Brock Can’t Lose at SummerSlam

Brock WM

This Monday on RAW it became official that Brock Lesnar will face John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. Confirming what most fans believed after seeing the promo poster for the event a few months ago. Lesnar only works the major events and SummerSlam is the number 2 wrestling event of the year. It was presumed that the man who broke the streak would face whoever the titleholder would have been at the summer extravaganza. Now we have a big money match worthy of the former UFC Champion’s presence.

The story actually has been built just right up to this point. The Authority has been trying to get the belt back since Wrestlemania. Everybody they have sent out to handle business has been a failure. Even Triple H himself couldn’t get the job done. The Monster Kane failed at the task and even The Chosen One Randy Orton has missed the mark. Even with a healthy Daniel Bryan this is how the story should read. The powers that be now have no choice but to turn to the scariest man on the planet and his evil manager that even they can’t trust.

Brock and Paul

The most legitimate competitor in professional wrestling is back in the saddle. Now the question is what to do with him. I don’t think that his first match after defeating The Undertaker on the grand stage should be a loss. Since he has comeback Lesnar should have never lost. The Triple H and John Cena losses shouldn’t have happened. The Beast being undefeated in the two years since he has been back would only add to his mystique. In the world of sports entertainment nothing appears to be real. His victims being CM Punk, HHH, Undertaker and John Cena would be amazing and seem scary for anybody who stood in his way. The perception of sports entertainment is that, wrestling is full of fake tough guys. Lesnar is as real as it gets and he has the look and credentials to back it up.

I know some people are saying “hey Brock is a part-timer, he can’t win the title”. I am not saying that he has to be the champion but I am saying that he shouldn’t lose. There can even be some weird circumstances on how he wins and The Authority are forced to strip him of the belt but at the end of SummerSlam, he needs to be standing tall in the ring and admiring his destruction. How we get there remains to be seen but I am here for the ride.

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What Happened to Cesaro

Cesaro in The Gap

The day after Wrestlemania there were few stars in the WWE hotter than Cesaro. Fresh off winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal there was a lot of buzz around the Swiss Superman. After slamming the Big Show for the win the man appeared to be made. He even became a Paul Heyman guy, which most fans thought he would ride that rocket into instant stardom. Today Cesaro seems to be headed more for the fate of Ryback than that of Brock Lesnar.

The stars seem to align with a fast rising star enlisting the services of one of the greatest managers ever. Some people are wondering why the train has stalled at the station. One reason is that associating Cesaro with Heyman it appeared that the WWE wanted to keep him has a heel. The problem with that the fans didn’t want him as a heel anymore. A strong guy who uses amazing feats of strength and has swing that is over with the kids does not say heel. He was already breaking away from the Real Americans and an organic feud with Swagger was there where he should have easily won.

Cesaro Heyman

Instead the company involved him meaningless feuds and never really allowed him to get over. Somewhere he should have had a one those mid card belts. Also after winning a battle royal by slamming a 7ft giant it is not a good look then to have him in trouble with guys like Kofi Kingston and RVD. He acquired the services of Paul Heyman only to have his manager mention his other client more than him. It can be said that hanging with Paul might have contributed to him taking a step back.

As great as Paul is at getting his clients to the next level, his most recent relationships have not received the major benefit of working with him. Curtis Axel and Ryback both were dropped soon as Brock came back and never got the machine truly behind them. It looks as if Cesaro is getting dropped now that Brock is coming back. That does nothing but hurt the full time talent. How about letting these guys stand side by side with Brock and get the rub of being seen as a part of monster talent pool. Now when these guys get discarded it appears that they are not as important. Now it’s time to see if Cesaro can rebuild from this and if the company can still see his talent.

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Great Managers in Wrestling

Wrestling Managers

The professional wrestling business is definitely missing managers. Guys and ladies who could help talent get to the next level. In the era I grew up in managers were big deals. They did a lot of the talking for the wrestlers and really helped the heels get heat. New wrestlers got instant credibility by their associations with level managers. So I decided I would share with you some of my favorites of all time.

Now this list is in no particular order or trying to assign any kind of ranking. Basically if I was putting together a Mt Rushmore of managers who would be the candidates to sit next to Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. The Brain will not be a part of this list because he stands alone to me in the legendary of corner men in the business. The people I will talk about in this piece are the people who come right up under that Heenan level status.

