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(2012 TV Special)


Zack Ryder Gets Huge WrestleMania 32 Match!!!

After weeks of speculation, WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens finally has an official opponent announced for WrestleMania 32. Well, make that six of them. It was made official Monday night during Raw that Owens will defend his belt in a ladder match against The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Zack Ryder (!), and Stardust in Dallas on April 3rd.

Zack Ryder’s inclusion is quite remarkable. He last appeared on PPV some 14 months ago as part of 30 competitors in the WWE Royal Rumble 2015 match. In fact, if you discount battle royals… his last PPV match was over Three And A Half Years Ago at Night Of Champions 2012 when he lost to Cesaro in a U.S. title match. Incredible.

Sami Zayn, Miz, and Ziggler each appeared early during Raw proclaiming that they wanted a shot at the Intercontinental strap. It was then announced that a triple threat match
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WWE Hell in a Cell Preview – Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, Seth Rollins vs. Kane, John Cena open challenge and more

It’s the final stop of Brock Lesnar’s Go To Hell tour, and it’s for one final match with The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell. Also, there’s another Hell in a Cell match between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt, John Cena is issuing an Open Challenge, Seth Rollins defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against The Demon Kane and more…

Kick Off: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs. Sheamus, King Barrett & Rusev

Man, what a waste of talent right here. This is just… amazing. Rusev is on the pre-show, Mr. Money in the Bank is on the pre-show, Dolph Ziggler is on the pre-show. Cesaro, King Barrett and Neville are being wasted too, but they have been in this situation before and will continue to do so. But Rusev?! Guess this is what happens when you fall in love. Anyone of these men could pull double
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WWE SmackDown 22/10/15 Recap and Review – Reigns and Ambrose vs. New Day, Tyler Breeze debuts, Rollins vs. Cesaro and more

After a star-studded Raw, WWE brought SmackDown to Austin, TX on their final TV stop before the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event. That show’s biggest matches all got their fair share of the spotlight on the blue brand, with the addition of a major Nxt debut. It’s the SmackDown Report…

The show kicked off with Seth Rollins backstage, who was confronted by Corporate Kane, back from the suspension that kept him off Raw. He warned Rollins not to feign injury tonight because the Demon might be waiting for him and informed the champion that he would be kicking off the show. Kane then met the New Day in the corridor and they were in an uncharacteristically glum mood, following Xavier Woods’ beating at the hands of the Dudley Boyz on Raw. After a dreadfully unfunny trombone gag, Kane booked the tandem of Big E and Kofi Kingston
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WWE Live From Msg Recap and Review – Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar, Cena vs. Rollins in a cage and more

WWE took over the world’s most famous arena for their latest Network special, Live From Msg. The card was headlined by a double main event, with Brock Lesnar taking on the Big Show and John Cena defending his Us Title inside a steel cage against WWE Champion Seth Rollins. Here’s our recap of the show…

After the success of the Beast in the East special, live from Tokyo on the WWE Network, WWE brought their latest special event to Madison Square Garden in New York City. The last few weeks of television had focused on the mammoth headline clash between Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar and the dominant giant Big Show, but there were a handful of other big matches on the card.

1. Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton vs. Rusev and Sheamus

This felt for all the world like the kind of throwaway tag team match that would open any WWE house show.
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The Undertaker Vs Braun Strowman A Possibility For WWE WrestleMania 32

The Undertaker versus Braun Strowman is a possibility for WWE WrestleMania 32. Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter states Strowman “is getting the push that other monsters in the past geared for Undertaker had gotten.”

At this stage, Meltzer calls it a “wild card” but there isn’t much else for The Undertaker to do at Mania. He could still face Sting, but that seems unlikely after the injury and performance of the WCW Icon at Night Of Champions.

Strowman has barely any wrestling experience, and is getting a big push based solely on his look. He’s huge and that’s going to take him places.

The Undertaker loves working with giants like Strowman, because that then makes him look like a heroic conqueror. Look through Taker’s history with Heidenreich, Khali, Mark Henry and numerous other high profile monster feuds.

Taker is also set to work
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WWE SmackDown 24/09/15 Recap and Review – Rollins vs. Ambrose, Divas on the mic, big tag team action and more

After being dragged to hell by Kane on Raw, Seth Rollins wanted answers as WWE brought its blue brand to Corpus Christi, TX. Elsewhere, the fallout from Paige’s betrayal rocked the women’s division. It’s the SmackDown Report…

The show opened with a recap of the current main event storyline, including Kane’s amusing split personality antics from Raw, which sadly culminated in the hackneyed spot where Kane emerges through the ring.

It was Kane who was in the ring to open SmackDown, in his new, chirpy Authority persona. The obvious post-production cheers were even more jarring than usual. He announced Kevin Owens and Rusev vs. Ryback and Dolph Ziggler for later in the show, along with Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper in which both men’s partners would be banned from ringside. At that point, an angry Seth Rollins emerged. Kane continued to play ignorant to the
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5 Ups And 3 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Smackdown (Sept 24)

This past week’s episode of Monday Night Raw directly followed on from Night Of Champions. At the tail end of the Pay-Per-View, Kane returned in his ‘Demon’ guise to add more problems for reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. On Raw, Rollins was confused when ‘Corporate’ Kane was seemingly back in the hot seat as Director Or Operations for The Authority.

