Monday, April 29, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 4/29/13 Review (Brought to you by Domino's Pizza)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 4/29/13/. How does the last Raw measure up? Let's find out and begin. 

WWE's Sidekicks 
The first match of the night features the various sidekicks from the WHC picture. Zeb stands on the sidelines since he saw somebody eat some french fr--FREEDOM fries. That's what they're called in Jack Swagger's 'Merica. What's up with Ricardo's pants? I didn't realize we're back in the '80s. Actually, that's kinda ironic since you have Dolph Ziggler standing at ringside for this match. I can always count on Ricardo to make me laugh. I loved the spot where he threw the can at Big E's head. His comedic timing is gold. I want a sitcom starring Ricardo Rodriguez. The match was full of shenanigans, but it was pretty amusing. If you try to remember that this match isn't supposed to be taken seriously, you'll enjoy it. Still, I imagine this pissed off a lot of folks since people are probably taking the concept of grown men wrestling in tights way too seriously. Ricardo wins the match by getting a rollup on Zeb. Due to Ricardo's victory, Del Rio gets to choose the stipulation for the WHC title match at Extreme Rules. Well, might as well go over the other matches involving the WHC competitors, but first a word from our sponsors….

I think Domino's Pizza is more over than the IC Championship. Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston was pretty entertaining. This match almost made you think that they were gonna start doing something with Kofi, but you quickly come to your senses and remember he's holding onto one of the mid-card championships. That's pretty much the equivalent of the Kiss of Death since your ass in WWE isn't going anywhere for a while. Kofi nearly pulls off the upset, but AJ and Big E made sure Ziggles picked up the win. Speaking of AJ, there was a brief follow-up between AJ and Kaitlyn. It looks like they're setting up Kaitlyn's new storyline since she'll probably drop the title very soon. A diva having a secret admire? Yeah, never seen one of those before. Why do I have the strange feeling it will end up being Hornswoggle? In fact, I got one Canadian dollar ridin' on Hornswoggle. Let's get to the next match, but let's find out where Lawler's pizza went….

I expect the next Domino's commercial to feature Cena. Come to Domino's and try John Cena's Five Cheese of Doom. Available next Tuesday! Anyway, Swagger squashed Zack Ryder to no surprise. The biggest surprise was Ryder actually talking on a microphone. Ryder cuts promos? I wouldn't be surprised if Ryder found that microphone in a garbage can and decided to see if it still worked. 

Alberto Del Rio and Antonio Cesaro had a fair match. I guess Antonio's fitting into his role of being that annoying character. I don't even know if that's good or bad yodeling. Again, Antonio should be on The Price is Right. Look at Alberto go insane with those kidney punches….

Del Rio makes Cesaro tap out to the Cross Armbreaker. After the match, Del Rio announces a ladder match will take place at ER, finally closing the book on the WHC picture for tonight's show. Woah….That was a mouthful. We go a week without any build for this match and then WWE shoves so much of it on tonight's show. I kinda wish they would've spaced things out, but I was fine with tonight's approach. I like the idea of it being a Ladder match. I was already interested in this match to begin with, but now I'm really excited for this contest. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. Hope it doesn't disappoint. 

Your Filler for the Evening
So, Cody Rhodes just basically gave up on the match by diving into that RKO. I'm not even angry about this. I'm laughing at just how ridiculous it looked. Derp Moment of the Week goes to Cody Rhodes. That seriously made my day. The match was pretty good, but you can't top THAT. 

Women's Wre-----pssssssh

There was a dance-off between Fandango and Great Khali. I know Khali is the face and the fans are supposed to cheer for him, but it was kinda odd to see him get the bigger reaction due to the recent popularity of Fandangoing. It pretty much proves that some people are only doing it to cash-in on the latest trend. There was very little development between Chris Jericho and Fandango this week since Jericho wasn't even on the show tonight. I really don't have anything to add to this….Hey look, a penny! 

Everybody Hates 3MB
Just as Shield is talking about doing everything BUT justice, 3MB comes out since they have a bone to pick with Shield. Just as you would've expected, 3MB get their asses kicked. Team Hell No comes out to attack Shield, but they retreat since they had a dinner appointment to get to. Since Team Hell No has to fight somebody, they beat up 3MB. I wonder if any two members of the Shield will be able to defend the tag titles? I know this hasn't happened yet, but it seems likely that we will get new tag champs pretty soon. If Team Hell No is done after this, they really had one hell of a run. 

World's Strongest Rope
Tug of War? Really? I was hoping for a Bull Rope match, but Tug-of-War? What is this? WWE catering to the elementary demog---ohhhhhhhhhh. It was amusing to see Sheamus throw the contest to hit Henry with the Brogue Kick, but kinda silly that we resorted to this stipulation. This adds more build for the Henry/Sheamus feud. I'm kinda indifferent to this rivalry. It has been built up well in the short amount of time, but it really isn't the most intriguing thing to witness. It's just one of those feuds that gives them something to do and eat up time. That seems to happen to a lot of the SD talent. Ever notice that? 

Ryback Mad!!! Ryback Bitter!!! Ryback Sleepy!!!
Ryback Rules…..I WILL make that a catchphrase. Since Ryback doesn't want to have anything to do with Shield or Team Hell No, he decides to leave the arena. If I had a nickel for every time a wrestler/superstar left the arena and came back five minutes later….

Since Ryback didn't want to compete, Cena has to take his place in the six-man tag match. I wouldn't really call it replacing since Cena didn't do much in the match. I imagine his activity is gonna be toned down because of his injury To that regard, I don't mind this approach. Still, it is a bit of a gamble to send a guy with an injured Achilles to the ring. I'm not sure how wise that is, but it isn't like I can do anything about it. I guess Cena strained himself from that heel turn….

Just as Cena is about to hit the AA, his heel gives out on him and Shield ends up pinning Cena for the victory. I was stunned to see Cena take the fall in this match. Well, you win some and you lose some. There wasn't a lot of build for the WWE Title picture, but I imagine WWE is playing this by ear since they aren't sure if Cena will be ready to go by ER. Only thing to do is sit back and see what the plan is. 

Overall Impression:
I enjoyed tonight's show. The show featured some pretty entertaining wrestling matches and there was some amusing moments as well. I will admit that I enjoyed certain elements of this show for the wrong reasons, but at least it's entertaining. At the end of the day, I just want to be entertained. The show isn't for everybody and I know some people will think otherwise with this showing, but I'm just giving you my honest opinion and nothing more. You can take of that whatever you will. Tell me what you thought of tonight's show or the review. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 4/22/13 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 4/22/13. What happens this week? Let's find out and begin. 

Antonio's career change
So, why is Antonio Cesaro yodeling? I just find it odd that this has become his thing. You go from US Champion to yodeling champion? Well, gotta take whatever you can get. Tune in next week for Antonio's special appearance on The Price is Right…

He might as well start getting a job on TPIR if he's losing to R-Truth. Oh, and Triple H accepted Brock Lesnar's challenge and hit Paul Heyman with a Pedigree. I've already given my thoughts on this match last week and there isn't much to add. Yeah, I'm being lazy tonight. 

Fat Men can't dance
Damien Sandow utilizes the art of cheating to defeat Brodus Clay. Since WWE wants to continue this pointless rivalry, Tensai/Sweet T goes up against Cody Rhodes later on in the night. Tensai gets the victory on Cody and not a single f*** was given over these two matches. Seriously, what's the point of any of this? The purpose of the storyline is to piss off as many people as possible. Of course! It's makes perfect sense….wait, what? 

Mirror Shield
I kinda wanted to see these diagrams Daniel Bryan created. I think they missed out on a golden opportunity. Earlier in the night, Shield took out Team Hell No unsuccessfully. I honestly don't see the point of teasing a 3-on-1 match when it never happened. Actually, there was one causality to report. It turned out Cameraman #55 did NOT survive the Shield attack. Let's remember Cameraman #55….

