Tag: John Cena

WWE No Mercy Preview: Thoughts on Cena-Reigns, Lesnar-Strowman

WWE loaded up the card for No Mercy, a September Raw brand pay-per-view with two WrestleMania main event-quality matches.


Unique Shield reunion highlights WWE Money in the Bank

Seth Rollins pinned Roman Reigns to win his second WWE heavyweight title Sunday night at Money in the Bank, but that wasn’t the end of the story.


How does WWE get Roman Reigns over?

WWE desperately wants to get Roman Reigns over with fans. Matching him up with smark favorite A.J. Styles is probably not the way to do it.


Seth Rollins out for nine months: WWE in crisis mode? Paging Brock Lesnar

We were heading into WrestleMania season with Seth Rollins the likely WWE champ, perhaps getting ready for a break and co-main event with Authority figure Triple H, or a Shield reunion with Roman Reigns.


Alberto Del Rio return highlights WWE Hell in a Cell

The highlight of a good WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view at a sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles was the return of four-time world champion Alberto Del Rio, who was the surprise opponent for U.S. champ John Cena in the show’s opening match.


Is Seth Rollins too dangerous to be WWE champ?

Seth Rollins tried to Irish-whip Sting across the ring after delivering a second Buckle Buster of their main-event match at WWE Night of Champions Sunday night, but Sting wasn’t able to play along with whatever was supposed to happen on his return trip.


Night of Champions Review: The payoff is Seth Rollins vs. Kane?

Even Seth Rollins isn’t allowed to beat John Cena two straight times. That was among the things we learned at Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions, which ended predictably with Cena topping Rollins for the U.S. title, and Rollins then pinning Sting to defend the WWE title.


Night of Rollins: Seth Rollins carrying the ball for WWE at Night of Champions

It’s called Night of Champions, but the WWE Network September live event coming up on Sunday could just as easily be Night of Seth Rollins. The WWE and U.S. champ will defend both belts in separate matches: taking on Sting for the WWE title and John Cena for the U.S. title.


WWE SummerSlam Review: Did that just happen?

Jon Stewart interfered in the Seth Rollins-John Cena WWE title match at SummerSlam, which is news itself. Then consider that the former Daily Show host made his presence felt in WWE by hitting Cena in the abdomen with a steel chair, thus aiding Rollins, his TV rival since before WrestleMania 31.


Will SummerSlam live up to the hype?

Nice salesmanship on the Brock Lesnar-Undertaker match headlining this weekend’s SummerSlam: “Too big for WrestleMania.”


WWE Battleground: Match Ratings

Chris Graham rates the matches on the card for WWE Battleground. How did the surprise return of The Undertaker play out in the final accounting?


Amy Schumer Lite: Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is the It Girl this summer. Her Comedy Central TV show, Inside Amy Schumer, is hitting an interesting stride (the classic paraphrase of 12 Angry Men being a recent highlight), just as her first turn as the star of a major studio release is hitting theaters.


WWE Battleground: Does Brock Lesnar leave with the gold?

Brock Lesnar is back in the mix, and it couldn’t have come a moment sooner. Ratings for WWE Monday Night Raw have been tanking in the tank with Seth Rollins at the top of the food chain as WWE champ, not so much an indictment of Rollins as the lack of marketable challengers.


Money in the Bank Preview: Who walks out with the briefcase?

Two things at WWE Money in the Bank we can predict with certainty: Seth Rollins is going to leave as world champ, and John Cena is going to even his summer series with Kevin Owens. Who wins the match that is the title of the show is very much a question.


WWE Elimination Chamber Review: Surprises, mixed with formula

Ryback is the new WWE Intercontinental champ. Kevin Owens won the champ vs. champ match with John Cena with a clean fall. (A clean fall!)


WWE Elimination Chamber: Does Kevin Owens break out, become next top heel?

WWE hastily scheduled the 2015 Elimination Chamber, adding the pay-per-view to the schedule just earlier this month, not giving creative much, if any, time to build up storylines with Payback having taken place just two weeks ago.


WWE Payback Review: Predictable, but entertaining

WWE champ Seth Rollins, as expected, retained, and U.S. champ John Cena, as expected, won his I Quit match with Rusev, who as expected didn’t quit, but was quit for by his manager, Lana. So WWE Payback was predictable. It was also still very entertaining.


