What are your thoughts on the finish of CM Punk vs. Ryback from WWE Hell in a Cell?
I thought the finish to CM Punk vs. Ryback at Hell in a Cell was lazy, nonsensical and very poorly done. This isn’t an issue about having Punk retain while not making Ryback look weak. This is an issue of the undefeated superstar taking a loss in his first relevant match as a main event performer. Punk came out looking like the cowardly heel but why should anyone be scared of 0-1 Ryback? As I pointed out here in Richard Reacts, it completely lacked logic for the referee to be able to stop Ryback from Shell-shocking Punk. If Ryback is who they say he is, he destroys the referee without cause. The main event could not have come off worse and despite working the best he could, the booking assured no progress for Ryback as a viable main event wrestler.
What are your thoughts on Big Show as World Heavyweight Champion? Will it be a successful reign or abbreviated?
I haven’t heard the plan for Big Show as World Heavyweight Champion but the good news is he left Hell in a Cell without Dolph Ziggler “cashing in” as that’s something that was talked about at length going into the weekend. We noted here when we spoiled the title change the plan was to continue the program of Sheamus vs. Big Show. With that being said Big Show and Sheamus stole the show with the best match of the night.
Who was the referee in CM Punk vs. Ryback at Hell in a Cell?
The referee in the ring that cost Ryback the WWE Championship was Brad Maddox. Maddox is a former WWE developmental worker turned referee. He’s the referee that did the angle on the September 17th episode of WWE Raw where Cena pinned CM Punk (in a tag match also involving Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio) with Punk’s foot on the ropes. I expect this to resurface based on the way Maddox was booked at the pay-per-view and was probably the reason he was used.
Is 2013 the year WWE will induct Leon “Vader” White into the WWE Hall of Fame?
The only name I’ve heard contacted for next year’s Hall of Fame is Bruno Sammartino and he said no. I’m sure we’ll hear much more leading into next year.
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