Last night’s episode of RAW (the first episode of 2015) was … awkward. This episode showcased perfectly how the heavy emphasis on the story and drama can easily turn away fans. I wouldn’t go as far as to say the episode was bad, but the thing as a whole was bogged down with the weight of the beef between the Authority and John Cena. In-ring action took a huge back seat to the story, which is one reason why (in my opinion) the accolades for Wrestle Kingdom 9 continue to roll in. Great action in the ring accentuated by a simple story tends to make fans happy … but the on-going, convoluted drama between superstars makes sponsors and advertisers happy … where’s the happy medium?
It’s no secret that I can’t stand Cleveland. I can’t stand Cleveland as a city, as a concept; the sports teams there make me vomit, the local politics are mad corrupt, the police force is more corrupt than other places in the United States; I actively fear for the souls of my family and friends in and near the city. To this day I say that only four good things can be associated with Cleveland:
- Drew Carey
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Halle Berry
- The ability to leave
So in that regard, maybe, JUST MAYBE, I’m sadistically pleased that such a crap PPV took place in Cleveland. It’s exactly what the crap city deserves, and this is incredible because it was working in the shadow of the mindblowingly wonderful NXT event on Thursday. Rumors were that the Raw and Smackdown talent were looking to step up after that brilliance that was REvolution, but I’m somewhat torn to say that I can count on one hand the guys that actually did, and to be fair, they were the cats that came from NXT anyway.
But this isn’t about me just up and bashing the PPV in a long post. That’s what pages are for! Let’s get started, because today I utilize a new system of grading: the Jermaine-o-meter!
“You two are the only one in that ring believing that crap that you’re talking about.” – Devon, to Bram and Magnus
Another episode of IMPACT Wrestling in the can, which means …
Forget it; the shows being aired were taped back some time ago. There it is. Continue reading IMPACT Wrestling Review 10.29.14, a.k.a. “Taped Before A Live Studio Audience”
“If there’s no blood, then the whole thing is pointless!”
I use to think like that about this particular PPV, and in a way I still do. Unfortunately for me and those who share this similar thought, at some point we have to come to terms with the absence of intentional bloodletting within the WWE. It sucks, it blows, and the matches don’t have that same feeling if someone’s not gushing their precious life-sustaining fluid all over the place. Continue reading WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Preview and Predictions
John stared at his cell phone as it sat on the glistening black marble tile of the kitchen counter. He hovered over it, his elbows pressed firmly against the cold marble surface, fretting about having to make the phone call once again. Continue reading “Back to Basics” | S1, Ep. 1
According to Wrestlezone.com, the following tweet was sent out last night regarding the WWE’s Night of Champions pay per view: