Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 5/27/13 Review (Memorial/Filler Day)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at WWE Raw 5/27/13. How was this Memorial Day episode of Raw? Let's find out and start the review. 

People like change…right?
We open up the show with John Cena. The man cracks a couple of jokes that not even a class of fifth-graders would find funny. In other words, Cena's doing his normal routine until he suggests a Three Stages of Hell match. Cena explains the concept of this match since he read the script. Three Stages of Hell is just another way of saying Two out of Three Falls, so it's apparent WWE is playing it up bigger than it is. Cena added a Lumberjack and Tables match to the Ambulance match Ryback pitched a week ago. It does make you wonder why tweak the match when it will most likely end with the Ambulance match. I guess they are using this match as an excuse to not add more depth to the PPV card, but who really knows. I'm okay with a Three Stages of Hell match, but I'm honestly not digging the other two falls for this match. Most Lumberjack matches are played up for laughs, so the idea of making this a stage of hell is a little ridiculous. I would buy Lumberjack match if it had somebody like Team Hell No in it, but not Ryback/Cena. A Tables match is a little better, but something about it doesn't feel right. Here's another way of looking at it. The first two gimmick matches don't even matter at the end of the day since it will come down to who wins the Ambulance match. Think of it as padding, but it could be good padding. That's at least what I'm hoping for. Once Ryback came out to give a glorified 'yes' to this idea, Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel come out to gloat about taking out Triple H. I guess bragging about a guy acting out head trauma is the way to build yourself. Curtis wants to go up against Cena tonight, so we have a match set for later. 

Big E mad!!! Big E smash!!!
A sure-fire ratings-grabber is to show matches that you put on the air last week….

The Del Rio/Big E match was actually pretty entertaining this time around. Due to AJ screwing up, Del Rio steals this match. I think AJ has screwed up more matches than helped. Big E was pissed off at AJ for the screw up. She really is the Yoko Ono of the WWE. I can see this being a small enough of a wedge to start the Dolph/Big E separation. At this point, Big E doesn't need to be attached to Dolph. Hard to say what he could do flying solo, but he deserves a chance to be his own man. 

It's Shield Time
Why is it that Bret Hart can say the exact same thing as you and get away with it? Because you're just Kane…

Is that anyway to treat a seven-foot-tall fruit rollup? I think not! Before the WWE Tag title match, there was a US Championship match between Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston. Dean defeats Kofi cleanly. The match was similar to their match at Extreme Rules. It was short, but worked decently with the time given to them. After the title defense, the WWE tag match begins immediately. I love how during the tag team match, the WWE App…

…shows the Prime Time Players saying they will not allow for the Shield to take over the tag division. That's right, playa! We will not stand for this! But since we are reduce to cameo appearances, let's get drunk and forget we have a purpose on this show. Once again, we get a really good match between these two teams. This might've been better than their match at ER. Daniel Bryan continues to go bat s*** insane since he wants to prove he isn't weak. He actually starts to bang his head in the corner. The man has lost his damn mind….and it kicks ass! I can't wait to see where this is all headed. Rollins and REIGNS pick up the victory once Bryan and Kane start to argue, thus leading to their downfall. Even during the break-up process, Team Hell No is still one of the most intriguing things to watch. This pairing has just been pure gold. I know people will wonder who will be the next set of challengers for the Shield's tag titles. Later on in the night we saw Randy Orton and Sheamus vs Rhodes Scholars. The match goes….

yeeeeeeaaaaaaaah, that sounds about right. Anyway, I think the pairing of Orton/Sheamus could be the next team to challenge Rollins and REIGNS. As of right now, both Orton and Sheamus are doing nothing, so I honestly don't see the problem of pairing them up to go up against the Shield. Plus, Orton and Sheamus already have tension with the Shield, so I think it practically writes itself. The only thing worth mentioning about the Drunken Snakes/Rhodes Scholars is that it was pretty fun. Even if they are the jokes of the WWE, you gotta give them credit for trying. 

You make the matches?
Yes, go on the WWE App and vote for what you want the Miz to do. Your choices are 'Stupid Choice #1', 'Stupid Choice #2', or the 'Pick This One, You Moron' choice. If you picked Guest Referee as your choice, NO F***ING S***!!! This is why I hate the whole voting thing since they make these polls idiot proof. You are controlling the show? I think they're exaggerating a bit there if you ask me. Regardless, Miz is the official for the Fandango/Wade Barrett match. The match didn't last long due to Miz being involved. He hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Wade for Fandango to steal the match. Why? The better question is 'who gives a crap?'. While Fandango and Summer Rae dance, Miz kicks Fandango in the face and proceeds to do a joke, three-count. As phony as this looked (Summer had to put herself in the perfect position instead of making it look natural), that was actually pretty funny. 

CM Punk and Wyatt family? What is happening!
We got a very interesting Highlight Reel this time around. Chris Jericho confronted Pauly about the whereabouts of CM Punk. Pauly kept quiet about the whole thing, but Jericho kept egging him on to give us an answer on what Punk is currently doing. Jericho challenges Punk to a match at Payback and for the time being, Pauly has accept the invitation. I have mixed views on this. Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of CM Punk as much as the next guy…

….Okay, well maybe not THAT guy. Regardless, I don't think bringing him back for Payback is the best way to go. I have a feeling WWE is only bringing him back because the PPV is in Chicago, but this is too soon for Punk. I honestly think he should stayed off television until SummerSlam season. Let me rephrase that before the marks slam me. I'm a fan of CM Punk and enjoy what the man brings to the table every single week, but I think storyline-wise that keeping him out of this PPV is the better way to go. There's always a chance that bringing him back now could be a great storyline, but Punk's return should be saved up for something bigger than one of the lower-end PPVs. At the same time, Punk's return could be a good thing. I guess we have to wait and see where this is headed. I'll be optimistic about it, but I've expressed my concerns. 

I guess this is the part of the review where I talk about the Wyatt family promo that played. I've made it very apparent that I don't watch NXT and don't really care what goes on that show. I've heard good things about it, but there's simply too much on my plate (I have a life outside this page) to even consider reviewing this show. With that said, I can at least give my thoughts on the video. One way to summarize is saying 'mindf***'. My God was it disturbing….but it's very appealing at the same time. Seriously, that video scare the s*** out of you, but that's what makes it interesting. I'm definitely curious to see what these individuals can do. That's how you make a vignette mean something. 

