Monday Night Raw Preview 3/30/15

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This preview contains MASSIVE Wrestlemania spoilers:

Wow! Like the rest of the wrestling world, we at CDW still haven’t come down off that amazing Wrestlemania high — and fortunately, we don’t have to! Tonight is the always-entertaining Raw After Wrestlemania, which means three hours of must-see TV. Live from San Jose, CA, here are the pre-Raw notes:

Mr. Money in the Bank No More: Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar, Reigns, and Randy Orton (who beat Rollins earlier last night) will likely squabble over who gets to be the first in line to take a shot at the strap. The WWE universe will be on edge, waiting to hear from Paul Heyman and Lesnar, who will be in the building tonight.

More Title Changes: Pre-Wrestlemania rumors were that WWE sought to elevate the U.S. and Intercontinental championships. Step one of that plan was completed last night, with John Cena and Daniel Bryan winning those belts, respectively. Other than Rusev and Bad News Barrett exercising their rematch clauses, its unclear who the challengers to Cena and Bryan will be. Tonight’s episode should shed some light on this situation.

Debuts and Returns: As has become tradition over the past few years, the Raw after Wrestlemania is usually the spot for high-profile debuts and surprise returns for established superstars. Sheamus is likely the biggest return of the night, but there are a wealth of potential NXT wrestlers that could get called up tonight, including Adrian Neville, Finn Balor, and Charlotte.

The Game Done Changed: After dispatching Sting and the NWO last night, Triple H (and Stephanie McMahon) got into a confrontation with the Rock and Ronda Rousey. While it’s unlikely that the Rock or Rousey become every-week players, this is a long-term development to keep an eye on. Inter-gender tag match at Wrestlemania 32?

Wyatt/Undertaker Fallout: Will the Deadman stick around for a few more matches like he did after Wrestlemania 29? Who will Bray Wyatt move on to feud with? Gotta tune in tonight to find out.

The Crowd Turns It Up to 11:  Typically the live audience for the Raw after Wrestlemania has some of the most die-hard wrestling fans on the planet. Here’s to hoping they stay hot and keep it rowdy tonight, without making it about themselves.

Enjoy the show, marks — there’s a LOT to look forward to!

The Day After: WrestleMania

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What an absolute bonkers 5 hours of WrestleMania yesterday, one of the best ever IMO.  From Luke Harper killing Dean Ambrose (only figuratively I hope) to the shocking conclusion, for a show that everyone complained about its build…it overdelivered.  Let’s get right to the results.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase MID MATCH turning Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns into Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.  Rollins went on to pin Roman Reigns and become the NEWWW World Heavyweight Champion.

Let’s start with Reigns-Lesnar.  One of the most bemoaned WrestleMania main events in history prior to the event, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were telling a great in-ring story of Reigns refusing to quit/trying not to die at the hands of the man who has rag dolled everything in his path in the last calendar year.  A violent, violent affair from the get go with Lesnar being busted open under the eye moments into the contest.  Suplex City and three F-5′s and the Samoan would not be put down, smiling through his punishment.  Finally before the moment that shocked us all, Reigns was able to rally by reversing Lesnar into the steel ring post, opening another cut on Lesnar’s head, his third of the match, and finally staggering the Beast with Superman punches and spears.  And it still wasn’t enough.

Enter Seth Rollins. Rollins changed the whole paradigm of what we think the Money in the Bank briefcase is by calling his shot when both of the potential champions were down rather than picking the corpse over after a match.  After turning in his briefcase, Rollins attempts to curb stomp, Lesnar, who reverses it into an F5, who is then speared by Reigns.  With all three men down, Seth Rollins recovered enough to nail the curb stomp on Roman Reigns to win the title.  What a sequence.

Brilliant, brilliant ending to a fantastic night that sets up so many WWE Championship main event scenarios for the next year. Orton vs. Rollins, Reigns vs. Rollins, Lesnar vs. Rollins, Lesnar vs. Reigns vs. Rollins, hell you even have the possibility of Ambrose vs. Rollins (to make up for the fact that were he not broken in half in the opening match, Ambrose surely would have tried to break up the cash-in as promised). The timing of Rollins finally cashing in…perfect.  Plus all three men come out smelling like roses, you can’t ask for more from the close of WrestleMania.

