Summerslam Preview & Predictions, 2012

Summerslam 19/08/2012, from the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Summerslam is one of the biggest events in wrestling, and a big attraction in itself. I must admit, however, that I haven’t been quite so taken with the line-up this year. Punk;s shift has been interesting, and a move back towards the sincerely snarling Punk of around a year ago, which is welcome, but the move has lacked the power of other Summer angles like The Nexus or The Summer of Punk itself. I’m looking forward most to the WWE title match as I expect some sort of major furtherment to that angle, as well as Jericho-Ziggler because those two are destined to have a great match just due to their abilities.

Match 1) Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs Rey Mysterio
This match may open the card just because it’ll be a strog opener for a prestigious championship, and a good way to get the show open with a bang. I also think the result points to it too. Rey has no problem putting guys over, and the Miz has only been champion for a month or so, so he wont be dropping it surely. However, with Mysterio being back, and seemingly totally healthy, he should be able to have a very good match with the Miz who is one of those guys who can’t really make a great match, but can be a part of one. Whether or not Miz wins clean will depend on if they have a feud going. I think there’s potential for him to go over clean here and move on, although it would probably be in Rey’s interest to lose to some sort of dastardly method and have another match at the next PPV.

Winner: The Miz

Match 2) Kane vs Daniel Bryan
This is a weird one. The match itself I have little to no interest in; although these two have ‘a history’, it just feels like they’re two guys they want on PPV who have just been thrown together. And I can’t blame them for wanting Bryan there. His ‘Yes/No’ chant has brought out the troublemaker/bully in the crowd, who love to taunt him with it, and it makes for an electric atmosphere (in fact, maybe this should be the opener for that reason!). It is also better as a heel phrase because when he was chanting yes, it was affirmative, and because of the support for him, it almost became inspiring; by rejecting that, and chanting the negative, he’s rejecting all of that good will, and ruining (though he’s really only supporting) the fun of the audience. Bryan’s a great wrestler, and Kane works his character well. It could be a good match just due to that and the atmosphere. As for the winner, its a hard decision. They may want Bryan to slide more in to an angry fervour, but I decided to plump for them wanting to give him a big win on a big stage.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Match 3) Tag Team Championship Match: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O’Neill)
This is a match besieged by backstage politics. In one hand you have the Prime Time Players; at one time the hottest commodity in the tag division though starting to level off and hindered somewhat surely by the firing of AW. And in the other, coasting champions Kofi and Truth, and in the next stage of what must be an unlucky run of partners for Kofi, Truth has seemingly been embroiled in the backstage politics and may not have endeared himself much to management. Seemingly, neither are top prospects right now, but I think the hype will carry the day here. Kofi & Truth have done nothing for the titles simply because they havenm’t been booked prominently, and with speak of the very talented JTG becoming involved with the PTP’s, I think we have a potential way for the champs to drop their titles without looking too bad. I’m afraid the match wont be much. I’ve never liked Kofi and Truth’s chemistry, and while the PTP’s are charismatic, they’re pretty stiff in the ring. Have JTG help them pick up the win and give those three a bit of a moment of the big stage. As for the champs – especially Kofi – MOVE ON!

