Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How CM Punk Saved His Character at RAW 1000

RAW 1000 was a huge show with a ton of surprises as expected, but there was the one standout story that ended the show and set the direction for the next few months.  Many would call the angle a "heel turn" by CM Punk, but an old school fan like myself can really appreciate how much it all made sense and how it could save CM Punk from turning into just another bland WWE top guy.

The initial portion of the story was Big Show interfering in Punk's match with John Cena and knocking Cena out as Punk watched on while the ref was down.  Punk was left with the decision to attempt a pin and win the match, or to "do the right thing" in the situation and inform the ref of what had gone down.  The delivery by Punk was great here, as the internal struggle over what to do was very evident.  Punk eventually went for the pin, but as it turned out he took too long and Cena kicked out at the last second.  The next part of this roller coaster was Cena locking Punk in the STF before Show once again interfered, causing a disqualification win for Cena. 

As Big Show continued his attack on Cena, CM Punk was in the corner looking on as the announcers questioned why he wasn't jumping in to help Cena.  This went on for a while as Punk continued to do nothing.  Eventually The Rock's music hit, and he hit the ring to aid Cena.  Then just as The Rock went for "The People's Elbow," Punk sprung into action and took the Rock out.  Punk then hit the "Go to Sleep" on The Rock and ended upstanding tall as the night ended.

Of course the crowd booed Punk after all of this, as it appeared he was once again a "bad guy," but the real situation seems to be Punk acting as an old school champion would.  Punk did what he had to do to protect his championship, which only makes sense.  Then, as champion, Punk refused to let The Rock waltz in and steal the spotlight to end the biggest RAW of the year.  The WWE Championship gained a lot of prestige back during all this, since The Rock announced he would be facing whoever is the champion at this year's Royal Rumble.  Punk has had one of the longest reigns in years, and now he is starting to act like it.

Last year Punk was the rebel that said whatever he wanted, stood for change, and we all looked forward to any time he came to the ring.  In recent months, Punk became "just another top guy" who would team with Cena and just be your typical good guy.  Punk lost his edge, an edge we were thrilled to see back last night.  Ric Flair was the champion in the 80's and 90's that made his belt feel important, because he would do anything it took to protect his number 1.  CM Punk brought back that notion last night, and it gave a glimmer of hope that real pro wrestling that makes sense can still make a comeback.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Can RAW 1000 Be a Fresh Start for WWE?

For the last couple of months, the wrestling scene as a whole and WWE in particular have just seemed down and boring in my opinion.  There aren't many great feuds or captivating stories going on, and the ups and downs of WWE's storyline involving AJ/Daniel Bryan/CM Punk has really been the only story worth following it seems.  Last year Punk seemed like the guy who was going to change everything with his shoot promos that seemingly had no filter.  Now he's just became another main event face that teams up with John Cena like they're best friends and goes about his rather uneventful title reign.

Fast forward to tonight's 1000th episode of Monday Night RAW.  In terms of what's going on with the current roster, the main event will be John Cena cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Punk for the WWE Championship.  It's probably the biggest current match they could book, so it makes sense.  The only other actual match that seems to be somewhat set is Christian defending the Intercontinental Title against an opponent that has yet to be announced.

Now on to the major selling points of RAW 1000: the returns.  There are a ton of special returns both announced and unannounced that are lined up for this event.  Of course The Rock's return to RAW has been pushed heavily, so we are likely looking at a promo from him which will give us an idea of what his next feud/match will be.  The show is set to kick off with a DX reunion, which at first glass just seemed like Triple H and Shawn Michaels reuniting for the umpteenth time, but now word is that we may actually be getting a REAL DX reunion possibly including X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn.  If that's not enough for you, WWE is also advertising the announcement of the permanent RAW GM, the Daniel Bryan/AJ wedding, the return of Brock Lesnar/on screen reunion with Paul Heyman, and a ton of surprises/returns.

And then we have the variables; the surprises/returns that are unannounced which has many fans speculating on what all could go down.  Word is that most of the legends we have seen return in the past few weeks will be at RAW (Vader, Sid, Animal, etc.) and we will also probably see the returns of semi regular legends like Roddy Piper and Bret Hart.  As far as returns/legends go, I feel the only HUGE jaw dropping returns that would shock anyone would be that of Goldberg or the Ultimate Warrior (both of whom have denied making returns to RAW.)  Other than those 2, I don't see any other returns that will really shock anyone.  The return of The Undertaker and Steve Austin will most likely happen (even though they are unadvertised,) but those returns have become pretty standard so we pretty much know what to expect there.

