Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday Night Raw August 21, 2017 Results and Review The Shortest HULU Version Ever

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Monday Night Raw was booked in Brooklyn, New York yet again. The crowd was hot through the night, and they were given a lot of elements. This is a great night of wrestling, for those in attendance. But the HULU edition was cut very short, with a lot of talking, and very little wrestling. I’m not sure why, but hey, here I am to talk about the HULU edition of Monday Night Raw.

Monday Night Raw August 21, 2017 Results and Review

Braun Strowman interrupted the Brock Lesnar Speech, and that’s about it.

Enzo Amore defeated Big Cass in a Brooklyn Street Fight

Enzo and Cass didn’t get much time, as this wasn’t on Hulu. I saw it on Youtube, and this was interesting. Cass took a nasty dive to the outside and collapsed midway through the match. I’m guessing a torn ACL and MCL. I tore my ACL and collapsed as well in high school, so I can say this was at least a hyper-extension.

Nia Jax defeated Emma

This wasn’t shown on HULU

Elias defeated R. Truth

This wasn’t shown on HULU

The Miz and Samoa Joe confronted John Cena and Roman Reigns

This was a long boring talking segment that was part of the HULU edition, and it just went long.

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated The Hardy Boyz

A great overall, fast paced match. It was fun to see these guys work, and while it was hard hitting, with great counters and in-ring psychology, pushing both teams in this one. In the end, Rollins and Ambrose won after stopping the Swanton, and boom.

Alexa Bliss confronted Sasha Banks

Banks just talked on the mic, and Alexa showed up. Meh. They didn’t brawl, and Alexa will get a rematch, just not tonight.

Finn Balor defeated Jason Jordan

Jordan wanted a match with Balor, and he got it. Balor ran right through Jordan, even though he was able to get a little offense. It wasn’t much though, it was bad. Balor’s dropkick wasn’t half bad, and Jordan got a beat down, and lost clean, in the middle of the ring. A good, fun match, but Jordan is just not over.

John Cena and Roman Reigns defeated The Miz and Samoa Joe

This was a fun match, and Reigns with Roman is a good pairing, that will lead them to face off against each other. Joe and MIz worked well enough, but it was obvious that Miz was going to eat a pin. He did, even though Cena was knocked out by Reigns on accident. Reigns and Joe fell to the outside, with a killer sequence that showed Reigns knocking out Joe from the Suicide Dive, and man, good stuff. Miz loses, here, even with his Miztourage on the outside trying to help.

There you have it, Monday Night Raw went down the hatch with minimal problems. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, and the HULU version was very condensed. I liked that, but I didn’t think that the show was worth 3 hours of time. Overall, not a bad night of wrestling, some fun spots, and good things. Hopefully this brings about some more wrestling next week in Memphis. Oh, and I did forget to type the 205 Live match, but I didn't care, and you didn't either.

Monday, August 21, 2017

WWE Summerslam 2017 Results and Review The Marathon Show Continues

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If you had plans for Sunday night, I hope you erased them when you heard that the WWE Summerslam PPV was going to be 9 hours long. Ok, it wasn’t that long, but it certainly was long enough to garner a lot of tired faces by the time the main event came through. I have heard a lot of people talk about this show, and I’ve seen a lot of videos about what the thoughts were from a variety of people. But these are my thoughts on the night, as you know I was going to say something, because I sat through a lot of wrestling after writing an essay for school.

WWE Summerslam 2017 Results and Review

The Miz and The Miztourage defeated The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan

The arena was empty for this match. It was bad. These guys fought to a decent match, but I don’t know why they chose to do the same match again from Raw. This wasn’t half bad, but of course, The Miz and his crew got the big win on the ppv. This was fast paced, and not necessarily bad, but I’m not sure why Miz wasn’t defending his title here. I guess maybe it won’t happen until the next PPV. Jason Jordan and his team loses, in front of 12 people, and I’m not kidding.

Neville defeated Akira Tozawa for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

This was fascinating, as it was another match between these two guys. Tozawa beat Neville on Raw, and it was a good match. However, this was another match where the two put on some good back and forth. However, the leaping senton bomb was thwarted by Neville, and the Red Arrow came through and Tozawa was done. I do not know what Titus O’Neil doesn’t help out, or cause a distraction. This was an ok match, but again, only like 20 people in the audience made this ok, at best.

