Hey Everyone, I hope you have been enjoying your week. It has been three nights in a row of wrestling and we had some positives and some negatives. As far as Raw and Smackdown goes I thought both shows were descent. Extreme Rules wasn’t my favorite PPV this year but at least we get a more aggressive Ricochet and Seth Rollins.
Paul creatively is amazing but his promos for Brock have been repetitive for a while. It really did nothing for me, I see the hate on social media for Seth Rollins winning to get that rematch with Brock, honestly Rollins is has been the man the wrestler carrying this industry for the last two years, he deserves at least a rematch. I don’t care how long it takes but I want Rollins to retrain and face Roman at Mania.
Good tag team match with Ricochet and Usos. I just wish Usos had a story with Revival, instead of one off matches. Tag team division needs a spark.
My favorite part of Raw was Cedric getting the win over Drew. Drew by looks is what a white man would think a star looks like, but for me Cedric is the star and I hope Cedric gets a push.
One thing that everyone seems to be a fan of that I am not is Bray. I think Bray has a very talented mind but this character I am not feeling and him feuding with Finn again is nothing intruiging.
Natalya advances to face Becky at Summerslam. Becky is a great character and she really know how to make the fans love her but athletic and in ring wise Natalya, Sasha, Bayley are way ahead of her. I think this the man stuff did take Becky down a little, you don’t need to be super feminine but copying stone colds character is fizzling out for me. I like characters that are unique and organic and at a point she was, I preferred straight fire Becky and BEcky is one of my favorites I have just not been happy with her booking and matches lately. Natalya is a character I have always been invested in and I would be all for her winning in her hometown at Summerslam.
Miz and Ziggler as a tag team or a feud I would be interested in. Looking for another feud from these two.
I’m so happy to see Liv back on TV. A lot of people say Mandy, Mella, Bliss looks like the stars but to me Liv has everything and more. The offense she got was really good against Charlotte and with a teased character change I am really interested.
Cesaro and Black have a really good match but storytelling wise I am not sure where they go from here.
Bayley and Ember defeat Mandy and Sonya quickly. Match itself was whatever but after the match Bayley challenging Ember was really good. These two will have a great match together but am Ember heel turn would be unexpected and interesting.
Kevin Owens has been great as a babyface, but it’s my same issue with Becky right now. BE original don’t copy the former wrestlers attitude or finishes.
Hey everyone! I hope you have all been having a great week and have been enjoying the wrestling. I am excited for Extreme Rules this weekend and also Evolve, it will be a great weekend of wrestling.
I really enjoyed the opening Raw match with Andrade and Zelina against Rollins and Becky. I get so annoyed when fans and critics say that Becky has cooled off. I may not be the biggest fan of Becky and Rollins acknowledging their relationship and putting it on WWE TV but both are incredible wrestlers and at the top of their good. It’s good to show emotion and make wrestlers relatable and that’s what I see with Becky and Rollins. I liked the match. The Lacey and Corbin attacking Rollins and Becky at the end I didn’t feel was needed but match quality very good match. Only little thing that would of been great is Rollins losing and somehow Becky to defeated Andrade. I know that could possible bury him and Zelina so I understood it. I do love Zelina getting more involved in Andrade’s matches,, just like Lita did.
S0lid tag team action with Miz and Usos defeating Revival and Elias. I like what we are getting with Usos and Revival, just wish we would get more of a storyline with them. As far as Miz goes, I have liked his baby face work but I do feel like it’s time for him to turn heel.
Burying Mysterio on Raw just to put over Lashley I didn’t like at all. I do not feel like we should be seeing Lashley or Strowman for weeks, they kind of died out that big spot.
Best storyline on Raw has been Ricochet and AJ Styles. I do like what they are doing with the club now, looking forward to this match on Sunday.
I’m a huge Cedric Alexander fan, so seeing him in the main event teaming up with Roman on Raw, really made me happy. I hope to see more of him.
