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John Cena & Nikki Bella: Is Their Breakup One of the Greatest Swerves of All Time?



Yesterday would have been the day. John Cena and Nikki Bella were supposed to tie the knot in front of friends and family on May 5. The biggest holy union since Triple H and Stephanie McMahon said “I Do” came crashing to a screeching halt when it was announced there would be no wedding, no happily ever after and certainly no possibility of future little Cenas jumping in a wrestling ring.

Now, there are rumors the sudden and impactful breakup was a “work” with the hope of driving ratings for the E! Entertainment program, Total Bellas.

Wait! What? A work in the wrestling business? Who thought of such a thing? We all know everything in the Vince McMahon circus is real? C’mon, man! Say it ain’t so. This could be the most shocking news since Hulk Hogan turned his back on the fans and joined the NOW.

If this is indeed true, it is sad and brilliant at the same time. While WWE has preached the idea of sports entertainment more than it has the traditions of the business and Kayfabe, this could be the new low in terms of fan reaction. And for Cena and Bella’s part in this, it proves money and fame are more important than decency.

According to the latest episode of the PWInsider Elite Audio Show, Mike Johnson stated that he heard people discussing this very idea. Here’s what he had to say:

“Speaking of Cena, I want to go back to the Backlash stuff. I have heard some rumblings that your theory may be correct about this entire situation being a work. I don’t have enough to report it or anything but there have definitely been some people who mutter, who have been whispering similar concerns. So you might be onto something there. So, I’m just telling you that if it comes out that this was a work, I am giving you credit now that you were the first one to call it.”

OMG! OMG! OMG! How will WWE put a spin on this one? This is as sinister a plot as any McMahon-driven story since Monday Night Raw was created 25 years ago. Since many news outlets have covered the proposal at WrestleMania 33 and the news of the breakup, how will this not affect the couple’s future, the show and how fans react to Cena sliding into a wrestling ring.

When they chat “John Cena Suck!” they might really mean it this time. This could also become the onus for Cena to finally make the heel turn fans have asked for going on a decade now. Cena used WrestleMania 33 in Orlando to cap a storybook love story with a mixed tag team match and diamond on the finger of the love of his life. The fans adored him and his soon-to-be bride. Now, I can see nothing but hatred and astonishment as the media tries to get to the bottom of this Big Show-sized swerve.

It’s hard to look at this story, or its potential and shake your head with a Cheshire cat-like grin. It’s also hard to imagine fans jumping back on the lovebirds’ bandwagon unless something more comes out of it in the future.



The 2018 WWE Slammy Awards (If They Existed)



WWE Slammy Awards

The WWE Slammys…aren’t happening! But you don’t have to go hungry as Steve Cook has you covered! See what he’s awarding for 2018.

Remember the Slammys?

Of course you do! The Slammy Awards were WWE’s answer to the Oscars, Emmys & all the other award shows I don’t watch. They seem to come & go in spurts. The first two took place in 1986 & 1987. After seven years away, the Slammys came back for 1994, 1996 & 1997. Eleven years passed, and starting in 2008 the Slammys had their longest run of success, taking place once a year through 2015.

Then they stopped. We’re not sure why, other than Vince McMahon seems to lose interest with the idea every so often. Some of the Slammys shows were better than others. I enjoyed the 96 & 97 editions that took place the night before WrestleMania, before WrestleMania Weekend was a thing. I remember the Dennis Miller-hosted edition not going so well, proving once and for all that Todd Pettengill was a superior performer. The later editions were fun for the most part though.

I feel that one thing missing from WWE these days is fun. Bringing back the Slammys would be a good way to liven things up on the Red Brand. If there were Slammys this year, here are some of the categories & winners I think we would have…

WWE Network Show of the Year: Something Else To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

I’m still kind of amazed that WWE agreed to this. One of the most popular wrestling podcasts for quite some time has been the one that Conrad Thompson hosts with former WWE creative team member/talent relations employee/talk show host/whatever the hell else he did there back in the day Bruce Prichard. Whether or not Bruce tells the truth 100% of the time, the stories he tells have been interesting enough to keep people coming back. WWE decided to bring Bruce & Conrad in-house for a show on the Network similar to the podcast. By “similar” I mean three hours shorter and with less curse words.

If you’re like me, your interest in podcasts depends on the topic. There were episodes of this I was very interested to watch. There were episodes I didn’t bother with because I didn’t care about the topic. I’m just amazed that this existed, and I have no idea if they’re coming back for a second season, but if they are I’ll click on the episodes of stuff that interests me.

Which is a step up from most WWE Network shows.

