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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (7/10/19)

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The NXT UK food chain might get turned upside-down!

When Gallus looked to make The Hunt into the hunted, a big bad Bomber stepped up to help them fight back! Will Dave Mastiff, Wild Boar and Primate show The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang who the real alpha males in NXT UK are?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ilja Dragunov VS Ashton Smith; Dragunov wins.
  • Candy Floss VS Toni Storm; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Dave Mastiff & The Hunt VS Gallus; Gallus wins.

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Imperium begins a reign of terror.

While they had nothing to do with the NXT UK Tag Team Championship match, Walter, Alexander Wolfe, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner attacked Moustache Mountain! They brutalized and battered Tyler Bate while all Trent Seven could do was watch while cuffed to the corner. After the damage was done, referees freed Seven, and Seven carried Bate to the back. Is this the end or just the beginning of a war in NXT UK?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Ashton Smith!

Unbesiegbar returns! And the Moscow Madman looks to continue his NXT UK undefeated streak, even against the return of the “WOOP!”

The bell rings and Ilja dares Smith to bring the fight. They tie up and go around, and Smith gets the headlock. Ilja works against the hold as fans rally up. Ilja elbows and powers free, but Smith bumps shoulders with him. Neither man moves, and Ilja continues to egg Smith on. Smith forearms Ilja, but Ilja just grins. Ilja throws hands and a CHOP before running. Smith follows and runs Ilja over! Ilja is right up and they speed up, Ilja crossbodies to a cover! TWO and Smith knees low. Smith clubs Ilja but Ilja wants more! Ilja slips through to CHOP and senton Smith! Fans fire up with Ilja as he grins at Smith.

Ilja wrenches the arm and kicks low to club Smith on the back. Smith blocks the roundhouse to trip Ilja and stomp away on the leg. Smith drags Ilja around by that leg and drops an elbow. Ilja counters with a chinbar but Smith wrenches on the toehold. Fans rally up as Ilja works on another counter. He settles on clubbing Smith on the back, but Smith wrenches back again. Smith drops another elbow on the leg, then twists the foot. Ilja kicks at Smith but Smith holds on. Ilja boots Smith away but Smith just goes for the leg again. But Ilja says “NIET!” and Gotch grabs Smith for a POWERBOMB!

Smith stands and Ilja rallies with forearms! Ilja ducks, fakes Smith out, and wrings him to the mat. Then he gives Smith a BIG knee to the head! Fans love the intensity as Ilja drags Smith up for a fireman’s carry. Smith slips out and mule kicks Ilja back! Smith yanks Ilja up, Fisherman Buster! Cover, ONE!? Ilja is up so fast but Smith hurries to keep on him. Smith clubs and stomps as fans “WOOP!” for him. Ilja shoves Smith away to enziguri! Smith staggers but reverses the whip. Ilja tiger feints through the ropes, Contanstine Special! Fans fire up with Ilja again as he aims at Smith. UN-BE-SIEG-BAR, the Torpedo Moscow! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

The rabid Russian continues to roll through NXT UK! But when and where will he run across the WWE United Kingdom Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Xia Brookside.

The plucky underdog was so close to becoming a #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but her troubles with Jinny and Jazzy take priority. Xia has overcome bullies before, so now it’s just the Spoiled Princess hiding behind the Alpha Female. But Jinny will have to face Xia 1v1 next week, and that is when Xia will prove the Fashionista is actually a coward. Will Xia get even with Jinny when Jazzy Gabert will be lurking ringside?

 

The Nina Samuels Show is on the road.

Look at all the fans waiting to watch her! They were all so enthralled with her performance against Toni Storm, and now the fans are here for her! She had to traipse through the mud, but she’s the true hero of NXT UK, and will endure for her fans. She asks fans who their favorite NXT UK superstar is. One fan says Nina Samuels, but he is also shaking his head… Nina makes sure she has plenty of hay to walk on, but that still doesn’t get all the mud. She takes pictures with fans, but no one wants her autograph. That’s all for now, but what will the second act have in store for the NXT UK Universe?

 

Candy Floss VS Toni Storm!

The sugary sweet young star has a big opportunity as she goes 1v1 with the Lightning From Down Under! Will Candy be a surprising upset or just a sweet appetizer on Toni’s way towards Kay Lee Ray?

The bell rings and Toni shakes hands with Candy. The fans appreciate the sportsmanship, then sing for Toni. Toni and Candy tie up and Toni wrenches to a wristlock. Candy rolls and hooks herself free to get the wristlock. Toni spins and drop toeholds Candy to a facelock. Fans still sing as the two roll around. Candy works out of the facelock to get her own, but Toni is up fast. Candy wrenches back to the wristlock but Toni works to a headlock and takedown. They go around as Candy tries to headscissor back. Candy gets it on the second try, and holds on tight. Toni moves up and around to pop out. Toni offers another handshake, and Candy takes it. The two circle again as fans duel.

Candy headlocks but Toni powers out and ducks. Candy saw that coming and drops down to join her. Toni hops over Candy but then Candy gets her arm! Toni rolls Candy up, TWO! Candy shrugs and Toni appreciates the little trickery. The two tie up again, and Toni headlocks. Candy tries but can’t get free. Fans sing again as Candy pushes but Toni throws her down again. Toni has the headlock takeover, but Candy works her way up and finally gets free, only to roll Toni up! ONE, but again Toni nods respect to Candy. Toni and Candy tie up again, and Candy wrenches to a wristlock. Toni rolls but Candy holds on. Candy brings Toni down but Toni rolls right up. Toni spins and bridges and handsprings to then ROCK Candy with that right! Cover, TWO!

