For years Stone cold was known for drinking his famous stevewisers everytime he came to the ring. Now Steve Austin will be drinking something else and its his own beer. This week El Segundo Brewing Company announced that it has partnered up with Steve Austin and it has created Broken Skull IPA. It is set to debut November 13th and will not be distributed nationwide just yet.
Following his loss at Hell in a Cell to the returning Alberto Del Rio we didn't see John Cena on Raw last Monday. We also won't see John next week either on Raw or Smackdown. The reason we won't see John is because he actually is taking time off from WWE. After around 2-3 years of consistently being a part of every show and had been very healthy so I don't really think that this time off has anything to do with an injury.
Apparently John is taking time off to film for a new fitness show comparable to the Biggest Loser that will air on Fox starting in 2016. However, this is just a rumor at this time but if it is true then this would John's biggest project outside of the WWE because said show has no ties to the WWE in any way. John has also become an even bigger star because of the meme about him that has been circulating around.
At this point John Cena is set to return before the end of the year and it is rumored that his first feud back will be with Alberto Del Rio over the US title. Right now Cena is set to return around the TLC PPV, but has also been rumored to be missing the TLC PPV. Now we just have sit back and wait and see what happens, because I have heard that were suppose to be getting a changed John Cena back following his hiatus from the company.
I have done this on and off since I actually started the site back in January where I take the time and look back at the PPV the night of the PPV. After weeks of the ratings continuing to dip and not showing the obvious results that management wants to see this was pleasant site to see. Everything on this show seemed to go right and this was by the best show have done since August at least which has been the problem. Though I will say they did make some mistakes like in the World Title as the match was extremely lackluster and it was the exact opposite what the title needs right now. To those who think the ending of the show was stupid well I'll get to that in a second.
Charlotte vs Nikki Bella: For months all we have heard about with the women is the stupid Revolution yet the only thing that has changed for the women is they compete in meaningless Tag matches instead of meaningless singles like they had for years. I don't really care if your a fan of Nikki Bella, because keeping the title on her or giving the title back to her would have been ass backwards, and would have totally killed the supposed revolution. The match overall was really good and we have seen a vast improvement for the women over the last few months the only thing I am going to say is Vince please just let them go one on one a lot more instead of just having multi person matches because in doing that you don't get as emotionally invested in the talent because their are too many to invest in. Especially if you do the match twice a week for 2 months. But seeing Charlotte win I can say that this Revolution may still have a chance to succeed and net two divas the opportunity to maybe main event a main roster show.
Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar: This match was incredible and for two guys that many people said they can't go well they proved everyone wrong in that match as it was incredible. Both men ended up bleeding during the match, and even exposed the wood portion of the ring which is the hardest part of the ring of obvious reasons. Which is something I have never seen them do in a WWE contest before which is very hard for me to say considering how many WWE matches I have seen over the years. How the match ended was the only way it could have ended without a crap of question as to why and the possible loss of a name in Lesnar. But now the Undertaker looks a lot stronger and I believe he is the best of his life and will continue to fight. This partly feeds into the final point......
Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns: Though I would have had the other guy win this was still another fantastic match and definitely outshot every fans expectations and that is an awesome feeling. Both Roman and Bray can have a bright future in the pro-wrestling business. This match was nothing more then a barn burner, good ole fight, the crowd was hollerin, hossin, and extremely peeved off at what is going. Tonight showed exactly why Roman is where he is and Bray showed him doing wizardry. Things are picking for Bray and eve though he came up short tonight he still ended up with a prize.
The Closing Segment: I had mentioned in Twitter for anyone who thinks that the last segment involving the Undertaker and the Wyatt family was stupid I have a message for you. You all are delusional, cool aid drinkers that don't like what doesn't give them instant gratification. Well some feud must simmer before they make sense and this feud may not make sense out of the gate, but give them a chance and you will understand why all this had happened. Either way it looked awesome and I thought it was a great way to end the show.
