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The top 5 Christmas presents I want from WWE.

While there are many things I’d like to see happen in the WWE, if I could have only 5 of those in the form of Christmas gifts from WWE; these 5 would be it:

  1. RAW gets cut down to 2 hours. 

Smackdown starts on the USA Network in a matter of weeks and its becoming apparent that WWE is trying to tighten up the ship for their B show to make it look and sound more like an A+ show. USA now plays both flagship WWE shows, so it wouldn’t kill USA and the WWE to scale back their RAW programming to two hours so there isn’t an overflow of the company on the network. Keep RAW at its 7PM central start time and have it end at 9PM so the younger and older fans can go to bed. USA can always resort to spamming another episode of NCIS or Law & Order to fill its 9PM start time.

 

  1. Creative pulls the trigger on a Dean Ambrose/Kevin Owens World Title Run.

Owens and Ambrose are having a killer feud together, but the truth to the situation is that both these guys can have great programs with anyone. They both get great crowd reactions perform very well on the microphone and their wrestling is top notch. Give these guys their own run for the world title while the fire is hot.

 

  1. John Cena continues to hold the U.S. Title. (While he’s around.)

I have heard from some pretty reliable sources that John Cena will be pulling a Rock and focusing more on his movie career that has suddenly started to have a second life. What exactly does that mean? I expect Cena to have a few periods within the next couple of years where he’s on and off the WWE roster for a few months. John absolutely refuses to take any film role within WWE films and only wants to get roles with bigger productions; meaning he can’t simply fly back to appear on RAW like he has in the past. While he is on the roster, have him continue to champion the US Title and have him elevate talent to the next level with it.

 

  1. Daniel Bryan is the last entrant in the 2016 Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble has really sucked the last couple of years and now WWE has the opportunity to do it right by having Daniel Bryan be the surprise last entrant in the Rumble and win it. Bryan gets a chance to win back the title he never lost at Wrestlemania and for once people talk about the Rumble in a positive light.

 

  1. Owen Hart is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

I have a feeling that if any of these Christmas wishes come true, it will be this one. Owen Hart is a class act and watching his recently released DVD on his life made me realize that it’s a crying shame that he isn’t in the Hall of Fame in the first place. This man gave his life for the pro wrestling business and has never truly been acknowledge for the amazing work that he has done. Something tells me that 2016 will change that though.

A World Championship Tragedy: Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Rowdy Roddy Piper passing away last week was another devastating blow to the wrestling community as he was a true original. No one walked down to the ring, delivered a promo and told a story during his matches like he did. We’ve lost a number of iconic superstars this year, including Dusty Rhodes; but to me the death of Roddy Piper is one of the most tragic because of one reason:

He was never a world champion for any of the big league companies like WWE or WCW.

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Now don’t get me wrong, Piper transcended the need for any world championship belt with many memorable matches, his iconic role in “They Live” and with his promos. His role as a heel during his massive feud with Hulk Hogan helped cement Hogan’s run on top for years, essentially breathing financial life into the WWF for a good portion of the 80’s. He was an essential piece of the puzzle that made WWF what it was back then and not once did he receive the ultimate acknowledgement of that hard work in the form of a WWF Championship run. That’s a tragedy, folks. I highly doubt a run with Piper as champion would have hurt WWF’s bottom line and he without a doubt knew how to draw heat from the crowd as a heel. The classic scenario of Piper winning the championship with unhanded tactics against 80’s icon Hulk Hogan would have setup the ultimate “Face VS Heel.” program, with Hogan eventually winning the title back that he was cheated out of.  Good triumphs over evil. It’s been told a million times, but not the way Piper would have done it with that belt.

The thing that bothers me about Piper not having his name attached to the linage of a world championship is for the historical aspect of the industry. Think about it: In three or four generations from now when a new wrestling fan looks at the history of the WWE title, they will have a better chance of learning about The Great Khali than they will of Rowdy Roddy Piper based on that list of who held the title. Seasoned wrestling fans know that a world title on you doesn’t make you the man, but once you’ve held that title, your chances of being remembered historical increase dramatically over those who don’t. While its true that he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship, there’s always the chance that WWE could sweep that title under the rug. They have once before.