Smackdown had the best start of a WWE show in years. I thought the start of that Raw explosion was good, but wow I preferred this and loved this so much more. I loved the pipebomb we got and how fucking real it felt. Kevin Owens nailed this promo, it was amazing.
Shinsuke defeating Finn was the right call. I would like a good storyline between him and Finn.
I love Bayley, but this storyline with Bliss and Nikki has not done favors for her. Bayley should be the champion that faces anyone and does open challenges every week. I think the unstoppable odds of Bayley vs Bliss and Nikki is interesting but I’d rather Bayley just defeat both of them instead of a Sasha return. I loved them as a tag team, but what is best for Bayley as champion is for her and Sasha to be seperated.
Extreme rules predictions:
Black VS. Cesaro: I really enjoyed Cesaro’s promo on Smackdown, but I do have a feeling they will sadly have Black squash him.
Revival VS. Usos: I am going with Revival retaining. They do need to add something to this storyline for it to continue and have Usos win at Summerslam.
Strowman VS. Lashley: I really don’t think these two should be fighting at this PPV. I would of liked a longer sell, but with that said I am going with Strowman retaining.
Drew VS. Tony: Drew is too good to lose and Tony was too dull to be a champion. Going with Drew.
Ricochet VS. AJ: I am going with AJ Styles becoming the new United States Champion. I think for this story to continue AJ either has to get the win or for it to end in no contest.
Smackdown tag team champions: I really feel it’s time for a title change, I am going with New Day. We may not have another moment while all new day members are all champions at the same time.
Bayley VS. Bliss and Nikki: I hope there is no Sasha return because I feel Sasha and Bayley are both stars on their own. I would like Bayley to just defeat both of them. Going with Bayley to somehow retain.
Kofi VS. Joe: I am going with Kofi retaining and for this to be the match of the night.
Rollins and Becky VS. Lacey and Corbin: I have Becky and Rollins retaining their gold.
Undertaker and Roman VS. Shane and Drew: This will be a fun match in the end I have Roman doing most of the work but taker getting the win.
I hope everyone enjoys Evolve and Extreme Rules this weekend!
This was a very good week of wrestling. AEW Saturday night, and an amazing Raw on Monday and solid Smackdown on Tuesday.
Raw started out crazy and this may have been the best start of Raw in years. The explosion and the sell of Lashley and Braun was amazing. Everything looked realistic and like a work, I really enjoyed it.
Raiders and Joe defeating New Day was a really good match and the outcome was certainly a risky but interesting booking. I personally feel Kofi needs to be protected and not submitted or pinned but I do understand them wanting Joe to look strong.
I absolutely loved the Undertakers promos, this has been his best promo since facing Roman. I am really looking forward to this match but would like to see an alliance with Roman and Undertaker or at least an understanding as a tag team for Extreme Rules.
We certainly had an interesting promo with Rollins and Becky along with Mike and Maria. I thought Maria nailed this promo and goodbye to PG era with her calling her husband her bitch. I laughed so hard at that promo, but she really looked like a star cutting that promo. Becky and Rollins need to find their chemistry during promos and in ring or they need to end this partnership at Extreme Rules. It just comes across as not organic and awkward.
Street profits promos on Raw, made this show feel like a star show. We need more of the street profits, they are so entertaining.
Maverick becomes the new 24/7 champion, for now this is alright. I just really like the championship on Truth with Mella right now. Eventually Mella being the champion would be awesome. As long as they have a story, this has and will be entertaining.
Ricochet and AJ had another good match, wasn’t as good as last week but it had it’s moments. We finally got a heel turn by AJ and now we can develop a story with an amazing in ring match. Looking forward to this.
Kevin Owens started out Smackdown with the KO show. Kevin Owens is so damn good at everything he does, give me baby face Owens. Kevin being real towards Drew and Shane was great, I really thought we were getting a babyface turn and Owens VS. Drew but instead we got Zigs and Owens teaming up. I thought Shane and Drew were not good in this segment but Owens was great. My favorite part was Owens blowing up on Ziggler and basically spitting out facts. Tag team match itself was good, but I really wanted Zigs and Owens to get a run as a tag team.