Axel C
John Cena vs Curtis Axel was not a bad match. Compared to a week ago, Curtis showed a lot more in the ring. So far, I'd say he's very skilled inside the ring. Curtis picks up the countout victory when Cena gets distracted by an ambulance. Oooooooooooooohh…..shiny lights!!! I love how Cena took the bait. John Cena: WWE Champion and gullible idiot. I know people will argue what's the purpose of Curtis picking up all these cheap victories, but these type of victories can make a young rookie very arrogant. You boost his 'confidence' so high that he and Pauly brag about these victories like a wise-cracking jackass. The idea is to MAKE him stand out based on what Curtis or Pauly can use in order to develop their characters. I know Curtis struggles in the promo department, but that's where you utilize a guy like Heyman. He can do all the hyping and building up for this guy. I'm not saying Curtis is gonna succeed. In fact, he can very well be a bust….For the second time in his career, but we won't know until we see this play out. I think people are being way too critical, way too fast and need to be more patient with this storyline. 

Overall Impression:

I wasn't expecting much with this episode. It's a Memorial Day episode, so it's custom to get a filler-esque evening due to the holidays. If you were expecting something big, you honestly are setting your expectations way too high. With that said, I thought there was quite a bit going on with this episode. There was a number of entertaining matches and I felt they progressed things well. However, you aren't missing a whole lot if you skipped this episode. Like I said, this is what you would call a filler evening, but this is filler done right. I can at least appreciate the nice distraction. That does 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 in the next one. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling 5/23/13 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 5/23/13. How does Impact look after this week? Let's find out and begin. 

Sugar Daddy!
We open up the show with Hulk Hogan whoring himself out for a pop. Hogan plugs his own restaurant/business. Some would consider this egotistical but after seeing how much WWE was ridin' the WWE App's dick, this would be considered subtly. So, why are Hogan and Sting buddies again? I thought there was tension between the two? I guess after only a few months, they just couldn't keep their true feelings hidden. Tell him how you feel….TELL HIM NOW!!! Old guy sex will have to wait since Brooke Hogan comes out and wants to resign from her job due to this being her fault. Bully Ray comes out and claims he's still in-love with Brooke, thus making sure that we get some more bad acting for the evening. The scene ends, but the cradle-robbing, Bully Ray continues to seek Brooke while Brooke is conflicted. They introduce this for two possible outcomes. I either see Brooke turning heel and ultimately joining with Bully, or she tries to screw over Bully only to end up costing Sting the title. But hey, at least you get to see her try to act. That's something, right?

La Parka > Suicide
So, how many different people have played the Suicide character? Why did people want this character back? I honestly thought he offered nothing to the table and his only purpose was the introduction of a TNA video game that mostly failed. Never understood the love for the Suicide character. I just thought the character was pointless, but there's some people out there that actually enjoyed this character. If that's your thing, cool? Not sure what everybody sees in this character that I don't. In fact, I'm just waiting for the fat incarnation of Suicide. Suicide makes his return and defeats Petey Williams and Joey Ryan. All you need is Kenny King doing commentary and the blandness would be comp….wait a minute! Those crafty bastards! This was the best match of the night. A good or bad thing? You be the judge of that. 

Velvet Sky's BDSM
What the hell is up with Velvet Sky in that backstage scene? Was she getting out of a Halloween costume? Was she practicing some bondage play? What the hell's going on here? I know some will argue she's just wrapping up her injury, but is there any reason for it to be around her neck? Somebody must've found Jeff Hardy's stash during the weekend. Later on in the show, Velvet defended the title against Mickie James. Mickie started to show signs of evil tonight by using a chop block on Velvet. Mickie becomes the new KO champion after an underwhelming DDT. Part of me wonders why they didn't wait until Slammiversary to do a title switch, but I quickly remember this is the KO division. Look for Mickie to release her bitchiness while Velvet tries to reclaim the gold for future events. 

Sam Shaw has friends?
We are about to see random Gut Check scrubs fight each other when Aces & Eights shows up since Wes Brisco claims he should be in this tournament since he was in the GC. They also took out Alex Silva, but you never see it. Yeah, they off-screened the attack. Why? What? Why? I'm guessing Silva wasn't available, but you could've done something to make it look better. 

Creative #1: Hey, we need to get Silva in this shot! 
Creative #2: He isn't available, so let's lie out of our ass. 
Creative #1: But won't people think we're being lazy? 
Creative #2: It isn't like we have to try…

If you need reminder as to what this is all about, TNA is putting together a tournament from previous GC winners to see who is the best. The winner of this tournament get put in the BFG Series, where they will end up getting about 20 unnecessary points for the next 3-4 months. Oh, what a joy! Magnus comes out since it turns out Card Games beat up one of Magnus' friends. Don't really see the point of bringing this detail up for the sake of storytelling. Magnus already has beef with Aces & Eights, so did we really need to find out that he knows this Sam Shaw guy? That's unnecessary detail if you ask me. Heck, can you even call it that? Replacing the GC guys are Magnus and Brisco. The match goes nowhere when shenanigans take over. Samoa Joe comes out and helps Magnus. The only purpose of this scene is to have Magnus and Joe team up to take on the Aces and Eights for the future. In fact, I'm predicting Joe/Magnus vs Brisco/Jerk-off. It's like Joe and Magnus are in the war against Aces & Eights but aren't at the same time. They are so underplayed that you forget they're apart of this. Does anyone else think the same way? 

Mrrrrrrrrr……Annnnndeeee--eh, who cares……
I wonder how many Kurt Angle vs Mr. Anderson matches we've seen in the last 3 years. The match was very dull to say the least. That's a bit surprising considering Kurt Angle's in the match, but I mostly contribute the dullness towards Anderson's performance. It's like he woke up this morning and said 'I'm just not gonna give a s*** today'. Apparently, Aces & Eights are proud of Anderson defeating Kurt via a rollup. Incredibly pointless, so let's move on. 

Tag Team Clusterf***
James Storm comes out and introduces his new tag partner. TNA gave you the false hope that they did something different with the tag division by adding another team into the triple threat tag rivalry. Oh, well now it's completely different! I guess I was wrong all along. Bravo for introducing this new storyline…..You suck! After some arguing, Shark Boy comes out and continues to do more SCSA copyright infringement since some a-hole in TNA's creative staff still thinks this is funny. I hate this freakin' character. Shark Boy might be one of the worst gimmicks possible. It's just Stone Cold if he were retarded and thought he was a shark in his past life. Sounds stupid, right? That's because it is. Robbie E comes out since we didn't have enough annoying gimmicks in the ring. I'm a bro! Bro this and bro that! Just shut the bro up! After TNA jumped the Shark Boy, it's finally revealed that Gunner is his partner for Slammiversary. Wow, that shark is going for some hang-time if you ask me. I know I've been critical about Gunner in the past. Hell, he still looks like your local garbage man. He hasn't been on television for a while, so I'm hoping he used that time period to buy himself a personality and acting lessons. I hope Gunner learned something from his previous push (If that's what you want to call it) and makes the changes to help his career, but don't be surprised if he's literally playing the same guy. I'm always willing to give a guy a second chance, but just remember what I said earlier. 

