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    So, there we go. Brock Lesnar and Goldberg are set to go head-to-head - and I didn't expect the latter's return to be so emotional. WWE would be unwise to go down that route, to be honest. Book Goldberg like a beast and have him run through competitors aggressively. Still, what a moment to see that return. Great stuff.

    WWE has been very smart with the build to Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens. They have booked the champion as a cowardly heel, which is shrewd, and we haven't seen Owens in the ring all too often. His title reign, thus far, has reminded me of Triple H circa 2003. He has been protected, while Rollins has shone in-ring, and he delivered another good promo segment to kick off the show with the champ before beating Jericho on Monday's RAW. It was smart to give Rollins the way, and dissension between Owens and Jericho continues to build, with the former costing the latter the victory inadvertently.

    Elsewhere, Mark Henry and the Golden Truth beat The Shining Stars and Titus O'Neil in a match which was flimsy and just completely pointless, to be honest. The former three competitors have experienced gimmick changes in the recent months, but none have worked.

    The New Day's days as champions are clearly numbered - and Sheamus and Cesaro are the team to get the straps off them, in my view. The pair are dysfunctional in a Team Hell No sort of way, and it was good to see Big E take on the former in singles action. Sure enough, he won after a miscommunication between the two new partners, but their team is something WWE is investing in and it's proving beneficial for both competitors, who now have some character development and a clear track.

    Competitors without direction remain Neville, who lost to Bo Dallas of all people, before Dallas hurled Curtis Axel - his former stable-mate - into the barricade to signify that dark turn in direction, while Braun Strowman clubbered The Mile-High Trio with ease and desperately needs to move onto midcarders or cruiserweights now. It looks like he's on course for a programme with Sami Zayn.

    Personally, I felt the Rusev segment was drawn out and lengthy, and I was disappointed it was given so much time because there are infinitely more interesting feuds going on right now than his battle with Roman Reigns. One of them is the Club vs Enzo and Cass, which saw the former take on Karl Anderson and overpower him early on, which is a shame because the Club need to be booked dominantly and that just isn't happening.

    We saw the cruiserweights develop a bit more and were treated to a six-man tag-team match too Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins - but all competitors need to further their character out of the ring for us to fully invest.
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    There's no chance Goldberg is going to win. All the build up Brock Lesnar has right now would be wasted if he lost to Goldberg. If they really want to sell Lesnar than he can't lose to a part timer. If Goldberg loses (probably won't be clean) then he wins the rematch at Wrestlemania, or vice versa. If Goldberg only fights one match, then Lesnar will probably win and lose to someone fresh at WM, I hope?

    Also the fact that Goldberg returns after 12 years leads me to believe that Punk will definitely be back at some point too.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Also the fact that Goldberg returns after 12 years leads me to believe that Punk will definitely be back at some point too.
    Punk and Goldberg strike me as different characters to he honest. I'd argue Punk will never give Vince the satisfaction of him returning.
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    I'll join in the marking out mode but that was brilliant! Everything was done perfectly - the entrance a throw back to his WCW days with the camera following him in, pyro, music and the promo he cut was best he's done in his WWE run. I'm happy to join the nostalgia train and see Lesnar v Goldberg II but I didn't expect the crowd response would be that good in light of fans not being in the Attitude era and Sting's introduction hardly tore the roof down (maybe down to poor booking?) yet all pumped to see Goldberg!

    Intriguing he said 'you're last' which suggests it will be a one-off match and then to retire and that gives me a feeling he'll go over. Or Lesnar wins and Goldberg agrees to do another match at Mania where I always thought these two would face off to consign that woeful WMXX match down the drain.
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    If it's at WrestleMania, Goldberg can win just to get rid of the power Lesnar's name has, and they don't have faith in their roster at the best of times let alone to beat Lesnar.

    I suspect WWE is getting more and more envious of UFC and they would build it up showing Goldberg training and ****, then they'd have a brawl. It would also let them shill that 'anything can happen in WWE!" and something about special WrestleMania moments, which they like to do.
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    Good to see the Swagger push has ended, then. He lost comfortably to Baron Corbin last night - and SmackDown in general was rather underwhelming, though Dean Ambrose seems to have been given a new lease of life since dropping the strap to AJ.
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    That RAW fell flat. The opening segment opened brilliantly with Chris Jericho lamenting the loss of the List of Jericho, but descended into nonsensical humour. At this stage, they are booking Seth Rollins like Roman Reigns was booked in 2014 - comedic, John Cena-lite. It doesn't suit Rollins like it didn't suit Reigns, and it's a shame Kevin Owens is continuously put on the backburner of this feud, with the onus placed on Jericho and Rollins.