Candy is reeling but Toni is on her with European Uppercuts. Toni is getting serious, but Candy backslides! TWO but Candy code breaks the arm! Cover, ONE, but Candy is still on Toni. Candy hammerlocks one arm to the mat then wrenches the other! Candy stomps Toni’s arms while fans rally up. Toni gets to ropes but Candy wrenches and whips. Toni holds the ropes as Candy keeps trying, so Candy starts throwing forearms. Candy whips but Toni reverses to roundhouse Candy down! Cover, TWO! Toni drags Candy up and whips her to a corner. Candy stops herself to roll Toni up, TWO! Toni kicks low then reels Candy in, but Candy cradle counters! TWO, but Candy fires off forearms! Candy runs but Toni follows to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Toni drags Candy up, underhooks the arms, and hits Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Candy Floss proved tougher than expected, but there’s a reason it’s #ToniTime. Toni continues her roll, but then Kay Lee Ray DECKS and stomps Candy Floss on the ramp!? KLR wants Toni to know their time is coming. Toni runs KLR off, but will the lethal lass take the title when the time is right?

 

NXT UK hears from Ligero.

“Ever since I started here in NXT UK, I’ve always stood out and I’ve always been memorable.” But that doesn’t always equal victory. Ligero’s wins have been few and far between these days. And based on his record, Ligero needs to rediscover and reawaken himself. His mask allows him to do things he can’t without it. “There’s always a way back.” Ligero knows there is hope for change. Can the Light spark a new fire inside to rise up towards the title?

 

Trent Seven returns!

But the usually jovial Man from Moustache Mountain is in no mood. He goes right to the ring, grabs himself a mic, and though fans sing in support, he admits he doesn’t usually do this alone. Everyone knows he usually has at least one other person with him. “But we need to, I need to accept that Pete has his hands full elsewhere, and we can’t be expecting to just call on him as a whim.” And after what the Imperium did to Tyler Bate, Bate is injured and in the hospital. “But I’m here!” Seven has been here since the very start of NXT UK! “Because this was built on British Strong Style!” Fans cheer in agreement! “We built this. We built this to what it is today!”

And now, Walter and his Imperium “claiming that the mat is sacred.” Well it’s everyone’s mat! Fans chant, “Out Mat! Our Mat!” in support. But apparently that’s a ploy for Imperium to mold the rules to suit their needs. Like when they cuffed Seven to a post and made him watch as they beat down his best friend from pillar to post and put him in the hospital. Seven vows to cut the head of the snake. That means Seven is coming for Walter! Because this will be for Pete and for Tyler! And it will be for the Trent Seven Army! “This will be for us!” It doesn’t matter where, when or even about the title! “This will be for US!” Is Seven waging a one-man war against Imperium?! Will he succeed? Will he survive!?

 

NXT UK hears from Mark Andrews.

“I’ve been watching wrestling I was a little kid. Like every little kid, I had my favorites.” And it’s so great to see many of his favorites in NXT UK. But it seems one of those “heroes” to say Andrews doesn’t deserve to be here. Kassius will see Andrews deserves to be here when Andrews goes through him. The challenge has been accepted and the match has been made for next week! Will the Wrestling Genius regret riling up the Welsh rockstar?

 

Six Man Tag: Dave Mastiff & The Hunt VS Gallus!

When Mark Coffey and Wolfgang blindsided the Wild Boar and Primate, they were rattling the cage. When Mark and Wolfie beat them in a match to then beat them down with help from big brother Joe, they were poking the bear. But now that the Bomber joins the beasts, will they teach Gallus where they are on the food chain? Or is the Hunt simply going to become the hunted?

The tension is high and the ref keeps the peace, but the second the bell rings, all six men brawl! Mastiff has Joe Coffey while Boar has Mark. Wolfgang and Primate slug it out in one corner, but then Mark and Wolfgang gets clothesline’d out! Mastiff runs Joe over and Gallus regroups outside the ring! Fans fire up as Mastiff and The Hunt are chomping at the bit. Gallus sorts out, and we finally have Mark Coffey starting with the Wild Boar.

Mark rushes Boar but Boar ducks and clips Mark. They brawl again and Boar clubs Mark down. Tag to Primate and the Hunt work together for the human weapon senton! Primate covers, ONE! Mark flounders to a corner but Primate is on him with a kick and a whip and a corner clothesline! Primate drags Mark out but Mark fights back. Mark shoves and CHOPS Primate down! Tag to Wolfgang and Wolfgang stomps and clubs away on Primate. Wolfgang has Primate in the corner and argues with the ref before clubbing away on Primate. He grinds his foot in then whips Primate hard in the other corner. Wolfgang drags Primate to Gallus’ corner and tags in Joe Coffey. Joe fires off on Primate with body shots and haymakers.

Joe wrenches Primate into a half straitjacket. Fans rally as Primate endures and fights up. Primate uses his free arm, but Joe reels him in for shoulder rams. Joe whips Primate into the corner and tags in brother Mark. Mark throws forearms then facelocks, but Primate slips through to forearm back. Primate boots from the corner then clotheslines Mark down! Hot tag to Wild Boar! Boar barrels through to trip Mark, then drops the senton! Boar tackles Mark in the corner, then drags him up for forearms. Mark blocks and grabs Boar but Boar breaks free. Mark gives forearms and hits the choke slam! Tag to Wolfgang to cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags Boar up and snapmares for a running senton! Cover, TWO!

Wolfgang drags Boar up and powers him into the Gallus corner. Joe tags in and he mugs Boar in the corner. Joe reels Boar in to tackle him into the open corner. He CHOPS and tackles Boar again, then throws big haymakers. Joe drags Boar up and throws more big lefts and Boar staggers about. Boar hits back as fans rally up, but Joe boxes Boar back. Boar runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he drags Boar up and into a bearhug. Boar endures the squeeze and fans rally. Boar fights back with forearms and headbutts, then hits Gallus! But Joe runs Boar over! Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus mugs Boar on the mat. Cover, TWO! Wolfgang tags Mark and whips Boar into the corner. Mark throws big hands of his own then tags Joe.

