Over the years the WWE has taken it's fair share of criticism from it's fans about things they have done to talents like gimmicks they have given or matches that were lost that many thought should have been won. One of those gimmicks nobody liked from the start was New Day which included Xavier Woods, Big E Langston, & Kofi Kingston singing and clapping. Many thought when their stable was in the early stages of coming together last summer everyone thought that they would be the new and improved Nation of Domination, but all of those people were disappointed when this comedy gimmick began. For the last couple of months the fans have turned against the New Day and are chanting New Day Sucks every time they clap and scream New Day.
At Extreme Rules the New Day "stole" the Tag Team titles away from Kidd & Cesaro who had been great champions, but it was time for them to drop the titles. Kofi & Big E won the match I believe by Xavier Woods holding Kidd's foot, but I am not sure either way they cheated to win some how and it worked. I am extremely happy to see that WWE is allowing the New Day to "embrace the hate" from the WWE Universe instead of trying to keep them good like have done with other talents. I mean, truth be told I never thought I would see the day that Kofi Kingston would actually get over as a heel in the WWE after how long he was a good guy. But I am very glad to be proven wrong, because it gives Kofi some much needed new life, because I think at this point him as a good guy was way too overdone.
But now it seems like people love to hate the New Day and therefore have made what may thought to be a horrible gimmick for all involved a successful gimmick, because the guys are getting a reaction from the fans which is their job. Whether you like the gimmick or you hate it either way the New Day is now a New Success and the first success gimmick wise for the WWE in a while.
Bad News Barrett vs Neville
This will be nothing special outside of Neville continuing to show off just how special he is in that ring and how unique his in-ring style truly is. In all honesty I believe that Neville should get the win here in maybe a shocking fashion to give Neville a solid win after coming up short in his last couple of matches.
The Regular Show:
WWE Divas Title Match:
(c) Nikki Bella w/ Brie vs Naomi
Though over the course of the last year or so the divas match have gotten a lot better on the Main roster then they used to be, but they still have a ways to go before reaching where they could be. This feud is a perfect example of the lack of long term planning the WWE has, because one week the Bella's are heel and now they are acting like they are good. I for one think the Bella's could be the top heels of the divas division and be extremely over in that role, but that's where they have to stay. I think Nikki keeps the gold, because why change what's working and Nikki as Divas Champion is working.
Russian Chain Match for the United States Title:
Rusev w/ Lana vs (c) John Cena
For years I have begged for the WWE to give the mid-card titles meaning once again and if they didn't to get rid of them, because meaningless titles serve No Purpose. But since WrestleMania that has all changed as the United States has gained a lot of more meaning and will continue to gain importance back as John Cena's reign continues. In my opinion creative needs to already be focusing on who Rusev feuds with next after Cena to get some momentum back on his side. Because I think it's fair to say that John Cena will retain the title tonight.
Kiss My Ass Match:
Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler
This will be nothing short of a fight between two talents who have truly yet to realize there full potentials in the WWE, I do think that Sheamus has finally gotten on the right track going back to being a heel. But I think we need a clear cut answer as to if Dolph will ever be in the World Title again or will he just be a career upper-mid carder. I also believe that both men could use the win here, but in terms what's "Best for Business" and in terms of establishing a new top heel I think Sheamus needs the here.
Chicago Street Fight:
Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper
First of all I think these two could have a nice filler feud where following it both men move on to bigger and better things. Because if given the time and the opportunity to be something different and special I think this match wont fail to deliver in that area. To further explain the first sentence I think that this feud could continue and we could see these men keep fighting in different gimmick matches every month. Also this could just be the end of it and that is what I think and why I am picking Dean Ambrose to win.
Last Man Standing Match:
Big Show vs Roman Reigns
The crowd reaction for this match will likely be the most interesting part of the match and that isn't saying much in my opinion. I still believe that Roman has a bright future they just decided to go a different way with him then they first pictured. For this match Roman absolutely needs the win here to start gaining some momentum back from his loss at Mania.
