RETRO EXPRESS: WCW NITRO #9 (OCTOBER 30TH 1995) – ….SO WHO IS THE WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION?

Welcome to the Retro Express. This is where we’re taking a stroll down memory lane at wrestling history. This post is part of an ongoing series where we’re reviewing every episode of WCW Nitro from start to finish. Links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post. We hope you enjoy.

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Previously on the Retro Express…

WCW Halloween Havoc took place. We got short matches, we got long matches, we got monster trucks, we got betrayal after betrayal after betrayal… and we may have a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

The title match between The Giant and Hulk Hogan ended with a disqualification when Jimmy Hart attacked the referee. Hart turned on Hulk Hogan and this was quickly followed by Lex Luger double-crossing Randy Savage as the Dungeon of Doom welcomed two new members into the fold. With The Giant holding the title like he’d won it and Michael Buffer insisting The Giant wasn’t the champion, questions were raised about who the champion was…

…this episode of WCW Nitro didn’t do a particularly good job in explaining it either!

 

Date: October 30th 1995

Brand: WCW

City: Dayton, Ohio

Rating: 2.3

Commentators: Eric Bischoff, Steve “Mongo” McMichael and Bobby Heenan

 

Funnily enough, this week’s rating was down from last week. Usually, the ratings go up following a PPV but not here. Interesting stat.

 

Craig Pittman vs Eddie Guerrero

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I’ll explain the storyline to this one because there were a few dark matches on WCW Halloween Havoc that were shown on Main Event instead. One of them was Craig Pittman vs VK Wallstreet and I was able to watch it. The announcers explained that the winner would face Randy Savage on this episode of Nitro. Pittman won but Savage ended up getting taken out at the end of the PPV. Therefore, Eddie replaced Savage in the match. This type of storyline does make it seem that wrestling on Nitro was worth fighting for. I guess that’s a good way to put the show over.

Bobby Heenan said Halloween Havoc changed the course of professional wrestling. I’m not sure I’d go that far as I don’t believe The Yeti and The Giant humping Hogan changed the course of professional wrestling. I mean Viscera humped wrestlers in the ring but nowadays, not many people do. :/

Eddie tried to take down Pittman at the start of the match but Pittman was simply too big for the cruiserweight Eddie. Eddie was actually able to take Pittman down as it started off as a very much shoot-style grappling match. Pittman soon turned it into a brawl.

Bischoff claimed President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary were watching Halloween Havoc… I’m about 99% certain that didn’t happen. Pittman hit a belly-to-belly suplex. Eddie hit a beautiful springboard crossbody. After Eddie found some fire, some Latino Heat if you will, Pittman went back to hitting belly-to-belly suplexes! Pittman hit a powerbomb. There was actually a smooth finish were Eddie reversed a hip toss into a victory roll for the pin. A fine little opener for Nitro.

 

They showed The Shark accidentally costing Scott Norton the match against Randy Savage in Episode #2 and then Norton and The Shark brawling last week.

 

Scott Norton vs The Shark

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Bobby Heenan left the announce booth and was later showed to be eating sushi with Sonny Onoo. This blood feud between The Shark and Scott Norton starts with a lock-up, which could be explained away as these two were part of a stable after all. There’s just cracks in the Dungeon of Doom. They’re still allies at the end of the day.

Nevertheless, this ended up being a hard-hitting fight. The Shark hit a belly-to-belly and then hit a big elbow drop. Scott tried to get Shark down with clotheslines but the Shark would not go down. Even with a diving shoulder tackle, Scott could not take down the Shark. Then out of nowhere, Scott just hoisted him up for a scoop slam and slammed him! After all of that effort, he just slams him! The fans did pop for that.

Scott and Shark took each other out with a clothesline. They brawled on the outside and it ended in a double count-out. They brawled to the back and Norton rammed Shark into the WCW logo on the ramp. Bischoff claimed it was solid steel which I find hard to believe as the logo was light enough to be moved by the apparent sheer force of Shark and Scott Norton! If it was steel, it wouldn’t have moved so easily!

I will give WCW credit in the sense that they did a double count-out but the brawling itself did make you want to see more of these two beating the crap out of each other. Therefore, this gets my endorsement for now.

 

Tony Schiavonie makes a rare Nitro appearance as they showed photos from WCW Magazine of what happened with Ric and Sting vs Anderson and Pillman at the PPV.

So out comes the newly re-united Horsemen with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Yes, Flair turned on Sting at Halloween Havoc. Pillman called it a thing of beauty as Flair cut Sting’s throat. The group said the incident saw them one step closer to excellence. Pillman really was having the time of his life out there.

Arn gave Sting props for taking the beating. Flair styled and profiled and stated that the Horsemen were back. Whether you like it or you don’t like it, learn to love it because it’s the best thing going today. Those were words straight out of his WWF title victory speech from Royal Rumble 1992. Flair said that on next week’s Nitro, the Horsemen were ready to go to work as Flair went nuts in the ring.

This really was great stuff to get you amped up for a Four Horsemen reunion.

