WWE Draft Results

Here are live results for the WWE Draft!

RAW

  1. Seth Rollins
  2. Charlotte
  3. Finn Balor
  4. Roman Reigns
  5. Brock Lesnar
  6. The New Day
  7. Sami Zayn
  8. Sasha Banks
  9. Chris Jericho
  10. Rusev (w/ Lana)
  11. Kevin Owens
  12. Enzo & Cass
  13. Gallows & Anderson
  14. Big Show
  15. Nia Jax
  16. Neville
  17. Cesaro
  18. Sheamus
  19. Golden Truth
  20. Titus O’Neil
  21. Paige

SmackDown

  1. Dean Ambrose
  2. AJ Styles
  3. John Cena
  4. Randy Orton
  5. Bray Wyatt
  6. Becky Lynch
  7. The Miz (w/ Maryse)
  8. Baron Corbin
  9. American Alpha
  10. Dolph Ziggler
  11. Natalya
  12. Alberto Del Rio
  13. The Usos
  14. Kane
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Chyna’s Legacy

When I found out yesterday that Joanie “Chyna” Laurer passed away yesterday, I was about to go to bed. But upon hearing the news, I could not sleep. I was too heartbroken, too shocked, too confused.

In the back of my mind, I always believed that one day, I would see Chyna inducted int he WWE Hall of Fame, standing up on the stage the night before WrestleMania, thanking her fans and relishing in her legendary status.

She will never get that moment now. But perhaps she’ll get the recognition.

The word “pioneer” too often gets thrown around in tributes and obituaries, but if anyone in the entire wrestling industry deserves the word, it’s Chyna. From her debut assisting Triple H at In Your House to her entrance in both the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring to her two reigns with the Intercontinental Championship, Chyna changed what it meant to be a woman in WWE.

Chyna was nobody’s toy or puppet. She was no valet. She was an enforcer and bodyguard, the strong and silent muscle of DX. She was sexy because of the power she exuded both physically and mentally. She subverted every stereotype about women the then-WWF itself perpetuated.

I was too young to see her during her prime, to experience her career as it happened. But when I first started watching wrestling, she was the one who most stood out to me whenever I watched matches back from the Attitude Era. I would look at her and just be in total and utter awe of her brilliance. Watching her was, in as few words as possible, an empowering experience.

That’s her real legacy. WWE will induct her into the Hall of Fame, just as she always wanted. But the most lasting thing about her career will be her fearless and trailblazing career, and the way she made the fans she loved so much feel.

Thank you, Chyna. Rest in peace. Rest in power.

 

Don’t treat me like a woman
Don’t treat me like a man
Don’t treat me like you know me
Treat me for just who I am

 

Being a woman and a WWE fan

Happy International Women’s Day, friends! If you haven’t yet, go and tell your mothers, sisters, cousins, girlfriends, wives, or any woman in your life how special they are.

I’ve been ruminating on this post for a while, and today seemed like as good a time as any to post this: the experience of being a female WWE fan.

It’s an odd feeling, loving something that has historically treated your gender like pieces of meat to be gawked at and objectified. I don’t blame my mother for not allowing me to watch wrestling when I was a really young girl: that was the age of bra and panty matches, the age of Sable hosting bikini contests in the middle of the ring, of Lita being mercilessly pelted with a chorus of “SLUT!” every time she entered the ring after cheating on Matt Hardy.

The current crop of women on the WWE’s main roster now, even, are some of the best in the world at their craft. In Sasha Banks, the WWE has one of the best performers on the planet, male or female. Yet they are still given woefully short matches, and women like Eva Marie are given pushes far too soon merely because they are on a reality show. Corporate refuses to put Chyna in the Hall of Fame while Sunny remains enshrined. And don’t get me started on the WWE’s woeful characterization of one of their most gifted athletes: AJ Lee.

And it’s not just Creative who is to blame. The WWE Universe has had a hand in this for years, whooping and hollering for the return of bra and panty matches, calling women like Charlotte a man, and refusing to stop their relentless sexualization of athletes like Bayley. If you don’t believe me, look in any Youtube comments.

Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with women being comfortable in their sexuality. It’s healthy, even. But the WWE has, for years, taken things beyond empowered sexuality, tailoring everything for the male gaze.

Even I cannot escape the rampant, internalized sexism of certain parts of the WWE Universe. Ever since I began livetweeting and blogging, I can’t seem to go a week without being called “fucking gorgeous” by some strangers on the internet. I appreciate the compliment and all, but it can be aggressive and frankly, makes me uncomfortable. I doubt this happens as often to my male counterparts.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve also met some incredible people who haven’t once tried to flirt with me through Twitter, guys who treat me with respect and will talk wrestling with me all day. But for every good apple, there’s a bad one just waiting to pounce with a sleazy comment about my looks, because that’s all that matters about me, right?

So why do I stay? Frankly, it’s because of everything I wrote above. The world is changing, folks. The Four Horsewomen, Paige, Emma, Asuka and all of the women of the WWE are stepping up their games and changing the world’s perception of wrestling. The media is rallying behind them, calling Creative out for their abysmal booking.

