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With John Cena entering the twilight years of his full time in-ring career, Vince McMahon needs his next ‘cash cow’ that will be the face of his wrestling empire. Reigns, with his lovely tan, big muscles and mane-like hair, fits the bill perfectly.
However, after so long of having Cena ‘shoved down their throats’ for as long as they can remember, certain sections of WWE’s Universe doesn’t want that to happen again. And judging by the unparalleled success that Cena and WWE have enjoyed over the past decade or more, Vince McMahon – from a purely business stand point – would be silly not to try a similar method with The Big Dog.
Roman is over with the younger demographic and the ladies, naturally, but it’s that male 18-30 age group who »
- Ross Tweddell
There’s no doubts about it, Roman Reigns is the man hand-picked to be World Wrestling Entertainment’s big babyface sensation from here on out. In the picture above, it’s perhaps no accident that Reigns is in the foreground whilst John Cena takes up much of the background. Despite his continued popularity with WWE’s core demographic, Cena is no longer the sole apple of WWE’s eye.
Incredibly, things nearly didn’t work for Roman Reigns. In this week’s article, the reason why is revealed by none other than WWE Hall Of Fame announcer Jim Ross. That’s what this list is all about, exploring the pro wrestling world to deliver 10 different facts that weren’t exactly common knowledge last week.
- Jamie Kennedy
Roman Reigns is the second coming of John Cena. For the past year or so, he’s rapidly ascended to the status of WWE’s top babyface, riding a wave of internal support, overcoming some incredibly negative crowd reactions, and capturing the hearts of thousands of younger fans in the process.
He’s also the biggest heel on the roster.
A quick point of clarification: I don’t actually believe Joe Anoa’i to be a bad guy – he seems like a very hard worker, and a good ambassador for the company. But the persona of Roman Reigns? He’s definitely a huge heel, for a variety of reasons.
Some revolve around his persona, others his actions – but all confirm that the Big Dog isn’t quite as as squeaky clean as he initially comes across.
8. He Never Helps His Buddies WWE.com
How many times have we »
- Jack G King
The internet is awash with mashups of all varieties. I.m not saying that.s all that.s out there, though sometimes it feels that way. But of all videos lurking in the ether, I.m not sure I.ve ever encountered one quite as mind-blowing as this one that takes the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer and inserts Randy Orton, John Cena, and Shia Labeouf. It.s a thing that you can.t unsee, but that you can.t look away from. Have some paper towels handy, because this bad boy is going to melt your brain til it runs out your damn ears. A vigilante running around fighting crime in what is essentially a Speedo is a whole different kind of intimidating than a guy dressed up like a bat or a dude in a red cape. If you.re mugging someone and you see that »
Whilst it feels wrong to many wrestling fans to see a 46-year-old part-time performer headlining WrestleMania 32, there’s also a large (and vocal) fanbase who agree with the words of the ever-wise Bray Wyatt: Anyone but you, Roman.
Roman Reigns has had an extremely bumpy ride since the breakup of The Shield. Whilst Seth Rollins became a true main event player and carried the WWE Championship for 220 days, and with Dean is currently being the most popular active babyface on the WWE roster, it’s Roman, the man pushed to the moon and built up to be ‘the man’, who has struggled.
Ever since things came to a head with Reigns winning the 2015 Royal Rumble to a chorus of boos that even The Rock couldn’t put a stop to, a sizeable section of WWE fans have rejected the notion of Roman being the one to take »
- Andrew Pollard
For 32 years, WrestleMania has been home for historic high-profile matches and career-making moments that have created some of the most iconic imagery in wrestling. The sight of the legendary battle between Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III, the Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan main event that never happened, and the year-long build of The Rock vs. John Cena are just some of the moments and stories that couldn’t possibly be forgotten.
Not every WrestleMania story has been front page news. In fact, some WrestleMania anecdotes were often kept quiet, or tried to be silenced altogether, since their details were not the type of stories that WWE likes to share. These more secretive tales, in some cases, had the potential to change the course of the entire company; others were less impactful but »
- Matt Davis
Nothing is locked in for The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and if John Cena can recover from his shoulder injury in time, there’s still a chance that fans could see Cena versus Taker at WrestleMania 32.
“If Cena can recover in time that will likely be the match,” Dave Meltzer writes in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Of course, that’s a very big “if” and the initial prognosis for Cena’s shoulder injury was a six month or nine month recovery time. Could he shave off some time from the best case scenario? Possibly, he’s certainly demonstrated quick recovery times in the past. However, he’s now 38 years old and his body is more worn down. The “mutant powers” could be waning.
