It's so haaaaaard. To say gooooodbye. To Yesteeeerdaaaaaaaaayyyy. (via WWE.com)
It seems that John Cena has really pissed of John Laurinaitis. Maybe Johnny Ace is the biggest Brock Lesnar mark of them all. Perhaps he is just as tired of SuperCena as the rest of us. Or it could be he just really hates the color green. No one is exactly sure what happened, but now the two are set to face off at The Over the Limit Pay-Per-View (PPV), with Lord Tensai and Sakamoto in "Mr. Excitement's" corner. Since losing the WWE Championship, Cena has just been treading water at the top of the card. He had a two PPV angle with Kane, a return to his feud with The Rock that had a single entertaining match and nothing else, and now this.
Facing Laurinaitis is certainly better than Tensai, but there is no reason this should be at the top of the card. There are no stakes to it, nothing to gain or lose for either party, and it runs counter to established kayfabe. Didn't Triple H have to quit his job as GM of Raw because he "made things personal?" Doesn't John Laurinaitis have bigger problems with CM Punk? Shouldn't John Cena be teaching the children to respect authority? There are too many questions, not enough answer, and a shame that we have to return to the status quo after such a promising feint in a new direction.
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The mere fact that this match made it onto the writers' whiteboard is amazing, let alone surviving script rewrites after rewrites and making it onto television. CM Punk is at his absolute highest, having held onto the WWE Championship for over 5 months. Daniel Bryan is looking pretty good, as well, getting his revenge for "18 Seconds" with a hard fought match at Extreme Rules. These are two pro wrestlers at the top of their young careers and it all comes to a head at Over the Limit. These two men have great chemistry together, both on the mic and in the ring. The build up over the next few weeks is all but assured of being the best parts of Raw. Smark, mark, Internet wrestling community member, or just enjoy watching the show, look forward to be entertained.
Of course, this is the WWE, so the obligatory warning applies; no matter how great the talent is, there is always the chance that they will screw this up. So be careful with your hopes, keep your dreams in a safe place, and lets pray that the powers that gave us this match do not change their minds and take it away.
WWE.com officially confirmed that Triple H suffered a broken left arm from "Brock Lesnar's vicious application of the Kimura Lock." If I had to venture a guess, this will put him out of commission till after Over the Limit. Then he comes back with a fury, and it sets up perfectly to a No Way Out match between "The Game" and a returning Lesnar. If Triple H feels the need to be in the ring, then this is probably the best way to do it. A high profile feud with a stipulation to protect both workers. Of course there will be cries that Trips is again burying talent, but we can deal with that bridge if and when we cross it.
Who knows, though? Maybe this is just an excuse to get Lesnar off television for a little while, and he'll return without anyone ever mentioning his beef with Triple H.
Eve Torres having complete control over Teddy Long is just fantastic television. The giant nametags, the degrading tasks, watching with glee as Arksana cuddles with the debuting Antonio Cesaro. It is all pitch perfect. We all know the outcome of this is that Teddy will eventually regain control of SmackDown, as bullies always get theirs in the WWE. But in the first time in...ever, I actually care about Teddy as a character. He is letting himself get worked over by Laurinaitis and Eve to protect his grandkids college fund. He has lost the job he loved, the woman who loved him, and the respect from everyone who worked for him. Teddy Long is a man who has nothing. And it is so satisfying to watch it play out.
On the same note, how beautiful has Eve played the right hand woman? It is a shame that David Otunga had to leave for a short time to be with his fiancée Jennifer Hudson during the trial of her family's murder, and I know all of our prayers are with them. But Eve has really stepped her game up, and it is good this hoeski is showing the WWE Universe who is in charge.
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