Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1/24/11 All Hell Breaks Loose! Its Royal Rumble Time!

Hello again all you fabulous people, its time for this week edition of the RAW report with your host. Well obviously you know who your host is or else you wouldn't be here... Anywho, here we go...

Edge def. Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, and Tyson Kidd in an over the top rope exhibition

Edge came out with bruised ribs from last weeks Nexus... err I mean former Nexus... err I mean Corre beatdown...oh who gives a crap... a bunch of guys destroyed Edge in the ring, and now hes wearing a bandage to prove it.

After trying to start his Champion v. Champion match NOW instead of later, the GM rings in, much to Edge's dismay (as you may remember before he left RAW most recently he destroyed the computer after it gave him so much grief) and assigned the exhibition with the prestigious Rumble Spot #40 on the line for the winner.

However, considering Edge defeated all of his opponents does that mean he enters at #40 now?

Mason Ryan officially keeps his FCW name, and apparently even botches promos like his "counterpart" Dave Batista. When handed the mic to say a "few words" Mason didn't wait for the crowd to die down, and Punk had to repeat what his "enforcer" just said.

Punk insulted The Corre, (which I apologize for last week's ignorance, apparently Corre isnt supposed to have an american meaning, it is apparently an old english word) and Barrett brought his group out confirming that Smackdown superstars were indeed on RAW tonight to promote the upcoming PPV.

The GM makes a match tonight, CM Punk v. Wade Barrett with John Cena as special referee, and which ever "captain" loses, their entire group is out of the rumble.

Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus def. Mark Henry & John Morrison via submission

Morrison and Sheamus continued their ongoing feud by fighting each other to the outside of the ring, while Del Rio managed to get Henry to tap out to his arm bar submission...

Natalya def. Melina for the Divas Championship via submission

The long awaited Divas Championship match is given to us tonight, and not at the PPV (or will it?) and Natalya basically has to break the flexible little minx Melina in half to get her to tap out to the Sharpshooter.

However, more Smackdown superstars make their presence known in the form of Lay-Cool coming out and basically explaining that after losing the championship at Survivor Series, Lay-Cool technically never had their rematch so at the Royal Rumble... it will be Natalya vs. one member of Lay-Cool. for the Divas Championship

Backstage, the New Nexus is seen talking without Punk regarding how Barrett's group is going solo and their strict job is to help Punk win... yet the gaps involved worry Harris thinking that they may not be brought out quick enough to prevent Punk from being eliminated... to which Punk replies that he had to sacrifice his own personal well being to defeat John Cena... but yet he did defeat John Cena.

Edge def. The Miz via disqualification

Great match, too many commercials, Ziggler, who acts professional up until the very end eventually grabs Edge's feet and pulls him into the ring corner causing the DQ...

Ziggler and Miz beat up on Edge until Randy Orton makes the save and goes after Miz while Edge goes after Ziggler. Chaos breaks out in the ring, and several RKOs lay out Ziggler and Riley, and a knee shot from the briefcase takes out Orton as Miz grabs his championship and bails.

Maryse, Ted DiBiase, and Alicia Fox def. Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Daniel Bryan via pinfall

Maryse breaks her own personal losing streak, and by default DiBiase's by picking up the victory by pinning one of the Bellas as the other distracted Bryan from breaking up the pin by kissing him. It seems Alicia has been given the Gail Kim treatment as I swear I never saw her even enter the ring before the match was over... Now IMO were the Bellas actually wrestling in swim suits or is that what you consider wrestling attire?

Speaking of Gail Kim, a backstage segment airs right after this match showing the Bellas upset with one another, and Michael Tarver once again hanging out backstage (whats his deal?) Now, TBH when they showed Daniel Bryan's dressing room and the coincedence that Tarver was present during the Teddy Long storyline last week, I half expected to find D Bryan face down (and suspect Tarver even more) but alas...The Bellas dont find Bryan unconcious, instead they find him kissing Gail Kim... and a brawl breaks out between the ladies as Bryan tries to restrain them.

Quite a hilarious comment is made to the internet trolls as Gail Kim stated she felt sorry for the Bellas as they haven't had much to do since the Guest Host thing ended... Bravo Kim, bravo!

Husky Harris & Michael McGullicuty def. Santino Marella & Vladimir Koslov via pinfall

Apparently this match is to decide if the New Nexus is qualified to challenge for the Tag Titles, and several distractions later, they pick up the victory...

Now this match was clearly put on as the penultimate as a way for the Nexus to pick up microphones right after and start hyping the main event and put over their leader CM Punk even more... which it seems is Otunga's only thing he is actually good at lately

Wade Barrett and CM Punk fought to a double disqualification

One of Cena's first acts as special ref for this match was removing the "bad guys" from ringside, to which without them even doing anything Cena throws the Nexus out from ringside... and the place goes crazy...

But he isn't done yet ... not by far... as even thought Barrett mentioned no further hostility against Cena and that he has actually come to respect him and hopes Cena respects him back, Cena removes the Corre from ringside as well...

Now before the match bell even rings, Cena proceeds to slap and torment both guys in an attempt to get one of them to hit him and get themselves disqualified. But instead the two men go at it, until Cena calls for the bell and explains to the time keeper that it the match will end in a Double DQ for excessive swearing on a PG show... (another nod to the internet trolls that said OMG CENA just said ASS a few weeks ago)

But the RAW GM announces that due to Cena's abuse of power, Both groups will be in the Rumble... and almost as if a gunshot is heard, both groups run down the ring to protect their leaders and turn their eyes toward Cena, who prepares to get outnumbered rather quickly... Until the locker room empties to the sound of the Big Show's theme and all hell breaks loose as Cole tries to hype the Rumble as much as he can before mid action the show ends.

