WWE Smackdown Live Review for 11.14.17 w/ The Chairman

On the go home Smackdown Live before Survivor Series, Baron Corbin’s United States Championship and Natalya’s Smackdown Women’s Championship are on the line. Do they retain or will Raw’s Miz and Alexa Bliss be facing new challengers at Survivor Series? Also before New Day has their huge match against the Shield at Survivor Series, they find themselves in the main event against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Does New Day gain some momentum before Survivor Series or do Owens and Zayn play spoiler? Find this out and more in this Smackdown Live review.

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The Montreal Screwjob: 20 Years Later

Wrestling is really starting to make me feel old. Last year it was twenty years since the formation of the nWo in WCW. This year it is twenty years since the most real life, off the script incident to ever take place inside the wrestling ring: The Montreal Screwjob.

If you are reading this site, you know the history of what happened in Montreal. Bret Hart signed a lucrative 20 year deal with the WWF one year earlier. Bret was to wrestle then take a backstage position with the company once his wrestling career was over. By the summer of 1997, Vince McMahon was already having buyer’s remorse. The company was facing money problems and  Vince didn’t think he could afford to pay Bret anymore. In addition, by the summer of 1997 it was becoming more obvious that the WWF was moving towards a more edgier product. Bret wasn’t the biggest fan of that. It also started to become clear to Bret that Shawn Michaels was Vince’s next chosen star.

All of this added up to Vince letting Bret Hart begin negotiations with WCW. But the problem? Bret was still the WWF Champion, and Vince McMahon had to find a way to get the Title off him. And that is where the drama kicks into high gear.

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WWE Smackdown Live Review 11.7.17 w/ The Chairman

Survivor Series is less than two weeks away and last night on Raw we seen Cesaro and Sheamus get crowned Raw Tag Team Champions meaning they’re taking the place of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to challenge the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions The Usos. Now it’s the Usos turn to defend their titles against Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Will the Usos survive and represent Smackdown Live as tag team champions or will Gable and Benjamin rise up and face The Bar instead? Also Shane McMahon announced that due to the attack to AJ Styles at the hands of Jinder Mahal, Mahal would be putting the WWE Championship on the line against Styles. Does Mahal keep his title and match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series or did AJ Styles win the top prize of Smackdown Live? To find out this and more keep reading.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is Jinder Mahal The Worst WWE Champion Of All Time?

It started as a joke. Jinder Mahal can’t really win the WWE Title can he?

Then it happened, and we decided to give it a shot. Could it really be that bad?

And here we are, almost six months into the WWE Title reign of Jinder Mahal, begging for it to end and wishing we could all take back our jokes about Jinder winning in the first place.

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WWE Smackdown Live Review 10.31.17 w/ The Chairman

On this Halloween edition of Smackdown Live, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens battle in the main event with the winner joining Randy Orton on the Smackdown Live Survivor Series team. Also on this edition of Smackdown Live, Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler face off in a two out of three falls match where the winner will also join the Survivor Series team. We also learn who will be the captain of the Smackdown Live team as well. To find out this and much more, keep reading this review of Smackdown Live.

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WWE Smackdown Live Review 10.24.17 w/ The Chairman

After Shane McMahon led Smackdown Live into Raw this past Monday night and delivered the first strike, the question everyone wants to know if whether or not Raw retaliated tonight on Smackdown Live? Regardless of whether Raw invaded or not, Smackdown Live had it’s own business to take care of. On this episode we find out the first Smackdown Live superstar to join the blue team at Survivor Series for the traditional five on five match. We also learn who will be the captain of the women’s team at Survivor Series as well. To find out these pressing answers and more, keep reading this Smackdown Live review.

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WWE TLC Predictions w/ The Chairman

Tonight the Raw superstars of Monday night bring to us another pay per view. Tables, Ladders, and Chairs is live tonight from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally this event was hyped as the main roster debut for Asuka and the first match of the recently reunited Shield. However with WWE superstars coming down with meningitis, there were some adjustments made to the card. Roman Reigns has been replaced by none other than Hall of Famer and RAW GM Kurt Angle. You read correctly, Kurt Angle is stepping in and wrestling in his first WWE match since 2006. Also Bray Wyatt has been ruled out for the event and is being replaced by Smackdown Live’s AJ Styles. With that being said, here are my predictions for the event.

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5 Questions: WWE TLC 2017 (Shield, Sister Abigail, Cruiserweights, Asuka)

{Editor’s Note: This was written before the card changes Friday night. Look after the original article for the author’s additional thoughts on the changes.}

 

1 – Can The Shield create the same magic 5 years later?

Five years ago, 3 “stars” from FCW appeared at WWE Survivor Series during a WWE Championship match to powerbomb Ryback through the announce table. The former Tyler Black, Jon Moxley and Leakee weren’t just rookies on the main WWE roster, they were practically unknown to the majority of the audience. To say the trio made an impact on their debut would be an understatement and they followed this debut up with one of the most impressive stable runs of the modern era. They defeated teams consisting of Randy Orton, Batista, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Triple H and even The Undertaker. And it all started at TLC 2012 in a match against Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan). Five years on and these 3 “rookies” are three of the biggest names in the sport. Reigns and Rollins are both multi-time World Champions with Ambrose have one World title win as well. The reunion has been well received and interest in their return match together is high but will it deliver? When they won their debut match at TLC in 2012, it was a surprised and it was looked at as a good start for 3 fresh stars. Now they are in a match with The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman and Kane. Not the top stars of the company and not fresh, budding talent. It’s a match that just seems to be… there. We will see Sunday if the nostalgia of The Shield reunion can carry through a TLC match or if it will die as soon as their entrance through the packed Target Center is over.

