WWE 2017 Summerslam Preview – The 9 Deuce Deuce

Here we are, the second biggest PPV of the year for WWE.  Back at Barclays, yet again, so expect a solid crowd, so the opposite of Canada.  There are 13 matches in total.  Why?  Who knows, it’s way too much.  Expect to be watching well past 11PM folks.  We did the best that we could in predictions.  After looking at the odds, I can see that my picks will be terrible.

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The 9

Kickoff Show

  1.  The Hardly Boys & Jason Jordan vs The Miztourage

Keri: Since this PPV is going to be, well awful. I’m going to have a little fun with my predictions. As some of you, or maybe all of you, know Southpaw Regional Wrestling returned this week to WWE.com and that was better than anything we are going to see on Summerslam. So, I’m going to change names to their Southpaw counterparts and all my predictions will be with Southpaw characters. And with that said, on with the predictions. This match seems very thrown together. Oh wait it was and that probably explains why it is on the pre-show. I don’t care about Pork Chop Jones and the Hardy’s or Adam Dung and his entourage. So…

Prediction: Tex2Badd comes out and beats up everyone.

Teddy: I’m not sure if I care about this match. Like why the fuck are the Hardy’s teaming up with Jason Jordan? Thought they were feuding with The Club? Why WWE? Well at least it’s preshow and I have the option to not see this dumpster fire.

Prediction: I will watch the defenders instead of this match

Kent:  Nope, don’t care.  I like some of these performers, actually all of them in their own way, but together, this is just stupid as hell when somebody like Elias, Sami, and Chad can’t get on the card.  The smarter move would have been to have a brand versus brand clusterfuck for kickoff shows.  Hear me out.  Get rid of the Cass match entirely, same with this one.Those matches don’t exist.  Move the 205 and SD Tag Team matches to the main card, they both deserve it.  The idea is to have 3 matches, and whichever brand wins the most gets to main event Summerslam.  Match 1 would be the battle of tag teams that aren’t being used so Hardlys, Gallows & Anderson, and Ginger Rhynos vs Breezedango, The Ascension, and Hype Bros.  In match 2 you could have the leftover women, so it would be Emma, Nia, Mickie, Dana, and Alicia vs Carmella, Lana, Tamina, Becky, and Charlotte.  The third match would be The Miz, Elias, Jason Jordan, Big Show, Apollo Crews, and Cass vs Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, Mike Kenellis, Chad Gable, Luke Harper, and Eric Rowan.  Tell me that kick off show wouldn’t be fun as hell to watch for a clusterfuck.

Prediction: The Hardlys and Jason Jordan since Miz can eat a pin here.

  1.  Cruiserweight Championship Match: Akira Tozawa vs Neville

Keri:  After Monday’s match, I don’t care. What I do want to see instead is Big Bartholemew vs. The Sea Creature at Lethal Leap Year.

Prediction: The Sea Creature wins.

Teddy: bout time they took the title off Neville, hopefully they don’t give the title back to Neville. Maybe Tozawa can save the increasingly boring crusierweight divison

Prediction: Titus Worldwide will get more hype than the Hype Bros.

Kent:  I just saw this match, and while it was good, I am not interested in seeing it again this soon  to be perfectly honest.  I was looking forward to this prior to Monday.

Prediction: Akira retains because he just won it and the Titus Brand deserves wins

  1.  Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: New Day vs The Usos

Keri: I like this feud. It’s entertaining and this should be a good match. Probably will end up being match of the pre-show.

Prediction: Voo and Doo win.

Teddy: This is one of the only matches I’m invested in. New day is always good in my eyes, and Usos are getting more and more over. I still don’t see a new day heel flip or them getting the shield treatment, so only other options are to have them get squashed to push over the Usos, or bury the Usos because NEW DAY ROCKS!

Kent:  Gosh, the Uso’s are better as champs.  New Day don’t need the belts because it only changes a few words of their whole schtick.  The Uso’s don’t need the belts either, but they can feud with The Hype Bros and eventually Breezedango down the line.  New Day can feud with The Usos and The Ascension.  Yikes.  Both brands need more tag teams for guys who aren’t being used.  Still, this match should be really good so I am looking forward to it.

Prediction: The Usos after Kofi turns heel.  I will keep predicting that New Day breaks up until they actually do.

 

Main Card

  1.  Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi vs Natalya

Keri: Don’t care about this match. But maybe this will give us some insight as to who Debbie Desperado’s opponent will be going forward on Southpaw Regional Wrestling.

Prediction: Debbie Desperado wins. Carmella cashes in.

Teddy: I love naomi, but her gimmick is getting stale. I hate Natalya because her gimmick is Charlotte’s gimmick without Rick Flair or Charlotte’s athleticism. Also can she lose the who Sailor Moon hair? It looks terrible on her.

Prediction: Carmella pulls a corbin and flops her cash in. No chin cashes his in and becomes smackdown’s Women’s champion.

Kent:  These 2 could be wrestling in the nude and I’m still not sure that I would care.  The build has been more about Carmella than Natty.  That’s stupid.  That’s really piss poor on WWE’s end.  Not at all interested.

Prediction: Naomi retains with a Carmella tease that never fully happens.  Thanks WWE.

  1.  Big Show vs Big Cass with Enzo in a shark cage

Keri:  Please let this be the final chapter. Please. I want this to end so badly. I think this feud has officially jumped the shark, literally.

Prediction: I don’t care enough to assign a Southpaw Reference to this one. But I am routing for an actual shark in this case.

Teddy: Big show isnt too old for the need to retire him. Hopefully Show continues to show (pun intended) Cass’s glass jaw. Also wtf was the club helping Cass again???

Prediction: Big Show will win and forget Enzo in the shark cage

Kent:  Why wrestling gods?  What did we ever do to you to deserve this awfulness?  I don’t care.  Enzo will cost Show the match and I don’t care.  Please happen during Game of Thrones.

Prediction: Cass wins and the crowd will not care at all.

  1.  RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks

Keri:  No Southpaw reference here cuz I actually care about the match. I would like to see these two feud for awhile. So I say

Prediction: Alexa retains. I will always pick Alexa.

Teddy: Bliss is adorable irl but her gimmick is that of a whiney child. Was looking forward to Bayley bodying Alexa finally, but I’m okay with Sasha doing it.

Prediction: Little Miss Bliss, falls off her throne and cries about it.

Kent:  This is one of the few matches that I think can actually be match of the night.  They may have a bit of real life bad blood, and their styles mix incredibly well.  Sasha thrives in Brooklyn and Bliss is legit. The question is how much time will they be afforded, and can they keep the botches to a minimum?  I say yes.

Prediction: Alexa wins thanks to Nia’s interference.

  1.  Rusev vs Randy Orton

Keri:  There has been a decent build up for this feud. Kinda sorta. Am I looking forward to the match? No.

Prediction: Big Bartholomew wins and gets his farm back.

Teddy: RKO outta nowhere. Rusev being back he needs some sort of win. I love Orton but I feel like he can hold his own and still put rusev over.

Prediction:  Rusev Crush.

Kent:  Both guys need a win big time.  The thing is that I think some matches need to be shortened, so I think this should be one where Randy catches Rusev.  Afterward, he can say that he got caught off guard and get a few wins to put him over Randy.  Definitely excited for this one.

Prediction: Randy via RKO outta nowhere around the 6-7 minute mark.

  1.  Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Keri:  I’m going to break with tradition here because quite frankly WWE has broken me.  Am I excited to see this match? Nope saw it Monday. Am I excited to see the Demon? Kinda sorta much more into monsters these days.

Prediction: Wyatt wins and doesn’t job for a change. Oh look I’m all out of Southpaw references.

Teddy: The Demon build up was super predictable. Hopefully they don’t bury Finn because Finn is the future.

Prediction: Sister Abagail gets Coup De Graced back to the pit Randy Orton burned her in.

Kent:  I swear that I just saw this match and Bray won cleanly.  Oh?  That did, in fact happen.  Ohhhh, now we’re going to bring in the demon because Bray dumped some acidic red goo on Finn.  Well that changes everything, right WWE?  I just am not interested in what should have been one of the easiest feuds to build up.  This was sooooo easy to build up.  Morons!  Not very interested, although if Finn does an original Demon outfit, he will have my attention momentarily.

Prediction: Finn wins because getting acid dumped on you means that you get the win back.

  1.  John Cena vs Baron Corbin

Keri:  Corbin will beat up Lance Catamaran.

Prediction: Lance Catamaran will still win.

Teddy: Corbin is pissed, but Cena is back in his “I’m gonna be a dick phase”

Prediction: Can Corbin bury Cena finally?

Kent:  Nope.  PASS

Prediction: Kent drinks heavily

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Sheasaro vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

Keri:  The match has potential and will be fun to watch. But honestly, I want to see Ambrose and Seth get into it beforehand. Ambrose leaves and Rhyno comes out and we get Sheasaro vs. the Butchers.

Prediction: the Butchers win.

Teddy: I’m hoping that Dean/Seth is back for good. However Sheasaro is still my bae. I think it’s too soon for Dean/Seth to win the titles, but I think it’s a future for them.

Prediction: Baesaro gets another win, Dean/Seth charge their spirit bomb a little longer

Kent:  This match could be match of the night, but I don’t think it will.  I have it as the 4th best on the card, but it is my darkhorse.  Everybody in this match can work their ass off.  I like every guy in this match.  Unfortunately, I think the storyline will ruin what should be a great match by determining which spots they must hit.  Dean or Seth are going to need the hot tag and then get screwed over and whatnot.  

Prediction: Sheasaro defy the odds due to Dean not being able to hot tag Seth.  After the match, Dean turns on Seth.  Yup, both tag team titles will have heel turns according to me. Don’t listen to me.

  1.  United States Championship Match: AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens

Keri:  I’m looking forward to this match. It’s one of the few on the card that I am. These guys have the potential to put on a match of the night type match.

Prediction: Malibu Al retains and sells KO a car.

Teddy: KO vs Aj is always good to watch, shane being the ref is just icing on the cake. I feel like I cant solidly predict this match because one of two things. 1. Shane will help AJ leading to Shane v Owens or 2. Shane helps Owens turning him Heel since Steph isn’t around to do that job.

Prediction: mind will be blown either way

Kent:  Here is the most obvious choice for match of the night if given the time.  I think that it’s a trap.  It will be very good, but Shane’s involvement will taint it just enough to where it only hits the 7.5 range instead of 8.5.  Trust me, this will happen and you will feel like you got cheated out of a great match.  I am absolutely looking forward to this match.

Prediction: AJ retains and KO vs Shane becomes a feud.

 

  1.  Blue Belt Championship Match: Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Keri:  I’m looking forward to this match. It should be decent to watch.

Prediction: Nakamura wins

Teddy: Nakamura is Hella over and Jinder is getting stale.

Prediction: Nakamura adds some bumps to the Singh brothers. Hopefully Jinder retains and they take their time with Shinsuke.

Kent:  I am interested in Shinsuke’s entrance and Jinder’s.  I anticipate fuckery by the Sing Bros.  I expect Jinder to walk out of the match incredibly sore.  The hard part about this is predicting a winner.  Let’s face it, prior to the event that I will not speak of, we all thought that there was a decent chance at Baron cashing in his briefcase.  With that gone, I say Jinder wins and has a longer run than his gimmick and workrate deserve, if we are comparing him to his 6 closest peers in the upper card.  Should Jinder hold the belt over Cena, Randy, AJ, KO, Baron, Shinsuke, Luke, or Sami?  No.

Prediction: Jinder remains unhindered and walks away as world champ, but via count out.

 

  1.  Red Belt Championship Match: Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns

Keri:  The only match on the card I care about and the one that will leave me the most disappointed in the end. This match will probably nothing more than a glorified brawl but I will probably be awesome.

Prediction: I would love to see Braun win but Brock will probably retain. Sigh.

Teddy: This match is too hype and will probably dissappoint everyone with a reigns win.

Prediction: Reigns wins but Braun isnt done with him.

Kent:  I really think that this is going to be match of the night.  It has to be the odds on favorite because you can rotate guys in and out of the ring, hit huge spots, really have fun with it.  The crowd will be bonkers for this.  There is a caveat though.  If they stretch out the PPV too long, the crowd may be dead by this point, like at Wrestlemania.  With a lesser crowd, the guys may not be able to feed off the energy and emotions.  It’s entirely possible.  All 4 of these guys know how to be great.  I think that they will be given the time to be great.  The question is, will you, as a fan, be worn out by the time you see this and hurt how you feel about it?

Prediction: Brock seems like a lock to retain.  With that being said, I’m going with Samoa Joe.  Please do the right thing and give Joe the opportunity while he is young enough to have the great matches that he is capable of.  

 

Final Thoughts

Keri:  This PPV is going to be a roller coaster for all of us involved. Wait wasn’t that the thing for Mania?  It’s going to have its high points and low points and it’s ultimately going to make some of us feel nauseous in the end. I predict I will not make it past the first two hours of this PPV so in the end at least I will get a good night’s sleep out of it.  Thanks WWE, I guess?

Teddy: this PPV has the potential to be Good or completely suck ass. Hoping for the first one always but WWE likes to remind me that they dont give a fuck about what fans really want.

Kent:  This is going to be a 6+ hours show.  I’m very bitter and the penultimte episode of Game of Thrones airs the same night for season 7.  Admit it, GoT for that one hour is going to be better than all 6 hours of Summerslam.  And that is where we are at as fans sadly.  Hey WWE, try to make it up to us as fans.  We are sick of the same old boring BS>  Give us something memorable.  At least NXT delivered.

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NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III Preview – The 9 Minus Deuce

Hey, I got Cece and Teddy back to help out with the NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III preview.  These 2 actually see this stuff live, so I feel like we are in good hands here.

Of course, there is also my podcast, Are You Not Kentertained, where we discuss some of these topics and others, plus do our weekly segments.  It’s like a verbal companion to the blog. Please check us out at facebook.com/9deuceblog , on Twitter @official9deuce, or Instagram at Official9Deuce.  Share this, like this, write us an email with a question at wrestling@9deuce.com.  Thank you.

Brooklyn 9 Minus Deuce

 

  1.  Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas

Cece: I think this will be an interesting fight. The crowd obviously loves Johnny Wrestling, but honestly, I think Zelina will get involved. I believe this will trigger something in Almas to go full on rage and show his heel side even more.

Prediction: Almas wins to draw heat from the crowd.

Teddy:  this fight doesnt really interest me because it was poorly introduced, but I do believe Andrade is gonna take this building into a bigger fued

Prediction: Almas wins building towards a fued

Kent:  Andrade just likes to lose apparently, so he’s due for a call up.  Johnny needs momentum for when Ciampa gets the call up.

Prediction: Johnny Wrestling

 

  1.  Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami

Cece: This feud is interesting. Poor Aleister having to pick up the pieces from the Kassius/Itami feud. But, as far as I’ve seen, Aleister has not lost many times. I do believe Itami needs to be knocked off his power trip.

Prediction: Aleister Black defeats Hideo Itami.

Teddy:  Aleister black hasnt really had too competition in NXT, and Itami is looking like an Asian Dolph Ziggler (when he turned heel on kalisto). Its a weird booking but it was nice to see Aleister knock out Itami.

Prediction: Aleister wins and Itami attacks him after the match ends

Kent:  Aleister seems to be a star in the making, but Hideo needs momentum just as much.  If Hideo can lose and get some after match retribution, I can get behind that logic and continue their feud.

Prediction: Aleister Black

 

  1. Authors of Pain vs Sanity

Cece: I have been waiting and waiting to see Sanity come up, but I think they’ll let it brew a little longer and put them over a lot as the best heel tag team in NXT. I mean, yes, they are already in my eyes. But I think they want them to come out and be very over first. So, I see this being a very brutal/heated match.

Prediction: My Sanity comes out on top. (No pun intended)

Teddy:  AoP are too big for NXT now, and Sanity is the carrying NXT.

Prediction: Sanity wins, and AoP gets called up to smackdown.

Kent:  Authors of Pain are the new Asuka for NXT, and with Asuka potentially losing, these guys are going to keep their hands on the belt for awhile longer.

Prediction: I’m down with AOP, yeah you know me.

