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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Smackdown 12/18/18

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After promising a new and better Raw, The McMahons had a Bad Monday night.  Raw wasn’t Good, and didn’t do what was needed to turn things around yet. In fact it was one of the worst Raws in a long line of Bad Raws.  Did SmackDown do what it does best, and kill it? Or was it another victim of the ongoing nightmare of recent WWE television?

THE GOOD

Opening Segment

Shane addressing his crew on what needs to be done, reiterating the message from Raw.  The SmackDown roster was pumped.  Paige got her props and pats on the back and it was quick and painless.

Becky Lynch Promo

With or without the strap, “The Man” is still The Man!  Lynch wants Rousey, that’s it.  While cutting deep into Ronda Rousey, Charlotte interrupted.  “The Queen”claims to hate Rousey more.  As the two went back and forth getting more and more personal.  At the best possible moment out comes the New Champion, Asuka.  That belt looks right around Asuka.  It is just perfect.  Out comes Mr. McMahon.  This just got better.   McMahon explained to Lynch and Flair that no one loss but them,and if they have a problem, take it out on Rousey.  He then made a big decision and gave the ever deserving Naomi a shot at Asuka.  This was a very good way to kick things off, and the effect that was missing from Raw magically clicked on SmackDown.  This is Good all around. 

SmackDown Womens Championship- Asuka (c) vs. Naomi

Going into this, it is already pretty Good, it was unexpected, and with the fact that these two have been paired as a great tag team as of late, adds even more interest.  Opening up we saw some decent moves and a great pace. All of a sudden it was like the air was let out.  Both competitors slowed down to a crawl.  They were being very creative but extremely careful.  Asuka decided it was time to taunt Flair and Lynch at ringside letting Naomi hit an impressive “Russian Leg Sweep” off the ropes.  Just as Naomi looked to have everything finished, Asuka countered and got Naomi into the Asuka Lock, Naomi got out momentarily however got locked in again.  Naomi got out again and nearly got the win with a “Rear View.”  Naomi again regained control only to be countered and put into a 3rd Asuka lock immediately tapping out.  Asuka Wins!  Although there were some slow moments, there were also some big ones, making this a Good opening match. 

McMahon/Miz Promo

The comedic relief was successful, and it set up a match for later in the night.  Of course ending with McMahon dismissively leaving the Miz to his thoughts was genius.  Another quick and painless promo. 

Rusev Promo

He has it all, the talent, the personality, the look.  Rusev is the total package.  The feud with Shinsuke is fantastic and should be gold.  The more Rusev the better. 

Samoa Joe Apology Promo w/ Jeff Hardy

As stated before, Jeff Hardy’s strengths lie in the ring with the action, not on the mic, however he did okay in this promo.  Out comes Samoa Joe, who is hit or miss most days.  Wasting no time, the words “I’m Sorry” came out of his mouth, but Joe went on to say that this isn’t an apology but an intervention.  He continued his verbal assault on Hardy’s past.  Hardy decided to jab at Joe this time attacking his record in WWE.  Samoa Joe looking salty went for Hardy but got a “twist of fate” for his trouble.  Again, the trend of short and sweet promos are a winner.  No overkill, got the point across and made an impact. 

Mixed Tag TeamMatch:  The Miz and Mandy Rose vs.  R-Truth and Carmella (Mixed Matched Tag Team Winners)

This match was set up to fail.  It really doesn’t make much sense.  R-Truth always being confused if funny but getting old.  Carmella and Truth together isn’t bad but this whole thing is a waste. R-Truth looked good in there though, until the flossing commenced.  After Carmella took out Mandy Rose, The Miz hit a “Skull Crushing Finale” for the victory.  This was a quick and pointless match of the evening, but the content and in ring didn’t look Bad, most of it was in fact Good.  The fact that it was quick make it even more bearable. 

The Usos Promo

Suprisingly the Uso’s even getting booed greeted the fans graciously on the way to the ring.  Before things could get ugly, Gallows and Anderson came out to interrupt.  Speaking the truth Anderson spoke about how the Tag Team Division is stale and redoing the same story over and over, while they have been on the bench.  Gallows escalated it further into a match via The McMahons.  Quick, painless and effective once again.  This trend is a Good one.

