The Wrestling 9 Deuce – January 1 & 2, 2018 New Year; Same Old Same Old

Hi, Kent here.  Things returned to normal a bit around here.  We did our normal blog and on the podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we did a best of 2017 year in review type thing, like the Slammys, only legit.    Please enjoy.

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  1.  This Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns feud is becoming a lot of fun. Discuss this week’s promos and the match.

Anonyruss:  Samoa Joe is probably one of the best all around wrestlers you are going to find in the WWE.  He is amazing in the ring and his promo’s are fantastic.  The digs he took at Dean and Renee are the stuff you start feuds with.  I can’t be the only person who wouldn’t be interested in a Dean Vs Joe feud when Dean finally comes back.  Roman is well Roman.  He is consistent with his wet hair and his matches.  This weeks match was fantastic!  Joe really knows how to tell a story in the ring.  He kept on attacking Roman’s arm because that was the one he attacked last week.  Roman also did a great job of storytelling.  Not falling for the same tricks that Joe tried to pull last week and also having to keep himself in check several times.  Ring psychology is becoming a lost art, but these two showed us that it isn’t dead yet. Great match to start 2018 with.  

Harper Lee:  I was so scared that Roman was going to lose his belt this week.  That Samoa Joe is really tough.  I thought that DQ stipulation was going to come in play, but that Samoan bad ass beat the other Samoan.  Where is Samoa?  I want to go there.  I bet they have really good food.  I have noticed that most of the Samoan wrestlers tend to be on the bigger side.  I wonder if they have grits there.  I want some grits right now.  Yeah, this was by far the best match of 2018.  Good for these 2.  I want more…..and some grits.

Keri’s Verdict:  It’s nice that Joe is finally getting a push and its nice that they are giving him the opportunity against Roman. Joe is the logical choice to take the IC title off of Roman. I predict it happens at some point before Mania given Romans inevitable showdown with Lesnar. Ok, now for the points. Anonyruss starts out the new year reading my mind yet again and now I’m just scared by that. But with that said, he does get the point because honestly this is how I would answer the question if it was up to me to answer it.

 

  1.  Finn finally reunited with Gallows and Anderson this week on RAW. Was this a smart move? Discuss.

Anonyruss:  Hey it only took about a year and a half, but WWE finally put The Good Bros. together with The Balor Club leader himself.  I’d say that this is 18 months too late, but let’s face it, WWE has completely wasted Gallows and Anderson for the past 12 months.  The talented Good Bros. have done nothing of note for the past year and have been relegated to goofy segments for so long that I just thought WWE was going to waste them.   Let’s not forget poor  Finn.  While not as egregious as what WWE did to G & A, WWE has dropped the ball with the First Universal Champion.  He has been wrestling consistently, but as far as stories and progression of his character he has been spinning his wheels for months now.  So is this a smart move?  YES! YES! YES!  Get these guys in the ring and show us what they can do!  

Harper Lee:  I didn’t even know that these guys had much of a past.  Come to find out, in Japan they were known as the Bullet Club.  Also, while doing this research, apparently they are still doing this Bullet Club.  Some doofy looking idiot named Kenny Omega is now involved with these 2 skinny nerds called the Young Bucks.  Wow, this group has truly gone downhill from it’’s glory days with the Good Brothers and FInn.  I am happy for these guys.  They all seem very happy and I do laugh when Gallows says Nerds.  I am entertained, so yes, it’s a smart move.

Keri’s Verdict:  What is that saying? Better late than never. Yeah, that’s the one I’m looking for when I sum up by opinion of this reunion. I’m a big fan of all things Bullet Club so this was very exciting for me to see happen. Now, if they could just get AJ involved somehow that would be even better. But with that said, it is time for me to award points. But before I do that I must give a “stern” warning to one of the individuals on this blog. Harper, I realize you are new to this wrestling game and you are entitled your own opinion. However,  insulting my favorite wrestler (or my favorite tag team) isn’t going to get you any points from me on this blog. Therefore, one point Anonyruss.  (Kent: In all fairness, how was she supposed to know that they were your favorite idiots…..I mean wrestlers?)

 

  1.  So, Alexa lost to Asuka on RAW and Becky is back on Smackdown. Discuss both developments and whether or not this changes anything for the Women’s Royal Rumble.

Anonyruss:  First, I just want to say that I hate Miami!  Yea, that’s right I hate a city!  Why you ask?  Well they are a terrible wrestling town.  They do not know how to support the wrestlers or when to cheer or chant!  If a town chants boring during a Cesaro match, I don’t trust anything that comes from that town.  Also, more to my point.  Asika and Alexa had a decent match on RAW.  A good story was told in the ring.  It wasn’t a classic by any means, but when your dumb town can’t even be bothered to cheer during what is clearly a fun match you can go to hell.  Seriously it was like crickets when the two fought.  Becky is back!  I’ve said it before I have a feeling this will be Becky’s year.  She is way too talented to go another year and nothing to show for it.  When someone like Charlotte keeps getting belts because of daddy.  Will this change anything for the Royal Rumble?  The only way this is changing anything for the Rumble is if Asuka somehow isn’t involved in it.  As long as Asuka is in the Rumble she is winning it.  

