And another thing

Craig Wilson

A bit of blurb ahead of what I hope will become a weekly feature on the blog as muse generally on wrestling.

Hell in a Cell 2012

We’re mere days away now from this year’s Hell in a Cell PPV set to, somewhat surprisingly, be headlined by a match featuring CM Punk. That said, any wrestling writer worth their salt has Punk pegged to lose this one to the man with the meteoric rise to the top: Ryback.

Of course, there are several dissenters when it comes to Ryback. Questions remain over his readiness for such an ascent as well as over if he’s just a cheap imitation of Goldberg or not. One thing is for sure, despite what he says he’s not superior in any way to Bill Goldberg.

I think the WWE could certainly have done things a little different with him, perhaps a bodyguard or something for Punk giving him exposure to the main event scene. After all, a similar storyline worked fairly well in getting Diesel over.

That said, it’s too late for all that now. We’ll just have to see how he does on Sunday and I’m expecting a fairly short match as he defeats Punk for the belt. Where it goes from then is anyone’s guess.

Stables

A general reflection recently on old school wrestling in the WWE from the 80s made me reminisce about the various stables there were back then.

It seemed like everyone was in on the act. Jimmy Hart had a steady stream of guys under his tutelage and of course there was the Heenan Family. The stable concept was naturally not just in the WWE though and was a nod back to a previous era where heel managers would bring in various bad guys in an attempt to topple the organisation’s top babyface.

As much as I long for those days, I know they’ve changed but that doesn’t mean that a stable can’t still play a prominent part in a wrestling promotion. Until his Kobe Bryant gaffe, I had fairly high hopes for the one being started by Abraham Washington. With so many superstars on the roster clicking their heels either doing nothing or stuck in squash matches, it would be a great way of giving a lot of them the rub required to get them more over with the WWE fanbase.

Randy Orton benefited greatly from his spells in Evolution and The Legacy and I see no reason why any number of superstars currently on the roster can’t benefit in a similar way from a run with a stable.

and finally

As with every year, I am eagerly anticipating the launch of this year’s WWE game, in this case WWE ’13. Perhaps I am more excited than ever before with the game boasting not just current performers but a series of stars from the Attitude Era but I can’t help thinking that the makers and WWE have missed a trick here.

Why no NXT stars on the game? Now I know that none are hardly household names but featuring them on the game may prompt a lot of fans to want to find out more about these guys and as a result start watching NXT – which in my opinion is the best WWE product anyway.

Quite surprised that the WWE didn’t think of that themselves. Still, for next year’s edition they can have that idea for free.

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