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Nadia Ageli (August 13, 1991) is a Welsh professional wrestler, entertainer, promoter, former beauty queen, and former model. As a professional wrestler she is known by her ring names Nadia, Nadia Sapphire, and Princess Nadia. She is a highly skilled technical wrestler and uses the Chronicles of Nadia as her finisher.

Ageli started training at the age of 14 and at the age of 16 she moved to Swindon, England to train at the 4 Front Wrestling School. She made her debut in January of 2008 where she worked for 4 Front Wrestling and Celtic Wrestling. She wrestled briefly between 2008 and 2009 before making a return four years later in August 2013 after a serious knee injury. During 2014, Nadia wrestled for 4FW, Leicester Championship Wrestling Roses, Kamikaze Pro, ICW fierce females, New Breed Wrestling Association, HXC wrestling, Total Action wrestling, Wrestling store, Best of British wrestling, lady sports, BECW, UCW, CWF, SWF, AWW and UK Main Event Wrestling.

By following specific Independent Wrestlers and reading about their storied careers, I was able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview which allows them to share with us their story. My next interview was conducted with a highly familiar name from the UK, Nadia Sapphire. Recently I was able to catch up with Nadia and she was gracious enough to put a halt to her busy schedule to discuss her career, future, and accomplishments. This is what she had to say.

How long have you been wrestling?

Well technically you could say I started training at 14 years old and made my debut at 16. I had a setback with a serious knee injury at 18 that forced me out of action for nearly 2 years.  Unfortunately, I had to take off another 2 years due to personal reasons, which didn’t allow me to fully regain my true form until April 2013. I’ve been back for almost 2 years now and so far feel great. As you can see, with the many gaps in between, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how long I have been performing.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?

Coming back from my knee injury and personal issues was a big thing for me at the time. Being able to work my way back from such extraordinary circumstances was a feat in itself. It was an extremely challenging time, both mentally and physically, that tested my passion to a whole new level.

As an Independent wrestler, do you pay attention or follow other federations?

Regardless of what people say I love the WWE.  This is where my dreams and visions began. The WWE is the main reason why I chose my profession and why I fell in love with the sport of professional wrestling.  I’m an avid watcher and a true fan.

What would be your dream match?

I’d love to work a match with Trish Stratus as she was my idol growing up.  I’d also love to work with Molly Holly. I feel because of her style, I could really learn a lot from her in the ring.

What separates you from other female wrestlers?

It is 2 things; my character and confidence. I’m not afraid to make myself look silly, as I am very careful not to take anything too serious. One of the most important virtues of my personality is that I don’t have an ego. I let nothing stand in the way of success.

Who are/were some of your favorite wrestlers and why?

Not to mimic my comments from earlier, but growing up it was Trish Stratus. She dominated the women’s division for 6 years and gave it stability. She was beautiful, had charisma, had physicality, and for me she’s my all time dear.

What needs to be accomplished in your eyes to be able to look back and call your career a success once it’s over?

I want to travel the world performing in the many arenas for professional wrestling. In doing so, I would be one of the most talked about female wrestlers in the UK. This would hopefully lead to me working for one of the major companies to compete as one of their attractions.

***Hopefully you enjoyed this interview and learned some new and interesting things about Nadia Ageli. I would like to personally thank Nadia for taking the time to share with me her stories so I could share them with all of you. For more info on Nadia Ageli you can follow her on Twitter @nadia_ageli for all of her up-to-date events and information.

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It sounds all too familiar and resonates well among many TNA followers. What’s that you ask? It’s the footsteps of another franchise wrestler walking away from the company. How can Dixie Carter let Samoa Joe leave? How will his void be filled? These are the similar questions we all asked ourselves when A.J Styles decided to get up and do the same thing. Samoa Joe is known as being one of the hardest workers in the wrestling world. He is a perfectionist at the sport he loves to contribute to, which is why there are so many, including his peers in disbelief.

Samoa Joe is a household name that brings respect and talent to whatever federation he represents. He is a special kind of talent based on his size and in-ring ability. His has had a sensational career up to this point rounding out his accolades from TNA, Japan, and ROH. Before debuting in TNA in June 2005, Joe competed in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he held the ROH World Championship for a record 21 months. Throughout his career, he has won numerous championships, including a dozen between ROH, TNA, and Japan.  He’s held the following titles:

  • ROH World Championship
  • ROH Pure Championship
  • TNA World Heavyweight Championship
  •  X Division Championship (5X)
  • TNA World Tag Team Championships (2X)
  •  TNA Television Championship
  • Japanese GHC Tag Team Champion
  • 2005 Super X Cup Tournament
  • 2008 King of the Mountain match (the only one to retain the world championship in the match)
  • TNA Triple Crown
  • TNA Grand Slam

We are talking about an extremely accomplished wrestler and one who is now looking for a new adventure. So why would he walk away? What were his contractual demands? The only people who will ever know the truth are Joe and Dixie, so let’s put all the speculations to rest and come to grips with what happens next.