2 – Will the “Sister Abigail” character work?

Bray Wyatt is a unique character that has worked since its debut. What was once looked at as a Waylon Mercy rehash has outperformed many people’s expectations, even becoming a World Champion. And since the beginning there’s always been that dangling carrot of when will we finally see the infamous “Sister Abigail”. Who will play her? What would she look like? For awhile, I even pegged an unknown Alexa Bliss to play the role. But instead, in a peculiar twist, Bray Wyatt himself will play the Abigail role. Now, plainly speaking, I want this to work. Wyatt has needed a new dynamic to his character and this would do the trick. But will it come across creepy and goosebump-inducing? Or groan-inducing? This can go wrong in so many ways that I truly hope they (WWE & Wyatt) have something truly special planned.

3 – Will Asuka be used correctly on the main roster?

It is finally Asuka’s turn in the harsh spotlight of WWE’s main roster. She’s already proven to be a force for the women’s division and for women’s wrestling in general but will she continue on the same pace every Monday night? While it appears to be a no-brainer to let the undefeated Empress run roughshod over much of the roster, that can lead to problems as well. One can hope that the recent bookings of Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman have proven that monsters can be unstoppable in today’s WWE, former NXT standouts The Ascension prove otherwise.

4 – Can the Cruiserweights deliver on PPV?

The Cruiserweights have three segments booked for the PPV/Kickoff show. A tag team match, a championship match and… a PowerPoint segment. MS Office product placement aside, this shows character development for the oft-forgot about Cruiserweights and is providing 7 different men the opportunity to show the WWE audience why they should care about the division. While other factors like TV time limits may still come into play, the ball is largely in the court of Gulak, Kendrick, Gallagher, Swann, Alexander, Kalisto and Amore.

5 – Is RAW still better than SmackDown?

While it may be coming off of one of the worst viewership ratings in recent history, creatively and match quality-wise, SmackDown has reached a peak. Hell in a Cell was a massive success and the core of the SmackDown roster is one of the best we’ve seen in years. But the blue brand still plays a supporting role to the flagship Monday Night RAW. Sunday is a perfect place for the Superstars of RAW to prove why. Every star (except Brock Lesnar) is booked on one of the most talked about gimmick PPVs of the year. The Shield, the most popular WWE stable of the current generation, has reunited while the most dominant woman in professional wrestling is debut at the big dance. The time is right and stage is set for RAW to solidify its place as the best and biggest show WWE has to offer. Yet, I don’t see it happening.

 

LAST MINUTE CARD CHANGE QUESTIONS

  • Why is Kurt Angle’s first WWE match in 10 years in an unpromoted, multi-man match with no storyline?
    • Kurt Angle is a WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest in-ring performers in history. His return to the WWE earlier this year was a huge deal and an amazing moment for fans. His first time competing in a WWE ring should have been built for months, culminating in a WrestleMania worthy match against an opponent who compliments the Olympic Hero’s style. Instead he’s been pegged as a last-minute replacement for Roman Reigns in what was supposed to be a Shield reunion. Why? No one knows. Angle wasn’t even with the company when The Shield was active and except for one segment last week, has never interacted with them at all. There’s no logical sense for Angle to be in this match and while I understand WWE needing a big name for Roman’s replacement, I think most people will be scratching their heads rather than appaulding this decision.

 

  • Will Finn Balor versus AJ Styles be the Match of the Year?
    • Hear me out… AJ Styles and Finn Balor are two of the most popular wrestlers in the world today. They are also two of the best performers inside the ring as well. A match between these two men is huge and could have been big business with the right promotion and storyline. We didn’t get that but we are in a different scenario that may prove magical. The WWE is scrambling and need to fill a PPV card when some of their top stars are unavailable. To do that, they’ve tapped two of their best and have said to go out and entertain. Styles and Balor don’t need a story to put on an amazing match and now, unlike Styles’ matches with Kevin Owens, they won’t be burdened with trying to tell a WWE story. All they have been tasked to do is be the best in the world and I truly believe we will see something special Sunday night.

WWE Smackdown Live Review 10.17.17 w/ The Chairman

Tonight on Smackdown Live, another chapter in the Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler is written. After this match was booked last week, tonight these rivals look to settle things in the ring. Find out who was victorious? Also rumors were running wild that WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was going to issue a challenge at Survivor Series. Keep reading to find out who? Finally, best friends reunited Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn take to the ring to challenge some of Smackdown Live’s top superstars in the main event. If you’re curious to see who they faced and how they did, keep reading!

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JC’s Top Rope Report: R.I.P. Bray Wyatt

Sometimes you just see the death of a wrestling character right in front of your eyes. For Bray Wyatt that slow death was happening for a very long time. It started at Wrestlemania and it just kept getting worse and worse.

This past Monday on RAW, the Bray Wyatt character was finally taken off life support.

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