The Night Of The (Almost) Champion.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, he did it.

Correction, he ALMOST did it.

In what was a fantastic pay-per-view, Seth Rollins was a part of two of the biggest shocks of the night. Roman Reigns couldn’t make it for obvious medical reasons so Seth was declared winner (via forfeit) and then issued an open challenge to the locker room. By the look on his face when his challenger’s music hit, what he was expecting wasn’t what he got. Dean Ambrose pulled up in a taxi and walked into that arena like he was going to make Seth his bitch. With Roman not being in attendance, it was a fantastic shock and I was left with my jaw on the floor. I wasn’t expecting Dean at all. Those two guys did not disappoint.

Now for the second moment, the one that made me jump up and down (literally) with excitement, Seth attempting to cash in that MITB contract. It was something that I mentioned in my last post, it was just a thought that I had in the back of my head. It was like a moment made just for me, laugh if you must but it’s true. Seth came marching down that ramp and I jumped off of my couch, jumping up and down like a crazy person. When he made the motion to cash in his contract, I screamed ‘Cash it in Seth! Cash that fucking thing in!’. I screamed that so loud and so much that I actually gave myself a sore throat. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very much involved when I watch wrestling live or at home. This time was different, I think the last time I was that into it was when Daniel Bryan won the title at Wrestlemania 30.

The rest of the pay-per view was excellent as well, the only lows for me being AJ Lee getting the women’s belt back and Cena fucking up Seth’s cashing in. I’m not really sure what they’re trying to do with the divas division by passing the title between Paige and AJ but they need to figure it out soon. They have a great roster of female wrestlers but nobody ever gets to see them have a title reign because they keep passing it back and forth between the same two people all the time. Okay, they’re frenimies, we get it.

I also HATED Cena messing up Seth’s cash in, mostly because it was such an exciting moment. Cena’s had so many great times in the spotlight and fantastic title runs, I just felt like he was trying to weasel his way into the main event of yet another (future) event. It was such a crushing moment when he did that. It didn’t do him any good with the audience by any means, especially when I felt like some of the fans were really starting to come around. Maybe they did it because Roman wasn’t there, or they have a champ who only shows up once every three months, either way I don’t care for it. I don’t have a choice but to live with it, at least there is no possible way that Cena will have a title match at they next pay-per view (I hope so anyways).

Monday Night Raw the following night was just as unpredictable as Night of Champions, my favorite part being the furthering of the story involving Seth. The seeds were planted for him to be seen as the golden child of the Authority. The most amusing thing to me about that is the fact that Randy Orton is getting so pissed off about it, he’s no longer the one and he HATES it. It’s really interesting to me that they are finally setting up someone other than Cena/Orton for the main event picture, usually it’s the same rotation of three or four people. I can;t wait to see where they go with this seeing as Roman Reigns is out until at least January and Batista is rumored to be returning for a final run leading to Wrestlemania 31. THey can do whatever they want, as long as they keep churning out this quality of television and wrestling, bring it on because I’m ready!

 

 

Rising Star.

Money In The Bank always feels like a surprise party to me. What does that mean? Allow me to explain!

You never quite know who will show up (okay, so you kind of do) and you know that not everybody is going to leave in the same shape they arrived in. Some crawl away, some need to be carried out, and some shit is going to get broken.

This particular MITB ladder match has a lot of significance behind it. It won’t just be seen guys clamouring to get to the top of the ladder to get a guaranteed title shot that can be used at anytime. The person who climbs that ladder is guaranteed champion status. For three of the competitors in that match, this will elevate their profile with the company and fans in a huge way. As sad as I am to have Daniel Bryan stripped of the title, this opens up the door for the three guys who have never competed in a Money In The Bank match before. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, and Cesaro, are being handed a monster opportunity and it is up to them to take full advantage of it. I’m not saying that those three aren’t already over big with the fans but a win in a match with this much significance in sports entertainment will solidify their ‘superstar’ status.

