The latest episode of Pancakes and Powerslams highlights the Ryback/Mick Foley confrontation, Cena's involvement, Aces & Eights dominating Impact Wrestling, S.C.U.M's ultimatum to ROH and more. The weekly "Flavor of the Week" random discussion topic talks about whether midcard titles should be unified.
Here are some highlights covered on the show from this past week of wrestling.
On Raw, Paul Heyman's in-ring promo to start off the show was decent, but it didn't really reveal anything that wasn't expected. The match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar should not happen this close to the previous one, but it's the biggest thing that could draw pay-per-view numbers at the time.
Antonio Cesaro continues to be led to the slaughter with this atrocious yodeling gimmick. I'll continue to hold on to the hope that he will win the Money in the Bank briefcase, but every week makes that hope much harder to keep.
The Dolph Ziggler versus Chris Jericho match was very good. The Fandango music distraction was an okay way to cause Jericho to lose, but there is no question that Jericho should win more matches to make the people he put over look stronger.
Kudos to the Undertaker for putting over The Shield. The Shield remains undefeated on television, continuing their dominance as a trio. The only critique I have about the writing is that with their streak—it is virtually a lock that they will win the tag team titles (most likely at Extreme Rules), increasing that level of predictability.
Ryback is officially a heel, as we saw during his segment with Mick Foley. Aggressively telling Foley to shut up and calling the UK crowd "stupid" seems a bit forced, but it is good enough for now. Although Ryback is working as a heel, it is basically for naught, as Extreme Rules will continue his pay-per-view losing streak.
SmackDown was quite lackluster. The tag team main event gave a bit of steam to Big Show and Mark Henry, but it may just lead to the both of them losing at Extreme Rules. Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger have the potential to be a great feud if it wasn't so rushed, as we saw from the match on SmackDown.
Fandango debuts his new finisher against Santino Marella, which is safer than his leg drop.
Impact Wrestling gave us another week of dominance by Aces & Eights. Bischoff/Brisco defeated Kurt Angle, Devon defeated Samoa Joe and both James Storm and Bad Influence were attacked in the main event.
Mickie James defeats Ms. Tessmacher, reviving her tenure in TNA by becoming the No. 1 contender for the Knockouts Championship. She is one of the most accomplished women in the division and would do a good job rebuilding it.
The X Division concept provides good action, but it is quite confusing. Without proper storyline development, these new rules will get old, fast.
The feud between ROH and S.C.U.M. is a very good way to put ROH on the television map again. It seems as if Kevin Steen will make an official face turn as a result of getting jumped by the group that he originated. Steen was a good heel, but he often received more cheers than boos, which is probably why he is turning.
Jay Lethal and Michael Elgin are two good representatives to fend for Nigel McGuinness and ROH. However, it seems inevitable that S.C.U.M. will win at Border Wars, giving Matt Hardy a world title shot and Corino a spot on commentary. Although this is fine, I certainly hope that it doesn't result in one of Team ROH defecting to S.C.U.M. Especially Jay Lethal.
Flavor of the Week: Should the Midcard Titles be Unified?
Simply put—no. If so, it would leave a host of talent with nothing to do, and this is already a problem within the WWE.
Having less titles would only make it worse. Having only one title to vie for amidst all the midcarders (Kingston, Cesaro, Barrett, Ryder, Marella, McGuillicuty, Miz, Riley, and JTG, to list some) would make pay-per-views less interesting, and certainly would decrease wrestlers from having TV time. For more in-depth analysis on this topic, listen to the show below.
Trivia questions that were asked on the show: Dean Malenko was known as the man of how many holds?
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