions Pre-Show to determine number one contenders to The Shield on the actually Pay-Per-View itself.

What Should Happen?: Either The Usos or The Prime Time Players Win. But if I had to pick out of them two, I’d say The Usos because their pre-show match with The Shield at Money In The Bank was an incredible tag team match and I really want to see The Usos finally get a run at the titles.

What Will Happen?: I’m going to say that the WWE are going to keep backing the Prime Time Players with this new push and have them challenge The Shield later on in the card.

 

“The Shield” Roman Reigns (c) and Seth Rollins (c) vs Whoever Wins The Tag Team Turmoil For The WWE Tag Team Championship

I’m going to just split this off for each possible outcome of the turmoil and judge each team’s chances of winning the titles if they get the shot and if they should win the titles. So…

3MB: To put this nicely…. there is no way in HELL of 3MB getting close to the tag team titles. So if by some divine intervention that they win the turmoil, 3MB will have literally a 1% chance of winning the tag team titles. Sorry guys. A 3MB Tag Team Title reign would be money though. XD

Tons Of Funk: Errrr… no. Tons Of Funk have jobbed to The Shield so much in the year that if they do get the title shots, I think they’ll just job to them again. Also, I really don’t think Tons Of Funk is in a remotely good position to be considered worthy to be champions. Way too far down the tag team food chain.

The All-Americans: Just for that huge spin on Santino Marrella on RAW this Monday, Antonio Cesaro deserves to win both the WWE Championship and The World Title never mind the Tag belts. I doubt that the All-Americans would win the titles if they won the turmoil, unless of course WWE are going to somehow turn them face and have them be a really pro-USA team or something. I’ll give them a 205 chance of winning the titles if they make it to the title shots. Do they deserve it? Hell yeah does Antonio Cesaro deserve it!….. oh and Jack Swagger deserves it too, I guess.

The Prime Time Players: With their new push due to Darren Young’s coming out, I wouldn’t be surprised if the PTP finally got the belts they should have had more than a year ago. Should they be champions if they do beat The Shield? It’s a good opportunity for WWE to capitalize on the Publicity. But if I do think there’s a team that should be given the belts, it should be…

The Usos: These guys NEED to get them belts. And their rematch with The Shield needs to happen. They’ve got a good thing going and it’d be a damn shame if the PTP’s push gets in the way of The Usos rise to the titles. I can see WWE giving the belts to The Usos if they do win the Turmoil like. But, that’s all down to if the WWE choose The Usos over the PTPs to win the tag team turmoil

 

Dean Ambrose (c) vs Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship

Background: Dolph Ziggler was one of the first to speak out against Triple H’s actions at Summerslam via Twitter. As punishment, the RAW after Summerslam he was booked in a 3 on 1 handicap match with The Shield. This match eventually led to Ziggler receiving more beatdowns by The Shield, specifically the United States Champion Dean Ambrose. This eventually led to Ziggler being booked in an United States Title match with Ambrose for Night Of Champions on the SmackDown! before the event.

What Should Happen?: Dolph Ziggler shouldn’t really be competing for the US title anymore. It seems such a huge step down considering he was the World Champion in June. But I guess that’s what happens when you get in the proverbial WWE “Dog House”. Honestly, I’d rather not have Ziggler beat Ambrose to be honest, because once he gets a mid-card title again it’ll be hard for him to get back in the main title picture. Dean Ambrose wins.

What Will Happen?: Dean Ambrose wins, because Dolph Ziggler is in SERIOUS shit with WWE. Poor guy. 😦

 

CM Punk vs Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in an Elimination Handicap Match

Background: After being double-crossed by Paul Heyman at Money In The Bank, CM Punk has been craving the chance to get his hands on Heyman. At Summerslam, he had to go through one of his clients Brock Lesnar in a No Disqualification match. Despite not being able to defeat Lesnar, he was able to lock in the Anaconda Vice on Heyman during the match. However, this was nowhere near good enough for Punk. While Heyman wanted to “take Punk back”, Punk wanted to get his hands on Heyman further. So Heyman set his other client, the Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel. After a brutal brawl between Axel and Punk on the RAW after Summerslam, Punk vs Axel was made for the next week’s RAW. Due to a vote by the WWE Universe, if Punk was able to defeat Axel, Punk would be able to get Heyman in the ring post-match. Punk got the victory and seemed like he was finally going to get a little bit more than an Anaconda Vice on Heyman. However, Axel made sure that didn’t happen and with Heyman delivered a brutal beatdown with a kendo stick to Punk. An irate CM Punk confronted RAW General Manager Brad Maddox and demanded a shot at Heyman. Maddox granted Punk’s wish and made an Elimination Handicap match between CM Punk and the team of Heyman and Axel at Night Of Champions. With it being an elimination match, if Punk beat Axel first, he would have every right in the world to fight Heyman. With Curtis Axel suffering back-to-back defeats to Kofi Kingston in the weeks before NoC and Heyman being told that if he tried to get out of the match he’d be fired, the chances of Punk getting his hands on Heyman seems a very likely possibility.

What Should Happen?: I don’t care how much internet fans bum off CM Punk, Curtis Axel needs to beat Punk. WWE have done a really bad job at promoting this themselves. While Punk and Heyman have delivered wonders on the mic in the build up, the fact that Axel is being made out to be such a weak opponent for Punk is just ridiculous. Axel being the IC Champion should have been booked to look strong against Punk, like he did when they brawled on the RAW after Summerslam. If WWE are giving up Axel this early then it’s a damn shame. While it seems inevitable that WWE are going to introduce a new “Paul Heyman Guy”, what’s wrong with the old one? Give him a decent win for once. Axel beats Punk.

What Will Happen?: This is probably one of the most predictable matches of the god damn year. Punk’s going to be Axel. Heyman’s going to try to escape from Punk. Punk’s going to get some digs in. And then this new “Paul Heyman Guy” will help Heyman out. I’m guessing this guy will probably appear to attack Punk causing a disqualification, but either way Punk will end up the one being laid out at the end of it.

 

AJ Lee (c) vs Natalya vs Brie Bella vs Naomi in a fatal four way match for the Divas Championship

Background: 8 days after Summerslam, AJ Lee appeared after a divas match between Natalya and Brie Bella, two divas that have starred in the new “Total Divas” reality show. AJ delivered a scratching promo bad-mouthing the divas, accusing them off being interchangeable, useless women that weren’t good enough to be wrestlers so they were given a reality TV Show. AJ said that the majority of the divas on the show had to “suck up” to the right people to get to the WWE and that Natalya was only in WWE because of her association with the Hart family and her father being WWE legend, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. These comments infuriated the divas on the show so much that they attacked AJ when she appeared to watch the number one contendership divas title match between Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi 2 weeks ago on RAW. With a number one contender not being crowned, Stephanie McMahon gave Brie, Natalya and Naomi a shot at the title in a fatal four way with AJ at Night Of Champions.