Initially, I had a hard time picking who I thought should win. I love Roman, Bray, and Cesaro. After some thinking, I am really rooting for Cesaro. There is just a quality within him that I love, I think it’s his style of wrestling to be honest. He flawlessly integrates old school moves, like the neutralizer, with a new school type of flair. Even as I’m posting this, I can’t pinpoint it. Whoever wins this match will be bringing in a new era for fans and the company as a whole. There will no longer be a constant repeating cycle of the same guys getting the belts. The fans won’t be getting tired of seeing the same gimmicks over and over again. I’m very excited for this match because I honestly think that this will help to revitalize and refresh the superstars and the fans, especially those who constantly complain about the product being stale. I don’t think that but it definitely could use a shot in the arm, but that’s with anything that has been around as long as World Wrestling Entertainment has.

The WWE provides opportunity to everyone who walks through those ropes, it is up to the individual to capitalize on it and make the most of it. This also has potential to have the winner written into a feud with Daniel Bryan when he returns. It pretty much writes itself.

The face of wrestling may very well change on Sunday. Bring. It. On.

Mr. Money In The Bank.

At the most recent pay-per-view event, Money In The Bank, fans were left shocked when two unexpected competitors swooped in a took the big prizes.

Those two men were Damien Sandow and Randy Orton.

My original pick to win the World Heavyweight MITB briefcase was Wade Barrett. I love him and am calling him a future hall of famer, this guy just has it all in my opinion. However, Damien Sandow stole the prize in a way that shocked everyone. He broke up the greatest bromance in the history of sports entertainment, the Rhodes Scholars. When teams go into matches where they have a possibility to go against each other, it never ends well.

Is everybody done crying yet?

This was something that I think nobody could have predicted in the slightest. All I really remember about Sandow in the match was that he came out, talked smack about Rocky Balboa, got into the match, and then kind of just disappeared. He literally disappeared! Sandow waited for his opportunity and he took it with full force. The look on his face when he won was one of complete and total satisfaction. Many disregard Damien Sandow as just someone who follows Cody Rhodes but he is so much more than that. When he talks on the microphone, he is the guy you just want to punch in the face. You want to strangle him every time he comes out and talks smack, especially if you’re from the town he’s competing in. Everyone has a friend like this who thinks he’s the best, but the difference with Damien Sandow is that he is. The surface of his ability hasn’t even begun to be scratched yet. I feel like he is just a predator waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. I am seeing a huge feud with Cody after Damien wins the title from whoever has it when he cashes in his briefcase. What would be even more beautiful is if Sandow won it from Cody using the title shot that he, in a way, stole from him. Wouldn’t that be beautiful?

I, ever so badly, wanted Christian to win the MITB all-stars match that it actually hurt. After being sidelined for what seemed like an eternity, he needed to come back with a bang. Sadly, he wasn’t able to accomplish this but did give us some great moments.

Randy Orton was the victor in this case, capturing the briefcase much to the disbelief of many people. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Randy Orton. On one hand I think he has talent, on the other I think he looks uninterested and would rather be somewhere else all the time. He just seemed like he was a bit stagnant and didn’t really have anywhere to go or anything to do. This win revitalized him in the eyes of the fans, I believe that one hundred percent. The end of that match was so beautifully unpredictable. Of course he’ll gain the title, go for a lengthy run, lose it, and then be back in the hunt again. He just needs to figure out if he is a face or a heel, I’d personally like to see him ride the line between good and bad.

The real shocking moment(s) of the match involved Paul Heyman and his newest protegé, Curtis Axel. First of all, Axel attacked Daniel Bryan and got away with it because, in Money In The Bank matches, there are no disqualifications whatsoever. That was obviously setting up a feud of some sort for the future, I’d like to see it commence immediately after Daniel crushes Cena and takes his beloved title. A little angry sounding but it is going to happen, I can almost guarantee it. The jaw-dropper came from Heyman himself when he hit Punk with the ladder. It was shocking to see but you couldn’t help but think that good things are going to come. This is setting the stage for a massive bout between Lesnar and Punk for Summerslam in just a few short weeks. I am not a fan of Lesnar at all but I’ll gladly put up with having to watch him on my television to see Punk rip him apart in the ring.

