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May 14 - Indy wrestling star Sami Callihan
June 25 - WCW/ECW Match Madness
July 2 - PG Era Fantasy Draft
Brock Lesnar Destroys Triple H's Office
There wasn't a ton of action on the most recent edition of Raw, but the WWE made sure to deliver one intriguing segment. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman "invaded" the WWE's Stamford, Conn., headquarters and made their way up to Triple H's office. Lesnar proceeded to destroy The Game's office in an effort to make a statement, as Lesnar and Triple H are set to do battle in a steel cage at Extreme Rules.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Good Was This Segment?
This particular segment was much different than what most fans have grown accustomed to. Rather than it being a high-quality production, Heyman taped it himself and narrated everything that happened. He ridiculed the Extreme Rules poster featuring Sheamus as well as the Andre the Giant statue in the lobby. He and Lesnar then took an elevator up to Triple H's floor. While waiting, Heyman hilariously whistled Fandango's theme song.
Heyman made fun of various employees along the way before he and Lesnar finally made it to Triple H's office. Lesnar took a sledgehammer off Triple H's wall and used it to destroy his desk. Lesnar then threw various things against the wall, including a flat-screen television. It was a great way to make Lesnar look like a legitimate monster without even having him lay a finger on Triple H.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Any time the WWE does something creative like this, it deserves some credit. The WWE promoted the segment on its website and on Twitter throughout the day on Monday and then delivered with something that was highly entertaining. Most people could probably watch Lesnar destroy things all day, so it was a pretty cool scene to watch. There are likely some viewers out there who wished that they could do the same to their boss's office as well, so it was appealing in that manner, too.
Since Lesnar and Triple H have already had two matches and brawled on various other occasions, something new and different needed to be done. Both Lesnar and Triple H looked good as Lesnar decimated the office and Triple H responded with a promo. There is now just one week left to build toward Lesnar vs. Triple H, so the WWE effectively built a bridge between now and the pay-per-view.
Rumor Mill: WWE Subtly Teased Rock vs. Brock Last Week (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
May Match Madness Results
After the success of Ring Rust Radio's Mark Madness tournament to determine the best wrestler of all time, we came up with the idea to craft a tournament that would decide once and for all which match is the greatest in WWE history. The process of choosing the matches for the bracket was long, arduous and heated, but the RRR panel managed to come to an agreement, and it led to a spirited debate on this week's show.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Is the Greatest WWE Match of All Time?
It's certainly possible that someone could poll 100 different wrestling fans and receive 100 different answers to this question, but Ring Rust Radio aimed to settle on a single match. The Final Four came down to The Undertaker vs. Mankind at King of the Ring 1998, Bret Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13, Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy "Macho Man" Savage at WrestleMania III and Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at Badd Blood 1997.
You can't go wrong with any of those matches, but only one of them could win. Hart vs. Austin beat Taker vs. Mankind and Michaels vs. Taker upset Steamboat vs. Savage as a No. 6 seed. The submission match between Hart and Austin was ultimately chosen as the winner and greatest match in WWE history. Austin was also dubbed the greatest wrestler of all time through Mark Madness, so it has been a clean sweep for the Texas Rattlesnake thus far.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Although arguments can be made for a number of different matches, it's tough to go against Hart vs. Austin. Not only was it a fantastic match due to the blend of technical wrestling and all-out brawling, but it meant a great deal to the wrestling business.
Hart famously won the bout despite the fact that Austin refused to submit to the Sharpshooter. Austin passed out due to pain and blood loss, but he earned the respect of the fans. Hart attacked Austin after the match, which resulted in him turning heel and Austin turning face.
Austin soon became the biggest star in wrestling and helped usher in the Attitude Era. There are few matches out there that mix in-ring excellence and overall importance like Hart vs. Austin at WrestleMania 13 did.
With that said, the fact that it was in the same region as Michaels vs. Taker at WrestleMania XV may have robbed us of an epic final clash. I consider them to be the two best matches in WWE history, and it's probably a bit unfair that they had to square off in the Elite Eight.
May Match Madness Bracket: Check it out here.
Sting Becomes No. 1 Contender for TNA World Title
Matt Morgan has been asking Hulk Hogan for a shot at Bully Ray and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for weeks and Hogan finally gave him an answer on Impact. Rather than handing the title opportunity to Morgan, he booked Sting vs. Morgan for the No. 1 contendership as the main event. Sting ultimately won the clunky affair by executing the Scorpion Death Lock and forcing Morgan to pass out.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This a Smart Move on TNA's Part?
With Jeff Hardy on the shelf and very few other wrestlers in the world title discussion, TNA didn't have many options when it came to the No. 1 contender.
Sting obviously has the name recognition and has been battling Aces & Eights since the beginning, but he is no longer a full-time wrestler and it's hard to believe that he could possibly win the title. The only explanation is that TNA is potentially saving Morgan vs. Bully Ray for some time down the road.
TNA didn't do Morgan any favors by having him lose cleanly to Sting, though. Morgan is a seven-foot monster who is supposed to be viewed as a top guy, but it's hard to take him seriously after he lost to an old guy like Sting.
TNA should have either handed Sting the No. 1 contendership right off the bat or made Morgan look better in that match. As it stands now, it will be very difficult for him to regain any sense of legitimacy moving forward.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
While Donald Wood likes to compare this match to Bret Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13, the fact of the matter is that it was nothing like that. Perhaps it will lead to a Morgan face turn, but Sting won't be turning heel.
Also, Austin was a rising star at the time of that match, while Morgan has been given the ball in the past and failed to get over. This match ultimately helped nobody and it resulted in Sting getting yet another title shot for no apparent reason.
It also seems to open the door for Hogan to return to the ring at some point. We have said for months that Hogan and Bully Ray will eventually wrestle for the world title and it seems like a major possibility right now. Provided Sting and Morgan are unable to capture the title from Bully Ray, look for the 59-year-old Hogan to face Bully Ray and beat him as well.
TNA may think that it's great for business, but it would simply make an even bigger mockery out of the company.
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Michael Cahill: 105
2. Mike Chiari: 45
3. Brandon Galvin: 15
4. Donald Wood: -10
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