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Author: Subject: OOfficial Discussion AND RECAP Thread for RAW (March 3, 2014)
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OOfficial Discussion AND RECAP Thread for RAW (March 3, 2014)

Rick's prognosis is good, and we'll probably be back to business pretty soon. In the meantime, another shorthand forum recap! Remember that this is based off the 90-minute Hulu version of the broadcast, so there will be matches that I didn't see.

Segment 1: “Cult of Personality”! CM Punk is back!

...Nope, it's Paul Heyman. He cops a sit in the middle of the ring as Punk usually does, and he's here to “tell the story of a Paul Heyman guy.” Thus begins a shwork as he talks about how WWE management didn't want Punk as a wrestler. Same stuff we've heard before, but it's always a good story, especially with a Chicago crowd this insanely loud, and good lord are the feeding off Heyman's words.

Heyman talks about how even he is disappointed that Punk is, indeed, not here tonight. (Guess the guy with the “Punk or we riot” sign is going to be disappointed, and proven to be a liar.) Heyman is sure that if he was here tonight, he'd be proving yet again that he's the best in the world. But... why is Punk not here, and why has he been whitewashed from the company?

Well, Heyman will tell us exactly who is to blame... it's us fans. See, when Punk was with Heyman, Punk was the longest-reigning champion in forever. But once we turned Punk face, then Punk failed left and right. Then Punk was sick of it all, walked away, and therefore it was our fault.

It's also Undertaker's fault, because this whole downward streak started when Punk lost to him at last year's WrestleMania. Heyman loves Punk and wants revenge for him, so he wants The Streak snapped, and he knows that the only man who can do it is Brock Lesnar.

That was an excellent way to take it back around to near-future events, even though it didn't actually answer any question about Punk. Heyman in fact gets up and does his usual flower introduction to Lesnar, who pops out presently. We get a replay of the contract signing last week (complete with hand-stabbing with a pen), then Lesnar talks some shit, including a veiled insult to Punk.

Thus ends the promo, but not the segment, as Mark Henry comes down to face down Lesnar. Henry is able to deliver a punch, but Lesnar throws him into the steps, then bashes in his face with the steps, and delivers an F5 through the announcers' table. To Mark Henry. Holy. Shit.

That's a hell of a way to show off one's power... but the fans respond with a deafening “CM Punk!” chant. They clearly don't overly care about Henry's fate.

Pre-Segment 2: Jimmy Uso is super hyped for the Siva Tau for some reason.

Segment 2 [Tag Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles]: The Usos defeat The New Age Outlaws, and are the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions! Solid match, a little short, but incredibly fast-paced. The finish spot saw Jey doing a tag in midair while flying over the top rope with a flying lariat to Road Dogg outside the ring. Jimmy quickly followed up with a superkick to Billy Gunn and a top rope splash for the finish.

Segment 3: Five of the divas are hanging out in the back drooling over the idea that Aaron Paul is coming. It's vapid and stupid.

Segment 4 [Six-Man Tag Match]: The Wyatt Family defeats The Shield by pin. Absolutely amazing match. Find this one on YouTube. Like, right now, if you haven't already seen it.

We had an insane sequence start this one. Seth Rollins was stunned as he sat on the top rope in the corner. Luke Harper climbed up to same rope, then wanted to do a super German Suplex, which is insane enough on its own. However, Rollins had an extra jump and he landed on his feet from that... sort of. He actually busted his ass, which could have been really bad (broken ankle or something), but he quickly popped up to his feet and chucked Harper out of the ring. Then he ran to the opposite ropes to dropkick Eric Rowan off the apron, then ran back and did a suicide vaulting flying senton to take down Harper, and this time Rollins did land on his feet. Then he slid back in the ring just to run to the other side and do another suicide vaulting flying senton to Rowan. The dude clearly had his Red Bull before the match.

Rollins wanted to finish things off with a top rope something-or-other, but then Harper tried to run interference. Rollins hesitated, and Dean Ambrose ran in to help out... but got his ass kicked and bumped into the ropes, causing Rollins to fly to the outside of the ring, where the Wyatts took control as we went to break. Ambrose is just not helping out his team well lately.

