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Colling’s Corner: Volume One

Can Daniel Bryan win the Rumble?

Can Daniel Bryan win the Rumble?

The first edition of the revamped Colling’s Corner talks about the Royal Rumble, GFW show this weekend, Alberto El Patron ROH’s debut and the return of Impact Wrestling to television, plus more!

We are twenty-three days away from the Royal Rumble, which takes place live from Philadelphia, PA for $9.99 on the WWE Network, or you can still buy it for the standard PPV price, but why do that?

My level of interest has risen quite a bit for the show as on RAW Daniel Bryan announced that he wasn’t retiring but rather he was entering into the 2015 Royal Rumble match. It would appear that Roman Reigns is obvious choice to win the match, but with the addition of Bryan, there is a sliver of hope that Bryan could prevail and make another memorable run for the gold at Mania. I mean, the guy breaks his neck and returns less than a year later to win the Rumble and regain the WWE Championship from an unbeatable monster at Mania? I think there is some money to be made there.

Instead, what appears to be happening is a Reigns victory and a passing of the torch. I don’t see Cena losing to Lesnar for a third time in a row, thus at Mania, I would expect a Cena/Reigns main event with Cena doing the favor for Reigns and passing the torch. Similar to Hogan/Warrior at Mania VI, but can Reigns achieve more than what Warrior did? I’m not sure.

With Lesnar not having the strap, a match with Daniel Bryan could be a strong possibility and a direction they should go in. If Lesnar were to be champion, the level of interest would be much higher for me, at least.

Also this past week on RAW, the Authority returned to power as if we hadn’t gone too long without a heel authority figure on television. They held Edge captive in the ring and Cena gave up his power over the Authority, so now Hunter, Stephanie and company can ruin their lives again. Kind of makes the whole Survivor Series pay per view a waste of time.

The reasoning is that they need HHH on television to promote a match with Sting at Mania. First off, why not just have HHH and Stephanie come back in normal roles? Do they need to have power in order to be effective heels? I don’t think so.

I’m not all that interested in a HHH/Sting match taking place in 2015, anyway. Sting really messed up by not jumping ship to WWE years earlier.

The Bullet Club will be at the Tokyo Dom for GFW on 1/4

The Bullet Club will be at the Tokyo Dom for GFW on 1/4

In a matter of two days, Global Force Wrestling will be holding a show co-promoted with New Japan Pro Wrestling. I’m far from a Japanese wrestling expert or fan, but at some point I’ll view it, just not live. There are quite a few American wrestlers on the show and some interesting matches scheduled to take place.

The interesting matches are as follows,

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, reDRagon defend against Forever Hooligans, Time Splitters and the Young Bucks.
AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito
IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Hiroshi Tanahashi defends against Kazuchika Okada

Other American talents competing on the show are Jeff Jarrett, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton Benjamin, Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.

TNA Lockdown will air for free on television this year.

TNA Lockdown will air for free on television this year.

Next weekend, Impact Wrestling returns to television with three nights of action. On January 7th, which is this Wednesday, the company will be airing live on Destination America with the third installment of the Bobby Roode/Bobby Lashley matches. Roode is the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

January 8th will see a taping headlined by a match putting the American Wolves against the Hardy Boys. On January 9th, Impact Wrestling will be holding Lockdown, which will later be aired free on television. So much for the pay per view business for Impact Wrestling, I’d imagine.

I’m glad that Impact Wrestling found a home and the three matches announced will surely create a buzz. I personally won’t check the shows out as they happen due to working overnights, but if they seem to be worthwhile viewing I’ll check them out a few days afterward. I think a lot of momentum has been lost by moving to a lesser known channel that doesn’t reach nearly the amount of homes that Spike TV does.

Is it far fetched to think that ROH could be the second highest wrestling company in North America?

The former Alberto Del Rio debuts for ROH on 1/3.

The former Alberto Del Rio debuts for ROH on 1/3.

Speaking of Ring of Honor, they are holding a television taping on January 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. The main event for the taping will be Alberto El Patron (better known as Alberto Del Rio) taking on Christopher Daniels in Alberto’s first match with company. El Patron was one of the least interesting characters or wrestlers in the WWE, so hopefully in ROH he won’t be given a poor character and will be allowed to just entertain with wrestling.

The signing would appear to be more of a way to get casual fans, or WWE fans, to check out the ROH product. I don’t mind it and am all for ways to get more exposure for their company. I just hope he doesn’t get a run with the ROH World Championship and that he actually puts ROH guys over to give them creditability.

Also, Jay Lethal defends the ROH Television Championship against ACH and Matt Sydal. I don’t believe Sydal has won a match since returning to ROH and his return has fizzled quickly. ACH has been a guy losing big matches for at least a year and the company needs to pull the trigger on the guy, though it may be too late to actually mean anything.

ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe defends the championship against a member of the Kingdom not yet determined. It won’t be Adam Cole as he is out with a shoulder injury.

The company will be holding their yearly Top Prospect Tournament as well for the show. Be on the lookout for Dalton Castle who has great charisma and his dead lift German suplex has been gaining some buzz on the independents. I’ve been watching Dalton for my local independent company, 2CW, and he continues to impress.

Strong attendance for upstate NY independent company, 2CW.

Strong attendance for upstate NY independent company, 2CW.

Speaking of 2CW, also known as Squared Circle Wrestling, the company recently drew nearly 2,000 fans in Elmira, NY for their latest show. The show featured Jim Duggan, Mickie James, Magnus, Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Taven, Necro Butcher, Colin Delaney, Eddie Edwards, and Roderick Strong.

The show was held at the same venue that TNA held a show at, and they drew roughly 400 people. Just shows how poorly they do at house shows.

That’s all for the first volume of Colling’s Corner, feel free to leave your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading.

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