-Zack Ryder wins the Opening YouTube Battle Royale to earn a United States Championship match tonight. -The Miz d. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes & Sin Cara to retain the Intercontinental Championship in a Fatal 4-Way after Miz (blinded by a Sin Cara mask) hit Cody Rhodes with the Skull-Crushing Finale. -Daniel Bryan & Kane d. Air Truth to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions after Daniel Bryan shoved Kane off the top-rope onto Kofi Kingston for the accidental pinfall. -Antonio Cesaro d. Zack Ryder to retain the United States Championship with the Neutralizer. -Randy Orton d. Dolph Ziggler with the RKO. -Eve Torres d. Layla to become the new Divas Champion. Kaitlyn was scratched from the match after she was attacked backstage by an unknown assailant. -Sheamus d. Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship with the Brogue Kick. (Booker T reinstated the Brogue Kick before the match.) -John Cena v. CM Punk for the WWE Championship ends in a draw.
Ok, free food has once again convinced me to catch this PPV at a friend's house. Sure, let's do this.
OPENING YOUTUBE BATTLE ROYALE Holy crap, there are a BUNCH of losers in this match! Tensai, Tyson Kidd, Primo & Epico, the Prime Time Players, Justin Gabriel, Alex Riley, Jinder Mahal, Zack Ryder, Drew McIntyre, JTG, Heath Slater, Santino, the names go on and on. Yes, there are this many guys on the roster just wandering aimlessly and unable to string together more than one consecutive win. This is why this company frustrates me so much. The only name worth ANYTHING is Brodus. When you have a foregone conclusion in a randomly-slapped together battle royale, you have a problem. Brodus and Tensai do the big-man face-off to no reaction, until Santino runs into them both in a comedy spot. Brodus gets tossed, showing what I know about foregone conclusions. Santino pulls out THE COBRA~! when it's down to five. COBRA~! for Tensai! COBRA~! for Young! Santino tries to pin people, which is just stupid. The PTP's toss Santino. Your final four are the PTP's, Tensai, and Zack Ryder. PTP's use their double-team moves on Tensai. Ryder tosses O'Neil. Tensai tosses the rest of the guys, but Ryder hangs on! Tensai tries to powerbomb Ryder out, but Ryder headscissors him over to get his title shot tonight!
WINNER: Zack Ryder - Oh boy! Can't wait to watch Ryder get squashed like a bug tonight!
And now we move to the PPV proper.
Here's a video package on the various championships. If they actually bothered to make these championships look prestigious at all, this would probably mean something.
Opening pyro! Your host is Michael Cole and he immediately opens with a health update on Jerry Lawler. EMT's performed 15 minutes of CPR on Lawler and saved him life. Cole thanks everyone for their well-wishes and tells us that Jerry Lawler will be going home to Memphis this week.
And replacing Lawler tonight is...holy shit, it's JBL! He gets a decent pop! Cole points out a tweet from Jerry Lawler hinting at JBL's arrival. Well, this should be fun! No, really!
THE MIZ v. REY MYSTERIO v. CODY RHODES v. SIN CARA: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL 4-WAY MATCH Miz comes out and bemoans his involvement in tonight's Fatal Four-Way, slamming Booker T for booking this match. Miz says he's going to file an official complaint. Yes, we're treading THIS ground again, because God forbid these writers come up with NEW ideas! JBL doesn't waste time settling into his role as heel color man. Hey, everything's starting to feel right with the world! We actually have a NORMAL PBP guy and a HEEL color guy! Imagine that! We greet our Spanish hosts, Marcelo Rodrigues and Carlos Cabrera. Their table will be getting broken soon enough.
