Looking back at my early predictions

This is my 200th post on this wrestling blog! It started six years ago, with the first post on April 1, a predictions column for Wrestlemania 28. I’ve progressed through many styles of article, several co-contributors, seen a huge turnover in the WWE roster and the rise of NXT and the WWE Network. And along the way, I’ve made probably hundreds of predictions. So, as a special post for the landmark, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the predictions I made in my first year, and see how right – or very, very wrong – I was. Continue reading Looking back at my early predictions

Going Mainstream

This may be a big statement, and it may even seem a tad ridiculous. But I think it can fairly be said that WWE is as mainstream as it has ever been at this moment in time.

Now as I said, that may sound ridiculous. Of course wrestling isn’t as mainstream now as it was before! You had Hulk Hogan in movies, Randy Savage in commercials, Andre The Giant on the most popular late night talk shows. You had the biggest sporting stars, the biggest actors, people like Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Mr T, Cyndi Lauper making guest appearances – not the z-list “celebs” we get nowadays like Snooki. There isn’t the same crossover appeal – WWE Superstars starred in outside movie projects. Edge was in Highlander, The Rock became the Scorpion King. Now you just get token wrestlers in WWE Studios productions. Continue reading Going Mainstream

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)

Thoughts Of A Pleb: Wrestlemania 31

So it’s been a while. Sorry bout that. But hopefully you can look forward to a real plethora of articles coming at you in the month of November! I have so much planned, fingers crossed I can actually get through it. My return to typing here is for something that I will make an annual feature – it is time to predict the card for Wrestlemania 31. Last year I did this column and got nowhere near the actual card, but this time round I’ve given myself about two extra months to analyse the rumours, and current storylines, and make a better call for what we will see on the night of March 29th. Just like last year, this will be a mix of likely matches, possible matches, and things that will never happen but I really want to see. So, let’s get right into it, starting things off with our WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match!

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Thoughts of a Pleb: Mania Musings

Wrestlemania 30… that was some show. Whether it was for the right or wrong reasons, it was memorable. So memorable, it will stick with us forever. I’m not going to lie, I’m still a little bit in shock at the whole Undertaker situation. The plan for this article is to put down some random thoughts about the event as a whole, but I’m saving most of the Undertaker discussion for a separate article. I feel like I need to do it justice, and so trying to keep it brief here wouldn’t be a good idea. Let’s see how it goes… Continue reading Thoughts of a Pleb: Mania Musings

Wrestlemania 29 Predictions

Welcome to Wrestlemania! The biggest wrestling show of the year is upon us, and I’m sure everybody has their opinions on what will happen. As always when it comes to PPVs, I’m here to give my predictions for the matches on the grandest stage of them all! This could be a long one, since I haven’t written much in the build-up to Wrestlemania. So, I better get going!

The pre-show match this time round is of course The Miz challenging Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship. When WWE fails to put either secondary title on the main show, you can tell that their entire focus is on the main event with the part time players. Keep in mind this is the title that launched people like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and The Rock – among others – into the main event. It is the championship that has produced some of the best matches in Wrestlemania history. Now it’s not even on the show. Barrett to retain. Continue reading Wrestlemania 29 Predictions

Elimination Chamber 2013 Predictions

We are at the last stop on the road to Wrestlemania! Elimination Chamber is here, and the main event is the rematch between CM Punk and The Rock for the WWE Championship. Also on the card is the second televised match of The Shield, and a No.1 Contender Elimination Chamber Match to see who will challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 29! There are 3 other matches on the show, plus a pre-show tag-team match that features the Team Rhodes Scholars Reunion. Continue reading Elimination Chamber 2013 Predictions

Royal Rumble Predictions

The road to Wrestlemania starts tonight at the second biggest show of the year – the Royal Rumble! There are 4 matches announced for tonight plus a United States Title defence on the pre-show. This time of year is when the quality really increases, so a lot of fans are starting to get excited about the product again, and with good reason.

I said before that I’m not going to cover Divas matches in these prediction columns – if the WWE doesn’t care then why should we? For what it’s worth, there isn’t even a Divas match booked, more evidence for my previous statement. And I sometimes put in predictions or the pre-show matches, from now on unless I have something specific to say about them I’ll put a prediction for a result and no more. Tonight the pre-show is The Miz vs Antonio Cesaro for the United States Championship. I’m picking Cesaro to retain. And without further ado…

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Looking At The Rumble And Beyond: What If

There’s been a lot of hype about the WWE recently, and with good reason. Raw turned 20, the WWE champion CM Punk returned to action, The Rock came back, and the road to Wrestlemania is about to start – kicking off with the Royal Rumble this Sunday.

As we all know, the show will be main evented by those two men I mentioned above – CM Punk and The Rock – facing each other for the biggest prize in the industry. It seems to be generally accepted that Rocky will be winning the belt – but what if he doesn’t? I’m going to take a look at just some of the possible scenarios for the Royal Rumble 2013 and beyond… Continue reading Looking At The Rumble And Beyond: What If