This column is a long time coming, but with Once Upon A Time returning later tonight, I thought I should probably get on this and write my review of what we've seen so far (a whole lot of Neverland, for one).
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
One of my friends sent me this video, and it's absolutely hilarious. You don't even need to work in an office to appreciate it -- anybody who has used a public bathroom knows what this is talking about. And I just love the animation -- the guy (with LEGO hands) using the quote symbol and the motion he does when he says "flyby." Watch, laugh, and enjoy:
Monday, March 3, 2014
11:16 - Wow, I'm legitimately shocked that Punk didn't come out.....especially due to the forecasting done in the main event (unleashing Batista, Orton, Kane, AND Triple H against Bryan). But I do commend WWE....they did a great job of teasing the fans with the possibility enough that the audience didn't completely devour the show. If they ignored the elephant in the room, the crowd wouldn't have let ANYTHING pass. Since they THOUGHT they were in on the joke, they played along to an extent. And by the time it became obvious they weren't going to get what they wanted, the show was over.
The question remains, though: If Punk ISN'T returning, what on earth is the plan for the WWE Championship match? Batista vs. Orton would've been a disaster anyway, but now that it's heel vs. heel, it'll be impossible to do. If they're not going to put Bryan in the match (and it appears they won't), who else is there? Cena and Taker are already spoken for....what other legitimate face is there to fill that role, if not Punk? And if Punk IS returning, why miss the opportunity of that monster reaction he'd get in Chicago?
10:57 - Something big is going to happen to close this show. We're almost at 11:00 and the Batista/Bryan match still hasn't started.
10:43 - Kinda surprised by the innate negative reaction Cena is getting from this live crowd. In character terms, he's done nothing but support people like Daniel Bryan. And in actual match results, he's put him (and Punk) over clean. And right now, his storyline does nothing to interfere with Punk or Bryan's ascension. He's pretty much just doing his own thing with an upper midcarder. Having said that, I do love the way Cena responds to a hostile audience. Notice he hasn't yelled "Deal with it!" yet?
10:34 - Despite my negative history with Paul Bearer, the man is ABSOLUTELY worthy of a Hall of Fame induction. A great induction for a great career.
10:27 - So Dolph Ziggler finally gets a win and they film Aaron Paul during the pinfall?
10:23 - Here's hoping the Aaron Paul attachment actually gives Ziggler the win here. Am I dreaming?
10:06 - Remember when Vince McMahon used to stand on lower ground so that Andre Giant, who was legit 7' tall, would look even larger? Now you have Stephanie McMahon wearing high heels when she's in the ring with Daniel Bryan. What happened to trying to make your Superstars larger than life? Why point out his "weakness"?
10:03 - Don't see many people with their backs to the ring right now.
10:00 - I'm surprised they're not closing the show with this match.
9:51 - So what's the plan? Feature every Diva but the one that is, ya' know, over? And the champion.
9:46 - By the way, I've said it before but I don't think it's fair for us to pick and choose which of the audience's chants are fair and which aren't. Just because we agree with the sentiment doesn't make one right and the other wrong. Shane Helms, for example, just tweeted "that isn't hijacking it's heckling." Others are echoing the sentiment -- that Christian/Sheamus was a fine match and didn't deserve that treatment from the fans. But who are we to make that judgment? Why is it okay for people to chant for Daniel Bryan during a technically fine Cena/Orton match, but if we do it in a Christian/Sheamus match, it's disrespectful?
9:43 - Is there a more one sided feud than Christian/Sheamus? I know the general feeling is that Christian is all but gone, but really, what good does this do? Plus, heel Christian is AWESOME.
9:37 - Raw in Chicago is looking better than WrestleMania.
9:30 - What is with JBL's shots at Christian's physique? He spends the first five minutes of this match talking about Christian flexing, and then the next portion talking about the size of Christian's pecs.
9:16 - I think WWE is greatly overestimating the audience's interest in this feud.
9:06 - An incredible and thrilling match that really highlighted the Shield, even in defeat. Each member was spotlighted in a physical and on a character level. Very intriguing stuff. Loved the match.
8:53 - How did that landing not destroy Rollins' legs? By the way, Rollins unfairly gets pigeonholed as the third wheel of the Shield, which is very unfair. Each guy brings the goods in their own way. It's nice to see him get some attention and the opportunity to be in the spotlight.
