Hello everyone! Ray here! Here's the format I will be doing here on Bleacher Report really often from now on.
I will be bringing out my personal thoughts on paper, about current events that are occuring in the WWE, whether it be back backstage news or in-ring news.
I will be presenting my personal Point Of View on the topic each slide, so just sit back, and start reading!
Here is the debut of Ray's POV! And yes, I did google "Point of view" and copy the first picture available as my primary photo.
Last Sunday, we experienced the phenomenon that occurs once a year. WrestleMania. See, this is what happens when WWE focuses too much on being an entertainment company, rather than being an actual wrestling company.
We get a four-hour event that has one good match and a couple of unmemorable affairs.
As for WrestleMania XXVII in general, it will probably remembered as a sub-par WrestleMania and even that is only at best.
Besides The Undertaker and Triple H, there really wasn't anything special that was offered at WrestleMania. Cena-Miz did not achieve what it was supposed to, and that was giving Miz the clean win and putting him over.
Not to mention, Rocky had no business interfering DURING the match. Rock Bottom Cena after he lost to the Miz cleanly adds insult to injury.
Orton/Punk wasn't the show-stopper like everybody thought it would be. Rhodes-Mysterio was slow at times. Sheamus-Bryan wasn't even an event on the card.
The eight-man tag team match was a total waste of time. The World Title match was great, however, it was much too short and should have been used to put Del Rio over. Not to mention, it displayed what Vince thinks about the World Heavyweight Championship.
And Snooki was...well, Snooki.
There's no way that I want to be this negative about WWE's flagship extravaganza, but when you pay for roses and they give you crap instead, it's hard not to.
Hopefully next year's WrestleMania will not disappoint.
What can I really say about WrestleMania XXVIII so far? I think Vince just guaranteed himself a million buys for WrestleMania XXVIII by having Rock vs. Cena, is what I think. It'll be the 10-year WrestleMania anniversary of another legendary "Icon vs. Icon" match, none other than Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock.
Obviously, the roles are reversed in this situation, with The Rock taking on Hogan's role to some extent, and Cena taking the role of the young Rock in 2002. It's a dream match for millions, and I'm happy to be seeing it at the grandest stage of them all, instead of SummerSlam or Survivor Series, or even Extreme Rules as some people were suggesting.
Rock/Cena should be in front of 75,000 people in a stadium creating a WrestleMania moment, not in front of 20,000 people.
Hunter vs. The Undertaker already seems to be going to Round 3 in WrestleMania competition. I really hope this won't be the case, as I want some new talent like Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk or Wade Barrett take on the streak if it indeed is Undertaker's last WrestleMania match.
Other matches might include Mysterio-Sin Cara, Edge-Christian and Morrison-Miz. Hopefully this smog of unpredictability of what matches will occur at WrestleMania will clear up around SummerSlam or Money in the Bank time.
Besides that, people should consider that WrestleMania XXVIII is actually not that far away. There's only about 40 SmackDown!/RAW episodes and nine PPVs for the creative team to think out potential WrestleMania matches, and the rest 11 SmackDown!/RAW episodes and two PPVs will be used to build for the matches.
WrestleMania XXVIII is already starting to take shape, and I really admire this advanced planning from the WWE. Should be a good PPV. I'm looking forward to going to the bright sunny beaches of Florida myself.
So, this past Monday night, we were finally introduced to the Mexican sensation known as Mistico. This guy was a bigger draw in Mexico than John Cena was for the United States in 2006 and forward. It just goes to show how big this guy is in Mexico.
I'm very much looking forward to this young man performing this week. We've only seen a couple of glimpses of Sin Cara in the ring, and I can already tell he can out-wrestle anyone else on the roster.
Sin Cara actually got a really decent-sized pop on SmackDown! this week, so he's already getting over which is always a good sign. Hopefully, Sin Cara will get a match with Sheamus or Barrett at Extreme Rules for one of the mid-card titles.
