Where we move next for the series is too another member of the kliq and another recent inductee in the Hall of Fame. During his career Kevin Nash began as nothing more than just another big man jumping in the business to try and make a quick buck. Seeing how things went during his career in WCW, I do think that Vinnie Vegas was the first hit as a gimmick. However, once he moved on to the WWF and the verge of becoming a major star in the company as Diesel.
From 1994 all the way to 1996 when he would walk away from the company to move back to the WCW and formed the NWO. Nash would become a triple crown champion in the WWE as he would hold the Intercontinental, World, and Tag Team titles. However, Nash would help change wrestling when he jumped to WCW with Scott Hall to form the NWO with Hulk Hogan and set WCW up for a crazy run.
Overall, Kevin does deserve to not only be in the WWE Hall of Fame, but based on his legacy in wrestling he deserves at least to be a two time inductee from his NWO association. At one point Kevin was destined to be the top star of the future for the WWE, but then became legend instead just by walking out on Nitro. In my opinion Kevin made an impact because still today people notice him and cheer when he comes out on the show which means he did something right.
Based on buy rates and the build of the event there is no doubt that this event is the worst PPV in the history of WWE. This really was the beginning of the end for the brand and the sad part is that the brand had begun just 6 months ago. Though the brand did have a good balance between both originals and new faces it just didn't garner the interest needed to run an exclusive PPV should. The event is a dark spot on the history of WWE as it is more known for talent leaving then anything else.
Following this event both Big Show & Paul Heyman would leave the WWE for an extended period of time. Show would head for the door and really go on a hiatus from the company returning in February 2008 to start his feud with "Money" Mayweather. Paul on the other hand would leave after growing tired of butting heads with Vince especially on the booking of this event and wouldn't return for six years. When Brock Lesnar made his WWE debut some knew it was only a matter of time before Paul would join him once again in the company.
December to Dismember 2006
Stevie Richards def. (pin) Rene Dupree dark
Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy def. (pin) Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro
Balls Mahoney def. (pin) Matt Striker "Striker's Rules
Elijah Burke & Sylvester Terkay def. (pin) Little Guido Maritato & Tony Mamaluke
Daivari def. (pin) Tommy Dreamer
Ariel & Kevin Thorn def. (pin) Kelly Kelly & Mike Knox
Bobby Lashley def. (pin) C. M. Punk, Hardcore Holly, Rob Van Dam, Test, The Big Show (c) "Extreme Elimination Chamber" ECW World Heavyweight Title
Survivor Series 2017
(c) Enzo Amore vs Kalisto
The Miz vs Baron Corbin
Though I don't think this match will open as this is by far will be the weakest match on the card couldn't open. Miz & Corbin are talented but I don't really think that Corbin is ready to carry the any match. Then again I just don't really have much faith in Corbin's in ring skills. Miz can carry anyone on the microphone, but really needs to prove that he can really carry a match. If I had to pick Miz needs to win this match.
Charlotte vs Alexa Bliss
Once again champion vs champion and one that has changed within the last week. Prior to the go home show Nattie was the SD Live Woman's Champion, but dropped the title last week to Charlotte. I will admit that I am a lot more excited about this over Alexa vs Nattie and not just because of it not being another heel vs heel match. However, with my choice in the first match I've chosen Alexa winning this one to keep things balanced.
The Bar vs The Usos
Another champion vs champion match between the brands as the tag team champions collide for the first time. This may be the first time that these two teams will be able to attempt to tear down the house. The last few months the tag division has been ran by The Usos and The Bar as these two are incredible talents. This is by far the toughest choice as I'm not sure who could get the win in this match. The Bar I do think will get the win.
Raw's vs Smackdown Traditional Survivor Series Female Match
Hopefully this will go better than the last multi-female match that took place which was pretty much an unneeded clusterf****. However, a lot of rumors have been running around that a big return may happen this Sunday with a new addition to Team Raw. It's been over a year since Paige has graced the WWE TV and to finally here that she could be back is amazing. With this being said I think that Team Raw will be the victorious team tonight.
