Bell To Bell: The End of the AJ Lee Era
Before I get into Raw, can I just say that until I saw this photo on the right, I had no idea just how much Stephanie McMahon looks like her dad. Look at her face! She’s got the same “I’m going to eat you alive” look that Vince does. She’s even wearing that body building bronzer we’ve seen Vince and Triple H wear before. I don’t think anybody can deny that Steph has a great body, but I honestly can’t decide if this photo is sexy or creepy.
Thoughts From Raw:
- AJ Lee had a career moment tonight on Raw. She cast herself in exactly the sympathetic light she needed to, foregoing most of the “crazy chick” stuff, and giving viewers a genuinely touching moment. I’m surprised that they took her out of the General Manager storyline so soon. But with luck, now she can prove her versatility in a new capacity. This unjustly ousted underdog role may just lead her to become the biggest female star WWE has. The fans were chanting for her.
- As for Vickie Guerrero taking on the new authority role, she’s definitely someone who can get heat from the fans. One must wonder where this leaves her on-screen role with Dolph Ziggler. But hey, at least it wasn’t John Laurinaitis.
- Ugh, how much more can we devalue the WWE Champion vs. World Heavyweight Champion match? We keep giving it away on free TV with no build up. This is supposed to be the biggest match WWE is capable of having! Instead it’s just another Raw main event.
- Ziggler and Daniel Bryan had the match of the night by far. It was just highlight after highlight after highlight. It was hard hitting and wonderfully paced. That facebuster off the top rope was epic.
- There’s been some talk about about whether John Cena “passed the torch” to Ryback last week when he got the crowd to chant “Feed Me More.” I don’t think that was the case at all. Though Cena was obviously trying to help get Ryback over. It’s in Cena’s best interest, and the company’s for that matter, for Ryback to become a mega star, if in fact that’s in the cards for him. How long can Cena continue carry the brunt of the company on his shoulders? That’s a hell of a lot of pressure, and I’m sure he’d enjoy sharing a bit of it, especially if he’s as beat up as certain sources say he is.
- A lot of fans are talking about what the finish will be for the CM Punk/Ryback Hell in a Cell match, and which is more important, Punk’s title reign or Ryback’s undefeated streak. Personally, I think Punk’s title reign is more valuable right now, but there is a way we can leave both intact. It’s been established in the past that the cell wall can be pierced, or that they door can even be ripped off. Let’s have Ryback break the cage or something, and then they can duke it out on the aisleway and in the backstage area before Punk escapes the building in a car driven by Paul Heyman. It’s a non-finish, granted. But hopefully the brawl would be worth it. Plus, it leaves us open for a Punk/Ryback/Cena title match at Survivor Series or TLC.
- I found it interesting that Jim Ross dropped the names of all the guys Rey Mysterio has held tag team gold with. Not only guys from WCW like Konnan and Juventud Guerrera, but TNA’s Rob Van Dam. Those names seem like they might not necessarily be PC as far as WWE is concerned. They definitely wouldn’t have been mentioned had JR not been on the headset. Yet another reason to keep him. He brings perspective.
- Surprised to see Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow or Team (*sigh*) Rhodes Scholars advance to Hell in a Cell. I was sure Rey and Sin Cara were going to pick up the win. Though from a character standpoint, Rhodes and Sandow do make for a more compelling match. I’m interested to see how those two interact with Kane and Daniel Bryan at the pay per view.
- Well how about that! Michael McGillicutty got a match on Raw! He looked really against Kofi Kingston. Here’s hoping he gets a chance to shine soon.
- Speaking of Kofi, he needs new entrance music and an update to his look. With the exception of the Jamaican accent he had when we first met him, he’s essentially been the same guy since 2007. What better time than now for the new Intercontinental Champion to tweak his look.
- Justin Gabriel looks like he’s in line for a United States Title match. I don’t think he’ll get the belt, but he’s definitely a candidate for an Evan Bourne-type push if he can maintain his current momentum.
- Can we please not let Layla talk anymore? Just….please?
I love this photo on the right, which was taken by our friend Mike Bessler at All American Pro Wrestling’s Zero Hour event October 20. He was front and center as the Great Cheyenne sent Angelus Layne into the guard rail at ringside. The card also featured a tag team ladder match, which saw Brandon Espinosa and Ace Hawkins defeat Matt Cage and Christian Rose in a tag team ladder match for the AAPW Tag Titles, and Edmund “Livewire” McGuire beat Mike Masters to become the AAPW Heavyweight Champion. Congrats on a great show, guys!
Front page image, and images 1, 2 and 3 from WWE.com. AAPW image couresty of Mike Bessler.