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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – Factions

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as PWO’s own Nick, “Big Guy” Rich and “The Mastermind” Sal discuss factions – overall history, small factions, big factions, the best, the worst and much more!

 

 

 

 

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The RSN Podcast – Invasion

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, where Rich, Sal and PWO’s own Nick chat up various invasion angles through pro wrestling history and their significance – whether it be Extreme Championship Wrestling in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-to-late 90’s, Global Force Wrestling in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling this year and who can forget 2001? All that and more!

 

 

 

 

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The RSN Podcast – The Rise And Fall Of WCW

RSN PodcastCheck out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, as Rich, Sal and Nick – PWO Resident Head-Honcho – each discuss their picks for the reasons behind both WCW’s rise and fall.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed are not those of PWO. Just three guys shooting the real breeze about a fake sport.)

 

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WWE WrestleMania 31 Reaction

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Say what you want, but after the end of WrestleMania, the internet always seems to break and this year, we got yet another reason why.

Seth Rollins has pretty much had the best year anyone can have so far and now he’s topped it off big time.

Doesn’t get bigger than the main event of WrestleMania for a successful Money In The Bank briefcase cash-in.

This opens up so many possibilities. We’ll get into all of them below, but anybody can agree that this show – while lackluster in build and mild on paper except for the obvious marquee matches – delivered in almost every aspect of entertainment.

 

 

(Aired 3/29/15)

The Breakdown

– The fatal four-way Tag Team Championship match with The Usos (w/Naomi), Los Matadores (w/El Torito), Big E and Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods), and Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) was predictable in the sense that Kidd/Cesaro were way over, New Day were way not, everyone appreciated The Usos when they weren’t in offense towards Kidd/Cesaro and Los Matadores were just there. The constant switch between control and utter chaos provided a nice pace to the match and set up the finish nicely as Cesaro tagged Uso as he was about to dive off the top and “stole” his pin. They retained and had their moment to shine.

– The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale was the utter expected chaos. Hideo Itami had his brief moment of glory by eliminating Bo Dallas (who just seemed way too happy about being there) but then was boringly KO’d out of the ring by Big Show. Lameness galore. Mizdow finally turning on Miz was excellently done and done in a way that can easily be followed up on post-Mania Raw, but with Show standing around while it all happened, it made you question the logic. Show getting the best of Mizdow was super lame on the big stage, but it gave him bragging rights for future segments if anything, because he needed more? Granted, that shot of him doing Andre’s pose next to the trophy was one to remember.

– The Intercontinental Championship Ladder match between Daniel Bryan, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, Dean Ambrose and R-Truth started the show off on a nice note. It was cool to see the nod of acknowledgment on Bryan’s entrance that this year’s Mania started how last year’s ended, with the Yes Movement. That’s one of those little things that people will notice if they ever watch WrestleMania in consecutive marathons. The action wasn’t too extreme, but a few cool spots involving the ladders (powerbomb out of the ring) were enough to get the crowd on their feet. Bryan was the obvious choice from the get-go and can bring the IC Title to new heights, no pun intended.

– The Randy Orton-Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) match was a solid, though predictable match that brought just the right amount of intensity. That finish with the “possum” RKO was hot and well-executed. Most beautiful RKO ever. The near-falls down the stretch were believable too. Ultimately, Orton got his revenge and taking the end of the night into account, he technically pinned the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Does that put him in line for a Title shot? Raw could be interesting.

– The Sting-Triple H match was preceded by the anticipated elaborate entrances – Triple H’s Terminator-inspired particularly went over well. This match fully lived up to the hype – bringing in an aspect to the match never even considered in the hype, but cool nonetheless in the nostalgia factor with D-Generation X and nWo all coming to blows, which the crowd was hot for. It was a unique sight, especially with memories of the Monday Night Wars in the rearview mirror. Just like WWE beat WCW, Triple H beat Sting, perhaps another metaphorical representation of the war, even though the WWE was led by heels here. Regardless, the “time warp” made this quite entertaining for everybody young and old. The embrace after between Triple H and Sting in the form of a handshake was also great.

– Having Daniel Bryan be congratulated backstage by legends and former IC Title holders like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Pat Patterson, Roddy Piper and Bret Hart was an excellent rub and showed that he had the backing of everyone – fans and legends. Step one to Operation: Bring-Prestige-To-IC-Title is complete.

