Tiffany takes a look at The Undertaker’s run after The Streak ended at WrestleMania 30 as he battles Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon!
After the shocking end of the Streak at WrestleMania 30, many fans thought that the Undertaker was done. What was the point of Undertaker coming back for another WrestleMania if the Streak was no more? As if to remind us all of why he was considered one of the Greatest of All Time, Streak or no Streak, the Undertaker would rise from the ashes of WrestleMania 30 and add more victims to his list.
Bray Wyatt, the enigmatic leader of the Wyatt Family, considered himself to be the new Phenom of the WWE and was determined to cement that by defeating the Undertaker and harvesting his powers from his own diabolical devices.
Shane McMahon, the prodigal son of the McMahon Family, returned to WWE determined to wrest control of RAW and the company away from his out-of-touch father and save the WWE from the seemingly poor decisions made by his father, sister, and brother-in-law, but he would have to win control by facing the Undertaker in the dreaded Hell in a Cell. For Taker, this match became about more than another match, it became about whether or not the Streak, and his own career, would survive the McMahon Family power struggle.
WrestleMania 31 – Bray Wyatt Dances With the Devil
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
This feud was an odd one, but it would end up consuming a lot of TV time on RAW and SmackDown. Bray Wyatt, the weird cult leader that had taken WWE by storm with his Family, had challenged the Undertaker outright at Fastlane and taunted the Deadman until the Undertaker consented on RAW, using his powers to destroy Wyatt’s sacred rocking chair. Bray Wyatt had knocked on the Devil’s door and the Devil wasn’t in the mood for company.
Wyatt came out first. Because WrestleMania 31 was happening in San Francisco’s Levi Stadium, which is outdoors, and California is three hours behind the East Coast, the sun hadn’t QUITE gone down by the time this match started, which made the entrances slightly less creepy, but Wyatt made up for it by seeming to bring zombie scarecrows to life. The Eater of Worlds looks confident, but they all do before they have to face the Deadman. Taker even makes Wyatt wait, but it’s time to pay, Bray Wyatt.
The Deadman Cometh. Again, being outdoors and not quite after dark kept Taker’s entrance from being dark like usual, but it definitely felt like the Grim Reaper had rolled into town. Wyatt had started out very confident looking, but that confidence dropped, just like it always does, when the Deadman makes the long walk down to the ring and it finally hits whoever is in that ring just what they’ve gotten themselves into. I call it the ‘Oh shit, here he comes!’ moment.
First thing I noticed in this match was how much better Taker looked compared to the haggard old man that lost to Lesnar in New Orleans. Even the commentators were impressed by how healthy Taker looked.
Time to get down to business. Taker was less than impressed with Bray Wyatt’s intrusion into his domain, but no one ever accused Wyatt of being sane, or very smart, because he charged at Taker and ate a big boot for supper. Taker showed this upstart what happened when you knocked on the Devil’s front door.
This wasn’t the greatest match in the world, but if this had actually lead to something for Bray Wyatt, it wouldn’t have mattered. Taker was showing a little ring rust, but he hung with Wyatt and dominated much of the match, but Wyatt got say he actually had the Deadman on the ropes for several minutes. The tide would turn after Taker sat up during Wyatt’s Spider Walk, causing Wyatt to collapse like a cheap chair. In the end, it was more veteran’s experience than total domination that would win this for Taker, but he would put the Eater of Worlds away with a Tombstone and add another victim to his list.
Rating: 7/10 This was a good match, but remembering that it didn’t do a whole lot for Wyatt long-term hindered my enjoyment.
Highlight: Wyatt collapsing when Taker sat up. The look Taker kept giving Wyatt like ‘Kid, who do you think you’re trying to scare?’
