Last month at the Battleground PPV we the fans were shocked to see the United States title match end with John Cena still the champion as opposed to the ending many of us saw coming, and some us were dying to see Kevin Owens winning. Fact of the matter is everyone is crying foul (including me) as I don't believe the right choice was made at Battleground because Owens would have been a great choice to defeat Cena. However, we later found out the likely explanation for Owens losing is because Cena was set to challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam and they wanted to keep him strong.
So this begs the question is Owens push over with or is just on hold for the moment. Well where do we start is it his in ring ability or microphone skills well Josh Dillon from The Altered Angle sure doesn't think so here is what he had to say: "Kevin Owens is the real deal. He is the best heel in the company right now and it's not even close. Owens was my favorite guy to watch in ROH. He is great on the mic. He comes across as a legit badass and is a believable character." I for one couldn't agree with Josh more as Kevin Owens has been a breath of fresh air since being called up and is one of the better talents to enter WWE in a long time.
Then if it's not his talents on camera did he do something off camera that could have caused management to sour on Owens. Well the only thing that really comes to mind is the fact that ROH has a Kevin Owens action figure coming out in their first action figure series. There were rumors going around that Vince was mad about the fact that he wasn't going to have the ability to be the first to release a Kevin Owens action figure. I believe that Vince may have soured on Kevin for this reason, but I am not totally sure and like I always say it might pay to just see what happens. However, Josh Dillon from The Altered Angle has a different opinion: "My guess this is just ROH trying to capitalize on the fact that Owen's has been introduced to millions of people who never heard of him before his main roster debut and this feud with Cena. It's a good business decision." So from Josh's point of view if I am looking at this correct he believes that the action figure deal had nothing to do with Kevin losing and it's just a good business decision on the part of ROH.
Now at this point were at a lose if it's not anything on camera or off camera then why did Kevin Owens push stop. Well this begs the question did his push really stop or is it just WWE fans jumping to a conclusion. I asked Pepper Brooks from The Altered Angle this question and here's what he had to say: "I don't necessarily think that Owen's is finished with Cena. They could be giving these 2 guys some space, since they have had matches at the last 3 PPV's. What if Owens' costs Cena the match at Summerslam vs Rollins? That puts him right back on the top of the card, to restart his feud with Cena." A different take on a match that I think could use an ending like this to shake things up, but I also believe that Rollins needs to beat Cena as a way to add credibility to a lack luster reign. Well in conclusion I think it's fair to say that for those who think Owens push is over you may have jumped the gun and need to wait & see what happens next.
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So after 72 hours of teasing and after a whole of questions and thinking about what to say. I went over all the of possible ways to type this out and I think I got the best way to do it. Without further delay let's get to this big post:
Let me get this out the way first I don't agree with what Hogan said, but I also don't agree with people jumping throat and saying he's a racist. I will say that I tend to believe people who have not only worked with Hulk, but known him 20-30 years when they say that Hulk isn't a racist and is a "Super nice guy" and has done a lot to help people with their career. I will be honest that I have drawn a line in the sand to where I wont cross with this post, because I am not going to focus on this and that's why this part of it will be shorter. I expressed my opinion and now I am moving on and so should you.
Note: The following statement is not only very opinionative, but also may include language not suitable for all readers. Either if you can handle reading someone's opinion that differs from your own or if you don't like bad language click the X or the back button, because you don't have to keep reading. Just saying if you expect me to respect your opinion, then you need to respect mine, because if you don't I could give two s**** less about what you have to say.
