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I hope everyone had a great holiday week. Honestly the Holidays for me are always tough, but wrestling really cheered me up and kept me strong this week.
On Smackdown I really loved seeing the New Day tag with Braun against Cesaro, Shinsuke and Sami. I thought this was a really solid match and I really loved seeing Cesaro and New Day, they really are my favorites to watch on Smackdown. A good win for New Day but a little worried about Shinsuke losing recently. I would love to see Ali in the title picture if they aren’t taking Shinsuke seriously or even Cesaro.
I am enjoying the cute storyline with Mandy and Otis. Mandy doesn’t need to win matches to make this storyline work.
I really loved the main event. One of the more solid matches I have seen by the Miz in a long time. Really really enjoyed this match and the undeniable chemistry Daniel and the Miz have.
My favorite part of Smackdown was Bayley and Sasha owning it. I usually don’t like tag team rematches but this was perfect way to put Sasha and Bayley back in the dominant spotlight on Smackdown.
Lastly on Smackdown I loved seeing Roman just make spots and interferences with Corbin. I would really like Roman to win the Rumble but until then I am perfect fine with him making Corbin’s life a living hell.
Raw was pre taped and a lot of people looked and the spoilers and didn’t like the show. I never look at spoilers because I like the surprise and to watch the show without interruptions. Holiday shows are never amazing shows but I liked Raw for certain parts and developing stories for the Royal Rumble.
First of all I absolutely love love love love Rollins heel turn and everything he has been doing lately. I liked his match with Mysterio and I like his promos and him dominating with the AOP. For me Rollins has saved Raw, he has added that star feel as a heel.
I love Cedric so much and he put on a great wrestling match, but I really win they would give him some wins and buid him up.
Another thing I really loved on Raw was Becky Lynch cutting a really good promo on Asuka and not only cutting a great promo but speaking in Japanese to Asuka. This is already fired up, I cannot wait for this match at royal rumble. Becky has been fire this year regardless of her booking and this will elevate her even more. Really excited.
The OC got a much needed win with defeating Orton and the viking raiders. I would like to see the OC to keep getting more wins. AJ is a good heel to become champion along with Rollins later also.
I thought both shows were entertaining this week and added a lot to look forward coming this week.
A lot of people were very critical of wrestling this week and over the weekend, but I really enjoyed it. My favorite match at TLC was the main event. I really thought the women brought it all. I know a lot of people said it was sloppy but it was my favorite match on the card.
On Raw my favorite part was Rollins promo and him attacking Mysterio. I would all be for Rollins winning that United States championship. To me Rollins has been saving wrestling for me.
I really liked the OC defeating the Viking Raiders, no one has defeated them yet and I really liked the star to this story.
I’ve been really enjoying Rowan’s squash matches. I am very interested what is in the cage but I am more interested on him becoming a monster.
Great main event with Orton and AJ. I really feel AJ does need some wins here soon though, it is hurting him to lose. On NXT we have Undisputed era with all the gold on RAW I feel we should have AJ as universal champion and OC as tag champions. You could really build that dominant force with all of them winning with the gold.
Asuka having a dominant win was good and Becky Lynch cut an interesting promo. I am very excited to see where these two go from here. It could be a great story.
NXT was certainly my wrestling show of the week. Adam Cole and Finn delivered, but for some reason didn’t feel as special as I thought it should. I did still enjoy it and am excited for who Cole will feud with next.
Preist is so good in ring and such a good character, cannot wait to see more from him.
Kushida one of my favorite wrestlers period lost to Grimes. I am not sure the whole excitment on Grimes but we will see where this goes.
Io and Santana had a great match. Santana is someone I have been having my eye on for years, I am glad she finally made it to WWE. Io on the other hand has the best moonsault in the business and I love seeing it.
Travis Banks is a wrestler in the UK I have been really enjoying on NXT UK. I really hope to see more of him on NXT.
The main event was the most solid women’s match I have seen all year up there with Bex vs. Sasha. Amazing match, amazing story and amazing finish. So happy for Rhea.
Smackdown started out with a good promo from Daniel Bryan. I didn’t so much enjoy the Miz coming out but am intrigued to see where this goes.
Apparently Lana and Dana Brooke aren’t enough, they now need another blonde Mandy trying to get with Otis. I liked Otis and Tucker and thought the match was good for what it is. If Mandy involved with Otis is all for him to get used it may get him over but I am just over cheesy storylines. The best part was after the match Revival cut an amazing promo.
New Day had a great tag team match against Shinsuke and Cesaro. I am really glad Kofi got the win in this one. If I had to pick a wrestler of the year in the mens it would be Kofi.
