Instead of focusing on the negative, Rob decides to focus on the less than popular positive things about WWE lately.
It’s been a rough past few weeks online for the old WWE Universe with a ton of ratings talk and ‘what’s wrong with you people?’ getting flung around a lot. So I figured it was time to spread some positivity around for a change. So for the next few weeks that’s what I’m going to do, point out some things that I really enjoyed on WWE TV (and if I watch anything else, there too) and tell you why. So let’s go!
Roman Reigns back in action
Just having the man back in the ring is great enough, but he looked more like he was getting back to full speed so that’s even better. And that’s just Monday; on Tuesday we got a great retrospective video package on the Big Dog to go along with it.
The AJ Styles/Seth Rollins Rivalry
Glad to see that there’s actually some animosity building between the two men, and that we’re not going to get ‘you’re great, I’m great, let’s have a great match, ok?’ Big matches are always better with some heat attached to them, and AJ has even shown some flashes of maybe heeling it up soon.
Kofi vs Daniel Bryan
Great work from both guys for a Monday night. Bryan is so good at everything and Kofi has really raised his level in ring to match up with him. I was legit worried that Bryan was going to win the title back, that’s how well they performed. They’ll probably never match the pure energy of their WrestleMania match but I’m all for them going again on a future pay per view.
Samoa Joe the hallway menace
The big surprise among YouTube viewing numbers for the week was this segment, that got over 1 million views. Why was it so popular? Well, it was pretty damn effective. Joe following Rey Mysterio’s son Dominic down the hall like a stalker was legit scary, and it really felt like Joe was gonna choke the kid out right there in the hallway. I’m guessing that Joe is going get his hands on Dominic at some point in the future and this was a great and creepy foreshadowing of the that.
The best thing about Lacey Evans is that she is playing the hell out of her character. This is a needed breath of fresh air in the Women’s division, which needed something other than ‘great wrestlers’ to go with, and she’s the perfect foil for Becky Lynch in that they are about as polar opposite as you an get. If you find her annoying, which I’ve seen a lot of people say, then she’s doing her job. I’m really looking forward to seeing her work with everyone on the RAW side no matter how things for her go at Money in the Bank.
Yes it was dumb and sophomoric. You know what? Good. Sometimes we need a reminder that we’re not watching Masterpiece Theater here. I was laughing out loud. The Revival committed and sold it hard, and good for them because this whole angle is probably going to do more to get people to pay attention to them then being a great tag team. Sorry guys, that’s the business. If you can’t get attention by way of doing your normal routine you go with shenanigans. And look, if this particular bit just was not for you I understand. But I enjoyed it.
Braun and the Dumpster
Braun tossing people and objects around is always fun, no different here.
Now on to SmackDown…
Kofi vs AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn
Great main event, especially for TV. Two WWE Title matches in one week on TV is nothing to get mad about for real, and Kofi’s promos both nights have been good at striking a slightly more serious tone without losing what made New Day popular in the first place. This particular matchup was great use of the Wild Card Rule and I’m glad we got to see it.
The Tag Team Title Resolution
The other half of the Wild Card entry was great as well, with the Usos coming over to have a really good match with Daniel Bryan and Rowan to fill the vacant SmackDown Tag Team Titles. I’m really looking forward to Bryan and Rowan as tag team champions, and it looks like Heavy Machinery may be their first challengers so we have the potential for some great comedy bits involving steaks and vegans.
The Roman Reigns Montage
I’m a Reigns mark so yeah. Got a problem with it, I’m not hard to find on the internets.
Note: I would have really liked to have had something from the women’s division to list here. The tag match was way too short. There are more women worthy of longer matches than Charlotte, Becky, and Bayley, ok?
Well, that’s the list for this week. And look, I have no issue with people genuinely not liking a match, segment, wrestler, etc. My issue is with people giving disingenuous takes either to get themselves attention or because they’ve internalized someone else’s disingenuous takes. Unfortunately that’s at least half of the negativity you see out there, probably a lot more than half. Understand that a lot of these people spewing this stuff are trying to be provocative to get their follower counts up, their views/subscriptions up, or even get noticed so they can get a job in the business. A few of them got spooked last week because it finally looks like their ranting has borne some fruit in the form of people actually believing what they’ve been saying, which of course works it’s way to their numbers as well. Understand that those guys are not giving you honest commentary, and quite frankly never have been, so beware what you choose to read or listen to out there.
OK rant over. Until next week everyone!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!