WWE: A Week in Review

Hello Revolutionaries.

For some time now, I’ve been trying to find a way where I could discuss and give my expert opinion on RAW/SD Results and wrestling news in one well thought out, entertaining, and insightful article. Because of time constraints, I’ve always been opposed to the idea but I’ve recently warmed up to the idea. Considering the level of mediocrity when it comes to this week’s programming, I felt this was a great opportunity to set this idea a blaze with its first edition.

First of all, here are some general (and brief) thoughts on Monday Night RAW.

RAW: I wasn’t surprised by the reception/delivery of this week’s RAW as the show was taped and the WWE has a tendency of producing lackluster shows in the UK. Anyway, John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler put on the match of the night. Live reports say this match was well received and most UK fans were generally into this match. Thing is, this didn’t translate too well on television as the crowd was clearly dead/silent.

The eye opener was Morrison winning the matchup. It changed my handling of Morrison’s contract situation as I thought he was leaving the company. Apparently, the saga continues and I’ll get to that momentarily.

Ziggler looked great as usual and I’m assuming the WWE is building towards a Ryder vs. JoMo vs. Ziggler in a U.S. title match at Survivor Series.

Kofi Kingston being squashed by Del Rio is obviously a result of Evan Bourne’s wellness violation. I’m against the guilty by association mindset the WWE is using when handling this. On the other hand, having Del Rio squash random mid carders isn’t helping his character. The WWE needs to realize that fans just don’t care about Berto.

It’s sad but it’s the truth.

Punk absolutely destroyed Del Rio on the microphone. Some blame Del Rio’s accent but I beg to differ.

Kevin Nash’s promo absolutely sucked and he was discombobulated for the majority of it.

Brodus Clay’s debut being pushed back to next week doesn’t bother me at all. I’m not hopping on the Clay bandwagon as he has yet to impress me (but I am hopping on the Ziggler bandwagon).

The Kelly/DOD segment wasn’t relevant at all and I could’ve done without it.

The main event was a typical tag team match with a pretty lackluster finish to be honest.

SmackDown: SmackDown once again topped RAW as the better show watch/digest. Orton should eliminate the predictable comebacks on his promos. Christian was entertaining as usual but I still feel he should’ve been the one to remain face while Orton turned heel.

Sheamus and Christian put on another watchable match with Sheamus triumphing over Christian with the Celtic cross. Personally, I understand the WWE’s thought process and the fact that they’re trying to establish Sheamus as the guy on SmackDown. However, Christian could’ve used this win. Logically, the heel would pin the face at least one to establish some credibility for the heel and the face when he finally defeats him. Sheamus destroying Christian in every encounter is destroying Christian’s credibility/relevance while providing predictable and repetitive programming to fans.

Having Mark Henry put Daniel Bryan over as gutsy displays a little intelligence on the WWE’s part but it doesn’t last.

Random Ezekiel Jackson promo that is totally irrelevant as Cody squashed him week in and week out.

Originally, I perceived this Teddy Long/Aksana flirtation as her plotting to rid Long of his position as SmackDown General Manager. However, the WWE has displayed a profound amount of ignorance and confusion with these segments. The inclusion of Alicia Fox only furthers along the confusion and randomness of these segments.

Ted Dibiase squashed Jinder Mahal.

I guess it’s somewhat intelligent that the WWE allowed Daniel Bryan to administer a little offense to the World’s Champion. However, Henry destroyed Bryan in less than three minutes and I’m still trying to figure out what the WWE is doing with Daniel Bryan. To those optimistic smarks that feel this is anything but the WWE using Bryan to progress the Show/Henry program, I say open your eyes.

Big Show randomly squashed three local jobbers. I guess this was supposed to impress Mark Henry?

Tamina vs. Alicia Fox was a passable Divas match. I must say, Alicia is a victim of the Anderson effect (random face/heel turn at any moment). Alicia won while Natalya randomly bashed her on commentary.

Oh my God, Mexican America has joined World Wrestling Entertainment. Seriously, I like the trio of Hunico, Epico, and Primo and it was obvious that these guys had chemistry. The Usos were great as usual and I like the trio of finishers Jey received after the match was over.

