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News From Cook’s Corner 4.20.20: The Comeback

After an 8-year hiatus, the News From Cook’s Corner is back, courtesy of your friend Steve Cook!



Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! I’m Steve Cook, and after eight years it feels like now is as good a time as any to get back to what I do best: ramble on about wrestling news.

For those of you that weren’t reading my stuff eight years ago, let me explain.

Back in the olden days, the Internet wrestling writing space was largely populated by things called “news reports”. There was rarely news broken in these columns, they were driven by the personality of the writer. Guys like Chris Hyatte, Rick Scaia and too many others to name became the Internet equivalent of your more knowledgeable friend down the street you talked the rasslin with. Whether they actually knew more than the average reader or not was debatable, but they were good with words. They presented things in an entertaining way that kept people coming back for more.

News From Cook’s Corner was my version of that. 411 had a ton of them in the mid 2000s from the likes of Larry Csonka, Stephen Randle and too many others to mention here. Greg DeMarco joined us along the way. Good times were had by all.

Until they weren’t.

During one of my 411 sabbaticals, it was decided that the “news report” was a thing of the past. People no longer wanted to read 3,000 words of wrestling talk. They wanted newsbites or a hot take. Maybe a list. Something short & sweet. The people didn’t want anything more.

Which was fine with me. Lists are fun, and the idea of doing some less than 100 people long was appealing. And fortunately I had developed into enough of a writer that I could get more than 1 paragraph out of a given topic. I’m pretty happy with most of what I’ve produced since 2017 here and elsewhere. The idea of going back to the old way? I wasn’t really interested. Until I started keeping up with the Wednesday night cable ratings, and noticed what the heck people were watching on a week to week basis.

Some would call it “the news”. I would not.

In fact, it’s pretty darn comparable to what we were doing back in the day. People not qualified to talk about news talking about news and passing off their terrible opinions as news. It seems to work for them, why can’t it work for us again?

Let’s find out…

WWE News

Everybody knows that there’s a number of banned terms that you can’t say on WWE programming. I’m sure there’s more than seven, or I’d rip off the old George Carlin bit. Of course, a bunch of new terms like “coronavirus”, “covid-19” & “ramen noodle moonsault” have recently made the list, but there’s one that might surprise you a little bit: “Roman Reigns”. This was mentioned in the Wrestling Observer according to the web sites, and I can confirm that I have not heard the Big Dog’s name spoken on recent WWE programming. I haven’t seen it all, maybe Roman was mentioned on Main Event or NXT UK. However, I can tell you that Roman Reigns was not mentioned on Raw, SmackDown, NXT or The Big Show Show in the last couple of weeks.

I understand why. We have no idea when Reigns will be able to return to television. He pulled himself off WrestleMania due to concerns over the virus, and nobody in their right mind blames him for that. He’s had previous issues with his immune system, and his wife has just given birth to two kids. That guy doesn’t need to be traveling to Orlando right now. It’s impossible to say when things will be normal enough for Reigns to make that trip, or to somewhere else where WWE may end up hosting shows.

WWE Smackdown Roman Reigns

Hence, there’s no real reason to mention Roman Reigns on television right now. He won’t be feuding with Braun Strowman over the Universal Championship any time soon, or doing anything else on WWE programming. If Roman’s not there, why bring him up? There’s a lot of reasons to get mad at WWE right now, but this is one case where they can actually be defended. No reason to build up somebody or something that they have no idea when they can present it.

