WWE Smackdown Results (12/27/13) – Here’s to 2014!

WWE Smackdown Results – (12/27/13)
Results by: Adam Wacker of WrestlingNewsWorld.com

Welcome to the last Smackdown of the year!

John Cena makes his way to the ring, Cena says this is the last Smackdown of 2013. Cena says this crowd will help the WWE Universe around the world bring in the new year. Cena says when the New Year is brought in, the fun is over. Cena says everyone will be worried about their resolutions. John says his are bear hugging a real bear, having a hip-hop album with Great Khali and drafting his XFL team. Cena says he would also like to gain 40 pounds, but says he could gain that tonight. Cena says the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is about 40 lbs, and if he factors the Earth’s gravitational pull, he might just get that weight on. Cena says he knows Orton is listening, and wants Randy to come down to face him for the title.

The Shield interrupts. The three surround Cena, and ambush him. Mark Henry makes the save, but the numbers get the better of him. Big E Langston runs to make the save, making the numbers even.

Kane comes out, saying that as Director of Operations it is obvious to him there are some issues for everyone to work out. Kane says Dean Ambrose will face Big E Langston, Roman Reigns will face Mark Henry and John Cena will face Seth Rollins. Kane lights up his ring pyro, and leaves for the back.

-Commercials

The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

Uso takes Rowan off the apron, and through Luke to the floor. One of the two dive onto them, while the other waits for Harper. Luke takes them out with a big boot, but another waits in the corner. Harper is hit in the corner, and dropped with a Corkscrew Splash. Pin, but a kick out. Harper connects with a forearm and a Discus Larait. Rowan connects with a Running Splash for the win.

Winners: Wyatt Family (Pinfall)

Bray connects with a Sister Abagail to one of them.

Backstage, Renee Young interviews Randy Orton asking him about his New Year’s Resolution. Orton says he should enter the Royal Rumble and win it, sit in a luxury box for WMXXX and retire the champion. Dolph Ziggler comes up saying someone can’t be inducted if they are spineless. Ziggler says he will be the one to shut him up. Orton says he is asking for an RKO. Kane makes the match official, as Ziggler says it’s about time. Kane tells Orton that backstage must be safe, but in the ring is different.

Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring.

-Commercials

Tag Team Champion Cody Rhodes w/ Goldust vs. Antonio Cesaro w/ Jack Swagger

They lock up, as Rhodes backs Cesaro into the corner. They back out, as they lock up again. Rhodes locks in a Side Headlock, into a Takeover. Rhodes is pushed against the ropes, but keeps the hold on. Cesaro reverses into a Hammerlock, as Rhodes trips him up. Rhodes locks in a Front Facelock, but Cesaro gets the Hammerlock again. Rhodes sends Cesaro to the floor. Goldust blows in Cesaro’s face, as Rhodes goes to his aid. The two teams stand off. Cesaro and Rhodes get back in the rings, as Cesaro takes Cody to the corner. Rhodes gets out with his Twisting Sunset Flip. Rhodes is sent to the floor, as Cesaro follows. Rhodes is thrown back into the ring, and pinned. Kick out. Rhodes is put in the corner, as Cesaro connects with some jabs to the gut. Cesaro connects with a European Uppercut. Cesaro brings him out with a Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro locks in a Rear Chinlock, but Rhodes pushes him away. Cesaro is hit with a High Knee, followed by an uppercut. Rhodes and Cesaro runs the ropes, as Antonio is taken out. Swagger distracts on the ropes, as Cesaro connects with a European Uppercut to the back of Rhodes’ head. Cesaro rolls him up for the win.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro (Pinfall)

-Commercials

Primetime Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel)

Darren and Ryback start off, as Young is thrown to the mat. Ryback takes him out with some clubbing blows, but Young connects with an elbow. Young connects with a low Dropkick, and tags Titus. Young is dropped on Ryback with a Front Suplex. Titus and Ryback trade blows, while Ryback runs the ropes. Titus takes him out with a shoulder. Axel tags himself, as he knees Titus as he is pushed into the ropes by Ryback. Axel chops Titus in the corner, but takes some of his own. Titus runs to Axel, but is hit with a Dropkick. Axel chokes Titus with his foot, as Ryback is tagged. Ryback connects with a Front Facelock, but Titus is driven into the corner. Axel is tagged, as he slaps Titus in the head. Axel runs the ropes, but is hit with a Big Boot. Darren is tagged, as he connects with a Belly-to-belly. Darren connects with a corner Lariat, and a Northern Lights. Pin, but Ryback breaks it. The PTP take out Ryback, as Axel tries to roll up Young. Axel is rolled up himself, as the Players pick up the win.

Winners: Primetime Players (Pinfall)

Randy Orton makes his way to the ring.

