Possible Wrestlemania matchups are starting to come into focus

According to a few sources within WWE, The Phenom vs. The Roman Empire at WM33 is “prettymuch set”. Vince McMahon has reportedly wanted to book them in a match for some time now. This seems to match rumors I heard last year ‘Taker was originally going to be Reigns’ opponent last year.

It ended up not happening as we know for two reasons:

  1. The Reigns/Triple H feud was going unexectedly well even though everyone knew Trips was just putting Reigns over.
  2. The creative team had to scramble to write Shane McMahon’s sudden return to WWE after a nearly 10 year hiatus. Since Vince was personally involved, they had no choice but to book Shane with The Undertaker. The buildup fell flat but the match itself was unexpectedly good.

…This will be a match for the ages. The foundation for their match at Wrestlemania was laid when Reigns eliminated The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble (See above picture). It’s just a matter of when in regards to when the buildup begins.

What would make this matchup real interesting: According to an interview by Roman Reigns himself, he might Heel turn real soon. That would make the buildup believable and his character has been teasing a Heel turn for some time now.

I think it’s a safe bet the match is a done deal. Even though it won’t be a title match, this time we can expect to see a full match between the two titans of destruction =O

…This was obviously being set up to happen but due to Seth Rollins re-injuring his surgically repaired knee (The same one that cost him 9 months from fall 2015 to Spring 2016), he may be out for up to 8 weeks (!) which means he’s definitely missing Wrestlemania. Ouch! He has not been medically cleared to compete in any live events since the injury on RAW.

WWE has promised to provide an update in the upcoming RAW episode. Should Rollins be shelved, WWE’s creative team apparently has a replacement match set to go…

…The match alot of insiders thought was actually going to happen at last year’s Summer Slam believe it or not. For those who don’t know, there is legit…”tension” is the word I’ll use between Triple H and Shane. Triple H and Stephanie feel threatened by Shane’s return to the company after being away for 7 years. While Shane was away,

Triple H and Stephanie worked their way up the corporate ladder both on and off-screen (By the way, Triple H is the Director of Talent Relations and the Principal Owner of NXT). Triple H’s brain child NXT moved WWE out of the PG Era and helped kick off the rebranding of the Women’s Division. The story goes, it was Stephanie who convinced Vince to trust Triple H and cut back on his on-screen appearances, allowing the company to move into The New Era.

Their concern–more specifically The Game’s–is the possability Vince might hand the company over to Shane. Shane wasn’t lying when he said he “never lost his place in line” this time last year on RAW. As far as I know, Shane does not hold any executive positions within the company aside from being the Smackdown GM since his return.

Should Rollins be shelved–and I don’t think WWE will rush him back for the match–then they will start building this instead.

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…We could see what WWE had planned for Seth Rollins and Finn Balor last year: NXT’s best brawler vs. The Face of WWE. Could be crazy but it could also be real interesting. That said, as of right now we still don’t know which roster Samoa Joe will be on yet. I don’t think that’s been set in stone.

That said, I do think it could be an interesting match. They both have crazy stamina and both have impressive mat skills to boot =O

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I only just heard about this possible matchup this morning: Bray Wyatt is apparently the favorite to win the WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber PPV later this month. He would then go on to face Randy Orton at Wrestlemania for the title.

Orton has been part od the Wyatt Family for the last three months. The Apex Predator is one of a handful of superstars who can be Over with the crowd weather he’s a Face or a Heel. We probably won’t see the buildup until after the Elimination Chamber match though.

 

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Possible Wrestlemania matchups are starting to come into focus

Smackdown Superstar Randy Orton invades Raw; Mixed Tag Matches Return

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…I knew when Lesnar’s promo was saved for last something BIG was going to happen. I knew from the last brand split cross-brand invasions were an inevitability. Even so, I never considered the possability it would happen so early. The only reason I can see it working is because of who’s involved: Orton, Lesnar and Heyman. Retaliation should be expected sooner if not later. LOL.

A man of few words, Orton RKO’d Lesnar and made his escaoe through the crowd before RAW Officials could touch him.