The Coffey Brothers mug Boar then Joe whips Boar to ropes. Boar holds ropes and elbows back, only to run into a scoop! Joe pops Boar up for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe stays between Boar and his corner as he again says this is Gallus’ Kingdom. Boar gets mad but his wild swings miss. Joe puts Boar back in the bear hug, but fans rally again. Boar endures, and rakes the eyes! Boar headbutts but Joe tosses Boar away. Joe drags Boar up for more haymakers, then takes a cheap shot at Primate. Boar jawbreakers back! Joe tags to Mark, and Mark grabs Boar! He drags Boar away to drop an elbow down. Gallus applauds as Mark throws wrist tape at Mastiff. Boar gets Mark with a saido suplex! Hot tag to Mastiff!

The Bomber starts rallying with big hands on Mark! Mastiff whips and back drops Mark, then runs to crossbody! Wolfgang comes in but gets a belly2belly! Joe gets a right hand, then Mark gets a waistlock for a big German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mastiff is still on him with a fireman’s carry. Mark slips out but Mastiff bucks him off. Mastiff turns around into an enziguri! Tag to Joe but Mastiff runs Joe over! Mastiff pump handles for a Fall Awayu Slam! Joe gets to a corner but Mastiff drags him to a cover. Wolfgang stomps it out then clubs away on Mastiff. Mark joins in, but they can’t double whip him! Mastiff back drops Wolfgang and fireman’s carries Mark. Mastiff aims at Wolfgang, rolling senton onto the Last King of Scotland!

Fans are thunderous for big bad Dave as he stalks Joe! Joe realizes he’s in trouble as fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Mastiff reels Joe in but Joe breaks out to standing switch. Joe shoves and manages a powerslam on Mastiff! Primate runs in but gets a belly2belly! Boar runs in but is sent into buckles! Joe SPEARS Boar back down! But Mastiff is back and he clubs Joe down. Mark runs in but gets another German! Joe aims All the Best but misses! Mastiff headbutts Joe and the Coffey Brothers are stacked in the corner. Mastiff runs corner to corner, INTO THE VOID! He only gets Mark as Joe escapes! Gallus looks to regroup, but The Hunt DIVES onto them! Down go Joe and Wolfgang, and Boar puts Joe in for Mastiff’s senton!

Tag to Boar, and Primate goes to the other corner. But Wolfgang shoves Mastiff into Boar! Primate hits Joe with his falling headbutt, but he’s not the legal man! Wolfgang throws Primate out, and Mark feeds Boar to Joe, pop-up uppercut! ALL THE BEST! Cover, Gallus wins!

Winners: Gallus, Joe Coffey pinning

As wild as Mastiff and The Hunt were, Gallus was too good as a unified force. They’re sore from the fight, but they’re victorious again. Will Gallus truly make NXT UK their kingdom?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really fun NXT UK right here. We got great progression in this story of British Strong Style and Imperium with that passionate promo from Seven. It would be so great if Seven became the guy to dethrone Walter at Cardiff, or at least come the closest yet. Bate was the first WWE UK Champion, Dunne was the longest and most dominant, so it’d be great if Seven got to join them in the championship club. And even if he doesn’t just yet, if he pushes Walter to the point where Imperium needs to interfere, great for Seven. Not really great for Walter, he needs to still show he can win on his lose, so maybe their match should go to where Walter purposefully DQ’s himself and then Imperium beats Seven down to prompt Dunne and Bate to make the save. Then we get Six Man Tag: BSS VS Imperium.

Interesting that they’re keeping Nina Samuels going with her little video package here, but I suppose the NXT UK Women’s Division needs to keep everyone going or else there will be contender problems like in Raw and SmackDown. Xia has a good promo to set up her match with Jinny, but obviously Jazzy has to interfere. We still haven’t gotten Xia & Isla VS Jinny & Jazzy, so this has to lead to that. It works so well that Toni VS Candy wasn’t just a normal squash, it was competitive to help Candy look good. KLR did a good Heel move to beat down loser Candy. I guess this really is going to build towards TakeOver: Cardiff since we’ve yet to get even an interview promo asking KLR when she wants the match. Guess that’s fine, it allows more build for Faces like Piper Niven and even Xia, should KLR actually win.

Ilja VS Smith was a good match but obviously Ilja was going to win. Andrews VS Ohno coming is good, and I’m thinking this first time goes to Ohno to make this a feud for a few weeks. Ligero had a good promo, and this must mean he’ll get on a quick hot streak, too. If only NXT UK had a midcard title for them all to go for. The Six Man Tag tonight was great, it gave everyone some shine. I was surprised Gallus won, but at the same time, they’ve been falling down the ladder so this keeps them all strong since it was one of those scrambling victories. Gallus essentially survives, but given this is still WWE, I don’t see Gallus even facing Grizzled Young Veterans in a non-title match. That seems like a shame, because it doesn’t seem like GYV is losing the titles for a long time otherwise.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/17/19)

Who is the first to challenge the champ?

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The NXT Champion returns to Full Sail, BAYBAY!

After making some stops on his Championship Celebration Tour BAYBAY, Adam Cole finally returns home! And he’s even daring to put the NXT Championship on the line tonight! Who steps up to the challenge?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Arturo Ruas; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Breakout Tournament: Bronson Reed VS Dexter Lumis; Reed wins and advances to the next round.
  • Apollo Crews VS KUSHIDA; KUSHIDA wins.
  • NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS ???; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Matt Riddle VS Arturo Ruas!

Bro… NXT brings some Evolve as the Original Bro takes on the Brazilian Tiger! Both men had great wins during the Evolve 10th Anniversary Special, but who will win what is surely going to be a fight?

The bell rings and Riddle fist bumps Ruas to show this is still respectful. They test each other with jabs and kicks, but they keep their space. Riddle goes for a leg but Ruas sprawls. Riddle gets the waistlock and slam, but Ruas switches on the mat. Ruas rolls Riddle and wants a sleeper but Riddle rolls out to switch with Ruas. Fans rally and cheer for the Bro as he scrapes Ruas off his leg. Riddle and Ruas approach and Ruas tries some hands. Riddle throws them back then powers Ruas to a corner. The ref counts but Ruas turns things around, only for Riddle to hop on! But Ruas powers out to a slam! Ruas goes for the arm but Riddle holds tight. Ruas CHOPS Riddle but Riddle rolls to go for Ruas’ arm! Riddle gives back the CHOP as he works on the grip.

