Del Rio! Swagger! Ricardo! Zeb! Holding Pattern! Four More Shows!
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and his best friend Ricardo Rodriguez finally fired back at Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter last week (March 8) with a pretty clever propaganda parody video. It was so clever, in fact, that WWE has felt the need to replay it on every show since then, too.
It will probably even be shown again tonight.
Swagger and Zeb fired back with more of the same hate speech about immigrants stealing our jobs and not speaking our language.
They will probably say more of the same tonight.
There is a reason why WWE is concerned about this feud. Creative isn't doing anything to help them. No one involved seems to want to rock the boat. Zeb seems to be so damn proud of his lines that he is happy to say them over and over -- and over and over -- without writing any new ones. This seems to be the strangest version of Groundhog Day ever to make air.
Luckily for all of us, a little bird told -- read: spoilers -- C. J. that the World Heavyweight Championship feud will not be taking center stage tonight.
So let's not waste anymore time hitting the same notes, and move onto something a little more interesting.
The Shield! Orton! Sheamus! Show! Best Buddies! Mortal Enemies! WWE Midcard!
The Shield continues to dominate the WWE landscape, and it's unknown who is going to be able to stand up to them.
Last week, The NXT Trio interrupted Sheamus and The Big Show's match to lay the beat down upon "The Great White." Randy Orton would come to make the save, but three-on-two was still far too much for the faces to handle.
So Show found it in his heart to help his buddies out. Or, a more likely explanation is he was just pissed off The Shield had made him eat a triple power bomb on the previous Monday Night Raw (March 4).
In either case, the odds were even and The Shield was sent packing. The "good guys" had triumphed over the invading forces of chaos.
Up until Show popped Sheamus with a WMD, and Orton delivered an RKO to the giant.
It should also be noted that Show ate another triple power bomb on last Monday's Raw (March 11), yet no one came out to save him.
Like I said, best buddies these three are.
The Shield are undefeated in sanctioned matches because they move as a unit. These three men practically think as one. No attack is ever unplanned. Their offense is always coordinated. Even in retreat, they all flee together. There isn't even a sniff of inner conflict within The Shield.
Their opponents in those matches, though, have failed to achieve the same discipline.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (Dec. 16, 2012) Team Hell No may have been the Tag Team Champions, but their partner Ryback proved to be easily distracted, chasing after Seth Rollins while Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns picked up the pinfall. At Elimination Chamber (Feb. 17), the team of John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback may have been comprised of championship caliber individuals, but they failed to protect each other or really manage to work together as a cohesive unit. Similarly, on the following Raw (Feb. 18), the swapping of Cena for Chris Jericho yielded the exact same results.
Now with Orton, Sheamus, and Show, it looks like WWE's best offering to stand up against The Shield have taken a step backwards. For as haphazardly the previous teams were put together, at least they weren't destroying each other with finishers.
WrestleMania 29 (April 7) is only twenty-four days away. Either WWE rounds up a better group of faces or this trio gets their act together. If neither occur, it looks like The Shield will be adding one more pay-per-view (PPV) victory under its collective belts.
Although, that wouldn't be the worst thing to see.
One! More! Thing!
Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston completely destroyed Daniel Bryan on Raw. Will there be payback tonight? Maybe!
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