Speaking of which, when we're back, Ambrose is the “face” in peril. He gets some room and wants a hot tag to Rollins, but Rollins tells him to fuck off and just leaves the match. But it doesn't matter, since Ambrose and Reigns are able to work well together. Ambrose (still legal) holds Harper's head near the middle rope (essentially in the 619 position) by the apron so Reigns can do his newish trademark running dropkick, then Reigns follows up by Spearing Rowan over the announcers' table, which somehow is holding both their weight, causing them to tumble hilariously into the announcers themselves.

But in the ring, Ambrose falls to numbers as Harper big boots him... then Harper does a suicide dive through the ropes to take down Reigns. Yes, Harper did a suicide dive. I feel like I'm watching a match out of the video game rather than real-life.

Ambrose takes down Harper, but Bray down Ambrose, then throws him back in. The fans start in with an insanely loud “This is awesome!” chant, which should mean even more coming from the Chicago crowd. Bray hits the Sister Abigail, and we see that Rollins hasn't actually left, but watched from stage. He's clearly conflicted as the pin is made, but the conflict isn't enough to make him run back down.

Segment 5: Renee Young interviews Batista in the back, who talks shit to “guys like Daniel Bryan” who “will never be like guys like me.”

Segment 6 [Tag Match]: The Bella Twins defeat Aksana & Alicia Fox by pin. Decent match, nothing overly special, but I'm glad the divas actually got a full match. Aksana's move set was pretty crap, which is disappointing, because she's been better than this. Alicia wasn't much better, and it combined for a somewhat poor “heel beatdown” sequence in the formula.

Once Brie got the hot tag to Nikki, things got better, since Nikki drank some of Rollins's Red Bull and went house of fire really well, including a picture-perfect dropkick off the middle rope. She finished off Aksana with a torture rack-to-neckbreaker drop, a very sweet sick move.

Segment 7: Daniel Bryan comes out to talk and gets the crowd fired up into a frenzy of wanting to “hijack RAW.” DB declares that he's not leaving the ring until either Batista comes down to fight or Triple H comes down to answer his challenge for a match at WrestleMania.

Trips and Stephanie McMahon indeed comes out presently. Steph tries to talk and gets the shit booed out of her. DB ignores her entirely and makes his pitch for a match again. Trips flatly says no again, and calls this an “Excuses Era” since everyone just wants to blame shit on everyone else instead of just admitting that they are simply not good enough to make it. Trips can barely be heard as he blathers over the “CM Punk!” chant.

Trips concludes that DB is just a B+, but that's pretty damn good, since it's so totally better than the fans after all. But it takes more than B+ to make Trips “lace up his boots” at WrestleMania. The fans switch gears and go for an “Asshole!” chant, which Trips responds to by telling DB “They're saying it's your turn.” Ha!

DB says that the fans see through that malarkey, which is why we chant and rebel, and Trips doesn't listen. DB insists the only way Trips will finally listen is if Trips gets the crap beaten out of him. Steph tries to get involved and gets booed out of her shoes, then calls the fans a “sea of inadequacy.” She insists that the fans are jerks since they'll turn on him in a flash, while she and Trips will never turn on him. She dismisses his desires as him just getting hung up on the autographs and the Yes Movement and everything. She points out that, hey, the ring and the networking and everything is provided by the company. WWE made Daniel Bryan, not the other way around, so the company doesn't owe him anything.

DB goes a little off the rails as he suggests that Steph puts on Trips's tights and they fight at Mania instead while Trips just watches wearing Steph's skirt. Heh. Trips says that those kind of insults aren't going to work on him, and listen: WrestleMania is way too important for someone like DB, simple as that. Trips finishes by ordering him to get out of his ring.

DB argues it's not his ring, it's the fans' ring. Trips replies that everything in the building, including the fans, belong to WWE. So Trips orders him again to get out of the ring, and DB asks for Trips to make him. Steph calls for Kane, and as soon as Kane gets close, DB does a suicide dive through the ropes to take him down.