8:50 - I don't know why it took so long for them to start doing the "We're Here" portion of the Wyatt entrance live.
8:44 - It's interesting to see how this match was booked. Cesaro absolutely dominated that (very brief) match. I understand they're pushing Cesaro, but that did no favors for Big E.
8:37 - Great win for the Usos and well deserved! Happy to see this team win the titles. And my favorite part? Oddly enough, that JBL called the victory before it actually happened. How often do we see an announcer say "it's over!" which typically telegraphs a kickout or swerve? It's good to see somebody say "it's over" and for it to actually end.
8:23 - Stop messing around and just give the titles to the Usos. Do we REALLY need this extended into WrestleMania? Like I said, there are a bunch of young, full time guys on the roster who have a lot of potential who are directionless when it comes to WrestleMania. Why waste a spot on the Outlaws?
8:17 - Mark Henry is such a curious character. On two separate occasions he has gotten over and found success as a bad ass. And then within a few weeks of turning face, he becomes complete fodder.
8:08 - I'm guessing they wouldn't bring all of this attention to Punk if he wasn't there. But Heyman is an interesting avatar. Punk likely won't be working with him, so why have Heyman be the one to tease the crowd?
8:02 - You had to expect them to troll the Chicago audience like that, although I am a bit surprised they wasted that heat on Paul Heyman.
7:38 - Take note of my slightly more optimistic title. The question is, what will stand out about tonight's show? Will it be the surprise return of CM Punk? Will it be the fans hijacking the show (in quite the organized manner, no less!)? Will it be a surprisingly well booked show? Will it be more of what we've seen the past year or so? Honestly, I don't know. But I will admit that I'm looking more forward to tonight's show than I have been in a while. And that's something.
Now, regarding Punk's possible return. I have to wonder, what happens if he does return? Does he go up against Triple H -- the supposed man he was originally supposed to fight and the match he apparently did not want to do? Or do they insert him in the title match, even though there's no real backstory behind that? It seems unlikely he'd return to face Triple H (especially since they've already started building the Bryan/Triple H match), so the title match seems more likely. How do they make that work, though?
Honestly, if the company didn't care so much about making sure Triple H has a match, why not do the thing most people want to see and that would make the most storyline sense, and that's Orton vs. Batista vs. Punk vs. Bryan in a title match? I know that means Triple H won't have a match (but hey, the same will probably be said about Ziggler. And Kingston. And Miz. And Barrett. And loads of other young, full time talents), so that won't happen.
So....what do you guys think will happen?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Man oh man, I'm probably going to be banned from the bus company after today (name of said company removed to protect the innocent). I had to work in the city today, and just like last time, it was an adventure! I arrived at the bus stop in my hometown and jumped on the waiting bus. I was one of the first people to get on, so he didn't have change for my $20. I sat down right in the front and told him I'd pay once he had enough money. Well, as luck would have it, 95% of the people paid with a pass, so he NEVER ended up getting enough change. I probably could have snuck right off, but I decided to be honest. So when we got to the bus terminal in New York City, I asked if he had change and he said no. So I got a free bus ride into the city! Not too shabby.
However, like last time, I realized that going home would be a lot rougher. I got to the bus terminal and I bought myself a ticket (while you can buy a ticket on the bus to go to the city, you need to buy a ticket prior to getting on the bus to go home) and went towards my gate. No exaggeration, but the line for my bus went down the stairs and wrapped around three hallways. If I had gotten on the back of that line, I likely would have waited a minimum of a couple hours. It was THAT long. I decided to text my friend (who works nearby) to see if he wanted to meet up with drinks. Before he even responded, I noticed that there was another doorway to my gate and it was SIGNIFICANTLY shorter. Like, probably 1/16th the length. I checked the sign and it looked like it goes to my stop, so I jumped on the back of that line. I ended up waiting maybe 20 or so minutes, instead of two days.
I finally get on the bus, and the driver looks at my ticket and asks what stop I'm going to. I tell him, and he tells me THIS bus doesn't go there, but to just go to the front of the line for the other bus because that one does. So I get off the bus and I do what I'm told, essentially jumping to the front of that very same line that went down three hallways. AND it was an express bus AND there were seats!
All things considered, could it have been a more fortuitous commute?
