The Inhuman Feat of Strength everyone is STILL talking about

…And will be talking about possibly for YEARS to come =O

The video is cued to start just before the moment Braun Strowman shocked the WWE Universe:

…The trolls who commented on this video were quick to point out the fact a shadow can be seen exiting the back of the ambulance–probably Roman Reigns–just before Braun Strowman flips the Ambulance completely over. The camera momentarily shows you the back of the now closed rear ambulance doors (which was clearly a botch as they were open moments before) and confirms no one was in the back.

By the way, that Ambulance’s weight averages 5 tons. You usually see bodybuilders pull or push a vehicle of that size and bigger in competitions but Strowman went full power and flipped it over =O

Roman Reigns’ reported “injuries” afterward are clearly a work. He’s probably going to be taking some time off. The rumors are swirling between retiring The Undertaker and putting over Strowman with this segment Reigns will (finally) Heel turn. With Ambrose as a Face and Rollins a Face, it makes too much sense not for Reigns to Heel turn when he returns now that all three former Shield members are on RAW (Presumably intentional). Ambrose is too over with the crowd to Heel turn and doesn’t need it. Neither does Rollins, who became a Face when he returned from injury last year. Reigns, on the other hand does need it since he doesn’t have the mat skills and mic skills John Cena has that allowed him to not Heel turn since his early years.

As for Strowman, he is clearly being built to feud with Lesnar. Whatever doubts the WWE Universe may have had in regards to Strowman facing Lesnar were prettymuch answered with what he did on RAW. It’s going to be one hell of a matchup =O

The Inhuman Feat of Strength everyone is STILL talking about

WWE Shake Up Part 2: RAW to Smackdown

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Here were in Part 2 of the WWE Shake Up! Today we are looking at Superstars shipped from RAW to Smackdown.

  • Byron Saxton (Commentator)
  • U.S. Champion Kevin Owens
  • Sami Zayn
  • Primo and Epico (The Shining Stars, Tag Team)
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Tamina
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Sin Cara
  • Rusev and Lana
  • The New Day

 

…As expected, KO and SZ are a package deal. LOL. Sami Zayn had been the subject of rumors to be going to Smackdown since the draft last year. Now that it’s official, he can be properly developed. KO was hugely successful¬† on RAW.

Right off the bat, AJ Styles was confirmed to remain on The Blue Brand. He will be involved in a triple threat match with Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn for the #1 Contender spot vs. whoever the U.S. Champion will be after Payback.

Speaking of: D-Bry came out to confirm what I assumed would be the case with the IC and U.S. titles: Dean Ambrose and KO will defend their titles at Payback, which apparently will be cross-brand. Presumably both will retain so the announcement is just to clarify things.

…Tamina joining Smackdown is AWESOME. She was a Monster Heel when she first came to WWE several years back. She was a part of the Team B.A.D. stable two years ago alongside Naomi and Sasha Banks two years ago. Tamina being back can only mean good things for the Smackdown roster. As expected, Charlotte and Alexia Bliss swapped places more or less. It was a surprise Sasha Banks was not announced given Boston is her hometown (though she lives in Los Angeles on that note LOL).

Sin Cara and Rusev were announced as joining Smackdown from RAW offcamera. Lana was not mentioned but she will be joining her husband. Lana was apparently roughed up by TSA employees at Logan Airport in Boston and this is likely why the pair did not appear in person on Smackdown. With Simon Gotch gone, it looks like WWE Creative is going to make Aiden English a solo superstar. Gotch was released by WWE last week as previously announced.

The New Day was announced as coming to Smackdown as predicted. They were announced as “Coming Soon”, presumably after Kofi Kingston returns after being injured last week.

…That’s it for this week but there is certainly the possability more swaps will be announced over the weeks leading to Payback. Only time will tell.

 

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WWE Shake Up Part 1: Smackdown to Raw

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Day 1 of the Raw/Smackdown Shakeup is on! This post highlights WWE Superstars going from Smackdown to Raw. Apollo Crews was announced as going to RAW early Monday afternoon. Calisto, Heath Slater and Rhyno (Tag Team) were announced during RAW as coming to the Red Brand.

