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KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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From THE OBSERVER

Reigns walked out to largely boos. Reigns said after his attacks, all his hype and all the talk, you would think that Joe would be ready for him. But Joe wasn't, which was why Regins is still champion. Reigns said he was fighting for a purpose because he was fighting for Dean Ambrose. Reigns told everyone in the back if you mess with one of the members of the Shield, you mess with all of them.

Jason Jordan came down to total boos. Jordan said when he watched Reigns' match with Joe, he got goose bumps because it was the first time in his life he was part of something meaningful. Jordan acted like he was a member of the Shield. He thanked Reigns and wanted to bump fists. Reigns looked at him like he was crazy. Seth Rollins came out with a smirk on his face and said Jordan has a lot to learn. Rollins said they have to work on Jordan's timing because he was stepping on Reigns' moment. Jordan said this was everyone's moment because each of them had their problems with Joe and Reigns took care of it. Jordan said "We run this show. We're all champions." Jordan said we aren't the Shield, but we might be the most dominant three man group in the WWE.

Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows showed up laughing over what Jordan said. Balor said he knew Jordan was excited, but did he really think he was part of the most dominant group in the WWE. Balor said he's been running with Gallows and Anderson for ten years, long before Jordan knew Kurt Angle was his father. Anderson said they've been running with Balor for a long time and there was even a special on the WWE Network about it. Gallows said when Balor came to Raw, they knew he wanted to shine alone and he became the first Universal Champion. Anderson said eventually they knew the three of them would come together and take the place over. Balor said that day was last Monday on Raw and Balor said 2018 would be the year of Balor Club. Jordan scoffed and said he was proud to be a part of the Champions Club. Rollins and Reigns just winced.

Balor said he saw the Big Dog, the Architecht, and he saw...Gallows bellowed "Nerd." Jordan pushed Gallows and the two had to be pulled apart. Reigns looked upset with Jordan.Angle came out and ordered a six-man tag main event with the Balor Club vs. Jordan, Reigns and Rollins for later tonight.

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Mandy Rose and Sandy DeVille via tapout (10:54)

Mickie James accompanied Sasha Banks and Bayley. Paige joined her Absolution mates. James will be in the women's Royal Rumble, along with Banks and Bayley. Sonya DeVille told Banks "Put your hair up and square up" as she delivered body punches. Mandy Rose and DeVille pulled off the typical heel tricks to keep Banks from making the hot tag. Ultimately, Bayley got in the ring without a tag and took out DeVille to the floor. Banks made Rose tap to the Bank Statement.

There was a 25 Years of Raw retro highlight with the unforgettable Mankind visiting Vince McMahon skit in the hospital from October 1998, followed by Steve Austin's attack. Corey Graves mentioned Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley being on the 25th anniversary show, along with Ron Simmons and JBL.

Goldust visited Alexander in the locker room. Goldust dressed like Mick from the Rocky series and told him he wanted to eat lightning and crap thunder against Alexander tonight. Goldust attributed that line from Rocky, but it was actually from Rocky 2. Alexander said he had dreamed about being a WWE Superstar all his life and a night like this all of his life. Goldust said the biggest thing standing in his way for the cruiserweight championship wasn't Enzo, it was Cedric. Goldust gave him a pep talk.

They built up the Mixed Match Challenge by showing a Facebook video from earlier in the day showing how Goldust put on his makeup. It was revealed that Alicia Fox would be Goldust's partner. Fox acted like a total babyface and was jubilent about teaming with him.

Matt Hardy came out to his new "Woken" introduction. He walked out to total silence. Hardy did an inset promo where he vowed to delete 29 other superstars in the "Rumble of Royalty" and become champion of the multiverse.

Matt Hardy defeated Curt Hawkins (1:55)

Curt Hawkins acted like he was scared of this version of Hardy. Hardy won a total squash with the side effect and twist of fate.

Immediately, Bray Wyatt's vignette popped up on the screen. Wyatt showed up in the ring for a staredown with Hardy, who laughed like a wild man. Wyatt laughed back at him and the two just stood there laughing at each other for about a minute before they cut away. The whole Hardy Woken character feels like it peaked ten months ago.

