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|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 3:17pm On Apr 01|
pu7pl3:I'd rather gargano lose the title but if it's to LA Knight then he can keep it.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 3:44pm On Apr 01|
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 3:45pm On Apr 01|
Qu3sT:What about Lumis?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 3:50pm On Apr 01|
pu7pl3:I'm not a fan of matches being randomly slotted into PPVs. But this is a match that doesn't need any more buildup. Just that altercation between the two was enough buildup
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 4:25pm On Apr 01|
Kaycee7:Doesn't need the title plus wouldn't be a good fit for him
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 6:01pm On Apr 01|
Yea, Kushida trying to show Dunne that he is not the only one that can break limbs
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 11:51pm On Apr 01|
Looks like walter has another Title match after Stand and deliver...what kind of stupid spoiler is this?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 12:03am On Apr 02|
been long I dropped YouTube links here
"Finn Balor Doesn't Get Gassed Out"
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by ShadowCracker(m): 5:31am On Apr 02|
Qu3sT:Kirian Kross is one of the main reasons I watch nxt, his character as a bad ass motherfucker is such a hit.
Balor vs Kross nxt should build a mad rivalry between them,
I personally want Kross to win at takeover, so that he can have his own championship run.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 9:01am On Apr 02|
pu7pl3:WWE and incompetence is like 5&6 or have u forgotten.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 9:03am On Apr 02|
ShadowCracker:Karrion Kross is more of a main roster personality, and I don't know if u remember but his last title reign was very uninspiring.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by ShadowCracker(m): 9:30am On Apr 02|
Qu3sT:I don't remember him having a title run at all, after he defeated Keith Lee, he had to forfeit his title due to his arm injury.
So I don't think it is fault on that one.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 10:16am On Apr 02|
How can I forget? Sometimes I like to hold out hope tho, maybe they want to do a bait and switch
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 10:16am On Apr 02|
ShadowCracker:God, I'd forgotten about his feud wit Keith Lee... where e killed dijakovic thereby turning him into T-bar. memorable
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 10:21am On Apr 02|
pu7pl3:Well, I didn't think that he was going to lose his title to tomato anyways, just wanted a hard hitting match similar to walter Vs dragunuv.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 11:08pm On Apr 02|
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by 100naira(m): 9:34am On Apr 03|
Kaycee7:inevitable. Crowd push means a lot to pro wrestling
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 10:07am On Apr 03|
SMACKDOWN REVIEWS RECAPS AND REACTIONS
WrestleMania is once again too big for two nights.
So it was announced that next week’s SmackDown is essentially WrestleMania night one, with the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal and the SmackDown tag team titles will be featured matches.
Earlier in the week, we found out that there would be no pre-show for the first event with non-digital fans next weekend. I saw that as a good thing, because we really didn’t need it in the first place. WrestleMania would typically be long enough that a pre-show isn’t necessary. Usually the Andre is pre-show match and that makes sense, and with fans back, I thought it would get featured as a sort of “Royal Rumble” style return to get the crowd pumped.
Well that isn’t happening and SmackDown will host it instead. Upon finding that out I said ”Okay cool!” But then they also announced the tag title match, and that does not make sense to me. The Raw tag titles will be defended at WrestleMania. More than likely, so will the women’s tag titles. So why not the blue brand’s tag titles? There’s two nights for the big show and having Otis, Gable, Ford, Dawkins, Ziggler, Roode, Rey and Dom be denied a WrestleMania tag title victory for the first event with real people isn’t cool. I feel bad for these teams.
I’m sorry guys. And if it’s who I think will be the winners, not having the first father/son tag title win be cheered by a happy crowd stinks.
WWE Network has moved to Peacock
Bryan stands tall
Edge started SmackDown talking about how maybe it was inevitable that he’d hit a few speedbumps on the road to WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan inserted himself into the match and if anyone should have seen an opportunist coming, it’s him.
He said he’s mad at Bryan but had to thank him because he looked in the mirror and finally liked what he saw - The Rated-R Superstar is back.
Roman Reigns and Bryan aspire to be him, and last week he felt the cold steel chair in his hands and he liked it. He won’t hesitate again if he gets the opportunity. This was a really good promo from Edge.
Later on, Edge cemented his tweener role while on commentary. And it’s the best role for him.
In the main event, Bryan and Jey Uso had a Street Fight. Bryan really brought the aggression in this match. After Uso introduced a chain and took him out for a portion of the match, Bryan wrapped it around his arm and pummeled Uso’s face. He dragged Uso out of the ring and slammed his head onto the announce table multiple times.
The dynamic between Bryan and Edge was really great. Every time Bryan got near Edge and the table, he would lean forward and like commentate at Bryan to make sure he was hearing him. When Jey was looking at Edge, Edge told him to pay attention to Bryan and he also said on commentary that he didn’t care about either man getting hurt.
