The Wrestling 9 Deuce – January 8 & 9, 2018 Braun Has A Grappling Hook!

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.


  1.  So, Jordan thinks he is an honorary member of the Shield and the Club beat 2/3rds of the Shield. Discuss the opening segment and main event from this week’s RAW.

Anonyruss:  I am really enjoying what WWE is doing with Jordan and The Shiel (No Dean, No D.)  They are interweaving storylines very efficiently and keep foreshadowing a deeper problem between how Jordan see’s things vs how everyone else sees it.  I don’t want to jinx it, but when did WWE creative become proficient in storytelling?  What I really like about the way this is going down is that they have several different directions they can go with this story.  They can have Jordan turn on Rollins.  They can have Jordan breaking up The Shield (highly unlikely, but you never know.)   They can have them finally become a cohesive unit.   The best part is that I can’t honestly tell you which way they are going to go, which is fantastic,  due to the fact that they are keeping Jordan in a gray area.  Instead of shoving the fact that he is a heel or a face down our throats they are letting things simmer for now.  That works!  Keep it up WWE Creative!  (I never thought I’d say that.)   

Harper Lee:  I don’t really like this Jason Jordan fella and now he is starting to get shoved down my throat and it’s making me like him less and less.  I feel bored and discouraged when he is on my screen because we all know that he’s only getting this opportunity because of who his daddy is.  Now granted, in Callhoun County, where I live, the mayor has been a member of the Windham family for 7 generations now, and it does okay by us, but it would be nice to change it up someday.  My daddy called me a foolish girl when I told him that I wanted to run for mayor.  Of course, he was right.  I can’t take down the Windham dynasty and I don’t know who is going to take down the Angle dynasty.  WIth that being said, I am all for that sexy Finn Balor and his good brothers.  I wish I had good brothers.  

Keri’s Verdict: I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually like what they are doing with Jordan right now. It’s intriguing. As for the Balor Club, I’m just hoping for Balor Club vs the Shield once Dean returns and Jordan is a memory.  Now time for points and this was a tough one because I like both responses. But, Anonyruss is in agreement with me and therefore he gets the point.


  1.  In a backstage segment, Kurt Angle was on the phone with someone for the Women’s Royal Rumble. Who do you think he was on the phone with?

Anonyruss:  Well the hope and the dream is that he was on the phone with AJ Lee.  Of course that is sky high dreaming, because I highly doubt she will ever appear in the WWE again.  So my next vote goes to Trish Stratus.  You know the originator of the WWE Diva (I don’t really know if that is true, but fuck it, she was so damn good looking!)  

Harper Lee:  I really hope that it’s Trish Stratus.  When I was rewatching those old Royal Rumbles with my Daddy, I fell in love with this girl.  Heck, I kinda thought she was kinda cute.  Unfortunately, I said that out loud and my Daddy was not happy.  He told me not to go fantasizing about no woman.  He told me fantasize to fantasize about a man’s man, like William Regal, so that’s what I do at night, with my brass knucks.  As punishment, my Daddy told me to get on all fours and bark like a dog since I liked Trish so much.  Now I don’t know what that has to do with Trish, but I do like dogs, so I obliged.  It was fun!

Keri’s Verdict: I would love for this to be someone out of the box like Gail Kim or AJ Lee but I highly doubt that is going to happen. So, we are probably getting Lita or Trish. Ok, points time. I’m awarding a point to Harper because that punishment was just plain old mean and I feel bad for the girl.


  1.  Some of the Mixed Match Challenge teams have been announced. Discuss the pairings made so far and name your favorite.

Anonyruss:  WWE has done a great job putting these teams together.  Ok, so it was “voted” upon by fans, but we all know that can be completely rigged.  It is tough to say who I like the most.  You have The Miz and Asuka (my odds on favorite team to win the whole thing.)  Rusev and Lana, Sami and Becky, as well as Finn and Sasha.  The list goes on.  However, I was asked to give you my favorite team and I will deliver.  My favorite pairing has to be Little Miss Bliss and The Monster Among Men.  Those two together seem like an amazing pair.  I may just watch this stupid stunt just to see Braun easily lift Bliss up onto his shoulders as they win match after match.  

Harper Lee:  Give me a moment to look at the list.  Ohhh, The Miz and Asuka should be good, Finn and Sasha should be fun.  I love the pairing of Goldust and Alicia, she cracks me up.  Oh, well wait a minute.  Braun and Alexa are a pairing?  While nobody may be able to beat Asuka, there’s no way The Miz is beating Mr Strowman and his magnificent beard.  That’s my pick.  I think over on Smackdown, there teams just aren’t as good.  I’m pulling for Sami and Becky because of Becky, I think the match up that I would love to see in the finals against Braun and Alexa would be with Shinsuke and Natalya.  How fun would that be?  I can’t wait to watch this!

Keri’s Verdict:  Ok, here are my quick thoughts on the pairings and then I’ll award points. I love the pairing of Alexa and Braun. I’m upset that Bayley isn’t with Balor and Charlotte isn’t with AJ but oh well you can’t always get what you want. Now to award points. I love Harper’s enthusiasm about this whole thing so I award her a point.


  1.  The field for the US title semifinals is set with the addition of Mojo Rawley. Who do you have winning the tournament?

Anonyruss:  Time to put on my cape and do my best Mr. Clio impression (listen to the damn podcast people if you don’t know  who I’m talking about!)  I have a feeling that we will end up seeing Bobby and Jinder making it to the finals.  The end result will be Bobby winning the title.  He is the only person that truly makes sense in winning this.  He has already had a feud with Dolph, who should be returning around the rumble.  This will allow these two to continue their feud, but it will be over the title now.  End impression.  

