Who would have thought that having your own ring announcer would catch on?
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Ever since WWE’s drastic draft lottery took place, the landscapes of both Raw and SmackDown have generated some similarities. Be it corresponding main event situations, gimmicks, or the like, it appears that Raw’s and SmackDown’s creative teams have either collaborated or stolen each other’s ideas. So let’s discuss the parallels.
The Mexican Civil War?
Have you noticed the rise of Mexican wrestlers in WWE as of late? As if WWE has finally realized the untapped resource of Mexican luchadores; or rather, the mourning period for Eddie Guerrero has finally passed. Chavo Guerrero’s current angle with Sin Cara (Mistico), which will result in a feud, is kindred to what’s taking place on Raw, Alberto Del Rio (Dos Caras, Jr.) is currently in the process of restarting a feud with Rey Mysterio.
Chavo Guerrero took it upon himself last week to announce Sin Cara at the start of his entrance. (Certainly a play on Ricardo Rodríguez’s job to Del Rio.) Chavo did this because he is under good authority (himself) that Sin Cara has been following in his footsteps, and has begun to refer himself as Cara’s mentor. And to show how committed he is to his student, Chavo guaranteed Cara the victory by stalling Daniel Bryan from delivering a high impact move. After witnessing Chavo’s misdeed on the titantron, Sin Cara was visibly upset.
How so? He wears a mask? ~ By striking his arms in very dramatic poses that conveyed anger. WWE has turned Mistico into a mime.
The broadcast team were perplexed when Cara became angry because a win’s a win in the WWE. Apparently that’s not how they do things in Mexico. Sin Cara believes in wrestling, and wrestles with honor.
Rey Mysterio has always had a similar philosophy in the wrestling ring, but has become so accustomed to WWE’s style of wrestling, he doesn’t mind picking up a victory any which way he can. But through it all, Rey Mysterio has always shown his Mexican pride in WWE by donning the mask because he considers himself a proud luchador; however, Alberto Del Rio doesn’t even consider Rey a real Mexican. He’s right, Rey was born in California, not Mexico.
With these Mexican heritage based storylines taking place on both Raw and SmackDown, will the WWE audience decide to expand their horizons and watch AAA and CMLL Mexican wrestling?
Kharma is a B—h!
Ever since making her debut at “Extreme Rules,” Kharma has been traveling to both Raw and SmackDown to deliver her painful message to the Divas. Now if only the same could be said of the Divas Champion, who has yet to travel to SmackDown for any title defenses.
Kharma’s constant appearances is definitely WWE’s way of exposing their newest acquisition, but could it also be a sign that creating two separate Divas storylines seems tedious at this point?
Whether it’s Ezekiel Jackson assuming a leadership role, or Mason Ryan’s testosterone levels running at an all time high, The Corre and The New Nexus have both had some internal strife.
Even Wade Barrett played with the thought of a singles career outside The Corre, but when the solution became apparent, the plans were nixed. Why tear away from a faction with so much potential when the solution was so simple–get rid of Ezekiel Jackson.
With The Corre originally a group of equals, the leadership role has once again been bestowed upon Wade Barrett. He will attempt to do as CM Punk did and lead by example when he defends the Intercontinental Title against Ezekiel at “Over the Limit.”
CM Punk defeated Kofi Kingston in a non-title bout to prove a point to his followers. Mason Ryan’s recent actions were most likely attributed to CM Punk’s string of loses to Randy Orton. By defeating Kofi, Punk has once again assumed control of The New Nexus, and has proclaimed that they will be the strongest. At “Over the Limit,” CM Punk has placed his faith in Mason Ryan as the two challenge for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
The remedy for these two waning factions came down to one vital trait: Having a strong leader. At “Over the Limit” Punk’s and Barrett’s leadership will be tested, and will be the deciding factor over the longevity of the groups.
World Champions moving on…
Christian said that if he was at 100% he could defeat Orton, which is why Orton came to Christian’s aid during a two-on-one assault. Orton wants Christian at 100% so that when it comes to defending the World Heavyweight Championship, there won’t be a doubt on who’s the better man.
The Miz has the daunting task of forcing John Cena to utter the words “I Quit.” He talks a big game, describing a number of ways to inflict punishment. Some of which he doesn’t plan on using because he doesn’t want Cena to have counter plans. But two steel pipe shots to the back was not enough for Cena to flinch during the closing segment on Raw. The Miz will have to tap into his inner Darkside if he expects to defeat Superman and recapture the WWE Championship.
Though there are a lot of differences to the build, the general theme is the same: The World Champions’ goals are to prove why they are the better men, and to cut ties from their challengers.
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