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: A Week in Review

Hello Revolutionaries.

For some time now, I’ve been trying to find a way where I could discuss and give my expert opinion on RAW/SD Results and wrestling news in one well thought out, entertaining, and insightful article. Because of time constraints, I’ve always been opposed to the idea but I’ve recently warmed up to the idea. Considering the level of mediocrity when it comes to this week’s programming, I felt this was a great opportunity to set this idea a blaze with its first edition.

First of all, here are some general (and brief) thoughts on Monday Night RAW.

RAW: I wasn’t surprised by the reception/delivery of this week’s RAW as the show was taped and the WWE has a tendency of producing lackluster shows in the UK. Anyway, John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler put on the match of the night. Live reports say this match was well received and most UK fans were generally into this match. Thing is, this didn’t translate too well on television as the crowd was clearly dead/silent.

The eye opener was Morrison winning the matchup. It changed my handling of Morrison’s contract situation as I thought he was leaving the company. Apparently, the saga continues and I’ll get to that momentarily.

Ziggler looked great as usual and I’m assuming the WWE is building towards a Ryder vs. JoMo vs. Ziggler in a U.S. title match at Survivor Series.

Kofi Kingston being squashed by Del Rio is obviously a result of Evan Bourne’s wellness violation. I’m against the guilty by association mindset the WWE is using when handling this. On the other hand, having Del Rio squash random mid carders isn’t helping his character. The WWE needs to realize that fans just don’t care about Berto.

It’s sad but it’s the truth.

Punk absolutely destroyed Del Rio on the microphone. Some blame Del Rio’s accent but I beg to differ.

Kevin Nash’s promo absolutely sucked and he was discombobulated for the majority of it.

Brodus Clay’s debut being pushed back to next week doesn’t bother me at all. I’m not hopping on the Clay bandwagon as he has yet to impress me (but I am hopping on the Ziggler bandwagon).

The Kelly/DOD segment wasn’t relevant at all and I could’ve done without it.

The main event was a typical tag team match with a pretty lackluster finish to be honest.

SmackDown: SmackDown once again topped RAW as the better show watch/digest. Orton should eliminate the predictable comebacks on his promos. Christian was entertaining as usual but I still feel he should’ve been the one to remain face while Orton turned heel.

Sheamus and Christian put on another watchable match with Sheamus triumphing over Christian with the Celtic cross. Personally, I understand the WWE’s thought process and the fact that they’re trying to establish Sheamus as the guy on SmackDown. However, Christian could’ve used this win. Logically, the heel would pin the face at least one to establish some credibility for the heel and the face when he finally defeats him. Sheamus destroying Christian in every encounter is destroying Christian’s credibility/relevance while providing predictable and repetitive programming to fans.

Having Mark Henry put Daniel Bryan over as gutsy displays a little intelligence on the WWE’s part but it doesn’t last.

Random Ezekiel Jackson promo that is totally irrelevant as Cody squashed him week in and week out.

Originally, I perceived this Teddy Long/Aksana flirtation as her plotting to rid Long of his position as SmackDown General Manager. However, the WWE has displayed a profound amount of ignorance and confusion with these segments. The inclusion of Alicia Fox only furthers along the confusion and randomness of these segments.

Ted Dibiase squashed Jinder Mahal.

I guess it’s somewhat intelligent that the WWE allowed Daniel Bryan to administer a little offense to the World’s Champion. However, Henry destroyed Bryan in less than three minutes and I’m still trying to figure out what the WWE is doing with Daniel Bryan. To those optimistic smarks that feel this is anything but the WWE using Bryan to progress the Show/Henry program, I say open your eyes.

Big Show randomly squashed three local jobbers. I guess this was supposed to impress Mark Henry?

Tamina vs. Alicia Fox was a passable Divas match. I must say, Alicia is a victim of the Anderson effect (random face/heel turn at any moment). Alicia won while Natalya randomly bashed her on commentary.

Oh my God, Mexican America has joined World Wrestling Entertainment. Seriously, I like the trio of Hunico, Epico, and Primo and it was obvious that these guys had chemistry. The Usos were great as usual and I like the trio of finishers Jey received after the match was over.

Randy Orton and Wade Barrett was an okay matchup. The fact that Wade Barrett won displays the fact that the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on Barrett and this push. This also gives Team Barrett a little credibility going into Survivor Series as most would expect a squash matchup (I still do).

