The Game versus The Vigilante: It’s Showtime Folks!

The Game versus The Vigilante: It’s Showtime Folks!
Doug Maynard

A/N As we all know, Triple H and Sting are scheduled to wrestle against each other at Wrestlemania. As of now, there are no stipulations for this match. It’s just another match. But what if Sting decided to use this match as a means to bring back WCW for a final show. What if…? Well, maybe it’d go something like this…
Triple H is sitting at his desk in WWE Headquarters going over the outline for the upcoming edition of Monday Night RAW when he’s interrupted by a knock at his office door.

“Come in”, Hunter called out.

Looking up from his desk, Triple H saw former WCW Superstar and current head WWE Producer, Arn Anderson standing there.

“Double-A”, HHH smiled. “What can I do for you Arn?”

“Well, I hate to bug you, but I’ve been talking to Sting”, Arn said quietly.

“Sting?”, HHH scowled. “What the hell does he want now?”

“Well, that’s just it”, Arn said. “I don’t know for sure, but I think he’s planning on coming to RAW Monday night and will be calling you out.”

“Calling me out? About what?”, HHH said. “He got his damn match at Wrestlemania 31 and I’m going to kick his ass all over the arena. What more could that Crow-reject want?”

“I don’t know”, Arn said. “I tried to get a heads up on what he’s thinking, but he was very evasive when it came to talking about wrestling and his plans for his career here in the WWE.”

“I hope he’s not making too many plans for his future because after Wrestlemania, he won’t be here anymore. And that’s a fact!”

“Hunter, I have to warn you, don’t take Sting lightly. Ric tried to tell you and I’m telling you. Sting’s best weapon is that people underestimate him and end up on their ass as a result. You’re too smart for that. Don’t fall into that trap.”

“Double A, let me assure you that I am not underestimating anyone”, HHH said. “I appreciate your concern, but I’ve watched the tapes. I’ve watched the history with Sting and yourself, with Sting and Ric, hell with Sting and everyone. I’ve got both my eyes wide open and no matter what Sting’s plans may be or whatever he tries to get into my head or under my skin, it won’t work.”

“Just be careful. That’s all I’m saying”, Arn responded.

“I am”, HHH said. “So Sting is planning to show up at RAW and call me out. Have you heard anything else?”

“Nope”, Arn said. “Like I said, Sting wasn’t very talkative.”

“What were you doing talking to Sting anyway?”, HHH asked suspiciously.

“We talk every few weeks”, Arn said. “Mainly about the families and to relive some of our old stories about the days on the road in WCW. I’ve known the man since 1985 and he’s a good guy. A good friend!”

Noticing the look HHH was giving him, Arn quickly added, “But that’s friendship and this stuff between you and he, that’s business. And I know how to separate the two.”

“I know you do Arn”, HHH said as he reached over and patted Arn on the shoulder. “And I thank you for the heads up about Monday. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Sting is up too.”

“Just watch yourself Hunter”, Arn said. “And don’t take Sting for granted or you’ll end up regretting it.”

“I won’t”, HHH smiled. “Is that all?”

“Well, I have some notes from the house shows that I wanted to drop off”, Arn said as he laid a stack of papers on HHH’s desk.

“I’ll look those over later tonight”, HHH said. “Thank you Arn.”

“Okay, I’ll see you later then”, Arn said as he nodded towards HHH. “I promised Reigns I’d work with him on his promos and he’s waiting for me downstairs. I guess I should get on down there.”

“Have fun”, HHH smiled as Arn walked out the door.

As the door closed behind Arn Anderson, HHH’s smile quickly turned into a frown and scowl.

“Sting wants to come to RAW and call me out?”, he thought to himself. “Well, give it your best shot Sting and be prepared for the consequences!”

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Monday night at WWE Monday Night RAW…

HHH and Stephanie McMahon walk to the ring. HHH gets the mic.

“Okay Sting, I’ve been hearing all weekend that you were going to be here. That you were going to call me out. Well, here I am so where are you at? I don’t have all night so let’s get this over with. Come on Sting!”

And the lights began to flash and Sting’s logo came up on the Titantron. The arena goes dark and seconds later, when the lights come on, standing there in the middle of the ring is the Vigilante, the man they call Sting.

“So you’re here!”, HHH said. “I’ve been hearing all weekend that you wanted to call me out. You want something? Well, here we are. What do you have to say Sting? What?”

Stephanie touches her husband on the shoulder and says, “Let me take care of this!”

Walking over to Sting, Steph gets right in his face.

“Who the hell do you think you are, Sting?”, she asks. “This is the WWE. This is the house that McMahon built… my father, my grandfather, my brother, Hunter, me… and I don’t care who you were in WCW or what kind of reputation you had fifteen years ago. This is our house, the WWE and you are nothing here. Do you hear me?”

And with that, Steph rears back and tries to slap Sting, but moving quickly, Sting grabs her hand before it connects. Shaking his head “No”, Sting releases her hand and steps back and pulls a black metal bat from inside his trench coat. Steph and HHH move back across the ring quickly.

“Hold on a second”, HHH says. “Don’t think that bat makes you a big guy. I can snap my fingers and have the entire roster from the back out here in a second and that bat won’t do you a bit of good. State your business and what you want before I decide I’ve had enough and come over there and kick your ass now!”

Sting nods slightly and then points towards the back with his bat. The fans go crazy as we see, for the first time since 1996, the “Total Package” Lex Luger comes out from backstage and walks towards the ring. Luger steps into the ring and shakes Sting’s hand. He reaches out to shake the hand of Triple H, but just gets a glare for his troubles.

“Lex Luger… The Total Package”, HHH says. “Another washed-up WCW piece of crap reject! What do you want here Luger?”

“Well”, Lex replied. “I’m here to act as the spokesman for my long time friend, the man known as Sting.”

“He’s right there. Why can’t he speak for himself?”, Steph screeched.

“He can”, Lex smiled, “But I’m going to do it.”

“So what’s the deal?”, HHH sneered. “What’s the point of all of this?”

“Well, as the fans already know, it’s already been agreed… you agreed to wrestle Sting in a match at Wrestlemania 31.”

“Yeah, we’re going to have a match and I’m going to kick Sting’s ass. What of it?”, HHH said.

“Well, we’re here to up the stakes a notch if you will”, Luger replied. “Sting versus Triple H at Wrestlemania. A match for the ages and a main event anywhere in the world. It’s a dream match brought to reality!”

“Yeah, so…”, HHH said.

“Well, why don’t we up the stakes a bit. You’ve been talking about this match as the last WCW versus WWE battle and talking like it’s a part of the Monday Night Wars…”

“Which the WWE won when we put WCW out of business”, Stephanie interjected.

“True”, Luger smiled once more. “The WWE won and WCW went out of business… But it’s not dead. There are still millions of fans out there who remember WCW, who remember Sting, who remember the ‘Total Package’, who remember the Steiners, who remember The Horsemen, Dusty, The Midnight Express, Buff, Goldberg, and so on… For those fans, WCW is still alive in their hearts and memories.”

“Only because we allow it”, HHH responded. “We have the Network. We own the video library. WCW and it’s legacy, small as it was, is ours to control and is in our hands. We won the war and the people you mentioned only have a legacy because we allow it.”

“Do you really believe that?”, Luger asked.

“I do… because it’s the truth!”, HHH said. “Now what do you want? What does he (pointing to Sting) want?”

“Well, how about a stipulation for your match at Wrestlemania?”, Lex said.

“What kind of stipulation?”, HHH asked.

“Well, if you win, Sting leaves the WWE forever. No questions asked and no complaints. WCW’s last soldier is gone and the WWE… you, Hunter, mark that final notch on your belt. You win!”, Luger said.

“And if by some fluke miracle, I happened to lose… not that it would ever happen?”, HHH asked.

“WCW gets their own show on the Network and operates as a seperate, but equal brand of the WWE.”

“That’s not going to happen”, Stephanie interjected. “WCW couldn’t survive as a brand in today’s market and it would cost millions of dollars to even attempt to do anything with such a spoiled and ruined name.”

“Besides, who would be there to work on the WCW roster even if we did agree to it, Luger? You? Booker? WCW died fifteen years and all the dinosaurs that were roaming the land back then, the so-called WCW Superstars… would all be too old. We’d have to break everyone out of the rest homes. No deal!”, HHH replied.

Luger looked at Sting who nodded with a small smile.

“Well, we figured that would be your answer and truthfully, we didn’t expect that you’d be confident or brave enough to put so much up on just one match. But we have an alternative offer and stipulation for the match, one that as the C.O.O. of WWE, you could easily approve and make happen.”

“And what is that?”, HHH said.

“Well, if you win the match at Wrestlemania 31, then Sting is gone from the WWE forever. He leaves and you put the final nail in the coffin of WCW. You win the war for the WWE and come home the victorious hero.”

“Okay, I’ve got that. I win and Sting is gone”, HHH said. “And…?”

“And if Sting wins, we get one night on the Network… one show to have a special event. We get to have a WCW One Night Stand event.”

“No”, HHH said. “We’re trying to build the Network and the WWE and make money. We do what’s best for business and as much as I’d like to round up all of the old WCW stars and single-handedly go and pedigree every single of one of them, and give them all the beatdown they deserve, it’s not going to happen… not on my watch.”

“I get it”, Lex spoke up. “You’re afraid that when Sting beats you, you’d have to face the truth. That the 83 weeks that WCW decimated the WWE, it wasn’t a fluke. WWE management won the war, but so far as the talent and wrestlers go, the boys, WCW was better.”

HHH bowed up and got into Luger’s face.

“Let me tell you something right now Luger. No one cares about WCW and no one cares about you and no one cares about Sting! WWE was better then and is better now and always will be. And I should beat your ass right now!”

