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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    Beth eventually for the save and we have Mania mixed tag 2.0 lol.
    For the love of everything holy, please no. Wasting one of the few remaining Edge at Mania matches on that storyline? Ugh.

    I need Edge v Styles for 20+ minutes, they would tear the fucking house down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyson View Post
    For the love of everything holy, please no. Wasting one of the few remaining Edge at Mania matches on that storyline? Ugh.

    I need Edge v Styles for 20+ minutes, they would tear the fucking house down.
    I would also prefer that. Just giving thoughts where this could be headed.

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    I haven't fully watched Raw yet this week. Only about an hour in. I'm committed to quality.

    I keep an eagle eye. If Elias even walks through catering, I'll catch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazer View Post
    I haven't fully watched Raw yet this week. Only about an hour in. I'm committed to quality.

    I keep an eagle eye. If Elias even walks through catering, I'll catch it.
    He might have been in the snow...buried...because he's dead.

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    Walking (With Elias) in a Winter Wonderland?

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    Can someone help me understand that Zelina/Ripley segment. Jesus

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurePlayer View Post
    Can someone help me understand that Zelina/Ripley segment. Jesus
    Not in a way that actually makes sense.

    They wanna push Zelina, wanna make Nikki look like a goof, and Rhea was collateral damage.

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    Word on the street is that Rhea Ripley wants out of WWE. Good luck. That's one thing WWE has on lock and that's the women's division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurePlayer View Post
    Can someone help me understand that Zelina/Ripley segment. Jesus
    Vince? Enough said, am I right?

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    How many wrestlers do you think have actually ever owned up to a shitty segment, promo, etc? I know it's almost always the writers/Vince but when you hear things like Bron Breakker picked that name....I just hope the other choices he had were even worse Chilly McFreeze.

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    There's no realistic way of knowing the answer to that question.

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    The answer is 12

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    I think I was closest without going over.

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    How many wrestlers do you think have have actually ever played The 7th Guest in its entirety?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I think I was closest without going over.
    I was gonna say one dollar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    I was gonna say one dollar!
    Ugh. Bush league move, that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    How many wrestlers do you think have have actually ever played The 7th Guest in its entirety?
    Are we counting roh and new japan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyson View Post
    Ugh. Bush league move, that.
    Worked for Jericho!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazer View Post
    Are we counting roh and new japan?
    EVERYONE!!!

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    Then 4.

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    What does WWE stand for?

    Where was Elias?!

    I SAID WHAT DOES WWE STAND FOR?

    WHERE WAS ELIAS?!




    Days since Elias was last seen: 113











    @Bert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazer View Post
    What does WWE stand for?

    Where was Elias?!

    I SAID WHAT DOES WWE STAND FOR?

    WHERE WAS ELIAS?!




    Days since Elias was last seen: 113











    @Bert
    Thanks for continuing these updates.

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    Much like Elias's favorite rock group, The Bangles, we're burning an Eternal Flame.

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    It’s pretty wild that Lashley suddenly was thrusted into the championship storyline coming off nothing notable other than losing to Goldberg. Also wild is it appears he’s being utilized as either a face or a tweener now.

    Glad we got a rematch of Doudrop and Bianca but saying this was the final chapter when we got the exact same result as last week lol. Awesome, awesome KOD spot on Doudrop.

    Theory and Bálor had a pretty fun match. Cool springboard sitting Spanish Fly by Theory. Not sure why you wanted to beat Bálor last week in a tag match to have him win here. At least Theory looked good during the match. I guess these two are getting the treatment of Bianca and Doudrop. Needs a different result than the ladies. The McMahon segment was once again stupid.

    The match between The Mysterios and Styles & Omos made me realize that we haven’t gotten enough Rey and AJ in our life. That needs to get corrected. Omos and Styles are mercifully done as a pairing. Who the heck knows how this will play out and who will be the face here. Hopefully brighter things are ahead for Styles as he’s done his time with putting himself second to help build a project.

    Styles is going to 2.0ville? They want to get Waller over. Sheesh.

    Who figured arm drags would be the backbone of a match between Gable and Orton? It worked! Set up a clever approach to the RKO. I approve.

    Priest had been in McIntyre and Reigns-like levels of protection and they just blew it with a count out. The guy barely loses in singles matches so come up with a stupid way for him to lose. Ugh lol.

    I really was hopeful that Miz and Edge would be a one and done feud but this feels like it’s angling to a mixed tag match and that it could be prolonged to Mania. I’m sure the first part is happening, but I really hope it’s not dragged out that long. Maryse was not really that good with her promo work during the segment.

    The Becky/Liv segment felt like total filler.

    The tag mag h for the main event was fine. Felt like the end between Rollins and KO harkened back to Jericho and KO being so chummy and on the same page before it hit the fan. Rather emphatic beat down on Lashley, too.

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    Feels like “Mail It In Monday” for the red brand…yawn…

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    I liked Belair and Doudrop again. Even though Doudrop lost, this was a case of both women looking better coming out of a feud.

    Maryse has never been a great talker, even on her reality show, so it is curious as to why they had her in that segment for so long.

    I kind of liked Miz talking for Omos, and wished Omos had been paired with Miz all along, instead of AJ. I am more than ready for AJ to get back into the main event as he has been wasted in this role. Miz, on the other hand, is the perfect guy to help get someone over while doing the talking for them.

    Are they trying to make Lashley a face? I hope this doesn't mean they are breaking up him from MVP.
    Theory has it in the ring, but he comes across as trying to hard / forced on the mic. He is way better now than when we saw him every week during the performance center days, and he may have a bright future.

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    Another thing I missed, E is being a little too marginalized to my liking in terms of characters of importance in relation to this title match.

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    During the brief time I watched RAW, there was an ad promoting an event featuring Rollins v Owens for the WWE title. I know these are done in advance, but neither guy has held the title this year so it's weird to tack that on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasori View Post
    During the brief time I watched RAW, there was an ad promoting an event featuring Rollins v Owens for the WWE title. I know these are done in advance, but neither guy has held the title this year so it's weird to tack that on.
    My local commercial had a Smackdown advertisement for February in my city where McIntyre is facing the winner of the Day 1 match between Reigns and Lesnar.

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    Did Elias show up anywhere? @Mazer

    Hoping for a Christmas miracle!

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    As a Christmas miracle...we can only hope this comes true.....



    Well, you know Lashley and Big E, Omos and Riddle, Rhea and Becky, and KO and Finn......


    But do you recall......the most missing Raw Star of all?


    Elias the missing Raw Star
    Had some very funny prose
    But if you saw him wrestle
    You would say this blows

    All of the weirdo bookers
    Used to write him lame
    They never let poor Elias
    Join on in 24/7 games

    Then one foggy Raw eve, Vincent came to say
    Elias with your pops so bright, won't you job on RAW tonight?

    Then all the midcard loved him
    As they shouted out with glee

    Elias the missing RAW star
    You'll give me my 1-2-3.



    What does WWE stand for?

    Where was Elias?!

    I SAID WHAT DOES WWE STAND FOR?

    WHERE WAS ELIAS?!




    Days since Elias was last seen: 120











    Merry Christmas Elias! Merry Christmas @Bert! Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

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    That was beautiful, Mazer

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    Veer line and sinker.

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    Not entirely sure what it says that Alpha Academy lost singles matches to RK-Bro. I guess logical booking arrived here. Crowd ooohed when Orton jokingly went for an RKO on Riddle after the hug, so they’ve effectively done their job to build these guys together properly. It’s just a matter of when they break up now.

    Street Profits and Mysterios had a pretty good match. Mysterios seemed to have Ford dead to rights but he still kicked out of a finisher and the Profits won clean. Now time to really start the clock on the implosion of the Mysterios.

    Grayson Waller might be ahead of Bron Breakker in the 2.0 power rankings if he found his way to a main roster appearance before Breakker. Makes sense to introduce Waller to a new audience. May be a new regime handling things in NXT, but it’s still refreshing to see that NXT handled the interaction between Styles and Waller better than tonight.

    Advertise a match and give no reason as why it didn’t happen. Oh well. So we don’t get Omos/Styles and then Styles challenges Azeez, it’s accepted, then Crews steps in during the commercial. WTF lol. At least they had a good match, and Styles decided to mix it up for a fun setup for the Styles Clash. The jury remains out on Omos when it comes to a match, but he appears to be leaps and bounds ahead of Azeez. He looked lost for a simple post match scuffle with Styles. Ouch.

    Speaking of advertising a match and giving no reason why it didn’t happen: Bálor vs. Theory didn’t happen and neither were on the show.

    Covid roster on deck so Alexander and Benjamin are utilized, it seems. The association of the Hurt Business without actually being The Hurt Business is so weird. Regardless, tough spot for Owens as he was the only guy there that will be in the championship match on Saturday. I guess they made their contractual obligation to fill time here with Owens beating Alexander and giving a stunner to Benjamin.

    I think creative has gotten too cute with Priest. They added this duplicitous side to Priest and it’s probably done nothing but confuse the audience. They don’t know how to react to when he turns. It’s not really cool, not compelling, and it’s superfluous. He was fine as he was and they just got bored. Now a guy who was booked impeccably well and never lost has lost two weeks in a row, needlessly…to Dolph Ziggler.

    Broodbath < Bloodbath. Edge was twisted when he did that to Rollins. I guess he was just being a prick to do that to Miz and Maryse as they were renewing their vows. Bischoff being there to officiate it seemed really random, but good on him picking up an extra check.

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    Azeez on the next round of cuts with (lack of) selling like that.

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    What the hell? Why did he GET UP tho?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    What the hell? Why did he GET UP tho?
    Someone dumb will compare this to Hook not selling that driver but AJ looked legit pissed that he didn't stay down after the forearm.

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    You're selling with us, Peter!

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    Feels like the live crowd really wants to cheer for Styles, one last face run with one of the big belts before he retires would be awesome.

    That “Brood” music will forever get me out of my seat.

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    Jesus Christ I had heard that Vince was getting old and losing it, and I've seen obvious signs of it with the over all garbage state of the product. But that was the first time I've seen him talk in quite some time and it made me sad.

    Edit - HAHAHAHAHA WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO BETH PHOENIX? With deference to sensitivity, I will use a different "R" word than I really should, and just say that hair is looking mighty "regal" these days. (special thanks to RedLetterMedia).
    Last edited by Goratrix; January 3rd, 2022 at 11:13 PM. Reason: Because ur mom.

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    I feel bad for AJ.

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    Yeah, having a really long successful career and a shit load of money must be terrible for him.

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    I just mean getting squashed by the jolly green giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazer View Post
    Much like Elias's favorite rock group, The Bangles, we're burning an Eternal Flame.
    If Elias isn't being saved for a surprise return at the Rumble, then he most likely is done. Same with Veer. It's Rumble or bust for them. I'm actually surprised they are going to start an Alexa hype program and didn't save her for a surprise/not surprise return.

    Also, Paul Heyman can hype anyone. Him praising Big E like that actually made me not feel like it was the worst decision for him to take the pin at Day 1. Watching it, I recalled some of the various times he would be lurking around Paul with the MITB, so mayhaps that added to his kayfabe respect. Guess we'll see what happens. It'd be pretty neat if after Brock is gone, Heyman picks up a new client...

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    Heyman was great on the stick to start the night. He looked disheveled on Smackdown after he was kicked to the curb, and looked fresh as a daisy tonight. I like when he maintains that attention to detail.

    They really don’t care about booking Riddle moderately well in matches, do they? I brought this up a few weeks ago and it is wild. The next time they have Orton take a pin or take the heat in a tag match will likely be the first time.

    From the Heavens is one of the most captivating moves in WWE today. The height Ford gets with it is incredible. No disrespect to Eddie, but Montez might have the best frog splash.

    I guess the upside is that the mixed tag match with The It Couple against The Grit Couple is happening at the Rumble and not at Mania.

    Styles honestly looked better in the match with Omos, despite doing very little. For this being the match to break things off, Omos did the bare minimum. It looked like a typical squash match and I’m not sure what that means for his ceiling. Omos moves on to something, and now hopefully Styles moves on to something solid. I mean, he should after he gives himself up for Omos and Waller in NXT.

    What is next for Alexa? I guess we will find out soon enough.

