Quick Thought

While working on the Clash 8 repost tonight, I had a quick thought that I wanted to share because NO ONE had mentioned it up until now:  Why didn't they do a video package or even a mention leading up to the Brock-Undertaker match, or even the followup to it, where Paul Heyman mentions that he's the one who brought Undertaker into the wrestling business in the first place as Mean Mark Callous and he's been waiting to unleash this ultimate revenge for getting fired as his manager all these years?  It would have been easy heat and reasoning and a neat callback to boot.  They could show the footage of young Mean Mark and then bring it full circle with Heyman breaking his streak years later.  I await my kudos from Paul on Twitter.

Thought on Survivor Series

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> Look I want to begin with what I'm about to say is a bit outlandish. But it is at all possible that the WWE was sandbagging it on this PPV? Honestly is it crazy to think that they (Vince and company) put together this below average show on purpose. Here me out on this because I'm never one for conspiracy theories or this other crazy internet bs but something stunk about this whole build to a supposed "big four" show of the year. With the WWE about to renegotiate for their TV rights and the new network on the horizon you would assume ratings,PPV buys,and overall popularity will play large part in those upcoming negotiations. So to show improvement in all those areas you bottom out this month and show steady gains from here on out. Honestly why else would you place Show ( a guy whom hasn't drawn in years and you could argue never drew) in the Main Event? Vince and company know that they aren't dumb. They know that a decent number of fans will buy the Survivor Series just habitually along with the parents of children who want to watch Cena. So following tonight's show you have the build towards unifying the titles along with the returns of Brock, Taker etc. to coincide with the "road to Wrestlemania and ratings will rise. So going into the TV negotiations the WWE can show that they as a company are on the upswing and demand more cash? Am I far off on this?

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Sorry, but they just really think Big Show is a draw and their storytelling prowess is unmatched. Ratings go up by January anyway with the end of football season, no tanking it purposely needed.

Undertaker Wrestlemania 30/31 Thought

Good day Mr. Keith.  All the recent discussion about UT's opponent for this coming up wrestlemania, really either Cena or Lesnar, has me clamoring more for the former for 30, and the latter for 31, and heres why they should book it.  A Lesnar/UT match needs more build then starting from what i assume would be no earlier than Royal Rumble, a Cena/UT match needs the simple "well, we haven;t faced eachother yet at wrestlemania" promo.  Plus CM Punk needs his rematch to close out the Heyman fued once and for all.  So this is how I would book it:

Lesnar wins title at Rumble, from Cena, Punk wins rumble, gets Lesnar at mania.
Cena loses title, and  on raw, wines again about how horrible his life is now, challenges for the streak.  UT excepts.

Punk beats Lesnar, UT beats Cena
Next night on RAW, Lesnar is PISSED!  at the loss, and as UT comes out to say, tease last night was his last match, Lesnar beats the living hell out of him, like a REAL MAN'S beat down, emt's, UT never gets up, the whole shabang.

Lesnar does his few appearances throughout the year, beats some babyface's along the way, as the rumble gets closer little hints of Undertaker symbols throughout, but very low key, and yes, I am kinda getting some Batman/Bane TDKR/Knightfall influence here.  The 2 months between Rumble & WM, the nods and symbolism to UT get more frequent, but he never shows up because WM would be his in ring return to challenge Lesnar.  It would be an effective way to build off an entire year, the beatdown selling UT couldnt come back till WM.  Waddya think?

btw: does all the frequent rumors for wm 30 conclude that Rock is not wrestling?

Pretty sure Rock's schedule and insurance will ensure he doesn't wrestle this year, yes. Why take the chance and jettison a $20 million movie payday anyway?
As for this, yes, I agree Taker-Lesnar is something that would probably need a more epic buildup, and I'd definitely have gone with Cena-UT and Punk-Lesnar this year.  But obviously everything is just rumors right now, so I'm not getting terribly worked up yet.  
Although this weekend really should be the final Punk-Heyman blowoff.  With Ryback apparently in the doghouse this will probably be it for Punk v. Paul for a long while,  I hope.  

Random thought

Watching NXT and seeing feuds being blown off on the show. I was wondering if there would be any money in giving the NXT guys a $10 2 hour iPPV once in a while just to blow off some of the more popular feuds and to also see if some of the talent can hack a match longer than 3 minutes and be ready for the main shows. I just think it would be nice to see and something i'd pay for since it's the only wrestling show I watch now.

Thoughts?

No, no, NO.  I like them in their own little universe where no one's watching and Vince doesn't give a shit about them.  The shows build just fine week-to-week and the answer is 9 times out of 10 going to be "No, they're not ready for the main shows."  And that's OK, because that's part of the charm of the show in the first place.  Really, Sami Zayn and maybe a couple of other guys like Kassius Ohno are the only ones I'd want to see on RAW at this point, so putting them on PPV would just be setting them up for failure anyway.

