Wrestlemania Predictions, Part 2

It’s part 2. Let’s get crazy.

 

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
One fall 14 woman match to determine the Diva’s Champion

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Let’s be clear. Naomi, Summer Rae, AJ, Emma, Natalya, Alicia Fox, Layla and Tamina Snuka are actual wrestlers who could give a Wrestlemania crowd a show they’ll never forget IF they were given the time and care that they should get. But instead of great, we get this. Talented women stuck carrying Eva Marie. That doesn’t exactly scream Wrestlemania to me. But, there’s some future match intriguing possibilities if we’re looking to build to the be future. Some of these women could go on to ring in the new year of wrestling in the right way. I, personally, am hoping for an eye-opening new champion to take the title off of AJ. For the chase, if you will.

As much as I have high hopes for these ladies, this match will probably be a cluster. I’m not looking forward to most of the action, but I’m anxious to know who will win.

But, as we all know, the current Diva’s Champion won’t go down quietly.

 

Tap, tap, tap. Oh, AJ. I’m sorry, but I think your time is up.

Winner (and new Diva’s champion): Emma

 

Fatal 4 way match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Uso’s  vs Rybaxel vs Los Matadores vs The Real Americans

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I’ve seen so much anger at this match being on the “pre-show”, and I’d like to take a moment to address it. If you consider yourself a wrestling fan, you will enjoy the wrestling as you get it. Pre show, post show, during the show, before the show. Whatever. I can’t tell you how tired I am of the perception that a pre-show match is an insult or punishment. It isn’t. As long as the men featured do their best to make a match worth watching, what does it matter what part of the show they’re on? And let’s not forget, they are actually on the actual Wrestlemania televised show. Not serving drinks at the concession stand or eating hotdogs backstage. These men are all incredibly talented and as long as the cameras are on them, we should all be happy. For all we know, this pre-show will blow the roof off the place and start off Wrestlemania the right way.

That right way, by the way, is by keeping the tag titles on The Uso’s.

Winners (and still tag team champions): The Uso’s.

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

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It took me an extra day to write this prediction because I was legitimately having trouble picking a winner for this match. I’m of the feeling that this could go in the direction of either man. It was tough to make a choice, but I had to go with my heart. And this is what I think.

Bray Wyatt is going to be a star. No doubt about it. If WWE wrestling has taught us anything, it’s that the men who can sell a story will go farther than anyone. Bray Wyatt and the family have done more to sell the story of stripping the crown prince of WWE of his comfort and security. When I first heard the rumor that this match was happening, I was totally uninterested in it. Now, the day before Wrestlemania, I can honestly say that this is the only other story on this show told on the same level (or better) than HHH vs Daniel Bryan.

Bray has made John Cena relevant. He’s taken away everything about Cena that bothers the general fan. Cena is not joking about how everyone doesn’t like him. He’s not making goofy faces. The only “uh-oh” moment I’ve had in the build to this match was when Cena called Bray homeless, but that was instantly rectified when Bray and the Family turned up the heat on Cena.Just about everything in this build has been perfectly executed. As a super fan of Bray Wyatt, I am very excited to see Bray prove his worth at Wrestlemania.

In my opinion, Bray has all the tools to be a major chunk of WWE’s future IF Bray wins at WM. Bray’s first foray into the main event has shown me and other WWE fans that he belongs there.  A win at Wrestlemania along with a continued program with Cena could do much more for Bray and the family than we could ever imagine.

I’m hoping genius prevails over stupidity and we get a Bray Wyatt victory along with a continued program with Cena. The future is now, and it starts at Wrestlemania with a Wyatt victory.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Daniel Bryan vs HHH
(Winner will be the 3rd man in a Triple Threat match to determine the WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

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This. Match. One of only two matches with the potential to give me a heart attack or stroke, depending on the result. But if I had to go down with a medical calamity, this is the match that I would want to cause it.

From beginning to end, everything about this build has been spectacular. The story of one man facing the man (and his wife) who are brutal and unrelenting has been filled with thrilling and memorable moments. HHH has done everything in his power to stop the Yes movement, but he’s beaten up or kicked down, Daniel Bryan he comes running back in to prove us wrong.

