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TONIGHT: The build to Night of Champions begins. Nothing official has been announced, but we can safely assume we’ll get some follow-up on the intricate Nash/Triple H/Punk/Cena storyline that has progressed over the past few weeks.

-WWE Open.

-They opened inside the arena in Edmonton. Ricardo Rodriguez was introduced, and he introduced Alberto Del Rio. During his entrance, they showed Del Rio’s attack on Rey Mysterio last week and said Rey would miss “a number of months” due to the injury. Del Rio was about to do his usual spiel, but only got out “my name…” when John Cena’s music hit and he came out. Once in the ring, he got a mic. Cena said everyone knows who Del Rio is. Cena said he wanted to re-introduce himself and offered his hand to Del Rio. He said he’s the guy who’s going to take the championship off of Del Rio’s waist, and he also wants to hurt him. He even said Del Rio’s fancy cars were rentals! How dare he! Cena said Del Rio’s a target and he caught a nice guy on a bad day. He said he’s tired of making average “awesome” and looked around at Del Rio. He said Del Rio is not CM Punk, which means he’s going to whip his ass. CM Punk’s music came on and he walked out.

He soaked in the chants of his name and took a mic of his own. Punk asked Cena if he was feeling de ja vu and asked if this was a re-run. Punk announced that John Cena wants another title match. He said he’s seen this one before so that’s not going to happen. He said he beat Cena twice in high-pressure situations. Then, ADR cashed in his MITB opportunity, which was totally within his right. But Punk said he’s the one who should be getting a title shot, and it’s ballsy for Cena to come out and stake his claim. Del Rio interrupted and Cena called him “Mr. third wheel.” He reminded people he was the WWE Champion. Punk told him to never interrupt him when he’s speaking. He said again that he didn’t mind Del Rio cashing in the MITB, but he does have a problem with the concerted effort between Triple H, Del Rio, Kevin Nash, and maybe even Jack Tunney, to screw him. Punk said he and Cena have both had problems with Triple H in the past, and magically Kevin Nash gets a text to take out CM Punk. Punk reminded Cena that he would’ve been taken out if he won at Summerslam. He surmised that someone wanted Del Rio to become champion. Del Rio butted in and called it “destiny.” Punk said “destiny” is him cashing in his rematch for a shot at the WWE Title. Cena said what Del Rio actually meant was Cena cashing in his rematch clause tonight. Punk said Cena’s rematch clause exists as much as Santa Claus exists. Hey, for a show targeting young kids, that’s dangerous territory! The two went back and forth with their rematch clauses again. Del Rio said he’s officially ignoring both of them. He said he defended his title last week, so it’s time to celebrate – but not in Canada. Del Rio told Punk to stop crying like a little girl…then Triple H’s theme came on and he walked out.

Hunter entered the ring and told Del Rio to take the smug look off his face, because he’s not out there to protect him. He said Del Rio did have a match, not for the title, but it’s next. Hunter said to Cena and Punk that rematches cannot be cashed in willy nilly (my words, not his)…he’s the COO and it’s his decision. And he’s leaving it up to Punk and Cena to decide. Del Rio will defend at Night of Champions against the winner of tonight’s main event: CM Punk vs. John Cena. The Raw theme then played as Punk and Cena jawed off-mic. Cena then left the ring as Jerry Lawler asked who Del Rio would be facing next.

[Commercial Break]

(1) Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison
Del Rio winked at Morrison and Morrison attacked him. Del Rio choked Morrison on the ropes to counter, but Morrison went after him anyway. Morrison continued holding his throat and was whipped into the turnbuckle. More choking in the ropes by ADR. Arm-bar by Del Rio, but Morrison fired back with a dropkick for a one-count. Morrison ushered Del Rio out of the ring and went for a springboard moonsault. He landed on his feet on the outside, which looked impressive, and was then shoved into the barricade by Del Rio. They went to break at this point.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 7:03 of the match, with Del Rio having grounded Morrison inside the ring. He worked the back and neck with potential submission maneuvers (TM Matt Striker). Morrison broke free with kicks, but then fell victim to a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker. Front slam by Del Rio for two. Morrison bought himself some time by back-dropping a charging Del Rio over the top rope. Rodriguez shouted words of encouragement to Del Rio. A flurry of offense by Morrison once Del Rio re-entered the ring. Morrison put his head down early and got kicked by Del Rio. German suplex with a bridge for a near-fall. Del Rio tried to lock in his arm-bar, but Morrison turned it into a roll-up for a very near fall. Spinning DDT by Morrison that did not really look good. It got two. Hurricanrana for two by Morrison at 11:18. Kick caught Del Rio in the head, then he went for Starship Pain. Del Rio moved, Morrison landed on his feet, Morrison thrown shoulder-first into the ring-post. Cross arm-breaker applied and Morrison tapped.

Winner: Del Rio, via submission, at 12:28. Nice match with a rough spot here or there. Morrison loses again, but he put up a good fight against the WWE Champion.

Post-match, Del Rio attacked Morrison’s arm even further.

-Still to come tonight, Cena vs. Punk.

-Eve and Kelly Kelly were in the locker room. Eve was warming up to face Brie Bella next.

[Commercial Break]

(2) Nikki Bella vs. Eve Torres
Nikki was already in the ring, so they must’ve had the wrong info on which Bella would fight heading into break. During Eve’s entrance, Beth Phoenix and Natalya did an inset interview. They said they didn’t want to be like the other Divas, but what they do want, they’re not telling us. Eve charged the corner but Nikki sent her to the apron. A distraction by the other led to Eve being brought neck-first over the top rope. Chinlock in the ring by Nikki. Kelly Kelly was at ringside with Eve, BTW. Eve suplexed out of the rest-hold. Running clothesline by Eve then a booty-shaking standing moonsault for a two-count. Face-plant by Eve. She went to the top rope at 2:00, but Brie caused a distraction leading to Nikki tripping her up. She got a two-count. Kick to the gut, spinning neck-breaker by Eve for the win.

Winner: Eve, at 2:33. Very basic. Not much to it at all.

Kelly gave Brie the K2 leg-drop after the match. Beth and Nattie again came out and gave a slow clap to the babyfaces.

-Kevin Nash was waking backstage. He shook hands with a stagehand and Cole said he was invited again by Triple H in the hopes they could work things out from last week.

[Commercial Break]

-Vickie Guerrero came out. She introduced her potential new client, Jack Swagger. They walked to the ring arm-in-arm. Alex Riley was already in the ring.

(3) Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley
Big slam by Swagger in the early going. Riley came back with a spienbuster and both men were down just a minute into the match. At that point, Dolph Ziggler walked to the ring with a purpose. He had a heated conversation with Vickie at ringside. He seemed to take umbrage with Vickie taking on other clients. Swagger tried a Swagger Bomb, but ended up taking Riley down with a clothesline. Ziggler bumped into Vickie, leading to her falling down. Swagger came out to check on Vickie and ask what was going on. He went back into the ring and got rolled up for three.

Winner: Riley, at 2:02. These kinds of “slipping on a banana peel” finishes seem to be happening a bit too often for me lately.

-Triple H was on the phone backstage. He then hung up and began walking. He and Kevin Nash will sort things out in the ring next.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole plugged WWE.com for a list of the most punishing RKO’s ever.

-Triple H came to the ring. He said Kev and him spoke this week, and thinks they’ve got it all behind them now. But in an effort to be transparent for the fans, he asked Nash to come out. Nash did just that, again to no music. They shook hands and Nash took a mic. Hunter said the text Nash got was not from him and what happened was not supposed to happen, and he said there’s no conspiracy. Nash said he understands that he got a text from Triple H and thought he was doing him a favor. In fact, he was going to apologize to CM Punk last week, but after what he said about him, he’s not going to. Hunter spoke off-mic to Nash and Nash said he knows they’re friends and asked Hunter not to ask him to not be a man. Hunter said Nash doesn’t work here and Nash said that’s exactly why he doesn’t have to take Punk’s crap or put him over. Nash said that security last week was for Punk’s benefit, because he would’ve killed him. Hunter again said he doesn’t work there, and if he wants to call Punk out at the Tim Horton’s down the street, he’s free to do that. But not on his show. He asked Nash to leave. Punk’s music hit and Triple H put his head down in frustration in hearing that, a nice touch.

