The Wrestling Court Episode 181-Wrestlemania 34 review

Julian, Rob Base, Jaydee and Chris is here on today’s podcast to talk about WrestleMania 34 that happened over the weekend. We go over what was the good, the bad and the ugly of the show, Ronda Rousey’s performance in the mixed tag match, one of the WORST WrestleMania main events of all time between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar and our reaction to the disappointing card after the mixed tag match. We also discuss the excellent NXT Takeover NOLA and the WWE Hall of Fame and the return of Bobby Lashley all on this jam packed episode.

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retro review: wwe smackdown 10.31.02

Hey i am back for another retro review and every monday night, my posts will be Halloween related.this time is a halloween edition of wwe smackdown back from 2002

 

Opening match: Edge v. Chris Benoit. They work the mat with armbars to start, and Benoit floats into a facelock, but gets reversed into a hammerlock. Benoit pounds away in the corner to break and goes to a side headlock, but Edge escapes and knees him down. Gutbuster and Edge works him over in the corner, leading to a slugfest. Benoit hits him with a short-arm clothesline, but Edge lays him out for two. Benoit gets tossed and they brawl outside, as Edge sends him back in for two. Man, this arena is scary empty. Edge keeps hammering away, but Benoit makes with the chops until Edge suplexes him onto the top rope and out. He follows with a baseball slide, but Benoit rolls with it and drags Edge out of the ring in the process. Punishment to the shoulder follows, and back in he gets two. Edge’s shoulder meets the turnbuckles a couple of times, and Benoit grabs a standing armbar. Edge escapes, but gets elbowed down and sent back into the corner again. Backdrop suplex gets two. Drop toehold into a seated dropkick by Benoit, and a snap suplex gets two. Edge gets sent into the turnbuckles again, and Benoit breaks out the chops again. Charge hits elbow and Edge heads up, but gets cut off. They fight on top and Benoit goes down via an Edge-O-Matic. Both guys are down, and Benoit bails as we take a commercial break. We’re back as Edge comes back with a missile dropkick, but it whiffs and Benoit gets the crossface. Edge makes the ropes, but Benoit keeps pounding him with elbows. Rolling germans set up the diving headbutt, which misses. They start exchanging chops, which can’t be smart for Edge, but he manages to hiptoss Benoit into the corner and get another Edge-O-Matic for two. Faceplant gets two. Flapjack sets up the spear, but Benoit counters into the crossface. Edge gets cute and rolls through, but Benoit hangs on. Edge gets desperate and pulls on the ref, but Angle comes down and breaks up the hold. When Benoit yells about it, Edge hits him with a baseball slide and follows with a dive that misses Benoit and hits Angle instead. Whoops. Back in, spear finishes at 15:41. I sense retribution later on for Benoit. Great opener with good old fashioned wrestling. ****1/2

– Elsewhere, John Cena pays tribute to Vanilla Ice (looking disturbingly like him) while Tajiri hits on Mae Young. This is also the start of the rapper gimmick for john cena

– Elsewhere, Benoit crashes the party while looking for Angle, but it turns out that he was hiding behind the Scream mask. Cute.

– Elsewhere, Brock Lesnar (in his brilliant disguise as Brock Lesnar) meets up with Heyman, who has the balls to compare Brock-UT to Ali-Frazier. Yeah, OKAY. Paul doesn’t think Brock can beat him. Even JEFF HARDY beat the Big Show, which is why this is going to turn into a huge disaster.

– Big Show v. Rikishi. Show attacks on the outside and they head in, as Show drops some elbows and pounds away. Clothesline gets two. The  heat is ridiculously obvious here. Corner clothesline and slam sets up the chokeslam at 2:25. DUD Hey, he still sucks, no matter how many people he squashes. Oh, and it’s a Big Show interview as a bonus, lucky us. He’s winded after TWO MINUTES of wrestling.

– We return from a commercial, and Big Show is STILL talking. He cuts the most god-awful boring promo (well, since his one last week) until Brock finally comes out to make him shut up. They proceed to cut more  promos on each other, and then leave. Wow, that so made me wanna buy the PPV.

– Chocolate Pudding match: Dawn Marie v. Torrie Wilson. The birthday cake rule goes into effect right away, as they hit each other with pastry, and into the pool for some booby-popping action. Torrie suplexes her and pulls off the jacket, as Michael clarifies the rules of the match. They do more rolling around and Dawn Marie ends up on the floor and gets pinned. This was what it was.

