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WWE TLC 2015 – 8 Live Observations

14 December 2015 2:29 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Last night’s TLC pay-per-view delivered on many levels. It proved to be the type of performance to put the waning WWE product into full gear for WrestleMania.

The Northeast fans know how to bring it. Afterall, Boston is known to be the city of champions, but according to Kevin Owens last night, I guess the fans have nothing to do with any of it.

Unlike the crowd in Atlanta last month at Survivor Series, the Boston crowd was electric, giving talent in the ring the opportunity to feed into adrenaline and turning up their matches by a notch or two.

Here are some quick live observations from attending last night’s pay-per-view at the Td Garden in Boston.

 

8. Sasha Doesn’t Play To Boston WWE.com

Stretching back to Raw in Boston on October 5th, the “we-want-sasha” chants before the colorful lights of a WWE live event even shine, »

- Luis Vasquez

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10 Reasons For Roman Reigns Vs Triple H At WWE WrestleMania 32

27 November 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The devastating injury to Seth Rollins has set WWE on an entirely new direction for WrestleMania 32, with Roman Reigns versus Triple H looking likely for the April 3rd Dallas show.

Reigns has inherited the spot that first The Rock and then Rollins were meant to occupy. Rock and Hunter had been the long-term plan going all the way back to October 2014, when they shot an angle together on the 15th Anniversary SmackDown, then furthered the angle with a memorable segment, also involving Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon, at WrestleMania 31.

There was even talk of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon versus The Rock and Ronda Rousey, in what could have been the Mania show closer (had Ufc President Dana White given the green light). However, Rocky ended up having issues getting insurance, while Rousey was booked on a film shoot next April. Triple H still needed something big, so »

- Grahame Herbert

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WWE Survivor Series Traditional Elimination Match Announced

18 November 2015 1:56 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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WWE has announced the addition of two new matches to this Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event.

Dolph Ziggler will be taking on new Nxt call-up Tyler Breeze in a match that was made official at Tuesday night’s SmackDown! taping. The two have been engaged in a feud since Breeze made his main roster debut but this will be their first time meeting in the ring.

WWE.com also made the announcement that there would be a traditional 5-on-5 elimination match taking place at the event. Since the show’s inception in 1987, elimination matches have been a fan-favorite feature and this year will be no different. As of yet, no participants have been named for the bout, but with so many members of the roster already involved elsewhere the pickings are slim.

This is good news for a card that has was thrown in disarray after the injury to Seth Rollins. »

- Brad Hamilton

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WWE SmackDown 5/11/15 Recap and Review – Owens vs. Ambrose, Wyatts in elimination match and more

8 November 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

WWE has been on a roll in recent weeks with their B-show, producing some great television. The show came to Colorado Springs, Co this week, with the injury to Seth Rollins looming large over the events of a show taped before the WWE was hit by this dramatic event. It’s the SmackDown Report…

1. Alberto Del Rio vs. Neville

Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio cut a promo about the new nation of MexAmerica. They promised that there was no room in their new country for hate and that they would eradicate the haters. Their dynamic continues to be bizarre, but interesting in equal measure. This was a very nice match, with plenty of back and forth momentum, showcasing Neville’s talents as well as Del Rio’s. An errant move to the top rope from Neville opened the door for Del Rio to hit his devastating double stomp in »

- Tom Beasley

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10 Reasons Why Roman Reigns Must Turn Heel At WWE Survivor Series

6 November 2015 7:33 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Last week, I wrote an article detailing why John Cena must be turned heel immediately. Long story short, I felt – and still feel – that a Cena heel turn would bring lapsed fans back to WWE and bring ratings up to a level that the company hasn’t seen in years.

At the same time, though, I realize that calling for a Cena heel turn is nothing but a pipe dream – Cena moves merchandise and WWE typically doesn’t take such huge risks with their top stars.

This time, I’d like to call for a more realistic turn – one which would make television equally exciting, if not draw in old fans who have been turned off by a stagnant product. As a result of two big wins on last week’s Raw, Roman Reigns earned a WWE Championship match with Seth Rollins at the Survivor Series.