Wait for it.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.

But they'd still outdraw Bound For Glory on PPV.
RIMSHOT.

A thought on Barely Legal 97

Always thought this,

I wonder why they had Taz beat Sabu on this show? I mean, the big angle coming out of the show was that Bill Alfonso screwed Taz and joined up with Sabu and RVD. Wouldn't it have been a stronger turn if it had led to Sabu winning via chicanery rather than just doing it at the end of the match?

It's not like a loss in that fashion would have hurt Taz. It would have kept him strong but also given a new dimension to Sabu's character (He didn't believe he could get it done on his own so he instead made a deal with the devil to win)

Sabu beat Taz a few months later at Wrestlepalooza 97 anyway, so it wasn't like they had a Taz streak to protect or anything

Thoughts?

Mike

Here's the thing with Paul Heyman that everyone always overlooks when discussing his booking:  He does fantastic work with the buildup, but he's shit at nailing the landing.  The whole Taz-Sabu feud was built for MONTHS as babyface Sabu coming back to get his revenge on Taz and end the monster's streak, and then he just…lost.  It was a really terrible way to pay off the feud, especially since Taz then got into a chase of Shane Douglas that lasted WAAAAAAY too long and was also a disappointing payoff.  
But yes, your idea would definitely have been better for business, I think.  

Thought I’d add my WM 29 booking to the pool

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The Shield thought

Would WWE be smart enough to tie The Shield guys with being those SWAT guys that used to be follow around Heyman in ECW.  I do not believe they ever revealed who they were. I know it was not those guys.


Do you REALLY?  Maybe Dean Ambrose was just biding his time.  
Much like 99% of the continent, I never watched WWECW outside of like 2 episodes, so I don't even remember those guys, and I don't think anyone else would either.  It would be such an obscure plot point to bring up that I don't even see what the payoff is supposed to be.  Especially since Punk has repeatedly stated that he's not working with the Shield, and his word is good enough for me.

Random Thought

Traditionally in wrestling, a referee stopping the match due to excessive bleeding doesn't change the title.  So that would be a terrific way for a babyface to beat the hell out of a heel without having to lose and still keeping the title on the heel.  I have no idea what this random thought could apply to, however.  

Someone from NBC thought it was a good idea to interview the Iron Sheik about the olympics…

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/blog=olympic-talk/post/iron-sheik-talks-team-usa-wrestling-london-olympics-2012.html This will be fun for everyone. You can play mad libs with all the deleted expletives.

I’m shocked he didn’t mention his fake experiences in the Olympics in 68 or 72 or whatever year he’s remembering this week.  Or maybe he did and we couldn’t tell, who knows. 

Random Thought For The Night

Given that the Muppets are on RAW next week and the show has a chance to break out of the current funk and be something different and fun (although it won’t be), there’s really one storyline that they have to do. At some point, Miss Piggy has to put the moves on Dolph Ziggler, leading to a knock-down drag-out catfight with Vickie where Piggy quickly ends it with a “HIYA” karate chop and Vickie sells it like death. There’s just no way around it.

If they were really thinking, they’d bribe Chris Jericho to make a guest appearance and do a skit with Fozzie Bear.

It could be fun. We’ll see.

Random Thought For The Night

Given that the Muppets are on RAW next week and the show has a chance to break out of the current funk and be something different and fun (although it won’t be), there’s really one storyline that they have to do. At some point, Miss Piggy has to put the moves on Dolph Ziggler, leading to a knock-down drag-out catfight with Vickie where Piggy quickly ends it with a “HIYA” karate chop and Vickie sells it like death. There’s just no way around it.

If they were really thinking, they’d bribe Chris Jericho to make a guest appearance and do a skit with Fozzie Bear.

It could be fun. We’ll see.

Not As Much Money In The Bank As Previously Thought

As per last night’s Observer radio show, initial numbers for Money In The Bank are coming in, and it looks like about 135,000 domestic buys.  Predictions based on the show’s response had originally put it at 150,000 or more, which would have been phenomenal.  This doesn’t cover international buys and numbers will probably change a lot when the finals come in next quarter, but as it stands it’s a bit of a boost over 2010’s show, but not a game-changing performance or anything.  It’s basically a B-show that did better than it would have.   Hopefully this won’t mean Punk will immediately lose his version of the title and then job to Fake Sin Cara every night, but given the impatience WWE has displayed with the angle thus far, you never know.  Really, what it goes to show is that PPV is a dying market for WWE and there’s very little that’s going to boost it again short of Rock and Steve Austin returning fulltime.