NEWS!!!

John Morrison removed from tour dates: I’m pretty sure everyone has read about this considering every prominent dirt sheet has published four articles on it each day. Honestly, I have yet to figure this situation out as everything kayfabe wise suggests that Morrison has/will resign. I apologize for being a skeptic but there’s something about this situation that isn’t clicking with me. Dave Meltzer reporting that friends felt Morrison was going to TNA is ridiculous. John Morrison resides in Los Angeles, California.

Impact Wrestling is taped in Tampa, Florida.

Morrison would be traveling to the other side of the country to wrestle. I find that a far-fetched but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does leave the WWE in the imminent future but all signs point to a agreement.

Sheamus wants Undertaker at WrestleMania 28: This doesn’t surprise me at all. Originally, I picked Undertaker to face Sheamus, Wade Barrett, or Randy Orton in his final. It’s a strong possibility that it’ll be one of those names. Like I stated above, Sheamus is going to be one of the WWE’s biggest stars. The Undertaker rub at WrestleMania is unmatched and Sheamus’ career would benefit from it.

Cody Rhodes gimmick change: Initially, I read about this a few weeks ago. Nothing came to fruition and I quietly ignored the report. However, Cody began removing his mask and wrestling house shows without it so I considered it possible. That’s when Downstait stated that they were recording a new theme for Rhodes and I’ve been waiting for the change ever since.

I wonder what it’ll be. A nefarious gimmick similar to that of Chris Jericho would be refreshing.

John Laurinaitis Future Endeavors shirt released: Why? This is seriously a comedic tactic so the WWE can sell some extra t-shirts. Unfortunately, fans will think it’s humorous and purchase one.

Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal on Superstars: SmackDown worthy match that should’ve replaced Christian and Sheamus. Most of the live reports say Bryan pissed himself. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this matchup.

Christian injured: This is definitely a horrible time for Christian to suffer an injury. It is believed that he either sprained or broke his ankle. If it’s broken, Christian will need a replacement for Survivor Series as he is a prominent figure on Team Barrett. Christian is the all around best superstar on SmackDown so it would difficult to replace him but logic says add someone like Brodus Clay in his place.

Well that’s all for today folks. Be sure to like this page, subscribe to my blog, and read all my other post. Like EGW on Facebook, follow EGW on Twitter, vote in the EvE series.

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WWE: Examining the Main Event Players of the Future

Hello Revolutionaries, I’m back with an interesting article I think every member of the IWC will appreciate. You see, we’ve been dissatisfied with WWE programming for awhile now. In spite of the WWE’s questionable booking and repetitive programming, I feel as if IWC’s main gripe with the WWE is its inability/unwillingness to push mid card talent to the main event.

Yes, the WWE has attempted to create new stars but have effectively dropped the ball on each prospect at some point. Some notable examples of this would be Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, and Daniel Bryan.

And if this isn’t bad enough, the WWE consistently books the same guys in the main event.

Thing is, John Cena and Randy Orton won’t be around forever. The WWE needs to prepare these guys for the top level before they end up in a Brock Lesnar situation. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, from 2002 to early 2004, Brock Lesnar was the guy in the WWE.

At the height of his fame/career, he left the WWE. Being the top guy, Brock’s departure left a huge void in the WWE that would remain there until John Cena came into his own one year after Brock left.

To avoid such occurrences, I believe the WWE should have an abundance of top level talent.

Because of WWE’s ignorance of this and refusal to properly build mid carders over time, I’ve decided to examine a number of these talented individuals who could become big players in the WWE’s future. To assist readers in understanding where I’m getting at, I’m going to discuss the qualities that allowed me to accommodate them.

I’ll also discuss some things the WWE could orchestrate kayfabe wise and some aspects that each individual should alter about their character that’ll assist them in gaining a higher level of notoriety among the WWE Universe.

Dolph Ziggler: The HEEL has become arguably the most entertaining superstar on the RAW roster since the WWE obviously allowed him to write his own promos. Dolph is one of the best in ring workers in the WWE today and is overwhelmingly charismatic. Like him or not, Dolph stands out. With all of these attributes, Dolph still has one problem that can’t be overlooked. Vickie Guerrero is still his manager. I understand that Vickie Guerrero is probably the biggest heel in the WWE (shame) today. Thing is, the only reason she was paired with Ziggler was to help Mr. Perfection get over as a heel.