The Usos defeated The New Day for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship

I do not think there is a better duo than The Usos. They are on the same exact page, and they keep pushing through a lot of moves, and reversals, with expert timing. These two guys are just incredible. The New Day is boring to me, but they keep trying to put on good matches. They did just that, and they were able to gain the upper hand for a good portion of the match, but it was the Usos and their fast-paced wrestling that ended up getting the big win. I loved the ending, dual super kicks, and their finish, which was stellar. The Usos are in their prime.

John Cena defeated Baron Corbin

This was a burial. Do not even argue with me. This was a burial that was akin to many other burials that you’ve seen in the past. John Cena defeated Baron Corbin clean. I kid you not. Clean. Cena wins in the opening match, and goes home to sleep because tomorrow he’s probably doing something grand. Well, tomorrow is Tuesday, but maybe he’s on Raw tonight? Oh boy!

Natalya defeated Naomi for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

This was a sloppy match, and I had a stomach issue. I went to the bathroom at one point, and came back, and it was still going. Natalya can be good, and Naomi has gotten better, but there was something missing between these two. It was fun, no doubt, and the winner was Natalya. She made Naomi tap out to the sharpshooter, which I thought was great, so good for her.

Big Cass defeated Big Show w/ Enzo Amore in a Shark Cage

The best part of this match was Enzo Amore stripping, lubing himself up and escaping the cage. That was thwarted by Cass, with a huge kick. Show got pinned after the empire elbow, and that was that. Not a great match, but Enzo was funny to me.

Randy Orton defeated Rusev

And another burial. Rusev has been downhill for a while, and here we go, Orton shows up and with a RKO out of nowhere, and the end. Less than 5 minutes. Rusev loses, and that’s that.

Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship

This wasn’t half bad. This was interesting, with Alexa impressing me a lot. Sasha put on a show as usual, but I didn’t like the end. I thought for sure Alexa Bliss should’ve pinned banks with her finisher, or at least threw a tantrum and walked out, for a DQ finish. But no, this time we get Sasha Banks winning after a lot of back and forth. However, Banks looked to have messed up her shoulder, legit, so we’ll see how that goes on. Banks got beat up in this match, Bliss was great, but she pulled a rabbit out of the hat and won the title yet again. Good for her.

The Demon Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt

I’m not a fan of boring ass Finn Balor. He beat the Eater of Pins, and that was that. It was about 8 minutes long, and Wyatt loses fast, after a ton of offense from Balor. This match was just Balor throwing himself around at Wyatt, that’s about it.

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championship

This wasn’t half bad. This was kind of cool, a good amount of action, and both teams throwing down a lot of punishment against each other. I loved the dynamic, and at the end, it was Ambrose and Rollins won a huge solution overall. This was a classic tag team battle, with two members of the Shield. I wanted to Roman Reigns to join them, but nope. I didn’t dislike Dean in this one, which was grand. Ambrose and Rollins make a great team, and this match was a great one, including the beach ball getting torn apart by Cesaro. The commentary team sucks, though.

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens with Special Guest Referee Shane McMahon

Not a bad match. The best of their series, but it wasn’t that great. Owens will most likely fight McMahon, I guess. Styles is great, I love his work, but he needs a new opponent, I’m tired of him fighting Owens. Although, I wouldn’t mind seeing Shane McMahon versus Kevin Owens with Aj Styles as a guest referee! This was ok, I have no complaints, but we need something new.

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal defeated Shinsuke Nakamura

Well, the burial of Nakamura is complete. Jinder Mahal defeated Shinsuke, and wow, that was the end. Nakamura did ok with Mahal, and the Singh brothers helped him get the win. Jinder isn’t half bad, but he’s juicing. I liked the dynamic, but watching Nakamura lose, with a botched finish? I guess that’s the best that can happen with Jinder. Jinder’s mainstream push hit a high note this morning as the New York Times talked about Jinder, and well, that’s good. Good for him.

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowmana

This fatal 4 way title match was about as good as you’re going to get from WWE’s mainstream offering. I was surprised by how good the match was, because Brock was getting taken out early by Braun. Braun really got to Lesnar, and he even through him through two tables, before the paramedics came out. They wheeled out Brock, and he left for a while. But he came back, and then it was time to go to Suplex City! This was a good match, with lots of action. All guys hit their moves, submissions, and so much more. I was impressed with even Roman Reigns! Holy crap the dude threw down. This was fun, and a great showing. Oh, and of course, I had to mention Braun throwing the damn padded chair made another appearance. Lame.

