The Shield Face Turn, The Undertaker and Bully Ray vs Bobby Roode

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Thomas Robinson, at your service. The Robinson Rumble column is back in full swing and in an very important time for wrestling. Wrestlemania XXX is fast approaching and the future of TNA has taken a completely different turn with a new authority figure taking the reins. With many things changing in such a short amount of time, this is as interesting time as ever in professional wrestling. In the Robinson Rumble NoDQ.com column I discuss the apparent face turn of the Shield, the return of The Underaker and the feud between Bobby Roode and Bully Ray. The link to the column is at the bottom of the blog and I’d really appreciate it if you guys could check it out!

Here’s a bit of a preview of my column about The Shield!

“The WWE are owed a very well deserved applause. We all sensed that some juicy drama was in place in regards to the Shield’s status in WWE. Having been beaten not once but twice by the Wyatt Family and having be dethroned as the top stable in WWE, we figured that this would lead to a clash between all three members at Wrestlemania XXX as the three would go their separate ways. However, following The Shield summit on SmackDown!, the Shield have a new mission… and a new sense of justice.”

Read on…

 

 

Assessing The Impact Of NXT

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NXT has definitely had a huge affect on the WWE with a number of NXT stars over the years becoming stars in the WWE. In my beloved “Robinson Rumble” NoDQ.com column, I look back at the stars of NXT that have become stars and assessing just how big a role NXT has had on the WWE.

Down here below is a sneak peak of the column and the link to the rest of the column is down below enjoy. Also while we’re on the subject of NXT, please read my review of NXT Arrival which the link for is here at THIS LINK! So what are you waiting for?

“NXT’s inception was intended to be WWE’s way of giving us a glimpse into the future of sports entertainment. We saw 8 “rookies” put through their paces in WWE with a chance to shine when the lights were on bright. Those 8 rookies became part of the Nexus group but the success of these stars didn’t stop there. We saw stars ascend to WWE stardom and many of those wrestlers are stars today.”

Read On…

 

Hulk Hogan Returning To WWE As The Host Of Wrestlemania 30!

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Guys, Hulk Hogan is back in business and in a NoDQ.com column I did today I talk about Hogan’s role at Wrestlemania 30 and what he can bring to the table. Link to the entire column is down below, but here’s a little sneak preview of the column below. Enjoy!

Today’s big news that many of us knew about but weren’t officially informed about has now been confirmed. At Wrestlemania XXX, not only will we see the likes of Batista, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker but we also see the event guest hosted by a very special individual. A man who’s pressed giants over his head and chopped mountains down with the edge of his hand. This man helped turned wrestling and WWE into a worldwide phenomenon so it’s only fitting that the “Immortal One” returns to the land of the immortals one last time as its special host. I’m of course talking about the Icon… Hulk Hogan… 

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2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… The Worst Of The Worst

I do believe these are the last three awards in the NoDQ.com awards for 2013. Let’s have them all in one post! To check out the rest of these posts click on the link below!

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WORST WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Nominees

  • Joseph Park
  • Eva Marie
  • The Great Khali
  • Garrett Bischoff
  • Wes Brisco
  • Ryback

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I’m not going to give this award to Joseph Park, because quite honestly all he’s doing is playing a gimmick. As Abyss, he’s a really good wrestler so for me to give him “Worst Wrestler Of The Year” award wouldn’t be right. I’m not going to give it to Garrett either because he is slowly improving and he seems to really want to improve which I kind of like. Also Ryback has been improving himself. Yeah, he’s not exactly the greatest worker in the world but he’s had some pretty good matches with the likes of Chris Jericho and even John himself in the Last Man Standing match. A lot of people forget how good that match was. Despite the wrestling world’s HATRED of Eva Marie, due to the fact that she’s only  months into her wrestling career I’m going to save her the dishonour of “worst wrestler of the year”. And the reason for this is because the worst wrestler of the year award belongs to the UNDISPUTED WORST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME…. THE GREAT KHALI!

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

  • Mark Henry vs. Ryback (Wrestlemania 29)
  • John Cena vs. The Rock (Wrestlemania 29)
  • Santino Marella and The Great Khali vs 3MB (9/27/13 Smackdown)
  • CM Punk vs. Ryback/Paul Heyman (Hell in a Cell)
  • Divas elimination match (Survivor Series)
  • Big Show vs. Randy Orton (Survivor Series)

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You know all these matches are all worthy contenders of being the shittest match of the year… AND NO SURPRISE ALL OF THEM CAME FROM WWE!

