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Today’s WWE locker room is, by all accounts, a relatively peaceful and safe place. You’re more likely to find the likes of Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston and John Cena playing video games and drinking protein shakes than hazing rookies and pounding beers. The WWE has cleaned up its image a lot in recent years, and that extends to the locker room.
Of course, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, WWE locker rooms used to be what could be politely termed a ‘shark tank’, a place where every guy and girl were competing with one another to become bigger stars, leading to politicking, backstabbing and all manner of underhanded tactics. Then you had rituals like ‘Wrestler’s Court’, a kangaroo court designed to punish performers for breaking locker room protocol.
Although it is a demeaning and farcical process (the defendant never wins), it’s a »
- Lewis Howse
For the entirety of his singles run, Roman Reigns has been compared to John Cena. Although a rugged badass on the outside, his personality is put over as that of a squeaky-clean, do goody babyface. He smiles, he laughs and he brushes off defeats and setbacks with a wink and a wisecrack.
However, as nice a guy as Reigns is inside the ring, his behaviour outside of it has often told a different story, leading to numerous incidents WWE surely wish their loyal fanbase would rather forget.
The former Shield enforcer has spoken out of turn in numerous interviews, (sometimes inadvertently) running down his peers in the process. Rollins, Ambrose, Bryan, and even Big Match John have had their names thrown around carelessly by The Big Dog.
In fairness, not every unsavoury incident can be blamed on Reigns himself. Numerous factors beyond his control have only fuelled the »
- Jack G King
It’s a packed edition of Nxt this week as Finn Balor and Samoa Joe sign the contract to make their title match at Nxt Takeover: London official, Dash & Dawson defend their tag titles against The Vaudevillians and Eva Marie battles Bayley for the Nxt Women’s Championship. All that and so much more in this week’s Nxt Recap and Review…
Show opened with Raw’s Michael Cole in the middle of the ring. Cole announces that William Regal is home following successful surgery, and so he’s in charge of the show. The crowd chant, ‘no’. He says that Regal would have never sanctioned the Bayley vs. Eva Marie match for tonight, but management from above have said that the match must go ahead. But he’s kicking off the show tonight with a contract signing between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe for Nxt Takeover: London. »
- Luke Owen
When they first arrived on the scene, the Wyatt Family were a breath of fresh air. In a professional wrestling universe where more and more performers are exaggerated images of normal people, the cultish weirdos had a true-to-life gimmick, a different aura and a unique feel to them.
Bray Wyatt’s promos were particularly enthralling, showcasing a style different to the ‘tough guy’ norm that had become uniquitous in the modern pro-wrestling landscape.
Since their impactful beginnings, everything has, rather oddly, fallen a little flat. Bray has continuously feuded with top level individuals, from John Cena to Roman Reigns to Daniel Bryan, with each passing feud chipping away at the credibility of Family’s leader.
What went wrong?
Well, Bray’s promises of change never seemed to materialise, the promos became more and more one dimensional and what started off as a genuinely threatening presence became a sideshow, »
- John Bills
For all that’s wrong with WWE today, it’s impossible to discount the sheer amount of talent on the roster – former independent stars like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens dominate the company’s programming, Brock Lesnar is a revelation every time he competes, and John Cena had arguably the best year of his career in 2015.
When it comes to the overall capabilities of their superstars, WWE is in fine shape.
And yet, the company is completely floundering. Their television output is worse than it’s been in a generation, and that’s reflected week by week in Raw’s ratings. Fortunately for WWE, the company has stumbled upon a business model where TV ratings and pay-per-view buyrates matter a lot less than WWE Network subscriber numbers and stock prices, but it’s only a matter of time before the complete ineptitude with which things »
- Scott Fried
Photos and details are starting to emerge from John Cena’s new reality television show.
Titled ‘American Grit’, the show will air on Fox in 2016, as a ten episode military themed competition. Cena is playing the host duties, in a move that will further integrate him into the mainstream and provide a basis for a career beyond pro wrestling. At 38 years old, he’s smart to start transitioning into other areas of entertainment, although he does undoubtedly have a few solid years left with WWE.
As you can see from the photos, Cena is working alongside Navy Seals. The military has always been something that Cena is passionate about, and he tweeted this past week saying “Life as a traveller sure makes you miss home, but it’s truly comforting when complete strangers treat you like one of their own.”