Dolph has improved to a point where they should drop Vickie as his manager. They teased it with this mini feud with Jack Swagger and a backstage segment with Steve Austin. At some point, Dolph is going to have to make it on his own and I believe he’s fully capable of doing so.

Storyline wise, the WWE should have Ziggler to drop the U.S. Title to Ryder or Morrison. This leaves the WWE with two options. One, have him face WWE Champion, CM Punk, at the Royal Rumble. Or two, have Ziggler win the Rumble if Jericho isn’t returning. This way, you have a guy that is ready to compete at the top level in the main event of WrestleMania 28 where he rightfully belongs.

Wade Barrett: The Bare Knuckle Brawler has had his ups and down in the WWE. From being the WWE’s biggest heel to barely appearing on WWE programming, Barrett is undoubtedly the most infamous case of the WWE dropping the ball on a young guy. Barrett has the mic skills and charisma to become a staple on the main event card but he seriously lacks inside the ring. I know most feel he’s a total package but flashes of a good match here and there aren’t displaying the consistent in ring storytelling.

If he corrects this, he’ll definitely be a total package. Storyline wise, I wouldn’t have Wade win the Rumble. I thrive on being realistic instead of optimistic and having Barrett win the Rumble after spending most of this year as Big Show/Ezekiel Jackson’s whipping boy isn’t realistic. I would gradually build him up but I would plan a big payoff at WrestleMania 28.

As I contemplate Barrett’s match at WM 28, I don’t think it would be irrational for him to face the man he was supposed to face at WrestleMania 27.

The Undertaker

Sure, Barrett isn’t a huge name but Undertaker has beaten everyone there is to beat except Cena. He’s busy with Rock so why not have Undertaker give Barrett the rub at Mania. Obviously, he wouldn’t win but a match with the Deadman at Mania is beneficial even if it results in a loss.

And let’s be honest, Undertaker’s last match should be against a rising star instead of a guy that is already established.

What good would it do either?

Cody Rhodes: The Undashing One is a complete package. Rhodes possesses every tool to make him a main event star but I don’t feel he’s there yet. Unlike Dolph, Cody hasn’t had that long run in the mid card with a credible championship reign. The WWE is doing their best to pass Cody off as the savior of the Intercontinental Championship. However, Cody rarely defends the title. Besides a win over Morrison, Cody hasn’t defended the IC Strap since reintroducing the classic design of it.

This is definitely a problem.

To be honest, the WWE should’ve kept Dibiase and Rhodes together until Mania. Rhodes should’ve continued to verbally abuse Ted until Dibiase stands up to Cody shortly after the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Since they apparently took another route, Rhodes should continue his title reign but place him in a number of meaningful feuds along the way.

I’ll spark a feud with a mid carder from RAW but you’ll just have to continue reading to see who I’m referring to.

Kofi Kingston: In my humble opinion, Kofi Kingston is also a superstar that possesses the tools to become a top dog in the years to come. Kingston has proven if given an opportunity, he can excel. His 2008 feud with Randy Orton is a kind notion to my claim. Currently, Kofi is apparently going to be punished for the sins of Evan Bourne. Kofi marks see this as unfair or irrational and while I agree to some extent, I also feel it’s an opportunity to turn this real life misfortune into something to elevate Kofi. From the looks of things, the WWE will effectively ignore Bourne’s suspension and allow the thirty days to pass. Over the course of those thirty days, the WWE should continue to bury Kingston in any match he partakes in.

Have Bourne return to a seemingly ecstatic Kofi and book them for the first title defense. Towards the end of the matchup, have Kofi abandon Bourne as he reaches for a tag. This should ultimately lead to Air Boom losing the tag team titles.

Kofi would attack Bourne (Ziggler or Orton style) after the match, effectively turning him heel. The obvious motivation for this would be Kofi struggles in Bourne’s absence and the fact that Bourne let him down because of his wellness violation.

This would more of an opportunity the WWE shouldn’t pass up. A Kofi heel turn to split this team up was inevitable but now he has substantial reason to do so.

John Morrison: The Shaman of Sexy was on a three month losing streak while becoming the most discussed superstar on the Internet through rumors of an impending departure. Morrison’s booking since his return suggested he was leaving but Morrison turned things around with a win over the U.S. Champion Monday. Morrison is very charismatic, a great worker, and apparently took classes to improve his promos.