Nikki Cross lost to Bayley, but this was a good part to add to the story. Honestly the biggest story in WWE right now have been Nikki Cross and Bliss. I hope Paul Heyman gets his hands on this and continue to add to this story. Nikki is a female Dean/ Mick Foley. She is really good and plays crazy well. Bliss and her really go off each other well. Unfortunately this whole story is making Bayley not seem like the champion on Smackdown. Bayley and Becky are the champions of their brand but they are not displayed that way, hopefully Paul and Eric can help with this.
Andrade and Crews had a good match, we just need a story attached to this and get that IC title picture going.
I was happy that Ember finally got a win, she beat Mandy. Match itself was alright but her finisher was all worth it. They have been teasing a lesbian storyline with Mandy and Sonya and I’m not against it, but make it real not some two hot women in a makeout storyline. Give it story and meaning.
Ali cut a really good promo, he is so good at these. He talks about chasing the light and how he doesn’t want the WWE title for money and fame, he wants to give those all around him hope and inspiration. Kofi has been booked well, but Ali in my heart was who I wanted to be the champion all along and I would love to see it.
Last thing I would like to talk about is AEW’s event over the weekend, Fyter Fest. I was not engaged or entertained by the event. AEW wrestlers have taken shots at WWE for their comedy acts but the librarian and hokey things on that show were certainly not my cup of tea or what I find entertaining. I also was disappointed in the production and film angles. This is what WWE will always win in, their backstage and production team. I thought having Cody VS. Allin and Jon VS Joey were two matches that were gimmick matches full of hot shotting. I saw nothing different than what WWE, independents and other promotions are doing. I do not see edge, unless you count pointless highspots and thumbtacks an edge. It was just not for me, I think Cody, Omega and young bucks are amazing but explaining a chair is gimmicked made me turn away. We all know wrestling is predetermined but do you really have to discuss the behind the scenes of it being predetermined, leave some suspense. It comes down to lack of storylines, hot shotting, no selling and too predictable.
Hello everyone! I hope you have had a great week of wrestling. I have really enjoyed this week of wrestling, it feels like a new era and I like what they are improving on.
Stomping grounds may be my favorite paperview of the year, I really enjoyed it. The PPV started out fantastic with cruiserweight action, I love the cruiserweights. It really makes me wish Ali had a run with the title and him and Cedric had another run in a feud. The match was electrifying lots of good wrestling in this match. I love the booking side of this too, Drew is a wrestler all around that I have really enjoyed watching. His heel work is great and his submissions are so creative. Really happy for him.
I liked Becky VS Lacey, I just thought there was missed spots and botches on Lacey’s end. I thought it all made Becky look strong and even though the main event wasn’t the best match on the card I enjoyed her helping out Seth Rollins in the main event and them uniting together. It doesn’t need to be a cheesy love story for them to be booked as a couple. I like what I am seeing so far.
I’ve watched this match twice and I love Ricochet but this was probably my least favorite wrestling match on the card. I did like the ending and Rico winning, but match just wasn’t what I wanted as of a story.
Bayley VS. Bliss was the match I was most looking forward to on the card and all together I really enjoyed it. The Nikki Cross interfering part I wasn’t a fan of and would of loved for this to go longer but we will get a rematch and very much so looking forward to this.
I enjoyed this match and mainly because of the booking. Roman stood tall on top and this is just what Roman needed.
Kofi VS. Zigs I loved. I am a huge Zigs fan so it would be hard to disappoint me. This was my favorite match on the show. Honestly good for WWE for booking Kofi so well, he has been an amazing champion.
I thought Monday Night Raw was the best it’s been all year, I really enjoyed it. We opened up with Seth and Becky together, I thought this was a good promo but Becky did look uncomfortable. The thing is they just need to be organic we all know both of them care for each other and may be better friends than soul mates in the end, they should just be themselves. I like the match we get at extreme rules because this means the end. I am so done hearing and watching Lacey, I have been done with Corbin since the beginning of time it feels. They aren’t good heels, they are beyond annoying and make the product feel cringe at times.
