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The man they call Sting is responsible for some of wrestling’s most memorable moments. Who could forget his chilling presence in the rafters, intimidating the New World Order at the height of their tyranny? What about his countless, show-stealing matches against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair? More recently, Stinger has become the talk of the town with his first ever appearance on Monday Night Raw, helping John Cena stick it to The Authority.
There is a reason Sting was the [painted] face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) until its demise in 2001.
The former six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion had an intangible that can’t be taught: charisma. Whether he was sporting his signature bleached-blonde flattop and colorful face paint or his black and white garb taken straight out of The Crow, fans flocked to see the man now referred to as “The Icon.”
The reason Sting’s presence »
- Eric Delgado
In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly
A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Jan 24, 2015 at 8:11pm Pst
The internet wrestling community is buzzing because The Rock posted a photo late on Saturday night on Instagram and Twitter saying he was in Philadelphia.
What’s the significance of that?
The 2015 Royal Rumble takes place in Philadelphia. The Rock’s message is as follows: “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly”
In addition to that, a report from PWInsider.com notes that The Rock ” was seen at the WWE worker hotel this evening”, meaning Saturday. In other words, he’s there for the Royal Rumble and was likely brought in by WWE for whatever plan they have for him.
What could that plan be? It’s probably that much talked about match with Brock Lesnar that has been rumored for a few years now. »
- John Canton
Justin Gabriel has reportedly quit World Wrestling Entertainment this weekend.
Gabriel was announced to be part of the 30-man Royal Rumble this weekend and will likely be replaced for tonight’s event.
It is not a major shock that he would quit just because he’s barely been seen on the major television shows in WWE and if he is then he’s only there to lose a match quickly. He was also rumored to be the guy that wore the Bunny costume a few times on television, although a number of different people did that too.
Gabriel originally signed with WWE developmental in 2008. In early 2010 he was a part of the first season of Nxt in which he finished in third place. »
- John Canton
Even though Eddie was no longer with us, his name was uttered endlessly in the build up to the match mostly because of his good friend Rey Mysterio was a favorite in the match. Eddie had a long feud with Rey in 2005, but after Eddie’s death WWE had no problem in saying that Rey was one of his closest friends. While everybody else was also mourning Eddie’s death, Rey was wearing “Eg” armbands in tribute to his fallen friend.
- John Canton
Sunday night, World Wrestling Entertainment presents the 2015 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event is headlined by WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defending against John Cena and Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat match, not to mention the annual 30-man over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble match.
The official start of the road to WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble is annually one of the most eagerly anticipated shows on the schedule. The drama that surrounds the Rumble match itself, the fact that the WrestleMania card begins taking shape and the unforeseen surprises the company books throughout the show have transformed the event over the years.
No longer does the show sell itself based on the main event alone but, rather, the promise of something extraordinary happening that will undoubtedly shape the creative direction en route to the biggest show the industry has to offer.
- Erik Beaston
The first WWE Monday Night Raw appearance of “The Vigilante” Sting was a big highlight of WWE TV this week. He showed up at the end of the 1 on 3 handicap match that John Cena had against Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane. Since wrestlers are dumb, they all turned around, Sting just pointed at them and then Cena rolled up Rollins to win.
That win by Cena also meant that the three fired wrestlers Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan got their jobs back. Hopefully that puts an end to firing angles because nobody ever cares or believes in them very much, but this WWE we’re talking about. They do the same sort of booking all the time. Nothing ever changes that much.
- John Canton
The WWE Royal Rumble 2015 card will be live on pay per view and the WWE Network this Sunday night. It is one of the biggest wrestling shows in any calendar year, and always sells strongly on the question of who will win the Rumble match and go on to headline WrestleMania.
It isn’t just the 30 man Royal Rumble match that will make the 2015 show feel special. There is also a very interesting WWE Title match as the co main event, with major superstar and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar making a rare in-ring outing. The challengers will be top draw John Cena and elite worker Seth Rollins, so it promises to be one of the best triple threat matches in recent years. There’s genuine mystery over who will leave as WWE Champion.
