Monday, January 5, 2015

Thoughts: The Authority

On the December 29, 2014 episode of RAW John Cena made the decision to bring The Authority back in order to save Edge from being paralyzed. 

One of the main reasons I came back to watching WWE was the fact that the Authority was gone. Obviously, because of story lines, some Superstars would never be able to advance under the Authority's reign. These superstars stood a chance when the Authority story line was gone; now we're back to only certain ones having opportunities. 

The Authority needed to stay gone for about 6 months at least. This time period would give time for fans to begin to like WWE again and enjoy the story lines. Quite honestly, I am over the same old tired story lines involving the Authority's stooges. There needs to be some new feuds without the Authority. 

I understand that the stories cannot go our way all the time. But, we've been subjected to The Authority since August of 2013. There is apparently no end in sight. 

I find it ironic that the Authority uses "Best for Business" as their tagline. It's obvious that the majority do not believe the Authority is best for business.

Thoughts: Total Divas {1/4/15}

Last night was the first episode of the second half of Season 3 of Total Divas. I really enjoyed the first season of the show. however, at this point, I am really starting to hate it. It is all obviously staged and the majority of it seems fake (or you can't figure out if it's serious or not).

It's no secret that my two favorite current Divas are Natalya and Naomi. Naomi is no longer on the show which may be a good thing for her. Sometimes I think that being on this show is equivalent to not being taken serious.

The current "stars" of the show are: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Eva Marie, Natalya (Nattie), Cameron (Ariane), Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, and Paige.

The first story of last night introduced Paige on the show. It's no secret that I have never been a fan of Paige and I doubt that there is anything that could change my feeling on her. Natalya and Paige went to a party together where Natalya ate some brownies. Paige then told Natalya that the brownies contained pot. This sent Natalya into panic mode. She was stressing over possibly being drug tested and being seen as a "stoner". Then in an attempt to avoid the drug test, Natalya hit a dumpster in an alley. At the end of the episode, Paige admitted to Natalya that there was never any pot in the brownies.

I'm not sure how I feel about this story. I guess it's a good thing that they showed how strongly Natalya felt against drugs. However, this story also demonstrated how someone can play a joke on someone and relish on someone's panic.

I also have not liked the way that the show has portrayed Natalya. She comes off as a bitch to everyone including her husband. I do not believe her marital problems storyline; I see it as a continuation of the scripted storyline for RAW and Smackdown. I also don't think that she is a bitch to all new talents.

The second story on the show involved the Bella Twins. In the mid-season finale, Brie along with her mother and brother confronted John Cena about Nikki. This meeting led John to tell Nikki they needed a break. Mama Bella told Brie that she needed to tell Nikki that the three of them met with John. I do not understand this as it should have been all 3 to tell Nikki and not just Brie (although I don't agree with the whole talking to John thing anyway). This whole scenario led up to the on screen feud between Nikki and Brie. Again, I have come to realize that Total Divas is scripted because this show makes John look like a douche, Brie look like a bitch, and Nikki to be the only one who is nice. Also seen is the Summer Slam match where Nikki turned on Brie. 

When Total Divas first began, I bought into the whole "catch a glimpse into the Divas' real lives". It has since turned into a scripted hot mess. But, don't get me wrong. It's a hot mess that I can't stop watching. I just don't buy into the "everything on the show is real."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Self - Imposed WWE Ban

I have been on a self - imposed WWE Ban since SummerSlam. I honestly didn't want to watch WWE with Brock Lesnar as Champion. To me, it is pointless to have a champion that is never around and defends his championship only a couple of times. What's the point of having the championship if you hardly ever see the belt? In fact, the championship has not been defended in a PPV since September. So, I banned myself from WWE. I glanced at it a couple of times in passing. I read another WWE blog so I can keep up with the happenings from shows. I even watched the Team Cena vs Team Authority match at Survivor Series, just in time to see Sting's appearance. I decided to give WWE another shot. I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt that they could fix what I saw as problems.

As of now I am back to watching the shows each week. Only time will tell. I'm hoping that they soon get a champion that is around more than three times a year.

Thoughts on Raw {12/8/14}

This is my thoughts on this past Monday's Raw. 

The 12/8/14 edition of Raw was also the Slammy episode. However, I will post my reactions to the Slammy winners in a separate post. 

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The episode opened with Seth Green being introduced as the Guest Host. Overall, I think that Seth Green did a great job as host. The highlight was watching Damien Sandow aka Mizdow imitate The Miz. This gimmick is always guaranteed to bring laughs. Sometimes I think that the WWE is grossly underusing Damien Sandow but at least he is being used in a manner that creates laughter for the WWE Universe. I am waiting patiently for the day when "Mizdow" turns on The Miz and becomes something great.

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The first match of the night was Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins.