WWE World Tag Team Title Match:
(c) Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs New Day
I always used to say that the pre-show match will be nothing special, because it doesn't have to be but after seeing the pre-show match at WrestleMania I guess you never really know. I mean I don't think this match will be the highlight of the show, but I will say that it should be a really good match considering the talent in the match. I firmly believe that the future Tag Team of the year for 2015 Kidd & Cesaro will retain the WWE Tag Titles tonight.
Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title: with Kane as the Gatekeeper
Randy Orton vs (c) Seth Rollins w/ J & J Security
No match on this card has the history, the hype, or the intrigue that this match has mounted recently on WWE TV both Randy & Seth have done a great job building this match and stips up to meaning something more to the viewers. I still remember how shocking it was to see Seth run down during the Main Event of WrestleMania and cash in the Money in the Bank, and now this is his first defense as Champion. Randy finally gets his rematch a year after losing the title to Bryan at WrestleMania last year. But Randy won't come out on top tonight as Seth Rollins will walk away still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Author's Note: Ask for what happens with the Intercontinental Title Match, I am not sure right now all I know is that it is very unlikely that Daniel will compete tonight. Therefore the title will likely be held up and maybe a tournament could be set up to crown the new champion. Who knows we will just have to wait and see what happens.
If you missed Raw on Monday and you don't know by now I will inform you that with Triple H's announcement on Monday the return of Tough Enough has been made official and the show will return on June 23. Though most would assume it would be featured on the WWE Network it actually will not be featured on the Network and will be featured on the USA Network every Monday Night, prior to Raw.
This years Tough Enough season will be different then the last time they re-launched the show as it seems like they maybe allowing for more fan involvement in the show, still unsure of the details on this aspect though so can't speak on it to much. Also it seems like they will be going back to the original format of the series with having One Man and One Woman win instead of just having one winner. The idea of having two winners, one man and one woman was only done once in the shows history and I believe it was for Season 1 which saw Maven Huffman & Nidia walk away the winners.
I love the idea of Tough Enough returning as it was my favorite show back in the day. As it provided evidence that just a nobody from off the street can enter a wrestling ring and be a wrestler, and that being a wrestler requires training before you can get in the ring to compete. I am also happy that it seems like they are going back to the old school way of declaring winners. Below are two of the audition tapes WWE has received from perspective contestants:
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As of this writing even his doctors are having difficulty diagnosing what could be causing Bryan discomfort at this point. However, Bryan's health has been a problem that everyone has been talking about since his return late last year and some people who didn't want to admit the possibility were even talking about it.
Many people believe that Bryan's health being a question is the main reason why he wasn't thrust right back into the World title picture when he came back like many thought he should have been. Whether you want to admit or not if Bryan isn't/wasn't 100% their is No reason why WWE should give him the World Title. Even if you believe he is the best worker in the company right now it would be stupid to invest so much in someone who could just back on the shelf for a long time again. Fans need to relax and give Daniel time to prove he can stay healthy and then when he proves that he can stay healthy he will be back in the World Title picture. Because in every sense of the word the wrestlers health comes first before anything else as without there would be no wrestler.
As was announced on Raw, Daniel was sent home from the UK due to possibly suffering a concussion on tour and management wanting him to rest. But now Daniel's title defense this Sunday could be in question if he is not 100%. All I can say is send Daniel your well wishes and your hope that he makes to Extreme Rules and can remain injury free. Because having a talent that can add life to a crowd just by doing one action is an invaluable asset to the WWE and would tremendously hurt the company if they were to lose him again.
Over the last few years Tag Team wrestling has really became a lot more meaningful then it used to be in the WWE and one of the major reasons why this renaissance of Tag wrestling happened was because of the Uso Brothers. Jimmy & Jey Uso are in may ways the face of the WWE Tag Team division and with out them it would be hard to say that the division would be as successful as it is or has been in recent time.