Randy Orton and Wade Barrett was an okay matchup. The fact that Wade Barrett won displays the fact that the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on Barrett and this push. This also gives Team Barrett a little credibility going into Survivor Series as most would expect a squash matchup (I still do).

NEWS!!!

John Morrison removed from tour dates: I’m pretty sure everyone has read about this considering every prominent dirt sheet has published four articles on it each day. Honestly, I have yet to figure this situation out as everything kayfabe wise suggests that Morrison has/will resign. I apologize for being a skeptic but there’s something about this situation that isn’t clicking with me. Dave Meltzer reporting that friends felt Morrison was going to TNA is ridiculous. John Morrison resides in Los Angeles, California.

Impact Wrestling is taped in Tampa, Florida.

Morrison would be traveling to the other side of the country to wrestle. I find that a far-fetched but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does leave the WWE in the imminent future but all signs point to a agreement.

Sheamus wants Undertaker at WrestleMania 28: This doesn’t surprise me at all. Originally, I picked Undertaker to face Sheamus, Wade Barrett, or Randy Orton in his final. It’s a strong possibility that it’ll be one of those names. Like I stated above, Sheamus is going to be one of the WWE’s biggest stars. The Undertaker rub at WrestleMania is unmatched and Sheamus’ career would benefit from it.

Cody Rhodes gimmick change: Initially, I read about this a few weeks ago. Nothing came to fruition and I quietly ignored the report. However, Cody began removing his mask and wrestling house shows without it so I considered it possible. That’s when Downstait stated that they were recording a new theme for Rhodes and I’ve been waiting for the change ever since.

I wonder what it’ll be. A nefarious gimmick similar to that of Chris Jericho would be refreshing.

John Laurinaitis Future Endeavors shirt released: Why? This is seriously a comedic tactic so the WWE can sell some extra t-shirts. Unfortunately, fans will think it’s humorous and purchase one.

Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal on Superstars: SmackDown worthy match that should’ve replaced Christian and Sheamus. Most of the live reports say Bryan pissed himself. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this matchup.

Christian injured: This is definitely a horrible time for Christian to suffer an injury. It is believed that he either sprained or broke his ankle. If it’s broken, Christian will need a replacement for Survivor Series as he is a prominent figure on Team Barrett. Christian is the all around best superstar on SmackDown so it would difficult to replace him but logic says add someone like Brodus Clay in his place.

Well that’s all for today folks. Be sure to like this page, subscribe to my blog, and read all my other post. Like EGW on Facebook, follow EGW on Twitter, vote in the EvE series.

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WWE: Examining the Main Event Players of the Future

Hello Revolutionaries, I’m back with an interesting article I think every member of the IWC will appreciate. You see, we’ve been dissatisfied with WWE programming for awhile now. In spite of the WWE’s questionable booking and repetitive programming, I feel as if IWC’s main gripe with the WWE is its inability/unwillingness to push mid card talent to the main event.

Yes, the WWE has attempted to create new stars but have effectively dropped the ball on each prospect at some point. Some notable examples of this would be Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, and Daniel Bryan.

And if this isn’t bad enough, the WWE consistently books the same guys in the main event.

Thing is, John Cena and Randy Orton won’t be around forever. The WWE needs to prepare these guys for the top level before they end up in a Brock Lesnar situation. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, from 2002 to early 2004, Brock Lesnar was the guy in the WWE.

At the height of his fame/career, he left the WWE. Being the top guy, Brock’s departure left a huge void in the WWE that would remain there until John Cena came into his own one year after Brock left.

To avoid such occurrences, I believe the WWE should have an abundance of top level talent.

Because of WWE’s ignorance of this and refusal to properly build mid carders over time, I’ve decided to examine a number of these talented individuals who could become big players in the WWE’s future. To assist readers in understanding where I’m getting at, I’m going to discuss the qualities that allowed me to accommodate them.

I’ll also discuss some things the WWE could orchestrate kayfabe wise and some aspects that each individual should alter about their character that’ll assist them in gaining a higher level of notoriety among the WWE Universe.

