Monday, August 26, 2013

B+ is Bad for Buisness - WWE Raw


Daniel Bryan was "robbed" of the WWE title when Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at SummerSlam. We found out last week that Triple H and the McMahon Family had "best for business" in the cards all along.

This feud marks the beginning of a treacherous few months that the company will have to endure without John Cena. The fact that Triple H and the McMahon Family are directly involved says that they do not trust anyone else as the "Face of the WWE." Although, I have read on other sites that they believe the family involvement could be a precursor to something huge leading up to WrestleMania 30. It could happen. Just remember that we are dealing with Vince McMahon here. While the swerve factor seems to have eluded WWE Creative, anything is possible.

Triple H places Bryan in a gauntlet match against The Shield (
Bryan is placed in a gauntlet match against each member of The Shield, as Triple H looks to stack the deck against the former indy star. Triple H put a hush order on the entire Superstar Roster, threatening termination if anyone speaks out or interferes on Bryan's behalf. The Hounds of Justice are able to run roughshod on Bryan as the roster can only sit there and watch.

Feud Rating: 4 out of 5 Unused Gillette Razors - The development of the feud seems to be progressing nicely, and the only thing we've seen so far from heel Orton is him coming in to pickup scraps. Well played, Randy. 

We switch gears to mention the Cody Rhodes/Damien Sandow debacle. For those that haven't been paying attention, Rhodes and Sandow were a very formidable tag team, but had a falling out when Sandow betrayed Rhodes during July's Money in the Bank pay per view. The feud has escalated to a couple one on one matches between the two, with Rhodes continuing to come out on top. This undoubtedly pins Rhodes as a number one contender whenever Sandow opts to cash in his MITB contract and happens to win. An entertaining feud to say the least, with main event implications.

Feud Rating: 5 out of 5 Sandow-ized briefcases - This is a feud that has been a long time coming. I'll elaborate more on the Smackdown edition later this week. 

Heyman has last licks on Punk, for now.... (
Paul Heyman is one of wresting's most creative minds, and thanks to the 2011 Summer of Punk, he is relevant again. While Heyman stuck by CM Punk's side for the better part of two years, the plot thickened after the MITB event. This feud has a more personal side to it as Punk feels betrayed by Heyman, but he has henchman in the form of Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel doing the heavy lifting for him. I'm personally not a fan of Axel, but that is a whole other topic. The feud continued tonight with Heyman administering a bludgeoning with a kendo stick, along with the aid of Axel. The scenes always seem to end with Heyman having the upper hand, but knowing Punk, this is far from over.

Feud Rating: 4 out of 5 McGillicutty Makeovers - I get why Axel is involved, but really seems out of place in the battle with Punk. 

All in all, the company has done well since the TV-PG era took shape. They are able to maintain great interest in the product, although credit should be given to the die hard fans as well. In a world where the fourth wall seems to be made of papier-mâché, they continue to intrigue.  

Other minor notes from the show:

AJ rips into the cast of Total Divas by claiming she has earned here way instead of being given a TV show. Bravo AJ.

Bray Wyatt can cut a disturbing promo, yet it gathers the interest of the wrestling public. Maybe it'll translate into the ring one day.

Los Matadores are arriving soon. Olé.

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