I won’t give JoMo a pass or criticism because he hasn’t been given an opportunity to display any possible improvement.

Anyway, the WWE has to alter this guy’s character in some way shape or form. For one, the parkour stuff isn’t a gimmick and it makes him come off as a spot monkey when he doesn’t have to. I think Morrison should either be a heel or become an edgier face. He needs to display some arrogance or attitude because they fit this Jim Morrison rock star persona.

I’ve seen a little of it through a WWE.com interview where Morrison discussed his first win in three months while proclaiming that he is “the best guy in the WWE right now”.

Maybe an opportunity at a heel turn will arise during that Ryder vs. Ziggler vs. Morrison match we know is going to happen at Survivor Series. Remember, Ryder is a New York native and I’m pretty sure he’ll win the U.S. Championship. The WWE could really start a Morrison heel turn off on a high note with him attacking Ryder and getting that heel heat from Ryder’s home state audience.

However, JoMo could win the U.S. Title with a cheap tactic and build towards a heel turn and subsequent feud with Ryder.

The Shortlist

Drew McIntyre: McIntyre should turn face. I’ve always been one of those guys that never saw anything in McIntyre besides the fact that he’s an okay worker. Basically, he’s Randy Orton Jr. without the selfishness and backstage pull. Anyway, if the WWE does decide to resurrect Drew, they should gradually build towards or a face turn. Have McIntyre win a few matches here and there and put him in an IC Title feud with Rhodes for WrestleMania. On the other hand, the WWE could bring him up as a part of Vickie’s clientele and pursue the tag team championships with Swagger

Alex Riley: Before the WWE does anything with Riley, the guy seriously has to work on his wrestling. He has screwed up too much for the WWE to ignore. Other than that, I feel Riley has the “it” factor to become a top level competitor. Just like McIntyre, the WWE should slowly rebuild him with a number of wins. I would place him in the U.S. Title picture for WrestleMania.

Jack Swagger: I’ve spent days’ trying to figure out what to do with Swagger but something isn’t clicking. His in ring work ethic has undoubtedly deteriorated since his ECW days. He doesn’t stand out too much on the mic and I blame the WWE for completely ignoring the feud he had going with Ziggler before placing the two together. Like I stated above, I believe him and McIntyre could be a formidable team with a slow build. As far as top level goes, Swagger will need a drastic gimmick change because the ripped off Kurt Angle gimmick isn’t working.

Justin Gabriel: Gabriel is a great in ring worker but he needs a gimmick. He needs a character for me to take him seriously.

Brodus Clay: I’ve watched a number of Brodus matches on superstars but he doesn’t appeal to me. I personally think he’s Big Daddy V 2.0 but the IWC generally likes him. I can’t take their opinion as my own as some guys overhype or exaggerate when it comes to new talent.

Evan Bourne: I don’t know if Bourne will ever reach the top level. It would surprise me.

Mason Ryan: The only appealing aspect Mason possesses is his build. He has the bodybuilder like physique Vince McMahon admires so much. Besides that, there’s nothing too special about him. However, he will become a major player simply because Vince obviously loves him.

Ted Dibiase: Great in ring worker but he needs a character.

Daniel Bryan: The best in ring worker in the WWE today is carrying the MITB briefcase. It seems as if the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on his WrestleMania push but they booked him poorly for some time now. I do think he will become World Champion at WrestleMania but he should definitely be considered for a character alteration or heel turn in the future.

Zack Ryder: Long Island Iced Z is perfectly fine and I expect big things for him in the future. However, he needs a solid mid card feud. Like I stated above, he could work a program with a heel Morrison and develop a serious aspect of his character we have yet to see. That or he’ll become the next Santino.

Don’t get me wrong, there are others that can climb the WWE ladder but some have yet to debut with the WWE and others haven’t/won’t been given any opportunity to excel. For now, I’ve discussed the guys I think can/will take that next step but it’s up to the WWE at this point.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Breaking News: WWE Champion Injured? *SPOILERS*

Revolutionaries, I apologize for the title if it’s misleading and the swiftness of this article as it’s not my MO but I find this intriguing to say the least. While dirt sheets have yet to announce it, I believe Evan Bourne suffered an injury on Monday Night RAW. I don’t know if it was a minor or major injury but the moment I saw Jack Swagger botch that power bomb Monday, I knew Bourne had been hurt/injured in some way.

I mean, do you realize how high Bourne was up in the air before Swagger just dropped em?

Bourne needed to be assisted by Ryan and Kingston because he was apparently in pain after Swagger’s botch.

Anyway, Evan Bourne wasn’t present at the SD tapings last night as his tag team partner, Kofi Kingston, partook in a backstage segment and a tag match with Zack Ryder against Swiggler. Kingston and Ryder won the match and apparently, there was no sign of Bourne.

Like I stated above, I may be jumping to conclusions here but it’s definitely a questionable event.

Remember, Bourne is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with Kingston and if he is injured, he would have to relinquish the title and allow someone to take his place.

I hope Bourne isn’t injured as the Air Boom team just began to roll.

On the other hand, this may also be bad news for Swagger seeing as this isn’t his first botch on live programming. We know Vince McMahon has a temper and he strongly dislikes botches on live television.

Just ask Sin Cara, seriously.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 Review

Hello Revolutionaries, it’s time for my WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 review. First and foremost, I’d like to say that I actually partially enjoyed this pay per view. Yes, I have the tendency to write most WWE pay per views off as boring and predictable but my assumptions have been proven accurate on a number of occasions. Originally, I predicted this event to fail due to the short time the WWE had to build it up and the lack of compelling storylines.

Nonetheless, I was surprised by the overall match quality pay per view and felt it deserved an in depth review by yours truly.

BUT, that doesn’t mean that it was great with storyline progression.

So, let’s start the show!

Sheamus vs. Christian

First up, The Great White vs. Captain Charisma in what seems to be the culmination of a feud that has been brewing for some time now. The most noteworthy part of this matchup would be the appearance of the Awesome Truth. The exiled duo seemingly purchased front row tickets for the event only to be escorted out of the building by Johnny Ace and a barrage of security guards.

This was a decent matchup but I failed to get into it. It felt as if this match was a better fit on SmackDown. You have two great in ring workers in Christian and Sheamus and this match just wasn’t interesting at all. Unsurprisingly, Sheamus wins after the Brogue Kick to continue his ascension to the main event card.

MistiCara vs. HuniCara

What’s wrong with me? At first, this match looked pretty good but considering the fact that I was multitasking and looked away more times than one, my opinion was flawed at the time. I caught the replay and watched the match again and was absolutely horrified. For one, it was too slow considering the guys wrestle similar styles. The botches were too apparent in this match and the crowd was totally bored with it.

Air Boom vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

Arguably the best match of the night along with the main event, Air Boom took on Vickie’s Clientele for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Dolph and Jack played the typical heel roles in this match while Air Boom displayed their improvement as a tag team by displaying some great in ring chemistry and some new tag team maneuvers. Dolph and Jack had some great chemistry here too but I still won’t forget that they were at each other’s throats two weeks ago.

Air Boom wins the match with a nice hurricana spot by Bourne and Swagger.

Orton attacks Henry with a chair at WWE Hell in a Cell

Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

I don’t have too much to say about this match but it was just as good as their last match. Considering the size and moveset of Mark Henry, this was a pretty good match that involved a few spots outside the match. It was weird that weapons were rarely used but that doesn’t matter considering Mark Henry took Orton’s best and retained his World Championship.

My problem is, why is Mark Henry running from Orton like a little girl? I mean, Mark Henry is supposed to be this unstoppable monster but he ran like a girl who just got her Barbie doll stolen by a bully.

Cody Rhodes vs. John Morrison

This was undoubtedly the moment of the night. I actually predicted a Rhodes promo only to have John Morrison interrupt and challenge for the Intercontinental Championship. Rhodes comes out and trashes the crowd for their hideousness before dropping his championship in a paper bag. Rhodes reintroduces the classic Intercontinental Championship worn by the likes of HBK, Austin, and Bret Hart.

Rhodes says he will be better than all of them and defend his title feverishly at any place and any time. As soon as Cody said this, Johnny Ace informed the demented superstar that he would defend his title right now. John Morrison makes his way to ring with a nice reaction from the live audience.

This was a mark out moment for me considering I was almost dead on with my prediction and my favorite superstar actually had a match. The match was decent with Morrison dominating Rhodes for the majority of it. It looked as if JoMo would win the Championship towards the end but Cody countered the Chuck kick with a roll up for the win.