Monday, February 24, 2014
11:10 - "Hey, Undertaker and Brock are fighting at WrestleMania!" "Really, why?" "Because!"
11:04 - I'd hate to say this, but this is definitely the least thrilling Undertaker return we've seen over the past couple of years.
10:54 - Oh, I did want to mention that I loved the booking of that match. Particularly Rollins' rescue and the delayed arrival of Dean Ambrose. Like I've said before, I love the subtle complexities of their relationships. I'm enjoying Rollins a lot more than I expected to, so I hope everybody is wrong about him getting lost in the shuffle after the breakup.
10:52 - To be clear, did we just do the same "potentially jealous tag team partner costs his partner a victory by interfering" ending for two matches tonight?
10:28 - LOVE that the Usos won the tag team titles (well deserved) but what a mess that looked like. First, I THINK they forgot to show them ringing the bell (a major plot point), and then the suicide dive completely missed Billy Gunn.
Wait, that wasn't even for the tag team title??!?!?
10:19 - As I'm discussing on Twitter....does ANYBODY really want to see Triple H wrestle a match at WrestleMania? Like, does it REALLY need to happen? All of the top and future guys can be paired up without him being part of the card. And then there are so many promising guys -- like Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston -- who will likely be left off of the card completely. And other guys are currently without any defined direction.
10:07 - Looks like they're building towards the Daniel Bryan/Triple H match afterall. Which I think is a mistake. That is NOT the money match. I daresay people want to see Daniel Bryan win the WWE Championship, not beat Triple H. And then there's that whole thing about nobody wanting to see Batista vs. Orton.
9:59 - By the way, I've had the WWE Network playing on my other laptop (it's a lot newer, but it's not fully furnished yet, so I don't use it that often) and it's been running extremely smoothly. No lag time or anything.
9:49 - There's something unnatural about Kane coming out with his usual theme music and the fiery imagery given his drastic gimmick change.
9:31 - Honest question, because I'm biased, but is there ANYBODY who finds Sheamus more entertaining than Christian?
9:28 - Odd observation. The new Authority t-shirt (CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT) has a symbol that looks jarringly close to Daniel Bryan's American Dragon logo.
9:19 - Is it me or is the commentary particular awful tonight? Talking about what the "E" in "Big E" stands for and talking about the color of Christian's complexion. Are they burnt or something?
9:14 - I'm most certainly partial to a heel Christian. If this is his swan song, then he should go out as the creepy little bastard that originally got him over.
9:13 - After all of the things he's overcome, THAT'S the thing that sends him out on a stretcher?
8:59 - I typically defend Cena but a criticism against him -- and I think it's a fair one -- is that when he's supposed to be angry and vengeful, he just becomes a company shill man. Cena just got screwed out of the WWE Championship, and he's here promoting Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania, WWE Network, and Raw.
8:50 - Fantastic match, as expected. The only thing that's frustrating is that Cesaro had the goods this entire time, it's too bad they went through that period where he was being jobbed out. But oye, rough landing for Big E.
8:28 - I am now officially have a subscription to the WWE Network. Thankfully, the kinks seem to be worked out because I signed up with no issues whatsoever. Also, PLEASE tell me they're doing something with this WWE title match? Because what I just saw is atrocious. Orton brings up that the fans hate Batista. Batista basically tells the fans to F off, and the fans STILL didn't buy into the routine. This main event is a total mess, and the perfect example of why it's a mistake to cherry pick your top stars instead of allowing your fans to pick them for you.
8:22 - I (VERY frustratingly) missed the first 20 minutes of the show because I got forced into running errands for something that has nothing to do with me. But I did get a kick out of the fact that the second I tune in, I have Michael Cole saying "it's more of the same here on Raw," and seeing Batista and Alberto Del Rio in the ring.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Be sure to click below for m LIVE thoughts on this week's episode of The Walking Dead. Obviously, spoilers are within.
Continue reading "LIVE The Walking Dead thoughts - Episode 4-11"....
Monday, February 3, 2014
11:09 - Awesome match and the right ending, done in the right way. The post match beat down was unusual, only because I'm not sure what it's leading towards. Aren't we supposed to believe that Orton is at odds with the Authority? He believes they're conspiring against him, and they're trying to make sure he's the right choice to represent the company. Presumably, a loss would make things worse for both sides. So what sense does it make to have Orton standing in the ring with the Authority's muscle to close the show? Why not just let the show end with Bryan having his little moment? It's not as if the fans don't resent the company enough already? Give them this little happy ending.
