Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Malcolm Spinedi0
Sports Entertainment Weekly: Issue 11
The WWE can be a tricky thing to follow. They have a show just about everyday and some of them are over three hours. If only there was some jerk out there who brought up the important things of the week into a column and made catching up easy. Well fear not, for I am that jerk! Join me as I talk about some of bigger moments in the WWE this week and why they are worth noticing. To quote one of my personal favorites:
Team Hell No Becomes Giant Dinks
So a new thing we have is the resuming of the Team Hell No/ Shield feud. Apparently if you fight Shield, eventually you’ll forget you’re feuding with them (I.E. Ryback and John Cena). It appears that Team Hell No remembered that Shield attacked them back before TLC and decided to pick up the feud again.
RAW saw the Shield attempt to jump into the big leagues by trying to attack the Undertaker. Pretty smart move actually, attacking the Phenom on a day that’s not Wrestlemania. Probably would have worked, had it not been for Team Hell No running out to even the odds. It’s nice to see that despite causing a fire that killed Taker’s parents, Kane and Taker actually have a really close relationship. Oh WWE continuity.
From the sounds of it, this isn’t a one off, so it looks like we’ll have Team Hell No vs. Shield at WWE Extreme Rules. This is a pretty nicely built match. Shield, the undefeated challengers, and Hell No, the champions that appear to be unstoppable! I do want to see this match and can’t wait. That being said, I think we’ll have new WWE Tag Team champions. It’s been a good ride for Hell No, but Shield is the future and they are awesome. Imagine them defending the belts under Freebird’s Rules?
Freebird’s Rules – A tag title defense rule made famous by the legendary Fabulous Freebirds. The stable won the tag titles, but made a special clause in the contract. If they won, any pair of them could defend it. So you never new which two you would face, and it gave them a unique advantage.
Seems pretty open and shut, I look to see the WWE announce the match on RAW next week.
Ziggy Cashes In!
In one of the more exciting moments in recent memory, Dolph finally cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and became the new World Heavyweight Champion. I have to be honest, I didn’t see this coming. I was a bit upset that he didn’t cash in Wrestlemania, and I assumed he’d want to do it at a PPV. However, I am so glad he did it last night as it was the perfect place for so many reasons.
ADR was fighting both Swagger and Zeb in a handicapped match and was victorious. Unfortunately for ADR, Swagger put him in the Patriot Lock quite a few times. I didn’t see it, but the crowd did (more on them later). Ziggler chants started to fill the arena and suddenly the music hit and the crowd exploded. Ziggler walks in and hands the ref the briefcase. I was expecting Richardo to grab it or do something. Maybe Team Hell No turns into dinks again. That never happened.
Dolph had the match and even did a nice bit of psychology using ADR’s injured leg to escape the Armbreaker. A Zig Zag later, we have a new World Champion. The reception the crowd gave him was incredible and really made a great moment out of this. Congratulations, Dolph Ziggler. He’s a great worker and one who goes out of his way to try to be the best he cane be. His skills on the mic have drastically improved and I love his little Triad with AJ and Langston. I think he has a bright future and I hope this is the start of it.
Now some of you may not like him for whatever the reason. That’s your call. However, considering he climbed up the WWE ladder from this:
And later this…
… you have to at least respect him for clawing his way this far.
Ryback’s NOT Heel Turn
Last night was capped off by Ryback running in on the Mark Henry/ John Cena match to save John Cena from a viscious beatdown. The match they just had ended in a countout victory for Cena, which is great because it gives you the doubt whether Cena can beat Henry cleanly. For those who remember that Cena has beaten cleanly before in the past, Shhhhhh! We’re talking about this month now.
Ryback extended the hand to Cena and things looked face-tastic… until Ryback decided to hit Cena with the Meat Hook. He then hoisted Cena up and nailed him with a Shell Shock to close out the show. Very interesting direction for Cena’s first WWE title defense.
