1. Day 1 - Has WWE Become The John Cena Show?
My Two Centsss - I Need Something To Believe In
By Super Chrisss
May 27, 2012 - 4:13:19 PM
2. Day 2 - TNA Wednesday: They're Going, Going, Gone!
3. Day 3 - SmackDown: Pros & Cons
4. Day 4 - I Need Something To Believe In
Believe it or not, it's been nearly seven years since Matt Morgan wrestled for WWE. Since his release, he didn't bitch about it on Myspace (or whatever social networking site was popular in 2005), but he kept on following his dream to be a successful professional wrestler elsewhere. After a brief stint competing in Gladiators, Morgan would be warmly welcomed to TNA and slowly but surely, he proved himself to be one of the best big men in the business. Instead of being saddled with a silly stuttering gimmick that got him nowhere in WWE, Morgan was allowed to be himself and proved he can cut a good promo when given a chance. Morgan is also quite agile for a man his size, and is arguably the most deserving 'veteran' for a world title run.
However, Morgan may not ever get a chance to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion because it appears WWE is knocking at his door. There is a loop-hole in his contract that lets him leave before it expires later this year, and rumour has it WWE has expressed interest in bringing back. In addition, many people will swear to you Morgan was featured in WWE's latest viral video, which signals he may indeed be back with the company, and soon. With giants like The Big Show, The Great Khali and Mark Henry getting closer to retirement as the years roll by, WWE could sure use another big man on their roster, especially one as talented as The Blueprint.
Odds of jumping ship to WWE: 8.5/10
Unlike Morgan, Shelley has never had a chance to compete for the WWE, but he did hone his craft in ROH and the indies before calling TNA home. Most people know Shelley better as one-half of The Motor City Machine Guns, but don't be fooled - Shelley is no slouch on his own. He is a former X-Division champion in his own right, and recently challenged current champ Austin Aries for the belt in a great match at last February's Against All Odds PPV. Both in-ring wise and on the mic, Shelley is quite talented, as The Guns are considered one of the best tag teams of the 21st Century for a reason, you know.
According to former WCW announcer Mark Madden, Shelley is on his way to WWE now that he has decided to let his TNA contract run out. Whether Madden is correct or not remains to be seen, but I hope he is. Shelley is another indy darling who could light the world on fire if given the chance. I can't see him being anywhere as successful as CM Punk or Daniel Bryan, but a run with a midcard title a few years from now doesn't seem out of the question.
Odds of jumping ship to WWE: 7/10
With Shelley gone, you have to imagine the other half of The Motor City Machine Guns won't stick around much longer as well. Sabin is quite skilled in his own right, but he's always been the Devon to Shelley's Bubba. By that I mean Sabin is more smooth in the ring than Shelley is, but Shelley is the more charismatic of the two. One thing about Sabin is that unlike Devon, he's not terrible at cutting promos, he's just constantly out-shined by his partner.
If he doesn't follow Shelley to WWE, Sabin could become a star in TNA's X-Division, as he has the tools to succeed on his own. He is a former FOUR-TIME X-Division Champion, so it's not like Sabin would be stuck on the sidelines, waiting for his release or anything. I think everyone would just rather see Sabin and Shelley re-unite in WWE and revolutionize the tag team division. However, I don't see it happening, especially since the former Kings of Wrestling haven't had the chance to do so. I could see Sabin making it to WWE, just not anytime soon.
Odds of jumping ship to WWE: 3/10
Ahhh, how the mighty have fallen. How do you mess up so badly that not even TNA is willing to put up with you? You'd have to ask The Nature Boy. After no-showing several TNA shows in recent weeks, and causing the company lots of trouble at a local Orlando bar, Ric Flair is reportedly 'done' with TNA. Since Flair joined TNA to pay off some long-standing debts, it would not surprise me to see him run to TNA and ask for some sort of Legends' deal. I doubt WWE would allow Flair to tarnish his legacy any more by permitting him to wrestle again, and besides, what can a 63-year-old man really add to the product?
With his daughter recently being signed, the news of Flair's TNA dismissal couldn't have come at a better time for the Hall of Famer. Let Flair come back and manage a few superstars, or even take up a general manager role. But please Vince, don't let him wrestle ever again. Think about the children!
Odds of jumping ship to WWE: 9/10
No "Who's coming to WWE?" column would be complete without mentioning The Icon. Every year (although usually around Wrestlemania season), fans begin to speculate whether this will be the year that Sting FINALLY signs with WWE. With WWE ranking him number one on their top 50 WCW superstars of all-time list, and recently adding him to the Alumni section of their website, it seems as if they're trying to tempt him to make that long-awaited leap. Of course, WWE could simply be trying to promote the newly-released Clash of Champions DVD, but maybe there's more to it than that...
