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Wrestling Ramblings 9/21/2011

on Wednesday, 21 September 2011. Posted in Wrestling

Night of Champions rehash/recap, Hell in a Cell matches announced, and the Miz and R-Truth get “fired.”

Boy, has the WWE done a total 360 in the last two months. It wasn’t that long ago that the company led fans into thinking it would deviate from its current formula with good storytelling (and matches) that weren’t in simple accordance with the face/heel formula, but that is now a distant memory.

This reversion is strongly exemplified by Sunday night’s results at Night of Champions, where seemingly every match had a safe result that would go along with simple storytelling. But by trying to be safe, it’s gonna be really hard to get some new guys over.

It seems like the outcry over John Cena winning the WWE title from Alberto Del Rio is universal, so I’ll spare you what you could easily read from some jerk on a message board. The problem with giving him the belt so soon after Del Rio won it is that in order for a face to be compelling, there must be a compelling heel. If it’s generally assumed that Cena is going to come out on top, it makes it really hard for any heel to capture your attention, making it hard for guys like Del Rio to become regular main eventers, but this also takes away from established stars like Cena. The last thing this product should be is boring and predictable, and that’s what happens when people know the WWE is going to rush to get the title back around Cena’s waist.

The pay-per-view as a whole left a sour taste in my mouth. First, the entire premise of the event is to highlight all of the championships (as the title would suggest), so it is questionable as to whether or not a non-title match should even be on the card, but it sure as hell should not be the main event. The WWE has done a poor job as of late making people care about a title other than the WWE title, so an event like Night of Champions should lend itself very well to putting all the other titles in the spotlight. But when you have superfluous promos starting AND ending Raw that are focused on CM Punk and Triple H, it’s gonna be tough to make people care about a fatal 4-way match for the United States title that lacked sufficient buildup.

And despite all the buildup towards the main event, it wasn’t a great match. I mean, it doesn’t help that the writers tipped their hat off by adding the stipulation that if Triple H were to lose, he’d resign as COO, making it clear to avid fans that H would win. The buildup to this match also felt botched. We were being set up for a Kevin Nash-Punk match, but Nash reportedly failed a physical, so the writers seemingly improvised with a match that was rumored to be down the road at WrestleMania.

But perhaps more than any other factor, the highly excessive outside interference from The Miz and R-Truth really prevented this match from fulfilling its potential. I understand that the WWE is trying to keep these guys relevant and injecting them into the main event like this certainly does, but it’s totally unnecessary. The elongated outside interference hurts the flow of the match and there are other ways to keep these two relevant, such as not having Miz lose every pay-per-view match he’s been in since WrestleMania.

Mark Henry beat Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight championship in what is the most bland main event push in recent memory. I know Smackdown could use another star and giving a veteran a push seems like a welcome change, but not if that veteran is Mark Henry. He can’t cut a promo and his matches are stale. There is nothing remarkable about the guy, not even from a marketing standpoint. At least Cena will sell t-shirts and garner ratings. But does anyone really think giving Henry such a huge push will boost Smackdown’s house show attendance, which hasn’t done well for a while, or actually make the product more fun to watch? If they wanna get more people to attend Smackdown, they should move underutilized guys on Raw to Smackdown rather than feature Smackdown superstars on Raw or make a guy like Henry the focal point of the show.

Raw wasn’t half-bad. Hugh Jackman’s guest appearance was done well and I kinda wish that this is how those special guest hosts for Raw were implemented. Jackman did come out and promote his movie, but he had good chemistry with Dolph Ziggler, tied the movie into the show and appealed to the city Raw was in this week (Cleveland, OH) with the underdog angle. The match between Ziggler and Zach Ryder was also pretty good.

Two matches have been announced for Hell in a Cell: a triple-threat Hell in a Cell match for the WWE championship between Cena, Punk and Del Rio and a rematch of the glorious Orton-Henry match, this one taking place inside Hell in a Cell. Orton-Henry II could very well be the worst Hell in a Cell match ever, beating out the Hell in a Cell match between the Undertaker and the Big Boss Man at WrestleMania XV.

The biggest news from Raw is the “firings” of the Miz and R-Truth. I don’t quite understand how keeping these guys off the air will help maintain interest in either or why both were fined an hour before being fired, but I doubt either will be off the air for long (after all, Punk only missed one episode of Raw after Money in the Bank).

To end this otherwise stereotypically negative Wrestling Rambling, I’m gonna cautiously conclude that in some way, all these different storylines on Raw will be brilliantly tied together leading up to the Rock’s return at Survivor Series. Until then, will the real Sin Cara please stand up?

Beyond the Athlete with HBK Shawn Michaels

Written by Randy Zellea on Thursday, 24 March 2011. Posted in Wrestling, Beyond the Athlete

Breaking it down with HBK!!

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Beyond the Athlete with HBK Shawn Michaels

Think Pro Wrestling; think Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Andre the Giant and Stone Cold Steve Austin

HBK burst onto the stage of the WWE in 1988 with tag team partner, Marty Jeanetty. Dubbed as the Rockers, the pair quickly became fan favorites, experiencing unmatched popularity from 1988 to 1992.

n 1992 Shawn went solo, skyrocketing to new levels of success, until 1998 when a back injury took him out of the game. It was during this time that he found the love of his life, Rebecca Née Curci, an employee of WWE rival, WCW. They married in March of 1999 had quickly had their first of two children. Despite his achievements both in and out of the ring, Shawn continued to battle with personal demons, which led him to John Hagee's Corner Stone Church in San Antonio Texas. After some time, he became an integral part of the church and eventually, a bible teacher.