WWE 2K16 FaM Pandora Review

NOTE: The following review has been written out of passion and respect for the writers and those that make FaM as big as it is. Forever A Movement has always been a league that cares passionately about the fans and this review will highlight some of the brilliance that FaM put together for their Pandora event as well as discussing some of the areas of the writing and booking that could possibly have been improved. The Armbar Express respects the efforts and the man hours that everyone involved with putting the show together puts in, and this is not by any means an attempt to slander the product. We do not wish for anyone to take these comments to heart, as this is simply the views of one fan who is looking forward to seeing Forever A Movement go from strength to strength. Please enjoy the review and feel free to tweet me @TomRobinson5199, @ArmbarExpress or leave me a comment with your thoughts on the show. I will appreciate the feedback on my work and I’m sure the boys at FaM will appreciate your honest thoughts on the future of the clan.

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WWE 2K17 arrived in October 2016, with WWE Games clan FaM saing goodbye to WWE 2K16. The game had previously hosted Survival and a few weeks of content including a Money in the Bank tournament, and had been good to FaM. Before they moved onto the new game though, the league decided to give its fans one last mega event on 2K16 with FaM Pandora.

The show would continue on from the shocking revelations at FaM Survival, building on the grand reveal of Rom Buster’s brother Ranik as the anonymous general manager, the real leader of the SES and the fourth founding member of FaM as a whole. Having destroyed Rom Buster at the end of Survival, putting the fear of god into BlackHeron and beating Gunnz in his FaM “debut,” his past disciple Andy Badwool was the only one left on Ranik’s hit list. In a match for control of FaM, the future of the league was interesting to wonder about as well as the fate of Pandora’s Box, the Money In The Bank briefcase and the FaM World title.

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Pandora stated with a grudge match between Cameron Bash and William Kingdom, a ladder match for the Money in the Bank briefcase. These two had beef with each other ever since FaMniversary III and had both been in a tournament, making it this far. This was the opening match of the show and by god, was this ever a great way to start off the show.

This was a fantastic ladder match, with both men taking the greatest of bumps onto the ladders. There was great brawling from the get-go. Bash did the Big E spear to the outside, which is not something that I’d encourage any wrestler to do in real life! I always fear the worst whenever Big E pulls this off. Bash would try again but Kingdom moved out of the way, resulting in Bash landing onto the big pile of ladders on the outside. It looked like it sucked for Bash on so many levels. They had Kingdom whip out some athleticism, including the handspring cutter that Lucha Underground’s Fenix would normally do.

Kingdom’s punishment to Bash included a small package brainbuster and a sit-out powerbomb on the ladders. Kingdom countered an attitude adjustment into a cutter on the outside. We had an absolutely awesome spot where Kingdom’s spear was countered into a spinebuster through the barricade. It was really executed in terms of the editing and the gameplay, and this looked really good. An innovative spot that FaM should be really proud of.

Kingdom somehow pulled off a coast-to-coast cannonball, which was pretty unbelievable. Kingdom seemed like the better man in this match, hitting the majority of the big moves in the battle. Kingdom caught Bash with a cutter in mid-air onto a ladder. The ending was really well done, with the drama being at its height with the two big men battling on top off the ladder. Kingdom went for a cutter from the top of the ladder but this was reversed into a Bash Bottom off the ladder instead. Bash grabbed the briefcase and won.

A fantastic way to start off the show with a drama-filled battle from start to finish. These two beat the living hell out of each other and even though Kingdom seemed like the better man in the match to me, it’s not like Bash was completely destroyed and then just picked up a fluke win. Kingdom had hit the cutter a few times and when he went for it again, Bash was able to see it coming and countered it. The finish made sense considering how personal this rivalry had become. I’d call it an overwhelmingly great end to the program between these two.

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Rom Buster took on Killswitch. I have all the respect in the world for Rom Buster in terms of the person himself that has done so much for FaM in order for it to evolve. He’s the ultimate worker and is extremely passionate about the product. The CAW himself has a great look and a great moveset. However, at the moment, his character right now is exactly the same as Dolph Ziggler’s character (his character up until No Mercy anyway). Dolph Ziggler’s character is the ultimate worker that puts on all these great matches but can never win. Rom Buster’s character is shockingly similar in the sense that he’s supposed to be one of, if not the, biggest star in FaM but yet he’s a big loser too.

Rom lost to Andy Badwool at FAMinversary II, Rom lost to Andy and BlackHeron at Survivor Series, he lost in the Royal Rumble, he lost to BlackHeron at FaMniversary III and he lost to Ranik at Survival. This dude is in all of the biggest matches and storylines, yet he’s failed to win in a lot of these big matches. He looks great in the ring but as a main-eventer, he’s had barely any success at all. I figured that maybe the plan was for Rom to eventually work his way through Betrayal and all the heels, eventually beating Ranik in the end which would have been great. Rom having to run through everyone that’s beaten him in the past and eventually facing of with Ranik at the end. Maybe he beats Killswitch and then Ranik forces Rom to fight both members of the Skilled Foundation, then Roberto, then BlackHeron, then Darin again and then 2TM and then it’s Ranik at FaMniversary or something. Some big plan which builds up both Rom and Ranik as unbeatable badasses which leads to a match where only one brother can win and rule FaM.

