2018 Fast Lane Review

Fast Lane came and went, like a drunk guy watching a Paige video.  Russ and Kent do their best to review this night of mediocrity.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.


The 9

  1.  Breezedango & Tye Dillinger def American Beta & Mojo

Russ:  Amazingly, I actually caught this match.  It’s rare that I turn on a PPV before it is actually time for the PPV.  I like to fast forward between matches. This match is the other reason I don’t turn on a PPV early.  This was bad. I love most the guys in this match, but damn it was boring. The crowd did not care about this match and neither did I.  Poor Tye Dillinger he deserves so much more. Rating: 2.5

Kent:  Normally I don’t get overly critical of a kickoff match, because….well it’s a kickoff match.  But then I saw this fucking travesty. This was the match version of a Charlotte promo. It was ugly.  It was a trainwreck. Breezedango looked like they didn’t belong and that breaks my heart. Go watch the dropkicks again.  Fuck man. Fandango has on the Konnor diet it appears. Like, what the fuck is happening? Breezedango, get your shit together and look the part if you ever hope to be taken seriously again.  Fuck, I hate to see these guy look like shit. Everybody else was adequate to good. I hated this match though.

Rating: 1.5

  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura def Rusev

Russ:  This match was a lot of fun.  Both guys are way over and this crowd was no exception.  I honestly think the crowd really made this match better than it really was.  The fact that Rusev has nothing to do for Mania is a damn criminal act. The pacing of the match was well done and brutal.  The kicks especially looked devastating. It was obvious that Shinsuke was going to win this match. So I’m glad that they at least let Rusev shine a bit.  Rating: 4.9

Kent:  This was a great match technically.  Yes, the crowd was in it, but even with a shit crowd, this match was a very, very good match.This was a good showcase for both guys.  The fact that Russ gave this a 4.9 tells me that he would not rewatch this. Are you shitting me? This was a really good match with lots of good strikes and reversals.  This was comparable to last year’s Randy vs Luke match that we all raved about despite knowing Randy was going to win that. I don’t think Russ watched this match, to be honest, so don’t believe his lies.  I may just have to call him John G. That is a reference to Memento.

Rating: 6.7

  1.  Randy Orton def Bobby Roode to become the NEW US Champion

Russ:  The match itself was ok.  I’m very shocked that Jinder didn’t interfere in the match itself, but I guess with what came later in the night in the form of a bludgeoning, it wouldn’t make sense to have the same ending in two matches.  I’m ok with Randy winning the belt here as long as the end game here is to have Roode regain it at Mania. It gives Randy the honor of being a grand slam champion, while not having to worry about keeping it for a long time.  I just hope that is the end game anyway if not… Well, then they have no faith in Roode. Rating: 4

Kent:  This was fine, but it felt like a Goddamn eternity.  I was bored throughout and I wanted to like this more.  I think it was technically sound, but both guys working as faces when both are dick-ish, it didn’t work for me.  Sorry. When Jinder is the highlight of your match, something has gone awry.

Rating: 3.75

  1.  Natalya & Carmella def Becky & Naomi

Russ:  I paid attention to this match for all of 10 seconds.  10 seconds I can’t get back. I am happy that they finally let Carmella get a win here, but it was over Becky.  Becky is the Luke Harper of the women. Lots of talent completely overlooked. Rating: 2

Kent:  I liked this match.  Unlike the Rusev match, I can’t make fun of Russ for not liking this.  I am a huge fan of Carmella and I love Becky and Naomi as well, so I quite enjoyed this match, believe it or not.  Carmella is really improving in the ring and she should get a good run this year, I hope. It’s her time, and I would like her and Becky to have a great feud.

Rating: 5.0 Yeah, I liked it.  Deal with it.

  1.  The Usos vs New Day ended in No Contest

Russ:  This is tough to rate.  On the one hand the match itself was really good, which is to be expected from these two teams.  On the other it ended in a no contest, which is frustrating. Still this was the best possible outcome.  We have seen these two teams go at it so much this past year that this one ending the way it did doesn’t tarnish anything.  Seriously, would either team winning make much of a difference? At least with this ending we have a clear idea what will happen at Mania.  The Bludgeoning, Verbal Trademark, was well done. They decimated both teams and I’m glad they finally used those hammers! Rating: 5.8 (a solid full point is added because of “The Bludgeoning”.)

Kent:  The match was great for what it was.  Which was to be expected. The angle afterward was also great.  So I would just rate the entirety of the segment and I thought it was expected, and still well done.  I’m no longer finding the Bludgeon Brothers as cheesy as I once did, despite the outfits. Their entrance is really solid.  We all know I have long advocated for Luke Harper as my favorite wrestler. Baron is 2nd, and then Rusev and Braun round out my top 4.  Then there is AJ, Sami, Bray, and a few others. This was good, I look forward to their match at Mania. I think it may steal the show.

Rating: 6.0 It did exactly what it was supposed to do.

  1.  Charlotte def Ruby Riott to retain her belt

Russ:   So, you know how I said that I like to watch PPV’s after they have already started so I can fast forward commercials and crappy matches.  Yea, really regretting watching this from the start. Ok, so the match itself wasn’t terrible. If I’m being honest I thought Ruby looked good out there.   She had some decent moves, very little in the way of botches and the way she carried herself as a heel was well done. Charlotte, on the other hand, was so… meh.   I just can’t get over how bland Girl Natch has become. I don’t know what happened to her since she moved to Smackdown, but she has been boring and uninspiring to watch.  She needs to step up her game. She will definitely have to do that soon now that Asuka has chosen her as her next victim. I’m ready for Flair to get buried. Rating: 3  

Kent:  This week on The Walking Dead, they killed the other Dr Carson.  I didn’t see that one coming. So now Carl’s sacrifice is even more important because he provided the community the only doctor that is around.  He will be responsible for delivering young Herschel. Eugene got his swagger back as a leader of an outpost to make ammunition. Father Gabriel has lost most of his vision but is being guided by God, and it’s really well done.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Tara remain the biggest bitches in the room. Oh, Dwight had to rejoin the Saviors to save the Alexandrians as they finally made it to Hilltop just so we could see Enid absolutely lose her shit upon hearing of Carl’s fate.  It got a little dusty in here, no not Dusty Rhodes. Fuck this match by the way. Not going to watch it.

Rating: TWD gets a 6.7 mainly for Eugene and Gabriel.  The match will go unrated.

  1.  AJ Styles def John Cena, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and kind of def Sami Zayn and KO

Russ:  I enjoyed the match.  A lot of stories played out here and several of them were done well.  Unfortunately, the match was just such a clusterfuck that it was tough to follow at some points. Loved the beginning with Cena AAing 4 guys and then one on one with AJ.  I also loved the beat down Cena got after that. Each guy got there time to shine a bit and I liked how they progressed Sami / KO / Shane. Shanes blatant interference was needed to move that story forward (only after spinning its wheels for 2 months.)   AJ winning seemed inevitable, but the tease of Cena winning at least put a little doubt in my mind. I’d watch this again. Rating: 6.2

Kent:  This match was fine, but I felt underwhelmed.  The most compelling aspect of the match is what would happen with Cena.  Kudos to WWE for somehow making John Cena one of, if not, the most compelling figure in WWE at this moment.  I also loved the KO, Sami, and Shane stuff. It was inevitable. I just wish Daniel had been there. This is even a match that I would rewatch, but foregone conclusion matches struggle too often to offer intrigue.  I’m happy that we are getting AJ vs Shinsuke, so I am not shitting on this outcome. This match simply didn’t need to happen.

Rating: 5.5 I don’t think I can go any higher.  This may seem too low, but the match wasn’t that exhilarating.  Hell, I never even mentioned Baron and Dolph sadly.

  1.  How SHOCKED were you to see Asuka challenge Charlotte?

Russ:  I was completely shocked!  If by shocked you mean saw it coming a mile away.  

Kent:  I felt like The Shockmaster did during his debut.  That’s how shocked I was.

  1.  What match should we expect KO, Sami, and Shane to be in at Mania?

Russ:  Well the theme of Mania seems to be triple threat matches so I would surmise that would be the case here.  However, with it being Shane KO and Zayn I just don’t see an ordinary Triple threat match sufficing. There has to be other stipulations we will learn about in the coming weeks.  Im hoping for a last man standing type match, but that seems impossible.

Kent:  I don’t want a triple threat.  I think Shane should have a surprise tag team to represent him against SamiKO, and that would be the Authors of Pain.  That would be a great fucking match. They could book that in many intriguing ways. That’s what is most important.


Bonus Deuce

  1. Best match of the night?

Russ:  Gotta go with the Main Event.  

Kent:  Rusev vs Shinsuke easily

  1.  The Walking Dead match of the night?

Russ:  Carmella and Natty vs. Becky and Naomi.  

Kent:  The Kickoff match had to be worst than the Women’s match….right?  I won’t watch it to be certain, I will just make my assumptions.


Final Thoughts

Russ:  This PPV was built terribly and the results were at best mediocre.  This felt like such a waste of time and PPV. They need to stop putting PPV’s so close to Mania or do what Kent suggests and make the months between Rumble and Mania 205 or NXT PPV’s.  Rating: 4.1

Kent:  Can we just get to Mania already.  Fuck this mediocrity. Rating: 4.2


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Tomb of Annihilation (TFTPB) – Chapter Six

This week, we are welcomed to the jungle.  That sounds quite familiar.  I fear the jungle.  Too many damn bugs.  Hi everybody, this is Kent, and I am your introductory host before we get to what you came for.  Does anybody even read these intros?  I learned that there is such a thing as a “Used dinosaur lot” and what a Hadrosaur is, and they are also called Hadrosaurids.  They are these duck-billed dinosaurs.  See, you are learning things today.  Anyway, all of this is just in the first paragraph, and I know that you are thinking, this fucking clown just read the first paragraph and built the intro around that.  That isn’t true because I can tell you that Xilix casts Grease, and we are not talking about the awful musical, so there!  Hmmm, that gives me an idea for this week’s music video.

I freaking love this group.  I highly recommend giving these guys a chance. I found them yesterday while listening to Havana.  How the hell I managed to get to these guys from that is a big mystery.  I really liked Banjo Odyssey by them as well.


Tomb of Annihilation

Chapter 6 – Welcome to the Jungle


Upon reaching the docks the party learned that Jobal had provided less a boat, and more three canoes tied together.  Tempest, being a former pirate, insisted that she could steer anything that floats on water, so the party gave her command as they tied the supply canoes to the lead canoe.  Not having complete faith in Tempest’s abilities, Compassion went to the used dinosaur lot and purchased an aquatic duckbilled Hadrosaur, which the party secured to the lead canoe to help pull them along.  Compassion named the Hadrosaur “Ducky.”

The first few days of travel were relatively uneventful.  While on watch one evening, Ethyl found that a male Hadrosaur had infiltrated the camp and was in the middle of performing a mating dance for Ducky.  Ethyl decided that it was none of her business to intervene and left the love birds to their devices.

While looking to set up camp on another day, the party saw a group of Aarakocra (bird-men) flying high above them.  Upon getting their attention, the group learned that they were a scouting party from Kir Saval City, home of the bird men.  Upon hearing they were scouts, the party explained that they were on their way to investigate the recently destroyed Camp Righteous, and asked if the Aarakocra scouts had any idea what may have attacked the camp.  Per the bird-men, the Order of the Gauntlet soldiers who established the camp had set it up directly in between a goblin camp to the north, and a horde of undead to the south. Learning nothing else, the party thanked the bird-men for their time and proceeded to set up camp for the evening.

Prior to turning in for the night, Xilix proceeded to summon a new familiar.  This one turned out to be a celestial nighthawk that he named “Gryff II.” Xilix then sent the familiar out to monitor for threats while the party rested.  It was a good thing Xilix did so, as early that morning Gryff II returned and woke the party. Gryff II told Xilix that undead ghouls were headed straight for the camp, and that they looked hungry.

As the ghouls burst into the camp, Xilix cast Grease, causing two of the six monstrosities to slip and fall.  Seeing that Xilix had only managed to incapacitate two of the undead, Hertz held up his holy symbol and announced that he, “would take care of this.”  Hertz then called upon the power of Talos to Turn Undead.  Unfortunately, Hertz quickly learned that something in the swamp was blocking his holy power over the undead and/or making the undead more powerful.  Unable to turn the hungry ghouls, combat ensued.

After a fierce battle, the party had killed most of the ghouls and driven the rest away, however, the party was not without their own casualties.  During the fight the strongest ghoul got his claws through Compassion’s armor and tore out a significant chunk of Compassion’s flesh, causing him to fall unconscious and begin bleeding to death.  As Hertz was engaged with two enemies at the time, it did not appear that healing magic would be forthcoming.

