Mayhem Mania 2018: Patreon In The Bank

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


Catch up with Mayhem Mania 2018: Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3 – Week 4 – Week 5 – Week 6 – Week 7 – Week 8

It all comes down to this. After more than two months, Mayhem Mania 2018 has reached its final stop: the epic Patreon In The Bank round! Only Patreon supporters of the Wrestling Mayhem Show were invited to participate and I’m happy to report that we had eight of them take the time to joins us live during Episode 613 of the Wrestling Mayhem Show.

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Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 7

This… is… Mayhem Mania! Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, we have to play by the same rules as Vince McMahon.

If you’re just joining us, here are the recaps of previous rounds.
Round 1Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4 – Round 5 – Round 6 


Round 7 of Mayhem Mania 2016 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show (@MayhemShow) on February 23. Five members of the WMS Universe were chosen to make a single “move” or a change to the card. They had the usual 3 options:

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team with another already on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. TRADE a wrestler/match for an entirely new match with unused wrestlers.

In addition, the new SUBTRACT option was introduced this week. It can be used to remove one person from any match (singles matches not eligible. That would be weird). This option can be used only once during Mayhem Mania. After that, it’s gone forever.

With that little twist now in play, let’s see how things played out this week.

 

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 7

Move 1 (@MadMike4883)
TRADE Kane & Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper & Undertaker for Triple H & Stephanie McMahon vs. Shane McMahon & Ronda Rousey

Move 2 (@Eamon2Please)
ADD Goldust to Stardust vs. Stephen Amell & Neville

Move 3 (@Sorgatron)
ADD The Ascension to Gold & Stardust vs. Stephen Amell & Neville

Move 4 (@TheeRizz)
TRADE Kalisto for Luke Harper

Move 5 (@HotWheelzRWA)
ADD Kalisto to Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles

Any match that survives 3 rounds in Mayhem Mania without being altered GRADUATES to the SUPER CARD, and I’m happy to report…we have finally done it! After 7 brutal rounds, and several close calls, we have our first graduated match!

MAYHEM MANIA 2016 – THE SUPERCARD!

Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
(Created by @eamon2please)
W4M1

That opens a slot for a new match to be created on the “undercard”. Since Eamon created the match that graduated, he will get the create the new match next week. He will also get the last move next week under the “Alex Kahrs Rule”, and will get to hand out a dose of “punishment” to one of the other participants.

No more than 8 matches are allowed on the preliminary card at any one time. The goal is to graduate 8 matches before the real WrestleMania. I don’t know if we’re going to make it, but this is a nice start. Let’s look at the rest of the Mayhem Mania card after Round 7. First, here are the 3 other matches that survived the round without being altered in any way.

The New Day vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady & Mark Henry
(Created by @eamon2please)
W5M4
Natalya vs. Asuka
(Created by Antonio Garza – @TheWRevolution)
W6M5
Apollo Crews vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt
(Created by @Sorgatron)
W6M1
And now, here are the 4 newly created matches following Round 7.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kalisto vs. A.J. Styles
(Created by @HotWheelzRWA)
W7M2

The Ascension vs. Gold & Stardust vs. Stephen Amell & Neville
(Created by @Sorgatron)
W7M1

 Shane McMahon & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W7M3

Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
(Created by @TheeRizz)
W3M3

Round 8 is next Tuesday night on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Don’t miss the live broadcast at live.sorgatronmedia.com starting around 9 p.m. A friendly reminder that the spectacular and unpredictable Patreon In the Bank Round is coming up on March 15. If you want to take part, and help keep the lights on at the Mayhem Studios, head to the WMS Patreon page and find out how cheap and easy it is to support the show and get in on an exclusive opportunity to make bold and numerous changes to the Mayhem Mania card. More tenured Patreon subscribers will get preferential treatment, so the time to act is now!

What changes would you make to the current card? Do you think the first graduated match is worthy of the SUPERCARD? Share your feedback with us, and thanks for your support of Mayhem Mania!

