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The Wrestling 5&1 3.21.14: Summer Rae vs Kelly Kelly
Posted by Tony Acero on 03.22.2014

Oh AJ, you vixen, you! We're roughly two weeks away from the biggest event in our calendar year, and excitement is runnin wild with beatdowns and tag matches all over the place. Triple H damn near tried to drown Daniel Bryan and really upped the intensity of he and Bryan's upcoming match, while The Shield had a bit of a change of heart, pushed by the Big Red (Corporate) Machine. Let's dive into some wrasslin news!

About Face

Why is it whenever The Shield does some slow-burn action, it's so bad ass? Seriously, whether it's hopping on the apron for a face off with The Wyatts, or the turn that we knew was coming eventually, right? Ok, maybe not…either way, seeing the beatdown of Kane made The Shield quite formidable and reminded us viewers just how bad ass they can be and still are. Rumors are different every week, with The Shield breaking up at Mania, to having a triple threat at Mania, to Ambrose running away with Roman Reigns' wife to create a family full of crazy Samoans, but one thing is for sure: I'm excited. Maybe it's the air of Mania, but every time The Shield is on the telly, something is going to go down. Remember earlier in their push when we (or at least, me) felt like Seth Rollins was the weak link, the Janetty if you will? I remember; he looked to be the guy that was left in the dust once the breakup happened. Now look at the guy. With a few choice matches and some actual intensity on the mic, he's raised up from third place and sits equally amongst his brothers.

Perhaps that's why this team works so well. They were actually built to be bad ass. They are the reason Taker was gone (kayfabe), they have performed consistently, and although the Bray vs Roman match didn't turn heads much, it was a nice litmus test for the guys to see if they could handle such a stage. They handled it well, they just need a bit more seasoning – and they're getting it.

So now we're weeks away from Mania, and all signs point to a six man tag. The most recent rumor is that Kane will be on the opposing side, with the New Age Outlaws. Previously reported was the ascension of The Ascension as the partners of Kane. With only a couple more RAWs, I don't see how they would pull them up convincingly enough, but weirder things have been done. As for the NAOs, I say why not? It's Wrestlemania and even though they look a little winded, I enjoyed their return and they don't harm me much as far as giving them one last spotlight at Mania.

So what this all comes down to is when they're going to breakup? Will it be before Mania? After? During?!

Your Turn: When do you see The Shield breaking up?

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Eve had her fun in the sun, but once she met the Hall of Bang, she couldn't quite cute the mustard! AJ pulled a hell of a win out over Eve and with that, we start with some new girls. Which blonde will walk into the arena next week?

I'll be sure to update the image next week…..promise?

And now…..

Voting ends Wednesday night and you can vote once every hour!

Punk Begone?

Let's talk a bit about CM Punk, shall we? Since he has left, there seems to be quite the divide in the wrestling world (and isn't there always?), with one half thinking CM Punk did the right thing, and we need to back him up. Others say he left his fans high and dry, and doesn't even deserve a spot on the card of Wrestlemania 31. I fall somewhere in the middle, and I think one person who makes a lot of sense is Bret Hart.

"When you look at it closely, Punk's burned out. He's always given 100 percent in all his matches, and delivered some of the best pay-per-view matches in the past 10 years. And it's not easy when there are legends who only work part-time, and guys like Punk and Bryan do all the work, and watch someone like Brock Lesnar walk in and take those big matches and big paydays without having to be on the road all the time. I think that had a lot to do with his decision, and rightfully so. One of Vince McMahon's favorite sayings is, 'Life's not fair.' I don't see Punk being a factor at WrestleMania, but he still has a lot of greatness left in him. As a fan, I hope he comes back, and as a wrestler, I have a lot of respect for him, too."

I think he pretty much placed all the proper thoughts in their place as to why Punk left. As for our reaction, well everyone is entitled to their own, but from where I stand, he's his own man and I won't fault him if he wants to "take his ball and go home."

Your Turn: Are you mad at CM Punk for leaving?

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Tony Acero is currently a student at Cal State University of Long Beach. He is double-majoring as a Creative Writing and Literature major. His first book, Through The Looking Glass, was published in April, 2012. School's Out is a short story that found the author arrested due to the severity of its content. Both can be found on amazon.com.

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