Brock Lesnar doesn’t appear very often at WWE house shows. Actually, he doesn’t appear very often on WWE television either. But in some major cities, exceptions have been made. He wrestled a house show in New York City last year and was advertised to be appearing at one in Chicago over the weekend. Unfortunately for fans who paid to see the Beast Incarnate, Lesnar’s match was less than a minute long and he barely broke a sweat.
Tag: Roman Reigns
Look, we get it. A lot of people don’t like Roman Reigns. He was shoved down our throat as “the guy” even though a huge percentage of fans had no interest seeing him in the main event week after week. His wrestling skills are average (we get it, you do a super man punch and spear) and his promos were laughable at times, even appearing to forget his scripted lines on at least one occasion.
This week on Raw, the WWE gave fans what they called a “Gauntlet Match” — a series of one-on-one matches with the winner moving on to face the next competitor. Naturally, such a match definitely puts the starting combatants at a distinct disadvantage — Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns started the match, and would have to beat multiple other WWE superstars in order to actually win the damn thing.
Between the excitement of returning superstars and the retirement of a legend, WrestleMania 33 was filled with many ups, and definitely a few downs. Here is the best and worst that was WrestleMania 33.
Traditionally, the main event of a huge wrestling pay-per-view is reserved for a big title match. With seven different individual championships being on the line at Sunday’s WrestleMania 33 (which doesn’t even include the Raw Tag Team titles), you would think that Goldberg vs. Lesnar would end the show, or at least something like Wyatt vs. Orton.
Roman Reigns is a curiosity in today’s WWE. He has constantly (and we do mean constantly) been shoved down fan’s throats as “The Guy.” Actually, he literally tried to use that as his catch phrase for a while, before pivoting over to the “it’s my yard” schitck. Despite various ringside commentators pushing the idea that the fans are behind Reigns, anyone with a pulse and a working set of ears can hear that he is routinely booed at live events and on television.
Records in pro wrestling are an interesting thing. First of all, most of them are exaggerated (or made up completely) in order to build hype and promote individuals. But if the record keepers at WrestlingData.com are correct, The Undertaker could reach another milestone at WrestleMania 33 that would be hard to top.
Every year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated releases a list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world, ranked across a variety of factors. This year’s edition has studied the data, and come to the conclusion that WWE Superstar Roman Reigns has accomplished enough during the previous voting year (which covers July 2015 to June 2016) to secure the top spot on this prestigious and highly-debated list. “The Guy”, as he apparently wishes to be called, took the honor largely on the strength of 3 WWE World Heavyweight Title victories, his (technically) hour-long stint in the Royal Rumble, and his position in the main event of the largest WrestleMania in history.
One of the last shots of Smackdown Live! was #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title AJ Styles, painfully sitting astride the top rope, after being knocked there by Dean Ambrose. Always a comical spot worthy of mention, but Styles went the extra step further after the show went off the air. According to live reports, Styles stayed in that very uncomfortable position for roughly ten-fifteen minutes, while other wrestlers made their entrances for the post-show dark match, which was scheduled to be Styles teaming with Seth Rollins against John Cena and Roman Reigns. And as each wrestler made their way into the ring, they decided to mess with the Phenomenal One’s predicament. Here’s some fan footage of exactly what happened.
SummerSlam is in the books, which means we’re basically at the halfway point in the wrestling year. That’s right, it’s all downhill to WrestleMania from here. Figuratively, and hopefully not literally, anyway. And even though WWE is in some form of semi-controlled chaos due to the brand extension and being forced to crown two Universal Champions within the first two weeks of the title’s existence, there are still some thing we’ve seen that have led us to make a reasonable assumptions about where things could go if WWE was currently being booked with WrestleMania in mind. And we can’t prove that it’s not, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (this time), and assemble a list of matches that we think could possibly happen at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.