I personally won't be ordering the PPV this weekend, as I will be working. >o< but I honestly can hope for several things to occur...

1. Triple H makes his return eliminating Sheamus re-igniting their feud from last year...
2. Amazing Kong makes her debut during the Divas match, or possibly the Rumble idk
3. Jericho has been rather talkative lately on the social networking sites saying "he wont be back in WWE for a while" so it might be shocking to see him return
4. Christian has been reported as being sidelined until post Wrestlemania, so my dream Edge v. Christian match is out the window.
5. John Morrison might win, to put forth my other dream Wrestlemania match... hopefully

I have expect all champions to retain their titles... unless the Divas championship ends in a screwjob due to a debuting Kong alligning herself with Lay-Cool

And with that, I wish you all a happy week, and Ill see you next monday!

Friday, January 21, 2011

1/21/11 Barrett's Nexus gets a new name, but forgets to spell-check it

Calling themselves the "Core" but spelling it C-O-R-R-E Barrett allows each of his members to introduce themselves to the crowd, and emphasizes that this new group is about individuality and not one particular leader (ex. Barrett) will be in direct benefit.

Teddy Long comes out and announces that he is not some stupid computer and he has authority ... and bla bla bla... "if you try to pull a Nexus... you'll be removed from the show..." And then only a few minutes later during the first match... Long is mysteriously shown unconscious backstage with the list of suspects standing around him.

Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, and the returning Michael Tarver.

Now I say suspects because the situation is all too evident that someone intentionally did this to Long as Cole reveals that "someone overheard the medics, and they are saying that Long suffered blunt trauma to the head."

Which leads me to think that either Tarver did it, and he will re-group with his former Nexus brethren some time in the future, or Vickie herself did it in order to assume complete control over Smackdown with Long removed from duty. Either way, lets just hope that someone doesnt go around for the next couple of weeks accusing everyone and then turn around and admit it was actually him/her self. (ala Kane v. Taker coma storyline)

Either way, as Vickie returns to "her" office, she finds the Core (i refuse to spell it the improper way) waiting for her to basically say they were not responsible and Vickie informs them that one of their group will face Edge tonight, and to do "what they are known for"

Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth via submission

Continuing their cross brand feud, this would be the third match between these two over the last couple of weeks, and the first won by submission. It almost seems IMO that ADR caught Truth in his armbar a little too close to the ropes, and Truth could've grabbed the bottom rope but would've had to stress his caught arm, so instead he takes the smart route and taps out to save himself for the Rumble. Now some time around the middle of the match, ADR pulled off that enziguri (sp?) kick to the back of Truth's head and I have to say my god what a sound effect it gave off... you'd have thought his neck was broken

Beth Phoenix def. Layla via pinfall

Standard divas match of Smackdown standards, however it ended so quickly Michelle McCool didn't even have time to get involved... After one submission reveral Phoenix lifted Layla up and slammed her down onto her own elbow, which she may or may not have injured, as she was favoring it after the match.

Rey Mysterio def. Cody Rhodes via pinfall

I honestly jumped ahead of my replay of this match, as this matchup doesnt intrigue me at all... mainly because I am not a fan of the John Cena of Smackdown, and Cody Rhodes' gimmick is actually starting to wear off on me

However, a 619 to the face of Rhodes leaves him holding his hands over it to cover it and doesnt even attempt to kick out of such a weak looking dead man slam.

Jack Swagger def. Kofi Kingston in an amateur wrestling challenge 10 to 9

Swagger scored 3 takedowns, but Kofi broke from all of them. Bringing the score 6-3 as you get 2 points for a takedown, and 1 for breaking free.. However, Swagger stalled and demanded a recount as he apparently had a fourth takedown that wasn't counted... so upon ref decision the score was made 8-4.

Swagger then took Kofi down once again and proceeded to taunt "Kof" as he kept calling him while slapping him the back of the head to bring the score to 10-4. However, Kofi turned off the offensive and proceeded to take down Swagger for two and hold him down for a numerous amount of seconds scoring 5 points... and somewhere at this point I lost all idea on how the actual scoring system works, but the match ended as such with Swagger defeating the Intercontinental Champion in a meaningless match.... and recieved a trouble in paradise for his efforts.

So intentionally, even though Swagger kind of cheated, Kofi did hit the winner after losing, showing just how unmodest he can be... but yet the people cheer and they play his music... and in a rare occasion, I agree with Cole.

Drew McIntyre def. Trent Baretta via pinfall

This match is a continuation of the "is he good or bad hearted" storyline that seems to be what Drew is involved in the last couple of weeks... and just as it seems Baretta has the upper hand by going to the top rope, Drew climbs the inner ropes and launches Barretta over head in a modified suplex for the win... and instead of continuing to beat Barreta down... (as he has done in recent weeks post match) he actually offers his hand to his opponent... (take that Kofi!) only to be punched in the face by Trent.

Now almost as if a switch was pulled this instantly infuriates McIntyre and he proceeds to unleash a flurry of punches on Barreta until Kelly Kelly runs down (or walks as fast as she could in that dress of hers) to the ring and orders Drew to stop, but instead of talking to him, she walks past and tends to Barreta

Now, clearly this is a night of bad spelling as someone added another R to the name of Barrett's group, and for the life of me I cannot remember if Trent's last name has two Rs or two Ts, or both.

