Way to salvage Bryan while keeping everyone in main event



Scott,
        Here's an idea to tie up every loose end and actually save face for Bryan.  On Raw, the Authority hosts a celebration for Batista, which of course is SHITTED on by the live crowd.  Out comes Bryan who immediately gets chastised by the H's.  Batista says the fans ruined his moment and he blames Bryan.  Bryan says he's only out because he got a message from @realauthority to be out there.  Suddenly a G-TV type video plays showing Triple H hand Batista the #28 and telling him "dont worry about anything, I got Kane on it, and Bryan wont be there."  Triple H is obviously furious and demands to know who it was playing the video when, "NO CHANCE!!!" starts playing.  Vince struts out and says the only time he never "fixed" a Rumble AND he won one!  He says due to the footage he has no choice but to VOID the Rumble!   He says that Batista will be one of 6-men in the Elimination Chamber match with the winner facing the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WM 30.  It's Batista, Sheamus, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns… and THIS MAN, Daniel Bryan!   Also, Punk faces Kane in a streetfight and if Punk wins, he gets Triple H at WM.  Orton defends against the Beast.
        At EC – Punk wins, Orton retains after Taker's presence spooks Lesnar, and Bryan wins the EC countering the Batista Bomb into a small package.  This gives a Mania card of (c) Orton vs. Bryan with Triple H and Vince there and then the undercard of Punk/Triple H, Brock/Taker, Cena/Bray, Batista/Reigns.  Throw in a Warrior/Ryback (!), Cody/Goldust and you got a hell of a show that the crowd WONT SHIT ON!  Wrestlemania ends in massive YES! chant.  Heel Batista is Bryan first post-Mania challenger.

Sorry if this makes too much sense.

I do think that we'll be getting Heel Batista sooner rather than later and Daniel Bryan facing off against the Authority Round Two so that Vince and HHH can be "See, we tanked our own PPV on purpose-like because we had a plan and shit."  Like really, the more they dig in and go against the fans, the more the storyline writes itself.  You could even have Vince threaten to fire anyone who helps Bryan, which leads to Foley or Shawn Michaels or both coming back to assist him and REALLY giving him the rub.  

Hulk Hogan and Cowboy Bob Orton main Event WM 30???

Hey Scott, any chance with the rumored involvement of the Hulkster the WM match we get is Cena and Hogan against Orton and his dad?  There would be the symmetry of 2 guys from the WM1 Main Event in there 30 years later and can continue the "legendary" Cena-Orton feud.  And Bob can even wear the cast!

In this scenario I'd have Punk-HHH for the title as the main event with Dbry-HBK and Brock-Taker as the other features.  Or, if Shawn really won't wrestle again, how about Punk-HHH-Bryan triple threat for the title with HBK as special ref?

Or am I crazy and we are getting Cena-HHH for the title to end this storyline once and for all?


Bob Orton still has major heat due to working matches in 2005 and blading after being diagnosed with Hepatitis.  I really doubt they'd bring him back again, especially for a payday like that.


And they still have no idea where they're going at this point aside from "Cena maybe in a tag match with or against Hogan or something, and Vince against HHH somehow" according to the WON. So I guess anything is possible.

Survivor Series Main Events

Do you remember when Big Show and Randy Orton wrestled at Extreme Rules six months ago?  No?  And Cena-Del Rio was one of the lowest buyrates in the history of the company (Vengeance '11) but they're wrestling on multiple PPVs two years later?

Are they just trying to not sell PPVs at this point?

It's a self-fulfilling prophecy with them.  They get the bulk of their money from TV rights fees now, so they ignore PPV revenues and then blame declining PPV revenues on the PPV market dying.  This conveniently ignores UFC doubling their average buyrate on a monthly basis and boxing still making hundreds of millions off PPV even with the sport in the state that it's in today.  But that's the thinking they have, which is why it's REALLY important to get the Network up and running so they can jettison that PPV anchor that's been weighing them down, ya know.  

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event: May 11th, 1985

Unfortunately, my old VHS copy of this show was not working so I watched in on YouTube, which did not have the interview with Lauper & Albano before her music video was shown.

May 11, 1985

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Vince welcomes the crowd, which is absolutely jacked, and runs down the show. Both Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper will be here. Also, two championship matches will take place as Wendi Richter defends her Women’s Championship against the Fabulous Moolah and Hulk Hogan defends his World Heavyweight Championship against Bob Orton.

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo & Ricky Steamboat w/Capt. Lou Albano

Windham works over Sheik to the delight of the crowd. The faces then all take turns working on the arm until Rotundo grabs a front facelock. The match breaks down then the faces clear the ring of the heels. Back from break, Steamboat is working the arm of the Sheik. He hits a powerslam then a missile dropkick. Flying body press gets two after Volkoff breaks up the pin. The faces take turns beating on Volkoff for a bit. Rotundo gets a few nearfalls until the Animal tags into the match. He runs around then looks for a tag but his partners bail and that allows Windham to rolll him up from behind for the win (6:29) **1/4. After the match, Sheik and Volkoff return to beat on the Animal. Albano comes into the ring and consoles his former client.

Thoughts: Good action and it was weird to see the faces completely dominate the match. Also, the first ever segment on SNME had George Steele turn to the lovable babyface he portrayed until he retired.

Piper’s Pit with guest Paul Orndorff. The segment starts with Orndorff ordering Orton to the corner, quoting Eastwood’s “make my day” line. Piper flips out about this then Orndorff finally sits down and calls out Piper for abandoning him after their match at WrestleMania. Piper accuses Orndorff of losing his guts then says that he has drinking “too much of his own bathwater.” Piper flat out calls him a piece of garbage and calls Orndorff an embarrassment to him, Orton, and his family. Piper tries to cheapshot Orndorff but he blocks it and goes after Piper and Orton. He has Piper up for the piledriver but Orton attacks him from behind. They beat on him until Mr. T runs out for the save. Good stuff.

Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He asks him about what just happened on “Piper’s Pit.” Hogan says that Orndorff felt what it was like inside to have people behind him and says that he now has a change of heart and wishes him the best.