AJ Stinger
I love Sting's logic. Instead of recruiting to homicidal monster, let's pick the bumbling lawyer to be your partner next week. I'm not even shocked anymore. He could've picked his toilet brush and it wouldn't matter. Throughout the whole night, TNA was hyping up AJ Styles joining the Aces and Eights. He never said he joined the group, but we have to make it look like Styles is a bad guy since we need to resort to Monday Night War cliches. It appears Styles has joined Aces & Eights by drinking a beer and wearing the jacket. Yeah, this isn't gonna blow up in their face at all. Once Kurt Angle comes out and gets a dose of….

After Styles takes out Kurt with the hammer, he uses the hammer to attack a couple members of Aces &Eights. What? Styles didn't join Card Games? Wow! I haven't been this shocked since I found exercising is healthy for you! I want to admit something. As predictable as it was for Styles to attack Aces & Eights, the scene wasn't that bad. In fact, I was actually entertained during this spot. It was one of the few moments where I enjoyed tonight's show. While this idea is a rip-off of Sting/NWO back in the day, there's something about it that makes it stand out. It's hard to explain, but there's something about it that works. And I'll even admit that Styles has done a decent job with this character. And that's coming from somebody who honestly hasn't bought into the Styles hype. I've always admitted he's a good wrestler, but his charisma reeks of boredom and I would say is one of the most overhyped wrestlers ever. I'm gonna get a lot of flag for that comment, but that's honestly what I've always thought about Styles. For the time being, I'm enjoying him work with this character. He isn't doing wonders with it, but he's making it entertaining and that's all I want to see at the end of the day. 

Overall Impression:

While I did enjoy the ending to the show, I can't say the same for the majority of the evening. The only match that really stood out was the X Division match. It was okay, but so okay that it doesn't really warrant a ton of attention. The segments for the evening weren't that engaging either. The tag team segment was hilariously bad/annoying, but the reveal of Gunner is a bit disappointing. Again, I'll give him a chance to see if he's made some changes in his time off. The KO segment was blah while the Gut Check/Magnus switch-out was just pointless. It just wasn't a show with a lot going on for itself. It seemed as if the whole idea for tonight's show was just to focus on AJ Styles. There's nothing wrong with that, but you need substance throughout the whole evening. In this case, you don't. At the same time, I can't be overly harsh on this episode since both companies have had episodes like this in the past. They can be underwhelming, but at least there's something in the episode that can at least keep you interested for just a bit. The only reason this show worked is because of Styles and that's really saying something since I'm not really that big of an AJ Styles fan. That's gonna 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 in the next one. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 5/20/13 Review (Product Whoring)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at WWE Raw 5/20/13. How do things go now that Extreme Rules is over? Let's find out and start the review. 

O'Ryback Rules!!!
We open the show with….Scott Steiner?

Noooooooo!!! Take my money! Take it all! Just PLEASE don't do any math equations! Actually, it turns out to be Ryback. He wastes no time and challenges John Cena to an Ambulance Match for WWE Payback. That was all fine and dandy, but the cringing part was watching Ryback heel out on the audience. It was really bad, but kinda disturbing. He pretty much says he's gonna kill Cena and the entire audience. But if you kill the audience, how will the world know that Ryback rules? Hell, he even talked about how some of these people need to commit suicide? What the hell? I don't know how I feel about that. I know he's playing a character, but for some reason that's just too far. Ryback wants to be the very best….

Regardless, it actually makes sense for the rematch to be an Ambulance match after last night. And being the boy scout he is, Cena will definitely accept the challenge. Later in the evening, Zack Ryder would face off against Cody Rhodes. You might be asking what the hell does this have to do with Ryback/Cena. Well, Ryder gets destroyed by Ryback after Cody got done kicking Ryder in the face. Damn, Ryder has been getting beaten up a lot lately. Who's Corn Flakes did he piss in to deserve this? Ryder's new role is being a rag doll for his opponents. Well, at least Ryback was nice enough to send Ryder to the hospital. While there, Ryder should think of a new career. 

And thus it begins….
Something I want to try tonight is to count all the shameless plugs WWE farts out. If you've been watching Raw lately, you would've noticed how WWE has been going overboard as of late. Since I'm incredibly immature, let's introduce the WWE Produce Placement Counter. Anytime WWE plugs in other products or their own (ie: movies and Twitter), we will make the counter go up. Oh, we appear to have our first one of the evening….

And any mentions of the WWE App counts as well. Let's feed the counter…

Feed me more app….

Wasn't there a match going on? Oh yeah, we have a tag team match. It's Fandango and Wade Barrett vs Chris Jericho and Miz. It almost slipped my mind. Wade is sporting some new entrance music. I don't know why, but I just wasn't feeling Wade's entrance theme. I still think the best entrance theme Wade ever had was the Nexus theme, but that's just me. I'll give it more time, but it doesn't really suit him at the moment. Fandango pretty much said 'F*** you, Wade' and decides to dance his way out of the contest. After the IC Champion got raped, Jericho confronts the dancing fool. Fandango retreats through the audience, which allows Jericho a moment to tease Summer Raye. By the way, the commentators really want you to remember her name. They seriously dropped her name like 50 times during this segment. She must have one hell of a contract. 

Vickie Guerrero comes out to….

Well, that was random. Anyway, Vickie Guerrero comes out….

Sigh…. As the contestants are being announced (This information isn't available due to not owning the WWE App. Did you get the WWE App? You're a loser if you don't get the WWE App! Download the WWE App now! Vince McMahon commands you bitches to download now! Now! Now!! NOW!!!), leave it to the commentators to plug it some more….

Okay, we're gonna have to approach this a little differently since we'll be here all night if we plug every single one. After a segment or two, I'll show where the counter is at. What was I gonna say? Oh yeah….KNOCK IT OFF, WWE!!! 

I'm going home and taking my ball with me
Sheamus went up against the Titus O'Neil. I love Mark Henry's post-match interview last night. He says he's going home. I honestly don't even think he's acting anymore. I think he's literally telling you he's done. I'm going home because that's what I do. Sheamus squashes Titus, but Titus actually managed to do something during this match. I was a little surprised by that. At the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave him an extra 2-3 minute match for doing the pre-show on last night's PPV. Not even the IC Champion can't get a perk like that. 

