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1) So you lead the show with Jerry Lawler recapping the Fandango/Jericho feud? And that leads into a Dance Off? Not a terrible segment idea, but nothing I would kick off the show with. Fandango’s ring attire was tremendous and that broad from NXT was nearly naked so I won’t boycott Raw over the issue. I’m just a big fan of starting the wrestling program with a bang and maybe even a wrestling match? Antiquated thinking, I suppose. How about Jericho’s dance partner, btw? Yowza.
2) If you are excited for The Hangover 3, I’d rather not see your face.
3) Dance off to a squash match? Hm. Again, no real issue with the segment. This just felt like the start of the second hour of the flagship show, not the first. They have to put the strap on Ryback, right? With John Cena injured, if he beats this guy in a Last Man Standing match, I just don’t know how any opponent they’d throw at Super Cena would have credibility. BTW, wasn’t Zack Ryder not spiking his hair supposed to be a big deal? Hm.
4) I am really enjoying the tweaks to Antonio Cesaro’s entrance attire. The clever jacket. The John Spartan beret. Also, the fact that AC seems to be unclear on the whole “sports entertainment” angle. This is clearly demonstrated when he elbows and punches people in the face as hard as he can. What a hilarious bit! You know, when he tosses his opponent in the air and then closes up their windpipe with a european uppercut? OH! The hilarity that ensues! Also, Randy Orton pretended he was a snake during the match.
5) Does the WWE have an iPad app? I haven’t heard anything about it. Hit the jump for more quality zingers like that one. Continue reading →
Two of us should not be fed anymore
1) Wow. Big E vs 2 managers to start the show? Ballsy to say the least. While an interesting matchup, with Zeb being seemingly unable to take a bump, I’m not sure this should have been your show starter. The finish was entertaining, so I don’t have a major gripe. It was also nice to see how far Ricardo has advanced in the ring. The dude can really take a beating.
2) I have to admit, it got a little dusty in my house during the “World Wish Day” segment. Nobody does more of this kind of thing than John Cena. That cannot be swept under the table despite how gaudy his merch constantly is. Amazing work by the WWE. They don’t get enough credit for this type of thing. It was a nice surprise to hear the crowd lay off the “Cena Sucks” shtick & play along as well.
3) I just came up with an idea for a post that I won’t follow through on and ask another writer that I don’t pay to do for the site: “Why isn’t Randy Orton a bigger deal?” The sky was the limit for Orton. The youngest WWE champion in history at the time. He has been relatively stagnant for a number of years now. He has the size, the look, the physique and is consistently over with the crowd despite little to no direction or a feud of note. Is he still an issue backstage? Do they not trust him? Are injuries still a concern? I honestly would love to hear someone spill the beans as to why he seems to have been relegated to mid-card.
4) The Bella Twins make a man’s loins vibrate. Is “twincest” a thing? Is this an appropriate topic?
5) The Shield is the best thing on Raw. What a remarkable job WWE creative has done here. We all expect successful stables to be broken up almost as soon as they form in modern sports entertainment. Instead of that, this group continues to beat the top babyfaces in the company. I don’t know what “justice” they have brought to the WWE, but the sky is the limit for all three of these gentlemen. The fact that the Undertaker now seems to be working nearly a full schedule just to put these guys over? That says something. Put some straps on these 3 youngsters. They deserve it. Get to jumping for more amazing content… Continue reading →
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On last night’s WWE Main Event on ION, the main event for next Monday’s Raw was announced and what a Main Event it will be. Main event.
The undefeated Hounds of Justice, the Shield will face John Cena and his opponent for Extreme Rules, Ryback in a 3 on 2 Handicap Match. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that after delivering an Attitude Adjustment to Ryback this past Monday, that this handicap match PROBABLY isn’t going to end well for the champ.
I may be in the minority but I’ve quite enjoyed the Ryback-Cena feud so far. People will kvetch and moan about the feuding wrestlers tag teaming bit is overused, but face it marks, it’s a time honored tradition in professional wrestling and still effective to build heat between two combatants.
Plus, it’s another chance to see the Shield in action. Seth Rollins will bump his ass off, Dean Ambrose will generally be awesome, and Roman Reigns will spear someone. Good times.
Be sure to check back for more on this match Monday in Bobby Shark’s Monday Night Raw preview.
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1) Starting off with an A-list handicapped match is always fun! It is incredible how athletic the Big Show is. How many times have we seen him in a handicapped match against two smaller opponents and he never gasses out? The pairing of Sheamus and Orton doesn’t really do anything for me. I hope that eventually the plan is to turn one of them heel. Anyone else find it shocking that all three of these men are not in contention for either title?
2) #3MB calls out The Shield and the get…. BRRAAAAHHHCCCKKKK LLLAAASSNNNAAAAAARRRR. I still mark out every time I hear that first, strained guitar riff. Lesnar’s strength is incredible. Jinder Mahal is a large man and Brock rag dolled him. The multiple F-5′s to Slaters gonna Slate off the barricade? Well, those looked a little stiff. Lesnar stiffing the calls from the crowd for “1 more time” were QUITE heel-ish, which was QUITE enjoyable. What made it even MORE enjoyable was some very solid mic work from Paul Heyman, which is to be expected. With that said, do we need a third episode of Trips vs Bork? I’d like to see “The Next Big Thing” tangle with someone else at this point. CM Punk comes to mind…
3) Antonio Cesaro is as technically sound in the ring as anyone on the roster right now and he’s a hell of a nice guy. However, watching him compete against a directionless Kofi Kingston only further reinforced that which we already knew: they need to combine the mid-card titles. The two men holding the US (formerly) and IC titles right now are tremendous. Either one is capable of being a main event caliber talent as soon as the company wants to make it happen (Antonio & Wade, not Kofi). None of that changes the fact that both belts have been rendered meaningless through years of neglect in meaningful booking. That could be remedied at least in the short term by unifying the once proud championship belts. Not a sermon, just a thought. Hit the jump for more rambling silliness. Continue reading →