Fastlane was Good, Raw was Red Hot, now it’s time for SmackDown Live! We have a huge show this week, completely jam packed with potential. Let’s get right to it!
The Hardy Boyz and Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
Legit total speed, and agility vs. raw power. This went about as expected. The heel team beat the hell out of Jeff Hardy. They isolated him with frequent tags. Once Hardy got the tag in, it was chaos. Bodies everywhere and everyone throwing fist. Finally Jeff Hardy got control and was the last man standing, hitting a “swanton” but was broken up. Again all bodies in the ring going at it. Out of no-where New Day who was jumped by The Bar and Nakamura and Rusev came and got them some. Revenge is sweet and although they cost the Hardy Boyz and Black and Ricochet the match, they got some good shots in and got to pick their heads up high. Good match, good story, and Good job all around.
Randy Orton came out to explain his beef with AJ Styles as of late. He takes exception to how AJ says, “the house he built.” Orton straight shot at AJ Styles indy career, his time with TNA and his long time “not” being in the WWE. AJ Styles had enough and decided to shoot back. AJ crapped on Orton saying everything was handed to him and he is a rip off artist. After more back and forth gold, we now have a match at WrestleMania. This promo was fire, and amazing all around. The match should also shine. This was Good as all hell!
Non-Title Match- WWE SD Women’s Champion- Asuka vs. Sonya Deville
If you are a frequent reader of G.B.U on thechairshot.com, and even if you aren’t you know now, I am a huge fan of Sonya Deville and a push for her would be brilliant. This isn’t a Bad start with a fiery match with Asuka. As expected this was a really decent fight between two strikers. We have a hell of a Good match but it was of course somewhat predictable. The story unfortunately revolves around dissension between Deville and Mandy Rose. That is where this road is headed, and it seems after a small “mishap” with the apron cost Deville as she was kicked in the head followed up by an “Asuka Lock.” Asuka Wins! Good Match but a really lame ending. This brings the question, will this lead to Asuka feuding elsewhere? Or will this turn into a 3-Way for the Title? That is worth watching!
“The Man” Becky Lynch
“When the Man comes around” a lot can happen on any given night. Lynch is just on top of the world currently. The hottest person in all of sports entertainment dug her claws into “Ronnie” about her little outburst as of late. Lynch has been dynamite on the mic and this week was no different. Becky is WrestleMania Ready. One person, in fact, the only person that is unhappy about this, is Charlotte Flair. Charlotte took exception to Lynch’s confidence and let her know that she never belonged in the WrestleMania Match to begin with. Lynch bit back however claiming, maybe it was her carrying Charlotte all this time. This was intense. Lynch had a mic drop claiming WWE doesn’t need “The Queen” they need “The Man.”
WWE Champion-Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali
K.O. and Ali came out hot not wasting anytime opening up a major can of whoop-ass. However the story here was Rowan. Rowan dominated this match and although was neutralized momentarily kept control over his much smaller opponents. Ultimately Rowan stole the show, got the blind tag, and hit Mustafa Ali with a devastating “Clawslam” for the victory. The match again wasn’t great, it was just okay, but definitely not Bad. This acted as a bit of a push for Rowan and his impressive size and power, and it worked!
Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)
Everyone knows that when Vince McMahon wants to give you hell, you will get it in bulk, but Kofi Kingston almost completely unprovoked has gotten the “royal” McMahon treatment as of late and came out with his New Day Fam to vent. Unfortunately for them they got Vince McMahons attention even more so. Vince will give him what he wants, “an opportunity” however the cost it seems will be a Gauntlet Match against pretty much everyone McMahon can think of. Randy Orton, Rowan, US Champ-Samoa Joe and The Bar to be exact. If Kofi wins, he gets his title match at WrestleMania. Again, another unfortunate reality hit when his opponents for the match next week came out one by one to beat the living hell out of New Day. What wasn’t expected though, is that New Day took care of business and cleared the ring. Hopefully Kofi will have the same results next time but he has an uphill battle for sure. This was a very powerful promo and got a lot of emotions.
Opening Segment- “The Best in the World” Shane O’ Mac
Shane lost his mind at Fastlane attacking both his tag team partner and Miz’s father. He was very stiff and obviously was making a major impact to the story. Shane came out to explain himself but not before he berated the ring announcer (Greg Hamilton) for his lack of enthusiasm. Shane is demanding the proper respect that he deserves now, explaining he has always, well before getting a trophy for it, has been the “Best in the World.” Nothing has changed. He has no regrets for his actions and in fact issued a challenge to his former tag team partner, The Miz at the big dance WrestleMania for the true title of “Best in the World.” Sorry to say this was Bad all around, the match will be Bad, the Promos will be Bad, the whole deal will be Bad. Right here this promo was, you guessed it Bad.