Harper Lee:   I saw the updated betting odds for this Women’s Royal Rumble.  Ronda Rousey is the #2 favored person behind Asuka.  Ronda Rousey is going to be on a different continent the day of the Rumble according to the internet.  Nothing changes, Asuka is winning this without a shadow of a doubt in my mind.  I’m really happy to see Becky come back, but she looks like she has lost a lot of weight.  I thought she looked great as she was prior to leaving. Straight Fire!!!  I feel bad for Alexa because her BFF was more concerned about Enzo than her friend’s well being.  Not cool Nia!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  Let me start off by saying I love Miami. It’s a beautiful city and one of my favorite vacation spots. Does it have the best wrestling fans? No, but that is not a reason to bash the city as a whole. Well, at least in my opinion it isn’t but that is neither here nor there. And as I said before, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But since I’m the one who awards the points that does factor into my decision. So, with that said, one point for Harper.

 

  1.  We have new Smackdown Tag Team champions. Oh, wait, nevermind, we don’t. Give me your thoughts on this match and its outcome.

Anonyruss:  I really liked how this played out.  It was different.  Sure, it made the ref look like a damned idiot, but at least it wasn’t one of the wrestlers in that position.  American Omega now has a legitimate reason to get another shot at the titles.  I’m not as concerned about the wild inconsistencies that this little snafu has brought to light (ref’s decision is final) because WWE has shat all over consistency for years now.  Give me more AO and Uso!  

Harper Lee:  I was very excited when American Beta won the belts.  I thought that the ref’s decision was final.  That didn’t feel very final to me.  I think that this was garbage and I am very unsatisfied with the refereeing this week.  Also, the finish of the match made no sense.  Why did Chad get on the top rope to attempt to hit that finishing move if he was never tagged in?  Why didn’t the ref stop it?  This all seemed like a waste of time between 2 great teams.  To use the words of my mentor, I was not Kentertained!

Keri’s Verdict:  When the initial ending happened, I thought awesome, they are starting the year off on a high note. And then the ref confusion happened and in the end the Usos retained. Then I thought well that was nice for 5 seconds and now we are back to the same old crap. Oh well. Points time! Harper, you are growing in knowledge, padawan and therefore I give you one point.

 

  1.  AJ Styles is scheduled to face Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Title. Was this a smart move? Discuss.

Anonyruss:  Uhh, smart move?  I don’t know?  Do I like watching potentially show stealing matches?  Yes!   AJ facing both Sami and Kevin should prove to be one of the best matches we will see before Mania possibly the entire year!  Granted, AJ vs KO was never really above average, but I think with the addition of Sami we can finally see AJ and KO deliver.  I do have one concern.  How the hell is this going to work?  It is a handicap match for the title?  So who gets the belt if KO and Sami win?  Is it the person who pins AJ?  Do we get co-champions?  I hope they tell us this stuff before The Rumble, because enquiring minds want to know!  

Harper Lee:  NOOOOOOO!  There goes my pick of having Sami Zayn win the Royal Rumble.  I don’t like this one bit!  So if Sami wins, are him and Kevin the champs?  This is a logical fallacy.  My Pappy was hootin and a hollerin at the TV.  He was saying that you can’t have 2 World Champs, and I happen to agree.  Technically, if Sami or Kevin win, they are a part of a team.  This seems incredibly convoluted.  I hope that Sami wins, but they need to do a better job explaining this until I stop pouting.  

Keri’s Verdict:  Yes, AJ vs. Sami and KO has the potential to be the match of the year…for the WWE.  With that said, I too am confused on how things would work if KO and Sami win the belt off of AJ which is why it will probably not happen. With that said, points time. Both individuals basically said the same thing in their responses. So, one point to each person.

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.:  

Anonyruss:  Not that I’m trying to garner Judge Keri’s favor, but I watched the Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho match.  It was good. Really good!  I see why people like Kenny Omega.  I also like that Jericho at his age can still go.  The match was 45 minutes, but he kept up with Omega.  I do have a few concerns.  While the match was very good it was very spot filled and a lot of the 45 minutes was filled with laying around so that both guys could catch their breaths.  I guess one good thing was the fact that we didn’t have to see  jericho or Omega kick out of more than one finisher.  Still these are minor complaints to an overall fun match.  

Harper Lee:  Somebody done screwed up the image for the Women’s Royal Rumble.  As a woman, I am very saddened to see what they have done to poor Paige’s face.  They need to fix this injustice, no matter how mean Paige is.  That poor girl has been through enough.  She don’t need this nonsense as well.

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Final point for Anonyruss and Anonyruss wins the week.

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  RAW was good, Smackdown was alright, and Omega and Jericho delivered.  Good start to the new year of wrestling.  Let’s hope they continue this trend throughout the year!  

Harper Lee:  Good start to the year!  I can’t wait to hear this week’s 2017 year in review episode of Are You Not Kentertained.  I look forward to listening to it.  I just wish Russ wouldn’t interrupt people so much.

Keri:  Wrestle Kingdom 12 was awesome. It was a great show from top to bottom and will be the best wrestling show I’m probably going to see in 2018. I’m so glad I got up at 2 am to watch it live. I think I now have a new annual tradition. Tune into next week’s episode of Are You Not Kentertained and listen to Keri’s Korner to get my thoughts on everything that happened at Wrestle Kingdom 12.

 


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