As those words left HHH’s mouth, he felt cold steel as Sting pressed the baseball bat up against his head. Quickly HHH put his arms up and backed away from Luger. Sting moved up and took the mic from Luger.

“Don’t worry about it! HHH is just scared. He’s a coward”, Sting said.

“What the hell!”, HHH snapped. “Nobody calls me a coward! Do you hear me Sting? I’m Triple H. I’m the Game and the C.O.O. of the WWE. And you want your stupid stipulation? You got it! If you win, you get a WCW reunion show and it’ll be on the Network. But when I win… and have no doubt that I’m going to kick your ass and hurt you badly at Wrestlemania, you will be out of here and gone from the WWE back to wherever you’ve been hiding for the last fifteen years. You’re gone forever!!!”

HHH moved towards Sting, but stopped when once again confronted with that black steel bat in his face. HHH backed off and Stephanie grabbed his shoulder, pulling him back even more. The lights flashed off for a moment and when they came back on, both Sting and Lex Luger were gone. HHH and Stephanie looked at each other and Steph whispered something into her husband’s ear. And with that, they left the ring and headed towards the back as RAW went to commercial.

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The night of Wrestlemania 31…

HHH is in his private dressing room getting ready for his match against Sting. Also in the room are Stephanie and his father-in-law, Vince McMahon.

“I’m going to beat his ass!”, Hunter muttered to himself as he warmed up. “There will never be a WCW show again here in the WWE. WCW is dead!”

“Are you okay Hunter?”, Steph asked as she put her hand on HHH’s shoulder.

“I’m fine! I’m just ready to get to that ring and get this over with. It’s time to put an end to this whole Sting thing once and for all!”

“Well”, Vince interrupted. “Even if you do win, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Sting will be gone forever.”

“What do you mean Daddy?”, Steph asked. “That’s the deal tonight. When Hunter wins, Sting is gone from the WWE forever.”

“He won’t be back at the shows or pay-per-views”, Vince noted. “But to do commentary for our DVD’s and maybe in a few years, in the Hall of Fame. That’s all still definitely in the realm of possibility.”

“No!”, Hunter scowled. “When the match is over and my hand is raised in victory, Sting is gone from the WWE forever. No DVD’s and no Hall of Fame. Nothing!”

“But what if Sting wins?”, Vince asked. “Should I go ahead and call Dusty and Eric Bischoff and have them start making plans for a WCW reunion show?”

“That’s not going to happen! I promise you that!”, HHH said bitterly.

“Well, I’m going to hold you to that”, Vince said. “And by the way, you’re on your own tonight. If anyone gets involved, be it on your behalf or on Sting’s, it doesn’t matter. They will have to deal with me. Have you got that?”

HHH glared at his father-in-law.

“Fine!”, he finally said.

“Great”, Vince smiled broadly. “It’s one on one and may the best man win. It’s what’s best for business. Good luck out there Hunter. I’ll see the two of you later.”

And with that, Vince walked and exited the room. As Vince closed the door behind him, HHH grabbed a chair and flung it across the room.

“Damn it! Damn you Vince!”, he snarled.

“Don’t worry about it Hunter”, Steph said. “You can beat Sting on your own. You don’t need any help.”

“I know that”, HHH said. “But it never hurts to have a back-up plan and I had one set and ready to go. Now, thanks to your father, it’s a moot point.”

“What were you planning?”, Steph asked curiously.

“I was planning on having Big Show, Kane, Seth and J&J Security, all of the Authority, with me at ringside to provide a distraction or two and keep any of Sting’s friends from getting involved. Now, I don’t know what to do.”

“Well, I’ll be at ringside”, Steph said. “I’m one of the few people Daddy can’t intimidate or tough. And we’ll take care of Sting… together.”

HHH smiled a small smile.

“Yes, we will Steph. Together! And tonight, Sting and the legacy of what was WCW dies forever.”

Steph and Hunter shared a kiss.

“I’d better finish getting ready”, HHH said.

“Fine”, Steph smiled. “I’ve got some last minute work to do anyhow. I’ll see you in at Gorilla before the match.”

And with another kiss to her husband, Stephanie McMahon Helmsley walked out of the room.

HHH watched her leave and then began to do some more exercises.

“In just a little while”, he thought to himself, “Sting is gone forever!”

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Both men made their way to the ring as the fans screamed and cheered, as many boos as cheers for both Sting and HHH. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL are at ringside, ready to call the action. Referee Charles Robinson calls both men to the center to give them their instructions. HHH is talking trash, as he keeps throwing threats and insults at Sting.

“You’re through. No more career and no more WCW. Tonight, I’m taking you down for good!”, HHH says. Sting just remains silent and the intensity is glaring in his eyes as he waits for the referee to call for the bell. Charles Robinson calls for the bell and it’s on.

HHH quickly moves in with punches and kicks. Sting seems to be reeling, but reverses a whip into the ropes and catches HHH with a dropkick to the chest. HHH rolls from the ring, stunned. Stephanie, who is at ringside, quickly moves to HHH’s side to check on him.

“I wasn’t expecting that”, HHH muttered to his wife. “See if you can distract him.”

Steph nodded and moved to the far side of the ring and began to talk trash to the WCW icon. Sting turned to Steph and pointed at her as HHH quickly moved into the ring and tried to attack Sting. Sting turned at the last second and caught HHH with a hip-toss and another dropkick. HHH rolled again to the outside.

“When did Sting start using dropkicks?”, HHH thought to himself. “He hasn’t done that in twenty years.”

HHH yelled at the referee to move Sting back and slowly got back into the ring. As he glared at the Stinger, HHH moved in and quickly locked up with Sting. A forearm shot and several chops by HHH and Sting was finally on the defensive. More punches by HHH and a big suplex. HHH gets a quick two count as Sting kicks out. More punches and kicks by HHH and Sting seems to be dazed. A whip into the ropes by HHH and he catches Sting with a bone-crushing spinebuster. HHH rises and starts to feel confident. Kicks and stomps by HHH and he throws Sting over the top rope to the floor. HHH follows and moves in, preparing to throw Sting into the guard-rail at ringside. Sting manages to block the attempt and HHH is the one to feel the metal rail as he crashes hard into the unforgiving steel. Sting rolls into the ring to break the referee’s count and then rolls back out to the floor. He pulls HHH up and goes to whip Hunter into the ring-post, but HHH reverses and Sting goes head first into the steel pole.

HHH takes Sting and rolls him into the ring. Kicks and stomps at Sting as HHH continues to dominate. A whip into the ropes and a running knee to the face by “The Game”. Sting is down and appears to be out on his feet. The fans are really getting into the match and screaming for Sting. HHH pulls up Sting and delivers another kick to the guy and sets him up for the pedigree. He hesitates for a moment to scream at the fans. “Here is your hero! He’s going down!”, HHH screamed. Pedigree by HHH and he drops down for the pin. Two count and Sting just barely gets the shoulder up. HHH is amazed and the fans are going nuts! HHH reaches down and pulls Sting back up, preparing for another pedigree. As the last second, Sting manages to shift his weight and backdrops HHH to the mat. Sting crumbles to the mat as HHH lands on his back. Both men are down and the referee begins to count.

By the count of seven, both men have made it to their feet and it’s time for the fists to start flying. HHH appears to be getting the best of the exchange, but then it’s time. A chop by HHH and Sting no-sells it. Another chop and another no-sell by Sting. Sting starts beating on his own chest and lets out a big yell to the crowd. “Ooooowwww!”, Sting screams. HHH can’t believe it! More punches by HHH and a whip into the ropes. Sting reverses and HHH goes into the corner hard. A kick by Sting and Sting runs across the ring before coming back, diving in with the Stinger Splash. Another whip across the ring and Sting dives in with another Stinger splash. Sting moves in and grabs HHH by his head, setting him up for the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting drops HHH on the back of his head and goes for the pin. HHH rolls a shoulder up at 2 9/10ths. The match continues.

Sting shakes his head and grabs HHH’s legs, turning him over and moving him into position for the Scorpion Deathlock. HHH screams in agony as Sting bears down and puts all his weight on HHH’s back. HHH is trying and crawling and reaching for the ropes, but he can’t make it. He’s just inches away and it looks as if he’s going to have to tap out when Stephanie is there, reaching in and grabbing HHH’s arms, pulling his hand to the rope. With this bit of help, HHH makes the ropes and the referee orders Sting to break the hold. Sting waits until the very last second and the threat of a disqualification before finally releasing the hold. Kicks and chops by Sting on HHH, who is still favoring his back and trying to pull himself together. A whip into the corner by Sting and he hits HHH with another Stinger-splash. Sting pulls HHH to the center of the ring and once more locks in the Scorpion Deathlock. Sting cinches the hold in as HHH screams in pain.

Suddenly, Stephanie McMahon is up on the ring apron and trying to get into the ring. The referee is trying to stop Steph from entering the ring and goes to get her off the apron. Sting sees Steph and releases the hold on HHH and goes over towards Steph, to make her get off the ring apron and get back on the floor. As Sting and referee Charles Robinson deal with Stephanie, HHH crawls over to the other side of the ring and grabs his sledge hammer that Stephanie had placed on the ring apron before moving to the other side of the ring to provide the distraction. HHH pulls himself up and cradles the sledge hammer in his hands. Sting notices that HHH is back up and moves over to go back after his opponent. HHH sees Sting coming and swings the sledge hammer, but Sting is faster and more observant than HHH had expected and manages to block and catch the sledge hammer before it can hit him. A kick by Sting and HHH drops the hammer to the mat. Sting picks up the hammer and glances over, noticing that Steph still has the referee’s attention. Whammo! Sting nails HHH with the sledge-hammer. HHH is down and out. Sting reaches down and pulls HHH up as Stephanie finally drops to the floor off the ring apron and referee Charles Robinson is back in the match. Sting with the Scorpion Death Drop on HHH and a cover. Steph tries to get into the ring to break the count, but isn’t fast enough. The referee counts three and calls for the bell. The winner: STING

The referee raises Sting’s arm in victory. Steph has entered the ring and is on her knees, trying to console HHH who is sitting there, on the mat, stunned as realization begins to set in.

