The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 2/27/12: I Wrote This Column On My Wrist

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Best: Jericho Vs. Punk, For Real, Finally

Now this is more like it.

I’ll tell you that David Otunga’s matching sweater/thermos/socks combo is my favorite thing about wrestling lately, but my actual favorite thing is CM Punk’s steady descent back into normalcy. Daniel Bryan is my favorite wrestler, but Punk has long been my favorite wrestling personality, so him logically dissecting sour-faced Chris Jericho’s claims of bestness innovation and making him look like a silly piece of shit in the process was glorious.

I may have figured it out — Punk’s character only works for me when I feel like he’s in the right. When he tells Vince McMahon that he’s out of touch with his audience, I understand and agree. When he’s chastising Jeff The Slack-Jawed Yokel or yelling at Raven for pissing away his opportunities with drugs and alcohol, I’m like “yeah tell ’em Punk you ARE a monster!” When he’s telling John Laurinaitis to take his balls out of his purse or taunting Alberto Del Rio for being Mexican by saying “you’re mexican” over and over, not so much.

But I agree with him here. Jericho’s claims are of the “I’m Glacier and I invented the standing side kick! Nuh uh, I’m Perry Saturn and that’s MY move!” variety and he should be called on it. That can allow Jericho to make Doggy Ate My Owse-Cweam face, and pro wrestling matches can occur. Best in the World vs. Best in the World in a ring at Mania, with their Twitter beef long ago lost in the ether.

A tiny Worst goes to Punk for dissing the LED jacket, though. You wore basketball shorts in the ring for like seven years, Punk, you have never worn something that awesome.

Best: Hey Look, It’s My Four Favorite People On The Show!

Yes, my first thought was, “well here’s the ACTUAL best in the world, if we’re splitting hairs”.

I didn’t think we could get more people I love per capita than the Team Mr. Excitement segment from Elimination Chamber, but the Punk and Jericho staredown ended with Daniel Bryan’s still-bastardized entrance theme happening and Bryan YES YES YESsing to the ring with not only With Leather favorite A.J., but with both John Laurinaitis AND David Otunga.

Counting the guys in the ring, that’s six of my 10 favorite current WWE employees*. That’s the best way to start a show.

(*Cody Rhodes, Derrick Bateman, Alberto Del Rio/Ricardo Rodriguez in tandem and Camacho Michael McGillicutty lol I can’t even type that with a straight face Dolph Ziggler**)

(**I promise I don’t just like heels, I just like the people who don’t look like they’re trying so hard to make me like them. Alex Riley, I’m looking in your direction***)

(***I am not looking at Alex Riley)

Worst: Two Commercial Breaks And 10 Minutes At The Announce Table

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan can wrestle for however long they want on as many consecutive shows as they want. I don’t care if they have a Best 52 out of 104 series that ends tied and has to start again next year. What I don’t like is any possibility of an epic champion vs. champion series finale being nerfed like a f**king daycare center by two (TWO) commercial breaks and at least 50% of time elapsed spent seeing what everyone’s doing at the announce booth.

I want to find out what’s happening in the John Laurinaitis/Teddy Long storyline. I like exaggerated interofficeplay from guys who could be running @DadBoner on my wrestling show, and when they devote too much time to backstage I know it’s philosophically lessening the amount of time I can spend watching wrestlers wrestle, but I don’t want them to cut and paste that shit over the wrestling for real.

Let me put it another way: if I gave star ratings to matches, I’d have to give this one **3/4, and do you understand how f**king pissed that makes me

Best: AJ In Jeans, Because Seriously

So what if she got them from the Band Of Outsiders boys department, she looks great in them. The best part of being action-figured-sized must be how easy it is to look in clothes. The worst part must be getting caught in a mousetrap.

I don’t have anything to say, she looks great in jeans.

