For WWE last year was a bad year for the top tier talent when it came to staying healthy and now things have changed, but not for the better as the injury bug has now infected the tag team division. Fact is more then half of the WWE's tag team division has landed on the shelf and we are only half-way through the year which is unfortunate for what was becoming a very healthy and deep division for the first time in years.
The bad part about these unfortunate events not only has it negatively effected the Tag Team division, but also now the partners of those men who got hurt are now in a "booking limbo" of sorts. This is because they are in a tag team and their partner got injured so now creative doesn't really know what to do them as you don't want to invest to much in them as a singles wrestler, because then you may not want him to go back to being a team following his partners return. This Unfortunate side effect is leaving the talents below in "booking limbo":
Cesaro: By the far the man who has been most effected by the injury to his partner. (outside of his partner of course) For those who may not be aware Tyson Kidd actually got injured a few weeks back and will remain on the shelf for the next 12-14 months following neck surgery. Now many people think that Cesaro should now receive a bump up in the card of sorts rather then losing every week, and I agree with that logic. However, when does the push stop as you don't want to build him up to much, because once Kidd comes back then it wouldn't make a lot of sense for them to reform. Which is why I support Cesaro being pushed to a point, but then kept at whatever point he is pushed to until Kidd comes back.
Erick Rowan: After months of being in limbo in a different sense, they finally found something for Rowan to do and that was reforming his team with Harper. Sadly a few weeks after reforming the team Rowan would get hurt on a house show and now is injured for 6-8 months. This stinks for both guys as I firmly believe that before the end of the year Harper & Rowan would have been Tag Team Champions at least one time. However, the future is still bright for the former Wyatt Family members once Rowan returns.
Jimmy Uso: Since his brother Jey's injury back around WrestleMania, many people wondered what Jimmy was going to do without his brother. Well our questioned was answered a few weeks later when Jimmy began actually announcing on Superstars or Main Event every week. Jimmy has become one of the announcers on Smackdown on a temporary basis likely until Tough Enough and Booker, T returns to the announce position on Raw for Byron. This was a great idea as Jimmy isn't actually that bad at doing commentary and them doing this keeps him out of the ring, but still on TV. Also it allows the fans to see him in a different light then before. Out of all the injuries from the Tag Team division Jey will be the first to return from his long term injury.
For the first time in years the Tag team division was actually deep, exciting, and relevant which is great to see as Tag team wrestling had been undervalued in the WWE for years. Not everything comes easy though as the once deep division only consists of 5 different teams. (Two of whom the fans may not really care about) But each teammate will be back and sooner or later the WWE Tag team division will be deep, exciting, and relevant once again.
Every time the stars of WWE go out to that ring they take risks and sometimes sustain injuries. Over the last few years the injury troubles in the WWE have seemingly gotten worse, but recently the injury bug has hit a lot of talent and now it's time for some updates.
Daniel Bryan: Apparently as of this writing Bryan's injury seems to be a concussion which he suffered during his match with Sheamus on Smackdown following WrestleMania. (The match in which he was split open from ear to ear) This injury seems to be the reason why Daniel was sent home from the European Tour and his condition was kept on the down low as WWE is attempting to keep injuries from leaking out. It seems as though Daniel's concussion could be career threatening much like the concussion that forced Bret Hart to retire. I hope that isn't the case though I hope that Daniel comes back soon.
Erick Rowan: After being lost in the shuffle for a few months following his split from the Wyatt family Rowan would eventually reform his partnership with Luke Harper. The two were only a just about going to be placed in the Tag title picture before the injury struck this past weekend at a house show. Early reports suggested that Rowan's injury wasn't serious, but it was later reported Rowan tore his bicep and will be out for 4-6 months which is a killer his and Harper's momentum.
Tyson Kidd: Kidd was riding the best wave of momentum he had been on in the WWE before a dark match before Raw a few weeks ago squashed it all. In fault of anyone's Kidd sustained an injury in said dark match which much like Rowan's injury first reports said it wasn't that serious. But as most of you know by now Kidd just recently had neck surgery (the same surgery as Steve Austin, Edge, Chris Benoit, & others had) Kidd will sadly be out 14 months at least.
I want wish each of these wrestlers the Best and I hope they are able to get back to 100% sooner rather then later. Because in that ring is where they belong!!
