WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 19/12/2016

The heels brought life back to RAW with Neville and Braun Strowman, making an impact. The cruiserweight division made some progress too with an attempt to create compelling storylines. What happened last night? Let’s talk RAW!

Owens/Jericho/Foley

The Chris and Kevin bromance is strong again and I can’t say I’m complaining about it.

When Jericho got suspended in that cage I was asking myself what on earth I was watching. Can you imagine how ridiculous it will actually look when Jericho will have to hang there for the entire duration of a PPV main event? Ridiculous.

KO & Jericho vs. Rollins & Reigns isn’t something I want to keep seeing. This is just a way to fill in time without anything actually happening. Those tag team matches don’t help the Universal Title and most certainly not the US Title.

Rusev def. Big Cass /via DQ/

Again, Rusev was listed as the winner, although he got demolished by Big Cass. The point of this storyline seems to be to make Rusev look weak. It’s succeeding and I don’t like it.

This storyline is stupid. The WWE needs to wrap it up quickly before any permanent damage is done.

Sasha Banks/Nia Jax

Why would Nia attack Sasha? She literally has nothing to gain from that. Attacking Charlotte to make a statement – yes; but attacking the injured Sasha, who’s not a champ… The only thing Nia gains is looking evil. Well, reminding us she’s a villain is better than staying forgotten.

Since later on Charlotte gets busy with Bayley, it seems like Jax will be feuding with the Boss. It’s actually good for a change. At least, it’s not going to be Sasha vs. Charlotte again.

Cedirc Alexander def. Noam Dar

This match was too short for my liking but we had enough time to get a glimpse of Cedric’s greatness in the ring. For more wrestling, we have to wait for 205 Live.

Then again, we got to see Noam Dar as a terribly creepy, stalker-ish type of a guy, and that was disturbing and funny at the same time.

I’m not over the moon about a love triangle storyline but it’s better than nothing. At least we know what these guys are fighting for. Interesting angles are what the division needs so this is a start.

Sheamus, Cesaro & New Day def. Gallows, Anderson & The Shining Stars

The interaction between the old and the new champions was odd. The New Day are acting in a rather dignified way, taking the loss like champs. I didn’t expect such maturity from them.

As for Cesaro and Sheamus, since they are keeping the face & heel team roles, it gives them the unique opportunity to feud with both faces and heels. Depending on who’s the challenger, a different member of the team will want to fight them/cut a promo on them.

The match itself was nothing but a filler. Even before it started, it was clear that the new champs would pin the the Shining Stars. It’s simple hierarchy.

I’m curious to see if the division will step up their game with the new champs. There’s no way they are coming even near to the New Day’s record, so whoever takes them down, needs to at least be worthy.

By the way, the new championships give me mixed feelings. They do look better. However, with this red design, all titles on RAW look the same. I know it’s all about branding, but still –it’s a bit too much, don’t you think?

Neville/Swann/Kendrick/TJP

I love Neville’s new persona! He’s never looked that strong and that intimidating. Who knew that the all-around nice guy Neville would end up being such a good heel?! With that facial hair he reminds me of a smaller version of Wade Barrett.

Kendrick made me laugh. This guy is the true definition of an opportunist. He saw a chance to get a strong ally to hide behind and he took it. Love the guy! The cruiserweight heels are so good!

TJP and Swann got destroyed. Not only that, but Neville pretty much did it single-handedly. Suddenly, he looks so strong that I don’t know if anyone can stand up to him.

Sensitivity Training

Enzo’s misfortunate backstage segments continue. He was made to participate in an anonymous jobbers meeting, ahm, I mean, a sensitivity training.

Throughout these segments, Enzo clearly was on edge with Jinder Mahal. I was wondering where this was going until it was unveiled that Jinder and Rusev are partners now.

I do not like this at all. Associating himself with a loser like Mahal is not good for Rusev. I’m worried that this storyline will drag him too deep into the mud. Then again, the Bulgarian Brute survived the RuRu angle, I think he should make it out of this too.

Titus O’Neil vs. Sin Cara

Titus and Sin Cara didn’t get the chance to fight because they were manhandled by an enraged Braun Strowman.

The fact that Sami wasn’t there is making me wonder if this is going to be about him at all. All this angle is doing is making Strowman look like the monster he’s meant to be.

I think this is going to lead Braun to far bigger things than Zayn but where that leaves Sami is yet to be seen. Hopefully, the answer is SmackDown.

Bayley def. Charlotte

Here we go again with the four horsewomen angle. Whether it’s Becky, Sasha or Bayley, the WWE always feel the need to go back to it when Charlotte starts a feud.

And that wasn’t the only thing that was a copy/paste moment. The double pin with both shoulders on the mat was done recently and with Bayley, as well.

This feud should have been great but it’s taken too long to get to it. For the moment, it just seems boring and repetitive.

Rollins & Reigns vs. Owens & Jericho

This match didn’t have much of Reigns and Rollins working together. In fact, it was more a case of Reigns vs KO & Jericho in the first 2/3 of the fight and then Rollins in the same position at the end.

Then again, both Rollins and Reigns won from this setup. Under Seth’s cheerleading, Roman got to be cheered, which is something that rarely happens to him; and Seth got his chance to show off his fast face in-ring work as the hot tag.

I had forgotten about Braun Strowman altogether. However, the entrance he made was quite a memorable one. I’m telling you, this will take Braun far further than whatever this lame feud with Sami Zayn offers him.

 

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WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 13/12/12016

After James Ellsworth showed up sick to work and was prevented from facing AJ Styles, courtesy of the flu, the show took a much more interesting direction. Some new faces got a shot at the top and it was a much needed change of scenery. What happened last night? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Miz TV

When Miz told AJ Styles that he was above his level, it made me go “Oh, WOW!” Leave it to the A-lister to deliver a punch line like that. I love Miz’s confidence and the way his hard work has been paying off lately. He deserves to be where he is –  in the spotlight.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Luke Harper enter the picture. Some attention after his return is good. I was expecting him to go after the IC title, not the World title but for now, that works as well.

The one person who can’t get that shot on the last SDLive of 2016 is Ambrose. We’ve had too much of AJ vs. Ambrose. We need a break from this feud.

Carmella def. Natalya

Carmella is getting better and better in the ring, I must say. With the way she plays her character, she has become one of the brightest stars in the SmackDown Women’s Division.

Natty is denying these allegations too rigorously and Nikki is too unwilling to believe it was Natalya, so in the end, the attacker might end up being Natty after all. I was starting to suspect an underlying twist but the way things are going, the storyline will be straightforward.

Nikki, for all her years in the WWE, is still terrible at acting. How could she possibly be that fake in every exchange?!

Tag Team #1 Contender’s Battle Royal

This was one of my favourite segments of the night. The big names in the division didn’t get as much time in the ring as the lower card guys and that was yet another brilliant way of giving talent a chance to stand out. Well done, Team Blue!

Rhyno’s elimination, apart from furthering the break up of the Beauty and the Manbeast, allowed Slater to shine. I’ve never seen Heath that impressive. He stood his ground like a champ for a long time.

Fandango might have gone before Tyler Breeze but Dango had the most realistic-looking elimination. Tyler Breeze, on the other hand, delivered the most beautiful elimination when he kicked Jason Jordan out of the way in the most spectacular fashion.

Prince Pretty played smart and lasted a long time. It took three consecutive elimination attempts to get rid of him and when Konnor finally pushed him out, the crowd booed. Breezango could be big, if given the chance.

The Hype Bros were the obvious winners when you look at the final three because they were the only face team left and the champs are heel. However, The Ascension vs. The Wyatt Family sounded like a much better feud. What if they are both heel, they’d try to outheel each other and it would be great!

Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss

Bliss tried to run away and the faked out an injury to get out of the actual fight. I know she’s heel but antics ala The Miz usually get quite tiresome very quickly. I expected something different from Alexa’s reign. I thought Bliss would be more of a fighting fury.

I’m not feeling the Bliss vs. Lynch feud. Something’s missing. Their matches are good but the rivalry feels weak.

Dolph Ziggler def. Dean Ambrose, The Miz & Luke Harper

The main event was great! No man was left behind. Everyone looked outstanding.

The way Ambrose eliminated the Miz was perfection. It was a case of what goes around, comes around and it felt god to see the A-lister taste his own medicine.

It made me laugh when Ambrose was trying to pull off some fancy spins on the apron and Luke Harper just floored him. Harper took the opportunity that was given to him and ran with it. I was rooting for him to win all along. Harper vs. Styles would be a dream match. However, realistically, you can’t expect to have the disciple in the main event while the master is a tag team champ.