-Commercials

Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler

They lock up, as Ziggler is taken to the corner. Ziggler reverses it, but Orton rolls to the floor. Orton gets back in, as they lock up. Orton gets a Side Headlock, and takes Ziggler out with a shoulder. Ziggler takes Orton to the corner with a flurry of fists, but Orton kicks him away. Orton connects with a Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Orton is whipped to the corner, but he connects with an elbow to Orton. Ziggler connects with fists from the corner. Ziggler connects with a Snapmare into an Elbow Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Orton trips Ziggler, as he is driven face first into the turn buckles. Orton and Ziggler trade fists, but Ziggler catches Orton in the face with a Dropkick. Orton rolls to the floor.

-Commercials

Ziggler rolls back into the ring, as during the break he was thrown into the steel post and fell out. Orton connects with Garvin Stomps, and a Knee Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Orton pulls on Dolph’s hair, and locks in a Rear Headlock. Ziggler stands out, but is taken out with a knee to the gut. Orton pulls the hair, and locks in another Headlock. Ziggler connects with a Chinbreaker reversal, as Ziggler is whipped. Dolph kicks Orton, and connects with fists. Ziggler connects with a Stinger Splash, and connects with fists from the corner. Ziggler connects with a Neckbreaker, followed by an Elbow Drop. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser, but misses. Orton misses with a Scoop Slam, as Ziggler connects with a Jumping DDT. Pin, but a kick out. Ziggler goes top rope, but is tripped up. Orton follows him up, but Ziggler gets him away. Ziggler connects with a Missile Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Ziggler throws Orton into the ring post, and then connects with a Fameasser. Pin, but a kick out. Ziggler takes Orton to the corner with fists, but is back away. Orton pokes Ziggler in the eye when the ref is turned, and connects with an RKO for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton (Pinfall)

Orton attacks Ziggler post-match, throwing him into the steps, the ring post and over the barricade. Orton connects with a DDT to Ziggler off the barricade.

The Shield cut a promo, saying 2014 is going to be like 2013. Dean says nothing will change about the Shield. Dean says Langston has gotten a little taste of the Shield, but bite off more than he could chew. Reigns says Henry is with the Hall of Pain, but Roman gives pain a whole new meaning. Rollins says Cena believes in Hustle, Loyalty and Respect but he believes in nothing more than driving his boot into the back of Cena’s head and driving his face into the mat. Believe in the Shield.

Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.

-Commercials

Daniel Bryan vs. Damien Sandow

They lock up, as Sandow is taken to the corner. Bryan is hit with kicks, but locks in a Headlock. Daniel is knocked down, and hit with kicks. Daniel goes for Sandow, but he is kick and chokes against the ropes. Sandow throws Daniel to the floor. Sandow throws Daniel into the barricade, and follows. Pin, but a kick out. Sandow connects with knees to the face, followed by a Powerslam. Sandow connects with an Elbow of Disdain and pins. Kick out. Sandow locks a Chinlock, but Daniel stands out. Daniel runs the ropes, but is taken out. Bryan is set up in the corner, as Sandow whips him out. Daniel backflips out and connects with a Running Lariat. Daniel connects with a Dropkick to a cornered Sandow, and puts him on the top rope. Daniel connects with a Frankensteiner, followed by kicks to the chest. Daniel goes for a Roundhouse, but Sandow rolls him up. Daniel gets out, and connects with a Roundhouse. Sandow is hit with a Busaiku Knee.

Winner: Daniel Bryan (Pinfall)

Bray says he has been stuck with so many daggers, but still walks upright. Wyatt says the people chose him, like a moth to a flame. Wyatt says Bryan forget who controls the inferno. Wyatt says he is more than a man – he is a god.

-Commercials

Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston vs. United States Champion Dean Ambrose

Langston drives Dean into the corner, and connects with a Spear. Ambrose kicks Langston, and connects with a Larait. Dean connects with a Twist Elbow Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Dean connects with fists to Langston in the ropes, and follows with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Dean locks in a Headlock, but Langston runs the ropes. Dean gets a knee into the gut of Langston. Dean goes top rope, but is thrown to the mat. Langston connects with a Belly-to-belly and connects with a Running Splash. Dean takes Langston to the floor. Dean throws Big E back in, but is hit with a Big Ending.

Winner: Big E Langston (Pinfall)

-Commercials

Mark Henry vs. Roman Reigns

They lock up, as Roman is pushed away. They lock hands, as Roman headbutts and punches him. Henry pushes him out of the ring. Henry follows him to the floor, and smashes him into the ring apron. Roman is thrown back into the ring, as Henry pins. Kick out. Henry headbutts Roman and whips him. Reigns is taken out with a Big Boot. Roman is taken to the apron, as he snaps Henry in them. Roman connects with a Flying Forearm. Pin, but a kick out. Roman locks in a Head Lock, but Henry gets out by throwing Reigns up. Mark takes out Roman, connecting with a JYD Headbutt. Henry smashes Roman in the corner, but is hit with a big Samoan Drop. Roman does a three point stance, and connects with a Superman Punch. Roman connects with a Spear for the win.

