Extreme Rules 2013.

Extreme Rules has wrapped up and it was an event that did not disappoint the fans. Overall, I thought it was really well done considering all the injuries that left the fate of the pay-per-view in peril. Like I said in my previous post, it would be the most important event that the WWE would put on all year. Here are my hits and misses for Extreme Rules…

Hits:

The Shield gains gold (x3):
They really are an unstoppable force, winning their matches and winning three championship belts all in one night. Dean Ambrose faced off against United States Champion Kofi Kingston in his first ever solo match. What impressed me the most about the whole thing was that Ambrose won it all by himself, there was no interference as Rollins and Reigns weren’t even present at ringside. I am also a huge fan of Kofi having gold because, let’s face it, he is one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster. I was a little sad to see Kofi drop the belt but it couldn’t have been to a better competitor. Ambrose will do great things with that title and winning that was just the stepping stone to bigger and better things, the same with Rollins and Reigns winning the tag titles. I’m always impressed by The Shield, even if I was a little critical of them when they debuted. I would have settled with them just having the tag belts and using the Freebird rule, something that I have been saying for quite a while. Think of how exciting it would be and how long it has been since someone has done that, it would be a treat for fans today. I hope they have lengthy title runs and continue their dominance in the WWE.

Cena/Ryback plow through the set:
This was probably the most shocking moment of the entire pay-per-view. I didn’t think it was real and I didn’t think that it was supposed to happen. Another result was that it led to a controversial match decision that is the talk of Twitter and other social media, it was a no contest. No contest means that Cena retains the title and neither man technically won the match, basically it was a draw. It was a good decision as I didn’t think Ryback had a chance of beating Cena in a Last Man Standing match. The ref didn’t count, so therefore nobody won. There is room for one final match between the two at Payback, although I think that the feud should have ended a while ago, and then that will be it. Ryback needs a bit more time before he goes for a major title. Maybe if he went for the IC belt first, let him sharpen his skills and work his way up. Putting titles on relatively new superstars is a dicey game, it either works or it doesn’t. With The Shield it works because they are consistently dominant every time we see them, Ryback seems a little uneasy in his new role as a top guy and I would be too. It takes a lot of work to be a champion and Ryback is up for it, he just needs to get his footing.

Colter throwing in the towel:
As mad as this made me, it was brilliant. It reminded me of when Helen threw in the towel for Bret, at the request of Owen. A small moment that helped to set up the win for Del Rio to be the number one contender but it made a huge impact. I watched the event with my dad and we were genuinely pissed off. What a great move for Zeb and Swagger, it brings them even more heat.

No divas match:
Do I really need to explain?

Almost every match was awesome:
All of the matches on the card really were fantastic, except for the Randy Orton/Big Show match. I just didn’t like it. With an event with such uncertainty around it, the superstars and crew of the WWE really put on a good show for the crowd in attendance and the crowd watching from home. I was enthralled through the entire two and a half hour show, watching every match with intense concentration and excitement. This is what each event should be like, it should always be the best possible show. Congratulations to the WWE.

Misses:

Randy Orton versus Big Show:
I just thought that this match was incredibly mediocre, especially since they were in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis. The punt was most definitely the biggest moment in that match but that was it. There was nothing that drew me in like all of the other matches. It was just boring. I don’t buy Show as a heel or Orton as a face, vice versa yes. Randy Orton just looks like an asshole and the heel role suits him perfectly, he has that smug look that just makes you want to knock him out. How much more can you ask for in a heel? Show is a lovable giant, he’s actually incredibly funny and entertaining to watch. The match was a slight disappointment after all of the great ones that came before it on the card.

The ending of Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar:
Worst. Ending. Ever. I thought it was a pretty strong match but HHH should have won. Mostly because I am sick to death of seeing Lesnar, or I would be but he doesn’t appear on television that often. If that is Triple H’s final match, it was a bad way to go out. It just goes to prove my point that Lesnar couldn’t wrestle his way out of a wet paper bag. He always needs a stipulation as a way to cover for his lack of skill. I heard a rumor that they are going to set up Rock vs. Brock for Wrestlemania 30, may someone help us. Two guys who can’t wrestle their way out of a paper bag.

