WWE RAW -20th May 2013 – Three’s a crowd.

WWE RAW – 20th May 2013

imagesThis may be a couple of days late (I apologise again for that), but instead of doing a full on review of each RAW and SmackDown each week, I have decided to change things up a little bit. I mean why not, since many of us have lives to lead and offices to occupy for eight hours a day.

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WWE RAW – 8th October 2012 – It wasn’t only McMahon who got a slap in the face….

The lack of posts I do these days….. blame that on my university. Its killing me!

Anyway, I know I have a lot to catch up on in terms of WWE and TNA TV and pay per views. I aim to do all those in a short space of time, but its more difficult at the moment. I just want to give a rundown of the RAW and SmackDown episodes from 8th and 12th October (last week), before getting to this weeks episodes in WWE. This one focuses on RAW last week.

Oh and for those wondering when I will post the TNA IMPACT and Bound for Glory shows, I will be posting them at some point I hope. As long as I can find them in good time.

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WWE RAW and SmackDown – 1st to 5th October 2012 – I’m sorry WWE, what’s that about Anti-bullying?

WWE RAW – 01/10/2012

So another week where I have barely been able to sit down and actually watch some wrestling, but last week was… well, pretty weak for wrestling. Still, I’m only covering the top stories here and there’s plenty for that, so let’s begin.

Punk heel push just went into overdrive

I can understand that WWE wants Punk to be a major heel in the company and a complete opposite to John Cena. I can understand that he wants respect as the WWE Champion. But the fact they are trying to do this by bullying JR AGAIN (in his own home state of Oklahoma) makes me cringe.

Why does Vinnie Mac hate JR so much? He’s one of the best announcers in this great industry, yet McMahon has embarrassed him constantly for nearly 20 years. It’s a shame this has happened again, but you could feel the heat and the hate for Punk from the crowd. Hell, even I hated Punk fully for the first time ever on that night. The heat-seeking tactic worked in that sense, but the way it was done was in poor taste.

By the way, does that whole segment not go against the WWE’s Anti-bullying stance? Rating: D

WWE really needs to stop the politics in the ring

Ok, so with the US Presidential Elections round the corner (makes no difference to me anyway), we had a debate between the World Champion Sheamus and the challenger the Big Show. I have one thing to say about this debate…

WHAT? THE? FUCK WAS THIS??

It wasn’t a debate. It was another bullying segment, with the Big Show on the receiving end this time. Sheamus is not even taking Show as a serious threat, so why should we buy him as a legit threat to the world title at Hell in a Cell? Fair enough, there’s more than enough reasons not to buy him as a threat (WrestleMania joke, can’t beat Cena, etc), but this merely adds another reason on top. Oh and as for Sheamus, he needs to get serious for a change. His character is too jokey for a champion (I know it’s part of a storyline, but still) and he needs a little depth in character right now.

Is this feud going to be worse than Del Rio? Rating: D-

Tag team tournament

Mysterio/Cara went through to the semi-finals after beating the Colons (Epico/Primo), but with the Prime Time Players watching, I sense a feud between these two teams in the future (maybe even at Hell in a Cell). Either way, this tournament has some good teams in there, so it will be interesting to see where it all leads to (except an obvious title challenge for the winners). Good stuff to see the tag team division being revived again. Rating: B

WWE SmackDown – 05/10/2012

Sheamus, Y so unserious?

Sheamus continues to disrespect Big Show. Look back at my RAW review above for my thoughts on this, because I am sick of this rivalry already. Grow up Sheamus!

Tag team tournament continues

This week, Prime Time Players defeated Kingston/Truth to set up a semi-final clash with Mysterio/Cara, I assume for RAW on Monday coming. What did I say about these two meeting in the near future? (Ok it goes by tournament bracket, but still give me some credit!) The final four in the tournament looks like this:

Prime Time Players ———I

I————-I

Mysterio/Cara————– I                  I

I———Winners

Rhodes Scholars————I                  I

I————-I

Marella/Ryder—————I

Rating: B

Kingston and Truth go their separate ways

After losing to Prime Time Players in the tag team tournament, it’s worth noting during an interview on WWE.com, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth decided to continue their singles careers and split up. They helped re-light the tag division originally, so good luck to both men in their singles careers.

Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk put on a show

The main event here was a rare treat, as WWE Champion CM Punk faced off against Mr Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler. After a back and forth match, Punk gets the GTS for the win (meaning Ziggler jobs AGAIN!), before saying he will NOT face John Cena at Hell in a Cell.

I suppose with Cena’s injury and a six week build to Hell in a Cell, they need to fill in the time with a story I guess? Great main event on SmackDown this week. Rating: B.

Team Hell No still get the job done

After beating Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga in a tag team match on SmackDown, Kane and Bryan are still going at it.

“I’M THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!”

The grammar police will hate that one. These two are so over with the fans, it’s amazing to see week in week out. At least they are helping put the focus on the tag team division again. They face the winners of the tag team tournament at Hell in a Cell for the tag team titles. Rating: C+

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WWE RAW and SmackDown – 24th/28th September 2012 – Finally some stories from the week!

WWE RAW

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.

WWE SmackDown

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.

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WWE SmackDown – 21st September 2012 – The Kane & Daniel Bryan Show

WWE SmackDown

Date:                   21st September 2012

Commentators:   Michael Cole, Josh Matthews

We are past Night of Champions now, and with six weeks until Hell in a Cell, I expect this show to deal with the fallout from last Sunday, as well as possibly start new feuds for the next pay per view. Let’s begin.

This is the majority of the show: The Tag Team Champions

I never thought I would see this but the majority of the show was showcased around the tag team champions, Kane and Daniel Bryan. The opening segment, which featured the returning Edge, was pure comedy gold. Bryan lost his temper again, Edge was getting angry at both the squabbling champions… while Kane wanted to hug it out with Edge for all he did to him. Seriously, this may seem childish but it sums up the whole storyline perfectly between these two. They are acting so far out of character, that I want to see more of them. Awesome way to start the show.

Both men had singles matches that night, with Kane losing to Damien Sandow and Bryan losing to Cody Rhodes, thanks to interferences by both partners. They continue to argue but they come together later in the night when they have a tag team match later against Sandow/Rhodes and take out the majority of the tag team division with chair shots. This is the way to book your champions as dominant so early in their title reign and it garnered a great reaction from the crowd.

When was the last time the tag team titles were given this much attention? I loved this show for this reason alone! The only concern I have is if they do this too often, it could wear the angle thin in a short time, as fans could get sick of it. For a one time thing though, it was entertaining to watch. Rating: A

Del Rio has no more title shots and Ziggler is pinned again

Now that Sheamus has pinned Del Rio again at Night of Champions (three times in three months), this feud for the World Title should be over now. In a tag team match between Sheamus/Orton versus Del Rio/Ziggler, the Mexican Aristocrat proved nothing about why he should have the title shot, which makes me and the rest of the fans sigh in relief.

Speaking of title contenders, Mr Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler, was the one who took the fall in the tag team match. See, the problem with this is Ziggler has been pinned more times than i care to count by Sheamus, so why should I believe he is a threat to Sheamus’ World Title, unless he cheats? That is what will most likely happen but still, they are wasting a golden opportunity to make Ziggler a main event level star. Rating: C-

Mahal/MacIntyre and Slater together?

So Brodus Clay was attacked by Slater (who he was having a match against); Mahal and MacIntyre. Is there any logical reason for these three to join forces or is it because they have been so easily forgotten for the last two years.

Cesaro dumps Aksana… WHY??

So after Marella pinned Cesaro (because clearly they need to drag out this feud for even longer!) because of the accidental distraction by Aksana, Cesaro (US Champion) says it’s over between them… in five different languages. Wait, so they broke up over Aksana costing him ONE FRAKING MATCH!? It wasn’t even for the title, so you could easily make an angle out of this! The booking team do my head in at times, seriously. Rating: D+

Overall: B+ This show was all about one thing: the tag team titles and the champions. To say it was a success is an understatement, but they can’t do this every show for fear of ruining this angle. As a one off for the show, it was different and refreshing instead of focusing on the same main event level superstars every single week. As far as the rest of the show went, it was pretty boring or difficult to work out why certain things took place. They have six weeks to build up the next pay per view, so hopefully everything will become clearer. Entertaining episode tonight overall.

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WWE RAW – 17th September 2012 – When was the last time I was this excited for tag team matches?