What’s At Stake: Fastlane 2016

As we head into yet another special event on the WWE Network, I’ll try to answer one simple question: What are these guys and girls fighting over? As always, we welcome your feedback. Leave a comment below or send an email to [email protected]

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
What’s At Stake – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H at WrestleMania
Are we doing this, or not? Is WWE going all the way with Roman Reigns, or is the company about to get cold feet again? It’s now been nearly a year since Reigns’ coronation as WWE’s next top star was put in an indefinite holding pattern. Now, here are again. It should be a foregone conclusion that Reigns will overcome the odds, defeat the nearly unstoppable juggernaut he nearly conquered last year at WrestleMania along with his longtime friend and Shield co-founder and go on to defeat Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Title in front of the largest live crowd in company history. Everyone say it along with me – “The Roman Reigns era has begun!”

This should be all about Reigns, but it’s not. The past few weeks have been more about Lesnar and Ambrose, who appear to be building toward a match against one another at WrestleMania or their own opportunity to dethrone Triple H. All which feel like more appealing options at this moment in time.

Reigns feels like the third wheel, even after WWE spent the past week trying to convince us that his friendship with Ambrose could implode at any moment. Perhaps that’s by design. If we’re not paying attention to him, we can’t boo him, right? The only problem is the longer WWE leaves the door open for someone else, the more likely it is that someone will walk through it.

A.J. Styles vs. Chris Jericho
What’s At Stake – A.J. Styles’ future in WWE.
A.J. Styles is, in the opinion of many, the best professional wrestler on the planet. He was my choice for Wrestler Of The Year in 2014. He was named the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Wrestler Of The Year for 2015. When he made his WWE debut in the Royal Rumble match, he was instantly the most popular guy in the building.

A.J. Styles didn’t spent a second in NXT. He is the ultimate rarity in the current WWE landscape, a guy whose skills and reputation make him worthy of a spot on the main roster the moment he signs his contract. In that way, Styles has been treated as a star by WWE. In other ways, he hasn’t. If he beats Chris Jericho decisively at Fastlane, my personal fears will probably subside. Anything less than that, and Styles could find himself on that slippery slope that others have struggled to ascend.

Charlotte vs. Brie Bella
What’s At Stake – WWE Divas Championship. That dream match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks at WrestleMania.
A funny thing happened on the way to that Divas Championship match at WrestleMania between Charlotte and Sasha Banks. Perhaps this was planned all along, but it seems somewhat suspicious that suddenly sympathetic fan favorite Brie Bella is riding the wave of emotion following Daniel Bryan’s retirement into a title match that no one saw coming a few weeks ago.

Brie has openly talked about her imminent retirement. Is this a throwaway title match with fortuitous timing, or are the wheels in motion for Brie’s last hurrah as the defending Divas champion on the big stage at WrestleMania. It was supposed to be the night fans’ NXT-fueled dreams of that long-rumored Divas Revolution became reality. Instead, it could turn into a Total Divas crossover.

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
What’s At Stake – WWE Intercontinental Championship. Perhaps, a long overdue first singles match at WrestleMania for Ziggler.
It pains me to say this about someone who’s just won the Intercontinental Title, but poor Kevin Owens. It wasn’t that long ago when rumors were swirling about him as a possible opponent for Undertaker at WrestleMania.

So much for that. It feels like Owens is stuck, even though he’s one of the most entertaining guys in WWE.

Dolph Ziggler has been beating Owens at just about every turn over the past few weeks. There’s a lot on the line for him at Fastlane. If Ziggler loses, he could tumble all the way backward into the Andre The Giant Battle Royal or some other cluttered multi-man match at WrestleMania. If he wins, he has a much better shot at a career first – a singles match at WWE’s biggest show of the year.

Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs. Naomi & Tamina
What’s At Stake – More than likely, the next shot at the WWE Divas Championship.
Sasha Banks hadn’t been seen on television in weeks before she returned at the Royal Rumble, and appeared to literally and figuratively boot Becky Lynch out of the Divas Championship picture. It didn’t quite work the way Banks intended. Despite losing in her title match against Charlotte at the Royal Rumble, Lynch didn’t simply go away. Now, both Lynch and Banks are reluctant partners against Team B.A.D., who didn’t appreciate Banks distancing herself from them following her return. The Boss wants a Divas Championship match, but her hasty bridge burning is leaving her with too many fires to put out.

Big Show & Ryback & Kane vs. The Wyatt Family
What’s At Stake – Big man supremacy in WWE.
Here’s the beef! The Wyatt Family’s latest mission is to take down the “titans” of WWE. For the purpose of this match, that includes Big Show, Ryback and Kane. Are they merely a stepping stone for the Wyatt Family before they resume their tormenting of Brock Lesnar after Fastlane, or is this a new direction entirely?

The Cutting Edge Peep Show – Guests: The New Day
What’s At Stake – A direction for the WWE Tag Team Champions heading into WrestleMania.
What do you do when you’ve run out of worthy challengers to the W…W…E…World…Tag…Team…Champions? It’s an ugly problem this time of year. The New Day absolutely deserves to be in a big match at WrestleMania, but there aren’t many worthy contenders. The Usos have had more than enough chances, and the Lucha Dragons can’t move forward as long as Kalisto is the United States Champion. Some are hoping his segment will introduce a new tag team, perhaps a call-up from NXT, who can challenge The New Day at WrestleMania, but it seems more likely this will be more about promoting Edge and Christian’s new show on the WWE Network.

Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio
What’s At Stake – WWE United States Championship. Kalisto’s bid to make it as a singles star.
These two have been at it forever. So, it makes perfect since that they settle their differences in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. If WWE thinks the Lucha Dragons can be the answer to their depleted tag team division, Alberto Del Rio is probably going to win this match and become U.S. Champion…again. Time truly is a flat circle.

Mayhem Mania – Round 6

This… is… Mayhem Mania! Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, we have to play by the same rules as Vince McMahon.

If you’re just joining us, here are the recaps of previous rounds.
Round 1Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4 – Round 5 


Round 6 of Mayhem Mania 2016 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show (@MayhemShow) on February 16. Five members of the WMS Universe were chosen to make a single “move” or a change to the card. They had 3 options:

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team with another already on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. TRADE a wrestler/match for an entirely new match with unused wrestlers.

Under the “Alex Kahrs Rule”, Antonio Garza was granted the final move of Round 6. In addition, he got to choose who received this week’s “punishment” – being forced to use a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Let’s ride.

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 6

Move 1 (@Sorgatron)
ADD Brock Lesnar to Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo Crews

Move 2 (@TheeRizz)
(*Forced to use a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
TRADE The Rock for Kane

Move 3 (@BobbyFJtown)
TRADE Sin Cara for Dean Ambrose

Move 4 (@WifeOfTheShow)
ADD Neville as a tag team partner for Stephen Amell

Move 5 (Antonio Garza – @TheWRevolution)
TRADE Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for Asuka vs. Natalya

With the latest moves now on the books, let’s look at the Mayhem Mania card after Round 6. First, here are the 3 matches that survived the round without being altered in any way. Any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered GRADUATES to the SUPER CARD. That will open a slot for a new match to be created. No more than 8 matches are allowed on the preliminary card at any one time. The goal is to graduate 8 matches before the real WrestleMania.

Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
(Created by @eamon2please)
W4M1

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles
(Created by @BobbyFJtown)
W4M4

The New Day vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady & Mark Henry
(Created by @eamon2please)
W5M4

And now, here are the 5 newly created matches following Round 6.

