Sunday, January 25, 2015

WWE 2015 Royal Rumble predictions

Big news on twitter and wwe.com. The Rock is in Philly. And so is the 2015 Royal Rumble. Coincidence? I would hope so, but more than likely not a coincidence. Does that mean that  Rock will be in the Rumble? And if he is, would he win the Rumble....?!!? Ugh. That would be awful. Just awful. Who would want that? I hope that won't happen.
Let's not think about that. Let's move on to the predictions of the night.

New Day def. Adam Rose/Kidd/Cesaro
Usos def Miz/Mizdow
Ascension def New Age Outlaws
Paige/Natalya def. Bellas
Brock Lesnar def Cena and Rollins
Royal Rumble final 4: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, D. Bryan, Bray Wyatt.
Royal Rumble Winner: D. Bryan.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NTWA Best moments/matches of 2014

There have been many good/great matches this year in WWE and TNA. It's hard to choose the best match of the year.  I am biased toward Daniel Bryan cause I liked him back in ROH. But I'll try not to let my bias interfere.
The best match in WWE in 2014 to me was, The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family on RAW in March. I think that's the one, they had so many and all of them were pretty damn good. I'm going to miss those two factions going at it.
The best rivalries would have to be either the Wyatts/Sheild or Rollins/Ambrose. Just awesome matches.
The best matches in TNA would have to go to the Wolves, Hardys, and Team 3D. I think we all knew that there would be 4 matches. Cause you're not going to have these 3 teams have 2-3matches and be done with it. No, you make a lot more money if you have 4 matches. And they had 4 great matches. It showed for a quick moment that TNA could be a different product than WWE. Sure it used old WWE stars, but those matches didn't feel like they were coping their older work. It felt like they were trying build ontop of what they had already done years ago and in someways make their legacy a little bit better.


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WWE and TNA 2014 year review part 6

I put Bobby Lashely in a Wrestling Obscurity post. I think I've apologized for that, but just in case. Sorry about that cause he isn't obscure anymore. No, he was a bad ass champion. Granted he didn't speak much. That was MVP's job, but he had some really great title defenses. Especially against Bobby Roode. He probably wasn't supposed to be champion. More than likely MVP was gonna be champion, but he got injured. So that saved us from MVP's reign as champion in 2014.

Quick mention of the knockouts division. I do like what they've done with the division. It could be better, but adding Havok to the roster has definitely given the division something it hasn't had in awhile and that is a woman who seems to be unbeatable.  The quality of the matches can be hit or miss, but as long as Gail Kim is around there is hope.

What was the worst part of TNA in 2014? Well, there are probably some matches, or storylines that were bad, but honestly I have to go outside the ring for the worst thing TNA did in 2014. That would be losing big talent and their spot on Spike TV. I know that it's not the late 1990s, but it can be devastating to the company to lose a TV spot. Thankfully they have found a new home and we'll have to wait and see how the ratings will be. But I think they should think about getting episodes on the internet. Netflix, Hulu, youtube or whatever.  And also they need some good young talent and try to push them as much as possible.

Best thing TNA did all year? Hmmm that's difficult to say. There have been some good matches.
I think the matches with the Hardys, Wolves, and Team 3D were probably the best one's they had all year.  Hopefully in 2015 they will stop coping WWE and be something different.

WWE and TNA 2014 year review part 5

From one company to another. Let's look at TNA. The start of the year, TNA had big names leave; AJ Styles, C. Daniels and Kazarian. That's not a good way to start the year but they pressed on and made Magnus champion. Some would say paper champion. But he did and was the face of the company for a little while. Of course he had his allegiance to Dixie Carter. Who was trying so hard to be the heel owner of a company. But people did boo her...loudly so I guess it worked...?
Now with big names leaving the company. You've got to get "new blood" in the company. So enters MVP and the wolves. I liked MVP coming to TNA at first but he changed from face to heel way too fast for my taste. Because Dixie was still around and she's still heel. So you have 2 heel owners? That's confusing. Who do I cheer for and who do I boo? I can't boo both of them at the same time, can I? I guess it doesn't matter. Cause now Bully Ray is face and he want's to put Dixie through a table. Ok. So you'll do that next week, next month. Nope they dragged that out as long as possible and I mean DRAGGED.  It went on forever. To the point I didn't think that it was actually gonna happen. But it did. Thankfully.

Let's move on to the champions of the year. First I think that TNA was trying to do something different in early part of 2014. That's why they had champions like Magnus and Eric Young. Both didn't "fit" the mold of a champion but they let them have the belts anyway.  Magnus is an ok wrestler but I think he had trouble connecting to an american audience. British audience he connects very well, for obvious reasons.

