By: William Chow
This Wrestlemania was pretty alright. It’s hard to describe it but I know it doesn’t come in comparison to the past Wrestlemanias, especially Wrestlemania 30. We finally didn’t have Cena in the match cards which to some is a good thing however to others it may be a bad thing- considering that giant PG fan base. Basically to me the thing as a whole was up to par however the ending really just made it worse in a way.
The pre-show was definitely not as good as the previous predecessor, 31. They moved the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match into the upper cards of the event. Ryback with that new Goldberg look aka Ryberg aka Goldback lost to Kalisto for the US title match. I don’t think many people would of cared much as if many fans or if anyone remembers him as the Intercontinental title. The ‘less important’ Divas match between a mess of divas which I still don’t remember the whole teams ended up with Brie Bella’s team winning and her getting her moment before her ‘semi-retirement’. Then they had a tag team match between the Usos and the Dudleys as the last pre-show match. Usos won of course as the Dudleys are being super lowered in these sort of squash matches. I saw this as another match to feed the audience to get the stadium filled up. Did you notice how empty it was when they started the US title match?
The Ladder match went totally unpredicted for me as they put over Zack. I thought it was either going to be retained by Owens or given to Sami since he is moving up to Raw after that loss to Nakamura. It’s a good thing though as they kept him buried for years. However he lost it to The Miz the Raw after. Good feud though in my opinion as The Miz was so put over years ago and recently all they’ve been doing was burying him. After that was the League of Nations against the New Day that came out with one of the best entrances ever. Weird how this wasn’t a tag title match. I expected the match between AJ and Jericho would end their feud here but it seems they cross paths still recently. Either of them could of won and we’d still be happy as they are both great performers especially after watching them at Fastlane.
Lesnar’s match with Ambrose ended up the way I expected it to. I know they want to make the Best unstoppable but I could of seen this match ending a bit longer. What happened to that wagon Ambrose was rollin’ around? That would of been nice seeing him drag a bunch of items down the ramp. The new Women’s Championship ended with Charlotte as champ again. I knew it was either going to be Banks or Charlotte. But Flair’s at the ringside so you know some foul play was going to happen. This would of been a defining moment for Banks to win this new returning and redesigned Women’s title at the biggest pay-per view.
Shane’s match ended up the way I expected with them giving it to Taker. Well it gave us another Wrestlemania moment to be in so many montages. Seemed kind of pointless as Shane got control of Raw the next night and the next again. The Lone Wolf from NXT won the Memorial Battle Royal which I thought was kind of fitting. I mean they could’ve gave it to Kane but it seems like they don’t care about him as much anymore. He’s been played down so much.
The Rock came out and fought the Wyatts. He beat Rowan in 6 seconds with the Rock Bottom. Seriously they don’t seem as threatening anymore- only Bray...for now. But look who came out to continue his Wrestlemania appearances, the one and only John Cena to help the Rock who he faced years ago. Now with the main event, it came out so weak compared to the other matches. Ruined the night in my opinion as so many people didn’t want Reigns to win. Definitely the most underwhelming match of the pay-per view.
By: William Chow
It’s a month left before we reach the WWE’s biggest annual pay per view. We’ve passed the last PPV before the big one which was Fastlane and it was pretty decent in my opinion. We didn’t want Roman to win as number one contender but deep inside we knew it was going to happen. So far we have Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch in a triple threat match for the Diva’s Championship, which is the only thing going on in the Diva’s division aside for the “Diva’s Revolution”. I actually liked that it turned into a triple threat match. It makes a predictable Charlotte match a little bit more interesting.
Lesnar’s back again this year to fight the Lunatic “Fridge” Dean Ambrose after getting robbed for the title last year. For this I fight I was thinking of Kevin Owens vs Brock. I know it’s asking for a lot but he’s been stuck with the mid-card status and has been fighting for the IC title for a while now- not that the title is abject. But other than that, this is a match I’m looking for. Hopefully it doesn’t look like CM Punk vs Lesnar during Summerslam 2013. Oh wait, I can’t mention Punk either can I?
Recently Shane O Mac finally returns after a multiple year hiatus and gets booked a match against the Undertaker. What? Does that makes sense? I know we want to see a good match after his return but does it have to be against the Undertaker? When you think of the Authority, do you think of the Undertaker? Not really, at least to me. This one’s really going to confuse me. We are supposed to be supporting Shane here but then it’s against the Undertaker. So are they going to let Shane as the babyface win Raw or let Undertaker go back on his winning streak? Well it is a Hell in a Cell match so we can maybe expect someone interrupting the match.
Lastly, our last confirmed match so far is Roman vs Triple H. I don’t have much to say about this one other than it being predictable. As I said during Fastlane, we knew Roman was going to get put over by WWE and get his opportunity for the WWE WHC. We know this might happen again for Wrestlemania but to me it feels like if they had put over Dean instead, it wouldn’t make as much sense as Roman. Roman has been going against the Authority for a while now so in my opinion, this aversion to this matchup is how we look at Roman and our dislike of his character. Is this better than Triple H vs Cena? Only difference is, one of them did it 15 times.
