Injuries Occurring In Matches, Orton Pulled From TV?, The Shield, Booking TLC

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When a wrestler has an injury during a televised match (e.g. Cody Rhodes), how is the decision made to continue the match? In Cody's case, how is the decision made "on the fly" to continue the match, but without tagging Cody back in?

Injuries happen and that is one of the reasons for referees being involved in matches. In the case of Cody Rhodes, he was visibly injured and Damien Sandow didn't tag him back in. When an injury occurs during a singles match, it is common for the workers to "go-home quick" which is an alternative finish that goes directly to the end of the match so the injured worker can receive medical attention. If the injury is serious, the referee will stop the match and immediately signal to the back medical assistance is needed. All and all it's up to the workers and referees to communicate what is going on in the ring and make the decision on the fly.

What's up with Randy Orton? Why was he not featured on WWE television this week?

Randy Orton is advertised for this Saturday's WWE Smackdown live event in Columbia, South Carolina. We haven't heard why he didn't work this week's TVs but I did notice he was not included in the list of official advertised talent as of Tuesday afternoon. There is no reason to speculate further and if there is anything to it, we'll pass it along.

I have a question about The Shield. Do you think they will go far or will they be split up into singles competitors?

I saw three stars in the first Shield interview segment on this week's WWE Raw. I want to be careful because looks can be deceiving, but these guys are the "cream of the crop" of WWE's deep developmental system. We already know Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have amazing in-ring talent and while I haven't see a lot of Roman Reigns' work, he's got the look. No one knows how successful The Shield will be but these guys provide reassurance the company has no shortage of future talent.

With two screwy finishes to the last two WWE pay-per-view main events involving Ryback, how are they going to book the match at WWE TLC?

I've been a very vocal critic of the way the last two WWE pay-per-view main events have been booked. There is really no reason for me to say it again but Ryback needed a victory to establish himself as a viable main eventer. WWE will have their third straight month of a match impossible to book with Punk needing to go over and Ryback needing to look strong. Despite the booking, Ryback is more over now than he's been but it's playing with fire.

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  • The Awesome James

    I disagree with your thoughts on the Ryback booking issues. If he'd won at HIAC, people would have been complaining that he wasn't ready. If he'd won at Survivor Series, people would be complaining that Punk had had his year long reign robbed off him, and no doubt speculation would be rife as to why. In addition to that, it's worked for both men as Punk gets the extra heat from the shenanigans-related finishes, while Ryback gets more sympathy/support from the crowd as he is constantly getting screwed from outside influences. In addition, we may see Brad Maddox as a recurring character, and it's been a good way to introduce Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose.

    I know it's fun to bash WWE for their booking, and it's a really easy thing to do, and it no doubt gets you a few more hits on your site when you do it, but personally I think they've gotten this one right. I do agree that it's hard to move forward from here though, I don't know if they can get away with a third screwy finish in a row.

    Hotshotting Cena/Ziggler to RAW with an inevitable mixed-tag on PPV, however, they've definitely got the wrong way round.

    • Ray

      Yep, there you go. They can keep building Ryback on the gimmick of "Constantly getting screwed" then they can figure it out from there.

    • The Breaker

      It is pretty much impossible to please everyone in the IWC. That goes especially for booking a character like Ryback. I am not a fan of the likelihood we get three consecutive screwy finishes for the championship at PPV events, but it is clear that Punk's extended title reign is more important to the writers right now then getting Ryback to the next level. I agree with that line of thinking on principle, but Ryback can only lose so much until he gets pushed back to mid-card. And we all know how WWE treats guys in that position. My biggest fear is that Ryback ends up as a sideshow attraction, and nothing more. He is incredibly over, and WWE creative has to stop missing opportunities like this if they want to regain our faith.