    Lashley versus Lesnar at the Rumble? I can dig that. The finish here felt like what probably could or should have been the finish at Day 1 if Reigns was there (Lashley pinning Owens). I honestly think this sets up for Lashley to get the win, E to win the Rumble and they square off again. Lesnar then can move on to Reigns at Mania.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post

    Lashley versus Lesnar at the Rumble? I can dig that. The finish here felt like what probably could or should have been the finish at Day 1 if Reigns was there (Lashley pinning Owens). I honestly think this sets up for Lashley to get the win, E to win the Rumble and they square off again. Lesnar then can move on to Reigns at Mania.
    Would they really hot potato the title like that? I mean, I know they've done it in the past. But it feels like now that they have it on Brock, he's carrying it until Wrestlemania. And if that's the case, do they just drop him and Reigns? I guess if they go with what Heyman hinted at, in that Roman is nothing without him, couldn't even keep covid at bay, then that would be cool. The guy that wins the Rumble challenges a perceived weak Roman. And if it's the right guy, and he doesn't lose or made to look foolish, can actually gain momentum and be the one to finally end Roman's Reign (ahahaha!). If whoever does do that doesn't put that on a shirt, then another missed opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supernovametalstar View Post
    Would they really hot potato the title like that?
    Yes, yes they would.

    Reigns/Lesnar is the biggest match they’ve got outside of Rock showing up. I don’t know how it’s a compelling selling point for a Rumble winner to go after a weak champion, as you outlined. That’s a tough story.

    Not as face or tweener Lashley, there’s still mileage in Lashley and E. The out was there because Lashley would’ve or could’ve pinned Owens like he did tonight and won the championship at Day 1. E would’ve lost it and didn’t get pinned or submit. Either way, there’s more meat on the bone there.

    As for your earlier point with Heyman and E, they spent a lot of time together on Talking Smack last year and they pushed each other and it was good for E’s development. Heyman pushed E, and E responded, so there was mutual respect there.
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    Heyman swerves Lesnar at the Rumble and assuming he’s well enough, Roman also returns and screws him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    Heyman swerves Lesnar at the Rumble and assuming he’s well enough, Roman also returns and screws him.
    I think Roman will screw Lesnar with the help of Heyman. The firing of Heyman was a con to trick Lesnar in my opinion.

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    Heyman is compelling TV. So much of the rest of the show is so predictable, but Heyman has a way of making every possible outcome look believable. I liked his admiration/respect for Big E, and wondered how much of it was him trying to play face alongside his face client Brock, or was it planting seeds for the future, as @Supernovametalstar suggested above. Big E gave a solid promo, showing he still deserves to hang around the title scene.

    Grit couple vs. It couple played out as expected for a set-up segment. Looking forward to seeing the Glamazon back in the ring, and she will probably Glam Slam the Miz.

    Johnny Knoxville and Austin Theory are the first two announced participants in the Rumble. I am hoping they are the first two entrants, as despite how much I like Knoxville, and I am convinced he can take a sick bump, he isn't that many years younger than I am. But he will probably come in around 13 or 14, as there might be a need for a comic relief spot in a long match.

    Doudrop, Liv and Bianca have all been elevated in the past several weeks. While Doudrop should not be potentially getting a title shot after losing several weeks in a row to Belair, I don't mind her being in the #1 contenders match next week, as she can help the others look strong, and keep either of them from having to take a pin.

    Alpha Academy getting a win over Team RKBro should have happened a while ago. They've been booked so poorly but it finally looks like they are ready to pull the trigger. If the plan is for RKBro to eventually split and fight at Mania, there's still a lot of TV before then for this to play out.

    I am not a hater of the 24/7 title like many fans, but Reggie and Tozawa really do nothing for me. Thankfully, it was kept short, which is the best thing to do in Tamina matches. Dana never tagged in.

    They finally seemed to explain some of the dark side/controlled side of Damien Priest. It was puzzling for several weeks, and now that they've explained it, despite how much I like Priest, I kind of felt as if they are making him a really watered down Bray Wyatt/Fiend version 4.0 without the red lights. They got a lot of time, and Dolph brought out some of the best in Priest.

    Part of me hopes this is the end of Rhea/Nikki ASH tagging, and that they can come up with something new and better for both of them. Queen Zelina still does nothing for me, and Carmella didn't get a chance to tag in.

    Azeez again looks like a terrible waste of time. Montez Ford seems to be getting even better with his Frog Splash, if that was possible. One thing I really like about it is how Dawkins hits the spinebuster right after the tag to Ford, so Crews doesn't have to lay around waiting for the splash for long. After the tag, Ford immediately climbs up to the top rope, and it comes off so smoothly. Far too often, it seems the Splash is set up at least 10 or 15 seconds ahead of time, as if they want to wait for the crowd to get their old style film cameras ready.

    I am excited for Bliss to return. She makes the very best out of everything they give her.

    Owens took a hell of a dive off the stairs onto Lashley, Big E, and Rollins. This was just a regular RAW, folks. I am glad he is sticking around, but am not sure what comes next for him. I still want to see Big E and Rollins have a long feud, and I am looking forward to Lashley and Brock.

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    Wait, the Johnny Knoxville story is legit...

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    I thought I posted somewhere, but can't find my prediction that Johnny Knoxville will be the best celebrity Rumble appearance since Pete Rose.

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    WWE has such a small women's roster now every entrant in the Rumble will be a surprise.

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    Surprises are great. I wish every Rumble had only a handful of people announced beforehand.

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    Otis finally got some gold

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    Only in WWE could they have AA lose in the RK Bronament build a story over Otis not being able to be RKOed and have the teams trade single wins til Randy finally do it but then they have AA get their heat back and win the titles. 50-50 booking!

    On the flip side though, the loss did have to happen soon so we can get on the road to the eventual Riddle/Orton match.

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    Lesnar had a some fumble on his promo but he again delivered the goods. Adding more layers to his persona at this stage of the game for him is incredibly gratifying.

    All of my disdain for recent weeks finally saw a correction as Orton finally took a pin. A big pin, too. Say what you will about Gable, but he’s won tag gold across all three brands and has done so with three different partners. We’ll see how they get to the next step with Riddle and Orton.

    Fairly surprised but inspired by the fact they had a clean finish to Rollins and E. They gave those two a lot of time and they had a good match. Again, clean finish and you like the challenger in Rollins getting a big win. You can see why there would be concern to E losing here but hopefully it can be used as part of a redemption story for him.

    Super Brutality underwhelmed as a tandem. Nikki being the one to turn is somewhat surprising and I’m not entirely sure how that will work out for both individuals, unless Nikki gets yet another gimmick change.

    I don’t get what WWE sees in Omos in terms of a timeline. He’s not ready and he’s not going to be credible if he’s pushed quickly.

    The mixed tag talking segment was going a bit too long but the payoff with Maryse and her acting was actually quite satisfying. All four parties handled their role well here.

    Styles/Theory was good for what it was, as expected. That suplex into the neck breaker by Styles was quite smooth and good. Gimmicks collided as Theory and Waller occupied the same space. I appreciate the fact they’re trying to introduce Waller to the big audience but that crowd doesn’t react to him at all. Theory looked much better in his trial run with Styles than Omos did. Man, hopefully Bálor is alright because that story with Theory has thawed and we haven’t seen him in a few weeks.

    I give Alexa maybe one more week before her visits with her therapist get stale. The fact she’s back indicates they have something they want to do with her. We’ll see what it actually amounts to.

    Seems like we’re certainly set for Becky versus either Bianca or Bianca and Liv at Mania. Tend to think it’s the singles match but you never know. In the meantime, we will get Doudrop, cold as can be, against Becky at the Rumble. Alright.

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    Some actual interesting happenings on RAW...
    to AA winning the tag belts.
    to Nikki turning on Rhea.
    to Doudrop getting the title shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasori View Post
    Otis finally got some gold
    OOOH YEAAHH! I tuned in at just the right moment to see him do that big splash on Orton and get a surprising win. I'm happy for Chad Gable, too. He's hung in there with some of the more questionable stuff, and being rewarded.

    I really should just put it back on auto-record to the dvr. Other parts of the show I saw in passing:
    I like that Rollins is pretty loose when he moves around. Not everyone has to be stiff or hunched over angry. I'm surprised, not surprised Big E lost again, and clean. Big E challenged him to a fight. Rollins said no. Big E goaded him. Rollins accepted, and surprisingly didn't run away or had to be forced into a match. Very face-like of him, actually.

    I liked Becky's coat with the little goats on the shoulders. If they aren't selling something like that, that is money left on the table. Her condescension put over of the women in the "trhriple treaht" is on par for her. But then she said she was going to commentary and I had to nope out of that situation. Tuned back in and find out Doudrop is the victor. Her terrible name aside (at the very least let her call herself Piper. No reason she should be saddled with a name, in kayfabe, someone else gave her, doesn't like, and isn't even in the company any longer), it might actually be interesting if Becky can pull off her usual cheat tactics against someone that she can't easily move around.