I loved Bayley getting a solid win over Dana and of course loved my Sasha and Bayley together. I am kinda digging Lacey as a babyface and her working with Dana. Lacey bringing her daughter into this is interesting and I’m glad Sasha didn’t lose her match with Lacey. I am willing to wait to see where this goes. I would really like Revival and Sasha/Bayley to make a stable together, they both don’t get respect for how good they are and they are all really good heels, would love to see it. Both as tag champions again too would be real dope.
I really enjoyed all three shows this week. I just got done watching Smackdown with my Brother and Mom and I will go over that show first as it’s my favorite of the week.
Smackdown was just an easy watching enjoyable show for me. I was absolutely marking out for Kofi’s promo to open Smackdown. This is the way you open up Smackdown. Kofi is such an organic babyface and I really loved everything he said. It really gave me hope that Kofi can be that baby to lift up Smackdown if needed. Speaking of even more amazing, the main event was very strong. I really liked Kofi in the main event, putting on a 5 star match and Roman coming to help out Kofi. I usually don’t like DQ’s but I didn’t want Kofi to lose so I enjoyed this very much.
I enjoy watching Bliss back and I am really into her as a babyface. I am not high on Sonya or Mandy especially as a team so I did like Bliss and Cross getting the win against these two. With that said I liked women having time on TV but they need to be put in stories.
Revival and Ali/Gable didn’t have the longest match of the night but all really displayed why they are so good. I don’t like Ali taking the pin but I do like Revival standing strong. Them vs. New Day at TLC is gonna be fire.
The segment with Bayley, Elias and Dana was really good. This whole promo and segment showed why Bayley is just fine on her own. I still really badly want Bayley vs. Sasha at Wrestlemania but we will see how it goes. Lots of good stuff by Bayley tonight and she didn’t squash Dana but really dominated it and I loved it.
The Bray Wyatt and Miz stuff was top notch amazing. This story came out of nowhere and it is already my favorite storyline of the year. I am really excited for the build up and story more than the match. Really intrigued for TLC.
Heavy Machinery had a good showing but lost to Shinsuke and Cesaro. They have pinned Cesaro so much I would of been fine with it again.
Even though I enjoyed Smackdown the most, I did also enjoy Raw. Raw started out with a storyline that has had mixed reviews. Lana annoys me in the way of go away heat but I thought they nailed the segment really well, but that doesn’t mean I want this story to continue. Hahha.
I really enjoyed everything by the street profits this week. There weekend updated made me laugh so hard watching Raw in bed, I wanna see more of that. I also enjoyed their match with viking raiders. I was fine with them losing and would like to see AOP defeat Raiders soon here.
Humberto and Andrade was my favorite match of the week, I really enjoyed that match. We also get a little story with Andrade angry with Zelina and teasing the break up. I’m intrigued.
We had a couple more matches that built up the talent. You can call it quick matches or squash matches but certain wrestlers cannot lose and this is a good way of displaying it.
The Becky and Kabuki Warriors match was solid and Kari doing a diving elbow to Becky was really cool to see. I also really liked the backstage segments that lead up to Charlotte and Becky agreeing to tagging. This match in my opinion could steal the show. I would love to see Asuka and Kari retain by Charlotte turning on Becky. Becky is finally starting to kind of trusting Charlotte and this would be the perfect opportunity. Besides Asuka, Becky really doesn’t have much competition. I would like to see Charlotte vs. Becky one last time at the royal rumble to truly end this feud.
My favorite part of the week was Rollins officialing turning heel and joining AOP. I am so damn excited for next Monday.
Black vs. Murphy: I am taking Black for this one but Murphy putting on a really good fight.
Women’s tag team championships: This is going to be an amazing match and I am going to go with Charlotte turning on Becky and Asuka/Kari retaining. I really hope so because Becky 2 belts may be too much on Raw with her having not much competition. Heel queen Charlotte would be that spark.
Rusev vs. Lashley: I am taking Lashley to win this one and for this feud to continue.
New Day vs. Revival: This is the match I am looking forward to most. I love both these tag team and my favorite type of a match, ladder. This is going to be so amazing. I am taking New Day retaining.
Bray vs. Miz: I am taking Bray winning this match, but I feel something new may happen with this match. Not sure if it’s Liv Morgan returning, Daniel Bryan returning or Bray doing something different.
Roman vs. Corbin: I am taking Roman winning this match. Let’s end this feud and put Roman next in line to face Bray.
We haven’t had too much build up leading up to TLC which is a PPV that really is a soft spot for me. Growing up watching TLC matches with the Hardy Boyz, I would like this PPV taking like a big one. For me Raw and Smackdown were both puzzling shows this week. Not much story leading up to TLC and lots of filler happening on both shows. The show of the week for me was NXT, I really liked what they are continuing with Dakota Kai and I liked the matches and how everything was booked.
