The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 6/4/12: Rosenberg And Stansky Are Dead

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Worst: Big Show Is Awesome And Makes Great Points About Cena, So Let’s Have Michael Cole Yell At Him About Nothing For 20 Minutes, Then Wrestle

Last week I wrote extensively about how The Big Show had transformed pretty seamlessly from an aimless, stupid, fat dope who’d step through a table in his own tables match to an unstoppable, bad-ass personification of everything I wish for in wrestling. They continued that with Show this week, airing a pair of video packages that made him look great and could’ve only been better had he spent a portion of them going on about how Cena was gonna piss and sh*t his pants. Show rules, and our big fear from last week was that Cena would show up as a Pet Detective and make wacky faces and thrust obnoxious gay jokes at him until he collapsed back into the sack of crap he used to be.

Oddly enough, what we got was worse.

Sure enough, Cena showed up without a care in the world, but instead of loo-hoo-sir-her’ing in Big Show’s face we got a 14-minute conversation with Michael Cole about how each thinks the other is pedantic and overrated. That somehow led to Cena getting to choose his opponent for the night and once again proving why he’s the worst f**king Magnum T.A. ever by refusing to be the bigger man and beat up an announcer. Michael Cole does deserve to get beaten up, preferably on a regular basis, but throughout the segment I couldn’t ignore a few truths:

1. Michael Cole has been WAY BETTER lately. He hasn’t screamed over matches in a while, and aside from a few moments where you could tell he had to say a certain thing to get a plot-point over he’s been relatively laid back and harmless. Now is certainly not the time I would’ve chosen for someone to call him out and assault him.

2. John Cena shouldn’t really have a beef with Cole. If you think of people who’d want to beat up Cole, who do you think of? Daniel Bryan. Jerry Lawler. Eve, maybe. Teddy Long, if he was suspended above the ring in a shark tank and could drop a foreign object down to somebody. Certainly not Cena, but in the same way WWE wrote themselves out of a corner by having Average Everywoman Eve Torres go full-on SCANDALOUS BITCH~ in a heartbeat, they gave us 14 minutes of Cole being a dick to Cena so Cena would want to beat him up. Nothing really sustainable, so it was a short-term payoff, and nothing we’d really been asking for.

3. And why does Cena want to beat up Cole? Because Cole said he didn’t like him. Cole because WWE’s “voice of the detractors”, and if he’d said the same things at the end of the show when the crowd wasn’t hot and desperate for wrestling, they probably would’ve cheered him.

4. The only reason to beat up Cole is for all the horrible things he said and did in 2010-2011, but that was paid in full when Bret Hart Sharpshot him, Jim Ross slathered him in barbecue sauce (more on that later) and Jerry Lawler stuck his foot in Cole’s mouth. How many times do we punish him for the same crimes? What’s the worst he’s done since then, kiss up to John Laurinaitis?

5. “Be A Star” joke aside, what kind of guy is Cena when he’s given an open contract against anybody in the world and his first two options are “46-year old executive in a wheelchair” and “43-year old non-wrestler”? Cena could’ve given himself a match against WWE Champion CM Punk, a match against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus … hell, The Rock is still on the Raw roster technically, he could’ve called out Rocky and tried that whole thing again. If Cole had gotten out of it, would Cena have challenged Eve?

6. Remember when Big Show got to choose his own opponent? He threatened Santino about it, but he ended up accepting a challenge from Brodus Clay, then wiped the f**king floor with him. Don’t know why anybody would be on Cena’s side in this.

So yeah, we could’ve followed up the hot ending to a pretty-good Raw by building effectively to the cage match main-event at the pay-per-view that is TWO WEEKS AWAY, but instead we spend a quarter-hour setting up a dated announcer vs. wrestler match with no real build for no real reason.

Best: Johnny In A Hoveround Is Going To Be Funny Forever

It is. When open segments are bad, I can at least count on The Executive Vice President Of Talent Relations And General Manager Of Both Raw And Smackdown Mr. John Laurinaitis to roll out with a rubber chicken or one of those headbands that make it look like somebody shot an arrow through your head or whatever and entertain me out of thin air.

One of the things I like about Laurinaitis and “People Power” is that he thinks he’s actually doing something to help people. He’s underhanded, sure, and he’s out for his own interests, but so is everyone else … and I can buy that Laurinaitis is trying to do that in secret and thinks he’s doing a great job of hiding it. So occasionally he gets the itch to play fair and give Cena a chance to pick his opponent, because hey, HE’S not gonna have to wrestle Cena, and it’s the only chummy thing to do. That’s a perfect dickhead boss. He doesn’t hate you, he just doesn’t give a sh*t about you.

