In light of the segment between The Miz and Daniel Bryan last night on Talking Smack, coupled with the finish to Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, do you think WWE is trying to add a sense of realism back to the product?
I’ll start with the segment from Talking Smack between The Miz and Daniel Bryan and hit on the finish to Orton vs. Lesnar [at SummerSlam] in the latter part of this answer. First, The Miz cut the best promo of his career last night. I was bombarded with tweets and emails, asking what just happened. You can check out the segment in the video embedded above. I know a lot of people do not see The Miz as anything more than a midcard talent but I’m not one of them. I think he’s worked extremely hard and is more than capable of more than just holding a midcard belt. The segment with Daniel Bryan was done to make Talking Smack more of a “must-see” show and considering the entertainment value of that one segment, I would say it was very effective.
As for the finish to Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, this is something that Triple H and Vince McMahon were at odds about. Vince ended up getting his way (doesn’t he always?) but even Chris Jericho got fired up backstage. We’re running an exclusive online right now that reports on Vince’s surprising reaction to the finish and all of the insider details to it. You can read that article here in our Members content.
Does this mean WWE is “back on track” and will start producing more entertaining content? That’s probably being a little too generous but it’s good to see. I’m always pleased with the youth movement and extremely bummed about the injury to Finn Balor.
What are your thoughts on all the injuries that keep happening to talent while in the ring with Seth Rollins?
Sting (neck), John Cena (nose) and Finn Balor (shoulder) have all suffered serious injuries while working with Seth Rollins. As bad as Balor’s was, the other two could have been life-threatening. I am a writer, not a wrestler, so rather than me saying it, I’m going to quote Bret Hart from an interview that he did with House Money Studios :
“You watch Seth Rollins who they’ve pushed as this huge mega, mega push. I watched him a few months ago, and you can watch it back on YouTube but he knees John Cena in the face. Just knees him in the face so hard, so recklessly, so dangerously, you can easily kill somebody with a knee like that in the face.”
“It’s a testimony to John Cena that a) he finished the match and b) that he didn’t get a shotgun and shoot Rollins when he came through the curtain.”
Now that Hart, whom I consider the best technical in-ring worker of all time has said it, I’m going to simply say that I agree with him. Rollins needs to slow it down and stop being so reckless. I didn’t say anything [negative about Seth Rollins] after the injuries to Sting and Cena, but now we have to address the elephant in the room. It’s not that Seth is a bad worker; he’s actually really good. But when you’re out there injuring people every time out, serious adjustments need to be made. People want to talk about outlawing the Buckle Bomb but Adam Pearce, who now works for WWE, stated once on one of my personal Facebook page that no move just be banned but wrestlers should be taught to execute them correctly. If that's what he says, who am I to advocate for a move to be banned? I'm a writer, not a wrestler, but Rollins has to clean it up.
What are your thoughts on Chris Jericho confronting Brock Lesnar after Summerslam?
I thought it was awesome! But it sounds like Chris Jericho got worked. Don’t get me wrong, Randy was legitimately injured (he took 10 staples to the head), but Vince McMahon wrote that ending and it was essentially part of a compromise with Triple H. By the sound of it, things got miscommunicated in the back and Chris didn’t like it. Brock already gets a lot of heat from the boys because he makes more than everyone, while working less than everyone. Dean Ambrose revealed to Steve Austin that Lesnar was lazy in the planning for their match at Wrestlemania 32 this year. It just is what it is with Brock. You have a massive guy that’s going to go out there and showcase power and strength. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way but as long as he draws, he has a job.
Do you think Bray Wyatt will go over in feud with Randy Orton?
Vince McMahon is really high up on Randy Orton right now so I have to pick him the favorite to go over. Bray Wyatt is somewhat lost again so we’ll see what happens.
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