Since it started back in July, I would say that the brand split has been more helpful than harmful to the roster. The WWE seems to have a good idea of what it wants to do with certain wrestlers. It also gave wrestlers like Kevin Owens and AJ Styles to be the face of their respective brands, something that might not have happened if there was no brand split.
To me, each brand has had one wrestler standout and make an impact since the brand split. And I’m not talking about main eventers. I’m talking about people who didn’t get a chance at all before the brand split but now have the opportunity to become something.
First I’ll look at the RAW side of things.
1991 WCW was almost as cartoonish as the WWF.
In this weeks crazy Friday moment, we look at Halloween Havoc 1991 and the Chamber of Horrors Match. The winner of the match had to electrocute one of their opponents in a chair in the ring. There was a switch in the corner that had to be pulled to operate it.
-Vampiro comes to wish Prince Puma luck and offer him his help. Puma says he wants nothing to do with Vampiro, and he’d rather die in Mil’s hands then have anything to do with him.
Lucha Underground Championship: Matanza (c) vs Killshot
-Killshot is still selling the wounds from the Weapons of Mass Destruction match. What a pro.
-Matanza tosses Killshot around the ring to start the match.
-They go to the top. Matanza sets up for a Tombstone but Killshot escapes. He kicks Matanza off then hits a DDT for two.
I just recently listened to the SummerSlam 1992 version of the Lapsed Fan Podcast. So naturally, I watched the epic Bret Hart vs British Bulldog match again. So the Bulldog’s theme is now stuck in my head.
And now it will be stuck in yours!
Sister Abigil = Luke Harper
- For months, hell even years, Bray Wyatt has mentioned Sister Abigail would come make her presence known. A lot of time has passed but just a few weeks ago Wyatt was saved by Abigail again just about the same time Luke Harper returned to WWE television. Can Harper also be Abigail and Stephanie McMahon’s announcement that the WWE would implement transexual characters would come true? Sister Harper, is that you? Randy Orton also had a match during all of these crazy thoughts in my mind against Harper. Bray interfered, Kane made the save, blah, blah, blah. As much as I want to hate this feud Orton and Bray have done a good job keeping this train a rolling, ya know, except for that whole Kane thing, anyone else in that spot (Apollo Crews, cough, cough) and I would have ZERO complaints.
Mickie James is returning to the WWE at NXT Takeover next month in a match against Asuka. So we are going to look back at her again this Wednesday.
We again go back to a simpler time in wrestling.
It’s April 1988. Lex Luger recently left the Four Horsemen and found a friend in Barry Windham, or so he thought. Luger and Windham won the NWA Tag Titles. Here they defend the Titles against Blanchard and Windham again. What resulted was a major shocker for people at the time.
1. Seth Rollins Is Turning Into Generic Babyface 101
-The target audience sure loved Seth Rollins calling Chris Jericho “sparkle crotch.” But man, that absolutely took me back to the Roman Reigns “tater tots” line. And not in a good way.
Rollins has yet to breakout as the top face on RAW and I still think that he is struggling to do so. I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again: Rollins needs to beat the shit out of Triple H the next time he shows up. The WWE, of course, missed a huge opportunity by keeping Rollins as a heel when he returned. Pretty much everything about this Rollins face run isn’t working at the moment and it needs to be fixed.
The highly anticipated return of the Cruiserweight division and title is now one month born into this new wrestling world but it hasn’t gone exactly as expected. The WWE Cruiserweight Classic was nothing short of phenomenal but the transition to the WWE Network to weekly live crowds which 80-90% of the audience isn’t very familiar with your work; good luck. Continue reading
In April 1998 you could feel the tides turning. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was on the rise and had just won the WWF Championship. The WWF started turning to an edgier product. And WCW completely botched the finish of the year long Sting/nWo rivalry.
The WWF was used to wrestler jumping ship to WCW. But they were finally able to get one back in 1998.