Here’s WWE’s upcoming taping schedule after this week, where they’re still doing things live:

  • Saturday, April 25; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (airing May 1 and May 8)
  • Monday, April 27; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air the following week on May 4)
  • Wednesday, April 29; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 6)
  • Monday, May 11; one episode of Raw will be taped for that night and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 15
  • Tuesday, May 12; one episode of Raw will be taped for May 18 and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 22
  • Wednesday, May 13; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 20)
  • Monday, May 25; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night, the other will air on June 1)
  • Tuesday, May 26; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one will air on May 29, the other will air on June 5)
  • Wednesday, May 27; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on June 3)
  • Monday, June 8; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 12
  • Tuesday, June 9; one episode of NXT will be taped for June 10
  • Monday, June 15; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 19
  • Tuesday, June 16; one episode of Raw taped for June 22 and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 26
  • Wednesday, June 17; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is that night, the other will air on June 24)
  • Monday, June 29; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air on July 6)
  • Tuesday, June 30; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one for July 3 and one for July 10)
  • Wednesday, July 1; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on July 8)

List courtesy of a lot of places, namely Pro Wrestling Sheet.

This whole situation with whether WWE’s taping their shows or doing them live or whatever has been a bit of a mess. People like to make fun of ol’ Dave Meltzer when he goes to the “plans change” explanation for why something didn’t play out on TV exactly the way he said it would. Here’s the reason why I’ve never been one of those people: Plans change all the time in WWE. This taping/live deal is a perfect example. One day, Vince is like “we gotta bring everybody in to tape a bunch of stuff”. The next day it’s “WE GOTTA DO EVERYTHING LIVE, PAL! GET ME DESANTIS ON THE PHONE!”. That’s why I’m 99.9% sure this taping schedule won’t play out the way it’s currently being reported. Vince will change his mind, in fact, he probably already has twice by the time this gets posted.

I do like this idea of holding Money in the Bank matches at Titan Tower. It seems like The Office on meth. If nothing else it should make things a bit different. The only thing that makes me a bit uneasy is the “climb the corporate ladder” tag line. If I was WWE I wouldn’t be leaning into the “heartless corporation” thing, but maybe that’s just me.

AEW News

To be honest, AEW flew a bit under the radar last week with all the WWE stuff going on. Their biggest news was the announcement that Double or Nothing will still take place on May 23rd, just not in Las Vegas. All I can say is good luck getting people to spend $49.99 on an empty-arena show. I know AEW has their diehard fans that will purchase every show no matter what, and the company could certainly use the revenue boost, but I don’t see this going very well. They’re going to have to lower that price or stick it on B/R Live for free or something.

Also, is it just me, or does AEW need to do a better job of promoting their other stuff? Dark barely gets mentioned on Dynamite, and I just learned this past weekend that Being the Elite has had some matches featuring AEW’s California crew. Maybe I’m just an old fart and the kids are all over this stuff already, but I don’t think advertising this stuff on TNT would hurt anybody.

Cody Rhodes AEW Dynamite Miami Vice

My favorite Netflix show recently, like everybody else in the world, is Tiger King. (The Big Show Show runs a close second.) It turns out that Cody Rhodes has a bit of a loose connection to the show, as he had heard about Carole Baskin killing her husband and feeding him to tigers years ago. Not that we’re sayin-oh hell, yeah, we’re saying Carole Baskin killed her husband and fed him to tigers. Everybody else is saying it, why not us too? And who knew that Chris Jericho was onto something deeper when he started talking about “Cody Exotic” a couple of weeks ago?

The above was an example of a completely useless news item, but it gives me an excuse to mention Tiger King. Hey, sometimes you have to entertain yourself.

Dustin Rhodes’ match with Kip Sabian this week on Dynamite has huge implications. Not only is it part of the TNT Championship Tournament, but the Natural has gone on record saying that he’ll retire if Sabian can beat him.

Guys, I hate to say it, but we might not be seeing much more of Dustin Rhodes in an AEW ring. Even if he manages to beat Kip on Wednesday, that just means he’ll be facing Lance Archer in the semifinals of the tournament. There wouldn’t be a better message for Archer & Jake Roberts to send Cody, the man they’ve targeted for destruction, than his brother’s head on a silver platter.

I haven’t seen anybody report that Dustin’s wrapping up his in-ring career, but why else would this become a story point? If Dustin’s still wrestling full-time through the next few months, I’ll be wrong, and that’s great because I love watching Dustin Rhodes matches in 2020. It just feels like an AEW without Dustin active in-ring is where we’re heading.

