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Why WWE WrestleMania 34 Doesn’t Need Shane McMahon

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Cast your mind back to early 2016. Vince McMahon stood in the ring with daughter Stephanie as she went to receive the first ever Vince McMahon Legacy of Excellence award, when suddenly… HERE COMES THE MONEY! Shane O’ Mac was back! The prodigal son had finally come home, and it was such a fantastic moment because it was a genuine surprise which we see very few of these days.  It became clear almost straight away it was pretty much a given that he would be competing at WrestleMania that year considering the storyline of RAW v SDLive, and it was widely accepted by the fans who remembered his great feuds from back in the day, but unfortunately the reality has been something very different altogether.

What we were given just a few short months into his return was a quite horrible Hell in A Cell match against The Undertaker. It was boring, largely uneventful and just plain uninteresting aside from Shane’s inevitable trademark leap from the giant structure. It was an encounter which sadly failed to live up the substantial hype generated in the build-up, and it sadly just added even more fuel to the fire in terms of the ‘when will they let Taker retire?’ discussions. Taker deserved better than this.

Shane then actually managed to redeem himself by having a great feud and incredible match against AJ Styles. That really should’ve been it, going out on a high and all that, but WWE have a long history of not knowing when to quit. We were given yet another unnecessary feud, this time against Kevin Owens as retribution for KO’s disrespect for the McMahon family. Owens is one of the best performers in WWE today, but even he was unable to coax a good match out of Shane, and their Hell in A Cell encounter was average at best and once again saved by a predictable leap off the top of the cell, this time with Sami Zayn’s unexpected heel turn adding to the drama. The clever thing to do would have been move KO to RAW and have HHH seek the revenge instead as that could’ve led to a half decent match. But no, not while Shane is around with an ego to stroke.

As much as I dislike Shane I must take time to admit that he has been worth his weight in gold to the company since returning. The WWE Universe love nothing more than nostalgia, so every time Shane finds himself in another feud the fans inevitably get fully behind him. The matches themselves were poor, except for the Styles clash (pun intended), but I’ll give Shane credit where its due because he always has the other guy going over. He is the polar opposite of HHH, as much as he wants to be centre of attention he doesn’t do it at the expense of more talented guys and will happily do the honours. This raises one question though… if he isn’t going to win a major feud at some point, is his presence in the ring really needed at all? Styles, Owens, Zayn and Taker are all big enough to not need Shane to put them over, so we didn’t really gain anything from these programs.

While he may not be overshadowing the talent in the ring, the thing which bothers me the most is how much more deserving guys are losing spots to him in the first place. We’ve only recently seen pushes for the likes of Zayn and Rusev who should’ve been in much more lucrative positions over the last two years but have missed out on opportunities despite being on a show which openly prides itself on handing those out to anyone deserving. We are getting to a point now where we quite literally see more of Shane and Daniel Bryan on TV than we do of the WWE Champion AJ Styles, which is an absolute catastrophe.

You! Come back with my youth! I need to cling onto it!

The worrying thing is we know exactly what WWE are aiming towards in the long game, and it just doesn’t need to happen. The animosity between Shane and Bryan is quite clearly suggesting and teasing that a match will take place between them at Mania, and as much as we all want to see D-Bry back in action there are MUCH better opponents for him than Shane. A feud with KO makes sense considering the current storyline, as does the long-running rivalry with The Miz (hinted at again at RAW 25) coming full circle. Shane would do a huge disservice to Bryan, one of the most gifted technical wrestlers of his generation and would dampen the effect of the WWE Universe’s hero returning. To put it simply there is absolutely no need for him to compete at this year’s event.

That match is unfortunately the only one which makes sense for Shane to be a part of, but his feuds are having less and less appeal every time, so it would be hard to see how this would in any way deliver the fans expectations. The return of Bryan would be hands down the greatest WWE return of all time and should be treated as the most important match of the whole show, so a performer as talented as Bryan himself is the only way to go. The fact we have seen a lot less of Shane in recent weeks could be a good sign leading into Mania season and when you consider the potential strength of the card this time around it becomes even more clear that he just isn’t required anymore.

We already have AJ v Shinsuke Nakamura confirmed, Brock Lesnar v Roman Reigns guaranteed, Ronda Rousey likely entered into a Women’s Championship match, the potential for John Cena vs The Undertaker… does anyone really want to see a sad, ageing guy in a baseball jersey throwing poorly acted punches, getting tuckered out within 5 minutes and falling off tall things when we could have one more dream match on the card? With so many guys coming off the back of great 2017’s and even better starts to 2018, Shane’s spot could be going to a potential champion, a crowd favourite or someone capable of a 5 star match. We still have the likes of Braun Strowman, Elias, The Miz, Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin and a whole host of amazing NXT talent who need something to do on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Shane. We will forever be grateful for the memories and entertainment you have provided over the years, but its time to step aside. WrestleMania is bigger than you.


