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To paraphrase the immortal Brodus Clay, call your momma. And while you're at it, also call your Grammy, because it's time to look back at the folks who won a Slammy.
Actually, I won't be spending much time on Monday night's annual sports-entertainment awards ceremony, which one imagines may have been better served as a bit of exclusive WWE Network programming. I will, however, touch on the final foundations laid for the company's TLC…and Stairs PPV. As always, I've broken the action down into five essential takeaways and, as a bonus, »
You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest and there you have last night's installment of Monday Night Raw.
With the Authority finally usurped, fans got some much-needed relief from Hhh and Stephanie's omnipresence (at least after the opening segment) and were rewarded for their patience with the return of one-night Gm Daniel Bryan. And after a rather lengthy series of monologues and mandates, grown men and women tussled and toiled, belts were defended and retained and Kane ended his night covered in a hellacious combination of condiments. »
This time of year is a great one for those who enjoy pro wrestling and video games. This year is even more special because WWE 2K15 will make its debut on the current generation of consoles PS4 and Xbox One. With new consoles come better graphics along with more processing power to allow the games to do even more than was ever done before. WWE 2K15 will be the second game under the umbrella of 2K Sports after several years of being published through Thq. While the game is already out for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the wait for the PS4 and Xbox One is not too far away as it will be released on November 18th.
The development of an annually-released title is a year-round process. Even before this year’s game ships out, work is already being done for next year’s game. Due to this, »
- Jeremy Bennett
Despite that enthusiastic headline, the flipside of Randy Orton's triumphant return to fan favorite last night – which concluded with his bloody head being curb-stomped into the dreaded steel stairs – all but sealed some time on the shelf so he can film The Condemned 2. But hey, if Dean Ambrose can come back from hiatus after shooting Lockdown/getting storyline-sidelined after an Authority beat-down, Randy should be able to milk the most out of returning in several weeks time.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves or dabble entirely in speculation. »
The 2014 edition of the Hell In A Cell pay per view has come and went. It took place in Dallas, Texas, and the event had the standard eight matches including four title matches and two matches within the Hell In A Cell structure. In the pre-show leading up to the pay per view, we had your usual panel of Renee Young, Booker T, and Alex Riley. The special guest this month was a great one in Paul Heyman. Anytime you can get analysis and insight from Heyman on what is going on outside of Brock Lesnar is a treat. You also have to figure that he wanted a front row seat for the John Cena v. Randy Orton match as the winner will be the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The four titles that were up for grabs at Hell In A Cell were the United States, »
- Jeremy Bennett
Different cultures wipe their slate clean at varying points on the Gregorian calendar. For instance, Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah just over a month ago, while Chinese descendants await their annual New Year festivities this coming February.
For the WWE, last night's Raw represented some kind of fresh start in their cyclical programming, as several superstars either went back to the drawing board and/or returned from hiatus, ready to spark new rivalries and set aside any residual SummerSlam rancor. As always, in the interest of providing a service to you readers, »
Raise your hands if, like me, you assumed Randy Orton would cost Seth Rollins his win against Dean Ambrose in the Hell in a Cell main event, putting their feud front and center, while Bray Wyatt would return from retooling on Raw and pick a fight with Ambrose.
Raise the other one if, when Wyatt ran interference during Ambrose and Rollins' disappointing main-event blow-off, you said to yourself, "Much as I love nearly being right, and an enjoy an homage to Princess Leia's Star Wars hologram, what was accomplished here »
WWE’s Hell In A Cell event will take place this weekend on October 26th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. With WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar not booked for the show, we instead get a double main event – John Cena vs Randy Orton, and Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins. These two cell matches are worthy substitutes for the show not having the WWE title. We are particularly excited for Ambrose vs Rollins which will be a feud ender and promises to deliver a potential match of the year. As for Orton and Cena, they at least carry the stipulation of the winner getting a future title match with Lesnar. That makes this stale match-up feel that little bit more interesting.
- Grahame Herbert
Night of Champions is a pay per view concept that should, really, make it one of the biggest WWE shows of the year. A show where, on paper, every WWE championship is defended, is something that should be promoted as a huge deal, but sadly this didn’t feel so big. The lead up to the show was mediocre, and many of the matches were rematches from previous events, so it wasn’t an event that was going to cause a massive amount of excitement, but, regardless, the show itself turned out to be okay, with some very good matches, and some not-so-good ones too.
I’ll start with the negatives of this event. The Mark Henry vs. Rusev match was tedious and bland, and though there have been much worse Henry matches, it just didn’t interest me. Rusev as the anti-American heel is over, he gets heat, but »
- Chris Cummings
The fifth annual Hell in a Cell Pay Per View is this Sunday, highlighted by two Hell in a Cell matches. Randy Orton (if he’s not too injured to compete) will take on John Cena with the winner going on to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In another match that should be the main event of the show, Seth Rollins takes on Dean Ambrose.
The rest of the card will be rounded out by title matches and grudge matches. Sheamus will defend the Us Title against The Miz, the Usos will get their rematch against Tag Champions Stardust and Goldust, Aj Lee will defend the Divas Championship against Paige, Brie Bella will face her sister Nikki in a match where the loser will be the winner’s personal assistant for a month, and The Big Show will face Rusev.
The fact that the »
- Justin Seagull
WWE’s Smackdown show was taped from Wichita, Kansas this week. The Hell In A Cell go-home show will air this Friday and it represents WWE’s final effort to sell the show.
