WWE Smackdown Live 1.17.17: Three Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. The Seeds Are Planted For AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania

-I was reall hoping that this rumor wasn’t going to be true. But it looks like the rumor of a possible AJ Styles/Shane McMahon match at Wrestlemania are coming to fruition. AJ came out during Shane McMahon’s opening promo tonight and confronted him about the Elimination Chamber match taking place in February. That leads me to believe that AJ will retain at the Rumble and lose the WWE Title inside the Chamber. Then AJ will blame Shane and say that Shane has had it out for AJ etc. And that is how they will set up AJ vs Shane. It is a slap in the face to AJ, who should have a bigger match than this at Mania. AJ is the best performer on the roster and gets stuck having to sell Shane’s ultra weak punches. AJ/Cena should have been saved for Mania.

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WWE RAW Recap 1.16.17 w/Heather

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Raw kicks off with a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and it’s enough to give me all the feels. That’s right, sometimes I have feelings. I can only imagine that WWE will follow it up with a great opening that keeps the crowd hap…oh it’s Roman Reigns. Sigh.

OPENING SEGMENT

Everybody Loves Roman (they do, ignore the boos, they love him. He’s over. He’s so over. Am I convincing you?) so he’s out first to kick off the “How many people can we fit into the ring in one opening” segment. We get Roman, then Heyman promising Brock, then KO and Chris Jericho, then BRAUN, then Disco Inferno, then ACTUAL Brock Lesnar, a surprisingly coherent Marty Jannetty and Sami Zayn from outta nowhere! Some of those might not be real or even believable, but you’ll have to watch to find out. The most important part of this segment is that Brock didn’t come out to pyro so he has to mean business. He nearly murders Sami Zayn and then F5s Roman and everyone else just kind of leaves.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The Most Exciting and Frustrating Time of the WWE Year

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We are once again close to the most interesting time of the year in the WWE. Whenever Wrestlemania season comes around, wrestling fans start to come out from hibernation. There are a good amount of fans who don’t follow the product year round like myself and others do. Some fans come out when the Royal Rumble comes around. Football season is over, and the WWE is pushing towards their biggest event of the year.

Every year, however, the WWE does the same cycle over and over. They bring out the big guns for Wrestlemania season to get the casual viewers back. But once all of the part timers leave, so do the part time fans. And that is because the WWE never gives them a reason to stick around.

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The Midcard’s 15 Minutes: World Indie Wrestling Entertainment

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The WWE is rumored to be continuing its high jacking of the top talent across the independent wrestling world with names such as Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly expected to sign with the WWE and report to NXT much sooner than later. Chris Hero returned as Kassius Ohno last week and the still new born Cruiserweight division’s signings include Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Jack Gallagher and Tony Nese. Vince McMahon and company are smart businessmen, the WWE wouldn’t be where it is today without that being true. Triple H and William Regal hear, read and see all of the success that not only the independent wrestlers have but the promotions and clothing companies that work with them have and the WWE wants all the money; and the glory too. Does the WWE really have plans for all the talent they’re signing or is this a hostile takeover to monopolize the wrestling business?

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This Day In WWE History: The Most Cowardly Act Ever In Pro Wrestling

 

There are just some days you remember in the history of pro wrestling. Even if you weren’t a fan, or even alive at the time, you know certain days in wrestling history.

Twenty five years ago today, the most cowardly act in WWE, and most likely pro wrestling history, took place.

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Tim Watches The Worst Of The WWE Network: WCW Road Wild 1999

I felt like I was maybe being a little too hard on Vince Russo, so I decided to watch a show from WCW before he took over to see if it was really any better.

Maybe I shouldn’t have picked Road Wild 99.

There is a video package in the beginning building up the Kevin Nash vs. Hulk Hogan title match where both men’s careers were on the line. For half the package Hulk is Holllywood Hogan and for the other half he’s Hulk Hogan. Very odd.

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WWE Smackdown Live 1.10.17: Three Thoughts and More w/Justin C

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1.This Is The Most I Have Cared About Natalya In Forever

-I’ve never been the biggest fan of Natalya. I think she is overrated as an in ring worker. And her promo work and emoting is awful. But her little mini feud she is having with Nikki Bella is great. They were suppose to have a match this week, but instead had a good pull apart brawl. The crowd chanted “Let Them Fight” which is a sign that the booking is being done right. Natalya cut a good promo last week as well. Smackdown Live has me invested in this mini feud more than I am invested in the top feuds on RAW.

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WWE RAW 1.9.17 Recap w/Heather

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We kick things off just like you’d want any wrestling program to kick off – a performance review! Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley discuss his review and whether or not The Undertaker is planning on cheating on Smackdown and showing up tonight. Seth Rollins interrupts to say he’s entering the Royal Rumble which means we’ve got a lot more of those declarations to go in the coming weeks. Great moment with BRAUN interrupting starting a brawl between Braun and Rollins which was just a hectic, hilarious mess with Mick yelling about The Undertaker and Steph screeching. Wow, that sure was a start!

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