Roman Reigns Rumor Killer – PWInsider
A reddit user posted a rumor that the reason Brock Lesnar stormed out of Raw Monday due to WWE refusing to suspend Roman Reigns for a purported Wellness Policy violation. Because people love to hate on Reigns the story took on a life of its own, so much so that WWE had to come out and respond to the “report.” In addition to their statement to PW Insider that the rumor was untrue, Dave Meltzer backed it up by saying there was nothing to the rumor.
Chris Jericho Starring in Sharknado 3 – With Spandex
He’s the best in the world at what he does and now what he does is fight Sharknados. Jericho will join Tara Reid in the third installment of the SyFy original movie series.
ROH & New Japan Partner for 3 North America Shows in May – ROH
Ring of Honor’s annual partnership with New Japan for select North American super shows is back again this year. Philadelphia will host “War of the Worlds” on May 13th and Toronto will host “Global Wars” on May 15th & 16th.
In place of Triple H, Chris Jericho joined Michael Cole for Haitch’s weekly sit down interview to discuss his appearance on the WWE’s European Tour, the return of the Highlight Reel on Friday’s SmackDown, his new book, and Team Cena versus Team Authority at Survivor Series. Turns out the Ayatollah is backing Team Authority.
Transcript courtesy of Cageside Seats:
My concern is I don’t know who takes over if Team Cena wins. I don’t want John Cena running the WWE. I know what I’ve got with Hunter and with Stephanie and, okay, sometimes they make decisions that are very selfish, but they’re also two very powerful people that have been in the business for years. Stephanie is a third generation executive, Triple H has been here since 1994, or whatever it is, and kind of studied at the right hand of Vince McMahon; so I, as much as I hope that they don’t get out of control, I still don’t want them to lose power because like I said, I don’t know who takes over. It’s better to keep your friends close but your enemies closer. At least I know what I’m dealing with The Authority and with Stephanie and with Hunter. I don’t know what I’m dealing with if Cena wins.
Wha, wha, what? That’s not the answer I was expecting from Y2J considering he was last seen as a fan favorite losing to the Authority’s Randy Orton on his way out a few months ago. While it’s a sentiment the anti-Cena crowd will back it may not play well in the larger Cenation crowd upon his eventual return.
So what do we think, is this an earnest answer, a simple promo for Friday, or smokescreen to cover the real conspiracy…Jericho is Cena’s Fifth Man! (No, he’s probably not.)
What a weirdly structured and largely uneventful Raw.
Last night’s show was “main evented” by Mark Henry’s Rally for America over Rusev instead of the main event angle of John Cena-Paul Heyman, which occurred at “halftime.” Not halftime of Raw but halftime of Monday Night Football. Was Cena watching the game on a monitor backstage and wouldn’t act until there was a break in the action? Very odd for WWE to acknowledge the competition like that.
The biggest takeaway from last night’s show (besides German Suplex #17) seemed to be the discussion of John Cena being a bully. Ultimately, the story between he and Paul Heyman played into the fact that John Cena wouldn’t give into bullying Heyman, with Heyman calling his bluff. However, for a large portion of the evening, my twitter timeline was filled with complaining that Cena was being a bully. For a company running the “Be A Star” campaign on the surface it seems like in incongruous thing but as a long time wrestling fan I thought, how is this any different from numerous babyface-manager interactions from wrestling’s past?
There’s a LONG tradition of heel managers being used and abused by babyface stars for their words and evil deeds committed by their clients. Hogan beat up Bobby Heenan on the regular. Warrior stuffed him into a weasel suit after beating him up. Babyfaces throughout not just WWE but professional wrestling in general, have used heel managers as punching bags, so I wonder why so many were so outraged last night. Extend the analogy to comic books; heroes are regularly a-holes to villains. It is how hero stories work in American entertainment. Why should John Cena’s actions be any different?
Is it because he’s universally reviled by the internet wrestling fans? Have fans gone soft? I don’t know for sure. But I do believe that when we try to apply real world logic and real world rules to professional wrestling things stop being fun. Does Bray Wyatt really live in a secluded compound in the woods with Harper and Rowan? Do the Dust Brothers live in a nebulous black room and talk about Cosmic Keys on their off time? Is Damien Sandow really a stunt double? No, no, and no, but I enjoy losing myself in the “universe” of professional wrestling and its rules and law after a long day of work. I’d like it if social justice kept its peanut butter out of my wrestling chocolate.
It’s just a show! What are you trying to prove! On to that show…
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Excellent show from top to bottom. Almost everything that should have happened did, three titles changed hands, and we saw an absolute mauling. With heavy emphasis on said mauling, let’s take a look at last night’s results and your pal Louis’ thoughts.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar def. John Cena with the F5 to win the Title.
3 F5s, 16 German Suplexes, and two gigantic fists put down the WWE proclaimed greatest World Heavyweight Champion last night. In one of the most decisive main event championship matches in WWE history, Brock Lesnar won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the 4th time over John Cena. All that was missing to make this a perfect night for Lesnar and Heyman was the return of the post show-press conferences and homage to this classic UFC post fight interview.
An unreal match to watch and a very entertaining spectacle. Anyone following WWE the past decade could not have expected John Cena to be put away in this fashion. I’ve been a wrestling fan for most of my life and I can’t recall ever seeing a pay-per-view main event match be so one-sided. Outside of two Cena “hope” moments, Lesnar dominated Cena from bell-to-bell. Kudos to Cena for taking a hell of a beating. I know it’s a work but I don’t want Brock Lesnar putting his hands on me even in a controlled environment. No thank you.
Looking forward there are a ton of directions WWE can go with the Beast Incarnate as champion. Obviously, building John Cena to “overcome” the odds and regain the belt is one path. Roman Reigns took another step towards being one of the big dogs by defeating Randy Orton tonight. There’s the David vs. Goliath possibility between a healthy Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar. And even heels like Rusev throwing their hat into the ring.
Now, we can assume Lesnar won’t be an every Raw/Smackdown type champion from his track record and Heyman’s interview with Dukes last week, but there could be a lot of fun challengers you could line up for his appearances to stretch his reign until WrestleMania 31. How fun would Sheamus and Lesnar blasting each other be? Can you imagine Dean Ambrose refusing to stay down battling the Beast? Is there any bigger star coming out of Guardians of the Galaxy than Dave Bautista? What if he returned for a PPV matchup against Brock? That could be a HUGE money match with mainstream appeal. As long as they don’t blow their wad with an immediate Cena rematch, this could be an incredible run we’re about to experience.
Another interesting way this could go is a clash with the Authority. Brock Lesnar is out for Brock Lesnar. Friction could develop once Lesnar doesn’t comply with the Authority’s demands. Having an active champion was a point of emphasis for Daniel Bryan vacating the title, could this be the crack in the currently chummy relationship between Team Lesnar and Triple H?
Stay tuned. This could get fun. Hit the jump for more from last night’s show.
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