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?
On the Road to Wrestlemania, it’s always best to add more men to everything! Also this week: SmackDown Live continues to be the third-best WWE show on Tuesday nights, the Revival remembers just how much they hate legs, Bayley and Sasha tear it up but get shut down by Nia, Elias is over with the universe but under Braun’s double bass, LANA IS THE BEST LANA NUMBER ONE, Kairi Sane is finally getting mad (and even), and a plea to just keep the shows as they are, please.
Mixed Match Challenge had an off week, but that’s ok because we also have ANNOUNCER BEEF! Also, the CWC is back with HHH running 205 Live now, and that’s a-ok with us. All that, plus: Jason Jordan is now officially out, Alexa fears and fights for her title, Bayley has a good match (YES!), Elias proves he’s main event material, Shane denies Rusev Day, the SmackDown Live Top 10 list is finally here and it’s lame, Zayn vs. Owens is still a delight even when surrounded with BS booking, you need to check out Heavy Machinery like NOW, and we’re replacing Steve with an Alexa-enabled device.
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.
RAW turned 25, but we really don’t feel any different. Enzo Amore is no more-ay and 205 Live will get its first GM next week. And Vince reminded us he’s still far out of touch with an announcement about the XFL. It’s been a crazy week, and that’s even mentioning: Stone Cold still delighting, lots of smiling and waving at RAW 25, what worked and what didn’t at that show, screwy alignments in the SDL title picture still have us confused, the first-ever pin from a Blue Thunder Bomb (congrats, Sami!), the Mixed Match Challenge is still a delight, we were reintroduced to TM 61, plus our hopes and dreams (and fears) for TakeOver and the Rumble. Whew! With all that going on, we had to double the length! Hope you enjoy the wrastlin this weekend!
WWE has learned that Strowman is money, so he dominated the first hour of Raw; indie security fodder, Hawkins-chucking, and chocolate cake loving ensue and it’s wonderful. Also wonderful this week: Asuka/Jax impresses, Jason Jordan is still the smartest man, The Revival is here to WRESTLE (don’t check YouTube), Elias finds a new gig, Seth welcomed back an old friend, the U.S. Title was decided, Fashion Files still delights (even if it’s harder to find), shut off your brain and enjoy the Mixed Match Challenge, check out all the new signings, Hardy promises the Broken-verse is coming, and please, WATCH NXT.
Raw didn’t have much this week, but if you can’t get behind a slow build to a Shield reunion, there’s nothing you’ll like on the WWE main roster this week. Meanwhile, Hell in a Cell is tomorrow we don’t really care because: one or both of the Hype Bros might turn, Roode’s entrance will outdo Ziggler’s, Orton will have an Orton-ass match, The Usos and New Day will steal the show, Shane/KO will end badly, and we hope the U.S. and WWE Championships swap places. Finally, should we care about what’s going on with Bray? History should steer you on this one. Enjoy the Cell and hope for no Hell!
It’s time again for another WWE PPV special event, only on the WWE Network! But this time, the guys have special guest Frank “The Tank (Engine)” Gibson with them to help make sense of it all. Together, these pros grapple with questions like do our significant others support our fandom, with so many weaknesses why can’t anyone defeat Bill Goldberg, and why should Steve care about the cruiserweights when WWE has conditioned him not to? All this, and everyone gives their picks for the Elimination Chamber!
The time is upon us! Once again, a weekend has come that brings us both a WWE event and an NXT TakeOver … takeover. After Goldberg nearly cost the WWE their Wrestlemania plans because he wanted to really sell that promo with a little hardway blood, where will he place in the Rumble match? Will Shaq be in the match? Will Curt Hawkins be in the match? Will the women stand out at all? Is Tye Dillinger the best story going in NXT right now? Answers to those questions and so much more in this super-sized episode that is appropriately bigger in Texas.
The road to the Royal Rumble continues, with not a Roadblock in sight! RAW was pretty terrible this week, so the guys instead focus on Smackdown, NXT, and even NJPW to find the good in the grappling. They wrestle with the following questions: Who will win the 2017 Royal Rumble? Is it possible that entrance themes play magically upon proximity to an entry way? Did Carmella fight an old lady? Will Tozawa save us from a lackluster 205 Live product? Is an Intergalactic Championship on the way?