1. This is the first time I’ve been able to see the new preshow and the idea is growing on me. I like the idea of using different superstars/legends every time & also the fact that it doesn’t seem to be scripted at all. It allows some of the better talkers to show what they can do when not handed a script from a writer. I’m intrigued to see who is on future shows and who sinks or swims. That being said, there’s no way in hell I’m staying awake for a PPV post-show. For a company who already knows they have too much programming, why the hell would they add more?!
2. Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston was one of the best matches of the year thus far. The only time the match’s paced slowed was when Ambrose locked on the classic Bob Backlund “Crossface Chicken Wing”. The ground game of Ambrose played off of Kingston’s aerial moves perfectly and the finish clean! A heel actually won a championship cleanly! Great match and great chemistry between these two wrestlers and I recommend going out of your way to see these match when you can.
<- Ah now back to my comfort zone, WWE-style production. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
Natalya vs Summer Rae
<- God it’s been so damn long, you forget that Natalya is a FREAKING HART! She can GO in the ring. Apparently her talents are better used to valet The Great Khali to the ring though.
<- Summer Rae is surprising me a lot with a few of the moves she’s pulling out. Reminds me of Maryse and she had a pretty good run in the WWE.
1. Pretty solid segment for Fandango and Jericho. When Summer Rae went down, I honestly thought this was WWE’s way of writing her off of TV completely and going with the girl Jericho was supposed to be dancing with, especially with the hype they’ve given her all day on their website. I thought it was pretty funny that JBL was complaining that we were seeing a fight instead of a dance-off considering ALL of his segments as Bradshaw ended in a fight. It was basic but a decent segment to set up an Extreme Rules match and trust me, parquet floors are HARD! As a side note concerning all of this pitching for the WWE App, when I have it open and it goes to “live” video, it asks me to update my Flash player… on my Apple iPad… yup.
2. Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules? Would they even book Ambrose in a title match if he wasn’t going to win it? I guess The Undertaker & Kane gave the former Jon Moxley rave reviews because he’s had a rocket strapped to his ass as far as singles’ competition goes since his one-on-one match with ‘Taker. By the way, did you see this week’s Wallpaper of the Week? If you’re a fan of The Shield, I think you’ll be happy.
:’The Highlight Reel’ featuring Chris Jericho made a return to Smackdown. I get it, the WWE wants Ryback to be a top star, he’s starting to get there; but does Chris Jericho have to make everyone?
Kofi Kingston United States Champion v. Cody Rhodes
: The past few months, I use months loosely, the life of a WWE Superstar has been like this; if you aren’t involved in a feud and are granted a few minutes of television time each week you get a throw away match. This as just another case of what the hell is the WWE doing with their mid card? Oh yeah, Kofi won.
Hello everyone. I’m back this week after taking a short hiatus last week. Sometimes, you just need to take a break and re-charge your batteries. Plus, it doesn’t help when there is nothing really new to write about when it comes to the WWE. And you know what? There still is nothing. The WWE seems to be just treading water right now and stuck in neutral. There’s nothing new to write about. Until the WWE is willing to take chances and change their booking philosophies, then we are stuck with the current product. These 3 hour RAWs have been hard to get through recently.
So I’m going to look ahead in my crystal ball. My crystal ball that probably isn’t right, but it would be if I had any say. I’m looking ahead to the rest of 2013. Here, I will take a look at five feuds that I would like to see happen in the WWE this calendar year. The problem with three hour RAWs, however, is that we see a lot of wrestling on the show that lessens the impact of a feud down the line. Or, we see Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler for the 523897289 time. While the wrestling is good, it also over exposes the product and makes us see matches that could be built up to a PPV match if there wasn’t so much time to fill.
But enough complaining about 3 hour RAWs, let’s get into My 5 Feuds I Want To See This Year!
Damien Sandow v. Baron Corbin
: Corbin making his NXT debut in a squash, I mean match against Damien Sandow. I can never be too biased because the closet I’ve come to being a professional wrestler is the backyard wrestling league I was in for two weeks, but either Baron Corbin and Sandow didn’t get a chance to really talk before their match, or the kid just needs work. Either way after the match Damien challenged Big E Langston for the NXT Title.
: Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas were backstage, Bo, I think, tried to joke with Neville, but it came across as a bad John Cena joke. It almost foreshadowed a title change however, as Neville gave Dallas a look of doubt as he walked away.