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Two weeks ago the WWE hit a major setback on the road to this year’s Wrestlemania. The Royal Rumble usually has been the PPV that launches the build to WWE’s biggest event of the year – Wrestlemania, their Super Bowl if you will. However, for the past two years, to say The Royal Rumble PPV has been a misstep would be an understatement. Last year we saw the return of Batista, who for some reason went on the win the Rumble match. The decision was unpopular with the wrestling fans so much so that it quickly lead to a heel turn for the former Champion. This year, so much effort has been going into elevating Roman Reigns and trying to build him into the next face of the company, that it was no shock that he would emerge the victor. What was surprising was how quickly the fans turned on him. Despite WWE’s best efforts to get Reigns over which included bringing in Roman’s fellow member of the Anoa’i Family, The Rock, WWE creative clearly did not get the reaction they were hoping for.

10961968_10103211063619623_1312139453_nOne year ago the fans were cheering for Reigns like crazy wanting to see him dump Batista out of the Rumble when it came down to those two. This year, Roman has found himself on the opposite end of the spectrum receiving a very different reaction from the fans. Like last year the fans have let their voice be heard and it seems WWE is wavering in their decision to run with Reigns vs Lesnar at Wrestlemania. At Fast Lane, Roman will put his No. 1 Contendership on the line against Daniel Bryan who defeated Seth Rollins this past Monday to earn a shot at his once vacated title. This is WWE’s answer to protecting Reigns by using the clear fan favorite Bryan to hopefully help elevate Reigns to the next tier. Over the past few weeks I have went back and forth myself so much on Reigns. “Is he ready?”, “Is he not?” and at the end of the day I think this is just a classic example of wrong place at the wrong time.

There is no doubt in my mind that Reigns will be a top tier talent one day and I have absolutely no problem with that. The problem that I do have is WWE wanting to push him too hard and so fast that he becomes another Ryback. Another big guy with so much more potential who had a brush with the main event only to drop back to mid-card hell and lost in terrible booking for a year of so. It’s not fair to Reigns and putting him out there only to have his legs cut off from under him would only hurt him in the long run. With the return of Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar now receiving a a Baby Face pop each time he shows up, despite being a Heel, there are just so many X-factors that come into play to shape a World Title picture that the fans will accept.

If they go with the current plan, despite WWE’s story and commentary, Roman would be the heel and Brock the face going in that match simply based on crowd reaction alone. The question is would WWE be bold enough to allow this to be an organic turn. I’ve thought of the possibility of having Paul Heyman turning on Brock and being Roman’s manager and voice, much like he did for Lesnar after his debut. Speaking has never been one of Lesnar’s high points and it’s become painfully obvious that Reigns has some issues as well. While teaming Heyman with Reigns may work out down the road, I’m not sure it should happen just yet. Perhaps WWE should look to the past and at what has worked before. If I were booking this I would have them use Wrestlemania 2000 as the template going forward.

Wrestlemania that year consisted of a Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Championship. The Rock had won The Royal Rumble that year, eliminating The Big Show last and earning the right to go on to face Triple H at Wrestlemania. Triple H had retained the title against Mick Foley and throughout the months building up these 4 were heavily involved in each others matches and stories that eventually lead to each person having a legitimate claim to the title resulting in the Fatal Four Way Match.

It worked then and it could really work now. Brock has proven he can beat anyone, even walking away from an awesome Triple Threat at The Rumble. If the rumors are true and he is leaving WWE he will need to drop the title at Wrestlemania. After a Triple Threat, naturally you add one more person to the fray. Seth Rollins was made during that Triple Threat and has proved he is more then ready to step up. Daniel Bryan clearly isn’t going anywhere after making his return which many thought may never happen and Reigns’ Rumble win traditionally gives him the right to Main Event Wrestlemania. At Fast Lane what should happen is Seth Rollins should interfere in Reigns’ match resulting in a loss for Reigns, officially adding Daniel to the main event. Later in the night Lesnar should make an appearance cutting a promo with Paul only to be attacked by The Authority. The Authority makes random attacks anyway so why not make this one count? Kane, Big Show and J&J Security should get the best of Lesnar, maybe even playing off his “broken ribs” angle leaving him broken and beak down…cue Seth Rollin’s music. Seth attempts to cash in only for an enraged Reigns to storm the ring shortly after the bell rings. Reigns takes out Seth and pulls Lesnar over Seth’s body. As Reigns distracts The Authority the ref comes to and makes the count with Reigns gaining revenge by costing Seth his contract.

wpid-fb_img_1423047235399.jpgGoing into Wresltemania each person could argue that they had legitimate claim to The WWE World Heavyweight Champion. WWE creative could be happy, Vince could be happy and the fans could be happy seeing so many people in the mix. A Main Even consisting of these four individuals would cover every demographic the WWE tries to cater too. You would have your company guy, your indie guys and your special attraction…. the best of every world possible. If WWE we’re smart they should let this unfold…. only question is, are they smart?