I knew Rhodes would win and most fans look at this match as a job considering Rhodes was in his street clothes. I beg to differ as Morrison looked great in defeat and the thought of Morrison on SmackDown is certainly a delightful one. However, the loss doesn’t give Morrison fans any security on Morrison’s future with the company. I hope the WWE turns this into a fully fledged feud as both men are lacking any current direction.

PLEASE WWE! PLEASE!

There was a predictable backstage segment with Triple H questioning Johnny Ace’s decision to make matches with his approval. Chaos broke out when they were informed that Air Boom had been attacked by the Awesome Truth.

Typical stuff here

Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly

This match was pretty good for the Divas but it was a typical Phoenix/Kelly matchup. I have nothing to say but the right Diva won the Championship as a Kelly win wouldn’t have made any sense. Thing is, did Beth really need an assist by Nattie to defeat Kelly Kelly?

Of course not

CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

This match was the best of the night but that’s not saying match considering the other matches didn’t have the same length. It got boring at a few points but it was obvious that the WWE was trying to get the “Captain Third Wheel” label off of Del Rio by having him dominate the majority of this match. It was clever of Del Rio to lock Cena out of the cage as he wins the WWE Championship after nailing Punk with a steel pipe.

After the match, Cena gets in the cell after it was being lifted and attacks Del Rio. Before Cena could do any significant damage, Awesome Truth attacks all three competitors as the cell is mysteriously lowered back down. Miz and Truth destroy Cena, Punk, and Del Rio while Triple H is livid on the outside. The entire WWE roster attempts to get inside the cell to no avail. Officers and security show up with a pair of bolt cutters as Truth and Miz immediately surrender to the officers. As they’re being carried out, Triple H attacks both but is restrained by security.

R-Truth and The Miz

Overall thoughts

Why did Del Rio lose the title two weeks ago if he was going to win it back tonight? The WWE is stripping the prestige of the WWE Championship with these short title reigns. To be honest, the WWE Championship is already a prop. Congratulations Cody Rhodes, you have the most prestigious championship in the WWE today. Sorry Dolph, you’re second place.

Like I stated above, Cody’s segment was the highlight of the night as John Morrison’s future remains in question. Didn’t Zack Ryder defeat the U.S. Champion two times in a row? Why didn’t he face Ziggler for the Championship tonight?

Beth Phoenix didn’t need to defeat Kelly dirty considering Kelly is a gymnast and she’s a professional wrestler. Mark Henry rightfully retains but shouldn’t have been portrayed a cowardly face by running from Randy Orton. Christian and Sheamus could’ve been better. Johnny Ace should be placed in a non speaking role. Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara was horrible and Mistico could use some time in the developmental territory.

The tag team matchup was good and the right guys retained.

The final segment was pretty good and is nostalgic for fans who love the Attitude Era. I’m actually looking forward to RAW and what Awesome Truth does next.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 Predictions

Hello Revolutionaries, welcome my WWE HIAC 2011 pay-per-view predictions.  To be honest, I think this pay per view will be poor considering the WWE didn’t give the Creative Team the appropriate time to build it up. This is probably one of few WWE pay per views I am not looking forward too. Nonetheless, I hope you guys enjoy the show.

Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne © vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger (if it happens, very likely though)

Before I start, I’d like to be the first to ask why Dolph and Jack are teaming up after their history. If my memory serves me right, Jack Swagger has been screwed out of the U.S. Championship and numerous matchups by Dolph Ziggler. And to think, this was just a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, I think it’ll be a great match style wise as each of these four individuals possesses exceptional wrestling ability. On the other hand, the finish is predictable considering the randomness of the Ziggler/Swagger pairing.

Winners: Air Boom

Kelly Kelly (c) vs. Beth Phoenix

 I would’ve bet my right arm on Beth Phoenix defeating Kelly Kelly at WWE Night of Champions. Here we are, almost two weeks later and Beth is taking on Kelly once again. To be honest, I don’t think a win by Beth would trigger any drastic change, but it’s time for Kelly to drop that Divas title. Then again, you never know with the WWE as they’ll use the most ridiculous excuse to explain Kelly’s title retention. Something like Kelly is finally getting over as Divas Champion…Oh, wait.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara

This is probably the most interesting feud on this card. Despite the fact that promos aren’t an option, the underhanded tactics of Hunico certainly draws a decent amount of attention. Now that Hunico has acknowledged Sin’s theft of his “Mistico” persona in Mexico, it adds proper explanation to his actions.

