At the Royal Rumble, The Rock Needs To Win the WWE Championship


Okay, the Royal Rumble is tonight.  There are a few thoughts that I have leading into the PPV tonight.  One is that The Rock vs CM Punk should be the match to close the show.  But of course,  the big question that everyone else is wondering about is whether or not The Rock is going to beat CM Punk and win the belt.  I don’t think it’s a matter of whether or not The Rock should win. It’s a matter of The Rock HAS to win tonight.

Yeah, I know.  I know CM Punk has been champion for over 400 days and climbing.  It’s an accomplishment to say the least, but the fact is that having a champion hold a belt for so long is one thing,  but keeping people entertained during his title reign is another.  No champion is any good at that without competition.  Looking back at Punk’s reign as champion, he hasn’t had a whole of that going around.  He beat Alberto Del Rio to win the belt. He defended it against Del Rio again and The Miz the next month.  Then he Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble and a bunch of filler guys for the Elimination Chamber before taking on Chris Jericho in back to back months, then Daniel Bryan and then Daniel Bryan and Kane and then John Cena and Big Show before facing John Cena again and then Ryback before facing against Cena and Ryback and then Ryback again on Raw.   So if you look at it, in that 400+ days that CM Punk has been WWE Champion, he’s only defended the belt against 9 guys with a good chunk of them he faced off against in multiple months.

The other problem with Punk’s reign as champion and why The Rock must win tonight is the fact that his countdown that he keeps doing is getting old.  In fact, it’s getting rather stale and as pointed out in the last article,  you keep going with this for so long, you’re gonna get to the point that when the guy does lose the belt, what do you do with him? Besides, the way that the WWE is with the Part-Time guys, are they really gonna have The Rock lose?  Yeah I know that they had Brock Lesnar lose in his match with John Cena but that’s different.  The Rock didn’t leave the WWE high and dry like Lesnar did and unlike Brock Lesnar, The Rock actually does love the business which is the least I can say for Brock.

I know that CM Punk has talent and can find a way to manage without the title and he did give us one whole year without John Cena winning the gold like her normally does.  But every champion loses the belt at some point.  CM Punk is no different because as many times as either Hulk Hogan or John Cena held a world title, they eventually had to drop it to somebody else.  CM Punk losing the belt tonight is more salvageable than if The Rock were to lose tonight.  If The Rock actually loses tonight, then what do you do with him from there? If he’s supposed to be sticking around at least until after Wrestlemania, then what are you going to do with him for all the time leading up to the PPV?  Yeah, you could have The Rock win at some point between now and Mania, but it’s little thing called Simplicity.   Don’t complicate things WWE and just keep them simple.  Do the right thing and actually let The Rock win the match because this is a match that could very easily be a classic match and definitely be in the Top 5 of the best WWE matches of 2013.  Don’t risk tarnishing that by having a screw-job finish or some other means that would leave CM Punk still to bore the hell out of the rest of us with his “Counting Down to Who Gives a Rat’s Ass How Long You’ve Been Champion For.”



I Got Four Words For Ya: People Power is DEAD!!!!!!

Yes, the very thing that we’ve been begging to have happened finally happened.  No Way Out, John Cena did the WWE Fans a favor by not only beating the Big Show, but also by getting Mr Lack of Personality and the WWE’s Biggest Kidney Stone in John Laryngitis FIRED!!!!!  That lead to tonight’s Raw and I was a little excited but also a little skeptic about watching tonight because I was scared that the WWE was going to find some way to screw over the fans again.  I thought they were going to pull off something where Johnny Boy would have his job still or something with power still in his grasp.  Miraculously, not only did that not happen but everybody that he thought was his allies turned against him tonight.  However, as great as Raw was tonight in my opinion, there were still some flaws to it.  One of them regards to who is in charge of both shows now that Johnny Boredom is no longer in power.