But after injuring his previously injured shoulder at WrestleMania it seems like Jey Uso is going to miss sometime after having to get surgery on the injury. Right now the timetable for his return is around 6 months which is not only unfortunate for the Uso's, but it leaves a big whole in the Tag Team division. The Uso's popularity has rose a tremendous amount over the last few years and though this injury does hurt any momentum they might have had, it will help give them sometime off and will allow for a fresh start whenever Jey does comeback. Below is an excerpt from an article written by Tyler Conway of the Bleacher Report on the same topic:
"It'll be interesting to see how WWE Creative plans to handle Jey's absence. The duo, members of the legendary Anoaʻi family legacy, have been paired since their arrival in developmental. They are two-time tag team champions but haven't done much in singles action, which could set up Jimmy for a push between now and Jey's return."
It will be very interesting to see how they use Jimmy while Jey is on the shelf. I don't see them getting him wrapped up in a feud or anything, because he is still in a team. Also if they are just planning on making him job they would be better keep him home while his brother his recovering thus not to hurt the Uso brand.
With the talk recently being about certain members of the WWE roster who should be looking toward retirement instead of continuing there careers I thought this post would be fitting. I will say that I most likely have No intention of making this series a weekly thing right now, but I might who knows we must wait and see.
Let me set the stage for this shoot, well as everyone knows Kane became Corporate last year when he traded in his mask for a suit. But really since post Team Hell No a lot of fans have spoken badly about Kane and it usually centers around people thinking Kane needs to retire. Well this shoot was I guess "aired" around when Team Hell No started back in 2012-2013. Sean voices his opinion stating how the "old" Kane would not have been acting the way Kane does now and that WWE screwed up a talented monster.
In my opinion, I do agree that over the years WWE has done a very poor job of booking Kane and has made him into a shell of his former self. But, using the logic that some opinions are ever changing and using what we saw on Raw tonight I will say that I think that after his "match" with Rollins tonight something big might be in the future for Kane. I believe that Kane deserves one more serious and credible run on top of the company before he hangs it up for good. Remember this that though we may want him to leave now that doesn't mean we wont miss him when he is gone.
It was reported earlier this week that their is talk of Smackdown possibly moving from the SYFY Network over to the USA Network in 2016. If Smackdown moves to the USA Network then it would be official that for the first time in WWE history all of their TV programs would be on the same network. The move is set to take place in early 2016 at this point and would see both Smackdown and RAW on USA as late as probably WrestleMania next year.
As of this writing it seems as though the reason behind the move plays into the USA Network wanting to keep the strong ratings coming for the network and they believe adding another WWE show would do nothing, but help them. Also not to get to technical, but I believe it could have to do with USA wanting help to corner the 18-34 year old demographic and they feel that adding another WWE show would only their case.
I almost forgot the most important aspect of it and that is that 2015 isn't that old and we still have a lot of time before this move is even talked about on WWE programming. So keep in mind that things can change and also more information will likely come out about the move as we draw closer to it, but for right now we just have to take the wait and see approach. I for one am not a fan of it, but I guess holding on to the idea that both shows will one day have their own identity is a lost cause at this point.
A few weeks ago, it was reported that WWE has signed another top independent star to a contract with the company and that he would be joining the company in a couple of weeks. The top Indy star is now former ROH talent Jimmy Jacobs, I am aware that a lot of WWE fans may not know who Jimmy is, so that's I am going to do in this post right now.
If I could compare Jimmy to someone on the current WWE roster, I would say the closest comparison would be to Bray Wyatt. However, if you tell me to give a comparison for Jimmy to a WWE legend I would probably say Jake "The Snake" Roberts. I guess one could see from my comparisons that Jimmy is like a darker, gothic, "evil" character much like a Bray Wyatt. Jimmy is coming to the WWE with a vast amount of experience and a past the includes working with current stars like Luke Harper, WWE World Champion Seth Rollins, WWE Intercontinental Champion: Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, & NXT World Champion Kevin Owens.
Though Jimmy would be a big help to the WWE’s talent roster, he isn't coming to the WWE as a wrestler. The former 5 time ROH Tag Team Champion is coming to the WWE as a part of the Main Roster creative roster. Now many thought that to start Jimmy would be "groomed" in NXT for a spot on the Main Roster, but those people were shocked to find out that Jimmy would start on the Main roster's creative team. I will mention that I am unaware of any of Jimmy's past booking ability or creative writing, because getting knowledge who books which Indy companies isn't very easy. So for once an independent wrestling fan boy cannot sing the praise of a former Indy star and will be just like everyone else as we wait to see what Jimmy can do.
I will just add that I know some people probably hate the idea that Jimmy is going to WWE, and isn't even going to wrestle. Well I have this before and will continue to say until I feel like the point has gotten across and my point is that being on the Independents isn't everyone's dream; often enough if you get into the wrestling business the WWE is your ultimate goal not staying on the Indies. I have nothing against Indies, but my point if you're a fan of the wrestler you should be a real fan and be happy for him that he is getting the opportunity to live his dream. I feel the need to add that even though it’s not everyone’s dream to make it to the WWE most talent dream of being able to work for the WWE.
Change, is something that happens to us all and either we can accept the change, or be left behind. At least that's what I thought, until the WWE started changing first it was the Tag Team division, then it was the Divas Division, and now the titles are being allowed to get more meaning. Everything is changing in the WWE, let's rewind a second I said the Divas division is changing. It's changing for the better and this change in my opinion all started with AJ Lee during her first title reign.
During her first reign as Divas champion, AJ was able to drop a pipe bomb against the other Divas, engage in the first legit feud for a diva in a long time, actually given the opportunity to have competitive matches. In a way AJ became the person who broke down the barrier and showed that Divas can posse talent like the men and they deserve a chance to show their stuff. Now I know some fans might be happy to see AJ leave, but you have to be thankful she reached the heights she did because she helped the Divas division become credible once again.
I can imagine how tough the Punk/WWE litigation was on AJ and then add the WWE Doctor suing Punk which once again led to WWE/Punk litigation. Anyway you try to look at AJ was really the first Diva at a long time to be given time to establish a character and get over with the fans. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate AJ Lee on weedy out a Hall of Fame worthy career in the span of only 5 years time. Sadly the thought of her going into the Hall of Fame doesn't seem to likely do to her she is married and how her tenure with the company ended. Now, as we look to the future does this mean that an NXT diva maybe coming up to the Main Roster to take AJ's spot on the roster.
Thank You AJ Lee, Congratulations on a Great Career You Will Be Missed
Best of Luck in whatever you do next!!
Top of On the February 23 edition of Monday Night Raw the WWE displayed their complete lack of faith in the Divas division ability to do anything worthwhile. Following that episode of Raw something happened, for the first time fans began to get behind the divas and fans wanted to see the divas actually given a chance on the Main Roster. The #GiveDivasAChanceMovement took on a life of its own and was even picked up by Rolling Stone magazine who ran an article on the movement.
Since then things have really changed in the Divas division for the better as it seems like the WWE is finally giving Divas a chance to show their stuff. At first many thought it was just going to be AJ, Paige, & The Bella's that were given an opportunity to shine, but after this past week WWE silenced those possibilities. Even though this week's episodes of WWE TV are different than any other week for the WWE because of it being the first week after Mania and the crowds are always crazy. Either ways the action in the ring that we saw from the Divas this week showed that if given the opportunity the WWE’s Divas division could become a very deep division and actually get to the point where it means something again. Being given meaningful feuds, getting TV time, promo time, and most importantly an opportunity it seems as though Divas maybe finally getting a chance. If you missed it, below is a video of Naomi vs Natalya from Smackdown this past week: