The John Report: The WWE Raw Deal 10/14/13
Live from St. Louis, Missouri (go Rams) this is the Raw Deal for episode #1064. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport.
Raw started with Justin Roberts introducing Shawn Michaels to the ring. No video package or music intro. Michaels is the special guest ref for Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton at Hell in a cell in two weeks. The announcers for the show are Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield and Jerry Lawler.
Michaels mentioned that years ago he trained Daniel Bryan, he doesn't like Randy Orton and he's still best friends with Triple H. Michaels said he respects the competitors and Hell in a Cell (right there in St. Louis) while saying he's glad he's retired right now. He guaranteed us that one man would walk out of Hell in a Cell as the WWE Champion.
Randy Orton's music started up as he walked down to the ring. Orton is from St. Louis, so he got a bigger pop than he might usually get since going heel. Orton mentioned he had a match with The Miz, so he's going to make it quick. Orton said he was born and raised in St. Louis, which got a pop. He claimed that the people of St. Louis aren't all that bright (the crowd booed that of course). Orton claimed that Michaels resents him because he knows that Orton will always be that much better than him. Michaels said he wasn't listening and told him to worry about Bryan. Orton told Michaels he's going to hurt Bryan real bad while Michaels will have to watch it. Orton threatened Michaels by saying he would hurt him if Shawn tried to do some kind of screwjob. Michaels said Orton's not going to intimidate him and said if Orton tried to put his hands on him, Michaels would superkick him. Michaels said he had two words for him. Orton went for RKO, Michaels slipped out and he went for the superkick. Orton went out of the ring.
The Miz attacked Orton in the aisle. He threw him into the security wall. Referees came out to break it up. That set us up for the first match.
Analysis: Good opening promo from Michaels and Orton although it wasn't anything too complicated. Michaels just went over his history with everybody. He made a point to say there would be a new WWE Champion, which is something I think all fans want to see. Orton insulted the people of his hometown to get heat. No surprise there. I liked seeing Miz attack Orton because it was already announced they had a match, so might as well start it off right there.
Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Miz gave Orton a clothesline over the top to the floor. He went for a dropkick outside the ring, but Orton avoided it and gave Miz a clothesline on the floor. Orton threw Miz into the steel steps a couple of times. They went back into the ring, which led to Orton throwing Miz over the top rope to the floor. Miz drove Orton into the ring post. Back in the ring, Miz hit his corner clothesline and then a double axehandle off the top rope. Miz kicked Orton into the hamstring while Orton was in the turnbuckle. He tried to go for a Figure Four Leglock, but Bray Wyatt's logo appeared on the screen. The lights went off. The Wyatt Family was at the top of the ramp. The lights came back on, Orton turned him around, hit the RKO and he won the match after six minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Randy Orton
Analysis: *1/2 There was good intensity in the match. Obviously the finish was the distraction ending costing the babyface the match. I don't like when things like that happen, but at least they turned the lights off so it was more of a distraction than just music. Orton winning was no surprise.
Wyatt had a microphone in hand as he sat in his rocking chair at the top of the ramp. Wyatt said Miz was everything he loathed. He wondered about Miz' obsession with fame. He told Miz he didn't want to see him suffer - he's just going to put him down. "Follow the buzzards."
Analysis: It looks like we're headed towards Wyatt vs. Miz at Hell in a Cell with Wyatt likely going over. Hopefully Wyatt isn't too hurt after suffering some kind of leg injury at a live event on Saturday. If he's hurt then perhaps Harper or Rowan gets the match. Following that feud we'll likely see Kane back to feud with Wyatt around Survivor Series since Kane has finished filming the See No Evil 2 movie.
Fandango and Summer Rae were dancing in the ring as Cole mentioned the pink ring ropes as well as WWE's partnership with Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness month.
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Santino
They worked mostly a comedy match as Santino hit a move that was almost like a Stunner. Hip toss and headbutt by Santino as he pulled out the cobra sleeve from his tights. Summer Rae jumped on the ramp, Fandango moved out of the way and Fandango rolled up Santino to win the match. It went about three minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Fandango
Analysis: * There was nothing to the match. Neither guy really has a story these days. Fandango used to have momentum and used to get a good reaction, but he's just another guy now.
Coming up later is The Shield against Cody Rhodes & Goldust for the tag team titles.