Elias was in the ring for a song. He's trying to get over his catchphrase that WWE stands for "Walk With Elias." Elias started to sing about Elvis Presley's birthday and Graceland was only six miles away. He wondered why he should even care about Elvis and introduced the Miz, who came out with Dallas and Axel. Graves claimed Tommy Wiseau asked the Miz to star in a remake of "The Room." Miz got a "welcome back" chant as he started an episode of MizTV. Miz said the Marine 6 has wrapped, his latest USO tour was over and he is back. Miz introduced his guests, Dallas and Axel.

Miz said the two men turned their careers around in 2017 and are living embodiments of a New Year's Resolution done right. Axel said 2017 was the best year of his life and said it was like every day Miztmas. Dallas tried to get a "Thank you, Miz" chant started to some success. Dallas presented Miz with a framed photo of the Miz. Dallas said it was going to be tough going to sleep tonight without that tonight. Axel took off his jacket, then gave it to Miz and said he got Miz a brand new sportscoat. Dallas, trying to outdo Axel, took off his watch and gave it to Miz. Axel and Dallas got ticked off at each other trying to kiss up to their boss before Miz ordered them to calm down.

Miz said 2017 was a great year because he held the Intercontinental Championship for 200 days, he was Rolling Stone's Superstar of the Year, he elevated Raw and SmackDown. but he hasn't forgotten about the Shield jumping him in November, leaving him laying after the triple power bomb through a table. Miz said that was an indignity and he allowed Reigns to borrow the Intercontinental Championship because while he was gone, he wanted the Intercontinental Championship defended week after week after week. He said clearly, the man makes the championship and Daddy's home. He said in 2018, his daughter would be born and when people think of the Intercontinental Championship, they would think of him, just like the Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels. Miz said he hoped Reigns enjoyed his time with the Intercontinental Championship, because he was coming back for his championship and he could believe that.

Anderson, Balor and Gallows talked backstage. Anderson and Gallows alluded to drinking stories from Japan. Balor said the situation was different but the tactics would remain the same. He wanted to show that 2018 was the year of Balor Club and they gave each other the Cliq hand gesture.

They showed a preview of Graves interviewing Amore on a new Network show called "Straight to the Source,' where Graves brought up Amore being kicked off a bus in Europe and Amore calling Graves a horrible announcer while walking out of the discussion.

Amore came out and said the doctors told him he couldn't wrestle last week because of the flu. So he rang in the New Year sipping chicken noodle soup given to him from Nia Jax. Enzo said he couldn't believe that Alexander teamed with Goldust because it's the closest Alexander is getting to gold in 2018 and he's going to start 2018 the same way he ended 2017, as the Cruiserweight champion.

Cedric Alexander defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore by countout, but Amore retained the championship (8:47)

Jax watched the match from the back. Amore dumped Alexander off the top rope to the floor. Amore went for the DDG (jumping DDT off the second rope), but Alexander met him with a dropkick to start his comeback. Alexander did a handspring kick for a two count. Alexander attempted the Lumbar Check, but Amore escaped to the ropes, only to meet a kick to the face and it bloodied up Amore legit. Alexander hit a springboard clothesline. Amore rolled to the floor while Alexander hit a somersault tope. Amore sold his left ankle while a trainer came over to wipe off Amore's face. It led to Amore getting counted out and the fans booed the finish. Alexander didn't sell being disappointed over not winning the championship.

The Undertaker, DX, Jim Ross, Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler. HHH. Michaels and Austin are now being advertised for the 25th anniversary Raw show in two weeks.

In the back, the doctors checked out Amore. They informed him that he would need an MRI. Jax came to the trainer's table to check on Amore and told him she was worried. Amore said he was fine. After Jax left, Amore grabbed h is ankle and screamed in pain and frustration.

Angle was on the phone with someone who, according to Angle, had not been in the ring in years but would be great for the Women's Royal Rumble. Sheamus and Cesaro walked up demanding a rematch against Jordan and Rollins for the Raw Tag Team Championship. Angle said they would get their rematch at the Royal Rumble. Sheamus said that was great news and they were dressed to compete. Angle said he would find them opponents tonight. Then Miz came up and asked Angle if he had any idea who he was talking to. Miz claimed USA Network executives were on pins and needles about his new unscripted series which would star on the USA Network and star him and his wife. Miz said he knew how to run a show and wondered if Angle knew how to run a show and asked for a rematch against Reigns at the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Angle said that wasn't a bad idea, then asked Miz not to touch him.