However, there is a growing debate growing about it: Was this Ryback’s heel turn? In my opinion, nope. First off, this isn’t the first time another face wanted a title shot against a face champion. All I saw was Ryback proclaiming he wanted a shot at the WWE title, and nothing more. Until I see the next promo from him, that’s all I’ve seen. Maybe he’ll act like one for a month, but there are precedents for that in the WWE. Cena was essentially a heel for Rock and I remember Shawn Michaels was a Heel for Hogan.
Now if Cena didn’t have the WWE Championship, then yes I’d call this a heel turn. But the rules are different when the WWE Title is concerned. They have to be, otherwise Cena is going to run out of heels to face quickly.
Also everyone is forgetting Mark Henry. Keep in mind last night, we got these two shots.
It’s going to be a triple threat. They set it up pretty nicely. Henry has the argument that Cena won due to BS and the beatdown proved that Cena can’t handle him. Plus he still has beef with Ryback, so that adds to the match. Ryback wants to avenge the loss to Henry, and now there is animosity with Cena. Cena, meanwhile, will want to prove that he is the champion, and winning here would kill a lot of birds with one stone. It’s simple booking.
So my prediction is a triple threat for Extreme Rules. Who’s winning? Gimme a break here. If this match was happening 6 months from now, that would be one thing. However Cena has had the belt for a cup of coffee. He’s due a long WWE Title reign and I have a feeling he’s going to get one. It’s fair, he was without the WWE Title for a over a year, he’s due. I have a feeling the WWE Title isn’t going anywhere till next Mania. Look for Cena to pin Henry, as I suspect they’ll be building up the one-on-one between Rybck and Cena for Summerslam.
BEST. CROWD. EVER!!!!!!
It has to be said, this was the greatest crowd in the history of the WWE. They not only made this episode of RAW, they made the RAW better than Wrestlemania! Every crowd should be like this! If this was the case, the WWE would have no choice but to make a lot of changes. Actually, they did force some changes, as CM Punk never appeared because they didn’t want him cheered. Folks, if you want change in the WWE, this is how you protest. Granted this is the after Wrestlemania show, when the wrestling smark crowd is at it’s purist. But hey, I can dream.
Here’s a list of all the chants:
- “Same Old S***!”
- “Sexual Chocolate!”
- The Ole Ole (El Generico) Soccer Song
- “Michael Cole!”
- “Justin Roberts!”
- “Mike Chioda!”
- “William Regal!”
- “Colt Cabana!”
- “Ice Cream Man!”
- “We Want Pretzels!”
- “Chris Benoit!”
- “We Want Lesnar!”
- “We Want Sting!
- “Randy Savage!”
- “We Are Awesome!”
- “We’re the Winners!”
- “End This Match Please!” – Sheamus/Orton match
- “Thank You Big Show!”
- “Break The Table!”
- “One More Chair!”
My favorite moment was how they complete destroyed the Sheamus vs. Orton match. No reaction when they came out, and they literally chanted for everyone BUT the two guys in the ring, it was unreal. I wish I could know what was going on in Sheamus and Orton’s heads during the match, but I think they handled it fine.
Kudos to the WWE. They could have ignored the crowd, but the WWE embraced it. It made the night fun and listening to the commentators was actually fun. WWE.com even thanked the crowd for being there. It was really cool of them.
The big news out of this is that Fandango maybe a made-man after RAW. The crowd humming his theme has become a thing, as it was happening over at Smackdown this week too. On top of this, his theme music is the number #22 most downloaded song on iTunes. No joke, the humming maybe the new “YES!” chant.
The question now is how Johnny Curtis handles it. If he embraces it like Bryan, he’s set. However, if he ignores it, I sense badness, not greatness for his future. For record I still hate the character/gimmick, but I’m also craving something new for the WWE. I could see a Honky Tonk Man kind of build for him, so who knows? Sadly, I don’t know if Curtis knows how to handle the situation, so I hope he makes use of the legends who surround him for some knowledge.
Going forward from now on, maybe I should rethink my understanding of Mania. Apparently, the RAW after Mania is the proper Wrestlemania, because I loved this RAW more than Wrestlemania and it was a RAW without Punk! I really hope crowds channel a tenth of the awesome of this crowd from now on…. it’s not going to happen.
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