Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 1/30/12 (A Shocking Return...)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw on 1/30/12. After the events of the Royal Rumble, how will Raw continue the road to WrestleMania? Well, let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with John Laurinaitis. He is really laying it on thick tonight. Laurinaitis is giving out handshakes to the audience and shows appreciation to the workers. This would be an ongoing theme for the night as Laurinaitis is trying to save his job. Desperate man do desperate things. Laurinaitis says he's excited about his performance review tonight. Well, he is Mr. Excitement. He announces a few matches. The first announcement was regarding Elimination Chamber. It will be CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler vs Miz vs Kofi Kingston vs R-Truth vs Chris Jericho in the Elimination Chamber. It will be for the WWE title. For tonight, it will be Miz vs Kofi, Dolph vs Randy Orton, and Punk vs Daniel Bryan. That was a lot of announcements. Announcements for days. Punk interrupts Roboinaitis and starts singing "Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". Punk was getting the audience and some of the workers to join along in the song. It's the WWE sing along edition. Once Punk sings in Laurinaitis' face, Laurinaitis says he deserves an apology for holding his own in calling the match down the middle at the RR. Punk says there's no way he can do that since Laurinaitis sucks and blows. Bryan actually shows up to interrupt this banter between Punk and Laurinaitis. Bryan says nobody cares about their problems and brags about how he won last night against Big Show and Mark Henry. Bryan even feels insulted that he has to go up against Punk since he considers that a cake walk compared to his match last night. Bryan adds that he's more than a wrestler, he's a role model because of his vegan lifestyle. Punk starts to make jokes and Bryan isn't happy about it. The two eventually agree to put on a solid wrestling match tonight. Just when you think it's over, Sheamus interrupts. He reminds everyone that he won the Royal Rumble and puts both world champions on notice. This was a pretty long opening. I generally don't like long openings, but it was expected since we are getting the fallout of the Royal Rumble and setting up WM. As you would've guessed, Punk and Laurinaitis are still on opposite ends. This is the WWE's odd couple. Bryan is becoming a jackass more and more each week. Sheamus' role was short, but basically informs the audience that didn't watch the PPV who won and who he will be challenging. Then again, they might have given away who Sheamus will choose as the evening progresses, but who really knows. 

Match #1: Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler
This was a fun competitive match to start off the show. Then again, this isn't the first time we've seen this match. Wade Barrett was in the sky box getting interviewed. He talks about how he will put Orton through worse punishment than the last time. Oh no, he's going to force him to watch the High School Musical trilogy. Awwwwwwwww!!! Dolph and Orton would go back and forth for a while. The finish comes when Orton hits the RKO and wins the match cleanly. I can see some people being disappointed that Dolph lost for a second night in a row. Two times in a row. Even though Dolph is a rising star and consecutive loses can hurt the guy, Randy needed this victory based on how the scene looked on TV. Don't you think it would look pretty stupid if Dolph had cheated to win while Wade was in the sky box? If Wade was watching at ringside, then it would be a different story since Wade can get involved. Then again, that wasn't the case with this scene.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Backstage where Laurinaitis was greeting random people. He bumped into William Regal. REGAL!!! I think I'm going to turn that into a thing. Every time I see Regal on television, I will shout REGAL!!! Anyway, Big Johnny and Regal talk about Regal's son. Regal says he has two daughters and he keeps them in the attic. Laurinaitis replies by saying 5th Grade is tough. Regal is really showing father of the year potential. Watch out for this guy. Pretty hilarious scene. REGAL!!!

Match #2: Brodus Clay vs Tyler Reks
What's up with the WWE showing Naomi and Cameron doing a butt grind? I'm not complaining, but it seems like something that used to be considered a little too sexual on this show. Then again, I'm always saying that people look way too much into that little rating that shows up in the left hand of your TV screen, so let's move on. Brodus actually got beat up for a while, but he starting hulking up. Let me try that one again. He's FUNKING up and then hits What the Funk for the clean victory. What the funk is that all about? 

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

Backstage where Punk and Bryan are talking. It's like every indy fanboys dream. Punk says Bryan is going a little far in referring to himself as a role model since they are underdogs. This is coming from the guy who considered himself a savior and acted like he was "baptizing " people on television. I know pointing out wrestling logic gets old, but it does make you laugh sometimes. Punk talks about how people don't know what a vegan is. Bryan says a vegan is someone who doesn't eat animals and how eating meat is wrong. Bryan would fail at David Letterman's Know Your Cuts of Meat game. Bryan even goes on a rant in how people don't know what straight edge is. Punk goes on to say he doesn't consider himself a role model, he's a wrestler. Bryan's ego goes up another 100 points after tonight. 

Match #3: CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan
This was a pretty damn good match. Punk and Bryan went back and fourth throughout this match. This is a match I can definitely recommend checking out. The finish comes when Chris Jericho shows up and attacks Bryan. This causes a DQ. Immediately after the ref called for the bell, Jericho gets in the ring and hits the Codebreaker on Punk. Bryan realizes what just happened, so he goes around celebrating his victory. Remember when I said WWE might have given away what Sheamus' choice could end up being? Well, this might be the reason. It appears that Jericho has finally picked his target, and it's the best in the world. One thing I like is how Jericho didn't say why he attacked Punk. Regardless, this might finally make the smarks stop complaining about Jericho losing the rumble. Then again, I really doubt it. 

Winner via DQ: Daniel Bryan

Mike Tyson will be inducted in the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. Hooray!!! I'll take Tyson. Two NCS references in one review? I'm losing it again. 

Match #4: Kofi Kingston vs Miz
R-Truth was on commentary for this match. Michael Cole keeps asking Truth questions about little Jimmy. Real top notch reporting by Michael Cole (sense the sarcasm?). I swear that Cole acts more like a color commentator than a play-by-play announcer. In other words, call the match. Oh well. This match actually surprised me. It was a pretty basic wrestling match, but I was a bit distracted by the commentary. Not saying it was bad. It was just….um…..yeah, let's leave it at that. The finish comes when Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and Kofi wins cleanly. This is kinda surprising. Kofi has a great night at the rumble, now he gets victories over former world champions? Maybe they are starting something with Kofi. I bet Kofi is saying, "Evan who?" right about now. I always thought that Kofi is a good wrestler. His mic skills and charisma need work, but it seems like he's getting a second chance. If that's the case, he really needs to make the most of it. Not too many people get a third chance. 

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Backstage where Laurinaitis is starting to get paranoid that David Otunga wants to steal his job. The lawyer is lying? Say it isn't so? Otunga says he doesn't want Laurinaitis' job and he has nothing to worry about. Well, at least he's living up to being a lawyer on this show. He just lied yet again. 

Match #5: Beth Phoenix vs Eve; Divas Championship
I just realized something. This was actually the last match of the night. That would actually make this the main event. I definitely didn't see that coming. Then again, it doesn't really say much as the actual match only lasted about 20 seconds. I understand why this match had to be last, but it's still pretty silly for the divas to "main event". Then again, it was never billed as one, so it's very easily to overlook this. The deal here was Eve is still completely timid after everything that has happened to Zack Ryder. Beth hits the Glam Slam and remains champion. 

Winner via pinfall and still Divas Champ: Beth Phoenix

After the match, Kane shows up on the titantron. He talks about how Ryder's mishaps are all John Cena's fault. Kane says Ryder will continue to get punished until Cena learns to embrace the hate. He says he will make an example out of her. His music goes off and Eve….just stands there. I get it. She's so scared that she can't move, but you figured she would have come up with an alternative at this point since she runs into Kane every week. Kane shows up from behind Eve. Super magic tricks make it on this show. Kane is ready to do something to her until Cena makes the save. It seems to go back and forth for a while, but Cena eventually uses the steel steps on Kane to take him down. After three steel step tackles, Cena is about to send Kane through the announcer's table. Kane gets out of the AA setup and retreats through the crowd. After Kane runs away, Cena is celebrating in typical Cena fashion. I understand what they were trying to do here, but I just didn't like how it came through. They wanted to create a scene where Cena finally snapped and just starting going ape s***. The problem I have is once Cena finally gets the upper hand on Kane, Cena is celebrating like his old self. I think it would've painted a better picture if Cena was still pissed off and he just leaves in an angry mood. It would show more of a sign that Cena is embracing the hate. To be fair, they did show Cena with more of a temper and the commentators did play it up, but I really didn't like how it came off. It just reminded me of the same old Cena that you're used to seeing. The Cena that overcomes 43,125,649 obstacles to still stand tall. If the scene was written for Cena to show more angry, than Cena did a bad job acting wise. Then again, this guy did make The Marine, so he would know a thing or two about bad acting. I also wasn't big on Kane retreating. I'm not completely out of this storyline yet, but I think they took a couple of steps backwards tonight. I'm not angry about how things went tonight. I'm just a little disappointed with how things were executed in this scene. 

It's Laurinaitis' evaluation time. He makes his argument for keeping his job. Triple H finally arrives after all that build up and it's time for business. Trips says Laurinaitis was worse than some of the other people who have held this job. He also says that Laurinaitis did what everyone else before him, which is put his personal feelings into his decision making. Trips also mentions that the Board of Directors have allowed Trips to take over the show if he feels the need to step back in. Yeah, things aren't looking good for Mr. Excitement. Laurinaitis finally says he will do anything to keep his job. Trips thinks about it and says there's a lot of things he can think of. He says Laurinaitis should apologize to the WWE Universe and see if they accept his apology. As you would've guessed, the fans don't buy it. Trips says the wrestlers in the back can beat the crap out of Laurinaitis, but what's the fun in that? Trips says he wants to steal a page out of Vince McMahon's playbook and bring back an exclusive club. Yeah, older wrestling fans know where this is going. Laurinaitis actually pulls out some chap stick and gets his lips ready to actually kiss Trips' ass. Trips tells him to stop since he was just messing with him. He actually calls him a freak for even contemplating the idea. I'll admit, this was pretty hilarious. Trips says he had already made his mind up and is ready to end this. Just as he's about to fire Laurinaitis, this happens….