Natalya vs. Asuka
(Created by Antonio Garza – @TheWRevolution)
W6M5

Stardust vs. Stephen Amell & Neville
(Created by @WifeOfTheShow)
W6M4

Apollo Crews vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt
(Created by @Sorgatron)
W6M1

Dean Ambrose vs. Kalisto
(Created by @BobbyFJtown)
W6M3
Kane & Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper & Undertaker
(Created by @TheeRizz)
W6M2

Round 7 is next Tuesday night on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Don’t miss the live broadcast at live.sorgatronmedia.com starting around 9 p.m. We’re past the halfway point of this year’s Mayhem Mania. There will 10 traditional rounds, followed by the spectacular and unpredictable Patreon In the Bank Round. If you want to take part, and help keep the lights on at the Mayhem Studios, head to the WMS Patreon page and find out how cheap and easy it is to support the show and get in the last moves of Mayhem Mania 2016. I also encourage you to check out how Mayhem Mania played out last year.
Which matches should stay? Which should go? Who needs to be added to the biggest card of the year? Share your comments and thanks for supporting Mayhem Mania!

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 5

This… is… Mayhem Mania! Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical and emotional conditions. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, we have to play by the same rules as Vince McMahon.

If you’re just joining us, here are the recaps of previous rounds.
Round 1Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4 


Round 5 of Mayhem Mania 2016 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show (@MayhemShow) on February 9. Six members of the WMS Universe were chosen to make a single “move” or a change to the card. They had 3 options:

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team with another already on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. TRADE a wrestler/match for an entirely new match with unused wrestlers.

Under the “Alex Kahrs Rule”, Mad Mike was granted the final move of Round 5. In addition, I added a second special perk as compensation for Mike’s Round 4 move being undone before the round’s conclusion. He got to choose who received this week’s “punishment” and was forced to use a name drawn from the infamous Jar Of Midcarders. This addendum to the “Alex Kahrs Rule” will be observed in all future cases with a variety of “punishments” to be revealed as needed.

And now…on with the show!

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 5

Move 1 (@Eamon2Please)
ADD Mark Henry to The New Day vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

Move 2 (@TheeRizz)
TRADE Dean Ambrose vs. Triple H vs. Hornswoggle for Kalisto vs. Sin Cara

Move 3 (Antonio Garza – @TheWRevolution)
(*Curtis Axel was drawn from the Jar Of Midcarders)
TRADE Samoa Joe vs. Undertaker for Curtis Axel vs. Chad Gable

Move 4 (@Sorgatron)
TRADE Mr. McMahon for Undertaker

Move 5 (@JonFisherIQ)
TRADE Tyler Breeze vs. William Regal for Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo Crews

Move 6 (@MadMike4883)
TRADE Curtis Axel vs. Chad Gable for Stardust vs. Stephen Amell

With the latest moves now on the books, let’s look at the Mayhem Mania card after Round 5. First, here are the 3 matches that survived the round without being altered in any way. Any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered GRADUATES to the SUPER CARD. That will open a slot for a new match to be created. No more than 8 matches are allowed on the card at any one time. The goal is to graduate 8 matches before the real WrestleMania.

Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W3M2

Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
(Created by @eamon2please)
W4M1

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles
(Created by @BobbyFJtown)
W4M4

And now, here are the 5 newly created matches following Round 5.

Stardust vs. Stephen Amell
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W5M5

Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo Crews
(Created by @JonFisherIQ)
W5M2

The New Day vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady & Mark Henry
(Created by @eamon2please)
W5M4

Kalisto vs. Sin Cara
(Created by @TheeRizz)
W5M3

Roman Reigns & The Rock vs. Luke Harper & Undertaker
(Created by @Sorgatron)
W5M1

The addendum to the “Alex Kahrs Rule” didn’t prevent Antonio Garza’s move from being undone before the end of Round 5. Therefore, he will be the latest to be granted a guaranteed invitation to make the final move in the next round. He will also choose who will be on the receiving end of next week’s “punishment”.