The Miz shows up on Smackdown to hype the Champion vs. Champion match next week on RAW. Edge arrives and orders Miz to leave his ring and leave his show. Miz respectfully obliges but Riley refuses and gets a spear for his efforts.

The Corre debuts their new titantron and theme song (well actually Barrett used it briefly last week as what I thought was his solo theme but meh) and Justin Gabriel is the opponent choosen to face Edge.

Justin Gabriel def. Edge via pinfall

During this match Ziggler was on commentary and some time during the constant off topic arguing that Cole and Striker were going on about,  Ziggler basically tells them both to shut the hell up so he can concentrate on his opponent. Amen Dolph! Amen!

During the middle of the match, Edge was down and Gabriel ascended to the top rope to perform his finisher, but Edge awoke and it almost seemed as if Gabriel did not have a back up plan as he attempted a cross body only to be slammed to the mat by an Edge reversal

Attempting to kick Edge from the apron, Gabriel gets his leg caught by Edge reversed into a neckbreaker on the top rope and literally busts his ass on the edge of the apron. Now attempting to perfect what Gabriel tried earlier. Edge ascends to the toprope and proceeds to connect with a crossbody... however he goes for the pin and only scores 2.

Gabriel rolls into the corner to collect himself and Edge goes into spear position, however the other Core members start distracting Edge from various directions, first Barrett from behind Gabriel, who gets restrained by the referee to then Slater getting hit by Edge only then taking an unseen clothesline from Ezekial as the ref had his back turned and didn't see it dealing with Barrett.

Now, this does not end the show, as the Core re-enters the ring to celebrate with their victorious member and proceed to surround the Champion ala Nexus. First another killer clothesline (is that his new finisher?) from Ezekial, followed by a Sweetness from Slater. A Wasteland from Barrett and the "icing on the cake" 450 Splash from Gabriel.

As Vickie smiles from ringside, Ziggler enters the ring, and places a foot over Edge's unconscious body

Have a great weekend! (I swear I will think of a unique sign off soon enough lol)

Monday, January 17, 2011

1/17/2011 FCW Champion debuts on RAW!!! and joins the Nexus

1/17/2011 FCW Champion debuts on RAW!!! and joins the Nexus

Hello again, my prestigious readers. Tonight we saw the "return" of John Cena (for the month of January) and with him, his lame jokes, his corny humor, and at least he cracked a joke at the PG rating.

Although Cena, and almost everyone else on the show mentioned they were entering the Rumble this year... there could only be so many in the 30-man match... or could there? As the match has officially been increased to a 40-man match, one has to think... just how many special returns and/or debuts will there be this year?

Now of course, this is also to include the Nexus... as during a brawl between New Nexus and Cena. The GM rang in and told Punk that if any of the Nexus members interferred in their match tonight, they would be removed from the Rumble.

Marella & Koslov d. The Usos via pinfall for the TAG TEAM Championship

With the cobra... nuff said. Until WWE removes the fact that the Tag Division has become a joke , why not let the #1 Joke of a wrestler hold onto the belt.

John Morrison d. Daniel Bryan via pinfall

In a rare occasion, WWE actually gives us a great match pairing without the usage of the "good" guy versus "bad." Besides the amazing counters each wrestler kept unleashing against one another, it took a running knee to keep D Bryan down for the count.

Now its worth noting however, that during commentary of this match Michael Cole starts mentioning that the relationship between Daniel Bryan and the Bella Twins is something he considers strange to which I thought to myself... "OK Cole you are basically saying a man hanging out with two women is strange..." now homosexual jokes aside... later on Cole redeemed himself a little bit by saying he had gone to heaven by having to sit between Melina and Eve during the Divas match.

Natalya d. Maryse via submission

During this match as well, we saw a crappy job Melina can do as a heel commentator and a gigantic backside that Eve Torres has when wearing a tight dress.

Now after Maryse lost she began to insult Cole in french until DiBiase came out as unmotivated as he could be and tries to calm her down.

She calls him a loser, and basically says that his curse is affecting her as well, to which DiBiase claims HE will win the Royal Rumble and challenges anyone to a over the top rope challenge... Yeah, good luck DiBiase you can barely win any matches since being broken up from Legacy and now you think you can be a main eventer at Wrestlemania? HAH

Mark Henry d. Ted DiBiase in an over-the-top-rope challenge

Now, as Henry's music starts to play one thinks this segment is over, but soon William Regal leads the charge with an entire army of midcarders as they attempt to prove they will win the Royal Rumble...(by eliminating Mark Henry...?) which notably includes the former Nexus member Darren Young... who hasn't really been seen on RAW since his failed comeback the RAW before Night of Champions.

Now this turned out to be a pointless battle royal, until Sheamus or rather King Sheamus ran down to the ring and proceeded to eliminate everyone else except Henry who manages instead to eliminate the englishman... now this proves two things IMO... Sheamus will be in the Royal Rumble going after the championship opportunity like everyone else, and Triple H will be one of the "returns" I mentioned about earlier.

Randy Orton d. Dolph Ziggler in a Contender vs. Contender match via pinfall

Vickie is SUCH a heat magnet... Afterall, Justin Roberts announced she was coming out and the crowd did not even boo or hiss that loudly but the moment she opened her mouth... the booing was outrageous!

