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.

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A Diva Money in the Bank? It could happen.

MITB

Money in the Bank has been one of my favorites since it first appeared at Wrestlemania 21. Since that time, the concept became so popular that it’s now it’s own pay per view.

What exactly is there not to love about Money in the Bank? There’s something special about seeing that briefcase dangling in the air, and watching 6 of WWE’s best wrestlers fight amongst themselves, plus scale a very tall ladder to grab it. Money in the Bank is unpredictable, exciting, and guarantees that all eyes will be glued on the winner for that next year. Matches like Money in the Bank solidify the importance of championships by making them worth throwing away reason and the possibility of bodily injury to beat the odds and get the briefcase. Money in the Bank makes stars, and it’s been proven time and again.

Why can’t this same logic apply to the WWE Divas? In my opinion, all championships are important, and the Divas championship is no exception.

I think WWE is long overdue in giving divas a Money in the Bank of their own.

Yes, I understand that MITB ladder matches are dangerous. And yes, I understand the current mindset is that the Divas are precious flowers who look pretty, but rarely get hurt. I get it. But let’s turn off the doubtful voices in our minds and explore the possibilities.

A Diva Money in the Bank would be no different than what we normally see. 6 of WWE’s best lady grapplers are put together in a ring, and eventually one will pull down a briefcase dangling high above the ring. In that briefcase is a guaranteed contract for a Divas Title match. The only difference is there will only be a red (not pink) briefcase since the Smackdown ladies division is basically the same as Raw.

All WWE would have to do is book it’s Divas with actual stories. None of this ridiculous cat fight, L on the forehead with fingers nonsense. Just a straight up ”I want my opportunity” booking. Then, you give them 20 minutes at Money in the Bank to make it happen.

As a Diva supporter, I can get behind this. Without going into the ”if the men can do it” argument, I think a Diva MITB would be a fresh way of looking at the current lady talent. This type of match would put the Divas division on a different level than ever before. It’s one thing for WWE to try something like this, have it fail, then never do it again. But they haven’t come close to match of this caliber for their current generation of women. I think it’s time for that to change.

What better way to show confidence in the women’s division than giving them the opportunity to make history? If WWE put on a match like this and the women involved made it work, everyone wins. A first ever MITB for a Divas Title contract has a nice ring to it.

And let’s not forget that ladies have done dangerous matches before. Remember Trish vs Victoria?

Fantasy booking is fun, but I think a Diva MITB has a real possibility of actually happening. In an age where TNA is putting on a ladder matches to determine a number one contender for their knockouts title, it’s not implausible that WWE can put on a Diva MITB. It’s too late to do it this year, but there’s always next year or any time after that. WWE talks about wanting to make stars and wanting to put on exciting matches, but as a company, they’re still woefully behind in cultivating ground breaking matchups such as this for their women. If I was a wrestler in WWE and someone told me that this was my one opportunity to have a match of this caliber, I’d be climbing that ladder just like the countless number of men who’ve done it in the past, and the men who will do it this Sunday.

I can only hope that sometime in my lifetime, my fantasy booking scenario will come true.

On a final note, if you were to ask me who I’d put in there, my answer would be simple. It’s a potent mix of current and former WWE talent.

1. Paige

Paige

2. AJ Lee

AJ Lee

3. Michelle McCool

Michelle McCool

4. Jazz

Jazz

5. Natalya

Natalya

6. Layla

LAYLA

Who would you like to see in a Diva Money in the Bank?