Seeing his compatriot dying on the ground, Xilix yelled, “Gryff II, come to me,” and he proceeded to throw a healing kit into the air, which Gryff II grabbed in his claws as he flew by.  Then, against all reason, logic, and peer-reviewed medical research, Gryff II landed on Compassion’s chest, pulled out a roll of bandages, and used his claws to begin stitching up the wound.  

The party cheered as Gryff II stabilized Compassion’s wound.  However, that elation soon turned to horror as the ghoul that had incapacitated Compassion grabbed Gryff II and ate him.  At the end of the fight Hertz was able to magically heal Compassion’s physical wounds, but he was unable to fix Xilix’s mental wounds from losing yet another familiar.  After a 6-hour long crying session, Xilix composed himself long enough to summon yet another familiar. Xilix again summoned a celestial nighthawk which he named “Gryff III.”  Upon being so named, the familiar looked directly at the camera and gulped hard.

After another day of travel the party reached Camp Righteous, which consisted of tent housing and a wooden temple.  Not a soul was to be found amongst the camp, which had been looted of all valuables, however, dried blood stains were plentiful.  This led the party to believe that one of two things happened:

  1. The goblins to the north raided the camp, took everyone hostage after a protracted battle, and stole anything of worth; or
  2. The zombies to the south raided the camp, ate or turned everyone into a zombie, and after the zombies left the camp the goblins came in to raid at their leisure.

In an attempt to obtain the answers they needed, Hertz cast Augury and prayed to Talos.  Specifically, Hertz asked Talos if they would find prisoners taken from Camp Righteous at the northern goblin camp.  Talos responded that they would not. Hertz was then forced to inform Compassion that his Order of the Gauntlet brethren were likely either zombies or zombie food.

Not being strong enough to either assault a goblin camp or a zombie horde alone, the party concluded that the best course of action was to continue their travels to Camp Vengeance and report in.  Before leaving, however, they decided to check out the wooden temple. As they entered they quickly found out it was a death trap.

Down the hallway were two floor traps.  The first floor trap would send out numerous scythe blades whenever various plates were triggered.  The second floor trap would send out pillaring jets of flame from the ground whenever the wrong ground stone was trod upon.  Seeing the devious traps laid out before them, Tempest and Ethyl looked at each other, said “screw that,” and they each casted Levitate on themselves.  They then proceeded to float the party members across the floor traps.

Upon crossing the trapped floors, the party found themselves before a puzzle door.  After a few failed attempts to solve the puzzle, Compassion asked Hertz to provide Talos’s guidance.  Once the blessing was placed upon Compassion, he went into his pack and pulled out a crowbar. Compassion then proceeded to use his divinely enhanced strength to pull the magically sealed puzzle door entirely off its hinges.  

Having used might to overpower the intelligence test, the party entered the room beyond and found themselves standing before a spiral staircase.  Forgetting that they were in a deathtrap dungeon, Tempest began walking up the steps. Upon hitting the fifth step, Tempest was blown the hell up.  As the smoke cleared, Tempest’s unconscious body landed at the base of the stairway. Rather than look for clues to assist in determining which stairs were safe, as Hertz healed Tempest, Ethyl went from stair to stair and used Mage Hand to set off every trap.  By the end it became questionable whether the stairs would remain standing under their own power.

Upon reaching the top of the stairs, Ethyl saw a magnificent sight (to her at least), a copper jug with 12 corks sticking out from the sides.  From her years of study in the underdark, Ethyl believed that this was one of the mystical Alchemy Jugs.  What Ethyl knew, and didn’t share with the party, was that upon pulling a cork some form of liquid would spill out.  Most importantly for the party’s purposes, the Jug could magically provide enough water each day to keep the entire party from dying of thirst.  Most important for Ethyl’s purposes, the Jug could also provide an endless supply of mayonnaise.  Without saying a word, Ethyl went over to the jug and pulled out the cork corresponding to the mayonnaise, and proceeded to take a mayonnaise bath.  Disgusted, the rest of the party left the room and started heading for the temple entrance.

Tired, frustrated, and disgusted with Ethyl, the party emerged from the temple . . . to find a goblin raiding party waiting for them.  Not wanting to fight, Compassion offered their chief a shiny gem worth 10 gold pieces to leave. When the chief instead demanded the Alchemy Jug, Compassion pulled out a second gem and told the chief that they could accept the two gems or Hertz, who was now pulsing with lighting, could blow them all up on the spot.  The chief happily accepted the gems.

With the goblins gone, most of the party set up camp while Ethyl continued to eat/bathe in mayonnaise.  When the sun rose the next morning, the party awoke refreshed and excited to finish their trip to Camp Vengeance after their annoying trip to trap-land.  However, upon arriving at the Camp Righteous docks the party quickly learned that their canoes, and the supplies they had been entrusted with, were gone.


Where did the canoes go and how many humanoids are going to have to die in retaliation?  Find out next time on Tales from the Plunderbund Consortium!


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But when I think of Welcome, I think of a movie from the 90’s, Welcome to the Dollhouse.  One of those underrated films.  Sorry for all the videos this week.

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2018 Fast Lane Preview

Fast Lane is happening tonight, so that means I coerced Keri into writing a preview with me.  The main event seems awfully familiar to us.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.


The 9

  1.  Becky & Naomi vs Natalya & Carnella

Keri:  Random match is random. This seems to me to be just a match to get these ladies on the card.  Prediction: Becky and Naomi win

Kent:  I know a lot of people feel bad for Becky, and I do, I truly do, but I feel worse for Carmella.  They have done nothing at all with her for close to 6 months, and she is the one that didn’t get her briefcase removed via Golden  (Do doodoo doooooooo) Shovel. Carmella was the best they had on Smackdown once Alexa left and they have just raped her. Carmella should be using the #MeToo after her booking.  

Prediction:  Becky and Naomi…..I guess….does anybody really care?

  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura vs Rusev

Keri:  I’m intrigued by this matchup. This should be a good match. But again it seems to me to be another match set up just to get both guys on the card. Prediction: Nakamura wins so he looks strong going into Mania.

Kent:  It feels weird saying this, but WWE have themselves set up to make a great Wrestlemania.  Hear me out. We all know that they won’t because we witnessed what happened to Luke Harper last year.  More on him in #5. So right now, if WWE wanted to, they could have Braun and possibly Elias added to the Roman vs Brock match to protect Brock and give Braun the match that he deserves.  Rumor has it that he may not have a match at Mania. I love the fucking internet. The WWE could give us Bayley vs Sasha and have it out shine the other 3-4 women’s matches planned, but a WIDE margin.  They could book the one match that could happen that would get everybody moist, Taker vs Cena. Then there’s this opportunity. Who is the most over act in WWE currently? Why it is Rusev. This is a fact.  If WWE wanted to cause a fucking crazed audience, have Aiden cost Shinsuke the match at Fast Lane and Rusev claim that he deserves Shinsuke’s main event spot at Mania. Rusev is booked in some match where he has to win and he’s in, and he overcomes the odds, Cena style, except the fans will cheer, and you have a Daniel Bryan 4 years ago situation.  And if you put Rusev in the ring with AJ and Shinsuke, who do you have win? Yeah. That’s a fucking main event!!!!!

Prediction: Shinsuke squashes Rusev and all of the fans.  Horrible fucking idea to have one of your most over stars who is set to main event Mania take on the most over guy at the moment on Smackdown.  Quick side question, who would the fans cheer in a Rusev vs Braun special attraction match? I really don’t know the answer.

  1.  Charlotte vs Ruby Riot (The Walking Dead)

Keri:  So this weekend on As the Bullet Club Turns, the boys are in Las Vegas for the ROH 16th Anniversary show. Cody faced Matt Taven, won the match, and got his precious Ring of Honor back. He celebrated that win with Brandi and Bury the Bear (watch Being the Elite to understand Bury because I’m not explaining it). Well, the celebration took a turn when Cody went in for a hug from Bury and got pushed to the ground. Why would Bury do that you ask? Well the Bury took his bear head off to reveal that inside the bear suit was none other than….Kenny Omega. Then Cody got a V Trigger for his troubles and Omega got a kiss from Brandi for his. And the drama continues. Prediction: Charlotte retains. Yawn.

Kent:  Last week on TWD, we had the best episode of the season, by far.  IMDB rating concur, and it’s not even close. This week we should get some of Daryl being the leader guiding the group to the Hilltop.  Gabriel is supposed to have a pretty big episode as is Eugene. I expect this to be very well done, except for the Daryl stuff. Daryl’s last name ought to be Flair.  I hope we see more Janis, but I doubt it. Seriously, who in the blue hell is looking forward to this match? A show of hands will suffice. Okay, so apparently either Ric is the only one with hands or nobody gives a fuck.

Prediction: Asuka challenges female Ric.

  1.  Bobby Roode vs Randy Orton

Keri:  Another interesting matchup. This should be a good match and I fully expect it to be Jindered at some point.

Prediction: Roode retains and a triple threat is set for Mania

Kent:  So Jinder is getting involved?  He’ll be on commentary or get in the match somehow or be involved in the end?  Great, got that out of the way. I think this match could be very good, but a screwy finish will limit it’s potential.

Prediction: Bobby Roode because no reason to change that yet.

  1.  The Usos vs New Day

Keri:  Yea? It’s this match for 100,000th time. This is a match of the night contender though. And I fully expect the winner to be challenged by the brothers of bludgeoning. Prediction: Usos retain.

Kent:  What a fresh matchup this is.  I would have never considered putting these 2 teams in a match against each other.  How refreshing!!! Soo, this will be the match of the night most likely and hopefully, the Bludgeon Brothers beat the hell out of everybody because it’s their time to shine.  I look forward to Mania. If Vince has an ounce of compassion for the Usos, he will let them have a match at Mania.

Prediction: Double DQ via Bludgeon Brothers giving us this match again at Mania but with The Bludgeon Brothers.  Also, Luke Harper’s new film, Mohawk, just released. It’s available on iTunes. I hope to find it elsewhere so I can own it on a platform I use.  Looks amazing.

  1.  AJ Styles vs John Cena, vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler

Keri:  While this match will probably be good. I don’t care. All I have to say is if this match does anything and I repeat anything to mess up Styles vs Nakamura for me I will be really upset. Prediction: AJ retains. Fingers crossed.

Kent:  Fans, hold onto your socks really tight because I’m about to knock your socks off otherwise.  Let’s go back to 2017’s Money in the Bank match for the men. The participants: AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph ZIggler, Baron Corbin, and Joh…..I kid, it was Shinsuke.  Phew….for a moment, I was worried that WWE was creatively bankrupt. Now that we know this, we can naturally surmise the winner based on the previous match.

Prediction: And NEWWWWW champion……Baron Corbin…..right?  I’ll wake up anytime now, I swear.

  1.  Pick a Kickoff Show match

Keri:  Something with American Beta.

Kent: Breezedango or The Ascension vs American Beta…..we will go with Breeze because Ascension doesn’t fight on PPV.

  1.  What match will be surprisingly good?

Keri:  Rusev vs Nakamura

Kent:  Well we both expect the Tag and World championship matches to be good, so that doesn’t qualify.  That leaves 4 other matches. For me, I am going to suggest that the women’s tag match is way better than I anticipated.  Fuck it, all 4 women are very good….well 3 of them and Natalya. I have issues with people who are obsessed with cats.

  1.  What match will disappoint?

Keri:  Charlotte vs Ruby Riott

Kent:  The tag team match will leave us feeling Meh.  

Bonus Deuce

  1. Who will be your MVP (one single performer)?

Keri:  It’s Rusev Day!!

Kent:  Dolph Ziggler is my answer.  He and AJ were having a great match on SD prior to the fuckery.

  1.  Who will win the Charlotte Flair award for the evening?

 Keri: It’s namesake.

Kent:  If somebody is capable of being more dull, bland, and uninspiring than Charlotte, I will say it’s either Ruby Riot, John Cena, or Randy Orton.  It’s hard for the older guys to give 2 fucks about this PPV, so I don’t expect their best effort. Still, going with Ruby Riot. I was hard on her in NXT and she has not disproved my criticisms so far.


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The Walking Dead 9 Deuce: S:8 Ep:10 “The Lost and the Plunderers”

Hi everybody, this is Kent, and I’m back for this week’s TWD blog.  Bitty, Kristi, and Chris lend their thoughts and opinion on this week’s episode.  We are still missing some people, but hopefully we will be at full strength soon.  Bob, you and your family are in our thoughts.  This week was a really good episode and we had a lot of varying thoughts, so this is an interesting read this week.  Any comments in BOLD are written by me.  Please enjoy.


The 9


  1.  In Michonne’s segment, she seemed far more concerned with that flaming structure in memory of Carl.  Shouldn’t she have tried finding a way to preserve the wood panels that have Carl and Judith’s handprints, from a sentimental standpoint?