WWF Heavyweight Championship Match
“Cowboy” Bob Orton w/Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion) w/ Mr. T

Mr. T and Hogan rip off each other’s shirts in an attempt to showcase wrestling’s homoeroticism to a national audience. Orton tries to attack from behind ut Hogan catches him. He chases him around then gets a backdrop and a few slams. Orton bails then Hogan works the arm when he re-enters the ring. Orton comes back ith a knee smash then hammers away for a few minutes until Hogan hulks up. He hits a clothesline then drops an elbow for two. He works on him in the coner but Orton breaks that up with an inverted atomic drop. He sets him up for the superplex as the crowd is in awe but Hogan knocks him off the top and hits an elbow smash. Hogan then drops the leg but Piper cheapshots him and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (6:54) *3/4. After the match, Mr. T runs out but he gets duble-teamed in the corner. Orndorff runs out to back the faces, officially cementing his turn.

Thoughts: Not much of a match but decent enough. Lots of stalling and a good amount of attention was paid to the guys on the outside. We now have our main event matches set up for the next few months.

We are shown a music video from Cyndi Lauper’s song “Good Enough” from the “Goonies” sound track. The song was awful. Afterwards, Albano and Lauper call it the greatest song ever until Piper runs out and rants at Lauper, stating that Sreven Spielberg asked him to be in the video and she had him cut his part.


WWF Women’s Championship Match
Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter w/Cyndi Lauper

Before the match, Howard Finkel reads a note that orders Lauper to leave the floor and head back to the dressing room. Moolah kicks Richter out of the ring then stalls for a minute, allowing Richter to dropkick her out to the floor. Moolah gets roughed up for a minute then the girls slug it out in the ring. She pulls her off the ropes a few times but gets chopped and Moolah uses some cheap heel stuff until Richter hits her with a small package for the win (3:14) 1/4*. Lauper runs out with Dave Wolfe to congratulate with Richter.

Thoughts: The match was a lot of stalling but it most likely would have been a lot worse had it gone longer than several minutes.

Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog and his mother. JYD says he took his mother to New York for Mother’s Day. That was it for this interview.

Pete Dougherty vs. Junkyard Dog w/Bertha

JYD headbutts Dougherty then hits a clothesline. Dougherty starts screaming outside then JYD yanks him up by the hair. In the ring, JYD no-sells a few punches then uses his crawling headbutts. He slams Dougherty off the top rope then uses some more headbutts then hits the powerslam for the win (3:15) 1/4*. After the match, JYD and his mother dance in the ring to the delight of Vince.

Thoughts: A long, dull squash match. I am pretty sure that Vince wanted to highlight JYD dancing on a national stage as he was always way into his dancing segments.

Okerlund is backstage with everyone at Lauper’s Mother’s Day party. Typical wackiness from the 80’s WWF including a drunk, ranitng Albano and Blassie lying to Okerlund about the hot young girl in a bikini being his mother. Moolah comes out, upset that she is not invited and ends up getting tossed into the giant cake that was on the table.

Final Thoughts: The wrestling wasn’t much but they ran a really hot angle and the production values were much better than their other shows so it turned out okay. Two free title matches on TV was a huge deal back then as well.

The Only Review of Summerslam 2013’s Main Events That You’ll Ever Need

Let’s get down to the business of getting down!

I decided to only do the main events of this PPV because the undercard just wasn’t interesting in the slightest. Although I did catch a bit of that Inferno Match. What the HELL is with this Wyatt Family and that stupid lantern? I mean, he lights it up just to blow it out? Caliber votes no on this.

On with the good stuff…

Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio [C] “North of the Border vs. South of the Border” “Affluence vs. Charisma” – World Heavyweight Championship
Am I the only one who prefers when the WHC has the red inlay?
Del Rio grabs the first round of momentum and quickly begins work on Christian’s arm, injuring it with the quickness. Captain Charisma turns the tide with a dive off the top rope, and then some well-planned reversals and timed offenses. Del Rio gets his run back with a sick second-rope Backstabber. Soon after, Christian attempts a spear, but Del Rio offers both his feet smashing into Christian’s face instead. Later, Christian is put in the Arm-Breaker, and they annoy the hell out of me when Christian rolls up to try and reach the ropes, and is clearly pinning Alberto at the same time, but no count is made. He’s flipped back over and has to tap. This was a solid match that really played the back and forth game well, and I’d be more than happy to see them go at it again, especially with an added stipulation. Christian is just an unstoppable workhorse.
Captain Charisma taps to the CAB at 12:29 | ***1/2 A worthy precursor to the main events of tonight’s PPV. Perhaps not worth tracking down, but definitely don’t skip it when you get the PPV.


CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar – “Wolverine vs. The Incredible Hulk” “The Best vs. The Beast” – No DQ

First off, THAT’S how you start a brawl, with both guys running at each other like freight trains that have absolutely no care for their own body, so long as the other person is hurt worse. Wow, Lesnar really needs to work his legs more. They’re embarrassingly small compared to his upper body. Punk gets some momentum after smashing Lesnar’s head with repeated knees, but soon Brock returns to form and literally throws Punk all over the place, it’s fantastic. Back in the ring, Brock continues to work through pain, taking Punk’s occasional flurries. Hell, Brock doesn’t even go for his first pin until 10 minutes into the match. They trade submissions, and Lesnar actually taps out. But see, Lesnar’s version of tapping out is powerbombing you so hard he’s charged for attempted vehicular homicide, and that doesn’t even make sense. Punk nails Lesnar with a few graphic chair shots until Brock catches one and attempts to return the favor, however he gets punched in the Cock Lesnar, and follows it up with a variant of Sabu’s Arabian Face Buster. After that, the third act of the match is fucking beautiful, and is the stuff written in dreams. Brutal chairshots, submissions, finishers, reversals, close-calls and counters. I mean, when Brock hits Punk with the chair, it’s not because he’s mad Punk hit him with it, no, he’s mad because fucking Punk wasn’t doing it right. An F5 on the chair finishes what is arguably not only the MOTY, but the greatest SummerSlam match of all time. Oh, and Triple H, next time you lose a big-time match, please reference this on how it’s done. You get up, you’re pissed off, you show it, and leave. You don’t sit around in hopes the crowd gives you a verbal BJ.
Brock hits Punk with an F5 on the chair for the pin at 25:17 | ***** This match was so burly, the word document I wrote this up in needed a shave. A fantastic battle, and a modern classic. If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately.