And if women like me and the other women who love wrestling, give up, then our voices will never be heard. We would be letting down the trailblazers in the ring today who are working tirelessly to change the world’s view of women’s wrestling, the women of promotions like Shimmer, the women making magic in the indies.

That’s why I started this blog in the first place. The voices of women in the WWE and wrestling matter. Girls like Bayley’s biggest fan Izzy matter. Athletes who break the mold matter. And it’s not just about the WWE: it’s about the entire world.

I love wrestling, as imperfect as it may be. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. And I hope that one day, if I have a little girl, we can tune into Monday Night RAW and see them do their women justice. Equality is rarely ever given. It’s taken by hook or by crook. So I’m not going anywhere. I know the WWE can do better. I have faith in the unrelenting drive and passion of its Divas. And I have faith that maybe, someday, I can see the women main eventing Wrestlemania.

A girl can dream, after all. And this girl will never stop.

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Survivor Series Predictions

Happy Undertaker 25 Day, friends! I meant to post these earlier, but I ended up having no time this week, so here they are, 3 hours in advance of the show itself! Woo!

Traditional Survivor Series Match

I am absolutely baffled as to why this match has just been thrown in as a mystery match.

So, er, maybe . . .

Sheamus, BNB, and New Day vs. The Usos, Dudley Boyz, and Neville? Maybe?

Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio

Well, er, every show needs a filler match, I guess? Okay, maybe that’s too mean. Reigns has improved vastly from where he was at this time last year, both in the eyes of fans and in the ring. Obviously his mic skills need a lot of work, and I just can’t see him as the face of the WWE when there are stars like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose out there, but he’s got a lot of talent, that’s for sure.

Del Rio is, historically, solid in the ring, but his matches since his return have admittedly been full of botches and quite boring. The MexAmerica gimmick is honestly ridiculous in my opinion, and I think it’s keeping Del Rio from being the heel he can be.

The outcome of the match seems clear enough: Reigns over Del Rio. But I’m curious about how the match will actually be. This match, despite giving Del Rio a loss, could potentially give him some much-needed momentum.

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens

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I have a feeling this was the plan for Ambrose before Rollins’ injury: a feud with Owens for the Intercontinental title. But, in the wake of the title craziness, I think Ambrose is bound for bigger and better things than a losing feud to Owens, who is perfectly suited to hold the Intercontinental title.

This match will be an all-out brawl, and I have no doubt both will deliver.

 

Brothers of Destruction vs. Wyatt Family

There are two options for Creative here: the safe ending and the ending that needs to happen.

The last time Undertaker and Wyatt faced off, it was the Phenom who emerged victorious. Wyatt has been on the losing side of most of his feuds lately, so if the WWE wants him to remain a credible threat, he needs to be the one to come out on top. He needs it.

I also think Kane will be pivotal in keeping the action going. Undertaker’s performances are never certain these days, despite being incredibly impressive considering his age. But Kane is looking strong going into this, and I hope he will get a chance to regain some of the strength that made his character so interesting.

Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler

I am so excited for this match, and so thrilled that Tyler Breeze will be able to introduce to ferocious aspect of his character on a platform like Survivor Series.

The outcome looks obvious to me: Breeze over Ziggler, this being his pay per view debut and all. I’m just curious as to how much aggression they will let Ziggler display. WWE notoriously misuses its NXT talent, with the exception of The Shield. Also, how much will Summer be involved?

Charlotte vs. Paige

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Not taking the WWE’s questionable decision to include Charlotte’s late brother Reid in this feud into account, this match finally got some much-needed heat injected into it at RAW. It might be too late, but Charlotte and Paige are both strong performers and, if given enough time, are capable of telling a good story in the ring.

I can’t see Charlotte losing the belt in her first defense of it against a non-Bella. I’m merely curious to see if her character will develop any over the course of tonight’s event.

Also, could we perhaps have Sasha interfere and get a title shot of her own? Or maybe wait until Wrestlemania. 😉

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose

I’m not gonna lie. I looked up other predictions to try and give me some kind of idea of what to say, and even then, I couldn’t find any solid predictions. I literally have no idea if WWE will go the safe way or the way I could only dream they would go.

The easy choice is Reigns. I don’t doubt he was going to finally take the title from Rollins before his injury. But, if he does win, will he emerge as the victorious babyface or turn heel against his former Shield brother?

And what if Dean wins? Will he betray Roman to do so, or will Roman turn heel and still not be able to overcome Ambrose?

Oh, and will Sheamus cash in?  And if he does, could he pretty please fail?

Well, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Agree or disagree with me? Let me know!

RAW Recap/Anaylsis – November 16, 2015

This week’s RAW opened with a moment of silence for the victims of this weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

For those of you reading this, I simply present the words of Kevin Owens.

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The Brothers of Destruction

The Undertaker and Kane entered and cut a promo, challenging two members of the Wyatt family to a tag match at Survivor Series once again. The Wyatt family then entered, and Bray Wyatt cut an equally terrifying promo before turning the druids against the Brothers, who easily took them out. Maybe it was because they were hella short?

Neville vs. Kevin Owens

There was no way this match couldn’t be awesome.

