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The Wrestling 5&1 6.29.14: Lillian Garcia vs Renee Young
Posted by Tony Acero on 06.29.2014

Ah, it's good to be back. As some of you may have noticed, I've had a bit of a break from the column – and although I have no school, and am pretty relaxed for the most part, I have to say that the break was very necessary. Also, as you may have noticed, we have a new slot – at least temporarily. The Friday deadline just wasn't working for me, and it is my hope that we have a more structured and all around better time here until I reconfigure a few things! Anyways, Let's do this!

Money in the Bank Preview

We have a PPV coming soon, and it's easily a fan favorite, particularly due to not one – but two – ladder matches, each with very interesting implications to the future of the WWE. Will this be the event that Roman Reigns becomes the new face of the WWE? Will Rollins take the briefcase and run with it? Will RVD and Swagger share a peace pipe?

Goldust & Stardust vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
People seem to really be divided regarding "Stardust" and his crazy antics thus far. While some feel it's an unnecessary role for Cody, there are still others that find they must adore Cody for the immense energy he puts in every character, regardless of the ridiculousness of it all. See also, Damien Sandow. I'm the latter camp that says why the hell not, especially if this is all a means to an end – and that eventual end being Cody Rhodes turning on Goldust for their big match up against each other. Goldust has had a great return thus far, and Cody is young enough to not be hindered by teaming with his brother for this long. There's no chance that The Dusts will lose, but it should be a fun trip regardless. Also, note the complete apathy of the opposing team throughout this to find the answer as to whether or not they matter to me.
Winners: Goldust and Stardust

WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
The Usos vs. Wyatt Family

Harry Broadhurst, who co-hosts The Raw Reaction with me, feels The Wyatts should have had these titles for quite some time now, and although I didn't necessarily disagree, I didn't feel there was any urgency. I still don't see the urgency, but again, I am not opposed to a Wyatt win. The Usos, as fun as they are, haven't added anything – or had anything added to them – with the titles, so losing them won't be too big of a deal. They seem to be better as chasers, anyway. A win for The Wyatts can bring a bit of intrigue to the titles, and it'd be interesting how Bray fits into it all.
Winners: The Wyatt Family

WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige vs Naomi

I can't say that the WWE isn't trying to add some semblance of intrigue to the Divas Division, but I can admit to them simply not trying hard – at all. Monday Night's match was apparently more about how many times Cameron can say "Actually" than Naomi wrestling. Paige is getting a bit more traction, but we are going to need a bit more, guys.
Winner: Paige

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Dam

And finally, we get to the least predictable match of the night. The easy pick would have been Bad News Barrett, who – even with the IC Title around his waist, was finally seen as credible for a big title win again, but the injury may cause the WWE to change their mind. This isn't to say it can't be done. We don't know the extent of his injury, and with the proper protection or inspiration, Wade could still win this easily. Kingston and Swagger simply don't have it in them, and RVD is an attraction at this point. These leaves the two former members of The Shield who, I think, won't get anywhere near the briefcase due to them just brawling anywhere but in the ring. This leaves Ziggler…and call it wishful thinking if you'd like, but I feel it's going to happen.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
John Cena, Roman Reigns, Kane, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio

As much as it pains me to say this, there's only one outcome that makes a semblance of sense for the long run here. It's a safeguard that the WWE has used time and time again, and it's no big surprise that if who I think will win does, that it's only to serve as a transition from one person to another. Look for a Cena win here as a transitional champion, not because they don't trust anyone else, but because the WWE is losing money and ratings and are most likely in panic mode regarding the main event (this is all assumption, but based on previous efforts from them). This immediate panic will most likely cause them to give Cena the strap so that he can carry the main event forward towards Summerslam where they can hopefully realign shit back towards Bryan.
Winner: John Cena

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Vickie Guerrero Leaves the WWE

A couple of weeks ago, we had a RAW that brought about a lot of upset, including yours truly. While there was any number of reasons to be mad, there is one that stuck out strikingly, creating a unified front of "What the fuck" towards the WWE's mentality behind the segment(s) that were displayed. First, we had a dissolution of The Shield without explanation or mention, then Roman Reigns shows character – yet it lends little towards the man we have seen since his debut. This leads to a run-in with a character that, at one point was a heat magnet but has since lost a lot of traction. The culmination of this over-arching story throughout RAW was Stephanie McMahon projectiling upwards towards Vickie Guerrero, leaving her in a mess of vomit and ridicule. The segment was universally hated, with comments everywhere really questioning what kept them as a fan, and podcasts (including my own) refusing to even mention the segment as a whole considering how asinine it was.

The dust has since settled, and although people haven't warmed up to the moment, there was some semblance of a silver lining that I wanted to touch on. I read The 4 Rs this week, and Jack Stevenson went IN on the Vickie Segment from the most recent RAW, saying:

I wonder if she feels like she's been treated fairly, or if she's aware on some level that she's spent the last nine years of her life working for disgusting, unfeeling humans who think nothing of routinely degrading and humiliating the wife of one of their most beloved employees. Did anyone else feel like vomiting in their mouths when Eddie's name was being tossed around and his music was being played and it was all to try and drum up interest in a match in which his wife would be hurled unceremoniously into a vat of foul smelling brown gloop, a final slap in the face of a woman who's done all but throw fish heads at children while dressed as Santa for the entertainment of Mr. Burns?

Needless to say, Jack did NOT like the "match" with Stephanie and goes on to defend Vickie as best he can regarding the blatant disrespect that she has received over the years regarding her character and her person. While I respect Jack as a colleague, I have to disagree COMPLETELY. First, when Eddie's music played, I got chills and damn near choked up. It is true that Vickie Guerrero, the character, has received many a ridiculing moments on-screen, but the fact is that she is/was a heel – and a damned good one. She was a heat magnet. She is quite possibly one of the best examples within the past several years of true heat, as opposed to apathetic boos. She nearly always had the crowd in her hand and I would continuously be awed and just how well she got over as a heel. She sucked on the mic, she had an annoying voice, she wasn't attractive in the least, but she KNEW all of this and USED it to her advantage.

Aside from that, she was widely known as a joy to be around backstage and was – from all accounts – as much a part of the family as any other diva, if not more. The mention of Eddie was a means to an end and only helped to enhance just how vile Stephanie, the character is, and it wasn't without repercussion, as Vickie mentioning the name brought credence and respect to it immediately, especially making it more important than McMahon, as she so eloquently put it. I also have to give Vickie props for taking one of the hottest heel acts of the last ten years and creating a face turn that just worked. When Vickie shimmied her way to the back and told Eddie she loved him, nothing mattered but that moment, and it made me instantly respect and realize just how vital she has been to the program the past few years. Thank you, Vickie.

YOUR Divas Champion….Paige!

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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