Surprise Return of the Year: Shawn Michaels returns to the ring at Crown Jewel

The controversy surrounding this event almost made us forget that this actually happened. For years, Michaels swore up & down that he would never come back. He did in 2018. Most of us assume it was the sweet Saudi blood money that did it, but he claims it was the interesting opportunity to work with HHH, Undertaker & Kane again. People claim a lot of things.

OMG Moment of the Year: Daniel Bryan kicks AJ Styles in the groin

Daniel Bryan

You could really do a group pick for this and include all of the times AJ got hit in the groin in 2018. Or you could have a separate Slammy Award for Best Strike to AJ Styles’ Groin. I think Daniel’s takes precedence over the others, as it actually led to Styles losing the WWE Championship. It also led to Daniel saying he hoped his daughter would kick a hundred men in the groin, which was pretty hilarious.

Double-Cross of the Year: Dean Ambrose turns against Seth Rollins

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Out of all the face/heel turns this year, the one that took place the same night that their mutual friend announced that his leukemia had come back has to take center stage. The turn was pushed ahead to that night to get the biggest response. Yet, I feel like it also had the effect of getting people to turn off the show, which makes sense to some degree. As depressing as Roman Reigns taking time off to deal with a disease was, his fans surely would have stuck around to see his friends. Once one turned on the other, why care? I think WWE made that one episode of Raw so depressing that people didn’t want to come back.

It didn’t help that future episodes were dominated by the presence of Baron Corbin. I mean, seriously, what the hell? If this was all Vince’s idea I support the existence of the XFL to keep him busy.

“Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the Year: “I don’t respect Brock Lesnar, and I damn sure don’t fear that b*tch.” – Roman Reigns

The Big Dog was on fire this night.

“This is Awesome!” Moment of the Year: WWE Evolution


We would need a moment on the Slammys for WWE to pat itself on the back for the Women’s Evolution, and what better way than to give the first all-women’s PPV the Moment of the Year award? Makes sense to me, and there were a fair share of “This is Awesome” chants that night.

Hashtag of the Year: #TheMan

Becky Lynch Face Of WWE

Has anybody in WWE owned Twitter like Becky Lynch has this year? Absolutely not. She has been Straight Fire on that platform throughout 2018, and eventually it translated to the ring. When I first saw her trying to get “The Man” over as a nickname I rolled my eyes, but I’ll be goddamned if everybody else didn’t go along with it, and eventually I did too.

Rivalry of the Year: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair WWE Women

Early on, these two promised not to be like Sasha Banks & Bayley, who will probably get votes for Worst Feud of the Year wherever people do these things. At the time, it was insinuated that Charlotte & Becky’s friendship was stronger, but I think most of us knew that it wasn’t. Sasha & Bayley’s temporary struggles were more awkward because their friendship was real. No matter what happened, they couldn’t quit each other. We’ve all had friendships like that. Maybe something happens that should make it end, but we keep hanging on due to our love for the other person.

Becky was quicker to quit Charlotte, even if Charlotte still seems to think there’s something there. I think that helps the feud, honestly. Sometimes mutal hate isn’t as strong as unrequited hate, especially if the matches go along with the story.

Match of the Year: Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

WrestleMania 34 Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey Stephanie McMahon Triple H

This match had a lot of things going for it. It was Ronda’s first match. It was a rare wrestling appearance from Kurt, Triple H & Stephanie. There was definitely car wreck potential, but it was an entertaining piece of business. NXT has had tons of five-star matches this year, and I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m not listing one of them. I think this one would get the votes from the WWE Universe, and the people backstage.

NXT Superstar of the Year: Velveteen Dream

Dream seems like the cool kid with the NXT fans these days, so I assume he’d get the vote.

Breakout Star of the Year: Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman

I feel like at some point this would have been the actual answer, now it’s kind of default because I can’t think of anything better. Maybe Drew McIntyre?

Tag Team of the Year: Sasha Banks & Bayley

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Another one I have no idea about. Most of the options on the men’s side have had mixed success this year. The Usos & New Day have been kinda there. The Bar’s had some good stretches. Most of the good teams on Raw have broken up. It seemed like Sasha & Bayley were going to break up for months, but they stuck together. If I’m giving Charlotte & Becky rivalry of the year, giving Sasha & Bayley tag team of the year makes sense.

Right? Sure.

Woman of the Year: Ronda Rousey

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A lot of women have had good years. One would expect the Raw women’s champion with the most mainstream appeal to get the vote though. It’d also give her rivals another reason to hate her, which is always good.