Bryan won, and then gave Edge the running knee and slammed his head into the post. Reigns had come out to watch Jey Uso fail once again, and Bryan charged at him. Roman’s response was to just toss the chair he was sitting in at Bryan, but Bryan ducked it and got Roman in the Yes Lock.
What I also appreciated was Bryan not letting go of the Yes Lock, and he had to be pulled off by referees and Adam Pearce. That’s how it should be done, y’all. I hate seeing a babyface attack a person and then as soon as referees tell them to get off, they let go of the hold.
This felt like a go home segment. With WrestleMania SmackDown next week, maybe they’ll be too busy making the show a pre-show for the weekend to have another segment between the three men.
But if they do have a segment, with Edge standing tall last week, and Bryan standing tall this week, we know who will stand tall next week.
Trailer of the century
Sami Zayn finally debuted the trailer we’ve been waiting for.
Logan Paul himself actually came to the ThunderDome as Zayn’s special guest, and Sami introduced him while getting down to whatever music they had playing for Paul’s entrance.
Before playing the trailer, Zayn asked Paul to be his special guest at WrestleMania and he accepted.
And then the trailer.
Very well produced! But most of these types of videos are, aren’t they? Sami trying to make some connections with shredded paper and a bin of garbage, flat earth was thrown in, but my favorite was the big board with all the referee pictures and Owens as a possible conspirator.
After the video, Zayn asked Paul what he thought about the “masterpiece” and Paul said that it looked like a lot of effort was put into it, but mentioned Owens talked to him backstage before coming out about Zayn being delusional. That set Sami off but he kept his cool only for Owens to blindside him with a stunner!
He said he’ll stun Sami until the conspiracy nonsense is out of him, and then he walked by Paul and shoved him.
I wasn’t into Logan Paul being used for this, but he did pretty well in this segment. They had him kind of looking uncomfortable that Sami wanted to be so violent against KO, but then confused and a little pissed when KO shoved him. He’ll be at WrestleMania, but we don’t know who’s side he’s on. It’s better that way.
Sami attacked Owens in the back as Owens was being interviewed, so he got his comeuppance for the night.
Take a swing
That suit. My goodness.
Seth Rollins thought he was going to be able to keep his cool.
Corey Graves went to Cesaro first, and Cesaro said his first singles match at WrestleMania is the biggest of his career. Seth may have some truth to his words about Cesaro’s shortcomings, but he’s not going to fail because there’s something different in the air. He sang about “swing” being in the air and I started to groan.
Rollins interjected and said it’s WrestleMania season and he’s unshakable at this time of year. He listed his WrestleMania accomplishments of stealing the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns as his crowning achievement.
Cesaro said he wouldn’t be here if he didn’t know that he could beat Seth, and not only that, he knows he can embarrass him.
And then Rollins did exactly what he said couldn’t happen - he got shook.
He got in Cesaro’s face and Cesaro said “take a swing” but Rollins backed out. This was a good interaction, made better with Rollins work here. I got nervous when Cesaro started singing because of course they can’t just book a babyface to be a serious bad ass without some dumb childish nonsense. Drew Mac seemed to be the exception last year.
This should be a fun match and I don’t really know who’s going to win this. My hope is that they aren’t just giving Cesaro a slightly longer push than Nakamura to just have him get beat and fade away. But this is WWE after all.
Bianca Belair defeated Carmella
Belair had a good promo before the match to try and make up for the month of awful booking WWE cast onto this historical feud. Carmella attacked Belair before the match started, and she took control for a portion of the start. She used Belair’s hair against her, and you just don’t do that! Bad Carmella! She paid for it though as Belair hit the KOD to win.
As she celebrated, Sasha Banks got in the ring and was going to take advantage of Belair having her back turned. She didn’t get to do the backstabber though, because Belair whipped around and she backed out of it. Smart of her, because why would you follow through with the attack if your attackee is aware of it? Sasha looked great in that body suit though, didn’t she? This was a good way to continue getting heat for this feud after the botch of the year by WWE.
Nigerian drum fight
Apollo Crews said that he has never been disrespected, nor has his ancestors, like he was at Fastlane. He said he won’t stand for it and he now has the chance to make it right at WrestleMania, in a Nigerian drum fight. This is a fight created by Nigerian ancestors with no rules or limitations. The beatings are so loud that they sound like drums, hence the name. Crews challenges Big E and likely next week, we’ll hear him accept.
This promo was fine. Kind of felt a bit old school foreign heel a bit to me, but maybe that was just how I took it. How did you feel about this promo?
