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The Day After: Raw 7/7/14

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Happy Wyattversary everyone! Another Raw and another week where the former members of the Shield are killing it on their own.

“When Roman Reigns is in the house, damn right Cena sucks.”

Roman Reigns opened the program with perhaps his best solo in-ring promo to date before being interrupted by Kane and fisticuffs ensued. While detractors will point out he’s not one of the best in the game on the mic yet and compare him to guys like Wyatt, Punk, Jericho; Reigns handles himself with complete confidence and it helps cover for whatever may be lacking in witty material. He knows he’s a bad ass and he’s the hot star on the rise and it his confident delivery helps me overlook any perceived deficiencies.

I’ll preface this by saying I love the Ultimate Warrior. However, Warrior had limitations in the ring. WWE was able to take those limitations mould it into a energetic compelling character that was incredibly over. While Reigns is improving as a solo act  and improving in the ring week by week, it’s clear his limitations (singles match experience) is being protected in multi-man matches and tag matches right now while his strengths, his charisma and “cool” character, lead the way. Much like the energetic character Warrior became, Reigns is cultivating an ultra-cool bad ass character that’s really getting over with the fans, grooming him into a superstar in the process.

Meanwhile the other Shield members are thriving in their own feud. Seth Rollins is playing a smarmy dick/Chosen One masterfully, toward the WWE Champion and even towards his allies Kane & Orton; and Dean Ambrose, like I stated last week, is turning into a red-hot babyface. He’s killing it on the mic, he’s killing it in-ring, and is hitting upon the right mix of sympathetic hero and psychopath. A wonderful blend of Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Brian Pillman, and himself.

I will say, they do need to change up the formula for Ambrose breaking up Rollins’ cash-in attempts before it grows too stale, but right now I’m digging Ambrose’s maniacal quest to keep Rollins from his moment. If the champion were a bit more sympathetic a character (i.e. Bryan), Dean would be getting over HUGE for thwarting the evil Authority. But right now the future is looking very bright for the Hounds of Justice as solo acts.

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The Morning Roundup 7/8/14

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Battleground PPV Matches Updated – LOP

New matches were added to the card for the upcoming Battleground PPV on last night’s RAW. So not only are we looking forward to the Fatal 4-Way between Cena, Orton, Reigns, and Kane, we also have some more names added to IC Title Battle Royal including Fandango.

WWE Adds TV Executive To Board – PWTorch

WWE added TV Exec Laureen Ong to their board of directors. Ong has 30 years experience in cable television, including president of both the Travel Channel and National Geographic. Seems to me like a move to help develop and bolster programming and ratings for the WWE Network. And if that’s the case, we all make out. At least those of us who are subscribers.

JR Comments On Cena – SEScoops

Good Ol’ Jim Ross took to Twitter to make his feelings known about the WWE’s push to crown Cena the “Greatest World Champion of All Time.” It’s no secret that through thick and thin, John has been the go-to-guy and the face of the organization. But this push, the announce team jamming The Greatest title down our throats all night long, has JR fired up and he feels the WWE isn’t doing Cena any favors.

Jericho Interview – AMHNetwork

Chris Jericho sat down with AMH Network to plug his band’s upcoming album and his podcast, Talk Is Jericho. He discusses the importance of social media for promotion, and recalls being one of the firsts to have a website. He’s such a trend-setter.

The Day After: Raw 6/30/14

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Did you skip Raw last night out of some misguided protest of John Cena winning his 15th world title?  If so, you missed one hell of a show.  The WWE writers took their Limitless pills sometime on Monday morning.

First of all – Dean Ambrose.  Holy hell, here’s a guy on the cusp of being something special.  He elicits such a genuine response from the crowd whenever he appears on-screen.  The former United States Champion appeared on the Titantron early in the show to let Seth Rollins know that his MITB briefcase contained not a contract, but TNT; whenever the Authority’s… “Chosen One” would attempt to cash it in, Ambrose would be there to thwart the effort.  Foreshadowing.

Rewind to the show’s beginning, which kicked off with the Champ telling the Authority that he preferred the “hard way” rather than being “in their pocket” like Orton, Kane, and Rollins.  Trips then announced that Cena would defend his title at Battleground in a Fatal Fourway against Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns.  The faces would team against the heels in tonight’s main event.