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So they then run down the WCW Saturday Night card as usual. Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright was supposed to take place. They announced RIC FLAIR AND ARN ANDERSON VS THE RENEGADE AND COBRA. What a vast difference in skill in these tag teams! They then announced Harlem Heat would defend the WCW tag team titles against the Blue Bloods.

Now… on Episode #3, the American Males won the WCW tag team titles. The American Males… have done nothing since then. Then, on Nitro, they randomly mention that Harlem Heat are defending the tag team titles on Saturday Night. It turns out that the title change only took place in late October anyway (taped in September) but this really does devalue the tag titles when this is the first time the Nitro audience had heard about the titles changing hands.

 

Sabu vs Disco Inferno

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The more I think about it, the more I’m amazed that this match took place. The crazed Sabu vs the Disco Inferno on Nitro. Sabu went for a takedown but Disco was just jumping over him and dancing. Sabu eventually just smacked Disco in the mouth. Sabu did his usual spiel including a springboard front dropkick.

Both men traded blows in the ring and then Sabu hit a springboard flip leg drop for the pin. The most noteworthy thing about this was the aftermath. Sabu continues his gimmick of jumping wrestlers after the match after he’s beaten them. Sabu did a dive to the outside where he landed on Disco’s shoulders which can’t have been good for Disco.

Sabu threw a table at Disco. Sabu then tried a dive through the table with Disco laid on top but Disco moved out of the way. Sabu lands right on the table that didn’t break and he probably felt way worse than Disco did in the earlier dive spot. He landed right on an unbreakable table and after this happened, a young kid in the front row is laughing tremendously for a solid minute as Sabu was having a temper tantrum. This was pointless, other than that one fan howling with laughter at this idiot Sabu for this failure of a beatdown on Disco.

 

Lex Luger and Meng w/Jimmy Hart and Taskmaster vs “The American Males” Marcus Bagwell and Scotty Riggs

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How bad was the WCW tag team division at this time? Let’s think about this for a second. Last week, Harlem Heat were beaten by Sting and Lex Luger in the main-event. Harlem Heat then won the WCW tag team titles. The former champions American Males are now in the main-event and were squashed by the newly turned Lex Luger and Meng. Mere fodders for the main-event talent of WCW.

I love how a running gag during this show is that WCW are promising to show us what happened at Halloween Havoc with exclusive footage. They’ve not mentioned explicitly what happened with the Dungeon of Doom but promised to show us later on in the show. And yet, before that point, Lex Luger and Jimmy Hart are already shown to have been aligned with the Dungeon of Doom!

Eric Bischoff actually implied that Luger, Meng and the Dungeon of Doom had been in cahoots all along. If you look at the storyline, that statement makes no sense. Meng hit Luger with a golden spike at least twice up until this point and they had the second-longest match at Halloween Havoc. However, we’re supposed to believe that they were working together all along?

Lex Luger could not even take a backdrop from Scotty Riggs. This was so poorly executed from these two men. The referee was somehow distracted as Luger and Meng hit a double move on Riggs I believe. Bischoff claimed the fans were chanting for Hogan. I could barely hear any chants for Hogan. Maybe the equipment just couldn’t pick it up but no Hogan chants were picked up on TV anyway.

Bagwell got the hot tag and ran wild. He went VERY, VERY FAST in this match. He was at least fast compared to everybody else in the match. Bagwell was at least able to get Luger up for the back drop. Bagwell had Luger pinned but the referee was distracted. Meng hit a kick to the back of the head as Luger locked on the torture rack for the victory.

A usual main-event that did the American Males no favour and did very little for Lex Luger and Meng.

 

The announcers goofed around as Mongo sprayed silly spray at Bobby Hennan, who did not look happy about this. They FINALLY showed the Halloween Havoc footage where Jimmy Hart and Lex Luger joined the Dungeon of Doom and The Yeti humped Hulk Hogan.

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Tony Schiavonie interviewed The Dungeon of Doom with The Giant having the WCW World title. Jimmy Hart explained he would give his explanation for why he turned on Hogan next week. Jimmy did say that the evil that was in Hulk Hogan was in fact Jimmy all along.

This was such a perplexing segment. Tony starts of by insisting that The Giant is not the WCW World Champion. Then The Giant is talking about how nobody would knock him off the hill and then says he’ll defend the WCW title on Nitro, vowing never to lose it. Tony then says… alright, he’s defending the title next week.

It’s one thing if you want to tell me that The Giant is just delusional in declaring himself the WCW World champion. That would be fine, except that Tony then just declares that The Giant is defending the title next week so the announcers are going along with the delusions of this Giant. As of right now, my understanding is that Hulk Hogan is still the champion.

I’m really hoping we get some clarity about this for next week’s show. This thing with the WCW World title just confuses me. I think they may not have figured out the actual explanation for why The Giant is “the champion” right now, so they can’t just say that he’s the champion. Rather confusing times.

