Punk gets a new #1 Contender setting up what will be a DOPE ppv match, Brock turns to the direction of HHH, the Bella’s go bye-bye and we get the 2012 version of Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin…. oh and the tag titles change hands…
Archive for April, 2012
Youtube Pre-Pay Per Match
Santino pins Miz via Cobra
Mascara de Fuego: Fine for what it was. Chicago was hot for Santino.
Falls Count Anywhere
Randy Orton pins Kane via RKO on a steel chair
Mascara de Fuego: Nice opener, crowd definitely got into it after they got back to the ring from the back. For a match I had no interest in, it was good.
Great Puma: Lots of brawling on the outside with a near fall in a corridor off of a sick RKO. There was even a brief Zack Ryder run-in. The match certainly picked up once they brought to the ring and went full throttle. The crowd was hot and the match was brutal and fast paced. Great curtain jerker to start the pay per view.
Extreme Rules Match
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
Mascara De Fuego: Brock Lesnar. The WWE needs to be smart about this and they need this to be short. Brock Lesnar needs to come out and literally DESTROY John Cena. Look, they fucked up by putting Brock in a match with Cena right off the bat so since there is nothing you can do about this at this point then you need to have him go out and look like the biggest monster in recent history. They need to make it seem like the entire locker needs to fear that Brock is part of this roster. If you want people to be talking about this match for days after the ppv it needs to be a murder on ppv, MMA style. Chicagois not going to boo Lesnar so you need to make the best of this by playing off of it and just give people what they want. I know people are going to argue that they can not do this to the biggest smiley face in the company but I argue that in doing that you can gain sympathy for Cena and build him back up by doing vignettes on him training and taking Lesnar seriously for their rematch… where Lesnar beats him again, just doesn’t end up killing him.
Great Puma: Brock Lesnar. My goodness I really hope Mascara de Fuego is right. Will the WWE’s franchise be willing to take one for the greater good of the company? Cena beating Lesnar does nothing for Lesnar’s stock. This needs to be a main event squash match for Brock Lesnar. If they’re thinking of feeding him to Undertaker or the Rock at next year’s Wrestlemania, the WWE needs to make Brock look like the Cosmic Asskicker that he is.
Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship
CM Punk (champion) vs. Chris Jericho
Great Puma: CM Punk. Would they really want to cause a riot in Chicago? I actually think a Chicago audience wouldn’t mind seeing CM Punk lose to Chris Jericho if the match was good enough. All in all this is a great feud that puts asses in seats and nothing more. Jericho doesn’t need the title and I don’t think he’s going to get it here. It would be cool and all but I think the WWE goes with conventional hometown hero booking for this match.
Mascara De Fuego: Chris Jericho. I think Punk has gotten a lot of great opportunities in his home city, so much so that I don’t think this is going to go his way. I think they will take this opportunity to take the title off of Punk just to keep this feud going. Hoping for another good match between the two.
2 Out Of 3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus (champion) vs. Daniel Bryan
Mascara De Fuego: Daniel Bryan. Sheamus right now is a nothing champion and maybe that is no fault of his own. Although his WrestleMania win was set to put him way over it has done the complete opposite and has made Daniel Bryan a bigger star. The YES chants are the biggest thing going on since the WHAT chants and the WWE would be completely stupid not to cash in on this. Juice this right now for all its worth! Daniel Bryan is finally getting over to levels that guys dream about. The YES chants are even making their way to other sports! For Sheamus to come out of this match as champion would be an unwise choice for this company right now, PLUS what a better way to reunite AJ and Bryan than having her help him with back the World Title.
Great Puma: Daniel Bryan. This is probably more wishful thinking than any logical explanation. As much as the YES chants are spreading across the world, there’s still a large portion of the WWE audience that looks at the more talented but smaller wresters the same way that Vince McMahon does. They see no value in them and they would rather support the big wrestlers with superhero physics. I want Mascara de Fuego to be right but my inner-cynic is telling me that Bryan is putting Sheamus over here because the WWE boss says so.
Stipulation TBD for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Big Show (champion) vs. Cody Rhodes
Great Puma: Big Show. You don’t job to the Great Khali on the Smackdown right before the pay per view. It wouldn’t make sense for Cody to win right after that loss. Both men are too big for this title and I hope they move on to better and bigger things after this feud.
Mascara De Fuego: Big Show. Big Show as IC Champion doesn’t do anything for me but then again this title hasn’t meant much in a long ass time. I did think the title was a good fit for Cody right now. I would much prefer see Cody take the title back here but I think this will be another knockout by Show for the pin.
WWE Divas Championship
Nikki Bella (champion) vs. Beth Phoenix
Great Puma: Beth Phoenix. So is Beth’s injury legit? Regardless of whether it is or isn’t injured I just hope they tell a decent story within their limited amount of time. Beth Phoenix should still be champion right now anyways. I think this will be a good send off for the Bella Twins.
Mascara De Fuego: Nikki Bella. I don’t know why the fuck this match is happening on this ppv!? They need to play up Beth’s injury angle not feed her to Nikki who’s leaving soon anyway! This should have been an open challenge match by Nikki that results in a match with Kharma who come out destroys BOTH Bella’s and wins the title. Then build to Phoenix and Kharma down the road. Yes, its what’s been rumored on the interwebs lately but it makes the most sense here in a division that is basically nothing.
Falls Count Anywhere
Kane vs. Randy Orton
Mascara De Fuego: Randy Orton. Again, I don’t care about this match or feud. It will probably end up in the back with a big spot for Orton to defeat Kane. The end.
Great Puma: Orton. I actually liked their Wrestlemania match that had Kane winning with the sick Chokeslam off the second rope finish. I’m not to excited about this one and I’m sure Orton gets pay per view revenge.
Extreme Rules pre-show airing on YouTube 30 minutes before show start time
WWE United States Championship
Santino Marella (champion) vs. The Miz
Great Puma: Santino. They used to do this a long time ago and now I think they’re experimenting with the UFC’s current pre-PPV ritual of showing a few matches for free to gain some wrestling fans that were undecided on buying the ppv. The Miz has lost every ounce of mojo he had prior to last year’s Wrestlemania. Santino should be winning this and giving the fans what they want, the Cobra!
Mascara De Fuego: Santino. I’ve heard people shit on this but I think this is a great idea! I miss the days of the Sunday Night Heat lead up show into the ppv. This is a very smart thing for the WWE and Youtube to bring people to their site which in turn would hopefully take people into the ppv. They should not only keep this idea but give it a full hour to push the ppv for some late minute buys.
Ryback destroys another one and Claudio Castagnoli/Antonio Cesaro makes his in-ring debut! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Claudio Castagnoli makes his non-wrestling debut as Antonio Cesaro! YES! YES! YES!
England proves they can hang with Miami in YES chants. Bryan renames the La Bell Lock. Punk goes for a drink… or DOES he and Cena has another rough night.
YES! YES! YES! Ryback! Ryback! Ryback! And…Mean Gene Okerlund is wrestling in the main event. This was a long night.