Sherri Martel

Sheri Martel and Shawn Michaels

There has never been a manager like Sherri Martel in professional wrestling. Whether you know her as Queen Sherri, Sensational Sherri or Sista Sherri; she has been a successful manager in any company with any wrestler she has been with. Because her wrestling background she was never afraid to throw punch on the behalf of her clients. Sherri was trained by the Fabolous Moolah broke into the business in Tennessee and was managed by Jim Cornette early on. She has always been associated with the top guys in the business. Working in the AWA with Doug Somers and Buddy Rose or in the WWF with Ted DiBiase and Randy Savage she always got her guys to the top. That is why when trying to launch a young Shawn Michaels solo career the WWE put him with Sherri to give him some credibility. Her stellar career as a manager and as wrestler led her to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Paul Heyman

Heyman Manager

One of the few guys out there still practicing the art of managing is Paul Heyman. Thanks to CM Punk everybody now wants to add the term “Paul Heyman Guy” to their resume. Past Heyman guys are a who’s who in the wrestling business. The man with the big mobile phone has been tearing up ringside since the 1980’s. His time as promoter and booker sometimes over shadows his stellar career supervising his wrestlers.

Mean Mark and Heyman

In a career that is almost 30 years long we have seen Paul do it everywhere. The AWA, WCW, ECW and WWF/E have all been better because of his efforts. The man who had managed Mean Mark before he became The Undertaker has taken us on great ride. Through the magic of YouTube I would suggest going back watching some of his work with the legendary Dangerous Alliance that included a young Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Rick Rude and Bobby Eaton. I could do an entire article about Paul and I probably will. His work now could easily make him the number 2 manager of all time when it’s all said and done.

Jimmy Hart

Hart Foundation and Jimmy

The “Mouth of The South” Jimmy Hart is one of the most colorful characters in the history of professional wrestling. The man was named manager of the year 2 times in his career (1987 and 1994) by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, is always ready with his megaphone. From the world of Rock N Roll as a part of the group The Gentrys, Hart was brought into the world pro wrestling by Jerry Lawler. Jimmy Hart has to have managed the most tag team champions in WWF/E history. The Hart Foundation, Money Inc, The Nasty Boys all found tag team gold working with Hart. He also was the manager of the Honky Tonk Man during his legendary Intercontinental Title run. Jimmy has never been afraid to be the outrageous one to distract the referee so one of his guys can get the advantage. There is Hall of Fame list attached to Hart that includes even the Immortal Hulk Hogan. If you ever want to see the genius at work I recommend watching Wrestlemania 3. He is all over the place making his presence felt.

Jim Cornette

Jim Cornette and Midnight

There has never been a greater tag team feud in wrestling than the Midnight Express versus the Rock N Roll Express. The man at the center of that is none other than Jim Cornette. The “Momma’s Boy” from Louisville, KY has been a staple in the wrestling business for over 30 years. Cornette got into the business as a photographer and then he started working for the one the best promoters of his time Jerry Jarrett. Starting in the Tennessee territory Cornette first got with the Midnight Express in 1983 and started carrying that infamous tennis racket. Jim might be one of the most entertaining men to ever touch the microphone. He can talk about anything and make it worth listening to. Jim has worked in WWE/F, WCW/Jim Crockett Promotions and even managed in his own company Smoky Mountain Wrestling. The “American Spokesperson” for WWF Champion Yokozuna, Cornette brought his southern flair to fans up north. Also while in the WWF he created “Camp Cornette” that included Vader, The British Bulldog and Owen Hart. Cornette has been a success everywhere he has been. If he is around you better watch out for the racket.

Now some may feel that I left some guys out but the list had to stop somewhere. Trust me I know that guys like Gary Hart, Slick, and Mr Fuji are worthy of mention and maybe will get discussed at a later time. For now these are the managers that I felt most impacted my viewing experience.

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WWE Network Gets a Push

WWE Network 2

The WWE Network maybe getting its strongest push since its initial launch. If you are watching wrestling this week just expect a good amount of TV to be dedicated to trying to get more subscribers. Remember a while back when it was reported that Vince McMahon lost 350 million dollars in one day. Well now we are starting to see some of the fallout of that day.