Ruas rolls and slips out to then get a facelock. Riddle pops out and gets his hands up, and fans cheer again. Ruas tries his capoeria stance but Riddle fires through it. Riddle has a leg but Ruas trips him up! Riddle gets the ropebreak and Ruas lets go. The two get up again and the dukes are up. Riddle tries kicks but so does Ruas. Riddle just gets Ruas with his foot! Ruas shrugs it off and tackles Riddle! But Riddle has the leg guard and elbows. Ruas tries palm strikes but Riddle gets away. Riddle comes back with hands, but misses his kick to block Ruas’ and boot Ruas down! Ruas kicks from the mat then trips Riddle up! Ruas rains down hands but Riddle heel kicks back, FINAL FLASH KNEE! Riddle rains the rights, Ruas can’t defend himself! The ref calls it!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by stoppage

Ruas gets #Broverwhelmed by Riddle, but Riddle doesn’t get to celebrate long! Someone attacks from behind! They wear a hoodie so we can’t see who they are as they stomp Riddle out! But then the hood comes off, it’s KILLIAN DAIN! And he drops big sentons on Riddle! The Beast of Belfast throws Riddle out of the ring hard, then goes out to run him over! Dain rains down rights, then throws him by his hair! Riddle crawls to retreat but Dain keeps on him with stomps. Dain CLUBS Riddle then kicks him into the apron. Dain clobbers Riddle over and over, and drops a fourth senton! Fans boo the Belfast barbarian as he rains down more rights.

Dain hauls Riddle up to throw him to the stage. Riddle crawls but Dain kicks him while he’s down. Dain runs and drops a fifth senton, and they both crash through the floor!! Dain promised to take everything from everyone, is Riddle just the first victim?

 

The NXT Tag Team Champions, the Street Profits, have a special edition of #StreetTalk!

This very special edition is rather quiet as they talk about the fact that, while the titles say the Street Profits are the champs, there are others that think the belts are theirs. Dawkins and Fords know Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish are the ones running around trying to own the place. They disrespect the Profits. Nah, fam. These titles are serious. If the Profits weren’t serious, how did they win the ladder match? How did they win period? But if reDRagon wants to see the smoke, come see them. The Profits will still be the champs, “and that… is undisputed.” Will the Profits burn O’Reilly & Fish when they finally go 2v2?

 

NXT shares fan footage from Saturday.

Marina Shafir had only just pulled into the parking lot, when Mia Yim attacked! The Head Baddie in Charge gave one of the MMA Horsewomen a taste of their own medicine as she beat Marina down, and then SLAMMED the door shut on her! Is this going to get Shayna Baszler’s attention?

 

NXT Breakout Tournament: Bronson Reed VS Dexter Lumis!

The opening round of this inaugural tournament wraps up with perhaps the most physically imposing men of the field. First is the menacing maniac hailing from an “undisclosed location,” whose thousand yard stare into your soul might be reason enough not to fight him. Second is the bar brawler from Australia’s Black Forest, who welcomes anyone to test his Australian Strong Style. Who joins Angel Garza, Jordan Myles and Cameron Grimes in the semifinals?

Lumis frames Reed like a picture but Reed looks to crush Lumis with his hand. They tie up and Reed headlocks Lumis. Lumis pulls hair then powers out. Reed runs Lumis over but Lumis is right up! That surprises Reed, but he swings a clothesline. Lumis ducks and runs but Reed follows to run Lumis over! Reed scoops Lumis but Lumis slips out, shoves and elbows Reed out of the ring. Lumis then runs to FLY! But Reed gets free, only for Lumis to land on his feet!? Reed dodges Lumis to crossbody Lumis down! Fans fire up for this as Reed drags Lumis up. Reed puts Lumis in the ring and stands him up, but Lumis throat chops. Lumis whips and trips Reed into ropes! Reed gasps for air but Lumis rains down rabid rights. The eerily stoic Lumis is now fired up as he stomps Reed around.

Lumis frames the picture and pulls on Reed’s ears. The ref reprimands Lumis so he shifts to a neck wrench. Fans rally up and Reed fights up, but Lumis throws him back down. Lumis drops ax handles and elbows, then puts the neck wrench back on. Fans rally again and Reed endures. Lumis licks Reed?! Perhaps he wants a taste of Reed’s pain. But Reed only gets mad and fights his way up. Reed throws forearms but Lumis knees low. Lumis runs but into Reed’s powerslam! Both men are down as Lumis clutches his ribs. Lumis is up but Reed follows to rally with forearms and elbows. Reed whips and back drops Lumis high and hard! Lumis leans on the ropes, Reed runs and bounces Lumis off the ropes, and runs him over with his full body! Cover, TWO!

Reed keeps going and drags Lumis up for a suplex. Lumis slips out to back suplex Reed! And then kips up to a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Lumis keeps his cool and goes to a corner while Reed is down. Lumis climbs up top, frames the picture, and leaps, to flop! Reed lifts Lumis for a back suplex SLAM! The straps come down and now Reed climbs!? Reed leaps, SUPER SPLASH! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall; advances to the second round

Australian Strong Style advances! Will he continue to make a big splash when he goes up against Cameron Grimes next?

 

Tyler Breeze has a new NXT photoshoot.

Prince Pretty finishes up and Cathy Kelly asks for an interview. Breeze agrees, so long as they walk and talk. Cathy walks with Breeze about losing to Roderick Strong. Well the thing about NXT now is that it’s good to have someone watching your back. So Breeze either adapts or- The Forgotten Sons walk in and can’t believe there’s another “blast from the past.” But Steve Cutler tells Breeze this isn’t the old NXT, this is not the Tyler Breeze Show. This is the NXT where real men compete.

