WWE Vengeance 2011 Review

Hello Revolutionaries, I am very enthusiastic right now as I actually enjoyed the WWE Vengeance pay per view. Yes, I enjoyed it but it doesn’t mean the pay per view didn’t have it flaws. Anyway, I felt as if I should give you a realistic point of view. Trust me, you’re going to read positive receives as this pay per view was generally received but the problems shouldn’t be ignored. The biggest problem was the lack of build going into the show. It was a solid pay per view but that build is crucial considering it determines if fans will buy your pay per view’s or not.

Anyway, here it is.

Unsurprisingly, the pay per view opens up with Air Boom vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. I figured the WWE wanted to have Ziggler come off as wrestling early in the show so he’ll be relaxed whenever his match with Ryder came later in the night. When Cole stated Ziggler’s match with Zack was immediately after this one, I figured Swagger would work the majority of this match.

This match was a great opener with both teams working exceptionally well with each other. It’s amazing that high flyer’s like Air Boom can sync well with collegiate wrestlers like ZigSwag. I wasn’t surprised when Air Boom got the win as it would be foolish to have Ziggler hold two titles let alone drop down to the tag team division.

AB wins with the TIP/STP combination while Ryder comes out for his U.S. Title match.

This was also a great match and it really displayed the fact that Dolph is a workhouse capable of putting on two great matches back to back. Ryder was also very impressive here and there were some moments where I thought Ryder would pull it off, rendering my prediction inaccurate. I don’t understand why Swagger and Vickie were allowed to stay at ringside because it gave away the finish to be honest.

I must say, Ziggler’s super kick was amazing and it looked as if he legitimately knocked Ryder out with it.

I can’t help but think that it made Ryder look kind of week considering Dolph had already wrestled a match.

Anyway, going into this pay per view, I knew Ryder wouldn’t win because Vinnie Mac’s bodybuilder fetish wouldn’t allow it. If anything, Mason Ryan is going to be the guy to take that U.S. Title off of Ziggler. Let’s not forget that Ryder is racking in loads of money through merchandise sales but apparently, Vince doesn’t think he’s good enough to win the U.S. Championship.

Vince would respond but he’s probably too busy being fondled by Mason.

A random segment featuring Triple H, CM Punk, and Ted Dibiase (briefly) hinted towards a turn by one of the two combatants. To be honest, it almost made me think Triple H was turning heel but it would have made the walkout angle completely irrelevant. Yeah, in case you didn’t notice, the point of it was to get Triple H over as a face and force fans to feel sorry for him.

Yep, it’s all about the Game (literally).

The matchup for the Divas Championship is undoubtedly the Divas match of the year. Eve went out and proved that she was better than Kelly Kelly. In my opinion, she always has been. Even though she lost, Eve looked great in defeat while making Beth look stronger as a Champion.

Next up, we have the Great White vs. Captain Charisma. This was a solid match but nothing stood out here as I was already anticipating the other matches five minutes into it. The WWE could’ve made this a gimmick match because the crowd wasn’t into it at all. Unsurprisingly, Sheamus goes over while Christian takes the pin in another uneventful feud. I felt as if Christian should’ve won this match if they planned on continuing this feud but Vince McMahon’s indifference towards Christian continues.

It’s sickening to watch Christian lose countless matches while portraying this CLB gimmick I’ve always hated.

It sucks.

Miz and R-Truth vs. Triple H and CM Punk was a pretty decent matchup with Awesome Truth picking up the win. I had Trips/Punk winning this but didn’t rule out a Kevin Nash sighting here and that’s exactly what happened. Why is this piece of crap still on my television screen? Modern fans don’t know who the hell he is and apparently those watching at home don’t either. Somehow, he always ends up somewhere I don’t want him and is apparently going to be on the opposite team vs. Rock/Cena at Survivor Series.

Anyone else notice that Nash botched his jackknife powerbomb?

Yeah, I’m sooooo excited for that matchup….

Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton put on a decent pay per view match that didn’t live up to the expectations I had for it. It seemed like any other match the two have had to be honest. Randy Orton isn’t losing three straight pay per views so I wasn’t surprised when he got the win after an RKO.

Whatever

Big Show vs. Mark Henry was really an eye opener as most fans predicted it to be a slow and uneventful match considering the size of the competitors. However, these two put on a pretty good big man matchup that ended with both retaining some momentum. To be honest, I saw the suplex spot coming a mile away. When Henry climbed the ropes I considered it already set and stone even though he got choke slammed. I wonder what Brock Lesnar has to say about this.

His peanut size brain wouldn’t allow anything over a kindergartener’s comprehension.

It was a great way to sell the impact of the suplex by introducing hospital personnel and the General Managers. Laurinaitis wasn’t exactly needed as we knew the WWE Title match would still take place.

Oh and he still absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, unquestionably, completely suck.

The WWE Champion comes out first to no reaction (as usual). Cena comes out to one of the biggest pops of the night while I question why the WWE Champion came out first. Anyway, Cena has some new attire that is undoubtedly better than that red crap he had been wearing. The rise above hate moniker is fitting as a guy had a “We Hate Cena” shirt on a Cena noticed.

Anyway, the match was pretty good with Del Rio being assisted by Awesome Truth and the WWE Championship. Fortunately, John Cena is apparently out of the WWE Title picture while unfortunately, Alberto Del Rio is still the WWE Champion.

Awesome Truth apparently created a reason for Cena to team with Rock at Survivor Series and basically confirmed the fact that we’re going to need a bulldozer to unbury them after facing Trips/Rock/Cena next month.

On the other hand, WWE is probably going to push a feud between Punk and Del Rio, The thing is, how long have these guys been in the WWE title picture? How many times have the faced off on free TV this year? Why would anyone want to purchase a pay per view that these two are headlining?

Exactly

Can we get some fresh talent in the title picture please? There’s a guy named Dolph Ziggler that wouldn’t do too bad if given an opportunity.

Overall thoughts:

Why is CM Punk still losing pay per view matches? Why is Ziggler going to drop the U.S. Championship to Mason Ryan instead of Zack Ryder? Why is Alberto Del Rio WWE Champion? Why would anyone be interested in Punk facing Del Rio? Did Orton have to win tonight? Did Sheamus have to win tonight?

Where was John Morrison for God sakes?

Solid pay per view like I stated above but the build could’ve been better.

WWE’s John Morrison: My Favorite Morrison Matches/Moments

Hello Revolutionaries and JoMoSapiens, welcome to my first of many planned video tributes to my favorite WWE Superstars. And who better to start this series on a high note with than WWE’s most exciting superstar in John Morrison. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Morrison’s work since his debut on ECW in 2007 against Nunzio.

The Shaman of Sexy has gone through a number of character alterations/evolutions since his transformation in 2007 after winning the ECW Championship and has been able to maintain yours truly as a fan through the highs and the (current) lows. Morrison has been a hot topic of the IWC as of late as most of the pro wrestling dirt sheets state that Morrison is leaving the WWE soon.

While I can’t justify these statements as factual, his booking as of late does suggest that Morrison is indeed on his way out of the company.

In a time of curiosity and confusion, I feel that it’s best to allow the nostalgia to overtake a fan. Simply put, it’s normal to reminisce in a time of despair.

So I prepared this article while compiling a number of Morrison moments that I enjoyed the most.

Well, enough of my small talk, here’s my favorite John Morrison moments.

(Be sure to utilize the hash tag, SaveJohnMorrison, if you are a fan and want to be a part of the movement)

Starting this article off with a bang, I decided to feature the above video for comic relief. While I was watching this, I noticed how different Morrison was back then. Of course, Morrison portrayed an arrogant, cocky, conceited heel and wrote most of his promos/sketches. Anyway, Morrison and Miz directed this video at Cryme Tyme. The two tag teams were feuding at the time and the DirtSheet Duo decided to imitate the lifestyle/mannerisms of Cryme Tyme for this hilarious rap video.

