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BY GARAGEMASTER; A Special Rainbowchair Report
1. WWE needs a monster. With the Big Show, The Great Khali, and Kane being mid-card guys these days, WWE is in need of a big guy to come in a crush the heavyweights. We have seen possible indications that Lord Tensai or Brodus Clay could be contenders here as they have been used recently to come out, squash the competition, and leave. While I like what is happening with these two at this time, the guy who needs to do this now is Lesnar.
2. Lesnar will bring back fans gone astray. I will admit that in recent time I have been drawn away from the WWE. The PG rating along with many in the current roster that can’t cut a promo has really turned away many. Bringing back The Rock was enough to have me tune in a bit more and now Lesnar has got me watching again. Having another year with a huge buildup to a Wrestlemania containing Lesnar as well as The Rock should be enough to keep the fans interested.
3. Cena can handle being thrown under the bus. If we were to have Lesnar come back for his first match since 2004 and lose to Cena, I can only see this as being bad for business. To have Lesnar come back and crush Cena will legitimize him as a contender and he will then be able to feud with the smaller guys and improve sales for the less important pay-per-view events.
Due to its early start, some of you might have missed an hour of Monday Night Raw. I, the newest addition to the Rainbowchair family, Bluechair, will be covering most of what you might have missed.
The first segment of this three-hour Monday Night Raw was allegedly going to be the contract signing between John Cena and Brock Lesnar. As you might have predicted, that didn’t happen. John Laurinaitis came out only to be bombarded by an unfriendly crowd. Laurinaitis announced that, because Lesnar was late, the signing would be postponed until later in the night when Brock would show up. While John Cena stood perplexed in the ring, a shocking Hall of Famer returned just seconds after Laurinaitis’ announcement to give Cena a few words: Edge. Edge made his way to the ring and proclaimed that the John Cena in the ring wasn’t the John Cena that he once remembered. As Edge continued to give Cena a talk, the more he stressed to Cena that he has to win his match at Extreme Rules. The Rated R Superstar then abruptly left the ring.
Chris Jericho made his way to the ring to kick off what would be the first match of this week’s episode. His opponent, Kofi Kingston, came out to an energetic crowd and was looking to get a win over Jericho. As the match progressed, the more intense it became. Jericho and Kofi were putting it all on the line, but one high-risk maneuver from Kofi led to a code breaker to the face from Jericho. Jericho picked up the win, but he wasn’t done just yet. Jericho picked up a mic and scolded Punk and the audience while telling CM Punk that he had a special gift for him. Jericho didn’t say what the contents of the gift were, but that we would find out later on in the night.
The second match of the night was Lord Tensai vs. R-Truth. Since his debut a few weeks back, Tensai has proved to everyone in the WWE that he’s a legitimate threat. He’s currently undefeated, and most of his matches leave his opponents in almost a vegetative state when the final bell rings. This match was no exception. Tensi dominated most of the match before using the mysterious green mist to leave R-Truth almost unconscious. Tensai then pinned Truth to earn another victory.
Kane emerged from the fire to head to the ring and expose Randy Orton. Randy Orton eventually had enough and appeared on the titantron with Kane’s father in a wheelchair. Much like what Kane did to Orton and his father a few weeks back on Smackdown, Orton rolled his father into a freezer and shut the door. But even something as sinister as that didn’t phase The Big Red Machine. Orton then rushed out to the ring before Kane made his way up to the stage. A vicious brawl broke out before Kane eventually fled into the crowd to flee from Orton. Later on in the show, Kane eventually managed to make his way back to the freezer. Kane opened it up, told his father that he didn’t care, and wheeled him back into the dark, cold freezer for good.
The third match of the night, which wasn’t very entertaining, was a tag match between Big Show and Khali vs. Rhodes and Del Rio. Both teams struggled to do much, despite their talent. Kahli and the Big Show picked up the victory. If you missed this match, definitely skip over it.
Jericho returns on-screen only to be confronted by Alex Riley backstage. Riley told Chris that he spotted CM Punk drinking in his locker room backstage. Jericho seemed skeptical at first, but Riley said he would show him. And lo and behold, Punk was seen drinking a bottle of alcohol. Jericho was dumbfounded at what he just witnessed, as was Alex Riley. Later on in the night, because of what he witnessed, Jericho decided to see Laurinaitis to demand a few things. Jericho implored Laurinaitis to vacate the title because of Punk drinking on the job. Laurinaitis agreed with Jericho and told Jericho that a sobriety test would be set up in the ring later in the night to see if Punk was really drunk or not. If Punk was indeed as drunk as Jericho had claimed, Punk would be stripped from the title and would have to hand it over to Jericho immediately.