As someone who loved Daniel since he first stepped into WWE, I am a total believer in his ability and talent. He is a world class wrestler and once in a lifetime talent. He is undoubtedly the man that WWE needs as the face of the company. WWE is lucky to have him, whether they want to admit it or not. But, fans around the world still fear the myth of the “HHH squash.” Meaning that HHH “buries” his opponents and will do so again at Wrestlemania. I would like to think that Daniel Bryan’s obvious popularity and over the top wrestling talent has made the powers that be finally see sense and back Daniel with a win in this match.

Either way, I’m going to be nervous as hell watching this. This bout is sure to be one for the ages. Exciting, full of intensity, and (hopefully) the bell ringing with Daniel Bryan as the last man to move into the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Or, in the words of my pal @justastupidmark:

“I don’t give two shits what Bryan looking strong means for Mania traditionally. He’s fucking winning because I fucking want him to.”

With everything on the line and all my eggs in one basket, I select Daniel Bryan.

 

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
Batista vs Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan

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I’m predicting that this match will be insane. Randy Orton is not going to go down without a fight. Batista, to me, is a non entity. I will not entertain the thought of him actually winning. I’m also 90% sure there will be no CM Punk at Wrestlemania. I would like for this to remain as shenanigan free as possible so that Daniel will have a clean victory without someone saying “BUT THAT GUY RAN IN AND”. I don’t want ands, buts, or anything but Daniel Bryan’s knee going into Randy Orton’s eye, followed by a 1-2-3  and a bell ringing. Anything else besides this will be a huge letdown for me.

I’m expecting this match and Daniel’s match to be one for the ages. So much so, that I’m left speechless by how awesome I think it will be.

Winner (and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion): Daniel Bryan

 

Hide your animals, get your WWE plates and napkins, and hold on tight. Wrestlemania is upon us, and we’re in for one hell of a show. I’m excited, nervous, and a little freaked, but I’m definitely ready for Wrestlemania. I will see you all on Twitter tonight for XXX!

Wrestlemania XXX Predictions, Part 1

Happy Wrestlemania Eve, wrestling fans.

We’re a day away from the biggest show of the year and I am, for lack of a better word, HYPED for the show. Despite how I feel about the card being one of the weaker total cards in recent years, WWE has two history making stories going into the show. Wrestlemania, for me, has always signified the start of the new year of wrestling. New stories and (hopefully) new stars will take center stage and take the spots that are rightfully theirs.  Sunday will be a lazy day of junk food eating and enjoying as much wrestling action as I can on the Network and Twitter. No matter what happens, it’s going to be an exciting day.

That being said, I cannot pretend to be excited for everything on the show. Because I’m not. 85% of this show is filler to me. Not a great feeling when you think about the fact that this is WRESTLEMANIA and this show is lacking the jazz (pizzazz?) and the overall sparkle of past Wrestlemania’s.

But. What we get is what we’re getting. So enough with the chatter! It’s nearly WRESTLEMANIA TIME, and it’s time for me to break down what I think will be the results of the 30th year of the wrestling show that gets better each year. For two matches on this show, I hope my predictions become reality.

This list is in order of cares. Least at the top, most at the bottom.

All photos provided by WWE.com.

The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

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I have tried very hard to care about Brock vs Taker, the match. But I don’t. Here’s why.
Brock Lesnar, to me, is a monster. He is physically imposing, mean, and one of the more naturally brutal forces to enter WWE in a long time.He defines bad ass. He “broke” HHH’s arm and has made life miserable for his opponents. He even took CM Punk to his limit in a very good match at Summerslam from last year. From everything that we know about Lesnar now, he should destroy Taker and break the streak. As much as I’d like to pretend that the streak is in jeopardy because Taker is wrestling Brock Lesnar and that’s “scary” because Brock is going to KILL TAKER, it’s not.

Had this been the Brock Lesnar that ran with whole tree trunks on his shoulders and causally sat in ice baths, I would be more inclined to believe that he had a shot at taking down the streak. But this is not that Brock. Instead of super tough Brock that reddens when he angers, we’ve been treated to a Brock totally incapacitated and intimidated by the mere appearance of the Taker. He’s had no chance (other than Monday’s Raw) to appear as a credible threat to Undertaker. The most interesting thing Brock has done in this entire feud is stomp on the Undertaker’s casket and take an very dangerous looking bump directly on said casket. By build up appearances, Lesnar looks goofy and unprepared for what’s coming. I’m supposed to believe that this Brock, the not so tough Brock, is going to break the streak? UNLIKELY.

