I'm very sorry to say that this installment of this seemingly well-received series is so untimely but, truth be told, there was nothing worth the attention really and no form of motivation truly existed to prompt me to finish it. I have been extremely busy the past few weeks and for those of you looking out for it, I'm sorry.
Even worse is the fact that, due to the lack of entertainment in March, I have purposely cut the awards in half in a sad attempt to just get things over with. March itself was an extremely slow month and, to top things off, WrestleMania 27 was not any motivation at all to wrap up March's material, and you'd clearly understand why. But here we are, and the 20-day delay is over.
I'd appreciate it greatly if you bear with me on this, and I hope you enjoy this month's issue of the achievements because this may just be the "WrestleMania 27" of the monthly series. Hopefully, things get back on track with April's month.
Raw: March 28th
The Undertaker - One, Triple H - None.
On the very last Raw of the month, there was finally some real substance added to the renewed rivalry of Triple H and The Undertaker. Not only were they face-to-face in the very same ring for the first time since their epic first encounter in February, but Shawn Michaels made a surprising appearance as well.
From the moment the first of the three began speaking, there was no doubt that any viewer at home dared not change the channel. All three megastars spoke, and every single person listened. In the end, The Undertaker would show exactly why he is revered as one of the most psychologically adept superstars of the WWE, as he basically "owned" both Shawn Michaels and Triple H just by speaking.
For the umpteenth time, Shawn Michaels has further developed his character, while simultaneously adding something very different to his relationship with Triple H on-screen. Triple H has a rough time this time around storyline-wise; we learned that he has always admired The Undertaker, and I'm curious to see where this goes. Obviously, there are several different outlines one can come up for this story, but in the end it'll just rely on the fact that the WWE creative can only take one route—but which will they choose?
Either way, it will be something of sheer interest as this in-ring promo single-handedly gave the match the type of feel it should have had from the very beginning. This gem of a promo was just excellent, and it deservedly gets itself the achievement award for Best Promo of March.
Smackdown: March 18th
Christian vs Alberto Del Rio [Steel Cage Match]
Allow me to state that this match was in no way terrible. In fact, it was great. However, the Steel Cage Match stipulation has worn out its welcome amongst the newer generation of wrestling, and its credibility has really died out.
The Steel Cage itself was hardly used once again, but it was used nevertheless. More so, the match seemed like a basic singles match—it's not that I wasn't expecting this, but the match was solid and well-paced, and the chemistry both men shared was personified by their talents.
Although I believe this match has been slightly overrated by much of the IWC, I cannot deny the fact that this match is in the top three matches of March—and I won't. The crowd liked it, and that's the most important aspect of any match. This match has been deemed, by yours truly, the recipient of the 3rd Place Best Match Of March Achievement.
Superstars: March 24th
Daniel Bryan & Gail Kim vs. Tyson Kidd & Melina [Inter-Gender Tag Team Match]
Inter-Gender Tag Team bouts are usually strayed from by many, but this one was different. The couple that is Daniel Bryan and Gail Kim has been one of the focal points of the WWE, and nobody really knows why. Their chemistry with Tyson Kidd and Melina proved to be worthy of great television, as they main-evented an edition of the now-internet-broadcasted WWE Superstars.
Although the winners were a bit too predictable and obvious, the 13-minute match itself was great. There were some good spots, and the Divas themselves had a good outing. There aren't too many times when someone could mention this nowadays, most likely due to the lack of thought put into their booking. Looking at it from any way, this match delivered and it was certainly one of the better Inter-Gender Tag Team Matches ever produced in the WWE. For this, it receives the 2nd Place Best Match Of March Achievement.
Smackdown: March 25th
Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian [Singles Match]
This match deserves the 1st Place Best Match Of March Achievement, and its delivery came in just the right time. Nearing the end of March, the Columbus, Ohio audience witnessed a great match that was solid from the get-go, and I believe I appreciated it more than the Steel Cage Match due to the element of surprise.
Allow me to elaborate.
When it was announced that these two men would square off in a cage match, everyone's expectations were set high for a good, if not great, televised match. Being a normal singles competition, many expected this to be the usual televised match, that is nothing too special. Clocking in at over 12 minutes, I thought this match did well for its lack of stipulation, and the finishing sequence wasn't bad at all. Alberti Del Rio showed that he could be a good performer, and Christian moved only as Christian could. Most importantly, the crowd was into the match and both performers sold it well.
When Kofi Kingston executed his "Trouble In Paradise" against Wade Barrett on the March 25th edition of Smackdown, we were witness to the, quite possibly, most fluid counter ever accomplished. Wade Barrett and Kofi Kingston must have been practising this spot constantly because it all played out to perfection.
Either that, or it happened perfectly by accident. Any way you want to look at it, the end result was great. Barrett would use Kingston's aerial maneuver to position his opponent just in the right place and the right time, only to bury him into the "Wasteland." Nice.
Finally, Smackdown has earned itself the Overall Best Brand of March Achievement. Why? Let's just say that 75 percent of the contenders for the Best Match Of The Month Achievement were from Smackdown. While Smackdown has not been home to some of the great moments like Raw, it has really been the most consistent brand this month as it delivered good entertainment from an all-rounded standpoint.
Raw has brought us some good moments, but did those moments out-weigh the terrible ones? Well, Smackdown's accomplishment this month has proven the answer to this question.
Yes, you read it correctly. Michael Cole has been doing a perfect job with his role in the WWE, and nobody can deny that. If you're a mark, you want to murder him. If you're a smark, you laugh at what he says, but you still want to murder him. He's that annoying, and if he keeps this up he'll become too annoying to even garner even the greatest of smarks' respect; lucky I'm not a smark.
It was very hard for me to actually deny CM Punk this achievement, but I think Cole earned it ultimately. The way I see things, he's the male version of Vickie Guerrero in her prime heel days. Imagine the damage they could do as the WWE's greatest heel couple—only nobody would hear them, because there'd be so much heat.
Cole's antics for the past month have only gotten worse as he's disrespected every Divas' match on any and all events, as well as pushed Jerry "The King" Lawler to his breaking point with the most disgusting tactics in the book. He has even gone to the lengths of aligning himself with the arrogant Jack Swagger. For his protection, he has his very own team of security officials, as well as the privilege of doing his job while in a box. How can I forget? His commentating has somewhat ruined and downgraded some good matches with his ranting and selfish mannerisms. He is, without a doubt, the Heel Superstar Of March.
I agree that "boring" and "bland" could describe Randy Orton on any given day, but so does "dangerous." As much as I hate to admit it, the WWE has super-heroed the Viper out, making him more of a threat than one John Cena to the unfortunate New Nexus. During the period of March, Orton single-handedly took out the New Nexus members. How realistic—sensing the sarcasm, are you?
While I very much hold Orton in low regard at the moment, he has accomplished the most amongst any of the faces of the company in the month of March. Randall Orton is the Face Superstar of March.
I thank you for your patience, folks. Compared to the previous two installments for 2011, you should realize how much I've downgraded the unfortunate March edition. Your reads and opinion-based comments are greatly appreciated, as is your attempt to forgive me for such a hasty, yet much delayed, edition of The WWE Monthly Achievement Awards: March Edition. I'm beginning to think that January's material would ultimately be classed as the greatest of the year. If you read about the top three matches in the first edition, you'll see why. Now April is nearing its end, and I'll try my best to not disappoint you. Hopefully, you guys tune in that time around.