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Daily Open Thread for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Here's your "Daily Open Thread" for Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Throughout your day, come tell us whatever your heart desires, talk about this week's wrestling, or whatever else may be on your mind. Time spent here is guaranteed to be well worth it.

Here's your "Daily Open Thread" for Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.

Don't forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.

Hi, My Name is: The Power Bomb

This series seeks to evaluate the WWE roster (not today!) through the lens of the fan. What do you love and what do you loathe about each wrestling move? Up next: The Power Bomb

"Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the questions." – "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

Okay technically, I didn't come up with the idea, but recently promoted Cagesider Casey Garner hit me up on Twitter with the thought that we should critique wrestling moves. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and in return I'll plug his Twitter and wrestling podcast, The Casey & Jeremy Show, for his efforts.

So the plan going forward is to mix in some wrestling moves to lengthen this series and change things up a bit. Plus, it will be cool to see where moves rank after a few months of doing this. When critiquing, focus on the move itself, not just the person(s) who performed it regularly (ex: don't give The Superkick a "5" solely because Shawn Michaels did it). Some things to consider are how believable it is, creativity, and how devastating a move looks.

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If this is your first read with this series, here's the deal: We are looking to hyper-critique an individual move and try to pinpoint what is great and terrible about it. It's okay to pull out the snark card in your responses.

In fact, it's encouraged!

After enough people respond, I will organize what are the best and worst traits of The Power Bomb, and compile an evaluation post later in the day. Also, don't worry if you have the same answers as others, the point is to figure out a common denominator for each wrestling move.

So the two questions for you are:

What one thing do you consistently love about The Power Bomb?

What one thing do you consistently loathe about The Power Bomb?

Poll
Rate The Power Bomb: 5 is the best, 1 is the worst.

  64 votes | Results

WWE Main Event results, live blog for April 22, 2014

Complete results and a running live blog for tonight's (Tues., April 22, 2014) episode of WWE "Main Event" from Hershey, Pennsylvania, featuring ... well, we don't know because WWE hasn't advertised anything.

WWE Main Event comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Tues., April 22, 2014) from the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and we'll have complete results and a live blog for the show right when it kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Tonight's show will feature ... well, we don't quite know because WWE hasn't officially advertised anything. But it's on the schedule, so we'll have it covered!

Be sure to come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the Main Event live blog.

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WWE MAIN EVENT RESULTS & LIVE BLOG APRIL 22

Geno here. See you tonight, folks.

WWE Extreme Rules 2014: Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods official

Finally, something other than a squash.

During last night's episode of Raw it was revealed that Alexander Rusev will take on both R-Truth and Xavier Woods in a 2-on-1 handicap match at the Extreme Rules special event on Sun., May 4, 2014, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

From WWE.com:

Unstoppable since arriving in WWE, newcomer Alexander Rusev will meet his biggest test yet when he takes on both R-Truth & Xavier Woods in a Handicap Match at Extreme Rules.

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Though the 300-plus-pound Bulgarian Brute demolished Truth and Woods in singles matches - and he's gotten the better of the two with his unprovoked post-match ambushes - will the WWE Universe learn Rusev's limitations May 4 at Extreme Rules?

Excited to see Rusev in something other than a straight squash? Or are we assuming this will also be a straight squash?

Here's the updated Extreme Rules match card and line-up:

- Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
- Evolution vs. The Shield
- Big E vs. Intercontinental tournament title winner
- Paige vs. Tamina
- Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods

WWE Raw results, recap, reactions from April 21, 2014: Rough sledding

WWE "Monday Night Raw" last night (April 21, 2014) emanated from Baltimore, Maryland, and featured all the latest build to the Extreme Rules event in New Jersey. A recap with full reactions is right here.

WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (April 21, 2014) from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules event scheduled for early next month in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it. Let's get right to reactions. Remember, these were written as the show moved along with real time reactions to everything that occurred hour-by-hour.

