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Posts Tagged ‘ The Miz ’

The Ballance Sheet #9: Mid Term Report

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Hope 2014’s been good to you, folks. My own is going pretty well, all told. Here’s a few bits and pieces on the last six months.

WEDDING CRASHERS
Well, technically we were invited, and it was actually at the very end of 2013, but I’ll include it here, anyway. My blog, after all… I wrestled at a wedding reception just after Christmas last year in the Radisson in Galway, working a singles match with Bam Katraz, and a tag match against him and Omen, where I teamed with Tucker. An interesting experience, and certainly the best-dressed audience I’ve ever worked for! The crowd- mostly non-wrestling fans (muggles)- were appreciative, though probably a little perplexed at the same time. It was after dinner, though, so I’d say a bit of the ol’ gargle helped matters. No hiptoss into the wedding cake or superkicking the father of the bride mid-speech, unfortunately, but it was a grand evening nonetheless. Continue reading

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Wrestlemania 30: End Of One Era, Beginning Of Another

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Wrestlemania 30 turned out to be quite an extravaganza, with spectacular colours and personalities right from the off, along with a number of entertaining cameos from old faces, as well as a number of genuine shocks in matches throughout the night, which was sure to have been a big success for the WWE.

The night kicked off with a few words from the event’s host, Hulk Hogan. Hogan made his way down to the ring with his classic entrance music, and the place went wild. As he got talking about the history of the event, he was interrupted by some striking entrance music; that of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold made his way down to the ring to stir up the crowd a bit, and he whipped them into a frenzy at the prospect of him kicking Hogan’s ass. That didn’t materialise, however, as he said he had too much respect for what Hogan had done for the business. Shortly after this, he was interrupted himself, as The Rock made his way down to the ring. The crowd roared, as three of the all-time fan favourites occupied the ring at the same time and, although there was some notable mic rustiness from the three, they got great cheers as they rattled through their catchphrases and downed some beers.

The first match of the night saw Triple H taking on Daniel Bryan, with the winner going on to take part in the World Heavyweight Title triple threat main event match. Triple H came down to the ring on a huge throne, with a tremendous golden crown, as well as armour, adorned upon him. Bryan had come down with his shoulder heavily strapped, having re-injured it during his attack on Triple H on Raw, but he brought the fight to his opponent early. He landed a barrage of kicks on The Game, before the Cerebral Assassin’s size and power advantage took over. Triple H landed a number of heavy blows on the leader of the yes movement, working hard on the injured shoulder. He put Bryan in a number of crossface-style submission holds, to inflict maximum damage. But Bryan would not go down or tap out, and he kept fighting back hard. Triple H landed a couple of Pedigrees, but couldn’t keep Bryan down for a three count. Bryan had to land a couple of running knees himself before actually pulling off the victory, but it did not end there. Stephanie McMahon, who had been at ringside throughout, slapped Bryan several times after the match, before Triple H attacked him from behind, and hit his injured shoulder with a steel chair, raising doubts about his ability to compete in the main event.

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2K Sports Announce Improvements And Roster For WWE 2K14

sheamus2k Sports have announced the entire roster for the upcoming WWE 2K14 game.

The list tops off WWE 2K14’s previously revealed roster for 30 Years of WrestleMania — a mode that allows players to relive famous matches from yesteryear. 2K Sports recently revealed all five eras in the mode, which span from “Hulkamania Runs Wild” to the “Universe Era.”

The roster reveal has thrown up some surprises with the omission of Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, Rob Van Dam , Fandango, The Uso Brothers, The Wyatt Family and Big E Langston. All are likely to feature as Downloadable Content (DLC) in the near future. Antonio Cesaro and Ryback take their bow on the full roster having served as DLC in WWE 13.

