Wrestling

Lauding and Essaying NXT TakeOver: Respect

NXT TakeOver: Respect streamed live on the WWE Network on Wednesday night, from NXT’s home base of Full Sail University, Florida. This was the seventh iteration of the NXT TakeOver series, the fourth so far this year, and while the year began with wrestling minds rapt on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, the story of NXT in 2015 has increasingly…

WWE Night of Champions 2015 Brings Stinging Sensation

Last month at SummerSlam, for the first time in WWE history both the World and the United States championships went on the line in the same match, as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins faced off against United States Champion John Cena. After cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and seizing the world title at WrestleMania 31, Rollins’ year…

WWE SummerSlam 2015 Wilts and Slumps

Although the Royal Rumble remains for many fans the most enticing occasion of the year after WrestleMania – largely for the prospect of surprise entrants, which manages to sustain excitement levels across each iteration of the thirty-man battle royal – it is SummerSlam which WWE bills as its second biggest event. And with the WWE Network both allowing flexibility and demanding a ceaseless…

Blowout at WWE Battleground 2015

After a more than passable first half of WWE Battleground, which took place on Sunday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, upon the final two matches the event fell apart. Given their magnitude – for these were the two matches given the most substantial builds since last month’s Money in the Bank, featuring WWE’s biggest names, with first…

Thinking Through WWE Money in the Bank 2015

When WWE gets it right, it can all seem so fluid, so sensible, so seamless in the connection between cause and effect, and so transparent with regard to motivation, purpose and meaning, that the business of professional wrestling, or sports entertainment, would almost appear effortless – if it weren’t for the tremendous effort clearly being expended by the superstars performing in…

Condemning WWE Elimination Chamber 2015

After generously avoiding a distinctly lacking Extreme Rules – which at least offered an exciting Tag Team Championship match and an intense encounter between Roman Reigns and Big Show – and affording positive reviews to WrestleMania 31 and, just a couple of weeks ago, Payback, it seems fair to condemn Elimination Chamber, which took place on Sunday evening in Corpus…

Daily Visual 21.05.15: Sasha Banks Holds Her Arm in Victory

At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, emanating last night from Winter Park, Florida from 8 pm Eastern Time, live on the WWE Network, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch put on the match of the show. They faced stiff competition. The opener between Finn Bálor and Tyler Breeze saw two stunning entrances and a high-impact end to the match; and the main event was…

WWE Payback 2015 In Review

After a decidedly lacklustre follow-up to WrestleMania 31 with last month’s Extreme Rules – which saw evaded stipulations in the Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and John Cena vs. Rusev matches; a street fight between Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper that was entertaining in patches, but petered out after the duo returned from an extended car trip; a sluggish main event…

Thoughts Upon WrestleMania 31

WrestleMania 31, emanating last night from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, appears to have been widely embraced as a resounding success. The six-hour show – with a full four hours devoted to the show proper; and an additional two making up the pre-show, which featured two matches in its second hour – roundly surpassed the worried expectations many fans…