The Divas Revolution Post-WWE Night Of Champions Report

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How’s it going everyone? Thomas Robinson here again, to bring you another blog post on the “Divas Revolution” of WWE. A lot’s happened since I last wrote about it. Last time I wrote about it, it was about why I felt Charlotte should not have won the Divas Championship at Night of Champions. A lot has happened since then with regards to the storyline in the divas division.

There’s three women which I want to talk about in-depth. I’ll be talking about the likes of Natalya and Team B.A.D, but my main focus will be on the new Divas Champion Charlotte, the former Divas Champion Nikki Bella and Paige, who recently turned heel. These three will also likely be the focus point of the storyline in the next month so it’s important to look at their roles since Night of Champions.

The biggest thing coming from this storyline since Charlotte won the Divas Championship has been Paige’s heel turn. My intentions were to do a piece on her “PaigeBomb” in a separate blog post. However, the piece I wrote up for it got lost on WordPress somehow. It was incredibly unfortunate but I’ll run it down what I wrote for you briefly. That promo breathed life back into this storyline.

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The main reason why it was so effective was that it finally addressed the elephant in the room with regards to this storyline. This storyline was failing because the fans were not able to connect with these characters as a result of WWE’s attempts to promote all the divas at the same time. With this promo, Paige finally turned the attention away from the teams and onto the actual women involved in the storyline. Paige and Charlotte were the first two women to actually gain exposure as individual characters (well other than Nikki Bella, which we’ll get onto later).

Paige was already an established diva before this storyline began, but Charlotte wasn’t. When the whole team scenario was first introduced, the women were reduced to “tag lines” which took away from their actually personality. Charlotte was Ric Flair’s daughter and Paige was “the English one.” Now, they’re starting to break out on their own. The only one that hasn’t yet is Becky Lynch and we’ll get to her later on too.

The point is, when Paige called out Charlotte for only being in WWE because of her father, it suddenly started to come together. Charlotte now must prove to Paige and all the other doubters that she is her because she’s actually good. She might have the blood of a Hall-Of-Famer but she has the heart of the champion. Charlotte must now evolve to being a fighting champion and a freshly heel Paige is the perfect foil for Charlotte to properly evolve as a character.

Therefore, her championship win suddenly starts to make sense. The reason for this is because the face Charlotte must now prove herself to the critics and that she is not just a placeholder champion. Thumbs up to Paige on this front as she’s now giving Charlotte a much greater meaning.

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The best way to deal with your problems is to address them head on. Through Paige, WWE has addressed the issues with the Divas Revolution. It’s kind of like they’re mocking their own attempts at the storyline, as no-one is really caring about it. The best way to deal with your own mistakes is to make fun of it. I was taught as a student of Multimedia Journalism at Teesside University that if you mess up during a live broadcast, just make fun of it! Frantically trying to change the subject or making people forget about it is not the answer. Laugh at yourself and people will appreciate you for not trying to run away from it. That’s what WWE sort of did through Paige.

They’ve laid all the issues out there, giving Paige and the rest of the divas more content to work with. Paige called out Natalya for not showing up. Hell, Natalya mentioned during an interview that she was not sure why she was not involved in the Divas Revolution. Paige wanted Natalya to appear and she did. She’s also playing a role in this storyline and helps the character development of Paige at the same time.

There’s still a few issues with the storyline that do need to be addressed. Sure, Paige and Charlotte are doing fine right now but how about everyone else?

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Becky Lynch has been reduced to being the third wheel of Team PCB, caught in the middle of this conflict between Paige and Charlotte. To be fair to Becky, her delivery during the MizTV segment on this week’s RAW was actually really good. She was awesome when throwing away the Miz’s microphone and talking trash to Alicia Fox. However, she still plays a very small role compared to Paige and Charlotte.

I felt so bad for Brie Bella and Alicia Fox during the MizTV segment on RAW. In fact, I’ve felt bad for them both during this entire storyline. This storyline was meant to promote all the divas and yet the only purpose Brie and Alicia have is to support Nikki. When Nikki Bella was talking about how great she was on RAW, Brie and Alicia just stood their with zero reaction. Nikki’s not even talking about Brie and Alicia. From a storyline perspective, shouldn’t Brie and Alicia be a little annoyed at Nikki’s total disregard for them? I know that’s an important part of Nikki’s character, to be as selfish as possible. However, all Brie and Alicia are there for is to support to Nikki’s character. This means that they are just outsiders that really don’t matter at all to the storyline. That’s not good. Only Brie is getting a mention or two and that’s only because of who she’s dating. Brie’s not had a chance to retort but Nikki has (on interviews and stuff). It makes Brie and Alicia seem so insignificant.

