Hello everyone welcome to the Wrestling Weekly!
This article will be short and sweet about RAW & Smackdown.
Due to the fact I didn’t see much of RAW this week and I may have fell asleep (or not) watching Smackdown, I don’t have much to say about either show. I do have something to say about the main arc of Roman Reigns VS Daniel Bryan at Fast Line.
I will not do a prediction piece for Fast Line. I feel like I know who is going to win the main event of that show. I have made my peace with it, IWC you should prepare to do the same because you know it’s coming. Roman Reigns is going over. Roman will look strong. IWC you will not get your way this time at Wrestlemania. ROMAN REIGNS VS BROCK LESNAR unfortunately is going to happen.
I feel like this entire Roman Reigns Vs Daniel Bryan thing is a ploy to put Roman over with the crowd and silence the “naysayers” of why Roman doesn’t deserve the spot. I assume the thought process is “hey if he can hang with Bryan, he can hang with Brock!”. It make sense, but the majority, myself included, are not buying into this Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns STORY. The story feels weak and lacking depth so far. Yes I know it is early in Mania season, but the only way this can be interesting is if Paul turns on Brock (which is illogical, but WWE) and sides with Reigns. One can structure this storyline as a reverse early Brock Vs The Rock for the belt. The newcomer vs the veteran with the gold. Yes I am aware of what this can be. I’m just not buying it now.
Maybe as time progresses I may take some interest in this story, but if it’s going to be a predictable one I’ll just sigh while hoping for better stories and matches next year.
Can we say the Steve Austin Podcast is a blessing? It is and I just did.
I don’t know about you, but I do enjoy when the curtains are pulled back (thanks to my job, I’ve seen the entire process of how an episode of RAW works. Trust me) so we can see these “entertainers” become normal people with a stressful job. Just like a majority of us…well not all of us…whatever. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Triple H; very insightful and entertaining. “We are the book that never ends. There’s always a next chapter.”. Talk about a powerful quote! Triple H hit the nail right on the head with that one. The only way the story can end is if WWE goes out of business. Sorry YAHOO the way things are looking right now doesn’t seem like WWE will be going away any time soon.
The interview did have two things I disagreed with, HHH’s thought on CM Punk and Chyna’s induction to the WWE Hall Of Fame.
On Punk, I just didn’t believe Hunter when he said he came to Punk and he said no problems. Why would someone so vocal just become so small when Hunter approaches him? It just doesn’t make sense. Yeah CM Punk can be an odd one if you want to call him that, but at least tell the truth about how you really feel. It just seemed like an act.
On Chyna, I completely understand why she isn’t in, but you do have to consider the people in the Hall of Fame who have done some non PG things in their past. If you didn’t know, Chyna aka Joanie Laurer did a porno in 2004 which lead to a actual adult film career in 2011. WWE is very PG now. I understand that, but the reasoning from HHH was something along the line of “I don’t want my daughter to type in Chyna on Google and find THAT”.
Well I typed “Chyna” or “Joanie Laurer” in on Google and guess what I found? NO PORN! That is not the first that comes up when you type her name on Google. You will see her wikipedia, twitter, imdb, and even a amazon link to a book! This is with the safe search off! Readers you can do this too! I am sure some of you have! To me that is a very weak excuse to not put her in. Indeed she does deserve the induction, but come on Triple H! You are a parent, you know how to monitor and restrict certain things from popping up on the internet. Hell you manage NXT so well, why not do the same for the kids (I’m not implying you don’t do that now by the way)? PARENTAL CONTROLS are a real thing you can use! You will only find THAT if you type “Joanie Laurer porn” or “Chyna porn”. Therefore that excuse is understandable yet invalid.
LET’S GET TO THE FUN!
YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!
NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT!
THERE WILL BE MINOR SPOILERS IN THE LIGHTNING ROUND.
1st things first SOLOMON CROWE IS COMING, I just don’t know when! I am excited to see if it’s going to be the hacker gimmick or a hybrid of his old gimmick with that one. I feel like Hideo Itami is going to be the first victim because the hack thing appeared during the VS Prompt.
Before we get to Itami Vs Balor, let’s quickly touch base on the rest of the show!
LIGHTNING ROUND BEGIN!
Enzo Amore and Big Cass are great on the mic, but I would like to see more in ring work from them.
I am confused why Emma lost her return match to Carmella. Carmella is OK overall for me. I guess she needs to just grow on me.
I didn’t think much of the Neville Vs Corbin match because I knew Bull was going to mess it up for Corbin in which he did. A win for Neville. It is not a clean win, but a win is a win.
Becky Lynch finally ditched that awful plaid “I’m from Ireland” garb. Bailey VS Lynch was solid of course. Sasha comes out leading to the tension between team B.A.E. I guess you can say that is the end of team Bae. Sad Face.
