What a pay-per-view! Normally Extreme Rules is the place for exciting spectacles, but not really where you expect to find compelling wrestling storytelling and drama. This year that couldn’t have been further from the truth, however, as the show featured easily some of the best wrestling television of the year thus far. I was absolutely nuts for the Sheamus/Daniel Bryan match, as well as the CM Punk/Chris Jericho contest, but what most impressed me, both from a wrestling as well as a story-standpoint, was the much-anticipated showdown between Cena and Lesnar, which had me and other fans asking that all-important question: “How much of this is real?”
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Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 30, 2012
As expected, WrestleMania 28 blew the previous year’s event completely away in terms of match quality, signal-to-noise, celebrity wrestler performances and any other metric you might care to apply. While it wasn’t a perfect show, and there were quite a few finishes that left me…puzzled, it was a stand-out pay-per-view that felt overwhelmingly huge and important. I watched the entire show amongst an awesome, rowdy crowd at Highland Park in NYC, so I didn’t tweet as much as I probably should have last night – besides I was trying to enjoy the show! So, instead, check out my assembled thoughts below, post late-night Mad Men catch-up and good night of sleep:
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 2, 2012
WrestleMania XXVIII has a really phenomenal card. Rock vs. Cena, Triple H vs. Undertaker, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus – no matter what type of wrestling fan you are, the show has something to make you happy. But even outside all the great talent on display, what makes this event truly great is that outside the fact that Taker will almost certainly maintain his streak and Maria Menounos will be victorious, broken ribs or no, most of the matches on the card could go either way.
If you want to give your picks for the biggest wrestling event of the year, head over to GuySpeed now, where you can take part in the inauguralWrestleMania Poll-o-Mania event. You’ll get the chance to sound off on the winners, as well as answer some secondary questions, including how many times you think new WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons will say “DAMN!” throughout the night.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 30, 2012
If you aren’t excited for WrestleMania XXVIII, you should probably quit calling yourself a wrestling fan. The event has something to please everyone, from casual observers (John Cena vs. the Rock), to lapsed Attitude Era fans (Triple H vs. the Undertaker), to technical wrestling geeks (CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho). If your girlfriend/wife/live-in-lover puts up with your wrestling habit so that she can have the television for celebrity gossip shows, there’s even something for her, as Extra‘s Maria Menounos will be competing in a Divas tag team match.
Over at GuySpeed.com, we’ve just posted a full, complete, detailed WrestleMania XXVIII preview. Whether you’ve been religiously watching every WWE show on the “Road to WrestleMania” or just need the basics to understand what’s what going into each match, this is the web feature for you, with individual commentary on each of this weekend’s eight matches, including four (!!!!) main events. First, make sure you’re all caught up with this week’s recap of the Raw go-home show, then check it out and tell us in the comments what you’re most looking forward to.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 27, 2012
Traditionally, the early months of every year are some of the most exciting in WWE, as they see the company gear up for not one, but two of its largest pay-per-view events: Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. This year, however, the momentum and build for the biggest show in the WWE has moved in fits and starts. I’ll readily admit that doing weeklyRawwrite-ups might have me being more critical than normal, but it seems that for every great moment, like a biting Cena promo, there’s an insufferable “Rock Concert” to end the show, dragging it back down.
That said, this week’sMonday Night Raw did have some good moments, and I enjoyed Cena’s return to his circa-2003 gimmick way more than a grown-ass man should. There was a decent Ziggler/Sheamus match, a cool development in the Punk/Jericho match and I’m growing to really enjoy Otunga’s heel work. But the rest of the show really felt like filler as the WWE struggled to keep all its feuds going without introducing any new twists, complications or stakes. Not exactly how I’d build toward the biggest moneymaker of the year.
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Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 13, 2012
Every week I watch Monday Night Raw, take notes and then go immediately to my computer to write up a list of the show’s good, bad and ugly moments. On a good night, I finish up by 1am (I’m generally a pretty fast writer, and make notes throughout the 2hour show), but oftentimes it takes much longer than that. Coming off a big show with a lot of interesting matches, promos or just moments, it’s actually fun to go right to Microsoft Word as soon as the overrun ends, but other times it’s more of a challenge.
This week’s show, for instance, warranted a lot more thought and analysis than I had time or energy to give it at midnight on a Monday, as both bookends of the show were utterly fascinating when taken in context of the past year. But, due to the demands of internet publishing, the Raw rundown needs to be ready to go on Tuesday morning, so there just wasn’t time to sit and ponder how Punk’s infamous Summer 2011 promo has had a trickle-down effect on the industry, how both major Raw storylines are derivative of it, or even whether Rock was ever as good on the microphone as we thought he was in the 1990s. Interesting stuff to be sure, and I did my best to get into it as much as I could on an abbreviated timeline, especially given some recent complaints in the UGO comments that I don’t take enough care with my Raw rundowns.
I reread the piece this morning after it went up, and while I’m pleased with it, it’s perhaps not as deep and insightful as I would have wanted. Fortunately, that’s what “Straight Shoot” on Thursdays is for.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on February 28, 2012