Monday, June 18, 2012

#23 - No Way Out 2012

Well ... it was about this time last year that I wrote a blog outlining what I would want to see done after June's Capitol Punishment PPV. I am looking back at that blog and am happy to see that three of my five suggestions have happened over the last year. While the Punk-Mysterio match at Capitol Punishment wasn't to determine the no.1 contender to the WWE championship, they were involved in a triple threat with Alberto Del Rio within a week to determine the top contender. I predicted Punk would be the title challenger only because I thought that was their way of writing Punk off at Money In The Bank ... well, I was right and wrong on that one! What followed was "the shoot heard around the world" in Las Vegas and the story arc that persisted in the WWE right until December! I suggested that AJ and Kelly Kelly would become the faces of the Diva Division. Predicting Kelly Kelly to be the face of the Divas was as obvious as saying we are getting fog in Newfoundland one day out of a week! But AJ, while she may not have become the face of the divas, she is currently the only diva with a prominent spot on Monday Night RAW and her character has gotten over because of her cuteness which supplements the crazy chick angle they are doing with her. First of all, kudos to WWE for doing the crazy chick angle with AJ! We may have seen a variation of this with Victoria back in 2002 but nothing like this character! It has provided the WWE with great television leading into last night's PPV! I will outline my thoughts for the AJ character later on in this blog. The final suggestion I had was Zack Ryder ... he has been up and down so much over the last year but at least it's something! He hasn't been completely neglected to being Superstar's best kept secret!! Instead of making a top five changes I would like to see, I am going to review last night's PPV and give you my opinion of how I would take each angle.
Triple H is advertised to appear

Triple H's promo last night is the reason why we need Vince back as the highest honor and power in World Wrestling Entertainment! He verbally cut Lesnar for being a quitter and it sounded like he was purposely throwing verbal jabs at Lesnar, showing the legitimate heat between the two. Triple H should be less worried about his personal feelings and be building Lesnar as a threat. He should be talking about Lesnar as a monster, as one of his toughest obstacles, and as a legitimate tough guy! I feel this way because if Triple H is going over at SummerSlam, wouldn't it look better if he beat the monster Brock Lesnar than the quitter Brock Lesnar. The more you build up the opponent ... The more meaning it has when you beat them
John Cena vs. Big Show – Steel Cage Match

I wouldn't have changed anything about this match and angle! I am curious of where the angle leads tonight on RAW. Where does this Big Johnny? Unemployed? Do they publicly acknowledge that Triple H is now taking care of Talent Relations? Where does this leave the Big Show? Where does this leave John Cena? Will Vince McMahon return as the ruler of WWE? ... after watching last week's RAW ... I certainly hope so! His unscripted ride on the scooter was hilarious and made the angle so much better. Why? Because it evoked real emotions and reactions! Sheamus broke character and started to laugh! You could tell he wasn't told how to react, it was Sheamus being Sheamus ... the way all characters should be! Vince needs to be the main guy ... with the so-called "reality era" we have entered in professional wrestling, fans know Vince is in charge and we are not going to accept any other authority! Vince may not like being on TV at his age but he is one of WWE's greatest resources ... All I want to know ... is if we can get him into the WWE Studio to do the voiceover for the SummerSlam intro "IT'S TIME FOR SUMMMERSLAMMMMMMMMMMMMM!"
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
Alright ... here is what I would have done last night. I would have maintained the same match they had last night because it was good! However, I would have used a dusty finish. Ziggler uses the tights or Vickie pushing Sheamus' leg off the rope so the referee doesn't see it ... something! I would have had Ziggler celebrating with the title right to the Entrance Stage ... Where I would have had Vince McMahon come out and demand Ziggler to return to the ring and the match to restart!!! Sheamus could pick up the win with the Brogue Kick after the restart. Instantly, you do not hurt Sheamus while increasing the stock of Ziggler! We get a shocking moment to start the pay per view AND we re-establish Vince as being the most powerful man in World Wrestling Entertainment! It would have been great!

WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane – Triple Threat Match
As for this match, I really thought we were going to see a title change ... I just read that Bryan was considered again to walk out champion but obviously ... he wasn't! I guess Punk will be receiving the new title belt on the 100th ... I mean 1000th Episode of RAW. That would have been my only change! As for AJ ... I think we need AJ doing double duty in terms of storylines. I would like to see her and Layla fighting over the Diva's championship while maintaining her role in the WWE Title picture! Maybe we can see Layla and Punk talking backstage which leads to AJ being jealous, maybe Bryan hitting on Layla (Once you go Bryan, you stop tryin'!) and AJ getting jealous! There are a couple ways they can mesh the stories! AJ's logic being that if she wins the title, Punk or Bryan will be proud of her and she would bring it to them kind of like a sad dog would bring a bone back to the owner. It's hard using that analogy because AJ is far from a dog but you understand! Instantly, we have a feud that can lead to mixed tags on RAW, fresh character interactions, a renewed interest in the diva's division, and could even add some female equality to the WWE that they can tout! With one or two simple segments, we may have two good stories on Monday Nights for the time of one! ... you can't disagree with that!

Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Cody Rhodes

Great wrestling ... it's what the Intercontinental Title was built upon ... I don't see any problem seeing these matches more often
Divas Champion Layla vs. Beth Phoenix
See WWE Championship Match ...
United States Champion Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez – Tuxedo Match

I am not even reviewing this ... shouldn't have been on pay per view ... end of discussion! Not when we have new talents like Damien Sandow who could have benefited from the pay per view time!
Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga

Brodus lost some of his cool ... like we saw in the main event between Cena and Big Show ... could have established his anger early in the night for getting dq'ed against Otunga or Otunga getting dq'ed (Jesus, I am getting hungry for a Ultimate Burger right about now) and Brodus going crazy. This is what needed to be done!

In closing, thank you for taking the time to read this blog! Please comment and let me know your opinions! For my friends, we can discuss it anytime! I'm out!


  1. i agree with everything here EXCEPT giving damien sandow airtime. i dont think he is going to last long here in the WWE. and as for the United States Championship i would really like to either see Santino defend it against legitimate contenders like Christian and Cody Rhodes are doing with their feud rather than see him fighting Ricardo. either give up the title or start fighting legitimately! and also would you agree that Rybak is going to be a big power threat to the WWE or the Word Heavyweight Champion in about 6 months time after he fights real wrestlers and not these local competitors that he seems to breeze through? i also got a beef with the WWE and the Tag Team division. i like what they are trying to do with the Prime Time Players but for god sake take AW out. i still remember him from back in ECW when he did the Abraham Washington show! the WWE needs to rebuild its tag team division entirely. what happened to the days of Rated RKO, DX, Team Xtreme, Jeri-Show, MNM!

  2. first of all, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I have to disagree with you on Sandow ... i think he has a license to print money with the wwe. he's just got a presence about him and how he carries himself that will make him a draw in the wwe! I feel he will be a worthy opponent to Christian's title when Rhodes moves on seemingly to Sheamus and the World Title.

    Santino needs to either be facing real challengers or not be the champion. Plain and simple! I enjoy a good comedy match every once and awhile but not involving a champion! The United States and IC titles should be considered the stepping stones to the WWE and World Title respectively ... Santino is not getting that world title run! He came close in February which I enjoyed and they had me believe he could win the title, going to show the talents of Marella and Bryan.

    Ryback needs a mouthpiece, a manager or advisor, and he will be ready for the big stages! He could easily be this generations version of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. His matches are exciting, different from anything else WWE is producing right now, and can be a big time player! He just needs someone to articulate his reasons for being a monster performer.

    As for the tag division, there is so much that can be done! There are so many guys on the roster who could be paired up with gimmicks and work great as tag teams! They have a great team in Hawkins and Reks yet they are kept on Superstars ... guys who care about wrestling and care about their characters as we saw on NXT. I think half of the reason I like AW is only because he's a manager and I am a huge fan of managers! If another solid manager got introduced, I may be changing my opinion on AW as well. The prime time players are growing on me as well, never saw anything in them as singles stars but they are earning their worth with me as a fan since becoming a team.

    The days of the teams you mentioned can be brought about again! They just need to focus on keeping teams together. They keep teams together for a year at most and automatically split them and feud them, despite having singles runs planned for them! At least when WCW broke up the Hollywood Blonds, they had singles runs planned for them! Well ... at least they had a plan for Stunning Steve Austin. WWE needs to stick with teams, give them time to establish their teams with the fans, give us a reason to accept this team and then, later on, split them when we care about the teams. I do feel the tag team division is on the rise now thanks to the need for new programming and the WWE Network ... If successful, the WWE Network can be the greatest thing to happen to pro wrestling ... or the worse. Only time will tell! Thanks for reading again! I'll try and write a new one soon