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Team B.A.D. really don’t add much to the storylines themselves anymore. Small SmackDown! Spoiler coming… they actually do beat the Bellas in a six man tag team match this week! All they are doing though is chalking up small victories over these feuding teams. Surely that’d contribute to the storyline, if the Team B.A.D. weren’t held in such low regard by the WWE. Sasha Banks started off hot in this storyline but now they’ve killed her momentum. She and the rest of Team B.A.D. didn’t show up on RAW this week. Really, it’s not great news in the WWE if you’re anyone but a member of PCB or Team Bella. This actually brings me to Natalya, who is not affiliated with any groups in the Divas Revolution.

I personally love the fact that Natalya is back on television. Not only that, but she’s actually involved in the storyline. They didn’t do her much justice by having Naomi pin her in her first match back. However, she’s got a place in the storyline which is totally independent from any group. She’s friends with the PCB and she was friends with Paige, but she’s not there as part of a team. However, Natalya’s role is exactly the same role as all the other divas play in this storyline.

Their role is to basically support the stories of Paige, Charlotte and Nikki Bella. The only stars are Paige, Charlotte and Nikki Bella and everyone else is meaningless. That’s probably my biggest criticism of this storyline, other than Nikki Bella. We’ll get to Nikki after this. Natalya is there to give Paige words of wisdom. Becky is there to be the third wheel of PCB, watching on as her two best friends feud. Brie and Alicia are there to support Nikki. Team B.A.D. is there to have matches with the two other teams. They play supporting roles in this storyline which is really centred around the three women fighting over the Divas title. That’s not healthy for this division, which is not healthy for this storyline. What’s also not healthy for this storyline is the role played by Nikki Bella, the former Divas Champion.

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Think about this. At Night Of Champions, the longest Divas Championship reign ever came to an end after Nikki Bella tapped out to Charlotte. It’s a heartbreaking experience for any champion to lose the title they’ve worked so hard to defend. Any UFC fighter will tell you how disappointing it is to lose the title. On the last two editions of RAW, Nikki seemed unmoved by the fact that she was no longer champion.

This really annoyed me for a number of reasons. Leading into Night of Champions, Nikki Bella made it incredibly clear that wins and losses don’t matter and it was all about the Divas title. Her biggest argument for being “on top” of the Divas division is that she had the gold. JBL mentioned this argument OVER AND OVER again on commentary. That was her biggest claim to fame. However when it was taken away from her, she brushed it aside like it meant nothing. She even said on RAW that all reigns come to an end. That’s what really damaged this storyline.

Nikki basically diminished the importance of the championship that a month ago, she could not help but talk about. She’s doing a great job as a heel, but what she said was so hurtful to the division. What Nikki is saying is hurting the title reign of Charlotte. Sure, Nikki should knock Charlotte. She should be claiming things like Charlotte pulled off a fluke. However, she should not be suggesting that the title is not important unless Nikki is the one holding it. That’s just wrong.

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Nikki’s reactions to dropping the title is also bad for another reason. When you think about the long title reigns that have occurred in that past five years, how many times are those champions shown to being angry at losing the title? When CM Punk’s 434 day title reign came to an end, he was irate the next night on RAW. He even went through a phrase of claiming that he was still the champion for god’s sake. He couldn’t accept the fact that he was no longer champion. That’s how much the championship meant to Punk.

When Brock Lesnar lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he responded by destroying everyone the next night on RAW. That’s how champion should feel… angry that his/her title reign is over. However, Nikki Bella was just smiling like nothing happened in the last two editions of RAW. She was acting like it meant nothing as she’s just got her rematch. I don’t care if she does have a rematch. She should be upset that she lost the championship but she isn’t.

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It’s insane how much Nikki Bella was freaking out when no-one went to her “Bellabration” on SmackDown! a few weeks ago. When she lost the title, that’s how she should have been reacting. Instead, she was smiling and making fun of Charlotte and taking credit for the Divas Revolution. How is taking credit for the “Divas Revolution” more important to these women than you know… BEING DIVAS CHAMPION?

You know who Nikki reminds me off, when it comes to no-selling her title loss? John Cena. John Cena hardly ever cares whenever he loses. When he lost the US title at Summerslam, he was more mad at Jon Stewart. To give him credit, he actually was wanting revenge on the new champion Seth Rollins too. However, his priority was beating up a talk show host rather than getting back his title. I don’t know if John Cena is telling her to do this or not, however I pray that she stops. By completely no-selling her title loss, she’s basically saying that Charlotte’s title win was meaningless.

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So there you go everybody. A very extensive look into the Divas Revolution coming off Night of Champions. Paige has definitely brought a bit of life into the storyline which was starting to sink further and further into the sea of failures. There’s still issues to take care of like Nikki Bella’s actions since losing the title. However, I think once we get past Nikki’s rematch and onto Charlotte vs Paige in a singles feud, things will start to pick up. I know I just complained about  Nikki quite a bit, but I actually don’t mind her at all! Nikki’s probably the best legitimate heel in WWE right now. She’s actually someone that the majority of the WWE Universe hates and is getting legitimate heat from it. That can be used to the storyline’s advantage. However, Nikki’s character showing ignorance to the rest of the divas will hurt them to a great degree.