Dolph Ziggler: The HEEL has become arguably the most entertaining superstar on the RAW roster since the WWE obviously allowed him to write his own promos. Dolph is one of the best in ring workers in the WWE today and is overwhelmingly charismatic. Like him or not, Dolph stands out. With all of these attributes, Dolph still has one problem that can’t be overlooked. Vickie Guerrero is still his manager. I understand that Vickie Guerrero is probably the biggest heel in the WWE (shame) today. Thing is, the only reason she was paired with Ziggler was to help Mr. Perfection get over as a heel.

Dolph has improved to a point where they should drop Vickie as his manager. They teased it with this mini feud with Jack Swagger and a backstage segment with Steve Austin. At some point, Dolph is going to have to make it on his own and I believe he’s fully capable of doing so.

Storyline wise, the WWE should have Ziggler to drop the U.S. Title to Ryder or Morrison. This leaves the WWE with two options. One, have him face WWE Champion, CM Punk, at the Royal Rumble. Or two, have Ziggler win the Rumble if Jericho isn’t returning. This way, you have a guy that is ready to compete at the top level in the main event of WrestleMania 28 where he rightfully belongs.

Wade Barrett: The Bare Knuckle Brawler has had his ups and down in the WWE. From being the WWE’s biggest heel to barely appearing on WWE programming, Barrett is undoubtedly the most infamous case of the WWE dropping the ball on a young guy. Barrett has the mic skills and charisma to become a staple on the main event card but he seriously lacks inside the ring. I know most feel he’s a total package but flashes of a good match here and there aren’t displaying the consistent in ring storytelling.

If he corrects this, he’ll definitely be a total package. Storyline wise, I wouldn’t have Wade win the Rumble. I thrive on being realistic instead of optimistic and having Barrett win the Rumble after spending most of this year as Big Show/Ezekiel Jackson’s whipping boy isn’t realistic. I would gradually build him up but I would plan a big payoff at WrestleMania 28.

As I contemplate Barrett’s match at WM 28, I don’t think it would be irrational for him to face the man he was supposed to face at WrestleMania 27.

The Undertaker

Sure, Barrett isn’t a huge name but Undertaker has beaten everyone there is to beat except Cena. He’s busy with Rock so why not have Undertaker give Barrett the rub at Mania. Obviously, he wouldn’t win but a match with the Deadman at Mania is beneficial even if it results in a loss.

And let’s be honest, Undertaker’s last match should be against a rising star instead of a guy that is already established.

What good would it do either?

Cody Rhodes: The Undashing One is a complete package. Rhodes possesses every tool to make him a main event star but I don’t feel he’s there yet. Unlike Dolph, Cody hasn’t had that long run in the mid card with a credible championship reign. The WWE is doing their best to pass Cody off as the savior of the Intercontinental Championship. However, Cody rarely defends the title. Besides a win over Morrison, Cody hasn’t defended the IC Strap since reintroducing the classic design of it.

This is definitely a problem.

To be honest, the WWE should’ve kept Dibiase and Rhodes together until Mania. Rhodes should’ve continued to verbally abuse Ted until Dibiase stands up to Cody shortly after the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Since they apparently took another route, Rhodes should continue his title reign but place him in a number of meaningful feuds along the way.

I’ll spark a feud with a mid carder from RAW but you’ll just have to continue reading to see who I’m referring to.

Kofi Kingston: In my humble opinion, Kofi Kingston is also a superstar that possesses the tools to become a top dog in the years to come. Kingston has proven if given an opportunity, he can excel. His 2008 feud with Randy Orton is a kind notion to my claim. Currently, Kofi is apparently going to be punished for the sins of Evan Bourne. Kofi marks see this as unfair or irrational and while I agree to some extent, I also feel it’s an opportunity to turn this real life misfortune into something to elevate Kofi. From the looks of things, the WWE will effectively ignore Bourne’s suspension and allow the thirty days to pass. Over the course of those thirty days, the WWE should continue to bury Kingston in any match he partakes in.

Have Bourne return to a seemingly ecstatic Kofi and book them for the first title defense. Towards the end of the matchup, have Kofi abandon Bourne as he reaches for a tag. This should ultimately lead to Air Boom losing the tag team titles.