The next pay-per-view that is coming up is Payback, the bar is set high and it better not disappoint. With injuries happening, they need to keep up the momentum going into the Summerslam season. Tonight is the post Extreme Rules Raw, so let’s hope that they can keep it up!

The Dance Card Is Almost Full.

Monday Night Raw opened with my secret (not so secret) obsession, FANDANGO!

He, along with his partner Summer Rae, faced off with Chris Jericho and Edyta in a dance competition. Many saw this as lame, I saw it as brilliant. Of course Fandango and Summer Raw cheat to gain the win but it was probably one of the most entertaining moments of the entire broadcast. While Jericho and Edyta were helping Summer Rae with her ‘twisted’ ankle, Fandango takes the opportunity to attack Jericho. I love Fandango, that’s no secret, what also isn’t a secret is that those rainbow animal print pants were ridiculous. The two men are facing off at Extreme Rules this Sunday, it is sure to be a flashy affair.

I really admire Jericho for so much. He can take anyone, even someone talented like Antonio Cesaro, and make them shine. We got to see that happen on Friday Night Smackdown this week, with Jericho coming out victorious via submission. It really is a shame that there isn’t more going on with Cesaro at the moment but I have a feeling that great things are coming for him. It was so back and forth, it made it so exciting to watch. Cesaro caught Jericho in the gut with his knees while Jericho was executing the lionsault, it was beautiful. Almost as beautiful as the dropkick that Jericho unleashed on Cesaro.

Zack Ryder is also a superstar that is making quite the splash on the WWE scene lately, and it’s all because he is trying to change his look. I really admire that Ryder is trying to evolve his gimmick and become more than a partying, Jersey Shore wannabe. Even if he is just jobbing to Ryback for right now, this gimmick change will benefit him in the long run. I hope he stays fun-loving and energetic and doesn’t turn completely serious. Speaking of serious, can we talk about how seriously annoying the Miz is? Last event, he got stuck on the pre-show, this event he is on the pre-show, and they have him facing guys like Heath Slater. HEATH SLATER! Is he not coming back full-time? Does creative not know what to do with him? What irritates me the most about him is that he is trying to imitate Ric Flair. He should be taking what he learns from Flair and making it his own. His MizTV segment on Smackdown seemed like a hot mess, it became less and less about the Miz with every superstar that came out and he kind of just disappeared into the background.

The tag-team division also got thrust into the spotlight even more as we got treated to quite a few tag matches between Raw and Smackdown. Tons of Funk took on the Primetime Players, with the Primetime Players taking the win with a quick roll-up by Titus. I’m not a Darren Young fan by any means but they could go really far as a team, if they drop that stupid dance they do. I also really like Tons of Funk and would LOVE to see them hold the tag titles some day. On Raw, we also got treated to a six man tag elimination match that saw Cena and Team Hell No take on the hounds of justice, The Shield. I love The Shield and I can’t wait for them to take the titles and utilize the Freebird rule. It’s going to happen, mark my words. Cena delivered the first-ever defeat for the men in black, making Ambrose submit via STF. I didn’t want to see them lose, at least not to Cena. It should have been someone else, I’m not sure who but anyone else but Cena.

