WWE Superstar of the Month (August 2016)

Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels).   Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of August, this title goes to The Miz.

themizIf there was a WWE Walk of Fame, The Miz would certainly be given a star with all the accomplishments he’s achieved recently. Although unsuccessful in the six man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, he did become the Intercontinental Champion for the fifth time the following night on Monday Night Raw thanks to the assistance of his beautiful wife, Maryse.  Even during Zack Ryder’s entitled rematch on Smackdown three days later, The Miz retained the title with the help of Maryse once again distracting Ryder.  The Miz continued to maintain his role as our Intercontinental Champion by defeating the likes of Cesaro at Payback and again at Extreme Rules.  Cesaro wasn’t the only opponent he defeated at Extreme Rules as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were also a part of the match, making it a Fatal 4Way.  Although being a Champion of any kind in WWE comes with pressure and responsibility, you never saw a single drop of sweat fall from his brow or anxiety present in his voice.  In fact, The Miz is so self-assured (in general and as a Champion), that he felt confident enough to film Marine 5: Battleground while holding the Intercontinental Championship.  To me , it seemed as if he was gone as quickly as a blink of an eye as he came back on the June 27th edition of Monday Night Raw.   That same day, he faced Kane for the Intercontinental Championship which resulted in a count out so even though Kane won the match, he did not win the Championship.  This momentum has progressed from one pay-per-view to the next, defeating opponents such as Darren Young and Apollo Crews.  As exciting as his title reign has been, The Miz brought more excitement to himself and the Intercontinental Championship by his controversial attack on Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. On Talking Smack last week, The Miz flipped out on Bryan after he said The Miz wrestled like a “coward”.  Not only did The Miz practically break the internet by this vicious rant going viral, but he gained a lot of respect and even gained some new fans.  The Miz will once again show why he is the best as he goes up against Dolph Ziggler at Backlash with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.

When I began watching WWE religiously again in late 2012, The Miz was someone that I liked but wasn’t really behind. Then as time progressed, I actually didn’t like him at all.  To see him on television annoyed me and I just grit my teeth until his match or promo segment had ended.  As of 2015, I had come to like him and the more I see him wrestle or talk on the mic, the more I have become a fan; more so than I ever was in 2012.  You just can’t help it.  He’s always improving himself and he has lived up to his moniker that he is awesome and has made the Intercontinental Championship prestigious again.  Many great wrestlers before him have held the title, adding their legacy behind it (The Ultimate Warrior, The Honky Tonk Man, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon among many more) and The Miz is doing just the same.  As much as I love Dolph Ziggler and would love nothing more than for him to become victorious at Backlash, I would be happy if the Never Ending Intercontinental Championship World Tour continued on.  We’re currently at 149 days, all!

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The Best of Seven Series // Cesaro sustains injury

sheamuscesaro.jpgSheamus and Cesaro met once again in the ring for the second match in The Best of Seven Series.  Sheamus went into this match with one victory he earned at SummerSlam and successfully secured another victory on Monday Night Raw.  The score is now Sheamus 2, Cesaro 0.

During that match, Cesaro received multiple bruises on his lumbar spine.  It was when Sheamus backdropped Cesaro on the turnbuckle into a Cloverleaf that Cesaro was injured.

No other information about Cesaro’s injury (time out, severity, etc.) has been provided at this time, but I will certainly update you all as soon as it becomes available.

Monday Night Raw crowns a new Universal Champion

Last night, history was made on Monday Night Raw as a new Universal Champion was crowned.  How this new Champion was crowned was unexpected and controversial.

It was announced during Monday Night Raw that the Fatal 4Way would become an Elimination match where the Champion could win by either pinfall or submission.  The match was going splendidly; everyone involved was putting on the quality show we all anticipated to see and everyone was fighting clean…until someone unexpectedly interjected themselves into the match.  Five or ten minutes after Seth Rollins eliminated Big Cass, Triple H surprised everyone by hitting Roman Reigns with a Pedigree outside of the ring.  Triple H picked up Roman Reigns and rolled him into the ring along with Seth Rollins who successfully pinned and eliminated Roman Reigns.  At this time, Triple H picked up Kevin Owens, rolled him into the ring and accompanied the two remaining competitors.  As Kevin Owens slouched in the corner of the ring, Triple H slowly approached him with Seth Rollins right behind him, grinning as he knew what was coming to Kevin Owens.  Shockingly to everyone, Seth Rollins was wrong and he was the one to take a Pedigree from Triple H!  As Seth laid lifeless in the ring, Triple H and Kevin Owens stared at each other; Triple H with instruction and Kevin Owens with astonishment.  Kevin Owens followed Triple H’s instructive stare, pinning Seth Rollins to become WWE’s new Universal Championship.  After Triple H presented Owens with the belt and held his hand in victory, he exited the arena as General Manager Mick Foley and his wife Stephanie looked on completely flabbergasted.  The show ended with Kevin Owens celebrating as the WWE Universe chanted “You deserve it!”

