SmackDown Review 26/11/15

 

This week SmackDown was surprisingly very entertaining because usually with themed episodes during the holidays they are complete waste. This time there was interesting matches and compelling story-lines for in the future. As I always do I will provide you with my three count the most significant highlights of SmackDown in addition to the results.

1) Dean Ambrose/Kevin Owens feud

I cannot wait to see this feud and how it unfolds leading up to a match at the TLC PPV for Intercontinental title. Let’s talk about how Dean Ambrose earned his Intercontinental title shot in a triple threat match against Tyler Breeze and Dolph Zigger to crown a new number one contender for the Intercontinental title. It was a fantastic match with fast paced action between three hybrid wrestlers and the Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens on commentary providing a mix of great insight and comedy. Owens witnessed the Lunatic Fringe capitalized on his opportunity once Tyler Breeze was about to hit the Unpritter on Ziggler Ambrose connected with the Dirty Deeds DDT on Prince Pretty to get the win. After the match Owens and Ambrose had a face off to end SmackDown only to intensify things between the two.

2) New Day had double duty

The New Day is my win every week for good reason because nothing in the company is this entertaining and it’s so effortless The New Day once again delivered this week. They hosted a Thanksgiving potluck which included the members of Team B.A.D. and then numerous superstars made their way through to the potluck and they brought their own food such as Heath Slater’s Band-Aid infested “Slater-Slaw” and Adam Rose’s Rabbit Stew, The Ascension were kicked out for not bringing anything to the potluck. However the turning point of this segment involved Xavier Woods as he was dressed up as the Gobbledy Gooker to celebrate his 25th Anniversary within the WWE.

The New Day Kofi and Big E were accompanied by Gobbledy Gooker as they took on the Lucha Dragons. The Gobbledy Gooker turned out to play a vital factor in the match that swigged momentum in favor of the Lucha Dragons. Kingston tried to use the ropes as leverage in a pin attempt the Gooker suddenly pushed his legs off the ropes. Then Kalisto connected with the Salida del Sol on Kingston with for the victory. The New Day was irate because they couldn’t believe what just happened. Jimmy Uso appeared on the ramp with a as he captured Xavier Woods. Then Jey Uso revealed that he was the Gobbledy Gooker after The Lucha Dragons and Jimmy took out the surprised Big E and Kofi, and Jimmy hit Woods with a Super kick this led to the Gooker climbing to the top rope to connect with a splash.
 

3) Sheamus is entertaining

I thought that the beginning of the show started off with a great segment with Roman Reigns stating that it felt so great to win the WWE Heavyweight Title at Survivor Series but it was stolen from him in a matter of seconds from Sheamus. Then Sheamus missed his way down to the ring and I wasn’t expecting this but he was hilarious stating all the things that were shorter than Roman’s title reign and how he is different from Roman Reigns because Sheamus actually capitalizes on opportunities and he does not.

 

SmackDown Results

The Dudley Boyz against The Wyatt Family ended in a DQ

Paige defeated Becky Lynch via a roll up pin

Jack Swagger defeated Alberto Del Rio via DQ

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RAW Review 23/11/15

 

On RAW it was the aftermath of what took place at Survivor Series PPV I am not going to lie I expected a much better episode than what it was. Regardless it was a good episode that left fans with many questions afterwards. As usual I will provide you with my three count of what the significant most highlights were as well as the results.

1) Landscape Of The WWE Changed

As expected The Authority made their way down to the ring and both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were talking about capitalizing on opportunities and missing on opportunities. This would bring out the new WWE Heavyweight Champion Sheamus made his way to the ring now he was all smiles as expected. However that did not last for long because one irate Roman Reigns made his way down to the ring to request his rematch for the WWE Heavyweight title then Triple H told him he would face Sheamus now at the TLC PPV in a TLC match. Rusev came out of nowhere to deliver a vicious Super kick to Roman Reigns which ultimately led to a main event match between each other.

In the main event you knew that Sheamus would be involved in this match in some capacity to nobody’s surprise Sheamus, was tossed out by the referee making this an even encounter between Rusev and Reigns. This is an observation that I have noticed I have to give credit to both Reigns and Rusev because they both increased their stamina and they can now have long intriguing matches that tell a great story. Both men were fighting to gain momentum but a surprise attack from King Barrett on Reigns via a Bull Hammer Elbow ended this match in the DQ. This made me wonder could we see a European faction of Sheamus, Rusev and King Barrett only time will tell.