Bitty:  maybe so yes. However, it made for a way more dramatic moment. I didn’t understand trying to save that structure, we never really saw Carl on the roof there much. (Right, it’s not like he had great moments there or any one big moment.  So they seemingly tried to make something significant without any validation.  Typical female……)

Kristi:  Absolutely! That would have been a great idea.  (Thank you, thank you.  I will be here all night….because this is where I sleep.)

Chris:  I would have loved if she cut out the painted hands to give to Judith as a memorial.  Maybe she still has hope that they can return to Alexandria? (Yes to your first thought.  What you said in the second sentence though is the main question, right?  Like ALexandria got F’d up!!! Yet Rick’s house was fine….go figure. They are taking a dramatic directional change from the comic, and in a way, I am curious what they do with Alexandria moving forward.  They will probably show a montage of them rebuilding set to some awful hippie jam band playing music. If they play Easy Street though and we see Daryl rename a street Easy Street, I am so sold.)

Kent:  Yeah, obviously I am going to agree with my question.


  1.  Do you think that Negan fears for Gavin’s safety at this point?

Bitty: I don’t think Fear is the right word. Isn’t suspicious of something, I think so. (Yeah, fear wasn’t the right word.  I get it. I failed.)

Kristi:  I don’t think Negan fears much of anything. I’m sure he knows something is up but I don’t think it’s a huge concern for him.  (I  think Negan fears loneliness above everything else.  Having read the comic and seen how they portray him on the show, I don’t think anything would bother him more than social seclusion…..hint hint hint.)

Chris:  Ok don’t think he fears for him.  At this point, he knows something went sour, but he didn’t seem overly worried.  (I don’t think Negan values Gavin as much as he does most of his other lieutenants or whatever they are called.)

Kent:  Goddamnit people!  I didn’t think everybody here would take the word fear that literally, but you did and now I look like a moron.  Thank you, everybody!! Should I have put “Negan is concerned for Gavin’s well being”? Yeah. Missed opportunity here, just moving along.  No gold stars!!!!


  1.  Is it really important to have Oceanside join the war?

Bitty:  Hee Hee. Yup!! They have guns, warrior women, amo and are healthy!!  (Didn’t Rick take most of the weapons and ammo?  They aren’t Lucy Lawless. Screw a serious response.  Like 2-3 years ago, I came across this Skinemax film called Sexy Warriors, and it was fucking hilarious.  I never can find it for a reasonable price, but I will someday own it.)

Sexy Warriors

Kristi:  I don’t think so. Extra people would be good but I think Rick will figure it out either way. (I’m still not sure why they should even help Rick’s group.  They have done a lot of damage to the Oceansiders. They just want to be left alone, not sure why they should risk their lives for 2 groups of assholes, from their perspective.)

Chris:  ugghh no.  They are boring.  I’m not sure what their purpose is, but they have no guns.  How are they going to help take down the Saviors when better groups have struggled?  (Okay, I know this is lewd, but man to man hear, sex still sells in the apocalypse, and I feel that would be their best weapon.  Distractions are incredibly valuable. That is their only real use, well that and fish. The extra protein could truly be a game changer in the war.  If one side is malnourished with a lack of protein, we know that can be a huge hindrance in the real world. Look at professional fighters who cut weight in stupid ways.  They get beat usually. That’s why Macho Man was tough to beat. He snapped into Slim Jims prior to his matches and he had amazing breathe during his matches.)

Kent:  No, I declare them obsolete.


  1.  Did you think that Simon went too far in how he executed most of the Scavengers or was it the right call given their betrayal to the Saviors?

Bitty:  I was really surprised Simon went that far. I’m not sure it was what he should’ve done. They did play both sides but he should’ve known they will play for whoever gives them the better deal. He broke almost like Morgan broke when he killed the savior.  (It’s tough to say when somebody goes too far.  If you get betrayed in our current world, it may sting or hurt, but probably won’t be life-threatening.  In this world, betrayal can get you got. So the ramifications are totally different, so I don’t know what is “too far” in all honesty.)

Kristi:  Yes, I think taking out a few of them was necessary but taking out all of them was a bit extreme. They were, after all, just following their leader.  (See, and that is the difference between Negan and Simon.  Negan would have gotten wood, Lucille that is, seeing how loyal these people were to their leader.  Simon simply wanted to flex his nuts.)

Chris:  No. They turn on every alliance.  They would have turned on the Saviors again.  Besides, he went there with the full intention of killing them all.  He kept egging Jadis on hoping she would do something stupid. (I loved how Steven Ogg and Pollyanna played that scene.  It was really well done. You’re right, he wanted to push her so he felt validated.  In the end, he said screw validation, and he became a millennial for a moment, seeking his instant gratification rather than consider the long term.  Plus he was just pissed at how Negan talked to him.)

Kent:  I think that Simon was right in what he did.  I know that sounds harsh. The Scavengers are whoooores.  Hear me out. They chase the money. Well, you get used enough with no loyalty from that skank, and eventually, ou order your posse to kill a bitch.  I bet Tarantino would agree with Simon.


  1.  What will be Simon’s punishment from Negan for disobeying orders?

Bitty:  Simon will not get in trouble. I don’t think there will be another visit to the garbage heap. (Once again, I wish I would have worded this question differently.  Instead of punishment, I wish I would have asked what consequences Simon will face.  Oh well. There’s really no sense to go back to the garbage heap……oh wait…solar panels and helipad.  Come on Bitty!!)

Kristi:  Lucille. She needs some action.  (Maybe this makes me a sick fuck, but I want Lucille to quench her thirst.  I know she’s thirsty. I would accept Simon dying to her. I guarantee that Steven Ogg would be super excited about it.)

Chris:  There might not be any.  Negan might not realize what actually happened until too late.  (Yeah, without any knowledge of timelines, it’s tough to really guess.  We assume that the war ends in 6 episodes. That is not much time for Negan to be worrying about this stuff.)

Kent:  I think it may get overlooked and the repercussions won’t be felt from Negan, but somebody else obviously.  Negan has to worry about the betrayals in his ranks that are more important. Gavin is dead. Simon and Dwight have betrayed him, his wives wanted him dead, and there’s a Mullet Revolution still brewing I believe.


  1.  Wild prediction time.  Who do you think will kill Simon?

Bitty:  A walker. I think Negan will toss him out of the inner circle soon. Negan is not stupid and he can sense that Simon is beginning to disagree with him. Simon will try to leave on his own and get bit or attacked. (I think it was just last year that I was bitching that we needed the walkers to get more kills.  Then Carl happened. A second big name would help us believe in the threat again util Rick and Michonne fight off 173 of them in 3 minutes.)

Kristi:  Either Lucille or Negan will allow Jadis to do it.  (That latter option would be very interesting.  If Simon is away on a mission and Jadis pays Negan a visit.  That could be very delicous.)

Chris:  I have 2 choices.  Either Maggie or Jadis.  (I hope it’s not Maggie, but you are right.  The show is hell bent on trying to make her seem powerful and dangerous.  I don’t like that you are right/)

Kent:  Janis Got a Gun?  I feel Bob would have possibly answered in this way.  Miss ya buddy.


  1.  Do you feel bad for Janis?  Also, how cool was that grinder scene?

Bitty:  As you may not know I hate horror films and gore. (Say what???)  However, there is something about walkers that I can tolerate… BUT THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY NAUSEATING. Do I feel bad for Jadis? Somewhat yes. She lost everyone she was with and now is solo so in that respect I feel bad. It was really interesting to hear her speak in complete sentences. Turns out she was playing a part like Ezekiel. (Yeah, how interesting was it to hear her talk like a normal person?  That was fascinating TV to me.)

Kristi:  I did feel bad for her. Losing everyone you care about must have seriously sucked. It was nice to hear her story and hear her speak like a normal person. It actually made me like her a little.  The grinder scene was pretty badass. Very smart of her to do that. It was almost kind of her to get it done so her friends didn’t have to be Walkers for long. (I found peace in the grinder scene, unlike Aaron just letting Eric be a walker.)

Chris:  I kind of feel bad, but she was setting herself up for this with all the double-crosses.  The grinder scene was awesome. You could feel Jadis’s pain. Looked like zombie chili….. (I believe they kept referring to it as chili on Talking Dead.  She had to finally pay the piper. I am curious if she joins another group now.)

Kent:  This is exactly why I was so thrilled to see Pollyanna on this show.  I am very familiar with her work on screen and she is so talented. It was great to see her finally get to act a bit and she nailed it.  Of course, I don’t feel bad for her. Even in the non ZA, if you keep screwing over large groups in a large capacity the way the Scavengers did, then at some point, bad shit is coming your way.


  1.  Is Rick making a mistake in not heeding Carl’s plea for peace?  At this point, who wants peace more: Rick or Negan?

Bitty:  Ugghhh that scene between between Rick and Negan was heartbreaking. It really made me question who is right. Rick, Negan or Carl. Carl wanted a peaceful future and rick just wants a future no matter how he gets there.  (This episode truly had some of the best acting from this whole show’s history.  Between this and how the Jadis and Simon thing, damn. It’s basically, Carl wants the idealistic scenario, while Rick and Negan want the achievable one.)

Kristi:  This is a hard one.I think Rick wants to have peace but Negan did kill Ricks people. That can’t be forgiven. Negans peace is controlling people and hurting those who don’t follow his orders. That’s pretty crappy and not at peaceful. Rick at least let’s his people live without too much disturbance. (Well, how many of Negan’s people did Rick kill before any of his group got killed? A LOT!  Rick’s group shows up, takes over Alexandria from the previous regime quintessentially, and then doesn’t like their current situation, so they make a deal for a better life at the expense of Savior’s lives.  It’s far more complicated because we didn’t have 5 seasons dedicated to the lives of those that Rick killed first. I like things in black and white, but man, there is a sea of grey here, at least 50 shades of it.)  

Chris:  I think it’s too early to tell.  More people are going to die, but even if he quit Negan would punish them and kill people. I think they both want peace.  Negan just wants a peace ruled by fear, while Rick doesn’t. (Rick does not really like it when people disagree.  He gets in fights with them like Shane, Daryl, and Pete.  Then to go back to how the whole thing went with how he handled Tyrese’s groups.  The whole thing, it’s tough. I will ask this. If another group came by that worked similarly to the Savior’s, would Negan declare war against them, or would they combine resources?  Most assume war. Maybe ALL OUT war.)

Kent:  Negan wants peace more, Rick wants stability more, from my perspective.  The Saviors save people.


  1.  Rank the 6 segments from best to worst.  The segments include Michonne, Negan, Enid, Simon, Janis, and Rick.  

Bitty:  Rick, Negan, Enid, Simon Jadis, Michonne.

Kristi:  Jadis, Simon, Rick, Negan, Enid, Michonne- although the walkers face being ripped off was pretty great.  (YES!  Now that is some gold star worthy shit right there.)

Chris:  Jadis, Enid, Simon, Rick, Negan, Michonne.

Kent:  Rick, Simon, Jadis, Negan, Enid, Michonne


Bonus Deuce

  1.  Sooooo there is a helipad and solar panels at the dump.  While I think we can all agree that the helipad is more interesting, which of these 2 items will prove more useful moving forward?

Bitty:  I must’ve missed that totally. helipad. (You know that look of disappointment that I have been known to give with a dash of disbelief?  Good, now you know what I look like.)

Kristi:  The helipad. I feel it will be more useful. Not sure for what but I’m sure it will play a part of something badass in the future. (Bad ass……I hope so.  It could be the tool that leads the group toward where they are in the comic, but where are now…..but I don’t think we ever see that in the show if I am betting my hairline on it.

Chris:  Alexandria already had solar panels, so I’ll go with a helipad.  After all, walkers cannot fly. (Wouldn’t it be safe to assume those panels are damaged?  I would think so.)

Kent:  I have to go solar panels here.  I actually thought I was going to have to come up with some wacky reason to say helipad, but nope.  I know that if I am alive in this situation, I have a much better chance of learning how to use the solar panel than the helicopter, which we don’t even know where that may be.Plus the fuel that the chopper is going to need.  Solar Panel 50% of the time, every time.


  1.  In the real world, not TWD, what would Aaron realistically hope to accomplish given everything that has happened to the Oceansiders?

Kristi:  He just needs some friends. (He could possibly enjoy gossip too!  A place with all women, that is a gossip center.)

Chris:  It would be an accomplishment to not die. 😄  (Fact.)

Kent:  I’ll toss this out there.  What about trying to repopulate the world a bit?  I don’t that goes against his orientation, but it’s a thought if he could pull off that magic trick.


Final thoughts:

Bitty:  I hate to say I want to see more emotion like that from Negan. Raw real emotion, not cocky bs.

Kristi:  I really enjoyed this episode. I have had zero interest in Jadis the whole time. She was just a filler character for me since she arrives. I feel for her now and really want to see what happens to her. I’m also super excited to see Negan’s reaction when he finds out what happened. Great episode altogether.