Hell in a Cell 2015
Dolph Ziggler, Neville, and Cesaro vs King Barrett, Sheamus, & Rusev
For once everything you believe is wrong, because in every other instance the good guys always win but this isn't one of those times. As every time this group of guys has gotten in the ring with each other the heels have won the match. So if these faces can continue any sustained revelence then they need to win this match tonight or accept the risks that comes with so many loses to the same people. Team Cesaro wins here.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
(c) Kevin Owens vs Ryback
Seeing Owens get pushed slowly and getting the chance to develop rather then getting stuffed down our throats like most are normally is a breath of fresh air. After Ryback's first lackluster reign as champion I think it'd be smart to keep the title as far away from him as possible. With that being said it's pretty academic in my book that Owens gets the win here.
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match:
(c) New Day vs Dudley Boys
Since the Dudley's have made their surprising return to the WWE on the night after Summerslam's edition of Raw. Every time that these two teams have fought thus far has ended in the same fashion and it's time to change things up. Unless the WWE creative can find a different way to end the match and keep the feud going without Bubba & D-Von winning the titles then they must have New Day drop the gold. Now for those who think a loss tonight kills the New Day well your wrong, because one loss never killed anyone and it's not like they can't get the win back eventually. Dudley will walk out the 10x WWE Tag Team Champions.
Hell in a Cell Match:
Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns
If the arena brawl from a few weeks ago is any indication this match has all the makings of being an incredible brawl between two up and comers. Though the idea that a feud with such lack of long term direction could last this long is questionable. I do have a funny feeling that the wrong person will take the win in this match cause of the point of the feud. Even though I believe Bray Wyatt desperately needs this win as it is the type of big win that has always eluded him, but the truth is Roman Reigns will win this one.
US Open Challenge:
(c) John Cena vs ???
Look who is in the match of course with Cena in the match that automatically means this will be one of the longest matches on the card and will also be on of the top matches on the show. The rumors of who will accept the challenge have ranged among those who are interested I have heard everyone from Samoa Joe to Daniel Bryan to Scotty 2 Hotty. Now I honestly can't see them having someone else debut this close to when Tyler Brezze just debuted as it just doesn't seem like something very WWE esque. With that being said I believe someone is either making their return or it will be someone that has been on TV recently. Though I will not say totally I do believe it could be Xavier Woods as a way to get the heat back on New Day after losing the Tag Titles earlier in the show. No matter who accepts it we do know that due to Cena's inevitable vacation we will be seeing a new US Champion crowned in this contest. ??? grabs the win in this one.
WWE Divas Championship Match:
(c) Charlotte w/ Becky vs Nikki Bella w/ Brie and Alicia
For a company in the middle of a so called "Revolution" they really no how to make you care about something you didn't care about for so long. At this point at least on the main roster it's pretty clear the WWE is still insecure about giving the women a fair shot like Hunter has down in NXT. If you believe that this is a "Revolution" then your a delusional cool aid drinker and need to wake up and see the only thing that is different with the women's division is the people in the division nothing else. Charlotte retains the title cause anything else would have made here call-up and the "revolution" even more then a waste of the time then it has been thus far.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
(c) Seth Rollins vs Kane
In the time that the WWE's ratings are the weakest this is the feud that is being held for the "richest prize in the company" this is joke. Due to the fact that I really have very little good to say about this feud and how much bad it has done for Seth Rollins I am going to keep this short. Kane wins and Sheamus cash in the Money in the Bank, because I think they are about a couple of weeks away from shaking things up and having Sheamus cash in the MITB is one of the few way they can do exactly that.
Hell in a Cell Match:
Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
It was at No Mercy 2002 when Brock Lesnar fought the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell Match for the this time and now 13 years later it happens again. This blow off has been over 10 years in the making and couldn't be happening any sooner then it is. Due to the special appearance laden schedules that both Brock & Taker have this feud had almost became forgotten about. The question is a loss leaves everyone thinking how will Taker come back from this, but even more could Brock come back from a loss tonight. With all things considered no I don't think that Brock could come back from another PPV loss especially considering that I don't he's coming back until WrestleMania Season. Brock ends the feud tonight with a win in Hell.
