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By Adam Testa | February 10, 2012
This year's Road to WrestleMania feels like a construction zone. Momentum is stalled, speed is halted and the scenery doesn't seem to change. Despite all the negatives, the promise of a new, improved motorway lies ahead in the future. Coming off the heels of the Royal Rumble pay per view, Raw delivered a highly entertaining episode that seemed to kick the product into high gear. Unfortunately, WWE has been unable to continue that momentum, slowing things down with a decent Smackdown last week and sending them to a screeching halt with this week's programming . Monday's Raw was a letdown, and tonight's Smackdown, while not as bad, still failed to reignite interest as WWE moves toward Elimination Chamber and, ultimately, WrestleMania.
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By Aaron Oster | February 24, 2014
Elimination Chamber was a strong pay-per-view top to bottom, which finished with an entertaining Chamber match, even if many fans didn't get the result they wanted. Randy Orton retained his title in a Chamber match with six strong competitors that all were allowed to shine at various times during the match. The match included some great spots, and some excellent storytelling, especially by the final two combatants: Orton and Daniel Bryan. The first three wrestlers eliminated were (in order)
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By Aaron Oster | January 28, 2014
In the constantly moving world of wrestling, there's never much time to sit and reflect on pay-per-views. So it's not too surprising that instead of dwelling on the Royal Rumble on WWE Raw, the attention turned to setting the stage for the next pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber. On Raw, The Authority announced that Randy Orton would have to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber. Not surprisingly, Daniel Bryan was the first to respond to the announcement. WWE continued to blur the line between reality and storyline as Bryan ranted about how he wanted to be in the Royal Rumble, but The Authority wouldn't let him, and that The Authority should tell the fans what they want.
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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 | February 18, 2013
I'll be the first to admit that I was definitely lukewarm about the main event match between CM Punk and The Rock at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. It wasn't a terrible match by any means. It wasn't terrific, either. Both men have had far more entertaining matches in WWE, but it must be said that both men did well given their limitations. What I mean by that is that The Rock, WWE champion, is a part-time worker of matches, so naturally, his "work rate" (as is the commonly used buzz word among the internet wrestling community)
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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 Aaron Oster | February 18, 2014
On the go-home RAW before Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, it was a man who didn't even win his match that truly shined. Cesaro (yes, the Antonio is gone, erased by the WWE) had an opportunity to face John Cena on Monday night, as the competitors in the Elimination Chamber all faced each other in singles matches. Cena ended up coming out on top, but Cesaro was placed on even-footing with Cena throughout the match, and the ending even felt, dare I say it, flukey. Over the past few months, Cesaro has quietly been looking stronger.
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By Aaron Oster | February 11, 2014
In a backstage segment on WWE Raw on Monday night, John Cena said something fairly interesting, something that might simultaneously excite and infuriate fans. Cena acknowledged that the fans were calling for change, and that the company would be changing with the WWE Network. He talked about the fans chanting for Daniel Bryan and some of the other young wrestlers. He then said that the future of the WWE would be determined by Cena's match with Randy Orton in the main event. Cena said that his feud with Orton would finish that night, and whoever wanted to step up would have to go through him. Now, it was good that he acknowledged the fans chanting and wanting change.
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By Aaron Oster | January 9, 2014
In 2011, the WWE started discussions, and eventually started to advertise, their own television network.  This network would be subscription-based, replacing the old WWE On-Demand, and would have a combination of new programming, old footage from the WWE library, as well as possibly Pay-Per-Views.  After years of difficulty, the WWE finally announced the start of the WWE Network Wednesday night, in a press conference in Las Vegas. It will launch on Feb. 24, 2014, the day after this year's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
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By Arda Ocal | January 29, 2013
It truly is WrestleMania season, isn't it? That's especially apparent when the “part timers” come out to play. Just 24 hours after The Rock won the WWE championship from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, “here comes the pain” as they used to say. Just as Paul Heyman was going to get “fired” (his theme music conveniently hit just after Vince McMahon got out “YYYOOOUUU'RRREEEE....”). Brock Lesnar returned to WWE and circled the ring, much like his initial return the day after WrestleMania 28. Then he jumped into the squared circle, thought about it, then delivered an F5 to Vince McMahon.
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By Aaron Oster | February 18, 2014
On the go-home RAW before Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, it was a man who didn't even win his match that truly shined. Cesaro (yes, the Antonio is gone, erased by the WWE) had an opportunity to face John Cena on Monday night, as the competitors in the Elimination Chamber all faced each other in singles matches. Cena ended up coming out on top, but Cesaro was placed on even-footing with Cena throughout the match, and the ending even felt, dare I say it, flukey. Over the past few months, Cesaro has quietly been looking stronger.
