The Monday Question: Dolph Ziggler the Hero?

Every Monday morning when I wake up sometimes I ask myself a multitude of questions in relation to the long, at times tedious three hour program we watch every single night from eight to eleven. No, none of it pertains to my sanity…more along the lines of the people that I’ve watched for years every week at least once a week…sometimes more if you watch any of the other products WWE puts out on television or for the simple fee of $9.99 on their Network. This morning…I found myself asking myself a question that I’ve asked a few times now…and it pertains to our residential Show-Off and now three time Intercontinental Champion. It’s a very…simple question. [Read more...]

The Five-Count: Dean Ambrose Returns, Sheamus vs. Cesaro, Night Of Champions Fallout, Ziggler’s Next Challenger

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Night of Champions is behind us and Hell in a Cell is just down the road. Fall storylines sometimes don’t have that intrigue that fans desire, so it’s always interesting to see what happens right now. WWE is scrambling around trying to get main event talent. Should this even be a problem? WWE has many, many talented workers worthy of working at the top. If you don’t know or remember what I’m talking about, here’s a reminder: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, and Roman Reigns. What do they have in common? Well, they are either gone from the company or injured. This topic leads me to this next topic…

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Time For Undertaker’s In Ring Career To R.I.P

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So its that time of year again, we are fast approaching October where people start talking about Halloween, Christmas or in the wrestling world the discussion turns to Hell in a Cell, the upcoming ppv, and the annual discussion of will Undertaker wrestle at Wrestlemania. Indeed this is a discussion that at times has been speculated about until the dead man has appeared on Raw. Normally the obvious inclination is that Taker will appear at some point to set up a match to defend his undefeated Wrestlemania streak, a major selling point of the show for some time. However this year the discussion maybe slightly different after the events of Wrestlemania 30 and the, still shocking, loss to Brock Lesnar. Now bare in mind that the Undertaker generally only wrestles once a year at the grandaddy of them all so with no streak to defend it becomes a question of does Taker ever need to wrestle again? [Read more...]

Mr. Hell in a Cell

wweHell in a Cell made its debut in October 1997 at the Bad Blood pay-per-view. There have been 25 Hell in a Cells on pay-per-view, two on Raw and one dark match. 31 different WWE wrestlers have had a match inside the Hell in a Cell. So I decided to find out who is Mr. Hell in a Cell. There is one of two men who could claim that title and they are the Undertaker or Triple H. [Read more...]

Weekly Rants: Title Edition

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Welcome Back to Weekly Rants. This time I review the IC title and WWE Title pictures. Let’s just jump right in.

IC Title

For years we have been complaining that the IC title is worthless, it’s just a prop, and it should be the focus of an actual story. Well now the IC title is being showcased weekly on Raw since July and to top it off one of the superstars in the feud is everyone’s favorite wrestler Dolph Ziggler. After being screwed by the Miz in the Battle Royal at Battleground, Ziggler was on the chase for the title. Everyone, except for myself, predicted that the Miz would retain the title at SummerSlam. Well in a shocker Ziggler got the victory. It is very hard to surprise fans in this era, but I think that was nice little surprise. Obviously, Miz gets his rematch, which leads us to Night of Champions and Raw. The Miz won at Night of Champions by holding Ziggler’s tights and Ziggler got his rematch the next night on Raw. Ziggler ended up winning the title back on Raw by holding Miz’s tights. Now some people are up in arms. I personally enjoy the title going back and forth. I love the fact that Ziggler used the tights to win. Characters aren’t completely defined by face and heel anymore. Characters are more complex. So what if Ziggler used the tights? He out smarted his opponent and the crowd popped. Nobody is thinking “Oh well I’m not going to like Ziggler anymore because he cheated.” More likely, more people will like the fact that Ziggler cheated. The IC title feud is currently the longest feud going today, with the exception of the Diva’s title depending on where you start the feud. Another argument I have seen is “It makes the title look winnable.” Really? Winnable? Do you want a title that can’t be won? That is the problem we are having with the WWE title right now. Or how about a title that isn’t defended? This is what part of the complaint has been for years. This wasn’t some random wrestler that picked up the win. It wasn’t like the Bunny pinned Miz to win the title. NO! This was DOLPH FREAKIN’ ZIGGLER!! The same man that beat the Miz CLEAN at SummerSlam, the same man who lost the title the night before. It makes complete sense for Ziggler to pick up the win the night after losing his title. He gave Miz a taste of his own medicine, he learned from his lost. What is the point of having a rematch if the former champ loses all the time? It becomes boring and predictable if the title doesn’t go back and forth. The unpredictability of this feud makes the title worth watching. A title change on Raw makes at least that match on Raw worth watching. I think this was played out beautifully and only helps the story.

