The Wrestling 9 Deuce – January 29 & 30, 2018 Rumble Hangover

Let’s face it, the Royal Rumble was disappointing, as was this week.  Elias and Rusev tried making this week less painful, as did Sasha Banks, putting in some work.   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.  Sasha tried this week on RAW to show everyone that she was ready for Asuka. Discuss this pairing and their match.

Anonyruss:  First, I just want to say Sasha is finally back!  I’ve been waiting a looooooong time for Sasha to finally get her Bossitude back, because she was seriously lacking as a face.  As for the match?  It was fantastic!   Yes, there were a few botched moves, but overall the match had some great back and forth and it was very brutal!  The crowd didn’t seem to care for the match until Sasha took her spill through the ropes.  Then they started to come to life.  Speaking of coming to life, it felt like Sasha also came back to life after the botch.  I don’t know if she felt like she had to prove something after almost killing herself, but we finally got to see a glimpse of the Sasha we all loved in NXT.  I really enjoyed watching these two and I can’t wait to see these two go at it again.  

Harper Lee:  Sasha reminds me a lot of John Cena.  When she wants to really work and show what she can do, she can still impress.  When given lesser matchups or feuds, she seems to phone them in.  I have heard that she used to very effective as a heel in NXT and I think I would like to see what Sasha could bring to the table doing that.  She is a face on the wrong brand.  Put her as a heel on Smackdown, and we could have something there.  Could you imagine her and Charlotte fighting for the belt.  That would be historic and probably the first time ever.  I am getting giddy thinking about it.  I also think I am sick. I hate flu season.

Keri’s Verdict:  I’ll be honest, even after her performance Monday night, I’m still done with Sasha. She had her moment and it has passed. If this the start of a heel turn for her, it’s too little too late in my opinion.  Anyways, it’s time to award a point. I’m going to have award a point to Anonyruss on this one. Charlotte and Sasha has been done too many times for that to be interesting and for that I cannot award a point.

 

  1.  We had three Elimination Chamber qualifying matches this week with Braun, Elias, and John Cena advancing to the Elimination Chamber match. Discuss the results.

Anonyruss:  I like how this years Elimination Chamber is being used to find a #1 contender for Wrestlemania, instead of the normal belt defence.  It makes the match feel more important.  Unfortunately, it also makes it predictable as hell when it comes to the winner (*cough*RomanReigns*cough*) As for the qualifying matches:  Braun vs Kane wasn’t exactly match of the year stuff, but Braun continues to do Braun things and that is always entertaining.  I know that one day Braun won’t be able to top himself,  I just hope that day is a very long time away.  Elias vs Matt was nothing to write home about either.  I am glad that Elias will get a chance to be in a high profile match.  That is about all I can say for this match.  Cena vs Balor was a great match!  I know #LolCenawins pisses everyone off, but let’s look at the bright side.  We all know Balor wasn’t going to win the Elimination Chamber Match (neither is Cena.)  So I am not as concerned about him taking a clean loss to Cena.  What was nice, though, was that Balor came out of the match looking like a million dollars!  He took the fight to Cena and put on one hell of a good match.  I’m hoping that they are starting to move Balor to the IC Title scene because he would make an excellent champ.  

Harper Lee:  My man Braun is in this match.  Yippy Kay Yay Mother…..well, I can’t finish that or else Daddy may spank me.  I don’t know why, but it seems like once I turned 18, Daddy spanks me a lot more.  He always seems to carry something in his pocket now and it pokes, very uncomfortable.  Do any other 25 year old girls go through this?  It’s like a cucumber or something.  Just have a pickle already!  Now I just have to hope that ROman makes it in and I will be taking a very long bath that night…..you know, to get my hair as wet as his.  I also want to see what Braun can do to the actual Elimination chamber.  Nobody better hurt that man’s beautiful beard.  I have named his beard Cornelius.  

Keri’s Verdict:  For the record, I want to say I’m sick of Cena and I’m convinced that him, Brock, and any other part timer that WWE wants to wheel out are what is wrong with the current product. That and horrendous booking. With that said, the match was good with him and Finn but I’m just bored with the same old ending. I’m good with Elias and Braun getting the opportunity to possibly be number one contender. They won’t be because Brock vs Roman has been in play for a year now but it’s still nice to see. And with that said, a point must be awarded at this time. I’m starting to worry about Harper’s well being so I award her a point for that and praising all things Braun. I have chosen to ignore the Roman part of her answer. To each their own, I guess.

 

  1.  Happy Rusev Day!!!! Rusev is the #1 contender for the United States Championship. Discuss this win.

Anonyruss:  This was the best Rusev Day yet!  Rusev has been getting great reactions from the crowd lately (just watch the beginning of the Rumble.)  So I think this is the WWE’s way of giving him a push.  I love that it is going to be Bobby vs Rusev for the United States Championship.  There are so many different directions they can go, with most of those directions being great for everyone involved.  This will also be a great test for the Glorious One.  I’ve been saying this since I took over blog duties.  Roode needs a defining rivalry.  I think Rusev is the perfect foil for him.  I just hope that WWE feels the same way.    

Harper Lee:  I am so jealous.  I heard that Kent got Keri a Happy Rusev Day shirt for Christmas, and that she did the same for him.  I want one too!!! Maybe next year.  I want to celebrate Rusev Day in style.  I’m stuck wearing my brother Eric’s hand me downs.  I have this Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt and it says Fock Fear, Drink Beer.  What the heck is Fock?  Is it like Meet The Fockers.  That  Ben Stiller is one funny man.  He makes me giggle.  I also LOVED There’s Some About Mary.  Why do you build me up….Buttercup.  Ohhhh, now I want a Reese Peanut Butter Cup.  I bet Rusev and Lana share Peanut Butter Cups.  I am so happy for Rusev.  He’s handsome!

