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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Smackdown (2/26/19)

Did Smackdown provide a Good show on the Good-Bad-Ugly scale?

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Bobby Fernandes saw Raw as Bad, will WWE Smackdown raise the bar…or is it already the bar?

After Raw was subpar and flat out Bad, we come to SmackDown in hopes of redemption.  We need it to be Good and the Blue Brand is typically up for the task.  Can they deliver or will the Bad vibes continue?

GOOD

The Hardy Boys vs. The Bar

Welcome Back Matt Hardy!  This is great news anytime, and more Hardy Boys is a winner.  Great contrast against a team like The Bar this match was a Good set up.  Comebacks are the Hardy’s thing.  The other thing is being awesome!  This match more than delivered and obviously hit some nostalgic notes along the way.  The Bar did their job beating down the glutton’s for punishment The Hardy’s.  It was a solid, full speed match.  The Hardy’s bring it every single time and always lay it all on the line.  This was fun and entertaining and did the job well.  The Hardy’s hit their big moves for the big win over the former Tag team Champions.  Chalk up another Good match! 

Open Challenge- United States Championship Match- R-Truth w/ Carmella (C) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade w/ Zelina Vega

Apparently John Cena is R-Truth’s childhood hero, and he will be doing the US Open Challenge in his honor.  Andrade w/ Zelina Vega answered the challenge and this is a great thing.  To make it better so did Rey Mysterio who came out hot and dropped Andrade on the ramp before the match was even official.  The matches so far have been fire between the Mysterio and Andrade and R-Truth is far too talented to ruin such a Good mix.  Everyone as expected was impressive and on their A Game.  Lots of unique spots, and 3 man moves.  Some sick high flying feats by everyone lead by Mysterio the Master of the sky himself.  This was high impact and fast.  Top caliber Pro Wrestling action.  Even the tribute to Cena’s “You can’t see me” was great!  Carmella getting at Vega was a nice touch.  Mysterio was just a maniac.  After a “619” attempt that hit Andrade, R-Truth got a quick roll up on Mysterio for the impressive win, and huge title defense.  Andrade being the passionate hot head he is attacked Mysterio but was not successful, having to retreat.  This is such a sick rivalry, I hope it never ends.    

Charlotte Flair

This was purely Heel Heat seeking material.  This was simply to get more hatred to the villain the Evil Queen.  It worked to, as the Negan like Charlotte really pissed off everyone.  She did well on her turf.  Charlotte was tall and sharp this go around looking and sounding ready for the fight.  It was convincing and Good for the story.  Charlotte apparently in fantasy world thinks she will be handed the Title on this coming Raw from the hands of Mr. McMahon himself.  As it so happens, this is possible in this crazy WWE Universe.  This was a little long in the tooth but passed the test and gave us a Good feeling about what is to come!  It’s about to blow up!

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev w/ Lana

Both Aleister Black and Richchet’s entrancing are mesmorizing.  I love the way Black rises for the fight.  Ricochet is pure energy also.  Then of course the classic Nakamura entrance doesn’t get old either although they didn’t show it.  These are awesome teams for an awesome match.  A real treat for the NXT mix up as of late.  This is Pay Per View steal the show talent, ironically enough though Rusev and Nakamura are forgotten on Pay Per Views most of the time and it’s a crime.  As this should be no surprise this match was absolutely awesome.  This is what it’s all about, a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of Good.  Not to be outdone and needing to mention it, Rusev looked really Good out there.  He really has a great aggressive streak going and it has made him sharper and tighter in the ring.  Hopefully it was noted backstage that Black vs. Nakamura has to happen as it just is so perfect.  This sometimes was unorthodox and sometimes so textbook, but it just worked well all around.  Ricochet took a sick bump on a powerful slam by Rusev.  Rusev is straight money at all times.  He needs another push sooner than later.  Back to the match, Nakamura had it locked but was hit with “Black Mass” and defeated.  Ricochet and Aleister Black Win!  Sick Match!  We need more and more of this!

Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston vs. (WWE Champion) Daniel Bryan and Rowan

I get the heat seeking going on, much like with the Charlotte/Becky situation but this is outrageous.  K.O. being back is Good though.  He brings a ton of all around talent every show and can work with the best of them.  It’s surprising given his history with the McMahon’s that he is now seemingly aligned with Vinnie Mac.  All the same, Owens acting like he was surprised was so cheesy but that is part of the charm of the story in this case and makes it better.  Onto the match, we have some talent, but Rowan is way out of place here.  Better talent for the likes of Owens and Kingston need to happen fast.  As expected, Kofi Kingston got completely stomped by the heel team the whole match.  There was decent action though and everything looked Good.  Finally after all the build up, it Kevin Owens finally answered his call.  He took the hot tag and unloaded nearly finishing off Daniel Bryan and Rowan on his own.  Kofi got back into it but again went high risk.  It was Kevin Owen’s though who his a “Stunner” on The Champ for the impressive comeback win!  Owens was sick and looked like he hasn’t lost a step but only got better.  Great win for Kofi and Owens!