Mick Foley came out tonight and said that every week, there would be a different person for the GM role and this is the part that bothers me.  Given, this is not getting some random celebrity to do it like what was done in the past. But still, this came off to me like it just a half-assed version of what the whole guest General Manager role used to be. You know, some would be good and some would be crap.  Then it turned into just a guest host for Raw and that ended up with a majority of guest hosts that just sucked.  I’m begging you guys to not have me go into The Three Stooges and how horrible that turned out.  One of the actors in Sean Hayes said he was embarrassed being on Raw that night, funny cause we were embarrassed to have him and the other two on Raw that night. But nevertheless, this is just a recycled version of an angle that got old quicker than Vince’s million dollar giveaway on Raw (aka Vince McMahon pays you to watch Raw).

One other problem I had with Raw last night was Alberto Del Rio.  Now last I checked, the guy had a concussion and that was the only reason that he wasn’t able to compete at No Way Out the other night against Sheamus.  So, if Del Rio had a concussion and couldn’t compete against Sheamus last night, how is he able to go out there and wrestle on Raw the night after the PPV where he couldn’t compete because of the concussion?  Top that off with the fact that going from fighting Sheamus for the World Title to fighting Santino Marella for nothing other than tossing around his personal ring announcer, I call that a little bit of a step down.  Was there really a concussion or does the WWE really not have the slightest clue what the hell they are doing with this guy?

Back to the topic of the “authority figure” in the WWE, there is one thing I will give credit to the WWE about regarding the authority figure is that they didn’t go right to Teddy Long.  Maybe he’ll get it eventually and maybe he won’t, but at least they didn’t go with the obvious as opposed to the main event of No Way Out last night because we all knew that John Cena was not going to be the one to get fired.  They chose to fire the guy that many felt was killing the ratings for WWE because ever since the Toolbox took over, the ratings have just gone down.  The only reason that they went up last week was because people thought the ass-clown was gonna get fired. I loved how Big Show just left Not So Big Johnny out in the cold and there is some logic to it, considering that Big Show does still have an iron clad contract and he doesn’t really have to answer to anybody.  So leaving Johnny out in the cold made sense with regard to the fact that Big Show got what he wanted, and since John Laryngitis has no power anymore, there’s nothing else that Big Show needs from him.  The icing on the cake was how Otunga just left Johnny there after Johnny Boy revealed he wasn’t hurt.  It was probably one of the best things that I’ve seen Otunga do thus far since he came to the WWE.

This Raw tonight was a step-up for me and I felt the right call was made in the fact that they took a character off of TV that nobody liked.  John Laryngitis wasn’t even hated in a “good heel” kind of way. He was hated to the point where nobody wanted to see the guy at all because he was so boring that he made paint drying look like the Super Bowl.  There is a slight change with the authority figure even if the angle is just something recycled, but its at least a start and for right now, all we can hope is that this will actually lead to something heading into the 3 Hour Raw.

WELL….. Well it’s the Big Slow!!!!

So, as of right now, The Big Show has gone from face to heel once again.  He’s now boasting about having an iron clad contract and has been reduced to being the flying monkey of John Laryngitis.  The good news is that the Big Show is being a dominant giant instead of trying to be an overgrown comic relief.  The bad news unfortunately is that this is the Big Show we’re talking about.  Face or Heel, the fact remains that there is no difference in match quality with this guy.  He may have the title of “World’s Largest Athlete,” but unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee being a big draw for money because he hasn’t been that and he’s not that right now either.

We’ve seen him on both sides of the coin as a face and as a heel.  The guy has put on random costumes (Scottish, Hulk Hogan, DDP, even a sumo diaper for God’s Sake) and has been part of almost every tag team combination that you can think of from Spike Dudley to The Miz. Hell, we’ve even seen Floyd “Money” Mayweather (Mr I’m Too Scared to Fight Manny Pacquio) bust the guy’s nose open.  So now Big Show is a heel and he’s trying to be what Mark Henry was for the latter part of last year and is the enforcer of John Laryngitis.  To make matters worse, they’re putting him in the main event at No Way Out, and let’s be honest that Cena & Big Show will close out No Way Out, against John Cena in a cage match.  So, the reason I should check out No Way Out is WHAT exactly?

