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The Day After: WWE TLC 2015

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A red-hot post main event beat down and tremendous opening tag title match highlighted last night’s TLC extravaganza from Boston.  Let’s run down the results.

TLC Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus defeated Roman Reigns with the help of the League of Nations

Despite the frustrating viewing experience of the live crowd trying to crap all over a main event they paid to see live with pointless chants, I really enjoyed this match.  What worked best about this is it followed a recent trend in WWE ladder and TLC matches I really dig: beating the hell out of each other, then go get the belt.  I always hated the silly race up the ladder dynamics that some ladder matches would have in the past and Reigns and Sheamus did a good job using the plunder at their disposal to incapacitate their opponent before even attempting to grab the belt.

Late in the match after knocking Sheamus off the Ladder with a Superman punch, Reigns seemed poised to win when Rusev & Del Rio stormed the ring giving Sheamus a second opportunity.  Reigns was able to escape but ultimately fell to a Brogue Kick that sent him to the outside and Sheamus up the ladder to victory.

After the match… Roman Reigns snapped.  Spearing the League of Nations duo, with Sheamus on their shoulders, and then decimating the three with vicious chair shots.  An army of referees and the Authority unsuccessfully tried to rescue the WWE Champion, which further enraged the defeated challenger, nailing the Celtic Warrior again with the chair before turning his attention to the Game.  With Superman punches, chair shots, a powerbomb, and a final goodbye spear, Roman Reigns unleashed the frustration of being screwed out of the WWE Championship twice in two months and had the snarky Boston crowd screaming “Thank You Roman” to close the show.

While I’m sure tonight’s RAW crowd in Philly will still crap all over Reigns this was a perfect scenario to get him way over with the majority of the fanbase.  People have been clamoring for the intense, no-nonsense, short on words Reigns from the Shield days and finally, the evolution of that guy may be emerging.  He can handle himself in the ring, I’m done with those who can’t see that, so the next piece that has to be finalized is locking down his persona. Reigns doesn’t need to be good on the mic, cracking jokes like the Rock or grinning like John Cena vowing to try his hardest next time when he can be the silent ass kicker.  Reigns was a powder keg waiting to explode after the events of 2015, from WrestleMania to Survivor Series, this outburst was building.  Tonight was the perfect example of the version of Roman Reigns we need.

An added layer to the Reigns-HHH beatdown: you now have a storyline excuse for the Authority to possibly bar Reigns from the Royal Rumble.  With a “sure thing” removed, combined with Sheamus as champion, it adds a layer of unpredictability to who may emerge with the WrestleMania title match AND avoid the crowd reaction problems of the last two Rumbles.

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The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show 12/2/15

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And…we’re back.  Chad Dukes, Thom, and Loud Goat have returned with an all-new episode of the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show!

This week, the guys discuss Survivor Series, the League of Nations and why people aren’t happy with Sheamus as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

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The Day After: Survivor Series 2015

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, twice over, following the close of last night’s Survivor Series pay-per-view spectacular.

The 2015 Survivor Series was an overall fun show with two hot opening matches followed by a frenetic tournament ending featuring a Money in the Bank cash-in.  If I had any nits to pick, it would probably be that I wished more of the tournament was included on the pay-per-view.  While some of us bemoan the lack of elimination matches on the card every year, removing it and a few other middle card bouts and focusing the show around the title, with the outstanding quarterfinal matches from Raw moved to this show, in conjunction with the Undertaker’s anniversary could have taken it from just a decent show to home run show.  However, no matter what happens in the network era, you can’t beat the $9.99 price tag.

Let’s start with the biggest focus of the night, the big gold and jewel encrusted championship.

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WWE Night of Champions Results

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Three championships changed hands, returns were made, trombones were played, and the internet ran Xavier Woods/Hook references into the ground in record time.  All in all it was a successful Night of Champions, let’s run down the results!

World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins defeated Sting

United States Championship: John Cena defeated Seth Rollins 

I’m going to treat these two matches as one giant segment.  First up, Cena regained the US title with an Attitude Adjustment.  Very enjoyable match with Seth Rollins continuing to impress, from the rolling superplex into the second suplex to a smooth frog splash/High Fly Flow.  Cena had a great huracanrana counter to Rollins’ running powerbomb as well.  After the match Rollins decided he was too injured for his second match and tried to walk out.  Cena gave him an AA on the floor for his troubles and set the table for the Stinger.

Sting looked to be in the best shape he’s been in for some time and good thing because he endured a war with the Architect.  While not a flashy as Cena-Rollins, I may have enjoyed Sting-Rollins more.  Call it nostalgia, but even in defeat Sting put in a great performance in his first-ever WWE PPV main event.   Rollins was able to turn the tide in the match after shoving Sting through the Spanish announce table and possibly concussing the WCW legend by bouncing his head off a monitor.  Another highlight for Sting was a top-rope dive onto the champion to the outside.  After a brief referee stoppage following a corner powerbomb in which Sting collapsed, he was able to lock in the Scorpion Death Lock to a huge pop.  Rollins retained his championship after a nifty pretzling roll-up as the Icon went for the Scorpion a second time.

I’ve already seen a lot of chatter about Sting losing his two pay-per-view matches, so may be in the minority when I say I have no issues with how he went down here: fighting.  Rollins is the younger model, didn’t hit his finish, and won with a fluke roll-up.  Sting went toe to toe and back and forth with the top in-ring dog in the company.  Plus if the referee stoppage was a work, it played perfectly into the finish with Sting being a little out of it and unable to counter Rollins’ roll-up.  No shame in that in my view.

But wait, there’s more!  Sheamus then attempted to cash in his MITB briefcase nailing Rollins with a Brogue Kick.  However, before things became official, the Demon Kane returned from his ankle smashing to chokeslam both men.

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Results

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Another biggest party of the summer has come and gone and controversy reigns supreme once again, only this year it wasn’t a Money In The Bank cash-in but a disputed finish.  While Takeover set a high bar for the weekend, SummerSlam was an enjoyable card in its own right.  Of course when a non-finish occurs in a WWE main event the keyboard warriors come out of the woodwork to declare the show as “Worst SummerSlam ever.”   While the finish wasn’t perfect, for me it didn’t detract from a Lesnar-Undertaker war that was way more enjoyable than I had anticipated.

The Undertaker was awarded the match over Brock Lesnar after Lesnar passed out in the Hell’s Gate submission. 

The confusion began when the bell rang while the Undertaker was locked in Brock Lesnar’s Kimura but the referee (or the cameras) did not see Taker tapping out but the timekeeper rang the bell.  Charles Robinson restarted the match and one Taker low blow later, the Deadman slapped on Hell’s Gate and Lesnar defiantly refused to tap out.

Overall, the match was a fun physical brawl built to give Taker some of his mojo back while also protecting their $$$ draw, Brock Lesnar.  So while not a satisfying finish, it makes total sense to me.

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