Every superstar has one thing in common, they have to have a finishing move. One of the first impressions we get from a wrestler is their finishing move. It becomes one of the ways we know them. (more…)
This week saw the return of the Sin Cara character to WWE television. As with everyone else watching at home, two things stuck out about the man in the ring. First off, he looked crisp and there was very little botching that occurred in the match. Secondly, he worked an entire match without suffering an injury. With those two facts (and the whole tattoo sticking out above the sleeve) staring everyone in the face, it was obvious that the man under the mask was NOT the original. I immediately took to social media asking if anyone knew about Hunico having more body art with his recent return, it turned out my suspicion was correct. The viewing public seems happy that someone who can handle the demands of the ring and has a ton of talent has taken over the role of the heir apparent to Rey Mysterio. I’ve been hoping that something would come along that would allow the man known as Hunico a chance to shine as he is a truly talented worker, but I’m one of these weird people (probably the only one alive) who doesn’t believe that the man who originally wore the mask should be let go either. (more…)
This week saw the return to WWE television of one of the UK’s best wrestling talents since the British Bulldog. Wade Barrett is a very talented young man with huge potential, who so far in his WWE career has been at the top but is currently lingering in a bit of a no man’s land. Due to visa issues he has been off our screens for the last 4 months but he is now back and it appears he is going to have a regular feature with his Bad News Barrett gimmick. But what does the future hold for Wade Barrett? I look back over his career with WWE so far and look forward to the future of where I see the character going. (more…)
The time seems to be approaching where the WWE will have only one major championship and I’ll hoping for is that creative has a good idea of where to go with this. I’d likely to quickly mention the poll on Monday where the fans decided the new title will be called ‘The Unified Championship.’ Of the three choices this is the only one that maters specifically to this upcoming match; after TLC if it is does become one championship, the term unified would no longer matter; the term undisputed at least sounds prestigious. Sorry I was just really upset with the result of that poll. But moving into TLC we have the two biggest stars from WWE in the past 10 years, John Cena and Randy Orton facing each other. Honestly it seems like this should be a WrestleMania main event, these two titles coming together, with the biggest stars to do it, but perhaps there are far better plans for this years biggest event.
If there is one thing with WWE that has always been somewhat of a bug bare for me, it’s the inconsistent and illogical booking of superstars. I could understand if it was just a one off but just lately it seems to have become something much more frequent in occurence. Sometimes the illogical booking is done for a reason and all becomes part of the ‘bigger picture’ that sometimes we fail to see. Other times it really just doesn’t make any sense what so ever and makes you wonder why on earth they even went there in the first place? In look at some past and present examples of booking that have made me think “what on earth?” (more…)
2013 has been a year of ups and downs for WWE. We saw The Rock end CM Punk’s record breaking 434 day reign as WWE Champion, before Cena beat The Brahma Bull at Wrestlemania at the Metlife Stadium. We saw the rise of Daniel Bryan to the main event scene, and the resurrection of Randy Orton’s main event career. We saw The Shield capture Championship gold, as well as the debut of The Wyatt Family, and the emergence of Big E Langston as a potential World Champion of the future. We saw two excellent Money In The Bank matches, and another Undertaker Wrestlemania classic, as well Taker vs Ambrose in London.
But then we’ve had the lows as well. The blind booking of The Authority angle, the confusion as to whether The Miz is a heel or a face, or a tweener or who knows. We’ve had PPV’s that have been god awful and not worth their PPV fee, regardless of where you are. The lack of planning in general has been shocking, and the use of some superstars has been just plain weird. We have seen Ryback and Curtis Axel fail to take advantage of pushes with Paul Heyman, for one reason or another, and we have seen WWE fail to capitalise on the popularity of RVD and Chris Jericho during their returns to the company.
So 2014 needs to be a classic, and that is something most will agree on. Wrestlemania XXX needs to be plain astounding, and with the WWE Network potentially launching next year (we’ve heard that before), the pressure is on for WWE to get things right straight away.
So here is what I think could happen in 2014, and how things will unfold.
GOING INTO THE YEAR
Somehow, I don’t see a unified champion heading into the New Year. It makes no sense, especially as you’ve spent months building Orton as the face of the WWE, and spent months building Cena up to be this superhuman who can return from any injury quicker than anyone else. There will be two champions come January 1st, and I believe that both men will be champion until the Elimination Chamber PPV at the very least.