What Should Happen?: AJ Wins. If another result happens, I give up on the divas division. I could sort of accept Natalya as champion, but she’s still an incredibly bland diva despite having tremendous wrestling abilities. But AJ has the overness and the mic skills to be champion, and no-one is really worthy enough to be champion yet. Especially not Naomi or Brie Bella.

What Will Happen?: AJ Wins… somehow. AJ will likely be taken out the picture earlier on, but will come in later to steal the victory. While I think WWE will be tempted to put the belt on one of the “Total Divas” due to the series coming to an end, I still think with how heavily AJ’s been booked that she’ll be champion for a LONG time.

 

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Rob Van Dam for the World Heavyweight Championship

Background: After Ricardo Rodriguez inadvertently cost World Champion Alberto Del Rio a non-title match with Rob Van Dam a month ago, Ricardo suffered a beatdown and a firing from his employer Del Rio. After a couple of weeks out, Ricardo returned and announced that he would be the new personal ring announcer of Rob Van Dam. A week later, RVD was given a non-title match with Del Rio. If RVD won, he would get a shot at the World Championship at Night Of Champions. And luckily for RVD… he did!

What Should Happen?: I stressed this on my article on Del Rio for WhatCulture, Del Rio needs to keep beating his competition in a clean and fair way to keep up the prestige of the title up and Del Rio’s legitimacy as champion up. While having Ricardo turn on RVD and join Del Rio again would be the sensible thing to do to get Ricardo of RVD’s case, a Del Rio clean, submission victory would be huge for him. So just like how Del Rio submitted Christian at Summerslam, Del Rio should do it again to RVD. Oh and one other thing… please keep RVD and Ricardo apart. Seriously, that partnership won’t be missed.

What Will Happen?: I’m guessing WWE will just ignore me and have Ricardo screw over RVD and help Del Rio retain the title. Yawn. But whatever the case, Rob Van Dam will probably not win the World Title.

 

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

Background: At Summerslam, Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena after a hard-long battle with COO Triple H as the special referee to win the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. But coming out to ruin the party was the WWE Championship Money In The Bank holder Randy Orton. Just as it seemed like he wasn’t going to bother cashing in the briefcase, Triple H stunned us all as he hit Daniel with the Pedigree – giving Randy the opening he needed. Taking advantage of opportunity, Orton cashed in and pinned Daniel to become the new WWE Champion. Triple H justified his actions the next night on RAW, stating that Randy Orton being Champion was “best for business” and that Daniel Bryan should not be the one to be the “face of the company”. An irate Daniel tried to ruin Randy’s coronation as WWE Champion, but was foiled by Triple H’s newly hired guns The Shield. Despite being considered nothing more than a B+ by the new corporation, Daniel was given his rematch clause at the title for Night Of Champions. However, the corporation has not made Daniel’s road to that event easy. The Shield has been constantly set on Bryan by Triple H, with just about every superstar in WWE being to scared of being fired to speak out against it or help Bryan out.  Despite the odds, Bryan stood tall at the end of this Monday’s RAW having beaten Dean Ambrose and laying out Randy Orton. But will he stand tall as champion at the end of Night Of Champions?

What Should Happen?: Orton wins. How bad would the corporation look if their champion would have lost the title within a month of winning it? Sorry Daniel, but he should wait a little longer before getting the gold. Orton needs to establish himself as THE guy in the WWE right now.

What Will Happen?: Orton retains. I don’t see someone turning heel to help Orton win. I just think Triple H is going to screw Daniel over somehow. I think it’ll be like when Mankind was screwed out of the title at Rock Bottom 1998. Daniel will make Orton pass out to a guillotine lock or something and then Triple H will come out and say “Since Orton didn’t get pinned or submit, Orton remains champion”. I know this corporation is not going to be exactly like the one in late 1998 and early 1999, but I do think some similar stuff will happen. Daniel’s getting screwed at Night Of Champions.

That was the Night Of Champions predictions. I am Tom Robinson. Follow me on Twitter. Follow @TomRobinson5199 and the official Armbar Express Twitter account @ArmbarExpress for blog updates and other wrestling news. Also, please read and share this new article I’ve had published for a website called WhatCulture! at this link. It’s an article by me which stresses why the Cruiserweight Division needs to be brought back to the WWE. If you click on my name at the top of that article, you’ll hopefully be able to see the other article’s I’ve uploaded on that site including one on why WWE are getting it right with Alberto Del Rio as World Champion at this link.

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02/09/2013 RAW REVIEW – Very emotional RAW sees Cody Rhodes Fired

Guys, I am “A-List” Tom Robinson here with a RAW REVIEW!

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Opening Segment – Daniel Bryan confronts Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield

A great opening segment. A good way to start off RAW. I thought it was good how Triple H compared Daniel Bryan to Doink The Clown, saying that there’s a reason Doink The Clown was never WWE Champion. Despite how fans loved him world-wide, he’d never be championship material. Triple H did a good job at “putting Bryan down” if you will. He joked about how that he could bring back the European or Cruiserweight title belts and Daniel Bryan could go for them belts. To be honest, this back-and-forth between Triple H and Daniel Bryan is pretty much the same old stuff that’s been said the last couple of weeks. Orton had a little bit to say, but I feel he was a little overshadowed by Hunter and Bryan. Anyway, Hunter books Daniel Bryan vs Big Show for the main event. Nothing real major about this segment, but it was a good way to hype up the main event

 

The Miz vs Fandango

….meh. To be honest, I didn’t really give a crap about this match. It was hard to get into for me considering my distaste towards both men. Fandango… because he’s Fandango. And The Miz because… well, he’s stale. He’s stale as hell as a face. Anyway, The Miz picked up the win, Fandango broke his nose and this feud is really been lame. This match was… OK, but it’s not a really great match to kick things off.

 

Backstage Segment – Booker T warns Daniel Bryan

There was a segment backstage with Booker T warning Daniel Bryan about getting involved with Triple H and even suggested giving up his title shot. What was good about this segment was that despite Booker T basically telling Bryan to just settle for B+, he bigged him up by saying someone like him shouldn’t be wrestling at indie shows and stuff. He’s too good not to be in the WWE and that does build him up a bit.

