It would of made more sense for Ambrose to get the pin, AND THEN have Wyatt attack him. I think Vince or Trips are thinking of the old school long game "Reel the fans in by denying their favorite face to get revenge on his main rival for months". The thing is fans today have less tolerance and shorter attention spans for long game angles. A feud you could of stretched out for a year in the 80's and 90's has to be condensed to three months (six months if it's super hot like Bryan v. The Authority). Rollins should of ate the pin last night to properly end the feud.
This angle between Bray and Ambrose main motivation will not be deep. Creative thought "Hey Dean is crazy, Bray is crazy. Clock out kids were done here". The two will try their best to save with great promos about how Dean should join the Wyatt family cause he's a psycho too, Dean will say he's his own man and they look like Duck Dynasty rejects yadda yadda andthey will have the best match OPENER at Survivor Series. This will get way less attention than The Bella sister slave storyline drama.
Speaking of, the Bellas had a good match- for them. They are finally wrestling at the potential they should of been at about a year after they debuted. The story between them is Nyquil, but to be fair so is the story with AJ and Paige. Now I really love these two gals and I'm crazy (no pun intended) about Alicia Fox being brought into this, but this feud with Paige and Aj needs to end by next month. Preferably with Alicia winning the title because she's improved considerably in all areas and she is the closest to a an intimidating heel Diva the company has right now.
Ziggler v. Cesaro needed more time and a predictable 2 over 1 win instead of a clean sweep.
What's next for Star and Gold Dust? Trying to get them booed against the Usos ain't sticking as I believe The Uso's seem to try to hard to be likeable. They are the smiling generic hand slapping clean as a sheet babyface team, and it's boring grating on annoying. They need to bring some more of that Samoan anger out during a match or two to show edge or else it's back to jobber city. Anyway throw the Dust Brothers at the renewed Harper and Rowan. Make the Wyatt family look savage and have them try to kill Dusty's kids so Star and Gold default to face in comparison. Throw Miz and Mizdow to The Usos as we continue the slow burn to Damien turning on Miz.
I would of really liked seeing Orton go after Lesnar. The last time those two faced each other was shortly after Orton's debut in 2002. If their was ever a time to capatalize on a face turn for Randy it's now. With the popularity of the "RKO out of nowhere Vines" (now Soccer players are doing it during training and matches), and the fact that Seth is the new golden boy that The Authority sees as the new hotness while treating Randy like the old and busted. Plus Orton did drop Heyman a week ago, but no we must have Cena v. Brock 4 because Cena is the real legend killer.
(edited by CruelAngel777 on 27.10.14 1231) Cole: "Yeah, thanks to Kane. You should buy Kane a Rolex watch for what he did for you." Rollins: "Oh don't be silly, Kane doesn't wear watches."
Quezzy, gold star. I don't even think its short attention span that why fans don't have any patience, its due to the fact there is 6 hours plus of WWE programming. Can we just be honest here, even if Bryan and Reigns were back, this roster is not deep and interesting enough for this much programming. All of it is their own greedy fault.
They didn't need the Network. They choose to make the network. They didn't have to go three hours for Raw initially, now they are forced to. There is no need for a Main Event show, but they did anyways. Smackdown is on Friday nights. The death spot of television. They didn't have to give us 14 PPVS a year. They got greedy and now they are caught. They caught with giving away matches on TV that would be PPV caliber events. They are cutting feuds short, because by the third week of a feud they have run out of all of their tricks.
What they should do and won't do is go back to two hour Raws and reshuffle the entire roster. They can get any wrestler they want not named CM Punk. They could drop the divas and get female wrestlers. Good ones, who don't botch all over the place. They need to axe the US title and make the IC important again. They need to take guys who are doing nothing or established Indy tag teams and place them on the roster. They also need to stop sucking on the Cena binky and make some damn new stars.
Have we even seen the network numbers this quarter?
I liked this show. The opener wasn't a show-stealer some predicted, but Ziggler vs. Cesaro was still worth watching. Psychologically, I thought it was odd that the challenger to the title would suggest a 2-out-of-3 Falls match. As much as I like Cesaro, I liked that they put Ziggler over two falls in a row. I feel like the outcry is always, "no one goes over, it's always even-steven booking, etc. etc." Now, when they put someone over strongly like Ziggler here, the refrain from a lot of people is "but they damaged Cesaro by not having him win a fall!" Well, yes, when you put someone over strong it's going to be at the expense of someone else. That's kinda how it works.
Nikki vs. Brie was well beyond my expectations, and I wonder if that's because they're more comfortable with each other in the ring being sisters and all. Moves were crisper and more well-timed than we usually get from these two.
The tag match was fine. Not spectacular, but good enough. The right move was made in not putting Cena vs. Orton on last. JBL saying this was the most important moment in both men's careers was laughable. I expected to be bored to tears by this match, but wasn't, so I guess that's a plus. I don't really have a problem with Cena winning since really, he had an argument to get another shot based of the booking of his loss at Night of Champions.
I love Mizdow. Even the post-match, as hokey as it was, made me laugh. A.J. vs. Paige was one of their better matches, though not a high threshold. Alicia Fox pushing Paige back into the ring and yelling "she's coming!" to the ref who was counting Paige out, was fantastic. WWE seemed to sacrifice match quality in Rollins vs. Ambrose for an attempt at star-making performances. That's not to say the match was bad, but it wasn't exactly the kind of match we've been looking forward to between these two, I don't think.
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Mizdow DID steal the show from the two guys actually wrestling over the US Title. The postmatch was silly, I agree, but the best part of all of that was after Miz ate a second Brogue Kick and the ref was checking on Mizdow. Great preview of what we'll be seeing for the next 4 weeks with these two.
Rusev DID do a big-guy throwy move to Show in what was actually a better match than I expected. Henry/Show feud starts in a few hours.
Ambrose and Rollins DID go off the cell, though it wasn't the Foley plunge. This match called back to the history of the Cell and what's happened in it many times and in many ways. The cell dive, stretcher spots, and even the backdrop on the chairs harkened back to Mankind/Undertaker KOTR '98 with chairs instead of tacks. The crazy interferance ending was a throwback to the first HIAC match at Badd Blood '97, but I might be thinking that because of the Kane cameo, which would be a throwback to the same match. Basically, they took concepts from very famous Cell matches and then put them in their own words to avoid plagiarizing and delivered all of this to a crowd that's now maturing past John Cena and either weren't alive or were far too young to have experienced any of the late nineties.
On that note, the ending has me hoping for a buried alive match that features Ambrose and Bray. Bray's wild power style lends itself to hardcore types of matches, Ambrose is a hybrid of Raven, Sandman, and Steve Austin, this feud just keeps the resolution between Ambrose and Rollins open down the road; imagine the feud comes back after Rollins cashes in, and we actually get WWE Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose.
Just reading that frackin' paragraph, I am a huge nerd.
Intercontinental Title match was good. Unique 'sweep' ending to a best two of three falls match. Cesaro would be better as a silent face who does all his easily cheered moves since to be a heel in WWE is to wrestle boring.
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You're reading too much into this. If Eddie was still alive, Chavo: A) Wouldn't have been on RAW at all, and B) If he was, he would have jobbed within 26 seconds as the third member of the Heart Throbs or something.