The way Cena’s pattern has been going is that Cena lost at Mania, won at Extreme Rules, and lost at Over The Limit in one of the most painful matches that fans had to watch with a very predictable outcome.  The one thing that Big Show and John Cena have in common is that no matter the outcome, I’m left wondering what the hell is next.  Where do you go with either of these guys? There’s no bonus or upshot with having Big Show win.  I also find it funny that they brag about Lesnar and Cena and yet seem to forget that Cena won the match, regardless of whatever “beating” Brock Lesnar gave him.  No matter how bad Cena got beat up, it was still a hired gun who didn’t get the job done.  WWE seems to think that this is something special, but it’s not.  Big Show is just another hired gun trying to take out John Cena.  The difference between this and Extreme Rules was people want to see Lesnar fight because for better worse, the guy has the skill even if he doesn’t have the heart. Big Show is no technician in the ring, nor is he a high flyer and he’s barely even a powerhouse.  When Big Show and Cena fought at Wrestlemania years ago for the US Title, it was the opening match and WWE did the smart move in keeping it short and not dragging it out.  Try stretching this match out, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

WWE puts all this time and effort and so much stock in the Big Show, thinking that he’s a draw or that he can be a cash cow for them when the truth is that he isn’t. His title reigns are lackluster and forgettable, especially when it came to world title reigns, and he’s just become one of those guys who WWE seems to have there for the sake of being there. Realistically, there’s not much else this guy can do that will make people care. World’s Largest Athlete, the majority of wrestling fans have two words for you and it’s just like your current heel turn: NOT IMPRESSED!

Wrestlemania: What Match Starts the Show?

There has been a lot of talk about what is going to be t he opener for this year’s Wrestlemania. There have been many moments where we got a solid opener for a match.  Some examples that come to mind are Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 21, a match that I was fortunate to witness live.  Then not that long ago we had a match between Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio that stole the show.  If there is one thing that can be said for Wrestlemania, it’s that the first impressions matter and that if you don’t have a solid opener, you leave people thinking that this is gonna be a long couple of hours.  Now does this mean that you should start the show with the heavy hitter? Not necessarily because if you do that, you raise the bar too high and in some cases you’ll have matches that will not be able to reach that level.  You also have an example of last year where you started with the World Heavyweight Title match between Edge and Alberto Del Rio.  The first impression that I remembered having when watching that was that “Great, nothing is gonna happen here.”  The reason I thought that was because if there was going to be anything major that would happen in that match, it would have been later on in the card.

That being said, there has been a lot of talk about what should start off this year’s Wrestlemania.  There have been many that have said that Chris Jericho vs CM Punk should be the one to start off the show.  Bad idea because if you do that, you run the same risk of what happened with Del Rio vs Edge last year.  Punk vs Jericho has all the potential to be the show stealer and they’ve done a pretty good job to this point of building up that match.  To leave it as a 10 to 15 minute long match that will be the kick-start of the show seems like too much of a waste. So once again, you start off with this match, and you run the risk of raising the bar so high that it can’t be reached. Nobody has brought up the Hell in a Cell match and to start the show with that one would be an even worse idea so I’m not going to go into that option.

Then you have Cody Rhodes vs Big Show.  For better or worse, they’ve been hyping up this match to some kind of degree.  I could see this being the starter if anything because of Big Show since it’s not the first time he started off Mania since we once got him losing the US Title to John Cena at the start of the show.  But the reason I’m not so sure if this is a good idea is for the fact that you had Cody Rhodes kick off the show last year and while we know he can do it, this is something that should be given to something else. You also have Randy Orton vs Kane but that seems to be a step down for Orton, but the one way that it serves is that there hasn’t been near the great amount of time used to build up the storyline for that one.  You also have regrettably Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus and I say that because people ought to care about this match, but they don’t.  Bryan’s establishing himself as a heel, but I keep worrying how much of it will distract from his abilities and as far as Sheamus goes, hard to really buy into him being pushed when all he’s gotten have been tackling dummies with occasional competitors like Dolph Ziggler. It’s like Sheamus got the push for the WHC and the Royal Rumble win simply because he was there.

