Maybe this show wouldn't have been so terrible if they had the pros sitting on the ramp all the time.
CM Punk 1) pretended to accompany Young to the ring and then snuck away from him. 2) said something like "he couldn't" when Matt Hardy talked about how you need to be able to make it in the WWE locker room. 3) vigorously nodded his head yes along with William Regal when Miz asked Bryan if he was better than him, then put his hands out wide and said "by a lot" to Regal.
Darren Young's goodbye speech :-/
Michael Tarver has five kids to feed, he needs to take the job as Virgil.
I realize we're not supposed to be applying logic to this show, but after almost every pro criticized Otunga, and several talked about how in-ring skills were a big part of their evaluation, how does Otunga wind up #2 in the Pro's Ranking?
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffI realize we're not supposed to be applying logic to this show, but after almost every pro criticized Otunga, and several talked about how in-ring skills were a big part of their evaluation, how does Otunga wind up #2 in the Pro's Ranking?
Because when you have the look they just push the hell out of you, ringwork be damned, until you either fall flat completely (Nathan Jones)/piss off Vince and/or the entire locker room (Nailz), or learn on the job (Orton). No matter how much the pros say they value skill I have to assume they're being realistic about the way things are.
Also, Punk rules and my inner teenager AngryJohhny got to live vicariously through Danielson tonight. I personally think Cole is a lot better nowadays (occasionally serviceable or better) but man those early days were brutal.
I saw his segment (wwe.com) on the WWE website, and it sounds like an elevation of the DX rants, exposing the backstage protocol. That suggests a significant push for the guy, but the continued use of "Daniel Bryan" confuses me. Are we sure they're not pursuing an angle of distinct personalities, that he's somewhat "going Danielson" when his temper flares up?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
@JoeyStyles I'm a long time Daniel Bryan fan but wrestlers shouldn't assault announcers, not even Cole. The kid is dangerous and a legal liability.
I'm going to go against the collective will of the Internet and agree with this. Daniel Bryanson Danielson was way out of line when he went after Cole. Sure, we all lived vicariously through him for a few seconds, but Bryanson was in the wrong here.
What if Darren Young came back wearing an Orange T shirt, denim shorts and acted like a certain WWE Champion? There's never been an angle where a black guy who happens to look exactly like a white guy except for skin color mimics the white guy. This would outdo Jay Lethal by a mile.
The WWE really needs to hold off on Danielson Vs Cole til Summerslam at the very least. If they for once build for the long term they could have it headline WrestleMania. In all seriously it was good to see Cole smacked around.
As always, Orquiola & I are either totally opposite or are in complete agreement. Daniel Bryan-son-son was absolutely crossed the line when he put his hands on Cole. He was doing moderately well bitching at Cole (Use your words, dear.), & even a certain amount of getting in Cole's face was OK for emphasis. But as soon as he doesn't keep his hands to himself, while Cole is doing everything he can to run & hide, then he becomes chickenshit.
And then we missed half of Gabriel/Slater's match, while Cole has his hissy-fit & walk-out. Couldn't we have dealt with that over commercial, & had Regal, or Hardy & Christian, or somebody come out to help out Josh?
Regal & Punk up on stage -- excellent.
Complete waste of time with the exit promos by Meathead & Tarver. Sheffield's actually might have been a useful change of strategy, if he'd just thought through his position a little better, & gotten some better wardrobe. Unfortunately, didn't quite make enough difference.
Two whole matches? They couldn't have sorted up somebody for Otunga to work with? And then Otunga stays in second place, without so much as a word? Yawn.
Using that logic, was Randy Orton chickenshit for RKOing Wayne Brady a couple of weeks ago? Wayne Brady didn't do anything to provoke Orton, and Orton inflicted a lot more damage on him, so that had to be worse, right?
Cole may be hated by large groups of people watching the show, but he's clearly meant to be the good guy and Bryan is meant to be the guy crossing a line by attacking a non-wrestler who wasn't touching him. Not to mention the guys who were egging him on were heels Regal and CM Punk.
This was a heel turn. It may not get over as a heel turn, but that's the idea.
You know, since the Koslov/Regal team is clearly lasting only long enough to set up the Santino/Koslov team, Regal's may need a new partner to fight them really soon.
Out of these 9 matches, at least one of the competitors is dead in 6 of them. While it's usually a passing thought when reading these recaps, I wonder how often more than half of the matches on a mid-90s WCW card features someone who's no longer with us?...