Chris:  Great episode in my opinion.  I want to see what happens with Jadis.  I am finally interested in her character.

Kent:  We weren’t alone in thinking this episode was great.  Prior to this episode, the 2 high points for the season was the previous week’s 7.0, and the episode where Gabriel got Negan to talk some before they battled the horde got a 7.4.  This episode got an 8.1. It deserves it. I talk to a lot of people about the show, and just this week I talked with Bitty and Kristi at least, Chris and I do not gossip much. The big thing is that this episode finally allowed even the biggest Negan hating people (I will not say haters….damnit, now I did) to at least question things.  Is Negan really 100% pure evil, or is he simply a villain to the main audience because of the lineup. And go back and consider the lineup. He couldn’t take Rick or Carl out, so he took out the guy that seemed to be the biggest trouble maker, which was Abe. As much as I loved Abe, Negan wasn’t wrong. Abe would have been a HUGE pain in Negan’s ass, and may have killed him.  Everything after that wasn’t 100% on Negan. Daryl caused Glenn’s death. Had Negan not swung the bat a second time, would the group have truly feared him or taken him as seriously? No, it would be the Terminis situation all over again. Not a big scary threat. Negan needed to look all powerful in that moment after having lost 30-40 people to Rick’s reckless antics.The Saviors do save people.  A lot of the current Saviors would have been zombie food by now without Negan and the Saviors. We forget about that because it doesn’t jive with out narrative. It’s easier to simply look at Negan and think evil man. How many people has Rick truly saved? Maybe 5% of the people that Negan has. Rick has been a bad ass too. What makes this story so damn good, when they do it right, is that there isn’t a good or bad, it’s just what we have been brainwashed to consider our good group.  Let’s not forget Morales and how he was saved, until he got killed by Rick’s group. And I want you to consider, which group do you think has killed more people, The Saviors or Rick’s Group? In some capacity or another, Rick’s group is responsible for all of Woodbury to be dead. That was a good, thriving community. Terminus was thriving, if not awful people. How much of Alexandria’s citizens are still alive since Aaron brought Rick through those gates? Yes, Negan is the antagonist to this story, but is he really the greater evil?  I feel that Brian would have appreciated this rambling.


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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – February 26 & 27, 2018 The Golden Shovel Returns

We got to see Cena wielding the golden shovel, Ronda’s inability to act or toss a man twice her size through a table well, but he sold it like a son of a bitch, and much more!!  Keri is back judging Anonyruss and Harper Lee on their responses to her questions.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we had our 100th episode.  Enough said!!!    Please enjoy.


  1.  Well, Roman Reigns is our #1 contender for the Universal title and cut a promo on Brock Monday night on RAW. What did you think of this promo?

Anonyruss:  This was Roman’s best promo.  That doesn’t say too much since the majority of his promos are garbage.  I’m not a Roman hater, but talking is not his strong suit. Still, This was above average for any promo and for that I have to give him props.  Brock not showing up may have been the best thing that could have happened to Roman. Now was this WWE’s doing? Or is Brock really such a douche that he can’t work all the way through his contract?  I guess we will have to tune in to find out.

Harper Lee:  Man, can that man cut a passionate promo, or what?  And what is that mean ole Brock Lesnar doing with Dana White?  You, sir, are under contract with WWE. That means you stay with them until it runs out.  I am so mad at Brock, I could scream at him. He doesn’t scare me. Daddy and his brother got plenty of guns, so bring it Beast!

Keri’s Verdict:  Not a bad showing from Roman this week. Do I still think he has the charisma of a carrot? Yes, I do. But at least he showed promise so that is a step in the right direction. Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Brock Lesnar is one of the main things wrong with the WWE right now. Let’s hope by early April we are done with that nonsense. Now to award this question’s point. I like that Harper is showing no fear this week so she gets the point.


  1.  So much to talk about in the RAW women’s division. Asuka has apparently chosen to face Alexa at Mania and Nia is having none of it, Mickie and Alexa now have an alliance, and it looks like it may be the end of the super best friends, Sasha and Bayley. Discuss all of these recent developments.

Anonyruss:  Asuka still hasn’t chosen who she is going to face and I think that plays big time into Nia / Bliss / Mickie and their “paths” to Mania.  I think Asuka is still going to face Charlotte. This will leave Nia to face Bliss. Sasha and Bayley should have happened about 5 or 6 months ago.  Still, if this finally turns Sasha back to a heel and doing the things that made us all love her in the first place, then let’s get this thing over with!    

Harper Lee:  I’m so sad to see Bayley and Sasha not be besties anymore.  What is this world coming to??? I don’t trust that Mickie James.  Why are you siding with Alexa after recently feuding with her? I don’t get it.  Why is Nia even in the conversation if she lost cleanly to Asuka? This is all absurdity personified.

Keri’s Verdict:  I have to say kudos to RAW creative for coming up with the current storyline for the women’s division. I’m actually intrigued and looking forward to what happens next. Good job.  Now to award the point for this question. I don’t know what has gotten into Harper this week but I’m digging her sassiness so one point to Harper.


  1.  It looks like the Miz is potentially facing Finn Balor and Seth Rollins at Mania for the IC title. Is this a good decision? Also, where does this leave Elias and Braun?

Anonyruss:  Is this a good decision?  Hell yea it is! The Miz, Finn, and Seth in a triple threat match for the IC title is money in the bank!  So I’m 100% behind this. So where does that leave Elias and Braun? Well if you are to believe the internet (and who doesn’t?)  The IC title will be a fatal 5 way. You know WWE has had a hard-on lately for multi man matches. I can’t think of the last PPV that didn’t at least have a triple threat match or more men in one match.  

Harper Lee:  It leaves Elias in that match as well and possibly Braun.  I still think Braun is main eventing this year’s Wrestlemania.  Let Roman kick out of an F5 only for Braun to capitalize and win the belt.  The IC belt is below Braun at the moment despite him never holding a belt. Look at that man and tell me that he is in the mid-card with that cute bushy beard of his.  He can put his hands on me anytime, that’s his saying, right. He wants to put his hands on Harper Lee. I’m pretty sure that’s correct.

Keri’s Verdict:  If the WWE was smart, they would do two things here. First, they would keep this Elias and Braun feud going into Mania. Those two guys work great together. Second, let’s leave Balor, Miz, and Rollins alone. That match has the match of the night potential and I’d say this about a card that potentially has Styles vs Nakamura. Alright, it’s award a point time. I’m going to award Anonyruss a point here. I agree there are too many multi-man matches right now. It really screams lazy writing.


  1.  John Cena came out on RAW said he failed at EC, that he would not face the Undertaker at Mania, and that he would head to Smackdown in search of his road to Wrestlemania. Then on Smackdown, he immediately asked for a title shot, beat AJ, and got added to the fatal five-way (now six-pack challenge) at Fastlane. Discuss all of this and also what you would like to see Cena do at Mania.

Anonyruss:  Wow this question is loaded, like Cena is with shit.  If you didn’t get that I am saying that Cena is full of shit.  Has no path to Mania. Listen I love a good make believe story, but Cena having no way to get to WrestleMania is going too far beyond believability.  I was pissed that he got a clean win over AJ. I mean the match was good, but the better story would have been him losing to AJ and then having Shinsuke come out and want to have a match with Cena at Fastlane so he can prove himself to everyone and to entice Cena to accept if he beats Shinsuke then he will be added to his match with AJ at Mania.  That is gold! GOLD I TELLS YA! Sorry. Anyway, I’d still have Cena lose at Fastlane and then he would be at rock bottom and that is when the Undertaker comes out. He then says something like “Now that you have hit rock bottom, I’m coming to bury you so you may Rest In Peace. Boom Taker and Cena at Mania.

Harper Lee:  I think that John Cena needs to see a good psychiatrist, like Dr. Shelby.  Does anybody remember that stuff with Daniel Bryan and Kane. I laughed and I laughed, and I may have peed a little bit, but so worth it catching up on so many things that I missed over the years.  Seriously though, I’m a member of Cenation through and through usually, but don’t go thinking you can fight the Dead Man. Also, not cool beating my man AJ Styles. I was not happy that night. I ate a whole pan of brownies in rage mode after that match.  Rage mode is similar to Brie mode except I actually accomplished something and was good at it.

Keri’s Verdict:  This whole Cena doesn’t have a path for Mania is BS. No one believes it Creative. The man is John Cena. Creative almost certainly has something for him. And as long as he doesn’t mess with my Styles vs Nakamura match, he can do whatever and bury whomever  he wants. Now to award a point. Harper mentioned brownies and I love brownies. Should creative decide to mess with Styles vs Nakamura I will need a whole pan of those myself.


  1.  Let’s talk the Smackdown Tag Division, shall we? We had a good segment with the Uso and New Day followed by some foreshadowing with the Bludgeon Brothers. What are your thoughts on this? Where do you see this going?

Anonyruss:  The Uso’s and New Day were good this week.  I like a fired up Big E. That is the best Big E.  Then I loved how the Bludgeon Brothers came out. I am really starting to dig there music.  This has to be leading to a triple threat tag team match right? It would just be one more multi-man match type that gives WWE it’s boner.  I am beginning to think Mania will just be a clusterfuck of Multi-Men matches with the exception of like two matches. I can’t believe how stacked the WWE is right now!  

Harper Lee:  I’ll tell you, the only thing scarier than Braun’s hands are those hammers that the Bludgeon Brothers have.  Good lawdy, Uso’s and Newday, ain’t no penitentiary or pancake that is going to save you from some legit southern boys.  Can you imagine how big’s Braun’s hands are? How big his fingers are? Oh my……..I need to take a bath.

Keri’s Verdict:  Why is it no matter how many times I see the Usos and New Day cut a promo it never gets old? They are that damn good right now. With that said I also like what they are doing with the Bludgeon Brothers right now. It’s almost something out of one of those SOON memes. Ok points time. So, I’m going to award Anonyruss the point here because again his answer is on point and sending Harper for a cold shower.


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:  Harper Lee sounds like she has lost her southern charm and turned into a douchey bitch.  (Kent: Yeah #MeToo!!!)  I jest, I love her. Still, she is right. I have nothing to contribute to this section.  JASON JORDAN FOREVER! COME BACK TO US SOON!

Harper Lee:  Kevin Owen’s made fun of Baron Corbin’s hairline on Smackdown.  I laughed. That’s better than what Anonyruss is going to bring to the table.  Ballin!!!

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Congrats to Harper for this week’s win. I’m digging the sassiness this week girl. Keep it up.


Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  Can we all agree that finally seeing Fashion Files on Smackdown instead of on facebook was the right call?  Sure, it was just a long commercial for some stupid show on the USA Network, but it was better than a lot of Smackdown that night.  

Harper Lee:  I get car sick easily so this Road to Wrestlemania has me very nauseous.  I wanna see me some more Ronda Rousey. Also, Keri, can you tell Russ and Kent to stop calling her Ronda Arouse-me?  That’s such a lewd thing to say.

Keri:  Let me just say that I may be in over my head on this whole finishing up school thing. I’m only 6 weeks in and I feel like I do at week 12. This is going to be a long semester. But at least graduation day is set so it will all be worth it come May 12th. If I make it to May 12th, that is. And, Harper it bugs me too but I’ve learned to pick my battles with those two so I’m letting it slide for now.


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2018 Elimination Chamber Review

Russ and I had to review this night of 2 matches and a bunch of nonsense.  Huh, that’s what I wrote for the preview and I was not wrong!!!  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.


The 9

  1.  Good Brothers def Miztourage

Russ:  If mediocre kickoff match had a face this would be it.  Nothing really worth noting except that both teams looked ok.  I hope they start moving The Good Brothers up the tag team ladder soon because they deserve it.  You could skip this one.

Rating: 3.5  

Kent:  I read about this match.  Nothing remotely unexpected occurred.  The Good Brothers won. This would have been a mediocre match on RAW, so yeah., not PPV quality.  Both teams tried to work with what they had, and I think we will get more from G&A vs The Revival moving forward, or some I hope.

Rating: 2.5 due to no excitement or build up


  1.  Alexa Bliss def Sasha, Bayley, Mickie, Sonya, and Mandy to retain her belt in the Elimination Chamber

Russ:  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this match.  I figured it would probably be good, but this went above what I was expecting.  The pacing was good and the spots were there, which helped make this good. However, what put this over the top for me was some really good storytelling in the ring.  Banks turning on Bayley, Bliss running away and Mickie still showing she has it are just a few things in-ring stories that helped make this match better than the rumble.  Finally, Bliss’s speech at the end was just phenomenal. The crowd’s reaction to her was priceless.

Rating:  6.9 Get your mind outta the gutter!  

Kent:  I really thought that this match delivered at the right pace, told a lot of good stories, and in the end, it made a lot of good sense.  I honestly thought Absolution would be in the final 3 but this was the better story, I simply didn’t trust WWE to tell it. As much as I loathed the women’s Royal Rumble, I truly enjoyed this match.  Was it anything astounding? No, but I would watch it again.