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When I first watched it, I really was not high on this Nitro. However, I’ve somewhat had a change of heart about how bad it was. The show was actually not bad if you just look at the first half of the show. The Dungeon of Doom stuff here was a real let-down on this show. In short, half an OK show and half a bad show. That’s the best way I can describe it.

 

 

BONUS MATCHES

I have two bonus matches to quickly review. As I mentioned earlier, Halloween Havoc had four dark matches used for WCW Main Event I believe. WCW Main Event is not on the WWE Network but I was able to find two of them on YouTube and DailyMotion and I did watch them. So here’s some bonus match reviews to wrap up this edition of the Retro Express.

 

Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs “Blue Bloods” Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton

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It’s actually almost shocking that Lex Luger and Meng got such a long match for the PPV and yet this match wasn’t even on the PPV. This match was great. Benoit, Malenko and Regal were all exceptional wrestlers. Eaton was a little slow in this match but he was able to work well with these great workers.

The announcers actually mentioned that Lord Steven Regal had a knee injury and was sporting a knee brace. Benoit and Regal showcased a lovely bit of chain wrestling as Regal was forced outside of the ring.

I started watching wrestling in 2003 so seeing a much faster Benoit in 1995 was almost surreal to me. I’d hate to make a comment like this considering the circumstances of Benoit’s death but he almost seemed like a completely different wrestler compared to the type of wrestler he was 10 years later. Here, Benoit was flying around all over the place like a cruiserweight. 10 years later or so, he’s much more slower and methodical.

There’s a lot that contributed to Benoit working at a slower pace down the road but I’ll just say that it was really weird in the change of wrestling styles in the space of 10 years. John Cena, for example, has not changed at all from the wrestler he was 10 years ago other than being a little slower nowadays. Benoit in 1995 was totally different to Benoit in 2005.

Eaton was a little slow to breaking up a pin following a Northern Lights Suplex. Dean hit a somewhat missed-time bulldog. Eaton then hit a gorilla press into a backbreaker which looked sweet.

They then go to do a spot. I believe the spot was Benoit was going to get Eaton up for a powerbomb and then Dean was going to clothesline Eaton from that position. Even with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko on the scene, this spot was so horrendously screwed up and I sort of put the blame on Eaton. Benoit tried to lift this guy up and Eaton just could not get himself up. I believe either Eaton dead-weighted Benoit or Eaton just couldn’t lift himself up because Benoit was ridiculously strong back then. He usually did not have much issues with slamming big men so that leads me to believe that it was Eaton’s fault.

As great as Benoit and Regal were together in the ring, Dean and Regal were tremendous in the ring too. They did a spot where Dean had a submission locked in and Regal tried to lift Dean up for a Rampage Jackson like slam using one arm. However, Regal is still having to use one arm so it is a struggle for Regal to get Dean up! It was brilliant.

Regal went for a Regal Stretch but Benoit broke it up by booting Regal in the face. Regal tried a tombstone but Benoit reversed it for his own tombstone in a beautiful transition. Benoit hit a diving head-butt but Eaton broke up the pin. Dean sent Eaton to the outside with a crossbody. Regal hit a double-underhook suplex for near-falls, a move that Eric Bischoff proclaimed to be a double-armbar suplex.

I liked the finish of the match. Eaton broke up a pin but as the referee is dealing with Eaton, Benoit and Dean pull off a dropkick into a Dragon Suplex combo on Regal. Eaton is forced onto the apron and is fixing his attire when the referee starts to count the pin on the Regal. The light-bulb then suddenly switched on for Eaton as he was sprung into action. But before he could act, Benoit had his partner pinned.

I liked this match but in hindsight, knowing that the Blue Bloods are getting a future WCW tag team title shot, why did they get beat here by Benoit and Dean? With Eddie beating Pittman on Nitro, the goal was to get the cruiserweights over for the new division. With that being said, why were the number one contenders for the WCW tag titles sacrificed for them?

Seems weird.

Match Rating: ***

 

Craig Pittman vs VK Wallstreet for the right to face Macho Man Randy Savage on the 30th October 1995 edition of WCW Nitro (In a match that ended up not happening anyway since Randy Savage was taken out at the end of Halloween Havoc!)

 

I’m reviewing these matches in the order in which I watched them. Therefore, it does pain me to end this blog post on such a sour note. This was a complete waste of my life with the exception of one spot.

To give people some context, I was eating some porridge for my breakfast when watching this match. Pittman’s offense was mostly big standing head-butts when he leaps at a guy. Wallstreet is in the corner. Pittman goes for the move and smashes himself into the middle rope. I laughed so hard that I almost choked! I had to rewind it. Seeing this guy going face first into the turnbuckle of this failed headbutt! Definitely rewind worthy.

Yes, that was what led to VK Wallstreet getting the heat.

They do a bunch of moves when Big Bubba Rogers runs out with his hands taped. He punched Pittman in the face and fled. Then Hacksaw Jim Duggan, with his hands taped, comes down and punches Wallstreet in the face. Pittman rolls over onto Wallstreet and gets the win.