The complete failure of the WWE build machine to give us a memorable story to go with this dream WM match makes me a sad panda. There are millions of directions this could’ve gone, but WWE is unable (or unwilling) to go there. Why? I will never get it. WWE’s emphasis on incomplete storytelling is comparable to me buying a really good book and ripping up the books pages before I finish the story. WWE, why do you do that?

I wish I were more excited for this match than I actually am.

Winner: The Undertaker

The Shield vs Kane and The NOA:

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While I feel overwhelming disappointment in Taker vs Brock build, I feel nothing but white hot rage at The Shield having to face NOA and Kane. As angry as I am at NOA, I have nothing but love for The Shield. They are a perfect team that has been handled perfectly by the powers that be in WWE. From a fangirl perspective, I am incredibly  happy that The Shield get to go to Wrestlemania and show off their collective talent on the big show. If anybody is deserving of a marquee match, it’s them.

No, my anger is reserved for NOA. For as much as I’ve seen their presence at WM defended, I cannot defend it this year. The NOA are a glaring example of a long standing problem in WWE. The reliance of “old guys” who are long past their shelf life due to a lack of viable under-card. WWE seems totally unable to cut the cord of reliance of men like NOA, and the fans suffer for that. Since the undercard of this Wrestlemania is looking particularly weak this year, this is my opportunity to vent my  displeasure at two men who are long past their prime getting a match on this show when I could name 5 different men in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal who deserve to be in this match AND could put on a better match than NOA are capable of giving. WWE’s reliance on old stars is a cheap, lazy way of trying to dig themselves out of a talent hole instead of doing the right thing and, you know, actually building up a decent undercard and giving them the time to shine.

In WWE’s world, it’s start and stop momentum for guys like Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, but millions of opportunities get tossed in the direction of two men who shouldn’t even be looking in the direction of a wrestling ring, let alone actually being in one and performing. There’s no one else other than the men who aren’t on Wrestlemania that suffer, and I would prefer to see the new crop rise to the top instead of rehasing nostalgia for a lack of anything more creative. WWE, you could do better.

Winners: The Shield

 

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

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It’s a large battle royal with a giant trophy gifted to the winner, but what is this match really about? Is it a feel good match? Does the winner of this match get to go on and do something important like wrestle at SummerSlam? Because from everything I’ve heard, none of these things are happening. To me, this is an very solid group of men put in the match to grab a Mania payday. Which is great if WWE is trying to be fair. But for me, I’ve grown very tired of battle royal style matches, and I see far too many talented men in this match that could very well have their own singles match at mania instead of being lumped in with each other.

Will this be particularly memorable? I doubt it.  I don’t mean that I want this match to be bad, but these men clearly deserve much better than this. Not everyone can be at the top, but some of these men certainly don’t belong here.

Winner: Damien Sandow

 

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 of my Wrestlemania predictions! They’re coming soon.

Quick Thoughts on the 2014 Royal Rumble

Hey gang. The Royal Rumble is in the history books, and these are my thoughts on tonight’s show. Forgive me if I forgot something major or if this isn’t the neatest looking post show review from me. I’m tired.

1) Unfortunately, my Twitter account got banned from posting during most of the rumble, and I had no backup account to tweet the goings on. So, if you wondered where the hell I went during the show, that’s where I was. I will be rectifying this mistake and making an jailed account right after I push send on this post. Moving on.

2) John Cena vs Randy Orton

What a mess this turned into. I went into this match ambivalent about what would happen or who would win, but the 2nd biggest shock of the night was the live crowd turning on both participants and chanting for Divas, Y2J, Randy Savage (and others that I can’t remember) and vocally letting Cena and Randy know that their efforts weren’t needed. I haven’t heard such a visceral reaction since Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg at Wrestlemania 20.

It was the type of reaction that took me out of the match, and combined with my feeling of not wanting to see this in the first place, this was the worst match of the night by default. I felt sorry for Cena and Orton while they were working, but clearly the fans are tired of seeing these two wrestle. BUT, there was something fantastic that happened at the end of this match that made up for things.

3) Post John Cena vs Randy Orton

I’ve read spoilers for the “big 6” Wrestlemania matches, and one of them was Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Which I promptly dismissed because THAT is ridiculous, right? Wrong.

Bray Wyatt, that beautiful son of a bitch, cost Cena the match and beat Cena like he smacked his child. Which I loved. After a wonderful performance earlier in the night with Daniel Bryan (more on that later on),  I think it’s high time for Bray to make his way into the main event spotlight. He’s got a great character, he’s convincing, and I consider him one of the best talkers of the past 10 years. He can go toe to toe with John Cena. The real question is how to approach a match of this caliber. Which is a totally different and longer article that I’ll be writing another day.

4) Brock Lesnar vs Big Show

Another match I wasn’t into. Thankfully, it was kept short. Big Show can be good at times, but I have not even the slightest inkling to see him wrestling Brock. Two big men colliding and struggling to hit finishing moves on each other isn’t very entertaining for me. Moving on.

5) The Rumble

SO MANY FEELINGS.  But here’s the more pressing of my thoughts from the Rumble.

-I’m very sad Daniel wasn’t in it.  The crowd wanted him, people and animals at home wanted him there, and I think he should’ve been in it. But he had a good match with Bray tonight, and I can accept the fact that him and Bray stole the show right from the beginning.

– The fact that Batista won the Rumble is complete horseshit. I’m pretty upset that he did win, quite frankly. But, I’m willing to do something shocking. I’m shelving my shock/anger and seeing where this story will take us. The internet is far too quick to be angry when something doesn’t go it’s way, and Wrestlemania is all about building to the big finale. It’ll be a slow build, but I have faith that the WWE will eventually tell an interesting story. I, however, have zero faith in Batista’s wrestling ability at this point, and would have rather seen Roman Reign’s win tonight.

– We all got our crazy Kofi elimination spot. Happy now?

– No NXT stars but Rusev get to be in the Rumble? Okay then.

6) Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt

The match of the show. So many different feelings going on in this match. For something that didn’t have “build” or a “story” or whatever smarky words we like to use, it cannot be denied that this was a great match. Bryan can wrestle his ass off, and Bray was allowed to be more vicious than I can ever remember him being in a match. Bray needed to be this tonight. We all need to see the evil in this man, and we need to believe that he’s unpredictable. There were so many times I cringed, covered my eyes or yelled at my computer when a big hit came. Daniel being Sister Abigailed into the barricade was just flat out awesome. I had a good feeling from the beginning about the match, and my two favorite stars delivered. I don’t know how this worked so well, but it just did. Match of the night, year, century? We shall see.

 

Those are my quick thoughts on the show. What did you think of the Royal Rumble this year? Did it live up to your expectations or leave you wanting more?

2013: A Kick in the Head

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*Although I didn’t intend for this blog post to turn out the way that it did, this entry is kind of a personal one. I talk about wrestling, but this story is more about the journey I made last year and how wrestling fit into all that. For those not interested in reading about the personal parts of my personal life, click the x at the top of the this page and that solves the problem. Thanks.

So sorry to have been away from you for so long, blog. I wouldn’t leave without good reason, so allow me to explain myself.

You see, around the time I started Absolute Smark (June 2013?), I had nothing going on professionally. I was working a job I hated, surrounded by people I hated, and I chose to deal with my problems by focusing on a project that had nothing to do with my career, but one that make me happy. Happy for me is plunking down in front of the tube every Monday and watching Raw and expressing my thoughts on the show or reacting to wrestling news. Or, more accurately, I chose to ignore how I felt and gloss over my IRL career issues. That only worked for a little while.

Once I turned off the computer and all the wrestling talk stopped, I was still completely miserable. I had no idea what to do to make things better for myself. Jobs don’t grow on trees theses days, so I made a decision to stick things out at work and hope for the best. However, my job at that time allowed me to make detailed blog posts about wrestling, and for that reason, this blog was created and ran for as long as it did without interruption last year.

Then, unfortunately, I had a health scare. Nothing extremely serious and all my body parts are still intact, but it made me take some time to reevaluate what was truly important to me. What’s important is my family. Realizing this, I chose to step back from writing and watching wrestling and focus more on being a wife and taking care of my health. Which, again, worked only for a little while. Health wise, I’m doing much better than I was. I was tired, sick and full of stress and anxiety. 2013 was a year full of hurt for me, and things only got better at the tail end.