Neville turned the energy up from the start with a quick offense, and Owens responded with equal aggression. Neville was finally granted enough time to show off his athleticism and acrobatic skill, hitting Owens with a moonsault early on and flipping around the ring much to everyone’s delight.The match was thrilling from start to finish, and every near-fall seemed like the end of the match.

But in the end, it was Owens who hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win. He was also spotted chatting with Triple H backstage. Fascinating.

The two put on a clinic, but was anyone really surprised?

I would be the happiest girl in the world if this turned into its own feud. These two work together fantastically, and Neville deserves a title shot.

Tyler Breeze vs. R-Truth

I still get very excited seeing Tyler Breeze on the main roster, finally.

R-Truth started out surprisingly strong, but after Tyler got some lip balm from Summer Rae, he powered back.

I need to get myself some of that.

Breeze got the win, and continues to look strong weeks into his time on RAW and Smackdown.

Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

072_RAW_11162015cm_0961-3457161480Another high stakes matchup between two insanely talented men. Ambrose’s gritty style was a great foil to Ziggler’s flashiness. Ambrose showed signs of frustration, giving Ziggler the advantage early on. But Ambrose didn’t stay down for long, brawling his way back in control.

The two traded control with dropkicks and clotheslines, putting on a great show as I figured they would. I lost track of the amount of near-falls. The fight went on for a long time, much to everyone’s delight. The two fought, absolutely fought, but it was Dean Ambrose who hit Ziggler with Dirty Deeds for the victory.

Ambrose ended the segment with a freaking AWESOME promo including promises for more action and less talking, and replacing michael Cole with a fish tank.

Ambrose for CHAMP 2k15.

The New Day vs. The Usos and Ryback

My favorite tag team entered to cheerfully cut a promo on the Usos and Ryback, who then entered for their match.

The Usos and New Day have fought before, but it’s great seeing them go against each other now that New Day has evolved into the entertaining dynamite of the tag team division.

The heel and face roles were obvious throughout the match, and both teams were wildly entertaining. But Big E made the mistake of pissing off Ryback, who went full-on monster on New Day, earning a disqualification after shoving the ref.

Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro

Before the match, Triple H had some stuff to say to Cesaro.Roman Reigns then went to the ring, cutting a promo on getting his chance and such.

But enough of that. Onto the match.

This match wasn’t a brawl like Ambrose and Ziggler delivered, but more of a traditional clash of the titans. Cesaro showed off his ever-growing arsenal of moves, and Reigns looked strong as usual. I’m not Reigns’ biggest fan by any means. I find him rather boring. But he is definitely improving, and tonight showcased it.

Cesaro and Reigns couldn’t keep the action in the ring, fighting at ringside and exchanging heavy blows. But once they returned to the ring, Reigns seemed to regain momentum he had lost to Cesaro earlier. Cesaro, however, managed to swing Reigns around before putting him in the Sharpshooter into a Crossface. Reigns, however, turned it into a Samoan Drop.

Reigns’ momentum continued into an awesome powerbomb, but even that didn’t do in the Swiss Superman. Ironically, it was the Superman Punch into the Spear that did.

The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension

Yup, that’s right. THIS is what their return has come to.

This match was quick and simple, with the Dudley Boyz picking up the victory.

On the bright side, NXT will feature the Ascension against Jordan and Gable. So there’s that.

Alberto Del Rio vs. The Ascension

Triple H propositioned Del Rio and his mouthpiece Zeb after a potentially offensive promo.

Kallisto didn’t disappoint, utilizing the traditional, fast-paced Lucha style to his advantage. It was a fascinating dynamic: the large, firm Del Rio versus the smaller, quicker Kallisto.

Del Rio picked up the victory in the end.

Life isn’t fair.

Divas Championship Contract Championship

Paige and Charlotte put it all out there, cutting a terrific promo together. Charlotte, when mentioning her brother, got emotional talking about it and about Paige’s friendship helping her get through it.

Paige continued digging a deeper hole for herself, brilliantly propping Charlotte up to be cheered on.

Charlotte was absolutely brilliant, finally getting to add some depth to her character. Her emotion was palpable in every word she uttered, and when Paige insulted her late brother, Charlotte the Divas Championship went to town on her.

The post-signing brawl was as brutal as anyone could have hoped, finally adding some fire to the feud Creative seemed to have forgotten.

My main issue? This entire segment was a lot at once. This feud should have been slowly escalating up to this moment, not thrown at us all at once.

Also, as touching as Charlotte’s emotion was, bringing her brother into it? That’s lazy storytelling, and not entirely respectful. Feuds don’t always have to be personal, and Divas don’t always have to be in catfights. Bayley and Sasha fought for respect. Lita and Trish Stratus fought to be the best.Why can’t Charlotte and Paige’s battle be the same?

Also…did Charlotte ever sign the contract?

All in all, this was one of the best RAW episodes I’ve seen in a while. The matches meant something, and the action was constant. WWE should keep this up, especially when their golden boy returns.

Tune in this week for my Survivor Series predictions, opinions on WWE’s recent booking, and how I think my girl Bayley should be brought to the main roster!