WWE Survivor Series 2011: Preview and My Finishes

WWE Survivor Series 2011 has revolved around one matchup. John Cena and The Rock taking Awesome Truth in what will be Dwayne Johnson’s first wrestling match in seven years! Normally, the thought of Dwayne lacing up the boots for one more match would delight any pro wrestling fan. However, I’ve found the build for this big four pay per view to be lackluster and foolishly booked to a point where the WWE acted out of lack of knowledge while compensating fans with predictable programming.

Because of this, I feel it’s only right for me to provide readers with an alternative. My plan isn’t intricate whatsoever; I will discuss each matchup while creating the finishes that will play a necessary role in future storylines.

Enjoy

Team Barrett vs. Team Orton:

I expect great things from the competitors in this match with Team Orton prevailing. However, if I was deciding the finish, Team Barrett would triumph over Team Orton as the winners. You see, the WWE has done exceptionally well in reestablish Wade Barrett over the course of several weeks. The Englishman has compiled an exquisite set of wins over the likes of Sheamus and Randy Orton. If the WWE has a long term plan for Barrett, his team should pick up the win here. With the likes of Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger sharing the spotlight at Survivor Series, it would be reasonable to have them go over as it’ll be great for their future.

My Finish: Sheamus would be counted out or disqualified after pinning Rhodes. This would leave Barrett and Orton to decide a winner. Obviously, Randy would need to save face as the chance of him putting over Barrett cleanly is slim to none. Barrett would utilize a dirty tactic (interference, low blow etc.) and finish Orton with the Wasteland.

Beth Phoenix vs. Eve:

I must say, the WWE hasn’t given me a reason to care for their Divas Division, thus explaining why I’ll keep this rather short. A stipulation was recently added to this match with Phoenix defending her Divas Championship in a LumberJill’s matchup. I feel as if both competitors will put on an exquisite match, echoing their performance at Vengeance but Phoenix will/should retain regardless. The primary reason for Phoenix’s retention is the impending feud between Phoenix and Natalya.

My Finish: Beth doesn’t need dirty tactics to defeat Eve Torres but I would have the babyface Divas interfere on Eve’s behalf when Phoenix is tossed outside of the squared circle. However, Beth will overcome this and retain the Glam Slam.

Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison:

This match will be the entertaining confrontation on this card. The problem is, the Internet (and the live audience too) will be too focused on Zack Ryder instead of enjoying the potential match of the year candidate. Yes, Ryder was able to persuade thousands to sign his petition for a U.S. Title match. However, Ryder has already partaken in two U.S. Championship matches with Ziggler and failed to capture the coveted championship. On the other hand, Morrison’s placement in this match was to thrust the support for Ryder to new levels. I don’t understand why Ryder’s fans fail to realize this but I believe Ryder will become Champion soon. Anyway, John Morrison has regained his “mojo” and intends of winning his first United States Championship this Sunday. The Shaman of Sexy picked up his first win in three months after defeating the Champion with a surprise crucifix. Because of the increased coverage of Morrison, his title match Sunday, and win over Ziggler last week, I believe Mr. Parkour is here to stay. This Sunday, John Morrison wins the United States Championship. The subsequent feud with Ryder will determine if Zack will be Santino Marella 2.0 or a potential main eventer. On the other hand, Dolph Ziggler will finally ascend to the top card.

Everybody wins

My Finish: I can’t decide on a solid finish to this matchup but I expect Ryder to be at ringside or involved nonetheless. It can go the simply route with Morrison defeating Ziggler with the Starship Pain or Morrison using a dirty tactic as a face (see Edge vs. Randy Orton RAW 2004 Intercontinental Championship) while disposing of Ryder after his win.

Mark Henry vs. Big Show:

The battle for the World Heavyweight Championship has certainly been a noteworthy one. I must say, these two put on one of the best big man matches I’ve watched in quite some time. However, I have a problem with the WWE using Daniel Bryan to progress the feud between these two. Anyway, I do feel as if these guys will put on another great match with Mark Henry retaining his World Championship.

My Finish: Mark Henry defeats Big Show clean.

Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk:

This feud has been repetitive and unbearable. It’s absolutely one sided and I quietly wait for the day it finally ends. As entertaining as CM Punk is, even he cannot make Alberto Del Rio slightly interesting. On the other hand, how many times has this match been given away on RAW? If I’m not mistaken, these two have already faced off on three occasions (on RAW). Anyway, I expect Alberto Del Rio to retain his WWE Championship but my booking plan differs.

My Finish: CM Punk defeats Del Rio cleanly for the WWE Championship. Therefore these two can face off at TLC and end this feud immediately.

The Miz and R-Truth vs. John Cena and The Rock:

Referencing what I stated above, this pay per view revolves around this match. Excuse me; this pay per view revolves around The Rock. The build for this pay per view has saw the other three competitors take on each other in handicap and tag team matches while the other guy sends his condolences via satellite. The matches have been lackluster while Awesome Truth have been dominated or needed to cheat to defeat Cena. So I ask the question, why is the Rock needed when Cena can beat them on his own? Anyway, Cena and Rock will display some friction throughout the matchup but they’ll pick up the win regardless.

My finish: The Rock and Cena will win clean but one has to attack the other after the match concludes. I still don’t think the WWE has the testicular fortitude to turn Cena heel but I would have him drop Rock with an Attitude Adjustment. However, Cena would not show any happy facial expressions like the last time he gave Dwayne an Attitude Adjustment. Cena will display some anger while quietly leaving Rock unconscious in the ring while giving the crowd a blank stare as he exits.

By doing this, it will create buzz about a possible heel turn thus causing fans to watch RAW the next night.

Cliffhanger

(The U.S. Title may change this weekend/tonight. If it does, I predict Ryder to finally win the U.S. Championship)

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WWE Conspiracy 101: Examining WWE Superstars Plagued by the Conspiracy

In early 2011, regular WWE Jobber, R-Truth, underwent a drastic character alteration. The Truth turned his back on his best friend in John Morrison while claiming to be a victim of the WWE system. Dressed in Confederacy attire, R-Truth exposed what many considered ridiculous claims of a conspiracy against him and his pursuit of the WWE Championship.

As explicit as WWE conspiracies are currently, there are also a number of subliminal conspiracies occurring under the radar of the WWE Universe. Despite this, I am well aware of the numerous conspiracies and I intend on exposing their targets in this article.

Daniel Bryan: The current Mr. Money in the bank, Daniel Bryan, should be riding a huge wave of momentum fresh off his shocking win in SmackDown’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Initially, Bryan put together a small streak of victories before becoming embroiled in a feud with Wade Barrett.  The former Nexus cohorts were set to face off at SummerSlam 2011. At the event, Wade Barrett defeated Bryan with the Wasteland. This loss would also upstart the downfall of Daniel Bryan.

The American Dragon has lost every noteworthy match he has been in since SummerSlam. As of late, Bryan has been used as a stepping stone for the Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara feud. Considering his status as Mr. MITB, you’d think Bryan would be booked better than he is. After his latest loss to Sin Cara (Original and Fake), Bryan cut a promo for WWE.com stating that he felt he was cheated. Bryan believes the switch from SmackDown may’ve been planned and things haven’t been going how they’re suppose to since he won the blue briefcase.

It seems as if Bryan is finally realizing the conspiracy against him and his plans to become World Champion at WrestleMania 28.

While Bryan is a victim of the conspiracy, he still has the MITB briefcase. The following Superstar has been to subject to similar treatment but can be defined as worse considering who he is.

John Morrison: The Monday Night Delight hasn’t been so delightful since his return to RAW a few months back. JoMo has undeniably accumulated a number of losses. Simply put, Morrison has won one singles match since his return while partaking in tag team matches with guys like Alex Riley, Kofi Kingston, and Rey Mysterio for victories. Perhaps the most noteworthy and conspiracy supporting loss would be to Alberto Del Rio in a 47 second squash match.

All signs point to Morrison being buried or conspired against by WWE Management/Vince McMahon. It’s no secret that McMahon isn’t too fond of Morrison because of his refusal to initiate physicality with Batista over Melina. Maybe Vince McMahon is conspiring against Morrison because of it.

You never know!