Instead, on the pay-per-view after Survival, Rom is beaten by his former tag team partner Killswitch. I can’t speak for the rest of the FaM viewers but it’s hard for me to feel sympathy for a guy who gets beat in every big match he’s in. He did get beat through shenanigans in this match but he did get beat clean by BlackHeron at FaMniversary and against Ranik at Survival. I don’t understand why Rom had to lose again. Why should I care about the guy after this? According to the storyline, he’s a loser who can’t win when it counts.

It’s very unlikely but in the off-chance that Rom’s done being in the main-event, fine. I have no problem with Killswitch winning if Killswitch is getting a push and Rom’s not in the main-event scene anymore. That’s fine. If the ultimate goal is for Rom to win control from Ranik, then I don’t think it helps Rom for him to lose against Killswitch.

The match itself was actually a good one. The finish saw an awesome spot where Killswitch went for a dive to the outside with Rom catchng Killswitch with an X-Ray. That was one of the spots of the night. Rom brought him in the ring to finish him off. The lights went out and Rom was taken out by a man in a hoodie with a chair. Killswitch hit the Super Switchback and won. It was revealed that the man that took out Rom was Sander, formerly of the SES. A SES Civil War actually sounds appealing in the middle of this conflict with Rom. If the plan is for Rom to be out of the main-event picture for a while, which it probably is with the stipulation of Rom not getting another crack at Ranik if he lost, then I have no problem with this.

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BlackHeron challenged Deaths Angel for the CyberFaM Championship in a steel cage match as selected by the fans. Let me just give you a brief run down of this championship history and explain why Deaths Angel is currently the champion. Cameron Bash, who was the rightful champion, gave up the title as he was in pursuit of the World title instead. Deaths Angel lost in a world title match at Survival. Bash GAVE the CyberFaM championship to Deaths Angel, actually GAVE Deaths Angel this belt. Deaths Angel didn’t win this championship. Bash basically said “I feel sorry for you so here’s my belt while I move onto a different title.” That’s one thing, especially when the heels were apparently so outraged by this. Ranik and Darin were so outraged by this that they somehow forgot that they can surely veto this title transcation or at least force them to have a match as they’re RUNNING the company?

So Deaths Angel is the champion. He defended the title against BlackHeron. They have this match in the cage. BlackHeron beat the crap out of Deaths Angel. He german suplexed him off the top of the cage. BH tried his Black and Gold Powerbomb but Deaths Angel countered with a Yoshi Tonic in a clever spot. BH finally gave him the Black and Gold Powerbomb for a nearfall. Deaths Angel superkicks BlackHeron for a near fall. Deaths Angel knocks BlackHeron down in the battle on top of the cage. Deaths Angel is on top of the cage. Rather than escaping with the title, he tried a HURRICANRANA off the top of the cage. BH catches him, hits the powerbomb and pins him to win the championship.

So not only was Deaths Angel given a championship that he didn’t even earn, he lost that championship after being stupid and jumping off the cage. Rom claimed that Deaths Angel wanted to jump in order to make sure of the victory and to put BH away for good. So apparently, a HURRICANRANA is the best way to do that?

I always hated it whenever a wrestler is about to win a cage match and jumps, especially in a match like this. If you’re in a heated rivalry like the Edge/Matt Hardy cage match from Unforgiven 2005, that’s one thing. This was a random mid-card title match between BlackHeron and Deaths Angel. Didn’t seem like the intensity was high enough for a spot like that.

As this was all confusing enough with the CyberFaM title, things got even more confusing.

BlackHeron celebrated with the championship when of course, Darin buzzed in. He wanted to make sure that the title was firmly within their grasps. Therefore, he ordered that BlackHeron LAY DOWN for him and basically hand the title over to him. Darin came down and BlackHeron allowed Darin to pin him and win the title.

So for the record, the title was vacated by Cameron Bash and given to Deaths Angel for no reason, BlackHeron beat him for the title and now DARIN won the title after BlackHeron laid down for him. Again, with all due respect to Forever A Moment, this title seems so meaningless to me right now. Perhaps a strong Darin title reign could change that.

With that said, this was a pretty good cage match.

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It was supposed to be Sledder, Darin, Nic Virtue and Gunnz in a four kings ladder match for Pandora’s Box. Sledder’s theme was a cover of Voodoo Child and was a pretty damn great one. Ranik buzzed in as it was time for Gunnz to come and talked about how he beat him and what Rafazo did to him. Ranik informed us that Gunnz would not be involved and that his replacement would be Betrayal member Roberto. Gunnz being out of the match was not something I was particular fond of as he would fit in really well in a match like this.

The rules of the match were as followed. This started as an elimination match, with only two men being allowed in the ring at one time. The ruling was that you could enter the match if somebody else was thrown out of the ring or made their way to the outside. No need for a tag-in although Darin and Roberto were tagging each other in as normal. There was an awesome use of this rule when Nic was looking for a dive on Darin on the outside when Roberto cut him off with a huge clothesline. Simple but effective!

Nic Virtue got the hot tag in this match were you didn’t need to tag in order to get involved. Nic hit the superkick to eliminate Roberto. It was at this point when it was made clear that this part of the match was no disqualification. With this in mind, Roberto hit the choke bomb on Sledder and Darin tapped the sheriff out with a STF.