WWE RAW

Date:                    17th September 2012

Venue:                 Bridgeport, Connecticut

Commentators:    Michael Cole, Jim Ross, JBL

Considering everyone was writing about how Night of Champions was a throwaway pay per view last night, it turned out to be an excellent event, headlined by the fantastic WWE Championship match between Cena and Punk. While the match ended in a draw, it allows for a rematch later on, which i won’t mind. The question is can the WWE continue the momentum with a great TV show tonight? Let’s find out.

Update on Jerry Lawler

First things first, after Jerry Lawler’s unfortunate heart attack last week, Cole updated us at the start of the show that Jerry is back home in Memphis after a week in hospital. There will also be a live interview with Jerry next week on RAW via satellite, which will be good to see. Kudos to WWE for their handling of this whole situation and Cole has shown he has class in him for his professionalism with updating us of Jerry’s condition.

For tonight, we have Jim Ross and JBL (just like last night at Night of Champions) taking to the commentary table until Jerry Lawler is fit enough to return. JBL was awesome on the PPV last night, so I expect another strong showing by him here.

We hope to see you soon Jerry. Fantastic to hear you are on the mend.

More controversy over WWE Championship

After the WWE Title match ended in a draw last night, Heyman and Punk demanded respect for walking out of Cena’s hometown still with the gold. Until Cena pinned Punk in a tag team match later on….. when Punk’s leg was on the rope. This is only going to result in another title match down the road anyway, most likely at Hell in a Cell, so it’s a necessary evil I suppose to use this controversy angle. Then again, these two tend to have good matches and chemistry against each other, so I can’t complain either way. I just hope this match will be in Hell in a Cell, as this rivalry needs to be settled once and for all. Rating: C+

Tag team division is on the mend

There is certainly a growing interest in the tag team division in recent months, with the Prime Time Players being given a huge push especially. They made a huge statement after the tag team match between Sin Cara/Rey Mysterio and Primo/Epico, where they took out Cara/Mysterio, before declaring they will take what they want from now on. I sense a bigger push for these guys on their way to becoming tag team champions in the future, which would do the division some good over the coming months.

As for the tag team champions, Daniel Bryan and Kane, they defeated Kingston/Truth in a rematch from Night of Champions. They are MAJORLY over at the moment so putting the tag team title belts on them was the best decision they made. It will be interesting to see how long this team can co-exist for though and how long they last as the tag team champions. Credit to the WWE for giving the tag team division some life again. Rating: B+

Eve Torres conspiracy theory

After Eve won the Divas Title from Layla at Night of Champions, after Kaitlyn was attacked by someone “unknown”, the conspiracy theories have been flying around that Eve was the one who attacked her. Not only is that predictable, but does anyone really care about this division at the moment? The WWE has shown they do not care about this division, and making this switch at the last minute proves that. Fair enough, Eve is the most interesting diva in the division at the moment and deserves to be champion, but that alone does not make me interested in the Divas. Except for their good looks. But that’s it. Rating: D-

Brodus Clay’s first feud?

So Brodus Clay defeats Heath Slater here and now has the full attention of Antonio Cesaro, the US Champion, for attacking him last week? I’m all for that. Give them both a story and give the US Title some on TV to remind the fans it is still there every now and again. I don’t think Brodus Clay has had a feud up until this point unless you count Damien Sandow. Rating: C+

MizTV is born!

It was about time they gave the Miz his on talk show, to follow in the footsteps of Shawn Michaels, Edge and Roddy Piper to name a few. After successfully defending the Intercontinental Title at Night of Champions in a fatal fourway match and humiliating his first guest on the show, Booker T, he got confronted by Ryback. Now this would be an interesting feud, which is a legitimate challenge for both men. Ryback is unbeaten in WWE and Miz is a former WWE Champion, so it would be a big test for Ryback to see what he is made of. Make it happen WWE, and it looks like it could happen. Rating: B-

Overall: B This show had a nice blend of the fallout from Night of Champions and the start and continuity of feuds for the next few weeks or even months. Even the secondary titles are looking to get some feuds going, which is a fresh feeling for us fans. Hell in a Cell PPV is in five weeks, so that gives the WWE some time to get some major rivalries going, with this show being a solid start on that road.

