JC’s Top Rope Report: Sometimes The WWE Still Gets It Right

We all know it. As wrestling fans, especially fans of the WWE, it has been a struggle over the last couple years. RAW becomes tired some to watch at times. I actually fell asleep during the main event of RAW this past Monday. I can’t remember the last time I did that. Trying to sit through three hours of RAW, then two hours of Smackdown Live, then maybe NXT and 205 Live along with a three hour PPV is a lot of damn TV.

And the WWE isn’t making it any easier with some of the storylines they put out every week. How sick of Jinder Mahal are most WWE fans? And just when we are sick of the same old anti-American schtick from Jinder, he cut what might have been the worst promo of his career this week on Smackdown Live. Taking pictures of Nakamura’s face and making poop and constipation jokes? You just know Vince McMahon wrote that segment. It was childish and beneath anyone holding the WWE Title.

But on the same show, we had a great storyline with the man who likely wrote the jokes for Jinder. How is that possible?

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is The WWE On The Right Track This Summer?

The early summer season in the WWE tends to be a down time for the company. With summer finally here, most people take the time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. For some reason the WWE writers usually tend to do the same thing and barely pay attention or give a good amount effort in their storyline writing.

Maybe it is just me, but I feel like something is different this year with the WWE. Over the last few weeks both RAW and Smackdown Live have been entertaining TV. Smackdown is coming off Money in the Bank. While the show itself wasn’t the best it did get people talking in the end. They followed up the controversial women’s Money in the Bank story with a better rematch on Smackdown. And they did the right thing by having Carmella win again.

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The HTCWrestling Podcast Episode 3: Wrestlemania Week Review!

Join your hosts Justin C and Cam as the Hittin the Canvas Wrestling Podcast looks back on everything from Wrestlemania week. We go into each result on the show and break down the aftermath of what happened on RAW and Smackdown Live as well. We also take a look at the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura and what could be in store for the Superstar Shake-Up next week!

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WWE Smackdown Live 8.9.16: Five Thoughts w/ Cameron Dougharty


New Smackdown Logo


Two weeks into the brand split it’s become more and more clear that the WWE continues to value it’s Raw brand over Smackdown. Nice try distracting us with Daniel Bryan; I’m not buying. 

1. Dean Ambrose as WWE Champion Then, Now, Forever.

Dean Ambrose will be defending his WWE World Title at Summerslam against Dolph Ziggler and in typical WWE fashion, with no real plan ahead, put the two in a tag team to face off against possibly, the worst booked characters in recent memory; Bray Wyatt and Erik Rowan. When the WWE decided to split the roster down the middle and not rationally, AT ALL, I expected names like Ziggler and Wyatt to have bigger roles on Smackdown. Both men are deserving of the spotlight but Ambrose does and should reign supreme as the top dog on the ‘B’ show.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: 5 Thoughts On The WWE Draft

1. RAW Has The Better Show

-The first few picks Smackdown made were fine. Ambrose, Styles and Cena are a good Top 3 to have for their brand. But after that, it was quite clear that RAW was getting the better end of this Draft and it wasn’t even close. When Smackdown selected Baron Corbin and the Miz back to back, you knew it was down hill.

The mid-card on RAW has the likes of Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Rusev. They also have the Women’s Champion and Tag Team Champion. And Enzo and Cass. And Sasha Banks and Paige. I know RAW has an extra hour, but it is just way too loaded. I’ve always said that RAW should be brought back down to 2 hours to make this brand split even. They could have had a one hour Cruiserweight or NXT show to make up for the extra hour.

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WWE Draft Rules And My Predictions

On Sunday night, the WWE released the rules for this Tuesday’s Draft. Here they are:

-RAW has the 1st overall pick

-Since RAW is a 3 hour show and Smackdown is a 2 hour show, RAW will get 3 picks for every 2 picks that Smackdown gets.

-Tag Teams count as one pick, unless the commissioner/general manager specifically wants only one member from the team.

-Six draft picks can come from NXT

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