Kofi would attack Bourne (Ziggler or Orton style) after the match, effectively turning him heel. The obvious motivation for this would be Kofi struggles in Bourne’s absence and the fact that Bourne let him down because of his wellness violation.

This would more of an opportunity the WWE shouldn’t pass up. A Kofi heel turn to split this team up was inevitable but now he has substantial reason to do so.

John Morrison: The Shaman of Sexy was on a three month losing streak while becoming the most discussed superstar on the Internet through rumors of an impending departure. Morrison’s booking since his return suggested he was leaving but Morrison turned things around with a win over the U.S. Champion Monday. Morrison is very charismatic, a great worker, and apparently took classes to improve his promos.

I won’t give JoMo a pass or criticism because he hasn’t been given an opportunity to display any possible improvement.

Anyway, the WWE has to alter this guy’s character in some way shape or form. For one, the parkour stuff isn’t a gimmick and it makes him come off as a spot monkey when he doesn’t have to. I think Morrison should either be a heel or become an edgier face. He needs to display some arrogance or attitude because they fit this Jim Morrison rock star persona.

I’ve seen a little of it through a WWE.com interview where Morrison discussed his first win in three months while proclaiming that he is “the best guy in the WWE right now”.

Maybe an opportunity at a heel turn will arise during that Ryder vs. Ziggler vs. Morrison match we know is going to happen at Survivor Series. Remember, Ryder is a New York native and I’m pretty sure he’ll win the U.S. Championship. The WWE could really start a Morrison heel turn off on a high note with him attacking Ryder and getting that heel heat from Ryder’s home state audience.

However, JoMo could win the U.S. Title with a cheap tactic and build towards a heel turn and subsequent feud with Ryder.

The Shortlist

Drew McIntyre: McIntyre should turn face. I’ve always been one of those guys that never saw anything in McIntyre besides the fact that he’s an okay worker. Basically, he’s Randy Orton Jr. without the selfishness and backstage pull. Anyway, if the WWE does decide to resurrect Drew, they should gradually build towards or a face turn. Have McIntyre win a few matches here and there and put him in an IC Title feud with Rhodes for WrestleMania. On the other hand, the WWE could bring him up as a part of Vickie’s clientele and pursue the tag team championships with Swagger

Alex Riley: Before the WWE does anything with Riley, the guy seriously has to work on his wrestling. He has screwed up too much for the WWE to ignore. Other than that, I feel Riley has the “it” factor to become a top level competitor. Just like McIntyre, the WWE should slowly rebuild him with a number of wins. I would place him in the U.S. Title picture for WrestleMania.

Jack Swagger: I’ve spent days’ trying to figure out what to do with Swagger but something isn’t clicking. His in ring work ethic has undoubtedly deteriorated since his ECW days. He doesn’t stand out too much on the mic and I blame the WWE for completely ignoring the feud he had going with Ziggler before placing the two together. Like I stated above, I believe him and McIntyre could be a formidable team with a slow build. As far as top level goes, Swagger will need a drastic gimmick change because the ripped off Kurt Angle gimmick isn’t working.

Justin Gabriel: Gabriel is a great in ring worker but he needs a gimmick. He needs a character for me to take him seriously.

Brodus Clay: I’ve watched a number of Brodus matches on superstars but he doesn’t appeal to me. I personally think he’s Big Daddy V 2.0 but the IWC generally likes him. I can’t take their opinion as my own as some guys overhype or exaggerate when it comes to new talent.

Evan Bourne: I don’t know if Bourne will ever reach the top level. It would surprise me.

Mason Ryan: The only appealing aspect Mason possesses is his build. He has the bodybuilder like physique Vince McMahon admires so much. Besides that, there’s nothing too special about him. However, he will become a major player simply because Vince obviously loves him.

Ted Dibiase: Great in ring worker but he needs a character.

Daniel Bryan: The best in ring worker in the WWE today is carrying the MITB briefcase. It seems as if the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on his WrestleMania push but they booked him poorly for some time now. I do think he will become World Champion at WrestleMania but he should definitely be considered for a character alteration or heel turn in the future.