John Cena [C] vs. Daniel Bryan “The Champ vs. The Dragon” “Never Quit vs. Never Shave” – WWE Championship

They start off with some traditional chain wrestling, however Cena is too much of a monster for Bryan to wrangle. They brawl outside for a moment, including a pretty sick suplex off the steel chairs. Back in, Cena tries to put Bryan down with some power moves, but Bryan proves resilient when he pummels Cena to the mat with a barrage of kicks and elbows. Cena is wrestling with this fantastic aura of “I’m only giving you 50 percent, because any more and you’d break. Oh, you want to push me? OK…” Great spot for Bryan where he keeps leveling Cena with kicks to his injured elbow, and then yells “GET UP!” Bryan does one hell of a brilliant move where he superplexes Cena off the top rope, but locks his legs between the ropes, thus not having to take the impact. Afterwards, Cena MAKES Bryan when he puts him up on the top turnbuckle in an attempt to give him a top rope AA. When the hell have we seen him do that? This shows that he sees Bryan as one huge fucking threat. Ooh, soon after Bryan attempts his whole flip-backward off the turnbuckle ordeal, and you can tell Cena was supposed to catch him for an AA, but missed. That would have really been something. He soon finishes off Cena with one of the most devastating fucking moves I’ve ever seen. I mean, he practically rocketed upward into Cena’s chin. Awesome. From here on out, the move will be known as the Goat Knees Pizza. I have to say, I didn’t love this match as much as others. I expected a bit more frenzy, intensity and close-calls, but was still happy with what I got. However, this is one of the most important matches in history, because it’s the final nail in the coffin of “only big guys can be champion/main event.” Not only did Bryan defeat Cena clean as a sheet, but he hung with Cena at every step, and John treated him like one of the biggest threats he’s ever had. After the match, Orton comes out to cash-in, decides against it, Triple H Pedigrees Bryan, Orton comes in for the pin and the title. I really dug the whole turn, and love that Bryan was a man and took the Pedigree like someone from the 90s.
John Cena eats The Goat Knees Pizza and a pin at 26:54 | ****1/4 Not a classic in terms of quality, but a classic in terms of what it means. Still though, great stuff mat-wise and worth spending your time and money on.

Something I love about the end is that no one boos what Orton does. Because as wrestling fans, we see it as a start of a great angle, so we cheer that. We love it when we think we have it all mapped out, only to be surprised. Of course, as long as that surprise is actually good and makes sense.

I can’t be the only one who would have traded my tickets just for the chance to have Henry splash me, right? For those that didn’t see the PPV, a fan from a house show was allowed to trade his tickets for Summerslam tickets, if he allows Henry to splash him. He also has to wear this really stupid Dorito’s shirt.

As always, much thanks to my editor, Steven Ferrari. I met Steven when I moved to California with my mom. I was getting beat up by the popular guys at school, and Steven was not just the apartment handyman & editor, but he was also a karate expert, and he taught me how to defend myself. Then there was this one time we went to Okinawa…

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WWE Main Event (TV Show) Question

I was looking at the results for the past few WWE Main Event shows and had a question that has been bugging me.  Why has that show not turned into Superstars?  Is it part of the contract with ionTV that they have to show main roster talent or is it WWE's say?  I ask this because I remember when they brought back Superstars on WGN it had main roster talent for a bit then it became the jobber show.  It seems to go that way with every WWE show that is not Smackdown or Raw. 

On that note since NBC is paying them a lot of money could they dictate that John Cena & CM Punk be on Smackdown or is the SyFy channel paying for a B-show.

I

'm pretty sure that I heard ION was indeed dictating that the show be higher level matches than Superstars based on promises when they signed the TV deal.  Not sure about Syfy's involvement with the product on the Smackdown side, although they certainly seem to care a lot less now than they did during the ECW days when they'd freely meddle all the time.  

WM Main Events

Scott, Had this idea after last year’s Mania.  Don’t expect you to answer all 29, but thought it might be fun for the readers to discuss.  The topic is, what really should have been the main event for each year’s Wrestlemania.  I get really fuzzy on the 19 through 26 period, so maybe someone has better ideas.  Here’s my list: What SHOULD have been the Wrestlemania Main Events?

