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!

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!

Smackdown Live Review

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Thankfully Smackdown Live was an improvement from Monday night RAW the night before.  It started out with a “surprise” WWE title match.  We had some Halloween inspired matches, and a few good promos.  Atlanta, Georgia was the hosting city last night and the crowd was in for a treat.  So let’s dive into Smackdown Live last night.

AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship

In a little bit of a surprise, we got to see a Crown Jewel match last night.  It was made clear that Daniel Bryan refused to go to Saudi Arabia and compete at Crown Jewel.  I wondered what angle the writers would use to get him out of the match.  As soon as Smackdown Live started I got my answer.  I was glad to see that they didn’t scrap the match all together, because Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles is a great match even if the title is not on the line.  So it is something most fans wanted to see.  I was also glad to see they put it on first.  This way there is no time constraints and we could see a lengthy match.  The match was really good, despite it being very predictable.  I don’t think anyone believed that Daniel Bryan was going to win last night.  Especially since he refused to go to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel.  I will be curious to see what, if any repercussions Bryan will face for the decision.

After AJ made Daniel Bryan tap using the calf crusher, the two wrestlers were shaking hands in a sign of sportsmanship.  Out of nowhere, Samoa Joe attacked AJ and Bryan.  Samoa Joe will now face AJ Styles at Crown Jewel, and I am not sure how this one will play out.  AJ has had the title for nearly a year, and Joe has been given chance after chance for the WWE title.  I really don’t foresee Joe winning it, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday morning for my predictions.

Trick or street fight

The Brood took on The Bar in a trick or street fight last night.  I say The Brood, because The New Day was in costume last night and came to the ring with The Brood entrance music and goblet.  By the way, if you have not listened to or can’t remember The Brood’s entrance music, do yourself a favor and add it to your Halloween playlist.  I wish it was my ringtone.

So the match…it was to be expected from a trick or street fight.  Halloween themed weapons were used and wrestlers slammed on pumpkins.  Which actually looked a little painful, because they did not give way as intended.  An entertaining segment that saw Big E pick up the win.  Have I mentioned I love The Brood Music?

A U.S. title defense

Yes, believe it or not the U.S. title was on the line last night.  Shinsuke Nakamura went one on one with the male member of the Fabulous Truth.  R-Truth, who I did not expect to win, put on a great match.  The match went back and forth and even had a dance break at some point.  R-Truth was unsuccessful in winning the title last night, but it was great to see the title be defended.  Shinsuke needs a rival to bring back relevancy to him and the U.S. title.  A clean win for Nakamura, and it would appear as though it will be him and Seth Rollins at Survivor Series.

Becky Lynch is the man!

Becky Lynch had a brief promo last night touting her win at Evolution and now focusing on her match against Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series.  The match could go a lot of different avenues, and I don’t want to speculate just yet.  Next week, I will have a better idea on where I would like to see this go.  It was also noted that Smackdown Live general manager Paige, asked Charlotte to be the women’s team captain for survivor series.  Charlotte told Paige that she didn’t think she was the right woman for the job.  Curious to see where this is going as well.  I have a feeling that we may see a horsewoman vs horsewoman match, but I may be reaching a bit.  We will have to wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks.

Main event tag match

The Miz and Randy Orton took on Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio last night in the main event.  These four men represent Smackdown Live in the World Cup at Crown Jewel.  The match was pretty good, and went back and forth, until Hardy and Mysterio picked up the win.  That was all topped off with Hardy, Mysterio and even The Miz all receiving RKO’s from Orton.

Before the match Shane McMahon made an off the cuff announcement that whoever makes it to the finals of the World Cup, if they lose, they will be fired from Smackdown Live.  That actually helped me make a decision as to who will win the World Cup, and I will let you know Friday morning.

Overall a great show.  Much better than RAW the night before.  I honestly can’t wait until Crown Jewel is over, because I am more excited about Survivor Series.  I think the consensus is that most in WWE are ready to get Crown Jewel over with as well.

Tomorrow is the gohomepwb.com weekly top ten and on Friday morning check out my predictions, prior to Crown Jewel starting at noon eastern.  As always thanks for reading.