The rest of the card is a little bland, but the hour rumble and at least »
- Grahame Herbert
A few weeks ago Daniel Bryan did an interview where he talked about how he wanted to be the face of Smackdown. He’s still going to be on Raw all the time, but he made a point in saying that he would like to be a focal point of Smackdown in its new Thursday night timeslot in the Us. That’s nice to hear considering John Cena is rarely on the show, so they do need some star power. Bryan was in the opening segment this week as well as the main event, so WWE is definitely putting him to work.
It was a five match show where three of the matches went longer than ten minutes. That is more than Raw does a lot »
- John Canton
WWE is a company which demands change – given that the promotion shoot television shows 52 weeks out of the year, there needs to be a few hirings and firings, or at least a bit of rotation with the roster. It’s never good when somebody loses their job, that much is certain, but it’s understandable that Vince McMahon and his top-brass would want to shake things up from time to time.
At least, that’s the way it should work. Sadly, WWE have been coasting off the same old stars for too long. Just look at the reaction Batista received upon returning to the company just in time for the 2014 Royal Rumble. For a few moments, most fans were pleased to see him, but such goodwill quickly started to wear off when it became clear he was there to be a huge part of Wrestlemania XXX.
Similarly, John Cena has »
- Jamie Kennedy
There have been very few championship bouts that have ever outshone the Royal Rumble match itself. This Sunday could one of those rare instances.
The main event, which is due to take place before the Rumble match as we have become accustomed to in recent years, pits Seth Rollins against John Cena against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar with the strap on the line.
This match is an intriguing prospect as WWE could go a number of ways with it, which could make it a more memorable match than the event’s title bout.
The champion’s future is up in the air which is bound to play a huge part in proceedings. However, it is widely expected that he will keep the belt until WrestleMania Xxxi where the would be Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns will take it from him.
Cena could win to become a »
- Ross Tweddell
It was a new era in WWE as they headed to the Royal Rumble in 2005. Two years earlier, Brock Lesnar won the Rumble match and was being groomed to be the biggest star in the business for the next decade. Unfortunately, Brock left the company following WrestleMania 20 in 2004, so they had to restart their search to see who would replace Steve Austin and The Rock as the flagbearers of WWE.
Two of the men that were penciled in to step up to the plate were Batista and John Cena. At the time, Batista was still a bit of a heel because he was with Evolution for a couple of years, but the fans knew he was turning against Triple H and Ric Flair by that point. Cena had become one of the biggest babyfaces on the Smackdown brand for about a year, so he was definitely ready to step up. »
- John Canton
It was a new era for WWE as they headed to the 2003 Royal Rumble event. The Rock wasn’t around on a full time basis anymore although he did return for WrestleMania and Steve Austin controversially walked away for much of 2002 after being upset with the creative direction of the company. Others had to fill the void.
Some people like to refer to this period as the “Ruthless Aggression Era” since “attitude” was gone and they were all about making new stars. It was time for the likes of Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista to step up to the plate as the next group of stars that WWE could build around.
In addition to the Rumble match, Scott Steiner debuting (or returning since he was there about a decade earlier) was considered a big deal just because he was a big name from WCW that they just brought in. »
- John Canton
The Royal Rumble match is amongst the rarest of things in professional wrestling: a concept that has lasted generations but that’s still as fresh and exciting as it ever was, and is without doubt still the WWE’s number 2 Pay-Per-View behind WrestleMania.
But it’s more than just the match itself that makes the event. Its placing on the calendar – a few months and two Pay-Per-Views at most before Wrestlemania – makes the whole card feel more important. Each match has repercussions that, in one way or another, shape the next few months. Either shock title changes to set up the Rumble winner’s Wrestlemania match, blowoff matches to feuds that need to be wrapped up before the Wrestlemania stories start, or even wrestlers given one last shot to prove that they deserve to be part of the biggest show of the year.
Either way, because of this »
- Michael Palmer
Fans have been complaining for years about the lack of a good tag team division in wrestling. WWE has, on occasion, given fans hope that things might improve but it has always turned out be a false start. Vince McMahon is reportedly not a huge fan of tag teams, instead focusing his energy on finding the next John Cena.