– Elsewhere, Mattitude arrives at the party (complete with portable entrance music) and tears Tajiri away from Mae Young. I thought he was supposed to be a heel? That’s a total babyface move in my book.

– Elsewhere, the Guerreros make lewd remarks at Stephanie and Vanilla Cena plays messenger boy.

– Matt Hardy Version One v. Tajiri. Fun facts: Matt always got more Halloween candy than his brother, and he’s seen all the Friday the 13th movies. . Matt armdrags Tajiri and celebrates a little bit out of proportion to the damage done. They fight over a wristlock, which Tajiri wins, and he returns that armdrag, and celebration. Well, now you know Matt means business – you don’t mess with a guy’s gimmick. Tajiri kicks him in the face to shut him up, and Matt bails and gets hit with a quebrada. Back in, Matt catches him with the Side Effect for two. Matt chops away in the corner, but Tajiri fires back. Man, every time they do the camera angle that faces towards the hard camera, it’s like the lights went out or something. It’s getting pretty sad. Matt goes to a neckvice, but Tajiri escapes, only to walk into an elbow and legdrop. The Yodelling Legdrop misses and both are down, and they slug it out. Tajiri hits him with a seated dropkick, and a thrust kick gets two. Handspring elbow and sunset flip, but Matt blocks. Tajiri bridges out and gets another kick for two. Tarantula is reversed to a german suplex for two. Nice counter. Matt gets caught in the move on the second try, however. The Big Kick misses, as does the Twist of Fate, but a good old low blow allows the Twist to finish at 7:35. . ****

– Elsewhere, Stephanie meets with “Vince” in the back , who is obviously Eric Bischoff in a mask, and he unmasks and gives her a Halloween kiss. She seems to like it, however. Just when you thought the storylines couldn’t get any stupider than necrophilia and kidnapping, someone goes and books an angle where Bischoff is attractive to a member of the opposite sex…

– Kurt Angle v. Eddy Guerrero. Eddy sadly decides not to wrestle in his Zorro costume, opting instead for his El Matador tribute green tights. They take it to the mat to start, and Eddy goes to the ropes as a result. Some may call it cowardice, I call it strategy. Angle grabs a headlock and hiptosses Eddy, and gives him a double-leg so dramatic that Eddy ends up on the floor. For strategic reasons, of course. Back in, Eddy gets a cheapshot and stomps a mudhole in the corner. Angle comes out of there with a clothesline, and adds a flying forearm to his moveset for two. Eddy sends him into the turnbuckle and drops him on his head with a backdrop suplex to take over. Choking follows, although he denies doing so to the referee and I believe in Eddy, so I’ll assume that I was just seeing things. Eddy grabs a chinlock while the crowd actually starts chanting for Angle. Ingrates. Angle escapes and fights back, but Eddy goes back to the chinlock in an awkward spot. More alleged choking, although that sounds exactly like the kind of stuff people would say about Eddy in an effort to slander his good name. Suplex back in gets two. Back to the chinlock. Okay, this is getting a bit excessive. Angle escapes, but runs into a knee and we go back to the chinlock. Eddy notices an irregularity in the balance of the ropes, and pulls them down a bit to equalize them again. Somehow this gets interpreted as doing something wrong. Angle reveres to the anklelock, but Eddy breaks and dropkicks him in a seated position. Eddy keeps pounding away in the corner, but Angle returns fire with a german suplex. They slug it out and Angle gets a pair of clotheslines and a backdrop, but can’t suplex him. So he opts for a belly-to-belly instead, and it gets two. Eddy comes back with a brainbuster attempt, but Angle reverses to the rolling germans. The strap is down and the Angle Slam is reversed to a cradle for two. SWANK! Angle charges and hits elbow, and Eddy follows him down with a tornado DDT for two. Eddy hooks the Lasso From El Paso, but Angle reverses to the anklelock. Eddy makes the ropes. Another try at a german by Angle, but Eddy has a leg spasm due to the anklelock and somehow he ends up hitting Angle low. He should see a doctor about that. Brainbuster and Eddy goes up, but Angle shoves the referee into the ropes to crotch Eddy. Chavo tries to run in, and then Benoit tries to motivate Angle by showing him the tag title belt, but clumsy Kurt falls into it headfirst and hits the mat again. Eddy’s frog splash finishes at 13:21. This was some fine professional wrestling that you can show to your children and be proud of watching. ***1/4

– Elsewhere, Angle breaks up the party and looks for Benoit. He suspects the guy in the Scream mask, but that turns out to be Brother Love, which is a reference that no one these days is even gonna get. Benoit attacks him and they brawl all over the party until Benoit gets a crossface, which Angle reverses to the anklelock. Angle Slam onto the table and both guys are dead. Man, even the Halloween party is featuring great wrestling tonight.