Keri’s Verdict:  It’s a Happy Rusev Day. Yes it is readers. I like that booking made this choice. It’s about time. With that said, let’s award points. Both Anonyruss and Harper did great this week on this question. But I have to give Harper a slight edge and the point for a couple of reasons. First, peanut butter cups. Need I say more? Also, someone needs to get this poor girl a Rusev Day shirt. Everyone should be able to celebrate Rusev day in style.

 

  1.  Next week we have Sami Zayn vs. KO for a chance to face AJ at Fastlane and I’m seriously starting to experience Deja Vu. Is this going to be the Festival of Friendship storyline all over again or am I just crazy? Discuss.

Anonyruss:  This is a ridiculous question!  Of course it is going to be different!  I mean first of all the Festival of friendship involved KO and JerichO, there was no Sami Zayn involved.  Secondly,  If you recall Sami from Thursday he mentioned that this wasn’t about friendship.  It is business. They can set aside their friendship for business purposes.  Do you think WWE is so devoid of creativity that they would rehash an old story?  I mean it isn’t like this is about two best friends who, up to this point, helped each other and then when the friendship stopped being beneficial to one of them they turn on the other like the Festival of Friendship storyline did.  I can’t believe you would dare say something negative about WWE creative!  HAHAHA Psych!  Yes of course this is the exact same story WWE Creative sucks!  

Harper Lee:  Festival of Friendship…..huh?   Oh, I talked to Kent, he explained the whole story with KO and Y2J.  I’m sitting here thinking, that’s stupid.  Last year they just copied what they are doing now.  But wait, how could they copy this Sami and KO storyline?  Oh God, the WWE has discovered time travel.  We are DOOMED!!!!  I fear for KO because Vince may be disappointed in him again at Wrestlemania.  That would make sad.  I also don’t think Kent has much of a social life.  He is always around when I contact him.  

Keri’s Verdict:  All I have to say is old storylines are so exciting. Why yes, I am being sarcastic thank you for asking.  Oh, and Anonyruss gets the point. See I spent as much time on this verdict as booking did on this storyline.

 

  1.  Ronda Rousey made her debut at the Royal Rumble and reportedly has signed a multi-year deal with the WWE. Discuss this big news story.

Anonyruss:  Wow, Ronda Rousey made her thrilling debut on WWE at the Royal Rumble!  In other big and exciting news I farted and it smelled like rotten eggs.  I don’t give a shit (thats why i mentioned farts.) about Ronda Rousey.  I disliked her in UFC and I’m sure I’ll dislike her in the WWE.  I hope she is a huge flop and is gone by the end of the year.  I know what you are saying, “But Anonyruss you should give her a chance.”  To you who is saying that I have another fart for you. *PFFFFFFFFBBBBBBTTTTTT*    Ahhhhhhhh!  Smells like Rousey.  Also, I’m taking a “Paige” out of Kent’s play book.  Whenever I am asked about her, I’m going to refer to Future Man on Hulu.  Man that show is hilarious!  Seriously, if you have Hulu, start watching it.  You won’t be disappointed.  

Harper Lee:  Now this is something I know.  You see, Daddy steals, I mean USED to steal cable from the neighbors, I mean never stole, legally purchased all of the UFC see fights, so I have seen all of Ronda’s matches.  This girl is one bad lady in the ring.  She is going to hurt somebody in the WWE.  These girls are wrestlers, but Ronda is a real fighter.  We may as well just have Paul Heyman be her advocate.  Right?  This girl is going to be tough to beat.  I’m not even sure if Asuka can handle Rowdy Ronda……wait a second, is she just stealing this whole thing from Rowdy Roddy Piper?  That’s not cool Ronda.  I mean, if you have a problem with it, take it up with Anonyruss…..yeah.

Keri’s Verdict:  So, the main problem I have with this signing is that Ronda is going straight to the main roster based on her name alone. What has she done wrestling wise to earn that spot? She should have to earn that spot like everyone else. But, as we all know WWE doesn’t think that way and they showed that in spades with how they booked her debut. Oh well, time to award a point and I’m going to have to award that point to Anonyruss. While I’m kinda grossed out by his response, I also agree with it.

 

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:  I don’t have much to add to this.  It was one hell of a week for Wrestling, but I am more concerned with the fact that Jason Jordan has a neck injury!  He barely participated in his match at the Rumble and he wasn’t even seen on RAW.  First of all,  WWE I don’t care if he is injured you need to make sure he is on EVERY RAW, ALWAYS!  It doesn’t have to be much.  Even if it is just him coming on to give us a status update.  I needs my Jordan fix!  Jason, if you read this speedy recovery buddy!  

Harper Lee:  Lita still can’t hit a moonsault.

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  Seriously, I hope Jason gets back on his feet from this injury and comes back in top form!  Ready to annoy the fools who don’t see his genius!  

Harper Lee:  I’m tired.  Also, what does Fock Fear mean?

Keri: So, as some of you may have heard, there is a civil war brewing right now within the Bullet Club and the Elite. On one side you have Cody and the other you have Kenny Omega and it all ends with a match between the two at Supercard of Honor. Seriously, look into this people, it’s the best storyline going on in wrestling right now. With that said, as you all know, I’m a fan of all things Bullet Club (and the Elite) so I felt I owed it to you, the readers, to say where my allegiance lies. Well, surprise, surprise I’m not on Team Kenny. I know it’s shocking right.  But that also doesn’t mean I’m on team Cody either. Actually, I’m not taking a side in this particular storyline and I’m going to sit back and watch this all play out in the ring and on Being the Elite because I’m that entertained right now. And also choosing Team anything is kinda silly I’m my opinion.

 

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