Interesting series of events that unfolded. It seemed like Taker was challenging Trips to a match at WM, but Trips just pats him on the shoulder and leaves. Almost saying that he isn't accepting and wants to move on. Undertaker returning was definitely something I didn't see happening tonight. Now, it seems there is a lot of people not happy about what happened here. Not because of Taker returning, but because of the thought of another Taker vs Triple H match. I would like to see Taker go up against someone else, but I am not against the idea of Trips taking another crack at the streak. I consider just about any Taker match a worthy WM match since the guy knows how to make WM interesting. It just doesn't feel like WM until Taker gets in the mix. We definitely have more questions left unanswered tonight. Will Triple H accept the challenge? Will Taker find another opponent to go up against? Is Laurinaitis fired or does he still have his job? This is what I like to see. Lots of questions being unanswered, meaning you're going to have to tune in next week to find out some of those answers. It's classic build up. I definitely liked the scene since I have always been a big Taker fan and I enjoy seeing him make his appearances. Either way, we will see what happens as the WWE move forward. By the way, Taker's hair was freaking me out. I've heard reports that he shaved it off, so it's very likely he was wearing a wig. That might have been the scariest thing all night. And when you have Roboinaitis ready to kiss man ass on television, that's saying something.  

Overall Impression:
Raw was again pretty good tonight. Lots of build up for future events and there was some pretty good wrestling matches in the mix. Not quite as great as last week, but this was still a good show to watch. The promos/segments were pretty interesting this week and they seem to be starting the build up of WM. We walk out of tonight with a lot of unanswered questions, which I feel is a good thing since it leaves you wanting to come back for next week. We even have unanswered questions regarding Jericho's attack and Cena's bad acting. Overall, I enjoyed tonight's show and I can definitely recommend this show. With Taker returning, you know we are coming up near WM time. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Royal Rumble 2012. First WWE PPV of the year. How did it turn out? Well, let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Daniel Bryan vs Big Show vs Mark Henry; Steel Cage match for WHC
We open up the PPV with two giants tossing around a lightweight. There wasn't a whole lot to talk about this match. Then again, let's be fair here. If you're expecting a five star wrestling match here, you're kinda digging a little deep for that. It was fair considering the amount of meat in the ring. Hehe….meat. The commentators were talking about love in regards to Bryan throughout this match. I love you, you love me. I am completely losing my mind. Why am I singing? Anyway, the finish comes when Henry is setting up for the World's Strongest Slam on Bryan, but Show comes in with the KO punch. He pins Henry, but Bryan saves the match. Bryan immediately tries to escape over the cage, but Show is trying to pull him back in the ring. Bryan manages to slip away. So, that would be a literal interpretation of losing at the edge of your fingertips. After the match, Bryan acts like he won the Super Bowl while Show is angry. I realized at the beginning that my idea of having Bryan chokeslammed through the ring wouldn't work because there would be a giant hole in the ring for the remainder of the night. Yeah, I'm sure that would've gotten annoying. Regardless, Bryan finds a way to survive and remains champion. 

Winner and still WHC: Daniel Bryan

There was a video package of John Cena. It talks about how certain people like him/dislike him. I thought this video package had a connection with the Cena/Kane deal, but this would be regarding his WM match against the Rock. 

Match #2: Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Bella Twins vs Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox, and Tamina
You had to figure they would put in a couple more matches to the card. As far as the match goes, it was okay for diva standards. I've seen them do much worse with the ladies. The finish comes when Beth hits Glam Slam on Kelly for the clean victory. The interesting note in all of this is how Beth came off. She didn't seem to care about teaming up in this match. Almost as if she's looking down on everyone. Then again, Beth might be having a new opponent after the end of the night. Not sure why the divas looked like they got done going to a Miami Dolphins rally, but no matter. 

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Bella Twins

Highlights of Zack Ryder getting destroyed by Kane. Ryder arrives in a wheelchair. John Laurinaitis arrives and gives Ryder is own locker room with catering. Damn, I wish Kane would nearly kill me. What a life of luxury. Anyway, Eve arrives and tells Laurinaitis off because of what Laurinaitis put Ryder through. Eve was using words she probably didn't know the definitions to. It's like George W. Bush is talking. Ryder says he's here to support his friend, Cena. Friends who let you get castrated and raped by giant men. Friendship indeed.

Match #3: John Cena vs Kane
I think I need to clarify something. I think some people were slight misguided with my rundown. When I said I wanted Cena to lose the match cleanly, I was talking about what I would like to see happen. This is completely different to what I think is going to happen. I just wanted to get that out of the way since a few people were confused by this. Now that I have addressed that, back to the crappy review. Cena is trying to take down Kane, but continues to have problems against the Big Red Machine. The match was okay, but I think could've been a lot better. Then again, this is only the first match. Can't give away everything in one night…..even though there's a small percentage of wrestling fans who want all the answers and payoffs in one night. It's like people have never heard of the word, patience. Then again, this is coming from someone who acts like a silly clown whenever I post up a review. Let's move on. I like how there was a moment where Cena did the "You can't see me", but Kane denied it. Apparently, you CAN see him. Cena did a five knuckle scuffle off the top rope. That's probably the only time I've seen that move be effective. Hooray for first time randomness. The finish comes when the two would continue to fight outside the ring. This ends up being a double countout. It would've been cool to see my idea come to life, but I also knew it was a long shot. It still gets the job done since Cena is still struggling to find an answer to deal with Kane. It might be cheap, but it works. After the match, Kane and Cena fight to the back. Kane takes out Cena with a couple of chair shots. Steel chairs, my only weakness!!! Kane looks over and realizes he is right near Ryder's locker room. Apparently, the special treatment for Ryder didn't come with a security staff. Ryder is trying to kick away the monster, but Kane uses his finisher…..MURDER, to take out Ryder. He strolls his ass to the ring. By the way, I like how Ryder is kicking Kane, while someone with a "broken back" probably shouldn't be able to do that. Wrestling logic strikes again!!! Kane strolls Ryder all the way to the ring and puts him inside. Eve arrives to….cry. Seriously, that's all she does. Oh, and hover over like a scared bunny in the corner. I WANT MY MOMMY!!! Kane delivers a Tombstone Piledriver to Ryder. Great, think of all the medical bills? Cena finally arrives to help, but ends up getting Chokeslammed. Kane retreats while medics once again take a look at Ryder. When will Ryder learn to stay away from the pissed off bear? Despite how they are really going overboard with kayfabe injuries to Ryder, he's showing guts and courage for standing up to people. Then again, Link stands up to evil with a sword and weapons. Ryder has none of those things. It's time to come up with a new strategy. This storyline will definitely continue as Cena needs to maybe consider embracing hate in order to stand a chance against Kane. By the way, I like how WWE aired the anti-bullying campaign after this match. Didn't we just watch a pissed off monster force someone to embrace the idea of hurting people? Mixed messages….eh, probably not. More or less, this is just bad timing. Still, it's pretty funny.

Double Countout

Just like the Cena video package from earlier, there was one for the Rock. On the road to WrestleMania. Too bad it isn't the road to Viridian City. 

Match #4: Brodus Clay vs Drew McIntyre
Cena must be devastated. His fans must be upset and ready to cry. Well, time to get over that frown by watching a fat man dance. This was a short match. Brodus hits Funk It and continues to win matches. Drew on the other hand continues to lose matches. As I said a while back, I think they are going for a losing streak angle with Drew. It can still turn out good for the guy. I would rather see him on television doing something as opposed to not being there. The audience seemed to enjoy Brodus. I'm telling you, casual wrestling fans are loving this guy. Who cares what those ten percent say? I would like to see Brodus say "Weeeeeeeee!!!" while doing the Funk It/What the Funk. I just like saying weeeeeeeee. 

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

Match #5: CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler; WWE Championship match
Laurinaitis….you got the touch. You got the power…..YEAH!!! Why am I singing so much tonight? I guess I'm just in that kind of mood. Laurinaitis made an opening promo in how he wants to remain impartial. He actually gets a real referee to take care of this match. In many ways, Laurinaitis went from special referee to special enforcer. He actually sends Vickie Guerrero to the back, since he wants to make things fair. This was a great match. It was definitely the best match of the night, but it was almost a given based on how the card looked. Not saying anything is bad about the card. I like the card, but mainly because of the storytelling aspect of these matches. This was the match where you figured it would have some quality wrestling. Punk and Dolph have great chemistry with each other. It was definitely my favorite match of the night. I think the majority of wrestling fans will enjoy this match. There was a ref bump in this match. It was a given based on how things have looked between Punk and Laurinaitis. While the ref is down on the outside of the ring, Laurinaitis is checking up on the referee as opposed to taking over. See what they're doing there? Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice and Dolph is tapping out, but no referee to make the decision. Punk wants to know what is Laurinaitis' deal. Dolph tries to sneak a rollup pinfall, but Punk counters into a rollup of his own. He has the match yet again, but still no ref to make the count. Punk eventually hits the GTS on Dolph, but there is no ref to once again make the count since Punk ended up swinging Dolph around. Basically, Dolph's feet took out the referee…again. Punk is really starting to get ticked off now. Punk goes for a GTS, but Dolph counters into a legdrop. I really liked that counter. It only mustered up a two count. The finish finally comes when Punk hits Dolph with a second GTS. The ref makes the three count, along with Laurinaitis. After the match, Laurinaitis gives Punk the title and walks away. I like how when Laurinaitis is walking away, he's clapping and smiling. Just look at that s*** eating grin? I love this character. I want to see more Laurinaitis on this show. Obviously, things aren't done between Punk and Roboinaitis. Laurinaitis was more concerned with his job than he was with Punk, which is why he made some of the decisions tonight. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do come tomorrow night. Some people might argue how this match makes Dolph look weak since he lost the match on four different occasions, but Dolph is the up and comer while Punk is the main evener. Dolph will get his time to shine, but this is Punk's time. The match was a little shorter than I was expecting, but it was effective. 

Winner via pinfall and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

Match #6. 2012 Royal Rumble match; winner gets world title match at WM
Time for the main event. I won't talk about every moment that happened, but I will bring up a couple of interesting/funny moments. If I talk about everything, I will be here all night. Plus, we are doing a review, not a play-by-play recap. I will have two separate list in this review. One showing the RR entry order and the other for the elimination order. Now, I have been looking at some internet reports regarding this match. Am I the only person who enjoyed this match? Seriously, why is everyone talking about how this was a bad RR match. I thought it was pretty good. I felt this was better than some of the RR matches that have happened in the last few years. That would also include the RR match from last year. I thought there was a lot more exciting/edge of your seat moments with this RR match than some of the others. It wouldn't consider this the best RR match, but I liked it and I thought it was pretty good. The audience really seemed to enjoy the RR match itself, so you can't say nobody didn't enjoy it. Some people complained about how there was not enough legends in this match. That statement alone is hilarious since I wouldn't be surprised if these complains are coming from the same people who say WWE doesn't focus on younger talents. Then when they do, they still complain in how there isn't enough star power and it's not interesting. The greatest enemy in the IWC is….the IWC itself. Funny how that works. I kinda like how WWE didn't go overboard with legends. I thought they had a good balance tonight with this part. Other complains where the match was too short. The match was over 54 minutes long. That's generally how long a 30 man RR match goes, so I don't know where this argument is coming from. I'm sorry, but some people come up with some really silly reasons to complain about stuff. When Ricardo Rodriguez showed up, he did it via Alberto Del Rio's entrance. He came out in a car and even dressed up like him. I've always said the best part of Del Rio is seeing what Ricardo does. Seriously, that guy is entertaining. Still, I don't think it's wise to have him wear tights to the ring. I will call him Chubby Rodriguez for now on. There was a Ricardo chant. That of itself is hilarious. There was also the epic confrontation between Mr. Socko and the Cobra. It was silly, but it was harmless. I like how Booker was playing along when Lawler got into the match, but reacts normally when his music hit. I should note that all of the commentators continued to call the match after they had been eliminated. If there was one thing I didn't like, It was Cole being involved in the match. I felt Kharma should've eliminated him. His elimination might have been set up by Kharma, but it was King and Booker taking care of Cole. By the way, it was a total surprise that Kharma showed up. Not completely sure if she's 100%, but I hope she is. WWE has really missed Kharma these last few months. You have to admit that Kharma's appearance was a total surprise. Then again, I think Cole's elimination would've been a hell of a lot funnier if he jumped over the ropes when Kharma looked at him. Almost as if he just eliminated himself. Another complaint about the RR match was there wasn't enough surprise entrants. This is why reading those dirt sheets isn't always a good thing. I was impressed by Kofi in this match. He was in that match for quiet a while. I liked how he did a handstand while walking his way back to the ring, thus avoiding elimination. I felt there wasn't as many dead spots in this RR match as some of the other ones. There was consistently four or more people inside the ring. Miz and Cody were in this match the longest. Each lasted over 40 minutes. I think Cody had the most eliminations with six. He definitely had a good night. The final four came down to Show, Orton, Jericho, and Sheamus. I want to add that my three RR picks to win where Jericho, Orton, and Sheamus. Kinda funny how those three ended up being in the final three. Who says I don't know stuff? When it was down to Jericho and Sheamus, they would go back and forth. These were my favorite moments of the match. Jericho and Sheamus really put on a great showing. Lots of near eliminations with these two. I thought it was great. It added a lot more to the excitement factor of this match. Lots of suspense with the closing minutes. After lots of attempts, Sheamus finally takes Jericho out of the match. Your winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble is Sheamus. 

I talked about some of the complaints I saw for this match, but the actual victor was probably the biggest complaint of all. Some people are talking about how this ruins Jericho's return. Well, it's Jericho and he can make anything work. The thought that Jericho's return is ruined is almost laughable since the guy is considered a legend while Sheamus is the new blood. Then again, I think more people are upset with how this doesn't connect with Jericho's video promos. I am sure they have big plans for Jericho. You just have to wait and see where they are going with this. I look at it like this. If Jericho had won, then we know that his build up was to go up against Punk. With him ending up the runner up, it adds more mystery as to why Jericho has returned, since we still have no idea what his intentions are. I know some people want to see some actual conflict with Jericho, but I like that they are going slow with this. I like slow build ups, but I realize some people don't like it. Sheamus has been getting pushed pretty hard ever since he turned face, which is why I had Sheamus has a high favorite to win this match. I realize he hasn't done much for the last few months, but they were setting something big for the guy based on how he wins. Well, they don't come any bigger than a world title match at WM. Most people are now thinking that it will be Sheamus vs Bryan at WM, but I wouldn't go that far. I can see Bryan drop the title at Elimination Chamber to someone (Wade Barrett?), thus Sheamus goes up against someone else. Sheamus vs Bryan is still a possibility, but I think the door is a lot more open with Sheamus being the winner as opposed to Jericho. I wouldn't even close the door on Sheamus vs Punk. It's a long shot, but it could happen. I am not upset at all that Jericho didn't win since this was a match that I think Sheamus deserved. He has worked hard these last few months and is one of the biggest rising stars in the WWE. Plus, I like how WWE is going with a younger guy as opposed to an established veteran for this match. Jericho showed that he still has it. He did a great job in making himself and Sheamus look good in the match. Then again, Jericho is awesome and that isn't a surprise. 

Royal Rumble entry order
1. Miz
2. Alex Riley
3. R-Truth
4. Cody Rhodes
5. Justin Gabriel
6. Primo
7. Mick Foley
8. Ricardo Rodriguez
9. Santino
10. Epico
11. Kofi Kingston
12. Jerry Lawler 
13. Ezekiel Jackson
14. Jinder Mahal
15. Great Khali
16. Hunico
17. Booker T
18. Dolph Ziggler
19. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
20. Michael Cole
21. Kharma
22. Sheamus
23. Road Dogg
24. Jey Uso (random entry, isn't it?)
25. Jack Swagger
26. Wade Barrett (new entrance music Um….I don't like it)
27. David Otunga (lawyers can't win matches…)
28. Randy Orton
29. Chris Jericho
30. Big Show (not gonna lie. Pretty disappointing last entry)

Royal Rumble Elimination Order
1. Alex Riley (by Miz)
2. R-Truth (by Miz)
3. Primo (by Foley)
4. Justin Gabriel (by Foley & Ricardo)
5. Ricardo Rodriguez (by Santino)
6. Epico (by Foley)
7. Santino (by Rhodes)
8. Mick Foley (by Rhodes)
9. Jerry Lawler (by Rhodes)
10. Jinder Mahal (by Khali)
11. Zeke (by Khali)
12. Hacksaw (by Rhodes)
13. Booker (by Rhodes & Dolph)
14. Khali (by Rhodes & Dolph
15. Cole (by Booker and Lawler on outside of ring)
16. Hunico (by Kharma)
17. Kharma (by Dolph)
18. Kofi Kingston (by Sheamus)
19. Road Dogg (by Wade)
20. Jey Uso (by Orton)
21. Wade Barrett (by Orton)
22. David Otunga (by Jericho)
23. Jack Swagger (by Sheamus and Show)
24. Cody Rhodes (by Show)
25. Miz (by Show)
26. Dolph Ziggler(by Show)
27. Big Show (by Orton)
28. Randy Orton (by Jericho)
29. Chris Jericho (by Sheamus)

Winner of 2012 Royal Rumble: Sheamus

Overall Impression:
So, I wasn't really big on how this PPV started. It did start off pretty lackluster, but this PPV got really good once the WWE Championship happened. I would say it's a tale of two different shows. The first half of the show was just so-so. I liked the Cena/Kane match, but it really didn't bring me into this PPV. This event got a lot better once Punk and Dolph locked up it. I'm not saying the other matches prior to the WWE title match sucked, just not overwhelming enough to call it a PPV worthy match. The second half of this PPV is where it's at. The WWE title match was great and the RR match itself was pretty interesting. I don't care what the IWC is saying, but I liked this match. I thought there was enough edgy moments to keep me invested in the rumble match itself. I think a large part of it goes to how RR entry went. It also helps that Miz and Cody made things pretty interesting for how long they stayed in the match. There was a few silly/comedy spots in the Rumble match, but that's expected. I thought the comedy was okay tonight. My comedic moment of the night definitely goes to Ricardo. Time to grade the PPV. I have been going back and forth on this all night, but I think I made a decision. On a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average on this show, I will give WWE Royal Rumble 2012 a 7 out of 10. I was going back and fourth between a 6 or a 7. It can go either way, but I decided to go with 7. Remember, I don't do decimal point grading on here. I would consider this a PPV worth checking out. It did start off a little rough, but it does get better. I still think Sheamus winning the rumble is a better choice because it adds more mystery as to who will be involved in the WM title matches. I also think Sheamus NEEDED this win a lot more than Jericho. Jericho is a shoe in for the Hall of Fame, while Sheamus is young blood. Clearly, it does more for Sheamus' career to get this type of victory. A lose like this is something a veteran like Jericho can easily overcome. Part of the reason I gave this show a 7 is because of Sheamus' victory. It's a pretty big deal, in my opinion. I may have given the last two matches too much credit, but I really enjoyed these matches. I enjoyed tonight's PPV and it's a show I can recommend. Casual fans will probably enjoy it, but I can see some hardcore wrestling fans not being totally happy with tonight. This was definitely a show that got a mixed reaction, but I liked it. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

WrestlingNerd's Official Score of WWE Royal Rumble 2012: 7 out of 10

Saturday, January 28, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Rundown

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WreslingNerd bringing you another edition of the PPV Rundown. With the Royal Rumble set for this weekend, it's that time were we rundown the card. If you're new to the Rundown, here's how it works. I will talk about every match on the card and try to break it down as much as possible. I will then list in categories who should win, who creative will pick, then I toss in my very own predictions. Then again, my picks never mean anything and it's really for s***s and giggles. With that out of the way, let's a go. 