Punk wanted to get to the bottom of things and asked who sent the text? He asked if it was “Big Lazy” with the giant tube of “Just for Men” in the conservatory? Maybe. How about Triple H, backstage, with his trusty sledgehammer? Or maybe it was Stephanie McMahon with a candlestick in the library (or something). Punk walked to the ring and said he didn’t believe a word they were saying. Punk said he’s a line-stepper (he steps over lines), and that’s something Nash should know about as well. “CM Punk” chant. Punk said Nash got off easy last week; this week he’s kicking his ass. Triple H got between them though and pushed Punk to the ropes. Punk told him to take his hands off him. He said Hunter called it down the middle at Summerslam until Hunter saw an opportunity to screw him. When was that? He asked Hunter why he doesn’t like him and asked who was pulling the strings. He asked if it was Big Sexy, or his bean-headed wife. Hunter said he promised the Board he wouldn’t get involved physically but told Punk he’s the same guys he’s always been. Hunter said if Punk crosses a line with him, he’ll leave him lying where he stands. Punk said he wouldn’t want Hunter to take his nice suit off, fold it up and put it in his wife’s purse, where he keeps his cell phone and his balls. Nash then took a cheap shot at Punk with a forearm to the head. Hunter and Nash argued as they went back up the ramp. The body language indicated Hunter was acting like he was scolding a child. Punk just sat smiling in the ring.

-Cena vs. Punk is still to come tonight.

-Next, Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston challenge for the tag titles.

[Commercial Break]

-Backstage, Hunter was still reading Nash the riot act. Nash said this is what Hunter has turned into after four weeks? Triple H told Nash to leave and Nash said he never thought he’d say this, but Hunter has changed.

(4) Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty – WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Lawler again said the champs were like “the bland leading the bland” but JR interjected they are tag champs and that does speak for itself. Thank God he’s there. Bourne and Kofi did a quick tag to keep McGillicutty down. Cole hinted that if Bourne and Kofi win, they could come up with a name for their team. Kofi went off the top and hit a high cross-body for two. Before he could hit his finish, Otunga dragged McGillicutty out of the way. That allowed McGill to come from behind and nail Kofi. Double-teaming by the heels and McGillicutty worked the crowd as Otunga went for a cover. Bodyslam by Otunga for two. Atomic drop, then a dropkick by McGillicutty. “You like that, Jerry? Huh?” McGillicutty shouted at Lawler. Rear chinlock by McGillicutty. Kofi came back and made the hot tag at 4:17. It was Otunga and Bourne and isn’t this an interesting match-up. Kick to the head of Otnga, but McGillicutty broke up the pin. Kofi eliminated McGill from the equation. Trouble in Paradise for Otunga with Kofi on the apron. He fell right into position for the 450 splash by Bourne and the win.

Winners: Bourne and Kingston, at 5:04. This match really showed Lawler’s point, but it has little to do with winning and losing and since they WERE the tag champs, should he have really been harping on how vanilla they are?

Bourne and Kingston celebrated winning the tag titles as JR put over the division. Now let’s see if WWE follows through.

-The main event is John Cena vs. CM Punk for a WWE Title match. Milking that cow dry, aren’t we? Anyway, something smells screwy and we could get a Triple Threat at Night of Champions.

[Commercial Break]

-They showed a statue of Wayne Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup outside the arena in Edmonton.

-A replay of the finish of the last match was shown.