Awesome Truth: The Miz and R-Truth are arguably the most prominent victims of the conspiracy (besides the superstar I will discuss next). While the gripes may’ve been outrageous at first, it seems as if there has been some legitimacy to these claims as of late. For example, Awesome Truth was victims of bad refereeing by WWE appointed officials. During a matchup for the tag team championship against Air Boom, Kofi and Bourne utilized underhanded tactics while the referees were “distracted”. Despite this, Miz was able to handle his own and administer the Skull Crushing Finale on Evan Bourne. Once again, the official was too “busy” with R-Truth to make the count. This infuriated The Miz as he physically assaulted the referee. Instead of explaining the repercussions of his actions to his partner, Truth partook in the assault on the ref as both fled the ring shortly afterwards.

After attacking the COO, Triple H and another referee during the main event, the Awesome Truth understood their actions could mean termination and sincerely apologized to Triple H the next night on RAW. Despite the COO seemingly forgiving the duo and fining them $250,000, Triple H fired them after a loss to John Cena and CM Punk.

The Awesome Truth has exposed the conspiracy as it continues to plague the mentally and professionally. What if the referee was actually in on the conspiracy? What if someone working behind the scenes doesn’t want Truth and Miz as Champions? What if someone intends on holding the duo back?

From the looks of things, it’s hard to deny the conspiracy against the Awesome Truth.

CM Punk: The Voice of the Voiceless has been conspired against since he announced his plans to take the WWE Championship at WWE Money in the Bank and leave. While the actions of Vince McMahon at MITB inexplicitly displayed the conspiracy against Punk and his plan to win the WWE Championship, it seemed as if the conspiracy against Punk ended after McMahon’s removal from the WWE. However, CM Punk found himself in the middle of a full blown conspiracy at the conclusion of SummerSlam 2011.

After defeating John Cena in a matchup for the Undisputed WWE Championship, CM Punk was attacked by Kevin Nash. Big Daddy Cool destroyed Punk with a Jackknife powerbomb. After Nash’s attack on Punk was over, Mr. Money in the Bank, Alberto Del Rio, cashed in on the 2nd City Saint to win his first WWE Championship.

The circumstances surrounding Nash and what motivated him to attack Punk were unclear. The constant bashing of Triple H and his wife by CM Punk pointed to Triple H’s (or Stephanie’s) involvement with Kevin Nash. Nash later revealed that he received a text that said attack the winner of the WWE Championship bout featuring Punk and Cena. While Nash alluded to the perpetrator, Punk was convinced that Triple H was the guilty party.

After numerous weeks of attacks, bickering, and confusion between the three, Triple H granted Punk at match with Nash at WWE Night of Champions. However, Triple H removed Nash from the matchup while inserting himself in it to exact revenge for Punk’s derogatory comments. Triple H’s actions angered Kevin Nash, who was later fired for physically assaulting and goading Triple H into assaulting him.

Before he terminated Nash, Triple H revealed that it was Nash who sent himself the infamous text message. Despite this development, Punk didn’t believe Triple H’s story and felt as if Nash and Hunter were still conspiring against him.

At this point, the involvement of John “Funk Man” Laurinaitis also came into question as he was the one who originally hired Nash and worked with him closely afterwards.

Triple H and CM Punk continued their weekly verbal destruction of the other with Punk convincing Triple H to resign as COO if he was to lose at Night of Champions.

At Night of Champions, Punk’s match with Triple H was compromised by Awesome Truth, Laurinaitis, and Kevin Nash before Punk and Triple H were able to fight off the adversaries.

However, Triple H defeated Punk after a Pedigree and retained his position as the COO.

Despite this, the conspiracy is apparently still active. The actions of John Laurinaitis are becoming more and more questionable with each passing week as Punk has apparently let his guard down when it comes to Triple H. We should get more answers through tonight’s edition of Monday Night RAW.

Could Vince McMahon be tied into the conspiracy? Maybe things aren’t what they seem?

Who knows!

One thing’s for sure and that’s the conspiracy in the WWE.

And I intend on exposing it and the perpetrators through the Conspiracy 101 Series.

Must Read CM Punk Interview: Change, Theme Song, Worst Backstage Moment

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The Voice of Voiceless, CM Punk, did a controversial interview WWE Magazines October issue. Punk broke kayfabe and discussed numerous subjects from “wannabes” to his 2009 fall from grace. The 2nd City Saint also discusses his new theme, booking, and his plan to leave the company.

