All right boys and girls. I'm going to make this quick, as I wanted to get this up Monday, couldn't,, and I am taking a break from work to watch Survivor, and working on this during commercials. This weeks guests are Bennytheball, and Asherdelampyr.
What would you say is the hottest angle in wrestling right now, between the WWE and TNA?
Asher: Well, for TNA is has to be Aces and Eights, but then they have turned into a bit of a revolving door for factions, so we will still have to wait and see (Immortal, Fourtune) for WWE Without a doubt in my mind it would have to be Rock vs Cena. I mean, just look around, that is the match on everyone's tongue, For Cena it's really must win, I mean, Rock has shown him up at Wrestlemania twice now, to show the WWE Poster-boy up a third time would be the equivalent of saying that nobody in the modern WWE is worth shit compared to the Attitude Era guys, at least in a lot of peoples minds.
So going just by interest? Rock vs Cena has to take the win there. Going by an actual good storyline? Even though TNA is going on "Group of Evil Guys, version 3" (or is it 4) they are generating interest with the slow reveal, and have got quite a few rather interesting choices, (DOC and Devon being my favorites).
Benny: As much of a miserable, pessimistic bastard this may make me sound, but to me this is basically the equivalent of asking me the question “Which one of these turds is the least smelly?”
I’m not overly excited about anything at the moment, especially with TNA. About once a month I do give them another try and I get bored/frustrated/both within 30 minutes. I force myself to watch until the end, but I never have my mind changed. This latest plot twist with the Aces & Eights angle kinda had me going “meh.”
Over in WWE, The Shield is the obvious answer and I do find them very interesting and intriguing but ‘hot’? Not really. CM Punk vs. Undertaker certainly has the potential to be a very hot feud and the foundations of that were built on Raw this week, so I am hopeful.
Me: That is a tough one. On one hand, you have this budding feud between Taker and Punk. After what went down on Raw, you can't help but feel the emotion there and know that Punk is doing a great job as a heel. On the other hand, you now have Bully Ray as the president of Aces and 8's, and turning heel. I didn't get the chance to see the PPV, but I read it, and all I can say is hot damn! I think honestly, the whole Bully/Aces8s vs TNA feud pulls ahead just by a bit.
Who do you predict we see as WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion in 2013?
Asher: John Cena! Just kidding... I am really hoping that this is Dolph Ziggler's year, just like I hoped that 2011 and 2012 were Ziggler's years and we all saw how that turned out. Dolph has all the tools, and even knows how to use them, he's just missing that 3:16 moment, that defining instant that he finally steps the hell up and takes his career by the balls.
Until he does that, he is destined to the same fate as so many other fantastic workers who spend their career fighting to stay in the middle of the card, however recognized the world over as a hell of a talent. Dolph Ziggler is about 5 minutes from either becoming Bret Hart or Mr. Perfect, and I think that moment is in danger of passing him by if he doesn't jump on it.
Benny: I don’t think that we will see a brand new World/WWE champion in 2013 (and I also believe Dolph loses his cash-in).
With CM Punk and John Cena being such a vast distance away from the pack, there needs to be a hell of a lot of work to bring others up to the WWE champion standard. I can see Cena holding the WWE title for a while after ‘Mania and will probably drop it around Summerslam at the earliest and I’m guessing that would be to Lesnar (my rant on said subject will be included in a later question) who in turn will drop it back to Punk and I then see him holding it until Wrestlemania 30.
For the World title, Swagger will obviously win it and he will have a run of about three months before dropping it to Orton. From there, I don’t know.
Me: I'm going with a curve ball here. I can see 2013 being the year Daniel Bryan gets another World title run. Right now he is playing more of the tweener type, but he works great as a heel. I can see before 2013 is over, Bryan is a two time World Heavyweight Champion. As for the WWE Championship, I honestly think it's going to be like either Cena or Punk. Most likely Cena, considering how long Punk held the title, but hey, could be wrong.
Currently, the top matches for WM 29 are Cena vs Rock II, Punk vs Taker, and Lesnar vs HHH II. Do you think the WWE made the right call with these matches? What would you have done differently?
Asher: I really want to see Punk vs Taker, that should be just fantastic, Cena vs Rock II has to happen, for reasons listed above. HHH vs Lesnar II should be fun to watch, though I can't help but feel that they could have done more with the build up. or possibly just done this in the Invasion :P Also, anyone else still find it odd everytime they see HHH with no hair? Damn I can't get over that.
Benny: No they fucking haven’t, and yes they fucking have (here comes my rant!)!
All are amazingly big matches that will generate the highest revenue possible and create the most interest in the PPV. From that perspective, it was a good call.
I am a huge advocate of using ‘legends’ to help the current roster become bigger stars. Essentially, the Chris Jericho model. Now from these three matches, only one achieves that: CM Punk vs. Undertaker.
When CM Punk took on The Undertaker in a World title match a few years back, that finally cemented CM Punk as a main eventer within WWE because you couldn’t be considered at that level until you worked with ‘taker. He was the benchmark. Taking on Undertaker at Wrestlemania will bring up Punk to a higher status because there is only one holy grail in this business that is bigger than the WWE title and that is to wrestle Undertaker at ‘Mania. You don’t have to beat him (and chances are, no one ever will) but being in that match, being a part of that build up...you could easily retire after that and you would go down in history as one of the greats.
Triple H and Lesnar does fuck all for the long term. Same as Rock/Cena. Short term, they will draw but what is supposed to happen in 5 years, or 10 years, or 20 years. At Wrestlemania 50, are we going to see two of these guys comeback to compete in a zimmer frame on a pole match? Maybe we can get those shocky thingies out and revive Classy Freddy Blassie to be the special referee for the bout?
The business cannot survive on a select few that were stars of the 90’s and 00’s. There is a desperate need to generate some for the future, but Lesnar won’t be putting over new talent and Trips will only do it if he comes off strong too.
The future apparently lies in the hands of Y2J.
Me: I think they did, but they didn't make the right call with these matches. I think Punk vs Taker was a great call, if, the match is great. If the match itself is anything less than great, I think they made the wrong call. All comes down to what kind of condition Taker is in and what kind of match he can put on.
As for Rock vs Cena and HHH vs Lesnar, I think they made a bad call. I would have rather seen John Cena vs Brock Lesnar at this PPV, and it be a real wrestling match, not a Lesnar attack like Extreme Rules was. That would have left The Rock to face HHH or some other young talent who needs a rub to get into the main event spotlight, aka Dolph Ziggler.