THE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
An event that most people look forward to, and this year, it needs to set the tone for Wrestlemania 2 and a half months later. Expect returns from Sheamus, and possibly Chris Jericho to get a crowd hot. I expect the winner of the Rumble match to turn characters, either from Face to Heel, or Heel to Face. I believe that we will see cracks form in the Punk – Bryan alliance, and maybe cracks in The Shield. One thing is for sure in my mind, and that is we will see a first time winner of the match.
If I had to guess right now, I can honestly see CM Punk or Daniel Bryan winning the match, with the other winning a World Title at Elimination Chamber.
THE BUILD-UP TO NEW ORLEANS
I think WWE will try and book anyone and everyone who has been at the forefront of Wrestlemania’s of the past 30 years. Rumours of Hogan, Rock, Lesnar, Goldberg, Austin and many more have been doing the rounds on the internet, but I believe only three part-time talent will be used on April 6th. Unless The Undertaker is physically unable to compete, I expect to see him go up against Lesnar. With the greatest of respect, very few others have the credibility to face him at Wrestlemania. I can see Hogan involved in a storyline with Cena, although I personally don’t believe he will be involved in a match. I can see him costing Cena a win at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, meaning that Cena’s year goes from bad to worse after losing his title at Elimination Chamber.
A third part-timer could be used, and matches have been bounded around the internet. I don’t believe The Rock will be in action, as there is nobody he could really face. With Austin and Goldberg, it is all down to money, and I believe one will accept and offer and be in New Orleans on April 6th.
Wrestlemania will see the beginning of the end for The Shield. I believe they will be involved in a six man tag against The Wyatt Family. With the way he has been booked in recent weeks, expect to see Roman Reigns steal the show one way or another.
With many superstars looking for spots on the card, expect to see either a large tag match, or the return of Money In The Bank to Wrestlemania for the first time since 2010. With no man holding a MITB briefcase at the moment, could we see the first Wrestlemania MITB winner since Jack Swagger? I think so.
With it being the 30th anniversary of Wrestlemania, expect a mamoth Hall of Fame ceremony. I can see at least 3 former WWE/F champions being inducted in one way or another. Could this be the year for D-X, Ultimate Warrior or Randy Savage? Or could 2014 be the year of the Great One?
Randy Orton has seen his stock rise again in 2013, and expect him to be involved in a major way. Triple Threat matches have been prominent for Orton in the past at WM, and we could see another in New Orleans. Sheamus, Big Show and Kane all could be involved, and all have history with Orton.
THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY
Once the dust has settled from Wrestlemania, expect to see the company invest in the future. Call up’s from NXT to fill mid-card slots, and men being pushed towards the main event are necessities for the company this year. Obviously, Big E Langston and Roman Reigns are the names that have been bounced about regularly, but others such as Antonio Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins could also make an impact.
I will make this bold prediction though; we will see three, first time, World Champions before the end of the year. I expect to see a year similar to that in 2002, with regular title changes. I think WWE have lost the air of unpredictability that they have managed so well in recent years. Too many PPV’s have been predicted too easily, and not much has happened that has made me desperate to watch Raw or Smackdown following a PPV.
WILL THE WWE NETWORK GET OFF THE GROUND?
WWE are signing huge amounts of talent, and there isn’t enough room for them on the main roster, so management must know something we don’t. My gut instinct is that the WWE Network will get off the ground this year, and we will see a focus on some diverse wrestling programming.
We will also see many NXT talents given the chance to shine on a national scale. I mentioned before that I believe we will see 3 new World Champions next year. I also believe that we will see at least 2 current NXT talents win Singles Gold of some kind in the next 12 months.
So there are my predictions. I have tried to think how WWE think, but that is probably easier said than done. Regardless of what I think though, WWE need to pull something out of the bag come Wrestlemania and The Royal Rumble. Survivor Series was disappointing beyond belief, and if the Royal Rumble follows suit, then there will be huge problems with regards to Wrestlemania buy-rates in April.
