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December is finally here and a brand new year will soon be upon us. As WWE fans embark on a new chapter, they’ll be inclined to wonder about what the world’s biggest wrestling company has planned for the coming twelve months…
Looking back, 2014 wasn’t exactly a banner year for the WWE. It began well enough, with the continuation of the excellent ‘Daniel Bryan vs. Authority’ angle that (eventually) became the focal point for WrestleMania XXX. Sadly, that turned out to be an example of ‘failing in reverse’ as WWE put all its stock behind the big money return of Batista (about which nobody cared) and only grudgingly got behind Bryan after they realised that he was ridiculously over with fans all around the world.
From there, it all rolled downhill (and rather rapidly, it has to be said)…
Cm Punk decided to bugger off home, »
- Chris Quicksilver
When Muhammad Ali was banned from boxing due to his stance against the Vietnam War, he maintained that he, having never been legitimately dethroned, was the true champion. Similarly, while the WWE may have dreams of pushing Roman Reigns as the next best thing, if Daniel Bryan is fit and ready to partake in WrestleMania 31, he, like Ali, can claim that the title still belongs around his waist.
With Mania approaching, it seems the WWE has decided to proceed with the plan of a Lesner vs Reigns headliner. But many are of the view that Reigns is too rough and, at present, too limited a performer to carry the company’s torch forward. Some in this camp »
- Daniel Linde
John Cena has been the face of WWE for close to 10 years now. His main event run has far exceeded the length of Steve Austin’s, The Rock’s, and even Hulk Hogan’s. But his time on top is coming to a close. It may not be within the next year or two, but Vince McMahon is going to need to find a successor.
Ryback was too one-dimensional, Cm Punk was too much of a headache and Daniel Bryan doesn’t fit the archetype that McMahon has laid forth for what he wants in a superstar. A man who does fit that vision is Roman Reigns.
Much like the producers of the 007 films having to find a new James Bond every few years, the boss appears to have chosen Reigns as his next guy to carry the company. Since breaking away from The Shield, he’s been »
- Andrew Soucek
Universal’s Sisters has all the makings of a comic classic and it’s still a year away from release. Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore from a script by SNL scribe Paula Pell, those two factors alone suggest it could be next year’s biggest chucklefest. On top of that winning foundation, throw two small-screen comics who have completely invigorated the TV slate with 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation and you can consider us very, very excited indeed.
Previously titled The Nest, Sisters follows Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s estranged sisters who return to their family abode as their parents announce they’re about to move. Intending to clear out the clutter, the pair rekindle their sibling relationship and decide to throw one final party to say goodbye to their childhood home. As expected, the bash gets out of hand but the duo learn a lot about life, »
- Gem Seddon
Three-time Golden Globe Awards hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are finally reuniting once again on the big screen with the upcoming comedy Sisters, with the first two photos debuting through Entertainment Weekly's 2015 preview issue. The actresses are best known for their work on the small screen, with their respective hits 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, which is heading into its final season starting next month. However, they have also paired up on the big screen as well in 2004's Mean Girls and 2008's Baby Mama, and they both had cameos in last year's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
In Sisters, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play two siblings who learn that their childhood house is about to be sold. Before the new owners can take over, they throw one last massive party in their old home. The stellar supporting cast is rounded out by James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph, »
2014 was certainly a crazy year for the WWE. In the last 12 months the WWE created and has proceeded to cement three bright new stars in Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Brock Lesnar dominated 2014, shocking us all by ending the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania 30 and then going on to destroy John Cena at Summerslam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. 2014 also saw the rise of Nxt, their quarterly special events and the superstars of the future like Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, Finn Balór, Hideo Itami and Kevin Owens. 2014 also had its fair share of surprising releases.
That’s right, several people were released by the WWE in 2014, from a Punjabi giant, to a main event playah, to a beer tossing timekeeper and more than one former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion. It’s terrible to see anybody lose their job, but »
- Matthew J. Douglas
It was announced on Wednesday that the January 19 edition of Raw in Dallas will be a Raw Reunion episode with WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) and likely future Hall of Famer Kevin Nash on the show. The “Raw Reunion” is similar to WWE running “Old School Raw” where they brought back a lot of past stars, so look for more names to be announced soon.
