Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stop Complaining About Kane

It is 2017 and fans are complaining about the fact that Kane will be challenging Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship. Has anyone checked his resume? He deserves this opportunity. 

Let’s look at this from a strictly kayfabe eye. Kane and Braun Strowman have been destroying each other since TLC. There is an ultimate power struggle between two heavyweights. Normally I am not invested in these matches, but Strowman has found a way to keep them interesting. Kane on the other hand disappears and seems to return stronger than before. 

Brock Lesnar has been unstoppable and with Kane and Strowman’s personal vendetta against each other I could see them destroying each other and Lesnar picking up the pieces and walking out Philadelphia still the Universal champ. 

While Kane may not be who he was in 1998, he is still a force to be reckoned with that is bound for the WWE Hall of Fame. People complained that he was opening shows losing or even worse not even on the show. He may not win the title, but it’s good to see him back in a major storyline.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Seasons of the WWE Attitude Era

In the world of pro wrestling, there are time periods are more popular than others. If you ask anyone who is in between the age of 30 and 40, The WWE Attitude Era will more than likely be their favorite time in wrestling. During the time, it was hard to find anyone who was not a fan. On the WWE Attitude Era DVD, The Road Dogg said it was a cultural revolution and the WWE was int he middle of it. The WWE noticed it was time to change with the times and thus led to the birth of the attitude.

Now there are many articles, blogs, and stories about the Attitude Era, and this will be another one. But it will be different. I want to discuss the seasons of wrestling during the Attitude Era. During the Survivor Series preview of the Wrestling Wrealm, The Real Dwayne Allen stated that the fall season is a time where he really enjoys wrestling. So as I was thinking about the Attitude Era, I thought about, what was the best seasons during that time. I am going to consider the era 1997-2001. Each season, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, will be paired up with a year. Of course, tweet me your favorite times.

Winter - 1999

(January- March)
The winter of 1999 was used to build up one of wrestlings greatest matchups, The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin. During this time, Austin was chasing the WWE Championship, which he lost in September and at the same time, The Rock was being established as a superstar after winning his first world championship during the Fall of 98. During this time, Mick Foley finally broke through the glass ceiling when he won his first WWE title. That would lead to WWE officially passing WCW in the rating war.

Best PPV: Royal Rumble
Match of the Season: The Rock vs Mankind, Royal Rumble

Spring - 1999 

(March - June)

The Spring of 1999 was one of the few times in WWE history where it seemed that the company did not have any drop off after WrestleMania. While 1998 things got hot during the Austin Era and the emergence of D-Generation X, they were still chasing WCW. In the second week of  May of 1999, they destroyed the NBA (playoffs) in ratings, 8.1-1.2. During this time, the success led to a test pilot of Smackdown later that month. Like the Spring of 1998, 99 also saw an Austin title reign and after finishing his feud with The Rock, he was right in a feud with The Undertaker. And who can forget the revelation of the Higher Power?

Best PPV: WrestleMania
Match of the Season: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock

Summer - 1998

(June - September)

Foley said that Kevin Sullivan stated that the night of the King of the Ring officially ended any chance that the WCW would have at coming back during the war. While WCW was hot at this time, they were in the midst of going downhill. Goldberg had won the title, the NWO Wolfpac was the most popular thing going, but before you knew it they were in the toilet. As far as the WWE was concerned, their mid-card was hotter than WCW's main event with The Rock leading the Nation going head up against Triple H's D-Generation X.

Best PPV: Summerslam 98
Match of the Season: Undertaker vs Mankind, King of the Ring

Fall - 1997

(September - December)

1997 is credited with the start of the era. Most consider the night after the Montreal Screwjob the beginning. But if you look at the Attitude Era, there was not one year that had a better fall than 97. In October we saw the first Hell in a Cell match which led to the debut of the Big Red Machine, Kane. Kane's character brought out an entirely new side of the Undertaker

Best PPV: Survivor Series 98
Match of the Season: Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels

Honorable Mentions

Winter - 2000

The winter of 2000 saw the birth of the McMahon-Hemsley Era. Triple H proved by now that he was a main eventer and suddenly the Billion Dollar Princess was no longer daddy's little girl. The Rock was clearly the top babyface and with Stone Cold Steve Austin out, these guys proved they could still keep the business hot.