Summerslam was good, no doubt. But was it great? Not as good as NXT if you ask me. The wrestling was good, but this was really long, and that’s my only big critique for this show. After sitting through so many hours, I don’t know if I even want to review Raw, but probably will. This was a lot of wrestling, and a lot of burials, and random notes. Oh, and Elias is great, more Elias and the Drifter!

NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Results and Review The GOAT of WWE Shows Up

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The WWE is a massive company, and their mainstream offerings on a weekly basis are not exactly always good. I don’t keep up with NXT nearly as much as I will be doing in the future, but I did manage to take a break from my writing to see this show this morning, and well, I’m blown away by a lot of things. The WWE got something right, and it’s interesting to see it, but there are some imperfections here and there.

WWE NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Results and Review

Andrade “CIen” Almas defeated Johnny Gargano

Did someone tell Almas that his job was on the line? He not only seemed a bit more fit, he was taking on Gargano in a serious fashion. The back and forth between the two was accelerating, and quite fascinating to see. However, the quick “no selling” by both men kind of took me for a loop. Some call it “indie”, I call it poor selling. I’m sure that it is warranted now and then, but even Ric Flair’s flurries would end with him falling on his face in fatigue after attacking his opponents sometimes. Almas here got the better of Gargano, but not without cheating, and that is perhaps telling. Gargano gets a DIY shirt thrown at him, and boom, Almas capitalizes. Almas is a great wrestler, if the WWE would let him just explode like he did in Mexico. This was as close as you’re going to see to his original charismatic self, but it took Gargano putting on a clinic for him to reveal it.

Sanity defeated The Authors of Pain for the Tag Team Championships

I love Nikki Cross. She is one hell of a performer, and a beautiful lady if you ask me. But this is about the match, and the Authors of Pain putting on a show with Sanity. Sanity brought out all of their tools, and the two brawled until we started to see the wheels come off. Sanity played the numbers game, and Nikki Cross with Dame’s interference was amazing. The logic of this match was great with that finish. Cross jumps off the top rope on the outside and gets caught by one of the Authors of Pain, then Dame runs straight for them both, tackling them into a table! That leaves one guy open against 2, and that ended the match, before the “indie” darlings showed up. I’m not impressed by those guys yet, but it should be interesting to see what goes down moving forward. Great match, with some solid concepts, and a great finish, and again I love Nikki Cross.

Aleister Black defeated Hideo Itami

Black and Itami put on a strong style showcase and I enjoyed it greatly. Black was not backing down and Itami wasn’t either, breaking Black’s nose at one point. Jim Ross doing commentary was great, but the match itself was hard hitting, and showed the future of WWE in some sense. The counters the two put on, quick thinking, and smart psychology ruled in this match. There was even spots that didn’t take away from one wrestler’s fatigue, but was desperation, like Bret Hart’s reversals sometimes. I loved the way they blended together, and how Itami mocked Black at one point. I don’t like Black’s finisher, but hey, it is what it is. This match was hard hitting, but not with a lot of slow down, though it did appear. Black is great here, but WWE will surely screw him up like they did with Corbin.

Asuka defeated Ember Moon

Ember Moon put on a major show against Asuka. While I did not like this match as much as the Nikki Cross vs Asuka Last Woman Standing match, I did appreciate this for what it was. Moon not being able to put away Asuka. However, the natural conclusion of this match should have been when Moon hit her finisher, dead center of the ring. I don’t know where you go from there. Asuka won after trying to cheat, and eventually made Moon tapped out. I would’ve like Asuka to win by cheating, and develop that side of her character, leading to a match where she couldn’t cheat, but nope. Moon loses, and Asuka’s title reign continues.

Drew McIntyre defeated Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship

This match was hard hitting, and perhaps one of the best I’ve seen from Roode. Roode took on McIntyre’s best here. The bagpipe players from the NYPD were amazing for Drew, and he looked poised to get the big win here. He did it, but not without taking on Roode at every possible configuration of moves. That included the outside, off the top rope, and several DDTs. While there were moments of slow down, it wasn’t so bad that I wanted to stop watching. The two really did well together, and Roode may be poised for other things. Roode seemed to have suffered a nice big bruise on his quad, which looked nasty.

