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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Crown Jewel Post Show

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Here we go, highly anticipated by all the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.  I won’t waste any time, as I’m sure you have already opened and drank your entire bottle of hateraid.  Let’s Begin! 

THE GOOD

Well you know something Hulkamaniacs, Hulk Hogan being a part of WWE is all GOOD!  I loved seeing the Red and Yellow back and the fans greeted him correctly!  Not the first time we got fireworks for Hogan, and from what I saw, this will not be the last.  Welcome Back Hulk Hogan!

Equally important in this section is Renee Young, sitting ringside and providing commentary in a very much overlooked aspect of this show that represents one small bit of change that WWE was able to accomplish in its second trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They accomplished something with this!

  • United States Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rusev:   I notoriously hate the Pre-Show Matches, thinking they are a sad waste of talent.  Well this time the talent outweighed the situation.  This was a hot match with two of the very best WWE has to offer.  They delivered on all levels and showed their worth and waste.  I want a lot more Rusev and Nakamura, in fact as much as the WWE can give us.  This was back and forth highlighting the skill set of both.  It looked like Rusev had it closed up and was leaving with the belt, but then low blow, and a knee to the face, Nakamura Retains the US Title.
  • World Cup Round 1 – Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton: With talent at this level, I mean straight legends, I have extremely high expectations for this match.  I really enjoyed the vignettes prior to the matches, it was different and very old school.  Nice touch.  The Randy Orton dropkick was textbook, and I’m happy the announce team sold it correctly! The 619 into the DDT off the 2nd rope looked great.  Classic heel vs Babyface, Rey Mysterio and Orton did a great job in their roles and looked comfortable in their elements.  Good Match, Rey Mysterio Wins!  However Orton beat the hell out of Rey Mysterio post-match.  I hope Randy Orton stays this crazy, it suits him well.
  • World Cup Round 1 – Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz: Okay, I don’t dislike Wrestler Face paint, and I am certainly Pro Hardy Boyz, but do I hate Jeff Hardy’s face paint.   Next point, The Miz doesn’t get enough love, hence why I picked him to win the whole thing.  His achievements are outstanding.  Another classic, textbook old school match.  Like the previous match, everything was tight, and clear.  The guys could do this type of match in their sleep.  I’m not saying that the crowd was great, but they definitely reacted when things got interesting, especially the way Jeff Hardy does things.  They are veterans.  Nothing that I found standout but still Good work.  Miz reverses the Twist of Fate with a Skull Crushing Finale for the victory and moves on to face Rey Mysterio in Round 2 of the World Cup Tournament.   
  • World Cup Round 1 – Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler: What we have here is a True Wrestling Match, reflecting both of the competitor’s decorated mat wrestling backgrounds.  Pittsburgh vs Cleveland, both guys sharp, and comfortable playing off each other’s move.  This match was very physical, and gave us a lot of “Wrestling” in its purest form.  Even something as simple as a sleeper spot looks good and was done well.   Very slow and careful pace but still a Good Match!  Dolph Zigger hit the Zig Zag for the win to face Seth Rollins in the Semi-Finals.
  • WWE Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe: This felt like a real Championship level match.  The Crowd was excited, the posture and presence of both Joe and AJ we felt.  Working a body part, this was also a textbook match.  However at a different level than the others.  The match had a great flow, and worked well.  Very physical and active.  Samoa Joe’s suicide dive was sick!  It really looked stiff and made impact.   It finally was like the show opened up!  The submissions and counters were great, and as a whole, this was a Good title match.  AJ Styles retains the Title!  I cannot wait to see what is next, but I bet it will be “Awesome.”