As they watched from backstage, Vince McMahon turned to Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes and Arn Anderson who were standing there watching the action with him.

“Well, I guess that WCW is back at least for one night. Dusty, start making the phone calls and see what you can get started. You too Arn. It’s time to get things going for a WCW One Night Stand event… Damn it!”

“Lord help us all”, Michael Hayes added.

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Things moved quickly from there and personalities from the roster of World Championship Wrestling were contacted and booked. The Phelps Arena in Atlanta, GA was booked and a date was set. Surprisingly, Dusty Rhodes decided to not be the booker of the event and thus, the team of Kevin Sullivan, Terry Taylor and Paul Heyman were given the duties. The line-up for the show and the details were kept under wraps from everyone including Vince, Steph and HHH. Heyman promised them that they would enjoy it more that way and they decided to trust him. Tony Schiavione, Scott Hudson and “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko were brought in as the announce team with “Mean” Gene Okerlund and former NWA / WCW valet “The Perfect Ten” Baby Doll handling interviews. The name, after much discussion, was decided upon. It’s WCW Starcade 2015: The Reunion.

The show starts and “Mean” Gene Okerlund is standing in the middle of the ring and welcomes the fans & viewers to the show. And he introduces his guest, Eric Bischoff. Eric comes to the ring, smiling and waving to the crowd. He’s in charge for the evening and mockingly tells some fans in the front row that “I love you too!”. Eric talks for a few moments about the legacy of WCW and how they “kicked the WWE’s ass” before introducing the man that everyone is waiting for. Here is Sting!

Sting comes to the ring and hugs Eric. Before Sting can start talking though, we hear familiar music and WWE C.O.O. Triple H, followed by Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, Kane, Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury come to the ring to confront Sting and Eric Bischoff. Mean Gene quickly departs the ring as it begins to fill up with The Authority.

HHH gets the mic. He may have been forced into allowing this farce of a show to go on the Network, but he’s not going to allow Bischoff and Sting to talk trash about his company, the WWE. He and the rest of The Authority are stopping things right there and are ready to lay out both Sting and Bischoff. Sting remains silent, but quickly produces his baseball bat and is ready to fight. Eric just smiles that big shit-eating smile and steps up to HHH.

“Hunter, this show has already been approved by Vince McMahon and it’s going to happen tonight no matter if you like it or not. And since you’ve decided to make an appearance here in the ring, let me tell you something else. I kind of expected something like this and I’ve got a contract with Vince McMahon that says I’m the boss tonight over all the talent. And tonight, you and the rest of the Authority… you’re talent. If you had stayed in the back and just enjoyed the catering… which is very good by the way. But then again, you already know that since you’re the one paying for it…, if you had stayed back there, I wouldn’t be able to do this, but since you came out here and decided to get involved in the show… my show, you’re going to wrestle tonight.”

“What are you talking about, Eric? You don’t have any kind of authority over me or The Authority. Maybe we should just beat your ass right now!”, HHH scowled.

“But you’re wrong. I have a contract and agreement and if you touch me, I’ll sue your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you. I think tonight, we’re going to have a match as our main event. I think we’ll have The Authority wrestle in an eight man tag match, no disqualification against four WCW Superstars.”

“That’s fine”, HHH said as he glared at Eric. “But doesn’t that ruin your whole WCW theme having the best of the best from the WWE in your main event against some of your nursing home rejects?”

“Not really”, Eric smiled. “After all, both you and Big Show are WCW alumni. After all, Big Show got his start as The Giant here in WCW and who can forget this?”

Eric pointed to the Titantron that was set up for the show and a pictue of HHH, from the time he wrestled in WCW as Terra Ryzin, popped up on the screen.

“You may claim to be Mr. WWE and all of that, but who can forget the ominous presence that once was… Terra Ryzin?”, Eric laughed.

“Ha Ha. Very funny”, HHH scowled once more. But lets see you smile after The Authority stomps a mudhole in your ass and beats the hell out of all of your WCW retreads.”

HHH moves towards Eric, but Sting is there with the bat and blocks his way. HHH glances at the bat and backs away. The rest of The Authority seem ready to go after Sting anyhow, but HHH signals them to move back and exit the ring. HHH speaks on the mic once more.

“So tonight, it’s the Authority versus your little band of seniors. Who do you have? Who is your team?”

“You’ll see… later tonight”, Eric smiled once more as he stood there next to Sting.

“It doesn’t matter”, HHH said. “Tonight, the legacy that was WCW is gone forever and whoever decides to step into the ring against us, The Authority… well, we’re not responsible for what happens.”

As HHH and the Authority head towards the back, Eric raises Sting’s arm for the cheering fans and we go to Schiavone, Hudson and Zbyszko. The announcers speculate on who will be Sting’s partners tonight and what other kind of surprises can we expect for the night. Things are just getting started and we go to the ring for the first match. It’s time for some madness and craziness as some of the best tag teams in WCW history are here for some four-corners tag team action. Gary Michael Cappetta does the ring introductions.

Four Corners Tag Team Match
The Boogie Knights (Disco Inferno & Alex Wright) w/ Tokyo Magnum versus The West Hollywood Blondes (Lenny Lane & Lodi) versus Three Count (Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias) w/ Shane Helms versus The Faces of Fear (The Barbarian & Meng) w/ Jimmy Hart

Before the match, Disco Inferno gets the mic. He knows that everyone in the live audience of nearly twenty-thousand people… and all the people watching on the WWE Network, just came to see “the Disco Inferno and Alex Wright dance!”. Disco proposes that instead of a match, they have a “dance off” instead. Three Count and The West Hollywood Blondes seem okay with that. Jimmy Hart and the Faces of Fear are not happy though. Disco tells the folks in the back to hit his music and he, Alex Wright and Tokya Magnum do their dance thing as the fans boo. They dance for about a minute and then it’s Three Count’s turn. They take formation and do their boy-band dance routine. The fans boo again. Lenny and Lodi shrug their shoulders and start doing a provacative Miley Cyrus type of twerking. As they begin, the fans really get loud and Jimmy Hart signals his guys to attack. Barbarian and Meng attack and go after the Blondes, tossing them from the ring. The match has began.

It’s a mixture of fast paced action as Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias fly around the ring. Lenny and Lodi do a mixture of power and speed as do Disco and Alex. And Meng and Barbarian just use power and size to get the job done. It’s action personified and lots of back and forth action. Finally, we see Meng lock the Tonga Death Grip on Alex Wright. Karagias and Moore make him break the hold with a double-dropkick to the back that sends Meng to the floor. Lodi hits Moore with a power-bomb as Lenny uses a clothesline to take Karagias to the floor. Barbarian kicks Lodi and sends him flying. Barbarian turns around and Disco hits the “chart-buster” and gets the pinfall.

Winners: Disco Inferno & Alex Wright w/ Tokyo Magnum – The Boogie Knights

We go to the back and Baby Doll is talking to Sid Vicious. Sid is in full psycho-mode and puts out a challenge to anyone to fight him in the ring tonight. We look over and here is the man they call Vader. He looks at Sid and says, “It’s time!”

Back to the ring and we seel Col. Rob Parker, along with Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. Parker starts to talk about his time in WCW and the memories of managing Steve Austin and the battles against Brian Pillman and Harlem Heat. Here comes Madusa to the ring. Parker sees her and starts to sweet talk. “My oh my, you’re still looking so good! How’s my little butter bean?”, he says. Madusa doesn’t say a word, but slaps the taste out of Parker’s mouth. As Slater and Buck try to pull Madusa back, Parker flees to the floor and heads to the back. We go to the announcers who inform us that word has come from the back and that former 5-time WCW Champion has agreed to be one of Sting’s partners tonight against The Authority. We then go back to the ring and announcer Gary Michael Capetta for the next match.

Juventud Guerrera w/ Tygress versus Billy Kidman w/ Torrie Wilson

Juvi and Kidman shake hands. Torrie waves to the audience. And the bell rings, but just as they start to lock up, here comes Silver King and LaParka from the back and they climb into the ring. Juvi asks them what’s going on in spanish and the four men (and two women) gather in the middle of the ring. After a brief conversation with the referee, we see Juvi and Kidman nod. The referee goes down and says something to Capetta. Capetta gets on the mic and says that instead of a singles match, we’re going to have a tag match.

Juvi versus Kidman… NO CONTEST!

Juventud Guerrera & Billy Kidman w/ Tygress & Torrie Wilson versus La Parka & Silver King

The bell rings and it’s fast paced, hard hitting action all the way. Lots of high flying and great wrestling. In the end, La Parka tries to live up to his reputation as the “Chairman of WCW” and brings a chair into the ring. Kidman ducks the chair and lands a great dropkick that sends La Parka back hard into the corner. As Juvi and Torrie distract the referee, Tygress sneaks into the ring and goes charging into the corner and nails La Parka with “a face full of stuff”. Kidman with a DDT and tag off to Juvi who nails La Parka with the Juvi-Driver to pick up the pinfall.

