The 5 Questions We Have After Raw 24/05

One night after a largely very good Extreme Rules Pay Per View WWE Raw was in Baltimore. Having watched it we have a number of questions we’re asking. Here are the top 5 –

What story will the WWE tell around Roman Reigns v Seth Rollins?

The Architect is back and he has been granted a WWE World Heavyweight Title match at Money in the Bank. This is all good. Rollins opened Raw last night by berating the fans, reminding them that they weren’t cheering for him when he was the champion. Though some people disagree, I think this is also a good move – while we’re all happy to see him come back Rollins’ character has no reason to start being a face after he left as a heel.

So what will the story be here? Rollins can seemingly no longer bank on having an authority figure on his side, as Stephanie told him that their business relationship has changed. Reigns also has a numbers advantage, with the Usos on his side, while Rollins has no kayfabe friends in the locker room. So will Rollins work his slimy coward heel act to gain any advantage he can? Will Reigns be looking for revenge for the dissolution of the Shield? Will the rivalry get personal or will it be purely focussed on the belt? Will Ambrose figure into this conflict at all?

When will Finn Balor debut?

Because after AJ Styles’ conflict with Anderson and Gallows last night you know it’s just a matter of time. The seeds have been sown, so how and when is it going down? Will Finn perhaps initially join Styles as he takes on Gallows and Anderson and then turn on the Phenomenal One? Or will he debut as Styles’ adversary from the off, perhaps helping Anderson and Gallows get an edge over Style and whoever he finds to help him in this battle?

Timing wise, Balor has NXT dates in the UK and Ireland from June 10th – 17th which could prevent him from appearing immediately, though I’m sure WWE creative can come up with a reason for him not being on TV for one week if need be. However and whenever it happens the Days of the Demon are coming to the WWE main roster, and soon.

How will the last two Money in the Bank match places be decided, and who will get them?

So far we have Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho in there, so who will be joining them and how will that be decided? Well there’s no out and out high flyer in there, which is often a feature of the MITB match, so Kalisto may well take one of the other spots. Neville is also likely to be back from injury soon but are WWE going to want to put him in such a high risk match so early in his comeback?

And what about the seventh person? Well, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt are both scheduled to return soon and both have the pedigree to be in such a high profile match. Bray in particular would be a very intriguing choice to carry the briefcase, especially with the Wyatt Family at his beck and call. The final option I would suggest is, if he loses his US Title to John Cena before the PPV, Rusev. He deserves to be a major player in the WWE and Lana walking around with that briefcase would look awesome!

Will we finally get a male-free Women’s Division?

After a brutal verbal attack the WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte disowned her father and sent the Nature Boy from the arena in tears. With the champ replacing Ric Flair with Dana Brooke as her cohort will we finally get a Women’s division that focusses on the female competitors and not the shenanigans involving men?

Will a feud with Sheamus be a good next step for Apollo Crews?

After losing to Sami Zayn in a Money in the Bank qualifying match Sheamus was irate, and has started to rant about the ‘new era’, focussing his ire on Apollo Crews. With both men losing their qualifiers it looks like a feud is in the offing. So will this be a good move for the leader of the Apollo Nation? It seems likely – Sheamus is a veteran, his brawling, bruising style could mesh nicely with Crews’ strength and agility and there is a good story to tell with the whole old guard v new era narrative. It should also give Crews a chance to develop and display his character a bit more, and to get over because, seriously, who likes Sheamus?

Other questions we have…

Why are Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler having another match?
I mean come on, the matches have been solid, but we’ve seen this contest so many damn times now!

How was Kevin Owens powerbombing AJ Styles onto the steel steps not a disqualification?
Didn’t think that would be allowed in a regular match.

What’s next for the Realest Guys now that Enzo is back?
Given the comprehensive way Big Cass has been dealing with the Dudleyz in Amore’s absence is there any reason to carry on with the feud?

Who put that Exit sign on the door that Ric Flair left through?

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Given the side of the door the sign was on The Nature Boy seemed to go, in the words of Prince,  “in through the out door”.

When are they going to start making Darren Young great again?
Because it hasn’t happened yet, those videos with Bob Backlund are godawful.