Like I've said, I'm really looking forward to Sin Cara actually having a match. I think Sin Cara's exciting arsenal of moves will be one of the top reasons that people will tune in to watch Monday Night RAW and/or SmackDown!
On our journey to WrestleMania 28, we have about 11 more PPV's to go through. One of them is none other then Extreme Rules. A night where WWE goes Extreme....thus WWE giving it the name Extreme Rules. Man, do I miss Backlash.
Any-hoo, it should be a good PPV regardless. It's really rarely do you see hardcore matches disappoint. Last year's PPV was great and really worth the buy.
There's obviously going to be WrestleMania fallout. Alberto Del Rio is already set to challenge his WrestleMania opponent, Edge, in a Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, a match that I am highly anticipating.
Miz and John Cena will most likely compete in an I Quit Match, or Last Man Standing Match for the WWE title. Orton and Punk will probably be given a brutal stipulation as well.
As for Rhodes/Mysterio, I for see a Mask vs. Mask of some sort coming into fruition. Other then that, I'm predicting Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara in a Triple Threat match for the US title.
As you can see, Extreme Rules is already looking great, and there hasn't even been one episode that had even been building the PPV.
I'm interested to see what Triple H's role will be in the PPV. Hunter is directionless at this point, and it'll be intriguing to see who or what will keep him busy until WrestleMania XXVIII.
Nonetheless, Extreme Rules will be a great PPV, so mark your calender's down for May 1st!
Some interesting news surfaced this week. The creative team and Vince apparently didn't attend the WrestleMania after-party because they were too busy going over RAW scripts. And this would mark the first time this happened.
Vince McMahon is no denying a legend in this industry. Without him, Wrestling would not be as popular as it is today. It would not have gotten main-stream publicity, and arguably, would not have been existent today. But this is just ridiculous Vince.
Creative just spent months on end working their asses off building for WrestleMania and getting the talent on the grandest stage of em' all, and now you want them to work towards next year's WrestleMania.
I'm a believer in taking breaks. When I study, I always do so for an hour after which I take a 15 minute break for a drink, and start studying again. And you know what? It's been scientifically proven that your concentration level and memory storage in your brain increases if you take breaks between work.
If you want the creative team to actually start being more productive, don't give them this much workload Vince. Treat your workers right.
One of the main topics of this week has been WWE taking the "Wrestling" out of their name, and being referred to as mainly an Entertainment company. Good-bye sports entertainment.
Just on a side-note, I found Edge's commentary on this week's SmackDown! absolutely hilarious. Edge kept intentionally spitting out the word "Wrestling" and "Wrestler" after WWE apparently re branded themselves, which resulted in Josh Matthews and Michael Cole being uncomfortable on commentary the entire match. Good stuff.
But really, did this come as a surprise? Vince is hell bent on re branding WWE into something more unique then just "plain" wrestling.
I have absolutely no problem with this change, as long as it doesn't affect the product. As long as their actual wrestling on RAW instead of plain old promos, I'm satisfied.
Vince can rename WWE to whatever he wants, but the product has to stay the same.
And really, even if this change is official, nobody should care. Whenever anyone thinks "WWE", wrestling is the first thing that comes to mind. Entertainment is second to that.
And that's something Vince can never replace, no matter how hard he tries.
I could not be more happier. Triple H is one of the longest running men in this business at this moment. He knows good talent when he see's it.
It was known for ages that Triple H wasn't too big on FCW and WWE's development system. He actually pitched to Vince that "Good ol'" J.R. be head of Talent relations.
If indeed it was Triple H responsible for recommending Sin Cara to Vince, I commend him. This speaks to an extent that Hunter will not just bring big oily muscly men in the WWE, as Vince once did.
I'm very much looking forward to who Hunter brings in next, and how their talent's will be utilized in the WWE.
Hope you enjoyed the debut of Ray's POV everyone! I will have lots of these coming, so stay tuned!
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Until my next installment, this is Ray Samuels signing off!
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