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Big Cass Just Might Be Where the Money Is

We saw the foreshadowing of this feud during Enzo Amore’s hiatus due to a concussion that was suffered during a botched baseball slide at last year’s Payback pay-per-view. During Cass’ brief singles run, he had run-ins with Chris Jericho and a shot at the WWE Universal Championship in a Fatal 4 Way elimination match that saw an unlikely Kevin Owens become the new Champion. Seeing...
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July 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Kenny Omega Is the First Ever NJPW IWGP United States Champion

Usually when a wrestling blogger opens up with a sentence like that, it is assumed that they are being snarky and a know-it-all insider. I, on the contrary, mean it in a genuine sense. Who didn’t see this coming? Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks have been touring the entire world as the gaijin faces of the NJPW franchise. They also have been taking over social media with their Being...
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July 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Sasha Banks, Big Cass, and More WWE Thoughts

Sasha Banks once again is relevant on Monday Night Raw. I thought what the creative team did with the five women who could challenge Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Title at the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view was as good a segment as this division has had in some time. And the story told about the growing momentum of Nia Jax is solid, but it shows the company hasn’t put its eggs...
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June 29, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE – Lecture Notes from the Professor June 29

Last week, we visited the Office Hours mail bag, and answered your burning questions about WWE. However, office hours are optional. As anyone who’s gone to college can tell you, all of the most important information comes from the lectures. I’m not going to lecture you. I’ll go you one better. Every professor worth their salt has their own set of lecture notes. Imagine how you’d...
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June 29, 2017  |  Discuss

Five WWE Superstars the Brand Split Has Helped the Most

On July 19th, 2016 WWE embarked on their 10th draft since the first ever brand extension back in 2002. It was the first since 2011 and in WWE’s words, promised to ‘usher in a new era’ in WWE. It has been almost a year since the 2016 draft and as it ultimately created two separate shows, rather than SmackDown just showing repeats of Raw matches which is what it did in the past, the...
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June 28, 2017  |  Discuss

The Shinsuke Nakamura Problem: WWE’s Terrible Approach to Booking Their International Stars

In 2016 the signing of NJPW icon Shinsuke Nakamura set the internet ablaze as fans speculated about the potential of one of pro wrestling’s most charismatic characters. Fast forward to 2017, “The Artist” known as Nakamura is becoming marginalized on Smackdown Live and forced into the generic WWE Superstar mold. You could blame the wrestler himself for not getting himself over but...
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June 28, 2017  |  Discuss

One Last Pro Wrestling Match Can Be Believable

One more match, one more match. This is a chant you will hear from time to time on WWE television. Another one you will hear is a wrestler being told ‘You still got it’ after they were away from the ring, or didn’t seem to be a focal point in a promotion or particular scene. Over the course of a wrestler’s career, they have to have any number of thoughts, whether that means feelings...
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June 27, 2017  |  Discuss

WWE – Office Hours with The Professor

In my “real” life, I’m a college professor.  Part of my job is to hold office hours each week so the students can drop in and check on their progress, explain why their homework wasn’t done, and ask me questions about things they didn’t understand from the lecture that week. Since I started writing for The Camel Clutch blog, I’ve received a number of questions from readers.  I thought...
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June 23, 2017  |  Discuss

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. How...
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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 Warriors...
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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 as a milestone...
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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 the draft...
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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 was...
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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 of NXT were...
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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 Randy...
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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 note, it was...
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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 happened...
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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 a good...
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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, it...
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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 seems...
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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 record...
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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.  That’s...
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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 like that...
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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 NWA...
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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 Defeat...
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May 02, 2017  |  Discuss
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