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By Arda Ocal | September 3, 2013
As the storyline of Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and the WWE brass (Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, etc.) blossoms, we are seeing the "building heat" phase. The WWE Universe is developing more and more discontent toward the villain side of the equation, as the hero constantly gets one-upped and beaten down. Two weeks away from the next pay-per-view, Night of Champions, Bryan looks like he doesn't stand a chance.  This week's Raw ended the same way it has ended for the last few weeks -- with Randy Orton and the "corporation" standing tall over a lifeless "B+".
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By Aaron Oster and For The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
There are some wrestling fans who believe that a good show, particularly a pay-per-view event, has to be unpredictable. I'm not one of those fans, and this year's WWE Elimination Chamber illustrates why. The Elimination Chamber card, from top to bottom, looks very strong. Most of the matches have been built well and have some sort of backstory to them. And most of them look like they could be fairly decent matches. But very few of them leave much doubt as to who is going to win. The reason for that isn't simply a matter of, “Oh, the WWE has gotten stale and predictable.” The main reason is that the WWE is trying to tell a coherent story, and the matches need to end a certain way to continue that story.
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By Arda Ocal | January 20, 2013
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network, Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report spoke with former WWE Superstar Goldust (Dustin Rhodes). Check out the interview below:
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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 | September 28, 2013
As first reported by E!, and later confirmed by WWE.com, WWE stars Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are engaged to be married. In an interview with E! , Bryan revealed how he popped the question to Bella in California while on a hike. He flew in her entire family for a celebration dinner after she accepted the proposal. WWE's hit reality program "Total Divas" -- which airs on E! -- was filming the moment for a future episode. Wedding bells have already been ringing recently in WWE, as Cody Rhodes married former Diva Brandi Reed in a recent private ceremony . Follow Arda Ocal on Twitter @arda_ocal)
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By Arda Ocal | July 16, 2013
Hardcore wrestling fans, rejoice. With the entire WWE locker room watching, John Cena, given the option to choose his Summerslam opponent by Raw GM Brad Maddox, ultimately decided on Daniel Bryan, who emphatically replied "Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes," and was applauded by a raucous Brooklyn audience who couldn't be happier with this decision. So now we gear up for John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title at Summerslam, which no doubt will be a classic encounter between the most popular superstar on the roster right now (Bryan)
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By Arda Ocal | May 17, 2012
WWE.com recently released its list of the top 25 Intercontinental champions of all time. All the greats are listed: Chris Jericho, Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect and No. 1, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, who in my opinion is the perfect example of someone that exemplifies what the IC title used to mean -- the slow but steady springboard to the main-event level. In October of 2011 I wrote a piece about the value of the Intercontinental title with regard to several superstars' careers, including breaking down how many title changes occurred each year and what percentage of IC champs went on to world-title prominence.
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By Arda Ocal and Adam Testa | July 12, 2012
Money in the Bank has become a critical pay-per-view on the WWE calendar. Last year's installment was headlined by the critically acclaimed contest between then-WWE Champion John Cena vs. CM Punk, who had vowed to win the title and leave WWE, as his contract expired that night. On top of that, the Money in the Bank ladder matches themselves have become a tool to create new stars and revitalize careers that needed a push. Just look at the past year since Daniel Bryan won the briefcase and started on his path of corruption toward becoming the character he is today.
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By Adam Testa | September 21, 2012
Anyone who thinks WWE officials don't view Daniel Bryan and Kane as key players in the company obviously didn't watch Friday night's Smackdown. The Tag Team Champions were featured on the show from top to bottom and brought some humor and light-hearted fun to the show. Many have questioned the decision to hot-shot this team to the titles ahead of other teams who were being built up, ala the Prime Time Players, but I personally applaud WWE for striking when the iron was hot. A comedy-based gimmick like the one Bryan and Kane are doing could just as easily flop as succeed, but these two have embraced the situation and created gold -- as well as bronze.
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By Arda Ocal | July 15, 2013
Money in the Bank has become a destination pay-per-view for WWE fans, mostly because of how much can happen in both MITB matches. Much like the Royal Rumble match, MITB has multiple participants, lays out upcoming rivalries and reveals the winner of a big stake. Last night's event was no different. The last image was Randy Orton standing tall, holding the Raw MITB briefcase. During the match, Paul Heyman turned on CM Punk, furthering along the highly anticipated Punk vs. Brock Lesnar tilt at Summerslam.
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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 | September 28, 2013
As first reported by E!, and later confirmed by WWE.com, WWE stars Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are engaged to be married. In an interview with E! , Bryan revealed how he popped the question to Bella in California while on a hike. He flew in her entire family for a celebration dinner after she accepted the proposal. WWE's hit reality program "Total Divas" -- which airs on E! -- was filming the moment for a future episode. Wedding bells have already been ringing recently in WWE, as Cody Rhodes married former Diva Brandi Reed in a recent private ceremony . Follow Arda Ocal on Twitter @arda_ocal)
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By Arda Ocal | September 3, 2013
As the storyline of Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and the WWE brass (Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, etc.) blossoms, we are seeing the "building heat" phase. The WWE Universe is developing more and more discontent toward the villain side of the equation, as the hero constantly gets one-upped and beaten down. Two weeks away from the next pay-per-view, Night of Champions, Bryan looks like he doesn't stand a chance.  This week's Raw ended the same way it has ended for the last few weeks -- with Randy Orton and the "corporation" standing tall over a lifeless "B+".
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By Arda Ocal | July 16, 2013
Hardcore wrestling fans, rejoice. With the entire WWE locker room watching, John Cena, given the option to choose his Summerslam opponent by Raw GM Brad Maddox, ultimately decided on Daniel Bryan, who emphatically replied "Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes," and was applauded by a raucous Brooklyn audience who couldn't be happier with this decision. So now we gear up for John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title at Summerslam, which no doubt will be a classic encounter between the most popular superstar on the roster right now (Bryan)
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By Arda Ocal | July 15, 2013
Money in the Bank has become a destination pay-per-view for WWE fans, mostly because of how much can happen in both MITB matches. Much like the Royal Rumble match, MITB has multiple participants, lays out upcoming rivalries and reveals the winner of a big stake. Last night's event was no different. The last image was Randy Orton standing tall, holding the Raw MITB briefcase. During the match, Paul Heyman turned on CM Punk, furthering along the highly anticipated Punk vs. Brock Lesnar tilt at Summerslam.
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By Arda Ocal | January 28, 2013
After the Royal Rumble concluded I received a direct message on Twitter from a good friend who used to work in the wrestling industry. To me, he summed up the 2013 Royal Rumble best with this quote: "A fun show that is 100% predictable is still a fun show. " As soon as John Cena eliminated Ryback to win the Royal Rumble match, it seemed as though the main event of WrestleMania ("Twice in a Lifetime") was already set, even though the WWE title had yet to be defended. Hardcore fans and "armchair bookers" everywhere were collectively clanking on their keyboards, lamenting this “predictable” outcome and complaining about the lack of surprise.
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By Adam Testa | February 3, 2012
Star power. WWE fans have thrown those two words around a lot lately, mostly in the context of its absence from the current roster. One needs to look no further than the two world title bouts announced this week for the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to see where these complaints originate and develop. On Monday night's Raw, it was announced that CM Punk would defend his WWE Championship against Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. Smackdown's match, which pits World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan against Big Show, Randy Orton, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and the Great Khali, was announced on Friday night's show.
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By Arda Ocal | January 20, 2013
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network, Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report spoke with former WWE Superstar Goldust (Dustin Rhodes). Check out the interview below:
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By Adam Testa | October 26, 2012
There isn't much about the problems created by the brand split, or lack thereof, that hasn't been said. But as preparing for Sunday's Hell in a Cell, there have been a lot of theories floating around, and one of the prevalent ones has left me shaking my head. It doesn't directly relate to tonight's Smackdown, but it highlights one of the problems of the not-really-split split brands. Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank contract allows him a World Heavyweight Championship match at the time of his choosing.
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