 

Ryback vs Dolph Ziggler

Pre-match ass-kicking dished out to Ziggler by Dean Ambrose before his match against the billed “mystery opponent”. With this, I think it does seem like Dolph Ziggler is getting a shot at the US Title, which is a shame. Ziggler’s had plenty of years spent fighting for mid-card titles and fighting for these titles just a few months after holding the big one is a big step down. However, on the flip side Ziggler fighting for the title does give it added prestige. I think Dean Ambrose’s opponents including Kane and Rob Van Dam have helped build it up nicely. Ziggler could do it much good. After Ambrose beat up Ziggler, Ryback was revealed as his opponent and Ziggler was basically being fed to the wolves. While this is a big win for Ryback, I hope they actually do something different with him other than this stupid-ass “Bully” gimmick. Couldn’t they have given someone else the role of being the “bully” to promote their BE A STAR campaign than Ryback? He deserves more I think.

 

Stephanie McMahon Reaches Out To Big Show

Stephanie McMahon tried to convince the Big Show to compete against Bryan, after Big Show refused to. OK, really? Why did Big Show bother turning up if he was just going to say, “Nah. I’m Not Fighting”. JBL made the same point. Wrestlers shouldn’t really refuse to wrestle if they bothered to turn up. Anyway, Stephanie did a really good job at “motivating” Big Show. She got real personal, and her speech to Show really gave you an insight to the difficulties the Giant had to deal with. She brought up his health, his family and the fact that “giants don’t live long”. I was shocked when she brought that up, but I was glad she did. I mean, she really exploited Show’s weakness and their friendship when she was a child. Stephanie was certainty the best person to have this segment with Show. Her delivery on the mic is just outstanding. It’s also good to see her again. She missed out last week and I hope she’s around a lot more often. There’s always a level of interest and emotion into her segments. Hell, watch her segment with AJ Lee in June. Watch her charade with Paul Heyman on RAW 1000. She can talk SO well.

Also, WWE showed that they were not forgetting past storylines too… sort of. Ever since, Big Show did jack-shit on RAW last week to help Daniel Bryan a lot of people brought up Big Show’s “Iron-Clad” contract which he gained from John Laurinaitis in 2012. According to Stephanie, Big Show would be in “Breach of his contract” if he was unable to perform any task he is required to do. And if he was in breach of his contract, WWE had the power to fire him. I’m sorry but, isn’t the “iron-clad” contract supposed to prevent WWE from firing him at all, even if he does “breach his contract”. I mean yeah, JBL tried to cover it up by saying that it wasn’t a legit contract because Laurinaitis gave him it. But it’s still daft to have Big Show be put in this “can’t-do-shit-or-he’s-fired” role. I mean, this is way to familiar to his “firing” in 2012.

 

Prime Time Players vs 3MB (Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal)

The Prime Time Players continued their streak since Darren Young came out. This week’s victims were 3MB. Actually, Slater and Mahal actually looked like legit competition to Young and Titus O’Neill. But the players ran out victorious and set for a shot at the tag titles I believe. With Henry injured and his team with Big Show in tatters, someone’s gotta fight the Shield.

 

Cody Rhodes vs Randy Orton

Really good match between Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. The stipulation for the match was simple… if Cody lost, he was fired. So big pressure on Rhodes. But they both delivered. But the thing I hate about this match was that the fans weren’t paying attention to the match at all until the end due to some fans dressed as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage I think, which was driving attention away from the match. I hate fans like this. You’ve got a legitimately good match going on between Orton and Rhodes. Not quite as good as their one on RAW a couple of months ago, but still good. And these idiots are not paying attention to it. In the end Orton won, and Cody Rhodes got “fired”. Apparently, this “firing” was to give Rhodes time off to spend with his wife-to-be for the next couple of weeks. But he’ll have a lot of momentum coming back because the fans were really behind Cody near the end. I sense a HUGE push in his future.

 

CM Punk Segment

Punk basically cut the same promo he’s been cutting for a couple of months now. Vowing to get his hands on Paul Heyman etc. I think Punk’s promo should have came in like the first hour of the show. It seemed a little misplaced.

 

Natalya vs Naomi vs Brie Bella

Very short number one contendership triple threat match which ended in a disqualification when AJ attacked all 3 women, and in turn got attacked herself. OK…. WHEN DOES A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH END IN A DISQUALIFICAITON! Triple Threats are NoDQ. It shouldn’t have been thrown as soon AJ entered the ring. Anyway, Stephanie McMahon decided that AJ would defend the divas title against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night Of Championship in a fatal four way. I think a 4 way certainty beats a singles match. I think a singles match between AJ and anyone of these divas in a standard one on one would have been really bland. This adds a little excitement. I’ve heard rumours that AJ might drop the belt at Night Of Champions. I don’t think it should be the case. If WWE are going to have her drop I think it should be at a big PPV like Survivor Series. I know that the series finale of the “Total Divas” show is at Night Of Champions or something, but AJ’s title loss should be at a big event. Also, I think Kaitlyn should be added to this match and should make it a Championship Scramble or something. A 10-15 minute one or something.

 

Cody Rhodes Backstage Interview

A very good and emotional promo by Rhodes backstage after his loss. He claimed that the WWE hated the Rhodes family as they made his dad Dusty wear polka-dots and dance, and had his brother Dustin become Goldust and “never be the same again”. It was really heart-felt and it makes you think why Cody hardly ever has the mic in WWE. When he comes back, I hope WWE have something big for him because he deserves it.

 

Big Show vs Daniel Bryan

It was an OK match from Big Show. After a while spent beating Bryan up, he was about to unload the WMD punch. However, he was reluctant to do it. Triple H came out to tell him to go back it but after The Shield attacked Bryan, Big Show was still about to walk. In the end it was Stephanie who came out and told him to do it for his family. An emotional and reluctant Big Show waddled in the ring and did what he had to do to keep his job and KO’d Bryan. I think Big Show, HHH and Stephanie really did their best with the acting for this last scene of the night but I think the thing that puts down the emotion of this is the fact that Big Show was in a situation like this before just last year.

It was a good show. I think it was more of an emotional show if you will. Big Show and his emotional segments certainty kept you captivated. Cody Rhodes delivered an epic backstage promo just before he left. This RAW wasn’t really about the wrestling, it was about the dramas of the current storyline. And that’s alright, but I think things will pick up next week in the show before Night Of Champions, especially with Edge back for one night only.

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17/06/2013 RAW REBOUND – Brock vs Punk, AJ vs Stephaine, and Ziggler’s Revenge

Hello lovely, lovely wrestling fans. I am “The One Man Gang” Tom Robinson. And YES, I am actually reviewing RAW! And it was a good RAW. With a LOT to talk about. I want to focus on a couple of things….