    Still, there were some highlights over the course of the night - namely the segment between Charlotte and Sasha Banks in the ring, even if WWE continues to puzzle fans with its "triple main event" Hell In A Cell schtick. There can only be one main event, after all, and the women deserve it.

    Enzo and Cass ditching the mic and going acapella was a whole load of fun, as was the further development of Braun Strowman's character during his face-off with Sami Zayn, but it's a shame the Club are being booked so weakly. They should be credible, threatening challengers to the New Day - who lost to Sheamus and Cesaro in my favourite bout of the night, as the latter duo develop further and add chemistry to their makeshift tag-team - but the Club are NOT dangerous at this stage. I actually think they are probably the most misused talent since the Brand Extension and Draft. Had they been traded to SmackDown, they'd have been relentless alongside AJ Styles, and surely have the blue brand's tag team straps.

    I don't know on Earth, in 2016, we are seeing Titus O'Neil and the Shining Stars take up valuable space on a RAW programme going up against the Golden Truth. An absolute joke.

    Better was Bo Dallas' bout with Curtis Axel, who got a big pop in his hometown and that helped Dallas' new, darker heel character develop a little further, while Brock Lesnar also returned to his hometown and that helped him get over before the Goldberg bout, even if Heyman's promo was a little stumbling and poor.
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    Christ. I can't be the only one who never wants to see a Bray Wyatt vs Kane match ever again. Shoddy, one-paced and really poorly put together. Their bout kicked off SmackDown last night, and was underwhelming, before a bit of nonsensical booking saw Randy Orton cost Kane victory. Bizarre.

    The booking options were all pretty poor really. We had the Hype Bros go up against the Ascension, two of the stalest tag teams in WWE, let alone the SmackDown roster, for a place to represent the blue brand at Survivor Series in the traditional five-on-five tag team match up. Zack Ryder got the pin, and we had another taste of tag team action when Rhyno and Heath Slater aligned with Dolph Ziggler after a decent promo from the Miz. They defended their belts - successfully - against the Spirit Squad, who continue to be pushed despite it being 2016, not 2007.

    The main event was the highlight of an underwhelming and overall poorly put together show. James Ellsworth cost Dean Ambrose the victory against AJ Styles in a WWE Championship bout, which could spark the former to finally turn heel and become villainous going forward. The Ellsworth story - like Heath Slater before it - has been one of the slow-burning, organic pieces of booking which has really resonated with fans and has caught the attention of the fanbase.
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    Did anybody check out Nine Legends earlier this year? Had a host of big names like Mike Tyson, Goldberg and Jericho. They've just gone all gamer and released a patch of new interviews

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    So, three Hell In A Cell matches this weekend. Far, far too many. But Roman, Sasha and Kevin Owens should all retain.
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    Hell In A Cell predictions for tonight:

    - Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara def. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari.
    - Roman Reigns def. Rusev in a Hell In A Cell match for the US Championship.
    - TJ Perkins def. Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
    - Sasha Banks def. Charlotte in a Hell In A Cell match for the WWE RAW Women's Championship.
    - Dana Brooke def. Bayley.
    - Enzo and Big Cass def. The Club.
    - The New Day def. Cesaro and Sheamus for the WWE RAW Tag-Team Championships.
    - Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins in a Hell In A Cell match for the WWE Universal Championship.
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    A decent PPV I felt, but again, the overexposure of the Hell In A Cell match type undermined the whole idea of the PPV.

    Rusev and Roman Reigns - whilst a solid opening to a lengthy show - didn't really belong in the cell. It was brutal and a good match, well structured and physical, but neither man utilised the cell. It would have been better served as a No Holds Barred match, or a Street Fight, if I'm honest. Reigns drew the biggest reaction of the night - and it was incredibly mixed - which just emphasises how the company are right to showcase him in a lofty position. He elicits a response, and he delivered again in terms of in-ring action last night. Rusev is becoming more and more like a babyface every time I see him - and, with Lana by his side, I think there's big money to be made from a babyface Rusev. Where Reigns goes now, I have no idea. I'd personally like to see him turn heel and feud with a babyface Big Cass or Big E for the strap, but that won't happen, and he's running out of heel foes, so maybe he's geared up for a short programme with Chris Jericho.