RAW kicked off with a mixed tag match–the first such match in a few years–involving Enzo Amore and WWE Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Chris Jericho and Charlotte. It was pretty obvious Sasha and Charlotte just wanted in on Enzo’s promo–How you doin’?

For many in the house crowd, it was probably their first time seeing a match between male and female superstars. As per the rules, competators compete against the same-sex opponents. When a tag is made it counts for both sides prettymuch. Chyna and Lita were two exceptions to this rule that I’m aware of: They could hold their own against male superstars in the ring.

I think we might see male vs. female matchups moving forward due to the talent available on both rosters. From the promo being set up, I thought we were gonna see Banks vs, Jericho until Enzo’s music hit. Now that Big Cass and Kevin Owens are involved in the rivalry, things could be very interesting on RAW next week.

…Roman Reigns’ next opponent has been chosen: U.S. Champion Rusev.

In doing this, you remove him from the Universal Championship hunt, allow the Rollins/Balor feud to build and keep Reigns a Face. Well played, WWE. The two have clashed in the past but this time, the U.S. Title wil be on the line.

An interesting fun fact: Roman Reigns will be the last member of The Shield to win the U.S. Championship. Dean Ambrose won the title shortly after the Shield came to WWE and Seth Rollins became the first superstart to ever hold both the U.S. Title and the WWE Championship at the same time last year (he dropped the U.S. Title to Cena at Summer Slam and vacated the WWE Championship due to injury a few weeks later).

…This isn’t a tag match: D. Young and Titus are facing off in singles competition. The former longtime tag team partners came close to winning the Tag Team Championship during their second run as a team a few years ago as the Prime Time Players.

The new rivalry between the former friends is a clear message their days are partners are now over. Since becoming a singles competator, Titus O’Neil has gotten close to winning the U.S. Title and the WWE Championship but came up short. D. Young also came up short in his recent failed bid to get the IC Championship at Battleground. Titus also turned Heel. Here’s hoping it isn’t just for their feud.

Speaking of, it will be very important for WWE to have their next opponent(s) lined up before their feud reaches its end. More for D. Young’s sake than Titus.

…Ah, the return of Squash Matches. A Squash Match is basically what you’ve been seeing Strowman and Jaxx do two weeks in a row now: A match against a local competator who has no chance against them. Said local competator is fed to their opponent but it does give them publicity for smaller promotions that might want to sign them.

It’s more handy for Jaxx than Strowman in my book: Everyone already knows what Strowman is capable of. I assume WWE’s building him for a feud with another big man. The Big Show, Mark Henry, Rusev, Titus O’Neil or possibly even Brock Lesnar. It could be fun.

Nia Jaxx will definitely be in the title hunt soon. It could be as soon as the Sasha Banks/Charlotte Rivalry runs its course or shortly before: Sasha Banks certainly will want to have someone handy to deal with Dana Brook. LOL.

 

Smackdown Superstar Randy Orton invades Raw; Mixed Tag Matches Return

No titles change hands at Battleground 2016

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…The WWE Championship will remain with Smackdown. After a battle that lasted nearly 18 minutes, Dean Ambrose (Smackdown) hit Roman Reigns (RAW) with Dirty Deeds to pick up the victory. The question that was at the back of everyone’s minds was weather or not Ambrose and Reigns, who remains close friends after The Shield broke up would hold back on each other. The answer was an umemphatic no when Ambrose and Rollins (RAW) powerbombed Reigns through the Spanish Announcers’ table.

With Ambrose gaving retained the WWE Championship for Smackdown, this means RAW’s new top title should be announced Monday night. This also allows the Rollins/Reigns rivalry to continue right were it left off before the latter’s suspension.

The Miz (Smackdown) and Darren Young’s (RAW) match for the IC Championship ended in a no contest and the Miz retained the title for Smackdown. Rusev (RAW) also defeated Zack Ryder (Smackdown) to retain the US Title for RAW. The Women’s title (Charlotte, RAW) and the Tag Ream titles (The New Day, RAW) were not contested.

This leaves Smackdown with one mid-tier title (IC Title, The Miz) and the WWE Championship (Ambrose) while RAW has one mid-tier title (US Title Rusev), the Women’s Championship (Charlotte), the Tag Team titles (The New Day) and a vacancy in the brand’s yet to be announced top title.

