WWE - Who is hyped!?
Ok, so this denifitely didn't go as a draft normally would, but instead we got some new faces in little by little. That's cool, I was just waiting for something else personally. Misread the message from last week.
I didn't expect any of the bunch Ambrose, Miz and Bray to move to RAW, to be honest. (I think only AJ seemed a solid bet, but he didn't move after all.) This pretty much means that Owens heads to SmackDown, right? Can't keep IC and US titles in the same show. And that upcoming Bray/Orton match now feels kinda pointless, don't you think? I mean Bray won't win and bring the WWE title to RAW with him now. (And does he hop between RAW and SD now for three weeks?) Not unless Lesnar moves to SmackDown tomorrow, aaaaand I don't know about that.
Could Gallows and Anderson move to the blue brand? Some of the bigger names should, I feel, and then there'd be that fabled Styles connection waiting. RAW got Mickie James and Bliss in women's division. Nia Jax seems to be next in line for the belt, but that could very well be the blue belt as well. We'll see.
The star of the show, however? Braun Strowman. Dear lord, I laughed so much. Pushing Roman down from that ramp on that stretcher, what the hell? :D The audience couldn't believe that, either. And then once more the giant returned, to push the freaking ambulance on its side with Roman inside. Oh this was good, like something from the turn of the millennium. :)
I really like the way they are doing this "shakeup". Now I'm really looking forward to Smackdown, to see who goes the other way.
Charlotte and Owens seems like a lock.
They need a strong female heel for the Smackdown brand, now that both Mickie and Alexa is on RAW, and Charlotte has just been jobbed out to Nia Jax.
I hope she immediately takes the title from Naomi and then goes on to feud with Becky Lynch.
They have to get the US title to Smackdown somehow, to the Owens move seems logical. They could always move Jericho to Smackdown, and then have him win the title back, but he should be leaving for a Fozzy tour anytime now.
Also, with both The Miz and Wyatt moving (and AJ turning face?), Smackdown really needs a couple of heels. Other than Corbin they don't have any single heels that matter. So Owens has to go, but they still need one more.
On the Tag team side, someone has to go to Smackdown as well. New Day? Enzo and Cas?
@Sentinel-Beach Strowman just became the number one face in the company! Ohh man that was a blast, just destroying Roman. And flipping a freaking ambulance over!! They are going to show that moment for years to come. I would have loved to see that moment with Huber.
And in other exiting news, Kane is running for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee. Who would wanna argue against him?
Seeing who other people around the internet is predicting for Smackdown, I totally forgot about Rusev! He could be a great heel on the blue brand.
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Phew, I've been absent from this thread for far too long, I was always several days behind since Wrestlemania so I had to avoid spoilers!
Too late to share my thoughts about WM though.
I was also expecting a more exciting format for the shakeup, instead of just randomly throwing guys out there one by one, leaving us guessing what it meant (at least at the start of the show).
At the time of writing, I think SmackDown is underway, so I won't bother with predictions, I'll watch it tonight and give my overall impressions then.
SmackDown feels great at the moment! Somehow just so refreshing. Owens was a no-brainer, but it still felt good seeing him arrive. Now with 70 % less beard, even. :) Also, Zayn just feels right on the blue brand. And it's great that the US title finally starts to get more hype around it, I mean the upcoming Owens/Styles will be really good, I feel. Those guys are on fire on the mic and in the ring, looking forward to that feud.
Charlotte arrived, and now I'm wanting that feud with Becky, like MonsTruz was anticipating earlier above. And will Lana get actually in the ring this time around? That was one sexy preview, by the way.
Rusev will fit nicely in SmackDown, that was a good surprise. He can be in both midcard and at the top, too, especially in SD with fewer folks.
Tag teams got Shining Stars and New Day. No matter whether you like the threesome or not, New Day will bring some life into the scene there. Good call. And English is now alone, what was the deal behind that again?
And man. Nakamura. What a wild card for the future, for the big feuds and titles. Feels good.
