My favorite part of RAW was not, as many of you might suspect, Seth Rollins vs. Neville. It was not the 6 man tag ‘main event’, nor was it even that awesome tag team skipping their way into our hearts.
No, my favorite part of RAW was just a single moment, seeing Cesaro, Miz and Kevin Owens in the ring together. Just the sight of those three in directors’ chairs made me ridiculously happy – Those are some of my absolute favorite talents in WWE right now.
Which, of course, got me thinking.
Who is / are my favorite WWE wrestlers at this very moment?
Full disclosure – I’m not even an hour through Monday Night RAW yet. Having stayed up until 11:00 (#NAIdraft 2.0), though, I am well aware of what is to come. Car doors flying (and hitting children, apparently), Titus being ace on commentary, a main even match that should cause me to lose my mind. I’m excited for all of that, and I encourage any of you Hall of Famers out there to share your own RAW responses here on NAI.
But today, I want to talk about the IC title picture. . . In a complimentary way.
Based on the Twittering I was seeing last night, I expected this match to be a train wreck, a travesty, a complete and utter waste of time. That wasn’t what I got, though.
Big Show, Ryback and The Miz put forth a quality, entertaining segment that continued to build their story heading into Battleground.
As just about everyone who reads this column knows, I’m in the midst of trying to watch every NWA / WCW PPV (and Clash of Champions) on WWE Network. It’s an arduous task, especially when you consider that the talents and matches at some of these points, and I apologize to the uber-fans like my dear friend Magnum here, just weren’t very good!
For me, though, its not really about the matches. It’s about the characters, particularly the lesser known / mildly terrible ones.
I mean, come on, I’m the guy who spent 10+ minutes discussing New Day on NAIpod this week! I’ve always been drawn to the undercard when it comes to professional wrestling, and boy, does late 80’s and early 90’s WCW have an undercard!
Rather than do a traditional DC Diaries this week, I thought I’d instead introduce many of you to a cast of characters that, in many ways, defy descriptions. The following are NWA and WCW talents that, in my opinion, you should know.
(Honestly, I’m only writing this column for one specific reason. You’ll see what it is at the end. Trust me, its worth the wait.)
If you were to take 100 average WWE fans and ask them about Hell in a Cell, the vast majority of them would immediately talk about Foley’s brush with death during his seminal Cell match with Undertaker. Some might also mention the bloodbath that was Michaels vs. HHH, back in the day.
Last year’s CM Punk vs. Ryback match is likely not going to be on the top of many wrestling fan’s minds when HIAC is brought up, and after watching it last night, I can totally understand why. It was a boring, boring match. No blood. Very few high spots, save for Punk’s beatdown of Heyman after defeating Ryback and some quite creative suplexes Mr. “Feed Me More” gave to the future GFW World Champion…
See what I did there? Got your attention, didn’t I?