Dirty Dawgz and Alpha Academy defeated The Mysterios and Street Profits
Hey look! It’s an eight man tag team match featuring all of the guys who will be facing each other for the SmackDown tag team titles. How will they all coexist?!? They ended up coexisting for this match, with no one turning on the other or drama for the sake of drama. Also we’re literally seeing the same thing next week. None of this mattered.
Natalya defeated Shayna Baszler
Are you kidding me with this nonsense? Natalya pinned Shayna Baszler in like 40 seconds. I cannot believe how badly they have positioned her in the past few months. She has been the loser in most of her matches in singles and tag team competition. She’s the better woman in her tag team but they’ve been positioning her as the weak link. And it’s really all for the Reginald stuff. It’s a shame. There was a huge brawl after the match with I believe every single main roster women’s tag team that saw Tamina and Natalya stand tall
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by 100naira(m): 10:55am On Apr 03|
Wait fans are coming back for Wrestlemania?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 10:57am On Apr 03|
Yes, and I heard Vince has plans to make them come back even after wrestlemania
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by 100naira(m): 10:58am On Apr 03|
pu7pl3:nice, maybe I will get back in the game then.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 1:33pm On Apr 03|
wait, you have not been watching?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by 100naira(m): 2:03pm On Apr 03|
pu7pl3:yep since I took that break last year. Na you de update me steadily.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 2:49pm On Apr 03|
wow, I didn't know o...but will you watch Wrestlemania?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by 100naira(m): 3:10pm On Apr 03|
pu7pl3:I manage to watch the ppvs though and yes I will watch Wrestlemania.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 3:11pm On Apr 03|
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by samistry(m): 4:44am On Apr 04|
It's lively in here again.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 12:16pm On Apr 04|
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 9:08am On Apr 06|
WWE RAW REVIEWS RECAPS AND REACTIONS
Last week’s Raw recap was a special one, where I felt compelled to mock that show by grading every storyline like a report card.
If you noticed, they were each graded very low.
So going into Raw this week, I felt that we would get a better show as this would be the go home for the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Not only that, but the first WWE show with physical people back in an arena and able to be vocal again.
Well, we didn’t. Raw was boring and underwhelming. I would almost go as far as saying even more boring and underwhelming than last week.
Most of this show had not much to inspire me for WrestleMania. They didn’t even have Randy Orton, Alexa Bliss, or The Fiend on the show! They went through weeks of stuff and on the go home, they’re nowhere to be found.
The one thing that I absolutely loved on this show was Bad Bunny.
Bad Bunny cut the promo of his life. It was incredible.
Miz and Morrison destroyed the Bugatti Bad Bunny and Damian Priest showed up in. When Bunny returned to the vehicle, they jumped him and ran off when officials stepped in.
Bunny and Priest went to the ring, and Bunny said he just came here to follow his dreams because he loves this business. He recalled watching Raw and SmackDown with his father and brothers and he had a lot of good memories. He named dropped his favorite legends and included Booker T, as he made a song about him.
He used to consider Miz as a favorite legend, but Miz has disrespected him and his family and fans for no reason. He apologized for the Royal Rumble spot, but said he was caught up in the moment. Miz doesn’t respect him. But at WrestleMania, he’s gonna show Miz how to respect him.
Damian Priest made the match officially a tag team match.
Hell yes. This promo got me excited for a match. Legitimately one of the only things on the whole show. I am actually hyped for this match at WrestleMania.
Drew McIntyre started the show talking about how unique his WrestleMania experience was last year. But now they’re back in business.
Both he and Lashley have had similar journeys, having traveled all the roads to their respective places in WWE, but sacrifice separates them. Even when McIntyre’s mother had chemotherapy, she told him she’d kick his ass if he came home.
Wow. This was quite a heartfelt promo from Drew. I think that was helpful in getting him cheered more on Saturday. The pivoting that they had to do between Lashley’s title win and now is a bit sad, if I’m being honest. I’ve talked before that Lashley was most definitely a babyface that night, and because they want Drew to get cheered, they had to rip apart everything that was good about The Hurt Business to ensure the crowd boos him at WrestleMania.
First Lashley was pretty much babyface with MVP and Cedric and Shelton by his side as tag champions. A week later, tag champions no more, and dissension. Dissension led to break -up, and the former members getting singles matches with Lashley. Then, he needed help while saying he didn’t need help. It’s been a rocky road, and not the good kind.
Corbin... well let’s just say Corbin is just a decent talker. Dude’s good in the ring, and I’ve never taken that away from him.
So Corbin and McIntyre fought in the main event of the show, and Corbin hit a really nice superplex from the top rope for a near fall. The Deep Six also got a near fall. MVP gave Corbin his cane to attack Drew, but Drew ducked it and delivered the Claymore Kick to win.
Lashley and Drew did the classic stare down to close the show.
