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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?

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Ok Guys! So here we are fresh off what many are considering a controversial Royal Rumble. While most don’t agree with the results of WWE’s annual event. Lets take a moment to see how our personal picks held up.

Derick – 5/6

Robbie – 4/6

Shane – 4/6

Starting off the new year very close. See you guys at Fast Lane as we continue onto the Road to Wrestlemania.

Ok Guys! I’m back! As you know I kinda slipped away from Wrestling over the past year and Shane has been carrying Kick Out at 2 by himself with his retro-journey back to WCW Nitro. As much as I have appreciated him carrying the torch in my absence, I figured it was time I returned to the site before he broke out the black spray paint can and attacked everything in site with three letter graffiti art.

What better way to make a return then with PPV Predictions returning at the beginning of a fresh year. Those of you that follow the site know the drill, so join as we share our thoughts and predictions on one of WWE’s most popular and anticipated events throughout the year.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Brock Lesnar vs John Cena vs Seth Rollins

Robbie’s Pick: Brock Lesnar – I’m going with the safe bet here and picking that Brock retains. I feel WWE wants to get the most out of him while they still have him under contract, especially if the rumors of him leaving in the near future are true. I’m going with Brock to headline Wrestlemania after ending The Undertaker’s Streak last year, it seems like the only logical choice. Now whether Seth Rollin’s cashes in immediately after the title match, now that’s a whole other scenario.

Shane’s Pick: Brock Lesnar – I’m not going to lie…I originally typed John Cena and then erased it.  This is a tough call for me, but I could see them using Brock’s Streak Killing Wrestlemania to build Roman’s year, so we’ll go with Brock.  Just know that I almost picked Cena, which really hurt me on a couple of different levels.  All I can say is that Ambrose better be involved in some way.  I want him to keep his promise that he’ll stop Rollins from winning the championship every time he tries.

Derick’s Pick: Brock Lesnar – Brock’s a beast. In the famous words of Stan Lee… “‘Nuff said.”

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs The Miz & Damien Mizdow

Robbie’s Pick: The Usos – It’s time for Damien Sandow to go back to being his own man. I see The Miz blaming Damien for losing and being unable to recapture the tag team gold. Later in the night Damien will complete his face turn by eliminating and turning on The Miz later in the Royal Rumble match.

Shane’s Pick: The Usos – Please put a rocket on Sandow and have him start stomping the ever loving crap out of Miz!  I want Sandow vs Miz at Mania!

Derick’s Pick: The Usos – Regretfully it will be The Usos. Honestly, Damien and The Miz should have EVERY Title in WWE. There…I said it!

The New Age Outlaws vs The Ascension

 

Robbie’s Pick: The Ascension – I find it funny that everyone is complaining that The Ascension were “buried” by older talent last week. Ummm, hello! That’s old school wrestling and the purpose of a reunion show. Yes, that night the Legends looked strong by taking out “the bad guys”, giving us a feel good moment, but The Ascension will pull out a victory here and will not lose a step after Monday’s run in with the WWE veterans.

Shane’s Pick: The New Age Outlaws – Robbie can find it funny all he wants, but The Ascension were harmed beyond repair in my opinion.  You bring two guys up and are trying to make them the new badass tag team on the block, then have them cut a weak ass promo, look like jokes and get taken out by a ring full of 50 year old men.  The right way to get heat on these guys would have been to have them destroy a few of the Legends and then get chased off by the numbers, but no, an announcer took them out.  I don’t care what he used to be…to the fans today, JBL is an announcer, and an announcer destroyed this tag team.  They may as well have the Outlaws go over and ship these guys back to NXT…their run in WWE has been ruined.

Derick’s Pick: The Ascension – 1999 Me wants to go with The New Age Outlaws but it’s 2015 now so I will just go with The Legion of Doom… wait, what year is it?

Natalya & Paige vs The Bellas

Robbie’s Pick: Natayla and Paige – I’m just now getting back into wrestling so lets not get too crazy looking for logic in a random Diva’s Match shall we?

Shane’s Pick: The Bellas – I’m don’t watch the current product anymore because it’s constantly 1996 up in my house (re-live it along with me with Kick Out At Nitro!) but is there only one babyface in this match?  Last I checked, Paige was a heel.  Natty manages a heel tag team…are there ANY babyfaces in this match?  Logic?  What?

Derick’s Pick: The Bellas – Picking them is 50/50 here because one of them is banging Cena. The other is always saying YES, thanks to Daniel Bryan. One guy who can’t win and one guy who won’t lose. Pooling advice from their significant others will make them an evenly balanced team.

Royal Rumble Pre-Show: The New Day vs Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose

Robbie’s Pick: The New Day – May as well go with the faces pulling out a win here to set the tone of the show. As much as I love Cesaro and would love to see him win I have to pick the new tag team that they are trying to push on us.

Shane’s Pick: The New Day – I really want to pick Cesaro, but I’m really against throwing two guys together and making them a tag team, especially when one of them should be in the upper mid card but isn’t because “I don’t know…maybe it’s because he’s Swiss…”  Dear Lord.  Anyway, at least The New Day have matching gear and look like a real team.  The other is three guys who WWE has no ideas for and I’m not supporting this kind of booking anymore. 

Derick’s Pick:  Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose – I honestly didn’t know what The New Day was until Rob explained it to me. That’s terrible. I don’t care who else they are facing from here on in, I will always pick whoever they are fighting. God…STUPID! STUPID!

The Royal Rumble Match

Robbie’s Pick: Roman Reigns – At this point it’s hard not to pick him. With Brock vs Reigns having been talked about well before Brock won the title at Summerslam it pretty much has to happen. Daniel Bryan returning was something they didn’t take into consideration but would be an excellent alternative if they chose to not go the cookie cutter route. At the end of the day though I still think Reigns is who WWE currently favors and has plans for this Wrestlemania Season.

Shane’s Pick: Roman Reigns – Sorry, Daniel, but it’s time for Roman to look strong.  Is Roman ready…hell no.  Should it be someone else?  Yell yeah!  However, that hype train for Reigns has started up and it’s time to groom our new Cena.  Thing is, to me, this is as good a choice as any.  I can’t tell you anyone who SHOULD win the Rumble this year because none of it makes sense other than maybe Bryan trying to get his title back.

Derick’s Pick – Dean Ambrose – Creatively it would be handing him the keys to the kingdom and breathing some much needed fresh air into the title picture. Rollins vs Ambrose in the title picture? Please take my $9.99 a month, Hunter!

 

streak 1So, I’ve had some time to digest what I’m calling the most shocking moment in wrestling history.  Up to this point, I would say Bash at the Beach 1996 took that spot with Hulk Hogan turning against Randy Savage and aligning himself with the Outsiders, creating the nWo.   Last night, though…last night they silenced 75,000+ fans with one strike of a hand against canvas.  They stopped me in my tracks and left me staring blankly, slackjawed at my screen for almost five minutes.

They ended the Streak.

They ended the $*@#ing Streak!

I’m sure I’m like most wrestling fans out there that figured the Streak would never end.  As long as Taker could go, just have him keep adding numbers until he finally calls it quits and rides off into the sunset.  Or, if it had to go, it would go to some up and comer who would benefit greatly from the rub.  I think that’s what was the most shocking from last night…not the fact that it ended, but WHO ended it.

I’d have never picked Lesnar to be that guy.  That’s not a knock against him, truthfully.  I love Brock.  We here at Ko@2 are pretty staunch Brock supporters.  I’m not worried about him not giving 100% to the business.  I’m not worried about him being a part timer.  I dig him.  Plus, even if he doesn’t LOVE the business like someone like Cena or Bryan, I don’t doubt for one second that Brock knows EXACTLY what was just handed to him and what an honor it was.  I just never would have figured it would be him.  Punk last year was the only time I’ve ever thought it would happen, honestly, and that was only a small glimmer of worry.  There was nothing  about last night’s match that gave me any worry of the Streak ending.

This guy is as Internet famous as they come today!

This guy is as Internet famous as they come today!

I think, after having almost 24 hours to deal with it, that’s the only thing that I have a problem with in this whole ordeal.  If they were going to have Brock win, I think it should have went longer.  They had all the makings for a really epic story.  Taker challenged Brock this year.  It’s the first time in half a decade that Taker wasn’t the one goaded into the match.  Maybe they could have played up that he had beaten the best over the last few years so now he was going to try his hand at the biggest badass in the WWE.  Maybe they could have stretched this out since at least the Rumble instead of just throwing it together in a few weeks.  That’s the problem I have…there wasn’t any buildup.  It simply looked like they just said “Okay…Taker…and, um….Brock, yeah, Brock!” and suddenly there was a match made.  There was no credible threat other than Lesnar himself.

At the end of the day, I’m okay with the Streak being gone.  I wasn’t last night.  Oh, I wasn’t ready to accept it last night.  I thought Derick was crazy when he told me he was okay with it.  But now, yeah, I can deal with it.  I’m just worried about some stuff, I guess.

The big rumor these last few days (like it is EVERY YEAR!) was that Sting was being brought in to take on Taker at Wrestlemania 31.  If that holds true, then I am way more excited about that match now because with the Streak gone, something like Taker VS Sting can be more than Taker’s normal Wrestlemania match where you know who is going to win.  Sting has a chance.  That could make for some very interesting TV.  Of course, now there’s a kink in that…

From what I’ve been hearing today, it looks like Taker is done.  He had to go to the hospital last night after the match due to a concussion.  I don’t know if it was the concussion 100% or not, but Taker looked pretty bad last night too.  That match just didn’t flow right and you could tell Taker wasn’t all in.  If that was due to the concussion, then that’s one thing.  But if the concussion was only part of the problem, that really points to the possibility that Taker doesn’t have it anymore.  With Taker being 50 next year and Sting being around 55, that doesn’t make for the greatest match of all time to begin with…but if Taker has other issues and is really calling it quits, then where does that leave Sting?  He has stated a few times that he’d love Taker to be the final match he has.  If he really did sign with WWE, who is there for Sting to take on next year?  Cena?  Triple H?  Those matches don’t really seem to have that magic that Sting and Taker would.  Who knows…maybe they’ll come up with something.  At any rate, as long as Sting signing (if he has) means I get a biography Blu-Ray set, action figures and Sting in WWE 2K15, I’m all for it, no matter what happens.

I guess we’ll see tonight what is in store for Taker and where the fallout from this will take us.  I do have to hand it to Vince, though…he took away the predictability last night.  If Taker can lose, it really is true…

…anything can happen in World Wrestling Entertainment!

-Shane

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Every since The Historic 1,000th episode of Monday Night RAW went off the air CM Punk has been the main focal point of a lot of conversations in regards to the world of professional wrestling.  Punk is still in the midst of his 2nd reign as WWE Champion and during this time he has brought so much prestige back to the championship. Now its no secret that Shane is the reason that I have grown to be the CM Punk fan that I have become over the years and for that I still say thank you sir! After seeing the closing of RAW this has got me to thinking about the past as well as what lies ahead for The WWE Champion.

It’s wrote in stone that The Rock will fight for The WWE Championship on January 27th, 2013 at The Royal Rumble. Now I’m going to take a few minutes here to outline a few points on why this match should be against CM Punk and share some theories, most of which reflect back to the now infamous promo shoot on RAW last year.

1) “I don’t hate you, John. I don’t even dislike you. I do like you. I like you a hell of a lot more than I like most people in the back… I hate this idea that you’re the best. Because you’re not. I’m the best. I’m the best in the world.”As far as wrestling ability and pure athleticism you would be very hard pressed to find anyone who does match up to Punk’s ability inside the ring. I have always been a fan of technical wrestling and its something we haven’t got to see showcased as much as it was in the past, aside from all the Punk vs Bryan PPV matches which have been excellent! People like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes have brought this back and if this is the next wave of talent to pull this off than by all means carry on guys!

2) “There’s one thing you’re better at than I am and that’s kissing Vince McMahon’s ass. You’re as good as kissing Vince McMahon’s ass as Hulk Hogan was. I don’t know if you’re as good as Dwayne though. He’s a pretty good ass kisser. Always was and still is.” – If Punk can keep the title until The Royal Rumble he will have held the title for 433 days overall. What better way for him to prove the statement about the game of “Hot Potato” being over when it came to the title. This long of a title reign would be something we haven’t seen since John Cena’s 3rd reign which lasted 380 days. Also in the process it would knock out a few of Hogan’s reigns. Not to mention he spoke his mind by calling The Rock out during this promo, wanting this main event for himself as well.

3) “I’ve been the best since day one when I walked into this company. And I’ve been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar.”– Since it looks like Punk has turned heel again how cool would it be for him to align himself with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar? Granted CM Punk doesn’t need a manager or anyone else to talk for him but a little shady tactics from them to occasionally help him keep the title would be shades of Triple H with Evolution or dare I say Ric Flair with the Horsemen?

4) “The only thing that’s real is me and the fact that day in and day out, for almost six years, I have proved to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, even in commentary! Nobody can touch me!” – Book him strong and just keep booking! Let Punk be Punk and don’t go against what he naturally is. WWE realized that the best thing to do with Stone Cold was allow him to just be Stone Cold. DO THAT WITH PUNK! Punk has proved that he can be a great heel in the past and he is still in his prime. Make him the most hated heel in the WWE. Bring back that feeling of “classic heel”- a guy that you would love to see get his ass kicked but nobody can because he is… well for a lack of a better phrase… “That Damn Good!” That way when he does loose the title it means that much more.

5) “This isn’t sour grapes. But the fact that Dwayne is in the main event at WrestleMania next year and I’m not makes me sick!”– Punk was already overshadowed by The Rock once and during the main event on The 1,000th Episode of RAW that flying lariat to The Rock’s face mid “People’s Elbow” made sure that wasn’t going to happen again. This could also be the beginning of him walking out the victor in a Cena feud for having to play back seat to him over the last few months when it came to PPV Main Events. If you love him or hate him WWE needs to bill him as THE Main Event.

Now I understand a lot of this is wishful thinking and I may be reading reading to much into the “shoot promo” but part of me just cant help but wonder what if? What if this is the reprise or WWE Version of The Ring of Honor Snake Promo? Looking back at it since WWE has had CM Punk under contract it really makes you wonder? What if they would have known they had Gold in their hands back in 2006? Would Vince have listened to Paul and made him The focal point of ECW and if so would it have survived? Would WWE be PG? Would John Cena be a 12 time World Champion? Would others have risen to the main spot during the tough years quicker? It really does raise a lot of questions but one thing we can be sure of going forward. After seeing CM Punk standing tall over The Rock and John Cena I think we can all safely assume that the future is secure. By trusting in Punk as Champion for as long as they have WWE has acknowledged that John Cena isn’t the only one that can carry the company anymore.  It will be fun to see how this plays out since Punk has put himself right up there in the mix with two if the biggest superstars the WWE has ever produced.

“Best in The World” hasn’t just been just a catch phrase for him. CM Punk is gunning for the top spot in WWE, you can see it in his eyes and actions every time he is on TV. Over the last year this guy has taken advantage of every opportunity given to him and has raised the bar as a whole. Whether he stays a face or plays the heel its going to be amazing to see this plan unfold. As entertaining as Punk’s reign has been, all eyes are going to be locked on him in the coming months.  This guy is most definitely the future and as impressed as I have been with him, something tells me we haven’t seen anything yet compared to what he is going to do next.

– Robbie C.