Enjoy

From a comical video to a serious one with John Morrison vs. Evan Bourne on ECW one night after the 2009 WWE Draft. Morrison and The Miz had split and fans wondered if Morrison could make it on his own. However, most fans always thought Morrison was the better half of the tag team.

Well for those watching, Morrison and Bourne didn’t disappoint as this is arguably the best match of both competitors careers.

I like to use this video for those critics who claim Morrison is a spot monkey and jumps around throughout the duration of his matches. To be honest, I wish he would use this style today.

Here’s part one but you can watch part two and three here.

This video is another hilarious one. While I can’t remember exactly when this happened, I do remember watching this on ECW sometime in 2008. Tommy Dreamer was still in his quest to become ECW champion once again but like Miz and Morrison were infamous for, they taunted Dreamer while being absolutely hilarious at the same time.

Technically, Morrison hadn’t become Morrison yet. He was still Johnny Nitro and I still hated his guts. However, I loved ECW and I wasn’t going to watch just because I dislike a certain WWE Superstar. Morrison went out and dominated this matchup while displaying a ton of flashy and impactful offense. I loved this match and Morrison cemented it for me when he hit the corkscrew neckbreaker.

This is when I became interested in Morrison’s future but I wasn’t a fan yet.

John Morrison vs. Sheamus at TLC 2010 was my favorite match of 2010. To be honest, it was the biggest mark out moment for me in a LONG time. Morrison was being pushed and the WWE set him up with former WWE Champion, Sheamus. The two traded wins at Survivor Series and the KOTR with this faceoff being the rubber match.

Thing is, I knew Morrison was going to win this match as The Miz was the WWE Champion. The WWE is against heel vs. heel and there’s no way they were going to allow it at the Royal Rumble. Anyway, besides HBK vs. Taker and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan, this was the best match of 2010 and truly one that I’ll never forget.

This is part two, watch part one here.

This matchup was absolutely awesome and even the biggest Morrison hater will have to admit it. Rey Mysterio and John Morrison really put on a show here tonight and I thought Morrison was on his way.  This match had it all. From a nice pace to mat wrestling to the unique high flying style of both competitors, this matchup was absolutely awesome.

I didn’t utilize dirthsheet’s and read spoilers at this point so it was a nice surprise to see Morrison win this matchup.  And I can tell that I wasn’t the only one that enjoyed it as Morrison got a standing ovation after it was over.

This video has three other parts that you can watch here.

Man, I absolutely loved this. I don’t care what anyone says, this match is probably one of the most underrated in SmackDown history. Not only was the match great, it showed that Morrison CAN work the mic as a face if given some creative input on the things he says. This is also another matchup I’ll never forget because I love these guys.

Both are on my all time favorite WWE Superstars list while Edge sits in my number one spot.

This wasn’t actually a match but it was a spot. I don’t care what anybody says, this was awesome and it temporarily brightened up a Royal Rumble that was kind of boring when it happened. Thing is, my peers weren’t discussing the winner of this Rumble, Alberto Del Rio, they were actually discussing Morrison’s awesome stunt here.

The first live dirtsheet on SmackDown was probably the most memorable one as Morrison and Miz discussed their impending matchup at Bragging Rights 2009. This was the first time we actually got to see these two speak out on the other and discuss the who’s Shawn Michaels and who’s Marty Jannetty scenario.  While Miz has always been pretty good on the mic, Morrison has been criticized for his subpar promos.

I can’t speak for others but I enjoyed this as Morrison showed some intensity and emotion during this segment. Now if the WWE would allow him to do this on a regular basis and stop handing their talents scripts promos like Austin says, maybe they would be better on the mic.

Anyway, I spent most of this segment laughing my ass off because both of these guys are genuinely funny.

