1. Taking A Look At The Over-Looked
My Two Centsss - What Makes Wrestlemania So Special
By Super Chrisss
Mar 23, 2012 - 1:10:42 PM
2. Two Thumbs Up For RAW!
3. For The Love Of God, Don't Let Punk vs. Jericho Go On First!
4. What If...WCW Was Still Around?
5. My Live Event Experience
6. RAW Thinking Diary
7. What Makes Wrestlemania So Special
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Let's kick things off with the aforementioned diva and winner of NXT Season Three (which was worth watching for Cole and Mathew's commentary alone, by the way). Now, I'm not going to sit here and say that Kaitlyn has the in-ring ability of a Natalya or Beth Phoenix, or that she has the charisma of a Trish Stratus, but DAMN, she is hot! Whenever people discuss the best-looking female talents on the WWE and TNA rosters, it's always the same names that come up - Aj, Velvet Sky, Layla, etc. Rarely do you see Miss Kaitlyn make anyone's list, but I think that's because of how little she's been used since her time on NXT (which she ironically has returned to). Sure, she had that brief partnership with Aj on Smackdown!, but once Aj hooked up with Daniel Bryan, Kaitlyn has been sparingly used.
Look, I'm not saying Kaitlyn should get a monster push based solely on her looks, but I'd rather watch her wrestle than the likes of Kelly Kelly or Alicia Fox, that's for sure. Even if she sucks in the ring, she can always improve, as no one can be as bad as K2, right? Right?
Can someone please explain to me why WWE is letting William Regal waste away on NXT? Trying him out as a full-time commentator was a risky idea, as it meant his in-ring days would be severely reduced, but he has excelled in his new announcer role. Yet, he continues to call the action on NXT rather than RAW or Smackdown!. If that wasn't bad enough, Regal has recently been revealed as the new/first-ever General Manger of NXT. Unless this leads to Regal getting to compete in more matches, I'm not digging the idea. Why? Because it means Regal will have another anchor preventing him from getting used on either main brand.
Regal is not a young man; his in-ring days are winding down. Why WWE refuses to give the veteran one last run relatively near to the top is beyond me. He's proven his skill at the announce booth, and could stay there for many years after his in-ring days are over. So why not use Regal as an active superstar now before it's too late?
The 30-Day Rule
I know I mentioned this in my last column, but I don't think I can stress how important this rule is to the legitimacy of professional wrestling and how it adds to the prestige of championship belts. For the 1% of you reading this that have no idea what the 30-day rule is, it's basically an old-school rule in which every champion was obligated to defend his or her title at least once every thirty days. Failure to do so would result in the champion being stripped of their title.
Why is this important, you ask? Well, let's use the current Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes, as an example. Rhodes is one of my top five (or "Fav Five", if you will) wrestlers at the moment, and when he defeated Ezekiel Jackson last summer to win the belt, I was ecstatic; I just knew Rhodes would be given a lengthy reign with the IC title. Lo and behold, I was right - he recently surpassed Shawn Michaels as the fifth longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all-time. The problem is, Michaels defended the title a lot more than Cody does. Probably half of Cody's title defenses were against the same man (Booker T). In fact, I could count all of Cody's title defenses on both hands if I wanted to.
The point is, Cody Rhodes has been the IC Champion for what seems like forever, mainly because he almost never defends it (and live events don't count). The 30-Day rule made sure champions didn't become afterthoughts or too involved in other affairs. It also forced the company to spend at least some time building up challengers. Nowadays, anybody can compete for any title because there is no number one contender system or a 30-Day rule in effect. That's something that has to change ASAP.
I've already talked about a diva, a part-time wrestler/part-time announcer, but now it's time to talk about an often under-appreciated commentator. There was a reason Josh Mathews replaced Todd Grisham as Smackdown!'s play-by-play man over a year ago - because he's awesome. Seriously, between the likes of Cole, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler, Mathews is easily a cut above the rest. He knows his holds, he calls the action, and although he does tend to favor the babyfaces, he tries to call it down the middle. I know a lot of people don't enjoy Mathews' work, but that's because they tend to saddle him between Booker T and Cole. More often than not, Mathews can become an after-thought in a random, yet common, argument between Cole and Booker, but he does his best to return the discussion to the actual match.
Mathews may not be the next Jim Ross, but he's a lot better and less annoying than Cole ever will be.
Dolph Ziggler's Promo Work
Rounding out the list is the self-proclaimed "Show-Off" and his limited microphone opportunities. For those that have never seen the "Ask The Heel" segment of Z! True Long Island Story or never watched an episode of WWE Download, you're missing out on some fantastic promo work from Mr. Ziggles (side-note: I'm so glad they let that nickname die). You may have seen Ziggler share a mic with Vickie Guerrero, but for the millionth time, Ziggler DOES NOT NEED VICKIE ANYMORE! He is fully capable of getting heat on his own and his association with Vickie is only reducing his promo time. If you think back to Ziggler's promo during the "Elimination Chamber Debate" a few weeks ago, or better yet, Ziggler's interaction with Mick Foley prior to the Royal Rumble, you'll probably agree that Ziggler is awesome when given a live mic.
The "Show-Off" can back it up in the ring, but WWE won't let him steal the show on the mic...yet.
Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Triple H vs. The Undertaker
Random Divas Match
John Cena vs. The Rock
The reasoning behind this order is quite simple, really. You kick off the show with a fast-paced match filled with top names like Christian, Santino, and maybe Rey Mysterio to get the crowd pumped up. Then, you let Big Show and Cody Rhodes do their thing in the night's first one-on-one match. After that, Randy Orton wakes up the crowd in case Big Show puts them to sleep. Bryan and Sheamus follow that with a potentially show-stealing match. Afterwards, Punk and Jericho go on to have THE match of the night, and while the IWC recovers, HHH/Undertaker go out and please everyone else. You then throw in a five-minute divas match to allow everyone to get ready for Cena vs. Rock and voila!, one of the best Wrestlemanias of all-time is in the books.
What do you think? Are you okay with Punk vs. Jericho opening the show? If not, what should be the curtain-jerker instead?
For those of you wondering, there will be no "What If..." column this week, but it will return next Friday, a Wrestlemania edition if you will. I'll be back tomorrow with my SmackDown Pros & Cons (majority voted in favor of that review format) and hopefully several more Wrestlemania-themed columns leading up to the event next Sunday.