Usos vs. Gallows and Anderson

Gallows and Anderson took care of business early in this one.  Frequent tags and wearing their opponents down.  After a hot tag Jey Uso  tore it up until Anderson cut him down. Gallows hit a hard “sitting choke-slam’ but only for a two count.  Jey Uso went for a huge dive but was kicked in the face by Anderson who took a hard fall on his head to the outside.  The Uso’s took control but couldn’t stop Gallows and Anderson from dominating.  Just when The Uso’s looked to finally have it all finished, The Bar’s Music hit and Sanity came out of no-where destroying the Usos.  Sanity is Good for business.  Although we had a cheap finish, we also had an unexpected surprise.  A Good Surprise.  Bravo once again!  The Bar picked the Uso’s clean after all was said and done just as a reminder that they mean business.  Quick and effective, is the theme of the night, and once again it was delivered successfully. 

Daniel Bryan and Cien Almas w/ Zelina Vega vs. Mustafa Ali and AJ Styles

The idea behind the match was Good.  Getting the faces out that aren’t seen every week is always Good.  That’s what the roles are, the top guys need to work with the enhancement talent for a successful show.  This really makes sense for the weekly show format.  Daniel Bryan’s promo reiterated the usual “death of the Yes Movement” sentiment and obviously got the crowd fired up.  Luckily again, it was short and the action wasn’t far behind.  Mustafa Ali has a great look and will be a strong addition depending on how he is continued to be booked.  Cien Almas is fantastic, and looked really sharp with AJ Styles.  He consistently has Good content, SmackDown was no different.  The match was action packed, technical wrestling, awesome strikes, and a lot of variety.  The Main Event was just that, and did not disappoint.  The “Dragon Sleeper” on Mustafa Ali from Bryan was simply awesome! It looked like Styles had it won trapping Daniel Bryan in the “Calf Crusher” but Almas broke it up.  Bryan came back and kicked AJ Styles head off, but Styles regained momentum with a moon-sault into a reverse DDT.  AJ Styles took out Almas and Mustafa Ali hits the “054” for the victory!

THE BAD AND UGLY:  N/A

FINAL/OVERALL RESULTS:  ALL GOOD! 

This was a fantastic show all around and exceeded expectations. 

Well if anyone wondered what changed last night on Raw, and what the hell was going on, didn’t have to ask anymore. McMahon finally seems to have bought into SmackDown being the fantastic spectacle that it is.  We had tweaks and changes much like Raw, however these only added Good things for SmackDown.  This was a Good show, and had a tremendous energy, like when your parents are coming over your house for the first time.  The SmackDown crew, showed off,and it added something even more special to an already important night.  Great SmackDown!  Looking forward to more of this and hope that Raw took notes.

 

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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (4/22/19)

In a good edition of Raw, who stood out at the top Three Stars?

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The first WWE Raw after 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-Up saw a #1 contender established for Seth Rollins. But who stood out to Greg DeMarco?

Judging by Twitter, the world seems to agree with Big Daddy DeMarco that this was a good edition of Raw. We may not have Bobby Fernandes at our disposal right now, but I dare say he’d also find it Good. That said, there are talents who rose above the rest. Who were they? Let’s have a look!

The Third Star: Cedric Alexander and Cesaro

Two new members of the Raw roster went to battle here. One was revealed last week (Cedric Alexander), and the other was revealed earlier today in some additional roster swapping (Cesaro). I loved seeing Cedric hold his own against a much larger opponent. That is something he hasn’t had to do in recent years, but he didn’t miss a beat. Cedric the underdog (a role Ricochet seems to be inheriting as well) can work. As for Cesaro? He delivered in a big way here, looking great in the process. The right guy won, but both looked great coming out of this match.


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The Second Star: Lacey Evans

I gotta call a spade a spade: this wasn’t a good night for Becky Lynch. Yes, Alicia Fox has her faults, but those miscues seemed to be equal parts Becky and equal parts Alicia. Enter Lacey Evans to save the segment! Lacey knows her character…Lacey IS her character. She might be the strongest character in WWE today, and she deserves every opportunity coming her way. At this point I am rooting for Becky to lose to Lacey, because seeing The Lady of WWE holding the Raw Women’s Championship just feels right.

Honorable Mention: Sami Zayn, Robert Roode, AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Drew McIntyre


Must read: Tiffany’s Takes for WWE Raw (4/22/19)


The First Star: Bray Wyatt

We’ve been waiting for Bray Wyatt to make his return, and when we are made to wait too long things don’t usually pan out. I am happy to return: this panned out! Bray Wyatt has taken hold of his character’s new direction, and delivered a segment that quickly became the #1 trend, and has people wanting more. That is the goal, and Bray nailed the goal in his first segment back. Yowey-wowey I can’t wait to see what’s next!


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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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Rob: Looking At The AEW TV Follies

Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.

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Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.

