RAW Is Blogged – The Fightingest Little Garden Gnome

Okay, what is going on in the wrestling industry? TNA acknowledges the death of Nelson Frazier Jr. and the WWE doesn’t? What is this world coming to? I’m very confused. Plus, by the time we get to RAW Black History Month will be over, and no videos about the big man of many names who did so much for the WWE through so many years? Very confused, I am. Actually, I should say, very disappointed in the WWE, I am. Then again, I’m disappointed in the WWE for a lot of reasons today.

Pre-RAW

WNW reader Ashley was lucky enough to be at that fantastic episode of RAW. She said that all through the very first Pre-Show, the fans started chanting for “Flair” and “Josh Matthews” who were on the panel, as well as for “CM Punk” because it’s almost obligatory right now, but that the “YES!” chants ended up taking over every time. The fans do love Bryan, even when he’s not in sight.

RAW Starts

In Ring Segment > A-

Aside from Hogan’s one little bobble, I thought he was fantastic. There’s lots of guff going around about Hogan returning home, even though he’s left numerous times for other wrestling companies, but in the end, it was Hogan and the WWF that made something beautiful, and propelled the wrestling industry into something we know and have loved for many, many years. We all have seen that Hogan can do when allowed to run rampant in a wrestling company, and it hasn’t been good. That’s why I think the WWE is the best place for the Hulkster because there’s McMahon, Trip and Steph to keep Hogan in check. Without the ability to hold the future of the company in his hands, he can do quite well and really help during this turning point in the industry. He came out, said what he was scripted to say, bobbled by saying it was the start of the WWE ‘Universe’, not the WWE Network, but he pulled back and recovered gracefully. Honestly, the only thing missing with Jimmy Hart. I didn’t expect to see him out with Hogan, but I was hoping we’d see him at some point during the show. The man is an icon, and since he was there, he should have been on air. Maybe a manager for Cesaro? Nah!

ADR vs Batista > F+

Please, someone shoot me! I’m so disgusted by these two men and that they’re being forced down our throats. Neither are great in the ring, and even worse on mic. Okay, maybe Batista is worse in the ring than on mic right now. They weren’t even two minutes into the match and Batista was so winded that he looked like he might just keel over. The man lived up to the two major chants the fans threw at him, “You can’t wrestle!” and “Out of shape!” If Batista’s cardio is this bad, how is he going to survive WrestleMania? We saw what happened to The Rock with his lack of cardio, you’d have thought Batista would have learned something from that. Guess not!

Winner – ADR (9:49)

In Ring Segment > D+

If they’re not careful, Orton is going to end up being the face in all this! I’m one who’s really against heel vs heel matches, because they rarely work – The Wyatts vs The Shield being one of the few that worked beautifully. But that PPV stealing match is an oddity, and something that Orton and Batista wouldn’t be able to pull off on a good day, never mind at WrestleMania where the fans want so much more – or at least something very different. It didn’t help that Batista was so winded here he could barely choke out the words he was scripted to growl.

I’m just not impressed, but I do feel vindicated. I said, quite often and loudly, that Batista might get a good reaction the first couple weeks, but after that the fans would turn on him and they’d have a mess on their hands. Well, I gave Batista’s run longer than he got, but that’s about it. And to say he’s a scapegoat for what the WWE is doing to Bryan is total bull. I completely believe that the fans would have turned on Batista no matter what was happening with Bryan, or anyone else. I don’t think that Batista could have carried a positive fan base for any length of time because of who he is, not because of what’s going on around him in the WWE. Batista’s return was just a bad decision the whole way round, but TPTB couldn’t see it because they’re so blinded by the hopes of a muscled savior for WrestleMania. Sometimes this is so frustrating!

I have to explain why I gave this segment a D+ and not an F. Certain things that Orton said, specifically, “ADR beating you in that fashion right now, that’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen. You know what else is funny Dave? The way the WWE ‘Universe’ has reacted to your triumphant return. Yeah, see, I don’t know if you can sense it or not, but they don’t like you very much. They’ve been booing the hell out of you Dave, and I wouldn’t even doubt that you’re sorry that you came back.” Okay, most of what Orton said work. It’s was strange, he actually had some solid inflection in his voice, something he rarely manages, but gave in spades here. I’m shocked to say, but Orton on mic is what brought this segment up from an F.

