Archive for March, 2012

Smackdown Thoughts & Review [March 30, 2012]

March 30, 2012

This was basically a recap/highlight show to hype up Wrestlemania 28 this Sunday. This show featured only two matches.

Zack Ryder pins Drew McIntyre with Rough Ryder

~ Longer match than it needed to be. Drew McIntyre got a lot of offense in, including a well-placed tilt-a-whirl stomach breaker. I think this was foreshadowing Zack’s part in the Wrestlemania Battle of the GMs Tag match.

Chris Jericho submits Kofi Kingston via Walls of Jericho

~ Good match for what it was. It’s always a refreshing sight to see someone actually tap out to a submission move. It’s really not done enough these days.

I have a feeling these two enjoy working with each other from their apparent chemistry in the ring. Kofi was a super selling, bumping maniac as usual. That Ranhei/SOS is one of the best moves in the company. What’s great about Jericho is that he makes his matches look effortless while putting forth his best effort.

Fighter Hayabusa’s WrestleMania 28 Predictions

March 29, 2012


Singles Match
The Rock vs. John Cena

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: The Rock

What they will do: John Cena

What can be said about this match that hasn’t already been said? Some will say the buildup was on par and other will say that it was hit or miss. Regardless of how they’ve built this match up the important thing to remember is that they ACTUALLY built this match over the last year. The WWE has done something they have never done and announced Rock vs. Cena one year ago. Make no mistake about it, they wanted you to believe this IS a big deal… and it is. Both guys have represented the business at one time or another and are household names. This warranted that amount of time. Does this mean they should do it every year? Nope. This was special and should keep it that way. As far as the match, I don’t think there is a person out there that thinks this will actually be a bad match… even with Cena in it. Both know that this NEEDS to come off as strong as possible and I have no doubt that it will try to steal the show. Will it? That remains to be seen.

Great Puma’s Prediction: The Rock

What they will do: John Cena

The argument for the Rock “must put over” John Cena is lost on me. Cena doesn’t lose a thing if he loses at Wrestlemania. The Rock however loses a lot. With a loss to Cena, it says that the best of the Attitude era isn’t as good as the best of the present day WWE. The WWE is surviving on the ethos created and built by Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind and DX in the Attitude era. It’s arguable that today’s WWE superstars could not compete with the superstars of the Attitude era. Cena needs to put over the Rock as a tribute for all that the Rock has accomplished and built for the business that John Cena and his peers have prospered from. The Rock didn’t have to come back for one or two matches but he has. Cena losing to the Rock would be the respectful thing to do. Every has it’s mega star and John Cena just isn’t it. The Rock putting Cena over would be like Muhammad Ali taking a dive for Wladimir Klitschko. As dominant as Wladimir Klitschko is in today’s heavyweight boxing ranks, the hearts of the masses still belong to Ali.


Hell In A Cell
Triple H vs. The Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as the Special Guest Referee

Great Puma’s Prediction: Undertaker

What they will do: Undertaker

The WWE isn’t that dumb. They wouldn’t put one of the main reasons people tune into Wrestlemania in jeopardy would they? Undertaker should take this and goes on to win at least five more before he retires. The great thing about the Undertaker is that he doesn’t have more than ten World Championship tenures, he was never the top merchandise seller, and he certainly isn’t recognized for an over-the-top moveset or catch phrases. Undertaker is an attraction and show all unto himself. He doesn’t need titles or controversy to add to his legacy. Undertaker’s staying power in an incredibly fickle business should be the sole reason that Triple H puts his ego aside and make the Undertaker look like the baddest and most dangerous man ever to walk into a Hell in a Cell. It’s not the right thing to do; it’s the only thing to do.