Winners: Billy Kidman & Juventud Guerrera w/ Tygress & Torrie Wilson

To the back again and Baby Doll is with former WCW World Champion Ron Simmons. Before they can talk, we see Col. Robert Parker run into the scene. “You got to hide me! She’s crazy!”, Parker whines. Parker then looks behind him and lets out a yell before running off. In comes Madusa. “Where is that white coat KFC wannabe?”, she scowls at Baby Doll & Simmons. “I’m going to kick his ass!”. Madusa stomps off looking for Parker. Baby Doll looks at Simmons and shrugs. Ron looks at Baby Doll and says the words that are on everyone’s mind. “DAMN!” Baby Doll sends it to the ring and Mean Gene.

Now it’s back to the ring where Mean Gene is with the most elite wrestling organization of all time, The Horsemen. It’s Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, James J. Dillon and Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Ric and the other members of the Horsemen talk about their legacy, WCW, being the Horsemen and being the best. It’s classic Horseman goodness at it’s finest. And here comes “Above Average” Mike Sanders and the Natural Born Thrillers, Mark Jindrak, Shawn Stasiak, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny the Bull and Reno into the scene. Sanders makes some cracks about a break-out at the old folks home and starts to rag on Ric and the rest of the Horsemen. The Horsemen were old news fifteen years ago and are old news now. It’s all about the Thrillers and they’re ready to make their own history by eliminating the stain on WCW that was Flair and his cronies. It’s getting heated and it looks like tempers will be starting to flare when “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes comes out.

Dusty talks about the legacy of the Horsemen and his own history with Flair and company. Then he talks about The Thrillers and the impact that they made in pro wrestling and WCW during their short time with the company. Dusty offers a solution to this conflict of interests between the Horsemen and the Thrillers, a match. How about The Horsemen pick two of their members and the Thrillers pick two of their guys and we have a match tonight at WCW Starcade 2015: The Reunion. The wrestlers quickly confer among themselves and agree. It’s on. For the Thrillers, Mike Sanders says that Chuck Palumbo & Mark Jindrak will represent their team. Ric, Arn and the others confer among themselves. It’s going to be Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham as their team. J.J. Dillon waves for a referee to come out and their match is now.

Mark Jindrak & Chuck Palumbo w/ Mike Sanders, Shawn Stasiak, Reno & Johnny the Bull (The Natural Born Thrillers) versus Barry Windham & Tully Blanchard w/ Ric Flair, James J. Dillon, Arn Anderson and Steve “Mongo” McMichael (The Horsemen)

Palumbo takes the early advantage, using his size and power to keep Tully down. Tully manages to side-step a dropkick and moves in with a single-leg takedown. Punches and a suplex by Tully and Windham tags in. Barry and Palumbo match up and Barry goes after the leg. A thumb to the eyes and Palumbo tags out to Jindrak. Windham manages to catch Jindrak as he’s coming in and dominates until a distraction by Stasiak outside of the ring allows Jindrak to take control. Jindrak with a powerslam for two. Jindrak is going up top, but Mongo is on the apron and distracts the ref. Flair nails Jindrak with his shoe and Windham gets a two count. Lots more back and forth inside the ring while tensions outside the ring are getting heated. Flair and Sanders having a shoving match and the referee goes to the floor to keep the Horsemen and The Thriller’s seperate. Meanwhile, as the ref is distracted on the outside. Palumbo is beating on Tully. He turns around and there is Arn Anderson who has climbed into the ring. A whip into the ropes and picture-perfect spinebuster by Double-A. Arn quickly slides out of the ring as Barry is back in and nails a bulldog on Jindrak as he attempts to climb into the ring and help his partner. The referee is back in and we see Tully get Palumbo for the slingshot suplex. A cover and a pin.

Winners: Tully Blanchard & Barry Windham w/ Ric Flair, James J. Dillon, Arn Anderson & Steve McMichael – THE FOUR HORSEMEN!

The referee calls for the bell and the Thrillers storm the ring to go after Tully and Windham. Arn, Flair and Mongo climb into the ring and quickly dispatch the Thrillers, sending them to the floor. James J. Dillon climbs into the ring and the Horseman unit gather in the middle of the ring and in unison, raise their arms (and those infamous four fingers) into the air as the fans scream and cheer and the Thrillers watch from the outside.

As the ring clears and order is restored, we go to the announcers who talk about the stars of WCW who are no longer with us. We get a tribute video for those men and women who have passed away.

We come back to live action and it’s time for another match. Gary Michael Cappetta introduces Mr. Jim Cornette. Cornette comes to the ring and does a classic Cornette promo on WCW, the WWE, the legacy and history of his team, The Midnight Express, in WCW. It’s three minutes of Jim Cornette at his very best and then Jimmy introduces his team, “Sweet” Stan Lane, “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey and “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton… the Midnight Express. After the Midnight Express get into the ring, Capetta starts to introduce the opposing team, but Cornette cuts him off. He’ll introduce the other team too since they’ve been a thorn in his backside for over thirty years and he knows them better than anyone… besides, Capetta would probably mess it up anyhow. Cornette takes the mic and in a strongly praising, but still insulting introduction, calls out their opponents, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson… The Rock & Roll Express. Both teams get into the ring, trade some trash talking and the referee calls for the bell. It’s on.

The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Stan Lane) w/ Jim Cornette & “Beautiful” Bobby versus The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

A typical, by the numbers Express match. Stan and Dennis dominate over Morton to start off with and do some beating and greeting. Morton manages to make the hot tag to Gibson who comes in and cleans house. A kick by Lane and Gibson is down. Eaton distracts the ref while Lane holds Gibson and Cornette is up on the apron winding up with the tennis racket. Cornette swings and Gibson ducks and Cornette nails Lane by mistake. Gibson with the pin while Morton stops Condrey from making a save.

Winners: The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

We go backstage once again and find Baby Doll talking to Ernest “The Cat” Miller, Stevie Ray & “The Laughing Man” Hugh Morris. They all get a few words in about what a great time they’re having and what being a part of WCW meant to them. Lash Leroux & Chavo Guerrero are there are well. They make a joke about Cpl. Cajun and Lt Loco and their roles as part of the Misfits In Action. It’s back now to Mean Gene who has three very special guests.

Mean Gene is in the ring and introduces his guests, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash… the nWo. Hall decides to conduct a little survey for the fans. Are they here to see WCW? A mixture of cheers and boos. Or are they here for the nWo? Cheers. Hall says one more for the bad guys. Nash and Hogan talk about the legacy of the nWo and what it meant to them and to WCW. Hogan teases a match for the nWo, but then says, “psyche”. No more matches for Hogan or his team. And now, back to the ring for the next match.

Sid Vicious versus VADER

We start off with the stare-down as Vader and Sid go nose to nose, talking trash. A shove by Sid. A shove by Vader. And then the punches start and it’s on. Sid tries to slam Vader, but the legs go out and Vader comes crashing down for a two count. Vader is up with a slam and he goes to the second rope. A splash by Vader. And now, he’s heading up to the top. Backflip by Vader, but Sid manages to move the last second. The crowd is on their feet with a “Holy Shit” chant. Sid pulls Vader up and goes for the power-bomb. Vader shifts his weight and Sid only manages to get him about half-way up before dropping Vader to the mat. Cover and a two-count as Vader rolls the shoulder at the last second. Punches and kicks by Sid and he’s trying to get Vader up for another power-bomb. Vader counters with the backdrop. Clothesline by Vader and Sid is staggered. Another clothesline by Vader and both he and Sid go over the top rope crash to the floor. The referee starts to count. Both men hit hard and are slow to get up. At the 9-count, Vader manages to roll into the ring. Sid tries to make it, but is just a second too slow as the referee’s count reaches ten and he calls for the bell.

Winner by count-out: VADER

We go back to the announce table where Schiavone, Zbyszko and Hudson inform us that Diamond Dallas Page has agreed to be the third man in Sting’s “Team WCW”, who will be taking on HHH and The Authority at the end of the night in the main event. Larry Zbyszko informs us that he “is not” the fourth man for Sting’s team. Time go go to the ring for another match.

Scott “Flash” Norton & Buff Bagwell (Vicious & Delicious) versus Chris Jericho and Lance Storm

Buff starts off by posing and strutting. Storm gets the mic and introduces himself by asking if he can be serious for a moment and telling everyone that he is from Calgary Alberta Canada. Jericho welcomes everyone to Starcade Is Jericho and Norton just stands there looking like a monster. After all the posturing and flash is over, Buff and Storm lock up and the match is on. It’s move versus counter move and lots of fast paced wrestling. Buff gets outwrestled by Storm and asks for Jericho to tag in. Jericho tags in and he and Buff trade moves and try to out-show the other. Buff is frustrated and tags in Norton who just goes into strongman mode and tosses Jericho around. He tosses Storm around too, but then gets nailed by a double-team by the former Thrill Seekers. Norton goes to the floor in disgust and tags in Buff again. Buff and Storm go at it and Buff gets the advantage off a distraction by Norton. Norton tags in and throws Storm around again. Storm tags off to Jericho and it’s still all Norton. Norton and Buff are getting cocky. Norton powerslams Jericho and tags out to Buff who stalls and takes his time getting back into the ring. Buff goes to the top to set Jericho up for the Buff-buster, but jumps right into a codebreaker by Jericho. Jericho covers as Storm cuts off Norton from making the save. Jericho gets the pin.

Winners: Chris Jericho & Lance Storm

Norman Smiley and Roddy Piper are backstage with Baby Doll. They both talk for a moment about WCW and their careers and time in this company. Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes marching into the interview area. He cuts a typical Duggan promo and closes the segment by hugging up to and posing with Piper and Smiley as they all put their thumbs up and say, “Hoooooooooo!”

We cut to Col. Parker still running around and trying to hide from Madusa. He is in a hallway and trying to open different doors, but they’re all locked. Finally, he gets to one last door and opens it… and there, sitting around a table is “The Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan, Captain Mike Rotundo, Rick Steiner. The Zodiac (Ed Leslie), James Vandenberg, PN News & Johnny B. Badd. Parker looks at the assembled crowd sitting there, drinking beverages. He gulps, “Excuse me!”, and backs away, slowly closing the door behind him. Sullivan speaks up as the door closes and asks the others, “What’s his problem?”

