Unpredictable! One word that defines the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Leading Team RAW into Survivor Series 2017, Kurt Angle was hopeful to lead his team to a win in the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series interbrand elimination match between RAW versus SmackDown match. However, Kurt Angle did not get the last laugh. With Shane McMahon, team Captain of SmackDown, the only survivor of his team facing three RAW superstars, Braun Strowman, Triple H and Kurt Angle, all odds were stacked against Shane. However, after Kurt Angle locked Shane in the Angle Lock, Triple H did the unthinkable. He gave a Pedigree to Kurt Angle and let Shane eliminate Shane. However, when Strowman was the legal man in the ring to face Shane, Triple H tagged himself in the ring to pin Shane for the win and let RAW win this match. While Triple H was celebrating, Braun Strowman attacked Triple H for not letting him take the win with two running power slams. Now that Triple H seem to be back in in-ring competition, and with WrestleMania 33 around the corner, I wonder if Triple H can go one-one-one against Kurt Angle at the Grandest Stage of them all, WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle did verbally confront Triple H at the night following Survivor Series, on Monday, November 20, 2017, when he told Triple H never to attack him from the back or “he (Triple H) can take his job and shove it because I am coming for you!”
Kurt Angle and Triple H were key competitors during WWE’s Attitude Era days and have had a number of matches during the 1999 to 2002. It had been a privilege to watch these two in-ring competitors give their everything in the ring. However, now that Kurt Angle is back and with Angle and HHH both entering the part of their careers where the next move is to hang their wrestling gear for good, the fans would want to see Angle vs. HHH. However, also in the equation is Braun Strowman, who, many WWE fans, including me, want to see become the WWE Universal Champion. Why? Because Brock Lesnar is overrated. Now that HHH and Kurt Angle’s rivalry is heating up, one can expect them to face each other in over a decade in a pay-per-view. However, with superstars as huge as HHH and Angle, their rivalry’s exclamation point must come at WrestleMania 33. Will it happen? Only time will tell!
At WWE’s Backlash (May 21, 2017) when Jinder Mahal defeated RandyOrton to win his first WWE Championship, the reign of The Maharaj began in the WWE. However, with Mahal touching new heights as the Champion, he had many competitors seeking a chance to go on a one-on-one match against him for the WWE Championship. One such competitor was AJ Styles. He faced Mahal for the WWE Championship on SmackDown LIVE when the show emanated from Manchester, England.
AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal have varying fighting styles. They displayed their in-ring abilities when both squared off inside the squared-circle on SmackDown LIVE. Mahal has been a Champion since May 2017 and has defended his Championship many times. However, AJ Styles proved to be too much for Mahal, the first WWE Champion of an Indian descent. AJ Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Jinder Mahal to pin him for the three count to win his second WWE Championship. Now that AJ Styles is on top of the SmackDown LIVE locker room and roaster, he is set to face Brock Lesnar, the WWE Universal Champion on RAW. Both Champions will be part of a non-title Champion vs. Champion interbrand singles match at Survivor Series to take place on Sunday, November 19, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Where Lesnar has proved his sheer dominance in the ring many times in the past, Styles, too, has exhibited his prowess and in-ring intelligence many times. This match, however, also has the possibility to become the best match of 2017. Lesnar vs. Styles will be a dream match in recent memory with both WWE Superstars entering the Survivor Series with a resume that speaks volume of their experience and achievements. Lesnar could send Styles to Suplex City however, Styles also has the potential to give Lesnar a taste of his Styles Clash and defeat the Beast Incarnate to give SmackDown LIVE an upper hand over RAW. This match will be must see!
