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The Day After: Raw 10/7/14

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The Rock Returns

Well, I guess we know why they cancelled the Rusev vs. Show match.

In a surprise appearance, the Rock showed up at last night’s Raw to a huge pop from the Brooklyn crowd to confront Rusev & Lana. The Russian duo had just called out the Big Show after berating him and the American people for racism for his “hate crime” against the Russian flag when the Great One’s music hit and we were treated to a classic Rocky promo before nailing Rusev with a few right hands to clear the ring.

I said something to this effect last night but it bears repeating: I don’t care if there’s no real pay off to a Rock/Rusev confrontation, if The Rock says he’ll show up to Raw  10 times out of 10 you put him on TV and let him do whatever. He’s simply too famous not to and Hollywood movie star versus evil foreign menace is an easy narrative to understand for casual fans flipping over from Monday Night Football. It was a true surprise in an era where shocking moments are few and far between and Rusev looks better for the interaction in my eyes.

No, he didn’t get any offense in, but in between Rock’s jabs about Moscow Mooseknuckles and Soviet Streetwalkers was the fact that the Rock recognized Rusev’s push. A huge WWE star like Rocky pointing out that nobody has been able to beat Rusev because he’s bigger, stronger, more dangerous than the rest is a good thing for building up Rusev. I thought Lana shone in the segment as well, never letting the Rock’s jabs get to her that much. I’m not going to address the misogyny discussion that always rears its head when Rock does a promo other than to wonder if the people who constantly bring this up have been watching wrestling for very long. Moving on…

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The Day After: Raw 9/22/14

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Dean in a Box

On a night where Raw was missing Roman Reigns, The Wyatt Family, Paul Heyman & WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, the undisputed star of last night’s show was Dean Ambrose. Just returned from filming his WWE Studios film/face into cinderblock injury, Ambrose stepped into the vacant #2 hero role in spectacular fashion.

First by opening the show, Ambrose talked about his cinder block induced hiatus making him “a little loopy in the head,” as if he could get loopier, and stated his intentions to keep the war against Seth Rollins going because he never gets tired of punching him in the face. As he staged his sit-in, John Cena joined the fray wanting to get his hands on Rollins as well.

Cue the Authority in full force at the top of the stage. The 5 on 2 advantage don’t mean sh*t to Dean Ambrose and Mr. Never Give Up however as they brought the fight to the Authority to get their hands on Seth Rollins. One stage and backstage fracas later, Seth Rollins is stealing some jabrone’s car and Dean Ambrose is tumbling out of the trunk like a madman.

Triple H proceeds to make Kane vs. Ambrose and Orton vs. Cena later in the night, which makes Orton none too happy, teasing some dissension between Orton and the new golden boy Rollins for creating messes he has to clean up. Something to monitor perhaps?

Rollins would return later to attack Ambrose during his match with Kane and the two would brawl backstage again leading to Dean Ambrose being locked in a janitor’s closet by The Authority. This way they know he’ll be contained…or so they thought. The Authority forgot one thing: was there an exit in that closet?

Either by air vent, digging his way out, a drop ceiling, or Undertaker Magic, Ambrose’s confinement was short lived crashing the Authority’s plan to “Ambrose” John Cena and Raw ends with he and Cena standing tall.

Ok with the recap of events out of the way: Dean Ambrose is killing it. Tapping into an anti-authority mix of Stone Cold, CM Punk, and Roddy Piper, Ambrose was the most exciting aspect of a somewhat downbeat post-PPV Raw. From his disregard for his body by jumping into a moving car’s trunk to the overall presentation of the “character” (if you can call it that) he portrays, Ambrose is making the most of his return and his increased spotlight with the injury to Roman Reigns and he’s getting WAY over.

It’s a lofty comparison but much like the early days of Stone Cold Steve Austin on lackluster Raws, everything Dean Ambrose was involved in last night were the most interesting parts of the broadcast. I hope WWE sees they have something special brewing.

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The Day After: SummerSlam

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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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SummerSlam Preview

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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The Day After: Raw 7/14/14

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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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