WWE - Who is hyped!?
There was some pretty neat destruction at the end of SmackDown. When Rowan threw that piece of ring protection across the ring it really looked like it landed in the audience. The crowd even made that noise, like oooooooooh, it's coming.
Lesnar's return to SmackDown came as a surprise. Not my first choice to compete with Kofi, but there we have it.
SmackDown moving to FOX and to Friday nights forces WWE to actually split the roster, hence the upcoming draft. I read that there's like some real legal contract reasons that the people can't jump from one show and channel to another one anymore after that October change. So people will be more "locked" into their shows from that point forwards.
Felt weird watching SmackDown at this time of the week, it'll take a few weeks to get used to the new Friday spot after the FOX deal. Next week I believe the draft'll begin and the two shows can start to operate more regularly after that.
Kofi's championship reign ended in a pretty unglorious way, lol. One move wins ftw. But I think no one saw the next thing coming as the UFC past came haunting for Lesnar, what. Cain Velasquez. I mean I was expecting for some sort of "revenge" from Rey, a feud maybe, but this all came out of the blue.
Hell in a Cell results follow. What a weird ending for the night, the main event. I mean the match had a cool premise but they didn't really know what to do with all this. A No DQ match ending in DQ (or something like that)? The Fiend's pretty awesome, but his durability/stamina is maybe even too absurd. I mean how can anyone win him after what we saw now? Rollins stomped him like a dozen times and the monster gets up at one. Got his head bashed in, no impact in the end. He was like made of rubber or something, just absorbed everything. Took more than Cena, Lesnar, Taker or pretty much anyone. The crowd was furious over how the match ended and how Rollins was winning most of the time. I was somehow perplexed by the whole match, trying to piece together the big picture.
Becky vs. Sasha on the other hand was a 10. What a match, really really liked this one. We saw pretty much everything here, nice amount of imagination and props were used. Really flashy and impactful moves like Becky jumping feet first into Sasha on that corner chair, or Sasha hitting that knees over shoulders move on Becky through the table. Too bad Sasha didn't win, though, I'd really have liked to see the match end that way. Are we waiting for Rousey to return or what will be the moment Becky will eventually face the loss?
Charlotte and the Kabuki Warriors winning came out of nowhere somehow. I would've preferred more build-up for both these moments. I guess this could be because of the upcoming draft, they're placing people and titles to the positions they want.
Bayley's transformation, nice. Was never fan of the hugging and all that. Now we got rid of the Bayley Buddies, too. The title change was a surprise but a good one at that, it fit perfectly to the occasion now.
Those backroom moments during the draft, so stupid. :D So WWE, could not have been otherwise executed.
Raw: Becky Lynch
Raw: The O.C.
Raw: Drew McIntyre
Raw: Randy Orton
Raw: Bobby Lashley
Raw: Alexa Bliss
Raw: Kevin Owens
Raw: The Viking Raiders
Raw: Nikki Cross
Raw: The Street Profits
SmackDown: Roman Reigns
SmackDown: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
SmackDown: Sasha Banks
SmackDown: Braun Strowman
SmackDown: Lacey Evans
SmackDown: The Revival
SmackDown: Lucha House Party
SmackDown: Heavy Machinery
Raw: Seth Rollins
Raw: Charlotte Flair
Raw: Andrade (with Zelina)
Raw: The Kabuki Warriors
Raw: Aleister Black
Raw: Cedric Alexander
Raw: Humberto Carillo
Raw: Erick Rowan
Raw: Buddy Murphy
Raw: Jinder Mahal
Raw: Samoa Joe
Raw: Akira Tozawa
Raw: Shelton Benjamin
Raw: Rey Mysterio
Raw: Titus O’Neil
Raw: Liv Morgan
SmackDown: Brock Lesnar
SmackDown: The New Day
SmackDown: Daniel Bryan
SmackDown: Shinsuke Nakamura
SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
SmackDown: The Miz
SmackDown: King Corbin
SmackDown: Shorty Gable
No spotlight for my man Cesaro. Nor for Mandy and Sonya. That ain't right, WWE. A bunch of other names as well were left behind, they'll propably just be assigned to a show on some online list. :/
Big heel names at the moment Sasha and Bayley are both in the blue brand. I hope they won't pit these two against each other any time soon, as that would most likely mean one of them turning into a face and I much prefer the current situation of these two women. When it comes to the men Lesnar will come face to face with the likes of Reigns, Bryan, Strowman and Wyatt in the near future, it seems.
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WWE sure is not so good recently.
Crown Jewel was pure filler as expected. I went skipping basically through the whole show. The only "whoa" moment was Wyatt winning in the end which means both the big belts are now in SmackDown.
