WWE Hell In A Cell 2019: Seth Rollins vs The Fiend – Thoughts and Reactions

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The first week of October 2019 will go down as a pretty damn historic week for wrestling. There’s a lot I could talk about. I could talk about the first week in the “Wednesday Night Wars” between AEW and WWE NXT. I could talk about the season premiere of RAW with Lana and Lashley having a smooch session while Rusev stood and watched it. I could talk about Tyson Fury feuding with Braun Strowman. I could talk about Cain Velasquez feuding with Brock Lesnar. I could talk about both of these big time combat stars wrestling in WWE in Saudi Arabia at Halloween. I could talk about Brock Lesnar beating Kofi Kingston in 7 seconds to win the WWE Championship. There’s so much I could get into.

In case anyone’s wondering, yes, I did watch SmackDown!, NXT and AEW Dynamite. I liked all three shows. I can’t really say that out of NXT and AEW, one was better than the other. If I’m starting to keep record, I’d say this week goes down as a tie to me. In the ratings, AEW defeated NXT soundly but we’ll get a better view of things a few weeks in before we can starting really assessing these two shows head-to-head. I liked what I saw.

I even liked SmackDown!’s FOX debut. It was nowhere near at the level of the Wednesday shows but there were some parts of the show that I thought was just better in general. It felt crisper and not as much as a chore to watch than sometimes it used to be. I even saw the positives of Brock Lesnar beating Kofi Kingston the way he did. Yeah, it sucks if you’re a fan of Kofi Kingston but I understood and actually admired the boldness of this decision. A man beating another man in 7 seconds promotes the idea that anything can happen in the ring and personally, losing in the way that he did I think will help Kofi in a weird way for the future.

I liked the build towards a future Brock vs Cain match at Saudi Arabia. For Braun vs Tyson Fury, the jury’s still out. I have no idea as a match how that’s gonna turn out. All of this was going down during the week that many people, including WWE from the looks of it, forgot there was a WWE PPV on the Sunday… WWE Hell in a Cell which had promoted 4 matches before Sunday. That tells you something.

I will admit to only watching three matches. I watched the Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks Hell in a Cell match which was a great Hell in a Cell match. Both girls worked hard and it wasn’t too crazy but also creative with certain spots. It worked with me and I think it is worth watching if you haven’t yet. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper was another good match. It was predictable with the layout but very well done with execution with the babyfaces having a feel-good moment at the end. I liked that a lot. It turns out those two matches were the first two matches of the show and every other match, thrown together at the last minute, followed until the main-event.

Dear god… this main-event.

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You want to know what really bothered me about this main-event? This has nothing to do with the match itself which we’ll get to. In WWE, there was one guy that was getting over big with the fans and treated as special. With the exception of like Brock Lesnar, this guy had a unique character nobody else had and was killing guys left and right and looking like a killer. He was looking like a legitimate star. Some people may remember him as Husky Harris, others remember him as Bray Wyatt but now he was The Fiend.

I legitimately could not believe that Bray Wyatt was able to get over again as The Fiend. He started getting over so big as Bray Wyatt when he first arrived but after so many wacky storylines with the likes of Undertaker (who he resurrected), Dean Ambrose (who he feuded with over a chair), John Cena (who he tried to turn heel), Xavier Woods (who was scared of Bray), Matt Hardy (who he battled in a match that Michael Cole openly buried on TV and then teamed with to lose to the B Team) and so on. He was put through so much crap and that doesn’t even include his House of Horrors match with Randy Orton. Oh yeah, remember when he was Sister Abigail? My god, he’s been through creative hell and back.

Yet somehow, he found a scary gimmick which was working. He was over. WWE immediately decided to put this guy in a feud for the Universal Championship. Already, they rushed the guy into a title program which I think was far too early for the guy. This was not the time for such a big push yet but what the hell. The Giant was pushed to the WCW title right away after debuting in a big feud with Hulk Hogan and the guy turned out OK. Brock Lesnar won the WWE title a few months after debuting. Even if you rushed the new character into a world title program, it’s possible to make it work.