Harper Lee:  Let’s be analytical with this.  I don’t think Xavier has a chance, so I am giving him 0% chance to win.  Looking at the brackets, I don’t think a Mojo vs Jinder match is what people want ever again, so I would put him out too with a 3% chance.  The question is how good is this self proclaimed “glorious one”, Mr. Roode?  Jinder is a former World champ while Bobby hasn’t done much in WWE.  I do think the belt will look better around Mr Roode’s waist.  On top of that, at least there’s such a thing as Canadian bacon.  Ain’t nobody ever heard of Indian bacon.  Bobby is my pick.  I am gonna fry up some bacon now.

Keri’s Verdict:  Ok, two things and then I will award points. First, Roode is winning. Second, I read Anonyruss’ post in Mr Clios’ voice and that scared me so Harper gets the point.


  1.  Give me your thoughts on the current state of the SamiKO, Shane, AJ, and Bryan storyline. How do you see this ending? Will we have the first co-WWE champions?

Anonyruss:  Well this week the wheels kept on spinning in the main story on Smackdown.  Unfortunately, the vehicle isn’t going anywhere.  Every week it seems like the same rinse and repeat.  One week Shane comes out does something questionable.  The next week Daniel comes out does something questionable.  I have a feeling this will continue until The Rumble.  So how will this end?  I’m going out on a limb because I doubt this will happen, but I’m dreaming here.  I think SamiKO wins the belt.  We will have Co-Champions and either one can defend the title.  At first this will seem like an unstoppable force.  As long as they don’t get pinned or submitted they keep the belt.  This will go on until March.  That’s when we start to see cracks in the armor.  SamiKO doesn’t want to share the belt anymore they want it for themselves.  So we start to see a little discord in the team.  Enter the Royal Rumble winner where they finally break SamiKO and we get a full-fledged Triple Threat match at Mania the winner gets the belt.  

Harper Lee:  Daniel Bryan has nice hair.  That is a man that I can trust.  I can’t trust a MacMahon.  Have you seen the stuff that this family has done in the past?  Why does Shane even get cheers?  I don’t get it.  I think Daniel is doing what is right and throwing in a dash of spite for some extra flavor.  I fear for my man AJ Styles.  As a southern gentleman, he is a guy that I always have to cheer on.  I fear that he is going to lose his belt though.  Doesn’t this feel like the KO and Jericho storyline last year?  I watched Wrestlemania last year and remember the video package for their feud and if KO and Sami win, won’t this just be the same?  I love WWE, but this seems a tad repetitive….I think.  I don’t know.  I just want to eat my bacon in peace.  All of this thinking is hurting my head.  

Keri’s Verdict:  The only way this story is not a complete waste of time is if KO and Sami win the belt. If they don’t, then my time was wasted. Oh who am I trying to kid I haven’t watch a full episode of Smackdown in months. With that said, it also ends my hope of AJ vs Nakamura at Mania so boo on everyone and everything. I do like Anonyruss’ fantasy booking so I will award him a point.


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:  Anyone else see Braun completely miss the Scaffolding with the grappling hook?  No?  Well he did, which was hilarious, but that doesn’t matter because it was also AWESOME!  That is the kind of stuff Braun does that catapulted him to the top.  I love how everyone around him was screaming stop instead of, you know doing anything to try and stop him.  Don’t get me wrong if I saw Braun doing that I’d probably just walk the other direction, but come on people you are better than me.  That brawl in the back area was brutal looking.  All of those cases being thrown around and one landing right on top of Lesnar.  Sure the scaffolding completely missed both guys, but who cares!  It was AWESOME!  Oh, by the way I love how there was so much concern for Brock, but Kane had literally no one even check up on him as he limped to wherever the hell the Devil’s favorite demon goes to heal.  

Harper Lee:  Where is my favorite RAW tag team, the Revival?  My southern boys haven’t gone hard lately, and I love it when they go hard.  Oh boy, that sounded bad.  Fortunately Daddy don’t read this.  I think The Revival are going to help Brock Lesnar retain his belt at the Royal Rumble.  That’s my hope.  MMM, time to go hard on this bacon.  Yum!!!!!  I like to have bacon with sour cream and onion Pringles and Seriously Sharp Cabot cheese.  Soooo good.  I gotta hurry up and finish this.  Revival Rules, no matter what Keri thinks!

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Two things. First, FTR and second, I love when Braun does Braun things. Now for our winner……..Congrats Harper on this week’s win. (Kent: Did you want me to fix your typo?  She was trying to write FTE which stands for F*ck The Elite.  I eagerly await Keri yelling at me in the near future.  Seriously, I can picture her face right now.  It’s GLORIOUS!)


Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  I remember when Jordan was first announced to be Angles illegitimate child.  I was horrified!  How could they give this less talented American Alpha the rub he doesn’t really deserve?  Since then he has consistently proven himself in the ring and is getting better on the mic all the time.  I have to say that I am a fan of his now and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for him.  

Harper Lee:  I was feeling under the weather this week and I struggled to pay attention to Smackdown.  I gotta say haha to Enzo because he’s a jerk and he got his butt whipped.

Keri:  I think I have finally gotten back to a normal sleep patterns after getting up at 2 am to watch Wrestle Kingdom 12 last week. Looking back it was still totally worth it. Be sure to tune into Keri’s Korner on this week’s podcast to get my full Wrestle Kingdom 12 and New Year Dash review.

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