The latest Paul Heyman guy is….
Paul Heyman comes out to talk about his newest client, but not before we talk about the WWE App a couple more times. You can't forget that s***. The latest Paul Heyman guy is Curtis Axel. You might remember him better as Michael McGillicutty, or Joe Hennig if you want to be authentic. The man has the in-ring ability, but I've never been a fan of his personality…or lack there of. His mic skills have always been questionable, but that's why you attach him to a guy like Paul Heyman. Just have one of the best managers in the business do the talking for him. I don't see what the big deal is. Still, I'm willing to see what he can do with his second chance. Still don't know why people are being so harsh on this when you haven't even seen it play out. Then again, the IWC has made a name for shooting down everything that doesn't remind them of their precious Attitude Era. Oh, did I say that out loud? I honestly don't mind the idea of a rookie being a Paul Heyman guy. Who says you have to have some established veteran to be a Paul Heyman guy? What, is it written down on paper? I like the idea of Pauly helping out a young talent. I think it can be a good thing for the guy. And honestly, I don't mind the new name. I kinda like the name 'Curtis Axel'. It has a nice ring to it. Then again, anything's better than 'Michael McGillicutty'. What illegal substance gave birth to that name? Triple H comes out and slaps the taste out of the rookie's mouth since that's how Triple H introduces every rookie. Yeah, it's actually written in his contract to do this. Who would've thought? Trips is set to go up against Curtis later tonight. Well, they definitely want to establish something with Curtis if they're having him go up against Triple H tonight, but we'll wait till later in the review to see if they accomplished that. 

Here's another segment
Alberto Del Rio faced off against Big E Langston. Thanks to AJ, Big E picks up the victory. I think AJ has helped Big E more successfully than Dolph Ziggler. Then again, it's only a matter of time until AJ sticks her tongue down Big E's throat. You know it's coming!

Shield yourself!
Wait a second? Did Roman Reigns say 'Brains'? He's a zombie now? You learn something new each day on this show. Seth Rollins claims the Shield will….

Earlier in the night, Team Hell No started dropping minor hints that a separation is going to happen. This comes as no surprise, but I still feel a bit sad that one of the better tag teams in the last 5-6 years will be ending soon. I think they've done an incredible job and they surely will be missed. Speaking of incredible, the six man tag match was awesome. This match was given lots of time and contained a lot of spots to keep you invested. I honestly think you can consider this PPV quality action. Once the match breaks down enough for the Shield to utilize the numbers game, Shield gets the victory with a Spear by Roman Brains. They've definitely hinted at Team Hell No getting a rematch, but not so much for Kofi Kingston. Then again, does it really matter? He's pretty much not gonna do anything until WWE slaps another partner on him or it's time for him to get another mid-card championship reign. I would like to be proven wrong, but history has a way of repeating itself. 

This section is brought to you by the WWE App
Time for Jack Swagger's match via the WWE App! Brought to you by the WWE App! Remember, you're human garbage for not having the WWE App! Are you a total noob? Well, you're one for not downloading this pointless app! Download it now you motherf***ers! For God sakes, this is horrible! Good Lord, there was like five plugs in just one minute. There shouldn't be this much product pushing anywhere! You suck!!! AHHHH!!!

Randy Orton won the voting, so we get a match between the two. The match was decent to say the least. Randy wins cleanly, while Swagger and Colter try to remember how their stock meant something before Swagger went out for a joyride. Don't do drugs, kids!

Lazy writing 101?
The final match of the night was Curtis going up against Triple H. Well, this isn't what I would call a match. It was more like watching two guys flail around for five minutes. I guess we will have to wait another week to see how Curtis manages to carry himself inside the ring since this wasn't the best debut. Trips was simply burnt out while performing this match, thus building up how last night's contest took a lot out of the Game. The match ended in a no contest due to Trips not being able to finish. Trips did a solid job in selling this. You really start to think something was wrong with him. He definitely sold it well, but was this the best way to debut Curtis Axel? Simply put, no. It was lazy and uninspiring. Curtis doesn't really gain much from this. In fact, he gains nothing from this. If you really wanted Curtis to go somewhere, have him punish Trips after the match. Yeah, that would've made a lot more sense if you ask me. Instead, you get the equivalent of somebody being exhausted after running in a marathon. Yeah….Not the best way to go. That's pretty much my only issue with this scene. I also have to wonder the reasoning for doing this angle. Triple H's retirement storyline? I guess that's an idea but why? They've teased his retirement so much that it's almost laughable. It can't be to further anything between Brock and Trips since they close the book on that last night. I suppose they could always milk another match between the two, but there's really no point. I guess it could be use to further the McMahon's rivalry with Paul Heyman's crew, but….actually, that isn't a bad idea. Maybe a Survivor Series elimination match between Vince's team and Heyman's crew? I kinda like the sound of that. It's too early to figure out where the angle is headed, but it can be interesting if done right. 

Overall Impression:
I thought this was a pretty good episode of Raw. The action was pretty good and I thought they did a decent job with storyline development tonight. It wasn't amazing, but what do you expect for free television? Well, one of the things you expect from free television is a consistent amount of product whoring. As you saw earlier, the counter reached 33. Thirty-three? And I think I missed a few! Did you think that was enough? And I guarantee that AT LEAST 80% of those involved the WWE App. WWE is pushing this product way too much. They simply need to tone it down since it takes so much away from the show. Sooner or later, it's gonna be required to have the WWE App in order to watch this show. Even though I'm being sarcastic, it does feel like this at times. That does 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 g--DOWNLOAD THE APP!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Extreme Rules 2013 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at WWE Extreme Rules 2013. Was the PPV a success or a flop? Let's find out and begin. 

Chris Jericho vs Flamboyance 
Look at Wade Barrett during the pre-show. He looks so bored out of his mind. I bet he's thinking, 'Where's my career?' as he's sitting there trying to do analysis. At least Miz is holding up to his name as Mr. Pre-Show. He wins another pointless match. If you win enough of those, you might graduate from the bottom of the ladder. The first match of the night is Chris Jericho vs Fandango. This match looked a more fleshed-out than the previous encounter, but I'm not saying anything bad about the first match. Either Fandango raided Randy Savage's grave or ate Toucan Sam and shat him out on a pair of pants. I was actually surprised for Jericho to pick up the clean victory with the Walls of Jericho, but it makes sense….If you wanted this rivalry to continue. I honestly don't have a problem with this feud continuing since it has been a decent rivalry. Still, I thought they would continue to pile Fandango's victories, but no point in building up undefeated streaks when they ultimately go nowhere in the wrestling business. Don't believe me? Go talk to Crimson about that…..

Exactly my point. 