It was a night on Monday Night RAW when one of the most memorable reunions took place. The WWE Universe do remember when Triple H and Shawn Michaels joined forces to reform D-Generataion X in June 2006. However, later down the road when The Shield with its members Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose made their presence felt in the WWE, they emerged as the Hounds of Justice. Later, Triple H implemented his Plan B to compel Seth Rollins to turn against his team and join The Authority, comprising Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane. Over the next few years all three Shield Members would enjoy a singles run with all three becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion at one time or another. Of late, rumors were spreading that The Shield may reunite with Seth Rollins ending all differences with Reigns and Ambrose. On the October 9, 2017 episode of RAW as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, The MIZ was addressing the WWE Universe along with his The Miztourage, Roman Reigns came out followed by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The three former Shield members destroyed the The Miztourage along with Sheamus and Cesaro. After Ambrose planted The Miz with the Dirty Deeds, Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins delivered the Triple Powerbomb to The Miz before joining their fists that The Shield has certainly reunited.
Later during the night, The Shield emerged again wearing similar gear and attacked Braun Strowman. Reigns hit a devastating Spear to the Monster Among Men before The Shield delivered the Triple Powerbomb to Braun Strowman crashing him through the announcers table. It was an epic moment, perhaps the best to witness in recent memory. After the reuniting of DX in 2006 and the return of The Hardy Boyz at WrestleMania 33 in June 2017, the reuniting of The Shield is perhaps the moment that will reshape the landscape of the WWE. One wonders if, akin to Evolution back in 2003-04, The Shield members too will hold a title belt each and become one of the dominating force in the WWE today. I would personally like to watch The Shield raise havoc, win matches and titles and bring some attitude back in the WWE. Now that The Architect, Seth Rollins; The Big Dog, Roman Reigns and The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose are on the same page, the WWE Tag Team Division may not be the same again!
Since the breakup of The Shield in June 2014, Seth Rollins became a heel character when he joined The Authority. The Hounds of Justice, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Rollins, were not seen together again. All three members of The Shield went on to become the WWE Champions. However, with Roman Reigns busy with his scuffle with Braun Strowman, it seems Ambrose and Rollins are trying to come on the same page. Recently, Rollins rejected Ambrose’s invitation to join his hands to make a team. On RAW’s episode of August 14, 2017, Ambrose again asked Rollins to team up. The verbal confrontation became physical when both Superstars attacked each other. They were interrupted by the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus. The Champions overpowered Ambrose and Rollins however, the former Shield members regrouped to take over the Champions and throw them out of the ring. Moments later as the WWE Universe began its “Yes Chants”, Ambrose and Rollins bumped their fists, signaling the reunion of Ambrose and Rollins. The moment was somewhat akin to when Triple H and Shawm Michaels rejoined to bring D-GenerationX back into the WWE in 2007.Now that Ambrose and Rollins are back again, the WWE Universe will see more high flying, robust, aggressive action in and outside of the ring. Definitely, these two will take the WWE tag team division into another era, hopefully. We will have to see at what time Roman Reigns decides to join Ambrose and Rollins. However, it is too early to say if The Shield will be reborn.
It is reported and confirmed that at SummerSlam 2017, on August 20, 2017, Cesaro and Sheamus wil be defending their RAW Tag Team Championship title against Ambrose and Rollins. Will the team of The Lunatic Fringe and The Architect work in unison to beat the Champs or will the WWE Universe have to wait until they see Ambrose and Rollins wearing the Tag Team belts around their waists? In any case, their SummerSlam encounter will be a must watch!
Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?
He wrestled on the very first episode of WWE Monday Night RAW on January 11, 1993. He wrestled at WrestleMania VII in 1991 and he wrestled at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. His legendary stature in the WWE has been no less than an inspiring one for the rookies and an entertaining one for the WWE Universe. He is an institution in himself – a league of his own – a legend by all means! He is The Undertaker.
Be it Monday Night RAW or SmackDown, The Undertaker has always delivered his best in the ring. Whether it’s Summer Slam, Survivor Series, WrestleMania or any other pay-per-view extravaganza, he has fought with his soul and poured out his blood and sweat inside the ring.
After being defeated by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker took off his coat, gloves, and hat and placed them in the middle of the ring, signaling that this match might have been his last.