Winners: The Prime Time Players

Match 4) World Championship Match: Sheamus (c) vs Alberto Del Rio
This match has had very good build. Apart from the fact that Sheamus if the primary prick in the tale and not ADR, the tension has been built really well between the two. Though its a bit hacky, peasant vs aristocrat is a nice model, and they play it out well. The two bits of build I remember most fondly are Del Rio brutalising Sheamus with the hood of his car, and Sheamus practically begging for the match to take place. Stripping ADR of his match and then restating it added an extra urgency to the encounter, and if that can be replicated in the match, it could be a stand-out. Sheamus is solid with anyone, and ADR is a great. They have good chemistry, and especially with Del Rio’s even newer viciousness (we’ve seen them try this before (Black Scarf!)), this should be a brutal match, with touches of technical class from ADR. Part of me still thinks they want to give Sheamus a huge run as Champion, but I think by now, he’s beaten an awful lot of people, and should be chasing the title. Plus, I think his dynamic with ADR is so good that it warrants a rematch. I would give ADR the title here, have Sheamus chase the title with a rematch, and see how they go.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Match 5) Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler
This is a match i’m salivating over. Jericho is one of the best ever and my personal favourite vs a man who tries to (and often does) steal the show every night. At Summerslam, they have every reason to steal the show, and they are most likely to do so. Where Sheamus-Del Rio will be brutal, this should be beautiful and technical. There’s not much more to say than that, it’s self-evident that both guys will look a million dollars. And while I want a win for Jericho who has put EVERYONE over during this run, I want him to put Ziggler over and help make him. Not only do I like Ziggler, but its crucial for him to look good now, as and up-and-comer, and as a Mr. Money in the Bank. Jericho’s pedigree and legacy is proven and set. He can lose countless times and still be a powerful force, so while I want a win for him as he leaves the WWE (hopefully not for the last time!), it only makes sense for Ziggler to go over, move on to another high-profile guy (Randy Orton? Kane?), perhaps until/if Sheamus wins back his title, and Ziggler cashes in with a lot of momentum? Just an idea.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Match 6) Triple H vs Brock Lesnar
There is no place for this match. Only in HHH’s head is this a Summerslam attraction. Brock Lesnar is, against a lot of people, but not Trips. There were several things I was worried about here: 1) That this would Main Event and 2) That HHH would HHH his way to a win. Thankfully, i’m now convinced neither will happen. Well, I hope. The thing here, is that neither guy needs this for the good of the company/talent – both being part time guys. That’s not the only thing that matters in wrestling: if something is an exciting attraction (Rock-Cena) that it is merited; but as discussed, that isn’t the case here. The only claim to needing a victory goes to Lesnar. He is there as an attraction and to put talent in need over – and both of those jobs require him to seem as deadly as billed (something not helped by Cena beating him on his first match back), so I especially since Mr. Hall of Fame and HHH Sadness exhibit Shawn Michaels (probably wont be there), have Brock destroy Trips. Even if it takes a Ricardo Rodriguez-esque distraction to get Lesnar the upper hand, once he has it, have him destroy Trips, and lets have it not take long either for extra impact.

Match 7) WWE Championship Match: CM Punk (c) vs John Cena vs The Big Show
This match is something of an enigma, partly because the CM Punk angle is too. Its been a rollercoaster in away: my immediate reaction was that it was too soon to turn him heel, then I realised he wasn’t really heel, and was closer to the Best of CM Punk. Now, i’m still happier with him as he is, but I feel it isn’t much of an angle. Summerslam, however, is the ultimate place to make that bang. Could that involve Heyman? While it sound great initially, I doubt it – Punk is a lone wolf right now, and certainly doens’t need a mouthpiece; it could also lead to an awkward association with Lesnar. I wont try and guess or fantasy book beyond that, in case nothing comes to passi, i’m disappointed, and it isn’t there fault! As for the match, I love Cena and Punk’s chemsirty (see, their swapping of each other’s moves on RAW as well as everything between them since last summer) and I can’t wait for their interactions. Complicating the matter is The Big Show. Usually, that’s a terrible, heartbreaking sentence to write, but The Big Show has refound an aura that he is best under, using his limited skills to seem deadly. He’s playing his role well, and will be interesting as a destructive force to Punk-Cena. I think Big Show may have another role too. Many people think Cena could go over (the idea being that Cena takes on Rock at the Rumble, and Punk faces Rock at Mania), but i’m still clinging on to the notion of a year-long reign for Punk, and I don’t think both are mutually exclusive. A year long reign is so special these days, especially in WWE, so don’t ruin it now! If this was Punk-Cena, it would be a great match, but Big Show’s involvement makes a clean Punk victory more plausible. It takes the heat of both Cena and Show in losing, and makes Punk look even better in winning. This is important, because it would be really lazy to have Punk lose as soon as he stops being a smiley babyface, and while i’d like Punk to renew some of his Cena-Status Quo material, I think he needs the win to help get his tweaked character over. Could be a great match, and if the booking/storyline follows that up, could hale make a great PPV.

Winner: CM Punk


Professional Wrestling May Not Be a ‘Real’ Sport, But It’s Infinitely More Legitimate Than MMA

Brock Lesnar, in his new, MMA-inspired ring gear

Brock Lesnar, in his new, MMA-inspired ring gear

Since the return of Brock Lesnar to the WWE, I have been a small but outspoken voice against Brock Lesnar.

