Squared Circle Six-Pack: Believe in Evolution
Since before and after Wrestlemania Triple H has been trying to get his two “A Players,” Batista and Randy Orton on the same page with him and put down Daniel Bryan. Last week he reminded them that when they’re all on the same page, great things happen. If you’re not aware, Trips was referring to their time together in the stable known as Evolution. Along with Ric Flair, it promoted itself as being the past, present and future of wrestling and turned Batista and Orton into the next Superstars. From 2003 to 2005 this group ran roughshod over the WWE and at one point, held all the major Titles on Raw. Orton was the first to break off and Batista followed months later, but it was clearly a successful effort to create new stars in the wake of The Rock and Stone Cold’s departures. I was a huge fan of the stable and was begging for them to reunite and given their latest spat with The Shield, it only made sense for these three former champions to ride together once again. So, after The Shield’s unprecedented 11 on 3 match, it was awesome to hear the familiar notes of Motörhead’s “Line in the Sand” hit and watch HHH, Orton and Batista slowly strut to the ring. My one complaint is that I would love to see Ric Flair back, but other than that it was flawless return. Most assuredly we’ll be seeing Evolution vs. The Shield at the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV and I for one, can’t wait.
Eric Young wins the TNA World Title
“Showtime” Eric Young shocked the Impact Wrestling audience when he defeated Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship last Thursday night. Many fans cried that TNA was attempting to steal Daniel Bryan’s thunder by having their own bearded oddball win their major title in the same week, but it’s still a well deserved accolade for the TNA mainstay. He’s a unique talent who’s been one of the few constants in the promotion and even hosts his own fishing show on Animal Planet, Off the Hook: Extreme Catches. While I’m sure Magnus will have something to say about being usurped it’s nice to see TNA relying on their homegrown talent more and more.
Fandango and Summer Rae Break-up
Say it ain’t so! The dancing duo of Fandango and Summer Rae have parted ways.
Hey, @RealSummerWWE. Did you get my text? Like I said, it’s really not me, it’s you. It’s over…
— Fandango (@WWEFandango) April 8, 2014
— Summer Rae WWE (@RealSummerWWE) April 11, 2014
It all started on twitter, but as of Smackdown on Friday night, Fandango was sashaying out with his new squeeze, Layla. Summer has been a key addition to E!’s Total Divas show, and the WWE is most likely looking to capitalize on her surging popularity. Fandango may have been overexposed last year, but is talented in the ring and will at least be getting some more screen time as this storyline unfolds.
Intercontinental Title Tournament
The Intercontinental Championship is WWE’s most prestigious belt outside of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and is usually held by wrestlers who the WWE feels are ready to make the transition to the next level and headline TV and Pay-Per-Views. The current Champion, Big E has held the belt for several months but hasn’t had any major feuds over the title and hasn’t defended it that often. The field for the tournament was nicely varied featuring superstars old and new; especially Cesaro. He’s my consensus pick to win the whole thing, but I really appreciated Wade Barrett versus Dolph Ziggler. I’m a huge mark for both talents, and seeing them getting a reaction like that from the crowd and legends on social media, hopefully means more is in store for both of them.
Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery
I was fortunate enough to land a Blu-Ray copy of this film and let me tell you, it is something else. Brief synopsis, Scooby and Shaggy are big WWE fans who after beating the WWE Video Game, they are invited to visit WWE City to take in the grandeur that is Wrestlemania! They drag Fred, Daphne and Thelma along for the trip and eventually stumble into a mystery involving a Ghost Bear and WWE Superstars John Cena, AJ Lee, Brodus Clay, Santino, The Miz, Sin Cara, Triple H and Mr. McMahon. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s your typical Scooby Doo affair with a ghost that’s not quite what it seems. While clearly intended for children, it did make me chuckle a few times. I appreciated that they got Frank Welker back for Fred, but was somewhat disappointed in Matthew Lillard’s portrayal of Shaggy. The WWE Superstars themselves had the easy task of playing themselves, but still got to shine and showed off their trademark characteristics. All the rumors about WWE keeping Sin Cara on television, purely to promote this film must be true, because he’s a huge part of the plot. “Luchadores, always ready for anything.” – John Cena after Sin Cara produces a magnet from thin air (you know, because it was a cartoon).
Monday Night Raw’s Tribute to The Ultimate Warrior
This past Monday night, WWE did an official tribute show to The Warrior featuring their unfortunately familiar Ten Bell Salute with the entire roster and road crew on-stage. Throughout the night they played old clips of his matches and his promo from his appearance last week. Wrestlers also wore Ultimate Warrior themed gear, T-Shirts, and the WWE even gave the fans in attendance paper masks that echoed Warrior’s trademark facepaint. I wrote a little more about him last week, but it was nice to see the roster showing emotion for an icon gone too soon.