Wow. Has someone at WWE Creative been playing WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64? This week gave us a bar brawl, a parking lot mugging, and a backstage beatdown. There was obviously a motive behind all three of these being within the same week, and I have to say that I liked it.
Being attacked backstage or in random locations was commonplace back in the days of 24/7 hardcore matches, so it was nice to have a little throwback to the not too distant yesteryear.
Plus, the bar room brawl—while a little staged with so many camera angles—opened up a lot of possibilities if WWE wants to go down this route. Sure, it probably was a little inspired by the likes of The Final Deletion and Lucha Underground, but who the hell cares? It mixed things up a bit and made for fun viewing.
205 Live is a great concept that was needed for the somewhat lackluster cruiserweight division on Raw, and I guess it is almost like the old third brand ECW from the previous brand split, but I am really not sure that the time placement is ideal.
Firstly, logistically speaking it must be rather inconvenient. The cruiserweights that do compete on Raw then have to travel all the way to SmackDown for it. Ok, they are wrestlers and this is what they do, but one of the pluses of the brand split was that the wrestlers got a little more respite and time to recover from injuries.
Secondly, is it just me or did the arena seem a little less packed than it should have done? With the main stars done for the night, most of the crowds seemed to have gone with them. Clearly, people had places to go to or simply were tired by this point. The smaller crowd means there is far less energy going on for the cruiserweights to play off.
Hopefully, this will not mean WWE pulls the plug on this before it has the proper time to grow into what it deserves to be.
So there you have it, my two choices for the week. What do YOU think are the Cheap Pop and Cheap Heat this week in professional wrestling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!