By Jason Powell, Publisher ProWrestling.net (@prowrestlingnet)
Raw WWE Achievements
Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre for WWE Championship: It's a rare pleasure to see a world title change on TV these days. WWE teased viewers with Miz's cash-in potential and the threat of The Fiend is still there, but it turned out to be a strong and straightforward championship match. McIntyre's first world title win at WrestleMania just didn't have the punch it should have due to the unique circumstances created by the pandemic. And while fans still weren't back in the building, more people got to see this game as it took place on Raw, and the atmosphere ThunderDome created is a big improvement over the venue's approach. empty. I can only hope that the Creative Forces are aware that McIntyre vs Roman Reigns is a main match worthy of WrestleMania and will not do anything to change that through booking their match at Survivor Series. That aside, the new main event in the Survivor series looks great on paper and is a big improvement over the previously announced Orton heel vs Reigns heel match.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin for Raw Tag titles: The pre-game verbal exchange was terrible and the finger of blame is pointed directly at Kingston for that sad Jerk Business line. The game was entertaining. I thought WWE might want to save the first New Day vs Street Profits somewhere down the road, so I was open to the idea of a title change, which made the Close Falls more dramatic. Ultimately, I'm glad they stuck with New Day vs Street Profits, as he's only behind McIntyre vs Reigns on the list of fresh and intriguing Survivor Series matches.
Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz: The supernatural elements and villain of The Fiend persona's best-selling horror movie turn me off, but there's no denying that Wyatt and Alexa Bliss are a compelling act. Bliss does a terrific job in her role as a Harley Quinn-style female sidekick. I wonder if they're building towards Wyatt and Bliss in conflict with McIntyre and fellow Scottish Nikki Cross. On a secondary note, The Miz and John Morrison have been made even worse since Miz took on Otis' Money in the Bank contract. Guess there's a chance the WWE creator will make Miz the most vulnerable heel world champion in the modern era, but the alternative is that Miz and Morrison are set to become no, too. relevant and non-threatening as the duo of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
General show: A world title change in the main event and solid media hype for the Survivor Series pay-per-view made it one of the best Raw shows in recent memory. Granted, that doesn't mean much, but hopefully the series can start to gain momentum.
WWE Raw Misses
Asuka, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax and Lana: Raw's women's division is a lopsided joke. WWE continues to pay the price for pushing Asuka, Sasha Banks, and Bayley so aggressively while failing to elevate anyone to a credible threat to Asuka. The same mistake is made in the female label division, as they build Baszler and Jax as being so dominant that there is no reason to consider any of their challengers as serious contenders. Raw's women's division has turned into a boring and predictable turning point. Lana's ongoing script submitted to the broadcast table seems designed to make Lana likable, but the jury is out on whether that actually works. ThunderDome fans giving him the thumbs-down treatment upon his entry seemed revealing. And even if it works one way or another, Lana still has to prove that she is passable enough in the ring to warrant a major push.
Keith Lee, Braun Strowman, Riddle and Sheamus vs. “Retribution” Ali, T-Bar, Mace and Slapjack: The payout is cooler than the required storage temperature of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. So, even if they do eventually win a match, the best thing the Creatives can do is take advantage and give the faction members a fair chance to stop using their regular characters. The feuds between the members of Team Raw might be a slightly intriguing scenario if the masses really questioned whether they could put their differences aside during their meaningless battle for brand supremacy at Survivor Series. Sheamus is clearly prepared for a feud with Drew McIntyre, and one can only hope that there are good plans for Lee, Strowman, Riddle and AJ Styles coming out of Survivor Series, as the four men placed in quality programs. could help make a three-hour marathon that is Raw feels more tolerable.
Jeff Hardy and Elias: Hardy seemed more angry with Elias for handing out his silly flyer than he ever had when Sheamus called him a drunk and a junkie during their Smackdown feud. This storyline is built around the silly, stupid premise that Elias still blames Hardy for the hit-and-flight accident on Smackdown despite Hardy's character being cleared of any wrongdoing. It's time to get Hardy out of this nasty routine and do something where he can actually make a difference.
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“Scream” star David Arquette has an extreme passion that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most violente style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding chair. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a second it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.