I know this is VERY late, but here are the top stories from RAW and SmackDown from last week. Note these are the top stories only, instead of a full blown review, as I still have this week’s RAW to do as well.
As for last week’s TNA IMPACT, that will be on a separate post on Thursday/Friday along with this week’s IMPACT show. It keeps the flow going in a way. Let’s get this done.
CM Punk is approached by Cena, Foley…. and Ryback??
So with Punk expected to face Cena at Hell in a Cell, inside the said cell, there is one problem here. Cena has had elbow surgery, meaning he will be out for four to six weeks, which is about the time Hell in a Cell will take place, on 28th October. With no guarantee that Cena will be ready for the PPV, they need a backup. So out of all the options they have, who do they decide to use? Ryback!
First off, this is not a smart move at this time. Ryback is still developing as a character and is not ready to challenge, let alone win, the WWE Championship. Also, it would do CM Punk no favours to lose the title to Ryback, which would make his heel turn over the last couple of months pointless. Likewise for Ryback, as if he loses, he will lose all momentum he has built since his debut in April and he would be viewed as just another guy. In a year’s time, maybe this will be a good feud, but for now it’s the worst move WWE could make.
Earlier in the night, Foley challenged Punk to face Cena at Hell in a Cell in order to create a moment, and not to rely too much on statistics. To me, this sounds like they are setting Punk up for something big (provided he faces Cena at Hell in a Cell) and maybe career defining moment. In all honesty, I think Punk’s title reign needs that at this moment in time.
The Show is back!
Big Show returned to knock out Tensai and Brodus Clay during their match. I don’t care so much, but this is news in itself anyway. Big Show is back!
Bryan/Kane anger management skits
More funny comedy from the Tag Team Champions. From Kane depicting a man called “Gerald” to a parody of When harry met Sally, I think it’s best to watch these videos below to appreciate this segment.
For the record, the WWE Universe decided the tag team name of Kane/Bryan shall be “Hell No” via Twitter.
Big Show is No 1 contender to World Heavyweight Title
I know we have all been moaning about how Alberto Del Rio has been having chance after chance at Sheamus’ World Title, but now the WWE have put Big Show (or Big Slow depending on your feelings for him) in the title hunt. Seriously WWE, have you got no other younger wrestlers who deserve a shot at the title to put in front of Sheamus? It would give them credibility for their future careers to have a shot at the World Title. Heck, even Ziggler would have been a good option and he’s lost to Sheamus way too many times before. I am dreading this World Title match at Hell in a Cell as it stands. Horrible booking decision.
Tag Team Title Tournament
With the growing number of tag teams in WWE at the moment, it makes good sense to hold a tournament, in order to give more exposure to the tag team division and to see what the teams are made of. This week saw Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) defeat The Usos to send them into the semi-finals of the tournament. Short match, but this tournament is only just beginning. I’m interested to see where this whole thing will go from here and how Team Hell No (the tag team champions, Kane/Bryan) will tie into this.
Beth Pheonix’s ticket out of WWE?
With Beth Pheonix leaving the company at the end of the month after her release from her contract, she has been involved with the Kaitlyn assault story and even blamed for the attack by the Divas Champion, Eve Torres. I sense a Loser Leaves Town match at Hell in a Cell between these two for the Divas Title, which coincides with Beth’s exit from the company. Coincidence? Surely not.
Speaking of this story, when was the last time WWE ever had a story for the Divas division?
That is a recap of the top stories from WWE last week. Again, apologies for the lateness and out of date information here, but time issues have not helped me in the last couple of weeks. This week’s RAW will hopefully be up later today, so keep checking back folks.