To read more about my past thoughts on the Divas Revolution, click on the articles below…

Is The Divas Revolution Hurting Nikki Bella’s Championship Reign?

The End Of The Revolution?: Are The WWE Divas Doomed?

Why Charlotte Should Not Win The Divas Championship At Night Of Champions

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How I Would Book… Kevin Owens As Intercontinental Champion

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The Intercontinental Championship is supposed to be the second most prestigious championship in WWE. However, it seems that recent years haven’t been kind to those that hold it. The Intercontinental title used to be a stepping stone as a rising star is elevated to main-event status. However, many champions in the last few years have seen themselves float around in the mid card pool of irrelevancy. We’re hoping that this does not happen to Kevin Owens. In order to elevate Kevin Owens and bring prestige to the title, how would we book Kevin Owens as Intercontinental Champion?

Kevin Owens won the Intercontinental Championship at Night Of Champions, beating Ryback with a roll up. Let’s be honest, Ryback’s title reign was never really able to take off. Kevin Owens is quite possibly the perfect man to be able to bring up the prestige of this title once more. This man is a great in-ring worker with incredible mic skills as well. WWE could do no wrong with this man… other than having him lose his first feud on the main roster. -.-

The point is, not much is needed to be said other than… have him beat EVERYONE.

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Kevin Owens considers himself a prizefighter. He said that the Intercontinental Championship made him feel complete. All Kevin should be worried about his keeping his title. Of course, there’s a bit of a balancing act involved. You want him to care about his championship but you don’t want to diminish the championship either. Take Nikki Bella. She cared about shoving her title reign down people’s throats but could care less about ACTUALLY defending it. The clue is in his catchphrase… Fight, Owens, Fight.

If John Cena were not already doing his US Title Open Challenge, then that would be the first option for Kevin. However, Kevin should not want to give title shots to anyone. Kevin can run down Cena by stating that shots at the IC title should be earned rather than given. Kevin says that he wants to prove himself as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. He therefore says that only former champions can compete and Kevin himself will decide his own opponents.

Kevin’s first few challengers on RAW would be folks like Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. These would be former champions but considered jobbers to the WWE Universe. This concept gives these wrestlers TV time and an actual chance to shine. However, Kevin simply wins. At the end of every match, Kevin writes down the name of his opponent on a piece of paper. After writing it down, he reads off the list of former champions he has beaten to retain his title. It’d be kind of like what Chris Jericho used to do.

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Obviously, the list would start off being kind of short. Over time however, it suddenly starts to build up. Heath Slater, Damien Sandow, Curtis Axel, Titus O’Neil, Jack Swagger, Fernando etc. It suddenly becomes a case of quantity over quality, which actually does make Kevin look quality coming out of it. More is more when it comes to a heel. The more things he can brag about, the more content he can work with. The more people Kevin beats, the more names he can brag about beating. I named a few jobbers but these are actual former champions. These aren’t exactly complete jokes!

What would be interesting is that Kevin Owens would try to duck lads like Neville, that have never won titles on the main roster, which would actually be funny to watch! It also makes these lads look great before they finally get the shot, as Kevin already fears them.

He goes through everyone until the Royal Rumble. He wins his match, reads his list and stops half-way through. He says that merely beating everyone is not enough anymore. He’s a prizefighter and he only has one prize to his name. Now he wants more. He wants to challenge the US Champion for a title vs title match at Wrestlemania 32. The US Champion turns out to be John Cena, who walks out of Fast Lane with the title. In this big match, Kevin beats Cena clean once again to win the US Championship. He dubs himself as the International Champion, having conquered the entire world of wrestling. As soon as he drops these titles, he’s in a great spot to go after his next prize… the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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A lot of this includes a lot of wishful thinking, but this would do wonders to Kevin. Beating everyone en route to beating John Cena on the biggest stage of them all would be something spectacular that could make Kevin a legitimate star in WWE.

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

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 29 – SUPERBRAWL 2001

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Previously on WCW EWR…

Souled Out’s top higlights were Chris Jericho retaining the WCW title against Booker T after getting disqualified and Jeff Hardy won the cruiserweight title in the match of the night against Jamie Noble.

Now it’s time for SuperBrawl…

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Pre-Show – Ted DiBiase Announces His Retirement

This was a legitimate retiring of Ted DiBiase. I got the dreaded e-mail saying that DiBiase would be retiring in a month. It was a blow as Ted DiBiase is the most over manager in the company. He’d been managing Curt Hennig for a while and was the manager for Asbury Perfection also including Bam Bam Bigelow. It’s a huge loss. I personally don’t think that Curt Hennig will lose a great deal considering what happens to him later on in the show. However, it’s said to see Ted go. Anyway, Ted talked about how he was walking away. Ted said he’d accomplished all he’s ever wanted to accomplish in the wrestling business. It’s been an honour to manage a wrestler as great as Curt Hennig. He predicts that Curt will one day finally win the WCW Championship. However, he says it’s time to look towards the future. He announces that he’s leaving and there’s one person that he thinks will one day be the next top star. He thinks that there’s one person that’s one his way to being the greatest of all time. He says that man is AJ Styles. AJ comes out and the two hug. Ted tells AJ to shoot for the stars and whatever happens in his TV Championship defense, AJ will be a future WCW Champion as well. A touching moment as Ted passes the torch to AJ.

