JC’s Top Rope Report: Winners And Losers Of The Brand Split So Far

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It’s been awhile since I wrote something non daily feature/RAW/PPV/Lucha Underground related. It is a lot of work trying to get stuff on the site daily so my column writing has suffered because of it. But you get one today because I have a bit of spare time on my hands!

We are two months into the brand split, so I think it is fair to look at the brand split so far and look at who has benefited and who hasn’t from it. From an overall show perspective, Smackdown is better than RAW. Even with the addition of the Cruiserweight Division, RAW continues to drag on with its 3 hour format. It’s also lacking a true top babyface because Seth Rollins is not being treated like a big deal at all. And he hasn’t had a breakout moment as a face on the show. Meanwhile, AJ Styles is killing it on Smackdown. And the show has three strong faces in John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton.

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WTF Friday! Brodus Clay, The Funkasaurus?

Brodus Clay was being hyped up as a big monster coming to cause havoc in the WWE. He was off TV for awhile, any many assumed this re-packaging was the start of a big push for him.

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Quick Hits: Lucha Underground 9.28.16

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-Dario Cueto runs into Sexy Star backstage. He says she must afraid to cash in her Gift of the Gods Title against Matanza. Sexy says she isn’t afraid, in a really shrill voice. He tells her she is in an 8 man tag tonight. Johnny Mundo then comes in, he tells Sexy he is the next Gift of the Gods Champion.

Prince Puma vs Sinestro de la Muerte

-Vampiro points out that Puma isn’t playing up to the fans too much. He is staying focused on his opponent.

-We’re back to the over-amplified mic around the ring as Puma lands a dropkick and kick to the back.

-Sinestro double stomps Puma’s head to the ground with his knees.

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Retro Theme Thursday: It’s Vader Time!

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It’s time to get your Thursday dose of awesome classic theme songs. This week, you get to listen to Vader’s WWF Theme. Try your best not to agonize over what could have been with Vader’s tenure in the company.

Also, try your best not to walk around and shout at people when you hear it.

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WWE Smackdown Live 9.7.16: Five Snarky Thoughts w/ Cameron Dougharty

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Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt the new Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum

  1. Randy Orton opened Smackdown Live looking to fight Bray Wyatt, after being medically cleared and then beat up again by Brock Lesnar in Chicago this past week. Bray in typical, dare I say ‘Vintage Bray Wyatt’ as he appeared on our TV’s telling Orton to find him. Is it just me or was Orton dressed almost too similar to Bray on a casual Tuesday? Do I smell a power tag team happening on Raw and Smackdown?

 

American Alpha is back to make Smackdown Live great

       2. One of the biggest fears I had about the WWE splitting the roster down the middle ‘ISH’ was they would be exposed in either lack of depth for feuds and or lack of depth in the title races. Smackdown proves that point almost every week. I am almost on board with the Usos grand new look, Heath Slater and Rhyno are a breathe of fresh air but this division is going to be dominated by American Alpha until maybe that wild pick of mine above comes to live. I can see it now, American Alpha against Wyatt & Orton, that would be one hell of a feud and contrast of styles; here comes the money. Continue reading

Tag Team Tuesday: The Midnight Express vs The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express

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We go back into the 1980s for this week’s edition of Tag Team Tuesday.

For those of you that don’t know, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs the Midnight Express was one of the most heated tag team feuds of all time. The feud started in Mid South Wrestling and would also take place in Jim Crockett Promotions. I highly recommend watching any of their matches. You can tell from this Scaffold Match that the heat was there for this feud. So sit back and enjoy!

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WWE RAW 9.26.16: Five Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. What A Waste Of A Best Of 7 Series

-After last night I had a feeling that Cesaro and Sheamus were going to get a Tag Title match. And as they argued in the ring with Mick Foley, I think it became even clearer.

Talk about a stupid waste of time. Cesaro and Sheamus, from a storyline perspective, beat the crap out of each other for seven matches. Then at Clash of Champions, they have the best match of their series. You expect a rubber match at the next PPV. But nope. The WWE takes the easy way out. I now feel like watching these two fight the last month was a huge waste of time. The series deserved a proper blowoff. Instead the WWE goes with a lazy solution that won’t help either Cesaro or Sheamus.

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Quick Hits: WWE Clash of Champions

-I’m in a good mood so lets see how long it takes for the WWE to ruin it. Go Bills!

Alicia Fox vs Nia Jax

-Alicia is bumping around like crazy to start.

-Foxy gets some hope spots in and hits a crossbody for two.

-Nia has had enough. She slams into Fox in the corner and hits a Samoan Drop for the win.

WINNER: Nia Jax

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