My 30 Day Challenge - Why You Like Wrestling
By Super Chrisss
Oct 30, 2012 - 10:39:21 AM
My 30 Day Challenge
1. Day 26 - Dream Match
2. Day 27 - A Wrestler You'd Like To See More Of + Hell In A Cell Predictions
3. Day 28 - Favourite Rivalry
4. Day 29 - Favourite Wrestling Related Image + HIAC Thoughts
5. Day 30 - Why You Like Wrestling
If you ask me, EY should be used for a lot more than comic relief. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy his 'stupid act' - the funny outfits, grappling with the referees, ignoring rules, etc. - but I know he's capable of more than comic relief. He's proved in the past as the leader of World Elite that he can not only lead a heel stable, but is worthy of a push to the top of the card. His voice is rather unique which is a good thing as it separates him from other wrestlers, and it helps him stand out. If it was up to me, I would have EY turn heel by dumping ODB, forfeiting the Knockouts tag titles (and hopefully destroying them in the process), and going back to being a 'serious' wrestler. With Bully Ray playing a tweener and Daniels occupied in the tag team title hunt, TNA is in dire need of some top heels. With some solid booking, I could see EY put in that position.
I'm a big fan of Eric Young, not just because he's a fellow Canadian, but because he's talented and fun to watch. I know he's been away filming episodes for his show on Animal Planet, but if his schedule is open, I hope TNA can use him better. I'd like to see EY rewarded for his years of loyalty with a singles push in the near future.
That's a wrestler I would certainly love to see more of. Who would you like to see more of - wait, don't answer that just yet. First, let me quickly give you my Hell in a Cell predictions:
Kofi Kingston (c.) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
I'll say one thing about Sunday's card - although the show has received some solid build-up, it seems like a rather predictable Pay-Per-View (other than the WWE Championship match), which isn't surprising considering it's another "throw-away PPV". Hopefully I'm wrong and we get some surprises, but I don't see it happening during Kofi vs. The Miz. If these guys get close to enough time as they did on Main Event last week, they could easily steal the show. Sadly, they probably won't, but this should still be a good match, one way or another. Oh, and the chances of Miz regaining the title equal that to R-Truth main-eventing Survivor Series two years in a row. Sorry, bro.
Winner, and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston
Eve Torres (c.) vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla for the WWE Divas Championship
After weeks of build-up and mystery, this match was finally made official by Booker T last night on SmackDown. Unfortunately, not a single **** was given because a) none of them are over; b) the fans miss Beth Phoenix already; and c) it's the divas, what do you expect? It's been a while since WWE put the ladies in a triple threat, so there's that, but not much else. Since Eve recently won the title, I guess that means she's winning, but I really don't care.
Winner, and STILL Divas Champion: Eve Torres
Team Hell No (c.) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars for the WWE Tag Team Championship
We live in a day and age where the tag team title bout is one of the better hyped matches on a PPV card. While that's not really a bad thing, it kind of makes you worry about the top-billed matches, doesn't it? Anyways, this is the second (and only other) toughest match to predict. On one hand, it's too premature to take the belts off Kane & Bryan - who continue to be one/two of the best things going on WWE television - especially since they're not even two months into their title reign. On the other hands, Rhodes & Sandow have been booked extremely strongly as of late, and I hate seeing tournament winners lose their championship match. In most likelihood, the losers of Sunday's match will most likely split up, as both WWE's midcard and main-event is in need of some fresh blood, but I can't imagine either unit separating this early. I'm picking Team Hell No to retain and continue the resurrection of the tag team division, with this hopefully being the start of the feud with The Rhodes Scholars, not the end.
Winners, and STILL Tag Team Champions: Team Hell No
Sheamus (c.) vs. The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship
I haven't cared about Sheamus since Wrestlemania, I stopped giving a **** about Big Show after his "shocking" heel turn, I don't care about this feud, and I'm not interested in their match on Sunday. The only redeeming quality would have been it taking place inside Hell in a Cell, but apparently it's not, so forget that. Sheamus wins, but hopefully it will be time to "show the world", if you know what I mean. Will this be a good match? I'd say decent at best, but let's pray Dolph Ziggler does cash-in and we don't have to see a rematch at Survivor Series.