The heels gang up on Rey to start before SC takes the heels out with a crossbody. The faces clear out the heels. The heels soon use chicanery to get control. The faces soon clear out the heels again, so SC and Rey go toe-to-toe. SC flips around and hits a swinging headscissors. JBL reels off Rey's lineage without missing a beat. I love this guy! Rey hits a swinging headscissors, but here come Miz and Cody to beat down both guys. Now the heels are going at it. Cody misses the Disaster kick and Miz hits the backbreaker. Miz chucks Cody, leading to a pin reversal sequence between the remaining three guys. That was pretty neat. The faces take Miz out with dual soccer kicks, leading to Rey and SC once again going at it. SC's corner charge meets a drop toehold to the turnbuckle. Rey stalls, so SC hits a corner enziguiri. Cody takes out SC with the Disaster kick for 2! Rey's still crotched up to, so Cody tries for a superplex. Miz swoops in and it's the TOWER OF DOOM~! for 2! Miz keeps out Cody and SC with dropkicks to isolate Mysterio. Miz uses this opportunity for choking. Rey tries to come back with kicks, so Miz hits a DDT for 2. Rey baseball slides to the outside, leaving SC to hit a missile dropkick to send Miz out. Here's an SC suicide dive! Meanwhile, Rey sends Cody into the barricade with a headscissors! Quebrada gets 2 for Rey! Cody faceplants Rey for 2 until SC breaks the count. SC hangs Cody on the ropes until Miz chucks SC into the steel post. Rey sets up for heels for a 1238! Rey Drops the Dime on Miz, but Cody pulls him out, but he can't steal the pin, as SC breaks up the count! Cody tries to take SC's mask off, but Rey pounces on him. Cody sends Rey out with the bar slide! SC hits Cody with the enziguiri...and pulls out a second mask. SC tries to mask Cody, but Miz pounces on SC with the neckbreaker/backbreaker combo for 2! Miz tries for a big powerbomb, but SC masks him to blind him! Cody tries to hit Cross-Rhodes on SC, but Miz blindly stumbles into Cody and hits him with the Skull-Crushing Finale for the pin!
WINNER: The Miz - I'll give them this. That was a VERY creative finish. And it showed a little personality for Sin Cara. Who knew he had one?
Backstage, the Prime Time Losers bitch to Eve Torres for some reason. Eve gets called backstage to tend to Kaitlyn. Apparently, someone did a Nancy Kerrigan job on her. The downside looks to be that she can't compete. Oh gee whiz, are we really going to be deprived of a Kaitlyn match?
Here's a video package for Daniel Bryan and Kane.
DANIEL BRYAN & KANE v. R-TRUTH & KOFI KINGSTON: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Bryan and Kane argue over who's going to start, but they settle on Kane starting with Kofi. Kofi goes low on Kane to start. Kane tries to chuck Kofi, but Kofi skins the cat and tags Truth. Kane catches Truth, but Kofi dropkicks him to put him on top. Truth can't keep the offense going, though, and Kane works over Truth before tagging in Bryan. Bryan stares down Kane before working over Truth with NO! kicks! Truth tags in Kofi and Kofi hits a crossbody for 2. Cole namedrops the Basham Brothers as former tag champions! My brain just exploded! Heels take control and Bryan hits another round of NO! kicks and a seated dropkick gets 2. Bryan sets up Kane for his seated dropkick. Kane hels Bryan up and Bryan shoves him in response! And we have dissension between Hell No! Bryan piefaces Kane! He begs off when Kane gives him the death stare. Bryan wants to HUG IT OUT! The hug gets a huge pop! In the middle of this, Truth sneaks over and makes the hot tag...or lukewarm tag, judging by the crowd reaction. Kofi's a lukewarm house of...humidity. Buzzsaw Legdrop hits! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Kane pulls out Bryan to save him, but Bryan takes umbrage to this! The heels argue again, so Kofi takes Kane out with a baseball slide. Bryan mocks Kane, but turns around and eats a Kofi tope con hilo! Kofi springboards in, but Bryan catches him with the NO! Lock! Truth makes the save. Bryan takes Kofi out with a NOOOOO running dropkick! Kane tags himself in, but there's more arguing! Kofi tries to hit Kane with a top-rope 'rana, but Bryan holds Kane's ankle! Kane wants his top-rope clothesline, but Bryan's had enough and clobbers Kane...sending him falling on top of Kofi for the pin and the titles!!!
