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There many different locations in the WWE universe that have garnered much respect. We have the sacred ground of Madison Square Garden, the Allstate arena in Chicago and the Boston Garden. But out of all locations WWE has been, there’s nothing more fun than when WWE goes to “Bizarro World” in Toronto Air Canada Center.. And it’s only fitting that the bizarre one Goldust returns this past Monday from Toronto to avenge his brother attempting to get Cody’s job back against the WWE champion, Randy Orton.

The night begins with the returning WWE Hall of Famer Edge coming home to Toronto and the company. The Rated R Superstar comes back to a racous reaction. He says that he loves being back but it wasn’t of his own accord. Edge says he was mandated by Triple H to have a reunion with his old partner not Christian but is Team Rated RKO teammate Randy Orton. He then goes on to say that Randy sucks calling him boring, he doesn’t care how he got the title bringing up he was the blueprint of the Money in the Bank . But he does think Randy is hiding behind the Shield and instead of something that Hunter thinks is best for business. The ultimate opportunist asked the audience who they want to see and they give him a hint and he introduces Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan comes out and Edge says how much he admires his will to fight bringing up their similar paths. Edge says the fans love him and Edge respects him and regardless of what the COO wants. The Hall of Famer says he doesn’t know if he can win the title this Sunday but he knows he’s going to keep fighting. Bryan says yes he will win the title, and he will become the new face of the WWE.

Randy Orton comes out and says it’s a shame that Edge has become such a sad shell of former self and having to come to a town like Toronto to feel like he is somebody again. Edge responds with a great line with the Orton bloodline saying that his father had that injured arm for years and he has no spine being a puppet of Triple H. Eventually the COO comes out to answer the comments of the 13 Time World Champion. Hunter says that if he has something to say say to his face. Edge comes back and says that he knows Triple H can’t see talent despite the nose on his face bringing up John Cena, Chris Jericho can himself. The leader of the WWE boardroom comments that he made a few mistakes and maybe Daniel Bryan will prove him wrong. Then the COO announces the main event as Dean Ambrose will battle Daniel Bryan in the main event with The Shield in one corner and the Big Show in the other. Triple H comments to Edge it is easy to say something when you can’t do anything physical. The Shield brings out a beaten up Christian on the stage, Edge coming to his friend on the ramp screaming for help.

(I love the fact they used Tony Chimmel for the introduction. He always sounded like he was getting goosed by somebody. Everybody was great in that segment. I’m not sure what that says about Christian and his future. I imagine something will happen this week on Smackdown as Edge is scheduled to appear on the show and given the backstage segment next with Hunter I think it’s not going to be reeking of awesomeness thanks to the corporate machine.)

Action begins with Kofi Kingston winning a match by DQ after Curtis Axel goes a little crazy not breaking by the five count. Heyman, who looks a little haggard, freaks out about his prot g losing thinking of the ramifications for Sunday. As Axel looks to go back after Kingston, the tables get turned and Kofi hits the Trouble in Paradise knocking out Curtis to the dismay of Paul Heyman.

After the match, we find Paul Heyman has slipped backstage he goes to the trainers room. WWE staff try to look at Heyman’s leg but Paul says he has his own doctor to examine him.

We see a recap of the Big Show closing last week’s show. Booker T was backstage trying to convince big show do the right thing for business and his kids and don’t go crazy during the main event. Telling him to be professional.

(I’ve got a question, what the hell does Booker T do now and why the hell is he backstage? He isn’t the GM, he is not a commentator anymore or an agent. What is he doing there? They haven’t explained it This is two weeks in a row this has happened is he somehow the corporate liaison or something?)

They play the first Goldust memory video package of the night. Great work by the WWE production staff on those.

Things definitely take a turn for the bizarre as Bray Wyatt defeats Dolph Ziggler with the Sister Abigail. While I can understand elevating the level of competition, what does this say about the future of Dolph? From what I can remember he is supposed to have US title match with Dean Ambrose this Sunday right? Anyone who thought that the Show Off would get back up to the top the card might want to rethink that.