Zack Ryder: Long Island Iced Z is perfectly fine and I expect big things for him in the future. However, he needs a solid mid card feud. Like I stated above, he could work a program with a heel Morrison and develop a serious aspect of his character we have yet to see. That or he’ll become the next Santino.

Don’t get me wrong, there are others that can climb the WWE ladder but some have yet to debut with the WWE and others haven’t/won’t been given any opportunity to excel. For now, I’ve discussed the guys I think can/will take that next step but it’s up to the WWE at this point.

Hope you enjoyed it.

WWE: How I would book Daniel Bryan, John Morrison, and Christian’s 2011 Singles Run

Hello Revolutionaries, I apologize for my unnoticeable absence as I felt it was best that I take a week off from writing to gather ideas and prepare future projects. However, I’m back and I felt that it was best for me to address a recurring trend on current WWE programming. You see, I have a problem with the WWE’s booking direction of three of its most prominent Superstars.

Obviously, I am referring to Daniel Bryan, Christian, and John Morrison.

Unless you’ve decided to strap your viewership of the WWE, avoid social networks like twitter, and ignore your colleagues that are wrestling fans, you’d know that these three WWE Superstars have been reduced to losing a number of matches. While Morrison is in his current position because of obvious reasons, there isn’t a particular explanation for the burials of the American Dragon and Captain Charisma.

With this being said, I feel as if programming (particularly the mid card) would be better in general if the WWE would use these superstars to their potential.

Because of this, I’ve prepared booking plans for each superstar. Simply put, I’m going to dabble in fantasy booking and give readers an idea of how I would’ve booked each superstar going forward.

I’m going to start after WWE Money in the Bank (SummerSlam buildup) and stop at Hell in a Cell. This article will start the series and give readers an idea at what I’m trying to do.

SummerSlam Build/Event

Daniel Bryan: The American Dragon has just won the SmackDown MITB briefcase much to the shock of the IWC/WWE Universe. This is where the WWE should start building towards WrestleMania. Yes, I will retain Bryan’s WrestleMania cash in aspirations. Honestly, I enjoyed the mini feud between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. There wasn’t anything I’d change about the build but I would add a match with Christian and the SummerSlam finish would be slightly altered.

Instead of having Wade Barrett go over clean, I would’ve introduced the briefcase into the occasion. I would introduce the typical inadvertent referee bump with Barrett realizing he has a golden opportunity to defeat Bryan with the briefcase. As Barrett swings the briefcase at Bryan, the Dragon would’ve countered it into the Lebell Lock. Bryan would force Barrett to submit but to no avail because of the ref bump.

As Bryan attempts to awake the referee, Barrett would blind side Bryan with the briefcase before using Wasteland for the win. I want to establish Barrett as a threat but allow him to retain his character through the dirty win.

I want to have the heel win the first match here so I can spark a program that’ll run for months and reinvest some interest in both Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. The MITB briefcase will become a factor at some point but I think you’ll enjoy my continuity of this angle in the next edition.

John Morrison: JoMo returned on the July 25th edition of RAW with an attack on R-Truth. Thing is, for someone who injured your neck (twice) and cost you months off your career, the attack was lackluster. Morrison would still attack Truth but it would get to a point where security would have to intervene for the safety of Truth. Simply put, I would have JoMo introduce a chair while placing Truths head in it.

It would be like the “eye for an eye” saying.

This is where the security comes in and separates Morrison from Truth. To sell the attack, Truth would use a frightened facial expression while JoMo is pulled away. To progress the feud, I would give Morrison some promo time. For this to work, Morrison has to display emotion. JoMo has to display that anger and hatred for R-Truth to a point where fans can feel it.

Morrison would invite Truth to the ring to exact revenge. In typical heel fashion, Morrison’s pleas would go unanswered with Morrison deciding to pursue Truth backstage. Once Morrison gets to the backstage area, I would have Truth attack him from behind. The two would brawl once again with security separating the two before any significant damage to either superstar could occur.

On the following RAW, I would book a tag match with JoMo and Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth. I would have A Ry pin Dolph as Truth and Morrison are on the outside. As Riley celebrates, I’d have Truth blast Riley with his infamous water bottle while Morrison and Truth begin to brawl again. Once again, security would intervene but this time I would introduce Triple H.