The final part of the match between Nic Virtue and Darin was the ladder match portion of the match. Despite this, Darin tapped out Nic with a STF. Darin hit an insane alley oop on Nic into the ladder and breaking it. That was crazy. Nic did a diving crossbody from the top of the ladder. In one of the best spots of the night, Nic went for a dive but was cut off when Darin threw the steel steps at him and caused him to crash into the ropes. The way that was executed was really well done and Nic’s landing actually made it more effective than it probably should have been. A very well-worked spot from the gamers.

Darin speared Nic through the same barricade that Kingdom was spinebustered through. Rom was on top form in terms of fixing all of the broken barricades at Pandora! They took all kinds of moves on the ladder like Bash and Kingdom in the first match, including a back suplex off the top of a ladder and onto another ladder. Nic superkicked Darin a few times and eventually put him away for good with an elbow drop from the top of the ladder and through the announce table. Nic grabbed Pandora’s Box and was the winner.

Nic Virtue was probably the best option to win this match, although I would have loved a Gunnz victory. Nic is pretty much over with the FaM fan base and has been promoted as a star ever since Survival. I can imagine the FaM live chat popping for this victory and Nic did look really good in this match. He came off as a star and he did some great work with Darin. Roberto and Sledder was just there, not really being major factors in the match. I can’t help but feel as if this would have been better if Darin and Nic just had a regular match. Their ladder match battle was really well done and the drama was there. A thumbs up for the match for Pandora’s box.

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We had the Diamonds Championship match with Middlesbrough’s own Elle facing a mystery opponent. Ranik buzzed in, which was actually pretty important considered what happened at the end of the show. Ranik put over Elle, which was actually surprising as the cold-blooded monster Ranik put over the top female babyface in the company! He claimed that BlackHeron’s girlfriend Eve was never meant to be in the Diamonds match at Survival. He buried her and called her BlackHeron’s crown jewel. Ranik suspended Eve for the forseeable future which was a fine way to get Ranik heat, even though he was suspending a heel (probably a babyface now). Ranik introduced Elle’s opponent who apparently trained under Ranik. Her opponent was Vikel, who had a Russian gimmick. She was the female Rusev and this match further solidified this comparison as she wrestled almost exactly like Rusev!

This wasn’t a complete squash as Elle got some shots in but Vikel nearly dominated this match. There was a class spot where Elle went for a dive but was caught with an uppercut on the outside. Again, the match editors were on top of their game with the matches and some of the spots. Vikel threw her around the ring. She hit several powerbombs on Elle, being a clear shot at BlackHeron. Elle actually got a near fall off a top rope victory roll. Vikel hit the Dominator and won the title. As far as putting over a new star in one match, this was a sound way to do it. Vikel looked great in this match. My only concern at this point in the show was that all the heels held the gold in FaM, which would be rectified later on in the show. A sound showing from the women.

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Tom Cushnie was backstage, trying to win favour with the don that runs the Mafia stable in FaM. Tom wanted revenge on Gore and Perkins after they beat him up at Survival. Tom eventually got the don’s attention when he claimed that Gore and Perkins called them “fake Italians” which is the ultimate insult to the Mafia. The Don agreed to help out and they hatched a plan.

The WWE Gaming YouTubers had a six man over-the-top-rope battle royal gauntlet, with the winner getting a FaM Global title shot in a regular match right after the gauntlet. I’ve really not been a fan of the usage of WWE YouTubers in FaM, although I did enjoy the FaM vs YouTube gauntlet from Survival. To be honest, I enjoy a lot of the content from YouTubers like TonyPizzaGuy, Gore and Perkins, ItsMyYard and SmackTalks. On this show however, I hated all of the YouTubers’ characters on this show. I hated their involvement and how they were utilised here. I don’t want to knock their involvement too much as I do understand why FaM have these YouTubers on their shows but the YouTubers being there does nothing for me in terms of getting me excited about the show. I’m not going to be more likely to watch it if TubbyEmu’s there for example, not that I have anything against TubbyEmu.

The match had managers accompany the YouTubers to ringside, giving us even more YouTubers and people on the screen. Element was #1 and was accompanied by BigRedNY, with his story being that he had to work his way through the YouTubers in order to get a rematch for the title he challenged for at Survival. The first opponent for Element and the second entrant in the match was supposed to be MrBigShowOff with TheGreatOne as his manager. However, TheGreatOne jumped MrBigShowOff before the match began. Somehow, this allowed TheGreatOne to take his place in the match. When has it ever became cool for someone to be able to just attack somebody on the ramp and take their spot in a match? TheGreatOne attacked him and was just simply given the OK to replace him? At least when Erick Rowan jumped Curtis Axel in the Royal Rumble in 2015, it was made clear that Rowan had not entered the match himself.

In the end, this all didn’t matter as TheGreatOne was eliminated in about a minute. The third entrant in the match was 101Gaming, who was accompined to the ring by ItsMyYard and his many dummies. Yard’s big dummy took out Big Red on the outside. Another dummy jumped Element in the ring. In the end, all of this dummy shenanigans didn’t matter as Element eliminated 101Gaming after they fought for a little bit. Why was 101Gaming even there when that portion of the match was clearly designed for Yard to show off his dummies?

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SmackTalks was #4 in the match. He blindsided Element with a springboard dropkick. This was actually a pretty sweet exchange, with a superb little sequence which ended with an enziguiri from SmackTalks. We actually got a bit of action when, of course, more shenanigans took place. A graphic appeared in the middle of the match and it distracted SmackTalks enough for Element to eliminate him. So even when SmackTalks entered the ring, who was awesome in the FaM vs YouTube match, we had to have another random angle in this match?