So there we go, that’s what’s got us scratching our heads after this week’s Raw. Reckon you’ve got some answers? Or questions of your own? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @CellarDoorChris and @WrestlingFansGB.

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The Brand Split – Part Two

So its been a few weeks since I shared my feelings on splitting up the roster so I’m back to finish off the roster by highlighting the talent that should headline SmackDown.  Now ill be honest I don’t watch SmackDown that often, and the reason is because they repeat a lot of the same matches that we already saw on Monday.  It’s stale and with the current crop of talent there is no reason for it to be at all.

If you read my last article (of course you did it was great) then you saw that it was all about the younger crop of talent taking over the flagship show and building up fresh faces.  I make the move that you move more of the veterans to Thursday, if you want people to watch then why not have the most popular faces in the company be involved in there own separate feuds while also bringing up young talent to this show first.  Raw seems to congested with all the recent call ups that come from NXT leaving that show a little flat and not having much to do on Raw so spread them out and have them start with more established talent.

Given the current story line it would make sense to me that this would all lead to the return of Triple H and leading he and his wife to take over a new challenge being on SmackDown.  So if I were doing the booking I would split the rest of the top talent up this way.

  1. John Cena
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Regardless of what you think a feel about John Cena the truth is that he still is the biggest draw in wrestling. Cena did a great job last year with his US title run and helping get the best of the call ups like Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.  Cena is getting closer to 40 and this time in his career it would time for him to put over some of the younger guys since he has been doing his best work of his career before the injury.

  1. Randy Orton

The Viper and 14 year veteran is the next man up to get off the injured reserved list.  With all the same reason that just gave for Cena for helping push current talent this would be the best use of Orton’s talents giving that he cane an good match with almost anyone on the card.

  1. Dolph Ziggler

The man that just can’t seem to get over the hump and resident workhorse is my biggest concern considering the congestion on Raw.  Dolph has been booked in some of the worst storylines in the past few years but always seems to make the most of it.  He’s one of the most over talents on the roster and is have never been treated as such.

  1. Chris Jericho

This one doesn’t need much explanation either; Jericho is one of the best technical wrestlers of all time and can be booked with anyone to help establish new talent.  Jericho can lose over one hundred matches in a row and still be the man people come to see.

  1. Ryback

Yeah I know he is probably done with the company at this time.  I would have liked to see more from the “BIG GUY” given his size and what he offers in the ring.  I enjoyed his last heel run with the right people around him he could have pushed him a lot higher than where he was.

  1. Sheamus
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Multi-time world champ, who is often left with nothing to do on the card.  My biggest problem with Sheamus is the 50/50 booking; early in his career he was booked very strong.  Having feuds with John Cena and Triple H defeating both men on multiple occasions to losing most of his matches is something I can’t understand.

  1. Dean Ambrose

Personally I am not a fan of Dean Ambrose, but I do see what he offers to the product.  There is something missing from character that doesn’t seem to always fit with his in ring style.  This would be the reason that he needs to be separated form the crop of talent.

  1. Baron Corbin

The new monster heel that if booked the right way can carry that the same gimmick be a top guy for the next ten years.  Look at Kane and follow the same pattern, he doesn’t have to win every match but if booked strong would be great to see against anyone of this list.

  1. Triple H

Triple H just signed a new three year performance contract that would more than likely see him in some big matches before he hangs the boots up for good.  With some of the talent that is NXT I do believe that there are a few more dream matches that could still happen in the next three years.

  1. The Miz

The last man on this list and the Current Intercontinental is one of the best heels on all of wrestling.  His in-ring work has improved of the years having promos and Miz TV on one program would help make it a more impactful segment.

I guess we have to wait and see how this will all play out, I feel that with Summer Slam around the coroner a match between Shane and Triple H would have more meaning.

Agree or Disagree? Let me know on Twitter at @itsthecurb or at our official Twitter on @wrestlingfansGB. You can also find the link to the latest episode of my podcast ‘The Podcast of 1004 Holds’ on my personal Twitter. Thanks for reading!

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WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Classic: What we know, and what we want to know…

What we know about the Global Cruiserweight Classic so far… 

What is the Global Cruiserweight Classic?

Per the WWE in their initial announcement:

  “WWE Network continues to add to its already robust slate of original programming in 2016, with the newly green-lit show, Global Cruiserweight Classic, a tournament which brings together more than 30 of the greatest in-ring competitors at Full Sail University in Orlando, to vie for the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world. Global Cruiserweight Classic is set to premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 9pm ET on WWE Network.

  For the first time ever, WWE invites cruiserweights from all over the world to compete in the inaugural Global Cruiserweight Classic. Thirty-two of the greatest in-ring competitors under 205 lbs. will descend upon Full Sail University in Orlando and collide over 10 weeks to earn the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world.”

Whilst normally a cruiserweight would be defined as slightly heavier then 205lbs, between 220 and 230lbs, this might be down to some of WWE’s main stars falling close to that weight, and this limit allows them to better set their cruiserweights in the tournament apart.

The Series, which is now being referred to in some cases by the WWE as the Global Cruiserweight Classic, has been something brewing in the WWE for some time. The rumour mill has had talk of the Cruiserweight Division being resurrected in some form or another by the WWE for over a decade, with many names linked to a potential revival such as Frankie Kazarian and Alex Shelley.

In recent years though the growth in NXT has likely proved the WWE’s ability to produce another product separate from the main series, and also the audience interest in smaller wrestlers. Certainly with the hype WWE has tried to create around the tournament with qualifying matches occurring across the world, various big independent wrestling names being linked to the event and HHH’s enthusiasm for the venture in interviews, this is WWE looking to create something big in the Global Cruiserweight Classic.

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Least successful NXT callups

Not everyone from NXT can make it on the main roster. Despite having the charisma, talent and passion, some former NXT wrestlers have not managed to make the same impact as the likes of Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and Big E. Here are a few wrestlers that have yet to hit their stride on the main roster.

Adam Rose

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Debuting as the party animal and leader of the Exotic Express, he was undefeated for a total of 137 days, beating the likes of Damien Sandow, Fandango, Titus O’ Neil, and Heath Slater, until Kane pinned him on the 15th anniversary of Smackdown. After feuding with his former partner The Bunny (Justin Gabriel in a bunny suit), he quickly faded into obscurity despite his multiple attempts to reinvent himself. He is now a member of The Social Outcasts, a stable including Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Bo Dallas, which has revitalised Rose’s main roster career, but unless he makes an impact in the next few months, he will once again fall into obscurity, putting his career into jeopardy.

Bo Dallas

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Bo Dallas had a pretty similar main roster path as Adam Rose, debuting 3 days before Rose, gaining a winning streak, then competing in a number of small feuds, usually coming up on the losing side, until joining with Rose, Slater and Axel to create The Social Outcasts. Dallas has the potential to have a good future in the WWE, whether that means ditching The Social Outcasts and going solo, or even just slightly adjusting his character.

The Ascension

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Debuting on the December 29 2014, defeating the team of The Miz and Damien Mizdow, they went on to defeat local competitors, whilst comparing themselves to The Road Warriors and Demolition. This led to them being confronted, beaten up and humiliated less than 3 months in by The NWO, A.P.A, and New Age Outlaws. Great start guys. After feuding with basically the entire tag team roster for the entirety of 2015 without a single breakout win, Konnor and Viktor only have a few months to put themselves on the map, or they may be on the list of wrestlers to be released in 2016, or worse, continuing to be stuck on Main Event and Superstars for months on end.

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The Brand Split – Part One

Here we are again two weeks removed from WrestleMania and we have no clue in what direction the company is going.  WrestleMania always looks like New Years Eve and the RAW after is New Years Day, a time for new beginnings.  So here are all my crazy theories about what I would like to see, with the rumoured return of the brand split.

For those of you not old enough to remember the brand split began in 2002 and separated RAW and SmackDown and treated them as two separate shows competing against each other both offering different programming than the other.  Looking back at it now when the roster was very rich with talent (like it is now) gave other stars that may have not gotten a chance to get over time to apply their trade.

The brand split ended in 2011, titles were dropped, some merged together and most of the biggest stars from that era were mostly gone and others repackaged into completely different characters.  With the continuing story of having Shane McMahon running RAW (Even though he lost his match against Undertaker but who cares) sooner than later the rest of the family will get involved competing for fathers love and respect. Thus opening the door for the split to return.

