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WWE Fastlane: an above-average Raw

Bernie Barnes @thedailyjobber

From the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio WWE rolled out the pyro and big-name talent for its latest pay-per-view event: Fastlane.

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The build-up to February’s live event was short and felt rushed, and the card yielded a mixture of satisfying conclusions, intriguing twists, and perplexing segments. The general booking and execution of the event resulted in something which felt more like an episode of WWE television than something fans would pay their local cable providers to watch. Read more…

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Jobber Run-Down: RAW

New Orleans, Louisiana.

23rd Anniversary of Monday Night Raw. The McMahons and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns. One versus all. Highlight Reel returns. New U.S. Champ. Paul Heyman returns with the Beast.

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Full Jobber Run-Down starts now…

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Predictions and projections for 2016

It’s the time of year for review and resolution. It’s a time to take a look back at the year that’s gone by and in doing so appreciate the present.

What’s next is to look ahead at 2016. Which superstars will stand out, excel and achieve greatness? Which wrestlers will fall short of potential?

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The Daily Jobber wishes all the marks, smarks, heels, faces, no-sellers and super-bumpers a Happy New Year’s. Here are some Jobber predictions for 2016…

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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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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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WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarter-Finals

The go-home episode of Monday Night Raw featured four awesome matches between some of the Fed’s finest to determine who would compete for the vacated world heavyweight title at Survivor Series.

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While the tournament’s first round was punctuated by predictable action and surprise finishes, the superstars really stepped up the level of competition this week. Each match delivered in its own way, elevating everyone involved.

In the end, however, only four men survived.

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WWE Championship Tournament 1st Round (Part One)

With WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s #1 of 2015’s Top 500 Wrestlers Seth Rollins out of commission, Monday Night Raw kicked off the journey toward a new face of the company.

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Triple H opened the show with an homage to a great champion, and the audience in Manchester, England responded with great appreciation for what many consider was a modern heel too good to jeer.

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“Classic” and “New-school” booking mix to make N.O.C. exciting

This year, Night Of Champions carried on its tradition of making every title in WWE the focal point of the evening. In an age where sometimes belts, particularly any that are not the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, can become over-looked, under-played and ignored as central to feuds and story-lines, this was return to classic wrestling booking.

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Looking more closely at some of the title bouts from September 20th’s Pay-Per-View event, one can see a re-emergence of classic themes being employed in the booking.

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FRIENDS AND ENEMIES CLASH! – Thursday Night Smackdown Recap, Sept 17th 2015

The blue brand invades Little Rock, Texas on its way to Night Of Champions this coming Sunday.

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With a main event involving fan favourites Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, and top heels Seth Rollins and Sheamus, as well as an undercard boasting Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler and members of the Divas Revolution, you would expect a stellar episode. Unfortunately, audiences were instead treated to a couple of good matches with unsatisfying conclusions, two formulaic tag matches with screwy finishes, one great promo followed by a non-match, and extended sequences revolving around Nikki Bella’s “Bella-bration” which were borderline excruciating. Let’s look closer at this ultimately disappointing night of sports entertainment and try to glean some gems from it.

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn – High-lights, Low points & Crunchy in-betweens

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015: The Fed’s development brand, which is becoming less of a development brand by the week, put on its biggest, flashiest, most daring display yet. Taking the Takeover show for the first time out of the safe confines of Full Sail University, NXT brings the action to a raucous house of 15,000 enthusiastic fans in Brooklyn, NY.

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Did the dramatic endeavour pay off for Triple H’s fledgling brand at a time when it seems on the verge of leaving the nest?

Would the stars deliver the goods to a tough New York audience known not only for it’s generosity of spirit, but also for its intolerance of bullshit?

What were the highs, lows and awkward middles? Let’s break it down…

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