Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/02/06/rasd-2-5-19-becky-slaps-hhh-injury-news-wwe-returns-to-saudi-arabia/
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SmackDown from Everett, Washington.
On this week’s show from Daniel Bryan’s home state, the WWE champion took on Jeff Hardy in a non-title match, Becky Lynch and Triple H have a heated confrontation, the final women’s team for the Elimination Chamber was confirmed, Randy Orton took on Mustafa Ali, and the odd team of Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev faced off with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
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Listening to the cast I think you are right about the women’s chamber match. How does a tag team chamber even work? Is it just a free for all as there is no DQ, but if one member of a team is pinned or submitted they’re out? Seems very weird. The teams are also really lacking, it feels like they should have left Naomi/Carmella out and called up Io shirai and Kari Sane. They would be far more exciting and seem to be getting billed as a team in NXT. Though they seem to want the Naomi/Mandy story to be a featured part, but that makes their partners seem like they are just baggage. Riot squad team probably should have included Ruby. Luv Morgan has been booked so weak that they don’t seem like a viable threat. Especially after the team got squashed by Ronda this week. In general WWE needs to do a better job building up tag teams, as it is it really feels like there are 2 maybe 3 teams that seem like contenders.
They did a tag team Elimination Chamber in 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination_Chamber_(2015)
Don’t remember how it went, tbh, but I don’t recall taking any major issue with it.
Went back to see the highlights, yup just a free for all with all 3 members of New day involved in the match. Seems like there was a lot of time with parts or whole teams out of the action.
Wai asked if sports fans would be willing to pay for their local sports teams if they were on the ESPN+ service. I can only speak for myself, but yes. Yes I would, but it is not that simple.
ESPN+ as currently constructed is not an overtly appealing service. It relies heavily on the non-core 4 US sports. UFC is probably their biggest property, depending on how you view soccer & rugby. They have tennis & golf, but it is all supplemental coverage and not finals/final rounds. Limited college sports that most don’t care about from none of the major teams and/or conferences.
Yes, MLB & NHL are ‘on’ the service, but that is a joke in and of itself. You get one game a day, which is the free game you can already watch on MLB.tv for free. What you can do is purchase the MLB.tv service thru ESPN+. Which you are then subject to all of MLB’s rules on blackouts and such.
What it comes down to is a massive Sports OTT Streaming service is not viable at the moment (if ever). With existing services and TV contracts I just don’t see how it is possible. ESPN+ is enticing at $5 a month, but it will never be a one stop shop for sports.