Ziggler managed to hold his own against Orton and for a moment it even looked like Orton would pass out from the sleeper hold but alas one of those out of nowhere RKO's and this one is finished.

However, The Miz and Alex Riley proceed to jump Orton and beat the holy hell out of him, and even toss Jerry Lawler over the barricades into the audience when he, once again, gets in the WWE Champion's face.

The Miz vs. Edge is announced for next week in a Champion vs. Champion match

John Cena d. CM Punk via disqualication

Now I have said it time and time again Cena needs to stop winning all of his damn matches, and this one I actually thought might be the first time Cena would actually tap out to a submission move that Punk was using ... now I am not actually sure if its called the Anaconda Vise that Punk was known  to use, as I havent actually seen him use it...

But apparently even SuperCena refuses to pass out as well... and Cena makes it the ropes, reverses a couple of moves and eventually goes for the Super Hulk Hogan Leg Drop off the top rope... which actually connects... and yet Punk (thank god!) kicks out... and at this point we are well into overtime here on the east coast and I am beginning to wonder just what it will take to end this epic confrontation... until my answer is revealed in the form of a mystery audience member who enters the ring and quite frankly looks so damn similar to Batista I actually thought it WAS Batista.

Turns out this man's name is Mason Ryan and down in WWE Developmental he is currently the FCW Champion... and sure enough this man proceeds to first kick Punk in the face, scoring the win for Cena... and then demolishing Cena as well... before taking his Nexus armband from the ankle of Punk and pledging his allegience to the group...

So as we saw on Friday night, Big Zeke has joined Wade Barrett and his Exiled crew, while this big man has joined New Nexus... clearly we are heading for a showdown... and at least two of the combinations of strength and leadership will be matched...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Special #1 - The unintentional fail that the Nexus has become.

A group of rookies becomes a dominant force...

Wade Barrett - Wins NXT in June 2010, shows up on RAW as a brand new member of the roster on June 7th, 2010 and announces that a "change" is coming and something "epic" will occur tonight. The rest is history.

During John Cena and CM Punk's main event that night, the other NXT rookies surrounded the ring, hopped the barricade, beat up everyone, security, announcers, Luke Gallows, destroyed the ring, both above and below, ripped up floor pads.. choked Justin Roberts with a tie, and demolished John Cena with all their individual finishers.

Now for the next couple of weeks, the Nexus, like the sharks they were being compared to, would surround the ring as they did during their unofficial debut as a group and proceed to deliver "beatings" to anyone they basically decided to, from hall of famers, to other RAW roster members, to General Managers, and even the WWE CEO Vincent K. McMahon.

Their interference in Cena's match was not unique as for the next couple weeks, it seemed like Nexus was screwing with Cena personally and even cost him a few victories on PPV, by first causing him to lose his WWE Championship at Fatal 4 Way, and then preventing him from recapturing it at Money in the Bank the following month.

Now, this is where it all starts to go down hill...

SummerSlam 2010.. Nexus versus Team WWE (which stupidly shouldve been called Team RAW because they're were no members of Smackdown on the team as at the time Nexus had clearly only interfered during RAW matches) and what should've been a victory to SHOW how dominant they really were turned into an embarassing loss, as "Superman" Cena managed once again to "beat the odds" by surviving a outside the ring concrete DDT, dodging out of the way of Gabriel's 450 Splash, pinning him, and then making Wade Barrett tap out. 

Now I know WWE wants the little kiddies to believe what is going on is real, and they try to make it seem as literal as you can for a PG show, but seriously... try running your head into a wall of concrete... DONT DO IT !!! and see if you don't wake up in a hospital a few hours later wondering why you feel stupid all of a sudden from loss of brain cells. What im alluding to is, the finish of the SummerSlam main event shouldve seen Nexus defeat WWE and prove they were indeed dominant as they had so claimed over the past weeks.

Daniel Bryan gets fired, returns, wins US Championship... Darren Young gets removed and forgotten...

But instead, what we got out of that loss was a storyline of weeding out the weak links in the group and through that, the beatdown and removal of Darren Young from the group. Now he did re-debut seemingly as a face when he came down to the ring and mentioned "you think you can get away with what you did to me?" not once but twice (the guy started talking while his theme was still playing so he had to repeat himself, a botch on his part) and instead of getting the "exiled guy gets his revenge storyline" we saw Darren recieve a RKO for distracting Barrett and his replacement as a "C" show performer on Superstars or dark matches prior to RAW shows.

With Daniel Bryan gone from the very beginning following the "tie incident" his re-debut has undoubtly given him much better success than any one member of the Nexus has yet to achieve. The guy returns from being FIRED to go on to become the United States champion by making the current WWE Champion tap out. And since then he has managed to defend that belt on numerous occasions and is now a pro on the show that made him a WWE Star.

Skip Sheffield ankle injury... Michael Tarver groin injury... Rotunda Jr. and Hennig Jr. join Nexus... (what you didn't think you'd seen the last of these 2nd gen superstars?)

Unfortunately, what also slowed down the momentum of the Nexus, was actual injury. Skip Sheffield broke his ankle in a house show and was silently dropped from the group when he was obviously unable to make television appearances... (why he couldn't just come to the ring in crutches? or did WWE think that would make Nexus look weak... after SummerSlam... it wouldn't have mattered)

Now of course there was another injury later on, but fortunately, we saw the mercenaries from NXT 2 Michael McGillicuty, and Husky Harris join the faction after they cost Cena his match at Hell in a Cell, which as we knew the stipulation going into that match... John Cena was now a member of the Nexus. A babyface superstar... the FACE of the WWE as he is called, and every child in the audience and at home watching WWE's hero... was now forced to work for the enemy... but alas, instead of conforming to their ways, Cena proceeded to fight the evil from within... and when Tarver injured his groin he was written off by being the first and only victim of Cena's internal destruction of Nexus.

