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July 9 - PG Era Fantasy Draft card reveals
Wyatt Family to Debut on Upcoming Raw
Vignettes hyping the Wyatt Family have been airing on WWE programming for the past several weeks and it appears as though the time has finally come for Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to debut. A Wyatt promo actually closed Raw on Monday and the announcers made a point to say that they would be debuting in one week, so there is no question that big things are planned for the up-and-coming stable.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will the Wyatt Family Debut?
Ever since the first Wyatt Family vignette was shown, WWE fans have wondered how the NXT trio might make their presence felt. Now that the date of the group's debut is known, the only question that remains is how the creative team will choose to utilize it. There are countless possibilities and it is truly anyone's guess at this point as the WWE hasn't provided the slightest clue as to which wrestler or wrestlers the Wyatt Family will target.
As excited as many fans seem to be, just as many are likely apprehensive. While the WWE's on-screen product has been excellent recently, it is no secret that the writers have struggled with effectively debuting and using new talent in the past. As committed as the WWE seems to be to the Wyatt Family, the company has to make sure that the triumvirate makes a strong first impression as that can go a long way toward ensuring future success.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
One group that the WWE has treated right is The Shield. The debut of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns came from out of nowhere, but it was effective as they crashed the Survivor Series main event and instantly targeted Ryback. They have been well protected ever since, and even though they lose matches on occasion now, they are still the most dominant group in wrestling. As for the Wyatts, it will be very difficult for them to make a similar impact to The Shield. With Money in the Bank approaching, it wouldn't really make sense for the Wyatts to zero in on a certain competitor.
With that in mind, the Ring Rust Radio crew agreed that Wyatt will likely cut a promo on Raw, but he won't necessarily target someone until the aftermath of Money in the Bank. One feud that a vocal group of fans seems to be pulling for is the Wyatt Family against The Shield, but that will not happen nor should it. Such a feud makes no sense since both groups are heels and one of the groups would have to come out on a losing end. The focus of the Wyatt Family will be Wyatt as a singles wrestler with Harper and Rowan essentially acting as his heavies.
Rumor Mill: Bray Wyatt Teases Debut on Twitter (via Rajah.com)
Vickie Guerrero to Undergo Job Evaluation
Vickie Guerrero has been the managing supervisor of Raw since late last year, but it seems as though her tenure is in danger of coming to an end. Vickie was informed by Stephanie McMahon on the latest edition of Raw that she would have to undergo a formal job evaluation. Stephanie told Vickie that she could potentially be given the full-time general manager position, but she could just as easily be fired if it is determined that she hasn't done an adequate job.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Vickie Be Removed from Power?
This isn't the first time that the WWE has staged a job evaluation for a person in power and it certainly won't be the last either. A.J. Lee was removed from the Raw general manager post the last time it happened, which allowed Vickie to step into her current role. Vickie's performance has come under fire over the past few weeks as she has received conflicting instructions from Stephanie, Vince McMahon and Triple H. It stands to reason that all three of them will have some form of involvement in Vickie's evaluation.
The McMahons and Triple H have been appearing on WWE programming regularly for the past several weeks, and while it has been a nice treat for fans who remember the Attitude Era fondly, many are wondering where the storyline is heading. Perhaps a bit more light will be shed on that during the performance evaluation as another argument among the McMahon trio is essentially guaranteed.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
The WWE can go in any number of directions when it comes to this angle, so there will definitely be a certain amount of intrigue. The RRR panel couldn't come to an agreement on what will happen as everyone seemed to have a different take. If Vickie is fired or reassigned, the main issue relates to who will take over. One possibility that the panel discussed is promoting Brad Maddox to general manager. Vince seemed impressed with him a few weeks ago from a storyline standpoint and from a real-life standpoint, he has the charisma and mic skills necessary to take on a bigger role.
If it isn't Maddox, perhaps Booker T will return after having surgery to take over Raw. He is still technically the SmackDown GM, but he and Teddy Long were at odds and Teddy has been making administrative decisions for the blue brand. Aside from those two options, the McMahons could always decide to keep Vickie in power or they could agree to share power between the three of them. If the latter comes to fruition, look for a match of some kind to happen at SummerSlam or perhaps even Survivor Series to determine one true leader on Raw.
Rumor Mill: Vickie Guerrero's WWE Career in Jeopardy? (via WrestlingNewsWorld.com)
PG Era Fantasy Draft Results
One of the staples of Ring Rust Radio has become our fantasy drafts, which involve us choosing a certain era in wrestling history, drafting wrestlers who competed in that era and putting together fantasy cards involving those wrestlers. We have held drafts for several different eras, but we decided to draft from the current pool of performers.
Current wrestlers in WWE, TNA, ROH, NXT and most major independent companies were eligible to be taken. Brandon Galvin had the first pick and represented TNA. Donald Wood selected second while representing SmackDown. Mike Chiari picked third as Raw. Michael Cahill had the final pick in the first round under the ROH umbrella. The draft proceeded in a serpentine fashion after the first round until all 26 rounds were completed.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Did the Draft Play Out?
After 26 exciting rounds, here is what each Ring Rust Radio panelist came away with in the 2013 PG Era Draft:
Brandon Galvin (TNA)
Samuray del Sol
BLK Jeez/Rashad Cameron
Donald Wood (SmackDown)
Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
Rob Van Dam
Fandango w/ Summer Rae
Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez
Mike Chiari (Raw)
Dolph Ziggler w/ AJ Lee
Michael Cahill (ROH)
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
Big E Langston
Brodus Clay w/ Funkadactyls
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As is always the case with these drafts there was no shortage of great picks, awful picks and general surprises, so it was certainly a fun event to be a part of. The action didn't stop when the draft ended either as there were three trades that could change the complexion of the competition moving forward. SmackDown dealt Seth Rollins and Big Show to ROH for Bray Wyatt and Jimmy Uso. SmackDown then made another deal as it traded Randy Orton and Jay Briscoe to TNA for Triple H and Roderick Strong. SmackDown then flipped Triple H as well as Alberto Del Rio and Matt Morgan for Bully Ray, Devon and Samoa Joe from Raw.
The winner of the draft is certainly debatable, but the even bigger question relates to who will put together the most interesting and entertaining card. Over the next few days, the Ring Rust Radio panelists will rack their respective brains and they will each come up with the best cards they possibly can. Each of us will then provide a write up about our cards, which will be showcased in a separate Bleacher Report article that will allow readers and listeners to vote for which panelist did best.
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Michael Cahill: 280
2. Mike Chiari: 145
3. Donald Wood: 25
4. Brandon Galvin: -40
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