WHAT WAS THAT FINISH? Two men, who weren’t in the match, punches the two men in the match in their faces. Despite those two doing all of the work, Pittman gets the pin and the opportunity to be on Nitro. What a clown show of a match this was.

Match Rating: -*

 

That’s about it from us at the Armbar Express. Next time on WCW Nitro Episode #10, The Giant will supposedly defend the WCW title despite not technically being the champion! Be sure to check out for that next episode review and be sure to read up on up to two months worth of reviews regarding WCW Nitros and WCW PPVS!

 

 

 

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 10 – TURNING POINT

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Previously on TNA EWR….

We held a Joker’s Wild competition to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, held by AJ Styles. In the end, John Cena overcame the odds to win the whole thing becoming the challenger to AJ’s belt. Can TNA’s newest star win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship right off the bat?

Can Kurt Angle finally close the book on his feud with Mr Anderson by beating him in a submission match? Anderson vowed to make Kurt Angle tap out to his own hold but can he deliver on his promise?

Bobby Lashley is also defending the TNA Global Championship in a fatal four way with team mate Abyss, Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon. Can Lashley keep the gold firmly in his grasps?

To put the cherry on top of the whole deal, Sting has made a deal with General Manager Hulk Hogan. If Cena doesn’t win, Hogan’s vowed to step down from his position.

A lot of scores and a few championships will be decided at Turning Point…

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Pre-Show – Rey Mysterio Debuts As Hulk Hogan’s Newest Signing

Another tremendous signing for TNA as Rey Mysterio comes on board. People are really going to start thinking that I messed with the system somehow but trust me, I DIDN’T! On this game, Rey was also released like Cena was. I’m starting to think the game is corrupted somehow because they’ve gotten rid of a lot of wrestlers in recent months of the game! Either they’re losing a lot of money in the game or the game is screwy. The first one is actually possible as they’ve been losing public image a lot as we’re catching up to them. However, Rey is actually a really great signing for us. He can have some tremendous matches with the X-Division Stars and really elevate our star power. Excited about this.

 

Match 1 – Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn def. “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley with TAKA Michinoku as the special guest referee

This was the best match on the entire show in terms of ratings but this was not a great PPV for ratings! I think a lot of the matches were harshly judged but I’m happy with this one. TAKA is the X-Division Champion and was put in by Hulk Hogan to get a closer look at the competition. Daniels took a sip of his Martini and went to spit it at Sabin but actually got TAKA. TAKA got it in his eyes as Daniels then hit the Angel’s Wings. TAKA is temporarily blinded and performs the fast count on Sabin, believing that he screwed Daniels. When he repairs his vision, he realises he actually screwed over the Motor City Machine Guns! The Guns get pissed and attack TAKA.

 

Match 2 – Kaz def. Hernandez in a falls count anywhere match

Oh boy, did this not work. Other than getting Hernandez really over, this feud accomplished nothing worthwhile. Kaz was in the TNA World title contention a few months ago and even despite winning this feud, has lost a fair amount of overness. Apparently he made Hernandez look like a star, because Super Mex was the only one that got overness from this feud. The 68% really did bomb the show and really didn’t do a great job. Sorry Kaz. I guess it’s not quite the time for you…

 

Match 3 – Samoa Joe def. Matt Morgan in a steel cage match

Surprised at how badly this match plummeted considering it got a rating in the high 80s at Bound For Glory. I really needed to give Joe the win as Morgan had dominated this feud. Morgan still locked strong coming off it so a success, despite the rating for their final match.

 

Match 4 – “Beer Money Inc.” Bobby Roode and James Storm def. Desmond Wolfe and Monty Brown in a hardcore tag team match

This was better than Joe vs Morgan but that’s not saying much considering that it was only one percent better and this match involved Beer Money! Monty Brown was revealed as Bobby Roode’s attacker from Joker’s Wild and Desmond Wolfe decided to team with him to take on Beer Money at Turning Point. He neglected his own stable the British Invasion to go with Monty Brown and there’s a good reason for that.

I fired the unhappy Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus following the PPV, which really just ended the stable. Anyway, Desmond’s going to have a new group to lead following this and I can’t wait to unveil it to you at Final Resolution!

 

Match 5 – “Deadly Sin” Raven (c) and Rhino (c) def. Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett in a tables match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship

Again, this probably would have been better if it were not for a real Negative Nancy reviewing my show! Everyone’s at 100% overness except Jeff coming off of this so it did a great job. Jay and Jeff as the tag team champions just doesn’t seem right so Deadly Sin retain. I do have a big match for Lethal at the next PPV so stay tuned.

 

Match 6 – Abyss def. Bobby Lashley (c), Jeff Hardy and Brother Devon in a fatal four way match to win the TNA Global Championship

The TNA Global title has been on Lashley for a few months but I never really had a storyline to work it into so I decided to throw it into one with his tag team partner Abyss. Abyss picked up the win after pinning Devon and becoming the champion, of course causing dissension within the team. I think this has the ingredients for something special. However, this rating does not really help things…

 

Match 7 – Kurt Angle def. Mr Anderson in a submission match

Kurt got the win in a submission match, making Anderson tap out in the Ankle lock. This finally wraps up the feud. I have a nice feud lined up for Anderson next month and Kurt’s got a big match too so I’m looking forward to giving these two new content to work with.