Smackdown promised to keep that particular story going, and also offered up a big tag-team match. The ongoing romance feud between Dolph Ziggler and Rusev has cooled off remarkably since Lana went down with injury, but Ziggler was set to team with Ryback to face Rusev and Kevin Owens. It was a nifty way to mix 2 different stories.

That was all that was announced for Smackdown prior to the broadcast taking place, but below is the entire match card and results.

Roman Reigns defeated Luke Harper via pinfall.
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10 Big Questions From WWE Raw (21 Sept)

Let’s not beat about the bush; this week’s Raw was a stinker. The injury sustained by Sting at Night Of Champions ruled him out of an appearance, forcing a pretty noticeable reshuffle – but even taking this into account, the show was a poorly planned one from top to bottom.

Fortunately, despite its poor quality, it did raise a lot of intriguing questions regarding future storylines. Kane inserted himself firmly into the title scene, following Sting’s recent trend of muscling your way to the number one contender spot with little rhyme or reason. Paige cut a Cm Punk-style pipebomb promo, calling out the glaring issues with the divas division and turning heel (or even further face, given the incredibly positive crowd reaction).

Elsewhere, Big Show confirmed his upcoming match against Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton returned to help out Reigns and Ambrose, and Seth Rollins lost clean again – no surprise there.
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WWE Raw 21/09/15 Recap and Review – Rollins vs. Cena rematch, Divas division in flux, Corporate Kane returns and more

After an explosive Night of Champions pay-per-view, WWE brought Monday Night Raw to Laredo, TX to deal with the fallout from the big show, with three new champions to bed in and the spectre of Kane hanging over the head of WWE Champion Seth Rollins. It’s the Raw Recap…

In a pleasant surprise, it was not Seth Rollins or some permutation of the Authority who opened this week’s Raw, but the Wyatt Family, in a refreshing spotlight moment for one of WWE’s most consistent current undercard feuds. Wyatt spoke of how he had tried to warn Roman Reigns with his words, but evidently hadn’t spoken loud enough. He spoke of how he had torn the idol from Mount Olympus and brought him to his knees. Reigns then arrived, alone, and challenged Wyatt to a fight, without the two big men. The two men brawled, but Harper and Strowman soon got involved.
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10 Potential New Feuds After WWE Night Of Champions 2015

Night Of Champions was a rather messy pay per view, one which has already divided opinion and generated serious debate. However, love it or hate it, it has set the scene for a number of potential new feuds. The ending of the show alone saw Kane and Sheamus both forcibly break back into the main event scene, while other feuds were partially hinted at up and down the card.

Some impending matches are inevitable, such as Ryback’s certain rematch with new Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, and Nikki Bella’s similarly likely shot at new Divas Champion Charlotte. However, beyond these initial scuffles (many of which should be dealt with within the next week or two) uncertainty reigns.

Here are ten potential new avenues the WWE could realistically explore in the wake of Night Of Champions, including a few old faces.

10. Seth Rollins vs Kane

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WWE 'Night of Champions': Give Sting an Emmy

Let's get this right out of the way: No, Sting did not win the WWE World Heavyweight title at Night of Champions, which was probably the right call, considering the practicalities (and the optics) of a 56-year-old man holding the top belt in the business. But he certainly deserved to, after turning back the clock and putting his body on the line in a thriller against Seth Rollins. The result wasn't a surprise – especially given the comments Sting made last week to Rolling Stone – but the quality of the match was.
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WWE Night of Champions Recap and Review – Rollins pulls double duty, Reigns and Ambrose reveal partner, Divas Title on the line and more

WWE rolled into Houston, TX with a tonne of heat behind them for their annual Night of Champions pay-per-view, at which every title in the company was on the line. Seth Rollins had a mountain to climb, with matches against both John Cena and Sting laying in his path to immortality. Elsewhere, the Dudleys were set to challenge for the tag belts and Charlotte had her second bite at the Divas Title. Here’s the Night of Champions report…

This was a big show for WWE, with Night of Champions marking the first pay-per-view in which WWE had to book Seth Rollins as a double champion, holding both the World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Title. Rollins was set to face two future Hall of Fame stars, in Sting and John Cena, in a back-to-back double main event – a bizarre booking decision to stack odds against a heel. A
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10 Booking Steps For WWE Monday Night Raw

This past week on Monday Night Raw, WWE’s creative team made their ‘Mr. Money In The Bank’ briefcase holder look weak once more. It’s a confusing strategy, and it can only be theorised that the company don’t feel wins and losses really matter in the grand scheme of things. Some fans have covered this by saying it shows everybody can beat everybody else, but that excuse doesn’t really wash.