Perkins from Gore and Perkins was #5 in the match. Of course, due to the segment with the Don and Tom Cushnie from earlier, we had to have even more interferences and shenanigans. Muff E and Puma jumped Gore and Big Red, who was still outside as Element had not been eliminated. Mr Sicko eliminated Perkins from the match, meaning that Element had “went through” four different men in this match. Gore and Perkins took out Sicko with a Gore and a Brainbuster.

So let’s recap this match. At this point, Element had “beaten” four men in a row without barely breaking a sweat. Either he’s destroying these YouTubers or they’ve been eliminated due to the actions of somebody else. The entire “YouTube Division” of FaM has been made to look like fools. Element is one win away from the Global Title shot that he’s been after since Survival. Up next is Grim’s Toy Show with Duhop. After four matches, Element climbs over the top rope and eliminates himself.

Rom, at commentary, explains that the worn out Element selflessly eliminated himself in order to give the fresh Grim a fighting chance against CMPulse. They make it clear that Element doesn’t care who wins, as long as Pulse is no longer the champion. He has “too much honour” to fight Pulse when he’s not 100%. Think about this for a minute. He’s so honourable and such a fighting warrior that he GAVE UP when he was at a disadvantage? When push came to shove, he really couldn’t be bothered to fight anymore after a rather easy time with the YouTubers?

Not to mention, it was stated by Rom that the YouTube Division as a whole hates Pulse and doesn’t want him as the champion. Well if they want to make sure that at least Pulse isn’t the champion, why don’t they all work together by eliminating themselves so Element can face Pulse as fresh as a daisy? Why try to beat up Element and hurt his chances of winning?

So Grim was basically given the match with Pulse for the belt. They fought for a while when Darin buzzes in once again, making the match no disqualification. A massive brawl broke out with TonyPizzaGuy, CMPulse, Element and BigRed. TubbyEmu made an appearance. At the end of the day, Grim hit a 450 and won the match. Despite all that had happened, this was a good-feel moment especially when every other title at this point was held by a heel. Seeing a babyface win a title brought a lot of joy at the end of a hectic, messy YouTuber deal which is a concept I never want to see again.

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They discussed the FaM review competition, with the winner being featured on FaM programming with the possibility of being a full-time member of the show like Rafazo. Thank you again to FaM for the cheeky mention during this! Even though I’m coming off as the biggest hater of FaM with the criticism of that last match, I do respect the efforts of the clan and I do love a lot of aspects about the product. Everyone involved with FaM, including the fans, are all passionate about the show and that’s what makes FaM stand out among the many CAW leagues around. So thanks again, and be sure to get involved with the review competition if you haven’t yet. I think there may be still time to crack out a video review which I’m sure the lads will appreciate!

2TM defended the FaM World Heavyweight Championship against Anarchymus. I’m a strong believer of the titles being the most important things in wrestling. I think the FaM title should be what the show is centred around and treating them with prestige and care. For the last five years or so, its mostly been about whose running the show as the leaders of FaM. As far as protecting the titles, this was not my kind of show. Up until this point in the show, we’d seen Vikel squash Elle to win a championship, we’d seen Darin force BlackHeron to lie down for him so he can win a championship and we’d seen Element destroy four men and then WALK AWAY from a championship opportunity. Anarchymus being in this FaM World title match didn’t help matters.

To be honest, the FaM world title match not being in the main-event hurts the image of the title anyway. However, let’s recap how Anarchymus got this title shot in the first place. Anachymus came out before Pandora and cut a promo about wanting to win a championship. 2TM buzzed in and said “hey, I’ll give you a shot at my title at Pandora.” Everyone was cool with it. This was the entire build for a FaM World Championship match at a pay-per-view. At least Deaths Angel won a 20 man gauntlet on the previous pay-per-view in order to get a shot at 2TM at Survival. Anarchymus didn’t have to do anything. It’s not like 2TM said he’d give him a shot if Anarchymus beat this guy or this many guys. He basically just got the title shot for asking politely.

To add more fuel to this fire, D.N.A even noted during the match that Anachymus shouldn’t even be in this match as he got pinned in the FaM vs YouTuber match at Survival AND HE WAS RIGHT. I do like Anarchymus and I’m sure I noted in the Survival review that he should be a bigger star than he is. Throwing him in this title match out of the blue just doesn’t seem the right way to do it.

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We had the match, which was actually a pretty fine bout. 2TM did the Kevin Owens tease when he went for a dive then simply rolled out of the ring to beat up Anarchymus. These two beat the hell out of each other with Anarchymus kicking out of the Twisted Reaction. This was a hard-hitting match, with a number of hard clotheslines, piledrivers and suplexes being dished out. Anarchymus then took over and hit his finisher when the Skilled Foundation came out. Then Anarchymus was able to take out both members of the tag team on his own. I’m not sure if this was more of an effort to make Anarchymus look really strong or to complete destroy the credibility of the Skilled Foundation. I usually wouldn’t have this much of a problem with one babyface beating two heels except for the fact that he beat up the TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS on his own. I get wanting to put over the number one contender for the world title but did he need to destroy the tag team champions? Anachymus looked great up until this point anyway.