New rivalries are sure to be introduced this week on RAW and Smackdown. You can believe that!

No titles change hands at Battleground 2016

On second thought, let’s revisit the Roman Reigns hate

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During the 2 minutes I spent getting the results of AJ Styles and Chris Jericho’s match at a particular forum last night, I was reminded of why I stopped posting on said forum I won’t name: Folks bitch and complain about anything and everything. The funny thing is they don’t hate Roman Reigns per se. Just the company he works for. Why? Because Kayfabe is mostly dead and Reigns has been getting pushed since The Shield broke up two years ago.

Roman Reigns is the epitome of the term you can’t please everyone. He is the WWE’s next marquee headliner like it or not. He is not Seth Rollins’ stand-in. He EARNED his place just like Rollins did.

When The Shield first came to the WWE four years ago, everyone knew that Reigns would have a solid solo career. The Shield breaking up was done to give the fans just that. The plan wasn’t as well-received as hoped as folks chose to rally around Seth Rollins instead. I don’t have a problem with Rollins on that note. He’s easily the second-best main event Heel after Bray Wyatt in my opinion. Even so, I expect Rollins to Face turn upon his return in a few months.

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The house crowd’s reaction to Reigns when he came out…I’m sure it shocked all of the McMahons who were there. None more than Reigns if I had to guess. More so given Triple H ended up carrying the match. It was obviously a message not for Reigns but WWE’s Creative Team, who are likely still freaking out over the crowd reaction.

This was clearly not the reaction anyone backstage anticipated. Was it because of poor booking? The experience gap? Missteps with the buildup? All three will be re-examined in the days and weeks to come behind the scenes. Me, I see it as just plain hate.

This isn’t the first time the main event’s clear winner was booed the whole match. As I mentioned in my previous post, the other guy was John Cena at WM 29. This despite The Rock extending an olive branch after the match. Of course, in that case the hate was legit: The match was booked the RAW after WM28. A mistake WWE will not repeat. LOL.

You look around the internet today and all you see is negative reactions to Reigns winning the WWE Championship and WM32 in general. It’s a constant reminder of why I decided to take over this blog last year. Filter out the crap and draw your own conclusions. Everyone has an opinion and thinks theirs is the only one that should matter.

To those who get off bashing WWE, you’re wasting your time. FInd something more productive to do with your time like watching paint dry.

On second thought, let’s revisit the Roman Reigns hate

The WM32 card’s almost a carbon copy of WM31’s now

…Minus Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan.

I’m even having second thoughts on weather I should bother watching at all–I already know Roman Reigns is booked to win the WWE Title.It’s just about seeing how the match ends and what happens immediately afterward.

Vince prettymuch turning the Shane vs. ‘Taker Hell in a Cell Match into a Retirement Match was predictable and killed the hype I had for it at the same time. Turning it into a retirement match for ‘Taker was overkill and not necessary.

The boys and girls over at Gamefaqs’ WWE Board called it right: Vince suddenly returning after being offscreen for almost 4 years was for WM32. We just didn’t know what role he would play…until Shane returned. Reigns’ feud with Triple H turned out to be a Red Herring–he was really brought back to make the ‘Taker vs. Shane WM match.

That said, I now agree with those who’ve said from the beginning this was terrible booking. I waited to see how the match would be promo’d before I drew any conclusions, This latest move was an obvious marketing effort to get new WWE Network Subscriptions and on that note, I re-subbed for WM32 last week. I get they needed to find an opponent for both Shane and ‘Taker for WM32 but each other? It’s a one-sided mismatch ‘Taker won’t cleanly lose.

A look at some of his recently workout videos are a good indication of why: The guy’s pushing 60 and he can lift 1000 lbs. The footage of Shane’s insane training is impressive but vs. ‘Taker, it won’t be enough as ‘Taker said to him last week. It’s all about who’s been booked to win. I’ll be fine with the popular wish for Shane to win but the match itself was unnecessary.

Given the more likely opponents for ‘Taker–D-Bry or Sting–were off the table due to career-ending neck injuries, they had to find SOMEONE. Renewing the Brothers of Destruction vs. Wyatt Family feud would have been much better booking in my opinion. As for Shane, having him face Sheamus or The Miz would’ve made Shane look credible even with the same stipulations placed on the ‘Taker/Shane match. While it is true The League of Nations is booked to fight The New Day at WM, taking one away would still make it a 3 on 3 match.