The Shield vs New Day
Honestly, I don't think that anyone excepted that this match would've taken place due to circumstances outside of control. But with Roman Reigns returning it really became a reality and this match has all the makings of being an amazing match and one of the best 6 man matches in a long time. Though this match may have very little implication on the future other than providing some sort of bragging rights (no pun intended). Considering this is the first major match for The Shield and that New Day are bulletproof I think that The Shield get the win.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match (Male)
There have been a lot of talk and discussion in the online world as most fans think that this match will end in any other way then clean. Even though the choice to include Jason Jordan was questionable at first, but after Raw last week the reason became clearer and seems to be building somewhere. Keeping the replacement in mind there is a tremendous amount of star power in this match with Triple H, Randy Orton, Shane, Kurt, and others to make it feel like 10 years ago. After the events of last week I think that Team Smackdown will get the big win tonight.
Champion vs Champion
(c) AJ Styles vs (c) Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
If there is anyone on the WWE Roster that could get not just a good match out of Brock Lesnar, but a different match out of him it would be AJ Styles. I was extremely happy that Jinder did end up dropping the title I just wish it was under the circumstances it was because no matter how lackluster his run got there is no way I could've wanted Jinder to get hurt. I know a lot of us have both thought and wondered how many times the idea words "I never thought this match would happen" could be said. This match is absolutely one of those matches that I never thought could or would happen especially with both men holding the World Title at the same time. Both guys are very skilled in the ring and can have a great match, but I don't see this match going any other way over Brock Lesnar getting another victory.
Over the last few months it seems as though the WWE has finally noticed what the fans have known for months and that is nobody really cares about 205 Live. Which means that the WWE has to actually do things that make fans want to watch 205 Live and find some way to create interest. The problem is though it seems like for every step forward they fall back like having Enzo join the cruiserweights they end up losing a name like Neville. Truth be told I don't think that overhauling the division wouldn't be a bad idea.
Recent news point to the possibility of a former X-Division champion joining the WWE's cruiserweight division. The more established names they can have in the division would help the division tremendously as it could help establish the lesser known talent. Spud is officially done with Impact Wrestling as of last week and their have been rumors of him signing with WWE for months and now things seem more likely. Admittedly, seeing Spud in WWE would be interesting to see if he can feud with Jack Gallagher as they both had similar acts.
The other name that the WWE has been "talking" about bringing Hideo Itami to the main roster for the division as well. Hideo has been rocking down in NXT since he finally was able to return to developmental and "knock on wood" he has been able to stay healthy. Though I will say that it would be extremely strange to see Hideo on the main roster after all his years of struggling. But also the idea of this giving the WWE some actually good depth in the division would be very nice to see.
Every year when we enter Wrestlemania season fans also always begin to speak of the Hall of Fame who they believe should be inducted in the accompanying years class and who shouldn't. This allows for a tremendous amount of debate and also leaves interest in the Hall of Fame at a high in the beginning and depending on the class it could not subside. But one name a lot of fans have questioned his ability to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Chris Benoit. Now there isn't a fan in the wrestling world that doesn't know what Benoit did and how his life ended. However, in one fell swoop any hope of him being inducted went away on that day too.
The reason for this is imagine close your eyes and imagine the announcement coming down on WWE TV that Chris Benoit will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now imagine how much of a field day that the mainstream media will have with the idea that the WWE is inducting a suspected murder into their Hall of Fame. I know that Benoit does deserve to be a Hall of Famer due to his accomplishments in the ring and if we could split his life in the ring and out of it I think he'd be in already, but doing that isn't possible.
Fact is a Benoit induction would be a media nightmare for the WWE and would overshadow an event that is suppose to be a joyous occasion to honor the legends on yesteryear. Overall, I think Benoit being in a class would be a bad idea, but I wonder if they could get around inducting him by inducting the Pegasus Kid instead. Chris should be a Hall of Famer, but in the end due to the media's interest in bad news over real news and mainstream outlets salivating tearing down reputable companies for one mistake; I honestly don't think Benoit will ever be in the Hall of Fame.
