No Confidence In Randy Orton?, Feeding Fans Ryback, Kane Backstage, Hogan & Sting To WWE?

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I am glad to see Daniel Bryan shockingly win the WWE title, but wow what a short reign for the "face" of the company. Does this mean there still isn't much faith in Randy Orton?

The Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton feud is not over. As I discussed in my Richard Reacts that you can listen too at this link, there were two things that happened in this match that indicate it's part of storyline progression - the referee swap and the fast count. A lot of people didn't notice the fast count made by Scott Armstrong because they didn't play it up on announce but there's more to the story. So while Daniel Bryan fans left the pay-per-view excited, there's more to the story that will be told on Monday Night Raw.

Alberto Del Rio fails to connect with a live audience and his character is incredibly stale, so why does WWE continuously try to shove him down our throats? They've tried for three years to make him a main eventer and it hasn't worked?

I don't think Alberto Del Rio is one of the best heels ever or anything like that but I disagree with your opinion of him. I feel Del Rio is an established top heel and WWE likes him to help carry the Latino fan base. There is nothing particularly eye popping with his work but he can hold his own and make people buy into his gimmick. If you want to hear a guy that I'm sick of having forced at me - it's Ryback. Aligning Ryback with Paul Heyman seems to be the company's way of trying yet again to establish him as a top guy but so far, it hasn't worked. Blame the booking, blame the talent - I don't care who gets the blame. The bottom-line is no one buys him as a viable threat. It's been a year now and fans are still chanting "Goldberg." I know I'm on record as to saying a mouthpiece could help Ryback but as we've seen with the Curtis Axel experiment, putting Paul Heyman with a talent doesn't guarantee success.

What do people backstage think of Kane? Even more so, what do critical people like CM Punk or Triple H think of him?

I haven't heard anything bad about Kane so I assume he's a guy that is well respected. Kane is a versatile talent that is capable of getting over multiple gimmicks. Comedy? He can do that. Monster? He can do that. Starring movie role? He can do that. Kane is one of those guys WWE is extremely fortunate to have. I've never viewed him as a "face of the company" type talent but I think he is a very valuable asset. As for the opinions from CM Punk and Triple H, I have no idea what they think of him personally. Punk, a known liberal, has opposite political views of Kane, a known Libertarian. Other than that, I don't know. My focus, and this website's focus, is what is going on in regards to storylines, injuries, contracts and things of that nature. I don't focus on the gossip with stuff like who gets along with who, who is dating who, etc.

Rumors have been flying around about Sting leaving TNA and heading to WWE. As with all good rumors this has been the case for over three years. Do you think he will ever jump ship and head to WWE or do you think he very well could retire as one of the greatest to never sign a contract with the WWE?

We get the Sting question all the time but there's a reason I'm bringing it back today. Did anyone else notice that Sting and Hulk Hogan won fan polls as the greatest US and WWE Champions of all-time on the Night of Champions pay-per-view? Now, let me ask some questions. Why do you think WWE would do this? Are they just a very honest company that doesn't mind featuring talent working for another organization? Did you notice that Hogan had more than half of the vote in a poll that featured Steve Austin and John Cena? WWE
would clearly love to work with both Sting and Hogan and the door with Hogan has already been re-opened with WWE 2K14. I don't care how much Eric Bischoff lies or Hogan downplays it, the fact of the matter is Hogan wants to work with Vince. Why wouldn't he? Sting is year to year with TNA and keeps his status open so he has options. Until Sting hangs it up, there is always a chance.

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  • Robert Olley

    Who still says still is one of the greatest? His inring work is terrible,he doesnt sell moves and his mucwork is poor aswell

    • the great

      your comment is poor and terrible.

  • Scottyo614

    Scott Armstrong? Hmm since the corporation has been going after Rhodes name what about the Armstrong name too?

  • Justin Lal

    Ryback was over and doing just fine until he ran into CM Punk. You guys can spin all you want, but when Ryback confronted him last fall the fans were very much into him.

    • Guy Landau

      Right. And the push was premature because he couldn’t possibly go over. He then went on to main event purgatory which is why he is in the state that he is right now.

    • Nick K

      You’re the one putting a spin on this, that was 100% poor booking and had nothing to do with punk. Its clear that the plan was for punk to drop the belt to the rock so putting ryback in that spot has to be on the booking. Statements like this one you’ve made here are why you can’t be taken seriously, punk has one win on ppv this year in case you haven’t noticed.

