In a recent term of events, WWE has changed up their announce teams for RAW and Smackdown. Now that Tough Enough is over, Booker T who was on RAW will move to Smackdown and team with Jerry Lawler and Smackdown's newest announcer Rich Brennan. Brennan will take over for Tom Phillips. There has been no word on why Phillips was replaced or what will happen to him but Brennan who has been featured on Main Event, Superstars and NXT will be the new guy going forward. On Raw it will be the current format of Byron Saxton, JBL and Michael Cole. There is also no word on who will be calling the pay per views but it will most likely be Cole, Lawler and JBL still. For the time being Brennan will still be calling NXT along with Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
Well I thought I would try something new and that's not doing a PPV predictions post instead doing a post following the show about my opinion of the show. Sort of like I did last night for NXT only this isn't speaking from the perspective of being their live as I wasn't at Barclay's tonight only Saturday Night. So let me just talk about some matches and call it a day. Let's go:
Team PCB vs Team Bella vs Team BAD: they keep saying that we are in the mists of a divas revolution, yet all we have seen is multi-women matches more often then not. I attribute that to lazy booking and lack of direction which is a damn shame. As smaller, less clustered match could have been a lot better and would have showed the Divas off on a bigger stage then having to share the spotlight like they did. Also the single elimination showed lazy booking in my book and lack time investment in the divas as well, because they are on their own Network & don't really need to go by a time slot anymore. Plus they still ended around 15 minutes before 11 which showed they could have given some matches a little more time or other matches less time. When will the Revolution truly start, because at this point it hasn't yet for me at least.
John Cena vs Seth Rollins: after all the great matches John Cena has had in 2015 thus far I must say that the expectations were high for this match and these two failed to deliver. This was hyped as a huge match yet it felt like the same formulaic match that they were having when they feuded late last year. The match overall could have been a hell of a lot better and they could have done something to make it feel at least a little different then the other matches Rollins and Cena have against each other. However, I will say that I loved the ending and think it was done very well, but I know some of you may have cared for it and in all honesty I don't really care. John Stewart costing Cena the match was awesome not just for mainstream attention, but also for the intrigue of why did John do it and what does this mean for his future with WWE. See not all bad!!!
Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker: the match that was build as "The re-match to Big for WrestleMania" and boy did it...... defy expectations. Everyone it doesn't matter who you are when it came to Brock vs Undertaker most if not all fans thought the match was going to suck and that Taker would get hurt again. However, the match was really good and Taker looked the best he has looked in years. That's right! Undertaker actually had a good match with Brock Lesnar and a competitive Brawl at that. But now after the controversial way the match ended where do we go from here with the war between the Dead man & The Beast. Tune into Raw tonight as their is rumored to be something big planned and Undertaker is said to being appearing on the show. Undertaker Heel Turn? Well have to wait and see!!
For the longest time people have wondered how with all of the TV that WWE has that everyone they have on the roster get some TV time. Some of those names have ended up back in NXT to be repackaged and then brought back to the Main Roster at a later date, much like WWE had done with Tyson Kidd. But now questions have been brought up where is Adam Rose. As a few weeks ago there were rumors flying around that Adam Rose would "redubted" as a member of the Wyatt Family as Leo Kruger. However, that rumor was proven just to be exactly that as Adam never showed up.
Now that begs the question when did the WWE lose faith in Adam Rose, and will Adam ever find his way back to the main roster. It is pretty obvious for whatever reason they don't believe in the Leo Kruger gimmick so I don't know if we'll see that gimmick again, but that still leaves Adam Rose. As of right now Rose is in "booking limbo" as they aren't sure what to exactly do with him especially with his one time manager Rosa Mendes out for at least 10 months.
There has been another possibility that has been making the rounds and that is Adam could begin teaming with former RAW GM Brad Maddox in the coming months. Also there is a chance he could return to NXT for a whole new gimmick makeover.
