The much-anticipated Elimination Chamber main event contested at the pay-per-view, Elimination Chambers 2018 on February 25, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada, saw veteran John Cena along with six other WWE Superstars including The Miz, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Elias, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor compete for a chance to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. As expected, Strowman dominated most part of the match and rightly so because of his agility in the ring and dominating physique. He eliminated The Miz, Elias, John Cena, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins – five competitors after delivering his Running Powerslam. However, Roman Reigns decided to stand tall against theMonster Among Men. Strowman and Reigns battled it out to secure a place at the main event at WrestleMania 34. It became a grueling contest as both Reigns and Strowman delivered their best to each other. However, after Stowman crashed into the glass of one of the chambers, giving Reigns an opening to intensify his assault. It took Reigns multiple Superman Punches and Spears before he could silence Strowman and pick the victory. What transpired at WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015, when Roman Reigns challenged Brock Lesnar for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship is going to happen again at WrestleMania 34 when Reigns will go up against the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, for his title. However, fans did expect Strowman to deliver Reigns the Running Powerslam for the win and headline WrestleMania 34 against Lesnar. Although Reigns faced a mixed reaction after his win, Strowman did take out his frustration when he delivered Reigns with two Running Powerslams and sent him crashing into the glass of the chamber.
The 2018 Royal Rumble was an exciting event with a number of Hall of Famers and Legends making their presence felt. While Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson and Mickie James were part of the first-ever 30 Women Royal Rumble, it was Rey Mysterio, who created an impact when he returned to in-ring entrant as a surprise number 27 entrant in the 30 Men Royal Rumble Match. However, Roman Reigns’ showdown with Shinsuke Nakamura during the final moments of his match was filled with boos for Roman and cheers for Nakamura. Eventually, Nakamura eliminated Reigns to win his first Royal Rumble match and winning the right to face the WWE Champion. During the Women’s Royal Rumble, Asuka became the first-ever female Superstar to win the Royal Rumble. While she was celebrating her victory in the ring with both Charlotte Flair (SmackDown Women’s Champion) and Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champion), MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey, made her shocking appearance at the pay-per-view when she stood tall in the ring signaling at the WrestleMania sign.
Royal Rumble also saw The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) become new RAW Tag Team Champions when Jason Jordon was out with an injury and Seth Rollins could not defend his team’s titles. Perhaps Seth and Jordon will not engage in a rivalry where Jordon could turn heel. How will RAW General Manager, Kurt Angle, react to this is still to be seen.
A match of intense physical dominance was for the WWE Universal Championship. A triple threat bout between Brock Lesnar (Champion), Braun Strowman and Kane, each superstar dominated the other during one point of the match or the other. However, after slamming Strowman through two announce tables and giving Strowman and Kane F-5s, Lesnar emerged victoriously and still the WWE Universal Champion. Perhaps now Lesnar would focus on other opponents since he has silenced Strowman and Kane for the time being. AJ Styles, WWE Champion on Smackdown, successfully defended his titles in a 1-on-2 handicap match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. It seems both Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles will have much bigger matches come WrestleMania 34.
Now that Shinsuke Nakamura is the Royal Rumble winner, the King of Strong style may evolve into a deeper character for he envisions becoming the next WWE Champion. Who he will face is still to be decided but one thing remains sure, WrestleMania 34’s WWE Championship main event will be a must watch bout.
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!
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!