Round 6 is next Tuesday night on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Don’t miss the live broadcast at live.sorgatronmedia.com starting around 9 p.m. We’re near the halfway point of this year’s Mayhem Mania. There will 10 traditional rounds, followed by the spectacular and unpredictable Patreon In the Bank Round. If you want to take part, and help keep the lights on at the Mayhem Studios, head to WMS Patreon page and find out how easy it is to support the show and get in the last moves of Mayhem Mania 2016. I also encourage you to check out how Mayhem Mania played out last year.
Which matches should stay? Which should go? Who needs to be added to the biggest card of the year? Share your comments and thanks for supporting Mayhem Mania!

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 4

This… is… Mayhem Mania! Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical and emotional conditions. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, we have to play by the same rules as Vince McMahon.

If you’re just joining us, here are the recaps of previous rounds.
Round 1Round 2 – Round 3 


 

Round 4 of Mayhem Mania 2016 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show (@MayhemShow) on February 2. Five members of the WMS Universe were chosen to make a single “move” or a change to the card. They had 3 options:

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team with another already on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. TRADE a wrestler/match for an entirely new match with unused wrestlers.

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 4

Move 1 (@Eamon2Please)
TRADE Neville for Finn Bálor

Move 2 (@MadMike4883)
TRADE Daniel Bryan for Rusev

Move 3 (@JenCarlins)
SWAP Luke Harper and Triple H

Move 4 (@BobbyFJtown)
TRADE Rusev for Shinsuke Nakamura

Move 5 (@AlexanderKahrs)
ADD Hornswoggle to Dean Ambrose vs. Triple H

With the latest moves now on the books, let’s look at the Mayhem Mania card after Round 4. First, here are the 4 matches that survived the round without being altered in any way. Remember, any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered GRADUATES to the SUPER CARD. That will open a slot for a new match to be created. No more than 8 matches are allowed on the card at any one time. The goal is to graduate 8 matches before the real WrestleMania.

Special match presented by Lucha Underground
Samoa Joe vs. Undertaker
(Created by @ChrisDeJoseph)W2M1

Tyler Breeze vs. William Regal
(Created by @eamon2please)W2M2

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
(Created by @DJLunchbox)
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W3M2

And now, here are the 4 newly created matches following Round 4.

Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
(Created by @eamon2please)
W4M1
Hornswoggle vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Triple H
(Created by @AlexanderKahrs)
W4M3
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles
(Created by @BobbyFJtown)
W4M4
Roman Reigns & The Rock vs. Luke Harper & Mr. McMahon
(Created by @JenCarlins)
W4M5

Mad Mike’s move was undone before the end of the round. That makes him the latest to be granted another opportunity under the “Alex Kahrs Rule”, which states that if the change a participant makes to the card doesn’t survive to see the end of the round, he or she gets a guaranteed invitation to make the final move in the next round, ensuring their next move will survive for at least a week.

Round 5 is next Tuesday night on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. Mad Mike will be joined by at least 4 other participants. We’ll also see the return of the Jar Of Midcarders. See who is forced to use a wrestlers they don’t want and the other changes that go down during the live broadcast at live.sorgatronmedia.com starting around 9 p.m. I also encourage you to check out how Mayhem Mania played out last year.
Which matches should stay? Which should go? Who is missing that needs to be added to the biggest card of the year? Share your comments and thanks for supporting Mayhem Mania!

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 3

This… is… Mayhem Mania! Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical and emotional conditions. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, we have to play by the same rules as Vince McMahon.

If you’re just joining us, here are the recaps of previous rounds.
Round 1Round 2


Round 3 of Mayhem Mania 2016 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show (@MayhemShow) on January 26. Four members of the WMS Universe were chosen to make a single “move” or a change to the card. They had 3 options:

1. SWAP a wrestler/tag team with another already on the card.
2. ADD an unused wrestler/tag team to an existing match.
3. TRADE a match for an entirely new match with unused wrestlers.