Monday Night Wars

Now for fans of the WWE and wrestling in general you will benefit from this push. If you are not already a subscriber to the WWE Network, you will get one free week to watch. Just like when premium cable channels give a week away free, you will see some of their best programming. This week we even got a preview of the Monday Night Wars, which is a series that has been promised to us since the beginning of the network. Now it was only a preview but it was an hour long and it at least showed that they have done some production on the project.

So far this week the highlights are the addition of “Saturday Night’s Main Event” to the library. They have only included about 13 episodes of the classic program. There is also a new Wrestlemania Rewind featuring CM Punk’s 2 Money in the Bank wins. About 2 weeks ago they added the earlier shows of Total Divas to the line-up and I would expect a few more programs to come through this week. Hopefully this new push will have a positive impact and encourage more subscribers. The healthier the network the more content we may get to see.

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Santino Retires

Santino

The wrestling world learned recently that Santino Marella will be retiring from in ring work. He made the announcement at a house show in Toronto. Marella has suffered his third neck injury and has decided to no longer continue with his in ring work. Largely known for him comic relief, Santino is a 2 time Intercontinental Champion and a former United States Champion and a Tag Team Champion.

Santino Beaker

Santino made his RAW debut in April of 2007, where he won the Intercontinental Title from Umaga with some timely help from Bobby Lashley in Italy. Although he has a legit background in MMA and Judo, Marella spent a large portion of his in ring career doing a lot of comic relief. With his most recent companion “The Cobra” added some funny to some of the segments. As of right now it is believed that Santino will stay with the WWE in a non-wrestling capacity. We here at Ring Time Pro Wrestling are sad to hear this young man has to give up his dream but wish him well on whatever he does in the future.

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Rollins is Cashing In on Selling Out

Seth Rollins MITB

Seth Rollins is the new Mr Money in the Bank. He now has the opportunity to cash in the life changing briefcase anytime he wants. He has already cashed in one by winning the match. When Rollins turned his back on The Shield he made a career changing move. Now holding a shot at the World Title is the first step in him making good on that decision.

Right now the only obstacle in Seth’s way is his old partner Dean Ambrose. He and Ambrose took over the Money in the Bank Ladder match as expected. Rollins had the benefit of his new association with the Powers that Be that allow him to take the briefcase. Some fans maybe upset that Kane got involved in the match but that was what was supposed to happen. You don’t join a street gang to have fair fights afterwards.

Ambrose vs rollins

Ambrose should still be a thorn in the side of his former teammate for a while. Dean will try to take the briefcase from Seth for better part of the rest of the year. There might even be a ladder match between the two at SummerSlam but don’t expect Rollins to part with that contract. He will utilize his protection and eventually take the gold may a little after the New Year.

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How Money In The Bank Could Look

MITB PPV

This year’s Money in the Bank event will be huge for the WWE. A new champion will be crowned in Boston and that champ will have to carry the load for an undetermined amount of time. Now the question remains will this be a transitional champion until Bryan is healthy or does this person get prepared for a long term program that will include the former champ? Either way this year’s event seems to have a lot more at stake than years past. So I decided to take a look at some of the possible scenarios and how they could play out.

MITB 2014

The title match at Money in the Bank has eight competitors of which five could have a realistic chance of winning the match. Roman Reigns, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt represent the stars of future. John Cena and Randy Orton are the safe choices and more than likely going to be the winners but wrestling is always full of surprises. Del Rio and Sheamus are more filler than anything. Those two have been beaten down to 50/50 guys but they are former world champs so they have the credibility to be in this match. Then there is Kane who I see basically as The Authority’s enforcer. Somebody who will help Randy Orton along but unstable enough to give us there is an idea of a swerve.

A lot of selling of Roman Reigns as the possible winner is going on but he is not ready to carry a main event program alone. Now has that ever stopped the WWE? They have been known to push a guy too far and then not know what to do with him after it doesn’t work out. See the case of Ryback who went to the main event too early and took too many losses. Reigns is a guy who should get screwed by Kane and continue his issue with The Authority. The idea of a Roman Reigns versus Triple H match at SummerSlam should still be in the works.