Making it back for WrestleMania would mean a three month recovery, which is half of what his best case scenario was said to be. There must »
- Grahame Herbert
The WWE seemed cursed from the start, as soon as word broke that they wanted WrestleMania 32 to be the biggest of all-time, and to hopefully break the attendance record by packing well over 100,000 screaming fans inside the At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Soon after, the injuries started to rack up, and over the last six months huge names like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Sting, Randy Orton and Cesaro all got put on the shelf with a rather large possibility of missing WrestleMania. Now it’s coming out that, in the last week alone, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio could have been added to the ever-growing list.
As you may read the endless pessimistic articles detailing why WrestleMania 32 is already a flop, your hope for a memorable event may be dwindling. In reality, however, there are still several reasons why this year’s spectacle should have you looking looking forward with anticipation. »
- Adam O'Brien
In many instances, it is the case that the journey is as exciting as the destination. Think back to some of the awesome things we’ve been presented with in past ‘Mania seasons, such as Cm Punk’s classic with John Cena in February 2013. That was quite possibly the best match ever to grace Raw, better than anything that went on at WrestleMania itself.
And it isn’t just great matches that make ‘Mania season so enjoyable, either, as there’s also a history of fantastic segments and major returns. Expect more of the same year this year, with several weeks of Raw still to come before WrestleMania 32.
10. The Undertaker Returns WWE.com
WWE always have to figure »
- Grahame Herbert
To celebrate the release of the best of Raw and SmackDown on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve teamed up with WWE to offer you the chance to win one of three DVD copies.
“Yes, 2015 was another incredible year for WWE – and what better way to relive the week-by-week action than with this epic collection of Raw and SmackDown’s greatest matches and moments! Includes the Road to WrestleMania, the rise of The New Day, John Cena’s U.S. Championship Open, the awesome Divas Revolution, and Brock Lesnar’s homecoming – with an unexpected visit from a certain Deadman – and much, much more!”
This three DVD set includes all the highlights from the year, and more, even touching on certain memorable segments that didn’t take place during matches. Every angle is covered.
Even though 2015 will be remembered as the year of record low viewership figures for both of the company’s brands, »
- Ross Tweddell
Our worst fears have been confirmed.
Yesterday on the Wrestling Observer Live radio show, Bryan Alvarez indicated that he’d heard from a source within WWE that the plan is for Braun Strowman to square off with The Big Show at Fastlane and beat him, which will then set up a WrestleMania showdown with The Undertaker.
Dave Meltzer has spoken at length in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter about The Undertaker’s scheduled WrestleMania match with John Cena, which was scrapped due to Cena’s recent shoulder injury and surgery.
With a lack of top level opponents for The Deadman, it seems the choice has been made to go with the huge monster of the Wyatt Family.
In the early days of ‘Taker’s WrestleMania career, he would work with larger opponents like Giant Gonzalez and King Kong Bundy which resulted in generally awful bouts that fans still complain about over twenty years later. »
- Kenny McIntosh
Earlier today the Irishman posted a picture to Twitter, showing him sporting a cast along with the message ‘You know the celebrations went well when you wake up in a cast… any ideas how it got there?’.
Sheamus posted the picture during what looked like mid-workout (note the headphones and sweaty face) and the nature of the message sounds jokey in nature, which suggests that it might not be serious. Regardless, considering WWE’s recent injury plague – which has pinned Seth Rollins, John Cena, Cesaro, Randy Orton and others to the sidelines – the fact that he’s now wearing a cast is sure to be unwelcome news, as far as WWE are concerned.
- Lewis Howse
This is gonna be short and sweet, folks. What I'm writing tonight is primarily just an introduction for this new weekly column, which will have a limited run every Wednesday night on Latino-Review throughout the Road To Wrestlemania. This means it shall conclude on Wednesday, April 6, three days after Wrestlemania 32.
So, what can you expect? Let's start with an overview of my history as wrestling fan, so you can better understand the filter through which I view the product these days.
Age 5-12(1988 - 1995) = Fan
Age 13-19 (1996 - 2002) = Obsessive Super Fan
Age 20-22 (2003 - 2005) = Fan
Age 23-27 (2006 - 2010) = Casual Fan Who Pops Up For Big Moments
Age 28-Present (2011 - 2016) = Someone Who's Mildly Familiar With What's Going On
Yes, while I began watching WWF Superstars as a 5 year old boy, sitting on the couch next to my grand-grandfather Ernesto and eventually became the kind of nerd that owned Almanacs, watched every TV show, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Everyone knows about the most popular wrestlers of all-time, the biggest draws in the business – but what about that small but wonderful subset of those performers, the fan favourites that weren’t just huge stars but who represented the people in a way few others could?