11:00 - Is this WWE's way of forewarning us that we'd have to see Cena/Orton again?
10:47 - Got a kick out of the fact that the headset was actually dragged into the ring.
10:42 - Interesting to note is that Orton will apparently be facing all of his Chamber opponents over the next couple of weeks, and he's STARTING with Bryan. Granted, they do have a lot to worry about with the audience reaction, but it's too bad that Bryan wasn't the culmination of this challenge. Then again, I do understand that any other opponent would have resulted in some very unhappy fans.
10:23 - AJ on commentary is so much more fun and enjoyable when the announcers aren't bullying her.
10:14 - So somebody is finally chanting for a person who is actually in the match.....and they have him get pinned cleanly.
10:11 - Nice "We want Ziggler!" chant.
10:07 - Is it me, or is that a new "we're here" opening video?
10:00 - Is Alberto Del Rio planning on going to a Jersey bar after this segment? That outfit doesn't scream "Mexican Aristocrat."
9:57 - Well if there was ever a guy to save a segment, it's Alberto Del Rio....
9:54 - Sooooo, how do you think this Batista segment is going to go?
9:34 - My only exposure to Emma was at Axxess this past year. She wrestled a match and her theme music was plastered in my memory. The rest of the day, my friend and I were singing that tune.
9:31 - Mick Foley keeps tweeting about how Daniel Bryan should win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tonight. While I completely agree, am I mistaken that this is NOT a title match? Was it established anywhere in that promo that the title would be on the line?
9:23 - So is Miz going to turn heel now, only for it to be completely disregarded in a couple weeks?
9:21 - Anybody remember when Zack Ryder was Titus O'Neil's pro on NXT?
9:14 - Awesome camera shot of Cody going for that moonsault. Incredible. Do SOMETHING big with Cody, that kid's got it.
8:57 - Maybe I'm just cranky and exhausted from the snow, but are Jerry Lawler's jokes especially dreadful tonight?
8:48 - So far, 100% of the matches tonight have had some blood.
8:41 - No matter how hard or how often they try, Swagger always ends up in a losing streak angle.
8:37 - I get a kick out of the fact that the backup plan, if they want to put somebody "better" in the Elimination Chamber match, is to injure Christian. As if the guy hasn't had enough injuries (or injury angles) in the past two years.
8:34 - That comeback didn't even make sense.
8:29 - I will admit one thing, though. I am REALLY into this Shield/Wyatts feud.
8:23 - "Same old, same old." You said it, not me, Michael.
8:18 - By the way, on my screen, CM Punk -- but NOT Stephanie and Triple H -- is trending on Twitter.
8:06 - Wondering if Triple H's comments were directed at somebody OTHER than Randy Orton.....
8:05 - I'm wondering if we're seeing some production trickery. There are strong Punk chants that suddenly go away after a few seconds.
8:02 - That didn't take long. The CM Punk chants start. Oh, and after the Authority firmly established themselves as heels last night, Randy Orton is back to accusing them of wanting them of wanting to get the title off of him.
7:26 - Okay, it was a personal snow day for me today, which means I worked at home. And staring at my bed while working has made me pretty drowsy. Spending a couple hours cleaning out the driveway hasn't helped either. Which means, if this show isn't engaging, I might not make it the full three plus hours.
A few things to consider going into tonight's show: Will the live crowd continue to turn on Batista? Will they hijack segments? Will it be for Bryan or Punk? And will they "change course" to satisfy their fans and their own wrestlers?
Oh, and I will post the results of the Year End Awards shortly. I promise.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
"Internet is so funny. You all read the sites so you all should know the 'plans' for Mania. None of those plans have Bryan in a title match so the internet exploding at the end of the show is beyond laughable. Plus dont hate on Rey, he didn't book himself as #30. The way most of you were acting the company should have called an audible and put Brooklyn Brawler as #30 just to piss you off even more. over 50,000 mania tix sold and a network that will change your life for ever is about to launch, so just relax and enjoy the product the company gives you. By the way, didn't you all shit on the wwe for the Sept - Nov ppvs last year and said you were done, but turned around to watch/buy the Rumble? Pittsburgh you were an awesome crowd and it was an honor to be in your building last night"
This letter, allegedly written by an anonymous top WWE Superstar, was sent to F4WOnline. If this letter doesn't prove how out of touch this company is, I don't know what will. It's actually somewhat disheartening that they even have the top Superstars believing this line of thinking.