I feel like the landscape of the WWE is evolving and changing, and all the change is good. We’re getting to see what other members of the roster, those who aren’t usually the centre of attention, can bring to the ring. This is an exciting time to be a wrestling fan!

Climbing To The Top.

Starting out as just a match in 2005, Money In The Bank (MITB) has become one of the most anticipated pay-per-views on the WWE schedule. I always find the ladder matches so exciting and you can, with two hundred percent certainty, guarantee that there will be memorable moments. Let’s start with an analysis of each match, who I think will win, who will win, and why the others won’t win.

World Heavyweight Championship MITB Match:

  1. Wade Barrett
  2. Cody Rhodes
  3. Damien Sandow
  4. Dean Ambrose
  5. Fandango
  6. Jack Swagger
  7. Antonio Cesaro

To me, Wade Barrett is going to be Mr. Money In The Bank where the World Heavyweight title is concerned. Wade had such momentum as Intercontinental champion. He is a superstar who could (and did) tear through whoever was put in front of him. What Wade Barrett has is a brash elegance, he draws you in and then kicks your ass. His in-ring ability is strong and he has what it takes to be one of the greatest champions in the business. A win this Sunday will help catapult him even further in his career, leading him down a path to the WWE championship. I can see him among the ranks of CM Punk, Bret Hart, and Bruno Sammartino. He was my first and only choice to win the briefcase.

However, I do not have a hand in booking matches.

I am predicting that it will be either Jack Swagger or Antonio Cesaro who actually takes the win. Zeb Colter draws a lot of heat and anyone that is associated with him will do the same. Swagger doesn’t deserve to win anything in my opinion. I do think he has strength and great athletic ability but I just can’t stand him. He used to have so much promise but this gimmick just turned me off from him. My problem isn’t so much with the gimmick, which I like to a point, but he’s just so boring. Cesaro could carry the win very well but I just feel like the IC title would be a better fit for him right now.

Although the competitors in this match are all strong, not all of them are on the road to a victory. It has nothing to do with their ability, it will be different reasons. Dean Ambrose already has a title, the United States championship, and it seems unlikely that he would win a MITB contract at this time. The Shield has so much dominance already, they have three title belts and I see them keeping all of them for a very long time. Eventually they will all hold singles belts and continue to bring justice to everyone in the WWE. Individually speaking, Ambrose I so strong already that he doesn’t need a victory on Sunday.

I love both Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow but what MITB will do is cause a rift in their bromance. Story development is what will come out of this for the two of these men. They’ve been such a good team for so long that it would be interesting to see how the dynamic would change if they had to go against each other in a match of this nature. The final competitor, Fandango, is just too new to take something that is so big. I know that stranger things have happened in the WWE but I don’t know about him winning MITB. If anything, it would be hilarious but he just isn’t there yet. Fandango is one of my guilty pleasures as a wrestling fan and I love him but I don’t seem him winning this match.

WWE Championship MITB Match: MITB All-Stars

  1. CM Punk
  2. Christian
  3. Kane (Injured on Raw by the Wyatt Family, pulled from match)
  4. Daniel Bryan
  5. Sheamus
  6. RVD
  7. Randy Orton

Christian is my number one pick to take the win in the all-stars match. He only just returned but he is a veteran where ladder matches are concerned and has the most experience with them out of everyone participating. Captain Charisma only returned a couple of weeks ago but it is that experience that will give him the edge heading into Money In The Bank this Sunday. He isn’t without fierce competition. Punk came in as a close second but he doesn’t need something like MITB to be in the championship race. After all, he is the best in the world.