The one rumor that could really make this RAW 1000 buzz continue on is that WWE plans to run a huge "summer angle" like they've done the past couple of years with Punks "pipe bomb" promo and the formation of The Nexus.  If WWE can pull of a truly shocking angle that will hook viewers, they may be on to something.  The returns and reunions will be awesome, but let's hope WWE doesn't dump us right back into the current crap next week.  Hopefully WWE realizes that a ton of people will be watching tonight, and now is the chance to hook them and give them something to follow again.

RAW 1000 airs tonight on USA at the new timeslot of 8 p.m. (7 central) and will be a 3 hour broadcast.  This show should be the biggest since WrestleMania and promises to be a mega show that pulls out all the stops!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Birthdays For July 16

Born on this day: July 16, 1976

July 16, 1976 - Former WWE Superstar: Bobby Lashley

July 16, 1974 - Former ECW Wrestler: Chris Chetti

Birthdays For July 15

Born on this day: July 15

July 15, 1983 - WWE Superstar: Heath Slater

July 15, 1951 - Former WWF Wrestler/Commentator & Governor Of Minnesota: Jesse Ventura

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birthdays For July 14

Born On This Day: July 14

Former AWA & WWE Wrestler: Mil Mascaras

Former WWE Diva: Cherry

Current TNA Wrestler and 23 Time World Tag Team Champion: Bully Ray

Friday, July 13, 2012

WWE Smackdown Results (7/13)

Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown, or, for this week only, Friday Night Zackdown as Smackdown's GM for this week is Long Island, Iced Z! Zack Ryder. Ryder earned the right to become GM of Smackdown for the week after winning a battle royal last week where he last eliminated Kane.

We kick things off this week with a video from the latest episode of Z True Long Island Story in which Zack Ryder announced that he will be GM of Smackdown this week.

Smackdown comes to us this week from Denver, Colorado and your commentators are Booker T, Michael Cole & Josh Matthews and Lilian Garcia introduces the GM for the evening’s festivities, Zack Ryder. Ryder welcomes everyone to the  very first Friday Night Zackdown. He then gets a fist pump started with the crowd and says this is going to be the greatest Smackdown ever. Alberto Del Rio then comes out. Del Rio says he thought Teddy Long was a joke when he was General Manager but he calls Ryder a stupid clown who calls himself the internet champion. He steps into the ring and says this  Sunday he becomes the real world champion and after that he will rule Smackdown. Ryder then corrects Del Rio and says this is Zackdown.  Ryder tells Del Rio there’s someone who wants to get their hands on him and he’s Del Rio’s opponent right now and out comes Sin Cara and we are taken into our first match

Sin Cara vs Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio charges and Sin Cara sidesteps. Dropkick by Sin Cara and Sin Cara off the ropes and Del Rio drops him with a clothesline into a cover and 2 count only. Another cover after a series of stomps and again 2 count. Suplex by Del Rio and another near falls. Irish whip and Del Rio charges but misses and Sin Cara puts the boots to Del Rio. DDT by Sin Cara and a cover  but only a 2 count. Irish whip by Sin Cara, reversed by Del Rio and a back elbow. Scoop and slam and 2 count on Sin Cara. Del Rio off the ropes but Sin Cara moves out of the way and Del Rio holds onto the ropes. Del Rio on the apron and Sin Cara with a kick to the head sending Del Rio to the floor. Suicide dive to the outside by Sin Cara


Hard kick by Sin Cara and cover for a 2 count.  Sin Cara on the top rope and a series of headbutts. Picks Sin Cara up and delivers a shoulderbreaker. Armbar on Sin Cara looking for a submission. Del Rio whips Sin Cara into the ropes, Sin Cara with a kick to the face. Sin Cara off the ropes again and Del Rio counters with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker. Cover by Del Rio but 1 count only. Del Rio works over the arm and again 2 count. Sin Cara fighting back but Del Rio kicks his leg out from under him. Flying headscissors by Sin Cara. Knee strikes to Del Rio, Del Rio charges, Sin Cara gets the boots up and a DDT to Del Rio and a 2 count.  Sin Cara to the top, swanton and misses. Del Rio locks the cross armbreaker in and Sin Cara taps.