Earlier today, Miz learned his partner in the Mixed Match Challenge. Asuka walked out of a limo and told him "we will win." Miz screamed about how he was going to win the Mixed Match Challenge.

Asuka was in the back. Bliss walked up. Bliss said Asuka may have beat her last week, but she got lucky and to enjoy it while it lasts. Bliss said when her friend Jax heard what Asuka called Jax, she wouldn't want to be Asuka.

Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews defeated Sheamus and Cesaro (5:19)

Michael Cole said Titus O'Neil was trying to recruit Jax for Titus Worldwide in the Mixed Match Challenge. Sheamus did the low bridge spot with Apollo Crews, who took a bad bump to the outside and favored his left knee. Eerie to see that in consecutive matches. Booker T all but gave away the result saying he didn't think O'Neil and Crews would win. Sheamus went to Brogue Kick Crews, who jumped off the apron for a moonsault onto Cesaro. Sheamus got his leg caught in the ropes, and O'Neil pinned him with a schoolboy cradle. O'Neil, Crews and Dana Brooke went wild pinning the former tag team champions while Cesaro and Sheamus were in shock over losing.

Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to easily the best reception of the night, and even that wasn't overwhelming. Heyman said there's a code, a credo in the industry and it's called old school. It's something that he and Lesnar have a lot of respect for, but it's never blinded them that this is a progressive industry. There are new ways to market the product to the core audience and the fans worldwide. But tonight, Heyman says they've gotten away from something old school that takes away from Lesnar. The old school way of promoting a Universal title match was to find a challenger, one man to step up and face Lesnar. One man who thought he was a better fighter or a better wrestler who could tap Lesnar out or pin Lesnar. Heyman said they've gotten away from that because the Universal title isn't marketed over who can beat Lesnar, it's how can they get the title off of Lesnar. Last week, Heyman said Lesnar took Kane's best shot and laughed in Kane's face. Heyman said Lesnar walk into the Royal Rumble with only one cliffhanger in mind: will Lesnar pin Kane, will Lesnar pin Braun Strowman or will he stack them on top of each other and pin them both. Heyman said he hasn't seen anyone that can put down Lesnar.

Lesnar and Heyman left and walked up the ramp.,where Kane jumped Lesnar from behind. They fought to the backstage area, where Strowman jumped in and threw Lesnar into a stack of road cases. Strowman threw a case onto Lesnar, who fell through a table. It look like something the size of an guitar amp landed on Lesnar. Then Strowman laid out Kane by throwing him into a case. Strowman grabbed a grappling hook, threw it to the top of a truss and used his strength to send it crashing down on top of Lesnar and Kane. Lesnar was motionless and two trainers attended to him and Heyman watched on in horror. Lesnar did a stretcher job while Kane struggled to his feet. As he was loaded into an ambulance, Lesnar said he didn't want to go to the hospital and ordered Heyman into the vehicle.

Samoa Joe defeated Rhyno via tapout (2:44)

A match meant to rehab Joe and continue the gimmick of Rhyno trying to toughen up Heath Slater. Joe hit an STO for a two count. Rhyno briefly had Joe up on his shoulders, but Joe got behind Rhyno, clamped on the Coquina Clutch for the tapout.

Charly Caruso did an interview bringing up Joe's loss to Reigns last week. Joe said last week wasn't a loss. He said Reigns little win was a peric victory, a victory that comes with such a great cost, it might as well have been a loss. Joe said he's beaten years off of Reigns' career every time he's been in the ring with him, the cracks in Reigns foundation are showing and when the time is right, Joe will be there. Joe entered himself into the Royal Rumble. Caruso brought up several names that Joe will face, including John Cena. Caruso said as he looks back at his career, Cena is a man he will never forget and Cena will be the first person he eliminates in the Royal Rumble

Bliss stopped Jax backstage and asked about Enzo. Jax said he was fine, not that Bliss cares. Bliss said she does care, she was smart, beautiful and talented. Jax then entered herself in the women's Royal Rumble. Bliss said she would favor Jax to win. Bliss said Asuka said something about Jax. About beating around the bush, Jax demanded to know what Asuka said about her. Bliss whispered what Asuka supposedly said in Jax's ear. Jax couldn't believe it, then asked if Bliss speaks Japanese. Bliss said no. Jax knew Bliss was lying because Asuka doesn't speak English.

