Another week has passed on the Road to Wrestlemania, and unless I’ve just gotten to the stage of completely zoning out when it happens, we got less sign-pointing this week. We even got serenaded by Braun Strowman, which even though I’m not writing about was too good of a visual to not use above. But we did get various developments for Elimination Chamber and Fastlane, so it was a good week for storyline progression. What actually happened? Read on for the highlights!
Doubling up on making history
The advertised Raw main event was a second chance fatal-4-way between the men who lost Elimination Chamber qualifying matches – Finn Balor, Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt and Apollo Crews. But in the middle of the show, Seth Rollins made his case to Kurt Angle that he should be added to the match, and he was – making it a fatal-5-way. There was controversy in the finish, as both Finn Balor and Seth Rollins had Wyatt pinned for a three count. Both men won the match, so Kurt Angle announced that at Elimination Chamber, as well as having the first ever women’s Chamber match, for the first time ever there would be seven men competing inside the steel structure!
The Money in the Bank briefcase has launched the careers of many a WWE superstar over the years into the stratosphere. It bridged the gap between upper mid-carder and main eventer, and led to greats like Edge, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan winning their first World Championships in WWE. Not every briefcase holder has been a success (Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow), and even two little known wrestlers called Randy Orton and John Cena have won Money in the Bank matches, but since they’re little more than footnotes in history we’ll move on quickly from them. Regardless of the blemishes on the record though, holding the MitB briefcase is a sign that WWE higher ups have faith in you to deliver big as and when required. Tonight, we find out who the latest man to write their name in the history books will be.
This will be the same format as the preview of the women’s match I posted earlier, where I look at how to make each individual the star of the match, and then assess their chances of winning and being able to call themselves Mr Money in the Bank for the foreseeable future. Without further adieu… Continue reading
The Brand Extension back in July was supposed to bring about a “New Era”. It was supposed to be the start of change in WWE. It was supposed to be an opportunity for people who didn’t normally get much of the spotlight to be centre stage. So far, it’s easy to pick out faults in that ideology. So far, fans could be forgiven for thinking that the separate shows have mostly been a case of the same old same old, but with new puppets in the well-worn shoes.
I would argue differently. Continue reading
So Survivor Series happened. Wait, quite a lot of interesting things happened on the show? In that case, SURVIVOR SERIES HAPPENED!!! Of course everybody has been talking about the highly anticipated debut of Sting. There were also interesting developments with the booking of Ryback, AJ Lee and of course John Cena. But one of the key things to stand out to me was something else – and this kept going through Raw last night. That was the booking of Dolph Ziggler. Continue reading
This has become a favourite annual column from me, for one of my favourite times of the wrestling year. I take a look at each of the competitors in a Money In The Bank Ladder Match and discuss their chances of winning. Last year two of my outside bets won the matches, and in 2012 I called the winners (though that column was structured slightly differently as not all the competitors had been announced at that point). This year I’m pretty confident I can call who will win, though an injury at the Smackdown tapings on Tuesday has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works. This column will focus on the contract match, not the title match. We’ll build up to the big prize. But let’s get to it! Continue reading
Hello folks, it’s mid July which can only mean one thing……..that’s right Money In The Bank!
This time it’s me Matt that will be your author as Andrew is away on some musical escapades at T in the park. Lucky sod.
Anyway let’s get cracking as we’ve got a big card to get through.
We’ll start with the first match on the kick off. Continue reading
I’m back! After a short, unscheduled hiatus (for which I apologise) I have returned to the world of wrestling blogging! First things first, best wishes to Jerry Lawler. Here’s hoping he recovers soon and returns to the commentary desk before long! I know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t like the commentary team right now on Raw, but no one wishes this kind of thing to happen to anybody. Also a lot of credit goes to Michael Cole, Bret Hart, John Cena, CM Punk and everyone else who went out and performed on Raw for the way they handled the situation.
But in true WWE style, the show must go on, and their next show is the Night of Champions PPV in just under 23 hours time! There are 7 matches announced, plus a pre-show battle royal. So, without further ado, here we go! Continue reading
I haven’t written anything about the recent momentous Raw until now because I was deliberately holding off until I saw this week’s Raw to put it into perspective and see how certain story lines progressed. I do have some thoughts on the event, as seen below… Continue reading
It’s nearly here, the Money In The Bank pay-per-view is tomorrow night and it’s one I’m really looking forward to – partially because it’s one I’m watching, and partially because I’ve always been a fan of ladder matches. I ran down who I thought was likely to win a week or two ago, and I will evaluate the 3 additions to the World Title MitB match later in my predictions. There are only 4 announced matches on the card, which makes me hopeful that all 4 will get a good amount of time, even with the expected addition of a squash or divas match. Continue reading
Welcome to my predictions for the first No Way Out pay per view since 2009. The selling point of the show is Cena v Big Show, which will both take place inside a steel cage and culminate in someone being fired. Without further ado, let’s get into the point of the article! Continue reading