In fact, there was one sure-fire way to make this angle work. It’s simple, The Fiend goes into his big match, destroys the Universal Champion and wins the title and starts running through the roster. He does exactly what he’s been doing since he became The Fiend and you can run this angle all the way to WrestleMania where a babyface slays The Fiend and wins the title. It’s so easy to build up a new scary monster and possibly a household name. He’s got a great look as The Fiend, he’s unique and he has the side of him that makes you think that he could do anything. Why not have him as your Universal Champion?

Heck, now would be a perfect time to do WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs Universal Champion The Fiend at Survivor Series. I got so giddy at the thought of that after Brock won the title. No matter what you do as a wrestling promoter, two men who always win facing each other in a monster vs monster match will never not draw. Godzilla vs Kong will draw when it comes out next year I believe in the cinemas and so would this match….

…and WWE took all my dreams and turned it into this nightmare.

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This Hell in a Cell match was so horrible. This was not so offensive that I was mad at it. It was so horrible that I laughed at it. This was not so bad it was good. This was so bad that I mocked it. It was a parody of a Hell in a Cell match. I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis of the match like I usually do with Nitro reviews, but I will break down what happened if by chance you did not watch this match.

These two men get into the cell and they have a regular old Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt match. This was not The Fiend coming out of the gate and just destroying Seth Rollins. They fought evenly with weapons and big moves, with The Fiend selling a little bit but not a lot. They zapped out the dominating factor of The Fiend right away with this one. The Fiend attacks Seth with a big mallet and I want everyone to remember this when we get to the finish.

Suddenly, Seth starts to take over. I think The Fiend hit a Sister Abigail but mostly… this was Seth Rollins beating the crap out of The Fiend. He’d hit every finisher he could find, including a pedigree, but The Fiend would either no-sell it or kick out at one for each big move. While Seth Rollins, the heroic babyface, is giving it his all in this match to give The Fiend all that he had, the crowd boos the living daylights out of Seth Rollins.

They booed Seth because they so desperately wanted to see The Fiend, who was over, become champion. Seth Rollins had been a disaster of a champion, he is completely unlikable on Twitter doing such things like bragging about his bank account and he’s not over. So they decided to have a Hell in a Cell match and decided to have Seth start to dominate on The Fiend and of course the fans are all pissed about it. These fans, who can barely see the action because of the red lighting, were pissed off about this development too.

Seth hit about 11 curb stomps to no effect. The Fiend would just pop up once in a while just to freak out Seth. Seth starts freaking out. The Fiend is making his finishers look so pathetic to the point where he’s not even selling it. The Pedigree didn’t work out either. He starts getting angry that he can’t put him away so he attacks Fiend with a chair to the head. He attacks him with a toolbox. He grabs a ladder. He suddenly grabs a SLEDGEHAMMER. Keep in mind that The Fiend used a mallet earlier on in the match and this was followed with Seth grabbing a sledgehammer.

He gets back into the ring and the referee is pleading with Seth not to hit The Fiend with the sledgehammer. The ref cuts a promo on Seth telling him to not forget who he is and that he doesn’t need to do this and go too far. This is all going down… DURING A HELL IN A CELL MATCH. The very same match where Mick Foley got thrown off the top of the cell twice and still continued the match for 10 minutes. The very same match where Triple H used the sledgehammer OVER AND OVER AND OVER again in his Hell in a Cell matches. I reviewed a Hell in a Cell match with Triple H from Unforgiven 2006 where he walloped Vince McMahon in the head with the sledgehammer. The reason this was all fine was because there’s meant to be NO RULES in a Hell in a Cell match… because it’s HELLish for the wrestlers.

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So Seth Rollins, with a bunch of weapons on top of Fiend’s head to protect him, hits The Fiend with the sledgehammer and the referee calls for the bell. This Hell in a Cell match ended in a disqualification.