PLUG TIME: I was on the Sharpshooter podcast with the twin brothers Thomas & Aaron Briggs this week. Here's the MP3 download link to it, check out the RSS feed, iTunes or their post on TJRWrestling.com. I was on for over an hour, covered a lot of things from current wrestling topics to some talk about writing online in general. It was one of the best interviews I've been a part of, so please give it a listen and support the Briggs brothers.
In GM Brad Maddox's office, Paul Heyman suggested that Maddox make a handicap match at Hell in a Cell: CM Punk vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel. Maddox didn't think that was fair, so he suggested a Beat The Clock challenge for the show. It will be Ryback vs. R-Truth and CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel. Whoever wins in the faster time gets to pick the stipulation at Hell in a Cell.
The announcers talked about the Big Show related petition started by NXT star Xavier Woods. JBL said he didn't know who Woods was even though JBL is the GM on NXT. Oh well. He's just a heel announcer being a jerk. I wonder if this will lead to Woods debuting on Raw or Smackdown soon because he's been in NXT for over two years.
There was a video package about the "heart and desire" of John Cena. Maybe that guy will be a superstar one day. I guess no Cena on TV for less than two months means that WWE thinks we forget who he is.
Los Matadores made their entrance for a match. El Torito stole the show because he's a midget dressed like a bull.
Analysis: That was not a great block of programming right there.
Los Matadores vs. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre (w/Jinder Mahal)
Normally I write play by play, but it's basically the same match against the same opponents. Los Matadores won after four minutes by pinning Slater.
Winners by pinfall: Los Matadores
Analysis: We get it. They can beat 3MB. Move on from this. Please.
Video package from last Monday when Big Show was fired and he still showed up later in the show. Triple H and Stephanie after the break.
Hunter Hearst Suit McMahon Helmsley Levesque and Stephanie Pantsuit McMahon-Levesque entered the ring for a promo. Those are some long names. Stephanie tried to talk, but the crowd chanted "you got knocked out." Good chant. She mentioned that Big Show struck her husband in the face. Stephanie said they were selling Big Show's house and formally pressing charges on him for trespassing as well as assault. Will they also charge the person that played Big Show's theme song when he was committing this assault? That part of it hurt my head. She spoke about Triple H's credentials by saying, among other things, that he ruled the Attitude Era with an iron fist. She said "Triple H is the WWE."
Analysis: My problem with her speech is she said Show was trespassing yet they played his theme song last week. That's a big logic hole to me. It shouldn't be ignored.
Hunter spoke about being COO of WWE for two years. He claims to have done that for us to ensure that WWE would be here for the future. He became the authority even though he knows that nobody likes the boss. He said every man has his breaking point and he reached his breaking point last week while he lay in the ring knocked out while everybody chanted "yes." Loud "yes" chants to piss him off. Hunter said he guesses they're just villains after all they've done. "Want me to be the bad guy? Fine I'll be the bad guy. And I'll give you something like you have never seen before." He went on a rant about how Big Show will grovel at his feet to avoid incarceration or financial rant. Anybody that defies them will beg to keep their job. Anybody who thought the word "yes" should start to pray as of right now. Crowd chanted "yes" for that to piss him off.
Daniel Bryan entered the arena to a thunderous ovation. As he tried to make his way down the ramp, Alberto Del Rio attacked him from behind. He knocked Bryan down and destroyed him with a side kick to the head. Stephanie said Del Rio would face Bryan later in the show. Hunter chanted "yes" to that while the crowd reacted with a "no" of course.
Analysis: I liked that Triple H promo. He basically stated that he's going to be more ruthless in his authoritative role, so it was another way of saying he'll be even more of a heel. It seems like "The Authority" will become a thing for them now in terms of the name they will be called.
Ryback was shown walking backstage with Paul Heyman.
R-Truth was in the ring for his match as they replayed Del Rio's attack on Bryan.
Beat the Clock: Ryback (w/Paul Heyman) vs. R-Truth
R-Truth walked out of the ring as a way to piss off Ryback so the clock would run up. Truth avoided Ryback for the first minute of the match before hitting him with a jumping sidekick. Ryback caught up to him outside the ring with a forearm to the back. There was a "Goldberg" chant as Ryback hit a splash and Lawler mentioned the chant by also plugging the Goldberg DVD that WWE released. Fans were bored (as was I) so they chanted for JBL and for Jerry as well. Truth made a comeback with a low dropkick and a DDT. Another dropkick got a two count for Truth at the five minute mark. "Walrus" chant for Heyman. Missile dropkick for Truth got a two count. Truth went for an Axe Kick, Ryback moved out of the way and Ryback hit Shell Shock for the win at the 5:44 mark.
