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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LIVE tonight on the WWE Network and PPV it’s SummerSlam aka the Biggest Fight of the Summer. Nine Matches, Three Championship Bouts and surprisingly NO tag team contests. Let’s run down the card.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
The build up for this match has been more “big fight” than your traditional WWE pay-per-view main event, with both men not touching each other in the lead-up to the match. John Cena retained the WWE Championship in his first title defense at Battleground against Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, & Kane. The next night on Raw, after Dean Ambrose chased “Option B” Seth Rollins from the arena, “Option C” was enacted as Triple H selected the Beast Incarnate to challenge Cena at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins the WWE World Heavweight Championship and ushers in an interesting conundrum for the WWE Championship.
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho- Luke Harper & Eric Rowan banned from ringside
This is a rematch from Battleground, with Chris Jericho taking a surprising victory in the first match. Strangely, the buildup for the second go around has been built around Jericho making sure Wyatt’s family members were banned from ringside. If Jericho got the victory WITH Rowan and Harper at ringside, why should he have an issue now that they’re banned? That complaint aside I’m expecting another great matchup between the two.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt should go over here, IMO. Two back-to-back losses to Jericho after the Cena feud would kill him dead.
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There’s a lot to love about this picture.
Last night’s Raw was largely uneventful when it comes to story development, just days away from WWE Battleground that’s to be expected with the card pretty much being locked for the last few weeks, but it wasn’t without its moments.
“Is that all you got?!”
The show opened with a in-ring confrontation between Champion John Cena and Roman Reigns hyping the fatal four way title match at Battleground and tonight’s six-man main event match. Dean Ambrose soon interrupted their “prettiest girl at the dance” argument to try to defuse tensions and put their focus on fighting the Authority rather than each other. Crazy man Dean Ambrose diffusing tensions, you got that right. Unfortunately for Dean shortly after he was surrounded by the Authority backstage and beat the lunatic fringe down, sending him to a local medical facility. All while Reigns and Cena stood around like a couple of goons not helping. Thanks guys.
Dean asking the Authority, “Is that all you got?” had me legit popping in my living room, like the Richmond crowd. With Bryan on the shelf, Ambrose is filling the every-man hero slot with flying colors. While Roman is being pushed the most, Ambrose continues to make a great accounting for himself. While I thought it was lame initially, I understand why they didn’t have him show up again during the main event in retrospect. The roof might have blown off the Richmond Coliseum if Ambrose commandeered an Ambulance and returned to the arena to attack the Authority. It sounds amazing but it overshadows your PPV main event.
With Ambrose out of the picture the main event became a 3 on 2 handicap match that ultimately turned into an extended preview of Sunday’s title match. After dispatching and seemingly injuring Seth Rollins’ knee (more on this in a bit), Reigns was set to end Orton and claim victory before Kane broke things up and things degenerated into a disqualification and partners attacking partners– Reigns spearing Cena & Orton RKOing Kane. By the time the copyright hit, Roman Reigns was standing tall once again as his big push continues leading you to wonder could Plan C end up with Reigns as champion?
Plan B of course is Seth Rollins’ Money In The Bank cash-in, but Seth Rollins appeared to injure his knee. Luckily news is coming out this morning that Rollins is fine and the injury, served to keep Rollins out of the picture at the end of Raw as the Fatal Four traded finishers to hype their match. I’m hoping it will also play into Sunday’s Battleground show. Not only could Rollins feigning injury to get out of facing Ambrose have some mileage, but it also throws a wrench into Triple H’s plans necessitating…Plan C.
Paul Heyman dropped the bombshell during a backstage segment with the Authority that if Plan A and B don’t work, come talk to him about Plan C. Plan C? Presumably…Brock Lesnar. Rollins’ “injury” real or worked gives Hunter justification to work with a former enemy again. The Pain could be returning Sunday. Put your pants on high alert.
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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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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.