WWE/TNA Brewing Thoughts: Raw's Whodunit and the Plight of the Hardys
Now that our SummerSlam hangover is a thing of the past, we as WWE fans can start looking forward to what the fall of 2011 has in store.
The build to Survivor Series, and the return of The Rock, sees Alberto Del Rio, not John Cena, as WWE Champion. Will Del Rio's destiny be compromised by the Rock-Cena feud and the inclusion in it of the WWE Championship?
Triple H is reportedly looking to rebuild the tag-team division by the end of the year. Did he take the first step Monday night by giving the belts to popular superstars Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne?
This edition of Brewing Thoughts begins with Raw's full-blown mystery game: Who texted Kevin Nash?
Somebody With Power Sent the Dubious Text Message
Not to state the obvious, but we can fairly easily deduce the sender of the Text Heard 'Round the World is someone with some serious stroke in WWE.
Stephanie McMahon seems to be the easy answer (Enter classic Chris Jericho joke here). Triple H will immediately become Vince McMahon 2.0 if it turns out he has been lying all along.
My money, however, is on good 'ol Johnny Ace, and I'm likely not the only one who feels this way.
John Laurinaitis, who is all too eager to mention he is the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, has been a catalyst in the entire anti-CM Punk movement. It all started when Punk blasted Laurinaitis during Punk's infamous worked-shoot promo June 27.
Was Johnny Ace's ultimate revenge costing CM Punk the WWE Championship? It sure looks that way.
In time, it should come to light that Laurinaitis' meeting with Kevin Nash on the Aug. 15 Raw was more than just a friendly chat. It was likely about the business of Nash taking out CM Punk.
Laurinaitis is an easy-to-hate character, and he will take the brunt of the heat once he is revealed as the orchestrator of the scheme against the ultra-popular CM Punk.
It just wouldn't be the same if it were a former 13-time world champion, who happens to be running the show now, taking down the anti-hero. In the Attitude Era, it was Vince McMahon, the guy calling the shots, constantly scheming against the anti-hero, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
As I said a couple weeks ago, CM Punk is this generation's Steve Austin whether he likes it or not. That doesn't mean he can't do it his way and "be the first CM Punk," as he said during his interview with ESPN's Bill Simmons. But the role of anti-hero initially slated for Randy Orton has been filled by the Second City Saint.
And as our resident anti-hero, he has to take on the face of the WWE executives, John Laurinaitis.
Watch Out for WWE's Tag Team Division
Nobody cared about David Otunga and Joe Hennig—er, Michael McGillicutty—as WWE Tag Team Champions. Otunga is a joke, and Hennig should get a shot to shed the Michael McGillicutty crap and wrestle as the son of the late, great Curt Hennig.
Kofi Kingston (our next Shelton Benjamin) and Evan Bourne are over with the crowd, and they bring a ton of excitement to the ring with their high-flying styles. Triple H could have chosen a lot worse place to start the resurgence of the tag-team division.
It may have started behind the scenes, however, when The Kings of Wrestling were brought in for a WWE tryout.
The Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero and and Claudio Castagnoli, are widely regarded as one of the best tag teams in the world. The Kings held the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions for nearly a year, the longest reign in ROH history. They have also won tag team gold in Combat Zone Wrestling and Chikara.
While Hero and Castagnoli haven't officially been signed by WWE, many believe it is just a matter of time before the ROH stars join fellow alums CM Punk, Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan in WWE. And that may not be the only ROH talent WWE may find an interest in.
The Briscoe Brothers, who had a tryout with WWE in 2009, may find the spotlight shined upon them when Triple H starts looking for more tag-team talent.
The biggest name thrown around as potential tag teams headed to WWE doesn't come from the independent circuit, however.
In a Wrestlezone.com report last month, it was said Triple H may have an interest in bringing Beer Money, Robert Roode and James Storm, to WWE.
With the likes of The Kings of Wrestling and Beer Money, the WWE tag team division would be well on its way to a new life.
What Happened to The Hardys?
Matt and Jeff Hardy have shown flashes of brilliance, especially during their run in a three-headed tag team feud with The Dudleys and Edge and Christian a decade ago.
But as the saying goes, how the mighty have fallen, and YouTube seems to be the unofficial home of the Hardys' demise.
It started last fall, when Matt Hardy began posting cryptic videos about his disinterest and disregard for WWE, ultimately leading to the release he requested. Then, the visibly impaired Hardy brothers shot on CM Punk from an undisclosed restaurant.
Those videos were innocuous, and basically became fodder for a few jokes at the Hardys' expense. But things got serious in 2011, when Jeff Hardy infamously defended his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting in what appeared to be a physically impaired state.
Things (hopefully) peaked this week, when Matt Hardy hit the proverbial trifecta. He crashed his Corvette into a tree and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Hardy was also rushed to the emergency room after suffering undisclosed injuries during a fall at his North Carolina home.
Finally, the elder Hardy posted a video in which he consistently refers to "the entity," which he blames for the aforementioned car crash and the state of his home, which is shown in the video.
The video is a sad illustration of the road Matt Hardy is on, the same road his younger brother Jeff appears to have gotten off. Hopefully, the story of the Hardys becomes a story of redemption, not tragedy.
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