The six-man tag match was definitely worth checking out. The match was fun to watch and is probably one of the more intriguing things about tonight's episode. Shield picks up the victory when Ambrose pins Daniel Bryan. You had to figure either Kane or Bryan taking the pinfall in this match. It would've been one hell of a surprise if Taker took the pinfall, but it's in his contract to never lose to a rookie. A match that will probably only happen once, but well worth checking out. We may be getting closer and closer to the end of Team Hell No. I think Shield will end up taking the tag titles really soon. We fight for justice…..and money…and championships…..and women…..We fight for anything BUT justice. 

Duh Duh D---NO!!!
Chris Jericho had the chance to make the WHC match at Extreme Rules a Fatal 4Way, but he needed to defeat Dolph Ziggler tonight. Fandango's musical distraction allows Dolph to pick up the victory. Jericho lose because of the audience chants. That was pretty much all the build you got for the WHC picture. There was no Jack Swagger or Alberto Del Rio tonight…..

….Earlier that night in the WWE boardroom….

Random guy: I got an idea for the WHC. How about we do nothing tonight?
Main guy: GENIUS!!!  

Before I move on, I want to add that the Jericho/Dolph match was very entertaining. I think I just figured out another one of Fandango's gimmicks. He fires the female dancer if she doesn't put out after 30 days. It's actually written in his contract. Since Fandango is up, it's time for WWE to milk everything they can out of Fandangoing until they have completely sucked it dry. If Fandangoing is anything like the Harlem Shake, I will really grow to hate it. In fact, I'm already starting to hate it. In the meantime, WILLIAM REGAL! REGAL!!! F***IN' REGAL!!! HE'S THE MAN'S MAN!!! I don't even care he lost to Fandango worse than a ham sandwich. Regal being involved automatically makes it awesome. Why? Because it's Regal. 

Filler Matches 101
Big E squashed Zack Ryder and AJ becomes the #1 Contender to the Divas Championship. Ohhhhh, jobbin' now….You might as well pencil AJ in as the Divas Champion. I don't really see Kaitlyn being champ for very long. It's funny how I predicted that Kaitlyn would end up dropping the Divas Championship to AJ. Once that happens, AJ will be Divas Champion until it comes time to give the belt to somebody else that ends up become another one of the WWE's pet projects. When was the last time the Divas title meant anything? Like 87 years ago? 

Ryback vs Master of the Cheap Pop
Mick Foley's new job title is to be a John Cena fanboy. Seriously, have you ever noticed that anytime somebody starts being a dick, Foley has to come out to defend Cena? He did that with CM Punk by telling him to accept another match with Cena, and how he's telling Ryback to not be such a dick towards Cena. Well, I suppose Foley has to pay the bills somehow. You officially know Ryback is heel when he starts wearing a beanie cap. It's the design that makes him truly evil. Because of Foley cutting down Ryback, the final segment of the night was a face-off between the two. Foley keeps telling him to be an honorable man, while Ryback is still bitter about SuperCena's reign of merchandise sales. Ryback's promo was once again awkward. I know this is a new role for him and he should improve in good time, but you can't deny Ryback looking very shaky when he has to heel out. It almost seems like he's forcing it. Just as it starts to get physical, here comes Mr. Breakfast Cereal to once again save the day. The Shield comes out and starts to surround the ring. Cena decides to leave Ryback to defend for himself. The Shield start to take down Ryback, but Cena needs to show off….

Cena is able to help clear out the Shield. After the attack, Cena and Ryback stare each other down until Ryback gets distracted by the shiny object in the middle of the ring. Cena hits the AA and that ends the show. What we are getting here is a classic case of each man showing off what the other can do. It was announced that Cena vs Ryback will happen at Extreme Rules. Unless WWE wants Ryback's turn to mean something, he either needs to win the title or something that doesn't allow the man to lose clean. At the same time, you have to be aware that he's facing Cena. You know, the man who pretty much squashes anyone with a fraction of momentum. Well, I wish him luck. He's gonna need it. 

Overall Impression:
While there wasn't anything gigantic or eye-popping about this show, I was still entertained by it. The matches is what really won me over tonight. There might have been some garbage matches, but there was a couple of matches that are definitely worth checking out. The audience also helped make this show stand out, but that's no surprise since this was filmed in the UK. You can always count on the UK to make a show come alive. I would normally consider this an average showing, but the audience makes it jump up a couple of notches. I've always said a good audience can make or break a show. That does it for the review. Tell me what you thought of tonight's show or the review. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling 4/18/13 Review (Aces & Overloads)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 4/18/13. What? Two Impact reviews in as many weeks? What sorcery is this? 

King of Shenanigans 
I don't know about you, but Garett Bischoff isn't a convincing bad guy. He looks way too much like a babyface, which is why I have a hard time believing him to be apart of this stable….

One of these things is not like the other…..

Anyway, Card Games utilizes the power of wrestling logic to win another match. Referees can either be the smartest or dumbest characters in the wrestling world. The match was okay, but the ending was about as predictable as you're gonna get. I understand they have to interfere in every match, but Aces & Eights manages to make the heel formula feel even more repetitive. I didn't even think that was possible. After the Kurt Angle raping, Mr. Anderson continues to make me sad. It's almost unbearable to watch this man cut promos these days. He used to put art and craft into his work, but listen to this? He's putting no effort into his craft anymore. I know I've talked about Anderson's character in the past, but I almost can't help myself and remind you of what he used to do when he cared. Oh, what a mess. 

IWC Orgasm 
That's what I imagine happens every time Petey Williams does the Canadian Destroyer. Still, I would be lying if I didn't think it was cool. Oh, and TNA introduced the X Cam. The referee wears this stupid hat with a camera on it. I'm glad they didn't show the whole match like this. If that was the case, there would've been more of a reason to pick up some ibuprofen. While the X Cam is interesting, you better hope you are getting a bonus if you're having to wear that thing. Why do I get the feeling that TNA won't be paying attention and you end up witnessing the ref taking a piss or talking about the script? It's just a funny image I picture. Kenny retains his champion due to careful timing. I know I'm gonna get a lot of crap for this, but I honestly don't see the appeal with Kenny King. Sure, the man can wrestle, but that's all he can do. He has the personality of a washcloth and the mic skills of a mime. Whenever I see this guy, I'm instantly reminded of Shelton Benjamin. Shelton was that guy who was very talented in the ring, but offered nothing else to the table. I'm know I'm really touching a nerve when I speak so negatively about these guys, but it takes more than wrestling ability to make yourself stand out from the generic pack. Yeah, this article isn't gonna make me popular at the end of the day, but those are just my honest feelings. If you like Kenny King, that's cool. It certainly doesn't bother me. 

Why are we talking about this? Because it's a slow day
I love how Brooke Hogan is talking about how Tessmacher and Mickie James have impressed her as of late. Yeah, those 2-3 matches in four months can really go a long way. So, I guess we have a #1 Contender match for the KO Title. Mickie is able to secure the victory in a bad match. This whole match was women arguing and complaining. I guess TNA found a winning formula. Mickie ends up getting the victory. Mickie cut a promo after the match talking about how she's tired of being overlooked or something like that? I don't know. I really wasn't paying attention. 

TNA's Totally inVisible Title
Knox probably just gave the most telegraphed attack ever. I could've sworn that punch was at lightening speed. Sonic the Hedgehog couldn't even see that s***. Look at it go!!! I love this logic here. Aces & Eights basically kills Magnus, but one Samoan is enough to make a group of bikers run away from a fight. Well, the reasoning for this was to book Samoa Joe vs Devon for later tonight. Might as well get that match out of the way. Joe and Devon match was short. Shenanigans lead to Devon retaining the worthless championship. Aces & Eights continues to get repetitive and I feel that's gonna keep happening until Slammiversary or Bound for Glory. I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do if this goes until October. I should also mention that the biggest bullies in this show pretty much resorted to grade-school tactics on Joseph Park. I'm fact, I'm a little disappointed. Why didn't they stuff him in a locker or give him a wedgie? Yeah, these Aces & Eights are bad-ass! If you don't watch out, they may just take your milk money! Ohhhhh noooooo!!!