 

  1.  Asuka vs Ember Moon

Cece: This is the one match I’ve been waiting for. I have a lot of anticipation about this one. Of course, Asuka deserves her long reign as NXT Women’s Champion as she is a great wrestler and worked her ass off to get where she is. So, I do see this being a bittersweet match. I truly believe Ember Moon will take the title from Asuka, bc I see Asuka moving up. I think it will be a very physical match-up, with both women do their best. I feel like they will have a sentimental moment if this is indeed Asuka’s time.

Prediction: Ember Moon taking title.

Teddy:  I feel like Ember moon deserves the push because she is an amazing wrestler, but Asuka is still too over to take the title from her. Asuka is gonna retail till after she breaks the record for longest title reign and then will drop it to Ember and move up.

Prediction: Ember isn’t ready for Asuka 2.0

Kent:  I think Asuka is showing up on Smackdown Tuesday.  Brooklyn is the place to pull the trigger on it, so let’s do it!  Ember is the best after Asuka, but not by much as Nikki, Peyton, and Billie are all very talented, but Asuka needs to leave for them to all blossom.

 

  1.  Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre

Cece: Oh lord… After the last few tapings of NXT, I have to saw I became a Drew McIntyre fan overnight. I was never really into him until he made his speech about ‘Our NXT’ and that was awesome. Plus, I can’t stand the pompous asshole that is Bobby Roode. I am not sure how this fight will go down honestly. I think maybe Drew looks like he may win, but the Bobby does something cheap to DQ or in a perfect world, Drew loses civilly and moves up, leaving Roode to his next challenger, Rodrick Strong.

Prediction: Roode loses but retains by DQ.

Teddy:  this was kinda interesting to see, Drew doesnt want to be moved up and is trying to get people to see NXT is not developmental (it is though). Meanwhile, it’s clear Rodrick isn’t done with Roode and I believe Roddy is the one who is gonna dethrone Roode.

Prediction: Roode wins because Rodrick gets involved

Kent:  I think it’s also time for Drew to be given the ball to run with it.  Bobby needs to get called up.  He is being wasted in NXT.  The guy is better than 80-90% of the main roster.  Drew is also very good.

Prediction: Drew wins after Roddy screws over Bobby

 

  1. Most Likely Title to change?

Cece: Asuka. Hands down.

Teddy:  Tag titles.

Kent:  Women’s, but I think the men’s is also changing.  Yeah, I’m calling for 2 changes.

 

7, Match you are most looking forward to?

Cece: Asuka vs Ember.

Teddy:  Ember and Asuka

Kent:  Aleister vs Hideo truly intrigues me, but I can see the women stealing the show tonight.

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Speaking of picture, here’s some that Cece and Teddy took while at a recent NXT taping.  Please enjoy.

The Wrestling 9 Deuce – August 14 & 15, 2017 – The Burial of Baron Edition

Kent is pissed off over the events of Tuesday while Keri and RUss are left to pick up the pieces.  Keri is over Finn finally.  Russ, yes Russ, is the most positive person this week, which is the lead up to Summerslam.

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The 9

  1.  F*** this, I am not wait to #6 to get this one started.  What the fuck were they thinking?  Seriously, just what in the fuck happened to Baron Corbin?

Russ:  This week started out so strong.  RAW was enjoyable, Smackdown was average.  Yeah I know the bar is low for WWE and strong weeks (enjoyable and average should be the bare minimum.  Then WWE did something I was completely shocked by.  Corbin cashed in.  I thought for sure this was going to be one of those he’s going to cash in but Cena is going to interfere before the bell rang.  Hell they even took forever to ring the bell.  However, this was not a drill the bell rang!  I knew right there that he was going to lose and he did!  I don’t know the plan, but based on how WWE operates I feel safe in saying that this was terrible.  What a complete waste of a money in the bank.  Cena was still out there! You have a match with him in 5 days of course he is going to do something to mess with you.  WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU CASH IN THEN?  It makes Corbin look stupid.  I feel this was done only to make his match with Cena have more drama.  The only way to remedy this is to have Corbin win on Sunday (He wins he should be #1 contender or at least in the fight for it.).  If he doesn’t then congratulations WWE you will have ruined the career of a future Super Star.  

Keri:  Well I picked the wrong week to come back to this blog. I was shocked and then thoroughly disappointed with how this cash in was done. I’m not going to go on a angry tirade like Kent. He said what needs to be said on that front. With that said, this was bad planning on Creatives part. What did they hope to accomplish by having him cash in now, on free TV, and then lose due to the Cena factor. This leads me to one question. Can Cena retire already? He is a part timer who steals opportunities from full timers who bust their asses week in and week out. Yes, John Cena despite what you say in your promos and in interviews, you are a part timer, regardless of how much you love this company and the business. When was the last time you were on the roster for a full calendar year (minus time for any sort of injury), did live events, and actually earned your opportunities? You are the equivalent of Brock Lesnar and Goldberg. Go marry Nikki and be gone, will you?  While I’m at it Nikki and her sister should stay gone as well. The women’s division on both brands are fine without both of them coming in and stealing opportunities from women who deserve them.

Kent:  F*** you WWE!  Whoever made this decision, may you get what is coming to you, whatever that may be.  You can all just eat a bouquet of D’ you f***ing pricks.  I will be watching Game of Thrones Sunday, maybe watch some porn.  Hell, I’d rather watch soccer or women’s bowling than to watch Summerslam live.  You scumbags disgust me.  That is the nicer edited version of what’s really going on in my mind.

  1.  How did Neville vs Akira Tozawa end up taking the back seat to Big Show vs Cass?

Russ:  The match was great!  I for one applaud WWE for giving them time.  I also thought it was smart that WWE did this on RAW instead of at the PPV.  Yea, I know what everyone is saying, but SummerSlam is the bigger stage.  You are right it certainly is.  Too bad we all know this match is going to be relegated to the Kickoff Show, where very few people would have seen it.  At least on RAW lots of eyes saw it and boy it delivered.  This was a bigger moment than what they would have gotten at SummerSlam.  As to how this took a backseat to Show and Cass? Well we know how much Vince loves Big Men.

Keri:  I have a really easy answer for this one. WWE doesn’t care about its cruiserweight division. They have made this blatantly obvious since the CWC ended.

Kent:  Is Neville 7 feet tall? What?  Is Tozawa 7 feet tall? What? Can Titus fit inside a shark cage? What?  I just want to drag my sack across the face of the decision makers right now.  Tozawa and Neville both deserved a bigger platform to display that match.

  1.  Is Emma getting buried or is this part of a bigger, more productive storyline for her?

Russ:  We will know this answer in about 3 months.  You know the next time we see Emma and another revamping of her character.  

Keri:  Who knows. I liked to think that this give Emma a chance thing has a chance. But at the end of the day her name is not Bayley or Sasha so no title shot for her.

Kent:  Buried, anally.  Nope, it doesn’t have to make sense because we’re talking about wrestling, which is make believe , so anything goes.

  1.  Is Jason Jordan destined to be a heel after this current storyline?

Russ:  You know what would have made this storyline better.  If they used Chad Gable instead.  Jordan is a decent wrestler, but fails at every other level.  They made a mistake trying to be funny and now they are stuck with a dumb story and a wrestler who can’t pull it off.  I wouldn’t be surprised in like 4 months this story is completely dropped and never mentioned again.   Kind of like when Vince blew up in a Limo.  The only time it is mentioned is in mocking, just like this will be.   

Keri:  I didn’t care about this storyline when the whole big reveal happened and I don’t care about it now. It’s a stupid storyline that broke up what was one of the best tag teams to come out of NXT within the past year. Therefore, I’m not wasting anymore time on this one.

Kent:  You know what?  I don’t care.  I could wipe a monkey’s a** with whatever they decide to do with Jason Jordan.  He was in a great tag team with Chad Gable, and they snatched them in the middle of the night and anally raped them, violently, until they agreed with the current direction of their characters.  Just like Spielberg did to Indiana Jones.

  1.  Why didn’t anybody come out to help Big Show but the locker room poured out for the final segment?  Also, did the final segment make Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns look incredibly unimportant?

Russ:  Little known fact WWE isn’t consistent.  I did find it funny that The Big Show was unfairly getting ganged up on and was about to suffer possibly career ending damage at the hands of Cass and G & A and nobody bothered to come out, but Braun and Brock looked at each other funny and the entire locker room came out to make sure no one got hurt.  Good logic WWE.  As for Samoa Joe and Reigns looking incredibly unimportant I have a hypothesis on this.  These 4 guys are so on fire right now that WWE actually went out of its way to try and play this match down.  Let’s face it because of Joe, Braun, and Roman this match was already up their for expectations.  WWE knows it could never live up to the hype so they decided to make each guy look unimportant.  Don’t believe me let’s take a look over the past several weeks:  1.  Triple threat match that was fantastic minus Brock.  Making Brock look like he was unimportant.  Then The last man standing match.  Again, fantastic and Joe came out and purposefully took out Roman ignoring Braun.  Making Braun look like he was unimportant.  This week with no time remaining.  A locker clearing brawl between Braun and Brock while Joe and Roman disappeared into the night making them insignificant.  Everyone had their shot at being downplayed, now WWE won’t have to worry about this match being underwhelming.  

Keri:  I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Because reasons and yes. I would like to think that Braun looks very strong heading into this weekend but we know the Universal title is the groundhog of the championship belts. This means that Brock will retain and we will get 6 more months of no Universal title on WWE TV. Seriously Brock, join Cena and be gone already.

Kent:  Dumb dee dumb dee dumb.  I thought the Hardy Boys were feuding with Gallows and Anderson.No?  My bad, sorry for paying attention.  Big Show has no friends, and you can’t teach that.  Just wait until Enzo turns heel Sunday.  As for the end, it feels like Joe is having a deja vu to Wrestlemania weekend.  I could have sworn they took Joe seriously like a month ago.  I must be wrong.  I thought Roman was the franchise, but I didn’t even see anybody holding him back, but you know, he can take a 20 minute beating last week and then fully run and spear Braun.  Sorry for having a memory WWE.  You SUCK!!!!

  1.  Seth and Dean touched fists, tips, and butts. The Miz is in wrestling purgatory of sorts, but better off than Elias.  Sheasaro get no respect. Heath and Rhyno can’t get screen time.  On the plus side, 6 days prior to Summerslam they gave us Bray vs Finn, in which Bray won cleanly.  What the hell?

Russ:  Well I’m going to tackle the Bray and Finn match.  I hated this.  It was simply a way for WWE to give Bray a win and they can Blow their load on this feud at SummerSlam.  Instead of drawing having the demon come out over several months culminating in a demon feud at Hell in the Cell.  WWE has decided that should have a throw away match on a RAW showing Bray > Finn.  Then Bray goes too far and pours “acidic” red goo all over Finn.  Now Finn is going to bring out the Demon at Slam.  Yay, way to make it special WWE.  Yeah the match was used to set up that Demon Finn > Bray.  I’m sure the match will be adequate, but knowing the Demon is coming out means Bray is losing and I don’t care anymore.  

Keri:  Again, it’s nice to see that nothing has changed while I was gone and old storylines are still so exciting. So, let me see if I got this straight, Seth and Dean are a bickering old married couple just like Sheasaro were when they got paired up a year ago. Nice recycled storyline there. Miz has the IC title but no match at Summerslam despite the fact that his belt is the only one that is showcased week after week on RAW. Again, nice work Creative. As for Bray and Finn, I guess I’m excited that Bray woke the Demon. But seriously didn’t we see this coming when this whole thing started back around Mania. Also, I hate to say it Finn but Braun is starting to become my favorite guy. Sorry, but you bore me and I had to move on. Nothing personal I swear. (Kent: Gooood goooooood.  Let the hate flow.  Good job WWE, you have broken Keri.)

Kent:  Well apparently WWE thought that the Billy and Chuck gimmick worked so good that they are having Dean and Seth reenact it.  They need matching tights.  Maybe the can come out Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance as Dean piggybacks Seth down to the ring.  It would be historic and so open minded and progressive.  They could say that they started the homoerotic tag team revolution, and then Breezedango could dispute with them, only to have The Ascension truly lay claim with moon pie references.  And just when you thought, “My God, I am so happy to watch this new homoerotic division” suddenly Billy and Chuck would show up and say that they started the revolution.  Then you have Demolition come out in their BDSM gear and say that they were the real pioneers.  Homoerotic Wrestlemania tag team battle royale, I cannot wait.  I’ll be cheering on the Prime Time Players, only replacing Darren Young with Apollo Crews because I don’t wish to insult Darren Young.  That dude’s pretty fucking cool…unlike WWE.

  1.  Naomi is boring and having a lousy championship run.  Describe a way to get her back over to the point that you care about her again.

Russ:  Get her in a feud with someone like Becky or hell a heel Charlotte.  She has not had a single feud her entire run.  Unless you count Lana, which shame on you if you do.  She needs a story where she is the hero and someone keeps doing wrong.  If she just moves from one competitor to the next it’s boring.  Also, her feuds have been with the dregs of the division.  Give her someone she has to step up for.  I’m all for Becky vs Naomi and it is easy to keep them both fan favorites.  Naomi is the champ.  Becky wants the belt.  That’s it.  Wow, you mean stories don’t have to be super elaborate and make little sense to be good?  Oh WWE, you are silly sometimes.  

Keri:  Find her some charisma. Seriously, she has zero charisma. I could care less about her or the fact that she has the title. Her and Natty have to be the most uncharismatic women in the division and they have the title match at Summerslam. All I can say is come on Carmella cash in. I seriously cannot wait for her (and Ellsworth) to win the title and bring something back to that title that hasn’t been seen since Alexa held the title.

Kent:  Nudity?  Maybe build up Tamina with the help of Lana so Naomi has this huge uphill climb to show the heart of a champi……no, fucdgeit.  Nudity, basically her ass, on live TV.

  1.  Has Rusev vs Randy been the best booked feud leading into Summerslam?  If not, tell me which one was.

Russ:  I’m going to say, and I know Kent will hate me for this,  Cena vs Corbin.  I had no interest in this match other than to watch Corbin lose in what was hopefully a competitive fun match.  Instead, they completely fuck Corbin out of his Money in the Bank in a very deliberate bullshit way.  Making his fans very angry at the wasted opportunity.  Now I want to see if they complete the burial of Corbin or he comes out on top.  Either way they did their job.  It is the only match that I went from zero to holy fuck gotta watch it on the entire card.  (Kent: Well Russ, you have betrayed me and all of the fans reading this.  Getting out the Shame lady again.)

Keri:  Its really a tie between this one and KO and AJ. Both have a legitimate storyline which is rare in today’s WWE. Which leads me to my second question. Why is it that the US title is being booked better than the WWE title? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? I’m so confused and may need an adult.

Kent:  Yup.  Rusev cut one whole promo asking for competition after an amazing match with Chad.  Randy accepted.  Rusev attacked him the following week with a simple kick to end the show.  This week Rusev kills Chad, and RKO out of nowhere.  Yeah, this is simple wrestling storylines at it’s finest.  This is the best that we have, especially since another SD feud got a little sidetracked at the end of SD.  Assholes!!!!!

  1.  Is it smart for WWE to end Fashion Peaks to get Breezedango back into matches, or is this a surprising, shocking, unusual mistake by that great F’N brain center known as Smackdown creative?

Russ:  They ended Fashion Peaks, they never said it was the end of Breezedango and the Fashion Police.  They were deliberate in saying Fashion Peaks.  Maybe next week we will get “That Fashion Show”  Where Dango lives with his parents and is a bit of a geek and his best friend Tyler lives in his basement, because his parents abandoned him.  They both love to smoke pot and we see them in a pot circle with their other friends The Ascension and Aiden English and hilarity will ensue.  I still don’t think WWE is going to have them wrestle yet and the Fashion Files will continue on.  

Keri:  Another short and sweet answer for this one. This is stupid plain and simple. Fashion Files, X files, Vice, etc has been gold week over week. It was the only thing I checked in on during my two week hiatus. That and to see what the Ascension was eating this week. The only good thing about the ending of Fashion Peaks is that maybe Konnor’s waistline will now start to shrink.

Kent:  WWE and smart don’t really belong in the same sentence.  So no, this is a terrible idea.  Neither are great in the ring.  They could do this weekly and get over more than anything they will do in the ring.  No offense to Breezedango, but this is their pinnacle.  Man, the WWE is really making me foolish for saying that giving them the tag belts 2+ months ago would be the only way to keep them credible as wrestlers.  What was I thinking?  Good thing that New Day is around and not getting broken up.