This stemmed from finding him overrated during his original run, and being unimpressed, to say the least. with the way his first WWE run ended. As a wrestler, his rise as “The Next Big Thing” was certainly striking, and his abilities in the ring were equally acceptable; and this, when mixed with the expert, respected management of Paul Heyman, destined him for the top. That was what exactly what he got – a direct route to the top, being handed victories against Hulk Hogan, The Rock (which saw him become the youngest WWE Champion ever, and to this day), The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, as well as King of the Ring and Royal Rumble victories. All this happened in the space of roughly a year, which is absolutely unprecedented support for a superstar in this era. Lesnar was hot property, there’s no denying that, but as a character, he hadn’t impressed me. Weak on the mic, seeing him in non-fighting segments was always something rather forgettable, and rarely anything that would get me much invested in him as character, or in what he did or happened to him. In short, I saw Brock Lesnar as a man who had been given the keys to the kingdom, despite not really deserving it.

That was one thing, but my opinion of him lessened even more when he left WWE. Having being strapped to a rocket to the stars, Lesnar decided he would rather try NFL, and left. Just like that. The fans at least shared my disapproval this time, making his WrestleMania XX match with Goldberg a farce by booing them both out of the building and cheering only when Stone Cold Stunned them both back in their place.  I don’t have a problem with Lesnar wanting to be in the NFL. I love the NFL. But wrestling is something I love more is wrestling, and that is because it engenders more respect, and more emotional commitment than anything else, and to give up on it after only a couple of years, shows a real lack of respect and love for the business and the hard work it requires, something which is needed to keep the business going. So not only was Brock Lesnar a man who had been given the keys to the kingdom, despite not really deserving it, but he was a man who had been given the keys to the kingdom, despite not really deserving it, who couldn’t hack it.

Lesnar’s NFL career fizzled out quickly, but he did find success in MMA, signing for the UFC and becoming their champion. As a personal achievement, it’s impressive, but it doesn’t make me respect him as a man. While professional wrestling and MMA look similar, and MMA is a true sport while professional wrestling is scripted, but these are, in fact, the very reasons why I love professional wrestling, and dislike MMA. In my opinion, professional wrestling is one of the greatest, most relevent mediums of art there is today, and it is so because it gives the appearance of conflict. It hurts, it’s about sacrifice, but ultimately, the players are trying to protect each other in the pursuit of there art. MMA is the opposite this. For pay, men try to seriously hurt each other; it’s demeaning and devoid of anything artful. Yes, sport is a beautiful thing, but not this sport, not to me.

Even that’s fine; it doesn’t affect me – I don’t watch MMA. While I didn’t like him a year ago, Lesnar wasn’t really affecting my life. But now he’s returned to WWE, and he’s returned to ‘bring legitimacy’ to the WWE. Well that’s where, frankly, the man can f**k off. Professional wrestling is lots of great things, but it categorically isn’t a sport, and shouldn’t be treated like one. In fact, the success of wrestling lives and dies on the ability to suspend your disbelief. Even for ‘smart’ fans, we have to believe in the basic dynamic before us (mainly, the people interacting, and the moves being performed), and this is made easy by the fact that what happens does hurt, and is, at least in a pure sense, real (in that the actions are controlled, but not faked). Brock Lesnar coming back, highlighting his background in competitive fighting, saying he wants to bring ‘legitimacy’ to the WWE, and wearing MMA-style sponsored shorts which look different to everyone else completely undermines that. He’s basically saying “When i’m around, it’s real, when i’m not, it’s not,” and that hurts everyone, apart from Brock Lesnar. Now I’ve actually quite liked him (in a limited way) since his return, but he’s currently helping nobody but Brock Lesnar, and that’s a problem.

When The Rock came back, he was thrust in to the spotlight, and aspects of that made me unhappy. But at least The Rock was … THE ROCK, an icon, a charismatic force, who had a great story to tell with John Cena. But then, instantly afterwards Brock Lesnar comes out, makes that last year something of an afterthought, and takes up more spots from people like CM Punk, who should be one of the guys. Indeed, Punk is that in a sense; he is the WWE Champion and is booked very strong with lots of mic time. But Punk, who is infinitely better in every way than Lesnar, hasn’t been in a main event segment in a very long time – thanks, in part, to Lesnar.