What Miz was trying to do in the end is beyond me. I know what happened but Miz’s actual intentions  – I don’t know. His interference made no sense. He doesn’t like both guys, why help either of them? Plot convenience – that’s why!

Ziggler will make a good opponent for AJ Styles. It will be a beautiful match and Ziggler will lose it in a spectacular way. It’s predictable but it will be a nice piece of wrestling to watch.

 

What are your impressions from SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB, or Twitter!

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 06/12/2016

You were promised to see two championship defences on SmackDown and you got them; just not the ones you expected. How did the Blue Brand deal with the aftermath of TLC? Here’s what happened and my review on it! Let’s talk SDLive!

AJ Styles/ James Ellsworth/ Dean Ambrose

Despite my creeping annoyance with the James Ellsworth angle, I couldn’t help but laugh at the dramatic video package, depicting the Ambrose/Styles/Ellsworth feud. The situation is so ridiculous at the moment that it’s hard to take it seriously. That might be what the WWE are aiming for.

Ambrose did the most natural thing – took Ellsworth out. This way AJ Styles didn’t have to compete that night, which gave the champ some time to get his ankle injury fixed. It was a genuinely good way to work around the problem.

The Wyatt Family def. Rhyno & Heath Slater

That was total domination on the part of the Wyatt Family. Orton and Wyatt manhandled their opponents in such unquestionable manner that it’s difficult to imagine how the rest of the division will have any chance of success whatsoever.

It’s a shame that Rhyno and Heath won’t stay a team after that. On Talking Smack, Rhyno walked out on his partner. I struggle to see either one of them with a good solo career after that. Rhyno is too old for a push and Heath is, well, Heath. The WWE’s always used him as a jobber.

Carmella/Natalya

Carmella blamed Natalya and Natalya denied being behind the attack. I thought it was Natty all along but the way this angle is starting to play out, I won’t be shocked if it turns out to be someone completely unrelated like Eva Marie, for example.

Nikki and Natty’s acting backstage was so cringe-worthy. The exchange couldn’t have looked more fake if they tried.

The Hype Bros def. The Ascension

New face paint, new promos and then another loss. Why do I even bother hoping for the Ascension? Even the brand split didn’t help these two.

I can see the Hype Bros getting a mini push, in order to feed them to the Wyatt Family after that. I definitely don’t see Ryder & Mojo champs though.

Miz TV

Miz played the devil’s advocate here but he had a point. Realistically, Ambrose did use Ellsworth for his own goals.

The participation award cracked me up. I think they tried to make it as cheap-looking as possible, I see no other explanation because normally the Miz would have it look all sleek and glamorous.

Booking Ambrose vs. Miz for the IC title? It was a good way to give the fans a title match as promised, even though AJ Styles couldn’t wrestle that night.

Baron Corbin def. Kalisto

Oh, wow. Baron Corbin just destroyed Kalisto. At some point before TLC, I was beginning to think that this was all about making Kalisto stand out but I was wrong. The Lone Wolf is the only winner in this feud.

Why invest in Corbin so much though? Could he be in the mix for the WWE World Championship? I wouldn’t mind seeing that after the Ellsworth angle is over.

Chad Gable def. Tyler Breeze

Gable owned Tyler Breeze. It was an interesting match because we hadn’t seen it before but the outcome was predictable.

I was hoping that Breezango would get something out of this gimmick change but apparently not, unless you count jobbing in slightly longer matches as an improvement.

After this match I’d expect to see Fandnago vs. the Cable jokes flood the internet. If they don’t it would only show how little popularity Dango has.

Alexa Bliss/ Becky Lynch

Ha! That actually was a good exchange. It wasn’t long but it was emotionally charged. My problem is that Becky isn’t very believable. She talks a lot but she has been booked to lose so many times that her words lost value.

Alexa will be a good heel champion. She’ll bring to the title what Miz brought to his.

The Miz def. Dean Ambrose

The main event wasn’t great. I don’t think the Miz and Dean Ambrose complement each other in the ring. The effect was that Ambrose oversold Miz’s offence and it killed any suspense.

Ambrose is too big of a star to be beaten by the Maryse factor. However, it was Ellsworth again who cost him the match. I can’t say I didn’t see that coming. It just had to happen.

Ellsworth was fun in the begging but the plot is getting thinner and thinner every week. It has to end before the fans lose all interest in the story.