Mayhem Mania 2016 – Round 3

Move 1 (@AlexanderKahrs)
ADD El Torito to Finn Bálor vs. Alberto Del Rio

Move 2 (@MadMike4883)
TRADE Finn Bálor vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. El Torito for Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

Move 3 (@TheeRizz)
TRADE Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (in a suit) for Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper (in a suit)

Move 4 (@Eamon2Please)
TRADE Kalisto for Kevin Owens

With the latest moves now on the books, let’s look at the Mayhem Mania card after Round 3. First, here are the 5 matches that survived the round without being altered in any way. Remember, any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered GRADUATES to the SUPER CARD. That will open a slot for a new match to be created. No more than 8 matches are allowed on the card at any one time. The goal is to graduate 8 matches before the real WrestleMania.

Special match presented by Lucha Underground
Samoa Joe vs. Undertaker
(Created by @ChrisDeJoseph)W2M1

Tyler Breeze vs. William Regal
(Created by @eamon2please)W2M2

The Rock & Roman Reigns vs. Triple H & Mr. McMahon
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W2M3

The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
(Created by @DJLunchbox)
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

Special JACK-OFF MATCH presented by Chair Shot Reality
A.J. Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (Created by @JustinLaBar)
W1M4

And now, here are the three newly created matches following Round 3.

Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
(Created by @MadMike4883)
W3M2

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Neville
(Created by @eamon2please)
W3M4

Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper (in a suit)
(Created by (@TheeRizz)
W3M3

It’s all but certain that someone will add a Tuxedo Match stipulation if this match survives to see the Patreon In The Bank Round, but that’s still weeks away and a lot can change before then.

After seeing Alex Kahrs’ change to the card be undone before the end of the round, I decided to add a new rule to Mayhem Mania going forward. If the change a participant makes to the card doesn’t survive to see the end of the round, he or she gets a guaranteed invitation to make another move in the next round. That’s not all. That person will make the final move of the following round. That will ensure that their next move will not be undone, and will survive for at least a week.

The new rule means Alex Kahrs will return for Round 4 next Tuesday night on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. He will be joined by 4 other participants. See which changes go down during the live broadcast at live.sorgatronmedia.com starting around 9 p.m.
Which matches should stay? Which should go? Which superstars are missing from the biggest card of the year? Share your comments and thanks for supporting Mayhem Mania!

What’s At Stake: Night Of Champions 2015

As we head into yet another special event on the WWE Network, I’ll try to answer one simple question: What are these guys and girls fighting over? As always, we welcome your feedback. Send an email to [email protected]

Seth Rollins vs. Sting
What’s At Stake: WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sting’s legacy in WWE.
Thanks to a couple wins Monday on Raw, Sting’s record in WWE is now 2-1. Not overwhelmingly impressive, but at least we no longer have to hear about him getting a title shot without ever winning a match in WWE. While this is a championship match, the weeks leading up to it have been focused on that statue of Seth Rollins, which Sting callously and gleefully destroyed for no reason a couple weeks ago.

Perhaps this is meant to distract us from the bigger story line, which is the pressure that’s on Sting. This could be his one and only shot at winning the “one title that’s eluded him” over his long, storied career. He’s presumably in a pay-per-view main event against the best professional wrestler on the planet. Can Sting deliver at the age of 56? Will there be a last-minute stipulation added to mask any perceived deficiencies? Perhaps most importantly, if Sting loses, will WWE fans still view him as one of the iconic, legendary figures of professional wrestling’s past quarter-century? The last time Sting competed for a major championship isn’t as long ago as you may think (He faced Magnus for the TNA Heavyweight Championship on his last night with that company back in January 2014). Still, questions surround him heading into Night of Champions.

Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
What’s At Stake: WWE United States Championship. Revival of John Cena’s U.S. Title Open Challenge.
It’s double duty for Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. This rematch from SummerSlam will be a tall order for him. Rollins needed help from Jon Stewart to win the U.S. Title, but I doubt the former host of “The Daily Show” will show up this time, mainly because his stated motivation for interfering at SummerSlam was to protect Ric Flair’s record as the 16-time world champion. Behind the scenes, Raw ratings are in a slump, and a crucial television ratings period is on the horizon. WWE management may think it’s time to bring back John Cena’s U.S. Title Open Challenge.

Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte
What’s At Stake: WWE Divas Championship. Sanity of every WWE fan with access to social media. The Diva Revolution.
The Bella Twins used “twin magic” last Monday night on Raw, and it barely worked. Charlotte won by disqualification, but Nikki escaped with her title and became the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history.

It was a really good match, but the end result set off a firestorm on social media, as fans clashed over Nikki’s worthiness as champion. Things have cooled down a little since then. In fact, I really enjoyed the #BellaBration on SmackDown, which turned into a disaster for Team Bella.

Of course, All this drama will be forgotten after Charlotte finally gets her crowning moment and ushers in the true beginning of the Diva Revolution at Night of Champions. She is winning, right? Right?

The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz
What’s At Stake: WWE Tag Team Championship. The New Day’s #SaveTheTables movement.
The Dudley Boyz made their return to a thunderous ovation on Raw the night after SummerSlam, and they’ve had the tag team champions in their crosshairs ever since. I was becoming a little concerned that Xavier Woods’ trombone had upstaged the awesome “last table” The New Day was hauling around, but that changed on Wednesday, when The New Day launched a Save The Tables petition.

The movement is as strong as ever, but I couldn’t help but wonder if breaking the “last table” will become a consolation prize for the Dudley Boyz…until I saw this. The Dudleys may have a secret weapon in their corner to even the odds at Night of Champions. Would you believe…Tommy Dreamer?

Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and a mystery partner vs. The Wyatt Family
What’s At Stake: The Wyatt Family’s newfound momentum.
Who will step forward to team with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns? That’s the big question, but I’m wondering if even they know the answer.

All kidding aside, you have to hope WWE has something big planned here. Some are dreaming of a bombshell return for Daniel Bryan, or the main roster debut of Baron Corbin or Samoa Joe, but the rumors about Kane sound a lot more plausible. As for the Wyatt Family, the addition of newcomer Braun Strowman has brought fresh credibility and momentum to the group. You’d hate to see it thrown away here, but the happy bromance between Ambrose and Reigns is one of the most reliable things WWE has right now, and Shield Lite has a knack for avoiding decisive losses.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
What’s At Stake: Personal pride.
Girls. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t- Well, you can make up your own joke. I’ve been a fan of Rusev’s “broken up, but not over her” routine regarding Lana, but it looks like that’s over now that she’s out with a wrist injury. That brings us to Summer Rae, who may or may not have eyes for Dolph Ziggler. There’s a lot of different directions this can go, and it may be the toughest match on this card to predict.

Ryback vs. Kevin Owens
What’s At Stake: WWE Intercontinental Championship. Kevin Owens’ “upper mid-card” status.
When you start out by handing John Cena one of the few clean, pay-per-view losses of his entire career, there’s nowhere to go but down. So, Kevin Owens finds himself with a chance to win the much-maligned Intercontinental Championship. Ryback is finally past a long, underwhelming feud involving The Miz and Big Show. Fans of Owens live in constant fear that WWE management could cut bait on him at any moment, but this match could turn out to be a big vote of confidence. Or, it could…well, let’s try not to think about that.

Neville & The Lucha Dragons vs. The Cosmic Wasteland
What’s At Stake: The Ascension’s latest shot at relevance.
WWE is billing this match as the forces of good taking on the forces of evil. How can the stakes get any higher than that? I’m really hoping this new pairing with Stardust works out for The Ascension. It feels like the perfect fit. Now, they need to start winning some matches.

Yep. It’s getting weird. Remember, evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.