This straw argument people use -- that Internet fans will NEVER be satisfied -- is a cheap excuse that overlooks the actual issue. Even Matt Striker used that argument on Twitter earlier this week, stating that the main event of WrestleMania could be Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd in an iron man match and we'd still complain about the result. That statement, as well as this one (particularly the Brooklyn Brawler comment) doesn't actually acknowledge the issue though -- that the company is insisting upon certain things, and that the company expects the fans to change their opinion based on what is provided to them ("just relax and enjoy the product the company gives you") instead of the company changing course to give the fans what they want.
Aside from Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania, has the company EVER experienced enormous success with a Superstar because THEY decided "he's our guy"? Austin was the result of the people. So was Rock. So was Cena (as hard as it is to believe). So was Batista. Sometimes those moments coincided -- guys like Bret Hart, HBK, Diesel, Edge, Triple H (through DX), Angle, and CM Punk got the company's seal of approval....but it wasn't without the fans' support. Even somebody who was forced down our throat, like Orton, likely experienced his greatest success when the fans DID demand it (following Legacy).
But now? Guys are seemingly punished for getting a rise from the audience. Look at Zack Ryder. Look at Dolph Ziggler. Look at Daniel Bryan, who HAS experienced the biggest push of his life, but SURELY would have been in an even loftier position if it was any other era. I've made this comment before, but imagine what this company would accomplish if they put as much effort into giving their fans what the want as they do working AROUND what their fans want (stuff like giving us Daniel Bryan in an opening segment "so the fans can get the chanting out of their systems").
Do I know for sure that this was actually written by a WWE Superstar? Or even anybody associated with the company whatsoever? No. But it does pinpoint the company's mentality. And it's extremely disgusting and frustrating.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
So the big news of the week is that CM Punk walked out on Raw and has insisted that he's gone for good and not coming back to the company. While CM Punk has been on the backburner for the past six months, having taken a back seat to Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Batista, and even Randy freakin' Orton....this is still a big deal. A REALLY big deal. And while I do have feelings on the whole thing, this post isn't really going to be about that. It's going to be about the surprising reaction from the fans on the Internet.
Monday, January 27, 2014
11:05 - A bit of a shaky Raw but most certainly a step in the right direction. That was an INCREDIBLE main event, though, and I love the possibility of some tension between the Shield and the Wyatt Family. That could be VERY intriguing.
11:03 - I recognize he's not 6'5", but Bryan is so mega over and so incredibly exciting in the ring.....why wouldn't you want him in the main event?
10:54 - I give Reigns credit. The Superman punch could look hokey, but hey makes it work.
10:42 - Yeahhhh, I recognize you're wearing a neon based clothing line....but I'm not digging that electric blue belt, Cena.
10:30 - Thrilled to see Jake Roberts inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was one of my favorites growing up and this is very well deserved. More than anything, though, I'm glad he appears to be healthy now.
10:27 - By the way, Paul Bearer is my prediction. Or Honky Tonk Man. Or Jake Roberts.
10:23 - I still find the Bellas to be the most unlikable faces on the entire roster. And I still hate the method of jobbing out a champion just to create a new #1 contender. AJ is quickly descending into the territory of losing all of her matches, but winning the title match. Who does that help?
10:19 - What is with this trend of keeping things in your back pocket while you wrestle? Jeff Hardy always did it, but the Usos and recently John Cena have done it as well. And now AJ has a hat strapped to her back pocket.
10:16 - So, to be clear, Batista let two innocent guys who did absolutely nothing wrong (Cody and Goldust) because he wasn't willing to just face Brock?
10:05 - I am getting a kick out of Road Dogg's reactions throughout the match.
9:55 - "In the immortal words of Selena Gomez...." Okay, that made me chuckle.
9:48 - Yeah, let's give the victory to the one guy in the entire building who didn't get a response from the crowd.
9:46 - "Cheering for everybody but you, Del Rio!" Loved it.