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Sting will one day sign with WWE. There's too much money to be made on both sides for it not to happen. From DVDs to merchandise to the Hall of Fame - Sting must eventually put his pride aside and let the business side of him take over. TNA may be paying him a lot under his current contract, but I guarantee WWE would pay him way more, even if it's only for a year or for a few appearances. Besides, I'm sure Sting will one day regret not showing up on WWE television at least once before his career is officially over. Better to strike now while the iron is still hot.
Sting will one day sign with WWE, but sadly, not anytime soon.
Odds of jumping ship to WWE: 4/10
What do you think? Am I way off in my predictions? Or can you see three or four of these guys on WWE TV sooner than expected?
PRO: Who's Next In Line?
With General Manager John Laurinaitis on the overseas tour with the RAW brand, Eve was left in charge of SmackDown, and it was her responsibility to name a new number one contender to Sheamus' world heavyweight title. Alberto Del Rio came out first to a pretty good heel reaction, and tried to flirt his way into the title picture. Randy Orton then joined the party and tried to manipulate "People Power" to get the title shot for himself. Finally, Kane of all people decided he wanted to get involved as well since it was episode 666 of SmackDown. Sure, why not? Eve decided to book a triple threat match between all three, and the winner gets Sheamus at No Way Out. Works for me.
At first, I had listed this segment as a con because they could have announced this match at the start of the show without wasting fifteen minutes playing to the crowd. However, since three of the show's top stars would be competing in the same match later on, it made sense to bring them all out to hype the crowd, especially since they had to sit through an NXT taping (just joking...kind of). I did like Kane getting involved in the title picture, even if it was for a silly reason.
PRO: Christian Doesn't Squash Hunico
Christian's been back for less than a week, but it already feels great to have him back. I remember reading someone on LOP or Twitter calling Christian a chameleon, and that's exactly what he is, as Captain Charisma is capable of excelling as both a face and a heel. Personally, I prefer Christian as a face, so I'm happy with his current character.
As for his match with Hunico, it was short, but fun. Hunico actually got in a lot of offense, and even looked to have the match won on several occasions. It was quite similar to Christian's match with Jinder Mahal on Monday's RAW, except Hunico is actually entertaining in the ring. After putting Hunico away with the Peep Splash (my name, not his), Cody Rhodes came out and confronted Christian, saying Christian took away the Intercontinental Title's legitimacy in one night at Over The Limit, and that Christian is an undeserving champion. Things didn't get physical between the two, but we finally have an actual feud developing for the Intercontinental Title since Extreme Rules - hooray!
PRO: An Actual Tag Team Feud?
Speaking of midcard feuds, before The Usos locked up with Darren Young & Titus O'Neil, we saw a video of the two teams bickering backstage about who was the better pairing. I really liked this, as it gave the fans a reason to care about a tag team match not involving the champions, but rather two upcoming teams. The only thing that pissed me off was when Michael Cole said both teams were looking to "trend worldwide" after this match. No, you idiot. These four men don't give a shit if they're trending on Twitter for five minutes after their match. They want a tag team title shot, damn it!
Anyways, this was another short match, but like Christian vs. Hunico, a lot of fun as well. Both teams were relatively over with the crowd, and the finish came when Jimmy Uso went up top for his Top-Rope Splash, but got knocked off by O'Neil, and the heels hit their double-team finisher for the win. Hopefully this won't be the last time we see these two square off in the near future.
PRO: Ryback Continues To Impress
Call me crazy, but I'm really digging the way they're pushing Ryback. Instead of making the jobber the hometown hero, and trying to get the crowd to cheer the loser, they're giving the jobbers a mic and making them a heel. Brilliant move. This time, Ryback would be facing two guys at the same time, but that didn't seem to matter, as Ryback plowed through them like they were 100 pounds each. The finish was extremely impressive, as Ryback picked up both guys and hit his running jackhammer suplex AT THE SAME TIME! Seriously, that was a cool spot, one you should really check out. Ryback got a big pop afterwards, and I'm hoping WWE don't mess up his push like they did with another undefeated superstar (*cough*Tensai*cough).
PRO: Santino & Ricardo "Ham" It Up
You know the United States title is in trouble when the champion is feuding with a ring announcer. Well, when Santino vs. Ricardo Rodriguez was announced, I rolled my eyes, as I figured it would be another lame attempt by WWE to be "funny". Fortunately, I was wrong, as Ricardo continues to prove why he's one of the best non-wrestlers on the roster with his antics. From introducing himself during his entrance, to running the ropes until he was too exhausted to move, to selling The Cobra better than Dolph Ziggler sells Brodus' headbutt, Ricardo was on fire last night. i just hope this is the end of their mini-feud and Santino can move on to an actual rivalry starting Monday. Entertaining match/segment, though.
