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Good, Bad, & Ugly: WWE Smackdown (1/8/19)

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Does WWE Smackdown follow a strong Raw with a Good show of their own? That’s for Bobby Fernandes to decide!

Monday Night Raw is now behind us, and it was a strong showing this week.  SmackDown is expected to outperform as it has week after week.  Raw was special this go around, as it was a bit of a tribute to “Mean Gene” Okerlund, and everyone brought their “A” game.  SmackDown almost always brings their “A” game and tonight should be no different.  WWE is in full swing on the Road to WrestleMania with the ever prestigious Royal Rumble coming up very soon.  AEW is eating up all the attention signing huge names and continuing to build an arsenal to compete.  With Raw doing their part, will SmackDown continue to impress the masses?

THE GOOD

Opening Vignette w/ Daniel Bryan

We all get it, Daniel Bryan is a heel.  He is a great heel at that, but this was a very boring segment.  Maybe we are all just “fickle” but this insane Daniel Bryan is a bit boring at times on the mic.  The old school heel tactics are Good though, going after fans food, and signs.  Overall though, this was on the Bad side, until R-Truth beat the hell out of Daniel Bryan and defended the fans honor.

Non-Title Match (WWE Champion) Daniel Bryan vs. R-Truth

R-Truth is one of those veterans that can still go, and doesn’t seem to ever slow down.  He brought it tonight and worked his ass off out there.  Daniel Bryan of course did his thing and brought it as always.  This was a quick but Good Match, a lot of offense in a short time. Daniel Bryan Win’s with a running knee.  As he was making his exit, the “New” AJ Styles came out and greeted the Champion with a Good old fashioned beat down.  Good energy and successful opening match.

Rey Mysterio and Mustafa Ali vs. Cien Almas w/ Zelina Vega and Samoa Joe

This match had the makings to be a fireworks display!  Everyone involved is high energy and simply nasty in the ring.  Surprisingly, Ali and Samoa Joe started off a little flat, and slow.  Nothing special.  Then it was time for Mysterio and Cien Almas, and besides a small but painful botch, I thought I was watching a Cruiserweight Match from an old WCW Event.  This was just fantastic, and a feud between Almas and Mysterio would be extremely beneficial especially to the audience.   Samoa Joe started killing it also brutalizing Ali with a “fall-away slam” across the announce table.  There were a few botches and mishaps but that can happen in such an intense match with such high flying competitors.  The ending was nuts!  The piledriver spot, the 619 miss into the finish, Ali almost killing Joe over the top, so much to see, a generous amount of action.  Cien Almas pins Rey Mysterio!  Almas and Samoa Joe Win!  How is WWE planning on competing with AEW?  We just saw it, and it is beautiful!

Rusev Promo

A different tone of the United States Champion, Rusev.  Lana is hurt and is being used as some heat for this fight.  This feud is fantastic without an ounce of promos or talking.  They could just come out as themselves and work in front of the audience who would eat it up.  That isn’t what is happening though, we have a cliché storyline.  It isn’t Bad because the talent is exemplary, no matter what the matches (if they actually have one) will be successful.  Angry Rusev is great though, and the less funny Rusev is the better he looks.

For a Shot at the SD Tag Team Titles at Royal Rumble Non-Title Match (Tag Team Champions) The Bar vs. The Usos

Here we have some massive potential.  Contrasting teams, both have immense success, and are loved by the audience.  It would be nice to see some new tag teams immerge or bump up on SmackDown though.  Whoever is next for a Title push will certainly be in Good hands with either of these teams.  All four wrestlers individually showed their strengths, and of course killed it teaming up as well.  The Usos really worked hard out there and successfully kept putting Shamus over.  It looked Good.  Cesaro is above average.  His bump over the barrier looked to make a row of kids happy!  Up close and personal and always 100%.  “The Swiss Superman” is just amazing.  The Usos stayed amped the entire time.  The energy was intense as it looked like Jimmy Uso was going to get the hot tag.  Out of the blue, Mandy Rose comes out in a towel, causing Jimmy to be distracted, Jay gets hit with the “Neutralizer” Cesaro and Shamus Win!  The Miz seizes his opportunity and gets a “Brough Kick” for his trouble.  He also got a Title shot for him and Shane McMahon vs. The Bar.  The whole thing packaged the way it was, telling multiple storylines effectively, hitting all cylinders, and giving the fans genuinely Good content.  It is all a win. Sonya Deville overpowering a very pissed of Naomi, that also is a plus.  Let’s all hope we see a lot more Sonya Deville.