Smackdown Live Review

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Smackdown episode one thousand and one is in the books, and let’s be honest, it was not as good as last week.  But it was to be expected, you can’t have a celebration smackdown every week.  So, for a cool down episode, it was solid with a couple of good matches.

Kofi vs Big Show

Kofi Kingston went one on one with the Big Show last night… kind of.  By the end of the match, both the New day and The Bar were all fighting in the ring.  Big Show absolutely dominated Kofi, putting him in three or four choke slams, before Big E and Xavier Woods had seen enough.  I am not sure what Big Show’s role is with The Bar yet, but I like the direction it is going.  I think with the Big Show as their “bodyguard”, The Bar will be tag team champions for a while.

The Uso’s continue winning

The Uso’s vs AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan in a re-match from Smackdown 1000, was another great tag team match.  I love that the writers are not letting the Uso’s lose.  They are multiple time tag team champions and they should beat AJ and Bryan as a tag team.  As far as AJ and Bryan, the slow burn of the mutual respect is really starting to heat up.  Last week it was Daniel Bryan that “accidentally” hit AJ to cost them the match, and this week vise versa.  After the match both Bryan and AJ were in an interview segment and both men were frustrated by their performance.  I think next week on the Smackdown prior to Crown Jewel, they will come to blows.  I think this will be a great match and look forward to watching it.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte altercation

It was reported over the weekend that Becky Lynch and Charlotte were involved in an altercation at the performance center for NXT last weekend.  On Smackdown last night, we got to see the video footage of the incident.  Clearly it was a scripted segment, that was evident after the footage.  Charlotte was giving a speech to the up and coming female wrestlers when Becky interrupted and went after Charlotte.  I wasn’t a fan of this segment, and I am still hopeful for a double turn at Evolution this Sunday.

Rusev gets his revenge

Rusev went one on one with Aiden English and totally decimated him.  The match was quick and one-sided with Rusev picking up the submission win.  It would appear that this angle is over.  The rivalry, if we can call it that, was very lame.  I am not sure why they split the tag team.  The rivalry started out hot, with the one night in Milwaukee storyline.  It did not live up to the hype, and ended quicker than it needed to.  At the same time, I don’t think anyone would think Aiden English is a realistic threat to Rusev.  Which in my opinion is why this rivalry has ended so quickly.

The Miz vs Rey Mysterio

Miz TV was how this match came about.  Rey Mysterio was a guest on the show, and of course The Miz used the time to tout himself and call Rey a disappointment.  Rey responded by saying he was disappointed, because he thought he was supposed to be a guest on Truth TV.  That statement made The Miz mad and a match ensued.

The match was actually pretty good, with The Miz in control for most of the match.  But the baby face picked up the win in this match with his patent six one nine finisher.

Crown Jewel

Shane McMahon came out to promote the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel.  The pay per view that is supposed to take place in Saudi Arabia is not being billed from Saudi Arabia on WWE tv anymore.  Eight days from the event and there have not been any ticket sales and the location of the pay per view has not officially been announced.  It will be interesting to see where it ends up and the backlash of WWE’s decision.  I do not believe it will take place in Saudi Arabia, because it has been reported that both John Cena and Daniel Bryan have said they will not go to Saudi Arabia.  Both men are still being promoted for the pay per view and are in marquee matches.  I am sure we will hear something very soon as to the location.

Main Event

Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton closed the show last night with another great match.  Orton was in control for most of the match, even putting his finger through Hardy’s ear-piercing again.  Hardy was able to get a little offense in and hit some classic moves on Orton, but missed a swanton from the ring apron to the floor.  Hardy hit with a splat, and was never able to recover.  About a minute later, Orton hit Hardy with the RKO to win the match.

Smackdown was fairly basic last night, and it was not going to be anything close to what RAW offered the night before.  RAW was an emotional roller coaster with the Roman Reigns news and the Ambrose turn at the end of the show.  Smackdown had no choice but to go on cruise control last night.  I look for next week to be better because we will have the aftermath of Evolution and the go home show for Crown Jewel.

