Wrestling Recap (1/6-1/12)
This will hopefully be a weekly hub that will review and discuss the various going ons of wrestling. I will be covering WWE, TNA and some independent companies as well such as ROH. I’m not going to go too much into details as I’m sure most of you who follow wrestling, like me have one or more dirt sheets you read on a daily basis. This will be more of an analysis on each show and my opinion on things. I’ll have each match listed with a short summary. So read on for my first edition of wrestling recap.
Raw went old school this week bringing back a wealth of nostalgia with wrestlers from the past coming in and mixing in with wrestlers of the present. Ric Flair was the first one to come out and he had a great interaction with Randy Orton before John Cena came down to the ring. Orton and Cena hyped up their 100th or so match at the Royal Rumble. Flair was used smart. Bringing him in to have a quasi-reunion of Evolution only to have him get annoyed by Orton and put him in his place. It was better than just having him there as a throw away in a backstage segment.
The Wyatts (Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) came out next to wrestle the team of Rey Mysterio and the Usos. The match was good as it lasted around 10 minutes. It had all the typical signature moves, nothing too great. Bryan has always done a great job in the ring. Overall it was a normal six man tag that had a few good moves in it. Between Rowan and Harper I fell as Harper has the most to give and can hopefully become a big star in the WWE. He certainly has the size and knowing him from his DGUSA days as Brodie Lee I know he has mic skills so we will see. The match really wasn’t the thing that caught most peoples attention though, it was Bryan. However it wasn’t his in ring work it was his character that has been much talked about. I still don’t know exactly how I feel about this as I think that this angle has some potential if done right. Hopefully we will get a better perspective on where this angle is headed next week.
During a break from the action Batista was mentioned to be the first official wrestler to enter himself in the rumble. I think it’s going to be interested to see what number he comes in at. Hopefully it’s not too early on. I think they could very easily start a feud at the rumble with him going against someone along the lines of Ryback or Hennery.
The whole Kane as a suit thing makes no sense and is just pointless as its not going to lead anywhere long term. Brad Maddox is pretty pointless as well and that’s mainly because Triple H and Stephanie McMahon can’t keep themselves off camera for too long. I think both of their roles would be a lot more interesting if it was just them two or at least only Maddox since Kane really doesn’t suit the bill as an on air authority figure.
Big E. Langston vs Curtis Axel was a short and bland match that didn’t really do anything other than set a potential match between Langston and Ryback. It last only around 3 minutes so there’s really not much to write about.
Piper’s Pit was a great segment that had a purpose that was done well. It continued to set up the dysfunction that’s beginning to broil in the Shield. Roddy Piper was great in the back and forth with Dean Ambrose and the question of whether Roman Reigns would be the top member of the Shield if he where to win was a good one and really set up the theme for the rest of the night. CM Punk coming in to make the save was a bit odd because of the pairing of the New Age Outlaws, it just didn’t fit together right. Yet it did its part in setting up Punk’s back up for the main event between him and Reigns.
Sin Cara vs. Alberto De Rio was another throw away match that didn’t accomplish anything other then set up a showdown between De Rio and Batista. It looks like WWE has lost interest in Sin Cara again since he beat De Rio twice only to come back and lose under two minutes in a squash match.
The Real Americans vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust was the first great match of the night. Both teams are amazing. I have always felt that the Real Americans should have gotten a hell of a lot more of a push when they first started off and where all over the news. They should have taken the ball and ran with it. Both Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro are amazing workers who can go with the best of them and both of them have proved it time and time again. The Rhodes brothers are well deserving as tag team champions and it’s surprising that they have held the belts this long. Hopefully we will get to see that match between them at Wrestlemania this year.
Another throw away match in the Great Khali vs. Damien Sandow. It such a shame that they are wasting Sandow in such a manner. He along with Dolph Ziiggler are two of the top works yet are treat less than mid card talent.
Paul Heyman as always did an awesome job hyping up Lesnar and making a good point as to why he should be the number one contender. Brock Lesnar really hasn’t been use properly since coming back. Instead of being an unstoppable machine he’s been shown as a bit of a coward that can be defeated. His destruction of Mark Hennery was a step in the right direction but showing him getting tossed across the ring didn’t do much for him. I’m okay with showing that Big Show is a lot bigger and stronger then Lesnar but Lesnar should have probably stood his ground to show that he wasn’t afraid of any man. Instead he ran and then tried to sneak attack Big Show.
The Divas match was what Divas matches have become a short, sloppy, awkward mess.
