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SummerSlam Preview

LIVE tonight on the WWE Network and PPV it’s SummerSlam aka the Biggest Fight of the Summer. Nine Matches, Three Championship Bouts and surprisingly NO tag team contests. Let’s run down the card.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman 

The build up for this match has been more “big fight” than your traditional WWE pay-per-view main event, with both men not touching each other in the lead-up to the match. John Cena retained the WWE Championship in his first title defense at Battleground against Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, & Kane. The next night on Raw, after Dean Ambrose chased “Option B” Seth Rollins from the arena, “Option C” was enacted as Triple H selected the Beast Incarnate to challenge Cena at SummerSlam.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins the WWE World Heavweight Championship and ushers in an interesting conundrum for the WWE Championship.

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho- Luke Harper & Eric Rowan banned from ringside

This is a rematch from Battleground, with Chris Jericho taking a surprising victory in the first match. Strangely, the buildup for the second go around has been built around Jericho making sure Wyatt’s family members were banned from ringside. If Jericho got the victory WITH Rowan and Harper at ringside, why should he have an issue now that they’re banned? That complaint aside I’m expecting another great matchup between the two.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt should go over here, IMO. Two back-to-back losses to Jericho after the Cena feud would kill him dead.

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WWE Main Event Preview 7/15/14

After scoring a surprise win over Sheamus last night on Raw, the Miz gets another opportunity to humiliate the U.S. Champion. Despite his new(?) Hollywood persona, the Miz’s return to WWE wasn’t going so well after getting shown up by both Chris Jericho and the Wyatt Family during his grand return. However, Miz got some of that juice back scoring a big pinfall over the Celtic Warrior yesterday.

Both the Miz and Sheamus are participants in the IC Title battle royal this weekend at WWE Battleground. A win tonight would go a long way in securing the victor some momentum for that title upcoming title shot.

Official Notes:
United States Champion Sheamus vs. the Miz (non-title match)
Crown Complex, Fayetteville, NC
Airs LIVE on the WWE Network, 8pm EST (7 Central)

The Day After: Raw 7/14/14


There’s a lot to love about this picture.

Last night’s Raw was largely uneventful when it comes to story development, just days away from WWE Battleground that’s to be expected with the card pretty much being locked for the last few weeks, but it wasn’t without its moments.

“Is that all you got?!”

The show opened with a in-ring confrontation between Champion John Cena and Roman Reigns hyping the fatal four way title match at Battleground and tonight’s six-man main event match. Dean Ambrose soon interrupted their “prettiest girl at the dance” argument to try to defuse tensions and put their focus on fighting the Authority rather than each other. Crazy man Dean Ambrose diffusing tensions, you got that right. Unfortunately for Dean shortly after he was surrounded by the Authority backstage and beat the lunatic fringe down, sending him to a local medical facility. All while Reigns and Cena stood around like a couple of goons not helping. Thanks guys.

Dean asking the Authority, “Is that all you got?” had me legit popping in my living room, like the Richmond crowd. With Bryan on the shelf, Ambrose is filling the every-man hero slot with flying colors. While Roman is being pushed the most, Ambrose continues to make a great accounting for himself. While I thought it was lame initially, I understand why they didn’t have him show up again during the main event in retrospect. The roof might have blown off the Richmond Coliseum if Ambrose commandeered an Ambulance and returned to the arena to attack the Authority. It sounds amazing but it overshadows your PPV main event.

With Ambrose out of the picture the main event became a 3 on 2 handicap match that ultimately turned into an extended preview of Sunday’s title match. After dispatching and seemingly injuring Seth Rollins’ knee (more on this in a bit), Reigns was set to end Orton and claim victory before Kane broke things up and things degenerated into a disqualification and partners attacking partners– Reigns spearing Cena & Orton RKOing Kane. By the time the copyright hit, Roman Reigns was standing tall once again as his big push continues leading you to wonder could Plan C end up with Reigns as champion?