  • Apollo Crews
  • Calisto
  • Heath Slater and Rhyno
  • The Miz
  • Maryse
  • Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose
  • Curt Hawkins
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Alexia Bliss
  • Mickey James
  • David Otunga (Commentator)

…What we don’t know yet is if any of the RAW Superstars appearing tonight will also appear on Smackdown tomorrow night. That’s certainly possible.

Dean Ambrose iS booked to defend the IC Championship at Payback vs. Baron Corbin and will likely retain so the IC title stays with him on RAW. Speaking of Ambrose, Rene Young confirmed on Talking Smack this week she and Ambrose got married in Las Vegas on Sunday. If I had to guess, they wanted to get married before the roster change was announced. Their offscreen relationship was part of the feud involving Dean Ambrose and The Miz last year.

In addition, Bray Wyatt will challenge Randy Orton to a rematch for the WWE Championship at Payback in 3 weeks. He probably won’t be involved in any RAW storylines until that match’s outcome which he will likely be booked to lose to keep the WWE Championship on Smackdown. He has taken an interst in Finn Balor on that note.

…Now that RAW is done, the Smackdown imports are mostly as expected or meant to make room for the smaller Smackdown roster. Alexia Bliss moving to RAW was teased on WWE.com so…yeah. I’m almost certain Charlotte will be on Smackdown tomorrow. The question is who else from the Women’s Division will join her? My money’s on Nia Jaxx or Sasha Banks.

Bray Wyatt, The Miz and Dean Ambrose will be huge draws. Apollo Crews, Health Slater and Rhyno could too if they’re used properly. Calisto and Hawkins were likely moved just to clear space in Smackdown.

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Bleacher Report reveals two possibly confirmed Brand Swaps

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Not even 3 days after Vince McMahon made the big announcement, Bleacher Report has reportedly confirmed two brand swaps: AJ Styles will be going to RAW while The New Day will be going to Smackdown. There is pending confirmation Charlotte Flair and Alexia Bliss will switch brands as well based recent booking involving one or both superstars.

Should they happen, all 3 brand swaps would make a whole lot of sense:

  • AJ Styles going to RAW is a no-brainer as The Club will be reformed. He had a nice, long run as the WWE Champion on Smackdown and is pretty over with the WWE Universe. With Finn Balor back from injury, Styles could be used to help him get broken in again. Or Kevin Owens. Syles, like Seth Rollins would be fine as either a Face or a Heel.
  • The New Day going to Smackdown goes without saying. Despite not really being used since they lost the Tag Team titles they’re still mega popular. They would do for The Blue Brand what John Cena is (now) doing for Smackdown and raise the profile of the show’s tag team division. RAW’s a bit overloaded between Gallows and Anderson, Sheamus and Caesaro, Enzo and Cass and now The Hardy Boys so…yeah. Now’s a good time for them to move.
  • Charlotte and Alexia swapping for each other would be huge for the brand they go to. Charlotte would raise the profile of Smackdown’s Women’s Division, which doesn’t really have a main draw aside from Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch and Naomi (current Smackdown Women’s Champion). Charlotte would be the badly needed shot in the arm Smackdown’s Women’s Division is looking for. Alexia would be great competition for Sasha Banks, Bayley and possibly Nia Jaxx. I’m assuming both stay Heels after the switch of course.

…There were rumors Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins could be moved as well. Reigns moving seems unlikely post-Wrestlemania given he may be involved with Brock Lesnar (current Universal Champion) and Braun Strowman. Rollins going to Smackdown could work, on the other hand since no one wants to see another Cena/Orton feud for the WWE Championship. Plus let’s be honest it would be real interesting seeing Rollins and fellow former Shield member Dean Ambrose (current Intercontinental Champion) paired as well.

