Facts from WWE NXT’s UK Tour and Takeover: London, December 2015

December 19, 2015

Last weekend I went up to Blackpool for the NXT tour show at the Empress Ballroom – I thought that would be a special evening simply for the return of William Regal. (I was right.)

And on Wednesday evening I was at Wembley Arena (in the very back row) for Takeover: London.

Here follow my thoughts, for what they’re worth… Read the rest of this entry »

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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Facts from Wrestlemania 30, 6th April 2014

April 7, 2014

The wrestling fan’s ersatz bank holiday weekend, Wrestlemania 30 was last night, and I had a lot of thoughts about it. Spoiler, obviously.

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Question: has CM Punk left WWE forever?

January 29, 2014

Everyone in the entire world seems to already know this, but just in case – stories suggest that CM Punk has walked out on WWE, hence his absence from Monday Night RAW.

There’s always the wobble over whether this is real or kayfabe, but, like the Daniel Bryan/Royal Rumble saga, this is also being covered by mainstream media; and although WWE are sticking to their “no comment” line – as they did over the weekend – they don’t need to, there’s enough hysteria (and, obviously, interest) being whipped up without them having to do anything. Read the rest of this entry »

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)?

Some facts about RAW 1000, July 23rd 2012

July 24, 2012

Last night was the 1000th episode of RAW, and marked a new era – from now on, we’ll have three hours of live promo action with a bit of wrestling every Monday night!

So here are my thoughts on last night’s show. Spoilers abound, obviously. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: WWE, stop trying to make Kevin Nash happen. It’s not going to happen

November 22, 2011

I was embarrassed watching Monday Night Raw, because the crowd so patently didn’t care about anything Kevin Nash was saying, and didn’t care that he was there or not.

I’m not sure why WWE are persisting with this – it’s not like they always plough on with storylines that aren’t working or they don’t know how to resolve (see also: Raw GM, Anonymous).

Nash’s ranting about the olden days and then bragging about his attack on Triple H (which he’s now claiming resulted in a broken neck) is neither entertaining nor relevant considering his adversary is off screen and will be for some weeks yet.

And as for his claim that he and Triple H should have main-evented Survivor Series, it reeks of an ageing man trying to reclaim his youth, entirely unaware that we all know perfectly well that he isn’t cleared to wrestle. (Click.)

What do you think? Are you interested in this Nash/Triple H feud?

Fact: CM Punk’s balls are in someone’s purse

October 20, 2011

Money in the Bank is possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen on television.

I’m not ashamed to admit I was sobbing into my blanket as Punk took the title and left the building – I tweeted at the time, “Crying and marking out and shouting at the television. I’m 31 and I know this is storylined.”

That’s the power of a good PPV, good writing and, of course, the power of Punk. The match itself, though terrific, was secondary. It was the storyline that was being conveyed that was important.

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Fact: Seriously. Triple H is the worst boss ever.

October 12, 2011

That thing about slagging off the entire WWE roster? Hunter, dude, they’re your STAFF. Whatever your industrial dispute with them, you can’t go on record as saying they are terrible wrestlers who can’t put on entertaining matches. Apart from anything else, if that were true, why would you want them to come back to work?

Also, “we shut up! And we fight!” is the worst solution to your problems. Oh, Triple H. Fail.

Also also, your blazer fits Punk better than it does you.