Bonus Deuce

  1. Rate RAW

Russ:  I really enjoyed this week.  I thought the way they compartmentalized each match into it’s own segment was smart.  Even though it was predictable I enjoyed the Dean and Seth fist bump show.  The cruiserweight match was great.  I liked what they did with the Fatal Four way.  Of course their was dumb shit, but that is par for the course with WWE.  

Rating: 6.8  

Keri:  Overall, decent show, I guess. I missed the first 30 minutes because I had to watch GOT and that was far better than the first 30 minutes of this show. Braun looked strong and thats all I care about right now (Sorry again Finn). He isn’t winning Sunday, is he? Sigh. Rating: 4

Kent:  F*** RAW

  1.  Rate Smackdown

Russ:  I’ll be honest, I barely remember what happened.  With the exception of the whole ending debacle.  I liked the Fashion Peaks Finale and the KO, AJ, Shane saga has been entertaining.  The rest of it was blah.  Rating: 4

Keri:  The word to describe this week’s show was pointless. Pointless cash in, pointless segments, and the pointless end to the Fashion Peaks. I was needless to say underwhelmed. Rating: 3 (Yes, RAW beat Smackdown this week)

Kent:  F*** Smackdown

 

Final Thoughts

Russ:  SummerSlam is shaping up to be a decent PPV.  On Paper that is.  We all know there won’t be enough time for each match to deliver.  This will end up where each match, except for maybe one or two, suffers.  Because of this and fatigue from watching 6 hours The PPV will be largely boring in several spots.  Still I am excited to see most of these matches and I definitely will.  Right after I watch “Game of Thrones.”   

Keri:  As I said at the start of the blog, boy did I pick the wrong week to come back to the blog.  RAW this week was decent but did little to nothing to get me excited about this weekend. Smackdown well I wish I watched something else instead honestly. As for Summerslam, I will probably watch part and then go to bed at a decent hour as usual then read the recaps the next morning.

Kent:  F*** Summerslam

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The Game of Thrones 9 Deuce – S:7 Ep:5 – The Return of Gendry!!!!

Gendry has returned, feel free to drink that in.  We here at 9 Deuce are extremely happy.  Jon can touch dragons, Gilly is uncovering truths, Davos has too many great lines, Tormund misses the the “big woman”, Cersei is supposedly pregnant, and lots more.  Please enjoy as my panel answer my inane questions.  Any comments in bold are from Kent.

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The 9

  1.  Davos keeps mentioning how he’s no longer useful in battle/fighting.  Do you think that this is a bad omen for his character’s longevity, or is it more to emphasize how important he is in regards to strategy?

Chris:  Davos never was a fighter. I mean the only time we’ve seen him pick up a sword really was last season to defend Jon’s corpse and even then he said he wasn’t a fighter. He was a smuggler and a sailor, a reasonably intelligent man for not being educated, and extremely loyal to Stannis. That was what he was made Hand for, not his sword arm. Plus he gets some of the best lines now. “Don’t listen to me, what do I know? What did I do, other than live to a ripe old fucking age”

Jim:  I think to underscore his usefulness.  You saw in Gendry’s big scene, if he didn’t use his wits, Gendry would not have gotten a clean shot.  Not sure his gift of the gab will help with walkers, but he understates what he is in combat.  I hope he isn’t giving us a death preview, because he does rank in my favorites (not Euron or Bronn but close).  He is however a survivor, and has nearly the same list of near misses as Bronn, so I’d hate to see him go.

Raylene:  I think he’s more useful as a strategizer then as a soldier. He has experience that you would want on your side and his wit will remain a essential role for Jon.

Briana:  I’m going with his importance for strategy. He’s like an old war vet who acts like he’s too old to be useful but when put in a situation where he’s needed, he steps up every time. He probably just can’t quite swing a sword like in his prime! Lol

Kent:  Man, I gotta ask better questions if everybody is agreeing.  I do think this is a bad omen for his character.  By the end of the show, I’m simply not sure if I see a place for his character, which saddens me and I hope that I am incorrect.

 

  1.  Two part question coming up. 1) Do you think that Cersei’s baby is Jaime’s?  2) If she ever lives long enough to deliver the baby, will she actually tell people that it’s Jaime’s?

Chris:  IF she is pregnant it is Jaime’s, with the question being if. If she lives long enough she will. Like Raylene said though there is the curse she was given to consider

Jim:  other than possibly Euron’s or the Iron Banker’s, it really could only be Jaime’s.  I’d like it to be Euron’s, to help me with my prediction, but I do believe it to be Jaime’s.  I don’t believe that she will live long enough to deliver it, or she will lose it, as more penance for what she has done, but if she does for some reason get to deliver it, I do believe she will say it is Jaimes, because she only lives that long if she is in charge, and would only say it if she’s in charge.

Raylene:  I think that the baby is Jamie’s but I don’t believe the child will ever be born since she’s been told all her kids will die. Ceresi does not care of the opinions of the ones she rules over so it will be made public Jamie is the dad

Briana:  No and No. first, I don’t believe she’s pregnant. I think he sees him slipping from her grasp and needed a reason to lure him back in. (If I’m wrong and it turns out she really is pregnant, than yes I do believe it would be his. But I just don’t think she’s pregnant) And with the second part, people already know technically that they’ve got a thing but her coming right out and telling everyone just doesn’t seem like something she’d ever do. She’s fought so hard to be where she is and I guarantee she plans on marrying someone to gain alliance. No way is she going to risk everything to make Jaime feel better.

Kent:  I don’t believe that she is pregnant.  So no to both.  

 

  1.  Jon was able to touch Drogon.  Give me your thoughts on the importance of this.  Chris, I expect a long, articulate response exploring every possibility.

Chris:  All right. One of Kit’s better scenes, he actually looked like he was going to shit himself. We know now that the dragon’s will respond to Targaryen blood. Jon will ride one of them at some point. Definitely the precursor to the later scene where Dany says she has grown used to the king in the north. Other than that not much.

Jim:  I believe different people interpret it differently.  I think Danny thinks it’s a sign she should get with Jon, I believe Jon thinks it is Dany accepting to work with him, and I think we the viewers know it is because he is a targarian.  It does at least answer my question from last week of who will ride the other two dragons…. Jon and Jorah…

Raylene:  Perhaps Drogon can sense that Jon has targarian blood and he will be one riding a dragon

Briana:  Duh! It means Drogon recognizes the Targaryan in Jon. He recognizes him as family, he let us know he trusts him.

Kent:   The importance is that Dany is doing a fine job domesticating Drogon…obviously.  Targaryan blood, blah blah blah.  When Dany gets killed, we know that the only person that Drogon will feel comfortable with is Jon.  

 

  1.  Did Samwell do the right thing in packing up some books and scrolls and mounting up to leave?

Chris:  It gets rid of one more location for filming in and opens up three plot points to focus on coming up. 1) Dany just killed Sam’s father and brother. I don’t remember if Sam had to give up the black to become a maester, but he’s already broken a bunch of vows by banging Gilly. So potentially Sam could now be lord of High Garden and the Reach, and hate Danaerys for killing them. Or be happy she did.(2) Sam has proof now that Jon is the rightful heir to the throne, if we continue to believe in the legitimacy of the Targaryen claim. Rhaegar his father was Dany’s eldest brother, with Jon being he legitimate son, hmm nothing like muddying the succession even more. (3) Sam could possibly have the final solution to the White Walker threat. Since it looks like any dragons kill ed now will be by the undead (undead dragons) Sam might be the trump card in humanity’s survival

Jim:  he thinks so, but I’m not sure what else he can offer but knowledge, and he was in the perfect spot to get it…. I don’t see that family surviving the remaining two seasons because of that..

Raylene:  Unfortunately Samwell was not being used the way he should have been but with him taking the books I believe he will still be useful to Jon I believe he’s headed to him

Briana:  Well, first of all, maybe he should have listened more to Gilly in her ramblings instead of yelling at her but as far as leaving… why not! Like he said, he’s “tired of reading about the accomplishments of better men” Get in there Tarly and do something!!

Kent:  Not only is the whole Jon is a Targaryan thing in those pages, but it appears that the big solution to Winter is probably tucked away in there.  The internet has long believed that Sam and Bran will play huge roles in in making it to Spring.  Of course, it’s the internet and it gets things wrong more often than it gets things right.

 

  1.  It appears that Littlefinger has made his boldest move this season, with Arya finding the scroll.  What will the repercussions be?

Chris:  Mistrust between Arya and Sansa even more. Arya is the only one in the series who has not had to grow relying on others still present in the past 3 years. She hasn’t seen or experienced the shit that went down on Westeros while she was gone. A rational, intelligent person would realize that Sansa wrote that note to stay alive, like Robb did. Arya is still mostly stupid as shown by her discussion with Sansa this week (“They talk badly about Jon, cut off their heads”). I think that mostly this was to show that Littlefinger is as suspicious of Arya as she is of him.

Jim:  I’m not sure they will be huge….  Arya, who doesn’t beat around the bush, rather than let feelings stew, will go direct to Sansa with this…. Sansa, who already distrusts Littlefinger to a degree, will explain it away, and further distrust Littlefinger.  Thought I believe Littlefinger will drive a wedge in the family, this won’t be what does it.

Raylene: I believe it will cause a wedge between the two sister. I think Ayra will make a play to execute Little Finger and wear his face in future scene perhaps making a arrangement to meet with Ceresi

Briana:  It was definitely all about pitting Arya and Sansa against each other. He realizes Arya is his biggest obstacle at this moment in time and he’s stirring the shit pot to get her out of his way. By getting her mad at Sansa, he keeps her from coming after him for Sansa’s sake. Assuming she’s the only reason Arya has to go after him..

Kent:  I don’t think it’s going to result in a divide between Arya and Sansa.  It seems too convenient.  Plus, 9 episodes remain.  Fuck driving the wedge.  I truly am fearing that Littlefinger’s window is closing and he may never make that one truly big play that we have long been anticipating.  If Arya goes to Sansa with this, Sansa will shut that shit down in a hurry, or so it seems given her character development.  I am hoping that I am wrong and Littlefinger does something truly amazing.

 

  1.  If we can all agree that Littlefinger is the most manipulative character in Game of Thrones, which some may not agree, who would you say is the second most manipulative character (or first if you think somebody ranks above Littlefinger)?  Remember, there are no wrong answers, so somebody please Kentertain me.

Chris:  Cersei. She probably isn’t even pregnant, but I can already see her planning Sept of Baelor version 2.0 for her meeting with Jon and Dany in the season finale

Jim:  Mellisandre, the red woman.  She convinced the Light brothers to sell Gendry, Robert to sacrifice Gendry (unsuccessfully), to unleash a shadow vag demon, to murder his brother, to burn his daughter, and has managed to get Danny to accept the lord of light, scare the bejesus outta Varys, escape Davos and Jon, and finally trick all the viewers into checking out super-granny porn, using her words and confidence…. only slightly behind Littlefinger, but above everyone else including Cersei and Varys.

Raylene:  I would have to say Varys

Briana:  I have to go with Cersei on this one. (Also I agree Littlefinger is number 1 master manipulator) Now, Cersei isn’t always sly about her manipulations, in fact half the time, it’s just basic murder. BUT she is always manipulating the situation if not the person. She is the one who coined the phrase “when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”. Playing the game is all she knows.

Kent:  Tywin and then Varys.  Tywin was so damn good at what he did.  He’s dead, so if we’re going by living characters, Varys makes a lot of sense.

 

  1.  Will Bronn face any repercussions after setting up the meetic between Jaime and Tyrion.  Also, feel free to comment on Tyrion/Dany’s proposal to Cersei/Jaime.

Chris:  Fuck no. Now that he is talking to Tyrion again, he is going to be looking for the best possible offer. Bronn helping Tyrion survive whatever Cersei is planning is going to be the thing she does plan for, but then Jaime is going to sacrifice himself for his brother

Jim:  yes but not immediately…. Cersei will be the death of him, like he was foretelling Jaime.  She never forgets, and I think once the “worst plan ever i.e. Bring a zombie to Kings Landing” is done, she will get him.

Raylene:  Yes Ceresi will not forget that he betrayed her she may even have The Mountain take him out. I can see that plan becoming a disaster and making many white walkers in a short period of time

Briana:  I think Jaime will send him to Dany and Tyrion before he would punish him. The man has saved his life more times than I can remember and I don’t think Jaime is that callous. But if Cercei forces it, he will make him disappear without actually hurting him. And their proposal was of course the only option. Being Cercei, I wouldn’t believe it but if they can produce a body, there’s no reason for anyone to back down from this.

Kent:  So I tend to live in the glass is half empty world, so that’s one of my bigger fears.  I don’t think his death would be enough to drive a wedge between Jaime and Cersei though, so I think that he’s safe.  I don’t think that he will deal with any repercussions.  

 

  1.  Gendry is back!!!!  I know some of you lost faith in him returning (Chris), but it’s true.  Do you think he has any chance of holding a high position when all is said and done?  Something like the Hand of the King/Queen or something else along those lines.

Chris:  God fucking Damn it! As soon as the smith street was shown I started swearing at the t.v. My wife and son were sitting on the front porch this morning for his first day of school this year and she heard me through the window. I was like fuck, now I have to eat 3 eyed crow when I talk to Kent. No position, unless when he and Arya get together they do some kinky shit

Jim:  no…. his honesty will be the death of him…. whether it is Littlefinger, Sansa, Cersei or Dany, someone with a hardon (or lady wood) for power will see him as a threat.  I really thought he would be brought in to make Valarian Steel…. not play Thor in the Winter Avengers….

Raylene:  As long as he stays with Jon then I think he will be safe since he’s so honest to a fault I could see other kingdoms finding him a threat. Maybe even a position at The Wall

Briana:  Honestly, I don’t think he wants anything like that. I think he’s a simple guy who enjoys his work. He is down to fight bc he knows it’s partly his fight to join but I don’t think he’s looking for royalty status. He just wants the bitch to stop hunting him. I think he’ll end up being the blacksmith of the court! (No clue what that title would actually be called but it sounded good to me! Lol)

Kent:  Yes, I got one wish…..one GLORIOUS wish that came true.  I was so happy.  Yes, I think that he will hold some important role when all is said and done.  He didn’t come back to be nothing in the end.

 

  1.  At the end of the end of the episode, we saw the greatest grouping yet in Game of Thrones with Jon, Davos, Gendry, Jorah, Tormund, The Hound, Dondorian, and Thoros.  It seems inevitable that somebody is going to die on this venture.  Who do you think it will be?

Chris:  Davos didn’t go. Tormund had a great line (“Did you bring the big woman?”). I can foresee the drift of the rest of the season now, and this shit definitely foreshadows Cleganebowl dude. Ducking awesome ending and the next episode is second to last which are usually the most expensive to film, due to special effects

Jim:  foreshadowing points to Davos or Jorah, but I think it will be the Thoros, with Dondorian passing the power of fire to the Hound (hopefully) (side not, not sure if I got the names mixed up…. eye patch will die, man-bun with pass powers).  Gendry will live to get shanked later.  Tormund will live, because they want to give us ugly sex with him and Brianne.

Raylene:  One of the people with The hound will die but not before he learns how to use the power of the light since they seem to be leaning towards him learning even with his fire anxiety

Briana:  Easy answer would be one of the brothers but I have a bad feeling about Jorah and Davos in this one.

Kent:  My apologies, Davos didn’t go.  I think it is Thoros time, which won’t seem like a big one, but it kinda is,  This is also how the Hound’s role increases.  Tormund also strikes me as a possibility.  I hope not, but TV shows aren’t kind to gingers.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Who was your MVP of this episode?

Chris:  Gilly. She cleared up with one sentence the whole question of who has the right to the Iron Throne

Jim:  Littlefinger made the strongest single move, but Davos won it…. pulling out Gendry, smuggling in Tyrion, persuading the guards with rotten crabs (the first time), and his interaction in Eastmarch all add up to a win for me.  Hopefully it’s not his swan song…

Raylene:  Davos his quick thinking and planning is essential to survival and winning

Kent:  Davos because he made my wish come true, plus had a ton of great lines. This was Davos’ episode in my opinion.  Which is raising a big red flag for me.

 

  1.  The prophecy of Azor Ahai pops up every now and again, and we know that we will inevitably find out who he, or she, may be.  Make a prediction on who you think it is.  For reference, I will leave you this link so you can read it in case you aren’t familiar with this prophecy.  Please know that this is going to happen, this isn’t some theory.

