WWE’s Reddit Leaks, Chris Jericho says farewell to WWE (for now), Daniel Bryan competes in 4 matches in one night(!), Chris Sabin wins the TNA World Championship, and reported backstage woes in Impact Wrestling
Well, just when you think the Vickie Guerrero problem has been solved and you get used to the fact that she’s been eradicated from our TV screens … she becomes the new General Manager of Smackdown.
There goes the rumblings of her becoming Ryback’s manager, then. Unless she manages to do both..
But in all seriousness, she’ll be better suited on Smackdown. The B-team. The less important show. Let it be known that these are the nicest words I’ve ever aimed towards Vickie Guerrero. Don’t you let me down now, Vickie! But from one GM to another, Brad Maddox opened Raw once again this week (still without any entrance music, but with a deflating drumroll). Mick Foley took to Twitter last week to voice his concern/disappointment with Maddox being appointed being GM, and still to this day, whenever I see Maddox, I can’t help but think to that promo he cut about justice in the Bane-voice. And as long as he’s on TV acting out as the goofball and doing nothing but burying himself, I don’t think I will forget.
So in a way to get cheap heat, he bad-mouthed Bryan during the contract signing for no particular reason other than.. he’s smaller and not as strong as Cena? Anyway, Bryan, not for the first time, had to wrestle multiple times, which is never a bad thing. Three times on TV, and then for a fourth time in a six-man tag match against The Shield in the dark match! He’s undeniably the hottest thing in WWE right now and everyone’s behind him to win at Summerslam, but the only problem I have with him competing in what was the last half-hour segment on Raw was that the top half of the show was real hard work to get through. Yes, hard work to watch a TV screen of men wrestling for 2 and a half hours.
After last week’s great post Money in the Bank Raw, I came to realise that post PPV Raw’s are the only 3-hour Raws actually worthy of viewing the full show. Maybe there has been some exceptions to the rule, but to hell if I can remember. There were some real filler matches this week, which weren’t necessarily bad, but they were just kind of.. there. Sheamus vs Del Rio (which I’m sure the WWE faithful have seen a gazillion times), Christian v Titus O’Neil, and Cody Rhodes v Fandango. And don’t even get me started on the Divas segment on Miz TV. I’ve started now, it’s too late. Before the negative, though, new Diva on the block Eva Marie looks like she could be an interesting cat. And besides, the role of ‘sassy redhead’ was never really filled when Lita left. And as far as other newbie JoJo goes…
I was a little interested when Total Divas was first announced, as it would be cool to get to know the Divas outside of kayfabe reality. But if the little clip they showed last night is any indication of what’s to come, it doesn’t seem like that’s what we’ll be getting at all. And if the word ‘reality’ in reality shows has taught us anything over the years, it’s that the shows are going to be as far away from reality as humanly possible. And I suppose I can’t go on without mentioning Brie’s nip-slip last night, but the only thing I really have to say about it is this: It probably wouldn’t have happened had she have had a boob job like her twin. Just saying.
CM Punk and Heyman continued their feud last night and the Summerslam match between Punk and Lesnar was made official. And I’ll admit that – sometimes – I take the class and professionalism of both Heyman and Punk for granted, as they’re both a class act. And last night was no different. The only concern here is that Punk is legitimately banged up; he tweeted out a nasty photo of his ankle last week, and last night he noted of some other injuries. But Summerslam is a few weeks away yet, so hopefully he’ll be at 100% come showtime. Hot on heels of his bout with Jericho last week, RVD had a great match on Smackdown against D. Young and against Barret last night on Raw. No mic time or storyline indications for him yet, but as long as he’s having great crowd-pleasing matches.. who cares?
There was no Orton, Curtis Axel, Big Show or Wyatts on Raw this week, though The Wyatt Family did create 3 Man Band body pile up on Main Event, and Luke Harper and Eric Rohan lost the NXT Tag-Title Belts to Adrian Neville and Corey Graves on the latest episode of NXT. Big Show was scheduled to return but didn’t for reasons unbeknown, Orton is possibly out due to injury – which wasn’t mentioned by any of the broadcasters, although he tweeted out that he’s fine – and I can only imagine that Axel was doing the deed of filming Heyman via the Satellite stream on Raw. Axel was on hand on Smackdown to defeat and retain his IC title against Jericho in a great match, which was ultimately the last time we’ll probably see Jericho this year. But don’t worry, baby, he’ll be back. It may be too early to say, but he’s going to be up there in my hypothetical ‘wrestler of the year’ award come the end of this year.
Comic-Con was last week and WWE was their in force to host their annual Mattel panel, which this year featured Miz, Ziggler and an unannounced appearance from Foley. There was some pretty great ‘ribbing’ going on between both Miz and Ziggler and the crowd, too. WWE put up a really cool comic-related article not too long ago that I just came across, listing 10 superstars as Marvel comic book characters. (Dammit, why didn’t I think of doing that?) It’s pretty great, and being the dirty heel that I am, I may have to do my own DC version of Superstars – with Maddox being Bane, obviously.
A Reddit user has supposedly been getting inside information from within the WWE regarding match results, as over the past few months he’s posted match results of WWE’s shows – including PPV’s – and he’s been right every time. Even going as far as to leak the winner out to some betting websites. 1) I don’t know what would possess someone to be as gratuitous to leak wrestling results, and 2) I hope whoever is leaking the results feels the eternal wrath of Vince McMahon. Big E almost got intimate with AJ Lee on Smackdown, and Sandow named Cody Rhodes the protector of the case! I like Damien Sandow… and I like Cody Rhodes. But who is better? There’s only one way to find out…
Switching over to Impact, they held a (kind of?) free-per-view, Destination X, that featured an – unsurprisingly – great match between Roode and Aries, a whole lot of X-division matches and then a great World title match.. which Sabin won! The match itself wasn’t a classic like Sabin and Aries had a few weeks back for the X-division belt, but it did tell a story of the big bad bullying the underdog. And it also told the story of Bully almost stripping Sabin stark-buck naked! It was a feel-good moment for sure, but… is Sabin going to be a transitional champion? I hope not, but I don’t know if TNA would have him in a main event at one of their limited PPV’s? I see this going two ways: either A) Aries feuds with Aries for a while, or B) Bully Ray wins back the belt within the next month and it sets up a match between Bully and Magnus at Bound For Glory (which Magnus will win).
So if it does go the way of option A), does this spell the demise of The Aces & 8’s, then? They’ve pretty much been in the main picture of TNA for over a year now, and with the recent departures of both D-Lo Brown and DOC, they’re left to just six men. Seven including Tazz, but who’s counting? It will be especially weird for me not seeing them around, because I actually only started watching Impact Wrestling just September/October time last year, so I haven’t actually experienced any episode of TNA without the Aces & 8’s.
TNA gets a lot of criticism which is sometimes fair, sometimes not, but their is some cause for concern as of late over the recent money issues and roster cuts due to their travelling schedule. In the past month we’ve seen Matt Morgan, D-Lo Brown, Madison Rayne, Taeler Hendrix, Christian York, Joey Ryan, Crimson, and now Doc, all released from TNA. Their roster is thinning out, but considering they only have one show a week and one PPV every few months, it’s a strong roster and not a bad size at all. Of course it’s sad to see future prospects like Christian York go, but TNA doesn’t want to go back to that dreaded Impact Zone – and the fans certainly don’t want that either!
That’s it for another Week in Wrestling, folks. So until next time, be good. But if you can’t be good, be safe.