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

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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.”

 

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CM Punk: Over 400 days as Champion, and yet still Nothing

So, CM Punk battles The Rock on Sunday.  His promo while good was more of the same. Best in the World this. Best in the World that. And rehashing his lines from his promo where he said the people don’t matter.  The interesting part, especially after The Shield attacked The Rock was that Vince, who botched his line, said that if The Shield interfere in Punk’s match, CM Punk will be stripped of the WWE Championship.  The part that made me laugh was when Punk said the belt was prestigious again since he’s held it.

WRONG!!!!!!!

That belt has not been prestigious in years and CM Punk sure as hell hasn’t helped it any by holding onto the belt for over a year.  Yeah 428 or whatever number days as champion. Impressive but there’s one slight problem and that is what are you gonna be saying when you lose the belt? Are you still going to call yourself the Best in the World? It didn’t really work for Chris Jericho. Because the fact is that once Punk loses that belt and once he’s the FORMER Champion, those 428 days are gonna mean precisely dick.

Chris Jericho was the first undisputed champion, but as the years went on, it became nothing more than just a little blip on the screen, nothing more than a pebble falling to the ocean and making zero impact.  The biggest problem with CM Punk’s character right now is that without the belt, without his championship reign, his character is useless.  It’s about as useless as a jar of Slim Fast to Vickie Guerrero.  As much time and energy I guess as WWE has put into CM Punk, they might have put Punk himself in jeopardy.  The Miz was in the main event at Wrestlemania two years ago. Look at him now, he’s trying to rebuild himself but still, he’s nowhere close to where he was years ago.  Is this what we’re going to have to expect with CM Punk?  Is the guy that keeps calling himself the Best in The World going to be reduced to where the only thing he’s best in the world at is being an after-thought.

 

 

How Low Can Vince & The WWE Really Go?

Look, I get it, okay? The heel coming out to interrupt something  that is meaningful to somebody else is a common move. I get that, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always needed. Last night was one of those times.  Two months. Two months that Jerry Lawler was gone for because of his heart attack and you do this to him? You make an angle out of his heart attack? You have Paul Heyman mock the heart attack? Are you freaking kidding me?

Jerry Lawler could’ve died that night in Montreal and for about 20 minutes give or take, he was.  Nobody made an angle out of Chris Benoit or Owen Hart when they died.  Now before any of you say what about Eddie Guerrero? There’s a difference.  Rey Mysterio was trying to pay homage to him, win the belt in honor of Eddie.  That was built more to honor Eddie Guerrero than to discredit him.  I get that Vince is capable of sinking that low as we’ve seen him stoop to lows before.  I just hoped that this was one that even a cold-hearted, soulless bastard like him wouldn’t sink to.  Okay, let’s be fair about that last statement.  He has no heart because even the cold-hearted have a filter.  Eric Bischoff was and is a scumbag, but at least he didn’t resort to necrophilia angles or mocking a guy that nearly died in front of a live crowd.

What made them think that all that transpired last night was a good idea? Was this their attempt at trying to be edgy and innovative at the risk of being controversial in light of Vinny Mac’s wife losing yet another election she had no chance in hell of winning or had any business taking part in to begin with? Or is this the WWE being what we already suspected with them trying to copy TNA’s storylines in them being quite simply Desperate?

You see Vince, THIS is what everyone is talking about when they’re saying that you’re out of touch. That you don’t have your finger on the pulse of what the fans like or want. Hell, you haven’t had your finger on that pulse for the last couple of years.  Face it, Vince, your creative skill that you’ve claimed to have had all this time is out of gas and you think that what you did to a guy that nearly died 2 months ago proved something, it did.  It proved that you really did inject the WWE with a dose of poison. It just wasn’t the NWO like in that angle years ago. No, that poison’s name is Vincent Kennedy McMahon.  I guarantee you that if you were the one that had the heart attack and died, nobody would be wanting an angle involving your death.  Well, I’m sure that there are probably a select few that would not only welcome it, they’d be ready to dance on your grave.  Of course, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of guys that would say that they would love to drive a stake through Vince’s heart but are convinced that nothing can kill him.  Than again, I’m sure if the day comes where Vince croaks, his death will be much like his life: No Shame.