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Azor_Ahai

Chris:  If we go by what the show us shown us so far, it can only be Gendry, Jon, or Dany. Those are the only 3 with Targaryen blood left (Robert’s grandmother was a Targaryen, which is why he became king after killing Aerys, rather than Ned or Tywin or Jon Arryn). Jon and Dany both fit the reborn part. Dany gave birth to dragons from stone. Gendry could reforge Lightbringer. The sword’s identity would be the big clue, if Dany starts waving a new magic sword around its probably going to be her. On the other hand Jon burned the shit out of his hand before he used Longclaw to kill the wight in Castle Black, so if Longclaw is Lightbringer than it would be Jon.

Jim:  if you move past the gender wording, I do think it is Dany, because she did help sacrifice a prince (her stupid brother).  Everyone wants it to be Jon, but I can’t think of anyone else but Dany when I read the prophecy…. sadly, as I would prefer nearly anyone else…. not that I dislike her, but I Would prefer the Lord of Light to be someone unexpected…. like Bran.

Raylene:  I am hoping that it’s Tryion

Briana:  Based on what we’ve already seen, I feel it has to be Jon or Dany or both. It’s part of why I think they’re meant to be married. Someone mentioned the prophecy is open to interpretation as far as who and why. Both Jon and Dany were born again from the fire and the two of them are the only ones who can bring everyone together to fight the white walkers. Then again, with everyone talking about the hound gaining powers and whatnot, maybe he will jump in and surprise us!

Kent:  There are so many awesome ideas out there, just look on YouTube.  I feel that Meera has a bigger role to play.  Jon and Dany seem too obvious and have been given the push already.  I say that the writers would be smart to elevate another character, whether it be Tyrion, Jaime, Hound, or someone else.  I am going with Meera.  I still think that 2 babies were born up in that tower.

Final Thoughts

Chris:  Another great episode. Some awesome lines (See Davos and Tormund above). Yay for Kent, Gendry’s back. I liked his interaction with Jon. The scene where Jorah comes back was pretty awesome. One reviewer described it as “Jorah shoots Jon a look that’s nuanced, wary, appraising, resigned.Jon shoots a look back at him that says, “It windy.” ‘ The whole grouping at the end is awesome. Bronn calling Jamie a cunt. The look on Jaime’s face when Cersei tells him not to betray her again. All in all I can’t wait for the next 2 episodes

Jim:  Euron will return to real havoc soon, and bringing a zombie to Kings landing is the worst idea ever….  I do feel like the Winter avengers should have had more triumphant music, but they will have an amazing fight sequence next week with the dead, and it will have great tense music then..  also, with the Winter avengers teaming up to go with the stupidest idea ever, it is at least moving us back closer to the Cleganebowl.  Plus the Hound will use his newfound light powers against zombie mountain !!!

Kent:  The next time somebody asks me for a favor, I am going to continuously ask them to bend at the knee and see how beloved I become.

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – August 7 & 8, 2017 – The Unfortunately We’re Back In Canada Edition

In this week’s Wrestling 9 Deuce, Russ and I tackle the week that was in Canada buddy.  RAW was surprisingly solid thanks to 4 really decent matches.  Smackdown was better on the talky side of things, not so much in ring.  We also found out that Bayley is out for Summerslam, as is Scott Dawson of the Revival.  Charlotte had her ass exposed in her match, and much, much more.  Also, those fans at RAW were absolutely awful.

Of course, we also did our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained, where we discuss some of these topics and others, plus do our weekly segments.  It’s like a verbal companion to the blog. Please check us out at facebook.com/9deuceblog , on Twitter @official9deuce, or Instagram at Official9Deuce.  Share this, like this, write us an email with a question at wrestling@9deuce.com.  Thank you.

The 9

  1.  Sheamus fought Seth and Cesaro fought Dean.  Which match did you prefer?

Russ:  Both matches were good, but Cesaro and Dean got a lot more time and that actually helped them.  Seth vs. Sheamus felt more like evening the score out between the two instead of a full fledged match.  It was fine for what it was, but they definitely had a better match last week.  Cesaro and Dean on the other hand was given time and told a decent story.  It was interesting that the crowd didn’t really get into this until after the first commercial break.  Then the crowd was going crazy with chants and cheers.  Dean and Cesaro have good chemistry together, I’d like to see more of them.  

Kent:  Just last week I sang the praises of Sheamus, and he had a good TV match.  Then Dean and Cesaro tore the house down in one of the best TV matches all year.  What a great display for both guys.  If Dean would get the time and not be so goofy, he could give us more of this.  Cesaro, well still climbing the ranks of all time greats to never wear the main championship.  Yes, he’s really high up in that discussion.

  1.  Are you a fan of how the set up for the Bray vs Finn match has gone so far?

Russ:  It kind of feels like they have done this before.  Where an opponent thinks he is more Bray than Bray is.  However, I won’t say I hate it because Finn doesn’t seem to be giving into the Demon stuff.  Which is good because we don’t want the Demon to come out during the first match that wouldn’t be any fun.  

Kent:  I do like it.  The less that these guys do physically to each other, the better.  Finn showcasing his speed is going to be the story of the match I hope.  This match could be a show stealer at Summerslam.  It won’t be, but it COULD be.

  1.  In honor or our missing colleague, Keri, let’s talk about the women.  Let’s talk about the fans being dicks to Bayley and the two matches.  Thoughts?

Russ:  Well, I’d say the fans were being dicks to Bayley, but really Bayley has been poorly booked and characterised by the WWE lately and the fans are starting to sour on her.  Yeah, Canadian fans think they are above it all, but they sometimes make a good point.  This time they made a good point.  If they are going to fuck up the Bayley character this badly then we should be booing her.  We complain about her all the time on the podcast.  I just think the Canadians are listening to us.  As for the matches.  They were ok.  The two most obvious choices won so it wasn’t a shocker.  I thought Emma looked good out there, too bad she never had a chance.  Nia looked good in her match, but man her competition was hot garbage.  I am pretty sure next week Sasha is going to win.  So we may just end up with a decent match after all at SummerSlam.  

Kent:  Canadien fans like to think that they are special.  They are not.  There is no reason to boo Bayley, so screw you buddy.  “I’m not your buddy, Guy.”  Yeah, well I’m not your guy, Friend.  “I’m not your friend, Buddy.”  Huh, talking to Canadiens is confusing.  Seriously, did they have to put the 3 best talents available in the one match and then….well Nia was in a match.  Emma looked like a million bucks, as was expected by yours truly.  Alicia was great in her role.  So naturally Sasha won.  Fuck that.  I want to give Nia props for doing a really good job with her shoulder to the ring post spot.  She’s been working on it for a long time and it is showing.  Also, when Nia goes face, she’s going to be a star.  I am noticing that she is starting to get a sense for the moment, when to pose and show off a bit.  Dana on the other hand….not so much.  I wish Emma would have taken Dana’s spot.  Mickie is criminally underutilized on RAW.

Here is Alexa on Sportscenter.

http://www.wwe.com/videos/alexa-bliss-discusses-her-raw-women-s-title-defense-at-summerslam-on-espn-s-sportscenter

I believe this week also had Alexa’s birthday, so I found this gallery of 30 of Alexa’s best pics per WWE.

http://www.wwe.com/gallery/30-stunning-photos-of-alexa-bliss#fid-40123415

Finally, to stay on the women, here is Sasha as a zombie. I’d still hit it.

http://www.wwe.com/inside/mattel/gallery/sasha-banks-wwe-zombie-photos#fid-40122788

  1.  Who should Titus choose as his next client in Titus Worldwide?

Russ:  I’d like to see Heath join the ranks of Titus.  He’s got kids!  So does Titus, so he knows how important family is.  Titus and Heath could do some great things together on the mic and Heath is that star that just needs a spark to move really improve his status.  I think joining Titus Worldwide could be that spark and Titus Worldwide needs the star power of Slater.  

Kent:  I say run with this as long as they can and then when Bayley returns, have her lose a bit, and then have Titus boost her up.  She’s not great on the mic, but Titus is.  He also wears purple, so Bayley would fit in.  I think this would help everybody involved.  Then if they ever need to do the Bayley boyfriend storyline, Apollo would be available while Titus could be ridiculous.  I haven’t read Russ’ answer, but my answer is better than his.

  1.  WWE gave away Roman vs Braun in a Last Man Standing match for free.  Was this a good decision.  Also, if you have any thoughts on the match, regale us with now.

Russ:  I’m not sure why WWE is all of the sudden giving PPV level matches for free on TV, but I’m not complaining.  This was a really good showcase between the two men and the ending almost made sense.  I mean Kent is right why did Joe not take out Braun as well?  The lead up to this fatal-four at SummerSlam has given me high expectations for that match.  Which I know can’t possibly live up to what I want now, but man they are doing a great job with this!  

Kent:  I feel all Last man Standing matches should strictly be PPV matches that end feuds.  No exceptions.  This was  apretty good match.  I hate how much Braun had to sell the spear and how little Roman sold at the end.  The big issue I have with this was that after Joe took out Roman, why didn’t he take out Braun as well?  It makes Braun seem like a lesser threat than Roman, and it was kinda insulting.  I hate ending this on a sour note, so good effort by Roman and Braun!

I also have lots of good Braun related stuff this week.  First of all Braun met up with the man who plays The Mountain in Game of Thrones.

https://www.thescore.com/news/1349597-braun-strowman-hangs-with-the-mountain

Braun recently did an interview where he put over Roman.

https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/braun-strowman-puts-over-roman-reigns-in-major-way-during-wide-ranging-interview/

Then of course, there is Braun doing a table reading for Juno, which Eric originally reported to me.  What a week!

Braun Strowman Does Table Read For ‘Juno’, Charlotte Comments On Media Tour In China, Outsiders vs Steiners (Video)

Finally, if you want actual video of the chair toss, which you know you do, here you go.

Braun Strowman tosses a desk chair at the head of Roman Reigns and thus creates the perfect GIF

  1.  Which feud has you more excited at the moment: Rusev vs Randy or Baron vs Cena?

Russ:   Well, this one is easy for me:  Baron vs. Cena.  The main reason is that Randy has never been a wrestler that I enjoy.  Yes, he does have good matches and sometimes I like what he does.  However, for the most part I just think he is boring.  Since winning the title at Mania he has been almost unbearable.  Not to mention Randy has been on a major losing streak and needs a win.  Rusev is a master at getting buried. We all know how this will end.    

Kent:  Well, we all know that I have been hoping for months now, that Cena would face Baron.  Of course I am excited.  With that being said, Cena isn’t putting Baron over yet.  He NEEDS that win so that when Baron cashed in MitB, then Cena can say that he beat him.  Cena NEEDS all wins all the time.  My pick is Rusev vs Randy.  Randy got his first win in what seems like months this week.  Rusev is in desperate need of a big win, and Randy as seemingly embraced taking on guys who need a rub this year.  With Bray, he seemed to embrace it.  With Jinder, he tried, but the writing ruined it.  With Rusev, I think they can have at least a 6.5 if not 7.0 match.

  1.  What will help the women’s division more: Charlotte’s opponents pulling her pants down or the return of James Ellsworth?

Russ:  This is a tough one!  James Ellsworth coming back is a big thing, especially for Carmella, but Charlotte’s face when she realized her shorts were down…Priceless.  The “Thank you, Lana” chants were fantastic.  I think it completely eclipsed poor James making his triumphant return.  I think that should be Lana’s new gimmick.  Everytime she gets in trouble in a fight she pants her opponents.  I’d watch every match!  

Kent:  We all know what I’m going to say.  James MF’N Ellsworth is the obvious choice.  Go do a search for Charlotte nude and go play a rousing game of 5 against 1 if you need to.  Ellsworth is the Women’s savior because he’s the best on the mic and gets over Carmella’s opponents.  Of course he’s the answer.  Russ, you’re a pervert.

  1.  We know that Shane is going to get involved in the Summerslam match.  In the end, who will he help win?

Russ:  Well, it seems the obvious choice would be to help AJ win.  This will get KO out of the championship picture and into an interesting feud with Shane.  The feud could easily make it to Survivor Series and hell they might even push it to The Royal Rumble.  Although, I kind of hope that they might pull a fast one on us and he instead helps KO win and then Shane and KO form a faction that will rule Smackdown, while Daniel Bryan tries desperately to fix the wrongs of the duo.  

Kent:  I have been wondering if Shane may be due for a heel turn.  I like that Daniel and Shane by and large just make matches, but that’s not WWE’s style.  They like having an evil ruler sooner than later.  With Kurt running shit on RAW like a mayor, and Daniel never going heel EVER again, Shane makes sense to help KO here.  So I’ll say that he helps AJ because I like providing explanations for how wrong I am.

  1.  We now know that Double AA, the OG of the A Double level, was behind the Tully thing.  We also know that Fandango was abducted by aliens.  We always knew that Konnor likes pie….way too much.  What revelation is most interesting to you and is this ever leading to The Ascension getting a feud or taken seriously at all?  Also, what the hell happened to the Hype Bros storyline?

Russ:  Well Konnor liking pies isn’t exactly a revelation. It’s more of a fact.  I thought AA being the mastermind behind the Tully incident was fantastic!  I can’t believe it didn’t dawn on me until after seeing Arn that it made perfect sense.  The aliens were also a nice touch to clean up the case of the missing Dango.  Now can we please get them into a proper feud?   

Kent:  Really, how did I not figure out that it was Arn Anderson?  It made me feel so utterly stupid.  Fandango being abducted was a fine revelation, especially if they go places with it.  Still, I gotta say, I did not know of Konnor’s love of pie until this week.  That was always The Rock’s go to delicacy.  So what I am basically saying is that Konnor is the next Rock.  Trust me.  As for the Hype Bros, I feel bad for them because the timing never seems to be right, and the one time it was, Zack got hurt.  After Summerslam, please do an angle with them challenging for the belts.

Here’s the full video.

http://www.wwe.com/videos/did-tyler-breeze-find-fandango-in-the-return-of-fashion-peaks-smackdown-live-aug-8-2017

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Rate RAW

Russ:  I’m going to say that overall this wasn’t a bad night.  We got a few decent matches and the last man standing match was a solid piece of business. Rating:  6.3

Kent:  I enjoyed myself.  For an overall show with 4 solid matches, this is better than some PPVs this year in all honesty.   I’ll give it a 6.8.  I am subtracting points due to that annoying ass crowd though.  Go fuck yourselves for booing Bayley.

  1.   Rate Smackdown

Russ:  James Ellsworth returned, Charlotte mooned the crowd, WWE used logic about something that happened a few months earlier and Fashion Peaks answered a lot of burning questions..  These are the makings of a decent show.  Rating:  5.5

Kent:  Smackdown may have not had solid matches, but they had a woman’s ass, a lot of stuff with Fashion Peaks, a continuation on some of their best storylines without blowing their load, and the return of the women’s division MVP, James Ellsworth.  Not as good as RAW in all honesty though, so 5.3.

Final Thoughts

Russ: Who knew that two guys with the same name (spelled differently) in the same week could have me cheering for them both!  Thats right Bronn and Braun both had fantastic outings this week in their perspective worlds.  Bronn for injuring one of the Dragons and saving Jamie from becoming a crispy treat.  Braun for throwing an office chair perfectly at Roman.  Kudos Gentlemen  I salute you both.  (Jesus, that was beautiful Russ.)

Kent:  Well, yeah, I was going to talk about Game of Thrones.  I will say this, Jaime was SMART for trying to go after Daenerys when he did.  We go over this, plus much more at The Game of Thrones 9 Deuce.  Cross promoting is fun!  I have a few more things of wrestling interest though.  Yeah, lots of links this week.

Here’s the 50 best bikini pics from WWE this summer.

It’s also the 20th anniversary of DX.  I’m surprised not many shout outs to Rick Rude’s involvement.  There’s a great tribute by New Day at the bottom of the first one.

http://www.wwe.com/section/overtheropes/article/dx-20-anniversary-reactions

http://www.wwe.com/gallery/wwe-superstars-d-generation-x-20th-anniversary-tribute-photos#fid-40123205

Here’s a cool live performance in NYC of Shinsuke’s theme song.