On Smackdown, we got treated to more tag team matches, Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins versus The Usos, another six man tag match, and a rematch between Tons of Funk and Primetime Players. The six man tag match was quite possibly the most boring six man tag match of all time. Del Rio, Sheamus, and Randy Orton went against Jack Swagger, Big Show, and Mark Henry. What a snooze fest, I didn’t even take any notes on in because I’m so sick of seeing most of these guys fight each other. The only one that really has anything substantial going on is Mark Henry. The faces won, nothing new there. The Shield’s match against the Usos was at least entertaining. The Usos are a great team and they aren’t used nearly as much as they should be. It was an engaging, interesting, and entertaining match. Much different from the six man tag team main event. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns came out victorious but The Usos gave them a great match. Tons of Funk got the victory but it was lost amongst the rest of the broadcast, I actually glossed over it in my notes. BAD WRESTLING FAN! Just kidding…

My PVR box only recorded two hours and twenty-one minutes of Raw so I can only comment on what I’ve actually seen. What I am going to comment on is that Extreme Rules is probably the most important pay-per-view event that the WWE will put on all year, yes, even more important that Wrestlemania. So many people are out with injuries or working injured that you can’t really say who is going to win what or predict what will happen. From the pre-show until the main event, this fan will be on the edge of her seat watching it all unfold.

Better Late Than Never: Wrestlemania Recap.

It has been just over a week since the Showcase of the Immortals and I have a lot to say. I even watched it twice, just to relive my favorite moments and remember what I didn’t like. Let’s break it down…

Pre-Show Match: Wade Barrett (IC Champ) versus The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
I still can’t believe that this was relegated to the pre-show.

I also can’t believe that Miz had a victory, however fleeting the moment was. However, I did think that it was a match worthy of being on the main card, with terrific athleticism and showmanship. The fans in attendance were very lucky to see it. I enjoyed watching it on WWE.com, even if Wade lost.

The Miz has no business holding the title, he couldn’t hold a candle to Wade Barrett. I don’t find him entertaining and his constant imitation of Ric Flair is just annoying. He doesn’t have anything really going on and he’s bordering on Zack Ryder territory (Sorry Zack!).

Six-man Tag Team Match: Sheamus/Randy Orton/Big Show versus The Shield
There is a distinct difference between the two teams that competed in this match. The Shield is a cohesive group and Randy Orton, Sheamus, and the Big Show are not.

You can really tell that Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns are meant to be in a faction together. Each one of those men comprise unique element of one of the most engaging teams since the Freebirds and the Horsemen (That’s right, I went there.). Dean Ambrose is the voice. Seth Rollins is the aerial artist. Roman Reigns is the powerhouse. The other three were good, they were entertaining, but it didn’t seem like it was meant to be.

There was obvious dissention between Sheamus, Orton, and Show at various points throughout the match, especially when it came to who was tagging who. You could see it all over their faces and it affected their performance. There were little rivalries brewing between the three of them throughout the match and it opened up the possibility of feuds involving any combination of Sheamus, Orton, and Show.

The teamwork of The Shield prevailed as Dean Ambrose picked up the win, keeping The Shield’s undefeated streak intact.

Mark Henry versus Ryback
This match was pure power against power, two huge men facing off in the ring. It definitely wasn’t a classic by any means, but it was entertaining and showcased just what the bigger wrestlers are capable of in the ring. Mark Henry and Ryback tussled back and forth, Henry hit the Sammartino bear hug and Ryback took out Henry with his deadly meat hook clothesline. It was a beauty of a move and I felt Henry’s pain. It was awesome.

The Wrestlemania moment, and my personal favorite, of this match was when Ryback had Mark Henry positioned for shellshock. What sold it for me was the look on Henry`s face as he was hoisted on the shoulders of his competitor. The fear sold it and the finish made the match much more than two big guys ambling around. Henry captured the win when he collapsed on top of Ryback, but he got his revenge by delivering a spine buster and a perfectly executed shellshock on Henry.

Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler/Big E. Langston versus Team Hell No (Tag Team Champions)
I had a feeling that Team Hell No would retain their titles and I was right.

This match was good but I saw it as just a showcase for both Ziggler and Langston. It was the in-ring debut of Big E and I thought it went over rather well. As I have said in a previous post, he needs to make sure that he is seen as more than just a pile of muscles in a singlet that is too small. The two shining moments were when Langston caught Kane like a baby and when Daniel Bryan got the win with the flying head butt. Aj and Dolph’s kiss before the match, taunting Bryan’s 18 second loss to Sheamus last year, was also a nice touch.

