Hey did you hear that Crosby came back this week? Because he did. Sure there were probably some other games, and some wrestling shows. We got three new matches booked for Wrestlemania, and a damn good match on Raw. Ohh and Crosby came back. I wonder if someone will talk about that…
While his comeback against the Rangers wasn’t as dominant as his November comeback against the Islanders, this was still very impressive.
He had a very good assist, was +3, won 52% of his faceoffs, and played 16 minutes on Thursday night. It’s worth noting this was against the Conference leading Rangers and not the cellar-dwelling Islanders.
This Pittsburgh team looked fantastic and should be the favourite to win the Stanley Cup this year, no questions about it.
This match was announced for Smackdown and didn’t take place, instead we’re set with it for Wrestlemania. Right now I have 0 interest in seeing this match. This is very clearly two wrestlers who they feel are above the GMs Match, so are shoehorned together.
The one hurt most by this? Zack Ryder. He will either end up in the GMs Match or as a corner man for Kelly and Maria Menounos in their match. He should get a change to avenge his injuries against Kane, and to have him cast aside really hurts his momentum.
That changed this week when he took on Dolph Ziggler on Raw. These two had a very competitive 12 minute match that Sheamus won after hitting the Brogue Kick out of nowhere. The competitive nature of this match got me really excited to see a World Heavyweight Title feud between these two. I have a feeling that Ziggler will get drafted to Smackdown and be a great spring time feud with Sheamus, hopefully he gets a long World Title reign out of it.
The Miz Interference: Rumours are swirling that The Miz’s role at Wrestlemania may be to run interference in the Main Event. Hopefully this is just a rumour because it’s beyond ludicrous.
Rock-Cena fits in the Wrestelmania Dream Match narrative that started with Hogan-Andre, went to Hogan-Rock, and now we have Rock-Cena, 10-15 years from now it will be Cena’s turn to have a dream match with whoever the next top star is, and the story continues.
None of these other dream matches had interference in them for good reason, we got to see who the best was. There was interference in the main event of last year, but it served the purpose of setting up the Main Event next year, unless the plan on doing Rock-Miz next year, which they most certainly won’t, then they better find something better for The Miz to do.
But speaking of Wrestlemania…
Card Order for the Big Event: Other rumours going around for Wrestlemania is that the plan fo the big event is to have Rock-Cena close the show, Taker-HHH somewhere in the middle, and have the WWE Title Match open the show.
At first glance, to have Punk-Jericho open the show seems like an insult, but really it isn’t. It would be a stellar way to open the show, and separate the top three matches so they don’t burn the crowd out. They made a huge mistake at Wrestlemania X-8 putting Rock-Hogan so close to HHH-Jericho, and don’t want anything like that to happen again. Personally, I would prefer to have Bryan-Sheamus open the show, but I understand that they don’t want to make it look like more of a midcard match than it already does.
I imagine the order would be something like: Punk-Jericho, Cody-Show, GM Battle, Hall of Fame Ceremony, Orton-Kane, HHH-Taker, Diva’s Tag, Sheamus-Bryan, Rock-Cena. This gives a good build at the beginning and gets three very exciting matches at the beginning, then gives a bit of a lull for the Hall of Fame Ceremony, let’s Orton pop the crowd back before the Cell lowers, puts the Diva’s in the death spot, then let’s the World Title wake the crowd up before the Main Event. Looks like a damn fine show to me.
When the news came that he was returning Thursday night, half of the hockey world was excited, and half were starting to diagnose him. The hockey media was full of people saying that he should wait until the playoffs, or take the year off, or heaven forbid retire.
News flash people: Don Cherry is not a medical doctor, and neither are any of the other talking heads you see on TV. He is getting better medical treatment than any of us normal people could imagine and he’s been incredibly cautious. Crosby, his family, his agent, his team, and the entire league, all know that his best days are ahead of him still and he could stand to make a ton of money.
To think that he would risk all of that on a measly two points is foolish. He knows exactly how he feels and how every hit will affect that. He knows what he’s doing and will probably trust a medical doctor over a loudmouth in a suit, and you should to.
Prediction for the Week: Sidney Crosby gets six points in the four games he has this week.