Well, as much as it pains me to elaborate, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t bring up the WWE factor. It seems like every time a wrestler leaves each perspective company, the other alliance gets mentioned. If we look at Joe’s complete body of work and understand that at the age of 35 (36 on March 17) he still is primed for a notorious run, you would think it is a no brainer. Well, think again.

As much as I can envision Joe entering an arena for Monday Night Raw, I highly doubt it will happen. The same questions of utilization, character and schedule all come into play. Let’s not forget that one of the main reasons why so many wrestlers walk away from the WWE is the amount of time spent on the road and working throughout the year. TNA does not have the same demands of a fulltime WWE schedule and only superstars such as Brock Lesnar and The Rock usually warrant special consideration from following the same guidelines.  Unfortunately, as much as my inner fan would love to see Samoa Joe in a WWE Ring, the professional side of me knows that it’s a long shot.

Could his plan be to wait it out and see what the WWE is all about? Could he be primed to be the man who puts an end to the streak of Rusev? Or would the WWE make him into be an embarrassment of character just like they did with the last Japanese traditionalist in Tensai? Vince and his creative team have a genius way of taking good gimmicks from other federations and turning them into borderline comics inside their own arena. I would hate to see that happen to Samoa Joe.

Another example of this notion is Bubba Ray. In the WWE, he was seen as part of a historical and electric tag team, but overall as a gimmick wrestler that everyone looked at as the goofy boy in the lunch room.  In TNA, Bully Ray was seen as a franchise leading World Champion who would be headlining the biggest PPV’s and live event during the course of the year. Now this is what I call a huge difference in creative vision.

We could also look at the positive side of things and see an epic battle of big men with strength, charisma and ability in Joe and Kevin Owens. If you even throw Bray Wyatt into to the mix we could have 3 impactful wrestlers that could put on a great show and give the fans something to be excited about. I know it’s a stretch, but this triple threat could keep the WWE interest level at its highest point since we had The Rock, Stone Cold, and Triple H all in their prime. Obviously, these guys aren’t on that level, but in this era they could be the best thing going today.

Well, now that the dream is over let’s talk reality. Vince or Triple H do not think highly of any wrestler from the WCW/TNA mold, which is why that crazy notion of Samoa Joe being offered a tryout on NXT is not a complete joke, but a slap in the face of a wrestler that could come in and instantly be better than 90% of their current roster.  So the odds are that ROH battles and internet matches are in the near future for “The Samoan Submission Machine.” This isn’t want most WWE fans want to hear, but for the reputation and image of Samoa Joe, it may be the next best thing!

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In the world of professional wrestling the independent circuit is a very active alliance that are referred to as Indy promotions or Indies. The advent of the Internet has allowed independent wrestlers and promotions to reach a wider audience and make it possible for wrestlers regularly working the Indy circuit to gain a measure of fame among wrestling fans online. Additionally, some of the more successful Indies have video distribution deals, giving them an additional source of income allowing them to reach a larger audience outside of their local areas. For these wrestlers, this is a way of life and the making of a career they love to be involved with.

We all know about the list of Indy wrestlers such as Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles, but there are many more, male and female, who are making a career in the circuit, and should get their proper due. By following these wrestlers and reading about their storied careers, I was able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview which allows them to share with us their story. My first interview was conducted with Queen of VALKYRIE Women’s Professional Wrestling Kacee Carlisle.

Kacee Carlisle (February 11, 1980) is a female wrestler who has wrestled prominently throughout the Independent circuit. She has wrestled for many promotions including NWA, VALKYRIE, 1CW, Elite Pro, OMEGA, ACW, and WXW-C4.
Kacee began watching wrestling at the age of eight, fell in love with the sport, and decided immediately that she too would one day be a professional wrestler. Kacee broke into the wrestling business in 1998 as a manager affiliated with wrestler Shorty Smalls. Due to commitments away from the ring her appearances were few and far between until 2003, when she resurfaced at a HoPWF show in Hagerstown, MD. She continued to manage on a regular basis for the next two years until July 30, 2005 when, on a joint WXW/VCW show held in Olney, VA, Kacee wrestled in her first match against Krissy Vaine. Since then Kacee has worked hard to earn the respect of both her peers and the fans, becoming known as one of the most traveled, hardest-hitting and toughest women in the ring today.

