Tuesday, April 23, 2013
WWE Power Rankings: Ziggler shows off
By Jon Robinson
John Cena's antics with Ryback were fun, but Dolph Ziggler was the highlight of "Monday Night Raw."
Why is Antonio Cesaro yodeling? Seriously, the man is one of the most gifted grapplers in the entire company. He’s the former U.S. champ who once pendulum-swung The Miz into the barricade like some sort of human church bell. He picked up The Great Khali and dropped him with the most impressive Neutralizer of his WWE career. And his Very European Uppercut routinely draws some of the biggest oohs and aahs from live crowds around the globe.
So again, I have to ask, why is the former U.S. champ dumbing down his act while losing match after match on national TV? Cesaro should be the man in John Cena’s face, or jumping in Dolph Ziggler’s grill (imagine the matches these two could deliver). Instead, he’s losing to R-Truth while heading straight down the sad road to jobberville to live alongside Zack Ryder and the 3MB (I’d rather live in parts unknown than jobberville any day). The man deserves better.
But I have to say, aside from Cesaro’s loss, "Raw" was a pretty awesome show this week. Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho put on a wrestling clinic, while The Shield vs. The Undertaker, Daniel Bryan and Kane was one of my favorite matches of the year so far. Let’s hope Ziggler and The Shield keep up their winning ways, as WWE finally has the talent to light the industry on fire. It’s now up to creative to let them burn as bright as can be.
WWE Power Rankings: April 23, 2013
The champ shows off with an exciting win over Chris Jericho. If we have to sit through three hours of "Raw," I'd love to see them give Ziggler 30 minutes in the ring every week to give him that star-making opportunity.
The Shield Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Roman Reigns
Fun match against The Undertaker and Team Hell No. Every week, these three just keep getting better. I've had enough with the shaky cam footage, though.
Put on an amazing match with Ziggler, then threw Fandango off a stage and even stole his dance partner. Talk about stealing the show. Whenever he's on screen, "Raw" is Jericho.
Protected Ryback from The Shield, only to slam the big man with an AA moments later. I'm more interested in this feud than I was for Cena/Rock, Twice in a Lifetime.
Curious to see if Ryback beats Super Cena at Extreme Rules. If not, where does he go from here? He already lost to Punk. Will another loss drop him back to the midcard?
Team Hell No and The Undertaker
After their electric encounter on Raw, can we get a Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins feud, please?
Accepted Brock Lesnar's challenge, then hit Heyman with the Pedigree. After years of real-life drama between the two, that had to feel good.
Surprise wins over Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro in consecutive weeks. I still think he was more interesting when he started smoking.
The gimmick is a lot more fun when WWE isn't trying to jam it down our throats like last week. Just let the crowd reaction come naturally and see what happens.
Won the Divas Battle Royal to receive a shot at the title. Give Big E. the U.S. belt, and Ziggler's crew will be rolling in gold.