WWE: April Begins Return to Glory?
This April we wrestling fans were given almost everything. From Wrestlemania 25 to Backlash, from the WWE's Draft to CM Punk's Money in the Bank eruption last night (it was taped on Tuesday), it's truly been a banner month.
Here's a list of the highs and lows for April—a month that may be remembered for starting the WWE's rebuilding process.
Thumbs Up: Singles Matches Featuring John Morrison
This has been one great month to be John Morrison. Just consider his rivalries with Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, and R-Truth. He's shown that he can hang with some of the more athletically gifted stars in the WWE, and his match with Evan Bourne was nothing short of ECW match of the year.
Thumbs Up: John Morrison Going Face
Chris Jericho makes everyone he works with better. It's hard to believe, but Morrison is only about 70 percent as good as he can be. Jericho will push him to his limits, and—no pun intended—"break the walls down," allowing Morrison to hit superstardom.
Morrison had reached his ceiling as a heel and needed a new direction if he was ever going to reach true championship level. Going face allows Morrison to join the upper echelon of the WWE.
Right now Jericho is the most hated star on the roster due to his habit of destroying legends. Edge pointedly called it "messing with senior citizens."
John Morrison doesn't sport a pair of Depends undergarments, and Jericho doesn't scare him. This should be good and could be another potential match of the year featuring the "A-List Superstar."
A match between Morrison and Edge would be a sight that most people in the wrestling world only get to see on a video game.
Morrison is asserting that he doesn't want to be the new HBK, or Bret Hart, or Jericho, but wants to keep being the first coming of John Morrison.
Thumbs Down: Wrestlemania 25
I said it. The WWE Divas battle royal was so unspectacular that they didn't even give the Divas proper entrances. No introductions, nothing worth watching. It looked more like a befuddled mess than an actual match.
John Morrison and the Miz vs. Carlito and Primo for the unified tag team titles was a dark match, and the whole setup of Wrestlemania looked less realistic than in years previous.
It took a lot to make Wrestlemania bad, and the WWE went all out to make a $200 ticket feel like a colossal waste of money.
Thumbs Up: The Draft
MVP is on Raw, where he's being groomed as heir to the world title; ECW managed to get slightly better, and Smackdown won the lottery.
John Morrison vs Jericho, CM Punk vs Umaga, Rey Mysterio's imminent feud with Dolph Ziggler, and no Vickie Guerrero—Smackdown certainly benefited from the draft.
Raw gets to see the feud between John Cena and Big Show, MVP gets a new outlook on life, and Maryse gets to do battle with Mickie James.
ECW got DH Smith and Tyson Kidd as the New Hart Foundation, assuming Smith doesn't get busted for steroids again.
Thumbs Up: Using Mid-card Talent and Youth Correctly
Dolph Ziggler made an impression by getting a non-title win over MVP, the Miz was brash about challenging Cena, MVP and John Morrison are being groomed for superstardom, and we finally saw Jack Swagger's growing pains.
Tyson Kidd has had an intriguing mini-feud with Finlay, which I expect to lead to Sheamus O'Shaunessy (find out more about this here).
It's going to be interesting to see how some of this stacks up, and if it can lead to growth of the product which right now is below average for WWE standards.
So, what do you guys think?
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