WrestleMania 32 – Legacy vs Streak
Hell In A Cell: The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon
This match started with a situation that didn’t involve the Undertaker. Shane McMahon, once the golden child of the McMahon family, made a surprise appearance on RAW, interrupting an award ceremony Vince had planned for Stephanie McMahon. Shane revealed that the reason he’d come back was to save RAW, and WWE by extension, from his family who had done a terrible job of running the flagship show. Vince agreed, as long as Shane could win a match, that match would be a Hell in a Cell match…against the Undertaker. If Shane lost, he and his kids would be disowned. To make sure the Undertaker would cooperate, Vince said that if Taker lost, he would no longer compete at WrestleMania and since Undertaker’s WWE role was basically WrestleMania anyway, this would’ve been the end of his career. So it was a battle for survival in the most barbaric structure in WWE.
Shane came out first, with his three sons with him. The oldest, Declan, being the little baby featured in the opening for WrestleMania 20, if you want to feel old. Shane drops his kids off with his wife, Marissa, and his mother, Linda, who is’t really seen, but you can tell from the hair that it’s her. This is only the second time Shane had been in a Hell in a Cell match, but he didn’t look nervous, at least not yet, but he didn’t look confident either.
The Deadman Cometh. Through flames and thunder, The Deadman approached the structure he helped create. Shane DEFINITELY looked nervous once Taker got to the Cell.
This was the first match where it really hit me that Taker was NOTICEABLY slowing down, but the Cell and Shane hid it really well. No one will ever claim that Shane McMahon was a great wrestler, but Shane was able to cover for Taker’s limited ability with his own quickness and ability to take an ass-kicking. Plus, Hell in a Cell is the one match where NO ONE expects technical wrestling. You expect violence and brutality in Hell in a Cell and that was in abundance, they even broke through one of the walls of the cell.
In the end, it would be Shane’s inability to avoid risk taking that would cost him. He had Taker on the ropes, so to speak, he just needed to hit the coup de grace and WWE was his, but he climbed to the top of the cell to hit his elbow drop. The crowd went nuts when Shane crossed himself because anyone who has EVER seen Shane climb on top of something knew that Shane crossing himself meant he was taking the plunge, and he did, but Taker, with an amazing amount of good sense, moved out of the way. After that, Taker literally carried Shane into the ring, hit the Tombstone for the hell of it, and that was the end of it. The Undertaker lives to fight another day and Shane McMahon’s legacy was in ruins, or was it?
Rating: 8/10 It wasn’t the greatest match in the world, but it told a great story.
Highlights: Shane not giving up. The look on Taker’s face when Shane started moving after the elbow drop off the cage.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE Monday Night RAW (4/22/2019)
Tiffany offers her real-time takes on WWE Raw, including AJ emerging as #1 contender and Bray Wyatt…emerging…
Tiffany takes a look back at WWE Raw in the first (official) edition of Tiffany’s takes!
At Greg DeMarco’s suggestion, we’re trying something new, so let’s see how it goes starting with Monday’s edition of WWE Raw!
WWE Universal Championship
The Seth Rollins Era of RAW kicked off with two HUGE triple threats to determine just who would be the first challenger for Seth Rollins’ Universal title. I LOVED the interaction between Triple H and Rollins, it felt KIND of like the old Authority, but they were on more equal terms. Everyone coming out to run their mouths was funny considering that, except for Styles, Rollins had faced and beat all of them either one on one or as part of the Shield.
The first Triple Threat was AMAZING and could’ve easily been the main event. Styles vs Mysterio lived up to the Dream Match hype, so poor Joe felt like a third wheel, and the final sequence was amazing.
After that, the second triple threat was pretty much a ‘meh’ for me. Corbin stealing the win from McIntyre wasn’t surprising and would probably lead to a feud if one of them was a face. Other than that, it was just blah.
I’m honestly surprised that Styles won tonight. Styles vs Rollins is a Big Four level match and I don’t see why it’s being put on a B-PPV, especially Money in the Bank, but we’ll see but it should be a great match.
Naomi vs Billie Kay
I’m not sure what to make of this match. The IIconics running their mouths took longer than the actual match. That said, I’m glad that the Women’s Tag Titles aren’t exclusive to SmackDown after all, but since Naomi doesn’t have a partner, I don’t see what the point was.
Elisa looks great in her Chairshot gear.
