Column: WWE Week in Review
WWE Week in Review
by Tom Daniels
The post-Summerslam fall-out is settling this week, letting us see where things might be headed for Night of Champions.
1. HISTORY HEALS (HEELS?) ALL WOUNDS
Vince, Stephanie, Triple H and Randy Orton standing side-by-side, arms raised, to close Raw proved the point that time heals all wounds. The insurance settlement between Orton and Triple H must have been settled after their infamous battle at Orton’s house… and all forgotten after Orton won a title at Summerslam previously, only to have Triple H, with Evolution, attack the new champ the next night on Raw. With history like this, one must wonder how long this foursome can play nice.
2. CENA-HATERS REJOICE!
Only in pro wrestling would people take such pleasure in hating a person who gives 100 percent day-in and day-out. He got a spot and took it, like anyone would. Makes more sense to hate the bookers than the wrestler, but hey, what do I know? Well, I know Cena is out to take care of his ailments, for a reported four to six months. But in Cena math, he’ll probably be back in three weeks. My prediction: Royal Rumble 2014!
3. I CAN SEE THE FUTURE
Last week I wrote that if Christian was removed from the World Title picture perhaps RVD would step-up or Ricardo Rodriguez would support a new challenger. Well, heck, combine those ideas and I was right on! A face Ricardo doesn’t seem right, so I predict he realigns himself with Alberto Del Rio at some point, but this should be fun while it lasts.
4. NOW THAT’S A PROMO
The heated exchange between Paul Heyman and C.M. Punk on Raw was perhaps the best I’ve seen. This looks to be a war far, far from over. With a Punk/Curtis Axel match on Raw this week, one must wonder if Brock Lesnar makes an appearance to add fuel to the fire.
5. MY FAVORITE QUOTE
JBL, to the announcers, on Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter being in Anaheim for RAW: “It was nice of Zeb to take these guys to Disneyland.”
6. THE SHIELD DOES WHAT ITS NAME IMPLIES
During the Randy Orton championship coronation on Raw, The Shield served as a shield between their fellow superstars and the McMahon family. This after defeating Dolph Ziggler in one match and Big Show in another. I’ve been worried The Shield will get lost in the fray with the Wyatt Family on the main roster, but Raw put that worry to rest (as did The Main Event). However I’d expect a Shield turn at some point and a feud with the Wyatt Family.
Just the other day I was considering the excitement the return of “El Matador” Tito Santana would have in the WWE. OK, not really, but the Los Matadores seem a little fun. Primo and Epico aren’t the only stars in need of repackaging. Maybe the WWE can continue to take gimmicks from the past and use them with current stars in need of refreshment. Hunico and Camacho (they still under contract?) as The Barbers! JTG is the Junkyard Pup! Curt Hawkins is Tremor… son of Earthquake! Well, maybe not.
8. TAG TEAM TIME?
At times WWE seems to be prepared to amp up the tag division again. The Uso Brothers are enjoying a push, and the Primetime Players seem not too far behind. Swagger and Cesaro have been tagging regularly with Big Show and Mark Henry just starting. Throw in The Shield, Wyatt Family, 3MB and now Los Matadores and perhaps a bit more emphasis on the tag belts is coming.
9. SINS OF MY CARA
I’ve never been a fan of releasing someone while they are injured, however, it is time to let Sin Cara go. Or at least put the mask on someone new. For all the hype, Sin Cara has been a bust. It’s time to move on. Soon.
10. BIG BULLY RYBACK
Are we just waiting to see who finally stands up to Ryback and ends his backstage bullying tactics? Perhaps someone we aren’t expecting?
11. OUT AND ABOUT
The Primetime Players beat Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro on RAW with Darren Young getting a rematch victory over Cesaro on Smackdown. Has his recent coming out created new opportunities for the pair? Will be interesting to see.
12. PREDICTION TIME
If I booked Night of Champions right now: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan; Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam; Shield vs. Mark Henry & Big Show; Dean Ambrose vs. Christian; Curtis Axel vs. C.M. Punk; AJ Lee vs. Natalya.
13. THINGS GETTING BETTER?
Damien Sandow only lost on TV once this week. Things are looking up!
And, in case you missed them… RAW: Cody Rhodes over Damien Sandow… Naomi & Cameron over Layla & AJ Lee… Shield over Dolph Ziggler… Alberto Del Rio over Sin Cara by official decision… Primetime Players over Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro… Shield over Big Show… Bray Wyatt over R-Truth… Uso Brothers over Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal… Miz over Wade Barrett by DQ… MAIN EVENT: Shield over Kofi Kingston & Uso Brothers… AJ Lee over Naomi… Great Khali over Jack Swagger… Bray Wyatt over Justin Gabriel… SUPERSTARS: Kofi Kingston over JTG… Christian over Big E. Langston… NXT: Divas Title Match, AJ Lee over Bayley… Ascension over Ron Hicks & Michael Zaki… C.J. Parker over Baron Corbin… Dolph Ziggler over Alexander Rusev… Two-out-of-three falls, Antonio Cesaro beat Sami Zayn 2-1.