Top 5 Questions Going Forward After Raw
Was anyone else surprised to see girls wearing bikinis? I know I was.
Tonight, we witnessed Psycho Sid, "Vicki Power," and the return of Chris Jericho.
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?
Is Having Only Former WWE Champions in the MITB Match a Mistake?
It was announced tonight that the 2012 Money in the Bank match for the WWE championship will only have former champions compete in the match. The four competitors that have been announced were Big Show, John Cena, Chris Jericho and Kane.
I guess the WWE should just cut anyone over the age of 30 from the roster.
This move makes absolutely no sense for a couple of reasons. I will start with the obvious one, which is the fact that this only holds back young stars further.
Money in the Bank has always been a great pay-per-view for emerging stars. CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan were up-and-coming stars who won the match and have gone on to have success at varying levels.
A lot of the current stars that the WWE relies on are older. It boggles my mind when the WWE makes decisions like this because they only continue to hurt the future.
In addition to holding back younger stars, this match has an issue in terms of high-flying ability. None of these men, including an aging Chris Jericho, will be able to do much that will take our breath away. The pace will probably be sluggish, especially for the two big men.
Sadly this also takes Kane out of his current feud involving CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and AJ. I found Kane to be an interesting piece to the feud because it is much more unpredictable when a rivalry involves three men instead of just two.
The other question I have is if this match is only going to involve four men or not. Typically these matches have eight competitors, and I am not sure there are eight former WWE champions on the roster right now.
Do you like the fact that this match will only be involving former champions?
What Will Brock Lesnar’s Answer Be Next Week?
Next week Brock Lesnar will answer Triple H’s SummerSlam challenge.
I think it is inevitable that Brock will accept. The WWE is doing everything they can to build SummerSlam into the second biggest PPV of the year. Having two big names like Lesnar and Triple H going at it would obviously increase buys.
The problem is that the match does little except make SummerSlam seem important. In actuality, all the match offers are two part-time wrestlers who are both past their WWE primes. If this match was 10 years ago, I would get excited.
The WWE would rather use part-time stars to main event pay-per-views instead of building the permanent stars of tomorrow.
There is one very appealing dynamic in the Triple H-Brock Lesnar match: who wins? Both are coming off losses, so it will be interesting to see who ultimately wins.
Do you believe Brock Lesnar will accept Triple H’s challenge next week?
How Bad Did You Mark out for Sid?
I spilled my glass of milk and screamed like a five-year-old. As soon as I heard Heath Slater say “I rule the world,” I knew it was only a matter of time!
Who’s the man? Who is the true ruler of the world?
I thought Vader’s appearance would be hard to top but the WWE surpassed that tonight with Sid’s appearance. He certainly looks older, but I still felt the intensity as he walked down the ramp.
Sid is someone who will never be considered one of the all-time greats, but his legacy in the WWE will be everlasting. He filled a necessary void in the WWE during his prime, as he was unpredictable both as a heel and a face.
I will remember Sid as the guy who competed with Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker and held his own. This was my favorite time in the WWE because all four of those guys were popular and you honestly never knew who would come out the victor.
Sid probably never got as much credit as he deserved, but this fan will always respect him for his accomplishments.
Were you excited to see the return of Psycho Sid?
Should the WWE Push AJ to Diva's Champion?
I would argue that the most intriguing superstar in the WWE is AJ. The girl’s smirk generates a unique blend of confusion and excitement all in one motion. All she has to do is skip around the ring and everyone is suddenly on their feet.
Tonight AJ won a Diva’s battle royale and even proceeded to toss out the current champion, Layla. It caused me to pause and wonder if it would be a good thing to give AJ the title.
The Diva’s division is an absolute wreck. Although Beth Phoenix and Layla are competent champions, I believe the crowd would really get behind AJ. This could be the move that would actually garner interest back to the failing division.
In order for this to work, though, she would have to continue to be clever and unpredictable. I would also want to see her winning matches on a regular basis as well as continue to play parts in various feuds and storylines.
When was the last time a woman in the WWE intrigued us as much as AJ? The WWE would be fools not to capitalize on her popularity.
Would the Diva’s division be more exciting if AJ was the champion?
Should CM Punk Face Daniel Bryan for a Third Consecutive Time?
With Kane moving into the Money in the Bank ladder match, Daniel Bryan will be facing CM Punk for the WWE championship for a third consecutive time.
Bryan has lost both of his matches against Punk with the WWE title on the line. As much as I enjoy their matches and chemistry, my attention is beginning to falter. If not for AJ I do not think many fans would even care about this feud.
With the rumor that the WWE wants John Cena and Punk to face off at SummerSlam it would seem that Daniel Bryan would lose for a third time to Punk. At that point I am not sure how Daniel Bryan would be able to redeem himself.
In fact the only way for this feud to remain exhilarating would be for Daniel Bryan to win at Money in the Bank. It could revive the WWE title scene if Punk cashed in his rematch clause at SummerSlam and John Cena used his inevitable ladder match win to enter the match as well.
I am confident in Cena, Punk and Bryan putting on a very good match, and if AJ continues her unpredictable behavior, then this would have all the makings of a great PPV.
Are you still interested in seeing CM Punk and Daniel Bryan fight for the WWE title?
Let me know below and make sure to list any questions that came to mind for you after Raw. Also remember to follow me on Twitter @ClassicJoeyMac.
Keep it classic everyone!