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!
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/Zelina Vega vs Fabian Aichner
Almas catches Aichner right after the bell with a dropkick. But Almas brags a bit too much so Aichner catches him with a backbreaker and follows it up with a springboard dive to the outside on Almas, then a springboard DDT coming back into the ring. Aichner hits a powerbomb back in the ring for two. Almas knocks Aichner to the outside off the top then tosses him into the steps, and follows it up with a hammerlock DDT for the win.
WINNER: Andrade “Cien” Almas- Aichner has a lot of potential and ability. For a man his size with his agility he could be a big star down the line. A nice little showing for him in this short match.
Vince Russo is gone, so now WCW is just plain boring instead of being boring and awful and just plain crazy. The nWo, which reformed at the end of 1999, is already dead. Bret Hart is still not cleared to wrestle (and never would be again). Jeff Jarrett is now the center piece of WCW so you know it is now truly awful. And their top face is Sid. Hulk Hogan came back because Lex Luger, sorry the Total Package, just randomly name dropped him a couple times. And Terry Funk and Ric Flair are fighting each other ten years after their last great match together. So WCW is just throwing darts at a wall now.
We start with Jeff Jarrett coming out of Commissioner Kevin Nash’s office. Apparently he is interim commissioner again after beating up Kevin Nash and says the Harris Brothers can now be at his side again. Could you imagine three worse people in one grouping?
Justin C here. We are still looking for a NXT writer. But for the time being I’m going to start recapping NXT each week here on HTCWrestling!
William Regal starts the show by announcing that there will be four singles matches over the coming weeks, and the winners will fight in a Fatal Four Way to determine the new #1 Contender.
Andrade “Cien” Almas Championship Celebration
-Almas and Vega are a great pairing together. But I really wasn’t a fan of this opening promo. Almas just bragged about being Champ and how he told us all that he was going to win. It was a pretty paint by the numbers promo that personally didn’t stick out to me.
This issue could be written about almost weekly about the WWE. You can’t deny that the WWE is loaded with talent right now. But once again they are having a problem using the talent properly. And recently, Smackdown Live has been guilty of that the most. RAW has done a good job of utilizing its entire roster. Elias Samson has been given a decent push. Sheamus and Cesaro are being used in an almost main event role. Hell even Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas are doing well.
But then you take a look at Smackdown Live and you wonder what the hell is going on. Of course that all started when they put the WWE Title on Jinder Mahal. Thankfully the WWE corrected that error and put the Title on their best wrestler. Hopefully we don’t have to worry about that mistake happening ever again.
Well, I’ve crossed the line. The last full year of WCW. And we start with a giant mess of a PPV in Souled Out. This PPV went to shit in a hurry in less than a week’s time.
Originally this was building to Bret Hart vs Goldberg after what happened at Starrcade. But Goldberg decided to put his hand through a window of a limo, slicing a tendon and almost causing him to lose his arm. So Vinnie Russo switched to Sid. But Bret Hart suffered a concussion in the Goldberg match from a stiff kick. Bret tried fighting through it but he had to get checked out. A doctor diagnosed him with post concussion syndrome and told him to stop wrestling immediately. If you don’t know the details of how bad this actually was, read Bret Hart’s book.
Justin C and Cam hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. While you recover from your turkey hangover, give a listen to the HTCWrestling Podcast! Justin C and Cam give their take on everything that happened at NXTTakeover War Games as well as WWE Survivor Series. What happens leading into the end of 2017 as far as the top of the card in the WWE goes. Who is next to fight Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title? And what is next with all of the women called up from NXT?
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1. Once Again, It Is Time For Some McMahon Family Drama
The main event 5-on-5 match had so many big stars in it that everyone thought there was no way it could be a let down. Well the WWE decided to prove all of us wrong. The ending turned into an awkward McMahon Family Drama storyline. Triple H turned on Kurt Angle to help Stephanie McMahon, and then he turned on Shane. So now we will have RAW’s up until Wrestlemania filled with constant bickering between Triple H and Kurt Angle, along with the ever so annoying Stephanie McMahon. Everyone else was made to be an afterthought in the entire match. Nothing mattered until the end sequence. And even BRAUN going over Triple H at the end to close the show just didn’t have the same impact.
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We are right in the heart of Russo Land in WCW. This show would be one of the nails in the coffin for Russo’s first run in the Company. The buyrate was the worst in Starrcade’s history. And how can you blame people for not buying this? They butchered the build to what should have been a dream match between Bret Hart and Goldberg. Every other storyline written for the show was awful. I couldn’t tell you one match I’m actually looking forward to. The Nitros leading up to this have all been awful.