The winner of the match: Alberto Del Rio

Backstage: Teddy Long is with Zack Ryder and tells him he's doing a good job of running Smackdown tonight. Big Show comes in and says Ryder is doing a terrible job and he can't believe Ryder  won the battle royal. Ryder shouldn't be the GM Big Show should be. Great Khali then shows up and Ryder books Big Show vs Great Khali

Primo vs Darren Young
Primo & Epico lock up and an exchange of blows between the two and Primo gets the upperhand with a headbutt.  Irish whip by Primo reversed by Young and Young runs into Primo’s boots. Primo to the top and flying headscissors delivered to Young. Young with an irish whip looking for a clothesline, Primo ducks and holds onto the ropes. Drop toehold by Primo and Young falls face first against the middle rope. Primo off the ropes and the leg across the back of the neck sliding out to the floor. Primo back in and Young with a slingshot across the top rope. 2 count on Primo and Young slides out of the ring dropping an elbow across Primo’s neck and Young on the apron with the leg drop and 2 count. Young with a neckbreaker and lateral press but 2 count and back to the cover but 2  count.  Legdrops and elbows across the throat and cover but Primo kicks out. Young with the keylock on Primo and Primo back to his feet counters with an armdrag. Springboard flying elbow off the ropes into a cover but Young reverses and catches him hoists him on his shoulders.  Counter by Primo, Primo  looking for the backstabber but . Young shakes him off. Young looking to finish Primo off, picks him up Primo and Primo rolls into a small package for the three count
The winner of the match: Primo


We get another Raw Memorable Moment and it's from April 11, 2011 when Edge announced his retirement
Backstage: Zack tells Sheamus if he and Alberto mix it up tonight he's calling Sunday's match off because he has reponsibilities. Chris Jericho shows up because he wanted to see this Zackdown train wreck in person. Sheamus tells Jericho if he's looking for a train wreck to step into the ring with him tonight. Jericho says he's not there to step into the ring with anybody he's only there as an observer. Ryder then says that sounds like a great idea and books Sheamus vs Chris Jericho and Sheamus tells Jericho he better not be on this track because he's going to run Jericho over.

Christian & Santino Marella vs Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes
Rhodes and Christian lock up, shoulderblock by Rhodes and Christian back up.  Christian with a shoulderblock of his own. Wristlock on Rhodes and tag to Marella. Rhodes tags Ziggler in. Takedown by Ziggler, fireman’s carry into a pin and 2 count. Irish whip into the corner, leapfrog by Marella and he takes Ziggler over with an armdrag. Tag to Christian and Christian comes off the top rope with an elbow. Hot shot by Christian as he snaps Ziggler’s neck back on the top rope. Hook of the leg and 2 count. Knee to Christian and a forearm to the back. Ziggler tags Rhodes back in. Christian fighting off both Rhodes and Ziggler. Christian up on the second rope going for a DDT countered by Rhodes. Rhodes drops him face first. Hook of the leg and quick cover but 2 count only. Tag back to Ziggler and a standing dropkick to Christian. Elbow to the side of the head and reverse chinlock and Christian fights out of it. Christian off the ropes and knee to the gut by Ziggler. Ziggler tags Rhodes back in and a standing front suplex by Rhodes. Rhodes with the cover Christian kicks out. Taking a breather against the ropes, Christian kicks Rhodes away. Rhodes lifts  Christian up and sunset flip by Christian. Rhodes kicks out and Christian delivers a flapjack to Rhodes. The tag to Santino, Rhodes tags Ziggler. Santino unloads on Ziggler an armdrag and the flying headbutt off the ropes. Santino sets up for The Cobra, Rhodes with the clothesline from behind. Christian from behind open handed palm strike and he clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope. Ziggler hits the ZigZag, the cover on Marella and the 3 count
The winners of the match: Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes


Big Show vs Great Khali
Khali and Show lock and the huge slap by Show and Khali fires back and another huge chop to Show. Show with the WMD and the cover on Khali for the 3 count
The winner of the match: Big Show

Tyler Reks vs Ryback
Ryback and Reks lock up and Reks with knees to Ryback and Reks unloading on Ryback in the corner. Reks off the ropes and Ryback mows him down. Ryback tosses Reks to the outside. Ryback yanking him up by the hair and Reks snaps Ryback’s neck on the top rope. Reks back in, off the ropes and belly to back suplex by Ryback. Ryback winding up for the clothesline and Reks gets the boots up. Reks off the ropes and a shot to Ryback’s gut. Off the ropes again and this time Ryback levels him with the clothesline. Ryback picks Reks up on his shoulders and delivers The March Of Ryback, the cover and the 3 count.
The winner of the match: Ryback

Damien Sandow vs Justin Gabriel
Sandow and Gabriel lock up and an armdrag by Sandow and Gabriel with a legsweep into a quick cover but count of 1. Shoulderblock to Gabriel. Sandow with the back suplex. Sandow with The  Elbow Of Disdain and 2 count only. Chinlock on Gabriel. Sandow with the whip, Gabriel with a backflip and kick to Sandow’s leg. Series of kicks by Gabriel and one last kick to the head. Gabriel charges but Sandow moves out of the way and Gabriel hits the turnbuckle. Sandow with the double hook and knee strikes and he hits the M14 swinging neckbreakker on Gabriel. Sandow floats over, the cover and the 3 count
The winner of the match: Damien Sandow