Worst: Jericho Needs To Make A Concerted Effort To Look Less Like Test

And because this is turning into a fashion blog so gradually you aren’t even noticing, here’s where I point out that the only thing keeping me from feeling weird about Chris Jericho’s rippling old-man stomach is how closes he’s getting to looking exactly like pre-Crisis Test. A quick checklist on how to look like test:

1. Wear leather pants ✔

2. Be extremely tan in an unrealistic way ✔

3. Have tons of muscles, but not really look like you’re in good shape ✔

4. spend a lot of time standing on the Raw stage, scowling and breathing out heavily ✔

5. Have long blonde hair

The only thing keeping him from being pre-Crisis Test is that he’s got post-Crisis Test’s haircut. And like a foot of height, but I digress. He should start adding a pump-handle to everything he does.

Best: Josh Mathews Makes An Ass Out Of You And Me

I love how tightly booked the opening half hour was. We started with Jericho and Punk feud, transitioned into simultaneous Punk/Bryan, Laurinaitis/Long and Otunga/Santino feuds, transitioned from THERE into Laurinaitis/Punk, then smoothly back into Punk and Jericho for the finish. That’s beautifully put together, and even if certain feuds encroached onto ones I’d like to see more, it was still a great example of how wrestling shows can happen.

The next hour is … not that.

It is, however, extremely hilarious to see Cole and Lawler send it back for a medical update only to have Josh Mathews standing in a hallway talking about how Punk is madder than he is injured. Do we have any sort of verification on that? Did he just make it up, because it sounded right? Are we left to assume that they had one of those “CM PUNK, I JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT WENT DOWN EARLIER TONIGHT WITH CHRIS JERICHO” things where Punk yelled “I’M NOT HURT, I’M MAD” and then rolled away on the operating table while Josh stood there trying to lower his head down inbetween his shoulderblades, remaining silent?

I wanted Josh to be all, “It looks like CM Punk is madder than he is hurt. Just kidding, his back is broken. Back to you, Michael”.

Best: The Right Way To Do Recap Videos

One of the best ways to know the emotional story a wrestler is trying to tell in the ring is to have the people commentating it steer you in the same direction. That’s why wrestling announcers are so important, and why Michael Cole’s infuriating insult-train and independent wrestling’s penchant for guys who scream and make Fun Jokez are so equally awful: if Jim Ross says Mick Foley is dead and he sounds like he means it enough, I’m gonna go “oh god, is he dead?”

That’s what I liked about last night’s revisiting of the Triple H vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania XXVII. I’m not a huge fan of the match itself — I’ve never been a fan of Triple H’s interpretation of a Big Match Story being “we hit each other with stuff and lie around, and then at the end we make so many faces” — but showing the major moments and having popular wrestlers tell the story again made it seem like the most important thing that has ever happened, and that’s great.

Exposition works really well when you’re looking back on things … VH1 got like five years or programming out of Donal Logue or whoever saying “Glow Worm is a worm that lights up when you hug it”. Exposition while something is happening is the WORST, but if Edge says “Undertaker was starting to show weakness and humanity and Triple H knew he had to kill him to finish him off”, that’s an important thing for us to know, and a great way to tell us without spittle-screaming it like Stimpy for 20 minutes on Raw.

Worst: Pretty Soon The Divas Matches Are Just Gonna Be Amoeba Slides

Things I observed during the Divas match

1. Someone needs to tell Kelly Kelly that a bridge isn’t “impressive” if you fall all the way back and then bridge. You have to bridge back. Post-move bridges are for the birds, you might as well be doing the Super Delfin taunt at the end.

2. The match should’ve ended in silence and we should’ve watched Kelly pose for a minute and head to the back, and then like 70 seconds later Cole should’ve screamed WAIT A MINUTE, TWIN MAGIC! to no one in particular, then just sorta looked around like he had no idea where he was.

3. I observed no other things during this Divas match.

Best/Worst: Cena Getting Main Eventer Clean Wins/Miz Being Completely Irrelevant

The Best: John Cena is going into a match with The Rock at Wrestlemania that is being called the “biggest match in wrestling history”. The only thing he’s done since, like, June of last year has been beating R-Truth on a pay-per-view with the help of a child, literally losing the title to CM Punk, beating Alberto Del Rio for the championship in apathetic fashion on what seemed like six straight pay-per-views and having an ambulance three-way with Kane and a guy in a wheelchair.

