WWE Vengeance 2011 Results: What's Next After an Awesomely Disastrous Night
I don't know what the hell was happening on Sunday, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.
We saw a broken ring, then a match in that broken ring, a possible devastating legitimate injury to Triple H, the return of Kevin Nash and an attack on John Cena from Awesome Truth.
It seemed like there was complete chaos at every turn, and there's plenty of question that need to be answered as soon as possible.
Thankfully, this pay-per-view was actually one of the biggest surprises of the entire year. Every match was good, and the WWE title match between Cena and Alberto Del Rio in a crooked ring with no ropes was actually packed with excitement.
Whether or not the ring was supposed to break is irrelevant (if I were Vince I would keep that a secret), that match was still awesome and the event in total was as good as sports entertainment has been recently.
Even the match between two big, slow men like Mark Henry and Big Show was great, even before the ring imploded.
And to think, Survivor Series and The Rock's return is but a mere month away.
Until then, there's a lot that needs to be discussed, and here's a few questions that need to be answered in the next few weeks.
What's Next for the United States Title?
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Dolph Ziggler's reign continues, and sadly nobody seems to care too much at this point.
After a convincing victory against IWC golden boy Zack Ryder, the WWE will probably start building up another worthy opponent for Ziggler in the next few weeks. Mason Ryan is basically a lock to compete for the title at Survivor Series with the way things have been going lately.
As for Ryder, his shining moment is back on hold, if it ever even comes at all. At this point I think it's almost time to throw in the towel on this whole Ryder push. The WWE has no real interest in making him a champ, and they proved it on Sunday.
I hate to say it, but Ryder is close to becoming the next Santino. A funny guy with a goofy gimmick who's there solely for comic relief.
But back to that Dolph guy.
Hopefully the WWE can cook up a decent US title match for their upcoming mega PPV, since Ziggler has constantly proven that he's one of the best all-around wrestlers in the WWE. He proved it by competing in two matches at Vengeance.
Ziggler deserves a solid feud to work with. The US title scene needs a little shot in the arm, and Mason Ryan may not be the answer right now, but with some decent booking he most certainly could be.
They could also go the Jack Swagger route and have Ziggler turn on him or something, setting up a title match. I think having the All-American-American-American as US champion is quite overdue.
Either way, the options are out there. It's now all about the WWE making the right moves.
Is the Orton-Rhodes Rivalry Already Over?
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In actually one of the more underwhelming matches on Sunday, Randy Orton came away with a victory over his former apprentice, Cody Rhodes.
This match certainly had the potential to completely steal the show. Too bad it didn't. It was a very basic, typical match with a few very good, but predictable moments.
Rhodes definitely lost a step or two in his recent push, but just the fact that he went one-on-one with Orton at a PPV is a reason for Cody fans to celebrate. That type of thing is only reserved for solidified main-eventers.
Rhodes isn't done getting pushed, but it's almost certain that you can bury this rivalry on the spot.
There's no doubt after what happened Sunday that this was a one-and-done match, which is disappointing but pretty expected.
Orton will go back to his regular stint as main event guy, while Rhodes continues his rise up the SmackDown ladder. A few more months and he'll be fighting for that world heavyweight strap.
Also, take that stupid mask off his face, or make it look cooler or something. His nose is clearly fine, and that mask only looks cool on Rip Hamilton. That's the only guy who ever pulled that off. Fact.
Either way, we'll see on Friday if Rhodes is finished trying to de-venom The Viper. I'm going to go with yes, but you never know.
So...Who's the No. 1 Contender Now? (Blue Edition)
The Mark Henry-Big Show title match ended with the very rare "The Ring Imploded and Both Guys Couldn't Get Up So We're Just Going To Call It a Night" decision.
Somewhere right now, Brock Lesnar is shaking his head, not impressed in the slightest.
Don't get me wrong, that was one hell of a conclusion to that match, but where does that leave the WHC scene now? Mark Henry's obviously still champ, but who's left for him to fight?
A Big Show rematch is very possible since their little war on Sunday ended in a no-decision. But that's not a big enough main event in my opinion for the biggest WWE event in more than six months.