Eric Young, has been in TNA for a while. And I know that there are similarities between him and D. Bryan. But really there aren't enough to say that TNA was copying WWE by having EY be champion. They both have beards, but EY isn't using that to get over or have a signature look. Hell he had the beard when DB was "dating" AJ Lee.  I think EY was champion, because everyone likes EY and thinks he should be champion. That's it. I was surprised that they made him champion for as long as they did but it wasn't bad and he had some good matches.

WWE and TNA 2014 year review part 4

I'm going to finish with WWE so I can move on to TNA, but let's talk about the worst thing WWE has done. In my opinion the worst thing that WWE did in 2014 doesn't have to do with titles, hirings or firings. No. It has to do with the Bella twins. Now it was great when Brie slapped Steph. It was great and they had some "twist" were D. Bryan was cheating on Brie with his physical therapist. That wasn't so great. No sorry. That was horrible and of course it didn't get resolved. Other than one sentence on a RAW episode about how the physical therapist lied. Or Steph paid her to lie. Which ever. And if that wasn't bad enough. We had Nikki turn on Brie at SummerSlam. Why? Because Brie stole Nikki's boyfriends in highschool....?  Really? Is that all you've got? No? You took your family problems to Jerry Springer...? Oh good Lord.  And now Brie and Nikki are BFFs again. Ugh. And I thought TNA writing was bad.

Overall WWE this has been slightly below average. There have been some great matches, rivalries, and moments, but as a whole product. It hasn't been very good.  They have done their best and it showed at times, but there were other times. It seemed lazy. And I mean that from a writing stand point. It can be better, I've seen it. But it could be worse, I've seen that too. We can only hope that it'll be better in 2015 cause that's what's best for business. (See what I did there?)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WWE and TNA 2014 year review part 3

After WM, WWE went in a different direction. Probably due to injuries. Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Ryback. Plus they fired alot of people too. Alberto del Rio, Drew McIntyre, the real Sin Cara etc.
Maybe the later is because of the launch of the WWE network. I don't know if that is true. It would be odd if they fired alot of people very shortly after the network was launched. And it wasn't launched all around the world. So the network not being "successful" is reason to get rid of personnel? Doesn't make sense to me. But let's move on to the rise and fall of 2 Paul Heyman guys. Brock Lesnar and Cesaro.

Let's start with Cesaro. I thought after WM 30. That Cesaro would get more of a push. Being a Paul Heyman guy and all. But really nothing changed for Cesaro. His robe changed color, he added a bigger towel and got new entrance music. But as far as winning more matches or championships. Not so much. Hell I think he lost more matches with Heyman than without him.  Which is too bad cause he's one of the best wrestlers in the WWE.'

It's no secret. That I am not a fan of Lesnar being champion. Not because I don't like him. But because he's a part timer. He has missed a couple of PPVs and several RAWs. So we've been without a champion on TV for longer than I care for.  But WWE wants him to be their guy. Maybe he's got a movie coming out....? I don't know. But I do know that Seth better cash that MITB contract in sooner rather than later. Cause he only has until July. Which sounds far away, but Lesnar may show up 5-10 times between now and then.


WWE and TNA 2014 year review part 2

The yes movement. Possibly the best audible that WWE has done. With no CM Punk. Daniel Bryan took his place. He didn't win the Rumble but he found his way in to 2 matches at WM 30.  Again great writing and it was the best option. Fans wanted Bryan to be champion and they would get it. More on that later.

Let's move on to the WWE tag team division for a second. There's something that's new a tag team division. And a good one? Wow. Just kidding WWE has had a pretty descent tag team division. Especially with the factions that they've had in the last year. Surprisingly enough. They didn't play hot potato with the tag team titles, like they did in the attitude era. They haven't had new tag teams. They did put two wrestlers together and give them a name, that doesn't make a tag team in my opinion. Tag teams should have chemistry and work well together. Rybaxel didn't have any of those things. The Rhodes brothers worked well together, but didn't go together because they were so different. Until, Star Dust was born and joined Gold dust in a tag team. Now they are both on the same page. A weird page, but it works and they are champions. 

This year they have had great tag team matches/feuds. The Usos and Wyatts, The Wyatts and The Shield. Gold/Stardust and the Usos and of course 3MB. 3MB? I guess I have to count them. They were a faction/tag team. I don't think they won a match all of 2014. I'm probably wrong about that. Anyway let's move on to WM 30.

WM 30. Possibly the best/worst WM in awhile. Why do I say that. Well let's start with the good. The opening was fantastic, with Hogan, Austin, and The Rock. Great stuff. It would've been better if Bret Hart and Shawn Micheals joined them. But we didn't have time for that. Staying on the positive side; D. Bryan had 2 good matches and became champion. AWESOME. But then we have the worst part. Of course that would be Brock Lesnar def. The Undertaker. For no good reason. So disappointing.