 

What are your impressions from WWE SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB , or Twitter!

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 05/12/2016

Second week in a row RAW is hitting us hard with backstage segments and the fans love it! Storytelling has been going up in the last few episodes. RAW is simply getting better. Let’s see what went down last night! Let’s talk RAW!

Seth Rollins/Kevin Owens

The opening segment brought the focus to where it always had to be – Seth Rollins vs. Triple H. This is the big clash everyone’s been waiting for. I only hope that after this Seth won’t be using the Pedigree anymore. This never was a good finisher for him.

Reigns vs. Owens is setting us up for Reigns ruling RAW. I won’t be surprised if he replicates Seth’s double champion accomplishment. Jericho will play a part in this too, undoubtedly. Then it will go to Jericho vs. Owens. The sad part is that Y2J deserves to get a reign out of this but he won’t.

Big Show vs. Seth Rollins

Damn, Big Show looks good! I haven’t seen Show look that fit in years. He won’t be a main player anymore, he’s too old for this. Yet, if he wants to keep in shape and be a face – why not? It gives him the same role Kane has on SmackDown at the moment.

Jack Gallagher def. Ariya Daivari

This was a little replay of the 205 Live debut of Jack Gallagher. Sadly, the RAW crowd didn’t appreciate it as much.

I don’t know why the audience’s response is so different on the different shows. It seems implausible that the majority of the people who watch the main product are too snobbish to see that a guy they don’t know delivers in the ring and deserves a reaction.

Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn

This match was sad. It was a great show, don’t get me wrong. Sami Zayn and KO leave it all in the ring and it’s always a pleasure to watch them wrestle. However, this kind of amazing wrestling demonstrates how underused Zayn is.

Had this been the start of a championship feud with Sami, getting the gold in the end, it would have been fine but it wasn’t. This is just Sami, being destroyed by KO again, just after having been decimated by Strowman. This is not a good look and Sami deserves better.

Sasha Banks

Sash is great in the ring but she sucks at doing promos, especially as a face. Being a heel came more naturally to her. This mic work here was so obviously pre-written that it looked disappointingly fake.

Another Iron Woman match sounds awesome but they’ve dragged Ric Flair into this again, haven’t they?

Rich Swann def. TJ Perkins

This was a rollercoaster of a match. The action was lightning quick and it was a spectacle to watch. Too bad the crowd was dead silent. Again, why?

The cruiserweights are not getting over as they should be. Maybe it’s a better idea to give them 205 Live and keep them there. Develop the show as its own brand and make cruiserweight only PPVs. There would be people watching this.

Bayley def. Alicia Fox

Bayley did such a quick work of Alicia that the fans barely had the time to warm up and start chanting properly before it was all over.

Where did this feud even come from? Bayley was involved with Charlotte, Sasha and Dana until now. Foxy was swooning over Apollo Crews. Suddenly, the commentators make it sound as if Bayley and Alicia had been in a rivalry all along. Did I miss something?

Mark Henry def. Titus O’Neil

Then again, Alicia was booked to look amazing compared to Titus O’Neil. Mark Henry came in, slammed him and that was it. What kind of a never-ending punishment is this Titus Brand?

Reigns def. Jericho

This was the best match of the night. The fans were into it and the atmosphere was great. The LET’S GO ROMAN/Y2J chants were deafening.

I had some desperate hopes that Jericho was somehow going to win this, freeing Roman from the US title and allowing him to run freely after the Universal Championship. It would have been better for the US title, which is only a decoration at the moment. Yet, Reigns prevailed again.

The WWE opted for KO vs. Jericho. This feud is coming, that’s for sure but Jericho could have gotten a run with the gold from the whole story, at least.

Rusev/Lana/Enzo

Throughout the show, Enzo and Lana had been flirting furiously and at some point I was thinking that it was going to be yet another stupid love triangle with the brute Rusev and the slutty Lana. Thank God it wasn’t!

It all culminated in a backstage segment where Lana seduced Enzo, only to serve him to Rusev on a silver platter. The beating in the hotel room looked realistic. The WWE did so well this time!

Rusev kept yelling “I’m going to wreck you!” and “This is for my wife” while Lana kept screaming “More! MORE!” in Russian. When you think about it, Rusev is the face here. Too bad we won’t see that angle on a WWE show.

Backstage segments like this one and the one with Sheamus and Cesaro last week are exactly what the fans want to see. RAW’s onto something good here!