We'll see as things start to get rolling, but I don't see how Randy Orton won't get involved again. He's the biggest face on SmackDown, and he will definitely have a chance to get his belt back at Survivor Series.
Let's not also forget about Sheamus. He's been brogue kicking everyone in sight lately, and with two big wins against Christian, there's no doubt that he deserves to be in the WHC shuffle as well.
With so many people worthy of an opportunity, there's only one way to settle this.
Hopefully the lingering rumors are true and we get to see this match at MSG in a month.
But, like always, we're just going to have to wait for Friday.
So...Who's the No. 1 Contender Now? (Red Edition)
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Alberto Del Rio is still champ after a ridiculous Last Man Standing match. He definitely proved he's worthy of his main event status in my book after Sunday.
Maybe it's just me, but nobody takes a beating better than ADR. He always seems to hit the ground harder than anyone else, and it always looks pretty damn painful.
And when he got thrown into the wall by Cena from the ring last night? Good Lord.
No doubt ADR is officially a legit WWE champ, there's now one more thing the WWE has to clear up.
Who will this Mexican Aristocrat be fighting at Survivor Series in November?
CM Punk in the answer. No way that match doesn't happen in a month.
ADR vs. CM Punk would be an absolutely awesome match in the electrified MSG, and could even end up stealing the show if these two talented guys put on the show that we all know they are capable of.
There's not many other options out there right now, considering Cena's going to be busy with something else.
CM Punk and ADR is a pretty big lock for Survivor Series, and I think I speak for most of the IWC when I say that this is the best, and safest, decision for the WWE title match.
What's Next for the Divas?
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What's Next for This Whole Conspiracy?
Possible injury aside, HHH is definitely going to be searching for answers on Raw in the next few weeks.
Kevin Nash is back, but his attack on Trips STILL left us with no answers. He also may have seriously messed up the WWE's plan for Survivor Series thanks to that God-awful powerbomb.
Is Big Sexy working with John Laurinaitis? Did he attack HHH to help Awesome Truth? Or is Nash a one-man wolfpack? (Get It?)
And most importantly, how the hell does Nash keep getting past security and into the ring? It's really hard to miss a seven foot, 300+ pound man with shoe polish in his hair.
As for Awesome Truth, they continue to create chaos whenever they can. Their victory proves that they are a legitimate team, and we may be in for a lot more of these two main-event maniacs.
Their attack on Cena was also a huge surprise, but was a perfect way to get things rolling for Survivor Series. Cena is finally getting pushed in this conspiracy angle, which means big things are coming.
How The Rock is going to get thrown into all this remains to be seen, and let's not forget about Mick Foley's return the week before Survivor Series. Maybe the hardcore legend will be a member of the team.
There's also the HHH injury to take into consideration. If he's actually hurt and was supposed to wrestle, than the WWE hopefully has a plan B.
Who else is Awesome Truth going to recruit too? There's Nash obviously, but like I mentioned there's no proof that Nash came down there to help The Miz and R-Truth. He was most likely on a personal mission to get some revenge on HHH.
As for Laurinaitis, his decision last night to continue the event after the ring broke will most likely be brought into question. Serious injury was definitely a possibility, so is the WWE truly safer with him in charge? Is this the opportunity HHH was waiting for to show that he was truly the man for the job.
And we still have no idea if Awesome Truth or Nash is working for Laurinaitis. That's a pretty big thing that needs to be cleared up too.
So many questions, so little time. Expect things to get crazy.
What's Next for Cena?
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The biggest star in the WWE deserves his own slide, considering that some HUGE things are in store for him in the next month.
Teaming up with The Rock? It can't get much bigger than that, besides maybe fighting The Great One. Which he's also doing in April if you haven't heard.
Expect revenge on Awesome Truth as soon as possible. That's just how Cena rolls.
This is the second time now that Cena has failed in a WWE title match thanks to these two guys.
Cena may be starting to realize that there are bigger things going on right now besides the WWE championship, and there's no way he will be able to get back his belt until he can stop the anarchy that's spreading through the company.
He also needs to confront Laurinaitis and speak his mind, maybe even give him an FU or two. For the biggest star of the company to stay so quiet while everything around him keeps unraveling is pretty shocking, and it's time for that to change.
Questions need to be answered, and Cena is just the guy to do it.
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