MMA may well be a real sport, but that is where it’s ‘legitimacy’ over pro wrestling ends. Professional wrestling is not necessarily a pursuit of money, but a pursuit of happiness. It necessitates sacrifice and makes art possible. I have no problem in admitting that wrestling has brought me to tears (indeed, this blog was created on the wave of such emotion); I don’t believe MMA is capable of that, and I respect a man like Punk, who has given his life for this business, and is only now reaping the rewards, far more than a man like Lesnar, who is only interested in what Brock Lesnar can gain from his ventures.

I wish him the best, because I respect any professional wrestler, have enjoyed aspects of his return, and want him to make my viewing possible, but his being here doesn’t make the spectacle more ‘legitimate’; if anything, his approach undermines much of what makes professional wrestling a legitimately beautiful thing.

RTV Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 2012 – Entrant #4: Paul Heyman

Ron Simmons has been announced for WWE’s Hall of Fame this year, and it’s not before time (for the record, he was one of my ‘Core 50’ in the RTV Hall of Fame). That means I need to announce my fourth entrant, and it’s a man with an undeniable influence on what pro-wrestling is today. He spent a short time away from wrestling, but now that he and Brock Lesnar have signed a promotional deal with WWE again, he entrance is timely.

There are lots of things that make Heyman a special and important figure in the history of pro-wrestling. Heyman, witty and passionate, was one of the best, and most underrated, commentators of his time and all time. Paul E. Dangerously, complete with chunky contemporary mobile phone, is one of the greatest managers of all time, implementing a great modern character of a sleazy, brash, New York yuppie to manage people like The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Don Muraco, Jimmy Snuka, Big Show, and Kurt Angle to great success. Most successfully perhaps was his run with “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesnar, a man with almost zero charisma, who he managed to the very top of the industry. More importantly than anything though was his management of ECW wrestlers like Sabu, Taz, Rhino, 911, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer, the life-blood of ECW. Indeed, this is emblematic of his most significant impact, being the driving force behind a significant part of the inspiration and catalyst for one of the most brazen and successful period in wrestling history.

In 1993, Eastern Championship Wrestling was a simple affiliate of the NWA, but with Heyman a creative force there, it soon became its most successful affiliate, and would become a catalyst for a new, hardcore, era of pro-wrestling. Due to its success, the NWA booked ECW’s champion, Shane Douglas to become the NWA World Champion, but Heyman (along with Douglas and one-time ECW owner, Tod Gordon) conspired against the NWA, taking the title and trashing it, along with the “tradition” of the promotion and the outdated approach to wrestling they said it represented. From here, ECW went ‘Extreme’, favouring more realistic characters that were encouraged to shoot on other wrestlers and promotions, brutal “hardcore” wrestling which required more sacrifice from wrestlers than ever before, a more interactive experience for the fans (including them providing weapons for matches and ‘smart’ chanting), the introduction of Mexican and Japanese styles to North America where they had largely been absent before, and a focus on high-level technical wrestling alongside the “hardcore” work. Because of this focus, ECW boasts a particularly impressive alumni, including Mick Foley, Rey Mysterio Jr, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, and Eddie Guerrero, among others already mentioned under Heyman’s management.

Though moguls like Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon like to deny it, the influence of this revolution was palpable in both organisations. In its growth, WCW banked largely on an influx of cruiserweights, many from Japan and Mexico, as well as pilfering talent from ECW like Mike Awesome and Raven once ECW had made successes of them. The WWF, which had a better relationship with Heyman, including a kayfabe ‘Invasion’ angle in 1997, nonetheless also borrowed from ECW, especially in terms of the more adult-oriented and “hardcore” Attitude Era.

ECW wasn’t the only catalyst for this golden era of wrestling, but it’s own attitude and originality had a significant hand in it, and for that, Heyman deserves to be enshrined in any Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame.

RAW Recall (27/06/2011): CM God

I tweeted earlier in the week (@RTVWOW) that I wouldn’t be writing about RAW this week because I was too  busy to watch live. Well, I somehow manahed to avoid the hoo-haw surrounding Punker and eventually watched RAW last night, and afterwards, obviously, I wanted to add my own two cents. First, however, i’ll warm up by mentioning a few other things from this week’s episode.

