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Wentz’s Blog – The Dream Match of Sting vs. Undertaker at Wrestlemania Should Remain A Dream

In professional wrestling, fans have always opined about the big dream match.  What would have happened if talent from one era or one promotion faced a talent from another era or promotion?  Who would win?  What would the reaction be?

Sting vs. The Undertaker fits in that mold.

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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/23/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed this evening in Austin, TX, for airing on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they are available.

If you are attending the show live and would like to contribute, please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thanks!

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WWE Raw Afterthoughts for 01/20/15

WWE made a final play for the Royal Rumble last night, and despite having a weak build up to this point, they ended strong.  They needed to do something, right?  It was essentially a one-match show, and I’m not even talking about the Rumble Match itself.

This show did a lot of good, and as by evidenced in our poll, you all agree.  100% average or better at this point, with most agreeing the show was good to great.

I really enjoyed the opening segment – Brock Lesnar hit the ring, took the mic, and got straight to the point.  When Paul Heyman did in fact get his hands on the mic, he was his usual brilliance.  I have to give credit to Stephanie for making a case on calling John Cena a liar.  Seth did well here too.  Basically, the entire segment was a hit.

However, leaving John Cena’s fate in the hands of the audience is poor booking.  I am not a fan of letting the audience establish stipulations or choosing opponents.  90% of the time it’s all hedged anyhow.  Ric Flair was right – Cena should’ve said “No.”

Speaking of Ric Flair, the Legend’s Panel dragged on a bit too long, and The Big Show kind of killed it.

I did, however, really enjoy the in-ring segment with the NWO, DX, and APA.  I hope The Ascension gets some much-needed shine from their upcoming match with Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.

I have to give a big thumbs up to the final segment of the show – Sting’s appearance had worth and weight.  Triple H’s fire and fury at the end really amplified the appearance too, and seems to suggest we’ll be seeing Trips vs. Sting come Wrestlemania.  For me, the match is Sing vs. Seth Rollins, but Triple H is a bigger name, and thus likely more worthy of the spot.

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Overall, a thumbs up episode of the show, and The Rumble is looking like it’ll be a quality event.

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Ring Rap Audio: 01/20/15 – WWE Royal Rumble Predictions, Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, Wrestlemania 32 details, Raw, and much more!

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The Road to Wrestlemania officially begins this Sunday!  WWE’s Royal Rumble, which is one of the most newsworthy events of the year, will air starting at 8pm Eastern time.  We have predictions for you, so download the show and let us know if you agree or disagree!

Also, Wrestlemania 32’s date and location has been set.  Is this newsworthy?  (Hint: Yes.)

All this, plus a look at Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, and lots more!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 1/19/2015 – “Raw Reunion” With a Host of WWE Legends Appearing, Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Seth Rollins Prepare for a Title Match; Final Royal Rumble Hype and More

It’s go-home night for Raw as we turn the corner into the Royal Rumble, and get ready for the Road to Wrestlemania 31 in San Francisco.  Tonight, it’s a “Raw Reunion” in Dallas, with legends like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, X-Pac, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and a host of others making an appearance.  How will they affect tonight’s broadcast?  Brock Lesnar is advertised to appear tonight.  What will he have to say about how last week’s show ended, and will he extract revenge on Seth Rollins or John Cena, or both?  Also, Daniel Bryan escaped Smackdown by pinning Kane in the main event, but surely the Authority won’t be happy.  How will they make his life more miserable heading into Sunday’s pay per view?

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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/15/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed tonight in Baton Rouge, LA, for its debut airing on Thursday nights this Thursday, January 15th, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they’re available.

If you are attending the event and would like to contribute, please contact me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thank you!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 1/12/2015 – Aftermath of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan Being Fired, John Cena and Seth Rollins Prepare to Meet Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, More Entrants to the Rumble Set, and More

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The Royal Rumble is two weeks away.  Last week, The Authority returned, setting everyone on notice quickly that they are in “revenge mode” for what happened at Survivor Series.  Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback were sent packing while John Cena stood by and did nothing.  Who else is on the “punishment” list for The Authority?  Will it be Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, who defied them on Smackdown this past week?  Who else will get their shot at being in the 30-man Royal Rumble match?  And will  Brock Lesnar grace us with his presence in advance of the big triple-threat title match to happen at that event?

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WWE Superstar Triple H to be Inducted into International Sports Hall of Fame

WWE’s Triple H has been announced as a headline inductee into the 2015 International Sports Hall of Fame.  He joins a class that includes powerlifter Ed Coan, boxer Evander Holyfield, 8-time Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray, 11-time kickboxing champion Don Wilson, and martial artist Michael Jai White.  The induction will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival that will take place in Columbus, Ohio.