One part I really liked about Smackdown was them starting a storyline with The Miz and The Fiend. I really like how they are bringing Miz’s family into this. I really like how Miz is actually scared of the Fiend but also will do anything to protect his family. This whole angle was done very well.
I am glad to see Bliss back, I have not been her biggest fan in the past and it really didn’t have anything to do with her, it had to do with how they portrayed her. Bliss is very athletic, very good on the mic and can do just about anything they ask her to do. I wouldn’t mind babyface Bliss in a title match feud and I liked her being herself over being Vince’s next Trish. Mandy in my opinion just doesn’t fit in a WWE lifestyle. Sure she looks good, but her in ring, mic work, facials and anything they give just isn’t delivered. Glad Bliss got the win here.
I’m glad Elias is back but I don’t feel a need for Dana and Drake to be involved in this storyline that is almost identical to a Lashley/Rusev storyline on Raw. Just in the way of how they are having a women demoralize a man. I like Elias on his own and thought he could of got a good pop without this very strange storyline.
I love tag team wrestling and tag team action, Revival got the win to face the New Day at TLC. This match I am looking the most forward to. They are my favorite tag team right now and I want them to get those titles back. This match could really be a classic, two of the best in ring tag team wrestlers up there also with the Usos. I also really loved the promo the Revival gave after the match, this is how you use them.
Sasha and Bayley are my girls but the way they are using them with this Lacey storyline isn’t for me. I love Sasha on the mic, just let her do her thing, don’t over script her. Sasha is the star in this, not Lacey. I still really hope Bayley keeps dodging opponents and feeds them all to Sasha, has Sasha take the hits and bumps. Sasha has enough, wins Rumble and faces Bayley at Wrestlemania. I really wanna see that.
The ending of Smackdown really wasn’t for me and if I was Fox honestly would be embarrassed. They poured dog food all over Roman and that’s how the show went off the air, not for me. Corbin and Roman needs to end now, they are hurting Roman so much right now.
Monday Night Raw had it’s moments and one of those moments was Seth Rollins opening Raw. I like how Rollins talks like a babyface but his actions are like a heel, I really like that dynamic. I like the tease of AOP and Seth Rollins together but would like them to pull the trigger at TLC or a PPV or even an ending to a Raw. I want a good cliffhanger and slow burn for Rollins as a heel. I like Owens, but it is hard for me to buy him as a baby face right now. He has gone between baby and heel so much that it’s just hard for me to take this story seriously. Owens is doing great work though, and I would like a match at TLC between these two.
They continued the Lashley/Rusev and Lana storyline. I thought this segment was good, they got arrested instead of Rusev this time. As much as people have complained about this story, it’s a detailed long story, what people been asking for.
I liked the tease of Randy Orton and Drew feuding even though the next obvious feud is Orton and AJ. I liked how they left us with something that was like oh wow that would be really lit.
We got four squash matches on Raw and if this is to rebuild and give talent wins I’m all for it. I just don’t want to see this every week, they have to develop them in a different way and sometimes you have to take loses.
I really liked Charlotte vs. Asuka and Kari. This was a really good match and I know people were complaining but think about this Charlotte has been considered not only the greatest women’s wrestler ever but also the most athletic wrestler in the WWE period at one point. The queen can take down and dominate anyone. She has been doing it for year, this is a good way to bring queen heel dominant Charlotte back.
My favorite show of the week was NXT. NXT is such an easy watch show. Doesn’t have filler, corny storylines and have the best wrestling on the planet. NXT started out with Daine beating Dunn. This was a really good refreshing match. So many matches in AEW, RAW and Smackdown are such high flying spot fest moments and matches. It was refreshing to see phycology tested at it’s best.
This Undisputed Era promo I thought should of opened NXT. This was really good with Keith Lee and Adam Cole, we also have Ciampa and Finn involved in this two. I usually don’t like lots of guys in match, but god I wanna see them all fight at once.
Shayna looked really good dominating Xia and later in the night when she attacked Rhea she looked like that dominant badass. I would really liked Kai joining Shayna’s forces too. Kai looked really good coming down to the ring, her promo backstage, her heel look and her heel actions. This all looked good, all women looked really good. Mia, Kai, Shayna and Rhea. My favorite segment and moment of the week.
Really good to see Kushida back would love to see him go for North American Championship. He’s really good in ring, but curious how they are going to use him.
Really good main event match and I’m glad to see Keith Lee looking strong. I know people bitch about Vince ruins people on main roster but I could really see Keith Lee being a huge star on Raw, I really could. This guy has everything and really looking forward to more from him.
It has been an amazing 5 days of pro wrestling. I really loved war games and I thought Survivor Series was the PPV of the year. I also thought Monday Night Raw was the greatest in months.
