I very much felt for Randy Orton last night. Not only had he to start off RAW with a promo because Triple H and Stephanie were probably too cowardly to do that themselves. But he also had to finish the show with a match against Daniel Bryan. He did actually really good during that promo as he had much improved recently and didn’t stumbled over words. Word is that he was told to speed up so any hostile chants could be talked over. The best part of it was that he called Batista a “genetic freak”. And I once again quite like Alberto Del Rio because he had to deal with the “genetic freak” later on. The worst that Triple H later joined in the ridiculous Yes! movement. But given the recent crisis of WWE this was the best they could do: using the fans’ chants against WWE to their favour.
But what The Authority did wasn’t pleasant for my liking. But my liking might slightly differ from most wrestling fans: I basically love some most hated heels and I hate some enormously pushed wrestlers. And the more someone is pushed the less I like him. It’s in my DNA to discover something I could like myself. When something is rubbed against my nose that I should like I will hate it. For fact. And now with DB is about to replace Randy Orton as the ‘face of the WWE’ (as meaningless as this ‘title’ might be) I like Orton even more than before. Orton has to play this stupid whining character off the ring but is just the opposite great inside the ring. He still needs a good opponent to be good but that goes for any other sport as well. So, when Orton wrestles Super Cena we all know who the bad wrestler is when Orton vs. DB is that great as it was yesterday.
The bad aspect about that match only were the CM Punk chants. If he was axed or fired without recognizable reasons I would understand it. But he went himself and his reason might sound egoistically but since Punk hasn’t spoken about his reasons so far there are only speculations. Best thing is that his body can get some rest now because together with the three Shield guys he probably worked the most over the past year. Plus: since it is an ‘honour’ in the eyes of Triple H to wrestle him at Wrestlemania it probably isn’t for most of his supposed opponents. This egomaniac just needs some backlashes but doesn’t realize anyway how terrible he actually is.
So, I get that many fans miss Punk already but there I might have to remind some of you about all the moans and groans towards Punk during late last year. The one’s who miss him now were probably talking shit about him doing bad in the ring then. I only came back into watching wrestling again last year because of Punk. But since then I enjoyed watching other wrestlers, too. Dean Ambrose being my favourite for a few months now, only followed by Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. The latter likes to play and write music and do his podcast recently but that doesn’t mean that I quit watching wrestling because one of my favourites doesn’t participates at the moment.
Chanting for Punk nowadays basically means that these fans don’t care about him as a person and they don’t respect his decisions. Going nuts towards the WWE because they remove him from the WWE open that is shown before every show is ridiculous. That his face was replaced by an old masked Kane one is slightly ironic but it’s definitely not Cold War like. I mean, Punk isn’t in the shows for an unforeseeable time so showing or even talking about him officially would make the fans’ reactions even worse. Some even compare the situation with the one of Chris Benoit and THIS is really over the top! But this is the disease sports fans fall for: with buying tickets they think they have bought the right to do whatever they like even if it is to disrespect the wrestlers who are doing a great job inside the ring. If you just like CM Punk: don’t buy a ticket and stay at home. And don’t boo wrestlers you don’t like. Just ignore them. Because the WWE measures the popularity of a wrestler by decibels, not likes or dislikes. So, if you boo someone louder than you cheer for someone the WWE pushes the one you boo for. Sales and decibels – that’s important for the WWE and nothing else. And certainly not the health of wrestlers.
Me personally want Punk to come back just before his contract runs out in July – not shaved or cut his hair until then to get a new contract and showing off one of the best heels ever – in a feud with Dean Ambrose. And since babyface vs. heel isn’t a must anymore why not heel Punk vs. heel Ambrose? And I don’t think that Punk will come back on March, 3 in Chicago. Definitely not for a match but also not for a promo to silent the crowd.
The most interesting match on RAW for me was The Shield vs. Big E, Kofi Kingston & Rey Mysterio. Mostly because some more tensions between DA and Roman Reigns again but also because that it was the only match that wasn’t accompanied by CM Punk chants. Tensions between The Shield happened because DA tapped himself in two times during the match to the detriment of Reigns. Most notable right at the end when Reigns prepared for his spear to end the match only for DA to tap in and finish with his Headlock Driver on Big E. I bet that most fans had already forgotten what his finishing move as Dean Ambrose actually was. But regardless the quality of his finishing move he did get the win for The Shield and Roman Reigns wasn’t amused. And I asked myself why. Because he won the last 99 Shield matches with his spear and also wanted to win match no. 100? Who has the big Ego now: Ambrose or Reigns? Anyway, Seth Rollins once again lead the two of them back on the main road so for their promo later on after the match Wyatts vs. Dolph Ziggler, Xavier Woods & R-Truth they could act like no tensions happened before.
Somewhere in the future (probably at Wrestlemania as it seems now) this will end up very ugly. Hopefully. Because this supposed break-up of The Shield last for that long now that something really spectacular needs to happen. Otherwise (like the simple split of The Prime Time Players) that could be very disappointing.