Somebody put effort? Whaaaaaaaa….?
I can always rely on Bad Influence to present that glazed ham on a weekly basis. They talk about Morgan Freeman being asked to play Dixie Carter in the Bad Influence movie. I kinda want to see that movie. It would be better than half the garbage Hollywood throws out there. The competitive banter between Bad Influence and Greatest Factor was also pretty entertaining. Hey, I can at least appreciate somebody going out there to put on a good show. Kinda funny how Team Nacho Libre ended up ruining this segment with their bag of cliches. Greatest Factor gets their rematch next week. I like both of these tag teams, but they literally are showing the same tag matches every week. To be fair, WWE is going the same thing too. Somethings' gotta change in the tag team world. 

AJ Styles didn't really seem interested in fighting, but that changed with James Storm literally brought the fight to him. Styles wins this match with a submission hold. He takes out Kaz and Daniels, but leaves when Card Games attacks Storm and Bad Influence. It continues to add mystery to where Styles' allegiance lies. While it's interesting, we kinda have been asking that question for over a month. They're literally doing nothing new at the moment and are almost waiting until the PPV. Bully calling out Hogan is the main selling point for next week? Yeah, like we haven't see that before. Bully Ray plays a great leader and heel. I really enjoy what he brings to the table, but I can't say the same for his goons. 

Overall Impression:
There was only a few moments of the show that I really liked. The tag team promo between Bad Influence and Greatest Factor (It's a much better name than Dirty Heels) was pretty entertaining. Bad Influence is a fun pairing that I've been enjoying for some time. In fact, their charisma was about the only positive from the Claire Lynch fiasco. The other thing I liked was Styles' transition, but I'll admit that it's the same as before. I like where this could lead to, but it does feel like a rip-off of the Sting/crashing the NWO party back in the WCW days. I almost find it exhausting these days to watch another Aces & Eights segment. It isn't the worst idea I've seen, but something about it has really made it overstay its welcome. There are some things going on in TNA that I enjoying watching, but I'm not enjoying it as a whole. I want to put that out there since TNA fans tend to think I'm just here to bash TNA. I really want to like this show and want to say more positive things about it, but I would be lying if I said I enjoyed everything I saw tonight. I always tell people to not take any of my reviews seriously. I sure as hell don't. Speaking of which, tell me what you thought of my stupid review and ramblings. See you guys and girls in the next one. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 4/15/13 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 4/15/13. What does WWE have in-store for this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

World Wrestling Retcons
I'm just gonna assume that second-rope DDT Randy Orton does is named the 'Vintage Orton'. You've just been Michael Cole'd….

Sheamus and Orton work together to take out Big Show and….That's it. Yeah, that's seriously all they have to offer you. So, what you pretty much witness is WWE retconning everything that happened between Orton and Sheamus a week ago. Why? What was the purpose of any of that build? My only guess for WWE doing this is because they have new ideas on the way for Orton, Sheamus, and/or Show. If they find themselves in something better, than I have no problem with this move. However, if they are doing nothing within the next few weeks, it means WWE got their latest 'shipment'. 

Just as 3MPunching Bag is about to call out the Shield, Brock Lesnar comes out and destroys them. After the attack, Paul Heyman announces that Brock wants another match with Triple H. Jesus tap-dancing-while-riding-on-a-unicorn-with-a-bear-chasing-your-ass Christ! Why are they doing this again? They just can't leave it alone. They just need to milk one more match between these two. I honestly don't see the point of doing it for the third time. It's just silly, but I guess they need to make money somehow. It seems they will be going with a Steel Cage match this go around. I have mixed feelings on this gimmick. It has the recipe to do well, but it can also be disappointing. I'll give it a chance since it can always impress, but this is also coming from somebody who hasn't fully like their first two matches. 

Mid-card Sandwich
Kofi Kingston beats Antonio Cesaro to become the new US Champion. Have we been here before? How many times has Kofi found himself in this position? In fact, he's been here so much that I can predict how this championship run will go. He will start off winning a few matches, then WWE will forget about him and he will make no impression until it comes time to give the championship to somebody else. Once he loses the belt, he will go back into irrelevance until it comes time to start the process yet again. Lather, rinse, and repeat. That's how you create a Kofi Kingston career. As for Antonio, I guess he can learn how to say 'jobber' in five different languages. Antonio Cesaro, now a regular on WWE Main Event! Team Hell No defeated the Prime Time Players in a quick match. The purpose of the tag match was to hype up the six-man tag match for next week. It will be Undertaker, Kane, and Bryan vs Shield. I never imagined Taker competing in a match on Raw, but he is and it's against one of the most dominate pairings in years. I definitely like what I'm hearing. Can't wait until next week…..

Wade Barrett's theme song suits him. He really doesn't care anymore. Hey, I just realized something! Whatever happened to Bo Dallas? I completely forgot about him since he did that one thing and then nobody remembered him. I think I just answered my own question. If you want your wrestling career to go nowhere, just win the IC championship. Nothing wrong can come from that, right? 

WHC Shenanigans 
Ziggler talks about the perks of being WHC, like catching herpes. As Dolph Ziggler is talking, Alberto Del Rio comes out and wants to revoke his rematch for tonight. Despite being banged up, Vickie Guerrero makes the match 'official'. Jack Swagger comes out since he needs to pay off that DUI. Weeeee the people…..That's all I can say. I don't know any other words. Anyway, Swagger attacks Del Rio and the match has been called off. Teddy Long thought it was a great idea to have Swagger vs Ziggler for tonight. What, no tag team match playa? I'm disappointed. In fact, I think that's why Booker T got mad at Teddy. He wasn't living up to his potential. Earlier in the night, Swagger and Dolph had a pretty good match. I know this happened later in the show, but it's just easier to talk about the entire WHC picture in one paragraph. Swagger won with a pothead rollup. Due to Swagger's victory, Booker makes Dolph vs Del Rio vs Swagger at Extreme Rules. This decision doesn't really come off as much of a surprise. I think they will ease Dolph into his first challenger. Should be interesting to watch. 

Let's Get Viral 
It's time for Fandango-ing…..

There will be no mention of popular videos on this page. I forbid it!!! Everybody who talks about Fandango-ing in the comments is forever banned….Naw, I really don't care. You can talk about it if you want. It seems logical for WWE to exploit the hell out of this concept until people get sick of it. 

I've lost my sense of Punk
CM Punk comes out and explains how he wants to be the very best, like no one ever waaaaaaas. To catch them is my real test. To train them is my caaaaaaause. What the f*** am I doing? Just as Punk starts talking about his match with Taker, he is speechless and leaves the ring. Based on how Punk has portrayed his character the last few months, this is very uncharacteristic. Not really sure what to make out of this. I think what they are planning is having Punk take some time off. Once he returns, he could possibly come back as a face based off of WWE's track record with these type of things. I kinda wish he would come back as anti-hero Punk since that's the best version of Punk. Punk takes a few months off to heal up nagging injuries and should come back better than ever. We will await his return. 

Hunger vs Fruity Pebbles
Mark Henry took out Sheamus and not a single f*** was given that day. Alright, time to get to the final segment of the night. Earlier in the night, Ryback cut a video promo talking about how he's tired of being in John Cena's shadow and no longer considers him a friend since he never looked out for him. The funny thing is Ryback was on the ball. Cena probably was too busy coming up with his next T-shirt design as Ryback was being attacked by the Shield. Speaking of which, that white T-shirt Cena plugged last week has to be the laziest T-shirt design ever. I guess WWE wants to spend as little money as possible since they know they're getting a net profit from Cena's merchandise. Ryback is officially a bad guy since he's surrounded by dark lighting. The nerve! The two finally have a discussion in the ring. What it boiled down to was Cena telling Ryback he isn't good enough to win a world championship. The Shield comes in to attack Cena. Ryback could help out easily, but he decides to let Mr. Breakfast Cereal handle this one on his own. After Cena has been taken out, Ryback walks away. So, what I pretty much get out of this is Ryback is officially a bad guy and he'll most likely get a WWE title match against Cena in the near future. It probably was best for Ryback to go heel. Maybe all those defeats at PPVs is what Ryback was working towards? I doubt it, but it's possible. Ryback seemed a bit out of place playing the heel. He looked out of place during that promo. Hopefully, he'll adjust to the role. 

