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Drew McIntyre and the Rush to Main Event Glory in WWE

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Drew McIntyre is believed to be the next big thing in WWE. The man formerly known as The Chosen One is in top form, he’s on his game and he’s truly a star. As the rise of Roman Reigns seems to have somewhat stalled, many fans are looking to the next man up and they feel McIntyre is that man.

But of course Drew is currently busy as the muscle for Dolph Ziggler on Monday Night Raw. The pairing seems perfect, especially in light of Dolph’s obvious tribute to Shawn Michaels and the comparisons of McIntyre to Diesel. Drew and Dolph look great together and their partnership is working out just fine. At this point, there’s just no need to rush Drew McIntyre.

Drew’s return was welcomed by those that remember him from his first WWE run and by those that followed him outside of WWE. For the former, seeing Drew return means seeing a renewed opportunity at realizing his main event dreams.

For the latter, watching Drew’s growth in the business is the real story. McIntyre always had potential but it took a career away from WWE to fully realize that potential. Drew has truly learned his craft and matured beyond what anyone likely expected. Drew McIntyre indeed looks ready for the next step.

His spot with Ziggler is perfect for him, mainly because Drew has a prime opponent ready when the time comes to split up. McIntyre versus Ziggler should be a great feud, as both men are known for delivering top notch performances in the ring. They would certainly set out to give their best every time the bell rang.

Indeed the clock seems to be ticking for this team. While they’ve shown no signs of having drama on TV thus far, fans know that Drew and Dolph will eventually have a falling out. It seems inevitable. There’s just so much ego between them and that much ego can only be contained for so long. The day will likely come when it consumes them and then it will all be over. But how long before that happens?

The most important issue with dissolving this partnership is timing. The timing has to be right and both men have to be ready. Dolph Ziggler is the newly crowned Intercontinental champion and he is set to defend his title against Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules on July 15. Drew McIntyre only recently came face to face with Reigns on Raw for the first time. Both men are heading in different directions while still having each other’s back.

Drew has made no statements regarding an interest in Dolph’s championship and Ziggler has not really taken advantage of McIntyre’s help in any way. They have no heat between them but when the time is right, the heat can instantly boil over. All it takes is one sideways glance or one misspoken word in an awkward promo. When that moment comes, the feud will explode.

But if WWE were to pull the trigger too soon, it could all fall apart. It’s already as though McIntyre is back because the company wanted him back, not necessarily because he’s filling a hole. WWE was moving along just fine without him. However even though it seems like the company tends to book guys without any real plan, that simply shouldn’t be true of Drew McIntyre.

There’s just so much to work with when it comes to him. Drew has the back-story of The Chosen One at his disposal. He even has his past with the 3MB to play off of. His run outside of WWE can be openly talked about, as the company has shown no fear of mentioning other wrestling promotions on the air. McIntyre’s story is there and ready to be told.

There also must be a certain level of faith in Drew McIntyre when it comes to the main event scene. He proved his worth before and has earned the right to prove it again. WWE knows the kind of man Drew is. WWE also knows the kind of draw he can potentially be. What better man to challenge Roman Reigns’ position of power and perhaps even unseat him from that position?

But therein lays the problem. If WWE moves too quickly with Drew McIntyre, then it could backfire. Fans love Drew right now but how long before they turn on him because of a sudden elevation with no real reasoning behind it? The same thing happened to Roman. What makes Drew any different?

Then there’s the fact that while McIntyre has some great visibility thanks to his partner, Ziggler is also benefiting from the arrangement. Dolph doesn’t need to cut long promos anymore if there’s no need to. He doesn’t need to worry about defending his current spot in the company or constantly reminding everyone of just how good he is. Now he can get back to wrestling and prove it.

Dolph Ziggler is indeed one of the best in WWE. He’s arguably the best in WWE and he only seems to get better. He never takes a night off. He has great matches with a variety of different opponents and he always shows up ready to show off. In a different world, Dolph Ziggler is the man that WWE builds around instead of building on.

But why can’t that happen now? Who’s to say that this run with Drew McIntyre won’t lead to bigger and better things for Ziggler? Everyone knows that Drew will emerge as a main event threat. But how many know that Dolph will do the same? Is it possible that WWE can establish two guys with two footholds on weekly TV?

Why not use Dolph Ziggler versus Seth Rollins as the stepping stone to a future Universal Championship rivalry between the two? Fans would surely be accepting of that. What if McIntyre ended up with the Intercontinental tile and defended it in a high profile program against Roman Reigns? Why can’t any combination of the four succeed?

The truth is that WWE has options with Drew McIntyre. He’s only just beginning and he deserves the chance to construct his reputation in the company. It will all happen in time. McIntyre is a main event star and he will prove that once again. Fans know that. WWE surely knows it as well.


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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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