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Now, I have mixed emotions with how this match played out. Kevin Owens was who I was rooting for to become our new Universal Champion, so I’m thrilled about that.  What I was not thrilled about is how he became Champion.  As big of a fan as I am of The Cerebral Assassin, I didn’t like the huge part he played in this match.  I understand moments of interference have played a significant part in historic moments within WWE, but I was hoping for a clean cut match between all four men.  The outcome is what I wanted so I have no room to complain, I’m just disappointed.

What are your thoughts on what went down during the Fatal 4Way Match? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

CWC Participant of the Month (August 2016)

Since The Cruiserweight Classic debuted on The WWE Network on July 13th, it has become an immediate success.  Those who may not be familiar with the cruiserweight division or independent wrestling are being introduced to a whole different world of high fliers and agility from the best talent from all over the globe.  There was no denying that The Cruiserweight Classic would be something special but these competitors have truly stolen the hearts and attention of everyone tuning in every Wednesday.  It left such an impression on me that as a blogger, I just had to dedicate a monthly blog segment in its honor aside from the weekly tournament results.  Along with the Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month, I also bring you the Cruiserweight Classic Participant of the Month!

cedriccwcAlthough he did not advance to the second round or quarter finals of the Cruiserweight Classic, Cedric Alexander’s professional wrestling career is headed in his desired direction. With seven years of experience in the industry, he was well known in Ring of Honor prior to becoming a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic.  In the Cruiserweight Classic, Cedric successfully defeated his first opponent, Clement Petiot but unfortunately was unsuccessful at defeating his second opponent, Kota Ibushi.  It didn’t matter though, because that match gained the respect of the WWE Universe as they filled the room with “Thank you, Cedric!” and “Please sign, Cedric!” chants.  That match also gained the respect of Triple H, the creator of the Cruiserweight Classic, who showed his respect for Cedric by coming out after his match, shaking Cedric’s hand, and giving a thumbs to the fans before escorting him backstage.  Triple H only the fans’ chants that night but took them to heart as it was announced that Cedric signed a contract with WWE on August 13th.  He will be taking part in the Cruiserweight Division coming soon to Monday Night Raw.

This is without a doubt well deserved. As discussed by CWC commentators Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan as well as Cedric Alexander himself, he’s had to encounter a lot of nay sayers throughout his career in professional wrestling.  Even his pastor told him he would never make it.  The best part of diligence and hard work is not only achieving the dream, but showing those that told you couldn’t do it that you can.  And Cedric did just that.  I’ve been a fan of Cedric since his days in Ring of Honor and my admiration and respect for Cedric as a professional wrestling has just grown tremendously throughout the last two months.  Like Kota, its undeniable Cedric has a bright future ahead of him in WWE.

NXT Match of the Month (August 2016)

With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest.  One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match.  It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match.  That match will be featured in this blog segment titled NXT Match of the Month!

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August’s NXT Match of the Month takes place at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on Saturday, August 20th, 2016.  Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have been vying at an opportunity to compete for the NXT Tag Team Championship.  General Manager William Regal granted their request which was to take place at this historic summer event.  That night, we witnessed The Revival’s Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson (c) take on Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Tag Team Championship!

