A look at the Three Stars Of The Night for the June 18 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw!
WWE hit Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday night, in the follow-up from a very well received Monday In The Bank PPV.
Here are–the Three Stars Of The Night!
The Third Star:
“Constable” Baron Corbin
Two. Weeks. In. A. Row.
I don’t know what to say. Baron Corbin appeared on last week’s Three Stars for Raw, and here we are again with Baron Corbin once again on the list.
Here’s the thing: he looks like he’s having fun! And in turn, I have fun when I watch him. It’s insane!
But that’s not all–he beat Braun Strowman! Yes, it was a tag team match and Finn Balor took the fall, but dammit Baron Corbin won a match with Braun Strowman in it!
I don’t know what is real and what’s not anymore. But I know that Baron Corbin entertained me…again.
The Second Star:
Yes, her offense doesn’t look like everyone else’s. It’s not supposed to. She doesn’t sound like everyone else. She’s not supposed to. Ronda Rousey is supposed to be different, but one thing she has in common with everyone else is that she is a professional wrestler.
On Monday, she joined Alexa Bliss in telling a great story in the ring. It put Alexa over, for her speaking ability, established what it needed to establish in getting Ronda out of WWE for 30-days, and have the crowd in an absolute frenzy.
Ronda Rousey is here, folks.
Others given consideration:
Seth Rollins, Alexa Bliss, Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal, and Chad Gable.
And now…a distinction usually reserved for the top performer of the night…the first star!
The First Star:
Welp, that end came on Monday Night Raw!
There are a lot of questions surrounding Dolph’s loss. Is he injured? Suspension coming? Let’s hope neither is the case. The timing of this win is peculiar, but we always have to remember that anything can happen in the WWE. Tonight that anything did happen, as Dolph Ziggler left with the WWE
In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:
“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.
Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.
The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”
In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.
Daily DeMarco: Aleister Black Needs To Win The Royal Rumble
After Vince McMahon revealed his plan to shake things up in WWE, Greg DeMarco chimes in with an idea that really would make some waves.
After a hit-and-miss WWE TLC pay-per-view event, the wrestling world waited with nervous anticipation as Vince McMahon promised a major shake up on the 12/17/18 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.
What did we get? More McMahons, Kurt Angle, The Revival as Top (Guys) Contenders, Natalya as Top Contender, and a bunch of call-ups to an already crowded roster.
Welp, one out of five ain’t bad!
In all honesty, if this is what WWE really wanted to do, I am fine with it. I would make one change: don’t tease it. Had tonight’s Raw gone on without the tease of Mr. McMahon returning, the reaction would be different. We had time to ponder, and develop our playlist. Once WWE puts out a product that didn’t match that playlist, we weren’t happy.
They set themselves up for failure.
But now we’re here, and there’s no going back. Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Shane McMahon are overseeing Raw, a move that undoubtedly leads to dissension and a WrestleMania showdown between Trips and Shane O’Mac. Some sort of “full control” will be at stake, but that won’t matter as Vince can easily undo it the following night on Raw. You see…Vince McMahon can ruin your hopes and dreams both in and out of kayfabe!
But I know what you want–and in this case it’s also what you need. Something that truly upsets the apple cart–a REAL shake up!
Aleister Black Wins The 2019 Royal Rumble
This is not an original idea, but it’s still brilliant. On an episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the former Brother Love tells the story of The Steiner Brothers making their WWE debut in late 1992. The most fascinating part of the story never happens. Bruce and Pat Patterson pitched to Vince McMahon the idea of Scott Steiner, a relative unknown to the WWF fans, winning the Royal Rumble. This would have sent him to Caesars Palace to challenge for, and win, the WWF Championship.
Vince McMahon would balk at the idea for what was mentioned above–no one knew Scott Steiner.
That was part of the sell for Patterson and Prichard. They could use the next 2+ months to build Steiner, leading up to his title win at the biggest show of the year. Ultimately the match was won by Yokozuna, who would go on to defeat Bret Hart for the WWF Championship before losing it to Hulk Hogan in an impromptu close to the show.
Fast forward to 2019, where WWE is in a predicament of presenting a product that is either predictable, stale, or both. The Royal Rumble, a match built on the dream of challenging for a world title at WrestleMania, offers the company the chance to do something that’s unpredictable and fresh.
Aleister Black would be just that.
A good portion of the Raw and Smackdown viewership doesn’t know him. He enters the Rumble as a surprise NXT member, but does what no one has done before–he wins!
Now WWE is left with 2+ months to build Aleister Black, and even has two PPV events at their disposal. Come April 7, the world is ready to pull for Black against either Daniel Bryan or Brock Lesnar. When he wins, a star is made, and available for several years to come.
The Royal Rumble has been around since 1988, and has featured nearly every outcome imaginable. But the surprise winner–the one no one could even imagine–would remind everyone that anything truly can happen in the WWE. And the overall product would be better for it.
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Thanks for reading the 4th edition of the Daily DeMarco. Here’s to many more…
When Will Triple H Take Control Of WWE?
As Raw (and all of WWE) continues to struggle, Juan can’t help but ponder when Triple H will take control of the product we watch on a weekly basis.
Triple H since the moment he married Stephanie McMahon and joined the McMahon family, he has been groomed to be the eventual successor of Vince McMahon as booker of WWE. At first people thought it would be the end of WWE when Triple H would eventually take the mantle of head creative of WWE but NXT’s success in terms of wrestling and creative have proven him as an excellent choice as successor.
NXT for a while has been consider far superior to any show in the main roster, because Triple H knows what the fans want from a wrestling show and understand the importance of logic and not to treat the fans as idiots. Meanwhile Vince McMahon for the last couple of year has had more misses the hits and the decline of RAW’s and SmackDown’s viewership is showing the results of Vince being stubborn and not listening to the fans.
Like it has been mentioned in the past by me and any others, 2020 could be the year Vince steps down as WWE head booker as the XFL will begin and Vince would most likely concentrate in the success of the project that will be the XFL once it begins. But to be honest I feel Vince will stay in creative once the XFL begins just like he did back in 2001 with the original XFL.
If Vince doesn’t step down as booker of WWE in 2020 then I’m afraid he will stay in the position until his age doesn’t allow him to do so and Vince is a very healthy man for his age. WWE would be the biggest loser of these since it desperately needs a reboot and Triple H is the perfect man to do so.
Vince has a big disconnection with the fans and doesn’t know what the fans want now and this has helped WWE decline in viewership and also benefited other wrestling promotions as they saw the opportunity to steal some of the fans WWE and attract them to their product that may offer them what they actually are looking for in wrestling, being NJPW and ROH the biggest examples.
WWE in 2018 made great deals with both FOX and USA for the SmackDown and RAW shows respectively and the Saudi Arabia deal being another deal they signed this year. Money will not be a problem for WWE in a long time and will sign any talent in the world with offers no other promotion can match.
2019 will be an interesting year for WWE in a lot of ways since SmackDown will move to FOX in October. Another important factor is the XFL and how much time will it take from Vince already busy schedule and the let’s not forget the booking of WrestleMania 35 or how many Saudi shows will WWE do in 2019 are also important things in the minds of both Triple H and Vince McMahon, as well what new signees will WWE incorporate to its already big rosters of SmackDown, RAW and NXT.