It would be remiss to mention Shawn Michaels, whose mark on the show, like everyone else’s, has been overshadowed by Punk. I think he made a good guest host (I guess that’s what he was) and didn’t intrude too much on the action. His interaction with Punk was money, and it is a showdown I think we’d all love to see if HBK wasn’t retired. I liked him superkicking Otunga and McGillicutty but not getting to Punk so he could keep his justifiably confident air he’s carried in recent weeks. What I didn’t like was the part of Michaels’ promo where he said it was impossible to stay away from WWE, and Jerry Lawler suggesting an in-ring return, something completely unfounded, and without any apparent reason other than to confuse the audience. Another thing I didn’t like was his superkick to Drew McIntyre. I was pleased to see McIntyre debut his tweaked schtik to established veterans, Booker T and DDP which came across well, only to be undermined by a superkick by Shawn. After that first seg, Punk was booked in a match with Kane. I was annoyed at that because it’s such a needless use of a Smackdown superstar breaking the brand extension. To be fair though, it shows a problem with the RAW roster – i.e, after Cena, who else could take a dominating babyface spot? Well, nobody really. I loved how Punk sold Kane being a monster though; despite the fact he was doing his job in making Punk look good, Punk helped him out by making him seem a scary prospect again. I liked how Punk walked out of the match because it shows his own confidence and puts over the #1 contender’s status. If he has a spot at the PPV with so much on the line, why is he bothered about wrestling Kane and possibly getting hurt …

Not much needs to be said about Cara-Bourne. It could have been a let-down given all the hype, but it wasn’t. They showcased each other really nicely and Cara showed a great improvement in his in-ring consistency. I hope they give these two a feud-of-respect style thing, eventually turn Bourne heel and give him some mic-time because that’s really what he needs to get over now.

Big Show vs Del Rio in a cage wasn’t a great match in itself, but I did like most of the Mark Henry participation. I was unsure about him ripping the door off, because his botching of that is so well known it didn’t seem that fresh. I liked him busting Show through side of the cage more though. His actions came across as genuinely scary, and at this point, i’m totally sold on Mark Henry as a monster heel. After listening to the fantastic latest podcast from IWantWrestling, I now have a much greater appreciation for Henry as a heel. He’s still not a great worker, but he can be really sadistically mean. They mentioned on the podcast how he once said to Rey Mysterio that he was going to ‘tear off his mask and tear right down to the white meat’, which is a great line, as was one last night when he said to Show, ‘If I charged for air, you’d better pay your bills’. My only problem with this is that it’s another inter-brand feud. It’s saving grace is that Big Show is probably the only person (at least the only babyface) of such a stature to make this so shocking.

Miz has made it as a legitimate main eventer, but, at least with me, he seems to have lost a lot of his fire behind him. Riley seems to be getting over though, so maybe it’s just me (and perhaps Riley will go on to be #2 face). While this was my perception going in to their tag match, and while I thought this week’s booking would be more of the same, I do love tornado tags and this actually became a very good tag match towards the end, with nice storytelling, drama, and a good finish, so I feel Miz, Swaggeer (who I was glad to see was treated seriously), Rey and Riley deserve kudos for that.

The main event, a tables match between John Cena and R-Truth, was ok, but showed how they do slightly lack that explosive chemistry together to make for a great match; as was lacking at Capitol Punishment. The finish to the match was really cool though with CM Punk, wearing a Stone Cold t-shirt moving the table Truth was about to get AA’d through before brawling with Cena and escaping another AA before pushing Cena in front of the table for Truth to spear him through. With a prone Cena, Punk walked up the ramp to the top and entered his familiar sitting down position before delivering one of the most memorable promos in recent history. Indeed, this was the most exciting thing to happen in wrestling since the debut of Nexus, and in terms of the immediate post-show firestorm, it is comparable in terms of the sensation it’s made.

At the start of it, I expected a run of the mill Punk promo (which is actually much better than ‘run of the mill’ anyway), but what we got was truly special, and led to me eventually tweeting that Punk is the greatest professional wrestler in the world right now.