Overall Impression:
I honestly don't know what to think of this episode. It wasn't what I would call great, but I don't consider it a bad show. There was some fair moments, but also some moments that could be considered boring. There wasn't a whole lot to really check out with this episode, but there was a couple of moments worth checking out. I would definitely consider this an average episode. It was apparent this episode wasn't gonna be anything close to what happened last week. You would have to be crazy to expect the same type of audience on a weekly basis. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one.

PS: My heart goes out to anyone effect by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. You have my thoughts and prayers. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling 4/11/13 Review (Pay-per-view quality?)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 4/11/13. Was it worth checking out? Let's find out and start the review. 

So, let me ask a let question. What's the point of doing a 2 out of 3 falls match if the first two pinfalls eat up 25 seconds of television time? I'm sorry, but that's stupid writing. Why not just make it a regular match if you're gonna start pulling garbage like that? The last fall was definitely the most intriguing part of the match. Chavo and Hernandez defeat the Roode/Aries to become the champs yet again. This is another move that doesn't seem to make much sense. It wasn't long ago when Chavo and Hernandez were tag champs and they weren't the most interesting team. I just find it odd they would slap the championships back on them based on how 'memorable' their first tag title run went. The only reason I can think of Chavo/Hernandez getting these belts back is TNA wants to do something different with Roode/Aries. I find it somewhat sad that TNA may have just given up on one of the better things going on in the company. Roode and Aries have an odd couple routine that was pretty enjoyable. Not sure it this was broken up due to contracts or different pushes, but I hope we find out sooner rather than later. Even if one of them was gonna get pushed to the main event, it wouldn't seem to make much sense since both guys are heels and we have a heel world champion. Sigh, what a mess. If they break up these guys and literally do nothing with them for 2-3 months, have to give TNA the Derp Award for the month of April.  Actually, WrestleMania 29 probably makes a strong enough claim for that, but TNA's pushing that line. And we only just started! Well, better bunker yourself as we move forward. 

Does anybody even like Joseph Park? 
I seriously have to wonder that after almost a year of having this character grace TNA. He tries to use his legal action to get the divorce between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan finalized. You think the lawyer character would be able to utilize real action here, but not even lawyers can trump wrestling logic. Devon comes out and tells him to stay out of the way. Well, that pretty much insures Joseph dealing with the Aces & Eights….again. TNA: Where we replay storylines that happened 2-3 months ago and pretend it's something different. 

The Silent Mime speaks
Ever notice how every KO debuts as a stripper or somebody who comes off as easy? Just a reoccurring pattern I've noticed on here. ODB is the obvious exception. Speaking of ODB, she is now a referee since her marriage with Eric Young seems to be out the window these days. Taryn defeated Gail with a rollup if you care to know who won. So far, the best part of the show was Joey Ryan's line. Who's bigger than me? His delivery of that line works so well with his character. Why aren't they using him? Oh, cuz Hogan needs to count more money, brother! Skipping Gut Check since I don't really care for the segments or the competitors. It isn't like TNA is gonna use them right away. Hulk Hogan comes out and wants to figure out what side AJ Styles is on. AJ doesn't really give an answer until James Storm wants a fight. All of the sudden, Bad Influence comes out and want AJ to be on their side. Yeah, cuz Styles is gonna try to forget his previous storylines. What it boils down to is everybody getting in the AJ Styles Sweepstakes. They are convinced that whoever AJ joins will guarantee that group's rise to the top. It isn't a bad idea if you think about it. Styles did speak this go around, but part of me wishes he would speak up a little more. At the same time, I'm also fine with saying very little words to begin with. I think it adds more mystery to his character and motives. In other news, Kurt Angle will be in a handicap match against Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff. Speaking of matches, Hogan puts AJ in a match against Storm set for next week. So, Hogan tries to get AJ on his side by throwing him in matches against his own crew? It really makes you wonder if Bully really had to go through the whole process of marrying Brooke in order to get one over on Hulk. He probably could've achieved the same result if he just gave Hogan some pudding. I'm having way too much fun with the wrestling logic. 

Sleaze meter down on empty? 
Do the commentators even think of what they say before saying it? Brooke's punishment for Joey's actions a week ago is to run over to daddy and to have him book this match. Daddy Daddy!!! The creeper hurt my feelings….

Rob Terry wins another pointless match. Maybe if you win enough of those, you will make yourself stand out in this company. If this fails for him, he could always consider working at a circus. So, did Hogan and Matt Morgan just have vocal sex with one another? What the hell was that backstage scene all about? I thought Hogan was getting off on Morgan's rage? What, did they drop that storyline too? Did Morgan eat Hogan's cape? What the f*** is going on here? I really want to know cuz I'm so confused. 

Full Metal Mayhem 
I love how Bully sets everything up for Jeff Hardy by casually laying down on the table. Are you sure you aren't out of place? Better take another crack at that to make sure Hardy doesn't has problems with it. There's your bag of tricks!!! YAHOO!!! Look at him go!!! Anyway, Tazz gives Bully a hammer during the match. Thanks to the hammer, Bully retains the championship. Brooke was watching the match and leaves in disgust. That's what I would say if she was a better actress. After the match, Bully and crew gloat about the victory. The match was pretty fun to watch. It was probably the best thing to occur during this whole show. 

Overall Impression:
Outside of the main event and the Styles storyline, there wasn't too much about this episode that stood out. Still, I actually enjoyed this episode for what it was worth. I will admit that the show improved after that strange tag match, so there's something….right? I would mostly consider this an average episode. I'll admit that TNA was trying to overhype this show. They kept referring to how this episode was gonna be 'PPV quality'. Did it measure up to PPV quality? While I liked the show, I don't think it comes close to PPV quality. I think TNA was once again biting off more than they can chew. This happens a lot in the wrestling industry. The show is worth a look, but I'll admit that it isn't that special and may not be able to hold your interest for very long. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 4/8/13 Review (Feed Me Fruity Pebbles)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 4/8/13. What things are in-store now that WrestleMania 29 has passed? Let's find out and begin. 

Rise Above T-shirt Sales
Before I start this review, I want to get this out the way. I will try to avoid talking about WrestleMania 29 since I don't want to repeat myself a ton. I already gave my thoughts on the show and you can visit the link here if you're interested...

With that said, let's review Raw. We open up the show with fans voicing their displeasure. I'm not even sure if they are booing Cena or WM 29 as a whole, but they clearly don't seem happy right now. Cena is whoring himself out and even mocks the idea of doing a heel turn. It's things like this that convince me Cena will NEVER turn heel. I've been saying that for years. Why turn Cena heel when half the audience already boos him? Henry comes out and demands a WWE title match. Why? Because he beat Ryback with the power of his ass, that's why. Booker comes out and claims Rock is still the #1 contender since he gets a rematch. Oh God, just stop. Stop! STOP IT!!!

Just leave it alone, WWE. Hasn't the horse been beaten enough? Booker decides that if Henry can defeat Cena in a match, he will earn a future title match. I don't know if it's sad or a breath of fresh air that I would rather see Henry become champion to Cena. This would be the main event for tonight's show. 

WrestleMania Rewind
Big E defeated Daniel Bryan thanks to all the shenanigans by Dolph Ziggler. I think Kurt Warner just forever joined the IWC's most hated list by putting 'John Cena and comeback' in the same sentence. You barely had enough time to get adjusted to a new IC title since Wade Barrett won the title back tonight. I find this a bit odd since it looks like something got lost in the script, but I kinda like this idea. I know it makes the IC title look even more like a game of 'Hot Potato', but they have done more with this title in these two days than they have for the last year. If this leads to the title actually meaning something, I'm all for it. Then again, I doubt that since WWE will try to make something about it, take some crystal meth, and then go back to their old tricks. Not really gonna give my thoughts on Wade being IC champion since he was literally holding onto the title yesterday and had low stock to begin with.