I actually did the hard work for you and will give you a list of superstars to carry their respective brands.  When doing this I looked at the entire roster and felt that more experienced guys should be separated from their new crop of talent so even if you don’t agree with the list just hear me out!

One title that I would like to see permanently stay on RAW is the new women’s title.  The reason for this is that with the show being three hours and if they are serious about building a credible women’s division they need to give them time to wrestle.  With repeated matches and stories still only focusing on two women at a time, it give others a chance to work.

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  1. Roman Reigns

For better or for worse Roman is the man right now.  If the powers that want Roman to be the guy and for you to believe it, than make him the star of the flagship show of the company.

  1. Seth Rollins

The uncrowned champion, and one of the best damn wrestlers in the wresting business.  Looking to make his return and reclaim what he never lost in the first place.  His eventual return is the easiest to book with story already being in place.

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WrestleMania 32 Facts

  1. The match between Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks is the longest women’s match in the History of Wrestlemania. Its 16:03 time limit is almost 5 minutes longer than the second place holder. At first I thought this would be a tedious task reviewing all the Wrestlemania cards for the women matches and their times, then I quickly realised I just needed to look up the times, as 16:03 is one of the longer matches in Wrestlemania History, for example, the Title match also happens to be longer then every match wrestled at WrestleMania 1, 2, 3 and 4. An appropriate statistic to back up what was Match of the Night. The fun part though is who it beat to become longest match…

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  1. In an impressive feat for women’s wrestling, the 10 person tag match between Team Total Diva’s (Paige, Eva Marie, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Brie Bella) against Team Miscellaneous Diva’s (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Emma and Summer Rae) was the longest match in Women’s wrestling history, for a few hours. The two matches are also the only two women’s matches to go over 10 minutes, the tag match benefiting from a 2 hour pre-show which afforded the wrestlers a good amount of time to work. This was also the first time a Wrestlemania Card featured two women’s matches since Wrestlemania 20, where Victoria beat Molly Holly to retain the women’s Championship and role models for little girls everywhere, Torrie Wilson, Sable, Stacey Keibler and Miss Jackie ripped off their evening gowns and announced they were to have a match in their bras and panties to a hooting crowd, ending when Torrie Wilson rolled up Miss Jackie and pulled down her underwear for the enthusiastic crowd to see. Girl Power!

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Moving on from the longest to the shortest…

  1. The Rock did indeed have the shortest match (in what felt like the longest blood segment) in Wrestlemania History against Erick Rowan at 6 seconds, narrowly edging out Chavo Guerrero and Kane who managed 11 extreme seconds for the ECW Championship at Wrestlemania 24. The Rock has now appeared at the last 5 Mania’s, getting his current run close to his old run of 8 Mania’s between 13-20. Speaking of runs…

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Quickfire list: What WWE can build from Mania

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Last night, we saw WrestleMania 32. A lot of different reactions came after the show on Twitter and Facebook, which is understandable as everyone has different opinion. However, I feel that WrestleMania was excellent and proved a lot of doubters for the event wrong. Here is why:

1. Women’s Wrestling

Last night women’s wrestling made history with a new title and name change, and even the 10 women tag match on the preshow was good! With everyone showing good wrestling ability on the preshow it was a good highlight, (yes even Eva!) and also the excellent triple threat title match on the main card with Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch was brilliant.

2. The McMahons!

They really do put themselves on the line for this business, with Shane jumping 20 ft of the HIAC structure and Steph taking a spear to make the fans happy, they really do love this business and take risks in the ring to show that they want to please the fans in some way.

3. Sticking to the original plan!

Constantly, we hear about plan changes mid way through matches based on the crowd, recently with the Royal Rumble. Last night, the WWE had a set of balls and even though the crowd didn’t want it, they switched the world title. What they will do with this is interesting to speculate about, as I will elaborate further on in the list…

4. Baron Corbin!

Highly underrated but impressive, picking up wins on NXT and being pushed as a dominant heel he has improved so much in NXT, showing promise along the way and he finally got his big push start to his main roster career by winning the ARMBAR.

So what needs to happen on RAW? This is simple for RAW after Mania, make heat for the wrestlers!

