Welcome back for another ‘Them’s Fightin’ Words!’, offering my review and commentary on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw as well as other assorted pro wrestling news. Big Raw this week, the show right before SummerSlam so there’s lots of build-up leading into the big show. Far more, in fact than we’ve seen in the past for the lesser pay-per-views.
Which makes me wonder, are the big PPVs like SummerSlam and Royal Rumble as big as they are because they just are, or because these are the ones the WWE puts the most effort into promoting, the most effort into putting together the biggest, best matches and most interesting feuds for. I mean sure, you can’t expect one of the lesser PPVs to do higher numbers than say, ‘Hell in a Cell’ but compared to the build-up for SummerSlam some of the setups for their other shows have been… underwhelming, to say the least.
But not this time. Between Brock Lesnar vs. Triple-H, CM Punk’s triple threat match with John Cena and Big Show, Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and Jericho vs. Ziggler, along with a handful of other great bouts, this is shaping up to be one great PPV.
Opening up this week’s Raw CM Punk takes on the Big Show. Hmm, so the WWE champ is opening Raw tonight. That can’t bode well for Punk’s battle for respect in the WWE. All isn’t lost, though. Due to an interference DQ from Daniel Bryan, Punk gets rescheduled into a big tag team bout for tonight’s main even with John Cena in his corner vs. Show and Bryan. Is it just me or did Bryan get what was probably the biggest pop of the night? He and his Jedi mind trick of demanding fans stop chanting ‘Yes!’ and its reverse psychology effect of them naturally doing the exact opposite.
At least, I think it was supposed to be the main event. Those usually happen last, right? If so, then that means the real main event of tonight’s show was a throwaway bout between Damien Sandow and Christian. Whose bright idea was it to follow up a stellar tag match between four of the WWE’s biggest stars with a small, non-title bout between newcomer (though granted, one with tons of potential) Sandow and Christian? Not that it was a bad match, per se, but it’d be nearly impossible for it to follow what came before.
Strange, I wonder why they booked it like that. The only reason I can see is to help give Sandow more exposure. The crowd definitely popped huge at the end when Brodus Clay came out, in response to Sandow’s attack on him last week. See, a fresh feud between two new talents, neither one quite A-list just yet and the crowd eats it up. This is all it takes sometime; just give us something new, a good feud between two good wrestlers that can hold our attention and we’re all onboard.
You can’t see me… at all. I mean, like seriously, i’m never there.
JTG makes an appearance on this week’s Raw. Backstage he has a segment where he complains about Raw being a 3-hour show and him still not having any time on it. According to the Raw announce team this segment was somewhat inspired by some controversial tweets of his posted back on Aug. 6:
Make decisions based on your worth, not your circumstance!” I wish some one told me this 2 years ago.
The camels back just BROKE ! I had enought of this
As a pro athlete,Im tired of me and my lockerroom brothers being taken advantage of . Fans have no idea what we go through. #itsanillusion
Yea I said it
Nobody wants to speak up, everybodys afraid of losing their job or getting taken off TV
So this week new GM A.J. overhears him use the “C”-word (Crazy, that is.) and puts him in a contest with resident squash-artist, Ryback. (Fun fact: According to his Wikipedia entry his wrestling name comes from a combination of his real one, Ryan and his nickname, “Silverback”.)
I still say JTG is an amazing talent and very underutilized in the WWE. In his brief promo he seems very at ease on the mic. He always cut great promos back when he was a part of Cryme Tyme. I don’t know if many people could get around the outrageous gimmick long enough to notice, but he always put on really great matches as well. With what little room he has to wiggle around in this match he comes off looking good in the ring. It is beyond me why he isn’t pushed more.
Ryback is just as ferocious as ever. The crowd really seems to be getting behind Ryback’s movement. I was really interested to see how another Goldberg-esque character would go over. And sure the ‘Goldberg’ chants are as relentless as ever, but there was an even more noticeable ‘Feed. Me. More!’ one after his victory. Looks like it won’t be long now before he becomes a major contender in the WWE.
Little Jimmy vs. the One Maannnn Baaannnndddd, Baybay…
R-Truth takes it to the One Man Band this week, then takes a prime butt-whuppin’ from the PrimeTime Players. Where was Kofi? I was literally shouting at the screen just waiting for the Jamaifrican wonder’s music to hit, and for him to run out and save his partner. But no luck. Well, at least this means there’ll be plenty of unresolved heat leftover for their tag match at SummerSlam.
Which brings us to this week’s bummer piece of news. (Well, at least for me.) Controversial PrimeTime Players manager, A.W., real name Brian Jossie has, as of Aug. 10, officially been let go by the WWE. Already in hot water for the now infamous “Kobe” joke, apparently a few comments made by him on Twitter were what finally put him over the line.
Taken from myradionetwork.com:
A rep for the WWE tells TMZ….”Unfortunately, Brian Jossie, playing the character of A.W. was terminated because he continued to exhibit poor judgment by making offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media.”
Jossie recently sat down with CTPost.com to discuss his dismissal and he says it all came down to a tweet he recently made about Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign (Props to WrestlingInc.com):
#AWPromotion$ says vote for Linda McMahon!!! The PTP’z support Linda and so should you! #voteordie4Linda
Only, given the WWE’s less than PG-past right now the company has been making every effort to distance themselves from the chairman’s wife. “That’s how they show support for their employees who want to support Linda. They fire them. That’s complete bull.” Jossie said to CTPost. “For some reason they don’t want to associate her with anything to do with wrestling because it’s in the past. Vince (McMahon) doesn’t want any association with her campaign. They told me it’s two totally different entities, which I didn’t know. I thought I was doing a good thing.”
Personally i’m inclined to think A.W. was being intentionally sarcastic and over-the-top with the tweet. Everytime something controversial happens in the WWE there’s always hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth about how it’s going to affect Linda McMahon’s bid for the Senate, so I think this was his way of making a statement about it without making one. Lending credence to this theory, after learning of his dismissal he tweeted:
AWPromotions is no more ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your support and hate, it’s been a great run. Now I get to do me which isn’t PG!
Thanks to the fans who showed me support over the whole Kobe thing and to those I upset I apologize again. Remember It’s entertainment folks
I really do hope Linda wins that election because If not then all of this BS has been for nothing. #GoLinda!!
And lastly, this gem:
Creates jobs my ass! I’m fired thanks to you and your campaign.
Which led to his Twitter page, AWPromotions being taken down.
Just as an aside, did anyone else’s guts clench up last week when A.W. began a sentence with, “Darren Young is like Mother Teresa…” I was like, “Oh God, what’s he going to say this time.” I mean, I could barely get over the fact they let him keep his live mic in the first place. I’ll bet the brass backstage must’ve popped an ulcer. Luckily the punchline was the much less objectionable, “he can do no wrong.”
From what i’ve seen so far the IWC has been extremely vocal in their overwhelming displeasure at his dismissal. In everything from #BringBackAW hash tags on Twitter to random message board postings, most of the comments i’ve seen so far are ones supporting the former manager.
I can’t help but think the two people who’re going to suffer most in all this are his young charges, D. Young and T. O’Neil. Without his managerial skills i’m curious to see how their careers continue to develop going forth.
Continue reading for more on this week’s Raw including Brock Lesnar’s vicious attack on Shawn Michaels.
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