Now I’m not really mad at CM Punk and Paul Heyman or at least as much as I am towards Vince. Heyman and Punk are just the dogs and Vince was the one that gave the okay and let them off the leash.  And I don’t give a damn if Jerry Lawler gave the okay for it.  It doesn’t mean that it’s not in bad taste.  The segment as well as Heyman’s mock heart attack was in bad taste and so is Punk’s twitter rants about it.  All his talk about being the best in the world and always putting down Vince. Congratulations to CM Punk and to Paul Heyman though because not only are you both no better than Vince, you’re to a degree worse. And as far as Best in the World goes Punk, you might as well scrap that now because as far as I’m concerned after Monday night, you’re just another tatted up asshole and Heyman pulled a low that’s even beneath Eric Bischoff.  It’s cheap heat and something that is above both of them or at least I thought they were.  Turns out that they’re much like the crap they pulled: cheap. That’s as much as I’ll say about Heyman and Punk.

As for Vince, you wanna know what cost your wife the election?  You wanna know who was responsible for her loss? All you need to do is look into a mirror.  Even Jerry Jarrett thinks this was low class and cheap.    As bad of shape as the WWE is in, I’ve been rooting for them to recover and to rise back up.  I’m not so sure if I’m really rooting for that anymore after last night.  You can take everything and I mean EVERYTHING that Michael Cole has ever said or done as his heel character along with everything involving Vickie “Pig-Vomit” Guerrero and John Laryngitis, combine all of those things and that wouldn’t measure to what they did to Jerry Lawler on Monday Night.  I don’t get offended by stuff on TV easily, but this was the one exception.  Vince McMahon is killing his own product. He once said during the Corporate Ministry bit when he was revealed as the higher power that there is no low he won’t sink to.  I’m starting to think that line wasn’t just script.  If this is the crap you’re gonna pull, Vince,  then not only am I saying that the WWE is going to fall and it’ll be Vince’s fault when it does, but I’m calling my shot out right now when I say that to you Vince McMahon, you deserve to have your company fail you repulsive, soulless, deplorable, absolute horror of a human being.

The State of Ring of Honor Wrestling

I read an article off of Wrestlezone where one their writers (I’m not particularly fond of the guy which is why his name will get no plug on here) and in his article, he talked about how ROH is doomed for failure.  The basis of his claim was that the attendance for an ROH show in Pittsburgh recently only had about 500 in attendance.  Just because that was the attendance for one, doesn’t mean that’s the attendance for all.  People have said that ROH is in danger of going under for years and many said that about TNA also.  I have on several occasions said that TNA was doomed to fail, mostly because of acquiring Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo, but it’s still standing even as I’m writing this.

I’m not saying that ROH is perfect.  It’s not without its faults and one of the biggest problems that it’s had over the years is the internet PPVs.  Technical problems have plagued those shows for the last few years.  Border Wars was the first iPPV that ROH had and they had it streamed from their website.  That was also the first PPV that ROH had streamed that was outside of Go Fight Live which was never able to get past the streaming issues.  Best in The World took place last weekend and a lot of people were able to watch for free as a token of appreciation to the fans and an act of redemption for the technical problems at Border Wars.

The location for streaming their internet PPVs as well as the quality for the streaming was not the only fault for ROH.  Sinclair Broadcasting in my opinion is not fanning out like I hoped it would and probably not like ROH was hoping it would.    The biggest problem is that Sinclair Broadcasting doesn’t have the strongest base on the West Coast.  In other words, even if fans of ROH on the West Coast want to see it, we have to do it through ROH’s site with or without a subscription.   The problem with that is that while it’s still accessible, many would rather watch it on TV and for those on the West Coast, that’s just not possible.  However, going back to my problem with the article that I read, it was claimed that Jim Cornette has been “Brooding” as of late and that Davey Richards has been looking at other work such as a firefighter.  My message to this writer is this: Who the hell do you think you are? Professor X? Did you wiretap the phones of Jim Cornette and Davey Richards? What’s your encore? A timeline on John Cena’s marriage?

I will agree that wrestler past and present that I’ll consider amongst the elite in ROH are guys like CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Davey Richards, Kevin Steen and of course Nigel McGuinness.  There are probably others that I’m leaving out but I’m hoping the point was made with the names that were mentioned.  I get that the article is an opinion piece, but most columnists try to input more facts into their work rather than conspiracy theories.  The bottom line is that this guy knows about as much about the status of Ring of Honor as I do about what ended John Cena’s marriage.  In other words, a whole lot of nothing but it’s what you can expect from washed up announcers.  I don’t know what the status is for ROH one way or the other, but last time I checked, one bad show doesn’t equal a death sentence.

Even if “Over The Limit” Sucks, CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan Won’t

This past Monday it was made official that Daniel Bryan will take on CM Punk for the WWE title.  However, the reaction for it has not really been positive.  The biggest reason for this is because the PPV where these two are going to be fighting is Over The Limit. For the most part, Over The Limit has been one of the crappiest PPV’s and it was definitely had the least PPV buys of any PPV last year.  This match alone will not make the PPV, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this match will be good regardless of the rest of the PPV.