Man of the Year: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns

There are a couple of legitimate candidates here. AJ Styles held the WWE Championship for most of the year. Seth Rollins has been burning it down throughout 2018. At the end of the day, I think Reigns gets the votes. I assume they don’t bring him back for this, so Ambrose can accept on his best friend’s behalf and do something heelish to continue that story.

Now doesn’t this sound like a better way to spend three hours than most recent episodes of Raw have been?

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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (12/10/18)



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After a somewhat better show than usual last week, we have TLC coming up making this a sendoff show for the Pay Per View.  We will solidify story-lines, and possibly add some unexpected drama.  With TLC looking like a decent card on paper, can Raw do its job tonight? 


WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match (3 vs. 2) AOP w/ Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

Bobby Roode is an incredible talent who could easily be carrying WWE on either brand.  He is Champion caliber.  Starting off strong, AOP looked good in there.  Gable did his thing, and showed some decent work.  AOP after isolating the smaller Gable broke him down, and kept him away from Roode.  Once free, Roode came in hot and tore the house down, beating down AOP until they were legit destroyed.  However it was short lived as AOP crushed both Roode and Gable down to nothing.   Just when it seemed lost, Drake Maverick got the tag and before he could finish off Roode got pinned for the 1-2-3.  New Champions!  Roode and Gable!  It was “Glorious.”  Great move WWE!

Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler

This is a great feud, with impeccable talent and potential all around.  This is the type of match that can possibly turn things around for Raw. Drew McIntyre is of a bigger, better, class than most of the pack.  He is refined and is growing into his role better every week.  Although the promo in the beginning was unnecessary, McIntyre did well on the mic and got the crowd hot.  McIntyre beat down on Ziggler,replaying their roles from last week, as big guy vs little guy.  Drew McIntyre showed tremendous power, and looked sharp.  Ziggler sells so well, and always looks good at what he does, putting over others.  That high spot was brutal, and Ziggler landed horribly wrong but continued.  After a close count out, both men were down. Ziggler looking for a super-kick but went down before connecting.  McIntyre literally abused Ziggler but got hit with a “Zig-Zag” for a close 2 count.  Ziggler went for a decisive “super-kick” again but got destroyed by a “Claymore Kick.”  Drew McIntyre Wins!  This was a Good Match again, showcasing some of the best on the Raw Brand.  After the match McIntyre continued to destroy Ziggler, showing he has no remorse and previewing what may come to Finn Balor at TLC. 

Elias vs. Lio Rush (w/ Bobby Lashley)

Babyface Elias is a Good Elias.  Same exact character just now on the side of the fans.  He has gotten better every week, gaining momentum just by doing his thing. That is a beautiful thing in wrestling. Elias is a star.  Lio Rush from his time on 205 Live can definitely go.  He is a tremendous talent.  This match really had a lot of potential going into it.  Heath Slater made his Referee Debut.  Elias showcased his power throwing the much smaller Rush all around the ring.  Lio Rush took one of the best corner bumps I have ever seen.  It was completely unique.  Of course Lashley and Elias got into it giving Rush an edge.  Elias hit a“Last Ride Sitdown Powerbomb” until Lashley interfered for an obvious DQ.  Heath Slater did not ring the bell allowing the interference.  Lashley crushed a guitar over Elias.  Slater still didn’t ring the bell.  Lio Rush Wins!  Decent match overall and Heath Slater allowing the craziness was unexpected.  A Good unexpected twist.      

TLC Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs.  GM-Elect Baron Corbin w/ Referee Heath Slater

This match is out of the ordinary especially with the Heath Slater story-line playing out.  It really shows some guts before a PPV to have a match like this.  So many X-Factor’s; Ambrose, Slater, and others that could come out and assist Corbin to win the title.  A TLC Match for the IC Title as the Main Event is huge.  Rollins came out on the offensive.  The action looked Good.  Rollins really can go, and puts it all out there.  Corbin is tough to watch sometimes, but has his moments.  Corbin bossing around Slater got old very quickly, and sometimes cheapened an otherwise decent match.  Corbin really stiffed Rollins especially with the chair shots.  Rollins really took an ass-kicking.  Corbin pushed the limit the whole match.  Even with his horrible gear and overrated appeal, he showed up tonight and put out some good work.  Corbin hit a perfect “Deep Six” after a commercial break that looked solid.  Even after Rollins got some offense he was greeted with a choke-slam through a table by Corbin after a failed 3rd Suicide Dive.  Rollins came back swinging hitting Slater with a chair.  Rollins hit a sick frog splash through a table to the outside.  Rollins had the victory until Slater knocked down Rollins on the ladder.  Corbin climbed the ladder with Slater’s help but Rollins got revenge power-bombing Corbin through a table, super-kicking Slater, hitting a “Curb Stomp” on Corbin and climbing the ladder for the victory.  Rollins “Burned it Down” and if the TLC Match is anything like this will be on fire. 