Kacee’s signature style of old school roughness combined with a touch of femininity makes her easily recognizable to fans and opponents alike. To date, Kacee has wrestled in 18 different states and has held numerous championship titles along the way, most notably the prestigious NWA Women’s World Title.

Over the past several years Kacee has been voted the Wrestler of the Year for several promotions, wrestling news websites and fan polls. In 2011 she was ranked #46 in PWI Magazine’s Top 50 Females in professional wrestling, climbed in the ranks to #40 in 2012 and in 2013 made a huge leap in the rankings to #7. Kacee continued to enjoy a high ranking in 2014, coming in at #18. She is also ranked in PWI’s online ratings and monthly magazine ratings on a regular basis.

You’re not going to see Kacee Carlisle climbing to the top turnbuckle, flying through the air or launching herself off the ring ropes anytime soon. The tough Mid-Atlantic wrestler is not in the ring looking to win any acrobatic contests. She’s in the ring to beat the crap out of somebody!

So forget the frog-splashes and 450-degree flips. You won’t find them in Kacee’s arsenal of weapons. Instead, you’ll find plenty of forearm smashes, DDTs, suplexes, clotheslines and other bone-shattering moves designed to beat up and devastate whoever dares to step into the ring against her!

Recently I was able to catch up with Kacee and ask her if she were available for a quick interview. She was gracious enough to put a halt to her busy schedule to discuss her career, future, and accomplishments. This is what she had to say.

How long have you been wrestling?

I have been wrestling for nearly 10 years. My first match took place on July 30, 2005 in Olney, VA and was against Krissy Vaine. Prior to my in-ring career, I worked as a manager for some time, beginning in 1998. My appearances were very sporadic until 2003 when I began working much more regularly. My interactions during matches continued to grow and led to the start of my wrestling career in 2005.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?

I consider that to be my reign as the NWA Women’s World Champion. To hold a Title with such a rich and important history to our business, and with such a legacy, in itself is an honor. I am proud to say I had a lengthy reign; 462 days as Champion. For me, to grow up as an obsessed professional wrestling fan watching it on TV every time it aired, reading about it in every magazine I could get my hands on and buying as many tapes as I could, made me feel lucky enough to have a wrestling career in the first place. The fact that I became NWA Women’s World Champion was such a humbling and amazing experience that will forever live on in my mind.

As an Indy wrestler, do you pay attention or follow other federations?

Absolutely! I pay attention to everything I possibly can. Being an independent wrestler, I have to be! I am a very firm believer in being as educated as possible about the business as a whole. I take my career very seriously and to me, part of that means being as familiar as possible with promotions in various areas, my peers, etc. After all, I want to work in as many areas and with as many different companies as I can. It’s part of my job to be familiar with the company, their product, their roster, etc. All of those details end up playing a role in whether or not I feel it’s a company I would like to have a chance of being part of.

What would be your dream match?

My dream match would have been a match between Sherri Martel and me. I watched Sherri as a fan growing up, both her in-ring career and as a manager. I always had an admiration of her and her talents. She was truly great, and I would have loved the chance to share the ring with her and have that experience.

What separates you from other female wrestlers?

Thinking of me as a complete package is what could separate me from the pack. I believe myself to be a unique mix, in my look and my style, as well as a business woman. Look-wise, I’m a decent sized girl with some size and strength, but at the same time I maintain a fairly feminine and-sometimes-softer side as well. In the ring I’m a hard hitting, snarling, in your face obnoxious bad girl who is willing to do anything I need to in order to get the win,  but still not afraid to mix it up with different styles of wrestling and different opponents to meet the challenges I face. Outside of the ring my focus is always on my work ethic and professionalism. I am always working on my career in some way, whether it’s seeking bookings with new promotions, working on my website or new merchandise, studying match videos, helping to promote the events I’m part of, or participating in interviews! I also do my best to be a true professional in every way, something I take very seriously and pride myself on.

What needs to be accomplished in your eyes to be able to look back and call your career a success once it’s over?

Honestly I never expected to reach the level of success that I already have. If you had told me when I was that little girl watching TV or even the night I wrestled my first match that I would accomplish some of the things I have, I would have laughed at you. Right now I’m looking at the end of July, as that will mark my 10 year anniversary being an active wrestler. Reaching that point has been a goal of mine. I also want to wrestle in as many different states as I can, as well as going international somewhere at some point. I’ve been so lucky and fortunate; all I can hope for is that it continues.

***Hopefully you enjoyed this interview and learned some new and interesting things about Kacee Carlisle. I would like to personally thank Kacee for taking the time to share with me her stories so I could share them with all of you. For more info on Kacee Carlisle you follow her on her site, kaceecarlisle.com and YouTube channel youtube.com/user/KaceeCarlisle.