Post-match Adam Cole, Fish, and O’Reilly came out to beat up McIntyre. They are indie darlings from what I hear, and well, I didn’t care, I had already seen 6 or so hours of Summerslam and didn’t want to watch any more.

NXT Takeover Brooklyin III was certainly a great show. After seeing Summerslam, I can say that this was a better showcase of the WWE talent roster. I did not like Summerslam nearly as much. While the lack of fireworks was lame, the live performances were great, and the future looks bright for WWE, assuming they don’t homogenize these guys on the main roster like they have with Corbin, and Nakamura.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

WWE Monday Night Raw August 14, 2017 Results and Review Lesnar Still Sucks

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Wow, color me late again. This is a review that should’ve been up on Tuesday or Wednesday, but instead, it’s getting written right now. I’m late, and that’s because I had to once again sit through 5 hours of television to get through this. Or 4 hours, I don’t recall. Either way, here’s my review of the HULU version of Monday Night Raw, because you asked, or didn’t, I don’t know what is going on sometimes.

WWE Monday Night Raw August 14, 2017 Results and Review

Was there a talking segment to open things up? Maybe? I think it may have been Seth Rollins, and if it was, I was bored. Cesaor and Sheamus luckily came down to beat him up, but oh no, here comes Dean “Boring” Ambrose to stop it. I was not thrilled, as I think he’s been resting on his laurels for some time, and his in ring performances have bored me as of late. Rollins and Dean tease the fist bump, and then connect, because you know, the Shield reunion is going to be inevtible, and Roman Reigns will need them to win the title, if you ask me.

This set up a tag team title’s match for SummerSlam this year.

Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax

They say that there was a women’s revolution in WWE, but you know what? Revolution means a full circle, and that’s what we are getting. This match was not that long, and it wasn’t believable to me. The match between Jax and Banks from Fastlane was far better if you ask me. However, this was good for what it was, and Jax loses again, while Banks goes on to face Alexa Bliss. It should be a no-dq match, but something tells me Little Miss Bliss is going to retain.

Elias attacked R-Truth

This was not on HULU.

Big Cass and the Club Sandwich Boys break Big Shows Arm.

You read that right. There’s not much I can say about that. Big Cass did cut one good promo, though. Although, it was hard to pay attention to him, as he was “orange”. I kid you not. That spray tan was too much.

Bray Wyatt defeated Finn Balor

This was a dumb match. Balor barely got in any offense, and Bray Wyatt just easily beat him with a crotch shot and Sister Abigail. I still think that Wyatt should get a real Sister Abigail to show up, and he should also team up with Bo Dallas. Wishful thinking on my part, which will likely never happen, I’m sure. Bray Wyatt wins, then pores blood on Balor. But wait! The commentary team did not say anything about this. The HULU version edited out the commentary teams statements, so you didn’t hear them say acid, or whatever it is that people on twitter said. Who cares, this is a boring feud. I hear the Demon is coming at Summerslam, ok. Sure. Finn Balor is nothing more than Alex Wright 2.0 if you ask me.

Akira Tozawa defeated Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Tozawa is a great character, and he can really put on a show. This match, wasn’t that great. However, the big senton bomb from Tozawa saved it. He has some serious height on that, and it reminds me of how good Dick Togo was. This was a good performance from both, but the title change seems odd to me, especially since I’m not following 205 Live as much as I had in the past. I need to get back to it.

Jason Jordan defeated The Miz via DQ

This was fast, and it didn’t get far. Jordan got jumped by Miz’s cronies and that was that. Jordan then cleaned house, but the Miztourage is going to definitely cause disruption for the young guy. Oh, and the fans could care less, which means they care just a little.

Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boyz defeated The Miz and The Miztourage

Oh, I almost forgot this happened! The Hardy Boyz ran down to save Jordan from a beat down, and that prompted Teddy Long to come down and declare a tag team match! Ok, he didn’t come down, but that’s what happened, a six man tag happened, and that was that.

Bork Lazer fought off a few dudes.

The ending of Raw had Lesnar getting pulled away from beating up the rest of his opponents from Summerslam. I will say this much, the main event is going to be predicable since Lesnar will win and will be at Raw as the champion. That’s been leaked already, so there.

Overall, Raw wasn’t terrible. It was actually watchable for the most part. However, I could not get into the main event, and the lack of lengthy matches makes me miss the old Raw shows where wrestling took more of a front seat, then just randomly throwing together storylines before a PPV. I guess that’s what 2017 WWE is now, a crash course in pro-wrestling.