BAD

Contract Signing (Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan Championship Match at Fastlane)

Kofi Kingston is the man right now.  He has been a long time but now is getting his proper respect.  It looked like everything was going to plan.  Everything being set up to be done the way it should.  Kofi going to sign a huge opportunity.  Then Vince McMahon arrived.  He not only insulted Kofi but replaced him with returning Superstar Kevin Owens who signed his name instead for a title shot at Fastlane.  This is really stupid and pointless. If the point was just to get everyone upset, great job but Kofi Kingston is the match everyone wants and needs.  Bad Opening. 

UGLY- Goose Egg!

FINAL

  • Good- 5
  • Bad- 1
  • Ugly- 0

Overall

Good Week for team Blue! More than redeemed for the short mess that Raw was Monday Night.  The matches were just better, as is the talent.  Only being outdone every week by NXT which is not a Bad thing.  Gold star for the SD Live crew on a killer week! 

NXT not only making the other shows better is also Great and hopefully the NXT Women’s Division will see some action as well.  This trend is such a treat and the more NXT integrates the better everything will Go.  Next up is the stars of the night on their home turf, NXT.  I’m sure it will rock out!  See you right back here, on the Good, Bad and Ugly.    


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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 3/1/21

Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

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Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

With just 6 short weeks left until WrestleMania, RAW once again came to us from the Thunderdome, with the main story on RAW this week being focused on the WWE Championship match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley. Despite this there were still some other moments on RAW that stood out, so without further ado let’s once again look at the top 5 moments that stood out on RAW.

5. Mustafa Ali pins Riddle

There is no denying that the booking of RETRIBUTION has been botched. While it was extremely interesting to watch Retribiution at first, Retribution soon died even after Mustafa Ali turned heel mainly due to terrible logical booking and a series of losses that made them all look weak.

However, it is still nice to see RETRIBUTION get wins back, especially when it comes to their leader, Mustafa Ali. Ali is extremely talented and has shown he can perform with the best in the ring. That is why it was so great to see him beat Riddle on RAW.

While the match between the two men was nothing special and had a bad-looking finish, it was still nice to see him beat the United States Champion in a non-title match and give RETRIBUTION and himself a small amount of credit back.

4. Miz makes Bobby Lashley wait

Over the years The Miz has grown to be one of the best heels in the business, his promos are amazing to watch and over the years Miz has learned to control any crowd as a heel. Miz’s promos though are not the only thing that has helped him as a heel, as we have seen Miz over the years use brilliant strategies to give himself an advantage in the ring.

Miz would once again use his mind this week on RAW as he used excuse after excuse throughout the night to avoid defending the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley until eventually, Shane McMahon forced him to defend or vacate the title at the end of the night.

The great part about watching this was seeing the reaction from MVP and Bobby Lashley as they grew increasingly frustrated with The Miz and his ideas as their annoyance at the start of the night turned into a pure rage after Miz retained after being counted out.

3. Damian Priest gets another win 

At first, I was somewhat worried about Damian Priest being teamed up with Bad Bunny, mainly due to the fact it feels Priest deserved more. However, after a few weeks and seeing how much merchandise Bad Bunny has been selling, the relationship between the two men can be effective for Priest especially as Bad Bunny guarantees Priest time on RAW, where he can impress fans.

Priest would once again look good on RAW this week as he pinned Elias in a solid match between the two men. It was also nice to see Priest beat Elias without any major interference from Bad Bunny, as Priest has arguably looked somewhat weaker due to the distractions from Bad Bunny in his matches.

With there being a good chance that Bad Bunny will be on WrestleMania with Preist, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Priest after WrestleMania

2.  Drew Mcintyre and Sheamus destroy each other

While this may not off been on a Pay-Per-View, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus put on an amazing match between each other and easily put on the best match of the night. The match showcased the brutal style of the two men as they traded moves with both men working extremely well together.

The match would start with an intense brawl between the two men as they gave each other a beating. After a brutal match where both men push each other to their limit, Drew McIntyre would catch Sheamus with a Claymore after Sheamus attempted a Brouge kick to win the match.

After the match, both men stared at each other potentially meaning that this is not the end of their feud as he approach Fastlane.