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It seems like just yesterday when we were speaking of Daniel Bryan being relegated to mid-card hell and being left out of the WWE Championship equation. Just like everyday life, things can change in a hurry. This is what happened as Bryan is back in the mix as he competes against Royal Rumble Winner Roman Reigns in match to decide who will go on to main event WM 31.

Daniel Bryan is one of the most popular Superstars that WWE has seen in a very long time.  The Yes man has worked his way up from mid-card hell to main event prominence in a very short time frame. Bryan’s journey from WWE’s entry-level to championship-caliber Superstar was witnessed by the world.  Fans saw a man with a lot hype come into WWE and not impress. He seemed to be an internet sensation that still wasn’t overly recognized by the WWE fanbase. This is one of the main reasons Bryan found himself in an uphill battle for respect as well as an opportunity to show he had what it takes to be successful on wrestling’s grand stage.

Fans all around the world know about his past history as another preliminary WWE creative mistake. The man who seemed to be going nowhere fast has become one of the elite performers in WWE.  He has earned a reputation for being a guy who gets it done in the ring and delivers every time he is on live TV.  The win at WrestleMania 30 became the absolute high point of his career and solidified his way into the WWE history books.

Many protagonists have stood in a WWE ring and claimed that the fans were the reason for their success.  Yes, the fans had spoken, but Bryan still had to capitalize on the momentum.  The Yes movement was developed to portray him as a held down superstar, who need to reach deep down to overcome the Authority.

We have had this conversation before through the article and response threads to come up with the same conclusion; Vince McMahon does what makes sense, not what the fans tell him to do. The fans may come into play when there is a dire need for a direction change, but to say the Championship revolves around who the universe deems is worthy is a callous statement to make.

We are all well aware of what happened at the Royal Rumble and the tumultuous rounds of boos that continued throughout the match as soon as Bryan was eliminated. The crowd had been denied what it wanted, and it let the world know it. Still this doesn’t mean that now he will be the next champion. Fans often voice their anger over moves that they feel should not happen and will continue to do so in the future.

Fans typically believe in a guy like Bryan who tends to rise up and beat the odds. A wrestler who creates his own path and shows the blue-collar work ethic that many can relate to, will always tend to go over well. I honestly feel the reason why Cena and Reigns do not go over as well is because the fans feel like these guys are pushed in front of us on a daily basis for approval. If they liked Reigns that much, they would support him, regardless of whether they believed he had earned a main event spot.

Reigns, to the dismay of many, was heavily booed as he stood victorious at the end of the Royal Rumble with his hand raised high by The Rock. This is similar to what happened when Batista won the Rumble, which ultimately led to a triple threat match being planned for WrestleMania. In the same fashion, Roman Reigns now becomes Batista, the next Royal Rumble Winner to have to fight for his spot in WrestleMania.

The newly labeled WWE Fastlane will feature Daniel Bryan battling Reigns for the right to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.  Some feel Bryan would not be in this spot had it not been for the fans’ need to see him get a fair shake.  I completely disagree. Reigns did not get the reaction they were hoping for or expecting, so they decided to change direction a little bit to ultimately get to their goal of creating an exciting main event for WM31. There has been some recent chatter as to creative leaning towards a triple threat at WrestleMania, which would not only be a better match, but would raise more speculations as to who will walk out as WWE Champion. In my opinion, Daniel Bryan would put on a much better show against Lesnar. I think WWE knows this and is one of the main reasons why Bryan was inserted. Will it be a triple threat match at WM31? Could Brock Lesnar retain? Is the Daniel Bryan move to add momentum to a stale lead up to WrestleMania? Does he have a legitimate chance to win?

There are so many questions to be answered with many different directions. I am curious to see what you guys think as to what will happen and the WWE will proceed with this angle. See you in the threads!

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I have remained fairly silent in the Marcus Mariota case for some time, but now it’s time to step up and keep it real. The constant bickering amongst radio hosts, television personalities, newspaper reporters and fans is becoming redundant to say the least. To be honest, it has become downright nauseating.  There is one constant that remains in the midst of this discussion and that is winning.  The City of chipBrotherly Love has some of the most passionate and intelligent fans around and they have no problem making their opinions felt.  Chip Kelly was brought here 2 years ago with the goal of bringing a long-awaited Super Bowl to the City of Philadelphia. He was sold to the fans as an innovator of offensive production and a mad scientist in regards to scheme. When a scientist is conducting an experiment, doesn’t he need the proper chemicals to produce his hypothesis? Or can he use similar ingredients to produce the same result? These are the same 2 questions that will inevitably seal the fate of the Philadelphia Eagles and their new era coach.

