So the women won by a landslide on the previous post. Now you have to choose WHICH woman you want on your desktop.
1. It’s something subtle but giving Ryback a promo on top of an expensive prop like an ambulance really makes him seem like a bigger star in the fans eyes. Not everyone does something like that and while he still needs a lot of work in the promo delivery department, this is a small step in the ring direction for a guy who’s heel character soured quickly. I also like that he dropped the leather jacket for a “Stone Cold” vest. A guy as massive as he is shouldn’t be wearing a thick coat as part of his gimmick. But please ditch “Ryback Rules”… it truly is one of the worst catchphrases in recent memory.
2. Chris Jericho might be the “Man Of 1,004 Holds” but Wade Barrett is the man of 1,000 theme songs. And they’re all bad. The scary part is that they seem to be getting worse as time goes on.
1. The opening promo (and ESPECIALLY The Undertaker‘s attack) was played out perfectly. No one sees CM Punk as a threat to The Streak and why should they? Shawn Michaels and Triple H couldn’t do it on 5 different occasions and no one’s been able to in over 20 years. With the legendary status of Undertaker already cemented, there’s no reason to believe that he will lose at WrestleMania. BUT this segment showed that The Undertaker feels threatened by Punk. When was the last time we saw The Undertaker ditch all of the mind games and just jumped his opponent from behind? Finally we get a WrestleMania/Undertaker match where the main focus isn’t about respect but it’s personal. I still don’t think they’ve convinced anyone that The Streak is in jeopardy but they’re trying pretty damn hard which is awesome to see.
1. That opening segment with Paul Heyman started out very interestingly with the idea that Paul Heyman would take himself off of TV, eliminating any potential interaction between his two “clients” CM Punk and Brock Lesnar. Of course that all went out the window when he decided to remain in Punk’s corner but the tease was interesting and for some reason I don’t think we’ll be seeing Heyman after tonight. At least for a couple of weeks.
2. While we unfortunately have to sit through a 3MB match (and probably a promo) the fact that creative has the foresight to book John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback in a “warm up” match since they have never teamed before is terrific. Logical booking like this is what is desperately missing from the WWE, at least until now.
1. First off, my overall reaction to the Royal Rumble last night was good. Sure the finishes were predictable but the show overall had its memorable moments. Chris Jericho’s shocking return, Team Hell No’s & Kofi Kingston’s Rumble spots and Alberto Del Rio‘s championship win all come to mind off the top of my head. And yes, while CM Punk had to be the victim, seeing The Rock win the WWE title 10 years after his last win was something special. I think if he was in the ring with almost any other man, The Rock’s win wouldn’t have been such of a let-down for some of the most hardcore fans. And while I would have liked to see The Rock win the title on Raw or maybe the Elimination Chamber PPV, I was lucky enough to be able to pull myself away from my CM Punk-jaded eyes and live in the moment of The Rock’s emotional win. All in all, I thought it was a very good PPV.
1. A “Beat The Clock” challenge for the Royal Rumble seems completely contrary to everything the Rumble is about. The Rumble is unpredictable, exciting, fast-paced and unexpected. Having a “Beat The Clock” style of tournament in order to distinguish entry placement defeats all-purpose of the “random” drawing!
1. God that was a GREAT way to kick off the 20th anniversary show. No not Vince McMahon in the ring. I’m talking about the trip down memory lane with every Raw opening over the last 20 years. I was ten years old when the very first Raw aired on the USA Network so to say I’m nostalgic would be an understatement.
2. I actually went out of my way to watch the Alberto Del Rio vs Big Show match from SmackDown this last week and was thoroughly impressed with how Del Rio was showcased spectacularly! Everything about that match made Del Rio into a legitimate top babyface and one that could possibly overshadow Rey Mysterio… in time.