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By Arda Ocal | November 25, 2013
It was a scene we have (sort of) seen before: John Cena and Randy Orton, face to face, two champions in the ring. We have seen John Cena and Randy Orton square off. We have seen John Cena, as champion, stare down another champion (CM Punk). Where this will lead is the big question. Among many in the WWE fan base there has been discussion of title unification -- the World Heavyweight title today feels more like the Intercontinental title of 20 years ago, as opposed to a major championship equal to the WWE title.
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By Arda Ocal | December 17, 2013
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan put on a terrific match to end WWE Raw on Monday night, and it ended in a disqualification. John Cena, who earlier insisted that Bryan get the nod as challenger to Orton's title, came to make the save, but the show ended with Orton standing tall, holding both championships. This creates an interesting bottleneck for the WWE championship -- Cena seemingly will get another match at some point, and Bryan is back in the hunt. With the Royal Rumble looming, and only one main championship for winner to seek, you have to wonder how the scenario will play out. Another thing to consider -- if Bryan or Cena doesn't win the Royal Rumble and battle for the WWE title, a perfect candidate to face a villain unified champion is Chris Jericho, who himself unified the titles in 2001.
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By Arda Ocal | November 12, 2013
Yesterday on this blog I wrote about John Cena giving praise to Antonio Cesaro in the ring in Munich, Germany . I talked about the differences between John Cena the human being (who is among the most charitable faces of a company anywhere) and John Cena the character (whom many people dislike because he is often portrayed as super human, often beating superstars when the odds are gravely against him). On this week's RAW we got another example of the latter. John Cena faced the Real Americans in a handicap tag team match.
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By Arda Ocal | December 3, 2013
Both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan both have 3 on 1 matches ahead of them at TLC - Daniel Bryan will meet the Wyatt Family, while CM Punk tackles the Shield. This creates two interesting matches at the PPV that will likely battle for the title of show-stealer. Much of RAW including the last segment, was spent highlighting the past rivalry between Randy Orton and John Cena and how their match at TLC will be guaranteed to unify the WWE/World Heavyweight titles (I'm still not 100 percent sold)
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By Arda Ocal | November 19, 2013
It's that time of the month again -- when we talk about the last WWE Raw before a pay-per-view and gauge whether the show made us want to spend money on the upcoming event at the end of the week. Right now, I'm lukewarm at best on the whole card (and Raw, for that matter). There were some bright spots for me -- seeing Xavier Woods finally make his WWE main show debut as R Truth's tag team partner was a #ThisMakesMeHappy moment for me. The circumstances of the debut were even more interesting because, in 2007, Woods debuted in TNA also as R Truth's partner.
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By Arda Ocal | October 22, 2013
Last week during my WWE Raw recap, I talked about Team Rhodes' tag team championship win and how it created an incredible moment for the WWE universe. I questioned whether the moment was more important than the titles themselves; if they will be fighting champions or if the titles were simply a tool to make the moment seem more important. More generally, it's no secret the secondary titles in WWE are often nothing more than props -- by secondary, I mean the tag team, Intercontinental, United States and Divas championships.
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By Arda Ocal | April 23, 2013
Ever since the day after WrestleMania, when "Fandangoing" became a thing, we knew that when WWE returned to the United Kingdom just weeks later, that it would all resume. Sure, the Fandango theme singing craze took a dip in between, but it's genesis was truly fans in the United Kingdom who made the trip to WrestleMania. So it comes as no surprise that the singing and dancing was out in full force on WWE Raw. I think WWE did a great job with the trend and weaving it into the show -- from using the theme song as a distraction for Chris Jericho in his match against Dolph Ziggler to having Fandango match up against William Regal (perhaps one of the only guys on the roster who could shift the crowd's attention)
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By Arda Ocal | December 3, 2013
Both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan both have 3 on 1 matches ahead of them at TLC - Daniel Bryan will meet the Wyatt Family, while CM Punk tackles the Shield. This creates two interesting matches at the PPV that will likely battle for the title of show-stealer. Much of RAW including the last segment, was spent highlighting the past rivalry between Randy Orton and John Cena and how their match at TLC will be guaranteed to unify the WWE/World Heavyweight titles (I'm still not 100 percent sold)
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By Arda Ocal | November 5, 2013
The Big Show has won the WWE title twice. Both times, he won at a Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The first time, in 1999, he defeated Triple H. Funny how things come back around, in a way. This year, The Big Show will get a WWE title shot against Randy Orton at Survivor Series, given to him by Triple H, much to the latter's chagrin. The entire scenario was a little odd -- The Big Show suing WWE over discrimination, defamation and abusive treatment at work (which, realistically, happens to every WWE superstar on a weekly basis)
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By Arda Ocal | December 17, 2013
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan put on a terrific match to end WWE Raw on Monday night, and it ended in a disqualification. John Cena, who earlier insisted that Bryan get the nod as challenger to Orton's title, came to make the save, but the show ended with Orton standing tall, holding both championships. This creates an interesting bottleneck for the WWE championship -- Cena seemingly will get another match at some point, and Bryan is back in the hunt. With the Royal Rumble looming, and only one main championship for winner to seek, you have to wonder how the scenario will play out. Another thing to consider -- if Bryan or Cena doesn't win the Royal Rumble and battle for the WWE title, a perfect candidate to face a villain unified champion is Chris Jericho, who himself unified the titles in 2001.