1. Use NXT stars!

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Bring Bayley, Enzo and Cass and finally Corbin up! This can make big moves towards wrestling and spark more excitement into different divisions, such as divisions lacking a current reliable 2nd heel or babyface like the US title scene or the tag team division.

2. Turn Roman Heel!

This is the perfect time to turn him heel, he will draw massive heat and make his current crowd reaction seem more real and better for the storyline.

3. Take Women’s Wrestling Higher!

Have 2 top heels and 2 top faces, make more feuds and more time! Start now and go big, they can improve the ratings with the right angles and matches!

4. Continue with Shane and Vince!

This would be epic if booked right, the matches that could happen and creativeness that can be done with Vince playing the ultimate heel in a feud is unlimited, as we saw during his great feud with Austin. WWE need to run with this, run far and fast. Keep pushing for the reactions because that’s what draws the ratings and more importantly, keep providing good stand out matches like we had at WrestleMania!

Thank you for reading this article, and you can follow me on Twitter here!

Five things we learned from Shinsuke Nakamura’s Debut

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The city was Dallas.  The place was the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Centre.  The event was NXT Takeover: Dallas.  In my preview & prediction article for this event (which you can check out here), I said that Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura had potential to be the match of the year.  After having watched their match both live and after the fact, I can confirm that this will very much be in the argument for match of the year when that moment comes & would be very surprised if it doesn’t end up winning.

From the moment his theme hit to the moment he went backstage, Swagsuke captivated those in attendance & all those watching via the WWE Network around the world.  During my first viewing, I could barely comprehend what I was watching but on second viewing, there are many parts of this match that teach us vital information about what we can expect now that Nakamura has arrived & much more.  While half the credit needs to go to Sami Zayn for helping make Nakamura’s debut so epic, this article is going to focus on the King of Strong Style & what his arrival in NXT has taught us & what it  will mean for the future.

  1. CFO$=MVP

It has long been known that CFO$ have been creating incredible theme music for WWE & NXT superstars such as Sami Zayn, Finn Balor & AJ Styles but in my opinion, their greatest work has come in the form of “The Rising Sun”.  Now while it isn’t as good as his theme from New Japan, “Subconscious”, nothing was ever going to reach that level.  “Subconscious” is as good as wrestling themes get but what CFO$ have created is about as close as we’re going to get to that level & I’m perfectly ok with that.  The general consensus among those that have heard “The Rising Sun” is that it is the final boss music from a Japanese RPG game & that is just about the perfect description.  I don’t know why but the violins just absolutely make this theme what it is.  I’ve never heard them used so effectively but I’m so glad that I now have.  It’s the sort of theme that just gets you hyped for what you’re about to see & that’s what it should do.  Anytime I here that music from now on, I’m going to be taken back to the moment it first hit & what it meant for the WWE.

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NXT Alumni: The 5 most successful members to make it to the main roster

NXT is a constantly evolving brand, giving wrestlers all over the world a chance to show what they have to offer. While the main goal of any NXT wrestler is to make it to the main roster and perform at RAW and Smackdown, only the best get called up, so some wrestlers may spend longer in NXT than others. With more and more people getting called up to the Main Roster, the NXT roster is constantly changing, with new signings practically every month. These 5 wrestlers have achieved the greatest success in their time on the main roster.

Kevin Owens

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Kevin Owens has been one of the most successful wrestlers to get called up from developmental, going from dominating NXT, defeating Sami Zayn, Neville, Alex Riley, and countless others, to beating Cena clean in his first main roster match on May 31st 2015, only 5 months since making his WWE debut, then capturing the Intercontinental Championship 4 months after that, defeating Ryback. He has since gone on to winning the championship again in a 5 man match on the February 15th episode of RAW. He is scheduled to defend his title in a 7 man ladder match at Wrestlemania 32 against Sin Cara, The Miz, Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, and his long term rival, Sami Zayn. With his first year on the main roster slowly coming to an end, I am looking forward to what WWE has planned for “The Prizefighter” Kevin Owens.

