Roman Reigns. New era (since WWE insist on using that term as a promotional tool), same old problem. In the space of two years, he has already become the new era’s new John Cena. He’s the guy WWE wants on top, he’s the guy a lot of the kids are gravitating towards, but he’s the guy who is also hated by the older – or maybe I should say smarter – generation.
Here’s my issue with the whole Reigns situation: I don’t think he’s that bad. While he is by no means my favourite, and there are many other people I would rather see hold the championship than him, he is definitely capable. Before I get into specifics, I want to point out something that’s dawned on me recently. Continue reading
It’s finally here. The biggest show of the year, the night that tends to have the best crowd, the biggest happenings and often career defining moments. It’s time, for Wrestlemania 31.
I am crazily excited about this one, because as you will see in just a bit, a lot of the matches are quite difficult to call. That level of doubt makes for a more exciting match I find, and it will be easier to get sucked into the drama of it all. But the focus of Wrestlemania isn’t how excited we are, it’s about the show itself, so let’s get right into the predictions! Continue reading
So we’re a month or so from the granddaddy of them all, therefore it must be the annual filler PPV. For the record I am massively in favour of scrapping PPVs named after matches ie. Elimination chamber, TLC, HITC, as I think it restricts the creative possibilities of using these matches at other points of the year when they could have meaning in feuds.
This one is their newest offering, Fastlane. I don’t mind this card at all really as I always see it as the only PPV that will genuinely continue the longevity of big storylines that were started at the Rumble.
Feeling slightly more optimistic about this one so we’ll crack on. Once again though I’ll be sticking with the whole philosophy of putting as much effort into the writing as they have. Continue reading
A: Ladies and gentlemen… Welcome! To the Road to Wrestlemania! We officially get underway tonight, so get ready for two months of constant sign pointing. As always, the Rumble match will be the main attraction tonight, but there is also an extremely interesting WWE Championship match featuring Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Mr Money In The Bank, Seth Rollins. So let’s get to it! Here are our predictions for the first PPV of 2015!
M: This should be the 2nd biggest event of the year but it just doesn’t feel like it any more. Since the WWE Network came out over here I have been constantly watching as much as I can. Specifically Royal Rumbles to try and get in the mood. Alas the more I watch the days of old, the more I realise how pathetic today’s product actually is. Competition from WCW drove the WWF/WWE to do great things 20 years ago. They were forced to go against their grain and their core values to fight for their lives. Little did they know at that point that it would end up saving them and propel the company onto monumental success and eventually a complete monopoly of the wrestling world.
Within that however lies the problem. With no competition, there is no need to change or develop. The middle finger has been raised by Vinnie Mac for a long time now and it is aimed firmly at the audience that once saved his dream from dying. I’m not saying necessarily that it needs to go back to what it used to be, but it needs change and it has to progress. I’m getting closer and closer to just not tuning in anymore. I don’t usually watch Raw or some PPVs until the next day but I can foresee a time soon when I just don’t tune it at all, and it pains me to say that that doesn’t really bother me as much anymore.
I hate doing rants. I wish I had something good to write!!!
Might as well get started then. As always, I’ll spend as much time on the predictions as WWE have.
A: Here we are, it’s the Survivor Series! There are a lot of big things apparently happening tonight, which should make this show one to remember. I feel like we’ve been very negative about the last couple of PPVs – and possibly with good reason. But this time round I’m optimistic more than anything. Maybe that’s because I think the product will pick up after tonight’s show, since it always gets better around Wrestlemania season, and Wrestlemania is definitely looming large on the horizon. So, let’s get right to the predictions!
M: And we arrive once again at the 2nd longest running WWE ppv in existence, that’s right, get ready for some elimination goodness as we venture into Survivor Series.
The WWE has been drastically disappointing of late and really hasn’t looked like getting any better really. Both myself and Andy have proclaimed our dismay at the state of affairs but are sticking with it in the ever optimistic hope that it will get better.
So here we are again, another WWE PPV! And this time, as you will probably be able to tell, neither me or Matt is particularly excited about it. For me there are two matches that could save this event, but if they don’t deliver or are badly booked then this could be one of the worst PPV’s of the year so far. So after that uber-positive intro, let’s get straight into the predictions!
M: Right here we go again. Night of Champions is back upon us and it’s looking like another mediocre card again. I don’t want to start in a negative fashion but I’m really struggling to find good things to say about the business nowadays. On that note, I’ll be putting in as much effort to my predictions as WWE creative have been putting into their writing and booking of the shows……..very little.
The big news is that Roman Reigns has been sidelined for a few months with a bad hernia which throws up a few uncertainties going forward but I think that may work in his favour as I just feel that he was in danger of getting stale and boring. (Not his fault!) So with that in mind, what happens to Rollins? Well the obvious thing is an Ambrose return, but will they have had enough time to develop a match between them or will they go with the all out brawl? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
A: It’s one of the more exciting periods in the WWE calendar, it’s Money In The Bank time! This year is historic, since it’s the first time ever the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be contested in a MitB ladder match! But of course, you already knew that. This can often be the time of year where we see where the future of the company is headed, and this year should be no different. With potential breakout performances from Cesaro, Reigns, and the chance to make a huge impression in the contract match, this could be a huge night! But there are obviously more than two matches on the card, so let’s get on to talking about them all!
M: Since I started watching again regularly is has been my favourite PPV of the lot, purely because I love the concept of the briefcase. It also has at least one ladder match, which is always a good thing. This time around there’s 2 and they couldn’t be more important! With some of the guys who would usually be in the briefcase match being in the WWE Title match, this will open the door for another up and comer to take the spotlight! Those 2 matches are the only thing going for this show I’m afraid. The tag match should put up some fight but with 2 ladder matches of massive importance on the card, of course everything else will suffer. Anyway here we go. Continue reading
It’s Payback time in the WWE! But, really, isn’t every week payback time? Let’s not dwell on the logical inaccuracies of the title of this “special event” though, and focus on the card itself! We have 6 matches announced for the main show, along with Daniel Bryan’s Championship decision, and there is a lot of potential for this show. So, let’s get right to it!
So here we go again for another year. After Andrew’s league win last year I’m determined to get some revenge this time out. I’m not bitter but just remember that I missed a PPV last year so that’s why he won!!!
Anyway……. To business. After a literally unbelievable Wrestlemania season, we start the road again at Extreme Rules. From my memory of this event, it’s usually a good show with a lot of the rivalries from Mania continuing on and new stories starting out. With that in mind, I’m thinking it could be a great spectacle. We have some good story progressions here with The Shield and Evolution plus Cena and the Wyatt’s. Both these matches should be great if they are given the time and of course the highlight of the night will undoubtedly be LANA!! XD
Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. Here are our predictions. Continue reading