This live edition of SmackDown celebrated Independence Day by bringing back the WCW PPV, Great American Bash.
Although it wasn't three hours, a pay-per-view and it didn't have the same caliber as the actual WCW events, overall, it gave us more qualifiers for the Money in the Bank, a very interesting Monday Night Wars statistic and a GM for next week.
Here are this episode's five questions.
I'm not going to hold my breath on this, but we may finally see some progression in Ryback's character. Yes, he went against Camacho at a pay-per-view, and Derrick Bateman on a SmackDown, but hopefully, this match did not happen specifically for the purposes of the Great American Bash theme.
With SummerSlam next month, the perfect idea would be for someone to interfere in one of his matches to start some kind of build. Tensai may be the best choice to do that.
I sure hope so. It just wouldn't make much sense for Cody Rhodes's entrance into the match to be stretched out the way it was for nothing to happen. Especially since his partner at the time—David Otunga—failed to quality.
This could be the start of something well-deserved for Cody Rhodes, and if done right, he can finally have his place as one of the top heels in the company as a main-eventer.
With all the AJ involvement in this feud, it would seem that the MITB PPV will not be the last time we will see these two face each other for the WWE Championship.
However, this angle has been going on a bit too long, and most would not have the same level of interest if AJ was not involved. She most likely will pull a swerve at the PPV, which would add a different element to the angle, but not enough to stretch it out another month.
No matter what happens after Money in the Bank, one thing is for sure—the Divas division must be focused around AJ.
Shortly after Alex Riley split with Miz in 2011, he never recovered. His loses have far outweighed his wins, and it doesn't seem like he will get out of this state anytime soon—if at all.
But why doesn't the WWE give him a chance? He is good on the mic, can wrestle well, has good theme music and still gets pops from the fans. What more do you need?
I honestly think that giving Riley a push would not end up in failure.
Since his involvement in the Kane/Cena/Eve angle in late 2011, Zack Ryder's importance to the WWE Creative team has continued to diminish.
His is still heavily cheered by the fans, the kids love him and his matches are not bad. Still, he has been just about an afterthought for most of 2012.
With him surprisingly winning the Great American Bash battle royal, where nearly half the Superstars who competed have been a world champion, it would be fitting to give him a spot in the World Heavyweight Champion MITB match, and even a decent feud leading up to SummerSlam (seemingly, Damien Sandow will be that person).
Alternative questions this week will be left to you, the reader. Feel free to comment (civilly) below.
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