There’s a theory that tag team wrestling doesn’t draw but that’s nonsense. In the 1980s and into the 90s, tag team matches could do big business if built correctly. The Nwa/WCW were especially good at building up tag team matches enough to do big business. Then again, WCW had a lot of great tag teams on their books so maybe it was a little easier for them.
If you want to feel even more depressed about the current state of tag team wrestling, just take »
- Lewis Howse
When wrestling fans scour the leagues of their beloved profession, the same frustrations continually rear their ugly head. John Cena is still in the same main event position he was a decade ago; WWE are still relying on those same old stars to come back and help pop a monster buyrate for Wrestlemania; and that seemingly ever-present glass ceiling is still prevalent in the company.
Vince McMahon can say all he likes that talent need to step up and grab the top spots themselves – and there is an element of truth to that – but the fact is that WWE need to do more in order to create new stars fans can truly get behind and believe in.
- Jamie Kennedy
The most wonderful time of the year is rapidly approaching, sports fans, it is officially Wrestlemania season. As is tradition, WWE move the initial pieces into play with the first PPV on the calender year, the Royal Rumble. You’ll see thrills and spills, you’ll see near-eliminations, you’ll see Kofi Kingston do something undoubtedly awesome and ridiculous, and you’ll all get to practice your mathematical skills by counting backwards from ten, and when you get it right you’ll be rewarded with the sound of an airhorn and the appearance of some new sweaty person in spandex. What more could you want??
For the first time in a good while, WWE deserves a pat on the back, because the winner is actually hard to predict for once. Last year, it was hoped it would be a surprise win for Daniel Bryan, but in your stony »
Daniel Bryan opened the show and reintroduced the “fired” superstars, who had been reinstated to their jobs after John Cena defeated Seth Rollins on Raw. Erick Rowan talked first, which did not go down well with the crowd. Before Ryback or Dolph Ziggler could get a chance to address their firing, Kane turned up with Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, Big Show and Seth Rollins. It was revealed that the newly rehired talent would need to win Royal Rumble qualifying matches on tonight’s show.
Roman Reigns did an interview »
- Grahame Herbert
On Sunday's all-new Total Divas, two of the Divas were at odds against their men, but they were certainly dressed for the occasion! We pulled our favorite looks so that you can get your favorite WWE Diva look for less. Nikki Bella was involved in a competition against her boyfriend John Cena to see who was better at a variety of sports and games, and while she was backstage chatting about her challenge with the other Divas, she looked stunning in a hot red dress featuring gold studs! Get your own version with TheMogan Stud Embellished Deep V Open Back Bodycon Mini Dress ($31) for all those nights out (or if you want to distract your man during a competition!) Eva Marie was at odds with her »
There were a lot of quick finishes and long soliloquies last night, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There was also a legends panel and a Raw reunion, not all of which was necessarily great. But all anyone will remember is Sting staring down Triple H and Brock Lesnar launching Big Show like he was a duffel bag stuffed with down.
So without either of my feet touching the floor, here are the five things I took away (in addition to some sidebar observations) from the January 19, pre-Royal Rumble edition of Raw. »
So here we are, only a week away from the official launch of the Road to WrestleMania, the 2015 Royal Rumble. The Rumble is one of my personal favourite wrestling shows annually, and has been since I started watching professional wrestling 22 years ago. Let’s see if this episode of Raw, being promoted as a “Reunion Edition”, will be able to get some extra interest on that show.
Brock Lesnar, along with Paul Heyman, comes out first and Brock calls out Rollins due to what Seth did to him (curb stomp anyone?) at the close of last week’s show. Instead of Rollins, Triple H comes out and tries to calm Brock down. Lesnar asks Trips if he wants to fight. Heyman amusingly screams “he pays the bills” to Brock during all of this. Stephanie, along with Kane and Big Show comes down, and tries to appeal to Lesnar to calm down too. »
- Chris Cummings
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