Winner Faces Asuka for the SD Women’s Championship at Royal Rumble- Carmella vs. Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch

This was and is a really Good plan, Carmella changes the environment a bit and makes this whole thing better, if that is even possible.  The confidence all three competitors give off is overwhelming.  Carmella capitalized early on Lynch and Charlotte starting things off.  It was short lived though when Becky Lynch decided to dominate.  All three went at it though not disappointing and solidifying once again they are the “Main Event.”  Even when they were catching their breath it looked Good.  Carmella rolling into the “Cone of Silence” and Flair powering out was fantastic!  Charlotte’s “double moonsault” was also unique and looked great.  This was an incredible match!  They put it all out there always changing roles and fighting for position.  Carmella had the match locked several times, then Charlotte, then Becky, then Carmella and so on!  It could have gone any way, all hitting their respective move sets. In the end Lynch trapped the “Disarmer” on Carmella for the Win, and moves on to Asuka at the Royal Rumble for the Title.  Great Match!  Asuka of course had to get a closer look and faded out with the two amazing talents face to face.

FINAL TALLY

  • GOOD ALL OF IT!
  • BAD- 0
  • UGLY- 00

OVERALL

Great, Good and all around enjoyable.  This was a really fun SmackDown.  Awesome writing and talent.  The only complaint was the opening which also came out better than Bad.  WWE is awake and will not be intimidated by competition.  They thrive on it.  The quality since the arrival of AEW has been noticeably improved.  WWE is on light speed, and will keep us watching every show!

Fantastic Raw and SmackDown and hopefully some normal NXT this week will make for some successful ratings and fan awareness.  WWE is on fire and will be hard to stop as long as they continue doing whatever it is they are doing.  Keep it up!  Please continue to read, like and share!  Thank you for the support!


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The Good, Bad and Ugly: NXT (01/16/2019)

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Bobby breaks down the most recent episode of NXT. Does it play out like we all expect?

NXT was back to its usual self last week.  A whole lot of action, tremendous storylines, and excellence.  This week, we hope the Good times will continue.  They cram a lot of Professional Wrestling’s finest into a small hour long segment proving less is more.  With another week of new content will NXT ever be anything but Good? 

THE GOOD

Bianca Belair Promo

This match with Shayna Baszler will be incredible.  Both are so dominant and contrast each other’s styles so well.  Glam vs. Gloom.  Belair had a more than impressive win over Nikki Cross last week and it certainly got some people’s attention.  Her mic skills are sincere, and smooth.  She has a lot of “it” factor.  Of course when you put Baszler’s name in your mouth, she isn’t going to be far behind.  Baszler interrupted Belair, in tow with her Horsewomen.  Baszler is fantastic and demands attention, but Belair held her ground and the two had a Good exchange.  Belair finally had enough and literally slapped the spit out of Baszler.  She poked the bear and for the time being got away with it. 

Johnny Gargano vs. Humberto Carillo

Carillo nearly won the 205 Live Championship this week, and has some skills.  Gargano can work anyone so this was a decent match.  A lot of flying around, huge moves and smooth entertaining action.  Carillo hit a sick “missile dropkick” followed by a “standing moonsault.”  He is impressive, but Johnny Wrestling wasn’t going to be outdone and crushed Carillo’s momentum and face with his “slingshot DDT” for the victory. 

Kassius Ohno vs. “Limitless” Keith Lee

Two huge, physical beast going head to head.  This is going to hurt.  Ohno is one stiff bastard but Lee won’t be one to get beat around.  Lee was dominant early on, overpowering and out finessing Ohno.  Lee is so impressive, you never know what he is going to do.  He has the power and agility rarely seen on any platform of sports.  Ohno didn’t lie down though, he got in his shots and got the big guy down with brutal kicks.  Ohno had control until he got a back full of knees on a senton attempt.  Lee wouldn’t turn back from there.  He just overpowered Ohno, tossing him around and hitting a slingshot cross body for a near fall.  The ref got in the mix and knocked down just long enough for Ohno to get in a “low blow” for a cheap but much needed win for Kassius Ohno.  Matt Riddle made the run in due to the cheap victory but only Good for a staredown.    

THE BAD

Street Profits vs.  The Metro Brothers (Chris and JC)

The current EVOLVE Tag Team Champions have been appropriately hyped.  A lot of fans have no idea who they are, but they can certainly work.  The Metro Brothers have a Good look as well.  This had match had decent potential heading into it, as both teams had a Good energy heading in.  Unfortunately this was a quick match, and didn’t showcase anything special.  Street Profits win decisively.  The celebration was short lived though as the “Forgotten Son’s” who truly were forgotten by most.  These bad ass bikers beat the hell out of Street Profits and the crowd was not amused.  Not NXT’s greatest stuff, and a surprisingly disappointing opening match.