Royal Rumble was pretty cool. At least the men's Rumble match itself! That whole Lesnar angle was kind of genius. At first I was like "oh no you didn't" when he threw guys out one after another, but pretty quickly I started to get excited for the whole shtick, like waiting to see if this would really go all the way like that. Luckily it didn't. And McIntyre was basically the perfect guy to knock him over: surprising, but he still made sense in that role, too. This'll be his biggest push now, and about time, too. The man's a great athlete in the ring and he's garnered support and charisma over time. This went right, I feel like.
Edge's return was cool, too! I mean damn, it's been since 2011 when he left. And he looked great with that grey in his beard. Interesting to see what his role will be.
The women's match was less exciting, I had hoped for a surprise winner but we got Charlotte. And Sasha wasn't even in it. I guess they'll keep us waiting for the rift between her and Bayley. And that's actually fine, this double-heel pair of theirs works well atm.
Sooooooo... Super Showdown happened. I guess it really is WrestleMania season now, I mean I really wouldn't see this happening any other time of the year. What a crappy way to make the Fiend lose his title. To Goldberg all of a sudden. With literally no story here or build-up. And those Spears and the Jackhammer are like otherwordly lethal moves, I guess, because the Fiend has been literally unstoppable so far when it comes to anything else. Oh man, this is just stupid in so many ways.
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They're just gonna have the Fiend beat Super Cena at Mania just to keep him looking like a threat
I hope you watched this SmackDown because it was truly something else entirely. Performance Center, for the empty seats, with Cole and Triple H on the mics. And Hunter had some good and funny shit to say a bunch of times. "I didn't see Asuka emerge from the crowd", "Great promo from Shinsuke" = didn't say a word etc. LOL
Such a comical sight to see when the men and women came to the ring in all that silence. And then performed in silence, like that women's tag match for instance. If Becky Lynch had been there we all would've heard her shouting out the next moves beforehand, heh.
I love that they finally got the Sasha vs. Bayley feud running. Well, not yet running per se, but the whole thing is now in its positions. Sasha with the belt <3 Eventually.
WrestleMania will be a two-night event now, first time ever. Saturday and Sunday. Must be somehow because of those empty seats without the crowd, to somehow "hide" that fact. ...with some logic. Because we've had superlong events before, like 6 hrs etc. No way this split would have happened without corona.
Also, these are real in the WWE Shop, heh:
Main audience: the Disney Channel youth. Not for us/me.
Big Show stars in "The Big Show Show" only on Netflix
WWE has fired a big number of their talent because of the current situation. Even Mike Chioda has to go, and he's been there forever!
WWE has come to terms on the release of Kurt Angle, Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev), Drake Maverick (James Curtin), Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona), Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers), Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra), Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson), Heath Slater (Heath Miller), Eric Young (Jeremy Fritz), Rowan (Joseph Ruud), Sarah Logan (Sarah Rowe), No Way Jose (Levis Valenzuela), Mike Chioda, Mike Kanellis (Mike Bennett), Maria Kanellis, EC3 (Michael Hutter), Aiden English (Matthew Rehwoldt), Lio Rush (Lionel Green), Primo (Edwin Colon) and Epico (Orlando Colon Nieves). We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
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I haven't watched WWE in years, but them dropping Zack Ryder hurts. He was never my favorite, but I remember his interactions with John Morrison vividly, and he seemed to bring a type of charisma that was unique for the time
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Wow, some of them are not surprising since they were barely ever used, but I'm surprised and sad to see Rusev, Anderson & Gallows, and Lio Rush in there.
Does that mean they're keeping the insufferable Lana and not her badass and beloved husband? Weird call...
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I haven't had my finger on the pulse of the WWE in a long time, but its my understanding they've been hurting for a while with their stocks significantly dropping over the past few years. I also read that WWE had 20%-ish of the XFL which is now bankrupt which means they lost A LOT of money.
I somehow feel like the XFL situation has more to do with this than the Covid situation.
Money in the Bank will be this Sunday. And hey! The actual MITB matches sound ridiculous (in the right way) this time around.
"The match begins on the ground floor of WWE Headquarters, but the briefcases – containing contracts for a championship match anytime, anyplace – will be hanging all the way up on the roof of the corporate tower." And both the men's and the women's MITB matches will happen simultaneously in there.
Check the video:
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I've been enjoying quarantine WWE way more than the usual product, it took them a couple weeks to find their stride (and for me to adapt to the lack of crowds) but I now almost wish they never went back to live shows, or maybe just for PPVs.
We've seen a lot of fresh faces, we don't see the main eventers every single week which makes them feel more special, wrestlers can actually cut amazing promos without being drowned in a sea of "what!", I just find it so much more enjoyable. It's been years since I've actually looked forward to a new episode.
And it allows them to do crazy shit like this Money in the Bank match. Say what you will about WWE, they're never better than when their back is against the wall.