Breeze is a man, check the beard. But yeah, Breeze hasn’t been here awhile, but good to see Cutler and Wesley Blake are still stuck here. And didn’t Jaxson Ryker used to be Buddy Murphy? The Forgotten Sons say Breeze’s jokes are why he’s never been taken seriously. Ryker is a savage, and Breeze has never faced a man like him. Well guess what? Breeze has seen everything he needs. Will Breeze still be gorgeous after a going against the Gunner?

 

The #EvilGenius will return to action next week!

Io Shirai’s new entrance, new look and new attitude came with the simple message: “I don’t need anyone.” Will this new attitude be what she needs to make it back to the top? Her return match against American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro, will test that theory!

 

Apollo Crews VS KUSHIDA!

The Time Splitter is still undefeated in NXT, and he is willing to take on anyone and everyone from within the WWE! Now SmackDown’s rising star returns to Full Sail to test the Super Junior, will Kushida’s streak continue?

Full Sail “Welcome Back!” Apollo as he heads to the ring. The bell rings and Apollo shakes hands with Kushida to show this is a respectful match. The two circle and tie up, and Apollo gets out of Kushida’s grip. Apollo comes back to get the waistlock and throw Kushida down. Kushida works his way up and around to waistlock and facelock. They roll around and Kushida holds on to then float all over Apollo, back to a gator roll and cover, TWO! Apollo ducks the Penalty Kick just in time, and Kushida lets him know how close it was. Fans duel as the two circle and tie up again. Apollo headlocks but Kushida powers out, only for Apollo to run him over. Things speed up and Apollo shows his agility, but so does Kushida! They keep moving and Apollo dropkicks Kushida right down!

Apollo strikes a pose before he wrenches and whips Kushida corner to corner. Apollo hits a corner clothesline then whips again, but Kushida slides out. Kushida plays cat ‘n’ mouse to then handspring heel kick Apollo down! Apollo is down but Kushida goes out to fetch him. Kushida puts Apollo in, then goes after the arm. Kushida headbutts the shoulder then runs, but into a pop-up gutbuster! Both men are down and fans rally up. Apollo stands to drag Kushida up, then suplexes and holds Kushida up for over 20 counts! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Kushida with a chinlock and thrashes him about. Kushida endures and fans rally up.

Kushida stands, fights back, then runs, but into Apollo’s elbow! Apollo drags Kushida back up to throw haymakers. Apollo throws hands in the corner then whips Kushida corner to corner again. He hits a big splash then a big overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Apollo drags Kushida up again for forearms, backing Kushida down to a corner. He whips Kushida corner to corner agian but misses the splash this time! Kushida throws forearms back! Apollo mule kicks, runs to a corner, but Kushida catches his headscissors to KICK Apollo down! Fans rally as Kushida gets up first.

Kushida forearms Apollo at the ropes but Apollo reverses the whip. Kushida handsprings to back elbow Apollo down! Apollo is in the corner, Kushida runs in, but Apollo boots Kushida away. Apollo runs but into Kushida’s hip toss! Kushida cartwheels and dropkicks to add on! Apollo gets to a corner as fans fire up with Kushida. Kushida goes to the apron to kick Apollo out of the corner! Then step-in springboards in for a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Kushida drags Apollo up and wrenches the arm to a shoulder breaker. Kushida runs and slides under to kick away on the arm. Apollo catches the kick, then blocks the takedown counter! He fireman’s carries but Kuhisda slips out to a waistlock. Apollo standing switches, but Kushida elbows free. Kushida runs into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Kushida survives but Apollo drags him up for a deadlift German Suplex! But Apollo holds on for a second, a la the Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle! The third German is a release, and leads to a standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives again and Apollo is shocked. Full Sail is thunderous for “Both These Guys!” as Apollo stands Kushida up again. Apollo trophy lifts but Kushida slips out. Kushida catches Apollo to give him a buckle shot! Then Kushida springboards, huricanrana but Apollo rolls through, TWO!! Kushida Peles but Apollo enziguris! Both men are down and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this match.

A standing count begins and Apollo slowly sits up. Apollo gets up at 4 to go to the apron. Apollo then climbs, but Kushida hurries over. Kushida stops Apollo with a forearm, then throws more as he climbs. Apollo gives forearms back, and the two start trading. Apollo sends Kushida down, but Kushida is up to handspring heel kick Apollo back! Kushida climbs up and stands Apollo, for a SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Apollo flails and works his way up to his feet. He drags Kushida but Kushida rolls Apollo away, SAKURABA LOCK! Apollo endures the kimura but taps out, Kushida wins!!

Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission

An incredible battle brings Apollo and Kushida to their limits, but it is the Super Junior’s streak that continues! How long will it take the Time Splitter to fight for a title?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

The Limitless One moves into his second year in NXT beginning, but what are his feelings towards his tenure here? “Tenure” makes Lee think of “progress,” but what progress has he made with his stop-and-go momentum? Lee has been here a year now, but what is the real keyword? Opportunity. Opportunities were supposed to be set at his feet, but… It feels more like Lee has been passed over. There is the Breakout Tournament, but why wasn’t that here when Lee arrived? And now there’s this new guy, Damien Priest, and he’s all the buzz. But maybe Lee should change the narrative. Maybe Lee should be the one that replaces Priest in everyone’s conversations. Will Limitless #LiveForever against the Archer of Infamy?

 

NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS ???

He’s back, BAYBAY! Adam Cole’s victory lap finishes with Full Sail, and he’s promised a title defense just for the fun of it. Cole picks up a mic to say, “For the past few weeks, I’ve been traveling all across the globe on the BAYBAY Championship Tour.” What he did is to show the morons what a true champion is. He showed us what true power is! And while he’s been gone, the Undisputed Era has been taking care of business. There is now an #UndisputedPowerSwitch in NXT, but Cole is a fighting champion. Anyone, anytime, anywhere! And that starts tonight! And against… Johnny Gargano?!

