Wrestlemania

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Wrestlemania is almost here and as a huge wrestling fan I cannot wait!

The card is shaping up quite well with Sting vs. Triple H, an Intercontinental Title ladder match with multiple superstars, Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker, and Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar being confirmed. Plus others that will more than likely happen, but are not official, including Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton, are making this year’s big event look like it may be better than last years.

Over the next few weeks I will be watching various Wrestlemania’s leading up to number 31. I am going to watch from 2000 on due to time constraints. I will give short opinions and discuss highlights on about 5 shows a week.

I still highly recommend subscribing to the WWE Network and watching the shows themselves to get the full experience. Especially with no long term commitment you could sign up to get a sampling of what the Network has to offer, cap it off with this year’s Wrestlemania live, and then cancel the subscription if is not for you.

Either way, I cannot wait to watch these modern shows and to cap it all off with what could be the best Wrestlemania in years!

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maxresdefaultLast Sunday was the final PPV before Wrestlemania, Fastlane. It was an overall good show and set the stage for the biggest wrestling event of the year quite well.

Some of the matches seemed a little thrown together at the last minute, but overall this show did its job and set the stage for what has the potential to be a great Wrestlemania.

You can still get the WWE Network for the rest of the month free so you can watch the replay so I will not go into great detail, but I will spoil a few key moments.

The confrontation between Sting and Triple H was fantastic. Both performers came off great and to see the two of them fight was awesome. The match between the two of them for Wrestlemania is official and I am beyond excited to see Sting at his first ever Wrestlemania.

There was a big swerve when The Undertaker’s (who has been gone since last year’s Wrestlemania) music hit and a coffin was wheeled out only to reveal Bray Wyatt in the casket. He gave a great promo and extended a challenge to The Undertaker for Wrestlemania. Great build up for what could be a very memorable match.

The biggest resolution of the night was Roman Reigns beating Daniel Bryan to face Brock Lesnar for the World Title at Wrestlemania. It was an excellent match with both performers coming off well. The WWE maintained the legacy of the Royal Rumble victor getting the title shot at the biggest show of the year and did so in a great way.

Overall, there were moments during the show that seemed a bit off, but it did a great job of positioning Wrestlemania to be a great show and give the fans a memorable night.

Royal Rumble 2015

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Normally when I review a wrestling PPV I like to rate the show match by match. For this year’s Royal Rumble, which was held in Philadelphia, I am only going to discuss the Royal Rumble match itself. Overall, this was a solid PPV, but the main event has been the hot topic this past week.

The winner of this year’s Royal Rumble who gets a shot at the WWE World Title was Roman Reigns and damn, the Philly crowd was angry as was the Internet Wrestling Community (which will be referred to as the IWC from here on out). About midway through the match the crowd/fan favorite Daniel Bryan was thrown out of the ring. For the rest of the match, the next 30 minutes or so, the live crowd booed just about everything that occurred in the ring. The wrestlers, the high spots in the match, etc… Even at the end when The Rock showed up the crowd cheered at first and then quickly went back to booing.

Here’s the thing, I get not being happy that your favorite wrestler was not scripted to win that night, but it is extremely disrespectful to punish every other wrestler for what management decided. The booing was relentless and almost ruined a solid show for the people watching at home. You could tell the wrestlers were a bit thrown off and it was noticeable that The Rock was not happy. The IWC keeps trying to convince people it is because Roman Reigns won (which is ridiculous since they are real life cousins). These are probably the same people who still think wrestling is not scripted and Kim Kardashian has talent.

The Rumble really had some great moments with Bubba Ray Dudley making a surprising return and having a great moment with Bray Wyatt, plus DDP making an impressive one night return as well. Speaking of Wyatt, he made a strong showing and showed he was a legitimate presence in the match.

Reigns winning was great since the WWE is really pushing their younger talent right now and we are finally seeing some new faces in the main events. They are doing what the fans have been asking for.

Plain and simple, it was a good show with the only dampener being the live crowd and the IWC.

For the fans in Philly that night and the IWC, get over your selves.

Survivor Series 2014

 

 

 

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Survivor Series 2014 was awesome! Mostly for one big reason which I will get to shortly.

With the exception of a few matches it was a relatively un-exciting show, but those matches, along with the big ending, made it one of the most memorable Survivor Series of all time.

On to the matches:

The pre-show featured 2…Fandango vs. Justin Gabriel and Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger. Fandango actually looked good in his match and shows some serious promise. Cesaro vs. Swagger was a throw-away match and really did nothing to further either performer’s career. Whereas Fandango’s match did a good job of re-introducing him to the WWE Universe, Cesaro/Swagger was solely to give them something to do.

The tag title match with The Usos/Star-Goldust/Los Matadores/The Miz-Mizdow was a great match that the crowd was into from the get-go. All four teams did a great job and Mizdow is so over with the fans right now it was great to see him and The Miz win the titles. It ended perfectly and the tag division in the WWE keeps getting better.

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt was a great start to their feud. The two of them work very well together and they nicely set up their next PPV match in a couple of weeks which will be a TLC match.  I cannot wait!

In between all this was three pointless matches. An elimination style Divas tag match between 8 women with only a few actually able to carry a match, the Divas title match between Nikki Bella and AJ Lee was pointless since it ended in less than a minute, and Adam Rose/Bunny vs. Slator Gator should not have been on the card.

What really made the night was the 5-on-5 match between Team Cena (John Cena, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erik Rowan, Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Kane, Rusev, Luke Harper). What a great match filled with surprises. All 10 men, plus Triple H and his security, did an excellent job. There were plenty of surprises with Big Show turning on Team Cena, and Ziggler getting his much deserved big night in the spotlight. At the end of the match he was alone against Kane, Harper, and Rollins and eliminated them all to be the last man standing. The final pin on Rollins came with a a little help from none other than Sting! Triple H interfered at the end but was thwarted by the surprise appearance from the final WCW star to show up in the WWE. The pop from the crowd was huge, the moment was electric, and when he took out Triple H it was an awesome moment that made the whole show very memorable. I cannot wait to see what’s next from him and the WWE!

Overall, this was a solid show and more than worth the $9.99 I pay a month for the WWE Network.

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WWE Battleground 2014

WWE Battleground has come and gone and as usual it is sort of a throwaway PPV. This year the thought was that may change leading in to a big Summerslam show next month, but it was more of the same.

A few matches of note:

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho – Jericho is simply one of the best wrestlers of all time, but this match just seemed a bit off. I am really feeling that Bray Wyatt is a bit overrated. He has an interesting character that is very over with the crowd, he is not too bad of an in ring performer, but of all of his big PPV matches this year the only one that was truly great was his third and final match against John Cena at Payback in a last man standing match. He has not had enough good matches to be as over as he is right now. Hopefully, the two of them wil have a much better rematch at Summerslam and Jericho can make him look good.

Paige vs. AJ Lee – Eh…this was another match that just seemed off. They need to get someone to really work with their women wrestlers on their in-ring work. They also need to book these matches much better. Both women are good performers, but they really seemed lost in the ring on this night.

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose – No actual match, but some fun backstage, and in the parking lot, brawling. Hopefully, we will actually get a match next month.

The highlight of the night was the first match pitting The Usos against The Wyatt Family. Hot damn these four have nothing but great matches against each other. 2 out of three falls with The Usos coming out on top was surprising. I am a big fan of them, but thought they would have the Wyatts come out on top. The match was great from start to finish and it will be interesting to see what’s next from both teams.

Overall, the show was okay, but this is not a must watch show. Watch that tag match at the beginning and you will be good to go.

Next month is Summerslam and I have high hopes it will be a great show!

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