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Bray Wyatt’s Promos
Well, we’ve finally gotten an answer to who was behind the creepy puppet promos and it was resident creep Bray Wyatt. This was just super fucking creepy and the fact that they were spoofing PBS children’s programming was just…ugh. This is another ‘wait and see’ but honestly, I’d burn the tape and forget that promo ever happened.
With Owens being a babyface now, apparently Zayn feels he needs to be an extra obnoxious heel and nothing is more obnoxious than forcing people to sit through your vacation photos. That said, this new gimmick seems to be a clapback about all the ‘Unhappy Wrestler’ reports that the dirt sheets are so fond of reporting. The most intriguing part of the segment was the staredown between Cedric Alexander and Zayn because that’s a match I’d love to see.
Cedric Alexander vs Cesaro
Well, either the Bar is no more or Sheamus will be joining Cesaro on RAW as soon as he’s back from injury. Either way, we got a FANTASTIC match between Cesaro and Cedric Alexander. I’m very disappointed that Alexander lost, but he definitely showed that he can hang with the vets.
The Usos and The Revival
Jimmy and Jey didn’t have a match this week, but we got another tease of a feud with the Revival along with a bangingly funny promo that managed to be a little self-deprecating, but still fun.
Viking Raiders vs Lucha House Party
What’s Viking for ‘squash’? Seriously, that was a brutal as hell non-match (bell never rang). Sadly, the crowd was either worn out from all the good matches thus far, or they had no idea what to make of the Viking Raiders, which is a more interesting name than ‘Viking Experience’.
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Talk about success going to your head! Ryder and Hawkins have only won two matches as a re-formed team, but the way they talk, you’d think they’ve been hugely successful and relevant for the ten years they’ve been in WWE, or Ryder has, anyway. I honestly want Viking Experience to squash the hell out of them because they are annoying me.
Becky Lynch vs Alicia Fox
So the Becky Lynch vs Lacey Evans feud has barely started and I’m already over it. I don’t like Lacey Evans and don’t like what she claims to represent. I’m also confused as to why Alicia Fox, who supposedly went AWOL after showing up to a house show drunk in an incident that cost Arn Anderson his job, was give a match against the RAW Women’s Champion on her first night back. I’m glad that Becky won, but WWE is risking making her look bad by letting Evans get the jump on her with that horrible finisher of hers. Hopefully, this will end at Money in the Bank.
Robert Roode vs Ricochet
With Aleister Black sadly gone to Smackdown, Ricochet was left on his own on RAW against Robert Roode and his porn-stache. The match was really good, and I’m glad to see Roode regain his edge, but I just couldn’t get into it and I’m mad Ricochet lost, but I don’t think it’ll hurt him long term, but we’ll have to see.
The Rollins Era kicked off with a bang and did a pretty good job of delivering on the potential of the Shakeup with the two Triple Threats. I’m not really sure giving us Styles vs Rollins so soon is a great idea, but it’ll definitely be a huge match.
I think Rollins will be fine as THE Man on RAW, even without the Shield, he’s come a long way from where he was in 2015 and it shows in his confidence in speaking to Triple H. Gone is the whiny, over-confident, eager-to-please, Seth Rollins of 2015. 2019 Seth has hit rock bottom and found his way back to the top with the help and support of the fans and his Shield brothers and became a better person for it. He doesn’t NEED Triple H’s approval anymore and that made their interaction much more interesting.
Click in tomorrow for SmackDown coverage and Use your head!
WWE Week in Review April 15-April 21, 2019, Non-Shake Up Edition
Aside from all the Superstar Shakeup action, what happened on the non-main roster WWE shows? Tiffany breaks it down!
Aside from all the Superstar Shakeup action, what happened on the non-main roster WWE shows? Tiffany breaks it down!
Gran Metalik vs Ariya Daivari vs Mike Kanellis vs Akira Tozawa: I have no idea why this match happened since it wasn’t an official #1 Contender’s match, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great match and Daivari winning it was a HUGE surprise to me, and I can’t wait to see if he can back up his mouth.
