Bobby “The Brain Heenan passed away today at the age of 73. Heenan is considered by many, including myself, as one of the greatest announcers and managers of all time.
Heenan grew to prominence in the AWA where he was the manager of Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens to multiple tag title reigns. He also managed Bockwinkel during his numerous reigns as AWA Champion. It was also in the AWA where, as manager to Bockwinkel, Heenan started his long feud with Hulk Hogan.
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?
Justin C and Cam are here this week and they talk about the fallout from the Roman Reigns and John Cena promo on RAW. They also discuss the hot potato game that is going on with the RAW Women’s Title and more when it comes to RAW and Smackdown Live. They also dive into the Mayweather/McGregor fight, the Sexy Star Incident and their Top 3 Moments from this summer!
Asuka and Ember Moon had the match of the night at NXTTakeover Brooklyn.
But it came with a price.
WWE.com broke the news tonight that Asuka suffered a broken right collarbone in her match with Ember Moon:
If you remember last year, John Cena teamed up with Cricket Wireless to surprise fans in a store in Los Angeles. That video can be found here: John Cena Surprises Fans In Cricket Wireless Store.
This year Cena had the roles reversed on him. Cena sat down to read some thank you notes from fans that told Cena how he inspired their life. What Cena didn’t know is that those fans were in the room behind him, listening to him read the notes and watching his reactions. One of those fans was Tyler Schweer, who caught a Cena “Never Give Up” wristband at a live event and gave it to his mom. Tyler’s mom was battling breast cancer and survived.
This is just another example of how great a guy John Cena is outside the ring.
Justin C and Cam bring you this week’s HTCWrestling Podcast. They look back at SummerSlams from the past and talk about the Top 3 Non-Title matches of all time. They also look at how this year’s current SummerSlam is taking shape and how the injuries to Bayley and Scott Dawson affect not only the card but plans for the women and tag team division on RAW. They also discuss the “controversial” spots from Indy wrestling shows this past weekend involving Lio Rush and Joey Ryan. Do they think they killed the business just like Jim Cornette?
Listen to find out!
Her interactions with the fans are on point. The fans here were chanting for Bayley to drop the title all night.
WWE.com broke the news today that Bayley is officially out of her SummerSlam match with Alexa Bliss. Bayley suffered a separated shoulder last week in her match with Nia Jax. Bayley will be on RAW tonight to address her injury and more than likely give a final message to the fans.
To replace Bayley, there will be two separate triple threat matches. The winners will then face each other and the winner of that match will go on to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam. I’d be shocked if the two winners aren’t Nia Jax and Sasha Banks.
Justin C and Cam are back with this week’s episode of the HTCWrestling Podcast. After two weeks away, the road to SummerSlam appears quite clear. Who is the favorite in the Universal Title Fatal 4 Way and what is Brock Lesnar’s future in the WWE. Is the tag team of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins right for both men? We also discuss the John Cena/Shinsuke Nakamura match and whether or not Nakamura can get a good match out of Jinder. (Spoiler: He can’t)
All that and much more so give it a listen!
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.
We now live in a wrestling world where Jinder Mahal is the #1 Contender for the WWE Title.
You read that right, Jinder Mahal. If you told wrestling fans that a week, a month, even a year ago, they would have laughed in your face. They might have asked you what kind of drugs you were taking, or if the LSD was still kicked in from watching Naomi’s entrance.