DB beats the crap out of Kane, and Steph calls for security. The refs hilariously come down instead, and Steph again insists for security, who come out presently to break it up. DB backs away but stands tall, and the fans unanimously chant for him.

Segment 8 [Singles Match]: Dolph Ziggler defeats Alberto Del Rio by pin. An extended reverse-squash, Aaron Paul was on commentary to put over his movie, then stood on the table to distract ADR so Dolph could take him down. Whatever.

Segment 9: John Cena hits the ring to talk. And the fans rebel against him super hard as they treat him like the #1 heel of the company. Cena pretty much ignores it as he cuts his promo to put himself over, and then says that if any change comes to WWE it'll go through him. That was directed to Bray Wyatt, but it sounded like throwing down the gauntlet as DB, which was weird.

But Cena blathers and runs down his resume as he continues to put himself over, and then the Wyatts interrupt him on the Titantron. Bray cuts a promo that is, as usual, cryptic and creepy. Done well, also as usual. But not a tremendous amount of substance, and after Bray finishes, the segment is over with without another word from Cena.

Segment 10 [Singles Match]: Daniel Bryan defeats Batista by disqualification. The fans chanted “Boo-tist-a!” at the beginning. Cute.

The match was solid enough but nothing overly special Randy Orton sat at ringside and, when Bats looked like he was going to win, Orton came in and hit DB, drawing the DQ.

Post-Segment 10: Total clusterfuck after that as Orton tried to RKO Bats, but Bats blocked it and shoved Orton into DB, who did a flying knee. DB then did the flying knee to Bats, and then Kane appeared, so DB kicked him in the face. DB was going to follow up with a suicide dive, but Bats cut him in half with a Spear.

Kane wanted to follow up, but Trips appeared and cut him off. Trips grabbed a mic and stood over DB to talk some shit, but DB kicked him in the face. Bats hit DB with a Batista Bomb, and Trips recovered enough to hit DB with a Pedigree. Bats disappeared, and The Authority stood over DB's carcass.

Final Thoughts: Solid night that helped all stories (other than slightly muddying the CM Punk situation further). The Hulu version is at least an A (and therefore a must-watch), but I'll refrain from a proper grade since I didn't see the uncut broadcast.

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Tonight on RAW... The Shield takes on the Wyatts in an Elimination Chamber rematch. I have a feeling some sort of shenanigans are going to happen since they wouldn't just do the rematch clean. I'm thinking The Shield wins, and then they set a rubber match for WrestleMania? That would be an excellent stage to break up The Shield some how, maybe turn Reigns face in the process.

Batista, now a full heel, will do something to continue gaining momentum. As Count Zero said in the SmackDown thread, this might lead WWE into thinking that the best solution for the main event at WrestleMania is to turn Orton face for balance. Which, uh, would be all kinds of stupid, but I certainly don't put it past WWE. Zero was basically half-joking... hopefully WWE doesn't think it's something we want to actually see.

Daniel Bryan doesn't have a match for WrestleMania still, and all signs point to him facing Triple H. The next chapter of that story will be written tonight, and it'll probably be dumb. I have no optimism on that front.

WWE.com is also teasing that Cena may or may not do something tonight, which means he obviously will. He's still selling that (kayfabe) injured leg, and we don't know the extent of the injury. Smell the drama as we find out just what it is... although, if Cena actually faces off against someone in the Wyatts at Mania, it throws out my fantasy booking in the first paragraph. So it goes.

Tonight's RAW will be guest-hosted by Aaron Paul, who is there to promote Fast & Furious 6 or something, though I'll be greatly disappointed if he doesn't call someone a bitch at the top of his lungs, even though Breaking Bad is over and done with.


[Edited on 3-4-2014 by PyroFalkon]

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Batista, now a full heel, will do something to continue gaining momentum. As Count Zero said in the SmackDown thread, this might lead WWE into thinking that the best solution for the main event at WrestleMania is to turn Orton face for balance. Which, uh, would be all kinds of stupid, but I certainly don't put it past WWE. Zero was basically half-joking... hopefully WWE doesn't think it's something we want to actually see.



We might as well add that a supposed "good guy" might be returning tonight to even out the uniformly heel championship match tonight. He may even be from the city the show originates from.