Now of course for those who dont know Michael McGillicuty's real name is Joe Henning, the son of Curt Hennig the late Mr. Perfect. And Husky Harris, whose real name is Windham Rotunda, is the son of Mike Rotunda, the former Irwin R. Schyster. So despite not winning NXT 2 these two "rookies" were not going anywhere as being 2nd gen superstars has its advantages in a company such as WWE.

Barrett fails to set an example, as he is not the first in the faction to win a championship.

Now as we know now, Barrett would recieve multiple WWE Championship opportunities over the last couple months and in-directly made every "original" Nexus member (not removed from the group)  a champion before himself. I speak of which of David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater.

Now, as we know, he forced Otunga to relinquish the title the night after he won it simply because he was partnered with Cena who was doing everything he could to prevent Barrett from becoming dominant. So all Otunga's victory led to was more static between the two... but nonetheless, Barrett DID make him a champion in the first place by giving him that opportunity.


So as we saw on this past weeks RAW, Punk has christened his NEW NEXUS by keeping Michael McGillicuty and Husky Harris, as well as David Otunga... (so obviously his static between himself and Barrett remained intact as he would rather inflict pain upon himself than abandon the stable) and seemingly eliminated Gabriel and Slater as they refused to follow his direction and walked out on the Jesus Christ wannabe.

According to the spoilers for this week's Smackdown however, during his debut match against the Big Show... Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel run down to the ring to assist their former leader... until Ezekial Jackson makes his big smackdown debut and runs down to supposedly make the save for Show... however... he instead joins in on the beating and the four seemingly form a group that night.

Now here's where I start asking questions... as I said at the very beginning... Punk was a part of the match when Nexus debuted and was beatdown while not as severe as John Cena (all the finishers) he was indeed beat down outside the ring by all eight dudes... Is he indeed going to "lead" them or IMO like he did on monday, proceed to enact his revenge slowly and surely until a mutiny evolves.

And what about Otunga, as I said... Barrett MADE him a champion... and yet he sides with Punk, only to get a hellatious beating from the Big Show... to which if I was Otunga, as well as the other two... I would be thinking "what in the hell am I doing this for? to be part a faction that has completely lost its steam from our debut and instead of going after the 'big picture' has now become a civil war?"

I do hope this faction fixes itself and becomes the dominant force it once was, pre-Summerslam... because damn WWE if they ruin what could've been a great storyline.

Monday, January 10, 2011

1/10/2011 #3 New-Nexus Appears! The First HOF Inductee for 2011 is announced! and John Cena pulls a Mae Young

1/10/2011 #3 New-Nexus Appears! The First HOF Inductee for 2011 is announced! and John Cena pulls a Mae Young

Following last weeks actions on the top of the cell, CM Punk walks out to the ring debuting a new version of the Nexus titantron and his former Straight Edge Society theme, complete with new icon and shirt to sell at the stands... Horray for marketing ! Punk mentions that in order to be a part of "his" new faction, (which is funny considering HE is the newest member of THEIR faction) the previous Nexus members are going to need to pass sacrificial tests tonight.

McGullicuty is 1st, and he proceeds to take every other member of Nexus' finisher following up with the GTS from Punk... and the wierdness begins as instead of leaving him dead center in the middle of the ring as has been Nexus way, they carry him out together like hes a martyr.

Alberto Del Rio d. R-Truth via countout

This rematch from last week was quite comical to me, because it had 2 guys who I barely understand as it is, I speak of course about R-Truth who always sounds out of breath during his entrance rap, and Ricardo Rodriguez, who I have never been able to understand since ADR's debut.

However, like last week's Smackdown, Ricardo manages to interfere and help his master by keeping R-Truth outside the ring long enough, and was given a right hand for his efforts. After the match Alberto cut a terrible promo that I think was meant for commercial break because it was so horrible I wish I had not seen it.

Nexus Sacrifice #2 Husky Harris

2nd on Punk's list of sacrifices is Husky Harris, and his sacrifice involves giving up his stupid name. No just kidding. But in reality something a little more comical wouldve sufficed, instead we watch as Otunga, Slater, and Gabriel each whip Husky 3 times with a leather belt followed up by a berserk Punk whipping him multiple times.  Even at this point Jerry Lawler starts basically saying "WTF" over commentary, and personally I agree

Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry d. Ted DiBiase & Tyson Kidd via pinfall

This match was a rematch from Superstars last week (or for those who dont watch Superstars this could technically be considered a repeat match) that I truly believe was meant to be on RAW in the first place but was booted in favor of the more anticipated WWE Championship match.

Now, its worth noting that all this match proved tonight was that the burial of Ted DiBiase continues and Tyson Kidd has now joined the hearse... Jackson Andrews was once again not at ringside, and Kidd gets beat by Mark "doomed to be midcard for life" Henry... I must say though that it was refreshing seeing the dresses that the Bella Twins wore at ringside, only sucks that we came back from commercial and both teams were already in the ring and we didnt get to see more of them. (Wow! did I actually just say I wanted to see more of the Bellas?)

