Smackdown: A Retrospective (Part 1)

It’s been a big year for Smackdown. It celebrated its 15th Anniversary in October, and it has fairly recently been announced that Smackdown will be moving back to Thursdays next year, which should give it some impetus that it’s currently lacking. But when you think about it, some of the more iconic moments in WWE history happened on the blue brand. Then they went through the brand extension, where Smackdown was consistently the better wrestling show. It has been under the leadership of Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman (all on and off screen), as well as the likes of Vickie Guerrero, Teddy Long, Kurt Angle, John Laurinaitis and even Zack Ryder. It has gone from The Rock’s show, to the better brand, only to fall into irrelevancy in recent years. I’m going to take a look back at some of the best moments over the last 15 years, and then look at why nobody cares about it anymore.

This article is part 1/3. Here I’m going to look at some of the best matches and rivalries to race the blue brand. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the most iconic and memorable things we have seen on Smackdown. Continue reading Smackdown: A Retrospective (Part 1)

News In Review: February 2014

It’s a new month again, and that can only mean one thing here at the Plebs of Wrestling – a nice, comprehensive round up of the biggest news stories from the last month! This feature debuted last month, and I’m keeping the same three categories to sort all the news items into Inside the Ring, Outside the Ring, and In the Industry. I think they’re all pretty self-explanatory, but if not you’ll get the idea soon enough. Anyway, by it’s very nature this is quite a big article, so let’s not waste any more time and get right into it! Continue reading News In Review: February 2014

The Black Pleb Watchers of Wrestling

Ok guys, this is a brand new YouTube show, featuring me and Jamie from Black Watcher Reviews just talking about wrestling for a bit! It will become a regular feature, so keep your eyes peeled for themost recent episodes. This week’s video features us talking about CM Punk, the Elimination Chamber and the WWE Network!

 

Plebeian Point of View: Why WWE Won’t Miss CM Punk

Has CM Punk waved goodbye to the WWE Universe for the last time?
Has CM Punk waved goodbye to the WWE Universe for the last time?

The big story that has dominated the WWE universe off-screen over the last month is focused around one man: CM Punk. We haven’t seen or really heard from him since the Royal Rumble, and WWE hasn’t commented on him either. What we have gathered though, is that Punk walked out because he wasn’t happy with the creative direction of the company. It has been his ambition to headline a Wrestlemania, and with his contract expiring in the summer this year could have been his last chance. When, at the Rumble, it became clear that Punk wasn’t going to be in the main event of Wrestlemania 30, Punk had had enough. He walked out hours before Raw the next night, and has maintained a radio silence since. I could write an article about how I agree or disagree with what he did (and yes, I think there’s enough on both sides to warrant an article). But let’s face it, most of what we “know” hasn’t been confirmed by either side, and could very easily be wrong. That includes the reports that Punk says he is done with the company. What we know for sure is that WWE aren’t mentioning him on or off screen, they are removing him from clips, taking fans’ signs away, and generally doing all they can to erase Punk from the company. Much as though I admire what Punk did, I can’t see it making much of a difference. Here are some reasons why I don’t think the WWE will miss him at all. Continue reading Plebeian Point of View: Why WWE Won’t Miss CM Punk

Thoughts of a Pleb: The John Cena Effect

John Cena. The most divisive WWE superstar of the last decade, possibly even longer than that, but undoubtedly the top guy in the company over that time. This article won’t be looking at whether he’s good or bad or anything like that. No, this article is about how John Cena is used in relation to others.

I’m not gonna lie, this was inspired by his match with Cesaro last night on Raw. I’ve only actually seen the last 5 minutes of it (video below), but if it really was as good as everything I’m reading says it was, and if the rest of it lived up to those last 5 minutes, then it was one hell of a match. I saw things from both guys that I’ve never seen them do before, which is always a sign that the wrestlers are pulling out all the stops to make it as good as possible.

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January 2014 News: Month in Review

So this is the first of what will hopefully become a regular feature here. I am going to round up the biggest news stories/moments of the month, and put them all into a list. It will let me cover stories that I wouldn’t otherwise get round to covering, and it may be something to look back on with a bit of nostalgia. I’m going to post this on either the last day of the month, or the first day of the next, so that’s more regular content from the off!

I’ve split things up into three categories: Inside The Ring, Outside The Ring, and In The Industry. The first is what we see on WWE TV, the second covers behind the scenes in the WWE, and the last is anything outside of the WWE basically, in the wrestling industry. This will probably be quite a long article, so let’s get to it!

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Royal Rumble 2014 Predictions

Are you ready? Are you ready for the Road to Wrestlemania? More importantly, are you ready for constant pointing at the Wrestlemania 30 sign that will be present in the arena every week? I know I am. There are a lot of questions over the direction the WWE will take over the next few months, and where they go could potentially define the next great era of the business. The unpredictability is fantastic, and nowhere is it more appropriate than the Royal Rumble match. You can never be sure who will turn up, who will turn on who, and sometimes even who will reign supreme. This really is the best time of year to be a wrestling fan, and it properly starts this weekend!

There are 5 matches currently confirmed for the show, with the slight possibility of a Divas match being added too. There’s also a slight change to the rules for this one, as for the Royal Rumble match itself we will not lose any points for any wrong extra guesses. There’s so much that could happen that I thought it fairer to give us a free reign here to pick up as many points as possible. So, without further ado, let’s do this! Continue reading Royal Rumble 2014 Predictions

WWE Battleground Predictions

Another predictions column? Are we sure? It doesn’t feel that long since the last one. That’s probably because it isn’t, but due to WWE’s scheduling geniuses here we are again! I’m going to attempt to keep this one short because I’m kinda getting bogged down in some uni work, so let’s get to it! Continue reading WWE Battleground Predictions

Night of Champions 2013 Predictions

Hey all! Andrew here with the predictions for Night of Champions 2013, since Matt’s “too busy” to write it, having been at the Manchester United vs Crystal Palace game yesterday (C’mon United!). It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done this predictions malarkey, so hopefully I’ll remember the format and not go off on random tangents throughout.

There are currently 6 matches announced for the main show (a small number, so expect 2 or 3 impromptu “special attraction” matches to take place) as well as the pre-show match, which this time round features the return of the tag-team turmoil gimmick! Let’s get right into them shall we?

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Thoughts of a Pleb: Wrestlemania 30

So quite quickly off the back of my column about John Cena’s injury, here’s another one. What could warrant such quick writing in my part? In short, Wrestlemania. And not just any Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 30. When I was writing about Cena’s return at the start of 2014 here, it got me thinking about the potential plans for Wrestlemania. It’s never too early to be thinking about the plans for Wrestlemania season, as evidenced by recent reports that one big Summerslam result was directly influenced by the planned Wrestlemania card. So I thought it would be a bit of fun to put together a possible card. See what you think about this lot… Continue reading Thoughts of a Pleb: Wrestlemania 30