2) Divas Title Rematch

I thought that Paige and Charlotte match at Survivor Series was very uneventful  and boring in my opinion Paige had a backstage segment with Renée Young Paige stated that Charlotte cheated in order to retain her Divas title because she was clearly under the ropes while she applied the Figure Eight Leg Lock and then Paige tapped but she made a valid point. I don’t know what it was but their match on Monday was 100 times better than their match at Survivor Series because they really left everything on the line with a long match that had back-and-forth affairs between the two. You have to give credit to Paige because she’s the only reason that this feud is even entertaining. This match once again ended in controversial fashion in a count out therefore there was no clear winner. Paige got the last laugh when she applied her PTO submission hold on the top of the announcers table.

3) The New Day Segment

The New Day had one of their funniest segments in recent memory and that’s saying something because they always deliver gold and are entertaining like nobody else on the main roster in my opinion in terms of comedy and wrestling. The New Day was in the music city of America Nashville Tennessee. So it was only right for them to pay tribute via Country Jamboree in addition it was their one year anniversary behind the concept of the New Day. They had fake unicorn’s horns in addition to pink ponies on sticks and they began to mock country music because it’s terrible as they stated. The Usos and The Lucha Dragons both interrupted The New Day celebration. The New Day were supposed to defend their Tag Team titles, as it was an open challenge for their Tag Titles but they decided not to as typically heels.

 

RAW Results

The Wyatt Family defeated The Dudley Boyz Sister Abigail to D-Von

Sasha Banks defeated Becky Lynch via a roll up

Neville defeated Mark Henry via Red Arrow

Goldust and The Prime Time Players defeated The Cosmic Wasteland via Clash of Titus on Konnor

Jack Swagger interrupts Alberto Del Rio address of MexAmerica

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Survivor Series PPV Review 22/11/15

 

 

Last night Survivor Series took place in Atlanta at the Philips Arena and the event itself got mixed reaction from the entire wrestling community around the world. Due to the controversy at the end as always I will provide you my three count with the three main highlights of the show in addition to the results.

1) New Champion

The match that everybody was waiting for in the finals of the WWE Heavyweight Championship tournament to witness which superstar would become the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. It was Roman Reigns against Dean Ambrose I would of much rather like to see Kevin Owens in this equation. Regardless I must say I was very entertained with this match and these friends became enemies when they fought for the gold which was no surprise. Both men literally beat the living hell out of each other. Due to the fact that they were friends they scouted each other very well and impressively enough Dean Ambrose did his very best but it wasn’t enough to defeat Roman Reigns. Reigns even kicked out of the Dirty Deeds DDT for a near fall. Reigns connected with multiple spears I believe three which ultimately led him to victory.

Reigns was crowned the new WWE Heavyweight Champion there was a lot confetti and a huge display of pyro to celebrate his victory. However it felt like déjà vu via Summer Slam 2013 and we all know what happened at the end of that event. Triple H made his way down to the ring to congratulate Roman Reigns on his victory Triple H reached out to Roman Reigns for his hand to give him a handshake but he wasn’t having it instead Triple H got a spear for his troubles.

Then all of a sudden Sheamus made his way down to the ring for as Reigns was distracted Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase he connect with a Brogue Kick out of nowhere for a near fall. Then Reigns got another Brogue kick for this troubles and time stood still as Sheamus became the new WWE Heavyweight Champion.

2) Respect

Now because it was Undertaker’s 25th year anniversary I thought that his entrance would be unforgettable and historical. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed his entrance but I thought it would be more dramatic, however I did like when Kane fire pyro set Undertakers crosses on fire. The one thing that stood out to me about The Undertaker entrance was that door that would change pictures and show The Undertaker throughout the years. Now going into this match I did not know what to expect so therefore I set my expectations extremely low. However I liked how the match started when the Brothers of Destruction delivered a big boot and a double Choke slam to Erick Rowan this would eliminate Rowan from the match entirely.

Shockingly enough it was Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper against Kane and The Undertaker. Harper took a beating for the majority of the match then The Undertaker performed his traditional signature moves on Harper with Old School and a leg drop on the apron. It was inevitable that Braun Strowman would get involved in this match he launched Kane over the announcers table. The Brothers of Destruction did not forget that, therefore Strowman got destroyed with a double Choke slam to Braun Strowman that sent him through the announcers table this created a holy shit moment.