1. Bobby Lashley finally wins the gold 

It is hard to believe how much Bobby Lashley’s career has changed in a year. This time last year, Bobby was stuck in a never-ending feud with Lana and Rusev which had lost all credibility. Then Bobby Lashley left Lana for MVP and started The Hurt Business, where he became a dominant part of the mid-card as the United States Champion.

Even after being a dominant mid-carder for so long Lashley still hadn’t reached that next level however Bobby would finally break through the glass ceiling this week on RAW after he waited for three hours to dominate The Miz to finally become WWE Champion after what has felt like an eternity.

With Bobby now Champion the big question is, will Lashley be Champion by WrestleMania and if so, who will Lashley face?

These were my top 5 moments from RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of Bobby Lashley being WWE Champion? Let us know in the comments below. 


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 2/28/2021

A weird week of matches and shows! Let’s see what made the Top 5!

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This is one of the more tame weeks. New Japan had a few big events, but let’s just say it wasn’t their best work. Then we get the announcement of combining the Intercontinental and Heavyweight to become a “world heavyweight” title, so yeah, New Japan is weird right now.

Speaking of weird, AEW Dynamite: Riho vs Serena Deeb, won the match vote last week.

This will be the voting week to round out February, and we should start March off strong with what’s coming next week!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
    Rating: ****
  2. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)
    Rating: *** ¾
  3. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix
    Rating: *** ¾
  4. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo
    Rating: *** ¾
  5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy
    Rating: *** ½

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Strong: IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs KENTA
    Rating: *** ¼
  • IMPACT!: Chris Bey, Ace Austin & Black Taurus vs Josh Alexander, Trey Miguel & Willie Mack
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT: Zoey Stark vs Io Shirai
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
    Rating: *** ¼
  • WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman
    Rating: ***
  • NXT: No DQ: Santos Escobar vs Karrion Kross
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose vs Jake Something
    Rating: ***
  • WWE Raw: Angel Garza vs Damian Priest
    Rating: ***

5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Kassidy runs, but Hangman follows! Kassidy leaps, into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and fans are fired up! The standing count begins, the fans rally up, and both men stand at 3. Hangman runs in at Kassidy to corner clothesline him! Hangman snapmares Kassidy, runs and SLIDING- NO! Kassidy dodges, mule kicks and CHOPS! Kassidy reels Hangman in but Hangman suplexes to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Kassidy lives and “This is Awesome!” Hangman and Kassidy slowly stir. Hangman aims from a corner, runs at Kassidy, but Kassidy blocks the boot to BOOT back! And enziguri, to a POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!?!

But Kassidy has the arm for an ARMBAR! Hangman endures as Kassidy pulls back! Hangman sits up, and gets the ropebreak! Kassidy lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and Hangman drags himself away. Kassidy gets up, runs over, but Hangman FLIPS him out to the apron! Kassidy grabs at Hangman’s arm but Hangman BOOTS him from below! Hangman runs to triangle LAR- HOT SHOT!! Kassidy counters Hangman at the right time, slithers back up to the apron, and springboards, but no Destroyer! Hangman gives him the DEADEYE! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman via Deadeye

 

2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo

From My Results:

Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!

ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.

This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.

BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!

Winner: Despy via Pinche Loco

 

2t. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Fenix goes to a corner while Archer is in the drop zone. Fenix hops up and MOONSAULTS, but Archer moves, so Fenix somersaults through! ROLLING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives again and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix hauls Archer up, Archer whips him away and runs in to ROCK him with a right! Archer puts Fenix up top, hooks legs and brings Fenix out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again but Archer drags him back up! Archer goes up the corner, drags Fenix up to join him, but Fenix fights the choke grip to adjust! Archer body shots, Fenix rebounds, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?!? How are either of these guys doing this?!

Fenix fireman’s carries, Archer pulls the mask! Fans boo, Fenix SUPERKICKS, mule kicks, forearms and CHOPS! Fenix fires up, runs, but gets DERAILED!! Both men are down but Archer fires up! Archer drags Fenix up and reel shim in, for a BUCKLE BOMB! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Archer drags Fenix to a corner, hauls him up, CHOPS and inverted crucifix lifts, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!!! Cover, Archer wins!!!

Winner: Archer via Blackout

 

2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)

From My Results:

Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.

We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.

Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!

Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye

 

1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

From My Results:

Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.

Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.

A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!

Winner: Jay via Blade Runner

 

Thoughts:

Definitely a weird week when I was not a fan of the New Japan shows, and I’m not AEW’s biggest fan…but I guess the top stuff is the top stuff. My vote will go to Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii, purely because it was the only thing that really stood out during this weekend.

Personally, I hope New Japan figures it out and starts getting interesting; because I’m really going to need to consider other promotions if New Japan stays stale – you know, just to spice things up. Ugh…weird week, but yeah the White vs Ishii match is worth watching.


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