In reality, any one of these guys can win but I am thinking that Daniel Bryan is going to take it on Sunday. He is rumored to have a title program coming up this summer, heading into Summerslam so he is the logical choice. To start off his angle, he doesn’t need to win but it would be a fantastic jumping off point. RVD is an obvious choice due to the advantage he will have in Philly but he is meant for something else. I don’t think they would bring him back to have him win a briefcase and then take a title. No way. Depending on the length of his deal, I’d say he will wrap up either around Survivor Series or perhaps even the Royal Rumble. I like Rob Van Dam a lot and he is a great competitor but unless he sticks around for the long-term, he shouldn’t (or won’t) win. Kane was injured by the Wyatt Family in their debut on Raw so he’s out of the match. I like Kane so that was a little disappointing but does build something for the next event. Randy Orton and Sheamus are kind of boring to me at the moment so I do see them putting on a great show, just not winning the entire thing.

The whole dynamic of the WWE could change this Sunday. We could have a bigger, badder, meaner champion. We could see a man back in the title fight after an epic loss. Money In The Bank is the most unpredictable pay-per-view that the WWE has on its jam packed schedule. There is a myriad of factors to consider when thinking about these types of matches. It will be shocking, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and fantastic.

There are only two men who can walk away calling themselves Mr. Money In The Bank. Who will it be?

I Have Things To Say.

The last few weeks of wrestling have blown my mind.

From Payback to Raw, everything has been gold. Let’s just get to it already…

The win that Curtis Axel had at Payback was simply beautiful. I was a bit weary of Axel getting the title because he has yet to have a clean win on his record but I was blown away. I’m never a big fan of new guys getting a belt unless it feels right, and this was like a brand new wrestling t-shirt. Curtis Axel was in the right place at the right time and took advantage of it. I was a little weary of Curtis Axel as a superstar but seeing him wrestle in person and then at Payback, made me see him for the talent that he is. This kid is going places and will do great things in his career. I was quite sad to see Barrett lose his Intercontinental title but it went to a deserving competitor. A side note to that last sentence is the fact that I am OVERJOYED the Miz never got it. I was beside myself during the entire match, I yelled so loud when Axel won that my dog ran upstairs. Making it even better was the fact that his father held that same title and he won on Father’s Day. What a fantastic way to pay tribute to his dad.

I’m quite intrigued to see who his first major title defense will be against. His first defense was against Sin Cara but let’s be honest, with a dad like Mr. Perfect, this kid is destined for greatness.

I’m also a tad embarrassed to admit that I actually enjoyed the match between Aj and Kaitlyn during Payback. It was the most entertaining women’s match in a while but it still wasn’t the best. Everyone knows that I have more than a few problems with the female division of the WWE. I honestly do want to like it. So it isn’t really a matter of me just bad mouthing it all the time but a matter of me wanting them to be able to have the same respect that their male counterparts do. Another thing that really gets me is how everyone is acting like Aj is the savior of the divas. SHE IS NOT! It just simply isn’t the case. She’s just an annoying little gnat that irritates the bejesus out of me each and every week. What is going to save the divas division is if they let those who can wrestle, actually wrestle. There are women with amazing talent, like Natalya and Tamina, but they aren’t allowed to wrestle because what is popular are characters like AJ Lee and Kaitlyn. Sure, she can do a spear but that’s about it.

The females in the WWE should be strong and (I hate this word) sassy but there is absolutely no reason to rag on each other for appearance. It is demeaning, embarrassing, and just downright stupid. They can be so much stronger than they are now.

Speaking of strong, everyone needs to believe in the Shield. These guys are just blowing everyone right out of the water. They have continuously proven that they are a cohesive team, and just as strong individually. Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns continue to have strong matches and poise themselves for huge angles. Dean Ambrose tried to hit Old School when he had his match against Kane, can anyone say foreshadowing? There was a sick and twisted tone to Dean doing that, he was mocking Kane and the Undertaker. He was making it very clear that his faction makes the rules and ANYONE can be taken out, even someone as legendary and respected as the Undertaker. What this match did was set up a confrontation for a future event, my guess being Summerslam. I see a singles competition between Taker and Ambrose or a six man tag match pitting the Shield against the Undertaker, Kane, and a third mystery partner.