2TM jumped in to make it a three-on-one advantage to the heels when the Resurgence came out. The Resurgence, who the Skilled Foundation beat to win the tag titles, took out the champions out with a double dive to the outside which looked sweet and well choreographed. 2TM busted open Arnachymus with a chair and then hit the Twisted Reaction to retain the title. I enjoyed this match. It was sort of like the AJ Styles/Roman Reigns matches where the Usos and the Club ran in and I liked that dynamic here. I don’t think Anarchymus got over as a main-eventer in my eyes with this match but he looked pretty good. Again, it didn’t do him any favours to just get the title shot out of nowhere but he hung in there with 2TM and looked solid. An enjoyable world title match.

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Thanks to TheWolfMonster for this lovely bit of fan art of Andy Badwool from their DeviantArt page

Ranik put his FaM leadership on the line against Andy Badwool. Here’s the thing I’ve really enjoyed about this Ranik fella being around. In FaM, there always seems to be a certain match-type where a lot of the matches are structured the same. These Ranik matches are so unique in their delivery, their structure, their pacing and their purpose. These matches are must-see in the same way that a Brock Lesnar match is a must-see. It separates him from everybody else, which will make the future of FaM seem interesting with the angle of who can stop Ranik.

We got the next challenger to Ranik’s throne in Andy Badwool. This was a no holds barred match and the match started with Ranik hitting a catapult punch to Andy! Ranik laid into Andy with punches and Andy was bleeding like twenty seconds into the match. Andy went for a GTS but Ranik countered it into one of his own. Andy went outside for a chair but Ranik simply hit a suplex. It tells you something about how unique a match is when the BABYFACE is so desperate that he needs to grab a weapon first. Both men traded spinebusters and Ranik even hit the balling elbow, being a call-back to the initial FaM intro video where Ranik is doing the same thing. Andy hit a pedigree but Ranik was able to kick out at one. Andy battered Ranik with a chair and then hit a Badwool Driver onto the chair. This got a two count but it was not like a near fall or a false finish or anything. Andy hit the move and Ranik got his shoulder up as soon as the referee said two. I honestly thought when I saw that move hit that Ranik had kicked at one!

Ranik did an awesome electric chair into a german suplex. Andy hit the Death Valley Driver for a near-fall. Ranik hit a Sleeping Pill but he was not content with simply gaining the pin. He went to the outside, set up a table and set fire to it. Andy cut him off and hit a suplex from the top turnbuckle to the outside and through the flaming table. In one of the greatest no-sells in FaM history, Ranik gets up from GOING THROUGH A FLAMING TABLE, he takes a GTS from Andy… and simply hits the End Of Days and pins Andy.

I love how dominant and over-powered Ranik was in this match. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s been a tremendous addition to the FaM roster so far and the idea of Ranik going through the rest of the roster until a hero rises up and is able to beat him is fine with me.

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Ranik cut a promo after the match and granted revenge for the people backstage that wanted to beat up Andy. 2TM, BlackHeron and Darin all came out to put the boots to Andy. 2TM beat up Andy, BlackHeron grabbed the chair which wrapped around Andy’s ankle. Darin went to the top rope and BH caught him and hit the Black and Gold Powerbomb. In the first time in what seems like forever, it seems that BlackHeron is a babyface in FaM.

Ranik buzzed in and talked about BlackHeron making the biggest mistake of his life. BlackHeron ran backstage as it was revealed that Eve was out cold in the back. BH went to her and since backstage segments in FaM are usually done with WWE 2K14, BH’s attire dramatically changed into his old 2K14 gear! BlackHeron supposedly borrowed a clothes beam from Dragon Ball Z’s Piccolo! I loved that!

Ranik attacked him from behind and put him through the window. In the ring, Andy laid out 2TM with the Badwool Driver and left. This then brought out Mr Money In The Bank Cameron Bash. Bash cashed in and won the FaM World Heavyweight title. At least they ended the show by showcasing the FaM World title and allowing a good-feel moment to end the show as the babyface became the new champion.

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As negative as I seemed for a few matches, this was overall a great show to sit through. I thought the structure of the whole show was good, I thought the editing of the matches were as slick as ever and the show didn’t seem to drag that much, despite being four hours long. The opening match and the main-event are both must-see matches in my eyes, going down as some of my favourite FaM matches of all time. All the babyfaces winning the Money In The Bank, Pandora’s Box and the FaM World title are all great decisions by the company, and it looks like the guard is changing in FaM. I complained about Rom Buster getting beat but it looks with the majority of title holders having come into the company in the last few years, the future looks bright. The main FaM storyline is really exciting at the moment and that should be the key focus over everything. FaM put on a fine little match to say farewell to 2K16. Roll on WWE 2K17!

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WWE Announces 2016 Brand Split And SmackDown! Goes Live

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here with the Armbar Express. BIG NEWS coming from the WWE, with the official announcement that the WWE brand split is coming back. RAW and SmackDown! will once again receive different and unique rosters, with SmackDown! also additionally becoming a permanent live show on Tuesday nights. This may be obvious, but there’s a lot to talk about with regards to this news and we’ll delve right into all of the speculation regarding how many titles we’ll have, who’s going where and the reasons for the brand split in the first place.

Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer, addressed this on the Wrestling Observer Live radio show I believe. He explained that one of the main reasons for WWE bringing back the brand split is to help generally increase television ratings, particularly on SmackDown! With SmackDown! previously being taped, the incentive to watch it dropped as wrestling fans could simply read what happened online and lose interest to actually see the show as it airs. This was obviously a big reason for why the decision was made to make it a live show. Jerry Lawler hinted at SmackDown! going live earlier on in the year and now, it’s actually happening.

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This picture was already clearly painted with the announcement made by Stephanie and Shane McMahon, but it is expected that Stephanie and Shane will run each show separately. The interesting thing is that both of them are reportedly expected to be babyface authority figures at first, which is a very unique direction for this brand split. Past brand splits usually saw one brand with the babyface authority figure and one with the heel authority figure. When the first brand split started, Ric Flair (the babyface) controlled RAW while Vince McMahon (the heel) controlled SmackDown! When the general managers were introduced, Stephanie ran SmackDown! as a babyface and Eric Bischoff ran RAW as a heel. Having two babyfaces controlling the show is different and it is a fresh change from the dictatorship we’ve seen since August 2013. I’m not sure whether it is wise to have BOTH brands being run by babyfaces. The purpose of having two different shows and a brand split is to make the audience seem like both shows are unique, in talent and in storylines. I could see why at this stage, they wouldn’t want Stephanie to be a heel going forward. With her upcoming memoirs, it is understandable why the WWE want Stephanie to be perceived better by the public. Turning Shane is possible, but Shane is still a popular babyface authority figure. That would be a hugely risky endevour. I would suspect that if there’s going to be any heel authority figure around, it will be Triple H.

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There are two big names earmarked for being the top guys on both shows, with John Cena and Roman Reigns ruling the roosts. No surprises here. Which superstar will go where is a big question. If the WWE are still banking on Roman Reigns, they may want to keep him on RAW and portray him as the top guy on the main show. However, it is possible that WWE would want John on RAW to get the RAW ratings right back up. John’s got a better ratings track record than Roman, so it would make sense. If Roman is also on SmackDown!, then there’s a lot less pressure on him to succeed on the “B show.”

An interesting note which came out is that it’s not a sure thing that Brock Lesnar will end up on RAW. I wouldn’t have assumed that Brock would be on RAW either as he appeared on SmackDown! a few times in the build up to WrestleMania. I think it is better for Brock to be on RAW than SmackDown! as he does do wonders to the ratings on that show. It’ll be interesting to see where all the part-timers go.

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There is reportedly a plan in place for two world championship in the WWE, one for each show. A lot of people will argue that there should be one main belt but I personally think that you’ve got enough diversity for their to be one for each brand. I argued way back before the titles were re-unified that the roster had become too integrated in order for two world titles to be around. Now though, you have enough talent to be able to keep these two shows separated. Now everyone can have their chance at each of the titles.

The one thing which will initially drive me nuts I think is the proposed idea that the Women’s Champion would be on both shows. I kind of agree with this as there’s not enough depth on the women’s side of things to be able to do two titles. However, I am very much against the idea of seeing Charlotte on both shows. To see her this much would really drive people away, knowing that all you’ll get in women’s angles from now on is just her. I don’t think she’s talented enough to able to undertake that kind of responsibility and pull it off. If Sasha Banks wins the title shortly afterwards, it’d be much more tolerable I think.

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So another big question is when the date of the draft will be? It’s highly expected at the moment that the draft lottery/selection will take place on the July 11th edition of RAW, which will be taking place in Detroit. Funnily enough, it’s a show that’s currently scheduled to feature Brock Lesnar.

I actually think that this makes a lot of sense, considering that this will follow the July 4th edition of RAW, with reportedly a lot of belief within the company that the July 4th edition will see a serious decline in viewers in a similar fashion to a lot of the past Christmas episodes. It’ll be good for them to want to show off a huge increase in the ratings for this big draft, and I think the ratings will be quite huge for this one.

It’s actually interesting, as it’s been reported that a lot of the talent were taken back by this. According to sources, they have no idea what’s going on or where they’ll even end up in the draft. This wouldn’t be the first time, as a lot of the wrestlers had no idea about the draft selections in the past. I remember the 2008 draft, when Jim Ross was drafted to SmackDown! He blogged about it the next day, saying that he had no idea beforehand. This draft may end up causing a lot of morale issues backstage, especially if certain acts are split up. I don’t think acts like the New Day will be broken up, but maybe some of the smaller teams could be done. I can even see a team like Enzo Amore and Big Cass being broken up. They’ve surprised us in the past.

Lastly, Vince McMahon is said to be “really pumped” about the brand split and I’m pretty much pumped up too. I remember blogging about bringing back the brand split last year and how much good it’ll do. Do go back and check it out at this link as there’s a lot of advantages to this.

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Overall, great news for the future of WWE in my opinion. Short term hard work for a long term gain, as Jim Ross once said. What do you think of the news? Tweet at me @TomRobinson5199 or the @ArmbarExpress, or leave a comment below.

