Bell To Bell: A Star Wars Promo? What Are You, “Sycho?”
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
- I can’t decide how I feel about John Cena’s Star Wars promo. Obviously it was classic Cena, playing up the stupid humor. But on the other hand, it was fun seeing him crack up like that. Come to think of it, that was what saved the promo. It actually felt like a genuine moment from Cena, as opposed to the cheesy scripted stuff we usually get. So maybe those few seconds made it worthwhile.
- Nice to see Sid on Raw. Now there‘s a face from my childhood. Very cool to see him hit that powerbomb again. I won’t lie, seeing him wrestle in jeans reminded me of that WCW match where he broke his friggin’ leg, so much so that I was a little apprehensive when Heath Slater started working his knee. But for what it was, it was a good segment.
- So we’re doing another CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank? My original thought was that they were going to have Bryan do something else, and just let the other two go at it. To simply blow off the Kane portion of this story by putting him in a Money in the Bank ladder match at the pay per view seems weird to me. But I suppose it’s all well and good, as Punk and Bryan will undoubtedly have a better match than Punk and Kane would have.
- Really nice World Title opportunity “Contract On A Pole” match between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, with each guy scrambling to get to the contract. Certainly an unconventional twist, with the contract actually being plucked down in the middle of the match. I only wish we’d had a conclusive winner. In terms of storyline logic, why would Vickie Guerrero make the match between Del Rio and Ziggler, just to make a triple threat match for the title on Smackdown?
- So Brodus Clay’s undefeated streak has come to an end via the Big Show. I wish they’d given it to somebody up and coming who doesn’t have a lot of accolades to his name yet, like a Johnny Curtis or a Damien Sandow. Ending somebody’s undefeated streak can be a pretty big feather in somebody’s cap if it’s built up the right way, and that kind of accolade could have really helped a new face. Still, Clay comes out of his first loss unharmed, as there’s very little shame in losing to Big Show. Show’s heel push also has a bit more momentum, I suppose. Not the best way this scenario could have played out, but it was okay.
- Incidentally, Brodus Clay needs to work on his punches. Those body blows he was throwing at Big Show tonight didn’t look so hot.
- Why is it that in a divas battle royal, the girls only need to be thrown through the ropes, as opposed to over the top? That’s how it works in the male equivalent. You figure all these women are athletes, right? Well, except for Vickie Guerrero, I guess…
- “Jack Swagger came to Raw looking for a win, but found a little guy and his little friend instead.” Ummm….are you sure about that one, King?
Thoughts From Around The Wrestling World:
- So yeah, can we never have AJ Styles’ “wife” (I’m not sure if it was really her) on television ever again? That fake crying bit? Terrible. I get that it’s tough to pull off, but there are other choices that could have been made from a performance standpoint. Still, an interesting twist in that whole Styles/Dixie Carter story that I wasn’t expecting.
- Really digging Austin Aries’ push in recent weeks. While it was rather obvious that he was going to give up the X Division Title, I like how they played up the importance of that belt. Aeris is also one of the best talkers and wrestlers on the TNA roster. Out of everybody in that company, he’s got one of the best chances of stepping up and taking his career to the next level.
- Former WWE star Ken Doane’s verbal attacks on John Cena via the internet seem more pathetic than anything else. Even if his actions truly aren’t driven by a longing for attention, the fact that he’s publicly trashing wrestling’s biggest star in such a public forum make it look like that’s the case. Throw in the fact that Cena’s going through a divorce, and Doane not having any proof to back up what he says, and he simply looks like a jerk.
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