Big E vs Cesaro > B+&D

There were some fantastic moves in this match, and some very scary moments. I’ve been saying for a while that I see Big E as a big Champ within the next five years (along with Reigns), but I didn’t say that he’s ready now, and he proved that in this match. I will fully admit that I didn’t watch his match very closely at Elimination Chamber, but with the Live Blog going on, and the terrible feed I had, so I can’t say what happened there, but he really dropped the ball a couple times in this match. I see big things in Big E’s future, but he needs to listen and learn, and not fall into the ego trap and end up hurting someone else (ala Swagger), or even himself. Ashley texted me and said that Big E was escorted up the ramp by a trainer, and while walking on his own, he was holding his neck. He’s lucky that he was just holding his neck after not protecting himself in the Cesaro swing, and taking the neutralizer so badly, or that Cesaro wasn’t injured after being dropped on his neck. Maybe that bump will knock some sense into his head.

I have said over and over that Cesaro should be in a feud with this person, or that person, because he’s on the cusp of something huge. It’s time for him to move on from Swagger, change his affiliation, become chaotic good, and go all wild on those bad ogres in the dungeon! It’s more than time for his push, but I don’t know who he should be feuding with. Who’s a good bad guy who will help elevate him to that next level? I actually just went to pull up the Superstars list on dot.com, but then realized that I want to see him fight Ambrose at WrestleMania. I know there’s other things in store for The Shield right now, but I think it would be great for both of them to face off for the US Title at WrestleMania. It would fit into Cesaro’s character, and it would be an extraordinary match. Okay, pipe dreams, but still, I think it would be fantastic all the way around, and possibly a show stealer, especially the way the card is shaping up.

Winner – Big E via DQ (16:38)

In Ring Segment > B&F

I thought Cena was strong on mic, not his best, but strong. Bray, as usual, was fantastic on mic. That man has taken his character and run with it. Bray is the epitome of becoming a character, and many other young wrestlers need to watch and learn from him. Putting Bray and Cena together in a match at WrestleMania will be great for Bray, and a comfortable spot for Cena. Maybe Punk should take notes that not everyone, even the face of the WWE, have the biggest matches at WrestleMania.

Honestly, I couldn’t see that anyone did anything wrong when Cena tweaked his knee. The biggest wrong that happened was that Cena wouldn’t back down, and pushed the segment through to the end. He didn’t know what had happened to his knee, and really could have hurt himself badly by not being tended to. I know he thinks he’s super-human much of the time, but he still needs take care of himself. I’m glad Cena’s not really injured, and hopefully the plan can go on as expected, I just hope he plays things smart and safe.

Christian vs Sheamus > B

I loved the ending to this match, and I have to say that they’ve done a solid job of organically building this feud. These two facing off for the next 40 days, then culminating in a blow off at WrestleMania makes a lot of sense. These two work solid and hard, as well as having great chemistry in all they do together. I’m expecting solid hijinks over the next month, and hope there’s a lot of creativity mixed in for fun.

Winner – Sheamus (16:05)

Backstage Segment Video > C-

I have to say that Bryan felt really forced in his verbal attack on Trip and Steph. The only thing that felt real here was Trip derisive snorts about facing Bryan at WrestleMania. I know why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I don’t have to like it.

Black History Month > A+

I have been waiting to see the video about Tony Atlas, and I’m thrilled that they put him together with Rocky Johnson for it. The two of them were the first African American TTCs in 1983. In watching this video I realized that Atlas has always been the total goober I’ve got to know recently. He’s always making funny faces, silly comments, and doing anything to make people smile and laugh. These two men were and are fantastic role models. Atlas has done a number of speaking gigs at local schools, teaching kids about self esteem, to no bully others, to respect their parents and teachers, and to look toward their futures and what they want to achieve. Atlas is a lovely man, inside as well as out, and while I’m sure Johnson is too, I speak from personal experience when it comes to Atlas.

Backstage Segment > B+

Rollins came off really well at Elimination Chamber, and did a lot to show his charisma as well as his ring skills. It has felt as though Rollins has been holding back some of who he is, and not letting the fans get to know him, and I think that’s been hurting him moving forward as a possible singles competitor. That he’s stepped up these past couple days and has shown more of who he is will only help his position when The Shield actually does split. Rollins also came across really strong here, and Ambrose looked a bit like a whiny little boy, but that works for his emotional character. Then Reigns stepped in to deal with Bray, it felt natural and organic.