For the first part of the year the chants that plague WWE is the crowd chanting for CM Punk even though he was never going to come back. Now the favorite chant of the crowd when they don't like what they are seeing is to cheer for Sasha Banks. In most every divas match she isn't featured in and sometimes even meaningless matches you hear the chants of Sasha Banks.
Two weeks ago on Raw, Brie Bella got up on the announcers table and started chanting "We Want Sasha." As of this writing it seems that WWE may try to mold the chants into something positive. So you can really expect something in the future with Sasha possibly leaving Team BAD to go out on here own. Sasha has the talent to carry the Divas Division as the next Face of the Division once she is given the stage and it seems like very soon her chance will be coming.
Everything can't stay the way it is forever and that includes the decline that WWE ratings have seen in the last few months specifically. Always on the brink of innovation and trying to stay ahead of the curve, and this is just another step to stay ahead of the curve. It was reported late last week that starting soon ESPN will be running a weekly segment that will cover events from both Raw & Smackdown and will likely feature a different superstar each week.
Attempting to look at this from an unbiased perspective I don't know how well this will work for ESPN as most non-wrestling fans don't have a tremendous amount of respect for the wrestling business as a whole or anyone is a part of it or watches it. I do think more people will end watching ESPN, because of it which is the whole point of this segment at least from an ESPN perspective. But the question is will this help WWE or not change a thing, you need to be the judge of that because I can't tell you!!
More of we need to just wait and see how this works, because this could be a very interesting partnership if things work out for both parties. Just watch from a far!!
There comes a time in every WWE stars tenure with the company when they have to endure a certain test I would like to call that the face test where member of the roster turns baby face at least once. Even though one year ago Rusev was by far the top heel on the WWE roster, but he will follow the path everyone else has and will turn face. For most of this year Rusev has been feuding with Lana in some form or fashion. The feud has become very lackluster and boring since the only crowd pleaser being off TV.
An injury sidelined Lana a few months ago and has been off television since, but it seems like even though she is off TV she is still changing the direction of the TV program. Some news broke last week that the real life couple of Rusev & Lana have actually gotten engaged (Which may I say congrats to the couple). Vince isn't happy about the fact that the news leaked through some outside outlets instead of it being broken on WWE TV.
Fact is that I understand why Vince is pissed, but it's not like this is the hottest feud in the world and it's not like it's creating the highest ratings in TV history or something. I mean it lasting another month or another three doesn't really matter, because at this point the best thing they can do is to try and shake things up.
For the last few years a bunch of "elder statesmen" in the WWE have been the victims of some retirement rumors everyone from Kane to Big Show to Mark Henry. However, each man has been able to move past those rumors and no matter what everyone says each man has established themselves as legends of not just WWE, but wrestling in general. Many believe that this profession is a young mans game and even if you take pride in your career you need to think that eventually everyone's time expires.
Now one veteran in particular has stated in a recent interview that he is unsure why he resigned back in 2013 which tells me that he has been ready to retire for a while. This man that resigned back in 2013 was the leader of the "Hall of Pain" Mark Henry. It was in 2013 when after almost 20 years in the WWE Mark finally got his big push to the World Title and became World Champion for the first time in his long career. The amount that has changed since then for Mark is insane as he was at one time the top heel for the company and now he is a glorified job guy for the company. Mark's current position in the company is sad to not just because of how long he's been in the company, but because of where he used to be not more then two years ago.