Winner: Roman Reigns (Pinfall)

-Commercials

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

They lock up, as Rollins locks in a Side Headlock. Cena gets out, into one of his own. Rollins locks in a Frton Facelock, as Cena gets a Seated Hammerlock. Rollins reverses, but is whipped. Rollins is thrown with a Hip Toss, as he rolls to the floor. Seth connects with strikes to Cena, but is taken to the corner. Rollins is whipped to the opposite corner, as Cena hits the turn buckles. Seth keeps Cena grounded with kicks. Cena fights back, going for a Bulldog, but is taken out with a Clothesline. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins locks in a Chinlock, but Cena carries him up. Cena backs him into the corner, but is hit with a Big Boot from Rollins in the corner. Seth connects with a knee and pins. Kick out. Seth connects with a Neckbreaker. Pin, but a kick out.

-Commercials

Seth takes Cena out with fists to the face. Rollins whips Cena to the corner, as he falls to the mat. Rollins goes to whip Cena, but is sent to the corner as he does the Shawn Michaels corner spot. Cena takes out Seth with some Shoulder Tackles, but is caught and hit with a Reverses STO in the ropes. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins mocks Cena, but is hit with a Powerslam. Cena connects with a 5 Knuckle Shuffle, and goes for the AA. Rollins lands on his feet, and connects with a Blockbuster. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins connects with a Corner Elbow Strike. Rollins goes for another, but is caught in a Half Nelson Neckbreaker. Pin, but a kick out. Cena goes top rope, but Rollins pushes the rope. Rollins connects with a Skywalker. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins runs the ropes, but is caught in a Powerbomb. Pin, but a kick out. Cena goes for an AA, but Rollins grabs the ropes. Cena tries to pulls Rollins away, but is hit with a Swinging Enziguri. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins goes top rope, as he connects with a Diving Knee. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins goes for the Blackout, but is caught in the STF. Rollins grabs the bottom rope. Dean gets in the ring, but Big E stops him. Roman connect with a Flying Clothesline to Langston. Henry throws Roman onto Dean. Rollins dives onto Cena, but is rolled up and picked up into an AA.

Winner: John Cena (Pinfall)

-AW

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  • http://www.facebook.com/WrestlingRoundupRadio Joshua Tucker

    Looking forward to the last WWE Smackdown of 2013.

    • CJ Blaze

      Me too, it looks to be a good show.

  • David Jr.

    Good Evening to anyone out there in Internet Land.

    • CJ Blaze

      Good evening David!

      • David Jr.

        Good Evening CJ.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      David! Sorry, been spacing out watching Star Trek and lost track of time.

      • David Jr.

        Chris Pine, William Shatner or Patrick Stewart?

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          Stewart, but you missed two. I don’t like Janeway, but I like Voyager.

          • David Jr.

            Those were the only three I new without looking it up. I don’t know who played the captains in Voyager or Enterprise without looking it up.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Enterprise isn’t worth the time, but I will be trying again soon, just to give it one more fair shake.

    • Ashley

      Nice profile pic David!

      • David Jr.

        Thanks, my brother bought the songs from it on ITunes and I listen to them all the time.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          It’s still on my DVR, I haven’t watched it yet.

          • David Jr.

            Somebody dies in it.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Someone important? I honestly haven’t watched in a quite a while, but couldn’t miss that episode.

          • Ashley

            Lots of people actually die in it. I loved it and can’t wait for the new season

          • David Jr.

            I don’t want to spoil it for Kendra but I’m talking about the one who sees an angel.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I’ve missed a lot, so I have no clue.

          • David Jr.

            The person sees an angel in the musical.

          • Ashley

            Yea, that is who I thought you were referring too. That part was funny.

          • David Jr.

            I loved who the angel was.

        • Alex Gallardo

          I just don’t have time to watch anymore TV. In one week I watch over 8 hours of wrestling and sometimes more if there’s a PPV.

  • CJ Blaze

    So before the show starts, who do you think will win the Royal Rumble match next month?

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      Still too early for me to make a guess. Almost time to pull out my white board and start whittling down the list.

      • CJ Blaze

        Yeah I started to think about it. but I don’t have a complete answer. My early predicts would be Punk or Bryan but it depends on how they are being booked and who’s getting pushed.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          Bry would be a natural, unless they get HBK to agree to a match, then Bry’s out.

          • CJ Blaze

            I read an article yesterday where someone predicted HBK would screw Bryan out of winning the Rumble and then go on to have a match at Mania

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            That would work well, especially if Bry went in as #1 – as would be an expected thing with The Authority – an make it until almost the end, only to have HBK screw him. I like it.

    • Alex Gallardo

      I’m going to go ahead and say Batista.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

        Very interesting thought. I hadn’t even really thought of where he’d land in the roster. He said he wouldn’t be back while WWE was PG, so my brain is having issue reintegrating him back into the direction of the WWE and the storylines.

        • Alex Gallardo

          Speaking of him leaving because of the PG crap WWE was doing, he’s already gotten one tweet edited by WWE and he hasn’t even been on TV.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I imagine there’s going to be a lot of those problems with him.

          • Alex Gallardo

            WWE just better capitalize on him as much as they can before he goes over their limits.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            They let Rocky do what he wants, so I’m sure Batista will think he should be treated that way too. He’s always had an ego, and thought he was much bigger than he’s ever been, so it could be a lot of fun to watch.