Another classic bout featuring John Morrison but this one would be against the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk. You see, CM Punk had been my favorite superstar since 2006 and I adopted Morrison as another favorite of mine in the weeks before this matchup. Morrison had defeated Punk three times and this was Punk’s last chance to grasp the ECW Championship.

To be honest, it didn’t matter who would win as I knew I was in for a classic matchup. These two went out and had one hell of a matchup with Morrison displaying some of the unique offensive I’ve ever seen. I still remember watching this with my siblings back in 2007 and downloading Punk’s theme song the next day.

Be sure to check out part two here.

Yes, another mark out moment for yours truly as I was starting to get bored with RAW and the way they were booking the CM Punk angle. Originally, Morrison was scheduled to return a few weeks later. Not only did I mark out for Morrison’s return but I anticipated a great feud with R-Truth down the line. Unfortunately, WWE dropped the ball with this like everything else they do nowadays but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this.

You’re probably wondering why I included this video but it’s simple actually. I think Funk Man absolutely, undoubtedly, unquestionably, one hundred percent completely sucks. I’ve wanted to say it since the first time Johnny Ace picked up a microphone. The fact that Morrison was the one to say it is just a bonus.

I included this video because it got me excited for what I predicted would be a pretty good and reasonable face turn. Today, I don’t have the same opinion as I prefer a heel Morrison but the event was still significant. Punk’s run in was absolutely hilarious.

Come on, everyone who was sitting at home watching this was like “What the hell is Morrison doing” and by the time it was over, you probably thought “Damn, that was awesome”.

I was.

Finally, we’re at the moment I officially became a John Morrison mark. The very same moment that Johnny Nitro became John Morrison was the moment he solidified his status as one of my all time favorite superstars. His gimmick was absolutely awesome and possessed every aspect a fan like me admires. The Rockstar gimmick, flashy wrestling style, unique attire, and conceited personality just clicked with me.

Of course, I still loved CM Punk but this guy was just something else.

Take a moment and admire this greatness.

Thanks for bearing my full fledged markism throughout this article and I hope you enjoyed. This was just the first in a long line of names from Edge, CM Punk, AJ Styles, and Shawn Michaels that I’ll do these series on.

With that being said, I’ll leave you with one last Morrison video.

WWE RAW Review 10/17/11: This was a Go Home Show?

Hello Enigmatic Revolutionaries, welcome to my RAW review August 17th, 2011. To be honest, I didn’t watch RAW live because I decided to read RAW Spoilers on Saturday. The show was absolutely horrible and I figured I had better things to watch that night like the Walking Dead. Anyway, I just finished watching RAW and I must say, I don’t regret not watching as it was as bad as the spoilers stated.

First up, Interim RAW General Manager, John Laurinaitis, opened the show with a Rey Mysterio joke that was in poor taste. Scratch that, Rey is rehabbing a injury that probably ended his career and to use it to get cheap heat for Funk Man is absolutely ridiculous. Laurinaitis brings out Jim Ross and announced match that would feature Jim Ross and John Cena taking on Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole.

This segment was boring and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Like I’ve stated before, Johnny Ace promos are absolutely nauseating. On the other hand, did the WWE forget that they were in Mexico? This is the main event for the first RAW in Mexico?

Weird

Six Man Tag match: John Morrison, Randy Orton, and Sheamus vs. Christian, Mark Henry, and Cody Rhodes

The sole purpose of this match was to bury John Morrison. Yes, we do have two feuds tied into this match but why is Morrison here instead of the Big Show? Wouldn’t it have made sense considering the fact that they are feuding?

Anyway, I feel as if this #SaveJohnMorrison stuff should end considering he’s leaving the WWE. You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. And if you have any doubts, I recommend that you watch the last two months of WWE programming.

It’s not hard to ignore considering those mindless sheep in the wrestling forums wet themselves every time he loses a match.

This burial is as blatant as MVP’s a few years back.

Another Brodus Clay vignette and I’m actually interested in Brodus right now.

Alberto is complaining to Laurinaitis again. He calms down after Ace states that the winner chooses the stipulation for the WWE title match at Vengeance.