Yes, Sin Cara did rip off the Mistico gimmick from the original Mistico, Hunico. However, Sin revolutionized Mistico and became a big hit in Mexico unlike Hunico. I can’t speak for others but I absolutely loved that they acknowledged this. It gives fans a little reality while not being too far-fetched. I expect a great match between the two with a few botches here and there. In the end, the original Sin Cara will reign supreme.

Winner: Original Sin Cara

Mark Henry © vs. Randy Orton

Does anyone else feel that even though Mark Henry is the world champion, Randy Orton is still the TRUE world champion? For example, Mark Henry had to defend his championship against Christian to determine who would face Orton at Hell in a Cell. It’s like Henry was fighting for a shot at Orton’s title. Anyway, Henry just won the title two weeks ago and it would be extremely foolish for Orton to win the title back so quickly.

Winner: Mark Henry

Sheamus vs. Christian

This is undoubtedly the most properly built matchup on this card. Why? This feud has been brewing for quite some time now. In turn, it makes it difficult to decide the winner. Nonetheless, this will be a great matchup but I’m going to take the safe route and say the Great White wins.

Winner: Sheamus

John Cena © vs. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio

Am I the only one who doesn’t care about the winner of this matchup? To be completely honest, I have absolute no interest in this feud whatsoever. It has had a nice build up but I can’t get into this three way feud for the life of me. Maybe it’s because the same three guys have been feuding over the WWE Championship for a few months. Anyway, John Cena said he was going to win and his word is practically gospel nowadays.

Winner: John Cena

Bonus Thoughts/Wants:

 I think a match for the Intercontinental Championship should be on the card. Besides, there’s no other feud on SmackDown or Raw so it would be intelligent to start one spontaneously through a Cody Rhodes promo. It’s sad that guys like John Morrison and Daniel Bryan won’t be on the card.

 To be honest, I think the numbers will be very disappointing. The programming has been pretty good but not to the point where I would purchase this PPV.

MOTN: Christian vs. Sheamus, CM Punk vs. Cena vs. Del Rio, or Air Boom vs. Swagger/Ziggler.

WWE Night of Champions Predictions

U.S. Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger

This will be the match of the night. Unless Punk vs. Triple H somehow tops this, I expect these guys to steal the show in this fatal four way matchup. This match revolves around the Swagger/Ziggler/Guerrero angle they’ve been building for weeks now. John Morrison and Alex Riley were thrown in because WWE Creative obviously had no storyline plans for them. This is undoubtedly the hardest match to predict as each competitor has an overwhelming chance at winning the gold. Jack Swagger or Dolph Ziggler could win just because Creative wants to continue the angle. Alex Riley could win because Creative wants to give Riley a mid card title and allow him to improve before putting him in the main event. Finally, John Morrison could win if Creative is planning on having Morrison resurrect the championship and prepare him for the main event scene. In the end, I believe Swagger and Ziggler will be facing off with one knocking the other outside of the ring. John Morrison will pick up the straps and win the U.S. Championship. And to those who’re questioning my prediction and proclaiming it “illogical”, I’d like to point out that this is WWE Creative we’re dealing with. They haven’t done anything logical for quite some time now.

Winner: John Morrison

Divas Championship: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

WWE’s Barbie Doll, Kelly Kelly, has been on a role since winning the Divas Champion. If I’m not mistaken, Kelly Kelly is 19-1 since she won the Divas Championship from Brie Bella. On the other hand, Beth Phoenix is out for revenge after Kelly upset her in a pretty decent match (especially for the Divas) at SummerSlam.  I was one of the fans that felt the Glamazon would dominate Kelly at SummerSlam for the victory but I realized that Kelly had to retain so that another confrontation could occur down the line. It finally seems as if WWE Creative is attempting to add some emphasis on the Divas Division with the “controversial” article on WWE.com by Katie Raymond. While it was obviously a work, the article displayed the general opinion of the IWC. Beth has returned to contender status with her destruction of Eve Torres last week. The question is; can Phoenix finally dethrone the proverbial “model” she and Natalya Neidhart despise so much? This Sunday, the Glamazon returns to her rightful place at the top of the WWE Divas Division. Hopefully she’ll do it without spitting imitation blood in the face of the Champion.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Ted Dibiase