After another Goldust video package, we see Paul Heyman now on crutches hobbled down to the ring with Curtis Axel in tow alongside another gentleman. Heyman gets into the ring and says he didn’t trust socialized medicine so he always has a personal physician with him. He reveals the unknown man to be Dr. Kirshenbaum and says that he has torn ligaments in his knee and will have to pull out of the match this Sunday at Night of Champions. This brings out Brad Maddox along with WWE head physician Dr. Michael Sampson. Maddox says that in order for Heyman to be taken out of the match he has to have an evaluation done by WWE medical staff. Sampson gives the proper tests and says Heyman is fit to compete on pay-per-view. Heyman begins to argue with the general manager when CM Punk’s music hits. Punk with Singapore cane in hand takes out Curtis Axel while Heyman magically his healed running into the crowd. This leads Dr. Kirshenbaum to face the wrath of Punk who proceeds to beat the holy hell out of this guy.

(Overall great segment, very old-school presentation but you have to assume that if Punk doesn’t get some type of retribution Sunday this can’t go on for much longer keep the same level of energy. I can see a scenario where Heyman is taken out leading to the return of Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. And while I respect the continuity with the Triple H storyline, I still find it odd that the corporate regime are babyfaces when it comes to Paul Heyman. it really does make me wonder if the antiestablishment CM Punk may be looking to do what’s best for business sooner rather than later.)

A feisty AJ Lee joins the commentary team and holds her own with Jerry “The King” Lawler watching The Total Divas and her challengers this Sunday (Natalya, Brie Bella and Naomi) defeat Aksana, Alicia Fox and Layla in a short match. I don’t imagine AJ will be walking out of Detroit with the Divas Title .

Another Goldust video package is shown

Alberto Del Rio defeats R Truth with the Cross Arm Breaker. Before the match, they did a box promo with Rob saying that Alberto was not cool to be world heavyweight champion and it would not be about ADR anymore it would be about RVD. The crowd was rather vocal chanting about everything and anything during this match. Alberto Del Rio even did a pec bounce to mess with them chanting RVD. Not a bad match nothing to write home about, though.

They announce a tag team turmoil gauntlet to determine the number contender’s to the Shield’s tag titles this Sunday at the free Night of Champions kickoff show with the match for the titles being later in the night. The teams are 3MB ( I guess they will choose which two members compete as it showed all three in the graphic) Tons of Funk, The Real Americans, and Usos. Very surprised if the PTP do not when the shot and the titles.

Zeb Colter cuts a promo on the Canadian fans when who would return but Santino, who has recovered neck surgery. Antonio basically beats the hell out of the returning Italian-Russian-Canadian. Cesaro does an amazing sbig wing for a long time during this match which is something you need to see. Antonio neutralizes the Cobra but can’t stop falling prey to a quick rollup for the win.

(I don’t know what’s the problem with WWE making Cesaro the butt of the joke. It is what it is I guess.)

The Miz battled Damien Sandow. Fandango came out distracting the Miz giving Sandow a rare victory. Still wondering what is going on with the future of everybody in the segment. The Miz was a part of the main storyline with the corporate authority. However, that was quickly dropped. Sandow finally gets the victory with the help of Fandango no less, so who knows what they’re planning. If anything.

Ryback battles RVD in a battle of the airbrushed attire. Van Dam is introduced by his numero uno amigo Ricardo Rodriguez.

(Side note: Someone explain to me why Ryback, now has a bear trap in his lower tron. I know they call him a wrecking ball so what is with the bear trap? )

Alberto del Rio comes out before the match basically says that Rob Van dam will not be champion and that he will remain champion and that Ricardo makes him sick.

The match itself a lot better than I expected. Ryback and RVD has pretty good chemistry but it’s pretty short. Ryback gets disqualified for crotching him on the ring post. After that Ryback hits the Shellshock. This was weird, that there was no other interaction with ADR at all during the match. Nothing of him smiling after Ryback destroyed his opponent for this Sunday. Strange, just strange.

Ren Young interviews Goldust who says he has been the family screw up over the years and tonight is the time to put things right. He has had multiple chances in the company and it’s time that Cody gets his second chance. Cody did not deserve to get fired by Triple H being overrun with power. He said he was going to make his family proud tonight and that they will never forget the name of Rhodes. Triple H interrupts and says he has a lot of pressure on him tonight to save his brothers job saying good luck and I hope doesn’t screw it up.

