Welcome to another edition of True or False. It is I, Kyle Fitta, and I’m alongside my partner in crime Joe Violet. Today we’ll be talking about Raw, Smackdown and some TNA. So sit back, read, and enjoy.
Khali and Kane was the worst worked match this year.
Kyle Fitta: True. I don’t watch a lot of TNA and most Divas matches feel the same to me and I hardly pay attention to them. For some reason, I paid attention to this match. It was a four-minute match that felt 40.
There was no flow or rhythm and the match felt like it was glued in first gear. The pacing was dreadful as everything felt in slow motion. And the finish did nothing for either man.
I don’t understand why Khali has to wrestle on almost every show. I understand he has a fan base in India, but just because they like him shouldn’t mean everyone else has to suffer. If they want to use Khali, they need to at least try to hide his flaws, even if that means he doesn’t wrestle at all.
This babyface gimmick Khali has is plain awful. I actually didn’t hate Khali as a heel as much as other people did, so a heel turn wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. However, I rather see Khali never wrestle again in all honestly. This would benefit Khali as well because it’s obvious that his knees are giving him a hard time.
I think the same could be said about Kane too. He’s paid his dues. Now it’s time to get off TV. I’m sure there’s a backstage job Kane could take. I don’t want him to be jobless. But, in all honestly, Kane has been brutal to watch for the past 10 years.
Their previous matches were well-booked and they weren’t *that bad*. This match wasn’t well-booked, the dynamics were switched, and thus it was brutal for all of us. Damn, almost 300 words on a Kane and Khali match.
Joe Violet: True. Looking at past matches throughout the year, it’s kind of difficult to say that one was the worst all around. There have been some stinkers, for sure, but I don’t think very many have been as bad as Kane/Khali this past week on Raw. That being said, I’m saying true. The announcers kept saying throughout the match that neither man was made for a speed match, which I believe was code for “I’m sorry, this match might suck.” These two have very little chemistry in the ring, and both are limited in the ring. Add that to the fact that there was very little story told (other than Kane attempting to take out Khali’s legs, and being the only one seemingly aware of the clock…and even THAT was weakly told, because of Khali not even selling it), and you have a terrible match, and just seemed a throwaway match that could have been used to do something much different.
Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk will be WWE’s MOTY.
Kyle Fitta: False. Could it be? Of course. Will it be? Probably not. If the WWE allowed these two to go all out and gave them whatever amount of time they needed, they could put on easily the best match. However, I don’t believe WWE will do that.
I think WWE wants to keep Undertaker vs. Triple H their MOTY at least for now, because I don’t think they want this match to overshadow that match because it’s not as important. Nevertheless, I am happy they’re finally giving this match on PPV. We all saw what they could do on TV without build, commercial breaks, and extreme limitations. I don’t like being wrong, but this is one of the few times where I hope I am wrong.
Sorry, I forgot to send Joe Violet this question, so he wasn’t able to answer it.
John Cena staying on TV was the right decision.
Kyle Fitta: False. Well, I think this feud with Johhny Ace will help John Cena become more liked, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t have waited longer. Even though the original decision of Cena being stretchered out seemed like a better idea on paper, I didn’t mind Cena’s goodbye promo at all.
After all, it made perfect sense if Brock Lesnar started killing everyone else on the roster, setting up a rematch with Cena, but according to sources, Cena vs. Lesnar isn’t even going to happen again. Now Lesnar is going to go off TV until 3 to 4 weeks before Summerslam with a loss and Cena still on TV. It makes Lesnar look incredibly weak and cools him down immensely.
Furthermore, John Cena needs a break anyway. He needs a break that doesn’t involve a movie or resting up from an injury. Let him spend some time with his family, go to the beach, or go see a movie. In other words, let him live a little.