The finishing sequence of the match had Wyatt do his traditional spider walk and then both Kane and The Undertaker sat up at the same and they did not look back. The Brothers of Destruction performed a double team of Choke slams to Harper and Wyatt it looked absolutely amazing. Then the dead man The Undertaker put Harper out of his misery with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win. After the match The Undertaker got a well-deserved standing ovation from the Atlanta crowd.

3) PPV debut

I thought that besides the main event Tyler Brezze and Dolph Ziggler had the best match of the night which was no surprise, when you have two high calibre athletes in the ring such as Breeze and Ziggler. First they were feeling each out other because both men were equally scouted and Ziggler lay on the top rope imitating Breeze pose. Interesting enough Breeze was focusing on Ziggler legs for a bit of match then fans saw Breeze submission game it was very impressive with his half Boston crab, Ziggler was able to out of it and reached the bottom rope to break the hold.

Both were fighting to gain momentum at the time Ziggler finally reached that when he delivered two Clotheslines followed by a Neck breaker on Breeze. As a typical heel Breeze tried a roll up and he attempted to hold onto the ropes with his legs but the referee caught him. Ziggler and Breeze were fighting back and forth to finally get the upper hand on one another. Ziggler went for the Super kick and Breeze got out of the way Breeze hit a kick to the knee of Ziggler then Breeze connected with the Unpritter to pick up a massive win. Due to the fact that Breeze won so clean in his PPV debut I don’t know where they go from here between the two.

Survivor Series Results

Preshow traditional Survivor Series elimination tag match

The Dudley Boyz, Titus O’Neil and Goldust defeated The Miz, Bo Dallas and The Cosmic Wasteland vs. Neville via a 3D on Stardust

Reigns defeated Alberto Del Rio via a spear

Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens via Dirty Deeds

Ryback, Lucha Dragons and The Usos vs. The New Day, Sheamus & Wade Barrett in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match via a Shell Shock to Sheamus 

Charlotte defeated Paige via a Fight Eight Leg Lock

Tyler Breeze defeated Ziggler via an Unpritter

The Brothers of Destruction defeated The Wyatt Family via a Tombstone Piledriver on Luke Harper

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Survivor Series PPV Preview 22/11/15

 

This Sunday will be the Survivor Series PPV it will be monumental night because the outcome of the WWE Heavyweight tournament will change the landscape of the WWE forever. In addition it will mark the 25th Year Anniversary for the Deadman as him and his brother Kane will take on the Wyatt Family. I will provide you with my predictions for the entire card.

Dolph Ziggler vs.Tyler Breeze

I am really looking forward to this encounter because Ziggler and Breeze are extremely talented in the ring it will be extremely close match both men will try to steal the show. Tyler Breeze should have been on the main roster years ago he was one of the most successful superstars in NXT history, he debuted on Miz TV a few weeks ago on SmackDown. Breeze sent a sent a message to Ziggler by brutally assaulted him with his selfie stick to his injured throat. Tyler Breeze has cost Ziggler numerous matches therefore Ziggler had enough this week he delivered a victorious Superkick to Breeze this past SmackDown. I envision Dolph Ziggler getting the win here he will continue a long entertaining feud.

Divas Title match

Paige vs. Charlotte

This feud started simply over jealousy when Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella at the Night of Champions PPV. Even though Paige was a vital factor in team PCB in the summer with Becky Lynch and Charlotte things would change all of a sudden. Paige would play with Becky and Charlotte emotions then she would assault her former friends on RAW. Paige earned her opportunity when she defeated Becky Lynch, Brie Bella and Sasha Banks to be crowned the number one contender at the Divas Title on Raw a few weeks ago. To be honesty if it wasn’t for the controversial contract signing with Paige edgy comments I wouldn’t be invested in this feud at all. Charlotte will be victorious and retain her Divas title and I expect a long feud between these two.

The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Wyatt Family    

At Survivor Series it will be a special moment because it was the event where The Undertaker debuted 25 years ago in the WWE’s “the Phenom” will reunite with Kane to battle two members of The Wyatt Family.Even though Bray Wyatt lost to Roman Reigns at a Hell In A Cell PPV he made everybody talk about him and the Wyatt Family at the end of the night.

