Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WWE Power Rankings: WrestleMania looms
By Jon Robinson
Mark Henry has backed up his incessant trash talk, moving up to No. 3 in this week's WWE rankings.
If a wrestler falls in a ring and the crowd doesn’t make a noise, did he ever really fall?
For a company that prides itself on listening to its fans, I wonder how much weight it gives to 3 hours and 20 minutes of near silence (except for the very loud “You can’t wrestle” chant aimed at Fandango, even if he did deliver a sweet flying leg drop). I think the dead crowd speaks volumes about the upcoming WrestleMania card and the lazy booking that goes along with setting up a string of rematches people weren’t really clamoring to see in the first place.
In fact, for the first time in years, I find myself more intrigued by the undercard than the main events, as I think matches like The Shield versus Orton/Sheamus/Big Show, Team Hell No versus Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston (Ziggy and Big E.), and Mark Henry versus Ryback all have the potential to steal the spotlight from the series of higher-profile matches where the outcomes hold little doubt or interest (so wait, Triple H, who was retired, is forced out of retirement and then “tricked” into wrestling a retirement match!?!).
We’re less than two weeks away from the biggest wrestling show of the year, and instead of buzz, the fans seem stuck on mute.
WWE Power Rankings: March 26, 2013
The Shield Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Roman Reigns
Triple power bomb on the Great Khali was sweet, and it's great to actually see them wrestle a match on Raw. In my mind, they're the best thing going right now in professional wrestling.
Played "Anything you can do, I can do better" with Mark Henry, Shell Shocking two wrestlers at once and looking like the most dominant force in WWE.
I love how the World's Strongest Man spits and talks trash before, during and after matches ("Nobody splash me!"), and backs up every single word with some of the most wicked power moves in the game.
Finally, The Rock has come back to Raw. If only Rock and John Cena would stop talking about respect and get back to hating each other. They need some sort of spark to make this feud more interesting.
Swagger's violent attack on Ricardo Rodriguez was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise lackluster Raw. I love Swagger's intensity, even if I hate the political storyline that goes along with it.
I've been waiting to see The Undertaker in the ring just to see how he's moving around these days. If last night is any indication, expect plenty of "You've still got it!" chants on April 7.
Doing his best to convince the world that he'll be the 1 in 20-1. Of the "Big 3" matches at Mania, this is the one that intrigues me most.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and The Big Show
Their match against The Shield has the potential to be one of the wilder brawls at Wrestlemania. Expect to see some double- and triple-team moves you haven't seen in years.
The intensity was back in his mike work, but the "debate" just went on way too long for my taste. Curious to see how the fans react to this main event, especially if (when) Cena wins the belt back.
If AJ Lee is the poster girl for crazy, sign me up for two weeks in the insane asylum. AJ is the only compelling character left in the divas division.