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By Arda Ocal | November 26, 2013
WWE Raw ended Monday night with Randy Orton holding up both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, with a match set for the TLC pay-per-view where both titles will be on the line. It must be noted that this hasn't been billed as a "unification" match yet, implying right now that the winner will hold both titles and not make them one single championship. The timing is interesting. It will certainly boost interest for TLC, a pay-per-view that isn't a traditional big hit for WWE. To generalize that point, what might raise eyebrows is the fact that we aren't seeing a match of this magnitude on a bigger pay-per-view stage, leading me to believe that we won't get a definitive winner at TLC and that the saga of crowning a unified champion (if that is the path that will be taken)
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By Arda Ocal | November 25, 2013
It was a scene we have (sort of) seen before: John Cena and Randy Orton, face to face, two champions in the ring. We have seen John Cena and Randy Orton square off. We have seen John Cena, as champion, stare down another champion (CM Punk). Where this will lead is the big question. Among many in the WWE fan base there has been discussion of title unification -- the World Heavyweight title today feels more like the Intercontinental title of 20 years ago, as opposed to a major championship equal to the WWE title.
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By Arda Ocal | November 19, 2013
It's that time of the month again -- when we talk about the last WWE Raw before a pay-per-view and gauge whether the show made us want to spend money on the upcoming event at the end of the week. Right now, I'm lukewarm at best on the whole card (and Raw, for that matter). There were some bright spots for me -- seeing Xavier Woods finally make his WWE main show debut as R Truth's tag team partner was a #ThisMakesMeHappy moment for me. The circumstances of the debut were even more interesting because, in 2007, Woods debuted in TNA also as R Truth's partner.
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By Arda Ocal | November 12, 2013
Yesterday on this blog I wrote about John Cena giving praise to Antonio Cesaro in the ring in Munich, Germany . I talked about the differences between John Cena the human being (who is among the most charitable faces of a company anywhere) and John Cena the character (whom many people dislike because he is often portrayed as super human, often beating superstars when the odds are gravely against him). On this week's RAW we got another example of the latter. John Cena faced the Real Americans in a handicap tag team match.
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By Arda Ocal | November 5, 2013
The Big Show has won the WWE title twice. Both times, he won at a Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The first time, in 1999, he defeated Triple H. Funny how things come back around, in a way. This year, The Big Show will get a WWE title shot against Randy Orton at Survivor Series, given to him by Triple H, much to the latter's chagrin. The entire scenario was a little odd -- The Big Show suing WWE over discrimination, defamation and abusive treatment at work (which, realistically, happens to every WWE superstar on a weekly basis)
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By Arda Ocal | October 22, 2013
Last week during my WWE Raw recap, I talked about Team Rhodes' tag team championship win and how it created an incredible moment for the WWE universe. I questioned whether the moment was more important than the titles themselves; if they will be fighting champions or if the titles were simply a tool to make the moment seem more important. More generally, it's no secret the secondary titles in WWE are often nothing more than props -- by secondary, I mean the tag team, Intercontinental, United States and Divas championships.
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By Arda Ocal | May 21, 2013
Two major developments unfolded on Monday's episode of WWE RAW. The first was a big one in many ways - Paul Heyman revealed a new client, Michael McGillicutty, now known as Curtis Axel (Curtis after his father "Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, Axel after his grandfather Larry "The Axe" Hennig). Though many fans complained about it not being a bigger name (RVD was speculated throughout the day), this is a great move and an even greater opportunity for a superstar to not only have instant credibility being aligned with Paul Heyman (arguably the greatest mouthpiece in pro wrestling history)
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By Arda Ocal | November 26, 2013
WWE Raw ended Monday night with Randy Orton holding up both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, with a match set for the TLC pay-per-view where both titles will be on the line. It must be noted that this hasn't been billed as a "unification" match yet, implying right now that the winner will hold both titles and not make them one single championship. The timing is interesting. It will certainly boost interest for TLC, a pay-per-view that isn't a traditional big hit for WWE. To generalize that point, what might raise eyebrows is the fact that we aren't seeing a match of this magnitude on a bigger pay-per-view stage, leading me to believe that we won't get a definitive winner at TLC and that the saga of crowning a unified champion (if that is the path that will be taken)
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By Arda Ocal | May 21, 2013
Two major developments unfolded on Monday's episode of WWE RAW. The first was a big one in many ways - Paul Heyman revealed a new client, Michael McGillicutty, now known as Curtis Axel (Curtis after his father "Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, Axel after his grandfather Larry "The Axe" Hennig). Though many fans complained about it not being a bigger name (RVD was speculated throughout the day), this is a great move and an even greater opportunity for a superstar to not only have instant credibility being aligned with Paul Heyman (arguably the greatest mouthpiece in pro wrestling history)
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By Arda Ocal | April 23, 2013
Ever since the day after WrestleMania, when "Fandangoing" became a thing, we knew that when WWE returned to the United Kingdom just weeks later, that it would all resume. Sure, the Fandango theme singing craze took a dip in between, but it's genesis was truly fans in the United Kingdom who made the trip to WrestleMania. So it comes as no surprise that the singing and dancing was out in full force on WWE Raw. I think WWE did a great job with the trend and weaving it into the show -- from using the theme song as a distraction for Chris Jericho in his match against Dolph Ziggler to having Fandango match up against William Regal (perhaps one of the only guys on the roster who could shift the crowd's attention)
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