Archive for June, 2014

Monday Night Raw Preview 6/30/14

What a wild night at Money in the Bank! Lots of questions and wait-and-sees following yesterday’s action, so you KNOW Raw will be packed to the gills with hot action and breathtaking developments. Hartford, CT is where it all goes down LIVE! Some pre-show notes to get you in the mood (Money in the Bank spoilers below):

  • Order Has Been Restored: John Cena has now claimed his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship! The end of Money in the Bank teased a Cena vs. the Authority angle, though tonight we will find out tonight just what the Authority thinks of Cena as champ. Randy Orton is probably going to stake a claim to the belt, but it remains to be seen if any of the other six men from last night’s title match will do the same.
  • Big Bad Red Machine: The Authority’s Favorite Demon Kane not only played a huge role in the two headlining matches last night, but looked great doing it. Kane completely swung the outcome of the MITB match and dominated long stretches of the title fight. With Kane’s presence growing, it remains to be seen just how long Kane is happy merely assisting guys like Orton and Seth Rollins instead of getting some of the glory for himself.
  • New Directions: With the Rhodes brothers and Rusev getting dominant wins for the second time against the same opponents last night, perhaps tonight they get new angles for the lead up to WWE Battleground. Same goes for Paige. Now that’s she beaten both Funkadactyls, it might be time to let Cameron and Naomi’s feud play itself out away from the Divas title picture. Perhaps Summer Rae’s loss to Layla will free her up to focus on the pink gold.
  • Mr. Money in the Bank: Seth Rollins was just catapulted into the main event scene and he’s dragging Dean Ambrose with him! With Roman Reigns having been camped out there for the past several weeks, all three members of the Shield have successfully transitioned from stable life to the spotlight.

That’s it — enjoy the MITB fallout tonight and be sure to check back here at CDW for the “Day After” report and all your wrestling news and analysis needs!

Money in the Bank: the Day After

source: WWE.com

In case you hadn’t heard, last night was Money in the Bank! Naturally, we at CDW have a few thoughts on what transpired. Don’t care and just want results? Hit the jump for the quick list of all the MITB winners. MITB spoilers below:

1. WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Winner: John Cena

Cena somehow defied the odds AGAIN and won his 15th world championship. While in some ways this feels like a return to the status quo, there are always compelling reasons for Cena to win the title, kayfabe or otherwise.

Despite what his t-shirts say, Cena is kayfabe the greatest wrestler in WWE today and thus should be the favorite to win any match. He’s won the most titles and had the biggest moments out of anyone on WWE’s active roster. Breaking the fourth wall, WWE had a very public financial meltdown and it’s two other most bankable stars are out of commission for the foreseeable future. The absence of Daniel Bryan in particular has thrown a major wrench into WWE’s storytelling plans and without a totally viable alternative, the belts reverted back to Cena.

The story should hold until SummerSlam when (if the promo materials are to be believed), Cena will defend the straps against a returning Brock Lesnar, who as you may or may not know, ended the Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania XXX.

MITB ended with Cena defiantly hoisting the two title belts in the face of a visibly upset Authority. This is the only potential problem with a Cena title reign. If WWE tries to run the Current Champ vs. Authority storyline with Cena, suspension of disbelief will need to be at an all-time high for it to work. Realistically (since this is the “reality era” and all), there is no reason for the Authority to prefer anyone other than Cena to be WWE champion/face of the company. He represents the company well in the public eye, sells a ton of merchandise, has crossover appeal, and yeah, he can go a little in the ring. Plus, there’s the fact that he IS the face of the company. In real life. The elephant in the room during the entire Randy Orton-Bryan “face of the company” feud is that everyone knows who the real face of WWE is, and it’s neither Orton nor Bryan.

The other big question is what’s next for Roman Reigns? Prior to MITB, signs were pointing to a Reigns-Triple H match at SummerSlam. There’s still time to get there, but with the belts on Cena (another babyface), and Cena seemingly taking control of the feud with the Authority, that leaves Reigns without a clear direction, unless he wants to replace the Usos as Cena’s muscle.

2. Traditional MITB Match
Winner: Seth Rollins

With Bad News Barrett sidelined due to a shoulder injury, it’s no surprise that Seth Rollins (who was billed as the star of the match anyhow) took home the briefcase.

The biggest takeaway from this match is that Dean Ambrose is a star. Dean got monster pops when returning from mid-match injury, beating down Seth Rollins, and nearly winning the match.

Though having Kane run interference to get Rollins the win was a controversial finish, it protected Ambrose, gave him a legitimate claim to Rollins’ briefcase, and ensured that as Rollins ascends to main event status, Ambrose will be right there, hounding him every step of the way. It’s interesting to note that all three members of the Shield have now landed in the main event picture as individual entities. So far, early returns on the Shield breakup are good.

3. Tag Team Title Match
Winner: The Usos

As hot as a curtain-jerker can get, these four guys work great together. The timing felt right for the Wyatt Family to win some gold, but with the emergence of Erik Rowan and Luke Harper as distinct individuals, it’s easy to argue that the Usos need the titles to remain relevant more than the Wyatt Family, as Harper and Rowan represent an intriguing unknown.

Luke Harper continues to be a not-so-secret top wrestler in the company, and don’t think WWE had Rowan take the pin for no reason. Harper is being protected and slowly groomed for BIG things.

