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The Good, Bad And Ugly: WWE SmackDown (11/27/18)

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After a horrendous PPV and Raw, we now have what is typically a saving grace, in SmackDown.  The bar is set pretty low at this point but no matter the case, SmackDown is usually pretty Good.  Will the trend continue, or is the recent ugly virus contagious? 





The Good

Opening Segment

The ever beautiful Paige welcomes back “The Man” Becky Lynch, and the crowd was hot!  Becky Lynch walked proudly with her Championship belt held high.  I love how over she is!  She deserves it!  This was in my opinion her very best on the mic.  She was natural, and confident.  Speaking of confidence, out comes “The Queen” Charlotte Flair per Becky Lynch’s request.  Charlotte was sharp as usual and these two fed off each other perfectly.  Paige announced the TLC Match being a legit TLC Match for the Title.  Out of nowhere almost every Women’s Competitor made their presence felt.  The crowd gave Asuka her love which is a must.  This set up a Battle Royal, with the Winner entering the Title Match at TLC in a 3 Way.  Overall, it was a quick decent segment with a lot of Good reactions.

Non-Title Match:  The Usos vs. The Bar (SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

The segment with Big Show half ass punching Cesaro was lame.  His KO punch looks horrible, and it really needs to stop.  Decent action in this match though.  These teams contrast each other well.  Even the rest spots looks good.  I really am a fan of The Bar, although I haven’t liked some of their recent work, it had a lot less to do with them.  The Usos are very talented also and this match was well thought out.  There were a couple of miscues but nothing unforgivable.  We had some serious close falls but The Usos squeaked out the victory in this non-title match.

AJ Styles Promo

I’m so happy AJ Styles is in the WWE and not being treated horribly.  He is a Superstar to the highest degree.  He was a “Phenomenal” Champion.  I really look forward to seeing what is next, and the terrific matches to come with Daniel Bryan and whoever is after that.  Hopefully it is with someone who needs a push which working a feud with AJ Styles will benefit.  For now though I am looking forward to more Daniel Bryan/AJ Styles Classics.  If AJ Styles has an Achilles Heel, it is his mic work.  He gets the job done but it isn’t his golden ticket.  He did Good tonight though.  I enjoyed the shot on Daniel Bryan and Lesnar not showing up.  It came out natural and was effective.  Good Promo!

Jeff Hardy 20th Anniversary Interview w/ Michael Cole

Much like the Phenomenal AJ Styles, I am not sold on Jeff Hardy’s microphone skills.  It is definitely not his best feature.  Add a little too much Michael Cole and you are sure to have the IWC up in arms right?  I liked the roster being out there, it added a good effect.  No face paint, no BS, just him.  It started off well, and the highlight reel like always was done to WWE perfection.  With TLC coming up, we were reminded just how insane he is!  He was natural and comfortable tonight.  It was a good promo.  He really is an important person to the past and present.  When paying tribute, and giving thanks, IWC Fans, know how to act.  Then, the school yard bully arrived.  Samoa Joe, came out calling Hardy out on his past demons.  Getting personal and crazy.  I really have a hard time telling Samoa Joe’s deal.  I really question if he is straight shooting on people or not most of the time.  This could be a great feud.  The promo was solid.  Good Form!

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz

After a mildly entertaining promo earlier, Miz basically challenged New Day to a Match.  He got his wish.  Kofi Kingston is very entertaining and can pair up well with The Miz.  I was hoping for this to be a fun match, and wasn’t disappointed.  We had some good spots, and a veteran pace.  Kofi nearly won with an SOS, but didn’t finish the job.  Miz exposes the turnbuckle leading to pancake protection by Big E.  New Day kept the match and The Miz clean, for a Trouble In Paradise by Kofi Kingston for the well fought victory.