Friday, August 11, 2017

WWE Smackdown Live August 8, 2017 Results and Review This Is The Best They Can Give?

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People sometimes tell me that Smackdown is the better show. They are wrong. There is no better show. This show may have started as something grand back when the brand split was first announced. But now? It’s nothing more than a homogenized wrestling show that is heavy on talking, and light on wrestling. It’s not as bad as Raw, but it’s still bad. There are moments of joy, though, and perhaps that’s the saving grace of Smackdown’s shows. August 8, 2017 the show was from Canada yet again, and the fans weren’t booing nearly as bad as Raw, but you also didn’t get the same lame ass promos being cut. I watched this directly after Raw, which is something worth noting.

WWE Smackdown Live August 8, 2017 Results and Review

John Cena Cut A Bad Promo

This was one of the worst promos I’ve ever heard. Cena is usually ok on the mic. I miss the times when he was rapping. Now he just is tired, and boring. Corbin came out, and the two would talk about how they are going to fight, etc. I don’t know, Cena insulted Corbin and a match was set for the two at Summerslam. I don’t care about either guy. You know what will happen? John Cena will defeat Baron Corbin, and Corbin will cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event at Summerslam.

The Usos defeated Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger

Did you see this going any other way? Dillinger loses again. The Usos win, and they are perhaps the best in the industry right now. I’d love to see the Young Bucks versus The Usos, that would set a huge fire under the feet of all tag teams if you ask me. I loved this match, although seeing Zayn and Dillinger buried makes me wonder why even bring them to the main roster?

Charlotte Flair defeated Lana

A burial. Lana can not lace the boots of Flair. Flair is wasted here. Please WWE, give her better competition, perhaps move her back to Raw.

Shane McMahon Bored Me To Tears

Ugh. This was boring. AJ Styles and Kevin Owens talked, and McMahon talked, and then it led to Shane getting kicked. Oh well. It was nice to see Owens mention that McMahon has screwed people in the past. That makes me want to watch Survivor Series 1998, to be honest. I may watch it again, as it was a stellar event if I do remember. Deadly Game Survivor Series, great stuff.

Twin Peaks or Fashion Peaks

This was a cool segment. Nothing to complain about here.

Carmella defeated Naomi

Another burial. This wasn’t half bad. Not that good either. Carmella got the win, and really didn’t progress much of a story. Where was Natalya? Where was Becky? Women’s revolution, huh? Meh.

Randy Orton defeated Jinder Mahal in a grudge match

Do you really want me to talk about this? I didn't even want to see it. Rusev showed up on the ramp with a kick to Orton and the show ended. No more Smackdown, please.

WWE Monday Night Raw August 7, 2017 Results and Review The Padded Chair of Doom

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This week I sat through 5 hours of wrestling. Ok, not 5 hours, only the 90 minute version of Raw on Hulu and then Smackdown live on Hulu. I watched them back to back, so that has to be something good, right? Whatever the case is, Raw was not exactly fun to watch, but Smackdown had a few notes. This time around on Raw, there were some good spots, and classic matches, but the HULU version condensed a lot of the things that you would normally expect. With that in mind, consider the following review of RAW from the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Canada.

WWE Monday Night Raw August 7, 2017 Results and Review

Brock Lesnar laid the Miz and his crew to waste.

The opening segment had Lesnar beating down the Miz and his crew with ease. This was fun, but what’s the big deal? Lesnar obliterates the Intercontinental Champion? Not only that, did you see the Miz’s wild swing against Lesnar? It was funny.

Sheamus defeated Seth Rollins

Sheamus rolled up Rollins, and then beat him down, forcing Dean Ambrose to show up. I think. I think that’s the story that was told, or maybe not. I’m having a hard time remembering this, because it was absolutely boring.

Sasha Banks defeated Emma and Alicia Fox

The women’s revolution eh? Well, if a fast moving match with minimal offense and probably 5 minutes of time is a revolution, then sure, we have a revolution. This was telegraphed a mile away. Sasha Banks wins, and the rest were boring. Emma is still getting buried.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated Enzo Amore and Big Show

Well, this match sucked. Enzo is not liked backstage, according to a lot of sources, but you wouldn’t know since this match had the crowd going nuts for him. Show and Enzo lose, but then Show gets the last laugh with a right hand. They are going to have Cass versus Big Show with Enzo in a cage above the ring, which is just bad. Either way, this match sucked, and the Club Sandwich boys aren’t doing well.