We go back to the ring. We see a shot of David Arquette sitting at ringside. Gary Michael Cappetta makes the introductions for the next match.

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus Vampiro

More fast paced action as Dustin and Vampiro put on a wrestling clinic for the fans, going back and forth. Dustin is using the power moves and we see a lot of vintage Goldust moves in his actions as well. Vampiro responds with a clothesline and goes after the neck of Dustin, hitting a neckbreaker and then a belly-to-back suplex. Vampiro seems to be in control, but telegraphs a backdrop and Dustin responds by dropping down and nailing Vampiro with a stiff uppercut punch. A whip into the corner and Dustin catches Vampiro with the running bulldog to get the pinfall.

Winner: Dustin Rhodes

It’s back to the back once more and we have Baby Doll talking to “The Total Package” Lex Luger & Magnum TA. Magnum talks about WCW and what it means to him and thanks the fans for keeping it and his legacy alive. Lex talks about his buddy Sting and the main event against The Authority. He wishes he could still wrestle and get in that ring. He can’t but he knows that Sting, Booker and DDP can take care of business and put HHH and The Authority in their place. Baby Doll asks if Lex knows who the partner for Sting’s team will be or are they planning on going in there for a 3 on 4 match. Lex just smiles. He knows and soon the whole world will know… cause Team WCW versus Team Authority… they’re next!

We go now to the ring and Michael Buffer is here to do the introductions for the main event. First, he introduces the WWE Superstars, led to the ring by HHH, its The Big Show, Kane and Seth Rollins, accompanied by J&J Security, Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury. It’s The Authority. And next, it’s Team WCW. Buffer gives each man a seperate introduction: Sting, Booker T and Diamond Dallas Page.

HHH gets the mic.

“So this is it? Just Sting, Booker and Page? Looks like it’s going to be a bad night for you guys!”

Sting holds up a hand and signals HHH to be quiet. Sting has his bad and points to the back. We hear a familiar music. We see the fireworks and smoke. It’s Bill Goldberg as their fourth man. Goldberg is here! HHH’s jaw drops and the fans are going insane. Goldberg and the rest of Team WCW charge the ring and quickly clear it, sending Team Authority to the floor. The referee is here and it’s time for this match to begin.

But before referee Charles Robinson can call for the bell to start the match, Eric Bischoff comes out from the back and he has a mic. Bischoff tells Robinson to leave the ring. Bischoff has a special referee to handle the duties for this match. Eric waves to the back and out comes Bret “The Hitman” Hart wearing a referee’s shirt. HHH is pissed and nobody on the Authority side looks pleased. Eric smiles that big smile of his once more and says to HHH, “I thought you might like this! Have fun!” Hart goes to the ring and after casting some dirty looks at both HHH (and surprisingly) Goldberg, calls for the bell and the match is on.

Team WCW (Sting, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page & Goldberg) versus Team Authority (HHH, Big Show, Kane & Seth Rollins) w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury

The bell rings, but before anyone can get started, Bret points at J&J Security. He’s sending Noble and Mercury to the back and banning them from ringside. HHH and Rollins complain, but Bret isn’t backing down. It’s going to be fair and four on four and J&J Security have to go. They reluctantly head to the back and finally we have a match. It’s chaos and oingo-boingo action from the start. Kane and Big Show using their power to take early control over Booker T. DDP and Rollins going at it. HHH and Sting exchanging punches, kicks and just going to town. The action starts off hard and heavy and never slows down. Finally, Booker sends Rollins to the floor with a spinning kick, but eats a spinebuster from HHH as a reciept for his efforts. HHH falls victim to the Diamond Cutter as DDP makes him feel the bang! Dallas gets caught by Kane and it’s choke-slam time. Kane turns around Sting is there to deliver a scorpion death-drop to the big red monster. Sting gets leveled by The Big Show and the knock-out punch. And Big Show gets taken down by Goldberg and the spear. Goldberg lifts Big Show up into the air and it’s time for the jackhammer. Cover and pin and Bret Hart counts to three. WCW and Team Sting are the winners.

Winners: TEAM WCW (Sting, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page & Goldberg)

Here comes J&J Security running to the ring. Noble runs into a spear by Goldberg and he’s quickly jackhammered into the mat. Mercury eats a diamond cutter and he’s down too. Bret Hart raises the arms of Goldberg, Sting, DDP and Booker T for their victory. Rollins is back in the ring and he’s screaming at Hart. Hart with a big punch and Rollins goes to the mat. Bret goes to lock in the sharpshooter on Rollins, but Kane and Big Show pull him back to the floor from outside the ring. Hart raises the arms of Team Sting once more and the fans are going crazy.

As Team WCW and Bret celebrate in the ring, HHH and The Authority quickly vanish and work their ways towards the back. And then we hear the sound of breaking glass. Yes, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is here and he’s coming to the ring where Team WCW is still standing. Austin gets a mic. Before there was a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, there was “Stunning Steve Austin” and he had long blonde hair and wore pink tights. And Steve Austin got his start in WCW. Austin didn’t leave WCW on the best of terms, but things worked out and he’s got a lot of good memories and good friends from his days as part of this company. It’s been a helluva show and he thinks they ought to end things with a little beer blast. Austin tells everyone to come out from the back and the locker rooms empty as all of the former WCW stars gathered come to the ring and quickly fill it up. Austin starts calling for beers for everyone and we’re having a regular party gone wild.

And then music hits and there’s “No Chance” that Vince McMahon isn’t coming out to join the party. Everyone quiets down as the Chairman of the WWE climbs into the ring. He gets a mic and talks.

“Is everyone having a good time?”, Vince asks. “Well, enjoy it because it will NEVER happen again. I let you all have your little reunion show, but that’s it. I still own WCW and I am the man who put WCW out of business. And….”

Suddenly, a kick by Austin and Vince is bent over. DDP with the diamond cutter on Vince McMahon. McMahon is down and out.

“I think Vince just felt the bang!”, Austin laughed as he called for another beer. More beer is tossed into the ring and the WCW reunion party continues as we go to the announce table one last time. We see Tony Schiavone standing there with Scott Hudson, Larry Zbyszko, Baby Doll and Mean Gene. Schiavone tells the fans thank you for making this all happen and for giving WCW a chance to go out in style. For everyone at World Championship Wrestling, who ever laced up a pair of boots or held a microphone or worked in the back, this day was for them to say good-bye and again, thank you to the fans.

Zbyszko and Baby Doll say they’re going to the ring to join the party and Gene says to wait for him. Hudson and Schiavone sign off.

The End!!

WWE Fast Lane Thoughts & Predictions

WWE Fast Lane Thoughts & Predictions
February 22, 2015

We are just a few hours away from WWE Fast Lane, the newest of the WWE pay per view offerings, and of course that means it’s time to do that prediction thing. It’s been so long since I’ve written anything about wrestling (or anything else for that matter), but it’s got to be done and what better way to stick my feet back into the water than to do it here and now. Let’s just jump right to it as I break out the crystal ball, the cliche’ that is the “Sister Cleo” outfit (does anyone even still get that reference?) and the Gary Spivey wig. It’s prediction time.

Number One Contender Match to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania: Daniel Bryan versus Roman Reigns

The fans want Daniel Bryan in this match and I know that I would love to see a Bryan versus Brock main event as well. But Vince wants Roman in this spot and I have a feeling that what Vince wants, Vince gets. We may end up with the triple threat scenario, but that’s got such a been there, done that feel to it and I’d rather see a singles match with one man versus one man. So where do we go from here. I have faith that Bryan will bring his “A” game and it’ll be do or die for Reigns to step up and match him. The match should be extremely good. And even though Bryan should win, I think the WWE will stick with the original plan and go with Roman versus Brock at the big show. He’ll have to earn that spot with a top notch performance tonight, but I think Roman can make the adjustments and do just that. After a nail biter of a match, look for Roman to walk out with the 1 – 2 – 3.

Winner: Roman Reigns

WWE United States Title Match: Rusev versus John Cena

Rusev has to retain the title here or else there will be no reason to go to Wrestlemania with these two. I’m thinking either a DQ finish or a count-out, It won’t be a conclusive pin or finish though. Controversy will rule and Rusev will still be the champ and Cena will have something to prove to make it all good again in the WWE Universe. I’m thinking that Rusev will be DQ’ed for refusing to release the Accolade and Cena will take home a DQ win, but Rusev keeps the gold, thus setting up a rematch for the ages at Wrestlemania. Hell, that sounds like a plan to me.

Winner: John Cena by DQ (Rusev retains the U.S. title)

WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Wade Barrett versus Dean Ambrose

I’m just not sure on this one. Ambrose loses more than he wins these days, at least on pay-per-view events, but I don’t really see him as a viable Intercontinental Champion. I remember when he was the U.S. Champion and that belt was pretty much forgotten and undefended while he was the Champ. He doesn’t need the title and actually for his character, it might be more of a burden than a blessing. Meanwhile, Barrett is a great person to be the Champ and that belt fits him very well. While I can see Barrett maybe trading the belt with Ziggler a few more times in the days and months to come, I don’t think he will be losing it tonight. I have a feeling that Ambrose will be getting a little bad news.

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett

WWE Tag Title Match: The Usos versus Cesaro and Tyson Kidd

The Usos are a good tag team and remind me a lot of the classic team of Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood. Everyone loves them and they are fun to watch perform… BUT after a while, they’re kind of white bread and boring. I really like this team of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro and I can see a really good future for them. Tyson is so under-rated and Cesaro is in a league of his own. Throw Natayla into the mix and they could really be one of the best things in WWE these days. If they don’t win the belts here, what’s the whole point, right? I think we’ll be seeing some new champions in the WWE Tag Team Division. Tyson and Cesaro win and take that trip to the infamous pay window… and they’ll be wearing those pretty gold belts too.

