Tuesday, April 16, 2013
WWE Power Rankings: Lesnar, Shield lead
By Jon Robinson
On Monday Night Raw, Paul Heyman suggested Brock Lesnar and Triple H square off in a cage match.
Back in 2011, I thought the two guys destined to be WWE’s next young champions were Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes. And while Ziggler is the current world heavyweight title holder after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase last week, Rhodes now seems stuck on the back burner. And despite his entertaining run with the Rhodes Scholars, in my opinion, Rhodes is one of wrestling’s most underutilized talents, especially when you consider his pedigree (son of Dusty Rhodes), model-esque looks and trademark Disaster Kick.
“Gosh, this has been a horrible run,” Rhodes said as we talked about his career earlier this month before WrestleMania 29 in East Rutherford, N.J. “I feel like after Money in the Bank in Phoenix, I almost took a nose dive, career-wise. I couldn’t get the reigns on it, but I feel like I finally got the reigns on my career again, and that happens in entertainment. As much as I’m excited about seeing John Cena and The Rock, it can’t always be John Cena and The Rock, and I just hope that I can continue to grow. I’ll be 28 this summer, and I’d really like to continue furthering my career, whether it’s teaming with Damien [Sandow], or it’s back in a singles capacity.
“It’s funny, because before Rhodes Scholars, I had zero interest in doing another tag team, but I’ve really enjoyed Damien’s company. I have a different outlook on sports entertainment than Damien does, and it makes for fun TV. I’ve never really been good at the comedy elements of the business. I’ve always looked at the business in a more serious, stern fashion like the guys I grew up liking, and I’m just not a funny guy. But Damien is, and he’s also a really tough bastard, and I like that.”
Rhodes (and Sandow, for that matter) deserves better than getting bumped from WrestleMania and throwaway Raw matches against The Great Khali and Santino. Here’s hoping for bigger things as the storylines reset.
WWE Power Rankings: April 16, 2013
Those F-5s on the railing looked devastating. I like the idea of an old-school, down-and-dirty steel cage match against Triple H, but I'd rather see Lesnar in the ring with someone new like Sheamus.
The Shield Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Roman Reigns
The crowd is so against Cena these days that when he gets triple power bombed by the heels, they're chanting, "One more time!" Can't wait until next week to see The Shield against Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Biggest crowd reaction of the night was the dueling chants for Punk and Taker. Looks to be taking time off to recover from injury. Raw will miss him sorely.
When Ziggler won the world heavyweight belt last week, the crowd reaction helped make it feel like it was one of the greatest moments in Raw history. Why WWE creative would follow that up by having Ziggler lose this week is anybody's guess, but it really bums me out. You gave the man the belt, he can at least win a few matches, right?
I like how the crowd chanted boring at Cena, and the champ turned it right around and blamed all the snooze-inducing talk on "The Ryback." Since when was there a "the" in his name?
Team Hell No Daniel Bryan Kane
The tag team champs took out the Primetime Players (again!), thanks to the flying goat. Funny how much I love this team, yet at the same time, I want them to break up so Bryan can challenge Ziggler for the world title.
Kofi's the new U.S. champ thanks to his action-packed upset over Antonio Cesaro. I'd love to see Kofi turn heel one of these days and feud with Cena for the WWE title. I think they could have some really fun matches.
Not only did he pin Ziggler, he looked dominant for almost the entire match. At least if he won by DQ because of outside interference or something like that, I could understand, but pinning the champ a week after he won the belt? I'm still fired up about this, if you couldn't tell (see No. 4).
Sheamus and Randy Orton
Brogue Kick into the RKO was sweet, but not as eye-popping as Sheamus holding The Big Show on his shoulders before dumping him on his back. That is one strong dude.
In the past week, "Fandangoing" became a thing, and his theme song has been stuck in fans' heads for days. The dead crowd on Raw pretty much zapped all that momentum in a matter of minutes, though, by not playing along, and the whole segment seemed extremely forced. Not a good sign if this fad hopes to continue.