The WWE product is not great at the moment. The past month or so has been abhorred. That’s no secret. Raw is an excruciating three-hour experience. The stories haven’t been up to par. The matches (for the most part), when compared with New Japan, Dragon Gate, ROH, Evolve, Chikara, just haven’t been that exciting – Cesaro/Sheamus at NOC excluded. They’ve had some bad luck with talent injuries. Bryan’s still out. Reigns is out. Jericho’s back to promoting his book and touring with his band. Not that his recent run really made much of an impact. He had some good matches, but what were the ramifications. Who did he held get over? Wyatt has done nothing since their feud. He had a good, straightforward wrestling match with Orton which led to…hmmm.
Oh dear, I’ve already digressed from what I intended to do with this column. THE GOOD PARTS. Even though things aren’t great, and WWE is a giant stinky turd, if you dig deep into that turd, you can find yourself some hidden gems. Slightly turd covered, but still very valuable. In this column my aim is to highlight the good. Point out the parts that made me laugh, or reminded that the WWE product isn’t all bad stories and stale wrestling.
And now, the good parts:
Night of Champions
Sheamus and Cesaro watched the G1.
Sheamus vs. Cesaro was easily the best match at NOC. It was a classic New Japan style match that would have fit perfectly in the recent G1 tournament. It had great back and forth action, brutal shots, but nothing too stiff. Some innovation, moves we don’t see too often in WWE. Best of all, it showed two wrestlers having an awesome match, but also getting their characters across in that match. They didn’t need a 15 minute promo to explain their motivations. They did it between the ropes and by letting their wrestling do the talking. More matches like this, please!
Dean Ambrose was gone all of two minutes to film his WWE film, “Lockdown.” Is he the star of the film or did he just film one scene? It sure didn’t take long. Anyway, he returned at NOC and did what he does best, attack Seth Rollins. It’s great to see him back. He’s the best thing going on the main event scene at the moment. But it would be great if he did more than just “jump off something, attack Seth Rollins and fight in crowd.” It was fun the first twenty or thirty times, but it’s time they did something more.
Anywho, on Raw, Ambrose when nuts on Rollins like he is want to do, but ended up getting locked away in a room in the backstage area of the arena. HHH and Steph ordered security to keep watch and make sure he doesn’t leave the room. I liked Steph’s mention of how whenever they kick someone out of the arena, they always come back. Locking Dean away solves that problem. Or does it? At the end of the show, Dean pops up from under what was supposed to be a stack of cinderblocks that were going to be used by Rollins to stomp in Cena’s head. How did Dean get there? Magic? It makes no logical sense, but it was a lot of fun to watch. Watching Dean find new things to hide in and jump out of to attack Rollins is one of my favourite things.
The Bunny has officially become the most entertaining part about Adam Rose. Rose was a character with a pretty low ceiling as far as character development could go. WWE seems to have given up on making him anything more than a ring entrance. Just because the ceiling is low, it doesn’t mean you can’t still reach for it. And if you do reach it, why not try breaking through it. What’s the worst that could happen. Since coming up from NXT, Adam Rose has gone nowhere. I know nothing about him except that he likes red lollipops and has weird friends. His character has not shown any signs of development. The Bunny on the other hand, has. He(?)’s gone from one of Rose’s entourage, to showing a bit of personality, to getting involved in matches, to developing a move set involving some sweet spin kicks, and most of all has a direction. He’s a mischievous Bunny who likes to annoy the hell out of Slater Gator. It’s not much, but the Bunny’s character already has more focus than Rose’s, and it can’t even speak.
Damien Sandow is a better Miz than the Miz. He’s the best part of the Miz/Ziggler feud. Not that it’s a bad feud. Their match on Raw was really good, but Sandow’s involvement makes it all so much more fun to watch. The way he copies Miz’s moves while alone on the outside of the ring is priceless. I have no idea where it’s going or how much longer it will last, but Damien Mizdow is fantastic!
Seriously, WWE. Stop giving Kane all the movie roles. Mark Henry is the best actor in the WWE. On Main Event, Mark Henry began to turn on the WWE Universe, blaming them for encouraging him to fight Rusev even though they knew Henry was hurt. Henry came out in one of his fancy suits and read a statement to the audience from a piece of paper. Henry’s delivery was golden. Big Show came out, and instead of the expected altercation – the end of their Big-Bromance, Big Show consoled his friend and vowed that Rusev would get his.
Seriously, when did Henry get so good on the mic? And whose idea was it to create storyline that is logical? I thank whoever that is.
There you go, see? It ain’t all bad, is it? Let me know what you think are the Good Parts (or Bad) on twitter @TheKoalaMask