Best: The Brogue Kick Taunt Actually Ending Matches

One of my biggest complaints about Kofi Kingston (if Kofi Kingston gripes were members of X-Factor from when I was reading X-Factor, this one would be Strong Guy) is that he always tries to set up Trouble In Paradise by doing a Shawn Michaels thing where he backs up into the corner, starts clapping his hands together and gets everyone to chant “boom” … but he has never once hit Trouble In Paradise after doing it. He always misses it, and by now I guess hearing the crowd chant “boom” is code for “duck my dumb kick”.

So as much as I don’t want to see Sheamus beating Dolph Ziggler, I appreciate that his thing where he stands in the corner beating his chest and yelling BROGUE~! actually leads to him Brogue Kicking dudes and pinning them. It makes his taunt feel special, like when he starts doing it you can think to yourself, “okay, the match is over, here comes the Brogue Kick” and actually buy it when people interrupt or reverse it, rather than Kofi’s sh*tty thing where you just sit on your hands and wait for f**king Lucky Cannon or whoever to suddenly have the dexterity to dodge signature moves.

And in case you were wondering, “he jumps too much” is the Jamie Madrox of my Kofi Kingston complaints.

Vickie Guerrero boobs

Best: Well Hello, Vickie Guerrero

All I can really remember from the Sheamus/Dolph Ziggler Smackdown rematch (besides the fact that there were so many Smackdown rematches … seriously, when did Raw become the follow-up B-show?) are the commercial break that eviscerated it about three minutes in and how the camera guy kept jumping back to Vickie Guerrero every ten seconds. And I’m not usually the blatant “her boobs looked great” guy, but her boobs looked great, you guys. Jerry Lawler may have seen “better heads on a pimple”, but one time he had sex with a 13-year old and his last wife left him to marry Kizarny. So.

You’re pretty great, Vickie. If you won’t let me marry you, at least let me wear your shaul.

Worst: Sorry For Talking About Her Boobs

Please accept my apology.

Best: ADR And Ricardo Are Doing God’s Work

And speaking of people of Hispanic heritage I’d like to marry, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez interrupted Sheamus and his celebratory on-stage hammerfisting by jumping him, tripping him up into the Mike Mizanin Memorial WWE Statue and armbreakering him while he was hanging off the stage. This is easily the best Best of the show, and if they built an entire pay-per-view cycle around Alberto mangling Sheamus’ arms only to forget that Sheamus can also kick people I’d buy it.

Again, to clarify to readers who can’t seem to understand it, yes, I’m giving Alberto a best for jumping Sheamus with his friend and trying to break his arm out of spite, and yes, if CM Punk did the same thing I’d give him a Worst. The reason why: Alberto Del Rio is a bad guy. Bad guys are supposed to do reprehensible sh*t to make you want to see them get their asses kicked, they shouldn’t be running around in circles whimpering and holding tights and fleeing at the first sign of trouble like modern WWE heels do. On the same tip, WWE babyfaces — or hell, at least ONE f**king WWE babyface — should attempt to be the better man and not stoop to this level. All WWE babyfaces DO is stoop to the heels’ level, which is why I like the heels more. At least I can understand where they’re coming from.

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Worst: John Laurinaitis Doesn’t Care What’s On WWE.com

Me either, Johnny, me either.

So let me get this straight … John Laurinaitis is in charge of both televised wrestling programs AND he’s in charge of the talent available to be used on those shows, but he doesn’t know Vince McMahon is going to be on next week’s Raw until David Otunga shows up with an iPad to tell him what’s on Dot Com? Does the WWE.com article mention that while Vince is still the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Triple H and the Board Of Directors relived him of his day-to-day duties as COO, which means (or should means) that Vince shouldn’t be able to show up and handle day-to-day operations, such as giving performance evaluations? That should be Triple H’s job. But John Laurinaitis power-played Triple H out of the picture enough to end up running both shows (after Triple H gave him a job evaluation, right? Or was it the other way around? How many job evaluations from how many different people do you have to have per year?), so …

I don’t know. As far as I can tell now, the hierarchy goes

1. What These People Want

2. Board Of Directors

3a. John Laurinaitis As VP of Talent Relations and GM of Raw and Smackdown

3b. Triple H As C.O.O.

3c. Wrestlers Making Impromptu Matches

Both 4. and 2b. Vince McMahon As C.E.O.

