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Three Ways to Make the WWE Raw/Smackdown Split Better

It’s been a week and a half since the Raw/Smackdown draft.  I don’t know if there are any rules with regards to moving or shaking the roster going forward.  I said it in my last article that I hope the split will work out well.  Then I thought about it and wondered implementing a few rules to make this better.  So I thought of three things that would help keep the Raw vs...
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The new era of WWE SmackDown has liftoff

As I sat in anticipation last night for the new era of SmackDown to begin, I was just hopeful it wasn’t going to be like Raw. Raw threw out just about everything it had, and it still fell short (and put me to sleep, literally). I'm not trying to bash Raw because I hope the WWE as a whole succeeds. Enter SmackDown. From the second the cameras started rolling to the sign-off, I...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE RAW versus SmackDown Episode 1

Welcome to a brand new article that will replace the weekly RAW rankings and will pit Raw and SmackDown against each other to determine which brand had the better week. Vince McMahon wants competition and we’re going to give it to him! This one is particularly important as it is the first week of the brand split and with it came new sets, new theme songs, new commentators and of...
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10 must-watch WWE Network outside-the-ring videos

The WWE Network is a gold mine filled with more wrestling content than any one person can consume in a lifetime. It features the libraries of not only WWE’s past, but WCW, ECW, AWA, NWA and more.  However, there is far more to the network than just in-ring action, and this list highlights the top 10 must-watch items on the WWE Network that aren’t set inside a squared circle...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE SmackDown Results and July 26 Recap

The show opens with the entire brand roster surrounding the ring. Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Daniel Bryan are in the ring. This is the first post-Draft episode. Shane says this show is about opportunity, and starting on September 11th, there are going to be Smackdown-only PPVs, beginning with Backlash. Now onto Summerslam. SD has the WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose, so he...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

You’re a Good Man, Kevin Owens

I have been sitting on this topic for a while because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to tell the story. But since fans only see wrestler’s from the perspective of said fan, I felt it was important to share this story of what I witnessed back in April of this year. Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Kevin Owens. And when I mean huge fan, I mean literally from the first...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Usos: Double the trouble, double the change in WWE

WWE has plenty of variety, and the tag team division is no exception to the statement. One of the more popular tag teams, the Usos, certainly fit into that. Real-life twins, they come from the strong Anoa’I family dynasty and are the sons of Rikishi, who is one of the Attitude Era’s biggest stars. Continuing the legacy the family has long carried on, the Usos have carried tag...
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WWE Monday Night Raw – The Way It Was Supposed To Be

Where was this all along? Did WWE fans really have to suffer through lean years to get to this point? Why hadn’t something as exciting as Monday Night Raw happen long before now? And why am I so pissed about it? The thing is, I am a fan long before I’m a writer and seeing the greatness of WWE Battleground followed by how amazing Monday Night Raw was, I have to think that...
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WWE 2016 Draft Raw/SmackDown Thoughts

I feel like I’m behind the times on some topics.  A topic in particular, the Raw/Smackdown draft is one of them.  It’s been a week to soak in the results while taking in the Battleground pay per view too.  Both rosters had their fair share of obvious picks to a few surprises to a couple of “Really?” picks to “Oh, ok that’s where they’ll be” picks. The key to me...
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The crowning achievement of Sasha Banks

Three hundred and seventy-eight days. It has been 378 days since she made a historic debut in Atlanta along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch to kick off the Divas Revolution. In those days we have lived in agony through the shade and rejoiced in Banks’ declaration to chasing the Divas Championship, now the Women’s Championship. Fans of the Boss, including myself, have watched...
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Pound-For-Pound MMA Rankings for July 2016

Since mixed martial arts has eight distinct weight classes, pound-for-pound rankings are the only way to truly compare the best fighters in the world. Since they can’t fight outside of your weight class, evaluating a fighter’s talent and competition is the only way to make accurate MMA rankings. These are the 10 best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world in July 2016. Michael...
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How WWE SmackDown (not RAW) hit a grand slam for WWE

In every successful leader of a respective industry, ebb and flows are sure to happen. But ultimately it’s what you gain from those experiences that keep you atop the throne of the sports entertainment/ professional wrestling world. When the sea begins to get rough, the ship is faced with new opportunities. A ship is only as good as its captain. And Vincent J. McMahon is the captain...
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Kevin Owes vs. Sami Zayn: An instance classic

With the beginning of a new era, a final chapter is written. Has there been a better story told than the one of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn? Finally the battle has ended. There are times when you look at matches and say they are instant classics. This one lived up to that kind of respect at WWE Battleground. The former NXT greats put on a show that made us all remember the great feuds...
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Five WWE Women Who Could Team Up With Sasha Banks at Battleground

