Wrestlemania 33 Spotlight: Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker

Day five. Wrestlemania is just two nights away, and the excitement is definitely building. We have the Hall of Fame ceremony tonight, NXT TakeOver tomorrow night, and then the big one. This time of the year, and this show in particular, has almost become synonymous with one man over the decades. That man’s match on Sunday night is today’s spotlight match: Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker.

The Undertaker will be competing in his 25th, and possibly final, Wrestlemania match, with a win-loss record of 23-1. Roman Reigns will be competing in his 5th, and definitely not final, Wrestlemania match, with a record of 3-1. There are twenty years worth of difference between their Wrestlemania appearances, twenty years worth of wins between their records, and twenty years difference between their ages. Passing of the torch anyone? Continue reading

Wrestlemania 33 Spotlight: Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho

It’s day four of my Wrestlemania previews, which means we’re past the halfway stage! We’re just three days away from wrestling’s biggest annual event, so let’s get cracking!

It’s the match that has had the longest regular build, features one of the all-time greats, and has the potential to absolutely steal the show. It’s the United States Championship match between the reigning champion, the g.o.a.t, Chris Jericho, and the prizefighter himself, Kevin Owens.

This is a storyline that goes all the way back to the weeks before SummerSlam. Chris Jericho had been having his issues with Enzo Amore, and of course with Big Cass in his corner Big Chris was outnumbered. So, apparently quite randomly at the time, Kevin Owens – fresh off a rivalry with his former best friend Sami Zayn – told Jericho that he had his back.

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The two Canadians formed a formidable partnership that would bring both success

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Wrestlemania 33 Spotlight: John Cena & Nikki Bella vs The Miz & Maryse

Day three of my Wrestlemania 33 Spotlights is here! And it’s the match that, on paper, was felt like a massive let down considering the year some of these competitors have had. There could have been so much more for these guys, and a lot of potential matches were suggested around Royal Rumble time. But, it has turned out to be one of the most well developed programs on the Wrestlemania card, and has delivered some of the best segments WWE has had to offer on the road to the biggest show of the year. I’m talking about John Cena and Nikki Bella going up against The Miz and Maryse.

There were so many complaints online when it became clear that this was the direction WWE were going in. It was a let-down for Cena, who the online community had been hoping would face Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship. It was a let-down for The Miz, one of the very top performers on the blue brand since the draft (aside from AJ Styles, probably the best) to only be in what would at best be a mid-card mixed tag team match, surely? Continue reading

Wrestlemania 33 PPV Spotlight: Charlotte vs Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley

It’s time for the second match in my week of PPV Spotlights in the build-up to Wrestlemania 33! This time round, I’m looking at a match the features two competitors who were in my match of the night at last year’s Wrestlemania. It’s also probably the single biggest missed opportunity of the night. I’m talking about the Raw Women’s Championship match between Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Bayley.

It’s such a missed opportunity because Bayley should have been crowned champion on Sunday night. I think we all know that by now, I just hope WWE realises that. It was a great Raw moment, don’t get me wrong, but the moment itself and the significance of Bayley’s subsequent title run would have been so much more had it been saved for Wrestlemania. But, I still think it can be saved. Continue reading

Wrestlemania 33 PPV Spotlight: Baron Corbin vs Dean Ambrose

So with it being Wrestlemania week, I thought I’d try and up the ante a bit. Usually I pick one match out of a PPV line-up and talk about the build-up, how it could play out and where it could go from there. But with this being the biggest card in recent memory with potentially 14 matches on the card (I mean so, many, matches), and it being Wrestlemania, I can’t pick just one. So I’m going to try and look at one match a day all week leading up to Wrestlemania. Starting with… Baron Corbin vs Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship!

Is it just me or has this match had the worst build out of them all for this Sunday? It’s just been so… forgettable. They still have one more shot to do something big tomorrow night, but so far that’s the word I’d use. There has been something every week, Corbin getting the upper hand most weeks, until last time round where Ambrose cost Corbin a match against Randy Orton. That wasn’t actually too bad to see, as it protected Corbin in an inevitable loss against the challenger to the WWE Championship at the biggest show of the year. Continue reading

2017 Elimination Chamber Spotlight: Tag Teams in Turmoil

Tonight we see the return of the Elimination Chamber! It’s the first time we will see the structure since the Intercontinental Championship was defended inside the steel in May 2015. But, that’s not the match type tonight that has been absent from our screens for the longest time. And that brings me to the match I’m featuring in this article.

I’m not writing about there being three women’s matches on a PPV’s main card for what is probably the first time ever. I’m not re-visiting the Luke Harper/Randy Orton match that I kind of touched on earlier this week. No, I’m going to be writing about the match that by my calculations we haven’t seen in three and a half years, since Night of Champions 2013, the tag team turmoil match. Continue reading

It’s Harper’s Make or Break Time

Six months ago, I wrote a column on the aftermath of the draft. I wrote about how the gauntlet was being laid down to SmackDown’s women’s division – and we have seen a star rise in Alexa Bliss. I wrote about how Dolph Ziggler wasn’t even on a list of names I’d noted weren’t on last year’s Battleground. And he was one of the stand outs in WWE for the latter part of 2016 alongside The Miz. Who would’ve seen that coming? I wrote about how the draft was all about the same thing that Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan had been pushing the blue brand to be all about – opportunity.

Now I want to talk about another superstar who has an opportunity. Now I want to talk about a wrestler who could have a career defining couple of months ahead of him. Now I want to talk about a superstar who six months ago was on the shelf through injury, and wasn’t even mentioned at any point in my previous article. Now I want to talk about Luke Harper.

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The perfect place for the Perfect 10 is NXT

Last night at the Royal Rumble, the wrestling world erupted when the clock counted down to zero and the number ten entrant was revealed as none other than Tye Dillinger. Crowds have been chanting “Ten” constantly for months, and one of the talking points in the aftermath was whether Dillinger would show up on Raw or SmackDown now that he’s debuted.

I’d say the perfect place for the perfect ten to be is… exactly where he is now, NXT.

That’s nothing against Dillinger as a worker. He is one of the most capable performers in NXT, and it has been well reported that Dusty Rhodes said he was ready for the main roster years ago. Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe have also both publicly praised Dillinger’s ability in the last year or two. No, my worry is over how he would be booked on the main roster.

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