– Brock Lesnar v. Rey Mysterio. They should do a swerve and have Rey unmask and be revealed as Big Show. That’d be awesome. They could do like Undertaker & Kane in 98 where you never knew which was which. Chase to start and Rey gets a quick legdrop, but gets caught and tossed around. He escapes and runs away again, and tries hiding behind the stairs. Brock thinks he’s smart, but Rey hides under the ring, and sneaks around for a dive off the top to frustrate Brock. Rana is blocked by Brock, and you know this ain’t gonna be good. And indeed, Brock swings Rey like a bag of garbage, into the post. Holy CRAP did that look painful. Back in, more abuse for Rey follows. Brock pounds him in the corner, but Rey dodges him and gets a 619 to the midsection and a seated dropkick. Another 619 is blocked by Big Show, who tosses Rey into the crowd to ruin a perfectly good match at 3:58. * Show manhandles Lesnar and chokeslams him through the table, end of show. You’d think that 12,000 people at a TV taping would tip them off that Big Show as main eventer isn’t going to work, but what do I know, I’m just a wrestling fan?

The Bottom Line:This was a great show and i was younger when i first saw this and i felt that i needed to see it again. also we got a glimpse of what the future of john cena,brock lesnar and edge and many more..but the match of the night was edge vs chris benoit

WWE summerslam 2012 preview and predictions

Here’s what should happen:

Antonio Cesaro becomes new U.S. Champion in a 5 minute Santino-style spot fest where he hits everything but still loses to the challenger due to shenanigans. Then I do fist pumps for several hours.

Here’s what will happen:

See above, but Santino overcomes shenanigans to retain, I throw my remote through my TV and hate everything for the rest of the night.

Winner: Santino

Cesaro has owned Santino in non-title matches on SmackDown. That means logic would dictate that he’d walk out the new champion. Right? Wrong. It’s one of WWE’s Favorite things to do, having champions lose non-title matches. The sad part is that they could put the title on Cesaro, push him and make the title matter but they won’t. Santino is a comedy character that shouldn’t be carrying a title.

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neil)

The fact that R-Boom have been tag champions this long tells me two things:

1) Creative has nothing better for either of them to do, and probably never will again.

2) Creative have no real plans for the tag belts other than “Let the black guys wear them,” and when someone asks “Which black team?” and another guy says “I dunno, flip for it.”

I think that The Prime Time Players are an ok team , and I don’t really care that A.W. is gone because Young and O’Neil made me laugh before he was in the picture. I really don’t think they need him as much as everyone else thinks. Besides, it’s time for new blood to carry those belts.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

AW or no AW it doesn’t matter to me. The Prime Time Players seem like the more permanent team so they should win. Hopefully that’s the case and we finally get a good tag division again.

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio

I think is right on the money; lose on TV, win at the PPV. Mysterio doesn’t need the IC title like Miz does, because he doesn’t really need to re-establish his credibility. As unfortunate as it is to say, Miz needs a crutch until he can stand on his own two feet again, and the IC title is that crutch right now. Mysterio is a good foil for Miz right now, and it’s a good feud that’ll give these guys something to do. It has legs. Three legs mind you, but an Intercontinental title feud is never a bad crutch to have.

Winner: The Miz

Good booking by WWE getting two guys and a title on PPV that should be on PPV. If former WWE Champions are going to hold and contend for the Intercontinental Championship then it should be treated like a big deal and this is a good start. If given 15 minutes this could be great but Miz should retain. Rey could walk away champ but Miz really needs a long winning streak to build back his credibility after losing basically from WrestleMania XXVIII up until he won the Intercontinental Championship.

Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Readers of the Smacking Of Smackdown will know I’m no fan of this feud, but I love Bryan and I like Kane enough to where I think this match will be fine to watch. There’s no such thing as a bad Daniel Bryan match, there just isn’t. Don’t argue with me on this, because you’re wrong. No, stop it. Stop it. No, no, listen to me, just listen:

STOP. IT.

You’re wrong.

What happened with the Charlie Sheen involvement? Are they so scared that he may not show up if they advertised him that they just dropped the whole thing together or will he actually be there? I’m not sure. They’ve made it a point to say “anger management” on Raw every week as a way to plug Sheen’s TV show, but there’s been no mention of him being at Summerslam since they teased it at Raw 1000 on July 23.

I really hope Daniel Bryan wins this. Kane is in his mid-40s. He has turned heel and babyface about a dozen times in his career. He doesn’t need wins. Bryan’s out of the World and WWE Title picture right now. He should be at that level. If they do a post match angle with Sheen at ringside that’s fine, but don’t let it affect the match.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Chris jericho vs dolph ziggler

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

What a simple yet effective story. The young, hungry upstart questioning what the old veteran lion has left in the tank. Both men have something to prove in this match. Jericho wants to show he can still hang at an elite level and Ziggler wants to prove he belongs at an elite. This has match of the night written all over it and I’m very excited to see it. This should be a passing of the torch moment and that’s what I expect.

 

NoDQ.com > Columns > The John Report: WWE Summerslam Preview
Posted by John Canton on 08/18/2012 at 11:00 AM
John: Welcome to the TJRWrestling WWE Summerslam Preview. There are eight announced matches including the pre-show, which is more than the usual four or five announced matches that WWE usually has at PPVs. This could also be the first WWE PPV of the year where the WWE Title match may go on last. I thought that would happen at Money in the Bank, but it didn’t end up happening.

Joining me for the preview as always are TJRWrestling’s resident Smackdown reviewer Andrew Johnson and our former Smackdown writer who is now a retro PPV reviewing kind of guy, Christian Michael. Let’s roll.

 

United States Championship: Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro (Pre-show)

Andrew: Here’s what should happen:

Antonio Cesaro becomes new U.S. Champion in a 5 minute Santino-style spot fest where he hits everything but still loses to the challenger due to shenanigans. Then I do fist pumps for several hours.

Here’s what will happen:

See above, but Santino overcomes shenanigans to retain, I throw my remote through my TV and hate everything for the rest of the night.

Winner: Santino

Christian: Cesaro has owned Santino in non-title matches on SmackDown. That means logic would dictate that he’d walk out the new champion. Right? Wrong. It’s one of WWE’s Favorite things to do, having champions lose non-title matches. The sad part is that they could put the title on Cesaro, push him and make the title matter but they won’t. Santino is a comedy character that shouldn’t be carrying a title.

Prediction- Santino Marella retains

John: I think they need to book a title switch at one of these pre-show matches, so why not here? Santino does nothing for the title. He would be popular with the fans whether he had it or not. The US Title is booked so poorly that it’s basically useless these days. Get the title on Cesaro here. Perhaps it would freshen up the US Title a bit.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neil)

Andrew: The fact that R-Boom have been tag champions this long tells me two things:

1) Creative has nothing better for either of them to do, and probably never will again.

2) Creative have no real plans for the tag belts other than “Let the black guys wear them,” and when someone asks “Which black team?” and another guy says “I dunno, flip for it.”

I love The Prime Time Players, and I don’t really care that A.W. is gone because Young and O’Neil made me laugh before he was in the picture. I really don’t think they need him as much as everyone else thinks. Besides, it’s time for new blood to carry those belts.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

Christian: AW or no AW it doesn’t matter to me. The Prime Time Players seem like the more permanent team so they should win. Hopefully that’s the case and we finally get a good tag division again.

Prediction- The Prime Time Players become the new champions

John: It’s a shame that AW’s firing garnered so much attention because it has taken away from the fact that the tag team division in WWE has improved greatly in recent months. I think there’s been a push to make it better since WrestleMania. Over four months later here we are. The PTPers have done a good job of developing their gimmick as cocky heels who think they’re on their way to something great and at Summerslam they have a chance to prove how good they are. I think the Kingston/Truth team was put together to give some credibility to the division because they feature two long term babyfaces, but long term I doubt they will team together that much. I think it’s time for the titles to change hands.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

 

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio

Andrew: John has a standard rule that I don’t always think is correct but in this case I think is right on the money; lose on TV, win at the PPV. Mysterio doesn’t need the IC title like Miz does, because he doesn’t really need to re-establish his credibility. As unfortunate as it is to say, Miz needs a crutch until he can stand on his own two feet again, and the IC title is that crutch right now. Mysterio is a good foil for Miz right now, and it’s a good feud that’ll give these guys something to do. It has legs. Three legs mind you, but an Intercontinental title feud is never a bad crutch to have.