 

Match 8 – John Cena def. AJ Styles (c) to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. If Hulk Hogan loses, he will quit as TNA’s General Manager.

I feel that this one will not be welcomed so well by the internet however it had to be done. Cena is probably the biggest signing I’ll ever get for TNA in this game so I want to set up him up accordingly. I probably should have had Cena chase for the title for a bit but I was impatient. John Cena is John Cena and if you have someone like him on your roster with his popularity, you make him the top guy as soon as possible. Cena is not going to be my champion forever but he does need a run with the belt and I figured why not sooner rather than later…

 

So that was Turning Point. Hopefully this will not be a turning point for the worst and we can turn things around with the ratings! I think we just caught the reviewer on a really bad mood as the TV ratings have been exceptional most of the time. We’ll see you all at Final Resolution!

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Breakout Star Of The Year

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The Armbar Express is here. My name is Tom Robinson. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been doing a series of blog posts dedicated to the NoDQ.com awards. If you want to read all of them, click on this link https://thearmbarexpress.wordpress.com/category/nodq-com/ for all my votes for the awards. And here’s another post. BREAKOUT STAR OF THE YEAR!

The nominations are….

 

Bray Wyatt – Leader Of The Wyatt Family that’s done a pretty good job of making the lives of Kane, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan a total misery.

Roman Reigns – The absolute tank of the Shield that’s been spearing superstars left and right. From the legendary Undertaker to 4 men in one night at Survivor Series, there are few men who haven’t felt the wrath of Roman Reign’s spear.

Dean Ambrose – Dean has been United States Champion since April of this year and has proven his unpredictable nature to be his most useful ally as he and The Shield serve up their own version of Justice!

Big E Langston – The heavy of Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee who broke through big time when he went solo and won the Intercontinental Title. Oh yeah, he’s a legend on the mic!

Ethan Carter III – The prodigal son of the NoDQ.com fanbase and former NXT contestant, Ethan Carter III.

Magnus – The Brit’s face turn when TNA hit England in early 2013 has seen him rid off a huge wave of momentum which saw him reach te finals of the Bound For Glory Series, beat Sting and will lead him to even greater feats in the near future 😉

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Magnus takes this one for me. Bray Wyatt hasn’t done much himself in WWE yet for me to consider him as a legitmate candidate. Reigns and Ambrose have not really broken out on their own yet and for me, the breakout star needs to stand out on their own rather than stand out as a team. Dean Ambrose’s US Title reign has become rather dry and Roman Reigns is not going to REALLY breakout until he’s on his own. And when he does, there’s going to be no stopping him! Big E is still fresh with a fresh Intercontinetal Title reign and Ethan Carter III… well EC3 can kindly think again if he thinks he’s getting this award! Magnus has been on fire this year and is fully deserving of this award.

Winner: Magnus

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.

Random YouTube Video Of The Day! I’ve actually had a really hard week this week so I really needed to listen to a very inspiring speech  and I found one from the Rocky Balboa film which really did give me the drive to put all the shit that’s happened in the past and move forward. If you ever feel like you just wanna give up and need that drive to keep you going on watch this video. Anyway, I’ll see you later on in the week for the Night Of Champions review and possibly a RAW review. Keep connected with the @TomRobinson5199 and @ArmbarExpress Twitter accounts to keep up with all the projects I’ve got going on for the blog and for WhatCulture! Expect a lot of Social Media activity in the build up to my return to uni.

19/08/2013 RAW Review – Daniel Bryan Faces The Wrath Of The New Corporation

Wrestling fans, I’m Bad News Bobson here with the RAW review. I’m sorry that

The new heel regime has arrived in WWE with the COO Triple H, his wife Stephanie McMahon and the Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon running the ship, with the corporate champion Randy Orton. Randy Orton cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase at Summerslam in on the Daniel Bryan with the assistance of Triple H, who had just won the WWE Championship from John Cena at the PPV. Daniel Bryan was looking for revenge and answers as to why Triple H screwed him out of the belt. But first John Cena started off the show to announce that he would be out indefinitely due to an injury which made his elbow look like this…

Damn

Ouch!

John Cena put Daniel Bryan over and effectively “passed the torch” too him on his way out of the ring as D-Bry came out. It’s a good way for Cena to say “Bryan’s the top guy now” and for Cena to take a step back. And Bryan was all business. The exchange between him and Stephanie McMahon that followed was really well done. Sure, Daniel did whip out the same old “Stephanie’s-a-slut” insults like every other person that’s done a promo with Stephanie has done. However, Daniel showed real emotion and and it seemed at times that he was actually pissed at not being WWE Champion. This led to Daniel Bryan being kicked out of the building. Awwwww.

