Am I the Only One? Thoughts on CM Punk Competing in UFC, Sasha Banks Interview, Seth Rollins' 'Bullcrap' and More
As I reflect on the past week in pro wrestling, I wonder: Am I the only one who ...
... isn't rooting for CM Punk to fail in UFC? Judging by what I see on social media, both pro wrestling and MMA fans would love nothing more than to see Punk get destroyed by Mickey Gall in his UFC debut in September. Why? Punk was unhappy in WWE and decided to leave the company to pursue his dream of fighting in the Octagon. At 37, he knows the odds are stacked against him. That's why I admire his courage and determination and wish him nothing but success.
... thinks the powers that be in WWE should've come up with a reason -- even a flimsy one -- for why Sasha Banks was MIA before returning to TV recently? When Banks was asked where's she's been in her sit-down interview with Michael Cole on WWE.com, her reply was, "Don't worry about where I've been." How creative. It reminds me of the times I've seen a babyface make an illogical heel turn and then say, "I don't owe anyone an explanation." Here's one suggestion as to what Banks could have said to Cole: "After coming so close to winning the WWE Women's Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania, I decided to take one step back to take two steps forward. While Charlotte and the other women have been playing games and engaging in drama, I've just been watching it all unfold. I let them have the spotlight. Meanwhile, I dedicated myself to training harder than ever, pushing myself every day to get better. I'm in the best shape of my life and more laser-focused than ever on my goal of becoming champion. So to answer your question, that's where I've been. But Charlotte and every other woman on the roster should be more concerned with where I'm going, because I am going to the top in this division where I belong." Something like that.
... respectfully disagrees with Banks' statement (see what I did there?) that "people are buying tickets to see the women now?" I do think that's the case in NXT, but not WWE. With stars such as Banks, Charlotte, Bayley (eventually) and others to build around, the women's division in WWE may get to that point someday, but they're not there yet, at least not to a significant degree.
... cringed when Seth Rollins said "This is bullcrap!" when he stormed off during the opening segment of Raw? What grown man says "bullcrap?" I know he can't curse, but perhaps he should've just said "This is bull!" and dropped the mic as he muttered an "s" sound under his breath. Darn PG era. I mean, damn PG era.
... thinks Alberto Del Rio's character is stale but isn't sure a babyface turn is the answer? I don't know if the powers that be in WWE are planning on turning Del Rio, but if they do, I hope they've come up with a good story and a clear vision for what his character is going forward. A spit bucket with the Mexican flag on it definitely shouldn't be part of the equation. I was on the creative team when Del Rio turned babyface a few years ago, and it was basically done on whim by Vince McMahon. Del Rio is a talented guy, but he needs good creative to get over to a level that is commensurate with his talent.
... hates it when people say "it ain't ballet" when making a point about the physical toll that pro wrestling takes on its performers? On Raw, JBL was the latest to use the cliche. I'm sure there was no malice on his part, but it really minimizes the pain and injuries that ballet dancers suffer. It's time to come up with a better comparison.
... thought David Otunga, who took Jerry Lawler's place on commentary on SmackDown, sounded silly when he predicted that Jimmy Uso would defeat AJ Styles? If he would've clarified it by saying that it would be an major upset or that if Uso brings his 'A' game he's capable of beating anyone it would have come across as more realistic.
... thinks WWE announcer Greg Hamilton looks like the lovechild of actor Sean Astin and former WWE and TNA executive Bruce Prichard?
... thinks Chris Jericho should be smart enough to know that when he closes his eyes and does his "drink it in, man" routine while his foes are close by that he's going to get attacked? The Gift of Jericho is basically a free shot to his mug.
... loves that the two enhancement guys who faced Enzo Amore and Big Cass on Raw were named after Philadelphia Phillies prospects? As I said in a previous post, WWE writers Ed Koskey and Michael Kirshenbaum (aka Mae Young's adult son, The Hand) are huge Phillies fans. Back when Ryback was facing locals on a weekly basis, we always named them after our friends or people we knew.
... if I had a dime for very time I did the wave or enjoyed others doing the wave, I would have zero dimes?
.. loved the bloody, brutal Fight Without Honor between Steve Corino and BJ Whitmer at ROH's Best in the World pay-per-view? I'm not advocating that intentional bloodletting become commonplace, but when used judiciously, blood can definitely add drama to a match or angle.
... thought TNA World Champion Bobby Lashley came off like a babyface for scoring a clean victory over Drew Galloway and EC3 in a Triple Threat Match for the title on Impact? Lashley was double-teamed by the babyfaces at times during the match, yet he still prevailed in the end. As a fan, how can I not like that guy?
... didn't understand why TNA referee Brian Hebner took orders from Mike Bennett on Impact? After Bennett laid out Braxton Sutter immediately after Sutter won a battle royal to earn a shot at Bennett's X Division Title, Bennett demanded that Hebner ring the bell to start the match while Sutter was still down. Hebner clearly didn't want to do it, but then he acted like he had no choice and called for the bell. Shouldn't he at least have waited until Sutter was on his feet before starting the match?
... thinks Matt Hardy and TNA Knockouts Champion Sienna go to the same hair stylist?