Best PPV: Royal Rumble

Match of the Season: Cactus Jack vs Triple H,  No Way Out

Fall - 1998

The Fall of 1998 was a different time for the Attitude Era. Throughout most of the season, there was not a WWE champion, but the build-up to the Survivor Series was special. During this time, fans started to pull for The Rock as he was fresh out of the Nation and quickly becoming a top babyface. Stone Cold Steve Austin was still on fire and looking to regain his title. And just as The Rock had won the hearts of the fans, he ripped it right out when he joined Vince McMahon and became the Corporate Champion. 

Best PPV: Survivor Series

Match of the Season: Undertaker vs Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rock Bottom

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles on Their Way?

In 2014, women’s wrestling took a turn for the best. It was A.J. Lee, a woman who fans looked at her strictly for her wrestling ability, who was able to hold the title for a long time. Since then we have witness the women main event Monday Night Raw, Smackdown Live, and even the Hell in a Cell match. As the women continue to become a vital part of the show, there is talks of a WWE women's tag team championship. 

There was a time when there were women's tag team titles. Now they only last about six years. The first champions were Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria. The last champions were The Glamour Girls. This is also a time where the women's title would soon disappear until the 90s. 

With the women's roster increasing, 10 to be exact, this seems to be the best time to add gold to the division. Recently on Raw and Smackdown, we saw a few NXT women invade the show and make a statement as they joined the main roster. While they attacked the champion, no one expects them to compete for the title right away. Is it possible that they could be womens tag team champions? Only time will tell. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

WWE Survivor Series Predictions

Back and better than ever before!
The first show in in four years, Brian H. Waters and The Real Dwayne Allen enter season 4 and take an in-depth look into WWE Survivor Series 2017 and preview the matches and so much more leading into the Road to Wrestlemania in this two-part episode. The Show for Superior Wrestling Intellect.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series will make Kurt Angle Happy

You are in a bind. One of your wrestlers just got sick and cannot make the PPV and you need an opponent for one of your guys. You need someone who can give him a good match without the need to tell a story. A story that will write itself. That’s exactly what Kurt Angle needed to do. Angle called Daniel Bryan to see if he could borrow AJ Styles for the TLC pay-per-view in order to face Finn Balor. It was that night where the two stole the show. For anyone who didn’t know, they learned that AJ Styles was the guy! 

After Styles and Balor stoke the show, Angle praise Shane McMahon for Styles’ performance and for also participating in a match on Monday Night Raw. Little did he know McMahon, Styles, and some members of the Smackdown Live roster would invade the Raw roster and force Angle to watch. 

Now that AJ Styles is the WWE Champion, he will face Brock Lesnar in the WWE Champion vs Universal Champion matchup. If anyone is happy about this it’s Kurt Angle. On this night, Angle gets to unleash the Beast on the man who pulled a fast one over him. Since his return to the WWE in 2012, Lesnar has been the immovable object. While Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman have found ways to stun the beast they have not been able to conquer him. It’s no secret that Paul Heyman and Lesnar didn’t take Mahal seriously, but with Styles in the match now, they may respect him but make no mistake about it they are not going to take him lightly. And Angle knows this and while he will
Be getting ready for his elimination match at the Survivor Series, he will be more than happy to watch Lesnar attempt to destroy Styles. 

AJ Styles is WWE Champion Once Again

The face that runs the place is finally back on top! Going back to his old stomping grounds of the United Kingdom, AJ Styles was able to defeat Jinder Mahal, ending Mahal’s 5 1/2 month reign as the WWE Champion. Styles is the first WWE Superstar to win the title outside of North America in 54 years. 

With Styles defeating Mahal, the Survivor Series has been shaken up. Styles will now face Brock Lesnar in a WWE Champion vs Universal Champion Match. After competing in Chile last Month, the Face That Runs the Place was asked to fill in on a Raw pay-per-view where he and Finn Balor stole the show. If that wasn’t enough, he competed the next night on Raw. That same night, he was joined by his Smackdown team members and they proceeded to beat up the Raw roster in what would become known as the Smackdown Seige. 