Winner, and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
But a few minutes later...
Winner, and NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler better not lose if he cashes in, that's all I'm saying.
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
Yayyy, another feud I don't care about. However, I am looking forward to this match because each man's 'questionable' personalities, they know how to deliver between the ropes, especially on PPV. Their styles mesh extremely well together, and I think this has the potential to be one of the best matches on the show, even a potential MOTY candidate if given the right amount of time. I'm a bit [pleasantly] surprised that Wade Barrett got a win over The Viper last night on SmackDown, which hopefully means a main-event push for the Englishman soon enough and a victory for Orton tomorrow night. Let's just hope they don't plan on continuing the Barrett/Orton feud from earlier this year. So yeah, expect a good match from Del Rio and Orton, but in the end, The Apex Predator will emerge victorious.
Winner: Randy Orton
CM Punk (c.) vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship inside Hell In A Cell
This is easily the most intriguing match on the entire card. Not quality-wise, as this could be a five-minute train-wreck or a fifteen-minute masterpiece, but from a storyline perspective, you can't help but wonder what's going to happen. Like Chris Jericho said, this is WWE's perfect opportunity to create a new star in Ryback by having him win the world title in his first singles main-event PPV match and keeping the streak alive at the same time. However, it might be too early to pull the trigger on Ryback and rather than creating a new main-eventer, Ryback could flop, with Punk's title reign being sacrificed for nothing. They can't have a DQ or a count-out thanks to the cell, and there's no way they'll repeat the finish of Night of Champions by having a double-pin. One way or another, WWE is kind of screwed, and it's their own fault. Anything can happen, and as much as I like Ryback, I can't see them putting the title on him with Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and Wrestlemania all around the corner. The streak ends, Ryback is assaulted, or someone interferes - no matter what, Punk leaves with the title and the epic reign continues.
Winner, and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
If you want to be all technical about it, these two feuded twice - once in 2003 and again in 2008. While I did enjoy both of those rivalries, I'm picking the more recent one, mainly because it saw them go at it when Jericho's character was at it's peak and Michaels' in-ring work was arguably at it's best. For those who don't remember, it all started with Jericho turning heel by 'injuring' HBK's eye as punishment for Michaels 'cheating' to win his match with Batista at Backlash, and Michaels defeating Jericho at Judgment Day. The feud really got momentum at that year's SummerSlam when Jericho "accidentally" struck Michaels' wife Rebecca, which resulted in their feud continuing until October, with a ladder match at No Mercy for Jericho's newly won world title.
Not only was the promo work golden, but it gave us some epic matches throughout 2008, including:
-Jericho vs. Michaels at Judgment Day (3.75/5 stars)
-Jericho vs. Michaels at The Great American Bash (4/5 stars)
-Jericho vs. Michaels in an Unsanctioned Match at Unforgiven (4.5/5 stars)
-Jericho vs. Michaels in a Ladder Match at No Mercy (4.75/5 stars)
As you can see, not only did they wrestle great-to-excellent matches, but in my opinion, each encounter was better than the one before. I believe PWI named Jericho vs. Michaels the feud of the year for 2008, and it's hard to disagree with them. It was a feud that started over jealousy and integrity and ended with a match for one of the greatest prizes in the business. Simply an amazing, unforgettable feud.
How about you? What do you consider the greatest rivalry of all-time?
It was a toss-up between the sign from ECW One Night Stand and the one from Money in the Bank 2011 where Chicago promised to riot if Punk lost, but in the end, I had to give it to the ECW fans. The crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom was hostile all night long, and if Cena had retained his WWE Championship against Rob van Dam, there's a good chance the fans would have rioted (in some fashion) that night. Ever since that PPV went down, I always associate anti-Cena signs with that infamous one. Like they say, John Cena evokes the strongest emotions from wrestling fans.
How about you? Did you enjoy Hell in a Cell? What's your favourite wrestling related image (after Benoit and Eddie celebrating at the conclusion of Wrestlemania 20)?
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