Back on the 25th March 2002, on Raw, the landscape of the WWE changed completely. That was the date of the inaugural WWE Draft – and the beginning of the Brand Extension.
In June 2006 the Brand Extension changed again with the revival of ECW as the third brand in the company. As I’m sure we all remember, it started out as a tribute to the extreme style of the original ECW with the return of various ECW alumni, but it quickly developed into a watered down, generic WWE TV show. It still served a purpose though as an enhancement show. It was eventually replaced in February 2010 by a purpose built development show known as NXT.
And the final nail was hammered into the coffin of the Brand Extension in August last year, as Supershows became the norm, allowing superstars from both brands to appear on both shows. The concept of each show having exclusive rosters was just quietly dropped, but the absence of the annual draft from 2012 was the final confirmation – if it was needed – that it was no more.
The very existence of the Brand Extension has been a contentious point since then, with some arguing that it is needed for the good of WWE television, while others argue that it was never necessary in the first place. Here I try to look at both sides, and weigh up both arguments. Read More
The first time a new world champion is crowned is a landmark moment for the WWE. It is a sign that the company is willing to put their faith into someone new: they trust someone different to be the face of the entire corporation. So how do they make sure they aren’t putting their faith into the wrong person? How can they definitely know they aren’t making a mistake? Read More
I’m back! After a short, unscheduled hiatus (for which I apologise) I have returned to the world of wrestling blogging! First things first, best wishes to Jerry Lawler. Here’s hoping he recovers soon and returns to the commentary desk before long! I know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t like the commentary team right now on Raw, but no one wishes this kind of thing to happen to anybody. Also a lot of credit goes to Michael Cole, Bret Hart, John Cena, CM Punk and everyone else who went out and performed on Raw for the way they handled the situation.
But in true WWE style, the show must go on, and their next show is the Night of Champions PPV in just under 23 hours time! There are 7 matches announced, plus a pre-show battle royal. So, without further ado, here we go! Read More
As always when I get around to writing a predictions column, it’s nearly here, the biggest party of the summer is nearly here. Only this time, it’s been spoiled. Spoiled, by a perfect storm… apparently. Let’s get right to it, with 8 matches announced (including the pre-show). Read More
I haven’t written anything about the recent momentous Raw until now because I was deliberately holding off until I saw this week’s Raw to put it into perspective and see how certain story lines progressed. I do have some thoughts on the event, as seen below… Read More
It’s nearly here, the Money In The Bank pay-per-view is tomorrow night and it’s one I’m really looking forward to – partially because it’s one I’m watching, and partially because I’ve always been a fan of ladder matches. I ran down who I thought was likely to win a week or two ago, and I will evaluate the 3 additions to the World Title MitB match later in my predictions. There are only 4 announced matches on the card, which makes me hopeful that all 4 will get a good amount of time, even with the expected addition of a squash or divas match. Read More
Chris Jericho has had a long and successful career in wrestling. Having won 30 championships across the 3 biggest wrestling promotions in the 90s, and being able to call himself the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion, he must be a future hall of famer. But is his storied in-ring career coming to an end? Read More
July 15th. WWE Money In The Bank. The day everything suddenly becomes so unpredictable.
Just look at last year’s event. 2 days before the show, Smackdown’s MitB winner Daniel Bryan lost to fellow match participant Cody Rhodes on Smackdown. And the WWE Title match was an enthralling battle from the moment Punk sat down on Raw with a microphone. Granted Alberto was practically guaranteed to win, but there was still a question over whether or not he would cash in on the same night.
This year, for the first time, the matches will be interpromotional – superstars from both brands will compete in each match, and the briefcase will represent a title instead of a brand. Another change for this year is that only former WWE Champions can take part in the WWE Championship Money In The Bank match. I would expect more men to be added to the WWE Title MitB match (perhaps Rey Mysterio or The Miz), while more qualifying matches for the World Title MitB match have been announced for next week’s shows. We already know 9 of the men who will compete though, so here are my thoughts on the chances of each man in the hunt for a briefcase, starting with the World Title MitB. Read More
Welcome to my predictions for the first No Way Out pay per view since 2009. The selling point of the show is Cena v Big Show, which will both take place inside a steel cage and culminate in someone being fired. Without further ado, let’s get into the point of the article! Read More
When CM Punk won the title last year, he vowed to be a long term champion. At the time, a world champion with a long reign was very unusual on both brands – the WWE title had been passed around John Cena, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio (briefly) and Alberto Del Rio, and the World Heavyweight Championship had been passed around Christian, Randy Orton and Mark Henry. All of this undermined the credibility of the championships and the wrestlers – as it looked like there was no-one that bit better than the others who really deserved to hold the belt. While some may see this as a good thing: it shows that the main event scenes are more competitive now, the most successful period in the history of the business – the Attitude Era – featured similar circumstances between Steve Austin, The Rock, HHH, Kurt Angle; it cannot be denied that long reigns make that moment when a new champion is crowned feel more special. Read More
First of all, I want to apologise to anybody reading. At the end of the last set of predictions, I said I was working on an article looking at the main event scene in the WWE, but because of exams (and the World Heavyweight Championship match tonight) it has been put on hold, possibly permanently.
Anyways, there’s a PPV tonight, with 5 announced matches… Read More