Match 1 – Scott Steiner def. AJ Styles (c) in a falls count anywhere match to win the WCW Television Championship

After that huge segment on the pre-show, it might seem odd to have AJ Styles drop the title to Scott Steiner. Let me explain. Firstly, AJ’s had the title for a while. I feel right now is the appropriate time for him to lose the title. I also thought that DiBiase retiring would be the perfect transition for AJ to turn his intentions to the WCW title. I had an original plan for him to hold onto the TV title up until he passes a year as champion. After this, he would vacate the belt so he could challenge whoever the WCW Champion was. That was the plan, but I changed my mind. Curt Hennig would cost AJ the belt against Steiner, leading into a future program between those two. A decent 87% rating to open the show.

Match 2 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson def. Ultimo Dragon (c) and Dean Malenko (c) in a hardcore tag team match to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

Let me explain why the Diamond Enforcers won the tag titles again. The feud between these two tag teams started at Starrcade, when Dragon and Malenko won the tag titles. In the weeks building up to this match, the overness of ALL FOUR of these men took a big hit. DDP and Arn were at 100% overness when this feud started and Dragon and Malenko were in the 90s too. Just before the match however, DDP and Arn were both at 92. Malenko and Dragon were in the 80s. That’s bad news as this feud had hurt everyone involved. I decided to put the titles on the team that was the most over and the Diamond Enforcers were more over. So DDP and Arn are now  TWO-TIME tag team champions. The Diamond Enforcers did get a big boost when their feud ended though so I may be inclined to keep the titles on them for now. An 84% rating is fine.

Match 3 – Curt Hennig def. Randy Savage w/Elizabeth with Trish Stratus as the special guest referee

So the storyline for this one. Trish Stratus broke up with Perry Saturn on Nitro. Trish then began flirting with Randy Savage, with Savage starting to fall for her. Elizabeth would try to talk some sense into Savage, saying that Trish is trying to hook up with a top star like Savage to shoot straight to the top. Trish denied this which led to a few brawls on Nitro. Curt started to call Savage out, saying he could beat him any day of the week. In order to get his attention, he started to hit on Trish himself. This led to a big match at SuperBrawl with Trish Stratus as the special guest referee. Trish turned on Savage to give Curt Hennig the victory. It’s a daft little romance angle which I decided to do. This also leads to Trish Stratus replacing Ted DiBiase as Curt Hennig’s manager, which is also a plus.

Match 4 – The Giant and Rowdy Roddy Piper def. “Legion of Doom” Animal and Hawk in a steel cage match

This feud was a mistake! In my last post, I mentioned that I had signed Hawk to reunite the Legion of Doom. Animal was upset in the game so I decided to give him a rivalry so he could be used more. I put and Hawk in there against Rowdy Roddy Piper (who was annoyed because I wasn’t using him enough) and The Giant. The feud did a lot better than I thought it was going to do, but it still received the lowest rating of the night! No one really got over either and Piper’s overness took a HUGE hit. However, at least The Giant got over from it so it wasn’t all bad.

Match 5 – Jeff Hardy (c) def. Eddie Guerrero, Silvio Maldini and Rey Mysterio in a fatal four way match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

A good rating for the Cruiserweights. It’s a bit of a drop from the 96-97% ratings from the Jamie Noble/Jeff Hardy program but that’s usually what happens when you do fatal four ways. I was just going to do Jeff Hardy vs Eddie Guerrero for the Cruiserweight title, but I wanted to throw Rey Mysterio and Silvio Maldini into the mix too. Silvio came back from his suspension claiming to be the true Cruiserweight Champion as he was never beaten for the title (he was suspended and stripped of the title). Mysterio was thrown in there too and it provided a decent rating. Not as great as the Starrcade and Souled Out ratings but it was fine.

Match 6 – Sting def. Raven (c) to win the WCW International Championship

In the second to last match on the show, Sting beat Raven to win the WCW International Championship. I thought this was the right decision and I thought if any should have beaten Raven, it should have been Sting. This match got the second best rating of the night and the crowd were really into it. I thought this feud was awesome when I first did so I decided to do it again. So far, I’ve been getting some great results.

Match 7 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Booker T in a hardcore match to retain the WCW Championship

This was the final match in the feud between Booker and Jericho. The original plan was for Booker to regain the championship as it would tie into the final segment of this show. However, Booker’s attitude backstage has been really poor. I figured it would be safer to keep the title on Jericho and he’d only just won the title at Starrcade. This was one of the rare instances where the main event was the best match of the show! I’m happy with that.