Alberto Del Rio vs Dick Cheney and Blue Briefcase
You know what I want to see? Zeb Coulter on a hunting trip. That would be hilarious. In hopes of dashing this 'We the People' movement, Del Rio manages to defeat Swagger and Coulter. During the match, Del Rio was selling a knee injury and got medical attention after the match. Well, if that isn't the cue for that blue briefcase to disappear, than I don't know what is. Sure enough, Dolph comes out and cashes in the MITB. In a matter of moments, we have a new WHC. This was a move that should've been done last night, but it's better late than never. Now that the cash-in has finally happened and Dolph is the champ, the bigger question is will Dolph become a legit world champion or will he flop? Will he manage to get over like Edge, CM Punk, or Daniel Bryan after their cash-ins or will he turn into a Jack Swagger? Well, I would like to think Dolph has the talent to get over, but it takes more than skill to make it in this business. This is now the time where we find out if Dolph will go further or drift back into the mid-card months from now. We shall wait and see. Oh, and the IWC had like 20 million orgasms the second Dolph got his hands on the championship. That's definitely a Tout you don't want to see. 

Shield Antics 
Just as Undertaker is about to give his thoughts on going 21-0 at WM, the Shield comes out to surround the ring. Team Hell No comes out to even the score, which is pretty much the Shield's cue to leave. It's amazing how these last 30 minutes of Raw have been more entertaining than a four-hour WrestleMania. I was really curious to see what this is all about. It could be foreshadowing to something, but I hope we find more about this sooner rather than later. It's hard to say since Taker is a part-time performer, but only time will tell.

Random Chants *clap clap clap clap clap*
So, I guess Vickie Guerrero just doesn't give a s*** that the Smackdown GM is making matches on Raw. She also seems to be getting closer with Brad Maddox. Coincidence? I think not! I know there was another match before this particular match, but do you really want me to talk about 3MB? Considering that an early Christmas present. It seems Randy Orton and Sheamus both want to fight Show, but can't seem to figure out who should get the job. WWE did feature a video of Show explaining why he attacked Orton and Sheamus. Apparently, it was because they didn't really show their faith in the guy. It kinda makes you feel sorry for the big guy…

Sheamus and Orton end up having a match against each other. One thing I haven't mentioned is tonight's crowd. It was very vocal throughout the show. This is one thing that may have helped WM 29, but then I realize that this audience was probably at WM 29. The show was so subpar that they didn't even bother to chant. Tonight was their time to wake up and it really showed. The audience added a lot of energy into tonight's show, but some of these random chants were pretty stupid. Still, it was stupid in a funny way. I wish I would get my own chant, but I've pissed too many people off to ever get one. Sheamus and Orton had a pretty decent match. The show ends with Show arriving knocking out Sheamus and Orton with the KO Punch….

Yeah, so those guys are dead…At least until WWE decides to revive them for next week's show. I'm not really sure what to make of this. I guess we have a triple threat match between these two since nobody can't seem to trust anybody? I'm not sure how I feel about that, but let's give it a chance.

Clean Up Time
Is the audience singing Fandango's entrance? Th---the-----they----they are singing----they are singing this….

Hey, I may not buy the Fandango hype, but I try to give props to where it's due. His match with Kofi Turkey Sandwich didn't really get started since Chris Jericho beat the crap out of Fanjobber. This might be the meal ticket Fandango needs. I don't have a problem with his character at the end of the day. I just think WWE won't allow the character to go far based on their track record on these overly gimmick wrestlers, but the audience may be the thing that saves him from failing. I guess we will find out about a year from now if this made or break the character. Paul Heyman talks about Brock Lesnar injuring Triple H yet again. He claims Brock was ready to fight tonight, but is at home counting his WM bonus so he isn't available tonight. As for CM Punk, he will do his own talking on next week's show. Based on how tonight's show has gone, I'm very much looking forward to what Punk as to talk about. Oh, and Failed Fatties and crew took out Rhodes Scholars and Bella Whores. If you were one of the two people wondering why this didn't make the WM cut, it's because WWE wanted to make sure Rock and Cena had enough time to confess their love for one another. 

Feed Me Fruity Pebbles!!!
The Cena/Henry match was pretty short and ended in a DQ. After the match, Henry takes out Cena with the World's Strongest Slam. Ryback comes out since I think he's still trying to forget what happened last night. Henry retreats after a couple of punches from Ryback. Cena gets back up and shakes hands with Ryback. The crowd was hot for Ryback, but weren't too happy with Ryback helping out Mr. Breakfast Cereal. Ryback finally caves to the peer pressure and attacks Cena. The show ends with Ryback hitting Shell Shock on Cena and getting a big pop from the audience. So, I find it funny how everybody is assuming Ryback just straight up turned heel with this move. For the time being, it's way too early to tell. Last I checked, Cena claimed he would take all challengers. Maybe Ryback was just sending a message that he wants a title shot as well? Sounds like a solid reason to me. If they are going for a heel turn with Ryback, the commentators were sure trying to build it up. I personally don't care if he's heel or a face. I still enjoyed the moment for what it was worth. It definitely makes the WWE title race more interesting. At the same time, it could become apparent that both Henry and Ryback will end up joining Cena's Breakfast Club of Repetitiveness, but let's wait and see what they got going here. Good ending to the show. 

Overall Impression:
We go from a WM that was very disappointing to an episode of Raw that was amazing. The show had a ton of energy from a very unique audience. The matches were pretty decent and it featured a lot of fun moments. This was very different to their show from last night. While WM 29 is the definition of WWE playing it too safe, it seemed WWE took a couple of chances tonight and I have to thank them for that. I loved this episode of Raw, but it makes me dislike WM 29 even more. I didn't think it was possible for me to get more sad about WM 29, but WWE found a way to do that by making this episode stand out. If you were very angry or disappointed with WM, I highly recommend giving this show a chance. It might make you interested in the product again. Tell me what you thought of tonight's episode or the review. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE WrestleMania 29 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE WrestleMania 29. Did it deliver or flop? Let's find out and start the review. 

Pre-show = Nap Time
We open up the review with the pre-show. That 4-person set-up during the commentary was almost a spoof of an NFL pre-show. You got the guy nobody cares about (Scott Stanford), the smart one (Jim Ross), the black guy (Kofi), and the one you really can't understand (Dusty Rhodes). There's a rumor floating around that Kofi did all of this for a turkey sandwich. If you haven't worked in 2-3 months, you need to take what you can get. I think Miz's spray tan was more over than this match. Okay, it wasn't that bad, but I still find the entire development to be sub par. Miz becomes the new IC champion with the Figure Four Leg-lock. Cue the 'Miz botches the Figure-Four' in 3…..2…..1……and there's one of the 500 things people will be raging about tomorrow morning. I really don't care if he uses the move, but at least it looks like he's improving the technique. I have no thoughts on the title change. The belt has meant nothing for months/years and I don't see Miz and/or WWE doing anything different with the championship. The IC will go into a black-hole until it comes time to give the belt to somebody else, and the process will keep repeating itself until creative decides to do something about it. 

Heel turn surprise....Minus the surprise
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for WWE's Fun with Numbers…

Why do I get the feeling I just gave Vince McMahon a new idea? Thanks to Randy's ego, he tags himself in and completely ignores Big Show. Shield ends up using the real superpower of teamwork to win this match. Why…

Show could've saved the match for his team, but he wants to activate his hidden ability: Dick Mode. After the match, Show takes out Orton and Sheamus with the KO punch. So, instead of doing something interesting like turning Orton into a bad guy, you make Show turn instead? If you think about it, did he even turn in the first place? I brought up in my previous articles that Show's turn would only be temporarily, but I just feel a little disappointed that Show was the one to cost his team. I'm not even upset about my theory being wrong since it was just a theory, but was this really the best course of action? It just makes it look predictable. Is that gonna be the theme of tonight's show? If that's the case, run! Run for your life! RUN!

