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Last night’s SmackDown Live was a mixed bag of The Good, The Bad and the Misunderstood. With no main event for the evening because of news that Shinsuke Nakamura was injured and the match he had with Jeff Hardy for the United States Title was canceled.

Eric Ames broke the news for The Chairshot.

So, what does WWE do? It gives us a tease toward a match between Daniel Bryan and The Miz to kick off the show and ends it with a warm embrace between Bryan and Kane, bringing the band back with Team Hell No.

Here are a few of my thoughts on what was a mediocre Tuesday night at best.

 

THE RETURN OF TEAM HELL NO!

The match between Bryan and Luke Harper was better than I expected. Harper deserves a singles run, but the tag team combination with Erick Rowan takes me back to a time when the Wild Samoans were running over opponents in the old WWWF and the Moon Dogs were a curious sort in the ring.

Of course, there had to be interference, with Rowan saving Harper from defeat in this “David vs. Goliath” confrontation. Just like Bryan’s match with Big Cass at Money in the Bank, he proved once again he can work with opponents much larger than himself and put on a solid match.

The return of Kane was as surprising as anything to happen on the blue brand. The reunion and subsequent notice by SmackDown Live’s general manager Paige that the two would face the Bludgeon Brothers for the tag titles at Extreme Rules is puzzling as it now takes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson out of the title picture.

It also means WWE is not ready to push Bryan toward the WWE Title picture just yet.

Oh, for those of you playing at home – no A.J. Styles, no Nakamura, no Carmella, no Charlotte Flair. The company made due with what it had to work with.

Rusev vs. Xavier Woods

This should have been more of a squash match, but WWE decided to book Woods as a formidable opponent for the Bulgarian Brute. It should not have been this hard to secure the victory.

When he first arrived on WWE’s main roster, the former United States Champion made quick work of smaller opponents. Now, matches linger. If the company is serious about making Rusev a main event challenger, there must be more dominance in his matches leading up to Extreme Rules.

You cannot help but wonder why WWE hasn’t pushed the Bulgarian Brute toward the main event until now? Winning the 5-man Gauntlet Match puts Rusev in rarified air. It also should have been done years ago.

As a side, I am waiting to see if the company finally disassembles the Three Musketeers and gives Kofi Kingston a main event invitation and pushes Woods towards the 205 division.

Jeff Hardy vs. Eric Young… For the United States Championship

Shades of TNA and a six-man tag match that evolves from it. We started out with Hardy vs. Young and the members of Sanity and ended up with the Uso’s interfering, forcing the tag match after being destroyed last week. It makes sense in building this kind of feud given the absence of Nakamura.

I just don’t want to see it become a habit. Hardy-Nakamura has a chance to be as good as the Japanese star’s matches with Styles. Let’s hope another confrontation is forthcoming next week.

Oh, and if anyone is listening, Get me Killian Dain and Braun Strowman in a match before the end of the year.

Becky Lynch vs. Sonya Deville

This is Lynch’s time to shine. While Flair is out of action, Lynch has an opportunity to make a giant leap in this division. The team of Deville and Mandy Rose is a bit lost without Paige as their mouthpiece. Both women acquitted themselves well, which could mean more booking of this merry-go-round.

With Flair in the mix, the cutesy segment with Naomi and Lana and the omission of Asuka tonight, this division that once looked strong is in need of adrenaline stat.

Ellsworth vs. Asuka next week

Seriously? Is WWE trying to make Asuka look as meek as Eva Marie? After losing her match at WrestleMania 34 to Flair, the road to the top of the women’s division on Tuesday nights has been anything but complimentary for the Empress of Tomorrow.

The idea of her facing Ellsworth, who makes my skin crawl every time he talks, will lead to a run-in by Carmella, a confrontation of some sort and Ellsworth getting the pin over the once over international star.

We can only hope WWE works harder next week at bringing more substance to Tuesday night as the days to Extreme Rules continue to grow closer.


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News here! Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More!

Vikings Get A Name Change

Many fans and wrestling personalities commented on the War Raiders name change to the Viking Experience. Now, it looks like the WWE has changed the teams name again. They will now be known as the Viking Raiders according to their WWE.com bio.

Jason’s Take

I get that WWE wants to name outside teams with their own in house names, but I still don’t understand why they were renamed from War Machine. I could have lived with War Raiders as well, but what do I know.

Cesaro Moved To RAW

Earlier today, we told you about the superstars that are moving to SmackDown Live. Now it appears that a superstar from the blue brand will be moving to RAW. POST Wrestling is reporting that Cesaro will be moving to RAW, effectively ending The Bar.

Jason’s Take

Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run as a tag team, and its a shame that both of them are not moving over to RAW, as I feel there is still some mileage left in the team.

AEW Signs 4 More

AEW continues to add talent to what is already shaping up to be an impressive roster. The signings include Leva Bates, Peter Avalon, and the tag team Private Party.

Jason’s Take

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; AEW is already shaping up to have one of the more impressive female rosters in North America. Here is hoping that it will live up to the hype.

WWE Holding Tryout In China

WWE continues to hold tryouts on foreign soil as the company will hold a tryout in China on July 15th to the 18th. According the press release:

SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”

Jason’s Take

This isn’t your father’s WWE. Hell, this isn’t the WWE from when I was younger. WWE continues to search and find talent to bring in to the company. You can say what you want, but the company does a great job in tapping into the foreign talent markets.


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Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown

Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?

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Andrade Cien Almas Zelina Vega WWE Superstar Shake-Up

Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.

In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.

The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?

Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal

I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.

This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:


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