Nexus Sacrifice #3 David Otunga

A clip mentioning Wade Barrett's move over to Smackdown is aired, and Big Show himself comes to the ring to declare his intent to knock out Barrett much like HE was knocked out of Nexus. The NewNexus arrrives on the scene and while Punk, Gabriel, and Slater stand at the top of the ramp, Otunga walks down and gets into the ring with Show.

He proceeds to slap him and stand back with open arms almost accepting that he is about to get beat. Of course Big Show obliges and beats the living hell out of Otunga finishing him with a chokeslam and a knockout punch without Otunga even getting to his feet. 

John Morrison d. King Sheamus via pinfall

I guess you could consider this Round 4 between these two in their neverending side feud over who will be #1 Contender. Either way, like every Morrison match he flips around , hurts himself, gets nearly beat... then pulls a miracle victory out of his shaman pants and defeats the englishman, who apparantly now has the King name added to his titantron.

Nexus Sacrifices #4 & 5 Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater... or not

Backstage Punk hands the two remaining Old Nexus members a Kendo stick and orders them to attack each other until he tells them to stop, but they hesitate and refuse. So Punk himself demands they hit HIM with the Kendo sticks until he says... but instead the two former tag team champions seemingly quit New Nexus... dropping the Kendo sticks and walking out to a huge cheering reaction from the crowd.

No idea where this storyline is going, but the amount of people being exiled from the Nexus is starting to equal those in the group, perhaps a Old Nexus v. New Nexus showdown is in the works? After all Skip Sheffield is due back pretty soon and it has been reported that Michael Tarver is down in FCW working off the ring rust due to his groin injury that is now healed.

Maybe they will join Barrett on Smackdown, I hear their roster is a little thin these days.

The First 2011 Hall of Fame Nominee is... SHAWN MICHAELS

Now according to the preview for RAW tonight, it was mentioned that former wrestler now backstage guy Arn Anderson will be one of them inductees for the 2011 HOF, however... in passing on commentary Lawler mentions that they will publically announce the first inductee tonight and will blow the roof off the building!!

Sure enough, it wasn't Arn Anderson... it was mother effin Shawn "Heartbreak Kid" Michaels... and the people go crazy as a video package airs covering his career leading up to his retirement match at last years Wrestlemania. But thats not all... as the HBK music starts to play Shawn himself comes out to a rather mediocre reaction considering the situation and without even saying a word gets into the ring and grabs a mic to start talking... until...

Alberto Del Rio... yes Alberto Del Rio decides to interrupt the occasion and spit more crap about becoming the winner of the Royal Rumble and becoming the next "Mr. Wrestlemania" to which Shawn... still without saying a word proceeds to give ADR a Sweet Chin Music and leaves in silence... and ill admit I was clapping the entire segment

John Cena challenges Punk to a match next week, and pulls a Mae Young!

After a rather questionable segment with CM Punk threatening to jump off the top of the titantron, he in fact was never planning on doing this but again all for a crowd reaction... (some of which really were screaming "Jump" i swear)... the New Nexus (jeezus i am already tired of using that name) comes down to the ring obviously without Slater and Gabriel and Punk proceeds to state that Cena IS not in the arena again due to the injuries he sustained. 

However, Cena appears on the titantron, cuts a good promo and even curses without a censor bleep which was actually quite refreshing.

Randy Orton & Jerry Lawler d. The Miz & Alex Riley via pinfall

The main event tag match announced by the GM earlier after a rather questionable email segment speaking of how Cole is the greatest and more handsome commentator ever, was rather obvious imo.

Miz is afraid of Orton 1 on 1 and Orton used this to keep Miz in his corner as Lawler went up for his vintage flying elbow drop and covered Alex Riley for the 3 count. It was wierd because this episode ran rather long and at 11:04 PM usually the time that the show ends, they went and took a commercial break.

Sucks when shows like TNA Impact have to keep us watching for another hour (into the former TNA Reaction show) to see a main event conclusion.

Once again, as always have a great week and thanks for reading!

Friday, January 7, 2011

1/7/11 - Stipulation Week on WWE TV Continues!

1/7/11 - Entry #2 : Stipulation Week on WWE TV Continues!

Hello again, current and future readers, I take this opportunity to welcome you to the very FIRST Smackdown review of this blog, and because this week on WWE was "quote, unquote" the First Shows of the New Year it looks like they tried to start the year off as perfect as they could in the ratings calculator.

As I mentioned in my first ever RAW review (and post) I very rarely review NXT, Superstars, or Impact UNLESS something major takes place that is worth noting. And unfortunately, this week on NXT, something did.

Keeping your Champions relevant, Novak is eliminated from NXT after being traded for Byron Saxton.

However, that wasn't the shocker of the night, is was more of the way it was handled. The very first match of the evening didnt feature the Rookies, it actually was a Over the Top Battle Royal featuring the Pros with the stakes that whoever won, would be allowed to "trade their rookie for another." Now, comically, as Alberto Del Rio walked down to the ring, his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez offered to take his place in the match. Now, in my mind I thought "wow! the WWE in-ring debut of Chimaera" which for those who dont know is the name of the persona Ricardo uses on the Independent scene. (thank you Solomonster)

Now of course I say it was comical that he entered the ring as his ring announcer persona and was proceeded to be put in one of the longest spin cycles ever performed by Daniel Bryan and swiftly eliminated.