Brock Lesnar would be next to appear backstage for this next segment. Lesnar was casually strolling his way to his locker room before being stopped for an interview. Lesnar didn’t seem to keen on giving an interview for Josh Matthews. Lesnar manhandled Matthews and propped him up against a production truck before letting him go. Matthews then made a remark, but that ignited Lesnar. Lesnar threw Matthews across the room without even saying a word. If there’s a lesson to be learned from this segment, don’t mess with Brock Lesnar.
The next match on MNR was Beth Phoenix vs. Nikki Bella. Since I didn’t actually watch this match, I can’t comment on it, but apparently Nikki Bella is the new Divas Champion, if anyone cares.
CM Punk’s sobriety test was next. Teddy Long, Jericho, and even some of Detroit’s Police Force were there to ensure a fair test. Punk, while making an unusual entrance to the ring, started to slur his words and stumble around a bit. The cops started the test and told Punk to say his ABC’s backwards. Punk slurred his speech and didn’t get too far before moving on to the next part of the test. Punk attempted to walk in a straight line before stumbling. Jericho had enough and claimed that Punk was drunk. The cops also agreed with Jericho. Jericho demanded to hand him the title, but before Teddy Long could hand it over, Punk said he needed just one more chance. And this time, Punk said his ABC’s backwards without much of a problem and walked confidently in a straight line. It was evident that CM Punk was toying with Jericho throughout the entire test and wasn’t drunk at all. Jericho was irate, but Punk attacked Jericho with the belt and left the ring.
Mark Henry vs. Sheamus was next up on the card. Daniel Bryan was assigned to be the special referee for this match, and because of that, a lot of “yes” chants started up. The match wasn’t anything special, but Mark Henry did pick up the win due to a fast three count by Daniel Bryan.
Another tag team match was about to get started. This would be the second to the last match of the night. Santino and Ryder vs. Primo and Epico. Like any typical MNR tag team match, this one was no different. A few decent spots by Primo and Epico, but Santino and Ryder would predictably pick up the win.
Brodus Clay would make his usual entrance but this time he wasn’t alone. Hornswoggle would accompany the Funkasaurus to make an unusual duo for this tag team match. Their opponents? Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. The match was characteristic for a Brodus Clay match. Clay and Hornswoggle would pick up the win just shortly after the initial bell. The segment ended with Vickie Guerrero entering the ring only to get bitten in the behind by Hornswoggle.
The contract signing was up next, and for real this time. Lesnar had arrived and made his way to the ring first. Cena’s music hit, but there was no sign of him at all. Before signing the contract, Lesnar had a few propositions to make. He wanted a private jet to fly him to and from every venue, more creative power from Laurinaitis, and that he could show up whenever he pleases. Laurinaitis hesitantly agreed but signed the contract. In return, Lesnar signed on for the match at Extreme Rules. Cena would eventually make his way to the ring, but one thing was different than before: he brought out his old Thuganomics chain. Cena looked horrified. Cena, with the support of the Cenation, signed the contract while Lesnar continued threatening and intimidating Cena. Lesnar would then flip over the table. Cena had his chain griped to his fist while Lesnar had both fists locked and loaded. A fight was about to emerge, but not there. MNR then went off the air.
The Bizarre One falls, but for how long?
BY GARAGEMASTER; A Special Rainbowchair Report
With it being Wrestlemania season, the past few weeks of WWE events have been nothing short of a spectacle. Today’s bout between the crowd favorite Booker T and the twisted veteran Goldust was no exception. It would be an understatement to say that the troops got exactly what they deserved for the work they do every day, fighting the good fight. In an iron man match that ditched the conventional 1 hour time limit and chose a quarter length match at 15 minutes, the troops were on the edge of their seats. For them the battle going on in the squared circle was more important than the one across the sands in the streets of Afghanistan for this was for all the marbles, more specifically the European and WCW championships!
This match was without a shadow of a doubt made for the highlight reel. Intensity was at an all time high as the two Gods battled outside of the ring in what ended as a double count out giving Goldust his first of only two decision in the match. Booker T was able to spin-a-rooni his way to four decisions to become the 9-time, 9-TIME WCW champion. The bizarre one kept Booker on his toes however by countering his finisher a record breaking two times in a row. Booker T was in excellent form and kicked out after these blows to his ego making sure he was not the victim of shattered dreams. The Golden one, as expected, seemed to pale in comparison to the creamy dark visage of King Booker. This match will certainly go down as the brightest moment in Booker’s flawless legacy and will be just another sad story for black sheep of the Rhodes family. I truly cannot wait to see what the future has in store as the champ himself squares off against Hawk of the Road Warriors in what is sure to be a clash of the titans.
FINALLY! The Rock! Has come back! To WRESTLEMANIA!!! This post is going to be quite out of the ordinary for most, but quite ordinary for me, and that’s honestly all that matters.
Dwayne, “The Tooth Fairy,” Johnson, has finally, FINALLY, returned home to the WWE in an attempt to solidify his title as most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment, and he did just that.