The Eagles have completed their second straight 10-6 season, but fell short of making the playoffs. After recapping the season, the slowed direction can be pointed to many areas such as the Defense and injuries as to why it wasn’t as successful as their roster dictated. We all know about the mid-season collapse and the cornerback tandem that couldn’t get in front of an 85-year-old woman in a breakfast buffet line. Yes, if the CB’s hold up and do not cost us 2 games we would have indeed made the playoffs. So in hindsight, we get to lose another playoff game and get an even worse pick than we have right now. I’m sorry, but that still doesn’t help me classify it as a successful season.

We still have an issue no matter what way you look at it. That issue is Nick Foles. I know foleseveryone is going to talk about his illustrious 27-2 TD/INT ratio and his electric 119 QB rating from 2013. Next will be the decimated offensive line he played with in 2014 before he was injured. Either way, I have one question for all of you; “If you were a GM, would you be willing to put your future in the hands of Nick Foles? Is he the guy you pay to take you to the big dance?” If you have any hesitation to these questions, then you need to go all in and at least make the effort to get Marcus Mariota.

Marcus Mariota could be the future franchise QB of the Eagles or he could be the next Matt Leinart. This scenario always comes into play, but I feel you are doing the franchise a disservice if you do not even make an effort to try. In my opinion, we will never get an opportunity to see Chip run the offense he wants to run if Mariota isn’t wearing green next year. If that’s the case, why even bring Chip Kelly here. Without the right piece to the blueprint, it becomes just another average drawing that is overpriced and underused.

One of the other concerns I hear many people speculate on is mortgaging the future on a guy who may not even work out. Those people need to tell me what the Eagles will be giving up that is so damaging to the franchise? Two #1 draft picks, who for sake of argument will be in the late 20’s and most likely will wind up being a red-shirted NFL freshman or a retired fireman who may have a dream.  Come on people, grow a set and take a chance. You wanted Chip here and you got him. Now let him prove you wrong by giving him what he needs to run his system.

After watching the NFL Playoffs, the teams involved had one thing the Eagles didn’t, a Franchise QB. The only stiff that wasn’t was Andy Dalton and you see how far he took the Bengals. Please tell me who, fletcherout of that group, you would take Nick Foles over? I understand Foles is a good QB and has shown flashes of brilliance, but is there enough evidence for you to pay him like Aaron Rodgers or even Matt Ryan? If you have to pay that kind of money for a QB, especially one who is shaky, what will be left to pay guys like Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks? Now we are talking about sacrificing the heart of your defense and interior of its youth. Any good analyst will tell you that you can build a great defense through rounds 2-5 in the draft, all of which are doable without a first round pick.

The whole dynamic of this upcoming draft and trade up possibilities have the city of Philadelphia buzzing louder than a beehive full of infected yellow jackets feasting on some honey.  In my perfect scenario the Eagles can draft Mariota, resign Sanchez, and build the defense through the draft and free agency.  Will it happen, who knows? As a football fan and media personality, I just wanted to make my opinion felt with an open format instead of a bunch of statistical data and historical premises. Hopefully I have succeeded in my mission. I will now bow out gracefully and wait for the barrage of comments that are already headed my way……

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As we continue on the road to WrestleMania 31 we have seen the buildup of many feuds, but there seems to be one thing missing. We are well on our way and still there has been no direct sign of The Undertaker. The Deadman has left a legacy of returning somewhere in the month of February to start giving us a sense of his darkness. But this year, so much as his name hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

We all know about the match that was supposed to happen, but let’s focus on that match the looks like it is going to happen instead. In what would be an intriguing battle of two sadistic minds, the WWE seems to be leaning towards Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker in a match that is based on a war of darkness and evil. In a confrontation that would include a ton of compelling promo work, it would be interesting to see if Taker would pass the torch to Bray, who many see as The Phenom of the modern day.

Bray Wyatt could be the perfect opponent for The Undertaker and the WWE universe as a whole. He is an up and coming superstar who already captivates the audience with his words and in-ring ability. There are many scenarios that could play out in this match, but either way it could prove to be electric.

One vision in my mind is making this somewhat of a gimmick match, leaving us all clamoring around to wonder what will happen next. My vision is based on the fact that the streak is over, so what else is there to build on? What if The Undertaker brought back some of his sadistic Ministry of Darkness promos to go against Bray Wyatt’s Sister of Abigail flirtations? There is also a rumor of the “Urn” coming out of retirement and making its presence felt in a big way. If this is the case, another segment of this story could have a Wyatt Family Reunion brewing, herein forcing Kane to come to the aid of his brother and protect the history of the ashes in the process. Either way, the supernatural psychology between Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker could build an intense feud going into WrestleMania, making for some very interesting television.