Mark Henry’s “Retirement”

MARK HENRY: Certainly Digging The Suit Bro

MARK HENRY: Certainly Digging The Suit Bro

Yeah after a dozen of cryptic messages on Twitter teasing a potential retirement, Mark Henry interrupted WWE Champion John Cena’s promo late on in the episode of RAW. Mark Henry came out and made a typical retirement speech which was actually pretty funny. He basically thanked the fans and said “I’m coming home”. He then went to hug John Cena… and delivered a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM to the champion and saying he’s still got a lot in the tank. Mark Henry made an emphatic statement and challenged Cena for the WWE Championship. Later on, the match was booked by Vickie Guerrero for Money In The Bank. Just a little curious why WWE would go this route if Daniel Bryan was supposed to be next line for a title shot? Sure, Daniel did hint at challenging for the WWE title himself last night but I’d figure they wouldn’t announce a WWE Title match at Money In The Bank such a short amount of time after the last one. Maybe things will change. Maybe D-Bry might fight Henry for the spot at Money In The Bank. We’ll have to wait and see.

Unlikely Alliances Sees Zeb Colter and Antonio Cesaro Join Forces

ANTONIO CESARO AND ZEB COLTER: Yeah, because this makes total sense right?

ANTONIO CESARO AND ZEB COLTER: Yeah, because this makes total sense right?

Really WWE? Really? This has no logic in it at all. You’re telling me that Zeb Colter, a man who has banged on for months about being a “Real American” and people from other countries coming into America and taking their jobs, is suddenly going to join forces with a Swiss-Born man who shits on America all the time Antonio Cesaro? This is probably the dumbest thing WWE has ever done. Yeah if WWE had Colter change his ways and start appreciating foreigners it’d make some sense. But Colter said Cesaro embodies a “Real American”. It’s hypocritical and it baffles me beyond belief. How can this alliance possibly work? It’s ridiculous. Oh yeah, his match with one William Regal (yes he got a match on RAW for once) was a short but sound technical wrestling bout. It’s nice seeing grapplers like this squaring off. We need more on the scene in WWE.

Damien Sandow defeats Sheamus… sort of

DAMIEN SANDOW: Big Victory For The Intellectual Saviour Of The Masses

DAMIEN SANDOW: Big Victory For The Intellectual Saviour Of The Masses

Well Sandow won a handicap match with Cody Rhodes, but it’s cool that Sandow’s not walking out of this feud (assuming it’s over) winless. Big win over a top superstar for Sandow, even if it was off a roll up. Sandow beat Sheamus and that’s awesome.

“The Instant Classic” Christian Returns After 10 Months On The Shelf

CHRISTIAN: Returning Christian Acting Like He's Won The Olympics

CHRISTIAN: Returning Christian Acting Like He’s Won The Olympics

Good news for the Christian Coalition. Christian returned and defeated Wade Barrett (-.-) on his return. It’s nice seeing Christian back around Money In The Bank period. I hope that Christian gets pushed back into the World Title scene, especially with Del Rio as World Champion. His match with Barrett was short, but the return got the fans excited and let’s see what Captain Charisma has in store for us.

The AJ Lee/Stephanie McMahon Confrontation

AJ LEE AND STEPHANIE MCAMAHON: If you could have any two women in a WWE segment, it'd likely be these two.

AJ LEE AND STEPHANIE MCAMAHON: If you could have any two women in a WWE segment, it’d likely be these two.

Now I LOVED this segment. Two of my favourite women in professional wrestling history engaging in a confrontation on RAW. The similarities between these two are so evident and AJ held her own against Stephanie on the mic. It’s good that the Divas Champion AJ has got a chance to have a verbal exchange with someone as important in WWE as Stephanie. AJ is also documented of being a HUGE fan of Stephanie and this has to be a little buzz for her too. This was a great segment and when it gets uploaded on YouTube (Give it time. It will) watch it. This was such a great segment to see. Of course, Kaityln and the rest of the divas sort of ruined it at the end but I bet a lot of you were buzzing after watching that segment. I know I was.

POWER IS EVERYTHING – Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie battle for control of RAW

I’m starting to dig this storyline of power-struggle between the McMahons. Who doesn’t like a good family feud? It was class seeing Vickie Guerrero in the middle of Triple H and Vince arguing about how to handle business and Stephanie getting a little bit of input too. This storyline could really work, but I didn’t get why the Triple H vs Curtis Axel thing was sort of dropped? I mean they did advertise it on WWE.com. Hmmmmmmmm.

Daniel Bryan Injured In Battle With Randy Orton

DANIEL BRYAN: Hurt After NoDQ match with Randy Orton

DANIEL BRYAN: Hurt After NoDQ match with Randy Orton

Yeah, apparently this was not a storyline injury. According to this article in NoDQ.com, “the storyline where Daniel Bryan suffered a stinger during his match with Randy Orton was actually a legitimate injury. Bryan was originally scheduled to win against Orton, but once the injury occurred, plans changed and the match was stopped.” Yeah, this may have been the reason why Bryan was pulled from Money In The Bank but I hope this isn’t too serious. Daniel Bryan is on a roll. He’s super-over with the fans, his in-ring has been exceptional. The writers are behind him. However, an injury will cause all that momentum to crack. He is still scheduled to compete against Dean Ambrose on the SmackDown! tapings so I wonder if he’ll be pulled.

Alberto Del Rio Turns His Back On The Fans And Dolph Ziggler Gets Revenge

DOLPH ZIGGLER: Payback For Getting Beat at errr... Payback

DOLPH ZIGGLER: Payback For Getting Beat at errr… Payback

Funnily enough, RAW actually started with the World Heavyweight Champion. When was the last time the World Champion started-off a RAW post-PPV? Normally it’s either John Cena or some other mega-star. I guess they want the World Title to mean something again. And I think that was confirmed when CM Punk of all people confronted the new World Champion (we’ll get on to CM Punk in a bit). Anyway, Del Rio vs CM Punk was booked for the main event. The match was alright, but it ended in a count out when Del Rio chose the cowardly route out of the match with Punk. And while he ran, Ziggler attacked Del Rio! Ziggler got a great reaction. The fans wanted Ziggler to come out all night and Ziggler got a massive FACE reaction. This double-turn with Del Rio turning heel and Ziggler turning face might actually be a stroke of genius on WWE’s part. Now on to the big one….

Brock Lesnar confronts CM Punk

CM PUNK AND BROCK LESNAR: If you watched this, you got goosebumps.

CM PUNK AND BROCK LESNAR: If you watched this, you got goosebumps.

Yeah, what a way to end RAW. The show saw CM Punk seemingly show Heyman the door. He said he’s always going to be a Paul Heyman guy, but he needs to be by himself right now and gain momentum. And Heyman agreed to not get involved in his match with Del Rio. Then CM Punk won via count-out against Del Rio. CM Punk celebrates in the ring. BUT THEN…..