One of the unique qualities that the Shield possesses is that they are strong as a group and individually. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins certainly proved that at Payback with their tag team title defense against Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. While Bryan and Orton were falling apart, Roman and Seth held it together. The tension between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton could have been cut with a knife, further proof that tag teams cannot be slapped together. It was that tension that cost them the titles, not that they had any business winning them anyways. I hope that Rollins and Reigns like travelling with those belts because they are going to be holding onto them for quite a while. My only gripe is that they didn’t invoke the Freebird Rule. How epic would that have been?

There was much speculation as to what shape Dolph Ziggler would be in to defend his title after being off for five weeks due to a concussion, I was a little disappointed in one of the superstars and amazed by the other. I was amazed by Ziggler, he came back better than ever and gave one hell of a match. I was so sad that he lost that title, but I would rather him lose it in an actual match than lose it due to injury. Letting him keep that title was one of the best decision that could have been made, it provided intrigue as to who Dolph would defend his title against and how it would turn out. I was also extremely disappointed in Del Rio during this match, even a little disgusted. Those kicks were vicious and the match should have been stopped. This new side to Del Rio is not a flattering one, it is too bad because he was just starting to show some personality as a face character. Many have compared this to the double cross that happened between Austin and Hart at Wrestlemania XIII, I think it was good but nowhere near that level of ingenuity. The best thing that can be taken from the confrontation between Del Rio and Ziggler is that Ziggler is now riding that line between heel and face. Is he good? Is he bad? How do you tell?

One thing is for sure, this girl is happy that he dumped his entourage. I have always maintained that Ziggler never needed them and it shows his strength as a champion.

Payback also brought us the return of CM Punk. It was his first match since Wrestlemania and it truly was something special. Of course, one would expect Punk to win a match in his hometown after such a lengthy absence but it also helped to establish something else for Punk.

He cut managerial ties with Paul Heyman.

I liked the dynamic between Punk and Heyman quite a bit, seeing as Heyman is the one individual who gave him a chance when no one else would. However, Punk isn’t a superstar that needs a mouthpiece. When he got attacked by Lesnar, it planted a seed that suggested that Paul had something to do with it. I don’t like Lesnar but I would definitely pay good money to see Punk beat the living shit out of him. What would it do to Heyman to have two of his guys fighting with each other? Throw Curtis Axel into that mix and you have one big cluster…well, you know.

There is no reason for Heyman to be with Punk while promoting Axel, Punk can handle the WWE on his own. Someone like Curtis Axel needs guidance and direction. Another thing that I am enjoying is the tag team, for lack of a better term, that Axel and Punk are in. I know that it isn’t a permanent move as neither man seems really suited for the tag team environment. What it is doing is further helping to establish Axel as a top contender and propel him even higher as the Intercontinental champion.

However, the biggest and best moment of the last few weeks has been the ‘retirement’ speech that Mark Henry gave. To say it was beautiful would be a gross understatement. I was fooled the entire time he was in that ring, I had to applaud him when his true intentions came out. This is the feud that fans had been asking for, the one that should have been done in the place of Cena vs. Ryback. I can’t believe it took this long for it to happen but good things come to those who wait. If anyone is deserving of holding a title as prestigious as the WWE championship, it is Mark Henry. With this double cross, or whatever you choose to call it, it will be a unique development leading into Money In The Bank.

I can’t be the only one hoping that he takes the title from Cena…

 

 

The Next Big Thing.

The next event coming down the WWE pipeline is Extreme Rules, a pay-per-view where every match has no rules (I guess stipulations count as rules, deal with my wording). In the last two weeks, three of the matches that will be at the event have been announced and the last two episodes of Monday Night Raw have started to build it up.

One of the matches announced was the WWE championship battle between the defending champion, John Cena, and Ryback. I really thought that they would go with Mark Henry versus Cena since they had a match last week but I was wrong. The thought of Henry versus Cena had me intrigued, he’d be a welcomed change in the championship landscape.