5. Eve Torres, Head Of The Knockouts Division

6. ???

7. Stockholders

So who knows? They should’ve filmed a follow-up segment where Otunga approaches Laurinaitis backstage, Laurinaitis tells him he’s busy, and Otunga’s all, “Have you seen WWE.com? They ranked Layla above Big Show on the Power 25. Isn’t he supposed to be main-eventing your pay-per-view?” And then he shakes his head derisively, and they stare off into the distance for way too long until somebody says “cut”.

Worst: They Have A 3-Hour Raw Next Week And All They’ve Announced Is A Performance Evaluation

I seriously might have to give up this column when Raw goes to three hours in July. Or I’ll just cover the first hour, and the last five pages will be the Best And Worst Of Whatever Episode Of Adventure Time Is On. Not sure I’m mentally prepared to write about the same 20-minute sneak peek of Common Law I’m gonna have to recap every week.

But yeah, next week is a three-hour show, the go-home Raw before No Way Out and one of the big Raws leading up to the milestone 1000th episode and the ONLY THING ANNOUNCED is Vince McMahon showing up to have a business meeting. I’m not asking for the Attitude Era to come back or anything, but can somebody PLEASE put everything in a dumpster and shove it off the stage?

Best: Remember Sin Cara? He’s Back, In Pog Form!

Sin Cara is back, and he’s taken some important steps toward erasing his legacy as the guy who f**ks up a lot on his way to rightful lucha glory:

1. He got rid of the “jump the top rope” entrance, reducing his chance to botch it by 100%.

2. He’s taking it easy in comeback matches against Hunico, who should really probably try leaving Sin Cara alone forever now.

3. He’s integrating simpler lucha moves into his WWE moveset – for example, it’s a hell of a lot easier to springboard at somebody than it is to stand up safely on the top rope with your head in their armpit and backflip without either of you getting hurt or slipping off and killing yourself.

Steps 4 and 5 are

4. Get rid of the stupid moodlighting, because Jesus, seriously

5. Immediately get into a feud with Alberto Del Rio, then only wrestle guys who have seen more lucha libre than Chavo Guerrero cruiserweight title matches.

Sin Cara should be a big deal, and I’m never going to shake that image of being at WWE Axxess during this year’s WrestleMania and seeing 50 people in line to meet Tony Atlas, then looking across the room at 4 f**king people waiting to meet shoot lucha legend Mistico. My brain doesn’t want to process that, and of all the people who need good will right now, Sin Cara is the one for whom I wish the best.

Best Camacho Exists Solely To Be Knocked From Ring Aprons

LOL Camacho

Michael McGillicutty’s dad is Mr. Perfect, one of the most beloved in-ring performers in modern wrestling history. McGillicutty doesn’t get to be Junior Perfect or Joe Hennig, but he’s come around, and he’s having good matches on NXT. If you extend that scale in both directions, you have Camacho. Camacho’s dad is MENG, aka Haku, aka King Haku, aka one of the very coolest and toughest people to ever walk the pro wrestling planet. Camacho doesn’t get to be Haku Jr., he gets to be Hunico’s boyfriend (this isn’t canon, but they aren’t giving me a lot to work with) on a bicycle and the only thing he gets to do is climb up on the ring apron and be immediately knocked from it. He got to lose to Ryback once.

What weird world do we live in where Cowboy Bob Orton’s son is supposed to be the ace of your promotion, but Mr. Perfect’s son and Meng’s son are chumps? This shouldn’t be happening. If Raquel Diaz and Richie Steamboat end up slumming it in a company where f**king Carlito won four f**king championships I’m calling shenanigans on the entire operation.

Worst: La Mistica Is Not An Impact Finisher, n00bs

I know saying “Mexican guys in masks doing submission holds” to Vince McMahon is probably like saying “here’s what I know about organic chemistry” to a basset hound (I’m convinced they took off Alberto Del Rio’s mask so he could do an armbar), but the move where Sin Cara spins around you and slams you to the ground in a Fujiwara armbar is, funny enough, supposed to end with you in a Fujiwara armbar. It doesn’t make any sense that he lands like that, then has to release a submission hold immediately to roll you over and hook your legs. If you’re gonna leave off the last half of the move, at least get him to spin around on the ground and Quackenbush you over, don’t make it a “David Otunga doesn’t know where he is in relation to the ropes” situation.