Here’s the interview:

In your estimation, what do you feel is wrong with WWE right now, and what would you do to change it?

What’s wrong with WWE right now is that there isn’t enough youth. Most of the ideas are old. They worked in The Attitude Era or in the ’80′s—and I’m not necessarily saying that they’re bad or they’re wrong —but they need updating, they need tweaking. There needs to be some young minds spinning the webs, so to speak. I’m sick of seeing people who are excellent wrestlers get passed over for people who have abs or who were good second-string linemen in a European football league. I think there are a lot of people who, on their own terms, have made their own personas and perfected their craft simply out of love for what they do. They’re not trying to be bodybuilders or footballs players who fail miserably and then call their uncle or their dad and say, “Hey, I’ll give that wrestling thing a shot because I suck at everything else.”

Why do you think it’s such a strike against guys who—like yourself—are fans but aren’t from a sports or bodybuilding background?

Now, this is complete speculation. I can’t even tell you what somebody else is thinking. I can only say what I think works. And I’m not going to be right 100 percent of the time just like they’re not going to be. Somewhere along the way I think we lost the Midas touch. This whole thing became uncool. I think the people who love it aren’t going to go do something else if they get fired. Like Colt Cabana. He’s a perfect example. He is a wrestler. If he gets hired and it doesn’t work out, he’s wrestling somewhere else the next day. He’s not trying to shoehorn himself into an accounting job. He’s a wrestler. He’s always going to be there. So I just think if you love wrestling sometimes—maybe-you’re punished. You’re placed last in line. The attitude is: You’re always going to be here, maybe we can use you later if we need you, but right now we’re going to use this guy because he was good at college football, but he didn’t quite make it in the NFL.

Another one of your gripes is about how the WWE Championship looks. How would you redesign the title? What is the definitive look of that particular championship for you?

Oh God. How long’s this interview? Honestly, I think old Dwayne used to have a cute little blue cow on his title or something. Then, of course, Stone Cold had the Smoking Skull Title. I don’t know. I think I could Straight Edge the hell out of that thing. A couple of “X”s might make it look good. Make it look like a title should look like, and not make it look like some sort of weird, rapper bling. I feel the definitive look, though, is what I like to call “Bret Hart’s Title.” I think everyone likes to call it the “Winged Eagle Title.” That’s a little redundant. I’m pretty sure most eagles have wings. That’s the one that always sticks out in my mind.

This anger with your job has been festering for a while. Was there one moment backstage when you felt you’d had enough?

I can name one off the top of my head. How about main-eventing a pay-per-view as the World Heavyweight Champion against Undertaker and then, a few months later, being in a dark match against R-Truth at WWE TLC? That’s pretty ignorant in my mind. This is the problem. We do this too many times to too many Superstars. It’s a startstop kind of thing. The company likes to spotlight certain people. Like, “This week, Kofi’s cool,” and then, the next week, “We changed out minds we like Dolph this week.” It flip-flops back and forth ad nauseam, and the next thing you know, the people couldn’t give a crap about either guy.

When did the powers that be really begin to take your leaving WWE seriously?

I told them probably a year out. They would say, “Hey, how about we talk about your contract?” And I would just say, “No, I don’t really feel like it.” And they would say, “Okay, back off. Punk’s crabby and temperamental. We’ll get him next week.” And the next week it would be, “Hey, let’s talk about it.” And then maybe eight or ten months out, it was, “Hey, I really want to sit down. We really need to sign you a new deal.” And that’s when I straight up said, “No, I’m not interested.”

Take us back to your title match at WWE Money In The Bank. What did you do differently that day knowing that could have been your last day on the job?

I don’t think I did anything different that day. I’m a man of my word. I wasn’t going to skip out on my contract earlier. I was going to let it run out. These are the terms I agreed to and the dates I agreed to do, and I was definitely going to finish up. But I think I talked so much about everything and everybody that all eyes were on me and it created a high pressure situation. Thankfully, I thrive very well in those situations. I’d say I pulled it off. All this stuff I talk about, about being the best in the world, I certainly proved it that night. The match went near the 35-minute mark. But I wrestled for 93-minutes one time back in 2002 or 2003 in a Two-Out-Of-Three-Falls Match.