HOUR ONE

  • Knowing the excruciating pain he had to have been in walking out on the stage to kick off Monday Night Raw, it was really difficult to watch Bryan break down while doing his YES skip to the ring. Seeing him look to the sky, surely thinking of his father. Having his wife Brie Bella greet him in the ring to lead a "YES" chant together. I hope this was some sort of therapy for him. I hope his going out to perform was what he needed to help him get through this moment, if only this moment.
  • With that said, and maybe because of the emotional impact felt by fans of Bryan who knew his father had died recently, the opening segment was phenomenal. At first it felt like a typical wrestling angle, with Kane coming back to terrorize Bryan and his wife so he could destroy him as he vowed to do last week. Then, it became clear they were writing Bryan off television so he could go deal with his father's passing, at least until Extreme Rules. They put this together really well, too, with Stephanie McMahon demanding Kane stop while "The Big Red Monster" repeatedly and without emotion destroyed Bryan with multiple Tombstones, one on the floor, one on the steel steps, and one on the announce table (that didn't break). Stephanie was emphatic, but not so much that it didn't feel disingenious. Kane was perfectly vicious. Brie ran away and came back when it was time to stretcher Bryan out and was great as the concerned wife. This was great.
  • I almost forgot to mention Michael Cole. He gave the call of his life here. He let the moment breathe and when it came time to express justified outrage, he was perfect there too. He added to this a great deal, screaming for someone to help when Kane was Tombstoning Bryan through the announce table. This was great.
  • It just sucks that all that happened, and was necessary, because of Bryan's father passing.
  • Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett was a very good match considering its placement and the situation. A good showcase to open Raw with in the semifinals of an Intercontinental title tournament that featured good action in front of an appreciative crowd with a legitimately surprising finish. They actually put Barrett over here, and clean.
  • Am I the only one who is way too excited for Hugh Jackman to return to Raw next week?
  • Really appreciated Bray Wyatt's return promo from that abomination of a segment last week. His new angle is to say that John Cena is in denial of the truth. When he first tasted truth it was bitter but delicious and Cena needs to taste it the same. The truth he needs to taste, and one that is becoming increasingly more clear, is that each time these two cross paths, Bray converts more and more of Cena's fans. This would have been a great angle had the crowd booed, but many of them actually cheered and by the time Wyatt's promo was over, they were singing along with him. He told them what he was doing, made them understand it's not a good thing it was happening, and then when and did it anyway. And they all bought it, hook, line, and sinker. I love this character. He's perfect.
  • If I never have to hear another announcer scream "GORE! GORE! GORE!" it will be too soon.
  • I don't have an issue with WWE booking El Torito vs. Hornswoggle, nor do I have an issue with the six-man involving Los Matadores and 3MB designed just to showcase the little guys doing stuff ... things. They just clearly don't really care about booking these two like they're worth anything more than a chuckle from the kiddos in the crowd who would get a kick out of seeing two little people fight. I could take it or leave it.
  • Man, you could tell Triple H really, really missed arriving to arenas in a limo with his buddies in Evolution dressed to the nines and stepping out with doves flying around as they made their slo mo entrance. I could be convinced he reformed Evolution for this one moment alone.