Rating: 6.2 Not a match of the year candidate, but good, and probably one of the best women’s matches we will see this year.


  1.  Sheasaro def Titus Worldwide to retain their Tag Team Championships

Russ:  I completely spaced out when this match came on.  Apparently, I missed nothing of worth. I don’t understand how this match flopped so hard!  You have several amazing talents in the ring. This should have been at least enjoyable. Instead, it was forgettable approximately 10 seconds after it started.  Not a good showing for anyone involved.

Rating: 3.0  I’m being generous here, only because The Bar usually delivers.  

Kent:  I wanted to care.  I tried to care. This was my darkhorse match of the night.  Wow, this wasn’t very fun at all. It was average in every sense.  Apollo needed more time to shine. I blame the time given more than anything.  I just didn’t have fun.

Rating: 3.5 Sorry, but this is one of the worst tag team title matches that we have had in a lot of months.


  1.  Asuka def Nia Jax

Russ:  I’m noticing a bad trend here.  If the match doesn’t have the words Elimination Chamber attached to it then the best you are getting is meh.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t good either. I will give credit to WWE they did everything they could to keep both women looking strong.  Unfortunately, in doing so they sacrificed some good match chemistry. After the match was well done, but that doesn’t save the whole thing.  

Rating: 3.7 I’ve seen worse, but I expect more out of these two, especially Asuka.  

Kent:  I knew that this match wouldn’t click and I argued this with Russ.  So I get redeemed a bit after how bad I did on the previous match. These 2 don’t click well because Nia is hard to work with due to her size.  She tries really hard, but as improved as she is, she still lacks a lot of skills in my opinion. Asuka tried, Nia tried, but this match was very forgettable ad the only positive I saw was after the match with Nia’s attack and Alexa being happy.

Rating: 3.3 This may be too high, but I love Asuka and I don’t hate Nia.  I’m acknowledging her shortcomings.


  1.  Matt Hardy def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Wow… I feel so sad for these two.  I was once a person who wanted to see this. Now that WWE has finally delivered it I really wish they wouldn’t have.  This was boring and bad. The crowd didn’t help matters. Also, I blame WWE creative for this match falling flat. They did nothing to make this match worth note on RAW.  

Rating: 2 So many Meh’s given.  

Kent:  Yeah, in all fairness, nobody alive thought that this match would steal the show.  Matt tried to sing the song, but the fans were meh about it. Jeff does a better job with the song in all honesty.  The effort was there, but zero fucks were given. This needed a gimmick in the worst way. Bray need a stable again.  Before you try to diminish how good Bray is by needing a stable, I will offer this guy, Ric Fucking Flair always relied on stables and everybody wants to suck his cock.  The Bludgeon Bros can go back to Bray once Bray returns to Smackdown. Please have him return.

Rating: 3.4 Mainly for the effort early on.


  1.  Ronda Rousey Contract nonsense

Russ:   WWE took something away from me during this segment.  My hope that Rollins would face Kurt Angle at Mania. I was really hoping that I would get that match.  Now that this crap sandwich happened it seems inevitable that Kurt will be Rousey’s Tag Team partner. BOOOOOOOOO!  

Rating: 2.9  I’m reverse deucing this shit.   

Kent:  Now we are getting to the real shit in this shit sandwich.  The 2 EC matches were tasty bread, and the Tag Title match was a decent condiment, but this here is the shit.  Fucking brutal. Kurt was funny at least, but this was so awkward. Oh, and Steph went unscathed again. I……am…….so…..shocked.

Rating: Well Carl and Gavin died on The Walking Dead tonight, so that makes me very sad.


  1.  Roman Reigns became #1 contender to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania by defeating Braun Strowman who defeated The Miz, Elias, Cena, Finn, and Seth

Russ:  Let’s get this out of the way first.  The ending was predictable as fuck. We’ve known that Roman was winning this since it was booked.  With that said this was a lot of fun. Even though Braun didn’t win he came out of this match a winner.  He eliminated 5 men, he also took more finishers than Kenny Omega in one match and still kept getting up.  Rollins and Finn also looked good in this match. Rollins is turning himself into an Ironman and I’m fine with that.  Finn was about the only person to get any real offense on Braun during the match in a one-on-one situation. I was worried that WWE might fuck this thing up, but besides the ending this was a lot of fun.  

Rating: 6.9

Kent:  This match was good, it was really was.  Unfortunately, the sword of Damocles tattoo on Brock’s chest swung over the match, and the outcome was inevitable, and that hurt this match.  I think Seth, Finn, and Braun all walked out as bigger stars tonight. I think ROman didn’t look very great tonight, Cena looked pathetic at times, Elias and Miz played their parts to perfection.  Still, I just didn’t have a lot of fun during this, and I think it is because Roman was gifted the win.The action was solid. At the end, I was simply happy to have it be over with, and I don’t think you should feel that way after a very good match.

Rating: 6.1


  1.  Biggest Surprise of the night for you

Russ:  How Shitty every match that didn’t have the PPV’s name in it was.  

Kent:  How good the Women’s EC match was  I really expected much worse. Also, that Nia jobbed cleanly.


  1.  Which Elimination Chamber match was better booked in your opinion?

Russ:  Gotta go with the women.  They did everything right.  

Kent:  The women’s and it wasn’t close.  The story was better told.


Bonus Deuce

  1. Best Match of the Night

Russ:  I tied the EC matches.  

Kent:  Women’s EC is the match I will walk away thinking about.

  1.  Worst Match of the Night

Russ:  Everything else, seriously fuck the rest of this PPV.  

Kent:  Nia vs Asuka ratings-wise, but Sheasaro vs Titus Worldwide disappointed me the most.  I expected one to be awful and one to be good at the very least.


Final Thoughts

Russ:  Even though the majority of the matches were garbage juice the 2 EC matches delivered and since they took up the majority of the PPV’s time I guess that isn’t too bad.  Overall Rating: 5

Kent:  This night was a shit sandwich.  The bread, the 2 EC’s the only things to watch.  Just skip the second hour basically. With that being said, we had more good than bad which you consider about an hour and a half of quality wrestling.


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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – February 19 & 20, 2018 Seth is Iron Man

Kent here, and Seth took off the flaming pants that keep Russell hot, and is now our new Iron Man.  Funny how WWE put over HHH so much this week but refused to mention a certain Crippler.  Ah well.  Keri is back judging Anonyruss and Harper Lee on their responses to her questions.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed iron man, Elimination Chamber preview, and made fun of Smackdown.    Please enjoy.


  1.  So there was a gauntlet match on RAW this week but let’s not discuss specifically this match. Instead, let’s discuss “Ironman” Seth Rollins in this match.

Anonyruss:  Well if Jordan can’t be on RAW then I’ll take an hour plus of my other guy Seth Rollins.  He looked great out there. He basically gave us 2 quality PPV matches in one. First, he fought Roman Reigns.  This in and of itself was fantastic as far as a match goes. The back and forth was great and lots of decent spots that were fun.  After Rollins got the pin here and I heard John Cena’s music I thought for sure that this would be a quick win for Cena, you know because of #lolCenaWins.  I was very wrong. The match with Cena was also a very good showing. Then when he won that I was floored. I hope this showing for Rollins helps get him back into the main event scene because he had a really lackluster 2017.  Things are coming up Rollinshouse (until Sunday, when they come up Reignhouse from there until after WrestleMania.)

Harper Lee:  Screw it, at the risk of losing a point, I’m disregarding the question and talking about the whole match.  While this was an early candidate for match of the year, in my opinion, they screwed up. Keri, you should appreciate this, I am taking something that has been universally praised and still going to bitch about it. I would have changed up the booking.  I would have started with Finn vs Miz, had Finn win and out comes Braun. Braun beat Finn. Elias is out next and we do some big guy stuff and while Elias has a good showing, Braun wins and gets a win back. While Braun is celebrating, Elias hits him with a chair.  You can bring Roman or Cena out next to take Braun out quickly. Probably Roman and his wet hair. Roman takes advantage of a hurt Braun thanks to Elias’ post-match beat down. Out comes Seth, and then we have Seth do his hour + long bit of magic. Cena being the last guy to lose also plays into his current storyline where he keeps falling short.  This would have been a proper match build up where it got exciting and had the near falls. This match was great, but it could have been better had they followed my plan. Also, they said that HHH had an iron man match but they never said who. Come to find out, it was Chris Benoit. Keri, why didn’t the WWE mention Mr. Benoit? My daddy said it was that no good Kevin Sullivan that did those terrible things.

Keri’s Verdict:  While the overall match was great, Seth’s performance Monday night was amazing and it came with wins over Cena and Roman. I think it may have been the best performance in his WWE career. Needless to say, I was very, very impressed. And with that said, I always love me some creative booking changes and for that Harper gets the point.


  1.  Titus Worldwide had a good showing against the Bar this week on RAW. Is tag team gold coming to Titus Worldwide?

Anonyruss:  HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAA, what? HAHAHAHAHA, no!  Titus World Wide get gold? Oh man, you are hilarious question writer! In all seriousness, Titus Worldwide has tons of talent.  Apollo is money, WWE just doesn’t know how to properly utilize him. Titus is an ok wrestler with decent charisma. Together they have been fun, but I think WWE is just making them look good so that when The Bar walks all over them on Sunday it won’t be so boring.  Gotta make the competition at least look like they have a chance.

Harper Lee:  Well well well, if you go back to last week’s blog and read the bonus portion, I did say that Apollo should get himself a push.    This week validated my opinion. This is an automatic point for me because of last week. Yes, I am better than that stupid Mr. Clio.

Keri’s Verdict:  The RAW tag team division as a whole is a mess. You have the Balor Club fighting the Revival, Ginger Rhyno keeping everyone’s seats warm in catering, and the Bar wrestling Titus Worldwide. This division needs energy stat and I think a title change may do it.   Harper gets the point here not just for what she said above but also for her overall sense of positivity.


  1.  So at Fastlane, we have the Uso vs the New Day for the 15,000th time. What are your thoughts on this?

Anonyruss:  My thoughts are Smackdown SUCKS!  It has almost been unwatchable for the past 3 weeks (I’m being generous here.)  So the fact that they have to rely on Uso’s vs New Day just tells me they are still creatively bankrupt.  Now as far as the match goes. I’m fine with it. They have had some great matches at PPV’s the last few times they went at it.  So I am pretty sure this will be a great match, but if it isn’t it’s not like it will ruin a good story.

Harper Lee:  Well, this is another easy point.  Anonyruss clearly didn’t watch last week’s episode of Smackdown or he would have seen a well-done wrestling show.  His credibility is thinner than Baron Corbin’s hair. I am so sorry Mr. Lone Wolf. This is WWE at it’s worst when they refuse to let the new talent rise up and have a changing of the guard.  Last year New Day didn’t have a match at Mania. I think something is up, and I fear that the Uso’s won’t get a chance to defend their belts at Mania, and that would be a terrible crime. Way worse than when daddy and his brothers got caught bootlegging moonshine and have some method for creating crystals.  Crystals are so pretty, well except the creepy girls named Crystal. Never trust them.

Keri’s Verdict:  New Day vs the Usos, the Usos vs New Day, sigh. Doesn’t matter how you order it, the matchup is played out and downright boring. But I agree with Anonyruss, it will be an exciting match so that is probably the silver lining for all of us. And with that said, one point Anonyruss.


  1.  On Smackdown this week we found out who will be facing who for the US and Women’s titles at Fastlane. Pick one of these matchups and discuss.

Anonyruss:  Wait, they did? When did that happen?  Let me go check what and who. Ok, back from checking.  So Bobby is going to face Randy. Can we be real for a second.  We all know Jinder is somehow going to be included in this right?  So what the hell is the point of announcing this match when we all know next week or even the following week they are going to add him!  Ok, back to wrestling world. I like the match up. The more Bobby can do with some of the “great” talent the better. They need to groom him to be a top heel.  Randy is at his best when he is a heel so this feels like a good thing for Bobby. The women’s title match: Woooo Jr. vs My High school-self’s dream girl, Ruby Riot.  Why would I care about this match? We all know Lil’ Woo is going to win.

Harper Lee:  Well, a face vs face match up makes sense since there is only one face in the main event against 4 heels.  My question is simple, who is Shinsuke fighting? Am I the only one feeling Shinsuke’s momentum collapsing before our very eyes?  Maybe I need to get my eyes examined. He won the Royal Rumble and has done nothing since. It’s a tad ridiculous. Still, with all of that being said,  we are in a new era where Charlotte may be the single greatest champion that we have in WWE. She is so talented, and to all of the haters out there, this girl has worked and trained hard for her spot.  Her last name has nothing to do with it. That’s balderdash!!! That was my word of the day on my calendar a few days ago. I love it. It’s like boulders are having a 100 yard dash. Anyway, the queen is going to destroy this peasant, Ruby Riot, and then the whole squad can go back into obscurity.  Quite frankly, I want to see Asuka take on Charlotte. If that happens, let’s make history one more time and have the historic, first ever women main eventing a Wrestlemania. Come on, let’s do it. You know you want to see it. Well #MeToo. I love that hashtag. It’s nice that I can just agree with people.  Hey Harper, I like strawberry ice cream and I’m like #MeToo. I love social media!