Superstars Panel > B

This whole thing is new to me, and while I’ve enjoyed it for the PPVs, it’s going to take a bit for me to get used to if for RAW each week. It makes perfect sense, and a natural progression of things, as well as being a great use for Superstars and Legends who are no longer able to work the ring, or even manage. And I know you’ve never heard me say this about Flair, but he was totally adorable when he started that “YES!” chant.

Bryan vs Kane > A-

This match was just lovely. The back and forth work between them was something I’ve been itching for since Team Hell No broke up. This is exactly what these two needed, and I’m glad they didn’t drag it out to give us at WrestleMania. This match on this episode of RAW was just fabby. I’m sure they’re going to continue tossing Kane at Bryan, especially when it becomes obvious that Bryan isn’t going to back off from Trip. The matches will continue to get uglier, and better, until Trip finally agrees to face Bryan, with some sort of stip, at WrestleMania. Either way, I love watching Bryan work with Kane, and can’t wait to see what else they have between now and WrestleMania.

Winner – Bryan (15:47)

In Ring Segment > B+

It took a bit for the fans in Green Bay to get behind Bryan in his challenging of Trip, and I understand why. We want Bryan to be in the main event, become the WWE WHC, but that’s pretty much not going to happen unless they throw a major swerve at us. Bryan was fantastic in this segment, even though it doesn’t feel completely organic. It would have made sense a couple months ago, but right now it’s an afterthought, and a way to poke at Punk for taking his ball and going home the way he did. There’s a lot of other matches I’d like to see Bryan in at this point, but I also know that Bryan vs Trip will be fantastic, because they won’t let it be anything less. I’m hoping this is the next step in something big for Bryan, I just wish that something big was going to be at WrestleMania.

Emma vs Summer Rae > B-

I have to say that it’s a fantastic gimmick, have a wrestler who is a klutz. Even better that it’s a Diva, someone who’s supposed to be graceful. Emma plays the role perfectly. She is gawky and falling down when need be, but that finishing submission was strong and got the job done. Her facial expressions through it all is what ties everything up in a nice little blonde package. She was made for this role, and plays it to her tippy-tippies. I’m quite impressed with Emma, and hope that bringing her up is the start of more solid wrestling from the Divas, and less of them prancing around showing off (less of) their wares. I miss the days of Trish and Lita, though I don’t miss the days of the Divas being around just to show off in the tiniest bathing suits. (Watched Royal Rumble 2000 last night, and those were some skimpy suits.)

Winner – Emma (3:29)

Usos vs New Age Outlaws > B-

The fans in Green Bay did not like the Usos cutting Dogg off in the middle of his famous schpeal. They got over it pretty quickly, but they were not impressed in that moment. I’m hoping that these two team give us a fantastic match at WrestleMania, and that the New Age Outlaws put the Usos over in a huge way, with their father in attendance. It would be the right things to do, and at the right time.

Winner – Usos (1:14)

Bray vs Reigns > B+

I’m sickened by the way the fans treated Bray and Reigns in this match. This was another heel vs heel match that worked because the fans like these guys just enough to make them not true heels. That the fans took this match, something that was really a great match, and pooped all over it really bothers me. I’m all for the fans being able to express their feelings, but they usually stick to doing it during crap matches, like ADR vs Batista. These men are the future of the WWE, and have been proving it over and over, especially at Elimination Chamber, but also in this match.

I was quite surprised when Ambrose appeared to help out Rollins outside the ring, but less surprised when he cost Reigns the match against Bray. This is just one more crack in The Shield, and what’s going to end up driving them apart. I like that they’re not just quickly ripping them apart for no apparent reason, then sending them on their merry ways. This slow, but creatively sound, direction is working quite well.

Winner – Bray via DQ (13:54)

In Ring Segment > A

What an inspired way to end RAW. I’m still not thrilled with Taker facing Brock at WrestleMania, but that’s my issue, and I guess I just need to deal. Honestly, I hope Brock has the respect and reverence for Taker that he won’t do anything stupid and injure him by being reckless. I mean, it is Taker, hello! I will give Brock huge props for how he worked against Taker in this segment. Between the back and forth they did, the pen in the hand, and then the chokeslam through the table, Brock was really solid. After that I do have higher hopes.

