Saturday, January 11, 2014

WWE And TNA Wresting Review for the Week of 1/5/14

Monday Night Raw this week had a major theme to it. What was that theme? It was called "Old School Raw." Also what a way to begin the show with Ric Flair promo in which WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton interrupted. Orton at first said he likes Flair and doesn't want to due harm to him. But Orton starts to do the usual heel promo and tells Flair to leave "his" ring or else. Flair refuses and before Orton can do anything John Cena music hits and he comes to Flair aid. He does the usual face promo. In my opinion what was the point of this? Just to build the match at the Royal Rumble. 

First match of the night was The Usos and Rey Mysterio vs. Luke Harper, Eric Rowen and Daniel Bryan now known as Daniel Wyatt. The Usos and Rey Mysterio pick up the win after a disagreement between Bryan and Rowen. Was it me or does Bryan I mean Daniel Wyatt have a new attitude. Could this be the beginning of major heel turn for him. I highly doubt it. Daniel Bryan is one of biggest WWE face superstars.  I believe with in the next couple of weeks he will turn on The Wyatt Family when they least expect it.

Another Batista promo as well as Michael Cole announcing Batista is going to be an entrant in the Royal Rumble. Rumors are the he is going to be facing Randy Orton at WrestleMania for the  WWE World Heavyweight Championship. So looks like Batista will go on to win the Rumble and Orton will win his match against Cena at the Royal Rumble.

Curtis Axel vs. Big E. Langiston was next and really haven't we seen this like how many times? Ryback was on commentary and tried to district Big E. with no luck Big E. wins. Could this be a new feud between Big E. and Ryback.

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar come out and talks about Lesnar being next in line for a championship match. They talk about Lesnar destroying Mark Henry last week. This brings out Henry and this becomes a out brawl and Lesnar breaks Mark Henry arm. As Lesnar leaves Big Show music hit and Lesnar backs away. Heyman tries to distract Big Show so Lesnar can attack Big Show but Show grabs him throws him into the turnbuckle and throws Lesnar across the ring. I have to say I've never seen anyone throw Lesner around like that.

Piper Pit Returns with guests The Shield. The Shield tries to attack Piper but CM Punk and New Age Outlaws save him.

There were other matches but the main event was CM Punk with the New Age Outlaws vs. Roman Reigns with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. I think this was the best match of the night. Back and fourth match with Reigins actually beating the best in the world. But my favorite thing of the night was when The Shield tried attack to CM Punk and the New Age Outlaws and a certain music hits and was Jake "the snake" Roberts with Damien (the snake) to make the save even through he didn't do anything but putting the snake on Ambrose after getting the GTS.

In my opinion the best Raw I have seen in a long time. Seeing all the legends and WWE Hall of Famers felt like old times.

Impact Wrestling this week was ok I've seen better shows. The show begins with Dixie Carter coming out for AJ Styles to sign his one night contract. AJ Styles comes out and talks about Magnus be Dixie paper champion. This brings out Magnus who first tells Dixie to leave and then argues with Styles about him being a paper champion. Styles  says he as friends backstage and will have his back. Styles tells Magnus that he is proud of his eleven years and everything he accomplished and he will walk out as the undisputed champion.

Joseph Park and Eric Young vs. BroMans with Zema Ion is the first match and while the match is going on Gail Kim attacks ODB backstage. This leads EY to run off leaving Joseph Park to fend off BroMans. We all know Joseph Park is Abyss so when will they end the Joseph Park character and bring back Abyss?

Backstage Samoe Joe confronts Dixie Carter and tells her he has AJ Styles back. This sets up a match between him and Ethan Carter III. This ends up Joe being attack in the back.

There were other matches but the main focus of the whole night was all the faces (AJ Styles) friends either get attacked in the back or like Kurt Angle who had to leave because of a phone call.

The main event for the undisputed TNA Heavyweight Championship between AJ Styles and Magnus. Even as the bell rings AJ styles kept getting attacked by the heels until Sting came to the rescue only for a bit. Styles kept kicking out Magnus pins but it was to much for him to handle. In my opinion this match could have been one of the best matches in TNA history between these two. For example look at the final Bound For Glory Series between these two. I understand they want to make Magnus a major heel but this match could have been history making. Will we ever see AJ Styles in a TNA ring only time will tell.

Friday Night Smackdown this weeks kicks off with The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. This ended with a double count out with the Usos being jumped by Bray and Bryan. Like I said before this might look like Bryan is heel now but wont last.  
We find our from a backstage promo with Vickie Guerrero and Randy Orton that Orton will call out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon about how he is being treated by them as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Miz TV was up next and the guest was the Big Show. This was to build up a match between Big Show and Brock Lesner. Show says he never like Lesnar and never will. Heyman comes out and says Lesnar doesn't fight for free and fight when Lesnar decides to and not when the Big Show wants.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara & Los Matadores with El Torito vs. Rybaxel & Real Americans with Zeb Colter was next. This was actually kind of cool to see these four masked superstars in the same corner. WWE wants to beat the world record at WrestleMania to have the most masked wrestlers in the ring at the same time.

Champion vs. Champion match was next between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Big E. Langiston. Orton wins the match with a RKO. This was a decent match.
The main event of the night was CM Punk and New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield. This was a good match. New Age Outlaws still got the skills in the ring. I think they can still have a tag team championship reign in them. Billy Gunn went to hit Ambrose with the famouser but instead gets hit with the spear by Reigns. This smackdown was good not excellent but good enough.

This week in wresting was a good week for the WWE. First the ratings of Raw was better than recent weeks because of Old School Raw and they officially announce the launch of the WWE Network. TNA this week was ok nothing to big hopefully with in the next couple of shows will start to get better.


  1. Mixed feelings on the WWE Network as I'd rather have it on my TV then through the computer. Wondering where RVD is lately? Very light week for Divas and Knockouts :(

  2. Wwe for the last couple of months has completely disappointed Daniel Bryan isn't getting any justice and John cena vs Randy Orton is just terrible at this point