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WWE Injury Report

Bernie Barnes @thedailyjobber

The world of professional wrestling carries with it the constant and persisting risk of injury. There are quite a few WWE superstars who have shelved in 2015, most notably John Cena and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.

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The Daily Jobber has compiled the latest from a variety of news sources on the injury status and projections for some of these superstars.

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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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Nikki Bella out with neck injury!

Former WWE Divas Champion and Pro Wrestling Illustrated #1-ranked female wrestler of 2015 is currently taking time off to rehabilitate an injury.

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The extent and severity of the injury, as well as the length of time needed to fully recover, is not yet known.

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PWI’s Top 50 Females revealed

Pro Wrestling Illustrated published its annual Female 50 edition, and has released its official list of the top 50 Female Wrestlers of 2015.

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The list, began in 2008, ranks active pro wrestlers based on a criteria that includes win-loss record, championships won, quality of competition, major feuds, prominence within a wrestler’s individual promotion(s), and overall wrestling ability.

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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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Lack of heel/face consistency hurting the WWE Divas division?

The most recent episode of Monday Night Raw witnessed the latest installment of the current saga playing out in the women’s division of WWE superstars. Divas Champion Nikki Bella and her sister Brie (accompanied by their new ally Alicia Fox) went to battle with former number one contender Naomi and her bosom chum Tamina.

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The match itself was good, but the booking coupled with the reaction from the crowd high-lighted an issue that has been prevalent in WWE for the last year: the designation of heels and faces among the female roster is inconsistent and often times confusing.

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WWE Thursday Night Smackdown – April 30th, 2015

Moline, Illinois hosts the WWE as Smackdown brings its bright lights and big gritties to town.

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Tonight we are treated to a match which marks a return to the hottest feud of 2014, as Dean Ambrose goes one on one with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. The Tag Team Championships are also up for grabs as the New Day defends against Cesaro & Tyson Kidd in a rematch from Extreme Rules.

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WrestleMania 31 Preview & Predictions: The Divas

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The most talented women that WWE’s main roster has to offer are battling over the Divas championship belt on the grandest stage of all this Sunday – oh wait, no, the other thing.
The belt is actually not on the line, as the Divas champion Nikki Bella is teaming with her sister Brie in a tag match against the former champions AJ Lee and Paige, in a match that could wind up eclipsing in electric fashion the much talked about fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship in February which spawned much buzz as well as the #GiveDivasAChance movement… or, you know, the other thing.

Before I even touch on this match, I must first say what a tragedy it is that we are not seeing Naomi versus Natalya. These two are without a doubt the most talented women on the main roster right now, and until recently were building a very hot feud that should have culminated in a bout on the big stage. For whatever reason, Natalya has been demoted from wrestling the most promising member of the Total Divas cast to wrestling El Torito – and losing! The Canadian technician has eaten a lot of less than glorious spots fed to her from the company over the years, including being a valet for The Great Khali along with Hornswoggle, and one has to commend her patience and work ethic.

If the WWE really wanted to “Give Divas A Chance”, they would include more than one women’s match on the card at WrestleMania, even if the Naomi vs Natalya bout was relegated to the undercard.

But now, on to the main event – so to speak.

History

The Bella Twins, AJ, Paige, and for that matter the entire diva roster has suffered from extreme and sudden mood swings and a condition bordering on split personality disorder over the course of the last year. A quick look back at the journeys taken since April 2014 make one’s head spin and hurt from excessive, ponderous scratching, so hold on while we briefly go through this:

So, AJ drops the belt to Paige who debuts as the scrappy and anti-diva baby-face. Meanwhile, the Bellas are super-faces after Total Divas makes public knowledge the sisters are in relationships with John Cena and Daniel Bryan, respectively.

Paige defends the belt until AJ returns and wins it back, and the two begin teaming together, seemingly out of respect and friendship for one another. Paige ultimately turns on AJ and turns heel, forming a brief alliance with Alicia Fox before turning on her as well.

Brie gets fired, then re-hired, and faces Stephanie McMahon in the most extensively built-up divas match of 2014 at SummerSlam, during which Nikki turns heel and betrays her sister in a massive swerve. The two sisters feud for a while, but the feud inexplicably and suddenly stops at Survivor Series when Brie turns heel and helps Nikki beat AJ for the championship.

Confused yet? I was too. It continues.

Paige learns her lessons about double-crossing over the Christmas season and turns face, coming to the aid of Natalya and teaming with her to battle the evil Bellas at Royal Rumble. The Bellas continue to bully Paige in a well-conceived, “hot and popular bitches versus the quirky outsider” angle, until AJ returns from an injury to save Paige from attack the night after Fastlane, when Nikki successfully retained the championship.

The Build-Up

So, how are we looking going this tag match at ‘Mania?

AJ and Paige are allied for the common goal of teaching the evil Bella Twins a lesson, but only barely. Since joining back together, the two former champs seem at odds with each other, and the interactions between them seem uncomfortably awkward. On the go-home episode of Raw, AJ mistakenly cost Paige a championship match with a wayward elbow, and the two went to blows while the Bellas celebrated.

Conversely, no dissension has been teased on the heel side. The Bellas look to be on the same page, and Brie seems only too happy to play second fiddle to her champion sister.

One might be inclined to think that a more intriguing booking for WrestleMania would be a fatal four way for the Diva’s Championship. This would create tension between the Bellas, while at the same time allowing the “frenemies” to continue their half-feud / half-partnership. But instead, we have a tag match, and the belt is safe for the time being.

Predictions

All signs point to a victory by the Bellas. They have been booked very strong going into the match, while Paige and AJ seem pre-occupied with each other. The champ and her sister will celebrate at WrestleMania, united, while their opponents will re-ignite their rivalry, most likely facing each other one on one the following night on Raw.

But while they do that, what happens to the championship?

I see Nikki and Brie coming out to address the WWE Universe on Monday Night. They will gloat and flaunt their victory the night before. Nikki will hold up her belt, and Brie will talk about their dominance over the diva division.

Then, Charlotte will come down, making her debut to the main roster and challenging for the title.

You may think, WWE wouldn’t be that unoriginal as to pull the same spot they did last year, subbing Paige for Charlotte, would they? Yes, I think they would. Surely, you may say, they could come up with something else? Probably, I think, but they won’t.

Jobber Report: Smackdown, January 22nd, 2015

WWE-Smackdown-Logo.0Live from the University of Texas in Austin, it’s Thursday Night Smackdown… I will have to get used to the sound of that.

So, let’s get into it.

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