 

#CancelWWENetwork Trends After Fastlane 2016 – Thoughts and Reactions

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NOTE: The following post was written before the Monday Night RAW after Fastlane.
How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here with an initial post-Fastlane reaction to #CancelWWENetwork trending on Twitter following the main event of the show. For those of you that want to know what happened, Roman Reigns won the triple threat match to earn a WWE World title shot at Wrestlemania 32 against Triple H. This caused major upset among the WWE universe as the #CancelWWENetwork hashtag trended.
This is not the first time that the hashtag has trended on Twitter. If you’ll recall, last year’s Royal Rumble ended with Roman Reigns going over and the hashtag causing the subscription cancellation page for the network to crash. I don’t think the hashtag will cause a backlash of that degree in this case. It did cause WWE to change plans for the finish of Wrestlemania 31 before, but I don’t think it’ll make a bit of difference this year. As it turned out, the amount of people that actually went through with unsubscribing to the network was very small. On Twitter, people have been posting pictures of themselves actually cancelling their subscriptions. However, I don’t think the amount will actually make a lot of difference to WWE as the subscription numbers will rise for Wrestlemania anyway.
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I’ll admit that I haven’t watched Fastlane yet and I probably won’t until later on in the week. The thing about Fastlane was that it’s gotten very mixed reviews. On Twitter, I’ve seen a lot of negativity about the pay-per-view. However, I’ve spoken to a lot of fans that have said the pay-per-view was actually “solid” and that the main event was actually great until the finish.
Again, I haven’t seen the pay-per-view yet. The thing is if the pay-per-view was bad and then they went with the finish they did with Roman going over, I could understand the frustrations of the fans. They want to see a good product and if they don’t get it, they’re not going to let their frustrations build inside of them. I remember being furious at WWE for the 2015 Royal Rumble, mostly because of how it was booked. That’s one of those moments where I truly believe that the backlash received was justified because of how bad the show was. For Fastlane though, it seems that the backlash is mostly because of Roman going over and the finish which I think is a bit extreme.
If the main event was good, AJ vs Jericho was good and the rest of the pay-per-view was fine, to call the pay-per-view bad because of who won the main event seems a bit much. It seems a bit much because what exactly did you think was going to happen at Fastlane? Did anyone honestly think that Brock Lesnar was going to win last night? No. Brock Lesnar vs Triple H for the title at Mania was just not going to happen. There’s a lot of people who were probably thinking that Dean might win the match, but I didn’t think so. Brock Lesnar laid him out over and over again on RAW and SmackDown! and Dean dropped the Intercontinental title on RAW. Dean was nowhere near booked well enough for a Wrestlemania main-event push. The expectation was that Dean was going to be the one that got pinned or submitted to protect Roman and Brock, and that’s exactly what happened. Did anyone really think that the finish of the Fastlane main event WASN’T going to be Roman Reigns pinning Dean Ambrose to win the match?
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WWE being predictable is not my cup of tea. However, the company also has a clear vision of what they want the main event of Wrestlemania to look like. It was always going to be Roman Reigns vs Triple H. If they have a plan, it’s better that they stick with it and promote that match to the best of their ability rather than come up with a new plan at the last minute. If they put Dean in there with little personal animosity with Triple H beforehand, it wouldn’t make any sense when taking every other storyline in the last year into account. If you start it off with Roman Reigns, you might as well end it with Roman Reigns.
The issue last year with Roman is that the guy wasn’t over to the level of his push. This year, he is nearly over to that level. He is not in Stone Cold Steve Austin territory or anything crazy like that. However, he’s at least making a lot more progress than last year. That tells you something. It has not been that great for Roman since this year’s Royal Rumble but that’s the problem with booking Roman against two of the most popular wrestlers on the roster for a title match at Wrestlemania.
I’ve written about this for SLTD Wrestling a few times now. I was disapproving of the main event of Fastlane because of the reason mentioned earlier. I was disapproving of the main event of Triple H vs Roman Reigns for Wrestlemania because I didn’t think it should have been for the WWE World title. However, I at least admire WWE’s attempts of having a plan and sticking to it. It was better than throwing Dean Ambrose into the mix all of a sudden or throwing Brock Lesnar into the mix. I wish they had went a different way for a main event of Wrestlemania. For what they’re doing though, they’re not doing a too terrible job at promoting up the match.
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I just don’t see what the fans were expecting from Fastlane. They gave you a seemingly good show but it’s still deemed a failure over how the main event played out?
It’s an interesting situation. I don’t see any plans for Wrestlemania changing because of this but it is bad news for Roman in terms of how he’s perceived by the fans. It’ll be interesting to see how WWE will try to turn this around.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

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

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Triple H: I AM SHAO KAHN!

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

 

 

The Shield vs The New Age Outlaws and Kane

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This isn’t gonna end well…

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

 

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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

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

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

 
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

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

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

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

 

Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

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

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

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

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Trust me, this actually happened….

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

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

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

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

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What a meme this is going to be…

 

The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Rumble 2013: John Cena vs The Rock II At Wrestlemania 29… Why?

Really WWE?

Really WWE?

April 4th 2011. The Rock And John Cena Agree To Fight Each Other At Wrestlemania 28, which I don’t have a problem with. It’s one of them bona-fide dream matches, and the fact that they made the match “Once In A Lifetime”. I am actually one of the few people actually amped up for the match.

April 1st 2012. The match doesn’t disappoint. I actually thought the match was worth the year-long wait. And amazingly, The Rock won. Not exactly certain how him winning was gonna help anyone, but what’s done is done.

April 2nd 2012. One of the greatest Raws I’ve ever seen kicked off by The Rock declaring that he has a goal… to become WWE Champion. Alright, I’m content with that. If they had The Rock like win the Royal Rumble and face the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania or something. That’d make sense since he’d earn his WWE Title shot.