This year has been the year of surprises with the WWE Championship changes as Bray Wyatt shocked the world by winning the gold at Elimination Chamber, but lost it in 2 months. Then Randy Orton would suffer the most shocking defeat of his career when he lost to Jinder Mahal at Backlash which allowed Jinder to become WWE Champion. This is something that WWE hasn't done in many years and in some cases it left fans both angry and puzzled at the same time.
At first I thought it was a pleasant surprise to see Jinder become WWE Champion and I was one the people complaining more about the booking then the fact that he won. I didn't mind the idea of Jinder being champion as long as once he dropped the belt he would remain in the Main Event scene and just fall back down like Sheamus. His current feud with AJ Styles is now the real test for Jinder as a top guy, because AJ is good enough to work with anyone.
I wouldn't mind Jinder maybe getting a tag win over AJ at this point just to give him a win to brag about in the build to a singles match. However, I think at this point it might be time to decide when Jinder's run should come to a close. At this point Smackdown does have the last PPV of 2017 for the WWE so it would be possible to see AJ end 2017 with the WWE title or maybe hold the switch off until Royal Rumble. Overall I think if Jinder did loose the title to AJ that it wouldn't hurt Jinder and it might actually help him as I think dropping the gold before fans resent him should be on WWE's mind as Mania approaches. This is why I don't think losing now would really "Hinder" Jinder.
You got it another new series is about the begin. Recently I sent out a tweet about a current fan interaction series feeding into other things and me setting things up for the back half of the year. This series is to begin the build to the 2018 Hall of Fame talks and not just the WWE class, but also the Wrestling Express Hall of Fame class for next year as well. I thought about it and looking back at some past inductees from the various Hall of Fames including Impact Wrestling.
In my book there is no better choice to kick this series off with other than "Mr. WrestleMania" Shawn Michaels. The "Heartbreak Kid" would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as the class headliner in 2011 after losing a retirement match to The Undertaker at the previous years WrestleMania. Most fans were surprised to see the WWE picked Shawn to headline the class after his retirement match, but the best way to look at this is that Shawn is similar to a first ballot Hall of Famer getting inducted the first chance he can be. Yes it was likely more desperate plea to gain interest from WWE, but still.
At this point I would go over the Hall of Fame credentials of the man himself, but I don't think that fans need to be reminded of the accomplishments that HBK mounted during his career. With that being said check out some matches from Shawn's career:
Over the last few weeks fans have been given reports that a various talents have been stricken with untimely sicknesses due to illnesses coming down right before the PPV. Numerous talent including Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, JoJo, and Roman Reigns have all been stricken with a somewhat undisclosed illness that has kept them off TV for weeks. Though the WWE TV program has been somewhat lackluster recently the most interesting part of the company has been the roster turnover.
I do think that sometime away from TV would be the best thing for both Roman Reigns & Bray Wyatt. Since the start of the year Bray Wyatt has suffered from being the victim of some very bad booking from his feud with Randy Orton to Finn Balor just everything about this year for Bray has been terrible. Roman on the other hand has had a pretty good year feuding with Braun Strowman in one of the top feuds of the year in my opinion.
However, I do think some time off would do both men very well as it would give fans sometime to miss them and also give us sometime away from seeing them every week. I feel like the old saying "How can I miss you if you don't go away" has been used a lot in recent years with top WWE stars, but that is because of overuse and bad booking. Even though it might be just be me trying to make the best of bad situation, but that is best way to look at this situation due to it hurting the company not looking at it in good way.
Basically WWE could build up the returns of Bray and Roman once they are healthy to return as a way to boost ratings and in my opinion they should give Bray a few weeks to build his return. In my book they shouldn't be in a rush to get Bray back & should take the time to build it up, but with Roman he could go back to The Shield.
In recent years talent have become a lot more vocal with their displeasure of the WWE and their booking team and character development. Names like Jack Swagger, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, and other have chosen to leave the company as oppose to putting up with the company. This year has just been more of the same with Austin Aries joining that list and now questions are being asked if both Nia Jax & Neville will join that list of talent.
