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The WWE-Ek: Raving Lunatics


WWE has been amping up the match quality on SmackDown. With the announcement the show is moving back to Thursdays, (Yes, once upon a time it was on Thursdays_, the time to gain viewership is now. It also means Impact Wrestling is 100% S.O.L. come January.

Taking a look at TNA/Impact, we see them trying really, really hard to do the whole shock and surprise title change on live television bit for the 72nd time this year. Okay, slight exaggeration, but it comes as no shock since their actual pay-per-views are nearly no longer in existence. Shame, really. Let’s face it, we’re looking at WCW during it’s final year. One week the New Blood is face, next week they are heel, then half the stable jumps to a new stable, then all the faces in the company band as a heel stable which lasts all of two weeks. Let’s make the most hated heel into uber-face and give him the title.

The shame is Bobby Roode is very talented. But there is no recognition of it. Take the biblical story of Noah. During his generation he was considered to be a wise and talented individual. However, if he lived during the time of Abraham, he would have been a jabroni. You have Samoa Joe, uber-talented. You have Eric Young, uber-talented. Half the X-Division, uber-talented. But they don’t get the deserved recognition because of where they are. Wish they would all just go to NXT already. Can WWE just form a new league and pretend to compete? Makes me wish WCW was still around. At least they, for many years were on the same level as WWE, but sadly they met a disastrous end.

There’s a report out there won’t even be any new Impact Wrestling shows for a few week while SpikeTV airs some movies and “Best of TNA” shows.

Uh oh.

In any case, TNA got some love over in Belfast this week as TNA chants were ringing out during an oddly poor performance by Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro. Apparently fans got angry, chucking a drink at Cesaro. Oh, those silly Europeans.

Speaking of silly, the newest feud kindling on SmackDown is Adam Rose and… The Bunny. Yes! during a match with R-Truth, the Bunny distracted Rose, leading to a loss. So, either Adam Rose or the Bunny will turn heel, but the rest of us will turn and shake our heads in shame.

SmackDown got crazy with two Steel Cage Matches, with Gold and Star Dust retaining the Tag Team Championships against the Usos and Dolph Ziggler and Kane main eventing. Is it just me, or has Kane wrestled more with the Corporate persona than actually being a “official” of the company?

Let’s get back to Ryback. Suddenly, he seems to be at the forefront yet again. Perhaps his time in mid-card hell has taught him not to bite the hand which feeds, got that Jack Swagger? The man who cries “feed me more” might get just that, seemingly being entertained as part of Team Cena vs. Team Authority. We have a couple of weeks before Survivor Series, so nothing is set in stone. Curious as to how a returning Ryback suddenly earns a spot main eventing a pay-per-view while you have about a dozen others who have been waiting for their chance. Don’t believe me? Go ask:


The Miz

Damien Sandow

Bo Dallas



Big E. Langston

Jack Swagger

Wade Barrett

Fine. It’s not a dozen, and Barrett is still out with injury. Wah. Point is, while I personally do not mind seeing Ryback thrust back to the top of the mountain, I certainly hope he has what it takes to be back up front and center. His feud against a heel CM Punk certainly paid off until being demoted to a “bully” gimmick and partnered with Curtis Axel. Not trying to take anything away from Axel, but them together as a team was a beyond horrible idea. I know this is WWE’s way of getting more wrestlers on a program, but often it ends horribly. Ryback wound up from big name to channel-changer. This time we will see what happens.

Change is in the air. NXT featured Hideo Itami (KENTA) and Finn Balor (Prince Devitt) took on the Ascension it what appears to be the latter’s final days in NXT, as they along with Sami Zayn appear to be heading towards the main roster. Zayn has been featured on WWE Main Event and there have been steps being taken to ready the most dominant NXT team for television. Kevin Steen is prepped to begin on NXT. The training ground is the home of the best indy talent around the world, despite what Jeff Jarrett and his Global Force Wrestling claims. The biggest problem, and at this point I sound like a broken record, is the massive overcrowding of the WWE roster. If another roster cleaning is in the works, the follow wrestlers can go to TNA, GFW, ROH, or wherever the hell else they want.

My lovely and darling wife Evi has pointed out a list of her own… So I dare not exclude…

Mike’s Firings:

The Great Khali – He sucks. He sucks. He sucks and has contributed nothing but Great Suckiness to television.

R-Truth  – We have Xavier Woods now. Don’t need your old ass anymore.

David Otunga – The ONLY reason you have a job is because of Jennifer Hudson.

Heath Slater – His job was saved thanks to his wife giving birth days before Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre got the boot, but I’m sorry, this just isn’t working out.

Darren Young – We know why he still has a job.

Sin Cara (Hunico) – You can’t have both Sin Cara and Hunico on the WWE Superstars page when they are the same person. Furthermore, just fire him and two spots free up.

Evi’s Firing’s:

Ryback – Oh look, they’ve brought Goldberg back. Stop it.

Randy Orton – Hey, let’s add some more injuries to your resume. Be impressive when you apply for a job as a bouncer for a dive bar. I hate him. Seeing him on television gives me the gagging feeling of incoming, or I should say outgoing vomit.

El Torito – Maybe Los Matadores needs to go when the midget bull gets more in-ring time.

Hornswoggle – Hasn’t he made enough money dressing up in costumes?

Fandango – Fan-Dan-Go the hell away

Brock Lesnar – I hate him. I don’t like him. Paul Heyman can manage Zack Ryder to the WWE Championship instead. Save the money and bring up more NXT people.

Adam Rose – Go back to NXT and try a new gimmick, or join the Wyatts. Actually, I want the Bunny to join the Wyatts and pull a gimmick resembling the Killer Bunny from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Get rid of all Divas except for AJ Lee, Paige, Natalya, Tamina, and maybe Alicia Fox. The rest can go away, far far away.

I’m sure we’ll be bombarded by hate mail and bags of flaming poop at our door. The latter won’t bother us since we still deal with children crapping themselves just because they can.

That’s all for this week. I’ll save some venom for everyone on Monday night.

Michael Dworkis
Michael Dworkis
Michael Dworkis has been a writer for The Pop Break since 2010. For over a decade he has contributed columns featuring Anime, Comics, Transformers, Television, Movies, and most notably, Professional Wrestling. Additionally, one of the key players in the original Angry Nerds column and a guest on one of Bill's various podcasts. When he is not grinding away at his next feature, or shouting expletives at the television while playing video games or watching wrestling, Michael actually has a full-time job,as a Mental Health Professional, working at a medical practice in New Jersey, and runs his own telehealth private practice. A family man through-and-through, requiring his three children to memorize all the Autobots and Decepticons on the collection shelves while also educating them in all things Marvel and Star Wars. You know, the stuff Disney owns.

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