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AJ Styles dethrones the Maharaja to become World Champion; set to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series

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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!

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Will RAW’s tag team division see an evolution now that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have united?

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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!
 

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Who should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame?

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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.

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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!

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WWE: Royal Rumble 2017 sizzles for more than one reason!

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The 30th annual Royal Rumble took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 29, 2017. The highlight of the evening was the supercharged matched between AJ Styles and John Cena where Styles was defending his WWE Championship. When it seemed AJ Styles will retain the title, Cena – eyeing a 16th World title win – delivered two consecutive Attitude Adjustments to Styles to win the World title, hence tying Ric Flair’s record of 16 World  Championship title wins. In another one-on-one confrontation, Kevin Owens successfully defended his WWE Universal Championship belt against Roman Reigns, after Reigns was beaten up by Brawn Stroman. The referee could not do anything as the match had a ‘no disqualification’ stipulation attached to it.

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The 30-men over the top Royal Rumble was the match everyone was waiting for especially after The Undertaker made his presence felt on Monday Night RAW with Goldberg and Brock Lesnar standing in the same ring. WWE fans were pondering over to who will eliminate these three legends of the sport.

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Lesnar and Goldberg’s confrontation at the 2017 Royal Rumble, during the 30-men elimination match, was a Deja Vu moment following their match at Survivor Series (2016), where Goldberg defeated Lesnar in one minute and 26 seconds. At the Royal Rumble, however, Goldberg took a little time in dismantling The Beast after hitting him with a Spear and throwing him over the top rope. Minutes later, after delivering a Spear to The Undertaker, it was the Dead Man who eliminated Goldberg. However, Roman Reigns, made history – or perhaps a mistake – by eliminating The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble. With Randy Orton winning the 30-men over the top Royal Rumble match and securing his main event status at WrestleMania 33, he will face the WWE  Champion, John Cena, in renewing one of the most heated rivalries in recent memory.

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Moreover, we will soon find out what matches will take place at WrestleMania now that we have multiple storylines brewing up where The Undertaker could face Roman Reigns, Goldberg could face Brock Lesnar, or perhaps – in a dream match – we could have a triple threat encounter at Wrestlemania with Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker. Let’s see what WrestleMania has in store for the WWE Universe.