Instead they chose Ryback.

I don’t have a problem with Ryback at all. Do I think he’s WWE championship material yet? Hell no. He is a great competitor and the fans respond well to him but he still has a lot of work to do before he is ready. I’m not saying that it shouldn’t happen, it just shouldn’t happen right now. One of the points that I use to support my opinion is his TERRIBLE pre-taped promo he did on the April 15th edition of Raw. How terrible was it? All he did was whine about how Cena didn’t save him when he was attacked by The Shield. I have one word for him, waaaaaaah. Cena was the guy that put Ryback over and even-handed Ryback his title shot on October 15th of last year. I just didn’t understand the promo at all, it wasn’t spectacular and would have had way more impact had it been live. If it wasn’t done in the ring, it should have been done as a backstage segment. Having him just standing in front of a drab background didn’t add anything to it, just made it feel kind of blah. A champion should be able to deliver live promos and engage the crowd.

Raw on April 15th ended with Cena versus Ryback, with Ryback watching as Cena was attacked by The Shield. It was a great set up but it got, to quote the amazing James May, ‘cocked up’ the next week. They had gone with a backstage promo but it wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. The crowd chanted ‘boring’ throughout. I think Cena versus Ryback could actually be a great feud, just not right now. We were subjected to some Cena/Ryback programming in the latter half of 2012, it would be nice to have a bit of a break. Maybe it could start after Extreme Rules and run until just after Summerslam, perhaps Survivor Series. Some may think I’m being picky but I’m not, I just know what I like. Cena retaliated by letting Ryback defend himself against The Shield, after Ryback’s confrontation with Mick Foley. Super Cena saved the day and retaliated with an attitude adjustment.

I still think Henry would have been a better choice, it would give him a chance to become even bigger of a personality than he already is. A girl can dream.

The second match that was announced was a steel cage match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar (with Heyman at ringside I’m assuming).

There is one thing that bothers me about this whole idea, other than the fact that we had to watch them face off just a few weeks ago at Wrestlemania. It’s the fact that Brock Lesnar doesn’t do his own speaking. Paul Heyman is a wordsmith and can probably work the crowd and a microphone better than most of the people in the locker room. However, shouldn’t Lesnar be issuing his own challenges? I mean, COME ON!

Can he not talk? Is he not confident in his skills? I just want to know what the deal is. Heyman was the one who called out Triple H and took the pedigree from him. When Triple H’s music hit, his face was priceless. With Lesnar’s absence, one would think that it was Heyman who would be taking on Hunter. I always enjoy a good cage match and I think it will be pretty good but Lesnar can’t compete in a regular wrestling match. I’m almost positive, and correct me if I am wrong, that each and every match that Lesnar has had since he first started appearing on WWE television again has had some kind of stipulation attached. The man can’t cut it in a WWE ring if it is just a straight wrestling match, he always needs to have an edge somehow.

The third match that was announced was a triple threat match between the new World Heavyweight champion, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Jack Swagger. I think that it would have been fine if Swagger wasn’t just tossed in on that. I just don’t see how his current gimmick fits in with the other two. Del Rio and Ziggler makes sense, Swagger seems like he was thrown in on a whim because they had nothing better for him to do at the time. Jack is a guy who everyone thought was going to be future endeavored after Wrestlemania, due to his arrest only weeks before the event.

Del Rio doesn’t need a title to be over with fans and Ziggler FINALLY got rid of that MITB briefcase that seemed like it was a weight on his back. Swagger just makes no sense as an entrant in this match and having him win would make even less sense. Dolph retaining the title is the only logical finish that I can see for this match. Seems to me like good ol’ Jack is the odd man out in this triple threat match.

While the even doesn’t happen for another few weeks, I hope the card gets beefed up a little and is entertaining. I’m just thankful that I don’t have to sit through another Rock versus Cena snooze fest on May 19th.

Come on creative, don’t let me down!

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.