Finn Balor/Samoa Joe Contract Signing
-Michael Cole’s smug handling of the crowd rejecting him was great. I generally like the guy (he was tremendous commentating at Beast in the East) when he’s not micromanaged to a suffocating death. He’s starting to look his age though.
Well they did it. After trying to tell myself that it would never happen, that the WWE could not be that stupid, they went ahead and made the worst decision possible. There were so many different outcomes that the WWE could have booked. We talked about it on the Wrestling Radio Show this week. They needed a new heel to take the top spot in the WWE. They needed a shakeup with so many stars out injured. There was buzz going into the event.
Carmella vs. Nia Jax
-“She doesn’t care how you’re doing Saxton. It’s a rhetorical question” got a pretty good laugh out of me. The chemistry between all three commentators has been improving tenfold lately. I actually find myself liking Byron Saxton lately.
-I’m still not a fan of this Brothers of Destruction/Wyatt Family feud at all. Trying to turn Bray into a new face of fear with evil powers is not going to work at all. And it is going to send the Wyatt Family to a place they may not be able to recover from. Why the WWE refuses to make them more like Raven and The Flock is beyond me. Do we really need people with supernatural powers after Undertaker retires?
Today marks a sad day in the history of professional wrestling. Ten years ago today, Eddie Guerrero passed away. It was a sad day. I can remember coming home from work and going online to read the news. This was before the days of Twitter and Facebook breaking news and it being out there almost right after it happens. I was absolutely stunned and taken aback by the news. I was watching when Owen Hart passed away, but I was still too young to understand the full feeling of losing someone you watched and enjoyed perform.
Here we go…
-Before we hit the match, I like the announcers running down the card for the show. It’s little things like that that make you interested in the things to come. It makes NXT look like it has its shit together in regards to storylines rather than having a room full of writers writing random fatal-four-ways on a napkin to see what sticks. NXT is delightfully old-school in so many ways.
10 years ago I graduated college and immediately went to work for the WWE. A month later, one of the greatest professional wrestlers of our era passed away. Being the fan I was, this news hit me rather hard. Doubly so since I was working for the WWE. I was hit smack in the face with the reality of a pro-wrestling life. I’ll never forget that eerie feeling that surrounded everything and everyone in the Stamford office. The world became a different place that day. But Eddie left anyone who he ever met a better person.
I know I am.