Quite often when I put together these PPV Spotlights I talk about a match that I think will prove to be a quality show. Usually it’s a pairing that on paper looks like the competitors will mesh really well, sometimes it’s the passion within the story that could bring something special out of the bell to bell action. It can even be a match that I think has flown under the radar and could surprise people. But it’s rare that I can talk about the potential of a match and have as much concrete evidence to support that as I can this time round.
That’s because I’m writing about the always-reliable Dolph Ziggler defending his Intercontinental Championship against WWE’s MVP of 2018 so far, Seth Rollins.
The roll that Rollins has been on is incredible by WWE’s standards. He has almost single-handedly proven that if WWE lets their talent shine in the ring, they can prove their worth to everyone watching. He hasn’t been involved in these intricate stories, it’s pure and simply been about competing for a championship. Continue reading Extreme Rules 2018 Spotlight: 30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Last week I debuted a new column where I look at a match, angle or feud of the past and look at the build, the content and the aftermath. There was only one place I could start, and that was with one of my favourite matches: Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker in a ladder match for the Undisputed Title from the July 1st, 2002 edition of Raw. That match is rightly still remembered today, but the two superstars would face off again years later, in an encounter I think is often forgotten – but no less important in the Jeff Hardy story.
I find it interesting looking back at both matches, because there are a lot of differences as you might expect, but there are also a lot of similarities despite both men being at different stages of their career, and their environment having changed significantly too.
From 2002, we’re jumping ahead six years to late 2008. As noted last time, Jeff Hardy had left WWE in 2003 to go to TNA, but he returned to Raw in 2006 to a wave of approval from his fans. He returned to confront the then-WWE Champion Edge, in what was a nice nod to Edge’s feud with Jeff’s brother Matt the previous year. But much as Jeff had failed to reach his apparent potential in 2003, he had to prove that he could be a top guy all over again when he came back. Continue reading Retro Spotlight: Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker – Part 2
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 WWE Extreme Rules 2014 predictions
It’s time for the first PPV since Wrestlemania, Extreme Rules! In recent years Extreme Rules has actually been quite a good show, often giving us good versions of the underwhelming Mania predecessors. This is also one of the few occasions in recent years – with the exception of Wrestlemanias or Summerslams – that we appear to have a full card announced before the show starts. There is 8 matches, plus one on the pre-show. But this show is a little different here in this blog, as this is the first time predictions will actually count towards something. This is the first event that counts towards our brand new prediction league, that will feature me and the newest addition to the blog, Matt Mahoney! A full list of the rules we will be using and the updated standings are available on the also new page!
The pre-show this time round is the randomly thrown together Cody Rhodes vs The Miz, to which Matt predicts Cody will win because of his mustache, but I think Miz will win because he’s supposed to be the face, and theoretically a win for him would get the crowd going heading into the show. So now, on to the main card! Continue reading Extreme Rules 2013 Predictions
The first PPV after Wrestlemania is always exciting for one reason or another, but this year is even more special since we witness the return of Brock Lesnar! I know I can’t be the only one excited. Let’s do this! Continue reading Extreme Rules 2012 Predictions