The broadcast will open up with Dean Ambrose in the ring for a promo. He called out Seth Rollins and emphasised their storied history. The heel then came out and informed Ambrose that he’d be seeing him later in the show. This was a pretty low-profile opening and too reminiscent of the standard angles we’ve been seeing for weeks now.
The Miz and Damien Sandow beat Los Matadores in a throw-away filler match.
- Grahame Herbert
There have been better go-home shows. But then again, an episode of SmackDown still stands between us and Hell in a Cell, so all may not be lost. The folks in Kansas City did their darndest to put a promo-heavy Raw on their shoulders with equal parts passionate interaction and irksome subversion – poor Randy Orton – and the minority of talent who squared off in the ring (i.e. Usos, Mizdow, Gold/Stardust, Ziggler/Cesaro, etc.) ran circles around the night's plodding microphone work.
But in the interest of providing a service to you readers, »
This week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw was the last episode before Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV. New matches were announced to give seven total matches for the PPV at this point while the Kickoff Show has a special event too. Here’s a rundown of everything we know so far.
They spent most of Raw pushing the idea that there will be a double main event at Hell in a Cell with two matches inside of the actual cell. We knew that going in, but we don’t know what match is going to go on last at this point.
- John Canton
It has been a trying time for WWE recently. Since the launch of the WWE Network a lot has happened. Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Title, got injured and was forced to forfeit the belt. Cena won the belt soon afterwards. The Shield split up, Roman Reigns began his ascension to the top of WWE and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose began a feud with one another. Bray Wyatt was squashed by John Cena in a crappy feud, and then Chris Jericho returned to WWE, beating Wyatt in his return PPV match. There were a lot of things wrong with WWE television, and still are, with the product becoming stale and the feuds becoming either too long or rehashed too many times. So, we head in to SummerSlam, for the sixth consecutive year held in Los Angeles, California; and a card that isn’t exactly captivating on paper, though »
- Chris Cummings
Is WWE out of ideas? Can they not think of any more potential combinations of talent to wrestle? We saw Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton have their 16th televised one-on-one match since 2011, Goldust and Stardust face off against The Usos (in either tag or singles matches) for the 15th time since just September 1st, and witnessed Dean Ambrose beat Kane in a variety of matches now six times in a row. Just leave him alone Dean! The man has had enough!
But the cherry on top of our sundae, or more like the vomit on top of our week old stale garbage pile is WWE announcing John Cena vs. Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell. Vince McMahon is just clearly messing with us at this point. That match wouldn’t entice someone to tune into Superstars to watch it, let alone subscribe to the Network.
Well, the »
- Andrew Soucek
The WWE Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View takes place on Sunday October 26th in Dallas, Texas. There were five weeks between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell. It seemed like WWE took their sweet time in getting their card set up. There were all kinds of rumors about what matches might take place and in what setting, but now it seems like they have everything in order.
The two main events were set up on Raw while others were confirmed on WWE.com as well. Here’s a look at the five announced matches.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell Match - Ambrose faces Rollins after he beat John Cena on Raw in a “Contract in a Pole” Match that he won because of the interference of The Authority. While Cena was giving Kane an Attitude Adjustment, Ambrose scaled the turnbuckle »
- John Canton
Smackdown was taped this week from Birmingham, Alabama. It will air this Friday and hopefully do better ratings than the Smackdown 15th Anniversary Show – which surprisingly dropped viewers.
Seth Rollins opened proceedings with an in-ring promo. There was major heat and Seth played it brilliantly, saying that he’s the future of WWE. He commented that Dean Ambrose should be in a strait-jacket, not a Hell In A Cell. Dolph Ziggler then entered and surprised Rollins with a dropkick. We then get the opening match.
Rollins (unsurprisingly) beat Ziggler with the Curb Stomp. There was good heat for it and Ambrose came out afterwards to talk about what he’s going to do at Hell In A Cell. That brought out Kane who made a match for later, himself versus Ambrose.
- Grahame Herbert
As was made very clear by Big Show's awkward references to "Hot Atlanta" and Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes' ornamental inclusion, last night's Raw did indeed take place in the Peach State's proud capital city. And convenient as it would be to suggest all three hours were the pits, that would be a fuzzy recounting of events.
For those who like their action between the bells, Raw offered its most filler-free installment in recent memory, buoyed by unexpected booking swerves that kept anticipation high from opening bout to main event. »
It has been expected to be happening for several weeks and now it’s official. At WWE Hell in a Cell on October 26th, John Cena will face Dean Ambrose in a singles match. The winner of that contest gets to face Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. The matches were announced at the end of Raw by WWE’s on screen Chief Operating Offer Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.
The match between Cena and Ambrose will match two babyfaces against each other. Just because they are both faces doesn’t mean they are necessarily friends. Cena’s been having issues with Ambrose for weeks now just because they both have wanted to get their hands on Rollins. This week’s Raw ended with Ambrose laying out Cena with a double arm Ddt that Cena wasn’t expecting.
Previous reports about Hell in a Cell »
- John Canton
As one of WWE’s B pay per views, you can’t really set expectations too high. Fortunately, Battleground delivered a mostly okay PPV, with some pretty awesome high points and equally disappointing lost points and bad booking.
We start the main card with the Usos successfully defending their titles in a pretty good 2 out of 3 falls match against Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family. First fall went to the Wyatt Family who spent most of it applying chin locks and stomping the legal Uso, playing the isolation game before Harper delivered a big boot to Jimmy for the pin. Second fall was much of the same, Rowan and Harper using their size and strength against their opponents until a beaten Jimmy tags in Jey who gets the roll up on Harper for fall number 2. With the momentum in their favour, Jey and Jimmy start kicking it up a notch, »
- Nicky Johnson
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