GoHomePWB.com Weekly Top Ten

For the first time in weeks, I think I am going to give RAW the better show award. In recent weeks RAW has recorded all time low ratings. Think about that for a second… all time low. Over twenty five years of RAW and we have seen the worst shows in history the past couple weeks.

It would appear that the WWE finally listened to their fans and gave us a pretty good show Monday night, even addressing the record low ratings. I know Baron Corbin is taking the brunt of the ridicule, but most fans realize it’s the writers that got it wrong. Yes, RAW is dealing with injuries, but they showed us Monday they can overcome them.

Smackdown Live was just ok for me this week. The rap battle was not something I really cared for and I don’t get The Miz and Shane McMahon angle. The main event was really good for a smoz ending and I thought Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali had a pretty good, but predictable match. Kind of curious as to why they brought Ali in, but it was good to see him on Smackdown.

The top ten this week wasn’t all that tough for me to pick, so let’s take a look.

10. Bayley

Bayley has been winning consistently in recent weeks even if it is against Alicia Fox. I will be glad when the mixed match challenge is over with and Bayley and Sasha are used in relevant story lines. Until then, at least she is picking up some victories.

9. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio returned last night to put a beating on Randy Orton with a chair. It was nice to see because it’s the first time in a long time that Orton was punished. Fifty fifty booking tells me who is going to win this Sunday at TLC, but check out gohomepwb.com on Friday for my official prediction.

8. Ember Moon

Ember Moon is another woman on RAW who has been picking up quite a few victories lately. Not to mention she has been teaming with the RAW women’s champion Ronda Rousey. I have a feeling if she can build enough momentum over the next month she will be a favorite to win the women’s Royal Rumble.

7. Rusev

It looks as if Rusev will be next in line to challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the U.S. championship. I am not sure if the match is happening at TLC or not yet, but I would like to see it. I feel like Rusev has lost some steam since the Aiden English split, but a pin fall win over Nakamura last night earned him a spot on the top ten this week.

6. Charlotte

Is Charlotte a heel or baby face? The lines are very blurred when it comes to her and Becky Lynch and who to root for. Wether you boo or cheer Charlotte, you have to respect the match she had with Asuka last night. Even though she was dis qualified, it was a heck of match leading up to the finish. I’m not sure she will get the women’s title for an eighth time this Sunday, but we can bank on a great match for sure.

5. Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre got back on the winning track defeating my favorite wrestler Dolph Ziggler Monday night. It was a predictable match and after Ziggler got the win last week, I knew McIntyre was going over to look strong headed into his TLC pay per view match with Finn Balor this Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a triple threat including Ziggler by Sunday.

4. Asuka

Asuka picked up a main event win last night over Charlotte. Yes it was by dis qualification, but it’s good to see Asuka back in the title picture. I was worried we had seen her best days prior to last years Wrestlemania. She looked great as Smackdown went off the air last night beating up both Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

3. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

I will be the first to admit, I hated this pairing when it started. Honestly, I’m still not crazy about it, but I’m glad the titles are off A.O.P and Drake Maverick. I said in my decline of RAW blog that, they needed to reboot the tag team division and I think this is the start of it. It was a big win for Roode and Gable and hopefully it’s a sign of better things to come for the RAW tag division.

2. Daniel Bryan

Fickle! Fickle! The NEW Daniel Bryan is a great heel, and he not only had a great match last night but he also had a great promo prior to it. He beat Mustafa Ali in a very predictable match, but he managed to make Ali look good in the process. And at the end of the day it’s a win win for the WWE universe. It should be a great match this Sunday when he puts the title on the line against AJ Styles.

1. Seth Rollins

I don’t think there is any surprise that Rollins is at number one this week. If he’s not number one on everyone’s list this week, then they didn’t really watch RAW. He started off the show with some much needed truth and finished with a much needed great title defense. It’s time to put the Universal title on Rollins, and quick.

That’s it for this week. Check out Friday’s writing as I breakdown the matches for TLC on Sunday and give my official predictions.

Thanks for reading!

The Decline of Monday Night RAW

The last Monday night RAW was abysmal. That’s the only way to describe it. And after thinking about it, RAW for the majority of 2018 has not been as enjoyable for me as in years past. So, I am trying to figure out why it is. When did it start to be less entertaining? How long do I keep watching? Why has it become so predictable?

So after putting some thought into it, I believe there is a combination of things that have led to a less enjoyable RAW. First thing I have noticed are the injuries. Right off the top of my head I can think of five wrestlers that are out due to injury. Obviously Roman Reigns is out for the foreseeable future and Braun Strowman is out for a few weeks.