The rumors have been flying around the internet for the last few days that Dolph Ziggler maybe leaving WWE following his contract coming to an end which is said to be happening soon. Various news sources are reporting this and have mentioned Dolph's rant on social media from prior to Extreme Rules as the proof. It has been said that unless Dolph receives I guess what he feels he deserves or has earned he will be walking away.
I am here to tell you why that would a bad thing for the WWE at this current moment in time. For the last few years WWE's roster has been extremely weak in every way possible, last year it was due to most of the roster getting injured for an extended period of time and certain people leaving the company. This year has been a heck of a lot better as half the amount of people have gotten hurt on the main roster and only one active wrestler was let go if you can call him active. Yes! Fresh is good, new is good, and the fact is that WWE needs to change up some of the matches now and again to keep things fresh. But lack of depth has halted that effort in most cases which is very unfortunate.
Now after becoming one of the best talents in the WWE Dolph maybe walking away, well in a way I can't blame him for wanting to, but everyone walked away if they weren't given the big push they though they deserved wrestling would be dead by now. Look I am not saying Dolph wouldn't be able to handle being a Main event level talent, what I am saying is that just because he wants it doesn't mean they should give it to him. Think what you will, but if Dolph leaves that's his choice, what he does after he walks away is also his choice. In my opinion I do believe Dolph was better as a heel, but does get one of the top reactions as a good guy so I am quite torn on him.
Let's take a trip back in time to around 2011 when Z True Long Island Story ruled the WWE YouTube channel and Dolph Ziggler's segment on the show become not just a staple of the show, but a highlight of it every single week. The reaction that Dolph got the night after WrestleMania back in 2013 when he was going to cash in Money in the Bank was incredible, but much like with Daniel Bryan an injury derailed his momentum. However, Dolph has become a credible name in the mid-card and a name who on then one occasion has done wonders to help the Intercontinental title's image. His work ethic is unmatched and skills are unbelievable. However, I think at this point moving him back into the World Title picture maybe to little to late. I said this when Samoa Joe's contract expired with TNA and he left the company after 9 years, "Sometimes when you have done so much in one place it is better to walk away and find greener pastures to settle and start a new." Basically Dolph leaving could be good for all parties as it could give him a fresh start the ability to be looked at by a fresh set of eyes. If potential was decided by age or just one persons opinion then the world would a totally different place then it is, and that's why not just persons opinion determines someone's potential. Just ask certain former WWE developmental talent that made it big elsewhere.
Author's Note: It's possible that Dolph will leave, but as I have said on many occasions we will have to wait and see what happens. Also I never once said he will be leaving, I just expressed my opinion that his leaving may not be a bad thing for either party involved.
Around this time last year their were a lot of rumblings that if the WWE signed back with NBC Universal that a physical Hall of Fame building could become a reality. However, the buzz around that idea fell off almost as soon as they resigned with NBC last year, but now the buzz has returned. Now not much details are known at this point other then the rumors of a WWE oriented building being put in on the Universal City walk.
Something thing that we do know is Universal Studios decided not to renew the NBA's lease on NBA city and that building will be shut down in August. Right now it seems more possible for just a WWE Hall of Fame themed restaurant to start before a physical building. But one has to keep in mind that WWE has developed a strong presence in Orlando over the last year with the Performance Center and NXT being so successful, so you never know.
I firmly believe that not only would a physical Hall of Fame give the WWE an area to do the Hall of Fame every year if they so chose, but also it would add some legitimacy to the Hall of Fame which is something it is very lacking. I for one would be extremely happy to see a physical WWE Hall of Fame be built, because the WWE has so much history to share and nowhere to share it and it may also make people get less mad when a celebrity gets inducted into the HOF if they know that the celebrity isn't going to be in the same wing as the wrestlers are. Just a thought who knows what the future holds, but it would be a great step.
Money in the Bank 2015:
R-Truth vs King Barrett
This match will be nothing to special as it doesn't have to be considering the fact that it is on the pre-show. I think it will be a decent match considering the two guys involved in the match. However, due to the amount of TV time both men receive I believe that Barrett needs the win more here so I see Barrett picking up the win.
WWE Divas Title Match:
(c) Nikki Bella vs Paige
Though at this point I am starting to wonder if anyone will ever beat Nikki for the title and if Paige doesn't whose going to get the next shot. I mean it's only a matter of time before people start getting tired of seeing the same two divas compete for the title every month. Due to the fact that I think the title could use someone new holding it I think Nikki retains the title tonight and loses it to someone different in the near future.