Really good tag team elimination action, but I am not liking Daniel losing and take the pins as of late now. Usos VS. Revival was good, but I don’t like Revival losing this soon already. Really good tag team action, hoping to see more of it on Raw.
I can’t help but love all this 24/7 title stuff. R-Truth is money and Carmella is even more money. I love it all and just want more stories out of the title.
I really liked this surprise we got on Raw and how come not many are talking about it. The Understaker returned to save Roman, that was awesome. Now we will be getting Roman and Taker VS Shane and Drew. I am so excited for this.
Kind of excited after Kofi defeated Sami and Kevin we got a new story happening. Joe VS Kofi happening at extreme rules and I am excited for this one. Ricochet is athletic but Kofi is athletic on a whole another level, really excited for this little guy vs big guy match.
Besides Becky the women’s action on Raw has been very dull. We have Natalya and Naomi lose to Nikki and Bliss. I would honestly put the tag titles on Nikki and Bliss at this point they are great together and both could use some gold to elevate them and the story.
My favorite match on Raw was Ricochet VS. AJ Styles. This was a really good match. I am hoping this can become a story and feud.
Smackdown wasn’t it’s strongest this week, but wrestlers on tour to Japan and holiday is coming up, it is understandable. We started out with some good tag team actions with New Day and the tag team champions. Again Daniel takes the pin, I am not liking this. I have a fear that the titles will be coming up them soon. Daniel is so good at what he does and makes everything mean something, that’s the part that makes me sad. I l0ve New Day and for what they are they are great but tag titles are not what I want from them.
Elias pretty much defeated the Miz. Him and Shane attack Miz and attack him after the match. I have loved Miz’s promos and everything he has done as a babyface, but at this point it feels like being a babyface isn’t helping him at all.
I wasn’t a big fan of Bayley losing of this match in general but it is a good way of continuing her and Bliss and Nikki story. This is the story I am more invested into right now. I think the best booking for extreme rules would be a rematch of the kenddo stick match and Bayley just destroy Bliss at the end with the stick. Bayley is my favorite part of wrestling right now and I hope they stick with her.
It looks like we are already burying Ember Moon. They had Sonya defeat her, I would like Mella getting involved in this to help Ember out. Ember is way to talented to lose to Mandy and Sonya, nothing against them they just aren’t great wrestlers. Sonya has improved so much, but she is no Sasha, Ember or Bayley.
Kofi VS. Zigs was a really good match and a good way to end the feud. I’m sure Zigs has things going on his life and he will be ready to return once they have something for him. Feud was short but I enjoyed it.
This is my blog for the week, I hope you all enjoyed. If you have any feedback or topics you would like discussed on my blog, please reach out @flipsandslams.
Cruiserweight championship: I see Tony retaining here, but Drew as a heel champion would bring a lot to 205 live. 205 is great and getting better, but I do not get invested into Tony personally. With that said Tony is amazing in ring.
Big E & Xaiver VS. Sami and Kevin: I see Xaiver and Big E winning this, but I would like to see KO and Sami to win. First of all booking heels to constantly lose I am not a fan of, no reason why baby faces cannot take the pin or submission also. Second we have seen KO and Sami together and as opponents, I think it’s time to seperate them.
Tag team championship: I have a surprise win and Heavy Machinery defeating Bryan and Rowan. Wrestling websites if you can believe have been saying Bryan wants more of a part time schedule and he has also been losing as of late against Rollins which was an amazing match by the way. Another thing is tag team division on Smackdown is stale so it may be time for a new champion even though Daniel is money in the ring and on the mic.
United States Championship: I have this match ending in DQ or not contest somehow. I see Ricochet eventually getting the title but not at stomping grounds.
Roman VS Drew: I really feel we need a heel to win to elevate the heel stable with Shane on this PPV but I am taking Roman to defeat Drew. Roman also is someone that needs a boost.
