I feel ever since John Cena did not successfully cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase the match has lost prestige. What are your thoughts?
If it would have been an up and coming worker that did not successfully “cash in” the Money in the Bank briefcase by winning the title, I would have been very critical of WWE’s booking of the match stipulation. Given the circumstances, along with the fact it was John Cena, I do not feel the prestige of the gimmick was hurt. Cena is going to be a main event star and as you can see, will still be challenging for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
Was Alex Riley’s win on Raw a one time thing or is this a turnaround for his career?
The way WWE booked Alex Riley over Dolph Ziggler on this week’s Raw was more that Dolph lost the match than Riley won it. Chris Jericho even mentioned on commentary how long it’s been since Riley has gone over in a match. A win certainly doesn’t hurt Alex Riley, however, I’m not sure his win was meant to be anything other than Jericho distracting Ziggler.
This week’s WWE Raw was advertised as “Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night” but he was hardly featured. Why was this?
The real “Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night” took place after this week’s WWE Raw went off the air as we have a live report here and footage available here. The entire gimmick was done as a way to get Shawn Michaels involved in Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam as WWE is always looking for ways to use Shawn in non-wrestling capacities. There was actually talk about Lesnar taking out Shawn on Raw 1000 but it was cut during one of the many re-writes.
Do you think Chris Jericho’s current program with Dolph Ziggler is going to be his last before taking another hiatus from WWE and who do you see going over who in the storyline? My money is on The Showoff.
Chris Jericho’s program with Dolph Ziggler is his final before taking another hiatus to tour with Fozzy. The correct way to book it would be for Ziggler to go over as a “passing of the torch” but I’ll also be the first to admit that I am not high up on Jericho as a babyface. Jericho is talented enough to play both but I have a hard time buying him as a babyface given how great he is as a heel.
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