(Scott sez:  Sure, I’ll play along after the break.)  Wrestlemania I – Hogan/Mr. T Vs. Orndorf/Piper – Stick with the original.  The main stream attention that Mr. T brought to the card was important to kicking things off.  It also allows you to build to… Wrestlemania II:  Hogan Vs Piper – Piper was still the hottest heel in the company and this would be the proper blowoff to the feud. Wrestlemania  III:  Hogan Vs Andre – Duh. (Scott sez:  Agreed on all three of these.)  Wrestlemania IV:  Hogan Vs. Dibiase – Instead of the tournament, I would’ve had MDM win the title with Andre’s help and Hogan win it back here.  The Million Dollar Man was such a huge heel and Dibiase deserved a run on top. (Scott sez:  Should have just kept the belt on Dibiase after buying it, and you get a double main event of Hogan/Andre 2 and Savage challenging and beating Dibiase.)  Wrestlemania V:  Hogan Vs. Savage – Can’t argue with history.  You’d have to move some stuff around to get the belt on Savage though. Wrestlemania VI:  Hogan Vs Warrior (Scott sez:  Duh.)  Wrestlemania VII: Hogan Vs Warrior 2 or Warrior Vs Savage; Either would be better than Slaughter.  The rematch would probably still draw even if Warrior didn’t draw well as champ.  Another option would be to just move the Savage/Warrior feud to the main event. (Scott sez:  Warrior should have just dropped the belt back to Hogan to spare us WWF champ Sgt. Slaughter, plus Hogan-Warrior at Halloween Havoc.  Kills two awful birds with one stone.)  Wrestlemania VIII:  Hogan Vs Flair – At this point, the only way to keep Hogan main eventing Mania fresh would be a dream match.  Huge no brainer. (Scott sez:  The all-time wasted opportunity.)  Wrestlemania IX:  Hart Vs Hogan – Hart wins to usher in the New Generation Era. (Scott sez:  Keep Hogan away from it entirely.  Hart v. Savage FTW.  Same result, no chance of Hogan shenanigans.)  Wrestlemania X:  Bret Vs Owen – The mini tourney was a waste.  Bret Vs Luger would have more name value, but Owen gives us the brother angle and the better match. (Scott sez:  It was OK the way it was, I think.)  Wrestlemania XI:  LT Vs Bam Bam got a ton of press at the time, so that is hard to argue with.  The only other option would have been Shawn Vs Bret a year earlier. Wrestlemania XIIShawn Vs Bret (Scott sez:  Yeah, but not an Iron Man match.)  Wrestlemania XIIIHart Vs Austin – This was the only good match on the card and they just had to get the belt on Hart to make it the main event. (Scott sez:  I don’t know that Austin was really ready for the main event of that show at that point, honestly.  How about Bret v. Undertaker?)  Wrestlemania XIVAustin Vs Michaels Wrestlemania XVAustin Vs Rock Wrestlemania XVIHHH Vs Rock –  I don’t like multi-man matches as main events.  HHH was at the top of his game (har) here, as was Rock. (Scott sez:  Yeah, the four-way was really disappointing from a booking standpoint.  Everything was building to HHH v. Rock. But at least they got a monster buyrate for Backlash.)  Wrestlemania XVIIAustin Vs Rock – The fact I wouldn’t change the participants in the last four years shows how well the company was booked at the time. Wrestlemania XVIII:  This is where the Invasion should have culminated.  I won’t fantasy book other than to say double main event of Goldberg Vs Austin and Hogan Vs Rock. Wrestlemania XIX:  This is where the company lost focus after the monopoly, along with Austin and Rock leaving.  Tons of talent, but nothing that just screams “Main Event”.   I feel like Brock was still a bit green at this point, another year of experience would have helped.  Of course, if he hadn’t botched the SSP we would probably STILL be talking about it. Wrestlemania XX:  On one hand, it was good that they tried to move the focus onto the next generation.  On the other, history has tragically proven that Benoit and Eddie couldn’t handle the pressure. Wrestlemania XXITriple H Vs Batista was perfectly fine. Wrestlemania XXII:  Was Batista injured?  I don’t remember, but Cena Vs. Batista would have been better than pulling Trips back to main event. (Scott sez:  It pretty much made Cena, though.)  Wrestlemania XXIIICena Vs HBK was fine.  At this point, parity booking made everyone so equal that few guys had that special Wrestlemania feel.  Shawn’s comeback was a success, so why not? (Scott sez:  It was a great match, although the booking seemed to be leading towards Cena-HHH or Cena-HHH-Michaels.  Plus this was the most successful WM of all-time, so you can’t argue with the results.)  Wrestemania XXIVMichaels Vs Flair was THE reason to watch this show.  They could have put one of the belts on Shawn to make it the Main Event. (Scott sez:  Respectfully disagree.  I wasn’t into the Flair forced retirement at all.)  Wrestlemania XXV:  This is where they dropped the ball on Orton.  He was getting huge heat for punting the McMahons and it would’ve been easy to turn Orton VS HHH into a double turn where Orton turned face and HHH turned heel.  Fans were already cheering him for punting Vince anyway. (Scott sez:  This is the point where I get really fuzzy on what happened when, so I won’t have much to add past this.)  Wrestlemania XXVI:  You had Cena Vs Batista about 3 years after it should have been done.  All anyone cared about was HBK Vs Taker, so just throw a belt on one of them to make it official. Wrestlemania XXVII:  Obvious that Miz was not the choice to main event, but Cena and Orton were heavily played out by this point.  I think they should have thrown more money at Rock and done Rock Vs Cena here to bring the special feel back to Mania. Wrestlemania XXVIII:  Rock Vs Cena is the easy choice, but in my world we did it a year ago.  I think you have Rock Vs Cena II as one main event and Punk Vs HHH as the other.  Punk was coming off Summer of Punk six months earlier and there was no excuse for not utilizing him in a big way.  Again, I’ll skip the fantasy booking and just say that Punk would’ve feuded with Trips with HHH trying to get Punk and the title back to the WWE and slowly revealing himself to be a political monster who used Punk’s exodus with the belt to steal the company from Vince. And finally…Wrestlemania XXIX:  A year ago I would have said that Rock Vs Cena II was a no brainer, but what a difference 12 months can make.  Cena is even more played out and fans are even getting tired of Rock.  Had you put over Punk in a big way last year, I think you could’ve milked his title reign and heel turn longer and made it a bigger deal when Rock beat him, so I’ll say Punk Vs Rock should have been this year’s main event.

Ryback as a main eventer


I keep reading articles (like this one from Grantland http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8549898/the-beginner-guide-ryback-wwe-superstar-headlining-hell-cell) about how the WWE has made a star in Ryback.
 
Where is this coming from? Ratings haven't just fallen – they're down to pre-Monday Night Wars level. And this has all occured during Ryback's push. The guy gets some decent heat but the notion he is actually a main event draw is baffling to me. I mean, maybe the plan is for CM Punk to make him look like a billion dollars on Sunday but I am just not seeing it.
 
Are you? I feel like the smarter wrestling fans are SO desperate for something new that they've sold themselves on Ryback. I don't even know if Ryback/Punk on Monday Night Raw for free would get me to tune in. At $50? Heck no.

Ryback isn't a draw and AJ is definitely not a draw and Team Hell No aren't draws either.  However, what WWE is doing is fairly ingenious, in that they're basically using The Big Lie to create new stars out of them.  I'm of course referring to the method of telling the same lie over and over until it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and eventually the truth.  WWE keeps acting like Ryback is a big ratings mover and telling people he's a big star on the rise, and you get articles like the Grantland one which basically do WWE's own PR work for them.  I have no doubt that if he squashes Punk on Sunday (which might happen) and they gets featured in main events every week (which might happen) that he will indeed be part of the main eventers club for good.  Which is interesting because they made no effort to do it with CM Punk, so that shows who they REALLY want as their top guys.
But yeah, ratings patterns are pretty clear in that these people are not compelling new viewers to tune in, and Ryback isn't exactly tearing up the house show circuit with Punk either.  But I concur with others — eventually they have to make SOMEONE into a new star, so why not Ryback?     

The Politics of the Main Event

Hey Scott, it's your You Don't Know Jack Overlord reaching out to you.


IN THIS CORNER… a charismatic speaker from Chicago with grassroots support; a man who burst onto the scene with his amazing oratory skills that rocked the foundation of what he does to the very core; a man who promised a new era and was sent straight into the highest position based upon his promises; a man who surrounds himself with others who preach his word and openly proclaims his status as a Cult of Personality; a man who, despite being in a position of respect, cannot get it; a man who has had to answer in the past for accusations leveled at him due to who his father is.