But then there was The Phenom. All it takes is GONG and the fans go wild, and for good reason. The man that doesn’t have to say a word to say everything, and he does it in such a forceful way, like no other. I’m always thrilled when Taker returns, and worry every year that it will be his last, yet he keeps returning. Taker has been, and will always be one of my favorites, the one who made me stay when I wasn’t sure, made me get up early on Sunday mornings in college just to see the recaps of the week. Okay, so I’d rather see him against almost anyone else at WrestleMania, but I’ll suck it up to get my yearly dose of Taker, and if this is the first taste, we’re in for a fun ride!

Post Show Wrap Up!

I have to say that much of this episode of RAW was quite strong. I’m going to try something different this week and see how well it work, for all of us. I’d like to know your thoughts. Okay, I always like to know your thoughts, as long as they’re constructive and not just downright mean for the sake of being mean.

Pluses
Hogan
Big E vs Cesaro
Bray and Cena on mic
Sheamus vs Christian
Black History Month video
Bryan vs Kane
Taker’s return

Minuses
ADR vs Batista
Batista on mic
Cena being a numb nugget about his knee
Bryan verbally accosting The Authority
Usos vs New Age Outlaws

Queen of WNW
KB

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  • Bob’s Diner

    I thought it was a strong show; closing with Lesnar and Undertaker was brilliant and probably my favourite segment in a long time. You have to give it up for all 3 men – they were all amazing. I especially loved when Heyman and Lesnar shrugged their shoulders and started leaving the ring. They looked way too cool for school.

    As for Wyatt/Reigns… I’m not sure what match you were watching, because that was in no way “great”. In the ring without someone very experienced exposed Reigns way too much.

    I’m still confused as to why people are so angry at Batista, yet have no problem with the New Age Outlaws basically doing the same thing; they are both older, they’ve come back after MANY years out of the ring, won the titles after only a couple of matches and have been beating every team in the tag division clean on a weekly basis. Oh, and now it looks like they will be holding the titles until WrestleMania, taking up a spot on the card that a real team could have had…

    Oh well, enough ranting. Was a good show

    • David F.

      Because Batista is the choice of the choiceless lol. WM 30 belongs to Bryan and he should be in main event and not Batista. Bryan is most over guy on roster since Stone Cold. Bryan is also getting mainstream popularity now with his yes chants in sporting events across U.S. Batista just came back wrong place wrong time.

      Kendra I dont know about you but I am much higher up on Ambrose and Rollins than Rowen and Harper. Rowen and Harper look like career mid card guys to me. I cant wait to see Batista get nuclear heat in Chicago next week. I know WWE uses Allstate because its cheaper but one day I would like to see WWE use United Center again

    • Xavier

      It’s okay for the New Age Outlaws to comeback because they are from the Attitude Era and because they have cool catch phrases you know the same ones that they have been using since 1998 and anyone from that era gets a free pass because the internet loves the Attitude Era. Batista doesn’t get a pass because he’s not Daniel Bryan nor did he wrestle in the Attitude Era. If he just would of been born as Daniel Bryan fans wouldn’t have turnt on him so that’s his fault, he should of never been Dave Batista so he needs to go back and change his DNA code to match Bryan’s then he can comeback. As a matter of fact, I’m gonna have to ask you to stop posting on this forum because your not Daniel Bryan either and because you didn’t say YES 1000x lol.

      • Bob’s Diner

        HAHAHA brilliant!
        BTW they can’t seem to get through those cool catchphrases without running out of breath

        • Xavier

          Exactly, being able to repeat the same catch phrase over & over again before every match doesn’t make you good on the mic either lwhich some people like to claim the New Age Outlaws are good at. It just means they are smart enough to remember the same old played out line that fans have heard since they were in middle school/high school.

          • J Vomkrieg

            You just articulated perfectly the exact reason that the Rock’s last run did nothing for me. 100% agree, an old gimmick and the same routine for 20 years does nothing for me. I liked when they came back, i thought it was nice to give them a match or two, but I was well annoyed when they pulled the rug from under the Rhodes, who had a lot of momentum going.