"The winners get to chose how history is remembered" is a phrase that perfectly describes the wrestling business and one in particular Vince McMahon. As for the last 32 years Vince and the WWE have been pretty much winners over the long haul, but one man is to thank for that because without that man there would be NO!! Vince McMahon or WWE. That man's name is Hulk Hogan, and you might say that I am crazy well what I say is who did Vince invest in first? Who did Vince give the ball to in January 1984 and never looked back? What craze/gimmick did Vince make more money of off then any other gimmick in the 50 years of the WWE. The answer is that 31 years ago on January 23 1984 in Madison Square Garden it wasn't just the beginning of a new era for the WWE it was the start of the future. That night in MSG saw the return of Hulk Hogan after almost four years away from the company and that night also saw the beginning of Hulkamania. January 23 1984 is the night everything changed for the WWE and then it happened again when over 93,000 people packed the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan for WrestleMania 3. Then it happened again 13 years later when a sold out crowd in Toronto saw "The Match of the Century" Legend vs Icon at WrestleMania 18 in 2002. Also who could forget in 30 years ago at WrestleMania 1 from that same venue that gave birth to a New Era in WWE the year playing host to history again. Without Hulk Hogan there would be NO!!! WWE and I firmly believe that and would dispute anybody who says otherwise. Think about without Hulk, there would never have been WrestleMania 1 because who would have teamed with Mr. T against Piper & Orndorff. The match that should have main evented WrestleMania 18 between Hogan & Rock would have still remained a dream without Hulk Hogan. The night that WWE changed the business again at WrestleMania 3 which also gave birth to probably one of the most replayed moments in WWE history the night Hogan slammed Andre, what would wrestling be like without that moment or that crowd.
I firmly believe that Hulk Hogan helped bring WWE to a level that only he could have and without him I don't believe that the WWE would be where they are today. Also Hulk didn't just have a part in shaping WWE history, but what about 19 years ago in Daytona Beach, FL at a certain WCW PPV when Hulk Hogan turned heel to help form the New World Order and changed the business again. Nobody that ever has stepped foot in that ring has done more to change this business then Hulk Hogan and for WWE to think that they can just erase almost 40 years of history and some of the biggest moments in the companies is f**** insulting to the fans and WWE should be ***** ashamed of themselves for trying.
They can't erase one of if not the biggest star in the companies history just because he made one mistake 8 years ago. I understand they are a public company, but I don't care. There is to much history to try and erase to many moments wouldn't exist without Hulk and it makes me sick to think that the thought has popped into their heads of doing that. It's insulting to us and him to compare what he did to what another former talent did 8 years ago, and you wanna why I say that because their treating it the same way and it's bullshit. They should be grateful to Hulk for what he did for the company instead of trying to pick the parts of history fans remember and the parts they want us to forget. Once again I want to say certain things, but I feel like if I do and the wrong person sees I might get sued and I don't about you, but I don't want to get sued. I support Hulk Hogan (I don't support what he said, I just support him) and believe he made a mistake, and I think that the WWE has blown this out of proportion and should be ashamed of themselves.
The wrestling business has seen people from various walks of life try there hand in the ring from Firemen, to baseball players, to numerous football players, to basketball players, and now a Soccer player. Though the WWE already has a former soccer player in NXT they are said to be looking at signing another. Currently, Hugo Knox is the only former soccer player that has a contract with the WWE, if your a soccer fan then you may remember him as Stuart Tomlinson who played European Soccer for 10 years from 2003-2013 spending a majority of his career with Crewe Alexandra. In 2013 Knox left professional soccer behind him to come to the United States and sign with the WWE with a developmental contract.
Now the rumors have been flying for almost a year about another former European Soccer player coming to the WWE to join NXT. Much like Knox, the other former player is also a goalie and actually spent 15 years playing soccer professionally before retiring in mid 2014. The former player is German star Tim Wiese who actually was a part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup team for Germany as the goalie. Though, Tim has claimed that he signed with WWE in the fall of last year nothing as of this writing has been made official as it pertains to him signing a contract.
This is exactly what I had been saying that TNA needed to do for years because of the fact that he is an unknown in wrestling, but known in other places. Doing this would speed up the process of building a new star, but the problem is with athletes from other sports is they need to be taught from scratch rather then continuing previous experience. However, I do believe that if WWE can land Tim it could prove beneficial to them if they ever chose to take NXT internationally as both Tim & Hugo (Stuart) may still have drawing power across the pond from their days in soccer.
WWE Battleground 2015
The Name King is On the Line
King Barrett vs R-Truth (King What's Up)
This match isn't going to be anything special because it doesn't need as it is on the pre-show. However, I will say that I'm not sure how many fans actually are into this feud so it's probably be a good idea to end the feud here. I firmly believe if the WWE wants the King of The Ring tournament to retain any credibility that it might still have left then King Barrett needs the win tonight no doubt about it.