HOLY SHIT! LET THE ROAD TO SUMMERSLAM BEGIN! Brock Lesnar comes out at the end of Raw and F5’s CM Punk. What a class ending. This feud has been rumoured and talked about for years! And now it’s finally coming to fruition. It’ll likely be Summerslam. I don’t think these two will clash at Money In The Bank. I think this is just laying the ground work. CM Punk will do something else at Money In The Bank and fight Lesnar at Summerslam. The battle of the Paul Heyman Guys! I’m looking forward to the next couple of months in the build up to this match. It appears CM Punk will be the face in this feud and that’s fine. It’s gonna be a hell of a journey from now until Summerslam for these two. HERE COMES THE PAIN!

Anyway! Epic RAW. Loving everything that went on last night. There are a couple things I haven’t talked about like Chris Jericho’s match with Heath Slater and Curtis Axel vs Sin Cara but there was a lot of things going on last night. I just had to focus on the big areas of last night. Really good RAW heading into Money In The Bank. A couple of returns, a couple of confrontations and we saw BROCK LESNAR. It was probably the best RAW I’ve seen all year. And yeah, that beats the RAW after Wrestlemania. Just a great night of wrestling and drama last night.

That was the RAW review. I’m Tom Robinson and I want too leave you with this random theme song that is really fit for the real man’s man. XD

WWE Payback 2013 Predictions – Chicago Gets Rocked With Ambulences, Concussions And CM Punk’s Return

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Hey there wrestling fans I am “The Fallen Angel” Tom Robinson and here are my predictions for this Sunday’s PPV – WWE Payback. To be honest, PPV has been poorly promoted. Only three matches have had proper promotion leading up to the event, with 5 of the matches being ann0unced on the last RAW before PPV. Even still, there are some great matches on the card. The Internet Wrestling Community’s God CM Punk makes his triumphant return in his hometown of Chicago. The in-ring return of Dolph Ziggler. And we’ve got 3 Stages Of Hell as the main event for Payback!

Sheamus vs Damien Sandow

Background: Typical Brute vs Intellectual feud. Intellectual Damien Sandow gives Brute Sheamus some intellectual challenges. Sheamus responds with violence. Match announced for Payback.

What I think should happen?: Damien Sandow wins.

What I think will happen?: Sheamus wins.

 

The Shield Vs The World – United States Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Kane/Tag Team Championship: Seth Rollins (c) and Roman Reigns (c) vs Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton

Background: The Shield reigned supreme at Extreme Rules with each member of the team capturing gold. Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the US title, and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins won the tag titles from Kane and Daniel Bryan. The loss of the tag titles hit Daniel Bryan the hardest. Daniel started to wonder whether he was the weak-link of Team Hell-No and was determined to prove himself. This cause Daniel Bryan to snap and at times was even able to take out all 3 members of The Shield by himself. However on the 7th of June episode of SmackDown!, Kane was getting fed up with Daniel’s craziness and walked out on Daniel, splitting up Team Hell-No. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns was booked for the main event of that SmackDown! During the match Daniel Bryan inadvertently drop-kicked Randy Orton in the corner but recovered and looked like he was about to win the match for the team. However, after Dean Ambrose got involved, the match ended in a DQ. After saving Daniel from a beating post-match, Orton RKO’d Bryan in retaliation for the dropkick. Kane, Orton and Bryan eventually settled their differences last week on RAW, with Kane getting a DQ victory over Dean Ambrose, and Bryan beating Rollins. “Managing Supervisor” Vickie Guerrero would put Bryan and ORTON in a Tag Title match at Payback against Rollins and Reigns due to their DQ victory on SmackDown! Because of his DQ victory over Ambrose, Kane was given a US title match for the PPV.

What I think should happen?: ORTON TURNS HEEL! PLEASE! Turn him heel like right now! If the tag title match ends with Orton planting Bryan with an RKO and costing them the match, it’d be a quality way to get Bryan super-face and Orton super-heel. So I say, Rollins and Reigns win the tag title match. As for the US title match, I’m going with Ambrose. It’s good that Ambrose is getting some legit competition for the US Title.

What I think will happen?: The Sheild win both matches. There’s no way Kane is getting a US Title run. And there’s NOT A CHANCE IN HELL that Orton and Bryan will get a run at the tag titles.

 

Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs The Miz vs Curtis Axel – The Concussion Strikes Back!

Background: On the RAW after Extreme Rules, Wade Barrett and Fandango teamed up to take on The Miz and Chris Jericho in a tag team match. However, Fandango opted to dance than help Barrett out, who went on to lose the match for his team. A one on one match was booked on the next RAW with Fandango facing Wade Barrett in a non-title match. The Miz was voted in as the special referee and hit the Skull-Crushing finale on Barrett to help Fandango win. Post-match, Miz kicked Fandango’s ass (literally booted him in the backside) which prompted Miz vs Barrett vs Fandango to be booked for the IC title at Payback. HOWEVER the menace known as the concussion would strike again, as Fandango gained a concussion during a match with Zack Ryder on SmackDown! This meant he was OUT of the IC title match… and was replaced with Paul Heyman’s newest client Curtis Axel.

What I think should happen?: As much as I don’t want Wade Barrett to lose the IC title, it’d make no sense for Curtis Axel to not win it. I think with Paul Heyman on board, Axel can build up a really good title reign with Heyman being his mouthpiece. I will actually cry if The Miz wins the IC title. 😦

What I think will happen?: Axel will probably win, whether I like it or not.

 

Former Best Friends Collide In Chicago – Divas Championship: Kaitlyn (c) vs AJ Lee

Background: The history between these two is well documented. AJ and Kaitlyn entered the WWE around the same time, entering NXT Season 3 and forming the “highly-successful” divas tag team The Chickbusters. At around the end of 2011, AJ and Kaitlyn’s relationship started to go sour with Kaitlyn taking a distaste towards AJ’s new boyfriend Daniel Bryan. After AJ and B-Bry’s break-up in April 2012, Kaitlyn attempted to console the heartbroken AJ. She instead got slapped in the face – two weeks in a row. AJ soon became an emotional wreck, engaging in relationships with the likes of Kane and CM Punk, and being heart-broken by both. Her reign as RAW General Manager also came to an end at October 2012 after accusations of fraternizing with WWE Superstar John Cena. After being re-instated as a wrestler, she soon took a more sinister approach to life and started a relationship with Dolph Ziggler at the end of 2012. In 2013 Kaitlyn would have enough of AJ’s craziness, and was attacked numerous times by AJ over the next couple of months. Just before Extreme Rules, AJ became the number one contender for the Divas Championship held by Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn and AJ would have a confrontation at Extreme Rules, which would result in Kaityln attacking AJ this time. AJ would then play with Kaitlyn’s heart in relation for Kaitlyn “not being there for her” during her emotional roller-coaster in 2012. She would have a “secret admirer” harrass Kaitlyn with messages of love. This would lead to this last Monday on RAW…
What I think should happen?: AJ Lee wins the title!