          • Alex Gallardo

            That’s why I love this time of the year or WWE.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I will agree with you on that.

      • CJ Blaze

        I could see that happening

    • David Jr.

      I’m torn between CM Punk or Daniel Bryan winning.

      • Alex Gallardo

        I don’t understand why people are saying this, CM Punk and DB have already been regulated to the mid card. I can only see CM Punk fighting HHH if he’s a main event player again. I see them letting Batista use it because he can help buyrates for both the RR and WM.

        • David Jr.

          To me the Royal Rumble Winner shouldn’t be an establish main eventer but someone helped to elevate a guy to the next level. Plus it should be someone who’s work the entire year not someone who comes back 1 week before Royal Rumble.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I’m looking at how WWE is booking things. Batista is a bigger draw and a better person to choose than CM Punk and DB, who can not carry WM and get big buyrates.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I disagree with with the way Bry is over. I know he could do a lot toward carrying WM, and do a great job of it. Honestly, with the way he’s over, and how Batista has been gone for so long, I think Bry would absolutely be a bigger draw.

          • Alex Gallardo

            WWE is trying to get the elusive 1 million buys or WM. Batista only left in 2010 and is still established with the current audience. Bryan can not carry WM without big stars behind him.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            There’s always going to be big stars supporting whoever is in the top slot. WM isn’t all about Cena, or even Rocky.

            We will have to see how the fans react to Batista, long term, not just the first night, but he wasn’t very beloved, or hated when he left. He was getting X-Pac heat, so his return could be tenuous.

            It’s because of this that I say Bry very well could carry better. Bry is the here and now, not the barely top main event past. Batista was champ, and a main eventer, but he was never over the way Bry is right now.

          • Alex Gallardo

            The top slot is normally the most built match on the card and a lot of hype surrounds it. Daniel Bryan isn’t likely to main event because as I said before, he’s been regulated to the mid card and I can’t imagine WWE has too much faith in him carrying WM. WWE is better off letting their biggest star power carry WM.

          • David Jr.

            Before winning the 1998 Royal Rumble, Stone Cold Steve Austin was a mid card guy. Batista (your pic to win the Rumble) was more of an enforcer and was not a main eventer when he won the Royal Rumble. So Mid Card guys do win the Rumble.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Batista was in Evolution where he was involved with the world champ and SCSA was first being pushed, he didn’t get reduced to mid card.

          • David Jr.

            Well Sheamus was WWE Champion, dropped to midcard and then won the Royal Rumble.

          • Alex Gallardo

            He lost that title in 2010, and he didn’t win the Rumble until 2012. That was a renewed push.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            But Sheamus was mid-card until that point. Why can’t Bry have a renewed push at this RR?

          • Alex Gallardo

            Because as I said, he was taken out pretty recently. Sheamus had two years between when he won the belt and when he won the RR.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            You’re acting like the E always does the same thing. This is your thoughts on what might happen, and your arguments are running in circles.

          • Alex Gallardo

            They don’t, but they haven’t changed too much. I just can’t see WWE elevating Bryan that high after just recently taking him out of the WWE title picture and the authority storyline. I would have had Bryan keep fighting the authority and then climax the story at WM by having him fight HHH for the WWE title. It would seem weird just to have him jump right back in the story again.

          • The Breaker

            They had to take Bryan out of the title picture. He had three consecutive title shots at PPVs against Orton. And it’s not at all like they’ve made him irrelevant. They had important storylines with The Shield and Wyatts, which if you hadn’t noticed, are being pushed heavily.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Those were mid card storylines and they still took Bryan out o the original story he was in. I’m not saying that they should have had him keep fighting Randy over but it’s just a bit weird to take him out of the story like that.

          • The Breaker

            The problem wasn’t taking him out of the storyline, it was the onslaught of screwy finishes. They were obviously set on keeping the title away from Bryan and had to make a move. I wouldn’t call the Wyatt/Shield stuff mid card storylines. They were built with importance and given good time to develop on TV. In comparison, the stuff between Miz/Kofi, Tensai/Brodus, or Fandango/Ziggler were mid card feuds.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Compared to his WWE title feud, it was a downgrade. Bryan is not just going to randomly show up and rejoin this feud.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            And most of that changed because Cena came back much earlier than expected. They can’t have two huge faces in the title run, and Cena is bigger than Bry – it’s just the way it is.

          • Alex Gallardo

            If you ask me I think it may have been a work. They probably did that so that they can go tell everyone how Cena was an underdog and how he worked so hard to get back.

          • The Breaker

            They brought Cena back because he’s the big time moneymaker, plain and simple. If anything, in storyline, Bryan has been the underdog.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I’m talking about his injury story. I think that they brought him back “earlier” because of the reasons that I already said. Bryan doesn’t really have anything to do with that.

          • The Breaker

            At some point they probably found out that Cena’s injury was a lot less severe than originally thought.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I can’t be the one to confirm that.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Any other wrestler would have been out the time Cena was supposed to be out, or longer. Cena just manages to get through things faster, and he steps right back in as soon as he’s cleared. Cena heals faster, works harder, and always has the spot, doesn’t have to wait for the right moment – it’s always the right moment.