– The Paige/AJ Lee-Bellas Divas tag match was short and sweet, making the most of its rather short time. It had the Bellas dominate only to build up to Lee/Paige to grab the momentum and came out with the win. Not much to rave over, but nothing bad either, creatively speaking.

– The John Cena-Rusev match for The United States Championship really went all out with the entrances, especially for Rusev. The match was entertaining for the time it lasted, though it felt just a step behind their FastLane effort. The guys showed their urgency by pulling new moves out – Rusev going to the top rope for the first time and Cena doing a springboard stunner, which appeared better on instant replay – and it spoke to how bad both men wanted it. There were some strange moments – Lana throwing her shoes in the ring comes to mind – but Cena winning the belt was predictable. Lana getting knocked off the apron appeared to have been done for shock value as Cena pinned Rusev immediately after. Rusev not showing concern for Lana while she stumbled up the ramp with officials was an interesting hook for post-Mania Raw. Is there a problem on the Russian Front of the WWE Squared Circle?

– The Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Rock and Ronda Rousey segment delivered in terms of entertainment and did just enough to get everyone talking. Rock appearing on another WrestleMania was no shock and it closed the door on his Rumble appearance and what questions that had left unanswered. Though Triple H was great in his gloating of beating Sting and Rock did his schtick well, much kudos has to go to Stephanie here. She stole this segment with her toughness and facial expressions. She truly owned her words here and the eventual physical confrontation was a nice little payoff, but it makes us wonder just what the consequences will be, if any.

– The Bray Wyatt-Undertaker match lived up to all the hype and got better as it went on. The big moments came in the emphasizing of similarities in both characters with Taker sitting up as Wyatt was in mid-crawl and the trade of finishers was great. Taker winning by the Tombstone Piledriver was a fitting end for what could be his last two-step at the Mania dance.

– The Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)-Seth Rollins match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was everything built up to be and more. Just when we thought we knew what would happen – WWE changes the rules completely. Rollins cashing in with the most eyes on the product on the biggest stage in the biggest match of the year and coming out the winner was perfect. With the crowd’s pro-Lesnar reaction, Reigns could definitely not win this. Even the story of Reigns-Lesnar in the ring was well done, with an inhumane total of F5’s, Spears and Superman Punches as it looked like another Lesnar domination for much of the match. Reigns took a beating and a half and yet at the end was the one pinned and even then, it didn’t feel like he lost too much, besides obviously getting “robbed.” People could argue this moment will lead to a Rollins face turn, but his very actions were quite heelish and you can see it on his smirk with the photo of him, the belt and J & J Security going around online. This does however, set the road for a proper face turn with Lesnar/Heyman, as it also created perfect anticipation for the fallout, as Lesnar would probably be angry and can contest he was never pinned while Reigns had his match and lost.

 

 

 

 

Results

– Tag Team Championships – Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (Champions) (w/Natalya) def. Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods), Los Matadores (w/El Torito) and The Usos (w/Naomi) via pinfall to retain

– Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale – The Big Show eliminates Damien Mizdow to win 

– Intercontinental Championship – Ladder Match – Daniel Bryan def. Bad News Barrett (Champion), Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and Stardust to become new Champion 

– Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) via pinfall

– Triple H def. Sting via pinfall

– Paige/AJ Lee def. Nikki/Brie Bella via pinfall

– United States Championship – John Cena def. Rusev (Champion) (w/Lana) via pinfall to become new Champion

– The Undertaker def. Bray Wyatt via pinfall

– WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to become new Champion via Money in the Bank Briefcase Cash-In 

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 1/19/15: Legends Take Over

 

WWE Raw“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found on the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/19/15)

Legends Take Over

– They opened up with the same classy MLK tribute like every year right into the theme montage. WWE sure knows when to be humble.

– Starting things off with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman was smart. Lesnar should have been angry after being both Attitude Adjusted through a table and Curb Stomped. Lesnar called out Rollins and said it was business when he showed up, super serious mode. Lesnar being eager to fight and not stepping down to The Authority got him a good reaction. Stephanie coming down with Kane and The Big Show made it seem serious. Rollins looked strong with his appearance on the big screen. Before Lesnar could become too much of a favorite, there was John Cena, who gave the same passionate, Authority-insulting promo. Stephanie bringing Cena back to eventually led to the big added stipulation that Cena would get those three men their jobs back again for a match later or give up his spot in the match and giving the power to the crowd was an interesting way to keep viewers into the show.