-Josh Mathews was backstage with the new tag champs. Kingston said they’ve talked about teaming for a long time, and now they’re the tag champions. Zack Ryder, Derrick Bateman, Titus O’Neill and someone who looked like Layla (possibly Aksana or Maxine) came in to celebrate the title win with champagne. Isn’t Bateman a heel? Either way, good to see them portraying this title change as a big deal.

-John Laurinaitis caught up to Triple H and said Canadian authorities have informed him that Kevin Nash got into a car accident. Laurinaitis gave Triple H the road and his car and Hunter took the note (and presumably the bait) and left Laurinaitis to handle things the rest of the way.

[Commercial Break]

-Santino Marella came to the ring for a match, but was attacked from behind by The Miz and R-Truth. Too bad Vladimir Kozlov isn’t around to save him! Maybe one of the cadre of partners he’s had lately on Superstars could do so. Ryder is probably too busy still celebrating somebody else’s title win. Miz gave Marella the Skull-Crushing Finale. Truth said that’s going to happen to Little Jimmy every time. He admonished the crowd for their “what?” chants and chanted “what?” right back at them. Truth said Triple H, Kevin Nash, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena and CM Punk are all in it together. He said they sit around the conspiracy table and they conspire. He said he and Miz used to main event PPVs, but now that Triple H is in charge, it’s no longer about The Truth. And it’s no longer about Miz, either.

Miz acknowledged there was a conspiracy ten said the fans sound like ducks with their “what” chants and told them to shut up. Hasn’t he used that insult before? Miz said he beat Cena at Wrestlemania, then Hunter gets in control of Raw (he didn’t say WWE), and just to stay busy, he has to pick a fight with Jared from Subway. “You suck” chants now. Truth said they’ll be good, they just need to get this out, then insulted them for being Canadian. Miz told them he’d speak slowly so they could understand him. He said he’s sick of seeing guys like Santino, who hasn’t won a match in five years, be on Raw and not him. He said they’re sick of waiting for an opportunity, so now they’re just going to take it. Truth reiterated that and added that any spiders that will cross their path will get crushed. He said sooner or later, some people are gonna get got. Truth did his “nothing but the Truth” line and Miz followed with “it’s awesome.” Truth’s music played to end things. Truth actually rapped some more, dissing the crowd while his song played. He and Miz told the crowd they sucked in time with the song.

-CM Punk and John Cena were shown walking backstage in a split-screen. The match is next.

[Commercial Break]

-Alberto Del Rio was at ringside at one end of the announce table (with no headset) and John Laurinaitis was on the other end of the announce table, again, no headset (thankfully). The announcers recapped the Hunter/Nash stuff from earlier tonight and said Hunter went to the local medical facility to check on his friend after the alleged Nash car accident. After seeing Laurinaitis at ringside, looks like Cena could win thanks to him and maybe Nash faces Punk.