You mentioned on the Bill Simmons BS Report podcast that you had made the decision to come back and resign at WWE Money In The Bank. Do you think your decision was at all clouded a little bit too much by all the emotion going on that day?

I can definitely put it aside. I can be a robot if I need to be. Resigning was something that was on my mind day in and day out whether I was at the gym or sleeping. I was dreaming about it, I was really trying to figure out what the best decision was for me and my future. Call me crazy, but I was also trying to figure out what was the best decision for the company as a whole. I love what we do. I’m not going to get along with everybody I work with. I’m certainly not going to agree with everything all the time, but at the end of the day, I want everybody voice to be heard. I want this place to succeed. So I had to weigh my options.

Another thing we noticed is that you used the “W” word a lot in your tirades these last weeks. how much do you dislike saying “sports-entertainment”?

I don’t hate it as much as you would think, but I really do think It’s ridiculous when you’re not allowed to say “wrestling.” At the end of the day, that’s what goes on in that ring. That ring is our stage. What we do on that stage is we wrestle. I’m not playing grab-ass. I’m out there fighting to win. Wins and losses mean something. Wrestling happens to be damn entertaining.

So is it weird to call yourself a “Superstar” as opposed to a wrestler?

I don’t think it’s weird. I think we’re all Superstars. Absolutely. I don’t think there’s anybody else who can be called that. Would you call Brad Pitt a Superstar? Do I think Brad Pitt can do what we do? Absolutely not! Brad Pitt gets scripts and lines to study months ahead of time and he has a very controlled setting in which he looks the best he possible can. He has makeup on, there’s lighting, there’s people doing the sound and everything. We go out there on live TV every Monday night and kill it. That’s where the entertainment part comes in. It’s more entertaining then a Brad Pitt movie. There are no retakes, you know? There’s no Take 1, Take 2—”I screwed that up, let me do it again.” If we screw up, we screw up. That’s the entertaining part.

One thing you did change is your entrance music, to Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality.” Did you consider anything else?

No, that was the one. It was a throwback to my Indie days, but it also just fit. I have tremendous guts, I’d like to say, and it was just a gut feeling that this was the right thing to do, to change my music now. Did I like my old song? Absolutely. Was it recognizable? Sure, I had it for five years. Was it time for a change? Was it a risky thing? Yes and yes. But ultimately, I think it was the right move. I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since last Monday. It’s a song that came out in 1989, when I was on my little league team, and now it just jumped into the iTunes Top 200. That’s powerful. That should speak volumes to the WWE management. They should say, “Holy crap, this kid has the power to do something like that. Let’s see what else he can do.”

What’s really different now that you’re back? What are we really going to see that’s not status quo?

I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but I will tell you that when the Ramones were voted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, there was one surviving member of the original lineup left alive, and it was Marky. Marky originally was completely being in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This is, after all, the establishment that shunned the entire band for it’s entire career, and he wanted nothing to do with it. He was extremely adamant that, “No, you don’t get the privilege of having the Ramones in your little club.” My good friend, Lars Frederickson [of the band Rancid], got on the phone and said, “Marky listen to me. You almost have a responsibility to the underground to accept this award and be in the Hall of Fame to show that you are as big as the Rolling Stones, you are as big as the Beatles, you’re as good as Led Zeppelin, all these mainstream bands that the Ramones maybe never got credit on the same level as.” And that’s kind of how I feel about WWE right now. I’m the guy who, for all intents and purposes, never should have even made it to WWE. Then I had roadblock after roadblock thrown in my way. Not only did I get past those roadblocks, It did it while flipping off the people who put up those roadblocks. I feel I have a responsibility to the younger wrestlers on the roster, the ones that aren’t signed yet, and the future of wrestling as a whole, to help make this place better, and to change this place. I certainly can’t change it by sitting on my couch in Chicago.

My thoughts: I feel as if Punk is doing his best to “sell” this angle as real. Every fan loves a little backstage dirt and broken kayfabe.

I must say, I’m glad Punk stated what EXACTLY was wrong with the WWE as he always mentioned change but alluded to what needed to be changed.

Thanks for reading Revolutionaries! I really wanted to share this interview as it’s entertaining and gives you an idea of how Punks mind works.

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