I feel like the old school wrestling critics who want to go back to booking as a pseudo-sport rather than writing as narrative television are just so deluded.

I’m talking about people like Wade Keller and his douches over at PWtorch and yep Jim Cornette (who I respect the hell out of) I heard Jim talk about how MMA has become hugely popular via what wrestling use to do in building up two guys and people paying to see who’s toughest. Anyone who thinks wrestling today post-kayfabe, post-complete exposure of its inner-workings can compete with MMA on those terms is just tripping.

I feel like people mad about the out come of Orton/Bryan tonight are focusing on the match as being about a fictional title/contest rather than being another chapter in the wider arc of TV narrative.

Interestingly, read old dirtsheets from the 90s. These guys were hopped up on seventies nostalgia and the kind that saw Bill Watts as WCW’s saviour! That says it all.

PWTorch: Changes to The Shield evident in post-loss promo (w/Analysis of the group vs. individuals)

The Shield’s trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns have always had individual personalities, but those personalities previously blended together to form one, solid unit.

Now, WWE is beginning to spread out and reinforce individual characteristics as part of changes to the group.

With The Shield having lost two six-man tag matches in two weeks, it’s clear that changes are coming to the group. This was evident in athree-minute video promo released on WWE’s website following The Shield’s loss to Christian & The Usos in a six-man tag on Friday’s Smackdown. (The promo can be viewed HERE on WWE.com.)

- U.S. champion Dean Ambrose: Ambrose is taking on the characteristics of an arrogant heel who over-states his importance. Ambrose has always been the more vocal leader of the group, but now he is beginning to look and feel like the typical undersized WWE heel whose bark is stronger than his bite.

In the post-loss promo, Ambrose called himself the most-important singles champion in WWE, an obvious boast when he’s holding a second-tier title. Ambrose then tore into Christian, asking if he’s washed up or “just a veteran,” which will set up Christian and his fanbase looking for Ambrose to get comeuppance.

What separates Ambrose from other “undersized WWE heels” is how convincing he is as a diabolical vilain, which will eventually make him and WWE a lot of money down the road when he’s a singles wrestler.

- Tag champion Roman Reigns: Reigns’s change is most-intriguing. Throughout the post-loss promo, Reigns sat quietly next to Ambrose holding a serious, confident tone for the camera.

In the beginning, Reigns was the quiet muscle who was given one or two lines, then did his talking in the ring via The Spear. But, it seemed like Reigns was only given a few lines because he wasn’t ready to do more talking.

Now, it feels like Reigns is only given a few lines because his character is ultra-confident and doesn’t need more than a few words to make his point. He’s almost become the “quiet strength” leader of the group, not “quiet muscle” whose only function is to beat people up and take orders.

In the post-loss promo, Reigns exuded a certain charisma, poise, and posture that made him look like a future top star. He has the pedigree because he’s The Rock’s cousin, and now he’s developing the poise and right facial expressions that come with being a top star.

- Tag champion Seth Rollins: Rollins’s character has probably changed the least of the three, playing the role of the out-spoken, hot-head who will do crazy things for “the cause” of The Shield.

In this post-loss promo, Rollins simply walked around in the background for three minutes selling frustration, anger, and inner-turmoil over The Shield’s six-man tag loss on Smackdown. Rollins disappeared for a few seconds, returned to the camera shot in the background, and made his presence known only when appropriate without distracting from Ambrose’s speech.

Rollins was spot-on in his portrayal of inner-turmoil ready to explode outwardly, making him stand out without over-shadowing.

Caldwell’s Analysis: Overall, the group still has the presence and feel of a big deal, even though WWE curiously booked them to lose to the weakest three-man unit formed against them during their WWE run. It doesn’t appear that the group is doomed; it feels more like WWE wants to accentuate some individual characteristics going forward to being Stage 2 of The Shield’s run. It would be a good idea to return Shield to their winning ways - and over legit opposition - to make sure the audience still takes them seriously. And, fortunately for Shield, not too many people are watching Smackdown right now, so WWE can still keep the group strong on Raw and PPVs. It remains to be seen, though, with WWE’s booking changing from week-to-week.