Keri’s Verdict:  These matchups are very simple to describe. These are the “titles are not going to change hands because of Mania but we still want to see what both people are capable of in a championship match setting.” The US title match is as Anonyruss said a way for Roode to work with a heel like Randy. As for the women’s title match, this is Ruby’s chance to see if she belongs in the title picture. Now to award this week’s question number 4 point. I don’t know where Harper was going with her response but she does bring up a good point with Shinsuke. And Anonyruss’ answer really is on point so one point to him.


  1.  The Cruiserweight tournament has officially begun. Who do you got and why?

Anonyruss:  Wait, they did? When did that happen?  Let me go check what and who. Ok, back from checking. They certainly did.  Man, I keep telling myself to watch 205, but Smackdown has sucked so hard that by the end I just don’t want to watch any more wrestling that week.  Alright, so I’m taking TJP. They seemed to want to get behind him when the whole 205 thing started, but because the show was just starting and TJP couldn’t be himself they lost interest in him.  Recently it has seemed that he has had a bit of a resurgence as a heel. I like it! So I’m taking him to go ahead and win another WWE based tournament.

Harper Lee:  I’ll tell you who isn’t winning it, Hideo Itami.  He is one of the most underutilized talents currently  I think they need to start a new era with Enzo and RIch officially gone.  I was going to pick Tony Nese….and he’s already out. Sigh. Fine, I will go with the first ever UK champion Tyler Bate……and he’s already out.  Well, I am going with Akira Tozawa….and he’s out. What the heck is going on? Honestly, look at the bracket and tell if you would rather watch the current participants including Buddy Murphy, or if you would rather see a tournament with all of the losers of the first round.  If I ask you, do you want Cedric, TJP, Roderick, Kalisto, Mustafa, Buddy, Drew Gulak, and Mark Andrews or would you rather have Gran Metalik, Tyler Bate, Hideo, Lince Dorado, Jack Gallagher, Daivari, Tony Nese, and Akira? If that doesn’t get me a point, I do not know what will.  I think Cedric is winning.

Keri’s Verdict:  There have been some shocking upsets in this tournament and it seems like they may be taking this division in a new direction. It’s not like the old way was really working anyways and honestly, I think that belt may be cursed at this point. But with that said, I’m picking Mr. Alexa Bliss, Buddy Murphy to win this thing. Why you ask? Because he made his debut in this tournament for a reason and I think the title is the reason why he debuted. So, time to award a point and you know what I can decide on this question. We have negativity on Harper side which is really unlike her and I’m just not feeling Anonyruss’ answer either. So, I’m going to do a blog first and award no points for this question.


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:  It feels like Elimination Chamber should be a decent PPV, but something just feels off.  I’m not sure what it is, but I’m just not feeling this PPV. Don’t get me wrong I’ll watch it and I’m sure there will be several matches that will be great, but I just don’t have that same vibe I get when I watch other PPV’s on The Road to WrestleMania.  

Harper Lee:  I would like to see WWE eliminate all PPV’s between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania.  It would force them to book intelligently instead of changing their minds at the last second and make stupid decisions, like Cena winning the belt suddenly last year or my man Luke being an afterthought.  This would force WWE to provide solid weekly shows on the Road to Wrestlemania. Or give us a 205 exclusive PPV and UK only PPV instead of RAW or Smackdown. This would still give us PPV’s, but a nice change of pace.  Come on, you know you would like to see an all UK or 205 PPV.

Keri’s Final Verdict:  I like Harper’s idea of having story building for the biggest show of the year. This is the “road to WrestleMania” and we don’t know what the matches are yet or why we should care about the said matchups. Enough of these PPVs between Rumble and Mania. Seriously WWE, you have your biggest shows of the year in a little over a month and you really need to build for that. Why you ask? Because, as of right now (and if you believe the internet), the most anticipated match of the weekend isn’t even in your promotion. With that said, one point for Harper and with that point the win. I couldn’t agree with you more, Harper.  Creative needs to be creative again.


Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  I really have no final thoughts this week.  Check out Keri’s though. She has some deep thoughts and they are not Jack Handy’s.  

Harper Lee:  Sometimes taking a step back from what we are most passionate about is important.  It does offer some clarity. We do get obsessive at times. Whether it be Russell on Are You Not Kentertained with Seth’s flaming pants, or Kent with Filipino transvestites, or Keri with her Asian-itis, it’s good to take a step back and realize that this isn’t the end of the world.  When Cena wins #17, people are going to be mad. Make no mistake about it, every single guy with double-digit title runs have had numerous lousy runs that were short lived and not memorable, and that includes the Nature Boy. Really there is only one thing that ever mattered. Whoever slays the Beast in April will be my hero.  I am hoping it is Braun because Brock did the one thing that should never have been done.

Keri:  So, last week I went to a very, very dark place on this blog and I may have ruined Mania for some of our readers. And for that, I apologize and would like to thank Harper for making me realize how scary I was becoming. And no, the fact that I was growing a rather long neckbeard had nothing to do with it (even though it was rather unsightly). It’s just that I’ve been watching what is happening with my beloved Bullet Club right now and I have to admit that the negativity and bad vibes from that storyline translated itself over into my blogging. Then, I watched this week’s episode of BTE (Being the Elite, for those of you who don’t know) and had an epiphany while I watched a chair thrown by Cody at Kenny sail by with Tama Tonga in the background. What I noticed in this particular scene was not the chair being thrown or the individuals in the scuffle but Tama sitting there with his sunglasses on looking like he could give two fucks less about what was going on in front of him. And seeing his reaction to everything got me thinking, why do I care about this so much? Why am I so affected by all this negativity and bad vibes?  Then I thought you know what I think should be more like Tama. And you know what that is exactly what I’m going to do. Team Kenny or Team Cody? I’m sure some of you out there have chosen your side in this Bullet Club Civil War. But for me, all I have to say is I don’t care anymore and quite frankly it’s all just getting a little too silly for me. All I will say though is may the best man win. (Kent: So the Bullet Club is stealing more from the NWO?  We can’t forget Black and White vs Wolfpack. Christ, just go watch the NWO story on WWE Network and save some time.  I’d say that Kenny is more Wolfpack and Cody is Black and White OG NWO. I’m not saying that it’s bad, but this feels like more copying.)


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Tomb of Annihilation (TFTPB) – Chapter Five

It’s Tuesday, so here we are.  This week, we get the fallout of our party dealing with Yan-Ti as well as meeting a legit Gladiator.  I love Gladiator.  Here’s a true story.  I had this girlfriend, and she was cool as hell.  We used to watch movies all of the time.  She borrowed Gladiator and told me that she didn’t like it.  At that moment, I realized that she wasn’t the one.  Within a week or two, we split up. She like The Italian Job, but not Gladiator.  So any single guys reading this, make sure to draw a line in the fucking sand when it comes to women and horrible tastes in movies.  I can accept a bitch not liking Star Wars, but not Gladiator.  This has all been brought to you by a not so famous podcast: Are You Not Kentertained.


Tomb of Annihilation

Chapter 5 – Yan-ti?  I hardly knew ye!


With Dina-Saur and his cultist friends now dead, the party scanned the room and found both a set of stairs leading up and a door that appeared to lead outside.  Deciding to head upstairs first, the group found themselves in a room with three cages. While one cage was empty, the other two had a cat-person in one and an elf in the other.  Both appeared to be leaking glowing green fluids and were unconscious. After Compassion broke the locks to their cages, Xilix cast Detect Magic and found that the two were heavily radiating transmutation magic.  Putting their heads and magical notes together, Xilix, Ethyl, and Hertz determined that the two were likely cursed and were currently in the transformation process to become slaves to the Yan-ti snake people.  Worrying that they could turn at any moment, and without proper curse dispelling magic, the group voted to lock them up in the third cage and return after their quest was complete.

As the group was about to leave the room Xilix was hit by a premonition.  In it, a Yan-ti snake man casts a spell that put Compassion under his power.  The Yan-ti then directed Compassion to kill his fellow party members. Xilix warned Compassion of his vision and told Compassion to concentrate on creating a barrier of iron will around his mind.

Returning downstairs, Compassion opened the door leading to the outside mezzanine.  Upon opening the door, Compassion saw one Yan-ti snake man standing in the middle of the yard surrounded by four fully transformed humanoid slaves.  Xilix also saw that just outside the door were a number of poisonous “Vile Beauty” plants, and he informed Compassion of this fact. Compassion then made the tactically sound decision to shut the door as the party readied itself for battle.  Through the walls, the party could hear the Yan-ti yelling/hissing about how the Amulet was his and how his men would crush them.

The possessed humans eventually busted through the door into the room.  Luckily, the opponents had all run through the Vile Beauty plants, causing them to become nauseated.  As the group battled the minions, the Yan-ti began the incantations to cast a spell. Just as Compassion was about to kill one of the possessed humanoids, the Yan-ti finished the spell, and whispers began to cloud Compassion’s mind, ordering him to kill his teammates.  Thanks to Xilix’s warning, however, Compassion was prepared for this mental assault and expelled the Yan-ti from his mind.

Enraged by the failure of his spell, and seeing his minions on the verge of defeat, the Yan-ti cried out to some profane deity to help him defeat these fools, even if it cost him his own life.  Before Tempest could even react, divine forces ripped open Tempest’s backpack. The Dreamer’s Amulet flew out at a high speed and embedded itself into the Yan-ti’s chest. As the yan-ti cried out in pain, he was surrounded by translucent, fiery-green chains.  Uttering words in a language the party could not understand, the Yan-ti called upon the power of the chains to create a giant green spectral serpent. The yan-ti directed the serpent to swallow the party whole.

As the serpent came in to devour the party, the remaining minions, and likely half the building, Hertz beseeched Talos for the power to protect the party from the spectral serpent.  Raising his Warhammer to the heavens, Hertz was able to summon a lighting beast that took the form of a jaguar. Unfortunately, at his low level of experience, the lightning jaguar was significantly weaker than the spectral snake.

Tempest, who had just impaled yet another possessed humanoid on his spear, yelled to the party that he would finish off the minions while they found a way to kill that giant freaking snake.  Unsure what would happen when divine and arcane magic mixed, Xilix decided that now was as good a time as any to experiment. Summoning power from the elemental plane of fire, Xilix was able to turn the lighting jaguar into a lighting-fire gorilla.  While significantly stronger, the lighting-fire gorilla was still only able to stop the advance of the spectral serpent and did not have the power to turn the serpent back.

With no ground being made, Compassion devised a plan.  He yelled to Ethyl to cast Mage Hand on the tip of his whip and asked that, if possible, Ethyl should give the hand claws.  While normally not possible for Ethyl, with death imminent, she was able to call upon the wild magics that permeated her blood to form a mage hand in the shape of a dragon claw.  With the magical dragon claw attached, Compassion let the whip soar. As the yan-ti was concentrating on the spectral serpent spell, he was unable to dodge the whip attack in time.  The tip of the whip struck the yan-ti’s chest, and Ethyl’s magical dragon claw began digging into the yan-ti’s chest cavity. Once it appeared that the claw had taken hold of the amulet, Compassion pulled back on the whip with all his might.  The Amulet of Dreamers broke free from the yan-ti’s chest and came flying back into Compassion’s hand.

Bleeding profusely out of the gaping hole in his chest and quickly losing power, the yan-ti fell to its knees.  The spectral serpent visibly weakened, at which point the lightning-fire gorilla grabbed it with both hands and pulled it apart, resulting in an explosion that incinerated the yan-ti and leveled half a city block.  

Upon seeing the destruction that had been caused, Compassion was about to fall to his knees and lament the loss of more innocent life.  Luckily, Xilix was able to inform Compassion that the area that was destroyed was a deserted section of the city. The only thing that used to be there was a drug den that had mysteriously disappeared the other night after its patrons had tried to rob a mysterious, amnesiac elf who had been looking for “medical supplies.”

With the danger having passed, the group went back upstairs to check on whether defeating the head snake man had resulted in the curse being broken; it had not.  Looking at a map of the city, the party identified three nearby temples to which they could bring the victims. Specifically, the temples were to the gods of truth, wonder, and beauty.  Tempest, pointing out that, “snakes are totally ugly,” suggested that the temple to Sune, the goddess of beauty, was the best choice. Upon reaching the temple, only Compassion was allowed in due to him being the most aesthetically pleasing with that enticing red skin.  Hertz responded by playing a ballad about the time Sune and Talos, “totally got it on.” While not amused with Hertz’s sacrilege, the priests agreed to treat the patients.