A video of Gargano plays, from when he shared the NXT Championship belt with the aspiring wrestlers in Cleveland. It was such a surreal moment for those young stars, and so… “Twan Tucker, c’mon down!” And he’s here in NXT! Cole says it’s good to see him again. Hopefully Twan realizes this is the opportunity of a life time. And he promises this will just be the two of them, no Undisputed Era around. This is a fair chance to slap the taste out of Cole’s mouth. Oh so it’s just Cole and Twan? Too bad, because Twan didn’t come alone! Twan brought JOHNNY GARGANO!! Cole is in shock as Johnny Wrestling storms out and past Twan, to brawl with Cole! Gargano rallies, blocks a superkick and gives a SUPERKICK! Then one from the apron!

Gargano chases Cole and throws hands as they go around the outside. Cole throws Gargano into railing and retreats up the stands, but Gargano still chases him down! Gargano rains down hands and Full Sail is thunderous! Gargano CHOPS and punches Cole against the railing, then pushes him back to ringside. Cole keeps retreating, but Johnny Badass keeps coming. But Cole elbows Gargnao back! Cole whips but Gargano reverses to send Cole through barriers! Gargano hops on to rain down hands and bounce Cole off the floor! Referees rush out to drag Gargano away. Cole stands tall with his title, until Gargano FLIES off the stage!!

Referees go after Gargano again but he still goes after Cole! They end up in the ring, Cole kicks low to run, but gets a SUPERKICK! And then the DIY style, into GargaNO Escape! Cole taps, but it doesn’t matter right now, Gargano wants to hurt the cocky champ! Referees pry at the grip around Cole’s neck, but Gargano lets go when he’s satisfied! Gargano defended the honor of The Land, but will he bring the title back in yet another match with Adam Cole, BAYBAY?

 

NXT GM William Regal responds to this chaotic ending!

As seen on WWE’s YouTube, Regal sees things between Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano will not be over so easily. So his choice is to give Gargano and Cole another Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, but where Gargano chooses one stipulation, Cole chooses another, and if need be, Regal chooses the third. In other words, NXT brings back the Three Stages of Hell!! What will Gargano and Cole choose to do to each other in order to finally, decisively, and indisputably end this feud?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

WOW that was an incredible episode for NXT! We waste little time getting to hard hitting action as Arturo Ruas makes his debut (ignore when he was Adrian Jaoude) and against Matt Riddle. It was great to see legit MMA-trained wrestlers give us just samples of what they can legitimately do, and what a great choice to make this a TKO, referee stoppage win as opposed to a pin or submission. It really ups Riddle’s power, which he’ll need after Big Damo destroyed him. It was a great spot to have them break the stage, but it was easy to see the exact panel on the stage they were going to break. I’m reminded of old cartoons, where you could tell if something was about to move because it was slightly different in shade. That aside, Dain VS Riddle is going to be awesome!

We got an awesome “fan filmed” section where Mia Yim went off on Marina Shafir. I’m surprised they didn’t have a response promo from Shayna, but we can definitely get that next week. If anything, Mia might do something like this to Jessamyn Duke so Shayna will have no one in Toronto. Meanwhile, Io Shirai’s Heel persona starting her in-ring journey is going to be great, but I’m sure this all leads to her and Candice LeRae for at least the “post” TakeOver episode. Reed VS Lumis was a pretty solid opening round finale, and both guys got great shine. The second round is going to be even greater with Garza VS Myles and Grimes VS Reed. Street Profits gave us a quiet but strong promo, solidifying that Toronto will feature all parts of Undisputed Era to either make or break the #drapedingold prediction.

Kushida VS Apollo, WOW! This is the Apollo we’ve been wanting to see back in the ring, but the main roster doesn’t use him nearly enough. Kushida keeps rolling, so he’ll definitely be primed for a title match after Toronto onto Chicago for Survivor Series weekend. And the announcement of Cole having a title match on NXT TV set up expectations, such as a ridiculous squash, what we got was so much better! Twan let Gargano go right after Cole and their brawl all over the arena was great. And now hearing that we’re getting the (not officially named) return of Three Stages of Hell, this is going to give us the truly decisive and truly over-the-top finale to this saga between Gargano and Cole. There are any number of things the three falls can be, and you know they’re doing all three falls, Toronto is going to be insane.

My Score: 8.6/10


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The WWE TV YouTube Experiment (Week 5: RAW/ July 15, 2019)

Monday Night RAW happened. Or did it? Let’s talk about what we saw on YouTube and discuss whether anything actually occurred at all.

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The WWE TV YouTube Experiment
Week 5
Monday Night RAW/ July 15, 2019/ Long Island, New York

I had Night 3 of New Japan’s G1 Climax to watch on Sunday (and Night 4 on Monday), so I didn’t see Extreme Rules. The results seemed okay, but it’s worthless to cover it here if I didn’t actually see it. I did, however, take advantage of a 3-month subscription for 99 cents a couple of days ago, which follows the 2-month subscription for 99 cents that ended this week. So that’s awesome. I can justify spending what translates into less than 40 cents a month on the WWE Network. I can’t justify 10 bucks a month. And it has nothing to do with the current product.

I’m not going to get on a soapbox, but in short, I signed up on day one and kept my subscription even after I stopped watching regularly, and even after I stopped watching altogether. But when they signed the Saudi deal, I was not happy. And then they doubled down by continuing on with the show after the murder of an innocent journalist. It runs deeper than that, but that’s the gist. As soon as they decided to run that show, I decided that morally, I couldn’t give them $120 bucks a year any longer. So that’s that. I started a free trial at the end of January. Got a second one at the beginning of April, and then accepted 2 months for 99 cents in May and 3 months for 99 cents in July. A buck ninety-eight for 9 months? Yeah, I don’t have a moral obligation that stops me from throwing couch change at someone. In reality, when my subscription ends in mid-October, I’ll have paid 22 cents a month. Hey, I’m even doing numbers analysis up here. How about that?

