Welcome to WCW in Purgatory. We’ve gone through the first Era of Russo and are awaiting the reboot in the coming month. And what has WCW done during this time frame? Gone back ten years. The top six matches involved guys who were all wrestling at the start of the previous decade. Jeff Jarrett could technically be considered “new”, but he’s awful. I think he is up to a billion guitars broken and zero dimes drawn at this point. Meanwhile, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are in a singles match against each other, as are Sting and Lex Luger. Nobody wanted to see these guys fight each other at this point.
The only new person WCW is even attempting to mix in with these guys is Vampiro. Everyone else is stuck in the mid-card. And it is quite evident here that WCW really didn’t know what to do at this point.
The final Smackdown Live of 2017 has come and gone, but we learned some things before going into 2018. For one, which superstars on the blue brand announced their entry into the Royal Rumble? Who earned a WWE Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship match against the Usos next week? And what is the story with Dolph Ziggler and the WWE United States Championship? Keep reading to find out this and more.
Justin C and Cam are back with this week’s HTCWrestling Podcast! They review Clash of the Champions and talk about what is next for AJ Styles as WWE Champion. They also talk about the news of the women’s Royal Rumble and what Dean Ambrose’s injury means for the Shield. And they couldn’t do a show without talking about the Young Bucks “controversial” spot from Ring of Honor Final Battle this weekend! Give it a listen!
NXT Tag Team Championship: Sanity (Killian Dain and Eric Young) (c) vs The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly)
After Fish and O’Reilly trade off trying to overpower Dain, Eric Young comes in. Young takes out Fish on the outside then hits a forearm on O’Reilly. O’Reilly distracts the ref saying his teeth are out, then Fish takes out Young on the apron.
Fish and O’Reilly take turns working over Young. Young jumps off the top right into a knee from O’Reilly but then catches Dain with a swinging neckbreaker. Fish goes after Dain before he can make a tag, then Dain tries coming in which allows the Undisputed Era to double team Young. Young tosses a charging O’Reilly over the top then low bridges a charging Fish. Young makes the hot tag to Dain and he goes to work. Dain hits some splashes in the corner then a running senton into a dropkick.
There have been several moments in the history of professional wrestling that some fans, writers, conspiracy theorists and people in the business themselves have considered to be a work or part of the plan all along. The Montreal Screw Job and semi recently, CM Punk walking out of the WWE (the first time) are still debated to this day. Is the entire wrestling world smack dab in the middle of not only another work but possibly the biggest one of all time with The Bullet Club and the WWE?
A few months ago members of the Bullet Club, minus Kenny Omega, held a meet n greet at a hot topic just a mile down the road where Raw was being broadcasted live that night. The Young Bucks, Cody, Marty Scrull and ‘Hang Man’ Adam Page then lead hundreds of Bullet Club faithful down the street for an impromptu ‘invasion’ of Raw. That action and others has led to a cease and desist letter and Jimmy Jacobs losing his job. A short time later it was announced that Kenny Omega would answer the challenge and wrestle Chris Jericho in just a few short weeks. Now if we back track before all of those dominoes fell hints began to drop on the ‘Being The Elite’ YouTube show where the Bucks and company all eluded that there was not only a ‘WWE stooge’ in their group and or ROH colleagues but at one point Adam Page had been kidnapped by the WWE themselves; foreshadowing? All of this left myself wondering is Vince and Triple H behind the whole thing?
As professional wrestling continues to boom outside of the WWE Vince has to take notice. With every t shirt sold, every Indy promotion you’ve never heard of ending up on ESPN or Tosh.O, Vince has to take notice. Not only has the independent scene become a place where you can stay and make a decent to great living, it’s become a place where going to the WWE doesn’t have to be the end game anymore. Meanwhile, NXT lead by Triple H, continues to bring in the who’s who list of top independent wrestlers from around the world. So, where does that leave the hottest faction in independent wrestling history?
Cody Rhodes, Marty Scrull and Adam Page would probably go to the WWE for the right price and creative direction but The Bucks and Kenny Omega are a whole different animal themselves. Like a major free agent in the top three sports in football, baseball and basketball, these three are arguably, the biggest soon to be free agents in the history of independent wrestling to date. Will The Elite trio stay in Japan and continue to concur the world or is there a plan already in the mix to bring them into the corporate giant that is the WWE?
Are we all being worked or did I work myself?
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Clash of Champions has come and gone, but there’s still some burning questions on Smackdown Live. Mainly people are wondering what is going to happen between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon. Keep reading to find out and what other events took place on Smackdown Live.
Heather is leaving for vacation tonight, so Justin C here to give you some thoughts on RAW!
1. Kane In A Main Event Title Match In 2018 Is Almost WCW Levels Of “We Can’t Make New Stars”
-Someone in the WWE still needs to explain to me how Kane being in a Universal Title Match at the Royal Rumble is a better idea than Finn Balor. I have no idea how Vince McMahon doesn’t think Finn Balor is over. Does he not watch Finn’s entrance every week? Apparently we need to watch Kane slowly plod around the ring in a triple threat match with BRAUN and Brock. If Finn could put on a match half as good as AJ Styles did with Brock Lesnar, than it would be really good. And I like BRAUN. But this match is going to be a big old bag of shit. I have the lowest of expectations for this feud and eventual match.
The Internet has really done wonders for the world of pro wrestling. It has allowed fans like myself to be able to watch wrestling from all around the world. It has opened the door for Indy wrestling and allowed smaller promotions to get more exposure than they could have ever imagined.
Of course, the Internet has also opened up every little thing that happens in the world of pro wrestling to insane amounts of unnecessary criticism. That happened once again over the weekend, and it is becoming more and more annoying to deal with every time it does.
1. Rusev Is A Mega Star In The Making (So the WWE Will Naturally Not Push Him)
-The Boston crowd last night was hot for Rusev. They chanted “Rusev Day.” They played along into Aiden English’s promo and cheered them during the match. Rusev looked the happiest I’ve seen him in a WWE ring in such a long time. I’m curious to know how the sales of the “Happy Rusev Day” shirts are going. We’ve always known Rusev is a good worker and now he is showing how well rounded he is as a character. I’d love to see him get some kind of main event push in 2018. He deserves it. I’ve been on the Rusev bandwagon since Day One. If only he got the push Jinder received earlier this year.
After a two week hiatus Justin C and Cam are back with this week’s HTCWrestling Podcast! Justin C and Cam are here to preview WWE Clash of the Champions! Will AJ Styles retain the WWE Title? How will the Shane McMahon/Daniel Bryan storyline play out? They also dive into RAW and look at the Universal Title picture and what is ahead heading into Wrestlemania season!