Thoughts From WWE Raw:
- Wow….so if I’m understanding this correctly, at TLC we’re going to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships. So for the first time since 2002, we’ll have a single, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion. That’s huge, Wrestlemania-caliber news. In fact, I’m actually really surprised this Cena/Orton match isn’t taking place at Wrestlemania XXX. What better environment to have such a historic match in? But instead we’re having it at TLC? That’s…awkward. Unless of course, they’re planning some sort of screwjob finish where we don’t actually get a unified champion, which would be a nice way to built to a match at Wrestlemania.
In fact, one of my favorite online wrestling pundits, GoodMicWork, tweeted this little gem during the show: “I already know the finish to TLC. John Cena and Randy Orton will each grab the others belts. Both titles change hands.” That WOULD make a lot of sense…
In any event, this announcement should make a lot of the traditionalists happy. At one point, WWE had three heavyweight championships in circulation. Now that the brand extension is essentially dead, we might as well get back to basics, and have a one competitor to call the WWE Champion, and the best in the world. At the risk of being cheesy, THAT my friends, is what’s best for business.
- It’s nice to see Rey Mysterio Jr. back. But the cynic in me can’t help but start the figurative “injury time clock.” Here’s hoping he at least makes it to Wrestlemania. He deserves to be there.
- Alright, so if we build this up the way we should, it’ll be Roman Reigns against Dean Ambrose for the United States Title at some point in the near future. I hate to sound like a broken record here, but….Wrestlemania? On the other hand, where does that leave Seth Rollins? Guest referee, perhaps?
- HA! Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow in a fan-picked stipulation match. That’s funny. A battle between two guys who won the Money in the Bank briefcase, and in the long run really got none of the perks. But of course, if you need a match to steal the show, these are the guys you want to call. Interesting to see Ziggler wearing a Zack Ryder t-shirt. He’d better be careful. At the rate he’s been descending down the card, they might end up a tag team.
- Michael Strahan was alright this week. But damn, Titus O’Neil REALLY needs to get more opportunities like this. Millions of dollars, people. Millions of dollars.
- I was surprised to see Big E. Langston get the Intercontinental Title. But I suppose I really shouldn’t have been. Despite all the hype he came in with Curtis Axel has done a giant pile of nothing with that title. And if Big E. can restore a bit of that title’s lost prestige, then more power to him.
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are a nice short-term tag team. But as was the case with Team Rhodes Scholars, I very much prefer them as singles. With any luck, what we saw tonight was an indication that Punk will be moving into a program with the Shield, and Bryan will keep going with the Wyatt Family.
- Normally I’d be pissed they were giving us a pay per view re-match the very next night. But I’m not sure it counts if nobody cared about the match to begin with (Sorry AJ, sorry Natalya). The whole Total Divas vs. “True Divas” thing doesn’t make much sense anyway, as it forces the heels to team up with the babyfaces. But hey, at least Rosa Mendes, pro wrestling’s queen of the selfie, got some TV time. And hey, I DO have to give Brie Bella some credit. She’s getting better. So thank you for that, Daniel Bryan.
- Xavier Woods, a.k.a. Consequences Creed of TNA fame, had a solid night tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him.
- Uh oh, I heard some Hogan chants tonight. Be careful what you wish for, folks…
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