With Wrestlemania season fast approaching, the reports are starting to flood in for rumors of what matches may or may not take place. As always Vince is reaching to put on the best show he possibly can. The problem that I have is, in order to produce the best buyrates he possibly can, Vince is doing what has found him success the last few years. (more…)
Anyone who watched Raw on Monday saw the announcement of a title unification match at TLC next month. While one theory that persists is that somehow Cena and Orton will just swap belts in some sort of awkward finish, I think they’ll actually go completely through with the unification. As much as I hate the idea of the World Heavyweight Championship going by the wayside with its history and, well that sweet ass look that the belt has always had, I can’t help but think maybe the time has come. While I think it will make the main event pool a bit smaller, that’s not always a bad thing, too many people circling the top of the card can really water down the picture. There could also be positives to a unification of the two top titles, the more I’ve thought about it the more these positives have come to the front of my mind. This brings about the option of maybe bringing back some titles and unifying the mid card belts. As a result, I now think that putting the two titles together is actually…wait for it…best for business. (more…)
When most WWE fans think of the Divas division, two things spring to mind. The first being that people use the matches to go for a toilet break or refreshments. The second being just as negative in that people just don’t find the matches worth watching because the girls just can’t wrestle. There are both positives and negatives to WWE focusing time on the Divas. Whilst the majority may only be there for their looks, there are a breed of Divas who can wrestle and at least make things more bearable. I am going to give my opinions on what makes the Divas division appealing, and what perhaps makes it a turn off for some fans. (more…)
Well my wrestling loving friends of the interwebs, it seems that 10 years since his last WrestleMania (I guess you call it a match) rumors are running that Goldberg and the WWE may be close to a deal to bring him back into the fold. I’d love to write an article talking of how fat Goldberg’s got, but I imagine Goldberg will probably be in better shape than ever. I still however do not want to see Goldberg back in the ring, personally I didn’t care for his original time in WWE and don’t feel he’s going to do much more this time around. Goldberg was less than enthralling in a series against HHH, but he has only aged since then and would be considered the veteran to run the match while facing a younger talent. Goldberg was considered green and reckless when he was in his prime and has not wrestled a match since leaving WWE in 2004. I was not a huge fan of The Rock coming back, only showing sparingly and not doing too much; I see Goldberg being quite similar.
There was a point in time when every pay-per-view on the WWE schedule seemed to matter and had a way of getting a “big fight feel” to it, unfortunately that has been even less common as time has moved forward. We had the “big four” at one point with the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, then they added in all these random shows through the year. While I’m not against a possible once a month PPV schedule, having more than one in a month is a HORRIBLE idea. (more…)
I think it’s fairly safe to say that we as fans have the power to really make a superstar noticed. Ultimately, we are the ones that make the WWE officials take notice of who we do and don’t want to see. Stars like Zack Ryder, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan all have the backing of the WWE Universe, with the latter two men having great support within the IWC. Back in the 90′s, it was a very different story as it was about the look of a superstar so we were always force-fed big guys like Hogan and Warrior, whereas nowadays this is not so much the case. Having the look still matters though, so how much power do the fans really hold when it comes to a superstars push in the company? (more…)
Sometimes, wrestlers (yeah, I said it…wrestlers) show up and they, somehow, manage to get over without me understanding what’s great about them. As I type this, I have no idea what direction I’m heading in. I am likely to mention both past and present names and go in directions I may never have really contemplated before. This is just going to stream out of my head and I’m bound to be just as surprised as anyone by what comes out. Okay, here we go:
Wrestling is a very interesting business, on one hand you can start building a superstar and escalate them far too quickly, killing their progression and their credibility. On the other hand, you can start an escalation of a similar worker and take your time, progressing them naturally; this typically builds interest and helps a worker to get over. In the past year we’ve seen both of these tactics with two similar workers (on the surface), and as a result we have one guy who people are getting tired of on television and another who is getting a much larger following by the week. I’ve been advocating the push of Big E Langston into the mid card title range for a while now, we’re just now seeing that come to fruition with his win over Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Title. Langston is a solid worker who moves well in the ring, he’s also got the facial scar from his battle with Dean Ambrose a month or so back to help display his toughness. The one problem I have is the way they’ve tweaked his music, and if that the ONLY problem, then things are going VERY well. Then, on the other side of the coin, you have Ryback; do I REALLY need to go into detail on that one? (more…)
The last few years one match has been talked about by wrestling fans on the internet probably more than any other. No it’s not Hogan and Cena (As much as I would like to see it), I’m talking about CM Punk against Stone Cold Steve Austin. This match has been talked about by Punk, by Austin, and by the majority of the IWC. There have been subtle teases involving both men with numerous exchanges on Twitter, Punk wearing the Steve Austin shirt during his Pipe Bomb promo, and of course their encounter on WWE TV in 2011. Why would anyone NOT want to see this match happen? (more…)