Right there are two of the biggest names in the industry. Not to mention wrestlers like Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Alexa Bliss. Now I realize Bliss is still on tv, but when is the last time she was in the ring? She’s great on the mic and maybe they are on to something with her being the leader of the women’s division. But she is one of the top stars who needs to be competing in a lackluster women’s division.

Smackdown clearly has the better women’s division. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Asuka will compete in a TLC triple threat match at the TLC pay per view. Yes please! RAW women’s title match will be an overrated Ronda Rousey vs an even more overrated Nia Jax. If that match comes on after the Smackdown women’s title match, expect to here some “boring” chants.

Speaking of weak divisions, RAW’s tag team division is weak as well. A.O.P. are the current tag team champs and there biggest competition is Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. Seriously? Really?? I mean RAW has buried their entire tag team division. The titles have become insignificant and the teams in the division are laughable.

The Universal title is back on a part time schedule. Not putting the title on Strowman at Crown Jewel was probably the better option at the time. Strowman needs more time to get his popularity back to where it was before the questionable heel turn in late summer/early fall. Perhaps they had different plans for Strowman before Reigns’ illness, but I feel like WWE was trying to turn him face again just prior to Reigns announcement.

There have been a lot of questionable decisions made creatively this year. Obviously the brief Strowman turn is one of them. Some others that made no sense to me are Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt team. Whatever happened to Wyatt anyway? How about Finn Balor being used as enhancement talent most weeks, or Baron Corbin as RAW general manager elect?

How about the misuse of Bobby Lashley for the majority of the year. He was floundering to say the least, until he turned heel. And Lio Rush as his hype man is weird to me. Much like Drake Maverick as manager of A.O.P., I don’t understand the use of 205 Live guys as managers. They have their own show for crying out loud. To me, seeing Maverick pee his pants and Rush constantly being made fun of for his size is indirectly hurting the entire 205 Live brand.

Aside from all that, being three hours long does the show no favors. It’s hard to sit through anything for three hours, especially this day and age. Twenty years ago during the attitude era, I would have loved a three hour show. But at the same time only being two hours long added to the intrigue of the show. I don’t like a three hour RAW. Period.

Before I get into suggestions on ways to make RAW better, I want to address the rumor that Vince McMahon has lost touch with what entertains a wrestling fan. I am on the fence with this. About twenty one years ago McMahon aired a video message stating that the WWE would be moving on from super hero type wrestlers to a more edgy product. I feel like that was more out of necessity opposed to a creative direction.

At the time of the video, circa 1997, WWE was losing ratings to WCW. Not to mention ECW was gaining traction at the time with their hardcore style. So, he changed his direction to remain competitive with those wrestling companies that were already finding success with the hardcore shoot style of show.

With no real competition in 2018, there is no need to change creative directions. The PG formula which has been used for probably fifteen years, was and is a successful formula. But I think any long time wrestling fan will tell you, it has become stale. Certain moves are banned, certain words are banned and certain gestures are banned.

There are a lot of rules in a politically correct 2018 Monday night RAW. It has watered down the show and I know Vince doesn’t need to change direction, but would it really hurt to try? Like I said, he has no real competition. Smackdown has been dabbling in some attitude era angles and characters and the show is without question a better show.

So, has Vince lost touch with the current wrestling fan? Na, I don’t think so. I think it’s time for Vince to take some more risks creatively, but I don’t think he has lost touch with fans. So if I had Vince’s money and knowing that there is no real threat to ratings what would I do to make RAW more entertaining? Well, I am glad you asked.

The first thing I would do is go back to two hours. And if going to two hours is not an option due to network obligations, I would use the first hour of RAW as a NXT platform. Yes, I know NXT has their own show, but it’s not on network television. I would still build for RAW during the first hour with vignettes and interviews with the wrestlers, but keep them vague and interesting so that I have to watch a second and third hour to see what happens.

The second thing I would do is a brand draft. Clearly Smackdown has a more entertaining roster. I know injuries play a factor, but who wouldn’t want to see a match like AJ Styles vs Braun Strowman. Or Randy Orton vs Drew McIntyre and what about a Jeff Hardy vs Seth Rollins. So many options with a loaded roster and all the talent is on Smackdown.

Another thing I would do, since RAW is three hours, is bring back the Hardcore title. Something that can be defended each week, multiple times on the show and it’s a anything goes situation. Falls count anywhere and anyone on the can be a contender. You could have some legends return every now and then to win it.

RAW also needs to beef up there tag team division. This would take some time, but it’s not impossible to do. Honestly, I would wipe the slate clean with the current state of the RAW tag division and start over. The Revival, Ascension and B-Team could all be teams that are capable of being legit contenders if booked right.

I would start by setting up a several month long tournament for the tag team titles. But not a traditional tournament. Maybe a double elimination or round robin style tournament. And have matches that fans want to see tag teams in, such as cage, ladder or tornado tag matches. Give the teams time to look strong instead of losing in a minute or two like they normally do.