I know that so many people on Twitter were pissed off with the disqualification but on its own, that didn’t bother me so badly. There really should never really be a disqualification in a Hell in a Cell match but then again, there should never really be a no contest in a Hell in a Cell match and we saw that last year. It’s a stupid finish but whatever… but it didn’t end there.

So Seth is screaming that “you forced me to do it” and the medics raise the cell to see to The Fiend. After the medics all come down, The Fiend gets up like he is completely fine and beats up Seth Rollins after the match.

I was so mad at this particular part. I wasn’t really that mad about the DQ but I was really mad at the aftermath. I watched Seth “destroy” or at least hit a 1000 moves and weapon shots on The Fiend for a solid 10 minutes or whatever straight. The Fiend responded by not doing anything in response or just no-selling the moves or whatever. All of a sudden, after this supposedly horrific attack by Seth that forced a DQ, he gets up like he’s 100% OK and beats up Seth.

I have no idea what the logic was behind any of this. What was The Fiend’s motivation? He had the opportunity to win the title and his plan was to let Seth try to beat him up and then after the match, attack him. If Seth’s attacks meant so little to him, why didn’t he get up and attacks him during the match and win the title? Does he even want the title? If not, then why was this a title match? What was the motivation for any of these characters?

Anyway… The Fiend left Seth laying and the show was over.

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This match was an embarrassment to professional wrestling. During one of the most historic and biggest weeks in wrestling history, it ended with this Hell in a Cell match. This may have been the worst ending to a WWE pay-per-view in the history of WWE. At least Roman Reigns’ big win at Royal Rumble 2015 that was booed massively had some logic to the booking. There was no logic to this booking. This hurt the careers of both men. Seth and The Fiend both weren’t even on RAW the next night which tells you how much WWE were embarrassed by this match and really should be ashamed at themselves for this match.

There’s no chance that The Fiend will ever get back to the level of overness this character had before this feud started. There’s no chance Seth Rollins will be getting cheered any time soon. It’s IMPOSSIBLE. This Seth Rollins, on-and-off screen, has never looked so bad as he has done in the last few months. He can’t possibly be the Universal Champion after this.

Now… there are two possibilities that Seth could overcome this and redeem himself. Possibility #1 is that he goes away for a while. The Fiend could come out and attack him and Seth is forced to relinquish the title or Seth beats up an authority and gets fired. Anything to get him off TV for a while and then at the Royal Rumble, he can get a big return and try to start again. Possibility #2 is quite simple… he turns heel.

I feel like I’ve been through this exact scenario with Roman Reigns but if WWE knows what’s good for Seth, they’ll have him turn heel on his very next appearance on WWE television. It’s impossible for this guy to be a beloved babyface for the time being so you turn the guy heel for a while and then try again with him as a babyface a year from now. He’s gotta go heel and use all of this negativity to his advantage.

As for The Fiend, I’m not even sure he can be redeemed anymore. Why is it that Bray Wyatt is stuck with these bogus storylines? He finally gets this gimmick that gets him over and all they had to do was have him beat everybody on the road to WrestleMania and they HAD to this at Hell in a Cell. You can’t have him go up against Seth for a rematch. You can’t have him up against BROCK LESNAR for what could have been a big money match. I have no idea what you do now but it sucks to be The Fiend and Seth Rollins right now.

This match will live in infamy. WrestleCrap will already have this waiting in the wings for its yearly awards. People will never forget this for bad reasons and it was a nightmare. I could not believe my eyes watching this match.

My Twitter @ArmbarExpress is still active so if you have a desire to send me you shared hatred of this match, by all means send it to me! I’d love to read it. However, if you actually liked this match for whatever reason, please get in touch as I am curious if anyone actually thought this match was good and I’d like to get their opinions!

Either way, I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and be sure to check out my Retro Express WCW Nitro reviews! I’ve been reviewing every Nitro episode from the very first one and all of the links to the Nitro reviews can be seen on the links below!

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AJ Styles Vs Chris Jericho II On SmackDown!