Considering how Styles pulled a fast one on the Raw roster, there has to be nobody happier than Kurt Angle that Styles is the new WWE Champion. Why? Because he gets to unleash the Beast. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Shield Also Known as Three Beyoncés

The Shield were WWE’s latest Table for 3. During that time they discussed their careers and how they were successful both as individuals and as a unit. They called themselves, the three Beyoncé’s. So for fun, let’s match them up with which variation of Beyonce. 

Roman Reigns - Beyonce 2016

In 2016, Beyonce was truly the biggest star in the entertainment industry. As we look back at each Shield member, Roman is the biggest star with the most crossover appeal. Just like Beyonce, Roman has his fans and his fair share of haters. While he doesn’t have a hive right now, he is still the biggest star of The Shield. 

Dean Ambrose - Beyonce 1999

Remember when Destiny Child first came on the scene? We all knew that Beyonce was the star. This is why Dean Ambrose compares to her. His independent following deemed him the biggest star. He was also the first to earn a singles match with the Undertaker and more importantly the first to win singles gold. 

Seth Rollins - Beyonce 2003

Remember when Beyonce broke out of Destiny’s Child and released Crazy in Love? Reminds me of how Seth Rollins hit Roman in the back with the chair and later cashed in his Money in the Bank Contract to win the WWE Championship. Rollins simply made you respect him as a breakout star from the Shield. 

Just like Beyonce, The Shield have all found success in similar ways with different paths. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Detroit, Philadelphia, or New York, Who Will Host WrestleMania 35

We know WrestleMania 34 will be in New Orleans, Louisana, but now the question is, who will host WrestleMania 35. The rumored front runners are, Detroit, New York Or Philadelphia. All three of these cities have hosted the biggest event in sports entertainment before, so let’s look at what happened when the event was in those places. 

WrestleMania III, WrestleMania 23

The Motor City was the Home of one of WWE’s most epic main events ever. WrestleMania III was the Irresistible Force vs the Immovable Object as Hulk Hogan successfully defended his WWE Title against André the Giant. That event set a record for the largest indoor record attendance with over 93,000 people. The event would return 20 years later as John Cena successfully defends his WWE Title against Shawn Michaels. 

Detroit is the rumored front runner for WrestleMania 35. With this track record, we know WWE will bring it and pay homage to the previous WrestleManias held there. Aretha Franklin anyone? 

New York
WrestleMania, WrestleMania X, WrestleMania XX, WrestleMania 29*

New York has always been considered home for the WWE. During the territory days, it was where Vince McMahon Sr. ran his promotion. For Vince Jr., it was the place where he put everything he had on the line to create what would be known as the biggest yearly event in sports entertainment, WrestleMania. WrestleMania I brought two worlds together, Rock-N-Roll music and wrestling. In the main event, we saw Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeat Paul Orndorf and Roddy Piper. 

WrestleMania X was the true beginning of the New Generation Era. That night we saw Bret Hart defeat Yokozuna to win his 2nd WWE Championship. But the night was stolen by Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon who put on an incredible ladder match that served as the standard for years to come. 

WrestleMania XX, where it all begins again. On the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania we saw Chris Benoit defeat Triple H and Shawn Michaels to finally win the World Heavyweight Championship. Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Title and the two shared a we made it moment in the ring. Due to circumstances surrounding Benoit’s death, we will never see that footage on WWE programing again (unless you have the network). 

I put an asterisk behind WrestleMania 29 because while the event was held in New Jersey (like Mania IV & V), the Events surrounded by it was held in New York. It was booked at New York-New Jersey. So we have to respect it in a sense of talking about host cities. On this night, we saw John Cena get his revenge on The Rock as he defeated him to win the WWE Title. 

You can never go wrong with the New York City. The question is, will they put this Mania back in Jersey, or perhaps would they have it in Yankee stadium. That’s never been done before. Remember, anything can happen in the WWE. 

WrestleMania XV

The city of Brotherly Love was the Home of the first of a triology of matches between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. This also took place at the height of the Attitude Era. Austin defeated The Rock after months of trying to get his belt back. 

WrestleMania was big in 1999, but not to the point that stadiums were a must. It would be nice to see Philadelphia host WrestleMania in 2019, and I would have to guess that Lincoln Financial Field would be the place where it would be held. 