And I really don’t care.

Eve Torres vs. Natalya

This was a typical Divas match set up the establish Eve as a worthy challenger to Beth Phoenix Sunday.  I don’t have any complaints but I question the spontaneous decision to put Eve in a title match. I mean, it’s not like she beat someone to earn a match at Vengeance.

But what do I know? I’m just a wrestling fan.

CM Punk vs. The Miz

This match wasn’t bad but like everything else on RAW, I was unable to get into it. Unsurprisingly, Triple H came out the steal the spotlight. He was ejected after some sort of issues with paper work. Throughout the duration of the match, I started to notice how Punk doesn’t entertain me anymore. It’s not that I’m hopping off of the Punk bandwagon but his booking as of late has been questionable and quite frankly, boring.

Obviously, CM Punk won but was immediately attacked by Awesome Truth after it was over. Quite frankly, I didn’t care for the attack and it didn’t do anything for me when it comes to hyping up the pay per view.

The highlight of the night came next when Dolph Ziggler cut his best promo yet. Unlike his recent promos, Dolph displayed a lot of emotion and got a substantial amount of heat because of it. Swagger’s recital of our national anthem was done solely for cheap heat. Thank God he didn’t have the mic for too long.

Zack Ryder interrupts and apparently, we have Ryder vs. Swagger

Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger

I looked away for a second and Ryder had already won the match with a Rough Ryder.  Thing is, I looked down and Mason Ryan was already on his way to the ring with one of the ugliest haircuts I’ve ever seen.  Personally, I would admire the WWE if they wouldn’t allow Ryan to touch a microphone.

EVER

Ryan orders Dolph to return to the ring as they have match.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Mason Ryan

BORING!!!!!

The match was pretty boring and caused a little drowsiness. Ryan gets disqualified after attacking Ziggler after the count of five. Vinnie Mac’s latest love machine dominates Swagger and Dolph after the match was over.

Jimmy Ross is backstage confiding in John Cena. After some words of enthusiasm from Cena, Ross is ready to put an Oklahoma style beat down and Michael Tool.

John Cena and Jim Ross vs. Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes

This was another sleep inducing matchup with Del Rio and Cena unsurprisingly working the better part of the match.  Jim Ross got some revenge on Cole after forcing him to submit with the ankle lock. I didn’t care because I was still in awe of how Berto barely got a reaction in his country.

Cena thwarts an attack by Del Rio before knocking him unconscious with the steel steps.

The Face of the WWE announces that his match with Alberto Del Rio at Vengeance will be a last man standing match.

Overall thoughts:

How in the blue hell is Alberto Del Rio supposed to defeat John Cena in a last man standing match? Can John Cena lose this type of match? Am I the only one who remembers the beating Alex Riley and Miz administered to Cena at Over the Limit? The Awesome Ones beat the holy hell out of Cena and he didn’t quit.

After a screw up by Riley, Cena locks Miz in the STF and he immediately quits?

It’s obvious that Cena will regain the WWE Championship or Cena will get screwed somehow.

On the other hand, when is the WWE/Vince McMahon going to realize that fans don’t give a crap about Alberto Del Rio? I know Del Rio has his fans but if you deny the fact that he didn’t get a reaction in HIS HOME COUNTRY, you should get your hearing checked.

Why doesn’t the WWE just release John Morrison already?

Dolph Ziggler was definitely the highlight of the night. Mason Ryan is still another product of the Vince McMahon bodybuilder fetish. Why isn’t Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes for the intercontinental championship? This was a great way for the WWE to bring some prestige to that title and they basically said, “Orton’s too big for the Intercontinental Championship”.

Don’t be surprised if Orton buries Rhodes Sunday.

Where was Air Boom?

Why did RAW absolutely suck this week?

This show would’ve been okay if it was two weeks before the pay per view but this was the go home show. This was the show that would sell this pay per view to fans. All this show did was force me to skip the pay per view and next week’s show.