What I think will happen?: I think they’ll have AJ win the title. It’ll sort of provides shades of the “McMahon-Helmsley” era with boyfirend and girlfriend reigning as champions of their divisions. Speaking of which…

 

World Heavyweight Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs Alberto Del Rio

Background: On the RAW after Wrestlemania 29, Ziggler cashed in Money In The Bank on Alberto Del Rio to win the World Title. Then Ziggler got a concussion and was unable to defend her championship at the Extreme Rules PPV. At Extreme Rules, Del Rio made Jack Swagger in an I Quit Match to become the number one contender for the world title. The World Title match between Ziggler and Del Rio was announced for Payback last week on RAW, when Ziggler made his return.

What I think should happen?: Dolph Ziggler retains.

What I think will happen?: CONCUSSION… err.. I mean Dolph Ziggler retains.

 

The Return Of Punk – “The Internet Wrestling Community’s God” CM Punk vs “Y2J” Chris Jericho

Background: 2 weeks after losing to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29, CM Punk was supposed to address his loss on RAW. However, Punk was speechless and left the ring and said farewell to manager Paul Heyman. On the May 27th edition of the Highlight Reel, Chris Jericho asked Paul Heyman where CM Punk was. Heyman refused to answer that but did accept Jericho’s offer of a match between Jericho and Punk at Payback on Punk’s behalf.

What I think should happen?: I think there should be a double cross of some kind. I think CM Punk should have the momentum in his hometown crowd and then Heyman distracts Punk allowing Jericho to win. Something like that which sees Jericho FINALLY get a win over Punk, turns him heel and also doesn’t harm Punk. I’d like to see this scenario go down, but I don’t think it will.

What I think will happen?: CM Punk wins for the THIRD time in a row. I don’t think WWE want CM Punk losing to Jericho in Chicago in his comeback match.

 

The 3 Stages Of HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLL – WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs Ryback

Background: At Extreme Rules, Ryback and John Cena’s Last Man Standing match ended in a no contest when Ryback drove Cena through the stage “incapacitating” both men. The next night on RAW, Ryback challenged John Cena to an Ambulence match. In response, Cena proposed a match that has only ever appeared 3 times before in WWE history… the 3 stages OF HELL! The first fall would be a lumberjack match… 30 superstars surrounding the ring to pick up the scraps if one or both Ryback or Cena goes outside the ring. The second fall would be a tables match… whoever puts his opponent through a table wins. And the third and final fall if needd… well then the Ambulence match comes into place.

What I think should happen?: A little bit on the fence with this one. I don’t want Ryback to lose his 8th PPV match in a row (And yes, I am counting the no contest at Extreme Rules as a loss since he didn’t win the title). On the other hand, I wouldn’t want the championship to change hands 2 months into Cena’s reign. Also I want Cena to be champion for when Daniel Bryan fights for the title this summer. So it’s the case of character development vs championship presitge. And I’ve got to chose the championship prestige. Cena wins, but Ryback needs something big after his feud with Cena ends.

What I think will happen?: Cena wins.

 

Anyway, that’s the Payback predictions. I’m Tom Robinson. This is the Armbar Express. And let us all enjoy Payback!

WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Review – Things Go To The Extreme At WWE’s Battleground

BROCK LESNAR AND TRIPLE H: The Game brings the fight to Lesnar before the match even starts

BROCK LESNAR AND TRIPLE H: The Game brings the fight to Lesnar before the match even starts

 

Hey WWE Fans, I am “Macho Man” Thomas Robinson. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!

Reason I mentioned the Macho Man is because today marks two years since the “Macho Man” Randy Savage died and I’ve got to pay tribute to the man in some fashion. R.I.P. to Macho Man Randy Savage. What a legend he was, and a great worker and a tremendous talker. And he had so much charisma. And through controversy he built a legacy that will never be forgetten by the wrestling community.

Anyway, Extreme Rules took place last night, and it was a HELL of an event. Seriously enjoyed this event, and there was some great action, as well as some shocking moments match after match. This event really was EXTREME!

 

Chris Jericho gets revenge on Fandango

Chris Jericho FINALLY got a victory over Fandango in the opening match of the night. However, the match was sloppy. I mean, REALLY sloppy. There seemed to be some many botches in this match (mostly because of Fandango) that it’s hard to give the match any credit. Fandango even messed up a roll-up spot. The match looked so out of place and it was a shocking way to start the show. However, if there was 1 thing which saved the match from being a total disaster, it would have to be the ending. A nice sunset flip near the end by Fandango which built the foundations for the finish, which saw Chris Jericho hit the Codebreaker… IN MID-AIR. It looked quality, and it got the crowd buzzing. That ending may have saved this match from being a total dud.

 

The Shield Wins A Title #1: Dean Ambrose wins the US Championship

In a very slick match with a great spots during the match, Dean Ambrose gained The Shield their first title by capturing the US Championship from Kofi Kingston. Yes. And The Shield’s plans for dominating the WWE have started well. Dean Ambrose is definitely the best choice out of the 3 to go for the singles titles. Deano can go in the ring. His Double Underhook Suplex to Kofi off the top rope was something special. It’s the sort off stuff you see at Backyard Wrestling promotions and in the Indies. Something you really don’t see WWE do often is have a guy do that sort of move of the top rope, as they are so protective of their talent (no like that’s a bad thing obvious. You don’t want people get hurt). They won’t even let do CM Punk do the Pepsi Plunge (then again that might be due to Triple H not letting Punk do his finisher off the top rope, not necessarily because it’s dangerous). Regardless, it was a sweet match. Kinda wished it went on longer (it only lasted 6 minutes), but it was still decent.

 

The Celtic Warrior Topples The World’s Strongest Man In A Strap Match

Now I am not one that enjoys these sorts of match. Bull Rope matches, Strap matches, Samoan Strap matches. These matches always turn out to be dreadful in some way or form. Especially when you’ve got two big men like Mark Henry and Sheamus competing. And this match was BORING as hell. In my eyes, anyway. The fans were buzzing about this match for some reason, and were into it a lot. I’ll give the match credit in which the innovative ways to win the match were displayed. There were some innovative tactics used by both men. However, Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick, and tagged the 4th post for the win. I wasn’t that interested into the match, and I hate the rules of the match. I also don’t think Mark Henry should have lost in the manner that he did. But then again, Sheamus hasn’t had a PPV victory since Hell In A Cell, so a victory here gets momentum for him. As for Mark, I guess its back to square one.