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Batista, now a full heel, will do something to continue gaining momentum. As Count Zero said in the SmackDown thread, this might lead WWE into thinking that the best solution for the main event at WrestleMania is to turn Orton face for balance. Which, uh, would be all kinds of stupid, but I certainly don't put it past WWE. Zero was basically half-joking... hopefully WWE doesn't think it's something we want to actually see.



We might as well add that a supposed "good guy" might be returning tonight to even out the uniformly heel championship match tonight. He may even be from the city the show originates from.


Lex Luger return confirmed!

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Hey, guess who just made the one match they probably didn't want to make in Chicago? This show became a hell of a lot more interesting.

(It's Daniel Bryan/Batista)

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Hey, guess who just made the one match they probably didn't want to make in Chicago? This show became a hell of a lot more interesting.

(It's Daniel Bryan/Batista)


I swear I think WWE is purposefully trolling the fans at this point. Everybody is going to be expecting to be for the title shot or at least to feed into that. I think anyone who thinks that is likely to be disappointed.

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Daniel Bryan doesn't have a match for WrestleMania still, and all signs point to him facing Triple H.


I'm on record several times over as saying that the CM Punk scenario is a work until he doesn't show up at Raw tonight. We shall see.

But if he does, one pouty woe-is-me pipebomb promo from Punk tonight about how DB is getting all the attention as the best wrestler in the world when he's never beaten the best, and you have your setup for face Bryan versus heel/tweener Punk at WM in a match that makes everyone's panties wet. Multiple problems solved.

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Judging from the IWC and how gullible a majority of them are (go read the Durt Sheetz thread's last page to see the IWC Manifesto going around), Daniel Bryan cleanly beating Batista, without any promises whatsoever of a stipulation for Bryan getting into the main event title match at Wrestlemania, is their best out. Because WWE can turn the fans on this match in a number of ways. If Bryan beats Batista with the stipulation that Bryan gets Triple H at Wrestlemania, they're still going to boo the result (which I get the feeling WWE will do because then they can fool themselves and say "Hey, Bryan's getting booed, too, so this isn't just a 'Bryan' thing).

But the absolute worst thing they could do? Have Batista beat Bryan, regardless of any hanging stipulations or cleanliness of the victory. This is going to be one of the most vocal crowds they will see until Wrestlemania, which itself is going to be even more vocal and rowdier than Chicago and Brooklyn (the other stop they'll have to deal with a very vocal crowd) combined. Every other stop can be placated: Memphis they can bust out Lawler and/or Honky (even announce Honky is going into the Hall), the week of Texas visits they have HBK to use, and the last Raw is in DC, which could be very pro-Batista (especially if he nails it as a heel between now and then). But Chicago and Brooklyn are two sites they could easily look at to gauge how the Wrestlemania audience will react to certain things, which we can already tell them right now that they should prepare for a shitstorm in New Orleans. Tonight? If Batista beats Daniel Bryan, fans may not take that well. We may be looking at "early days of the nWo" type reactions, with cups and flyers and anything else that could be launched into the ring getting launched in the ring.

But, that's worst thing for WWE. And for the IWC. For us here at OO? This will either be a great night of wrestling, or the most majestic trainwreck televised in a while. Either option makes for an entertaining night for us.

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I'm on record several times over as saying that the CM Punk scenario is a work until he doesn't show up at Raw tonight. We shall see.

But if he does, one pouty woe-is-me pipebomb promo from Punk tonight about how DB is getting all the attention as the best wrestler in the world when he's never beaten the best, and you have your setup for face Bryan versus heel/tweener Punk at WM in a match that makes everyone's panties wet. Multiple problems solved.
Ugh. Please don't ruin my Daniel Bryan Fun by making it "a shwork" (shoot-work) with see Em Punk. Please? That would not moisten my undies in the slightest.

How does it solve multiple problems? We still have Randy/Bats as the main event, Kane suddenly has no angle, HHH will have to scramble to put himself in a match against somebody else (and since he's HHH, the tv shows leading to WM would have an unnaturally large focus on the aforementioned setup-scramble). I'd say "it creates more problems than it solves, unless you're the whiny dude who walked out & doesn't care about anybody else's problems." Punk's 'problem' is the only one that gets solved, and he created it himself by pulling a Diva Walkout. Have you been drinking the kool-aid today?

