1. Day 1 - Five Things That SHOULD Happen on RAW Tonight
My Two Centsss - RAW Fallout + TNA Wednesday
By Super Chrisss
Jun 20, 2012 - 12:33:08 PM
2. Day 2 - RAW Fallout + TNA Wednesday
1. Name a new General Manager
Many people have asked me what I think about John Laurinaitis being "fired" by Vince McMahon after The Big Show lost to John Cena at last night's PPV. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the situation. I was a huge supporter of Big Johnny before Wrestlemania 28, when he only ran RAW, but when Team Teddy lost and he became the General Manager of both brands, I began to lose interest in Laurinaitis and his new notion of "People Power". From Wrestlemania up to last night's show, I felt Johnny took up too much TV time for a non-active wrestler, and I wished Teddy Long was still in charge of SmackDown.
But now that Johnny looks to be gone from television after tonight's RAW, WWE has an opportunity to make things right again. I'll miss Big Johnny, but the product will probably be better off without him. Since I have no interest in having no authority figure for weeks - or even worse, the return of the stupid laptop at ringside - I want to see a new general manager(s) named tonight. Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Edge, Kevin Nash, Vince himself - I'll go with any of them in charge of one or both brands. I just don't want to drag this angle out any longer.
2. Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches
Not everybody will agree with this idea, and that's perfectly understandable. As I've discussed with readers in recent weeks, WWE's midcard is in such shambles that I wouldn't be surprised if the company goes with one, eight-man or ten-man MitB ladder match at next month's PPV. However, if WWE shows some intelligence, they COULD book sixteen credible competitors to compete for the briefcases. The best way to do that would be to have each guy win a qualifying match to enter the match, not just be randomly entered. Even if newer names like Damien Sandow or Antonio Cesaro end up competing for the title shot, having them win their way into the match would make them look tougher than having their picture being shown in the graphic. Of course, we'll probably have to endure a good number of squash matches, but that's nothing new for today's audience. Besides, it will be better than seeing the same two-on-two, three-on-three, or four-on-four tag matches every week until the PPV.
3. Another Ryder Revolution
You don't have to be the most observant, card-carrying member of the IWC to realize that Zack Ryder has had a pretty bad 2012 up to now. Hell, you don't even have to like the guy to realize his push has cooled off dramatically since winning the United States Championship at last December's TLC PPV.
But tonight that could all change. RAW will emanate from Ryder's hometown of Long Island, New York, and you can bet the "We Want Ryder" chants will be loud tonight. With his first-ever DVD set to be released in just over three weeks, now would be a good time for him to return to TV and start promoting it. Maybe it's grasping at straws, but tonight could be the night Ryder's push is restarted. He doesn't even have to get pushed - just win a match on RAW, something that hasn't happened in quite some time. We may not all want Ryder, but a large number of us do.
4. Kharma makes her long-awaited return
For those who missed it, or simply do not care, Layla successfully defended her Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix at No Way Out. Like their match at Over The Limit, Layla won cleanly, so with two decisive victories over The Glamazon, Beth 'should' be out of the title picture. I know some people want Aj to start a program with Layla (Hi, Hustle) but I don't see Aj mixing it up with the ladies just yet. I would rather see Kharma return on tonight's RAW and immediately go after Layla. I know Kharma was last seen as a face, but her being a heel fits her character so much better. Layla vs. Kharma at MitB would be a divas match definitely worth looking forward to.
5. CM Punk in the main-event
After his title defense last night, CM Punk is now the longest-reigning WWE Champion since John Cena. I know he has a bad history of low ratings, but can you throw the guy a bone? Let him wrestle in the main-event for Godsakes. There's no Rock, Lesnar, Laurinaitis, or Big Show for Cena to close the show with, so either let Punk main-event with his next challenger, or let Punk begin a program with Cena. Whichever option they go with, I just want to see Punk represented as the world champion, not a midcard champion, like most of his title reign so far. It's time to bring the WWE Championship back to center stage.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to tonight's RAW? Will the show focus more on the build-up to Money in the Bank, or will it stink of No Way Out hangover?
Did You Know?
TNA has been known to not pay their talent well, so many employees work part-time jobs. For example, Chris Sabin used to work at Subway while he was the X-Division Champion, and Miss Tessmacher, the reigning Knockouts Champion, currently puts in hours at Hooters.
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