What’s interesting about that edition of Raw is that it takes place one week before the Royal Rumble. The advertised main event is John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match. There’s a chance that is only a dark match, but as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that is likely going to be the main event of Raw so that they could end it by having the lumberjacks brawling to set up the Rumble match. »
- John Canton
2014 is almost in the books, another 12 months of entertainment from WWE has come and gone. The pro wrestling behemoth began the year with the rise of Daniel Bryan and ended it with no indication of when he will be back in the ring. Cm Punk was likely on his way to facing Triple H at WrestleMania 30 and now he’s heading to Ufc. Though WWE’s one constant John Cena was on top as the face of the company and he is in the exact same place right now.
So some things did not change that much at all for WWE. But in many ways, it’s just not the same environment that fans encountered when 2014 began. Indeed, there has been an added sense of urgency to the company that just was not there back in January.
Much of that comes from the critical success of Nxt REvolution, »
- Tom Clark
Oh, what a three hours and five minutes it was in Detroit's oft-referenced Joe Louis Arena on Monday night. Faces long in absentia descended, queasy alliances seemed to gel and poor Fandango and Adam Rose were emphatically re-cemented as transitional squash talent.
It's a lot to take in, I know. But neither quiver nor fret, because as always, I've broken the action down into five essential takeaways. And, as a bonus, thrown in a bunch of stuff that may have taught us nothing, but gave everyone something to tweet about. »
World Wrestling Entertainment looked toward the future to strengthen its present in 2014.
After years of fans begging the company to change things up, to reinvent itself by pushing younger talent to the spots traditionally held solely by John Cena and Randy Orton, fans got their wish. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Rusev were integral parts of WWE programming this year, laying the groundwork for the next generation.
Not only were they important pieces of the puzzle that was WWE in 2014, they headlined pay-per-views, defeated some of the top stars in the industry and didn’t just bask in the spotlight, they stole it from those Superstars who had become stale and complacent. In the process, they were part of moments and matches that will forever be associated with this year.
Bray Wyatt’s parlor tricks and mind games wowed audiences while Seth Rollins »
- Erik Beaston
If that match sounds familiar it’s because it is. They faced off at SummerSlam in August when Lesnar decimated Cena to become the WWE Champion and then one month later at Night of Champions, Cena won by disqualification after the interference of Seth Rollins. Even though Cena didn’t lose the rematch, he had to beat Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell to become the number one contender. That’s exactly what happened. After Cena beat Seth Rollins at TLC last night, he kept his number one contender status and he still gets his title shot at the Royal Rumble.
It has been three months since we have seen Lesnar on WWE television although he is scheduled »
- John Canton
Brock Lesnar is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion that we haven’t seen in three months. He’s scheduled to return to Raw this coming Monday night as WWE prepares to built up to what will likely be another WWE Title match against John Cena at the 2015 Royal Rumble.
There are a lot of differing opinions on Lesnar from WWE fans because they know that he’s a great performer, but they are also frustrated that WWE would put the WWE Title on a guy that has been sitting at home for the past three months. We’ve heard Lesnar’s good friend and advocate Paul Heyman say that Lesnar works a reduced schedule in order to make his appearance seem more special when he is there, which makes sense although it has hurt the WWE Title by having three straight PPVs without a WWE Title match on it. »
- John Canton
In other wrestling news this week, Nxt: R Evolution has already embarrassed the yet-to-air Tables, Ladders and Chairs and (sigh) Stairs. If only Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville had been working in a stairs match instead then we would have seen a real classic!
Meanwhile, The Ascension had their first vignette on SmackDown. Too bad they lost all of their most recent matches in Nxt. Is that how promotions work? And on SmackDown, we finally got a glimpse into how wrestlers prepare for matches as John Cena had two pieces of paper with the words “Game Plan” written on them. Good thing the heels didn’t steal that and learn all of their secrets like…um… »
- Andrew Soucek
The WWE is clearly in the midst of a transitional period. As reliable stars like John Cena and Randy Orton continue to become stale, the creative team has used 2014 as an attempt to build new main event talent. The three former members of The Shield have all been given a huge platform since the stable fell apart in dramatic fashion earlier in the year and the members of the Wyatt Family are beginning to get their time in the spotlight.