WINNERS AND NEW CHAMPIONS: Daniel Bryan & Kane - Holy crap!
Immediately after the match is over...Bryan realizes they've won, grabs both belts, and starts leading a YES! parade! HAHAHAHAHA!!! Holy crap, this is great! Hell No celebrates their big win, but soon get in each other's faces again. They yell into each other's faces "******I****** am the Tag Team Champions!!!" After a round of this, Kane responds with his pyro...which is cued up late. Oops. What a fantastic bit! I don't even mind that they're recycling the Wacky Tag Team Champions That Can't Get Along gimmick. This is fucking BRILLIANT! I love this!
Backstage, Booker and Teddy Long ask Eve Torres what happened with Kaitlyn. Booker offers to give Eve the title shot tonight. In other news, Booker T is an idiot. Teddy Long looks on unimpressed.
Your hosts are Michael Cole and JBL. They note that WWE has partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation for the fight against breast cancer.
ANTONIO CESARO (w/AKSANA) v. "LONG ISLAND ICED Z" ZACK RYDER: UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Aksana gets on the mic and says that Cesaro will describe this match as "Unfair" in five different languages. Cesaro grabs the mic and declares this match unfair, because nothing sucks like having to defend against a guy that's already competed. Yup. We go back to earlier tonight on YouTube, where Ryder won the Battle Royale of Losers, making Ryder the King of the Losers! Of all the losers, nobody is better than Zack Ryder!
Cesaro outwrestles Ryder to start until Ryder takes him over. JBL notes that Ryder never got a U.S. title rematch. THANK YOU! Ryder pancakes Cesaro and hits a dropkick for 2. Cesaro hotshots Ryder to take control. He grabs the chinlock. Here's some choking on the ropes. A pair of double stomps gets 2. Vertical suplex gets 2. He grabs the chinlock. Ryder tries to come back, but Cesaro puts him down with the launching European uppercut! Cesaro grabs an overhead claw, but Ryder breaks loose and makes the babyface comeback. Cesaro tries a vertical suplex, but Ryder beautifully reverses that into a hangman's neckbreaker for 2! Now Cesaro goes up top, but gets crotched. Top-rope 'rana hits for Ryder! Aksana pulls Cesaro out of the way of the Broski Boot and the distraction allows Cesaro to finish with the Neutralizer.
WINNER: Antonio Cesaro - Ryder looked really good here, but is anyone really surprised he lost again? This was a decent TV match, but not much else.
Backstage, Alberto Del Rio and a neckbraced David Otunga have a discussion. Ricardo Rodriguez enters the picture WITHOUT his neck brace, as Del Rio and Otunga yell at him to put the neckbrace back on.
DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/VICKIE GUERRERO) v. "THE APEX PREDATOR" RANDY ORTON Both guys lock up to start, leading to a stalemate. Orton hits a clothesline. Cole talks about AJ and calls her "vocal," and JBL just tears Cole a new asshole for it. God, I love JBL so much! Why did this take so long? Why wasn't he first in line for commentary? Why did I have to put up with the entire Booker T era when JBL was RIGHT THERE the whole time??? But I digress. Very slow start. Orton hits a slingshot suplex for 2. Orton tries for the hanging DDT, but Dolph rolls him up for 2. Rocker Dropper is countered with a powerbomb for 2. Orton's REALLY phoning it in here. Dolph hits a second-rope missile dropkick for 2. Both guys exchange blows until Dolph leaps over the top and hangs Orton on the top rope. Jumping elbow gets 2. Here's a chinlock. Orton hits a back suplex, but Dolph keeps the pressure up with a running clothesline. Here's another chinlock. BORRRRRRRING!!! Orton comes back with a standing dropkick. Orton walks into Dolph's jumping DDT for 2. Both guys fight on the turnbuckle, leading to an Orton top-rope superplex for 2. Both guys lay around some more, which is just what this match needed. Both men exchange blows again. Orton makes the babyface comeback. Dolph slides out of the way of the hanging DDT and now the fight has moved outside. Orton hits the hanging DDT on the outside! It only gets 2 when Dolph puts his foot on the ropes. Orton stalls for a bit before the VIPER COIL! RKO is countered with the sunset flip for 2! Orton slides out of the Sleeper Hold attempt and launches Dolph into the RKO for the pin.