WWE Title

Before I go crazy about the WWE title picture let me explain the two good things that have come from it. First, more Paul Heyman. Heyman has built the WWE title story since August and has been the best part of Raw for the last two months. It seems that every time Heyman picks up a mic he gets better. He and Cena have worked well together, which has pushed Cena into some of his most memorable promos in recent years. Two, speaking of Cena, he seems to be going through some character progression right now. I am not going to speculate on where this will lead but I am intrigued to see it.

Now with the good out the way let’s get into the fun stuff. Problems with the WWE title have been going on all the way back to January 2013. That is when the Rock ended CM Punk’s 434 day title reign to become the WWE Champion, only to lose it in a rematch with John Cena two months later. It was then that the change in philosophy was confirmed. Cena held the title until Summerslam where he lost it to Daniel Bryan in one of the greatest moments in Summerslam history, only for Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract to become champion. We were then forced to sit through countless Orton Bryan matches where Bryan would be screwed, stripped, or some other insane way for Bryan to not come out the champion. During this time, we realized that the WWE was not listening to the fans. Daniel Bryan wasn’t in the Rumble, Batista got the backlash for it, and Punk walked out. Fast forward 9 months later and the WWE is still feeling the effects of the Rumble (or the night after). Bryan is injured with no timetable for a return, Punk still hasn’t retuned and let his contract expire, Batista is busy, and now we have a champ who isn’t there. The plan was always to put the title on Lesnar, but if Bryan wasn’t injured then it’s Bryan vs Lesnar at SummerSlam and Night of Champions, then maybe add Cena into the feud at Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series. I think once we got to TLC it would be ok because then we have the Rumble coming up along with Elimination Chamber and then it all ends at Wrestlemania. Bryan went down and WWE didn’t have a backup plan. I would think that given the nature of the business a backup plan would always be in place, but this is the WWE and intelligence is a dirty word. Now the WWE is scrambling with an absent champion and a lack of main even talent. This shouldn’t be the case. The WWE is loaded with talent, so many guys could be main event level. The WWE has focused on part timers instead of elevating the superstars the people want to see, Ziggler, Cesaro, maybe Sheamus. Rollins and Ambrose are just now entering the main event. We are still stuck with a part time champ. Not just any part timer but Brock Lesnar. Everyone use to complain that Cena couldn’t be beat but at least he looked beatable. Lesnar has been built to be unstoppable, so who beats him? There are only two people on the active roster who is believable to take the belt of Lesnar and that is Cena and Rollins. Cena, well, because he is John Cena, and Rollins because he is Mr. Money In The Bank. Cena has already lost twice, and who knows if Rollins will be successful when cashing in. I have another idea, an idea to lead us to Wrestlemania 31, an idea to reward someone who got the short end of the stick in his last return, the man I say should beat Lesnar for the title is… The Animal… BATISTA…

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My Creative New Tag Teams

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I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this week. The easy choice was to go and criticize WWE for it’s lack of logic, effort, or care for their product. Instead, I decided to take the high ground this week, and put my creative mind to the test. Thus, I give you my concepts of three new tag teams WWE could form. Should WWE form these new tag teams? Probably not, but what if they did? This is how they should be formed, and what they could accomplish together. I hope you enjoy this fun article, let’s get creative!

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Bryan To The Mid-Card? YES! YES! YES!

