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Big Show's Return Delayed
Big Show has been out of action since losing to Randy Orton at Extreme Rules, as he has been nursing an injury. But his absence was supposed to end on Raw.
WWE hyped Big Show's return leading up to the show and even sent out a text to subscribers that said "The World's Largest Athlete" would be back in action. The three-hour show came and went, though, and Big Show was nowhere to be found. At the conclusion of Raw, fans were left wondering what happened.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Where Was Big Show?
Last-minute changes are nothing new in the world of professional wrestling, but it was bizarre to say the least for WWE to promote Big Show right before Raw only to go in a different direction.
Big Show may not be a star at the same level as guys like John Cena and CM Punk, but he is a well-respected veteran who has a fairly sizable fanbase. With that said, it isn't inconceivable to think that some people tuned in primarily to see Big Show back in action. Those fans were sorely disappointed, though, as he was never even mentioned.
The interesting thing is that there were multiple segments that could have conceivably led to Big Show appearing. The first came when The Shield attacked Mark Henry. The Usos aided Henry instead, though.
Also, if the plan is to keep Big Show heel, he could have been Daniel Bryan's third opponent in the gauntlet match. Failing that, perhaps Big Show could have saved Bryan from the attack at the hands of Ryback in order to start a Big Show vs. Ryback feud leading up to SummerSlam.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
While there is plenty of speculation about why Big Show didn't return, nobody actually knows the true reason besides Big Show himself and those who are closely involved with Raw production.
If it had something to do with an injury setback, it's still strange that he didn't appear because he didn't necessarily have to wrestle. Ultimately, Raw was pretty stacked with segments, so perhaps the writers just ran out of time and couldn't figure out a way to utilize him.
If Big Show comes back before SummerSlam, either forming a team with Henry or facing Ryback would be the ideal situations for him. The Shield needs some credible opponents, so Big Show and Henry vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins would make a lot of sense. They would look like true threats and wouldn't have any problem putting the youngsters over.
Also, with the creative team seemingly building up Ryback again, having Ryback pick up a pay-per-view win over Big Show would be huge.
Rumor Mill: Knee Injury Reportedly Prevents Big Show's Return, per F4WOnline via WrestlingInc.com.
Chris Jericho Taking Hiatus from WWE
Since returning to the WWE as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho has put on some of the best matches of the past year. Unfortunately for WWE fans, however, Jericho is taking a hiatus in order to focus on his music career. Jericho said farewell to the WWE Universe last week on Twitter.
Y2J was written off television on SmackDown following a loss to Curtis Axel as Ryback attacked him and delivered a thunderous Shell Shocked.
Question on Everybody's Mind: When Will Jericho Return?
It's always sad to see Jericho take a leave of absence since he can be counted upon to put on some incredible matches and entertaining feuds, but it comes with the territory, as he is pursuing his other passion at the same time.
His most recent run was refreshing, as it was the first time that he had played the face role for an extended period of time. There is no question that heel Jericho is fantastic, but he had done that for so long that seeing face Jericho for several months was different.
Jericho once again seemed to lose more matches than he won as he put over the likes of Fandango and Punk, but he had a long list of top-notch bouts as well. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Jericho performed better in the ring during his most recent run than he had for several years prior to that.
Because of that, fans eagerly anticipate his return. Even if he doesn't win a lot of matches or compete for world titles, Jericho is a very valuable piece to the puzzle, as he is great in the ring and on the mic, has plenty of versatility and packs star power to boot.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Jericho loves to try new and different things, so it's anyone's guess when he will decide to return. Coming back as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant early this year was great, especially since nobody saw it coming.
Because he has already done it, though, it's unlikely that he'll try it again. According to SongKick.com, Fozzy's tour runs through October, so Jericho will presumably be available after that. That makes Survivor Series a definite possibility.
Although it's nothing more than speculation, the Ring Rust Radio panel agreed that Jericho could return at Survivor Series as part of a traditional Survivor Series match. If Punk's feud with Paul Heyman continues for at least a few months, maybe a Team Heyman vs. Team Punk match is in the cards.
Punk could potentially choose Jericho for his team out of respect for the great matches they have had in the past. Regardless of how and when Jericho returns, WWE fans will welcome him back with open arms.
Rumor Mill: Jericho Gone for "Several Months", per F4WOnline via WrestlingInc.com.
Chris Sabin wins TNA World Heavyweight Championship
After spending the better part of a decade with TNA, Chris Sabin has developed into a fan favorite. He was already known as one of the best X-Division and Tag Team Champions in the company's history, but the top prize had always eluded him.
That is no longer the case, though, as Sabin cashed in the X-Division Championship on the Destination X edition of Impact and defeated Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was This a Logical Move By TNA?
There is no denying the fact that Sabin has poured his blood, sweat and tears into TNA as he battled back from two ACL injuries to get to this point, but Sabin as world champion is a very tough sell. We're past the point where smaller wrestlers can't be taken seriously as top guys, but Sabin simply isn't the total package.
His in-ring skills are solid; however, he really lacks in the charisma department. It feels like TNA wants him to be like Punk, Bryan or even Austin Aries, but he can't hold a candle to any of them on the mic.
Ultimately, this decision feels like a lifetime achievement award rather than a smart booking decision. It's hard to imagine that Sabin as champion will help draw consistent viewership. He's fairly vanilla, and he simply isn't going to pique the interest of fans who don't watch regularly.
Sabin finally winning the title is a nice story, and it's a feel-good moment for him, but it's totally illogical considering everything TNA has done over the past year.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
For the past 13 months, Aces & Eights has dominated TNA programming. The big payoff came when Bully Ray won the World Heavyweight Championship and revealed himself as the president of the group. While Aces & Eights has admittedly been awful for almost its entire existence, it makes no sense to throw away that build in favor of Sabin.
Common sense dictates that Bully Ray should have held the title until Bound For Glory, with A.J. Styles winning the Bound For Glory Series. Styles could have then defeated Bully Ray for the title. In a lot of ways, it would have mirrored the Sting vs. Hulk Hogan feud in WCW.
Unless Bully Ray wins the title back, though, it doesn't seem like that will be happening. Also, if the plan was to give Sabin the title, he could have at least been made to look credible. Bully Ray dominated Sabin for 14 minutes until Sabin won by hitting Bully with a hammer.
Also, Main Event Mafia essentially took credit for Sabin's win, so he comes away looking like he is incapable of getting the job done on his own. Overall, this was booked horribly, which is fitting since the TNA product has been an absolute joke in recent months.
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Michael Cahill: 350
2. Mike Chiari: 157.5
3. Brandon Galvin: -17.5
4. Donald Wood: -50
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