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Vince McMahon Saves the Day Again
With RAW's ratings reaching a yearly low last week, the WWE realized it was time to break out the heavy artillery.
Chairman Vince McMahon was advertised all week to appear and deliver a state of the WWE address, but he did much more than that. In a scene that seemed to be straight out of the Attitude Era, the boss did battle with WWE champion CM Punk, reminiscent of some of his tilts with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Vince Hang Around as an On-Screen Character?
Since RAW's ratings were reportedly way up this week, it begs the question of whether or not Vince will consider remaining on WWE programming for the time being. Since he delivered Punk an ultimatum with regards to facing either John Cena or Ryback at Hell in a Cell, I'm guessing that we'll see him next week at the very least.
Whether that leads to McMahon becoming a full-time authority figure once again is a different story, though. Based on how well this week's RAW was received, however, it would obviously be a positive move for the product.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As much as we all like to see Vince or anyone from the McMahon family on WWE programming, this just doesn't seem like something that is going to be permanent. This isn't the first time that Vince has been brought back as a quick fix, and although his appearance was fantastic, it is only going to have a band-aid effect when it comes to the ratings.
With RAW going head-to-head with Monday Night Football for the next few months, super high ratings just aren't sustainable. With all of that said, I would fully support McMahon coming back for the long haul because he proved on Monday that he still has the "it" factor. Unfortunately, we only got a taste of McMahon's return to prominence and I believe that's all we'll get.
Rumor Mill: Vince McMahon Makes Major Creative Shakeups (via NoDQ.com)
The Great John Cena or Ryback Debate
John Cena made his return to RAW this past Monday after a week away from the hustle and bustle of WWE, but he clearly wasn't the same.
Cena cut a long, meandering, senseless promo at the start of the show and appeared near the end as he threw CM Punk back into the ring when he was trying to escape Ryback. Cena was clearly favoring his arm, though, so his status for Hell in a Cell is still very much in the air.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will CM Punk Face at Hell in a Cell?
After Punk's street fight with Vince McMahon, the WWE Chairman gave his champion a week to decide whether he would face Cena or Ryback at Hell in a Cell.
This was overshadowed by Punk backhanding a fan in the face, but this was truly the most important part of RAW. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that if Cena is ready, then he'll be facing Punk, otherwise Ryback will be pressed into action.
It's impossible to know what is going to happen for sure without having inside information regarding Cena's recovery timetable from elbow surgery, but that obviously isn't going to stop me from speculating.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Cena once tore a pectoral muscle, which was an injury that was supposed to keep him out of action for up to a year, but he was able to return in three months and win the Royal Rumble.
Every injury is obviously independent from past ones, but Cena is a quick healer and he will do absolutely everything in his power to be ready by Hell in a Cell because he realizes that the pay-per-view's buy rate depends on his participation.
I like the way that Punk was given a choice between Cena and Ryback because it gives the WWE an out in case Cena isn't ready, but it would be a shame if the company had to rush Ryback into such a big spot.
Ryback has been getting some great reactions as of late, but he is green in the ring, nonexistent on the mic and has never been in such an important position. Ryback is little more than a backup plan and I hope the WWE doesn't have to utilize it.
Rumor Mill: John Cena's Hell in a Cell Availability Still Uncertain (via NoDQ.com)
It is often said that Bound For Glory is essentially TNA's equivalent to WrestleMania, but it is just a few days away and it feels like TNA has missed many opportunities. Matches like Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy and James Storm vs. Bobby Roode should seem like a big deal, but they don't, and there simply isn't any time left for TNA to rectify the situation.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Bad Has the Build Toward Bound For Glory Been?
I'm admittedly a much bigger fan of WWE than I am TNA, but I'm not shy when it comes to criticizing WWE for doing a poor job building toward pay-per-views.
With that in mind, WWE would never botch the build toward WrestleMania like TNA has done with Bound For Glory. Everything TNA does for months in advance should happen with an eye toward this event, but I don't believe that has been the case.
TNA has been so caught up in the Aces and Eights storyline that it has let other areas of the card suffer and there are suddenly only two matches tops with any sort of meaning behind them. If every match is well wrestled then perhaps Bound For Glory can avoid being a major bust, but there is no margin for error.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
There are honestly so many problems with TNA's build that it's difficult to address all of them. The biggest issue is the way the main event between Aries and Hardy has been buried, though.
Hardy won the Bound For Glory Series, which took up months of TNA's programming, but it doesn't feel like he is receiving the push that should go with it. In fact, both Aries and Hardy lost to Bully Ray in a triple threat match, which is ludicrous when you consider that they'll be main-eventing Bound For Glory.
Also, instead of focusing on the heat between Storm and Roode, TNA is hoping for cheap publicity in the form of King Mo. The only issue, however, is that I'm pretty sure not even MMA fans care about King Mo.
On top of that, the Aces and Eights storyline jumped the shark long ago and it has gotten to the point where it's ridiculous. There isn't a lot to be excited about when it comes to Bound For Glory, and TNA can't blame anyone but itself.
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