PRO: Talking With His Fists
Since Sheamus "accidentally" shoved Big Johnny to the floor at the start of last Monday's RAW (which I'm surprised they waited so long to address), The Great White was forced to apologize for his actions. Man, there sure is a lot of apologizing taking place on WWE television lately, isn't there? Well, Sheamus decided not to swallow his pride and instead made fun of Johnny, Eve, and Otunga, which led to him facing Jack Swagger as form of punishment. Although, I'm not too sure whether Sheamus was being punished or if it was Job Swagger...
The match itself - Sheamus vs. Swagger - was pretty good, as both men got in lots of offense, and their mix of styles blended well together. The finish was hardly shocking though, as Swagger went for a Gutwrench Powerbomb, only for Sheamus to escape and nail a Brogue Kick for the win. Good match, but whenever Swagger is wrestling, the outcome is inevitable. Poor Swagger.
PRO: Sandow Squashes Yoshi - Thank You
If you haven't had a chance to check out Damien Sandow yet, you really should. His gospel, "Hallelujah" theme music is awesome. His look is awesome. The way he holds a mic, like it's a glass of wine, is awesome. His promo skills are quite good, as well. Last night, we got to see what he could do in the ring, and he did something really cool. As soon as the bell rang, Yoshi charged at him, and Sandow ducked out of the ring, telling the referee to "do your job, keep him back." The old-school heel tactic allowed Sandow to take advantage and beat the snot out of Yoshi, and he picked up the win shortly afterwards. There's a lot of interesting characters on SmackDown, and Damien Sandow is one of them.
CON: Big Show's Explanation
Many people will assume this is my general hatred for The Big Show coming out when I say this, but I don't care - this segment is a perfect example of what's wrong with the WWE. Before Show came out to address the crowd, we were 'treated' to a video package recapping the main-event at Over The Limit and Show's interactions with John Cena at RAW - twice, actually. As a result, or maybe because SmackDown fans DO watch RAW - I know it's hard to believe, WWE - Show came out to a negative reaction and basically took ten minutes to repeat what he said on Monday. It was boring and painful, and Show looks really strange in a suit.
Now, here are my issues:
*Why is Big Show continuing his feud with Cena on SmackDown? Is their rivalry that important that we have to see it take place on both RAW and SmackDown? I don't think so.
*I'm assuming 99% of the fans already knew what happened on RAW at Over The Limit, which makes the constant replays even more pointless.
*As he was making his way back up the stage, he passed by Kane, and they exchanged a look. I'm hoping it means nothing, because if WWE Creative is stupid enough to give us ANOTHER Show vs. Kane feud after Show is done with Cena, I will freak out. The only person that Show has wrestled more times than Cena in his career is Kane, and creative want to go down that road as well? Get the fuck outta here with that shit.
Boring segment, almost put me to sleep. Enough said.
PRO: Orton vs. Del Rio vs. Kane (With A Touch Of D-Bryan)
Before the match could even get started, Daniel Bryan ambushed Kane and left him lying with at least a dozen steel chair shots. This was clearly payback from Monday night, when CM Punk out-smarted Bryan and made him get beat down at the hands of Kane. Just to recap, there seems to be a feud boiling between Punk, Bryan, and Kane. I'm not sure how excited I am to see Kane getting involved in the Punk/Bryan program, but I digress.
Despite the vicious assault, Kane decided to compete in the triple threat main-event, and it was quite solid for a TV match. Orton was almost always involved with the in-ring action, which made sense his opponents were both heels, and he delivered a second-turnbuckle DDT to Del Rio, which might be a new move in his arsenal, as he's used it in the past. At one point, Kane had hit Del Rio with a chokeslam and with Orton lying on the floor, he seemingly had the match won, but that pesky Bryan interfered and distracted Kane long enough for Orton to sneak back in and hit Kane with an RKO. Del Rio would then steal the win by throwing Orton out of the ring and pinning Kane, and every IWC fan's "dream match" of Sheamus vs. Del Rio will come true at No Way Out.
As Del Rio celebrated his victory, Sheamus did a heelish thing and assaulted his challenger from behind, and stood tall over him. A different way to conclude a very good edition of SmackDown.
YouTube It: Ryback's two-for-one finisher, Sheamus vs. Swagger, Sandow vs. Yoshi, Bryan's attack on Kane, The Triple Threat match.
Avoid It: Big Show's entire promo.
Grade: A- Considering there was only one con the entire column, an A grade seems well-deserved for last night's show. Despite a lack of star power (a.k.a. very few RAW superstars), the show did very well utilizing it's SmackDown talent. We got to see several midcard feuds develop, new superstars in Young & O'Neil, Ryback, and Sandow continue to build momentum, and other big rivalries in Kane/Bryan and Del Rio/Sheamus develop. Ironically, the only negative part of the show was when Big Show came out and nearly put everyone to sleep in an effort to build his feud with Cena. But the rest of the show delivered, one of the better ones of the year.
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