Gallows & Anderson vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Sheamus and Cesaro were impressive last night. Individually, they pulled off such impeccable offense that their team looked incredibly strong in the end.

The New Day are going to drop the belts next week. I suppose it will be the same thing that happened to Nikki Bella. The record will be broken and within seconds the title will be lost.

I cannot wait for the Sheamus/ Cesaro pairing as champs. This will be one awesome reign!

Charlotte/Ric Flair

Man, Charlotte has become such a brilliant heel! She can use her dad in storylines without breaking character and getting emotional about it. She played her role to perfection.

What worries me about this angle is that Ric’s involvement might not stop here. He might start interfering with matches again and that would be a mistake. Charlotte finally escaped his presence. He needs to stay away from the Women’s Division.

What are your impressions from RAW? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB, or Twitter!

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 29/11/2016

Last SmackDown before TLC and the atmosphere is intense! Contract signing, disqualifications and a high-risk spots- that’s all on the card. Let’s talk SmackDown!

Alexa Bliss/Becky Lynch

This was a good contract signing. Both women felt comfortable on the microphone and the conversation flowed. The crowd was engaged, reacting to every jab exchanged between the girls.

This might have been Becky’s best segment as a champ. She was all fire and intensity. She was the active party, going after Alexa. Things might not have gone her way but the champ looked great.

Alexa Bliss was standing tall at the end of the segment but she barely escaped. Bliss will need more than that to defeat Becky at  TLC.

Kalisto & Dolph Ziggler  def. The Miz and Baron Corbin /DQ/

The animosity between the men on both sides was almost tangible. It felt nothing like a tag team match. That was just two separate pairs of feuding guys, trying to destroy each other whenever they could.

Miz and Ziggler were relentless. Their rivalry has been on for a while now but every time they get in the ring together they bring out so much passion, it’s hard not to get dragged into the action.

Kalisto was incredible. Where has this quality been all this time? The WWE surely knows how to waste talent. I’m glad he’s getting a push now.

Carmella/Nikki Bella

Carmella used Nikki’s relationship with John Cena again but this time it didn’t work out as well. The promo wasn’t as strong and you could hear it in the crowd’s reaction. The fans were barely responding throughout the segment.

Nikki coming out full force onto Carmella was good though. It was a catfight without any fancy moves and in this occasion it worked. After all, this is about a woman, talking smack about another woman’s relationship. This kind of a brawl is what you’d expect to see. Well done.

Ambrose Asylum

The Ambrose Asylum turned out to be a really bad place to be for James Ellsworth. AJ Styles completely and utterly destroyed Ellsworth. Props to James, he takes a lot of hits and difficult spots. That Styles clash might have just killed him. He’s working for that jobber’s contract.

Before the beat-down took place, an interesting topic was raised. Does Ellsworth really want Ambrose to win? My guess would be that Ellsworth will cost Ambrose the match at TLC. The only question is whether it will be on purpose or not.

At the end of the show, this segment got its continuation with a backstage brawl between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose, in which the Lunatic Fringe wiped the floor with the champ.

This is the Ambrose we want to see – deranged, reckless and angry. Dean is a funny guy but the fans want to watch him toss people over sofas and break stuff.

Kane def. Luke Harper

Kane is becoming a constant force on SmackDown. He’s consistently winning matches and it’s good to have a menacing force, lurking in the background.

However, this match might have been the start of something much bigger. Before the fight, Randy Orton questioned Harper’s capabilities. We can already see how the Viper will plant the seeds of destruction inside the Wyatt Family.

The Wyatt Family def. American Alpha

Sadly, American Alpha didn’t stand a chance. We didn’t get to see much of the Gable magic that the fans love so much. Gable and Jordan only barely survived until it was all over.

Luke Harper and Randy Orton both got involved to deliver the pin to Bray. The leader got all the glory and he was delighted. However, this is only the quiet before the storm.

At TLC, The New Wyatt Family will defeat Slater and Rhyno. It was a good fairy tale until it lasted but the focus will now be on the Wyatt/Orton run as champs and the eventual break down of the Wyatt Family, caused by the scheming of the Viper.

 

What are your impressions of SmackDown? Let us know what you think in the comment section, on FB, or Twitter!

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 28/11/2016

RAW keeps stepping up the game. New #1 contender for the Universal Championship and a new Women’s champion were made last night. What happened on Monday night? Let’s talk RAW!

