Show Stealers Strike Again, Goldust's Contract, Cena One Of The Greatest Of All-Time, Clearance

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What did you think of the WWE Tag Team Championship matches on this week's Monday Night Raw? To me, they delivered a pay-per-view quality match.

The match was outstanding and one of the best TV matches this year. Almost immediately I heard people praising the fact the babyfaces actually got some leverage against the Corporation on Monday Night Raw. I understand that Cody Rhodes and Goldust went over at WWE Battleground but this was for the titles in the main event. Let's also give credit where credit is due. First, Goldust still has it. Here's a guy that knows how to play his character as good as anyone and he can still work at a high level if given the opportunity. Cody Rhodes' stock is finally on the rise again after years of mediocrity with no direction. Many of us have known Rhodes' potential and it's awesome to see him get the opportunity. Let's also not forget the boys in black. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (as well as Dean Ambrose) answered the call again Monday night. Reigns was supposed to be a green talent that required seasoning but I don't see that. They've worked extremely hard and have been able to step up every time they're called upon. There is no way that any WWE fan could come away from this match not optimistic about the future of the company's talent.

Any word on what kind of contract Goldust has?

Goldust is back under a WWE Performer's Contract and as a result, he's had to cancel scheduled independent dates. One thing WWE has really changed their stance on over the course of the last 5 years is how they bring on talent. Goldust is someone that was believed to be back temporarily but WWE ended up signing him for a continued angle. As I just mentioned, he has plenty to offer and plays his character better than anyone. He's pushed for years for the opportunity to work with Cody and we're finally seeing it.

After seeing the John Cena package on this week's Monday Night Raw, I started wondering where you would rank John Cena's "Legacy" in history. I know there have been better wrestlers. But how about just the name John Cena?

Like it or not, John Cena ranks right on up there with Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H. He's this generation's equivalent and there is no one else even close. No, he's not known for his technical wrestling but technical wrestling is arguably the least important when it comes to major success in the mainstream. I too am tired of over-the-top corny PG Cena but there is no doubting his impact on the business or his work ethic. While I'm not the biggest fan of the Cena character, he will go down as one of the greatest of all-time. I realize that statement puts me in the crosshairs but there is no questioning Cena's ability to draw.

Isn't it a risk announcing John Cena to be medically cleared by Hell in a Cell if he isn't cleared now and if he is cleared now why don't they bring him back to television?

It's my understanding that John Cena is medically cleared to compete and has been taking bumps. WWE wants to build to his return, which is the reason for a video package and not a live appearance on Raw. It's a promotional method that WWE hopes will lead to an influx of buys at the pay-per-view in a couple of weeks.

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  • Justin Lal

    If they do the Slammy Awards at the end of the year there is one clear choice for Superstar of the Year. Actually it should be “Superstars of the Year.” That would be The Shield. They had an amazing match once again last night. I shudder to think where WWE would be without this group. They are the most reliable and convenient group of wrestlers to have in quite some time. Whenever WWE needs them they are always there and it doesn’t matter where they are on the card.

    • Super Crazy

      Hell yes. Match of the year. Rvd, orton and christian triple threat reminded me of those guys 10 years ago

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      Couldnt agree more… They should be WWE’s MVP’s for this year….

  • Xavier

    That tag match on Monday was freaking epic. The match told an amazing story as well, It was like everything the Shield threw out the Rhodes the Rhodes had an answer for, Ambrose was great on the outside and the Big Show run in was perfect (where aare all those people who were crapping on the Big Show crying angle from a month or so ago?). It was really cool seeing Goldust go toe to toe with Roman Reigns, who dare I say is becoming the star out of that stable (Reigns has been a flat out stud as of late). I’d even go as far as to say that this match topped their match at Battleground. I said this once and I’ll say it again, the overness of the Rhodes Family & The Big Show right now is starting to become real problematic for Bryan/Orton which is really only interesting because of HBK being the special guest ref. Would anyone really care about that match right now if HBSizzle wasn’t involved?

    Hey Richard, who do you think is more over at the moment, The Rhodes Family, Daniel Bryan or The Big Show?

    • Dan

      Daniel Bryan. But it’s really close.

  • Mark freeman

    I have to agree on the cena comment. Like hulk, like stone cold and like triple h, he is a sports entertainer. People in the cheap seats don’t pop for a perfect wrist lock, they want spots that they can see, good promos and a story they can follow.if wrestling sold dean malenko and lance storm would of been the faces of the attitude era, but it just doesn’t.

  • kingdook24

    One of the reason why I see that the DB/Orton storyline is losing steam because of the situations Bryan has been in with the Authority compared to Big Show & The Rhodes situations. Examples:

    Big Show & The Rhodes have been booked for overcoming personal adversity. Here are things HHH & the Authority have put them through:

    1) Firings
    2) Knocking out friends
    3) Being forced watch friends get hurt & not help
    4) Embarrassed on live television & being dismantled in the process

    And to see them finally overcome that & fight back against the Authority, fans are going crazy right now because it’s making great television.

    Bryan’s fight with the Authority is a little different. Bryan has never been put in a situation he never wanted to do in this storyline – he’s the underdog so his mindset is whatever they put me in – I’ll beat it & wait for the next challenge. Okay, that’s great – but usually @ the end of that tunnel is a Championship… which he’s been screwed out of constantly & people are getting bored of that. Eventually you have to overcome the odds, and unlike Big Show & the Rhodes who have overcome their odds, being reinstated & winning the belts or Big Show finally growing a pair, Bryan has not.