Segment 1 – Booker T Turns Heel and Aligns With Eric Bischoff

The original plan was for Eric Bischoff to help Booker win the championship, in order to turn Booker heel. Even though Jericho ended up retaining the title, I still went with Booker turning heel at the end of the show. I do need to get some more main event heels and Booker was the best choice. I was going to have Jericho turn but that would have been predictable. Jericho’s also our top seller as far as merchandise is concerned so that would have been a costly decision to have him turn heel. So I went with Booker. And that was the end of the show.

NEWS – Sting Provides Update On Injury

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We’ve got an update on Sting’s condition and the update actually comes from the man himself. The man called Sting spoke with WWE.com about his injury suffered during his match at Night of Champions Seth Rollins and what the future holds. Down below are the highlights

It’s been a few days since your match at Night of Champions. How are you feeling?

Aside from a stiff neck, I’m a little banged up, but otherwise, I feel good. Pretty standard after wrestling a match like that.

Can you set everyone straight on the extent of your injury, as you await further evaluation?

Bottom line, I had tingling, numbness down both arms, all the way to my fingertips. And then, later in the match, I just fell wrong, whatever it was, and this time [the tingling and numbness] went down both arms and into my legs, and I couldn’t feel my legs too well. They just felt like rubber. I don’t know how to describe it. I had to go down on all fours there for a minute, get my composure. I was a little … I was worried. Long term, well, I’m just going to take care of the short term first and see how the long term might play out.

What kind of treatment did you receive after your injury at Night of Champions?

I was out in the hospital — out like a light. They had a neck brace on me, and they were pumping me with [medication] to get me out of pain. I had to do a CT scan and an MRI. They ended up talking to my wife, and I have some details from my wife, but I still have [further evaluation ahead]. They mentioned cervical spinal stenosis, but that’s only part of what I heard. I don’t know if there’s anything else. The doctor did tell my wife, “He’s going to have to get this dealt with. He’s lucky he walked out of there.”

Is getting back in the ring again something you’d want to do? Do you have that desire to return?

Hmmm, in the right scenario … in the right scenario, yeah.

Were you aware of exactly when your injury occurred during the match?

Oh, yeah, definitely. Both times into the turnbuckle. First time was like a whiplash. [pause] It’s my fault, bottom line. I know better. The second time, I went up into the air and back toward the turnbuckle like that, I thought, “Well, that’s not going to happen again,” and it did. The second time was worse.

That was when you lost your legs a bit.

Yeah.

Well, where does that leave Sting? Was this your last match?

I hate it when I’m asked that question because the answer truly is a question mark, and the question mark is as bold as it could ever be at this point.

Wait and see?

Yeah, for now.

NEWS – Brock Lesnar And Undertaker Among Huge Names Announced For RAW In Dallas

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BREAKING NEWS!

WWE have just announced FIVE big names for a RAW in Dallas, Texas next month. To say that this is going to be a star-studded show is an understatement!

The five men announced were….

  • Brock Lesnar
  • Undertaker
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Ric Flair
  • And Stone Cold Steve Austin!

Here’s the tweet from @WWE confirming the names stated above.

Ric Flair has been doing a lot of appearances recently on WWE television, including getting involved in the John Cena/Jon Stewart business as well as supporting her daughter Charlotte in her Divas title pursuit. He did say recently that he’d love to be on as many RAWs as he can and I’m glad that we’ll see him again!

Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will obviously be there to promote their match at Hell in a Cell. I think this will be the RAW before the PPV so they might have confrontation or something to lead into the PPV.

Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin are actually great coups for WWE. Austin and Michaels are both from Texas, so it makes sense as to why they’d show up. Undertaker’s also from Texas, which explains his appearance. Austin’s actually not appeared on WWE television since Wrestlemania XXX. He’s been doing the podcasts on the WWE Network and will be a big part of WWE 2K16. He’ll also probably been brought in to plug that too. However, to see him actually on RAW or a PPV is actually a rare treat. I think he’s not been on RAW since 2011, since he wasn’t on RAW 1000 or anything.

From the names that we’ve been giving, I think they’ll do like a Legend’s Panel to talk about the Hell in a Cell match. They did it a few times with Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan before, including one for the Royal Rumble. They obviously can’t do Hogan, so Austin might be brought in to take his place.

It’s a month or so a way but you can tell that this will be quite the go-home show before Hell in a Cell.

