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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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Last-minute predictions for WWE Battleground

Tomorrow night, Sunday July 19th 2015, the Scottrade Centre in St. Louis, Missouri will play host to the third annual incarnation of WWE’s newest, non-specifically-gimmicked event to fill the gap between Money in the Bank and SummerSlam: Battleground!

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While the history of this event does not exactly inspire the most enthralling of matches (R-Truth vs Curtis Axel for the IC belt – yes, that actually happened), and may boast some of the least satisfying endings in recent history (Jericho going over on Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton ending in a no-contest when Big Show interfered), this year’s event promises at least a couple of thrills and possible interesting swerves.

Because, let’s face it, some good swerves is the best one can hope for at Battleground. I mean, it’s not like it’s SummerSlam or anything. 

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Highs, lows and crunchy middles from TNA’s Slammiversary XIII

June 28th, 2015. The thirteenth anniversary of Total Non-stop Action Wrestling’s biggest Pay-Per-View spectacular was celebrated. The show boasted some memorable moments and enthralling in-ring action. It also, however, suffered from technical difficulties, awkward billing, and a severe lack of build-up.

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With the dirt sheets a-litter with news that five top stars of TNA’s roster are jumping ship and rumours that the company is on the verge of closing its doors, an oddly wistful shadow was cast over Sunday night’s proceedings.

Before his match with James Storm, Magnus cut a promo which, although a bit muddled, dripped with the emotion of a sentimental farewell as much as his quivering lip and tear-filled eyes:

“It’s the thirteenth anniversary of the little company with big, big dreams. It’s Slammiversary in good, old Orlando, Florida. The stars are out and ready to shine, and tonight the smart money is that two of TNA’s biggest and brightest stars shine bright on Pay-Per-View for the last time. People can say what they want about this company, and I know you do. But dammit, for six years this company has been my home, it’s given me some great memories, some great times, and I grew up in this company and I’m proud of it.”

It was announced the next day that Nick “Magnus” Aldis was officially signed to Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling.

What were the big take-aways from this year’s Slammiversary? What were the highs and lows and crunchy middles of the event which may wind up being TNA’s Pay-Per-View swam song? Let’s take a closer look.

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WWE Payback – May 17th, 2015

From Baltimore, Maryland, the WWE brings retribution, redemption and revenge. From Baltimore, the leader in sports entertainment brings Payback!

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There was blood. There was sweat. There was deceit amid foes and honour amidst friends. The main event saw four of the best the WWE has to offer working together to create a well-crafted contest worthy of note. Although Match of the Night contention might sway toward the Tag Team Championship’s Two out of Three Falls Match, there were few dull spots to be found on this shining exhibition of talent. In some ways, the card did have the feel of a transitional Pay-Per-View. The Elimination Chamber is looming only two weeks away, and contrary to its title many feuds remain hot and without resolution. Overall, though, the event was enthralling and strongly billed. Let’s begin by reviewing the match results…

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WWE Thursday Night Smackdown – May 14th, 2015

The go-home edition of the blue brand beams into living rooms around America and through my computer monitor in Vancouver, as we get set for the final stop before WWE Payback.

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With some of the bigger name talent taking the night off (Randy Orton, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Bellas), the rest of the roster trade partners for a night as they try their best to hype every feud on the upcoming card. A surprisingly uncomplicated night, with an absence of run-ins, interference, shmozzes, or last minute stipulations. The focus was on competitive in-ring action – of which there was plenty, and on the subtle relationships between single superstars.

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