WWE superstar Cody Rhodes talks about this Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, being a part of a traditional elimination team match on the show, the holidays growing up in a wrestling family, why he hugged Rey Mysterio on Raw when the two men feuded the last time they were around one another, on what happened with the Bed Bath and Beyond card the McMahons got him and his wife for a wedding present, teaming with Goldust, whether or not they could face one another at WrestleMania XXX and the end of his mustache.
Hot opening to last night’s WWE, with Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler squaring off in a ‘battle of the dog house’ match. Both men have been on an incredible losing streak – that is, incredible in the “I can’t believe these two men are getting buried like this” way. But credit to both Ziggler and Sandow here. They took a terrible slot and made it entertaining, and did their duty by selling a few more Pay-Per-Views along the way. I’m also happy Ziggler walked away with the much deserved win. This might not have been the match of the night, but it was at least in the top three. [Read more...]
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Brian talks with Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report about covering wrestling for the site for the past four months and the experience so far, talking to wrestlers in character, his latest interview with Dusty Rhodes, talking with Paul Heyman and how tricky that can be, realism in wrestling, growing up in the south watching wrestling, the WWE Battleground PPV this Sunday and more.
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Let’s go ahead get this out of the way: the overall show last night was a giant mess. Incoherency reigned supreme. If you tuned in to catch final build for WWE Battleground this coming Sunday, or even just to catch a little bit of wrestling, you undoubtedly left disappointed. So what happened?
CM Punk opened the show with a decent match against Big E Langston. My issue here is that Big E has been off screen for weeks (almost two months?), and having him lose his first match sets a bad tone moving forward. You could make the argument he was at least competitive. What you can’t argue is that nobody else, perhaps somebody NOT returning from an extended absence, would have filled this role just as easily.
Unfortunately, things only got worse for the CM Punk/Paul Heyman storyline. Curtis Axel looked like a complete fool in his loss against R Truth. Then, Paul Heyman came out and “proposed” to Ryback that he be a Paul Heyman guy. That segment was as terrible as you could envision. Heyman and Ryback were both hamming it up, just not quite enough for the audience to feel okay laughing at it, but more than enough for it to feel completely surreal. I’m not really sure why Heyman signed off on this. I also can’t figure out how this is supposed to make fans feel more hatred against Heyman and Ryback. This feud has stumbled to a crawl since Night of Champions, and it needs something to remind us why things were so incredible right before SummerSlam. Last night was just another huge misstep.
There was also something weird going on with the mid-card. Kofi Kingston won a match against Fandango, but when Bray Wyatt came out afterwards, he didn’t attack – he just sat in his rocking chair and said some stuff about Sister Abigail. Huh? In another head scratching moment, WWE gave Santino Marella a victory over Antonio Cesaro… at 10:55pm. With only five minutes left in the show. On the go-home show before a Pay-Per-View. Keep in mind that, at this point, Daniel Bryan (one of the two men in this Sunday’s main-event) had failed to even make an appearance on the show.
And perhaps that’s the biggest issue with last night’s show. WWE has failed to make Battleground an even remotely interesting Pay-Per-View purchase, in spite of the fact that Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are both incredibly hot right now. When the last show before a pay-per-view is dedicated to as much filler as there was last night, including a time-consuming debut to creative’s new favorite “gimmick” tag-team, you have to re-think the storyline build. You should probably rethink the “pay-per-view every three weeks” mentality, too.
And what was up with Big Show? I’ve praised his work over the last few weeks, but he deserves a “vintage Big Show” bad acting award for his delivery last night. Bah.
Ending on a good note, I really liked the interaction between the Rhodes family and the power-couple. It was my favorite ten minutes of the entire show. Cody Rhodes is getting the biggest bump from this story-line, looking like an absolute star being in the ring with Triple H, Dusty, Stephanie, and Goldust. I’m looking forward to seeing him and Goldust face Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns this Sunday – even if the logic behind having your tag-team champions in action against somebody OTHER than the number-one contenders still boggles my mind. I’m really hoping bigger and brighter things are in Cody Rhodes future. Unfortunately, WWE has erased any confidence I once had in the creative direction of the company.
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With less than one week until WWE’s newest Pay-Per-View ‘Battleground,’ the flagship show should be on high alert tonight. Expect Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton to kick into high gear as these two sell their match-up this coming Sunday. Also, CM Punk looks to get revenge after his beat-down on last week’s show, and Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio look to promote their No DQ World Heavyweight Championship match. Plus, Dusty Rhodes is being advertised. [Read more...]
WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes will appear on WWE Monday Night Raw tomorrow night to confront McMahon family.
It was on Raw almost two weeks ago that Cody Rhodes lost his job when he lost to WWE champion Randy Orton. Then last week, his brother Dustin Rhodes appeared on Raw and if he had won against Orton, Cody Rhodes would get his job back. Orton defeated Dustin Rhoades in a good back and forth match.
Stephanie McMahon on Thursday extended an invitation to Dusty Rhodes to appear tomorrow night on Raw.
. @WWEDustyRhodes please accept this invitation to attend RAW this Monday in Cleveland. I have a business proposition for you. Thank you.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) September 14, 2013
No one heard from Rhodes up until about an hour ago, when he responded to McMahon.
— Dusty Rhodes (@WWEDustyRhodes) September 15, 2013
McMahon responded to Rhodes.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) September 15, 2013
What will happen tomorrow night on Raw involving Dusty Rhodes and Stephanie McMahon?