MITB Ladder Match Lackluster?, More Big WWE Departures Coming, Vickie’s Curtain Call, Cody Rhodes Capable Of More

The traditional Money in the Bank ladder match seems lackluster. Outside of Bad News Barrett, none of the participants have a favorable 2014 win/loss record. Assuming Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose take each other out, is Barrett the only logical choice to win?

I definitely see why you believe the Money in the Bank ladder match is lackluster as the participants were thrown together with no build. I captured a notable quote from backstage in my notes posted at this link. The MITB ladder match hinges on spectacular in-ring work, not on the storylines that precede it. Considering the match will include spectacular MITB workers such as Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, RVD, Seth Rollins, etc, you should be pleasantly surprised. If I’m booking, I’m putting Seth Rollins over all day long. I know they’ll have to blowoff Rollins/Ambrose before he “cashes in,” but it would only help in his elevation as a singles performer.

We know that CM Punk’s contract is up in July but what is the contract status of guys like Christian and Alberto Del Rio?

CM Punk is in the final weeks of his WWE Performer’s Contract. We updated on his status here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. Neither Christian nor Alberto Del Rio appear to be in WWE’s long-term plans, something that has been known for quite some time. The concern with Christian is in regards to his health, while Del Rio was always believed to have a short-lived run in WWE. Del Rio is a guy that came in very successful and wanted to prove himself at the top level. He hasn’t gone out of his way to generate strong ties in the locker room and his best friend (Drew McIntyre) was recently fired. So to answer your question, it’s a reasonable assumption to expect WWE to be without Punk, Del Rio and Christian some time next year.

Was it just me that popped for Vickie Guerrero on this week’s Monday Night Raw?

It wasn’t just you as I had a very positive reaction to Vickie Guerrero’s curtain call performance on this week’s Raw. Vickie is very talented and further proved her mic skills are on par with the best talkers in the business. I’ll miss her contributions but understand that she is looking forward to life after the business and commend her for that vision. As reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Vickie plans to pursue a career in medical administration.

What do you think of Cody Rhodes and his new gimmick as Stardust?

Stardust helps keep Cody Rhodes relevant at the midcard level. The Rhodes Brothers tag team was losing steam and Cody looked to be headed back to irrelevance. Cody’s work has been great and hopefully his successful run as Stardust will result in him getting a chance at more. I truly believe Rhodes is more than a midcard talent but he just needs an opportunity. Rhodes’ ability to get Stardust over proves his degree of talent.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: What are your thoughts on Evan Bourne getting suspended for the second time? - Evan Bourne’s 60-day suspension from WWE for his second violation of the company Wellness Policy is very unfortunate and has the potential to de-rail his promising career. One of the quickest ways for a worker to lose their fan base is to fail a Wellness test. I’ve found that very passionate wrestling fans have zero tolerance for guys with Wellness problems; however, as we’ve seen with Jeff and Matt Hardy, they can be very forgiving as well. The main thing Bourne needs to do right now is get his life straight and realize he’s literally got one more chance before his dreams are crushed. Bourne is a guy that has defied the odds because of his size and made WWE push him because of how over he was. However, he’s in very bad standing right now with two Wellness strikes and backstage heat to boot.

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  • K!NG

    Cody Rhodes has gotten over every thing wwe has asked him to do

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      He’s went above and beyond at every level.

      • Jbreed

        And yet he’s never gotten farther than the midcard. Only in the WWE.

        • Alex

          I still believe Cody will have his time. He’s still very young so he has plenty of time.

          • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

            I agree Alex. I think Cody has so much ahead of him. Kane wasn’t exactly top guy material when he first appeared to feud with his brother, and he’s been in the main event many times through the years.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I would actually say that 1998 was Kane’s peak – after that the character was watered down. The man may have improved in the ring since, but as far as the actual character goes, there is no Kane more impressive than his first 9 months when no one could stop him

        • J Vomkrieg

          I think his “high water mark” so far was the Main event of Hell in a cell 2009. Steel cage with Ted vs DX. Still, hes only 28 and has a lot more on his resume than many people older than him in WWE.

      • J Vomkrieg

        In a way, he is like Kane. The guy you can ask to do anything and he will just go out there and do it. He’s a real asset to the company. Will he be a main event headliner? Possibly not, but he’s one of those guys you keep in the company because he can work and he has the right attitude.

        And for the record, Glenn Jacobs is one of my favorite performers in WWE simply because of his work ethic.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          Beautifully stated!

          I was reading through the comments in the mod area, and had to come over and comment on what you said.

          I’ve been impressed with Cody’s consistency in the ring and on mic, but as Stardust, he’s blowing me away. He’s not trying to be Goldust, he’s being his own character, and selling it in a way I didn’t know Cody had in him. With Stardust, Cody is proving that he has what it takes to do anything the WWE asks of him, and not just doing it, but running with it, exactly the way Glenn Jacobs has for so many years.

  • David F

    The problem with Del Rio was that WWE was shoving him down fans throats and they didnt buy it. Plus he was very dependent on Ricardo for any type of reactions once Ricardo left no one cares. Plus his gimmick would have worked in the 80s but it is very outdated. I wont be sad when Del Rio leaves hopefully WWE will have retirement ceremony for Christian he deserves it

    • Ricky

      I see the concern about Christian in the past few years he’s had like 2 or 3 concussions. He needs to retire for his own good.