Daniel Bryan vs Big Show vs Mark Henry; Steel Cage match for the WHC
Lots of things to talk about here, but I think we need to hop on the DeLorean and go back to WWE TLC. At TLC, it was Mark Henry vs Big Show. Henry went into the match as the world champion, but ended up losing the match to the giant. Show was so happy (SO HAPPY!!!) that he finally got the world title back. The celebration didn't last long as Henry would DDT Show through a steel chair. Then MITB holder, Daniel Bryan, finally decided to cash in the briefcase. What looked like a difficult nine year journey literally went up in smoke as Bryan walked out with the WHC. I guess it isn't a celebration? Ever since winning the WHC, Daniel has had a character overhaul. He has gotten a lot more cocky and really thinks of himself highly. The strange thing is he's showing a lot of characteristics of a heel turn, but he's technically still a good guy….er, kinda. You can think of him as a tweener, but it seems that Bryan is on the verge of a full heel turn. During this time, Show has been angry about his abrupt title run and was determined to get the title back. It finally got to the point where Show might have been on the verge of getting the title back, but he accidentally tackled AJ in the process. It appeared to be Super Effective as AJ was written off the show with "major injuries". AJ is Daniel Bryan's kayfabe girlfriend. This has lead to Bryan becoming angry while Show seems to be ashamed of himself for the accident. As for Henry, he just seems to be that pissed off guy who wants to win and dominate, but probably won't. That' almost the definition of Bowser. There was a point where I thought that Bryan would actually manipulate Show in helping him retain the title. You're probably wondering how that would work. Well, my theory was Bryan would play the guilt trip card. He would say how Show should try to make it up to him for injuring his girlfriend. Then again, that theory might have been shot down on the most recent episode of SD. This is a cage match, so I would think that Bryan finds a way to outsmart his enemies. I am really leaning towards Bryan in this case. It really doesn't make much sense for Show to win the title and Henry has lost a lot of stock going into this match. Not sure how it will happen, but the weasel will find a way to keep his title. 

Who should win:
Bryan should get the win, but I am sure people are going to complain in how he will win. I see him winning in some type of heelish fashion. I know people will want him to get a submission or pinfall victory, but it really doesn't seem likely. It would be cool if it happened, but I don't see it happening. Maybe Bryan wins the match JBL style; He gets Chokeslammed through the ring, thus crawls out of the cage to win the match? It's an idea. 

Who creative will pick:
There is no reason to give this to Henry or Show at the moment. I think the WWE is actually willing to roll the dice and let Bryan go into WM as the world champion. They have Rock vs Cena, so they can roll the dice on a first timer to represent one of the two world title matches. 

My final pick:
I have to go with weasel Bryan to retain his title. 

John Cena vs Kane
The storyline here is an interesting one. When Kane made his return to WWE, he was donning the mask once more. Maybe people wondered who would be his first target. Well, it turned out to be the face of the company….but why? Kane would later reveal that the reason he chose Cena is because he wants Cena to embrace the hate. Ever since Survivor Series, there are been many on-screen characters like Rowdy Roddy Piper who have told Cena he will lose his match against the Rock unless he deals with the fans. The audience always gives Cena that mixed reaction that you're so used to hearing these days, so these people want Cena to really tell the audience how he feels and stop with this boy scout nonsense. Cena keeps saying he doesn't have a problem with the audience reaction, but maybe it's starting to tear away at him? Regardless, Kane has taken it upon himself to force Cena to embrace the hate. It's a little more complex than simply just pissing off Cena. Kane has used Cena's friend, Zack Ryder, to get what he wants. Ryder had been injured in a Kane attack and ended up losing the US title to Jack Swagger. It got even worse when Kane apparently "broke" Ryder's back. It looks like Cena was showing signs of embracing the hate. 
This is supposed to be my angry face, but I'm really just constipated.....HELP ME!!!

Now, what I'm about to pitch might be a little insane, but I think Cena should lose this match cleanly. What I would like to see happen is Cena calm himself down and prepare to take down Kane, just like he has done in the past with any other opponent. He gives it his all. Super Cena is walking strong but…..he still loses. That's when it would force Cena to re-think his strategy. Why? Because his old tricks aren't working anymore. Just like Pokemon, Cena needs to find a way to evolve in order to become stronger. Thus, maybe he realizes that embracing the hate is the best course of action. Cena has to do something at Elimination Chamber, so have Kane beat him at RR, thus Cena can finally come full circle and uses his hate/new powers to finally defeat Kane at EC. That way it adds a new dimension to Cena as he prepares for the Rock. Now, I have a really hard time believing that WWE would actually do something like that. Mainly because Cena is the face of the company and Cena rarely loses cleanly (almost never), but I think they should so maybe it shows a little doubt in the Cena supporters and/or casual wrestling fans. I think if they planned this out right, it can really make for exciting television and can maybe get ratings up. I still feel this is the most invested I have ever been in the Cena character in a really long time. It just shows you don't need to turn him heel. Just do something different with Cena so he isn't so cliche. I think a good reason for people not liking Cena is because he always does the same thing, so how about a slight change? As I have said in many of my reviews, I don't feel Cena will turn heel with this current storyline. It has set itself up for it, but I don't think it will happen. I just feel they are trying something different with Cena's character and adding a new dimension to him. I think most people can agree that Cena can use a bit of a twist. As for Kane, I felt he was the best choice for this job. Kane is a intellectual monster. He can be sick and twisted, but is really smart and crafty with his routine. Kane can get inside your head since the guy knows how to talk. Then again, let's give Roddy Piper a ton of credit since he really got the ball rolling. Never forget that….NEVER!!!

Who should win:
Well, I kinda jumped the gun and talk about how I think the match should go. I guess I think Kane should win this match so it forces Cena to up his game for the rematch. Hey, Rocky Balboa lost the first match to Apollo Creed, but got stronger for the second fight. The same thing should happen with Cena. 

Who creative will pick:
I can see creative make this over and done with at the PPV. Then again, it isn't like Cena is going to compete for a title at the next PPV. I still like my idea a lot better. 

My final pick:
I can really see creative give this one to Cena, but I think they really should give this one to Kane. This is a tough pick, but I'm going with Kane to win round one. 

CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler; WWE Championship Match (John Laurinaitis is referee)
This storyline is a strange one. Mainly because this hardly has anything to do with Punk and Dolph. This has more to do with Punk and Laurinaitis. The deal between Punk and Laurinaitis is they simply don't like each other. Punk wants to see change in the WWE, but feels that Laurinaitis is the person who simply won't allow change and is just a boring character. Laurinaitis might not be able to show an emotion at times, but I like this guy as a character. I have been praising the guy since December. If you don't believe me, go look at my older reviews. Laurinaitis doesn't like Punk for a couple of different reasons. Mainly because Punk is anti-establishment. Maybe it's because Punk isn't a fitting champion, but it might have to do with the fact that Laurinaitis is jealous that Punk was able to achieve success. That was something Laurinaitis never got in his career, high status. Laurinaitis keeps saying he has nothing against Punk, but we all know that he really doesn't like this guy. I know it's all kayfabe, but we can still pretend. Now, there is an interesting person who can become involved in this match. The person I am referring to is Chris Jericho. Jericho talked about how it will be the end of the world as you know it, so he might be calling out Punk. It might be possible for Jericho to screw over Punk, thus Dolph steals the title. Then again, I have plenty of Jericho talk later in this rundown. This is a small possibility, but it's something that can actually happen. It's also possible for Laurinaitis to screw over Punk, but I really see Punk walking out as the WWE Champion. It just seems to make more sense to roll with Punk as the champion for the time being. I feel Dolph is really close to a world title reign (I don't like to count that 15 minute WHC reign he had last year) and it might be time to crown him at the RR, but I just don't see it happening. Kinda odd that Dolph has ended up in the same position as he was at this time last year. He was the #1 Contender to the WHC last year. It seemed like he was in a filler role for the time being. You can argue that nothing has changed, in regards to where Dolph was and to where he's at currently. I think it's a sad coincidence since Dolph has really improved on his character traits and is ready for something big this year. I think it's more likely for Dolph to do something big after WM. As for now, it's Punk's time to shine. 
This is my new Christmas Card photo

Who should win:
CM Punk should win. It makes more sense to roll with Punk as the WWE Champion than it does having Dolph as the champion. Don't get me wrong. I like Dolph and he's quickly becoming one of my favorites, but Punk is a bigger and safer bet at the moment. 

