Friday, April 3, 2015

What a Week!

Sting debuts in WWE
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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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It's been an exciting week with Wrestlemania starting things off for us. Here are a few of the highlights in My 1-2-3 Cents...

Wrestlemania 31 sets several records:

According to a WWE press release, this year's Wrestlemania was the most watched in the company's history.  More than 1.3 million WWE Network subscribers watched (plus factor in those who hosted parties).  The total number of fans at Levi's Stadium was 76,976 which is also a record for that facility.  Wrestlemania was also the most tweeted event in WWE history.  The Raw after Mania was the highest rated episode since Raw 1,000 nearly three years ago.  Five-point-four million people tuned in Monday night.  

Rock looks amazed
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Ronda Rousey appears at Wrestlemania

Honestly, Ronda Rousey is the only current UFC athlete I know.  And I actually heard of her before she showed up at Wrestlemania Sunday.  But don't expect the leader of the Four Horsewomen to leave the octagon for the squared circle, it's been reported by several her appearance was a "one-off."  However, I wouldn't be surprised if we see her back in the WWE in time for next year's event in Dallas.

New champion
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Three new champs are crowned

Seth Rollins, John Cena and Daniel Bryan are all wearing WWE gold again.  I think this is a good way to reboot things and I expect the U.S. and Intercontinental titles to get a little more shine as a result.  I still think Rusev should have won, but I like Rollins as champ and think the WWE needs to back him 100%.  Bryan as IC champ is cool by me too.

AJ Lee taps...
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AJ Lee retires

A bit of breaking news as I write this.  WWE put out a statement Friday afternoon that AJ Lee has retired from the ring.  There's already plenty of speculation online, but nothing official.  I'm curious to see what's next for the former Divas champion and who on the roster will benefit from one of the top stars in that division leaving.  (I'm looking at you Charlotte.) 

LuchaDragons debut
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NXT stars debut on Raw

The tag team of the LuchaDragons appeared on the Raw after Mania.  The division quite honestly needs some help.  Hopefully with the work that Sin Cara and Kalisto have done on NXT will translate on the grander stage, same goes for one of my favorites, Neville.  You can read more about my thoughts on him here.  

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