 

Before we get on to the next fight, there was a hell of a cat-fight between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn in the back. Serious intensity in that scrap, and I seriously wonder why these two weren’t given a PPV match. This may turn out to be a really good feud for the Divas Title if WWE play their cards right. Sure, Kaitlyn is not a great wrestler, but the same can’t be said for AJ. Miss Lee is really good in the ring, and being real-life friends could help them click in the ring. The best of friends in WWE tend to have the best of rivalries. Take Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ rivalry from 2002 to 2004.

 

Alberto Del Rio makes Jack Swagger Utters The Words “I Quit” in a controversial I Quit Match To Become Next In Line for a World Title Shot

Before the match began, Zeb Colter (Jack Swagger’s manager) cut a stellar promo which the crowd ruined so badly with the WHAT chants. Seriously guys. Stone Cold Steve Austin is not even an active wrestler anymore. CUT OUT THE WHAT CHANTS! WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? They’ve gotten so old. This promo was followed by Lillian’s Garcia sounding sexy as hell speaking Spanish while introducing Ricardo Rodriguez (Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring-announcer).

The match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger lasted around the same amount of time as their Wrestlemania match and was a really fast paced match. And the pace of the match is always a key factor for me when I judge whether a match is good or not. However, I have a serious problem with the ending.

Firstly, when Jack Swagger locked in the Ankle Lock on Del Rio, Zeb Colter threw in Ricardo Rodriguez’s towel for Del Rio and the referee obviously thought that Ricardo threw it and ended the match. However, after a video replay the match was restarted. And afterwards, Del Rio slapped on the Cross-Armbreaker and Jack said “I Quit” way too quickly in my opinion.

The main problem I have though is the fact that the match can apparently end with someone’s manager throwing in the towel for them. I know that’s not how the match actually ended and I Quit matches have ended in towel throwings before, but I just think the rule is absurd. The ONLY way the match is supposed to end is with someone saying I QUIT. The match is called an I Quit match, not a “Whoever’s Manager Throws In A Towel Loses” Match. There should only be ONE WAY to win. And that is having your opponent say I QUIT. Regardless, the match was still a slick match despite that ending. I wish Del Rio and Swagger can get more than 10 minutes for once. These two are really good in the ring and they should be given at least 1 20 minute match, as they could produce something.

 

The Shield Wins A Title #2: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns Wins The Tag Titles – BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD

BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD! In a pretty short tornado tag team match, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins gave The Shield their second piece of gold with a victory over Team Hell-No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) for the tag teams. It wasn’t a bad match, but it only lasted like 7 minutes. Compared to the epic matches The Shield have had before on PPVs this one felt under-whelming. This should have been given at least 15 minutes. And it’s was an anti-climatic way for the Tag Title reign of Daniel Bryan and Kane to end.

245 days as Tag Team Champions and it ended in a 7 minute match. They’ve done a great service as Tag Team Champions, but all good things must come to an end. Does this mean that they’ll split off into singles action? Maybe. I mean they are not dependent on one another. I mean Daniel Bryan is still incredibly over, and Kane’s popularity has rose again after putting the mask back on. If this is the end for Team Hell-No, it’s been great having them as a team. But all The Shield members now have gold! Superb. And things are now looking up for The Shield as they will continue to conquer the WWE. BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

 

The Viper Slays The Giant With The Return Of The Punt Kick

This Extreme Rules match between Randy Orton and Big Show was really enjoyable. The match wasn’t too slow paced match, and it was a lot better than I thought it’d be. I thought it’d be a tad boring, but the fans were into it, I was into it. And Orton and Big Show put on a great match. I’m surprised, considering most of the matches I see Big Show in normally put me to sleep. And him vs Orton would be a match you’d normally don’t want to see. But this was good. A lot of weapon usage, including Kendo Sticks, Chairs and Ladders. And we saw the return of Randy Orton’s “Punt Kick” which I’m pretty sure was banned a couple of years ago. Randy Orton got a hell of a pop entering too. The hometown hero Orton got a hell of a reaction. It appears things went great at Extreme Rules all around for The Viper. Good match.

 

John Cena and Ryback Fight To A NO CONTEST in the Last Man Standing Match

The match between John Cena and Ryback was a lot better than I thought it’d be. Considering how limited these guys are in the ring, they put on one of the better last man standing matches I’ve seen as of late. There were some really good spots too. There was Ryback’s fall-away slam to Cena through the table laid on the turn-buckle, which I though looked sick. We had John Cena giving Ryback a powerbomb which impressed me greatly. I know he’s done powerbombs before, but this was delivered to a man that’s nearly 300lbs (that’s 20 stone). That was insane, and another tremendous feat of strength by Cena – love him or hate him.

We had 3 different tables spots during the match, and John Cena even speared Ryback through the barricade (which I think is being so over-done nowadays). The match ended when Ryback drove Cena through the wall of the stage, causing all kinds of explosions. The match was ended… via a no contest. WTF? Why did it end in a no contest? The referee should have at least counted them both down or something. Why did it end like this? It was a great last man standing match, don’t get me wrong, but surely it should have ended in a double count out at least. I guess they’ll be a rematch at Payback (yes, that’s the name of the next WWE PPV. Couldn’t have thought up of a better name than Payback?).

 

Brock Lesnar Defeats Triple H Inside The Cage To Win Their Year-Long War

The rubber match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H was an OK cage match. The match showed-off a lot of intensity, especially with the beginning when Triple H jumped Brock Lesnar during his entrance. When Triple H skips his own entrance, you know shits going to go down!

The match was REALLY slow-paced but it was a good for what it was. An all out battle between The Cerebal Assassin and The Beast at St. Louis. I was honestly surprised by how it ended. I was surprised that Brock Lesnar won via pinfall rather than escaping the cage. Sure, Paul Heyman being involved was as predictable as Brock Lesnar screaming like a gorilla. But I didn’t think Lesnar would win off the Paul Heyman assist. A low blow, a sledgehammer shot and an F5 was what it took to put Triple H away.And at Extreme Rules, nearly 1 year after the feud began, the feud ends with Lesnar.

The real question now is… what’s next for Lesnar? A rematch with John Cena? A confrontation with Heyman’s other client CM Punk? A rematch with The Great One? The possibilities are endless for Brock and what happens with him now will be surely interesting.