The divas match was going to be my pick, but I figured I’d save it the indignity of the award because they tried to redeem themselves the next night and improved it by 0.1%. Not trying to sound sexist or anything, but the fans did not care about the match so there was no-one being let down at Survivor Series by their shambolic display and the horrible botch with Natalya being the sole survivor.

My award goes to the match that shouldn’t have ever being booked – Big Show vs Randy Orton. The fact that Big Show found himself in the main event of a PPV like Survivor Series is ridiculous. Not to mention that he was put up against the life-zapping viper Randy Orton, who is like the worst opponent for Big Show to have. Yeah they had a good match at Extreme Rules, but this was just pure shocking for the fans to endure. 11 minutes of absolute garbage. The WWE should be ashamed that a PPV like that with a lot of eyes and attention towards it had to deal with these two in the main event. It was disgraceful to watch and this match is the worthiest contender of them all for WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR!

Winner: Big Show vs Randy Orton at Survivor Series

WORST OF PPV OF THE YEAR

  • Genesis
  • Night Of Champions
  • Battleground
  • Bound For Glory
  • Hell In A Cell
  • Survivor Series

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I really wish TLC was an option, so I could vote for that as the worst PPV of the year. The reason they’re not on is because NoDQ.com take the time from TLC 2012-Survivor Series 2013 into account, because no one could really nominate TLC for the award before they could even see it! There were so many things wrong with that PPV. I might actually do a blog post or something on that PPV, since I can’t vote for it for Worst PPV Of The Year.

Also, why are Genesis and Bound For Glory on this poll? Both of them PPVs were good. Bound For Glory under-performed but on its own it was better than WWE’s two PPVs in October combined. Genesis was a good one as well. A lot of people forget how good that PPV was. Here’s my blog post about it from January. I think the worst PPV from TNA was Lockdown but none of these PPVs are worthy of Worst PPV Of The Year.

I’m going to give it to Night Of Champions because that show was so uneventful. I mean the other WWE PPVs actually had some good matches. That’s why I never voted them…

  • Battleground had the hardcore match between RVD and Alberto Del Rio, and the tag match between Shield and The Rhodes
  • Hell In A Cell had the triple threat tag team match and Orton/Bryan was a slight improvement from previous matches
  • Survivor Series had the Survivor Series match and Roman Reigns being an absolute tank!

Night Of Champions was shocking. Just have a look at this review to see why it was the worst PPV of the year.

Winner: Night Of Champions

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… 2013 Babyface/Heel of the Year

Two birds, one stone. Wrestling fans, I’m Tom Robinson. In one post we will be examining the NoDQ.com awards for the Babyface of the year and the heel of the year.

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Let’s kick things off with the Babyface of the year…

Babyface Of The Year nominees are….

  • Daniel Bryan
  • John Cena
  • CM Punk
  • Chris Jericho
  • AJ Styles
  • Rob Van Dam

Now in order for me to decide which one of these was the babyface of the year, I have to decide which of these connected with the fans better, which of these got the better reactions and which of these did the best job at evoking the preferred reaction. Same rules apply to the heel of the year as well. And in my opinion, no-one has been more over with the fans than Daniel Bryan and Daniel knew all he had to do to get a reaction was shout “YES!”. As far as I’m concerned, Daniel Bryan wins this by a huge mile.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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Heel Of The Year nominees are….

  • Bully Ray
  • Triple H
  • Dixie Carter
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Paul Heyman
  • Stephanie McMahon

Same rules apply here. Which of these guys did the best job at trying to evoke the reaction they desired and who actually got the best heat out of the six? There are a bunch of great contenders here. Triple H can be a REALLY good heel on his best day, but having just turned heel once more in the summer he still needs to let loose. It feels like he’s holding back by trying to play his corporate role too much. Someone like Paul Heyman knows how to evoke fan reactions. I mean he helped CM Punk A LOT with the means of getting heat. I mean, for someone as popular as CM Punk face or heel, for Heyman to get Punk as much heat as he did was simply incredible. Paul was as incredible a heel this year as he is every other year. For me, Paul Heyman wins.

Winner: Paul Heyman

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

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Keep rollin’,  rollin’, rollin! My name is Tom Robinson and we continue with the NoDQ.com Awards list with Comeback Of The Year. The nominees are….