Ryback's WM moment….Sort of
So, the master plan to get Ryback over is to have him attempt Shell Shock and have Henry win with the power of his fat ass? It was almost as if the WWE was being literal with the term 'buried'. I don't understand this move at all. This does nothing for Ryback at the end of the day. While he did get his WM moment by hitting Henry with the Shell Shock after the match, a victory would've done so much more. I guess if they continue the rivalry it would mean something, but I don't really think so. This is definitely one of the more puzzling moves out of the evening. Ryback's new name is Mr. Second Place. No matter how far he does, he's guaranteed to be #2. Team Hell No had a pretty fair match with Dolph Ziggler and Big E. I liked how WWE mocked the 18-second pinfall that occurred with Daniel Bryan last year. The finish comes when Bryan and Kane work together to take out Dolph with a Chokeslam/Flying Goat combination. I would imagine that this match is kept to a low profile based on COULD happen later in the night. That's at least what I would imagine, but let's wait and see how the power of the script has planned for us. King has some stupid lines in this show, but his AJ joke had to take the cake. AJ's family fought for the East during the Civil War? The joke was so bad that it's funny. 

Chris Jericho vs Dancing with the Stars
Fandango and Chris Jericho put together a fair match, but I'm still not overly impressed with this character. I still stand by my original theory that Fandango will be making burritos 6-9 months from now, but I would like to be proven wrong based on what I've said in the past about Fandango. While I liked the match, the ending felt awkward. The Lionsault/Walls of Jericho combination didn't make any sense. I guess Jericho was supposed to sell a knee injury, but it would've made a hell of a lot more sense if they just had Fandango win with rollup and not include the Lionsault. It just seems like overbooking if you ask me. Regardless, Jericho does his job by putting this one-hit wonder over.

They Took R Jrbs!!!
There was some s****y music here by some popular rapper or whatever. Here's some good music for you in the meantime….
You have seriously done something wrong in the world when you take a great composition from the Rocky films and turn it into that. Up to this point of the show, none of the matches have really stood out. I'm not saying all the matches have been bad, but there isn't one match that deserves a replay. Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger had an okay match, but I'm a little disappointed here that Del Rio didn't have the Spanish Announcers come out to attack Zeb Coulter or the Statue of Liberty come alive and take out Swagger or Coulter. Plot twist of the year if you find out the statue was controlled by the Ghostbusters. At least by doing this it shows a little more imagination. Speaking of no imagination, Del Rio won the match and that was it. Yeah, so there was no MITB cash in by Dolph. I repeat. NO MITB cash in for tonight's show. I think they wasted an opportunity to do the cash in, but I'm guessing WWE wants to roll with Del Rio/Swagger a bit longer. I personally don't have a problem with this rivalry continuing, but they need to bring more to the table. There's so much potential because of Zeb Coulter's character, but they aren't taking full advantage of it. It almost feels like they are too scared to do something since Zeb can easily offend somebody with his words. As for Dolph, I guess he can pimp out AJ for a bit longer. 

CM Punk vs Undertaker
At least we got one musical performance that was actually good this evening. Punk comes out and watches the Undertaker walk….

I think I could've watched an entire Dragonball Z arc in the amount of time it took for Taker to get to the ring. This was definitely the best match of the night. Punk and Taker did put together a fair rivalry in the amount of time they were given, but I know more could have been done. While this isn't anything compared to previous Taker matches with Shawn Michaels or Triple H, this was at least entertaining to watch. Taker and Punk went out there and tried to put on a fun show. So far, this has been the only thing worth watching this evening. Damn, I think that announce table is move over in the WWE than Zack Ryder. Go Spanish Announce table!!! I got it! Taker vs Spanish Announce Table. The streak finally ends. After a back and forth contest, Taker finally puts Punk down for the count. The streak continues and that was that. It really wasn't a surprise the streak wouldn't end. It would make for a big turn of events if Punk did end the streak, but that isn't what they wanted to do here. I didn't really care if the streak ended or kept going tonight. I was just looking to be entertained by these two and I got what I wanted. Again, more could've been done with this rivalry, but this was still fun to watch. By the way, what was up with Taker's entrance with the hands coming out the ground? Are those the souls of his past WM victims or is it the zombie apocalypse? I seriously want to know the answer to this question. 

Welcome to SummerSlam

It wasn't quite like their SS match, but it did feel like something we saw last year. I think the other thing that worked against this match was card placement. It did get overshadowed by Punk/Taker. It was better than their SS match, but I don't think it was quite as good. Again, something just seems to be off with in-ring chemistry between Brock and Trips. They can hype up the match amazingly, but the actual match is only 'okay' at the end of the day. This is one of those matches that people will enjoy more than myself. Certainly nothing wrong if you liked it. HBK's only purpose of this match was to prevent Paul Heyman from screwing over Trips. Either that or he was only in town for the free food. Trips gets his revenge and keeps his job. I thought it was hilarious Brock got out the hold only to get back in the hold seconds later. I guess he needed a breather. I do wonder who Brock's new opponent will be. What do you think?

Twice in a Lifetime

The match ends in three-seconds. After the show, John Cena reveals himself to be Superman and proceeds to fly around the arena….

This was much weaker than their match a year ago. It really feels like WWE is milking this for all that they can. Even the audience was silent for a good chunk of this match. They did give reactions for things as they happened, but you can tell they were just hoping for a turn of events or something to get them jazzed up. Well, it doesn't happen and Cena wins cleanly. After the match, Rock and Cena hug it out and even do a salute as the show ends with Cena celebrating his victory. So, Cena won and everybody pats each other on the back? Where have I read that before? Oh, maybe I read it in one of my own articles? Oh God, I hate when I'm right about these things sometimes. The ending was pretty much sums up the whole show. WWE played it safe and went with the most cliche ending they could think of. Well, I guess it isn't all bad. At least Rock finally confessed his love towards Mr. Breakfast Cereal….

Overall Impression: 
I want to state for the record that I'm not angry with this PPV. I'm what you would call very disappointed with the end result. I felt going into this show that this WM was gonna be very predictable and play it safe. I know the build going into this PPV wasn't gonna make this one of the best WMs, but WWE still had the elements to make this thing stand out. No plot twist or heel turns of any kinds. There are no surprises or those iconic WM moments. Simply put, WWE didn't want to do anything risk-taking with this event since they wanted to play it safe. That's might be the main problem with this event. This show felt as if WWE was milking everything they could get out of Rock/Cena 2. I'm sure at the end of the day that WWE is gonna do fine financially with this event, but there is so many things missing from this WM that you get with others. Where are the WM moments? You know, like Hulk Hogan slamming Andre on the mat or Eddie Guerrero stealing his way towards a title defense? This is supposed to be WM and not you average PPV. I hate coming out here and being this negative on the show since I don't like going out on a bitter note, but I cannot fully support this show. If I had to give WWE WrestleMania 29 a score between 1-10 and 5 considered average, I would give it about a 4 out of 10. This one falls in the slightly below average territory for me. I would normally give a show like this an average score, but I had to take off points since you expect more out of WM. This isn't a PPV I deem worthy of the asking price and this is also a PPV you should only watch if you are really curious. It's an okay show, but not worthy of being regarded as a classic. Well, I think it's that time for me to wrap this up. WM was what I expected to be and I'm still disappointed by the end result. Hopefully, we can see WWE get back on the right track tomorrow night. We can only hope. That does it for the review and I hope you enjoyed this. If you enjoyed any of my nonsense, check out some of my other articles. If you hate my articles, go eat a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Actually, that sounds pretty good right about now. See you guys and girls in the next one. 

WrestlingNerd's Official Score of WWE WrestleMania 29: 4 out of 10

Friday, April 5, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE WrestleMania 29 Rundown Part II

Welcome back to the WrestleMania 29 Rundown. This is Part II of the Rundown, so if you missed out on Part I, please visit this link first. Let's a go. 