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I think the fact that Piper was never given a World Championship run bothered him.  Inside MMA replayed a segment from 2007/2008 where they interviewed him and Bas Rutten introduced him as a “World champion wrestling superstar.” You could tell that Piper wanted to correct him and tell him: “They never gave me that chance, buddy.” but instead he laughed it off and proceeded with the interview like a pro.

Roddy Piper should not be forgotten and will most likely never be, but it’s up to us as fans of this industry to keep his legacy alive where the promoters failed to do so.

RIP, Roddy Piper!

CMWP Staff Elimination Chamber Predictions

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A new tradition has started here at The Casual Mark Wrestling Podcast.  From here until WrestleMania 32, we  will keep track of our predictions at each of the upcoming pay per views and the person who has the most right predictions will win the CMWP Championship Belt (belt to be displayed at a later time).  Stay tuned to see who comes out of Elimination Chamber with the most correct predictions and stakes an early claim to the CMWP Championship Belt!  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for upcoming articles, videos, and podcasts from The Casual Mark Wrestling crew.

 

The Enforcer’s Corner Update 5/28/15

Update on the Elimination Chamber Intercontinental Championship Match

According to multiple sources, Rusev injured his ankle badly at the Tuesday Smackdown Live tapings.  It is being reported that Bray Wyatt will replace Rusev inside the chamber.  This is huge news especially since Rusev was my pick to win the IC strap at Elimination Chamber.  It is very unfortunate for Rusev because I was confident that the WWE was going to give him the Intercontinental Championship and let him run as a monster heel.  I was looking forward to the Ziggler/Rusev feud that was starting to build up.

If they had added someone like Stardust to the mix, I would have to go back to my original pick of Sheamus.  The WWE has decided to add Bray Wyatt into the mix.  I am going to get real crazy with this new choice and choose Bray Wyatt to crab walk out of Elimination Chamber as the Intercontinental Championship.  I know Bray Wyatt has been MIA as of late but I can’t think of a better way to make him credible again.  He needs to go on from there and have a monster heel run with the title where he does not lose. (Just like I wanted with Rusev)  If WWE creative wants to get real rowdy then they need to have Harper and Rowan take out Los Matadores, enter the chamber, and win the WWE Tag Team Titles.  Then reform the Wyatt Family as a dominant stable. (not one that is fed to Cena when he needs to look good)

New Winner: Bray Wyatt win Intercontinental Championship

Possible Shocker: Harper & Rowan win Tag Team Championships

 

Neville vs Bo Dallas

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As stated earlier,  I am shocked to see Neville relegated to a feud with Bo Dallas after making such an impactful debut on the main roster. (See “The Enforcer’s Blog for my views on Neville)  If Bo Dallas was a more credible opponent,  I wouldn’t be so harsh on this match.  All I’ve seen Bo Dallas do over the past few months is come out, cut a promo then get squashed against whoever he is wrestling.  I do however, bo-lieve that Bo Dallas could be a compelling character that the WWE creative team should be able to do great stuff with (We talked about it on the podcast. Have Bray Wyatt break him down slowly over a few months and have him join the Wyatt Family)(Just an idea creative, just an idea)  However if they want to make Bo Dallas a character that stands on his own then he needs a win over a great wrestler.  As much as I want Neville to keep his momentum going, I  bo-lieve that Bo Dallas needs this win more then Neville.  So my prediction is that Bo Dallas SNEAKS out of Elimination Chamber with a win over Neville. (Remember Neville is working the knee injury angle right now).