The fact that Mike Kanellis had the match won and it was stolen by Daivari revives my hope that Mike Kanellis will be turning babyface, especially since Cedric Alexander has been drafted to RAW. I think Kanellis has what it takes to be a great underdog babyface, he just needs the right opportunity to do it and 205 being without its other TOP babyface is the perfect opening.
Oney Lorcan vs Cedric Alexander: One thing I hated about this match is that the feud leading up to it wasn’t given more time. This could’ve been a blockbuster non-title feud if WWE had left Cedric on 205 Live, where he belongs.
All that said, it was a fantastic match and it gave Cedric the send off from the fans that he deserved, I just wish it hadn’t happened because I think the cruiserweight guys are going to get lost on RAW and SmackDown, which is what 205 was supposed to keep from happening.
Gallus vs Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza: This week’s shows were done at WrestleMania AXXESS, which is why 205 Live’s own Humberto Carrillo got to team up with his sometime partner, Raul Mendoza, to take on Gallus in a fantastic match that actually went better than expected, in my opinion. Matches with wildly different styles can be a slow going trainwreck, but this was a wonderful match to watch and drives home that Gallus aren’t just big blowhards, they’re also great athletes. I was a little disappointed that Carrillo and Mendoza lost, but it’s clear that NXT UK has big plans for Gallus, which I’m thrilled to see unfold.
Kassius Ohno: As someone who HATES it when people mispronounce things, I applaud Ohno for his pronunciation correction. Other than that, I wasn’t impressed by the promo. Ohno’s playing the role of arrogant heel very well, especially discounting Ligero because someone who has a crazy schedule can’t possibly put on a quality match every night, is just silly for an indie guy to say. Guess we’ll see what the Leeds Luchador has to say.
Dunne vs Walter: I think I’ve been pretty clear about the fact that I’m a big Jordan Devlin fan, so I was thrilled with his promo on Dunne vs WALTER. I’m still hopeful that he’ll get another title shot, whoever has the title.
Dave Mastiff vs Kona Reeves: This was an odd one because Kona Reeves hasn’t exactly been a NXT mainstay since his debut and his job this week seemed to be becoming Dave Mastiff’s dinner. To give the Keanu Reeves wannabe his due, he did try to compete, but the Black Country Bomber was a little too big for him. Mastiff winning wasn’t a shock, but it needs to lead to something bigger sooner or later.
That said, I’m intrigued by the possible Mastiff/Wolfgang feud being teased. A brawl between two huge men, who can move like cruiserweights sounds like a lot of fun.
Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster: So, the challenge has been accepted and we’ll get The Flying Welshmen vs Moustache Mountain next week!
Rhea Ripley vs Kacy Cantanzaro: This should’ve been a great rematch from the Mae Young Classic, instead Kacy got squashed like a bug by Ripley, who seems to have a bigger chip on her shoulder than normal. At least Kacy has a…friend, of sorts, in Piper Niven, who scared Ripley off.
Grizzled Young Veterans vs Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams: Did that just happen?! Did I just watch Jordan and Williams, the most unlikely to succeed tag team get a win, even on a technicality, over the NXT UK Tag Champs? Did that just happen?! It did and it was FANTASTIC! I’ve become a big fan of Jordan and Williams, and while they didn’t get a pinfall victory over the champs, the fact that GYV took the loss rather than be pinned is enough for me! Go Lucky Bad Boys!
Velveteen Dream vs Buddy Murphy: I think I’ve said before that I’m not a Velveteen Dream fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s talented and he definitely showed it against Buddy Murphy. I was a little puzzled by Murphy going back to NXT and I still am, but it was a great match by both guys and that’s really all that matters.
Street Profits vs War Raiders (or whatever they’re called): This is another ‘What’s going on here’ moments because the Street Profits haven’t been on NXT all that much, but they’re getting a title shot next week. I guess the Undisputed Era is going to have to wait for another go.
