For as much as we criticize WWE for a lot of the decisions that are made, when you really look at the way things play out, it usually ends well.
With a few notable exceptions here and there, nothing that WWE does is so egregious that you can't think of a rational reason to play it out that way. The company is far from perfect, so it is not above criticism.
Criticism is a good thing in wrestling. It is easy to just turn a blind eye and let Vince McMahon get away with a lot of things, but that would just be wrestling fans shutting off their brains for the sake of shutting down.
We want the arguments and criticisms to come, which is why these news, notes and rumors feature all sorts of projection and opinions.
CM PUNK GETS ANGRY WHEN YOU QUESTION BLOOD
One of the more noteworthy moments of the year occurred on Monday, as CM Punk actually started bleeding during his cage match with Jerry Lawler. Reports came out after the match that it had to be a blade job, but the WWE champion disputed them because, well, he is a worker extraordinaire.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Did Punk blade or not?
Our Take: Whenever Punk says something on Twitter that is wrestling related, I tend to immediately think the opposite. He is extremely entertaining, but he also falls into that category of people, like Chris Jericho, who will work fans whenever they can.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Stapled Heads
Regardless of how it happened, it still made the match feel different than anything else you will see on normal WWE television. By taking the blood away from the shows, you make it that much more special on the rare occasions it does make an appearance—see: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar.
MICK FOLEY AND TRIPLE H REALLY ARE BFF'S
Since the Internet also seemed to create the rumors of Mick Foley and Triple H having heat, it is time for someone to put that talk to rest. It turns out, Foley was the first to speak up on the subject, praising Triple H and talking about everything he has lined up for WWE in the future.
Question on Everybody's Mind: So everyone is friends with everyone else?
Our Take: Of course. This is professional wrestling we are talking about, there is no backstabbing that goes on in this sport. Truth be told, I don't think Foley wants to be on the road every week for Raw and/or SmackDown. He has money and, as he says, plenty of other things going on.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Internet Feuds
At least Foley is a good sport about everything. Even if he does have heat with Triple H, the odds of him perpetuating that through the media seem slim. He has never been a vindictive person, except when WCW told everyone that he was winning the title and everyone switched their sets to Raw. That is still his proudest achievement.
Triple H Shuts Down Foley (Wrestling Observer h/t What Culture)
RIC FLAIR AS DOLPH'S MENTOR?
Even though Ric Flair is reportedly free to sign with WWE, the company still hasn't inked a deal with the Hall of Famer. However, that is not preventing the creative team from at least kicking the tires on ideas for him should something come up. Reportedly, one idea has him taking over as the manager/mentor for Dolph Ziggler.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Would that tandem work?
Our Take: Say it in your best Daniel Bryan voice: YES! Flair is exactly the kind of person someone like Ziggler should be working with. All due respect to Vickie Guerrero, who does good work in the role she is asked to do, but Flair would give Ziggler a little more credibility.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Dream Alliances
Aligning Flair with Ziggler would be a start, but WWE has to show an actual interest in pushing Ziggler to the top. Having him wrestle Sheamus every week is nice. It would be even better if he actually got a win a couple times a month to let everyone know he is more than a jobber.
Latest on Ric Flair (Wrestling Observer h/t B/R)
STEVE AUSTIN'S MAJOR KNEE SURGERY
A few weeks ago, Austin mentioned that he had knee surgery, which is why he wasn't able to attend Raw 1,000. Now, according to a report, we know the extent of the injury. He apparently blew out his ACL and PCL and is going through a lot of physical therapy to get back to his old self.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How will Austin's knee surgery change WWE plans?
Our Take: Odds are good it won't. You could easily see the direction WWE was going for next year's WrestleMania the day after this year's event. With Rock and Brock Lesnar, Austin would be pushed down a little bit, which does not make any sense.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Injured Hall of Famers
The best bet for Austin to wrestle one more match would appear to be WrestleMania 30, though there are no guarantees of that. Hopefully it happens, because it is sad to think he got such an unceremonious exit in 2003 vs. The Rock.
Latest On Austin's Health (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)
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