    • When fans are chanting for a guy that hasn’t worked in nearly a decade, no spin is required.

      • Scott Davies

        Ryback got over last year. But WWE dropped the ball with him in the Mainevent scene.

      • K!NG

        I think alot of fans chant that because they are trying to get a reaction out of him. but i dont think the goldberg chants are holding him down as much as the direction of his character was and now i think he’ll have the chance to show if he hold his. which he has shown flashes of.

      • Jay El Bee

        But I’m sure you have no problem when the fans occasionally start chanting Randy Savage during some of Punk’s matches right?

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      I dont deny that he was pretty over but he was pushed too hard too soon.

      If WWE had let him win a secondary title like the US or IC title and build himself into an unstoppable force who wasnt defeated in months, that would have been good growth. He went from beating jobbers to facing punk who was on his road to face the Rock. So, it was a lose-lose situation for Ryback…

      Plus Ryback needs to step up his game in the ring. A few big power moves are great to watch but you cant watch the same old sloppy moves for a 20 min main-event match. Dont even talk about his mike work. Boring is an understatement…

      Hopefully this association with Heyman can cover his shortcomings and make him into the legit star that WWE wants him to be.

  • brennon

    Night of Champions was a terrible ppv and one of the most lackluster I’ve seen in years. Everything just felt meaningless and hollow

    • Bryan still put on a masterpiece. Saved the show for me

      • Lebron James

        Not really. The Bryan/Orton match was nothing like it could’ve been. It was a pretty average match. The entire PPV was below average.

      • Anand Vijayakumar

        We cannot bear to watch a 3 hour PPV and spend a good 50 bucks for just one match Richard.

        Almost all other matches seemed like fillers. The WHC Match ending in DQ was an absolute disaster. Cant believe ADR is still the champ

  • TheBigKing1

    How could you not like the new Bully Ryback gimmick Richard?? It really fits him, and is very very entertaining…but I guess you never liked him from the beginning when he first debut anyway, so I guess that sort of explains it. As far as what the idiot fans chant, we can’t control that. Those idiots will chant whatever at whoever…that’s not something to do with his character or his gimmick or his in ring work, those “fans” just wanna be a-holes.

    • I didn’t say that I disliked the bully gimmick. Ryback isn’t a top guy. He’s had multiple opportunities to prove it, including being hand fed Jericho.

      • TheBigKing1

        Ok. Sounded like you was saying or hinting that he’s kinda stale or boring…because that’s what the topic was about ADR but neverless, you have the right to your opinion. If you do think that is the case, I beg to differ. I think his bully gimmick is entertaining and very fresh, imo.

        • Anand Vijayakumar

          ADRs character is stale but the guy can put on one awesome match plus he can hold his own on a microphone. Can you say the same for Ryback?

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      A bulk of the blame here goes to the creative for putting him in roles where he had absolutely no choice of winning which ended up in Ryback losing momentum.

      The bully gimmick is nothing new. We have seen guys like henry and big show do this numerous times. When big show pushes people around backstage and then demolishes a few guys in the ring – it is believable. When all you do week in and week out is bully a couple of catering guys or lighting guys it isnt that believable. Plus Ryback is yet to put on one helluva match against anyone. He had chances against guys like Jericho, Ziggler, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk who are considered the best workers you can possibly get in the ring with who can actually make their opponents look good. If you cant capitalize on that and establish yourselves as a top star – then there is definitely something wrong with you as well.

  • Nathaniel

    Ryback Was over its ashame that WWE got stuck in a corner and booked him up way to soon but will see maybe Paul heyman can Give Ryback new life to the charcter starting tonight on raw. as far as the goldberg chants smarks will be smarks nothing you can do about that.

  • delboy

    So you don’t focus on gossip and who’s dating who? Do you read your own articles, or is it the imaginary world of pro wrestling that has brainwashed and wiped your memory? You do put out a lot of good articles but sometimes mate, to quote the pasty irish fella…” you talk out of your arse.”

  • Terra Ryzing

    The Big Guy!

  • Stoney

    Alberto Del Rio has the whole package (look, mic skills, charisma) but for some reason can’t connect with the live audience, which is sad. I had high hopes for him when he first debuted in 2010, everything about him screamed main eventer. And he was so popular in Mexico.

    • The Big Guy

      He doesn’t have charisma which is why he cannot connect with the live audience.