However, the winner of the battle royal, was Dolph Ziggler. And almost immediately I knew that if he decided to trade Novak for someone else it was because Novak was definately being eliminated and they needed to give the current Intercontinental champion someone else in order to stay as relevant as possible. To which I was right, Dolph traded Novak for Byron Saxton and Novak was eliminated at the end of the show.

Clash of the United States contenders on Superstars

Daniel Bryan w/ The Bellas & Mark Henry def. Tyson Kidd & Ted DiBiase w/ Maryse

It is questionable why this match was held on Superstars instead of RAW but I assume it was because the timeframe was absorbed by the extended WWE Championship match that went on for almost 30 minutes. It is worth noting however, that Tyson's bodyguard Jackson Andrews was not at ring side so I am curious to find out why.

Poorly timed commercial breaks RUIN Main Events

Onto Smackdown, and just like RAW, the first match of the night was the first main event...

Edge (c) def. Kane in a last man standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship

This match was everything one would expect to get from a Last Man Standing Match. Outside the ring brawling, audience stalking and street fighting, and backstage pursuit and hardcore moments. However stupid WWE decides to send us to commercial break while both competitors are backstage, and when we come back they are ringside. I understand its NOT that important but the brawling involved in between attempted count downs is what makes the suspense of this particular match nail biting and exciting. Now, I half expected a Kane victory when he choke slammed Edge through the announce table, (even with the "OOOOOOH" face by Matt Striker who kneeled down to continue commentary) alas, a One Man Con-chair-to to the knee of Kane forced the Big Red Monster to become unable to stand and the Champion retains. At least, there was no goddam duct tape involved...

Keeping your Champions relevant Part 2

Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler (c) for the Intercontinental Championship... twice!

So you remember how I mentioned that clearly keeping face time for your champions is important, well clearly I was wrong... or was I? As yet another opportunity for the IC title is given to Kofi due to Vickie's interference during the triple threat match last week. Now, due to Vickie's interference, I agree with this decision... but then again... I think "Dolph v. Kofi" again!?  Alas, after utilizing the very same move Kofi won his second reign against Drew McIntyre at Over the Limit followed up by a leaping crossbody from the toprope, Kofi defeats Ziggler and wins his third reign as Intercontinental Champion... unfortunately, Vickie doesnt take this lightly and opens up her big mouth.

Stating that Teddy Long is AWOL tonight,  and that she is "acting General Manager" she forces Kofi to immediately defend the championship against Ziggler who caught Kingston in a Zig Zag off the top rope while Kofi was celebrating. Now one would think "screwjob" in the back of their mind, but not tonight as Kofi pulls an amazing Trouble In Paradise out of oblivion and KO's Ziggler for the second win of the night.

If it works... dont change it

Now, I thought it was rather shitty how John Morrison's treatment as #1 Contender went on Monday... sure he lost his FIRST opportunity at the WWE Championship but to not even allow him to be involved in the Cage Match later that night is a highway robbery...

However Kane's shot tonight was his "rematch" clause from TLC and therefore by losing another contender HAS to be determined, and indeed it will as the match is announced as

"Dashing" Cody Rhodes v. Big Show v. Drew McIntyre in a triple threat #1 Contenders match for the World Heavyweight Championship

However prior to this match we had two backstage segments, one of which I thought showed the breakup of Vickie and Ziggler after he called her a "bonehead" for ordering the rematch and she retaliated by calling him a "two-time loser..."   

The second segment however, showed more of a "tweening" Drew McIntyre talking with Kelly Kelly about his upcoming opportunity at the "big one"

Unfortunately, and mind you remember what I said earlier about keeping your champions relevant Vickie comes out and changes the match from a Triple Threat to a Fatal 4 Way and re-introduces Dolph Ziggler as the fourth competitor, and he goes on to the win the entire thing!

Dolph Ziggler def. Cody Rhodes, Big Show, and Drew McIntyre in a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender's Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

During this match, several things of note occured... Big Show dominated, Drew McIntyre got knocked out of the ring and couldnt get back in and multiple attempts saw him being hit once more to the ground by every other competitor. Big Show dominated again... until... Wade Barrett made his Smackdown debut and attacked the steamrolling Show to stop his rampage in the ring. This allowed the three others to "team" up on Show and take him down... However a distraction by Ziggler to Rhodes by pointing out Show re-entering the ring, turned Rhodes back to Ziggler who proceeded to hit the Zig Zag for the pin

Now if this was a graph one could show several high points for Ziggler over the past few weeks. There would be multiple slopes and multiple peaks. His two loss streak to a rehired Cena gave him great exposure as a potential main eventer, he trades his rookie away the night that rookie gets eliminated, he loses the midcard championship title ONLY to win an opporunity at the main event title. To that I say... its about damn time we get a fresh face in the main event picture... Now will it be Edge v. Ziggler @ Royal Rumble or will Ziggler recieve the John Morrison treatment and lose on network television and be dropped back down the ladder for Kane to recieve another title shot? Only time will tell.

As for Drew McIntyre... his "face" turn is completed tonight as he runs out to protect Kelly Kelly who gets distracted at ringside by Layla, Styles Clashed by Michelle McCool, pinned and beaten up some more after the match was done. Now, about this I say... about damn time something FRESH. (I originally re-started watching Smackdown around the time in 2009 when McIntyre debuted)

Rey Mysterio seems to have multiple month feuds... that lead to what exactly?