WINNER: Randy Orton - What a boring match. And yes, let's job Dolph again, even though Orton's going to be gone by next week. Great move, guys!
Your hosts are Micheal Cole and JBL! They shoot it off to a sneak peek at Dredd.
LAYLA v. EVE TORRES: DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Ohhh, this is NOT going to help the crowd after that last match nearly took them out of the show.
Wrestling sequence and stalling to start. Not much of anything happens. Eve suckers Layla into a handshake for the cheap shot. Layla should have known Eve wasn't serious, because she didn't ask to HUG IT OUT! So Eve takes control and...here's some choking and...zzzzzzzzz. Crowd's so enthralled by this, they start singing "OLEEEEEE OLE OLE OLE...OLEEEEE...OLLLLEEEE!" Layla makes the babyface comeback. Double-jump crossbody misses. Eve rolls the dice for the pin and the title!
WINNER AND NEW CHAMPION: Eve Torres - What a boring match. And God help us all, this is going to somehow lead to Eve/Kaitlyn for the title!
Here's a promo for the Once In A Lifetime DVD! See all about the once in a lifetime match between John Cena and The Rock, until the next time we see John Cena and The Rock!
LILIAN GARCIA introduces breast cancer survivors at ringside. That leads to a quick video package.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells everyone he sees that HE is the Tag Team Champions! He runs into Dr. Shelby, but Kane enters the picture, also yelling out that HE is the Tag Team Champions! Bryan and Kane yell into each other's faces! Now AJ runs in and outscreams everyone, frustrated that the two are still fighting. Bryan begrudingly congratulates Kane. Kane...walks away. Bryan says that's why HE is the Tag Team Champions! He keeps yelling until Kane suddenly DUMPS GATORADE OVER BRYAN, SHELBY, AND AJ! "Do I have anything to say??? I'm going to DISNEYLAND!!! I'm the Tag Team Champions! I'm the Tag Team Champions! I'm the Tag Team Champions!" This is the GREATEST ANGLE EVER!!! I never want this to end!!!
Here's a video package for Sheamus/Del Rio, right down to that stupid, stupid, STUPID pre-taped segment from last Monday.
ALBERTO DEL RIO (w/DAVID OTUNGA & RICARDO RODRIGUEZ) v. SHEAMUS: WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH I really don't want to see this match again. I'm tempted to dip into more boneless wings and beer. Rodriguez gives us the championship intro for Del Rio, while Lilian Garcia gives us the intro for Sheamus. Now here's BOOKER T, because...yeah. Booker says he concluded his investigation and declares that the Brogue Kick is not banned. Hooray! I'm sure Sheamus is going to Disneyland! Maybe he can join Kane while he's there!
