Random encounter of the awesome kind, Im in a Jersey gas station with my brother Vinnie and Mike Izzo. Izzo gets out of his truck to pump his gas and Scott Armstrong and Izzo struck up a conversation. We all went to WWE’s Road To Wrestlemania SuperShow. It was a awesome time go see a WWE house show.
Izzo was wear a John Cena t-shirt and Scott said hey did you guys just come from the MSG show? Izzo said yeah we had decent seats, he then asked “where did you sit?” (Izzo didnt know Scott refs, for WWE) To which Scott replied I had the best seat in the house I refereed 4 matches.
After some more small talk, Arn Anderson(legend in Pro Wrestling. Was Ric Flair right hand for years and a member of, The Four Horsemen, in the NWA/WCW.) comes walking out of the convent mart with Billy Kidman, they shook our hand and posed for a photo an kept it moving. Real nice guys super down to earth.
Its been a FULL WEEK since Royal Rumble. I watched the pay-per-view a solid 5 times. After 5 viewing I was still think WTF, this sucks. How does a pay-per-view which sets the landscape for WrestleMania not be a home run?
Maybe I was just expecting more. You know what stellar work Money in the Back, SummerSlam and Survivor Series where. Royal Rumble should have been more of the same…Instead it was total shit. Some build up in certain areas, but for most of the PPV it had an Inception type sleep.
World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Steel Cage Match Daniel Bryan vs Big Show & Mark Henry: First match of the night is the Triple Threat Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Daniel Bryan tried to escape the cage over the top, but Big Show gets a hold of Bryan, holding the entire weight of Bryan with one arm. Big Show finally looses his grip and D-Bryan drops to the floor to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
If you thought Anyone but Chris Jericho would return yesterday ex this tab out now. Jericho saying the mystery man was Brock was a red herring. With all these cryptic videos the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) knew these promos were Jericho related.
I can not tell a lie, I’m kinda bored with Jericho’s come backs. Reinvention is always a good thing. Jericho’s character’s have never stale thats for sure, I think thats why were all a bit like what the fuck was that on Monday Night Raw.
We’re all use to Jericho’s grand return which leads to the massive crowd pop, wordie promo and crowd change. Yet this time it was a bit different. Jericho was slapping fives and pandering the crowd. He went into the ring grabbed the mic said nothing and left. At first I quite upset I thought the celebration was going on to long, then I re watch his return upon second viewing, I realized the sarcasm of all.
Jericho was building heat. Clearly Jericho will be a heel and this particular return was mocking the WWE “universe” for its embrace of CM Punk. Jericho’s new character seems like a self centered, Hollywood diva. He’s playing a different heel maybe the egomaniac cant have someone else calling them selves “best in the world”.
Many fans on Twitter had a mix reaction for Jericho’s return. Some thought It was brilliant and others thought total let-down. It was neither. By saying nothing he did what he had to do create heat.
The crowd pop’d when he first came out and boo’d when he exited the arena. There’s going to be a steady build to this in weeks to come. All roads to Punk/Jericho at WrestleMania. I predict Jericho will win the rumble and then choose to face CM Punk at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship.
The one issue I had with his return was the promos had nothing in common with the actual return. What did the girl in the promos have to do with his return? I need to know the “she that holds the mystery of your rebirth” bullshit. Maybe the mysterious girl is a metaphor for CM Punk? Hopefully this isn’t a work and were lead down the Positively Page route.
Nothing says I thought of you like a Slammy Award. For years I wanted a Slammy Award I still do, maybe one day I will get hired by the WWE and share my genius with the world. If the person your shopping for is a HUGE wrestling fan (who isnt really) than this is the gift for them.
This replica WWE Slammy Award is actual size and molded directly from the actual Slammy. It measures over 14 inches tall and weights an unbelievable 6 1/2 pounds. Comes in a WWE logo black box. If you think $300.000 is a bit much, think again. WWE replica belts start at this price.
Tonight’s WWE RAW Supershow opens with clips from CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series as Lawler hypes the rematch tonight. What older fans like my self really wanted to see was Piper open RAW.
Hall of Famer and OG Roddy Piper makes his way to the ring for a special Piper’s Pit. Last few times I saw Piper on WWE TV he looked like complete shit. On Monday’s RAW Rowdy Roddy didn’t look like he was half dead, thats always good.
Piper said something that made me nod in agreement. “How a guy who never won the WWE Title, one who wasn’t ever the biggest or strongest, has became a Hall of Famer and one of the biggest icons. The answer energy”.
Piper talks about how when the crowd cheered him, he did good things, and when they boo’d him, he did rotten things. Piper goes on and brings out John Cena. Piper says Cena is the face of WWE, but the booing is getting louder. Piper starts poking Cena to tell the fans what’s on his mind.
Ive have been asked, why is this column entitled “The Week In Wrestling” if all you cover is Monday Night RAW. My response is why watch Smackdown theres a “super show” for that. Why do I have to sit through a Wade Barrett match when I can see Mark Henry (Smackdown’s World Champion) on the RAW “super show”.
I also got an email asking why haven’t I covered TNA Impact Wrestling? My response is Id rather listen to Racks or that Tony Montana record on repeat then sit through “impact Wrestling”. Once Vice Russo, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan get fired then Ill consider viewing that shit show.
