The WWE loves to troll their fans. ‘Let’s bring in Nigel McGinness but keep Percy Watson and they’ll totally hate us.’ Jerks.
Authors of Pain v. Lance Anoa’i & Garrison Spears
A squash match if there ever was such a thing. Akam and Rezar have the tangibles to be a tag team to remember, it’s just going to take more than Paul Ellering and A WHOLE LOT more work.
Corey Graves said ‘205 Live and chill’, like that would even be over with a girl that’s into wrestling. You just moved down a peg, Graves.
Noam Dar v. Rich Swann
Rich Swann is back, bay bay! As each week goes by I could make a strong argument for six cruiserweights that should be on the main roster, easily. Here’s to hoping there is at least two cruiserweight matches at Wrestlemania.
This past Monday we saw one of the best segments in the recent history of Monday Night RAW. The Festival of Friendship segment was so well done. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens have constantly been the best part of RAW for the last few months. When Owens and Jericho were on TV, you knew that you would at least get one entertaining segment on RAW.
Jericho was his over the top self during the Festival of Friendship. And you could tell that as the segment went on that something wasn’t right with Kevin Owens. Owens, if you remember, had a talk with Triple H earlier in the show. Whatever Triple H said to Owens, it set up what was one of the best done turns in the WWE. Owens and Jericho were heels, but the crowd respected them and were constantly entertained when they were out there.
-I’m here bringing you a live Smackdown review on Valentine’s Day, so you know exactly what my love life is like.
-Bray Wyatt has much more intensity in his promo this week as he seems extra motivated with the Title. He says he truly feels like he has the whole world in his hands.
-John Cena comes out. He wants to have their fight right now.
-AJ Styles is out. He calls Cena a line jumper and accuses him of jumping the line at the airport and grocery store. Cena does look like someone who would cut the line at a grocery store, or bring 15 items in the 10 item or less lane.
We kick things off with Stephanie McMahon because a show without the authority kicking everything off is…well, a better show but let’s not tell them. Basically she’s just there to get Roman Reigns out there and yelling about BRAUN. Steph won’t give him BRAUN tonight but we get a 2 on 1 match with Gallows & Anderson vs Roman Reigns instead. Well, it’s not Sheamus & Cesaro I guess.
The match is short lived though so no need to give it a proper write up. It’s a no contest and Roman makes them look like his wee bitches afterwards. Wonderful.
Back to RussoLand!!
I recently saw a thread over on the Wrestling Observer Board about the worst WCW PPV’s of all time. Great American Bash 2000 was one show that was mentioned by multiple people. The video package doesn’t do much to dispel that rumor. Goldberg returned to WCW, helped Nash a bunch of times, and was arrested by Eric Bischoff. This is during the whole New Blood vs. Millionaires Club angle.
Oh no, Ric Flair is wrestling David Flair. Tank Abott vs. Scott Steiner? Hogan vs Kidman? Jarrett vs. Nash for the title? Some match with Sting and Vampiro and fire? Yeah, this has to be a terrible show. Apparently if Ric loses to David, his career is over.
Mojo Rawley vs Curt Hawkins
-These might be the only two guys on the Smackdown roster not on the main show outside of Kane.
-Mojo is a guilty pleasure of mine. But I have to believe the WWE dumps him if they don’t land a Gronk appearance this year.
From April until January the everyday roster of the WWE fills our television screens with hours upon hours of wrestling matches and feuds. Once the Royal Rumble draws closer the talent Vince McMahon considers the guys who help sell out the giant venues across America come out to play; and collect some big time paydays. The likes of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and The Rock, for the most part, only come around to stir up some feuds or cut really bad promos but the WWE, still, rely on a few names from wrestling past to help boost the Wrestlemania card. The Wrestlemania 33 card will feature four part time talents: The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H and Goldberg. Not to mention, John Cena, who is as close to part time as you can get. Goldberg will more than likely be retired and in the WWE hall of fame by the time Wrestlemania 34 runs around. The other four guys may just have a say in what goes down and who goes, not only over, but on the card itself. Vince McMahon has to know these guys can’t wrestle forever, so what’s he going to do three, four, hell even five years from now? The boss will never truly know if the full time roster, without help, could sell out a major venue without trying.
Yes, the Royal Rumble was just two weeks ago. But with the bran split comes more PPVs. So that means the Elimination Chamber is this Sunday. From a build up stand point, I’m looking forward to this show. There are three women’s matches on this card. And there is some good heat to every single one of them. Orton/Harper and the Chamber match should also be good. There’s nothing announced for the pre-show yet, but I could see Mojo Rawley taking on Curt Hawkins. I mean how else to get the crowd going other than getting them HYPED!!!
It wasn’t just the big boys that put on amazing matches this month. Evolve touched down in San Antonio this weekend for a series of shows to say goodbye to Chris Hero. Chris Hero had one of the most amazing runs in the history of the business in 2016. From a match quality standpoint, regardless of the promotion, type of match, or opponent, no one was more consistently excellent than Chris Hero. Kenny Omega might have had a higher peak, but he also had the benefit of only having to do one great match a month (G1 excluded) where Chris Hero was doing it almost every weekend last year. And his hard work was rewarded with an offer to return to the WWE. Chris Hero bet on himself and is about to cash in. But he still had a weekend of work to put in, and he put a full shift in on these cards, and he wasn’t alone.