An excerpt from 411mania.com's article on an interview that Mark did with philly.com magazine: “I don’t know how I let Vince [McMahon] convince me into signing another contract back in 2013. He did a bit of magic. He’s got that magic where you just go in the office and he’ll talk you into it. I won’t be signing any more contracts …I’m 100 percent sure (this is my final contract). I’m leading toward WrestleMania and I’ll have a little time after that, but that’s going to be it for me.” If the next couple of months is the end for Mark's active wrestling career then my hope is they allow him to end his career and go out on his terms and is given his one last feud of his choice. Mark deserves to be able to go out his terms after giving 20 years of his life to the WWE and being extremely loyal to the company. A few weeks ago Mark said he wants his last match to be against Daniel Bryan so it should be interesting to see what happens in the next few months for the future of Mark's active wrestling career.
Though this isn't a continuation of a series it is the third time I have spoken about WWE and the ratings lull they have been in recently. Last week I asked certain followers and now I'm looking for more followers to express their opinions on how highly companies view ratings. Now to keep with the point of this post let's move to what the followers had to say:
Question: Do you think that companies rely to much on that rating point and not enough on other things that may matter just as much?
Drew: (RingRap.com & Ring-Rap Audio) Yes. They are catering strictly to advertisers and not the fans who will ultimately make a difference. Lose the fans, lose the rating.
ATWRadioTweets (All-Things Radio) I think there are a lot of factors that determine a companies success in this generation of television. With the increasing popularity in streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and of course, the WWE Network, people aren't in as much of a rush to watch programming live. So, no I don't see a company such as WWE reading too heavily into their ratings. But with that being said, when the viewership is slipping as much as it is right now, it's definitely a cause for concern for Vince McMahon and his product.
Your Wrestling World (UWrestlingWorld): Yes I think they worry to much about the ratings, I think maybe if they put more time and effort into the shows the shows would be more watched and the ratings would go up solving any ratings problems. A lot of times when raw goes against Monday Night Football wrestling ratings will always be down because people watch football live and record raw to watch later, regardless of what happens the ratings will never be like they was in the 90's.
PWVoice (Pro-Wrestling Voice): Companies definitely rely too much on ratings! If you look at NXT hunter isn't bothered about ratings there (maybe is more so now) but was interested in doing feuds that would highlight and create huge talents and it worked beautifully! Seth, Owens, Zayn, Neville, Big E, Kidd are all examples! If Hunter took charge ratings would take charge, not cause he needed them to but because he knows what we want!
Bill (http://www.1wrestling.com): Well, that's a real good one! Without a doubt! Give the fans what they want, not what you think your sponsors think they want to see. Watered down product is a boring product. EXAMPLE: VKM had complete creative control of this past Sat's MSG EVENT. It was good, but I guarantee Weds TAKEOVER:RESPECT with HHH calling the shots will be waaay more entertaining to PRO WRESTLING FANS! Go back to BEAST FROM THE EAST Lesnar special from Japan last year...KILLED the MSG show. So sponsors are important but I bet your house cat & your cowboy hat they'd care less for a bit more risqué or violent RAW with a over 4.0 consistently growing ratings than the falling to 3.? ratings that are happening now.
So looking at the current "set" up it doesn't seem as though John Cena will be around for a little bit following Hell in a Cell at the end of the month. At first it just seemed he was taking off for a few weeks possibly nursing some injuries or something, but now it seems like Cena won't be back for at least a month or so. Though either you think it's a good thing, because you hate Cena or a bad thing cause you like well I'll agree those of you who like him and not because I do, but due to the fact that it doesn't matter like him or not Cena gets ratings.
Right now is by far the worst time for Cena to take off because of the rating lull that WWE is currently in and him not being around wont help matters. It seems like the reason for Cena's vacation is personal and not much else is known about it other then he asked for it back in the summer so they knew it was coming. One has to wonder does this mean that John will loss the US title at Hell in a Cell to his challenger if he is in fact taking time off. A person also can't help, but think that Cena's next feud will be with Dolph and hopefully we'll finally get a Ziggler heel turn like we have wanted for a long time. For once we will have to take the wait and see approach and not just with Ziggler vs Cena but especially with Cena and his vacation.