3MB vs. Too Cool was an okay match. It was nice seeing Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay back. Rikishi was way out of shape and probably shouldn’t have been in there but it was short so it doesn’t really matter. After that the Bad new Barrett bit happened and it was kind of incoherent hopefully he can do something better next week.
Mean Gene Okerlund came out and did his WCW hotline bit which I don’t think most of the audience members got which is kind of sad. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James came out with CM Punk for the main event against Roman Reigns with Ambrose and Seth Rollins. This was the second best match of the night. Reigns is getting pushed but he still needs some more time to get his in ring work polished. He’s good but just not there yet. He has the ability to become a big star alongside Ambrose. Rollins also has the potential but you don’t really see that drive in him so it’s a tossup on him. The big surprise was the return of Jake the Snake Roberts. His return was a huge surprise although he wasn’t immediately recognized by the younger audience members like most of the other legends. It was amusing seeing Ambrose trying his hardest not to bust out laughing when Jake put Damien on him. I don’t know if that was Nerves or he was just amused himself.
Overall this was an okay Raw it never really felt too long as most Raw are starting to get. Hopefully this continues for the rest of the year.
TNA Impact 1/9
I’m going to be honest, I haven’t watched a full episode of Impact in years. It’s been so long that I have no clue who half of these wrestlers are and what the storylines are about so pardon my ignorance on this one.
I’m reminded right off the bat why I haven’t watched Impact in so long. Why on earth is Dixie Charter involved in a storyline? She's just horrible. What happened to A.J. Styles? He’s completely changed from when I last saw him. So there basically doing the CM Punk leaving with the belt angle? Sorry but I’ve never seen Magnus, I’ve heard of him but never seen him work.
So after that disaster we got the first match of the night. Robbie E. and Jessie vs. Eric Young and Joseph Parks. So Parks is still doing this? Is he still looking for Abyss? Anyway the match really wasn’t a match as they showed Lei’D Tapa attacking ODB so Young ran out of the ring to help his on air wife leaving Parks to get beat by Bro-Mans.
A couple of segments happened but I’m lost on them since I haven’t watching so I’ll just skip to the matches. Samoa Joe Vs Ethan Carter III was the next match. It’s nice to see Joe again since I haven’t seen him wrestle in a long time. Looks like I’ll have to wait longer to see Joe wrestle since he was attacked and hit in the leg with a wrench taking him out. So I’m guess this is going to happen through the night. Question why was this a no contest? The bell did ring right? So why didn’t Joe win via DQ?
Up Next Kurt Angle vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) this has been the best match so far since it’s been pretty much the only match so far. It served to show that Angle is a badass, as if we didn’t know that already. It was nice see Daniels and Kazarian again they did a good job working together and trying to take Angle out.
Sting vs. Bobby Roode was next and this was also a semi-full length match as it also had some interference. There’s nothing much to take away from this match other than the fact that Dixie is taking everyone out that could potential help A.J. This shows that TNA needs a lot more talent.
So the main event is next A.J. Styles vs. Magnus for the TNA World Hvt. Championship. Well that was predictable. The bell starts and Rockstar Spud and ECIII comes out to attack Styles. This is a no DQ match so everything’s legal. This quickly turned into a chaos and I loss interest real fast. I get what they tried to do but honestly watching two hours of people interfering in matches only to lead up to a “big” match ending in the same way is a waste.
Smackdown opened this week with the Wyatts (Harper & Rowan) vs. the Usos. It was an okay match but it didn’t last very long. It ended in a double count-out after a brawl on the outside. Not much to it other then Bryan Wyatt giving the Sister Abigail to one of the Usos.
Miz TV was the next segement. Miz wasn’t really needed as the only point to this segment was to set up Big Show vs. Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
8 man tag match was next. Curtis Axel, Ryback & the Real Americans vs. Los Matadores, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. This was a good match, a lot of fast paced action. So far this was the best match of the night. It went through. There was a logic gap as El Torito got involved and jumped on Axel yet there was no DQ.
Randy Orton vs. Big E. Langston this match was way, way to long. Langston didn’t do much to show that he deserves to be pushed to the man event leave he was very sluggish. Overall it was a boring match and I think that the audience in attendance agrees as they seemed to go silent half way through the match.
Fandango vs. Xavier Woods was a throw away match and lead to nothing at all.
The main event was The Shield vs. CM Punk and the New Age Outlaws. This was a great make and showed that the Outlaws can still go. It was nice to see them wrestle again. As always the Shield and CM Punk put on a hell of a show. All and all this was a good edition of Smackdown.