Brock Cena

I wish John Cena was consistently as ruthless as he was tonight. Those German suplexes to Bray Wyatt were a nice touch from the 16 he took at Summerslam. And don’t even get me started on his clotheslines. For once, he’s doing something in the ring the way it should be done. Look at those AAs. Look at those STFs. Look at how he sells during and after a match.

I was one of those people that didn’t want this match between Cena and Wyatt to happen. Wyatt was a star on the rise until he was in a feud with Cena. Then we know what happened. Cena’s the man that doesn’t give up – him staying down for a 10 count would’ve been a contradiction to his character. It would’ve been a contradiction his kiddie fans weren’t going to deal with.

So that was that. Wyatt has been irrelevant ever since. I wrote an article about Jericho’s return as something WWE only did to keep Wyatt relevant. It didn’t work. Their feud had no heat whatsoever with the crowd. Just why were they even feuding? Even in kayfabe, there was never a real explanation for that.

But that was then. Wyatt’s not in the title picture but Cena is… against BROCK LESNAR. Wyatt is not in any interesting feuds at the moment. He probably won’t be anytime soon. Cena on the other hand is going to be in the main event of Night of Champions. See the difference?

 

The Future of NFL Video Games

As many gamers know, Madden is currently the only NFL game out there. There’s no new NFL 2K and there will probably never be again – EA can pay the NFL to renew the exclusive contract they have had since Madden 06. Many fans are crying for the days of NFL 2K5, when the game cost $20 and the presentation and gameplay were off the charts. If that’s the case, I don’t see why you someone wouldn’t have the game and update rosters like this:

Instead of suggesting that the complainers are… complaining, I have a solution for them out there.

Now I recently heard someone suggest the idea of EA making Madden every 3 years, instead of churning it out like it’s Call of Duty. In theory, that sounds great until you realize how much less money EA would be making from that. No sensible person can possibly suggest something like that. What was even worse was the idea that EA charges a “fee” for the roster updates in the years they weren’t coming up with a new Madden. For fans, this would be a dream but EA would never pull through with it. They made $60 million in sales from Madden 25 in the FIRST week. And this is a game many claimed to be the carbon copy of Madden 13, which made even MORE money in the first week.

A Resurrection?

I said in my previous post that Bray Wyatt has jumped the shark as a character. That may still be true but what happened today may throw a dent in that. Chris Jericho, who hasn’t been seen in WWE in over a year, made an appearance. Long story short, the Wyatt Family attacked him. Erick Rowan rammed him into the corner before pushing him into a vicious big boot from Luke Harper. Bray left him laying with a Sister Abigail.

The promos that these two (Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt) can cut make me very optimistic about this feud. Jericho’s probably coming back just to elevate Wyatt (who clearly needs it) because it’s not like he hasn’t done everything there’s to do in the WWE.

That may be the issue. Jericho has lost to the likes of JTG, Ryback and Fandango CLEANLY. These are under-carders. Their wins over Jericho haven’t exactly made them big stars. JTG stayed JTG. Ryback was turned into a heel punching bag for the great CM Punk. Fandango got injured and hasn’t really been the same.

I could see Bray feuding with Dean Ambrose down the line and I’m sure that would be a great feud with legendary promos. But that’s a future that may never happen. Right now, Jericho seems to be the guy that’s just here to salvage Wyatt.

It makes no sense but why not try it?

A Eulogy

The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

Last night, John Cena became a 15-time World Champ. He won like it was nothing. He no-sold the whole match but that’s another story. It’s not the first time this happened.

Since Cena was the winner, I’m here to talk about the loser of the ladder match yesterday – Bray Wyatt. Spare me the lecture about how it was a ladder match and nobody’s ever a clear cut loser. A few months ago, I saw Wyatt as someone who was gaining a lot of momentum. He was going to be in a program with John Cena. He was going to have a match with him at Wrestlemania and he was going to win. Then reality hit me.

He didn’t need that win. His “legacy” would’ve been secure without it.

Then Wyatt started singing in every promo. It was sleep-inducing if you didn’t change the channel. I didn’t expect it to play a big role in the buildup to the Extreme Rules match with Cena but it did. There was an opening segment the go-home RAW with a bunch of kids singing “He’s got the whole world.” I swear that had to be some of the 10 worst moments I’ve ever seen on TV. This wasn’t “so bad it’s good.” This was cringe-worthy bad. Then the match happened at the PPV. It was the biggest disappointment on the show. The ending involved a little kid scaring Cena because Rowan, Harper and Wyatt apparently couldn’t do that themselves. It made the whole stable look weak.