WWE Battleground on Sunday night is just around the corner, and Sasha Banks has yet to find a partner to face Charlotte and Dana Brooke.  Banks has been double teamed the last couple of weeks and suffered her first main roster loss just a few days ago.  One can argue that Banks is biding her time, and waiting for the right moment to reveal her pick which would be right before the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Draft 2016: The Stories Behind the Picks

The WWE Draft exceeded expectations in excitement and presented one of the most compelling drafts in recent history. A deeper look into the first few rounds produces some fascinating stories and a real glimpse into the future of the company. No feelings were spared in the 2016 draft as the WWE wasn’t shy about bruising egos on the roster. Perception is reality and all of the rumors...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Draft 206 In-Depth Review and Analysis

The WWE brands have been split, the draft is over and now it is time to look at the biggest winners and losers from the inaugural SmackDown Live. The crowd was electric from start to finish with the anticipation behind the draft at absolute fever pitch. So category by category, let’s break down the draft. First Round (Picks 1-5) The first two picks in the draft were obvious enough...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

What the WWE 2016 Draft Taught Us

I’m not really good at foreshadowing these kinds of things, but in the back of my mind I believe the win by Dean Ambrose over Seth Rollins on Tuesday night spells the end of Rollins’ run as WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion. Call me crazy (as many have), but the fact both Roman Reigns and Rollins are now on Raw and Ambrose has been drafted to Smackdown spells the end of the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Draft 2016 Results and Recap

Tonight is the first edition of the new live-every-week format of Smackdown, and is also the Draft. Believe it or not, I’m actually kind of looking forward to this. I think reverting to the Draft is the right thing to do, and if WWE can stick to it this time, it could wind up being something special. The show kicks off with Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon, Mick Foley and Stephanie...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Lesnar: Complex City

A friend of mine recently said “don’t over think Brock.” His comment set me back a bit, mostly because I’m a pro wrestling analyst. Over thinking is what I do. I’m paid to over think. But the more I pondered his statement, the more logical it became. Brock is not hard to understand, though fans insist on transforming him into a very complex subject. To be fair, he is complex...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

7 Wrestlers Who Should Return to WWE

Sometimes even the best promoters miss out on the best talent. Sometimes the best talent and promotions don’t always see eye to eye. Professional wrestling is nomadic at times – wrestlers leave for whatever reason, only to return to the cheers of fans everywhere. The business today has its share of stars who have left WWE and have flourished. I’m sure there are times when the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Flashback – WWE 2010 Draft Winners and Losers

Originally published in 2010 – Well what can I say… the 2010 WWE Draft didn’t really produce any big surprises with the draft picks. Although I believe in the end this draft helped a lot more people then hurt them. WWE RAW PICKS: John Morrison – I have to say I was shocked with this pick. On WWE Smackdown I was expecting to probably be in the hunt for Jack Swaggers’ world...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Draft 2016: 60-Pick Mock Draft

The WWE draft is less than a week away and now that we basically know the rosters and have a fair idea as to who will be eligible to be drafted, here is a full simulation of how the draft could look on Tuesday night. Dem and I were both assigned a brand and drafted as if it we were the General Managers putting our real brands together. Here were the rules we followed: Raw gets pick...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE SmackDown Results and July 14 Recap

The show opens with Kevin Owens complaining about Sami Zayn only giving his son $20 Canadian. He says he’ll keep the money and throw away the card, and Zayn better not interfere in his match tonight. That’s followed by showing Charlotte and Dana Brooke arriving at the building in a limo. I don’t know why WWE started doing these opening promo videos, but I hate them. Charlotte...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Women’s Draft Possible Rosters

The women’s division should not be split. That is the sentiment I have held for months now, but with the draft less than a week away, it seems inevitable that it is going to happen. If you want to read about why they shouldn’t be split, click here. However, since it is going to happen, it needs to be done right (or less-badly), so here is how the WWE should split the women...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Flashback: The First WWE Draft – Downtown with Darsie

Monday, March 25th, 2002, University Park, Pennsylvania-Linda McMahon, the WWE CEO, opens up the show and explains the WWE draft. Ric Flair is the “owner” of WWF Raw and Vince McMahon is the “owner” of WWF Smackdown. Stone Cold Steve Austin isn’t able to be drafted, and is a free agent, and Triple H, Chris Jericho, and Stephanie McMahon couldn’t be drafted because they...
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