There has been speculation for years that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin would come out of retirement and have one more match. At WrestleMania would be the perfect calling card for him to have that one last match. At 48 years of age should he really. Think about this, in 2003 his body was telling him to call it a day and he finally did at WrestleMania 19 against The Rock. Why should he really come out of retirement? It wouldn’t be for the money because we all know he is set.
Randy Orton comes down to the ring for Episode 1070. He says that he is owed an apology from everyone that he couldn’t beat the Big Show. He welcomes to the “Authority” down to ringside. They say there can’t be anymore pleased about him retaining the WWE title. Triple H says that he knew what he could be and they needed him to finally reach his potential. Randy said he proved that he is the face of the WWE as Daniel Bryan chants start up. Triple H says the reason they came down to the ring is because it looked like he was going to lose. Randy says that he is the greatest star in the WWE ever and John Cena’s music plays. Cena says that he wants them to listen to this folks and the administration BS like Randy Orton about being confused little boys. He asks who is champion? He wants to cut through the BS and he says it’s time for there be one champion. He challenges right now to a unification match tonight. Stephanie they have been thinking about that possibility. Triple H makes an epic in his term, in three weeks at TLC PPV. They’re going to have a TLC match for both world titles. That’s historic.
The Shield & Real Americans def. Rey Mysterio, Usos, Cody, Goldust
ARs Truth: A good opening match that had an upset with the winners. All men got good time but with their only being Reigns as the last guy he stood out for a reason. He will be someone down the road but right now I’m not sure that time is now.
I just want to come out before I dive into this prediction column and say if WWE expects big numbers from this PPV then they have officially lost their minds. Look just at the card and how they built things up it should be a card that has some good matches but nothing to go out of your way and pay 60-65 bucks for. The build to this PPV has been poor in the nicest terms. On to the card:
WWE Tag Team Title Match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust © Def. the Real Americans in 8:10
AR’s Truth: The match itself was good and a nice touch to change things up from the normal promo. I don’t really think anyone thought Real Americans could really challenge and ultimately beat Rhode Brothers. It was a nice match that did its purpose.
Ryback vs. Great Khali in 3:15
The Ryback character is floating right now and Creative doesn’t know what to do with him right now. He beat Khali but where does he go from here? There is talk of him feuding with Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and/ or The Undertaker. Does he really deserve it? Things need to change for Ryback fast or else he will be a soon to be jobber.
Cameron and Naomi Def. AJ Lee
Short and sweet division match, Naomi got the majority of the offense for the two and it looks like she will be feuding for the title soon. Expect after Survivor Series for all four including Tamina to get their share of in ring time. A nice simply storytelling for a change.
Rey Mysterio and the Uso’s Def. The Shield in 10:35
A fun tag match and it seems we get USO’s Vs. The Shield weekly on both Raw and SmackDown. No complaints here as they always put on good matches that you can rely on. Mysterio didn’t do much but made his presents known. I still think that there big match this Sunday will be match of the night and should be one to remember.
Big Show comes down to the ring, He says he came back to make the “Authority” life a living hell. He says it’s been ten years since he has had the WWE Title. He goes on but is interrupted. Randy Orton says he is finished. Orton says he is all washed up and the only reason he got his job back is because he filed a lawsuit like a coward. Orton says this Sunday he is going to punish him but Big Show says that he is all tough talking up there on the stage but he should come down here. A Raw video of Orton asking the “Authority” confidence and they say there will be no Shield. Big Show says that Orton went to mommy and daddy to many times. Big Show says that Orton should be the faces of the WWE. He says that Orton was all about Randy Orton and he should be those things but he keep waiting for someone to hand it to him. He says that he is all alone and no one will save him. Orton says he will beat Big Show all by himself. Big Show has a video played every time they are alone and what happens. Of course it’s Big Show destroying him every week. Big Show says he is going to take that WWE Title.
Wait, did they just attempt to sell the PPV? Yes they did and it was a nice back and forth promo. Big Show got the better of the two but it still feels like been there and done that. I like the interaction but shouldn’t they have done that a few weeks ago? They did more to sell the PPV there then they have done for what four weeks?
Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler Def. Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow
A nice buffer match that had components of Raw in the mix. Where does Big E. go after this when he retains this Sunday? More importantly where does Axel go from here? Ziggler, Sandow have good matches and expect to see a couple more from them down the road.
Alberto Del Rio does a backstage promo about his match with John Cena at Survivor Series. We get a series of Videos recapping their feud in the past couple weeks.
Hey now, Maybe WWE does listen to the internet audience…. Well it’s a good thought. No Cena on the show but they did sell the PPV the best he could there. Intense but yet boring by ADR.
Daniel Bryan Def. Luke Harper
After the match Harper with a big boot to Bryan and Bray with Rowan attack CM Punk. They roll him into the ring where Harper hits he clothesline. Bray nails Sister Abigail on Bryan and they stack Punk on Bryan. The Wyatt Family stands over them to end SmackDown. “Follow the Buzzards”
A good main event and more building up this match. The way there hyping this match shouldn’t be the main event? Ok so it won’t but still a good way to end the show with the feeling that the Wyatt’s cannot lose Sunday. All three members of the Wyatt Family looked strong and made it feel special.
Overall Rating: They did a better job of selling Survivor Series but at the end of the day it won’t save the buy rates. SmackDown did a has and did tonight a better job selling this PPV. People should give SmackDown a shot as its easier to get through than Raw and its not just for that extra hour. You had some highlight matches to see in the Tag Team Title Match, 6 Man Tag and the main event. Check those out and the Orton – Show segment. I would say positives from this show outweigh the negatives. 6-10 Show rating and a solid go home show for Survivor Series.
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June 27th, 2002. WWE Smackdown was on the air with Kurt Angle in the ring calling out anyone who was willing to take on the “very best in the business”. Inspired by a Vince K. McMahon speech of ruthless aggression, John Cena hit the ring. Throughout the match, he looked impressive. He managed to counter the “Angle Slam” and an ankle lock submission, however eventually he lost to a hard amateur-style pin. Since then, he’s won almost every single championship in WWE. You think with 11+ years of WWE service, he would actually learn how to wrestle!
The November issue of 911Wrestling Magazine is now available. It includes photo galleries of Indy Divas Jessie Belle Smothers, Sassy Stephanie, and Amber O’Neal. This double issue includes covers for Amber O’Neal and Francisco Ciatso.
Articles include Brock Lesnar, Tattoos, CM Punk, Simon Sez and Justin Michaels.
Plus read about wrestling’s new 7 foot Monster.
David Dexter reports that an unauthorized biography of CM Punk has been released today called “Best in the World: The Unauthorized Biography of Phil Brooks”. It’s being promoted as the first of its kind in looking at Punk’s life and career.
Sports Entertainment Publishing said the eBook would be a digital exclusive and would not go to print.
Welcome back everybody to the column that DIDN’T have a season-ending injury in NFL Training Camp- Chair Shots! Now I’m back from vacation, rested and tanned after a few days at the beach, but I did manage to catch a little bit of Monday Night Raw last week. It was a pretty decent show, with Daniel Bryan getting about 40 minutes of wrestling time, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is a topic that’s probably going to split a lot of my readers down the middle. So follow the bouncing ball as I tell you of my jubilation, which was followed week after week with utter indifference.
A look back at the first year of Ring of Honor.
ROH World Championship Scene:
The June 22nd show was dedicated to crowning the first ROH Heavyweight Champion. The tournament involved sixteen men. Spanky, Douglas Williams, Low Ki and Christopher Daniels won their respective semi-final matches which would lead to a 60-minute Ironman match at the July 27th show.