Another thing RAW needs is some comic relief. It’s a very serious and dramatic show anymore. Smackdown has the NEW DAY! who always do some funny things. They also have The Miz who gets a laugh every now and then. Everyone on RAW has to be a bad ass, and I get you want to be taken seriously, but it makes for a one dimensional show.

Dolph Ziggler is a stand up comic and he doesn’t use any of his stuff on RAW. I would like to see him be more witty and use some comedy in his promos. Elias is about the only one on the roster who makes the crowd laugh anymore. He and his guitar are about the only comedy on the show.

The last thing I would do is keep the Universal title off of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar doesn’t need a title. He’s an attraction anytime he’s in a match. He doesn’t need a title to appear legitimate, he just needs to kick the crap out of someone. I would put the title on a weekly work horse like Rollins, Balor, McIntyre or Ziggler. Or bring Orton, AJ or Daniel Bryan from Smackdown to carry it.

Those are just a few things I would do. If I could hit reset on the current state of RAW I would totally do it. As much hate as WWE got for this past weeks RAW, hopefully they take notice. I mean if 15,000 people in an arena screaming refund at the end of the show doesn’t tell you something, then maybe it’s time for hearing aids.

RAW was once a can’t miss show, now it’s something I dvr and fast forward through most of. The flagship show is sinking and if things don’t change life boats will need to be deployed. Hopefully things start to change and RAW will become easier to digest. I’m optimistic that a positive change is coming, especially as we inch closer to the road to Wrestlemania.

WWE is a very successful business and will right the wrongs. I think we will have to be very patient with RAW over the next few months. Hopefully we start seeing some wrestlers return from injuries, and hopefully we start seeing something worth watching again.

GoHomePWB.com weekly top ten

First off, let’s be honest…RAW absolutely sucked. So I begrudgingly put RAW superstars in this week. Outside of Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins, RAW was forgettable.

Smackdown Live on the other hand was great. Starting with The Man Becky Lynch and a couple of good matches including The Bar vs The Uso’s and the Women’s battle royal.

Let’s take a look at this weeks top ten:

10. Lucha House Party

The Latino version of the NEW DAY! has been on quite the roll lately. They have had The Revival’s number in recent weeks and… I’m not really that impressed. But a win is a win and I can at least give them credit for that.

9. Ember Moon

Ember moon won. She beat Alicia Fox. My gawd, RAW was awful.

8. A.O.P.

A.O.P. successfully defended their RAW tag team championships Monday night. It’s bad when the highlight of the match was Drake Maverick pissing on Bobby Roode’s robe. Did I mention how bad RAW was Monday night?

7. Dolph Ziggler

Although he lost Monday night Dolph Ziggler is on the list for being part of probably the match of the week. I think the ending of the match was quite predictable, but as always Ziggler had us believing he may come out of the match a 7 time champ. I hope this is not the start of a decline for Ziggler, but it sure looks that way. Regardless, Ziggler’s matches are must watch.

6. Randy Orton

Randy Orton continued his dastardly ways last night, putting a beating on Rey Mysterio. Probably the best heel on the main roster, Orton seems happy being the bad guy that just bullies others around. He hasn’t been mentioned in a potential title match and I wonder why? He could be a WWE champion again with his current heel run.

5. The Uso’s

I’ve said it before and I still firmly believe that The Uso’s are the best tag team in wrestling. ALL of wrestling! They picked up a big win against The Bar last night and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a title match between the two teams at TLC.

4. Asuka

Could Asuka be back? Two weeks in a row she has looked strong and now she is back in the Smackdown Live Women’s title picture. It’s a weird addition, but I wouldn’t put it past WWE to put the title on her. It’s good to see Asuka back in meaningful storylines.

3. Becky Lynch

The man is back! I know she was only off t.v. for a week, but she was sorely missed. The mere mention of her name incites a reaction. Becky is the hottest wrestler in the entire industry, just ask her, she will tell you. All I can say is she didn’t even wrestle and she is number 3 on my list. If she is on any show…take my money and give me Becky Lynch.

2. Seth Rollins

Rollins was victorious Monday night against Dolph Ziggler in what was the match of the week in my opinion. I like the feud between Rollins and Ambrose, but it’s so white hot I feel like the intercontinental title is an after thought. Rollins is a staple on Monday night and with Strowman out of the picture for a minute RAW needs Rollins more than ever.

1. Jeff Hardy

Twenty years in the business! WWE said twenty years with WWE, but we know that’s not true. Hardy has given wrestling fans a lot to cheer for over the years. Perhaps the most happiest moment for Hardy fans is his current state. He’s sober! That alone is worth cheering. I hope that Hardy has many more memorable moments in WWE!