The Shield vs Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show

I have mixed feelings on this match. I think the reason I'm not very excited about this match is because it's yet another six-man tag match involving the Shield. I realize the Shield works as a group, but how many times can you change Team WWE before it becomes redundant? I also feel Shield has lost a bit of steam since getting in the middle of this rivalry. They're still strong, but what I'm referring to is WWE kinda forgetting their objectives. I mostly blame that due to WM season since WWE is gonna focus on other storylines more than this one. Hopefully, we see something that makes them get back on the right track. It's possible that WWE has given up on the Shield, but I don't fully believe that. Unfortunately, they have to deal with Super Irishman, Snake Man, and a giant. I talked about this a while back and recently brought it up again, but I honestly think if anybody in the WWE is on the verge of a heel turn, it has to be Orton. I have this gut feeling that it's time for him to go heel and go back to a character that suits him better. I don't think it will be revealed that Orton has been controlling this stable from the beginning. I personally don't want to see that happen since Orton controlling a stable has been done before, but it could be an interesting idea if done right. I think Orton screws his team over because he wants to be a dick.

Who should win?
Like the Jericho/Fandango match, it would help if the rookies get the victory. They simply have more to gain from this than the three veterans. Regardless of who wins this Sunday, it will be apparent from WWE if this angle is continuing or being pulled. 

Who creative will pick?
Like I said earlier, creative tends to go back and forth with the rookies or the vets getting the victory. Same could be said for this match. 

My final pick:
I have the Shield winning this match. There really is no reason for Sheamus' drinking buddies to pick up this victory. 

Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger; WHC

I've expressed my concerns with this rivalry for the over the last month. I really felt this whole thing would flow a lot better if Swagger had returned on television before the Royal Rumble. If they had built up this Zeb Coulter earlier leading into their world title match, I think it would add more interest towards this match. Despite this angle starting rather late, they were doing a good job to build it up at first. Zeb continues to piss you off with his 'Merica ideals', while Del Rio and Ricardo were finding their own way of getting you on their side. For some reason, this storyline has arrived at a standstill. They just stop the progression of this whole thing and has lost some of its flavor. Its become a piece of chewing gum. That's not a good sign considering this is still new. There's a chance this rivalry will continue after WM based on WWE's history, but a certain somebody with a blue briefcase could have a major influence on this match. Hmmmm…

Who should win?
If you want this 'We the people' thing to mean anything, Swagger has to get the world title at some point. It doesn't necessary mean he has to win this Sunday, but it would help to get the title sooner rather than later. 

Who creative will pick?
Creative can either give Swagger the green-light now or later. 

My final pick:
This is kind of a tough choice since I can see this one go either way. I could change this one after writing this, but I've got Del Rio winning for the time being. I'm only leaning towards Del Rio since Dolph cashing in on Del Rio makes more sense than cashing in on Swagger. If no cash-in happens, I have to lean towards Swagger winning this match. 

Triple H vs Brock Lesnar; No Holds Barred

I've talked about this match so much that it has become a broken record. I might as well talk about it one last time before the big dance. The main reason I have not been interested in this match is because of how disappointing the first encounter between the two turned out. While the build for their SummerSlam match was done very well and it seemed Brock, Trips, and Paul Heyman told a very good story, the same could not be said for the actual match. The chemistry between the two was completely off and it was kinda sad to watch. When I heard the announcement for this being a No Holds Barred match, I found it to be a letdown. Their match at SS basically had no rules towards it. Instead of changing the playing field to something different, they basically want to roll the same match again and hope something will be different about it. The build for this match has been done well once again, but I'm mostly concerned about the storytelling for the actual match. HBK is gonna be present for this match, so I'm sure something about it will be different. I really hope so cuz it would sure be disappointing if we watch this match and it was literally the same as before.

Who should win?
I find adding the stipulation that Trips must retire if he loses this match to be a joke. There's literally no reason to add this to the match. Even if he lost, wrestling logic will pull something out of their ass to bring him back. With that said, it makes sense for Trips to win this match. He lost the first one and his family has been embarrassed by Brock and Pauly. It's now time for Trips to get his revenge so they move away from each other. 

Who creative will pick?
Creative is very much aware of what I just talked about in the previous paragraph. 

My final pick:
I've had Trips winning this match since the match was teased since last year. 

Undertaker vs CM Punk

I'm looking forward to this match, but I still feel more could have been done in the developmental department. I felt WWE has made this all about Paul Bearer and almost used his death as an excuse to build this rivalry. In a way, you can think of the WWE as being lazy with this rivalry, but I cannot say it has completely failed. Punk has risen himself all the way up towards a super villain with his actions. He has done a good job playing this part. At the same time, I would've liked to see them do more with this. They easily could've had Punk do something sinister to Kane in order to fuel Taker's anger even more so. I'm not really sure what I'm looking for with this rivalry, but I just wished more imagination went into this feud since all the elements are there. The streak has shown to be in danger for the last few years, but it almost seems like the streak is an afterthought. Because of that, there's no way Punk is gonna win this match. I see nothing there to even consider WWE deciding to let the Best in the World take down the streak. I think what could've fleshed out this rivalry a little more would be time. This really could've used more time since they only had 5-6 weeks to put this together. To be fair, part of that was due to Taker's body, but I just look at it and wonder what could've been done if they had more time. It's one of those 'would've/could've' scenarios, but it makes you think. Just to clarify before I get smashed with hate comments, I don't hate this build. This is still a match that I'm looking forward to this Sunday and the development was good, but I still feel a bit disappointed since Punk and Taker have more than enough in their arsenal to make something bigger and epic. 

Who should win?
That seems like a trick question. What are trying to get out of me? Are you trying to expose me? Have you figured out the truth? Oh no! They're on to me! I need to run away….

Who creative will pick?
I doubt creative is thinking of the other alternative for this match.

My final pick:
Taker wins and finally gets his revenge on Punk. That's what happens when you throw ashes on him. If WWE wanted to do some type of swerve, Punk picking up the victory would be one hell of an idea. I doubt it will happen, but that would add a lot of interest. 

Rock vs John Cena; WWE Championship

The match that has literally had two+ years of development…..Oh God, it has had two years of build. I'm not gonna pretend to beat around the bush with this one. I really don't have much interest in this match. The match they put together a year ago was fine. It honestly should've kept true to being 'Once in a Lifetime'. Since Rock and Cena 2 is the money-making move, you get to witness 'Twice in a Lifetime'. I had a feeling this match was gonna end up happening again, but I was hoping to be wrong. It is also because of this match that is getting a lot of outcry from veteran wrestling fans. Still, I find it a bit silly how the IWC claims nobody wants to see this match. That's the IWC thinking the wrestling industry really cares about what they want to see. Casual fans make up about 90% of the wrestling audience, while the almighty IWC….

Oh, sorry about that. Yeah, they only eat up about 10% of that scale. Rock/Cena 2 is a business move since casual fans will buy this PPV because it has Rock vs Cena. I may not be big on the match, but I've accepted the WWE doing this move. With that said, the build for Rock/Cena 2 has been very lazy in my book. Outside of the night where they had a Q & A with the Legends, there has been very little to get jazzed about. A lot of people have been thinking of the idea of Cena turning heel in order to take the championship. I think it's because of what Cena has talked about the last couple of outings, but I honestly think he's working the older audience into getting more PPV buys. If that's the case, he's doing his job very well. Again, people want this Cena heel turn so badly that they will look at anything he says as a sign of a turn, but it won't happen because of a few reasons. The obvious one is WWE profits a lot more from Cena being a good guy then being a bad guy. Kids love this guy and WWE makes a lot of money with Cena being the face of the company, but here's the other reason why Cena turning heel would be a disaster. Keep in mind that the Rock is still a part-time performer. While Rocky is in Hollywood making movies, Cena is out being a dick towards the WWE Universe. Do you see the problem? If Cena is heel, who the hell is the top babyface? Rocky isn't there, so who steps up? Del Rio? Really? You think Del Rio can carry the load? CM Punk has been a top face before, but is just a more natural heel than a face. I guess Ryback could be the best option, but something about the scenario doesn't feel right. Ryback has the credentials to be a solid babyface, but I wouldn't call him the #1 guy as of yet. Simply put, turning Cena heel almost makes no sense. If Cena's gonna win this Sunday, he's gonna do it the legit way. I know that's gonna piss off nostalgia fanboys who don't want to see Cena beat Rocky, but that's something you better accept right away. Cena will beat Rock cleanly in the middle of the ring. People will boo his ass off based on the setting, while Rocky will either shake his hand or leave in shame. I honestly would like to see WWE prove me wrong here and actually go through with this. It could make things interesting since things have gotten a bit stale in WWE and a move like this could be major. They just have to cover all their bases before going through with this. I'm sure the creative staff is well aware of the positives and negatives of Cena turning to the dark side. 