Sitting in a cross-legged, peaceful position, eerily distant from the prone body of John Cena, Punk began spewing righteous hate. One of the first things Punk said was that he didn’t like how Cena got to the top by kissing Vince’s ass, and it was that soon that I knew something special was going on. Still, I thought it would be a limited storyline seed nodding to the cynical fans, but as Punk himself said, he broke straight through the 4th wall, mentioning ‘wrestling’, Hulk Hogan and The Rock (‘Dwayne’) as ass-kissers, Paul Heyman as a good guy instead of a failure, Brock Lesnar, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor (i.e. the competition), Colt Cobana, Triple H and Steph as bad for the future of the company in their official capacities, John Laurinaitis as a yes man and eventually the shortfalls in Vince’s management. By now, if you’re reading this, you’ll have seen it, so I wont go in to the words too much right now, but you should know, WWE definitely planned it – every word was carefully chosen (notice how TNA wasn’t mentioned?), so it makes it even clearer that everything Punk. It wasn’t just his calling out, out of kayfabe, of big names that made this promo, it was also the sheer truth he spoke. About how he has not gotten the right recognition for his talents, despite consistently showing how good he is as well as voicing what so many think are the problems with the company that are not being solved. I’m making this sound clinical when it wasn’t. In fact, it was the most natural promo i’ve seen in a long time. Jim Ross had some very wise words about it, and PG wrestling, on his website:

“The first thing that must be in place for a promo to be great is that it must be natural ala from the heart and not from memory plus the talent must believe in what they are saying and not simply verbally filling time. Every promo must have a reason for taking place much akin to why most matches occur especially on PPV or in TV main events … Punk’s promo was reminiscent of the Attitude Era but it was totally PG. PG can be edgy but it doesn’t need to travel an uncreative, low road to be attitudinal or cool.”

This too was what was great about Punk’s promo, as well as what is good about the best promos. This is one of those that could be shown as a tutorial promo to any young guys or guys in the back who struggle in that area.

Another reason why this has become such a firestorm is because of the sheer possibilities of it. There are spoilers for next week’s RAW out there, but I have so far managed to avoid them, thankfully! Listening to Dave Lagana’s (@Lagana) latest IWantWrestling podcast, there were a lot of interesting points made, mainly regarding the non-WWE entities Punk mentioned: ROH, New Japan, Colt Cabana, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, while insisting that there wasn’t ONE word of that promo that wasn’t calculated. For instance, the fact that the original ECW invasion was almost 10 years ago to the day. Now I don’t think ther’ll be a ROH or New Japan ‘invasion’, but I can imagine Punk taking the WWE title to indy shows for promotions like the two that were mentioned. Indeed, in that vein, i’d love to see Punk winning the title and ‘leaving’ the WWE, referring to himself as an ‘indpendent wrestler’ and actually going to shows while being filmed by gonzo style WWE cameras and defending the title against popular ROH or New Japan wrestlers like MVP or Eddie Kingston, to name but a few. That might seem a bit far-fetched, but so would have Punk’s shoot, especially given the fact that Punk chose his words so carefully. Then you have people like Heyman and Lesnar, who have worked with WWE and come close to doing so again. With books out to promote, could they return and side with Punk? Could Stone Cold fit in to this? Well, his interactions with Punk have been no mistake, which made me think that, possibly he could take on Stone Cold at probably WrestleMania, or rather – seen as that would book two matches of current stars against former stars – a tag match between Cena and Punk against Rock and Stone Cold. Cena’s possible allignment with Punk may seem to make no sense at this point, but based on the one thing i’ve heard about next week (which I wont share), it could make more sense.

These are but a couple of possibilities, but the possibilities seem endless. Another thing is a potential move away from PG and a return of an ‘attitude era’. As JR says, we don’t need PG to end, and it should be remembered that the Attitude era was very much of its time. What it might show, however, is a shift towards being more edgy and unpredictable, giving more of a voice to the talent and really creating more diverse content, and none of that necessitates a change from PG.
All this from one promo, and it really shows the power of the promo in the hands of the right wrestler. I wont speculate much more for now, after all, it was only about six minutes of action – but the excitement it’s generated can only be a good thing!

Many are calling this Punk’s 3:16 moment, and i’m starting to think they’re right. Are the winds of change finally blowing?