          • Xavier

            Agreed.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Absolutely – Cody should not be relegated to the pre-show while the Old Age Outlaws get the PPV spot as champions. And they certainly shouldn’t be beating young up and coming teams cleanly

        • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

          I prefer that being utterly boring. Batista is exactly what Orton is accused of being…except he can’t work well either. The chants from “Raw” on Monday said it louder than I can.

      • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

        Batista doesn’t get a pass because he isn’t any good. He can’t talk and his ring work isn’t good. Jericho can come back after being gone for a while because he can do both extremely well. Ditto on Rock and a few select others. Batista never had much in the charisma department, never could talk that well, and his ring work was never amazing (though it’s far less than that now). Batista needn’t have bothered coming back. We didn’t miss him.

        • Xavier

          Like I said before, Batista isn’t Daniel Bryan, that’s what he’s guilty of here. Had he not won the Rumble no one would have an issue with him coming back. If you think that the boos are for any reason besides the fact that he took what fans believe is Bryan’s spot then your only fooling yourself or trying to convince yourself otherwise. Had Rock or Jericho won the Rumble fans would be shi**** on them to. And BTW, Jericho’s last run in with the WWE (2012/2013) was terrible BTW

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            I still disagree…LOL! Batista wasn’t the most “over” guy even in his first run. WWE and he were delusional to think he was one of those guys that could come back and be huge. The “Daniel Bryan” thing, as Kendra said, is irrelevant to Batista’s inability to get over. The booking of a match no one cares about doesn’t help but if Batista were good, he’d be able to get over. Clearly, Rybread has been taking notes from Batista…LOL!

          • Xavier

            “Batista wasn’t the most “over” guy in his first run”

            Are you kidding me bro, did you not watch wrestling from 04-06? Batista was insanely over. The RAW where he finally turned on Triple H had the crowd going nuts, rewind a few months before that, he’s pop in Puerto Rico at NYE 05 was one of the loudest pops ever. And as I said before, it’s absolutely ridiculous at this point for you & Kendra to try and say that the YES movement has nothing to do with the way fans are treating Batista just because you & Kendra don’t like the guy. It’s also ridiculous to say that Batista wasn’t all that over in his 1st run when clearly he was super over. You have the WWE network I assume, so go check out some RAWs from late 04/05 and try to comeback and tell me Batista wasn’t over. Oh and BTW don’t let me find out your posting under Ken lol.

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            Nope, not kidding. He was never over like Bryan is nor was he ever over like Punk was immediately post-pipebomb. No one has ever hung on his every word; no one has ever hung on his every move in the ring. If Batista was that good, his initial pop after returning would have been deafening. It wasn’t. You’re ignoring that for some reason.

          • Xavier

            I’m not saying he’s over now but to act like he wasn’t as over in 04/05 as Punk or Bryan or to act like the negativity isn’t due to him being in Bryan’s spot is crazy. He’s not over b/c info leaked that he was going over in the Rumble which uspet the YES movement. Fans were hanging on to everything Batista did in 05, just go check out the contract signing where he turned on Triple H, Batista lifted up the Smackdown contract and put did a thumbs down gesture at Triple H and the whole place went nuts. People tend to have a very short memory when it comes to this, only if Batista had been from the AE or from ROH.

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            Batista came back not ready to work and rusty as a 15 year-old nail on the mic. He has nothing to give. He proves it whenever he picks up a mic or gets in the ring. Why is that being ignored? What have you seen from him that’s been good since his return?

          • Xavier

            Same thing with the Outlaws, out of shape & rusty, same stuff from 98

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            …but not rusty on the mic. Batista is rusty every way you can be rusty.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Gunn is AWFUL on the mic and always has been. Road Dogg is just repeating stuff from 15 years ago. Oh yeah, they are killer on the mic!

          • Bob’s Diner

            His return didn’t get a massive ovation, but people weren’t booing him. That didn’t start until the Royal Rumble

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            LOL! They didn’t give him a massive ovation…because he isn’t over. Bryan notwithstanding, he isn’t over. You just said it.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Of course I just said it… I’m not sure why that is a victory for you. He got about the same reaction as the Outlaws got. Yet for some reason you think they are allowed to be worse than him at everything you hate Batista for doing. Because you like their intro?

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            Because it cancels out all that drivel about Bryan being to blame for Batista not getting over. It’s Batista’s issue and has nothing to do with Bryan. I think RD can still talk. We disagree. It’s cool.