    The deal with Orton is, IMO, people are tired of seeing Dominate Orton squash everyone he faces, making them look like puppets & Bryan getting screwed constantly every PPV for the WWE Championship @ honestly, I believe people really don’t believe he’ll win it anymore. He’s won that title THREE times:

    1) Turned on by HHH @ SS
    2) Stripped of the title after NoC
    3) Had Orton ready to tap @ BG, then Big Show screwed that up.

    Say if DB does win cleanly over Orton @ HinC, what’s to keep the Authority from just stripping him again? The Authority has been booked way too dominate as of late. Last night, in almost 3 months now, IMO, was the Authority’s biggest loss w/ The Rhodes winning the Tag Titles – I was SHOCKED!!! So do I feel The Rhodes & Big Show are stealing some of Bryan’s thunder, yes. But Bryan, IMO, is still over way more than these guys – the reactions are proof of that. And it’s great that all these guys are getting these opportunities to grab the ball & run with it – and man, are they running with it.

  • Super Crazy

    Is Bryan really that over or do people just love the opportunity to
    Shout yes or no? You quite often see other wrestlers cash in on the yes chants themselves. Can’t wait to watch that tag match this evening as I love Goldust when he’s on top

  • K!NG

    Cody Rhodes Future is brighter then ever.

  • David F.

    Cody needs a new theme song if he wants to be taken seriously as a main eventer. The tag team match had an attitude era type feel to it. I am looking forward to seeing how the Shield members do on their own. Wrestlemania 30 would be the perfect time for the Shield to turn on each other

  • Nathen

    Triple H is good and all, but I wouldn’t put him on the same level as guys like Steve Austin, The Rock or Hulk Hogan. To me, Trips fits better amongst names like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. They never took wrestling to the same heights as Austin, Rock or Hogan but they are all great performers who have left their mark on the industry.

    • Dan

      I’m just curious about how you wouldn’t put undertaker in there with scsa rock and hogan?

      • Nathen

        Crossover appeal mostly. I meant no disrespect to Taker or Michaels, they are amazing performers, but Rock and Austin to wrestling to heights they couldn’t. Undertaker is a Living Legend, that is beyond doubt. He just never was a ‘mega star.’

      • Nathen

        Crossover appeal mostly. I meant no disrespect to Taker or Michaels, they are amazing performers, but Rock and Austin to wrestling to heights they couldn’t. Undertaker is a Living Legend, that is beyond doubt. He just never was a ‘mega star.’

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      Shawn Micheals was The Man just before attitude era and stone cold became so popular. Triple H single handedly carried the RAW brand for many years when Austin was retired due to injuries and Rock was off filming movies. Similarly Taker was the main-stay for the Smackdown brand and carried it for many many years.

      They are all legends in their own merit. Austin or Hogan may have been slightly more popular than these guys but that does not mean these guys were any less influential on the business.

      Taker and his Wrestlemania Streak is bigger than anything you can possibly imagine and that alone would put him at par with anyone in the Industry…

      • Nathen

        You make good points. Both are legends, Trips is one of the best talkers and Michaels has put on more amazing matches than nearly anybody, but that doesn’t make either a mega star.

        I will concede that Undertaker’s Streak puts him in a category all his own. And in the long run he might end up the biggest legend of them all. But he still didn’t do what Austin, Rock or Hogan did. Still, that category has at least three people and Taker stands alone.

    • TheBigKing1

      Yeah, I agree. You’re right.

  • jdl

    Oh, Roman Reigns was green, don’t you ever believe that he wasn’t when the Shield started up. However you have to take into account that he’s working with two of the best indie stars since Punk and Bryan came to the big leagues, working alongside guys who know just about everything you need to know about in ring work will help with getting your “seasoning” quickly. You also have to take into account his genetics and his work ethic. Wrestling is in his blood, and he clearly wants to succeed. He has all of the tools and talents necessary to become a star.

    As for Goldust, I am stoked to see him return. Hopefully this leads to a match between Cody and Goldust at Mania, and then a behind the scenes gig for ‘Dust where he goes down to the NXT training center to work with his father. The man is an absolute professional when it comes to not only his in ring work, but also his gimmick portrayal both in the ring and on camera. Every single man and woman working in developmental could stand to learn a thing or ten from Goldust’s commitment to his gimmick.

  • Lebron James

    The Shield is f***ing amazing. There is not one guy in that trio that
    won’t hold his own in the ring. As you said, the guy who was supposed to
    be the most “green” is not green at all! Roman Reigns is incredible!
    That boy can go! His future is as bright as can be. The man has the
    potential to be the face of the company along with Rollins and Ambrose.
    There’s never been a trio that good in their rookie year. These guys are
    mega stars. I can’t say enough good things about them. We’re looking at
    3 future World Champions, folks.

  • Jbreed

    I agree John Cena is the Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin of this era but I wouldn’t put him anywhere near Hogan’s or Austin’s level. I never heard them get booed out of the building by fans who were sick and tired of them like Cena does. All he’s really good at is selling merchandise. The ratings were never off the charts since Cena became the face of the company. What I will remember the most from the Cena era is all the desperate attempts by Vince McMahon to help boost ratings like blowing himself up, giving away a million dollars of his own money and bringing a retired star in the Rock to sell WM. Hogan and Austin never had any problem selling the product.