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By Aaron Oster | February 11, 2014
In a backstage segment on WWE Raw on Monday night, John Cena said something fairly interesting, something that might simultaneously excite and infuriate fans. Cena acknowledged that the fans were calling for change, and that the company would be changing with the WWE Network. He talked about the fans chanting for Daniel Bryan and some of the other young wrestlers. He then said that the future of the WWE would be determined by Cena's match with Randy Orton in the main event. Cena said that his feud with Orton would finish that night, and whoever wanted to step up would have to go through him. Now, it was good that he acknowledged the fans chanting and wanting change.
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By Aaron Oster | January 28, 2014
In the constantly moving world of wrestling, there's never much time to sit and reflect on pay-per-views. So it's not too surprising that instead of dwelling on the Royal Rumble on WWE Raw, the attention turned to setting the stage for the next pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber. On Raw, The Authority announced that Randy Orton would have to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber. Not surprisingly, Daniel Bryan was the first to respond to the announcement. WWE continued to blur the line between reality and storyline as Bryan ranted about how he wanted to be in the Royal Rumble, but The Authority wouldn't let him, and that The Authority should tell the fans what they want.
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By Aaron Oster | January 9, 2014
In 2011, the WWE started discussions, and eventually started to advertise, their own television network.  This network would be subscription-based, replacing the old WWE On-Demand, and would have a combination of new programming, old footage from the WWE library, as well as possibly Pay-Per-Views.  After years of difficulty, the WWE finally announced the start of the WWE Network Wednesday night, in a press conference in Las Vegas. It will launch on Feb. 24, 2014, the day after this year's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
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By Arda Ocal | February 18, 2013
I'll be the first to admit that I was definitely lukewarm about the main event match between CM Punk and The Rock at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. It wasn't a terrible match by any means. It wasn't terrific, either. Both men have had far more entertaining matches in WWE, but it must be said that both men did well given their limitations. What I mean by that is that The Rock, WWE champion, is a part-time worker of matches, so naturally, his "work rate" (as is the commonly used buzz word among the internet wrestling community)
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By Arda Ocal | February 12, 2013
WWE "go home" shows always seem to be the most scrutinized. Often, pundits will cast away the past several weeks of television and focus most on the last Raw before a pay-per-view event, often with the same question -- did this show make me interested in buying the pay-per-view? While it's a fair question, perhaps its a skewed way to look at it when you are analyzing just one isolated show -- in particular, the closing moments of that show. If we were to do that for this past episode of Raw, then the closing segment did a very good job of creating interest and generating buys for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view coming this Sunday.
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By Arda Ocal | February 12, 2013
WWE "go home" shows always seem to be the most scrutinized. Often, pundits will cast away the past several weeks of television and focus most on the last Raw before a pay-per-view event, often with the same question -- did this show make me interested in buying the pay-per-view? While it's a fair question, perhaps its a skewed way to look at it when you are analyzing just one isolated show -- in particular, the closing moments of that show. If we were to do that for this past episode of Raw, then the closing segment did a very good job of creating interest and generating buys for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view coming this Sunday.
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By Arda Ocal | March 22, 2012
This past Monday night on Raw, The Undertaker re-affirmed his opinion to both Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Speaking to Hunter, he said - “Remember when I told you that Shawn Michaels is better than you? He is.” At first glance, many fans might simply agree based on what they know about both men's careers in WWE. WWE's official DVD release of “Top 50 Superstars of all time” even names Triple H No. 12 and HBK No. 1. This would be enough for most to deem the argument conclusive, but taking into consideration other factors, is it true?
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By Arda Ocal | January 29, 2013
It truly is WrestleMania season, isn't it? That's especially apparent when the “part timers” come out to play. Just 24 hours after The Rock won the WWE championship from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, “here comes the pain” as they used to say. Just as Paul Heyman was going to get “fired” (his theme music conveniently hit just after Vince McMahon got out “YYYOOOUUU'RRREEEE....”). Brock Lesnar returned to WWE and circled the ring, much like his initial return the day after WrestleMania 28. Then he jumped into the squared circle, thought about it, then delivered an F5 to Vince McMahon.
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By Arda Ocal | March 22, 2012
This past Monday night on Raw, The Undertaker re-affirmed his opinion to both Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Speaking to Hunter, he said - “Remember when I told you that Shawn Michaels is better than you? He is.” At first glance, many fans might simply agree based on what they know about both men's careers in WWE. WWE's official DVD release of “Top 50 Superstars of all time” even names Triple H No. 12 and HBK No. 1. This would be enough for most to deem the argument conclusive, but taking into consideration other factors, is it true?
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