By Kendall Portis
Early Tuesday afternoon, Hardcore Legend and 2013 WWE Hall Of Fame inductee Mick Foley tweeted,"Who will induct me into @WWEHOF? Find out in 90 minutes when Michael Foley Jr brings you "The Decision". Let the speculation begin...now!". Foley then tweeted the YouTube link to "THE DECISION". Sitting by his son, Mick then make a Al Snow joke as the inductor but Revealed none other than his mentor and close friend Terry Funk. Terry Funk and Mick Foley both are recognized as Hardcore Legends for their ruthless and aggressive style of wrestling. Also both men feuded in several promotions.
Watch "The Decision" here.
The Rock shockingly delivers a Rock Bottom to John Cena.
Great promo from CM Punk to kick off the show. This was the strongest promo we've seen from Punk in recent weeks and really helped set the stage for his match with Undertaker. It was simple and effective, which is all it ever really needed to be. Undertaker's brawling with Punk was a pleasant surprise, but it didn't give away too much going into WrestleMania 29. While they haven't completely abandoned the Paul Bearer story-line, it's nice to see that it wasn't featured as prominently here. This was a hot opening segment and set the tone for the rest of the show.
Excellent match between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler. This was the match I was hoping to see at WrestleMania (specifically over the World Heavyweight Championship), but at least the feud was blown-off on Raw rather than forgotten about all together. As expected, their chemistry was off the charts and produced some extremely entertaining action. I have no problem with Jericho going over here, as he's been the one to put over others since returning to WWE earlier this year. Fandango looked impressive in his attack on Jericho, which helped solidify their match for 'Mania. The feud between the two has been well-booked thus far, aside from the fact that I'm still somewhat against the idea of Jericho being relegated to a match against someone who just debuted a mere month ago.
Standard squash match with Mark Henry defeating the Usos in two-on-one action. It was nice to see the Usos score some temporary offense, but it came as no surprise that they were inevitably decimated by the World's Strongest Man. It asserted Henry's dominance and continued his major momentum heading into his match against Ryback at the show of shows. Only thing that separated this from past squash matches Henry has been a part of in recent weeks was the fact that it was a Handicap match, so at least it was something different.
Nice match between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. It was well wrestled while it lasted, but easily could have gone a few extra minutes. Smart booking by having Jack Swagger attack Ricardo Rodriguez at ringside in order to get Del Rio to lose via count-out. Despite the fact Del Rio attacked Cesaro after the bout anyway, it was still a nice win for the Swiss sensation regardless.
Decent match with WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defeating Prime Time Players. While there was nothing necessarily wrong with the match, it didn't serve much of a purpose. We've seen the bout numerous times in the past and the outcome was never in doubt. However, having the trio of Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston and AJ Lee look on from afar was still a nice touch.
Solid promo from Triple H. He didn't say anything we haven't heard before, but it was still exceptionally executed. This feud closed the show last week, so there was no need to have another hot angle on this week's edition as well. I, for one, have enjoyed this rivalry since been revisited and look forward to the No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania. Triple H hitting a low blow on Wade Barrett felt unnecessary, but it gave him an out to lose the subsequent match.
Big Show collides with his 'Mania partners on Miz TV.
Decent Miz TV segment to kick off the show guest starring Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show. Everyone played their roles exceptionally well, but no one's mic work was all that intriguing. It was a pretty standard segment that established the main event for later in the night as well as the six-man tag team match at WrestleMania 29, so at least it was effective in that aspect.
Basic squash match with Mark Henry dominating Zack Ryder. We've been seeing the same shtick from Henry for weeks, so this was nothing out of the ordinary. Ryback's ambush on Henry was well done, but it wasn't absolutely necessary. I would have liked to see these two kept apart going into their clash at 'Mania, but I'm content with the approach they're taking instead.
Good match between Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. It was basically a retread of what we saw on this week's Raw, but it was still well-wrestled, regardless. Ziggler could use all the momentum he can get after being booked so poorly since the start of the year, so more decisive victories like this one will only benefit him. Kingston, on the other hand, is in desperate need of a gimmick change, as he's maintained the same stagnant character since his debut over five years ago.
Great match between Jack Swagger and Chris Jericho. Although their main event match last week was quite similar, I still enjoyed this bout nonetheless. Swagger and Jericho have awesome chemistry with one another, so I wouldn't be against a full-fledged feud between the two later down the line. Fandango's interference wasn't surprising, but it was most definitely impressive. While he may be a great athlete, I'm still confused as to why Fandango is getting a WrestleMania match before established stars such as Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, and Damien Sandow, among others.
By Drew Lapoint
As an avid fan and observer of professional wrestling, or perhaps a more modern term would be sports entertainment, I can tell you straight from the heart that there's nothing that gets my blood boiling more than when non-fans refer to wrestling as "fake." There are many other terms that us "marks" deem much more acceptable such as "pre-determined," "scripted," or perhaps even a "simulation." These same people calling wrestling fake are more than likely the same people lining up at their nearest movie theatre eagerly anticipating the next Fast and the Furious action adventure. I could sit there and criticize the films scripted and "fake" nature, the same way that they talk about my favorite television program, but in all honestly it would probably be a waste of time and energy. Some people just don't understand what draws us into the world of wrestling, but those that do, all may have a very different reason for why the enjoy the business. One thing for sure though, even in its pre-determined nature, the bumps, the blood, the sweat, and the action is anything but a farce, and us fans appreciate these amazing performers putting it all on the line for us 300 or more days out of the year. You tell me any sport that constantly goes, goes, goes and doesn't stop without an off-season other than wrestling? You'd be hard pressed to find a legit answer.
Perhaps there is one sport that can stake that claim however, and that would be the ruthless, aggressive world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lead by its biggest mainstream promotion, and Vince McMahons most threatening competition as it applies to pay per view buy rates, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Formed in the early 90s, the initial goal of the promotion was to take legit trained fighters and martial arts experts around the world and place them in real world competition with a "anything goes" mentality, battling within the confines of a cage in an octagon shaped ring. It was a new and unique idea to fans around the world because the scripted nature of pro wrestling indeed did turn many a spectator off that yearned for real, brutal competition, and lets face it, boxing was losing its edge in that market.
By Kalon Webb
I'm sure most of you guys are wondering where I been (for those who know me) or exactly who I am, right? Well, I'm Kalon Webb, a writer who has been uninspired to write articles about wrestling because of todays current product. Now, I could be like the rest of the “smarks” out there and claim to know what's best for the product, but that is not what my intentions of this article. Simply enough, I just want share my views and opinions of how I feel about wrestling today in WWE.
Typically when you hear a wrestling event is going to be three hours long you would be stoked, right? Well, that doesn't seem to be the case today with Monday Night Raw. I'm sure most thought of when WWE announced that they would be going to three hours on Monday nights that it was great idea. We would get more time for the mid-card, Divas, tag divisions and hey, maybe even a relaunched cruiserweight division because it would be enough time. Turns out it was the complete opposite it of what wrestling's big leagues had in mind. Instead we would get the exact same thing we were getting before, nothing! How is it possible with three hours of Raw, SmackDown,Superstars, Saturday Morning Slam, AND Main Event we still don't get these things and still manage to only see tensuperstars out of a roster with over 25 guys? One thing I don't understand is how a company can hire dozens of workers to beef up the company. Only use 10% of them and when those 10% leave they still don't use the other dozens they already have. Instead those 10% seem to get part-time deals to comeback with a lighter schedule and maybe even a slight pay raise to “bring in the ratings”.
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