John Cena vs Kevin Owens
Last month this match was by far the match of the night and though I don't understand why they are having a rematch as Owens beat Cena clean last month. I am looking forward to this match to see if WWE goes the predictable way or goes the way of shocking the fans and proving my point of for every two good things WWE does they do six things bad. Though they shocked us last month with Owens winning I am going to go the predictable route because it is still WWE and with that being said I am picking John Cena to win.
WWE Tag Team Title Match:
(c) New Day vs Prime Time Players
At this point a once deep and ever growing division is now as weak as ever due injuries hitting more then one team very hard. With this being said it leaves a big gapping whole in the division and leaves many wondering much like the Divas title if New Day wins who would be next to challenge for the titles. Now no offense to PTP, but I just don't see them as credible champions right now or the right team to beat New Day. All things considered I believe New Day walks away still WWE Tag Team Champions.
WWE Money in the Bank Match:
Neville vs Kane vs Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns vs Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston
The Money in the Bank match is always the highlight of whatever show it's on and that has been the case since it's inception in 2005 at WrestleMania. I guarantee with the participants in the match tonight this match will be no different then all of the other MITB matches in the past. Though I hope I am wrong I think I am going the predictable route of picking Roman Reigns to win this match tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match:
(c) Ryback vs Big Show
I hope honestly that this match is given the least amount of time on the show because I think the more time it's given the worse it will be. As both men are too similar in styles and though I do believe Show could add credibility to the title by losing to Ryback tonight the match at least needs to be good for that to happen. The longer it goes the worse it will be and the more damage it will do to both Ryback and the IC Title. With that being said I think Ryback needs to win this and in a semi-quick deceive fashion.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
(c) Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose
In this era of the WWE nobody two people have had a better feud then Ambrose & Rollins, the WWE didn't right by revisiting this feud once they had a new twist which was Rollins as WWE Champion. The second part of this feud which is what we are in now has seen the ascension of Dean Ambrose up to the Main event possibly to stay if they can sustain his push for long enough without keeping him just with Rollins. Someone said to me that the reason Rollins "banned" The Authority from this match is because they want to give Seth a clean win without anyone helping considering he hasn't gotten a clean win since his title reign began. With that being said I am picking Seth to walk away with the WWE Title still on his shoulder.
Thinking about it, Seth Rollins made the jump over to The Authority around a year ago and for almost if not his entire stay in the stable he has had J & J Security be his side. For those who don't know J & J Security consist of former WWE superstars Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble. But it seems as though following the Elimination Chamber Network special tensions have boiled over among the members of The Authority and a rift seems to be forming. I don't think that the rift will get beyond repair just yet, but as time goes on the rift will get bigger. For right now let's just take a look at how J & J Security rose to the "top" of the WWE Ladder.
I feel as though the phrase "Started from the Bottom now Where Here" fits Joey & Jamie's career paths in the WWE very well. Both men actually began their careers in the WWE developmental territory and they both were actually in the territory at around the same time as they both came into the company after WWE acquired ECW & WCW. Now let's take a trip down memory lane to see where each guy came from and how they got to the WWE.
Joey Matthews actually began in the wrestling as a part of the local North Carolina organization called OMEGA or Organization of Modern Extreme Grapping Arts which was ran by the Hardy Boys. For years Joey would travel the indies until the fall of 2000 when he and longtime partner/rival Christian York would join Extreme Championship Wrestling. Joey & York would never become ECW Tag champions, but one could assume if ECW stayed in business Joey & Christian may have been able to hold the Tag titles. Joey would stay with ECW until very end and was actually apart of the first match on the last ECW PPV in January of 2001. Following the closure of ECW Joey would go on to work for all three of the top North American wrestling companies in WWE, TNA, and ROH. Joey's next big break came when he signed a developmental deal with the WWE and reported to then developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. Joey would signed with in mid-2004 and was then brought to the Main Roster by April of the following year. Joey was now known as Joey Mercury and was one half of MNM with Johnny Nitro and they were managed by Melina. They would become one of the best teams in Smackdown history within a very short time.
