After an incredibly disappointing, Ugly, Monday Night Raw, SD Live, the “better” brand is up to bat. WrestleMania is on it’s way, closer by the second and after one of the worst Monday Night Raw’s in recent history, can SmackDown fix the void? Or will be have some more Ugly, times ahead? Let’s do this!
New Day Rocks!
Upset by the recent injustices on Kofi Kingston by Vince McMahon, New Day wanted some answers. Vinnie Mac never disappoints when he is called out. This was no different. As usual Daniel Bryan couldn’t help but put his opinion out there and simply wants New Day to go away. Vince doesn’t feel their worth in such a huge event still but loves to make Superstars out of nothing. Luckily for him New Day is out of control and always delivers fantastic content. This promo was no different. We now have the golden ticket for Kofi to get his WrestleMania moment but at the cost of his New Day Teammates having to endure an almost insurmountable feat of winning and unwinnable Tag Team Gauntlet Match later in the show. Good, solid opening with fantastic talent!
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match- Asuka (C) vs. Charlotte Flair
Where did this even come from? As it should be this match was pure fire. The two prestigious vets beat the ever loving hell out of each other. This was non-stop and completely insane! Asuka is unbelievable in her element and Charlotte Flair can work, especially with a high caliber talent like Asuka. We had a straight fight on our hands here, with accents of delicate submission work and high risk, high spots that the two competitors are known for. The whole shock of it all still fresh, everyone was sucked into this the entire time, going crazy! This could have gone either way, Charlotte had it, then Asuka had it, but only one could take it all the way. Charlotte hit a disgusting “Spanish Fly” but Asuka managed to continue almost getting Charlotte into an “Asuka Lock.” Unfortunately nothing could stop Charlotte who managed to get out and fight her way into a “figure 8” Winning her 8th Title! This was bananas and a hell of a way to get people pumped and add some shock and awe. Great match! What will this mean for Asuka? I, for one can’t wait to find out!
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles
Unlike his horrendous and unfortunate showing on Monday Night Raw, a much needed boost occurred in thi s one. Angle looked hungry, pumped and sharp. Maybe it was the talent of AJ, or the pure comfort of knowing he didn’t have to do much, but this was just better. The two sparred a bit and it looked Good. Out of nowhere as always Randy Orton slithered in and took out AJ Styles before Angle took him out with an “Angle Slam.” AJ Wins by D.Q. but it was short and quality. Good, showing.
The Miz/Shane O’ Mac
Prior to this, the promos and the feud between these two has been a tough one to watch. It doesn’t add much value and no one seems to excited by the whole thing. Not taking anything away from the talented Miz and Shane but it just hasn’t clicked for most, with so much bigger and better stories around it. This week Miz reiterated that he has a lot of heat with Shane due to the disrespect and assault on his Father. Miz requested a “Falls Count Anywhere Match” which will add to the usual high spot shenanigans of Shane McMahon and almost guarantees some shock and awe. Shane would not let up on poking at Miz about his Father and how much joy he felt embarrassing him. After Shane brought Miz’s Mom into it, Miz had enough and destroyed the Security Team as well as anyone else crazy enough to confront him. After Sanity got the upper hand, Miz continued his advance and assault. This was actually a Good promo and was one of the best in this whole, storyline.
Tag Team Gauntlet Match (New Day for Kofi’s WM Match)
Gauntlet Match 1- New Day vs. Gallows and Anderson
Talk about an uphill battle. We have some talent here. This looked intense, which it needed to be given how important the stipulation is. Nothing is perfect and this was far from it but it was certainly Good. Quick “UpUpDownDown” and New Day Advances!
Gauntlet Match 2- New Day vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev w/ Lana
If it couldn’t get any harder out comes two of the best in my opinion. The underutilized, mega team of Nakamura and Rusev whom are amazing top tier talents. This was another strong showing by all involved as everyone can’t help but be Good at all times. Rusev particularly was sharp isolating the smaller Xavier Woods, making everyone a bit unsure of Kofi’s fate. The shot of Kofi watching with the SmackDown roster especially “The Man” by his side was a great shot and really was iconic given the times. Woods looked like he couldn’t continue taking a beating most of the match. He finally got some room to breathe and got the hot tag to a pumped Big E, who cleaned house, destroying Nakamura with “belly to belly’s” and a “Big Splash.” Big E would not be denied and after some opposition tagged Woods in and hit another huge “UpUpDownDown” Winning Again!
Gauntlet Match 3- New Day vs. The Bar
Things just got real Bad for New Day, as the unforgiving The Bar was next. This just looked like it was over for New Day from the start. However after The Bar just destroyed Big E, Xavier Woods got the much needed tag and went off. Woods hit a series of offense with authority and would not quit, dismantling The Bar, not letting them have a moment to catch up. However The Bar regained control and again got Big E into trouble isolating him. Again it was Woods who tried to save Kofi’s chances but Cesaro got the upper hand. The Bar kept everyone guessing until Woods got an unthinkable roll up on Sheamus for the Win! The Bar beat the hell out of Woods and Big E for their trouble making it impossible for New Day to have a chance to Win the last match. The Bar relentlessly took out New Day and brutally protested their shocking loss with violence. New Day was done finishing Big E off through a table before the Uso’s were announced.
Gauntlet Match 4- New Day vs (SD Live Tag Team Champs) The Usos
This was just awesome! I love it! It looked like Uso’s were about to pick the leftovers of the New Day and destroy their spirit once and for all. Usos after an extensive history with New Day simply put, gave it up for Kofi out of the tremendous respect they have for the underrated Superstar. This was a Good twist and another win on the Good Column.
Gauntlet Match 5- New Day vs. Daniel Bryan and Rowan
This started to become the typical WWE overkill but luckily the talent was extraordinary. Rowan and The Champ took full advantage of New Day’s fatigue and kept everyone on the edge of their seat with anticipation. Daniel Bryan got Big E in a deep “half crab” and it looked lost. It was the fired up Xavier Woods who kept hope alive, single handedly taking out the instigators before Big E “Spiked” Daniel Bryan through the mat followed by a “Big Ending” but was broken up by Rowan. Rowan nearly finished things but it was the tenacity of Woods and the raw power of Big E tipping the table on top of Rowan for the countout that got the much needed and much wanted victory! Countout and all this was Good. More importantly, it means Kofi is going to “KofiMania” and that my friends is Good for everyone! Awesome ending to an awesome show! Bravo!
BAD and UGLY- Apparently Raw hogged the Bad and Ugly for the week so far, because SmackDown had None of it! All Good!
This was a clean sweep! All Good! Great SmackDown and it could not have happened at a better time! Raw stunk, but the “blue” brand killed it! What a sick show! This is what WWE should be looking like around WrestleMania and we can only hope that they continue their dominance.
Crap Raw but Fantastic SmackDown, we have the best of the best NXT left for the week. This really looks Good right now for everyone involved but Raw needs to get their shit together in a big way next week! Will we be seeing a lot of Good before the big day? Or is there a lot of Ugly truth left in the crunch time? Catch you on the next Good, Bad and Ugly only on thechairshot.com!
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!