Another new development in the New Corporation with HHH, Vince, Steph and Orton, is the apparent alignment with The Shield. It looked cool seeing The Shield being the regime’s hit-men if you will. It’s becoming like a really cool mafia with a great structure. Think, you’ve got the boss Triple H. He’s the top dog with Vince as his adviser if you will. You’ve got Steph, the manipulator of the group. The Corporate Champion Randy Orton that is the Ace in the Whole. XD And you’ve got the hard-hitters The Shield that enforces the Corporation’s will. It’s awesome. Anyway, Dolph Ziggler and Big Show were both punished for “speaking out against the regime” being put in separate 3 on 1 handicap matches with The Shield. Both looked strong in their matches against The Shield, but both lost.

The Tag Divas Match between the Funkadactayls and “LayJay” Layla and AJ Lee looked awkward as hell. The ending looked really sloppy and Layla trying to go AJ-Crazy was really NOT going well. I’m not saying she can’t act, I’m just saying she can’t act CRAZY. She can be aligned with AJ sure, but leave the craziness to AJ love.

Alberto Del Rio defeated Sin Cara via referee stoppage when Sin Cara apparently dislocated his finger 30 seconds into the match doing a dive to the outside. Damn it Sin Cara. You’re good in the ring, but STOP getting injured. Really becoming undependable nowadays. After the match was done, Ricardo Rodriguez (who Del Rio turned on a week or two before) came out and announced himself as representing “Mr Monday Night” ROB VAN DAM! An RVD vs Del Rio while inevitable is really cool sounding. RVD could bring the best out of Del Rio, if he faces him at Night Of Champions.

Also, Bray Wyatt defeated R-Truth and The Miz defeated Wade Barrett by disqualification when Fandango attacked Miz. Nothing much.

Also, The “Prime Time Players” Darren Young and Titus O’Neil defeated “The Real Americans” Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a decent tag match. With Young and O’Neil getting TV Time and picking up the win, it very much seems like WWE are going to take advantage of Darren Young announcing he’s gay to TMZ and the publicity around it. It’s a shame that it took Young coming out to get the Players this newly-found push. They should have had a run with the tag titles about a year ago. They’re a dynamic duo with a lot of charisma and a very entertaining. It also seems they’ll be faces for now on as well, which might be the right direction for these two to go into.

CM Punk and Curtis Axel got into a phenomenal scrap after a class verbal exchange from CM Punk and Axel’s manager and Punk’s former manager Paul Heyman. This really makes Curtis looks good when he can hold his own in a fight against CM Punk. Yeah, he didn’t win the fight, but Axel is starting to look less of a bit-player in this feud between Heyman and Punk. With Brock Lesnar out of the way, Axel could be a great feud for Punk. By the way, CM Punk going off on a fan booing him during his promo beforehand was a little uncalled for. Sure, if the fan started chanting “Punk’s mom is a whore” or something like that I’d understand. But all he was doing was booing. If Punk is supposed to be a face, he should have just shrugged off the boos rather than calling out this “fat guy” who booed him.

And finally, Randy Orton’s “Coronation” as WWE Champion. Triple H explained that he had no choice but to screw Daniel Bryan at Summerslam because he needed to do what was right for the future of the WWE. I thought Triple H did an OK promo, but it didn’t help that the fans weren’t really into it. Plus, Triple H over-shadowed WWE Champion Randy Orton quite a bit, with Orton only talking for about a couple of minutes or so. I think the new corporation should have Orton put on the mic a bit more, but with Triple H, Vince and Stephanie flying the same boat, that’s gonna be easier said then done.

Daniel Bryan came back in the building and confronted the regime, but was beat down by The Shield and Orton for his troubles. This segment was a really good way to establish the new regime. It was a good way to send out the message that you shouldn’t speak out against the new order. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months of WWE programming as you all should too. Can’t beat a Heel dictatorship. 🙂

Great show overall. A good PPV-Reaction RAW that reacts to the events of the PPV the previous night. I like how the new corporation is setting up. The Shield, Orton, Triple H, Vince and Steph all in cahoots together. Daniel Bryan leading the resistance. This should be a great couple of months lined up with the big stars like Brock Lesnar and John Cena out the equation for a bit!

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

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

…of a blog.

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

RAW

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNA Impact Wrestling

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

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

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

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

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

SmackDown!

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

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

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

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

#ThemeOfTheWeek XD

Wrestlemania 29 Review – Time Restraints Ruin The Biggest Wrestling Event Of The Year…with the exception of CM Punk vs Undertaker

Evening Wrestling Fans, I am Tom Robinson and it is time to review… WRESTLEMANIA 29!

 

 

The Intercontinental Championship Changes Hands On The YouTube Pre-Show

Really? REALLY? Really?

Really? REALLY? Really?