Bray Wyatt shocking attacked The Undertaker and The Wyatt took him to the back. The next night on RAW the Wyatt Family performed a eulogize for the Undertaker but Kane came out to try to prevent it and he got beat up for his troubles. Then Bray claimed to harvest the souls and embody the supernatural powers of The Brothers of Destruction after he and his Family abducted The Undertaker and Kane.

Then when the WWE went to United Kingdom for RAW that’s where the fans saw The Deadman and The Demon reappeared and they took out the Wyatt Family. Then because of those actions a challenge was made from the Wyatt Family to the Brothers of Destruction and they accepted. I believe it is very obvious as its Undertaker’s anniversary he needs to get the win to celebrate his achievement with the WWE.

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens

I believe this is going to be the best semi finals match in my opinion with these are the most physical wrestlers on the roster. Both men want gold while Kevin Owens is not satisfied with just his Intercontinental Champion he wants to add his first WWE Heavyweight Championship to his impressive resume. Ambrose advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Tyler Breeze in round one and then Dolph Ziggler in round two.

Owens defeated Titus O’Neil in the opening round before overcoming the odds and defeated Neville in the second round. I have feeling we will see a massive upset here with Kevin Owens defeating Ambrose to advance to the finals of the WWE Heavyweight tournament.

Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio

Roman Reigns will take on Alberto Del Rio in what will be an intriguing match because both men are on a mission. Roman Reigns earned the number one contender tile shot for the WWE Heavyweight title on the on Raw when he came out on top in a Fatal 4-Way Match. Unfortunately due to Rollins knee injury the title match at Survivor Series was called off. Then Triple H had no choice but make a tournament to crown a new Heavyweight Champion. Triple H offered Reigns with a golden opportunity to be in the finals if he joined the Authority but he said no. Reigns path to the semi-finals has been anything but easy. He got past The Big Show in round one and overcame a tough challenge from Cesaro in round two.

Since returning to WWE by surprise at Hell in a Cell, where he reappeared alongside Zeb Colter and Del Rio ended John Cena’s U.S. Championship reign, Del Rio has been unstoppable and he is in the best shape of his career in my opinion. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion advanced to the tournament semi-finals with wins over Stardust in round one and The Lucha Dragons’ Kalisto in round two. Reigns will take Del Rio to the limit but he will find a way to win the match.

Finals

Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens

Moving forward to this is going to be a very compelling match-up in the finals both men will fight till the end in order to be crowned the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. Roman Reigns will seek to deal with his demons and will finally look to get some good luck because he has always come short in big moments throughout his career. For Kevin Owens this will be his most significant match of his young but very dominate career so far he will do whatever it takes to become the new WWE Heavyweight Champion.

That being said it is difficult to predict who will win this because there could be multiple scenarios that I could see happen. Roman Reigns could win clear or Dean Ambrose could turn heel and cost Roman Reigns the belt. I wouldn’t be mad at all if Kevin Owens becomes the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. Sheamus could make a surprise appearance and cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship. My final prediction Reigns wins clean then Ambrose comes out to celebrate and attacks Reigns then he will join The Authority. All of a sudden Sheamus will cash in his Money In the Bank briefcase and he will be crowned the NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion.

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Celebrating 25th Year Anniversary of The Undertaker

It’s very rare in wrestling that anything last forever there have been numerous legends that have captivated wrestling fans for years. However nobody has have ever been on top of their game and dominate for over 25 years it’s The “Phenom “The Deadman” The Undertaker.

The Undertaker legendary career had a brief stint at WCW but he really started his career in the WWF at the time Nov 20 1990 at Survivor Series. He was the mystery partner of the Ted Dibiase’s Million Dollar team he eliminated Koko B Ware with the Tombstone Pile, in addition he also eliminated Dusty Rhodes but Undertaker was counted out. Therefore this Sunday marks his 25th year anniversary which is an unbelievable achievement I believe it’s the perfect time to reflect on the Undertaker timeless career.

The early years

At first The Undertaker was introduced with Brother Love as his manager but it’s wasn’t a good fit that is why the company made a switch with Paul Bearer instead. It’s one of the best moves the company did because aligning Bearer with The Undertaker was the perfect fit and they both had an amazing chemistry together. Both were very creepy together Paul Bearer had make up that made him look like a ghost and he worked at morgue it was a match made in heaven with “The Dead Man”. Paul Bearer would always carry an urn this would provide The Undertaker with strength when he was getting beaten to ultimately get his second wind to defeat his opponents. Early on in his career when he was a heel he would place his opponents in body bags and carry them to the back.