To have a wife or girlfriend or whatever you may have, I was married 30 years in this business. It takes a very special lady to be married in this business and be married to somebody in this business and is willing to put up with what they put up with and is willing to stay home and take care of the homefront and take care of the children and take care of you when you’re home. I miss my wife dearly and I always will. Tomorrow it would be our 34th Anniversary and I will take some roses out to her gravesite tomorrow. I’ll tell her thank you and I miss ya’ and Merry Christmas and one day we’ll be together again. Thank you so much again for having me. A lot of folks ask me, What’s the difference between Percy Pringle and Paul Bearer? Not a damn thing. And Bill Moody. That’s all me.
—  William “Paul Bearer” Moody to PWTorch, three months before passing away.
Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 3 de marzo 2014

Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 3 de marzo 2014

Como es una costumbre en Sùperluchas, a continuación les presento los niveles de audiencia registrados por el episodio de WWE RAW, correspondientes al pasado lunes 3 del mes de marzo del año 2014, show que llevó a cabo en vivo y directo desde el All State Arena, en Chicago, Illinois. (more…)

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After Battleground and Raw, the best way for the audience to tell WWE they won’t play WWE’s games is not to order Hell in a Cell.

WWE’s “temper-tantrum and abandonment” issues aside, this Raw made a few things clear: Big Show is now the top babyface in the promotion until Cena returns, the big Power Trip Storyline feud that WWE now wants to promote is Big Show vs. Triple H over Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan is confirmed as a secondary feud that needs Shawn Michaels as special ref to help sell the next PPV, and the WWE Title lost even more value tonight. WWE tried to dump a whole lot of sugar on the bad taste in fans’s mouths after Battleground last night, but the overall booking problems with the McMahon Family Power Trip remain in-play. It came across like WWE trying to distract the audience from the existing problems by offering some “feel-good” moments on Raw that gave the audience hope after WWE lost a good chunk of viewers following Night of Champions.

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hilariously clueless shit-baby stuff from PWTorch.

The people on that site seem like they’d honestly watch Comic Book Guy on the Simpson and not get the joke.

The unpleasable whining, entitled online fanboy consensus has done a lot more to hurt the business than anything actually IN the business.

“the sheep will buy anything the “universe” throws at them.” Top comment on the article. Jeez, watching/following something you don’t enjoy and sneering at those who do. What a fulfilling hobby.

Rating del episodio iMPACT! Wrestling del 26 de junio 2014

Rating del episodio iMPACT! Wrestling del 26 de junio 2014

Saludos lectores, como es una costumbre de Superluchas.net, a seguidas les presento los niveles de audiencia registrados por el episodio de Impact Wrestling, correspondiente al pasado jueves que contábamos a 26 del mes de junio del año 2014, actualmente en curso. Show que se transmite por la cadena de cable estadounidense Spike TV. (more…)

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there was a point when I thought certain foods were healthy because they tasted yummy, but I don’t sit here twenty years later saying the hall of fame for nutrition should go to popsicles
— 

Wade Keller, PWTorch Livecast on why he doesn’t believe Ultimate Warrior is a Hall of Fame headliner

i love this because wade is 42 which means that age 22 he believed popsicles were healthy because they were yummy

i thought better of nancy

8/23 WWE in San Diego, Calif.: Reigns vs. Rollins main event


(9) Roman Reigns beat Seth Rollins in the main event No DQ Tables match. Good match with a lot of action happening outside the ring. Both Reigns and Rollins got strong reactions throughout the match, especially Rollins since he played the cowardly heel so well. He even went so far as to grab the house mic after beating down Reigns a bit and claim that he was gonna put Reigns on the “Missing Persons list, just like I did Dean Ambrose.” Reigns then reversed Rollins, grabbed the mic, and said “This is for The Shield, B——-!” before beating the crap out of Rollins and getting a huge pop. Soon, Reigns set up a table in the ring and there were several near-finishes for both men. The end came when Rollins stood up the table in the corner, then tried to whip Reigns into it, but Reigns reversed and, after a few near-finishes, hit Rollins with a crushing spear through the table for the win.

After the match, Reigns posed in the ring, got fans to do his roar, and thanked the fans for their support.