 

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AJ Styles was a phenomenal signing for WWE. He was so phenomenal that WWE decided to put AJ on the main roster as soon as he arrived. Think of all the stars that have wrestled on NXT before appearing on the main roster. Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe and even Jushin Thunder Liger have all appeared on NXT instead of first debuting on the main roster. Imagine that you’ve got a star like AJ in your ranks.

You’ve got a man that was a major part of the development of TNA, which had been the second top wrestling promotion in the world for years. You’ve got a man that was the IWGP Champion just before he left. It’s the same title held by the likes of Brock Lesnar, who is considered a very special attraction for WWE. You’ve got a man with phenomenal skills in the ring and could give you a new legitimate star in your ranks. Less than a month into his career, AJ’s promising career in WWE has already been ruined in the exact same way that so many new stars could have been created. 50/50 booking.

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In case you missed SmackDown!, AJ Styles lost his first WWE match and he did it clean. He lost his big rematch against Chris Jericho to a simple codebreaker. How does this do either man ANY favours? How does it do Chris Jericho any favours? He’s not exactly going to have a big part in the future of WWE. He’s coming towards the end of his career. He should not be beating guys like AJ Styles so cleanly. Wouldn’t it make more sense for Jericho to lose to AJ again and have him keep losing until the end of the feud? Each time Jericho loses, he gets more and more annoyed with himself. It’s a simple feud which will elevate AJ whether he loses the final match or not. It doesn’t do too much damage to Jericho as he still would likely win the final match.

I really don’t understand the logic of having Jericho suddenly being booked as one of the best wrestlers in the company again. Jericho is 45 years old and has not won a championship since 2010. The idea that he is on par with the top stars in the company in 2016 is just absurd. He even lasted 50 minutes in the Royal Rumble match. How bad does that make the rest of the wrestlers look when Jericho is leaving them in the dust?

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I get that Chris Jericho has historically been a top star in WWE but you can’t be booking him so great right now. My idea earlier about having Jericho getting more and more angry at himself for not being able to put AJ away would actually be a great bit of character development for Jericho, as it would be Jericho questioning whether he could still hang with the best any more. You can’t go from having Jericho putting over guys like Fandango to beating AJ Styles in an instant as it just seems unbelievable. You’ve had Jericho putting over younger stars for years, so it’s going to be hard to convince the casual viewer that Jericho is as good as everyone else after not accomplishing a great deal in the last five years.

WWE’s sudden insistence on putting Jericho over as a top star in 2016 is just infuriating to me. It was like the Highlight Reel segment a month ago, when Jericho said that he, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar were the three favourites to win the Royal Rumble. Again, it makes everyone else look bad.

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I’ve been talking about Jericho for a while but the one that will likely ne most effected by this match is AJ. Now AJ Styles is in the same position as everyone else on the roster. He is beatable after just a few weeks. I’ve seen everyone get beaten eventually. There’s never been a professional wrestler that has never lost a match. That’s just how wrestling works. They beat Goldberg. They beat Brock Lesnar. They even beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. However, a new star should always be protected when he/she enters your company. AJ Styles, in particular, should be promoted as one of the best you have to offer. He should be one of the wrestlers that you should be protecting as he’s just arrived in an emphatic way. Now though, he’s been subjected to the same detrimental booking as everyone else on the roster.

WWE’s idea of “50/50 booking”, to make sure that they don’t upset any particular fan bases, is just going to kill any attempts at creating new stars. That will result in the fans only showing a great deal of interest in the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and John Cena. Therefore, the fans will only be invested in those characters.

In a time where stars need to be made, there has to be a lot more wrestlers exempt from this booking and AJ Styles is someone that should have been spared this. This was a poor decision by WWE to have him lose to Jericho and to have him lose this early into his WWE career.

How I Would Book… The Rock vs John Cena III

The Rock and John Cena squared off in the main events of two Wrestlemanias in a row. The Rock won the first match at Wrestlemania 28 and John Cena won the rematch AND the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29. Many will argue whether WWE should bother settling the score between John Cena and The Rock with a third match. However, the financial potential of a third match might make WWE consider it. If WWE were to do a third match, how would you do it? How would book The Rock vs John Cena… Part Three?