The only match of the show I actually watched live was WAY too quick. Yeah, it had a lot of big moves in the match, but it was a shame that Wade Barrett and The Miz were only given a grand total of 4 minutes on a 60 minute pre-show, which played promo package after promo package and featured a stupid segment involving Snooki. Seriously, why does this gal get Wrestlemania time over guys like Antonio Cesaro? Anyway the match itself ended with The Miz locking in the Figure 4 Leg Lock and making Wade Barrett submit to regain the championship. This match was such a disappointment, and the result was disappointing too. The Miz had a run with the IC title not long ago. Why is he getting another? And why the heck does Wade Barrett, a man who’s great on the mic and in the ring, lose the IC title in this fashion. These two had a match on RAW a couple of weeks ago which was better than this. Also, remember the triple threat IC title match involving Chris Jericho about a month ago. That was a great 3 way battle. But this was downright disappointing to see.

 

The Shield Defeat The SmackDown! Crusade… AND NO-ONE TURNS HEEL

Ain't nothing stopping The Shield. BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

Ain’t nothing stopping The Shield. BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD!

This 6 man tag team match was given 10 minutes, and in the 10 minutes put on a good show. There was a lot of cool spots in the match, and with a couple more minutes might have been a whole lot better. But there was problem. And no, The Shield winning is not a problem for me. I’m glad they won here. My problem was the fact that… NO ONE TURNED HEEL! What the heck? I was sat watching this match waiting for Randy Orton to RKO either Sheamus or Big Show, but DAMMIT, it never happened. Instead, Big Show KO’d Sheamus and Orton post-match, after Orton tagged himself into the match at the end, and got pinned. Dammit. Really wanted someone to turn heel. But the match was pretty decent. With a little more time, it could have been great.

 

Mark Henry Defeats Ryback.. Because He’s Fat

You'd think someone who has this sort of strength would not lose SIX Pay-Per-View matches in a row

You’d think someone who has this sort of strength would not lose SIX Pay-Per-View matches in a row

This must have been the biggest monstrosity coming out of Wrestlemania. I wasn’t expecting this match to be like a Shawn Michaels/Undertaker classic or something, but by god this was boring. This was slow-paced as hell, and the ending was really stupid. After about 6 minutes of bearhugs and typical big man moves, Ryback hit his signature lariat clothesline, and was signalling for Shell-Shocked. He gets him up (which gets one of the best pops of the night) but Mark Henry falls on him, and pins him. Mark Henry pretty much won this match… because he’s fat. His fat allowed him to crush Ryback and pick up the win. An incredibly abrupt ending to the 8 minute match. What’s worse is that Henry went back in the ring to finish off Ryback, but Ryback somehow made a big comeback and hit the spinebuster. He would then, post-match, hit Henry with Shell-Shocked. If he was going to do a big move like that to Henry, why not have him do it in the match? Why did Ryback lose his 6TH PPV MATCH IN A ROW? 6? How is 6 PPV losses in a Raw supposed to legitimize as a contender. This was easily the worst booking decision on the night.

 

Team Hell-No Retain The WWE Tag Team Titles In A Great Match

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

This was a match I thoroughly enjoyed. And I enjoyed it because the fans were really into it. I love how the start of the match teased a repeat of last year’s World Title match, with Ziggler kissing AJ and then nearly losing at the very start of the match. It was an  enjoyable to see. There were a couple of near falls (not as much as the main event had. XD) but in the end, Team Hell-No emerged victorious to the delight of the fans. Daniel Bryan got some really loud YES chants going, similar to last year. Good tag match. 🙂

 

FAG-DAN-GO beats Chris Jericho, despite being destroyed for about 95% of the match

The fact that this guy defeated Chris Jericho really upsets me. :(

The fact that this guy defeated Chris Jericho really upsets me. 😦

So, Chris Jericho. Gets a kick ass entrance with fireworks and stuff. Demonstrates his extensive arsenal of moves for the entire match (he is the man of 1,004 holds after all). He wrestles a guy who hardly does a damn thing in the ring… and loses? OK, they were trying to make it out to be this big upset and stuff, but this was plain ridiculous. Since when does Chris Jericho deserves to lose to this clown at Wrestlemania? To Fandango? I mean, if Fandango was going to beat Jericho on his debut, then shouldn’t he have done a lot more comprehensively than he did. He got one roll-up in at the end of the match and won. To be fair though, there were a lot of near falls in the match, and the fans were actually into it a lot. But the fact that it ended in one of the most abrupt of ways does not do Fandango that good. I mean yeah, he had a hell of an entrance with all them dancers and stuff, but that was such a flukey way to win, you can’t take him seriously. Jericho didn’t deserve to lose this.

 

Alberto Del Rio Retains The World Title In A Quick, But Good Encounter With Jack Swagger

No Money In The Bank Cash In Here, As Del Rio Walks Out Of Wrestlemania The Champion

No Money In The Bank Cash In Here, As Del Rio Walks Out Of Wrestlemania The Champion

Despite being only 10 minutes long, this match was actually OK in my book. There was a lot of good technical ability demonstrated by both guys and sometimes in WWE, you hardly see just a straight up wrestling match. Sure, there were manager spots and stuff, but it was a great match with a lot of cool reversals and a lot of skill showcased. Again, this match should have went on a little longer. If they have a rematch at Extreme Rules, I hope it nears 20 minutes, because I’m convinced after watching this match that they can do a lot more together. And by the way, they didn’t show Jack Swagger’s entrance, which was him apparently coming down in a camouflage vehicle. OK, of all the entrances you could have not shown in the pay-per-view, why one which features someone coming down in a car? I would have loved to seen that. Oh, and the attire Alberto Del Rio came down to the ring in looked absolutely shocking. He was dressed in a white robe, and looked daft as hell in it. XD

 

CM Punk vs Undertaker – My God. What A Match

This streak is NEVER going to be broken. Accept It! 21-0!