          • Alex Gallardo

            He’s a hard worker I’m not denying that. I just think that WWE purposely said that he was going to be out for longer than he was, so they can make a story out of it.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Nope, do the research, that’s the traditional, if short, length of time to recover fro that injury.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            But this is WM and they want the most beloved fans in the biggest matches. I’m not saying he’s going to win the title, just that he’s going to be in a top match at WM, and I’m willing to say that he will draw more than Batista.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I can’t be the one to say whether or not Bryan can do better than Batista because I don’t know. But I doubt they’ll have Bryan enter the authority storyline again. Maybe he’ll be in a big match at WM but not for the WWE title.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I didn’t say he’d be in for the Title, but that I could see it over Batista. That I could see Bry in a bigger match than Batista because Bry is more over than Batista has ever been, and much more of a draw than Batista will ever be.

          • Alex Gallardo

            In a bigger match than Batista? I do not see WWE putting Bryan over Batista like that.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I do, because in the long run, Bry is a bigger draw, has been bigger much of this year than Batista ever was, and has the potential to be so much more than Batista ever was, and ever will be.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I’m just going to leave it at what I said before, it’s all in the future.

          • CJ Blaze

            IMO, I think someone who is over like rover with the crowd and has been working their butt off to get to where they are now should win the golden ticket to WM rather than someone who has been gone for a few years and returns a week before the Rumble, just saying.

          • David Jr.

            I agree 100% with you and I believe I even said that earlier.

          • CJ Blaze

            Oh yeah, there were so many comments I lost track of who said what

          • Alex Gallardo

            We sure started quite the debate here.

          • CJ Blaze

            I think this debate should end with Bryan vs. Batista :)

          • Alex Gallardo

            Maybe that’s the best way to end it. Then everyone gets what they want.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Please, no! I enjoy seeing Bry in the ring with wrestlers who can handle more than a few basic moves.

          • CJ Blaze

            Haha :)

          • Alex Gallardo

            Well we’re going to have to agree and come to terms with something. Or else this will never end.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I disagree on both of those things. They’ve shown over and over that they don’t think Bry is, and in doing so they’re making him that much bigger. They’re working the fans perfectly by putting him in the mid-card, something I said before is only a temporary thing. It’s ebb and flow. It wasn’t long ago that Orton was a mid-card wrestler,and now look at him. Things change and wrestlers who are good enough bounce back and forth.

            I’m not saying Bry is going to main event WM, but that blowing him off for Batista who’s never had the following or potential that Bry has. Batista is barely decent on mic, his ring skills are 5 moves of doom and not very creative, yet he has a look and a build.

            It could go either way, but counting Bry out for Batista is very confusing to me.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Once again, I’m looking at this from the way WWE books things. He was dropped out of the main event scene pretty quickly so I wouldn’t see WWE changing their minds about him that quickly. They’re going to choose someone that they completely trust with carrying WM, not someone who is still relatively new to the fans. WWE sees the star power behind Batista, not his in ring skills.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I would agree if Batista had star power, he doesn’t. He’s a glorified good body who didn’t have a decent following. The fans didn’t like him, and unless he pulls a new personality out of his ass, I don’t see them sticking with him for more than a couple weeks after his return. He will be new and interesting, but he couldn’t carry the fans before, and I don’t see it happening now.

          • Alex Gallardo

            His contract lasts through WM and he has been established as star power before. Plus, if booked right, a match with Orton for the WWE title would be great.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            He was established as a main eventer, but Batista has never had star power. As I keep saying, Batista doesn’t have the fans, the backing, the support, the love, or the hate of the fans. He does NOT have star power.

            X-Pac couldn’t carry WM, and neither can Batista – unless he’s purchased a personality and some charisma while he was gone. The fans might love him for a couple weeks, but it won’t last

          • Alex Gallardo

            Whether Batista can carry on his initial hype or not is something that I can’t answer. But from the standpoint of WWE I expect them to use him as much as possible.

          • The Breaker

            The part-timers are going to be there to bring the star power, whether they’re working the ‘main event’ or not. And really, I wouldn’t classify Bryan or Punk as mid card guys. Are they competing for any of the ‘mid card’ titles? No. They’ve been involved with Cena a lot lately, even.

          • Ashley

            The most over Batista ever was, IMO, was when he turned on HHH and Ric Flair. But it never really stayed at that level after that storyline ended

          • David Jr.

            What Wrestlemania did Batista carry to 1 million buys previously too?

          • Alex Gallardo

            WM 23 (where Batista fought the Undertaker for the WHC) got 1.2 million buys.

          • David Jr.

            Yeah but John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels and Lashley vs. Umaga helped get that up too. so it wasn’t just Batista.

          • Alex Gallardo

            The buyrates can’t solely be brought because of one person. You really can’t pinpoint that at all, however, his match with Undertaker was pretty big.

          • David Jr.

