Hey, remember when Daniel Bryan was challenging for the WWE Championship? Don't worry, Daniel Bryan remembers! He interrupted Randy Orton's opening promo (where Orton apologised to Triple H and Stephanie for doubting them) and said that despite the Wyatt attacks, he hadn't forgotten about the title. He challenged Orton to a match for the main event, and though Orton didn't want to, it was made official anyway. In that main event match, when Bryan went up top for the diving headbutt, the appearance of Harper and Rowan distracted him and let Orton hit the RKO for the win. Bray Wyatt proceeded to talk from the big screen, saying that at TLC Bryan would discover himself, and join the Wyatt Family.
In other matches, the Rhodes Brothers lost to The Rybaxel when Axel rolled up Cody. Big E Langston beat Fandango handily enough with the Big Ending. Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio never got underway, as Del Rio obliterated Kingston before the match even started. Natalya defeated Tamina after a missed Superfly Splash, as AJ did guest commentary and talked about she was more interesting than the rest of the divas just by skipping around the ring on Monday. CM Punk was scheduled to fight a Shield member, and in a backstage Shield promo Ambrose volunteered for the match in a dissension-causing manner, eliciting an annoyed look from Reigns. Punk countered the Headlock Driver with a kick to the head and hit the GTS to win a lengthy match. The Real Americans got in Rey Mysterio's face backstage and challenged him to find a partner for a tag match. My money was on Hunicara being his tag partner, but no, he chose the Big Show instead. And sadly, there was no Giant Giant Swing, with Showsterio picking up the win via a chokeslam into an off-the-shoulders splash on Cesaro. The Funkadactyls were the salesdivas of the day, as well (promo code: FUNK). And, yes, two more #BadNewsBarrett bits, which don't quite carry the same weight from a podium as they do in backstage-looking bits on the JBL and Cole Show.
In the main event, Michael Cole tried to hype up the title unification match by saying that while Chris Jericho "had a match in 2001", that was to unify the WWE Title and the WCW Title. But the Cena/Orton match involves the World Championship that's existed since 1905! Uh, I don't think that even follows the lineage on WWE's own website. Unless they drastically revamped it in the last couple of months, at least. What does he think the WCW championship was, anyway?
And remember when John Cena said he'd be appearing on every Smackdown as World Champion? Whatever happened to that?
Oh, almost forgot. Tonight the oft-repeated tagline when referring to the unification was "champion of champions". So much for that fan vote for The Unified Champion, huh?
Originally posted by ChumpstainIn the main event, Michael Cole tried to hype up the title unification match by saying that while Chris Jericho "had a match in 2001", that was to unify the WWE Title and the WCW Title. But the Cena/Orton match involves the World Championship that's existed since 1905! Uh, I don't think that even follows the lineage on WWE's own website. Unless they drastically revamped it in the last couple of months, at least. What does he think the WCW championship was, anyway?
Yeah, if anyone can make any sense of that, I'm all ears. I'm pretty sure that the championship from 1905 would have to have gone through the WCW championship of 1995 to get the near present of 2005 (or, alternatively, the near future of 2015). I think time travel might be involved here. Dr. Unlikely?
Originally posted by Chumpstain Oh, almost forgot. Tonight the oft-repeated tagline when referring to the unification was "champion of champions". So much for that fan vote for The Unified Champion, huh?
This, I really like. The WWE Champion of Champions has a nice, grandiose ring to it. That's bombast fitting of the holder of the highest title in the company. Hated Unified, liked Undisputed, love Champion of Champions.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeChampion of champions? King of Kings? something sounds too familiar.......
Cole's interview with HHH this week had a similar tone of suggestiveness. "The King of Kings will crown the Champion of Champions". So if he has the ability to put a belt on himself, that's still accurate.
Daniel Bryan keeps delivering when they send him out there, no matter the tone the want. It's hopefully indicative of an imminent reshuffle that sends him back towards the top, although a Daniel Bryan, backed by the Wyatts willingly or not, might be an interesting way to go. Imagine Daniel Bryan being unwillingly chaperoned through a portion of the rumble?
Bad News Barrett was better tonight. An upward trajectory has been established, so it can go either way now that that first awkward appearance on Raw is behind him.
Champion of Champions would sound pretty good when Justin Roberts gets his hands on saying it, but my initial feeling is that it's a tiny bit wordy. That might just be my preference for 2-word titles for...... titles. Thinking about it a shade further though, it essentially elevates the US and IC belts by bringing them into the discussion, since they're also championships held by champions.
I'd prefer if they'd try not to use the "distracted easily" finish as often as they do, however this one has a tiny bit more credibility in that the lights went out for the Wyatt's entrance, thereby making Daniel Bryan's imminent top-rope move much more difficult.
Count me in the camp for wanting the Giant Giant Swing. maybe they're holding off on it, since it is essentially the end game for this particular move's 'story'.
Three oinkers wearing pants, a plate of hot air, a basket of grandma's breakfast and change a bull to a gill, got it.
Originally posted by miknightThinking about it a shade further though, it essentially elevates the US and IC belts by bringing them into the discussion, since they're also championships held by champions.
Exactly. The IC champion is still a champion among the men on the roster, but the man with the top title is a champion among champions. I feel like it solves some of the problem of "who wants the IC belt, when the only title that matters is the world title."
The WWE app, while loud at times, is actually very well done. Lots of backstage photos, trivia, video, "interactivity," neat things to look at. Often times I'm looking at the app a lot more than I am looking at the TV during RAW. The issue isn't the app itself, it's the boneheaded actions of the company at times.
AJ on commentary, re: Nattie 100% on point. Bland, generic wrestler. Born into the right family to get lucky to get a job here. Had 6 or 7 years in the company, "Do you expect her to grow a personality overnight?"
Couldn't be better if I wrote AJ's material myself. Plus the bored look on her face when Cole read Nattie's boring lame ass Tweet out loud was perfect. Same look I get on my face, only I roll my eyes like the Undertaker.
And AJ hammered it home again, re: when she actually tries during her matches. Only when the title is on the line. "When it counts, I win."
For once, I did enjoy some of Cole's banter with AJ: "Clothesline from Natalya on Tamina! THIS COULD BE YOUUUUU!!"
Putting Benoit in the program now would be a mistake. He hasn't been seen as a credible challenger to the WWE title since his return from neck injury, so why waste a program that should draw when there's no belief in it from the fans' perspective?