Imagine if AJ Styles hit the Styles Clash, then unhooked his legs from under your arms, rolled you over slowly and tried to laterally press you. Doesn’t really work when he could just turn slightly and have your shoulders on the mat, right? Let Sin Cara rip out Hunico’s arm. He’s barely using it anyway. Dueling armbar finishes make your upcoming Sin Cara/Alberto Del Rio feud even better. Wrestling is great and writes itself 90% of the time, don’t rip out the pages and lob them into the garbage when you’re almost finished filling up the notebook.

Worst: Triple H’s Favorite Raw Memory Is People Loving Triple H

f**k you

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Best: Holy Sh*t, Synchronized Jobbers

I know I already used my LOL for Camacho, but loooooooooooooooooooool

The HD WWE Fan Nation videos I usually link to edited out the two best moments of the match — the military press from Hell (pictured, right) and the UNSTOPPABLY AMAZING opening salvo from “local talent” Stan Stansky and Arthur Rosenberg in the form of an epic poem. The gorilla throw speaks for itself, but at the risk of overstating it I think Rosansky turning into Tomax and Xamot from G.I. Joe to threaten Ryback is probably the funniest thing to happen on Raw all year. I want these guys on NXT, and I want them to always speak in stereo. When one gets clotheslined, I want the other to sell it.

Jobbers doing “2 Become 1” before matches is the greatest. The snark in his voice when he said “Arther ROSE-enberg!”, Art’s leftover Paul London pants and Michael Cole hatefully referencing “their little POME” made this one of the most enjoyable possible things for me. We should get a backstage segment with Stansky next week where he’s in a lab coat in front of a bunsen burner yelling things like “but two IS greater than one! The match checks out! WHERE AM I GOING WRONG”

Also enjoyable:

Best: Ryback Just Brutally Murdering Dudes

The reason Funkasaurus matches were getting boring to me is that they were all the same. Brodus entered, danced, hit a couple of moves, pinned the guy and danced. That happened a little too often without any upward momentum, the act turned into Madea’s Jurassic Park and it cooled for me. Ryback’s matches are the exact opposite — he is F**KING THESE DUDES UP and I don’t care if he squashes them from now until 2015 if he keeps executing them with extreme prejudice.

When I was a kid, I loved the “chumps”, as I called them. Jobbers. Guys who’d never win. So when those guys show up on Raw or Smackdown, either in the form of “local talent” or guys I know with weird costumes and names (example: Lichtenstein Champion Johnny Gargano), I enjoy watching them perform. I liked watching Ray Rowe get squashed by Umaga more than the last 10 blockbuster Raw tag team main-events. There’s a sincerity to it, and in a TV-PG world you occasionally have to have guys get shoot destroyed in the most violent way the rating will allow. Ryback throwing a guy 20 feet into the air is a good example of that. Him propping them up together and turning them into paste with a lariat is another.

I’ll put it to you this way: If the Funkasaurus went up against a guy like CM Punk, I’d expect Punk to win. If Punk went up against Ryback? I’d order flowers for the funeral.

Best: The Punk/Daniel Bryan Feud Is Making Kane Pretty Good By Proxy

WWE Fan Nation did a terrible job of editing that Ryback match, but they did a great one with Punk vs. Kane – they show the entire pre-match Daniel Bryan Q&A, then jump right to the end where Bryan and A.J. interfere. We’ll call this one a push, guys.

Anyway, the WWE Title feud is built around three absolutes:

1. Daniel Bryan’s inability to have a bad match

2. Kane’s inability to have a good match

3. CM Punk’s inability to have a segment anybody but me dislikes

And surprisingly enough, it all goes together well. Daniel Bryan is getting put into high-profile segments on the A-show with the most popular guy on the show, so he looks more important. Punk’s segments gets a dose of QUALITY PRO WRES, something missing from Punk’s life between September and April. Kane gets put into good matches AND into good segments, and lo and behold, here I am giving Bests to Kane’s involvement in non-accidentally hilarious moments on Raw.

That’s not meant to be backhanded. Kane apparently works well in situations where he doesn’t have to carry them, especially one built around two little guys who keep passive-aggressively sniping at each other and having romance drama and need a 7-foot guy in a flame speedsuit to show up and choke them and throw them at the ground. It worked back in the long long ago when Kane was feuding with World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit, and it works here. Who knew that pairing your best wrestlers with guys who’d have fun wrestling great wrestlers would end in great wrestling?

