1. The WWE Universal Championship Sounds Really Dumb
-I don’t know who came up with that name, but they should immediately be fired. We get it, you like to use the “WWE Universe” a lot. But that doesn’t mean you name your brand’s World Title after it. My guess is that they didn’t want to bring back the World Heavyweight Championship again. But there had to be better options than what they came up with. You had three weeks to think about this and this is the best you could come up with?
The Usos vs Breezango
-It is now Shirtless Uso and Shirt Uso. But good thing Mauro is calling this match, because he can actually tell the difference between them.
-Tyler Breeze eats an enziguri and goes right into the crotch of his partner Fandango.
-Superkick party from both teams.
Battleground is this Sunday. Once again, it seems like a filler PPV for the WWE. For some of the undercard, it is about tying up loose ends with the brand split. There should be some good wrestling on the card, and the main event is a match people have been waiting to see for two years. Can it live up to the hype? If it was on a bigger show I would say yes. But the story that could have been told wasn’t (thanks Roman Reigns).
On to the preview!
Tajiri vs Damian Slater
-Tajiri looks almost exactly the same. Slater calls himself the “World Beater” because he is the ultimate underdog.
-Slater has a hammer lock applied. Tajiri goes to the ropes for a break, but actually goes out of the ropes then back in to reverse the hold.
-Tajiri’s kicks still look as painful as they used to.
-Sith Vampiro makes Pentagon Jr go into a cave to face his fears. Pentagon Jr attacks a bunch of people in his masks. He takes out the final one that was Vampiro. Vampiro makes Pentagon extinguish the candle Pentagon lit, so Dark Pentagon can take over.
Trios Championship: Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, PJ Black vs Fenix, Drago, Aerostar
-If you saw Mundo, Evans and Black walk into a bar you would think the three biggest douchebags in the world just walked in. And that is why they are great heels.
-Matt Striker makes a point that the refs feel like they are being treated as afterthoughts lately. So I expect that to play a part in things tonight.
– Maybe it’s always been there, but that stupid laser sound in the NXT theme is going to drive me batty. Should have never changed it from Welcome Home, I say.
Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno
Rhyno may be the thickest man on the North American continent.
-As the match starts, it’s your usual TV fare of a hoss battle, although I’d imagine Samoa Joe is better than using a NERVE PINCH on a guy like Rhyno.
Heading into Smackdown live and the WWE Draft/ brand extension everyone and I MEAN EVERYONE that was a fan of the WWE welcomed the continued change to the WWE landscape. Ten minutes in and I knew the WWE had fooled us all over again. I wasn’t upset at the NXT choices Triple H and Vince McMahon made, hell I’ll even let the Big Show being drafted, on television, go but someone has to draw the line at some of the choices the WWE made last night.
The main roster wasn’t the only thing to change with the Draft.
The WWE announced on their website today that they will be changing the announce teams, as well as the pre-show and kickoff teams for TV and PPVs.
Here is how the announce teams will be broken up:
1. RAW Has The Better Show
-The first few picks Smackdown made were fine. Ambrose, Styles and Cena are a good Top 3 to have for their brand. But after that, it was quite clear that RAW was getting the better end of this Draft and it wasn’t even close. When Smackdown selected Baron Corbin and the Miz back to back, you knew it was down hill.
The mid-card on RAW has the likes of Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Rusev. They also have the Women’s Champion and Tag Team Champion. And Enzo and Cass. And Sasha Banks and Paige. I know RAW has an extra hour, but it is just way too loaded. I’ve always said that RAW should be brought back down to 2 hours to make this brand split even. They could have had a one hour Cruiserweight or NXT show to make up for the extra hour.
According to multiple reports, Brock Lesnar failed a second drug test in the lead up to UFC 200. This new failure, however, was an in-competition failure on the day of UFC 200. It is also apparently the same substance that caused Lesnar to fail the first test.
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times adds more to the story: