Thoughts of a Pleb: What’s going on?

It’s Wrestlemania season here in the WWE, but you wouldn’t know it. With the WWE champion having been missing for a couple of weeks, the undercard feeling rushed; it’s fair to say the the build for the biggest show of the year has felt a little lacklustre. Read More

Thoughts of a Pleb: So Much News!

Over the last week there have been quite a few big news stories in the wrestling world. They have created a big buzz among the online wrestling fanbase, and for good reason. They are all things that are significant in the WWE looking forward to Wrestlemania or beyond, and lo and behold on a wrestling blog, I have some thoughts about them.

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Elimination Chamber 2013 Predictions

We are at the last stop on the road to Wrestlemania! Elimination Chamber is here, and the main event is the rematch between CM Punk and The Rock for the WWE Championship. Also on the card is the second televised match of The Shield, and a No.1 Contender Elimination Chamber Match to see who will challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 29! There are 3 other matches on the show, plus a pre-show tag-team match that features the Team Rhodes Scholars Reunion. Read More

Royal Rumble Predictions

The road to Wrestlemania starts tonight at the second biggest show of the year – the Royal Rumble! There are 4 matches announced for tonight plus a United States Title defence on the pre-show. This time of year is when the quality really increases, so a lot of fans are starting to get excited about the product again, and with good reason.

I said before that I’m not going to cover Divas matches in these prediction columns – if the WWE doesn’t care then why should we? For what it’s worth, there isn’t even a Divas match booked, more evidence for my previous statement. And I sometimes put in predictions or the pre-show matches, from now on unless I have something specific to say about them I’ll put a prediction for a result and no more. Tonight the pre-show is The Miz vs Antonio Cesaro for the United States Championship. I’m picking Cesaro to retain. And without further ado…

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Looking At The Rumble And Beyond: What If

There’s been a lot of hype about the WWE recently, and with good reason. Raw turned 20, the WWE champion CM Punk returned to action, The Rock came back, and the road to Wrestlemania is about to start – kicking off with the Royal Rumble this Sunday.

As we all know, the show will be main evented by those two men I mentioned above – CM Punk and The Rock – facing each other for the biggest prize in the industry. It seems to be generally accepted that Rocky will be winning the belt – but what if he doesn’t? I’m going to take a look at just some of the possible scenarios for the Royal Rumble 2013 and beyond… Read More

TLC Predictions 2012

Hey guys! Yep that’s right I’m still here. I know, what’re the odds! Anyways, WWE TLC is later on tonight, so it’s prediction time again! I’m sure we all remember last year when Daniel Bryan finally cashed in his money in the bank contract and won the World Heavyweight Championship! This year that briefcase is once again the centre of attention, but more on that later. There are 6 matches on the card, so here we go! Read More

Survivor Series Predictions

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So in case you didn’t know, Survivor Series is tonight. Yep, I know. Yes it has only been 3 weeks since Hell In A Cell, you’re right. Yes that shorter time to build the event definitely had made the WWE look like idiots who are booking shows as they happen and don’t understand the concept of long term planning. Yes we do have 6 matches tonight including the pre-show. Read More

Hell In A Cell Predictions

First off, an apology. I had planned on posting an article about draft picks long before now, but unfortunately I was delayed and it got to the point where, half an hour before the show starts, I thought it might be a good idea to move on to the preview. Also a quick request to share this with any wrestling fans you know out there, by sharing us using the links at the bottom of the post, and to get involved since there’s nothing better than a bit of discussion!

So we’ve finally arrived at the show that mostly feels like The Title vs The Streak, and without further ado let’s move on to the matches! Read More

Plebeian Point of View: The Brand Extension

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

Thoughts of a Pleb: Testing the Waters

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