            Well if you can argue that Batista’s match for Wrestlemania 23 help the buyrates that I can argue that CM Punk helped with the buyrate of Wrestlemania 28 (which is the highest buyrate of any Wrestlemania.)

          • Alex Gallardo

            You can, it’s a group effort and we have no way at telling just who fans bought the PPV for.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            But you’ve been saying that it hinges on the one big match, now you’re stating what I’ve said all along, it’s not just one person who carries WM.

            Taker’s matches, other than against HBK and Trip have not had that much to do with the WM number for a while, especially when he was facing a man who’s little more than a great body with an X-Pac persona and following.

          • Alex Gallardo

            It is a group effort but we normally see WWE building up the main event the most, they will not build other things as big. That match was built up as being big, the streak and the WHC were on the line.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            There’s usually 2-3 ‘main event’ level matches at WM. There’s no way a show like that could be all undercard with one main event. Those are the matches that carry the show. Bry will be in one of those matches, but I’ll be shocked if Batista is after his original hurrah ends.

          • Alex Gallardo

            That’s true, and I’m not saying that WWE is going to go ahead and throw DB out of WM totally. But this was about who we see winning the RR, and I can’t say that Bryan will.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            This started as RR winner, but you went on to say that Batista would carry WM over Bry because Bry is only a mid-card wrestler.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I’ll admit that I did lose track. But even that was about who WWE was a bigger fan of.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I’m still sticking with Bry. They might think it’s Batista, but unless Batista has found a personality and charisma, he won’t be more than a flash in the pan of excitement. If he comes back as the same guy who left, he won’t last more than three weeks before getting mocked out of the arena. Now, he might be tossing aside the PG, and that could help him some, but I’m not sure how much.

          • Alex Gallardo

            It’s all in the future, and I just can’t wait till the RR.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          They might be for the moment, but everything in the E is ebb and flow, they will be back.

  • The Breaker

    Cena’s out there spouting incomprehensible garbage again. It might be a new year soon but we’ll always have the same old Cena.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      Sadly. Maybe with the Road starting others will step up on mic? We can only hope.

      • The Breaker

        They need to let some fresh faces get some mic time. It’s always Cena, Trip, Orton, Punk.

  • CJ Blaze

    I like The Shield each being in singles matches rather than the typical 6-man match.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      I agree, but their tag matches have been so consistently good. They’re such a solid team.

      • CJ Blaze

        Yeah, they are great. I’m looking forward to Rollins vs. Cena the most

  • Alex Gallardo

    I guess we’re just supposed to pretend that Big Show never did that whole heel run in 2012.

  • Ashley

    I don’t understand why WWE thinks that Big Show in a diaper is going to make people tune in. How awful.

    • Alex Gallardo

      WWE doesn’t really try making Raw good for the Xmas or New Years episode.

    • The Breaker

      Promoting that is like if they decided to tease Titus O’Neil vomiting on the Thanksgiving episode.

      • Ashley

        Exactly.

  • The Breaker

    Usos got squashed!

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      That wasn’t cool. I know The Wyatts are supposed to be such a huge force, but the Usos have been looking so great, even against The Shield, for so long.

      • The Breaker

        Not sure why they’ve dialed back on the Usos. They were really starting to step up as a most impressive team.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          They are a fantastic team who should be pushed, but I’ve felt that way for quite a while.

  • David Jr.

    The Rhodes were one of the best thing in the WWE now they’re like every other Champion in WWE now losing in non title matches or single matches.

    • The Breaker

      It’s because WWE Creative is lazy and doesn’t know how to build towards a mid level title match without having the champions lose.

      • David Jr.

        So who are they feuding with now, then, Wyatt Family who they lost to in a non title match or Real American who Cody Rhodes lost to Antonio Cesaro?

        • The Breaker

          There aren’t really any direct feuds right now. They’ve just been booking the tag division to be ultra competitive. As much as I don’t like the champions losing all the time, I think they’re doing this pretty well.

  • David Jr.

    I just realized, both of these Tag Teams has a guy who was on Season 1 and Season 2 of NXT.

  • David Jr.

    Who wears pinks better Bret Hart or Dolph Ziggler?

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      It seems to be more natural on Ziggles.

      • David Jr.

        I can agree, because Pink seems llike a color for someone more flamboyant. Which Bret Hart never was.

  • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

    Ziggles could find the time to put pink in his hair, but he couldn’t find time to bleach his roots? That man needs to look to Rollins and Rikishi about how to maintain bleached hair because he looks sloppy with roots over an inch long, and then putting in pink without bleaching makes him look ridiculous.

    • Ashley

      The pink looks like something he decided to do and then did in under 5 mins. Not a fan of it

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

        Not a good spot on his head, or well done. I’ve had a pink streak for over 22 years, in the same spot, and I make sure it’s done right.

        • Ashley

          Yes, if done right, it could look awesome. His looks like a couple of drunk girls did it for him. And you are right, if your hair is bleached blond, you have to stay on top of your roots!!

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Especially in the public eye. Watching old matches this week I realized just how great Rikishi is at keeping up with his roots. It’s part of their characters, and they should care enough to keep up their look.