Tomorrow is the weekly top ten and on Friday, Evolution predictions.  I will continue my favorite wrestler writing very soon.  A lot of news and a lot going on in wrestling right now that needs to be discussed.  I would love to hear your thoughts on anything and everything that is going on in wrestling right now.  Feel free to comment or like this writing and as always, thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

Smackdown Live 1000 Review

One thousand episodes of Smackdown Live!  That is hard to image, but it is now the second longest weekly episodic show in television history.  What is number one?  Monday night RAW.  WWE has been a staple on cable television for over twenty-five years.  The celebration of the one thousandth episode of Smackdown Live did not disappoint.  A lot of special guest, and some great matches too.  So let’s get into it!

Truth TV Returns!

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Truth TV made its return last night, much to the delight of the Washington DC crowd and the WWE universe.  I personally love R-Truth and Carmella together, and their dance breaks are hilarious.  Also, Carmella is very easy on the eyes, so anytime Truth TV is on, it has my undivided attention.  The guests last night were some pretty important names in the WWE.  The McMahons, Stephanie, Shane and Vince were all guest and even participated in the dance break suggested by Vince McMahon.  Fun and entertaining segment and a great start to Smackdown Live 1000.

Huge win for the Uso’s

img_0208AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan will wrestle one on one at Crown Jewel, but last night they teamed up to take on one of the greatest tag teams of all time, The Uso’s.  The Uso’s haven’t been on TV for a few weeks, but always deliver when they are.  A great match that saw Daniel Bryan inadvertently hit AJ Styles adding to the growing tension between the two.  The Uso’s then hit AJ with a superkick, and then they both hit Daniel Bryan with a double superkick to win the match.  Hopefully that catapults the USO’s into the tag team title picture.

Evolution back for one night

img_0209Evolution were back together last night and I have to say, everybody still looks great!  Including sixty-nine year old Ric Flair, who has been through the ringer with his health over the last year.  I heard last night that there are forty-nine world championships between the four men.  All will be WWE hall of famers one day.

Every superstar got a chance to speak, and put each other over.  With the exception of Randy Orton who is really playing up to his current heel character.  Orton cut heel promos on the other three members of Evolution.  Batista had the most mic time last night.  It honestly went a little long in my opinion, and Batista was a little awkward on the mic, but got his point across.  He even had a funny line when he told Ric Flair to “keep that thing in your pants.” which got a huge pop from the DC crowd and even the other three men in the ring.  Probably didn’t make Vince to happy since WWE is PG now, but it probably made him chuckle at the same time.  But it was when he told Triple H that “he has done everything in this business, except beat me.” that received an even bigger reaction.  Clearly seeds have been planted for a future match between the two.  Who knows when it will be, or if it will even happen, but the wheels for that storyline are now in motion.  Great segment that went a little long, but was very entertaining.

Miz is in the World Cup

The quickest match of the night goes to The Miz vs Rusev.  The match was probably supposed to be longer, but I think the Evolution segment went a little longer than it was supposed to.  I would be surprised if the match was a minute long.  Aiden English ran down to the ring and disrupted Rusev and The Miz was able to roll up Rusev and get the quick victory, making him the seventh entrant into the World Cup tournament.

After the match, Lana had a few choice words for English and then kicked him in the man parts.  Rusev then came out of the ring and put a beating on him.  Throwing him into the steel steps and the ring post.  Rusev was able to get a little revenge on English, but I think it will take a gimmick match like a no DQ or maybe something like, winner gets Lana for 30 days.  I doubt they would go that route in today’s WWE but it would make this rivalry a little more interesting.

The Cutting Edge

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The Cutting Edge returned last night with WWE Hall of Famer Edge making an appearance.  By the way Edge is one of my all time favorites, so it was great to see him and listen to his entrance music.  The best entrance music of all time, yes even better than Real American.  Edge’s guests last night were supposed to be Smackdown Womens champion Becky Lynch and number one contender Charlotte Flair.  Becky was introduced and came to the ring to quite the ovation from the DC crowd.  Edge was surprisingly playing the role of moral compass last night.  He was explaining to Becky that he sees a lot of himself in her current attitude.  He told Becky that the attitude worked for him, he has all the championships he ever wanted.  But when your time in wrestling is done, that’s all you have.  You have no friends and you sit alone looking at all the titles on your wall.  He also said that “the kicker is, you won’t even like yourself!”  Becky responded with “You’re right, I don’t like myself… I LOVE myself!  Now quit being so condescending to the champ and get out of my ring.  And don’t re injure your neck again going through the ropes.”  She absolutely buried one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.  A clear heel statement and the DC crowd went nuts, still cheering for Becky.  Charlotte came out and was booed through out her promo, and even the scuffle between the two incited a Becky chant.

