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The Good, Bad, and Ugly Of WWE SummerSlam 2018

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They say we all have opinions, especially those who consider themselves experts, imagine that for those of us who chose Professional Wrestling as our art form. Here is this “smarks” take on what will go down this Sunday. WWE has plenty of time to impress even the harshest critics, 7 Hours of it to be exact for SummerSlam 2018.

The Good

First let the THE GOOD times roll, we may find salvation in an underdog. Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak for the Cruiserweight Championship is going to be a clinic. They are easily two of the better pure talents on the show of the night however it’ll probably be placed on an unfortunate spot on the card and will become a typical afterthought by the Casual fan and a treat for true purist.

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship, which in my opinion is being labeled unfairly as a predictable title change with no real interest on the card. Not true! As anything Bliss touches is sacred, and Rousey is so over she could kill Daniel Bryan and be forgiven. I have the unpopular opinion however that Little Miss Bliss’ reign is not over despite the leaked promo photo of Rousey with the strap. WWE loves to play head-games and I believe this is one of them.

Daniel Bryan vs Miz will get a reaction. it feels real, it will be stiff, the crowd will be hot, and the “real heat” will show with every second, as a rare gem. Miz will win, and it will be cheap, expect surprises.

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship will be action packed and full of high spots, false hopes and precision to the max. It will be old school and edgy, and will result in something huge to come. Will the “Lunatic” heel turn with his tremendous potential as a top face right now? Hell No! Ambrose and Rollins will deliver an unforgettable frenemy series once Rollins gets the Gold.

As for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships, I love the Bludgeon Brothers (c) and I love New Day I think this could be another dark horse of the night. I don’t think it’s had enough hype and predictably Sanity will obviously interfere somehow which will cheapen it. However, it will be fun to watch.

Finally, Carmella (c) will retain the title due to tension between old friends. Asuka will be a non-factor whether she is involved or not but will as always bring us some action. I think this could be a brutal match showing vicious notes of Becky Lynch and Carmella, who will up their game to hang with Charlotte Flair and likely Asuka.

The Bad

Now on to the “THE BAD” taste that will be left in our mouth. First off, the Raw Tag Team Championship Kickoff Match sees The B Team (c) vs The Revival. Being placed here is literally disgraceful as no doubt they will relentlessly advertise the very Pay Per View we’re about to watch. May I also mention that there isn’t anyone on Earth that’s watching the WWE Network that doesn’t already know about the event they’re about to watch. It really is too bad also as the talent is there, the interest is there, however the support backstage where it counts is missing.

Next two matches are a badly blended. Horrible a talent like Finn Balor to have to face a joke like Baron Corbin. Swap him and Samoa Joe’s opponents, and you can save us from a glorified Indy Match rerun (Joe vs Styles) who, by the way, AJ Styles is by far the best talent in all of wrestling, and if they could have instead had a Raw/Smackdown crossover, we could have had a stiff, striking freak show between Joe and Corbin, which would pop our heads, and leave us the “SuperMatch” Balor vs A. J. STYLES. The match of matches, which could not be a more perfect fit.

Speaking of which, Braun Stroman, a personal favorite of mine vs Kevin Owens seems like it could be a completely useless match of the night, that is to say unless the Monster is losing the briefcase.  I don’t feel like if Owens wins the he’s going to be able to do the run in at the end of the Main Event which is all that can save that horrendous painful main event.

WWE’s play for getting Roman over with the fans, almost worked but failed. Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship is going to be bloody, and god willing a quick match because the longer it goes the harder it will be to stay up to write the post show. The only thing that will keep my eyes open is the anticipation for the run in for the Money in the Bank holder.

Finally, a tough one to put on the bad list because the potential to be a classic is all there, gets “tainted” by yet another nut shot in the Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy United States Championship match. Kill me now I cannot stand Nakamura as a heel although he’s funny and his promos are gold, he just can’t help but be awesome in the ring this match could be unbelievable without the cheapening of WWE corn ball cheese. One interesting note to watch for is what Orton’s role will be w new accusations involving inappropriate backstage behavior?