That match is off the table, »

- Scott Fried

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Two Title Matches Added To WWE Survivor Series Card

3 November 2015 1:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Two title matches are now official for the WWE Survivor Series card. Seth Rollins will be defending his WWE Championship against Roman Reigns, while Charlotte will be defending her Divas title against Paige.

Stephanie McMahon announced on Raw that the WWE Title match will be on the November 22 special. As for Paige’s title shot, she earned it after pinning Becky Lynch in a match that also involved Brie Bella and Sasha Banks. It was the obvious choice to make Paige number one contender, after her heel antics against Charlotte made their feud deeply personal. It is personal narratives that always sell best in WWE.

The two title offerings are good, they’ll add value to the Survivor Series card. Especially the Roman Reigns title shot, fans are going to be intrigued to see if this is going to be the end of Rollins’ lengthy run. Rumour has »

- Grahame Herbert

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8 Ups And 6 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Raw (Oct 26th)

27 October 2015 1:12 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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After pulling out nearly all the stops in terms of wrestling star power last week, WWE reloaded the night after Hell in a Cell and delivered one of the better episodes of Raw in recent memory. How did the beleaguered company manage this? Bring the Rock back to verbally joust with John Cena? Have Santino return to hold a dance-off? Focus on multiple campy backstage segments?

Nope, WWE went the route of putting on a wrestling program, announcing a mini-tournament to name a new number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, consisting of five match matches. Automatically, three-quarters of the in-ring action had serious stakes associated with it. Throw in a Diva heel turn and a second abduction from the Wyatt Family and you have an eventful episode of Raw that was focused on what happened inside the ring as opposed to backstage vignettes.

The obvious »

- Scott Carlson

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10 Burning Questions For WWE Hell In A Cell 2015

24 October 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Monday Night Raw ratings are at record lows, stars built up on Nxt are turned into main roster cannon-fodder overnight, and God knows what the next WWE Network subscription numbers will be when they come out. Everything is just peachy.

In all seriousness, the apologists for the current WWE product must not have been fans 20 years ago when things previously cratered. To be fair, the components for a successful product are all there, which is why many of us still follow it intently. The wrestlers are talented and have the capability to captivate the crowd, both in the ring and outside. Every once in a while, a storyline comes along that manages to garner some serious interest and remind us of what can be.

But right now, WWE’s autopilot mentality has left us with a Hell in a Cell PPV that features seven matches, six of which »

- Scott Carlson

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10 Times WWE Hurt Sting’s Momentum

18 October 2015 12:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For well over a decade, wrestling fans fantasized about the possibility of Sting joining WWE. It seemed implausible the longer he remained with Tna, but when he finally left the Nashville-based organization in early 2014, the chances of him signing with WWE grew to be much more likely.

After many months of false starts and rumors of his stalemate status with the company, he made his long awaited WWE debut at the 2014 Survivor Series pay-perv-view, helping Dolph Ziggler (temporarily) put The Authority out of power. When he came face-to-face with Triple H for the first time ever, it was as if time stood still; it was a sight die-hard wrestling enthusiasts never thought they would see.

The last year for The Icon in WWE, however, has been anything but smooth.

From back-to-back losses on pay-per-view to his unforeseen in-ring debut on Raw, Sting has already seemed to have lost his luster, »

- Graham GSM Matthews

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11 Unforeseen Benefits Of John Cena Leaving WWE

17 October 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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John Cena leaving WWE is on the face of it a very bad thing. He’s scheduled to take off after Hell In A Cell, and won’t be back until after Christmas.

Already stagnant Raw ratings are going to be hurt, plus there’s two Network specials that he will be missing. Both Survivor Series and TLC would have been stronger with WWE’s franchise star.

However, there are some unforeseen benefits in John Cena leaving WWE. A range of opportunities are about to open up, there’s a vacuum that needs to be filled. In his absence, there could be some real progressive action in WWE.

