WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Wow.  That is the very best way to describe this match.  Just wow.  Sometimes, in the most unlikely places, you find wrestling magic.  Kevin Owens vs. John Cena is wrestling magic.  Owens isn’t your typical Cena opponent, or for that matter, typical WWE superstar.  His path to WWE was littered with roadblocks.  But, in one short month, Kevin Owens has taken the WWE by storm, and proven…

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WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS: Sting Debuts: This year’s installment of Survivor Series was promoted as a one-match show; Team Authority vs. Team Cena.  But, last night, that one match boiled down into one moment.  That moment was the debut of “the last WCW hold-out”, Sting.  There have been a number of reasons why Sting has held out signing a WWE contract over the years, including a personal goal of elevating TNA to relevance.  However, when it was all…

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WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground HITS: The Usos vs. The Wyatts: Although I feel this match suffer slightly from the 2-out-of-3 falls format, down the stretch you won’t find any better tag team wrestling anywhere on this planet.  Both teams once again brought their A-game, delivering incredible action, and believable near falls.  As I said, the format was my only question.  It was difficult to believe, given the history of these teams, that a fall would take place in the first 6-8…

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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank HITS: Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on the edge of their seat throughout.  The tension between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was palatable, and the storytelling between them was absolutely excellent.  There were plenty of innovative spots, and career shortening bumps (namely Rollins being…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Shield vs. The Wyatts – WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution and the Wyatts closed the show strong, and left me with a strong desire to see more from all three teams.  Well done, WWE….

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading to WrestleMania.  There’s plenty to cover in this hitlist, so I might as well just get started. The Crowd: They…

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WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a “Road to WrestleMania” episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable episode of RAW. Build towards HHH/Bryan: This is a double-edged sword for me.  Triple H spent the majority of his opening promo…

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Jan’s Royal Rumble picks

Pre-show match: Goldust & Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship The teenager in me REALLY wants to see the Outlaws as tag champs once again, but then the 37-year-old me realizes that this is not the Attitude Era any longer and the Outlaws can’t truly be the Outlaws in this era. Three of the four participants in this match made their marks in the Attitude Era, interestingly enough. I do see…

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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Daniel Bryan

Originally published on Jan. 24, 2013 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. WWE Inc. superstar Daniel Bryan remembers the exact moment that pro wrestling came into his life. It wasn’t catching a glimpse of it on TV as a boy. Nor was it attending a live event. “I had this friend named Abraham Godfrey,” explained Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, in a telephone interview this week. “My family didn’t watch wrestling at all; my dad liked…

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Monday Night RAW 11/11/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Rhodes Bros. vs. Randy Orton: Is there a better story in the second half of 2013 than the return of Goldust to WWE rings?  The Twitter campaign that the elder Rhodes made to wrestle his younger brother at WrestleMania is well known, but it actually looks like that might be a possibility.  Goldust’s performances have been the highlight of every single show he has been on for months now, and last night’s RAW was no…

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Attitude Is Everything: Before They Had Attitude

While looking back at the Attitude Era, I remember all of the things that made this point in time great. The language, the innuendo, the half naked (and sometimes actually naked) women, the danger… But what made the attitude era shine was the talent.   Each week we saw pimps, rednecks, demons, degenerates, psychopaths, and more. I know that sound like most family reunions but, not even my family was this dysfunctional.   One advantage the Attitude era had…

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Jan and Justin make their WrestleMania 29 picks

Jan: I like Cena for a number of reasons. First, he’s still the face of this company. He’s been putting over a number of other talents in recent years and the mounting losses are beginning to hurt is credibility. Second, The Rock will only ever be a part-time talent at this point, so don’t fall in love with the Rock as champ. Finally, I like Cena to even this feud at 1-1, then a rubber match next year at…

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