Asuka made her ring entrance, but Jax got Asuka on her shoulders and gave her the electric chair. She gave Asuka a somersault senton and left. There was a brief "Nia" chant. There was no match. The two will meet next weeok on Raw.

The vote for Bayley's partner in the Mixed Match Challenge has come down to Elias, Jordan or Joe.

As Balor made his ring entrance, pictures were shown of Balor, Anderson and Gallows as the Bullet Club in Japan to get the new group over. They were careful not to show anything from New Japan Pro Wrestling and instead aired photos from various dojos, arenas and bars. Graves mentioned Anderson and Gallows holding both the IWGP and WWE tag team championships.

Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows defeated Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (15:26)

Early on, Reigns gave Anderson and Gallows the Drive-By simultaneously while Rollins hit Balor with a pescado. After that spot, Jordan celebrated with his teammates like he had done something big. Reigns and Rollins looked at him like he was an idiot. Reigns got the first hot tag and teased a Superman punch, hit Gallows and Anderson with standard punches on the apron, but Balor came up with the sling blade for the heat, which consumed most of the bout. Rollins got the hot tag and gave Balor a tope, his own sling blade to Anderson, a vertical suplex into a Falcon Arrow to Anderson for a two count. Anderson gave Rollins an Anderson Spinebuster for a two count. Rollins went to tag Jordan, but Gallows knocked Jordan off the apron. Rollins gave Gallows an enzuigiri. Balor attempted a sling blade on Rollins, who reversed it into a back suplex. Just as Rollins was about to make the hot tag to Reigns, Jordan ran after Gallows. That distracted the refereee, who didn't see Rollins tag Reigns. Meanwhile, Anderson and Gallows gave Rollins the Magic Killer. Reigns and Jordan started arguing. Reigns speared Gallows outside the ring and also laid out Anderson. Jordan went to help Rollins up in the corner, but just as he left the ring, Balor hit Rollins with the Woo Dropkick and pinned Rollins with the Coup de Grace.

Postmatch, Reigns and Jordan continued to argue. Then Miz, Dallas and Axel ran out of the crowd to jump Reigns, Rollins and Jordan. The beatdown cntinued with Miz giving Reigns the Skull Crushing Finale. The Miztourage and Miz started to leave, but a few members of the crowd chanted "one more time." Miz mocked Reigns with his bark that he does before the spear, then Miz, Dallas and Axel gave Reigns the Triple Power Bomb.
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Smackdown Results
  • Renee Young did a sit-down interview AJ Styles in the middle of the ring to discuss last week's announcement that AJ would defend his WWE Title in a handicap match at Royal Rumble, against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. AJ resisted Renee's efforts to get him to say if Daniel Bryan's decision was unfair. He insisted he had enough on his plate without getting involved with Bryan and Shane's thing, and that all he could concentrate on was retaining his title.

  • Kevin and Sami came out to mock AJ for opening his big mouth and causing Bryan to announce the handicap match. But as they claimed they were going to turn the House That AJ Styles Built into The Sami and Kevin Show, Shane McMahon came out (boo). Shane said he backed Daniel's decision even if he didn't understand it, but in the interest of fairness tonight Kevin and Sami would face Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton and AJ Styles in a handicap match.

  • Backstage, Bryan congratulated Shane on putting together a great main event for the show.

  • Becky Lynch submitted Ruby Riott. Charlotte and Naomi were at ringside to keep an eye on the rest of the Riott Squad, but the cameraman managed to COMPLETELY miss when they kept them from breaking up the submission.

  • A video was shown of Becky signing autographs outside earlier in the day, where an in-disguise Sami Zayn revealed himself as her partner in the Mixed Match Challenge. It was cool as gently caress

  • The Ascension tried to jump the Bludgeon Brothers right at the start of their tag match, and got in the most offense seen against them so far. It lasted about 10 seconds and then the Bludgeon Brothers murdered the gently caress out of Viktor. Connor went to check on his partner and also got murdered.