Saying that, I am immensely excited about the tag team division at the moment, with some feuds looking to draw the crowds in. With Kane/Bryan as the champs, that will put the focus on the tag team belts, which is the right thing to do at this moment in time. The Prime Time Players are also looking good, and could enter into a rivalry with Cara/Mysterio if that is the case. I, and all the other fans, hope this continues into the future, as this revival is what we have been clamouring for for years.

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WWE SmackDown – 14th September 2012 – Why bother with the US and Intercontinental titles anymore?

WWE SmackDown

Date:                  14th September 2012

Location:            Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Josh Matthews

The final show before Night of Champions is upon us, so let’s get this done, as there are a few things to address here. First off, what final pointers will be given in the World Heavyweight Championship feud, regarding the now-banned Brogue Kick? Who will challenge for the Intercontinental and US Championships this Sunday night? How will Bryan and Kane co-exist as a tag team this Sunday? Let’s begin.

The Brogue Kick case continues

After the Brogue kick was banned before, during and after matches by SmackDown GM Booker T, Otunga and Del Rio even brought in Christian via satellite (recovering from shoulder surgery) to say the Brogue Kick should be banned permanently. This whole angle has been much better than what we have seen between Del Rio and Sheamus over the last few months, yet it is still being slightly botched. With Sheamus using the Texas Cloverleaf, especially by defeating Bryan on SmackDown this week, it just looks like a small inconvenience to Sheamus, nothing more nothing less. They could have waited until Night of Champions for him to debut that move at least. Rating: C

Intercontinental title match determined

After the IC Champion, The Miz, lost to Sin Cara this week, it was determined that Miz would defend the title against Cody Rhodes (who attacked Miz on RAW this week); Mysterio (who pinned Miz on SmackDown last week) and Sin Cara (who pinned him moments before) in a fatal fourway match this Sunday. This is a crossover of feuds, but does anyone care about them enough to want to see a title match between these four? Should be a good match regardless though. Rating: C

Bryan and Kane to take the Tag Team Titles Sunday?

With Kane defeating Kofi Kingston on SmackDown this week, Bryan/Kane (Team Friendship if you want) have a good chance to win the tag team titles on Sunday. In all honesty, they need to win the titles, as not only would it keep their anger management storyline going, but it would also aid the restoration of the tag team division in the long-term. Solid stuff by the booking team here, but they need to keep it going with the right result on Sunday for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Rating: B

Does Ziggler really have a chance against Orton?

Another failed sneak attack from Ziggler this week really drove the question home to me this week. Does Ziggler even have a chance of defeating Orton at Night of Champions this Sunday? If the company can’t even trust or allow Ziggler to gain an advantage over Orton (he isn’t even that big of a star in the company recently, let’s be honest), then how can we as fans be expected to believe Ziggler is a threat to Orton? This is going to end badly I reckon this Sunday, for Ziggler mostly. Rating: D

Wade Barrett is still in business – What is this “product” he is on about that will be sampled by someone next week on SmackDown?

US Champion made to look weak

Just by reading that subheading, I am not surprised by this. Antonio Cesaro, the US Champion, get’s squashed in a promo by Tyson Kidd and Brodus Clay, in a bid to make the audience and the kids happy. How is this meant to build a champion up for a surprise match this Sunday? WWE booking ladies and gentlemen. Rating: D

They are sort of trying with Kaitlyn

After the wrong diva won the battle royal a few weeks ago on RAW (Eve Torres should have won) and WWE decided not to change it, Kaitlyn has been built up slowly leading to her title match with Layla on Sunday. The whole angle has been turned into an underdog story, with Beth Pheonix (this week) and Natalya to name a few falling victim to Kaitlyn recently. Good way to build her up before Sunday, with her lack of ring experience it seems unlikely Layla will lose the title at Night of Champions. Unless Eve Torres is added into the match at the very last minute. Good effort at least here. Rating: C

Overall: C+ Aside a few booking issues as far as the IC and US Titles went (WWE do not care about them either way) this was a solid go-home show to Night of Champions. The World Title match has some intrigue to it; the Tag Team Title match has a lot of interest in it from the fans and the card has essentially been filled out. Ziggler could have been built up better over the last few weeks to face Orton as an equal, but such is the nature of WWE booking. The pay per view on Sunday has the potential to be good, if not spectacular, so let’s hope it delivers.