Winner: Bo Dallas

 

 

The Enforcer’s Corner

Welcome to the very first edition of the “The Enforcer’s Corner”. My name is Nikos Kosmopoulos and I will be writing about everything pro wrestling. You may be asking what does that entail? My blogs will include my opinions and comments on PPV predictions, current storylines in the WWE, other wrestling promotions including TNA, ROH, NJPW and lots of other great stuff. You can also find my opinions on all sorts of wrestling topics on the Casual Mark Podcast, which is conveniently found on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook, and Audible.com. So you should probably go download it.

To kick off my blog writing experience, I wanted to start with something simple since it is my first go at this. I have decided that I will give my Elimination Chamber predictions for the current card and I will add any predictions for matches that are added in the next couple days to my blog later. For those of you who are not in the loop, the powers that be decided randomly to bring back the Elimination Chamber as a WWE Network exclusive PPV (available for an undisclosed monthly sum). I believe this was a desperation move by the WWE to increase their WWE Network subscriptions. It just seemed odd to have a PPV two weeks after having another PPV. However, I can’t really complain since this card is better then Payback which was only 6 days ago. With only two weeks to build up storylines, it will be exciting to see how The Elimination Chamber PPV plays out.

As far as predictions go, I really have not been having the best luck. The Enforcer did not have a good night with predictions for WrestleMania (3-7) as Frank (sitting in as always) cleaned up with an impressive 9-1 mark. The tides slowly started changing with some solid predictions at Extreme Rules and got even better when I was the only member of The Casual Mark Podcast team to correctly predict Seth Rollins retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback. No big deal. Here are The Enforcer’s predictions for Elimination Chamber.

(random comments/predictions) (just so your not confused) Enjoy!

 

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship

 Nikki Bella (c) vs. Paige vs Naomi

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If you have been following the podcast, by now you have figured out that our feelings on the Diva’s division have been pretty unenthusiastic over the past few months, except when it comes to Natalya. Frank and myself adore Natalya. (Frank, I love how they got rid of the Road Warrior looking thing she wore after we said they should, weird?) Readers, you would know all of this if you listened to our podcast, which can be found on iTunes right now! Go! Sorry any who this match for me is only interesting because Paige is involved. Personally I am very happy to see Paige back in action. Aside from her debut, the WWE creative dept. have dropped the ball with Paige, and the hope is that they decide to properly push her and give her a much deserved run with the Divas title. She should stop the “This is my house” chant though. (Not a fan) The Bella’s on the other hand are just tiring to watch and they have been for quite some time. They are super stale and need to either come back with a new gimmick or just disappear for a while. As for Naomi, I still have not bought into the tough girl act. During our podcast we discussed how Total Diva’s has ruined the perception of some of the characters in Diva’s division. Every week we watch Naomi be the nice girl next-door type, which makes it hard to take her seriously as a rough and tough bad girl. However, my prediction is that Naomi walks out the Diva’s champion with help from Tamina Snuka. If this all plays out we will get the Paige vs. Naomi feud that has been teased since Naomi took out Paige last month.

Winner: Naomi pins Nikki Bella to win WWE Diva’s Championship

 

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships

 The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) vs. Cesaro & Kidd vs. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Victor) vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young)

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            I wanted to start off by saying that on our podcast this was exactly the chamber match that I wanted and predicted (even the part about both partners in the same pod). I was hoping for the inclusion of Harper and Rowan into this match but I guess I will have to live with Los Matadores instead (yay!) The New Day has been the biggest surprise over the past six weeks. They stole the show at Extreme Rules and Payback. I love the dynamic between Big E, Kofi and Woods as they can generate some legit heat from the crowd. Obviously, I can’t just give them props as Cesaro & Kidd played huge roles in both of those matches being as successful as they were. The only other team in this match that I consider serious contenders for the Tag Team Championships is the Lucha Dragons. That is why I wanted Harper and Rowan in the match. I feel this dynamic would give it a little more unpredictability. As for The Ascension, Los Matadores and The Prime Time Players better luck next time. My prediction is that the match comes down to a fight between The New Day, Cesaro & Kidd and The Lucha Dragons. This will be the match of the night just like the previous two pay per views. The Lucha Dragons will eliminate Cesaro & Kidd and then come so close to winning the titles but The New Day will prevail victorious and retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. Hopefully from here on out we see The New Day feud with The Lucha Dragons.