 

11. A New Us Champion WWE.com

Cena’s exit should mean a new Us Champion. Surely there is no way he’ll be holding on to the belt for two whole months, without ever appearing once.

The title change, which »

- Grahame Herbert

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The Rock WWE Return Close To Happening

8 October 2015 1:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Rock and WWE are having serious discussions about doing something before the end of the year, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting. The promotions department of WWE have been informed, and that’s why The Rock has been moved from alumni to current on WWE’s shop website.

This is exciting news, and perhaps a reaction from WWE to John Cena’s November time off. Replacing Cena is difficult, but plugging the gap with The Rock is more than going to fit the bill.

Presumably his involvement could be at Survivor Series, which is traditionally the biggest WWE show in this fall period. Either that or they use Rock on Raw, as a way to get the worrying levels of low viewership up.

What would be likely, is he shoots an angle with Triple H to establish his match at WrestleMania 32. It makes sense that the main »

- Grahame Herbert

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John Cena WWE Time Off: Update On His Return Date

7 October 2015 1:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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John Cena is taking time off from WWE immediately after Hell In A Cell, and the latest indication is that he won’t be returning until late December. It will be almost two months of WWE without its franchise star.

Madison Square Garden confirmed Cena will be on their December 26th live event. The annual post-Christmas tour is WWE’s next booking of Cena, meaning he’ll be missing all of November and most of December. That will mean not only is he missing Survivor Series, but he’ll be missing TLC as well.

It is a terrible time for WWE to be losing Cena, as he’s their biggest mass market attraction. Raw viwership is already at record lows, and WWE Network subscriptions are volatile. Cena will also be missing the November European tour, where he had been marketed as the main selling point. No doubt about it, »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Things To Expect In Seth Rollins Vs Triple H WWE WrestleMania Feud

10 September 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Seth Rollins versus Triple H looks to be a co-main event direction for WrestleMania 32.

Tension between Rollins and Hunter is a key theme leading into September’s Night Of Champions, with Rollins repeatedly stating he is better than Triple H. The scripting has deliberately placed repeated themes of master and apprentice dissension, with Stephanie McMahon last week admonishing Rollins for suggesting he is a better wrestler than her husband.

Central to these developments has been Sting. Rollins will defend the WWE Title against the WCW Icon at Night Of Champions, and Sting has played mind games by suggesting the student isn’t as good as his teacher. Triple H did of course defeat Sting at WrestleMania 31, seemingly earning the icon’s respect.

The story has now developed to the point that the Rollins / Triple H tension is as big of a story as the Rollins / Sting narrative. The »

- Grahame Herbert

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WWE Royal Rumble 2016: Early Betting Predictions

8 September 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Another summer has come and gone in the WWE. Seth Rollins continued to steal the show as WWE Champion, the Divas Revolution started with a whimper and then continued to suffer from a lack of any real storyline and actor Stephen Amell become more popular than half the superstars on the roster despite wrestling just one match.

However, with SummerSlam already starting to seem like a distant memory we now enter into what has typically in the past been a slow couple of months for the WWE, with the next pay-per-view of any huge significance not coming until next January’s Royal Rumble (unless you count Survivor Series, but really who still cares about that these days?).

Already a number of bookmakers have started to give odds on who will win next year’s edition of the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match, with odds available for almost every »

- Kevin Latimer

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10 People With More WWE Wins Than Sting

26 August 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sting made his shock return to WWE this past Monday on Raw, as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were unveiling Seth Rollins’ victory statue. ‘The Vigilante’ proceeded to attack the reigning WWE and United States Champion, which brings us the match booked in the graphic above. Seth Rollins vs. Sting, at Night of Champions, for all the marbles (except for just the WWE World Title marbles).

Sting’s legacy in the sport of professional wrestling is not up for debate, the man is a Hall of Fame shoo-in. Whether it was California beach boy Sting or the modern Crow/Vigilante equivalent, Sting is one of the most recognisable names in modern wrestling history. He was also the last WCW loyalist, not gracing a WWE ring until Survivor Series last year. To this day, the man has only had a single WWE match.

Which he lost.