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Monday Night RAW 7/15/2019
Total Number of Clips: 13
Total Time: 34 minutes, 18 seconds

*Note: In the interest of saving space, I won’t be embedding every clip, only the ones that I feel are necessary.*

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Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent to be revealed (4 minutes, 56 seconds)

This was the longest clip of the small batch this week, running more than a full minute longer than the second longest, and that one (Truth, Maverick, and the 24/7 Title) was one YouTube clip but 3 actual TV segments. The next longest video that was only one segment was a full minute and 56 seconds shorter than this. The Women’s 4-Way and angle afterward got a 3-minute video. More on that later. This was fine, standard fare from Heyman, and although the outcome at the end of the night was disappointing, at least based on this segment it felt like maybe someone fresh would get a title match. Good enough. (1 for 1)

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2-out-of-3 Falls Six-Man Tag Team Match (2 minutes, 59 seconds)

This got Robert Roode on TV, which is good. He actually feels like a guy who would fit well as a regular partner/ally for The Revival. Match seemed fine, and the aftermath was good, with Ricochet getting taken out by The Club, which means they aren’t done with him even though AJ took his belt at the PPV. I hope something big happens with The Club and it’s not just AJ as a mid-card guy with 2 guys as his backup. Or even AJ as a main event guy with 2 guys as his backup, like they did in his feud with Roman Reigns in 2016. If that’s all they do, eh, it’s fine, but it’s nothing special. Finn has to become part of this when he returns in the fall, right? (2 for 2)

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The Viking Raiders vs. Vinny Gruner & Jackson James (1 minute, 36 seconds)

Man, they came really close to killing that guy with the pop-up powerslam finish. It’s good to see these guys aren’t getting the Ascension treatment, but they have been on TV for exactly 3 months as of this episode of RAW. It’s time to start doing something with them because the crowd doesn’t seem to care very much. It was just an inoffensive squash and they’re not being beaten up by 60-year-old men every week, so I’ll take it. Next week is the RAW Reunion, though. If I were these guys, I might consider not showing up. (3 for 3)

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Cedric Alexander vs. Drew McIntyre (2 minutes, 17 seconds)

After the unbelievably bad angle they did last week to close the show, they needed to give Cedric something, and thankfully they did in the form of a quick win over Drew McIntyre. I get the feeling Drew probably isn’t going to be challenging, much less defeating, The Undertaker at SummerSlam. He’ll probably just be in Shane’s corner for his match against Kevin Owens. Oh well. That’s close, right? I’m interested in seeing if they follow up with Cedric now, or if this was just an apology match for the shit that happened on the previous show. Either way, this was exactly what they needed to do. (4 for 4)

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Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe (1 minute, 47 seconds)

Joe picks up another win in extremely quick fashion (the match was under a minute and a half long), which is good after losing his 50th title match in a row. Getting beat up by Finn immediately after was completely unnecessary, though. I know that Finn is a fighter, but why bother? Instead of Joe getting what was essentially just a fluke roll-up, why not have him tap Finn or choke him out? Finn is leaving in a few weeks, and it’s going to be The Demon, not Finn Balor, who is going to take on Bray at SummerSlam, so at this moment Finn Balor is a disposable entity. This did nothing for Joe. (4 for 5)

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Bray Wyatt returns and attacks Finn Balor (1 minute, 21 seconds)

I will say, the mask is definitely scarier in the ring the way it was presented here than it was when it was revealed in the Firefly Fun House vignettes. It looked like a corny, failed attempt to look scary, at least to me. I liked the outfit with the striped pants and whatnot since it’s a different attire than he was wearing when he left, but the mask was uninspiring. It was scary as shit on Monday, though. This was very well done, and I really hope Bray beats The Demon at SummerSlam. Hopefully, they can do that and then drop the silly gimmick that The Demon is a creature that uses Finn as a host (that’s pretty much what they’ve made it) and just let Finn be Finn, a cool dude in a leather jacket who sometimes likes to paint himself up because he enjoys the showmanship of it. This was about as good as they were going to get for the re-debut of Wyatt. I hope, almost exactly 6 years after his original main roster debut, they get it right this time. I also wonder if he’s going to wrestle in the mask and if the mask looks a little different because it’s not the exact same one from the promos, and instead has been altered to be worn in the ring. (5 for 6)

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The Street Profits predict Brock Lesnar’s next challenger (1 minute, 59 seconds)

Can they be done with this now, please? It started off as amusing, but now it’s getting annoying. This is a terrible use of a pair of guys who are absolutely terrific. If they aren’t joining the RAW tag division, please just keep them in NXT. (5 for 7)

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Zack Ryder vs. Mike Kanellis (1 minute, 50 seconds)

Next. (5 for 8)

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Lucha House Party vs. The Club (2 minutes, 51 seconds)

This was exactly what it needed to be, with AJ, Gallows, and Anderson picking up a win as a team in what appeared to be a solid match. My big issue with this is similar to other omissions that don’t make much sense. Ricochet interfered in this match and went after AJ (it’s what they used to stop the match for the commercial break). Why not show that? It’s important in the build of the feud that Ricochet isn’t going to let these guys walk all over him. Outside of that, this was still an entertaining clip and the right thing to do for The Club, so I won’t let that drag it down. (6 for 9)

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Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss

I assume that between entrances, the match, and the post-match promo this probably took around 40 minutes of the show to itself, and that would be why this week there are only 13 clips instead of the usual 17-to-19. The only parts of the match that they showed were the 3 eliminations, which means I only saw a minute and 21 seconds of what everyone is agreeing was a Very Bad 25-minute match. That means to me, as a viewer of only the YouTube content, this was actually just fine. Sadly, the last fall did include the “Let’s Go Cena/Cena Sucks” dueling chant, along with a very, very brief “Goldberg” chant immediately after. Natalya is suddenly a heel, maybe, or maybe she’s just trying to get on Becky’s level in terms of being a loose cannon on the microphone. I guess we’ll see next week. It was a bit cringeworthy, but I also like Natalya more than a lot of people do, so I’m okay with this. Thanks to the fact that the only parts of the match they showed here were good, this gets a thumbs up from me. (7 for 10)