If we’re to buy that Cena is the Best and Most Important guy of this generation, he’s got to have matches like this where he just shows up and smokes a guy. It’s unfortunate that Miz has to be a victim of that, but at this point Miz shouldn’t have any chance against him — if Miz couldn’t win HANDICAP matches against Cena, he shouldn’t be able to stop John’s basic chain of monster dog-jumping offense one-on-one. He shouldn’t muster more than an “WAIT, WAIT… ah shit /taps out” when he’s in the STF. Cena should be the f**king Terminator heading into Mania, and Rock should be the legendary champion who nobody expects to lose. Hogan, Andre.

The Worst: The “HEY MIZ, REMEMBER WHEN YOU MATTERED?” sign was less of an ice burn and more of a teeth-gritting “eesh, you’re right”. Miz lost Alex Riley like Samson lost his f**king hair. At this point all he can do is go back to bed with not much hair left on his head. Eat a slice of wonderbread and go right back to bed.

Worst: Jerry Lawler Is Masturbating Under The Table Right Now

We get it, Jerry, you like The Rock. You don’t have to sound like you’re blushing and shuffling your feet every time he’s mentioned. Lawler’s nervous, “heh, wow, there’s only one The Rock. The ROCK! Later tonight! Oh I can’t wait!” made him sound like Butters from South Park.

I would not be surprised to open Lawler’s cartoon portfolio and find a bunch of intense pencil sketches of him nude, riding the assy-CGI Rock Scorpion from the end of The Mummy 2.

Best: This Triple Threat Match Is Daisy-f**king Fresh

I’m giving it a best, but I guess it doesn’t say a lot for the current state of wrestling when the words “triple threat match for the WWE Tag Team Championships” seems like the coolest and freshest thing to happen on Raw in months.

We’ve eased into this comfort zone of squash matches, one-on-one matches ending in interference from whomever one of the guys is wrestling at the pay-per-view and brawl-ending impromptu tag matches that a simple stip that was used to death 10 years ago and only exists now as a fun thing to do in the video games seems revolutionary. I want them to do more of this. I want Primo and Epico to earn their tag titles run in reverse, make us care at least a little about what’s happening with them by letting us see them do things (anything) on the reg.

I’ve got to say it was a little weird how segregated the teams were (Puerto Ricans versus black guys versus white guys), but that’s not as much of a complaint as an observation. I don’t care if they go back to the MILITANT BLACK ARMY VERSUS WHITE BIKERS VERSUS HISPANIC DRUG GUYS (?) IN WHITE PANTS faction warz thing from the Attitude Era if it leads to actual matches between actual guys.

Best: The Rosa Mendes Ring Entrance Is PG-Melina

The Best And Worst Of WWE No Way Out 2007 retro report features maybe half a page about how much I miss Melina Perez’s pre-PG, pre-pants vag-out splits entrance. Rosa Mendes standing on the ropes and corkscrewing her ass to the ground is no splits, but in a PG world, I’ll take it.

I’m not a big fan of wrestlers having video game style entrances that are exactly the same no matter what’s happening (for example, I don’t need to see Beth Phoenix pose at the top of the ramp, then sit backwards on the top rope and tumble backwards as if that requires any athletic ability whatsoever ((all it requires is your legs being the proper length))), but if we’re gonna be all “Divas” about the Divas, I will appreciate a good Divas ring thing. Melina is the obvious all-time champ, but Ariel from WWECW’s “hanging bat” is a close second.

Worst: Kane As Scott Steiner

Kane didn’t “bury” anybody (thank Christ he at least waited until someone got the pinfall before he wandered out and chokeslammed people), but unless he’s decided to Embrace The Hate for Carlito’s relatives, I don’t see a good reason for him to interrupt the post-tag stuff. It felt a little too much like an exclamation point on how little the audience is expected to care about the division. Yeah, I’m stretching on that one, but Kane is more or less the f**king Grim Reaper for wrestling situations and I don’t want to see the first triple threat tag match in ages dragged to Hell.

Of course, if it turns out Kane’s going back into that holding pattern where his main event push is over and he’s winning the tag belts with whoever constitutes 2012’s The Hurricane (Santino, maybe?), then whatever, I’m happy he’s not ghost riding the whip on a stunt ambulance anymore.

Worst: Did Otunga and Laurinaitis Just Throw Shade At The Artist?

Otunga: “Yes, I watched that boring show. I mean, the only good thing was Octavia Spencer winning.”

Laurinaitis: “I got a question: How does a guy not say one word in a movie and win best actor?”

Otunga: “Ohhhh, The Artist? Tell me about it.”

Laurinaitis: “I don’t get it.”

Somewhere, Marlee Matlin is gesturing angrily at her television. (Yes, I am assuming that Marlee Matlin watches Raw) (she probably enjoys it more than the rest of us)

Every segment on Raw should’ve started backstage with furrowed-brow Laurinaitis and condescending head-shake Otunga trying to talk about what happened at the Academy Awards and getting interrupted.

Laurinaitis: “And what was the deal with The Tree Of Life?”

Otunga: “A dinosaur … stepping on another dinosaur’s head?” /shakes head, sips coffee


(In addition to pretending Marlee Matlin watches Raw, I like to think that Teddy Long is deeply understanding of the films of Terrence Malick and that’s why he interrupted that conversation I just made up. “The movie has not only admirers but partisans—it can only be truly loved by attacking those too blind to see the truth. Now holla!”



Also: Is Alicia Fox Standing On A Stepladder Or Something


Worst: Eve Is Not Good Enough At This To Justify Eve

Critically-acclaimed wordsmith Kelly Kelly on the unbearable lightness of being Eve Torres, via Twitter:

I’ve seen what u guys have been saying about @EveMarieTorres And you know what I agree she is a sipping on that skankjuice. I mean who hooks up with her guy’s best friend and uses everyone of the people she works..well Ive seen the real her and she’s no friend of mine.

Just when you think you know someone…YOU DON’T.

On Raw, Eve Torres walked to the ring in a more revealing than usual dress, completely with new “whore” mannerisms or whatever, and delivered a promo about how she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world. She ran into former Best Friend Forever Kelly and laughed at her concerns, filling out the heel turn so many people said justified last week’s still jarring slut-shaming thing. The video package with all the name-calling accentuated with gunshot sound effects or whatever doesn’t help.

Anyway, both the Eve promo from last night and Kelly’s tweets are examples of how WWE gave Eve a heel reaction, then worked to justify it. Cena says Eve used people and lied to them. Kelly says Eve hooked up with her guy’s best friend. The truth of the matter is that Zack Ryder was never “her guy” and the closest she came to “hooking up” with Cena was kissing him in a heated moment, unless we’re to understand that Cena banged her on top of the ambulance or something after the show. Cena’s claims are just as bad, because the only thing Eve ever did heelish happened in the first minute of that show, where she TELLS the Bella Twins that she used Zack (for what is still not explained) and wanted to use Cena, and Cena overheard it. That’s it. But from the mouths of babe-faces comes this story about how Eve’s always been a gold-digging bitch, and now Eve gets to act that out so they’re right.

It’s fine, and if Eve had Lita’s shoot gusto about it maybe it’d work, but … well, I guess it works, the crowd really loves writing hoeski on signs and yelling at her, so


Best: Cody Rhodes Presents

Anyway, back to people who are great at their jobs.

The freshness of Nataly’s farts have seemingly started to subside, so I’m watching enough of Smackdown to see two-defenses-in-200-days Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes’ ongoing series of embarrassing Big Show Wrestlemania moments, and lord, there is no better way to casually reference your company’s history than this.