Since the cruiserweight division made it's return to the WWE one of the few bright spots have been Neville and the WWE have made him look like a million bucks. Finally we were able to see how good Neville could be but recently they have slacked off in the booking of their hottest heel in the division and now the whole division will suffer. Now I don't mean to make you think that Neville not being the champion is the only reason I think the division will suffer as I don't think he needs to be champion. However, he then should've been moved out of the title picture and into a new feud to try and elevate a new start to then have them face the champion. Rumors have been abound of what Neville's future will be in the company. I for one hope that Neville and WWE can sort out the issues and fix things as I do firmly believe Neville leaving would be a major loss for the company.
Speaking of a loss for the company and someone that had been booked well until recently that is Nia Jax. Argumentatively I will say that I am not sure that Nia has come along as quick as she could've like I feel like she is still quite green in the ring. Nia has been having problems with the WWE booking team for months, but the company never tried to do anything with it. Now a little different to Neville we have heard that Nia decided to take a leave of absence from the company which could mean anything but I don't think she is gone just yet. However, either way due to the lacking depth in the woman's division it would really hurt the WWE to loose a woman from the weak division.
Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox
Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick
For the first time that I can remember a Raw PPV will feature two cruiserweight matches which is great in my opinion especially if both matches are deserving of it. However, my one problem with this match is that they fought on Raw a few weeks ago & only went a few minutes so it's kinda tough to get excited about this match. But I will say that Kendrick & Gallagher should win to get the heels some momentum.
Asuka vs Emma
We have been waiting for this for a long time and I am very excited to see Asuka arrive on the main roster. Emma won the right to face her after winning a fatal five way match and I think this gives Emma a boost going into the match. However, there is no doubt in mind that Asuka will win and I chose not to spend to much time on this one.
AJ Styles vs Finn Balor
Let me just say this that as far as Bray vs Finn there feud should be done with and the WWE needs to move on from them no matter what happened with Bray to cause the match to be canceled. To this point I wasn't at all looking forward to Balor vs Wyatt as I was more dreading the match due to the idea of them fighting again. With AJ now moved into the spot I do like the match a lot more, but I don't know if I like it as much as I could had it been built up more. I know there is no way it could've been but it's just now this match will give us a taste of what the future could hold. I could see Jinder getting involved in some way and costing AJ the match to allow Finn to win.
WWE Woman's Championship:
(c) Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James
Last month following the PPV I though Alexa had nobody left to beat and that she had defeated all the possible challengers. I was very surprised when Mickie made her intentions clear that she would be challenging for the title. Once the feud started building I got a little disappointed due to the build and the direction they chose to go, but I still really like the fact that Mickie is in the title picture. I do think there is a few ways they can go in this match, but I think Bliss winning clean maybe the best way.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion:
(c) Kalisto vs Enzo
My interest in Enzo over the last few months has gone from rock bottom to almost where it was before he and Cass broke up. I think the decision to put Enzo in the Cruiserweight division was a great idea and the best way to use Enzo also turning him heel was a good idea too based on how he was being booked. The one thing I don't get is his pose that was with him on Raw, don't get me wrong I like it but I don't get why they are with him. Either way though we will find out I hope and I think Kalisto wins tonight via DQ after said pose interferes.
TLC Five on Three Handicap Match:
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Kurt Angle vs The Miz, The Bar, Kane & Braun Strowman
To get something out of the way I will start by saying I don't understand the point of this match and why they let it go so far. What I mean is that having The Shield against Miz & The Bar would've been better then a handicap match, because in my book there is no way The Shield could win without making someone look bad. However, in a six man nobody looks bad when the pinfall happens. But now with Roman out and Angle in the question comes up can Angle take the fall and not be damaged if he did. I know some might be thinking Kurt shouldn't take the fall in his first match back, but if his future isn't clear then why shouldn't he because protecting the tag champions should be more important. As for what I think will happen I have a bad feeling that the good guys will win even though I think the heels should & let the good guys win at Survivor Series. However, we are talking about the WWE and they have a bad habit of letting good guys win when they shouldn't & this means that Angle, & The Shield get the win even though they shouldn't.
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