THE BAD

  • DX vs. The Brothers of Destruction:  I love DX’s energy however HBK was very awkward and almost comical especially about his hair or lack of it.  Both Kane and the Undertaker’s Entrance was just mesmerizing.  It is always a treat to see the Undertaker and the pageantry that comes with it.  The Legend, the Phenom coming through the darkness to retrieve yet another soul.  It will never get old to me even if The Undertaker does.  Legends, with epic stories, accomplishments and history repping WWE to the fullest.  The crowd was beside themselves cheering back and forth as both groups are loved by the masses.  We got all we were looking for, but then things got Ugly.  Michael collapsed, although I’m not sure why, then a very rare botch with HHH and the Undertaker made for some real awkwardness.  The crowd didn’t even blink and stayed into it for the most part.  I don’t feel like it ever recovered.  It could be the age or something bigger but the air was let out and it just kind of went through the motions.  Then HBK gave himself a facelift landing directly on his face from a moonsault to the outside that went wrong.  Sweet Chin Music and a Pedigree to Kane, DX Wins!
  • World Cup Round 1 – Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush:  I cannot stand listening to Lio Rush, but I guess that is the point. Luckily he was toned down a bit today.  Lio Rush does wrestle well though from what I have seen.  Seth Rollins is consistent and although injuries have occurred to both him and his opponents, he has had great matches.  Bobby Lashley is a Monster!  He might not be perfect, but a great athlete and Professional Wrestler.    The trend of the night so far continued. However this one was a little too plain for me.  Bad is a little harsh for the work put in but it certainly wasn’t good.  Rollins wins with the Curb Stomp.  Onto the Semi-Finals against the Winner of Angle vs. Ziggler.  (R1 Winner:  Ziggler)
  • World Cup Semifinal – Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz: I will spare you again from hearing that this was another safe play match, but very physical as well.  Another somewhat slow paced match.  They played off of Rey Mysterio’s pain from getting beaten by Randy Orton earlier in the night.  There were a few good moments in the match but overall I wasn’t pulled in.  Kind of bad because the two involved are tremendous at what they do.  Miz wins off of a double knee counter to a weak frog splash.  Miz moves on to the Finals.  *Rey Mysterio is amazing, and I am very happy as a fan to have him back home in the WWE, I cannot wait for his next move. 
  • World Cup Semifinal – Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler: Continuing their rivalry, these two guys know each other very well.  This match was as safe as a car seat.  I wonder if the booking team told them to tone it down a bit, play the injuries, and go slower.  The action was okay, just again, very plain.  No surprises, nothing that we haven’t seen a million times.  Luckily the fans have those plush chairs.  Then some high-spots, Superplex into a Falcon Arrow broken up into a Zig Zag.  Ziggler wins in true Heel fashion with outside interference by Drew McIntyre.  The Show Off heads to the Final’s vs The Miz.

THE UGLY

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Bar (c) vs. New Day:  New Day’s Entrance took forever. Corey Graves was on point with his pure hate of the Magic Carpet ride.   When The Bar and Big Show come down the aisle it is like the Power Rangers becoming Megazord.  I would say like most of the matches, the talent was meticulously paired together, and New Day and The Bar have worked each other many times, and have had great, entertaining matches.  The crowd seemed to enjoy the match.  The Bar’s Back Body Drop into a jackhammer was fantastic.  I hope WWE has some big plans for Big E, he brings a great energy and power to the ring.  The Double Stomp to the Back spot with New Day was just weird.  But then even worse, The Knock Out Punch by the Big Show was weak.  Cheap ending, The Bar holds on to their Gold.   
  • Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman: Beast vs Monster for the most coveted prize in the industry.  F5, then F5, then F5.  What else can you do?    This was crap, and the wrong guy is Champion again.  We see John Cena who is invisible more than we see Brock Lesnar.  Gross, ugly, and a shame.
  • World Cup Finals – The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler/Shane McMahon vs. Dolph Zigger: Heel vs. Heel, and a ton of history, I hoped it would be Good!  Then Pop!  Miz is out due to injury and cannot compete.  So, in comes Shame O’ Mac, The Prince of WWE!  What?  Drew McIntyre gone, Baron Corbin gone, now we have a match, or so I thought, this was just nuts, made no sense and was ugly.  Shane McMahon wins the Best in the World Cup 2018, I guess.  This is going to be interesting in the coming weeks.

This show was a mixed bag.  Overall, I would say Crown Jewel wasn’t as Good as it needed to be.  Luckily the WWE fans are loyal even when they “hate” the product they watched.  I enjoy the show for what it is, but this historic night, would be better left forgotten.  Please share and comment, see you on the next one!


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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