Predictions Contest Results
R.K.O Peep: 7/14
Kingpin: 5/14 (retirement has done nothing for you, jobber)
It’s a three-way tie between cp954, hebtheeagle and SirTCO, two-thirds of which apparently shows not following the thread from the beginning leads to knowing more about where I’m going with it.
I’ll send each of you 250 credits, and next time I’ll set one of the questions as the ‘tie-breaker’ one. CP, you were closest on the match order, so that seems like a reasonable one – for when I post Over The Limit in 2014.
Raw is done, while SmackDown is still a work in progress, though I’d like to try to dish out some feedback if possible before I post one, anyway. Massive thanks to anyone who predicted, read or feedbacked on Extreme Rules, whether by rep or PM or in here, because I had plenty of really encouraging comments. I’m glad people liked/enjoyed/appreciated it – now let’s see if I can make it even better from here on out. #ActTwo
Following the theme of ‘realistic 2011 thread with a few tweaks’ that I’ve used so far, have a news post.
Originally Posted by 411mania.com
Vince raids the indies; new youth movement to kick in?
WWE have completed the signings of a plethora of new talent from the independent circuit, sources confirm following Extreme Rules. Some of these competitors had been on the radar for WWE’s scouts for some time, but others came as more of a shock.
Possibly the most prominent signings are the joint acquisition of one of Ring of Honor’s premiere tag teams, the Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli. They were added to the FCW Roster page under the names of Kenny Hero and Antonio Cesaro. Hero posted on in his Twitter account “Deal finally done! Pumped 4 throwing some elbows in the WWE! #BoutTime” while Castagnoli stayed silent as of yet. There’s no word on whether or not these two will compete as a tag team (considering the reports indicating a revitalised tag team division, they would be valuable additions), but either way, this could be the start of a good mainstream career for two very popular independent wrestlers.
Elsewhere, another dual deal was for the female pairing of the ‘Canadian Ninjas’, Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez. This was a much bigger surprise than the Kings, but these women, best known for their tag team exploits in SHIMMER, could boost the women’s division, which is already beginning to heat up again with the new Diva’s Champion in the form of Melina last night at Extreme Rules. Rumours of Awesome Kong’s impending debut and the superhuman push of Beth Phoenix on SmackDown point towards a healthier women’s division, which should only be boosted by the possible inclusion of Matthews and Perez. Both women were added to the FCW page this morning under the same ring names; as with the Kings, it is uncertain as yet whether these two will be competing in a tag team or completely separate from the other.
Former CZW, IPW and FIP Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley’s signing has been confirmed after rumours that surfaced several weeks ago. FCW’s Roster page lists him under the name Dean Ambrose, and he has likely already begun training with the FCW agents.
It’s understood that talks with TNA’s Brian Kendrick and ROH’s El Generico have fallen through within the past month of April following Wrestlemania Twenty-Seven.
Inside sources suggest the WWE creative team is trying to start an unofficial ‘youth movement’ once again; as the name implies, the team is aiming to build the characters of several wrestlers, both face and heel, for the sole purpose of making new stars and solidifying for the future. This news comes off the back of a variety of reports that suggest superstars like The Undertaker, Triple H, Kane, Big Show and even Edge could be cutting down on their schedules or even hanging up their boots for good. Creative’s current plan is for Summerslam to be the peak ‘hybrid’ point between the two eras, with at least one of those names competing for the last time in Los Angeles in August; this will be backed by a series of storylines to elevate the WWE’s more promising youngsters in the build to ‘the Biggest Party of the Summer’. At the moment, it seems almost a lock that Daniel Bryan will get his first World Title shot at Over The Limit against The Miz, whether it’s a major event or not, and expect this vein of young talent being pushed to continue, as the WWE tries to make sure they won’t be hit too hard when the aforementioned older competitors take their leave. Various members of the FCW roster are being considered for call-ups, and likewise, talented superstars in lower card positions will probably benefit from the next few months. It’s unlikely that Bryan will be the only youngster handed a chance to shine at the top level.