Tag team wrestling is one of the cornerstones of the business and I feel that this match would have been slightly better had it been against an already established team. Rhodes Scholars anyone?

Fandango versus Chris Jericho
Out of the entire card, this is the one that I was most on the fence about. It was one of the greatest superstars of all time facing a man who waltzed in off the ballroom floor. I was not disappointed.

For his first official match in the WWE, Fandango was fabulous. When he caught Jericho in the head with a mid-air dropkick, I lost it. If anyone can get someone like Fandango over with the (sometimes brutal) WWE Universe, it is the Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla. The match was fast paced and flawless, with Fandango gaining the win over the seasoned veteran. My only critique is that he uses an leg drop off the top rope as his finisher.

A LEG DOP OFF THE TOP ROPE! WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? I sincerely hope that he is holding out on us…

World Heavyweight Championship match: Alberto Del Rio (WHC) versus Jack Swagger
I was over this angle a while ago. I find Swagger boring and his gimmick very stale. The only point of interest is that Zeb Colter is garnering all the heat for him. Think about it, what has he really done to contribute to the furthering of his storyline? That’s right, nothing.

Del Rio retained via submission. Moving on…

CM Punk versus Undertaker
Epic. How else can this be described? This is probably the most anticipated match of the last few years, one I was so excited about that I could have peed myself. The work put into this match was some of the finest work I have ever seen in my 24 years of watching wrestling. It was so magical, I clung to every word and action of both men for weeks. As bad as this sounds, Paul Bearer’s death added a sense of reality and realness to this match. The Undertaker was hurting and the wrestling world was reeling from the unfortunate news of Bill Moody’s passing. Cue Punk now…

Even the entrances were perfect. Punk had Living Color play him to the ring, surrounded by a mixture of cheers and booing. The Undertaker walked through a sea of the living dead to exact his revenge on Punk for what he did to completely disrespect the memory of Taker’s long-time friend and manager. CM Punk’s black, grey, and purple trunks were also a nice nod to Taker. This match wasn’t about what one did to another or who hated who, it was about the highest level of respect between two men who love this business. Punk was able to win this match via count out or disqualification so Taker had to be extremely careful. It was everything that a good wrestling match should be, the two battled for control constantly and there wasn’t one moment that could be predicted by the fans watching. Taker went for Old School, Punk pulled him off the ropes. Punk went for the GTS and Taker countered with a choke slam. The Undertaker got into the ring at the nine and a half count! I was so into the match I was sweating while I watched it.

My two favorite moments were when the Undertaker gave Punk the ‘stare of death’ when he broke out of the anaconda vise and when Punk gave Taker the flying elbow off the ring and onto the announce table. As everyone saw, the table didn’t break and it added to the long list of injuries that Punk has been working with for the last little while. Things like this just make me appreciate these guys so much more than I already do.

The Undertaker continued his streak to 21-0 when he countered the GTS with a very strategic tombstone pile driver. Taker and his urn were finally reunited.

No Holds Barred: Triple H versus Brock Lesnar
The best part of this match is Triple H beating Lesnar. I didn’t really see a need to have them fight again, although the build up was pretty decent.

Lesnar can’t wrestle. The only way he can compete is if it’s a stipulation that gives him an edge. UFC isn’t WWE, in WWE you have to actually do things. Not knocking UFC fans but I don’t think half of the guys in the octagon could cut it in the squared circle.

HHH won and Lesnar lost. Can’t wait for Extreme Rules so I can watch the same match again!

WWE Championship: The Rock (WWE Champion) versus John Cena
Boring and predictable. The only thing that makes me happy is that the champion will actually be on the flagship program every week. What makes me sad is that we’ll probably be treated to another round of Rock/Cena at Wrestlemania XXX.