July 23rd 2012. The Rock shows up on RAW 1000 and says he’s been given a title shot at the Royal Rumble against whoever the WWE Champion at that time. Not exactly happy that Rock just got given a title shot without any justification, but with CM Punk laying Rock out at the end of RAW 1000, and feud between them two, and Rock putting CM Punk over would have been been really good for Punk and establish as one of the all-time greats in WWE right? Right?

January 27th 2013. Our worse fears are realized. Not only does The Rock win the WWE Title and make CM Punk look really bad while doing it, John Cena wins the Royal Rumble. This sets up Rock vs Cena II at Wrestlemania 29.

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WWE… What are you doing?

Are you serious?

Considering that the CM Punk vs The Rock match has been building ever since July, the match we saw on Sunday was a HUGE let down. It started off rather well. Well placed. Seeing Heyman involved was a treat too. OK, the announce table spot was botched, but the match could have still had a great finish. But that’s not what happened. It was the most abrupt ending. And the match was too short considering the John Cena vs The Rock match was 30 minutes long. It wasn’t exactly the classic match I was expecting. Cena and Rock put on a better match than this. Not really worth the wait. Apparently, there will be a rematch for the WWE Championship, and it’s not real surprise who’ll win that, I just hope it’s an improvement on this match.

That’s not even the thing that pissed me off about last night. John Cena winning and easily eliminating Ryback pissed me off. I mean if Rock is gonna drop the belt at Wrestlemania, why drop it to an established superstar like John Cena? Why did Cena get the win? Don’t they realize how over Ryback would have gotten if he won the rumble and beat Rock? This company had the opportunity of a lifetime to turn Ryback into the next top guy in WWE, and they fucking blew it. Ryback needed to win last night. And what’s worse is that it wasn’t even like a Shield interference that eliminated him. Super-Cena easily threw him over the top rope. WTF? Bullshit. I’m not a Cena hater btw, but dammit! Cena didn’t need that win last night.

Sure, I get why Cena won. Cena needs a return victory from their match at Wrestlemania 28, but why at Wrestlemania 29? It’s the same main event 2 Manias in a row. If Cena would have won a rematch in the Royal Rumble/Summerslam or something, that’d would be a good set up for a 3rd match at WM29 or something, if you get what I mean. The thing is, WWE have now made the main event of Wrestlemania 29,one of the most predictable match in history, and they screwed themselves over, because the revenue from Mania 29 is not gonna be that great, because a lot of people will expect Cena to win that match. Why would people want to waste money seeing the same match they saw a year ago?

To be honest, I’m not that big on Rock only showing up once in a blue moon, but he could have at least put some people over, and I don’t mean someone who’s already the top superstar in the business, John Cena. Chris Jericho is someone I truly respect, because while he’s not here 24/7 because of Fozzy (awesome band btw), when he comes back, he puts people over and helps them become stars. Look at Ziggler now! Rock should be doing that, not putting himself over.

The thing about WWE now is that it does thing that are “good for business”. I hate that part about WWE. The Rock was brought in because it’s “good for business”. Brock Lesnar was brought in because it’s “good for business”. I hate their state of mind right now. And despite that thought process, having the same main event 2 years in a row is not “good for business”. Also, focusing on John Cena 24/7 is not “good for business” either.  Sure, Cena is getting a lot of t-shirts and baseball caps sold, and is a big hit with their target audience, blah, blah, blah, but they fail to realize the danger of what they are gonna do once Cena leaves WWE or if he gets injured.

Cena has become injury-prone, and his days in WWE are numbered because he’s getting injured too often as of late, and they need their top star healthy 24/7. If they want Ryback to be the next guy on top of the food chain, focus the show around him, not on Cena. Don’t let the newest top star in WWE get eliminated in the Rumble by the guy he is supposed to replace.

Also, how come there was only 1 heel in the final 6 of the Rumble? Dolph Ziggler, a guy who spent 49 minutes in the match, was the only heel representative in the final 6. Ziggler was there with John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. It was like Lex Luthor facing the Justice League by himself. Why are the superheroes overpowering the heels? The point of superheroes are to overcome the odds that the villains throw at them. In the end, it was down to Sheamus, Cena and Ryback. And I swear it was like the Goku, Superman and The Hulk were about to have an epic 3 way that would destroy the planet (of course Sheamus would be Goku, Cena would be Superman and Ryback would be The Hulk). XD

And it’s a shame these two endings actually occurred because the pay-per-view was actually really good up until them endings. The Tag Title match was good. The Last Man Standing match was slow-paced but good, with a funny ending. The Rumble featured a lot of surprises. Chris Jericho returning was a fantastic moment as no-one saw it coming. Goldust and Godfather were two cool suprises and the Kofi Kingston chair spot was cool. To quote Mark Pidgeon (@Gpressonline on Twitter), an awesome twitter follower of mine…

“Two stupid booking decisions ruined an overall decent Ppv no need at all.”

And if they do Brock Lesnar vs Triple H II as well, that’s two rematches that are so unwanted. Rock vs Cena II (a rematch from WM 28) and Lesnar vs Triple H II (a rematch from Summerslam). Seriously. Why do WWE feel the need for rematches? They take away from the original matches, and are so overdone nowadays.