Other Wrestling News

I’ve been critical of ROH’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, in the past. I’ve certainly not been the only one to criticize their business practices. At the same time, I’ve always believed in giving credit when it’s due, and Sinclair has been doing ROH employees right during this time where they’re not able to work a bunch of previously scheduled shows. They’ve been doing non-employees right as well. Katie Lea reported on Twitter that she had been paid for a ROH show she was scheduled to work that was cancelled. Reportedly, wrestlers & staff have been paid for all ROH shows scheduled in April & May.

New Japan Pro Wrestling is paying their wrestlers their regular salary & benefits. Other promotions are doing their best to take care of their wrestlers as well. I don’t know if they insist on branding their wrestlers as “family” or not, but they at least haven’t thrown their employees under the bus. That in itself qualifies as “news” these days, does it not?

Finally, Dr. Wagner Jr. made his triumphant return to AAA this past Saturday night at their Lucha Fighter empty arena event. He had been away for three months and was rumored to be going independent. Nobody else being able to run shows probably put a dent in those plans. The highlight: he has a new theme song!

Yeah, I don’t know where they found the WCW Slam Jam musicians, but I am here for it.


Expect me to pop up four times a week here at The Chairshot until I run out of things to talk about. It’s not like wrestling news has slowed down, so that probably won’t be a problem…

I talked about how WWE Superstars are having an easy time at the airport.

I hyped up Zelina Vega’s Boys..

Two top 5 columns: Howard Finkel Moments & Wrestling Doctors.

In podcasting news, I appear on the 411 on Wrestling every Thursday morning talking NXT, AEW & whatever else happened that day. Also doing some retro stuff with them…on Sunday I talked WrestleMania XX & Backlash 2004 with Larry Csonka & special guest @VPenguin!

Oh, and follow me on Twitter @stevecook84. I’d rate myself a perfectly average tweeter.

Thanks for reading! I want to close by giving a special thank you to Greg DeMarco for suggesting this. Hopefully it won’t get him in too much trouble.

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Greg DeMarco’s 2023 WWE SummerSlam Review

The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.



Cody Lesnar SummerSlam

The biggest party of the summer comes to Detroit, when WWE SummerSlam 2023 delivers an action packed event that easily exceeds expectations.

WWE presents SummerSlam 2023 live from ford field in Detroit in front of over 59k fans–who provided an electric atmosphere. Overall the card featured either matches, many of them delivering at or above expectations.

Read on for my thoughts, and even some ratings!

How I am rating segments:

I am using “The Line of DeMarco-cation,” which is for entertainment. the line is if I was entertained. You can have three main results:

  • ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation
  • AT the Line of DeMarco-cation
  • BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation

If necessary, i reserve the right to go WAY ABOVE or WAY BELOW. Significant segments can be rated. individual and overall ratings are totally subjective.

It’s simple: ENTERTAIN ME!

Logan Paul vs. Ricochet

  • Welcome to the biggest match of Ricochet’s career.
  • Samantha Irvin’s outfit matches Logan Paul, not Ricochet — SWERVE, BRO!
  • Ricochet is a star, and I love seeing him treated like one.
  • Rocket Mortgage is donating $5k for every move off the top rope? This match alone might accumulate half a million.
  • I know Logan Paul needs to catch a private jet to Dallas and that’s why this is on first, but this is the perfect opener.
  • If you didn’t know who Logan Paul was, you’d think he was just another member of the roster–and that’s the biggest compliment you can give to him. He’s a damn good heel, too.
  • Paul using Braun Strowman’s powerslam–will we get Logan vs Braun?
  • This might be the best match either have had in a LONG time.
  • Logan Paul just hit a Buckshot Lariat over the top rope and to the floor. Sorry Hangman.
  • I love that refs continue to have names – like former Greg DeMarco Show guest Eddie Orengo (as El Bandido Jr).
  • I’d love to know Ricochet’s powerlifting numbers. Dude is deceptively strong.
  • Logan Paul flew two-thirds of the way across the ring on the Springboard Froggy Splash
  • This match is spotty–yes–but watch and learn Young Bucks. They are strung together by psychology and it all makes sense,
  • LOVE that finish. Logan Paul wins (as expected), but Ricochet is protected.
  • Think about that – RICOCHET IS PROTECTED.
  • Hell of a match.

