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1) Alright! The Final Raw before Payback! Triple H vs Curtis Axel to kick things off! Trips shaved his chest! Bronzer everywhere! And we get heel Vinnie Mac in the process? SWERVE! The only thing that would have made that more enjoyable is if Vince was wearing his gigantic pink blazer. How great was it that Hunter & VKM both kept demanding Justin Roberts stand up as he was making his announcements? The segment was slightly disjointed, and some will bitch that Hunter & his father in law should be more concerned with getting the company’s young talent on television. With that said, the big guns always put asses in the seats & Axel won 2 matches against the King of Kings. I’m okay with it.
2) Aaaannnnnnd Follow that up with the second brightest young superstar on the Raw roster in action against the Big Red Machine?! Yes please. While I think The Shield is the best stable we’ve seen in many years and the sky is the limit for all three men, Ambrose is clearly the star. Other than Dolph Ziggler, I can’t think of anyone that sells better. Knowing that, I think it’s even cooler that the WWE has shown so much restraint by keeping the Hounds of Justice together. We all just assumed they would be bested by of these “Never Job Squads” the WWE keeps pitting them against at pay-per-views. Thus far, that has not been the case.
3) My wife flips the channel to “The Bachelorette” during the commercials. I’m not sure which show is more scripted.
4) The interactions backstage between Kane, Orton and Daniel Bryan remind me SO much of The Main Street Mafia. If we could have just done some sit ups and taken a lap around building, we might have made it in this business. Plenty more of me making it about myself after the jump! Continue reading →
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1) So you lead the show with Jerry Lawler recapping the Fandango/Jericho feud? And that leads into a Dance Off? Not a terrible segment idea, but nothing I would kick off the show with. Fandango’s ring attire was tremendous and that broad from NXT was nearly naked so I won’t boycott Raw over the issue. I’m just a big fan of starting the wrestling program with a bang and maybe even a wrestling match? Antiquated thinking, I suppose. How about Jericho’s dance partner, btw? Yowza.
2) If you are excited for The Hangover 3, I’d rather not see your face.
3) Dance off to a squash match? Hm. Again, no real issue with the segment. This just felt like the start of the second hour of the flagship show, not the first. They have to put the strap on Ryback, right? With John Cena injured, if he beats this guy in a Last Man Standing match, I just don’t know how any opponent they’d throw at Super Cena would have credibility. BTW, wasn’t Zack Ryder not spiking his hair supposed to be a big deal? Hm.
4) I am really enjoying the tweaks to Antonio Cesaro’s entrance attire. The clever jacket. The John Spartan beret. Also, the fact that AC seems to be unclear on the whole “sports entertainment” angle. This is clearly demonstrated when he elbows and punches people in the face as hard as he can. What a hilarious bit! You know, when he tosses his opponent in the air and then closes up their windpipe with a european uppercut? OH! The hilarity that ensues! Also, Randy Orton pretended he was a snake during the match.
5) Does the WWE have an iPad app? I haven’t heard anything about it. Hit the jump for more quality zingers like that one. Continue reading →
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1) Wow. Big E vs 2 managers to start the show? Ballsy to say the least. While an interesting matchup, with Zeb being seemingly unable to take a bump, I’m not sure this should have been your show starter. The finish was entertaining, so I don’t have a major gripe. It was also nice to see how far Ricardo has advanced in the ring. The dude can really take a beating.
2) I have to admit, it got a little dusty in my house during the “World Wish Day” segment. Nobody does more of this kind of thing than John Cena. That cannot be swept under the table despite how gaudy his merch constantly is. Amazing work by the WWE. They don’t get enough credit for this type of thing. It was a nice surprise to hear the crowd lay off the “Cena Sucks” shtick & play along as well.
