WrestleMania 31 Card Still at Just Four Matches

We’re just under three weeks from the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 31, which comes to us live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The card is finally starting to fill out, with the main event set and two matches designed to get multiple bodies on the WrestleMania card. Below is a look at what we know so far:

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Roman Reigns v. Brock Lesnar

Sting v. Triple H

WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Dolph Ziggler v. Dean Ambrose v. Luke Harper v. R-Truth v. Bad News Barrett
(It’s safe to assume Daniel Bryan and at least Stardust will also be added to the match, with Goldust another possible addition.)

2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Participants announced so far include Big Show, Kane, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Adam Rose, Ryback, The Miz and Curtis Axel.

It seems inevitable that John Cena will challenge Rusev for the United States Championship once more, despite Lana and the champion both refusing to give Cena another shot, and we’re also all but guaranteed a Bray Wyatt v. Undertaker contest. Also likely to be added are a Tag Team Championship match and/or Divas Title contest.

Five Matches Set for NXT Takeover: Rival

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WWE has completed the card for NXT’s fifth live WWE Network special, Takeover: Rival. The event will air February 11th. If you haven’t yet checked out an NXT special event, be sure to tune in for this one as all of these events have been excellent so far.

Below is the current card for the big show:

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens v. Sami Zayn

NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Sasha Banks v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch v. Charlotte

Match to Determine the Number One Contender for the NXT Championship
Finn Balor v. Adrian Neville

NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake v. The Lucha Dragons

No DQ Match
Baron Corbin v. Bull Dempsey

Three Tag Team Matches Added to Royal Rumble

With less than a week to go until the Royal Rumble comes to us from Philadelphia, WWE has finally rounded out the card, adding three tag team matches to the slate. A Divas tag team match will feature Natalya teaming with new bestie Pagie to take on the Bella Twins, while A New Day will battle Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose on the kickoff show. The Ascension will seek revenge against the New Age Outlaws as well, bringing the total match number to six. Below is the full, updated card:

Royal Rumble Match

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
John Cena v. Seth Rollins v. Brock Lesnar

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos

The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension

Natalya & Paige v. The Bellas

Kickoff Show Elimation Six-Man Tag Team Match
A New Day v. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose

WWE’s February PPV is Now Called ‘Fast Lane’

WWE has changed the name of its February pay-per-view from Elimination Chamber to Fast Lane, according to PWTorch.com. The news comes via an email from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, which plays host to the event on February 22, 2015.

The new name ties in with the “Road to WrestleMania” concept and one would imagine that it means the Elimination Chamber match will not be a part of the event.

John Cena v. Seth Rollins Tables Match Added to TLC Card

The Anonymous Raw General Manager has added John Cena v. Seth Rollins in a Tables Match to the TLC pay-per-view card. Logical fallacies of a one-night-only GM making matches for a pay-per-view aside, the announcement was made after a confrontation between Rollins and Cena during the opening of Monday’s episode of Raw.

Also added to that match was the stipulation that should Cena lose, he will no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (Remember that WWE has a world title?)

The official card for TLC, which is less than two weeks away, is now at three matches. Joining the Cena-Rollins skirmish are Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match and Ryback v. Kane in a Chairs Match.

ROH Final Battle 2014 Full Match Card

Ring of Honor presents Final Battle, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, December 7th at 8pm ET from Terminal 5 in New York City. Check here for a list of cable and satellite providers that will carry the event.

Seven matches have been announced by Ring of Honor. They are:

ROH World Championship Fight Without Honor
Adam Cole v. Jay Briscoe

ROH World TV Championship Match
Matt Sydal v. Jay Lethal

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match
The Time Splitters v. reDRagon

The Young Bucks & ACH v. The Addiction & Cedric Alexander

Michael Elgin v. Tommaso Ciampa

RD Evans v. Moose

Roderick Strong v. Adam Page

WWE Survivor Series Preview and Predictions

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WWE presents Survivor Series live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network (which is free for November, don’t cha know?) at 8pm ET Sunday night. The card has a less-than-robust five announced matches, plus the return of Fandango on the free pre-show. Below are my predictions for the card. Feel free to leave yours in the comments!

Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Ryback and Big Show) v. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Kane, Luke Harper and Rusev)

The stipulation added on Friday’s Smackdown that every member of Team Cena would be fired if Team Authority is victorious took a lot of the mystery out of the result of this match, at least in my opinion. They could always do the old trick where the members of Team Cena get fired then Vince McMahon comes out to save the day, but that seems like a lot of effort for a bait and switch.

WWE really needs to do something big at this event because of the WWE Network being free this month. In their minds, Randy Orton returning in his hometown and causing The Authority to be ousted from power might be enough. In the minds of potential subscribers, it may be too predictable.

No matter how they go about it, my bet is that Team Cena overcomes the odds and wins the big one.

Prediction: Team Cena

WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. Los Matadores v. The Usos v. Goldust & Stardust

It seems like the luster is wearing off of the Goldust & Stardust team and, conversely, the popularity of the Miz/Mizdow pairing is soaring. (Mostly thanks to Mizdow.) Taking the titles off Goldust & Stardust leaves them both with seemingly nowhere to go, however. What’s more likely is Miz, being jealous of Mizdow getting all the attention, doing something dastardly and turning on his partner, costing them a victory and setting up a feud between the two.

Prediction: Goldust & Stardust retain

Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt

I saw these two go at it at a house show a few weeks ago and am excited about what they’ll bring to a pay-per-view contest. As for who will win, it’s really a flip of the coin. I think Wyatt gets the best of Ambrose in round one of what will likely be a multi-month feud.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella v. AJ Lee

The obvious outcome is Brie Bella costing her sister the match. On the flip side, this whole “feud” has run its course and I could see Brie helping Nikki as a way to get back at AJ for DDT’ing her on Monday’s Raw, reuniting the sisters.

The only problem is that would make both Bellas heels. With them being the focal point of Total Divas and also shining such a strong light on the Brie-Daniel Bryan marriage, it’s hard to imagine both Bellas being villains.

I think WWE goes the obvious route (which isn’t always the worst way to go) and AJ Lee retains.

Prediction: AJ Lee

Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi and Emma v. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla

There’s very little to this storyline outside of the Paige-Alicia Fox mini-feud. I’m going with Team Nattie in this one with hopes that it leads to a Paige-Natalya storyline.

Prediction: Team Natalya

Divas Elimination Match Added to Survivor Series

A fifth match has been added to the Survivor Series lineup, WWE announced today. Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox will take on Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla.

The updated Survivor Series card, which comes to you live on WWE Network and pay-per-view this Sunday, looks like this:

Team Authority (Seth Rollings, Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry and Rusev) v. Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback)

Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella v. AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt

WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Los Matadores v. The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos v. Goldust & Stardust

Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox v. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla

Fandango is also advertised to return to action on the Survivor Series pre-show.

Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Title Match Added to Survivor Series

WWE announced that a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship match has been added to the Survivor Series card, as Goldust & Stardust will defend the straps against The Miz & Damien Mizdow, Los Matadores, and The Usos.

The addition brings the official match count to four for the pay-per-view card. The others include Team Authority v. Team Cena, Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose, and AJ Lee defending the Divas Championship against Nikki Bella.

Jim Ross to Announce GFW’s Presentation of New Japan’s Annual Tokyo Dome Show

Global Force Wrestling teased a huge announcement coming this morning and, quite unlike TNA, they delivered in spades. The company will be handling the United States and Canada presentation of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Tokyo Dome Show, Wrestle Kingdom, and the lead announcer will be one of the all-time greats, Jim Ross.

GFW and Jim Ross announced the news in a statement released Tuesday morning. The event will air live on pay-per-view in the US and Canada on January 4, 2015 at 2:00 am EST. The show will re-air at 7pm EST.

No mention has been made yet of a broadcast partner for Ross but you can be sure that it won’t be difficult to find a good color commentator that wants to call some excellent wrestling with – at least in my opinion – the greatest pro wrestling broadcaster of all time.

The card is headlined by an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada, along with an appearance by The Bullet Club.