My Prediction: Seth Rollins
Actual Winner: Seth Rollins

In all honesty, I miss the feuds that Seth had with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Those feuds were intriguing and made sense since he betrayed them. Besides being a match to try and fuel each competitor in their matches scheduled for the PPV, this match meant little else. Both are skilled wrestlers and always put on a show when in the ring. However, this match did not live up to the expectations. Seth Rollins picked up the win after interference by Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury. 

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The next match saw Kofi Kingston (with New Day) vs. Stardust (with Goldust)

My Prediction: Kofi Kingston
Actual Winner: Kofi Kingston

I am interested to see how they go with the New Day gimmick. I think this is a great faction full of talent. On the other hand, I am over the Stardust gimmick. It was only interesting for about the first day of it. I picked Kofi to win, not based on my displeasure with the Stardust gimmick and intrigue with the New Day gimmick, but based on the fact that I believe that Kofi has an edge on Stardust when it comes to talent and technique. 

Next, we saw Paul Heyman arrive backstage and Seth stop for a little promo. Seth is running out of time to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. He also no longer has the Authority around to help him seal his deal; he is essentially on his own with this. Heyman is the type of person that makes you hate him as soon as he gets on the "mic"; he plays the perfect heel. Heyman paid a few compliments to Rollins and then told him that John Cena stood in Rollins way to the top. 

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Charlotte vs. Natalya

My Prediction: Charlotte
Actual Winner: Natalya

Charlotte made her debut from the NXT roster onto the main show tonight. This could be for one of two reasons. First, WWE could simply be promoting the NXT (R) Evolution event that is coming up. Or Second, Charlotte may be coming up to the main roster soon. Tonight they had her going against Natalya, which I think was a great decision. These two Divas complimented each other in the ring the entire match. I thought that Charlotte was going to win this to prove that she deserved the chance to be on the main roster. However, it was Natalya that picked up the win. I see that WWE is playing the marital tension story even more now and had Tyson Kidd steal Natalya's celebration, possibly causing more tension between the two. I am looking forward to Charlotte's arrival on the main roster. I feel that she would make a great adversity for Natalya, who is underused by the WWE.

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Next, we saw Bray Wyatt on the mic cutting a promo for his match at TLC against Dean Ambrose. Whenever Bray is on the mic, expect an awesome promo. While I miss the Rollins/Ambrose feud, I think the Ambrose/Wyatt feud has a lot of potential. WWE needs to push this feud and give it the airtime it deserves. During Bray's promo, Dean Ambrose arrived and cut his own promo as only he could. I am a huge fan of Jonathan Good aka Jon Moxley aka Dean Ambrose. I loved his promos as Jon Moxley and I love this version of Dean Ambrose. I hope the WWE dedicates enough time and energy to this feud before it runs its course and the two move on to feud with others.

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The next match saw former teammates, Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan

My Prediction: Erick Rowan
Actual Winner: Erick Rowan

I took a long hiatus from WWE (from Survivor Series until this past week or so) so I missed the whole Wyatt family separation. I am not quite sure why they split and why these two are suddenly on opposite sides. However, I was intrigued to see how these two worked together given the fact that they have gone from tag team partners to enemies. I am also interested in seeing how these two fare in their solo wrestling gigs. They haven't lost their image from the Wyatt family gimmick but they just don't get along now. This match did not last for too long or showcase much of either's abilities. Erick Rowan won this match after Harper was disqualified. 

Backstage we see Jimmy Uso and Naomi talking, mostly about The Miz and his agent. I really like that WWE is putting Naomi in a good storyline rather than just using her as a "tag team partner" for such and such. I truly believe that she should have had a significant and legitimate push for the Divas Championship back before her eye injury. I am unsure if I like the whole jealous husband story but it seems like Jimmy is going to have a reason to be. The only thing with this story that I do not like is that it appears that the Usos will be feuding with The Miz and Damien Mizdow, which means more of a one on one feud for the Tag Team Championship. 

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Next, we have Rusev and Lana coming out to more than likely insult America. *Snore* This gimmick has outstayed its welcome with me. Personally, this feud with Jack Swagger would make a lot more sense to have begun when Rusev first came onto the scene. Now, it's just boring. Hopefully, this story surprises me and turns into something enjoyable. Although, in all honesty, Lana's voice irritates the living daylights out of me and I really prefer not to hear her talk.

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Next, we have a six man tag team match. It's Ryback and The Usos vs Kane, The Miz, and Mizdow

My Prediction: Ryback and the Usos
Actual Winner: Ryback and the Usos

This match was completely boring and served no purpose in my opinion. I suppose it was to push the Ryback vs Kane match or the Tag Team Championship match, both at the TLC PPV on Sunday. This was one match they could have done without and replaced with a much better match. Of all the TLC match participants, this was the only group that wrestled against their PPV opponents. All the others wrestled against other people. 

