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Daniel Bryan Will Face The Miz Sooner Rather Than Later

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WWE fans may finally get the dream match between The Miz and Daniel Bryan they have craved even before everyone’s favorites underdog was reinstated to wrestler this year at WrestleMania 34.

The company is doing a solid job of planting seeds leading up to an eventual match between the two former WWE champions, but the path to the ultimate prize has some twists and turns on a very bumpy road. Do the events at Extreme Rules next Sunday night lead to a main event caliber match at SummerSlam in August.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

WWE’s newest angle, involving Bryan and Kane and the reformation of Team Hell No in a match for the SmackDown tag team titles almost certainly will involve The Miz, keeping the straps around the waist of the Bludgeon Brothers and leading to a challenge by Bryan at the second most significant pay-per-view event on the company calendar.

Just a side note – If WWE would like to get Paige involved in this, with her making the announcement next Tuesday night, I am all for that as well.  

In what has to be one of the best slow played hands of power in decades, the Bryan-Miz feud has remained a white-hot topic, with both superstars taking jabs at each other the past two-plus years while Bryan was on the mend. Verbal confrontations on living programming (Talking Smack) and mimicking moves in the ring (by The Miz) to get under Bryan’s skin has been solid.

I am often at a loss for words when it comes to saluting the creative team of this promotion, but a hearty “Bravo” is well worth it here. WWE has hit all the right buttons, allowed the feud to fester and once the two get in the ring, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, there will be magic and fireworks in one perfect storm.

According to Marc Middleton of wrestlinginc.com, “The Miz will be missing the July 15th WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view as he will be participating in the MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game that day at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The game will air the next day, Monday, on ESPN after the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.”

He may not be in full form on Sunday, July 14th, but he can still have an influence on the outcome of the match affecting his nemesis, Bryan.

Multiple sources over the past few weeks have reported WWE is still preparing for life without Bryan, who has not signed a new deal with the company yet. The idea is to get the most out of the superstar while the company can. The reunion with Kane may have been a way to connect dots sooner rather than later with The Miz, which could have been a main event match at WrestleMania 35.

“With questions about what Bryan will do when his contract expires later this year, WWE is apparently working to get as many “dream matches” out of him as possible before his potential exit,” UPROXX.com reports.

Regardless of whether The Miz is competing in an MLB All-Star event, it is hard to believe WWE will keep him out of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view with a chance to continue to push one of the hottest feuds in the company today.


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Why Sasha vs Bayley Is A Bigger Deal Than The Women’s Championship Situation

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Okay, before you guys start shouting, hear me out. I love Ronda Rousey, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well she’s adapted to wrestling, but the Sasha Bayley feud has bigger implications for the Women’s Division in the the long run than whether or not Ronda Rousey gets a Women’s Title run.

For years, the Women’s Division has been limited to one major storyline per show, always involving the Women’s Title and if there was a secondary storyline, it wasn’t of much importance, it was usually just to keep a top face on TV. Sasha and Bayley is different, these are two top stars in RAW’s Women’s Division having a feud that easily could be for the Women’s Title. It’s a tale as old as time (no, not Beauty and the Beast): Two friends become bitter rivals, but unlike a lot of women’s storylines, Sasha and Bayley are rivals over a guy, they’ve become rivals because both women want to be the best in the RAW Women’s Division.

However, this story is even more important than just the Women’s Division getting more than one important storyline. WWE allowing this storyline to happen without the title being involved means that they are treating the Women’s Division as a valuable part of RAW and are invested in the division long-term.

Where could this go? I’ve long had a theory that eventually, RAW and SmackDown will basically be a storefront for the Network and that every division will have its own show, like 205 now. We’d have 205, a show for the Women’s Division, Main Event for the low card, a show for the Tag Division, and maybe keep RAW and SD for the top tier and mid card.

Sounds like a pipedream, especially considering the huge TV deals that WWE’s signed for RAW and Smackdown, but with cable cutting and sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon developing more and more content, it’s very likely that down the road, WWE decides to move more and more of their wrestling to the Network and just keep RAW and SmackDown on TV for the fans that don’t subscribe to the Network.

Why would they do that? It’s becoming more and more clear that while WWE struggles with time management, they also have a growing problem of having way too much talent and not enough time and titles to go around. Both Women’s Divisions and the 205 division have a lot of talent and only one belt, which leaves a lot of talent wrestling in the doldrums. Having

Where does Sasha vs Bayley fit into this? Well, these are two top level talents having the makings of a great feud, if there were a secondary title involved, this would be the perfect feud for it. Sadly, that’s not the case, but if this goes well, it makes a great case for women to get more non-title feuds and TV time on RAW and SmackDown and better stories than what they usually get, which seems to revolve around men and/or catty comments.