At war games my favorite match was the women’s war games match and I thought the men extremely delivered too but damn that Kai turn was just everything. I know how over Becky Lynch is but Rhea, IO and Kai are on such fire right now, you never know if they go to Smackdown or Raw they may take over. Really solid NXT Takeover, an easy and amazing show to watch.
Like I said, I really enjoyed Survivor Series. My favorite match was Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunn. This match really surprised me, it was a match that I just was making some pizza rolls then I stopped eating and really got into the match. I know Adam Cole and Pete can go but I wasn’t expecting all the storytelling in the match and being so invested. I really loved it. I also really liked the women’s Survivor Series 5 on 5. I liked that Sasha was the last one in there with Rhea but I would of preferred faster eliminations and more time with those two. I am a huge Daniel Bryan fan and I actually enjoyed his match with the fiend. Really thought it was a good way of getting the fiend over while not squashing Daniel.
An amazing weekend of wrestling continued for me while watching Monday Night Raw. Seth Rollins did what no one thought would happen for a long time, people thought Vince was too stubborn but that was all wrong. Rollins turned heel and oh my I loved the way he turned. He didn’t come out telling all the fans he hates them, he told the wrestlers they were losers and just went twitter seth rollins on monday night raw. It was really a great promo and a good match with Owens. We even got a twist ending with AOP not attacking ROllins but attacking KO. Will be interesting to see if we get an alliance next week.
A storyline many haven’t enjoyed but really delivered with the Rusev/Lashley/Lana storyline. I really think they got something here and we can get a good TLC match out of it.
Andrade got another win this week on Raw, they are really putting him in the position to become a champion and with Mysterio winning United States champion we can finally get this feud.
I really liked Asuka vs. Charlotte but I really feel Charlotte has been losing too much. I really hope we get Asuka vs. Becky for the championship soon because Becky has felt off since Wrestlemania for me.
I am watching NXT right now and am really enjoying. So I first turned on AEW and saw the Chris Jericho appreciation, I really didn’t enjoy the promo it felt WWE esque which I don’t want in AEW. Then I saw some matches that went long and didn’t have any stakes so I turned to NXT. I really really loved Dakota vs. Candice and I loved how touch and heelish Kai is being. I would or preferred Kai squashing someone but we can have a story with Candice that Kai wins. We also had a great opening match to open NXT. Dijokovic is really becoming a wrestler I am becoming a huge fan of.
Lio Rush and Tozawa had a really great match, it was the match of the night on NXT for me. Lio is on such fire right now, he needs to keep this title and just keep fighting new opponents.
Really great promo by Shayna and amazing promo by Rhea. These two are huge stars and it’s gonna be a killer match. These two are bigger than Becky Lynch right now. These two are the hottest females in wrestling on the mic and in right and nothing feels more real and bad ass them then two.
It has been an amazing packed week of wrestling and we have two more days in a row of it left. I am really excited for War Games and Survivor Series. I will be giving my predictions at the end of my blog.
Charlotte and Becky defeated the IIconics in a short match. It does feel they are teasing 4 horsewomen vs 4 horsewomen eventually. The attack was alright, but Becky saying she doesn’t care about brand vs brand really took me out of the night. Last year she was such fire for standing up for Smackdown and now she is saying it doesn’t matter.
My favorite singles match of the week was Andrade vs. Seth Rollins, I really enjoyed this match and I was fine with the DQ with not wanting any man to lose. The interference of Lucha House part was not for me, I would of liked to see Roman.
I am very interested in what Rowan has in the cage. It’s a story with a tease. I would like him to have rats or some animal that he gives to his gimmick. I am very interested.
I thought Mysterio’s promo was really good and I am so invested that I want Rey to really win on Sunday.
Show of the week so far for me was NXT. I really loved the way they started it with Becky Lynch. Personally if I was booking it, I would of had it start off with Bayley and Sasha, the heart of NXT. I did like Becky’s promo and I noticed she did stumble a little bit with the boos and she did have a great match with Rhea.
The match of the year candidate for me was Revival vs. Undisputed era. Oh my god, this match was amazing. Revival do not get enough credit for how damn good they are. Highspots are cool but I love my wrestling with lots of selling and a detailed story in ring. This was my match of the year candidate for a tag team match. I really makes me wish they would of never took the belts off them.
Dakota Kai had a good match the Kaylee Ray. She did lose but I am hoping we will be getting a story with Kai soon going up against Shayna. There is a good story there to still tell.
Really loved the ending of NXT with Seth Rollins showing up. It makes me want Rollins vs Ciampa so much more.
With Smackdown I really loved the start of it and then it just went a little down hill for me. I liked how Roman, Corbin are all talking about how they are gonna beat everyone while arguing and opening the doc doors for NXT and Raw to invade. What I love even more was Sasha stepping up and saying us girls will get it done, now stop fighting men. It was great and I really thought Sasha stole the night with her two promos. Match between Sasha, Charlotte and Rhea was alright, but I really just enjoyed Sasha’s promo more.