Finally, I am going to end this on a more serious note.  There’s a guy who won the 3rd season of Tough Enough, along with John Morrison, named Matt Capotelli.  Some of you long time fans may remember him.  He had to retire super young due to a brain tumor.  Well he had been good for 10 years, but it came back, only worse.  So there’s an interview with wwe.com that they did with Matt.  It’s well worth a read.

Matt Capotelli Interview

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The Game of Thrones 9 Deuce – S:7 Ep4 – Bronn Still Doesn’t Have A Castle Edition

So that’s what a huge battle between main characters looks like.  That was cool, and absolutely terrifying if you’re a fan of Bronn or Jaime.  I’m back with my roving gang of GoT fans who are here to help me answer the questions that were on my mind this week.  We finally got Briana on board, which I have been hoping for, so I’m excited.  Also, I don’t think this is necessary, but I apologize for the picture quality, but as you know, this is a very poorly lit TV series. Any comments in bold are from Kent.

We are doing a weekly podcast throughout this season, so if you would like to hear us chat about it, please check out Are You Not Kentertained.  We’re also on iTunes if you want to subscribe.

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The 9

  1.  Give me your thoughts on Bran and Meera’s interaction when Meera Reed went to say goodbye after such a long journey.

Chris:  She obviously wanted his bone (thinking that there is the potential for a lot of disability porn in this show, from not being able to walk to not having a penis). Joking aside, she gave up everything she and her family had to help her brother help Bran reach the 3 eyed raven, and he no longer seems to carry the emotional bonds that he did when she started. Overall, from that interaction she wanted to see if losing everything she had and all the hardships she had endured were worth it. In her mind now, probably not  Can we go back to the disability porn for a moment?)

Jim: it just demonstrates how detached he’s becoming.  I know, I’m going to drop a little high school English douchyness…. but it’s kinda like flowers for algernon…. give someone all the knowledge, they lose their personality or desire to interact normally.  He could have been a happy dumb cripple dreaming of climbing and watching incest …. but now he has the knowledge of all time, and can’t talk to his family without referencing hate porn or mentioning things better left unsaid.. (Back to back responses with porn in it.  Wow, I’m impressed.  We are raising the bar today apparently.)

Raylene: Bran has the pressure of the world and beyond on his shoulders and in his head. I would say he was a tad ungrateful for what she and others sacrificed to keep him safe.  

Kristi:  She overreacted. It’s not a secret that Bran is not exactly an emotional guy. What did she expect exactly? (That is a fair point.  Bran hasn’t really been a happy go lucky child since climbing that one fateful day. Realistic expectations should come into play.)

Briana:  Obviously, it was a bit awkward but not surprising for Bran at this point. His meeting with Sansa after all that time was similar. He doesn’t seem to have real feelings of his own anymore so that makes it difficult to respond to people in a way they want him to. (He’s basically in the mindset of not having to placate people.  That does have some benefits.)

Kent:  A bit more gratitude on Bran’s part would have been nice.  There wasn’t any reason for him not to, aside from having his head far up his own ass.  With that being said, on her way home, I bet she ends up in a situation that Bran helps her in.

 

  1.  Is Dany being A) Smart or B) Stupid, by continuing to ask Jon to bend at the knee?  Also, do you really want to see her in a relationship with him?

Chris:  I am shipping this relationship like UPS marrying FedEx. (You go girl!) At this point on the (nominal) good guy side all we really have left are Jon and Dany. They pretty much are being forced into relying on each other. Plus you know what they say

Jim: No, keep the Lannisters at the peak of incest, don’t let the Targaryens/surprise Targaryens  try to one up them.  I think she already has what she wants, and is silly to stubbornly re-ask for a bend of the knee…. if he does, it’ll drive a wedge in the north (for Littlefinger to step in), and she should know that (maybe to demonstrate her ignorance as a ruler) (They are most certainly making her ignorant as of late.)

Raylene:  She really is pushing it like you agreed to help fight the white walkers. If she takes the throne then sure have people bend the knee to her. He may already have done it because they had that cut away scene in the cave. (She’s the on her knees in that scene….duh.)

Kristi:  C. Annoying as hell. I do not want to see them in a relationship. I don’t watch the show for love stories. I would like to see them join forces though. (Fun fact: when I give an option between two choices in these blogs, somebody will inevitably choose something entirely different.)

Briana:  Well I do find it entertaining! Lol! But I think she’s showing him that she isn’t a queen who backs down from what she demands. Do I think it will work on Jon? No, but I don’t think it’s stupid. To run that into the next question, I think he is starting to find it kinda hot! Haha! Yes they should be together absolutely! They would make amazing rulers together, it solidifies the kingdom as one and I think they compliment each other in a way that would make them a good team for the throne. (Are you secretly hoping that they are related as well? )

Kent:  She’s is being the most obnoxious character this season, which is a tad unsettling based on how she is supposed to be a hero of sorts, at least to her crew.  I am hoping that maybe Jon stabs her….sexually and then he stabs her….with a knife and rules everything.  Dany acts like all she did was watch Disney Princess shit growing up.

 

  1.  Sansa is the “Queen of the North” while Jon is away, and now she has 2 of her siblings back in Arya and Bran.  She still doesn’t seem happy.  What do you think she is really concerned with at the moment?  Where is her mind at right now?  Also, listen to this song while thinking about it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gkibxWr0DY

Chris:  I think Sansa is less about being Queen of Everything and more about being in a position where no one can hurt her or has power over her anymore. If Jon listened to what she said and did as he was told by her I don’t think there would be any issue. In regards to the siblings Sansa: a)treated Jon like shit because her mother did, (b) loved Robb the best, (c) treated Arya like shit because she was a tomboy instead of a lady , (d) liked Bran, and (e) Rickon was too young to really matter. So the only sibling she has left who she used to get along with is acting like an emotionless, sibling hate porn, timelord, the other one who she didn’t used get along with is an ass-kicker, and the half brother that she tormented is now her king. She has been raped, humiliated, and has Littlefinger trying to Littlefinger her. I wouldn’t be happy either.  (I can’t possibly add anything to this other thank, we do enjoy Littlefinger jokes her.  Well said. Note that Bri says that Littlefinger up Sansa’s ass may not be a “ray of sunshine”.  I am continually lowering the bar.)

Jim:  I think part of it is the things Littlefinger has whispered in her ear, part of it is trying to think about what he is doing, and how to prevent it, and finally, there is still part of her that is a petulant brat who feels like this should be her full time.  You saw that slightly pouty look when Jon was named King of the North.  You saw Littlefinger give her the look as it happened….  I think that is still there.  (Will her desire to get what she wants be enough to allow Littlefinger to slide on in and help her achieve her goal?  I hope so!)

Raylene:  Plain and simple I think she wants to be Queen of the 7 kingdoms.  (I hope so.  She would be such a bitch.)

Briana:  It could be that she’s still not certain Jon’s plan is a good one and she’s worried he may not actually come back? Also, if I had little finger up my ass like that, I might not be a ray of sunshine either! Lol But in seriousness, it could be just that everything she’s been through has made her hard to the world. She will never be the same again and I doubt she will ever be optimistic or hopeful about anything the rest of her life.  (If she became a legit ruler, would she just be a bitter ruler with constant resting bitch face?)

Kent:  Good song.  I’m glad I thought of that.  Sansa is the hardest character to fully read this season, so major props to Sophie Turner and the writers.  Yes, we know that she wished that Jon would take more of her advice and we know that she is just tolerating Littlefinger, but she also hates that there is a lot of truth in what he says, despite his intentions.  In all honesty, I think that she secretly likes running shit for now, but she also can’t wait for Jon to return and lift the weight off of her shoulders.

 

  1.  If you were on Trial By Combat and had to choose somebody to fight for your life, who would you choose out of the Game of Thrones characters?  Don’t choose Bran because that’s just cheating.

Chris:  Bronn. The only normal human, trial by combat survivor still on the show. What can I say I’m a Bronnie

Jim:  if its of all the characters, I’d say Jaquen (the faceless god)…. he could easily own Arya, or anyone else…. but for the sake of it using current characters..  I’d say Jon…. because I’m not sure he can die anymore..

Raylene:  The hound

Briana:  Definitely Arya! That girl is a beast!!! And no one sees her coming!

Kristi:  Arya. She’s just a badass chic.

Kent:  Man, lots of good points here.  With Arya, I wouldn’t trust her to win against The Mountain.  In my mind, it has to be somebody who could topple either form of The Mountain. So in that regard, I would go with The Hound.  But the Hound lost to Brienne and Brienne lost to Arya.  See how this shit gets difficult?  It’s the rock paper scissors game.  Chris is right, Bronn is the one with the best track record, so go for Bronn.  Next week, if I remember, I will be asking who would win between Ser Davos and Jorah Mormont.

 

  1.  We’ve now seen how the ballista works on the dragon.  Do you think any human is actually going to kill a dragon in this show, with or without help from a machine?

Chris:  Possibly. A different question than what you asked on the podcast, which was will a dragon die. Most definitely to the second.  (That is how we lure people to listen to our podcast.)

Jim:  I see one dragon getting knocked off…. of course with a machine or mystical help (white walkers?). I think the ballista is a red herring..  now that they have seen it, they won’t fall for it again, but I can see something else coming into play..  (Did you ever watch A Pup Named Scooby Doo with the kid named Red Herring?  It was a really funny shot lived show.)

Raylene:    I think that now that Dany knows about them her fighting style will be a little different. I do have a feeling something will be applied to the tip of the arrow perhaps a poison that takes the dragon down.  (If anybody can come up with a poison for the dragons, it would be Qybern.)

Kristi:  I really hope not but I have a bad feeling that we may see one die. (I know you hate my death of animal questions.)

Briana:  something tells me yes. I really don’t want to see it happen but I feel like the way this show is, it just wouldn’t be normal if they let all of the dragons make it through the entire series.  (Right, this show can’t let things we love continue to live.  Sacrifices must be had for ratings!)

Kent:  There’s the whole 3 headed dragon prophecy or whatever.  Yes, yes, book readers mock me for my ignorance.  So now that Dany’s army knows what they have, strategically, they should be able to avoid that.  Still, Qybern is my ace in the hole.  If Cersei has some money and is letting Qybern come up with protection, I believe that 2 dragons will in fact go down.  Qybern will also then promptly die.

 

  1.  Was it a smart or dumb move for Dany to actually bring the dragon into battle?

Chris:  Boo yeah! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Cersei. In hind sight super smart

Jim:  smart…. no Lannister army men will stand against her after hearing the stories of the survivors….  she wins the battle before the fight..

Raylene:  It had to be done to show the ultimate power she brings with her

Kristi:  Smart. I think it’s time she showed off what she is capable of. Everyone knows she has dragons but seeing them in action is a whole different game.

Briana:  Definitely smart. She’s been sending troops all over the 7 kingdoms with very little success. She needed to show she can and will take the kingdoms and going after Lannister soldiers with a dragon right after they just killed her ally was the best choice, politically and for the sake of war.

Kent:  Smart, of course it is, but I have also been saying she should have done this from the very beginning.  For all of the people who continue to suggest that Dany should take the approach she did, by not going to King’s Landing and fucking up a tiny section for fear of the lash back, I will offer you something to seriously consider.  So rather than doing what has to be done and could have minimalized casualties, and be seen as a mean bitch for a few months, this is what has happened.  1. Her unsullied are stranded with barely any provisions, but they got Casterly Rock (yaaaaay!).  2. Ellaria and Tyene are captured and will be rotting and there goes her Dorne support.  3.  Olenna, along with the rest of Highgarten and all that money, well that’s gone.  4. Here’s the best one.  The supplies that were heading to King’s Landing, to help feed those people that she didn’t want to kill, well she burned them so she will simply starve them out.  That’s a great way to win over people, right?  Yeah, sorry for bringing logic into this, Internet, but the direct approach was always the most logical and would have resulted in significant;y less casualties and helped maintain more loyalty.  (Drops mic)

 

  1.  How many more episodes before Littlefinger finally makes the big play for something important?

Chris:  Next season

Jim:  if Bran tells anyone anything about Littlefinger, he dies that episode…. that being said..  it happens this season, where he makes a play…. I still see a raven coming from him, and going to cersei… (Man, I would love that to play out.)

Raylene:  He will make a move in 3 episodes.

Kristi:  I’m hoping Arya takes him out before then. His storyline is old news for me  

Briana:  I think in his own way, he has been all along. He’s made it known he wants Sansa, he wants Winterfell, he wants the iron throne. And he’s been slowly slithering his way to those goals the entire series. Now when will he actually buck up and do something? Probably never bc I think he’s on Aryas list! I’m surprised he made it through this episode.  (Would there really be any consequences to Arya killing him?  Like, who is going to really be pissed by this?  Well, aside from me?  In the show, would the Vale be super pissed?)

Kent:  Littlefinger is like Andy Dufresne  from Shawshank Redemption.  He knows what he is doing and takes risks when they make sense and present themselves.  I’ll say episode 6 of this season makes a lot of sense for him to try something on a bigger scale.

 

  1.  Will Bronn still be alive by the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones?  Also, talk about Bronn if you like because he’s awesome.

Chris:  Kent I think we need to coin the Bronnie(Bro-ny?Bronnee?Bronny) and take it back from the my little pony fags. Bronn should definitely be sitting in a castle at series end, sipping mai tai’s and reminiscing about all the times he saved the Lannisters.  (For those who may be interested, Chris and I have discussed a new series with Bronn, Davos, and Jorah.  It was his idea, I love it.  We have talked about it in the podcast, so it’s worth listening to for that alone.)

Jim:  yes..  I think he reunites with Tyrion, and stays around for a little bit…. and yes, he’s  awesome…. the only one to survive a Dokrathi, a sand snake, a dragon, black water bay, numerous whore houses, engagements to princesses, and countless other dangers, and still be standing (I don’t think Bronn gets enough props for being the ultimate survivor.  I know that Sansa, Jon, Mountain, and possibly a few others like the dude from the Brotherhood all could have legit claims, but I vote Bronn.)

Raylene:  Yes I hope so he has survived a lot although I think he’ll switch sides because I think Tyrion will offer him things that Jaime is reluctant to give him  (As long as it doesn’t lead to Dany with Bronn, I’m okay with that.)

Briana:  I LOVE Bronn!! I want him to still be alive in the next season! I’m hoping he will end up back with Tyrion. The Lannisters aren’t holding up their end of the bargain for him anyway. Why stick around when you could be on the side with the dragons with his original friend and probably more likely to get his castle!  (And in the end, it’s really about getting that castle.  Maybe we could get Bronn with Meera at the end?  He could have a castle and a solid lady.)

Kent:  I think the assumption is that with 10 episodes remaining in the franchise, 3 more this season, that the Cersei and Jaime story would wrap up.  The big question is how will Bronn be affected?  Without George RRRRRRRRR Martin to kill him, I am cautiously optimistic that Bronn will be sitting on the Iron Throne by the end of the franchise and smiling.

 

  1.  Did Jaime do the right thing in trying to kill Dany at the end?  Right can mean anything.  It can mean smart. It could be if you were in his situation and you didn’t want your sister getting overthrown and you saw the opportunity, would you take it? It could be a moral decision.  You give me an answer and you explain it.

Chris:  Dumb. If you go by the fact Bronn believed it wasn’t too late to flee 5 minutes earlier he could’ve escaped and not either died or been made a hostage for the second time this series

Jim:  it’s the atom bomb phenomenon…. if you can end the war with one action, saving countless lives, don’t you try?  He was never going to pull it off, based on the scenario, but I understood it, and applauded the effort. Plus Bronn saved him, which probably saved Bronn, so that’s a plus too.. (You get it.)

Raylene:  To him it was a smart move but if it wasn’t for Bronn he’d be ashes so hopefully they both are sinking in the water

Kristi:  I feel like it was a pretty dumb decision actually. She was standing next to a fire breathing dragon. Did he really think that was going to end well!?!

Briana:  For Jaime Lannister, it was the only choice! There is no way in any world, he would sit there and not take an opportunity to take her out. Don’t get me wrong, it was stupid and naive as all hell but it was exactly what Jaime would do.  (It was the only choice!)