Also, please stop worrying about Daniel Bryan winning/losing vs Bats. Haven't we all learned, by now, to expect Kane Shenanigans? Guys, this isn't complicated....

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Yeah, I'm not on board with the idea that the CM Punk thing is a work this time around. It would be ridiculously too repetitive with what happened a few years ago, and it just feels different. I think if they were trying to make it a work, they would have used a better set up than Punk lying down for 50% of the Royal Rumble before just disappearing.

I'm also not dismissing the idea that he comes back tonight, because that would be awesome, and the crowd would go apeshit. But I don't think it's likely, and even if he does, I have a feeling DB wouldn't be part of that equation. It just feels like Punk wanted out; he's wanted out for a while, his heart isn't in it from all reports, and it sounds like he's pretty much done being a full-time wrestler regardless of how the current situation shakes out.

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This might be a pipe dream, but personally I am hoping Bryan beats Batista to take his spot at WM and Punk comes back, goes heel and gets granted a title shot against Orton next week.

**EDIT** I am also hoping that above fantasy booking leads to Orton and Batista becoming a monster heel tag team that tears it up in that division for a little while. I honestly feel they would be a lot of fun to watch as a team with their current gimmicks.

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This might be a pipe dream, but personally I am hoping Bryan beats Batista to take his spot at WM and Punk comes back, goes heel and gets granted a title shot against Orton next week.
That's a pretty potent pipe-load you've smoked. And not shared with the rest of us, I might add. Shame.

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Ugh. Please don't ruin my Daniel Bryan Fun by making it "a shwork" (shoot-work) with see Em Punk. Please? That would not moisten my undies in the slightest.

How does it solve multiple problems? We still have Randy/Bats as the main event, Kane suddenly has no angle, HHH will have to scramble to put himself in a match against somebody else (and since he's HHH, the tv shows leading to WM would have an unnaturally large focus on the aforementioned setup-scramble). I'd say "it creates more problems than it solves, unless you're the whiny dude who walked out who doesn't care about anybody else's problems." Punk's 'problem' is the only one that gets solved, and he created it himself by pulling a Diva Walkout. Have you been drinking the kool-aid today?



The Orton/Batista horse is out of the barn and gallivanting around the pasture. I suspect that the WM title match, and possibly the title itself, are written into Batistia's contract. If so, smart move by him.

A Punk-DB match at WM solves the problem of crowd rebellion tonight in Chicago and later in Brooklyn and it increases the interest in WM30 exponentially. And yes, a Punk-DB 45 minute slugfest would be great for the casual fans, the kids, the IWC, and would even get mainstream press. You'd get potentially more WWEN subscriptions as well as more PPV buys. Plus a feud with DB is one lure the WWE could use to get Punk out of his "sabbatical".

Kane doesn't get a match? Boo fucking hoo. Put him with Tensai on the WM pre-match roundtable and no one gives a shit. Not one dollar of revenue is lost if Kane and his wifebeater don't appear.

HHH need an opponent? Boo fucking hoo. Why do we need to see a semi-retired executive in tights anymore? Not one dollar of revenue is lost if HHH doesn't appear.

[Edited on 3-3-14 by vonLampertheim]

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As much as we all like Punk, I'd say that not one dollar of revenue is lost if he doesn't show up, either.





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Of course they are, and you are too... otherwise, you wouldn't have come here.

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This might be a pipe dream, but personally I am hoping Bryan beats Batista to take his spot at WM and Punk comes back, goes heel and gets granted a title shot against Orton next week.
That's a pretty potent pipe-load you've smoked. And not shared with the rest of us, I might add. Shame.


I am so down with the first part of that niles81. If it isn't in Batista's contract and he is staying around anyway, can they hold off until GotG comes out for his title run, get him peeled out of my fantasy Bryan/Bats for the WM title spot by Punk interference for now, and then give him (with HHH lingering and maybe a free-per-view Punk/HHH blow-off match in a couple weeks) a match with Punk for WM? Yes, yes, I know. I've smoked myself retarded.