I do like how they brought in Daniel Bryan’s and Bray’s past. My main issue is there is no story so I wish they would of told this one better before Sunday. I do love everything Daniel does and his promos have been fire, way more intriguing than the fiend. I really want Daniel to beat the Fiend on Sunday.
I liked Bayley getting the upper hand on Shayna and this match I am the most looking forward to.
I thought the invasion angle was cool, they did something different while trying to recreate the DX invasion. I liked it. I give them a B for there Survivor series development. I really wish we knew all the teams right away and it was just those guys invading. It’s too much when it’s everyone just brawling, it’s just too much for me. With that said it will be a great weekend.
WAR GAMES PREDICTIONS:
Team Rhea VS. Team Blaszer: I’m taking team Shayna and for Shayna’s next story to be with Becky Lynch. It would be cool if she threw title in the trash and went to Raw, but I have a feeling she will just show up on Raw after.
Team Ciampa VS. Undisputed Era: I am taking team Ciampa. Ciampa has recently returned and he needs something to keep him over, I see team Ciampa winning this one.
Riddle VS. Finn: I am taking Finn. I don’t see what the big deal is with Riddle but I could see Riddle more used on Raw then on NXT. Taking Finn for this.
Priest vs. Dain vs. Dunn: It may be early to some but I feel Damien Priest is ready to be in the main event.
SURVIVOR SERIES PREDICTIONS:
AJ VS. Shinsuke VS. Strong: The OC have been losing a lot and AJ needs something to make people remember why he came to WWE, who he is and why is one of the greatest in ring wrestlers ever.
Mens– NXT VS RAW VS SD: I’m taking team Raw. I could be wrong with this, but I don’t see Rollins, Owens, Drew or Orton taking a pin right now.
Womens–NXT VS RAW VS SD: They have been really hyping up the NXT women’s division, I see them sweeping house.
Viking Raiders VS. New Day. VS. Undisputed Era: I was going to take Undisputed era but they won on Smackdown. I am going to go with Viking Raiders dominating.
Daniel Bryan VS. Fiend: As much as I want Daniel Bryan to be the champion, I know they are going to stick with the Fiend.
Mysterio VS. Brock: I feel we need something new on Raw. I am going with Mysterio becoming new WWE champion.
Shayna VS. Becky VS. Bayley: As much as I want Bayley to win I see them giving Becky the win over Bayley and this turning into Becky VS Shayna going into Wrestlemania.
We had Raw pre taped this week from when they were over in the UK and a solid NXT with lots of build up suspense along with one of my favorite ladder matches ever.
I didn’t think Raw was a horrible show, I just thought it had a lot of filler with not much story and character base. My favorite match on Raw though was Asuka and Kari defeating Charlotte and Becky. Not going to lie I am really over seeing Charlotte and Becky paired together but was good seeing Asuka pin Becky again and all together was a really fantastic match with potential of a good Asuka and Becky storyline. I did also like Bayley getting the last word on Becky with the invasion.
With Sin Cara recently asking for his release was deeply looking into this match and paying attention. Drew pretty much dominated Sin Cara with not much offense received. Drew I do feel they see is the next wrestler to be pushed in the main event spot. The thing with Drew is he has the body and the look but his personality, character and mic skills are duller than paint drying on the wall. Drew needs something.
I really loved Rollins promo and really got into his match with Walter. I really wish WWE would push away from DQ’s there is other ways to do this. I am very annoyed and disappointed by the fan reaction towards Rollins. Rollins is one of the greatest wrestlers in the world, in ring not many can compete with him. I think fans just like rebelling against Vince and if they hear Vince likes a guy they hate him, like CEna and Roman. Its sick and sad, more things in this world to get mad and argue about than that.
I like the partnering of Orton and Ricochet but oh boy the OC has been losing way too much lately.
Andrade and Cedric had a good match, I really wanted it to last longer though. I am so high on Cedric and really want to see him get some wins here soon.
For me personally NXT was the show of the week for me. Top to bottom very solid show. I have AEW 5 weeks to impress me and it didn’t, there PPV full gear didn’t impress me either. I do not see solid storylines and reasons to invest into AEW. I am someone that needs to be introduced into characters and stars a big thing to me. I need those larger than life characters. From beginning of show to end NXT is what makes me happy, it is what I enjoy the most. Everyone has a different taste and that’s the beautiful thing about it. Lio Rush and Angel Garza put on one of the greatest matches I have seen in a long time maybe the greatest all year. The chemistry, selling, movesets and uniqueness in this match was really everything, cannot say enough about these two and about this match. Also ending with Angel’s foot on the ropes for the 3 count. This will continue and I like how they booked it a lot.
