- Report by By - Matt Rights Debbie Matthews Kent Jones Vince Knight , TheWrestlingTimes.com
- TAGS - WWE NEWS , TNA NEWS , MMA News
- I think it's fair to say that in a year's time,
The Miz has gone from WWE's penthouse to doghouse.
On Raw, Miz made a cardinal mistake by not being in
position to catch R-Truth as he launched himself
over the top rope to the outside. If Miz were a
rookie wrestler, this wouldn't be as big a deal.
Don't get me wrong, it'd still be a huge mistake,
but it wouldn't carry the same weight for someone
that main-evented WrestleMania the previous year.
Pile this onto Miz somehow being blamed for the poor
Survivor Series buyrate and Miz may find himself
getting the "John Morrison treatment" leading up to
Mania. Let me state, first, that Miz being blamed
for a poor Survivor Series buyrate is comical. Truth
and Miz weren't even close to being built-up as
credible threats for that show. WWE has no one to
blame but themselves for a bad buyrate there. At
this point, if Miz is really in WWE's doghouse, he
will have to eat crow for a while. If he's smart,
he'll handle it like Triple H did post-Curtain Call
in 1996 and not how Morrison did in 2011.
- WWE's fictional Board of Directors decided to
"retain" John Laurinaitis as interim Raw GM
yesterday. I never thought I'd say something like
this about four months ago, but I'm glad to see him
keep this role. Laurinaitis has really embraced this
role, improved so much, and made it his own. Are
most people tired of the heel GM angles? Yes. But,
there's something oddly humorous about how it is
portrayed now by Laurinaitis. The progression of
this character mirrors much of what Vickie Guerrero
did in the early stages of her career as an on-
screen character. I remember how many pined for her
to be off TV because of how bad her delivery was.
Kudos to both of them, as they've developed well.
One thing is for sure - John Laurinaitis is no Mike
- A few quick thoughts: I hope WWE stays the course
with Daniel Bryan. That guy is so entertaining right
now! Was everyone else as excited as I was to
finally see Punk and Jericho go face-to-face? No
words being spoken was perfect considering how much
fans want to see a verbal battle lead up to a great
Mania match. Way to keep people wanting more!
This past week, Sting was once again asked to re-
visit his decision not to jump to WWE this time last
year. Boy, do his answers seem to have a little
regret this time around. Last year, he was very
adamant that he had made the right decision. This
year, not so much. (His response to being regretful
about the decision was "yes and no.")
The window for Sting-Undertaker is just about shut
at this point with both guys being at the end of
their rope. As months tick by, that window closes
much faster than it would have even five years ago.
At this point, if Sting ever does decide to work a
one-year deal with WWE just for a Mania run, I don't
know if Undertaker will be around for it.
- Chris Hero has reportedly finally signed with WWE.
I know, this screams of WWE news and not independent
news but, as I stated last week, nothing right now
in the independents is "wowing" me. Hero's signing
could re-align one of the best tag teams in all of
pro wrestling, The Kings of Wrestling (made famous
in ROH), after Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro in
FCW) signed with WWE halfway through 2011.
If WWE doesn't want to create a newer, stronger tag
division, then Hero and Claudio will be allowed to
blossom as singles stars. Between these two, Ricky
Steamboat Jr., Seth Rollins (Tyler Black), and Dean
Ambrose (Jon Moxley), WWE has their future stars
ready to break out. It's all a matter of the WWE
machine getting behind them.
- This past weekend, The Rock went outside the box
to praise TNA World Hvt. champion Bobby Roode on
Twitter. First, this was a very classy and
unexpected move by The Rock to both acknowledge and
praise talent from a promotion he has never (and
never will) work for. Secondly, TNA should have
blown this up on their website, their Twitter page,
and everywhere else possible since then!
I am interested to see if this will be squeezed into
Thursday's taped Impact Wrestling episode, because
it should be. No TNA wrestler is going to get a
bigger endorsement from outside of TNA's own "box."
The fact that Roode is one of the top heels in TNA
right now should not matter. Rock is a mega-star in
both wrestling and outside entertainment, and if TNA
drops the ball on making this more public to their
fans, then I believe it is another example of the
problem TNA has building up its product.
Non-Wrestling Thought of the Week
- For the second year in a row, I've been
disappointed with the outcome on Super Bowl Sunday.
However, I now get to focus on hockey and continue
to treat the NBA like it doesn't exist. (I still
wish the season would've been scrapped, as I didn't
miss it at all and loved watching ESPN HAVE TO push
hockey.) One thing was apparent, though, from the
previous NFL weekend: All-Star games should go the
way of the dodo bird. I believe the most exciting
All-Star game is the NHL's, but it's unrealistic, as
no defense is played. However, I do like the pick-up
I believe the NBA and NFL versions are just as bad
with no defense being played and the players not
really caring at all. MLB continues to try to make
it matter by putting the World Series home field
advantage in the hands of over 90 percent of players
that won't be in the Fall Classic. I still don't
care who wins that game. At least the NFL is
considering getting rid of the Pro Bowl after this
year's dreadful game. I hope all four major leagues
do the same.