September of last year, I got promoted at work. This promotion meant moving to a different department from the one I currently worked for. I moved away from the people I hated to a department with bunch of people that I didn’t know. This promotion also meant more money, better and not so late hours, and a chance to start from scratch. Naturally, I dove in headfirst and focused only on making a good impression professionally, and that has paid off tremendously. I was able to attain another pay raise despite only being in the department for 3 months, and I can tell the people I work with respect me. That does wonders for your well-being. I went from being completely nerve wracked and totally unsure of myself and my abilities, to having no stress or worries at all. It was a welcome change. But, one good thing lead to something else.

At the time of my promotion, I grew more and more disappointed in how the Daniel Bryan “good for business” storyline was playing itself out. Daniel Bryan is a big reason why I got so heavily back into wrestling in the first place, and I thought him not holding a championship was unacceptable. (Yes, I am nearly 30 years old and throwing hissy fits about my favorite wrestler not being champion.That is extremely lame, and I apologize.)

Anyway, Daniel not being champion in the neat time period that I had set for him to hold the belt disappointed me in that funny way that only wrestling does, so I chose to step away from watching until he did something “meaningful.”

Deep down inside, I knew that I would never truly be able to quit wrestling. As you can see by this post, I’ve finally decided to come back. But my return will not be the way that you’ve grown accustomed to. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle both my writing and keeping up with the endless hours of WWE programming that occur every week. Between figuring out how to juggle and my own personal aspirations for what I want my wrestling writing to me, I cannot say for certain that I will always have a Raw report or always be here at this site at all. My intentions are good, but I only have so many waking hours in a day that I can actually do the things I really enjoy. Believe me, if I were able to be paid to keep this blog up, my heart and soul would remain here always.

So. That brings me to 2014 is upon us. My 30th birthday is on Monday, and I have more confidence in my writing abilities than I have ever. Meaning, in my whole life, this is the year where I finally feel confident enough in my abilities to make some headway in the world. I think this year will be time for me to explore what impact I would like to make on the written (and verbal?) world of wrestling and how I would like to be remembered. Naturally, I want to do the very best that I can. My only fear is failure to do what I want to do.

I’ve decided to make some New Year’s Resolution’s for Absolute Smark and the overall goals of my “professional” wrestling writing.

I, Shanna Harris, resolve to do the following with Absolute Smark:

1. Write at least one entry on my general thoughts on wrestling once per month. If I can manage more than that, so be it.

I, Shanna Harris, have also set some goals for myself not involving this site:

1) To appear on one wrestling related podcast. Be it with Ring-Rap, or someplace else.

2) To attain more than 100 Twitter followers.

These rather small goals are what I hope to be jumping points to attaning a dream that I’ve long nursed: To write on a regular basis about wrestling (possibly making money while doing so?). It’s a little dream, but one that’s eluded me for a long time. Hopefully writing everything down will help me remember and realize what I can do and what I have left to do.

I apologize for being gone for so long, but I am not dead as some may have feared. I look forward to seeing where this New Year takes me.

If you’ve click this page looking for updates, wondering for news, or just plain curiosity, thank you. I appreciate that you care, and I hope that 2014 will be a year of growth, and not regression.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and watch Daniel Bryan join the Wyatt Family.

–Shanna

Monday Night Lessons: What I learned from needing attention, The Wisconsin IWC and Raw in general (8-5-2013)

So. Here we are. Another Raw in the record books and we’re that much closer to Summerslam.

That being said, I’m not even going to pretend that I enjoyed this week’s show. I didn’t. From the virtually silent wisconsin crowd, to the abundance of countouts and DQ’s, yesterday’s show was a baffling viewing experience.

Let’s go over the good (and bad) together.

1. An inferno match??!??

The Wyatt Family

The best news coming out of last night’s Raw is that Kane and Bray Wyatt might be competing in a ring of fire match at Summerslam.

While matches like The Elimination Chamber and Money in the Bank are familiar territory, WWE deciding on an inferno match with Kane and The Wyatt Family is the best match type that any of us could imagine.

Kane, when he isn’t cuddly, is a brutal monster. Like when he threw Rob Van Dam through a wall and set Jim Ross on fire. Unpredictable, crazy Kane is super entertaining.