The Undertaker made history when he appeared in his first WrestleMania appearance at WrestleMania VII in 1991, when he made quick work over Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. This started the legendary WrestleMania streak which I will get more in depth later on. Later that year Undertaker had significant feuds with big names in the company such as Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Sid Justice, Sgt. Slaughter, and Hulk Hogan. The Undertaker made a significant impact when he defeated the big star in wrestling in the 80’s in Hulk Hogan for the WWF title at Survivor Series. This was a vital moment for his young career and this would lead to much more success in the future.

During the years of 1992-94 Undertaker had feuds with big man such as Kamala, Giant González and Yokozuna. I remember it to this day the 1994 Royal Rumble was my very first PPV watching it live on PPV and I recall the casket match that involved Yokozuna against The Undertaker. This match was very entertaining and I remember the entire locker room coming out to assist Yokozuna to victory. Then when The Undertaker appeared on the screen in the coffin that officially gave me nightmares as a kid and I hated the dark and coffins because of The Undertaker.          

The lord of darkness

I found during this time is when is character really took off in my opinion. During 1995 Summer Slam fans saw a unique match it was The Undertaker vs. The fake Undertaker. I really liked Taker’s unique grey mask at the time and I enjoyed his feuds with Diesel and Bret Hart. I believe the feud that really put Taker on the map was his epic feud with Mankind. Mankind interfered in his matches a couple times to create bad blood between the two.

This feud escalated to a whole new level with a first ever Boiler Room Brawl match this was absolutely crazy. The two were literally beat the living hell out of each other backstage in the Boiler Room and all way the back to the ring. Both men were weak during the match as expected a turning point was when the Undertaker reached for the urn and Paul Bearer betrayed him, by striking him over the head with it which led to Mankind getting the win via the Mandible Claw.

Then Mankind and Undertaker took it to a whole new level with another first ever Buried Alive match, which was the main event of In Your House Buried Alive in 1996. That match itself was a compelling match and Undertaker defeated Mankind but Mankind had the last laugh because several wrestlers came to attack The Undertaker and buried the Undertaker alive. Then The Undertaker had the iconic moment of lighting hitting and then his hand raised one from the grave.     

Introduction of Kane/Hell In A Cell Match

There has been a lot of quality story-lines throughout the years of wrestling but nothing can ever compare to The Undertaker finding out about his long lost brother Kane. Paul Bearer warned Undertaker and told him that he burned their funeral house business down as a child and he killed his parents but Kane survived. Then at Bad Blood In Your House 1997 it was Shawn Michaels taking on The Undertaker in the first ever Hell In A Cell match.

Towards the end of the match fans saw the official debut of Kane and Undertaker’s reaction was priceless Kane ripped the door literally off. Kane came face to face with his brother and then they battled each other than Kane dropped the Undertaker with his own finishing move a Tombstone Piledriver and he put Michaels on top of him for the win. This was the birth of a long historic feud with Kane against his brother.

The Undertaker took on Shawn Michaels in a Casket Match at Royal Rumble Kane interfered and lit the casket on fire leading to Michaels picking up the win. Then the Undertaker wasn’t seen for two months which led to a match at WrestleMania 14. This was the first encounter between the two it was very intriguing because most of the match Undertaker was getting dominated by his younger brother.

It took Taker to hit three Tombstone Piledrivers on Kane in order to get the pin fall. Then the two brothers had an unforgettable rematch in a first ever Inferno match. The objective was to put your opponent on fire now both Kane and Undertaker were cautious because they didn’t want to be set on fire regardless it was insane match and Kane was set on fire by default.

Then at the King of the Ring 1998 the most infamous and talked about match to this day happened. The Undertaker took on one of his most heated rivals Mankind in the craziest Hell In A Cell match that has ever happened in the company’s history. I still remember this match like it was yesterday when Undertaker threw off Mankind off the Hell In A Cell I was damn Mankind is dead plus with Jim Ross commentary it made it legendary. This match just proved how tough Mankind really was to take additional punishment and not stop the match immediately. For his troubles Mankind got Chokeslamed through the top of the cell which broke and Mankind fell to the ring and his head hit on a steel chair with vicious impact.

The Ministry of Darkness

I believe this was his best character gimmick through his evolution over the years in my opinion. Around January 1999 this was the darkest time during the Undertaker career he created a faction known as The Ministry of Darkness. He often claimed to be invoking and taking orders from a “Higher Power”. Undertaker appeared in a hooded black robe and sat on a throne that was specially designed into his character symbol. With the help of his minions, he often performed sacrifices on select WWE superstars, using various incantations and magic words with intent to extract out the dark side of the superstars in question so he could recruit them into his Ministry.

The completed Ministry of Darkness consisted of The Brood (Edge, Christian and Gangrel), The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq), Mideon, and Viscera. As part of the angle, The Undertaker expressed a desire to take control of the World Wrestling Federation, displacing its owner, Vince McMahon. These ambitions culminated into a rivalry between The Ministry and The Corporation, ultimately resulting in a match between Undertaker and Corporation enforcer the Big Boss Man. The two faced off in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XV, which Undertaker won. At Backlash, Undertaker defeated a Corporation member Ken Shamrock after interference from his own Ministry member Bradshaw.

Things really heated up when the Undertaker kidnapped Stephanie McMahon, forcing Vince McMahon to enter into a reluctant alliance with his long-time nemesis Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Undertaker attempted to marry Stephanie and he put her on a cross in a unique dark ceremony conducted by Paul Bearer, but Austin was able to rescue her. At the Over the Edge PPV, The Undertaker defeated Austin for his third WWF Championship with help from Shane McMahon, as the special referee. The Ministry eventually merged with Shane McMahon’s Corporation alliance to form the Corporate Ministry. The Undertaker later revealed that Vince McMahon had been his “Higher Power” all along.

American Badass

The Undertaker made his long awaited return back at Judgement Day back in May 2000, with his theme song courtesy of Limp Bizkit song Rolling it was a natural fit. The Undertaker returned as a face to take out everybody from the McMahon-Helmsley faction. He also targeted their leader, WWF Champion Triple H. At the King of the Ring pay-per-view, the Undertaker teamed up with The Rock and Kane to defeat the team of Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Vince McMahon.

Afterward, he was booked to team with Kane to contend for the WWF Tag Team Championship. They defeated Edge and Christian, earning the right to face them the following week for the tag title, which Edge and Christian retained. Kane betrayed the Undertaker by giving him two Chokeslams with the second one putting the Undertaker through the ring, on RAW. This incident led to another match between the two at Summer Slam, which ended in a no contest as Kane ran from the ring area after the Undertaker removed Kane’s mask.

Return of The Deadman  

I believe WWE booked The Undertaker return absolutely perfect in my opinion he was brought back in a storyline leading up to WrestleMania XX, Kane was being haunted by vignettes proclaiming the Undertaker’s return. The first was during the Royal Rumble when the Undertaker’s bells tolled, distracting Kane and allowing Booker T to eliminate him. He was accompanied by Paul Bearer; the Undertaker returned as a hybrid version of “The Deadman” at WrestleMania XX and defeated Kane.

Then three months later, The Dudley Boyz kidnapped Bearer on Paul Heyman’s orders. Thus, Heyman “took control” of Undertaker on SmackDown, Undertaker attacked Rob Van Dam and John Cena. At The Great American Bash, Undertaker fought a handicap match against the Dudley Boyz, with the stipulation that if he did not lie down and purposely lose, Heyman would bury Paul Bearer in cement. The Undertaker won and he stopped Heyman from burying Bearer, but, after he claimed he had no use for Bearer, buried him himself.

I felt that his best matches and feuds involved JBL and Randy Orton since his return during this period because they had the best chemistry with each other in my opinion. I was there live in Toronto at SummerSlam in 2004 it was a quality match that ended in a DQ when Undertaker gave a ChokeSlam to JBL through the roof of his limbo.

Randy Orton challenged the Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 21, and claimed that he would end his WrestleMania winning streak. I am going to lie to be perfectly honest I thought that Orton should have ended the streak because it was the perfect timing with his Legend Killer gimmick. However it didn’t go according to plan Randy lost and the Undertaker improved his WrestleMania record to 13–0. After a two-month hiatus, Undertaker returned on SmackDown but he lost to JBL, thanks to interference from Randy Orton. At The Great American Bash, the Undertaker became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, a position that JBL felt he should have.

