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Inside The Wheelhouse: Hey remember that Evan Bourne push?

Evan BourneIt feels like yesterday that myself & the rest of the wrestling community were jumping up and down with excitement (it’s a tad bit of an exaggeration) as it appeared that Evan Bourne (known to fans as Matt Sydal) was receiving a push in the WWE. We saw JOHN CENA tweet about how Bourne deserving the push and there were also reports about Cena going to bat for Bourne in creative. Everyone was excited that a guy who is a great in-ring worker, a wrestler that most of us saw get his start out on the Independent wrestling scene; was in-fact receiving a push on the RAW brand in WWE!

Then it appeared that quite possibly myself & the other wrestling fans that were excited about this Bourne push were clearly smoking and drinking way to much because it ended just as quickly as it started. Let’s go back a ways to when this “push” that excited a good amount of wrestling fans started.

At the WWE Fatal 4 Way pay-per-view we saw Evan Bourne defeat former World Champion Chris Jericho in an impromptu/unannounced match on the card. Many people were excited that Bourne got the huge victory over Y2J because it clearly showed he could hang with the Main Eventers. It also helped the cause because many wrestling fans know that Chris Jericho is gold at creating new stars.

We then go to the WWE’s July Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View. A PPV that saw the WWE put Evan Bourne into one of the biggest matches on the card as he would compete against Edge, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Ted DiBiase, John Morrison, Mark Henry and Randy Orton in the “Money in the Bank” ladder match with the winner receiving a shot at the WWE Championship whenever and wherever they wanted. Clearly an indication that there was a good possibility that something big may happen in the future of Evan Bourne.

My colleague on “The Still Real to Us Show” Eric Gargiulo even picked Evan Bourne to win the match so the chance for a big push in the WWE still had some steam. I sat there, hoping that Bourne would do the unthinkable, that the WWE creative team would give the fans something that they wanted (calm down Miz fans). But the WWE teased that from happening as they had Evan Bourne going for the briefcase, with no one around him and then he pulled a Jack Swagger, taking to long to get the briefcase off the carbineer holding it above the ring.

But unlike the actual Jack Swagger moment this was not to be edited out of the DVD, this was in-fact part of the match as one of the other competitors took Bourne off of the top of the ladder and soon there after, eliminating his chance to have the money in the bank briefcase. The push appeared to lose some traction and some much needed steam.

If lost hope in the Evan Bourne push you lost it completely when it came time for the build up to Summerslam 2010 and the actual event itself. As for months the WWE had put Bourne almost as John Cena’s right hand man in the battles with Nexus. Bourne would come down and help Cena amongst other WWE wrestlers to run Nexus off. It was looking like if the WWE was going to do something involving Nexus and John Cena at Summerslam that Evan Bourne would be someone in the match. It was by far the hottest angle in wrestling in the summer of 2010 (sorry EV2.0).

The WWE then ran a backstage vignette no less to almost end and literally kill the hopes of many of Evan Bourne push when they had the Nexus take him out during a Monday Night Raw. That’s right, the Nexus who has taken out John Cena, Vince McMahon and legends in their 50s, 60s & maybe even 70s in the middle of the ring on Raw’s in the past, took out Evan Bourne in a backstage vignette.

To make matters worse for those hoping of an Evan Bourne push, when Team WWE/Cena was announced for Summerslam 2010 there was no sign of Evan Bourne AT ALL. The WWE instead went with The Great Khali, who was later replaced with Bret “The Hitman” Hart and while I’ve always been a huge Bret Hart fan, loved his work at Summerslam in the ring, he didn’t need the rub. Evan Bourne needed the spotlight of WWE’s 2nd biggest show of the year to prove he was a potential future main eventer.

The Evan Bourne push was then officially killed when Evan Bourne made his Summerslam 2010 appearance. Oh did you buy the show and don’t remember him being on the card? Do you own the DVD and if they made it a bonus match on the DVD (I truthfully don’t know), then you know what as I’m talking about. As Evan Bourne DID have a match Summerslam 2010.

It was a DARK MATCH against Zack Ryder. But for those of you still holding out hope for that Evan Bourne push don’t worry; as Evan Bourne defeated Zack Ryder at Summerslam 2010. The same Zack Ryder that had a WWE Championship match against Sheamus a couple weeks ago, don’t remember that either? How could you, it was literally 5 seconds.

WWE once again teases us like our High School girlfriend on prom night and doesn’t deliver as Evan Bourne’s push appears to be all but dead. Bourne I supposed will be subjected to the opening segment on RAW or Superstars on WGN. Awesometown.

Good job WWE, thanks for letting us down. If I had a sign at any WWE show right now it would read “PUSH EVAN BOURNE.”

Do you think Evan Bourne deserves to be pushed? Tell us your thoughts on “The Still Real to Us Show” by e-mailing us over at [email protected] and give us your thoughts on whether you agree with more or not! Then go ahead and download the show this Thursday @ 8pm ET/5pm PT at www.wheelhouseradio.com or www.wrestlechat.net to find out if your pick made it to the air!

Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday – Thursday @ 8pm ET/5pm PT at www.blogtalkradio.com/thewheelhouse and at www.errorfm.com @ 2am ET/11pm PT

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at www.wheelhouseradio.com and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site..”

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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