AJ Styles – The Phenomenal One missed the first couple of months of 2013, having taking a hiatus from TNA after losing a match which barred him from having a TNA World Title match until Bound For Glory. He returned in March, not choosing an allegiance of face or heel and just being a lone wolf in the battle between TNA and the Aces And Eights. AJ qualified for the Bound For Glory series after knocking off Kurt Angle and just made it to the final four of the tournament. AJ won the tournament after defeating Austin Aries in the semi-finals and Magnus in a final – securing a date with TNA World Champion Bully Ray at Bound For Glory.  AJ captured the world title at Bound For Glory. After winning the belt, AJ walked out of TNA and took the belt with him around the world.

Goldust – Goldust returned at the 2013 Royal Rumble in a one-time appearance, but was eliminated by his brother Cody. However, the brothers put their differences aside after Cody was fired from WWE in September. Goldust fought WWE Champion Randy Orton in an attempt to get Cody’s job back, but was unsuccessful. Goldust teamed with brother Cody to face The Shield at Battleground with not only their jobs on the line, but their father Dusty’s job on the line. Fighting for the family cause, the brothers defeated The Shield and would beat them again to capture the WWE Tag Team Titles! This was Goldust’s first title reign in more than 10 years!

Rey Mysterio – Rey Mysterio started off the year competing in the 2013 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated easily by Wade Barrett. Despite fighting hard to keep fit, his injury worries never seemed to stop this year. He missed the vast majority of 2013 with injury and it wasn’t until November when he returned to WWE television, helping the forces of light in the battle against The Wyatts and The Real Americans. But even then, he still seemed to be limping. Despite this, Rey has fought through the pain and the master of the 619 is back to stay from the looks of things!

Rob Van Dam – After leaving TNA following his loss of the X-Division Title, Van Dam found himself to be a free agent again after 3 years with TNA. But it wasn’t long until RVD made his long-awaited return to the WWE at Money In The Bank. And RVD showed no signs of slowing down as he showed he was still able to steal the show having some quality matches with the likes of Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio. While he finds himself not with the company right now, he might be set for a return in the near future!

Chris Jerich0 – At the start of the year, Chris Jericho shocked the world as he returned as entrant number 2 in the Royal Rumble. Having not been in action since August, Jericho showed no signs of ring-rust and was able to last 40+ minutes in the Rumble match. Jericho was able to make the final three of the Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber as well. While suffering a undeserved loss to Fandango at Wrestlemania, Jericho got his revenge at Extreme Rules with a mid-air codebreaker for the ballroom dancer. Jericho would leave again at July, but not without giving us some 5 star matches with CM Punk and a stellar match with Rob Van Dam on RAW!

Chris Sabin – In May, Chris Sabin returned to TNA after 24 months of injury rehabilitation. It had been a long road to recovery for Sabin, not to mention that his tag team partner Alex Shelley had left TNA during that period. But Sabin seemed stronger than ever as it took him a month after his return to win the X-Division Champion at Slammiversary. Sabin would cash-in the title for a World Title match with Aces And Eights leader Bully Ray on IMPACT. Defying the odds, Sabin continued the precedent set by Austin Aries the year before by cashing in the title to successfully win the World Title for the first time! While his reign did not last long, Sabin’s hunt for gold didn’t stop as he would go on to capture the X-Division Title again at Bound For Glory. Despite not being X-Division Champion anymore, Sabin has a new-found drive for glory in him and 2013 has been a year Sabin will never forget.

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This is a tricky one because each of the six contenders all have legit claims to the award.

  • AJ had been nowhere near the TNA World Title after he lost it 3 YEARS earlier. And out of nowhere, AJ seemed to be one of the biggest things going in wrestling let alone TNA!
  • Goldust coming back actually seemed like a legit comeback after so many years away from active wrestling. I mean not only that but he helped Cody got over and actually won his first title in 10+ years. Great year for him.
  • Rey Mysterio had been battling injury all year and there were many people (including myself) who had been encouraging Rey to call it quits and retire before he got himself REALLY hurt. But Rey was still persistent. Rey was still fighting for his career and now he’s back ready to prove us wrong.
  • Rob Van Dam’s comeback generated a lot of buzz because it had been like 4 years since he was in a WWE ring.
  • Chris Jericho’s comeback was a shocker and pull-off really well.
  • And Chris Sabin had been battling with injuries for 2 years and he came back and won the TNA World Title.RAW_1069_Photo_274_crop_north