– The Daniel Bryan-Bray Wyatt match wasn’t spectacular, but served more to hype the Bryan-Kane match on Smackdown. Kane making an appearance at the top of the ramp confirmed this. The match was lengthy and better down the stretch, but Wyatt beat Bryan with Sister Abagail after interference by Kane. Kane chokeslammed Bryan and assaulted him after the match.

– The backstage segment with Triple H, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, The Miz and Damien Mizdow was good for nostalgia as Mizdow impersonated X-PAC rather well and the legends asked Triple H why he was doing what he was doing. Campy.

– The Royal Rumble WWE Legends panel segment with Byron Saxon, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair set focus to push the Rumble match with all former winners discussing the match. The interruption of The Big Show after him not being considered a favorite to win and knocking out Flair put more heat on Show. Roman Reigns coming out, standing up to Show, attacking him and clearing him out of the ring furthered their feud and actually got the crowd behind him.

– The backstage segment where John Cena was shown the WWE Universe voted “Yes” for him to have the match and 85/15 still sounded a bit fixed. It’s hard to criticize his confidence, but we have heard it all before.

– The Bad News Barrett-Dean Ambrose match had good action and didn’t overstay its welcome. Him pinning Barrett clean was also interesting. Will he get a future Title shot?

– You just can’t call it a new year until you see the Royal Rumble “Numbers” video package.

– Having The New Day come down the ring with microphones during their entrance just doesn’t work, although there was that one guy in the third row who got down. The match with them against Tyson Kidd/Cesaro/Adam Rose (w/The Exotic Express) was your usual Midcard six-man tag. Kingston pinned Cesaro in a School Boy pin. It was meh.

– The nWo segment with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and X-PAC was good for what it was for nostalgia purposes. Since Hogan was there, why not have him come out with them too? The Ascension coming out was groan-inducing, but given their characters, this made sense. JBL’s interruption was bound to happen given his complaints the last few weeks and this was a great way to set up the reunion of the APA Protection with Ron Simmons and The New Age Outlaws. The Ascension essentially getting their asses handed to them was good for a TV moment, but now The Ascension has been made to look like fools.

– The backstage segment with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon announcing that Cena would face Seth Rollins, The Big Show and Kane sounds about right.

– The Paige/Natalya-Alicia Fox/Summer Rae match with The Bellas at ringside on commentary was what it was. The storyline basically continued about Paige and Natalya’s strange friendship. Paige won by submission with a sick-looking Submission maneuver.

– The Rusev (w/Lana)-R-Truth match was essentially a squash despite Truth insulting Rusev at the beginning.

– The backstage segment with Lesnar confronting Rollins with J & J Security there kept the tense part of their feud alive. This would be key later on.

– Most people would usually like to forget the 2014 Royal Rumble. Was it really smart to advertise that for after Raw?

– The match between Jey Uso and The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) was okay as it all seemed to set momentum towards the Rumble. A little foreshadowing perhaps took place during the promo in the box with Miz talking about how he had two chances to win the match and Mizdow did a slight double take. Mizdow might even eliminate Miz. Who knows? Jey hit The Splash to get the clean victory. Miz definitely has no momentum here.

– Having Hogan have faith in Cena being able to overcome the obstacles wasn’t surprising.

– The Ascension will finally have their first serious match at the Royal Rumble as they will face The New Age Outlaws.

– The 3-on-1 Handicap main event match with Rollins/Kane/Show and Cena was good in terms of the near-falls and obviously the appearance of Sting once again. The moment happened a little too fast, but it was still good. Sting getting the best of The Authority twice is big but it’s surprising that this wasn’t for the Rumble. The crowd bought in to the moment. Lesnar and Heyman coming out and Lesnar single-handedly dismantling The Authority was also big.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Bray Wyatt def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall

– Non-Title – Dean Ambrose def. Bad News Barrett via pinfall

– The New Day def. Adam Rose/Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/The Exotic Express) via pinfall

– Natalya/Paige def. Alicia Fox/Summer Rae via submission

– Rusev (w/Lana) def. R-Truth via submission

– Jae Uso (w/Jimmy Uso) def. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) via pinfall

– 3-On-1 Handicap Match – John Cena def. Seth Rollins/The Big Show/Kane via pinfall to Keep Title Shot and Reinstate Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan