Keeping it in the family. There are various wrestling families who are just bigger deals than others. There are the Harts, the Andersons, the Windhams and a variety of others, but one of the biggest and most active is the Anoa’i family. The family includes names such as the Wild Samoans, the Usos, Nia Jax and of course the Rock. They’ve been wrestlers for generations now, and there may be a new generation coming in. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, the Rock’s daughter Simone Johnson has been training at the WWE Performance Center in recent months for a potential in-ring career. Since Johnson is only seventeen years old, the training can only be on a part time basis until she turns eighteen next August. There is no word on whether or not WWE would be interested in signing her to a contract. She does have a good teacher. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: I have no idea if Johnson will be a wrestler or not but when you have those genetics going for you, there’s cert..
What a masterpiece. On October 6, Triple H will face the Undertaker for the last time ever at the Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia. This match is built entirely around the history between the two, which is mostly centered around their one match at WrestleMania 28. The match was an absolute masterpiece and still holds up to this day. It holds up well enough that it’s worth seeing again. What a performance. [This post contains video, click to play] WWE has posted the full version of the Undertaker vs. Triple H Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as guest referee inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 28. The match was billed as the End of an Era with the previous three WrestleManias being billed all setting up this one final match. The entrances and iconic post match scene between the three of them are included as well. Opinion: The more I see this match, the more I absolutely love it. They played the emotions to perfection here with shows such as Undertaker stepping on ..
Add another one to the list. We’re getting very close to Hell In A Cell and that means the card needs to be finalized in a hurry. The majority of it is already set but there are one or two things that still need to be locked up. One of those things is New Day needing challengers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, and with five days to go until the pay per view, they now have them. On this week’s SmackDown Live, Rusev Day defeated the Bar to become the new #1 contenders for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles by winning a mini tournament. Their match will take place this Sunday at Hell In A Cell, which will be Rusev Day’s first shot at the titles since December when they challenged for the titles in a four way match at Clash Of Champions. Here’s how they got it done. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: That’s an actual surprise as I would have bet on the Bar getting the shot, since that tends to be their custom. It’s very nice to have this thrown out there instead as ..
Monday Night Raw Date: September 10, 2018 Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana Commentators: Renee Young, Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s the go home show for Hell in a Cell, though I’m not sure how much attention that is going to get since we’re about a month away from Super Show-Down and a month and a half away from Evolution. WWE doesn’t seem to mind about going that far into the future so Sunday might not get the most attention. Let’s get to it. Here are Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman to open things up with the roster (the lower portions of it that is) around the ring. Dolph says we told you so because they beat the Shield down. We get a recap of Strowman vs. Reigns, which has morphed into the trio vs. the Shield. This led up to last week’s huge beatdown, with most of the roster getting together to wreck the Shield, with Seth Rollins nearly being thrown through a police van window. Back in the arena, Strowman calls Ziggler and McIntyre his Dogs..
Well….of course? Last week on Monday Night Raw, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeated the B Team to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions. That puts them on top of a pretty weak tag division, but that’s been the case for a long time on Monday Night Raw. They need some strong challengers and with the next pay per view coming up on Sunday, the best option wasn’t exactly a surprise. This week on Monday Night Raw, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were announced as the new #1 contenders to the Raw Tag Team Titles and will be receiving their title shot at Sunday’s Hell In A Cell pay per view. Rollins and Ambrose are no strangers to holding the Tag Team Titles, holding them for about two and a half months last fall. The match will be a standard tag match. And here’s how it happened. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: Was there really a surprise here? There wasn’t exactly a big group of challengers to pick from so they went with the logical pick. It’s not a secret that the..
He knows his way around the place. We’re coming up on the annual Hell In A Cell pay per view, meaning it’s time for some people to walk into one of the most violent structures that wrestling has ever seen. The thing is though, the Cell can’t be exactly as violent as it once was due to the changes in the times. However, there is still a great history of the Cell and now those two eras are coming together. This week on Monday Night Raw, Mick Foley made his return to the company and announced that he will be guest refereeing Sunday’s Universal Championship match between champion Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. Foley talked about wanting to make history with the Cell again and being granted the spot by Stephanie McMahon. This is Foley’s second time refereeing a Cell match, after guest refereeing Triple H vs. Kevin Nash at Bad Blood 2003. What did he have to say? [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: I mean….sure? Foley is my all time favorite wrestler and I can never com..
That’s quite the spot to be in. One of the most entertaining things to do in WWE is seeing which talent will be brought up from NXT to the main roster. You can often guess who it’s going to be, though every now and then there might be a surprise. This spring we saw a pair of talents being brought up from NXT and they’ve certainly hit the ground running. It turns out that someone has been impressed. According to Fightful, Vince McMahon is very impressed by Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega, especially due to Almas’ work with Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in recent weeks. Almas was brought up with no particular plan but McMahon being impressed with Almas’ main event matches would suggest that he will be wrestling near the top of the card going forward as well. Maybe this got McMahon’s attention. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: Good for Almas. The guy has come off like a complete star in the last few weeks and hopefully that trend continues. Almas came into the devel..
That’s one way of getting them. With most of the action on a wrestling show taking place in the arena, there aren’t a lot of places to get things done. Of course there’s the ring itself and various backstage places, but what if you want to mix things up just a little bit? There aren’t many other options available, but the entrance ramp is pretty ideal for a surprise attack, and it’s happened several times over the years. Make sure to shut the curtain behind you. [This post contains video, click to play] WWE has released a new Top Ten video looking at Ten Entrance Ramp Ambushes. The video is exactly what it sounds like, with wrestlers being jumped as they make their entrance down the ramp. These range back a long time over the years, with some of them going all the way back to the famed Attitude Era and coming all the way forward to earlier this month for some modern flavor. One of the most recent entries took place last week. Check out the details here. Opinion: These things almo..
It’s about time. Monday Night Raw has been on the air for going on twenty six years now and has seen a lot of different broadcast combinations in that time. There have been several people behind the microphone over the years but they’ve all had one thing in common: they’ve all been men. With the Women’s Revolution in full swing though, it’s time that someone breaks that barrier. As announced on WWE.com, Renee Young is now a full time member of the Monday Night Raw announce team, replacing the departing Jonathan Coachman. Young have performed in the role in a guest capacity a few times but this will be the first permanent move. Coachman has occasionally had to miss the show due to commitments to the Golf Channel and will continue to work on the pay per view Kickoff Shows. It was a big deal in the first place. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: That’s very cool to see. Young is rather good in the role as she’s witty, charming and smart, offering a different perspecti..
Mae Young Classic Date: September 5, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix, Renee Young Well it worked the first time. This is the first episode of the second edition of the tournament and this year’s version is being shown a little differently. Instead of having big batches of four episodes at a time, it’s a weekly show every Wednesday after NXT, which is probably a better idea. I’ve done my best to avoid spoilers here so let’s get to it. All matches are first round matches. We open with a look at last week’s tournament, with Kairi Sane defeating Shayna Baszler in the finals. Various women talk about how important it is to win the second tournament. Opening sequence. The announcers welcome us to the show. Zatara is a masked wrestler from Chile. She wants to show the world how great her country can be and says she’s smart. Tegan Nox (better known as Nixon Newell) is from Wales and is influenced by Molly Holly, who did ..