Aubrey Sitterson is a professional writer and editor specializing in comics and professional wrestling. For GuySpeed, he writes weekly reviews of ‘Monday Night Raw’ and previews of ‘Friday Night SmackDown.’ Find him on Twitter and at aubreysitterson.com.
This is a tough time of year for WWE. Less than a month after the absolutely colossal ‘WrestleMania XXVIII,’ the promotion put on the shockingly good ‘Extreme Rules’ pay-per-view, and then less than 30 days after that, they’re back with this Sunday’s ‘Over the Limit.’ While perhaps not as explosive a card as ‘Extreme Rules’ or ‘WrestleMania,’ this Sunday’s show has a fair amount going for it and this week’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ kept building toward the event.
With the recent return of ECW mastermind Paul Heyman to WWE and the questionable success Shane Douglas’ Extreme Reunion show, the promotion that put hardcore on the map is at the forefront of many people’s minds. But while guys like Heyman and Douglas have managed to maintain decent public profiles of their own, many ECW Originals have largely fallen off the map to all but the most dedicated and obsessive wrestling fans.
From top to bottom, this week’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ was a pretty fun, impressive affair. Sure, you could find things to nitpick about, like the fact that Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes is nothing new, or, naturally, the obligatory Divas Match, but all-in-all, it was a fun show with some great wrestling, interesting developments and even a SHOCKING RETURN.
This week has seen some pretty mighty fine WWE product hit the airwaves, including the awesome ‘Extreme Rules’ pay-per-view and a perfectly entertaining ‘Monday Night Raw’ the night afterward. While you won’t be seeing guys like Brock Lesnar, John Cena or CM Punk on this week's 'SmackDown,' all signs (meaning dirt sheet show reports) point to this being a solid two hours of rasslin entertainment.
These days, most WWE-related talk is centered around the return of Brock Lesnar and the former UFC Heavyweight Champion’s impending match against John Cena at ‘Extreme Rules’ this Sunday. But just because the biggest happs are all going down on Monday nights doesn’t mean there isn’t some fun stuff to catch on ‘Friday Night SmackDown’ each week.
On this week’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ Brock Lesnar picked up the microphone for the first time since his return to WWE the week prior. But before we had much time at all to tweet mean jokes about the timbre of Lesnar’s not-so-threatening voice, he was interrupted by a fired-up John Cena. What followed was a confrontation that saw Lesnar make an absolutely humongous impact…by socking John Cena right in the mush.
As opposed to the normal pretape-on-Tuesday to air-on-Friday deal, this week’s ‘SmackDown’ ran live on Tuesday night, presumably as a way to clear the deck and rearrange everyone’s travel schedule for WWE’s impending European tour.
With one of the absolute best first segments in recent memory, this week’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ started out extremely promising. But apart from a great CM Punk/Chris Jericho segment and some Three Stooges slapstick that I am a little embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed far too much, the show was largely downhill from that colossal John Cena/Brock Lesnar brouhaha.
It was one night after an awesome ‘WrestleMania XXVIII,’ and WWE put on a solid, entertaining ‘Monday Night Raw,’ teasing several new directions and storylines for the promotion. And oh yeah, it also featured the return of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock biscuit-eating Lesnar. Exclamation point.
It’s late March and people who generally leave the room when you talk about wrestling are starting to ask questions like, “The Undertaker is still wrestling!?” which can mean only one thing: ‘WrestleMania’ season is upon us.
What the hell is this match about? Yeah, Kane is evil and does evil stuff, and Orton’s nominally a good guy, but why are these two men fighting one another? The world’s evilest Libertarian, Kane, gave a wacky, roundabout explanation on ‘SmackDown’ a couple weeks ago, but it didn’t clarify much of anything, meaning that this match is still pretty much just about a guy we boo fighting a guy we cheer
Back in the days of the Legacy – Randy Orton’s “sons of famous guys” stable – Cody Rhodes always kind of felt like an afterthought. Orton was the focus obviously, DiBiase was the big, hunky future star, and Rhodes was the smaller guy with a lisp who hung out with them
While watching it live last year, Undertaker and Triple H’s ‘WrestleMania XXVII’ match didn’t really do it for me. At the time it just felt like a mess of finishes and unearned big moments, and truthfully, I was still a little chaffed at the hubris of Triple H trying to outdo Shawn Michaels’ legendary Mania matches against Undertaker
While the Rock vs. John Cena is clearly the true main event of ‘WrestleMania XXVIII,’ in certain circles the most talked about contest will without a be CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho. The two have a lot in common: Neither boast the humongous physique typically favored by WWE, both honed their abilities for years before arriving at the big show, both are perennial favorites of so-called “smart marks” and both typically do their best work as heels, which prevents them from rising to the level of WWE’s largest stars
This is it, folks. While WWE very cagily tried to market both its World Title matches and the annual Undertaker Streak vs. Whatever match as main events, we all knew a year ago what ‘WrestleMania XXVIII’s’ real selling point would be: The Rock vs
Without question, the absolute least interesting storyline to appear on WWE television these last few months has been the ongoing feud between John Laurinaitis, General Manager of ‘Raw,’ and Theodore Long, General Manager of ‘SmackDown
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