WWE shows footage of Roman Reigns after emergency hernia surgery. NO!!! No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! You do NOT show footage of Roman Reigns drugged up and in a hospital bed! You do NOT do that! You’re killin’ the guy off!!!
*sigh* Alright, let me dive into why this INFURIATED me so damn much.
Roman Reigns was being built as the WWE’s next top guy. And for my money, he was (and could still be) a viable candidate. But WWE can’t necessarily make Reigns into the next John Cena, because they’re cut from very different clothes. Reigns can’t be the all-American, “Never give up, kids!” superhero that Cena is, because that’s not his character. Reigns has a nice bad ass vibe going for him, between his look, his demeanor, and his ring work. Reigns runs into trouble when he gets on the mic, not just because he hasn’t developed a solid promo yet, but because his character shouldn’t talk much. His visage and his actions do his talking for him. He’s got a quiet, foreboding aura about him that makes for a great babyface with a bit of edge.
But showing Reigns in a hospital bed, especially while he’s still on his way up, spoils all that because it kills his vibe. It humanizes his character in a way they shouldn’t be doing yet. If you want to milk this injury on the WWE Network, fine! Have your on-air talent talk about it, talk to the doctors, talk to the trainers about what the injury is, etc. But don’t friggin’ show him in the hospital! This is supposed to be our next big hero! And few things kill a hero’s image quite like a hospital gown.
Dean Ambrose returns to Raw following Night of Champions comeback. The use of Ambrose on this show was a great breath of fresh air. Speaking of auras, he’s got that great unpredictability about him. He’s so good on the mic, and at times he seems so spontaneous (i.e. hanging on to the car while Rollins was driving away), he’s just so damn entertaining. And the possibility of an Ambrose/Cena match is definitely intriguing.
John Cena faces Randy Orton in the Raw main event. I had literally no interest in this match. None. No offense to either man, but this is 2014. We’ve seen John Cena wrestle Randy Orton countless times over the years. You simply couldn’t garner my interest for another match between the two, and I think that’s the general consensus of the fanbase. You’d think what happened at the Royal Rumble would have been enough to let WWE know that.
Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Was unpleasantly surprised (as WWE likely wanted me to be) that Miz took the Intercontinental Championship back from Dolph Ziggler at the pay per view, and slightly confused to see Ziggler simply regain it 24 hours later. To both men’s credit, they’ve at least got me invested in their rivalry, despite how lackluster it was in the weeks following Summerslam. One can certainly argue whether this program is helping make the IC title “matter” again, especially with the hot potato title changes. But at the very least, I wanted to see Ziggler take it back, which he did.
Mark Henry apologizes for losing to Rusev at Night of Champions. Mark Henry probably cuts one of the best sappy, emotionally vulnerable promos in the business right now. Whether he’s “retiring” or apologizing, sad Mark Henry is usually good Mark Henry.
Adam Rose & “The Bunny” def. Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil. Not sure how I feel about the whole “Bunny” as a wrestler thing. If we want to do an angle about just who it is under the suit, that might be interesting. But the novelty of a guy in a bunny suit wrestling is wearing thin.
Natalya & Rosa Mendes def. Summer Rae & Layla El. So Summer Rae is a heel again, huh? Because of Total Divas? Alright sure. Whatever.
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