    • Patou28

      Even more simple … let's just call a vote… who wants to see Ryback vs The Rock … I know I don't want to … having Ryback loose cleanly would've killed his momentum also so the screwjob was the only way to go,so now Ryback still looks strong,both wrestler keep their momentum and we're 1 PPV away from the Rumble

      • Wu'teh

        I wonder if we'll see something like this;

        Punk retains dirty again at TLC and faces The Rock at RR. Punk retains against The Rock clean, adding even more prestige to his title reign, and then Ryback wins the rumble match. However, Ryback doesn't want to wait until 'Mania and goes over Punk at Elimination Chamber giving him a short reign before he either loses the belt at 'Mania or retains against a strong opponent to further legitimise him as a main event wrestler.

        That said I would not like to see Ryback going into 'Mania as champ. Punk should retain at least until then.

  • Shawn Murphy

    While I understand how much the IWC is in love with Ambrose and Rollins, I see Reigns as the early star of the group. While Rollins has amazing talent in the ring, he fell incredibly flat in his verbal skills in the promo on Raw. I have only seen limited Dean Ambrose matches, but from what I did, he seems to out-do Daniel Bryan in terms of in ring ability. In terms of mic skills, I can see him hanging with the best on the mic. But only since the Rock and maybe Jericho has there been a star based on amazing mic skills. Look at Ziggler. Look at Miz. Look at Cody Rhodes. All of these people have incredible mic skills and are still upper mid card workers. That makes me think that will also happen to Ambrose. With Reigns though, you have the look. You have the charisma (based on him being from the Anoa‘i family. Plus it doesn‘t hurt that you fit the mold of a VKM “main eventer“. And from the 3 attacks so far, he‘s the one I remembered when Raw went off the air.

  • craig

    I am still pissed that we never got our true blowoff to Cena-Punk. Last year HHH and the cash in screwed that up and this year they didnt get to follow their amazing noc match (which was up in buys from last year) with the end all be all hiac blow off match. it was the first time that the hiac ppv lined up when it was needed in the storyline.

    • H.M.

      You're forgetting Cena's injury that resulted in Ryback competing at HIAC. He was initially the backup plan if Cena couldn't compete.

  • Michael

    Is it possible that keeping Orton off TV is going to work towards him turning heel? (Just an opinion but what if Orton had another feud with Hunter?)

  • Spike westphal

    They could book ryback to win th wwe title from punk and have home drop it back to punk just before the royal rumble or they could do a injury storey line were ryback out if action for 30 days

  • Ken

    Reigns is pretty good from what I've seen in NXT/FCW. He's not a technical wrestler of the same calibre as Ambrose or Rollins but he knows what he's doing in there and he's had some great matches, and obviously he's got the heritage behind him being an Anoa'i. I suspected he'd be called up sooner rather than later.

    There's a lot of great young workers down in NXT at the moment with a lot of potential.
    IRS' kids are down there. Vader's kid is down there. Richie Steamboat. I like the look of The Ascension at the moment. Leo Kruger's impressed me during his feud with Reigns/Leakee.
    They'll bring Big E. Langston up some point relatively soon, I think, if he doesn't get injured. I would. I'd pair him with Mark Henry as a heel and have Henry mentor him.

    The only problem I have with the modern NXT is that the stuff I'm watching is taped, and taped quite a while ago at that (Jinder Mahal's still doing his routine with the turban in the box, for example), and mixed around a lot. Thye really need a little weekly show somewhere with up to date content that matches Raw/SD continuity. I can understand why the old NXT got chopped but the new NXT is a different beast entirely.

  • jambo masai from kenya

    I thnk randy orton is the true leader of the shield. Wat a great way to turn him heel.

  • Tim

    That’s why it’s a tlc so Ryback can lose. But not look weak cause punk won’t get a fall on him.

  • Btb

    I just hope they get Punk past Ryback soon. I’m sick of chicken shit heel punk.

  • Bryan

    I think Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are easily the best 3 wrestlers in the company, based on in ring talent. Anyone who thinks that the WWE doesnt have enough talent would be foolish to think so. Plus Damien Sandow and Antonio Cesaro are great workers too, but not on the level of those 3. Ambrose's talking skills in the promo the other night were great, plus if you've seen any of his promos he cut in the developmental organization, you know he can talk just as well as he can wrestle, I think he is being portrayed as the leader of The Shield.

  • jerry

    Best thing going for WWE is Randy Orton and they have used him awful.