By- William Chow
Well, that Royal Rumble was pretty nice. The golden shoveler, Triple H came back and the Phenomenal one finally came. On the pre-show, Swagger and Mark Henry won a 4 way Tag Team match to win a place in the Royal Rumble which was pretty pointless because they pretty much came in and got thrown out in less than a minute. However, it wouldn’t of been so different if the other tag teams won anyway. They didn’t know where to go with Henry and Swagger is just stuck in mid-card hell.
One of the best matches tonight was the Last Man Standing match with two stars that are pretty familiar with hardcore- Owens and the IC champ, Ambrose. Owens got a free chair necklace and squashed Michael Cole. Probably the best match in this PPV in my opinion. The match between Kalisto and Del Rio was decent as well. Kalisto is getting a super push after Sin Cara got injured. Thank jesus for injuries I guess?
So now with the Royal Rumble itself. We all knew Roman Reigns was going to lose that championship at some point. Number 3 was the debut of indie star, AJ Styles. I didn’t expect that at all. Not that he debuted here, but that he debuted with number 3. You’d expect that he at least comes out at something after 20, to hype up the crowd near the end and at least come in and dominate with more than just 2 eliminations. I believe it could’ve been done better. In the end, Rusev gets a free TV and Triple H comes at 30 and wins the title. I actually didn’t expect this. Did the internet knew and I just didn’t get to read it? That is all. Also, Curtis Axel should of got two tries. Remember Royal Rumble 2015?
by William Chow
Wrestler of the year:
Gotta say Seth Rollins. It was his year as the face of the Authority. A great heel made his championship run memorable
Diva of the year:
Was going to say it was Nikki Bella however you can’t forget Bayley’s matches in NXT. Diva’s revolution’s not just in Raw.
Mix between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins. Both were good at playing an arrogant and brash heels.
Has to be Kevin Owens. The indie star Steen finally arrives on Raw and defeats Cena on his debut.
Seth for sure. We only had 4 champions this year, being Lesnar, Rollins, Sheamus, and Reigns. Although they made Reigns’ win compelling, Rollins is the most memorable champion for 2015.
Best Tag Team:
NEW DAY ROCKS. The Lucha Dragons would of been chosen but they’ve gotten their push in the big leagues late in the year. New Day had always been a fun to watch especially their promos. A definition of a entertaining stable.
Undertaker vs Lesnar. The Beast vs The Deadman. The story between these two are definitely one to remember. Their overwhelming matches and the feelings we had as these two went at it are unquestioned.
Worst Tag Team:
The Ascension. Remember how dominant they were in NXT? Now they’re the Heath Slater x2. Also, Los Matadores. Sometimes it’s entertaining with El ‘Doritos’ but otherwise, it doesn’t look like they aren’t going anywhere.
Every PPV had good and bad matches but the most sour one was probably Royal Rumble of this year. We had enough of Reigns lookin’ so strong and even The Rock couldn’t even stop our Philly crowd from boo-ing.
Anything with Eva Marie, Adam Rose, and Slater
Gotta be Rusev and Barrett. It had a purpose for Rusev as he had an anti-American gimmick but didn’t really do much with it as he got buried by Super Cena. For Barrett, his IC title was pretty much pointless. Both are in the League of Nations now but everyone’s reaction to them is pretty much…’meh’.
There were a lot of pointless feuds but these went nowhere.
Macho Mandow and Axelmania. Was okay when it debuted but got no where. Thanks, Hogan.
Worst of all:
Lastly, the worst of all is something that isn’t scripted. The deaths of the two legends that left us this year. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. They’ve built their legacy in the WWE and won’t be forgotten. They were both loved by the fans and were some of the greatest workers on the mic and the best promo makers. It sucks to see how they’re misusing Dusty’s sons Goldust and most important Stardust. It was too soon for Roddy Piper. A great heel in WWE’s history. Also even more sad to me was that he died on my birthday. Rest in peace.
by William Chow
We got the first pro wrasslin’ article. This ain’t a WWE written article, we know who Chris Benoit is. Recapping this week’s events:
Sheamus Celebration: Raw starts off with the New Day taking jabs at Pittsburgh’s Steelers. Sheamus comes out and celebrates his cash-in victory at Survivor Series. Roman obviously appears and takes down Sheamus.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze: Dolph beats Tyler. Relatively quick match. This should’ve been a win for Tyler as he had just come out fresh off of NXT and it would of been great for a build-up of his character. Let’s hope he doesn’t get swept under the rug. Seems like this has been happening for NXT stars who had ‘stepped-up’ to the major leagues.
Miz TV with Rusev and Lana: Lana returned on Miz TV. With Rusev being put into the dominant stable “The League of Nations” we’d expect him to win or at least not be included in meaningless segments like Miz Tv.
ECW: The ECW icon Tommy Dreamer returns to team up with the Dudley Boys and push back against the Wyatts.
MexAmerica: Mex-American Alberto Del Rio beats the returning Goldust in just under 3 minutes. Swagger runs out to save Goldust to progress his rivalry with Alberto.
Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos: The New Day was unsurprisingly impressive with their high-flying luchador style against the Usos for the Tag-team Titles. However the New Day ends the match with an interference to protect their title run.
Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella: Sasha Banks defeated Brie, building up her reputation as a dangerous Diva. Despite being a heel, it felt more like Brie was the heel as she had to fight a more popular and dangerous rival with just Alicia Fox at ringside.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch: The two horsewomen Becky and Charlotte go at it. This friendly match ended up with Charlotte winning with a roll up on Becky. Being a face we didn’t expect this from Charlotte however, her father is The Dirtiest Player in the Game.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and The Usos vs The League of Nations and The New Day:
The New Day teams up with The League of Nations to make a heel group to face Roman’s fellow face teammates, Ambrose and the Usos. Both teams went back in forth with members of each team being demolished in each other’s corners. The heels had the upper hand for the most of the beginning. Dean Ambrose came in hot at the end, putting down Sheamus’s team by himself but the WWE Champion hits him with a sudden Brogue Kick that left him down for the count. The League wins to gain momentum towards the next PPV.
Neville vs. Tyler Breeze: The match starts with the two former NXT stars having a nice little back-and-forth with Breeze and Neville trying to get the upper hand. Summer Rae is posted ringside and helped Prince Pretty pick up the win with a quick distraction helping Breeze to land the ‘Un-Prettier’ for the pin.
Brie Bella vs. Becky Lynch: Brie controls the action for most of the match and pokes fun at Charlotte’s feigned injury at the Raw days before. ecky attempts the submission Dis-Arm-Her but the grapple is let go and has Brie sending an inadvertent elbow to Charlotte at ringside. Brie got the DQ victory as Becky and Charlotte are left in the ring arguing again.
D Von Dudley vs. Bray Wyatt: As soon as you saw the card match-up, you knew D-Von didn’t stand much of a chance in this one. Despite the surprise appearance by the iconic Tommy Dreamer, the Dudley Boys couldn’t fight back the Wyatts. Bray hits the Sister Abigail after a brief match. Trying to settl the score, Bubba and Dreamer grabbed kendo sticks but it doesn’t go as planned. Wyatts dominated with The Eater of Worlds landing another Sister Abigail on D-Von with Strowman locking his sleeper/bear-hug on Bubba, and Dreamer being put through the Dudley’s signature object- tables.
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev & Alberto Del Rio: Despite this four-on-one handicapped match against Reigns, he eventually defeats the whole heel stable from countout. He is ‘made to look strong’ after he takes down Sheamus, Rusev, Barrett and Del Rio, Reigns one-by-one. He slips back into the ring almost barely before the 10 count and gets the win. After the bell rang, Sheamus nails Roman with a Brogue Kick but retreats alongside his stable after the Usos and Ambrose come to rescue Roman.
This week the events were alright to say the least. A note to remember was that this Raw’s ratings and views were one of the lowest it’s ever been. The WWE universe hasn’t haven’t always been satisfied with how the storyline was going but this was a definite sign that the Universe’s disfavor is growing. Something to also note was that the prominent heel Kevin Owens wasn’t present during this week’s events. Only reasons we were given was that he got sent home sick. However he will hopefully be back next week as he is getting more prominence from his fan support and great heel presence. Something I want nick-pick on is the feud with Breeze vs. Dolph. Being fresh out of NXT with a redundant but eye-catching gimmick, I expected him to get a more big of a push than he is now, if you can call if that. Although it is similar to Cody Rhode’s ‘Dashing’ gimmick, Breeze plays this gimmick well, with the selfie entrance adding to his narcissism. This is another example of NXT stars being underused when finally debuting on the main roster. Hope he doesn’t end up jobbing away like the Ascension and Emma.
Another thing I always wondered about was, ‘When will The Miz stop being buried?’ He was a former WWE Champion and Money in the bank Winner! How do you go from main eventing PPVs and Wrestlemania 27 to jobbing on Raw? He won an Intercontinental Championship here and there but that prestige eventually got washed away and is now doing pointless segments on Miz TV.
Speaking of getting buried, Swagger comes to mind. His current feud with Alberto Del Rio is a bit redundant but it is bringing him closer to a title reign. He had feuded with Del Rio years ago but had Zeb Colter as his manager. However it was a more racist redneck gimmick, disapproving of immigration in the United States. This is the second closest Swagger has been to any title reign since his burial in 2011. He had been in an unsuccessful feud with Rusev that didn’t go anywhere. It’s something that doesn’t make sense. As the ‘All-American American’, it would makes sense for him to have been the first to stop Rusev’s undefeated streak and capture the US title. But unfortunately it was saved for Cena to bury Rusev. I hope this feud finally ends with Swagger winning something for once.