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The Night Samoa Joe Became The Next Brock Lesnar

It was one of those moments we all will remember as wrestling fans. Samoa Joe attacked Paul Heyman, and in doing so, he became the baddest man in WWE and also became the company’s next incarnation of Brock Lesnar. How fitting that Joe, who won the Extreme Rules “Fatal Five Way” match, waxed profound about how he wanted to be just like the current Universal Heavyweight Champion...
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June 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Do The Authors of Pain Have a Big Money Future on WWE’s Main Roster?

The Authors of Pain are earning their stripes in NXT. Akam and Rezar are the current NXT tag team champions, and their work to this point has been more than impressive. They’re young, they’re hungry, and they quite simply want it more than anyone else right now. But it could be that WWE fans don’t realize just how big The AOP is going to be. They’ve been compared to The Road...
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June 02, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Predictions and Preview

WWE moves back to the Raw brand on Sunday, when the Monday night warriors head to Baltimore for Extreme Rules.  This show feels a little bit like Smackdown’s Backlash that took place a couple of weeks ago.  It seems more like a placeholder than a show meant to stand on its own merits.  Even with a Fatal Five-Way No. 1 Contender’s match on the card, it’s hard to see this...
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June 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Can Paige Return to WWE Greatness and Other Thoughts

Will Paige ever return to greatness or will WWE cut ties with the controversial British beauty once she is cleared to wrestle again. There is a place for the former NXT and WWE Women’s Champion (nee Divas’ champion) should she fall back into good graces with the company after a year filled with drama and tabloid-style reality. “Paige hasn’t been seen on WWE television since...
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May 31, 2017  |  Discuss

Turning Tommaso Ciampa Heel Is the Right Move for WWE NXT

It was the shock of last Saturday night and the beginning of what was an unpredictable weekend for WWE.  At the conclusion of NXT Takeover Chicago #DIY’s Tommaso Ciampa would snap on his tag team partner Johnny Gargano, destroying their bond that was the heart and soul of NXT. The response in Allstate Arena was deafening – the outrage and shock could be felt.  The entire scene...
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May 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Five NXT Performers Ready to Light Up WWE

At the end of my piece last week, I said there was a good chance that NXT’s TakeOver:  Chicago would be a better show than Backlash.  That semi-prediction came true last weekend.  While Backlash wasn’t awful, it wasn’t as good as the show put on by the folks from Florida.  The biggest difference between the two shows can be summed up by how each performance ended.  Fans...
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May 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Batista vs Triple H Revisited

Batista said in a recent interview on Talk is Jericho that he would come back to WWE for one more run, if he could face Triple H, the man who made him a megastar. While WWE has not seemed interested in that storyline yet, the success of Guardians of The Galaxy 1 and 2, might change their minds. Back in November 2014, it appeared that Triple H’s opponent at Wrestlemania would be...
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May 22, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Backlash 2017 Predictions and Preview

WWE Backlash is coming up on Sunday.  The card is set, and three titles will be defended in Chicago.  However, the biggest draw on this card is the debut match of Shinsuke Nakamura.  If WWE wasn’t unveiling the King of Strong Style on this show, it would be one of those “Oh, there’s a show on Sunday” kind of PPVs. Here’s my Backlash preview and predictions.  On a side...
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May 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Braun Strowman’s Injury is Costly to WWE

Injuries never happen at the right time in professional wrestling. The injury to Braun Strowman happened at the worst possible time for WWE. And with him being out of action as much as two months, does this mean his push as WWE’s mega monster hit a speed bump or worse, a brick wall? Injuries never happen at the right time in professional wrestling. The injury to Braun Strowman...
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May 15, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE – Random Thoughts Edition

Maybe it’s just the summer lull between WrestleMania and SummerSlam, but I frequently find my mind wandering as I watch WWE TV just lately.  I still enjoy the shows, but they’re not grabbing me the way they did just a month or two ago.  Thankfully, I watch all the shows with my son, Jake, and that makes for a fun time no matter how odd the programming might be. It might be...
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May 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Pro Wrestling Critics, Pro Wrestling Fans, and Ironic Nonsense

Once again non-pro wresting people have a problem with the business. The non-pro wrestling people in question shall remain nameless; the last thing they need is more free publicity. But while fans counter online, and many get all kinds of upset in the process, the real point is getting lost. People just don’t understand. That’s the whole truth of it. Despite what anyone says...
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May 10, 2017  |  Discuss

The Mickie James Factor on WWE Raw

Since the Superstar Shake Up several weeks back, the Superstars have been getting adjusted and finding their place at their respective new homes.  When it comes to the Women, Charlotte and Lana would go over to Smackdown while Raw gained two of Smackdown’s best female talents.  Mickie James and Alexa Bliss went to Raw and while Bliss has made a huge impact on the red brand, it...
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May 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Roman Reigns’ WWE Main Event Odyssey