Realizing they may have been betrayed by Sagi and Narissa, the party sat down on a park bench to eat lunch and discuss how they would confront the pair.  By the time they reached dessert, the group had decided to take advantage of Compassion’s infernal heritage. Using the party’s various illusion and glamor magical abilities, they decided to make Compassion look as devilish as possible, to the point where Compassion resembled Satan him/her/itself.  So enchanted, Compassion would intimidate Sagi and Narissa into confessing.

After the party reached the inn and the spells were cast, Compassion kicked in the door to the inn and yelled, “Sagi you backstabbing, drunken bastard, why did you set us up?”  Upon seeing Compassion in such a state, Sagi immediately peed himself and began incoherently babbling; pretty much the Sagi usual. Narissa, who saw the illusions for what they were, stepped in to calm the situation.  

At the conclusion of the conversation, which was witnessed by a number of scared patrons of the inn, all parties were satisfied that Sagi was not a traitor.  Rather, it turns out that not only is Sagi an alcoholic, but he is also really bad at his job. Sagi simply took everything Dina-saur had to say at face value, as actually performing background checks and verifying the offered information would have taken up too much valuable drinking time.  In the end, Narissa summed it up best: “Huh, I guess the Dreamer’s Amulet had nothing to do with the death curse.” Legends say that Compassion face-palmed so hard at that statement that the slap could be heard all across Chult. As the party had no more use for the Amulet, they gave it to Narissa in exchange for hospitality should they ever find themselves in her ancient village hidden within the jungles of Chult.

As it was only mid-afternoon, the party was left to decide how to spend their time before escorting the priest to Camp Vengeance for merchant prince Jobal in the morning.  Checking the job board at the inn, the group found a quick job they could complete that day, collecting an overdue debt from a deadbeat. Pulling the job notice from the Board, a sketchy looking human sprung up.  The creepy dude introduced himself as Clau and told them that it was he who put up the job listing.

Clau explained that a gladiator named Tavan had borrowed the sum of 500 gold from Clau, which he appeared to have spent on a fancy new set of armor to wear in the arena.  The group was to either bring back the money owed or bring Clau the armor. Clau told the party where Tavan could be located.

Upon entering the merchant district, the party was easily able to identify Tavan based upon Clau’s description.  As it turned out, Tavan, in his fancy new armor, was challenging all comers to a street fight, with an entrance fee of 5 gold.  Hertz pulled out his lute and began playing stadium-music to pump up the crowd, as Ethyl pushed Compassion forward to accept the challenge.  As Compassion paid the 5 gold entry fee, Tempest asked Xilix to dip a blowgun dart into some of his “medicine that is totally not poison.” Tempest then took the “not poisoned” dart and hid in the crowd.

As the entire party was confident in Compassion’s abilities, Ethyl put a 10 gold side bet down on Compassion.  Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that Tavan had a lot of experience in one on one fights in the area. Seeing that Compassion was on the verge of being overpowered, Tempest shot Tavan with the poisoned dart.  Much to the party’s chagrin, it turned out a poisoned Tavan was still more than an adequate match for Compassion. As such, the party decided to forgo the rules of gentlemanly combat, and they all rushed in and proceeded to beat Tavan into the ground, to the loud booing of the crowd.  While dragging Tavan’s body away, one of the commoners yelled, “just what I’d expect from Gladiator Tempest, the Dishonorable Head-Kicker!”

Upon dragging Tavan into a side street, they proceeded to strip him of all of his valuables and his shiny new armor, which they then brought to Clau.  Thankful, Clau paid the party for a job well done. Exhausted from a long day, the party retired to their rooms.

The party awoke the next morning to the sounds of loud noises coming from the common room of the inn.  To their surprise, Jobal had arrived early that morning with an entire contingent of wait staff that were preparing breakfast.  Also to Ethyl’s surprise, her hair was growing back at a pretty significant pace!

Taking a seat and eating, Jobal introduced Undrel, half-orc priestess of Savarn to the party.  Their job would be to take the provided boat and escort both Savarn and a boatload full of supplies to Camp Vengeance.  Jobal explained that these supplies were necessary as Camp Righteousness, which the party will pass on their way to Camp Vengeance, had been attacked and was completely destroyed.  As the party headed to the boat they gave each other knowing glances . . . they would be making a stop at Camp Righteousness on their way to Camp Vengeance.


What will the party find at Camp Righteousness?  How many days worth of supplies with Ethyl eat during the journey?  Find out next time on Tales from the Plunderbund Consortium!

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – February 12 & 13, 2017 Braun Can Sing?

Here we go, the build to Elimination Chamber is ON!  We get more qualifiers, and Smackdown tried to keep things going.  It was an okay week.  We talk about that plus much more.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed the MMC and the other big topics of the week.   Please enjoy.

  1.  The second chance four way became a second chance five way on RAW and now Balor and Rollins are in the Elimination Chamber match. Discuss this development.

Anonyruss:  This has been a terrible two weeks for me.  First, my boy Jordan was unable to compete last week and I just didn’t know how to deal with it.  So I did what most logical people would do. I took the week off from blogging to mourn. This week I hear Jordan is going to be out for several months and will miss WrestleMania!  I don’t know if I can take this! Still it is my job to blog so I can’t just take several months off, you’d all miss my insight too much. As for the Fatal Five Way. The match was great, but man WWE is devoid of creativity.  Rollins is my second guy behind Jordan so any time we can get him in a major match in a PPV I’m all for it. Unfortunately, they couldn’t figure out a more creative way to get Rollins in it other than “yea, our plans for you blew up, so… why not insert yourself into a second chance match… even though you never got a first chance.”  Whatever, Rollins is in, he isn’t winning, but I hope this will lead to a big match at Mania.

Harper Lee:  I’m pretty sure this is similar to have my daddy won my mom’s heart.  He fought his 4 brothers. He was victorious. It’s good that he and another brother didn’t share the victory.  Could you imagine that? They would have needed a bigger bed. I am so happy that my man Finn is in this. Something felt different about Seth this week, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but he seemed in a better place.  I am happy for both men. It was my favorite match of the week.

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m glad to see both Rollins and Balor getting an opportunity to be more than just an afterthought. With that said though, the cynic in me knows that they are cannon fodder in this match and that they are just there is make Roman look strong. Seriously, how many guys are needed in a match to make that guy look strong? Perhaps he is not the right choice to be the guy, WWE.  With that said, time for me to award points. Harper has me intrigued with her southern courtship rituals so she gets a point here.


  1.  Elias and Braun had a great segment on RAW involving musical instruments. Discuss this segment.

Anonyruss:  Elias and Braun are out there proving that the future for WWE is still pretty bright.  This was a great stuff. Braun is not only a monster but he is amazingly humorous. If this guy doesn’t become one of the biggest names in WWE history I will be shocked.  He has all the tools and uses them better than the majority of the roster. Elias is a great heel. He knows how to turn a crowd. Considering how “new” he is to the main roster that is impressive.  These two need to have a feud soon, perhaps over a belt of some kind.

Harper Lee:  Elias is growing on me, especially with him and Bayley, but Braun is my man and did you see the size of his instrument?  Plus did you see the size of that cello. Oh my my my. I want to spend days getting lost in that man’s beard while he sings to me.  I loved his singing voice. I would love to see these 2 guys feud more. They have great chemistry.

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m entertained by both guys. Here are two guys that the WWE is doing great things with in terms of building their star power. I hope this continues and we see them in a title picture very soon. I will take any title picture at this point. Now to award points. I like Anonyruss’ idea of having a feud between these two and for that creativity I award a point.


  1.  Let me see if I got all of this straight. Corbin and Ziggler were supposed to have a match on Smackdown to see who would be added to the WWE championship match at Fastlane with Styles, Owens, and Zayn. Then Owens and Zayn attached Corbin and Ziggler, which resulted in matches between all four parties which would either put the winner in the WWE championship match and the loser being taken out of the match. And now we have a fatal five way at Fast Lane. This is confusing. Explain this to me.

Anonyruss:  Smackdown was garbage this week.  They made terrible messes out of their stories.  This was a complete cluster fuck, but at least now we can kind of downplay KO vs Sami.  Though is their endgame to get KO vs Sami at Mania? Or are they still trying to get Shane and someone vs. KO and Sami?  I don’t know, but Smackdown better get their shit together. The matches were very good I can at least say that. However, great matches can only go so far on shitty stories. So Smackdown start packing it into a neat little ball and get your shit together!

Harper Lee:  I am confused.  That’s 4 bad guys vs an AJ Styles.  But Baron and Dolph got some crowd reaction.  I am so confused. Keri, you’re confused, I’m confused, but I must admit, I loved the chaos and I think that this will be a much better match than the one at the Royal Rumble.  Dolph deserves a chance to show the world what he can do. I don’t know about Baron. His hairline is pretty bad. Grow a beard and maybe we can talk.

Keri’s Verdict:  Honestly, I stopped caring about Kami about two weeks ago. This is pointless and we know its leading to Sami vs KO at Mania. You want to know how I know this because this is how we got KO vs Jericho last year. WWE should be using this time to build Styles vs Nakamura. There is a rich history between these two that they could be utilizing as part of the build for this match. But they won’t and they will throw something sloppy together at the last minute. I mean I’m excited for this match up either way so storyline doesn’t matter to me but for the rest of the fans out there sloppy booking could be a disaster for this match. WWE, honestly, should look at what is being done right now with Omega and Cody to see how to build a storyline feud. The way this story is being told, you as a fan care and are excited to see what happens next between both guys and I’m not just saying that because I’m a huge Omega fan. I wish WWE had storytelling like this and if they did I may actually want to watch their product. Anyways, points time. I award Anonyruss a point here because I agree with him Smackdown creative (and RAW creative) need to get their act together or the match of Wrestlemania weekend won’t happen at Takeover or Mania, it will happen at Supercard of Honor.


  1.  Ronda Rousey is signing her RAW contract at Elimination Chamber. Was this the right move? Discuss.

Anonyruss:  You know what the right move is?  Watching the Olympics. Man it is fun to see all those different sports you don’t get to see very often.  My personal favorite is all the trick style skiing and snowboarding. So much fun. Oh, Rousey singing her contract at Elimination Chamber?  I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!

Harper Lee:  OMG, YESSSS!!! I can’t wait.  She is going to be so amazing.  I got so excited seeing her show up at the Royal Rumble.  I love that she pays tribute to Roddy Piper. Have you ever seen They Live or Hell Comes to Frogtown?  They are fantastic, and I thank Kent for those recommendations. Ronda is such a brilliant girl. They just need to keep her and Asuka away from each other for a year.  SO excited!!! Girlish squeal!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m with Anonyruss here and therefore he gets the point. I don’t care about this signing. It’s a publicity stunt nothing more nothing less. She is not a wrestler and has no proven track record. This is a slap in the face to the women who are busting their asses on the main roster and down in developmental. She is on the list of things that are wrong with the WWE right now (along with Cena and Lesnar) and she hasn’t even “wrestled” her first match.


  1.  There are rumors that a draft will happen after Wrestlemania. Who would you like to see go where? Pick 5 wrestlers only.

Anonyruss:  Man the way Smackdown is going I don’t really want to see anyone go over to that Kiss of Death.  Still, I’ve been asked so I will do my work. First, AJ Styles needs to get over to RAW. Yes he is the King of Smackdown, but I’d rather be a pauper on RAW than the King of Shitsville.  Becky needs a trade in the worst way. She is wasted on Smackdown and needs new life. Rousey needs to get moved over to Smackdown, if a talent ever needed development it is her. Besides then she can be on with Charlotte and I only have to ignore one shows women’s division.   In an effort to try and save Smackdown I’d trade over The Miz. He and Daniel Bryan have amazing chemistry and it would be nice for them to flip the script for once and finally have the authority be the face and the talent be the heel. Finally I’d trade Luke Harper to RAW. He is talent that is wasted.  I know that might not change much on RAW, but he has more exposure on that show.

Harper Lee:  I think Baron and Elias would be a fine trade off.I would consider Finn, Becky, and Sasha. Also, Bayley, sorry Keri, but heel Sasha vs face Bayley is money and Smackdown women need a lot of help.  Send Carmella to RAW. She needs a change of scenery. Sorry, I know that’s 7, but girl power!!!!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  First let me say, I like Harper’s suggestions and positivity so I award her a point. Here is what I would do if there is a draft. For the men, I would swap Rusev, Big E (we need to break up New Day, they are stagnant), and Baron to RAW for Miz, Balor, and Rollins. All three match up well with Styles and they could have a great WWE title division especially given that Sami and KO are already there. Now for the women, I would send Becky and Carmella to RAW and move Bayley and maybe Nia to Smackdown. We need some talent that could actually take the belt off of Charlotte and Carmella and Becky are wasted on Smackdown.