We get another Raw re-cap highlighting the revelation of the anonymous Raw GM

Chris Jericho vs Sheamus
Sheamus and Jericho lock up and Sheamus backs Jericho into the corner. Slap to Sheamus and Sheamus beats Jericho down. Irish whip and Jericho holds on and slides out and Sheamus chases him. Back in the ring,  Jericho off the ropes, Sheamus hits the battering ram from the ring apron. Jericho hits a dropkick from the second rope and goes for a cover but 1 count.. Irish whip into the corner by Sheamus, Jericho jumps over the ropes to the apron and goes for a right but it’s blocked by Sheamus. Sheamus pulls Jericho back against the ropes and delivers The Fiery Red Hand across Jericho’s chest. And Sheamus off the ropes pushes Jericho off the apron and Jericho goes crashing through the announce table.
Jericho back in and he delivers a kick to Sheamus’ face. Jericho with punches to Sheamus’ head and it’s Jericho with clubs of his own across Sheamus’ chest and a chinlock. Sheamus sidesteps and Jericho hits the post shoulder first. Sheamus with a clothesline. A shoulderblock in the corner and a huge knee to Jericho. A slam by Sheamus but Jericho counters and comes off the ropes, Sheamus hits The Irish Curse backbreaker and 2 count only. Irish whip, Jericho leaps up Sheamus catches him on his shoulder and a rolls forward dropping all his weight onto Jericho but 2 count only. Codebreaker by Jericho but Sheamus blocks it and throws in into the corner. Brogue Kick but Sheamus misses, Jericho springboard off the ropes and a dropkick to the head. Lionsault onto Sheamus and 2 count. Backbreaker by Sheamus and 2 count. Piledriver by Sheamus countered by Jericho into the Walls Of Jericho and Sheamus reaches the ropes. Sheamus looking for White Noise countered again and Jericho locks the Walls in once more. Sheamus counters it. Sheamus with White Noise and 2 count. Sheamus calling for The Brogue Kick, misses, Codebreaker by Jericho and 2 count. Sheamus kicks Jericho away. Sheamus up on the top rope and Jericho hits The Codebreaker and 2 count, Jericho fired up yelling for Sheamus to get up. Jericho looking for another Codebreaker, Sheamus hits The Brogue Kick and the cover for the 3 count
The winner of the match: Sheamus
Post Match: Sheamus is walking up the ramp and Alberto Del Rio’s music hits. Out comes his car but it’s not Del Rio driving. Del Rio from behind and a kick to the head and he locks the cross armbreaker in on Sheamus
-End Show-

Birthdays For July 13

Born on this day: July 13

Former WWE & WCW Star: Sean Waltman - 40 years old

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birthdays For July 12

Born on this day: July 12

WWE Superstar and former UFC Champion: Brock Lesnar

Former WWE Supertar: Gregoy Shane "Hurricane" Helms

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New name rumored for Raw 1,000

Stone Cold Steve Austin's name has been bandied about in WWE circles as being a "must have" for the 1,000th Monday Night Raw. Also, expect to see every legend that has been on Raw in recent weeks on the show as well.

Updated Impact Wrestling Card for 7/12/2012

Rob Van Dam vs. Samoa Joe has been added for this week's Impact Wrestling. This will be a Bound For Glory Series match, as will the already advertised Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson match. Also, expect to see "Aces and 8's" ,as they are apparently calling themselves, make some sort of appearance. They are the masked threesome who attacked Sting last month.

Birthdays For July 11

Born on this day: July 11

Former TNA and ROH Star El Generico

WWE Star Tyson Kidd

Former WCW & WWF Superstar "The Natural" Butch Reed

List Of Matches For Friday's Smackdown (7/13)

The following are non spoiler matches for this Friday's upcoming edition of Smackdown which was taped this past Tuesday July 10, 2012 and will be coming to us from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Matches scheduled to take place are as follows:

1.) Alberto Del Rio will face the high-flying Sin Cara

2.) Primo (w/ Epico & Rosa Mendes) will face one half of The Prime-Time Players Darren Young (w/Titus O'Neil)

3.) Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes will see tag team action when they face the team of Santino Marella & "Captain Charisma" Christian.

4.) In a battle of the giants, Big Show will face The Great Khali

5.) Fresh off of his victory over Curt Hawkins last week, This week, the undefeated Ryback will face Hawkins' partner Tyler Reks.

6.) Damien Sandow will face Justin Gabriel

And in this week's main event we will see World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus take on Chris Jericho