Bray Wyatt Attacked Finn Balor

This wasn’t shown on HULU.

Dean Ambrose defeated Cesaro

Another roll up, but this time Seth Rollins ran down. Rollins ran down and saved Ambrose, but they didn’t shake hands or fist bump. This match was boring, and Cesaro was rolled up. Man, so many roll ups, I’m tired.

Akira Tozawa defeated Ariya Daivari

This wasn’t shown on HULU.

Nia Jax defeated Mickie James and Dana Brooke

Wow, Dana Brooke is hot to me. I’m sorry. Mickie James too. These are two amazing women, and they are very strong and athletic. Then there’s Nia Jax, wow, some improvement, but not exactly an in ring scholar just yet. I liked this match, and loved the ending, with Nia Jax going strong and moving forward to facing off against Sasha Banks.

Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match

This was great. This was a great match with Roman and Braun putting on a show. There were a lot of great moments, but the scene of the night was Reigns getting hit in the face with an office chair. Strowman threw a chair at him and Roman went down, people went nuts, and I couldn’t help but think that the chair was super padded. Roman went down like a sack of potatoes, and it was funny to see. Samoa Joe came out of the audience, NO MUSIC mind you, and choked out Reigns.

Bayley gets Booed!

Bayley’s character has been assassinated. Ever since she wussed out at Extreme Rules in her home town, and Alexa Bliss caned the living crap out of her, she’s been going downhill. The crowd was booing, and Bayley really was awful on the mic. She even said, “why are they booing”, breaking character, and making me hate WWE for putting her out there. This was absolutely bad.

Overall, Monday Night Raw had a lot of bad things to it. But there were a few good moments with wrestling, including Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. I don’t think Reigns sucks. This was an ok show, and worth HULU, but not 3 hours of your time.

Oh, and one more thing. What’s up with the illogical saves? Ambrose and Rollins save each other, but before they do so, their music plays. That’s asinine! Don’t do that! Instead, they should just run down and save their friend, no music, no pomp and circumstance. But no, logic is thrown out the window. Where was Elias, by the way? Oh well. Raw was ok at best.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WWE Smackdown Live August 1, 2017 Results and Review The Dream Match Killer

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This week’s edition of Smackdown was live from Cleveland, Ohio. Just a stone’s throw away from where I live, and I didn’t want to go. Why would I? The quality of Smackdown’s shows has been dropping like crazy, so I didn’t want to jump into this one live, but I needed to write up a review, and so here I am, talking about Smackdown again. This is a night that should’ve been great, but instead, it felt a little flat, and we’re going to discuss it and what not below.

WWE Smackdown Live August 1, 2017 Results and Review

Aj Styles defeated Kevin Owens

This match was probably the worst thing I’ve seen these guys in. They keep putting on matches that are absolutely cringe worthy. They just seem to be working at half speed or something. They don’t seem to be into it, and the ending was goofy as ever. Owens went to swing at Aj Styles and supposedly hit the ref, and the ref didn’t see when Owens’ shoulder was up, getting counted pinned in 3, which would lead to him throwing a tantrum. He yelled at Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, leading to them announcing that Aj Styles would face Kevin Owens yet again, only this time, it’s going to be with guest referee Shane McMahon! Oh joy, oh boy, another match with these guys? They don’t have a lot of chemistry, folks.

Aiden English defeated Sami Zayn

Burials happen a lot, and we saw the burial of Sami Zayn once again occur on Smackdown. The WWE must not like Zayn, because he once again loses, and this time it’s to Aiden English, the singing dude. I don’t like English’s gimmick. I preferred the raucous noise that he was getting as part of the Vaudevillains, which worked. Oh well. This match was fast, and Zayn lost via roll up. Where’s Tye Dillinger, by the way? He was the perfect 10, after all.

Naomi and Becky Lynch defeated Carmella and Natalya

What a waste here. Sure, it was a little entertaining, but it was not great. The women got a few minutes to showcase their work, but it was really rushed, and in the end, the good guys win, and the bad guys lose. I mean girls.