It’s no secret we have been quite here at KickOutat2.com since the departure of CM Punk, but like him, we lost our passion for the art form that we love. There comes a time when you have to take a break. Sometimes no matter what you are doing in life you need to take a little time, clear your head and find your center, that passion for what you love again and start things from a fresh perspective. The thing is WWE absolutely refuses to do anything fresh. For 12 Years John Cena has been WWE’s “Golden-Boy” and for a lot of people that’s a good thing, for most it’s a problem. While this could easily turn into a “Cena-Hater” post keep in mind I respect the man for what he does, he has a work ethic unparalleled to anyone currently in the company and the things he does for charity, especially the “Make-A-Wish Foundation, can truly be heart touching and appreciated by anyone.

That being said this should not be the grounds for closing in on the greatest title reign of all time. Currently the record is held by the Legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. An accomplishment that took a 40 something year to accomplish. After tonight Cena is currently sitting on a 15 Time World Championship record. Again he has only been there for 12 Years so this simply isn’t fair to the ring veterans of yesteryear. Now this isn’t Cena’s fault but mostly a bad call of WWE hot-shoting the title back and forth on a month by month basis in 2007. They are just simply too afraid to take chances on anyone else and this has been a problem for years.

Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are the two newest individuals to suffer from the wrath of WWE’s booking and John Cena’s “God Like Superman” abilities. The feud with Bray Wyatt was awesome. Not since CM Punk has someone brought out the best in Cena as far as this ring work. It was a good feud and in no doubt helped make Bray Wyatt but in the end Bray should have been the victor. Sadly once it was announced he would be facing Cena in a “Last Man Standing” Match, Bray Wyatt’s fate was sealed and Cena was “protected” according to the status-quo . Tonight the fans were no doubt ready for a new Champion, for a new era in WWE but sadly WWE returned to the well and played it “safe” with their Golden-Boy yet again.

There is no reason in this world that Roman Reigns should not be WWE World Heavyweight Champion as you read this. There are many who say that “It’s too early” or “It isn’t time” but at what point do they decide it is time?  WWE needs to focus on newer talent and promote these guys that the fans want to see to the top spots. John Cena isn’t going to be around forever and they need to learn to stop putting all their eggs in one basket. The Main Event picture should not be stale and boring constantly. Seeing the same thing over and over again is enough to make anyone’s passion wear thin. It’s no doubt that fans and superstars alike walk away from something they simply can not enjoy anymore…. P.S. We Miss You CM Punk!

 

-Robbie C.

WTF WWE!?

Posted: February 11, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C
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It’s been 2 weeks now since the WWE fanbase was rocked and WRESTLING fans suffered one of the worst 48hrs they have experienced in a long while. Now its no secret that I have been kinda quite as of late on the site, a big part of that was because I simply didn’t like the direction that WWE was going. When I started my “RAW is Xanatos” feature I did it with a passion behind it. Shane has been our resident Indy Guy, Derick is our Japan expert and between the both of them I have access to every bit of WCW knowledge I would ever need in my life….and a lot that I don’t. I was the WWE guy, I grew up watching the likes of The Rock, “Mankind” Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and the one and only Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. It was a time when I absolutely loved wrestling and even through slow periods I always found something to enjoy.

It’s harder for me to do that now. WWE seemed to be going in a direction which looked like they were going to promote new talent. CM Punk delivered his pipebomb promo that signaled a coming change. Shortly after people like Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler & Daniel Bryan were being utilized. These 4 individuals are easily the most talented performers inside the company but more importantly they cared. They cared about wrestling, they cared about their fans and they cared about being the absolutely best that they could be. CM Punk gave us a lengthy title reign of 434 days, Daniel Bryan was The World Heavyweight Champion and Zack Ryder and Dolph had a terrific feud in which the United States Championship was elevated to a point that when Zack Ryder finally won it he treated it as if it was a World Championship win.

Last year was the beginning of the downward spiral. Wrestlemania 29 was lackluster and the only thing I enjoyed was The Undertaker vs CM Punk. The night after when Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money in The Bank contact and won the World Heavyweight Championship THAT was a Wrestlemania moment, sadly it was cut short due to a concussion issue. Instead of giving him the title when he returned and was healthy enough to compete they bury him and do everything they can to keep him away from the title. From that point on it seemed like everything that I cared about was slipping away and I fought to keep find some passion in the sport and entertainment that I cared so much for.

I quickly found myself sharing the same thoughts that CM Punk had but obviously on the fan side of things. I remember on Punk’s documentary he talks about how he wished that he didn’t care as much as he did. That was me. I care about the WWE so much that the last couple weeks have just aggravated me so much. The Royal Rumble was the most surrealist thing I have ever seen in my life while I have been a wrestling fan. John Cena vs Randy Orton was terrible and boring. So much so we heard chants for EVERYONE that wasn’t even in the match, chants for the announcers, a “This is Awful” chant and even a “We Want Divas” chant. WWE was simply ignoring their fans and crapping on what we wanted. The Royal Rumble Match itself was what really drove the home the fact that WWE had their heads so far up their own asses that they just ignored the fact the fans were ready for Daniel Bryan. As I write this I still can’t believe that the match was booked like this.

Frustration was at an all time high with the fans and also with the talent. So much so that the following night CM Punk walked out of the company. The Voice of The Voiceless had, had enough and waked out. When I heard the news I was instantly saddened but at the same time It didn’t shock me. If we as fans were aggravated with WWE’s crap-tacular booking how should we expect one of their most talented individuals handle the news that the company they work for was ignoring their fanbase and in the process not utilizing their everyday talent?

I haven’t completely turned my back on WWE but now I understand why Shane took his hiatus in 2006. Shane was the most hardcore ECW fan I have ever met and seeing how WWE handled the “Re-birth” of the organization rubbed him the wrong way so much he turned his attention to other companies, which worked out for the best. That’s what I’m hoping here is that CM Punk’s walkout shakes things up for the best of their future. I hope and want to believe that this is like when Stone Cold walked out in 2002. Given a few months down the road I hope that we see a fresh new WWE, a WWE where CM Punk is back, Daniel Bryan is WWE World Heavyweight Champion and wrestling fans feel like they enjoy wrestling instead of scratching their heads wondering “Why am I still watching this?”

-Robbie

 

Gone but never forgotten….

Posted: November 13, 2013 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C, Special Features

We still miss you Eddie. 8 years have gone by yet it feels like only yesterday you were “Lying, Cheating and Stealing” the show in a way that only you could.

Each year since you’ve passed away, I always take time on this date to reflect on the impact you had on me, not only as a fan but as a human being as well.

Watching you live your life as an open book made me understand how important it is to leave a mark on this world and how precious our time here on earth really is. You showed me how people should cherish friends and loved ones and how to remain strong no matter what darkness we may face in our life.

Faith and strength can allow us to overcome any obstacle and you were a prime example of that. At the end of the day the connection we have with those around us determine what kind of legacy we leave behind… and what a legacy you have left sir.

The sport of Professional Wrestling still mourns the loss of one of the all time greats to this very day. We are lucky to have had the opportunity to witness your life and if we leave behind a legacy half as good as yours… then we will have lead a very good life indeed.

–Robbie–

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Greetings Kick Out at 2 readers and welcome back to this week’s edition of RAW IS XANATOS! Unfortunately this will be my last Weekly Edition of RAW IS XANATOS for awhile. At this time in my life I’m dealing with too many outside situations and different issues that do not allow me to remain dedicated to the segment and give it the attention that I feel it deserves. I guess you can kinda say I’m pulling a Chris Jericho and taking a small break. Rest assured I will still be here doing my normal articles and I couldn’t be happier with the direction that RAW has taken over the last few months. Unlike John Cena, I know when something gets stale and repetitive so that’s why I’m putting “Kick Out at 2’s Longest Running Weekly Episodic Article” on hold. Hopefully it will return soon revitalized and in a different format but for now all I can say is thank you for reading weekly and I hope you have enjoyed my views of WWE’s flagship program. 

Thank You So Much!

– Robbie C.