Match of the Year 2012

(If you don’t like professional wrestling then please proceed to reading this news article about a man who got $7.2 million for being an idiot.)

The storylines this year on RAW and Smackdown were not just bad. The stories broke the spirit of the viewer and made them wonder how or why they continued to watch. Each week was more illogical than the last. The episodes stomped on the heart of the wrestling enthusiast. It kicked them in the groin and spat in their face. There was one thing that made me keep crawling back this year, the actual wrestling was good.

Mesmerizing bouts kept me tuned to my screen despite how much each story pained me to watch unfold. Lots of great matches happened this year. Still, there can only be one match of the year.

Before I can talk about the best match, I have to talk about the worst matches of the year. These aren’t the worst technical matches but the matches that made me question my position as a wrestling fan.

The Ugly.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Wrestlemania XXVII

18 Seconds.
18 Seconds.

This image still makes me mad and the match was 8 months ago. I’ve spoken about this before. It’s not so much the result. Everyone knew Sheamus was going to win. I wanted a good match. I didn’t get anything. It’s just plain old ugly. Better left unmentioned.

The Never-Ending Story.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
Every single damn match these two had.

Del Rio Sheamus

This feud taught me that the WWE does hold hate for its fanbase. That can be the only reason Sheamus beat Del Rio in 3 PPvs in a row. The matches were bad. The crowd never got into them. It can only be hate and disdain for people that allowed these two to face each other over and over again. There were no stipulations added. Just Sheamus vs. Del Rio.

Awful.

The Miz vs. Nearly Anyone

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This dude is awful and he should not be wrestling. I think he is kept employed for the same reason Del Rio and Sheamus tangled for so long. He has dragged down every match he has ever been in and should be shot out of a cannon into the sun for his crimes against professional wrestling.

Dishonorable Mentions

Next up are matches that everyone else loved but I didn’t.

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Extreme Rules

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Brock Lesnar, former UFC champion, returned after eight years to take on John Cena. He proceeded to eviscerate Cena for over twenty minutes. And then John Cena wins out of nowhere like he usually does. I don’t get the buzz behind this match. I rewatched it to give it a fair chance. It’s okay if you don’t like John Cena because he gets his ass beat, but overall I don’t see how this is better than the rest of the matches of the year.

Undertaker vs. Triple H
Wrestlemania 28

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So this year for the third time Triple H challenged the streak. The Undertaker beat him last year but only barely. So the Undertaker has come back for retribution. He wants to beat him super bad this year. But wait there’s more! Shawn Michaels, the guy the Undertaker retired, is the special guest ref! And it’s Hell in a Cell!  I didn’t hate this match. It’s a great match. It also took an hour out of the show. Everybody loves the Undertaker streak matches. I can never get into them as much.   . Maybe I’m missing something but this is also a match I don’t get the buzz behind it. I’m tired of these matches where we see how much the Undertaker can kick out of. I had my full of these after the rematch with HBK.

MATCH OF THE YEAR!

And now it’s time for the match of the year. It’s going to WWE which is what I usually watch. TNA/NJPW did have some fantastic matches this year but I don’t keep up with them enough to be able to say what the match of the year was. But before I can say what the Match of the Year is, I have to talk about what other matches I really loved.

CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Over the Limit

Punk/D-Bry

I didn’t want this match to end. It was back and forth action. Everyone was having fun. I prefer matches where two guys just cut loose and beat the crap out of each other. The finish was perfect. Punk won but it left room for Bryan to demand a rematch.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Extreme Rules

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I was nervous about this match. I didn’t know if Bryan was going to be shown as an equal to Sheamus or made out to be a joke. I was pleasantly surprised. A scrappy technical wrestler tries his best to battle against a powerful brawler. A nice story to watch and the crowd helped to make the match. It was all about Bryan. Could he wipe away his Wrestlemania nightmare? He didn’t but this was still one hell of a match. This would have been match of the year but one thing holds it back, the last fall.

And now without any further delay, the match I pick to be Match of the Year for 2012

Ryback, Kane, Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose
TLC

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I thought for sure that Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at Extreme Rules was going to be my favorite match for 2012. I had written up this post and it was ready to be published. Then I saw TLC and I was amazed. This match was astounding. It’s a nice story about teamwork. The Shield work as a unit. The good guys didn’t and that’s why they lost. There was great use of each person in this match. It was announced quickly as a replacement match after CM Punk went out with an injury. I;m convinced this was for the better. CM Punk vs. Ryback could not have been as entertaining as this match.

That’s all for my opinions on wrestling for this year.

Eighteen Seconds.

Fans waiting in anticipation for Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus. The poor fucks didn't know what they were in for.

Things that were longer than the Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus match at Wrestlemania 28:

The Opening Promo video
The National Anthem
Daniel Bryan’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Celebration
My ragefit after the match ended
The promo for next year’s Wrestlemania
Kane vs. Randy Orton
The Divas Video Promo
The Divas Match
The Divas entrances
Cody Rhodes’s Entrance
Big Show’s Entrance
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Shawn Michaels’s Entrance
Triple H’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Hair
The Cell being lowered
The steaming shit I took after this ppv
The celebration after Taker won
CM Punk’s fireworks
Brodus’s Momma’s Ass
The Funkettes and Brodus Clay Dancing
Machine Gun Kelly fumbling over words
John Cena’s run into the ring
John Cena and the Rock sniffing the air before the match.
The Rock’s people’s elbow in the match.
This blog entry.

Daniel Bryan Danielson Part 3: YES! YES! YES!

 There’s one man who’s been able to rise above it all on Smackdown. No obstacle could stand in his way. Not a seven foot tall genetic freak. Not the world’s strongest man. Not the Apex Predator. He’s escaped steel cages from giant behemoths. He’s made people realize that sooner or later everyone taps out. He’s managed to squeeze out a victory when no one thought he would be able to. He’s scraped and clawed his way. He claims that he’s a role model because he’s a vegan. He’s had a woman at his side the entire way that he appreciates greatly. He’s dedicated match after match to her. He has his critics.  They say that he’s a weasel who doesn’t deserve anything that he has. They aren’t fan of the way he’s managed to win. . They say that he’s no role model. They say he’s no one special. Some would even go so far as to call him a coward. He calls himself the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION and he only has one word for his critics.

He said YES! YES! YES!  And I say YES! YES! YES! For over 100 days, Daniel Bryan has been the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. And I couldn’t be much happier about it. I had my reservations when he first took on the Big Show but since then nearly everything involving Daniel Bryan has been gold. He’s done the best with what he’s been given.

I’m surprised to see the WWE get behind Bryan in the way that they have. They usually cut the legs off of any young up and comer at the exact wrong time. I thought Bryan was finished until Orton was taken out of the Elimination Chamber. And Bryan won. He just keeps on winning.

His dynamic with AJ keeps me interested in Smackdown. It’s different. Bryan was first dedicating his matches to AJ after she was taken out by the Big Show. Then she returned and Bryan showed her his appreciation. Each week, he’s been a jerk to her, but she continues her love. He does buy her dresses and coach her matches. The promos with them have been very entertaining.

Michael Cole has slowly shown some appreciation for Bryan. He used to just run his mouth about how Bryan was a geek. He ran his mouth about Bryan’s veganism, but now even he has to admit that Bryan deserves to be WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! YES! YES! YES! YES!

And the biggest surprise of his title reign has to be his promos.  Before Bryan came to the WWE, people said he didn’t stand a chance of going anywhere because he couldn’t talk. But Bryan has proven those people wrong. Very very wrong. (Start at 38:30 for promo)

But of course all good things must come to an end. Bryan has entered a program with Sheamus who is set to become the WWE’s next big thing. WWE has tried time and time again with Sheamus. He’s the Rumble winner. He rarely ever loses. And Bryan pinned him on Monday. Any wrestling fan knows that it’s curtains for Bryan’s championship reign. The Yeses will come to an end. The match will still be good. The Yesman will not disappoint. I can still appreciate all the good times that Bryan has given us. Thank you Daniel Bryan for a World Heavyweight Championship that completely absolutely DOES NOT SUCK!!

Daniel Bryan Danielson Pt. 2

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There is plenty wrong with professional wrestling today. Ratings are down, old superstars are retiring, and the WWE can’t seem to book a compelling show. But why? Why is professional wrestling stuck in a slump? There’s a number of reasons, but Daniel Bryan is not one of them.

I’m a simple consumer who sees something good in today’s program. And I’m going to point this out because I’m enjoying it.

A few months ago, I discussed the career of Daniel Bryan and how I was concerned with his future. I still am. Since the last time I discussed it, the WWE did something I feared they would. They had him cash in the Money in the Bank before Wrestlemania.

I was disappointed that they didn’t do that long build-up, however I accepted after finding out that Mark Henry was injured.