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:  Jordan! WHY!  My entire Mania season has been destroyed.  This young talent is going to miss the biggest show of the year.  I just wish for him a speedy recovery, because WWE isn’t the same without him.  

Harper Lee:  I think Apollo Crews has proven that he can hang with the big boys and I would like to see him featured in more matches.  Have him go the Jason Jordan route of losing but gaining respect. I would like to see him eventually get a cocky persona.  I could fantasy book this, but you can see any number of ways to do this. I think they should revisit Titus and Apollo vs The Bar and start from there, and have Titus become the one who keeps losing.

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Congrats Anonyruss on this week’s win!


Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  It’s been a tough two weeks for me, but I am a fighter.  I loved wrestling before Jordan and I will continue to love it when Jordan becomes the commissioner of RAW after he retires, just like his dad.   I will make it through this and focus myself on other talents until Jordan returns. Braun and Elias should be able to fill the whole that Jordan left.  When he returns things will be right with the world.

Harper Lee:  Keri is getting dark over there.  I like to look at things on the bright side.  Injuries can always happen and cause matches to change.  Deep down inside, we all became wrestling fans because of WWE.  I know that it is predictable, but all of wrestling is largely predictable if you have been watching long enough.  It’s like rewatching a film that you love. The Princess Bride has been great all 47 times that I have seen it. I know what’s going to happen, and I am fine with that.  I feel that sometimes you have to just enjoy the ride with life in general, or else you get sucked into the negativity. I have faith that our dear leader, Keri, will find it in her to come back.  To quote a song that I happen to love,

Crawling through mud, what’s the difference
When you come out on the other side?”

Keri, please come out on the other side.


Keri:  Confession time. I’m no longer watching WWE. I just don’t see the point of watching since everything is predictable. Braun is going to do Braun things (Not that I have a problem with that at all. He really is the best thing on RAW and deserves the title more than Roman), Cena and Reigns are going to be booked strong and bury the rest of the roster in the process, Sami and KO will continue to drive a wedge between Bryan and Shane, and the cruiserweight, mid-card, women and tag divisions will have matches that will feel like afterthoughts. See I just summarized RAW and Smackdown for the past three weeks and probably next week’s show. You’re welcome. Now you don’t have to watch.  Also, here is what will happen in the main events at Wrestlemania: Roman wins the title from Brock, Nakamura wins the title from AJ, Asuka wins the title from Charlotte, Nia wins the title from Bliss, and Cena beats Taker. There you go. Now you don’t have to watch Mania either. And, your welcome for me giving you 7 hours of your life back. See how easy that was.


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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – February 5 & 6, 2017 Rusev vs Roodsev

Here we go, the build to Elimination Chamber is ON!  We get more qualifiers, and Smackdown tried to keep things going.  It was an okay week.  We talk about that plus much more.  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed the MMC and the other big topics of the week.   Please enjoy.

Hey everyone, this is Kent.  Anonyruss contacted me and asked for some time off, so I obliged.  I thought, maybe I should step in during his absence and take on my star pupil, the beautiful Haper Lee.  This is gonna be like Star Wars, minus the light sabers and special effects…..and story….and acting. Ahhh fudge it.


  1.  Let’s talk Elimination Chamber, shall we? Roman is in, Elias earned the #6 chamber spot, and next week we have a second chance fatal four-way match. Discuss all of these developments.

Kent:  Oh yay, Old Drippy is in the EC.  I don’t see ANY way that he possibly wins and moves on to take on Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.  The WWE would never be so obtuse with their freshly squeezed garbage juice writing. Come the fuck on, just surprise us for once WWE!  It won’t kill you to not push Roman against Brock AGAIN for the 3rd or 4th time. We have seen it. We would all rather wear Seth Rollins’ pants out in public than to see this match again.  I would like to see Bray win it next week, but Finn seems likely. Apollo is my dark horse…..oh sit. Am I even allowed to say that anymore? Screw it, I am picking Apollo. Fuck Finn, and especially fuck FTBC and their clubs about bullets.(Keri: Oh yeah, well FTR) (Kent: It’s nice to be back.)

Harper Lee:  You know how I feel about this.  I am behind Roman 100% with his nice hair and rippling muscles upon muscles.  Oh, but Braun is in it. I don’t even care about next week’s match, although I will feign interest in it when Keri inevitably asks about it.  This is about Braun and Roman. I would love a double pin or double knock out. I think Brock vs Roman, vs Braun is the best main event that RAW can offer.  I am picking Finn to win next week’s match in case you were wondering. Those abs…..those abs. I need to go take a bath now.

Keri’s Verdict:  Well it’s refreshing to see Kent back and in his usual form. I’m couldn’t have said it better myself. This year’s RAW Mania main event has been telegraphed since well last year’s Mania. This is similar to the Okada vs Naito main event at this year’s Wrestle Kingdom which was building for well, years. Of course, in this case we will not get the build that match had or the quality of match that match was earlier this year but still both situations are sort of similar. With that said, I’m glad Finn will probably get a shot to be in this thing not that it’s going to matter. I just wish Braun could convince them that him main eventing Mania with Brock and Roman is a good thing. Oh well, time to award a point. So I would have given Kent the point here since he’s pretty much spot on. However, he insulted both the Balor and Bullet Club in one shot so the point goes to Harper. Sorry Kent but I’m a BC girl and that is, as they say, is for life.


  1.  Kurt Angle announced the participants for the women’s Elimination Chamber Match and Alexa came out and questioned the fairness Kurt’s decision making. Discuss this segment.

Kent:  Well, Alexa isn’t wrong.  Brock should be in this EC match or Alexa should be having a singles match while 6 women fight for the right to challenge her at Mania.  In all fairness, I am good with her being in the match because she deserves to be the historic, first time ever Women’s EC winner. Kurt’s segments have not been great lately.  The writing kinda sucks.

Harper Lee:  Oh, they are actually putting Alexa in a match?  It’s about time. I hope she gets beaten by Bayley.  I am on Kurt’s side of this particular argument. I know sexism when I see it, and it was during this segment.  I remember when I added pink to my hair. It looked so pretty. Apparently too pretty. After Daddy saw it, he gave me a really bad haircut.  On the plus side, I didn’t get spanked for awhile and none of the boys bothered me for about a year until I grew my hair out. Still, I did look pretty with the hair.  I know, it’s a sore subject for Kent, and that’s I brought it up. I’m taking you down this week big boy!

Keri’s Verdict:  Alexa in her promo made some good points about fairness and Brock. Seriously the guy is what is wrong with the WWE right now. Well, that and horrible booking but I digress. The first women’s EC is going to be good and I’m glad Alexa is getting the chance to take part in it. She should get to do something historic. I really hate that word. Anyways, time to award the point for this question. I’m going to award Kent a point here. He is pretty much spot on with his response.


  1.  It looks like we may be getting the Bludgeon Brothers vs the Usos at Fastlane or WrestleMania. Discuss this possibility.

Kent:  Yes, give it to me baby, uh huh uh huh. Yup, I am pretty fly for a white guy, and that’s why I shall beat Harper this week.I may have to verbally bludgeon her if she keeps acting U SOOO crazy.  As great as this division is, they do a poor job keeping the other teams looking relevant far too often. American Beta is still doing okay, but I have lost faith in them.  I think this particular matchup is money. I believe that they should already have chemistry when Roman and Bray feuded a couple of years ago. Bludgeon Brothers need to go over though.  They don’t need a huge reign, but they need to be put over to feel 2 legit to quit.

Harper Lee:  Oh I loved MC Hammer and his pants.  We were not allowed to have them in this household.  They were too flashy for Daddy’s tastes. I honestly thought that American Beta was going to take the belts off of the Usos.  In my opinion, I think that the WWE is afraid of how to keep The Uso’s relevant without the belts. You look at New Day and The Bar and they find ways to still be important without the belts.  That’s the true test for The Usos. They need to see how it goes, and Harper and Rowan are so deserving. Those beards….let’s just say that I got a little wet. I am in the bathroom getting ready to take a bath.  

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m intrigued by this potential feud. That’s really all I have to say about it. I’m in agreement with Harper here and that’s why she gets the point. It’s time to take the belt off the Usos to see if they can remain relevant. If they are booked properly, they could.


  1.  Smackdown had a US title match and a #1 friend vs friend match. Discuss both matches and the fallout from both. Also, where do you see this all heading?

Kent:  The WWE needs to make a Rusev Day calendar immediately and different shirts.  They have lightning in a bottle, and they need to see how much profit they can make.  I’d say over the past 2 or so year, tag teams are just as popular for merchandise as singles stars.  You have New Day, Enzo and Cass, Brad Maddox and Xavier Woods, The Hardly Boys, Breezedango, etc. Huh, Xavier got in there twice, and by there I meant that list, not something else.  On the flip side of the Paige, KO vs Sami will never be bad. I may get sick of it 6 months in, but they put on a show. I’m not really answering the question, but I have 2 matches that would really help KO at Mania that aren’t against Sami.  1. KO vs The Rock would be the best possible promo build up. You could also do a Rock N Sock vs Sami KO. Either way, that would be must-see for me. Since I doubt that WWE will reward KO for carrying the company this past year in a major way, here’s a reasonable match that would have the fans going crazy.  2. Sami KO vs Rusev Day. The promos would be exquisite, Rusev would have the crowd eating out of his hands, and KO would be a big enough heel to get Rusev over even more. KO and Rusev also work incredibly well together, and I feel like Sami and Aiden worked some matches or a feud in NXT. Please make this happen!

Harper Lee:  I loved that Bobby Roode vs Rusev match.  It was so much fun and had plenty of excitement.  This was a good matchup for Bobby and for Rusev. I assumed Bobby was winning, but would be okay if Rusev had won.  Both so hairy and handsome. I have to be honest, I didn’t like AJ vs KO in 2017. Adding Sami doesn’t change the dynamic enough for me.  I would rather have had Sami vs AJ with KO in a cage with Robocop guarding it and the Shockmaster as the special guest referee. I love the WWE network sometimes.

Keri’s Verdict:  A couple of things before I award a point. First, Kent, I believe they may already have Rusev Day calendars on WWE shop. Second, I wish they would leave my dream Styles vs Nakamura match alone and let that build properly. Come on WWE, please give me a reason to watch Mania this year because as of right now I would not get up at 2 am like I did for Wrestle Kingdom to watch Mania without this match in place. Ok, time to award a point. Harper mentioned the Shockmaster and Robocop in the same sentence so she gets the point and all other arguments are invalid.


  1. With groups like the New Day, Balor Club, Sanity, and the Undisputed Era, the question was posed as to whether or not the WWE would benefit from having a six-man tag division and title. What are your thoughts on this?

Kent:  No. The undisputed vanillas can go away.   They can’t even do well with their midcard divisions or 205 or the SDL Women.  No, pass.

Harper Lee:  I would watch this and be intrigued.  Unfortunately, how does that work? Would each brand have it’s own 6 man belt?   In theory, I like it, but in practice, I think I would also have to pass due to the logistics of it.  I do think it would give more guys an opportunity to shine, but how would you treat it on PPV? If some could really draw up a complete set of plans, I’d give it a shot.

Keri’s Verdict:  Other promotions out there have a six man tag division (ROH and NJPW) and it’s really entertaining. It gives everyone a chance to be seen by the fans which is a good thing. In the WWE you have talent that isn’t used and doesn’t appear on TV. Why not put them in stable and have a division where they can showcase their talents? I think it would be a good thing. Now for the final point of the week. Harper seems very open to the idea and that’s what I was looking for on this question. Therefore, she gets the 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.:

Kent:  I think WWE is blowing it with Baron Corbin at the moment.  I would have put him in against AJ for one month. A loss is inevitable, but it would be a great set of matches and the feud would be fun.  What is he even doing now?

Harper Lee:  Give me more Finn, Gallows, and Anderson!!!!  Also, I need to hear both songs. They are both great.  Also, give us more Miz! He makes the show better.

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Congrats Harper in this weeks win! I think ,Kent, the student has now become the master. Good job little padawan!


Final Thoughts:  

Kent:  This has been a long ass week.  We are on the road to Wrestlemania, and I find the road trip to get more and more boring every year.  Please make excited this year WWE!

Harper Lee:  I’m getting pretty excited for the Elimination Chamber matches now.  Also, the new show on the Network, I think it is Photoshoot or something to do with pictures or photos, well it’s good.  Eric Bischoff is actually a decent guy.

Keri:  For all of you Are You Not Kentertained? listeners out there, I’m afraid I got some bad news. You heard that in Bad News Barrett’s voice didn’t you? I knew you would. I will be taking a short hiatus from hosting the podcast to focus on finishing up my master’s degree. But don’t fret listeners it will be only for a short time and I will be back before you know it. Also, New Beginning in Osaka is this weekend and I’m hoping for a Los Ingobernables de Japon sweep.



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