On The Shield: Big night for The Shield as they left St. Louis with Championship Gold and not on fluke victories. WWE obviously has confidence in the three, young men whose best days lie ahead of them if they continue to evolve. Evolution takes effort and hard work and being ready for additional responsibilities. I’ve seen some young talents get a taste of success and then fold like a cheap lawn chair. I don’t see that happening to Ambrose, Rollins or Reigns. Nonetheless we will now see how hungry The Shield remain and if they are willing to continue to learn the ropes, prove themselves daily and become locker room leaders that WWE is constantly looking to discover. I know that there are many people involved with WWE Talent Development and at NXT that are keenly interested in their journey. I’m curious to see how or if TheShield can add additional luster to the United States title and the Tag Titles in the coming days. I’d rather see no titles than cold one’s.
On WWE Using Replay: Anxious to see the fallout of WWE utilizing the instant replay ala the NBA officials in restarting the Swagger-Del Rio bout. I’ve got mixed feelings about it but lean toward NOT using instant replay. I like the referee’s decision will be final concept but I’m old school, perhaps too much.
On The Lesnar vs. Triple H Cage Match: Extremely Impressed with the Steel Cage match, it’s overall physicality and the easy to follow story that was told in the ring. Very compelling match and one that an announcer, a fan or anyone else can easily emotionally invest. Lesnar becoming vulnerable with his knee issues was memorable. I felt that HHH was an even bigger star upon leaving the cage at the end of the night than he was entering it. Any one who watched Extreme Rules cannot intelligently dispute that the PPV wasn’t physical and loaded with effort. Talents did their best and that’s all we can ever ask. As usual, I have been hammered on Twitter by some experts who would attempt to reinvent my Mom’shomemade apple pie if they tasted it. For a broadcaster, eliminating so many normal, near falls from so many matches poses some unique challenges and that was the norm at Extreme Rules which I am happy only comes once a year for many reasons (injuries) including the absence of near fall scenarios. Busy week for me with stops in Washington, DC, Orlando and Salt Lake City. Lots of new irons in the fire with exciting times on the horizon.
On The PPV Pre & Post Game Shows: Love the concept of the pre and post game shows for the WWE PPV’s as they make the event feel bigger and more important. The efforts being put forth in developing the WWE App fits perfectly with these two shows that debuted at WM29. It’s a good role for a talent to have and I felt like Renee Young did well in the host role in a concept that will certainly evolve and, I feel, can become a viable part of the PPV process. Having a Hall of Famer with no agenda such as Mick Foley is also a plus as those types of individuals aren’t trying to get themselves spotlighted which active talents have a hard time not doing.
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