Cody should keep the entire WWE tape library on file and taunt every single person he wrestles with footage like this. It doesn’t have to be Wrestlemania moments … every WWE Superstar (Cody included) has lived through a mass of humiliating bullsh*t. So if he’s facing, say, Goldust, he can show footage of him being stripped to women’s underpants by Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania, being pulled around in a ball gag by Luna Vachon or getting curse-Tourette’s from an electric shock. If he’s wrestling Wade Barrett he can show a bunch of NXT challenges and that time Wade pretending like John Cena seriously injured him when all he did was drop a bunch of chairs onto a wooden pallet Wade was under. Even guys like Heath Slater and JTG have footage of them losing in moments to a fat dancing dinosaur who is never appearing again.

Additionally, how great is it that Big Show’s assumed answer to Cody’s Wrestlemania humiliation videos is to team up with Shaq in a tag team match? You deserve to be treated like this, Big Show.

Best: Sheamus, The Concerned Tag Team Partner

The most adorable moment of Raw goes to Sheamus, who stood quietly while the Big Show stared down Cody Rhodes, but started tapping him on the arm like a little kid and going HEY, HEY LOOK, HEY LOOK MARK HENRY’S GETTIN’ UP FELLA YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHIN’ when Mark Henry started getting up. Eventually he realized Show wasn’t going to listen to him, so he calmly tagged himself in and eliminated the threat.

Worst: R.I.P., Good Mark Henry

The only real downside is that the “threat” he eliminated was Mark Henry, the guy who three months ago was the Baddest Motherf**king On The Planet, a 450+ pound freight train who snapped the legs of the toughest guys around and just lifted and dropped you to death if you looked at him wrong. This is Mark Henry, the most dominant champ in years, the guy who flattened Randy Orton and pinned him clean. The Hall Of Pain. HIS BLOOD DON’T PUMP KOOL-AID.

Well, last night Sheamus busted him open and I swear to Christ I saw Purplesaurus Rex dripping down his face. Mark Henry looked like an asshole trying to get in the ring, was immediately knocked down, and as soon as he managed to get up he was helplessly kicked to f**k and pinned. How did this happen? He lost last week in a few minutes, and last night he looked like someone had Space Jammed him and stolen his wrestling ability. I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.

Worst: Wait A Minute, Where Are Triple H And The Undertaker?

Last week I declared that any and all Triple H and Undertaker tough guy back-and-forth would be replaced by kitten pictures and Hayley Williams from Paramore gifs. This week, neither Triple H nor the Undertaker make an appearance. I don’t know if it’s because they’d feel overshadowed by The Rock, or if WWE sincerely reads my columns and responds to my criticisms by making me as unhappy as possible.

Next week I expect one of two things:

1. The show to begin with at least 50 minutes of Triple H and Undertaker saying “this business”.

2. Me starting a Hayley Williams Tumblr.

21 minutes. Does that tell you anything?

Worst: The Rock Should Take A Little Longer To Say F**king Nothing

Talking to people on the Internet about The Rock is the most difficult aspect of my job.

I’m starting to get a reputation as a Rock “hater”, which isn’t really fair. I’ve typed a lot about how Nation of Domination “hey honey” Rock and guitar-playing Hollywood prick Rock are two of my favorite wrestling characters ever, so (like Jericho or CM Punk) I know how great he is and can be at this, so I hold him to a higher (possibly unfair) standard. If Santino vomits on television, I just kinda type “stupid” in my brain and move on. With The Rock, his badness or pandering really grates on me, and it feels way more like disappointment than anger.

He makes me feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy. I can see him begging for chants, milking reactions and basically saying nothing but f**king babytalk and the people go CRAZY for it, and me saying “things aren’t right” to the Internet isn’t met with a response much deeper than “you talk like a fag, and your shit’s all retarded”.

