Anyone else notice that Vince McMahon did not curse at all?
Tonight, we witnessed "Willard Fillmore," Big Van Vader and Big Show striking out against Vinny Mac!
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the top questions going forward.
These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have at it?
I am not a John Laurinaitis fan but enough is enough. How many times can one man’s job be on the line? He has only been in charge for nine months!
Tonight Vince McMahon returned to Raw to give Big Johnny a performance evaluation. That evaluation ended with the agreement that if Big Show lost on Sunday, then Laurinaitis would be fired.
Remember last month when John Laurinaitis’ job was on the line?
Laurinaitis does nothing for me and never has. His character does not have an identity. I do not root for him or against him—I just become annoyed by him.
When McMahon played the role of evil executive, the fans hated him and wanted to see him get what he deserved. Laurinaitis does not invoke those same feelings. Fans just want him off television, period.
If Big Show wins this Sunday, Laurinaitis will keep his job. Again. The fans are caught between rooting for John Cena to overcome all odds yet again, or root for the world’s largest bore, Big Show.
What are you hoping will happen this Sunday?
Yes. Yes he can.
If you were not convinced that Ryback could defeat a man weighing 100 pounds last week, he did so again tonight. In fact he defeated two guys that may have combined at 100 pounds.
Ryback joins the Funkasaurus, Chris Jericho and Tensai in what may be the single worst year ever for debuts and comebacks.
If you want me to take Ryback serious then at least have him defeat jobbers that look like they belong in a wrestling ring. When I see a new superstar beat guys like “Willard Fillmore,” then I start to believe that Ryback cannot handle a match with guys his own size. I get the impression that maybe Ryback is not as good as the WWE wants me to believe he is.
I am a big proponent of building guys up, but only if it's done the right way. Defeating non-wrestlers every week does not make you anymore impressive to the fans. We are smart enough to know that just because you defeat TWO small guys does not make you that much more dangerous.
Does Ryback need to start facing real talent?
I know I did. As soon as Heath Slater started saying it was “his time,” all I wanted was for Vader to show up. The WWE delivered big time.
I first need to acknowledge how great Vader looked. I was pleased to see him do most of his signature moves, minus the moonsault. It was a treat for the fans to watch a guy who was much more talented than the record books will ever show.
Vader was a very talented big man. Although he never won the title in the WWE, he still put on excellent matches and had very memorable feuds. He made a nice impact in his short time in the WWE.
Were you excited to see Vader?
The WWE has been doing a nice job keeping the fans guessing when it comes to AJ. She comes across as psychotic at times, but we are starting to see that she actually just might be clever.
Kane, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have a triple threat match this Sunday with the WWE title up for grabs. AJ has a link to each of the three and is expected to play a part in the outcome of the match.
The question is, what will her role be?
We have seen her obsess over CM Punk over the last few weeks, but the last two weeks she has also concentrated on Kane. Tonight she gave the big red machine a long smooch on the lips right in the middle of a match!
The wild card in all of this is Daniel Bryan. He claims to be immune to her, but is this all a ruse? Is it possible that perhaps she and Bryan are still in cahoots after all?
At this point anything is possible, which makes this the most exciting storyline currently in the WWE. I am unsure of AJ’s role for this Sunday, but I imagine she will help determine who comes out the champion.
Who do you think will be the WWE champion next Monday night?
I sometimes get confused on which one he is.
One thing is for sure though, John Cena has let us know that he IS the underdog in this match. Just like when he went up against Kane, The Rock, Brock Lesnar and John Laurinaitis.
John Cena is one of the 10 most successful guys in the history of the WWE. There is nothing he has not done in the company. Every fan will admit how successful Cena has been whether they like him or not.
Therefore, I find it unfathomable, and borderline insulting, that John Cena has to be the underdog in every single feud he is in.
Cena is not the real problem here. A lot of people get on him, and I admit that I find him very annoying at times. However, the real problem right now is that the WWE has basically recycled the exact same feud every month involving Cena and someone else. The writers are the ones at fault, and it is up to us to stop it.
If we just sit here and accept the same watered down product at every pay-per-view, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. I get criticized occasionally because I disagree with the direction of the WWE. I feel that a fan has the right to disagree with the product if they are not enjoying it. If I accept everything, then I have no right to complain; I would just do whatever the WWE tells me to do like a sheep.
John Cena’s character is stale and we have all heard the arguments for Cena to turn heel. I have never really discussed that because the reality is John Cena simply needs a break. Sometimes simplicity works better than a dramatic character change. This is never going to happen though, because Cena is far too important to the younger audience.
I am just tired of seeing John Cena involved in a meaningless feud with someone. These storylines are just not appealing and I no longer care if Cena wins or loses. Everything Cena has been involved in since the Royal Rumble has just felt forced.
Are you excited about Cena facing the Big Show this Sunday?
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Keep it classic everyone!