Who creative will pick:
I think we will see instances where Laurinaitis tries to screw over Punk, but he will eventually make the decision to give this one to Punk. Mainly because he values his job more than anything else. I can see creative going with Dolph here, but I think it has been set up for Punk to overcome the odds. 

My final pick:
I'm going with CM Punk to retain the championship. One more match to rundown, but I don't think we are done talking about Punk. 

2012 Royal Rumble Match; winner gets world title match at WrestleMania 28
Time for the grand daddy of the evening. Many people have asked me about my thoughts regarding this match for the last few weeks, but held off on purpose so I can get everything out of the way in the same article. Now, I know there is 30 people competing in the match, but let's be real here. Despite this being billed as a match where anyone could win, there are only a good handful of competitors that are deserving of this honor. 

Let's talk about the main stars that have a chance of winning this match. That would be people like Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Miz, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler (if he competes in this match), and Chris Jericho. I even thought of the likelihood of Triple H competing in this match, but I will bring that up later in this rundown. The easy ones to get out of the way would be Truth and Miz. Both guys have not been built up to win this match and it would really make no sense for either guy to compete. It seems like both guys will be at a filler role come WM time…..or not used at all. I had high hopes for Dolph in this match, but his stock of winning this match went down when he was put in the WWE Championship match. Stranger things have happened, but I don't really think it will happen. 

Wade is a pretty strong choice to win the rumble. WWE has really taking a liking to the Barrett Barrage and they might be willing to give him a victory like this. The main problem with Wade winning the rumble means he would have to challenge a champion that is playing face. At the moment, the two world champion choices are Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Things can always change, but it seems pretty likely that these two will be going into WM as the champions. Wade going up against Bryan doesn't make a whole lot of sense since Bryan has been gearing up for a heel turn. Yeah, I don't think they will roll with heel vs heel at WM. If Wade won the rumble, he would be more inclined to face off against Punk. Now, I'm sure both guys can make that rivalry work. In fact, I think it would be very interesting, but I don't think it's the time or place for it. Maybe later in the year or next year, but we can wait. Rhodes is a person I can't see winning this match. It just seems like they are setting something up between Cody and Goldust as opposed to a world title match. In that sense, Cody's chances are slim. Sheamus is kinda in the same boat as Wade. It seems WWE is prepping him for something big, but probably not in time for WM. Then again, I would say Sheamus' chances are greater since he is a face. Punk vs Sheamus is a match they can get away with since it's face vs face, which is pretty common for pro wrestling. Sheamus vs Bryan is also a possibility. Imagine if this actually happened? It would be like WWE is making it up to you since this match was suppose to happen at WM last year. The only difference would be that it would be a world title match. I think that would be kinda cool. I still consider Sheamus a high choice to win the rumble this year.

Prior to Orton's return, I had a sneaky feeling that Orton would win the rumble this year. Remember back in 2008. It came as a total surprise that John Cena showed up to compete. Not only did he show up, but he ended up winning the match. It was a great moment because it was a move you really didn't see coming. I thought the same thing could've happened with Orton this year, but they brought him back on TV already. That totally takes away the element of surprise if Orton ends up competing (which he probably will). At first, I thought WWE ruined Orton's return, but I think I understand why they did it. It was almost their way of saying Orton won't be winning the match. I still have Orton has a high choice, but his stock of winning the match did drop a bit. 

That leaves on person left, Chris Jericho. I didn't mention this in my cryptic video article, but I was already thinking of Jericho having a high probability of winning this match. He has never won this match before, and WWE likes to have new people win these type of matches. Just to mix it up, I suppose. Jericho hasn't said much since returning to WWE, and I have to think that Jericho winning the rumble is the best choice. Jericho talked about how it will be the end of the world as you know it. I still think what Jericho is saying that it's the end of Punk's world. 

Then again, Jericho winning the rumble seems to be the favorite in the IWC world. Based on Jericho's current return and Brodus Clay's funky gimmick, I wonder if WWE will toss another curve ball on the smarks? That's why I thought of another alternative if Jericho isn't the winner. This is where Triple H comes in. The Punk and Triple H rivalry was something fun and exciting, but it ended too abruptly. I felt they really could've put something really special together. Maybe this is their second chance, thus Trips shows up as a surprise entrant, wins the rumble, and challenges Punk to the world title. That way we can see the Punk/Trips rivalry, but more planned out this go around. You're probably asking me "what about Jericho?". Well, Undertaker still needs an opponent. Jericho has never faced Taker at Mania, and maybe Jericho is talking about being the guy to end the streak. It would be a swerve, but I would welcome it since it's something different. I thought of this a while back since Taker is at the stage where he will most likely go up against well established talents. I know nobody will believe me, but I thought of the likelihood of Taker vs Jericho at Mania in the fall of 2011. This is the negative of holding stuff back, which I do often since I think about this stuff way too much. I'm a wresting fan first, then a crazy internet reviewer. Trips and Jericho are two prime choices. There's the off chance Taker goes up against someone like Wade or Dolph, but I think Trips or Jericho is a safer bet. I would actually like the change up, just to mix it up. The only problem with this theory is that Triple H going against Punk wouldn't make much sense. What would need to happen is some type of plot device (or a Trips heel turn) in order to fuel this rematch. Then again, I really want to see Punk and Jericho duke it out. Hey, I'm allowed to think outside the box, right? I just think Punk and Jericho can really put something special together. Both are still great in the ring. I know Jericho has lost several steps, but he can still put on a good match. Not only would Jericho and Punk put on a great match, but I can already picture the creative stuff these two would say towards each other. Both are some of the better promo cutters in the business today, so I'm sure Jericho and Punk can make it work. Especially if they are given free range to say what they want. Without going too far over the edge over since WWE won't literally let them say anything, but I think you get what I'm trying to say here. Lot's of possibilities, but only one person can win this match. It's like a Pokemon game. I chose you, blankety blank. I don't know why I'm making so many Pokemon references today. 

Who should win:
Well, you heard my previous thoughts, so no need to repeat myself. I would say that Jericho should win this one. Still, it would be kinda cool to see someone like Sheamus, Wade, or Dolph win this match. 

Who creative will pick:
Creative is leaning towards someone that's ready for the main event…or already in the main event. 

My final pick:
Just as I did last year, I'm going to make three picks. Hey, it's my own show and I can do whatever the hell I want with it. In no particular order, I pick Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, or Sheamus to win the Royal Rumble.

That's going to do it for the Rundown. I hope you enjoyed it. Overall, I think the PPV is very interesting. Hopefully, we get a great evening of wrestling action with lots of foreshadowing for WM. Actually, foreshadowing for WM always seems to happen at the RR, so what the hell am I talking about. Tell me what you thought of this rundown or what you think will happen at the PPV. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 1/26/12 (Super Silly Brothers Brawl)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 1/26/12. I just want to get this one over with, so let's go. 

We open up the show with brawling. This is going to be the theme of tonight. They went overboard with brawls tonight. Yeah, we are off to a great start. Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray are brawling backstage. It's pretty underwhelming. Chances are if you hate TNA brawls, you will hate this show. They are brawling backstage….at least that's what I hope. It honestly looked like a construction site. Robert Roode arrives in a pickup truck and immediately starts to attack Hardy. They take him out and starting loading him onto the pickup. Oh great, TNA opens up with the option that two men are going to rape a stoner. That's exactly what I wanted to see. James Storm arrives to help out Hardy, but they take him down. Sting arrives with a bat and the brawl finally ends. That was the first seven minutes of the show. I'm generally not a big fan when they do these brawls. They just feel really phoned in and it isn't entertaining from my perspective. Maybe others enjoy it, but I don't. 

Match #1: Velvet Sky vs Tara vs Mickie James; winner is #1 Contender to KO title
So, we open up with a brawl that can take you out of the action. Then, you follow it up with a KO match. They are almost telling you to change the channel. Oh well, let's give it a chance. The match was okay, at least for KO standards. I found myself getting distracted with this match since there was a moment where a big chunk of hair was ripped off by one of the ladies. Judging by the color, it looks to be Mickie's hair. Somebody must have been really pissed off to rip off that much hair. It's sad that the snake hair is more interesting than the actual match. The finish comes when Tara hits a Sidewalk Slam on Velvet, but she slammed her on top of Mickie. Tara pins Mickie and she will get a title match. What? If you have been following TNA, this makes no sense. They were building up this Mickie/Gail Kim rivalry, and it just seems like a "spur of the moment" decision to put Tara in a title match. You have to build these things up or else the audience will get confused. I just don't like the move. Maybe they had a change of plans, but this needed to be planned first. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender to KO title: Tara

After watching a replay of the opening brawl (because it was SO GOOD the first time around), Sting, Hardy, and Storm head to the ring. Sting calls out Roode and Bully. The bad guys show up and….they brawl again. Sting breaks it up and….they brawl again. He separates them again and…..they brawl once more. This isn't a wrestling show anymore…..it's a really bad version of Super Smash Bros. Damn, I really wish I was playing SSB right about now. Sting makes it Roode and Bully vs Hardy and Storm for later tonight. By the way, great job in addressing the world championship matter on this show. It's like they completely forgot about it. I think they held off on it since they are doing a show in the UK next week, but it seems pretty silly to not address anything regarding a world title match for the PPV. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the title match at Against All Odds turns out to be a Fatal 4Way match. Just as Sting makes that announcement, I want you to take a guess as to what happens next. Seriously, take a wild guess. I will give you some time……..