In closing, SmackDown > RAW

WWE: The REAL Reason Why John Morrison and Drew McIntyre are Jobbers?

Hello Revolutionaries, RiZE here with an interesting set of news. It’s no secret that I am the biggest John Morrison mark on this planet. As of late, the frequency of stories revolving around Morrison’s impending WWE departure have gotten to a point where I don’t blame Morrison for exiting the WWE. Since his return, Morrison has become the WWE’s most noteworthy jobber, losing squash matches to the likes of Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, and Christian in less than five minutes.

The reason for Morrison’s relentless burial is reportedly his relationship with former WWE Diva, Melina.

For some time now, rumors of Melina’s infidelity and promiscuous behavior have caused fans and Vince McMahon to view Morrison in a negative live. Morrison refused to confront Dave Batista after he had a sexual relationship with Melina and this caused McMahon to lose respect for Morrison as a man. Yeah, the infamous Vince McMahon mentality strikes again.

The WrestleMania 27 fiasco with Melina/Trish Stratus followed by Melina attending a RAW episode a few days after her release from the company reportedly put backstage heat on JoMo. Morrison, who had just returned from a neck injury, was subject to a loss in every match he competed in.

With the exception of three matches, John Morrison has lost every single match he has partaken in since his return. This isn’t just live television, this is house shows included.

While most tend to blame WM 27 and Morrison’s “attitude”, a report published by F4WOnline.com, states “It’s believed that John Morrison will be leaving WWE soon. It’s said that he has done nothing wrong or caused trouble for officials but there’s speculation that like Drew McIntyre, Morrison is paying the price for who he was dating – former WWE Diva Melina”

On AfterBuzz, Maria Kanellis and Lilian Garcia spoke highly of Drew McIntyre and John Morrison before questioning why both aren’t getting pushed.

Here’s what Maria had to say about McIntyre:

I have a feeling he’s paid for someone else’s sins, problems, because Drew’s really good. I’d love to see him do more stuff, but it’s unfortunate that that happens.”

In case you’re unaware of what Maria’s referring to, McIntyre and his then wife, Taryn “Tiffany” Terell, got into a confrontation in Los Angeles last year shortly before Summerslam. It was reported that Terell was physical with McIntyre and was arrested for domestic violence. Tiffany was released by the WWE a few weeks later while McIntyre has been reduced to jobbing since the WWE Draft.

A few moments later, Maria said this about Morrison:

“I think it’s a lot of complications of outside stuff. I think that a lot of times they go with who’s going to be there, who’s always going to be there, who’s going to be the easiest. He’s very easy and I love him to pieces, but I think its outside complications. I think that’s why.”

Before I could hand out my “I told you so” to those who’ve defended Melina, another report was published by WrestleNewz.com.

This time, it was Melina responding to a comment made by some guy on twitter. The individual said “Will you stand trial for killing your bf’s career” #PrayForJoMo.”

The individual sent this to Melina after Morrison was buried by Christian in a short match and was subsequently attacked by Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler.

Melina responded via direct message and had this to say:

“The WWE did it. I never did anything but stand by him through thick and thin. We should all be so lucky as to have someone like that in our lives.”

“John worked his ass off and did EVERYTHING he was told. The blame shouldn’t be put on me. Blame the WWE”

I’m a little half and half on this situation. For one, I don’t think talented superstars like McIntyre and Morrison should be blamed for the actions of their significant other. Simply put, we can blame the WWE for this as they’re the ones administering the burials.  On the other hand, I do feel as if Melina has contributed greatly to the downfall of Morrison and the backstage opinion of him.

In the end, it’s sad that these guys are in their position they’re in because of this.

I stand behind Morrison’s decision to leave and McIntyre should consider doing so too as he hasn’t won a match in ages.

I wonder if McMahon would forgive them if they were bodybuilder like and equipped with an unlimited supply of baby oil.

Come on, you know it’s true.