The double turn has to happen, Becky will not get booed no matter what they do.  She could punt puppies across the arena and still get cheered.  Look for Charlotte to take the title from Becky at Evolution, and turn heel in the process.  This is the hottest rivalry in the WWE right now and if it doesn’t close the show at Evolution it will be a crime.

New Smackdown tag team champions

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The Smackdown tag team titles changed hands last night, when The Bar was able to enlist the Big Show as a back up.  The New Day has always been a three-man group where any man could defend the titles at anytime.  I wonder if this will be a similar situation or if Big Show will act as more of a body-guard or manager for The Bar.

The match itself was really good, but a dangerous bump from Cesaro had me wondering if he injured himself.  Big E lifted him up and dropped him on the back of his head and neck.  It was either a great sell by Cesaro or he legit looked to be knocked a little senseless.  The match went back and forth for a while until The Bar tried to put Kofi through a table when The Big Show’s music hit.  The Bar looked as if Big Show was coming after them.  But Big Show picked up Kofi and choke slammed him through an announce table.  This distracted Big E, and when he turned around he caught a brogue kick to the face, and lost the match and the tag team titles.  The Bar is now five time tag team champs.

How great is the tag team division on Smackdown Live?  The Bar, The New Day and The Uso’s just to name a few.  Great teams that could all put on great matches.

Rey Mysterio earns final spot in World Cup tournament

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The returning Rey Mysterio took on the U.S. champion Shinsuke Nakamura last night in the main event for the final spot in the World Cup tournament, that will take place at Crown Jewel.  Mysterio looks great for a guy in his mid forties.  He looks like the same Rey Mysterio from a decade ago.  He had a solid clean win against Nakamura last night.

My concern is for Nakamura.  He has been somewhat irrelevant since winning the U.S. title a few months ago.  Even more irrelevant than Nakamura, is the U.S. title.  I am not sure how to make the title mean something.  It is probably the least prestigous title on the main roster.  If you were to ask me what would make it relevant again I would say put it on a babyface, like Rusev and have him defend it week after week in an open challenge again.  Or put it on someone like The Miz who has a history of restoring titles to their glory.

As far as the World Cup tournament, the field is stacked!  All wrestlers involved are former world champions.  My pick right now is for Orton to win it.  His heel character right now is fire, and he could use this tournament to put him in the WWE title picture.  The wrestler I would like to see win it is Dolph Ziggler.  He has been portrayed as the weak link lately, and I think winning the tournament would be great for his career.  No matter what the turn out, it’s the first time since the 1998 Survivor Series tournament, that I have been this invested in a tournament.  I typically am not a fan of one night tournaments, but this one will be good.

Undertaker makes an appearance

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The Undertaker made an appearance to close the one thousandth episode of Smackdown Live last night.  His entrance was longer than his promo as all he said was “When it comes to DX and Crown Jewel, I only have three words for you, Rest In Peace!”  It was rushed due to timing but, that is all you really want from the Undertaker.

Crown Jewel

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Still on mention of Saudi Arabia on WWE television.  Crown Jewel is being heavily promoted, but the location is not.  When it comes to the tragic events involving Saudi Arabia the WWE’s only comment is “They are monitoring the situation.”  WWE has a ten-year contract with Saudi Arabia to bring their product there.  But now that the tragedy has become political, WWE is treading lightly on the situation.  There are still a couple of weeks before the show is to take place.  The question is still the location.  I personally think the show will go on. However I wouldn’t be surprised if a few wrestlers back out on going.  Like the WWE, I will be monitoring the situation.

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