Best: AJ’s Craziness Is Becoming A Joss Whedon Metaphor

This is one of the ultimate WAIT AND SEE WHERE IT GOEZ moments for me right now, but AJ’s sudden craziness has become a plot point, and (thank God) one deeper than “women be trippin'”. I wasn’t a fan of watching her whimper through what I was assuming would be multiple mentally abusive relationships, but if she’s gonna own it and turn into one of the Children Of The Corn and scare Kane away with her smile I am all about it. Let’s go a step farther and figure out a way to make her eyes glow when she gets emotionally distraught. She could stand to hover a little, too.

The only complaint I can come up with for AJ here is that she’s getting a character because of a valet romance angle, and not as an important hook for the Divas division. It sounds simple, but if you give the women in your employ television characters and personalities and last names they could probably come up with something great. AJ’s the Firestarter, Eve Torres wears glasses … we’re almost there!

Best: Josh Mathews Is Afraid Of Everybody Now

AJ and Josh backstage reminded me a lot of that scene in Rushmore where Rosemary confronts Max in the classroom and is all DO YOU WANT TO FINGER ME, OR MAYBE I COULD GIVE YOU A HAND JOB and Max backs out with his head between his ass. Remember when Josh Mathews spent six months clamoring on about how AJ was his dream woman? Suddenly she has a rough couple of months and this little d-bag can’t handle it. That’s what happens when you put a woman on an pedestal, Josh, you end up disappointed. “She reads Batman comics and likes the Internet! I had no idea she’d have feelings and emotions! /makes turdface”

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Worst: So About That Body Tape You’re Wearing

so that means you guys are hurt, right

so you’re uh, you’re gonna prob’ly have a tough time wrestling tonight i guess

no?

well all right i guess

Best: Hawkins And Reks Are Way Better Than Kofi And Truth

I wanted to like the tag match, because the tag team division is so anemic and needs our support and because HEY NXT GUYS, but no. Truth and Kofi jumping around selling F**KING NOTHING while wearing elaborate body bandages was the worst, and as hard as they worked poor Hawkins and Reks could only do so much. Seriously, I think R-Truth has pretended to be injured more convincingly during games of Jenga than the did in the match last night. Dude wasn’t just fresh, he was EXTRA FRESH. He should’ve wrestled the match in a f**king exoskeleton.

I expect this sort of thing out of Kofi, but c’mon Killings, you’re a former NWA Heavyweight Champion. You once held in your hands the legacy of Brent Albright, Mike Rapada and The Sheik. No, not that one, the sh*tty one. If your ribs are broken, don’t spin 8 times when you forearm someone. If Orville Brown was alive today he’d beat the sh*t out of you, and not just because he was probably a total racist.

Worst: Hooray, A Bait And Switch For A Thing You Just Advertisted

I understand the nature of a bait and switch. Sometimes you announce something to get a specific response, then change it up at the last minute to enhance or change that response. It’s a purposeful decision. What I don’t necessarily understand is Raw’s obsession with announcing something on the fly, then deciding that isn’t good enough and announcing it differently on the same fly. Maybe it mirrors the writing process of the show. Maybe it’s WWE Creative’s attempt at a Charlie Kaufman thing where art’s imitating life, but f**k that, without a directly competing concurrent wrestling program happening on TNT there is no goddamn reason for you to spend the first 15 minutes of your show setting up a match and the final 15 tearing it down. If you’re gonna do “Cena has to beat Lord Tensai, and if he does, he gets a match with Michael Cole”, just announce it like that at the beginning.

Worst: Goodbye Forever, Serf Tensai

If the dirt sheets are to be believed, Yokozuna is joining the Hart Foundation WWE isn’t happy with how Lord Tensai has played out and want to either repackage him completely or fire him and ship him back to Japan to pump machine guns with Karl Anderson, depending on who you read. As regular readers of the column know, this is disappointing for me. I like the character. I like the wrestler, I like the Mountain Dew Spit Hand, I like the whole thing. Okay, I don’t like the WHOLE thing, but he’s my weird looking fat bald uncle who does The Creep in slow motion. I’d like for him to stick around.

I hate being the guy who looks at how much time is left in Raw when the main event starts and figures out what’s gonna happen, but that’s me … when the Tensai stipulation was announced, I saw we had like eight minutes and an overrun left, so OBVIOUSLY Tensai’s getting Cena’d and Michael Cole’s having his match. Of course, I thought THAT would end with Big Show showing up and punching Cena in the mouth again and getting him pinned by Cole, but that was from a fantasy booking perspective, not the f**king Speak N’ Say they use to write the real show.