    Chris Jericho, by the way, was phenomenal again. I literally laughed out loud when he locked himself in the cell, and him coming to Kevin Owens' aid was good, because it delays the inevitable Jeri-KO combustion and consequent feud. Jericho's run is the best I've seen him since the early-2000s. His shtick is so entertaining, and he breathed life into the Owens vs. Seth Rollins match. I personally think both Owens and Rollins need to go their separate ways now, with a Triple H return and subsequent feud with Rollins beneficial to all involved. Rollins has main evented 16 straight PPVs (while fit) and he needs some time away now in my view.

    The tag-team bouts were solid and good fun. Enzo and Cass' promo - as ever - was entertaining, but the Club went over and that was the right call, because they've been booked shoddily for far too long and this helps them gain credibility with a victory, because fans care about wins and losses more than WWE would have you think.

    The New Day, meanwhile, moved another step closer to surpassing Demolition as the longest reigning WWE tag champions in history. The company would be smart to keep Sheamus and Cesaro together, though. They seem destined to be the team to break the New Day's domination - after all, WWE loved odd-job partnerships (The Rock and Sock, Jeri-KO, Jeri-Show, ShoMiz, Rated-RKO etc etc.)

    It was brilliant to see the women get their chance to top the card, but I actually found both Sasha Banks and Charlotte's - and Bayley and Dana Brooke's - bouts underwhelming. The latter contained too many botches, and I felt queasy watching some of the bumps.

    The cruiserweight division has really struggled since it returned to Raw, but Sunday night improved things by taking the strap off TJ Perkins, who has been bland and lacked character development, in favour of the darker, edgier Brian Kendrick. With Kendrick holding the title, the division should now grow in terms of development and character arc.

    The six-man tag-team match on the pre-show was excellent, too. Brilliant fun, high-flying spots and an energetic pace. We should have cruiserweights open every RAW show from now on.
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    Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns seem on course for a Shield reunion, after the two former allies stood tall to end the RAW broadcast on Monday. Reigns will benefit from having Rollins at his side again, as he will have someone to do the bulk of the talking. And Rollins' character could use some development at this stage.

    The main event was set up by a fabulous promo from Mick Foley - one of his best - and a stellar performance from Chris Jericho, once again.

    It was an odd show - the choice of Rusev as Goldberg's squash job was odd given how impressive the Bulgarian has looked recently, and his overall workmanship. He is one of the best heels on the roster and shouldn't be diminished by being run over by a part-timer. Goldberg looked pretty rusty, too, and tripped going for Rusev. Plenty of time to shake that off I guess, though.

    The Club lost to Enzo and Big Cass in a Trick or Treat Fight, which is just farcical. Any momentum gained by Gallows and Anderson Sunday night was erased by this shoddy match.

    Elsewhere, TJ Perkins got a rematch for his lost Cruiserweight Championship, which Brian Kendrick won on Sunday at Hell In A Cell. The match itself was nothing special, with Kendrick allowing Perkins to win by count out, but it was a logical step and gives us hope that Perkins - who has lacked character development thus far - can offer something going forward. I'd personally give the next title shot to Cedric Alexander or Rich Swann, though, and both of those cruiserweights teamed with Sin Cara to defeat Drew Gulak and Tony Nese and Daivari on Monday, in a rematch from the HIAC pre-show.

    I'm glad Strowman got showcased in the battle royal and got the victory, too.
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    WWE came to Scotland this week - and RAW was actually pretty solid.

    Hometown boy Noam Dar was showcased massively, costing him and Brian Kendrick the match in a tag team Cruiserweight bout. That suggests WWE has big plans for him - he certainly had a big pop - and his clash with Kendrick after the bell suggests the company has plans for him, and he could become number one contender for the strap if the company is cooling inn TJ Perkins. He cost Kendrick the match, suggesting he'll be a babyface in future, to give Rich Swann/Sin Cara the win.

    The opening segment - aside from Stephanie McMahon's US Election comments - was strong, and gave Seth Rollins the final berth on the RAW Survivor Series team. He faced off against Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns in a Fatal 5-Way for the main event, with Owens claiming the win inadvertently. That win teased further dissension between him and Jericho, suggesting Jeri-KO could come to an end at Survivor Series.

    Strowman was booked strongly - and rightly so - which suggests he could get a couple of eliminations in the Survivor Series bout, but one heel currently lacking direction is Rusev, who lost to Sami Zayn. Rusev - who was fed to Goldberg as fodder last week - needs a babyface turn and some direction.

    Zayn missed out on the Survivor Series team - an odd choice, given that Survivor Series will be held in his hometown of Toronto - but he will face Dolph Ziggler in an interbrand IC title match, and you imagine he has a strong chance of sealing the strap and moving to SmackDown. Zayn has had very little to do for some time now - nothing seems to have materialised from the potential feud with Strowman - and the blue brand lacks babyfaces, so that would be smart booking all round.