Even WWE’s sub par story lines as of late are far more engaging than anything TNA can conger up. So with that lets start this review…
If you remember last week John Cena asked “The Great One” to be his tag partner against The Miz & R-Truth at Survivor Series. So yea RAW starts off with The Rock in a prerecorded promo. Its Dwayne, the actor who used to wrestle. Who’s part time wrestling again. Side note What the hell is The Rock on? HGH? Maybe Anadrol, Dianabol or Sustanon to bulk with Anavar or Primobolan to lean out? The villain goatee with gray hairs might foreshadow a turn maybe.
The Rock does the typical Rock stick. The people this that people that add a few candy asses and close with catchphrase. So the “People’s Champion” The Rock, John Cena’s WrestleMania XXVIII opponent will be Cena’s partner at the Survivor Series.
That is how this past Monday RAW Halloween Supershow started. O yeah The Muppets are the Guest host of RAW. Yeah I can careless about that nonsense as well.
Thank goodness for DVR, the invention really is a lifesaver. For numerous reason DVR is a helpful tool the fast forward factor is very underrated. Now your thinking did he really breeze through RAW, will this review be total shit? No heres why.
I speed through the fluff now that could be most if not all of the program, yet I still have faith so with remote in hand lets start GO….. Triple H started off Monday Night RAW, Im getting flash backs of 2003. In 03 hunter had beef with both HBK and Kevin Nash. 8 years later the old man beef continues.
Triple H said that he could make friends or make money. He said he’s always lived by those words. Hunter said he considered himself the lucky one who was able to make money and have a strong group of friends. He mentioned Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman, and Kevin Nash. No mention of Scott Hall, REALLY Hunter.. Not cool bro not cool.
Buy this point the crowd eating out of Hunters hands. Hunter said Kevin Nash broke my heart,” The broken hearted went on to say he wants to kick Nash’s ass. Johnny Ace makes an appearance and stared to say something raspy but Hunter told Laurinaitis to shut up and not walk through the ropes. Hunter said Laurinaitis’s job for tonight was to search the building and find Nash, and bring him to the ring.
So I just watched the entire Vengeance pay-per-veiw WWE held last Sunday, I know its Thursday but I work late… I know this review is a few days late you wanna fight about it? WWE should have entitled this PPV Jank city, I would have watched Desprate House Wives over what I streamed for free Sunday. Before Sunday the last time WWE held Vengeance was on the weekend of the Chris Benoit double murder and suicide case. Benoit, who was originally booked to face CM Punk for the vacant ECW World Championship, but no-showed due to “personal reasons”. This PPV should have stayed Benoit’d
The card did not have any matches I cared to see other than The tag team title match and Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes. Its not that I didn’t like the PPV all the matches were solid, I just got the feeling this was the fluff PPV since no titles changed hands and most feuds will continue on for Survivor Series.
Tag Team Title match Air Boom vs Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger: Great back and fourth between both teams. Kingston hit Trouble in paradise on Ziggler, Bourne followed up with AirBourne for the pin. I have lost count how many times I have said that Zigg’s and Swagger are a great pairing. Zigg’s and Swagger are entertaining to watch, but I think Ziggs is better suited a a singles wrestler anyone else get the Curt Hennig vibe when watching Ziggler?
Before we start our weekly epitaph, does anyone else get annoyed when they say “supershow”? I think at this point the the brand extension is slowly dieing off. The “super shows” eliminates 70% of the WWE roster and we only see the same handful of top guys each week, this renders the draft pretty much useless.
Triple H starts the program and explains why Truth and Miz were fired, because of their words and actions from Night of Champions. Ziggs and Vickie come out to complain about guest host Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman interfering in Ziggs match last week. Seconds later Cody Rhodes hits the ring cuts a promo about Randy Orton bashing him with a ring bell on Smackdown.
Christian comes out to piss and moan to Hunter. Christian does his best impression of Sly Stallone from the movie F.I.S.T and attempts to organize the heels into filing a massive lawsuit against WWE. Captain Charisma being the selfish scumbag we all know and love tells Hunter he will forget the whole thing if he gets just one more match. Because HHH is snarky Hunter decides to book Christian against Cena (non-title), Orton on Friday and Sheamus at Hell In The Cell. While all this nonsense took place Dolph Ziggler has to face Zack Ryder while Cody has to defend the Intercontinental title in a 10-man battle royal. I blame Punk for all the wrestlers speaking their minds in these shoot style promos.
The first match of the night was the Intercontinental Title 10-Man Battle Royal. Remember when the IC title was the cooler title than the heavy weight? Shit I do… I use to backyard wrestle and could give two flying shits about any other title. The IC belt was held by the best of the best. Any way there are a whole bunch of workers in this match so allow me to run through this match fast. Drew McIntyre who hasn’t had a push in what seems like years gets eliminated immediately because he’s a jobber and cant sell a t-shirt. Heel Sin Cara the taller one runs out and yanks out baby-face Sin Cara the smaller one out of the ring and we get week two of a lucha off. Justin Gabriel and Alex Riley get eliminated by the machine Sheamus, Ezekiel Jackson tosses Daniel Bryan and John Morrison at the same time.