Winner by pinfall: Ryback
Analysis: * They got more time than expected because of the Beat the Clock stipulation. If it was just a regular match it would have been a quicker and more decisive Ryback win. The match was boring and the fans didn't care. Truth isn't seen as a credible star anymore.
Tag title match coming up later.
Backstage, Stephanie walked up to Brie & Nikki Bella as she congratulated Brie on her engagement with Daniel Bryan. She mentioned Bryan chanting "yes" at the fallen Triple H last week even though he's hurt now because of Del Rio. She told Brie she would face Tamina without Nikki at ringside while AJ Lee will be in Tamina's corner.
Analysis: So Brie won't have Nikki, who is basically useless, in her corner.
There was a "30 Years of WrestleMania" video for the WWE 2K14 video game that comes out next month. Lawler called it the best video game ever. He's professional at shilling.
Tons of Funk made their entrance before the break. I groaned. I also realized that if I ever apply to work for WWE I should pitch ideas for more dancing fight guys and more midgets on the show.
Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Tensai & Brodus Clay (w/Naomi & Cameron)
Here is this week's "let's do a match where Cesaro does the swing on a big guy" match. Tensai dominated early, but Swagger clipped him in the knee to take control for his team. There was a shot of the cheerleaders at ringside. I have nothing else to write because this is so boring with a dead crowd. The heels double teamed Tensai in their corner with Cesaro hitting a double foot stomp. I'm sitting here thinking "just get to the swing" because that's all that matters here. Cesaro hit an impressive gutwrench suplex on Tensai for two. Tensai finally broke free to tag in Clay. Clay knocked down both guys and hit an overhead belly to belly on Cesaro followed by a corner splash. Fisherman's suplex by Clay (Cole called it a T-Bone for some reason) for two as Swagger broke it up. Clay threw him outside the ring. Cesaro came back with an uppercut and then he hit the Neutralizer on Clay. That's impressive. He covered for the win after six minutes.
Winners by pinfall: Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro
Analysis: * This Tons of Funk team gets no reaction once the dancing stops. Fans only care about that and nothing else at this point. Good win for the Real Americans with a memorable spot to win the match.
Post match, Cesaro wanted to do the swing on Clay. Tensai tried making the save, so Swagger beat him down. Cesaro did the Cesaro Swing on Tensai. I counted only three revolutions. Still pretty good.
Analysis: Only a matter of time until Cesaro goes babyface. I don't think the whole team will turn face, but Cesaro's swing is popular enough that I can see him going face in the near future.
Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio coming up later.
There was a video with Titus O'Neil, Layla & Lilian Garcia talking about loved ones affected by cancer. Go to Komen.org/WWE for more info.
Tamina Snuka (w/AJ Lee) vs. Brie Bella
Brie was aggressive early on as she took out Tamina with a dive off the apron onto Tamina on the floor. Tamina was able to take advantage by throwing Brie into the apron. Back in the ring, Brie hit a sloppy rolling leg lock that was supposed to be a single leg crab, but didn't really look like it. Tamina regained control and did a chinlock as the crowd went mild. Suplex by Tamina got two. Brie came back with a dropkick off the middle rope and another dropkick. Running knee to the face by Brie followed by a second one. She wanted an X-Factor off the middle rope, but Tamina landed on her feet and knocked Brie down with a big boot to the face. That was enough to win the match after five minutes.
Winner by pinfall: Tamina Snuka
Analysis: 1/2* Not a good match. Hard to watch at times because there wasn't much chemistry. Brie's not over. The "chick that is engaged to a top guy" gimmick isn't much. She was a bitch for years. Now she's a smiling face and nobody cares.
Post match, Tamina gave Brie a Samoan Drop and a shoulderbreaker. She followed that up with a top rope Superfly splash that did not look good at all. She took that bump on her knees too much. It looked sloppy. AJ went into the ring and applied the Black Widow submission on Brie. She yelled at her to tap as officials tried to pry her off. The useless Bella aka Nikki came down to check on her sister.