Winner: The Miz

Christian: Good booking by WWE getting two guys and a title on PPV that should be on PPV. If former WWE Champions are going to hold and contend for the Intercontinental Championship then it should be treated like a big deal and this is a good start. If given 15 minutes this could be great but Miz should retain. Rey could walk away champ but Miz really needs a long winning streak to build back his credibility after losing basically from WrestleMania XXVIII up until he won the Intercontinental Championship.

Prediction- The Miz retains

John: There’s not much heat in this feud. It’s happening because Miz needs a credible opponent that most fans will think has a chance to win even though in reality that person (Mysterio) is very unlikely to win. Putting the IC Title on Miz is about building him back up after booking him so poorly since his run as a main event level guy over a year ago. Mysterio will give him a good matchup, but Miz will get the win after about ten minutes of action.

Winner: The Miz

 

Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Andrew: Readers of the Smacking Of Smackdown will know I’m no fan of this feud, but I love Bryan and I like Kane enough to where I think this match will be fine to watch. There’s no such thing as a bad Daniel Bryan match, there just isn’t. Don’t argue with me on this, because you’re wrong. No, stop it. Stop it. No, no, listen to me, just listen:

STOP. IT.

You’re wrong.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Christian: We’ve seen this match 100 times over the summer. It can be good but it’s not fresh. I don’t know what, if any role Charlie Sheen will play in the match so it’s hard to figure a winner. If he’s there he’ll likely cost D-Bry the match. If he’s not there, Kane will still win since they like having Bryan lose all the time now.

Prediction- Kane

John: What happened with the Charlie Sheen involvement? Are they so scared that he may not show up if they advertised him that they just dropped the whole thing together or will he actually be there? I’m not sure. They’ve made it a point to say “anger management” on Raw every week as a way to plug Sheen’s TV show, but there’s been no mention of him being at Summerslam since they teased it at Raw 1000 on July 23.

I really hope Daniel Bryan wins this. Kane is in his mid-40s. He has turned heel and babyface about a dozen times in his career. He doesn’t need wins. Bryan’s out of the World and WWE Title picture right now. He should be at that level. If they do a post match angle with Sheen at ringside that’s fine, but don’t let it affect the match.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler

Andrew: I’m not going to go on about how much potential this match has to be the show-stealer because I’m sure Christian and John both have plenty of hyperbolic statements already lined up. Also, John also wrote a whole column about it, so there’s very little I can say here that wouldn’t be just a rehash of what he’s already written. I’ll just say this; if Santino retaining doesn’t make me throw my remote through my TV, a disappointing Ziggler/Jericho match will. Which I don’t think is possible, but good news is if Santino wins, I won’t have to find out.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Christian: What a simple yet effective story. The young, hungry upstart questioning what the old veteran lion has left in the tank. Both men have something to prove in this match. Jericho wants to show he can still hang at an elite level and Ziggler wants to prove he belongs at an elite. This has match of the night written all over it and I’m very excited to see it. This should be a passing of the torch moment and that’s what I expect.

Prediction- Dolph Ziggler

John: I already wrote a fantasy booking style column as it pertains to what I want to see in this match. Will it happen? Probably not. In short, here’s what I wrote there. Sheamus beats Del Rio early in the show. Barrett comes out, he destroys Sheamus. Ziggler cashes in Money in the Bank. He becomes World Champion. Ziggler vs. Jericho then becomes a World Title match later in the show. Ziggler retains.

I threw it out there as a possibility because the obvious result of this match is too easy to call. That’s a Ziggler win. I want something more to remember this feud by because Jericho’s reportedly gone from WWE again as of Tuesday, so I want them to give us a memorable moment we will never forget.

You won’t get complaints from me, though. The only way I would complain about this is if they got less than ten minute because it needs to be between 10-20 minutes in order to give us the kind of exciting action we expect to see from guys like this. They’re two of the best workers in the company, so I think this is likely the match of the night as long as they get a chance to have a special match based on how much time they are given.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

 

I wasn’t on board for Del Rio/Sheamus revisited at first, but I think the build for this has been much stronger than it was for Money In The Bank. This is the best thing to come out of a car theft since Josh and S.A.M. For the first time these two have a legitimate beef with each other that is more than just about the championship. As lame as it sounds, this whole feud is about respect. Sheamus feels disrespected by Del Rio because he mentioned he isn’t rich and Sheamus has feelings too and oh my God guys they hurt so bad right now, so he stole Del Rio’s car as penance. And Del Rio’s mad because…well his car was stolen. I think that’s reason enough.