I like that segment as it told a great story leading into the match. While the contest was not the technical classic, you would’ve seen from Rhodes a decade ago it was still a solid contest. it told a really great story in the end the Golden child of Dusty Rhodes came up short as his current call comes from an RKO. After the match , the WWE champion gloats that the dreams of Cody Rhodes are shattered.

Come back from a Los Matadores commercial, and Stephanie add salt to the wounds calling Dustin a loser and an embarrassment to the family while telling him to say hi to his dad for before telling him to leave the building.

This definitely gives more fuel to the Cody coming back as a top babyface for the company. They fired him , humiliated him and his family if they don’t do something with them they’re missing out on a big opportunity.

(I’m really surprised he didn’t do a Booker T segment with him, talking about the match and how it’s not worth it.)

Ryback battles RVD in a battle of the airbrushed attire. Van Dam is introduced by his numero uno amigo Ricardo Rodriguez.

(Side note: Someone explain to me why Ryback, now has a bear trap in his lower tron. I know they call him a wrecking ball so why did the bear trap make any sense)

Alberto del Rio comes out before the match basically says that Rob Van Dam will not be champion and that he will remain champion and that Ricardo makes him sick.

The match itself a lot better than I expected. Ryback and RVD has pretty good chemistry but it’s pretty short. Ryback gets disqualified for crotching him on the ring post. After that Ryback hits the Shellshock. This was weird that there was no other interaction with ADR at all during the match. Nothing of him smiling after Ryback destroyed his opponent for this Sunday. Strange, just strange.

Big Show is walking to the ring for the main event when he stopped by Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that she doesn’t want chaos in her main event. She says that the Giant cannot touch any member of the Shield otherwise he will be fired. And she says big show has a special chair at ringside in Daniel Bryan’s corner.

The match itself was pretty good as Daniel Bryan fought off the Hounds of Justice as Big Show cheered on from ringside. They really cut down on the melodrama from last week. In the end Daniel Bryan pulled out a victory with a small package. It really made Daniel Bryan look way more formidable battling Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose after the contest, Randy Orton makes his way to the ring as the Shield once again triple team Daniel again as Big Show watches on . Triple H comes out and wants him to give the knockout punch to Daniel Bryan again. Big Show refuses but then reenters the ring. Orton barks orders to the World’s Largest Athlete telling him to pick him up and punch him. Show says no and the two get an argument. The Viper says he will pick Bryan up for him. Orton turns around and gets a flying knee to the face of the WWE. Big show exits the ring. And we leave the air with Daniel Bryan standing tall over Randy Orton raising the WWE championship in the air

This is what I was talking about when it comes to balance in a few because they gave Daniel Bryan time to relish victory and gave Big Show a little bit of comeuppance against the corporate regime. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of his defiance of Smackdown.

All in all, while a lot of the matches were pretty short the main events made up for them. We had some great promos and segments that you should really check out. Watched the opening segment, check out AJ Lee on commentary, the Paul Heyman stuff and the final two matches. Everything else skip.

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We are less than two weeks away from the final WWE pay per view of the year, TLC. In recent weeks WWE Creative has done very little to promote and build for this and prior PPV events, but all of that changed this week on the RAW broadcast.

Finally WWE has taken the right steps towards creating some anticipation and excitement for this PPV, delivering a great contract signing segment between John Cena and Randy Orton in the final portion of the show. Now all eyes look towards TLC with some growing interest, at least when as it pertains to the unification of the two active championship belts.

And that’s how it should be. The unification of both the storied World Heavyweight Championship from WCW / NWA and the coveted WWE Championship should feel like a momentous occasion, and WWE is finally on the right path towards that end. But they aren’t quite there yet. With just under two weeks until the unification of these title belts, the WWE still has some ground to cover, but they are making some significant progress towards making this the event that it should be. And so here are 5 things we learned following this week’s RAW program:

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When a warrior enters the battleground, sometimes they fight for honor, they fight for love, or the fight for family. This week’s Raw had a all three of these in spades. WWE had quite quite a lot to tackle from their fight against cancer with Susan G Komen, battling strong television competition and the war for your almighty dollar this Sunday. Were they victorious? Or should they be waving the white flag?

