Tuesday, August 9, 2011

COLUMN: "Shooting from the Hip" #3 by Tony Mirabella

Ah, summer! The birds chirping, the beaches being packed, the heart attack victims from the 1500 degree heat, and, of course, the “Biggest Party Of The Summer,” WWE SummerSlam!

On last night’s Monday Night Raw, we saw another shoot-style exchange between John Cena and CM Punk. As I’ve said in a previous column, I like the shoot-style that the WWE and, especially, Punk seem to be implementing.

Watching the contract signing last night, I found myself wondering who got the better of whom between Cena and Punk. Punk’s promo skills are never in doubt, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see how well Cena is handing himself. His promo skills have definitely improved over the last year or so, and I like the fact that he’s able to seem more real.

Here’s the thing. Cena said something very relevant last night when he told Punk that he NEEDS to win at SummerSlam, or he’ll just be a one hit wonder. Let the Don get this out right now. I agree 100%! In my opinion, this entire CM Punk storyline will have been a waste if Punk doesn’t go over. Cena started out as champion, and if Cena goes over then we’re right back to where we started! Punk is over like crazy. Cena doesn’t NEED the belt right now. In fact, I don’t think he needs it at WrestleMania against the Rock either. But, there’s plenty of time to put the title back on Cena, if they insist on going in that direction.

Also, I firmly believe that one of the many reason’s the WWE has pushed Cena to Neptune is because of merchandise. Well, I saw a HELL of a lot of CM Punk shirts in the crowd last night. Believe me, Punk as champ will sell merch. Let’s just hope WWE does this the right way.

Now, a question to the millions, AND MILLIONS, of Don’s fans. Why the hell did they put Money In The Bank on Del Rio? This guy has done more jobs than a temp agency worker. His momentum is... Well, he doesn’t have any momentum. Now, a lot of people say that that briefcase is a get out of jail free card. It can instantly turn a jobber into a champion. But, will anyone out there believe Del Rio as WWE champion? I won’t.

Let me bring up the SummerSlam card from WWE.com. (Waits 4 hours for advertisements to end.) Okay, I’m back. One match I am actually looking quite forward to is Sheamus vs. Mark Henry. I think Sheamus can potentially be a great babyface. If he can take down Mark Henry, who has been steamrolling over everyone lately, it might just push him into that full blown face I know he can be.

Christian vs. Orton for the 4,000,212th time. Hopefully the last. Picking this one isn’t easy, because we don’t yet know what Christian’s big bombshell is going to be.

My last thoughts are about HHH. Wait, that didn’t sound right. I do NOT think about HHH in my spare time. Seriously, I’m starting to see some heelish tendencies by him. I’m praying that we don’t see him screw someone over at SummerSlam. What’s the point of replacing Vince McMahon with HHH, if HHH is just going to start acting the same way? Anyone else see John Laryngitis as HHH’s new Patterson and Brisco? Too soon, WWE! Stop rushing damn storylines! HHH should NOT be refereeing this match at SummerSlam. It’s a screwjob just waiting to happen, and it’s too damn soon.

In the end, I’m looking forward to the summer ending festivities. Hopefully, all goes well and all ends well, but with the WWE, you never know. And, knowing is half the battle. The other half is shooting people with a big gun.

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DH Smith Heading To StrikeForce?

Diana Hart,the mother of David Hart Smith, tweeted the following:

Good nite! I predict Harry Smith(DH) will b the new Brock Lesnar 4 Strikeforce. Onward &Upward.Easy for 6’5″ monster w strategy!Can’t wait!"
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Update On Rey Mysterio

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Rey Mysterio had an MRI done over the weekend but as of yesterday, did not have the results back. Rey is reportedly very worried as it's the same knee that he has had several surgeries on.