Rey Mysterio and R-Truth vs. Samoa Joe and Andrade
At Fastlane these four amazing talents tore the house down. Now paired up in makeshift teams they go again. The match was okay nothing spectacular. Of course Andrade and Mysterio were impressive as usual however it was R-Truth stumbling around and Samoa Joe being highly awkward that took a few points away overall. This really wasn’t a very Good match. Rey Mysterio hits a surprise “roll up” for the victory. Samoa Joe then does what he always does, and beat the hell out of everyone in the match. Score a rare one for the Ugly Column.
Good SD Live, we definitely had some a touch of bad and ugly but the energy was high, and the Good was plentiful, if this is the pace WWE is going to go prior to the biggest night in the sport, we are going to have a historic event. SmackDown live continues to kill it!
NXT is next. Then it is only a little more wait until we dance. We cannot wait for WrestleMania as every wrestling fan on Earth (as well as all of AEW) will be watching, glued to the WWE Network. Until NXT, hope you enjoyed this SDLive Good, Bad and Ugly.
Mitchell’s Wednesday Night War Review! The End!
The Wednesday Night War… is DONE!
Thank you, Wednesday Night War! It was fun while it lasted!
With NXT moving to Tuesdays, the wrestling war on Wednesday nights is no more! But let’s see where both sides stand now that the dust settles!
Let’s recap Year Two’s first phase.
Year Two, Phase One Final Scores: NXT – 9.13; AEW – 9.16
The margin was close as ever, but AEW inched out the win to continue their dominance from Year One! Don’t worry, NXT went past 12/9/20, it’s just that they and AEW tied those last three weeks. And you’ll notice that I left 12/30/20, the last Wednesday of the year, off because of the circumstances. Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee aka Luke Harper, past away just days before that night, and AEW changed their plans to give us a “Celebration of Life” tribute episode. It did not feel right trying to give that show a score, because it wasn’t supposed to be about AEW but about Jon Huber. And to be fair to AEW’s score, I left off NXT’s episode for that night, even though NXT did have great action on their Year-End Award episode.
Now, for Year Two’s Phase Two, the WNW FINALE!
Year Two, Phase Two Final Scores: NXT – 9.44; AEW – 9.50
Year Two, Overall: NXT – 9.31; AEW – 9.36
Much stronger numbers from both sides this time, but these two companies started hard and kept going hard from New Year’s Evil VS New Year’s Smash all the way to TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and… Well, the AEW Dynamite put up against it. Just looking at it, that string in February for AEW made all the difference. They were just on fire right there, building towards AEW Revolution 2021, which itself was an awesome PPV (even with the pyro mishap at the end).
The margins were still close, but bigger than last phase’s, and even with TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night One bringing NXT up to a high level, it was not enough! AEW wins again! They win two phases to zero, and are therefore the overall winner of the Wednesday Night War!
The Wednesday Night War may not have been as epic as the Monday Night War, or as long, but it was a lot of fun. NXT and AEW were giving us great wrestling every week, not just in-ring action but the promos and segments. The wrestlers on these shows are now stars because they got to be on cable network television, and literally kept me up late at night because I could not let either show wait until Thursday morning. But now, #NXTuesday is going to be how it is going forward, and we can all argue one way or another why the move happened but it doesn’t really matter, I’m still going to be watching both anyway.
Cook’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Gambling Picks
Who’s trying make money on guessing the predetermined scripts? If that’s you, Cook gots all the lines you need. This isn’t Breaking Bad; we only do betting lines!
This is one of those columns that needs no real intro or explanation. Its WrestleMania! What else do you need me to tell you? Today we’re talking Night One, tomorrow it’ll be Night Two. Easy peezy lemon breezy.
I know that some of you prefer a 12 hour WrestleMania event, but to me, two nights is definitely the way to go. Think of it this way: instead of one night to watch the biggest show of the year, you get two. What’s the downside?
Also, you can get two days to make money, if you’re into the kind of thing we’re talking about here. Though, I am contractually obligated to mention that my look at these matchups, with odds provided by BetOnline, is for entertainment purposes only.
Tag Team Turmoil
Lana & Naomi vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad vs. Natalya & Tamina
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 7, 2021
We’ve got a match setting up a Night 2 match here, as Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler will face the winners for the Women’s Tag Team Championship. They’ve had some amount of issues with each team, so we can’t really use that as an indicator of who will win. We also can’t base it off of who will have the best match with Nia & Shayna, as that seems like a push.