          • Bob’s Diner

            No it didn’t – people didn’t boo him until the Royal Rumble. If that hadn’t happened, he would be getting mild cheers. He’s getting massive heat purely because of the fact he went over in the Royal Rumble instead of Daniel Bryan. It doesn’t help that he is terrible in the ring and even worse on the mic – certainly not winning him any fans back

          • Bob’s Diner

            It is the same thing as complaining about the fans chanting stupid things during the Reigns/Wyatt match – it was OK when it was happening to Cena and Orton, but not with anyone else.

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            No, it wasn’t ok when it was happening to Reigns/Wyatt. I enjoyed that match and don’t get the ridiculous chanting at all.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I would venture to say Batista was about as over as the Outlaws were in 1998. Not like they were massive drawcards and their singles careers certainly amounted to less than nothing. And they didn’t exactly draw in the fans to TNA, now did they?

          • Xavier

            I’d venture to say that Batista were 10x more over then The Real Double JJ & Bily Gunn ever where in 04/05 lol

        • Bob’s Diner

          That still doesn’t explain why The New Age Outlaws get a pass – they haven’t wrestled since about 2009 apart from maybe one or two matches. They are older than Batista. Neither are great in the ring and never were. They became champs in the 2nd match back with the company. They have been beating everyone clean and are going to be defending the belts at WrestleMania, taking a spot any other team on the roster deserves more. How are they better than Batista?

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            The NAO are *over*. People still like them – good in the ring or not. Road Dogg is still money on the mic. That’s the huge thing they have going for them. He can get in the ring, do the same corny intro, and people still love it. I do too. Batista, on the other hand, isn’t over. He wasn’t over when he first showed up before the Bryan debacle and he isn’t over now. Curiosity created the mild ratings bump we saw for his debut and his ring work and bad mic immediately killed it.

          • Xavier

            How is Road Dogg good on the mic, he repeats the same catch phrase that he’s been using since I was a freshman in highschool, that doesn’t make you great on the mic. The Outlaws have been terrible in this return you know it and I know it. So for fans to give the NAO a pass when they are taking spots away from younger, better & more deserving talent which is essentially the same thing everyone hates Batista is super hypocritical

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            That’s all he has to do. Uso and he were hilarious on announce recently. He has mic skills and that’s why people are still paying attention to them. Batista absolutely doesn’t. Totally different.

          • Xavier

            They still stole the spots of more deserving tag teams which is the same reason why Batista is hated now. There is no difference

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            So that’s what you’re upset about. They could be good on mic and you wouldn’t notice. There were no decent heel tag teams because Vince didn’t bother to create one. They brought back NAO to fill that role…and they have. The pop they got coming back was pop Batista didn’t get close to.

          • Xavier

            They could of put Ziggler & Miz together, or gave the titles to Harper & Rowan or kept the Prime Time Players together or put Rey & Cara back together. They had plenty of other options

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            Prime Time Players? Now you’ve really gone off the rails…LOL!! Darren Young absolutely can’t talk and he has zero charisma. It’s my fond hope they just let his contract run out. Now that Titus has moved on, he’s going to drown. Zigglypuffs and Miz might be interesting though. I’m with you there. I like both as heels.

          • J Vomkrieg

            No decent heel teams?

            The Shield and the Wyatts are probably the best heel teams WWE has seen in years. And the roster is deep with talent younger and more capable than the NAO. Those guys have a very short shelf life, but hey. Why develop new talent when you can roll out old midcarders.

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

            Do I feel an article coming on? I think you two should put this together together and put it out there for the readers.

          • Xavier

            I challenge Theophilus to a last man standing match, you’re the GM Kendra so make it happen lol

          • Bob’s Diner

            Wow… your answer was basically everything Xavier said – because they are from the Attitude era and are still doing the same schtick they were doing in 1998, that makes it OK. That’s bogus. The tag division was flourishing before they returned and all their return has done is bring it down. What is happening with them is EXACTLY the same as what is happening with Batista – they have been just as awful as him in their return

          • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

            Wow…the crowds are basically saying everything I said. They’re over whether we like it or not (how can you not like that intro? C’mon…LOL!) The schtick still works…like it or not. Batista’s schtick doesn’t….like it or not.

      • ken

        You’re an idiot if you believe that.