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The Morning Roundup 3/30/15

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Congratulations to the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.  Not only is Rollins the first NXT Champion to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he’s also the 3rd  former ROH World Champion to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I’ll have a rundown of an amazing WrestleMania later today.

Seth Rollins’ First Words As Champion – YouTube

On a side note, man they work fast changing the plates on the belt. I wonder if they have plates made for all the main event stars just in case creative decides to flip the belt at a moments notice. Fascinating.

Finally…Owens meets The Rock – Lords of Pain

After a legendary Twitter friendship, NXT Champion Kevin Owens finally met the Rock in person.

Tomasso Ciampa Leaving ROH – PW Torch

The Sicilian Psycho is taking his talents elsewhere, announcing on Twitter yesterday he would be wrapping up with ROH on April 4th.

 

WrestleMania Preview and CDW Staff Predictions

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It’s here, it’s here! WrestleMania Sunday. Time to run through the card and get the Chad Dukes Wrestling show & staff picks, including Dukes’ & Thommy’s picks from Wednesday Night’s WrestleMania Preview Show.

Don’t forget! WrestleMania starts at 5PM on the WWE Network with the Kickoff show & with TWO matches on this year’s kickoff I’d expect matches to start around 6PM, so you’re looking at 5 hours of WrestleMania!

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns 

In one corner, the reigning, defending, newly re-signed WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the past 223 days: Brock Lesnar.  In the other, the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, public enemy #1 of the bitter (sigh) “internet wrestling community”, and the Samoan Dreamboat, Roman Reigns.

The complexion of this match changed greatly just this past Tuesday with the announcement of Brock Lesnar’s re-signing to a multi-year deal with WWE.  Prior to that, those critical of Reigns’ readiness bemoaned the “obvious” coronation of Reigns, but now… all bets are off.

A number of finishes are now on the table.  Does the mainstream coverage of Brock Lesnar on Sports Center turn him face?  Does Reigns turn heel and join up with Heyman?  Does Lesnar retain straight up and continue his “prize-fighter” reign?  Does Reigns still prevail as the Chosen One?  Does Seth Rollins cash-in?

Whatever the eventual outcome, I think this match, and did before the re-signing, will surprise a lot of people as being a really good, big man, HOSS fight.

Predictions:

  • Dukes- Brock Lesnar, Rollins attempts to cash-in, but Lesnar leaves Santa Clara as Champion.
  • Thom- Roman Reigns, Rollins cashes in Money In The Bank.
  • Goat- Brock Lesnar then Rollins cashes in with an outside shot that Reigns interferes with the cash-in after it’s official, giving Reigns and Rollins beef over the Summer over who gets the shot at Lesnar at SummerSlam.
  • Frogman- Brock Lesnar
  • Louis Tully – Reigns takes Lesnar to the limit but ultimately Brock Lesnar retains, no Rollins shenanigans.
  • Alex Wright- Brock Lesnar
  • Richard Martel- Brock Lesnar

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WrestleMania Morning Roundup

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In celebration of WrestleMania it’s a b-b-b-bonus Morning Roundup to help get you ready for the Showcase of the Immortals. Stay tuned later today for a WrestleMania Preview!

NXT Live in San Jose – Wrestling,INC

Sounds like an amazing show in San Jose complete with Hideo Itami reclaiming his move.

ROH Supercard of Honor Results - PWTorch

Another show that sounded pretty amazing. Especially the top 5 matches.

Mysterio Denies Retirement - Bay Area HQ

There was a rumor going around that Rey Mysterio was considering retirement from wrestling after the Perro Aguayo, Jr incident. Mysterio put a rest to those rumors at the WaleMania event this weekend.

Hall of Fame Report – PW Insider

Obviously the go-to move if you missed the Hall of Fame is to catch up this afternoon on the Network, but if you can’t check out the rundown of the proceedings.

Scotty Too Hotty Miffed at HOF Snub – Lords of Pain

One of the members of Too Cool was miffed that Rikishi didn’t mention his partners in Too Cool during his Hall of Fame Speech.  A misstep to be sure.

 

 
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