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We had a second Divas match tonight. This time it was AJ Lee vs Summer Rae.

My Prediction: AJ Lee
Actual Winner: AJ Lee

I am not a Summer Rae fan. At all. She is one of my least favorite Divas. I would have rather seen AJ face Naomi than this. I think I actually cheered when AJ got Summer Rae to submit. Not because I am an AJ fan, but because the match was over and I wasn't going to be subjected to Summer Rae for another moment. I may like Summer Rae a little better if the WWE would put her into a decent storyline. Her stalker/obsessed story with Fandango was not the story for her and definitely did not win any points from me. I would like to see her story with Natalya developed more. I think it would help both of their careers. AJ Lee needs to be a regular Diva rather than the champion for awhile. The championship needs a new home away from AJ for awhile.

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The final match of the night was The Big Show vs John Cena.

My Prediction: John Cena by DQ
Actual Winner: John Cena by DQ

I called this match from the very beginning. I knew that there was going to be a DQ because someone was going to attack Cena. Of course that someone turned out to be Seth Rollins and J & J Security. It turned out to be a free for all between the members of Team Cena and Team Authority. At the end, it turned out to be Team Authority standing tall over Cena and the members of Team Cena.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Predictions: Slammy Awards {2014}

Below are the categories for the 2014 Slammy Awards. My predictions will be highlighted. I guess these really aren't predictions as much as who I want to win each Slammy. I will post the winners in my RAW Reaction post.

Match of the Year
  • The Shield vs. Evolution – Extreme Rules
  • John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Last Man Standing Match at Payback
  • Team Cena vs. Team Authority – 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match at Survivor Series
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat   Match at WrestleMania 30

WWE Superstar of the Year

WWE Diva of the Year
  • AJ Lee
  • Paige
  • Nikki Bella
  • Brie Bella

LOL Moment of the Year
  • Damien Mizdow as The Miz‘s Stunt Double
  • Mr. T thanks his mother at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame
  • Vickie Guerrero throws Stephanie McMahon in a pool of pudding on Raw
  • El Torito vs. Hornswoggle – WeeLC Match at Extreme Rules

Extreme Moment of the Year
  • Brock Lesnar hits 16 German suplexes at SummerSlam
  • Kane hits Daniel Bryan with Tombstones on floor, steel steps and table on Raw
  • Chris Jericho hits a cross-body on Bray Wyatt from the top of a steel cage on Raw
  • Seth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose through cinderblocks on Raw

Surprise Return of the Year
  • Hulk Hogan returns as the guest host of WrestleMania 30 on Raw
  • Ultimate Warrior returns to WWE at WrestleMania 30, Raw, Hall of Fame
  • Batista returns on Raw
  • The Rock returns to interrupt Rusev and Lana on Raw

“This is Awesome” Moment of the Year
  • Yes! Movement occupies Raw
  • Stephanie McMahon gets arrested and taken away on Raw
  • Sting debuts to help Team Cena defeat Team Authority
  • Hulk Hogan, The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin meet at WrestleMania 30

The OMG Shocking Moment of the Year
  • Brock Lesnar defeats The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak at WrestleMania 30
  • Seth Rollins turns on The Shield on Raw
  • Bray Wyatt’s choir surrounds John Cena inside Steel Cage on Raw
  • Nikki Bella turns on Brie Bella at SummerSlam
“Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the Year
  • Nikki tells Brie she wished she died in the womb on Raw
  • Paul Heyman raps on John Cena on Raw
  • Chris Jericho insults The Authority after Stephanie’s arrest on Monday Night Raw – July 28, 2014
  • The Rock insults Rusev and Lana on Raw

WWE Tag Team of the Year
  • Gold & Stardust
  • The Usos
  • Los Matadores with El Torito
  • Slater Gator with Mini Gator
  • The Miz & Damien Mizdow

Breakout Star of the Year
  • Rusev with Lana
  • Roman Reigns
  • Paige
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Seth Rollins

Hashtag of the Year
  • #OccupyRAW
  • #RKOOuttaNowhere 
  • #MoscowMooseKnuckle
  • #EatSleepSuplexRepeat 
  • #NineNinetyNine

Fan Participation Award
  • “You Sold Out” – Seth Rollins
  • “Nine Ninety-Nine” – WWE Network
  • “We The People” – Jack Swagger
  • “I’m Afraid I’ve Got Some Bad News” – Bad News Barrett
  • “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” – Bray Wyatt

Double-Cross of the Year
  • The Authority turns on Randy Orton on Raw
  • Seth Rollins betrays the Shield and joins The Authority on RAW
  • Nikki Bella betrays her twin sister Brie Bella at SummerSlam
  • Mark Henry turns on his friend, Big Show, on Raw