He’s also provided further details on the show, »
- Grahame Herbert
WWE are advertising Sami Zayn for all Nxt dates on the UK tour, including the Nxt Takeover London special taping. An in-ring return would seem likely, with dark matches on the tour dates and his televised comeback at the special.
The 31 year old has been out injured since May, with a badly hurt shoulder. It had been an issue for some time, eventually being further exacerbated in a Raw match with John Cena.
Zayn then worked his last match at Nxt Takeover Unstoppable against Kevin Owens. There had been some speculation that he could return straight to the main roster to continue that feud with Owens, but it now looks like he’ll be doing further time in Nxt. Owens is currently busy with Dean Ambrose, but it could still make sense for Zayn to go up in January and continue his feud with K.O.
Originally, he »
- Grahame Herbert
WWE leaned hard on a country music theme as it brought Raw to Nashville, Tennessee on the heels of an eventful Survivor Series show. The Authority added several new members to its swelling and powerful ranks, whilst Charlotte and Paige did battle once again with the Divas Championship on the line. It’s the Raw Report…
1. The Authority Congratulates Sheamus
The Authority opened the show in smug fashion, patting themselves on the back for their well-orchestrated crowning of Sheamus as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Survivor Series. Triple H slammed Roman Reigns for failing to take up the offer of a position within The Authority before introducing his new, hand-picked titleholder Sheamus. Sheamus cut a promo about how crowd chants could not ruin his moment, before Reigns arrived and demanded a rematch on Raw. Triple H refused and left the ring. Out of nowhere, Rusev appeared and kicked Reigns in the face, »
- Tom Beasley
The ever-changing landscape of pro wrestling means that fans learn something from virtually every single show. That was certainly the case on the latest edition of Survivor Series. WWE’s creative team had their hand forced by an unfortunate injury to Seth Rollins during the recent UK Tour. The scheduled Rollins vs. Roman Reigns match had to be cancelled, and a tournament was booked to culminate on the Pay-Per-View instead.
It seems that WWE’s original plan was mimicked even after the card had been restructured. There had been rumours that Roman Reigns was going to walk out of the show as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but the promotion decided to throw in a little curveball to try and make the end of 2015 interesting.
Going into the event, there were also questions over exactly what would happen during The Undertaker’s big appearance. The undoubted focal point of the show’s promotional materials, »
- Jamie Kennedy
The injury is reportedly a torn rotator cuff which could require surgery, in which case he will likely miss 4-6 months of action.
The timing couldn’t be worse for Cesaro who seemed to be on the verge of breaking through to the main event for the third time in the last several years. The Swiss Superman has put together a string of outstanding performances as of late and followed those up with a strong showing in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Ironically, his latest singles run came about due to the neck injury of his tag team partner, Tyson Kidd.
- Brad Hamilton
Survivor Series happens on November 22, and it’ll be interesting to see what WWE decide to do for the rest of the year when the Pay-Per-View is over with. After the event, the company will have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, so a feud needs to be established for that man. In addition, The Undertaker may have just wrestled at his last ever Survivor Series, but there’s still a good chance that he will make his final bow at WrestleMania next Spring.
There are a few options for ‘The Deadman’ heading into that show. It doesn’t look likely at all that wrestling fans will ever see Undertaker vs. Sting, but there is talk of the legend squaring off with someone his long time employers have high hopes for.
This past Monday’s edition of Raw – along with Thursday’s episode of Smackdown – set the table for Survivor Series. »
- Jamie Kennedy
It was another interesting week for WWE, as the company prepares for Survivor Series on Sunday night. In the final Raw before the event, WWE chose to headline the show with a controversial divas segment that has divided opinion and created debate.
There’s also the WWE Title situation, which is the most intriguing aspect of Survivor Series. The final four men in the WWE Title tournament are Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. By the end of Sunday night, one of those four men (or Money in the Bank holder Sheamus) is going to leave the show as the WWE Champion as fans try to figure out what direction WWE are heading in as the Royal Rumble approaches and WrestleMania looms on the horizon.
In terms of the WWE Title tourney, my feeling is they will go with the original plan of putting the gold on Reigns, »
- John Canton
With everyone’s attention currently occupied by Seth Rollins’ injury and the subsequent WWE Title tournament, there remains one little question lurking at the back of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship scene: just what the hell are they going to do with Sheamus?