Look I know that change is a part of the wrestling business and that making small changes to a gimmick can help sustain not only the gimmick, but the career for a longer period of time (IE: Undertaker). However, there is also a time when you should give the fans what they want and quit listening to a bogus TV production person who is ashamed of working in the wrestling business. What I am saying is the people want to see Leo Kruger on the Main Roster so why not just give them what they want for once.
For those who maybe thinking that they know all the matches that are set for Summerslam well then this post isn't designed for you. As this really just a post designed to catch everyone up on the matches that have been announced and any you might have missed. This years show will be a stacked card and for the first time in the history of the event we will be having a 4 hour show. Yes!! Summerslam this year will be just as long as WrestleMania is every year and I guarantee this likely has something to do with them attempting to make Summerslam mean more then it has. Well without further delay here is the Updated Card:
Team Bella vs Team BAD vs Team PCB
Stephen Amell & Neville vs Stardust & King Barrett
WWE Tag Team Title Four Corners Match:
(c) Prime Time Player vs New Day vs Los Matadores vs Lucha Dragons
**Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev**
**Cesaro vs Kevin Owens**
WWE Intercontinental Triple Threat Match:
(c) Ryback vs The Miz vs Big Show
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt
Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs The Undertaker
Double Title Match: (United States vs WWE World Heavyweight Title)
(c) Seth Rollins vs (c) John Cena
** means I am not sure if the match is has been announced just yet**
Card is Subject to Change
If this show goes off without a problem or an issue then this could give Summerslam the momentum to start moving back towards the meaningful PPV it once was, but that is a big if.
I am very excited to be joining the Wrestling Express team! I will be covering RAW, NXT, PPVs, and some Ring of Honor!
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The festivities kicked off with The Authority making their way to the ring to run down the card for the four-hour show and to announce that Jon Stewart, the former host of The Daily Show will be hosting.
The first match of the night was a tag team match between Randy Orton, who teamed with Cesaro and Kevin Owens teaming up with Mr. Money in the Bank, Sheamus! For the most part, the match was a back and forth contest to see who was the better man. Cesaro had Sheamus well in hand until the end of the match when Randy Orton tagged in. Kevin Owens decided he wasn't having it and decided to get involved in the match. That clearly didn't work as Cesaro made sure Owens didn't interfere as Orton placed a well-timed RKO on Sheamus for the win. What does this mean for Sunday, when Cesaro takes on Kevin Owens and Sheamus takes on Randy Orton (again)? Tune in to find out!
With last week's match between Roman Reigns and Luke Harper ending in disqualification and chaos, the two behemoths faced off on Raw again. Dean Ambrose was on commentary this time and Bray Wyatt took poor Byron Saxton's chair again (granted, Dean shoved the chair towards Bray). Reigns and Harper fought to the finish, with Harper taking control of most of the match. That is, until Roman dug deep and landed a Superman Punch and Spear right when it counted the most. The battle was won, but as for the war? Who knows?
The first Divas match of the night came in the form of the Lass Kicker, Becky Lynch taking on Team B.A.D's Tamina! It should be noted that this is Becky's first singles match since being called up to the main roster and Tamina's first singles match since the Beast in the East special on July 4th. Tamina showed strong offense but the Irish fireball was just a little quicker, using the second-generation Diva's momentum against her to apply the Dis-Arm-Her for the submission win. It will not be the last time these Divas meet, as they will be in a 9-Diva tag team elimination match. It is also not the last time we will see Team B.A.D. in action.
Ah, Mark Henry. Once a feared competitor, and now he is losing to Rusev. The Ravishing Russian Lana was on commentary while Rusev dispatched of the World's Strongest Man. After the match, however, Lana decided she had had enough and stepped into the ring to call out Summer Rae, who has been Lana 2.0 over the past few weeks. Summer got into the ring and had a nice slap waiting for her, courtesy of Lana.