Biggest Pops:

(1) Swagger
(2) Reigns
3) Natalya
(4) RVD / Big Show

Biggest Heat:

(1) Rollins/Rusev
(2) Cesaro
(3) Damien Sandow

Loudest Chants During The Show:

(1) USA / We The People
(2) We Want Tables (during the Reigns-Rollins match)
(3) Yes!
(4) C.M. Punk

8/16 WWE in San Jose, Calif.: Summerslam warm-up

(1) Dean Ambrose pinned Seth Rollins. Awesome opening contest, with stiff hits and crowd-pleasing maneuvers (Ambrose superplexed Rollins). These guys did not hold back and went full speed for about 15 minutes. The finish came when Rollins took off the turnbuckle pad. As the ref took the pad from Rollins and tried to put it back on the turnbuckle, Rollins went outside to retrieve the Money In the Bank briefcase. Before Rollins could use it, the ref snagged it away from him, which allowed Ambrose to hit his Dirty Deeds finished for the win. 

(7) Roman Reigns pinned Randy Orton. Match of the Night, as these two held back nothing. HARD hitting match. Orton in particular was in great form tonight as he played to the crowd throughout the entire contest, garnering massive heat. After every couple moves he posed and talked to the crowd, eventually leading to an opening for Reigns who hit the Superman Punch and the Spear to huge reactions.

Reigns-Orton and Ambrose-Rollins were great and I can’t wait to see how they switch things up tomorrow night at SummerSlam.

Top 5 Stories - August 21 & 22, 2014

(1) Hulk Hogan revealed the length of his new WWE contract and discussed how he has been used thus far in a new interview. (Read the Report)

(2) Steve Austin said on Friday’s PWTorch Livecast that the idea of wrestling again at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas intrigues him, but a lot of factors would have to line up for him to have a return match. (Listen Free) (Free & VIP Interview)

(3) Sting says Option B for a potential one-off WWE match is versus Triple H if his desired match with The Undertaker does not happen. (Read the Report)

(4) The first TNA Impact on Wednesday night drew a 0.65 rating. The show was down 24 percent in viewership from the final Thursday night airing. (Read the TV Ratings Report)

(5) DGUSA announced a DGUSA Title match of Ricochet vs. Uhaa Nation for their EVOLVE tour in New York next month. (Read the Report)

WWE: Steve Austin potrebbe lottare a WrestleMania 32
Durante un’intervista a PWTorch, il WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin ha aperto ad un suo ritorno in WWE in occasione di WrestleMania 32 nel 2016. Alla domanda su un suo ulteriore match, Austin ha risposto che potrebbe farlo a WM 32, che si svolgerà a Dallas, Texas. …
http://www.wrestlingitalia.it/2014/08/25/wwe-steve-austin-potrebbe-lottare-wrestlemania-32/
(#SteveAustin, #Wrestlemania31, #Wrestlemania32, #Wwe #wrestling #wrestlingitalia)
8/16 WWE in San Jose, Calif.: Summerslam warm-up (Seth vs Dean Opening Match)

(1) Dean Ambrose pinned Seth Rollins. Awesome opening contest, with stiff hits and crowd-pleasing maneuvers (Ambrose superplexed Rollins). These guys did not hold back and went full speed for about 15 minutes. The finish came when Rollins took off the turnbuckle pad. As the ref took the pad from Rollins and tried to put it back on the turnbuckle, Rollins went outside to retrieve the Money In the Bank briefcase. Before Rollins could use it, the ref snagged it away from him, which allowed Ambrose to hit his Dirty Deeds finished for the win

Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 9 de junio 2014

Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 9 de junio 2014

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Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 2 de junio 2014

Rating del episodio de WWE RAW del 2 de junio 2014

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Rating del episodio de WWE Smackdown del 23 de mayo 2014

Rating del episodio de WWE Smackdown del 23 de mayo 2014

Saludos amigos lectores, como es una costumbre de Superluchas, a continuación les presento los niveles de audiencia registrados por el episodio de WWE Smackdown, el pasado viernes que contábamos a 23 del mes de mayo del año 2014, actualmente en curso, episodio que sale al aire a través de la cadena de cable estadounidense SyFy. (more…)

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