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After 'Night of Champions', who will be WWE Champion?
This past week in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment was yet again dominated by WWE. It mostly goes without saying, but with TNA still on hiatus until debuting on Friday nights starting in January on Destination America, the news will be WWE-centric.
WWE was given the spotlight this entire week on the USA Network as not only was Raw featured, but SmackDown was live on the same network Tuesday night. Also, USA Network gave WWE time for there annual "Tribute to the Troops" broadcast on Wednesday night plus "Jingle All The Way 2" with Larry the Cable Guy and Santino Marella. The annual "Tribute to the Troops" special featured a "Boot Camp Match" between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt that continued their feud. Ambrose got the win in this one but we expect these two to go at it again at the 'Royal Rumble.' Naomi won a Divas/Santa's Helper Battle Royal over Divas Champion Nikkia Bella and Natalya at the end of the contest. Could this win help Naomi gain a title match in her future?
In this final stanza of 2014 we have left the best for last in counting down the Top 10 World Heavyweight Champions of all-time in pro wrestling. So far we have revealed numbers 10 through five and now we showcase four, three and two before number one gets a write-up all by themselves. In case you missed the last part, part two, you may go back and read it here, which has a link back to part one within.
Number Four: Triple H
Until recently Triple H was one half of The Authority with his wife Stephanie McMahon. When he wrestled regularly he was "The Game", "The King of Kings", the "Cerebral Assassin" among many other monikers he was known for during his career. He was also known for winning championships. Triple H held the World Heavyweight Championship five times and the WWE Championship eight times, giving him 13 total World titles. Those 13 championships make him third all-time behind John Cena, who we featured back in part one and the number one all-time plus a mentor for Triple H, Ric Flair. He also won the 'King of the Ring' in 1997 and the 'Royal Rumble' in 2002. There is no doubt that even if he had not married a member of the McMahon family that his career will be Hall of Fame worthy when he finally decides to call it quits.
Well, this past week in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment was fairly ho-hum for WWE as they set up the final matches on the card for 'TLC' on Sunday night.
WWE had one its now traditional year end specials on Raw Monday night as the annual Slammy Awards were handed out based upon the fans' voting in numerous categories. The Superstar of the Year went to Roman Reigns despite being out for the last few months and not having any championships during 2014. The Diva of the Year fittingly went to AJ Lee, who held the Divas title the longest and on three occasions. During the night, the former "Wyatt Family" members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan got the chance to tear into each other for the first time on opposite sides, and we hope they do so again in the future. The night concluded with John Cena beating the Big Show via disqualification when Seth Rollins and J&J Security interfered in the match. A statement was made by Rollins as he "curb-stomped" Cena in the center of ring, and Cena will no longer the number one contender to the WWE World title if Rollins does so again.
On Friday, we previewed the undercard matches for TLC. Now, we look into the uppercard contests that is yet again without a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.
Tables Match (if Cena loses, he gives up his #1 contendership)
John Cena versus Seth Rollins
John Cena doesn't want to give up his number one contender status for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship anytime soon. The question will be how long it'll take before Brock Lesnar comes out of semi-"retirement" to defend his title. Anyway, Cena beats Rollins in this match.
Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):
I don't think that another Cena vs Brock Lesnar match is needed and since the match stipulation does not say that Seth Rollins would be the number one contender if he wins, I'm going with Rollins here. The 'Money in the Bank' holder will knock off the biggest name in the business. A returning Roman Reigns could take the number one contender slot against Lesnar; if he wins, a Rollins cash in on Reigns would make a lot of sense.
Now just days after the WWE Universe was treated to another NXT special event on the WWE Network we fans get the final pay-per-view of 2014 on Sunday night with 'TLC' Tables, Ladders and Chairs. This part one of our two part preview is for the under card contests.
The Miz and Damien Miz-dow (C) versus Jimmy & Jey (The Usos)
The duo of Miz and his stunt double Damien Miz-dow are on such a roll that we can't see them losing the titles this quickly. Sorry Usos but you'll have to win the twin titles back another time.
Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):
I can't wait for Damien Sandow's push from the company and this whole Miz-dow persona is only fueling the backing for him by the fans. The Miz and Miz-dow have been putting in real solid work and this match has gained some steam with The Miz angling in on Jimmy's wife. I expect The Miz and Miz-dow to beat The Usos here.