Legacy or not, »

- John Bills

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10 WWE Directions From SummerSlam To Survivor Series

24 August 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With SummerSlam concluded, WWE are now embarking on their fall season towards Survivor Series. It is traditionally a minefield of critical and commercial disappointment, with past years being a snooze-fest before creative start to think towards WrestleMania.

Worryingly, it is also a period in which television ratings fall. When you consider that viewership is already in the gutter, things could get really ugly in the coming months. Pay per view performance has also been bad in this season, so Network subscriptions are also likely to fall.

Aware of all of that, WWE are surely preparing a strong line up of directions for the SummerSlam to Survivor Series period. This feature will take a look at some of the directions, and what could be main eventing the forthcoming major shows.

 

10. Seth Rollins Isn’t Staying A Double Champion For Long WWE.com

WWE Champion Seth Rollins won John Cena’s Us Title at SummerSlam, »

- Grahame Herbert

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Layla Retires From WWE

29 July 2015 11:31 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Layla El, who won the 2006 WWE Diva Search contest, announced her retirement from the company Wednesday, ending her employment almost exactly nine years after it began. A former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion, Layla was the most-tenured member of the WWE women’s locker room.

Debuting shortly after winning the 2006 Diva Search Contest – which also gave us Maryse and Rosa MendesLayla made her first impact as part of Extreme Expose in the relaunched Ecw alongside Kelly Kelly and Brooke Adams. The British beauty made her mark by joining fellow countryman William Regal, managing him to an Intercontinental Championship.

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Layla would then move over to Smackdown, where she and Michelle McCool would form the WWE’s version of Mean Girls (or Tna’s Beautiful People), LayCool. The duo would torment women for more than a year-and-a-half, most notably Mickie James in a widely panned storyline »

- Scott Carlson

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What Happened After WWE Raw Went Off The Air? (June 29)

30 June 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Monday night Raw ended with Bray Wyatt posing over a fallen Roman Reigns. Prior to that, The Authority worked together to destroy Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.

After Raw ended, there was no post-show match like there usually is. Instead, babyface wrestlers Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth and Ryback ran out to save the good guys. They cleared the ring of the evil Authority group by hitting their finishing move on them.

It was noted by some fans that Ryback took the time to greet the fans at ringside by high-fiving a lot of the kids. That’s a moment those kids in Washington, DC will never forget.

Normally there is a post show dark match, but they likely didn’t do it because several wrestlers had an early flight to Singapore for WWE’s three day tour that includes the Singapore show as well as a Japan live event »

- John Canton

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10 Potential Dream Matches If Dolph Ziggler Leaves WWE

23 June 2015 4:53 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Last week we found out that Dolph Ziggler’s WWE contract is set to expire soon. Ziggler, who has not been utilized as a main event star in a while, is reportedly mulling over leaving the biggest company in wrestling for pastures new. 

Dolph obviously has the talent. He can put on great matches with almost anyone. The 2014 Survivor Series was one of the last real chances that he was given to steal a major show and the reaction he received was phenomenal. Down 3 on 1 against Team Authority he mounted a memorable comeback (with slight help from Sting) that could have vaulted him back into a major program. It didn’t.

Dolph should be frustrated with his spot in the company right now and like his friend John Morrison before him, the grass could look greener on the other side. Outside of WWE, Ziggler would create himself a ton »

- Mitch Nickelson

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About The Bella Twins

23 April 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Bella Twins are the top divas in WWE. Whether people like it or hate it, that’s how it has been for the past few years. They have been a part of WWE since 2007 and aside from taking a year off to take a break from the company, they have been featured performers since they arrived.

Brie and Nikki have no problem sharing their lives with the world. Brie married current Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan in 2014 just days after WrestleMania 30 while Nikki has been dating current United States Champion for at least three years. They showcase these relationships on the WWE reality show Total Divas, which has aired on the E Network since 2013 and returns for another season soon. Regular viewers of the show know that Brie is the more conservative one with Bryan while Nikki is more outgoing and spends a lot of time hoping John Cena »

- John Canton

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