Highlight Reel

Somehow the Architect wasn’t able to drive a wedge between Jericho and Owens but Roman Reigns did. The Big Dog did the impossible and with a couple of sentences broke Team Chris & Kevin. How that worked out is a mystery.

It was about time KO and Jericho split. Otherwise Owens would never lose the championship.

Strowman def. R Truth

Strowman squashed R Truth, Goldust and Sami Zayn, all in about 2-3 min.

The real value of this segment came when Sami Zayn and Mick Foley clashed on the mic. That was one of the best and most intense verbal exchanges I’ve seen Sami in. I loved it!

Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander

Tony Nese, with an important involvement from Drew Gulack, defeated Cedric Alexander.

Two things stood out in this match – Cedric’s popularity and his new storyline. It seems like Foxy has her sights set on young Cedric but I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. She can’t even be his manager since her gimmick is she’s crazy and he’s a likable face on his own. We’ll have to see where this goes, if anywhere. It won’t be the first time the WWE introduced a love storyline and then killed it off.

Regardless of what happens to the Alicia storyline, Cedric needs a push. Did you hear the crowd? The fans love this guy.

Seth Rollins/Jericho

Rollins jumped Jericho in the parking lot. It was a cool backstage segment and the fans were happy to see Rollins on RAW. However, it  seems like Rollins is moving to a feud with Jericho, leaving the Universal Title open for Reigns and I’m not sure I like that.

By the way, it is ironic that Jericho got punished after he finally decided to break up with KO.

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

The way the match started, it quickly became apparent that the girls were in a hurry. The segment couldn’t last long with that starting pace.

Charlotte caused a double contout and I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had all ended like this but Mick Foley got involved and rebooked the match for later that night. What I don’t understand is why not restart the match there and then? That’s what normally happens.

Enzo Amore def. Rusev /via DQ/

I’m sorry but Enzo is the heel in this. Any man is justified in wanting to give a beating to an obnoxious douche who explicitly offends his wife.  Yet, the WWE somehow still tries to make Rusev the heel here.

I honestly want to see Rusev destroy both Enzo and Cass at the end of this feud and get cheered for it. It would be awesome and deserved!

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar

It was all Noam Dar but Rich Swann won in the end. Not sure how deserved that victory was. The way the division is booked, Dar would easily claim #1 contedership after Swann.

Brian Kendrick on commentary was gold. He kept me listening attentively the whole time. I might have been paying more attention to him than the match though.

I find Rich Swann’s character extremely annoying. He’s the unfunny version of the New Day. Unfortunately, not many other cruiserweights have a character at all at the moment.

Roman Reign def. Kevin Owens

What is going on here? Roman Reigns beats Owens clean and gets to be the #1 contender for the Universal title while simultaneously holding the US title?

What was the point of giving Reigns the US title at all? He didn’t defend it at Survivor Series, he won’t defend it at Roadbloack. He’s just using it as a trophy to boost his ranking. Sad.

Owens has been reduced to being a weak champion, who’s useless without lackeys. That’s even sadder.

Paul Heyman

That was one good promo. You know something good is coming when Heyman looks like hell and starts a PG promo by swearing.

Brock and Goldberg will take each other out at the Royal Rumble, setting up for another one-on-one match after that. This will allow someone else to get the title shot.

New Day def. Gallows & Anderson

I don’t even know why we are watching these matches at all. It’s obvious that the New Day won’t drop the titles before they beat Demolition and I’m ok with that but I don’t need to see matches that want to make me pretends there are stakes when there are none.

I wonder who will be the next champions. My money’s on Sheamus and Cesaro because there’s no point in having them in a team if they don’t get the gold. Especially after that beyond awesome segment!

I like the New Day and they had a good run but I cannot wait for Cesaro & Sheamus as champs!

Sasha Banks def. Charlotte

This was a great way of ending the show. Charlotte and Sasha destroyed each other and the crowd appreciated it.

That Bank Statement in the end was so inescapable that Charlotte really had no other choice but to tap. That made the ending realistic.

However, I’d have been much more excited about Sasha’s victory if we hadn’t seen her win and lose the belt next possible match more than once already. Third time champion? Really? Sasha’s reigns were almost nonexistent.

 

What are your impressions from #RAW? Share your thoguhts in the comment section, on FB, or Twitter!