IN THIS CORNER… an industry lifer from Massachusetts who had to re-invent himself to get where he is; a man with success at what he does over the past 10 years; a man who wishes to obtain the position held by the Chicagoite; a man who is constantly challenging his Chicago opposition; a man whose moral code is an object of both admiration and scorn; a man who has achieved the change on a smaller level that his opponent promises on a big level.

So… Punk/Cena or Obama/Romney?
You know, I more than hold my own at You Don't Know Jack.  Just because I don't play 18 games a day doesn't mean I'm not awesome at it.  
Anyway, I know nothing about politics outside what people whine about in their Facebook updates, so I'll take your word for this one.  I know Obama is the black guy and Romney is the rich guy and that's about all I can pay attention to.

WWE Main Event 10-17-12

Well, I’ve been looking to try something new, and the
generally positive reaction to this show have convinced me to bite the bullet
and give this a shot. That and zanadude’s relentless pimping of it… This will
be the first time I’ve watched a WWE TV show in years, outside of catching brief
bits of Raw during Top Gear commercial breaks. It’ll certainly be nice to see
something with decent production values, unlike the ROH shows I’m used to.

Taped from Memphis, TN.
We start out with Cole and JBL in the ring. Clips of Kofi
busting Miz’s head open from Raw are shown, then a pretty well done video
package for Kofi. Kofi gets interviewed in the back and promises to win the IC
title. The Miz comes out cuts a promo (with the WWE logo upside-down on the mic
cube for some reason), basically saying that no one else would be back the very
next night after taking a kick like that. Miz video package, and Kofi comes out
as we cut to commercial.
WWE Intercontinental
Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz(C):
I think this is the first time
I’ve ever seen Kofi wrestle. Lots of amateur-style stuff to start and they
trade shoulder blocks. Miz tries a hiptoss but Kofi reverses it into a monkey
flip, clotheslines him to the floor, and hits a nice running somersault dive to
the outside. Miz gets tossed back in and Kofi follows with a springboard
forearm for 2. Miz comes back with an elbow to the face (which really didn’t
need to be replayed) and hits the chinlock, but Kofi gets out of it with a
jawbreaker. A sunset flip/reversal/reversal sequence gets a few 2 counts for
both guys. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Miz ducks out of the way and
bails to the floor as we go to commercial.
We’re back with Kofi kicking away in the corner. He goes for
the 10-count punches, but Miz powerbombs him out of the corner. Heh, I called
that as soon as Kofi hopped up there. Miz with the HHH knee for 2, ax-handle
from the top for 2, and then back to the chinlock. Kofi flips out of a suplex
and gets a scoop slam, but tries something or other that hits the knees. No
idea what he was going for there… Both guys simultaneously hit a bodypress and
we have the double KO. Kofi’s up first and he chops away and hits a dropkick.
Miz ducks a blind charge and Kofi catches himself and hops up to the top, but
Miz tosses him to the floor. We go back to a commercial break. Seriously, again?
Back with a Miz headlock, Kofi fights out but Miz sends him
right back down with a knee and kicks him in the face a few times. Blind charge
from Miz this time and he crotches himself on the second rope and Kofi follows
up with an atomic drop. They slug it out, and one major difference between this
and the ROH I always watch is the selling, as both of them are acting worn out here,
as opposed to the “get hit with something and act like it hurts for 10 seconds
then forget about it” thing that has infested most indy promotions these days.
Miz gets backdropped to the floor, baseball slide misses, and now here’s the
spot of the night: Miz tries throwing Kofi into the stairs, but Kofi just launches
himself over them to miss, and comes back with a flying clothesline off the
stairs. It gets 2 back in the ring. Kofi gets a kick to the head from the apron
and a flying bodypress that Miz rolls through for 2. Kofi comes back with a clothesline
and a double legdrop. Trouble in Paradise attempt #2 misses and Miz goes for a
pin while holding the tights, but Kofi kicks out. S.O.S. for Kofi and Miz gets
his foot on the rope. He tries grabbing the belt and walking out, but Kofi hits
a plancha and tosses him back in. Miz comes back with a really fucked-up
looking DDT for 2. Miz goes for the Skull-Crushing Finale, Kofi counters but
eats a boot and Miz tries the pin with his feet on the ropes. Ref sees it, Miz
stops to argue with him, and I think you all know what happens next. Trouble in
Paradise and we have a NEW Intercontinental Champion at 15:32 aired. I know the
IC title is kind of worthless these days, but even so having a title change
does a good job of not making this look like a B-show, especially with this
week’s Smackdown having 3 non-title matches. Match was crap, however. *1/2,
Kofi looked great but the Miz was just awful here, as nearly his entire offense
was punching, kicking, knees, and restholds. Outside of a couple Kofi highspots
this was kind of boring too. I should also note that WWE announcing Kofi’s win
on their own website kind of kook all the suspense out of it. Kofi thanks the
fans after the win.
Miz gets interviewed in the back, but talks so low into the
mic I can’t even hear what he says.
Vickie Guerrero brings out Dolph Ziggler as we go to break
Dolph Ziggler vs.
Zack Ryder:
Lillian introduces Ryder as “Zack Raider”, I gotta wonder who
she’s banging to let her keep this job. Armdrags from Ryder to start off, Ziggler
comes with an elbow out of the corner but gets dropped. Blind charge by Ryder
finds a boot to the face. Ziggler stomps away and hits an elbowdrop. They fight
over a headlock, and Ziggler hits a great Holly-esqe dropkick. This won’t come
as news to anyone, but Vickie’s screaming is REALLY irritating. Ryder with a
clothesline, Ziggler charges a couple times but gets caught and Ryder hits a
missile dropkick. Ryder hits a forearm in the corner and gets the Broski Boot
(which has to be about the stupidest name for a finisher I’ve ever heard),
Ziggler kicks out and hits a sort of jumping neckbreaker thing to finish at
2:49. Short but fine. **
Ziggler issues an open challenge for next week and Ryback
appears at the top of the ramp to end the show.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad show, and could be a pretty good
show as long as we get someone who doesn’t suck instead of The Miz. The
commentary was better than I expected, the social media whoring was
non-existent, and John Cena’s name wasn’t mentioned once. In fact, there was
really no talk of anything that didn’t directly involve what was going on here.
They’ve convinced me to come back next week, anyway.