HOUR TWO

  • I'll give Evolution this much: When they walk out, they feel like an elite group. You could endlessly debate whether or not that's the case, but they do a great job coming across like they are.
  • Triple H is the best cocky little shit in history and it's time we start recognizing him for that. That line about The Sheild shouting and talking tough until to get slapped down by their daddy? His shit eating grin during the delivery of this line? Man, I wanted to beat the shit out of him right then, but I know I can't so I'll live vicariously through The Shield and get giddy in anticipation of the moment they get the chance to do it. And that's why Triple H is a master.
  • Randy Orton and Batista, meanwhile, were hidden. Batista might just end up saying "deal with it" exclusively from here on out. I would hate that, too, because he's the most hateable of the three. Orton is kind of lost here because I can't buy into his tough guy act now after watching him walking around with his head down wallowing in his own insecurity for the past eight months. We'll see how it works out.
  • Dean Ambrose is the wild dog off the leash, and that's a great thing. Seth Rollins is the controlled dog with a vicious bite and that's a great thing. Roman Reigns is 100-percent pure badass motherfucker. You know why he's going to be the next big star? Because he's the type of badass the men want to be and the women want to be with. John Cena never had that, not really, and if he did, not to this extent. I still worry about how he'll look removed from Ambrose and Rollins -- his calm badassery is the perfect balance to how wild the other two are -- but so far everything is perfect.
  • WWE told me here, by bringing out a bunch of dorks to back up Evolution, that all of those guys are jobber dorks. Alexander Rusev, once again, was one of those dorks and, once again, he was without Lana. This kills my enthusiasm so much, and for what? Just so they can surround Evolution with a bunch of bodies? I hated this.
  • The Usos vs. Rhodes Brothers was as forgettable as it gets and I probably wouldn't ever remember it if it weren't for THE BIG GUY going out and doing commentary. He was great too, putting over his competition before sneak attacking them and heeling it up to set up a later match. Couldn't ask for much more than that, though Curtis Axel being involved continues to be problematic.
  • If you had asked me about Cody Rhodes and Goldust splitting up three months ago, I wouldn't have endorsed it (unless it led to a WrestleMania match). Now? Might as well. The shine is off the apple.
  • Jerry Lawler before the Emma vs. Layla match: "I can't wait to be ashamed by what I say during this match". Go away, Jerry.
  • You know, I hate the Emma pairing with Santino Marella as much as the next guy. But I gave props where it was due when they did the bit where Santino accidentally high-fived her with the Cobra and her arm just stopped working completely. But this nonsense with Emma now breaking out a Cobra of her own and using it as a finish? Of all the wrestlers to ape a move from, Santino? Of all the wrestlers to run with, Santino? What's more, Marella decided it would be funny -- or probably Vince McMahon, really -- to have his male Cobra attempt to molest Emma's female Cobra after the match. This was so stupid my brain almost completely shut down.
  • John Cena was back to being serious here and hey, the entire angle actually feels like something we should care about again. Isn't it funny how that works? He treats it like a big deal and we do the same. So odd, right?
  • Cesaro's new theme song sounds like someone gave a bunch of children some instruments and they recorded the ensuing chaos then put a siren on the front of it.
  • They cut off Paul Heyman's promo with a Godzilla commercial. I was tickled to death by this. It was even better when they came back and Heyman was still talking about Brock Lesnar having beaten Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Who would have thought the mileage WWE would ultimately get out of the streak ending would just be Paul Heyman yelling at people. It's almost an ultimate troll job and with distance and time, I love it.

