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Week of October 13, 2014
- I think having a part-time champion through WrestleMania is a good way to go. With Paul Heyman there weekly being the advocate of Brock Lesnar, you’ll always know he’s your champion. And continuing to book Lesnar as a dominant champion (even if he didn’t destroy John Cena at Night of Champions) will only go to really put over the person who finally beats him (at this point, all roads let to Roman Reigns getting that spot in 2015).
- Speaking of Reigns, he’s got all of the tools to become a huge star; he just needs to work on them a bit. At this point, his promos are tailored so he doesn’t have to say much. His matches are tailored so that he doesn’t have to do much. Can he carry a RAW opening for 10 minutes on the mic like Cena can? Not at this point, he can’t. Can he wrestle a 20-minute match on his own and have the crowd chanting “This is awesome”? At this stage in his in-ring career, it would be a rare occasion and totally dependent upon who he was wrestling against. I’m no hater, though. Let it be known that I believe in Roman Reigns. I just don’t know how far they can go with him. He’ll never be Stone Cold Steve Austin...but maybe he can be Goldberg? At this point, that’s probably good enough.
- People need to stop whining about Zack Ryder’s lack of push...most of all, Ryder himself. Listen, the guy is a B-level performer who doesn’t deserve to have any better spot on the roster than to simply put over new talent. Seriously...he’s got very little in-ring charisma (he comes across as a bit awkward, at times...like he’s trying too hard), but don’t just trust my writing. Go back and watch his old videos on YouTube and tell me he’s “charismatic”. And in terms of in-ring skill? I’d be SHOCKED if he tried to hit the independent scene and actually wrestle a match in ROH or PWG. It simply wouldn’t happen because he doesn’t have that kind of ability. If it did, he’d be laughed at and booed out of the building. WWE gave him an opportunity. He had his shot and he underperformed and has done very little in the years since to change anybody’s mind about him other than to whine and bitch and moan and complain about his lack of opportunities. So just sit back and let him be enhancement talent. If you’re a fan, be thankful he’s still employed.
- Abyss needs to take some time off, grow his hair out again, and lose some of the weight that’s starting to prevent him from having great matches. Even his “Monsters Ball” matches with Bram have looked bad, which is odd because hardcore gimmick matches are meant to protect the guys who “can’t go”. Maybe he’s doing something else outside of the ring that’s making his current role not very important? I don’t know, but he’s gotta do something soon if he wants to remain relevant in the industry. He’s got a ton of talent and a unique gimmick that, for some reason, has yet to be killed even though he’s been unmasked and was playing “Joseph Parks” for over a year. That means something if the fans can forget that whole storyline. It means that his talent overshadows the angle, regardless of whether it’s good or bad. But right now, he’s in slow-mode and looks like he’s going through the motions. He’s better than that.
- The Great Sanada? Ummm...no thanks. Listen, if you’re going to do a gimmick where you’re mimicking The Great Muta, then you better do more than just paint your hair, paint your face, and spit green mist. Sanada has ZERO personality or charisma...and the gimmick is dying a quick death (and I don’t even want to know how they’re going to kill the Manik gimmick, either). This is something that would be better suited to someone willing to go balls-to-the-wall with it. Sanada is obviously willing to just play this out like it’s just another day, instead.
- Am I the only one who looks at Ethan Carter III and wonder just what in the world WWE didn’t see in him? The guy has a great look, he’s talented inside of the ring, and he can cut a pretty darn good promo. What didn’t WWE like? He’s probably one of the best pick-ups TNA has ever made. And what’s better is that they created a NEW gimmick for him, so he doesn’t come across like some WWE has-been. He’s fresh, he’s new, and he’s giving TNA a kick in the ass that it sorely needs right now.
- I’m glad WWE has given Dolph Ziggler another opportunity to shine recently. You can tell by the pops he gets that he is loved by fans. I know that the reason he was held back a bit was because of the concern for his concussion(s), so I can’t really fault WWE too much on how Ziggler was handled. I mean, you don’t want to build up someone again into a big star only to have them disappear for yet another few months. They want to ensure that Ziggler’s healthy enough to compete consistently. And as long as wrestlers stop giving him concussions, he’ll be just fine. I’ve always loved his in-ring style (very Mr. Perfect-esque) and he’s very popular with “the boys” for how he makes them look during matches. Fingers crossed, he’ll remain healthy and continue to have success at a high level. He’s earned it.
- Unfortunately, you can’t say the same thing about The Miz. I feel bad for the guy...he’s constantly working to evolve and change and improve and every single time he does, it seems to fall flat. When he was WWE champion, he was an excellent heel with a great bad-ass gimmick. When they tried to turn him babyface, it was an abysmal failure. He was in limbo for a really long time and no matter how much he tried to get the fans behind him, the apathy was
overwhelming. This new heel persona is different and it’s all his own, but it’s no different that Los Matadores or Adam Rose, really. It’s a sub-level comedy gimmick that will only keep him at the lower-middle section of the card. I want to hate him as a heel, but right now I just feel sorry for him for his gimmick.
- Don’t even get me started on how they’ve been treating Damien Sandow...
- What’s the deal with Jeff Jarrett’s GWF? I don’t know about you, but I’m really interested to see what he’s got planned. If Global is going to be the new version of the old National Wrestling Alliance where each territory recognizes ONE champion who defends all over the world, then I’m absolutely interested. While he’s got them all on board, it’s going to be REALLY difficult for him to keep all of those international territories happy...unless he’s offering something that I’m not aware of. International television rights? Bigger exposure? A chance to have one or two of your biggest stars appear on an international PPV? I don’t know what the answers are, but I’m keen to find out. Jarrett could very well have a MAJOR winner on his hands.
- My local indy fed, WrestleCentre, has been running shows (almost) every couple of weeks over the past couple of months. They’re getting good crowds, too. They’ve brought in Colt Cabana, Christopher Daniels, Lance Storm, AJ Styles, and just recently brought in Michael Elgin. The great thing about Halifax, Nova Scotia is that it’s a “smart” city when it comes to wrestling. We know our U.S. indy workers and we appreciate them. I always thought that if somebody would bring in one or two U.S. workers for local shows that people would show up. Judging by the latest crowds,
it’s working great so far. My only concern is burnout. Every couple of weeks is a bit too much. Once a month for an indy fed in the same location is more than enough...donchathink?