As part of the feud, on the following SmackDown the Undertaker lost the number-one contender-ship to JBL, once again due to interference from Orton. With this, the Undertaker resumed his feud with Orton. At Summer Slam, Orton defeated the Undertaker in a WrestleMania rematch. The storyline intensified as the two taunted each other with caskets, leading to a handicap-casket match at No Mercy, in which the Undertaker lost to Randy and his father “Cowboy” Bob Orton. After the match, the Orton’s poured gasoline on the casket and set it on fire. When the charred casket was opened, however, the Undertaker had once again vanished. He returned at the Survivor Series, emerging from a burning casket. The Undertaker returned to SmackDown in early December to haunt Orton and set up a Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon. After winning the match, The Undertaker took a brief hiatus from wrestling.

Check out The Undertaker impressive championships and his achievement however titles never indicated his true greatness, like most other HOF wrestlers which is unbelievable.

Championships and Accolades

WWF/WWE

WWF (World Heavyweight)/Undisputed Championship (4 time

World Heavyweight Championship 3 times

WWF Hardcore Championship (1 time)

WWF Tag Team Championship (6 times) – with  Stone Cold Steve Austin  (1), Big Show (2 time),  The Rock (1 time) and Kane (2 times)

WCW Tag Team Championship 1 Time – with Kane

Royal Rumble 2007

Present

To this day The Undertaker is still going strong for 50 years old he looks amazing unfortunately there is a saying all good things must come to an end. This held true back in 2014 at WrestleMania 30, when the wrestling world was shocked when Lesnar ended the most important record in wrestling today Undertaker WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21-1. The Undertaker looks to celebrate his 25 year anniversary with the WWE this Sunday against the Wyatt Family with a win.

Overall when it’s all set and done whatever the Undertaker decides to retire he will be a first ballot WWE HOF and he will have his own wing in the HOF in my opinion. It is difficult to summarize what The Undertaker means to the wrestling industry and to all the fans because he has been an influential figure throughout his legendary career. One word to describe The Undertaker career is revolutionary because over the 25 years of his career, he was able to evolve and adapt with the times to stay relevant and fresh with the fans which a lot of wrestlers still struggle to this currently day with.

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SmackDown Review 19/11/15

The final SmackDown before Survivor Series was very uneventful for multiple reasons, mostly because all of the matches have already been decided for Survivor Series tournament to crown a new WWE Heavyweight Champion. As always I will provide my three count of what I thought were the most significant highlights as well as the results.

1) Tease for Survivor Series

There was a mini preview of what fans could expect to see this Sunday however it was in a tag team match on SmackDown. Both Reigns and Ambrose worked very well as expected because of their brotherhood within The Shield. I was very surprised how cohesive both Owens and Del Rio worked with each overall I enjoyed this match but I was very disappointed in the outcome of the match because it ended in a count out. At the end of the match each participant performed their signature finishers on each other. Then they showed Ambrose and Reigns looking at each other and the camera zoomed into the WWE Heavyweight Championship.

 

2) The Wyatt Family

The Wyatt Family set the tone for their epic encounter this Sunday at Survivor Series against the Brothers of Destruction. Bray Wyatt went on with what will happen against Kane and Undertaker at Survivor Series and Wyatt teased Braun Strowman that is involved. That being said there are many questions that still need to be answered it will be intriguing to see who Bray Wyatt chooses to represent the Wyatt family as they will clash with the Brothers of Destruction.

3) Tyler Breeze/Dolph Ziggler Feud

There hasn’t been that much build up towards Survivor Series besides the WWE Heavyweight championship tournament and the return of the Undertaker celebrating his unbelievable 25 year anniversary within the WWE. There has been one match officially added to Survivor Series between Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze due to their actions on SmackDown. Dolph Ziggler interfered in Breeze’s match but regardless of the distraction Breeze was able get the win over Ryder. However Dolph Ziggler got the last laugh and gave a Superkick to Breeze after his match. After weeks of bad blood they will finally get to go one on one at Survivor Series I am really looking forward to this match because it will be Tyler Breeze PPV debut.

