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Wow, this season of Total Divas has been one wild ride to say the least! It started out when Brie Bella betrayed sister Nikki Bella by going behind her back and encouraging John Cena to let Nikki go due to their differing views on children, which prompted him to take Brie's advice and go on a break with Nikki! Nikki was heartbroken over the breakup but after she discovered her own family was behind it, she was majorly pissed off and began a feud with her sister—both in and out of the ring! In addition to the Bella Twins, there were plenty of other shocking moments, like when Eva Marie confessed to her husband that she didn't want children, as well as the night Rosa Mendes decided to put the moves on WWE »
Smackdown opened this week with a promo from Dolph Ziggler. He put over his desire to be in the WrestleMania Ic Title ladder match, and started talking about Daniel Bryan, before Luke Harper and Bad News Barrett ran in and attacked.
Eventually, Dean Ambrose came in for the save. During the exchanges, R Truth appeared and stole the intercontinental title belt.
In the first match of the evening, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated Los Matadores.
Ryback defeated Kane with a meathook clothesline. This was quick and the story was that Kane was distracted. As such, Kane booked Ryback into a match with Big Show. This ended with Show winning via the knockout punch, after Kane interfered.
Big E »
- Grahame Herbert
We are into March and it is only a little more than a month until WrestleMania 31 in California. Last week was one of the times when I felt like I’d wasted time watching Raw, so I was hoping the Road to WrestleMania might take a more interesting and entertaining turn tonight, and I’m glad to say that, for the most-part, it did.
With the same old matches now being booked again, and some surprising things happening, this episode of Raw from New Jersey was good. It wasn’t great, but some of the parts of it were, and we’ll get into that in this column.
Dean Ambrose defeated Bad News Barrett The Uso’s & Naomi beat Tyson Kidd, Cesaro & Natalya John Cena squashed Curtis Axel Paige beat Nikki Bella via Dq Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper Seth Rollins beat Roman Reigns
The opening segment of »
- Chris Cummings
In the modern era, the business of pro wrestling moves extremely fast. WWE produces a ton of weekly content, spanning across a wide variety of platforms, including standard television, YouTube and the WWE Network – so fast-paced is the world of WWE, that there’s a finite shelf life for each act, meaning the roster – specifically the mid-card – has a high turnover of performers.
Names such as John Cena, Triple H and Randy Orton may have been around for the better part of 15 years (even longer in the case of Hhh), but a lot of wrestlers don’t have that luxury, coming and going from the spotlight before many have even had time to digest their character.
Sometimes, wrestlers vanish so suddenly that fans are left scratching their heads, wondering just where they disappeared to? Often, there are reasons behind such sabbaticals, but it can nonetheless be quite jarring »
- Jamie Kennedy
Welcome to an exciting episode of Raw is Rollins. With just four weeks until WrestleMania, WWE clearly has its main matches lined up, even if several haven’t been formally announced. The game the company is playing is trying to string things along and build to the announcements shortly before Mania so things don’t sputter between matchmaking and the matches themselves.
Unfortunately, that means that everything that happens between now and then involves a lot of strange wheel-spinning. We know John Cena will face Rusev in a rematch, but WWE has to stretch it out. Randy Orton is going to get his comeuppance on Seth Rollins for the curbstomps last November. Damien Mizdow is going to stand up to the Miz. But none of these matches have been declared, and in two of their cases, they are a few steps away from even being announced.
As a result, »
- Scott Carlson
This week in the world of professional wrestling, Wade Barrett lost two more non-title matches to the surprise of no one. Paul Heyman said he’d pick Roman Reigns over Bruno Sammartino and Steve Austin, which no one believed. Brock Lesnar decided to go home, and Curtis Axel amazed the world with the best promo of his career on Raw. Then he quickly butchered his next one on SmackDown by saying he’d been in the Royal Rumble match for hours, not days. Perhaps this mistake will lead to more dumb luck which will somehow get him more TV time.
We also saw John Cena get kicked in the balls at Fastlane which was kind of fun. Then the announcers ruined it by putting more focus on Cena losing because everyone suddenly thinks he’s old and frail. Forget that he was kicked in the nards! The storyline »
- Andrew Soucek
WWE and Madison Square Garden played host to ‘Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night’ on friday. The special New York City house show was notable for seeing Madison Square Garden unveiling a Hulk Hogan banner in the arena rafters. That tribute will permanently hang alongside banners for the Rangers and Knicks.