Final Thought
I found that the last few Wrestlemania’s that involved Rocky have been somewhat mediocre but this one was the worst. The only thing that truly made it great was Undertaker versus Punk. It had to be tough to book a major event around a champion who was too busy promoting movies to promote the business he supposedly missed so much. The other superstars were left to pick up the load, as well as the staff in the offices. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the grandest event in all of sports entertainment, I hope they step up their game for New Orleans.

Everybody Fandango!

I’m starting this post off talking about the best part of Monday Night Raw, the crowd!

The people who were in attendance at the Izod Center were the best crowd that the WWE has had in a while. It really proves that the crowd can add to the atmosphere of an event and it makes it more enjoyable for everybody. They were literally on fire, they were into everything that was happening and their chants were hilarious. My personal favorites were ‘We are Awesome’ and the singing of Fandango’s theme song. One can also not forget the dancing that accompanied the lengthy serenade. The show was made that much more special because of those people and I wish crowds were like that everywhere. It reminds me of going to Raw in Calgary and chanting ‘We Want Bret’ with everyone. I’ve said it a million times, there is no better feeling than being in the audience at a WWE event.

John Cena opened the post-Wrestlemania Raw as our new WWE champion, with that awful looking belt. I’m glad that he won because we’ll get to see the champion each and every week on television. I think that is part of the reason why fans were so apathetic towards the Rock and Wrestlemania this year, Cena made light of that with his work on the microphone. If you have the top prize, you should be there to defend it each and every week. The question came about regarding who Cena would face next, my suggestion was maybe Jericho. Much to my surprise, Mark Henry interrupted the champ and got into the shuffle. Apparently, Rocky is still the number one contender and Mark Henry had to beat Cena on Raw to earn a title shot. Henry lost, opening the door for Rocky to come back whenever he is done promoting a movie or whatever. Stupid.

How can a guy who left the WWE high and dry, still be the number one contender? I can’t be the only fan shaking my head when Booker T said that. The prospect of a Cena/Henry angle has me very intrigued. Henry is a solid worker who deserves to compete for the biggest prize that sports entertainment has to offer, and compete against the current face of the WWE. The dynamic is there and it is something the fans would want to see, provided that it was done properly. Ryback also apparently turned heel during the Cena/Henry match when he attacked both men. I don’t really think it’s the right move for him when both Henry and Langston are the big guy heels but you never know what will happen with it. Eventually it will work but just not now.

In addition to the rowdy crowd we got treated to, we also got to see some great matches on the broadcast.

We got to see the Raw debut of Big E. Langston when he faced Daniel Bryan. Langston won his bout, with interference from Dolph Ziggler and Aj of course. I like him but I feel like he needs to harness and concentrate his power so it can be used effectively. It’s one thing to be a big guy, but it is another to be able to concentrate the power that you have. The Miz and Wade Barrett also had a rematch for the Intercontinental title, which Miz won from Barrett at Wrestlemania. I thought it a bit odd that would happen but I`m glad Wade got it back. The crowd got into it once again with a ‘Let’s go Barrett’ chant and Wade delivered a very strong showing, demonstrating why he deserves to hold the belt. The Miz seemed overpowered by Barrett throughout much of the match, it doesn`t seem like anyone knows what to do with the Miz anymore. I`m already growing tired of his ‘I’m the new Ric Flair’ gimmick he has going on. I just can’t buy it. Wade won with the Bullhammer Elbow, and this match toppled the one they had on the Wrestlemania pre-show in terms of quality (in my opinion).

One of the big surprises of the night came when Ziggler FINALLY cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to win Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight title. During the handicap match which saw Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger face Del Rio, Ziggler had his big moment. I like the new Del Rio but it was about time that Dolph had his time to shine in the spotlight. That briefcase made me feel like Dolph was stuck in some kind of purgatory, never to escape. Del Rio won by submission and Ziggles seized the opportunity. It was welcomed with open arms as the crowd promptly lost their shit.