Hit the jump for thoughts on the undercard and a quick rundown of the night’s winners! Continue reading →

The Morning Roundup 6/30/14

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What a night. If you didn’t see MITB last night, you’re missing out. Stayed tuned later today for our reactions in The Day After.

JR’s Talks MITB, Ross Report, and Stone Cold – JRsBarBQ.com

The usual blog, this time with MITB predictions. I don’t know about you, but I love going back and seeing everyone’s predictions and who got what right and wrong.

WWE Storylines – SEScoops

If you’re like me, you lie awake at night wondering what ever happened with certain storylines. Well here’s a list of 9 of them that went by the wayside far before they should have. Or in some cases, far too late.

Orton’s Head Wound – LordsofPain

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, The Viper sustained a pretty big laceration to the top of his head last night. It was pretty nasty. Doctors give the rundown of what exactly happened, and what they did to fix up Mr. Orton. If you haven’t seen it yet, and you don’t have a sensitive stomach, the pics can be viewed here.

WWE Smackdown! Preview 6/27/14

If you couldn’t tell we at CDW (along with the rest of the WWE universe) are absolutely JAKKED for Money in the Bank. Of course before we get to the big show, there’s just a little matter of Friday Night SmackDown! Tonight’s episode is coming to you live on tape from Pittsburgh, PA and features some great matchups between ladder match competitors.

The announced card:

1. Kane vs. Roman Reigns

The Roman Reigns vs. the Authority storyline continues, and somehow Seth Rollins and Reigns STILL aren’t crossing paths. Does Reigns not know the Rollins is Triple H’s hand-picked successor to the throne? Maybe Rollins concussed him with one of those chair shots, and the only thing Reigns remembers that he hates the H-Orton-Batista version of Evolution and nothing else from the past three months.

Remember when Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins squashed Kane and the New Age Outlaws at Wrestlemania XXX? Kane was way more believable in that role than as a contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

2. Dean Ambrose vs. Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett (non-title match)

Bad News Barrett put on an absolute classic IC title match with Dolph Ziggler on Monday and his first-ever one-on-one match against Dean Ambrose should be another epic bout. A great thing about a guy like Dean Ambrose turning face is that he gets to match up with a new set of wrestlers (like BNB), creating a plethora of fresh matchups.

3. Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus

Two big guys colliding — that’s what SmackDown is all about! Expect a brutal hoss-a-thon between these two title match participants, creating even more animosity for Sunday’s match at MITB.

4. Dolph Ziggler & Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto del Rio & Cesaro
5. Divas Champion Paige vs. Cameron (non-title match)
6. Rusev vs. Sin Cara

Money in the Bank Preview

Money in the Bank is only two days away! Always action-packed, this year’s edition should be no different, as there are still two ladder matches, only in addition to a traditional MITB match, the other is for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! It’ all going down in Boston, MA, so let’s break it down match-by-match:

1. Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Participants: John Cena, Cesaro, Alberto del Rio, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt

This was discussed some yesterday here on CDW, but this match could go any number of ways. Six of the eights wrestlers in the match have a legitimate shot at winning the title, depending on the direction WWE wants to go with the belts. If WWE feels it needs a tried-and-true titleholder, Cena, Kane, and Orton are the likely candidates; however, if the time is right for a fresh new face at the top of the card, then suddenly Cesaro, Reigns, and Wyatt become the favorites (sorry ADR and Sheamus).

Prediction: With Daniel Bryan’s status in flux and the WWE’s bottom line suffering, the John Cena security blanket reemerges and the Champ is Here Again. Expect Triple H to interfere, costing Reigns the title and setting up a Triple H-Roman Reigns program to culminate at SummerSlam. Also, a  major shakeup within the ranks of the Authority is looking likely, as Randy Orton and Kane will be in direct competition.

2. Traditional MITB Match
Participants: Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett (?), Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins, Jack Swagger, Rob Van Dam, Dolph Ziggler

With this match built around Seth Rollins, expect him and Dean Ambrose to be the stars of the bout. The makeup of this match is fluid at the moment, as Bad News Barrett injured his shoulder earlier this week. His status for the MITB match is doubtful. It remains to be seen if he will be replaced in the match, compete in a limited role, or the match will roll on with only six competitors.

Curious wrinkle: Seth Rollins begging Triple H to put Dean Ambrose in the MITB match. One possibility is a turn from either Deam Ambrose or Seth Rollins, though either is equally likely. If Roman Reigns wins the title, the Shield could reunite and protect the title with either Ambrose or Rollins holding the briefcase or Ambrose could win the briefcase and cash-in on former ally Reigns. Either way, expecting major movement from the former Shield members.

Prediction: Prior to Barrett’s injury, it looked like BNB was primed to take advantage of the two favorites (Rollins and Ambrose) canceling each other out and win the contract. With Barrett likely out on Sunday, expect Rollins to walk away with the guaranteed title shot.

3. WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Champions: the Usos
Challengers: the Wyatt Family

Clearly the top two tag teams in the WWE today, the Usos and the Wyatt Family have seemingly been at each others’ throats forever. As a reward for their constant toiling, Erik Rowan and Luke Harper have finally earned their first crack at the tag team gold (copper?).

Prediction: Rowan and Harper have been given some separation from their leader Bray Wyatt, getting their own entrance music and more mic time for Luke Harper. It feels like Bray’s minions are about to get their moment out in front. The Wyatt Family wins.

Hit the jump for the undercard and a look at the pre-show! Continue reading →

 
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