Universal Championship: I cannot see any way of Corbin defeating Rollins at all, I see this being a strong match for Rollins to retain and prove why he is the best wrestler in the world. I also see him getting vicious and violent.
Raw women’s championship: I see Becky Lynch retaining at Stomping Grounds. I know a lot of fans and journalist say there is no one for Becky to feud with and that is why she will drop title but I disagree. I think Lacey was a bad first choice it did make straight fire not so much fire, but Becky is great and still is over and made it all work. Wrestlers that I would love to see face Becky are Natalya, Bliss, Ruby, Dana and Sasha who I do believe will be returning. Heel Sasha VS. edgy baby Becky would be feud of the year.
WWE championship: This will be a great match and I am looking forward to this match the most, but I do see Ziggler losing. I have Kofi retaining in strong fashion with the wrestling ability this match will provide.
Smackdown women’s championship: This is a match that most may not be looking forward to, but these two have chemistry and are bringing that rumored real life heat between Sasha and Bliss into this match. I am really looking forward to this match but I do have Bayley retaining and I hope I’m right. Bliss is on Smackdown and would be a good next feud for Becky, but it’s also too soon for Bayley to lose, this is her best run ever in the WWE and I am loving everything Bayley is doing. She is my favorite and all of this is beautiful to see, I just hope we have it for much longer.
Really enjoyed this weeks Raw, it had a lot of new material and stories developing.
Seth Rollins really has been the MVP and must watch wrestler for me the past month. Rollins has always been my favorite, but he is on a whole nother level right now. He is doing heel antics, but can’t help but agree and love it. I love the chair hitting, the fearlessness and aggression towards the rest of the roster. He is the champion and should be acting this way, glad he found the real Seth Rollins. Yes Elias, EC3 and and Eric Young are all not being used to their highest potential and many could say this is burying them, but I think it’s elevating Rollins.
Fatal 5-way elimination match was an amazing match on Raw. I was very happy that Ricochet won, I do feel him and Joe could have a great story. I did like how Braun dominated at the beginning and how Ricochet got back into it. Miz performance was underrated, I wouldn’t of minded him and Ricochet going a little longer. Amazing match.
The women’s division hasn’t been good at all, but my hope and heart is always with Bayley and Becky. I am so happy they are our champions and I’m not sure for how long, but I have enjoyed it. Becky is still that bad ass that turned on Charlotte, a lot say she has lost fire but to me it’s not her. They are handing her inexperienced Lacey and the matches haven’t been great but Becky has still been able to keep her fire. I really hope Becky retains this Sunday because we need the women’s division to be taken seriously. Becky’s promo was on point and looking forward to whats next for Becky Balboa. Becky is fire but could use a spark for the universe to get back on their feet, I would have Becky squash Lacey. Lacey has a future and she would be good in a mid card feud but Becky making a statement maybe followed by a wrestler that does the bank statement would sure be a way to kick of a new feud. We got an alright tag team division match but Bayley and Bliss got into. Unfortunately women’s tag team division is lost and needs to find it’s identity. I’m not the biggest Bliss fan but her and Nikki as tag team champions I would be invested in. I love Bayley and I know they will have a good match but Bliss facing Bayley gives us this mean girl storyline which I’m not a fan of.
Good tag team match with New day, Sami, KO and Corbin, but there is no story or anything to it. I feel like I’ve repetitively seen this match. To me this was filler, but I loved seeing New Day wrestle.
Something that caught my eyes as a potential story and got me really excited was AJ questioning the Clubs care and hard work. This will be a good story as they lost again on Raw. I am all for AJ managing them if he is still injured.
This segment was what Roman needed. He looked bad ass, strong and done with Shane and his minions shit. Welcome back Roman, now give us Roman VS Kofi at Summerslam please.
I was very confused by the start of the main event, how it ends in DQ and wrestler come down and all fight but we finally got our main event and oh my what a match. I swear two of the best in ring performers and we got a magical match, I really wish this was a feud.