Then you have the 12 man tag that will determine who runs both shows.  The only reason people care about this is for the slight possibility of not seeing John Laryngitis on TV anymore, something that I would very much welcome for the simple fact that it’s bad enough that I have to put up with Monkey Cole’s horrible announcing skills where he doesn’t sell anything except himself. I have said that my problem with Not So Big Johnny is that there really is no room for his character to branch out as a heel.  His character is a one level character much like Vickie Guerrero where you see one side of them and no that no matter who you put them against, this is all we’re ever going to see and that is not a good thing. Heel characters have to have a certain ability to adapted keep their character fresh in some way without getting stale or boring. But anyway, back to the match, you have Long’s team with R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder and The Great Khali while Johnny’s team has Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and David “Dead Weight” Otunga.   Two spots remain, one for each team and the only intrigue is to see who actually makes it onto there, but it’d have to be something big and/or something that nobody expects for people to have the “you have my undivided attention” mentality which sadly, people don’t have for this match.  Some people are saying Alberto Del Rio and some are saying Rey Mysterio. I can see Del Rio on Johnny’s team but what I think could come out of this is that since The Miz is on a losing streak anyway, what if this match was him jumping on the bandwagon for Teddy’s team since he already couldn’t get a spot on Johnny’s team and ends up winning the match for Teddy Long.  It works in multiple ways because you have The Miz end his losing streak, gets his match at Mania, and you have him as a face which will leave the door open to numerous possibilities for the guy.   It’s one of the few ways that you can make this match matter or at least somewhat have a moment to kick off the show as a “Welcome to Wrestlemania” moment.

Bottom line, it comes down to Sheamus vs Bryan or the 12 man tag or Randy Orton vs Kane.  The reasons vary but any of those would be better suited as an opener.  The first two for the lack of care from the fans towards it, thus you have little expectations but plenty of room to show them up and surprise them.  Orton vs Kane is not so much for the lack of caring but for the minimal amount of build-up when compared to the rest of the card. This is supposed to be one of the biggest Wrestlemanias to happen in years, and the WWE should make everything count and that includes the opener.

Breaking Down the Royal Rumble

You know, for this being the anniversary of the Royal Rumble, the WWE sure delivered a lackluster one tonight.  You couldn’t even call the prize for the winner a spot in the main event.  We all know the main event is going to be John Cena vs. The Rock.  So whoever won the Rumble we all knew their title match would be on the back burner right behind Cena vs. Rock.  There was a lot of speculation about who would win the Rumble. Whether it was on Wrestlezone, PW Insider or some other site, names like Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, etc. were flying all over the place.  I’m glad didn’t end up being the winner even if it was in his hometown because he just came back this week and throwing him right back into the World Title picture would be a little stupid so quickly after he returned.  But, I’m not going to spend much time talking about the Rumble at the start of this before I get to the rest of the matches.

Daniel Bryan retaining the title should’ve been obvious.  Big Show is not going to win that belt if the rumors are true that he’s going to have yet another comic relief match at Mania against Shaquille O’Neal. Mark Henry has been playing hurt since TLC with a groin injury and the reports that he hyper-extended his knee on Smackdown in the final segment.  So anyone that was surprised to see Daniel Bryan win the match really shouldn’t be.  The Divas match was about what you would normally expect, so I’m not going to spend much time on that.  Then you have John Cena vs Kane.  What was that?  I wish somebody would explain to me the point of this match because I didn’t see anything to it.  Good friends of mine in Mr Main Event BDub Brian Waters and Big Mike Knoxxx, check them out on Perfect Plex Radio after Raw, said it best that this match didn’t really elevate anybody. Did this elevate John Cena or have Cena display a new attitude? No.  Did this elevate Zack Ryder who ended up on the receiving end of a beatdown again? No.  Did this really elevate Kane or his whole motive to try and light a fire under Cena and get him to embrace hate? Not really.