Opening Segment w/ Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins looking to “Burn It Down” at TLC this Sunday opened the show with some cheap pop.  Unexpectedly,Rollins poked at Baron Corbin who no doubt obliged.  Rollins planned on burying Raw’s mistakes and telling Corbin where he is lacking at his job. Rollins made it about protecting his brand “Monday Night Rollins” with the crowd expressing their gratitude with “Corbin Sucks,” and he does.  So did this segment.  The crowd loved it but I believe this was horrible.  The blatant “shooting” was so obvious.  It was almost like Rollins was just reading “mean tweets” to the crowd. It was a bold move, but cheap.  No you are not CM Punk, and no this isn’t working. Please just wrestle, that is what you do best.  Until then, this is just Bad.  This set up a TLC Match with Rollins vs. Corbin later in the show surprisingly for the Intercontinental Championship saving it from the Ugly treatment. 

Bayley (w/ Sasha Banks) vs. Alicia Fox (w/ the Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal)

More Bayley almost always should be a Good thing, however overall this wasn’t a Good match.  Alicia Fox is extremely awkward, and oversells like crazy.  Of course there was some very predictable outside interference from Mahal and company leading to Apollo Crews running down for the save.  Sasha Banks and Crews took care of the heels leading to a “Bayley to Belly” on Fox.  Bayley Wins a Bad Match!  Once Bayley and the Boss get into this Tag Team Gimmick more, we will have some Good things to watch.  Recycling Fox every week is not the right move and hurts an otherwise decent match. 

Dean Ambrose Backstage Promo

The new Dean Ambrose is Good, but that promo was out of place and completely weird.  It would have had a lot more impact if he would have just done a run in during the TLC IC Title Match later in the night. Instead we had a typical promo that accomplished nothing.  It’s Bad because of the wasted potential and shear overkill.  Dean Ambrose is amazing,but this was Bad. 

Alexa Bliss’ Promo w/ Nia Jax and Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey

Tamina Snuka can ruin anything, luckily this had failure written all over it well in advance.  Tamina has the charisma of a flagpole, and Nia Jax is unforgivably bad on the mic.  Rousey came marching down with her angry face of course.  Outnumbered, Ember Moon runs down before anything went down. This was such crap, however it was effective setting up a match that hasno potential to be Good.  Ember Moon vs the Heat Killer, Tamina. 

Ember Moon vs. Tamina Snuka

Ember Moon is a fantastic talent and a treat to watch.  Unfortunately Tamina just shouldn’t be in there.  She is the worst talent in WWE, and drags down the people around her.  It’stoo Bad that Ember Moon isn’t working someone that can showcase her great skill and hunger.  This match was Bad in all possible ways, which literally pushed this show over the edge from bearable, too,hard to watch. After Rousey took care of Nia Jax outside, Ember hits the “Eclipse”for the victory.  Ember Moon’s performance was stellar as always, however this just wasn’t a Good match.  It left the room with a “who cares” feeling.  What Ember provided though was Bad but not Ugly.   Although this may have been the best Tamina has ever done, the match just wasn’t Good.     


Natalya Promo

This was a horrendous promo.  Natalya is cringe worthy on the mic.  She really lays on the “Hart Cheap Pop” every chance she gets.  Her Dad was incredible,her Uncles incredible, her not so much. This was a crap promo, and a total waste of time.  A match dedication?  That is where we are at?  I cannot bury this enough, but looks like Natalya did all the burying it needed. On the bright side, more Ruby Riott and The Riott Squad is an awesome thing.  We have some great talent there.  The match on Sunday at TLC should be a Good one, but until then, it is really Ugly to watch, or should I say,listen too.    


Good:  4
Bad:  6
Ugly:  1

Overall:  Bad

The tally doesn’t lie, and neither do I.  We had a Bad show even with the strong ending. Unlike last week, where the promos carried the weight, it was the action that carried the bulk of the Good this time around.  However, we had a lot of not so Good moments.  The Women’s Division unfortunately didn’t deliver their usual save this week.  Tamina and Natayla were the main culprits of this Bad night.  We had a few decent spots in the ring tonight though.  Far from a total loss.  Hopefully we will have a Good SmackDown to take the Bad taste out of our mouths before a stacked TLC on Sunday.   

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