(5) CM Punk vs. John Cena – Winner faces Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions
Cena tossed his t-shirt into the crowd and they threw it back at him. Some mat wrestling began the match, with Punk breaking out of a head-scissors and taking down Cena with a headlock. “In my book, he’s not that good” said Lawler, regarding Punk. And his credibility just went out the window. If I didn’t know better, its sounds like that could start a Punk vs. Lawler feud. “Let’s go Oilers” chant less than two minutes in. Wow. Cena took Punk down and went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Inside cradle instead for two by Punk. Lawler reminded the others they were in bizarro land, I suppose to explain the boos for Cena and cheers for Punk. Yeah, because that doesn’t happen anywhere else. Punk took his eye of Cena and Cena sent him to ringside, right in front of Del Rio. They went to break at 3:13.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 6:45 of the match. Punk put Cena down as they showed the two guests at ringside. Punk got Cena up for the GTS, but it was blocked and Cena got Punk up for the Atittude Adjustment. Cena dumped Punk to the apron, but Punk hit a springboard clothesline (including “I’m flying!” shout-out) for two. GTS attempt but Cena grabbed the leg and went for the STF. Punk broke free and missed a kick, leading to Cena locking in a cross-face. Cena missed a charge in the corner and he rammed his shoulder into the post. GTS on Cena connected, but Cena kicked out at 9:07. Punk traversed the top rope, but missed an elbowdrop. He had an awkward landing as Cena barely moved in time. Cena went to the top this time and connected on the Sicilian Slice. Punk kicked out at 10:38, and the crowd was surprisingly into the near-fall. AA attempt, but Punk elbowed his way out with dozens of elbows to Cena’s jaw. Running knee found the mark for a near-fall at 11:34. AA out of nowhere for a near-fall. Cole reset the show at the top of the hour. Punk was set on the top rope and Cena went after him, but Punk headbutted him down. Cross-body by Punk but Cena rolled through and picked up Punk. He went to put Punk on his back but Punk rolled out the back and rolled Cena up for two. Big kick to the head of Cena’s head, but Punk was slow to make the cover. He actually didn’t make one, and instead went for the GTS. As he did, Kevin Nash walked out. He had a mic and said this wasn’t over yet. The crowd wasn’t sure what to make of this. Nash walked to ringside and Punk walked into an AA and was pinned. Nash immediately walked to the back.

Winner: Cena, at 14:28.

Del Rio hit the ring like lighting and dropkicked Cena. He gave Cena a running kick to the back of the head in the corner. Del Rio continued pounding on Cena until Laurinaitis pulled Del Rio off of Cena. He backed Del Rio into the corner and Del Rio again went after Cena. Laurinaitis pulled him off again, and was assisted by the referee. Del Rio escaped one more time and bashed the championship belt into Cena’s sternum. Del Rio took Cena to ringside and rammed him into the barricade. The official again stepped in front. He spoke Spanish into the camera as the show signed off.


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Considering Cena/Punk III had so much heat that you could have sold it as a Wrestlemania main event, they're INSANE to give that match away on free TV. You knew from the minute they announced it that the result was going to be a screwjob of some sort and it's the kind of thing that leaves nobody happy in the end. (By the way, love that the ever-virtuous Cena took full advantage of the Kevin Nash distraction to blindside Punk and take the title shot for himself. Our hero, ladies and gentlemen.)

At this point, I'm ready to say that there's a coalition of villainy, with Steph, Laurinaitis, and Nash all in league with a higher power. And who else would that higher power be...but Vince? If this turns out to be true, don't say I didn't warn you.

The Morrison/ADR match was great, great stuff. Del Rio's been putting on some awesome matches lately. If last Friday's events are any indication, I want to see if he can keep the good match streak going with Sin Cara this Friday (or next Tuesday).

Good, they got the belts off Otunga and McGillicuddy. Can they go back to the minors now?

That Miz/Truth promo really dragged on. I thought their complaining was going to at least lead to a more immediate payoff, like the double run-in during the main event. Instead, it feels like it's setting them up to challenge Kofi and Bourne and that's a waste of promo time.

Why do they even bother to bring out the Raw GM podium out anymore?

EDIT:

It's well worth noting that the commentary was SOOOOOO much better this week. Cole kept his heel act to a tolerable minimum, JR got to call the action, Lawler was on decent behavior. This is what I like. I like when the worst thing I can say about the commentary is that a Shooting Star Press is NOT a 450 Splash! I missed you, JR!

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That ending was so predictable I really didn't think that they would see it through. It breaks up Cena/Punk for awhile, but I'm not sure I'm going to like where this is headed. A lot more of Helmsley, Nash, Laurinaitis and Steph is not what I wanted to see Punk getting tangled up in.

I did enjoy Albert Del Rio getting mean at the end and destroying Cena. He needs that now if he can transfer some of that to his promo work we will be in business.

Miz and Truth going nuts on the mic ... now you're talking, although I have no idea who they are going to take their problems out on ... they can't all fight Cena at once.

Get Kofi and Bourne some matching colors, they make a fine team.

