Fact: Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble is annoying – but maybe not for the reasons you think

January 30, 2017

The bookies were right. Randy Orton won the 30th annual Royal Rumble to secure his place at WrestleMania.

Except…Randy Orton was always going to be at WrestleMania. He’s Randy Orton. The Viper. The Legend-Killer. The Evolution of the Legacy. His place on the big stage is assured.

But he’s a safe choice – and when it came down to the final two, with Roman Reigns the other man still standing, an Orton win was the only way to assure cheers rather than boos as the show went off the air.

Something else that would have assured cheers would have been a more exciting, more interesting choice for the winner – somebody who’s not already guaranteed a shot at the year’s biggest show. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facts from Monday Night RAW, O2 Arena, April 13th 2015

April 13, 2015

Well, if I type quickly, I might get this published before the show airs…spoilers, if so…

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Question: who should Evolution’s fourth member be?

April 24, 2014

02_BIB_EvolutionSo Evolution have returned, ten years on from their original incarnation.

Of course, the original idea was that the quartet embodied the best of the past, present and future of professional wrestling – but a decade later, they’ve all stepped up a generation. If Triple H is Ric Flair, Batista is Triple H, and Randy Orton is Batista, then who’s going to be Randy Orton – the new blood who can blaze a trail in the industry?

The answer is obvious.

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Question: what did WWE expect to happen at the Royal Rumble?

January 27, 2014

I hate to quote myself, but I was right, wasn’t I?

Thing is, if I could predict this, why couldn’t the WWE? Read the rest of this entry »


Question: who will be our champion by the end of TLC?

December 15, 2013

OrtonCena_crop_northTonight is WWE’s last pay-per-view of 2013, and John Cena and Randy Orton are supposed to be facing each other in a unification match.

Yet, as we all know, WWE is rarely that simple.

So, who will be heading out of TLC with the belt(s)?


Facts from WWE Monday Night RAW, Manchester Arena, Monday 11th November 2013

November 12, 2013

BY1jK_yIAAEBxhfYou may well have seen the show by now, but just in case – spoilers within! Here are my notes from being live at ringside at Monday Night RAW… Read the rest of this entry »


Facts from Friday Night Smackdown taping, not live from London, April 23rd 2013

April 23, 2013

20130423_182128[1]Tonight I headed back down the Jubilee line to the O2 Arena, courtesy of the WWE’s very nice PR firm, and took my complimentary seat to witness what looks like it’ll be a pretty good Smackdown. (They also taped Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, but we in the UK will never get to see them, so it doesn’t really count.) Again, spoilers… Read the rest of this entry »