The Kofi Kingston/Dean Ambrose match was pretty damn good. I thought they didn't make Kofi look that bad, while showing what Ambrose can do on his own. Ambrose hits his finisher and he picks up the clean victory to become the new US Champion. As soon as this happened, the internet has completely blown up in thinking this is the single move that's gonna save one of the mid-card championships. In my view, it's hard for me to say that since the WWE hasn't done anything involving character AND storyline development with these belts since Zack Ryder won the US Championship. Ryder was US Champion? Yeah, that seems like something that happened eons ago, but I digress. I would like to think that WWE will start an actual storyline with this championship since Shield has been dominate for these past few months, but don't be surprised if Ambrose literally holds it until the next Flavor of the Month is ready to take the belt. There's definitely a ton of potential with Ambrose being the US champion, but only if WWE's willing to invest the time into building up mid-card gold. Since there's no such thing as professionalism on the WrestlingNerd page, let's jump ahead for a second to talk about the WWE Tag Team match. The match was contested under Tornado Tag rules. The rules to the match is everyone is involved and the concept of tagging in and out is out the window. In other words, what you pretty much see every single week in TNA's tag matches. Anyway, this was another decent match to watch. So far, the action has been pretty good tonight. Nothing mind-blowing, but at least it's entertaining. The finish comes when Roman Reigns shouts his way towards the tag titles…..

That would be the funny way of doing things, but it actually ended with Rollins and Reigns doing a combo finisher on Bryan to win. Something about that finish didn't seem well rehearsed. I just don't think Bryan was supposed to take that type of fall. Is Bryan still have a voice box after that? Any further and I think you would've slapped Bryan's beard right into the grandstand. Anyway, the Shield has won two championships and seem to be on their way to controlling WWE….sort of. I think Shield has a good balance. You got Ambrose, the talker. Seth Rollins, the over-seller. And Roman Reigns, the shouter. RANDOM SHOUTING!!! It definitely seems WWE wants Shield to mean something and I look forward to seeing this angle play out. It would be something if they ever take one of the world titles, but can't do it all in one night. Regardless if you hate the stable, you have to admit giving them gold gives them more ammo for future events. 

Strap-on for some fun….yikes!!!
Just as I freakin' predicted a week ago, WWE did do that stunt where all three guys touched the corner, but they actually didn't have the match end. To my surprise, they interrupted the predictable outcome to keep things going. I almost like to think WWE was trolling longtime wrestling fans since every strap/bullrope match has ended in the same fashion. It's actually clever if you think about it, but it isn't really that big of a deal. Wow, you got a white guy whipping a black guy and somebody being tied up. Slavery AND bondage all in one showing!!! It comes full f***ing circle!!! Sheamus picks up the victory. Why? Because that's what WWE creative does! 

Mandatory filler for the evening
AJ and Kaitlyn resort to the Magikarp playbook as they flail like crazy. Yeah, flail away divas! Flail away!!! Not really sure why WWE cancelled the Divas Title match, but do you honestly care? I think of this as a blessing in disguise. I think Randy Orton should be known as the Filler Man. That's what he's been doing for the past four months. Is anyone really interested in Orton/Big Show? Do you really think this was a Extreme Rules match? It honestly didn't feel like one. Then again, my definition of Extreme Rules is using swords, maces, and guillotines, but can't please them all. Orton wins the match in the blandest way possible. Why was this on the card? Oh, because WWE needs to whore out to the hometown favorites. 

National Dumbass League
Oh boy…..This match. This match! This match…..This was something else. Why did the referee ask every 20 seconds if you quit? What, did he get an extra dollar in his paycheck for every time he said this? Needless, it got annoying very quickly. The contest wasn't that bad. It was silly, but there was still something entertaining about it…..Until we got towards the end. Colter framed Ricardo by throwing in the towel, which allows the referee to declare Swagger as the victor. After the wrestling logic referee persuades the other referee to look at the replay, he decides to restart the match. I honestly don't see the point of any of this. What the hell is the point of doing the instant replay scene if Del Rio ended up winning the match 2-3 minutes after the restart? Was John Cena not done with his cereal yet and they had to stall for time? Oh, and gotta love that anti-climatic finish. Seem this has been happening a lot in the WWE lately…..or consistently…..or always…..shut up! Now that I'm done talking about that, let's dig into this 'instant replay' deal. I know they did this stunt to show Swagger/Colter being bad guys, but there's other ways to do it. You're desperate for plot conveyance if you need to resort to instant replay. Seriously, it's a stupid idea and somebody needs to punch the moron who thought this was a brilliant idea. I'm all for having a good laugh at ridiculous wrestling skits, but instant replay is just retarded. I would honestly harp on this less if they didn't have the ref resort to instant replay. If the second ref came out and over-ruled the other ref to restart the match, that would've been perfectly. It's still pretty dumb, but at least it would be a little funny. 

Ryback Rules Steel!
The John Cena/Ryback contest wasn't that bad. I know a lot of people complained about the finish, but I don't think it was that bad. Don't get me wrong. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense since the idea of the match is to be the last one standing. The fact that Cena got carted away means he lost. You lose, Cena!!! Technically Ryback didn't stand on his own since he was helped by the refs, but that should be good enough to declare him the winner. I'm sorry, Cena, but you get nothing! You lose! Good day sir! I know they wrote this up because they wanted both guys too look strong without suffering a defeat, but I honestly don't think the scene justifies the ending. A guy got tackled through a wall? How many times have we seen that and nothing happened? Oh well…The ending may be a little screwy, but I'm okay with this approach. The match was fun and I look forward to see this unfold. Oh, and we can't go one night without one stupid line by the commentators. Comparing this to Mick Foley's drop from the Hell in a Cell is…..

Jerry Lawler: Now on a comedy tour.

Cage Match 
Brock Lesnar and Triple H was pretty enjoyable. I personally thought this was the best match in the Lesnar/Triple H rivalry. I've talked about how the first match two matches couldn't tell a story in a wrestling ring (Not to be confused with storytelling via promos/segments. They are two different things), but I felt they finally got it right tonight. There were many moments were the nitpicker would say 'Why don't they just walk out the door?' This is what you do to that person….

F*** that s***!!! These two guys simply wanted to beat the crap out of each other and dammit was it appropriate! Lesnar sold the leg injury very well and I think added a lot more to the match. In fact, I think he sold it too well….

Trips' downfall was introducing the sledgehammer. Speaking of which, why does that sledgehammer look so fake? Where did you get that thing? The Dollar Store or Wal-Mart? Pauly sneaks in a low blow, which allows Brock to finally take control of the match to end this rivalry. This was the best way to go. While they're both part-time performers, I think Brock had more of a reason to win this match since he's a little more consistent than Trips. I also liked the ending where Brock gave Trips the sledgehammer. It was almost a sign of respect if you think about it, but that's kinda scary since Brock Lesnar hasn't expressed an emotion other than anger since the early 2000s. This was definitely the match of the night in my book.