Obviously, anything could happen, but the constant talk behind the scenes and the promos that keep arising are definitely pointing us into this direction. Bray Wyatt made his feelings felt with another cryptic promo on last week’s episode of “Monday Night Raw” and it sure seems like he is talking about The Undertaker. Look below and judge for yourself.

“I have been called many names in the past: Seducer, accuser, destroyer. But you, you may call me Bray. Because I’ve been watching you man. I’ve been watching you for quite some time now. And oh how they used to fear you. But look what you gone and did; you let all that fear turn into love and admiration. But me, I’m a little bit different. Me, I am the new face of fear. I am the dragon. The devil is real, man, and he cannot wait to see you again. I know you’re listening. Find me.”

Whether Taker comes back at all is another issue. We are well aware of the pictures surfacing throughout the year, especially the one in an airport where the effects of devastation he suffered at last year’s event could be clearly seen. His legacy will remain as one of, if not the greatest Wrestlemania performer in the history of the WWE if he doesn’t return. The fact remains that he is 49 years old and his streak is broken. What has he got left to fight for? Will he sacrifice his body for another match? If so, will his body hold up?

The next few weeks will definitely be interesting as we see if the twisted mind of Wyatt can bring out the Phenom from the dead, in order to make Sister Abigail “Rest in Peace.”

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Are you upset that The Undertaker may now be wrestling Triple H instead of the long rumored Sting?

For many years the wrestling world has been a clamoring for a dream match between The Undertaker and Sting. It was a perfect match between icons and faces of an industry that is built around respect.  However, looking at this option with an unbiased view will lead you to believe that it may not be the best pairng going forward.

We all know about the heartbreaking end of the streak at the hands of Brock Lesnar and pretty much are in agreement that we wish it would have been able to prosper. The truth of the matter is that the Deadman did not look like the Phenom, but instead moved around like a retiree. Undertaker followed his WrestleMania match with a trip to the hospital diagnosed with a severe concussion and was kept overnight for further evaluation.” Would he be able to carry a match with another over-aged wrestler?

This brings us to the current storyline between Sting and Triple H. Triple H, while no youngster himself,  is in a much better position produce a match to remember and leave an imprint as big as the one left by Undertaker/Brock match last year. Either way you look at it, Hunter is the younger, healthier and ultimately better option.

Dreams of a match between Sting and the Undertaker have faded over the last few years. Age, injury and time have pushed both men a good distance from their primes. While WWE isn’t sure what Undertaker has left in him, it knows Triple H can still perform at an all-star level. His match against Daniel Bryan at WM 30 showed he still has the Cerebral Assassin minds-set and ability to produce inside the ring.

After Sting’s debut at Survivor Series saw him drop Triple H to the mat, WWE has kept this narrative alive. The leads were very well portrayed in Triple H’s interview when he suggested that the reason the former WCW and TNA star never made his way to WWE has to do with him.

Sting, who will be 56 at WrestleMania time, needs someone to carry him in the ring to a large degree. His illustrious star power and presence speak for themselves, but his opponent will have to do the majority of the work physically. The thought process is that even though Sting needs someone to take charge, he still has the ability to perform at a high level inside the ring.

Jim Ross is among many who believe Triple H vs. Sting can be a high quality match. He wrote on his blog, “If Sting wrestles HHH at WM31 I think that they would have an excellent match that would be well-paced and tell a clearly understandable story that would be easy to follow.”

So far, the WWE version of Sting has been a man who resists tyranny and stands in the way of The Authority. He has only appeared twice, both times to push back against The Authority, in order to show he will not stand for the unjust abuse of power that has been portrayed over the last few years. The angle is similar to his WCW days, which includes his signature baseball bat and silent use of power.

Will the story play out with Sting ousting The Authority for good, or will it leave The Game as the man to end his career. Either way you look at it, this will probably be the only match for Sting inside of the confines of a WWE ring. The storyline has been good so far and will continue to get better. I firmly believe that Triple H being the man to lock horns with the Icon is not only best for business, but the best game played in town.

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Well, after a few days removed from the infamous Royal Rumble 2015, it seems as though we have the same things being said over and over again. Truthfully, I don’t know how many more articles I can take written about Roman Reigns or why the Rumble match was so bad. Before I go any further in this article, here is my own recap to that match….

  • Bubba Ray as a surprise entrant was great. I thought the collaboration between him and R-Truth was well scripted and played out even better.
  • 75% of the wrestlers entered in that match would have served better selling merchandise in the concourse area
  • DDP…Really…..Yes his contributions outside the ring are amazing, but one word comes to mind about his career..Overrated!
  • Daniel Bryan was eliminated too early and the buzzards were sounded from that point after..
  • Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose had a great showing and deserved much more than to be eliminated by 2 overinflated, washed up superstars, whose choke slams look as believable as Casper the friendly ghost.
  • Roman Reigns was hung out to dry, but he needs to man up and deal with it.