WWE Extreme Rules Review: Not again!

So we’re past Extreme Rules, or are we? Because WWE is bound and determined to relive it. John Cena and Rusev have now met on three straight pay-per-views, dating back to Fast Lane, the one before WrestleMania 31, and we’re going to get part four at Payback.


WrestleMania 31 Review: Seth Rollins emerges as WWE champ

Seth Rollins lost a clean fall to Randy Orton in a suspiciously early match on the WrestleMania 31 card, so suspiciously early that you knew that Rollins’ night wasn’t done.


WrestleMania 31 preview: Is Bray Wyatt the next Undertaker for WWE?

Bray Wyatt has been the hottest wrestler in WWE for more than a year, and yet he’s been suspiciously been left on the outside looking in as far as the various title chases have been concerned.


Fast Lane: WWE interstitial between Royal Rumble, WrestleMania

The WWE calendar revolves around three big events a year. The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania are interconnected, and just a couple of months apart.


Daniel Bryan in WrestleMania main event: Big mistake if it happens?

The rumor mill has WWE head honcho Vince McMahon considering adding former WWE champ Daniel Bryan to the main event for WrestleMania 31.


WWE Royal Rumble Preview: The Road to WrestleMania 31 Begins

A triple threat world title match, then the Rumble itself: this weekend’s WWE Royal Rumble is setting the stage for The Road to WrestleMania 31.


Memo to WWE: It’s wrestling, sure, but it’s still gotta be somewhat believable

The Survivor Series in November was a crowning moment for WWE: marking the on-screen WWE debut of Sting, and the storyline demise of The Authority, the faction led by real-life WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Triple H whose act was, yes, getting a bit stale more than a year into its run.


WWE TLC Review: Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper steal the show

No Brock Lesnar, no Randy Orton, no Sting, no Triple H, John Cena on at 9 p.m. Eastern. WWE’s TLC pay-per-view was dominated by the next generation of WWE Superstars.


TLC Preview: Can WWE build on success of Survivor Series?

WWE looks forward to its TLC pay-per-view this weekend as a chance to build on one of its more successful events in recent years at Survivor Series in November.


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Hell in a Cell Review: Did Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose live up to hype?

Eh, what a letdown. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in the main event at WWE Hell in a Cell had a lot of promise, but the writers ruined what could have been one of the better main events in the past few years.


Hell in a Cell Preview: Can Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose carry a pay-per-view?

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are set to be part of what is being billed as a double main event at WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday night.


Rock vs. Triple H at WrestleMania: Is it 2000 or something?

Spoiler alert: Rock and Triple H are going to have a discussion backstage at WWE Smackdown Friday night about a match at WrestleMania 31.


WWE apologizes for Russian flag incident

Interesting move today from WWE, which issued an apology for an angle on this week’s Monday Night Raw in which Big Show ripped down a Russian flag flying over the ring to further his beef with Rusev.


WWE Night of Champions Review: What were they thinking?

Cluster at the end of Night of Champions: That’s all you can conjure here with reference to the screwjob ending to the Brock Lesnar-John Cena main event.


Monday Night Raw Review: Are we ready for Night of Champions, or what?

Wow, interesting move there by WWE creative, closing Raw with a long segment putting the spotlight on the Rusev-Mark Henry match that, by all rights, should be the first or second match on Night of Champions.


Daniel Bryan may be returning sooner: Is this good news?

WWE has been targeting a Survivor Series return for recent champ Daniel Bryan, but he may be able to get back in action sooner with his rehab starting to go better than had been expected.


Wrestling Beat: Updates on John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, Zeb Coulter

John Cena about to go on the shelf? Lots of talk backstage about John Cena this week, and it’s not good. Cena reportedly is nursing lingering neck and shoulder injuries that are bad enough to have some worrying that he might need extended time off to get healthy again.


WWE and the Brock Lesnar Blues

All indications are that WWE wants to keep its world title on Brock Lesnar through WrestleMania 31 for a main-event match with Roman Reigns.


Why have John Cena in a Brock Lesnar rematch at WWE Night of Champions?

