10 Thoughts: WWE Raw 7.29.13 (Daniel Bryan, Vince McMahon, John Cena, Ryback)

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1. Surprisingly good opening segment between Daniel Bryan and Vince McMahon. Bryan got to show his true personality and not the caricature he’s been for a while now. It was interesting that Bryan had as much back and forth with McMahon as he did. Also to see Vince completely back pedal on his support for John Cena was extremely weird. Cena and Vince have never really had too much tension between one another except for when Cena wanted to face CM Punk & Vince didn’t want to give into Punk’s demands. There’s never been a HINT that Vince is unhappy with Cena as his WWE Champion & that’s probably because it’s damn hard to believe. Besides that, by McMahon bringing up his “ruthless aggression” idea again, its pretty obvious they are setting up the heel Randy Orton as Vince’s proxy for WWE Champion. Yup, the same guy who terrorized the McMahon family the last time he was a heel will now be welcomed into the open arms of Vince McMahon.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review for 7.29.13

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Did Triple H Take Over Vince’s Mind?

After a video recapping last week, Vince McMahon came out with Brad Maddox. Vince said they were going to have some fun tonight. He handed the mic to Brad Maddox. He apologized for his decision to let John Cena pick his opponent at SummerSlam. Vince said last week, Brad Maddox called Daniel Bryan a troll, and that he was under sized and didn’t have the aura to be a WWE Champion. Vince asked Maddox how he really felt about Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan came out.
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Quick Hits: WWE Smackdown 7.26.13 (w/Cameron Dougharty)

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Randy Orton v. Damien Sandow

: Money in the Bank winner against a misused Money in the Bank winner, who’s your money on? These two put on a great match, I would love to see them go at it again. Cody Rhodes comes down and steals Sandow’s briefcase receiving a decent babyface pop. Trust me, there is serious money in Rhodes being a face.

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Quick Hits: TNA Impact 7.25.13 (w/Cameron Dougharty)

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:The Main Event Mafia comes out to help celebrate Chris Sabin‘s win over Bully Ray last week for the TNA World Title. Is it just me or is the Main Event Mafia just one big group of John Cena babyfaces? Bully Ray suing TNA, who does he think he is? The half of the roster that was released this week?

X-Division Championship Ultimate X Match: Sonjay Dutt v. Manik v. Greg Marasciulo

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Flashback Thoughts: WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 (w/Justin C)

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Hello everyone. I’m back with another look into wrestling PPVs past. This time, I take a look at the PPV that changed not only the course of WCW but wrestling history as we know it.

-Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Heenan are on commentary. They are all speculating on who could be the third man.
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Quick Hits: WWE NXT 7.24.13 (w/MJH)

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<- Short but effective video package for tonight’s NXT Women’s Championship Final tonight.

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Emma vs Paige

<- I’m a bit surprised this is opening up the show. They’ve done a really good job building the anticipation for the finals of this tournament and it could have very easily gone on last.

<- You can tell Paige was trained in a British style of wrestling. She should add an interesting flavor to the main roster once she’s called up.

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Quick Hits: WWE NXT 7.18.13 (w/MJH)

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<- I’m a week back so bear with me.

#1 Contender’s Match For NXT Championship: Leo Kruger vs Antonio Cesaro vs Sami Zayn

<- Cesaro has brought “We The People” to NXT.

<- Let’s see if Cesaro and Zayn can recapture the magic they had a few weeks ago.

<- WWE’s just going to have to embrace the “Ole” chants for Zayn. They’re going to follow him everywhere.

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Two New T-Shirts On Redbubble

You might remember when we launched HTCwrestling.com we also launched a Redbubble.com store with a few items available. Well it’s been a little while so I thought it was time to add a couple new pieces: a new CM Punk-inspired shirt & a Bray Wyatt shirt. You can purchase either one at our official store here: HTCwrestling.com Store.

CM Punk - I Wanna Rock T-Shirt

The Wyatt Family - Follow The Buzzards T-Shirt

10 Thoughts: WWE Raw 7.22.13 (Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk)

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1. It’ll be interesting how long the fans (or the WWE) stays this hot on Daniel Bryan. Bryan is a textbook “everyman” archetype. He’s average height, average weight, average build and average looking. But he undoubtedly has above average wrestling ability and charisma. In essence, Daniel Bryan is everything that the WWE wishes the fans would view John Cena as. Cena’s been pushed as a “man of the people” for over 10 years and hasn’t been able to make the connection Bryan has been able to make in 2. The era of the superhero wrestler is pretty much over and wrestling fans now want to be able to relate to the men in the ring. They want to live vicariously through these men. It’s what made Stone Cold Steve Austin so popular and what has hurt John Cena for so long. Cena’s physique is borderline “Biogenesis testing”-worthy, he never seems to be in a bad mood and always comes out on top. Kids see John Cena as a superhero they want to grow up to be. Teens and adults see John Cena as a guy who has gotten as far as he has on personality & politics. I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that the WWE would rather have John Cena as the face of their company instead of someone the size of Daniel Bryan, that has the attitude of CM Punk or even the tattoos of Randy Orton. John Cena is WWE’s “guy” and will be until he retires. What’s changed now is that guys like Bryan and Punk are MARKETABLE! People want to see them live, they want to buy their t-shirts & action figures and they want to see them win championships. So while John Cena will always be in the mix at the top of the card, WWE now has a multitude of characters that their fans can once again rally behind.
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