The Irishman won the Money In The Bank briefcase back in June, a booking decision likely forced by the Roman Reigns fan backlash. Now WWE have painted themselves into a corner, one where the best possible solution is to get the briefcase out of Sheamus’ possession, and into the hands of a contender with far more upside and momentum.
Short of teasing a few cash-ins, the Celtic Warrior hasn’t really done anything since earning his guaranteed title shot. If he wasn’t ready for the WWE Title back in the summer, he’s even less ready for it now. His last appearance on a »
- Jack G King
Coming by way of Universal, the studio today released a new clip for the uproarious comedy, and it’s clear that Fey and Poehler’s latest collaboration is being angled in a similar vein to Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Indeed, Jason Moore, director of the latter feature film, is on board to direct Sisters, which has the two actresses star as a pair of disconnected siblings who come together upon learning of their parents’ decision to sell the family home.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of their childhood abode, Fey and Poehler deem that there’s only one thing that’ll serve as an adequate send-off: an epic party. And so, the remainder of the »
- Michael Briers
Though the main roster of WWE 2K16 is a stunningly diverse affair, it was inevitable that some fans would be unhappy with the missing faces, who’ve ranged from the inevitable (Hulk Hogan) to the entirely confusing (Road Dogg). But that’s where the Caw community comes in, offering fans the chance to bring back banned legends, former stars with WWE contracts elsewhere and fantasy characters who’d never get anywhere near the ring in real life.
Luckily, the community also self-moderates thanks to its in-built appraisal system: like Youtube’s much manipulated Thumbs Up and Down model, the best content attracts the most positive responses. And that inevitably helps fellow downloaders decide which CAWs deserve their attention most, offering a simple indicator of which characters are the most appreciated.
Oddly, the ratings never attract as any numbers as the downloads chart, but that just means that any »
- Simon Gallagher
WWE Night of Champions 2015 Should be a celebration of the companies best. Though we know this is not how the WWE work, even if they want you to believe they do… We have to have much more drama in the matches than celebrate something as silly as “wrestling”.
Joking aside, WWE Night of Champions 2015 had an impressive card. With the start of the main show starting with Kevin Owens taking on Ryback the two angry wrestlers put on a good show, especially Owens. When the WWE decide to throw around the Slammy awards Owens must be an easy contender for best wrestler or breakthrough (or whatever they give to the new wrestlers who make a big impact).
Moving to Dirk Ziggler vs Rusev, this one is a weird fight knowing how the angle came to an abrupt end. With Lana not in Ziggler’s corner because of injury this match was already struggling. »
- Paul Metcalf
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for "Sisters," a new film from "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents" series) and John S. Lyons ("Austin Powers in Goldmember"), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock").
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- Kellvin Chavez
A brand new trailer for the upcoming comedy Sisters, which stars Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey has just been released by the folks over at Universal. The film comes from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, from a screenplay by Paula Pell.
The film is about two disconnected sisters who are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Sisters opens in UK cinemas on December 12th, and the Us on December 18th, which puts it right up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Clever bit of placement by Universal?
Here’s the new trailer.
The post »
- Paul Heath
According to Dave Melzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE diva Lana has found herself in hot water once again. This time the heat stems from her Twitter remarks toward Paige where she accused her colleague of bullying while the two worked together in Nxt.
After a brief back and forth exchange Lana deleted her end of the tweets but they were screenshotted and passed around the internet. Reports are that WWE.com was told to try and turn the dispute into a storyline so that fans would think it was a work all along.
Lana – real name Cj Parker – has had a difficult few months. Originally it was reported that she was one of Vince McMahon’s pet projects who the Chairman allegedly had planned to turn into “the female John Cena” of WWE. Unfortunately for her, some poor choices regarding the use of her social media »
- Brad Hamilton
Fox has ordered a new, competitive reality series, American Grit, starring John Cena of WWE fame. Season one of American Grit involves 16 contestants, split into teams of four, engaging in military-grade and survival-themed challenges.
American Grit contestants will be mentored by "The Cadre," made up of military members who, along with Cena, will push their civilian charges throughout the competition. The Cadre consists of: Navy Seal trainer, Rorke Denver; Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway; Veteran U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant, Tawanda “Tee” Hanible; and U.S. Army Ranger sniper, Nick “The Reaper” Irving. Read More… »
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