WWE: 10 Things To Look Forward To This Week, 2/14-2/20
In the WWE, the week before a pay-per-view is normally an exciting one, as feuds are built up, twists are added, and the shows do as much as possible to entice viewers to buy their product on the upcoming Sunday. Here are some things to look forward to this week in the WWE, along with some things that I hope will happen in the week.
The Unveiling of The Wrestlemania Host
Wrestlemania will have a special "guest host" this year, and the identity of the guest host is going to be revealed on Monday Night Raw. Most people think that the special guest host is going to be revealed to be The Rock, due to some comments that he made in the last few months that stated he would most likely come back to the WWE in a hosting capacity.
While I would argue that The Rock would be the greatest guest host that Vince McMahon could possibly pick, there are a few others that would do a wonderful job too. I believe that Shawn Michaels would do an excellent job, as well as Chris Jericho. Triple H should also be considered an option to host, as well as *gulp* Justin Bieber. It could even be somebody random as hell, like Drew Carey or Pete Rose.
We'll all find out Monday, and we'll have a month and a half to rejoice or complain about it.
Some Backlash Againt The New Nexus
CM Punk and the New Nexus have recently begun a feud with Randy Orton, but they didn't discriminate last week as they beat up each of CM Punk's elimination chamber opponents (except John Cena).
Normally in wrestling when a faction dominates it's opponents one week, the week after you can generally expect the people they attacked to get some sort of retribution. Hopefully, however, this week the New Nexus will get their hands on John Cena and revenge the embarrassment they suffered to end last week's Raw.
Other than that though, they will probably get their butts handed to them this week.
Michael Cole and The Miz
Michael Cole started out as an annoying goody-two-shoes type that begged you to press the mute button whenever he was talking. Now, I actually look forward to hearing his commentary every week, as strange as that sounds. He is great at building up the Miz and antagonizing Jerry "The King" Lawler.
And speaking of the Miz and The King, this is the last week that they have to build up their feud. And while I doubt that there is another face-to-face promo, there will definitely be some interesting buildup.Maybe they can even work Daniel Bryan (is that his name, Alex Riley?) in there again.
A New Episode of NXT
I am told that even though this show isn't on Sci-Fi anymore, it still airs new episodes on-line. I can't personally confirm this though, mainly because I can't be bothered to get onto my computer and watch it. So um, yeah, this show is probably coming on... I guess.
The 600th Episode Of Friday Night Smackdown
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on August 26, 1999? Since I was ten years old, I was probably playing Magic the Gathering (not ashamed!) or vigorously pondering why so many girls in my class were taller than me.
Also, I might have gotten around to watching the inaugural episode of Friday Night Smackdown. To celebrate Smackdown's 600th episode, both brands will compete on the show and there will be a special 12-man tag team match. An added reason to watch the show that I look forward to watching every single week.
Booker T Will Continue to Learn The Art of Broadcasting
I have rewound Smackdown more times in the past two weeks than I probably ever have before, and each time it has been to try to understand what the hell Booker T is saying. Even when I can understand him, though, he isn't making a whole lot of sense.
As has been the case on Raw as of late, I found myself agreeing with Michael Cole often during last week's show. When Justin Gabriel of The Corey (not a typo, I'll explain later) came out to wrestle Santino last week, Booker T said that he didn't think that Gabriel and Slater were in line for a tag team title shot.
Like Michael Cole said, why wouldn't Gabriel and Slater be in line for a shot at the tag team belts, didn't they just beat the champs? I understand that Booker is just trying to be a face announcer, but come on, he shouldn't say things that are so easily disputed and put down.
I don't believe in giving up on people early though (I thought that Mick Foley was a fantastic announcer and would have been great if given more time), so I look for the 5-Time, 5-Time, 5-time! World Champion to improve every week until he is a serviceable announcer.
The New Faction Continues Its Attempt at Revolution
First things first; What is up with the extra r in The Corre? An attempt at culture, maybe? I don't know. I do know, however, that it looks like they're the freakin Corey. Whatever.
At any rate, the Corey have been booked to look pretty impressive since their debut on Friday nights, as they have even gone so far as to pin the Big Show in a match. I don't remember seeing the Big Show pinned at all last year (I'm sure it happened, it was just so long ago thought that I don't remember it), so when Wade Barrett pinned him two weeks ago, it definitely stood out for me.
They have been running over everyone on Smackdown lately, so i said in the Nexus slide, their enemies will probably get their revenge this week, either on Smackdown or on the pay-per-view.
Drew McIntyre Will Continue to Stand out From The Crowd
I gotta say, I'm developing a huge man-crush on Drew McIntyre. I feel like I could probably write an entire article on the guy, just listing his attributes; he's got that much going for him.
He's Scottish, so he immediately stands out from the crowd due to his accent. He also has the Chosen One moniker, which got him instantly over as a heel.
He's even got somewhat of a sinister appearance; his facial expressions and body language cause him to come across as evil. And as far as his in-ring abilities go, he has all of the tools there, too.
It's not just his aggressiveness and move set, either; there's something about the way he moves that further assures me that he's going to be great one day. Throw in his kick-ass entrance music and affiliation with Kelly Kelly, and there isn't much that McIntyre doesn't have going for him right now.
For me, at least, Drew McIntyre is a pleasure to watch each week.
The Edge, Vickie. and Dolph Saga
Normally I get tired of triangles like this pretty quickly, but this one hasn't gotten boring for me yet. This week's Smackdown will likely feature some controversy over ownership of the World Heavyweight Championship, due to the champion Edge using a banned move to defeat Dolph Ziggler last week.
Plus, who in the IWC doesn't ADORE Vickie Guerrero by now? The woman does an excellent job of inciting boo's from the crowd, and whatever show she is on is always better for her appearance.
Dolph Ziggler has also established himself as a main-eventer due mostly to his association with Vickie, and he and Edge have built up a solid feud.
The Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View
Ah yes, the last pay-per-view before Wrestlemania. The elimination chamber match allows for many different feuds to develop leading up to 'Mania. It also puts several more people into major championship contention, which isn't a bad thing if done correctly. Having two six-person matches on the pay-per-view before Wrestlemania is a very smart move by the WWE, in my opinion. Loooooots of possibilities to ponder...
There will also be a one-on-one match for the WWE title (the World Heavyweight Title is being defended in a chamber match) as the Miz (C) will take on Jerry "The King" Lawler. Not sure what to expect here, as a variety of outcomes and finishes are in play for this one.
Plus, in order to build up interest and shock the WWE Universe, there will almost certainly either be (A) a surprise appearance by a returning or new superstar, or (B) one of the participants in one of the chamber matches will be replaced. Either way, it should be exciting.
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