I liked the way Finn Balor ut his promo and called out wrestlers for being boys and being on social media, it was really good and really 100% true. The business has lost its way, some like to say evolve but you don’t take on the ingredients out of a recipe and expect it still to taste good. The match between Finn and Matt Riddle will be good but I just cannot get into Riddle on a character level.
Really enjoyed Keith Lee getting the win against Strong and hopefully getting a potential championship match. Really big on Lee.
Swerve Scott and good hard working match with Reed. I really would like to see Reed get some wins eventually, hes a big guy that is very talented. I do also really like Swerve Scott formerly known as Shane Strickland. Been following him for a while now.
One guy I am super becoming a fan of is Damien Priest. From his character, to his wrestling to his look, I am hooked to this guy. Him interfering with Dunne and Daine is great, I really wanna see a triple threat between these guys.
The entire night we had a huge build up of suspense on who was attacking the women’s locker room and it was my girl Bayley. I loved it, I wish they had more time, but I loved Bayley invading NXT.
The last thing I wanna talk about with NXT is bless and respect to Mia Yim. Her Ladder match with Lo was amazing. It was my favorite women’s ladder match including the money in the bank matches. It was really really good and oh my god if you didn’t watch please do. This match I recommend for everyone. Mia got busted open by a drop kick to ladder from Lo and pushed from a ladder onto another ladder, girl is touch as they come. All together it was a perfect match.
I as giving Corbin a chance to be a good heel but this promo and story making fun or Roman and barking is so cringe and not even funny or entertaining. I did like Roman helping Ali and Shorty G keeping their spot on the survivor series team.
Fiend has a new belt and it doesn’t look much different, not a fan of it.
Gulak is one of my favorite wrestles, but I don’t like them having Braun squash him in the past. I do like the idea of him managing or helping the B Team just think they need to keep Braun out of it.
Really good segment with Daniel Bryan, Sami, Shinsuke. Even though I wanted Daniel to join the team, I am very for Daniel as a babyface. Really my favorite segment of Smackdown. We do get a little suspense when Daniel said go ask Braun and maybe Braun with them would be interesting. Would like a big team with Sami, CEsaro, Shinsuke and someone else. Very interested.
Really great tag team action between Revival and New Day. Would really love a long feud between these two tag teams. I love watching them wrestle. Kofi and Big E are so amazing together, I never want new day to break up. The NXT invasion was good, they attacked the tag teams instead of last year when everyone just attacked each other. I like survivor series and the build but would like more storyline added.
Really really liked how the women’s NXT invasion went. I liked how WWE females held their own over NXT. I also like how it went into tag team action. Sasha and Bayley are such stars. Bayley really is my favorite heel in the wrestling business right now. Reminds me of retro heel Eddie. Hating to be at the shows, hating wrestling, hating fans, just emo and wanting the money. Really loving what Bayley is doing. Great tag team match with NXT VS Smackdown girls. Kai took the pin and Nikki pinned her, was a descent match but the NXT girls really did miss spots and looked a little lost in the match. Could tell Mia were carrying them.
Really loved Miz TV. Daniel saying Miz TV sucks haha I always felt this. I liked how Daniel used his mentally unstable and that’s why Fiend is going after him. I really cannot take the firefly funhouse seriously, I just wanna see Daniel Bryan as champ.
I thought Raw and Smackdown were both good shows this week. We are going in the right direction with storytelling and characters as we head into Survivor Series.
I thought the start of Raw was the best start of a wrestling show this week. I really enjoyed Brock being Brock and looking like a badass and I really really enjoyed Mysterio attacking Brock with a bat and making the beat down look really realistic. I appreciate the effort in the storytelling. You can tell this was planned. You had Brock attack Mysterio and his son then when Cain couldn’t get the job done, Mysterio goes in for himself. This storyline I am the most invested in and can’t wait and am really hoping Mysterio becomes champion.
Last week I liked Charlotte and Natalya as a tag team, but this past week Charlotte acted more like a heel and I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. This is something I would build to for them winning tag team champions, not just take it off Asuka and Kari right now.
Buddy and Cedric had a fine match, not the best of their matches but I liked how they gave them time. I really hope they have something planned for Cedric because he is such a star to me and one of my favorites to watch in ring.
I really liked Triple H and Seth Rollins promo about if Seth will join NXT or not. I liked that we had a match between Cole and Rollins, but what I would of liked better is if Rollins would of joined team NXT and then after Survivor Series had a program with Cole.
The backstage promo with Becky Lynch and Shayna was flawless. Both looked like stars and right now to me Shayna looks more bad ass than Becky, and Charlotte combined
We had some other tag team matches on Raw, but there was no storyline really attached to it, what I would call filler. Raw was really good with storytelling and certainly had great moments but I am still looking for that show where we don’t have that filler added in.
