“John Cena is just about ready to return to the ring and is expected to be cleared anytime”
News travelled that Cena would miss his first Wrestlemania about a month ago. But John Cena wouldn’t be John Cena if he didn’t return far quicker than we thought.
I think we’ve got a winner for that battle royal.
Reigns is certainly not alone in getting polarized reactions from the WWE audience. Gone are the days when the lion’s share of cheers went to the babyface – the “good guy” – simply because he was in the role of the hero.
“The days of everybody loves the white knight and everybody hates the dark knight are gone,” Levesque said. “You’ve seen it for, what, the last 10 years with John Cena. I used to say to John all the time, ‘You’re the Red Sox and the Yankees in the same game. Half the place hates you, half the place loves you, but it’s full, so who cares?’”
If the company line about Reigns is that the fans are treating him just like John Cena, they’re making a huge mistake. They couldn’t be more different.
Shane McMahon has taken some legendary (and ridiculously dangerous) leaps in his WWE career, and on Monday Night Raw the 46-year-old proved he’s still got it ahead of a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% sure Shane was going to make the leap on Monday night. I’m glad he did, I’m glad he’s okay, and it did, finally, get me a little pumped for what we might see on Sunday.
I did notice a little detail too, that impressed me just as much. As Shane got up after his flying elbow, the bottom of his shirt came up with his hand, just for a second, revealing a ridiculously cut six-pack. I don’t recall Shane ever being in such great shape before.
AJ Styles via Digital Spy:
“I think that Roman Reigns is the guy for the job right now. I think him and Triple H are going to tear it up at WrestleMania. It’s a very exciting match that I think a lot of people wanna see.”
Sting taught this man everything he knows.
rjkelly31 on Twitter:
I went back for each match and decided to chronicle everything important leading up to Wrestlemania this coming week.
Just in case you wanted to see every single match that led to Wrestlemania 32. Exhaustive and well-researched, with a nice narrative bias that makes the whole wacky thing make a little bit more sense.
A.J. Smith, via Nick Hausman:
AJ: It bothers me so much as a Roman Reigns’ fan. I think turning him heel would be an answer they would want to go to. The only problem with that is that then wrestling fans that care too much about the results and not the show, if he turns heel, they’re going to cheer because they are happy he is turning heel. It’s going to be the same issue that you had before. It bothers me because I don’t think he has done anything wrong. He has great match after great match after great match. I just feel bad for the guy.
Just like in my last post, I completely agree. It isn’t Reigns’ fault this story isn’t working. It’s bad character management and writing.
Jason Mann and Sawyer Paul continue their annual tradition of discussing WrestleMania’s prior main event with a look at Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (and later Seth Rollins) at WrestleMania 31. They talk about what makes Brock Lesnar so different from any other WWE wrestler, why Roman Reigns has had such difficulty getting fan acceptance, where this ranks among WrestleMania main events, the power dynamic between WWE decisionmakers and grassroots fans and the parallels in politics, and much more.
This is the most fun I have all year.
“WWE informed Sky Italy, which will carry WrestleMania on PPV, that the show will go five to 20 minutes past the hour so it will be longer than the usual four hour main show.”
It’s going to take me a month just to watch this damned show.
Here’s a fun game: try to guess the order of matches for Wrestlemania 32. You can respond by reblogging if you’re on tumblr or by commenting below.
Here’s mine, from first to last:
- Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Paige VS Lana, Tamina, and Naomi
- The Third Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
- New Day vs League of Nations
- Intercontinental Title: Kevin Owens vs Everybody.
- The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
- AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho
- No Holds Barred Street Fight: Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar
- Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship: Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
- WWE World Heavyweight Title: Roman Reigns vs. Triple H
- US Title Match: Kalisto vs Ryback
- Hell In a Cell Match: Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker. If Shane wins the match, he gains control of Raw (and as Vince said, as Raw goes, the whole company goes).
WWE.com is hyping the following story line points for tonight’s show:
-Will Dolph Ziggler instigate himself into another all-or-nothing match?
-Expect the Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch rivalry to kick into gear in a big way
-How will Lana and Team BAD make their presence known?
-Who will enter in the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
-Will The Authority settle their Roman Reigns problem in the ring or with a mountain of litigation?
Let me answer these questions for you quickly: no, why not, a little, nobodies, and in the ring.
The card is more or less complete, so expect this Raw (which is not the last one before Wrestlemania) to be a detail-filler.