Roman Reigns, our ultimate hero, our leading man, our Chris Pratt of WWE. Roman is on top of the mountain, even without the Universal title (currently in parts unknown) and deep down we’re all delighted! It all started in early 2014….. Move over Mr Wrestlemania there’s a new kid on the block and it’s Mr Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns. Fans cheered wildly in 2014 when he got the...
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May 05, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE’s Five Most Underused Superstars

WWE Payback is in the books, and Backlash is just about two weeks away.  With the new split-brand WWE, PPVs seem to come fast and furious, and there’s seldom much down time between events.  Thankfully, the WWE Network is good investment.  I’d be out about $1200 a year if I had to buy all the shows ala carte. While not every show is a great one, most are at least passable. ...
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May 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins Open Old Wounds on WWE Raw

“Dean got surprised once. Can’t happen again.” The spot between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins on the May 1 edition of Monday Night Raw was all fun and games until The Lunatic Fringe spoke those words. The moment was quick; it was so quick that it could have been missed by the casual viewer. But for fans that know The Shield’s history, the moment opened old wounds. Moments...
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May 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Billy Corgan’s NWA Won’t Come Close to the Old NWA

It looks like Billy Corgan is back in the wrasslin’ business. When I first heard that Smashing Pumpkins frontman had agreed to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance, I couldn’t help but think this could be another failed attempt to revive a struggling promotion. Corgan has had his issues with TNA and now diverts his attention to a promotion that is steeped in tradition. The...
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May 04, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Payback 2017 Thoughts and Review

It’s time for WWE Payback!  The pay per view after Wrestlemania.  It’s historically been my favorite pay per view behind the big three of the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, and Summerslam.  It’s time of year when we rode the road to WrestleMania but tensions and energy still remain high but they eventually cool off into the upcoming summer feuds. Kickoff Match: Enzo & Cass...
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May 02, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Payback: Jinder Mahal’s Interference in the House of Horrors Match

Evidently WWE’s commitment to Jinder Mahal is real. At the company’s Payback pay-per-view, the upstart once again proved he is a serious player in the main event picture. Interfering in the House of Horrors match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt was a perfect gateway toward the promotion of Mahal not only as a legitimate consideration, but it also helps the company with its...
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May 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Can the WWE Women Finally Main Event WrestleMania?

The WWE women’s division has reached new heights in recent years and if you have listened or read any interview with the Superstars from the women’s division one thing is clear, their next goal is to main event WrestleMania. But who would be a big enough star by this time next year to be in the main event? Let’s look at the potential stars RAW The woman on a mission Alexa Bliss...
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April 28, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Payback 2017 Predictions

On Sunday, WWE will present its first pay-per-view offering since WrestleMania when Payback comes to my neighborhood, San Jose.  Of all the PPV names WWE doles out, I think this one is the worst.  It implies revenge.  Payback should be the end of a feud.  However, most of the matchups we’ll see Sunday are new ones, with only two WM re-matches on the card. This is a Raw-exclusive...
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April 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Braun Strowman: WWE’s Perfect Best At The Best Time Possible

If Jim Ross is right, then WWE is going to have a hard time getting Braun Strowman over as a heel on Monday nights. As he said on jrsbarbq.com, Strowman, who has been impressive the past two weeks in confrontations with both Roman Reigns and then Big Show, continues to build a solid fan base, which will make it difficult for some buy into the notion he is a true heel. “It was a...
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April 25, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE: Raw Is Braun

If the last two weeks are any indication of what’s to come for Braun Strowman, it is clear that he is headed for great things in 2017.  Strowman is easily Raw’s best top heel right now, and there are no signs of his momentum slowing down.  Summer will prove interesting for sure when it comes to the Monster Among Men. Strowman’s dominance on Raw reminds me of the shock value...
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April 24, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE Backlash 2017 Card Predictions

WWE Backlash will be the first SmackDown pay-per-view after both WrestleMania and the Superstar Shake-Up and with the revelation that Jinder Mahal will be contending for the WWE Championship at the event, things are already getting weird so let’s put the rest of the card together. We’re running with the assumption Randy Orton and Kevin Owens will retain their titles at Payback...
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April 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Will WWE Finally Make A Decision On Sasha Banks?

And once again, Sasha Banks falls deeper into WWE’s abyss. I’m not sure what was worse about watch the Fatal Four Way match to determine the number one contender for Bayley’s Raw Women’s Title – the lack of crowd support at Ohio State, or the fact Sasha Banks continues to be a bit player. How WWE has booked the three-time women’s champion is a crime that should receive...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

10 WWE Superstars Who Need Gold

In the weeks since WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, the WWE Universe has seen some new direction on Raw and SmackDown Live, with new stars arriving, some stars changing brands via the Superstar Shakeup and a few stars returning from injury.  It’s been a busy month, and it’s always interesting to look forward and see where the story lines take us. No matter how things come together...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss
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