Analysis: The post match attack was better than the match. That's because I didn't have to hear Brie's yelling offense that she did to try to wake up the crowd. It's not a bad crowd. They just didn't care about Brie despite the sympathy angle she's part of.
In the office, Stephanie and Brad Maddox were watching the Goldberg DVD when Daniel Bryan walked into the room. He was angry. She told Bryan not to blame Stephanie for what happened to Brie and asked him if he had a fiancée to attend to. Bryan left.
Analysis: I wonder if Bryan picked up a box of "Jujyfruit" before he went to visit his fiancée. I need to use more Seinfeld references in my writing to get me through these three hour shows.
Beat the Clock: CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman)
The time to beat for CM Punk is 5:44. The announcers talked about the strategy by Axel whether he should try to beat Punk or just survive in order to help his buddy Ryback. Axel hit a running snapmare like his father used to do. Punk made a comeback with a cross body block, but Axel took him down with a clothesline. Backbreaker by Axel followed by a missed elbow drop. Punk hit his running knee in the corner and a clothesline for two as we hit the 2:30 mark. Flying elbow off the top by Punk got a two count. Swinging neckbreaker by Axel for two. Axel gave Punk a clothesline to the back for two as we have 1:00 minute left on the clock. Perfectplex by Axel for two. Punk got an inside cradle for two. Roundhouse kick by Punk. GTS by Punk and the one, two, three with :11 left on the clock so his time was 5:32.
Winner by pinfall: CM Punk
Analysis: *1/2 I like the "Beat the Clock" stipulation. It's fun to see if a guy will get the pin before the clock runs out. I don't want to see that stipulation too often. It's good to see once in a while, though. I doubt anybody thought Axel would win the match or that Punk would be unable to beat the clock. It was kind of like a Bond flick earlier with the heel Heyman already saying his plan before it actually happened.
Post match, Punk sucked up to the St. Louis crowd by telling Heyman that the fun was just starting. Heyman went to the ramp. Punk said he learned from watching Heyman. He said they would have a handicap match at Hell in a Cell: Ryback & Paul Heyman vs. CM Punk. The match will also be inside Hell in a Cell. The fans liked that.
Analysis: The Punk vs. Ryback match was changed to a handicap match so Punk can get his hands on Heyman. Hopefully it's the end of this angle with Punk winning the match and dropping Heyman with a GTS. I like that there is now a second Hell in a Cell match at the PPV instead of just one. Hopefully it enhances the matchup. It would be fun if Punk was able to get Ryback out of the cage and leave Heyman alone with him.
Bryan vs. Del Rio after the break.
Bryan was in the ring for the match. Del Rio entered second.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan
This is not for Del Rio's World Title. Bryan hit a running knee to the stomach early on. Suplex by Del Rio followed a chinlock. Bryan with a belly to back suplex. Bryan missed a roundhouse kick, so Del Rio dropped him with the Backstabber. Bryan came back with a series of kicks in the corner and then Del Rio moved when Bryan went for a running dropkick. Bryan was down as they went to break. No vintage floor to commercial break.
Back from break, Bryan missed a top rope headbutt as Del Rio was in control once again. Bryan wanted the Yes Lock, but Del Rio got to the ropes before he could lock it on. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio stalled for a long time, so Bryan came back with a running clothesline to knock him down. Armbreaker by Del Rio for two. Missile dropkick by Del Rio for two. Del Rio missed a running enziguiri in the corner as both guys were down. The crowd fired back up with Bryan on offense with his barrage of kicks and a running clothesline. Bryan hit a running dropkick in the corner followed by a Frankensteiner off the top for two. Del Rio missed a charge, so he went to the floor and Bryan hit the Flying Goat dive outside the ring. Back in the ring, Bryan hit a missile dropkick off the top rope. Suddenly, Randy Orton appeared on the screen. He said he was going to check on Bryan's sweet fiancée as he entered the trainer's room. The Bella Twins screamed as he shut the door. The scream was pretty comical more than anything. Del Rio rolled up Bryan for a two count. Del Rio decked him with a kick. Bryan avoided a Del Rio attack and kicked him in the head. Bryan ran up the ramp to check on his fiancée Brie backstage. Del Rio won the match via countout as the bell rang to end it.