Winner: Logan Paul (pinfall brass knucks shot)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes

  • That video package–amazing. It likely telegraphed Cody’s win, but I don’t think many expect Cody to lose.
  • I love when people question Brock’s presence. Did you hear that pop?
  • Cody got a hell of a pop, too.
  • You can tell how much Brock Lesnar respects Cody Rhodes, as he opens up the arsenal for him.
  • I love that Brock simply stands center ring as the ref counts Cody out. Brock wants to win–doesn’t care how. That’s a little detail that shows how brilliant of a character Brock Lesnar is.
  • This is the fifth time Brock has gone for the count-out–and I love the psychology.
  • Now Brock does care how he wins–he wants to break Cody’s will.
  • Wait, is this Cody Rhodes’ mystery twin brother Cory Rhodes?
  • That top rope Cody Cutter was fantastic.
  • Not sure when Brock’s shorts got ripped, but it adds to this fight.
  • That’s what this is, a fight. And that is Brock Lesnar at his finest.
  • It might have been a happy accident, but Cody’s hand bouncing off the bottom rope before he finally grabs it to break the Kimura is another amazing little thing.
  • Brock is so slow and methodical, but snatches people up for the F5 in a flash. So good.
  • Cody Rhodes wins, after THREE Cross Rhodes. Good shit.
  • Interesting that the show of respect from Brock to Cody is considered Cody’s arrival.
  • Or maybe it’s just the arrival of “The American Nightmare.”
  • I will be very interested–as will all of you–to see what’s next for both men.

Winner: Cody Rhodes (pinfall, three Cross Rhodes)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

NOTE: Very interesting that Roman Reigns was featured in the PayBack promo, as well as Logan Paul. I wouldn’t expect either to be on that card.

Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal

  • I have to admit, it just feels right to have Slim Jim back in my wrestling.
  • This better be good since it cost us Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus.
  • I hope Sheamus got a full entrance for the crowd.
  • Oh look, Omos still works here!
  • Chad Gable is so damn good.
  • Austin Theory is in this match? And didn’t get an entrance?
  • At WrestleMania 30, Big E was in the Andre The Royal Giant Memorial Battle Rumble, didn’t get an entrance, and didn’t even get to carry his Intercontinental Champion. And I don’t even think his elimination was mentioned by commentary (I’d have to go back and check).
  • Santos Escobar eliminating Austin Theory at least makes sense.
  • LA Knight barely breathes and the crowd gets ELECTRIC.
  • I haven’t made as many bullet points because this has actually been a really good battle royal!
  • I’d love to know who the agent was–fantastically done.

Winner: LA Knight (last eliminates Sheamus)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

MMA Rules Match – Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler

  • Some of the shots during the entrance make me want WWE to get rid of stages altogether, and stick with this type of entrance.
  • Also, it’s a reminder that I hate major wrestling events in daylight.
  • This being an MMA Rules Match seems to be a missed opportunity at having a special guest referee.
  • The fans DO NOT CARE About this match, and I see why.
  • I am all for Ronda being able to go out how she wants to go out, and the talent pushing their own idea forward. But sometimes, you gotta say no.
  • Some matches also play much better in an arena instead of a stadium (Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair from WrestleMania comes to mind). This is one of those matches.
  • Whenever NXT had an “unsanctioned match,” the ref wore all black. That’s what we should have done here.
  • Now we have doctors checking on Shayna? Really? I know we want to put over how tough she is, but…..
  • The crowd pops out of relief when it’s over.
  • Do this on Raw, not here. Give Becky and Trish this spot.