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd

WWE Divas Title Match: Nikki Bella versus Paige

I’m tired of the Bellas. I’d much rather see AJ Lee back but that’s not too likely in the near future so we’ll have to go with the next best thing (at least until Victoria comes back or Ivory decides to come out of retirement… lol) and that’s the young Goth, Paige. New Champion as Paige makes Nikki tap and becomes the new WWE Divas Champion.

Winner and NEW Divas Champion: Paige

Goldust versus Stardust

Brother versus brother. I wonder if there are any plans to have Dusty stop by and be part of the match? This one is pretty simple. Cody… I mean “STARDUST” wins. His brother demands a “Shades of Christian One More Match” and they settle their differences at Wrestlemania in the match they’ve both been asking for for such a long time with Goldy retiring shortly afterwards. Yeah, Star beats Gold.

Winner: Stardust

Big Show, Kane and Seth Rollins (The Authority) versus Erick Rowan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler

Talk about a been there and done that feeling and matches being thrown together just to give someone a spot on the pay-per-view. This one could really go either way, but I think I’ll go for the Team Cena team of Rowan, Dolph and Ryback taking home the win here, thus setting up a couple of possible scenarios. How’s this for fantasy booking. Kane gets pinned so Big Show gets pissed off and knocks him out, thus setting up a match of Kane versus Big Show for Wrestlemania? That gives them both a match for the big event and given their history, actually makes sense. And let Dolph get the pin on Kane to win the match. Then, tomorrow night on RAW when Daniel Bryan is dejected about his loss to Roman Reigns, we can get a little needling from Dolph about he “won his match” and then the good natured joking can lead to a physical interaction, thus setting up the rumored match that Bryan has allegedly been asking for, Dolph versus Bryan at Wrestlemania. Everyone gets what they want and everyone is happy so why the hell not. Or we have the Team Cena folks win just because. Whatever… lol

Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback

Triple H confronts Sting

And finally, we have the confrontation that everyone has been waiting for. It’s HHH and “The Vigilante” Sting going face to face. HHH gets put on his butt again and they set up their match for Wrestlemania. And there you go.

And I guess that’s enough for me today. I didn’t mention about the pre-show with Paul Heyman on MizTV, but it’ll be Miz being an ass, Mizdow being entertaining and Heyamn showing why he’s arguably the best talker in pro wrestling today. Maybe they’ll sneak in a surprise match too on the pre-show. One can only hope. I’d like to see the reunited Prime Time Players take on The Ascension again. Hey WWE, make it happen.

And now, I’m out of here. I’ll be back.

Ubuntu!

I Believe In Destiny: 2015 Edition

Rules are you enter the letter into the search box and first name to appear(or at least one of the first) you must answer truthfully..(if the same person comes up twice use next down the list) Tag each person you mention, and title the note I Believe in Destiny. Let’s begin…

I originally did this in December of 2010 – Now it’s just a little over 4 years later. Time to try it one more time and see what comes up… lol. ¬†It’s supposed to be a Facebook thing, but I don’t feel like getting all Facebookie – I’ll just do it here at the blogsite… lol

A – April
1) Do you love this person? I think she’s pretty awesome and a great neighbor.
2) Is this person your enemy? Nope – not that I’m aware of. She’s a Duke fan though so….
3) Would you kiss this person? I don’t think I’m her type… lol

B – Bryan
1) What do you really think of this person? I think he’s a great guy, fun to be around and reeks of awesomeness.
2) What’s their favorite color? Blue
3) Ever danced with them? Nope, I never have…

C – Christopher H.
1) Do you have a crush on this person? I did for a long, long time. Not any more. (don’t you love denial… lol)
2) What do they like to do? Apparently dig themselves into a hole by telling lies and stealing.
3) How old are they? 33

D – Robin
1) How long have you known him/her? A couple of months.
2) Biggest regret? For me, that she got stuck in the middle of the BS that was going on around here between myself and our mutual friend.
3) Do you hate this person? Nope – I was trying to, but she’s actually pretty cool and the crap that was going on wasn’t her fault. She was just dragged into it.

E – Keri
1) Have you met their parents? Nope, I never have. I don’t do “parents” that much anymore.
2) Worst thing about this person? He’s done got all stuck up and never comes to Lbg. anymore.
3) Best thing about this person? Great sense of humor and personality.

F – Matt
1) Explain them in two words: Sexy Beast
2) How long have you known this person? About 7 years or so, give or take a year
3) How did you meet this person? Through a mutual acquaintance.

G – Greg C.
1) Are they a good listener? I think so – he sure listened to me bitch and complain all the time when we were younger… lol
2) Are you close to this person? Been friends for over thirty years – he’s my lil’ bro in everything except for blood. He’s family.
3) Is this person nice? Too nice sometimes… he’s a great fellow.

H – Heidi
1) What grade are they in? No longer in school – she’s a working girl and great mom now.
2) Is he/she attractive? Yeppers. If only I was straight… lol
3) Ever done something illegal with this person? There might be one or two things that are / were questionable in their legality back in the day. I’ll never tell…

I – Cecil
1) How long have you known this person? Since 10th grade in high school – that’s what – almost 32 years?
2) Are you close to this person? Back in school, we got along pretty well and hung out sometimes.
3) What is a favorite memory about this person? Hanging with him and Bartley at school, chillin’ with him and Jenny away from school… lol

J – Carman
1) Do they have any siblings? I’m not sure, but I think so.
2) Do you know their favorite song? Nope, but I’m sure it’s something metalish performed by a band with big hair, spandex and lots of make-up. Oh wait, that was Carmen when I first met him… lmao!
3) What would you do if they confessed they liked you? Be very excited and happy… But he’s got a great woman, two beautiful children and a great life going on so I seriously doubt that it would ever happen. He’s awesome though and I’m proud and honored to count him as a friend.

K – Kipper
1) Where did you meet this person? I’m not sure, but I’m positive that pro wrestling was involved. Probably at a show or something. It seems as if I’ve just known him forever.
2) Ever danced with this person? Nope – I’m pretty sure that I’m not his type and wouldn’t be his first choice of dance partner… lol
3) Ever kissed this person? Again, I’m not his type and I wouldn’t want to screw up a friendship.

L – LeAnne
1) What would you do if you had never met this person? Probably be a happier person.
2) Do you like him/her? Not really… No.
3) Would you go to Disney World with this person? I think I’ll pass on that particular trip.

M – Tamara
1) Is this person older than you? Nope – much younger.
2) Do you know this person’s favorite sport? Facebooking… and beating up ho’s… lmao!
3) When’s the last time you’ve seen this person? It was this past Monday evening.

N – Davis
1) Is this person your boyfriend/girlfriend? Nope. He’s cute, but he’s also straight and kind of a pinhead sometimes too. Better to leave that one alone.
2) Is this person single? He’s got a girlfriend.
3) Do you know this person’s favorite sport? Not really, but for some reason I’m thinking Nascar.

O – Robert
1) Would you travel around the world with this person? If he’s picking up the bills, I’m ready to go… lol
2) What kind of car does this person drive? A pick-up, I believe..
3) Does this person have any children? Yes

P – Josh
1) Have you ever been to the mall with this person? Nope…
2) Are you fairly close with this person? Not as close as I would like to be. He’s a sexy beast. A little hairy though… lol
3) Does this person have a job? At the moment, I’m not sure. He did, but I think he’s preparing to move to SC and gave up his jobs here.

Q – Lois
1) Is this person fun to be around? She’s always been really nice and cool to me so that would be a “Yes”..
2) Can this person dance? I don’t know – I would think so though.
3) Do you like him / her? Yes – she was one of my “Mom’s” back in the day – an incredible woman.

R – Tian
1) Have you heard this person sing before? Yeppers
2) Do you think this person will repost this? Nah, I don’t think so.
3) Whats one thing you would change about this person? Would like to spend more time hanging out with her if we could, but the crazy schedules we keep… SMH.

S – Christopher S.
1) Is this person taller than you? Yes, he is.
2) Do you enjoy spending time with him/her? Haven’t spent any time with him since our job closed down, but would love to hang out sometime. He’s a great guy and so damn sexy… If only he wasn’t so young.
3) Do they live close to you? About 4 miles or so…

T – Theresa
1) When is the last time you saw him/her? It’s been far too long – several years in fact. Need to do something about that.
2) Have you been to his/her house? Her current house? Nope. I’ve been over to her Mom’s place a few times though, but not recently.
3) Do you like this person? Absolutely. She’s one of my best friends of all time and my little sister all in one charming, smart, amazing package.

U – BJ Windham Mulligan
1) Does this person like to drink? I’m pretty sure he did back in the day. As for now, I don’t know but I don’t think it would be a regular thing.
2) Best thing about this person? One of the greatest pro wrestlers in the history of the business and a true icon and legend. Also the Grandfather of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.
3) Is this person your neighbor? Nope – just a great wrestling legend that I follow on FB.

V – Chad
1) Do you see this person a lot? I’ve never actually met him in person – just via the computer and originally the Yahoo groups (DXSI).
2) When did you meet her/him? See my last answer for that. He’s a wrestling guy who wrestles, promotes and knows his stuff in and out though.
3) What is this person’s favorite food? Not a clue here.

W – Larry Wayne
1) Do you Love this person? I think he’s an awesome guy and a true friend. Wish we were closer and could hang out sometimes. Just an all around good dude.
2) Have you ever been to their house? Yep, though admittingly it’s been a while now.
3) Do they have siblings? A sister.
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X – No “X” person
1) Does this person dress well?
2) Is this person fun to hang out with?
3) Would you kiss this person?