#HEEL

Breaking News: WWE Champion Injured? *SPOILERS*

Revolutionaries, I apologize for the title if it’s misleading and the swiftness of this article as it’s not my MO but I find this intriguing to say the least. While dirt sheets have yet to announce it, I believe Evan Bourne suffered an injury on Monday Night RAW. I don’t know if it was a minor or major injury but the moment I saw Jack Swagger botch that power bomb Monday, I knew Bourne had been hurt/injured in some way.

I mean, do you realize how high Bourne was up in the air before Swagger just dropped em?

Bourne needed to be assisted by Ryan and Kingston because he was apparently in pain after Swagger’s botch.

Anyway, Evan Bourne wasn’t present at the SD tapings last night as his tag team partner, Kofi Kingston, partook in a backstage segment and a tag match with Zack Ryder against Swiggler. Kingston and Ryder won the match and apparently, there was no sign of Bourne.

Like I stated above, I may be jumping to conclusions here but it’s definitely a questionable event.

Remember, Bourne is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with Kingston and if he is injured, he would have to relinquish the title and allow someone to take his place.

I hope Bourne isn’t injured as the Air Boom team just began to roll.

On the other hand, this may also be bad news for Swagger seeing as this isn’t his first botch on live programming. We know Vince McMahon has a temper and he strongly dislikes botches on live television.

Just ask Sin Cara, seriously.

WWE: Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder the latest victims of Vince McMahon’s Bodybuilder Fetish?

Hello Revolutionaries, RiZE here with some late night blogging because I feel as if there’s a few things I need to get off my chest. As you know, I’ve been watching the WWE since WrestleMania 17 and I’m not afraid to admit that last night’s RAW is probably the worst episode I’ve ever watched. The fact that almost a million viewers seem to agree with me since they changed their channels after the first hour is a noteworthy notion to my claim.

Despite this, I always find salvation in watching John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler perform. I don’t think I need to discuss Morrison’s current situation as most of the dirt sheets (and the IWC for that matter) have misinterpreted news of Morrison’s impending departure a dozen times already.

On the other hand, Dolph Ziggler has drawn his fair share of attention as of late. A number of WWE fans feel as if Ziggler in the next big thing and will be defeating the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena in no time. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of Ziggler as I always felt he sounded forced on the mic and needed Vickie’s heat for fans to care for him.

However, I’ve seen the light as Dolph has displayed a different side of himself as of late and I’d be a liar if I said I don’t enjoy his promos and hash tag heel segments on Z True Long Island Story.

Thing is, it seems as if fans overlook the fact that Ziggler has been losing a number of television matches as of late. Besides his win at NOC and title defense against Zack Ryder, Dolph has been on a losing streak. The WWE’s version of Archer has fallen to the likes of Air Boom, Zack Ryder, and Mason Ryan for some time now.

Thing is, Mason Ryan is undoubtedly Ziggler’s biggest foe at this moment.

I have a problem with this.

Instead of having Ziggler drop the title to a charismatic and passable worker in Zack Ryder, it seems as if Mason Ryan is the next U.S. Champion.  After Ryan pinned Ziggler again Monday, I asked myself “Why in the blue hell is Batista 2.0 pinning Dolph Ziggler?”

Imagine my reaction when I realized I had answered my own question.

Yes, Vince McMahon’s bodybuilder fetish strikes again as Ryan, a wrestler with practically no redeeming qualities except his resemblance of Dave Batista, is going to take the mid card title off of Ziggler on the way to the main event card.

I don’t understand why Vince McMahon feels the need to have his real superstars aid the guys who can’t wrestle their way out of a paper bag (no offense Randy) look better in the eyes of the WWE Universe.  This not only affects Ziggler but it strips an opportunity away from a deserving superstar in Zack Ryder.

In case you missed it, Ryder recently cracked the top 10 in merchandise sales for WWEShop.com.

I figured the Creative team would emphasize Ryder slightly more than they currently do but I forgot that this is the WWE it’s rare for them to produce compelling, logical, and entertaining programming in this day and age (no offense Triple H).