Sheamus immediately disposes of Otunga with the Brogue Kick. JBL points out that Booker should have made this announcement BEFORE the PPV! Stop making sense, JBL! I'm not used to it from my commentary team! The referee brigade tend to Otunga on the outside, as Sheamus and ADR trade blows. Sheamus jumps on Del Rio on the outside. Del Rio shoves Sheamus into the Spanish announce table and...works over the arm...like he has in every other match they've had...like every other Del Rio match, in fact. JBL dumping on Mil Mascaras is far more entertaining than this match. Ok, so let's FFWD to Sheamus calling for the Brogue Kick. Brogue Kick misses and Del Rio hits the enziguiri for 2. Sheamus tries for the Irish Cloverleaf, but ADR fights him off. Del Rio lowbridges a charging Sheamus and targets the arm with soccer kicks. Del Rio grabs the juji gatame, but Sheamus counters with the powerbomb! Brogue Kick misses again. Juji gatame clamped on again! Sheamus gets to the ropes. ADR misses the corner enziguiri and Sheamus finishes with the Brogue Kick!
WINNER: Sheamus - This was ok, but I really don't want to see this match again.
Do Not Try (Recapping) This At Home!
Here's a video package on CM Punk/John Cena.
PAUL HEYMAN joins us in the ring for a quick promo. Heyman says he's going to be at ringside for tonight's main event.
CM PUNK (w/PAUL HEYMAN) v. JOHN CENA: WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH So that last bit of desperation to get heel heat on Punk fails, as Punk comes out to a healthy mixed reaction. And it's not for lack of trying, because Punk's wearing PINSTRIPE TRUNKS! Gee, you THINK he might be a heel? You think that's been hammered home enough? What, no tearing up signs at ringside? Come on! You're not trying, Punk! Meanwhile, John Cena gets a LOUDER mixed reaction, mostly boos. And Cena's wearing a pink hat and pink RISE ABOVE CANCER shirt. Jesus H. Christ, only John Cena can wear breast cancer awareness attire and make it look like pandering. Justin Roberts gives us the championship intros.
Punk stalls by holding up the belt. And he milks it for a while. We start with a lock-up. Dueling "LET'S GO CENA/CENA SUCKS!" chant. We shift into a wrestling sequence until Punk knocks Cena down with an elbow. Now Punk shifts to a headlock. NOW we get a dueling "LET'S GO CENA/CM PUNK" chant! Cena's brief comeback gets boos. Punk hits a low dropkick for 2. Cena tries to lift Punk, so Punk puts him down with a DDT. Punk hooks LAST CHANCERY~! (Hi, Austin Aries!) Cena regroups on the outside, so Punk stays on him with a suicide dive! Punk laughs in the face of John Cena's father! Huh...I didn't recognize him when he wasn't at the receiving end of Orton's Punt of Plot Convenience. Punk stalls, which allows Cena to hit a baseball slide. Cena throws Punk into the crowd and brings him out with a fisherman's suplex! Nice! Punk grabs the chinlock, so Cena powers out. Punk puts him down with elbows. Now Punk wants a boxing match. Punk hits a right that misses by a mile, but the force of the wind behind it knocks Cena down. Now CM Punk goes up and hits the Savage Axehandle! I know, because John Cena said so! Punk goes for the GTS, but Cena comes back with The Usual to heel heat. Punk's swinging neckbreaker is countered with a clothesline. Cena's Five-Knuckle Shuffle gets boos. Punk counters it with a foot to the face. Neckbreaker gets 2 for Punk. Punk comes off the top with a crossbody, but Cena catches him and Punk escapes before Cena can turn it into the Attittude Adjustment. Now CENA comes with a suicide dive! And I'd give him points for that, but he just HAS to posture like a toolbox! Now Cena's going for The Usual again to more heel heat. Punk turns the Five-Knuckle Shuffle into the Vise! Cena bridges out and turns it into the shitty STF. Punk turns THAT into the crossface! Cena powers out of it and drops Punk. A brief "Cena" chant is followed by a light "CM Punk" chant! Both men trade blows and Punk catches Cena with a spinning heel kick. High knee and clothesline. Punk hits the Savage Elbow for 2, which is just Punk BLATANTLY STEALING FROM HALL OF FAMERS!!! I know, because John Cena said so! Punk calls for the GTS, but Cena turns it into the shitty STF! Punk makes the ropes. They cut to Heyman for the millionth time in this match, making me think more and more that he's going to factor into the finish. Punk suddenly hits the GTS...for 2! Punk kicks away at Cena. Punk tries for the GTS, but Cena nearly counters with the AA, but Punk slips out of that. Cena gets a shoulderblock and NOW gets the AA...for 2! Punk rolls to the outside, so Cena rolls him back in. Cena climbs to the top, but misses the Sicilian Slice! Punk hits the roundhouse for 2! Punk hits rights and a backfist. A spinning heel kick gets 2. Punk goes for a moonsault (not a good one! Yeesh!) and misses! Cena tries another AA, but Punk turns it into the GTS...for another 2! Punk looks like he's out of ideas. Now he gets in The Rock's signature stance! ROCK BOTTOM HITS...FOR 2!!! Punk can't believe it...and he walks into the AA...for ANOTHER 2!!! Light "CM Punk" chant starts up! Now Cena places Punk on top. Punk elbows out of it, but Cena comes back with a SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX for the pin and title! Cena's music hits and he celebrates, but...
