RAW thought it would be a great idea to have a two-hour long Gauntlet Match and BOY were they right. As a result, Rollins elevated himself in an otherwise unremarkable lead-up to the Chamber match. Other notables: We feel your Titus exhaustion, Nia; turns out Crews can lose (his surname); get hyped for a new Dusty Rhodes Classic; Gargano says goodbye to the NXT universe (thanks for nothing, Ciampa); neither of us care about Rousey; we’re hoping to see something exciting from the stories going into both Chambers; just DO SOMETHING MATT AND/OR BRAY; and how long will Cena stare at his hands after he’s eliminated before they kick him out of the demonic structure?
Last week saw a TON of great wrestling coming out of WWE, and we talk about it all on this episode! Topics include: who had the match of the night at TakeOver; can Steve tell any tag team partners apart; a plea to get someone different booking SmackDown Live; why both Rumbles were very good this year; more Lesnar and Strowman mad at each other, please; more very, very good character work in the Mixed Match Challenge, please; Strowman dominates RAW and THE BOSS IS BACK; John Cena’s no good, very bad, horrible Rumble weekend; and why Tyler Bate is our MVP of the Week.
No Mercy is in the books and Cesaro will never be the same! Also, why does Bray Wyatt continue to be a terribly executed character study? Will Nia win the big one soon? What happens when John Cena is the victim of his own ridiculousness? Did Enzo have the Best Week Ever (TM)? All this, plus KO and Sami fight forever and Mickie James shows that she ain’t just some old lady to be trifled with.
It seems like it’s been forever, but it’s time for another WWE PPV Special Live Event! No Mercy is upon us, and there’s loads to talk about, including exploring the Suplex City in our hearts, Shane McMahon’s punchable face, Vinny Mac’s need to bleed, RACISM, the continual mishandling of Shinsuke Nakamura, The Miz back doing what he’s best at, Neville and Strowman’s superiority, and a good Roman Reigns promo. Tune in Sunday and see how many things we were wrong about!
One week later, we’re already tired of the Cena/Reigns beef, weiner-measuring contest and all. But don’t worry, because KO and Shane are coming to blows on SmackDown over a mention of some kids. Also, Carmella can’t make up her mind while failing to convince us the MITB was a good idea. Enzo’s getting far too many chances, Ziggler is collapsing like a dying star, and Asuka is done with NXT. At least week 2 of the Mae Young Classic will buoy your spirits until better things come along. Oh, and Strowman/Show tore it up yet again. Go watch that on repeat.
The Mae Young Classic has arrived and Jason gives you the skinny on the first round of matches! Who soared? Who tumbled? In other WWE views this week, Raw moved towards No Mercy while SmackDown Live floundered under the weight of a boring main event scene. Also, Steve gives a quick report on WCPW (free on YouTube!) and the guys weigh in on the kerfuffle that was Cena owning Reigns on the mic. Stay tuned after the show proper to hear what Steve thinks the Jax/Bliss feud should amount to.
Randy Orton took some initiative and decided to burn down the whole Wyatt compound, which might actually be a shed? Nikki Bella was a best part of a promo between Cena and The Miz? SmackDown was better than Raw? Fastlane is here again? So many surprising twists and turns on this, the Fastlane to Wrestlemania seasontime!
There’s so much wrestling on these days, we have to decide what to talk about and what to abandon like a pre-live episode of Smackdown. Luckily, Jason took in a local NXT show a couple weeks back and has some notes to share on his experience. The guys also briefly recap the No Mercy results and Steve confuses his son as to the look and physical features of John Cena and Gary Johnson.