Hunter would state his frustration with Truth/Morrison and their constant brawling. He’s going to give both what they want and that’s a singles match at SummerSlam.

At SummerSlam, I would have Morrison seconds away from winning the match with his RKS (Running Knee Strike) only for Truth to avoid it and exit the ring. Morrison would pursue Truth only to be struck with Truth’s water bottle, causing a disqualification win for Morrison. Truth continues to attack JoMo on the outside while Morrison fights back.

The brawl makes it way to the stage where Morrison throws Truth onto the pavement. As Truth is seemingly unconscious, I would have Morrison utilize one of his parkour spots to cause significant damage to Truth. It would have to be something that would absolutely shock the crowd while leaving both incapacitated.

To sell the spot, I would have Truth wheeled out on a stretcher while Morrison refuses and tries to leave the arena on his own.

The reason for this is to establish some toughness/street cred Morrison’s current character is lacking. By having him perform a “dangerous spot” and being able to leave the arena under his own weight would hopefully establish Morrison as tough for the audience kind of like Owen Hart breaking Stone Cold Steve Austin’s neck.

Christian: Captain Charisma is the World Heavyweight Champion after winning the title via disqualification at WWE Money in the Bank. Since the WWE has already established Orton’s anger issues, I would continue that angle with the Viper trying to get his hands on Christian.

Orton would receive his mandatory rematch but the type of match would be decided by Christian/Orton. To make things interesting, I would have both take on face/heels in matches where the superstar who could defeat the opponent faster would win. I want to retain the interest of fans by having Orton/Christian chose the others opponents pick your poison style. Christian would Mark Henry while Randy would choose Sheamus. In the Christian/Sheamus matchup, Sheamus would win by count out as Captain Charisma would walk out. On the other hand, Orton would be moments away from victory with Christian attempting to interfere.

Christian would inadvertently spear Orton after Henry dodges him. The World’s Strongest Man would then crush Christian with the WSS while Orton is stirring on the outside. Orton would announce a No Holds Barred match for SummerSlam while Christian instantly shows sign fear and distraught.

I would then book Christian vs. Sheamus with Orton and Barrett on commentary. I would create conflict at ringside with Christian throwing Daniel Bryan into Orton. Randy would attack Christian which would lead to Christian gaining the DQ victory with Barrett attacking Orton before he can cause any significant damage to Christian.

As Christian slithers out of harm’s way, Orton would RKO Barrett while destroying the equipment at ringside.

On the final SmackDown before SummerSlam, I would book Christian and Cody Rhodes vs. Ezekiel Jackson and Randy Orton. After disposing of Rhodes, Christian would defeat Orton with the Killswitch. As Christian flees with the World Championship, a seething Orton would RKO Rhodes through the announce table.

While Orton decimates Cody, Christian announces a surprise for SummerSlam and assures fans that they don’t want to miss this.

I would book this to give the match a little unpredictability with Christian proving that he can beat Orton.

At SummerSlam, I would keep the Edge/Christian segment intact with Edge walking out on Christian. Towards the end of the matchup, Edge runs down to assist Orton by momentarily distracting Christian. Orton charges at Christian but Captain Charisma avoids contact.

Orton almost strikes Edge but stops only for Christian to roll up Orton with a handful of tights. Christian smirks at Edge while grasping the World Championship.

The reason I went with this strategy is to book a triple threat match at Night of Champions. This will keep SD with compelling programming for a few months and would buy the Creative team more time to create plans for WrestleMania.

You’ll have check out the next installments in this unique series to find out how I would book JoMo, Christian, and Daniel Bryan for NOC and its build that’ll eventually lead towards Hell in a Cell. Who knows, I may push this series to the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 28 if I come up with some compelling programs.

Possible Update on When John Morrison’s WWE Contract is Expiring

Hello Revolutionaries, I’ve got an interesting piece of news that I think you guys will find helpful. I wanted to report it before the dirtsheets found it as we know their tendency to over exaggerate things. For quite some time now, there have been multiple stories stating John Morrison’s intention to leave the WWE once his contract expires in a few months.