Overall Impression:
Extreme Rules wasn't that bad. In fact, this was a vast improvement over WrestleMania 29. The matches were better, more memorable, and just flowed a lot more than WM 29. That's not to say that ER had some low points. The Orton/Show match was just straight up boring and the Sheamus/Henry match was pretty much the equivalent of a Divas contest (FLUSH), but I look at this and I find myself interested in what will happen on Raw this past week. I liked this PPV, but it feels like something's missing from this show. I think if this PPV had one more big moment that I would highly recommend checking out, but this is still worth checking out if you allow yourself to have a little fun. If I have to give WWE Extreme Rules 2013 a score between 1-10 and 5 considered average, I give it a 7 out of 10. I may be giving this PPV a point higher than what it's worth, but I'm giving them that point since this made up for WM 29. The less I remember that showing, the better! ER 2013 contains matches that will be talked about and had action to back it up. It even had some quirky moments that were silly, but funny because it's pro wrestling. That does 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 in the next one. 

WrestlingNerd's Score for WWE Extreme Rules 2013: 7 out of 10

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 5/13/13 Review (WWE App!!! WWE App!!! WWE App!!!)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at WWE Raw 5/13/13. How does the 'go-home' episode of Raw go? Let's find out and start the review. 

Dancing with Bears
I love how King is overly impressed with Fandango's WM performance. Yeah, Fandango did the impossible of getting a rollup victory on somebody. I never would've imagined that. The King wants the audience to judge fairly and not make it a popularity contest. The WWE is nothing more than a popularity contest, so what the hell do you expect? I just find that line hilarious and silly at the same time. After Fandango charges up his attack and Jericho spews catchphrases, the dance-off finally begins. Fandango's dance partner falls to the ground within seconds. I'm guess WWE doesn't pay her enough to contribute to this 'amazing' scene, so she's sticking it to the man by doing nothing. After people show concern for her, Fandango uses this opportunity to attack Jericho from behind. After the attack, it's revealed that Summer Raye was completely fine and was faking it the whole time. Something tells me that isn't the first time she's faked something, but let's move on. Despite how it sounds, I actually enjoyed this segment. It was hammy, but that's what makes it entertaining. The build between Jericho/Fandango has been simply, but its been done pretty well. Proves how you don't need to over complicate things in order to make them interesting.

Your filler paragraph for the evening
PTP defeated Tons of Weight because of a comb…..a f***in' comb. I wish I was making this up, but this is the sad truth. What is this? Home Alone? Kofi Kingston defeated Damien Sandow in a short match. The real kicker with this match is the announcement of Kofi vs Dean Ambrose for the US Championship at ER. I'm starting to think Kofi only won the championship to shine it up for Dean. If that's the case, it wouldn't be the first time something like this has happened. I thought it would've been interesting to have Ambrose take the championship off of Cesaro since it shows Shield targeting everybody and not the usual 'face vs heel' formula. It also could've given Antonio something to do, but that's just my idea. Hey, at least it would stir the pot up a bit. Randy Orton defeated Antonio Cesaro with the RKO. Yeah, I'm so glad Antonio talked about how nobody can stop him. That's a good character development. There was a few other matches, but nothing worth talking about. What? Do you really want me to analyze Ryback/Ryder or AJ/Natalya? Seriously, you gotta lighten up. 

Plan B: Sponsored by the WWE APP!!! YOU MUST DOWNLOAD IT TODAY!!!
Due to Dolph Ziggler receiving a concussion, he won't be competing at Extreme Rules. This forces WWE to make a change with the WHC picture. Instead of a triple threat ladder match, we get an 'I Quit' match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger. The winner of the match will be the #1 Contender to the WHC. Yeah, I'm a bit disappointed with Plan B, but I can't harp on them too much since they're against a wall in this situation. Still, I think they could do better than an 'I Quit' match. Not sure what type of match I would want to see, but I know there are better gimmicks available. To be fair, there's always a chance this match could impress, but it just doesn't feel right.To fill the void, Big E will either go up against Del Rio or Swagger via the WWE App. Have you downloaded today? Pick up this extreme device as you watch pointless interviews. See the world blow before your eyes as you hear talking! Witness how amazing it is to vote! For God sakes, how much more product pushing can you force? Seriously, you're three advertisements away from reaching Michael Bay territory. Oh, what a mess. Swagger wins the poll since the audience wanted to see Swagger get punished by Blackzilla. You can tell WWE wasn't really prepared for Swagger/Big E since it ended in a countout. It literally looked like both guys talked about the ending during the match. After the awkward finish, Del Rio shows up and takes out both guys to stand tall. There really isn't much to say since we've talked about Swagger/Del Rio in the past. It's amazing how Swagger's stock dropped when Zeb Coulter got less racist. Coincidence? I highly doubt it. 

Did he say 'strap on' or 'strap-on'?
Mark Henry and Sheamus will compete in a strap match. If you aren't familiar with a strap match, it's very similar to a bull rope match. The only difference is instead of a bull rope, you use whatever is left of your dignity. You touch all four corners of the posts without being interrupted. If your opponent stops you, you have to start the process all over again. I don't know about you, but a strap/bull rope match is more predictable than a John Cena match. Every bull rope match I've seen has ended with one guy touching all the corners while the guy touches them from behind. They both have three corners touched until the climax finally caves for one guy to get that final corner. In fact, I expect Henry to drag Sheamus for a bit while that silly Irishman will start touching the post while he isn't looking. Don't be shocked if this is what happens at ER. That's my prediction and I'm sticking with it. 

WWE Championship picture
This was a pretty entertaining elimination match. Shield took out Team Hell No and despite this, Cena almost manages to pull off the victory. I'm surprised WWE didn't have Cena just beat Shield by just staring at all of them while flying around the arena. It's down to Cena and Ambrose until the rest of Shield attacks to cause a DQ. WWE had to make Cena look like Superman and needed to keep the Shield strong, so I guess this is the best way to go. I know people will argue that it's a cop-out, but what do you expect for free television? After the match, Ryback attacks Cena with a steel chair, thus building up Cena's injury. It wouldn't surprise me if Cena did get banged up overseas, but I think WWE is playing it up more than usual to give Ryback some ammo for Sunday. O'Ryback Rules!!!

Brock and Trips
Triple H and Brock Lesnar had some very basic buildup. It wasn't anything amazing, but it at least tries to get you into the match. They are building this as the final confrontation. I really hope they live up to that build. Since I haven't been blown away by the first two matches, I hope there's something in this match that really pulls me in. I know I'm in the minority when I wasn't impressed with their match at WM 29, but that's just the way I see it. One thing for certain is I will never say anything bad about the build for this rivalry. While I may not be big on the matches, they have done a great job in making them intriguing.  