Kent:  It was the smart call.  To people who suggest that it’s dumb, my counter question is what happens to Jaime if he doesn’t go for it?  He gets captured, probably killed?  Yeah, so he may as well 50 Kent that shit and die trying to minimize pressure for his sister and kingdom. It’s one of those things where I thing it is easy to say that it’s dumb, but also not having a solution.  I can sit here and shit on everybody’s ideas, but unless I have a counterpoint that has more potential or value, then I don’t really have much.   So my challenge is to anybody who said that it was dumb, if they would present what exactly Jaime should have done along with a realistic outcome.  Yes, he went for her with a big, bad ass dragon there.  In all fairness, did Jaime 100% know whether they have good vision?  If you can take charge at some petulant whiny bitch to say the lives of hundreds, or probably thousands, and try to end it before shit gets so out of hand that everybody loses, you try.  

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Who had the best facial reaction this week? (I tried really hard to get the shots that you referred to, but I am sure I missed the mark a few times.)

Chris:  Arya and Brienne during their fight scene. Both of them underestimating each other. Maybe Arya’s when she got kicked in the chest by a giant adult woman a little more than Brienne’s

Jim:  Rickon… I mean Dickon…. both when talking with Bronn, and then seeing the Dragon….  runner up to Jon’s “do you like my cave drawings..  I mean look what the ancients left you to see”.

Raylene:  I say Bronn and Jamie when they see the dragon

Briana:  I’ve got 2. One was Little Fingers face when Bran told him “chaos is a ladder” and let him know that “bitch I don’t need you to tell me you’re a good guy, I know who you are!” And second was Drogon after he got shot with the arrow and that cart was too close to him, so he gave it a shitty look and then crushed it with his tail! Favorite part of the whole episode by the way lol.

Kent:  I’d say when Bronn was kinda mocking Jaime a bit and was unhappy about not getting a castle.  The few Littlefinger moments were gold.  Bronn’s victory smile of shooting the dragon.  I think my favorite was Tyrion watching his brother make a “dumb decision”.  Lots of good ones this week.  

 

  1.  Will we finally get an update on The Hound next episode?

Chris:  yes

Jim:  yes…. he was referenced this episode, and he it moving to where the white walkers are going, so I believe we should have a sighting.  Ps, we are due to see more white walkers and wildlings…. the story has been south focused for too long

Raylene:  A little sneak peek next week and he’ll be featured more in two weeks

Kristi:  I think so. If not next week, soon. They have been speaking of him more often so it seems like time for his return.

Briana:  oh! I hadn’t even thought about where he is! I’ve forgotten what he’s up to after the church was destroyed and he got his revenge. So he is definitely due for an update.

Kent:  Well, if Cersei’s run at the top is soon to come crashing down, as predicted in Hulk Hogan’s theme song “Real American”, then we need Cleganebowl damnit!  I think the Brotherhood is on their way to WInterfell or possibly where Tormund is.  I’m going to say that it waits one more episode.  I hope that I am wrong.  

 

Final Thoughts…..if you have any

Chris:  Awesome episode think we said most of what needed to be said in the podcast. Oh and Kent remember we were talking about when will Bran use Raven’s. I just rewatched the trailer for next episode and he has a whole flock working for him now

Jim:  more a question….  who rides the other two dragons when all three are used?  Also, why did they show The Citadel in the into, but not feature it?

Raylene:  I think Dany is going to get penisy because of her success with this attack and start for a while being like her dad. What happens with the iron bank now that payment isn’t made will they still back ceresi or go with dany. Or will winter start kicking some ass and this silly war for the kingdoms be put on hold

Briana:  I am just really excited to see Cercei’s reaction to what’s happening to her troops. I also am really curious to see how Jaime makes it out of this (if he does). And of course… WHITE WALKERS!! I’m really hoping Dany will get a glimpse of the dead army so she can be like “oh shit! Never mind about that knee, what do we do?” Haha!

Kent:  I don’t think I am ever going to see Gendry, and it pisses me off.  In a weird way, I think I am most looking forward to what Qybern has planned, and same for Littlefinger.  Also, I truly missed Euron doing Euron things this week.  Need more of that man.  Please, do not do a bullshit Jon and Dany love story.  I love this show, but something that lame would absolutely lower it’s overall rating in my mind.  By and large, the romance in this show has been great.  Sam and Gilly, Jon and Ygritte, Tormund and Brienne, Jaime and Cersei, Ramsay and Sansa, Lttlefinger and Catelyn, Tyrion and Shea, Tywin and Shea, Arya and Hot Pie.  They have all worked.  The only one that was truly terrible was Robb and stupid skank who he knocked up and got got.  I can’t remember her name, but Robb was a lousy character anyway.

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The 9 Deuce Horror Blog Presents The Invitation and We Are Still Here Discussion

In our effort to explore lesser known films that didn’t get big budget film releases, we will be doing 2 of these a month.  No theme whatsoever.  They are simply lesser known but quality horror films.  I have Teddy, Cece, Dom, Chris, and Kristi all here to help me out.

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  1.  In the Invitation, what was the significance of Will hitting and then killing the dog, if there was one?

Teddy: just a crazy happenstance

Cece: I mean, it could have been a bad omen for the entire rest of what happens in the movie.

Dom:Wrong place, wrong time…..Death can happen anywhere, anytime

Chris: It sets the unsettling tone at the beginning. Juxtaposes randomness with brutality as well. Sets up the whole putting those in pain out of their misery later on as well

Kent:  This is a film about doing things that you don’t really want to have to do, not in the way of the Saw franchise, but in a slightly more realistic approach.  The dog, the video, the staying at the party, being someplace that’s essentially on lockdown, Claire not wanting to play the game (insert HHH’s music), and even Will just coming back to that house.

 

  1.  Who was your favorite character in The Invitation and why?

Cece: Will. He was the only one keen on all the fucked up shit.

Dom: Will/Eden.   Will was the “sane” one in the situation.  Eden was all kinds of fucked up.  I felt most of the other characters, aside from David, were kinda throw away or filler.

Chris: Kira. Imagine being invited to your boyfriend’s ex’s house for a party, where you aren’t part of any of the memories or nostalgia being displayed. You don’t really know anyone, aren’t in on the inside jokes, your boyfriends is being all sorts of weird and moody and non-committal, and then his ex and her psychos try to kill you. What a shitty date night

Kent:  Ben and Pruitt are my favorites because Ben is a joking dude who likes to drink, very relatable.  Pruitt holds some power and yet is calm and quiet for such a large chunk of the film, and then he unleashes his story about Margaret.  Major props to Eden and Sadie as well.

 

  1.  How deep did you get into the film before you were 100% convinced that Will was right?

Teddy: the cult video. Shit always go down with cults in horror movies

Cece: I knew he was right from the beginning.

Dom: When they got to the party.  It all had that creepy no good vibe.

Chris: Pretty much Choi’s voice message, although they then do a good job of making it seem like a red herring

Kent:  Well, here’s the thing.  I also had seen They Look Like People on NetFlix which has a similar vibe of reality versus what’s just in someone’s head.  With that being said, how highly rated this was, I figured as soon as he killed the dog that something bad was going to happen.  Therein lies the big differences between the 2 films, violence started one out, the other didn’t.  Sometimes it is as simple as that.

 

  1.  What is your interpretation of what was happening at the end of the film in regards to the rest of the neighborhood/city?

Teddy: mass suicide like what happened in real life

Cece: Assuming the whole community was a mass suicide.

Dom: Mass cult suicide/take over

Chris: A lot of fucked up cult people murdered the shit out of their family and friends because they couldn’t deal with their grief

Kent:  I hate to say this, but I don’t know.  I refuse to believe that so many households were all into this cult.  I know that is the implication, but for such a reasonably told story, this last bit is too much of a leap of faith, in my opinion.  So my theory is it was day 7 of a lot of people having watched the Ring video.

 

  1.  Who was your favorite character in We Are Still Here and why?

Dom: The house or the demons?  The house or the demons?  Can’t say.  But on a side note I do love when a filmmaker is able to take a place and make it it’s own character.  (i.e: The Overlook in the Shining, the Bates house in Psycho)   Those paces become the silent talkers.  They say nothing but speak volumes.

Kristi:  The fiery demons because they are fiery freaking demons!

Chris:  The Dagmars. You start out thinking this fucked up family is going to be evil-haunting and murdering people who move into their house, and then find out that they are enslaved to some kind of “entity” living under where they built their house and are forced to do its bidding.

Kent:  This isn’t fair to the rest of the cast, but Larry Fessenden is one of my favorite actors, so Jacob is the answer.  Still, I love Paul and Dave as well.  Jacob being possessed was too great to not rank #1 though for me.

 

  1.  Did We Are Still Here remind you of any other films that you have seen?  If so, which one(s)?

Dom:  I think of House,  the Shining, The Evil Dead, Children of the Corn.  This movie makes me think of Evil dwellings or a collective or killers/murderers. Of course both these films we’ve watched and are now doing a questionnaire on, have the same idea.  They each have a group of people (Cultists/Towns folk) who are trying to sacrifice others for their own gains/purpose.

Kristi: Evil Dead is the only one that comes to mind. The part where the chick is driving off, thinking she escaped then Bam! Fiery demon.

Chris: To go along with what Dom said, add in Black Death ,The Wickerman, and Cabin in the Woods. Trying to sacrifice others so that you may live, prosper, etc

Kent:  Wicker Man, the original with Christopher Lee and not that Nic Cage pile of shit, is the first to come to mind.  The House of the Devil, which is a phenomenal film that came out in the past decade or so.  Children of the Corn is an obvious one.  The Pact 1 & 2, The Others, The Shining, and so many more.  Let’s keep going.  The Sacrament, Last Shift, The Legend of Hell House, House on Haunted Hill (both), and I’ll stop.

 

  1.  What was your favorite aspect of the film?  Was it the creepiness, the history of the house, the townsfolk, or something else?

Dom: All of it.  I enjoyed the slow reveal of the whole thing.  And the demons were kinda cool looking too.

Kristi: The history of the house.

Chris: The way the movie accelerated. Slow, slow, slow, slow, nightmare, youth murders, possession, all hell breaks loose

Kent:  The history of the house and especially how they showed so many cool things at the end was like 92 cherries on top.  The slow burn was the selling point and just how well they did it where you didn’t mind the slow burn.  Some slow moving films bore you.

 

  1.  If you could change one thing in We Are Still Here, what would it be?

Dom: The location of the tree in the front yard.  Bothers me sooooo much!!!!  (Hahaha, that was an unexpected response.)

Kristi:  It started off entirely too slow for me. I actually ended up fast forwarding through some of it.

Chris: I like ambiguous endings, but I also like knowing. When she says her son’s name at the end, I want to know what she sees that would make her think her son was anywhere near that place

Kent:  If I could have summed up the first 10 minutes in 2 minutes, I would have been okay with that.  

 

  1.  Which movie did you prefer between the two?

Dom:  Can’t say.  Both were good and bad in their own ways.  Pace, characters, story…Special effects, gore…

Kristi: We are Still Here. I didn’t care for The Invitation at all. Made it halfway through until I decided to turn it off.

Chris: 2 Different examples of two very different types of horror both came out in 2015 and show that horror isn’t dead. We are Still Here might edge the Invitation for me, only because I can’t fight ghosts, and I am pretty sure I could out shoot most cultists

Kent:  We Are Still Here gets the edge for me, but very narrowly.  I felt the pacing of We Are Still Here is more appealing, and the payoff may be as well.  I still am freaked out by cult stories, and both served that in certain ways.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  John Carroll Lynch is a pretty awesome actor.  He’s known for playing Drew Carey’s brother on the Drew Carey show, Eastman who is the guy who trained Morgan on the Walking Dead, Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story, and John Wayne Gacy in American Horror Story.  He’s also been in Shutter Island, Zodiac, Gran Torino, and a bunch of other stuff.  What is your favorite role of his?  Also, he will be starring in season 2 of Channel Zero, which is a pretty awesome show.

Teddy: I would say it’s a tie between John Wayne Gacy and Drew Carey’s brother

Dom: Drew Carey’s brother

Kristi:  I love Twisty but I really enjoyed the Morgan episode so I have to go with Eastman.

Chris: Zodiac. He was in one of the really good scenes. Underrated movie IMO

Kent:  Eastman was probably my favorite character of his.  He did such a wonderful job for an episode that was long and yet one of the most memorable, due to his and Lennie James’ performance.

 

  1.  Would you like to see Larry Fessenden play the role of Jack in a remake of The Shining?  I’m not asking if you want to see a remake, but if they were going to do it, would he fit the role?

Dom:  No.

Kristi:  Nope.

Chris: There is one facial still where he looks like Jack in The Shining,but no

Kent:  I don’t know who you people are.  Of course!  Boooooooo the rest of you. BOOOOO!!

 

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – July 31 & August 1, 2017 – The Shinsuke Dropped Cena on His Head Edition

This week, we had some pretty solid matches, well at least in theory, they sounded good.  RAW gave us a triple threat with Roman, Braun, and Joe while Smackdown gave us AJ vs KO, Cena vs Shinsuke, and a surprisingly good Rusev vs Gable match.  Bayley is hurt, Brock is preparing to get back to the UFC, Paige and Del Rio are still together, Enzo is apparently off of RAW, and it’s been a somewhat interesting week in totality.  Unfortunately, we are without lovely female correspondent for this week and next because apparently education is more important than wrestling.  Yeah, we don’t get it either.

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  1.  How in the blue hell did the Battle of the Big’s main event RAW over so many other worthy matches?  Also, did WWE miss an opportunity to make Enzo into a Rey Mysterio or 123 Kid?

Russ:  I think it has everything to do with ratings.  I think the ratings peek around 10.  That is the reason we got the triple threat match then.  I’ll be honest I’m glad that happened.  I started getting tired after that match and fell in and out of sleep for the rest of the night.  I don’t even remember who won.  Ok, after looking it up it was Big Cass by DQ and it sounds as boring as I remember it being while I was fading in and out of consciousness.  As for the Enzo being a 123 Kid or Rey.  They can still make that happen, but the window is closing and will stay closed after SummerSlam.  

Kent:  Well, rather than Russ revealing that he is parroting what has already been reported and passing it along as his own thoughts…..no, it’s cool.  Yes, ratings have been revealed to be the answer.  That’s the reason.  So I will tackle the second part of the question.  Enzo needs a rub, and it needs to go for at least a month.  Teaming up with Cena in some tag matches against Cass and somebody like Elias could be fun.  Enzo vs Elias could be a solid midcard feud.  Enzo needs help though.  As has been reported, Enzo has been thrown out of the locker room by Roman, and as JBL has said, the only guy who has been thrown out and got back in good with the boys and became a success was The Miz.  Everybody else flamed out.  But doesn’t Enzo possess a lot of similar skills to Miz?  I know Enzo sells merchandise, but he should have been the one who turned heel.  He is a natural heel with his gift of gab.  But the window is closing as Russ alluded to.

  1.  Did the Jason Jordan & Miztourage segment work for you on any level?

Russ:  It worked to prove that Jason Jordan was not the right choice for this push.  They should have given it to Chad.  Jason is not good on the mic.  I know he is young and has had very little opportunity to practice, but he is way too stiff and looks uncomfortable out there.  I haven’t had a chance to see him wrestle much so I could be eating crow by the end of SummerSlam, but I think they missed a golden opportunity to push a legitimate star who was willing and Gable.  

Kent:  If you pizza when you should french fry, you’re gonna have a bad time.  That is what the ski instructor told the South Park boys in a season 5  or 6 episode called Asspen.  Jason Jordan is pizza.  Chad Gable is french fry.  Jason needs to learn to cut a promo ASAP or else he’s dead in the water.  Remember, there’s a reason why he floundered in NXT for years before finally finding success with Gable.  Miz can only do so much to save certain bad ideas, like a promo with Finn or this trash.  Still, Bo Dallas looks amazing.  I truly hope that they push him and Curtis.

  1.  It appears that RAW is doing the unexpected and providing us with 2 tag team feuds simultaneously.  Which one is better and which one are you more interested in?

Russ:  I’m not sure if better is the appropriate word I’d use because I think both feuds are going to be good.  However, I’m more interested in the revival vs. Hardly. I know you are shocked I didn’t pick my boy Seth, but I’m not interested in watching him while he is in a holding pattern, because they don’t know what to do with him.  The match will be great, but i don’t care about everything leading up to it.  The Revival vs Hardly’s though will be a showcase for the WWE universe on what The Revival is all about and I’m interested in how they are going to be handled and how good they can handle a feud and match quality.  