It really is a fantastic tribute to the WWE and Hulk. It recognises the importance of the WWE and Hulkamania in the history of Madison Square Garden. Hogan was very emotional. This was the place where Hulkamania was born, and now a banner stating “30 Years Of Hulkamania” will forever recognise his legacy.
WWE also presented Hogan with a special painting and gave him a tribute video package. This was all the main event of the show and it featured appearances from Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Ric Flair and Triple H. They did the Nwo reunion, followed by Flair and »
- Grahame Herbert
John Cena doesn't think there's an age limit on weight room domination ... telling TMZ Sports 69-year-old Vince McMahon is an absolute Terror on the racks. The WWE superstar was out in NYC (wearing only a t-shirt in the freezing weather) when we asked him about Vm's recent Men's Fitness Magazine cover where the guy looked like an Aarp Incredible Hulk. Check out the clip -- Cena says that McMahon's biceps aren't just for show and »
- TMZ Staff
This week’s Smackdown had a different feel to it just because they actually put a lot of focus on the Intercontinental Title. It was so refreshing to see that simply due to the fact that WWE has done a poor job of promoting secondary titles in recent years.
It’s a smart move on WWE’s part because with no WWE Champion Brock Lesnar on Smackdown, no John Cena and no Randy Orton, they can focus on some upper midcard performers and also their second most prestigious male singles title. Caring about the Ic Title is something fans have been hoping to see for many years. Maybe Smackdown can continue to promote those secondary titles more.
A segment that won’t be mentioned as an up or a down was seeing Us Champion Rusev get involved with Jack Swagger. Rusev was with Lana ripping on John Cena for being a loser, »
- John Canton
After what was a rather bland and unexciting PPV at Fastlane, WWE continue to hype the upcoming 31st WrestleMania event, an event in which many of the matches seem to be either confirmed, or all but confirmed with strong reasons to think they’ll happen. On the card, it seems we will see Roman Reigns in a one-on-one match against WWE World Champ Brock Lesnar. The Undertaker against Bray Wyatt. Sting against Triple H. The second Andre the Giant Invitational Battle Royale. These, and others, will fill the card, and it is likely that many of these matches will fall short of what many fans wanted to see happen at the big show. It’s a shame that these matches are going to happen because WWE have a terrific roster and could have put on a much more imaginative and enticing extravaganza this year. Oh well.
Tonight’s show begins »
- Chris Cummings
Aj Lee has tweeted Stephanie McMahon about the WWE’s failures in the Diva division. Aj pointed out that women performers earn substantially less than WWE male performers. She also criticised the lack of screen time assigned to the women.
The tweets were in a public place and made Stephanie look like a hypocrite. Earlier in the week, Steph had tweeted about how great it was that a Hollywood actress was demanding the movie industry pay female performers equally to men.
Hilariously, Steph used the hashtag #UseYourVoice, so Aj’s response was quite simply doing as her boss had requested. “Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times,” Aj tweeted, “And yet they receive a fraction of the wages & screen time of the majority of the male roster. #UseYourVoice.”
Stephanie probably never expected that reaction when originally tweeting »
- Grahame Herbert
The Road to WrestleMania continues, and we make a final PPV stop at the first WWE Fastlane PPV. When we leave this show tonight we should have a clearer view of what the big show in March will have in store for us, and hopefully we’ll have seen some interesting and entertaining matches and angles too. On paper it looks like it could be a decent show, but it all depends on the booking decisions and where the path leads after the show is over. So, let’s get on with this, shall we?
The opening match of the evening saw Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback take on Seth Rollins, Kane and Big Show in six man tag team action. The match, to me, felt like a typical Raw main event. It didn’t feel big, the fans were into it no more or less than they would be on »
- Chris Cummings
Even though Total Divas classifies itself as a “reality” program, a good majority of the moments that happen on the show are just as scripted as the storylines in the WWE. It appears on the E! Network, whose method of “reality” programming storytelling is simple: create drama where none originally exists.
Here’s how it works: Reality Star A is sitting at lunch with Trusted Friend B talking about a party or related shindig happening later in the evening, and says, “I really hope Mean Person C doesn’t show up uninvited. I really can’t stand him/her.” And sure enough, Mean Person C incredibly shows up at said shindig, because the producers of the show set the whole thing up.
