The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/ Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/ Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler’s future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?

I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level again without the company going to John Morrison-like trouble to bury you.  I firmly believe Ziggler and Ryder are gonna carry each other to the Cena and Batista “new generation” level, despite WWE’s handling of them.  I just don’t know why they couldn’t bring Morrison along with them, and hopefully someday we’ll hear the full story on that from both sides.

Edit to add: It’s also pretty obvious, I think, that we’re gonna end up with a ladder match at TLC between Ziggler and Ryder for the US title, and that’s exactly the sort of opportunity to have a ***** match that could elevate both guys to the next level.  Royal Rumble would be better, but I’ll take what I can get.

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler’s future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?

I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level again without the company going to John Morrison-like trouble to bury you.  I firmly believe Ziggler and Ryder are gonna carry each other to the Cena and Batista “new generation” level, despite WWE’s handling of them.  I just don’t know why they couldn’t bring Morrison along with them, and hopefully someday we’ll hear the full story on that from both sides.

Edit to add: It’s also pretty obvious, I think, that we’re gonna end up with a ladder match at TLC between Ziggler and Ryder for the US title, and that’s exactly the sort of opportunity to have a ***** match that could elevate both guys to the next level.  Royal Rumble would be better, but I’ll take what I can get.

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler’s future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?

I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level again without the company going to John Morrison-like trouble to bury you.  I firmly believe Ziggler and Ryder are gonna carry each other to the Cena and Batista “new generation” level, despite WWE’s handling of them.  I just don’t know why they couldn’t bring Morrison along with them, and hopefully someday we’ll hear the full story on that from both sides.

Edit to add: It’s also pretty obvious, I think, that we’re gonna end up with a ladder match at TLC between Ziggler and Ryder for the US title, and that’s exactly the sort of opportunity to have a ***** match that could elevate both guys to the next level.  Royal Rumble would be better, but I’ll take what I can get.

WM23

Hi Scott, Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn’t gone down injured. On Shawn’s DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can’t help but feel this is wrong for several reasons…. 1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn – so I can’t see why it would have been considered? It wasn’t an epic main event. 2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard? 3) Wouldn’t the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something? I enjoyed what we got – the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash – but surely the logical solution (and to bring a temporary end to DX which had to happen) would have been to run the triple threat we saw at SS 2009? What does anyone else think?

Yeah, at the time I was beating the drum for HHH v. Shawn v. Cena as the only logical payoff to the D-X storyline too.  I thought for sure that it was the only option and wouldn’t have thought they’d run HHH v. Cena as a main event.  As it turns out, Trump v. McMahon was enough to carry that show anyway.  But yeah, I would tend to believe the triple threat was the plan and HHH is full of it. 

WM23

Hi Scott, Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn’t gone down injured. On Shawn’s DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can’t help but feel this is wrong for several reasons…. 1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn – so I can’t see why it would have been considered? It wasn’t an epic main event. 2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard? 3) Wouldn’t the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something? I enjoyed what we got – the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash – but surely the logical solution (and to bring a temporary end to DX which had to happen) would have been to run the triple threat we saw at SS 2009? What does anyone else think?

Yeah, at the time I was beating the drum for HHH v. Shawn v. Cena as the only logical payoff to the D-X storyline too.  I thought for sure that it was the only option and wouldn’t have thought they’d run HHH v. Cena as a main event.  As it turns out, Trump v. McMahon was enough to carry that show anyway.  But yeah, I would tend to believe the triple threat was the plan and HHH is full of it. 

WM23

Hi Scott, Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn’t gone down injured. On Shawn’s DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can’t help but feel this is wrong for several reasons…. 1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn – so I can’t see why it would have been considered? It wasn’t an epic main event. 2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard? 3) Wouldn’t the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something? I enjoyed what we got – the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash – but surely the logical solution (and to bring a temporary end to DX which had to happen) would have been to run the triple threat we saw at SS 2009? What does anyone else think?

Yeah, at the time I was beating the drum for HHH v. Shawn v. Cena as the only logical payoff to the D-X storyline too.  I thought for sure that it was the only option and wouldn’t have thought they’d run HHH v. Cena as a main event.  As it turns out, Trump v. McMahon was enough to carry that show anyway.  But yeah, I would tend to believe the triple threat was the plan and HHH is full of it. 

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml – comments from WWE Magazine.  He’s talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I’m loving ALL of this.

Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him. 

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml – comments from WWE Magazine.  He’s talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I’m loving ALL of this.

Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him. 

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml – comments from WWE Magazine.  He’s talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I’m loving ALL of this.

Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him. 

Luger Finds Jesus

I came across this story regarding Lex Luger. Regardless of ones stance on religon I’m glad to see Luger may be turning his life around. The sport didn’t need another death, and a few years ago it sure seemed Lex was head that way. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=36636

I think we can all agree that the finish of Bash 88…oh, sorry, wrong Luger thread.  I’m really glad Lex seems to have made peace with his demons, because for a while there it looked like he was going to be another statistic.  Perhaps someone needs to persuade Matt Hardy to look into this religion thing.