    There were a few missteps - The Golden Truth and the Shining Stars' match, and the long winded tag team segment (which the New Day did their best with) which ended with The New Day wrestling in kilts against the Club, who finally got a decent win under their belts - but other than that, it was a solid show.
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    Survivor Series next weekend, folks.

    Card:

    - Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
    - Team RAW (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon) in a 5–on–5 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    - Team RAW (Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks) vs. Team SmackDown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Carmella) in a 5–on–5 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    -Team RAW (The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, The Club, Enzo and Big Cass and the Shining Stars) vs. Team SmackDown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha, Breezango and The Hype Bros) in a 10-on-10 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    - Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. If Zayn wins, the Intercontinental Championship will transfer to RAW.
    - Brian Kendrick vs Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Championship. If Kalisto wins the title, the entire cruiserweight division will transfer to SmackDown.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Survivor Series next weekend, folks.

    Card:

    - Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
    - Team RAW (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon) in a 5–on–5 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    - Team RAW (Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks) vs. Team SmackDown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Carmella) in a 5–on–5 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    -Team RAW (The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, The Club, Enzo and Big Cass and the Shining Stars) vs. Team SmackDown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha, Breezango and The Hype Bros) in a 10-on-10 Survivor Series Elimination match.
    - Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. If Zayn wins, the Intercontinental Championship will transfer to RAW.
    - Brian Kendrick vs Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Championship. If Kalisto wins the title, the entire cruiserweight division will transfer to SmackDown.

    Do you think wwe will let Goldberg beat Lesner? Or would they rather have Lesner win? Cause I really want Goldberg to win.

    Also if Zayn does win, does mean that the US title will transfer to Smackdown? or would Raw have both titles and Smackdown has nothing.
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    Survivor Series has the potential to an excellent PPV. Hopefully WWE don't fall on their backsides, it genuinely has all the elements to be really good. Also I do hope Goldberg VS Lesnar does not suck! oh god, the Wrestlemania 20 memories are haunting me!

    Also lets not forget at NXT Takeover Toronto, should be awesome! Nakamura VS Joe which shall probably close their feud. Would LOVE to see Samoa Joe debut on the main roster in the Royal Rumble match!
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    Do you think wwe will let Goldberg beat Lesner? Or would they rather have Lesner win? Cause I really want Goldberg to win.
    I'd expect Lesnar to win - but Lesnar vs Shane McMahon is being talked about for WM33, apparently, so don't be surprised if Shane O'Mac costs Lesnar the victory, giving Goldberg a win in his first match back, and potentially setting up a Goldberg vs. ??? match at WM33.

    (Original post by mr T 999)
    Also if Zayn does win, does mean that the US title will transfer to Smackdown?
    Nope.

    (Original post by Greedoshotfirst)
    Survivor Series has the potential to an excellent PPV. Hopefully WWE don't fall on their backsides, it genuinely has all the elements to be really good. Also I do hope Goldberg VS Lesnar does not suck! oh god, the Wrestlemania 20 memories are haunting me!

    Also lets not forget at NXT Takeover Toronto, should be awesome! Nakamura VS Joe which shall probably close their feud. Would LOVE to see Samoa Joe debut on the main roster in the Royal Rumble match!
    Really looking forward to NXT, even though it's been largely underwhelming since WWE ravaged itself talent for the Draft/Brand Extension.

    Survivor Series will be excellent, I think. Plenty of decent storylines - and potential for surprises - an Undertaker return is being mooted, we could see Cesaro/Sheamus implode, likewise with Orton/Wyatt, and Jericho/Owens.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    I'd expect Lesnar to win - but Lesnar vs Shane McMahon is being talked about for WM33, apparently, so don't be surprised if Shane O'Mac costs Lesnar the victory, giving Goldberg a win in his first match back, and potentially setting up a Goldberg vs. ??? match at WM33.
    If Lesner does win that would mean Lesner had beaten Goldberg once and Goldberg has beaten Lesner once. So they are both tied with 1-1 does that mean they may be a 3rd and final match between them to settle the score?
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    I think the company seems pretty intent on a McMahon vs Lesnar feud. It seems likely Goldberg, if he wrestles again, will be up against somebody else other than Beast Incarnate. Of course, you have Cena's return to factor in at some point too, but I'd be amazed if he wasn't being lined up for a WM33 bout with Undertaker, if Taker has it in him to have one more match on the grand stage.
 
 
 
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