      • K!NG

        So has Ziggler and no one would say he should retire for his own good. I know Christian is on the later part of his career but i bolieve he can still contribute in the ring

        • Moose

          I see what you did there.

    • Alexander

      Same could be said for Cena and soon Reigns who WWE shove down our throat more than ADR.

      • David F

        Cena is different story and ADR was pushed to main event scene way too soon and his character didn’t click with fans. Especially after JBL basically did same gimmick couple years ago

  • Venom

    When Luke Gallows got released, I remember CM Punk said how he could “turn $hit into gold” referring to any gimmick that was given to him. The same can be said about Cody Rhodes.

    • J Vomkrieg

      Anyone who gets handed a gimmick like “festus” and goes out there and does their job deserves respect. I remember being very confused when Gallows lost his job with WWE.

      • mike

        The “Festus” gimmick was horrible…i wasn’t shocked he was gone, he did nothing with it but look like an idiot. Imo

        • J Vomkrieg

          That was my point. He got given a terrible gimmick and still went to work.

          • mike

            As opposed to what? Not working and getting future endeavored? Just because he worked didn’t make it good. It was in fact not good had no depth, and was limited. He did nothing to make it otherwise….if that’s the case then didn’t the gobbly gooker (gurrero) do one hell of a job??

  • BigMike

    I lost it when Goldust said” I am the normal one now” PRICELESS………… solid RAW; I was surprised they actually let some real matches happen without all the BS….. NOW we need Sami Zayn to get up to WWE and we can REALLY have some fun…. As Generico, he had great matches with Bryan, Ambrose, Rollins, Cesaro, among many others that are in WWE/NXT

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    Vickie’s exit was amazing, the references to the late great Eddie, and hearing it music. Goosebumps.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      I was all choked up, tears in my eyes watching her pay homage to Eddie. It was beautiful.

  • James

    I have to disagree a little bit about Vicki. I am happy she is going into something she wants to do. I never thought using her to “sleep” with the superstars was a good idea and it only showed she was a weak character as people like Edge, and Big Show and even Dolph Ziggler. But I did like how they brought back the Viva La Raza (Los Guerreros) theme music they originally had back in 2003. The original was “we lie, we cheat, we steal” and it gave me a smile to think of Eddie and Chavo with their funny vignettes or what they did together in the ring, and Vicki left with a funny skit. I want to wish Vicki Guerrero the best though and hope she makes a good life.

  • Tdawg

    I think Barrett is overrated and that question was biased 2/3rds of the shield who were all conquering are in that match, RVD who’s been going for years with a solid fanbase and two former multiple time world champions Ziggler and Swagger who are great technical wrestlers and still young so no the match will be very good and Barrett a 0 time world champion once again 0 time will be the least logical man to win.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Del Rio will do very well on return to Mexico; not only would he have gotten a nice payday from WWE to stop wearing his mask, he retained the rights to his mask as well so he could probably talk CMLL into a mask match and get a decent payday from that.

    I think he proved himself at the top level. His ladder match with Christian for the world title was pretty darn awesome, as was him winning the Money in the Bank match a couple of months later. In fact, his entire title program with Christian was top-notch stuff. After that he really did seem to just coast through things and I think it was clear he was just looking forward to leaving.

    I certainly hope to see him return to Lucha Libre. Joining Averno and Myzteziz in AAA would be amazing, but I expect he’d go back to CMLL

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

      The problem I have with ADR is that while he shines in certain, usually gimmick, PPV matches, his day to day work is so lackluster as to be sometimes pathetic. He seems to not care about what he does in the ring on Raw and SD, and he phones it in more often than not.

      Then there’s the big problem of his attitude. He might have pulled in a good chunk to drop his mask, but he’s very publicly cut down the WWE and his fellow wrestlers, and that hasn’t endeared him to many in the industry, or paying to put butts in the seats.

      • Bob’s Diner

        I can understand that. I think when motivated he could really put on some great matches (like the aforementioned programme with Christian). He just hasn’t seemed at all motivated the last year – most likely because he knew he was leaving once his contract was up and he hasn’t exactly been a model employee.

        It’s why I see him heading back to CMLL if anywhere; I couldn’t imagine he and Konnan co-existing for longer than a minute.

  • Mandy

    I loved Vickie’s sendoff, I thought WWE couldn’t make it more perfect than with her paying tribute to Eddie and being able to leave with her head held high. Vickie has been the butt of jokes but on her last night it was she who had the last laugh, wish her the best!

    I totally agree about Cody, that is how I felt too because I didn’t think WWE would be able to find anything for him after breaking up the Rhodes tag team but they proved me wrong. I am loving him as Stardust, Cody is really proving that he can be versatile and can go above and beyond. I don’t think he will ever be a headliner but he’s doing damn good where he is right now. He is definitely an asset to the company and I’m happy both brothers are still around.

  • Mark

    anybody know if the whole Brad Maddox lost in a cave today youtube video is real or not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbiZFlivR6g

    • Jesse Sherwood

      Watching the previous videos and seeing that the channel was onl established a week ago, I think it is a work of some sort. Him surviving a harrowing adverture could be a unique way to repackage him. Maybe he survives because he Bolieves?

  • Ranveer

    I’m expecting Christian to continue as a trainer/agent once his in rin g days are done…. given his recent injuries/ health issues, I dont see him as an in ring performer for much longer