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A few points I disagree with here:

(Fans sort of want everybody to turn heel for some reason.)

Not really, but Cena and Orton’s characters are particularly played out at this point. (Hell, Orton seems to support the idea on his Twitter every so often.) Maybe The Miz is the only other wrestler at this point who has fans hoping he turns bad again — if only because he’s being written badly as a face.

the kind of nerds who review house show matches are not the kind of people who appreciate a good Mark Henry match, so screw that.

Also questionable, since appreciation for Henry on the smart boards/sites has grown because he’s done a damn good job in his current role, and house show reviewers tend to frequent those kinds of sites, so there you go.

Now AJ is dating Dolph so he has to fight her exes. Think of it as a fanfic as written by the WWE shippers on Tumblr

Oddly enough, the relationship drama wasn’t the catalyst for this story, since AJ’s been kept far away from both Bryan and Kane since the summer of 2012.

I can’t shake the feeling that Jericho will win in thirty seconds to kill off the character, but I’m sure I’m in the minority on that.

I think you are, as well, since Jericho seems to be in a position to put other people over at this point, allowing him to go off and host robot-fighting shows or go on tour with Fozzy. Which, hell, is good work if you can get it.

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I can’t imagine why you’d want to kill off Fandango.

1.) He is hilarious. Last week, with the “grading” of Jericho’s match? Brilliant.
2.) He is drawing insane amounts of heel heat right now. Seriously, crazy heel heat, and from marks and smarks alike.

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It is inaccurate to say Punk simply stole the urn like many other wrestlers over the years. The Undertaker’s old manager, Paul Bearer, died in real life. CM Punk mocked his death, played catch with the urn implied to be filled with Bearer’s remains, and finally dumped the ashes all over the Undertaker. At the very least Punk took it to another level of heelishness.

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Honestly, I’m surprised at the hate on the Punk angle.

This wasn’t an urn stealing, this was disrespecting the memory of the man who’d been by UT’s side for so much of his career. And, in fact, I think it’s kind of smart.

The ‘legend’ of the phenom is that he’s unbeatable at WM, that he’s too good, too much of a force of nature, and that on the big stage he’s just in too much of his element to lose. The sense that the only way to beat the UT is to get him so completely pissed off that he loses site of winning in his quest to cause pain? Is a perfect play.

It makes perfect sense for CM ‘Best in the World’ Punk to think that if he can position UT so that UT just wants to kill him, that he’ll be able to find a way to win. So the ultimate question for tomorrow is if Punk has written a check his body can’t cash. If Punk will be tough enough to last through UT raining destruction upon him long enough for UT to make a mistake, or get disqualified, or get counted out.

It’s literally CM Punk’s mind, over CM Punk’s body, with UT as the elemental force that will put him to the test.

Of course… that’s not quite how they’ve been selling the story… and there’s very little chance that Punk will be THE GUY who ends the streak… but to be honest? I’d do it if I was VKM.

UT is a once a year guy, and probably doesn’t have much in the way of those once a years left at this point. Punk is a big heel, but not quite the hottest heel right now. So let Punk shock the world. Let him end the streak / retire taker. Transform him from the conniving heel who slicked his way to a historic title reign, to a tough / dominant heel chasing Cena towards Summerslam to get the title back.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a dominant heel champ, and we’ve never had a dominant heel champ that looked like Punk.

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@chindi,

I think what you’ve presented is a better way of telling the story. But look at what we’ve gotten — a Fatal Four-Way to determine the next challenger to the Streak? Eeeeesh.

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@aboynameddart: Yeah, it’s sort of… really really annoying.

I really do like CM Punk as a heel, and I think the character has a ton of potential. I just wish they’d gone with a straighter shot of Punk challenging him out of rage because of him losing the title.

I guess we’ll see where things end up. I’m not ordering the show for various reasons, but I’ll be interested in the results certainly.

It’s a cliche to say, but guys like Punk and Bryan have brought me slowly back into the WWE after the CB incident broke my fandom.

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William Keogh said on April 6th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I am completely out of my depth trying to make sense of this…. but then I don’t watch wrestling.

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Wait, Randy Orton’s not a heel? Granted, I haven’t watched wrestling in years (mostly because of Randy Orton and John Cena), but I can’t imagine people actually root for that horse’s ass, do they?

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[...] Jim’s WrestleMania post yesterday noted that “fans have been hoping that [John] Cena will turn heel since 2005″ and he isn’t wrong about that. Well, mostly not wrong. I was perfectly content to have Cena be a face; he works as a face, after all, there’s no question about that. He drives ratings, sells merch, inflates ticket sales and generally gets the job done as top face in the promotion, even though half of the fans love to boo him (which he cheerfully acknowledges). [...]

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Walter Kovacs said on April 7th, 2013 at 6:43 am

On CM Punk:

It would be interesting to know what the plan one if Moody didn’t die. The 4-way was not a good start, but after the death was announced, they made him the center reason for the feud. [before it was really just "Punk wants to beat the streak"]. The story of how he went about it at least made things interesting. There was an easy story [Punk has a chip on his shoulder than a year+ title reign still doesn't earn him respect, so beating the Taker will] that they didn’t convey that well.

As for wanting to turn everyone heel:

Heels are interesting, faces are boring. And, in the case of Cena and Orton (and Rock, and Austin, etc) their heel persona is what got them over with the audience in the first place. And the ‘E have a tendency of getting their faces to be bland, smiley, jokey and samey.

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Bob Mike said on April 7th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

The first three matches that you list, which are definitely the three that the company is pushing hardest, each feature one or more guys who wrestles three matches a year. As a fan, I’m annoyed. If I were in the locker room, I’d be PISSED.

That the most prestigious belt in the industry is going into Wrestlemania around the waist (or over the shoulder, I guess) of a guy who has had fewer matches over the last twelve months than I’ve had dentist appointments is some “WCW Champion David Arquette”-level booking.

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I think Cena will win–The Rock is still Dwayne Johnson, movie star, and the movie star can’t wrestle while he’s filming (studios’ insurance carriers object to anything that might injure their star).

To turn Cena heel would be a mistake from a marketing/PR standpoint. Kids love him. He’s a big draw for Make-a-Wish. He doesn’t work as a heel, any more than Mark Henry would work as a face.

I’m hoping Undertaker’s streak remains intact. I’d like to see him retire with it intact or lose it to someone equally legendary. CM Punk simply does not fit that bill. (Besides, I hate the thought of having to watch that walrus-human genetic mutant Paul Heyman gloat).

I’m betting on Triple H to silence Brock Lesnar. God only knows why WWE is paying Lesnar so much money–he’s damaged goods. Between him, Fandango, the Shield (Nexus 2.0) and Jack Swagger, it looks like they just like to throw money away….

Oh, if only Jericho would put an end to the Fandango joke tonight!

It would be really funny if it turned out that psycho chick AJ had been two-timing Dolph with Big E all along.

Rumor has it that in real life, the Bella twins are dating Daniel Bryan and John Cena…what a soap opera!

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William Keogh said on April 7th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You really do know your stuff, Norma!

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