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WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES Well, it's a new era in WWE.  Let's see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3786" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan: In the hours leading up to Monday Night RAW, Bryan Danielson, better known to the WWE Universe at Daniel Bryan, found out that his father had suddenly passed away.  Instead of doing what any sane human being would do, and grabbing the first flight back home to be with his family,...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013 Monday Night RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1832" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Batista vs. Randy Orton - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE's originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn't get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm),...

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014 WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a "Road to WrestleMania" episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable...

Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14

Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14 HITS [caption id="attachment_1717" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Credit: wwe.com[/caption] Opening segment: The first public acknowledgement of CM Punk by the WWE, save for Vince McMahon in addressing investors in a conference call, couldn't have been any better or more powerful. It paid homage to the man as the...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s first interview with Dolph Ziggler

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan's first interview with Dolph Ziggler NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Sept. 1, 2012. All rights reserved. Nick Nemeth, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Dolph Ziggler, wasn't born into wrestling. He doesn't hail from a long line of wrestlers. None, in fact. One thing is quite evident, however: the World Wrestling...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014 Editors Note:  Well, you guys didn't let me down.  I asked for feedback, and I got a ton of it.  You've given me a lot of great ideas, which I will now shamelessly rip off, and call my own.  Go ahead, sue me.  For those who skipped those first four sentences, and would like to send me feedback, suggestions, winning...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS [caption id="attachment_1558" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Daniel Bryan drop kicks Randy Orton in the corner. Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption]   Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Given nearly 30 minutes of television time, and a large part of it uninterrupted, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews Jimmy Korderas

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews Jimmy Korderas NOTE: Originally published on Jan. 21, 2012 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. When it comes to spinning yarns, longtime World Wrestling Entertainment referee Jimmy Korderas has what you might call a photographic memory. Ironically, it was a brief stint taking photographs that would lead him to the...

WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014

WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Opening Segment: Well, I'm not exactly sure how to react to this.  The segment itself was a home run.  This is the attitude and aggression we have all been begging to see from Daniel Bryan for months.  Both Stephanie and Triple H played their parts well (and Stephanie pretending the YES! chants...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1450" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Luke Harper - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: The only hit of last night's Monday Night RAW came from a likely source.  The Usos are turning in career performances every night they're in...

Ryback hungry for success

Ryback hungry for success Like so many in his generation, Ryan Reeves, better  known simply as Ryback, fell in love with professional wrestling as a boy, watching it, he says, from around the time he was five years old. "I really, really got into it around the age of 11," Reeves said in a telephone interview this week. "That's when it really...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1386" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Daniel Bryan atop the steel cage on Monday Night RAW - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Daniel Bryan turns on The Wyatt Family: The fact that this makes the hit list is bizarre for two reasons.  One, the entire angle (all three weeks...

Monday Night RAW #OldSchool HITS AND MISSES 01/06/2014

Monday Night RAW #OldSchool HITS AND MISSES 01/06/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: The first Raw of the new year was an absolute blast for this viewer, at home, to watch.  Sure, having a themed episode of Raw might not have been the best idea to begin the new year (especially when it was a throwback to "old school"), but more than enough happened on this episode...

Ted DiBiase still flashing that Million Dollar smile

Ted DiBiase still flashing that Million Dollar smile For nearly a decade with the then World Wrestling Federation, Ted DiBiase virtually rewrote the book on being a heel as the reviled Million Dollar Man. He was brash. He was cocky. He was smarmy and vain. If you didn’t like him, he didn’t care. He flaunted his millions, humiliated fans, paid off his opponents and...

Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES HITS • To call the final segment of Raw this week a hit wouldn't be fair. It was more like a home run. A game-winning one. Maybe even a walkoff game-winning homer. It was as close to a perfect segment as we've seen in a long, long time. Not only did it make me actually laugh and react, it made me extremely interested...

Raw HITS AND MISSES, Dec. 2, 2013

HITS Randy Orton and John Cena: Partially on the strength of some clever footage of the long history between the two, partially on the strength of a great promo by Triple H, partially on the strength of the decision to unify the WWE and World championships and partially on the strength of a great final segment, I'm suddenly...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hurricane left success in his wake

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hurricane left success in his wake  Editor's note: Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 10, 2013. All rights reserved. For the original, please go to http://www.thewhig.com/2013/01/10/the-hurricane-left-success-in-his-wake  Some people spend their entires lives in search of their dream job. Many never find it.     Others...

Monday Night RAW 11/19/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW 11/19/13 HITS and MISSES Monday Night RAW HITS: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel: I felt, as soon as this match was announced, that it was a foregone conclusion that Big E. Langston would gain the Intercontinental Championship.  That said, this was the best match Axel has had with anyone else not named CM Punk since being given the "Paul Heyman...