Winner by pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Analysis: **3/4 It was a good match between two of the top performers, but it wasn't at the kind of pace that I would have liked. The crowd wasn't into all of it for that reason. Maybe they're just sick of Del Rio. I don't know. They showed more fire later in the match when Bryan made his comeback. The lack of a true finish hurt it obviously, but it was all part of the story.
Bryan made his way to the trainer's room. When he got in there Orton was gone as the trainer was there with the Bella Twins. He asked them where Orton was. Orton showed up to attack Bryan from behind. He threw Bryan into some kind of aluminum tub. Referees showed up to prevent more of an attack. Brie checked on Daniel as the segment ended.
Analysis: Good heel attack by Orton. Bad acting by the Bellas. Like usual. And where was John Cena to save his girlfriend Nikki? At home with his cars and money. He's just a terrible boyfriend.
The three members of The Shield were in the office with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Hunter made their tag title match a No Disqualification matchup. The Shield guys left, so Stephanie kissed Hunter. Time to make baby number four? Three girls so far. Go for a boy. But don't show that on television.
There was another video package about John Cena as they focused on his rehab from torn triceps surgery. There were some small videos that Cena shot showing his rehab. He said he'll come back even stronger than he was before. October 27 he's back for Hell in a Cell against Alberto Del Rio for the World Title.
Analysis: Some would say his time is now. Perhaps he should sing a song about that.
Goldust made his entrance followed by his brother Cody Rhodes. I think Cody needs a new theme song as a babyface. The "whoa whoa" thing doesn't work as well as a face. Maybe that's just me.
This coming Friday on Smackdown, CM Punk will be making a rare appearances. Last week's Smackdown really lacked star power so that's no surprise.
The Shield made their entrance for the main event. Cole mentioned the Usos did a promo on the App talking about how the Usos are the #1 contenders for the tag titles, so they are just going to watch this one to see who they might face in the future. The match got the full in-ring Justin Roberts introduction.
WWE Tag Team Championships (No DQ Match): Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (w/Dean Ambrose) vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust
My immediate thought with the "no disqualification" stipulation is why doesn't Ambrose just go in the ring to make it a 3 on 2 type of matchup? They can't get disqualified. Also why do teams need to follow traditional tag rules if you can't get disqualified? I'm being picky by saying that. It's just something I would think as a fan watching this. If you're going to make it No DQ it might as well be tornado rules to make everything legal. Dropkick by Cody got a two count on Rollins. Ambrose tripped up Cody and Reigns decked him right in front of the ref, so there was some nice cheating. The heels isolated Rhodes in their corner as Rollins hit a back suplex. Cody was able to get the tag to Goldust, who unloaded on Rollins with a back body drop. He hit a bulldog on Rollins for two. Goldust missed a charge as Rollins ducked and Goldust went to the floor. There's the vintage floor to commercial break.
Back from break, the champs isolated Goldust in their corner. Goldust got a backslide for two, but Rollins came back with a clothesline for two. Reigns put Goldust in a chinlock as the crowd tried to rally behind the Golden One. Back elbow off the middle ropes by Goldust. Rollins tagged in and knocked Rhodes off the apron. Goldust hit a powerslam on Rollins. Cody received the hot tag as Reigns tagged in also. Cody hit an uppercut and sent Reigns in the turnbuckle. Top rope moonsault press by Cody on Reigns for two. Disaster Kick by Cody to Ambrose just because he was on the apron for it. Springboard missile dropkick by Rhodes for two as Rollins broke it up. Goldust brawled with Rollins on the floor. Cody wanted Cross Rhodes and there was Ambrose to break it up. It broke down finally.
The Shield dumped Goldust outside the ring. Goldust entered with a steel chair. He hit Reigns in the back with it and hit the other two as well. It was all legal as JBL pointed out. Goldust and Reigns were alone in the ring with the chair. Goldust ducked an attack only to hit a cross body block into Reigns while he was holding the chair. That was a cool spot. Rollins launched Rhodes into the barricade outside the ring. Ouch. In ring, atomic drop by Goldust on Reigns and Rollins. Clothesline sent Rollins outside the ring while Goldust hit a clothesline on Reigns that sent both of them outside the ring. Ambrose attacked Goldust on the floor. They did the big spot on the floor with Reigns destroying Goldust with a spear through the barricade near the timekeeper's area. That was an awesome spot too. The crowd was really hot by this point. Ambrose put Cody into the ring. He went to help Reigns up when all of a sudden the crowd popped because the Big Show showed up through the crowd. Remember he's "fired" even though no security members tried to even stop him. He just entered the ringside area like that. He knocked out Ambrose outside the ring. Crowd loved it. He knocked out Rollins outside the ring. The crowd loved that too. Reigns leaned over the middle rope and Show knocked him out. Cody covered Reigns to win the match as Cody & Goldust became the new tag team champions after 20 minutes of action.