…Oh….you still want me to finish this review, don't you? *SIGH*, I was kinda hoping to get out of reviewing the show…… Anyway, THEY ARE STILL BRAWLING!!! Jesus Christ on a pogo stick while riding Hilary Duff, why are they doing this? We get it, they hate each other. JUST STOP!!! I'm starting to go crazy again. After about 5 million brawls, Storm wants it to be a Tables match. It seems like we have been seeing a lot of tables matches with both companies lately. It's a Table match orgy. 

Eric Young sees a black guy and immediately calls him Sammy. He must be referring to Sammy Davis Jr. Yeah, that's not stereotyping at all. Once he leaves, Angelina Love and Winter arrive and start flirting with Young. They try to sneak a low blow on him, but Eric's balls are apparently made of steel. After Eric reveals he was wearing a protection cup, the ladies leave. Prepare for your mind to get freaked. ODB shows up and says she was looking for that cup. That would explain a lot…and I do mean A LOT. I don't really like this comedy pairing. I just can't get into this whole thing. And I'm really trying to like it, but I just can't.

Match #2: Alex Shelley vs Zema Ion
Okay, we finally get to something good. This was actually a entertaining match. What ruins it is Tazz and Tenay's commentary. They were talking about Zema's hair and how Tazz and Zema have the same barber. I almost feel like I should mute the commentary whenever I watch TNA so I don't have to listen to Tenay talk. Still, the match was fine. My only problem with this is they were trying something with Zema last month, but they now have stopped. TNA really needs to stop doing that. Why invest so much screen time into someone if you are just going to pull the plug? I realize WWE is guilty of doing this as well, but this problem is more noticeable on TNA. The finish comes when Shelley hits Sliced Bread for the clean victory. With the win, Shelley will get a title match against Austin Aries at the PPV. 

There was a Tara interview backstage. She talks about her upcoming title match against Gail KIm and how they know each other. If you listen closely, you can hear Shelley's entrance music in the background. It's like TNA's production staff is trying to film the show as fast as they can so they can go to the bar asap. Actually, that would explain a lot. 

I'm gonna get so many angry complaints for this review. I just know it. There was also a "on location" scene in which Eric Bischoff confronted his son, Garett Bischoff. They are at some local gym and Eric wants to meet his trainer. Eric takes on look at him and immediately runs away and makes sure the cameraman can't get a shot. Oh my God, It's Casper. It all makes sense now. Eric freaked out since he saw nobody, so a ghost is training his son. Casper is going to come along and destroy us all. They all thought I was crazy, but now who's….okay, I don't need to play along anymore. Regardless, they will keep this under wraps for at least a few more weeks, but I wouldn't be surprised if they reveal it next week. I already gave my thoughts on this subject last week, so no need to repeat myself. At least the Eye of the Boredom's appearance was short this week. 

Match #3: Angelina Love and Winter vs Eric Young and ODB
Okay, it was during this match where I think I lost my damn mind. Based on how this review has gone, that's really saying something. This was really a stupid match. It seriously might have been the worst match this year. I mean, when you have Eric trying to sneak a pass at Winter, Eric grappling with the referee (THIS ISN'T FUNNY!!! STOP DOING IT!!!), a botched Bronco Buster by ODB, and a double helicopter spin, it's just an eye sore. Hey, I like comedy as much as the next guy, but this was just ridiculous. The commentary was pretty bad during this part. Tazz and Tenay were trying to get into it, but it just feels forced. I just really didn't like this whole bit. Let's just move on. The finish comes when ODB hits a slam for the victory. 

Winner via pinfall: Eric Young and ODB

Abs and Calves (Roode and Bully) are arguing. Roode seems to be getting paranoid. It must be the PRECIOUS!!! Regardless, the trust factor for both guys is starting to wear off. Well, they are both bad guys. 

Match #4: Matt Morgan vs Samoa Joe
This was a match I really couldn't get into. It wasn't bad, but nothing amazing either. The finish comes when Morgan hits a Lariat Clothesline for the victory. After the match, Magnus shoves Crimson against the steel steps and the two take out Morgan in the ring. They may not be able to win matches, but they mean business. 

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

Back in the ring where AJ Styles is demanding to know why Kaz has turned on him. Christopher Daniels and Kaz arrive. Daniels says he's sick of AJ complaining since the golden boy always gets what he wants. Are you sure about that? Kinda hard to agree with that when AJ has been mostly out of the main event for about 2-3 years. Anyway, AJ turns his back and says he wants Kaz to show his true colors. Kaz doesn't want to do it, but the puppet master continues to bark his orders. Daniels tries to attack AJ, but AJ scouts it. With Daniels down, AJ tells Kaz he's willing to forgive him if he just joins him in the ring. Kaz is about to get in the ring, but Daniels orders him not to. He listens to Daniels since he has no balls. Daniels says he will ask Sting to book Kaz vs AJ at the PPV. I think the main thing that is keeping me invested in this storyline is the possibility of what could be forcing Kaz to latch onto Daniels. Then again, why do I get the feeling it will end up being a disappointment? By the way, the Impact Zone continues to annoy the hell out of me. There was a few instances where they just started counting randomly. During the bit where AJ had his back turned, they counted until someone got in the ring. That is amazingly stupid. I think the Impact Zone is a contributing factor for people not being interested in TNA. When did the Impact Zone turn into a bunch of moms?

Match #5: James Storm and Jeff Hardy vs Robert Roode and Bully Ray; Tables match
Oh goodie. The glorious squint-o-vision makes a return. They went back and forth between a double screen shot and a single shot. The action was split apart as the four just beat the hell out of each other. It's funny how they called this a tag team match, but it was more of a tornado tag match. It's a free for all, but that's probably the best way to make a match like this work. The duel screen shots didn't last long, so at least they learned from the last time they did that. The action eventually starts taking place in the ring. Overall, the match was okay to watch. Not too bad. Not too bad at all. The finish comes when Storm hits a flying elbow while Roode is on top of a table. After the match, Bully starts beating up Hardy and Storm with a chair. Bully eventually goes to the top rope and powerbombs Hardy through a table. The show ends with the medics attending to Hardy. I really didn't like how Roode took the lose here. Then again, I'm starting to see this deal where Bully will possibly screw over Roode in order to get the title. In that sense, maybe it did make more sense for Roode to lose this match. They planned an injury angle with Hardy at the end of the show. Not really sure why. It's possible they are writing Hardy out of the show. I have heard reports of Hardy being injured, but I don't like to make much out of the dirt sheets. I guess we will wait and see what's going on when they are in the UK. 

Winners: James Storm and Jeff Hardy

Overall Impression:
I really wasn't a big fan of Impact tonight. The last couple of shows haven't sit well with me. I think they have taken several steps back since I saw this company actually go out there and put together a good show this year. I guess if you're a big fan of brawls, you will probably enjoy this show. I don't really like brawls, especially when they start going through a rinse cycle. In that sense, I wasn't big on the segments tonight. The matches were a mixed bag. Some of them were pretty good, but a few of them were pretty uneventful. I have seen Impact do better and I really didn't like what they did tonight. I lost my mind yet again in case you read the full review. Maybe I really am crazy and/or insane? That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I don't think a SD review is likely for this week. Mainly because of the Royal Rumble Rundown. I can maybe give some brief thoughts of the show at the end of the RR Rundown, but I wouldn't count on it. Seems like I always miss SD reviews on the weeks I actually do Rundown articles. It's almost a running pattern, but I don't like to double post on the same day. Okay, I'm just rambling now, so I need to wrap this up. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 1/23/12 (Jericho speaks?)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 1/23/12. What madness will happen this week? Well, let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with CM Punk. He talks about his Royal Rumble match and how John Laurinaitis is a failure. Since Punk now knows Laurinaitis' intentions, he plans to even the odds by breaking both of Laurinaitis' arms. Silly Punk, you can't break a robot's arms. That's just crazy talk. Punk says he wants Laurinaitis to be a man and say he will screw him over to his face. Instead of Laurinaitis, John Cena arrives. Yeah…that would be the wrong John. Cena says he is sick of Punk talking and he has something to say. He wants to challenge Kane tonight and brings up how Zack Ryder was screwed over. He also demands for Laurinaitis to give Ryder a US Championship match. Well, Laurinaitis finally arrives on the entrance ramp and says he meant what he said last week and announces a few matches. It will be Ryder vs Kane in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Yeah, that won't be a slaughterfest. It will also be Punk and Cena vs Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. That match will begin immediately. Ziggler and Swagger cut come pre-match promos. Dolph does well while Swagger….um…yeah. Not sure what Swagger means by telling Cena is the dead meath. Swagger never learned the definition of enunciate. I know, he was trying to say dead meat. Suffering succotash!!! The opening was pretty basic as it sets up the action for tonight's show and continues to dive into Raw's two major storylines. More and more each week, we are seeing the transition that Laurinaitis is completely out of control and loves to play favorites. We will see what Roboinaitis has in store for later tonight. 

Match #1: CM Punk and John Cena vs Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
This wasn't a bad little match to open up the action portion of the evening. It wasn't a long match, but it was tolerable. Laurinaitis was watching this match by the commentators. The finish comes when Cena is taking care of Swagger on the outside of the ring. The referee is in the corner dealing with the madness on the outside of the ring. In the meantime, Punk has just Falcon Kicked Ziggler's head off and is about to go for the Flying Elbow. He pushes the referee out of the way so he can set himself up for the attack. Laurinaitis sees this and is unhappy with Punk's attitude. He argues with him on the ropes. Punk actually got a couple of strikes on Laurinaitis until Dolph gets a roll up victory. Dolph also grabbed the tights, thus stating he cheated in order to win. After the match, Punk is once again pissed off at Laurinaitis and all his meddling. He challenges the interim Raw GM to a match for tonight. Laurinaitis thinks about it and accepts. The resident robot on this show is really starting to get out of control these days. As for how the match ended, I am fine with it. It gives Dolph some momentum going into the title match and adds fuel between Punk and Laurinaitis. 