Y – Yancy
1) How long have you known this person? A few years, but mainly through FB and online..
2) What was the last thing you did with this person? I think share some FB comments about the recent Sheriff’s election.
3) What do you think about this person? A good guy and a great daddy.

Z – Zan Mueyan
1) Who is this person to you? A guy on FB who sent me a friend request – he’s very cute and sexy so I accepted.
2) Where is this person from? Somewhere in the Phillipines, I believe.
3) Is this person in a relationship? I have no idea. Probably. He’s way too sexy to be single.

The Chairman Gave Me An Idea…

So just a few minutes ago, I woke up from a very strange dream. Strange, but I have to say it was also extremely cool. How else can you describe a moment, even if it is just a dream, where you get to sit and have a friendly debate about music with the great Frank Sinatra? We started off inside a small trailer, talking about renovating and making the single-wide trailer into an office of sorts and Frank was concerned that the cats (two small kittens) would be okay. No, I don’t understand that part of it either, but it was a dream so it’s not expected to make sense, right?

Anyhow, after we discussed buying the trailers on the lot next door and adding on to the trailer we were in, Frank made a comment about a song on the radio and how it was boring, bland and generic. I think it was something by Little Wayne, but I can’t be sure. Anyhow, Frank went on a rant about the music of today and how most of it is totally forgettable and no one will care about these songs five years from now. And even though I’m trying to defend the songs and artists I like, I find myself in total agreement with the “Chairman of the Board”. He’s right… but then again, that’s why he’s “The Chairman”, right.

Anyhow, in the dream, our discussion continues and it’s pointed out that the reason most of the kids today listen to such crap is that they just don’t know any better and they’ve never been exposed to good music, where melodies and lyrics combine to make an unforgettable moment and magic. Instead, all the kids today get to hear are “that hoe bitch this and that” and Justin Beiber. Frank laughed at that comment and called Beiber a “twerp”. Our discussion continued and I ended up making a suggestion that if Frank wants the generation of today to listen to and be exposed to decent and good, classic music that actually means something and is as fresh today as it was fifty years ago, then he should be the one to lead the way with another “Duets” album.

Frank did release two “Duets” albums, singing his songs with several contemporary artists like Barbra Streisand, Bono, Anita Baker and so many others. I have both the CD’s and they are incredibly good. Plus Frank set a precedent that has been carried on by such stars as Tony Bennett and Rod Stewart with their own duet albums since then. But back to the dream. I started throwing names out there. First it was Elton John and Frank rolled his eyes at me. And then I mentioned Miley and he called her a “crazy little broad”. And then I said something about Taylor Swift and I heard him sigh and then I woke up. I guess he had enough of me and dismissed me from the dream. And when Frank is through with a discussion, it’s time to go.

So I woke up and started thinking about this. I’d love to see a CD (preferably double-sized) of Sinatra doing more duets with some of the stars of today performing the songs thart made music great back in the day. Unfortunately, Frank has passed on and left this world so we’d have to find another star of similar status and prominence to handle things. So that’s what I’m going to talk about here. How about a duet CD (triple-sized) of someone who is an icon and legend – how about Alice Cooper.

You had to know I’d make this about Alice in some shape and form, right? A duet album of Alice and maybe ten others doing classic songs from days gone by in duet fashion. Sounds great to me, but the more I think about it, Alice isn’t the right person for this. I’m sure he knows all the old songs and would do a fantastic job and would probably jump at the opportunity for a project like this. It’s so “Un-Alice”, it would be great for Alice. But how about another singer with a distinct and unique voice that would do the older songs justice, but still allow a special magic and quality of oomph to be there as well. How about “David Bowie – Duets”? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Bowie is a rock & roll legend and performer who has been around since the early seventies and has produced some of the most fascinating and iconic musical spectacles of that era. Bowie is also a master of reinventing himself and has remained an enigma in the music industry for almost fifty years. A role and project like this would be a great way to put an exclamation point on his amazing career and give Bowie that one last shot at immortality while also allowing him and his peers to sing the classics and allow the generations of today and tomorrow one more chance to hear music that is truly ageless and lives forever.

Okay, what I am thinking? David Bowie singing songs like “Witchcraft” or “Mack The Knife”? It’d be epic to be sure, but at the same time, it would be a little bit on the odd side as well. But I think I’ve just figured out a way to get as many classic talents, like Bowie and Alice, to be part of this project but not be forced to compromise themselves or their musical genre and style. Does anyone remember an album from the 90’s called “Rhythm, County and Blues”. It was a project that put together country music stars with artists from the R&B & soul genre in different duets. It was a pretty good tape and even scored a few hits if I remember correctly. The song from that disc that I remember the best is a duet of Conway Twitty and Sam Moore singing “Midnight Train To Georgia”. Still love that song.

So here’s my idea. A double (or triple) CD set with unusual parings of artists doing duets of classic old-time songs together. Get folks like Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Rob Thomas, Bruno Mars, Kayne West, etc out of their comfort zone and pair them up with other artists like Shooter Jennings, Hank Jr., Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, etc and just cut them loose in the studio and perform the old songs, bringing and exposing them to the fans and music loving kids of today’s generation.

Just imagine Sebastian Bach teaming up with Lady Gaga to sing “One For My Baby (One More For The Road)”. How about Cyndi Lauper trading verses of “New York, New York” with Toby Keith. Have some American Idol alumni like James Durbin or Casey Abrahams pop up and sing “My Way” together. The possibilities are endless and it would be fun and exciting to see happen and hear the results. Someone really needs to take this idea, run with it and make it happen. Just saying.

And now that I’ve rambled with my idea, I think it’s time to go take another nap. Maybe I can pick up where I left off and Sinatra will talk to me again. One can only hope.

Ubuntu…

The Sheriff, The Deputy, Racism and Sweepstakes

There is nothing like waking up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep and deciding to come play on the computer, only to log into your blog and find a message from “Anonymous” attempting to cause problems. I won’t repeat everything this charming piece of work said, but I will repeat one part and then address the topic. I was considering doing a blog about this anyhow and now, I actually have a reason.

Let me cut and paste the main part of this message: “How come you hadn’t said nothing yet about your precious Sheriff Kersey and his deputy cussing that man out? If Shep was still Sheriff, you be posting all sorts of stuff blaming him for everything, but Kersey taking over and you ain’t saying nothing now!” Then the message went on to talk about how racist I supposedly am against blacks, how I only opposed Shep Jones because he’s black and threw in a few more names and insults for good measure. At first, I was just going to ignore this, but there are so many things to say here so instead of biting my tongue and being the better man, I’ve instead decided to make a response. My only problem is where to start.

Let’s begin with the simpliest part. I haven’t said anything about Sheriff-Elect Kersey and “his deputy” because Deputy Blalock is NOT Kersey’s deputy yet. Sheriff-Elect Kersey won’t be sworn into office until Monday, I believe, which means that Shep Jones IS still the Sheriff and in power until then. That makes the deputy in question, David Blalock, a deputy under the watch and control of Shep Jones until Ralph is sworn in. As this happened this past weekend, it happened under Jones’ watch as Sheriff and that makes it Jones’ responsibility. It’s just that simple. But of course, Jones has already commented in the paper that he is passing the buck and not going to take responsibility or action, instead allowing Kersey that responsibility instead. Mighty big of him, don’t you think. Jones IS the current Sheriff and this incident in question happened under HIS watch so HE should be the one handling things. But I have no doubt that Kersey will handle the matter in an appropiate way and if he doesn’t, he will be called out on it, just as Jones’ would be.

As for the situation itself, I may as well address it while it’s on my mind. I’ve watched the video and listened to it many times. And quite simply, Deputy Blalock WAS out of line and his language and behavior was extremely inappropiate. Was it bad enough to cost him his job? Well, based on my own personal experience, I would say yes. Dealing with the public is hard sometimes and sometimes, it gets overwhelming and you snap. Been there and done that and when the smoke cleared, I was unemployed and lost my job as a result. And the words that cost me my job weren’t nearly as bad as what Blalock was saying to that bondsman. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that Blalock is a representative of our local law enforcement and like it or not, is expected to act and behave in a certain way. Is it a higher standard than the rest of us. Yes, it is. But that’s part of the job and if he’s not capable of controlling his temper or being professional in his words or manner, he doesn’t need to be doing that job.

I do think that Blalock needs to be shown that for every action, there are consequences. What those consequences will be, who knows? I do expect that Sheriff Kersey will investigate the matter and act accordingly, be it termination, suspension or simply a write-up of some kind and firm warning that if anything like this incident happens again, termination will follow. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

As for the other charges that “Anonymous” decided to level against me, let me tackle those now one by one.

On the idea that with Kersey as the Sheriff, I won’t be saying anything, that is totally wrong. I know Sheriff-Elect Kersey and know that he’s an honest and straight up guy who means what he says and says what he means. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll be getting a free pass on anything and I know that he doesn’t expect to. If cars start magically appearing out of nowhere, if a slush fund is discovered and money is used for parties, alcohol and jewelry, if murder cases are going unsolved due to errors in the police reports or to the media, if people inside the jail are getting killed, if jailers start getting busted for drug possession, if Sweepstakes businesses are raided and machines are confiscated, yet no charges are ever pressed, etc… if the crap we’ve dealt with regularly for the past eight years continues to happen under Kersey’s watch, I’ll be just as quick to call him out on those things as I was with Shep. I don’t think we’ll have those kind of problems to worry about anymore though.

