WWE Week in Review: All Rhodes lead to redemption?
by Tom Daniels
As the Night of Champions looms closer, let’s take a look at the past week…
1. BACK TO MIDNIGHT?
Well, Triple H fired Cody Rhodes last week, this we know. And Goldust is scheduled for Raw this week. I predict the following: Cody is Goldust or Cody takes a page out of dear old dad’s book and returns as The Midnight Rider II, or some other such guise. Daniel Bryan needs a buddy, because…
2. THE ODDS ARE AGAINST HIM
Daniel Bryan can’t stand up to Randy Orton, Triple H and The Shield all alone. Orton again got the best of him this week. With the Big Show’s hands tied, I’m not sure who will join Bryan in his fight. A masked gimmick like mentioned in #1 could be fun as different wrestlers pass the mask around so they can stand up to Triple H and avoid being fired, too! (The Shield is starting to remind me of the Four Horseman, I’m having NWA on the brain with all that’s going on!) And maybe now that’s he unemployed, Shane McMahon will return to feud with his brother-in-law? Lots of intrigue coming up!
3. FUZZY, REAL FUZZY, MATH
Stephanie McMahon claimed to the Big Show that she looked up to him since she was 12 last week on Raw. For those keeping score at home the Big Show is 41 and Stephanie is 36, meaning (and why didn’t they promote this???) the Big Show was signed at the latest when he was just 17 years old! So he’s been in WWE since 1989? My head hurts! At least we learned more about that “ironclad contract.”
4. DIVA TIME
With the addition of another one or two established Divas, we’d again have a roster worth watching. A.J. Lee is on fire right now in her battle with the other Divas. I’d like to see a Diva renaissance ASAP.
5. THE CURSE CONTINUES
Damien Sandow continues to be winless on Raw and Smackdown since winning Money in the Bank. It sort of diminishes his role as a title contender, but hey, anything can happen!
6. JAMAICAN ME CRAZY!
Oops, Kofi Kingston isn’t Jamaican anymore. He did score a nice win over Curtis Axel that might help elevate him on the roster. Kofi is a great talent who can mix it up with the best of them.
7. BACK ON TRACK
Also nice to see Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger pick up a victory over the recently successful Uso Brothers. I still say a hot tag division is returning!
8. SUCH A PUNK
The Bryan/Orton war is entertaining for sure, but CM Punk and Paul Heyman’s issue is good enough to last until Wrestlemania. The dynamic is fresh and brewing hatred feels real. Heyman will need another guy or two to keep this going, but I for one would be happy to see this brew through the winter.
Now, in case you missed anything this week: RAW: Miz over Fandango… Ryback over Dolph Ziggler… Primetime Players over Jinder Mahal & Heath Slater… Randy Orton over Cody Rhodes… Naomi, Brie Bella and Natalya wrestled to a no contest… Rob Van Dam over Damien Sandow… Daniel Bryan over Big Show by DQ… SUPERSTARS: R-Truth over Drew McIntyre… Curtis Axel over Kofi Kingston… MAIN EVENT: Fandango over Justin Gabriel… R-Truth over Damien Sandow… Luke Harper & Eric Rowan over Primetime Players… NXT: Charlotte & Bayley over Aksana & Alicia Fox… Corey Graves over Rick Victor… Alexander Rusev over Mason Ryan… Jack Swagger over Sami Zayn… SMACKDOWN: Randy Orton over RVD… Ryback over Dolph Ziggler… Kofi Kingston over Curtis Axel… Naomi and Brie Bella to a no-contest… Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro over the Uso Brothers… Big Show over 3MB… Daniel Bryan over Roman Reigns.