Winner: Shayna Baszler (technical submission, Kirifuda Clutch)

BELOW The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

Intercontinental Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. GUNTHER (c) 

  • My Peacock membership doesn’t let me see the video package here, and I am fine with that–it’s been a while since I’ve seen that AFLAC Duck, though.
  • Ludwig Kaiser must love doing the entrance, but honestly the act might be getting stale?
  • Corey Graves very poetic in pointing out that “records are meant to be broken.” That’s one of the core values of WWE at this point.
  • It does appear GUNTHER will be going it alone tonight as Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci are headed to the back. Let’s see if they stay there.
  • Interesting placement for this match, right after the ill-received MMA Rules Match.
  • Didn’t the internet tell us Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor was going on fourth?
  • Btw, this match is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage. Money talks, BAYBAY!
  • GUNTHER truly lives the “Ring General” gimmick.
  • As the match progresses, I honestly can’t see Drew winning here.
  • The simplicity of the finishing sequence really adds to GUNTHER: top rope slap fest, McIntyre crotched on the ropes, splash, lariat, powerbomb. Nothing fancy–trademark GUNTHER.

Winner, #ANDSTILL the Intercontinental Champion: GUNTHER (pinfall, powerbomb)

ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

World Heavyweight Championship: Finn Balor vs. Seth “Freakin'” Rollins (c) 

  • I presume we will get a bunch of Judgment Day shenanigans here, but I really needed Seth to go on last to further establish his championship. Instead, we are smack in the middle of the event (according to the Peacock slider, anyways)
  • Seth Rollins’ entrance + 58k people = a beautiful sight
  • The worst thing about this, to me, will be when Balor and Rollins are partners after Balor turns babyface.
  • Love Rollins tossing the vest at Balor.
  • Love the more unique start to the match.
  • Interesting that Rollins, with a win, moves to 5th all time for SummerSlam wins? I had no clue! Mr. SummerSlam anyone?
  • We keep naming refs, and I love it,
  • If you want an “inside look” at a match, start paying really close attention for a few minutes starting with the triplicate of dives from Seth Rollins. You’ll see a few things that the cameras picked up.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buckle Bomb into the barrier from Balor to Rollins. Should have known they’d do that, but it never crossed my mind. Brilliant.
  • Decent amount of overlap in the offense of this match and the one prior–in hindsight, they may have wanted to put GUNTHER/McIntyre on before Rousey/Baszler.
  • Fans boo’d the crap out of Damian Priest when he came down–but popped like hell for Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley.
  • I really enjoyed the story told with the Judgment Day. When Priest called for the briefcase to be used, it would have worked. When Balor called for it, it wasn’t going to work, and Damian Priest knew it. But he let Finn Balor sink himself anyway. That will definitely play again later when they fully implode.

Winner AND STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Freakin’ Rollins (pinfall, Stomp on the Money In The Bank Briefcase)

WAY ABOVE The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka (c) Bianca Belair

  • Very odd having Asuka enter second.
  • Charlotte Flair with the ode to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 (IYKYK)
  • Did I miss the C4 ad read? I saw that Bianca Belair entered with some, which made me thing THAT was why she came in last, and now the C4 branding is around the ring, but no real mention? Or did I miss it? Was it only for Peacock Premium subscribers?
  • Very choppy match so far–and Charlotte has to basically stop the match to have Jessika Carr fix her outfit, leaving Belair and Asuka in the corner waiting until Asuka realized what was happening and tried to cover. The Double Natural Selection that followed was quite clunky.
  • Bianca nowhere near Charlotte Flair when the moonsault hit–is Bianca really that good? I seem to ask myself this during every big time Bianca match, dating back to WrestleMania 37 when I felt like Sasha Banks had to carry her.
  • I find myself wanting to fast forward to the finish, here. I’m not, but I kinda want to.
  • ANOTHER REF NAMED! Thank you, Michael Cole.
  • If IYO SKY cashes in here (which is easy to expect), I really hope it’s not right after Charlotte wins, getting her to #15. Granted, she could cash in DURING the match and make it a 4-way. But of everyone, I think Charlotte needs to eat the pin tonight.
  • We have now had medical personnel tending to one of the participants in the middle of each women’s match tonight–first Shayna Baszler, now Bianca Belair. Seems like a misstep on someone’s part.
  • Bianca with the heroic comeback, and a beautiful 450 Splash on Charlotte during the Figure Eight.
  • Charlotte gets misted but Bianca gets the pin???
  • Makes sense if we do the cash in here. as Bianca is hurt.

Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair (pinfall, small package)

  • Aaaaaaaand here comes IYO SKY.
  • I love Corey Graves telling Bianca to get the hell out of dodge.
  • IYO and Bayley take out everyone, and she is indeed cashing in.
  • Over The Moonsault, new champion, and the crowd goes nuts. Women’s Money In The Bank briefcase is still undefeated.
  • Nice World Of Stardom reference by Michael Cole, too.

Winner, AND NEW WWE Women’s Champion: IYO SKY (CMITB cash-in, pinfall, Over The Moonsault)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

There were some rough spots, but the cash in saved it for me.

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match: Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns (c) with Paul Heyman

  • I am timing this from the second Jey Uso’s theme hits through the end.
  • Man, Mike Rome is on one, and I am not sure if that’s a good thing. He doesn’t sound as fantastic as he usually does.
  • 12:34 from Jey’s music hitting to the bell ringing.
  • Roman is so slow and methodical, I don’t know if he realized Jey was going to dive so soon. Jey connected with Roman’s back, but that could have been really really bad.
  • I know this is Tribal Combat, but given the use of stairs earlier tonight, we might as well consider the stairs legal.
  • You know it’s an important match when Roman Reigns hits The Drive By, as he did on Jey Uso.
  • Table, Kendo Stick, and more early.
  • Jey clotheslining Roman over the top rope (with the Kendo Stick) and hitting the dive makes me think Jey got slightly lost earlier when he did the dive to a kneeling Roman’s back.
  • That was a MASSIVE powerbomb onto the chairs!
  • 35 minutes in (remember, since the start of Jey’s entrance, so 23 minutes into the match) and this is definitely just a touch slow. The story is amazing, so that’s my only complaint so far.
  • I have to wonder if Roman knew he was bleeding when he hopped the barricade to go into the crowd.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaand here’s Solo Sikoa. That should surprise no one. We gotta get the whole family involved, right? At least the whole Bloodline.
  • Solo declining to help Roman up might be starting Solo’s arc in the story, but it wasn’t apparent enough and commentary had to fill in the blanks.
  • 50:22 since Jey’s entrance is the point where Jimmy shows up (pulling Jey out of the ring).
  • Jimmy hits the Superkick and leaves.
  • Spear through the table that was set-up about a week ago and Roman Reigns pins Jey Uso at 52:09 (from th estart of Jey’s entrance).

Winner AND STILL Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns (pinfall, spear through the table)

AT The Line Of DeMarco-cation.

“At” might surprise you, but this was WAY too slow. Bell-to-bell it was roughly 40 minutes, and that was about 10 minutes too long. But the story is worth it in the end.

WWE SummerSlam 2023

Total Matches: 8

  • ABOVE the Line of DeMarco-cation – 4 matches (3 WAY ABOVE)
  • AT the Line of DeMarco-cation – 3 matches
  • BELOW the Line of DeMarco-cation – 1 match

One “bad” match and seven “good ones, four of those I’d call “great.” Three of the great ones I labeled as “WAY ABOVE” the line, which easily makes up for one match that was lacking. Hell, when even the Battle Royal is good, you know you watched a damn good show.

Overall Rating for WWE SummerSlam 2023: 9/10

Let me know your thoughts! Drop a comment and tell me your ratings, and what you think of the Line Of DeMarco-cation.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!



WWE WrestleMania 34 Charlotte Flair Asuka

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.

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