Natty Insight: What all wrestling shows have been missing in the last 10 years has been how to start off the show and how to end the show. Sure the stuff in the middle during Raw was some filler, but the beginning and end of show were amazing.
Seth Rollins has been improving and establishing himself is the greatest wrestler in the world more and more every single show. Rollins has always been my favorite, but I do see the talk on social media. The talk that Rollins shouldn’t beat Brock or be the one to face Brock, I saw a lot of that hate and still do. You have got to be blind if you are not impressed with everything Rollins has done not only on the mic and in the ring, but to Brock. Who would have ever thought that Brock would be the second star compared to Rollins, not many. Rollins really sculptured this show for me. With his fire insults and promo on Zayne, Owens and Corbin, along with having an incredible match with Owens to main event.
Miz TV was alright, but what I really enjoyed was the tag team match. Miz Braun and Ricochet against Joe, Lashley and Cesaro was amazing wrestling. It really got me to think about Joe and who would be a good opponent for him to face. Honestly Braun VS. Joe would be a great big man feud, but wrestling quality wise may not add much. I feel Ricochet is ready and you can make it a fatal 4-way or triple threat, but it’s time to put some gold on Ricochet.
Another good wrestling match on Raw was Revival VS. Usos VS. Hawkin and Ryder. I enjoyed this match, yes they have had way better matches but I thought this was good way to put Usos in the driver seat to chase the tag titles and win them at Summerslam.
This 24-7 title stuff I absolutely love. Besides Rollins, this was my favorite segment on the show. Them being stuck in an elevator just talking about life and funny things, just had me going. R-Truth is so good at what he does and so far I have loved his story along with Carmella.
Speaking of Carmella she had a good match on Smackdown with Sonya. I know I get in my feelings a lot about the blonde white females and how WWE loves to push those girl, but Carmella has improved in ring as well as Liv and the heat they get online is not valid. Sonya in my eyes is a future star and I prefer seeing Mandy in the role as the heel manager over a wrestler.
Great promo by New Day and Owens, Sami and Ziggler on Smackdown. Big E really brings that fire back to New Day and his promo defending Kofi was really great. Sami is good at playing the heel in promos while Ziggler has just been amazing, I like his character change. The entire promo told a really good story, I liked it a lot. The match itself was very good as well. Love all these guys!
Nikki Cross and Bayley had a really good wrestling match. The match wasn’t necessarily long but they worked with the time they had and very well. This was my favorite women’s match in weeks, I really enjoyed it. I also just love how Bayley keeps adding more to her wrestling moveset, she is always improving I love that.
They are trying to make Lars come across as this monster, but it is just not working. Him squashing Lucha Houseparty isn’t doing much for either side. Maybe throwing Lars some enhancement talent until he can improve in ring and on mic would be the best option at this point. To me he doesn’t come across as a monster when he should be.
Can this Lacey and Becky feud just end, please. I don’t know how the women’s division all throughout 2018 was at its peek and now we are getting inexperienced wrestlers facing talent like Becky Lynch and Bayley. Bayley taking the pin in her hometown bothered me. The match quality besides Bayley having some cool spots was not great. We are back in this stigma of the white blondes with athletic and modeling experience are facing the actual wrestlers, lets just hope we don’t repeat the divas era. It’s almost like the women’s division needs some new talents from NXT to just debut and spice things up, kind of like what Riott Squad did at one point when they debuted.
I know a lot of people have said Firefly funhouse has been their favorite part of Raw this last month, but for me it hasn’t. I don’t find it funny or entertaining. I respect Bray and think his ideas are interesting and that he is very talented, but this just isn’t for me.
I like the Miz, but him facing Elias, then Drew, then Shane kind of just felt like burying Miz. Shane has been a good heel and Drew with him is good, but it just needs a new feel.
Tag team division on Smackdown is a bit of a mess right now. Not high on heavy machinery, there comedy I am not into. I also don’t feel Daniel Bryan and Royan fit being tag team champions right now, maybe if they had actual competition I would feel it more.