The past couple weeks of Monday Night Raw have shown a common problem with the WWE after pay-per-views: repetitiveness.
I remember when I was younger, when I asked my dad to order a pay-per-view, the most common response I'd get was, “We can get the same show on RAW.” Now, he was exaggerating to some extent, however, I couldn't help but go back and think of it after this week's Raw.
The three biggest matches from TLC were John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper. Not only did we get all three of those matches on Raw Monday night, but we also had Cena/Rollins on Raw last week, and Ambrose/Wyatt on Tribute to the Troops.
In almost all cases, the pay-per-view match was better (though some have argued the Cena/Rollins cage match from last week was better), however, if we're going to get the same matchup three times in a nine-day span, the question remains, what makes the pay-per-view special?
I get it to an extent. With three hours to fill,...Read more
This week in the roundup, we take a look at what United States company signed Alberto Del Rio, a possible returning title to the WWE, and a swap at the TNA announcing booth.
-Now that he settled with the WWE, Alberto Del Rio (now known as Alberto El Patron) is looking to work in the U.S. again (as well as with Mexico's AAA). It looks like the first company he will work for is Ring of Honor. The company announced his signing last week, and this week announced his first three opponents, Christopher Daniels, ACH and Roderick Strong.
It's unknown how many appearances he will make for the company, but this is certainly a big signing for ROH as they continue to look to take that next step. Supposedly, TNA is also trying to sign El Patron, but that might prove difficult, as they would want him exclusively, and he still wants to do AAA (and likely, in conjunction, Lucha Underground).
-Shortly before the TLC pay-per-view, Lana put a picture out on her Instagram account of the retired European...Read more
Brock Lesnar, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, appeared for the first time in three months on Raw. By the end of the night, however, more questions were created than answered.
Lesnar hadn't been seen since Night of Champions, back in September. He first returned to protect Paul Heyman from Chris Jericho. Jericho (who was the guest GM), under the pretense that Heyman had owed him money from back in the ECW days, had made a match between the two. After Heyman tried to beg off Jericho, Lesnar came out and destroyed Jericho. Nothing too fancy, just reminding us what kind of beast he could be.
But it was later that he did something truly interesting.
John Cena and Seth Rollins faced off in a rematch from TLC. However, this time the match was in a cage. At the end of a pretty decent match, Cena hit Rollins with an AA from the top turnbuckle. Both laid there, dazed, when Lesnar's music hit for the second time in the night. Lesnar came down, hit Cena with three German suplexes, and then an...Read more
Sometimes, a wrestling show will leave you with a fantastic moment to go out on. A champion celebrating, or a surprise return.
On Sunday night, at TLC, we the viewers were left with a final moment of a television exploding to cost someone a match.
Moments matter in wrestling, particularly when they close a major show. And there's a case to be made that we've been spoiled this year. We've had Daniel Bryan celebrating at WrestleMania. We've had Sting helping Ziggler and Cena. We've even had Bray Wyatt standing in a cloud of smoke over the broken body of Dean Ambrose.
And yet, of all the possible moments, TLC ends with Dean Ambrose losing to Bray Wyatt, not because Bray did something, but because a television exploded in his hand. Yes, a television. After a hellacious TLC match, with many great spots, mainly coming from Dean Ambrose flying off a ladder, Ambrose loses because he finds a monitor under the ring (which is somewhow working, but more on that a little later), and when he tries...Read more
TLC has become one of the more anticipated pay-per-views on the WWE schedule. With the guarantee of a ladder match, generally between athletic competitors, and a TLC match, you're almost guaranteed to have at least two exciting matches on the card, and depending on the rest, you could certainly have more.
The show tends to have at least one Match of the Year candidate, whether it's The Shield against Team Hell No and Ryback in 2012, CM Punk vs. Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio in 2011 or Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kane in 2010.
This year is no different, as Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose could both end up being Match of the Year candidates, and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins could also be very entertaining. So, without further adieu, here's my look at this year's Tables, Ladders and Chairs (and Stairs!) card.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper in a Ladder match for the Intercontinental title
This is the match that many are expecting to be the best on the...Read more
Keep it simple, stupid.
We've all heard that phrase before. And as shown by NXT: Takeover (R)Evolution this week, it's a phrase that can be particularly relevant to wrestling.
The story that has swirled around Sami Zayn, really for the past year and a half, is that he's a guy who can't win the big match. You could say it started in the summer of 2013, when he lost to Cesaro in the first of their classic matches. He then followed up by losing to Cesaro again at NXT: Arrival, losing to Tyler Breeze at the first Takeover, and then not winning the title in the fourway match at the Takeover show in September.
Finally, he started to overcome his demons. He beat Tyson Kidd, he beat Tyler Breeze, and yet, he lost once again to Adrian Neville in a screwy finish.
So this was his chance to overcome all of this. And this time, finally, he won the big one, and captured the NXT title.
It's such a simple storyline. Nothing at all fancy about it, and it almost all took place in-ring. Yet it was so...Read more