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Brock Lesnar in UFC=WWE in Control

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By Alex Howells. Catch him on Twitter @AJHowler.

On Saturday night in the USA, and very early in the morning in the UK, UFC 199 aired live to millions of viewers across the globe. The card included a career defining Middleweight title win for England’s first ever UFC champion Michael Bisping, it had the announcement that Conor McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz will take place at UFC 202 and it had one further bombshell: Brock Lesnar will step back in to the Octagon at UFC 200. Continue reading “Brock Lesnar in UFC=WWE in Control”

AJ Styles vs John Cena: ten years in the making

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By @specficuchador.

On the 05/30 edition of RAW, dueling chants of “let’s go Cena”/”AJ Styles” underscored a stare down between  John Cena, the face of the WWE for the past ten years, and AJ Styles, the face of everywhere outside of WWE’s exclusive universe for the past ten years.  Continue reading “AJ Styles vs John Cena: ten years in the making”

Tracking the “Real” World Champion: part fifteen

 

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By Lian Byrne. Catch him on Twitter @tvtimelimit.

Considering how late in the game Eddie came to his first World Title run, you would be forgiven for expecting him to lose his claim to the ‘Real’ World Title in relatively short order. The WWE haven’t always been known for booking their face champions well, especially when it comes to non-title contests, and my expectation was that Eddie wouldn’t last very long. Eight title defences later, and Guerrero proved me wrong. Even so, his booking wasn’t always the strongest, with a few weak finishes to paper his record, but you can’t really argue with the quality of some of the men Eddie would go up against, both with the title on the line and in non-title competition. Continue reading “Tracking the “Real” World Champion: part fifteen”

Chris Jericho: the making of a legend part two

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By Ciaran Brazington.

The victory over Shawn Michaels at No Mercy was a fitting end to one of the best feuds in WWE history: their natural chemistry created magic in the ring and on the microphone. It was a true moment in time where both men were untouchable and it made for great television, both should be extremely proud of the story they told.  Continue reading “Chris Jericho: the making of a legend part two”

NXT Review (06/01/2016)

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By Beth Wood. Catch her on Twitter @n0cturnal0wl.

Set in Full Sail University in Florida, this week’s NXT is just one week away from ‘NXT Takeover: The End’.

The show kicks off with The Revival making their entrance in matching attire. Once they enter the ring, they address that they are going to take back their tag team titles, and become the first ever double NXT Tag Team Champions. As they go on about how successful they will be, Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano interrupt them, saying that American Alpha are better than The Revival, and that The Revival could never beat them. The Revival shoot them down, saying that Ciampa and Gargano don’t have a foot to stand on since they’ve never been tag team champions.

Gargano and Ciampa go to leave, and The Revival comment how they’re running pretty fast for top guys, and this tempts the pair to come back to the ring to attack, which failed as The Revival are quick to counter their attack.

Backstage and Shinsuke Nakamura is asked on how he will fair against Austin Aries at NXT Takeover, and Nakamura is quick to say how Aries will “bow down to the King of Strong style” (Noticing a slight gimmick infringement with Triple H with “bow down to the King”, but I’ll let it slide).

We are then told that the NXT Exclusive Interview with Samoa Joe and Finn Balor is going to happen later on tonight. An advertisement for NXT Takeover occurs, and after this, “The Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger makes his way to the ring.

Tye Dillinger vs Buddy Murphy

A rather short match, with Buddy Murphy fighting solo. Having lost his girlfriend and tag team buddy, he shown to be rather strong against Dillinger, having control for the majority of the match, however Dillinger gets the upper hand, doing 9 punches in the corner of the ring, then delivering a super kick, before giving him the 10th punch. He then delivers a neck breaker for the three count. A short and match which was easily forgettable, although you’ve got to feel sorry for the guy!

Finn Balor and Samoa Joe Interview

We now turn to Corey Graves, who is with Finn Balor and Samoa Joe to interview about the upcoming steel cage match next week. Corey Graves asks Balor about how he felt about losing the NXT Championship to Samoa Joe, and Balor mentions how he didn’t expect to lose it at a house show, and how his world have come crumbling down. He says that he has no regrets on putting the title on the line, as that is the job of being a champion.

Graves asks Samoa Joe about how he feels about winning the championship, with Joe’s response being that he feels that he’s done what he’s come to NXT to do. He touches on the fact that this is what he deserves, calling out  Balor on how he made Joe go through hundreds of loops just to get a shot. Balor asks about what happened to their friendship, and Joe asks about how friends are supposed to give fair title shots. Balor says that he isn’t scared of Joe, as he has spent the past 15 years travelling the world to wrestle, however Joe says that Balor has never been in a steel cage match before, unlike himself. Balor states that he’s been in disadvantages before, but he has overcome them.

In the conclusion, Balor says that the title means absolutely everything to them, and Joe says it’s an opportunity to put Balor in his place.

