Thoughts From Raw:
- Nice to see Dean Ambrose rewarded for his work these past few weeks. He had a solid showing with the Undertaker, and then a really good match with Daniel Bryan. And now he’s set to have his first singles match on a pay per view against a star like Kofi Kingston, for the United States Title no less. He’s unquestionably the stand out member of the Shield, not only because of his work in the ring, but his stellar work on the mic.
Meanwhile, we’ve got Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns challenging Bryan and Kane for the tag belts. I had originally pictured Rollins and Ambrose getting the shot, with Reigns acting as the bodyguard/enforcer. But it’s worth it if Ambrose can get a shot as a singles star.
Speaking of which, tonight former WWE writer Seth Mates tweeted: Question for all of you: @drtompritchard & I are making a bet – will Ryback join Shield on Sunday? I say yes, he says no. What should we bet?” Doesn’t seem too far fetched does it? Also, if you’re keeping score at home, hat = heel Ryback, no hat = babyface Ryback.
What happens to Paul Heyman after Extreme Rules? CM Punk is on break, and Brock Lesnar is probably going away for a little while. So Heyman’s got nobody left to manage unless he takes on a third wrestler, which I don’t see happening. WWE TV is damn sure going to miss Heyman. Without he and Punk, we’ve got nobody to cut those long, masterful heel promos. No offense to Ryback, but I don’t exactly see him stepping up to that plate.
Triple H did a nice job selling the cage match at Extreme Rules with his point about Lesnar’s mystique. That’s actually something the internet wrestling community has done its share of talking about since Lesnar lost to John Cena at Extreme Rules last year. Brock has had three pay per view matches since he’s been back, and has lost two of them. If he loses this one, well…we’ve kind of neutered the beast, haven’t we? Wrestlemania was one thing. But it’s time to give Brock back his status as that spine-chilling killer.
- No Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules? Ugh, that sucks. As I said last week, that triple threat ladder match would have been a show stealer. The “I Quit” match between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio could be good, of course. But that ladder match could have been one for the ages. I suppose as long as Ziggler gets better, that’s the important thing. Lord knows after all he’s put in to get that belt, it would be a shame for his run to be cut short.
- That Natalya/A.J. Lee match was the first divas contest in a long time that I’ve had any interest in whatsoever. granted, I had to mute my TV because the Bellas were on commentary. But it was certainly nice to see Nattie get to wrestle on Raw for once. Also, a great maneuver by AJ to end the match. More please.
- I have to say, I was a fan of Fandango’s trippy rainbow-colored attire this week. The best thing about what went down with that whole dance competition between he and Chris Jericho? There was very little actual dancing. #wewantwrestling
- A fairly predictable elimination match featuring John Cena, Team Hell No and the Shield. But it was still well done. There’s always room for great drama in those types of matches, which is part of the reason why the Survivor Series pay per view has stayed alive for so long.
- Hey, did you guys hear WWE has an App? #enoughalready
- Thank you! Finally the Prime Time Players get a win on Raw! From a charisma standpoint, there are few wrestlers I enjoy watching more than Titus O’Neil.
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