Dash and Dawson worked cohesively as a unit throughout this match; not to say Gargano and Ciampa didn’t, but it’s as if Dash and Dawson just know what the other is thinking and they always use their experience as a tag team and tight-knit bond to their advantage.  They took turns working on Ciampa, tagging in each other frequently.  They also assisted each other by one of them focusing on their opponent in the ring while the other took care of the opposite opponent outside of the ring; there were countless times that Gargano was punched or pulled off of the apron to prevent a tag.  Aside from The Revival connecting maneuvers on their opponents, they also prevented pins from happening by interfering.  One interference being Dawson putting Dash’s foot on the rope to prevent a successful three count and a possible loss of the title.  The consistency of their teamwork resulted in retaining the NXT Tag Team Championship as Dash hit Gargano with a Chop Block to the knee followed by a Reverse Figure Four.  The pain inflicted on Gargano’s knee was (as I could only imagine to be) unbearable and Gargano had no choice but to tap out.

Winner: The Revival’s Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson

 

What an incredible match.  The entertainment value and the shocking moments had me digging my nails into my thighs.  It was just so much fun to watch these two tag teams go toe to toe and I hope we have another opportunity to see them go up against each other again in the future.  It looks like anyone The Revival goes up against turns into a five star match.  That says something about the two time NXT Tag Team Champions.  Keep your eye on them, they’re only getting warmed up.

 

Superstar Tweet of the Week (08.29.16)

This week’s Superstar Tweet of the Week comes from NXT Superstar Hideo Itami.

After Austin Aries defeated No Way Jose at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, he decided it wasn’t enough and continued the beatdown on Jose even after the bell rung.  Hideo couldn’t standby backstage and continue to watch this unjust action so he went out to the ring to stop it.  After throwing several punches at Aries’ face, we finally witnessed Itami fully connect his signature GTS!  We have been waiting for this exact moment since he arrived to NXT in 2014 and at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, we finally got it!  Hideo went on Twitter minutes after midnight on Sunday to comment about it.

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This was undeniably a bit of a jab at former WWE Superstar, CM Punk who was known for using the GTS maneuver.  Now that Hideo made it relevant and made it his again, I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty more of it.  Fine by me!

Be sure to follow Hideo Itamie (@HideoItami) as well as myself (@wweblogginbetty) on Twitter!

Match of the Month (August 2016)

With the weekly airings of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live! along with monthly pay-per-views, we are bound to witness one match that outshines the rest.  One match that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, thrashing your body around in excitement, and screaming in happiness, anger or anxiety throughout the entire match.  It leaves your heart pounding and any word off the tip of your tongue that night is about that match.  That match will be featured in this blog segment titled Match of the Month!

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August’s Match of the Month takes place on Smackdown Live, August 23rd.  AJ Styles boasted about how phenomenal he was at Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view as he beat John Cena.  While speaking with some members of the locker room, Dolph Ziggler had his head down in defeat, not saying a word.  AJ noticed and commented on Dolph’s unsuccessful attempt at obtaining the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam, continuing to press Dolph’s buttons until Dolph rightfully snapped.  This continued throughout the show until Daniel Bryan found a resolution to the problem: Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles would take place as the main event that night.  If AJ won, he would face Dean Ambrose at Backlash for the WWE World Championship and if Dolph Ziggler won, he would be added to the Championship match which would make it a Triple Threat Match.

Dean Ambrose accompanied JBL, Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga on commentary to watch AJ Styles take on Dolph Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler did a lot of technical wrestling in this match which took AJ down -and by surprise – each time.  Styles interrupted Ziggler’s hot streak by throwing him face first – and hard – into the top turnbuckle followed by a Pendulum Backbreaker.  AJ tried to pin Dolph but he kicked out at two.  Shortly after, Dolph resumes his advantage in the match and moments later, hits AJ Styles with his signature Famouser maneuver twice but unfortunately for Dolph, AJ kicked both times.  After taking a knee to the back followed by a Body Slam, Dolph hits AJ with an incredible Satellite DDT and pins AJ who kicks out at two.  As AJ Styles tries to connect his Styles Classic maneuver on Ziggler, Ziggler counters into his own maneuver, the Zig Zag and tries to pin Styles again but again, kicks out at two.  It was until AJ hit Dolph with the Styles Clash that we saw a pin successfully make it to the three count.

Winner: AJ Styles

 

Ugh, my poor Dolph. He fought so hard to advance in this Championship match, just like he did at SummerSlam with unfortunately the same result.  There is a plan for Dolph, I just know it, but what it is I’m not sure.  Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be pushing The Show Off this hard if they didn’t see something special and something Championship-worthy in him.  As much as I would have loved to have seen a Triple Threat Match at Backlash, this singles competition between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship is going to be awesome!