Okay now that the politics of the match are done, let’s look at the true winner of the Royal Rumble, which was Seth Rollins. For my money, Seth stole the show in that electric triple threat match for the WWE Championship. Yes, John Cena put on a great show and Brock Lesnar eventually won the match, but that, in my eyes, was expected. Seth Rollins showed that he is ready to lead the charge and become the next champion. I think his in-ring ability has come a long way and now he just has to work on his promo skills. All of the wrestling fans want to point to his tremendous leap off the top rope onto the Spanish announce table, but I think the way he conducted himself within the confines of the ring impressed me even more.

When The Shield was together, I constantly tried to envision each of them in a singles capacity and Rollins was always my last hope. I know he had a nice background, but I just felt the power of Reigns and Charisma of Ambrose both would outshine him in the spotlight. Well, his future is starting to evolve and is looking brighter now then at any other point in his career. I think being the Authority’s bitch boy has relegated his reaction, but after the championship match you heard the universe give him his proper due.

I am truly having a hard time seeing Rollins be left out of the main event at Wrestlemania 31. The briefcase has been held for a long time and after seeing his performance at the Rumble I think he could put on a better showing than Reigns. Reigns to me is like another Batista, but with more mobility. I think that is one of the main reasons why the Universe started to get bored with him and look for other avenues of connection. Of course the return of Daniel Bryan didn’t help his cause either.

Now, I know I may get slammed for this, but I truly believe Seth Rollins has a chance to be the best showman and superstar since Shawn Michaels. HBK took over the WWE at a time when it needed it most. He was the most electric champion at that time and helped the WWE remain above water. Now is Seth’s time to shine and help inject some new life to a dying show. Will he ever have Michael’s charisma, No! However, if he keeps working on his technique, he could become the closest thing we’ve seen to his character in quite some time. Thoughts?

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After carefully reading the NUMEROUS articles written about who will win the Royal Rumble, it begs me to respond with an answer of my own, “Does it even matter?” The reason I say this is because the storyline has already been scripted and the next 3 months have been laid out all across a corporate meeting room at WWE headquarters. Will it be the YES man with another glorious Wrestlemania moment? Maybe it will be Superman and his scripted promos. Please, not another “The Champ is here” scenario. Either way I twist it, there seems to be one vision in my mind that comes from nothing less than a bag of unscripted thoughts and conspiracy theories. This vision is a mercenary who fights through any challenge bestowed before him and preys on those who doubt his direction. He is none other than “The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.”

Brock Lesnar has become the centerpiece of the last 2 weeks leading up to the PPV, which tells me he is going to be heavily involved in the weeks going forward. Why have him drop the belt at the Rumble? As much as people are frustrated with the lack of appearances or matches, Lesnar still has a tremendous following and can blow the roof off of any arena in the world. Just think about how much the headline and publicity changes with Brock Lesnar headlining Wrestlemania.

There have been numerous scenarios floating around the internet about who will be the champion going into the big dance, but none of them have the same electricity or intrigue as Lesnar. Sure, Daniel Bryan has more of a following right now than Kim Kardashian’s latest Twitter pic, but that scene has already been played out and would only be seen as a duplicated oversight. Can the WWE do something original? In my opinion, based on the last 2 weeks, I think that’s exactly what they are doing.

I am more focused on the Triple Threat match on Sunday and have been going through the many scenarios that may come to fruition in the City of Brotherly Love. Now before I relinquish my scenario, I have to tell you that the following variables weigh into my decision.