        • Xavier

          You’re an idiot because you’re Ken and some things can”t be can’t cured. Quit hiding behind a fake Disqus keyboard warrior

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

            But I’m Ken too, and I’d never call you names, no matter how upset I get. You have a wonderful wrestling mind, even if we don’t always agree.

  • Xavier

    I don’t understand how you can condone people hijacking the stuff between Orton/Batista but then turnaround and criticize fans for doing the same to Reigns/Wyatt? Isn’t it disrespectful either way? Are certain wrestlers off limits now just because of who they are? BTW, Reigns/Wyatt wasn’t very good at all and I’m a Reigns supporter but he didn’t look good at all last night. Reigns/Wyatts was just as bad as Batista/Del Rio

    • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

      No, it wasn’t. Reigns/Wyatt was actually a good match. Batista/Del Midcard wasn’t. Del Midcard is about as exciting in the ring as pita bread with nothing on it. Put him with Batista and it’s deadly.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Del Rio is great in the ring – he has been consistently putting on good matches for a long time now. Reigns/Wyatt was a mess and should not have happened. It made both men look bad

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

      I guess I said it wrong. Certain wrestlers seem to bring it upon themselves, and Orton is one of them. Orton cannot seem to handle any negative criticism when he’s in the ring, and in some ways he brings it upon himself. I have to say that Swagger is another one who brings it upon himself in the ring also, but he’s a whole other story.

      I have to disagree with you that Reigns and Bray were as bad as ADR and Batista. Bray and Reigns were not as great as they were the night before, but they were nothing compared to ADR and Batista. Batista was winded less than two minutes in, and continued to fall apart from there. And I rarely hold anything for ADR, but he had to carry this match in a huge way.

  • Moe

    Batista won at the PPV. Del Rio rolled Batista last night, which I popped for.

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

      As I said elsewhere, that was a typo and all fixed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

    Couldn’t agree more about Batista. Bryan has nothing to do with his inability to get over. He can’t get over because his ring work and mic work are terrible. It’s really just that simple.

  • The Breaker

    I have said elsewhere that Batista has become a scapegoat for WWE’s insistence on not booking Bryan in the main event at WrestleMania, so allow me to defend that statement. My general sentiment was that the degree of hate Batista was receiving escalated because he won the Rumble match and not Bryan. People were already sick of him prior to that, and it was like the final nail in the coffin. Most guys would’ve gotten booed for winning that match simply because they weren’t Daniel Bryan. Even Rey Mysterio was despised that night. The fact that it was a guy they already hated just intensified everything, and took the fans’ disgust with him to a point of no return. I don’t think the booing for him would’ve been this loud if Bryan won. And if it were someone other than Batista, it might not have endured as it has. I’m not insinuating that Batista isn’t deserving of the hate, just that WWE’s mistakes with Bryan played into the magnitude of it all.

    • Xavier

      Agreed

    • Bob’s Diner

      Well said

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

      I will agree that the fans are being harder on him because of the Bryan thing, but I think they would have been almost as nasty at him just for being who he is. Batista is further causing himself problems in that his cardio is so bad that he can’t go two minutes in the ring without looking like he’s going to pass out from exhaustion. He was stupid for wanting to come back – especially after he said he’d never return to a PG WWE – but the WWE was daft for bringing him back. Especially now, and especially booking him the way they are. The whole thing is a bloody mess!

      • The Breaker

        Batista has certainly done himself no favors. Between his downright crappy attitude and recent lackluster performances in the ring, one need not wonder why he’s drawn the ire of so many fans. In time, it is possible that he would’ve been booed quite loudly. But WWE gave him a spot that many believe truly belonged to Bryan, and that served to accelerate the process by making him a target for all their prior frustrations.

  • M.C. Elroy

    I am not the most creative person in the world, but I know how WWE can dig themselves out of the hole they’re in. Its pretty simple. Daniel Bryan vs HHH at Mania with the stipulation being, if Bryan wins, he is added to the main event title match. My fingers are crossed.

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

    Yeah, I screwed that up. On it! Thanks!

  • ClintMurphy

    yeah cm punk needs to take a page from cena, i mean cena only headlined the last 3 Wrestlemanias, and also cena matches where he didnt headline were made into a bigger deal than cm punks matchs, so find someone better to compare cm punks situation to