THE UGLY

Adrian Jaoude vs. Dominic Dijakovic

Jaoude a black belt and badass looks like a serious dude, and we already know how intense the New England Native Dijak is.  He destroys his opponents.  Unfortunately we saw a lot of awkward “mat” wrestling.  The problem is if you do mat wrestling, it cannot look half assed and both competitors have to be able to go with it.  We didn’t see that here.  This was boring, and didn’t do anything for the audience.  Dijakovic Wins and it couldn’t have ended fast enough. 

FINAL

GOOD- 3

BAD- 1

UGLY- 1

OVERALL-  Good, but not as Good as usual.  Some of the action was more than disappointing but honestly nothing is perfect.  NXT is more often than not, a fantastic example of Professional Wrestling’s potential.

The NXT product is just unreal.  The promos have substance and are straight to the point.  The talent on the roster even with the “call ups” seem to replenish and feed the well-oiled machine without a hiccup. The word is that an extended time slot may be in the works for more action.  As said earlier less is more, but if they don’t fill the extra time with crap and just more expected Gold of a typical NXT, more is just better.  However this week it wasn’t up to par. It seems that as usual the Good outweighed the Bad, but this really wasn’t their best.  Onto the next week, which are the “take home” shows for an action packed weekend.  See you then!


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All In For a New Era Of Pro Wrestling

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Corey Taylor makes his debut for The Chairshot Ushering in a new era with All Elite Wrestling!

IT BEGINS

Unlike people who know don’t follow pro wrestling or that watch it as a casual fan, I am different. Watching wrestling has been my passion since I was young. Then throw in the fact I’m a writer it gives me a very interesting outlook on the industry. I watch not just because I love it but because I study it on a creative level. I fell in love with WWF right from the start. People ask me ‘how?’ or ‘why?’

It started in 1991. I was just two years old. Young, right? Yeah, I told you. My dad was channel surfing when he flipped to WWF, and that was it. From that night forward I was hooked. At thirty years old, still passionate to the point I study the wrestling industry as much as possible. Do I know everything? No, but I do know a lot and throw in my writing background which makes the passion run deeper. The late 80s early 90s was such a magical time. The era of Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, and Hulk Hogan was lighting up the federation in the early ‘90s. This continued until the WWF ushered in a “NEW GENERATION.” Wrestlers like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels who were tag team specialists set off on single careers and became leaders of the new era.

Media mogul Ted Turner, the CEO of World Championship Wrestling, had a chat with Eric Bischoff, one of his B-team announcers. “How do we compete against WWF?”

Eric Bischoff said the first thing he could think of, “Go head to head with the WWF every Monday night.” Turner concurred and gave him the prime time Monday night slot. They shook WWF to its core for 83 weeks.

MONDAY NIGHT WARS

WWF was still going the kid-friendly over the top character’s route, and fans started to flee from the product, and the company was financially struggling. WCW, however, was flouring with its more reality-based storylines and was bringing in bigger numbers. Most of the stars of the 80s and early 90s from WWF jumped to WCW. During this period, WWF wrestler Lex Luger appeared on the first episode of Monday Nitro a day after his contract expired. A year or more earlier Hogan and Savage had left WWF since their presence became irrelevant due to WWF’s youth movement but even the young talent they were making stars started to leave, like Kevin Nash (also known as Diesel in WWF) and Scott Hall (known as Razor Ramon) shocked the wrestling world by jumping to WCW.

WCW competed with WWF/E “head to head” and won every week for 83 solid weeks! Wow, you would agree with me that this was a rating beatdown. This challenge outright brought WWF ratings crashing down but, the WCW’s ego started their downfall. How?
WWF pre-taped their Monday night Raw on various weeks and when they did WCW would give away the results. Then on the 83rd week, they made a mistake that’d cost them. Live on air they announced that there would be a new champion on the other show (WWF Raw.) That night, Mick Foley won the WWF Championship, and WCW knew it was happening because it was pre-taped. Tony Schiavone said with disgust “That’ll put butts in the seats.” However, the fans switched over to Raw and WCW’s ratings never recovered. This development further fueled the WCW’s doom. Based on the responses from various sources, a lot of things led to her downfall in 2001, but on a fateful day in 2001 Vince McMahon “bought

WHY THE HISTORY LESSON?

I know what you are wondering. Why bring you on this trip eighteen years back in time down memory lane? Here we are in 2019. WWF; now known as WWE is still standing though on bent legs. They’re still going strong but are struggling with consistently keeping momentum and ratings are down. Even with its long-lasting virtue, it is struggling to keep the fans entertained.

