The closing segment of last night's show was another Mixed Bag.
Only the appearance of Brock Lesnar at the end of the show saved this from being an utter Sell.
The whole concept of Vince giving Paul Heyman a performance review didn't make sense. As stated on an earlier slide, Heyman supposedly works for CM Punk, not WWE. If that's the case, Vince has no authority to give him a performance review. At best, he could ban Heyman from WWE venues, forcing him to do all of his work with Punk behind the scenes.
The videotape of Heyman interacting with Brad Maddox and The Shield didn't make sense either. During the video, Heyman told the cameraman to shut off the camera. Obviously, he didn't want to be recorded at that time. So, when the cameraman turned the camera back on, wouldn't Heyman have noticed the lens being pointed at him? It's a plot hole big enough to drive a bus through. Sell the lack of logic.
From a purely logistical point of view, the existence of the tape doesn't really make sense either. Sure, Brad Maddox's cameraman could have delivered the video to Vince immediately after taking it (supposedly in Las Vegas), but wouldn't anyone with any sense spend some time verifying the legitimacy of the footage? Apparently, McMahon wouldn't. If he had, he'd certainly have presented this evidence to Heyman. There simply wouldn't have been enough time to do that sort of analysis of the tape and its content. Sell the video evidence.
Another Sell for Heyman's response. There were some high points. Heyman admitting to Vince that he has lied "every day" of his life is good. Everyone knows he's lied. Lying to Vince about the veracity of the taped evidence doesn't make any sense. If it wasn't Heyman on the tape, he would have been outraged, not begging. If it was him, lying about it isn't going to help.
Sell Vince's response to Heyman. As in the opening segment with Punk, it was like Vince was working from a different script from everyone else. He asked Heyman if he lied. Heyman admitted doing so. In a total non-sequitur, Vince responded by asking him if he was an honorable man. He just admitted to lying every day of his life. Then, when Heyman responded that he'd become an honorable man "if that's what it takes," Vince continued to respond as if he hadn't heard him. He ordered a close shot of Heyman's face and asked the crowd if this was an honorable man. Heyman just stated that he wasn't, but would become one. It's true that Vince is getting older, but he should be able to hear the responses of a man standing five inches away.
Enter Lesnar. This is a Buy for a number of reasons.
First of all, the return of Lesnar opens up numerous storylines for WWE. He could feud with HHH. He could go after Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight championship. He would make a great opponent for Ryback or Sheamus or any of the powerful babyfaces on the roster. Lesnar, if working a full-time schedule, adds a killer heel to the roster.
Secondly, Lesnar's return and the videotape presented by McMahon indicate that Heyman may have suddenly formed the best heel stable in professional wrestling since the Four Horsemen. If the storylines hold true, Heyman is now associated with The Shield, Lesnar and CM Punk. There's no telling what havoc he could wreak in the coming months.
Lastly, Lesnar's attack on Vince resulted in a broken pelvis for the WWE Chairman. (At least in a storyline sense.) This should keep Vince off of TV for a while, which is a good thing given his recent performances. It also opens the door for HHH to return to avenge his father-in-law, and solidifies Heyman as a power player.
What were your favorite moments from last night's show? What did you hate? Agree or disagree with this week's Buy or Sell? Speak your mind in the comments section below.