Overall Impression:
This is about what I expected in a 'go-home' episode of Raw. While the action was very lacking in tonight's show, I'm usually willing to forgive it because the Raw on the week of a PPV usually doesn't contain a lot of action since they're protecting the wrestlers. The only match I found enjoyable was the elimination match. I honesty think you can miss everything else and be fine. The show is mostly 'okay' and that's that. There was a lot of announcements regarding Extreme Rules. There were several matches announced for the show. How does the PPV look going in? Well….That's a bit tricky. There are a few matches worth checking out since it will be interesting to see if Shield will take two championships or if Ryback will truly rule, but I'm also not fully in-love with the card. The PPV does have potential to be something, but it can also flop. I really hope that isn't the case, but we will have to wait until Sunday to find out. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. See you guys and girls in the next one. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling 5/9/13 Review (Monster's Week)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 5/9/13. What's going on in TNA Land? Let's find out and begin. 

Sting gets another world title match at Slammiversary?
We open up the show with Kurt Angle and the #1 Contender to the TNA World Title, Sting. Sigh…..Okay, this is something I need to talk about right off the bat since I've missed the last couple of TNA reviews. In last week's show, Sting defeated Matt Morgan to become the #1 Contender to the world title yet again. It's amazing how many times Sting has had world title match at Slammiversary. They should just call it "Stinger's Night'. It's getting very old. Not only that, but he finds himself in the main event again. Sting really needs to either consider retiring or just being a part-time performer. I know some will argue that he's technically part-time, but it's really hard for me to buy that argument when the man competes in more matches than he really should. Sting definitely has the ambition for this company and there's certainly nothing wrong with that, but he should be more in a role where he mostly helps TNA behind the scenes and have a wrestling schedule similar to Triple H and Undertaker. Sting can offer a ton of leadership with the younger talent behind the scenes, but that's just the way I see it. Plus, it gets very redundant to see this being TNA's answer for anything. Oh geeze, we need somebody to fill in for the top bill in one of our PPVs. What should we do? Hey, let's use Sting since we have done that five-million times in the past. Genius!!!

Meanwhile, at the Counsel of Elders, Sting and Kurt try to recruit AJ Styles to be on their team. Yeah, pissing off your potential partner isn't the best way to lure him towards your side. Since it seems TNA isn't exactly sure what to do with Styles, he just walks away and we still get no answers as to where Styles' allegiance lies. During all the arguing, Bully Ray and Devon hit the 3D on Sting. I love how Mike Tenay is completely freaking out over the fact Sting got hit with the 3D. You think he would have other things on his mind, but Sting getting hit by a 3D for the first time warrants a surprise for him. Styles leaves the arena in disgust, but I honest think he left the production. I'm going home…..F*** this show….

Knockout/Fanservice time
I love how the commentators explain the origins of Velvet winning the title in February. I can't even remember what happened in the KO division last week. And you want me to remember something that happened in this division in February? Your expectations are too high. Velvet wins the match for her team. Instead of foreshadowing that Mickie James heel turn (Which has been on and off for months…..Just do it already. What the hell are you waiting for?), they have Gail and Tara fight. Why? What's the purpose of this? While I command TNA for doing other things with the KOs besides the championship, I feel they are cramming in too much with this division. You have the KO championship, you have Gail's bitchiness, you have Taryn's 'increased' stock, and Mickie's motives. It just feels like too much is going on at one time. It could be a problem if you don't learn how to space things out. This has been one of TNA's issues in the past, but maybe they can get a better handle on things now. I can at least hope. 

Tension in the club house
Because of D'Lo quitting against Kurt Angle, Aces & Eights seems to be quitting on him. What about all that crap that you never walk alone in the Aces & Eights? It was a matter of time for the stable to start turning on their members, but is D'Lo being in the Card Games' doghouse really that important? His presence in the stable is so minor that it's hard for me to buy this as a big deal. D'Lo wanted to prove himself by defeating Magnus, but Bully elects DOC to do the deed. Magnus picked up a rollup victory since D'Lo screwed up. Oh no, he lost his jacket and is now a prospect. What will he do now? Find out next week on Aces & S**** Theatre.

Bottoms up!!!
Austin Aries needs to keep it in his pants. He's over here trying to shove his crotch at Christy Hemme. Wait until the show's over, dammit! Bad Influence and Greatest Factor bribe James Storm with beer so they could better their chances at the tag titles. It doesn't work for either team since the match ended in a No Contest when Storm beat up both teams. I think you're drunk, Storm. This puts the tag titles situation in the air, which means a triple threat tag match is apparently. If that's what ends up happening, there was no change between PPVs in the tag division. The only difference is the team holding onto the gold. And the writers aren't lazy? In the X Division, Kenny King talks about giving Chris Sabin a golden shower…..what? A golden shower? I don't think I want to watch this anymore. I know I should comment more about the X Division, but here's the thing. I don't care. It's great that Sabin is back after all those complications, but he works better with Motor City Machine Guns. Unfortunately, MCMG is out of commission until Alex Shelley gets a contract. The scene was boring since both guys cut bland promos. Yeah, that excitement just leaps out of this scene. Look at it go!!!

Monsters are lawyers
Since Styles said 'f*** it', Magnus is taking a nap on a construction site and James Storm has succumb to alcohol poisoning, Hulk Hogan calls one more guy to help Sting and Angle in the six-man tag match. As the match is near the end, Abyss makes his return and takes out the Aces & Eights by himself. One guy beat up eight people on this own? This is the worst stable ever! The show ends with the fans reacting somewhat surprised to the return. Okay, I'll say this. Abyss' return does make for a surprise, but I just haven't cared for the Abyss character in years. I haven't even cared much for the Joseph Park character. The man is doing a fair job in playing both roles, but I'm not really excited now that TNA is deciding to either use both characters individually or go with the 'Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde' approach. The moment was shocking, but you quickly remember that it's the return of a guy who NEVER left. Kinda hard to get that excited, but that's just me. If you're an Abyss fan, you will enjoy this scene. If you don't care for Abyss, I would expect you to not care for the scene. The biggest shock is finding out Abyss owns a phone.

Overall Impression:
Tonight's show was okay. I wouldn't call it great, but I don't think it was terrible. This mostly falls in the average territory. While Abyss' return can make for a surprise, I think it wears off pretty quickly since I've never been much of a fan for Abyss. If you like Abyss, that's fine with me. I personally don't have an issue with that, but I will always think of him as a Kane/Mick Foley hybrid. I didn't really like the ending of the show, but there was still other stuff to enjoy. The majority of the matches were fun to watch and some of the scenes being played out were hilarious bad at times. That has to be worth something, right? That does it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of the review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw 5/6/13 Review (Ryback's Catchphrase)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 5/6/13. Let's just dive into this and begin. 

