Thoughts on Podcast:
I heard that Seth was working hurt as well leading into WM. Given that his story has driven to a halt I think it would be wise to give the man time to recuperate.
Regarding Graphics on Smackdown
I realize that they are cheesy but I don’t have it in me to have a strong opinion against them. They are eye catching and offer moments of levity and energy to segments that could be otherwise dull. You don’t have Bret Hart giving a sharpshooting to a blood dripping Stone Cold with massive bold text saying ‘HEARTLESS!’ scrolling by during the classic close up.
Thoughts on Smackdown Highlights:
Regarding the New Day:
Why are they still over with the fans?
Is this a case of their gimmick being for kids and the kids are buying their merchandise like mad?
I can’t see this gimmick hitting with the older crowd as this food stuff has been going on for over a year now it seems. I was eye rolling over booty-o’s garbage ages ago and then they evolved the gimmick to pancakes for what feels like half a year now. I think these ideas might work for a week or two but instead they take it beyond its shelf life for months and months. Am I supposed to be finding it all hilarious now because the joke never dies?
I genuinely don’t get it and I’m also amazed the fans haven’t completely and utterly turned on these men. I’ve long since tuned out on New Day outside of the ring in the same way I’ve tuned out on Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. However, unlike Bray and Matt I can at least give New Day props for being great in the ring.
I completely agree with making your OVER face champion look strong against the heels. This feels like old school 90’s and early 00’s wrestling where the face is booked strong and heels cannot overcome them even with the numbers advantage. This is your Hogan and Austin era booking done right and its being done with good reason. Charlotte needs a mega push for her defense against Asuka at WM to mean as much as possible.
I’m impressed where WWE is going with these two. This doesn’t feel like your typical WWE promo. Its almost like these two have a personality of their own and can go out and play their characters. No pandering to the crowd through awkward pauses and slow paced delivery. No forced lines that feel completely unnatural. Its a little like those passionate Mick Foley promotions from the boiler room or as Cactus Jack.
I can’t say that I’m personally invested in the Uso characters. I’m not eagerly awaiting their next promo or anything but I can 100% get behind this execution. This shouldn’t feel refreshing and ‘new’…this should be the norm in the WWE.
Regarding Top 10 List:
I think this being all babyfaces means that it’ll be a tool to prolong the Shane and DB storyline. We have DB frequently making decisions that favor the heels while also occasionally making ones that favor the faces. This list is a face leaning contrivance for Shane to call out. Even if they don’t use it to call out KO/Sami they can easily justify people like Mahal and Corbin being on the list.
In addition heels can play off this list and demand matches. It would not shock me at all if we see Corbin or Mahal squash Tye next week to prove their inclusion on the list.
People are being the GIMMICK and not the wrestler it seems. Rusev to me draws a lot of parallels with The Drifter on Raw. People want to cheer and get behind him but during the match there’s not all that much to get excited about.
I was actually surprised that Roode was cheered throughout this match. I fully expected them to turn on him big time and I do think this was the latest you could pull the trigger on Rusev’s momentum. Given that Roode does nothing for me I consider this a genuine missed opportunity. A real shame as the proposed double turn between these two would have been amazing. I suppose that could still happen if they continue this feud and draw it out but that means Rusev will need to find a way to get the fans back on his side.
His character is quite perfect really. He has a blood feud with Corbin. Ziggler’s number 30 entrance in the Rumble was 100% focused on ensuring Corbin didn’t get a WM shot. Thankfully, Corbin got eliminated ages before Ziggler’s number 30 entry so his motivation to care was lost. Fast forward to now where Corbin is on the rise again with some recent wins so Ziggler is making his historic long awaited return to beat him down!
Why doesn’t Ziggler want the belt? Simple! He doesn’t want to elevate Corbin in the event Zigglers masterplan fails! Brilliant!
Seriously though I’m actually intrigued in Ziggler because I like his performance. I didn’t watch or even listen to shows like this during Zigglers first big run so I still see the man as someone whose good in the ring and above average on the mic. This story makes absolutely no sense and Corbin is a TERRIBLE pairing for Ziggler but I’m still a Ziggler fan and I actually want him to get a proper push when its all said and done.
I’ve tapped out. KO/Zayn with Shane and DB is great. AJ brings this all down. Smackdown has killed AJ’s character and he’s a complete after thought as champion. I hated his entire feud leading up to Rumble and felt it strongly devalued the belt…and now it continues. What a complete trainwreck.
What’s worse is you can’t even pretend to get invested because there’s no way they change up the AJ vs Nakamura match at WM. AJ will being going into that match as cold as ever with the title meaning nothing. Hopefully they can put on a clinic where Nakamura takes over and then we can potentially see a title picture that means something.
I said it before and I know people don’t agree but I had more fun watching Smackdown with Mahal as champ than I have with AJ. That really shouldn’t be possible as AJ’s arguably one of the top 3 wrestlers in the entire world but its true and that’s a testament to how badly they’ve dropped the ball with AJ’s run.