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WWE RAW – 10th September 2012 – Wishing a speedy recovery to Jerry “The King” Lawler

WWE RAW

Date:                    10th September 2012

Venue:                 Montreal, Canada

Commentators:    Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler

Apologies for the lateness of this review, it’s been a hectic couple of days and I have also been checking reports over the condition of Jerry Lawler.

Normally, I would say let’s begin with the go home show for the next pay per view, but after what happened with Jerry Lawler on RAW, it’s difficult to talk about a lot of happenings this week. This review will touch upon the big news out of RAW regardless, but none of them are bigger than the health of Lawler. Let’s do this.

Jerry Lawler suffers heart attack and is taken to hospital

This is the biggest news here, with Jerry Lawler suffering a heart attack during the Kane/Bryan versus Prime Time Players tag team match. He was rushed backstage and given CPR, with reports stating he was clinically dead for 20 minutes. He thankfully responded and was taken to a nearby hospital in Montreal.

All our prayers and thoughts are with Jerry and his family at this time. We all hope Jerry can pull through this and recover in time. He is a huge credit to the wrestling industry, regardless of any criticism of him over the last few years, with many legendary matches throughout his career. In my opinion, WWE not doing commentary for the rest of RAW out of respect for Jerry was a class move.

Please get well soon Jerry.

CM Punk/Bret Hart and John Cena interview

In order to push the WWE title match some more and gain some extra buys, WWE may have done just that with this final segment. With Bret Hart conducting an interview, in his home country where he is worshipped, with John Cena, Punk came out to throw some truth at the Cenation leader. When the tables got turned and the truth thrown back at CM Punk, it gave us a glimpse into how Punk has developed since that infamous promo of his back in June 2011. And it’s true. Punk became a big star for himself since then and now the fans hate this whiny version of the Second City Saint. Fantastic end segment to RAW, helping what should be a great match for this Sunday at Night of Champions. Rating: B+

I wonder how Paul Heyman will factor into this Sunday’s title match, if at all?

Kane and Daniel Bryan for the tag team titles?

FINALLY! For the last few weeks, these two have been involved in an anger management angle, involving classes and an in-ring hug. Now they are tag team partners, which is the best way for them to go. After they beat the Prime Time Players on RAW, they have the No 1 Contenders spot this Sunday for the WWE tag team titles. Rating: A

Unfortunately, Lawler had his heart during this match, which is the fault of no one, meaning this match went largely unnoticed for good reason.

Sheamus sued by Rodriguez/Otunga.

The skits showing Sheamus being sued by Rodriguez and Otunga in a tribunal case was fantastic to see. It showed Otunga in a typical setting for his character (he is a Harvard graduate after all) and it furthered the “Brogue Kick is dangerous” angle. Brilliant to see, although I felt Sheamus was a bit too jokey, ridiculing Otunga to the point of overkill.

To drive home the point later on, Sheamus brogue kicked Otunga after beating him with the Texas Cloverleaf (huge push on that move to put it over), before Booker T threatened to strip him of the title if that move is used again by Sheamus. The World Title match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio just got more interesting (I never thought I would say that), as the match has a few outcomes available to go with. Rating: B

US Title and Intercontinental title challengers

A pre show battle royal to determine a challenger to the US Title will take place before this Sunday’s pay per view. As for the Intercontinental title, I reckon a triple threat match will take place between Miz (champion); Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes. Rhodes defeated Mysterio on RAW with the help of Miz, but Rhodes then laid out Miz with the Cross Rhodes finisher. You couldn’t make this more last minute if you tried. Oh wait, it’s normal with these belts now isn’t it? Rating: C-

Overall: B+ This RAW has two sides to it. The great side, which pushed the Night of Champions pay per view this Sunday very well indeed with great storyline advancement (heck, even the tag team titles match has a story to it). Unfortunately, Lawler having a heart attack halted the atmosphere, but again that is the fault of no one. WWE handled the situation with class (Cole earned my respect by professionally giving updates on Lawler’s condition) and hopefully Jerry can continue to recover in hospital and eventually at home. Entertainment wise, excellent episode tonight, but our thoughts remain with Lawler and his family.