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WWE Has Too Much Talent

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WWE in the past four years has been signing talents from all over the world and from every promotion that has amazing talent in an effort to steal those talents and to prevent this promotions to make any good quality wrestling. NJPW and ROH have been the biggest targets on talent that WWE takes from, names like Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Adam Cole, and just name a few have been signed to the WWE machine but the biggest problem WWE has is that what to do with all that talent.

Starting in NXT has been proven to be the best way to start your journey in WWE and the biggest example of this was Mike Kanellis, who started on the main roster instead of NXT and after just a few months of his debut he was relegated to low card position in WWE.But starting in NXT does not guarantee success in WWE, because like I mention before WWE and all it’s brands currently have to much talent and wrestlers like Balor,Roode, and others are lost in the shuffle and not to mention that Balor and Roode had very good runs in NXT.

Despite WWE having a full roster, they are looking to sign ore talent and their biggest targets are Kenny Omega, Cody and The Young Bucks In a desperate way to stop NJPW’s plans to expand into the american market and stop the rise of the independent scene it currently has by the success this men have right now. Also, another factor WWE would like to try to sign this amazing wrestler in the case of The Young Bucks is to boost the profile of the WWE tag division that in it’s current state is really bad.

Despite all this good wresters WWE has in its roster right now, the booking has become dreadful and some of the worst wrestling right now and maybe wrestlers like Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode and others should consider jumping ship to another promotion that could book there talent in a better way.


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Levin’s SmackDown Live Review

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You figured the aftermath of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view would be “must-see” television on SmackDown Live. With Jeff Hardy demanding a rematch for the United States Title with Shinsuke Nakamura and a potential confrontation with Randy Orton, the show was very much something I was looking forward to.

Let’s not forget WWE still had to wade through the waters of A.J. Styles’ win over Rusev. Would the company continue to book this feud moving forward? There was Carmella and her stooge James Ellsworth and the Asuka “situation.” Would the Empress of Tomorrow exact her revenge?

And if that wasn’t enough, Daniel Bryan has officially signed his new deal with WWE, which means he could be booked as a contender for Styles’ WWE Title. Where did The Miz fit in all of this, while he was busy playing softball during the MLB All-Star festivities and missed the show on Sunday night?

I waited anxiously for answers. Was I satisfied with the results? No exactly. Here are a few thoughts about SmackDown Live.

A.J. Styles vs. Cien Almas

The two superstars meet for the first time in WWE and does well for himself. The two crossed paths in Japan, renewing an old rivalry. The former NXT star has shown in recent weeks he could be part of the blue brand’s title picture. Almas was able to answer the WWE champion’s arsenal.

If WWE is going to push Almas toward the main event picture, this was the showcase he needed. Almas may have submitted to the calf crusher, but this is a feud I would love to see moving forward.

It also remains to be seen when WWE may book Styles to finally drop the company title.

The Demise of Rusev Day?

More like the beginning of the end of the relationship between Rusev and Aiden English. After watching the exchange between English and Lana, discussing how bad Rusev’s sidekick felt about costing him the WWE Title at Extreme Rules, I hope this does not lead to a confrontation between both performers.

This would be a huge blow to Rusev’s chance to remain in the main event picture. It may also put an end to the “Rusev Day” phenomenon.

Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose

While I am huge fan of Lynch, maybe even a slight crush on the Irish lass, the continual weekly bouts with Lynch and Sonya Deville have to stop. There is no movement in the women’s division. If anything, moving Sasha Banks to Tuesday nights might be the best thing for this division while Charlotte Flair is still out of action.

I will say this, the match between the two women may have been the best we have seen, with Rose showing she can hold her own with a former women’s champion. But still, “Make this stop!”

Now, Lynch sets her sights on Carmella and the SmackDown Women’s Title.

Paige and Carmella

I love Paige. Leave it to the SmackDown Live general manager to stir the pot. Lynch gets her shot at Carmella in a non-title match. If she beats the champion, she gets another match at SummerSlam. It makes you wonder what the heck the company is doing with Asuka.

Samoa Joe vs. Tye Dillinger

Seriously! Dillinger is a classic example of moving to the main roster too soon. Joe should be part of the main event picture. You have to wonder when that might happen as WWE has yet to fully push the wild Samoan.

If Joe is not used effectively, where he deserves a chance to face Styles (see a theme here?) but his health and a crowded title picture may screw him out of a match.