I don’t know where they’re going with this Ryder/Ryan/Dolph fiasco but don’t surprised if Mason Ryan is your U.S. Champion after Vengeance.

Final Thoughts:

Hey Mason, Skip called, he wants his push back. Vince, Ryan called, he wants his underwear and baby oil back. Swagger, Kurt called; he wants his gimmick/finisher back. Hunter, the RAW roster called, they want their spots back.

#HEEL

WWE: Why is Seth Rollins still in FCW?

What’s wrong with the WWE?

I found myself asking this question at the conclusion of each episode of WWE programming that preceded CM Punk’s infamous shoot on the July 27th edition of Monday Night RAW. While I’ll admit that the WWE did provide fresh, compelling, and extraordinary programming in the weeks that followed, I once again find myself asking “What’s wrong with the WWE?”

Thing is, I’m not referring to current WWE programming as a whole but it’s more of who they decide to bring out of their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). For example, FCW “alumni” Mason Ryan, David Otunga, and Jinder Mahal exemplify the phrase, GREEN, when it comes to professional wrestling.

Despite my personal objections, each has retained a position on the WWE’s main roster. For me, this displayed FCW in a negative light as I refused to watch their matches considering the level of mediocrity brought to the main roster by World Wrestling Entertainment. That is, until I watched my first Ring of Honor pay per view, Glory by Honor IX.

For the first time in months, pro wrestling sent me into a short period of introspection. Instead of proclaiming wrestling as boring, predictable, and political, I felt as if pro wrestling was an art. Instead of the entertainment and pro wrestling conglomerate known as the WWE, I was star struck by the silent enigma known as Ring of Honor.

Besides the familiar faces of Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Hauss, Balls Mahoney, and Daivari, I was particularly impressed by Tyler Black.  When I joined the B/R, one of the first articles I read pertained to him inking a developmental deal with the WWE. Most of the writers spoke highly of Black, proclaiming him to be a main event talent before his debut. As a fan that’d rather be in awe of flash and the high flying genre, you can imagine my reaction to Black and his exquisite wrestling style.

From my point of view, I was the connoisseur while Black was the proverbial artiste.

Initially, I felt an undying feeling of regret for brushing Ring of Honor off as I would calmly use the “I’ll watch it another time” whenever someone recommended the relatively unknown wrestling company (casual fans). If it had not have been for an article by a friend, it’s likely that I would’ve never watched Glory by Honor that night.

Nonetheless, the sensational feeling of nostalgia brought me to an FCW match featuring Seth “Tyler Black” Rollins and Dean “Jon Moxley” Ambrose. In 15 minutes (twice the amount of a typical WWE match), Rollins and Ambrose impressed me more than anything the WWE has produced in some time.

As spectacular as the first match was, the second was that much better. At this point, I was bewildered by the WWE and their decision to bring superstars like Ryan, Otunga, and Mahal up to the main roster while Rollins was approaching his first year in WWE developmental.

When the final match in the Ambrose/Rollins trilogy debuted on YouTube Monday afternoon, I felt inclined to reiterate my earlier claim and questioned why Rollins (and Ambrose for that matter) are still in FCW. Despite the answer being in my face, I ignored the proverbial writing on the wall.

Simply put, the same thing that plagues 90% of the current WWE roster plagues extremely talented guys like Seth Rollins down in FCW. WWE Creative doesn’t have storyline direction for any of them. It’s either this or Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s bodybuilder fetish making its presence felt once again.

Disagree? Ask Dolph Ziggler, Mason Ryan, and Zack Ryder.

It’s sad that I could create a role for Rollins over the space of fifteen minutes after a quick observation of WWE Programming and what the company is in need of.

On a somber note, Seth Rollins could find himself in John Morrison’s spot if the Prince of Parkour leaves the WWE when his contract is up.

Whenever Rollins finally pops up on my television screen, I’ll rejoice at the thought of this guy with unlimited potential leaving his mark on the WWE and its disputed fan base.

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