Winner: The New Day pin The Lucha Dragons to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships

 

Elimination Chamber Match for the Vacant Intercontinental Championship

R-Truth vs. Sheamus vs. King Barrett vs. Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

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            This is the match that I have had the hardest time deciding who would walk away champion. They could go a ton of different routes with almost all of these participants. The only contestant that has no chance of winning is R-Truth. The Enforcer wants to meet the person in the WWE creative dept. who decided that having R-Truth instead of Stardust was a novel idea because it was not. R-Truth has not been relevant in three or four years. I believe Stardust’s match with Cena during the U.S Open Challenge was proof enough that he belongs in the Intercontinental Championship hunt.

It was very surprising to see the omission of Neville from this match. Neville has been one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch over the past month or so. He has victories over King Barrett and Sheamus under his belt, was runner up at the KOTR tournament and he took John Cena to the max on Raw. I am baffled to see him delegated to a feud with Bo Dallas at the moment. Here we see creative once again not doing anything meaningful with great talent (what a shocker).

I had previously stated in Episode 6 of The Casual Mark Podcast (conveniently found on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook and Audible.com) that I thought that Sheamus would win the Intercontinental Title in the Elimination Chamber. However, Mondays Raw shifted my opinion on what I believe will happen in the chamber. I know it’s only been a week but the rivalry between Ziggler and Rusev over Lana’s allegiance intrigues me. I have always liked Ziggler and was super pumped for his future after Survivor Series. Yet, the powers that be decided to completely halt all his momentum coming out of that PPV. Same with Rusev, he was built as a monster only to be fed to Cena three consecutive times. If properly done, I believe this could be a feud that could steal some upcoming events. The potential is there, creative needs to just not screw it up, which I know is asking a lot lately. I believe it will come down to Ziggler and Rusev with Rusev pulling off the win to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Hopefully from there Ziggler and Rusev continue to feud over Lana and the Intercontinental Championship.

Winner: Rusev pins Ziggler to win the vacated Intercontinental Championship

 

John Cena vs. Kevin Owens

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Ever since John Cena defeated Rusev at WrestleMania to win the U.S Title, he has defended the title weekly. By defeating the likes of Dean Ambrose, Stardust, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Neville, and Kane, John Cena has brought back prestige to the U.S. Title. It has easily become my favorite title that is currently being defended.

This past week on Raw, Kevin Owens answered the John Cena US Open Challenge. However, he did not come out to wrestle. He came out to let the WWE universe and John Cena know that he was ready for the big time and that he did not care about Cena or the WWE Universe. Not only did Kevin Owens hold his own on the mic against Cena, he gave him a malicious pop-up power bomb to finish it all off. He stood tall over Cena and it was later announced that the two would do battle at Elimination Chamber.

This match intrigues me for many reasons. First of all it is the main roster debut of Kevin Owens and it doesn’t get any better than a PPV match against the company’s biggest star. Secondly, John Cena has momentum coming off of three huge victories over Rusev and has been successful at defending his US Title in the open challenges. Finally and probably the most important factor, is that the match is NOT for the U.S Title. The fact is that the WWE needs to start establishing new stars now, and I don’t believe they can wait around any longer. I do believe that Kevin Owens comes out of Elimination Chamber looking stronger then ever. Owens controls most of the match with Cena getting in his moves as well. I believe Cena wins via DQ after Owens won’t stop beating Cena down in the corner. He will finish the night with a pop-up power bomb, and will stand tall over Cena. NXT Champion is HERE!!!!!!!!!! (I was torn between the DQ finish and Owens winning clean, I know I’m nuts)

Winner: John Cena via DQ.

Real Winner: Kevin Owens

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

 Seth Rollins w/J&J Security (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

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This is a match that I have been waiting for since last October. We never got a true finish to the Rollins/Ambrose feud that was red-hot at the time. To make things even better, this match is for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  Ambrose was able to force the authority into giving him a title match against Rollins after threatening to bash Rollins head in over the “concrete” bricks on Raw.

