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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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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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Worst… Raw… ever?

The Monday Night Raw which aired 24 hours after Survivor Series, which is already being hailed as the worst pay-per-view offering of the year, received its lowest ratings since WWF was on the losing end of the Monday Night Wars.

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Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer reports that with 3.19 million viewers during its first hour, 2.99 million in its second, and 2.71 million in its final hour, November 24th was the first time Raw has averaged less than 3 million viewers since 1997.

Why was the show’s audience showing so dismal?

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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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Seth Rollins injured! Title vacated!

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has torn his right ACL, MCL and medial meniscus during a live event in Dublin, Ireland. He is expected to miss six to nine months of action.

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The news was broken by ESPN’s Jonathon Coachman Wednesday night, and was officially confirmed by WWE.com the following morning.

Once the depth and seriousness of the injury was known, WWE immediately vacated the World Heavyweight Championship and announced that a tournament would be held November 22nd at Survivor Series to crown a new champion.

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Shield “reunions” teasing WrestleMania 32 moment?

When Seth Rollins lended support to former friends turned bitter rivals Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns on the October 19th edition of Monday Night Raw, it stopped the show.

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Some may argue that Rollins’s motivations for doing so were flimsy, but no one can deny the awesome drawing power of all three ex-members of The Shield together in the ring simultaneously.

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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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Baron Corbin: the anti-wrestler

Thomas Pestock started his wrestling career in 2012, and it took him a while before he found his footing. But when the Baron Corbin character was re-packaged and introduced in September of 2014, the NXT Universe really got behind him. His raw animal magnetism, his impressive physical size and his rebellious look earned him an instant following. Fans, especially the female ones, began exploding whenever his entrance music hit.

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In the past months, however, a different crowd reaction has become palpably felt. When Corbin enters Full Sail University these days he is greeted with boos of disapproval, punctuated with jeering chants of “you can’t wrestle”. The once loving fans have turned on the tattooed outlaw.

Corbin currently finds himself at a crossroads in terms of character, and signs are beginning to emerge that he (and the company) are making the right moves to advance his progression as a performer.

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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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