Well, a bit more official now, with the “K-Perspective”, where I’ll give a bit of my take on all that went down this week on WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown, WWE NXT, WWE Superstars, TNA Impact and OVW TV. Well hopefully I get enough material to cover them all. But, this week has been a little light on the Diva side but with some great announcements, while we get the Knockouts back on screen this week on TNA Impact.
The Raw Rundown
This week on WWE Raw, we got the return of three legends, Lita, Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon. As well as the AJ – Bryan Daniel wedding. The wedding was great, not as crazy as the usual WWE Weddings but it came across well and we saw AJ looking amazingly stunning. Everything seems to be going okay then AJ made the announcement but she was saying “Yes” but not to Daniel Bryan but to someone else who gave her an offer, she just couldn’t say know too. Out came Vince McMahon and announced AJ as the NEW General Manager of WWE Raw. To me, this was a bit of a surprise, everyone pointed fingers all over but nobody never really thought of AJ, her name was brought up a few times but most people saw Vickie Guerrerro and Eve Torres as contenders with the better chance. AJ did a great job and the crowd responded very well. AJ is at the top of the food chain Diva was and we can only hope WWE would take an opportunity of this and slowly start focusing on someone else, though we all had hope for Eve Torres but she kind of faded out rather quickly with all the momentum she had going and seems to be heel #2 now, instead of the major player she was once upon a time.
We also so Lita defeat Heath Slater, with help of some great WWE Legends of course, oddly, many would have expected Trish getting the big moment seeing as she has always been WWE’s Golden Girl but this time the focus was on Lita and didn’t she look great? Sure the moonsault wasn’t perfect but really how many Lita moonsaults are perfect? She really got her moment to shine and the crowd just ate it up. We also got to see Trish reliving her awkward moment she once had with Triple H long ago and as usual, her acting was top notch, she always managed to do something in her segment that made her stand out and this was no different. Lastly another ground breaking microphone moment from Stephanie McMahon, who after her time off, obviously didn’t lose her touch. She was clearly on fire and it was great seeing her back, with AJ as GM, you got to wonder, if there will be more Stephanie McMahon moments to come.
This week on impact we got the announcement that next week we get another 4 Way Match to crown a new #1 Contender. Kind of lazy on their part, it’s the same way we current knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher was made #1 contender before winning the championship. But what can we say, their trying right? Plus oddly enough, going into this I don’t know who seems like the best contender, it could be anyone and I wouldn’t mind. Maybe we should count out Gail Kim? She had the championship, she got her rematch maybe it’s time for her to take a break, but with a potential Mickie James heel turn and Tara being Brooke’s former tag team partner and Madison in a bit of a storyline it could go either way. The tag match, was good, all four women looked good out there, pretty aggressive, nice pace and good storytelling. Despite being off screen for long, they still had their personalities that still set them all apart. The end of the match? Pretty screwy and odd but it’s TNA, we can expect these kind of oddball endings but on the bright side it keeps this Madison Rayne storyline going on.
We got a stellar match between Sofia Cortez vs. Natalya, where Sofia won by count out when Natalya refused to get in the ring. After the match Natalya attacked Sofia and then put her in the sharpshooter before making her way backstage. This was another screw ball ending, didn’t get why Natalya refused to get in the ring but, it was a pretty good match so why complain? My issue was though, I didn’t care, maybe that’s why I wasn’t into the match. Well maybe that was a bit harsh, but I saw Sofia Cortez and I found myself thinking, “Why should I care for this girl”, there hasn’t been much of character development in the WWE, I see a girl out here, smiling wrestling, trying to get the crowd pumped up by screaming, she’s doing pretty well in the ring but, is that a reason enough to cheer her on? Don’t get me wrong, I love Sofia, been a fan way before her Tough Enough and NXT days but the WWE isn’t giving me a chance to get to know her, give me a reason to cheer her so I can’t get into the match as much as I’d want too.
This week, newly signed TNA Knockout and OVW Women’s Champion Taeler Hendrix wrestled Jesse Belle in a losing effort, which reminds me, anyone have any idea who this Jesse Belle girl is? I like her, she’s got good size, good look and seems to have a fun personality. The match was no masterpiece but Taeler is clearly still learning a lot and maybe her not being called up is for a reason, since she just have a lot to work on, she is very amateur-ish in her acting, her wrestling is still pretty green, but the potential is there, but she needs some guiding in the right direction, I kind of ended up liking Jesse Belle more, she seemed more fun. OVW has also been in a bit of a slump when it comes to the women, since the departure of many former WWE talents and Mickie Knoxx as well as the lack of Epiphany, there isn’t much buzz worthy talent there but maybe with TNA’s help OVW can attract some girls on there, but Jesse Belle is certainly someone to look out for.
What to look forward too?
Well, certainly AJ’s first reign as General Manager of Raw is something we all are excited to see I’m sure. What will she do? This was a curveball move and I have to admit they added some excitement to what I felt was becoming a really boring product. Also the Knockouts #1 contenders match is also something to look forward too, should be good, most contender matches in TNA are usually exciting.
So what are your thoughts on this week? Not much from the WWE if you ask me.