Animal of the Year
  • Gator (Hornswoggle)
  • Torito
  • Bunny
  • Grumpy Cat

Best Actor
  • The Miz
  • Batista
  • The Rock
  • Mizdow

NXT Superstar of the Year
  • Adrian Neville
  • Sami Zayn
  • Tyler Breeze
  • The Ascension

Anti-Gravity Moment of the Year
  • Seth Rollins dives off the balcony at WWE Payback
  • Adrian Neville’s Red Arrow
  • Dean Ambrose dives onto lumberjacks at SummerSlam
  • Kofi Kingston in the Royal Rumble Match

Faction of the Year
  • The Authority
  • The Wyatt Family
  • The Shield
  • The Rosebuds

Tweet It! Best Twitter Handle (aka Social Champion)

Raw Guest Star of the Year
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Jerry Springer
  • Kevin Hart
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Betty White

Rivalry of the Year
  • The Shield vs. Evolution
  • Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority
  • Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
  • Rusev vs. The USA
  • Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Best Couple of the Year
  • Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella
  • Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
  • Jimmy Uso & Naomi
  • Tyson Kidd & Natalya

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thoughts on WWE Battleground 7/20/14

I did not watch the Pre-Show so I did not see those two matches at all.

Match #1: The Usos (c) vs. Luke Harper and Eric Rowan for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a 2 - out - of - 3 Falls Match
  • My Prediction: Luke Harper and Eric Rowan
  • Winners: The Usos
I wanted The Usos to win because I prefer them over any member of The Wyatt Family but I had a feeling that it was time for them to lose the belts. I predicted that it would come down to the third fall and that no one would win it with the first two. About half - way through the third fall, I realized that the Usos were going to win. I also got excited for awhile because I hoped that the Usos would pull a "Twin Magic" and turn heel. But, it didn't happen.

Match #2: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige for the WWE Divas Championship

  • My Prediction: AJ Lee
  • Winner: AJ Lee
I really don't care for AJ Lee. However, I don't feel that Paige is quite at the championship level yet. I didn't feel that she should have gotten the title when AJ went on hiatus. There are many other divas currently on the roster who were more deserving. So, choosing between the two, I chose AJ. The match had a few high points but overall was boring to me.

Match #3: Rusev (with Lana) vs. Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)

  • My Prediction: Jack Swagger
  • Winner: Rusev  
First, I was shocked that the extensive promos were allowed considering the tension right now with Russia. I understand the "show must go on" but we could have done without the promo. As for the match, it wasn't that interesting to me. All I remember about it is the amount of time Swagger had the Patriot Lock applied to Rusev. Of course, Rusev won by count out. This was a match he should have lost.

Match #4: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

  • My Prediction: Dean Ambrose
  • Winner: Seth Rollins (by Forfeit)
This was one of the matches I was looking forward to. I thought that Ambrose would win and get some revenge on Rollins. Guess I was wrong. So, imagine my surprise when there wasn't even a match! Ambrose attacked Rollins backstage prior to the match and was banned from the building. Boo... He only emerged two times after that and then there was no mention of Ambrose or Rollins the rest of the night.

Match #5: Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

  • My Prediction: Chris Jericho
  • Winner: Chris Jericho          

Honestly, Bray Wyatt does not hold my interest. I know that many people enjoy him but to me his gimmick is old. I remember nothing except the entrances and the other members of the Wyatt family being banned from ringside. I hate to say it but I was too busy reading email during this match. It held my interest a little more.

Match #6: 19 Man Battle Royal for the Vacated Intercontinental Championship

  • My Prediction: Sheamus
  • Winner: The Miz  
 I believed that the WWE was going to unify the Intercontinental and US Championships again. So, I thought Sheamus was going to win. Of all of the other participants, one of my least favorite choices was The Miz. However, I guess that this still leaves it open for a unification later on since they seem to have a little feud going.

Match #7: John Cena (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane in a Fatal 4 - Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

  • My Prediction: John Cena
  • Winner: John Cena  
First, let me say that I am thoroughly upset that the WWE did not unify the belts during the Flair segment last week as some reported. Roman Reigns is one of my favorite current Superstars. I know that he will one day be the champion. However, I know that right now is not that time. I figured John Cena would hold it for awhile. This was a good match. I think the highlight was Kane and Orton turning on each other and truly making it a Fatal 4-Way. All four of these superstars have remarkable abilities and proved it last night.

PPV Overall:  C

I can only speak about the PPV itself and not the pre-show matches. Overall, the PPV was decent. One match was non-existent and just a couple of street fights instead. It felt like these were just used as fillers in between matches. The Wyatt/Jericho match completely lost my interest. The Paige/AJ and Rusev/Swagger matches were close to losing my interest. The other three matches were pretty much all that made the show. Luckily, I have the WWE Network so I only paid my $9.99 on it rather than the full price.