Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Five Count - June 21, 2009

The five most noteworthy wrestling items of the week, in convenient list form!

5. The in-ring interview
As simple as it was, I loved the bit on Smackdown where Josh Matthews interviewed Jeff Hardy and CM Punk in the ring. Backstage skits have their place, but there's just something deliciously old school about an in-ring interview. Now I can only hope they'll bring back the old interview platform near the entrance that they used on syndicated shows in the 80s.

4. Candice Michelle & Sim Snuka released
While these two weren't particularly surprising, it's always a bummer to see folks lose their jobs. Candice had loads of potential a few years back, but after taking that nasty fall off the turnbuckle and breaking her collarbone, she's never been the same and as been plagued by the injury bug. Snuka hasn't been seen in months and even when he got a shot, it was only for a couple weeks, so the writing's been on the wall there. Hopefully both find success wherever life may take them.

3. Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
Whether it was in the ring on Monday or on the mic Friday, these two brought the goods and continued the most compelling feud in WWE today. Jericho easily had the feud of the year in 2008 with Shawn Michaels, if he keeps this up, he'll go back to back with Rey Mysterio. Honestly, I never get tired of watching these two work together, they somehow manage to keep it fresh and fun, and they don't even need major gimmick matches like ladders or cages... although those would likely be awesome too.

2. Donald Trump "buys" Raw
Love it or hate it, it's certainly something different. I've made my feelings on it known, it's over the top, but it's getting WWE some mainstream publicity and if you ask Vince McMahon, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Yeah, a lot of media outlets were duped by the storyline, thinking it was real (you may laugh at them here), which makes it all the more entertaining to me. And hey, we get a commercial-free Raw out of the deal, now let's hope they can get the brand out of its slump.

1. Edge vs. John Morrison
Easily Match of the Week, and I'm saying that in a week where Jericho and Mysterio stole the show on Raw. As I mentioned in my Smackdown review, it's weird to see Edge out of the title picture, but I think a feud with John Morrison is exactly the kind of thing that both superstars could use right now. Edge can take a step back and breathe some new life into his character while elevating Morrison to main event status. It's really win-win and it would be a shame if we didn't see more from these two in the next few weeks.


  1. Not that I don't agree with everything else, but I just keep coming back to that match with Morrison and Edge. It really was match of the week. I was so excited to hear they'd be facing each other- I knew it would be a good match to watch. I'd definitely enjoy a feud between them. I've come to like Morrison a lot more now he's not teamed with The Miz... ehehe... I'd type more but if I don't run my lunch (It's only about 1:30pm here in Australia) will burn and I'm way too hungry to let that happen! lol :D

  2. I'm just thrilled by the idea that Kick-Out!! is being read in Australia! That's so cool.

  3. Jericho is just pure gold. All I have to say. When 'Taker comes back, I look forward to that gentleman feuding with both Jericho and eventually Punk in whatever stance he ends up in.

    So many wonderful combinations... and I love the fact that Jericho is playing into the Smackdown vs. Raw mentality publicly too.