Hey peeps, it’s me, Christian Michael and I’m back with another edition of the WWE Week in Review. I know I sound like a broken record, but my apologies for being inconsistent with this column. My new job has been killing me and I’m in the middle of working 11 straight 10 hour shifts but enough about me. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was awesome. I really liked that we got a true bad ass fight between the Turtles and Shredder. Oh, wait, this is wrestling. If you want to chat about the Heroes in a Half Shell hit me up on Twitter. Now, it’s time for the WWE Week in Review.
WWE Terminates Alberto Del Rio.
This came as a surprise. WWE released the former Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank Winner earlier in the week. The word on the street is that the former multiple time World Champion wasn’t let go because of WWE’s budget cuts but because he was involved in a physical altercation with another WWE employee. Some reports say Del Rio was provoked because the slappee was making racist comments about Del Rio and Alberto had heard enough.
If you ask me, slapping a guy especially in a wrestling company shouldn’t be grounds for termination especially if the guy was being a racist jackass. If Del Rio beat the guy to a bloody pulp that is a different story but from all accounts that didn’t happen. Del Rio probably made a good deal of money being a top star in Mexico before coming to WWE. So, it wasn’t like he signed cheap. With him floundering around lately and WWE looking to shed money they were probably looking for anything to get rid of someone and Del Rio put the bullet in their gun.
As a fan it sucks because I actually liked Del Rio. Not so much since they turned him face and took away Ricardo Rodriguez but his initial heel run was very entertaining and he was a guy that you could count on to give you a quality, professional match. Looks like Sheamus will have to find another opponent to main event SmackDown with 31 times over the course of a year.
The Hulkster returns to RAW tomorrow night.
Some of you may not care but as a lifelong Hulkamaniac I am excited to see Hulk Hogan on RAW tomorrow. The appearance is to celebrate Hulk’s 61st birthday. Hopefully it won’t be a show long thing like they did with The Rock’s birthday a few years ago. I love The Rock but geez that was too much.
The big thing being teased by Hulk on Twitter is a possible nWo reunion. That would be pretty cool for nostalgia’s sake but I wasn’t the biggest nWo Hogan fan so it won’t be that important for me. I’d rather see him in the red and yellow coming out to Real American and cupping the ear. That’s the Hulkster I love.
We’ve seen Kevin Nash in WWE a couple of times back in 2011 but we haven’t seen Scott Hall in a WWE ring since the nWo version of WWE faded out in 2002. Hopefully Scott will have his head on straight and entertain the fans like only he can. Hogan also teased that the nWo would have something in store for The Authority. I’, not sure what they could do there considering Hogan, Hall and Nash probably aren’t in wrestling shape but if they get into it with Triple H and company it might be good TV.
Dolph Ziggler pins Randy Orton last night.
The main event of a House Show in Abbotsford, Canada last night was Dolph Ziggler taking on Randy Orton. You’d expect going in that they’d have a good, competitive match but after 15-20 Orton would hit the RKO and that would be all. Except that’s not what happened. Orton hit the RKO and Dolph kicked out of the pin and went on to win with the Zig Zag. Clean and in the middle of the ring. If the finish saw Roman Reigns run down and Spear Orton and then Ziggler pinned him for the win it wouldn’t be a big deal. The fact that Ziggler won the match clean has to be considered a surprise.
I know we’ve been conditioner not to pay attention to the results of a House Show. The babyface usually goes over especially in the Main Event to send the fans home happen. The exceptions to the rule are if it’s a title match and the heel is the champion or the heel is the decidedly bigger star than the babyface. Let’s face it, Orton is a much bigger star than Ziggler. At SummerSlam, Orton is involved in the second biggest men’s program while Ziggler is chilling in the mid-card with The Miz.
You can tell how out of the loop I’ve been when I’m breaking down House Show matches but this could mean something or it could mean absolutely nothing. You know me, I’m a Ziggler fan and think he’s one of the best workers in the company. He never got a real run towards the top of the card and he really deserves one. This could be WWE testing out fan reactions and seeing if they want Ziggler in the Main Event or it could be that it’s a House Show, the babyface won to close out the night not shut up you doofus.
That’s going to be it from me. The only WWE I’ve watched this week is The Authority mentioning that the WWE Network costs only $9.99 about 999 times to open RAW this past Monday. I don’t really like commenting on things I haven’t seen and that’s also why I’m not going to give out any awards this week. It’s weird that I haven’t watched one single wrestling match this week. That may be a first for me. That’s what happens when you get old and have responsibilities. Oh well. Have a good week and I’ll see you for the TJR SummerSlam preview this weekend.
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