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WWE 2K16’s roster has been leaked on wikipedia. However, it looks unlikely to be the actual roster. Names like Kurt Angle are featured as a WWE Legend, which would be a surprising inclusion given his major active role in Tna Impact Wrestling. The rest of the list is reasonably plausible, albeit with a few other unlikely names.
The list in full is can be read here. The WWE names are Bret Hart, British Bulldog, Brock Lesnar, Doink the Clown, The Great Khali, Goldberg, John Cena, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Sting, Sheamus, Steve Austin, Roman Reigns, Rosa Mendes, Rusev, Ultimate Warrior and Zack Ryder.
In addition, there will apparently be an Ecw roster. That will include Rhyno, Sabu and Sandman.
It is doubtful that this is the real roster. For one, why would Bret Hart »
- Grahame Herbert
To celebrate the release of WrestleMania 31 on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to get their hands on DVD of this historic event!
The latest edition of the WWE’s spectacular flagship event, WrestleMania 31 more than lives up to its billing as the ‘showcase of the immortals’ with a classic collection of enthralling matches and unforgettable moments.
See Roman Reigns and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar square off in one of the most shocking main events in WrestleMania history, as well as the long-awaited debut of ‘The Vigilante’ Sting – an appearance 14 years in the making – as he faces the ever-ruthless Triple H.
Other stellar bouts include The Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt, John Cena vs Rusev and a thrilling seven-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship, alongside groundbreaking appearances by The Rock and the most dangerous woman in the world – Mma sensation Ronda Rousey. »
- Jack G King
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A photo is circulating on Twitter of Rusev in a wheelchair. His leg is bound up in a cast and it appears as if he is needing to be wheeled through the airport.
This follows reports last night that the Bulgarian Brute had injured his leg. Details are limited right now, but obviously it doesn’t look good.
Reports from Smackdown stated that Rusev was selling a leg injury and was helped to the back by trainers. It could be that he is just continuing selling the injury, but it is more likely that something really was up.
Obviously this is terrible timing. He has only just split from Lana and was expected to be involved in a major angle and feud around that. He’s now potentially away from television for months on end while she’s just moving on.
It has been a fairly dismal year. »
- Grahame Herbert
Cast from the HBO hit series and upcoming movie, Entourage, appeared on this week’s Raw and helped WWE make its last night in the Nassau Coliseum memorable. Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara introduced Long Island’s own Zack Ryder as the challenger for John Cena’s United States championship. Even though “Long Island Iced-z” didn’t win the gold, he left a winner. Ryder was able to compete one more time in the historic venue, which has hosted WWE events since 1974. Nxt champion Kevin Owens ruined the feel-good scene by attacking Cena. The “Entourage” crew weren’t the only … Continue reading →
- Scott Fishman
It’s time once more for that big show of the year, the show of shows, the grand-daddy of them all, the biggest professional wrestling and sports entertainment event for fans and performers that there is. This year, held in California, the event features many matches featuring big names from the past and present of WWE, so let’s take a look at Wrestlemania 31, shall we?
On paper, I must admit to not looking forward to a great deal of this year’s WrestleMania, but my excitement was still there, as it always is when this time of year comes around. WWE are always very good at building hype for their big event. The PPVpresented a two-hour kick-off show, with its second hour featuring two matches, two matches that featured a ton of main roster full timers. A four-way tag team title match, and the second annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale. »
- Chris Cummings
What a wild and crazy week it was for WWE in a good way. There were a lot of newsworthy items with Samoa Joe making his anticipated WWE debut at the Nxt special on Wednesday. That came two days after Kevin Owens’ first time on Raw after he got right in John Cena’s face to make a huge statement.
WWE put on three really good shows in four days with Payback on Sunday, Raw was one of the better shows on Monday and then on Wednesday the Nxt Takeover show had what may have been the best match of the week with Sasha Banks beating Becky Lynch to retain the Nxt Women’s Title.
- John Canton
Stone Cold is the master of the middle finger. The chief a** whooper of sorry sons of b*tches. The beer drinker among beer drinkers. The truster of absolutely no one but himself. He won’t hesitate stomping a mudhole in your sorry a** before walking it dry. And other hard hitting catchphrases to that effect.
He’s the toughest Sob in the history of professional wrestling, arguably the biggest star the biggest company in the world has ever produced and a man that lives his life by one set of rules; his own.
If there was a Mount Rushmore of WWE then Austin could well be the featured head. If you were forced to pick four names from the history of wrestling then they would be: Austin, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and John Cena.