Throughout his career in the WWE that began in 1990, The Undertaker has had countless matches of all types. His gimmicks have also changed over the years that included Western Mortician, The Deadman, Lord of Darkness, leader of the Ministry of Darkness, The American Bad Ass, Big Evil, The Phenom and The Last Outlaw. Where his gimmick of The Deadman led him to create his Lord of Darkness and The Phenom persona, it was his American Bad Ass gimmick that earned him much admiration. Cladded in jeans and jacket, wearing sunglasses and bandana, The Undertaker would enter the arena riding his motorbike. Those were the good days.
The Undertaker was one tough competitor. He knew the WWE inside out. However, his winning streak at WrestleMania, the grandest stage of them all, gave him the legendary status he holds today. He enjoyed 21 consecutive wins at WrestleMania from WrestleMania VII on March 24, 1991, to WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013. Perhaps the most shocking moment in WWE and WrestleMania history came forth on April 6, 2014, at WrestleMania XXX when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker, ending his streak. Michel Cole’s words still echo as if it were yesterday, “The Streak, is over!”
Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?
In all honesty, I believe there are only three WWE Superstars who are worthy enough to induct The Undertaker. First, it is Kane, with whom The Undertaker reigned supreme as The Brothers of Destruction and won WWE Tag Team titles twice. However, it was the energy and electricity Kane and The Undertaker brought to the ring with them when fighting together. Their strength, agility, speed and height advantage over their opponents made them a force to reckon with.
Then there is Shawn Michaels. Michael became obsessed with The Undertaker and vowed to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and end his streak. He fought two amazing matches against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 (April 5, 2009) and WrestleMania 26 (March 28, 2010). However, he could not get the job done. Later, Shawn Michaels’ partner in DX, Triple H, stood up against The Undertaker and fought him at two consecutive WrestleManias to end his streak. He first tried his luck at WrestleMania 27 (April 3, 2011) and later at WrestleMania 28 (April 1, 2012).
The Undertaker vs Triple H at WrestleMania 28, also known as ‘End of an Era’ match contested inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee was one defining moment in WWE history. At one point even Michaels tried to influence the decision by hitting The Undertaker with a Sweet Chin Music followed by a Pedigree by Triple H. However, The Undertaker kicked out. Following the end of the match, the sight we saw was beyond comprehension as it is still etched in memory. Triple H was unable to walk up the ramp on his own strength. The WWE Universe and the world saw Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker help Triple H walk out of the ring. The three competitors hugged each other before exiting the arena, leaving millions of memories behind.
I personally believe both Shawn Michaels and Triple H should induct The Undertaker. They were part of the End of an Era match, and they should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame for he has led and defined an Era in the WWE more than once.
However, I also believe that The Undertaker should continue making appearances on Monday Night RAW or SmackDown even if his in-ring career has come to an end. The best decision by the WWE could be to bring back the American Bad Ass gimmick and make The Undertaker the General Manager of SmackDown. Now that will be the beginning of a new Era in the WWE!
World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Wrestlemania 33 was indeed a showcase of the immortals held under the clear sky of Orlando, Florida, USA. Appearing in this year’s Wrestlemania were The New Day as the Hosts who, being a tag team of the New Era in the WWE, could not overshadow the legends of the WWE’s Attitude Era who made their presence felt at WrestleMania with panache and force.
Among all the matches held at WrestleMania 33, I believe fivedid turn out to be memorable ones.
1. AJ Styles VS Shane McMahon
Winner: AJ Styles
Following their rivalry at SmackDown Live, AJ Styles and Shane McMahon decided to settle the score inside the squared circle. After an intense match during which Shane also delivered the infamous “Coast to Coast” on AJ Styles, it was Styles who cashed in the match after delivering his Phenomenal Forearm.
2. Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Match: The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c), Cesaro and Sheamus, and Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Winners: the Hardy Boyz
Just when the three teams of the match, originally on the cards as a Triple Threat Match for the WWE RAW tag Team Championships, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus and Enzo Amore and Big Cass were waiting for the bell to ring, the New Day informed of a fourth team to make their way to the ring. As soon as The Hardy Boyz’s entrance music hit, the Camping World Stadium in Orlando erupted into a frenzy of excitement. After making their return to the WWE after nearly seven years, The Hardy Boyz beat all odds to become the new WWE RAW Tag Team Champions.