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: Undertaker

What they will do: Undertaker

Did this match need HBK? Nope. But did this match need the Hell in the Cell, you’re damn right it did. I was not excited at the prospect of yet another match by these two at WrestleMania (now going on THREE) but I think the added stipulation of the HIAC cage added another level to this match. Yeah, there have been a lot of HIAC matches in recent history with the stipulation getting its own branded ppv. But this year that ppv is off the calendar, which means we just might get ONE HIAC match this year… that’s a good thing. This match should be at least as good as last year even though it will have tough competition. I don’t see HBK adding much to this match until the end when HHH gets pissy that he lost to Taker… again. I know its farfetched but I am crossing my fingers for blood in this one.


WWE Championship
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

Great Puma’s Prediction: Chris Jericho

What they will do: CM Punk

This is another case of a superstar from another era coming back to face a superstar of today. Chris Jericho knows what’s good for business and I doubt he would have any problem putting CM Punk over. I wouldn’t mind either way but I think a CM Punk hell bent on revenge is better than a CM Punk defending and defeating foe after foe. It makes for better storylines and I don’t think people will want to invest in a post-Wrestlemania pay per view if they know CM Punk can defeatJericho. I’m going withJerichoon this one because I think it would be better for business in the long term. It sure is a lot more compelling and fun with Chris Jericho around.

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: Chris Jericho

What they will do: Chris Jericho

First it was about being the best in the world then it became about Punk’s family… taking all that shit away these two are going to steal this show. There is no reason to think anything on this card will beat this match. Might come close, but it won’t beat this. A clinic is exactly what it will be. If it’s anything less than that would be a goddamn shame. I still think the promos should have stayed on “best in the world” and moved over to Punk’s family later in the feud. Maybe in the build up to the next ppv. But it seems they tried to cram too much all at once.


World Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: Daniel Bryan

What they will do: Sheamus

Maybe it’s just me but its felt that more build has been put into Bryan and not Sheamus. Yeah, you’ve madeBryana hateable person but what good is that when you don’t have a face you REALLY want to see beat that guy? It’s not to say they haven’t put some time into Sheamus since his Rumble win but it hasn’t been stellar in the slightest.Bryanwould benefit walking out of Mania with the belt mostly because no one seems like he is. But remember, no one thought he would get this far with the title and now he’s got a title match at WrestleMania.

Great Puma’s Prediction: Daniel Bryan

What they will do: Sheamus

Shithead heel Daniel Bryan is a lot more interesting than funny, jokey, good guy Sheamus. Sheamus gets his share of great pops but they pale in comparison to hatred that Daniel Bryan receives on a weekly basis. Daniel Bryan winning is a great story. He’s a wrestler who came from “nothing” as far as Michael TOOL Cole is concerned to become one of the top wrestlers in the ring and on the mic. I’ve been a Daniel Bryan for a long time and just watching him wrestle on the biggest stage of them all is a reward. Win or lose, I hope the WWE allows enough time for Sheamus and Daniel Bryan to shine.


WWE Intercontinental Championship
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show

Great Puma’s Prediction: Big Show

What they will do: Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes has a long career ahead of him. He doesn’t need a high-profile Wrestlemania win right now. The Big Show needs this. Show has taken one for the team at Wrestlemania throughout his career. I think the WWE needs to give him retribution for all of his sacrifice and humility. I just want to see a huge chop while Cody is in mid-air off of a Beautiful Disaster or moonsault.

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: Cody Rhodes

What they will do: Big Show

I know most believe that Show needs this victory, I don’t think that is the case. I think they could be onto something interesting here with a losing streak at WrestleMania. Like I said in our last post this is a streak that you can at least envision being broken at some point, not like Taker who isn’t (shouldn’t) lose. They could build to something nice for him even winning what could be is last match at a Mania down the road.Rhodeshas been constant for a while, not raising but just being a constant. I think this match could help push him further and possibly to a future Money in the Bank briefcase win.


12 Man Tag Team Match – Team Long vs. Team Laurinaitis
Team Long – Santino Marella (Captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder and Booker T vs. Team Laurinaitis – David Otunga (Captain), Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Mark Henry and The Miz.

