Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
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!”
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8:00: Raw opened with a fun recap of all the opens of the show historically. Then I found it that it was nearly the same thing they did for the 15th anniversary show. Lazy WWE!
8:16: Very loooong first segment. The show opened with Vince saying that the reason Raw has succeeded for 20 years is because he’s a genius and then also said it was because of the fans.
The Big Show came out and complained about the Last Standing Match that he lost to Alberto Del Rio in a match he wasn’t ready for. Vince complimented Show on his weight loss. Did Show lose weight? In some brilliant timing, Del Rio pandered to a pro-Mexican crowd in Houston by calling Show a dog and a jackass in Spanish. He then hit a hurracanrana on Big Show in the middle of the ring which was pretty impressive.
All that being said, I’m not so sure Del Rio is going to get over that well as a face, but hey, it should be a worth the try.
8:33: Wade Barrett just pinned Randy Orton right in the middle of the ring with the Bull Hammer. I need to rewind that to see if it actually happened. Unbelievable.
WWE’s Extreme Rules started with a pre-game show on YouTube with a match between The Miz and Santino for the US title.
1. The Miz vs. Santino
And, the burial of the Miz continues. Miz jobs clean to the cobra.
They did the spin the wheel gimmick for The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes and it’s going to be a Tables match.
The show opened with a big Cena vs. Lesnar video package, similar to what we’ve seen on TV the last couple weeks.
First up is Randy Orton and Kane. At least they get it out of the way early.
2. Kane vs. Randy Orton
It was kind of backwards. They barely got started in the ring and most of the match was outside of the ring and in the back. It was really awkward and boring early on, but picked up. The story of the match was that Orton kept trying to set up the RKO, but Kane was ready for it. Back in the ring, Kane had Orton set up for the Tombstone on the chair, but Orton got out of it and set up the RKO on the chair, but really, he took most of it on his back. Orton wins.
Winner: Randy Orton
3. Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler
It’s my favorite PPV of the year and it generally delivers. We’ve done tremendous coverage on the show on the site so far with our preview articles and all that’s left is the wrestling.
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show
The story of this match is that Daniel Bryan is a pinball and he’s bouncing around for Big Show and Mark Henry. Mark Henry couldn’t really do anything. He was not the world’s strongest man tonight. He could barely get his foot off the ground.
Bryan went to the top of the cage to try and leave, but the every so swift Big Show kept catching him. Big Show trapped Daniel Bryan’s arm and then also had him by his head so it looked like Bryan was hanging from the top of the cage, which was pretty cool. Show had a grip on him and Bryan was hanging from Show’s wrists, and finally let go and won the match.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Bryan did the “Yes” screams after the match. (Photo sent in by my friend Jenn who is there live.)
2. The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina
Beth Phoenix tagged herself in by slapping one of the bellas pretty hard, immediately gave Kelly Kelly the Glam Slam for the win. Beth projects her character better than most of the dude wrestlers.
Winner: The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix
3. John Cena vs. Kane
Your boy Jason aka @dadrrtywhyteboi is back for the first FGB Radio of the new year.
Before talking about UFC 142, we discuss UFC 141 and Brock Lesnar’s retirement from UFC. We also talk about some ideas for his WWE comeback.
We then preview UFC 142, which is probably going to be the lowest viewed PPV show of the year for the UFC. The card in general is full of guys who aren’t really pushed by the UFC, but we talk about why we’re looking forward to the main event in particular.
We move off MMA and start talking about pro wrestling, discussing Chris Jericho’s return and the man that is Brodus Clay.
In the final segment, we discuss the latest on Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Check it out and let us know what you think.
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