A few facts about The Rock last night:

1. There is no way to justify a guy writing promo notes on his arm. I’m holding out hope that (as everything we see on TV is a “work”), Rock having to outline his promo and bring cue cards because he’s out of touch and can’t just naturally “bring it” anymore is part of the story, and they’re gonna add some vulnerability to the Rock so the match with Cena has some gravity besides “who will win, the guy we don’t like or the guy who’ll never wrestle again”. If that’s not the case (and you have to give them a lot of credit if it is), it’s sad.

2. It does not take skill or charisma to get people to chant things when you say “okay we’re gonna chant this on three”. ANYBODY could say ANYTHING to a WWE crowd in a chanty voice and at least some of them would chant it. Josh Mathews could come to the ring and say “a-bor-tion! a-bor-tion!” into the microphone in a sing-songy voice and people would chant abortion. If he promised them a t-shirt for the loudest fan to chant “abortion” they’d lose their f**king minds for it.

3. Seriously, he’s talking in baby talk. “Kung Pow Bitch” is completely meaningless. The only way that would’ve worked is if John was 1) Asian, and Rock was being “funny racist”, 2) had a previously established love of chicken or chinese food, or 3) Rock was calling him a “chicken”, which would be stupid because he called him all the parts of Kung Pao Chicken except the chicken. He wasn’t doing any of those things, though. He was doing the same thing he did with Yabba Dabba Bitch — saying words that sound funny outloud to a barn full of f**king troglodytes who want nothing more than to repeat what the nice man said and laugh. It’s what Dreamworks does when they make movies. Kung Pow Bitch is the wrestling equivalent of when a Dreamworks character lowers his sunglasses and says “whoa” in a funny voice. The kids in the crowd go NYAH HEE HEE NYAH HEE HEE WHOA, WHOA because they’re babies and like funny noises and don’t understand jokes.

Furthermore, it’s pretty obvious that Rock doesn’t know his history. As I’ve mentioned before, one of Rock’s talking points is that John Cena is a phony for being the Doctor of Thugganomics but not being from the streets. As bad as that is for a variety of reasons, Cena has NEVER claimed to be from the streets, and most of his terrible rap album is about how he’s from West Newbury and doesn’t need to be hood to out-rap and/or out-wrestle you. I’m guessing the first John Cena match the Rock has ever watched in full is the one from Survivor Series where he had to stand on the apron.

What I’m getting at is that Rock is a f**king hack right now, and everybody in the world, especially the people glorifying ever appearance with these grand declarations of how much better he is than everyone, knows that he’s mailing it in and about an inch from being eviscerated by anyone with the guts to call his bluff. I’m guessing this is why we’ve got Rock/Cena instead of Rock/Punk.

But Rock/Cena isn’t that bad.

Best: John Cena’s Epic Takedown

I was going to start rooting for the Rock after last week’s Cenariffic condemnation of Eve’s whorish bitch-vagina, but Holy Mary Mother’a God did Cena do in like a minute forty what I thought no man was gonna do again — rip the Rock a new asshole and leave him to stew in his own juices.

Cena came to the ring and more or less said, “yeah, you’re funny or whatever, but I’m going to murder you at Mania, deal with it” and bailed. That is GREAT. That’s exactly what the Rock needs to hear. He doesn’t need a rap about how the Tooth Fairy was awful, he knows it was awful, he’s an actor and acting’s his job and he’d like to get paid money to do it. He doesn’t need to hear that he’s “never around” or whatever, because he doesn’t care, he’s not around by choice. It’s good for him that he’s not around.

What he needs to hear is “this is all bullshit, your act is tired and you don’t know how to do this anymore and you’re gonna get hurt”. When Cena first trotted out and did his WHOA WHOAAAA funny voice guy thing I thought it was going to be more of the same, but it wasn’t … it was a succinct, accurate takedown of the Rock that pointed out his lame Spark Notes, accepted his childish insults with sarcasm and told him to go f**k himself.

It was grand, even if it wasn’t the best part.