I know this fantasy match-up is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The first match took a year-long build and led to an alright main event which saw The Rock pick up the victory. To many, the wrong man won the first round. However, John Cena would get redemption. After winning the 2013 Royal Rumble, Cena beat The Rock in a rematch at Wrestlemania 29 to win the WWE Championship. As discussed before in the How I Would Book series, Rock vs Cena probably shouldn’t have been the actual main event. To be fair, it made sense to have the Wrestlemania 29 main event being one of the biggest rematches of all time. However, the execution and generally build were a little disappointing. There’s never been any real plans for The Rock and John Cena to have the rubber match. The Rock has not actually wrestled in WWE since Wrestlemania 29. Although there were plans for him to go up against the likes of Brock Lesnar and Triple H, Cena’s name was never thrown into the mix.

However, let’s say that WWE decided to go down that route for Wrestlemania 32. Previously on the How I Would Book series, we threw The Rock into a program with Roman Reigns. In that scenario, I turned Rock heel to help elevate the babyface Roman Reigns. With Rock vs Cena III, I’d go down the same avenue. Let me explain how and why this would go down.

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If this match were to happen, it’s important that there are hints towards it and foreshadowed in some way. In this scenario, I’d have The Rock make surprise appearances like he’s done before in the past few years. In all of these appearances, the heel teases The Rock about losing his last match in WWE. His last match… was with John Cena. The Rock would shrug these off with some witty comeback like only The Rock can. In one appearance, Cena himself would tease The Rock and hint at a third match to settle the score. Not a HEAVY build considering that The Rock’s WWE appearances are limited. However, it has to be teased to the viewers that The Rock has to win his last match before riding off into the sunset.

We go into the Royal Rumble with Cena himself being an entrant. The Authority targets John Cena as the biggest threat in the Royal Rumble and puts a $1,000,000 bounty on Cena, going to the one that eliminates him. Cena enters the match and everyone targets him. Cena makes it into the final five alongside Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens and Sheamus. You can really pick and choose who you want in this final five, but the biggest thing to note is that the heels outnumber the faces. Roman Reigns is put through the announce table by a powerbomb from Kevin Owens. This leaves Cena alone. They all hit their finishers on Cena but then bicker about the bounty. This is interrupted by The Rock’s music.

In shades of Royal Rumble 2015, The Rock makes a return to save the babyface. He lays out all the heels. He doesn’t eliminate anyone. He just takes them out. He lifts up John Cena… and drops him with a Rock Bottom! The crowd is stunned as The Rock throws Cena over the top rope to eliminate him. The crowd would obviously lose their marbles no matter what they do, but this would begin The Rock’s turn to the dark side.

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Since it’s The Rock, he’s not going to be taken seriously as a heel whenever WWE would decide to pull the trigger. That’s also true considering the face he targeted… is John Cena. You need to cement his heel turn the next night on RAW, where he hugs Triple H and Stephanie and confirms his partnership with the Authority. He’s not a member, but he’s a “friend” to the Authority. The Rock can be shown to be friends with Triple H and Steph, annoying the crowd. The Rock explains that he’s motivated by two things in life… money and success.

He attacked John Cena for two reasons… money and success. He attacked Cena to get the money (you’re probably wondering why someone as wealthy as The Rock would care about a bounty but just play along!) and he attacked Cena to achieve some success. The money part of it isn’t really the biggest reason for his turn anyway. He attacked Cena because he wanted to achieve his own redemption for Cena beating him at Wrestlemania 29. The Rock says that he will not allow the record books to show that The Rock lost in his last WWE match. He says that he especially does not want his match to be a loss against someone like John Cena. The Rock throws his usual insults at Cena, reigniting the feud between them. He challenges Cena to a match at Wrestlemania 32 to settle the score. Cena’s response is to run down to the ring and get into a brawl with The Rock. Cena accepts and the match is made.