Bryan doesn’t get the strongest reaction. I was hoping the WWE would give him a better chance to connect with the crowd by letting him wrestle on PPVS and win matches before he became champion. This didn’t happen. Now he’s the world champion.

I watched in apprehension the next RAW after the PPV. Bryan had a nice segment with Punk and won the tag team match for his team. He then had a great match with Dolph Ziggler on Smackdown. He looked like a champion. He really did fit the belt. Then the next Smackdown happened.

He showed heelish tendencies. He mocked the Big Show. He overly celebrated. I wasn’t sure if I wanted him to turn heel. From what I have seen, heel turns are stronger when the audience cares for the person more. I feel like Bryan needed to get a stronger reaction. As one wrestler put it, “You basically have to stab the fans in the heart.” It doesn’t mean much if someone starts being a jerk when you don’t care about them.

Another reason I was worried is that he was facing the Big Show. The Big Show is a great talent but he doesn’t have the best track record in helping out young heels. He stopped Swagger’s push in 2010. He destroyed CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society. He’s a big guy. It’s hard for the audience to care about the person he’s beating up. They don’t look to be a threat. Big Show is always better as a heel.

So this week’s episodes of RAW and Smackdown roll by. I watch both of them. RAW wasn’t great. Bryan beat Cody with a roll-up and celebrated like it was the biggest victory of his career. I wasn’t sure what to make of it.

  It all became clear when I watched Smackdown. Bryan faced the Big Show in a pretty good match. I enjoyed  every part of it. I was expecting it to be a straight up massacre but he looked really good. He almost made the  Big Show tap out. He got himself intentionally disqualified and celebrated like he won the main event of  Wrestlemania. I really liked the direction his character was headed. It seemed natural to Bryan. He didn’t come off as looking like a complete pussy. He almost beat a man bigger than him.

Bryan also cut what may be his best promo in the WWE before the match.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0etcZHs9bs

I’m still worried but if the WWE lets Bryan run with this it can be great. We’re still on the road to Wrestlemania though. The WWE can cut the legs out from Bryan at any time and give the title to someone else. I’m enjoying Bryan’s development. He’s a great wrestler. He can be a great heel for the company.

Why John Cena will never turn heel.

There was once a man. He had ruthless aggression. He was something new. He soon began to rap. He disrespected top stars in the WWE. The people loved him. They cheered for him.  He became their champion. He became the most popular star of the modern era. Children loved him. Women oogled him. Men thought he was pretty cool. He became a marine. He told the fans that he would never give up.

Today it’s pretty common for half of the crowd to boo John Cena. Sometimes even more than half. John Cena has moved from one of the most liked superstars to possibly the most polarizing wrestler of all time. WWE shows are filled with dueling chants. “Let’s go, Cena. Cena sucks!”

This is not the response that a face is supposed to get. Faces are the heroes of the wrestling world. John Cena gets more boos than the majority of the heels (villains) in the company.

The usual response would be to turn John Cena into a villain. The WWE likes to control their audience. They want to elicit the right response from the crowd. However that will never happen. John Cena will never turn heel for a number of reasons. (In the event that you’re reading this after John Cena has turned heel, prepare yourself as the end of the world must be near.)

If Cena turned heel who would he fight? How would he turn heel? If he attacks the Rock, it won’t make him look heel. The Rock has attacked Cena many times. It would just be seen as a response. If he attacks Punk, it would work better. I guess then you have him do a segment where he tells the fans why he did it and that he hates how they boo him when he busts his ass. That would be good, but where does he go from there? He faces CM Punk in a feud that just wouldn’t be as great this time around.

In their previous feud, Cena was already the villain without changing his character. He was the face of the WWE. Fans could get behind CM Punk or John Cena. I don’t think any of their matches would have benefited from Cena being heel. He already got the crowd reaction that a heel would get. After Punk, a heel John Cena has no one to fight on RAW. There’s no second big face after Punk. Would he fight Kofi Kingston or Zack Ryder? Those feud options don’t seem that interesting to me.

Like I stated earlier, Cena already gets boos so why turn him heel? If you turn him heel, he’ll only be hated by his fans now. The fans who boo him now would be indifferent because Cena gets a lot of his hate from being around all the time and winning a lot. His wins would go down as a heel, but I really feel like that portion of the audience just won’t ever be able to get over Cena’s overexposure and get behind him.