 

Speaking of, here’s where the headline for this article comes into play: As we all know, there was a ladder match for the IC Title at WM31. That match involved King Barrett (title holder), D-Bry (who won the match), Ambrose, R-Truth, Luke Harper, Dolph Zliggler and Stardust.

If those last two names sound familiar, they should: Ziggler and Stardust were both involved in what turned out to be D-Bry’s final Wrestlemania match. If KO doesn’t retain, I’m sure Ziggler or Sami Zahn will win, If not one of them then The Miz. I’ll have to check but I think this might be Zack Ryder and Sin Carra’s first WM appearances. Pretty impressive if it is.

This may be for the Divas Championship–and on that note, I expect the title to change hands–but it certainly won’t be the only Divas match on the card. It’s obvious Lana vs. Brie Bella is being set up. Possibly even a third match involving Paige and Natalya vs. Naomi and Tamina during the pre-show.

Speaking of the Pre Show–

…The USOs vs. The Dudley Boyz.

Making the Dudleys heels for this match was a pretty bold but predictable move. It could be made even more interesting if it becomes a Table Match.

…Let’s be honest, we know it’s gonna happen. It just hasn’t been announced yet.

AJ Styles is so over with the WWE universe. Folks will just need to be patient for a little bit longer but AJ will definitely be put in the hunt for the WWE Championship. Just not anytime soon.

…Besides, Orton and Cena are both expected to return shortly after Wrestlemania.

I predict Cena getting one, maybe two more title runs. Whoever isn’t placed in the title picture shortly after their return will be used to make Reigns’ title run look credible. The other will be used to help other other superstars.

We know Cena’s a company guy and after the last year and a half it’s obvious WWE’doesn’t want him to hold the title for a least a little while longer. That means Orton will be working with Reigns while Cena joins The Big Show by working with the midcards who need a little more help getting over.

…Whew. Somewhere along the way this post lost its way XD

At some point I’ll put a few lists together. After all, WWE’s got all of the right pieces it needs to bring in new fans and more revenue through Merchandise and WWE Network. It’s all about how said pieces are used.

 

The WM32 card’s almost a carbon copy of WM31’s now

Summer Slam 2015 Results

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Here are the results for the WWE’s second-biggest event after Wrestlemania. As a reminder, this year’s Summer Slam was four hours long.

  • Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart opened the show with a promo alongside WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley. Stewart was announced as the host for Summer Slam last week.
  • Seamus def. Randy Orton: For the second time in six months, Randy Orton would face off against the Money in the Bank holder the same night the WWE Title is being defended. Before the match started, Seamus finally responded to the house crowd after hearing “You look stupid!” ever since he came back as a Heel the RAW after Wrestlemania 31 with some choice words of his own. In the end, two quick Brogue Kicks put Orton down for the 3-count. As I mentioned at the top, the last time Orton faced a Money in the Bank contract holder–Seth Rollins–that person would go on to successfully cash in the same night…
  • The New Day wins Tag Team Fatal Four Way Match to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions: Titus O’Neil cleaned the ring once he was finally tagged in but it was the numbers game that ultimately favored The New Day, who picked up the win to become 2-time tag team champions. Given The Usos are due to return to in-ring action soon, things are gonna get interesting.
  • After the match and a brief commercial, Jon Stewart did a promo with Neville and Arrow star Steven Amell. As Stewart was talking about his fear of interviewing The Deadman, the lights dimmed and The Undertaker walked by in the foreground followed by white smoke.
  • The next match was then announced: Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev! Last week’s RAW and Smackdown involving the two as well as Lana and Summer Rae.
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev ends in No Contest: The match spilled to ringside due to Lana and Summer Rae getting into it distracting Rusev. As Lawler and Cole said, the feud is certainly far from over.
  • The next match was then announced: Steve Amell and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett.
  • Steven Amell and Neville def. Stardust and King Barrett: In a match made in Hollywood, this ended up being a good matchup. By that I mean unlike most celebrity matches, Amell wasn’t carried by his partner or opponents. King Barrett and Stardust took it to him but Amell hung in. his dive off the top rope drew huge pops from the crowd. Neville hit the Red Arrow to pick up the win. Will this be a one-time thing for The Green Arrow? Only time will tell!
  • Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. The Miz and The Big Show: Right off the bat, The Miz made his game plan clear: Pin whoever’s down for the easy win. Unfortunately for him, Ryback was smarter and picked up the win to retain the Intercontinental Championship.
  • Backstage, Jon Stewart went to Brock Lesnar’s locker room and ran into Paul Heyman. Clearly relieved The Beast wasn’t the one who came out, the two got into some bander but as usual, Heyman got the last word in–at Stewart’s expense.
  • Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns Def. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper: I knew the match was gonna be crazy but that finish was awesome. Both teams pulled out all the stops and tore it up in and outside the ring. For a moment, I thought Ambrose was gonna do a heel turn at the end when he tagged Reigns in to close out the match. Fortunately that didn’t happen. LOL. Much to my surprise, Eric Rowan didn’t make a surprise appearance like I predicted he would.
  • The second-biggest match of the night was then announced: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a winner-take-all title for title match. I switched to my computer to watch the rest of Summer Slam since I have a more stable connection vs. my PS3 and Xbox 360 (my TV Set is further away from the router).
  • WWE Champion Seth Rollins def. U.S. Champion John Cena to win U.S. Title: With a little help from his old rival Jon Stewart, Seth Rollins defeated John Cena to become the first Superstar to hold both the U.S. Championship and the WWE Championship. Being honest, I was expecting him to win. As usual, Cena came out to the “John Cena Sucks!” chant in cadence to his entrance music while Seth Rollins was cheered despite being a heel. That said, as a reminder Heels are not supposed to win cleanly. Stewart helping him was a nice swerve. In winning, Rollins also denied Cena from tying Ric Flair for being the 16-time WWE Champion. While I’m sure Cena will break the record before he retires, it wasn’t going to be tonight. It also looks like Seamus decided not to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight either.
  • During the break to the WWE Panel, the house crowd can be heard cheering “Thank you, Stewart!” in the background. The Divas match was then announced.
  • Team P.C.B. def. Team Bella and Team B.A.D. in Triple Threat Elimination Divas Match: The Divas’ Division continues to impress. While the outcome was a bit predictable, the NXT Imports continue to impress. Sasha Banks was clearly still hurting after dropping the Divas NXT Championship the night before as Team B.A.D.–that stands for Beautiful And Dangerous–was the first to be eliminated (That’s the team of Naomi, Tamina and Sasha). Team Bella and Team P.C.B. (Paige, Charlotte and Becky) fought with everything they had but in the end, Team P.C.B. emerged victorious. As JBL and Cole said after the match, Nkki Bella dropping the belt is now feels more realistic.
  • During the commercial break, The Terminator was announced as a Playable Character in WWE2K16: Free if you preorder, presumably paid later on. I plan on buying it for the Xbox 360 so…yeah.
  • Kevin Owens def. Cesaro: After failing to regain the NXT Championship the night before in a Ladder Match against Flynn Balor, who beat him for the title on July 4th, it was obvious Owens was looking to vent some pent-up frustration and unfortunately for Cesaro, it was him. Both superstars threw everything they had at each other but in the end, Owens withstood everything The Swiss Superman threw at him to pick up the win.
  • The OTHER main event dubbed “Too Big For Wrestlemania” was then announced: Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker in the rematch 16 months in the making.
  • The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar ends in a Tie;The Undertaker officially wins by Submission but Brock Lesnar wins by Submission: No, really. Up to the finish, the match could have gone either way. Holy shit, these two came in prepared to fight to the death. And they probably would have. Lesnar got busted open early on but got payback when he F-5’ed The Deadman through the French announce table. ‘Taker barely made it back into the ring to beat getting counted out. The Suplex Count was 6 before the match came to its controversial ending which will certainly be revisited tomorrow night on RAW: As was revealed via instant replay, The Undertaker tapped out to the Komoura Lock, which the Time Keeper saw and rung the bell. The problem is the referee didn’t see ‘Taker tap so while Lesnar DID win by submission, officially it didn’t count so the match continued. Moments later, ‘Taker locked The Beast into Hell’s Gate. In a final act of defiance before he passed out, Lesnar gave The Deadman the bird. The Undertaker was then officially delcared the winner.
  • After ‘Taker went backstage, referee saw the replay for the first time. The “Ayyyyyy my bad, Brock!” look on his face was priceless. An irare Heyman furiously rang the bell, declaring Lesnar the rightful winner. While he IS right about that, officially The Undertaker won the match. LOL.