Dean Ambrose has been receiving a ton of fan support as of late. His pop at Extreme Rules was arguably the loudest of the night. Even at Payback when pitted against Reigns at fans chanted for Ambrose. He personally is my favorite wrestler currently on the roster. If you listen to the podcast, I have not been shy of my support for Ambrose ever since we did our first podcast in December. I enjoy the hell out of his promos, and enjoy watching him wrestle. His move-set is diverse and he elicits a reaction from the crowd that not many wrestlers on the roster can match right now.

Seth Rollins aka The Architect has been an excellent champion up to this point. I know a few of my fellow podcast team members disagree with me but I’m The Enforcer so I don’t really care what they say. His promos are enjoyable and they get the point across that he is best for business. His matches have been phenomenal (he stole the show at The Royal Rumble) for the most part aside from Extreme Rules but that was more of a booking problem than quality of match. He carries the title with swagger and knows how to get under the crowds skin. Sooner rather then later, I hope we see him shake J&J security and defend the title with more bravado going forward.

This will be a match that has potential to be the best on the card if they give Rollins/Ambrose enough time to put together a great match without interference all match long from J&J Security. The crowd will be with Ambrose and rooting hard against Rollins so hopefully they can use that energy to put on an unbelievable match. I do believe that Rollins will retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship in dramatic fashion with this crazy prediction.   Kane and Reigns both stick their nose into this match. Reigns takes out Kane and Ambrose will have Rollins beat but Reigns costs Ambrose the match with a superman punch. (We find out on Raw, Reigns doesn’t want anyone taking the title away from Rollins but himself because Rollins took away his big moment/mini heel turn). That way Reigns and Ambrose can feud over the next few months and friendships can be tested. I do not believe that Rollins is losing the title until SummerSlam when I believe The Beast Incarnate comes to take what is rightly his.

 

Winner: Seth Rollins pins Dean Ambrose to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

 

I wanted to end my first entry by thanking all of the people who support the Casual Mark Podcast via iTunes, SoundCloud, Facebook, YouTube and our wonderful sponsor Audible.com. We are slowly growing as a podcast and we truly appreciate all of the support we have received over the past five months. Enough of the mushy stuff, those are my predictions and I’m sticking to them. I cannot wait for episode seven to tell you all I told you so especially that damn Frank character. This has been fun and I will see you soon with another edition of ‘The Enforcer’s Corner’.  Stay classy IWC.

 

What is the best opening music for WWE RAW?

We’ve seen a number of different theme songs throughout the years open WWE RAW, but none of them has ever stood out to me as much when Anthrax performed “All Together Now” for the second hour of RAW which was better known as the War Zone back then.

Now,  I was a WCW guy and growing up with the Nitro theme song, I never thought much of that WCW brand song. The song itself was a pretty generic guitar rift and lacked any sort of vocals. The intro to Nitro also seemed more like the opening to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video game than a Pro Wrestling program.

The first time I saw the intro for RAW in 97/98 with “All Together Now”,  I was blown away. This intro screamed “All bets are off, anything goes!” with this program. Helicopters,  things blowing up, and various wrestlers exchanging punches with each other in a wrestling ring…THAT WAS ON FIRE! That’s right! I honestly think that the ring on fire in this intro is what eventually inspired the inferno match that would come a few years later. Most importantly though, the music set the tone with its heavy guitar rifts and wrestling inspired lyrics:

Rock n’ roll’s like fightin’ in the ring,
we got together, to do our thing,
we all play hard, we all play low,
that’s why we got together to sing this song.

To me, the song is what sealed the deal for that intro being one of the best intros to a wrestling program and being one of my favorite songs throughout RAW’s history featured as the intro. I’m really enjoying watching the Attitude Era RAW episodes and hearing thie song again!

What’s your favorite theme that opened RAW?