The Miz Eulogizes Team Hell No!

The best part of Tuesday nights is the appearance of the “A-Lister.” Offering a eulogy for the demise of Daniel Bryan and Kane, who suffered a broken ankle in the loss to the Bludgeon Brothers was class Miz.

Oh, and congratulations on winning the MVP of the celebrity softball game on Monday night. Sorry, back to the moment at hand. We even got an N’Sync reference which was classic.

The Miz remains the class of Tuesday nights.

After proclaiming Bryan’s career is dead, you know what happens next. The setup for SummerSlam has begun.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Kofi Kingston vs. Eric Young

There was a time when Eric Young was one of the best in the business and one of the more underrated wrestlers. Now, he is the leader of Sanity. I’m not sure if I like this faction, but they are growing on me.

Kofi Kingston could be part of the main event picture, but he is mired in the current situation with The New Day. I’m still waiting for WWE to dissolve this trio and give Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods their own angles. The match between Kingston and Young could be a solid mid card feud, but that won’t happen.

A wheel barrow neck breaker gives Young the win.

Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (for the United States Title)

In the opening segment, Hardy said he was BROKEN because he did not have the United States Title around his waist and invoked his return title match clause. It was a good match, but not great.

Hardy takes the fight to the champion immediately. But this match slows down as expected. Nakamura continues to play the role of villain well, getting heat from the fans in attendance (who were mostly quiet until the Bryan-Miz segment). I’m curious what this match would be like if Hardy was healthy.

He admitted he has been banged up for some time prior to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.

Insert Randy Orton. The Viper beats the hell out Hardy until he defends himself. Ultimately, Orton stakes his claim as the top heel on Tuesday nights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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WWE Possibly Doing an All Women PPV? Yes, Please!

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So, rumor’s been going around that WWE’s planning to do a PPV strictly for the Women’s Divisions of RAW and SmackDown and all I can say is: FINALLY! WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR TICKETS?!

Ever since the start of the Women’s Revolution, it’s become more and more obvious that the women need a show of their own because as the Women’s Divisions grow on the Main Roster, there’s less and less room for them on the PPVs and TV and it’s a problem that’s not going to get better with time.

A major promotion doing an all women PPV isn’t new. TNA has done them before for their Women’s Division, however, WWE has never before invested the time in exploring such a thing, or had a big enough Women’s Roster to do it with, now they have both.

Why? Well, the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Divisions have a lot of talent, but are still seriously outnumbered by the men’s roster and so don’t get as much TV time as they should and when they do get TV time, if they aren’t involved in the title situation, they’re usually in a multi-person tag match.

So, what are WWE’s options here?

1. A Regular PPV. They could just take an already existing PPV like Unforgiven or No Mercy and just have an all-female card. Problem is making it feel special instead of WWE just copping out.

2. A Brand New PPV. This is the one I like the best, instead of resurrecting an old PPV: Give the women a PPV of their own that is named for them. The name I’ve been kicking around today is ‘WWE: Revolution’ and having the poster be of the two Women’s Division rosters.

3. A Network Special. This is the one I can honestly see WWE doing in the spirit of the UK Tournament or the Greatest Royal Rumble. One idea that a lot of fans seem to like is ‘Queen of the Ring’, which would, of course be an all women’s version of King of the Ring.

One issue I can see arising from doing an all women PPV is having enough matches to fill a three hour PPV/Special slot plus the Kickoff Show. There’s about twenty women between RAW and Smackdown, now that sounds like a lot, but WWE had a card of about 35 people divided up into twelve matches, including the Kickoff Show, and there was still a lot of talking to make the time stretch and that was with seven title matches. So how would they fill in the gaps for the Women’s Division when each division only has one title belt to compete for?

1. Include NXT. The NXT Women’s Division is looking really good right now and a good case could be made to include the NXT Women in an all women WWE PPV/Special.

2. Include some legends. If WWE were to do something like they did with the Women’s Royal Rumble and bring back some past Women’s Division stars and Legends and set up some dream matches it would not only generate a lot of interest in the show but definitely fill the roster up.

3. Have Title Tournaments. This would really only work if WWE was planning on introducing secondary and tag titles to the Women’s Divisions. The finals for those matches would be great additions to a Women’s PPV.

4. Include the Mae Young Classic. I doubt very seriously that this will happen, but it would be a great addition if this PPV goes off to maybe have the Mae Young Classic final match on the card.

Again, it’s only rumored that WWE’s considering a Women’s Division PPV, but I think it’s an idea whose time has come and is long overdue. Since 2015, the revamped Women’s Division has shown that they are more than capable of carrying a card, never mind a PPV on their own and it’s time they were given the chance to prove it.


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