None of those other men made such an huge impact in such a short space of time. »
- Ross Tweddell
What an unexpected treat this was, hey?
We’re gearing up for a WWE Network special ‘Elimination Chamber’ event on May 31st. It features a full card of matches, including the much-anticipated main roster debut of Nxt Champion Kevin Owens – who faces United States Champion John Cena – and Seth Rollins defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against old foe Dean Ambrose.
But, just in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s something else. Two things, actually. The Tag Team Championships and the vacated Intercontinental Championship will be decided inside the chamber itself. It’s been a long time coming, and the show is shaping up to be pretty darn exciting.
Two people per pod in the Tag Team title match? Shut up and take my money!
The chamber has been a long-term favourite match for what I’ll guess is a big old bunch of us. The concept »
- Scott Saunders
With the WWE’s recent announcement of the addition of an extra Pay-Per-View event to their schedule, it was obvious that the company was aiming to sweeten the pot for WWE Network subscribers who had signed up during May, free of charge.
Therefore, on Sunday 31st May, subscribers will be treated to a Network-exclusive Elimination Chamber PPV, which when coupled with the Nxt: Takeover event this Wednesday, helps make the Network an enticing proposition for 9.99 per month.
The Chamber has always been the brutal and sadistic structure in which the World Championship was defended, or has been used as a method for superstars to qualify for World Title matches. This years event, however, will be a night of firsts: the first time the Intercontinental Championship and also the Tag Team Championships have ever been defended inside the Chamber.
Over the years, the WWE has worked very hard to »
- Michael Gordon
Maybe the largest takeaway from the this past Monday’s edition of Raw is that Nxt Champion Kevin Owens will be wrestling John Cena for the United States Championship at the Elimination Chamber event on May 31st. The match is the first “champion vs. champion” tilt between WWE’s developmental brand and the main roster, but in featuring indy kingpin Owens versus super-established WWE top guy Cena, it’s a match filled to the brim with intrigue and excitement. Only one question remains: who wins?
There’s a belief that Cena’s the United States Champion as part of him telling a much longer-term story regarding the high number of upstart talents on the WWE roster. Cena having competitive matches with non-main eventers gives the rub to performers up and down the roster who deserve it, and also provides an excellent moment for the company to refresh itself. »
- Marcus K. Dowling
The weird and wonderful world of the WWE is nothing if not unpredictable, no matter what the Internet Wrestling Community might try and tell you. Sure, a lot of the time the booking is thoroughly unimaginative, but that simply lulls fans into a false sense of security, and just when they think they have everything pegged, then comes the swerve.
Any year in wrestling brings unexpected title changes, shock appearances, twist allegiance turns and so on, and the remainder of 2015 should be no different. These 15 moments, whether huge surprises or simply the next logical step story-wise, just might happen over the next 7 months, whether the fans like it or not.
Now, while some of these predictions skirt on the less-plausible side of things, there’s nothing here that’s flat-out outrageous or impossible, like a John Cena heel turn. Sorry folks, as fascinating as it would be to observe, »
- Jack Pooley
When last night’s Raw stopped recording, a match was set that saw John Cena team up with Roman Reigns against Rusev and Seth Rollins. It’s typical that a taping without a match in the last segment would end with what’s known as a dark match as the babyface duo of Cena and Reigns got the win.
The match only went about five minutes. It was likely one of those scenarios where the heels had control for a minute and then the Cena/Reigns came back to get the victory. It’s typical wrestling booking done to send the fans home happy.
What’s notable about it is that Reigns wasn’t on Raw at all this week. It was a bit of surprise to go through the show without seeing him since he’s such a big name and has been featured on Raw so »
- John Canton
Rusev lost to John Cena in the “I Quit” match at Payback. It was a controversial finish since the whole point of the match is for one of the competitors to actually say “I Quit”, yet Rusev never said it. Instead, he started ranting in Bulgarian and his manager Lana went in the ring to quit for him.
According to Reddit user named addictedsc2, here’s the translation of Rusev’s ranting at the end of the match:
“Ahhh no…ahhh I give up! Next time we will crush you! I give up! Stop! I told you! I’ll crush you Cena! Damn your old mother, Cena! I will crush you! That’s enough, I told you!”
When reading that, Rusev didn’t specifically say that he quit. He did say that he gave up and that he felt it was enough, so that’s why Lana went »
- John Canton
Okay, so it’s time for one of those B-shows of the annual WWE calendar, Payback, a show that, on-paper, sounds okay, but isn’t offering too much in terms of fresh or exciting new feuds in my view. We’ll see how the matches go, shall we?
