When Ryback attacked John Cena, the already-wild crowd came absolutely unglued on WWE Raw. If that was supposed to be a heel turn on Ryback’s part, the fans are still 100% behind him. It is painfully obvious that once again, John Cena is going to be shoved down our throats despite his increasingly mixed reactions. My question is, should the WWE embrace his status as a tweener? Booking a tweener in any other instance would probably not work, but the WWE’s hand is forced on this one. I think the general consensus is that Cena will remain untouchable, but to the crowd, he’s expendable. Should the WWE blur the lines with him?
John Cena is already a tweener as WWE constantly acknowledges the split crowd reactions and bill him as the WWE Superstar that garners a reaction like no one else is capable of getting. We’ve all fantasized about an all-out heel turn for Cena but it just isn’t going to happen (at least not anytime soon). This program with Ryback is supposed to turn Ryback heel as he’s been pushing for it for months. What I don’t get, and what I think a lot of fans are giving a pass, is the fact Ryback went under to Mark Henry at Wrestlemania yet is now challenging for the WWE Championship. Am I the only one that feels this makes no sense? Ryback couldn’t beat Punk at Hell in a Cell, he couldn’t beat Punk or Cena at Survivor Series, he was winless against The Shield, jobbed to Mark Henry and now we’re supposed to buy him as a viable contender at Extreme Rules? It’s going to be interesting to follow because Ryback is over as a babyface despite the fact he’s accomplished nothing in terms of wins in WWE.
Is it just me or do Jack Swagger’s promos seem racist?
The entire point of the Jack Swagger/Zeb Colter gimmick is to over-accentuate the Tea Party movement in the United States, presenting Colter and Swagger as xenophobic/borderline racists that are intolerable to anyone different to them. It’s meant to spark controversy and outrage and did early on. The gimmick has lost steam but the connotations you are asking about are what is intended.
Why didn’t WWE have Alberto Del Rio drop the World Heavyweight Championship to Dolph Ziggler at Wrestlemania instead of on Raw the following night?
I can’t explain WWE’s decision to delay Dolph Ziggler “cashing in” the Money in the Bank briefcase but we can speculate it was done to throw people off. One thing Ziggler was asked in media interviews throughout last week and into the weekend was if he would be “cashing in” at Wrestlemania. Ziggler continued to talk about it, making many feel like because it was such a talking point that WWE wouldn’t do it to avoid the obvious. We can also talk about how Wrestlemania was already overbooked and there wouldn’t have been time to do it. Another point worthy of discussion would be how much WWE benefitted from delaying it because not only did they avoid the obvious but they were able to utilize the ultra hot crowd at Raw. With all this being said would Dolph Ziggler be able to escape the week of TVs as World Heavyweight Champion? We have full Smackdown taping results online at this link.
Considering how well The Undertaker appeared and performed in his match at Wrestlemania 29 do you see him wrestling any further events this year, perhaps as part of a tag team against the Shield at Extreme Rules?
Despite the tease on this week’s Raw, as of this writing, Undertaker is not in the plans for Extreme Rules next month. Things are always subject to change and we never say never in this business but WWE did what they did on Raw to keep people talking. Undertaker surprised me at Wrestlemania 29. Not only did he appear in better shape than he looked to be at the WWE live event back in February but he proved he hasn’t “lost a step” and is still capable of headlining major WWE pay-per-views. I’m almost “ashamed of myself” for doubting him and pushing for WWE to put CM Punk over and end the streak. I honestly had no idea he had that much left in the tank and he absolutely has more matches left in him.
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