This streak is NEVER going to be broken. Accept It! 21-0!

Match Of The Night is undoubtedly this one. The Phenom, The Undertaker. The Best In The World, CM Punk. With Undertaker’s streak on the line. Also, Living Colour playing Cult Of Personality while CM Punk was coming down to the ring was a real epic moment. Best entrance of the night. The match itself was a hell of a match. We saw a good opening, starting fast-paced and taking it to the announce table, setting up a spot for later. CM Punk started gaining moment, and even did Undertaker’s Old-School manoeuvre on the Deadman, which I thought was an amazing edition to the start of the match. The match featured a lot of great momentum swings in the match, like when CM Punk turned a punch from the Undertaker into a swinging neckbreaker, which I thought was really well done. There was spot after spot which made this match so memorable. Other than the announce table not breaking when CM Punk did his diving elbow to the Undertaker on the outside, this match was really well choreographed. I love the bit at the end, where CM Punk did a GTS to The Undertaker, which didn’t even phase Taker, who just delivered the tombstone immediately afterwards! XD What a badass! Just no-sells the shit out of the GTS. Except it worked so well. CM Punk would kick out of the Tombstone. The two traded blows, and both men tried their finishers. GTS attempt after Tombstone attempt. The reversals for each finish into the other finisher was SOOOOOO well done. Taker countered the GTS with a tombstone attempt. Punk countered the tombstone with a GTS attempt, and so on. Incredible. But in the end, The Undertaker performed the last rites, hitting the tombstone on Punk to go 21-0 at Wrestlemania. That match was really something special. I applaud both men for that one. I had doubts other whether this match would be any good considering the uniqueness of both men’s styles, but that didn’t effect them. They put on a hell of a show.

 

Triple H Slays Brock Lesnar To Keep His Career Alive And Increase His Ego Even More

Triple H, don't EVER do this AGAIN

Triple H, don’t EVER do this AGAIN

I want to state that this match was WAY better than their first match at Summerslam. There were a lot more interesting spots, and the involvement of Shawn Michaels and Paul Heyman gave it a breath of fresh air as soon as things started getting dull. There were a lot of big hits from both guys in the match, which looked decent. But, the match was really slow-paced, and I started losing interest in it, to be honest. But things did get interesting near the end. What was strange to see was Triple H doing the Kimura Lock to Brock. Really? I really don’t like wrestlers who have no experience in MMA at all, trying MMA-like moves in a pro-wrestling match. Why bother? It just looked stupid. I would have flipped if Lesnar tapped out to the Kimura. Thankfully he didn’t… but he did take a Pedigree on the steel steps, which was enough for Triple H to beat him. I think this match overall was decent, but sometimes there was a lot of slow-paced action, and sometimes it’s just painful to watch.

 

John Cena Gets Redemption… and the WWE Championship

John Cena has the Crossface locked in during the WWE Title Match

John Cena has the Crossface locked in during the WWE Title Match

Yes, John Cena was victorious in his rematch with The Rock for the WWE Championship. Not exactly unexpected. It was obvious it was going to happen. But the match was still good in my eyes. I don’t think it was as good as their first match last year, but it was actually really entertaining. The first 10-15 minutes or so was basically headlocks and shoulder blocks and stuff. It also featured a lot of cool counters in the match and the fans were really into this match too. And as I’ve stated so many times before, the fan reactions have a big influence as to whether a match or an event is good. And they were really into this match. After the first 10-15 minutes we had about 1000 near-falls, including The Rock kicking out of 2 Attitude Adjustments and a Rock Bottom and John Cena kicking out of 3 Rock Bottoms and a people’s elbow. It eventually finished with Cena hitting one final Attitude Adjustment after 500 counters to reclaim the WWE Championship.

 

I don’t think this Wrestlemania will go down as one of the best Wrestlemanias in the world. This pay-per-view suffered from really bad time restraints. We had entrances cut, we had match lengths cut. We even had the 8 person tag match cut too. Amazingly, with a 4 hour show, they struggled badly with time. We didn’t have single backstage segment on the main show. I mean, it was really shocking to see both the World Title match and the 6 man tag match going less than 12 minutes. Shocking. But, this event still featured a lot of new cool moments this year, and the 3 main event matches that all got 20+ minutes were very good matches on the whole. Lesnar vs Triple H II was actually good. Rock vs Cena I was good. But in the end, one match in particular will stand out above the rest. Undertaker vs CM Punk was the best match of the night, and looks likely to be a serious contender for match of the year.