…Of course, the obvious question is who goes the other way in exchange. Here are my picks based on just these names and others I’ve heard floating around:

  • AJ to RAW, Rollins to Smackdown
  • Charlotte and Alexia swap with each other
  • The New Day to Smackdown, Slater and Rhyno to RAW
  • Luke Harper to RAW, Mark Henry to Smackdown
  • Sami Zayn and Dolph Ziggler swap with each other
  • Carmella and James Ellesworth to RAW, Rusev and Lana to Smackdown
  • Aiden English to 205 Live
  • Shane and Stephanie McMahon swap with each other

Speaking if Aiden English: His partner Simon Gotch was released by WWE yesterday. It was presumably due to his piss-poor attitude as well as some trouble he got into with other superstars, all backstage. The Vaudvillains weren’t really used much since the brand split either so…yeah. I believe English already meets the weight requirement to be a Cruiserweight (200 lbs or less) so…yeah. It’ll be the chance for him to be rebranded and work with established talent.

On that note: There are rumors USA Network is offering WWE a slot for the Cruiserweight division, which currently airs on WWE Network. It’s nothing more than a rumor though.

Ellsworth…it’s clear WWE is trying to figure out what to do with him for the rest of his contract at this point. Sending him with Carmella to RAW could help. At the same time, bringing Rusev and Lana to Smackdown would give The Blue Brand another mixed tag team to feud with The Miz/Maryse or John Cena/Nikki Bella.

There is also the possability Shane and Stephanie will switch shows. There’d been talk bringing back the Authority Faction after the split was an unintended accident but since it got alot of attention, they ran with it. Stephanie McMahon is the Chief Branding Officer in WWE outside her on-screen role as RAW Comissioner. Sending Shane McMahon, who doesn’t have an official role outside his on-screen character to RAW will allow RAW to fully cut ties with the Authority Faction.

It would also be pretty interesting to see Shane and RAW GM Kurt Angle interact with each other. The two put on some great matches back in the day. Likewise, there are the usual rumors the real reason Stephanie’s been joining her husband in the gym more over the last year (she does regularly work out) is she is preparing to return to in-ring action. She wouldn’t mesh well against the RAW women but Smackdown’s is a different story.

Finally, I don’t see any of the current title holders moving. Not unless they’re swapped for the corresponding title holder on the other brand. For example Universal Champion Brock Lesnar swaps with WWE Champion Randy Orton. Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose (Smackdown) for U.S. Champion Kevin Owens (RAW) is certainly possible as is RAW Women’s Champion Bayley for Smackdown Women’s Champion Naomi.

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Jack Swagger released by WWE

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WWE.com broke the news this past weekend.

The news isn’t that big of a surprise given it was revealed contract negotiations suddenly went south a few weeks ago. Swagger asked to be released and presumably his request has been granted.

Swagger had a mostly lackluster career as a WWE Superstar. He did have a title run early in his career as WWE Champion. Ill-timed suspensions due to drug policy violations as well as injuries prevented him from getting too much momentum. WWE tried to give him a push most notably when Alberto Del Rio came back but that ended up falling apart when Del Rio was suspended and later released by WWE.

Initially drafted by RAW during the brand split, Swagger was sent to Smackdown to work with newer talent–specifically Baron Corbin. That ended up being a wasted move since Corbin alreadt had decient in-ring skills at the time. Swagger wasn’t used since so his getting released was prettymuch a forgone conclusion.

…We may see Swagger join the likes of Cody Rhodes, Aron Rex (aka Damien Sandow), Alberto Del Rio and Stu Bennett (aka Wade Barrett) on TNA. They might take a chance and give him a contract. Or he might do indie work. If he returns to WWE, it won’t be for a few years.

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This time, RAW and Smackdown are taking their time filling the card for Wrestlemania

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The Show of Shows is less than four weeks away and there’s been some pretty great buildups for the most part.

