Cadillac Don wraps up our look back by ranking Lesnar Vs The Undertaker PPV bouts.
Tonight many people will order their only WWE show of the year — WrestleMania. And the WWE knows it, which is why they pull out all the stops.
No matter how dull a card might look, you know everybody involved with the show is going to give it their all, and more. It’s impossible to give more than 100%, but they will be trying. This is the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, and whatever the NBA Championship is called all rolled into one.
And of course I’m looking forward to it. It’s not just the huge main event matches (Cena/Rock, Hunter/Brock, Punk/Taker, Del Rio/Swagger), but the undercard which interests me more.
Before we get going, make sure you check out the podcast GG and I recorded, previewing WrestleMania 29.
Now lets get it on!
1. Pre-Show Match: Intercontinental Title on the line — Wade “Who is the Intercontinental Champion? Ohh, that’s right!” Barrett and Mike “The Miz” Mizaninininanin
An IC title match on the pre-show for free? Not so surprising considering the history of IC title matches at WrestleMania (in which there have been 19 on 28 shows). The match rarely gets more than 13 minutes, and the greatest IC title match in history is still Savage/Steamboat from WrestleMania 3. Continue reading
I like to compare it to the wet cloth rule. Each time your character gets on TV you twist the cloth and wring some water out of it. Eventually all the water in the cloth will be gone, and you know you’ve run out of steam.
Below is my pick of five WWE wrestlers who need some kind of change to their character. But first, I want to take a look at two men. One who would have made this list if it was written a few months ago, and one who makes EVERYBODY’S stale list.
Lets start with Alberto Del Rio. This rich aristocratic Mexican snob was doing the same thing every night, whether it be his entrance, his matches, and his persona. He then started to stick up for his announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, and the fans began seeing a different side of him. Throw him into a feud with the big bully Big Show, and all of a sudden Del Rio is a different person. Ricardo is having more fun announcing Albertoooooooooooooooooooo…(etc.), giving the crowd something to sing along to, and get the “Si! Si!” chant over. Now Del Rio is becoming a sympathetic character to the fans, and using his smarts to win matches.
On the other side we have John Cena, who has become as stale as two week old bread, left on a table, in a bag that’s half open. Of course, Cena is the easiest to pick on when it comes to staleness. He’s the baby kissing good guy who can be serious but likes to break the fourth wall every once in awhile. He makes fun of himself, and he tries to be funny. The main thing missing from Cena is what made him big in the first place. He was a nameless face when he first arrived in the WWE and didn’t really get noticed until he dressed up as Vanilla Ice for Halloween. Then he became the rapper who would always talk in rhyme to make fun of his opponent, wear bling, and make a pest of himself. He was something new, and even though he was a heel, there were many deep voices in the crowds chanting “CENA! CENA!”
Just take a look at this video to see how over Cena used to be with the crowd that now loves to chant “CENA SUCKS!”
5. Santino Marella Continue reading
WWE’s event of the summer is upon us, with the 25th anniversary of SummerSlam giving us plenty of star names and big matches. With both World Titles on the line, the Tag Team Championships, the Intercontinental and EVEN the United States Title, this is the true night of champions, and the WWE perhaps going in the right direction.
Oh, and “the most dominant force to step into the WWE ring” Brock Lesnar is looking to follow up on his last “fight” with John Cena, taking on a man with a huge personal vendetta against Lesnar, Triple H.
Let’s go over the show, match by match, in my predicted order.
0. Free YouTube Match – United States Championship Match – Champion Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana).
Of note, Santino Marella has been US Champion for 166 days, a longer reign than such names as Eddie Guerrero, Diamond Dallas Page, Tully Blanchard, Dusty Rhodes, and even Paul Jones.
Antonio Cesaro, formerly Claudio Castagnoli of “indy wrestling” fame, has the look and theatrics that the WWE loves, surprising none of Claudio’s fans.
It’s amusing to see the US title up for grabs between these two men, as Antonio Cesaro has teased turning the US title into the retired European championship, which would be very fitting (and quite great) for his character.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Santino Marella. Why? This is a YouTube match. There’s not going to be too many people watching. If/when Cesaro wins the title, it should be a big deal and on Pay Per View. Of course…
WHO WILL WIN: Antonio Cesaro. Because Santino has held the title since March 5th, a great trivia question would be “Who is the current United States Champion?” With so little hype the title has received with Santino as champion, giving it to Cesaro will up the title’s recognition.
Perhaps the greatest all-round performer/wrestler in the 80s, Randy “Macho Man” Savage had it all. The look. The personality. The voice. The showmanship. The wrestling talent. But most of all, he WAS the Macho Man – in AND out of the ring.
Outside of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage may be one of the most oft-imitated wrestling personality, with his trademark “Oh yeeeah” and “Dig it!” I’d be remiss not to mention his “Snap into a Slim Jim!” commercials. And other than Ric Flair, he often had the most amazing outfits on his way to the ring.
Growing up in a wrestling family, his father being WCW Hall of Famer Angelo Poffo, Savage was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher straight out of high school. An injury later in the early 1970s and he focused primarily on a wrestling career, taking up the name Randy Savage.
A stalwart of the WWF in the 1980s, Savage was a 3-time champion, ending his career in the WWF in the early 90s having won the World Title twice. Of course, possibly his most famous match was him losing the Intercontinental Title to Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III, after he had held it for 14 months.
Of course you have to mention the woman behind the man, as wherever there was Savage, there was the lovely Miss Elizabeth. Usually his doe-eyed escort to the ring, Elizabeth did her best when she stood at ringside and looked concerned. One of the iconic images of the 80s was Savage holding Elizabeth on his shoulders.
Perhaps his most famous feud was against Hulk Hogan, with the breakup of the Mega Powers. Which, of course, was over a woman. Savage got his name by not only being a savage in the ring, but also being fiercely jealous over anybody who looked at Elizabeth a little too long.