For those of you who don’t know, like all of you nerds who like real television or sports more than wrestling – I haven’t quite figured you guys out yet, I’m getting better though – Wrestlemania is the largest and most anticipated event of the year for professional wrestling; the Superbowl of wrestling, if you will.
Usually, lots of hype goes into these events, and the WWE, for lack of a better cliché, pulls out all the stops in assuring a successful and high rated Pay Per View event. Usually, this means bringing people like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Rick Flair back for the nostalgic hopefuls who hold on for one more glimpse of their favorite icons, but until a year ago, nobody thought The Rock would lace up a pair of boots and layeth the smackdown on all the jabroni sonbithces left in the WWE ever again. But the third generation WWE Superstar had other intentions, and who knows how much of his statements were true, and how much was scripted, but what I do know for sure: The Rock has still got it.
Introduced by Flo Rida, or as Heath Slater was calling him Sunday night, Florida, from the moment the Rock’s voice screamed, “If ya smell! What the Rock, is cookin’!” and that 90’s electric guitar started shredding in the background, the People – and I capitalize People for a reason – went nuts.
Finally, the Millions had something to cheer about again.
9-and-a-half years since The Rock had been in a singles matchup, 9-and-a-half long years, but it looked more like 9-and-a-half days the way The People’s Champ performed on Sunday night.
Some credit The Undertaker as one of the best strikers of all time, but anyone who saw The Rock in action on Sunday should have a slightly different opinion on who can still sell a good strike and who cannot.
The Rock was spot on in nearly all of his moves, and in my opinion, he sold that match in the first 30 seconds better than anyone had all night. The Rock came back to Wrestlemania 28, in better shape than he has ever been in, huger than he has ever been and most importantly, to prove that he is still the most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment.
Many people expected The Rock to fight a glorious battle, but in the end fall short to The Champ, John Cena. Cena has, after all, been with the company when The Rock decided to become The Scorpion King, and give Hollywood his best shot. Cena has been in movies, but he has never let that come between himself and his wrestling fans, something that was pointed out countless times over this last year, and that, a lot of people thought would tip the scales in Cena’s favor, however cockiness got the best of Cena, a characteristic that looks unnatural on Cena but radiates out of The Rock and feeds his persona.
Cena had The Rock down and instead of finishing him like he has finished almost every person he has ever fought, he decided to do a little pie eating himself by dropping the People’s Elbow on The People’s Champ. He even ripped that headband wrapped around his bicep just like Rocky would have pulled his armband off.
But as soon as Cena crossed over The Rock’s motionless body and was ready to bounce himself off the ropes, The Rock exploded up, grabbed Cena by the throat, and delivered a thundering Rock Bottom that ended Cena, just like it had ended Stone Cold Steve Austin and Rick Flair in previous Wrestlemanias. The People’s Champ beat The Champ at Wrestlemania, and the crowd. Was louder. Than ever.
END OF AN ERA
In what is projected as The Undertaker’s last match of all time, he came out on the winning side of a grueling match with Triple H. If he doesn’t go down as the greatest wrestler of all time, it won’t be for his record, that’s for sure.
Nobody in WWE history has ever come close to reaching Taker’s perfect 20-0 record at Wrestlemania, and in my opinion, nobody will, at least not for another 20 years.
The Phenom has been there through it all. He has fought the greats of almost every generation, and if it was at Wrestlemania, he has crossed their arms over their chest and laid them to rest.
He was the man that ended perhaps the greatest wrestler of all time, Shawn Michaels’ career, and he may have very well ended the Heartbreak Kid’s best friend, HHH’s career as well – although I doubt that very much.
Taker will clearly be a hall of famer before it’s too long, and if anyone in that company deserves it at the present time, it is that man.
The Rated R Superstar, Edge was inducted into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame after doctors refused to clear him for competition anymore. He could be seen in the middle of all of his fellow inductees with tears streaming down his face. I always loved to hate Edge, the best heel for the last 10 years I think. Never a tear would have rolled down the Rated R Superstar’s face while in character, but the Edge who stood before the thousands in attendance in Miami for Wrestlemania was a much different Edge. The long hair and cocky swagger was gone. All that was left was a handsome man with a tight haircut looking sad that his career ended so suddenly and so soon.
Rumor has it that Brock Lesnar was in Miami Sunday, the night of Wrestlemani. Rumor also has it that the UFC has cleared Lesnar to compete or perform wherever he wishes. Rumor also, also has it that Lesnar has been in talks with the WWE about making a comeback, so we will have to wait and see how that plays out.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the way Wrestlemania unfolded, I even enjoyed the 5-second match via Bro Kick from Sheamus, however I can’t give it my 100% stamp of approval. It just feel like something was missing. Oh yeah, that’s because there was. GOLDDUST. He’ll be back ladies and gentleman, he will be back. Mark my words, the bizarre one will be back.