We go back to the action, and Elias Samson goes off against Austin Aries

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With Austin Aries set to go against Shinsuke Nakamura, this match was the perfect opportunity to make Aries look strong for next week’s Takeover. Aries quickly takes advantage and this continues pretty much throughout, with Aries locking him into an arm bar. Despite a lot of cheap kicks to Aries that ensues afterwards, Aries comes back with a back breaker, with Samson then rolling out of the arena.  This allows Aries to dive out the ring into them, and brings him back into the ring. He then goes on to constantly give him clothesline and chops, and submits Samson with the Last Chancery for the win.

Aries then cuts a small promo, and as the audience start chanting “Nakamura”. He responds to this by saying that Aries is going to put any doubts to rest and take the spotlight from Nakamura.

The Andrade “Cien” Almas promo was repeated from last week, with it being slightly longer than the last. As I said last week, I don’t know who he is, but I’m hoping for good things. He is to debut next week at NXT Takeover: The End. Back to the ring and Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano’s enterance theme hits, and they enter the ring.

Tomasso Ciampa and Jonny Gargano vs The Revival

This tag team match was by far the best match of the night. The Revival in this match are relatively strong, targetting Ciampa’s leg throughout the match. Both Dash and Dawson do this in their side of the ring, preventing Ciampa from being able to get the tag. Ciampa after a few seconds of Dash switching to Dawson manages to leap to Gargano for the tag, and Gargano delievers a kick to the head in the corner. Ciampa and Dash are outside of the ring at this point, so it’s just these two. Dawson wants to give Gargano a superplex but Gargano rolls Dawson’s up in a surprise 3 count.

Dash and Dawson are not happy and attack Ciampa in a savage beating. This is interrupted with American Alpha out to rescue Ciampa and Gargano. Personally really excited for next week’s match, seeing as the storytelling throughout has been phenomenal, and both tag teams are more than capable enough to be called up to WWE’s main roster. 

Contract Signing: Asuka and Nia Jax

William Regal is in the ring to oversee the contract signing of Nia Jax and Asuka. He calls up both Asuka and Nia Jax, and Nia Jax says that although Asuka beat Bayley, Nia Jax “broke her”. She vows that she’s going to break Asuka, and that she’s never gone against anyone like Nia Jax. She goes on to sign the contract. Asuka says that Nia Jax “talks too much” and signs the contract. She then shouts at her in Japanese, and that Nia Jax should be scared of her. Asuka attacks Nia Jax with several kicks, however Nia Jax simply delivers a powerbomb on her to end the show. I’m really interested to seeing who wins this feud, I highly suspect that Asuka is going to retain her title, seeing as she is being shown to be the underdog.

@KayfabeToday will be doing live coverage of NXT Takeover: The End, and I will be as well. Follow us, and follow my Twitter @n0cturnalowl

Continue reading “NXT Review (06/01/2016)”

50/50 Booking Means No One Wins

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By @AJHowler.

It has long been the unwritten rule of WWE go home shows that whoever gets the upper hand on that show invariably loses that Sunday, when it really matters. How many times have we seen Roman Reigns or John Cena left laying heading into the next Pay Per View, to instill a sense of peril only for them to win out on the big stage? This isn’t even just true of the top stars if you see The Vaudevillains beat down The New Day on RAW then come Sunday night…New Day win. Continue reading “50/50 Booking Means No One Wins”

Kayfabe Today Podcast: Super Strong Cena (05/31/2016)

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It’s a New Day of a new month in the New Era. How could it possible get more exciting than this!? Ben, Erik & Elliott bring you the latest hot takes from the world of the squared circle.

Before we get stuck into the WWE, The lads discuss ‘The Match’ that has been the talk of wrestling Twitter: Ricochet Vs. Will Ospreay in NJPW Super Junior Tournament and how it fits into the art of professional wrestling.

On the most average Monday Night RAW of the New Era we scrap together a few interesting topics such as:

– ‘The Man’ Vs. ‘The Guy’
– Face of WWE + Face of Outside WWE.
– Has the New Day peaked?

In this week’s Mid Card Matters, Erik tells us all we currently know on the 2016 Brand extension and the boys speculate on a few things that could make each show unique plus a few issues that might arise from the split.

And finally in the Main Event! Ben let’s Elliott and Erik loose on a controversial topic. Is PG good for the WWE?

It can only be The Kayfabe Today Podcast.

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Monthly WWE Report

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By Ciaran Brazington.

Finally, my WWE report returns to social media: it may be in new surroundings but the report on all things WWE is back. Now wasn’t May a fantastic month for WWE? With two outstanding PPV’s, two amazing returns and breaking news on WWE’s second brand split in history it certainly has been a newsworthy month. As you read this you’ll still be recovering from John Cena’s big return, so let’s just have a quick recap before June arrives.  Continue reading “Monthly WWE Report”

Monday Night Wars Revisited: Week Five

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By @ac_adamson.

Welcome back to week 5 of the Monday Night Wars revisited. After a short mid-season break, I return to look back into which company had the best wrestling action during the Monday night wars. Last week, Nitro pulled out a storming show and after spending 3 weeks chasing down Raw it sensationally stole the lead. Can they continue or will Raw start to pull back some ground? Lets find out. Firstly lets recap the rules: Continue reading “Monday Night Wars Revisited: Week Five”

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