    Reading that Nikki is the one that turned on Rhea is about the only way to make it interesting. My idea was that Nikki slowly turn "comic evil". The other is she gets frustrated after a lose and angrily takes off the comic garb and throws it in the trash. Going forward, I would like it if Rhea says something akin to how she put up with the comic book shit for months, put my personal career on hold, and this is how you do me? Yeah, we put smiles on kids faces and did some good charity stuff, but now it's time for me to focus on winning back the Raw Women's title. And if she isn't in the final six at the Rumble I'll be DISAPPOINTED!

    Finally, there's Alexa. I like Alexa. This was a serviceable intro to the road back, as it were. I actually would like it if they filmed it a little differently, so it didn't look like they were in one of their backstage sets, but that's another rant. They missed an opportunity when she threw that glass ball after the doctor had run away and had him yelling in pain at having been hit with it. Then, if they have the same guy next week, he's in some bandage or have a different "doctor" because the other one was too scared. Maybe even set it where there aren't any items to break or throw around. Anything short of the "padded room" stage that would be way too cliche.

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    I really hope we get Nikki Cross out of the split from Rhea. A pairing with Alexa down the road would be welcomed too. A lot done right about last night's show, very enjoyable shows since Day 1 happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    Man, hopefully Bálor is alright because that story with Theory has thawed and we haven’t seen him in a few weeks.
    I was cautiously optimistic they would do something with Balor after his return to the main roster. That optimism is long gone as he's just another mid-carder with no significance what so ever. Such a waste.

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    Somewhat surprised that they decided to have Priest take a pin here. He’s been so protected but he’s essentially had cracks in his armor from a win-loss perspective since he’s gone through this change. Owens is a guy who makes sense as someone who could beat Priest, but it is still notable to go ahead and book a loss here for your champ, considering who it is. Good match, though.

    The stuff with RK-Bro and Alpha Academy was stupid, but seeing Orton in a cap and gown almost salvaged it.

    Theory showed the appropriate level of confusion to McMahon’s meanderings. Glad to see Bálor was back from whatever led to him being absent. Match with Theory really didn’t hit a higher gear but it was good for what it was. Bálor really has floundered since he left NXT. Guess they knew they were changing things up in NXT so they wanted to get him out of there, but they really didn’t have much of a plan for him after the fact.

    I’d say they did a decent job from a storyline standpoint with the fallout between Nikki and Rhea. This has an opportunity to course correct both characters. Nikki can probably draw some heat for being delusional and Rhea can get some of her edge back. The story really doesn’t need Carmela and Queen Zelina. Oh well.

    We’re still going nowhere fast with Omos. The match with Reggie was a waste of time.

    Maryse carrying a talking segment was a choice but she did tremendous job drawing heat. The antics for Miz and Maryse are so telegraphed and while Edge can book himself not to look silly, I guess her wife doesn’t have that luxury.

    Jimmy Smith seems to have his timing down right for the setup for From the Heavens from Ford. Nice touch by the production team (intentionally or not) to freeze frame the apex of his splash. Kudos to Rey to figuratively say FU to Dom as he showed he’s okay tossing his son over the top rope.

    Nice touch to have Lashley’s interview from the podcast with Graves. Lashley was natural and it showed he’s kind of nuts (as fighters can be) because he was smiling while talking about the fact he was going to fight Lesnar. Spectacular video package highlighting the paths the two men forged to get to their superior states. Well done.

    Unsurprisingly nothing new with Alexa.

    Pretty good match between Rollins and Lashley. Of course, this is WWE and these two guys couldn’t take a loss so we got a DQ, thanks to The Hurt Business. Of course they’re geeks so Lashley made short work of them after the initial beatdown. Not to be outdone, The Usos showed up and superkicked Rollins. The Usos couldn’t get him on Friday but they got him here.

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    Pairing the Hurt Biz to break them up to have a meaningless Shelton & Cedric thing to pairing the Hurt Biz back up just to having Lashley destroy them again has been a stupid use of all three of them.

    I'd love to see Madcap Moss appear on every show every week. Just give him random run-ins and break up matches. Dude is on fire right now. I need to hit the gym so I can be half of Madcap.

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    Shelton and Cedric must have really pissed someone off to get this kind of treatment.

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    Aren't Shelton and Brock friends from way back? I'm not counting on it, but it'd be a nice nod to continuity to have them both align breifly with Brock, a mini-Heyman stable of sorts.

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    I believe so. Thinking one year in a recent Rumble they had an interaction in-ring before Brock dumped him out.

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