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By Arda Ocal | October 29, 2013
The exact thing many fans had feared would happen, happened on Raw. John Cena came out to speak after winning the World Heavyweight title Sunday night at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Damien Sandow interrupted, attacked Cena, then cashed in. It seemed logical. As soon as Cena kicked out of the first pinfall attempt, though, some fans probably started to get worried. You see, Sandow has been losing a lot of matches since he won the Money in the Bank briefcase. Wins and losses don't really matter in WWE many people say, but secretly they do. If you keep losing, eventually people will grow tired of you. Sandow is a terrific character who many fans have gotten behind, excusing the consistent losses because he held that briefcase, which was seemingly a reservation at the main event table.
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By Aaron Oster | March 11, 2014
In September 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Two-and-a-half years later, an Occupy movement succeeded on WWE Raw. Taking a page from the Chicago crowd trying to “Hijack Raw” last week, Daniel Bryan came out with a demand for Triple H. He wanted a match at WrestleMania. He said he would refuse to leave the ring until his demand was met, but unlike others who have made that threat, he had backup. In a visually striking scene, dozens of “fans” wearing Bryan shirts came out of the crowd, filling the ring and ringside area.
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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 | December 16, 2013
Randy Orton became the WWE World Heavyweight champion, unifying both top WWE titles and defeating John Cena in the lone match bearing the Pay Per View's name at TLC on Sunday night. Like most matches on the card, the match was entertaining, with some excellent dramatic moments, particularly near the end of the contest. At one point, Orton handcuffed Cena to the bottom rope and began to climb the ladder to retrieve both titles, only to have Cena unhook the bottom rope in hot pursuit.
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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 | 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 | July 22, 2013
To long-time pro wrestling fans, this headline is no shocking discovery. Even to the WWE Universe, which is once again being reminded, it feels all too familiar. Daniel Bryan is a mega star. Hitting home runs in every match lately, including three matches on RAW -- beating Jack Swagger and having a fantastic match with Antonio Cesaro, before winning by DQ against Ryback -- Bryan keeps reaffirming the notion of many fans who want to see him as WWE champion after Summerslam is over.
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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 | June 17, 2013
Last night's WWE Payback pay-per-view had a little bit of everything. First, there were title changes. Dolph Ziggler returned from a concussion only to lose to Alberto Del Rio in an entertaining match that was eerily similar to Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 (in the same AllState Arena, then known as the Rosemont Horizon). Dolph (the villain) was cheered throughout the match, while Del Rio (the hero) was vilified by the consistently loud Chicago audience. After winning the gold, Del Rio cut an eyebrow raising promo, further perpetuating his likely turn.
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By Arda Ocal | October 7, 2013
The crowd in attendance in Buffalo for Saturday night's  WWE  Battleground pay-per-view event were quiet for the most part, with few signs of life -- until the cameras went off the air. The WWE championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan ended with no clear winner after the Big Show KO'ed Orton, Bryan, referee John Cone and the returning referee Scott Armstrong (sent to the ring by Brad Maddox, who was left in charge)....
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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 11, 2013
After the main event at WWE's Live Event on Saturday night in Munich, Germany, John Cena got on the microphone and asked for Antonio Cesaro to return to the ring. There, he asked the German-speaking superstar to translate his words to the audience. At one point Cesaro refused to translate the World Heavyweight Champion's words, because they were complimentary to him. Cena then began to praise Cesaro to the crowd. The full video is here . This is not the first time something like this has happened at a WWE Live Event (or when the cameras have stopped rolling at a televised event)
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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 29, 2013
The exact thing many fans had feared would happen, happened on Raw. John Cena came out to speak after winning the World Heavyweight title Sunday night at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Damien Sandow interrupted, attacked Cena, then cashed in. It seemed logical. As soon as Cena kicked out of the first pinfall attempt, though, some fans probably started to get worried. You see, Sandow has been losing a lot of matches since he won the Money in the Bank briefcase. Wins and losses don't really matter in WWE many people say, but secretly they do. If you keep losing, eventually people will grow tired of you. Sandow is a terrific character who many fans have gotten behind, excusing the consistent losses because he held that briefcase, which was seemingly a reservation at the main event table.
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By Arda Ocal | October 28, 2013
Damien Sandow is at an exciting point in his career. Here he is, the Money in the Bank briefcase holder for a guaranteed shot at the world heavyweight title, and the face of WWE -- John Cena -- just became the world heavyweight champion. As a superstar on the rise, you can't ask for a better opportunity to crack the main event. During a phone interview Monday, Sandow, largely in character, didn't let on any excitement about this fact, but he spoke about cashing in against Cena.
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By Arda Ocal | October 7, 2013
The crowd in attendance in Buffalo for Saturday night's  WWE  Battleground pay-per-view event were quiet for the most part, with few signs of life -- until the cameras went off the air. The WWE championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan ended with no clear winner after the Big Show KO'ed Orton, Bryan, referee John Cone and the returning referee Scott Armstrong (sent to the ring by Brad Maddox, who was left in charge)....
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By Arda Ocal and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
It was a familiar scene on WWE Raw for longtime wrestling fans. In the ring stood the authority figures -- in this case Triple H, Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon -- talking about what's right for WWE, their thoughts on the look of a proper champion and why their actions were all for the benefit of the fans. Daniel Bryan is the victim of their crimes. According to the "decision makers," he doesn't look like a champion. He's not an A, but a solid B+, they say. Earlier in the show, he was escorted away by security.
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By Arda Ocal | September 18, 2013
There is a new WWE champion. His name? Vacant. Only one name is needed, he is that popular. Like Prince, Cher, Madonna, or Snitsky. That's right -- similar to "Angelina Jolie's leg," "Anfield Cat" and one of the most on-point satirical accounts on Twitter, "WWE Creative," a new account was created hours after Raw concluded Monday night. No, I don't mean "The Miz's dad," although that account also exists. This one -- @WWEVacant -- claimed to be the current WWE champion, bolstering a supremely impressive resume -- having defeated the likes of Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Triple H and now Daniel Bryan.
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By Arda Ocal and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
It was a familiar scene on WWE Raw for longtime wrestling fans. In the ring stood the authority figures -- in this case Triple H, Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon -- talking about what's right for WWE, their thoughts on the look of a proper champion and why their actions were all for the benefit of the fans. Daniel Bryan is the victim of their crimes. According to the "decision makers," he doesn't look like a champion. He's not an A, but a solid B+, they say. Earlier in the show, he was escorted away by security.
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