The Shield make their much anticipated debut in a WWE game that offers The Ultimate Warrior as a pre order bonus. Macho Man Randy Savage also debuts in this new title which 2K have taken over from THQ.  Continue reading

The Ballance Sheet #4 : Smart Fans Allow Wrestlers To Up Their Game

The crowd at the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw this week was, I think many would agree, one of the rowdiest and liveliest that WWE have had in quite some time. While some of the reactions weren’t the ones desired- particularly for the Sheamus/Orton match and Ryback’s heel turn- the noise throughout the night, from some of the bizarre antics and chants, made for an exceptionally entertaining show.

The crowd at the Izod Center in New Jersey was quite different from your regular episode of Raw, in that it was composed of holidaying die-hard fans from all over the world; a so-called “smart mark” audience. Get a “smart” audience on your side, and you’re pretty much made. Lose them, though, and the reaction you get could border on vitriolic, as seen from Sheamus and Orton’s match. Such is the interesting dichotomy of this particular branch of the wrestling audience. Continue reading

Wrestlemania 29 Review

Before I get into reviewing the show proper, I would just like to acknowledge the great atmosphere I was lucky to be a part of whilst watching Wrestlemania this year. Showtime Cinema Limerick decided to put the event on in one of their big screens, allowing fans who usually have to watch the showcase of the immortals quietly in their living rooms to engage in a fantastic experience with those in attendance making it very clear who they liked and disliked and creating an atmosphere you thrive on as a wrestling fan. It had to be the funniest and most exciting viewing of Wrestlemania I have ever had and if Showtime decide to run again, and I don’t see why they would not as the place was a near sell-out in one of the biggest screens, I would definitely recommend anybody from the Limerick or surrounding counties to partake in what is guaranteed to be a memorable night.

The pre-show was exactly what you would expect, mainly just last-minute hype videos and skits in order to get last-minute fence sitters to purchase Wrestlemania. The featured match of the pre-show saw defending intercontinental champion Wade Barrett taking on The Miz. Many people were frustrated in the buildup to Mania when they discovered this match would not make the pay-per-view proper. Never the less the two had a fun albeit short match with the Wade bringing back his infamous wasteland move for the night. However it was Miz who would pick up the win and his second Intercontinental championship by locking in the figure four leg lock in a very unique fashion and making Barrett tap out. Naturally The Miz celebrated ecstatically however the whole pre-show seemed underwhelming and the match seemed to lack any real credibility or prestige. Continue reading

Fallout From Elimination Chamber Opens The Road To Wrestlemania

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What a perfect time for me to write my very first wrestling review, as every year the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and the subsequent episode of WWE Raw are amongst the most exciting for wrestling fans. It was this period five years ago that really reignited my passion for wrestling. Continue reading

Titanic Battle Set To Encapsulate Wrestlemania

Irish News Review casts an eagerly anticipating eye over the Wrestlemania card as our very own superstar Sheamus goes in search of title glory tomorrow night .

John Cena V The Rock

These two icons clash for the first time at Wrestlemania in the The Rock’s home town of Miami. In a match that has been over a year in the making, John Cena will be looking to defy the odds and topple the self proclaimed great one.

Cena has fallen prey to The Rock on two occasions. At last year’s Wrestlemania, where The Rock served as guest host for the night, he hit his signature rock bottom on the Massachusetts native allowing his opponent The Miz to get the win and retain his title.

A few months down the line the duo were forced to team together to battle The Miz and R-Truth at Survivor Series. The match culminated with Cena falling fowl to another rock bottom.

In recent weeks the duo have been poking fun at each other but when the dust settles who will be the last man laughing?

 The Undertaker V Triple H (W/Shawn Michaels as ref)

Two of the most decorated individuals ever to enter a wrestling ring will square off inside Hell in a Cell. The question on everyone’s lips is whether Triple H can become the man to end The Undertaker’s 19 match winning streak at Wrestlemania.

The Game battled valiantly against The Deadman at last year’s event but fell short despite delivering three pedigrees to his opponent.

This will be the third time the duo have squared off at the showcase event and few would bet against Undertaker losing his streak however with Shawn Michaels acting as special guest referee  who knows what may happen. 