The show’s grand finale was a great match, with the wrestlers seemingly fired-up by a crowd that had been hot all night.  One of the main purposes of the match served to continue Reigns’ elevation to main-event status.   Battleground will be his second consecutive show-closing match as a pay-per-view star.   At Money In The Bank, it was in an eight-man match.  Now, it will be a four-man match.  He may not be ready to carry the show in a one-on-one capacity quite yet, but the end of Raw last night (keep reading…) showed that day is in the not-too-distant future.

The match’s ending was a means to an end.  Kane hit Cena with a chair to cause a DQ as Orton and Reigns brawled to the back.  The Demon tombstoned the Champ, at which point Hunter waved out Rollins to cash-in.  The crowd popped, eager to see the special moment.  However, the BIG pop came when Ambrose hit the ring and attacked Rollins, fulfilling his promise to blow-up the Architect’s spot.  Crescendo… Kane raises a chair to hit Cena again, but was met with a Spear by Reigns.  Roman let out his battle cry, and stared down Triple H from only a few feet away.  For the first time that I can remember, the crowd chanted “This is Awesome!” as Raw faded to black.

Subtle note: Reigns sprinted back towards the ring.  Orton did not.  Do the math on who won the brawl.

Further – For those keeping score at home, the true stars of last night’s main event were Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins.  Cena may have the belts, but he does not own the spotlight.

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The Morning Roundup 6/26/14

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Jinder Mahal Opens Up About Release – SEScoops.com

One of the most recent talents released from WWE sat down for an interview with Slam Wrestling this week. The main theme of the interview, both Jinder and former tag team partner and fellow unemployed talent Drew McIntyre, are looking for work wherever they can find it. They’re open to both ROH and New Japan. Hopefully we will see the return of 2MB sometime in the near future.

Heyman Explains CM Punk’s Exit – Talk Is Jericho

Paul Heyman was featured on the Talk Is Jericho podcast and opened up about exactly why CM Punk left the WWE Universe crying in the streets. I highly recommend listening to this one. The reason: he lost his passion. Plain and simple. All I know is, if I looked like this and was married to that, I’d be spending more and more time at home and less time at work too.

D-Bry on MITB Kickoff – wwe.com

For the first time since being stripped of his titles due to injury, Daniel Bryan will be appearing on the MITB kickoff show this Sunday on the WWE Network to answer fan questions and speak out against The Authorities action’s as of late. Hopefully we will also get an injury update and possible return time. I miss the bearded little guy. And just in case you do too, hopefully this will hold you over.

The Night’s Watch – Rumors on Returns and Debuts

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The Latest on Hulk Hogan - Wrestlezone reports, per PWInsider, that a deal is in place for Hulk Hogan to return to the WWE very soon.  The WWE Hall of Famer and former Impact Wrestling GM was in Las Vegas last week when the WWE made the huge announcement about the Network.  Apparently the original plan was for Hogan to appear, but the WWE thought better of it, not wanting the return of Hogan after a 6+ year absence to overshadow the Network’s unveiling.

There are strong expectations for Hulk Hogan to appear at Wrestlemania XXX in some shape or form.  However, given his recent history of back surgeries, I’ll be surprised if a leg is dropped in New Orleans.  That said, if Rowdy Roddy Piper has his way…

Edwards and Richards to TNA? - You may have heard recently that WWE passed on independents stand-outs Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards.  A common rumor cited has to do with the size of the two veterans.  If new rumors hold to be true, the tandem known as the American Wolves could be heading to TNA.  How soon could they be popping up on Spike?  TNA President Dixie Carter tweeted out the following message a few days ago…

Jericho to Return Again? - Jericho surprised all of us with his return at the 2013 Royal Rumble.  Right now, it’s highly doubtful that Y2J will go that route again, but according to the Winnipeg Sun, “Chris Jericho is bringing the WWE to Winnipeg.”  Let’s put this under the “incredibly tentative rumor” column.  Perhaps Jericho is just planning on making a one-off return; perhaps the Sun just didn’t get the memo that the first ever undisputed champion is no longer with the company.  Or, maybe Jericho is gearing up for a return to take him through Wrestlemania.

The WWE Winnipeg edition of Monday Night Raw is on March 7, 2014.  For those doing the math at home, that’s about a month before WM 30.

 
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