Here are the confirmed matches so far:

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Universal Champion Goldberg (Title Match): I doubt even WWE could have imagined 6 months ago this would be happening. A title being on the line just made this more interesting. Goldberg going in as the Universal Champion was likely set two weeks before Fastlane. That said, the title changing hands was long overdue. That said, this is going to be one hell of a match and the pressure is on to make it last more than a few minutes. The winner doesn’t matter as long as the match lasts longer than Goldberg’s last two matches did.
  • Kevin Owens vs. U.S. Champion Chris Jericho (Title Match): I’m glad KO finally dropped the belt and Jericho as not much was being done with him. He never defended the title cleanly (expected since he’s a Heel) but when Triple H stepped in last month, you knew change was (finally) coming. This match makes no sense but given the Universal Championship is now out of KO’s reach, he’ll have to wait for his opportunity to get it again.
  • Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. RAW Women’s Champion Bayley (Title Match): I get the feeling this will becoming a fatal four-way including Nia Jaxx before long. It would only make sense.
  • The Big Show vs. ????: The original plan was for the The Big Show to fight Shaquille O’Neal at Wrestlemania but according to Shaq, the match might not happen after all and it’s “out of his hands”. That usually means the problem is on WWE’s end. My guess is WWE probably wants The Big Show to put someone over at Wrestlemania. Either that or The Big Show might not be able to carry a full match at Wrestlemania.
  • Seth Rollins vs. Triple H: This is one of those feuds in which the line between Kayfabe and Reality is blurred. This match has been built since Triple H handed KO the Universal Championship 8 months ago. We won’t even known if Rollins will be healthy enough to compete at Wrestlemania until then. That’s how touch and go it is with him right now. It’s good to see they’re using the same strategy they used when Wade Barrett was recovering from a shoulder injury a few years ago and keeping Rollins visible.
  • Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker (23-1): We knew it was a done deal a few weeks ago. The match is now being built as of this week’s episode of RAW. This is a good opportunity for Reigns to Heel turn for the first time since The Shield break up, which I think this match is being built for.
  • Andre the Giant Battle Royale: We know it’s happening. That’s basically it so far. Smackdown’s Baron Corbin won the match last year.
  • Randy Orton vs. WWE Champion Bray Wyatt (Title Match): One of the three confirmed matches so far from Smackdown. Orton suddenly allying with Bray Wyatt after feuding with him was definitely strange. As everyone thought, it was all part of a bigger plan to book the two in a match for Wrestlemania only this time, it’s for the WWE Championship. Should Orton win the title, he will pass Triple H (also 12 title reigns) and be 3 wins behind Ric Flair and John Cena (tied at 16).
  • Smackdown Women’s Champion Alexia Bliss vs. All (Title Match): Shane and D-Bry announced on the latest episode of Smackdown The Wicked Witch will face “All available Female Superstars from Smackdown”. The only person who won’t be there is Naomi, who was forced to give up the title due to injury two weeks ago.
  • Baron Corbin vs. Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose (Title Match): What happens when The Unstoppable Force meets The Unmovable Object? You get one hell of a match that’s what.

…Those are the confirmed matches so far. We could see Cena and Nikki team up to face The Miz and Maryse at Wrestlemania. I think that could be a real good match if it happens. I also think we will see AJ Styles make it to Wrestlemania. We’ll know in the next two weeks who his opponent will be.Save

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More Op-Eds urge Ronda Rousey to pursue a WWE Career

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…At this point, I think it’s only a matter of time.

After losing in her redebut match in 48 seconds at UFC 207, it’s become painfully clear to everyone–most importantly Rousey herself–her MMA days are over. Her best bet is to take her talents to WWE, which she is already on very good terms with. She has said in the past she’d like to compete in the WWE several times before. It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN at this point. She is a huge WWE fan after all.

Rousey famously appeared alongside The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a promo at Wrestlemania 31. If WWE isn’t on the phone with Rousey right now, they should be. Getting Rousey would probably kill TNA and bring in more UFC fans at the same time just to watch her.

Maybe even have her introduced as a Free Agent at Wrestlemania.¬† Steph and Shane come out and introduce her. Rousey comes out, crowd goes nuts. Rousey says she came for one purpose and that was to win the Women’s Championship. The current RAW and Smackdown Women’s Champions come out to size her up. Shane speaks up saying Rousey may have signed a WWE contract but she hasn’t signed with either brand yet.

The months leading up to Summer Slam, Rousey appears on both shows. Then she’s booked in a match against both Women’s Champions. She will join the show of whichever Champion she beats. However, she will go to opposite show of whichever Champion beats her.¬† THAT would be good booking.

Make it happen, WWE!

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