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WWE SmackDown – 7th September 2012 – Bye bye to the Brogue Kick

WWE SmackDown

Date:                   7th September 2012

Commentators:   Michael Cole, Josh Matthews

Nine days to go until Night of Champions and the World Title is the big match for the blue brand, with Del Rio again the No 1 contender against Sheamus. Change the record (or the wrestler in this case) already! Anyway, big decision to be made tonight based on what happened on RAW (more on that in a moment), so let’s begin.

The Brogue Kick is banned!

After Sheamus put Ricardo Rodriguez in the hospital on RAW this week, after giving him a Brogue Kick to the head and knocking him unconscious, Rodriguez’s new lawyer David Otunga (surprise, surprise) pushed Booker T to ban the move or risk a lawsuit. Seriously, the lawsuit excuse is a copout for the company now! Either way, Booker bans the move (just before Sheamus uses it on David Otunga in the main event) for good, which Del Rio is very happy about. At least this makes the match at NoC more interesting, as Sheamus now has to use other ways (such as his Texas Cloverleaf move) to beat Del Rio. Rating: B-

Intercontinental Champion loses… again!

In a tag team match, Rhodes and Miz (the IC Champion) took on the team of Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio. I don’t get why the champion has to be pinned most of the time, as this is not the first time The Miz has taken a pinfall loss since becoming the champion. Surely there was a better team for Cara and Mysterio to face but still build on the storyline’s of Rhodes/Sin Cara and Miz/Mysterio. Rating: D+

As far as the team of Mysterio/Cara, the word from sources in WWE say they want both of them to have history with each other before a potential WrestleMania match next year. There is even talk of them becoming tag team champions before then, which would be interesting.

Daniel Bryan uses his anger

After snapping because of his anger, Daniel Bryan defeated Zack Ryder with the NO Lock… until the referee reversed the decision when Bryan wouldn’t let go of the hold. This whole anger angle should see Bryan and Kane team up (it makes total sense), but WWE booking will most likely have them fight one more time and then that’s it. We can hope though, but it’s a great story so far. Rating: B-

Tag team title contender’s determined!

Considering the Prime Time Player’s have been the most built up tag team challengers in recent months, it makes sense they became the No 1 Contenders to the tag team titles at Night of Champions. Maybe they will finally defeat Kingston/Truth at the third time of asking. At least the tag team division is getting some good time now and some dignity restored to it. Rating: B-

Sandow on the verge of a great push

It’s no secret that the WWE Management are high on Damian Sandow, so it’s no surprise they are giving him more prominent roles on TV. Another big match versus Randy Orton solidifies that theory this week (although Sandow ran away for a countout loss), but the fact he is getting bigger matches this early in his new gimmick speaks volumes. Let’s just hope WWE do not mess this latest push up or cut it off quickly before the crowd truly get’s into him. Rating: B-

The return of Wade Barrett!

I have waited for this moment for 7 months, as have a lot of fans. Wade Barrett is back, this time with a British bare knuckle fighter gimmick (which is reminiscent of his earlier career before making it big in WWE). What he means by he is open for business is beyond me, but it will be interesting to see what he does in the next few weeks and months. Great to see him back though where he belongs. He can still cut a good promo. Rating: B

Overall: B With progress in the World Title storyline, the continued push of Sandow, the tag team scene getting some good TV time and a new tag team getting pushed as well, this is probably the best episode of SmackDown in a long time. Only the World Title was pushed for Night of Champions, but future feuds have been set up which is promising. Good episode tonight, here’s hoping they can keep it up.

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WWE RAW – 3rd September 2012 – Punk and Heyman together? Oh this will be good!

WWE RAW

Date:                    3rd September 2012

Venue:                 Chicago, Illinois

Commentators:  Michael Cole, The Miz

We are closer to Night of Champions and last week’s dissection of Jerry Lawler has moved Punk’s heel character on nicely now, which has taken long enough to happen. Also, we hear more after AJ Lee attacked Vickie Guerrero last week, plus more on Bryan and Kane’s anger management lessons. Let’s begin.

Lawler taken out by CM Punk

A lot involving Punk here tonight, starting with him taking out Jerry Lawler before he came out to do commentary. With chest issues diagnosed for Lawler, Michael Cole was left alone to do the broadcasting alone (God help us!), until The Miz, the reigning Intercontinental Champion, came out to do commentary for the rest of the show (Thank Goodness!). Any other commentators going to get taken out as well soon?