HOUR THREE

  • I've seen so many Rob Van Dam matches that I may have reached my limit here. I just couldn't buy his goofy rolling offense against Cesaro, who I always expected to just pick RVD up and throw him around the arena. When he didn't, it baffled me beyond measure. Why is RVD giving Cesaro such a big run? And then to have Van Dam win via countout after Jack Swagger interfered and his big spot was to push Cesaro into the ring post? Really? This was bad. This was really bad. Cesaro got one up on Swagger before the segment was over but this felt like a character killer, from the crappy entrance music, the bad jacket, the terrible booking, and the mediocre match. This couldn't have gone worse for Cesaro.
  • But wait, it could go worse. They do an interview with Rob Van Dam and have Cesaro and Heyman interrupt just to say RVD couldn't win on his own and he should feel bad just for RVD to turn it back on them and walk off? Baffled by the booking of Cesaro on this show. Even Heyman looked bad by the end of it.
  • Paige vs. Aksana was painfully slow. Let Paige go get her wins and all but this was brutal. When the thing I enjoyed most was some random guy standing and politely clapping after it was over, you know there was a problem.
  • LANA!
  • Sin Cara did a sunset flip on Alexander Rusev and it terrified me. Other than that, this was the same thing we've been getting from these two and that was fine. The referee rolled Sin Cara's carcass out of the ring after and Rusev and Lana both just stepped over it like they didn't appreciate the inconvience of having to step over the guy Rusev just crushed. That was fun. I also think I learned today that I appreciate Lana just as much for what she does now as the inevitable time WWE will decide to try to do more with her and what that will look like. Aren't you excited for that? The ideas they must already have?
  • Jerry Lawler said John Cena fans had voted for the 3-on-1 handicap WWE App option so Cena could get his hands on Bray. This assumes that either Cena's fans are stupid or WWE desperately wants to explain away that vote in a way that can make Cena look as good as possible. Because, remember, Cena must always look as good as possible.
  • Bray Wyatt dancing John Cena must be made a GIF and viewed endlessly. This is your homework for tonight, Cagesiders.
  • Here's what I learned from this 3-on-1 handicap match: Bray Wyatt, even with the help of his two goons, cannot defeat John Cena. He just can't. He couldn't do it at WrestleMania when he was playing head games, and now he's shown that he can't do it even when he has a two man advantage. That's all this taught me. What an utter and complete waste of time the steel cage match is going to be at Extreme Rules. What's the point of it? Cena said he wants it so he can get Wyatt alone. After seeing that he can win when it's 3-on-1, I can't imagine what Cena is going to do to poor Wyatt.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a far cry from where we were just one month ago. Rough sledding.

Grade: D+

That's it from me, Cageisders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's show. How did you like it, if you liked it at all?

Rumor Round-Up (April 22, 2014): Goldberg return, Royal Rumble 2015 location, Hugh Jackman Twitter feud, TNA PPV news, more!

What will it take for Goldberg to come back? Where will the Royal Rumble be next year? How did Hugh Jackman start a feud between two people who aren't him on Twitter? Who knew there was a TNA PPV this weekend? Possible answers to these questions in today's Rumor Round-Up.

For many fans, reading about rumors -- and trawling the sites that traffic in them -- has become as popular as watching the matches themselves. In this daily column, we take a look at the biggest rumors and weirdest stories being churned out by those pro wrestling "news" sites.

Important reminders: Rumors are "rumors" and not "news" for a reason, folks. That which has not been confirmed as legitimate news or fact will be made clear. Also, don't let these things ruin your day. It gets better.

Is Goldberg next?:

While Ryback seems to be filling his role just fine, former WCW champion Goldberg has made it clear that he's willing to come back to the business.

  • Talks between Goldberg and HHH -- who managed to bring Warrior and Bruno Sammartino back in the WWE family over the past two years -- have already happened, with the two getting together in the build-up to WrestleMania XXX. A match between he and the aforementioned Ryback was the popular rumor at the time, but it appears to have been just that. Very few specific were discussed at the time, as they served mostly as a sort of icebreaker between the two sides.
  • At this point, Goldberg has said he would be very interested in coming back, telling PWInsider: "Would I love to do it again and have my son and my wife, who has never seen me wrestle? Abso-damn-lutely."
  • But this, of course, came with the caveat that he would be unwilling to "jeopardize what I've done in the wrestling world just to make that happen".

While this may seem like more of the mild egotism that we've come to know and love from Goldberg's sporadic appearances on WWE DVDs, it's clear he's more concerned about what he'd look like in the ring than anything else. "If I wasn't ready to do it, physically ready to do it, and it wasn't the right situation, I wouldn't do it just to do it." Which, according to Goldberg means that if it were to happen, it would "probably be at WrestleMania this year. It just has to be right and if it's not right, then I'm retired, for good."