Kent:  Can somebody explain to me why RAW, a brand who needs faces to get their plethora of heels over, is combining Seth and Dean, possibly long term.  Man, I just don’t get it.  Sheasaro on the other hand will hopefully benefit.  Still, I am loving the Revival and Gallows and Anderson are finally getting more time to shine.  Meanwhile Seth is beyond cringeworthy in his promo segments as of late, and Dean isn’t much better because of the shit that creative is providing them.  The 3 way is better, for now.

  1.  Did they waste a Brock appearance considering the three way match later on in the night, and he was nowhere to be seen?

Russ:  Well if you came and wanted to see Brock then yes, this was a complete waste.  They had lots of potential to have him do a run in on the triple threat match and lay them all out to waste.  That would have been exciting. Alas, we got a really good match and that was it.  Not that I’m complaining.  I honestly stopped giving a fuck about Brock around a year ago.  

Kent:  Yeah, this felt like a waste of Brock, and yet, I don’t care anymore.  I’m fine if Brock retired today.  He is of no help to the roster.  If the final goal is to have him put over Roman, than everything will be for nothing.  Brock’s last match needs to be against Joe or Braun or Bray.  Anything else, and all fucks will be lost, none to give out.

  1.  Is Alexa Bliss currently the most complete performer in WWE right now?

Russ:  Alexa is definitely a complete package.  Good on the mic, knows how to work a crowd, and she can wrestle.  There aren’t that many wrestlers that can pull all that off.  I would say that she is the best by far out of the women, but I wouldn’t say she is the most complete when you include the men.  AJ, KO, Cena, and Samoa Joe all have the same talents with the crowds, but their wrestling skills are far superior to Alexa’s. She does have one thing that those 4 don’t though.  Youth!  She just needs more time in the ring and she could one day be the most complete package.  (Kent: Uhmmmm, I think you are forgetting something else that she has that the other 4 don’t.  Multicolored hair!!!!)

Kent:  So I asked this question because Eric and I was talking recently about favorite wrestlers, and he said Alexa, and I thought about it.  No, she’s not the most complete, but she is on the short list at the moment.  People that I would have above her include: Samoa Joe, Sheamus, The Miz, Kevin Owens, and that may be it.  Yes, I know.  But what about AJ?  He sucks on the mic as a face (Russ: How is Alexa on the mic as a face?) (Kent: Never seen it that I can recall. I would guess snarky.).  Carmella is almost there, but her in ring skills aren’t up to Alexa’s.  Sasha is having AJ problems.  Jericho would be higher, but I don’t think that he is back.  Cena’s promos have been shit.  Roman, Braun, Brock, Seth, Jinder, Randy, and a host of others aren’t that great on the mic.  The one that I feel is right on Alexa’s level is Baron.  Alexa is slightly better on the mic, while Baron is slightly better in ring.  Samoa Joe is my pick with KO at #2.  I know that Sheamus is a surprising choice, but consider the fact that he is very good in ring, can be placed in a main event at any time, looks great, and can cut a decent promo.  Sheamus is criminally underrated.

  1.  Despite having 8 females on the roster, including Maria, does the women’s division on Smackdown seem stale to you?

Russ:   Yes.  I don’t know why this is.  They have a great champion in Naomi.  I don’t understand why they can’t get her into a meaningful feud?  They always have her just take on the flavor of the month.  The Queen of shouting is there and as much as I don’t like her sometimes, I know she can wrestle.  Yet they don’t seem to be doing anything with her.   Becky has done nothing since losing the title all those long months ago.  I think Smackdown has forgotten how to properly book women.  

Kent:  Yeah, and I blame Charlotte.  Not the person, but the booking.  They made her Goldberg of sorts and it’s tough to build around that.Charlotte is a better heel.  Becky is a really good heel but is stuck in face purgatory.  Carmella is too good as a bitchy heel to turn face yet.  Naomi is great in her role but needs to be featured more as champ.  Tamina is a star just waiting for a chance that I am fearing won’t come.  I have really started to believe in her in ring ability, which is weird for me.  Lana should be a valet.  Maria is a good valet.  Both should pose nude some more.  Natty could be a face at anytime.  Lana should be a sympathetic, crafty and sneaky face that pulls off some cheap upsets to get the crowd to pop and then get beat down by someone like a Tamina.  They totally blew it.  This feels beyond stale.  Honestly, trade all of RAW’s faces for Smackdown’s faces, really mix it up a bit.  That way Sasha can still turn on Bayley.  Nia vs Bliss and Charlotte can happen.  Carmella vs Bayley intrigues me.Emma vs Naomi would be solid.  Yeah, let’s do that.

  1.  In a night of good matches, did Rusev and Gable steal the show?  Also, give me your thoughts on Randy vs Rusev.

Russ:  Rusev and Gable definitely stole the show.  That was an incredibly fun and exciting match.  It was so good that I actually stopped playing video games to watch it.  The only other match I did that for was AJ vs. KO and that had a crap ending so that gets counted out.  As for Randy vs. Rusev.  I don’t remember them ever feuding so at least it is fresh.  However, I won’t be sold until I know which Randy Rusev is getting.  If we get the same Randy that has phoned it in since Wrestlemania then this will be crap.  

Kent:  I felt that they had the match of the night, and it wasn’t really close.  I would re-watch that match.  It was a great showcase for both guys, and Chad looked great, even in a loss.  I want Chad vs Sami soon.  The mid-card on Smackdown could be disgustingly great with Tye, Aiden, Sami, Rusev, Chad, and Mike.  How does RAW get it SO wrong?  Randy vs Rusev……take my money.  I am sold.  I want Randy vs Mike eventually before his character flames out.

  1.  Were you hoping to get a Shane vs Kevin Owens match, or are you happier with a potential match of the year with AJ and KO that so far hasn’t lived up to the expectations?

Russ:  I have a one more match in me.  Maybe having Shane is just what this feud needs to get what on paper sounds like should be easy money.  Instead we have only gotten one fantastic match out of AJ and KO and that needed Jericho.  This may also lead us to a Shane vs KO match down the line say at Hell in the Cell.  I’m just saying it is a Smackdown PPV this year.  

Kent:  I don’t want anymore AJ vs KO matches.  They haven’t clicked and I am good with them moving on.  It happens.  Not all greats are destined to have great matches with one another.  Remember that Seth and Joe were having bad matches, and both guys are great.  KO vs Shane would be the better match oddly enough because Shane is good at taking a beating, selling it, providing exciting offense, but never goes out of his capabilities and allows his opponent to run the match.  That’s why you rarely see bad Shane matches.

  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura faced John Cena for the first time ever, and dammit, it was historic, but did it live up to your expectations?

 

Russ:  It was a good match.  I was genuinely surprised that Shinsuke got the clean win here.  I honestly didn’t think they would give this one away for free let alone Cena eating a clean pin.  Yet it did happen.  It was a good match, but Shinsuke is a little sloppy out there.  A couple of times I thought he made some mistakes out there,  especially when he threw Cena on his neck.  Still for a free tv match it was very solid.  

Kent:  I like it because it wasn’t overly long.  I thought it was a good opportunity to have Baron interfere to set up Baron vs Cena.  The match was fine.  My big issue is that Shinsuke gets sloppy and he gets let off the hook too easily.  Listen millennials, just because nobody holds you accountable, this shit needs to stop.  Hold Shin accountable.  He damn near broke Cena’s neck and that is unacceptable as an in ring performer.  I am cheering on Jinder now.  Shin needs to be punished.  He hurt Samoa Joe and Austin Aries in NXT, and now this.  Strong style is fine, but within reason.

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Rate RAW

Russ:  I honestly can’t remember too much of what happened.  I enjoyed the triple threat match, though I didn’t care for the winner in this case.  The Revival, Hardly’s and G & A are ramping up to be lots of fun coming to a head soon.  The Main event was a blur, not because it was fun and over too fast, but because it was boring and I was falling asleep.  Rating: 4 

Kent:  Uhmmm, the triple threat match was fun.  The tag team stuff with Revival on commentary worked really well.  Bayley is hurt from her match with a  shoulder injury and we don’t know the extent of that yet. Meanwhile, Cass is not good at all and shouldn’t be main eventing.  Jason Jordan is showing very little potential.  Dean and Seth’s story is fucking terrible.  So essentially, another week in paradise.  3.75

  1.  Rate Smackdown

Russ:  I really enjoyed Smackdown this week.  There were three very good matches.  We got progression on the AJ and KO feud.  The Fashion Files was a great tribute to Twin Peaks and showed us why Konnor is getting so fat (he eats logs of wood with syrup, Comeon Man! That is just unhealthy.)   Overall Rating: 7.3

Kent:  A really solid evening all things considering.  I hated the ref storyline during the KO match, but it set up Summerslam.  I fast forwarded the women’s match because this revolution will not be televised in this household.  I liked everything else, and the Fashion Files was interesting to say the very least.  I would go with a 5.4 for this week.  

 

Final Thoughts

Russ:  I don’t understand WWE.  How can they screw up this Dean and Seth storyline?  We always bitch when WWE doesn’t use logic in stories.  Now, they finally use logic saying Dean doesn’t trust Seth for past reasons that make sense, but the story is just terrible.  Maybe we as fans are putting too much stock into logic.  I mean the best storyline of the year has been Braun flipping over an ambulance and that makes no Goddamn logical sense!  

Kent:  Man, Game of Thrones was great this week.  So much better than wrestling.  I miss last week when I didn’t have to watch wrestling.  It was so nice.  But back to Game of Thrones, can Dany just die so that the show can be far more fun.  Cersei is fantastic, and Euron is the best wrestling heel in the business, despite not wrestling.  I really need a new hobby.  When was the last time that we had a really good, match of the year caliber match?

I found not one, but TWO fun galleries this week via wwe.com. The first one is bikini pics of Emma, Lana, Naomi, and Maryse.  The second one is of wrestlers fighting dinosaurs.  They are both exquisite.

Emma, Lana, Naomi, & Maryse Bikini Pics

Wrestlers fighting dinosaurs Pics

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The Game of Thrones 9 Deuce – S:7 Ep3 – The Queens Reign Supreme Edition

Every week, I get some volunteers to answer these questions, and sometimes I leave a comment in bold, just for fun.

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  1.  Admit it, you thought Tyrion’s plan to take Casterly Rock was a good one.

Chris:  Jon’s odds are getting better and better

Jim:  I did, however I thought (in error) that they were going to get dragon support….  dragon support would have destroyed Euron’s fleet which she wanted as well.  I still think even if the entire army was there…. they could have won, with much heavier casualties…. the clock is still ticking on Grey Worm

Raylene:  I did think it was a decent plan perhaps they should have sent one of the dragon’s there for the ultimate manpower.

Kristi:  It wasn’t terrible. I would have thought more would go in through the tunnel though.

Kent:  It seemed totally valid at the time.  Cersei seemed vulnerable 2 episodes ago.  My my my, how things have changed.  Lots of life lessons to be learned here.

 

  1.  Who got the better end of the discussion between Jon Snow and Daenerys?  Should Jon have bent the knee to Daenerys?

Chris:  Dany got the better, but Jon came off more reasonable and mature. Go figure

Jim:  Jon did what I expected…. conveyed his point without giving up his position.  It was the right choice, and I believe they will become strong allies, without him bending the knee.  Right now, he got what he wanted and she didn’t, but made headway with an ally.

Raylene:  I think Jon made the right choice not to bend the knee to her since he really doesn’t know how she is as a ruler and only experience he’s had was with the Mad King.  He is making the point that defeating Cersei isn’t the priority now

Kristi:  Jon. He seems to be the only one that is really focusing on the main objective. Kill the Whitewalkers and stay alive. Dany is starting to get on my nerves actually. (Welcome to my point of view.)  He absolutely made the right choice to not bend the knee. They need to work together.

Kent:  Jon did because Dany is busy acting like a petulant child who got her toy taken away, while being raped and chained, but the point remains the same.  She is way too cocky and full of herself at all of the wrong times it seems, at least the past 2-3 seasons, which is when I got off the Dany train.  Jon was the voice of reason, and Davos is an Onion Knight.  Neato.

 

  1.  Where will Jorah Mormont end up next on our TV screens?

Chris:  I can’t wait till his niece kicks his ass

Jim:  I see him ending up with Khaleesi, as expected..  but he may show up on his journey to her running into someone else…. Hound and Arya are travelers who he could run into…

Raylene: He will make his way to Daenery’s since that is where his heart lies  

Kristi:  He will be find Khaleesi

Kent:  I just don’t think that he makes it right back to Dany immediately.  I think Jim is on to something, and I think him meeting up with the Brotherhood would make for a great time.  2 of my favorites having a scene would be magical.  Fuck Dany and Jon, give me Jorah and Hound.

 

  1.  Has Euron Greyjoy become the most entertaining character on the show this season (Just for this season, not all time.)?

Chris:  Euron  is awesome and badass, but I still think I would rather watch the power trio Davos, Jorah, and Bronn road trip split off we talked about the other night  (I would give HBO $50 for a full episode of that.)

Jim:  “All this excitement is getting me hard”. (Great line.) Yes, he is fun, but I still enjoy Bronn and just caught a glimpse of him, so tbd…. and I still stand by my Cersei/Jaime/Euron death chart….  I see him offing Jaime, them the jilted lover Cersei offing him..  

Raylene:  I have to admit yes he has. Hopefully we will see and hear more from Bronn since we saw him with Jamie

Kristi:  Nope. My favorite is the dragons. I know they haven’t been on too much or done anything significant yet but it brings me joy every time they are on.  (Yeah, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t get some pleasure from seeing the dragons.  They are so delightful.)

Kent:  Of course he is.  Nobody else has made you laugh more this season than Euron.  Wait, has anybody even made us laugh?  Euron is an 80’s wrestling heel brought to life in Game of Thrones.  Ravishing Rick Rude would love this guy.

 

  1.  If Bran can see everything, why isn’t he warning Sansa about Littlefinger?

Chris:  He sees what he looks for. If he isn’t actively looking at/for something he is unaware of it

Jim: He is too busy watching sister hate porn?  (Too soon?). (Never too soon for hate porn references in these lurid blogs.)  Maybe he already sees it play out, and doesn’t need to intervene….

Raylene:  Perhaps Littlefinger is going to die so Bran doesn’t see the point to warn Sansa (Interesting..)

Kristi: That would be too easy.

Kent:  I think Bran has seen it, but is also aware that things have to play out a certain way in order for the other stuff to happen.  I really do think that in the books, at the very least, we will find out that Bran knew but chose not to intervene.

 

  1.  Bronn is back! (YAAAAAAAY!!!!) Will Jaime/Cersei reward him with Highgarden (Olenna’s place)?

Chris:  No. Sam’s dad, Bronn’s liege is getting it

Jim:  I could see that, but not till after they try and take back Casterly Rock, which I’m not sure will be as easy as they think..  but he deserves it, after giving up a lordship to help Jaime in the first place.

Raylene: That or they will give him Casterely Rock if it’s taken back

Kent:  Unfortunately, Tarley will probably get it, but I will say Bronn gets it and then they give Tarley Casterly Rock, just to be different.

 

  1.  Did the writers intentionally dumb down Daenerys and her efforts to get the throne in order to make Cersei look better/smarter?

Chris:  No. She had so many advantages if it played out realistically it would have been over in 2 episodes

Jim: no, we have just had a longer history of Cersei’s schemes to see how conniving she is, so her Casterly Rock/HighGarden move is just another in a long history of her moves.  Daenerys still needs to take her leadership lumps per say to get her feet under her.

Raylene:  I think they are showing the years of listening and watching Tywin. Dany is still wet behind the ears with war. The age difference is on Cersei side here

Kristi:  Cersei is better and smarter. She has a lifetime of this behind her. I obviously want Dany to win but she isn’t as seasoned as Cersei when it comes to war.

Kent:  Dany is smarter than this, so I say they dumbed her character down.  Yes, we know that Cersei learned from Tywin, but I mean, it’s not like Dany couldn’t have systematically conquered rather than dividing people up.  Her advisors should have known better.  If Jorah or Ser Berristan or whatever the old guy’s name was who got killed by the Harpies, they would have been more helpful.

 

  1.  Do you even feel sorry for Ellaria Sand’s daughter, Tyene, after getting poisoned by Cersei?

Chris:  No, but I felt bad for Bronn

Jim:  I feel bad, but she earned it….  if you mess with someone’s kid, bad things happen eventually.

