Originally written November 14, 2012 on Wrestling Truth:
WWE turning The Miz good guy?: Although he has been filling an important role in putting over babyface stars like Sheamus recently, WWE are considering making the Miz himself a good guy. Quitting his Survivor Series team and offering a handshake to Kofi Kingston were subtle angles that can be referred to if the company decide to go forward with the plan. It seems they’re going to be taking this one slow. The Miz’s role in WWE Studios film “The Marine: Homefront” will help the face turn along. The feeling is that despite rubbing some people the wrong way backstage because of his bravado, The Miz is second to Cena in terms of putting over the company confidently at appearances and charity events. He’s also one of the go to guys for local TV and radio spots. As far as his performance on WWE programming, the Miz is considered a stand-out in terms of mic work, which is lacking these days in the company. WWE have been looking for the next big “company man” that can replace John Cena, and while it may be too early to place the Miz in that role, it seems he’ll be getting an opportunity to prove himself. ________________________________________________________________________________ ECW Original father to baby son: Congrats go out to ECW Original Mikey Whipwreck who Tweeted today about the birth of his baby son: “Baby Watson has arrived. I’m soooo happy right now. I love him to pieces already.” Recently Whipwreck has been appearing on Tajiri’s new promotion out of Tokyo, the Wrestling New Classic. At 39 he’s still true to his hardcore style. ________________________________________________________________________________ Paul Heyman heart attack controversy continues: Wrestling stars continue to discuss the controversial Paul Heyman heart attack angle, where he and CM Punk mocked Jerry Lawler during his return on Monday. Jim Ross wrote in his latest JRSBARBQ.com that the company isn’t going to please everyone: “Several Twitter followers @JRsBBQ took some pretty stiff shots at me on Monday night because of what occurred in the ring involving WWE Champion @CMPunk and, of course, @HeymanHustle feigning a heart attack. When one stops and thinks about it, getting angry at a talent for a matter such as this is actually pretty ignorant. But I digress. Was the post, Lawler verbal presentation my favorite aspect of RAW? No. The King’s return was the highlight of the show for me personally. But just like any other entertainment entity all content is subjective. Some folks will like some things more than others and there are some who will downright despise specific aspects of a broadcast.” WWE interviewer Matt Striker Tweeted: “Watching Paul Heyman makes me feel like I need hand sanitizer.” The Baltimore Sun also has quotes from several wrestling personalities. Attitude era star Steve Austin, who has been part of his fair share of controversial storylines said: “I believe in pushing the envelope in an aggressive fashion. But when a guy damn near dies at ringside, let it go. You look at all the contributions Jerry Lawler has made in this business: from a work standpoint, a promo standpoint and then as a broadcaster. I think that’s pushing the envelope in the wrong direction. There’s better ways to go get real heat than that.” Chris Jericho was not surprised: “I think it was pretty obvious, don’t you? I kind of expected it. Punk’s promo was awesome. It’s wrestling so you knew it would end up as an angle sooner or later. I got the same complaints when I did the alcoholic angle (earlier this year with CM Punk). It would be like being mad at Breaking Bad because the dad was a drug addict or something. It’s just a TV show, after all.” Lance Storm thinks Punk and Heyman don’t need to stoop so low: “Thought it was poor. Both he and Punk are capable to get real heat, no need to sink so low. Also thought it was out of character for Punk so it hurt. Punk is about Best in World and himself. Why bother joking about heart attack it goes nowhere. Interuption was okay and in character. Fake heart attack was cheap and pointless.” ________________________________________________________________________________ This week’s Raw rating: Speaking of this week’s Raw, the show drew a 2.87 cable rating on the USA Network, with an average audience of 4,194,000 viewers. The third hour continues to be a drag, as the numbers show fans tuning out before the end of the show.
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