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Myself I have been super disappointed by WWE post-WrestleMania.
Smackdown was pretty good.
It's weird that AJ is suddenly in the United States picture, but man, that feud against Owens is going to be stellar. Owens did look weird without his normal beard though.
Ziggler vs. Nakamura could be a really great match! Ziggler is probably not anybodies dream feud for Nakamura, but I think it's a very good starting point. Nakamura needs a win from the get go, and Ziggler can easily take a loss, and make Nakamura look like a million bucks.
Charlotte is a great addition to the womens division. It still looks a couple of women short, but hey, now they got the most talented one.
I'm looking forward seeing what they do with guys like Sami and Rusev.
The tag division looks okay with New Day coming over, but I think they still needs a big team. I'm hoping we will get a #DIY call up sooner rather than later.
I'm super optimistic about WWE the next couple of months. It was a great Mania, and now they have shuffled talent around.
Now, best line of the week. Rene Young on talking smack to Shane: "You're limber, get it up there "
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WWE are killing Sami Zayn, he got pinned 2 weeks in a row by AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal so what was the point of moving him to SD??
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@A7X458 To be fair, he's billed as an underdog, and he needs to lose lots in his first few years on the main roster for that role to payoff if they plan on putting a belt on him.
@DarthAmmii Yeah I agree. I think they are doing a remarkable job with Sami. If they can continue to show some restrain, they can have a truly great moment down the line.
Anybody else digging Jinder Mahal? I loved him on Smackdown this week. They need to emphasize the "being rich, and more cultural" part of his character though. Don't go to far into the race thing.
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I can't help but wonder if Jinder is getting a push because he beefed up.
Don't hinder the Jinder
JK please make it stop
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@DarthAmmii i agree but last week fans reaction to his entrance had me worried, but maybe it's was a bad crowd, plus i like what they did this week having his save AJ Styles from KO and Corbin, i like Jinder Mahal but please stop using the race angle.
@parasitepaladin They are making a big push into India. They tried it with Khali, so Jinder is massive improvement over that.
Let's hope that after Summerslam, Jinder is the WWE champion, Slater is the Universal champion and Drew is NXT champion.
Then 3MB will finally rule the land!
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@MonsTruz Ohhhh an India push. Okay, that makes complete sense. Shame the rest of the world has to suffer for it. He is much better, though I can't imagine Jinder being more popular than Khali in India. He was Mr. India after all. It just feels unnatural since Jinder wasn't even a midcarder, he was on the bottom and now he is the number one contender OUTTA NOWHERE WITH NO BUILD.
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That house of horrors sure was odd and underwhelming.
@parasitepaladin Watching that sure was one of those moments that woke me up thinking "just wtf am I exactly watching right now?". Laughed out loud at my own reaction then. :D
I was really hoping Jinder would appear in the actual house!
But hey, this was a pretty good ppv! The only match that I didn't care for was The House Of Horrors match.
They should of given the Hardys the House of horror match. They would of shown them how it is done.
I ended up liking the PPV as well otherwise. It was sort of small enough but fresh, too.
- Jericho's win surprised me the biggest, I think. He's coming to SD now and all?
- Bliss getting the belt is good, there's room at the top for fresh faces.
- Tag team match was pretty good. The heel turn is kinda ok, I guess. I mean it gives a new angle for Sheamus & Cesaro. It will just be pretty hard for Cesaro to act like a heel, I feel. The man's just too fitting to be a face.
- What else? Samoa Joe threw a small botch in there right with the 1-2-3. His shoulder was nowhere near the mat. That just feels like a weird spot to mess it up, but maybe he got confused where they were going or something.
- Strowman's seriously just great. I mean the way a giant like that can move so smoothly and quickly. The man's an athlete. That post-match beating took me by surprise a little, still. And especially those blood coughs were even pretty nasty.
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About the Payback PPV:
The midcard matches saved the show, everything except the house of horror and strowman vs reigns was excellent.
The House of horror match was so bad, i just want to know who was the genius behind the idea.