So, let’s hope WWE does this feud justice and we’ll get better stories and more TV time for the Women’s Divison.


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The Rock: The 10 Defining Moments of The People’s Champion

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Has there ever been anyone who has be as if not more successful outside of the WWE as the were in WWE as the Rock? The Rock is one of the most charismatic people to ever step foot in WWE with countless quotable catchphrases. One of the best talkers of all time, a Hollywood megastar and by all accounts genuinely one of the nicest people.

He is without doubt the most electrifying man in Sports Entertainment history, but which moments were most electrifying? What moments truly defined the People’s Champ? Let’s find out today as we go through the Rock’s career to find his 10 defining moments.

10. His Debut

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This moment is significant not just because it was the first time we’d ever seen The Rock in the ring but how the debut was done. First off it was in Madison Square Garden so clearly, they had faith in him.  Then there was the way he was presented with commentary talking about his potential and his heritage being the first third generation superstar (He wasn’t). JR even declared Rocky would be “the man”.

They did everything they could do to present him as this fiery babyface even having him be the sole survivor. The problem was nobody bought it. He got a decent reaction but soon after that fans turned on Rocky Maivia chanting Die Rocky Die and Rocky sucks.

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It’s Not As Easy as ‘Change the Channel’ or ‘Find Another Wrestling Show’

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If you’re someone who is happy with the product WWE is putting out these days, the wrestling world is a beautiful place. If you’re not happy with the product, or just aren’t thrilled with some of it, it can be a very aggravating and frustrating world. Your frustration probably isn’t being relieved by the comments of well-meaning fans to your complaints: ‘No one’s making you watch it’, ‘Change the channel’ ‘Be happy that they’re on the card’, ‘Be happy they go X, Y, or Z’, ‘There’s tons of other promotions out there, find something you do like’. This advise sounds very fair and reasonable, and I know that most of the people saying it mean well, but basically telling someone to take their ball and go home when they aren’t happy, rather than listening to what they’re trying to say, comes across as condescending.

It’s not as simple as changing the channel or finding something else. If you’ve loved a promotion all of your life and find yourself not happy with the current product, being told to change the channel or find another promotion to watch is like being told to change jobs because you’re frustrated with management or finding another place to live because you don’t like the landlord. It’s not helpful and just adds to the frustration. Let’s look at some of the most common things frustrated fans hear.

Change The Channel. This is the most common one I see and it’s one of the most tone deaf. It assumes that you’re going to find something else to watch and that’s not always the case. If you can’t afford to have hundreds of channels on your cable or satellite dish, or afford a streaming site, your choices are pretty limited.

Find Another Promotion: This one is the one I find most irritating, because it assumes that 1. You haven’t checked out other promotions 2. That you can afford to pay to see smaller promotions or know that they’re going to be in your area, and 3. That you can find a way to watch another promotion. I can’t tell you how many times I see people asking where they can find a way to watch NJPW or some other non-WWE promotion. Overseas promotions are not always easy to get access to or fit into everyone’s schedule.

Be Happy Your Fave Is on the Card/Just Be Happy They Got X, Y, or Z. I sort of get the logic behind this one, it doesn’t make it any less insulting or make me any less furious. Yes, I realize that a promotion with a deep a talent pool as WWE doesn’t have to give opportunities to everyone, but telling someone who is expressing frustration that someone they view as talented isn’t being given a bigger opportunity, or didn’t get the recognition for a big accomplishment when someone else did, that they should just be happy with what the person did get is very insulting and condescending.


Again, I realize that when fans say this to one another, they mean well…usually. Yes, some of the complaints do get tiring, like the ones about how Vince/Triple H/WWE/whomever is ruining the business/company/world, Roman Reigns is overrated/can’t talk/can’t wrestle/shouldn’t be pushed because of Wellness Policy violation/he’s too good looking to be relatable (yes, seriously). However, there is a lot of understandable frustration with how things are going that should not be dismissed or poo-pooed away with well-meaning comments that just add to the frustration. If we want to make the online wrestling fandom the inclusive place we claim it is, we need to be more willing to actually listen to the concerns and frustrations of each other and realize that for many people, giving up on something you love is not as easy as it sounds, especially when it’s something you’ve devoted a lot of time,money, and emotion into. Being frustrated with WWE doesn’t mean they don’t still love the company, and we shouldn’t be outright dismissing them.


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