Triple H announced Tuesday night during the TV taping for WWE Main Event that former WWE champ John Cena will utilize the rematch clause in his contract to challenge new champ Brock Lesnar in the main event at the next WWE pay-per-view, Night of Champions.


SummerSlam Hits and Misses: Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Stephanie-Brie-Nikki

HIT: Brock Lesnar squashes WWE Champ John Cena Yeah, wow. Lesnar, the former WWE and UFC champ, dominated Cena, hitting a reported 16 German suplexes and a pair of F5s, one 45 seconds into the match, the second as the finisher.


Live Blog: WWE SummerSlam 2014

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads a live blog during WWE SummerSlam 2014. Matches include WWE champ John Cena defending against Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon facing Brie Bella, Roman Reigns taking on Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose squaring off with Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho battling Bray Wyatt and Intercontinental champ The Miz defending against Dolph Ziggler.


SummerSlam Preview: Lesnar-Cena, Wyatt-Jericho, Stephanie-Brie, more

It’s the summer WrestleMania. That’s one way to think of SummerSlam, arguably, with apologies to Royal Rumble, the second-biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year, if only because of its timing.


Let the hype begin: Brock vs. Cena at SummerSlam

Brock Lesnar faces WWE Champion John Cena in the main event at WWE SummerSlam Sunday night. As you may be aware, you can sign up for the WWE Network for just $9.99 a month to watch SummerSlam and the rest of WWE’s monthly pay-per-view offerings. The Lesnar-Cena match is expected to launch the run-up to WrestleMania 31, as the storylines of the summer give way. Who will win the clash of the WWE titans? And more importantly for WWE’s bottom line, how many people will take the hint and sign up for the Network?


Monday Night Raw Review: Good work on Hogan birthday segment, another stupid Stephanie-Brie exchange

Hogan birthday does its job: Until Brock Lesnar’s music hit, the Hulk Hogan birthday celebration made no sense whatsoever, except as a throwback to the fun Old School Raw from earlier in the year.


Wrestling Beat: Daniel Bryan stops burglar, DiBiase on The Streak, Cena wants to be heel?

John Cena will turn heel, eventually. Everybody turns heel, eventually. Eventually is a long way down the road in Cena’s case.


Sting to WWE Universe: Foot in the door, let’s see what happens

Sting and Vince McMahon had several talks over the years about bringing the wrestling superstar to WWE. The conversations went well, but never ended with McMahon able to get Sting to sign on the bottom line.


Insulting your consumers: What’s best for business, WWE?

Paul Levesque, known to wrestling fans as Triple H, the 13-time WWE world champion and now executive vice president of the company, doesn’t like WWE fans. At least that’s the impression that he gave in cutting a promo, using the parlance of wrestling, on WWE’s flagship weekly TV show, Monday Night Raw, this week.


SummerSlam Main Event: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar

It’s now official: the match that we’ve been anticipating for weeks between WWE champ John Cena and former champ Brock Lesnar, the one in the 21-1 WrestleMania run of The Undertaker, is the main event at WWE SummerSlam.


Wrestling Beat: Rock return? CM Punk now on WWE alumni page, Bobby Lashley

Return of The Rock? Dwayne Johnson appeared on ESPN’s Sports Nation on Tuesday and told host Michelle Beadle that he would “love” to wrestle again, and that he’s talked to Vince McMahon about a return to WWE.


Here we go again: John Cena wins WWE title at MITB

You knew it would end that way – with John Cena coming down the ladder with the WWE and World Heavyweight titles at the end of Money in the Bank.


Winner and new WWE champ after Money in the Bank: Bray Wyatt?

Daniel Bryan’s injury and slowed rehab from neck surgery may have helped WWE stumble into a way to further elevate top heel Bray Wyatt: make him the winner and new WWE champ at Money in the Bank.


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WWE News: Shawn Michaels talks John Cena

While discussing the lead up to his bout against John Cena at WrestleMania 23, Shawn Michaels talks about being a building block to John Cena’s path to greatness.


Somebody cue up Wade Barrett: More bad news for WWE

WWE needs to heed the old adage about dancing with the one that brung you. It’s a wrestling company, not a movie company, not an entertainment conglomerate.