 

WWE Main Event show

———- Forwarded message ——— Hey Scott,
Just wondering if you had a chance to check out last night's show, and if so what you thought. I watched it on DVR this morning and was really impressed. The match itself wasn't blow-away or anything, but the UFC-slash-boxing style presentation was really different and well-done, in my opinion. Either way, I'd be interested in a thread for it to see what people here thought. Thanks! ————— I have no idea if the show airs in Canada or not, but Raw burns me out on WWE after three hours, so I wouldn't watch anyway.  Plus it would cut into my Buffy time…I KNEW that Psych prof was up to no good!

Wrestlemania Opening & Main Event: Wrestlemania XXVII

Wrestlemania Opening and Main Event: Wrestlemania XXVII

Before we start with the new project we must continue with the old one. Luckily the “main events” opened and closed the show so I kill two birds with one stone.

Overall I don’t think this card will be remembered as one of the better ones. There was a terrific Punk-Orton match that most people will agree on. The Michael Cole stuff was fine until he actually went over. More or less I find that the people who like the card thought Undertaker-HHH was great and the ones that didn’t like the match didn’t like the card.

Wrestlemania XXVII: The Biggest Wrestlemania Ever
From The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Hosted by Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Michael Cole and Josh Matthews

World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio

Who is that in Alberto Del Rio’s corner? No not Ricardo Rodriguez that other guy. What’s his name? Brodus Clay or something? I think I’ve heard of him. Christian is in Edge’s corner to even the odds.

These guys start off with the fistacuffs and Edge gets a back body drop but Del Rio goes right to work on the arm that he injured during a previous episode of SmackDown. Edge, however, rallies and sends Del Rio over the top. He goes for the baseball slide but Del Rio moves out of the way and sends Edge, arm first, into the ring barricade. He rams the arm into the ring steps and gets back in the ring for two. Del Rio goes to a wear down hold, a single-arm crucifix and when Edge fights back Del Rio casually grabs his hair and pulls it down. Del Rio with more pretty unique moves to work on the arm along with some basic ones and he gets another near fall. Del Rio with a hammerlock now, a standing hammerlock. Edge tries to rally but eats a knee. Del Rio goes for a kill shot but Edge moves and the challenger goes flying to the floor. Edge busts out the somersault dive to the floor (!!). Edge goes to the top but Del Rio meets him there and gives him a top-rope armdrag for two. Back to the arm but Del Rio lets up and Edge hits a leg lariat.

Del Rio charges again and eats a high boot but Edge can’t capitalize. Both men back up and Edge with two clotheslines and a face buster. Del Rio, however, fight backs with a code breaker of sorts to the arm. That was cool. Cross arm breaker is countered with the Edge-u-cation for two. Del Rio misses a corner charge and rolls up Del Rio but the challenger reverses and gets the cross arm breaker. Edge gets to the ropes. Edge strategically gets to the ring apron and executes a hangman on Del Rio. Edge goes to the top slowly and gets caught but Del Rio’s running climbing front kick for two. Christian and Clay get into it on the floor and Clay hits the “suplex baby” to Christian which distracts Del Rio long enough for Edge to get a roll up for two. Edge with the Edge-u-cution for two. Edge goes for the spear but Del Rio side steps and Clay sends Edge, arm first into the ring post. Cross arm breaker but Edge counters with a rollup for two. Sharpshooter by Edge and on the floor Christian hits a spinning DDT to eliminate Clay. Del Rio escapes the sharpshooter but Edge hits the spear for the pinfall!

(Edge def. Del Rio, pinfall, ***3/4, I really dug this one as Del Rio’s single-minded focus on the arm against Edge’s determination told a great story. Sadly it would be the last in-ring appearance of the Rated R Superstar as a major neck injury forced him to retire. I think his Wrestlemania record is around 10-3 and he was a hell of a big-match performer.)

And the finale.

WWE Heavyweight Championship: The Miz vs. John Cena

The build for this match centered much more around Cena and The Rock and they had to really amp up the Miz in the final couple of weeks to remind people that this was the match. By then I thought it was too little too late and they needed to pull some sort of an audible. A lot of people disagree but that’s fine.

Anyway Miz’s pre-introduction was an amazing vignette done to the tune of “Hate Me Now” by Nas. Naturally when the guys in Stamford want to put together the theatrics they can do it like few others. Miz upsets me by entering the ring first. He shouldn’t enter the ring first, he’s the fucking champion, and this isn’t a hard rule to obey. Cena’s video, done with “The Prayer” by DMX wasn’t as good but the choir entrance was pretty strong. I’m hoping they don’t give Cena something too over the top this year since I’m expecting the boobirds to rain down on him pretty hard.

They do a good bit of stalling to get this sucker started and then go into basic wrestling mode with Cena landing the first real blow – a hip toss. They reset and Cena gets a headlock but Miz corners him and lays in a few shots, mostly stomps. Miz with a corner whip and he follows it with his hanging clothesline. More punching as Cena is trying a little too hard with the selling. Cena rallies with a gut wrench bomb and gets two but they are moving at a pace that would make you think they were in there for 20 minutes. Side effect by Miz gets two and he lets Cena recover in the corner before going for another clothesline which misses. Cena hits the fameasser from the top and gets two but misses a corner charge. Miz hits a running kick and gets two. Miz waits and hits a high kick for two. There’s no flow to this match. It’s move, stall, wait, move and they are just eight minutes into this. Miz pops Cena a couple of times as the challenger gets to his feet.

Miz with an Irish whip and he ducks a Cena cross body attempt. Miz baseball slides Cena to the floor and hits a knee lift. Back in the ring he gets a two count. Miz goes for a skull-crushing finale but Cena blocks. Two shoulder blocks and a atomic bomb later Cena hits the five-knuckle shuffle and goes for the attitude adjustment but Miz counters with a DDT. Miz continues with his slow pace and almost gets caught in the STF but counters with his backbreaker/neckbreaker combo. Miz removes the padding from the top turnbuckle and gets caught with an inside cradle for two. Attitude Adjustment #2 is blocked but not the STF. Miz, however, makes the ropes. While Cena backs off to the ropes to break Alex Riley rams his head into the exposed buckle and Miz hits the skull-crushing finale for a near fall. At that point there’s no reason to believe he’s going over here.

