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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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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 6/30/14

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What a night. If you didn’t see MITB last night, you’re missing out. Stayed tuned later today for our reactions in The Day After.

JR’s Talks MITB, Ross Report, and Stone Cold – JRsBarBQ.com

The usual blog, this time with MITB predictions. I don’t know about you, but I love going back and seeing everyone’s predictions and who got what right and wrong.

WWE Storylines – SEScoops

If you’re like me, you lie awake at night wondering what ever happened with certain storylines. Well here’s a list of 9 of them that went by the wayside far before they should have. Or in some cases, far too late.

Orton’s Head Wound – LordsofPain

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, The Viper sustained a pretty big laceration to the top of his head last night. It was pretty nasty. Doctors give the rundown of what exactly happened, and what they did to fix up Mr. Orton. If you haven’t seen it yet, and you don’t have a sensitive stomach, the pics can be viewed here.

 
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