3. Seth Rollins Vs. Triple H
Winner: Seth Rollins
Triple H along with Stephanie McMahon entered the ring on a badass looking motorcycle, which I guess was a tribute to The Undertaker’s American BadAss gimmick during the early 2000s. HHH was fighting against Seth Rollins in a non-sanctioned match to settle their scores. The highlight of the match was when HHH accidentally threw Stephanie off the ring apron making her crash through the table. This was enough distraction for HHH when Rollins delivered The Pedigree for the win.
4. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Former tag team champions, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt fought for the coveted WWE Championship. Orton had earned the right to compete in this match following his win at the 30-men over-the-top match at the Royal Rumble. Despite Wyatt’s evil ways to intimidate his opponent, Orton prevailed the onslaught and defeated his former tag team partner to become the new WWE Champion.
5. Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
Winner: Roman Reigns
There is not a single WWE Superstar could ever match the thrills The Undertaker sends down the spine of the WWE Universe when making his way to the ring at Wrestlemania or on RAW and SmackDown. Following his first-ever loss at WrestleMania by the hands of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 in April 2014, it was evident that The Undertaker would soon be hanging his gloves. At WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker wrestled against Roman Reigns, the former Shield member and The Big Dog in the WWE. The Undertaker gave a decent fight and delivered his signature moves, however, Reigns emerged victorious and cashed in the biggest win of this career by defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Following the match, as the sold-out Camping World Stadium was clapping for The Undertaker and chanting “Thank You Taker!”, The Undertaker took off his gloves, leather robe and hat to place them in the middle of the ring. As he left the right, he broke character to hug his wife before making his way up the ramp. It is evident that this was perhaps the last match of The Undertaker’s illustrious wrestling career in the WWE. However, it would be great to see The Undertaker becoming the SmackDown General Manager not as The Deadman but as The American BadAss!
He is known for his thunderous Spears and for his devastating Jackhammers. He is known for his dominating in-ring presence in the WWE. He is Bill Goldberg. However, it is safe to say that Goldberg was intimidating and much more during the 1990s when he was part of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) during 2003 to 2004. After a hiatus of nearly 12 years, Goldberg returned to the WWE in 2016. He continued his rivalry against Brock Lesnar, whom he beat at WrestleMania 20 in March 2004.
Although Goldberg looks a bit old, mainly because of his white mustache and beard and his not-so-fit physical appearance, he is, in fact, a part-time WWE superstar who has been sent to fame in the WWE. Following his win over Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series in November 2016, Goldberg’s future in the WWE looked dreary. However, Goldberg faced the then WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens, for the title match at the Fastlane 2017 on March 5, 2017. Goldberg, after Kevin’s attention was distracted by Chris Jericho, delivered him a Spear and a Jackhammer to win the match and become the new WWE Universal Champion.
This moment, although a historic one for Goldberg and the WWE, would have been a sight of repugnance especially for those full-time WWE Superstars who deliver their best every week on RAW. Perhaps the WWE wanted to give Goldberg one last Championship run before retiring. However, his match at WrestleMania 33 is against Brock Lesnar and it will be for the WWE Universal Championship. Stakes are pretty much high for this match however, with Goldberg winning his recent matched against Lesnar and Owens within two minutes may create a predictable nature to his match at WrestleMania 33. I hope these two Superstars do give the WWE Universe what it deserves, a good match with slams and powerful moves. I also believe that the WWE would add credibility and power to the WWE Universal Championship by making Goldberg wear it around his waist for some time. Who knows which part-time Superstar emerges from the oblivion to win this title. I certainly hope Lesnar does not remain a WWE Universal Champion for long and that the WWE must give one of the regular full-time WWE RAW Superstars to become the WWE Universal Champion. Until Goldberg is Champion, let us see what does he do NEXT!