Miz goes for a second one but Cena beals him into the official. Attitude adjustment finally hits but the referee is out cold. While Cena checks on the official Riley sneaks in the ring and nails Cena with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Now why do they still have the briefcase? They are suppose to hand it in with the title shot? Anyway that doesn’t kill Cena. So Riley distracts the ref and Miz grabs the case but Cena ducks and Miz nails Cena. Attitude Adjustment hits and doesn’t get the pin. Wow I would have bet money on that being the finish. They roll to the outside and Cena clotheslines Miz over the ring barricade and then follows up with a dive and both of their bodies go SPLAT on the floor. Yikes. Referee makes the double countout and it looks like a bad finish to the match but we know that’s not happening at Wrestlemania. The Miz looks really fucked up here.

Anyway The Rock comes down to the ring and he’s not happy. After a little comedy segment with the anonymous GM, The Rock says its time to restart this match with no disqualification, countout, whining, bitching, complaining or appeal. They get back to the ring and the bell sounds. Cena goes for another Attitude Adjustment but Miz blocks and when Cena turns around he experiences Rock Bottom and the Miz retains. After the Miz celebrates The Rock beats him up too.

(Miz def. Cena, ***1/4, this was a little better than I remembered as Cena did his best to keep things together with his bumping and overselling and Miz tried but he just isn’t the caliber of worker to have a classic match without some gimmicks involved. In hindsight there were a million ways to book this and the best one probably being with Rock as the guest referee. Miz was pretty much buried by Cena the following night and he’s been in a bit of a fall since.)

Wrestlemania Opening & Main Event: Wrestlemania XXVII

Wrestlemania Opening and Main Event: Wrestlemania XXVII

Before we start with the new project we must continue with the old one. Luckily the “main events” opened and closed the show so I kill two birds with one stone.

Overall I don’t think this card will be remembered as one of the better ones. There was a terrific Punk-Orton match that most people will agree on. The Michael Cole stuff was fine until he actually went over. More or less I find that the people who like the card thought Undertaker-HHH was great and the ones that didn’t like the match didn’t like the card.

Wrestlemania XXVII: The Biggest Wrestlemania Ever
From The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Hosted by Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Michael Cole and Josh Matthews

World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio

Who is that in Alberto Del Rio’s corner? No not Ricardo Rodriguez that other guy. What’s his name? Brodus Clay or something? I think I’ve heard of him. Christian is in Edge’s corner to even the odds.

These guys start off with the fistacuffs and Edge gets a back body drop but Del Rio goes right to work on the arm that he injured during a previous episode of SmackDown. Edge, however, rallies and sends Del Rio over the top. He goes for the baseball slide but Del Rio moves out of the way and sends Edge, arm first, into the ring barricade. He rams the arm into the ring steps and gets back in the ring for two. Del Rio goes to a wear down hold, a single-arm crucifix and when Edge fights back Del Rio casually grabs his hair and pulls it down. Del Rio with more pretty unique moves to work on the arm along with some basic ones and he gets another near fall. Del Rio with a hammerlock now, a standing hammerlock. Edge tries to rally but eats a knee. Del Rio goes for a kill shot but Edge moves and the challenger goes flying to the floor. Edge busts out the somersault dive to the floor (!!). Edge goes to the top but Del Rio meets him there and gives him a top-rope armdrag for two. Back to the arm but Del Rio lets up and Edge hits a leg lariat.

Del Rio charges again and eats a high boot but Edge can’t capitalize. Both men back up and Edge with two clotheslines and a face buster. Del Rio, however, fight backs with a code breaker of sorts to the arm. That was cool. Cross arm breaker is countered with the Edge-u-cation for two. Del Rio misses a corner charge and rolls up Del Rio but the challenger reverses and gets the cross arm breaker. Edge gets to the ropes. Edge strategically gets to the ring apron and executes a hangman on Del Rio. Edge goes to the top slowly and gets caught but Del Rio’s running climbing front kick for two. Christian and Clay get into it on the floor and Clay hits the “suplex baby” to Christian which distracts Del Rio long enough for Edge to get a roll up for two. Edge with the Edge-u-cution for two. Edge goes for the spear but Del Rio side steps and Clay sends Edge, arm first into the ring post. Cross arm breaker but Edge counters with a rollup for two. Sharpshooter by Edge and on the floor Christian hits a spinning DDT to eliminate Clay. Del Rio escapes the sharpshooter but Edge hits the spear for the pinfall!

(Edge def. Del Rio, pinfall, ***3/4, I really dug this one as Del Rio’s single-minded focus on the arm against Edge’s determination told a great story. Sadly it would be the last in-ring appearance of the Rated R Superstar as a major neck injury forced him to retire. I think his Wrestlemania record is around 10-3 and he was a hell of a big-match performer.)

And the finale.

WWE Heavyweight Championship: The Miz vs. John Cena

The build for this match centered much more around Cena and The Rock and they had to really amp up the Miz in the final couple of weeks to remind people that this was the match. By then I thought it was too little too late and they needed to pull some sort of an audible. A lot of people disagree but that’s fine.

Anyway Miz’s pre-introduction was an amazing vignette done to the tune of “Hate Me Now” by Nas. Naturally when the guys in Stamford want to put together the theatrics they can do it like few others. Miz upsets me by entering the ring first. He shouldn’t enter the ring first, he’s the fucking champion, and this isn’t a hard rule to obey. Cena’s video, done with “The Prayer” by DMX wasn’t as good but the choir entrance was pretty strong. I’m hoping they don’t give Cena something too over the top this year since I’m expecting the boobirds to rain down on him pretty hard.

They do a good bit of stalling to get this sucker started and then go into basic wrestling mode with Cena landing the first real blow – a hip toss. They reset and Cena gets a headlock but Miz corners him and lays in a few shots, mostly stomps. Miz with a corner whip and he follows it with his hanging clothesline. More punching as Cena is trying a little too hard with the selling. Cena rallies with a gut wrench bomb and gets two but they are moving at a pace that would make you think they were in there for 20 minutes. Side effect by Miz gets two and he lets Cena recover in the corner before going for another clothesline which misses. Cena hits the fameasser from the top and gets two but misses a corner charge. Miz hits a running kick and gets two. Miz waits and hits a high kick for two. There’s no flow to this match. It’s move, stall, wait, move and they are just eight minutes into this. Miz pops Cena a couple of times as the challenger gets to his feet.