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TOP FIVE MOMENTS FROM WWE RAW (21/09/15)

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Night of Champions was an eventful night indeed. We saw Seth Rollins put in two incredible performances in one night against John Cena and Sting. Sting suffered a “significant” injury and Kane returned to get revenge on Seth and prevent Sheamus from cashing in Money In The Bank. RAW had a lot to develop on. Considering that the next PPV main event is the Hell in a Cell grudge match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, the pressure was on for RAW to succeed. Here are my top five moments from the show…

1. John Cena vs Seth Rollins

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If you’re in any doubt about who has been the best wrestler of the year up until this point, these last two nights should have squashed those doubts for good. Seth Rollins, as far as I’m concerned, should be WWE’s Employee of the Year with everything he’s done in the past year! I thought Kevin Owens working three nights in a row in Brooklyn, including a ladder match with Finn Balor, was special. I believe this has slightly topped that. Seth Rollins worked two matches in one night a few weeks ago on RAW. After working two top matches in one night again with John Cena and Sting at Night of Champions, Seth worked ANOTHER main event match with John Cena on RAW!

Three great matches in the space of two days. That’s astonishing to me. Let’s recap. At Night of Champions, Seth first worked a match with Cena. In that match, he took three Attitude Adjustments, including one on the floor, and went 17 minutes. He then worked a 14 minute match with Sting, which was challenging due to a number of circumstances including Sting’s injury. He then took a Brogue Kick, a chokeslam and a TOMBSTONE to cap off that night. On RAW, he worked another big match with Cena and delivered once again. That’s quite something.

It could be argued that Seth is being over-exposed in television, having been featured so many times during this show in particular. However, Seth’s handling the pressure and thoroughly deserves his position right now.

2. Kane’s Identity Crisis

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I know a lot of people are a bit annoyed that Kane’s involved in a main event program in 2015. Considering that Seth’s coming off great work with Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Sting, it might seem as a step down for Rollins. However, I think their delivery in this program as been good so far.

We’re a few days into this storyline and things could easily fall apart. However, Kane came out in a blaze of glory at Night of Champions and he was awesome on RAW. His delivery with his backstage promos as “Corporate Kane” were really good and at times, he was very funny. Out of all the identity crisis storylines we’ve had over the years, at least Kane’s has been one of the strongest with regards to the actual portrayal of someone with a dual personality. He was funny in the suit and was menacing as the demon.

I like this storyline so far and to be honest, working Kane will be the easiest thing in the world for Seth. Many people have stated in interviews that Kane is very easy worker to work with and that’s great for Seth considering the amount of work he’s done in the past few months. I’m all for this feud.

3. Paige’s #PaigeBomb

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One of the biggest things coming off RAW is Paige’s “PaigeBomb” which she cut when she turned heel during Charlotte’s Divas Title celebration. I won’t talk about it a great deal since I am planning to do a separate article on Paige later on in the week. However, I will say this promo was magical. It’s definitely what was needed to salvage this Divas Revolution which has really sunk in the past few months. I had my issues with Charlotte winning the title initially but I think Paige will help things along tremendously now she’s a heel. Considering all the ways they could have turned Paige heel, this was by far one of the greater methods.

4.  Randy Orton Returns In Big Brawl With The Wyatt Family

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I thought this opening segment with the big brawl involving Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, the Wyatt Family and the returning Randy Orton was a great segment. It seemed to come out of nowhere as you’d think they’d build up to the fight later on in the show. But no. Everyone came out all guns blazing. It started off with Roman challenging Bray Wyatt to a one on one fight. Luke Harper and Braun Strowman got involved before Dean Ambrose came down to help Roman. Then Randy Orton came down to help even the odds. The good guys were able to stand tall and knock Braun down to the outside.

I thought this was a nice little brawl. It wasn’t like a pull-apart fight or anything but it was nice to see them fight for a little while. It really helped intensify this rivalry and it’s a great change of pace to see the show actually start off with a brawl. It’s different and I do like it when WWE tries something different!

5. Xaiver Woods

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Xaiver Woods still continues to be one of the greatest parts of RAW every single week. Xaiver cut a promo with the New Day just before their six man tag also involving Rusev, the Dudley Boyz and Dolph Ziggler. Xaiver talked about how he had to get wood removed from his “buttocks!” Xaiver did his usual thing on the trombone and in one of the highlights of this show, played Rusev’s theme song on the trombone. I thought that deserved the pop of the night! I also like how 30 seconds into the song, Michael Cole then stated “I think he’s playing Rusev’s theme music” or something like that. I love how it took Cole that long to figure it out!

Summer Rae was also getting involved by doing a “trombone tag team” with Xaiver! What’s funny about this was that Rusev and Xaiver were in some kind of video together playing video games recently! It’s nice to see how their relationship in real life has now been transferred into the kayfabe world of WWE! Rusev was celebrating with the New Day and seemed so out of character being filled with positivity! There was also the moment where the New Day were doing Rusev’s pose that he does in the ring during his entrance! That was awesome! The New Day is awesome! I hope they never break up!

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There were a few great moments in the show, accompanied with some not so great moments. There was a few things that annoyed me. Cesaro jobbing to the Big Show was one of them, effectively finishing his main event push. That was sad. There was one other thing that annoyed me, which I’ll get to now before I finish.