 

Guys let me just start off by saying that I apologize for my absence here recently. With all the schoolwork, my long hours at work and the passing of my grandfather, my days have been extremely busy. I hope y’all haven’t missed me too much, but I’m back and better than ever! I also want to take this time to thank all my fellow writers here in their well wishes and condolences that were sent to me from all forms of social media. You guys will never know how much I appreciate it. Now that I have all that out the way, let’s get started with my latest article involving the leader of the YES! movement.
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Getting Creative: Intercontinental Importance

BrayDark Standing around at work earlier I had a bit of an idea. This idea would be rather solid, in my opinion anyway, and would help elevate a title while also helping to push a worker who seems to have become lost in the shuffle as of late. While I love my idea, and I’m sure some of you will as well, after more consideration I realized it’ll never happen, because it would require WWE to plan something out, something impressive, and as we all know these are things that don’t exist in today’s WWE. I know that everyone feels the only thing that can be done is to remove the title from Lesnar, but I feel that he could keep it if my plan were to actually be put into place. The big problem seems to be that there’s no championship presence on Raw, Smackdown, or Live Events while Lesnar is off taking his sabbaticals, as a result you need someone to step up and take the reigns, unfortunately Roman isn’t going to be around for a while so a change must be made, and that’s where my plan begins. [Read more...]

New Generation: The Forgotten Era

When wrestling historians talk about periods in WWE they like to reference the current reality era, the PG era, the rock and wrestling era, the Hulkamania era, and when can we ever miss a chance to mention the Attitude era. But between Hulkamania and the Attitude era lays somewhat of a forgotten period in WWE history. This was truly the first era to break away from WWE’s style of traditional mould of pushing the muscular big guy to the top. This was the era that helped break through stars to their peak like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and The Undertaker. The New Generation era is one of those periods where WWE was in the midst of a transition and quite often doesn’t get a mention when people think about WWE’s past. But I believe this era was one of the most crucial in WWE history and was a key to the success of the company going into the Attitude era. [Read more...]

Ultimate Hell in a Cell

Hell in a CellAt Bad Blood 1997, Shawn Michaels fought Undertaker in the first ever Hell in a Cell match. At King of the Ring 1998, Mankind and Undertaker would put on one of the most talked about matches ever inside the Hell in a Cell. Now WWE has a Pay-Per-View called Hell in a Cell. I will try to pick the Ultimate one. [Read more...]

Masks of a Character

The first thing we think of when we think of masks in a wrestling term is something you wear to cover your face. From the vibrant colors of a Rey Mysterio that represents the creativity of the luchadors to the Ultimo Dragons or Jushin ‘Thunder’ Ligers of the world of what the Japanese Juniors are in terms of almost being a comic book coming to life. That’s the traditional sense of what the word mask is in the wrestling ring and even for what we see today when we see Sin Cara getting squashed or travel down to NXT to see Kalisto…we see the tradition of the mask alive and well in the WWE world and I think it’s a tradition that’ll continue well past the day any of us are watching the sport whenever that day comes. [Read more...]

What Next For The WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

I wanted to wait until after WWE Raw to see what WWE would do with regards to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I was expecting there to be some sort of advance in the story of what goes next for Brock Lesnar as I wondered what would be next for the beast incarnate. While we didn’t exactly get a physical answer I think we got a truthful glimpse on where WWE goes with their champion. Night of Champions saw Lesnar retain his championship against John Cena following a disqualification as a result of Seth Rollins costing Cena what looked to be a certain victory. With that in mind I had one question going into Sunday; where does WWE go following this match with the championship? I’m going to break down what I think could happen going forward following Sunday and give my thoughts on what I thought of the result. [Read more...]

My Problems With Night Of Champions

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Night of Champions is always an interesting pay-per-view, in my opinion. We are coming off of the summer’s biggest event, SummerSlam, and we get to see new storylines, continued storylines, and every championship on the line. Something that I pointed out in The Five-Count this weekend was the fact that every championship match had decent build and the card was very solid going in. After the first hour of this year’s Night of Champions, I was already fed up with the show.  [Read more...]