2012 Royal Rumble Play By Play – 30 Man Royal Rumble

It’s my favorite PPV of the year and it generally delivers. We’ve done tremendous coverage on the show on the site so far with our preview articles and all that’s left is the wrestling.

1. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show

The story of this match is that Daniel Bryan is a pinball and he’s bouncing around for Big Show and Mark Henry. Mark Henry couldn’t really do anything. He was not the world’s strongest man tonight. He could barely get his foot off the ground.

Bryan went to the top of the cage to try and leave, but the every so swift Big Show kept catching him. Big Show trapped Daniel Bryan’s arm and then also had him by his head so it looked like Bryan was hanging from the top of the cage, which was pretty cool. Show had a grip on him and Bryan was hanging from Show’s wrists, and finally let go and won the match.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Bryan did the “Yes” screams after the match. (Photo sent in by my friend Jenn who is there live.)

2. The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina

Beth Phoenix tagged herself in by slapping one of the bellas pretty hard, immediately gave Kelly Kelly the Glam Slam for the win. Beth projects her character better than most of the dude wrestlers.

Winner: The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix

3. John Cena vs. Kane
Continue reading

2011 WWE Extreme Rules Results – Cena And Christian Win The Straps

This is the first WWE PPV I passed on purchasing since last year’s Bragging Rights and before then, I probably got all of them for the prior calendar year. By the looks of it, if I wanted to simply watch a good wrestling show, I might’ve missed a good one. I still couldn’t rationalize a purchase based on WWE TV since WrestleMania.

John Cena and Christian both won the straps. Cena pinned The Miz in the steel cage match. R-Truth interfered and took out Morrison. Christian beat Alberto Del Rio as Edge drove up in one of Del Rio’s cars to distract him, allowing Christian to win the match.

In the other matches:
Randy Orton beat CM Punk in a Last Man Standing Match.
Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus in a Tables Match.
Michael Cole and Jack Swagger beat Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler in a Country Whipping Match.
Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes in a Falls Count Anywhere Match after blowing green mist.
Layla beat Michelle McCool in a Loser Leaves Town match. Kharma came in at the end of the match.
The Big Show and Kane beat Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson in a Lumberjack Match.

WrestleMania 27 Play By Play – The Rock Is Back!

It’s WrestleMania 27 and The Rock is back. And if John Cena has an ounce of testosterone in his body, he’ll want to whip some candy ass with the Rock. Wait, let’s hope that’s not how it ends.

We had two previews written before the show. One from Don and one from the Notorious Big D.

There are a handful of kids and friends over tonight and we’ll be making picks before the matches start.

After Keri Hilson got the words to America The Beautiful correct and didn’t pull a Christina Aguilera, The Rock came down to ringside.

Holy cow that was a long promo. The Rock did a call and response with “Wrestle” and “Mania” and “Yabba” and “Dabba”. And then he made the crowd mimic the “If you smell what the Rock is cookin'” line, which meant, a bunch of dudes mimicked licking balls on video.

They’re opening strong with Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge.

Richard: Edge
Max: Edge
JJ: Edge
Carmichael: Edge
Brian: Del Rio
Dan: Del Rio
Randy: Edge
Edson: Edge
GG: Del Rio

1. Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge

Fun match. Both guys took crazy bumps early on to the outside. Del Rio had to arm bar on twice. Edge had his hands together the second time and actually turned it into a pinfall attempt. Edge put on the Edge-A-Matic, which Del Rio finagled out of, but turned right into a spear. Edge got the pin.

Winner: Edge

Seems like this is one of those matches that had a very easy and predictable finish, but for whatever reason, they changed it, and probably until next month. It was a fun match, but maybe slightly disappointing.

Edge and Christian destroyed Del Rio’s Rolls Royce for whatever reason. Maybe it turns into an angle for next month.

Rey and Cody are next.

Richard: Mysterio
Max: Mysterio
JJ: Mysterio
Carmichael: Mysterio
Brian: Mysterio
Dan: Mysterio
Randy: Rhodes
Edson: Rhodes
GG: Rhodes

2. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio

Mysterio is dressed as Captain America.

The match was worked around the mask and the knee brace. Cody used the mask early on, but Rey took it off and then Rey used it to head-butt Cody. Cody took off Rey’s knee brace and Rey went for his dive outside and Cody nailed him in the face with it. He hit the Cross Rhodes for the win.

Earlier in the match, Rhodes hit a delayed superplex from the second rope. That was nice.

Winner: Cody Rhodes
Continue reading

It’s Here – Ultimate Wrestlemania XXVII Preview

Much like the event itself, it seems like the tradition around these parts is for the Emperor himself, the most handsome man on the radio, the most cunning, witty, mentally superior being in the history of the internet absolutely MUST do the most expansive and extensive preview of the biggest pro wrestling event of the year – Wrestlemania. Don’t let them fool you, this is still pro wrestling.

It’s been 10 Years since Wrestlemania X-Seven, considered by nearly everybody to be the greatest Wrestlemania of all time, and the buzz around this one is centered around a man who main evented that particular show: The Rock. WWE’s failure to make a star on the level of the Rock can’t really be blamed solely on them: they come along once in a blue moon. Still, there have been even more stacked lineups to Manias in the past few years (last year is a great example) and even THEY have not been able to touch X-Seven.

Today we present the Ultimate Wrestlemania XXVII preview, featuring everything you need to know about Wrestlemania, detailing the big matches, predicting the winners and losers, and maybe speculating on what surprises may come.

This Year’s Panel Includes:
Continue reading

Road To WrestleMania 27 – Week 7

You have to like the amped up intensity for WrestleMania, but I hope John Cena is as teflon as they think he is.

I really wonder if anyone other than maybe The Rock himself would allow himself to be booked in such a manner as Cena’s been booked these last few weeks. Well, last week’s promo was at least partly his fault. He kind of stabbed himself with a sword with that one. But he’s been laid out so many times, including getting absolutely slaughtered by The Miz tonight. I think he needs to at least be away next week to sell the beating and to not look like a fool who keeps taking it and not giving it back.

And not only that, but the Rock slaughtered him as well in his opening segment. I think it was partly in jest and not to be taken too seriously because there was a child involved, but it’s almost as if the Rock understands what’s going on here, but no one has smartened up Cena. It reminds me of a scene from the original Rocky movie where Apollo Creed’s corner man tells him that Rocky doesn’t understand that it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight. Rock is treating this like the program he’s going to be remembered for and Cena thinks it’s no big deal because they’re not wrestling at WrestleMania. And Rock is eating him up.

In a program where neither guy is even in the same ring with each other, it becomes a battle of the promos. Cena might be pretty good for this day and age, but he’s going up against one of the all-time greatest talkers. It’s a lose, lose situation for him. He can’t out-promo Rock and he’ll never get to wrestle him (unless Rock decides to get back into the ring), so he’s always going to look secondary to Rock. And if Cena is WWE’s top guy (and he is), I’m not sure it’s a good idea to allow him to be treated in the way he’s being treated.
Continue reading