The Ugly

Now to “THE UGLY” truths of SummerSlam. Rusev and Andrade “Cien” Almas have no business working the Kickoff or being in a trash mixed tag team match with partners Lana and Zelina Vega.  What did they do wrong you ask? They were just too likable and took advantage of an extremely unfortunate role and owned it.  Lana wrestling is a train wreck, she may be gorgeous but a train wreck and will require a skill set Vegas could never achieve to carry her shortfalls. Rusev and Cien are just too talented to be a freak show when you could have replaced a garbage match on the main show. The ugly truth is Mike Bennett (Kanellis), Bobby Roode, and Ty Dillinger should be on this spectacle, and the more they are forgotten, the absurdity of the current booking is going to always be “ugly.”

I see said the blind man, check out The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Post Show, and let me know what you think in the comments below.


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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT (01/23/2019)

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The go-home show for WWE NXT Takeover: Phoenix is in the books, and Bobby Fernandes takes a look at the episode from the Good, Bad, and Ugly perspective!

WWE NXT Takeover is coming on Saturday Night before a huge Sunday Royal Rumble.  The stories finalize before the big PPV and everyone has one final chance to solidify their place on the show.  Raw was packed with a ton of content, SmackDown in contrast was not, but was pure quality with the exception of a few small issues.  Now its NXT’s turn to get us and keep us sucked in.  Will NXT do their job as usual? 

THE GOOD

Opening Segment w/ Velveteen Dream

What an interesting way to open the show.  Dream always has a spectacular time in front of the camera in any fashion.  It is no secret that he has been a bit unhappy with his current “drawbacks” and wants more.  Just when he makes a claim to the North American Championship, Adam Cole and Bobby Fish, interrupted Velveteen Dream.  This would be such a brilliant feud.  Undisputed Era is just fantastic and brings the best to the audience constantly.  Dream doing what he does best, got in Undisputed’s head before fleeing safely away.  Very interesting open. 

Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan vs. Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel

Burch and Lorcan are dangerously Good.  They pair up so well, and have great matches with anyone they face.  Aichner and Barthel didn’t seem like anything special from previous times but the chances for a better showing with Danny and Oney increase significantly.  Oney Lorcan got singled out early on by Barthel and Aichner and took a lot of punishment until Burch came in hot and took control.  Lorcan again however got singled out.  Aichner did some awesome stuff in there nearly getting the win, but Lorcan would not surrender.  There was a lot of action here.  Oney Lorcan is so freaking Good.  After a seriously kick ass back and forth match, Oney Lorcan gets a rollup for the victory.     

Io Shirai and Kairi Sane vs.  Tanea Brooks and Amber Nova

Shirai and Nova started out, full steam.  Shirai has a unique style and always delivers.  The same can be said about the ever popular Kairi Sane.  Her gimmick, style and absolutely talented abilities have been well showcased and appreciated.  Tanea Brooks is a powerful wrestler and had a Good energy.  She just was a bit of an afterthought while in the ring with Sane and Shirai.  With the Main Roster’s Women’s Tag Team division coming up Sane and Shirai could make a strong case for those new shiny Championship belts once things are in motion.  They certainly won this week in a decisive fashion.  Nothing great but passible as Good overall. 

Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole “BAY BAY”

Oh my God, what an awesome treat here.  We have an incredible match set up, and a surprise one at that.  The presence of these two, the respect they demand is unprecedented.  Bobby Fish is an unsung hero as to how talented he truly is.  Both competitors are greatly unique.  As it should be expected, the action went back and forth and was plentiful.  Dream is all over the ring, continuous action.  Fish finally got a chance and went after Dream’s legs and knees.  Great move keeping Dream down.  Fish really got in deep with a half crab on the injured knee of Dream, but Dream does not quit.  As hard as Fish tried he just couldn’t get Dream to stop but Fish countered an elbow drop an ended up almost getting dream to tap, but Dream again came back.  Dream hit his “Purple Rainmaker” for the win.  Adam Cole of course ran in but Dream got out in time.  Great match.       