We’ve gotten a taste of what these two can do in the ring.  Both of these guys are Ring of Honor alumni and both seem to be really comfortable with each other’s styles in the ring.  The matches on Raw and Smackdown between these two have been great and no real decisive winner has been determined.  So, since Over The Limit tends to suck, why have this match on the PPV? First off, I think those of us that have seen both these guys in ROH and have watched both matches with the two in WWE have to agree that this match is too big for Raw or Smackdown. This match has PPV caliber written all over it. And also, just because these two are fighting on a B-rated PPV, don’t think that this is the only time that we’ll see this match.  As much as we bash the WWE, myself included in that, the WWE is not that stupid.  This match is another test for the two of them.  Though Punk has leveled off, he’s still impressing the higher-ups to a degree. He has to be if he’s still got the belt and Daniel Bryan’s popularity and the “Yes” chants just seem to get bigger and bigger.

Again, the WWE is not stupid. They know that these two can put on a good match. They’re counting on it at Over The Limit. My theory is that they want to see what these two can do on a PPV stage. That means no commercial, no time restraints or at least the kind you would get on a two hour TV show.  On a PPV, you run a good chance at getting a 20 minute long match, possibly longer than even that.  The goal for having these two in a match is to see how well they can deliver with minimal to no restrictions on a PPV.  I will make a guarantee here that they deliver on this and the right people in the powers that be of the WWE like it, then we’ll see these two collide on one of the major PPVs.  These two are too damn good to not be on one of the big PPVs. Bottom line is we got what we wanted in seeing these two collide on PPV.  The bar has been raised and simply after this match, it’ll be time to raise the bar even higher.

Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus at Extreme Rules: Why Bryan MUST Win

 

YES!!!!!  YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!

Nobody can figure out how the hell that became a popular catchphrase, but it happened. The phrase came to be what it is and Daniel Bryan is amongst the elite in the WWE. He’s supposed to be a heel, that’s true but the fact remains is that this guy is so over with the crowd, it’s not even funny.  And yet, there are plenty of people still bent up over the fact that all we got out of him and Sheamus was 18 seconds.  Bad enough that the match was the opener to this year’s Wrestlemania, but to not even give us a five minute match with the two was insulting.  But luckily we have Extreme Rules coming up and a chance for Daniel Bryan to go even higher. But for that to happen, Daniel Bryan has to win the belt back.

Yeah I know, I know.  I’m one of those that can’t stand quick title changes that happen in a month or less.  But this is one case where I’m gonna make the exception. Why you may ask? It’s because I believe in striking while the iron is hot and when you look at Daniel Bryan right now, the iron is RED FREAKING HOT!!!!! The WWE would be crazy to not acknowledge this and if they keep focusing on how he was an indy guy or ROH alum, all I can say is choke on those words. Like it or not, this guy is way over and the crowd is eating him up.  You have somebody that the crowd is red hot for and are chanting his phrase his name, you go for it and make the most out of it as much as possible.  Sheamus however, as much as I like the guy, doesn’t have that same effect.  It’s unfortunate but the fact remains that Sheamus is a cold fish next to the red hot iron for Daniel Bryan.

Sheamus turned face out of nowhere and nobody really understood why. It was one thing when he went after Mark Henry because nobody else would fight him, but the feud ended way too quickly.  There was build-up heading to Sheamus winning the Royal Rumble, but that didn’t work because all we got was Sheamus killing a bunch of tackling dummies, aka jobbers, in about two minutes.  Triple H went face but at least when he did, they changed nothing just like when Stone Cold Steve Austin went face, they also changed nothing with them.  These days, neutral works more than a clear cut face does. Sheamus and John Cena are clear cut faces and the crowd despises them.  They cheer for guys like Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Orton is a good example because though face, they didn’t change a damn thing with him because they still have him as the Viper and the Apex Predator, in other words sadistic to the point of almost being considered psychotic.  But it doesn’t matter, the crowd likes him and Daniel Bryan, though he is quick to spit the admiration from the crowd back at them, the crowd still digs him.

Nobody is taking Sheamus seriously as a champion.  People have forgotten that he even won the belt in the first place. The Great White is nothing but a cold fish right now while Daniel Bryan has become the hot commodity just as CM Punk did when his push first started.  The best advice for the WWE is to put the World Heavyweight Championship back on Daniel Bryan because you don’t want to risk the momentum he’s got going for him right now to come to a screeching halt.  The WWE should be seeing dollar signs every time that they year YES being chanted from the crowd.  The chants of Yes much like Daniel Bryan himself are money and the WWE should try to get as much from it as they can and the best way to do it is give Bryan back the belt while he’s still the hot commodity.

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.