Smackdown was my favorite show of the week though with all that said. Smackdown really has been the show for me since they moved to Fox. I am not a Corbin fan and I really don’t get people thinking he looks like a star. I thought Corbin in NXT as the biker guy looked like a star but not this guy. With that said his promo was great and it was a good start to Smackdown. Corbin beating Roman was also a big surprise and this is what I have been loving about Smackdown is non predictable.
Got a really cool surprise and amazing tag team action with New Day becoming new tag team champions. I really liked this move, first of all New Day is amazing, second of all Kofi deserves this and I loved commentary playing up that also and lastly I have the softest part in my heart for Xaiver Woods, I love they did this for him.
Tyson and Braun possibly as a tag team screams money to me. This is the spot you put Braun in until they actually pull the trigger as his as champion.
We did have two filler matches that didn’t have story but did good for the talent. Shinsuke and Cesaro defeating Ali and Shorty G. This was a good match and I am very interested in the Daniel Bryan and Sami storyline, but with Fiend attacking DB I am just so interested in where this is going. With that said Ali, Cesaro and Shorty G are just kinda there with nothing to do and I want these guys to have something. The other filler was Dana and Mella defeating Fire and Desire. To me fire and desire is dying out and having them lose every time they are on TV is not helping at all. There was a point where I thought Mandy was the next one they would be pushing, but that turned to be Lacey instead. I am a huge Dana fan and am glad she got to show off her talent. Carmella to me is a better heel but she still works good regardless.
My favorite match maybe wasn’t the best match of the night but I got to see my two favorites Sasha and Bayley. I thought Bayley was great on commentary and I thought Sasha looked like the biggest star in the company coming out to that Snoop Dogg remix for her entrance. Sasha looked good and got the win against Nikki and I loved that. Sasha always adds more moves to her moveset and I respect that. That girl never settles, always ups her game. I could of done without the ending of Shayna attacking Bayley again, this just happened last week and I am curious why she hasn’t attacked Becky yet. There is a lot to look forward to coming this Monday and Friday.
This week I only watched WWE and I found myself less stressed. I really feel what it comes down to is watch what you love and if you have to skim and skip through matches or segments that don’t interest you that is okay. Everyone is worried about ratings, but really it is perfectly fine to keep stuff on demand and watch when you desire. For me that has been the key to enjoying wrestling and not being critical, annoyed and overwhelmed by wrestling.
Raw was mainly setting up Crown Jewel which I didn’t watch, so Raw wasn’t my favorite show this week but it had its moments. You cannot say they aren’t trying with storytelling because we have had the Lana/ Rusev and Lashley storyline that has been developing. It may not be everyone’s cup of yea, but I am giving it a chance.
What I really did like about Raw was the women’s action. I loved how Kabuki Warriors turned on Paige, it really helped add heat to their heel motives. I thought the Becky and Kari match was fine and I loved Kari’s new look. For me Becky is just there, I know she is still over with the fans but the only really solid match she has had all year was against Sasha. I guess I am just more intrigued by bad ass Shayna over bad ass becky.
I am very interested in this story with Andrade and Cara. Cara had a woman come down to the ring with him a Luchadore, I am very interested in what she can be doing with Cara.
I really loved Rollins VS Rowan on Raw also, I thought Rollins looked so great. Unfortunately Rollins did lose at Crown Jewel. I know a lot of people are happy the Fiend won, he’s over but he just doesn’t click for me. I hope they have a plan for Rollins and keep him away from Fiend.
The rest of Raw was really filler matches that had no storyline or anything to them. We had good matches but nothing at stake.
On the other hand, Smackdown was my favorite show of the week not only my favorite but favorite Smackdown all year long. Gotta say unscripted WWE with Paul and HHH running the show is the best, no one can compete with that.
We had Paul Heyman cut an incredible promo to start the show off and it all was a great way to get Brock on Raw with Bray on SD now with the Universal championship. Paul calling the fans bitches and screw fox was so damn good.
So many good matches on Smackdown tonight my favorite has to be one of my favorite in ring wrestlers Daniel Bryan against another amazing in ring wrestler Adam Cole. Amazing match and I loved how all these matches had an ending, none ended in no contest.
Another matches and even more so storyline I liked was Nikki losing to Bayley. Bayley looked really good and used her old finisher when she was in the independents and I loved it. After the match Shayna attacked her, Nikki and Sasha. Shayna looked great, she looks like an actual bad ass, not someone just playing one on TV.
Ciampa and Miz went head to head on the mic together and in ring. I thought match was descent but the promo work was hands down amazing. Another example if you let them just talk and do their own promos how beautiful it can be.
I liked how Rea and Teagan destroyed Fire and Desire. I don’t know if it’s just me but Mandy and Sonya together has really ran it’s course. I think it was appropriate for them to get handled like that.
