Friday, November 14, 2008

Two unexpectadly great things happened in wrestling this week

Last night The Motor City Machine Guns cut a promo and I thought Alex Shelley was awesome. Just really great. I'm not a giant TNA guy. I watch it, but I don't follow it very closely - meaning if I miss it, I miss it and I don't really watch their PPVs. So, I haven't really seen much of the Guns. I think Alex Shelley could be a killer heel based on that promo. I rewound it and watched it twice. It wasn't well written (obviously) but Shelley delivered it flawlessly. Chris Sabin on the other hand...Ugh.

The ECW main event pitting Fit Finlay against Matt Hardy for the ECW title was awesome. It's probably TV match of the year. These guys had a real match, you know, a wrestling match. Just a bunch of near falls, a whole lot of finishers and then the two guys shaking hands at the end. Finlay is just so solid and underrated. His style is never going to get super over and he'll never be a world champion, but he's that guy who you can rely on to just kill it in that ring each and every time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Is Christian returning to WWE?

Okay. Christian Cage happens to be one of my favorite professional wrestlers and there is a lot of talk that Cage is done with TNA and is heading back to the WWE very, very soon. In fact, it looks as though he is being written off of TNA television tonight on Impact. According to spoilers the Main Even Mafia are going to "take him out" and banish him from TNA for good.

Take this with a grain of salt as TNA creative is forever keeping tabs on WWE (as well as internet dirt sheets which have been predicting Cage's move as well) and this could all be one big swerve.

However, it is also rumored that Edge's return has been delayed in an effort to have him return with Cage in tow to be the babyface antagonists to the very heel Big Show and Vicki.

I have been a Christian fan for a long time and have called him my favorite wrestler in numerous occasions. I always thought that, although he may not have the "look" and physical size that Edge did, Christian's star always shone brighter when they were a tag team.

Since Christian's departure from WWE, I have called Edge my favorite wrestler. Not because he's on WWE or because I don't follow TNA, I do, it's just no matter how many complaints one may have with WWE creative, they have done a great job with Edge. While TNA (whom I do give kudos to for making Christian a legitimate main eventer - something WWE could never figure out how to do) seems to be pretty much out of ideas for Christian.

Christian's return to the WWE excites me for a number of reasons...

One - there's no question which company is the top company. Say what you will about WWE, but it's the main stage - it's where every performer wants to be and it will be nice to see Christian return with some success.

Two - TNA, as stated earlier, as done a great job of legitimizing Christian as a main event caliber performer and with WWE putting guys like CM Punk, Jeff Hardy and Chris Jericho in their main event picture, it doesn't seem so crazy to think he could have a title run.

Three - Christian's return will do a lot for Edge and the WWE. First, and perhaps most important, it's imperative that WWE figure out a way to add some juice to their tag team picture. Enter Edge and Christian. Arguably one of the greatest teams in WWE history, they could have themselves a great feud with guys like Miz/Morrison and Cody/Ted Jr and even Carlito and Primo. But, even better the return of an old friend can give Edge a new lease on life. While I never gotbored with Edge as a main event heel, it'll be nice to see a different side to him. He's been a heel for a number of years now, so a baby run (even a short one) could do a lot to revitalize the former champ.

Of course, Christian's return is not set in stone but I really hope it happens.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

RAW thoughts

I found the British fans to be a little annoying last night. I'm sorry.

They were so determined to be smart fans in their booing of Dave and especially during the Cena package that it was just so calculated and annoying.

I happen to like both guys, one of them I like a lot. Which begs the question, was Big Dave irreparably hurt by losing the title at RAW last week?

I was all for Dave getting the title. I love Jericho and thought him having the title was a great turn of events, but I didn't think him dropping the belt hurt him all that much.

Having said all this, I admit to marking out huge when Jericho won it back. I think the story is great - it's very "anything can happen in the WWE" which I like. It didn't seem too bad to me that Batista lost the title in a hard fought steel cage match. I like the idea, very much, that these guys are both so good and evenly matched that whoever has the better night can win the title.

If however, this was just a way to put the strap on Cena in two weeks, then I don't love it. To me, it hurts both Jericho and Batista who have been work horses. I've watched Dave do job after job to get to the top of the RAW ladder and Jericho has been, hands down, performer of the year.

Again, I like Cena but he absolutely DOES NOT need the title right off the bat. I'd much rather watch Dave and Jericho continue this feud and luterally trade the title back and forth. I don't know what that leaves Cena to do, but creative can step on it and figure something out. Maybe side with Shane and Vince against, the inevitable, HHH and Stephanie.

But this is all neither here nor there, this is about Dave. Have the fans legitimately turned on Dave because of this short title reign or were they just booing the good guys to be cool? They cheered Santino as well lets not forget.

I hope Dave recovers from this. Maybe, just maybe he can turn heel and be a monster heel champion. That would be great though I'm unsure how his merch sells, which as we all know is the most important thing to Vince.