And as for the “racist” argument, that’s a load of crap. Anyone who knows me or has known me for any length of time will tell you that the only way I judge people is pretty simple. If you’re cool and respectful to me, I’ll be cool and respectful to you. And if you’re an ass-clown in any way, shape, form, etc… I have little use for you and respond in kind. Pretty simple, right. And I guess I can use the old “I have black friends” argument too, but there’s a twist. I have friends – some just happen to be black. Some are white. Some are indian. There are also some Korean, Japanese, Canadian, British and Australian folks that I’m friendly with. Some are males and some are female. Some are straight and some are gay. Some are Christian, some are Muslim, some are Jewish, one is Hindu and I believe a couple are athiests. And I even have a midget friend that I talk to semi-regularly. I don’t give a damn about race, religion, social-status, money, gender, sexual orientation, etc. If I like you, I like you and if I don’t, I don’t. I’m not the most sociable or lovable person in the world sometimes and I do have my issues with people, but the color of someone’s skin doesn’t matter. It’s the behavior and character that counts and if that’s a problem, get the hell over it. ‘Nuff said!

And now, with that being said, I think it’s time to (finally) try to go get a few hours of sleep. Oh wait, I do have one more thing.

In July, a task force led by District Attorney Kristy Newton and other law enforcement officers forced the closing of twenty-one Internet Sweepstakes businesses, putting over a hundred people out of work. One of the businesses that did NOT close willingly was the Cyber Sweepstakes business on Academy Road. The Task Force took it upon themselves to raid the building, confiscate computers and shut the business down. And despite the confiscation of machinery and equipment (I call it stealing), NO charges were ever brought against the owner of the business, Robert Outlaw. In the middle of September, Outlaw, with court documents in hand signed off on by a sitting District Judge, reopened his business. The paperwork, which has been signed off on by Judge Regina Joe, says that the computer software used by Outlaw in his business is LEGAL and in compliance with current state gaming laws. A judge says that Outlaw’s Internet Sweepstakes business IS LEGAL!! Days later, a Swat Team force of Scotland County Sheriff Department deputies, under the leadership of Sheriff Shep Jones and District Attorney Kristy Newton, raided and closed the business. Machines were confiscated (stolen) and the business was shut down once more. And again, NO CHARGES have ever been processed and brought against Mr. Outlaw. So when will Mr. Outlaw have the opportunity and chance to have his constitutionally demanded day in court? What kind of games are Shep Jones and Kristy Newton playing here? When will they DO THEIR JOBS and FOLLOW THE LAW? Sheriff Shep Jones needs to go ahead and either explain to the community why he’s allowed this miscarriage of justice to go on so long OR go ahead and press charges, thus allowing the Sweepstakes owners their day in court. Time is running out and Jones needs to do the right thing here and let our legal justice system do it’s job. If he can’t or won’t, then District Attorney Newton needs to either file charges and let the system work or make a public statement explaining why she’s denying the sweepstakes owners their rights? We, the citizens of Scotland County, deserve to know.

And now, with that being said, I’m going to bed. Have a good night (or morning).

Ubuntu!

@@@heart

you know why I’m still able to smile?
even though i’m crying on the inside
and i know i’ve lost you for good
it’s okay
because you finally seem to be happy
and in the end
that’s all that really matters to me
or as they say in the funny papers
‘Nuff said!

WWE TLC Pay-Per-View Predictions: December 13, 2014

WWE TLC Pay-Per-View Predictions:  December 13, 2014

Coming up tomorrow night is the WWE pay-per-view (or special event, depending upon who you ask), WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs (oh my!). Honestly, I had totally forgotten that there was even a pay-per-view going on this weekend. I haven’t watched RAW or Smackdown in almost two weeks (and based on the recaps that I’ve read, I haven’t really missed a thing.) But that being said, this is a big weekend and a big deal and thus, its time to shake out the cobwebs, come in out of the rain and do that prediction thing… cause that’s what I do. So let’s just keep it short and sweet (like my ex) and get right to work. Where my crystal ball and Sister Cleo outfit at? Let’s do this…

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Gold & Stardust
Pre-Show Kick-off Tag Team Match

So far, with the New Day team, I’m not that impressed. They’re all too happy and too cheerful and dare I say it, too stereotyped with the gimmick. All that’s missing is the Reverend Slick leading the team in a sing-a-long of “Jive Soul Bro”. The 1980’s called and they want their gimmick back. I’m glad to see the WWE doing something with Big E and Kofi, but is this really the best that they can come up with? I liked the ideas for a new “Nation of Domination” far better. And I hear that JC Ice is looking for something to do. Okay, maybe not.

As for this match, the New Day guys are the new (day) guys. Goldy and Cody have had their run with the gold belts and now, it’s time to start putting over the other folks as we build to (hopefully) a Dustin versus Cody match at Wrestlemania 31. Yeah, I’m still hoping to see the brothers have their big match, maybe a Dusty on a pole match, against each other. The Rhodes boys are headed for a split somewhere down the road and the new guys start their “New Day” with a big win in the pre-show match.

Winners: The New Day

(Champion) Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger
United States Championship Match

We’ve already been there / done that with this match and though I’d love to see Swagger make the big comeback and kick Rusev’s ass all over the arena, it’s not going to happen. Swagger will look great in his quest to get revenge for his mentor / manager Zeb Colter, but in the end, his best won’t be enough and he’ll end up falling victim to the power of the Putin-loving modern day Hulk. Rusev smash… and retain the title.

Winner and STILL United States Champion: Rusev w/ Lana

(Champion) Nikki Bella w/ Brie vs. AJ Lee
Divas Championship Match

Why are Nikki and Brie friends again after all that happened? What happened to their “bitter feud”? And what’s up with AJ? Are the rumors true and will this be her last hurrah with the WWE? I hope not. Anyhow, Brie gets involved and gets an AJ sized ass-whooping. Nikki takes advantage and scores a sneaky win, thus retaining the Divas title.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella

Ryback vs. Kane
Chairs Match

Chairs matches are just no disqualification matches with a lot of attention focused on the chairs. Ryback is getting the big push now and Kane is winding down a great career so that means the “Big Goof”… I mean “Big GUY” gets to take that trip to the pay window and be the “Chairman” of the night. Poor Kane. He deserves better, but it’s part of the job.

Winner: Ryback

(Champions) The Miz & Mizdow vs. The Usos
Tag Team Championship Match

This should be a fun match with lots of high impact and action. I love how they’ve created a love-triangle story with Naomi and actually made this into a match that has something more than titles as the main focus. The tension with Miz and Mizdow is getting better every week and will hopefully continue for sometime to come, at least until the Royal Rumble. This match MAY end up stealing the show and could easily go either way. I don’t think we’re ready for a title change yet so I’ll go with Miz & Mizdow retaining after Uso Jealousy gets the better of the Usos and we get a count-out. If Naomi comes to ringside with the Uso’s at the start of the match, count on the guys with the “money-makers” to retain.

Winners by Count-Out… and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The Miz & MizDow

Erick Rowan vs. Big Show
Steel Stairs Match

Steel stairs match? Really? Really? Really? This is a stupid gimmick / stipulation for the match. Just say No DQ and leave it at that. Steel steps? Shaking my head over and over. Really? Big Show bores me. Rowan isn’t much better, but he’s got a cool nickname, same as my second favorite type of gum, so I’ll lean towards the fuzzy-faced red beard as the winner… just because.

Winner: Erick Rowan

(Champion) Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

Another match that could really go either way. Dolph is on fire (again) and I think we’re really starting to see the start of a big Ziggler push here. But then we have Harper who is kind of a unique character and makes an odd, but fascinating pick as the Intercontinental Champion and it’s too soon for him to lose that title yet. Both men are climbing that ladder and neither can really afford a major loss right now or else all of the momentum they’ve gathered will be shot to hell. I think Dolph can stand a loss more than Harper can at this point and time so I’ll go for the Brody 2014 edition, Luke Harper to find a way to climb that ladder and retain the gold. Maybe we’ll get some outside interest in the match and a new spokesperson with Harper who can cause a distraction and allow Harper to capitalize and take the win. I wonder what Christian is doing tomorrow night? And wouldn’t Luke Harper make an interesting “Heyman guy”? Hmmmmm…

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Luke Harper

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match

This will be the smash-mouth, hard-hitting, kick-ass, Pier Six brawl of the night. Both men work stiff, hit hard and put on a show second to none. And both need a big win here… or at least to not lose. There are so many ways this could go and could be argued for Wyatt and Ambrose alike. Who to choose? I think Ambrose and his crazy-train antics will allow him to recover from a loss easier than Bray would be able to so I’ll go with Ambrose taking the fall in the match of the night where there are no winners or losers, just survivors. And maybe we’ll see the WWE pay-per-view debut of the NXT Tag Team Champions, come to join Wyatt’s cause… maybe? It should be one helluva match.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
Tables Match- (If John Cena loses he is no longer the # 1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Somehow, I don’t see Seth Rollins versus Brock Lesnar as a headline match for a WWE pay-per-view. Rollins is good, but his character works better as the ambush-while-the-back-is-turned type of guy. Cena versus Brock has already been done, but the anticipation is there for one more time. It works and it will be the better match to draw in fans and sell the pay-per-view event. I’m not a big Cena guy, but I don’t think that Super-Cena is really to take that kryptonite bullet just yet. Look for lots of shenanigans by the J&J Security Team. Look for others to get involved. Look for Seth to dominate. And look for Cena to put Rollins through a table and take home that big win and the #1 Contendership for the WWE World Championship… cause that’s what he does.

Winner: John Cena

And there you go. My predictions for the WWE TLC pay-per-view extravaganza, tomorrow night on the WWE Network. Am I right? Am I crazy as a fruit loop looney-toon? We’ll see tomorrow night at the show. Thanks for reading. I’m Doug and I am out of here. Take care!

Ubuntu!