A weird week for wrestling. RAW sucked, but Smackdown was pretty good. Let’s hope RAW picks it up next week and gives my fast forward button a break.

Thanks for checking out this weeks top ten. Let me know what you think and as always thanks for reading gohomepwb.com

GoHomePWB.com weekly top 10

An amazing weekend of War Games and Survivor Series was followed by an ok RAW and a forgettable Smackdown. I have to give the win to RAW for a better show this week. I’ve tied in Survivor Series in some of my decisions this week. So, let’s take a look at this weeks top ten.

10. Asuka

Asuka was able to get the win last night for her tag team match with Naomi. She made Sonya Deville tap out. I look for Sonya to get a push soon, but it would be nice is they would get Asuka back on track. She’s done nothing since losing to Charlotte at Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch is the only woman WWE fans want to see right now, so it is probably best that she lay low for a while.

9. The New Day

The new day was victorious on Smackdown last night winning the Thanksgiving themed match. They were also a part of the only winning Smackdown team Sunday. So, on a very bland Smackdown Live at was at least humorous.

8. Natalya

Natalya comes in at number eight this week after beating basically all three member of the job squad. Oops! I mean the Riott Squad. I like seeing a long time vet like Natalya get some respect from WWE.

7. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

These guys. I’m still not a fan of the team, but I can’t deny the success they have had in recent weeks. Including beating the RAW tag team champions A.O.Pee pee as the WWE universe calls them now. They will probably have a title match at The TLC kickoff show.

6. Randy Orton

Randy Orton has been on a roll lately. Last night he completely destroyed Rey Mysterio. Not only did he beat him, he also unmasked him and left him laying while disrespecting his mask and heritage. I’ve said for weeks, maybe months, that Orton is the best heel in the WWE.

5. Baron Corbin

This might be the first time Corbin has cracked my top ten, but it is well deserved. He was able to nearly sweep Survivor Series on Sunday as acting RAW GM. And he orchestrated the worst beating I’ve ever seen Braun Strowman take.

4. Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose didn’t even have a match Monday night, but he made waves verbally and physically. His mind games with Seth Rollins was the perfect bait to get Rollins to the ring. Ambrose went on to beat up Rollins eventually putting him in not one, but two dirty deeds finishers. I look for Ambrose to probably take the intercontinental title from Rollins at TLC.

3. Ronda Rousey

And still undefeated… Ronda Rousey. How come that is never brought up on television? She took a horrendous beating Sunday night at the hands of Charlotte, then came out on RAW and defended her title against Mickie James. She has proven her toughness, but she is dangerously close to becoming “polarizing”, WWE’s term for … the fans don’t like you. Hopefully for her sake she can accept the boos and use it as fuel to be the best she can be.

2. Daniel Bryan

If you had any questions about Daniel Bryan’s health, worry no more. He took several German suplexes from Brock Lesnar on Sunday night and eventually lost the match. But when the show ended, he was smiling? This could be a lengthy title reign for Bryan and I like it. Last night he gave weird, but insightful promo that revealed a lot of what to expect from heel Daniel Bryan.

1. Charlotte

Who else would be number one this week?  All the talk was about Charlotte after Survivor Series and rightfully so. She put Rousey through it after she got herself disqualified. I must say I didn’t much care for her promo last night, but she made the IIconics  look bad beating both of them. It’s a very Becky Lynch like attitude, that is somewhat confusing, but it’s an aggression that is needed if she is getting anywhere close to that Women’s title. I am just not a fan of her mic work, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t know if it’s her voice or her inflection when she talks, but something just makes me want to mute my television when she’s on the mic. But she’s number one regardless, for the beating she gave Rousey Sunday night.

Let me know what you think of this weeks top ten. Also check us out later this week as I finish the series on my favorite wrestlers.

Thanks for reading and as always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

GoHomePWB.com Weekly top ten

Now that RAW and Smackdown Live are in the books this week, I can say with confidence that I have a great top ten. As far as which show was better this week, I give a slight edge to RAW. I really liked the Ziggler, Elias match and the main event of RAW was kind of tough to watch. But Kurt Angle putting over Drew McIntyre has absolutely catapulted him into the Universal title picture. Smackdowns best match was probably the opening match involving the NEW DAY! And the Uso’s.

Now that I am back to work full time, I am putting my RAW and Smackdown Live reviews on the back burner. I think I can get most the highlights in the top ten. So, let’s take a look at this weeks quintessential top ten.

10. Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross cracked the top ten this week even with a loss. She made a surprise appearance on Smackdown Live last night to take on the Champ, Becky Lynch. Nikki received a great ovation from the Manchester, England crowd and put on a great match. Let’s hope it leads to her being a main stay on the main roster.

9. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley picked up a much needed win Monday night against Finn Balor. He had been on a losing streak lately, but the cane to a definitive end on RAW. I look for Lashley to go on a bit of a run over the next couple of months. I think it will shape up to a Lesnar vs Lashley match at Wrestlemania.

8. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio has been in the top ten every week since his return. He has yet to taste defeat on Smackdown Live and had a really good match with Andrade Almas. Had it not been for the opening tag match, this one would have been match of the night. Rey looks great, and I think he and Randy Orton will be starting a lengthy feud after Survivor Series.

7. Nia Jax

Yes! Yes! Yes! A heel Nia Jax is exactly what I was asking for a week ago. She will be a great rival for Rousey after Survivor Series. Especially if Tamina will be in her corner. I hope she drops the smile, quits talking and just starts whooping people.

6. Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe bounced back after a weak outing at Crown Jewel. He was able to make Jeff Hardy tap out to the coquina clutch. The win earned him a spot on the Smackdown Live men’s Survivor Series team.

5. A.O.P.

Even though it was a handicapped match against Seth Rollins, it’s still a title victory. A.O.P. are the new RAW tag team champions and I for one am glad. I love tag team wrestling, and I love that a traditional tag team has the titles. I look for A.O.P. to hang onto the titles for quite a while.

4. Elias

Elias is totally embracing his baby face turn. I just wish they hadn’t had Ziggler put him over. Ziggler had a great showing at Crown Jewel, and I thought they could have had a different story with him considering the controversy surrounding the World Cup finals match. But I digress. Elias came out with guitar in hand and that is where he is at his best. His in ring work doesn’t scream baby face, but he is over with the crowd via his mic skills. I wish WWE would pit him against somebody like Lashley to get him over. But nonetheless a big win for Elias and an important step for his baby face run.

3. The Uso’s

The Uso’s and the NEW DAY! had a great match once again last night. Probably my favorite match of the week. I look for the Uso’s to get a tag team title shot after Survivor Series. They have been on a roll in recent weeks and are without question, the best tag team on the main roster in my opinion.

2. Becky Lynch

Surprise, surprise Becky Lynch is in the top ten again. She had a great promo last night and even picked up a hard fought win against Nikki Cross. I don’t think there is much Becky can do to get booed right now. She will be the clear fan favorite at Survivor Series, especially with the hardcore fans. I know I will be rooting for her.

1. Drew McIntyre

Number one this week is who Mark Henry calls the “grown ass man” Drew McIntyre. If he didn’t come off as the biggest heel on RAW Monday night, I’m not sure what a heel is anymore? McIntyre embarrassed WWE Hall of Farmer Kurt Angle. Defeating him with his own finishing move. In the past few weeks he has been the only man to get the better of Braun Strowman, with the exception of Brock Lesnar. I know he was Vince McMahons personal pick a decade ago, but I think he is everyone’s pick now.

That’s the top ten for this week. Let me know what you think. Who did I snub? Who did I overrate? Or am I spot on?

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday when I return to my favorite wrestler list. Number five is a big one, I have a lot to write about and can’t wait to tell the story!

RAW Review

The last Monday night RAW before Crown Jewel this Friday was…ok I guess.  I honestly had a hard time watching it thoroughly.  Honestly I fast forwarded most of the show.  About the only segment I watched all the way through was Rollins and Amborse, which clearly is going to be a slow build.  But we will get into that a little later, there were some interesting segments, but over all a “meh” from me.

Finn Balor wins again

Finn Balor went one on one with Bobby Lashley for the second week in a row, and was able to pick up a victory via dis qualification.  Lio Rush interjected himself in the match and knocked Balor off the top rope before he could hit his finisher.  Lashley then went on to beat up Balor pretty bad, with Rush slapping Balor across the face several times.  So after losing the match, acting general manager Baron Corbin awarded Lashley, John Cena’s spot in the World Cup tournament.

John Cena officially out of Crown Jewel

It has been reported that John Cena was no longer interested in going to Saudi Arabia to perform at Crown Jewel, and it was made official last night when Bobby Lashley was put in the World Cup tournament as his replacement.  Cena has been vocal about not going once the tragedy occurred several weeks ago.  WWE didn’t even announce they were going until late last week.  Daniel Bryan has also been vocal about not going, and I look for some type of angle tonight, that will get Bryan out of the trip.  I don’t blame any wrestler for not wanting to go there right now.  Especially someone like Cena who doesn’t need the pay-day, and I honestly think it would be detrimental to his acting career.  Hopefully it doesn’t strain the relationship that WWE and John Cena have.

Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch at Survivor Series

I giggled like a school girl when I heard about this match.  I have been clear that I am not a fan of Rousey as a WWE superstar.  Becky Lynch is as over as it gets right now.  I think this match will be the first loss for Ronda Rousey.  The match was announced almost in passing, which didn’t make much sence.  A match like this should be big news!  A match like this should have a contract signing.  But WWE is protecting Rousey again, because verbally and technically Becky will destroy Rousey.  It will be great to see the build to this match heat up.

Staying on the topic of women’s wrestling, there was a ten woman tag match last night that involved hall of famers Trish Stratus and Lita.  Natalya looked great in the match picking up the submission victory over Alicia Fox.  It would appear they are cooling the women off for a while, and will focus on the Champion vs Champion match for the next couple of weeks.

Baby-face Elias

Anyone else a fan of baby-face Elias?  I am so glad they turned him, and what a perfect heel target to start with in Baron Corbin.  Elias with guitar in hand was backstage to sing Corbin a song.  After the song, Corbin went back into his office, and Elias was attacked by Jinder Mahal.  This lead to a match between Elias and Mahal, which Elias won easily.  Mahal would appear to be enhancement talent once again.  Just one year ago he was WWE champion.  He will need to do something to get over.  Clearly the writers have nothing significant for him.

Triple threat tag match

Before the teams came out, I thought this is going to be great.  Ascension was already in the ring and then came Roode and Gable.  Gah!  I do not like this team.  Then AOP came out as the third team.  Roode and Gable picked up the win in about two minutes and then AOP beat everybody up.  Next time it would be better if they put something like this on Main Event so that I don’t have to watch it.  Sorry to be blunt, but give me a legit tag team division.

The tag team titles were not even on the show last night.  The championships in WWE have become irrelevant.  Seth Rollins hasn’t defended the IC title in quite some time, the U.S. title is nowhere to be seen and the RAW tag team titles have basically been thrown away.  They only titles that matter are the Women’s titles, WWE and Universal.  Sorry, went on a little rant.  But C’mon man, you can do better with those titles.

Rollins wants answers

Seth Rollins came to the ring wanting some answers last night.  Dean Ambrose did show up, but in the crowd.  Rollins went off on Ambrose verbally, but Amborse did not say a word.  Instead he paced back and forth and looked as if someone in the area farted.  There were no answers, just more build to what will be a long rivalry, I’m sure.  My biggest concern are the tag team titles.  Either give them up or set up some type of angle to get the belts from the former best friends.

Nia Jax

Nia Jax beat Ember Moon last night.  End of story.  Tamina came to the ring to have a stare down with Nia, but no altercation.  I wish they would turn Nia heel.  She is better as heel in my opinion.  Very lame as a face, and not that great on the mic.  Her backstage interview was very phone callish.  She’s very monotone and her mic work is lame.  I would turn her heel and not have her speak.  Keep her mysterious and strong.  That would make me more invested in Nia.  But show’s like Total Diva’s would ruin her mystique.  I get it may be another source of revenue for her, but if she really wanted to succeed as a wrestler, I wish she would be used differently.  Just my humble opinion.

More tag teams being buried

I am see a theme with today’s blog.  I am frustrated with RAW last night.  Especially the tag team division.  The Revival, who should be in a tag title picture was beat by the Lucha House Party?  Yes, I know that is a question mark at the end of the last sentence.  Where did they come from?  I will admit I haven’t watch 205 live since… um, ever.  So maybe it has been a faction for a while, but my first thought is, it’s a hispanic version of the New Day.  They could have been a little more original with the faction, but lame creative writing is to blame.

Ziggler beat Apollo Crews

This should tell you just how bad RAW was last night.  Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews was the main event.  I am a huge Ziggler fan, but this is not a main event match.  I just don’t understand the entire RAW show last night.  Definitely a throw away RAW.

Sweet Chin Music is played

The only thing that could have saved RAW last night was an altercation between the Brothers of Destruction and DX.  Kane and Undertaker had a brief promo and DX came out at the end, but it was just Triple H.  Kane left the ring to attack Triple H, when Shawn Michaels came in and surprised the Undertaker with sweet chin music.  DX went on to taunt the Brothers of Destruction, before the Undertaker sat up in classic fashion and scared off DX.  This will lead to an easy prediction for the winner this Friday at Crown Jewel.  Spoiler alert, WWE is notorious for fifty-fifty booking.

I have to apologize for the negativity in today’s writing.  But I was honestly so bored watching RAW last night.  I watched a three-hour show in about an hour.  Hopefully, WWE steps up their game her soon.  I think that after Crown Jewel, WWE will be better.  I have the feeling that the consensus is that most people in WWE just want to get Crown Jewel over with.  It’s been a hard time to follow wrestling with all the different pay per views lately.  Super Show-Down, Evolution and Crown Jewel all within a month’s time.