Punk turns his back on Chicago and Sheamus

After running down Sheamus at the beginning of the show, AJ Lee makes a Champion v Champion match for later on in the evening. Until Punk decided to take a “personal day off” and left the building. That is an effective way to build heat for Punk (except the Chicago crowd still cheered for their hometown hero), but I’m not happy at the way they made him look like a coward to walk out on the World Champion. Rating: C

Has Punk joined forces with Paul Heyman?

During the end of the match between Alberto Del Rio and John Cena in a falls count anywhere match, Punk returned and laid out Cena with a kick to the head, allowing Del Rio to cover Cena for the win. The interesting thing here is when Punk drove away and Paul Heyman was seen looking out the window at Cena on the floor. As the internet is buzzing right now from a collective orgasm at this revelation, it makes sense that these two would join forces eventually. Punk has said himself that he is a Paul Heyman Guy and Heyman was the man who gave Punk his chance in WWE ECW six years ago. If they are indeed together now, along with Brock Lesnar, this will be a very interesting partnership indeed. Rating: B+

Ricardo Rodriguez saves Del Rio again

After Sheamus defeated Jack Swagger, Del Rio attacked the World Champion, only to be taken out by Sheamus. Rodriguez though took the Brogue Kick for Del Rio, which rendered the announcer unconscious for a while. With Otunga involved as a lawyer, are we going to see ANOTHER lawsuit feud leading to Night of Champions? I really hope not, it’s just so boring! Rating: D+

Ziggler beat Orton

A quick mention for this, as this is a rematch from SmackDown and Ziggler finally got a win over Orton. Could they have not saved this for an actual feud instead, so there may be something to fight over for both men? Rating: C

Hugging it out on live TV!

With the anger management classes ending this week, Daniel Bryan and Kane haven’t really made much progress….. considering they reduced the teacher to tears at the end. But the hilarious/awkward part came when the pair of them were in the ring hugging each other (thanks to the WWE voting for that on Twitter. Why would they vote for this?) The pair of them could barely hug before they began tearing each other apart. This rivalry and the way it has been executed so far has been nothing short of funny and entertaining, which is what you want from a story. Fantastic stuff and it makes me wonder when the blow off match will be between these two. Rating: A-

SummerSlam rematch for the US Title

I was surprised when I saw the title was on the line here, with Antonio, who won the title on the SummerSlam pre-show from Santino Marella, faced the former champion Marella in his customary rematch. This was pretty much just to get the rematch out of the way, because it only lasted a few minutes and was a step above a squash. Still, it was a nice surprise to see the title defended on RAW for the first time in over two months I believe. Rating: C-

The losing streak of Swagger continues

After losing to Sheamus this week (being the replacement for CM Punk walking out), Jack Swagger announced later on RAW that he is leaving to take “an extended break”, which I assume means he will be off WWE programming for the foreseeable future. This may be the best thing for Swagger at this moment, as he has not won a singles match on RAW since winning the US Title from Zack Ryder back in January this year. His character is stale beyond belief and he has no reaction from the fans anymore. A major fall down the ladder for the former World Heavyweight Champion in the last two years, so let’s hope he comes back re-invented in his character and motivation. Rating: C

AJ Lee has a nervous breakdown

After attacking Vickie Guerrero last week on RAW, AJ Lee has been ordered by the WWE Board of Director’s to apologise to Vickie. Despite that, Vickie still slapped AJ (as AJ cannot touch any member of the WWE roster at all), which sent AJ into a nervous breakdown in the ring. I have a feeling AJ won’t be RAW General Manager for much longer, but even worse, that Vickie Guerrero will be back in charge of RAW at some point. I know she is a good heat machine, but her voice makes my ears bleed and it grates on me very easily. AJ, please grow up a bit so you can keep your job. Rating: C-

Overall: C+ With a few interesting angles, RAW was quite stacked tonight in terms of events occurring. Firstly, CM Punk possibly joining forces with Paul Heyman makes me want to watch RAW next week and see what will happen next. Along with the Bryan and Kane anger angle and there is actually a few reasons to watch RAW at the moment. That’s all you can ask for at times really, but WWE could use the three hour show a bit better in places, such as building mid card feuds more, ala Orton and Ziggler, so the crowd can get more emotionally invested in them. Decent show tonight, with the three hours not dragging too badly here.

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