Before I begin, I’d like to be the first to say that this feud is the epitome of impatience. I don’t speak for everyone but I feel as if Creative should’ve allowed Ted to stay by Cody’s side while the physical and verbal abuse continues. In turn, allowing Cody to defend his title against the likes of Justin Gabriel, Daniel Bryan, or RAW Superstars. But what do I know? I’m just an incompetent wrestling fan. This match hasn’t been announced yet but I’m positive it will be announced after SmackDown tomorrow night. I expect a great match between the two as both have put on great matches with Randal in the past three weeks (Ted vs. Randal was better). In the end, Cody will defeat Dibiase thus furthering the program.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Tag Team Championship: Air Boom vs. R-Truth and The Miz

This is something we haven’t gotten in a long time. An actual feud in the WWE tag team division. I’m normally against throwing random superstars together but I like the direction both teams are going. Air Boom has resurrected some of the tag team division’s relevance while attracting the admiration of the live audience. On the other hand, R-Truth and Miz have become one of the WWE’s most entertaining duos in quite some time now. This match will be great but Air Boom should win to further the storyline and turn into a fully fledged feud.

Winners: Air Boom

World Championship: Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

This is the match that’s going to send shockwaves through the WWE Universe/IWC if the right guy wins. Mark Henry has been on a rampage since the 2011 WWE Draft and it seems as if he has Orton’s number. The World’s Strongest Man has destroyed Randal on two occasions and for the first time since his face turn; Randal’s back is against the wall. Or so it seems. You see, Creative is obsessed with making Randal the “John Cena” of SmackDown. Their plan is failing due to Orton’s inability to draw fans and lackluster merchandise sales. The WWE needs to face the fact that Orton isn’t a superstar to carry a brand. The consistent push of Mark Henry has proved to be successful and the best way to further it is by having Mark Henry win the World Championship this Sunday. But, knowing Creative, Orton is probably going to win by disqualification or count out.

Winner: Randy Orton

WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

John Cena in a WWE Championship match at a pay-per-view, I’m so surprised! I must say, the buildup to this match has been absolutely atrocious. First of all, the WWE Champion misses the first RAW Supershow because of Visa issues? The smart thing to do would’ve been to have Del Rio win the Championship once his issues were cleared. Why would the WWE place the Championship on a guy who was facing visa issues a few weeks later? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. If this wasn’t bad enough, Super Cena has returned to his familiar ways. He’s burying two stars at a time now. If Swagger and Ziggler wasn’t enough, Del Rio attempts to attack Cena and gets an Attitude Adjustment. Really? Alberto Del Rio is the WWE Champion. He’s supposed to have some sort of momentum going into this matchup. If he’s getting thrown around by a guy who just got demolished by two guys, how am I suppose to believe he can beat Cena? Don’t get me wrong, I know he will but it’s a bad buildup all around. On the other hand, Cena has been proclaiming that he was going to win the Championship all week (even on twitter). Cena’s word is practically gospel nowadays but I’ll take the safe path and go Cena winning by disqualification.

Winner: John Cena

CM Punk vs. Triple H

This pay-per-view revolves around one match and it’s CM Punk vs. Triple H. While I’m positive it’ll be a pretty good match, it’s obviously the scapegoat for Nash being physically unable to compete. I must say, I feel as if this match with Hunter is rushed and displays Creative current situation. They’re lost and they have absolutely no idea where this angle is going. I’m pretty sure they haven’t decided a winner of this match yet. Anyway, I see this match going two ways. One, Nash screws Punk or two, Nash screws Triple H. If I was a betting man, I’d choose Nash screwing Triple H.

Daniel Bryan should be on the show somewhere. He’s Mr. Money in the bank and his booking as of late is absolutely ridiculous. I understand the “underdog” angle the WWE is going for but it’s failing miserably. To be honest, I believe Bryan will lose the briefcase before WrestleMania.

Initially, I believed this pay-per-view could top both but it will ultimately fall in the hands of the wrestlers and overall match quality.

The fatal 4 way for the U.S. Championship will steal the show.

To be honest, I’ll probably read results afterwards and if the reviews are good, I’ll catch the replay sometime in the week that follows.

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