We also don’t have odds on this match as I write this. If some do get posted, my guess would be that Natalya & Tamina will have long odds and could be a good pick as a team WWE might want to give a little reward for their service over the years.
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest (-950) vs. The Miz & John Morrison (+500)
— WWE (@WWE) April 6, 2021
We all know how this one is going, right? Bunny & Priest are the easiest pick on this two day extravaganza. I’m sure an outside celebrity lost a WrestleMania match at some point, but one isn’t immediately coming to mind. I assume some are still complaining about Bad Bunny getting a WM match, I choose to be good with it since it gets Damian Priest a match too. Hopefully this all works out well for him.
Braun Strowman (-500) vs. Shane McMahon (+300)
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) April 6, 2021
Braun is the natural pick here for obvious reasons (he’s actually a wrestler), but one can easily make an argument for Shane. The usage of a steel cage rarely keeps interested outside parties out of a match, and surely Shane will have a few allies looking to make an impact on WrestleMania. We’ll see Elias & Jaxson Ryker, and we’ll likely see somebody else. Any big stiffs in the Performance Center not otherwise occupied could be an option for Shane here.
The thing about gambling picks: we’re not always going to pick what we think will happen. I think Braun will destroy whoever gets put in his path here. But the object of this game is to make some money, and I think Shane McMahon at +300 is a good bet. Especially since I don’t think this feud will be ending at WrestleMania. Still some more heat to get on this issue.
Cesaro (-300) vs. Seth Rollins (+200)
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) April 7, 2021
Speaking of feuds that I think will extend beyond WrestleMania and will likely have the evildoer squeaking out a victory by nefarious means. I can easily talk myself into Cesaro getting a big win here, one which will lead to declarations that he’s a made man and finally on the level he deserves to be at. I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with that.
I think it’s far more likely that Seth Rollins gets the win, and the issue between these two continues. Cesaro’s big win is coming, but not at WrestleMania.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (+250) vs. AJ Styles & Omos (-400)
AJ Styles vs. Xavier Woods – straight out of 2008 TNA. A reminder WWE is a TNA nostalgia company. pic.twitter.com/VNU9VULZ7N
— Garrett Kidney (@garrettkidney) April 6, 2021
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been burnt by picking against Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston. They have a knack for overcoming all obstacles at these major events and coming out on top. Its a good idea to keep these men featured on television, as they’re positive role models for the community and I can only think of one time that one of them did something a bit embarrassing for the company.
I mean….that Jamaican accent. What were they thinking? Never mind, we got more accent stuff to talk about for Night 2, let’s move on.
It is tempting to pick AJ & Omos, as there’s an obvious story there hopefully leading to Omos’ breakout as a singles star. That can easily be drug out though, and we don’t pick against The New Day here. Their victory will be a good way to pop the crowd early in the evening.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Sasha Banks (+250) vs. Bianca Belair (-400)
IMPOSSIBLE, THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY. pic.twitter.com/7iXlEA4gAe
— Mercedes Varnado (@SashaBanksWWE) April 8, 2021
This is a huge moment for Bianca, and for the Women’s division in general, as the significance of two women of color fighting for a championship on the biggest show of the wrestling year can’t be overlooked. Its a big f’n deal, as politicians would say.
A win here would put Bianca Belair over the top as a star in this company, and I think that’s what happens here. Sasha doesn’t need the championship to retain her relevancy, and it’s not like any losses have hurt her standing with the people yet. She’ll do whatever she can on this evening to make Bianca a star.
WWE Championship Match
Bobby Lashley (+150) vs. Drew McIntyre (-200)
— WWE (@WWE) April 7, 2021
People seemed legit shook when it was mentioned on Raw that this would be the main event of Night 1. Like…that wasn’t obvious? As much as I like Sasha & Bianca & think they will have a fantastic match, the build of their match hasn’t exactly gotten me any more excited than I was the moment after the women’s Royal Rumble Match ended. Maybe y’all are more into TAG TEAM PARTNERS THAT SECRETLY HATE EACH OTHER than I am, but zero part of that whole thing seemed inspired to me. To be fair, it seemed even less inspired when Asuka & Rhea Ripley did it.
Meanwhile, this is the WWE Championship, dating back to the days of Bruno Sammartino & Buddy Rogers. Drew & Bobby’s issue has been building since the Royal Rumble, and now is the time for Drew McIntyre to get the WrestleMania coronation they wanted to give him last year. Will it work?
Well, the mystery is one of the reasons we’ll be paying attention.
Thanks for reading! Join me next time for Night Two!
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