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

Time for the Chris Jericho Highlight Reel. I once again notice more boos for Jericho than the cheers he was getting a few weeks ago. This shows that the audience dislikes Jericho because of his actions. Hmm….sounds like things a bad guy does. Anyway, Jericho once again plays to the crowd. He even pulls out the big guns and busts out the T-shirt shooter. He is about the launch it, but declines. He plays a video in the Jeritron 6000…..or at least that's what it was called the last time Jericho did this bit. Maybe it's the Jeritron 7000 with Blue Ray Player? He shows a montage of himself and his WWE/F career. After all the Jeritrolling he has done for the last few weeks, he finally speaks. Jericho said, "At the Royal Rumble, it will be the end of the world as you know it". It was also announced that Jericho will be competing in the 30 Man Royal Rumble match. We will definitely be getting some answers as to what are Jericho's intentions this Sunday. As for my thoughts on the Royal Rumble match, check back in later in the week where I will do a Royal Rumble Rundown. I will hopefully have that out by Saturday. Shameless plug on my own material. I have jumped the shark. 

Backstage scene where we seen Zack Ryder, Eve, and Mick Foley. Worst three-way ever. Foley gives tips on fighting Kane…..if that's what you want to call it. It's dangerous to go alone, so take nothing? What an asshole. Once Foley leaves, Eve expresses concern for Ryder. Zack says he doesn't want to back down from this challenge. I forgot to mention in the intro that Laurinaitis added a stipulation to the Ryder/Kane match. If Cena interferes in the match, Ryder will never get a US title match. Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and *punch", sorry. Cena arrives in the scene and says he wants to help out Ryder, but Ryder tells him to not get involved because he doesn't want to lose his US title opportunity. Somebody really hates Ryder to put him through this madness. 

Ryder had no chance in hell of winning this match. He still has some taped up ribs, so he's still selling the rib injury. Ryder continues to show his toughness by kicking out of a few pinfalls. He really hasn't learned his lesson. Did anyone see Big Show in the audience? Seriously, go watch this match again and try to spot him in the crowd. Eve showed up in the middle of this match since she is concerned for her potential boyfriend. This match ends when Kane Chokeslams Ryder through the entrance ramp. Oh, the humanity. The match at this point is basically called off since Ryder isn't moving. Kane turns his attention to Eve, but Cena arrives on the entrance ramp. Kane runs through the audience as Cena and Eve check up on Ryder. Back from a commercial break and Ryder is being loaded onto a stretcher. He hasn't moved once since this happened. So, I guess that means no Z Long Island True Story this week? As Ryder is being loaded in the ambulance, Eve says that all of this is Cena's fault. She leaves in the ambulance while Josh Matthews arrives for a Cena interview. Matthews really does arrive at the wrong moments. Cena knocks the mic away and Matthews runs away. Cena is scene very pissed off, almost as if he's angry. This would be the moment where Emperor Palpatine would say "Good……Good". Anyway, it seems that Kane's handy work has been working since Cena is starting to show some signs of embracing the hate. It makes the match at the Royal Rumble really interesting. I would give my thoughts on the match, but I got to save something for the Rundown. Now, it would be announced later in the show that Ryder got a broken back. Seems like a hefty injury. Most of this storyline has more to do with Cena than it does Ryder, but I imagine that this will have a effect in Ryder's character. It's amazing how the IWC is already talking about this injury is too excessive and how this means Ryder is getting a de-push. One of the IWC's flaws is really just over analyzing the situation and jumping to conclusions after one scene. Is a "broken back" a little much? Probably, but we also don't know the full facts, so it's a little soon to be jumping all over this. Maybe Ryder got a real injury? Maybe Ryder pissed somebody off? Maybe WWE is going to repackage Ryder into a more serious character? Hey, it isn't like he can use it. I like Ryder, but his character is way too goofy and you can't take him seriously. Maybe this time away can be a good thing for him? It could be a wellness policy violation, but I still think it's a little soon to throw the book at WWE for announcing a broken back. I would think they have a good reason for announcing this, but I don't know since I am just a silly nerd who reviews stuff and I have no inside knowledge, nor have I ever claimed to have inside sources. It's their product, so they can do whatever the hell they want with it. Either way, Ryder will be out for some time while Cena is going over the edge. Seems like things are getting interesting. 

No Contest

Match #3: Sheamus vs Jinder Mahal
After witnessing first degree murder on this show, time to cheer everyone up with a silly man wearing a turban. Wade Barrett arrives on commentary for this match. He talks about Randy Orton's return to Smackdown this Friday night. You would think for a Orton return that they would keep things more secretive, don't you think? I don't know, but I'm not a fan of how they planned this. It can still be a good thing, but the element of surprise is ruined….despite how rumors and spoilers just pop up on the internet these days. This was a short match and it ended with a Sheamus Brogue Kick. After the match, Sheamus wants Wade in the ring, but he declines in typical bad guy fashion. Sheamus also talks about how he will win the Royal Rumble. The funny thing about the rumble is everyone says they will win. That makes 29 people liars and 1 person legit. Yeah….think about that? 

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Backstage where Miz talks about being #1. Hello, I'm #2. Anyway, R-Truth arrives and says he's part of the market research team. He clarifies that Miz is #1 in being a jackass. Laurinaitis interrupts and says he's sick of them bitching, so he adds a stipulation. The loser of the Miz/Truth match will be the #1 entrant in the Royal Rumble. By the way, some people might be aware that there are two people who have been the #1 entrant and have won the rumble, but also notice how WWE didn't say the names. Well, that's because one of the names was Chris Benoit. The other person was Shawn Michaels. Benoit is still getting the "no name" treatment. Hooray for more random facts!!!

Match #4: Brodus Clay vs Heath Slater
William Regal was on commentary for this match. Regal is being used in the company? Well, it's about time. Regal is awesome. I….just wanted to say that. Why? Because I'm insane. Regal is talking about how he should've won the dance competition on SD last week. He talks about how Brodus' dancing looks like a Walrus giving birth. I didn't realize Regal hung out at the zoo? Brodus hits Funk It and Funky Kong continues to win matches. I think they are setting something up between Regal and Brodus. It could be interesting if done right. My bad. 

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

Match #5: Miz vs R-Truth
One of the reasons I haven't said much about the Miz/Truth rivalry is I just don't find myself interested in it. Something about this rivalry doesn't seem to click. I think both characters have taken many steps back since Miz's stock continues to fall and I really prefer Truth's heel character. It just seems like he's latching himself to the fans too fast, which does come off as forcing us to like the character. Some people might like it, but something about it doesn't sit right with me. The match was pretty decent, but nothing amazing. The finish comes when Truth hits the Facebuster and wins the match. That means Miz will be the #1 entrant in the Royal Rumble. I will go ahead and say now that I don't think Miz has any chance of winning the rumble, regardless of what entrant he was going to be prior to this. 

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

Laurinaitis wearing a kimono….so many lolz…..lolz for days. I don't know about you, but I like Laurinaitis as a on-screen character. He should have his own sitcom. So….Master Splinter is preparing for his match against Punk until David Otunga arrives with a letter. It's an urgent letter, so Laurinaitis reads it right away. It doesn't appear to be good news. Show of hands. Who here believes that Laurinaitis was going to fight Punk tonight? Yeah….I thought so. 

So, we are getting ready for the Punk/Laurinaitis match. Okay, NOW he arrives with a "Future Endeavored" shirt? This guy is just too much. Laurinaitis might be one of my favorite characters. Laurinaitis arrives and says he received a letter from the Board of Directors. They told him that he is a little out of control and his status as the interim Raw GM is being under reviewed. It was announced that on next week, Triple H will conduct a full evaluation of Laurinaitis as the Raw GM. Laurinaitis apologizes for his power trip as of late and says he will call the championship match down the middle. Punk says Laurinaitis will only do this now that he knows he might lose his job. He also says the Mick Foley will be allowed to compete in the Royal Rumble match. Punk still doesn't like Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis says Otunga will be his replacement tonight, which makes Otunga attack Punk. I really don't consider this a match, but I guess you could. I don't since no bell rang. Punk fights back and locks in the Anaconda Vice on Otunga. He is tapping out and Punk finally releases it. Epic staredown between Punk and Laurinaitis. I like how Punk picks up Laurinaitis to hit the GTS and John doesn't seem to give a crap. It's like he said, "Well….I guess I'm going to get a knee in the face……I wonder what's for dinner?". Laurinaitis looks so depressed that it's hilarious. That's the face of a man who has accepted his fate. After the GTS, Punk plays to the crowd, but Dolph arrives and hits the Zig Zag on Punk. The show ends with Dolph standing tall. Just as I speculated, the match between Punk and Laurinaitis didn't happen tonight. I have a feeling this match will eventually happen, but this isn't the time or place. So, it seems Laurinaitis' actions have put him in some hot water. Well, they definitely set up the show for next week. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do. As for the ending, it shows that maybe Dolph has a chance in winning the championship. It's very possible, but I still think Punk will walk away with the title after the PPV is over and done with. 