The opening match on the “Kick-off” show saw Stardust lose to R-Truth. A “surprise” match, this was little more than what we see each week on television, and did nothing for either of them really. Truth winning is pretty silly, and goes further into showing how far Cody has fallen since a couple of years ago when he was getting monster pops alongside his brother, Goldust, in tag title matches with The Shield. Oh dear. The second kick-off match saw Damien “Macho Mandow” Sandow and Curtis “Axelmania” Axel, dressed as Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, take on The Ascension. I’m not »
- Chris Cummings
This week’s Raw will likely feature a lot of build up to the Elimination Chamber event taking place on May 31.
With only two weeks of TV to build to the show, WWE will probably announce the six competitors in the Intercontinental Title match to be held in the Elimination Chamber as well as what we expect to be the six teams in the Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber match as well.
For the Intercontinental Title match, no names have been officially announced, although some of the rumored participants are Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, King Barrett and Neville. They could add Ryback and Bray Wyatt to it so that they would have three Payback feuds as a part of the Chamber match. Sheamus has been listed as the Ic Champion in listings for WWE live events although that doesn’t always mean it is official. Sheamus is definitely a »
- John Canton
WWE Payback is less than 24 hours old, but there’s already a distinct impression that the company could have saved themselves a lot of hassle by simply bypassing the event altogether and looking forward to Elimination Chamber. Nonetheless, what looked on paper to be a relatively humdrum card actually came together pretty nicely, and even the matches fans considered as filler worked out well.
The longest match on the card was the one most predicted to last a lengthy duration – John Cena vs. Rusev in an ‘I Quit’ encounter went just a few minutes short of half an hour, with the main event Fatal Four Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Title also going in excess of 20 minutes. Of course, the WWE Divas were allotted the shortest time on the main card, only going a little over 6 minutes, but that was nothing compared to the short, 2-minute collision »
- Jamie Kennedy
Getting low is one thing, but getting back up… John Cena, known for his incredible strength, just proved his brawn once again with his latest video tweet showcasing him squatting a whopping 396 pounds. The WWE sensation and 15-time World Champion is no stranger to vigorous workouts and strict diet plans, as he's got the reputation of doing whatever it takes for the sake of improving his craft. "The speed of life gives us chances to make excuses. Define goals, take a pause, and realize you can move mountains," the Total Divas star tweeted alongside his epic slow-motion clip. The trending video could be ammunition to get Alexander Rusev, his upcoming WWE Payback opponent, shaking in his »
This month is full of WWE special events. On Sunday night it’s the annual May pay-per-view event (also on WWE Network) called Payback. Then on Wednesday May 20 it’s one of the four Nxt two hour live specials on WWE Network and this one is called Nxt Takeover: Unstoppable. This past Monday WWE announced another May special event that is exclusive to WWE Network that is called Elimination Chamber.
The question today is what one of these three events do you care about the most? Here’s a quick overview of the three shows.
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Payback on May 17
- John Canton
WWE Payback is just around the corner and a number of scores will be settled.
Well, that’s the whole premise of the show isn’t it?
What would be the point in Rusev recapturing the United States Championship and then having to go into yet another programme with John Cena? If Rusev wins then payback is his, if Cena wins then he has won the war.
We’ve seen enough of most of the rivalries on the card, let us all move on.
There have been plenty of instances where payback has been more than deserved over the years in WWE, while there has also been those moments when payback was more than deserved but one half of the divide got away before it could be sought after.
It’s the nature of the beast. Story lines intertwine and go back and forth. If someone upsets someone, »
- Ross Tweddell
Nobody in wrestling history has garnered more support and heat than John Cena. Now openly acknowledged as a ‘polarising’ figure by WWE announcers, he has divided the opinion of their fanbase for years. His detractors are often just as passionate as his fans, showering him with boos at live events, composing incredibly detailed critiques on messageboards, and singing “John Cena sucks” in time with his theme music. Many agree that the WWE would be a better place without him.
But is this really the case? Of all the figures inside the WWE to voice their opinions on Cena, the vast majority speak very highly of his professionalism, his personality, and even his much-maligned wrestling ability. Even those who believe themselves more worthy of his stardom (most notably Cm Punk) usually concede that he deserves such massive success.
This success is partially down to luck – that fact is indisputable. »
- Jack G King
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