Rumored Bryan v. Reigns v. Lesnar WrestleMania Main Event Makes a lot of Sense

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Rumors are floating around today that Vince McMahon has decided on a WrestleMania 31 main event that will feature Brock Lesnar defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match against Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.

The idea makes a lot of sense and the road to that match is easy to lay out.

Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are set to go one-on-one at WWE’s generic-as-can-be Fast Lane pay-per-view on Feburary 22nd, with the winner heading to WrestleMania to challenge the Beast Incarnate. Let’s remember that just a week ago, Roman Reigns interfered in the Bryan v. Seth Rollins match, costing Rollins a shot at Reigns at the PPV. Also don’t forget that Randy Orton’s return is imminent and he will have his sights set on Seth Rollins, who put him out of action with a storyline concussion.

The number one contender’s match at Fast Lane is ripe for a schmozz finish.

Rollins comes to the ring to screw Reigns out of the WrestleMania headliner as revenge for costing him this past Monday. Randy Orton returns to get even with Rollins. And then, of course, all hell breaks loose resulting in a no contest. Therefore, a triple threat match between Bryan, Reigns and Lesnar would be… best for business.

Going the route of a triple threat match makes a lot of sense. Lesnar doesn’t have to take the pin if you want to protect him and allow him to return at, say, SummerSlam claiming that since he never got pinned, he deserves a championship rematch. If there are any nerves about Reigns and Lesnar not being able to work a solid match together, you have Daniel Bryan in there as the glue to hold it all together.

It also makes sense because if Bryan wins at Fast Lane, there really isn’t a sensible WrestleMania program for Reigns, since Rollins will likely be paired with Randy Orton no matter what happens. Unless we want another Reigns v. Big Show match. The same can be said for Daniel Bryan who, aside from the Dolph Ziggler Twitter angle, doesn’t have a logical opponent who isn’t already tied up with something else. Putting Bryan and Reigns in the big match with Lesnar might be the most smooth road of all.

WrestleMania 32 to be Held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX

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It has long been rumored but WWE announced after Raw that WrestleMania 32 will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The home of the Dallas Cowboys holds 80,000 for football but can fit over 105,000 for other events. The record attendance for a football game was 105,121 in September 2009 when the Giants beat the Cowboys in the stadium’s first regular season game. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 fans to the stadium, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance for a basketball game.

WWE will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops to try to fill Jerry World. An Undertaker retirement match would not seem out of the question, especially if WWE decides to keep him off the WrestleMania XXXI show. There has always been talk of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning for one more match in his home state, so I’m sure Vince McMahon and company will be working the Rattlesnake over.

One thing to remember is that although the capacity can reach over 105,000, WWE generally has a pretty elaborate and space-consuming entrance way for WrestleMania, which will cut down on some of those potential seats.

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Three Tag Team Matches Added to Royal Rumble

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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

Sting Appears on Raw to Help John Cena Get Ryback, Ziggler and Rowan Their Jobs Back

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“The Vigilante” Sting appeared at the close of last night’s Raw Reunion show to distract Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority just long enough for John Cena to get a roll-up pinfall on the Money in the Bank briefcase holder. The win – against Rollins, Kane and Big Show – means Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all get their jobs back, thanks to the stipulation agreed upon earlier in the night. Had Cena lost he would have had to forfeit his spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.

The appearance of Sting would seem to make a Sting v. Triple H WrestleMania match a lock and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Triple H makes the most sense to face Sting given the current situation. He’s still in incredible shape and can most likely put on a better match with Sting than Undertaker can at this point in his career.

Survivor Series Surprisingly Draws More Than 100,000 Buys on PPV

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Survivor Series, the November pay-per-view that was given away for free on WWE Network, surprisingly drew 103,000 buys on traditional PPV, according to WWE’s figures released this week. That number is well above the 77,000 buys October’s Hell in a Cell did.

The Survivor Series main event of Team Authority v. Team Cena, with The Authority’s jobs on the line, surely had a lot to do with that large number. WWE, however, assumed the headliner would bring in more WWE Network free subscriptions.

That says a lot about where WWE fans – and the general population – are technologically. If you chose to pay upwards of $50 for something you could have gotten for free, it means either your internet wasn’t capable of handling the stream, you don’t have the necessary devices to stream the Network to your TV, or you just don’t trust the service.

WWE Network Adds Five Episodes of ‘Tuesday Night Titans’

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Some new content was added to the WWE Network, as the company has uploaded five episodes of the 1980s WWE-produced talk show, Tuesday Night Titans, to the vault section.

The program aired on USA Network between 1984 and 1986 and followed the late night talk show format, with Vince McMahon hosting. Lord Alfred Hayes was also a “correspondent” on the show. Gene Okerlund replaced McMahon in the host’s chair in 1986.

Erick Rowan v. Luke Harper Match on Raw Illustrates WWE’s Poor Booking Decisions


Since the members of the Wyatt Family each went their separate ways a few months ago, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan had been mostly kept apart. Rowan and Harper were participants in the Survivor Series main event on opposing teams, where it looked like the beginning of an angle between the two was subtly teased.

Following Survivor Series, Rowan went into a program with Big Show, leading us to the silly “Stairs Match” on this Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view. Harper, for his part, has been invovled in a program with Dolph Ziggler ever since abruptly winning the Intercontinental Championship from the Showoff on the Raw before Survivor Series. The two will meet once again in a Ladder Match this Sunday for the title.

Basic booking so far, keeping the two former tag team partners and members of the Wyatt Family close enough that you remember their previous bond but far enough apart that when they eventual collided it would be special.

Then Monday’s episode of Raw rolled around and – in a move that illustrates the poor booking decisions of WWE and the hastily thrown together (and likely rewritten on the fly) storylines – Rowan and Harper were having their showdown. With no buildup. With no stakes. And with barely a mention of it before the match began.

In an even more head scratching move, the match was a two-minute DQ finish. The crowd was dead for the entire thing and the show quickly moved back into terrible comedy Slammy Awards mode following the end of the contest.

This is the way the feud ends: Not with a bang but a whimper.

I’m not saying that Luke Harper v. Erick Rowan is a main event feud but more could have been squeezed out of this than a two-minute throwaway segment on another lackluster Raw. And, sure, WWE will likely keep going with these two, pitting them against one another on several more television shows, then maybe paying it off with a pay-per-view match that will feel meaningless because of all the matches before it.

WWE can always ramp it up and try to make a match feel special with video packages; and they do a damn good job at that. But no matter how great the video department is in Stamford, a poorly put together program is poor.

We got further evidence of WWE’s waste of matchups again this week when Dolph Ziggler faced Seth Rollins on Raw, which – of course – ended with a Rollins win thanks to interference because the company painted themselves into a corner and couldn’t have one guy go over the other clean.

Part of it certainly has to do with a lack of jobber matches and the need for instant gratification, along with having to fill so much airtime each week. Part of it is also Vince McMahon quickly changing storylines on the fly, as he is known to do. Either way, it’s a big reason why the product is currently suffering.