The Undertaker also made a brief appearance to talk about his epic match with CM Punk at Wrestlemania, it was touching (however brief). He dedicated the match to his manager Paul Bearer, who passed away a few weeks before the biggest event of the year. The Shield interrupted Taker’s speech and when Team Hell No came out to help him, the Shield backed off. It was kind of intriguing, it is definitely an angle that I would be interested in watching on tv each and every week. Another interesting feud brewing was that between Randy Orton and Sheamus, I didn’t buy them as a team but they would be terrific in the ring together.

As goofy as I think Fandango is, Jericho vs. Fandango is really entertaining. We all have Chris to thank for that. He interrupted Fandingo`s match with Kofi and even mocked the dancing queen in the process. If anyone can get this guy over, it is Chris Jericho (or the crowd who was singing/dancing to his theme song for hours).

One can only hope that the crowds are that good every week, it really adds to the show and makes it fun. With this year’s Wrestlemania over, it opens the door for some fantastic feuds with the superstars of the WWE.

Thank you guys for working so hard to entertain us each and every week.

Raw Goes Old School.

I always love when Raw goes old school. It’s a different atmosphere and it is something special for the fans. Such a solid show and it had, for me, the biggest moment of 2013 (yes, I went with biggest moment).

I thought all of the matches were quite good, except for the main event but we can get to that later. Onto some of the matches…

Antonio Cesaro versus Ryback
There is no denying the strength of either of these men but I think that Cesaro has the upper hand. This man is a beast and makes Ryback look like a regular guy, that is no small feat. I get a push for Ryback but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the United States champion (or any champion for that matter). Antonio Cesaro is a champ, not a chump and shouldn’t be used to get Ryback more over. At the end of the match, Mark Henry approached the ring for his obvious squash match with Zack Ryder. Henry versus Ryback? Now THAT is something I would love to see!

Speaking of Ryder, what in the hell happened to him? I used to hold out so much hope for him, now he’s just another jobber. This guy was a champion. He needs to do something to regain control of his career. Maybe a character change, maybe something else involving social media, he just needs to get people talking again.

Miz versus Dolph Ziggler
Nothing that the Miz does will ever make me like him. It doesn’t matter how good his match was or how well he can speak in his promos, I just do not like him. I think that he is becoming a slightly improved version of what Heath Slater was doing with the legends. You can have Ric Flair in your corner all you want, it doesn’t make you Ric Flair.

Like I’ve mentioned a few times, Ziggler seems stuck. He doesn’t seem to be going anywhere or really doing anything. I hope he cashes in that briefcase and wins a title because he is such a fantastic athlete and is one of the most talented guys in that ring today.

Jack Swagger versus Hacksaw Jim Duggan (with Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes)
This was just a quickie match that was over before it began. Swagger attacked all three legends and then started screaming his ‘We The People’ garbage. It was just exciting seeing those three guys come down to the ring. I could have done without Swagger.

Primetime Players versus Team Hell No
A pretty solid match. I love the tag team division and I don’t think that it should ever be treated as a joke. This match had a special stipulation, having Ted DiBiase be the manager for PTP if they won. That would be a brilliant idea, they are a team that could really benefit from some strong leadership. Preferably leadership that doesn’t make rape jokes on live television.

For me, Titus was the stand out wrestler in this match. I just love him in the ring. He just needs to find his niche and then he will sail straight to the top. There is nothing but success in his future.

Wade Barrett versus Alberto Del Rio
This is pretty much just going to be me praising Wade Barrett. I like Del Rio but Wade has just come so far and is a superstar that has everything a fan could want. He is athletic, strong, a fantastic talker, and just has a subdued charisma about him that just makes him magnetic. He is such a strong competitor and is very strong with his ring abilities. When he strikes his opponent, you feel it. There isn’t enough good things that I can say about him other than he has such a bright future ahead of him that it is ridiculous.

Now I can talk about what I wasn’t that fond of and that won’t take long!

I hated the Fandango segment. I think the whole idea of his character is stupid and if it is supposed to appeal to women, someone missed the mark. No woman in her right mind would find that poor man’s John Morrison attractive in any way. What a waste of television time but at least they debuted him instead of showing those awful promos. The only thing I enjoyed about that segment is that Kofi didn’t have to job to that loser.

