WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

Well, it’s a new era in WWE.  Let’s see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins – While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory way to end an excellent pay-per-view.  I think its a bit of a shame that the magnitude of this match had to take somewhat of a back seat to the General Manager drama, but it was a…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan: In the hours leading up to Monday Night RAW, Bryan Danielson, better known to the WWE Universe at Daniel Bryan, found out that his father had suddenly passed away.  Instead of doing what any sane human being would do, and grabbing the first flight back home to be with his family, Bryan insisted on performing on RAW so to not let his fans down.  How tough is this man?  Such a gutsy performance,…

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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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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS: Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE’s originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn’t get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm), it was fun while it lasted.  As much heat as Batista gets for his mostly uninspired comeback, he’s much better as a heel than he is as a babyface.  His prior run as the self-absorbed “superstar” heel was some of my favourite work in WWE history. …

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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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Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14

HITS Opening segment: The first public acknowledgement of CM Punk by the WWE, save for Vince McMahon in addressing investors in a conference call, couldn’t have been any better or more powerful. It paid homage to the man as the Chicago crowd, Punk’s hometown, went absolutely bananas when his music hit. Where WWE could have buried him, washed their collective hands of him (remember, his contract is set to expire in a few months’ time) and moved on, instead…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s first interview with Dolph Ziggler

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Sept. 1, 2012. All rights reserved. Nick Nemeth, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Dolph Ziggler, wasn’t born into wrestling. He doesn’t hail from a long line of wrestlers. None, in fact. One thing is quite evident, however: the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar was born to wrestle. These days, you can find Ziggler toting around the much-coveted Money In the Bank briefcase, starring in main-event matches and establishing himself as a…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014

Editors Note:  Well, you guys didn’t let me down.  I asked for feedback, and I got a ton of it.  You’ve given me a lot of great ideas, which I will now shamelessly rip off, and call my own.  Go ahead, sue me.  For those who skipped those first four sentences, and would like to send me feedback, suggestions, winning lottery numbers, insider stock tips, or NSFW pictures of your wives, please feel free to do so at [email protected] …

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS   Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Given nearly 30 minutes of television time, and a large part of it uninterrupted, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan delivered arguably what might be the best match in the series of matches they’ve had in the past six months.  This was smash-mouth, high-contact wrestling at its best, and the match told a magnificent story throughout.  Negative points go to WWE’s production team, as I couldn’t have been the only…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews Jimmy Korderas

NOTE: Originally published on Jan. 21, 2012 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. When it comes to spinning yarns, longtime World Wrestling Entertainment referee Jimmy Korderas has what you might call a photographic memory. Ironically, it was a brief stint taking photographs that would lead him to the career that would see him travel the world, working with the biggest names in the most famous wrestling promotion on Earth. Yes, before the Canadian-born Korderas was raising the arms…

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WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Opening Segment: Well, I’m not exactly sure how to react to this.  The segment itself was a home run.  This is the attitude and aggression we have all been begging to see from Daniel Bryan for months.  Both Stephanie and Triple H played their parts well (and Stephanie pretending the YES! chants were for her was laugh-out-loud funny).  The appearances by The Shield, and then later Sheamus and John Cena were well timed, and well…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: The only hit of last night’s Monday Night RAW came from a likely source.  The Usos are turning in career performances every night they’re in the ring, and much like Cody Rhodes and Goldust, very, very rarely have an off night.  Last night was no exception.  It also benefited by the carry-over heat brought on by the anticipation of Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan’s paths crossing.  The…

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Ryback hungry for success

Like so many in his generation, Ryan Reeves, better  known simply as Ryback, fell in love with professional wrestling as a boy, watching it, he says, from around the time he was five years old. “I really, really got into it around the age of 11,” Reeves said in a telephone interview this week. “That’s when it really hooked me.” But it’s probably a safe bet that not many in his generation were physically preparing to become a pro…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan turns on The Wyatt Family: The fact that this makes the hit list is bizarre for two reasons.  One, the entire angle (all three weeks of it) were an absolute, complete miss.  It might make this year’s 2014 all-time misses column.  Secondly, if they were going to attempt a Daniel Bryan turn, they should have at least committed to the mistake they were making.  But there were huge cracks in this right from…

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Monday Night RAW #OldSchool HITS AND MISSES 01/06/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: The first Raw of the new year was an absolute blast for this viewer, at home, to watch.  Sure, having a themed episode of Raw might not have been the best idea to begin the new year (especially when it was a throwback to “old school”), but more than enough happened on this episode to keep me interested in nearly every segment.  WWE went all out, as usual, with both the sets, and…

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Ted DiBiase still flashing that Million Dollar smile

For nearly a decade with the then World Wrestling Federation, Ted DiBiase virtually rewrote the book on being a heel as the reviled Million Dollar Man. He was brash. He was cocky. He was smarmy and vain. If you didn’t like him, he didn’t care. He flaunted his millions, humiliated fans, paid off his opponents and hired protection at will. And if that weren’t enough, when push came to shove, he backed it all up inside the squared circle…

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Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES

HITS • To call the final segment of Raw this week a hit wouldn’t be fair. It was more like a home run. A game-winning one. Maybe even a walkoff game-winning homer. It was as close to a perfect segment as we’ve seen in a long, long time. Not only did it make me actually laugh and react, it made me extremely interested in the coming Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. Think about it, it had everything. The ring…

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Raw HITS AND MISSES, Dec. 2, 2013

HITS Randy Orton and John Cena: Partially on the strength of some clever footage of the long history between the two, partially on the strength of a great promo by Triple H, partially on the strength of the decision to unify the WWE and World championships and partially on the strength of a great final segment, I’m suddenly very interested in this rivalry. In fact, not only am I interested, I’m very much into this. Unifying the titles is…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hurricane left success in his wake

 Editor’s note: Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 10, 2013. All rights reserved. For the original, please go to http://www.thewhig.com/2013/01/10/the-hurricane-left-success-in-his-wake  Some people spend their entires lives in search of their dream job. Many never find it.     Others have a date with destiny, sometimes even from a very young age. Count Shane Helms among those who fall in among the latter. The man who would become known to wrestling fans as The Hurricane was but a boy when he was bitten by the…

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Monday Night RAW 11/19/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel: I felt, as soon as this match was announced, that it was a foregone conclusion that Big E. Langston would gain the Intercontinental Championship.  That said, this was the best match Axel has had with anyone else not named CM Punk since being given the “Paul Heyman Guy” push.  It’s a real shame, too.  Axel has the bloodline to be something really special, but unfortunately has fallen completely flat…

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