Best In Show: The Rock Gets Shook

The best part was The Rock completely losing his functional brain circa the pointing out of his Mindy Simmons script. Listen to the crowd when Cena says he doesn’t need his promo notes on his wrist. That’s not a normal WWE crowd reaction. Gone were the goosebumps, gone was the casual fun and the water sipping and the TRENDING worldwide derp-de-derp. It was replaced by a dude with nothing to say trying his hardest to stall for time until he could come up with something.

Here’s a quick transcript.




(around here is where the hamster is officially dead and crammed up in its own wheel)


They might as well have cut to a still photo of Cena with “U MAD” written across the bottom.

Advice: Don’t Be So Quick To Assume Everything Is A ‘Shoot’

Yeah, don’t do this. The Rock and John Cena are characters on the wrestling show, and if something happens on the wrestling show, it’s part of the wrestling show. End of story. “Shoots” don’t exist unless they’re 5 years later on an RF Video. It wouldn’t be surprising to assume Cena noticed people seeing Rock’s promo notes on Twitter before he came out and worked it into the story, just as it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that Rock’s promo notes were there on purpose so that whole thing could happen. CM Punk didn’t “shoot” on anybody, he just got the okay to say “Ring Of Honor” on television to get us excited.

That’s how it works. It was an exciting thing that happened, not a “shoot”. It can be exciting and still be a part of the fake show.

Best: Derrick Bateman’s Notes For The Next Episode Of NXT

Via @DerrickWWE, now trending worldwide:

Make this man a star.

It’s okay, Kelly, just relax.

Best: Best And Worst Of Wrestlemania Update

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been looking for someone to fill in for me on a Best and Worst of Wrestlemania report while I’m in Miami for the weekend. I haven’t gotten a chance to respond to the overwhelming number of inquiries I received (and if you sent me one, please know that I’m just terrible at Internet and I love and appreciate you for wanting to do it), and I’ve decided the person who’ll take on the Mania report is …

Well, me.

I’m going to take a laptop down to Miami with me and write up a Best and Worst of the entire weekend, including Mania. I’ll be on a plane all day Monday, so that means you’ll probably not be able to read it until Tuesday, but I’m gonna write it up. It’s my column and the biggest show of the year, what kind of asshole would I be if it didn’t?

HOWEVER~, out of the inquiries submitted I have chosen someone to fill in for me on the first post-Mania Raw of the year, and I’m happy to announce that that man is none-other than comedian, future owner of the New Orleans Hornets, Air Sex Championships host/entrepreneur and Anarchy Championship Wrestling personality Mr. Chris Trew. It should be great, and should contain more references to NOLA and High Roller Hayze than any report to date.

Best: Pick My Next Retro Report

Here’s a list of Wrestlesmania of interest that I’d like to write about, chosen from my DVD collection. Take a second and pick the one you’d like to see most get the Best And Worst Of treatment.

(yes, Wrestlemania XX’s report would be pretty weird)

Worst: Let’s Just Pretend There Was A Triple H Segment After Rock/Cena

Best: Top 10 Comments Of The Week, Special SHIT WE SAID ABOUT THE ROCK Edition

The #1 Best in Show comment of the week goes to Jamielorance, because I’m a nerd:

Rock’s ATB was not full before John Cena cast Flee.

Walter Sobchak:

The Rock really Britta’d that whole segment

Oops Pow Surprise:

Wait, the Rock is the exact same man in and out of the ring? He’s like this off camera? He must be f**king intolerable.

Raw Is Leary:

once upon a time, mae young gave birth to a hand, and it was the worst thing that ever happened to pro wrestling.

until trending topics came along.


have to imagine this is what it is like to be on the receiving end of a “Hot Carl”.


The Rock: Floppity Floo! I AM A TRAFFIC CONE!!!

*Crowd goes crazy*


“John Cena, you are a magic castle asshole!”

BookSavvy, who knows how to get to me:



Noam Chomsky is the only Doctor of Thuganomics


it just says “Cena = gay” over and over again on Rock’s Wrist

That’s it for this week. Oh, wait, sorry, we’ve got 20 more minutes.

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