Johnny Gargano vs Undisupted Era: At least Gargano got the hero’s welcome he deserved as NXT Champion. I do like Cole’s whining that Gargano got lucky, completely ignoring the fact that he and Gargano knew that they would have to beat the other man twice to win, it was funny, as was Gargano’s pointing out that Cole was being an idiot for the same reason. It’s nice to have a smart face that can rile up the heel once in a while.
I also liked that we got more signs of unrest in UE with Gargano and Regal stirring the pot. I’m stoked for Gargano vs Strong, especially to watch Cole seethe.
Dominik Dijakovic vs Aaron Frye: There’s not much to say about this since Dijakovic hit one move and it was done. The promo was much more interesting given that Dijakovic has Velveteen Dream in his sights.
Aliyah and Vanessa Borne: I love these two because they’re so obnoxious, but not in the annoying way the IIconics are and I loved their excuses for Aliyah’s loss last week. I can’t wait for next week’s tag team match since it seems like Candice LeRae seems to finally be being treated as more than Gargano’s perpetually worried wife.
Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane: This was such a good match and allows Sane to be written out of NXT to got to SmackDown, while maintaining Baszler as a heel. It also paves the way for Baszler vs Shirai by having Shirai by having Shirai save her friend, even if it meant Sane lost any more chances at the title. It was the perfect way to end the Baszler/Sane feud while creating a new feud, so no complaints.
Shield’s Last Ride
After six and a half years, two reunions, two betrayal, and twenty-three cumulative championship reigns, the Shield has come to the end of the road…at least for now. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are heading to different shows, while Dean Ambrose has chosen to walk away from WWE and find a new path. In honor of the moment, WWE chose to air Ambrose’s last WWE match and let the WWE Universe say goodbye to one of the greatest factions in the history of Professional Wrestling.
Advanced Warning: If you haven’t figured out that I’m a huge Shield and Dean Ambrose fan, I’m not sure where you’ve been, but I will be a blubbering mess and this might not be very coherent, but I will not apologize for that.
Elias: Gotta love Elias’ never say die attitude towards performing. He managed to throw PLENTY of shade at the Shield and everyone else. Him being a primadonna to Balor about the interruption was fun and we found out Balor can wrestle in a leather jacket, but he still needs a more supportive jock strap. Balor getting the win wasn’t a surprise but it was a really great, if odd match due to some spots.
Riott Squad vs Bayley and Ember Moon: God, I’m going to miss the Riott Squad together! Why did WWE have to split them up?! Them ‘singing’ with Elias was hilarious! The match against Ember and Bayley was great, but I missed what Liv did to get expelled from the match, and costing her team the win. Still, great match and we get to see a great potential team in Bayley and Ember.
Shield Promo: For old time’s sake, we got a vintage Shield promo. It doesn’t matter what they said, because it was just nice to get that promo.
The Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin: Well, it’s come down to this. After six and a half years, the Shield rode into battle together one more time.
To be honest, this match was too hard to watch. The Shield renewed my active interest in WWE, rather than just half-heartedly watching it when I remembered or not at all. Dean Ambrose has been my hero since I laid eyes on him because he wasn’t what I expected a WWE Superstar to look or sound like. I was intrigued and then I fell in love, in a platonic, non-creepy, sense, with him. My online friends will attest to my cheering, ranting, raving, and screaming for Dean when it looked like he was getting gypped by WWE. That renewed interest lead me to becoming a writer about wrestling, something I never thought anyone would ask me to do. The idea that the man that reactivated my interest and love in wrestling is leaving, even if it’s just for now, has been hard to take and accept.
That said, it was a great match, with everyone hitting their best moves. The fact that it was about the Shield as team, rather than Ambrose, which lead him to letting Seth get the pin and making the final speech about Roman, Seth, and the Shield, rather than himself, makes me respect Jonathan Good all that much more.
I wish Dean all the best, he’s come a long way from his days of nearly bleeding to death for $20 and it looks like he’ll have a great future ahead of himself, whatever happens, but I fervently hope that I will see him again in a WWE ring. Thanks for the memories, Dean, and ALWAYS believe in the Shield!
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