Almas v. Rey ReyThe Planets ChampionWtf are they doing with Nia JaxBecky is Stone ColdCharlotte is the best wrestle in the worldAEW might be a thing?Dean and Kenta are leaving.NJPW had a good Jan 4th but Switchblade is boring
Are we on for a really good year of wrestling?
― plums (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:15 (two months ago) Permalink
I was just thinking we didn't have a thread for this year! Will say some stuff when I'm not about to walk into a 90m work meeting
― suggest boban (Will M.), Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink
I told difficult listening hour that he should start this thread because he has more ilx clout than I do. My excitement list is pretty long.
205 Love of my Life, Mustafa Ali, is now officially part of SMACKDOWN. The New Daniel Bryan needs another movement. Yep. He does. Triple H is great at being the authority for her to play off of. AEW roster is looking interesting. I'm really excited for a lot of the possibilities. Seems like Dean having an "expiration date" so to speak is at least allowing him to cut a little more loose on the mic? I really enjoyed his short bit on RAW last week with EC3. Switchblade was an interesting choice, I think. I don't know if I would have made the same decision, but I've always been really invested in Tama Tonga. He's my BCOG guy.
― hourspass, Monday, 11 February 2019 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink
so elimination chamber was... pretty good?! (at least, the elimination chamber matches)
who knows if it'll happen (hopefully it doesn't turn into a fastlane blowoff) but a kofi-daniel WM match would be incredible.
― they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 18 February 2019 23:25 (two months ago) Permalink
Kofi has me by the heart strings at the moment
― plums (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:49 (two months ago) Permalink
I watched that Stephen Merchant film about Paige Knight yesterday and it reminded me of how much I enjoy wrestling and now I'm watching my first Monday night RAW in about 5 years. Most of the roster so far were in FCW or ROH last time I was watching, and it looks like all the big names have migrated to Smackdown. Excited to see how this unfolds!
― alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Saturday, 2 March 2019 22:49 (one month ago) Permalink
What did you think of raw? Reigns saying he was in remission alone made it feel pretty special but it basically existed for that and the return on bluetista
― plums (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:24 (one month ago) Permalink
I’m still watching it - it’s so long! It does feel like a good time to be dropping back in with that announcement and Ric Flair’s celebrations. When did Drew McIntyre become a big deal? When I was last watching he seemed like a doomed low mid-carder. Also, I am misremembering things or did the announcer’s table used to get shown a lot more? I am enjoying it a lot though.
― alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink
the table got moved to near the entry ramp (only on raw) so the anchors sort of hover near it while standing up when they talk
― maura, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink
i am so unpsyched about the weekend update turds appearing tonight. and the lacey evans rollout is incredibly irritating
― maura, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:14 (one month ago) Permalink
I apologize for this huge post, but I've been feeling a lot of ways about RAW & Smackdown on this road to Wrestlemania 35.
RAW feels like a drag compared to Smackdown, honestly, but maybe I'm biased because most of my favorites are on the Smackdown roster. I feel like there are a lot of missed opportunities, but I guess it's all about priorities. A lot of things are reaching critical mass as far as how booked/overbooked they feel.
RAW has been existing solely for the Rousey-Flair-Lynch triple threat build, and The SHIELD (final?) reunion tour. The former has a lot of potential to be a great match and has done pretty well with storytelling to evoke strong emotions about all three of these women. It is a little much that they're really pushing Becky to be the next Stone Cold in this story. Charlotte works best as the condescending heel; I mean, she IS a Flair. I do like how she hasn't been engaging in the twitter feud, as that has been close to becoming oversaturating. Rousey, who just turned, will hopefully be able to win more people over, but I have no idea if she's working or shooting at this point. I could believe that it's a shoot, but she's worth so much money that the WWE just let it happen. She sure is getting heat, though. Whether or not it's heat that will keep people engaged remains to be seen. This SHIELD reunion seems a little gratuitous. I get that Reigns just came back and maybe isn’t totally at 100%, so it would be good to have him with the SHIELD again just to protect him from taking too many bumps. However, with Ambrose seemingly leaving (though that might be a work too!), it just seems like one last hurrah before he rides off into CZW and picks up that Jon Moxley leather jacket again (which I selfishly hope for). It’s like they’re killing time before he leaves and splits them up again. Reigns doesn’t have a clear path for Wrestlemania, and the Rollins/Lesnar feud is so cold that I only now just remembered that they’re fighting for the Universal Championship. It’s good to see that winning the Royal Rumble still counts for this match, though, because it didn’t count for the women’s (though again, they needed to take something away from Becky to push her to become Stone Cold). The tag champs are constantly losing (even though their tag work is great). Now Ricochet and Aleister Black are in the running for the RAW tag belts? I’m guessing this team is taking the place of Gargano and Ciampa since Ciampa needs neck surgery and is out of commission for the foreseeable future. It’s a weird choice, since they’ve only ever tagged together generically before. To have them beat a team that has been established as a team for a while does the tag division a disservice. As far as the rest, Baron Corbin & friends, Balor, Lio Rush, Boss & Hug, etc. all seem to be taking a backseat and are booked as afterthoughts. I’m hoping that getting squashed by The SHIELD on Sunday finally breaks up this boring stable. I’m all about seeing Baron Corbin get stomped, but it’s holding all three of them back. I guess they all need a stable since all three have been stuck for a while, but it just isn’t engaging to me.
Smackdown isn’t without its share of problems, though. While the men’s title pictures are a bit more interesting (except for Miz o Mac clearly being built for a match between them at Wrestlemania), their women’s division was gutted by Flair and Lynch both jumping ship to challenge for the RAW Women’s championship. Who does that leave for Asuka? Mandy Rose at Fastlane. They’re trying to see this match the best they can, and I may be surprised to see that it is amazing, but right now, I can’t think of someone on Smackdown less interesting to see in a fight against Asuka right now. I would even rather see Lacey Evans or Nikki Cross in a match against her. We’ve seen that Cross and Asuka can put on compelling matches from their time together in NXT, and man, it would just be cool to finally see if Lacey Evans is really ready for the main roster.
Also, the recent batch of NXT callups (Ricochet, Aleister Black, & Johnny Gargano, maybe?) have been treated so much better than the last “advertised” group (Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery, Lars Sullivan, EC3, & Nikki Cross). Perhaps it is a testament to the newer batch that they were able to wow crowds without the prior priming? Maybe they haven’t found anything meaningful to put the other in, yet, but that just seems lazy. Who knows? I just feel bad for them because, like everyone else, they’re just trying to make their mark...and it hasn’t been going so well for them so far.
― hourspass, Friday, 8 March 2019 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink
― maura, Monday, 8 April 2019 23:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Beautiful to see.
Great match too
― Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 10:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink
got a little choked up at this. excited for his match against cody next month
Goodbye. #ThankYouGoldust #KeepSteppin ❤️🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/LjO89QrUFG— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) April 21, 2019
― maura, Monday, 22 April 2019 15:17 (three days ago) Permalink
"The Backlash pay-per-view WWE had scheduled for San Diego on June 16, 2019, has been canceled. The reason for the cancellation is due to the promotion’s next Saudi Arabia event being moved to June 7, 2019, and not wanting to have pay-per-view events nine days apart according to a source in WWE.
"It was also mentioned to us that some people didn’t think the optics of having a pay-per-view called Backlash immediately following what is likely to be another controversial event in Saudi Arabia would be good."
― maura, Monday, 22 April 2019 15:19 (three days ago) Permalink