Sheamus vs Randy Orton
For some reason WWE likes feuds that the fans are tired of seeing and this is one of them. Much like, the pre-show match I don't know how many fans are actually into this match or really care about this feud in general. Though I don't believe Sheamus is entertaining enough to be featured on the top of the card, someone in WWE thinks he deserves another chance. With this being the case I think it's time Sheamus gets one over on Randy as it seems like Orton is the one who has been getting the last laugh for weeks, so Sheamus needs the win here.
WWE World Tag Team Title Match:
The New Day vs (c) Prime Time Players
The quality of the tag team division matches has rose tremendously over the last few months and I think this match will be no different. In my opinion I think the New Day has become one of the best things that the WWE has done in a long time and I believe they could carry the tag team division. However, they are losing to many times to the champions and may lose the ability to be seen as credible threats for the gold. The Prime Time Players on the other hand they have been paying their dues for years and deserved to win the tag titles as nobody expected them to, but I don't believe they are the long term solution for the Tag team division. I think New Day wins and regain the Tag Team titles.
Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns
This feud started off intriguing and actually somewhat interesting, but now has moved to questionable and just strange. I really am unsure these two have a legitimate reason to be feuding, but at least they are both getting TV time and are competing on the PPV. With everything that both men have done in the last year in mind one guy in the match can take the loss while the other can't afford another big match loss. If you guessed Bray Wyatt then your were right as I believe a loss here tonight would make Bray another missed opportunity on the part of WWE and he would mean nothing anymore. Roman on the other can take the loss and in turn should be the one who gets beat to possibly change the idea that he is John Cena II. Therefore Bray Wyatt wins tonight in a less then clean fashion and we see a rematch at Summerslam.
WWE United States Title Match:
(c) John Cena vs Kevin Owens
This will be the third meeting between these two men and it will be the tie-breaker as each man has one win in the feud. The first two matches of the feud have been great and just prove how good of an in-ring year that John Cena is having in 2015. However, everyone has asked one question since won the US title at WrestleMania who could beat John for the title. I think we have our answer as he did it in his first ever match in the WWE, & why can't he do it again. Kevin Owens wins to become the new United States Champion.
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match:
(c) Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
Much like I expect the US Title match being the highlight of the show I also believe that this match will either be better the US Title match or at least a close second. This match has been building since late March/April when Seth stole the WWE title away from Brock Lesnar. For the first time in a long time it actually took 5 months for two opponents in a feud to get in the ring together for the first time. This will be the first time Brock & Seth are one on one against each other and this has the makings of a great match. But I do believe that we wont see a title change and that is because this match will end via DQ or Count-Out after a legend returns to distract Brock Lesnar to cost him his match.
On and off since last year the injury has been running rampant over the WWE's talent roster and horribly effecting the depth on the roster, which is making the talent roster the weakest it's been in years. Now last year the injury bug plague the main event level talent like a Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, and even Randy Orton. Then this year the tag team division got rocked by injuries with Jey Uso, Erick Rowan, and Tyson Kidd all getting stuck.
At this point people were beginning to question if the tag team division will ever be healthy again, well that's the first part of this it is actually not one half of a tag team. Instead it's the holder of the now questionably cursed Intercontinental title "Big Guy" Ryback. It was reported earlier today by the "Big Guy" himself that he woke up with a pretty bad STAPH infection in his knee and will be out of action for the time being. At this point it is unknown what the status of the Intercontinental title is, but what we do know is that Ryback will not be competing this Sunday at Battleground in a Triple Threat match against The Miz & Big Show. From reports I have heard it doesn't seem as though Ryback will be injured to long and may not end up having to vacate the championship like the champion before him. However, he is out of Battleground which hurts the Intercontinental on it's road to recovery as the title has yet another set back.
The injury bug has clearly been hitting WWE pretty hard to will the injuries ever stop. Will Ryback end up having to vacate the IC Title like Daniel Bryan did? Keep your eyes peeled as we should find out soon enough the future of the title and the injuries have to stop eventually right?