The Undertaker has returned to WWE programming during the non-WrestleMania part of the year for 2015. On-screen, he’s been waging a war against the man who conquered The Streak, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar lost at their SummerSlam encounter due to some shenanigans but will have his shot at revenge when the two collide inside Hell in a Cell at the upcoming eponymous event.
WWE fans in Mexico will also be treated to a few matches by the Deadman as he is scheduled for live events on Friday, October 16th from Merida, Saturday the 17th in Mexico City and Sunday the 18th from Monterrey. Undertaker will be joined by his on-screen brother, Kane, as the two former Tag Team Champions square off against The Wyatt Family. It appears that Luke Harper and Braun Strowman will be representing their stable in these three matches in this series.
Kane and The Undertaker have reigned as Tag Team Champions on three occasions. Two of those reigns were with the then-WWF Tag Team Titles and one reign was with the WCW Tag Team Titles. The last time they teamed together was on an April 22, 2013 episode of Raw when they fought alongside Daniel Bryan against The Shield.
This should be a fun nostalgia act for the WWE fans in Mexico. I was hoping that WWE would make one of these Mexico shows a live WWE Network special but with the Madison Square Garden Event, the next NXT TakeOver, and Hell in a Cell in October, they probably don’t need another live event. There’s definitely a point when a company is overloading their fans with content and WWE is already at that line anyway.
Even though WWE doesn’t plan on broadcasting this live, hopefully they record at least one of these matches. If they couple it with one or two other bouts from the Mexico tour then they can offer that as a one-hour special on a month that NXT isn’t running. Not every new wrestling show has to be live and this is a case where they could hold onto these matches for a month or two. It would still be something to tune in for.
Recently, Jim Ross was asked by a fan about the recent booking of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in the Q&A section of his blog. Rollins receives criticisms often because he’s booked as a cowardly champ who relies on cheap tactics like outside interference to win, although his wins as of late have been cleaner. Here are Ross’ thoughts on the issue…
“Booking is highly subjective and can’t truly be judged over the short term. I’d likely tweak how Rollins is being booked, but that doesn’t make me right either. I think WWE is setting him up for an eventual ‘face turn down the road and I have no issues with where Seth is at this time at it’s a marathon and not a sprint even though many fans today have little to no patience.”
I agree with Ross about that eventual face turn. Considering his use of Triple H’s Pedigree and the less cohesiveness of The Authority these days, I’d be inclined to think that one of the big WrestleMania matches will be between a heel Triple H and a babyface Seth Rollins. With still about half a year between now and the Texas edition of WrestleMania, there’s more than enough time to build to that scenario. Rollins would likely drop his title between now and then because a guy like Hunter doesn’t need to be in the top title match at that show.
That booking scenario runs counter to what my initial speculation is for Rollins at WrestleMania, which would be a triple threat match between him, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If this match main events on a card that will be full of legends like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, and Triple H, it would be a big endorsement of the current generation of stars. All three Shield members have the potential to be top performers for the next 5-10 years, so go ahead and give them their platform.
Between the Triple H vs. Rollins and Shield Triple Threat for the WWE Championship options I’ve discussed, I’d much rather see the triple threat match. Going back to Ross’ original statements, that would make the build to Hunter vs. Seth even more of a marathon. If Rollins dropped the title at Mania to one of his former stable mates, that could be the final straw in Hunter losing faith in his former protégé. Their relationship then could spend a few months properly deteriorating, building to a SummerSlam 2016 encounter. It’s a very long term plan in an era where long term just doesn’t happen.
Thanks for reading my fantasy booking banter inspired by a few Jim Ross comments. What do you think should happen regarding Rollin’s “eventual face turn down the road?” Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
WWE seems to be upping the ante more and more for their upcoming Network special on October 3rd. Hailing from the world famous Madison Square Garden, the main event of the card will be a United States Championship match between John Cena (c) and Seth Rollins in a steel cage.
While WWE is sort of pushing it with the number of times they can pair these two guys together in matches over recent months, these guys typically put on one heck of show. Their most recent encounter at Night of Champions was easily a **** matchup and the best bout of the night. As long as the quality is on that level, you won’t hear me throwing out Orton vs. Sheamus levels of outcry about them being booked together too often.
In other news, Randy Orton will take on Sheamus at his event.
Wait, seriously? Are we being trolled at this point. Surely WWE is aware at how much people groan when these guys are put together. And I think they’re both fantastic wrestlers, it’s just that they’ve been in way too many matches with no real reason for anyone to care. There should’ve been more of an attempt to establish why these guys want to fight each other 800 times in a row about 400 matches ago. Oh well, at least the New York crowd will have some fun with this one.
Here is the full card so far. The Intercontinental Championship match looks especially intriguing…
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (WWE US Championship Cage Match)
New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
I’d imagine that a women’s match will be added at some point to this, but it’s a pretty full card so far. The Beast in the East special from Tokyo was only 2 hours long and 6 or 7 matches is plenty for that amount of time.