Lana then called out Rusev, who stepped into the ring and fully looked ready to hurt her again. Not so. A returning Dolph Ziggler rushed in the ring to get rid of the Bulgarian Brute. Ziggler was about to superkick Rusev when Rusev, being Rusev, pulled Summer in front of him like a human shield. Knowing Dolph wouldn't kick her, Summer laughed but her joy wouldn't last long as Lana delivered a beautiful roundhouse kick (in a skirt, no less!) and Dolph superkicked Rusev. That sent Rusev and Summer running and Dolph and Lana sealed things with a kiss.
However, all of this does not lead to a mixed tag team match with Lana making her debut at Summerslam. Instead, we are getting a one-on-one match with Dolph and Rusev. I have a feeling the leggy blondes will get involved somehow.
This match didn't last very long, but Ryback and Miz managed to put a decent match on while Big Show was on commentary. After the match, Ryback challenged the World's Largest Athlete, but Big Show declined, instead waiting for Sunday.
I was fully expecting this contract signing to go to hell in a handbasket, as is par for the course when it comes to WWE. Sadly, no tables were upended nor was anyone hit. Instead, we were treated to two very good promos from the champions, with John Cena actually displaying seriousness for once. Seth Rollins called Cena "the villain" and "a disease" and the Minnesota crowd was mostly in support. Rollins then proclaimed himself "the cure" to Cena.
Cena came out there with a new shirt and the crowd, as usual, was divided. He delivered an impassioned promo, touching on some very key points. He designed his new gear thinking he wouldn't have a shot at the title again - at least, in his words, "until Captain Morgan here opened his big, fat, stupid mouth!" He then went on to say that when he wins, he will be tying Ric Flair's record of 16 championships. Cena said to Seth and to Triple H, "When you lose, you lose."
The look on Triple H's face was not one of happiness - nor fear. Instead, he knows what's at stake as well. Ric Flair passed his legacy to him and he did the same thing to Seth Rollins. But what happens if Cena wins? What happens to the legacy these men are trying to protect?
Cena finished the promo by saying this: "Triple H, you were never Ric Flair's bitch. This Sunday, I'm gonna make you mine!" He angrily signs the contract and walks out, leaving Seth fuming in the ring and the Authority possibly planning something.
Before the Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Championship match on Sunday happens, the teams involved got into a tag team match that didn't really go well. The New Day were teaming with Los Matadores until Xavier Woods got into a fight with El Torito, leading Kofi and Big E to abandon their post and help restrain Xavier while one of the Los Matadores held back the tiny bull, which was hilarious. That led to Titus O'Neil to make the hot tag to Kalisto to wrap things up.
In what was technically the main event of Raw, it was champion vs champion as the BO$$, NXT Women's Champion, Sasha Banks took on the Fearless Divas' Champion Nikki Bella. This match was pretty even for the most part until Nikki took Sasha up to set up for the Rack Attack. Naomi jumped up on the ring to distract the referee, which helped Sasha turn Nikki over into the Bank Statement. The Divas Champion tapped out to the NXT Women's Champion. Hopefully this leads to a future title match between the two. It should be noted that near the end of the match, the crowd started chanting "We Want Lesnar!" Really, guys? You couldn't wait?
The last event of the night - which caused RAW to go into overrun - was the homecoming of Brock Lesnar. The hometown boy got a welcome fit for a Japanese wrestler or someone coming back to Ring of Honor, with confetti and streamers. The audience also bowed down to Lesnar while Paul Heyman sang to him. Thankfully, he delivers better promos than he sings. It even got the Beast to smile. Paul Heyman then launched into one of his brilliant promos, before getting cut off by the gong. It was just a fake-out, though. Or was it? Heyman continued to sell us on this match that "is too big for Wrestlemania" until....
This time was no fake-out. The Deadman appeared this time to deliver a swift kick to Brock Lesnar's groin, sending him to the ring mat. Taker then delivered a Chokeslam and a Tombstone to finish Lesnar off - for now.