I thought Triple H did great in his promo but it would have been nice to see Brock there. I think his mic skills could be improved a great deal but if you are building a Wrestlemania program, you damn well better show up each week to work. Speaking of not showing up…

The Rock/Cena segment also made me trail off a bit. It is no secret that I don’t like the Rock so I’m not boring anyone with that. Cena is rubbing my last nerve too. This promo is the same thing that they did last time, the EXACT SAME THING! What really got me was that Cena said that the Rock’s time was up. It’s only up until they do the same main event at Wrestlemania XXX. Nobody is interested,I just want this match to come and go. Besides, everyone knows that the real main event of Wrestlemania is always the Undertaker match.

This brings me to my favorite moment of the show and what, I think, is the biggest moment of 2013.

THE UNDERTAKER IS BACK! WAHOO!

My enthusiasm for this moment was amplified when Punk won his opportunity to face the Phenom at the SHowcase of the Immortals. although it was won in a very convoluted fatal four-way match (his opponents were Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show), he still earned it.

Punk versus Undertaker. That, ladies and gentleman, is main event material. Nothing will top it.

One Last Bump In The Road.

This past Sunday was the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Traditionally, the last major stop on the road to Wrestlemania. This is the last chance for many of the superstars on the roster to earn a spot on the card for the biggest event in sports entertainment. Some of those who got a spot may not deserve it, in my opinion, and some who didn’t get one should have.

The chamber match is always my favorite and I always liked when they have two of them but it is tough with the storyline involving the current WWE champion. The participants this year were; Kane, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and Randy Orton. The winner of the match gets to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. My choices to win were either Kane or Chris Jericho. I just really like the two of them and feel like they would present such a great match. However, Jack Swagger won. I shook my head in disbelief. A guy who wasn’t on television for months, comes in and steals the win. There are obvious reasons why this wasn’t the best choice and his current gimmick is the one that stands out the most to me.

It is just awful, simply awful. That awfulness was exacerbated by that speech and stupid propaganda video that was shown. Oh god, how terrible was that? The whole ‘All-American American’ thing was tolerable but full-blown racism isn’t. I get that it is reminiscent of something that Iron Shiek and Sgt. Slaughter might do but I don’t know if it fits into the WWE today. I’m all for being cutting edge and out of the box but I don’t think this is flying well with people. If you follow Twitter, it is causing a lot of conversation and it offended a lot of people. I don’t like it. If it turns out to be some sort of brainwashing cult storyline then I think that is the only way it could possibly work. There is no way a normal person would agree to say the things they are saying. I’m sure there is a better way they could have gone about it but I couldn’t even begin to tell you what it is because I find this whole gimmick ridiculous.

The match between Del Rio and Big Show was refreshing and exciting, great for a feud that was getting stale. I am loving Alberto Del Rio as a face and Big Show is hilarious, but both need to move on to something new. Antonio Cesaro and Miz was actually kind of boring, more so on the part of the Miz. I think he would have been better served in a feud with Lesnar and Cesaro should have been feuding with Swagger (you know, before he drank the kool-aid). I’d also like to add that no matter how hard he tries, Miz will never be Ric Flair. He’s got enough problems. I even found their rematch on Raw boring.

Another point I would like to make about Raw is that Dolph Ziggler seems like he is stuck in some sort of purgatory that is caused by that briefcase. He delivers fantastic matches and can sell a move like no one else on the roster (except maybe Dean Ambrose). He just needs to do what everyone knows he can do, capture that belt and have one hell of a title run. I know I just have to bide my time and it will happen. In my ideal world, Ziggler will cash in his briefcase at Wrestlemania, steal the title from Del Rio and hold it until Summerslam or Survivor Series.

