Welcome back to The Wrestling Times! Out of every story, the audience expects a great payoff because why else invest the time? Raw presented several payoffs. Some better than others, and one just downright horrifying. Let’s discuss Raw’s payoffs.
What was the deal with Kharma, did she have a nervous breakdown? Here’s this sadistic character that WWE had been building for months, and in a matter of seconds abort the angle right in front of our eyes. When she fell to her knees and started whimpering, it could have been her trying to lure the Divas into a false sense of security, but the payoff never came. She just knelt there, surrounded by Divas, crying until the camera faded to commercial.
WWE completely destroyed Kharma’s entire gimmick. Who’s going to fear the destructive force known as Kharma, when all the Divas have already seen her humbled without having to do a damn thing? What do her fans have to look forward to when she returns? Because word has it that she will be sidelined for up to nine months. WWE needs to do some serious work to keep her relevant during her impending absence.
Could, and will, Kharma come back as an entrant at the “Royal Rumble?” Always a possibility.
After what happened at “Over the Limit,” The Miz had every right to humiliate and fire Alex Riley. Just look at the track record: He wasn’t present at “Extreme Rules” when Miz lost the title in a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match, he cost Miz the WWE Championship the night after “Extreme Rules,” and again at “Over the Limit.”
The Miz was justified in firing him. But so was Riley in beating the holy hell out of him. Where was this intensity during the “I Quit” Match? Miz and Riley’s brawl looked and felt real. Emotions were vividly expressed, and the crowd really got behind Riley. The crowd reaction was really the most impressive part out of this exchange because it means that Miz is so over as a heel, he has the capacity to turn someone as unlikely as Riley into a bona fide babyface.
Enough has been done for Alex Riley to now have some moderate success on SmackDown, but a match between these two could really do wonders.
After suffering a humiliating, and positively stupid, de-feet (snark), Michael Cole was humbled. Who would have thought that Michael Cole’s ego would finally deflate? The power trip (not the two-man kind) that felt would last forever, from calling himself “The Voice of the WWE,” to mocking Jerry Lawler for not having a mom, finally came to an end. But the payoff wasn’t that fulfilling, maybe because it dragged on for too long, or the fact that there are still some loose ends.
For one, Michael Cole buried Jack Swagger on last week’s Raw, stating that no one even remembers that he was World Champion. But Jack Swagger never received retribution. A great opportunity to turn Swagger babyface or into a more serious heel was wasted.
As for Cole’s apology, how about retracting on being called “The Voice of the WWE?” He could have gone as far as to call the WWE Universe “WWE’s Voice.” And maybe specifically apologize for making fun of Lawler’s dead mom?
Lawler should have banished Cole to SmackDown. Because there should not be three-man broadcast teams, especially when the two play-by-play guys that appear on both shows don’t actually call the action. The only person to understand the art of calling professional wrestling matches is C.M. Punk. For however long it took for The New Nexus to be crowned the new WWE Tag Team Champions, Punk brought some real integrity to those headsets.
By the way, loved the “Macho Man” inspired wrestling gear that Punk sported in the main-event. Check out a photo here.
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