My personal opinion on shows in Saudi Arabia, is why twice a year.  I think the Greatest Royal Rumble in April was a success, and they could have left it at that.  I don’t know the details of the deal between the WWE and Saudi Arabia, but if your going over there twice a year, I think it will burn people out on it.  Especially the wrestlers, Australia and now Saudi Arabia all within a month.  I am sure it is a big pay-day for them and I totally get it, you don’t want to miss out on that kind of pay.  And at the end of the day, I guess that answers my question.  It doesn’t matter the details of the deal, if it wasn’t lucrative for WWE, I don’t believe they would take their product over there.

I have also heard that WWE has announced that Daniel Bryan will not go to Saudi Arabia.  I heard it on Sirius XM fight nation 93 busted open this morning.  We will have to stay tuned to Smackdown Live tonight to see how WWE will tackle the situation.

Thanks for reading, and sorry for the negativity.  Hopefully Smackdown puts me in a better mood tonight.  Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com and be sure to check out tomorrow’s Smackdown Live review.

RAW Review

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A very emotional Monday Night RAW from Providence, Rhode Island last night.  The show started off with Roman Reigns coming to the ring carrying the coveted WWE Universal championship.  Reigns was welcomed with the usual mixture of cheers and boos.  He came to the ring in street clothes which was a little shocking, but not nearly as shocking as what we heard from Reigns.  Reigns went on to inform the world that he would be relinquishing the WWE Universal championship because he has been battling leukemia for the last eleven years, and unfortunately it has returned.

The crowd was very respectful to Reigns in response to the announcement.  Reigns said that every night he came to the ring whether the crowd cheered or booed, they reacted to him.  And he was very thankful for that.  Reigns will be taking time off to take care of his family and his health.  Reigns also stated that he is not retiring, and he will be back after he whoops leukemia’s ass.  Love or hate the character of Roman Reigns, the love the WWE universe showed the man who portrays him was incredible.  Best wishes to Roman Reigns, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Finn Balor is back!

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O.k., so Finn Balor never left, but he has been in some meaningless matches and angles lately.  Last night on RAW he was in the first match of the night with Bobby Lashley.  Lashley, who is doing great as a heel, is looking better than ever.  His hype man Lio Rush is the perfect accent to get the heat from the crowd that Lashley needed.  The match was pretty good and Balor was able to pick up the surprising victory.

I think Balor vs Lashley has potential to be a great feud.  I think both men are Universal title material, and I think a small rivalry between the two will be good for both.  Lashley, so that he can get as much heat as possible as a heel, and Balor to restore his credibility as a Universal title contender.  It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Sasha Banks picks up momentum headed into Evolution

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Sasha Banks with Natalya and Bayley in her corner took on Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in her corner.  The match was pretty good, going back and forth with Ruby picking up the win after a minor scuffle with all the women on the outside.  I could be wrong, but I swear I heard Jo Jo the ring announcer tell us this was a submission match.  Either it was a mistake or the stipulation was nixed at the very last second.  Either way big win for Ruby Riott.

Fifty fifty booking will tell us that Sasha, Bayley and Natalya will with in the six woman tag match at Evolution.  That will be my pick, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday for the rest of my predictions on the all women’s pay per view.

DX still going strong two decades later

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Some things will never get old.  I love seeing DX back, although I know it is for one match, it’s the match that I am most looking forward to at Crown Jewel.  It’s crazy to think that DX has been around for over twenty years.  I can remember watching the night DX was formed back in 1997.  That was also the same year Kane was introduced to us.  It’s hard to believe that in character terms, Kane is the youngest in this match.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels had a great promo adding fuel to the fire of this rivalry.  But as good as their promo was, Kane and The Undertaker’s may have been a little better.  An eery setting as Kane and The Undertaker were at a cemetery digging the graves of the DX members.  I can’t wait to see this match, it should be a classic!

Strowman vs Lesnar for Universal title

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After the unfortunate diagnosis for Roman Reigns, there was questions as to what to do with the vacant Universal championship.  It was mentioned later during the show that Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will now compete one on one for the Universal title at Crown Jewel.

Paul Heyman came out to promote the match, and was very respectful to Roman Reigns during his statements.  He of course was putting over Brock Lesnar, when Braun Strowman interrupted.  Strowman went on to take shots at Brock Lesnar’s part-time WWE schedule.  What was not expected was out of nowhere Drew McIntyre ran down the ramp and hit Strowman with a nasty Claymore kick.

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McIntyre has hit Strowman with several of his finishing kicks in the last two weeks.  There is a part of me thinking Brock Lesnar may win the title at Crown Jewel and we see Strowman enter a lengthy feud with McIntyre.  I like this growing rivalry, as McIntyre is a stud, and is a believable opponent  for Strowman.

Is Elias turning to the good side?