Alienating Cena’s fans is very dangerous. His merch sales are very high. People pay to see John Cena. CM Punk is getting up there, but he’s not at Cena’s level yet. He gets more cheers and he moves merchandise, but he’s not a Cena’s level of overexposure and I doubt he will ever reach it. CM Punk’s character is one that appeals to older wrestling fans. John Cena appeals to kids and parents which I think the WWE is really trying to target now.

John Cena also does the most Make a Wish foundation visits. I don’t think that it would be a good idea to turn him heel and end that stuff. I think what John Cena needs is a slight character change and to be less exposed. I think the WWE needs to be less afraid about having John Cena go to the mid card. I would love to see him and Zack Ryder be a tag team together to get that division started up again.

Daniel Bryan Danielson

Good work

(If you don’t like professional wrestling please proceed to another blog post.)

There is plenty wrong with professional wrestling today. Ratings are down, old superstars are retiring, and Alberto Del Rio is champion. But why? Why is professional wrestling stuck in a slump? Why is Triple H the focus of the show after CM Punk set the world on fire?

I’m a simple consumer who sees the problems in today’s program. And I’m going to point them out because analyzing is what I do best!

I’m going to be talking about the current direction of Bryan Danielson a.k.a Daniel Bryan.

I enjoy watching Daniel Bryan in the ring. I can’t even begin to properly praise everything he does while he wrestles. I know that whenever he steps into the ring, I’m in for a treat. Of course in the WWE, they say it takes more than in ring skills to be a success story.Daniel Bryan has had his ups and down in the WWE. He was on NXT season one and eliminated himself after a huge losing streak. During the show, Michael Cole would talk down Bryan. He would call him a nerd, a geek, worst of all, a goof. Bryan would end up punching Cole in the face later on, but to this day during any Daniel Bryan match, Michael Cole does not shut up about Bryan being a nerd.

After his elimination, Bryan would later become a part of the Nexus. However during this huge event, he was fired. He went “too” far when he choked out a ring announcer with his tie. Thankfully he was brought back in the main event of Summerslam where he tore up the place. He soon entered into a program with his former NXT mentor, The Miz.  Bryan got two great matches when he worked with the Miz. He became the United States champion.The crowd was connecting with him. During the fall of 2010, he regularly appeared on PPVs from Night of Champions to Survivor Series. His match against Dolph Ziggler at Bragging Rights was tied for Match of the Year with the main event of Wrestlemania 26. It was one of my favorite matches of all time. Things were going good for Daniel Bryan.

That is until he was paired with two divas and turned into a ladies’ man. He wasn’t on the TLC PPV. He wasn’t featured as prominently. He was left off RAW shows. His matches got shorter. He started losing more.  He lost the United States Championship to Sheamus. Their rematch was supposed to be at Wrestlemania, however it was dropped at the last second. Daniel Bryan was then drafted to Smackdown where he lost several matches. He entered a program with Cody Rhodes (Great Wrestler) where they exchanged victories with Rhodes coming out on top. It was okay. And he got a new nickname, D-Bry. Bryan didn’t seem to have any direction.

Then this happened.

Mr. MITB

Daniel Bryan won the Money in the Bank briefcase. I was surprised. He was going nowhere, but then bam. He was now guaranteed a  world title shot anywhere and anyplace. I thought WWE was finally warming up to him. He started a new website. He started uploading youtube videos of him doing submissions. After Money in the Bank, he was on PPV in a singles match for the first time in 2011. He went up against Wade Barrett. I thought this was perfect.

Then he lost. And he lost. And he lost. Week after week. I think he beat Heath Slater but come on, it’s Heath Slater. And then he wasn’t on Smackdown.

I’m a little worried. I can’t tell if the WWE has some grand plan for Daniel Bryan. They aren’t good at long term plans. They seem to have Bryan losing to make him an underdog. I guess this could work out, but I don’t know why they are leaving him off TV. I think TV time is very precious to any superstar’s connection to the crowd. Daniel Bryan is not a John Cena or CM Punk where he can get the crowd pumped by just talking. He needs to wrestle. It’s what he does best. That’s how he gets the crowd going. Otherwise this whole storyline could go kaput if nobody cares about him at WM28. I’ll always be supporting him, but I’m not sure the average fan cares about a guy who loses again and again and isn’t on TV that much. The WWE is taking a gamble with Daniel Bryan that they have done with others and have failed. Losing streaks usually don’t help wrestlers get more popular than they originally were. I hope things work out for the best, otherwise Daniel Bryan winning the MITB would been for nothing.

I don’t think this losing streak is helping Bryan at all.

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