Joe Violet: False. After the promo at Extreme Rules (which I believe was unnecessary after having seen the match now), fans are expecting something different out of Cena, whether it’s a departure from the ring or perhaps a re-tooling of his character. Keeping him on TV as it is ends up making that promo a moot point. Also, when he came out to confront Johnny Ace on Monday night, it was almost like nothing had happened…he didn’t seem to be selling the beating he took, and he was still doing the same schtick. It seemed an insult to fans’ intelligence when he wasn’t even acting like anything had happened. Keeping him on TV is not a good move, but also keeping him in the same character is even worse, because it’s another extension of Super Cena, except instead of him making the comeback in the ring, now he’s even no-selling storylines.
Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan on Smackdown makes no sense.
Kyle Fitta: True. Unless I am forgetting, jobbing out your number one contender before a title match has never been an idea that worked. Even Tommy Dreamer never lost cleanly before a title match to my knowledge. Sheamus didn’t need another win over Daniel Bryan. He’s had two big wins on PPV, one of which that lasted 18 seconds. It’s time for someone else to lose to the Celtic Warrior.
Speaking of Daniel Bryan, I don’t know why WWE is trying to kill the yes! chant nor do I know why Daniel Bryan isn’t babyface yet. It’s not sour grapes; it’s true: McMahon could be a billionaire but settles on being a millionaire to satisfy his own ego. Zack Ryder (albeit how he got over), R-Truth (the little Jimmy stuff is really popular), and Daniel Bryan could be even bigger money makers in WWE, but because their success wasn’t mapped out in advance, McMahon would rather not push them to the moon because their popularity wasn’t according to WWE’s plans.
Joe Violet: True. If they’re setting up Del Rio/Sheamus, then a loss to Bryan could have served several purposes. One, the fans are behind Bryan, not Sheamus…seeing him win against Sheamus, even if it’s DQ or countout, would send them home happy. Two, Del Rio costing Sheamus matches would be a good way to draw heat for a feud…speaking of which, why don’t we see that kind of booking that much anymore?? WWE seems hellbent on making Sheamus the top face on Smackdown now, and whether they want to admit it or not, it’s NOT working well at all. Sheamus’ run with the World Heavyweight Championship is coming very close to running its course, and hell…even losing the title wouldn’t have been such a bad thing. That loss, even though it was a decent match, wasn’t a good decision.
On paper, TNA’s May PPV Sacrifice looks good.
Kyle Fitta: True. I think this PPV looks really good on paper. At first, Roode vs. RVD didn’t sound good, but TNA decided to make it a Ladder match and RVD is in his element in those types of matches. AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle looks as if it could be TNA’s best match of the year thus far. Daniels and Kaz vs. Joe and Magnus could also be another TNA match of the year candidate if Joe and Daniels are motivated (which they are most of the time they wrestle against each other). And Kennedy vs. Hardy and Bully Ray vs. Aries are solid midcard matches.
If I had a dime for everything in TNA that looked promising but ended up being a disaster, I’d be a millionaire. We all know how easily TNA can mess something up with their less-than-stellar booking. TNA’s never had the strongest booking in all of its years, but the talent always gave an A+ effort every show and made up for the booking woes. The last several shows.
I’ve seen of TNA since the Hogan/Bischoff era begun, I’ve noticed uninspiring efforts by the wrestlers. And frankly, I cannot blame them. Everyone except the narrow-minded people in TNA know its going to croak soon or later and the wrestlers realize that hard work doesn’t pay off, thus they are giving mediocre efforts, collecting their paychecks and not losing that much mileage on their bodies. Well, that’s just my theory.
Joe Violet: On paper? True. Will it execute? One can hope, but it IS TNA we’re talking here. Angle and AJ have given fans some gems in the past, but I don’t know if they can still do so next week. Hardy/Anderson seems kind of bland to me, but it might be an okay match. The tag titles match have some good performers in it, and it COULD be a very good match. RVD/Roode, as I’ve said before, is a questionable call for a main event, but we could be surprised. The Knockout’s Championship match…meh. Bully Ray/Austin Aries could steal the show as well, with two very good performers in there. My only question is their in-ring chemistry…does it exist? This COULD be a good PPV, if booked correctly…but again, it’s TNA we’re talking about. But, the question was “on paper”, so I’m treating it as such. True statement.
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