  • The Breaker

    You’ve got to wonder how motivated Ziggler is now that he has absolutely no shot at winning a top title.

    • David Jr.

      If he’s not motivated then he just quit. I know Stone Cold use to say if you’re not in the WWE to be the WWE Champion you shouldn’t be here. But I disagree with that. Not everyone can be the best, doesn’t mean you can’t be motivated.

  • CJ Blaze

    I’m surprised (and glad) to see Ziggler get the amount of offense he had in this match, especially against Orton..

  • Ashley

    While I didn’t expect Ziggler to win, what a good match where he wasn’t just squashed.

    • Ashley

      Well at least in the match he wasn’t destroyed…

      • CJ Blaze

        I agree, I’m sick of Ziggler getting the treatment he has been receiving

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          He’s so much better than he’s been booked. Guess it’s proof that loose lips sink ships.

          • Ashley

            Yes, if you are going to talk so freely like that, you better have friends in the right places (i.e. Orton) or be a huge money maker.

  • Alex Gallardo

    That debate took a lot of my attention off of Smackdown.

  • David Jr.

    I think it was mentioned on this site about how Vince McMahon said there aren’t any more faces and heels. Do you think that could work or do you need a face and heel to sell a match?

    • CJ Blaze

      I think it could work for certain matches or programs, but not all the time. Like if The Shield and Wyatts had a match, I would like to be heel vs. heel, I can’t see either team being face

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      They said that in TNA about a year ago…

      I was watching the AE BluRay this week and it was said in there that they were stepping away from the traditional heel/face thing way back then.

      Seems to me something that’s been stated a number of times but rarely comes to fruition.

      All that being said, I’ve loved the back and forth between Kofi and Miz with both of them going back and forth between heel and face.

      • David Jr.

        I know Guy Landau was for it, he had mentioned in his blogs before. I’m not sure how it would work. I mean people are going to boo or cheer who they like. Maybe some great heel characters won’t get ruin because they start getting cheered and have to start pampering to the crowd.

    • The Breaker

      It might work for some feuds but a lot of the time you need a proper face and heel.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

        Some fans will follow some wrestlers, but many fans cheer the faces and boo the heels. They could confuse a lot of the sheep. (sorry, sounds worse than I mean it)

        • The Breaker

          Replace “sheep” with “casual fans” and it sounds better, haha.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            True, my brain wasn’t coming up with the PC term, though in some ways I have to stick with sheep because a lot of smarks still do just what I said, and they’re not casual fans.

          • The Breaker

            I don’t totally see doing that as mindless. They could be ‘playing along’ as a way to respect how a wrestling show should happen.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I think you’re giving too much credit, but that’s just me.

          • The Breaker

            Probably. I cheer and boo whoever I want but I can understand why someone would only react in the intended way.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I can too, but I wish people were more willing to follow their hearts.

          • The Breaker

            Yeah. You have to let yourself get emotionally invested. And if the WWE actually paid more attention to crowd reactions, they could make the shows play more in-tune to what the fans care about.

        • David Jr.

          I’m wearing my Wyatt Family shirt with a sheep on it.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            That’s just funny. Strangely I was thinking more of Punk’s straight edge cult than the Wyatt Family. No clue where my brain is tonight.

          • The Breaker

            It made me think of Jericho!

  • CJ Blaze

    Within the last couple of weeks, I got my girlfriend to watch wrestling, and she fell in love with the divas and John Cena. Not surprising to me.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      Give her time, she’s young and new to it, she will quickly learn to love it all, then we can maybe get another girl in here!

      • CJ Blaze

        :)

      • Ashley

        Yes to more females!

        • David Jr.

          I wish I could find a single female in Michigan who likes wrestling.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            It’s hard, anywhere. I was lucky that Stacy was open enough to try wrestling when we started dating.

          • David Jr.

            There is a mother at my day care who has the commented on my WWE Shirts before but she’s married.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Damn, that was so close that it hurt just reading it. Keep trying though.

          • Ashley

            I have always been the one to bring wrestling into my relationships. Luckily my husband watched when he was younger so it was easy to get him back into it!

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Stacy had only seen it while channel surfing, so he was all new to it. He really loves analyzing it all with me. We watch an old TLC (the three big teams) and the 6 man HIAC, and he was in awe of the work of some of the greats of the era in their prime. He’s only seen Angle in TNA, Jeff Hardy in TNA, Bully in TNA, Christian in TNA, then back in the E, only bits of Edge, and nothing of SCSA or Rocky in their prime.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Best of luck to that, but keep looking. You’ll find someone eventually.

          • Ashley

            It will be hard but hopefully you will find someone who is at least open to watching it. Or get her to watch Total Divas–then she will want to watch for them!

          • David Jr.

            In reality I just don’t like people who look down on me because I watch wrestling. I’m sure everybody on here has heard this before, You watch wrestling? You know that’s fake right?

          • Alex Gallardo

            I hate when people say that. It annoys the hell out of me.

          • The Breaker

            It’s the stupidest form of condescension.

          • The Breaker

            Because yeah, all wrestling fans obviously still believe that the outcomes are real.

