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Brains & Brawn: Cena vs. Sandow and Hogan vs. the Genius

This past Sunday night at WWE’s Hell in a Cell saw the return of John Cena to the active WWE roster. He was last seen on WWE TV on Raw the night after losing the WWE title to Daniel Bryan. During that appearance, Cena announced he was leaving to repair a torn tricep (the legitimate reason for the title change). Cena, whether by his own choice or at the behest of WWE, returned to action several months before he was due to return with a shot at Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship.  With the legitimate injury being worked into the match, Cena pulled off the comeback and defeated Del Rio for the WHC.  His celebration was set for the opening segment the next night on Raw where he declared once again “the Champ is here.” However the Intellectual Savior of the Masses, Damien Sandow, with a combination of smarts and vicious opportunism attacks John Cena. He then cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase for an impromptu title match. One can imagine the late, great Gorilla Monsoon verbally admonishing Sandow for doing a “Pearl Harbor job” on Cena. (more…)

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Money in the Bank vs. The King of the Ring (New vs. Old)

Download Money in the Bank King of the Ring Free StreamOne of the most important things in the wrestling business is to be consistent with making new stars for the future. We’ve seen this play a major part in the downfall of companies like WCW, TNA, and even WWE had a period of being extremely guilty about it. WWE, however, has usually had one plan that they could rely on to start launching someone from relative obscurity to superstardom; to varying levels of success of course. From 1993 to 2002 (and various years it returned) we had the King of the Ring. A single-elimination tournament consisting of a prime selection of current stars just chomping at the bit for that one big opportunity. From 2005 to the present we have the Money in the Bank. A high-action multi-man ladder match where the prize is a contract for a world title match at any point in a calendar year after the victory. (more…)

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