The night begins as CM Punk comes to the ring talking about the beating he received last week. Punk said he should’ve seen it coming getting beaten up in his hometown. This Straight Edge Superstar once again breaking the fourth wall saying that the fans all know how the story ends with him getting his hands on Heyman. Punk says he doesn’t want to wait any more, it doesn’t matter if it’s Curtis Axel Ryback or Heyman he wants to fight. Raw General Manager Brad Maddox comes out and says that CM Punk won’t fight Ryback till this Sunday but he will have a match on the show. Out comes, Big E Langston, who challenges Punk to a fight.

The match itself was great for getting the idea over that Punk can beat the big man Ryback this Sunday. They gave Langston some offense, it makes you wonder what the future holds for the big man going forward. We have a multitude of segments throughout the night with Ryback and crew.

I think the action between Heyman-Ryback and Punk reminds me a lot of the Road Runner cartoons. From the proposal of Heyman to Ryback in joining his stable to Punk messing with Heyman’s guys with distractions. From causing Curtis Axel to lose to R Truth to feigning in the injury using a kendo stick on Paul Heyman’s ankle and keeping his henchmen. The feud feels reinvigorated.

Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango rather easily. Really does nothing for either guy. They seem to be on the outside looking in at this point. I like the integration of the YouTube clips though the show the devastation of the Trouble in Paradise gives Kofi more credibility.

After the match, the Wyatt family comes out. Bray Wyatt sitting in his rocking chair says when he was a kid he didn’t understand why all the bad things happen to him. And then he said he knows what you must do and put everyone down out of their misery. Kingston was still in the ring for some reason and had a chair was waiting for an attack that didn’t happen. Maybe this will to a match Sunday?

Dolph Ziggler will face Damien Sandow this Sunday. Could they have picked any two superstars with no conflict for the Kickoff in Buffalo? Is is a red herring for a Damien Sandow cash in later in the night? Maybe Sandow has been starting to do the false cash in gimmick on house shows this past weekend.

We see a promo for the Los Matadores who are debuting next.

The debut match of the bullfighters, Diego and Fernando (the former Epico and Primo) was against 3MB and was nothing spectacular. The real winner of this over the top gimmick was the entrance with the pomp and circumstance of a Spanish bullfighting ring with their mascot, the miniscule Torito. I don’t know if this repackaged tag team will have legs going forward or will have a limited shelf life. Only time with tell. Look at Fandango. His in ring persona is not the strongest but his entrance is over with the audience. One things for sure the bull was over in Biloxi.

Paul Heyman does great promo work setting up segments that I talked about earlier.

Triple H and Stephanie come out for their lucrative proposal to the Rhodes clan. This brings out the Hall of Famer and his two sons to the ring. I found it funny that Stephanie was bobbing her head to the American Dream’s theme music. The COO and his wife then insults the Rhodes family about the recent failures but offer them one more chance to get their jobs back at Battleground if they win against the tag team champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. If they lose, Dusty’s fired from his job in developmental.

(He was already removed as general manager on NXT and replaced by JBL I don’t know if that’s an indication of what’s to come . But it may be..)

After this announcement, Dusty gets in the face of Triple H putting his hand in the face of Stephanie. This leads to ominous words from the billion-dollar Princess herself saying that if the Hall of Famer wants a fight he will get one. Following a long awkward pause, the Shield attacks Dustin, Cody and Dusty. Roman reigns gives one hell of a spear to The Bizarre One and Cody receives the Triple Power Bomb. The son of a plumber tries to help but is the down himself.

Judging by what they do with the Big Show later in the night, I’m guessing that in the turning into a six man tag later on.Big Show definitely seems like he has had enough, threatening to punch out Triple H. Given that The Shield is booked against the giant this Friday. It seems logical given that Ambrose has no opponent this Sunday that the World’s Largest Athlete will be added to the mix to quell his anger.

