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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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.

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