Miz with an Irish whip and he ducks a Cena cross body attempt. Miz baseball slides Cena to the floor and hits a knee lift. Back in the ring he gets a two count. Miz goes for a skull-crushing finale but Cena blocks. Two shoulder blocks and a atomic bomb later Cena hits the five-knuckle shuffle and goes for the attitude adjustment but Miz counters with a DDT. Miz continues with his slow pace and almost gets caught in the STF but counters with his backbreaker/neckbreaker combo. Miz removes the padding from the top turnbuckle and gets caught with an inside cradle for two. Attitude Adjustment #2 is blocked but not the STF. Miz, however, makes the ropes. While Cena backs off to the ropes to break Alex Riley rams his head into the exposed buckle and Miz hits the skull-crushing finale for a near fall. At that point there’s no reason to believe he’s going over here.

Miz goes for a second one but Cena beals him into the official. Attitude adjustment finally hits but the referee is out cold. While Cena checks on the official Riley sneaks in the ring and nails Cena with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Now why do they still have the briefcase? They are suppose to hand it in with the title shot? Anyway that doesn’t kill Cena. So Riley distracts the ref and Miz grabs the case but Cena ducks and Miz nails Cena. Attitude Adjustment hits and doesn’t get the pin. Wow I would have bet money on that being the finish. They roll to the outside and Cena clotheslines Miz over the ring barricade and then follows up with a dive and both of their bodies go SPLAT on the floor. Yikes. Referee makes the double countout and it looks like a bad finish to the match but we know that’s not happening at Wrestlemania. The Miz looks really fucked up here.

Anyway The Rock comes down to the ring and he’s not happy. After a little comedy segment with the anonymous GM, The Rock says its time to restart this match with no disqualification, countout, whining, bitching, complaining or appeal. They get back to the ring and the bell sounds. Cena goes for another Attitude Adjustment but Miz blocks and when Cena turns around he experiences Rock Bottom and the Miz retains. After the Miz celebrates The Rock beats him up too.

(Miz def. Cena, ***1/4, this was a little better than I remembered as Cena did his best to keep things together with his bumping and overselling and Miz tried but he just isn’t the caliber of worker to have a classic match without some gimmicks involved. In hindsight there were a million ways to book this and the best one probably being with Rock as the guest referee. Miz was pretty much buried by Cena the following night and he’s been in a bit of a fall since.)

Main Event Mic Style?

Hey Scott,
I was engaging in a forum discussion about the awesomeness of a Rock vs Punk promo, most thought it would be the coolest thing since disposable diapers, but I believe that their mic styles are way too different to really mesh into a great promo.  And as I thought more on that subject, I’ve noticed a trend with the promo style in WWE, especially amongst faces.
Here’s how it usually goes, insults towards the heel, involving/talking to the audience, say something very simple in content at very high intensity and finish it off with a catch phrase.  Now, without going into the quality of the promos, it seems that this style, which is if not invented, certainly perfected by the Rock, has been used by most every face to come out of the company in the last ten years (the only real exceptions being Punk and Orton, and of course those that don’t get mic time).  Now of course elements of this style were evident in Hogan and Flair’s work (high intensity plus catch phrases) Rock completed it by keeping the content fairly simple (he’s better than you) and added insults.
So, if the Main-Event Style is the standard for working the ring, do you believe that there is an equivalent standard for working the mic?
p.s. If so, come up with a catchy name for it.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s any kind of generic style for the main eventers.  Cena’s poopy jokes are quite different from Orton’s super-intense and humorless interviews, for example.  On the heel side, Dolph Ziggler has a much different timing than, say, Miz, but both guys insult the audience as a part of their gig.  Yeah, everyone is overly scripted and rehearsed, but I don’t think you can say that all promos follow the same “style”.  So no catchy name, sorry.

Main Event Mic Style?

Hey Scott,
I was engaging in a forum discussion about the awesomeness of a Rock vs Punk promo, most thought it would be the coolest thing since disposable diapers, but I believe that their mic styles are way too different to really mesh into a great promo.  And as I thought more on that subject, I’ve noticed a trend with the promo style in WWE, especially amongst faces.
Here’s how it usually goes, insults towards the heel, involving/talking to the audience, say something very simple in content at very high intensity and finish it off with a catch phrase.  Now, without going into the quality of the promos, it seems that this style, which is if not invented, certainly perfected by the Rock, has been used by most every face to come out of the company in the last ten years (the only real exceptions being Punk and Orton, and of course those that don’t get mic time).  Now of course elements of this style were evident in Hogan and Flair’s work (high intensity plus catch phrases) Rock completed it by keeping the content fairly simple (he’s better than you) and added insults.
So, if the Main-Event Style is the standard for working the ring, do you believe that there is an equivalent standard for working the mic?
p.s. If so, come up with a catchy name for it.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s any kind of generic style for the main eventers.  Cena’s poopy jokes are quite different from Orton’s super-intense and humorless interviews, for example.  On the heel side, Dolph Ziggler has a much different timing than, say, Miz, but both guys insult the audience as a part of their gig.  Yeah, everyone is overly scripted and rehearsed, but I don’t think you can say that all promos follow the same “style”.  So no catchy name, sorry.

Main Event Mic Style?

Hey Scott,
I was engaging in a forum discussion about the awesomeness of a Rock vs Punk promo, most thought it would be the coolest thing since disposable diapers, but I believe that their mic styles are way too different to really mesh into a great promo.  And as I thought more on that subject, I’ve noticed a trend with the promo style in WWE, especially amongst faces.
Here’s how it usually goes, insults towards the heel, involving/talking to the audience, say something very simple in content at very high intensity and finish it off with a catch phrase.  Now, without going into the quality of the promos, it seems that this style, which is if not invented, certainly perfected by the Rock, has been used by most every face to come out of the company in the last ten years (the only real exceptions being Punk and Orton, and of course those that don’t get mic time).  Now of course elements of this style were evident in Hogan and Flair’s work (high intensity plus catch phrases) Rock completed it by keeping the content fairly simple (he’s better than you) and added insults.
So, if the Main-Event Style is the standard for working the ring, do you believe that there is an equivalent standard for working the mic?
p.s. If so, come up with a catchy name for it.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s any kind of generic style for the main eventers.  Cena’s poopy jokes are quite different from Orton’s super-intense and humorless interviews, for example.  On the heel side, Dolph Ziggler has a much different timing than, say, Miz, but both guys insult the audience as a part of their gig.  Yeah, everyone is overly scripted and rehearsed, but I don’t think you can say that all promos follow the same “style”.  So no catchy name, sorry.