Plan B of course is Seth Rollins’ Money In The Bank cash-in, but Seth Rollins appeared to injure his knee. Luckily news is coming out this morning that Rollins is fine and the injury, served to keep Rollins out of the picture at the end of Raw as the Fatal Four traded finishers to hype their match. I’m hoping it will also play into Sunday’s Battleground show. Not only could Rollins feigning injury to get out of facing Ambrose have some mileage, but it also throws a wrench into Triple H’s plans necessitating…Plan C.

Paul Heyman dropped the bombshell during a backstage segment with the Authority that if Plan A and B don’t work, come talk to him about Plan C. Plan C? Presumably…Brock Lesnar. Rollins’ “injury” real or worked gives Hunter justification to work with a former enemy again. The Pain could be returning Sunday. Put your pants on high alert.

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The Day After: Raw 6/30/14

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Did you skip Raw last night out of some misguided protest of John Cena winning his 15th world title?  If so, you missed one hell of a show.  The WWE writers took their Limitless pills sometime on Monday morning.

First of all – Dean Ambrose.  Holy hell, here’s a guy on the cusp of being something special.  He elicits such a genuine response from the crowd whenever he appears on-screen.  The former United States Champion appeared on the Titantron early in the show to let Seth Rollins know that his MITB briefcase contained not a contract, but TNT; whenever the Authority’s… “Chosen One” would attempt to cash it in, Ambrose would be there to thwart the effort.  Foreshadowing.

Rewind to the show’s beginning, which kicked off with the Champ telling the Authority that he preferred the “hard way” rather than being “in their pocket” like Orton, Kane, and Rollins.  Trips then announced that Cena would defend his title at Battleground in a Fatal Fourway against Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns.  The faces would team against the heels in tonight’s main event.

The show’s grand finale was a great match, with the wrestlers seemingly fired-up by a crowd that had been hot all night.  One of the main purposes of the match served to continue Reigns’ elevation to main-event status.   Battleground will be his second consecutive show-closing match as a pay-per-view star.   At Money In The Bank, it was in an eight-man match.  Now, it will be a four-man match.  He may not be ready to carry the show in a one-on-one capacity quite yet, but the end of Raw last night (keep reading…) showed that day is in the not-too-distant future.

The match’s ending was a means to an end.  Kane hit Cena with a chair to cause a DQ as Orton and Reigns brawled to the back.  The Demon tombstoned the Champ, at which point Hunter waved out Rollins to cash-in.  The crowd popped, eager to see the special moment.  However, the BIG pop came when Ambrose hit the ring and attacked Rollins, fulfilling his promise to blow-up the Architect’s spot.  Crescendo… Kane raises a chair to hit Cena again, but was met with a Spear by Reigns.  Roman let out his battle cry, and stared down Triple H from only a few feet away.  For the first time that I can remember, the crowd chanted “This is Awesome!” as Raw faded to black.

Subtle note: Reigns sprinted back towards the ring.  Orton did not.  Do the math on who won the brawl.

Further – For those keeping score at home, the true stars of last night’s main event were Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins.  Cena may have the belts, but he does not own the spotlight.

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Who will take the final spots in the Money in the Bank Championship Match?


Money. Money, Money, Money, Money! It’s all about the MON-AY!

With the “blockbuster” announcement of the vacating of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Monday on Raw, the Money in the Bank ladder match has taken on an increased importance this year and the field of contenders for the championship is taking shape.

Already qualified for June 29th’s Money in the Bank match for the Vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship in Boston:  Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, United States Champion Sheamus, & Cesaro. This Friday on Smackdown Bray Wyatt & Dean Ambrose will tussle for the 5th spot in the bout leaving only two spots in the match left, if WWE’s own match graphic shown on Raw is to be believed.

While, it doesn’t take a genius to surmise that with a match of this profile John Cena won’t be far behind, but forecasting who will fill the final spot this Monday on Raw from Cleveland is a bit trickier. Let’s examine the candidates.

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