  • I think Roman Reigns was the company’s golden boy until he got injured. While he was out it gave the WWE brass time to evaluate other talents such as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Both of these guys will blossom into prominent pieces of the future, but need that extra push to get them there.
  • The power struggle within the McMahon inner circle is real and continues to be up for debate. I think Reigns is Vince’s guy and Rollins is Hunter’s guy. My gut feeling is that Hunter is starting to outweigh Vince and we are seeing Rollins benefit from it right now.
  • I am ASSUMING The Undertaker returns to wrestle Bray Wyatt in a Deadman standoff and also that Triple H will be battling Sting. These are two matches that seem like a lock to happen, but we all know things can change in a snap.
  • My biggest assumption is that The Rock returns in the Rumble and eliminates Roman Reigns, setting up a match for the two at Wrestlemania…The Rock always knows how to bring the best out in an opponent on the mic and based on Roman’s shortcomings, it could provide a valued experience.
  • This brings me to Daniel Bryan…I wholeheartedly believe Daniel still needs another few months or so until he feels like he’s 100%. I think he looks fantastic in the ring, but to endure a full wrestling schedule after being out of action for a while might be too much to ask right now. For that reason, I’m thinking they do the inevitable Heel turn on Ambrose at the Rumble with him eliminating Bryan in the match. This would be the start of an electric rivalry between the 2 setting up for a steel cage or I quit match at Wrestlemania.
  • The last shoe to drop is John Cena. I think Cena has established the fact that he needs a break and a battle against Rusev gives him that. Rusev looks to be a force within the WWE for time to come, but still needs that extra push to be over. Going one on one with Cena for the undefeated streak could be exactly what he needs. The few months of hysterical promos could be exactly what the former Doctor of Thuganomics is asking for.
  • This brings me to the final conclusion of the Triple Threat Championship match. I think the Championship match will be wrestled before the Royal Rumble, allowing Rollins to be an entrant into the dance. The triple threat match will be electric, but will end with Brock Lesnar standing as Champion showing the signs of a brutal and physical match. This allows Seth Rollins to cash in the MIB briefcase, but ultimately losing because of another encounter with Sting. Triple H will then announce Rollins as a participant in the Royal Rumble making him the eventual winner and heading to Wrestlemania 31.

As you can see, I have a lot of ASSUMPTIONS for this Sunday as we look ahead to the grand stage of Wrestling. All of these variables point to a battle between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title at Wrestlemania 31, herein giving Rollins his own Daniel Bryan moment in front of an amazing crowd. I really believe that Seth Rollins is the future of the company and the storyline will be built around him this Sunday.  I have to admit that this prediction is based on a lot of variables, but that’s what individual opinions are all about. Thoughts?

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We are only 5 days away from the 2015 Royal Rumble and the rumors from every active internet site that carries a WWE theme will continue to build momentum. The question is which ones are credible and which ones are trash. As I just wrote that last line, I can see many of the notorious thread seekers getting ready to type away with a few mentions of the sites and writers we are all too familiar with. The only thing I can say to that is rumors are rumors and are only credible if documented. Since most information is rarely certified, the best way to sort out the talk is common sense. What makes sense and what doesn’t….?

If you look at the pattern of the last several years, most surprise entrants are usually legends with no allegiance to a current storyline. They are simply there for a cheap pop, make a few eliminations, and then head back to their rocking chair. Sometimes wrestlers make their appearance as a surprise entry as they recover from injury, ala John Cena at MSG in 2008 and possibly Sheamus this year. It is still a shame they brought Daniel Bryan back on an announced show instead of bringing him back as a surprise entrant, especially if the plans are for him to win. It surely worked for Cena that year, and it definitely would have worked for Bryan. I know he doesn’t need the push, but the scene in Philadelphia would have been electric.

As far as this year is concerned, there have been numerous rumors like Sting, Randy Orton (Comeback), Kevin Nash, DDP, RVD, and The Dudley Boyz. Obviously, these are just rumors, not factual information and more names will continue to circulate. The one name out of that bunch that excites me is the Dudley Boyz, but not as surprise entrants in the big match. I would much rather they come back for an electrifying tables match, but with whom? Who could compete with them enough to make it exciting?

The two spent a decent amount of time with TNA having successful tag team careers before they decided to go into a singles run. Ray decided to slim down for a TNA title run and branded the name Bully Ray. In my opinion, this was one of the highlights of his career on his way to becoming a 2-time TNA Campion. Bully Ray mentioned in interviews even as TNA World Champion that if WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wanted to have him back in WWE, he would jump at the chance. Now don’t read too much into that as this is a business and that could have been leverage in order to get a better contract with TNA.

Ray and D-Von have remained in great shape, giving them a perfect opportunity to come back for a short run like the New Age Outlaws did a while back. They could definitely be used in some facet to push the younger tag teams in the ring and help rebuild the division as well. This would be a good way to promote some good old-fashioned table matches against The Authority, which could make for some great TV. Let’s see the “Authoritative Stephanie” slammed through a table as a curtain call for Team 3D.

Will it all happen? Your guess is as good as mine. I just hope they put a little more thought into these entrants instead of just sending wrestlers out for the nostalgia factor. All that will do is lead to a bunch of ridiculous articles about how DDP is going to make one last title run or Diesel is going to be legitimate again. Let’s be sensible people, please! I’d actually prefer for them to include some of the current NXT stars to the match and actually make them relevant, not just an easy elimination.

While a Team 3D return is just a random rumor, I would thoroughly enjoy the excitement if it were to happen. I would enjoy it even better if The Hardy Boyz came back as well and we could witness a totally unexpected tag team match. Now that would be best for business. Are there any other wrestlers you think could make a legitimate impact? What are your thoughts on Team 3D making an impact? Thoughts?

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