Cena's attempt at going viral
What is Cena's fetish with Betty White? He mentions her all the time. The man sounds confused. Ryback vs John Cena in a Whine-Off match. Or as I like to call it, the IWC match. BA-ZING!!! I'll admit that Cena's Ryback impression was pretty funny, but he stretched it out longer than he needed to. What this opening tells us is Cena will compete at ER and it will be a Last Man Standing match. Either Cena wins or maybe duct tape takes its revenge out on Cena. Looks like Cena better say his prayers and take his Flintstones vitamins. Come here, Ryback's hungry!!!

Snakes in a Ring
Highlight of the night goes to Damien Sandow's song. The lyrics were a nice touch. It was the first time I had seen personality shine through in that song. After the Vintage Orton, Randy hits an RKO for the victory. Orton has defeated both members of Rhodes Scholars in two weeks. Yeah…..that's exciting. It's about as exciting as Randy's rivalry with Big Show. Randy really needs to turn heel. I think a change of a pace for him would be a good thing. And I can also use a break from Orton's 'good guy' routine. 

It finally occurred to me. Fandango's pronunciation of his name is very similar to Dragonball Z when Goku's charging up his Kamehameha. I can't be the only one who thought this. Chris Jericho and Tons of Cholesterol gave Fandango a '0'. Finally, the moment you have been waiting for. Chris Jericho vs Fandango in a dance-off…..ohhohhhhohhhhohhhh. It was almost inevitable for this to happen based on Jericho's track record. As long as it's entertaining to some degree, I don't really care if they do this segment. If it turns into a train wreck, we'll talk about that next week…..sigh. 

We The Ladders
While Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler are beating the crap out of each other, Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter decide to do commentary. The match ends in a no contest because….Hell, you need a reason? After the match, Swagger takes out Del Rio and Dolph with a ladder. Swagger mad!!! Swagger smash!!! GRRR!!! That was pretty much all the build you got for the WHC match this week. They did a lot of build last week and I thought they did a decent job to follow it up. Still, there are times where I feel they could do a lot more with the scene, especially Swagger. I guess it isn't gonna matter after ER. Swagger will probably dance his way into a US Championship since I see Dolph/Del Rio playing out for another 1-2 months. Hey, at least it would fit his whole 'We the People' deal? 

Can't go a week without that filler
Khali used to be a police officer in India? Yeah, back when he had kneecaps. Apparently, he's gonna track down Kaitlyn's crush. If it isn't Hornswoggle, it will probably be some NXT guy who gets a silly gimmick. I don't know what to make of that. After the Shield raped the Usos and Kofi Kingston, Antonio squashes Zack Ryder. Hey, looks like Ryder's getting that television time he's been pleading for. Gotta start somewhere, right? After the match, Antonio claims that nobody in the WWE can defeat him….Except for the guy who kicked his ass on Main Event last week. Yeah, kinda forgot to mention that. Damn that short-term memory. Antonio Cesaro is the guy with the look and skills to make it further in the industry, but I just find his character boring. He never has anything interesting to say and I feel his charisma is being sheltered since he's having to play this Antonio character. I feel he can bring so much more to the table if they would just let him go out there and be himself and not this yodeling jackass. Hey, just my honest two cents. 

Not the TV!!!
Triple H became a man in the middle of the ring? I don't think I want to watch this anymore. We get a video of Brock Lesnar destroying Triple H's office. This is what I like to call 'Staged Shots'. This is where the wrestling industry makes it look like it's real life stuff by mentioning a real name, but it just has that 'lights, camera, action' feel to it. I'll admit it's clever and it was pretty funny at times, but it's missing something. It makes Trips raiding Randy Orton's home seem so much more. Still, this was pretty entertaining. Pauly talks about Brock unleashing the beast to destroy Trips while Triple H says he's ready for the war. While I'm not very intrigued with the rematch, I can at least give them credit for trying to hype it up. They really have done a good job in building up these matches. That's definitely a good thing. 

That's what I do!!!
Just as Mark Henry and Sheamus are about to fight, Wade Barrett comes out since it was originally scheduled to be Sheamus/Barrett tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if Wade had to pay money in order to appear on Raw tonight. That IC Championship really is the curse of the WWE. After Sheamus kicks Barrett's head off, Henry attacks by whipping Sheamus with a belt. Whipping people…..cuz that's what he does. It's interesting how that's become his catchphrase. It's kinda sad this isn't taking off as well as 'Ryback Rules'. The creative staff spent a whole week on that line. Sheamus and Henry will face each other at Extreme Rules. The winner of the match gets a jar of pennies. You laugh, but that jar of pennies holds more value than a mid-card championship. No joke. 

Monsters Inc. 
Since Ryback defeated Daniel Bryan last week, Kane wants to avenge his friend….

Maybe I'm being too harsh on this 'Ryback Rules' catchphrase, but it reminds me of Billy Madison with the ''O'Doyle Rules' guy. I just can't take this line seriously. Ryback beats Kane with the Shell Shock. After the match, Shield comes out t----are you kidding me? Is that the formula now? Every time Ryback and/or Cena have a match, have the Shield come out? Is that really the master plan? I'm sorry, but it's getting a little old. Ryback leaves the fight and lets Kane deal with them. Bryan and Cena come out to even the odds….I think. Kane kinda just rolled out of the ring during all of this. Where did he go? I really want to know where Kane disappeared to after this? That was probably the biggest question out of this scene. Ryback jumps in the ring with a steel chair and they manage to take out Shield….sort of. Ryback finally kills Cena with a steel chair to end of show. I guess Ryback rules this evening…..Yeah, I got nothing. As far as LMS match goes, it seems like an interesting idea. I'm not loving the idea, but I don't completely hate it. 

Overall Impression:
This show fell into the average territory. There wasn't anything overly amazing about it, but I wouldn't call it a bad show. It just falls right around the middle. Seems that's been happening a lot with these three hour shows. I'm not sure if I have given my full thoughts on three hour Raws, but I honestly think they need to go back to two hours. It shouldn't feel draining or tiring to watch a television show. TV is a time to kick back and enjoy, but something's wrong if it feels exhausting to watch a show. I still want to watch the show on a weekly basis, but I think WWE is biting off more than they can chew with these three hour shows. Most of the time, they do nothing with that extra hour except recap stuff that happened earlier in the night. How is that a good use of time? If they used the extra hour to flesh out the storylines further, I would have no problems with three hour Raws, but that has not been the case since WWE made the move back in July 2012. Well, I better wrap this up. Tell me what you thought of the review or tonight's show and I will see you guys and girls in the next one.