Cena was obviously going to win the Last Man Standing match at the next PPV. If Wyatt didn’t win the briefcase or the title at Money in the Bank, he was done. And here we are today. He has neither. He has no more interesting faces to feud with and it doesn’t even look like he’s in the title picture. Alberto Del Rio symbolically super-kicked him out of the match yesterday. He has jumped the shark as a character.

 

 

It Was Jealousy All Along

I’ve seen many shoots by Jim Cornette where he talks about Vince Russo. It’s an obsession. It still hasn’t stopped to this day.

Russo was on Stone Cold’s podcast today and he told a story that made me think. Bruce Prichard had gone to WCW so now Creative was just Vince McMahon, Russo and Cornette. Cornette sounds like he’s stuck in the 80s – the era of the territories. Russo, from his booking, was apparently the type who always wanted to try something new. He’s a visionary in ways that Cornette never was. Russo told this story about how him and Cornette would always argue and it would take time away from writing the show. Then he says he went to Vince and basically asked him to choose between him and Cornette.

The next time Russo met with McMahon, Cornette was nowhere to be found. That was a win for Russo and certainly a win for the fans. People were bored of the crap Cornette had taken a part in writing.

Cornette was phased out for Russo and it still irks him to this day. There’s nothing in particular that Russo did. It’s just one of those “I don’t like him” situations. And the “why” that would explain that situation has already been answered. Russo will be remembered for not only the negatives but a lot of the positive stuff he contributed to the edgiest era in wrestling. Cornette may have been a good manager for tag teams in the 80s but outside of that, he’s a footnote. His Smokey Mountain Wrestling promotion didn’t last more than 3 years. His ideas on wrestling have been said to be antiquated by people from Shawn Michaels to Kevin Steen. He has been fired by every promotion he has worked for – look at the common denominator. His stubborn ways may make people respect him but the fact is nobody wants to do business with him.

You know, it’s easy to be too entertained by his shoot interviews to see the jealousy but give it time and you will.

The Rollins Turn

If Seth Rollins is just joining Evolution so he can plot against Triple H, that’s a bummer. The Shield have demolished the NAO and Kane. They have beaten Evolution on back to back PPVs. And now they have nowhere else to go. They’re not the nWo. They don’t have enough membership to split into two factions who will feud with each other. They’re not gonna run roughshod over the whole roster and bring about another wrestling boom. And I know that because I can count on one hand how many times The Shield have gotten monster reactions from the crowd. It would be cool if Ambrose turns on Reigns next and they all just become singles stars. If the WWE’s serious about Reigns being the next big thing, they can have him in programs with Rollins and Ambrose to build him up. Bringing back The Shield would be a cop out out of what could be a very good story. Back when Daniel Bryan joined the Wyatt Family, the WWE copped out of that two weeks later just because they heard people chanting YES at a college basketball game. We know head is very popular everywhere but does that mean Al Snow should ever have main-evented a PPV?

I’ve been a big proponent of breaking up The Shield since before Wrestlemania. They’re all very talented guys in their own way and I think each of them can be main-eventers. It would be great if WWE kept moving with Rollins’ betrayal of the group. It’s the most intriguing thing that has happened in wrestling this year.

It’s About Time

John Cena did it. Batista did it. Why can’t Daniel Bryan?

I heard he was going to appear at RAW next Monday. And that would be great if it was to relinquish the WWE title but that’s probably not gonna happen. He has a neck injury that’s not healing as well as doctors thought. Him wrestling a match at Money In The Bank would almost be like that AFC title game a few years ago. Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally won a playoff game and then another to earn a trip to New England. Rivers had a torn ACL and had an operation on it but he still played. Think about how stupid that was. Bryan wrestling a match with a bad neck would be just as stupid. What can he do? Definitely not a diving headbutt. Or a missile dropkick. Or a suicide dive. Isn’t that the majority of his move-set?

Let’s look at things in kayfabe. Stephanie keeps trying to get Bryan to relinquish the title. And the sad thing here is that even in kayfabe, Stephanie is right. Daniel Bryan should give up the title. It’s not like he’s just hurt, he’s injured. When John Cena got injured, his 380-day WWE title reign had to end. When Batista got injured, he had to go on Smackdown and relinquish the World Heavyweight title. It’s about time Bryan does the same thing. He’s a guy who only got where he got because of fans who thought they were bigger than the show. This was not a “We Want Flair” situation like what WCW had in ’91 and ’92. That was actually justified. This was a bunch of fans thinking that because they paid for tickets, they could dictate what happened in the show. And it’s too bad they apparently did. Otherwise, Batista would be the champion right now. WWE gave Bryan as much exposure as they could give any man. They had the YES movement for him. They had Occupy RAW for him. They had all these t-shirts for him. They even had him pin John Cena clean in the middle of the ring but it wasn’t enough. He had to have a legit reign as WWE Champion. What did people expect to happen next?