However, there are a handful of WWE performers who are currently stagnating in a sort of career purgatory. They have either become stale in their current character or have simply failed to find their niche within the crowded landscape of WWE programming. Television time is precious and some acts simply aren’t exciting enough to justify their inclusion on Raw or Smackdown.
For many of these acts, though, »
- Tom Beasley
On the Total Divas midseason finale, we were left with many unanswered questions. Will John Cena and Nikki Bella break up? Are Nattie Neidhart and Tj going to get divorced? How is married life for Eva Marie? Well don't you worry because your favorite ladies will be returning to E! on January 4 and they'll have two new Divas coming along with them! In the above sneak peek, the Divas look toned and ready for action as they share empowering descriptions of the Divas they are. The beautiful Victoria Elizabeth Crawford, known in the ring as Alicia Fox and the lovely Saraya-Jade Bevis, commonly known as Paige will be joining the Divas cast! We can hardly wait for 2015, simply because »
Closing out 2014 is the last pay-per-view event, Tables, Ladders and Chairs… and Stairs. This is one of WWE’s biggest gaps between PPV’s and there’s a lot to wrap up and accomplish before going forward to 2015 and the Road to WrestleMania. Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s event.
It appears that this rivalry will finally end with what should be a highly entertaining match. The two leaders (or at least the mouth pieces) of the greatest two stables in recent memory will duke it out in a TLC match. They’re not fighting for a title or a briefcase, so it will be interesting to see what exactly will be hanging above the ring. Both have had a great 2014 and will need a win in order to start the next year strong. My prediction is that Dean »
- Francois Chang
WWE have officially rebranded this Sunday’s live Network special as TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs … and Stairs. It will also be airing on pay per view, coming live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Once again, this will be a WWE show without the Champion. Brock Lesnar is not scheduled to be involved in any way, meaning that TLC is without an obvious show closing main event. Maybe it will be Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt in the TLC match, or perhaps John Cena vs Seth Rollins in the table match is considered the headliner. Anything could be going on last.
As you’d expect, it is a gimmick heavy show. However, too many ingredients can spoil the broth. A collection of gimmick matches does not equal quality. You can’t help but feel that this show is missing the Champ more than any of the other recent efforts have. »
- Grahame Herbert
In this festive time it’s often difficult to remember the true meaning of Christmas. What with austerity cuts, rising unemployment and, for many, the prospect of another lonely Yuletide, it’s often easy to forget that inspiration is just around the corner. That inspiration to pull you through the difficult times and drag you, blinking, into the world of success and happiness.
It’s all too easy, as the snow falls, to find inspiration in the Bible and the story of Christ’s birth. It’s also an obvious decision to look at the World War I football match between the Tommies and the Hun, a moment when two warring factions laid down arms and played perhaps the most important game of football ever seen. Sometimes though, you need to look past the obvious inspirations of organised religion and war time heroes and sometimes you need to »
- Hugh Firth
WWE’s pulling out all of the stops for Wrestlemania 30 with the planned bout between Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker joining a card featuring Triple H wrestling Sting, there are two matches already set that could likely, by themselves, sell the show. As well, when adding yet-to-be-announced matches with the likes of WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Money in the Bank Briefcase holder Seth Rollins, and his ex-Shield mates Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to the mix, too, it’s shaping up to be quite the impressive event. But, again, let’s clearly state that Bray Wyatt is wrestling The Undertaker. Yeah. That’s going to be a *thing*.
Bray Wyatt is arguably the most intriguing character on WWE television in well over a decade. His level of craftsmanship in developing a character is unparalleled in this generation, as judged by the difficulty that both John Cena and »
- Marcus K. Dowling
This holiday season a lot of people are doing good, especially the WWE Divas and Superstars! The Bella Twins, along with John Cena, Rosa Mendes and various other celebs that include the Kardashians, Carson Daly, and more have joined forces to put together a series of celebrity messages as part of the WWE's 12th Annual Tribute to the Troops, which celebrates servicemen and women's dedication and commitment to our country! Giuliana Rancic also put together a personal video just for the troops! "Every day, brave men and women all around the world are displaying astounding amounts of courage as they serve in our armed forces risking their lives to protect our lives," she reveals in the above »
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