WWE made the big announcement that Brock Lesnar would be facing the UNDERTAKER in a Hell in a Cell match at the PPV. Instead of promoting that match, WWE decided it was more important to dedicate more time to promoting Big Show vs Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden in a few weeks!

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WWE Night Of Champions 2015 Review – Kane Returns And New Champions Crowned At Solid PPV

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Welcome to the Armbar Express’ Night of Champions review. It was an important PPV for the company and I thought they delivered. There was a lot of pressure on Seth Rollins to perform, having to take part in two main-event likes matches for the WWE World and United States title. Anyway let’s get too it.

Ryback (c) vs Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship

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The fans were well behind Owens for this one. Ryback got a decent reaction but it was mostly pro-Owens for this match. Ryback pressed Kevin Owens over the top rope in what was an incredible feat of strength. Kevin was working on Ryback’s arm throughout. Ryback’s selling of the pain done to his arm was quite evident. It was evident to the point where Ryback shouted, and I mean shouted, “Referee, my elbow!” Ryback made his comeback. I didn’t like the finish to this match. Firstly, Ryback went for his Shell-Shocked but his arm supposedly “gave out” and Owens threw him into the post. Ryback went for the Shell-Shocked again but Owens raked his eyes and just rolled him up for the pin. What was the point in all the damage to the arm if it didn’t even lead to the finish of the match? It also didn’t help matters that Kevin Owens won the title with a roll-up. No finishers were hit in this match at all. Maybe Kevin didn’t think he’d be able to pull-off the powerbomb on Ryback, so this finish was set up. However, a match like this without any finishers being hit just makes the match look so weak. Considering there was a title change involved, the finish hurt the title’s prestige for me. It also makes Ryback look weak having been beaten by a roll-up. I thought it was a fine match which I think could have been helped with a strong finish.

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A promo was then cut promoting Brock Lesnar’s “Go To Hell Tour”. The tour will include Lesnar facing Big Show at Madison Square Garden, which has been known for a few weeks now. It was announced that Brock Lesnar would be a guest on Stone Cold’s podcast, which I can’t wait for personally! Then it was announced that at Hell In A Cell, Brock Lesnar would be in a Hell in a Cell match… with the UNDERTAKER!

I’ll probably do a separate write-up on WWE doing Taker/Lesnar III at Hell in a Cell and what I think of it. It’s definitely a surprise as I was expecting the third match to take place at Wrestlemania. All I can assume is that Vince must have other plans for Lesnar and Taker with regards to Wrestlemania 32.

Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev w/Summer Rae

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Dolph Ziggler debuted some new tights with Lana’s face on his crotch. JBL finally mentioned what many of us have been thinking about this storyline… JBL said that Rusev was the victim of this storyline involving himself, Ziggler and Lana. Jerry Lawler asked how Rusev was the victim and JBL’s response was “because Dolph Ziggler is a player.” Out of all the reasons JBL could have came up with that could have been a legitimate gripe, JBL went with that! I just laughed.

There was “We Want Lana” chants, which shows you just how interested the fans were in this match. I love how during this match, they were showing the tweets about the Brock Lesnar “Go To Hell” tour announcement. They picked out three tweets with the last one being about the Hell in a Cell match! You’d think the Stone Cold podcast would have been minor compared to BROCK LESNAR VS UNDERTAKER!

You may have noticed that I haven’t wrote a thing about the actual match between Rusev vs Dolph Ziggler. The truth is, this match was pretty boring. There was a spot where WWE succeeded in their quest to make Rusev look like a complete fool. Rusev hit the super kick but Ziggler clearly kicked out. However Rusev was running around as if he’d won the Olympics, thinking he’d won the match! You’d think someone like Rusev would understand the rules of the match…

The finish was that Summer was thrown out for getting on the apron. Summer angrily threw one of her shoes, but ended up hitting Rusev in the head. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and PINNED him. Not only did Rusev look SO BAD in this match, the finish was a bit illogical. Surely the referee would have called for a disqualification when Summer threw her shoe and it hit Rusev. Rusev should have won the match! Yeah, the finish was no good.

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

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JBL was talking about the 3D. He said that 3D had never been kicked out of before. He than took a long pause, thought about it and then said “in WWE”. I’m pretty sure that Jeff Hardy once kicked out of the 3D in WWE and I know Chris Sabin kicked out of the move in TNA. So JBL really does need re-check his facts a bit!

I loved Big E’s rhythmic headlock and just Xaiver Woods on the trombone in general! I hope they never take the trombone away from Xaiver! JBL compared the New Day to Destiny’s Child and compared Xaiver’s haircut to Leonidas’ from 300! This was a very fun tag team match. What was funny was Big E went for the cover on Bubba Ray off a splash onto the apron. Bubba kicked out by D-Von still felt the need to come in and push Big E afterwards anyway! Xaiver started playing the Rocky theme which was pretty amazing!