Like the song goes, "No sleep 'til Brooklyn!"
And that concludes my review on the go-home show of Monday Night RAW. The floor is now yours.
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It was only a little over a month ago that the Divas of NXT arrived on Raw and kick started the Divas Revolution on the Main Roster and believe you me it has been a revolution. The perception of the Divas on the Main Roster is changing and it's about damn time that they are taken seriously, because I firmly believe with how talented have shown they can be that their is money to be made by giving them a chance. Now after years of that division being nothing more then a joke or a division of really just or two divas now the division is deeper then the World Title Picture.
Once the NXT divas arrived up on the main roster we knew everything would change, but I don't think any of us thought that the WWE would even consider the idea of bringing back the old Divas (Women's) Tag Team Titles. Yes I said bringing back! Because back in the early to mid 1980's the WWE actually had the Women's Tag Team Titles as an active title within the company so this really wouldn't be a new idea. It would be a foreign idea don't get me wrong, because think about even at the beginning of the year where the division was, and then think about where people though the division would be without AJ Lee and now look where it is. Nobody saw this change coming partly cause nobody ever thought it would change, but it did and it may continue. Right now certain credible wrestling sites (click here to find out) are pushing this as nothing more then rumor so think of it as such please. It's fun to dream but remember this isn't confirmed or in anyway absolutely set to happen right now it is just a RUMOR!! But just imagine how well the expression "What a difference a Couple of Months Make" would fit a description of the Divas division if the Tag titles are introduced.
The future seems like it could be very intriguing for the Divas division which when talking about WWE's divas division is something I'm not sure I ever thought I would say. But I am kind of happy that I am saying it, because I believe their could be money to be made with talent that is in that division now!
Let me take you back to earlier in the year to be specific I am talking about the weeks leading into WrestleMania and the fact that one thing going on behind the scenes was on everyone's mind, and that was would Brock Lesnar resign. A few weeks before WrestleMania the answer to the question "Would Brock Lesnar" resign had been found as during an interview on ESPN, Brock announced that he has resigned with WWE for I believe either 2 or 3 more years. This in the process changes everyone's perception of the WrestleMania main event because now Brock isn't leaving.
But now around 5 months after Brock signed the contract details of the contract have seemingly found there way to the surface. The big detail I found is that WWE has paid Brock more money to work more matches then he had in his previous contract. In many ways this could in fact mean that Brock may actually started working some live events in the future. Which is actually the case as Brock is set to appear on the October 3rd, live event at MSG, the apparent plan is possibly make some house shows that Brock is featured turn into Live Network Specials sort of like Beast in the East.
Doing this is a great move by WWE to not only try and raise ticket sales for live events, but also to try and maximize Brock Lesnar's drawing power. However, this doesn't mean that Brock will begin to appear on television more which was proved earlier in the year when they "suspended" him until early July for his post WrestleMania actions. Brock Lesnar is the biggest drawing tool that the WWE has had in sometime and I hope they use him wisely. This new contract could help all parties involved gain tremendously from the agreement if it is done.
Late last week the news broke that at this point long time WWE divas and former Divas search winner Layla El has officially retired from WWE and active competition. Though this is somewhat of shock to a lot of people one also has to factor her injury history over the last few years. In all honesty this is quite a loss depth wise for the Divas Division, because Layla had always been very solid in the ring and would have made for some credible competition in the new divas division. In many respects this seems to be the first step in the changing of the guard within the division which we will start to see within the next year or two.
Right now I want to take a quick look back at some of Layla’s accomplishments in the WWE during her long career in the Divas division. One of the only non title achievements I can think is Layla being one-half of Team LayCool with Michelle McCool back a few years. They helped make the division somewhat interesting again and were two of the only divas to get negative reactions in the division during this time. Now onto her title achievements:
Thanks for the Memories Layla
You had a Great Career and we Wish you the Best in the Future!!