Who should win?
It's time for Cena to avenge his lose from a year ago. By doing so, Cena will generate over 10,000 YouTube videos that talk about how much they hate Cena/PG era. Actually, I take that back. It only increases the production of those videos. 

Who creative will pick?
I'm just gonna leave this one blank based on everything I've talked about so far. 

My final pick:
I've had Cena winning this match for a while and that still hasn't changed. I don't think a heel turn is coming and Cena wins in Super Cena fashion. There's always a chance I could be wrong and something evil spikes up in Mr. Breakfast Cereal, but we shall wait and see. 

Like Part I, tell me what YOU will think will happen at WM 29. I may not be overly invested as I have been in the past WMs, but there's still hope of something grand showing up at this event. I really hope that's the case and we don't end up with something like WM 27 or 9. As always, I try to remain as optimistic as I can be. Well, only thing left to do now is talk about WM 29 once it's all over. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE WrestleMania 29 Rundown Part I

It's now time to bring back a concept I haven't done in over a year….sort of. I don't plan to bring this concept back all the time, but I figure why the hell not since this is WrestleMania time. To those of you new to the page, what the Rundown consists of is me talking about every match on the card. I will then break it down into who should win, who creative will pick, and then I throw my own prediction on the match. As with WrestlingNerd tradition, I don't care if I get my picks right or wrong and are mostly just thrown in for fun. Without further delay, let's begin. 

Wade Barrett vs Miz; IC Title match

And we open up the rundown with the most exciting match on the card. I'll tell you what. You have to be blind to not think of this as the true main event of the show. This will be the grrrrrrreeeatest match of all time….

This seriously might be the laziest storyline WWE has put together for WM 29. Since winning the IC title, Wade's stock has plummeted faster than a skydiver jumping off a plane with a cinderblock attached to his ankle. It really has become apparent that the IC title is a meaningless prop. I love how they mention all the Hall of Famers who have held this championship. Almost as if they want it to remain important. You know how you make this belt mean something? Gee, how about some freakin' effort? Naw, why do that when we can not give a s***? The Miz is in the same boat as Wade. His stock is nowhere and has become Mr. Pre-show. I honestly think if you look back at all the pre-show matches within the last year, Miz has been featured in most of those matches. I know there's always a chance they will start making this belt mean something, but I don't think it will happen anytime soon. 

Who should win?

Who creative will pick?
They will throw a dart against a wall to determine who wins this match. Either that or throw a rubber chicken against a wall. That sounds more productive than the build to this match.

My final pick:
Do I really have to choose? I almost feel bad that I have to pick somebody. I'll go with Wade, but who freakin' cares? The fact that it's on the pre-show should be a test to how this match shouldn't exist. 

Tons of Funk and Funkadactyls vs Rhodes Scholars and Bella Twins

I actually wish Dr. Eggman had something to do with this match. It would actually be meaningful if that was the case. This is another match that has no business being around. In fact, I'm not gonna waste my time. I pick the fat guys with the hot chicks to win. Why? I don't know. I QUIT!!!

Chris Jericho vs Fandango

Kind of a bizarre match to be featured on WM, but this is surprisingly one of the few matches that actually has proper build-up. I've been outspoken about the Fandango character. Most people have thought of me as being harsh on the character. I want to get this out of the way before I end up getting more raging comments. If you like the character, there's nothing wrong with that. You see something out of the character that I personally don't see. I will admit that I haven't seen much of Johnny Curtis to really know if he will go anywhere, but I also wasn't impressed with the early part of his career. I found his in-ring ability to be okay, but so okay that it doesn't warrant attention. I also found his look to be very generic since there's so many people in the wrestling business who have the same look. With all that said, that's not the main reason I don't have hope for this character. Based on WWE's track record with these goofy/ridiculous characters, they don't tend to go very far in their careers. Most just end up turning into flops and nobody ever remembers them. There are some that have had decent careers like mid-card and tag championships, but they very rarely go any further than that. I would say some of the more successful ones would be guys like Goldust, Honky Tonk Man, and Santino. I know I just pissed off the entire IWC with that Santino mention, but he's had three more mid-card titles than most, so I would consider that a successful career for a comedy character. I honestly would like to see WWE prove me wrong with this character and maybe he really can become something. It's certainly possibly, but I think it's another one of those gimmick wrestlers that ultimately bombs. I like Jericho's role at this stage of his career. He has done everything imaginable in his career and is now helping out the younger talent. Not many people with the credentials that Jericho has would even consider doing such a thing, so I think that deserves a mention. 

Who should win?
If you what Fandango to go somewhere, he has to win.

Who creative will pick?
Creative tends to go both ways in these situations. Sometimes they will give the young gun some love, but also want to give the victory to the veteran. Right now, they are in the process of a three-hour coin flip to determine who wins this one. 

My final pick:
I think Fandango will win the match and nobody will remember him a year from now. I would like to be proven wrong. 

Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big E; WWE Tag Championships

I am the tag team champions! Sigh, I miss those days. I rivalry that was put together because of a chick who's bat s*** insane. I also think it was put together since WWE really wasn't sure what to do with all of these guys. There was a point where they were hinting a break up between Kane and Daniel Bryan, but that quickly got squashed and we are now getting this. It just seems rather odd that this would happen, but no matter. I really don't have much to say about this match. It doesn't really interest me, but I don't exactly hate it. Part of me wants to see the match, but not really. I like the people involved with this match, but feel they should be doing something else. Yeah, I think it's clear I have some mixed feelings on this whole thing. 

Who should win?
Team Hell No has been one of my favorite storylines to watch play out. While I enjoy the pairing of Bryan and Kane, we are reaching the point for them to drop the belts and eventually go their separate ways. With that said, I don't think Dolph and Big E are exactly the suitable replacements.  I personally think Team Hell No should win this match. 

Who creative will pick?
There is a rumor floating around that Kaitlyn and AJ will be thrown into this match to put both titles on the line. Now, I try not to make much of online rumors since I find dirt reporting to be pointless; since a good chunk of the reports are rumors brought about by people who have way too much free time on their hands. At the same time, this sounds like something WWE would do due to time constraints. If this is something that could come true, let me just say that I don't like the idea. You already have one mixed tag match for the biggest PPV of the year. Do you really need two? It's possible the introduction of the ladies will effect who ends up winning this match. This was something I wanted to address before somebody brought it to my attention. I'm generally aware of a lot of the online rumors. I just don't like to talk about them. 

My final pick:
Since I can't really see Dolph and Big E holding the tag titles, I will say Team Hell No wins the match. This is one I definitely could get wrong, but it isn't like it matters. Remember, I don't give a s*** about my predictions. 

Ryback vs Mark Henry

I know the IWC tends to s*** all over these type of matches because they're aren't 'wrestling', but sometimes you just have to enjoy things for what they are. This is two big guys who should beat the crap out of each other. This is mostly gonna be a power showcase rather than a wrestling match. The build to the match has been done decently and I'm looking forward to it. I just hope we get something cool and not something along the lines of a Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg match……

Who should win?
This is an easy one. Ryback needs this win a lot more than Henry. Ryback has regressed because of the Shield and all the injuries in WWE, but now is the chance to get him back on track. Plus, it's a little ridiculous that Ryback still hasn't had that big PPV victory. The curse ends this Sunday.

Who creative will pick?
I have a hard time thinking creative will give this one to Henry. Ridin' high on 'Feed me more'. 

My final pick:
I have to go with Ryback for this match. It would be a shock to see Henry win this match, but I'm still leaning towards Ryback for this one. 

The rundown is too big to fit in one page. Check back in either tomorrow or Saturday for the Part II Finale. Tell me what YOU think will end up happening for WM 29. See you in the next one.