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Was WWE right to finish RAW after Jerry Lawler's heart attack?
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Late September - Former WWE star Matt Hardy
Jerry "The King" Lawler Situation
Monday marked one of the most uncomfortable situations in WWE in recent memory, as long-time commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack while announcing on RAW. It happened in the middle of a tag-team match between The Prime Time Players and Kane and Daniel Bryan, and Lawler was stretchered to the back and eventually taken to a local hospital. The rest of the show went on without commentary, and Lawler luckily appears to be recovering.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was WWE Right to Continue RAW?
The Lawler situation certainly reminded many fans of what happened with Owen Hart at Over The Edge in 1999. Owen famously fell to his death when a stunt went wrong during his entrance and Jim Ross was charged with telling the viewers that he had passed away. The event continued through to its conclusion, however, and many have scolded Vince McMahon over the years for not stopping it.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As much as I understand the comparison to Owen, this was different in that King luckily didn't pass away. Had he been pronounced dead, then I would have been in favor of stopping the show. Things looked very grim at first, but he has pulled through so far, so I can't fault the WWE brass for continuing. Night of Champions is on Sunday and the build had to be finished.
John Cena will be headlining the event, along with CM Punk, and he had yet to address the crowd, so the WWE did what it had to do in terms of soldiering on. It was a good decision to stop the commentary as a nod to Lawler and everything was handled very well.
Had the show ended early then it would have left the fans in the dark with regards to Lawler's condition and it simply would have created even more worry. The RRR panelists usually aren't unanimous, but we all agree that WWE did the right thing.
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Steve Corino Ring of Honor Interview
Ring Rust Radio has had the pleasure of hosting many all-time greats in the wrestling business, but few have had the same enthusiasm and knowledge base as Steve Corino. Not only is he a former ECW heavyweight champion, but he is still going strong at the age of 39 in ROH. Corino has been acting as somewhat of a mentor to Jimmy Jacobs, but they will be teaming up at Death Before Dishonor X on Saturday night.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Steve Corino Become ROH Tag Team Champion?
Corino has never had the opportunity to wrestle for WWE, but he has done it all on the independent scene and doesn't have anything left to prove. Despite that, he has an incredible opportunity to become one half of the ROH Tag Team Champions this weekend. Corino and Jacobs are in the semifinals of the tag-team tournament and they will face the team of Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander for a chance to wrestle for the straps.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
It certainly won't be an easy task, but Corino and Jacobs are definitely in the mix. I favor them to advance to the finals where they will likely take on the Briscoe Brothers, who have won the ROH Tag Team Championships a record seven times.
The Briscoes are favored, but ROH can't go wrong putting the titles on Corino and Jacobs. Corino is a veteran and an absolute pro who is going to give his all in the ring every night and do great work on the mic as well.
Corino and Jacobs are also in a must-win situation, as a loss means that they lose their ROH contracts. Even if Corino comes up short, though, I doubt he'll have any regrets. Corino talked about his desire to be an announcer when the time comes to retire and while we hope that doesn't happen any time soon, RRR is certain that he would excel in such a role.
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TNA No Surrender Thoughts
TNA No Surrender took place at the Impact Zone on Sunday, and although it had its moments, there were plenty of typical mind-boggling TNA decisions as well. The main feature of the night was the conclusion of the Bound For Glory Series tournament as Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Bully Ray and James Storm made up the final four. Jeff Hardy ultimately came out on top and is set to face TNA heavyweight champion Austin Aries at Bound For Glory.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Jeff Hardy the Right Choice to Win the BFG Series?
Hardy was able to outlast Samoa Joe as well as Bully Ray in the finals despite an attack at the hands of Aces and Eights, but whether or not TNA creative made the right decision is open to interpretation.
There is no doubt that Hardy is TNA's most popular and marketable star in terms of regular wrestlers, but he has been at the top of the mountain before and is a face just like Aries, so I'm interested to see how this plays out.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
It's tough to judge the booking decision before we see where it leads, but having Hardy beat Bully Ray was strange to say the least. Bully Ray is the best and most entertaining heel in TNA right now in terms of his character and mic work, and would have definitely had a great feud with Aries.
Also, with Bully Ray recently re-signing with TNA, you would have thought that they might reward him for his hard work by making him No. 1 contender.
Perhaps Bully Ray will be revealed as the leader of Aces and Eights, though, and that will result in his monster push. It's also possible that we'll see Hardy turn heel to add some intrigue to his feud with Aries.
As it stands now, however, I feel like the writers wasted an opportunity. The Bound For Glory Series winner last year was Bobby Roode and he lost to Kurt Angle, and I feel like Hardy will suffer a similar fate this time around.
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