So what matches are you looking forward to? Banter with me about it in the comments below.
I don’t typically talk about politics on this website. This site is about pro-wrestling exclusively and it’s probably better that it stays that way. But then the brother of WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage had to go and rhyme his thoughts about the current President of the United States, Barack Obama. Comments are now warranted.
Poffo is less than flattering towards the leader of the free world and repeatedly bashes him for a several year old gaffe on Jay Leno’s Tonight show that put him briefly in hot water with those with special needs and their families. Here’s the video in it’s entirety…
It’s hard to offer any real commentary on this video because of its presentation. He offers his thoughts entirely in poetry, committing to the “Genius” gimmick that he portrayed decades ago in the then-WWF. If you’re currently a fan of Obama and his policies, this will not likely rile you up too much. And if you’re already critical of the current US President, then this will hardly be a rallying cry or a call to action.
Even though I’m not blown away by what Poffo is doing here, he totally should continue to drop videos like this. Considering how much attention former stars like The Iron Sheik and now Virgil receive on social media for simply being lunatics, maybe Lanny can also find some shred of political relevance via these schticky videos. It couldn’t hurt.
Uncertainty over whether or not the fantastic Lucha Underground promotion would be returning for a second season on the El Rey Network has finally ended. The news broke yesterday that there will be another season, which makes me and scores of other wrestling fans rejoice.
Lucha Underground sought to be a truly original wrestling promotion and overwhelmingly succeeded. Not only was the in-ring action highly competitive, but the character development and backstage segments were groundbreaking for a wrestling show.
The Mark Burnett produced show felt at times more like a drama from the A&E Network, even embracing supernatural elements. This is an era of professional wrestling where there are no smoke and mirrors about the fact that these are entertainers putting on a show. Lucha Underground embraced the entertainment side of the industry in a way that pushed boundaries but didn’t insult the intelligence of the viewer.
Now that a second season is definitely happening, speculation can begin for what’s in store next. Who will challenge the new LU Champion Mil Muertes? What’s in store for Vampiro and his protégé, Pentagon Jr.? Will Fenix use his Gift of the Gods Championship for an LU Title shot?
There’s so much to look forward to now that LU is back. I look forward to adding this hour of programming back into my weekly viewing routine.
Three out of the five titles that were on the line at Night of Champions changed hands. All three winners can be viewed as positive changes for their prestigious titles. Here are a few quick thoughts about the US Championship, the Diva’s Championship, and the Intercontinental Championship.
John Cena Regains His US Championship
Looking back at 2015 so far, one of the bright spots of WWE programming will no doubt be the season of John Cena US Open Challenges on Raw. Since having that mid-card title, it’s become one of the most well-defended belts in all of wrestling. It felt like many NXT alums would go the route of a lengthy US Championship match against Cena on Raw as a way of being properly introduced to the main roster. Even though they were almost always losers to Cena, it’s hard to argue that they weren’t better off for it.
Now that Cena has regained his title, I look forward to him resuming the US Open Challenge matchups. Having the belt off of him for a month not only raised the prestige of the title even more by having it paired alongside the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but it also gave the WWE Universe a chance to take a break from the regularity of defenses. This clearly turned out to be a case of absence making the heart grow fonder.
Charlotte Defeats Nikki Bella To Win Diva’s Championship
A big sigh of relief could be heard in the WWE Universe when Nikki finally broke AJ Lee’s record of longest reign for the Diva’s title. That was the goal of McMahon and Co. and any other competition had to take a back seat to breaking that one record. Once that task was crossed off of the to-do list, Charlotte won the belt about as quickly as she could have.
The match that Nikki lost her belt in was a pretty darn good match. She proved that she can be a dominant force in the ring, even against the imposing Charlotte. She brutalized Charlotte’s leg, targeting the very appendages she uses for his signature submission move.
Even though Sasha Banks has an IronWoman match on NXT to prepare for in the coming weeks, I’m salivating at the thought that she too can be moved into the Diva’s Title picture opposite of Charlotte in the near future. Even the obvious heel turn of Paige is an exciting matchup. Now that Bella doesn’t have to be champ for the purpose of erasing Mrs. CM Punk’s name from the top of the record books, the options are wide open.
Kevin Owens Wins Intercontinental Championship
As a personal mark for The Big Guy, it’s bittersweet to see him drop the Intercontinental Championship. He generally gets a good babyface pop in most arenas and is an overall marketable guy. I saw the writing on the wall that Owens was going to win the strap but sort of hoped that they dragged it out for a few months. Oh well, a Kevin Owens IC Title run is not a bad thing; in fact, it’s a very good thing. (Hi, DDP.)
