John Cena Failing To Win the WWE Title, Alex Riley’s Win, HBK Appreciation Night, Doubting Jericho As A Babyface

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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  • Van

    you say that A-RY's win over Ziggler could be just due to Dolph being distracted by Jericho,but remember that Ziggler got a win over Orton due to being distracted by Barrett

    • Paul

      Don’t think Ziggler is at ortons level…… Yet, I expect great things.

  • Brandon, South Africa

    Christian and Chris Jericho need to win the tag team belts… Maybe.

  • Voice of Wrestling

    WWE need a new upcoming baby face and Alex Riley does get an all right baby face reaction when he has no push at all

  • Tim

    Why was Kane upset after the match last night

    • William Shatner

      You've got a Creative Team that can't write their way wout of a bad soap opera these days. They can't think of anything to do with Kane, so they have him get angry. Why go against type?

  • HazMatt23

    What happened to the Cody Rhodes piece that was up and quickly taken down? I saw it, read another article, came back and it was gone.

    • Richard Gray

      Still online. Second page

  • Cheddar

    Hey Junior! What?! You don't like me as a face?! This is a conspiracy! I'm the man of 1,004 holds. I could beat you with one hand tied behind my back and Ralphus at the megabar!

  • OneShotDeal

    From what I understand, Jericho will be doing his "Highlight reel" segment on Smackdown, with Vickie and Dolph as the guests.

    If memory serves, the last time there was a highlight reel, HBK's head went through the Jeritron. I have a bad feeling for Chris that the roles may be somewhat reversed this time…

    • MonsterMike42

      Actually, I think it was in 2010 with Edge who ate a Codebreaker.

      • Energizer

        Edge did not received a codebreaker. Jericho smacked him with the WHC when he was about to deliver a spear.

  • Carvalho16

    '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?'

    That's a slightly hollow way of looking at it. Cena failing to cash in is a far better outcome than an up and coming talent failing to do it. Let's be honest if everyone who won the MITB Ladder Match always cashed in successfully then the gimmick may as well be renamed 'Title in the Bank', because that's what it felt like until Cena changed that.

    • CL

      So true

  • WNW FAN

    I think done right Jericho could be quite entertaining as a babyface. I think it could be very comical and he could easily make it work.

  • Daniel Lim'ass

    Instead of Cena winning the WWE Championship Money In The Bank they should've booked other person to win the briefcase and win the title after cashing it. Lets say, The Miz? They could've revived his career after becoming two times WWE Champion. Well, here I am as a part of IWC complaining and still…

  • smoothjj7

    Every time I get on here, it's more and more depressing, reading the "new" storylines and the character directions they are going is so sad. I mean they are making money which is great and all but the product has severely dropped off. I guess that's what happens though when you were raised around the best times for wrestling and now have to try and settle with this shell of the former giant it used to be, in retrospect to the product solely. .

  • Megan

    I think that due to alex rielys win over dolph ziggler I think that a-rye it going to put a- rye in a lot of matches like every week and he will a face

  • Sarcastic Smark 2.0

    Oh, Dolph Ziggler teamed with The Miz last week and faced Alex Riley this week? Smart way to keep consistent themes on Raw, WWE

  • JOHN

    he was an AWESOME baby face back in early 200 when he 1st came 2 the wwf/wwe from wcw

  • saif ashraf

    alex riley needs a push vince knows that not

  • Braxton

    I don't really feel the prestige has been tarnished, as technically Cena won the match by DQ. Nobody that's cashed in has ever lost. Streak's still there, and Punk's still champion.

  • Kevin

    Sorry to tell you, Richard, but the video of Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night after Raw went off the air has been deleted due to WWE Copyright issues. Would love to have seen it.