Overall Impression:
I thought Raw was pretty good this week. I still think last week was a better show, but this was a pretty good show as well. The wrestling quality was a little better this week, but I enjoyed the promo/segment scenes more. I think the other reason I liked tonight's show was the build up for the Royal Rumble. I think they built up the PPV pretty well. So far, I liked the card for the Royal Rumble, but I wasn't very hyped up for most of the storylines…..that is until the last few weeks of WWE programming. I think the last two weeks have set up the PPV pretty well and I think this can be a pretty decent PPV. The WHC match is still iffy, but I am really looking forward to the WWE title match, Cena vs Kane and the Royal Rumble match. Lots of build up towards Cena's character this week as he finally looks to be showing signs of embracing the hate, while Punk and Laurinaitis continues to hate each other and are just about ready to throw it down. I kinda like how things are shaping up over on the Raw brand. The undercard storylines need to be worked on (considering there is very few of them outside of Ryder's injury), but the main storylines are doing pretty well. The action is okay for this week, but I think the promos/segments is what helps the show. In that sense, I guess I can recommend the show. I don't recommend everything, but I was entertained tonight. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 1/20/12 (Sin City Smackdown)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown on 1/20/12. How did Sin City Smackdown turn out? Well, let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Daniel Bryan. He basically says the same thing that he said on Raw this past week. He talks about how Big Show tackled AJ on purpose because of his short WHC reign. He talks about how much he cares about AJ and what Show did is unforgivable. He finally talks about the match with Mark Henry tonight and how he isn't afraid of the giant. A very basic opening to the show. There really isn't a whole lot to talk about. What an exciting start to this review. Backstage scene where we find out that Smackdown will be like Raw Roulette, where the wheel determines the type of match. Cody Rhodes spins the wheel and lands on Player's Choice. This means he gets to chose his opponent. Cody picks Hornswoggle, in what will be a very short. 

Cody is getting ready to face off against his most terrifying opponent yet, a rabid leprechaun. He…….pretty much pushes him to the ground. Justin Gabriel arrives for the save. Gabriel says Cody should pick on an opponent bigger than him, like himself. Cody decides to accept the match. 

Match #1: Cody Rhodes vs Justin Gabriel
This was a short match, but it was decent to watch. The finish comes when Cody hits the Cross Rhodes for the victory. I thought at first this might have been a start of a Cody/Gabriel rivalry, but I really think they are setting something up between Cody and Goldust since they keep bringing it up. I like how Gabriel is getting more screen time. Hopefully it means they will try something with him. So much talent in this company, just so little time. 

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

Backstage where Mark Henry tells Teddy Long that Sin City Smackdown is the worst concept ever. Really? How about Eugene? Anyway, Teddy spins the wheel and it lands on Lumberjack match. This means the WHC match will be a Lumberjack match, which opens the door for more shenanigans. 

Match #2: Primo and Epico vs Usos; Tornado Tag Match
The rules to a Tornado tag are simple. Both tag teams are competing at the same time and there is no tagging in and out, so it's kinda a free for all. You probably see these tag team matches at least once a month in TNA since I swear they never tag in and out of matches. I don't recall if they actually showed the wheel spin for this match. I did watch this online and not on TV for various reasons, so not sure this was shown on screen or not. Then again, who really cares about some pointless wheel spin? This match was decent, but not a whole lot to talk about since it was short. The finish comes when Rosa Mendes distracts one of the Usos, which allows for the Puerto Rican Express to take care of the Uso. In the mean time, it seemed like the other Uso was ready to finish the match, but Primo is back in the ring and hits the Backstabber for the victory. With the way things were set up, it didn't make the Usos look bad. In fact, it looks like they had the match, but were outsmarted by the new tag champs. I hope this means the Usos will begin a program with Primo and Epico. I think it could be interesting if done right. 

Winner via pinfall: Primo and Epico

Backstage where Sheamus interrupts the potential underpants party of Teddy and Aksana. Time to spin the wheel, which lands on Tables Match. So the Sheamus/Wade Barrett match will be a Tables match. How informative. 

Time for the comedy segment of the night. Or as I like to call it, stuff the IWC will complain about tomorrow morning. We have a dance off between Brodus Clay and Vickie Guerrero. Vickie does her dance. It was the robot…..on crack. Brodus does his normal dance. Brodus' dancers join along. One thing I haven't mentioned is the name of Brodus' dancers. One of them is Naomi, which you might remember from NXT Season 3. The other one is Cameron, who was on Tough Enough. Hooray for pointless information. The fans are clearly pulling for Brodus. Vickie is crying that she lost. That's right, she just lost the game. William Regal shows up and says it isn't right for Vickie to get booed. Brodus tells him to throwdown….a dance down. Geez, I'm just making up all sorts of things tonight. Regal starts to dance. It was actually pretty good. Time for Brodus to Funk It. The scene ends with Brodus saying "my bad". They are really pushing this whole Brodus deal. So far, it seems to be working since the audience seems to love him, no matter how ridiculous it is. 

Match #3: Wade Barrett vs Sheamus; Tables Match
This wasn't a bad little match. It got interesting towards the end. The finish comes when Sheamus has a table propped up against a corner and is about to send Wade through it. Jinder Mahal shows up to distract Sheamus, which allows Wade to get Sheamus and send him through a table, thus winning the match. It's a cheap way of getting Wade the victory and not making Sheamus look weak, but it's effective. After the match, Jinder is about to send Sheamus through another table, but the Irishman is back up and hits the Brogue Kick. Sheamus picks up Jinder and sends him through the table. This Jinder guy is really going places….like the unemployment line. 

Winner: Wade Barrett

Match #4: Ted DiBiase vs Hunico; Flag match
In a flag match, the concept is to grab your flag before your opponent. Is that some type of innuendo? Anyway, this was a short match. Before the match, DiBiase cut a short video in not knowing what is Hunico's problem since the DiBiase Posse party is an open invitation. Thank you. That's exactly what I said last week. Oh well, we just need a reason for this rivalry to have a plot, even if it's silly. DiBiase was going for the USA flag while Hunico was going for the Mexico flag. The finish comes when DiBiase hits Dream Street and gets his flag. Well, at least the DiBiase/Hunico rivalry is even so far. Still, not a whole lot to go on here in terms of storyline. 

Winner: Ted DiBiase

Backstage where Teddy fires Drew McIntyre. Santino interrupts and says he wants to prove that his victory over Drew wasn't a fluke. He wants another match against Drew. Teddy makes it happen and adds that Drew won't get fired if he wins this match. Wheel of Morality, turn turn turn. Tell us how Drew will get embarrassed today. It will be…..a Blindfold match. Yeah, this isn't a recipe for disaster. 

Match #5: Drew McIntyre vs Santino; Blindfold match
Drew had an epic fail when he attacked the post. There was even a moment where Drew tired to cheat by sneaking a peak, but it didn't work. Drew just can't catch a break. Santino was able to locate Drew with the help of the audience. He hits the Cobra and wins the match. I honestly think they are trying for some type of character overhaul with Drew. I think he could be in for a face turn, but I have no idea at this very moment. I think we will wait and see what they have in store for Drew….if it's anything at all. 

Winner via pinfall: Santino

Match #6: Daniel Bryan vs Mark Henry; Lumberjack match for the WHC
I like how they set up the fact that Drew McIntyre is "fired", but he is one of the lumberjacks in this match. That makes perfect sense. Bryan was kinda provoking the lumberjacks. I understand what Bryan was trying to do here, but it really wasn't executed too well. After a while, the match just broke down. The lumberjacks actually jumped in the ring to attack Bryan. What was strange was how they all of the sudden attacked Henry. What, does Bryan smell? It really made no sense for the lumberjacks to completely change their focus to Henry. It might be the cheapest example of wrestling logic yet. Once the lumberjacks start attacking Henry, Bryan slithers away. Teddy runs into Bryan backstage and wants to know what the hell was that. Bryan says it isn't fair he had to defend his title against Big Show and Henry. Teddy says Bryan will defend his championship at the Royal Rumble. It will be Bryan vs Show vs Henry in a steel cage match. The scene wasn't written well since Bryan should've provoked the lumberjacks a little more (maybe he could've thrown something at them), but it does progress the storyline that Bryan has completely lost his mind. Bryan once again found a way to outsmart his opponent and retain his title. He once again has an uphill battle as he will be in a triple threat match. What I can strangely see happening is Show helping Bryan retain the title. Maybe Bryan plays the guilt trip card in order to get Big Show to help him win. It would really add more to Bryan's character since he is really becoming a jackass more and more each show. We will wait and see what they got planned for the Royal Rumble. 

No Contest

Overall Impression:
I really wasn't a big fan of SD tonight. It was okay for the most part, but I guess I was expecting a little more for this evening. None of the matches really stood out as a great wrestling match. Most of the matches are tolerable, but nothing really stands out from most of the matches…..except for maybe the tables match. It was more or less an average episode of SD. There was lots of filler tonight. In fact, there was so much that I really didn't want to review this show since there wasn't a lot to talk about. Strangely enough, I enjoyed this episode a lot more than TNA. Then again, I don't think that is saying much. They finally made a decision with the WHC title match at the Rumble, which doesn't really come as a surprise since it seemed it was heading down this direction. I still like this storyline since it makes Daniel Bryan stand out, but I am waiting for something big to happen in regards to Bryan. I think something will end up happening at the Royal Rumble. Time to rank the shows. In terms of wrestling quality, the shows can go either way. For the most part, none of the shows really stood out in this department. What stood out this week was the storytelling aspect of pro wrestling. In terms of promos/segments, I rank it Raw, SD, and Impact. The highlight of the week had to be the ending to Raw, in which we saw CM Punk deliver one of his pipe bombs and seeing John Laurinaitis finally snap and show some emotion. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Not one of my better articles, but that's what happens when I am pressed for time. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time.