When these wrestlers won, the crowd went to a different place, like the ring lifted into the air for a moment with the release of all that pent-up emotion. But when they lost…ahhh, it could be heartbreaking and nerve-wracking in equal measure, as several thousand devastated people simultaneously swore bloody vengeance on whichever evil heel had screwed their idol over.
So who qualifies? Well, surprisingly few folk, as it turns out. Bret ‘the Hitman’ Hart was admired, but never really adored. El Santo and Rikodozan were icons and legends in Mexican and Japanese wrestling, respectively, but both men were treated as real-life superheroes, »
- Ben Cooke
Nikki Bella will undergo neck surgery this morning. The Total Divas star revealed to E! News on Monday that this could possibly be career-ending surgery, but she remains hopeful that she'll get back in the ring one day. Before the announcement was made on Monday, Nikki had only told a select group of people about her surgery. Nikki told her family of course, her sister Brie Bella and her boyfriend, John Cena. But what Divas did she tell? While all of the Divas knew that it was "potential" that Nikki was getting the surgery, only a couple actually knew it was happening. "You know us girls we liked to gossip," Nikki said. "Actually the only one that I told and »
Things heat up on Total Divas as the ladies of WWE heading to New York for SummerSlam week. Nikki Bella and John Cena celebrate their three-year anniversary before the madness with a cozy dinner in Tampa. During the evening, John leaves the door open that he would marry Nikki. However, he isn’t budging on not wanting kids. The central story for Nikki continues to be the inner struggle of whether she can give up her dream of being a mom to be with her dream guy. Nikki joins sister Brie and her ex Dolph Ziggler for an appearance that entails reading … Continue reading →
- Scott Fishman
There is always a little bit of diva drama! On Tuesday night's brand-new episode of Total Divas, Nikki Bella finally makes a breakthrough in her relationship with John Cena, but it comes with one major catch. Plus, Nattie Neidhart struggles with feeling left out at work, BFFs Alicia Fox and Paige clash inside and outside the ring and Eva Marie, well, seductively disrobes before her match. Recap all the must-see moments from the latest episode of Total Divas with GIFs! 1. When Paige looks hilariously creepy in a surgical face mask: 2. When Nikki makes this face after John tells her he's open to marriage, but not children: 3. When Nattie adorably supports hubby Tj after »
Are Nikki Bella's dreams about to come true? In this sneak peek from tonight's all-new episode of Total Divas, the WWE Diva goes out to celebrate her three-year anniversary with boyfriend John Cena at a romantic restaurant, but the conversation quickly turns to the future of their relationship. She tells him she wants to know where he stands now and if he's still opposed to getting married and having children. "You want to know if my mind has changed?" John asks. "I mean, I hate saying it that way," Nikki replies. "But I mean, I guess." Watch the clip to hear John's sweet and unexpected response! Don't miss a brand-new episode of Total »
In theory (and mostly in practice), the holder of the WWE’s big belt should always be the guy who the promotion is going to be built around for the duration of his run at the top. Not everyone’s cut out for that role, and it’s only partly to do with talent: the performer’s connection to the crowd, character type, size and look are all factors of more or less equal performance when deciding who’s going to make it and who isn’t.
That means there’s nothing wrong with promotions like WWE choosing to mould and shape someone like John Cena or Roman Reigns into their ‘fightin’ champion’: it’s what professional wrestling promotions have been doing since the time of the Gold Dust Trio in the 1920s.
On the other hand, there are those wrestlers who were clearly intended for bigger »
- Ben Cooke
Hello old friend. Let's dance! @HardNocksSouth #nevergiveup pic.twitter.com/k78b2gtkf0
— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 25, 2016
Cena only had his shoulder surgery on January 7, so to be back lifting weights so soon is impressive. He’s famed for fast recovery times, and this early indication is a positive one. Maybe he really could make it back before SummerSlam, and even WrestleMania can’t 100% be ruled out. You can bet a man as driven as Cena is still gunning for it. His “#nevergiveup” statement is a shoot for him.
Still, the severity of the shoulder injury and his age point to a recovery time that should be in the region of six to nine months. Maybe Cena was just »
- Grahame Herbert
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