Last night’s grandest stage of them all was not the harbinger of watershed change that I was hoping for, though that’s probably my own fault for having my usual #IrrationalIdealist expectations. We got the distinct impression from Wrestlemania that this is still Vince McMahon’s company and, with minimal exceptions, what he says goes.
Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable show to end an enjoyable weekend, though.
Come with me, NAIborhood, as the Pope of Positivity walks you through his personal list of favorite moments from Sunday’s Wrestlemania.
Ladies and gentlemen, I come to you under somber circumstances. Going into Wrestlemania week, I had hoped that we happy few members of the NAIborhood would find nothing but frivolity and joy, but it seems, as with all things, we must take some time to be sad.
Today, we lay to rest one of our dearest favorites. . . Someone whom we thought might one day live forever.
Today, we say goodbye to the dearly departed Bray Wyatt.
Monday night’s RAW was an historic one. . . Or at least, I believe it was. For the first time in a WWE (not NXT) ring, we saw Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt, otherwise known as the Rotunda brothers, together.
Well, not technically together. Bo had just had a shocking of his shell by Ryback, and following said shock, the lights went out, and thus appeared Bray Wyatt, rather handily taking out Mr. “I’m so Hungry!”
Note: This is how this feud should go, by the way. Bray should defeat Ryback with almost shocking ease. If it goes any differently, I may have to write an entirely separate column in which I drown my tears in a few thousand words about how much I adore WWE’s most cultish jobber.
While they may not have officially been in the ring together, I (along with countless others on the Twitter) felt a level of excitement that is sometimes hard to come by in sports entertainment these days. There has been a growing enthusiasm for WWE to band these brothers together in some form or fashion, and as someone fully and completely on board with this notion, I thought we’d take a few minutes to fully flesh out why this idea is both logical and (potentially) wildly entertaining.
For my money, there’s nothing like a good wrestling stable. If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980’s, it was the Four Horsemen or the Heenan Family. During the Monday Night Wars, it was the nWo or the Corporate Ministry. Raven’s Flock, Los Boricuas, Right to Censor, the Filthy Animals. . . The list goes on and on.
In the first half of 2014 in the WWE, two young new superstars named Adam Rose and Bo Dallas emerged, looking to continue the success they had experienced in NXT. Each one had something unique to offer the wrestling world that seemed to capture fan attention, both positively and negatively. It seemed, as recently as two months ago, that these rookies were going to be fixtures on RAW and Smackdown for years to come.
Now, however, it seems that their two career paths are heading in opposite directions. Adam Rose has, almost overnight, become a joke, fighting with Damien Sandow over ownership of a Sonic hot dog. Bo Dallas, on the other hand, is riding high into Battleground, where he stands as a potential favorite to win the vacant Intercontinental title.
How did this happen? How can one man’s star rise so quickly while another plummets equally as fast?