There will be a tag team title rematch at RIVAL between The Lucha Dragons & the new champions Blake & Murphy! Hey they dropped their first names like so many other talents! I guess Wesley & Buddy are just too hard to remember.
Corbin Vs Bull is also added to RIVAL in a NODQ match. I expect a brawl.
LIGHTNING ROUND OVER!
LET ME SPEAK ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS THAT WAS HIDEO ITAMI VS FINN BALOR.
THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST MATCHES I HAVE SEEN IN NXT! Even though social media accidentally ruined the outcome before I got the chance to watch. I learned my lesson do not go on social media during NXT or after NXT. The show will be ruined. With that aside, It was a straight up bad ass match with no interference and a clear victor! Just awesome! I won’t spoil it because I feel you should watch the match. You aren’t dumb though, you probably looked up the results or you saw the show. So you should know, but if you don’t! GO WATCH THE MATCH!
For a special treat I’ll share the 17 notes I wrote in my phone about Finn Balor Vs Hideo Itami. Clearly I was hype. Also, I’ll write quick prediction piece for NXT RIVAL at the end.
1. Balor has smoke now. Still no face/body paint, understandable.
2. CLEAN FINISH OR WILL SOLOMON RUIN THE MATCH?
3. This is awesome chants begin before the match even starts. Awesome indeed and we are not worthy.
4. 1st exchange was bloody great. Fast Paced! Counters everywhere!
5. Why must this Wrestlemania 31 commercial interrupt greatness? GO AWAY!
6. We are back! Nice Octopus Stretch! WTF commentary you should know what the octopus stretch is.
7. COME ON COMMENTARY KNOW THE NAMES OF THESE MOVES! Y’ALL ARE BETTER THAN THAT! SUBMISSION MANEUEVER? COME ON!!! (clearly this really pissed me off)
8. AWW DAMN IT! Another FXXKING COMMERICAL?! Yes NXT is awesome let me watch this awesome match with no interruptions! This is seriously pissing me off.
9. Stiff chops and kicks from Balor
10. GOD DAMN IT NO GTS AGAIN!!! FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!
11. THIS EXCHANGE!!! HOLY BALLS THAT WAS AWESOME!
12. MARKING OUT!!!!
13. FOREARM PARTY!
14. KENTA RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
15. Jesus that gigantic drop kick from Finn was sicckkkk. Itami’s drop kick was nasty too!
16. AWESOME MATCH! Lame ass doctor stopped the bleeding on Balor! WACK!
17. No Solomon, but clean finish! Y’ALL BETTER SHAKE HANDS AFTER AN AMAZING MATCH!
NXT delivered again with another awesome show!
Now to close out this piece with a quick prediction of NXT Rival!
No Disqualification Match: Baron Corbin VS. Bull Dempsey
My Prediction: I feel like Bull Dempsey is finally going to get his revenge on Corbin. This type of match is Bull’s playground so I’m going with Bull Dempsey as the victor.
NXT Tag Team Title Match: Murphy and Blake (Cs) VS. The Lucha Dragons
My Prediction: Blake and Murphy are going to hold on to those titles no doubt. No way they are going to drop them right after winning them. Anything could happen though!
Fatal 4 Way Match for the NXT Women’s Title: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte (C)
My Prediction: It is time for the Boss to shine. I feel like Sasha Banks is going to walk away as a champion. This could be the last time we see Charlotte on a NXT PPV and maybe after her rematch with Sasha. I think Charlotte will be called up to the main roster very soon. Then again, Bayley can finally win the big one or Becky Lynch can surprises us all with a shocker. Anything can happen, but I am putting my money on the Boss.
#1 Contender’s Match: Adrian Neville vs. Finn Balor
My Prediction: Finn Balor is winning this match. The body war paint will be on this time for sure. I think Neville is also going up to the main roster soon too, but I could be wrong. I think Finn is walking away with this unless….nevermind I’ll get to that. I’m going with Finn!
NXT Title Match: Sami Zayn (c) vs Kevin Owens
My Prediction: KEVIN OWENS! FIGHT OWENS FIGHT! I feel like Owens is going to take that belt from Sami or Owens will really injure Zayn leading to Neville facing Owens in Zayn’s honor for the belt. I know that doesn’t make sense, but if Neville wins the #1 contender match I could see this as an option. Sami Zayn could beat Owens at the PPV leading to Owens attacking Balor in the future costing him his shot. I don’t know what’s going to happen and I am exicted! Either way NXT’s writers decide to go, this match is going to be awesome.
That’s it for Wrestling Weekly, I’m MC Zero X!