WINNER: Draw - Referee concludes that both men's shoulders were down. Yeah, it's THAT finish! That was a great match and a FUCKING HORRIBLE FINISH! Goddamn this stupid company!
Post-match, Cena wants the match to continue, so Punk waffles him with the title and walks away. Hit CM Punk's music...to a pop! CM Punk walks away with Paul Heyman. Closing credits are up and we're out!
I continue to be flabbergasted by this company. That's probably the worst finish they could have come up with and leaves a decent PPV with a sour ending. WWE: Where a PPV sets up a rematch to the NEXT PPV!
The show's a mixed bag. The main event was great (Did I mention that ending SUCKED?), the WHC match was dull, Orton/Ziggler was boring as hell...this PPV peaked in the first hour with Hell No winning the tag titles. Their act is single-handedly going to carry these shows for the next month.
But to leave on a positive note, I'm very satisfied with JBL. I think The E might finally (FINALLY!) be on their way to fixing their commentary problems!
Thumbs in the middle for Night of Champions, leaning down thanks to an awful second half. Though I'll probably mellow on that in a bit.
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Originally posted by It's FalseI don't even mind that they're recycling the Wacky Tag Team Champions That Can't Get Along gimmick. This is fucking BRILLIANT!
Let's be completely honest: "Wacky Tag Team Champions That Hate Each Other" is perfectly entitled to be overused as a trope because IT WORKS. Especially when you have two guys like Bryan and Kane who are more than adept at handling the comedic aspect of the relationship. (Which reminds me; I still remember how the knock on Bryan when he first came into the E was that he couldn't hack it on the stick - boy, that one turned out to be a load of hogwash, didn't it?)
Unlike you, I have no qualm whatsoever with the Dusty Finish in the main event. They couldn't put either guy over clean because they needed something to justify a rematch at Hell in a Cell next month - a matchup which, unlike Sheamus vs. Alberto del Rio, I actually want to see again (let's hope that the reinstatement of the Brogue Kick ends that feud and del Rio can troddle off back to the midcard where his BORING ass belongs and Sheamus can move on to Ziggler or someone else who's actually INTERESTING) - and what they came up with works well because both men can claim the moral victory (Cena because he had Punk beat, Punk because he can say Cena's an idiot who blew it for himself).
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
I would rather never see Claudio again. He is the generic heel with the foreign accent with annoying girlfriend. Characters like him, I no longer wish to see on my TV, Santino is starting to get in that boat as well with the Cobra shit he does, but he has personality. And personality goes along way. I'd rather see Ryder be built up as a mid-card star than some guy they picked out of a henchmen catalog. They need more mid-card faces.
Speaking of people, I have no desire to see, Eve is right there. Yes, I know certain people here have a crush on her, but every time I see her, I think how stupid the Cena/Kane/Ryder thing was as well as the ten man Wrestlemania match. She is the ex-girlfriend that lives in your dorm and you can't wait til she leaves at the end of the school year. A constant reminder of pain. Plus, I'd rather see Kaitlyn and Layla wrestle since it would seem fresh something that division needs more of.