Women’s Battle Royal (Winner Enters Title Match at TLC in a 3 Way)

Honestly, although it is a rarity, I didn’t have a preference on who wins.  I usually have a strong preference but I would have been happy with any outcome.  Becky and Charlotte at Ringside was a nice touch.  As for the action, it is a Battle Royal, nothing great, but served its purpose.  We had a ton of commercials and couldn’t see anything but I can certainly assume what was happening.  Asuka owned this match as she always does.  Carmella was money, and it seemed like everyone had their Good stuff out there.  Asuka and Sonya Deville finishing things off was Great and the crowd agreed!  I really like Sonya Deville and hope for a big push.  Of course Asuka Wins!  If you really expected otherwise you must be new to the wrestling world.  Welcome!  I can’t complain, she will be a great addition and keep things even more interesting now at TLC.  Bravo!

The Bad

Randy Orton Promo

Randy Orton reminds me of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  He always has.  He slithers around, he is the “Viper” he loves the DDT.  He is violent, and vicious.  He even has a similar calm, focused way about him in his promos.  He is really a great vet.  Rey Mysterio is fantastic and I couldn’t be happier to see him back.  I hate the neck brace though.  How often can you do the same thing over and over before it gets old?  Rey fought back looking for revenge, but of course Randy Orton prevailed and led to doing his usual, sadistic personal thing he always does.  I really hate to say it but this was so predictable it was Bad.

The Ugly

Non-Title Match:  (United States Champion) Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev

I was excited for this one. However, Nakamura attacked Rusev early knocking him out of the ring.  Then fleeing.  This was really a letdown.  This is the ugly side of things tonight.  I cannot begin to tell you how disappointing this was.

Final Results:

  • Good- 6
  • Bad- 1
  • Ugly- 1

Overall:  Overwhelmingly Good!

What we had here tonight, was SmackDown lapping Raw yet again.  The writing was well done.  We had an outstanding flow and a great night of action.  I enjoyed tonight and am excited for TLC.  Mission Accomplished!  Thank you I hope you enjoyed the show!  Please continue to read, like and share! 

 






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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 7 A Block

KENTA and Okada may start pulling away in A Block! Who falls first? The Rainmaker or The NOAH Outsider?

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KENTA and Okada may start pulling away in A Block! Who falls first? The Rainmaker or The NOAH Outsider?

Aside from the big names being stuck in the middle of the pack, we’ve got poor little Zack Sabre at zero points. Can he twist Fale into a pretzel and figure it out?

Then we have Okada facing a banged up Ospreay, while KENTA takes on a rising EVIL.

Do we still have any undefeated participants in A Block after today?

Ratings:

  • Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson vs Jon Moxley & Shota Umino: Shooter wins via Boston Crab @3:55 – ** 1/4
  • Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto & Yuya Uemura: Kanemaru wins via Deep Impact @8:50 – ***
  • Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Jay White vs Jeff Cobb, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @9:50 – ** 1/2
  • Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito vs YOSHI-HASHI, Ren Narita & Tomohiro Ishii: BUSHI wins via MX @7:35 – **
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Bad Luck Fale: Sabre wins via Countout @6:30 – ** 1/4
  • A Block: Lance Archer vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Victory Roll @12:00 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs EVIL: KENTA wins via Go 2 Sleep @15:05 – *** 1/2
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs SANADA: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye @19:15 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Will Ospreay vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Rainmaker @21:55 – **** 1/2

 

 

Analysis:

Still a lot of heat from their NXT past and Moxley’s debut match in NJPW. Juice and Mox don’t face each other until the end of their block schedule, but if this needed more heat…well this was gasoline. Juice and Mox stay on each other, brawl to the back while the Young Lions fight, but Mox apparently gets the best of the brawl. He returns to the ring to help Shooter, hit their Hart Attack tandem move and Shooter sinks in the Boston Crab.

There’s history between Taichi and Goto centering around the NEVER Openweight Title, Yano and Suzuki have fun history and it looks like Uemura is stepping up to Suzuki. So there’s a lot of fun moments, Uemura has a death wish trying to fight Suzuki, but it’s still fun. A lot of moving pieces in this one that kept it very entertaining.

Honma got put through the paces, Jay White got tossed around a little bit by Jeff Cobb, but the Bullet Club tag partners proved to be more useful than Cobb’s. Chase has picked up a few wins in the tag matches, so he might get some kind of push coming soon.

BUSHI continues to pick up pinfalls in these tag matches, and this sort of builds for Ishii and Naito, but not a ton happens. YOSHI-HASHI is there, Shingo looks like a million bucks and BUSHI wins the match, LOL. This was very paint by numbers.

Sabre jumps all over Fale at the start and tries a plethora of submissions to no avail. A kendo stick shot from Jado pushes the action to the outside. Fale and Bullet Club look to have an advantage, but Sabre dodges some double team tactics, grounds Fale with a Triangle Arm Bar, and then races to the ring to beat the 20 count. Fale couldn’t make it back fast enough, so Sabre gets the first Countout win of this year’s tournament.

Tanahashi is really showing the age and injuries this year, so all of these flukey wins just come off as forced. The match was slow, had moments of being interesting, but Tanahashi not even being 50% of what he used to be makes these hard to watch at times. Archer is getting over well, but Tanahashi winning at this point does hurt the credibility a little. I get the story they’re telling, but unlike last year where Tanahashi could push through injuries, this year, they are much more obvious, and he’s much more hampered.

EVIL took the fight to KENTA and then they went to the outside. Through the back and then into the crowd area next to the ramp. EVIL went for Darkness Falls on a bunch of a chairs, but KENTA stopped him and suplexed him onto said chairs. When it got back in the ring, EVIL tried to weaken the legs and KENTA went after EVIL’s upper body to mitigate the power advantage. Heavily booed, KENTA played up heel nicely (I guess WWE did help for something), and eventually he gets the best of EVIL and lets him take a nap. KENTA moves to 4-0.

We get a solid match between two guys who are right on the precipice of the Main Event scene. Kota outsmarts SANADA early by not going for the stupid dueling Dropkick spot, and from then on it was an interesting struggle. Between fan support and the general “anything you can do, I can do better” pacing, this was entertaining, yet slow and felt too long in some spots. Both looked pretty good, but this could’ve been told faster and SANADA’s perpetual struggles are a little frustrating for anyone who is a fan of his.

Okada and Ospreay were expected to blow the roof off, and well I’d say this was a damn good shot. Ospreay is obviously dinged up, but he fought through the pain and pulled off numerous flipping counters and found a few different ways to hit the Os-Cutter. They both let their personalities fly and this was a lot of fun to watch. Okada always has this older brother aura since he’s the one that brought Ospreay to New Japan and Chaos, so whenever they get together, it’s very much like two siblings trying to outdo the other. Ospreay had a great flurry at the end, flipping through a Rainmaker attempt, to try his Stormbreaker, but Okada flipped through that and hit a short arm lariat. Rolling Rainmaker and a normal Rainmaker later, Okada edges out the little brother. Great match.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Well this night struggled cause the first two Block matches were really weak. The next two amped-up the intensity a little, but fell short of a memorable match. The main event was fantastic, but generally speaking this felt like it was slow, plateau’d for a while and only picked up at the end. Nothing out right awful, but a lot of matches that could’ve been a little better.

Still a solid enough night if you’re following it all, but only the main event is worthy of seeking out individually. It is nice to see that everyone is on the board with some points. So if Okada and KENTA stumble a little, the rest of the block could plausibly catch up.

 

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-0 (8 Points)
  • KENTA: 4-0 (8 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 1-3 (2 Points)

 


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Rob: Brock Is Back! But What About Seth?

Rob evaluates the fans’ role in the run of Seth Rollins and the excitement around Brock Lesnar’s third reign as WWE Universal Champion.

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Rob evaluates the fans’ role in the run of Seth Rollins and the excitement around Brock Lesnar’s third reign as WWE Universal Champion.

So we are now back in the era of Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion, after he cashed in on Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules.  The WWE did a decent job of putting some suspense into it by throwing out the possibility of Brock choosing to cash in on Kofi Kingston instead but by the time it happened most of the people I interact with on Twitter were strongly in favor Rollins being the victim and weren’t the least bit discouraged when Brock brought his reign to an end.  There are a lot of reasons for that, and I’ll have to get into them another time, but it really seems that there weren’t too many people happy with Rollins time as champion from his biggest supporters to his biggest detractors.  So with that in mind I’m gonna do what usually do when it comes to stuff like this – that’s right I’m going to throw some blame at the fans.

Now I am not one that was underwhelmed by Rollins run with the title.  The match with AJ Styles at Money in the Bank was really good and I did not hate the Baron Corbin feud like a lot of you did.  I think Corbin is a good heel and a pretty good worker.  By Wrestling Twitter standards he’s no good because he doesn’t check any of the boxes that one needs to in order to pass their test – never worked indies, doesn’t have 5 star matches, doesn’t do 100 moves or work work 30 minute matches, and he isn’t charming or funny in his role.  But a lot of you guys were so appalled at the mere idea the Baron Corbin would get a program for the Universal Title that you either complained nonstop or checked out entirely.  But I gotta ask you guys a serious question here – do you really support him like that, or is it more the idea of Seth Rollins as Universal Champion?  Is Rollins the guy who should be champion in your eyes or is he the best representative of the type of wrestler you think should be Universal Champion?

What I mean is that Rollins checks all the Wrestling Twitter boxes – indie cred, workrate guy, is popular enough – and he’s also a big enough guy to not look like a joke standing next to guys like Roman Reigns or Samoa Joe or Corbin.  And because of that he gets favored in those circles over guys like Reigns or Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman.  But none of that has stopped the crowds from checking out of some of his biggest matches – Summerslam 2016, Extreme Rules and TLC last year.  Meanwhile Strowman can get 11 million views for an arm wrestling match with Bobby Lashley even after a lot of people on Twitter think the ship has sailed on him, and Reigns got maximum crowd participation last year even in filler matches with Jinder Mahal and Bobby Lashley.  There’s a real gap between how he’s viewed on Wrestling Twitter and how the general public takes him for sure.

And what I mean by that is that the Corbin feud shouldn’t have been a deal breaker for someone who you guys really are invested in as the top guy.  Reigns didn’t check out during those programs with Lashley and Mahal last year and they didn’t check out during the whole Shane McMahon feud despite being pretty vocal in wanting Roman to move on ASAP from Shane and Drew McIntyre.  Rollins singles champ counterpart on Smackdown Kofi Kingston hasn’t had any issue maintaining his support even through a multi Pay Per View program with the often groan inducing Dolph Ziggler (I’m not a Dolph hater but a lot of you are).  You’re supposed to just want to see your favorite as the champ; being in a program with a top level guy or gal isn’t supposed to be a requirement, especially in what is supposed to be a post WrestleMania honeymoon period for a new champion.

So it’s pretty simple to me if you’re a big fan of Seth Rollins or anyone else.  Yes you want them to face the best people and have the best matches all the time, but if they’re going to hold one of the top two titles then sometimes they’re going to have to get through a month or two against somebody who isn’t one of those people and you’re gonna have to ride it out and support them.  The card has to be balanced out and the champion is supposed to be at least somewhat of an attraction by themselves.  But if you’re crapping on what turned out to be some perfectly fine matches (his last two main events with Corbin were not bad, they just weren’t five star movefests like some of you guys think big title matches should be) because of, who the opponent is then you’re not helping your favorite out here at all.  He’s not above doing a couple of gimmicked up sports entertainment matches with Baron Corbin, ok?

But if you say he should be the top guy and then you demand that he only get to work with certain people under certain circumstances then well……that runs contrary to pretty much all of wrestling history.  So you’re gonna have to either change your demands, or maybe change your assessment of the guy.


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