9:41 - Del Rio seemed legitimately upset about JBL acknowledging the audience. My argument is that, considering how consistently and strongly he's pushed, Del Rio should be able to hold the crowd's attention on his own. I don't blame Kofi as much because WWE hasn't given the audience much of a reason to care about him. But Del Rio is another story.
9:33 - Let me guess....we're about to job one of the (potentially) most exciting guys on the roster to one of the dullest guys on the roster. Greaaaat.
9:25 - Is that Iron Man on the back of Ryback's singlet?
9:15 - Wow, I actually expected Miz to win. Awesome. And I did get a kick out of the Cleveland crowd chanting "Cleveland Sucks!"
9:11 - Bet it's been a while since either of these guys got in-ring introductions.
9:03 - I will say this: It's somewhat surreal to see Lesnar, Orton, and Batista in the ring together.
8:59 - Batista doesn't seem to be responding well to the crowd's reaction.
8:54 - Are any two characters as pointless now as the Raw and Smackdown General Managers? Between the existence of the Authority and the non-existence of the brand extension, what purpose do they serve?
8:38 - I still don't understand what the hell they're doing with the Miz. Is he a heel? A face? Are we supposed to just forget what he did to Kofi Kingston? And will they think of a way to make BOTH Dolph and Miz job?
8:15 - An overall good segment that acknowledged the elephant in the room. It also gave some sort of pay off. The thing is, if the plan was ALWAYS for the Authority to keep Bryan out of the Royal Rumble, why not acknowledge that in a backstage segment prior to the Rumble match? It puts some heat on the Authority and the audience wouldn't have AS MUCH of a negative reaction towards the match itself. Like I said in the intro, the fans blamed Mysterio (because he was #30 and the last chance to be Bryan) and Batista (because he was viewed as the one getting the moment) because they wanted Bryan. If they realized his absence was part of the story and perhaps building to something bigger, the tension might not have been there. If it was planned all along, the execution was weak.
Oh, and regarding the opening segment.....while I appreciate the fact that they're acknowledging their error, I don't think many fans would be satisfied unless Bryan wins the title. And even if he does, I think fans would have preferred him winning the Rumble. So why not have Bryan win (giving him a moment) and then have Batista win the title at the Elimination Chamber?
And speaking of Batista, I'm THRILLED they didn't have him come to Bryan's rescue. It would have been cheap and I thinkt he audience would have caught on to the attempt to leach off his heat.
8:04 - And for those of you keeping score, Triple H and Stephanie will be playing the roles of heels tonight. The good news is that they're definitely acknowledging the chants and the negative feedback -- with the over the top comments about it being a satisfying show. And Triple H's not-quite-as-subtle "awww, did somebody not get what they want."
7:23 - I had originally intended to completely boycott this show, publicity-wise, by not doing a LIVE thoughts post and not discussing it on Twitter. But then I had a change of heart. I figured I could either discuss the company's attempts to redeem itself, or rip it apart if they were so incredibly stubborn that they didn't change course for WrestleMania. So expect a certain level of bitterness in tonight's review, because I really cannot get over what transpired last night.
The best thing about tonight's show, however, will be the live audience. It's easy to blame certain behavior on "smark" audiences, but the fact of the matter is that when a live crowd becomes part of the show, that crowd's behavior catches on pretty quickly. Take, for instance, the whole "Fandangoing" trend. One particularly unique crowd started it, and it caught on. This whole idea of "hijacking" the show has that same potential. And I, for one, hope it does. This company DESPERATELY needs to learn a lesson, and perhaps the only thing that can get them to listen is if they're unable to put on the show THEY want, because the audience won't respond to anything unless it's what WE want.
What we saw last night was, in Mick Foley's words, disgusting. Daniel Bryan lost clean to a guy in order to build him up so that he can be John Cena's opponent. He was then completely left out of the Royal Rumble, which killed the match and severely harmed two big babyfaces (Rey for not being Bryan, and Batista for taking Bryan's spot).
Perhaps most ironic of all, however, is the fact that the individuals who are taking Bryan's spots as the face of the company, despite what he fans want, are people who CANNOT react positively to the live audience's disapproval of them. Orton loses his cool and Batista is even worse. Say what you want about John Cena, but the guy is able to think on his feet and reacts to the audience. You have to at least respect that.