Bell To Bell: AJ Jumps The Shark
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Thoughts From Raw:
- The CM Punk/Daniel Bryan/AJ angle jumped the shark really badly tonight. I think it’s actually in orbit right now, that’s how high it jumped. Seeing these wrestlers proposing to each other in the middle of the ring was really, really stupid. I understand that they were trying to build the story to a fever pitch before the pay per view this Sunday. But they took it way too far in the silly direction. It felt like an episode of The Jerry Springer Show. Worst of all, it lasted for 20 friggin’ minutes! Terrible, just terrible. But hey, at least they got to be in the main event of Raw.
- So after all that, the anonymous General Manager of Raw was Hornswoggle? If the anonymous GM angle were still in full swing, I’d be really angry. But as WWE clearly had no idea where they were going with that story to begin with, I’m just happy to have a degree of closure on it. By the way, uh…hey camera crew? How about you not shoot the laptop from the side? That way you can’t see Cole’s notes sitting on the keyboard.
- Despite being destroyed by Tensai tonight, I’m ecstatic to see Tyson Kidd getting a little push. As great as the real life TJ Wilson is in the ring, I always felt like he was destined to sit in the “could have been awesome” category of guys let go by WWE. And maybe he still is. But it’s still nice to see him getting attention.
- As we saw in a blatantly obvious tease, they’re obviously looking to pair Vickie Guerrero with Tensai. I think that’s a fabulous idea. Dolph Ziggler has always been extremely talented, but it was his partnership with Vickie that helped elevate his career to the next level. Maybe she can do the same for Tensai,
- Wait, Charlie Sheen’s not going to physically be at the 1,000th episode of Raw? You may as well not have him then! What’s the point of putting his picture on TV if all we’re going to get is some publicist Tweeting some stuff about the show for him? #sham
- So now that Bob Backlund has shown up on Raw, does this mean we can finally put him in the Hall of Fame? Next to Bruno Sammartino, there’s no more glaring omission from the Hall than him. Let’s make it happen already.
Thoughts From Around The Wrestling World:
- Really happy to see Austin Aries win the TNA Heavyweight Championship at Destination X. He’s one of the few guys in that company that’s really good both in the ring and on the mic. But as great as it was to see him have that moment, I wish they’d waited another month or two. It would have made for better drama to see Bobby Roode put the screws to Aries somehow, so that the audience could sympathize with this wrestler who took a big risk and lost everything. Then they could have him miraculously earn another shot, and play off the rematch as his last chance. Still, the Aries/Roode/Hogan angle provided some good drama, the likes of which we’ve rarely seen in TNA lately. It also made the TNA Heavyweight Title look like the rich prize it should be. Everybody came up a winner here.
- So Tammy Lynn Sytch, also known as WWE Hall of Famer Sunny, pulled a stunt at an indy show this weekend. Her boyfriend, wrestler Damien Darling, apparently reached up her skirt just before a match and pulled down her thong. It was a blatant publicity stunt, as Sytch even said on Twitter. Being paired with Sytch is obviously advantageous for Damien Darling. Without her, chances are most fans wouldn’t have any idea who he is. That’s not to say anything bad about his wrestling ability. I’ve never seen the guy work. But I’d hate for fans to not be able to see him as anything but “Sunny’s boyfriend.”
Front page image and image 1 from WWE.com. Image 2 from adamswrestling.blogspot.com. Image 3 from wrestlingdelorean.tumblr.com.