As we skip ahead around a year and half Joey would end up getting let go from his contract and was once again a free man. While away Joey would make returns to both OVW and ROH. Joey would then return to WWE in 2010 as the masked member of the Straight Edge Society. Later that year Joey would actually begin working down in FCW as a trainer and then was called up to the Main Roster as a producer. Joey seemingly beat his demons to reach the peak of his career over the last few months as a member of The Authority and as a member of J & J Security. It is stories like Joey's that make you proud to be a wrestling fan.
Who could forget the "Resident Redneck" of J & J Security in Jamie Noble. Much like Joey got his big break in ECW, Jamie would get his big break in the WCW. While in WCW Jamie was a part of one of the few bright spots of the later days of WCW; Jamie was actually a part of the Jung Dragons under the name Jamie San and the Dragons feuded with 3 Count. The teams had two incredible ladder matches on two separate WCW PPV's in the span of a few months. Jamie would remain with WCW until the closure of the company in March of 2001 and Jamie was actually featured in a 3 way Tag match on the final Nitro. After the purchase Jamie would report to the WWE Developmental territory known as Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA). Noble would debut with the Main Roster after a little over a year in HWA, Jamie would actually become the WWE Cruiserweight champion within in a short time after being called up. While on the main roster would feud with the likes of Tajiri, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, and his former "girlfriend" Nidia. Late 2004 Noble was let go from his contract after asking to take some time off. While away Jamie would work under the name James Gibson and would have short stints in both NJPW & ROH before returning to the WWE. (Note: While in ROH he would actually become the ROH World Champion for a short time) Upon returning Noble would actually form a short lived Tag Team with Kid Kash known as The Pitbulls. Fast forward to Great American Bash 2008 to where one of Jamie's most infamous feuds would begin as he is the one who Hornswoggle pinned to win the Cruiserweight title. Following the lose Noble would feud with Hornswoggle mostly getting bested by the "leprechaun." On the November 2 edition of Monday Night Raw Noble was power-bombed on the outside of the ring by Sheamus and following that segment Noble "retired" from the ring and moved to a backstage role. That is how we get to this point with Jamie as a member of J & J Security.
After nearly 40 years in the wrestling business combined between the two of them I feel it is safe to say that after all the hard work and dedication, Joey Mercury & Jamie Noble have finally made it and are stars on the big stage. Congrats to both men they deserve the opportunity after putting in so much it's great to see them getting the opportunity to cash in.
Though in the past WWE has made DVD's about the Hart family as a whole they have never made a DVD just centered around Owen. Many are wondering how can WWE release anything related to Owen without pissing off certain people, well due to those certain circumstances changing WWE is now able to use Owen's footage for DVD release. Also even still certain people don't endorse the documentary, but other family members do and will have a part in the DVD documentary which is what counts right.
Currently the tentative release date for the DVD is in November of this year, and also the rumored title for the DVD is said to be "Owen Hart- Hart of Gold" which I think is a very fitting title. Much like a Hall of Fame induction for Randy Savage, this DVD release about Owen would be a step in the right direction in giving Owen his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame. I hope that's were this leads, because that is where he belongs.
Now I know there is at least one of you looking at the title of this post thinking "Wait I thought Joe already had a contract with WWE." Well your right he did, but that was a part time contract similar to the type of contract that Rhyno has with them to compete in NXT. However, Joe's was for a shorter amount of time and for more money but that was until something changed. Many thought that Joe would never make in the WWE because he doesn't seem like Vince's type of wrestler. Considering the fact that he landed a full-time contract now what does that tell you about how Vince feels about him, I guess his opinion must have changed.
As of this writing the reason for the WWE cashing in on an apparent clause they had in Joe's contract which stated they could sign him full time if they chose too. The apparent reasoning is because of his performance at the NXT tapings and his merchandise sales. For those who don't know the shirt Joe was wearing at NXT: Unstoppable actually went on sale on WWE.com following the show and then sold out within the day. The reason just mentioned seems to be what has swayed Vince to join Team Joe.
Congrats to Samoa Joe on signing this big contract with the WWE and for you Independent Wrestling fans. Samoa Joe will finishing up all of the dates for events he is currently advertised for and then will move to WWE full time. Which means Joe will likely not be full time in WWE until at least early August. Once again a congrats to Samoa Joe on the contract and now I am very curious to see what the future holds for Samoa Joe in the WWE.