Speaking of Dean Ambrose, The Shield was so impressive in their match against Ryback, Sheamus, and John Cena. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose are a bright spot on the roster and I am thoroughly enjoying their in-ring abilities. It isn’t just the wrestling or the mic work, they are dynamic and exciting. I didn’t like them at first because I didn’t know what to think of them. I like that they are an independent unit and aren’t tied to an already established superstar, it makes their impact that much bigger.

Now onto the meat of the sandwich, CM Punk versus The Rock. The match went exactly the way that I thought it would go and I am not the least bit surprised. Rocky wins, Punk gets screwed. Yaaaaaay!

And we all know that Cena isn`t going to lose his spot at Wrestlemania. Anyone who thinks that is a dum dum. If Undertaker doesn`t come back, we will see a triple threat match with Cena winning and doing his celebratory hoisting of the belt. What I do not like is that they have to cover for the absence of The Rock. A champ should be there each and every week with that belt, not work part-time because his movie schedule interferes. Fans deserve more than that…and they deserve more than a belt that ugly. The spinner belt wasn`t perfect but it was a lot better than what they showed on Raw. Ugh.

#Raw1000.

The highly anticipated 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw was one for the record books and did not disappoint. As I readied the supply of snacks for my dad and I, I began to wonder what the broadcast would be like. Who would I see? What would happen with the legends? How would a three-hour long broadcast go over? These were questions that I’m sure every fan had that night.

This night wasn’t about looking towards the past so much as it was looking towards the future. Achieving what the WWE has is something that is historic, and probably unfathomable when Raw first premiered in January of 1993. There were stars from all over the wrestling timeline and it gave a grander feeling to what had been accomplished and what will be done in the future. My personal favorites to see were Bret Hart and the Undertaker, but I’m not writing this to play favorites. It was a strong start to a permanent three-hour expansion. Having McMahon come out and open the show was great as he should be very proud of what he, and his company, have accomplished in the television and wrestling world.

I think the three-hour format will bode very well for the WWE in the coming months, I was engaged and interested the entire show. It had a good balance of promos and matches, integrating the legends where possible. Monday Night Raw was exciting for the fans and those involved and had a feeling of grandeur, comparable to that surrounding Wrestlemania. It was just exciting, I can’t think of any other way to describe it. The opening segment with degeneration¬†X was reminiscent of the shows from the Attitude Era. They just looked like they were having so much fun together, the crowd saw that and fed off of their energy. Seeing them beat up Damien Sandow was also exciting because I don’t like him, he reminds me too much of Rick Martel (who I also¬†didn’t care too much for). The use of the legends throughout the show was great, they didn’t over saturate the show but they weren’t underutilized either.

The meat and potatoes of the show, other than the legends of course, was the wedding and championship match. Weddings in wrestling never end well. In the words of Kanye and Jay-Z, it gets cray. It was typical with the dress and flowers but then things took a turn, she left him to become General Manager of Monday Night Raw. A.J. as GM? I never saw it coming. I do think that it could work, as long as the shows don’t end up being the A.J. Lee Variety Hour. Every decision made has to be very calculated and not seem like they’re just made with no thought. I would have liked to have seen one of the legends become the General Manager but I’m not working for the creative department, sometimes I wish I was. It will be interesting to see how the character of Daniel Bryan will develop after suffering yet another disappointment in front of millions of people. Hopefully he will expand to more than a guy who shouts the word ‘Yes!’ while wearing a ridiculous jacket. Daniel Bryan is a wealth of talent and it shouldn’t be squandered.

The other hot button on the show was John Cena cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase against Punk. It was the first time ever that a briefcase was cashed in and a title wasn’t won. A crushing blow on, what should have been, a shining moment for John Cena. The Big Show interrupted and ruined whatever chance Cena had of winning but it wasn’t that moment that shocked people, it was what Punk did. He turned heel and it really added to his character. He isn’t completely a villain but is someone with and edge. I am hoping that we get more pipe bomb promos and him being the voice of the voiceless. It was the most shocking moment of the night and will definitely be something that draws viewers in next week.

What does a Punk turn mean for the WWE? A whole lot of awesome, that’s what.