Where should Mania 35 be held? Tweet me your thoughts @BrianHWaters and @WrestlingWrealm 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

AJ Styles Deserves the Main Event of WrestleMania

There have been many wrestlers or as they say, superstars who have come and gone in World Wrestling Entertainment. There has been no one to carry the ball the way John Cena has. More than a decade on top, Cena has been any promoters dream and Vince McMahon's reality. However, there is no doubt that the wheels on the bus are starting to get worn. So who is next to grab the brass ring and lead the company into the next generation? That question still reminds, but there is a guy who has been carrying the company while Cena has been gone. His name, AJ Styles.

AJ Styles arrived to the WWE in 2016 at the Royal Rumble and has been must see TV ever since. "This is where I belong." The words he uttered the next night when the WWE Universe first heard him speak before his Raw debut. He proved just that, he belonged in the WWE. Styles went on to have perhaps the best one-on-one match to date with Roman Reigns, he beat up John Cena on more than one occasion, including at SummerSlam. And within 10 months of his WWE debut, AJ Styles was the WWE Champion after defeating Dean Ambrose at Backlash.

Styles went on to have an incredible run until he just came up short, losing the title to John Cena at the Royal Rumble. Styles went on to WrestleMania to open the show against Shane McMahon in a very personal matchup. The two would set the tone to an emotional night that would be known as the Undertaker's last match. Styles would continue to rack up WWE gold, winning the United States Championship from Kevin Owens.

Why does he deserve to main event the grand daddy of them all? Recently the WWE found themselves in a bind when a sickness went through the Raw locker room. This left Finn Balor without an opponent. Who did they call? AJ Styles. Now clearly, everyone on the roster was not in a match, but the WWE went to Mr. dependable. They went to the guy they knew they could trust to give Balor a good match and there would not need to be an explanation. Styles had to get on a plane immediately after his match in Chile and travel to back to the Minneapolis, Minnesota to wrestle at TLC, then he stuck around for Monday Night Raw and then back to Smackdown Live on Tuesday. There is no doubt that the fans enjoyed it. This guy has a proved a track record, therefore it is only right to close the granddaddy of them all WrestleMania 34 with The Phenomenal One, AJ Styles!

Let me know your thoughts @BrianHWaters and @WrestlingWrealm.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

WWE, Do Not Let Real Money Walk Out the Door

If you have been following me on Twitter for the past three years, you know that my favorite wrestler of all-time is Daniel Bryan. That title split between Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan for nearly two decades. Then one night, I listened to Bryan join Chris Jericho’s podcast during the height of his popularity. It was then I realized I connected with him more than any other Superstar. It doesn’t help that our first names are both Brian. L

When he announced his retirement from pro wrestling, I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t shed a tear. The same tear I shed when he won the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX. Never in my life had a cried over a victory in wrestling. Yeah I cried when the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. But in wrestling, naw it’s predetermined. Now as we get closer to the end of his current contract with WWE, we see a lot of talk of him returning to the ring. Great stuff right? Yes and no. It will be great to see him back in the ring, but he will not be Daniel Bryan in the WWE. He will Be Bryan Danielson back on the independent circuit. 

Word on the street is the independent circuit is getting set to be hotter than ever. Guys will be able to make more money for less dates and less travel. We all know Daniel Bryan’s passion is wrestling and if he has an opportunity to do what he love, why would he say no?

But what if the WWE does the unthinkable? What if they clear him. Fans including Dave Meltzer tend to think they know everything and they swear by the fact that Vince will not clear him because he does not want to contradict the company doctor. But would he really let all that money out of the door? We saw Bryan rise to new heights leading into WrestleMania XXX. This was the first time in history the fans led the company to change the main event and give us what we wanted. If he leaves and goes back to the independent circuit, there will be so many fans who have never been to an independent show suddenly become fans because they want to see their guy.  Competition is good in any business, after all why do you think the Monday Night Wars were so great? Why do you think Madden football has been a lackluster game over a decade. Everyone needs competition and if Daniel Bryan leaves the WWE, you better believe he is taking his fans with him. The WWE may have trademarked catchphrase YES, but it doesn’t mean they won’t say it when he is going up against the Bullet Club! Don’t get me wrong, I am going watch regardless, but I much rather see Daniel Bryan headlining another WrestleMania