Some fans believe the stories while others feel as if Morrison has already resigned. Whatever the case is, Morrison’s booking as of late mimics that of someone preparing to leave the WWE.

If the stories weren’t enough, one of my friends passed along something he found on the WWE Live Tour page. John Morrison is advertised all the way to January 8th. Then, all of a sudden, his advertising stops.

Morrison is still a commodity when it comes to live events as he and Dolph Ziggler have gotten rave reviews for the string of matches for the U.S. Championship.

I’ve come up with two scenarios. One, Morrison has yet to resign and the WWE decided not to advertise him. On the other hand, Morrison really isn’t planning on resigning with the WWE.

I want you guys to take as a grain of salt because I remember CM Punk being in a similar position a few months ago. I also found it strange that Morrison tweeted this three days ago:

“Has anyone heard anything, that, like, might be true?”

This situation is confusing but I’ve also come up with those possible reasons for his weekly burial. One, they’re planning something big for Morrison so they’re tearing him down to build him back up. And obviously, he’s leaving so they’re trying to strip him of the little relevance he had left.

It’s very confusing at this point.

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: 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

WWE RAW Review/Rant: Worst Show Ever? 10/10/11

This isn’t just a RAW review. This is also a RAW rant because of the poor quality of last night’s show. To be honest, I’ve been watching World Wrestling Entertainment since 2001 and I must say, this is the worst RAW I’ve ever watched. Sure, I may be coming off as irrational here but there’s no denying that this RAW absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, unquestionably, SUCKED.

The show unsurprisingly kicked off with a Triple H promo. I have no complaints here as Triple H had to address the live audience and the protest. It wasn’t surprising to see Triple H sticking to his guns and refusing to quite as John Cena sticking with the boss. Sheamus and CM Punk pledged their allegiance to Triple H while the COO got the program rolling with Cena vs. Sheamus with himself acting as the referee.

The most positive thing to come out of this was CM Punk’s commentary.

Before I could enjoy RAW, Mr. McMahon made his return and relieved Triple H of his duties. Yes, Triple H is still the COO but no longer controls RAW. Vince announced that Johnny Ace is the interim General Manager until they could find someone to fit the role.

When McMahon announced that Laurinaitis was the GM, I knew the program and overall quality of RAW was going to rapidly deteriorate.

Johnny Ace is the worst character ever. He is an absolute snore and causes spontaneous nausea whenever he’s on my television. Sure, he can randomly show up and make matches but so can Teddy Long who has a passion for this business and is actually entertaining.

Backstage, Johnny Ace is greeting talent backstage when John Morrison voices his disapproval of Funkman’s promotion to General Manager. JoMo tells Laurinaitis he sucks with Funkman informing Morrison that he has a match. After Morrison leaves, Christian begins kissing Ace’s ass by telling him he should be the permanent GM instead of interim.

Laurinaitis approves of Christian’s comments and informs him that he has a match with John Morrison.

The Christian/JoMo match lasted three minutes and it absolutely sucked. Considering the fact that JoMo and Christian are great workers, this match should’ve been given more time. It sickens me to see what they’ve done with Christian.

Remember when all of those retired WWE Superstars said Christian losing the title in two days was a part of a bigger storyline?

Yes, it was the storyline that saw Christian get buried by Randy Orton in every encounter.

Anyway, Morrison loses the match after Christian’s coalition distracts him long enough for Christian to spear Morrison.  Morrison loses again, assuring every JoMoSapien out there that Morrison is leaving the WWE soon.

The Christian Coalition destroys Morrison, with each utilizing their finisher on the Prince of Parkour.

I’ve said it before, if you’re going to do to this guy, you might as well release him.

He’s just too talented for this crap.

Ace announces Henry vs. Orton when Triple H enters. A short segment with Triple H asking Ace is he ever picked up his teeth with broken fingers.

Mark Henry cuts the same promo he has since winning the championship. A prerecorded message from Orton plays claiming he will have vengeance against Henry.