If this is goodbye to Tensai, so be it. They gave him an interesting character but moved him into the main-event scene too quickly for WWE fans to handle, and without the spectacle of Brock Lesnar or the in-the-blood destiny of Alberto Del Rio, he wasn’t able to survive. Here’s to hoping this isn’t the end of the track (pun) for A-Train, and that he gets repackaged as A-Train again and gets to go RAHHH and Tree Bomb dudes for a little while longer. If you need further fantasy booking, have him go to Mexico, dominate the Mexicans and come back as ALBERTO, all caps, wearing a poncho and a sombrero with Taco Bell fire sauce smeared across his forehead.

Best: Haha Was That Sakamoto Shove Closure On An Angle That Never Happened?

If I’ve learned one thing from WWE master/servant relationships, it’s that the servant eventually builds up too much sympathy for himself and breaks away. Virgil did it with the Million Dollar Man, Diesel did it with Shawn Michaels, Hiroko became the General Manager of HUSTLE and slapped Kenzo Suzuki in the face. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim.

So if Tensai is gone (last chance to make this joke: it takes five Raphaels to get Tensai) (not worth it), I hope him jogging out and shoving Sakamoto aside is our 5 Second Films version of the Lord abusing his servant, Sakamoto tossing salt in his eyes or whatever and John Cena Attitudinally Adjusting him into nothingness. We can skip the part where John Cena pretends to have a Japanese friend for two weeks.

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Worst: In Case You Needed Me To Tell You, This John Cena/Michael Cole Thing Is The Very Worst

yeah, no

I covered this earlier, but Michael Cole being bullied, stripped to his underwear, covered in barbecue sauce, kicked in the nuts and sprayed with a fire extinguisher felt less like a satisfying conclusion to a long babyface vs. heel storyline and more like that scene in The Last House On The Left. All exhaustive paragraphs about mixed messages aside, it was just a really terrible ending to a wrestling show, and counterproductive to last week’s amazing effort where all the characters had roles to play and reasons to be there. Where was Big Show? Why didn’t he run out and tie the “Cena cares more about jacking himself off than defending the helpless” story and knock Cena out? Where were guys like The Miz, who complain about not having a role on the show and have connections to Cole? There were no “nobody can interfere” stipulations. Where was ANYBODY doing ANYTHING other than emasculating an out-of-shape announcer?

It was just stupid. I watched the show with someone who hasn’t watched wrestling in a long time, and he just sorta sat through the segment smiling, a hand to his face, probably trying to think of a polite way to say YOU ARE A WEIRD CREEP BRANDON AND YOU’RE STUPID FOR STILL WATCHING THIS, I ABANDONED THIS TEN YEARS AGO AND GREW UP AND MADE A LIFE FOR MYSELF, YOU WATCH FAKE UNDERWEAR FIGHTING AND TAPE POKEMON PODCASTS, HOW DID YOU EVER LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY, GOODBYE FOREVER

And that seems harsh, sure, but he’s totally right. No matter how you felt about Cena beating up Cole, play the segment for someone who doesn’t watch wrestling and get their thoughts on it. If their thoughts are anything other than “why is that guy covered in barbecue sauce” or “does this end with them f**king”, ask someone else.

Best: Best And Worst Of WWE Raw Fan Signs

To balance out that terrible ending, I wanted to publicly post this photo of With Leather reader and my new best friend Lobster Mobster reading the column in the best possible way:

You are the best. New theory: WWE guys are always having misunderstandings because nobody can see the televisions clearly.

Best: Top 10 Comments Of The Week

Dagotron

Tensai smelled BBQ sauce and became re-energized.

Milkman

I’m literally the stupidest person in the world. I watch this every week. I’m a f**king embarrassment to everyone I know.

John G aka Shatner

“My favorite moment was when I showed off my sweet denim jacket” – Triple H

mike_a

“HA Cole all the 15 and 16 year old girls I follow on Twitter are saying that your like totally gonna get beaten up by Cena”- King

DiabolicDave

So…they are promoting someone’s performance review. This is the darkest timeline.

Tobogganing Bear

Daniel Bryan should really use this time to speak out about railroad safety.

BigBearGottaEat

To be fair that one guy got what he deserved for creating such a cruel arena for Katniss and Peeta.

Philip Rosenbaum, with the inspiration for this week’s column sub-title.

Ryback putting on a production of Rosencrantzberg and Guildenstansky are Dead.

mikeybot

How many Affliction shirts does King have?

LastTexansFan

AW HELL YEAH WOMAN SINGING IN LATIN THAT’S HOW YOU KNOW THIS IS LEGITIMATE.

See you guys next week.

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