This differs, for your information, from the MTV method of “reality” programming storytelling which involves getting a bunch of clinically insane people in a confined space, supplying »
- Justin Seagull
Sheamus has been a regular member of the WWE roster for about six years. He started on the Ecw brand in 2009, had a really solid feud with Goldust on that show and then moved over to Raw. In just his second PPV match, he beat John Cena to win the WWE Title. It was a rare occurrence where WWE decided to push somebody new to the main event level quickly.
During his WWE career, Sheamus (real name Stephen Farrelly) started out as a heel and then turned babyface a few years ago. With his return set to happen any day now, he’s rumored to go back to being a heel mainly because his babyface run became very boring.
- John Canton
With the way WWE handles their younger talent, the topic of younger main event players and World Champions is a hot button issue on the internet. Fans have been growing quite tired of the “same old, same old”, and they want to see some new, fresh blood infused into the top of the card.
Even though it seems like the “old guard” is on top of the company all the time these days, it really is nothing compared to the past. The ten entries on this list all won World Titles at much more “advanced” ages than the likes of John Cena or Randy Orton are today.
For the sake of keeping the argument relatively simple, this is only being kept to the following title histories: Wwwf/WWF/WWE, WCW, Ecw, Tna and Nwa (from inception until WCW left the fold, and then in their years with Tna only).
- Aaron Hyden
John Cena definitely loves Nikki Bella... In the above clip from this Sunday's Total Divas, the WWE Diva is doing her makeup when her boyfriend surprises her with a big box. But what on earth could be in it? "Whoa, that thing is huge!" Nikki exclaims when John sets the box down. "Where is it from?" The second Nikki opens the box, she can barely believe her eyes. It's the $15,000 purse she wanted...and John bought it for her! "John! Thank you!" Nikki exclaims before setting the bag down and covering her man in kisses. "Oh my god, I love it! After countless kisses John is covered in pink lipstick, but he doesn't seem to mind! Watch the »
Young children have a curious take on the world of professional wrestling. A sweeping generalisation for sure, but how else can people explain the fascination with John Cena’s multi-coloured wardrobe? Attend any WWE live event, and fans will be met with an incredibly unique visual – on one side, adults boo Cena relentlessly, hating that he’s being shoved down their collective throats. On the other, young kids are enraptured by his every move, and it becomes clear why WWE refuse to turn the man heel.
Going back to your own youth, there would have been pro wrestling characters who pushed all the right buttons for your young, wide-eyed self. Perhaps it was the red and yellow of Hulkamania which captured your imagination, or maybe you were even one of those youngsters who preferred the bad guys, being taken in by the antics of the cocky, brash Shawn Michaels of the early-1990’s. »
- Jamie Kennedy
The debut show for WWE’s Fastlane is this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. Let’s be honest here, this is a pretty weak substitute for the traditional February Elimination Chamber. The “Fastlane” name and brand identity is the best that WWE creative could muster? There’s a random connection to fast cars and it plays on the Road To WrestleMania connotations a little. But it is all just a bit soft and the name hasn’t really caught on with wrestling fans.
That’s not to say the action won’t deliver. On the night it could be very entertaining – it is matches that ultimately make shows. There’s particular pressure on Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns to deliver. They’re the main event and on paper should be the best match. Bryan is an exceptional worker and the story has been fairly strong going in. Fans are »
- Grahame Herbert
WWE’s Fastlane event is coming up on Sunday, February 22 and is promising to be a big night for the company. It’s the last major one before the granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania 31 and that means that this night could hold many surprises as well as many storyline swerves.
Damien Mizdow’s issues with The Miz could boil over, Sting is expected to be on hand and the possibility that The Deadman could come back is hanging over the road to WrestleMania.
The fact is that Fastlane is the night that should spark the fire of WrestleMania. It sets the stage and whets the appetite of fans all around the world. What happens at Fastlane will determine what happens at Mania and because of that it’s important that the night be action packed and come off without a hitch.
- Tom Clark
WWE Survivor Series 2014 was an event that showed it was time for a product refresh. This was probably why the big story for the pay-per-view was Vince McMahon pitting Team Authority vs Team Cena in battle with the tease that we would see the downfall of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon… surely that couldn’t happen could it? (insert knowing wink here)
As usual when a pay-per-view like WWE Survivor Series 2014 starts with a tag team match this is one of the quality fights of the card. In a Fatal 4-Way match between Goldust & Stardust vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The Miz & Mizdow the teams did their usual spots and even came up with a good ending. 2014 saw a strong year for the tag team division and this was a match that showed just why, surely WWE can’t mess that up can they?
It may seem unfair »
- Paul Metcalf
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