The promotion are handling some top names very oddly at the moment, booking them as cowards or losers. In the long run, this will surely do nothing for characters like Sheamus or Seth Rollins. Thankfully, in the case of the latter, Raw was a return to some resemblance of being a deserved double champion. This past week, Rollins was booked less like a scared little boy, although he did once again run away from Sting
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10 Historically Significant Moments You Didn’t Know Happened At WWE Night Of Champions

As one of WWE’s more underrated events of the year, Night of Champions has served as the platform for many a memorable moments in recent times. It’s the one night of the year where every active title must be defended, and as a result, it’s more often than not a night of historic happenings

This year’s instalment will be no exception. Headlining the event will be Sting and Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and if Sting can find a way to emerge victorious, he’ll become the oldest WWE champion of all-time at the age of 56. He’ll also be the first former WCW alum to hold the gold since Rey Mysterio in 2011.

In other action, The Dudley Boyz will look to reclaim the WWE Tag Team Championship in their matchup against The New Day. If they take the titles on Sunday,
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10 Likeliest Mystery Partners At WWE Night Of Champions 2015

The big news going into Night Of Champions is the fact that Seth Rollins will be forced to defend both his titles in separate matches, but there’s also a far more traditional subplot to the event – the good old mystery partner angle.

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose have been charmingly coy about the identity of their third man, hinting that it could be anybody from The Great Khali to Savio Vega (spoiler: it’s neither of these). The options are pleasingly varied, meaning that we could be in for a legitimate surprise on Sunday night.

All manner of upcoming Nxt superstars, returning legends, and members of the current roster have been touted as the babyfaces’ partner – ranging from the incredibly popular (The Rock) to the…not so popular (Eric Rowan).

Here are the ten likeliest candidates to walk down the aisle at Night Of Champions.

10. Cesaro WWE.
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8 WWE Night Of Champions Results Predictions

Night Of Champions looks set to be one of the more unpredictable PPVs of recent months. Seth Rollins’ unique double-defence situation has thrown up a wide variety of possible outcomes, while the identity of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose’s tag partner has remained a closely-guarded secret.

Elsewhere, Kevin Owens looks to prise the Intercontinental Championship away from Ryback, while the New Day face their most intimidating challenge yet, in the legendary form of the Dudley Boyz.

In the divas division, Charlotte failed to prevent Nikki Bella from eclipsing Aj Lee’s record reign this past Monday night, but has a chance for instant revenge in the form of a Divas Championship rematch.

The only other woman officially on the card is Summer Rae, but not in a wrestling capacity. She’ll be accompanying Rusev to the ring when he faces Dolph Ziggler once more, in the latest
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'WWE Raw': Sting Makes a Splash, Aj Lee Gets Surpassed

'WWE Raw': Sting Makes a Splash, Aj Lee Gets Surpassed
Here's the good news heading into Sunday's Night of Champions: All the belts are officially on the line, now that Ryback vs. Kevin Owens for the Ic strap was made official, New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz was cemented with the former's win over Ptp and Nikki Bella's been saddled with a rematch against Charlotte for the Divas crown.

Less encouraging is that the go-home show did little to intensify most of the current beefs, nor drum up much more intrigue for matches without any hardware at stake.
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Updated And Final Card For WWE Night Of Champions

With WWE Night Of Champions on the horizon this Sunday, the final edition of WWE Raw prior to the PPV aired on Monday night. Coming out of the show, we now know the final card for Sunday’s big event.

While a good majority of the card was already known prior to Monday’s go-home show, a couple of new matches were added to the lineup to round out the card.

Following a disqualification finish in the Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte Divas Championship match during Raw, it was announced that the two would have a rematch at Night Of Champions. This time, if Nikki is disqualified, the title will indeed change hands.

Ryback went out to the ring for a promo during Raw and was interrupted by Kevin Owens. After the two went back and forth in the ring on their microphones, Ryback announced he asked The Authority
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WWE Raw Spoiler – 2 Legends Reportedly In Memphis

Both Ric Flair and Sting are in town for tonight’s edition of WWE Raw, live from Memphis, Tennessee.

Flair is currently backstage at the FedEx Forum, according to PWInsider, and it is unknown whether he will be appearing on television during the broadcast. Obviously, with Flair’s daughter Charlotte getting her first opportunity to wrestle for the WWE Divas Championship, it would make sense to show Flair on television in some capacity. He may possibly just take part in a backstage segment, or it’s possible that he could accompany Charlotte to the ring in the same way that he has done during a few of her Nxt matches in the past.

If Nikki Bella is victorious tonight, she will surpass A.J. Lee as the longest reigning WWE Divas Champion in history. According to Dave Meltzer on yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, there is a chance that
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10 Booking Steps For WWE Monday Night Raw

This past week’s episode of Monday Night Raw felt like a smoother show than in weeks before. Of course, that’s an arguable point, the 3-hour length is still a source of frustration, and WWE are far from doing everything right. That said, at least there was an abundance of in-ring action on the show, a lot of which featured Seth Rollins.

Rollins is getting a lot of airtime right now, and rightfully so. As the reigning WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion, the man should definitely be a focal point of the flagship program. Granted, his show-opening promo was a little drawn out, and it wasn’t good he received ‘boring’ chants from the live crowd, but the former member of The Shield rescued it well.

In other news, the ongoing saga involving Dolph Ziggler, Lana, Rusev and Summer Rae is chugging along. An injury
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