Owens is still a hot commodity in WWE and has tons of heat that any babyface would love to work opposite of. The IC Championship is seemingly the one belt that hasn’t had the chance to get elevated in 2015 due to an unplanned Daniel Bryan injury, but it’s in great hands now.
Owens has had about as good of a first year into WWE as anyone could have been planned. His run with the NXT title was exciting and then his feud with John Cena will probably go down as WWE’s feud of the year. He’s great in the ring so this a great pairing between him and his new title.
This was a tad longer than I planned but I guess I’m just excited about the direction of WWE right now. Sure, there’s negatives if you want to dwell on them but with John Cena, Charlotte, and Kevin Owens carrying three of the gold belts in this company, those are some pretty big positives.
If you want to check out some fun .gif analysis of last night’s Night of Champions event, head on over to WhatCulture.com and click through my latest article, 16 Most Insane Spots From WWE Night Of Champions 2015. It’s got a ton of wild spots that you’ll want to see!
At last night’s Night of Champions event from Houston, Texas, an incredibly stupid fan jumped into the ring and stood beside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns while they awaited the reveal of their mystery opponent. The wrestlers in the ring didn’t appear worried and casually snickered while security tackled the guy to the ground. Bray Wyatt even could be heard asking his opponents if the fan was one of theirs.
WWE issued this statement following what was one of many recent attempts by fans jumping the barricade… “WWE takes the safety of our performers very seriously and any fan entering the ring area will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Current performers seem smart enough to not choose to attack the fans the second they get near. That’s wise in this lawsuit-happy age that we live in. But considering the frequency of morons lately, maybe fans could use a few stiff punches to remind them that they aren’t part of the show.
Thankfully, every recent fan who’s gotten involved with the action either had no intention of physically engaging the wrestlers or were at least taken out by security before it got to that point. But who’s to say that the next fan to enter the ring isn’t looking for a fight? Or even worse, what if one is carrying a weapon?
Roman and Dean could’ve really won over the fans if they decked the guy who tried to take Jericho’s surprise spot. One good shot is all in the name of self-defense so surely they would avoid legal trouble, right? As a fan myself, I’m just a little sick of these occurrences happening over and over.
For detailed analysis of Night of Champions, head on over to Whatculture.com to read my latest article, 10 Biggest Winners From Night Of Champions 2015.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s Night of Champions event, there’s one match in particular that I’m most excited about. Before talking about the reasons why Seth Rollins vs. John Cena is a lock to be the match of the night, here are a couple of other matches that I’m also excited about. I won’t touch on everything but here are a few quick thoughts:
New Day vs. Dudley Boyz
This should be loads of fun. New Day are on levels of funny that haven’t been touched since the days of Edge & Christian. Add to that the fun of when Bubba Ray and Devon put one or more them through the table and this should be a highlight of an already great show.
Ryback vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has been one of the best performers of the year in WWE as a mark for The Big Guy, I’m stoked for this matchup. I ultimately see Owens carrying the IC Title, but I hope that this is more than a one and done feud. That would likely require a screwy ending, which would hamper this match from being as good as it could be.
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
The United States Championship will be defended in what should be Rollins’ first match of the evening. Considering the two titles he has to defend, this one seems way more likely to have a clean finish. Also factor in that Rollins is already a spectacular performer and John Cena is having a legendary year of matches already and this could end up being one of the best matches of the year. I’m very stoked for this one and hope it lives up to the hype that I’m putting into it.
Thanks for reading my quick thoughts on the upcoming show! If you have the time, go to WhatCulture.com to check out my feature archive, including “8 Losses That Need To Happen At Night Of Champions 2015!”
Speaking at a Q&A Session at Wizard World Comic Con in San Jose, CA, Roman Reigns fielded a few interesting questions. One of which was who he thought would be a dream opponent for him. He offered two very interesting names:
“I’ve been in a couple of tag matches against Triple H. I would love to have a singles match with him. Let’s go completely different ends of the spectrum. I’ll fight Triple H or Kevin Owens.”
He was also asked about the possibility of facing The Rock one day, to which he said the following:
“I think it would have to be a very big match, not just a regular match. There would have to be a title, something that we are trying to win. That way you have true competition, not just between each other, but for something. And I think the WWE Championship would be the best thing to put that on the line for.”
All three would be fantastic opponents, but my pick between all of them would be Triple H. Especially if the match got physical and Hunter brought out the sledgehammer. Roman always had trouble connecting with the audience in the babyface way that WWE always hoped and an evil Triple H could bring out the best in him.
Or maybe they try another direction. Perhaps a heel turn on cousin Rocky could set up not only an intriguing character development for Roman, but also a big-money matchup. Regardless, I hope that he gets the chance to fight against all of these guys at some point in a big way in his singles career. He’s still a young worker with plenty of room to grow so I’m optimistic that he can make these opportunities successful if he gets the chance.