Winners by pinfall and NEW Tag Team Champions: Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Analysis: ***3/4 That was a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time a tag team title match main evented Raw. It was nice to see something like that. It took a while to get to the point in the match where the heels cheated blatantly, but I'm glad they booked it that way because logically that makes sense. Heels are supposed to bend the rules and be smart about it. I still think tornado rules could have been better for the match. Anyway, they did a lot of exciting spots in the last seven minutes or so. The crowd absolutely loved it. Big Show's arrival drew one of the biggest reactions of his career, which is proof that this angle is definitely working. I'm particularly happy for Goldust, who worked hard to overcome an addiction and then a shoulder surgery. Now he's in his early 40s, main eventing Raw (who would have predicted that) and putting on great matches in the main event.
Post match, Triple H went into the ring. He was furious. Show exited through the crowd and did "yes" chants with the fans. Triple H was angry in the ring as Cody & Goldust celebrated with the tag titles. Raw ended like that.
Analysis: Like I said there's a logic hole because Show just walked into the ringside area and punched three guys in the face. If somebody was really fired then technically there should be security guys there to stop him. My guess is that Vince McMahon has secretly hired Show back without Triple H and Stephanie knowing, which will be the way they bring Vince into the story as a babyface. If that doesn't happen then they really need to do a good job of explaining why Big Show was allowed to be out there at all. Then again, nobody in wrestling believes in firing angles. That's why WWE needs to stop doing firing angles. We get them too often and they don't mean anything at this point.
It seems like they're building to some kind of Big Show vs. Triple H match in the near future. It could be Survivor Series or some other point down the road. Perhaps they will be on opposite teams at Survivor Series.
Three Stars of the Show
1. Cody Rhodes
3. (tie) Seth Rollins
3. (tie) Roman Reigns
6 out of 10
Last week: 5
2013 Average: 5.81
2013 High: 8.5 (August 27)
2013 Low: 3.5 (January 28)
Last 5 Weeks: 5, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 6
The main event really saved this show because everything leading up to it was pretty average or significantly below average. There was so much filler. I wish the midcard was booked better in terms of creating storylines for those characters because Hell in a Cell's lineup is going to have a weak midcard again although better than the last two PPVs.
I'm sure some fans will wonder why they did the title switch on Raw instead of Hell in a Cell, but I don't mind it too much. This show really needed it. I'm not sure what they could have done in the main event to give it a hot ending like that. I really don't have a problem with how it ended.
The "Beat the Clock" angle with Punk and Ryback was okay. Like I said earlier I don't mind seeing that concept used once in a while.
I'm tired of Triple H and Stephanie being on the show too much, but at least there was something at the end to piss off Triple H.
I was a bit disappointed that Michaels didn't interact with Orton and Bryan at the same time. Perhaps next week. It would be cool to see Michaels put over Bryan because of their history. They haven't even been on TV together since HBK has been announced as ref, which I think is a mistake. Bryan's over with the fans obviously, but getting that endorsement from HBK would help too.
The positive thing is that Hell in a Cell will likely be a better show than Night of Champions and Battleground. At least WWE has some momentum back.
I was on the Sharpshooter podcast with the twin brothers Thomas & Aaron Briggs this week. Here's the MP3 download link to it, check out the RSS feed, iTunes or their post on TJRWrestling.com. I was on for over an hour, covered a lot of things from current wrestling topics to some talk about writing online in general. It was one of the best interviews I've been a part of, so please give it a listen and support the Briggs brothers.
TJR Radio is back after a one month break with a show on Tuesday at 10pmET. The link for that is here and I'll also link to it in Wednesday Headlines on TJRWrestling.com and you can get it on iTunes as well.
Lastly, if you're fan of my annual roster evaluation column I'm not going to do it this year. The WWE roster is too damn big. I have another idea in mind for early November, so hopefully you enjoy that one. Don't worry. I'll keep writing. You keep reading.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
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