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Cena didn't blindside Punk, Punk turned around & walked into the AA. Is Cena never supposed to attack people in matches if they have their backs turned to him? Not Cena's fault Punk got stupid. You'd think Punk wouldn't fall for it, considering that's how he beat Cena for the title.



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Everyone knew Cena was going to win via screw job, because if Punk had won, it kills the angle with Nash. But this is also killing Punk, does ANYONE really want to see him feud with recycled garbage like Nash ????

They are clueless what to do with Miz and R-Truth. But they were correct, both of them are no longer main eventers. And just how many conspiracy theories can you have? Punk is involved in one, how can you have another one going at the same time? Awful lazy booking.

Riley didn't even get his entrance music tonight. Actually if there is a person to blame for Miz dropping down to mid-card status, it's Riley, as his feud with Miz just fell apart.

Tag team titles needed to change, let's hope the WWE actually does something with it.

I thought the fan (or plant) throwing back in Cena's t-shirt was a good touch.

They really need to get some new talent on Raw, even if the talent is just going to job, it's now the same 10 guys plus the divas each week.


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Awe-Truth were incredible. Miz was great at keeping up with Truth's interjections. The conspiracy table? Yes!

I really hate Cena (especially when he comes right out and calls someone a third wheel rather than just imply it), but one of my favorite moves ever is when he rolls through the top-rope crossbody into the AA.

Kofi wearing blue really distracts me. It's like watching old pre-"yellow and red" Hulk Hogan. Whenever I see an old Hogan match where he's wearing blue or white trunks, it throws me for a loop. Keep Kofi green.

Two weeks in a row, Nash sucks on the mic. Badly.

Punk had himself Superstar reactions tonight. Good to hear.







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Some great signs tonight: ALBERTA LOVES/HATES ALBERTO, ADR IS RAD, a random sign that just said DEPECHE MODE (!?) and most notably, EAT SHIT LOGAN, which made it on camera once dead-center on TV and was promptly removed. (someone tweeted @ Matt Fowler from IGN that it was Scott Summers' sign)

Did Punk start calling ADR "Birdo?" As in the Super Mario 2 character?

Did Beth & Natty say they *aren't* voluptuous? They looked great...Beth is slowly evolving her look into the #Pinupstrong she's been tweeting about.

Cole was dialed wayyyyyyyy back all night, and then Jerry started heeling on Punk out of left field in the main event? Buh?



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I'm so happy for Evan Bourne. That's his first title in the WWE after three years in a time when you can win a title from a vending machine. Best thing to happen to the tag titles since ShowMiz. Odd that their celebratory best pals are Ryder, Titus O'Neill, Derrick Bateman, and Aksana, three of whom are, I believe, heels.

Cena/Punk III with Cena down 0-2 seems like the kind of thing you should save and build up instead of randomly farting out as a transition TV main event. The crossface in Edmonton? Bold.
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    Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape

    Did Punk start calling ADR "Birdo?" As in the Super Mario 2 character?


I'm guessing it was 'Berto, short for Alberto.

Oh, and good on CM Punk for the Jack Tunney mention. Bad on CM Punk, though, for being too pleased with himself that he had to share a laugh with the one guy at ringside who enjoyed it.
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I am told Eve also celebrated with Not Bourne In Jamaica or whatever portmanteau we settle on. But I think she's just a frontrunner.

If Miz & Truth got the tag titles they could go help out on heel-starved Smackdown. This is known as Jerichoing. I want Bourne to keep his belt forever though. Look at what happened to the last guy Kofi held the tag belts with.

Also it looks like Morrison is out of purgatory with his win last week and all the nearfalls he scored on Alberto. Or they realized they can't dick around with him with no Rey around. Then again he still lost clean and got beat up afterwards but still a marked difference in the presentation of JoMo.

What Natalya and Beth wants is a secret? Isn't it like titles and wins and beatdowns and stuff?

No entrance for Riley was a great sign. Then they did the blown gutwrench again as an intentional spot in the match and he won. If Swagger got blamed for that I'll puke all over their heads.