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Lazily throwing Bryan-Punk out there as a Wrestlemania option is no better than whatever physique fetish of Vince McMahon people talk about when they complain about Batista-Orton happening. Just because this is our favorite type of wrestler (as opposed to Vince McMahon's favorite type of wrestler), doesn't mean this isn't the same type of crappy, monotone booking WWE has made us angry with so far.

Force Batista down our throats as a face or suggesting to throw a returning Punk out there as a metaphorical tweener heel and it's the same exact issue we complain about WWE doing now. It's not giving fans what they want...it's fitting ill pieces together in shaky, last second storylines, with little current history behind them.

People always say Wrestlemania should be where the whole year comes together full circle. What good is it to do exactly what WWE does each year that gets away from that goal we generally have in the IWC?

And while I'm already rankling a few people...I might as well throw this one out there too for the people who still think this is a work:

It's amazing the amount of snark that has been thrown at WWE about their inability to do anything complex booking-wise, or be able to fully realize a long-term storyline to its end, and then there be these many people who still believe this is a work.

WWE not only did things that could cost them money, like take Punk off of all advertising for things they are trying to sell (like replacing him on Axxess), and house shows they have to give refunds from, but they also had to spend even more money doing new advertising, hours doing editing getting him out of all their videos, and plenty of alienating of fans by taking their signs away and generally being hostile towards anyone who outwardly supported Punk at arenas.

And they would do this all for a short-term storyline? Right as they are taking on the biggest risk/venture in their history since the first Wrestlemania - the WWE Network? Come on.

ETA: I meant the above in whatever the nicest way terribly antagonistic words can sound.

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Doing Batista/Bryan tonight is actually a pretty brilliant crowd control move by the WWE. How do you get the Chicago crowd to not completely shit on a segment involving Batista? Put him in a match with the most over guy in the company.





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Usos vs. Outlaws for the Tag Titles announced for tonight on Raw Preshow.

We also just had the first large CM Punk chant...ironically during a Zack Ryder match.

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LOL @ Linky


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More than 15,000 fans of professional wrestling in Chicago are eagerly anticipating their opportunity to hate and potentially ruin a live event on which they each spent at least $45 apiece to attend.

The fans can’t wait to start booing and chanting their displeasure during this week’s live broadcast of Monday Night Raw, despite willfully exchanging their own hard-earned money in order to gain admittance to the Allstate Arena.

An online movement has called on the Chicago fans to “hijack Raw,” based on the nonsensical supposition that being being noisy and passionately opinionated will somehow “send a message” to WWE brass.

The fans intend to chant “You can’t wrestle” at performers who earn exorbitant salaries thanks to the willingness of those same fans to purchase tickets, pay-per-views, WWE Network subscriptions, and overpriced wrestling-themed merchandise.

During the three-hour event, the contrarian fans will boo the WWE’s good guys (or “babyfaces”) and cheer the bad guys (“heels”), showing their disapproval of characters and storylines they religiously watch every week.

The Chicago fans do plan on erupting with joy if tonight’s event features an appearance by CM Punk — a wrestler who openly showed his disdain for fans and colleagues by walking out on his contractual obligations.






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posted on 3-4-2014 at 12:36 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
"CM Punk "chants breaking out continuously in the background of the preshow on the Network.

Oh, how fun is tonight going to be.

+: They just addressed the CM Punk chants by saying that he hasn't been seen since January ... and cut to commercial. They are keeping the cards close to their vests on this one.

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Josh just acknowledged the chants and discussed how Punk "hasn't been seen since the Rumble."

For the first time, my hunch is leaning towards punk being there.





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posted on 3-4-2014 at 12:59 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Well...they had to give a hint so everyone falls for it when Batista comes down to Cult of Personality instead...






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Heyman'd!
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Perfection. Bravo, WWE.






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For those of us without the benefit of an East Coast time zone, wtf happened?





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And this is what happens when Paul Heyman isn't on TV for months: you completely forget he is a solution to most IWC-related issues.
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