This past Thursday brought out a lot of chatter on Twitter about AEW and their very unclear prospects at landing a TV deal.  We’ve been hearing for some time now that they have multiple bidders offering good money and that it’s a matter of picking which one.  We’ve also heard that Warner Media appeared to have decided to go in with them and that an announcement of some kind should be coming soon.  But now a new rumor surfaced, that they might have to pay for the TV themselves.

Which brought on the jokes from a lot of different people and in turn brought out the ‘you guys are a bunch of WWE stans, why do you want AEW to fail?’ responses from some supporters of AEW.  So yes, Thursday night on Wrestling Twitter became the clusterf@# that most nights tend to be.  Now before I go any further, let me put out a little disclaimer here.

I am not anti-AEW.  I got no quarrel with any of the people there.  I’m not a fan of some of them as performers but it’s nothing personal.  At least from what I’ve seen Cody in particular has been nothing but gracious towards his former employers and co-workers, and has shot down many an attempt by fans to goad him into bashing WWE and/or Vince McMahon. I don’t know him personally but he seems like a good dude all around, and I respect the hell out of him for not just leaving WWE but leaving with a plan to accomplish what he did not there and not going on and on about his push or lack thereof.  I do however take issue with the constant bombardment on my Twitter feed from overzealous fans predicting that AEW is going to take down the WWE, the constant rumors about this WWE wrestler or that one being unhappy why they could/should go to AEW, and with Dave Meltzer’s state run media treatment towards them.  Dave has always loved those guys but since the run up to All In he’s become co-opted by The Elite and has spun everything they do as successful and a big deal.  He’s already declared that they are the number two company even though they haven’t run a show yet.

So yeah, when something pops up that runs contrary to all the bragging and boasting that the worst AEW fans have been doing….yeah, there are gonna be some jokes fired off.  That doesn’t mean we want it to fail, ok?  To be honest most of the people I’ve talked to are curious but not necessarily interested in it at all, and would be perfectly fine leaving it to exist and not saying a word one way or the other.  As for myself, I’m more interested in the operational side than whatever kind of content they’re ultimately going to be producing.  Quite frankly I’m not that pressed to see more wrestling than what I already watch, and that’s not where their success is going to come from anywhere.  The thing that rarely gets talked about re: WWE is that how they’ve run their office vs all of their former and current would be competitors has been the real difference maker and not the quality of their wrestling.  There are plenty of guys and gals who can get in a ring and put on a good match but there aren’t as many people who can competently run a wrestling company.  But anyhow…..

Does this thing have any credibility? We don’t know of course, but consider that virtually every other wrestling company outside of WWE is in a less than prime spot as far as television.  Even if the Turner folks don’t hate wrestling like they did 20 years ago there hasn’t been much demand shown for anything that’s not WWE, which has 35 years of branding and trust built up working to it’s advantage.  AEW or any other start up company is walking into a network environment that, while it may be friendlier than before, still isn’t looking to do any favors to a wrestling company that may not even out rate some of the reruns that they carry.  While them having to pay or maybe just not getting any rights fees may not be what happens, I’m willing to bet they don’t get some huge amount of money.  Why?  Take off your fan hat and look at things objectively.  What kind of audience they’ll bring in is purely speculation at this point – just how many people fit into the pool that might be interested but will actually tune in to watch?  That’s the real question, and we don’t know yet.  So far they’ve only announced special events, one offs that are easier to sell because they’re rare.  But when it’s the middle of July and you’re running the third week in a row of matches between the same people to further an angle, are there enough people willing to do that for a company they’re not already invested in?  That’s the key, in my opinion.  Can you get enough people in the tent who will stay with you through that?


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We’ll see what happens.  Network upfronts are coming soon and then all will be revealed.  The TV deal, should they get one, is an important building block in any success they have.  TV rights don’t just get you exposure they often pay the bills.  The NFL has been dining out on TV rights fees so much that attendance at games is an afterthought now.  A good timeslot where they have a chance to draw a good number will be the difference between them doing well or going down the tubes in short order.  But this whole thing is also a referendum on Dave Meltzer, as he has been doing a full Baghdad Bob routine and insisting that they have multiple big money offers and it’s just a matter of choosing which one.  Dave sounds like a full on shill at this point and has been straight up cheerleading them the whole time.  And look it’s fine to be a fan/shill for someone, but you just got to admit it and not play objective reporter.  Dave is All In (pun intended) on AEW, to the point where he’s venturing into crazy talk land to boost them up.  We’ll find out soon enough just how this thing plays out, and then we can go back from pretending to be TV experts to pretending we know how to book wrestling shows.


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