It’s a better feud than they had a month ago, and the match will be solid. It’s going to be fun.

Winner: Sheamus

Yawn. That’s my reaction to the match. Honestly, it bored me at Money in the Bank and without adding a stipulation to it, I don’t know what they can do differently this time. It’s not like they’re not trying on TV but it’s just not working for me. Booker T took away ADR’s title shot and a week later gave it back to him at Sheamus’ demand. It shows how badly the Champion wants to get his hands on the challenger. Remember at MITB Sheamus beat him rather easily. You don’t think that’ll happen again now that Del Rio has got the Celtic Warrior’s blood boiling? For a major PPV like SummerSlam I just wish they would have done something different.

 

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

I have about a zillion problems with this match because I can see where it’s heading and I hate it. For some reason the WWE is paying Brock Lesnar a billion dollars (or whatever, I’m not good with math) to come in and fake-break a bunch of arms and then lose for the next 12 months or whenever the hell he shows up. I don’t see this match ending any way other than Triple H gaming up all over Brock and taking this guy who is a legitimate MMA fighter who is trained to break arms and ankles and wreck shop and using his powers of COO’ing and winning.

In a real MMA fight if Brock had Triple H in an arm bar Hunter would tap in 5 seconds because arm bars hurt and you want to use it to wipe boogers from your giant nose. But, since this pro-wrestling where everyone’s arms are like f**king steel bars, Triple H will use his willpower and his determination to stay in the hold for 20 minutes and then reverse it or something and find a way to pedigree everyone in the building.

I dunno. I just think if you’re going to pay this asshole to be a legitimate arm-breaking monster, you should just let him be a legitimate arm-breaking monster.

Winner: Triple H

Christian: The song “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” was the theme song for the 2001 edition of SummerSlam and it would be a fitting description of what this match figures to be. There’s no stipulation attached but one would figure this is more likely to resemble a bar fight than Angle/Michaels from WrestleMania 21. HHH’s family and best friend have been involved so he’s out to avenge their honor. While Brock is just looking to destroy one of wrestling’s last active legends. I want this to be a competitive fight for about 15 minutes and then Brock just destroys Hunter in the end making him look like the unstoppable bad ass that he’s supposed to be.

 

WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show

I genuinely have no opinion on this match, because I don’t think a three way is necessary. I was really hoping for Cena/Punk again, but this is the hand we’re dealt because Big Show is still Mark Henry for now, and Mark Henry is a smiling Touter who is going to come back and not be Mr. Hall Of Pain anymore because WWE needs at least two smiling fat guys for one mean one.

I don’t know how I got to talking about Mark Henry here, but whatever, that’s what you’re going to get.

Winner: CM Punk

It’s amazing how adding one man to the match can kill any excitement you had for it. We all know the classics Cena and Punk are capable of but with Big Show there that’s not likely to happen. I’d really like to know what it takes to earn a WWE Championship match these days. When’s the last time Big Show won a match? 1999? Cena became the first person ever to unsuccessfully cash in MITB but you never hear anyone mention it. MITB is supposed to be used to get a guy over the hump and into the main event. RAW’s match was such a waste this year. They used it as an excuse to get Cena back in the title hunt but that wasn’t necessary. He’s John Cena. All he has to do is ask for a title shot. He doesn’t need a briefcase to be a top contender. Things like that annoy me to no end.

Punk’s been on the heelish side since RAW 1000 because he feels despite being WWE Champion the spotlight isn’t on him, and he’s right. Punk’s been champ since November so you have to figure any day could be the day for him to lose it. Add in the fact that Cena is in the match and Punk doesn’t have to be pinned to lose the title, it almost seems likely. It would fit in with the new direction of Punk’s character where he can moan and groan about losing the belt without losing the match. The only thing throwing a curveball in the equation is that The Rock is lurking at Royal Rumble. Do they want to do Rock/Cena II knowing Rock would go over again? Or do they want Rock to face the by then 14 month reigning champion? I know they could switch the title again before the Rumble but why would you have Punk hold the title this long just to start switching it like a dirty pair of underwear again? But, like I always say, when in doubt pick Cena.

 

Final Thoughts

I am definitely interested in Summerslam. I’m most interested in the Jericho/Ziggler and Lesnar/Triple H matches while the finish of the main event (assuming WWE Title goes on last) has my interest as well. While I don’t know if it will top Extreme Rules as my PPV of the year, it could be very close to that. We’ll find out on Sunday night.