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The match itself would happen at Wrestlemania and the winner… would be John Cena. I know the whole idea of the feud was for The Rock to try and end his WWE career as a winner. However, the chances are that this wouldn’t be The Rock’s last match in a WWE ring. So there’s plenty of opportunities for The Rock to complete his goals. If this was Rock’s last match, The Rock would go over. However, Cena would have to go over for me in this scenario considering that he needs the win the most. Rock doesn’t have as much to lose as Cena by losing this match. This is a short-term program so if you want Rock to turn face again, simply have him shake hands with Cena and cut a promo about his love for the WWE. It doesn’t take much for The Rock to be loved!

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!

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

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

 

 

The Intercontinental Championship Changes Hands On The YouTube Pre-Show

Really? REALLY? Really?

Really? REALLY? Really?

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Mark Henry Defeats Ryback.. Because He’s Fat

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CM Punk vs Undertaker – My God. What A Match

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

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

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

 

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

Triple H, don't EVER do this AGAIN

Triple H, don’t EVER do this AGAIN

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

 

John Cena Gets Redemption… and the WWE Championship

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Antonio Cesaro Defeats The Miz… again

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

 

The Elimination Chamber – Was Not Expecting That

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

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

 

The Shield Defeats The Mighty Heroes Of WWE

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

 

Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston For The Billionth Time

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

 

Kaitlyn Defeats Tamina

Moving on….

 

The Rock vs CM Punk Disappoints Again

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

 

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

Time For “Show Time” To Hit The Big Time – Anthony Pettis Vs Jose Aldo Title Fight Announced For UFC 163

ANTHONY PETTIS: Drops Down To Featherweight To Fight Jose Aldo

ANTHONY PETTIS: Drops Down To Featherweight To Fight Jose Aldo

Great news for fans of “Show Time” Anthony Pettis. For the first time in his UFC career, Anthony Pettis is getting a UFC Championship fight in the summer! Superb! “Show Time” proved without a shadow of a doubt at UFC on FOX a couple of weeks ago with his TKO victory over Donald Cerrone that he is worthy of a shot, and to see him become a champion in UFC would be phenomenal. Yes he’s getting his shot… but it’s not for the Lightweight Championship . It’s in fact a chance at the Featherweight Championship, currently held by Jose Aldo after he retained the championship on Sunday.

To be honest, it’s a shame that I’m not going to see the highly-anticipated rematch between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis for the Lightweight Championship any time soon. Their first fight absolutely amazed me, and of course, we saw the debut of the Show Time Kick. And Pettis has been relentless in his quest to become Lightweight Champion, and he’s been wanting that shot for a while. So it does surprise me that he’s decided to go down to Featherweight, after wanting the Lightweight belt for so long. But then again, you’ve got to admire the fact that Pettis didn’t want to wait around for the lightweight title shot which could have been a long, long time depending on the outcome of Henderson’s title fight with Gilbert Melendez in April. He’s deserving for a title shot anyway, so if Dana White offered him the shot with Aldo in the summer, why wait for the Lightweight Championship fight which he may have to wait a LONG time for?

However, Jose Aldo isn’t exactly easy pickings. Aldo has proved some serious dominance in the Featherweight division, and Pettis will have to bring his A-Game if he wants to knock off Aldo and become the Featherweight Champion. I mean, let’s took at the Tale Of The Tape…

TALE OF THE TAP

(NOTE: Apologizes for the blurriness of the table)

Yeah, Aldo’s MMA Record is superior to Pettis, having only lost ONCE before, but Pettis is taller, has better reach than and has a considerable chance against Aldo. Let’s not forget, Pettis is eager as hell to reach the top of UFC, and if he loses this fight, it may take him a while to recuperate. A Must-Win For Both Competitors, and it’s going to be a slobber-knocker of a fight! But in my opinion, it’s time for “Show Time” to hit the big time! Roll on August 3rd!

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.

Ahem….

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.