Just finishing watching WWE RAW here, I’ve sobered up a little, and I had a few thoughts on the show tonight.
Chris Jericho’s new gimmick is awesome. I love what he is doing, it is really hard to honestly go from being a fan favorite to hated heel organically. Jericho has taken all the flash and brash out of his act, and the new character tweak is really fresh. Usually when people go from face to heel, they still cling to their old stuff (Catchphrases, attitude, demeanor) and they never truly get over as bad guys. I look at HHH, Batista, and Shawn Michaels who all did the heel try over the past year. All 3 of them got cheered anyways, and then went back to their old roles. Jericho has cut his hair, changed his ring attire, took the flare out of his entrance, and cuts promos completely differently now. Only one more change left to make, he’s gotta change his entrance music. His music still has the rock star good feelin vibe that he is trying to kill. I don’t know how he should change it, but it’s gotta go, and I love his music. But anyways I finally noticed that the crowds are not cheering for him anymore, and that is truly an awesome feat.
If Matt Stryker is on permanent jobber duty, then why is he getting mic time? They don’t give Super Crazy, Jimmy Wang Yang, and Val Venis mic time anymore now that they are not featured performers. Why does Matt get it? Do they seriously think that he’s actually going to get over with the same song and dance that hasn’t gotten over despite years of trying?
Oh yeah, back to Jericho, they did the right thing putting JBL over and giving him the alone title shot at Summer Slam. Jericho can use this defeat to get more bitter, and let it really build and build as he gets ‘screwed’ out of title shots one time after another, until finally he gets his shot at a big show like Royal Rumble or dare I say it, Wrestlemania. The longer they screw him in the meantime, the better the eventual match will be.
John Cena vs. Batista could go down as one of the best matches on paper that will suck goat balls. I do not want to say that either is a terrible performer, but they both are limited as to what they do. Both guys follow basically the same formula, punch punch punch kick clothesline. This works fine in most of their matches cause they only need to be on offense about 20% of the time, as the heels dominate them for most of the time. However, when they are matched up against each other, somebody is going to have to do a wrestling move somewhere. So unless one of them steps it up and suddenly acquires HHH’s moveset, this is going to be 16 minutes of punch punch punch kick clothesline, while 7 minutes into the match people go and buy hotdogs and use the restroom. I have the solution, and it’s not one that fans are going to like. You have to book this match short, like 8 minutes or less, and make the ending unsatisfying. This will serve to not expose either performer, allow both to retain some heat, and set up a hopefully more satisfying rematch somewhere down the line. Of course this does not actually solve the problem of how to make a good match between these 2, but it does delay the problem til a later time and who knows what will happen between then and now.
I am convinced that the only reason that the Great Khali is getting a title shot against HHH is because HHH thinks that he can be the guy to get a watchable match out of him. Maybe he is that guy, then again maybe Khali will kill him in the ring like he did that guy from his wrestling school. Hope not.
I like Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. alot as performers. But watching their main event match tonight told me that they were not ready to carry the straps. Them losing the titles tonight was for the best. I think that they will rightfully get the titles back, but they are just not main event performers yet, and your tag title holders need to be ready for that main event. But when the champs are in the main event and are almost an after thought, and treated like jobbers, and not able to get their personalities over, that is a problem. Good move getting the titles off of them. They will in future be really good, but they need more time and seasoning to establish themselves and their act before they really should wear those belts again.
I am so very glad to see William Regal on my TV again. He rules, and I hope that his push will continue now that he is back. His heat still seems to be there, if he was to break through and win the title, that would pwn, given time and the right push, he could carry that strap proudly.
Ok, there is probably more, but that is all I got for now.