…Overall, I give Summer Slam 2015 a 9/10. If Rollins won cleanly I’d have given it a 10/10. It’s not like he needed the assist >.>;

Fallout from the Summer Slam finale will be the main focus come tomorrow followed by the Cena/Rollins match. It’s a definite must-watch!

…There is an interesting poll on the page for the next Pay Per View Event, Night of Champions (Sunday, September 20): Which retired title should WWE bring back. Unsurprisingly, the Hardcore Title has a resounding 53% lead followed by the European Title at 21%. The momentum is definitely there for one of the retired belts to be brought back and I think it will be one of the main focal points of the upcoming Pay Per View event in four weeks.

Almost forgot: Sting was booked to appear at Summer Slam but I didn’t see him on screen. If he was there, he likely stayed backstage. We may see him on RAW tomorrow, though.

 

Summer Slam 2015 Results

D-Bry Retires from the ring due to Injury

Just 2 months ago, Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 31 in a Ladder Match.Last night on RAW, injury forced him to relinquish the title and retire from in-ring action.

While his bowing out was expected at this point, it’s still a huge loss for the WWE Universe. He is also second high-profile WWE Superstar in 6 years–the last  of course being Edge–forced to hang up his tights due to injury. This will not be the last you’ll se him, though: D-Bry was one of the Trainers announced during RAW for the relaunch of the TV series Tough Enough. No doubt WWE wants to keep him around to help promote the new show.

As for the rest of the roster, Triple H has everything under control. Damien Sandow, Naomi, Tamina Snuka (recently returned after being out for months due to shoulder surgery), The Prime Time Players (who recently got back together), Neville, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose and even Curtis Axel have all been getting alot of airtime. As Triple H promised, Divas Matches are no longer 5-minute matches. The Tag Team Division is getting competative now that Eric Rowan and Luke Harper have teamed up again and The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) defend the Tag Team Titles using the  Freebird Rule.

Speaking of which, The New Day are the first 3-man team since The Freebirds to hold the Tag Team Titles. Under Freebird Rules, ALL of them are the Tag Team Champions. That means they can decide which of them will be involved in title matches. While I’m sure Kofi and Big E will take point as the vets, once Xavier gets more confident I’m sure he’ll get involved as well. It also helps The New Day are Heels as well so…yeah.

The collapse of The Authority is more or less a done deal: Triple H and Stephanie haven’t appeared much since Wrestlemania. Based on what Triple H said last night on RAW–by the way he’s Face now–he’s perfectly fine with that. I predict Seth Rollins drops the WWE Title at Payback. Shouldn’t be hard given he’s in a fatal four-way match with Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Yes, all three former members of The Shield are involved in the same match for the WWE Title. J&J Security look like they’re ready to ditch Seth Rollins at the drop of a hat.

As for Kane–who by the way, is Face for the first time since going corporate–I expect him to explode at Payback. His beef with the WWE Champ makes it obvious he’s done playing nice and is ready to put the mask back on. And this time, not even Steph and Junter will be able to stop him.

Oh! Before I forget: Lana’s turned Face! Lana’s been getting huge pops from the house crowd since Extreme Rules much to the Chagrin of Rusev. Lana is scheduled to leave for a month to shoot a movie with WWE Studios though it’s doubtful she will be in his corner when she returns. Now that she’s a Face I can FINALLY say Google “CJ Perry”. It will answer alot of questions about her pre-WWE days. She is American but is fluent in Russian–as is Rusev.

Rusev’s entrance at Wrestlemania is easily his biggest moment since he arrived on the scene last year:

 

 

D-Bry Retires from the ring due to Injury