Next up, we get Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry again. It was a solid match with Orton winning by disqualification after Cody Rhodes attacks him. Henry and Rhodes decimate Orton after the match with Cody bagging Orton at the conclusion. Rhodes vs. Orton would be a great feud if Orton is willing to put Rhodes over.

My problem is, why did Cody attempt the maniacal laugh?

It failed horribly.

Kelly Kelly and Eve beat Tamina and Rosa Mendes in a tag team matchup that Kelly spent the majority of screaming.

Laurinaitis announces John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio at Vengeance for the WWE Championship. I must say, why won’t the WWE take John Cena out of the WWE Title picture? Everything he has done from the moment they announced Cena/Rock to now has been filler and will continue to be until WrestleMania 28.

We just had this match at Night of Champions with Cena easily defeating Del Rio and stripping him of the little relevance he had.

If this wasn’t bad enough, Laurinaitis embarrasses Jim Ross by firing him in his hometown. I find this absolutely ridiculous but not surprising seeing as how the WWE loves to crap on their employees in front of their hometowns.

To be honest, I’d rather listen to a taped recording of Jim Ross than any of those guys on commentary.

RAW suddenly becomes green with Air Boom and Mason Ryan vs. Swiggler and David Otunga. To quote the internet champion, “are you serious bro?”

Mason Ryan pins Dolph Ziggler and is apparently taking the U.S. Title push most IWC members thought belonged to Ryder. The match itself was decent but the most noteworthy portion of it was Evan Bourne seemingly suffering an injury after Jack Swagger botched a power bomb.

There goes two pushes if Bourne suffered a significant injury here.

The WWE network and John Cena’s new movie is plugged.

To be honest, Cena’s movie is actually interesting.

Anyway, we get CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio for the third time on RAW. Typical Punk/Rio matchup Ace interrupting it and announcing the two would face the Awesome Truth.

Yeah, that’s surprising.

It was some decent back and forth actions with Del Rio unsurprisingly abandoning Punk.

Punk’s on the verge of victory until Awesome Truth get themselves disqualified and continue the attack on Punk after the match is over.

Before the duo could cause any significant damage, Triple H runs in and destroys Miz while Punk works over Truth. The two shake hands at the conclusion of RAW with Johnny Ace discussing Triple H and CM Punk vs. Awesome Truth with David Otunga.

Rant

I have never watched a RAW episode as horrible as the one that aired last night. I don’t understand why the WWE sees fit to ruin every interesting storyline they produce. They should’ve continued this “walkout” angle to Survivor Series at the very least. Aside from the first 25 minutes, everything was predictable and quite frankly, boring.

John Laurinaitis assuming the role as Interim GM is absolutely ridiculous. This guy is the worst mic worker I’ve ever watched in my entire life and has no personality whatsoever. He’s the most boring piece of crap to ever bless my television screen since Alberto Del Rio.

I find salvation in the fact that Ace is the interim General Manager and could very well lose the role in no time.

On the other hand, you have a plethora of main event worthy talent complaining about things they partake in on a weekly basis. Didn’t Christian’s coalition walkout because they felt unsafe? They felt that Awesome Truth was capable of attacking them at will.

Thing is, it makes WWE Creative look like morons and the superstars look like hypocrites.

I find it strange that a ton of SmackDown guys were complaining about their treatment on RAW.

Why is John Cena in another title match?

Why are CM Punk and Triple H teaming at Vengeance when they were at teach others throats a few weeks ago?

What happened to the anonymous RAW GM?

Why in the blue hell is Mason Ryan getting a U.S. Title shot instead of Zack Ryder? Obviously, its Vinnie Mac’s bodybuilder fetish making its presence felt again.

In the end, this RAW was bad. It was atrocious and I have a few final thoughts.

For one, I think Laurinaitis is the best thing to happen to RAW; Alberto Del Rio is the most charismatic WWE Champion of all time, I don’t think Vince McMahon has lost his mind, I totally see the appeal of Brodus Clay, Kelly Kelly and the Bella’s really are the best WWE Divas of all time, I think Justin Watry is the best writer on Bleacher Report, and I don’t think I’m the most realistic thing that has ever happened to Twitter, the YWC, the IWC, and especially the Bleacher Report Professional Wrestling Community.

#HEEL

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