Rusev defeated Chad Gable

Gable put on a good fight against Rusev, but Rusev is a wasted talent. He’s already lost to John Cena multiple times, and he’s scheduled to either get beaten down by Randy Orton or get a quick win, and then move onto I don’t know, nothing? Rusev sucks now, and while Gable had some nice highlights, he’s done now too.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated John Cena

This was a surprise. Shinsuke won this match clean. But John Cena was obviously going half speed and there was miscommunication in the ring. Nakamura got a lot of his spots in, but Cena wasn’t selling that well, and it became painfully obvious that Nakamura was going over. When Cena is not going to win, he doesn’t sell as well, trying to make the other guy look dominant, and it doesn’t bode well for the match. This could’ve been great, but unfortunately, it’s going to be remembered for the fact that Nakamura dropped Cena on his neck, and that’s it.

Post match, exclusively, on WWE.com Baron Corbin showed up and beat up Nakamura. He then got thrown through a table by John Cena.

Smackdown is not good, this was boring at times. It’s just a rushed, boring show that doesn’t utilize all of the talent that they have. Oh, but they did have the Usos mocking The New Day, so that was cool. Day One Ish and all that jazz.

WWE Monday Night Raw July 31, 2017 Results and Review The Backwards Showcase

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I finally am sitting down to review the show, and despite the fact that I don’t have many readers, It was important for me to get through this one. Why? Because I need something to vent my displeasure with how WWE Raw went down this week. I saw the HULU version, but it felt like it was 9 hours long, and despite the fact that the feed only has a select amount of information in the 90 minutes, it didn’t feel shorter for some reason. With that in mind, let’s consider what went down, and how I felt about it, because this is a site where I discuss pro wrestling from WWE, and well that’s about it.

WWE Monday Night Raw July 31, 2017 Results and Review

From the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, there was NO ECW chants that I recall, meaning the crowd is definitely not what they used to be, that’s for sure.

Kurt Angle came out only to get interrupted by Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. They said that they were going to quit if Lesnar lost at Summerslam. They aren’t going to lose, mind you.

The Hardy Boyz defeated The Club Sandwich Guys

Well, the Club are officially a bunch of nerds. They lose again, and while the Revival and the Club decided to try and beat up the Hardy’s they couldn’t get it done. Team Extreme once again buries the young talent, and that’s the end of that. I can only hope that they become broken.

Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, and Akira Tozawa defeated TJP, Ariya Daivari, and Tony Nese

This was not on HULU

Jason Jordan on Miz TV

What a load of garbage. Jason Jordan gives an Angle Slam, I think, to the Miz into the Miztourage, and that was that. Jordan is not ready for this push.

Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus

This was a boring match, that led to Sheamus and Cesaro beating up Rollins. Dean Ambrose ran down to help him out. This made no sense. Ambrose said that he was going to go his own way, and Rollins would have to go his own way, but here he is saving the day for some reason. This makes absolutely no sense to me folks. Why would he do this? He shouldn’t care about Rollins, as it’s none of his business. But alas, he ran down, and the two tried to beat up the champions. This made no sense.

Finn Balor attacked Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt rambles on and on, and said that no one can beat him, etc. I don’t know who to cheer for here, the Wyatt character sucks, but you know what? Alex Wright 2.0 is worth checking out, so maybe he’ll do well in this feud.

Roman Reigns defeated Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman

Of course he did. I didn’t like this match at all, as Joe looked weak and so did Strowman. Strowman made quick work of Joe, and Reigns was able to get the big win after hitting Strowman with the steel steps. Joe really got booted here, from the start, making him look weak amidst the other guys. This should’ve been the main event, but alas, it wasn’t. This was a good television match, but man, I wish Joe didn’t look so much like a chump here.

Elias defeated Kalisto

This wasn’t shown on HULU

Bayley defeated Nia Jax via Count Out

This wasn’t shown on HULU

Big Cass defeated Big Show via Disqualification

This was a boring, terrible match. Big Cass has new boring music, Big Show got winded fast, and Enzo came out to try and beat up Cass, only to get booted and knocked out. Cass then got hit in the face with that knockout punch, and that was it. That’s your Raw.

This was a boring episode of Raw, with little to no action in my view. Yes, there were some good moments, like the Hardy’s getting the best of the other teams, and watching Rollins get beat up by Cesaro and Sheamus. However, nothing that happened on this show hyped me up for Summerslam, which is the main goal of Raw right now, right? Ugh, this was a boring, flat show with a lot of boring moments, including that terrible main event. Why would they put Cass and Show on last? It makes no sense. What a terrible night of pro wrestling, if you can call it that.


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