The Rest of the Rumors and News Bits for the day:

  • Philadelphia looks to be the favorite to host the 2015 Royal Rumble, and Memphis seems to be the chosen destination for the Elimination Chamber special event the following month. It appears that the process of choosing a location for the event is a fairly formal one, with each one carefully planned out to maximize gates and crowd responses. But we at the Rumor Round-Up still hold out hope that they'll take our idea of a battle royal between officials from every competing city and air it on the Network.
  • Hugh Jackman hosting Raw next week is something that everyone who watched Monday's show will know, but the fact that it reignited a feud between Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler on Twitter is something you may have missed. Ziggler is appearing on the pre-and-post shows for Raw and Smackdown! this week, and Sandow has drifted from "poorly planned push" to "poorly planned push ended by a KO punch", so both need some sort of direction going forward. Hopefully this means that one or both of them will be looking at the beginnings of a Bad News Barrett-esque repackaging in the coming weeks.
  • WWE will be producing a DVD on the best of the Great American Bash called "United We Slam" to be released in mid-July. While it's been announced that it's going to be exclusively about the WCW version of the show, how they'll explain away the sheer terribleness of the 1991 edition has not.
  • As chances of him returning to TNA get slimmer and slimmer, AJ Styles is beginning a "phenomenal" world tour next week. With stops in places as disparate as Yokahama, Japan and Bangor, ME the itinerary for the tour seems as coherent as TNA's booking strategy since he left the company.
  • Speaking of TNA, they will be coming home to Orlando for the Sacrifice PPV this Sunday. They'll also be taping several episodes of their flagship show, Impact, there for the last time this year. To be clear, these are the last tapings of the show in Orlando, not the show itself. We were surprised to find that out as well.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Please remember, these are merely rumors. Try not to take them too seriously, just have fun with them.

Worst Gimmick Tournament Round of 32 Match: (4) Beaver Cleavage vs. (5) Oklahoma

The Round of 32 of the Cageside Seats Worst Gimmick Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number four seed Beaver Cleavage against number five seed Oklahoma. Come vote now!

The Round of 32 of the Cageside Seats Worst Gimmick Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number four seed Beaver Cleavage against number five seed Oklahoma.

In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT:

To vote Beaver Cleavage simply write: Vote - Cleavage
To vote Oklahoma simply write: Vote - Oklahoma

The updated bracket (click to enlarge):

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Cageside Live Podcast (April 21, 2014): WWE Raw results and review

Listen to your favorite pro wrestling writers talk about pro wrestling stuff on this pro wrestling show.

The Cageside Live podcast is back, ladies and sirs, and we -- Geno Mrosko, Matt Roth, and Sean Rueter -- are going to be invading your ear holes tonight (Mon., April 21, 2014) at 11:15 p.m. ET talking all the latest and greatest in professional wrestling.

That's right, folks, we're back old school style and running a post-Raw podcast to review the show just as soon as it goes off the air. Tonight's episode of Raw features the return of Daniel Bryan and all the latest build to Extreme Rules.

We'll talk about it all tonight after the show! Plus, all your questions, comments, and concerns!

Below is the player for the show, which will go live at 11:15 p.m. ET.

See you then!

Daily Open Thread for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here's your "Daily Open Thread" for Thursday, April 17, 2014. Throughout your day, come tell us whatever your heart desires, talk about this week's wrestling, or whatever else may be on your mind. Time spent here is guaranteed to be well worth it.

Here's your "Daily Open Thread" for Thursday, April 17, 2014: Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.

Don't forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.

Hi, My Name is: Layla

This series seeks to evaluate the WWE roster through the lens of the fan. What do you love and what do you loathe about each wrestler? Up next: Layla

Today we check out former WWE Divas Champion, and Fandango's newest dance partner, Layla!

If this is your first read with this series, here's the deal: We are looking to hyper-critique an individual and try to pinpoint what they are great and terrible at doing. It's okay to pull out the snark card in your responses.

In fact, it's encouraged!

After enough people respond, I will organize what are the best and worst traits of Layla, and compile an evaluation post later in the day. Also, don't worry if you have the same answers as others, the point is to figure out a common denominator for the wrestler.

So the two questions for you are:

What one thing do you consistently love about Layla?

What one thing do you consistently loathe about Layla?

Poll
Rate Layla: 5 is the best, 1 is the worst.

  46 votes | Results