Bray Wyatt is Jim Jones and every psychologically intimidating cult leader you’ve ever read about wrapped into one big package. Add in Kiran and Rowan s’s his silent but brutal partners (numbers!) and you’ve got a match with the potential to put the Wyatt’s on the map. Targeting Kane is one thing, but making me think that you have a chance of beating him when all the evidence says you shouldn’t is what makes The Wyatt Family so special.

Get excited, everyone. This match is going to be HUGE.

2. The Best vs Paul freakin Heyman next week!

This right here is one of the few things that I enjoyed last night. Punk vs Brock was sold for me when Heyman threw the ladder at Punk at MITB, but there’s always that little something extra when you get to hear Brock and Heyman speak. This promo solidifies that this Summerslam match will be as brutal as anything we’ve ever witnessed.

I can’t WAIT!

And I’ll be praying for Paul Heyman in his match next week against Punk. He’ll need all the positive energy he can get to get through that match. Our will Brock be the equalizer that we expect him to be?

3. Everything is wrong with the Diva’s division. Again.

Layla

I don’t know what it is that I don’t like about Layla teaming up with AJ, but it’s rubbing me the wrong way.

Perhaps it’s because I thought that AJ’s problem with Kaitlyn was taking her title and playing mind games with her until Kaitlyn cracked. That hasn’t happened yet, and I’m puzzled as to why that aspect of the story is off the table.

Another problem is Layla’s reason for betraying Kaitlyn. Layla simply wants attention. Okay, terrific.

Almost every single divas storyline revolves around someone wanting attention. Layla, who is beautiful and quirky, should get attention. But this story just doesn’t feel right. I like my own AJ/Layla/Kaitlyn story much better. Because my story builds to something interesting.

Layla also has zero momentum right now. How is this possible? Someone ad talented as she is should not be greeted by the sounds of crickets chirping.

These girls have the chance to make me eat my words with matches, promos and a little more betrayal. Let’s hope that happens.

I’d like to see more stuff like this only with Layla involved somehow:

4. Another awful Divas segment.

This promo is everything I hate about WWE’s attempts at writing for women. Hate, hate, hate it!

E, a network that has nothing to do with wrestling, is making stars out of these girls, but the WWE brass can’t seem to climb out of their enduring hole of sexism long enough to match a minute and thirty second diva segment worth more than a bucket of chicken at KFC.

You can only blame the talent for so long until you take a cold hard look at the situation and realize that sometimes these girls are sat up to fail. It’s an infuriating realization.

4. Daniel Bryan eating meat doesn’t make him more corporate

I understand what WWE is trying to do with Daniel by making him the guy who does what he wants and he’s the best (and hopefully will win) because of that. I get it. But I’ve been sold on Bryan vs Cena since Cena said ”I choose Daniel Bryan”

How about we spend less time on this and more time doing something other than finding sneaky ways to humiliate Wade Barrett?

5. Cody Rhodes has a present for Damien Sandow

Damien & Cody

This absolutely and totally bombed in front of the live crowd in Wisconsin last night, but I don’t care. Nothing in the world can make me hate Cody vs Damien at this point.

That being said, I’m tired of seeing my perfectly coiffed MITB pick as a disheveled mess. I can only hope that our savior has something up his sleeve next week.

6. Alberto Del Rio kicks the bucket.

Del Rio

I have big problems with WWE’s decision to break up Alberto and Ricardo. The main problem is that this little beatdown was completely unnecessary. Why did Alberto suddenly decide to beat Ricardo so viciously? It’s just bizarre.

If this leads to Ricardo interference that will eventually lead into Alberto vs Ricardo, I won’t be so upset. But I doubt that’s where this will end.

Raw overall: I hate to be the overly negative smark, but I didn’t like this show. Raw is starting to feel more and more like a burden at a three hour viewing time, and all that extra time is focused on super lengthy Cena promos and Stephanie McMahon crying backstage. You know, the stuff I don’t want to see.

Thank goodness that next week is the Summerslam go home show, because I’ve got to have a good Summerslam experience this year. WWE has some strong matches on tap for this PPV, so there’s no reason to be squandering interesting stories this late in the game.
And those are your Monday lessons.

Stay tuned for my NXT Review, and other interesting observations from the world of wrestling.

Until next time.