 

SmackDown Results

Cesaro defeated The Miz via a Crossface

Neville Dudley Boyz defeated The Ascension and Stardust via 3D on Viktor

Tyler Breeze defeated Zack Ryder via a Unprettier

The Wyatt Segment

Charlotte defeated Brie Bella via a Figure Eight Leg Lock

Big E defeated Kalisto via a Big Splash

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens ended in a count out

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The NXT Brand

 

 

 

There have always been two main staples in the WWE RAW and SmackDown since the 90’s but the company wanted to do something unique that has never been done before therefore the WWE created NXT back in 2010. The main focus of the show involved rookies paired with pros with the premise of the show is the winner of the contest would receive a WWE contract. Shockingly enough this concept lasted far too wrong in my opinion with 5 seasons these were the winners of the show back then Wade Barrett (Season 1), Kaval (Season 2), Kaitlyn (Season 3) and Johnny Curtis (Season 4).

Finally in the fifth season they decided to scrap the ideas of the past seasons and the WWE just focused on developing talent and using NXT for that specific purpose. In August of 2012 WWE decided to close down FCW in addition they decided to deactivate all the titles. In May of 2012 they began to film the WWE found a permanently home for NXT at Full Sail University in Orlando Florida.

I believe once the WWE had a clear vision on what the company really wanted NXT to become that is when NXT started becoming successfully in my opinion. Now as a new brand and a separate entity from WWE regular programming they need to crown their own first inaugural champions in order to create their own identity. That being said Seth Rollins was the first NXT Champion The British Ambition Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey was the first NXT Tag Team Champions and finally Paige was the first NXT Women’s Champion.

A big component behind NXT success was the late great Dusty Rhodes being the first GM of NXT but more importantly he was a teacher all the wrestlers that need help with their promo work or character development. Then I have to applaud Vince McMahon for giving Triple H complete control of everything in NXT. Fans can tell Triple H loves the business due to the quality of shows that he continues to produce on a weekly basis. NXT feels very different from all the other shows that the WWE produces which makes it that much special which is extremely difficult to do due to fact that WWE has so much content and shows.

Triple H has an eye for capitalizing and bringing in the best talent from across the world such as Neville, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Danna Brooke, Asuka, Apollo Crews Samoa Joe just to name a few and more world class talent is on the way. It is absolutely unbelievable to take this all the massive stars currently on the main roster started from NXT.

The company and Triple H saw a golden opportunity with the launch of the WWE Network back in February of 2014. This marked the first opportunity of many fantastic NXT Takeover specials exclusively on the WWE Network. This was yet another incentive for fans at that time to own the WWE Network to be able to witness history once a month. Therefore the first NXT takeover special was appropriately called Arrival with the main event was a ladder match for NXT Championship between Neville and the NXT Champion Bo Dallas at the time. The match was so good and the event exceeded expectations the rest was history.

There were so many quality feuds in NXT involving Cesaro vs. Zayn, Bo Dallas vs. Neville, Owens vs. Zayn, Tyson Kidd vs. Neville and Finn Balor vs. Owens just to name a few. NXT was the only legit platform that actually showcased women’s wrestling producing great matches Paige and Emma made history they really showcase their skills and they were given 12 minutes which was unheard of women’s match on a stacked card. Then women’s wrestling evolved to a whole new level since the 90’s because of 4 women that were called the four horsemen Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

Bayley and Banks were responsible for creating history in the WWE. They put on two unforgettable matches first at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn they had the co main event spot and Bayley was finally able to overcome the odds and win the NXT Women’s Championship. At the time I thought their match was easily the best women’s match that I have ever since in my life at the time and it should be a match of the year candidate. Then for their rematch William Regal announced that it would be taking place in the first ever 30 minute Iron match main event at NXT Takeover Respect which was an unbelievable match in my opinion. Bayley found a way to overcome all the odds and she outlasted Banks by beating her with a 3 to 2 count.

I believe that NXT is truly special because it is the best product that the WWE currently has its unique because it’s not like anything that fans have seen WWE produce before. I am invested in NXT unlike RAW and SmackDown because they actually focus on wrestling and listen to what the fans actually want. NXT reminds me of Indy Wrestling but with WWE multi-million dollar budget and if wrestlers are over with the fans they will see them week in and week out. If you’re not over fans they will not see certain wrestlers which are a good thing because it forces the wrestlers to learn how to get over or they will not make it on the main roster or possibly being cut. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for NXT only time will tell but I am enjoying the ride to a new revolution that is a breath of fresh air to the wrestling industry.

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