Bryan/Kane sounds tremendous. Cena/Punk had to end in a weird fashion even though I can see where it would piss people off. I doubt if I bought that I would want to order Hell in a Cell which is what three weeks away with BFG around the corner, No Thanks. I do hope they keep the belt on Punk, because Punk pissing on the Attitude Era stars or even past stars is a better storyline than Cena has the belt so Rock can take away from him at the Rumble. Rock/Punk is my choice for the Mania storyline. Cena's time is gone if even after wearing a Breast Cancer shirt in his hometown, he gets dueling chants as well as Punk getting a pop for keeping the belt.
Orton over Ziggler is all kinds of bullshit and this booking of the MITB winner constantly is borderline insanity with a hint of suicidal tendencies.
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(edited by lotjx on 17.9.12 0721) The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Originally posted by lotjxI would rather never see Claudio again. He is the generic heel with the foreign accent with annoying girlfriend. Characters like him, I no longer wish to see on my TV, Santino is starting to get in that boat as well with the Cobra shit he does, but he has personality. And personality goes along way. I'd rather see Ryder be built up as a mid-card star than some guy they picked out of a henchmen catalog.
This is essentially like saying "I just want Daniel Bryan to go away. We've got enough vanilla underdog babyfaces!" back in 2010. Claudio Castagnoli is pretty much the antithesis of "picked out of a henchmen catalog".
Originally posted by Tyler DurdenI even liked the finish. Punk is a heel now, you know? Why have him go over clean in Cena's home town?
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I thought they would because they made such a big deal about how Punk would "earn" respect by beating Cena in Cena's hometown. Though I guess they could continue on that -- "I told you what you needed to do, and you didn't," with Punk responding "Then I'll beat it out of you -- at HELL IN A CELL."
Originally posted by lotjx Speaking of people, I have no desire to see, Eve is right there. Yes, I know certain people here have a crush on her, but every time I see her, I think how stupid the Cena/Kane/Ryder thing was as well as the ten man Wrestlemania match. She is the ex-girlfriend that lives in your dorm and you can't wait til she leaves at the end of the school year. A constant reminder of pain.
Sounds like someone else needs to make an appointment with Dr. Shelby.
The Eve storyline was great because she apparently has plausible deniability. Who attacked Kaitlyn? Wasn't her, she was talking to the PTP when it happened. She's been acting super non-heelish that she oozes secret heel. She was SO SURPRISED Booker would give HER this chance but then she went out and beat Layla clean. See? Good things DO happen to good people.
I will say though that I like Eve a lot more as a personality than in the ring, and I like her corporate climber character. She's better suited to that role than AJ. Fantasy booking-wise, I'd like for them to find a way for AJ and Eve to switch roles so that Eve ends up as GM of RAW, which she would be good at, and AJ becomes Divas Champion because we haven't seen nearly enough of AJ in the ring and she's one the most talented workers of the Divas.
Having said that, Eve is the right Diva right now to have that pink butterfly. She's the best heel Diva character they have.
By the way, Dr. Shelby is amazing. He only has one basic outfit, but more to the point, he's reminiscent of the gay guy in Airplane! who was in the control room with Lloyd Bridges. You know who I mean.
“@ZackRyder: @CMPunk She played me bro” I got your back.
There needs to be a photo essay of just Paul Heyman's facial expressions during the main event. He told the whole story beat by beat just by the look on his face and his body language. Heyman is in a class by himself.
“@ZackRyder: @CMPunk She played me bro” I got your back.
Simmons' influence must be rubbing off on the other ESPN.Com writers, as Chris McKendry has written a column comparing the Winter Olympics' figure skating with the "staged exhibitionism" of pro wrestling.