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Archive for the month “December, 2015”

Ways to heighten drama in Royal Rumble match

In its 29th incarnation, the WWE Royal Rumble comes to the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on January 24th, 2016.

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What began as one of the Big Fed’s original “Big Four” pay-per-views and most innovative events in sports entertainment, the Rumble has suffered from awkward landings in recent years.

Will this year’s card redeem the Rumble?

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2015 Slammy Awards run-down

Monday Night Raw, live from Minneapolis, Minnesota served as the venue for the latest edition of WWE’s award show, The Slammys.

The Slammy Awards is a tradition begun in 1986 & 1987. The concept was revived in 1994, then again in 1996 & 1997. But it didn’t become an annual fixture until 2008.

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Who were the big winners this year? What were the high lights? And in what ways did the show fall flat?

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NXT proves simplicity works

As this week in wrestling draws to a close, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs and NXT Takeover: London are both in the bag.

Put side by side, one can see exactly how the shows differ. Putting aside variables such as attendance, production value and star power, a large difference between shows was in the construction of storylines.

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Joe’s coquina clutch: a clinic in getting a move over

Samoa Joe heads to London to challenge fellow veteran Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. The story of the match has become whether or not the champ can survive, counter or escape Joe’s dreaded signature submission, the coquina clutch.

joevsangleThe angle is an old promoter’s trick, and has stood the test of time. Building up a signature move and its effectiveness is a hallmark of professional wrestling, and its nice to see it still applied today.

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Attitude change benefits Enzo & Cass

The latest episode of NXT, live from Orlando, saw a new demeanor displayed by Full Sail veteran tag team Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.

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The two Jersey boys, along with their Staten Island princess Carmella, bi-passed their trademark microphone introduction. Instead, they wore stone scowls as they marched unceremoniously to the ring. The normally boisterous duo proceeded to attack their opponents with pure power offense, making short work of Corey Hollis and John Skyler.

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Full break-down of WWE TLC 2015

WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view comes to the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts this Sunday, December 13th.

The Fed’s final event of the year lands in a time of year that often suffers from rushed booking, absences and the holiday season. This year is no different, as many feuds going into the show feel under/un-developed, scattered and cold.

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With television ratings suffering their worst numbers in nearly twenty years, The December event has consistently been scheduled for mid-month, in order to take it easy on performers around Christmas. After all, the much-anticipated Road To WrestleMania is right around the corner at the Royal Rumble.

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Assessing Michael Cole as GM

Last week, Michael Cole announced that he would take over responsibilities as General Manager of NXT while William Regal recovers from neck surgery.

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The declaration that Cole was “in charge” received a round of resounding boos from the Full Sail University audience. The reception was not helped by Cole’s first official announcement as GM: that after receiving word from “corporate”, the championship match between Eva Marie and Bayley would happen regardless of Regal’s previous wishes.

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Charlotte turning heel good move for division & character

Ric Flair earned himself the title “the dirtiest player in the game” for his heelish antics, and it appears his daughter, WWE Divas Champion Charlotte, is aspiring to follow in his footsteps.

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This past Monday on Raw, Becky Lynch challenged best friend Charlotte to a good-natured contest. Charlotte hesitated at the prospect at first, but then conceded. They locked up while two-time Hall of Famer Ric Flair looked on at ringside.

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Tommy Dreamer returns to WWE Raw!

Former ECW Champion and hardcore legend Tommy Dreamer made his first televised appearance on WWE programming since December 17th, 2012.

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The “heart and soul of ECW” and the “innovator of violence” was the ace in the hole for fellow ECW alumni The Dudley Boyz as they were outnumbered by the Wyatt Family. Along with Dreamer and a garbage can full of kendo sticks, the Dudleys extracted a measure of revenge on the Wyatts for their recent attacks.

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