          • Alex Gallardo

            And then it’s even worse when they think you like it because of the half naked wrestlers. That’s even harder when you actually do like men.

          • The Breaker

            And then they go on to say how much better MMA is.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Because apparently MMA is better by default just because it’s real.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Ugh! Where’s the excitement? Where’s the story?

          • Alex Gallardo

            Exactly.

          • The Breaker

            Right? It makes no sense to compare the two. I don’t know why people think that wrestling fans are into MMA. Talking to you, Spike execs!

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            In Jesse’s words – Amen!

          • Ashley

            See now that is a legit point on why you don’t like it. Not some thoughtless point like “You know its fake right”

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Or, “You watch that?” while sneering.

          • Alex Gallardo

            I can’t even associate with people like that. It’s just rude and proves that they don’t understand wrestling or how it works.

          • Ashley

            My reply to that is “Hey you know that most every TV show and movie you watch is fake?” That gets them to shut up.

          • David Jr.

            I do that too.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            As do I.

          • Alex Gallardo

            That’s how I would start it off, then I would have them watch more and more WWE TV till they don’t even realize that they’re hooked. Then again, I won’t have to worry about dealing with the ladies.

    • Alex Gallardo

      She’ll get hooked on Total Divas when it returns. It’s filled with divas and John Cena.

      • CJ Blaze

        Yeah that’s what I’m afraid of lol

        • Alex Gallardo

          As Kendra said she is new, so she’ll probably start loving more of it as time goes on and not switch to Total Divas only. Or you could just hide the show from her as best as you can.

          • CJ Blaze

            I think I’ll hide it from her so I don’t have to hear about it

          • Alex Gallardo

            That just may be your best bet. I wouldn’t get whoever I’m with interested in it to begin with, I wouldn’t want to argue about wrestling with him all the time.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            But she could fall in love with Bry and the Usos there as well.

          • Alex Gallardo

            Or just abandon nearly all of WWE TV to only see her favorites.

          • CJ Blaze

            True.

          • David Jr.

            I watch Total Divas for the Uso.

  • The Breaker

    So it’s going to be three consecutive matches from here till the end of the show? Sounds good to me.

  • David Jr.

    Maybe Big Show is wearing the diaper because Triple H still owns his house and told Big Show if he puts the diaper on and dances around, he’ll give him back his house.

    • The Breaker

      Show’s wife will be gossiping to Steph again!

  • David Jr.

    WWE had the the top 10 mic moments on there website and #1 was Mark Henry’s “retirement” and now here’s Mark Henry standing with John Cena.

    • Alex Gallardo

      WWE likes to pretend that a lot of things didn’t really happen.

      • Gary Robert

        b/c it wasn’t a retirement. It was a worked promo.

  • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

    Sick clothesline from Reigns on Henry!

    • Alex Gallardo

      Roman has quite the potential in WWE to be big.

  • David Jr.

    Big E. Langston won the first match so Roman Reigns has to win the 2nd. 1 because the Cena vs. Rollins match will be the rubber match and 2 Big E Langston and Roman Reigns are obviously two WWE sees as the future.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      Itching to see the future for those two.

      • David Jr.

        There was the debate over earlier who will win the Rumble. Well not this year but I could see Big E Langston and Roman Reigns being favorites to win the 2015 Royal Rumble.

        • Ashley

          Amen to that!

        • Alex Gallardo

          That, I can see happening.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Agreed

          • Alex Gallardo

            I’m glad we could agree on something tonight.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            It usually does happen, tonight we just found something to (argue) debate about.

          • Alex Gallardo

            And we were able to make a good and civil debate about it. That’s how things should be.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            Agreed, though if I had those Jell-O shots earlier, I might have gotten a bit goofy in there.

  • David Jr.

    JBL said Cena’s has faced someone like Rollins before? Isn’t Rollins similar to Daniel Bryan and CM Punk?

    • The Breaker

      In some ways he is, but I see him as more akin to Jeff Hardy.

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

        But more disciplined.

        • The Breaker

          Not that being more disciplined than Jeff is saying much. lol

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            True, much of his early career was Matt dragging him out of bed.

      • David Jr.

        I can see Jeff Hardy.

  • The Breaker

    I love that they’re letting Rollins get in some good offense!

  • CJ Blaze

    See you all later! I’m going home and watching some Seth Rollins matches from NXT :)

    • Alex Gallardo

      See you another time CJ!

    • CJ Blaze

      I don’t know why I said going home -_-

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      Night! See you at the Tribute To The Troops OTP!

      • Ashley

        Is that tomorrow night?

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          Yes, at 8EST, on NBC.

  • michael

    Rollins was on fire. Imagine Rollins vs Edge or Jeff Hardy!

    • Gary Robert

      or HBK or Punk…both great match-ups also. All 3 members of The Shield have huge singles potential looming. I personally think The Shield has been the best thing in the WWE since their inception but at the same time I look forward to when they all hit the singles scene as well.

    • Gary Robert

      p.s. that Rollins/Cena match was PPV worthy.

  • Khan Amir

    batista have to comeback