Hunter has a passion for bodybuilding in particular.  I’m sure the event will get a lot of free publicity from WWE, especially with the Authority storyline in progress.  WWE issued a press release announcing his induction.

Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE® Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative and 13-time World Champion in WWE, will be inducted into the 2015 International Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Levesque will join the class of 2015, which includes 5-time world boxing champion Evander Holyfield, 8-time Ms. Olympia bodybuilding champion Lenda Murray, martial artist and world renowned movie star Michael Jai White, 11-time world kickboxing champion Don Wilson and world powerlifting champion Ed Coan.

“We are excited for Paul “Triple H” Levesque to headline the International Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 for his accomplishments both in and out of the WWE ring,” said Dr. Bob Goldman, Founder, ISHOF. “In addition to being inducted as one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time, Paul will be recognized for the work he has done as a WWE executive, becoming the first executive inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

“It is an honor to join some of the world’s greatest athletes and be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame,” said Levesque. “These men and women have reached the pinnacle of their sport or athlete endeavor, and I am humbled to join them on stage at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival.”

The International Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit foundation established to honor world-class athletes and is part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, the world’s largest annual sports weekend, hosting 150,000 attendees and more than 18,000 competing athletes.

Members of the International Sports Hall of Fame include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, WWE Legend and Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and NBA Hall of Famer Earl Monroe.

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WWE Raw Afterthoughts for 01/06/15

Welcome to this week’s edition of the WWE Raw Afterthoughts for the episode airing 01/05/15.  I’m Drew Koscelek, and I’ll be taking over this feature for the foreseeable future.  Bill suffers through Raw enough as it is these days.  I guess I should help spread the love.

You know the drill – hits, misses, and all that fun stuff.  Let’s get started.

John Cena Pouts

Have you ever seen a top star pout more than John Cena?  I mean, he basically pouted for 3 and a half hours.  Do you ever remember The Rock, or Steve Austin, or Hulk Hogan ever behaving this way?  I sure don’t.

Is it too much to ask for my babyface hero to take a stand and stick with it, and when he’s faced with a dilemma, to face it with pride, rather than acting sheepishly?

And no, that wasn’t a pun on Erick Rowan (copyright Triple H).

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So, we have a new Intercontinental Champ.  Again.  While Wade Barrett is certainly deserving, I question the nature in which the belt is being bounced around lately.  It seems like WWE doesn’t even know what their plans are for Ziggler or the title.  It’s just better to keep us guessing, right?

The Authority Returns

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Why even have them removed from power if you don’t have the discipline to wait more than four weeks?  Do I even need to say more?  Ok, I will.  Why are they shitting all over the product again?  This heel authority figure stuff is getting really old, really quick, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that watching Raw on fast-forward is a blessing.

The Ascension insults The Road Warriors and Demolition

Dirty pool, fellas.  Dirty pool.  I appreciate that they’re getting mic time – it’s necessary.  And, I feel they did well with what they had.  But the context and words they were instructed to deliver?  Terrible.

The only way I would ever recommend anyone puts them in the same sentence as Demolition or The Road Warriors is so we can remind ourselves how they far off they really are.

Mind you, these words are coming from a fan of the team.  Seriously, I think they have potential, but I hate how they’re being used.

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Erick Rowan and Luke Harper being haphazardly thrown into a meaningless feud with each other is a terrible waste of time and gives us little reason to care about either man. Perhaps if we knew something about them, something worthwhile, it’d be different.

The Authority’s Heavy Hand

It’s bad enough they’re back, but can we take a moment to talk about how they’re hitting us over the head with sledgehammers every time something happens.  The “punishment tactics” and the firing of three superstars – which got zero reaction mind you – are just groan-inducing.  Noone in the arena, or at home, thinks even for a second that these guys are jobless, so why even try it?  Just… don’t.

That’s it for me today, folks.  Follow me on Twitter @PsionStorm for more of my randomness, in 140 characters or less.

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Wentz’s Blog – After a Lackluster Brock Lesnar Title Run, WWE Needs to Rebuild the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Brock Lesnar is probably the most dominant talent that WWE has on their current roster.  Given his utilization as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, he has not added anything to the championship.

Lesnar is a big money player.  He was, at one point the youngest WWE Champion, defeating The Rock at SummerSlam to win the belt for the first time.  He headlined Wrestlemania with Kurt Angle.  After a run in Japan and a failed stint with the Minnesota Vikings, Lesnar headed to UFC.  He became their heavyweight champion, holding the belt for nearly two years before being sidelined by diverticulitis.  In 2012, Lesnar re-emerged in WWE, feuding with John Cena, Triple H, CM Punk, and of course ending the Undertaker’s vaunted Wrestlemania unbeaten streak.

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