Jinder Mahal defended his WWE Championship against former champion Randy Orton in his hometown and in front of his father, the Smackdown Women’s Division had the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match, and we got a new debut of talent for the SDLive roster at the WWE Network’s Money in the Bank 2017 event.
This is our review of the highs and lows of a decent event from World Wrestling Entertainment. Some controversy, two solid matches, and the establishment of legit heels in high positions highlighted this card.
With his big win at WWE Elimination Chamber, Bray Wyatt has finally become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The ongoing storyline with Randy Orton and Luke Harper has lead to a final clash between Orton and Wyatt at this year’s WrestleMania.
While many may think Orton will win the championship, it is possible that Bray Wyatt may retain at Mania. What would that mean for the character?
Jim Ross has speculated a possible face turn for Wyatt given his popularity with the fans. We’ll investigate this theory more in our commentary video.
In other pro wrestling news, legend Ivan Koloff — former WWWF Champion — passed away this past week. We take a brief look at what he meant to the business during the middle part of the 20th Century.
Over the past few years, the Royal Rumble has not been the great starting point of the year for WWE. This year looked to be much different as the outcome of the Royal Rumble match proved to be unpredictable.
Featuring Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, and even Sami Zayn as all being possible winners, it was hard to know what exactly would happen at the end of the January spectacular. In the end, we got an outcome that most fans enjoyed with one giant surprise that many did not want.
In other action, John Cena goes for his 16th World Championship as he challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, Charlotte defends the RAW Women’s Title against Bayley, Roman Reigns challenges Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship, and Neville takes on Rich Swann for the Cruiserweight Title.
Overall it was a fun show that gets major thumbs up for the matches and some of the better surprises. However, there are some questionable parts of the show we’ll also get into in our review of the event.
WWE RAW Review 9/7/15: 10 Things You Need To Know (Double Duty for Rollins)
Monday Night RAW came from Baltimore, MD on 9/7/15, starting with an extremely long and boring promo by Seth Rollins that was fortunately saved by Sting and Sheamus. Rollins is not good at giving long promos so why this continues is anyone’s guess.
In other action, Rollins had to wrestle twice in preparation for WWE Night of Champions. His first match was against Ryback in which Sting would cause him to lose the match. The second was part of the main event as Rollins teamed with The New Day to take on John Cena and The Prime Time Players.
Speaking of The New Day, they continue to evolve their gimmick, now adding a trombone to the antics of Xavier Woods. They even confronted Edge and Christian along with The Dudley Boys in a backstage comedy spot.
Charlotte informed Nikki Bella that she would attempt to stop her from becoming the longest reigning WWE Divas Champion in a match next week on the “season premiere” of WWE RAW. Sasha Banks took on Paige in an underwhelming match while Randy Orton and Sheamus wrestled in yet another battle.
The feud between the Wyatt Family and Ambrose/Reigns continued as they looked to recruit Orton for the six man tag match at Night of Champions. Rusev and Summer Rae continue their senseless, pointless storyline love rectangle with Dolph Ziggler and Lana who was not on RAW because of a broken wrist.
This show was mediocre in all respects. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was terribly good either.
The WWE Network aired WWE Extreme Rules 2015 edition which featured a main event WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton inside a steel cage, the RKO was banned (sorta) and Kane was the “gate keeper”.
In other action, Dolph Ziggler faced Sheamus in a “Kiss My Arse” match, Roman Reigns really stepped it up in his Last Man Standing Match against The Big Show, John Cena retained his United States Championship against Rusev in a Russian Chain Match and The New Day won the WWE Tag Team Championships against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.
While the tag title match and the Reigns/Big Show match were highlights, there were also some low points in the show. Bo Dallas and Ryback had a confusing encounter and the Divas Title Match between Nikki Bella (c) and Naomi left you wondering who was the face and who was the heel.
Also, during the pre-show, Daniel Bryan was announced to not be able to perform due to injury. Speculation about his future is running rampant. However, Bad News Barrett took on Adrian Neville instead in a great opening match for the Extreme Rules 2015 Pre Show.
A decent show, not fantastic or nearly as gratifying as the 2014 edition, but WWE Extreme Rules was a good night of sports entertainment and professional wrestling.
Coming up this weekend is WWE Extreme Rules, the pay per view/special event that is littered with gimmick matches.
Our predictions show covers all the matches on the card and even some commentary.
We cover the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Seth Rollins (c) and Randy Orton where the RKO is banned, John Cena (c) vs. Rusev for the United States Championship in a Russian Chain Match, Daniel Bryan (c) possibly defending his IC Title against former champion Bad News Barrett, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against The New Day, Nikki Bella defending the WWE Divas Title against a recently turned heel Naomi.
Other matches include Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Kiss My Arse Match (yes, you read that right), Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight, and The Big Show vs. Roman Reigns.
While the card is okay on paper, we fully expect the best matches to be between Harper and Ambrose, Orton and Rollins and the Tag Team Championship match. All of those have potential to steal the show. Also, we fully expect a “break the chain” spot in the Cena/Rusev match.
Last years WWE Extreme Rules in 2014 was a surprisingly great show. While this years may not live up to that, it has the potential to be a quality night of pro wrestling.
WWE RAW Review 4/20/15: 10 Things You Need to Know
The final show before WWE Extreme Rules 2015 saw WWE Monday Night RAW from Albany, NY.
Randy Orton and Seth Rollins continued to set up their cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with a lot of action and a sick RKO to end the night.
Meanwhile, Kane is having issues with his position in The Authority and WWE after he has confrontations with Rollins and Triple H and then loses a U.S. Title Match to John Cena. Rusev attacks Cena afterwards with a chain to set up their Russian Chain match for Sunday.
In other news, the curb stomp has been banned, Daniel Bryan may not perform at Extreme Rules (or ever again), The Bella Twins may have been turned face, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper tease what could be a good match, Bray Wyatt is chasing someone who lifts weights, The New Day have finally “embraced the hate” and might be getting over soon, and Damien Sandow lost his match to the Miz because of Summer Rae.
The show had some funny spots but not a lot of good wrestling. The story about Kane held some interest as did The Miz/Mizdow final confrontation. Overall though, this was average RAW-fare going into WWE Extreme Rules as a Go Home Show.