Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
In ‘This Week in Wrestling’ Jamie shares what Raw taught him this week, Craig talks about TMZ trumping kayfabe and Brian has all the week’s best viral content. All that and much much more in the latest edition of This Week in Wrestling…
“Let Me Get This Straight…”
- Raw has been getting low ratings of late and to solve this WWE has doubled its Kane output?
- Summer Ray’s boyfriend, Rusev, is engaged to Lana who he broke up with several months ago and has since started dating Dolph Ziggler who apparently has feelings for John Cena’s girlfriend Nikki Bella? Well, I can’t complain about WWE lacking depth in this angle…
- Triple H can’t get a decent phone reception in the middle of Chicago?
- Paige is more “unconventional” than Kane, Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker?
- John Cena defeated Dolph Ziggler cleanly in this week’s US Open Challenge? Well, I guess that’s everybody then…
- Since when has physically being at the arena been essential for booking matches on Raw?
Quote of the Week
“He looks like an old man but dresses like a child”
My fiancé – who is not a wrestling fan – describing John Cena
In recent weeks and months we’ve been subjected treated to a convoluted programme on WWE TV featuring, in no particular order, Rusev, Lana, Dolph Ziggler and Summer Rae which, mercifully, appeared to come to an end this week.
When Rusev burst onto the scene flanked by Lana with the fans reaction very favourable to the blonde bombshell on his arm yet he was, unlike a comparable Marc Mero, was able to work very well in the ring.
Frankly, I’d been excited about the prospect of the big Bulgarian Rusev debuting and he lived up to expectations without every exceeding them. Not necessarily a bad thing, he was very steady and proving himself to be a fairly steady and stable part of the mid-card.
With Rusev and Lana being real life partners it made sense for the WWE to split them up…
After Rusev knocked Lana off the ring apron at WrestleMania 31 in a losing affair to John Cena and with her getting a positive reaction at Extreme Rules she was banished to the back and the seeds of dissent were sewn.
At Payback she submitted on Rusev’s behalf and the following night Rusev dismissed her services. Later that same night, for no real reason, she kissed Dolph Ziggler and aligned herself with him. With Summer Rae now on Rusev’s arm, it lead to a four person feud.
A feud that very few really cared about.
Fundamentally, the WWE is really bad at writing these type of love angles. Frankly, it’s superfluous to what’s going on. Stick Ziggler and Rusev together and you have my attention. Ziggler being thrown about by Rusev will get the latter over as the former sticks to his traditional role.
There was many ways that a feud between the two could have came about without it being akin to a school playground ‘he stole my girlfriend’ type thing.
Furthermore, the involvement of the girls isn’t a substitute for a proper storyline involving a real reason for the two battling. As a result of just about it being some naff storyline, it resulted in very little interest in everything – despite the time it was given.
So what brought it to an end? The celebrity gossip website TMZ announcing that Rusev and Lana were engaged in real life. You’ll remember that the pair were now on different sides on WWE TV. What a mess. A stupid mess that wasted WWE time and the time of fans.
Now, weeks after Ziggler confessed to having feelings for Nikki Bella he is facing John Cena – who is taking a few months off – in a US title open challenge match…
Separated at birth?!?
‘The Latin Heartthrob’ Al Perez and Seth Rollins
This kid is obviously NOT a Rey Mysterio fan….
So that’s what happened to Erik Rowan…
Oleg Prudius (Vladamir Kozlov) post WWE career has been very good to him….apparently
Last Sunday our sermon focussed on what Network specials should look like, Monday we had part 52 of Wrestling with Sin, Tuesday saw us look at the evolution of WWE NXT, the submission match between David Sammartino and Ron Shaw was the focus on Wednesday, Thursday saw us book or cook Johnny ‘Fandango’ Curtis and we rounded off the week with a ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ looking at Kharma.
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