The match ended in a disqualification after Xaiver broke up the pin. I think compared to all of the other great tag team title matches on PPV this year, this was one of the weaker ones. Felt more like a standard tag team match on RAW to be honest. The New Day, who had been petitioning to save the tables, then decided to get the tables themselves. It backfired, as Xaiver was put through a table with a 3D.

Nikki Bella (c) vs Charlotte for the Divas Championship. If Nikki got counted out or disqualified, she would lose the title

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Nikki worked on Charlotte’s leg throughout the entire match. This was similar to Sasha Banks working on Bayley’s hands at NXT TakeOver. The difference being that Sasha’s offense in that match was a lot more effective than Nikki’s here. There was a spot where Nikki jumped off the top rope just to chop block Charlotte, which I thought looked pretty daft. Brie Bella and Alicia Fox tried to pull away the ropes from Charlotte when Nikki had a Single Leg Boston Crab locked in. Nikki shouted at them, as she didn’t want to get DQ’d. This led to the brawl on the outside between Paige, Becky, Alicia and Brie.

Nikki tried to lift up Charlotte for what looked like an exploder suplex but she just dropped Charlotte and went for a cover. It ended up looking like Aksana’s finisher but worse. The finish was that Charlotte caught Nikki was a spear off the top. A great move in theory, but not pulled off too well in the match. Then Charlotte just locked in the Figure Eight Leg Lock and Nikki tapped out.

Out of ALL the ways the LONGEST REIGNING Divas title reign could have ended, it was like this? Charlotte did her signature and finisher and just won the match. You couldn’t have a few nearfalls or something? Charlotte couldn’t have kicked out of the Rack Attack? Nikki couldn’t have kicked out of the spear? You just made Nikki looked like crap because Charlotte got hardly any offense in until the finish. I thought this match was fine up until the finish.

Ric Flair was awesome in a backstage segment with Charlotte and the rest of PCB. It was a very touching moment with Ric calling her champ. A great-feel moment for the Charlotte.

“The Wyatt Family” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Luke Harper vs Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho

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I was reading a few articles before this match, with many people having high expectations for it. I wasn’t sure. I figured it would be a decent six man tag team match but I didn’t think it’d blow my mind or anything. Never really knew what to expect to be honest! Some dude jumped into the ring from crowd just before Reigns and Ambrose’s partner came out! WWE’s security really need to step up their game!

Chris Jericho was the third man to team with Reigns and Ambrose. I was not expecting this but I was more than OK with it! There’s actually a bit of continuity involved, as Jericho and Wyatt feuded last year. So the commentary’s speculation of it being someone that might have unfinished business with Bray Wyatt actually came to fruition!

It was a fun little six man tag team match. The match ended when Jericho passed out to Braun’s submission hold. I’m pleasantly surprised by the WWE’s decision to put the Wyatts over. I really didn’t think they would but I’m glad that they did. This was a very sound six man tag team match and I’m happy with the result. Probably the best match of this show up until this point.

Seth Rollins (c) vs John Cena for the United States Championship

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The fans started going a wave… IN THE MIDDLE OF A SETH ROLLINS VS JOHN CENA MATCH. Some fans can just wind you right up. I don’t mind wrestling fans having fun, but this is a very big match. It’s one thing to hijack a match like Sheamus vs Randy Orton which can get tiresome after so many matches, it’s another thing to hijack a match that was probably going to be the best match of the night.

Cena pulled off the sunset flip successfully this time. This was a really good match. A very nice back and forth match which saw Cena win the US Championship. This was no doubt the right decision by WWE. If Cena goes back to opening up the John Cena Open Challenge on RAW, I’m all for it.

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

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Sting went for the Scorpion Death Lock and Scorpion Death Drop right away but Rollins was able to get out of it. They battled outside for a while until Seth pushed Sting through the announce table which was quite a hard hitting spot. Sting went for a dive from the top onto Seth Rollins on the outside which got a “Holy Shit” chant. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop but Seth got his foot on the rope. It looked like the referee was going to call the match off when Sting got hurt from a powerbomb but it kept going. Sting locked in the Death Lock again but Seth got to the rope. Sting locked it in again but Seth countered it into a pin in order to win the match.

God damn, good match. Very good storytelling and the two put on a great match. I think it was for the best that Seth beat Sting clean, but I’m wondering how this will effect Sting in the long run. He’s now 0-2 in his WWE career. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Sheamus was looking to cash in and hit the Brogue Kick but was interrupted by the return of Kane. Kane turned his intentions to Rollins and hit  a chokeslam. Kane then hit the chokeslam on Sheamus. Kane hit the tombstone to end the show.

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I thought this was a really good ending to the PPV. I thought the PPV itself was good. There wasn’t anything really good other than Seth Rollins’ two matches. The six man tag team match was good. Everything was fine. Some of the finishes hurt a few of the matches. But, solid PPV. A very solid follow-up from Summerslam and a great ending.