Team Teddy V Team Johnny

The WWE board of directors have signed up this 12 man tag match where the man behind the winning team will gain sole control of both Raw and Smackdown. Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis had enlisted the returning Christian, Dolph Ziggler, David Otunga, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger and The Miz to aid his cause. However after Christian suffered a reoccurrence of his injury on the final edition of Raw before Wrestlemania he has been replaced by Drew McIntyre. Smackdown General Manager has added Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston and WWE legend Booker T to Team Teddy.

WWE Championship match: CM Punk V Chris Jericho

This rivalry which has become personal in recent weeks will reach an exciting climax on the grandest stage of them all.

The returning Jericho first locked horns with CM Punk at the Elimination Chamber where a kick from Punk floored the Canadian, rendering him incapable of finishing the match.

One day later on Raw Jericho earned the right to battle Punk at Wrestlemania by winning a ten man battle royal.

Since Jericho’s victory he has poked fun at his straight edge opponent claiming the reason Punk lives the fine life is due to his upbringing by his alcoholic father. Jericho has also had a laugh at the expense of Punk’s sister which has sent the Second City Saviour into a fury. His claim that Punk is “the legal definition of a bastard” has also gotten inside the champion’s head.

At Wrestlemania he must unleash this fury which was evident on Raw when he injured Christian in order to maintain his WWE title and prove he is the better wrestler.

World Heavyweight Championship match: Daniel Bryan V Sheamus

Dubliner Sheamus takes to the ring in Miami looking to win his fourth top title in WWE. The two time WWE champion and one time United States Champion will have to be smart in planning a way to defeat the manipulative and crafty World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan.

The roles of the duo have reversed since Sheamus defeated Bryan last March. On that day the Royal Rumble was billed as the heel while Bryan was the fans favourite. Sheamus has come a long way since and has endeared himself to the fans while Bryan has done everything in his power to keep his coveted title, much to the annoyance of everyone around him. Bryan has sunk to low depths in order to defend his title including spitting in Sheamus’ face which caused the former Irish Whip Wrestling champion to snap and be disqualified during a recent match.

The duo will be eager to put on a top match this year having seen their scheduled match at last year’s card demoted to dark match status. 

 

Intercontinental title match: Cody Rhodes V Big Show

Although he holds countless accolades in his incredible WWE career, The Big Show has never won in singles competition at Wrestlemania. The giant will be looking to end this streak on April 1st when he battles Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental title.

Rhodes has been a thorn in the side of the Florida native, costing him the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber.

His brash and arrogant style has infuriated Show, whose Wrestlemania stands at 3-8, having won three tag team matches at the event.

Show will have to be at top form in order to topple the rising star of the WWE.  

Randy Orton V Kane

This match has ferociously developed since Randy Orton returned to the ring on March 2nd. Kane interrupted Orton`s return during his match with Daniel Bryan and began assaulting the Apex Predator. Since then Kane has developed something of an obsession with Orton and will be aiming to finish off The Viper at Wrestlemania.

The duo have been involved in a spate of brawls since and The Big Red Monster has revealed his aggro with Orton stems from his refusal to shake his hand after a gruelling street fight last year.

Kane has vowed to decimate Orton at Wrestlemania but there is little telling what will happen when these two larger than life forces meet. 

Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos V Beth Phoenix and Eve

The host of NBC’s Extra Maria Menounos is stepping back into the squared circle again to team up with Kelly Kelly to take on Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve at WrestleMania XXVIII.

It’s a match two years in the making, as Beth and Eve have been caught in a bitter rivalry since late 2009. Menounos, who scored a shocking pinfall victory over The Glamazon in an Eight-Diva Tag Team Match at WWE Tribute to the Troops in December, may face her toughest challenge yet in Miami, as both Beth and Eve want to teach a stern lesson to the Dancing with the Stars competitor.

The tag titles will also be up for grabs in a special pre Wrestlemania match to be shown at wwe.com as Primo and Epico defend the gold against the Uso Brothers and the newly formed team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.

 

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