To me, I’ve never understood the point of the Double DQ or Double Count-Out finishes because all it does for the most part is piss off people.  The only time I ever saw that was when I saw Bryan Danielson during his pre-Daniel Bryan days going against Tyler Black and the first match they had ended in a draw and the second a double count-out and both times, people weren’t booing but were applauding and even demanding to let them fight more. You didn’t get that response from the crowd, but then again, I’m not so certain how much the crowd is into this story to begin with.  It’s sure as hell not for booing John Cena because people have already been doing that.  This does set a record as two times in about a week where we see Zack Ryder getting carried out on a stretcher. I hope somebody knows what the point of it is because I’ll be damned if I know what it is.

People can rip on this all they want, but the fact that after all this time of being buried, the fact that Drew McIntyre was actually on a PPV card should be a sign of progress. Given, it was against Brodus Clay and he just ended up getting destroyed within seconds, but at least he made it on there.  I hope there is some big payoff with this because I don’t know how much longer I can go on seeing Drew jobbing to guys like this. Still, seeing him job to Brodus is a lot less painful than seeing him do so twice to Santino Marella and even less painful than having to see the guy do the stupidest match in a blindfold match.  On to the WWE title match which should’ve shocked absolutely nobody that the match was going to be good.

Having John Laryngitis pull himself from being the referee did help in setting up for tomorrow where we could end up seeing the end of his days as the GM.  I think I lost count of how many times that Punk hit Dolph Ziggler with the GTS.  I’m not surprised at Punk winning the match and retaining because I believed it to be the right move. Dolph Ziggler will be a world champion and I’ll even go as far as to say that he will end up with either the WHC or the WWE Title sometime this year, but tonight was not going to be that night.  He may not be ready for that at the moment, but he’s on his way there and in my opinion, he’s close to it. Without question, this was the match of the night and had all the makings of being a money match with the WWE’s top guy in CM Punk and the WWE’s top rising prospect right now in Dolph Ziggler.

I usually look forward to the Rumble match, but this was one of those times where I didn’t know what to expect. The announcers being in the match was stupid. I know some people thought that it was entertaining and funny, but I didn’t.  To pester and annoy is not considered to be entertainment in my eyes and I’m really weary of seeing Monkey Cole in his stupid wrestling attire that looks like something Rick Steiner threw away. I wasn’t supportive of having Mick Foley in the match either and I saw nothing to make me think any different.  The guy really can’t move and while the Cobra vs Socko moment was amusing, it wasn’t worth having Foley in there when really there’s no reason for having him wrestle as there’s nothing left for him to prove. I have respect for Foley and what he’s accomplished, but his brief stint in TNA should’ve been enough to show that he just shouldn’t be wrestling anymore. Kofi’s little move with the handstand was something else and it causes me to bring up the untapped potential in one Kofi Kingston.  Mad props to Kharma for making her return and lets hope that she wastes no time picking up where she left off with the Divas division.  Why is Khali back or at least made his return tonight?  The Great Khali is only great at being a colossal 7 feet tall waste of space in the ring.  There is nothing about this guy in a ring from an entertaining or wrestling aspect and if you want to bring up “But he’s a giant” so is Big Show and Big Show is able to move a lot more and do a lot more in the ring than Khali has been able to do in his whole time in the WWE. So to cut to the chase here, Sheamus ended up winning the Rumble and he’ll face the champ of his choice at Mania.  I don’t really see how you build him vs Punk and if it ends up being Daniel Bryan, funny how the WHC match will be the same match that WWE 86’d from their televised card last year.

Bottom line, here we are with now the countdown to Wrestlemania and yes I’m aware I’m overlooking Elimination Chamber but I’m sure that there are few people focusing on that one.  And one stepping stone along the way to Mania is Raw tomorrow and seeing where the Cena v. Kane storyline goes from here, what is next for CM Punk, what happens with Chris Jericho and does John Laurinaitis finally get the pink slip that people are screaming for?  Well, either way, the countdown is on to Wrestlemania so let the games begin.