 

 

OVERALL, I enjoyed the PPV. A slow start, especially with Jericho and Fandango, but I loved a majority of the matches. The latter end of the card was great and the other matches had a lot of things going for them. Loved the WWE title match, loved Show vs Orton, and I love that Brock Lesnar won the war against Triple H. Now the Wrestlemania party is over and with Lesnar, Jericho and Triple H possibly gone for the time being after this, it’ll be interesting to see the direction of WWE. The Shield have titles, Ryback destroyed John Cena, Team Hell-No may be done, and several feuds coming to an end, WWE have the huge task of avoiding a repeat of last year’s really bad spell after Wrestlemania. So far its going OK, but with big time players gone, WWE need to be cautious.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Thoughts And Reactions – Great PPV Ruined By Rock vs Punk II. Swagger vs Del Rio?

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Elimination Chamber reactions here for guys. I was hoping that WWE would deliver in this PPV, since the road to Wrestlemania is under way, and you know what they did. I think on the whole, the PPV delivered. It was a crazy night in New Orleans, and WWE actually put on a good show. Lets run down the card….

Del Rio Walking Into Wrestlemania As World Champion After Defeating The Big Show

This match was actually a lot better than I expected. Despite a couple of mishaps in the match (especially with Del Rio’s missed enziguri near the end) the match was actually decently paced, and Del Rio was somehow able to get the crowd pumped up for this match. And the fans are an important factor in a match. If the fans are in, then you are in it. Big Show’s not much of a ring worker, but Del Rio was able to liven up the match, and the match seemed to work in my opinion. Del Rio is starting to shine as a face, and is deservingly going into Wrestlemania as World Champion. I thought for a second Dolph Ziggler was gonna cash in, but he didn’t. Kinda glad he didn’t, because Del Rio should be in the World Title match at Wrestlemania. No disrespect to Zig-Zag though. I just think he needs to wait longer before cashing in.

 

Antonio Cesaro Defeats The Miz… again

This match was a little disappointing. Cesaro did do a lot of great work in there. I just couldn’t get into it. And neither could the fans. Also, I though the ending was ludicrous with Miz “low-blowing” Cesaro. This match absolutely blew, and I hope Cesaro gets a high-profile match at Wrestlemania 29.

 

The Elimination Chamber – Was Not Expecting That

There are lot of things in WWE nowadays that don’t really shock me. But the ending to this match REALLY shocked me. The first 4 minutes of the match with Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho was a great piece of wrestling . But then, Jack Swagger entered the match at number 3, and the match pace dropped right down. But the quality was still up, and the segment next, with Kane entering at number 4, and clearing house with Daniel Bryan was a treat. We also saw Kane and Bryan turn on each other as you’d expect, and we saw the really cool Doomsday Device with Kane and Orton  to Daniel Bryan later on in the match. Speaking of Orton, he got a major pop when he entered the fray at number 5. Mark Henry came in at number 6… and destroyed everyone! Mark Henry looked like a serious threat. He eliminated Daniel Bryan and Kane in succession with World Strongest Slams, put Randy Orton through the pod, and looked menacing as hell. Even after taking a double suplex from Jericho and Swagger on the steel (which looked sick as hell), he came back and clobbered Jericho and Swagger. He looked unstoppable… until a big boot, a codebreaker and a rko eliminated him. In order to make him look good after the elimination, Henry went back in the chamber, gave World Strongest Slams to everyone, and left!

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It was down to Jericho, Orton and Swagger and there was good exchange near the end between all 3 guys. And in a HUGE shocker, Orton pinned Jericho off the RKO, and was then rolled up by Jack Swagger, who got the pin, and WON the elimination chamber! I guarantee you – NO ONE SAW THAT COMING! The guy who, 6 months ago, was getting squashed to Brodus Clay in 10 seconds, and seemed like such a joke in the WWE, WON THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER? He just came back, and they are putting him the World Title match at Wrestlemania? I was so shocked by that outcome, but it’s a great shock. The usual candidates (Jericho and Orton) didn’t win, and I LOVE UNPREDICTABILITY in Wrestling. It keeps you interesting in the product (because Rock vs Cena certainty isn’t). And in a way, it makes sense. Jack Swagger is claiming to be a Real American, and he’d have a problem with a Mexican as World Champion. This is a golden scenario if you think about. Del Rio vs Swagger for the World Title? That sounds fine to me. Just one question – what are Orton, Jericho and Mark Henry gonna do at Wrestlemania? It was a fantastic chamber match, one of the better ones in recent years. We saw a bit of everything in this match. Good job WWE.

 

The Shield Defeats The Mighty Heroes Of WWE

Another great outing from the Shield. I was thoroughly entertained by this match. While this has nothing on the 6 man TLC match at TLC, this was a really good showing for everyone involved. Ryback got a major pop when he was tagged in, and the chaos at the end of the match was great to see. The spear through the barricade by Roman Reigns to Sheamus was a cool moment, and the fans were REALLY into this match. The Shield winning was definitely the right way to go. This win makes them even more of a threat. This is a great momentum push for the stable as Wrestlemania arrives. But Ryback getting pinned was not OK in my book? Sheamus and Cena don’t have as much to lose by getting pinned than Ryback. That’s 5 PPV’s in a row which has seen Ryback get beat. For someone who is supposed to be considering a major player in WWE, he’s not getting any big wins as of late. He DESPERATELY needs to win at Wrestlemania. Also, 1 thing I need to draw your attention to. Before the match began, Michael Cole said something along the lines of, “If there’s anyone that needs to get their hands on The Shield more than anyone it’s Cena”. Then about 2 minutes later, he said the samething about Ryback. WTF? Make your mind up Cole. XD

 

Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston For The Billionth Time

How many times does WWE want to book Ziggler vs Kofi for a PPV? These guys have fought each other so many times, you can’t get excited anymore. And this match wasn’t exactly a classic either. Kofi lost WAY too easy here, and the beatdown by Big E Langston was kinda unnecessary. That is unless Kingston vs Langston is being booked for Wrestlemania. I really don’t know what WWE’s mindset is right now.

 

Kaitlyn Defeats Tamina

Moving on….

 

The Rock vs CM Punk Disappoints Again

You know, for a lot of people, The Rock vs CM Punk would have been a dream match. Both these two are excellent workers. And you’d expect that their rematch would make up for that shambles of a main event at Royal Rumble? WRONG. These two blew it again. Again, another abrupt ending to the match. Two referees got taken out of the equation and it looked in even more of a shambles than the first match. This just really stunk in my opinion. I hope CM Punk gets a big match for Wrestlemania, because the fact that he had to lose clean TWICE to The Rock in 2 PPVs is injustice. CM Punk needs to win the title back pronto.

 

I think the chamber PPV was a very good PPV. The Chamber match and 6 man tag was quality and the World Title match was a good match too. The Road To Wrestlemania has taken a very interesting turn, especially with the World Title picture. Let’s hope WWE use the 47 days they have to hype up Wrestlemania wisely. While Rock vs Cena II doesn’t really need hype, the rest of the card could be phenomenal if put together properly.