Cena and Bray

Bray Wyatt has the best chance of breaking into world champion club. Bray like Reigns is probably not ready to carry the main event consistently night in and night out as far as wrestling goes. Unlike Roman, Wyatt’s promo skills are top level and he still has his crew to provide a buffer from would be competitors. Wyatt also has a built in issue with the recent champion Bryan. After their issue at the end of last year and Wyatt being the last man to actually defeat Bryan one on one, they could pick up where they left off. If Bryan can be ready by SummerSlam this could be reasonable option for company.

Randy Orton and John Cena both have to be at the top of the list as favorites. If Orton wins I see a program where he and Cena fight for the belt at SummerSlam or even a three way dance if Bryan is healthy. The three way dance could be built as a year in the making rounding out last year’s SummerSlam main event. Maybe even have both Cena and Orton both win the match by each of them grabbing one of the belts. With both men staking claim to the title a unification match part 2 would make sense. Then have the champion who never lost make his claim for both titles and then you have a SummerSlam main event.

Cena Orton faceoff

Randy Orton and John Cena both have to be at the top of the list as favorites. If Orton wins I see a program where he and Cena fight for the belt at SummerSlam or even a three way dance if Bryan is healthy. The three way dance could be built as a year in the making rounding out last year’s SummerSlam main event. Maybe even have both Cena and Orton both win the match by each of them grabbing one of the belts. With both men staking claim to the title a unification match part 2 would make sense. Then have the champion who never lost make his claim for both titles and then you have a SummerSlam main event.

One theory being floated around is that Cena will win and take on Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. This is the kind of big money match that would sell tickets. There has been a photo floating around the internet that features both Cena and Lesnar so that maybe the plan. Right now the WWE has a lot of options at its disposal. The show as it stands only has 4 matches listed on the card but we all know that at least 2 more will be added to the show. Let’s see how they use it to shape their future.

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TNA Finds Its 6 Sided Roots

TNA Ring

Today TNA took steps to correcting one of their biggest past mistakes. They have announced that starting this week at the NYC tapings that the six sided ring will return to the promotion. Impact Wrestling is pulling out all the stops for their days in the Big Apple at the end of the week. Bringing back the hexagon shaped ring will bring back some serious brand identity to the organization. TNA can start moving away from the steps they took backwards during the Hogan era.
One of the things that caught my attention the first time I watched TNA was that ring. It was something different and I wanted to how the guys worked in this different ring. Now we can look forward to Ultimate X the way is supposed to be done and Lockdown will be in the 6 sides of steel. The talent who is not familiar will have to learn how to work in these dimensions but these talented workers will adapt.

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Don’t WWE Me Bro!

K Steen 2

The internet has been abuzz about Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and KENTA all coming to the WWE. With these guys who have established solid reputations by being themselves will now be asked to change up their style. All three of these men are not what the company usually looks for in a sports entertainer. This can work out to be a good thing, because that cookie cutter wrestler makes for a boring show. Letting these guys develop into themselves and keep doing what they do would a good thing.

Prince Devitt

The WWE can take a look at their past and see that some guys didn’t work out because they couldn’t manage the repackage. I wonder what guys like Low Ki aka Kaval, Mystic aka Sin Cara and Chris Hero aka Kassious Ono would have been like if the company just let them cook. As Devitt, Steen and KENTA arrive at the performance center and go through their drills I hope they don’t lose much of themselves. The one of the three I see having the most to overcome is KENTA because he maybe too stiff for his WWE co-workers.

The WWE may say that they are teaching guys to wrestle for 10,000 instead of 100. Truthfully they never really wanted to give indie guys a chance to show their skills. They change a lot of them so much you wonder if they ever watched them wrestle before they signed them. Who remembers Cesaro when he was yodeling? They tried to box up CM Punk and Daniel Bryan and when they finally let them loose look what happened. You would think they learned from that but they still think all their superstars should look like Batista.

One of the main fears of the performance center was the company would start a cookie cutter factory. Fortunately it hasn’t turned out that way from watching NXT. There are a lot of different guys with varying styles and they turn out a solid show every week. I just hope these new guys will continue that and add their juice to the WWE and not the other way around.

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Wrestling Dads

Wrestling Fathers

We here at Ring Time Pro Wrestling would like to say Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there. Those who shared wrestling with the kids and create the fans that keeps the business going. My dad didn’t really get into wrestling but he paid for a lot pay per views because he knew his kids wanted to see this crazy thing he didn’t understand. The world could use more supportive dads like that.

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