All together great week for wrestling. I’ve watched clips of crown jewel but haven’t watched the full PPV yet. I just have to say how proud, and emotional and very happy I am that Natalya and Lacey got to for the first time ever wrestle in Saudi Arabia. This should be a huge deal to everyone and is to me. Making history, making respect and giving those that cannot express and speak what this means hope. It was truly beautiful and emotional and I am so proud of Natalya. She is the women’s evolution and everything to women’s wrestling. She deserved that moment.
I enjoyed WWE and NXT a lot this week. NXT really stepped it’s game up with storytelling and honestly I love NXT the way it is. I preferred it on the WWE Network while following Triple H’s way. With it on USA network I have been trying my best to catch it live and I did catch it live this week and really enjoyed it.
I liked Raw this week the most, but I did think all the shows were solid and are starting to give us more storytelling which I love. Ric Flair is what wrestling needs more of, his off script amazing promo on Raw was everything. I thought Drew VS Ricochet was a very solid match, but Ric really was the star power during this match.
Two segments that I liked on Raw were first Cain attacking Shelton and having Mysterio’s back. I love Cain and am more excited for his match with Brock than Tyson Fury and Braun. The second segment that a lot of people have been hating on is the Lana and Lashley going out to dinner with Rusev interfering the romantic evening. I can’t lie, I am a sucker for these romantic, love triangle storylines. I loved it when Lita, Edge and Matt Hardy had their storyline and as of right now I like this storyline.
Aleister Black has really been an NXT call up that I have been interested in. Ever since he was at NXT having matches with Andrade I have been very intrigued by his character and feel he can give us something different but cheesy. Another good match during Raw was Andrade and Sin Cara, I would like to see a lot more between these two. They could make a great story with these two. The semi main event of the evening I thought was amazing. I am a huge Rollins fan but Rollins having more edge and at times heel antics has been really good as of late. His match with Humburto was my personal favorite match of the week. These two are so good in ring and I know they could do more magic together. The main event of the evening was also solid, it was all for the return of Kevin Owens. I am looking forward to the AJ VS Kevin Owens feud, there is so much they can create with these two. Also Street Profits are amazing, not only on the mic but in ring. I am so excited to see more of these guys.
NXT was so amazing this week and since they have moved to USA Network this has been my favorite episode. Show started out fire with Bianca and Rhea battling for who is the top woman they feel should face Shanya. I really really liked the match and thought in a way they did protect Bianca a little bit. Bianca shouldn’t be losing so I liked that they protected her. I did find it a little weird in a way that maybe Bianca may be going heel with Lo helping her or trying. With all of this said Bianca is a damn star and I really hope she is the one to beat Shanya.
Another match I really liked was team kick defeating Marina and Duke. I am not a fan at all of the 4 horsewomen of MMA but I am a huge fan of team kick and am super excited for them facing the tag team champions Asuka and Kari.
I don’t think I have seen such a crazy, intense, storytelling match in a long time. Strong, Keith and Dominik killed it! I loved this match so much and this is my match of the week for everyone to check out. I have to say I am really getting hooked to Dominik, he has the look that Vince liked and oh my god is his promos and in ring work fire. I also loved everything Keith Lee and Strong did in this match. Keith Lee and Dominik did some crazy spots that really made me lose my breath for a second.
As much as the main event got my heart beating fans then we end the show with Finn Balor turning heel and possibly joining Undisputed era. What an ending, what a cliff hanger. This is and NXT is pro wrestling. 🙂
I thought Smackdown had its moments, but I did like Raw better this week. I selfishly just wanted more Bayley and Sasha I think. 🙂 I thought the start of Raw on Miz TV was alright, but Flair and Hogan did better promos on Raw. This was all to set up a match later in the night.
I liked the tag team action we got on Smackdown and I love the New Day but I really want Zigs and Roode to be tag team champions or in the picture so I was glad they got the win. I am also very interested in the Daniel Bryan story is he back to babyface yes movement DB or is he joining Sami and Shinsuke. Honestly as bad as I want babyface Daniel him joining Sami and Shinsuke would be really iconic.
They did Cross defeating Mandy is an ok wrestling match but what was really the highlight for me was Bayley and Sasha really owning Michael Cole and Corey Graves on commentary. I wanted more from Bayley, but I am patient. A really intense segment just made Crown Jewel a must watch show, Brock attacks Rey’s son again and then attacks Cain and Rey. Cain’s promo even though it was in spanish made him look like one badass motherfucker that is going to murder Brock. I am so excited and cannot wait. The night ended with the maine vent tag match and it was a descent match, It’s always good to see Roman and Ali in action, but honestly this is the match I am least looking forward to at Crown Jewel.