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: Team Johnny

What they will do: Team Johnny

They couldn’t be any more blatant with how one sided this match looks. Santino’s team is a who’s-who of guys who have never been taken seriously (except for Booker T). Most of these guys have been pushed for a short period of time only to be cooled down to the point of career death. Anyone remember the failed Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston feud. Yep, perfect example. At least Team Johnny looks like a team of guys who have main-evented or is going to main event soon enough. Guys like Henry, Miz, Swagger and even Ziggler have all had a world title. The only former world champion on Team Teddy was JUST added on the go home show. I don’t think anyone believes that Teddy Long is going to get both shows… too bad too; the dude has been around for a long time.

Great Puma’s Prediction: Team Teddy

What they will do: Team Johnny

Why not send the crowd home happy with the faces winning? I know John Laurinaitis is good for business and all but seeing heel screw jobs week after week would get a little boring. If Team Johnny does win, expect a Stone Cold versus the Corporation-like storyline all over again. I think I’ll be bored with that.


Singles Match
Kane vs. Randy Orton

Great Puma’s Prediction: Kane

What they will do: Randy Orton

Cena beat Kane in January; therefore Orton must beat Kane in April. Kane needs a big win sooner or later but it’s not happening at the expense of Randy Orton. Orton is definitely part of the WWE’s upper-echelon/Sunday Brunch Crew and they’re not going to sacrifice Orton just to make the mid-card monster, Kane, look good. Let’s hope they keep this one short and sweet around the 8-minute mark.

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: I don’t care.

What they will do: Randy Orton

Yeah they really should have just not had this match and saved time on the card for the other matches. I have zero interest in this match as you can tell.


Divas Tag Team Match
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix

Mascara De Fuego’s Prediction: I don’t give a shit.

What they will do: Kelly & Maria

Something has to go on between Taker vs. HHH and Rock vs. Cena.

Great Puma’s Prediction: Kelly & Maria

What they will do: Kelly & Maria

Nothing here is going to top Snooki’s awesome handspring elbow from last year. Nothing.


March 26, 2012


The go-home show is here! So pumped to be going to WrestleMania this year!


5 Moments We Don’t Want to See at Wrestlemania 28

March 26, 2012

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1. Miz interferes in the Rock vs. Cena match

Great Puma: The last thing we need in this feud is a dirty finish. A Miz run-in would allude to a Rock vs. Cena rematch at Survivor Series or at Wrestlemania 29 in New Jersey, which is something I really don’t want to see. Rock needs to pin Cena clean in his hometown. End of story. I don’t buy the whole notion that the Rock needs to put Cena over. Cena may have been the man in the WWE for the past 7 years or so but he doesn’t come close to the Rock when it comes to worldwide cross over appeal. To be the man in the attitude era was a lot harder than being the top guy in the last decade. I just say “Stone Cold Steve Austin” to counter any post-attitude era arguments.

Mascara De Fuego: No, no, NO! I know this has been rumored but Miz needs to keep up out of this match. I want this to go without a hitch and with Rock going over. The Miz getting involved isn’t going to do anything for anyone. If he does get involved what’s that going to lead to? Another Rock vs. Cena match? No thanks, I want this to be the FIRST and the LAST. A Rock vs. Miz match? Why? Who would give a crap about that!? Miz just needs to stick with NOT being at Mania and using that to climb back up the card instead of interjecting himself or bitching about that fact.


Smackdown Thoughts & Review [March 23, 2012]

March 23, 2012

Daniel Bryan cuts his best promo to date. CM Punk wrestles in the main event. Brodus Clay is back in action. Great Khali is a Broski.



March 19, 2012


2 weeks!


Smackdown Thoughts & Review [March 16, 2012: late edition]

March 18, 2012

Christian’s back. Jericho and Sheamus put on a show.



March 12, 2012



Smackdown Thoughts & Review [March 9, 2012]

March 10, 2012

Solid show from beginning to end and Kofi and R-Truth still haven’t made a tag team name for themselves.



March 5, 2012


The road to WrestleMania continues!