IMO I am tired of the Cena of Smackdown always defeating the big guys or coming from behind hitting two moves and winning the match... I know its a show... and bla bla bla... theres filler in each match, a punch here a kick there... but with Mysterio its always the same... get demolished the entire match then hit one move and win. Sound familiar?

Alas, tonight was ... wait for it... wait for it... FRESH

Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio in a Two out of Three Falls Match

So there you have it. A New #1 Contender for the WHC, a New Intercontinental Champion, a Victory for the Heel in a "feud conclusion" match, a face turn for a long time heel... (take that Cena! no wait... wrong direction damit) and a new storyline for Wade "Mufasa" Barrett, the ousted former leader of Nexus. Something that was left in limbo after being "thrown to the stampede by CM "Scar" Punk" 

This week IMO was amazing on Television and I hope the following weeks continue to suceed like this.

Monday, January 3, 2011

1/3/2011 "Blog #1: A Week Filled with Stipulation Main Events"

1/3/2011 "Blog #1: A Week Filled with Stipulation Main Events"

A healthy welcome to my future and current readers, and a Happy New Year. I raise my glass as a toast to new beginnings and fresh starts to this wonderful new year.

Monday Night RAW starts off with a bang. As Michael Cole opens the broadcast mentioning that both John Cena and Jerry Lawler will not be on the program tonight. Cena suffered a real hip injury last week in a live event cage match while fighting Wade Barrett, as well as in story got beatdown by a CM Punk's led Nexus. Whereas Jerry Lawler fresh off his defeat of The Miz with John Morrison's assistance was jumped by Miz from the crowd as Micheal "and I quote" Cole was reading yet another email from the "anonymous GM"

The Miz (c) d. John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match
In a wierd yet welcomed start to the first RAW of a new year, we got the first of two main events right off the bat. Several awesome spots between the former tag team partners. With JoMo eliminating a chance of Alex Riley getting involved in the match by kneeing him in the nose while propped up on the audience barricade, it seemed that we might just have a new champion seeing as The Miz has only sucessfully defended his championship when someone else gets involved. But unfortunately during the commercial or perhaps when I wasn't paying attention a table got set up close to the ring and JoMo attempted to Starship Pain while Miz was laying on the table. Alas Miz moved, JoMo threw himself through the table and took a Skull Crushing Finale for the loss.

Natalya, Eve Torres & Brie Bella d. Melina, Maryse, & Alicia Fox
Brie Bella was thrown to the floor by Maryse who turned her back as Nikki Bella pulled her sister under the ring and switched places. This allowed Nikki to turn defense into offense on Maryse who tagged Melina in. Nikki would tag Natalya who would connect with a "Discus Clothesline" (ala Matt Morgan lol) and tag out to Eve Torres who would use a spinning neckbreaker for the pin. Nothing special about this match but it was worth noting that during commercial a rather stupidly comedic ad featuring John Cena aired advertising Gillette and the death of a poor bathroom trash can.

The Usos d. Santino Marella & Vladimir Koslov w/ Tamina
Is it just me, or is this comedic tag team already tiring me out? I understand WWE hasn't cared about the Tag Division for months but this is getting ridiculus

Alberto Del Rio d. R-Truth
Its wierd that Alberto Del Rio was just recently involved in a World Championship match and now he is fighting mid carders in the US Title Division on a completely different show.

Nothing special about this match, but on a rather personal comedic note, I discovered ala camera fail that Alberto Del Rio doesnt actually honk the horn of the "car" he is driving but it is apparently a part of his entrance theme. Lame

A commercial advertising Smackdown airs mentioning a Last Man Standing match pitting Edge (c) v. Kane as well as a 2 out of 3 Falls match pitting Alberto Del Rio v. Rey Mysterio for Friday Night.

We learn that the leadership of Nexus is in doubt as Wade Barrett makes his appearance for the first time since being buried by John Cena at the TLC PPV, and is challenged for the leader position by CM Punk who joined the faction last week. With Morrison losing earlier in the night, a Triple Threat Cage match is announced by the GM pitting Randy Orton v. King Sheamus v. Wade Barrett/CM Punk and between the two of them they must decide on who represents Nexus in the match.

Backstage, Punk lets Barrett know he wants him to take the spot to "prove" he is able to lead Nexus properly as a dominant force. But should he lose tonight, he is out of the group and Punk himself will take over as leader. As Barrett turns to leave for the ring, Punk shakes the hands of the other five guys, who smirk as if they are planning something

During the match, Wade Barrett jumps off the toprope onto the waiting knees of Sheamus and holds his arm as if he hurt it during the landing, as he attempts to climb the cage however, CM Punk runs down to ringside and climbs to the top of the cage offering his hand to help the "Leader" out. But as Barrett reaches his arm out, CM instead rips of the Nexus armband and kicks Barrett off the cage. Leading Sheamus to use his brogue kick on the bare knuckle brawler. Calling for the cage door to be open, it looks as if Sheamus is going to walk out of RAW the new #1 Contender... however as he stumbles toward the door he takes an RKO and Orton slowly walks out of the cage and down the steps to the WWE Championship Match at Royal Rumble
 As this is my first summary/blog on this new site, I will explain my format real quick. I watch RAW live and post usually within 10-15 minutes of it concluding, however for NXT, Smackdown, and even TNA Impact I watch those usually on Friday night on Youtube depending on how great the quality of the upload is. I do not usually review those on a blog as it makes no sense with the spoilers and results being well known prior to me viewing.

And with that, I wish everyone a happy first week of January 2011.