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The Wrestling 5 & 1 2.08.14: Eve Torres vs Cameron
Posted by Tony Acero on 02.08.2014

It's Week 1 of the Post-Punk Era, and had this been some doldrums month like October, I'm sure we'd be holding candle-lit vigils and crying our eyes out. BUT IT'S MANIA SEASON, BAYBAY!! Sorry Punk, but you left at the most inopportune moment. At any rate, we're here without him and although we spoke at length about him last week in the 5&1, it's time to move on and talk about….shit, I got nothing. Let's see what I can come up with on three cans of Mountain Dew and equal hours of sleep.

Disgruntled Employees Express

If anyone has seen the most recent Dolph Ziggler promo, then one has seen some unbridled passion that has yet to be unlocked by the man. Gone is the Pat Patterson insulting dweeb who was once a cheerleader, and present is a man who is tired of the WWE's shit. Let's take a look at the obscenely expensive Wrestling 5&1 YouTube embedded video:

I don't know about you guys, but that shit sounded shooty. As if that wasn't enough, during an attempt to get Titus O'Neil over as a heel, The Miz came out ringside during Titus's match with Ryder and let the world know that he was pissed a former WWE Champion such as himself wasn't on RAW, but a barking fool and an internet wannabe was. MeThinks (aww, I miss that guy) Miz is a bit pissed off himself. So much, in fact, that his headset-messed-with-hair didn't even phase him – although it really bugged me.

So what do we make of these two recent outbursts of anger towards positioning of the card? Well, those not in the know would assume that The Miz and Dolph Ziggler are attempting to take matters into their own hands, but we internet savvy folk know some shit, and apparently the scuttlebutt is that these two men will be teamed together as a couple of disgruntled WWE employees who are tired of their position on the card. Sound familiar? Oh CM Punk, it appears you still give to us fans even after you have left. After reading some reports, there is a fear that this spells nothing but trouble for the two, claiming that this is moreso a giant rib than anything else – and I can see their point. Other still see that there's the opportunity for something big here. After all, shades of gray is what we all enjoy right? The fear, however, is that although these two will be able to shoot quite a bit of their (I'm sure) true to life feelings, they will ultimately come off as heels and lose quite a damned bit. In essence, the WWE is allowing them to air grievances and use insider terms like "spot on the card" and "push," but it will ultimately end with nothing extravagant, and certainly not a higher position on the card.

I'm not so sold on that. Granted, I don't think The Miz will ever touch the WWE Championship again – especially now that it's just one title – but I do feel that with both men floundering, this idea is one that has a lot of legs, and a lot of steam that could be placed behind it. If Dolph's promo is any preview of the position they will play (how's that for alliteration), then I'm excited – at the very least – to see what they DO. The big question, I suppose, is how much the WWE will let these two run with what they have. After all, they will be saying some very true statements, I assume, and there is a line that one could cross at any minute causing a very angry old man to place them at home for 90 days before properly eating.

Your Turn: Is the proposed storyline of "Grumpy Old(ish) Men" a good one?

Over on the Yes! Yes! Yes! Facebook page, I posted this pic for all to comment on...

And the commenter with the most "likes"???

Frank Paul: " Screw you guys, we're going home..."

Special shout-out to Chad Perry who had my personal favorite: So even if I start drinking I won't wanna stay here...

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Poll Time

Something I really should have done last week, but didn't take the initiative to do so was a poll asking you fellas and felletes (oh, who am I kiddin), whether or not the Punk thing is a work. A week later, and it seems more real than ever, but I'm still interested in what you guys think, so let's pull the poll out!!

Eve wins with over 500 votes! Poor McCool never stood a chance! Eve goes to Round 2 and makes one step closer to the HOB! Who do we have this week?!

I'll be sure to update the image next week…..promise?

And now…..

Voting ends Wednesday night and you can vote once every hour!

Don't Forget to Pick Up the Rice, Eleanor!
Last week I slaved over the keyboard for AT LEAST an hour of intense writing over the CM Punk situation only for a majority of you to prove that the pudding of this weekly little diatribe is all within the ladies! Don't worry, I'm not mad! I love you fucks! Speakin of you fellas, Ryan Haseldine wants CM Punk to run in during the Mania main event to help Bryan win the title, and if that ain't a feel good moment, I don't know what is! Guest seems to agree with Ryan as he essentially says the same thing. Dj Bollocks thinks Punk's return will be before Mania and in the Elimination Chamber! I don't think so, Dj, but I wouldn't mind seeing it. Ob1wan and Josh Nazario have some good captions, but they won't count unless posted on the Facebook page! Get to it, boys! Preston wants a Summer Rae run in the HOB, and I can only promise so much! But you got it, man. In the meantime, be sure to check out the And 1 Model!

Thanks again, to the greatest readers on either side of the ‘Ssippi!

Summer Rae!

About the author:

Tony Acero is currently a student at Cal State University of Long Beach. He is double-majoring as a Creative Writing and Literature major. His first book, Through The Looking Glass, was published in April, 2012. School's Out is a short story that found the author arrested due to the severity of its content. Both can be found on amazon.com.

Tony joined 411Mania in April 2010, and currently contributes in both music and wrestling. Tony is an avid drinker of Mountain Dew and Jack Daniels. He is a writer who hardly takes himself seriously, yet has an innate ability to create moments that are both human yet fearful in his writings.

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Greg DeMarco is a graduate of Virginia Tech (Bachelor's in Business Management) and Arizona State (Master's in Higher & Post-Secondary Education). He works in online higher education. Greg started in improv comedy in 2001, making his stand-up debut in 2004.

Greg first appeared as a ring announcer for Rising Phoenix Wrestling in Phoenix Arizona in 2006 and served many promotions in both on-stage and back-stage roles for over six years, most notably Ring of Honor in 2010. He began writing for 411Mania in October 2010, founded The Greg DeMarco Show in May 2011 and opened WrestlingSmash.com (and Wrestling Smash Radio) in January 2013.

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Until next week...


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