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Elias went one on one with Apollo Crews last night, and after a decent match picked up the victory.  In a more interesting segment, Elias was on the stage area and wanted to finish his song that he tried to start before his match.  Elias was interrupted by acting RAW general manager Baron Corbin.  Corbin and Elias went back and forth verbally, before Corbin cut the microphone to Elias and the sound to his guitar.  Elias left the stage area as Corbin went on to talk about the rest of the show.  Elias came back out seconds later and smashed his guitar over the back of Corbin.

Elias is already a fan favorite, even as a heel.  I hope that this is the start of a face turn for Elias.  He has the potential to be one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster now.

No fighting at contract signing

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The Nikki Bella vs Ronda Rousey match for Evolution is now official after the contract signing on RAW last night.  The Bellas came out first, but quickly left the ring when Rousey arrived.  They were not going to fight Rousey, especially in a city like Providence…their words.  Rousey promised the twins that if they entered the ring she would not lay a hand on them.  Rousey also stated that unlike the Bella’s, her word is her bond.  The Bella’s entered the ring and signed the contract.  Nikki then slapped Rousey across the face trying to incite a reaction out of her.  Although extremely irritated by the tactic, Rousey managed to keep her cool and leave the ring, saving the beat down for Sunday.

I have said in previous posts that I would like to see Nikki win the title at Evolution.  The way things are shaping up, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.  I have a few days before Friday to decide on a prediction for the match.  I guess you will have to check out gohomepwb.com then to get my opinion.

Ember Moon continues to get push

Ember Moon, along with Nia Jax, Dana Brooke and Tamina, all wrestled in a fatal four way match on RAW last night.  When I first heard about the match, I was intrigued to see it.  However, my intrigue turned to disappointment when the match ended in less than four minutes.  Even worse Taminia took the loss, solidifying her role as womens division enhancement talent.

I will say this though, Ember Moon has probably the best finisher on the main roster right now.  Her flying stunner is awesome and really looks devastating for her opponents.  Too bad we probably won’t see it at Evolution due to her being in the battle royal.  I heard that there are a lot of great women wrestlers from the past that will participate in the battle royal.  I look for a legend to win it.

Trish and Lita still have some attitude

Trish Stratus and Lita were in Providence last night for RAW.  They had a back stage interview, that was quickly interrupted by Alicia Fox.  Fox and Mickie James attacked the hall of famers, and then started to say “this is how we do things now!”  Trish and Lita quickly recovered and fought back and was able to get the better of Mickie and Alicia, stating “That’s how we did things in the attitude era!”  Check out my prediction for the tag match this Friday.

Main Event Tag Team Title Match

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RAW tag team champions Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre put their titles on the line last night against the emotional Seth Rollins and Dean Amborse.  The two Shield members came out through the crowd paying homage to Roman Reigns.

The match was everything as expected from these four men.  The first match of the night where I heard “this is awesome” from the crowd.  Granted we got some very heavy news from Reigns to start the show, and that immediately drained the energy from the crowd.  It took some time, but eventually the crowd was able to recover, and really got into the match.  A back and forth affair, until Strowman interrupted and went directly after McIntyre.  The Shield was not disqualified because the ref was knocked out before Strowman attacked McIntyre.  Once McIntyre and Strowman left ringside, Ziggler was left alone and went after his tag team title, to hit Rollins with.  His attempt was foiled by Ambrose, who then set Ziggler up perfectly for the curb stomp finisher from Rollins.  Ambrose put the ref back in the ring to count the one, two, three.  The Shield are the new RAW tag team champions!  But then…

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On a night that should have been a celebratory night for the Shield, it could not have gone worse.  Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins had just won the tag team championships for their brother Roman Reigns.  In one of the most shocking moments in recent memory, Dean Ambrose turned on Rollins putting him in his dirty deeds finisher.  Ambrose then went on to completely decimate Rollins.  Ambrose put a beating on Rollins like I haven’t seen since the attitude era.  Ambrose even pulled back the padding that goes around the ring, exposing the concrete floor and put Rollins in his dirty deeds finisher once more.  This time on the concreted floor.  Ambrose threw his tag title at Rollins and left the ring through the crowd.

The WWE Universe in attendance last night were in shock!  It was the last thing anyone expected after all they had been through throughout the show.  Ambrose, will clearly be one of the most hated guys on the roster now.  And as predicted by my post yesterday, Rollins will reach a very high level of popularity.

A very emotional and shocking RAW last night.  I don’t know if RAW has new writers or if they decided to turn up the creativity, but whatever they are doing lately, I love it!  I can’t wait to see what happens next week, and at Evolution this Sunday.

Once again my thoughts and prayers for a full recovery go out to Roman Reigns, and I can’t wait to boo you as soon as you return!  Tomorrow I will give my Smackdown Live review.  As always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com