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 22/11/2016

Team SmackDown focused on the Superstars’ victory at Survivor Series and took actions to solve the inner issues that threatened the team. Aaand James Ellsworth got a WWE World Championship opportunity. How did it all happen? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Shane/Ambrose/Ellsworth/Styles

Shane reprimanded Ambrose for briefly joining the Shield but it was more of a slap on the wrist, rather than a serious punishment. That’s the problem when you’re a “nice guy” type of a boss – people don’t listen.

AJ Styles decided to pick on James Ellsworth again. However, in all honesty, AJ made sense. Many guys who train their whole lives never get even close to the WWE and there’s Ellsworth, who miraculously lands a contract out of the blue.

Ellsworth asking for a championship shot is a bit over the top. It was a long way coming but still, it’s pushing the boundaries a bit. I’m sure there are guys who can actually wrestle who could benefit from that opportunity.

Miz def. Kalisto

Ever since he returned, Kalisto has been so impressive every time he enters the ring. He deserves a title and a good run. Unlike last time he was given the gold, he needs to get promo time and actually wrestle.

Corbin ruined it for Kalisto again. I thought it would have been a nice storyline shift if the Kalisto/Corbin rivalry got mixed up with the IC title and the gold was carried by one of them. However, Ziggler made his presence felt and broke my sand castle.

Miz/Ziggler has been good till now. I have no complaints. However, dragging it out for too long will make it boring, regardless of what the guys do in the ring or on the mic.

Tag Team Turmoil

Most of the matches were short and quick. The two teams, who actually had a wrestling match were The Usos and American Alpha, which is no surprise, since they are the two top teams in the division.

The eliminations went as follows:

  1. The Hype Bros def. The Ascension
  2. Breezango def. The Hype Bros
  3. American Alpha def. Breezango
  4. American Alpha def. The Vaudevillains
  5. American Alpha def. The Usos

My problem with this tournament was that we’ve seen all these matches before with the exact same outcome. Hype Bros will always go over Ascension. Breezango have the crowd but still no vote of confidence from the Creative. The Vaudevillains only come out to lose. And the Usos are badass but always come up short in the end.

I love American Alpha. However, faced with the Wyatt Family they stand no chance. The Wyatts are above the tag team level and by the looks of it Randy is still on the “I’m devoted to Bray” act. I’d be astonished if Gable and Jordan came on top next week.

On a side note, did anyone else notice Rhyno’s new facial hair? Rusev is becoming a trend-setter in male fashion in the WWE and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Becky Lynch def. Natalya

This actually was a good, technical match. It wasn’t flashy but as pure wrestling, timing and fluidity of movement, it was nice to see.

Unfortunately, the match lacked atmosphere. I like Becky. She’s great in the ring but I don’t feel her as a champion. Her character should be out there but it’s very mild in reality. Her reign has been fairly bland.

Alexa Bliss, on the other hand, is a fire cracker. She has so much personality, it’s impressive. I think she should have the championship.

Baron Corbin vs. Kane

This was a punishment match for Corbin. Again, not a very effective punishment from the SmackDown leaders.

I’m very pleased with how Kane is treated by the Blue Brand. He looks intimidating without taking centre stage.

Kalisto flew in out of nowhere. Good work from the cameramen, the angle made Kalisto’s attack that much more exciting.

This feud is going great. Not only did Kalisto attack fiercely, but even when a chair was involved, Baron Corbin was still willing to get back in the ring. Both won’t back down and it makes for a suspenseful rivalry.

James Ellsworth def. AJ Styles

After being chased out of the building, Ambrose had more TV time than when he’s meant to be on the show. It was hilarious watching him play on Shane’s nerves until Shane himself left. There was no way this wouldn’t culminate with an appearance from the Lunatic Fringe in the main event.

Despite losing to Ellsworth AGAIN, Styles isn’t portrayed as week. There actually is moral to the story. He could have won easily but he wanted to bully Ellsworth and took his time to taunt him. Essentially, being a jerk cost him the match.

Also, Ellsworth was booked to look better than he should. He could have taken the open lane to the top, Ambrose provided but he lingered on and got rid of AJ on his own. That was so unbelievable, it got the crowd cheering.

Ellsworth vs. Styles for the title will be yet another joke of a match. Ellsworth cannot win. Imagine this guy’s name in the list of WWE champions, even if AJ’s to invoke a rematch close and get the belt back 15 sec later.

 

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