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    Why do they even bother to bring out the Raw GM podium out anymore?


I think they're waiting for Foley's contract to expire in September, otherwise it would just vanish.

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I find it odd that both a face (Punk) and a heel (Truth) are alleging a WWE Conspiracy led by HHH.

The soap opera writers are showing their hand. Next week, Nash will have amnesia and the week after will be playing both black haired Nash and his evil twin gray haired Nash.

I really wanted to see Cena eat an Acu Crasha at the end of the show.

I like Kofi and Borne as tag champs. And if they feud with Miz and Truth, even better.



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I liked how JR hyped the tag division, and then to hammer it home we got a promo from two dudes aiming to be a tag team.

I don't like how the word 'conspiracy' gets thrown around so much as to really foreshadow all the shenanigans in store for CM Punk/Laurinaitis/Nash/McMahon. They keep screwing him out of the belt, hopefully towards a phenomenal payoff; they've kinda painted themselves into the corner that Punk almost HAS to overcome all this or his credibility in the WWE is DONE.

I like how they're maintaining Cena within the continuity, and loved how people kept throwing the shirt back but he rolled with it. I like ADR's ringwork.



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Maybe it was just me, or the hi-def, but...

...I really couldn't stop staring and what looked like a long white hair protruding from Old Man Nash's chest right around this area. I mean, REALLY DISTRACTING. You have to imagine it in this photo but I'm hoping we'll get a HD-quality screen grab later to make sure I wasn't just imagining it the entire segment.

Nash still hates getting "whatted" so, so much that he can't hide it.



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Nash looks like crap, no question. Plus a lot of the audience have no idea who he is. Catering to people in my age group doesn't sell PPV or house shows. I don't like where the Punk angle is now going. Not one bit.
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    Originally posted by shawnpatrick
    I don't like where the Punk angle is now going. Not one bit.


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#16 Posted on
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Maybe it was just me, or the hi-def, but...
    ...I really couldn't stop staring and what looked like a long white hair protruding from Old Man Nash's chest right around this area. I mean, REALLY DISTRACTING. You have to imagine it in this photo but I'm hoping we'll get a HD-quality screen grab later to make sure I wasn't just imagining it the entire segment.

    Nash still hates getting "whatted" so, so much that he can't hide it.


I was too busy being distracted by his slow devolution into Michael Hayes.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by odessasteps
      Originally posted by shawnpatrick
      I don't like where the Punk angle is now going. Not one bit.


    Kick. Wham. Pedigree. 1 2 3.


And what if it doesn't? What if CM Punk actually gets the big push we're all hoping for?

I haven't genuinely marked out for much in recent years, but the day CM Punk gets it all done you'll see a very silly sight; a grown man jumping up and down in elation for what he knows to be a fake fight.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97

For me, it's decades of cynicism of the people in charge always, in the end, putting themselves over and the idea (propagated by Meltzer and others) that Punk is just a piece (pawn) in the McMahon family feud.

I'd like to think this will leave to an elevation of Punk cementing his place in the main event formula along with Cena and Orton, but I really won't believe it until down the road and we've actually seen it happen.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.80
    Originally posted by odessasteps
      Originally posted by shawnpatrick
      I don't like where the Punk angle is now going. Not one bit.


    Kick. Wham. Pedigree. 1 2 3.


I would bet good money this doesn't happen.

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#20 Posted on
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Maybe it was just me, or the hi-def, but...
    ...I really couldn't stop staring and what looked like a long white hair protruding from Old Man Nash's chest right around this area. I mean, REALLY DISTRACTING. You have to imagine it in this photo but I'm hoping we'll get a HD-quality screen grab later to make sure I wasn't just imagining it the entire segment.

    Nash still hates getting "whatted" so, so much that he can't hide it.


Nope, wasn't just you, it caught my eye a couple of times as well. That and for all of the Just For Men that Nash used, he still had quite a bit of gray showing around the edges of his hairline and goatee.








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