  • Mojo Rawley defeated Zack Ryder to progress in the tournament for the vacant US Title. Bobby Roode was at ringside and faced off with Mojo in the ring after the match.

  • Jinder Mahal did a backstage promo with the Singhs ahead of next week's US Title tournament match against Xavier Woods.

  • A video was shown of Shinsuke Nakamura creeping up on Nattie during a selfie to establish that they were partners in the Mixed Match Challenge. Nattie celebrated that she didn't get Sami Zayn, Shinsuke said,"Meow."

  • Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin came out to complain about their title win last week being overturned. Chad was wearing a #freethetagtitles shirt, and called the ref who came out to overturn the decision a snitch. They demanded he come out, but Daniel Bryan came out instead. Bryan reminded them that the referee's decision is final, Shelton reminded HIM that the match referee counted the pinfall for them, Bryan claimed the referee was free to change his mind. Chad sarcastically suggested that maybe since they'd already beaten the Usos once they should do it twice in one night, and Bryan jumped on that literally and announced at the Royal Rumble it will be Usos vs American Alpha in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match.

  • AJ and Orton discussed strategy backstage ("Hit an RKO on everything that moves") and Orton reminded AJ that he would be coming for his title after winning the Rumble. Shinsuke showed up, Too Sweeted the belt and added,"Good talk."

  • The Fashion Police defeated Rusev Day, much to Rusev's chagrin after his claim that "they" would win the "Rusev Rumble".

  • Shane McMahon met with Daniel Bryan backstage and accused him of being unstable and making bizarre decisions. Bryan pointed out that Shane had done exactly the same, so Shane said they'd have to agree to disagree.

  • Kevin and Sami tried to run out of their handicap match when things weren't going their way. Shane McMahon came out and declared the match was now No Countouts.

  • Kevin Owens attacked Orton, Shinsuke and AJ with a chair when Sami looked in danger of losing the match, causing the ref to call for a DQ. Shane came back out AGAIN and ordered the match restarted, and now No Countouts AND No DQs. Corey Graves was outraged and demanded to know if the next stipulation would be that Sami and Kevin had to win the match on the moon.

  • I would quite like to see a moon match

  • AJ and Kevin fought out to the backstage. Sami tried to run but got caught by Orton and Shinsuke who attacked him with the steel steps, threw him over the announce table and then dropped him onto it. Shinsuke hit the Kinshasa and then Orton the RKO to finally get the pinfall.

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KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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i'm going to takeover philly and the royal rumble. thanks

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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I'm dreading two rumbles on one show. they'll probably both drag forever and make me want to die, but i'm going

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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anyway i hope raw was okay, thanks for the talk guys. really missed this

this being making threads for all of you posters here in rowdy wrestle pagoda

DarkstarIV
Apr 6, 2010

Mr. Intensity


Thanks for the thread KungFu Grip. I miss you making the threads. Can I have your stuff when you die from having to watch TWO Royal Rumbles in one show?

rovert
Jun 10, 2013

I got your scoops right here.


Someone in the Women's Rumble that can throw a decent punch at least:

quote:

Former WWE star Serena Deeb was spotted in Pittsburgh, PA today.

In checking with WWE sources, we are told there has been interest in bringing her back to the company of late. It appears she was in the Steel City for the usual pre-signing medical testing.

Best known as a member of CM Punk's Straightedge Society, Deeb, 31, worked the Mae Young Classic tournament over the summer.

Strawberry Panda
Nov 4, 2007



Incoming The Bar breakup angle.

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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Surprised wwe is actually rehiring her for an in-ring role and its not a just a legends thing. I'm sure normal legends like Lita and Trish aren't doing a pre-screening thing like that for their inevitable rumble spots

Gavok
Oct 10, 2005

Brock! Oh, man, I'm sorry about your...

...tooth?


Saw this tweet...

https://twitter.com/KungFu_Grip/sta...593516916404225

...and rushed to the thread to see if that Gamergate guy came back.

Strawberry Panda
Nov 4, 2007



Gavok posted:

Saw this tweet...

https://twitter.com/KungFu_Grip/sta...593516916404225

...and rushed to the thread to see if that Gamergate guy came back.

And you realized no one came back.

Nipponophile
Apr 8, 2009

Man of the Rising Sun


What's the buzz? Where was the buzz?

MassRafTer
May 26, 2001

Fundamentals as sound as the WNBA


KungFu Grip posted:

i'm going to takeover philly and the royal rumble. thanks

Say hey to the President for me.

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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MassRafTer posted:

Say hey to the President for me.

the rock is going to be there?

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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Oprah?

Gavok
Oct 10, 2005

Brock! Oh, man, I'm sorry about your...

...tooth?


Strawberry Panda posted:

And you realized no one came back.

Maybe everything that dies someday comes back.

RacistGuidingLight
Apr 5, 2009

I will wipe away all tears from your eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain. All these things are passed away.


I don't understand how anyone could find either of them novel as president at this point.

KungFu Grip
Jun 18, 2008

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braun strowman for president

Oh Snapple!
Dec 27, 2005



Gavok posted:

Saw this tweet...

https://twitter.com/KungFu_Grip/sta...593516916404225

...and rushed to the thread to see if that Gamergate guy came back.

man i really need to see that meltdown again. It was so loving sudden and random. It owned.

RacistGuidingLight
Apr 5, 2009

I will wipe away all tears from your eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain. All these things are passed away.


Win/Fail 2020

Abroham Lincoln
Sep 19, 2011

Note to self: This one's the good one


Nipponophile posted:

What's the buzz? Where was the buzz?

in order to get the audience to make noise, bees were periodically released into the crowd

rovert
Jun 10, 2013

I got your scoops right here.


So like when does Rousey show up.

Tato
Jun 19, 2001

DIRECTIVE 236: Promote pro-social values


rovert posted:

So like when does Rousey show up.

Haha I get it cause Meltzer said a thing.

Balor Club was nice just to see Gallows and Anderson motivated. Otherwise, uh, I guess the punking on Jason Jordan was fun.

RacistGuidingLight
Apr 5, 2009

I will wipe away all tears from your eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain. All these things are passed away.


I liked the scaffold thing and Nia Jax

Strawberry Panda
Nov 4, 2007



*Looks at the match times*

Uhhh... they sure relied on the Miz a bunch to pull them through this one.

Sanguinia
Jan 1, 2012

#RXT REVOLUTION~!
2000



future scoopin'...


I find myself kind of modestly intrigued by some stuff on this show. Jordan's storyline is a fresh take on the deluded soon-to-be-heel, the fact that they're leaning so hard into him being an obnoxious tryhard dork who is desperate for approval from the Cool Guys of the Shield and is compelled to constantly try and take shine off his ostensible allies actually feels really organic as a followup to the disaster of his My Black Son storyline and the crummy way the push that came with it played out.

Nia's storyline with Enzo is REALLY interesting. They almost seem like they're setting her up as a modern day Chyna with the relationship with shirtbird Enzo the Undeserving Champ, but I can't see them going all the way to letting her body Cruisers to help Enzo keep his title in TYOOL 2018, so I'm not sure what the point is. They've set her up on a collision course with Asuka way prematurely, but she's been pretty sympathetic with all her worrying over Enzo's flu and now when Alexa tries to manipulate her she's smart enough to easily see through it... but attacks Asuka anyway. There's a lot of nuance here and it feels like its going somewhere, but its murky at this point.

And they're doing something with Factions here. Titus Worldwide gets a big win (even if in a lovely way) over the The Bar on the same night that the Balor Club becomes an official thing and they pick up a clean win, and also the Miztourage gets right in the thick of it. What's the endgame for this, especially with only a couple shows left before the Rumble?

Very curious.

Tokamak
Dec 22, 2004

Fusion Burgin Reactor


KungFu Grip posted:

Angle was on the phone with someone who, according to Angle, had not been in the ring in years but would be great for the Women's Royal Rumble.

SummerSlam 2014 definitely counts as 'years'...

Barreft
Jul 21, 2014

B-B-b...B-but R-R-rovert *sniff* s-s-said...


Sanguinia posted:

I find myself kind of modestly intrigued by some stuff on this show. Jordan's storyline is a fresh take on the deluded soon-to-be-heel, the fact that they're leaning so hard into him being an obnoxious tryhard dork who is desperate for approval from the Cool Guys of the Shield and is compelled to constantly try and take shine off his ostensible allies actually feels really organic as a followup to the disaster of his My Black Son storyline and the crummy way the push that came with it played out.

Nia's storyline with Enzo is REALLY interesting. They almost seem like they're setting her up as a modern day Chyna with the relationship with shirtbird Enzo the Undeserving Champ, but I can't see them going all the way to letting her body Cruisers to help Enzo keep his title in TYOOL 2018, so I'm not sure what the point is. They've set her up on a collision course with Asuka way prematurely, but she's been pretty sympathetic with all her worrying over Enzo's flu and now when Alexa tries to manipulate her she's smart enough to easily see through it... but attacks Asuka anyway. There's a lot of nuance here and it feels like its going somewhere, but its murky at this point.

And they're doing something with Factions here. Titus Worldwide gets a big win (even if in a lovely way) over the The Bar on the same night that the Balor Club becomes an official thing and they pick up a clean win, and also the Miztourage gets right in the thick of it. What's the endgame for this, especially with only a couple shows left before the Rumble?

Very curious.

Faction fights in the Rumble. Just like the Women's.

YourHumbleMessiah
Oct 11, 2005

Monkey don' wan none dis banana



Im actually excited for the MMC. Seems like it will be a lot of fun at the very least

RacistGuidingLight
Apr 5, 2009

I will wipe away all tears from your eyes. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain. All these things are passed away.


I wouldn't say that Finn Balor is an angry man in general, but I am getting reports that he "blew his top" backstage after Raw.

That DICK!
Sep 28, 2010

clonfroggio





Where was the buzz Rovert? You promised buzz and you failed to deliver it.

oldpainless
Oct 30, 2009



Hello everyone. I was looking at the Wikipedia article on Roman Reigns and learned that there is also a Wikipedia article dedicated solely to the Person and Reception of Roman Reigns.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perso...of_Roman_Reigns

Cabbit
Jul 19, 2001

Is that everything you have?


Strawberry Panda posted:

*Looks at the match times*

Uhhh... they sure relied on the Miz a bunch to pull them through this one.

Good, because Miz owns and is good.

BrigadierSensible
Feb 16, 2012

And if I'm gonna cry, I don't need your shoulder.

I like Miz vs Reigns.

Miz is great at getting his opponents over, Reigns is getting over slowly, and this will help him enormously, as will him being positioned as disliking Jason Jordan, (of whom I also really like his new direction as the Disco Inferno of the Shield). I like Bo and Axel being stooges.

And everyone is in their right place. Miz as a phenomenal midcard heel that elevates his opponent, Roman as former main eventer that failed to grab the crowd being groomed for the main event at some time in the future, and Jason Jordan as the young guy who may or may not go on to better things, but is doing better than he was.

St Evan Echoes
Oct 17, 2004



Fun Shoe

rovert posted:

So like when does Rousey show up.
Idk when in 2015 will the young bucks show up

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

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Nipponophile posted:

What's the buzz? Where was the buzz?

Bryan Danielson and Paul London are teaming together again

DoctorGonzo
Jul 25, 2016

DoctorCompleto


the woken Matt segment sounds awful and i hope he is saving every penny from this loving company and retires healty

gently caress off with Kane already

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


Thanks for making the thread, KungFu Grip

I caught up on Raw and I'm glad the Balor Club won, and I hope they all get raises.

Erebus
Jul 13, 2001

Okay... Keep your head, Steve boy...


Nipponophile posted:

What's the buzz? Where was the buzz?

Don't you mind about the future. Don't you try to think ahead. Save tomorrow for tomorrow. Think about today instead.

Bill Goldberg
Oct 24, 2001

i'll always take care of you


Muldoon

i'm glad i slept through raw

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DoctorGonzo
Jul 25, 2016

DoctorCompleto


Bill Goldberg posted:

i'm glad i slept through raw

you were sleepy like my friend Cavauro?

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