The two words I have are the same I used in my opening remarks - boring and underwhelming. The promo at the start of the show was good! Nothing else was a hit with me. Nothing. This match was very long, and I didn’t even pay attention to most of it. We all knew what was happening.
Baron Corbin is a good dude in the ring, as I said before. I just don’t care about any of this. Twenty minutes? Twenty? All this accomplished was wasting time. I want to be more excited for this, but I’m just not.
And that’s mainly because I’d rather have Lashley retain, and I’m sure he won’t. The booking getting muddied after his title win just made this whole thing feel underwhelming. Drew is a great guy and his coronation last year got ruined, and I do genuinely feel bad for him.
But it’s really Bobby Lashley’s time now.
Braun Strowman said he’s had to deal with people bullying him his entire life over their perception of who he is.
What Shane McMahon doesn’t understand, is that he can run his mouth all he wants, but at WrestleMania he’s fighting for everybody that’s ever been told they’re not good enough.
McMahon came out and asked Strowman and applauded him for the idea of a steel cage match. On paper this match favors Strowman, but a McMahon can always one up and outwit someone like him.
Yeah so... who gives a shit?
Braun Strowman was bullying Adam Pearce just months ago, and now Braun Strowman is fighting for those who have been bullied and called stupid? Remember when Braun literally shoved Adam down for saying words he misunderstood?
Does WWE even remember that?
This all began because Shane told Braun he couldn’t be in the Elimination Chamber. Suddenly Braun felt like the McMahon kid had something against him. And then the McMahon kid called him stupid.
Miraculously that made Braun the babyface here. What a weird way to present Braun, but then again, I’m not surprised by anything anymore. Braun was ready in 2017 during his feud with Roman Reigns. He was gifted a Universal title win last year.
So Braun had a match with Elias and Jaxson Ryker after that. All it served was to wear Braun down so that Shane would be able to slide in and get an easy victory at WrestleMania. It didn’t work. Strowman won easily.
This was supposed to get me hyped for WrestleMania.
Did they co-exist?!? (Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Asuka and Rhea Ripley)
They immediately started the match not co-existing. Ripley let Asuka take Baszler on until she felt like tagging in. Then she got in the ring with Jax and immediately tagged out. After a facebuster to Jax, Asuka tagged Ripley back in. At this point we got the classic Reginald part of every women’s match and Baszler took advantage to take her knee out, while Jax pushed Ripley into the apron. Baszler stomped on her ankle and Ripley sold that well. The heels isolated her in their corner. Asuka then decided to hesitate tagging in, but did and German suplexed Baszler for a two count. All of a sudden Rhea knocked Asuka off the turnbuckle and tossed her back into the ring for Baszler to pick up the win.
They did not co-exist. Shocker. The announcers really were so dumb with this crap. Byron said “Rhea is attacking her tag team partner” and like... yeah no shit Sherlock. None of this was necessary. They really just went into the Sasha/Bianca booking notes and replayed it for us. This was supposed to get me hyped for WrestleMania.
Riddle defeated Mustafa Ali
Ali and Riddle both had a great sense of urgency. Riddle tried a triangle submission quickly, and Ali had a nasty drop kick to Riddle’s face. Riddle sent Ali flying out of the ring. Riddle got distracted by Sheamus’ hat because... yeah. Riddle got momentum after the break and did some forearms to Ali and hit the Bro-ton. Ali countered a pin and Riddle reversed it. Ali went for the tornado DDT and Riddle countered into the Bro Derek to win. I was kind of hoping Ali would either win or attack after the match to get inserted into the match at WrestleMania, but nope. This match was pretty good.
Bobby Lashley defeated Cedric Alexander
Shelton Benjamin and Alexander attacked Lashley before the match, but it didn’t do much. Lashley took out Benjamin, and then tossed Alexander all over the place and suplexed him. Lashley sent Alexander into the post and Ced is just great at selling for the big man. Lashley sent Alexander outside the ring like five times throughout this match. Alexander got some momentum and dove outside the ring twice to send Lashley into the barricade. It didn’t have much effect, because Lashley put Cedric in the Hurt Lock and won. It’s really a shame that all of these men were vocal about not wanting to do this, but Vince made them do it anyway. Everyone saw that breaking up this group was a bad idea.
Xavier Woods defeated AJ Styles
Riddle had himself quite a promo before this match, with loads of references to some recreational activity. Sadly, this promo was about just as long as the match. Kingston threw a microphone at Omos and dove into the ring to get away from him. Styles got flustered from it and Woods rolled him out for the win. There was literally no reason for this. This was supposed to get me hyped for WrestleMania.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 10:51am On Apr 06|
From today till next week Tuesday no single break from WWE
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 5:56pm On Apr 06|
This episode of raw was the go-home show to wrestlemania....Just wow
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 6:06pm On Apr 06|
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