The newly engaged Brie Bella defeated Alicia Fox pulled out one hell of a head scissors modified DDT during the match. AJ looked on with her new bodyguard Tamina at her challenger this Sunday at Battleground. It’s interesting that they are splitting up the twins with Nikki being more egotistical and Brie being on the side of good with her man Daniel Bryan.

Alberto del Rio defeats Zack Ryder. I feel like Zack got in way too much offense. The purpose really is not the buildup Ryder, but to make the champion look strong. Especially since Ryder hasn’t really won the match in quite some time. It just felt like filler. I understand why they didn’t but it should have had something hard-core to play in this Sunday. No RVD on the show which is strange. No real mention of why is not there either.

The Shield wins against the Usos and Dolph Ziggler in a highly competitive match probably match of the night. Not sure what this means for the future of the number one contenders for the tag titles but it was a good match nonetheless. Dolph definitely seems to take a backseat to a lot of the McMahon storylines.

Antonio Cesaro is defeated by Santino. At least he has the big swing that will continue to get him on TV. Maybe he will get the push he deserves as long as he stays in the spotlight?

The show ends with a face-off between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan which seemed like a rehash of what they’ve done before. The only difference is that his new fianc e is added into the mix telling Randy to quit being down her man. They did not make Bryan looked that strong going into this Sunday. WWE has really put themselves in another no win situation. If Orton loses he looks week and if Bryan loses he can’t overcome without being screwed.

There’s a lot of potential for greatness this Sunday Buffalo, but I have a feeling as with any Battleground there will be destruction and casualties that no one had accounted for. Hopefully they don’t sacrifice characters in the short-term. Who will come out on top?

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What’s big, mean, nasty and wears a unitard? The World’s Strongest Man that’s what. Mark Henry rolled back onto RAW looking meaner than ever, taking apart Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in short (pun intended) order. Some of Henry’s thunder was lost though because of last week’s surprise return so it would have made more sense to have Henry return at the Royal Rumble, or maybe even Elimination Chamber PPV.

With Henry a former World Heavyweight Champion my concerns for Jack Swagger making it to Elimination Chamber have resurfaced. If Henry must destroy anyone then please make sure it’s Khali. He looked bigger than ever too!

Speaking of Swagger he squashed Santino in about 10 seconds. Nothing to get excited about but to be fair 6 months ago Santino would have won this one.

I wonder if WWE realises how insignificant it makes Antonio Cesaro look when they have zero build to his match with Ryback. It doesn’t matter that he lost what matters is how he comes across and in a throwaway contest with the former Skip Sheffield he’s portrayed as nothing more than a mid carder.

Daniel Bryan seems to be returning to his evil ways happily costing Kane a match against Sheamus. Hopefully he’ll go back to his hellish ways in time for a match at Wrestlemania against a top face. Chris Jericho maybe?

CM Punk’s opening promo was poor. Last week he was ranting and raging with good cause. This week he just seemed to be going off the deep end for the sake of it and was met with “boring” chants by the audience. At the minute I can’t see how he’s going to come out of his rematch with Rock looking strong. It’s perhaps time for the Best in the World to take a little time off once Wrestlemania is over. His match with Y2J was well worth sitting through the other drivel though. It’s been almost a year since these two last had a match so it felt really fresh.

It looks like my question from last week has been answered. I asked when The Shield would be booked in a match and the answer is at Elimination Chamber in a six man tag match against John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. At present I can’t see how The Shield are winning this one. Having them lose is going to seriously damage them going into Wrestlemania so let’s hope WWE has a trick or two up their sleeves.

Paul Heyman showed up in Miz TV. He claimed to have no knowledge of Brock Lesnar’s presence last week in Vegas until he showed up and killed Vince McMahon. Heyman was great as always while Miz was his usual garbage self. I was so happy when Brock flattened him.

Don’t look now it’s Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett … again. Let’s skip to Alberto Del Rio squashing Cody Rhodes instead.

Unsurprisingly The Rock was a no show. It’s great to see he’s carrying himself like a true champ and is totally committed to being WWE champion.

After a strong week of excellent non wrestling segments in Vegas this week’s RAW just didn’t match up. Hopefully things will start to get moving very quickly very soon as we fast approach Elimination Chamber.

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