Don’t get it all wrong WWE is still a juggernaut but for how long? Some people blame it on Monday Night Raw being three hours while others say it is because of Vince inconsistency with his fans and all other sorts of assumptions. There seems to be a new dawn for WWE in 2019. They will either flourish or fail. WWE is about to witness the competition it hasn’t seen in 18 years.

It all started four months ago, on the first of September 2018. After months of intense preparation and planning, Cody Rhodes, the son of a legendary pro wrestler, and a pro wrestling mastermind, the late Dusty Rhodes, along with Nick and Matt Jackson, the Young Bucks put on a well-planned event that sold out the Sears Center and put on a stacked successful show. It was AMAZING! An exciting combination of amazing in-ring competition, blasts from the past and an entertaining yet bizarre moment.

Jay Lethal restored his Black Machismo gimmick with Randy Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo by his side, there was this very emotional NWA championship match between Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes and to cap it all, everyone also enjoyed the challenge between Kenny Omega and Pentagon Jr, with a shocking appearance by Chris Jericho. It was the wrestling event wrestling fans have been waiting years to see. At one point I had to rub my eyes and wonder if I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. With Adam Page in the ring after a match, Joey Ryan’s crotch appeared on the screen and began to…well…stiffen, Followed by inflatable phallic druids heading down to the ring and the world saw the “Res-erection” of Joey Ryan. I was standing there both traumatized and entertained. It was unique, to say the least.

ALL IN was such a success, on January 1st they announced on BEING THE ELITE the YouTube channel they were going DOUBLE OR NOTHING. This was followed by a second announcement, the birth of All Elite Wrestling. The Bucks, Adam Page, and Cody Rhodes were starting their own wrestling promotion. As days went on, they announced that top female independent talent, Brit Baker was joining the company and the official disclosure of the financial backers being the Khan family, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reports say they are investing about one-hundred million dollars into the startup of the company.

Wow! That’s a massive amount of cash.

Announcements on more names attached to the promotion came on the 8th of January, at a press conference hosted by All Elite Wrestling. The first names were called to the stage to start things off.: (So Cal Uncensored); Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, and Scorpio Sky and signed by All Elite Wrestling. Then the former WWE Cruiserweight champion PAC and Chris Jericho, one of the biggest free agents in the industry appeared at the rally.

According to The Bucks and Rhodes, they testified that they had a goal of putting ten thousand people in a building a few months ago, and they succeeded. In their words, they revealed that they never let their friendship affect them in their profession, and their comradery will be one of the driving forces of what makes AEW successful. I ran through the lists of announced names, Cody Rhodes, Young Bucks, Adam Page, Brit Baker, So Cal Uncensored, PAC, Chris Jericho and am predicting a ton of success of ALL IN but the similarities and the differences between AEW and WCW were clear.

HISTORY REPEATING CORRECTING ITSELF

An obvious similarity is that billionaires funded both WCW and AEW. WCW, however, focused on already established big names from WWE while AEW is concentrating on guys who have made their names for themselves or have yet to make a name for themselves. Even former WWE wrestlers like Pac and Jericho left WWE and have done a great deal to brand themselves separate from their WWE careers. WCW had pizza guys and network execs running the company before and after Eric Bischoff was in power, but AEW has The Bucks and Cody Rhodes leading the charge and looks to be in control of things on a creative level, and that will be a significant catalyst on why AEW can outrun WCW.

Unlike WCW, in AEW, there are no egos, no politicians, no random individual who does not know the trends in the wrestling industry. AEW, however, is anchored by people who are in the wrestling business and financially backed by someone who loves the wrestling business. The trending news does not stop here. There had been rumors that big networks are looking to have AEW on their network and another aspect reminiscent of WCW is the fact that one of the big networks looking to get AEW is none other than the former home of WCW Nitro the TNT network. Could we see a rebirth of the Monday Night Wars? Dare we dream?

The wrestling business is changing, and this could be a wake-up call to WWE to focus and make an impact and keep the momentum going while also giving fans an alternative in AEW. It will be an exciting few years and will be crucial for WWE, AEW and the pro wrestling industry as a whole. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the product now even more than ever. However, if WWE or AEW needs a writer on their staff that has been following the industry for 27 years and had ten years of writing experience, I am available, reach me.

To get the latest news on All Elite Wrestling, tune in to your favorite pro wrestling news sites. Tune into Twitter and Being the Elite YouTube channel to get the news.

To contact me: Coreyt0304@gmail.com


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