Ricochet Promo

Ricochet is one of the most talented high flyers of all time, that will be repeated often his entire career.  He moves around like no other.  Gargano is called Johnny Wrestling confidently for well deserve reasons.  They will put it all out there.  Hyping it will only get Good attention and heat.  Ricochet is so confident and wears the North American Title well.  Ricochet’s Achilles heel is his mic skills.  He could use a Good hype man or woman so that he can only focus on his in ring talents.  Johnny Gargano could not interrupt fast enough and luckily for everyone he isn’t Bad to listen too.  Gargano and Ricochet did not waste any time and went at it.  Out of nowhere, Ciampa the NXT Heavyweight Champion attacked Ricochet coming to the aid of his former friend and heated rival.  Very interesting.  Of course Aleister Black came out and beat the hell of Ciampa for his trouble.  Gargano came to Ciampa’s rescue hitting Black with a devastating “superkick.”  The duo previously known as “DIY” dominated both Black and Ricochet before leaving their rivals laying in the ring.  Ciampa and Gargano seemed like they were about to bury the hatchet until Gargano’s wife Candace put a stop to it.  Decent promo and end to a successful week.

THE BAD – No

THE UGLY – and No

FINAL TALLY

  • GOOD – 5
  • BAD – 0
  • UGLY- 0

OVERALL

Good which means it must be NXT.  Again, another successful, entertaining, content filled NXT.  They literally had as much impressive content as SmackDown did and they did it in an hour.  NXT sets the standard and hopefully WWE Main Roster watches and takes notes every chance they get. 

NXT continues to be the most entertaining brand of all weekly.  The sky is the limit and with HHH steering the ship, the momentum is surely going to continue for some time.  They have a lot of fresh talent as well as established Superstars, and Takeover should deliver above expectations.  That is what NXT does. 


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Daily DeMarco: New Japan’s “New Beginning in USA’ Cards Are Irresponsible

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Greg DeMarco weighs in on the sure-to-be-controversial New Japan “New Beginning In USA” cards that were recently released.

Well hello there! I know it’s been a few days since I last posted, and if you follow me on Facebook, you know what’s been going on (see that here). But I am excited to be back, and excited to share my opinions with you!

So…shall we?

New Japan’s United States events, called “New Beginning In USA,” finally got their announced cards today.

January 30 in Los Angeles:

  • Alex Coughlin vs. Clark Connors
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Tyler Bateman
  • Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor
  • Brody King & Marty Scurll vs. Killer Elite Squad
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Karl Fredericks
  • David Finlay vs. Chuckie T
  • Tracy Williams & Juice Robinson vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)

February 1 in North Carolina:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors
  • John Skyler & Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
  • Tracer X vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Jonathan Gresham & Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King & Marty Scurll
  • Alex Coughlin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Tracy Williams & David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero & Chuckie T
  • IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson (c) vs. Trent Beretta

February 2 in Nashville:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin
  • Jonathan Gresham and Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor and Lance Archer
  • Harlem Bravado vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Clark Connors vs. Marty Scurll
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
  • Tracy Williams, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Rocky Romero, Chuckie T and Trent

These shows aren’t bad, but they aren’t New Japan cards! The company isn’t even sending over any lower card guys. I know you have a concurrent tour in Japan, but like you couldn’t spare Jushin “Thunder” Liger?

Don’t get me wrong, there are great matches on each show. The problem is they are being promoted as New Japan, and that’s simply not true. This is “ALL IN was self-funded by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks” levels of untrue.

Hell, much like ALL IN, these are basically ROH cards (with less ROH talent).  I love Ring Of Honor, but they need to focus more on their own product and less on partnerships that are doing nothing but hurting them in the end.


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