3) I just came up with an idea for a post that I won’t follow through on and ask another writer that I don’t pay to do for the site: “Why isn’t Randy Orton a bigger deal?” The sky was the limit for Orton. The youngest WWE champion in history at the time. He has been relatively stagnant for a number of years now. He has the size, the look, the physique and is consistently over with the crowd despite little to no direction or a feud of note. Is he still an issue backstage? Do they not trust him? Are injuries still a concern? I honestly would love to hear someone spill the beans as to why he seems to have been relegated to mid-card.
4) The Bella Twins make a man’s loins vibrate. Is “twincest” a thing? Is this an appropriate topic?
5) The Shield is the best thing on Raw. What a remarkable job WWE creative has done here. We all expect successful stables to be broken up almost as soon as they form in modern sports entertainment. Instead of that, this group continues to beat the top babyfaces in the company. I don’t know what “justice” they have brought to the WWE, but the sky is the limit for all three of these gentlemen. The fact that the Undertaker now seems to be working nearly a full schedule just to put these guys over? That says something. Put some straps on these 3 youngsters. They deserve it. Get to jumping for more amazing content… Continue reading →
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1) Starting off with an A-list handicapped match is always fun! It is incredible how athletic the Big Show is. How many times have we seen him in a handicapped match against two smaller opponents and he never gasses out? The pairing of Sheamus and Orton doesn’t really do anything for me. I hope that eventually the plan is to turn one of them heel. Anyone else find it shocking that all three of these men are not in contention for either title?
2) #3MB calls out The Shield and the get…. BRRAAAAHHHCCCKKKK LLLAAASSNNNAAAAAARRRR. I still mark out every time I hear that first, strained guitar riff. Lesnar’s strength is incredible. Jinder Mahal is a large man and Brock rag dolled him. The multiple F-5′s to Slaters gonna Slate off the barricade? Well, those looked a little stiff. Lesnar stiffing the calls from the crowd for “1 more time” were QUITE heel-ish, which was QUITE enjoyable. What made it even MORE enjoyable was some very solid mic work from Paul Heyman, which is to be expected. With that said, do we need a third episode of Trips vs Bork? I’d like to see “The Next Big Thing” tangle with someone else at this point. CM Punk comes to mind…
3) Antonio Cesaro is as technically sound in the ring as anyone on the roster right now and he’s a hell of a nice guy. However, watching him compete against a directionless Kofi Kingston only further reinforced that which we already knew: they need to combine the mid-card titles. The two men holding the US (formerly) and IC titles right now are tremendous. Either one is capable of being a main event caliber talent as soon as the company wants to make it happen (Antonio & Wade, not Kofi). None of that changes the fact that both belts have been rendered meaningless through years of neglect in meaningful booking. That could be remedied at least in the short term by unifying the once proud championship belts. Not a sermon, just a thought. Hit the jump for more rambling silliness. Continue reading →
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1) CM Punk is too good to pull the whiny screw-job routine, but I had to admit it was fun watching him kick the ropes and tantrum. While I love to watch the Rock perform, I think we can all acknowledge that it’s not appropriate for him to be WWE Champion if he’s not going to be around on a nightly basis. He’s wrestled 3 matches in over a year and one of those was tagging with John Cena. You can’t be a WRESTLING champion if you don’t wrestle. It will be interesting to see how they handle this feud moving forward with the Elimination Chamber.
2) Antonio Cesaro’s American shtick is hilarious. I love that he keeps adding new articles of clothing and props that display the flag. His personality is still a little bland, but his in ring arsenal is very impressive. I’m also curious why Randy Orton doesn’t seem to catch the shit that John Cena does for his “5 moves of doom.” Randy has nearly the exact same sequence of moves that John does, there just isn’t any “You Can’t See Me-ing.” I wonder when Orton will be back in any kind of title picture. He seems above The IC & US titles but nowhere near bigger belts any longer.
3) I like watching Ryback throw dudes around in the ring. Keep chanting Goldberg, you annoying smarks. Every single gimmick in wrestling is recycled. No one chanted “Million Dollar Man” at JBL and no one chants JBL at Alberto Del Rio. Allow your basement dwelling, porn bot starting selves to just enjoy watching this powerhouse almost kill people.
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