So it is tricky to decide. Probably the hardest one to decide in my opinion. I’m going to go with Rey Mysterio purely because of the fact that Rey was still fighting after all of the injuries and the doubters saying he should retire. He’s still determined to keep his career alive and you have to respect that. I think the return itself was a bit flat, I think the story behind it did sway me. I wasn’t actually gonna pick Rey until I thought about his struggle to comeback and I think that will be everyone’s deciding factors.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

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

Evening wrestling fans, my name is Tom Robinson. Writer for the Armbar Express, WhatCulture!, and NoDQ.com! And we continue with this series of blog posts on the NoDQ.com awards with the NoDQ.com Faction Of The Year Award. The nominations are…

The Shield – Continuing their dominance that began in 2012, The Shield took down just about everyone there was to take down in WWE. John Cena, CM Punk, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show, Mark Henry. Even legends of the WWE like The Rock and The Undertaker have felt the wrath of The Shield’s justice. Everyone that’s anyone in WWE have recived The Shield’s version of justice and they are still a force to be reckoned with in WWE. Normally stables lose a lot of credibillity after their first loss, but not The Shield. They are still as strong as stable as they’ve always been, even with the competition from the Wyatt Family. Believe In The Shield!

The Authority – Cannot tell you how badly I loved the thought of another heel regime in WWE. When Randy Orton and Triple H  both turned heel at Summerslam and when them two alongside Stephanie and Vince McMahon the next night on RAW stood tall over Daniel Bryan, you could just tell it was the start of something special. Triple H and Stephanie have both been brilliant in this storyline as the power couple running WWE. So much so that Vince McMahon has had barely any influence in the storyline since Summerslam. It’s going great so far and with the “Director Of Operations” Kane and their hounds of justice The Shield, the Authority are in a great shape to go from strength to strength in 2014. Because that’s what’s best for business!

Aces And Eights – The dastardly Aces And Eights continued to raise havoc in TNA in 2013 having won access to TNA at Bound For Glory. While the Aces And Eights suffered from a terrible win/loss record at the start of 2013, the fans were still encapsulated with the storyline and who’s actually running it. Then the storyline hit its peak – when Bully Ray revealed himself as the leader of the group. When that happened, TNA started to make it seem like the group were actually taking over when they took over the website. It was such a great time to be watching TNA from January to June. However, things did turn south. Especially when the likes of DOC left the group and when Tito Ortiz joined the group. This led to the group’s death in November but it was still a great ride in TNA for the majority of The Aces And Eights’ run. Because when you ride with the Aces And Eights, you never walk alone!

The Wyatt Family – The Wyatt Family debuted on RAW in July after a considerable amount of success. After months of hype they began to make an impact in the WWE, taking out Kane and targetting the likes of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. They’ve even went toe-to-toe with The Shield! Led by the vision and incredible mic-skills of Bray Wyatt, the group can really start to shine when we hit 2014!

E.G.O – The trio of Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian formed an alliance to assure that one of them would win the Bound For Glory series. While neither of them won it, Bobby Roode came mighty close and the trio started off a great feud with Kurt Angle upon his return. The three have made us laugh in 2013 and if they’re still running in 2014, who knows what they could accompish?

Main Event Mafia – Here to fill the numbers is the reformed version of the Main Event Mafia! The group was formed by Sting to battle the Aces And Eights. While featuring main-event players like Sting, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe, they also had up-and-comer Magnus who has gained an awful lot out of his time there (as a matter of fact, check out my NoDQ.com column on Mangus which I wrote up today also!). Oh yeah, and there was Quinton “Rampage” Jackson also!

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Who should be faciton of the year. E.G.O. never made that much of an impact to be considered a contender in my opinion. The Main Event Mafia quite honestly was a load of dogs’ bollocks. The only member of that group that benefitted from it was the guy who had never been a TNA World Champion when he joined, Magnus. It seemed like a horrible return that shouldn’t have even happened. The Wyatt Family and The Authority were only introduced in the Summer and haven’t had time to establish themselves much yet. Which leaves us to the Aces And Eights and The Shield!

Now I was one of the Aces And Eights’ biggest defenders. I loved them in the first 6 months of 2013 and it really was a storyline which was really taking shape. However, it suffered such a terrible run from like July or so that it kind felt like an Old Yeller situation. It just needed to be ended sooner rather than later, and it should have ended at Bound For Glory but it never. I just think The Shield have been booked so well by WWE over the last year that they deserve to win this 10 times more than any of the other groups.

Winner: The Shield