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The Miz pummels Dolph Ziggler on “Miz TV” (2 minutes, 57 seconds)

It was a different promo than the one that Ziggler has been cutting for the last 3 years, so that was good. The last thing we need is another feud between these two. I have enjoyed most of the stuff they’ve done together over the years, but we don’t need more. I sort of thought this was going in the direction of Ziggler helping Miz get his head back on straight, possibly leading to them forming a tag team that would be somewhat similar to the Awesome Truth. Maybe that is the plan. I’ll wait and see with this. I also might be the last person outside of Vince McMahon and Dolph Ziggler himself who still thinks DZ can be rehabbed and do something good, so I may be judging this on a bit of a curve. Going with a thumbs up for this. (8 for 11)

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R-Truth Invades Drake Maverick’s hotel room (3 minutes, 52 seconds)

As I mentioned earlier, this video was all 3 of the night’s segments all put together, which made sense to do. This may have been the best 24/7 stuff I’ve seen since I started 4 weeks ago. This was a lot of fun. (9 for 12)

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Cross-Branded All-Star Top 10 Battle Royal (2 minutes, 53 seconds)

Boy, oh boy, there is a LOT to unpack from the name of this match. I won’t do it, but wow. That’s something. I don’t know… the excerpts from the match itself were good, as you would expect with the talented guys involved. The winner was disappointing but Seth was really the most obvious winner, and nobody should have expected WWE to go an unexpected route like Big E, even though the crowd seemed to be supporting him the most, and the fact that he’s been ready for the spot for like 3 years, or more. Again, this was fine. I don’t really care very much. I will say, though, that I thought Rollins was showing a ton of fire in the post-match promo, and it almost made me care. And then he had to shoe-horn in the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion” line, and it ruined the whole thing for me. I’m listing this as a negative because I wish they would explore different directions. This was a perfect opportunity. Whatever. (9 for 13)

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Final Analysis

The July 8 episode, the final RAW before Extreme Rules, was really quite awful. I hated it. This week is a step above that. I’m mostly apathetic toward it. I felt nonplussed by pretty much everything. I’m glad that it was under 35 minutes long because it went by extraordinarily quickly, but when I was done it felt like I watched a whole lot of nothing. With the exception of the Bray Wyatt return, this week’s episode could have not happened at all, and nothing would be different.

Come to think of it, that’s probably worse than a bad show because contrary to what I said last week it wasn’t bad TV that drove me to stop watching. It was the fact that with the exception of some really strong matches, the show was the same thing every single week. There were a number of occasions where I would miss 2 weeks and not check out the reviews, and when I saw the show again, there had been such a minimal amount of storyline progression that the episodes I missed might not have even existed at all. I hope something happens next week. At least they appear to be doing fun stuff on SmackDown, with Kevin Owens if nothing else.

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Straight Numbers

Average Clip Length
Week 5: 2 minutes, 38 seconds
Week 4: 2 minutes, 10 seconds
Week 3: 2 minutes, 33 seconds
Week 2: 2 minutes, 44 seconds
Week 1: 2 minutes, 32 seconds

The average length of each clip is back on par with the first 3 weeks after last week’s sizeable drop. After a little under 48 hours, here are some viewership numbers:

  • Bray Wyatt’s return has over 2.5 million views
  • Just over 2 million views for R-Truth pinning Drake in the hotel
  • The Battle Royal has over 1.7 million views, as one might expect
  • The Women’s 4-Way has 555k views
  • Over 400k for Cedric vs. Drew
  • Viking Raiders at under 87k views, by far the least-watched

Bray’s return came very close to outclassing, in under 48 hours, the most-watched clip from last week’s show, which was the Roman/Cedric vs. Shane/Drew match. That had around 2.6 million views as of last Friday night, more than 2 days longer than the Bray return clip. As of the writing of this, Wednesday evening July 17th, that clip has only earned about another 100,000 views, at just over 2.7 million.

The 24/7 Championship saga must have had some buzz, which it hasn’t had for the last 2 weeks. It’s the second-most-watched clip for the July 15th RAW. The 24/7 stuff didn’t even earn enough views last week for me to even mention it in more than a single sentence — there were 3 clips (probably should have just put them all together in one) and only one of them was over 100k. The one with the word “consummation” in the title was just under 300k last Friday and sits at 662k as of Wednesday evening. The other two videos are well below 350k. Hitting over 2 million views this week is back up to form and makes me happy.

I don’t recall any other video featuring the women’s division going above 300,000 views, especially not in under 48 hours. I would wager that the reason it’s at more than half a million views is that people heard the match was awful, and they were curious to see it for themselves. Those people were likely both disappointed and relieved at the same time. No disrespect to the women, but this match had a ton of buzz online and it wasn’t positive attention. Very few people checked the 4-way match video out because they were interested in the outcome, and Becky Lynch isn’t in the thumbnail, her name isn’t in the title of the video, and the title doesn’t even specify that the match was for a title shot.

The Viking Raiders continue to be one of, if not the least-viewed videos every week. After just under 48 hours, they have well under 100,000 views, Even the Street Profits hit 104k. Also, after hitting 1.4 million for Maria’s in-ring destruction of Mike Kanellis a few weeks ago, that angle has stalled out big time both in development and in YouTube hits. Ryder squashing Kanellis has only 284k views. The “pickles and ice cream” video from the July 8th episode, which was the awful follow-up to the original angle from July 1st (which peaked at 1.8 million as of this writing) is at a pitiful 184k after more than a week. Maybe they should be glad that nobody is checking them out. The fewer eyes, the better.

Well, that’s all I have for this week. I’m officially at the halfway mark, as there are 3 more episodes of RAW before SummerSlam and my last will be the night after. So far, I’m not leaning toward going back to being a regular RAW viewer. I might start checking out SmackDown, though. It seems like fun.

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