Raylene:  No because unfortunately the sins of the mother’s the daughters have paid the ultimate price.

Kristi: I did feel sorry her.

Kent:  I can’t top or argue Chris’ point.  I didn’t feel bad.  This all goes back to if Oberyn had not been so damn cocky and finished the Mountain, none of this has to happen.  No, it’s not Ellaria or Tyene’s false, but that’s the crux of the issue.  Cersei was justified.

 

  1.  Melisandre and Varys had a small conversation, but it sounds like bad news for Varys.  Assuming that he is to die, who do you think will kill him?

Chris:  Littlefinger

Jim:  Littlefinger…. just a hunch…. no basis to go by, but I felt they were two of the same when they shared the screen in the first season or two, and I always thought they couldn’t share they same space forever.

Raylene:  I think a white walker will get him

Kent:  Why not Qybern?  That dude is all kinds of crafty and got Pycell killed.  That’s my pick, but Cersei seems more likely.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  If you have a favorite quote or scene from Olenna Tyrell, please write it down.

Chris:  You will serve the cheese when I say to serve the cheese!

Jim: “you are in the presence of Daenerys (insert title here)..”. “This is Jon Snow”

Had to add it…. first thing I saw after I watched the episode

Raylene:  You’re not in your sanctuary now, my dear.  All i have to do is whistle and my men will stroll in here and bash you about until I tell them to stop

Kristi:  He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?—on Joffrey

Kent:  Kristi did the one I wanted.  Here’s a solid list.

 

  1.  What one thing will you remember from this episode above all else?

Chris:  Cersei’s revenge on Ellaria. I know what Kent’s will be

Jim: Who knew just cutting off stonescale and putting on an ointment was the miraculous cure for this disease that we have never known of..

Raylene:  Jon and Davos reaction to when they first saw the dragons

Kristi:  The look on Jon’s face when the dragon flew over him. That was awesome! I had to rewind it to watch it again.

Kent:  Davos trying to do a regal job of pronouncing Jon’s accomplishments, and of course the finger in the bum line.  Grey Worm’s realization was also really well done.

 

Final Thoughts (An opportunity to hit on anything that I missed with my questions, or to make predictions, complain, or celebrate the episode.)

Chris:  Euron and Jaime is going to be a fun deathmatch

Jim:  *pour drink on floor for Olenna*. She was one of my favorites, and I loved that she killed Joeffrey and owned it in her death scene…. was a great last word and middle finger to Cersei…. and again, nothing that happened changes my Euron/Jaime/Cersei death triangle…. especially with Euron stirring the pot by asking Jaime inbred sex tips!

Raylene: Jamie kills Cersei  

Kent:  We discover that Arya was the girl that interrupted Cersei and Jaime.  I love the theory and I can’t take credit for it.

 

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – July 24 & 25, 2017 – Break the Walls Down Edition

This week, we saw the return of Jericho, and we drank it in.  Keri also saw RAW live in DC.  Russ and I basically took the week off.  Oh, and KO won the US title on Sunday and then lost it back to AJ on Tuesday, so there’s THAT.  But first, some lovely pictures taken by our even lovelier Keri.  She got to see her boy Finn lose to my boy, so who wants to walk with the drifter?

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  1.  RAW this week set up its main event for the universal title. Discuss this and the opening segment.

Russ:  I for one think this will be a great SummerSlam main event.  Braun is the most over superstar right now, Samoa Joe belongs in the main event picture, Roman is a hard worker and great in the ring and Brock is, for some reason, considered a big draw.  Get all four in the ring at the same time and we are in for some good fun.  They should put the belt on Braun at SummerSlam.  It’s the perfect time to do it.  Think about it, Roman doesn’t have to win it because it isn’t one-on-one, and Brock doesn’t have to eat the pin.  We all win, so don’t expect it to happen.  

Keri:  The opening segment of RAW this week was the highlight of my live RAW viewing experience. Yes, readers I was there live. And let me say, that was an amazing pop that Braun received and Reigns was pretty much booed out of the Verizon Cente, despite the fact that in replays it sounded like he was being cheered. I assure you those were added in after the fact DC does not like Reigns. Now back to the segment, The announcement itself was good but predictable. I think we all saw this coming. However, the post segment brawl that ensued afterwards was worth the price I paid for my ticket. I was seriously concerned about that security guard that Braun turned into a land dart and threw half way across the river to Virginia. It was awesome and I’m glad Braun was standing tall at the end.

Kent:  There’s a weird part of me that wants to see a Brock and Braun vs Joe and Roman match of 2 Samoan bad asses vs 2 super strong white boys who throw people around.   As far as this segment, it’s pretty much what you would and should expect at this point.  That doesn’t mean it was bad, it was rather entertaining.  I’m glad that we can get this match.  I almost always enjoy when the locker rooms clear out.  This match should steal the show at Summerslam.  On a related note, UFC champ, Jon Jones called out Brock Lesnar after winning back his title at Saturday’s UFC event.  Rumors have been circulating about Brock returning to UFC for a match at MSG in NYC in November (I believe).  Well come to find out, whoever started those rumors are morons.  Brock has to get himself back in the USADA drug testing pool for another 6 months in order to serve out his suspension from his last fight against Mark Hunt.  Basically, Brock screwed himself because he was sick of getting tested to prove that he was clean, and now he wants another huge payday, and it’s going to be put on hold.

  1.  We have a new number one contender for the RAW women’s title, Bayley. Discuss this choice.

Russ:  Didn’t we just see this horrible match like two ppv’s ago? Bayley isn’t ready for the WWE, either that, or creative just doesn’t know how to use her. I think it’s a bit of both,  but the last time these two tangled it wasn’t good for  Bayley or Alexis.  

Keri:  Old feuds are so exciting. Said no one ever. Come on Creative we’ve seen Alexa vs. Bayley and it honestly was a flop. Sasha vs Alexa could have been a really good feud. It’s been eatables already that there is no love lost between these two ladies. Why not capitalize on it? Because reasons I guess. Oh well.

Kent:  What?  Emma isn’t getting an opportunity?  What a shocker.  Boooooring.  Bayley has been ruined.  I would trade Bayley and Sasha for Charlotte and Becky.  Charlotte was a bigger deal on RAW, and Becky seems to be constantly lost in the shuffle.

  1.  There was a three on two match this week involving the Miztourage and Dean and Seth. Where do you think this is heading?

Russ:  Maybe a triple threat match at SummerSlam.  It seems like in order to get all the big names in they will have to be in multi-men matches.  These three could deliver a classic triple-threat if they are given enough time.

Keri:  I’ve got three words for you. Triple threat match. And then I have two more, at Summerslam. That is alll.

Kent:  Rumors are stating that Dean and Seth will be facing Sheasaro at Summerfest, while Jason Jordan will take on the Miz.  If that is the case, fuck man.  While it will be nice to get Dean away from Miz, they don’t deserve a tag title match, but if it leads to a Dean heel turn, I’ll choke this feud down.  Jason Jordan…….I think he has bust written all over him.  Gable was the star.  Gable should have been Kurt’s son.  Feud Jordan with Cass in a match of epicly awful proportions.

  1.  Tag team discussion time. The Revival had a match against G&A with a Hardys run in. Shesaro was not featured in the ring this week and was seen only via backstage segment. Was this the appropriate way to feature the division? Discuss.

Russ:  It would have been better to have Sheasaro actually do something, but it was nice to see the revival out there getting back to basics.  How long until they get the Nxt break up treatment?

Keri:  So, I think we are getting the Revival vs Sheasaro at Summerslam. I think over the next few weeks we are going to see the Revival beat up on the other tag teams first. Thus making them a threat to the titles and the Bar.

Kent:  No.  Sheasaro needs to have some entertaining backstage promos to keep them relevant while teams compete for #1 contendership, like a one night tag team tourney with G&A, Revival, Hardly’s, and Ginger Rhynos.  Maybe toss in Seth and Dean, Bo and Curtis, Enzo and Show, and maybe a cruiserweight team or Bray and Finn.  Get creative….Creative.

  1.  It looks like Creative is finally pulling the trigger on Bray vs Finn after the events on RAW this week. Do you think this match is actually going to happen? Do you think this will bring back the Demon? What does this mean for Elias Samson?

Russ:  Elias will fall back into obscurity, which is a shame.  I think Bray vs Finn, could be a great story driven feud.  I Don’t think their first match should bring out the demon.  Save that for a match down the line.  

Keri:  I think this time it may actually happen. Let’s face it Seth vs Bray and sloppy and kind of fell flat. I also think for this feud to be effective we need to bring back the demon. He’s had a year break. He needs to come back. It would work into the storyline so well. As for Elias, I’m not sure how he factors into this feud but he should have something going into Summerslam. I was very impressed with what I saw Monday night from him.

Kent:  Apparently they want to only call him Elias now, because once you make the main roster, you only have a first or a last name, not both!  Elias vs Miz would be a great start.  Add in Jason Jordan and you have 2 guys that can carry it on the mic, and 3 very different in ring styles.  Sold.  Regarding Finn vs Bray, yes, it is an excuse to bring back the Demon, which should have been done MONTHS ago.    Finn didn’t deserve his huge push, but he deserved better than what he’s been served since his return.  Can’t wait to see Bray job to another star.

  1.  Sooooo, Jericho is back and AJ Styles is the NEW US champion.  Which development is most important for the company at the moment?

Russ:  I don’t think Jericho is back for the long run yet, so I’m going to have to say AJ getting the title back.  Still what the hell was the point of having KO win it just to give it back to AJ the next night? The only thing I can think of is that Battleground was a botch.  Still this triple threat match was way  better than the crap we got at battleground, so I guess that is an overall win for the fans.  

Keri:  I’ll be honest I marked out when Jericho’s music hit. It was great to see him back and putting people on the list. With that said, flip flopping the belt back to AJ was kind of pointless. Provided Jericho is back for awhile, they could have spent the next couple of weeks building this up with all three saying they had a legit claim to the belt. Thus making the belt seem important and giving us the pay off at Summerslam. By doing it this way, neither Jericho’s return or the title change Tuesday night provided any benefit.

Kent:  Jericho is more important because he’s another top guy that could help keep this show a little more fresh than RAW.  Still, where’s Dolph?  I need him to start feuding with Gable.  This US Title nonsense, it’s nonsense.  If you are going to flip flop the belt this much, then you follow it up with a best 4 out of 7 to reign supreme and end it.  That’s how you tell a logical story.

  1.  Who do you want to win next week between Shinsuke and Cena?

Russ:  I don’t think either of them are going to win. They aren’t going to give this dream match away for free.  There will definitely be interference. The question is who will interfere?  Baron could, given his unfinished business with Shinsuke.  However, don’t count the Bulgarian Brute out yet.  Sure he is as buried as you can get, but he keeps digging himself out just long enough to get air and then promptly buried again.  

Keri:  I’d like to see Shinsuke win next week but it will probably be Cena facing Jinder at Summerslam. The promo between Jinder and Cena prior to the announcement of this match pretty much foreshadowed the outcome of how next week’s match is going to play out. This is also means that Cena will probably get the belt at Summerslam. Some much for the land of opportunity. Besides, like Braun, I don’t think Baron is finished with Shinsuke yet. (Kent: Nice finishing line.)

Kent:  We all know how this is going to play out.  Now allow me to tell you what I would do.  I’d have Baron interfere and beat down Shinsuke, which also DQ’s Cena, so he attacks Baron.  The following week, have Shin vs Baron to blow off their feud for now, with Shin winning and Baron blindsiding him after and Cena making the save.  Then of course the obligatory tag team match of Baron and Jinder vs Cena and Shin.  Cena vs Baron is made official.  At Summerslam, Cena goes over Baron, as is tradition, with Baron beating Cena down and sending him to the hospital after.  Shin beats Jinder and the crowd goes apeshit.  The Singhs interfere and then out comes Baron, and cashes in MitB.  Baron gets his belt.  Ohhhh, Shinsuke vs Baron isn’t over yet, as they have a match at the next PPV.  At the end, when Baron retains, have Cena come out so we get a proper feud between them.  That’s how you build up interest and stop pushing Jinder.  Maybe put Jinder and Rusev back as a team with Lana as their manager.

  1.  Now that Natalya is the #1 contender, do you feel like this has a chance to be a good feud with Naomi?

Russ:  No.  What? You want more? OK, this going to be terrible.  At least we can assume Naomi will hold the belt a little longer.  You never know, because Carmella does have that briefcase.  

Keri:  I feel so indifferent about this feud. I mean it’s nice to see something different but can these women actually carry a feud and put on a good match at Summerslam. I think Naomi can cover the match portion but is there enough of a storyline for me to care. I just don’t think so. Oh well, at least we have a potential Carmella cash in to look forward to at Summerslam. Oh, and free James Ellsworth.

Kent:  FREE ELLSWORTH!!!!!

Remember Natty vs Nikki and how good the build up was, and how bad that match was?  Yeah, that.  Keri’s used the term indifferent, and that’s pretty spot on.  I think Natty will bring it in the build up, but I expect to be underwhelmed by match time.  The sooner that Carmella is running this division and “Talking Smack” about how nobody can beat her and allow for Asuka’s call up, the better.  If only there was a 25-30 minute show on Tuesdays around 11PM where Carmella could run her mouth and help build her brand.  Somebody should create that show.

  1.  Is the Sami Zayn and Mike Kanellis feud working for you or should both move on?  If you say move on, then who should they feud with?

Russ:  No, I just don’t have any feelings good or bad towards Mike. WWE needs to do something with him that is better than this power of love crap.  So, honestly give him a mini-feud with AJ.  If AJ can’t make me care about him then it’s all over for me.  As  for Zayn he should feud with the Modern Maharaja.  It gives Zayn some credibility and someone new for Jinder to get better as champion with.  (Kent: It’s the MDM, the Modern DAY Maharaja….you disgust me.)

Keri:  It really wasn’t working me from the start so I say move on. Have Mike work with Tye and start building the lower card. As for Sami, his character is stale. Let’s turn him heel and have him join the group fighting over the US title. (Kent: Sami in a feud potentially involving KO wouldn’t count as stale?)

Kent:  I really want to see Randy battle the power of Love, because if anybody can really hate love, it’s Randy.  It’d be amazing, and give both guys something very different to work with.  Sami needs wins.  Sami over Jinder, Rusev, Baron, KO, whoever.  Sami vs AJ would actually appeal big time to me.Sami deserves the belt and some day, if I wish really hard, maybe it happens.

Bonus Deuce

  1. Rate RAW

Russ:  I didn’t watch it… And I couldn’t feel better! Rating: 8

Keri:  Overall it was a better show than I was expecting. And trust me my bar was set pretty low. Yes, you had the normal storylines and matches but that opening segment/brawl really made the episode for me. Rating: 4

Kent:  It’s Sunday, I finally watched it…sorta.  The funny thing is that I gave it a 4.0 prior to watching based on what little I heard about it.  After watching it, I give it a 4.2 for the Elias and Finn (2 points), tag team (1 point), Opening segment (1 point), and Alexa Bliss and Emma sightings (0.2 points).

  1.  Rate Smackdown

Russ:  i saw a few things but I still didn’t get to watch everything.  What I saw was good so in honor of watching very little wrestling and enjoying the week…  Rating: 8.

Keri:  This week’s show was kinda meh for me. The only redeeming quality for me was the return of Jericho (welcome back..mannnnn). Other than that and the AJ title change,this was an uneventful and predictable Smackdown.

Kent:  I actually quite enjoyed this week.  2 points for the opening.  1 for the Uso’s beatdown.  1.5 for the main event.  1 for Shin vs Baron.  0.3 for Aiden and Tye getting on the show.  5.8 for the night….wait, Charlotte had a match.  It’s a 5.5 for her awfulness.

 

Final Thoughts

Russ:  I’m rested and ready to watch some wrestling.  Everyone needs a break and this was really needed. Now I can make it to SummerSlam and I might just get through it before totally smarking out.  It depends on how bad WWE creative makes the shows.  

Keri:  It was an ok week but I think I really need a break. I way to smarky to be objective and positive about anything wrestling related anymore.

Kent:  It was nice having the week off.  Unfortunately, we are really late with this, so we were less productive than ever before. Hooray!  On the plus side, I found these Twitter pics on WWE’s website and I wanted to treat you for being oh so patient.  The Sheasaro one makes me giggle.

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