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5 Matches That Told A Story

When people talk about the divide between mainstream wrestling, such as WWE and TNA, versus wrestling on the independent scene such as PWG or Progress, one of the bigger arguments I hear brought against Independent wrestling is the lack of a story, that you can’t just put two wrestlers in a ring together and assume the audience are invested. It’s a legitimate argument but in my opinion one that has a good counter argument, brilliantly illustrated by this quote from Independent promotion, Beyond Wrestling: “Don’t forget, some of the best storytelling takes place bell to bell, not strictly through backstage skits”.

This particular quote has always stood out to me, and ever since whenever I’m watching a match that might be thought of as throw-away or there to fill a spot, I try to make a point of thinking what the story is that wrestlers have decided to try and tell the audience to earn their investment, and it’s led me on to this article of 5 matches, listed in no specific order, that had no story going into to it, but created one once the two wrestlers were in the ring and began to work their magic:

  1. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista (The arrogant veteran humbled)

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The main story being given focus is Batista’s feud with John Cena, the two facing off at Over the Limit for the WWE Championship. A Beat the Clock Challenge has been set, the winner deciding the match stipulation for the PPV Main Event. Once in the ring, his scheduled opponent Miz, provides a 100% totally real Doctor’s Note that he can’t compete, and his NXT Rookie Daniel Bryan will take his place. Bryan Danielson was not a rookie in any way shape or form, but as he was starting his WWE Career, for the audience’s sake, he plays the student to Batista’s veteran. Batista immediately starts by setting Bryan up for the Batista Bomb and the crowd audibly gasps at the prospect of a 17 second squash match. Instead Bryan immediately turns it into a roll up for a two count, and then an ankle tap. Batista has to retreat to outside of the ring, completely unprepared for what has happened, he assumed he could end it early, and he was punished by seeing the match nearly lost because of it.

Early Daniel Bryan, in ring in my opinion is the best Daniel Bryan, as he went further into his WWE career his submission varieties dropped to almost just the Yes Lock, but in his first match on RAW applies a Sleeper Hold and a front Guillotine Choke (which to Batista’s credit, he sells afterwards by gasping for air as if he was 2014 Batista 6 minutes into a match) as well as the aforementioned Ankle Tap and Yes Lock, then just the Omoplata Cross Face. Early simple moves from Batista are countered, and even after he finally starts making them work, his slow methodical pace, perhaps uncertain of what’s happening, costs him, allowing Bryan to strike back and near the climax of the match, hit a roundhouse to Batista’s head and apply his finisher cross-face.

Ultimately the student-veteran dynamic plays to the end, where a determined Bryan runs in too eagerly to a corner Batista and leaves himself open for a kick to the knee, as he rolls back Batista has an opening for a spear, and then follows up with a successful Batista Bomb. The match lasts 5 minutes and 6 seconds, long enough for Cena to beat in his match, and Batista visibly angry and embarrassed by being dominated at times by the newcomer, hits two more Batista Bomb’s after the match in frustration on Bryan.

No one knew Bryan vs. Batista was scheduled to happen that night, many in the crowd weren’t even familiar with who Bryan was, however the well played out story that occurred in the ring was the first step on Bryan’s underdog story that last his entire WWE Career. Being able to get such a good result against Batista showed the crowd Bryan was for real, and the loss made them invested, wanting to see him eventually get the big win. The quest for the win fittingly climaxed years later at Wrestlemania 30 when he finally applied the Omoplata Cross-Face on Batista, and this time made him tap. The student became the master, or maybe just proved he had been one all along.

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  Alternative example of ‘Student Surprising the Master’: Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho. Another match all about a veteran having no doubt in their mind they’re better than the beginner before them, the aforementioned recurring theme of Daniel Bryan’s career. This one also saw the veteran letting themselves take offence from Bryan and be put into submission holds, in this case a heel hook, because of their belief they couldn’t be beat by Bryan, then immediately realising the challenge they face is much greater than they expected. Also the match unintentionally saw Bryan over eagerly attempt a suicide dive against Jericho and ending up crashing into the announcers table, appearing to be as a result of Jericho moving him into it mid-dive. Bryan like before was also caught unaware advancing on a seemingly hurt opponent, taking the code breaker from Jericho and then submitting to the Lion tamer. Bryan had a lot of uphill struggles in his career, but the eventual success made his achievements all the sweeter.

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