Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce. I am your host, Kent. This week, Braun became the #1 contender for the tag team championships, SamiKO got scheduled for a Mania match and promptly destroyed Shane, and Charlotte got owned on the mic by a person who still struggles with English. All of this and much more! Anyway, Keri asks the questions around here, Anonyruss and Harper Lee answer them, and Keri decides a winner at the end. Simple stuff. Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we talk about all of this stuff plus other wrestling related news and tidbits. Please enjoy.
- Roman Reigns continued to deliver this week with his promo work and got a suspension for his troubles. Discuss the RAW opening.
Anonyruss: This was an interesting way to take the Brock Roman feud. Not sure how I feel about Roman and Brock not seeing each other until the week before Mania, but whatever, I’m just waiting for this feud to get over with. If WWE were smart they would use this suspension as an excuse to say that they punished Reigns for the whole steroid allegation. Fake suspension for a fake sport that doesn’t matter if steroids are used or not.
Harper Lee: How unfair is this?????? I can’t believe that Mr. McMahon would do something like this. Roman Reigns works his tail off for the company every lousy week and he deserves to meet The Beast face to face, and instead, he gets punished!!! I am so upset with this. This makes my blood boil. I hope Roman returns next week, but with it being indefinite, who knows how long he will be MIA. Vince McMahon, you are very mean MAC Man.
Keri’s Verdict: This storyline doesn’t do anything for me. Brock is a waste and should be gone. And really, he is not needed given the storyline. Anyways, point for question one awarded to Anonyruss. Fantasy booking or any suggestion of storyline improvement is always good.
- Braun is now the number one contender for the RAW tag team championship. Discuss this and whether or not he will bring in a tag team partner.
Anonyruss: While Braun is definitely the equivalent of two men, I don’t think that counts when it comes to the Tag Division. Pretty sure he will need to have a partner. I think it might be a fun thing if the next couple weeks WWE stars keep trying to be Brauns partner, but Braun keeps doing Braun things to stop them. Eventually, Elias comes in and gets to be his partner. They could make for a fun team.
Harper Lee: Uhmmm, how does this work? As much as I love Braun, even he’s not great enough to beat the RAW tag team champions. He needs a partner. I am hoping that maybe his mentor will help him. Whether you agree with Bray’s tactics, he would be an excellent partner due to familiarity with Braun. Plus Bray should be allowed to compete in front of his hometown. Maybe he could bring Sister Abigail with him. That would be soooo cool.
Keri’s Verdict: While Braun probably could win the tag titles in a handicap match, I feel that this is a waste for him. They should be capitalizing on his popularity better. Really the belt should have been taken off of Brock long ago, put on Roman, and it should be Roman vs. Braun at Mania. But anyways, this is the match I really don’t care about for Mania so I don’t care who his partner is. I’m going to award the point to Anonyruss here because I think that this the direction he’s heading. Given his current level of popularity, sorry Harper but they could keep Braun as far as they can away from Bray. (Kent: Why should they not utilize Braun’s popularity to get Bray over again to add to the main event scene? Bray was a world champ a year ago. Isn’t this exactly the thing that we bitch about, the WWE not utilizing it’s stars to make new stars? Plus, you dismiss this match between 2 of the 10, if not 5 best acts of 2017. I don’t understand dismissing this match but show so much love for a stagnant Shinsuke.)
- It looks like we are finally getting our build for Wrestlemania. Cena finally issued a challenge to the Undertaker, Styles and Nakamura finally faced off, it looks like the US title, like the IC title will be defended in a triple threat, and we are getting Sami vs KO at Mania. Select one of these and discuss.
Anonyruss: I think the Triple threat match for the IC title is going to be insane. That is of course as long as it stays a triple threat. Nowadays who knows with the WWE. By the time Mania rolls around it will probably be like a battle royal match of the belt. Still, Finn, Seth, and The Miz are the best things on RAW that aren’t names Ronda Rousey.
Harper Lee: Wait, The Undertaker is still possibly around? I thought he retired after Roman took over the yard last year. What was that speech at RAW 25 about then? I am so confused. But if he will accept and we get him vs Cena, sign me up and take my money WWE. I don’t really feel that AJ vs Shinsuke should have much of a build up. I think that we may see them feud for a long time, so maybe just let the match speak for itself. I don’t think that Sami and KO are having that match anymore. Did you see what they did to Shane O’Mac. Why was Shane working backstage at RAW? Is that why he is stepping down as the commission of Smackdown. Triple threats……so much to say. I’ll leave that to Anonyruss. One match excites me, and one doesn’t. The one with Mr. Abs, Finn Balor excites me, just to make that clear. I hope he extinguishes Mr. Hot Pants.
Keri’s Verdict: We all know how I feel about Styles vs Nakamura so I’m not going to say anything more on that match. As for the IC title, that match will probably come in second for match of the night and third or forth for match of the weekend (depending what happens at Takeover). I still think Cody vs Omega is going to blow everything out the water that weekend. Given the storyline build and the fact it looks like, at this point, those two guys are pretty much going to kill each other just screams match of the weekend to me (but then again I’m biased). As for the other potential Mania matches, I’ve seen Sami vs KO live and in person already so I don’t really care. Cena vs Taker, I just feel that is too little too late but it should be decent. And the US title, it will be an ok match, I’m just not that excited about it. And now for the question three point. I’m awarding this point to Harper. I’m in agreement with her. This whole Undertaker thing is confusing. Just let the man retire already will you?
- Alexa and Mickie picked on Nia this week which lead to a Nia rampage and we had a Charlotte and Asuka face off. Discuss the current storylines for the women’s titles.
Anonyruss: Nia’s rampage was genius! Her anger was amazing. I’ve seen wrestlers emulate anger, but Nia takes the cake! I love everything WWE is doing with Nia, Mickie, and Alexa. Alexa and Mickie trying to escape was hilarious. On to more serious matters on Smackdown. Charlotte and Asuka are off to a great start. Charlotte is a Queen! I love how she keeps mentioning how Iron sharpens Iron. It is very poetic. Asuka is getting better out there during promo time and I can’t wait to see these two fight each other. Charlotte has been a great champion, but it is time for Asuka.
Harper Lee: I have always found myself liking Alexa and I really think highly of Mickie. I am just so mad at how mean they were. I cannot believe that Alexa has been using Nia all along. DO you follow them on Twitter or Instagram? They are always in pictures together. They are so close. I cannot believe that Alexa would do this. I hate to say it, but I am officially on Team Nia for this one. I wanted her to get her mitts on Little Miss Bliss and Marty Jannetty her. How dumb were those buffoons not realizing the mic was on. Haha, idiots!! As for the other feud, Charlotte is currently the best in the business. Heck, if you don’t believe me, just ask WWE or ask the GOAT, Ric Flair. Then there is the Empress of Tomorrow. Tomorrow may be coming sooner than later. Charlotte has shown that she can be overconfident and underestimate her opponent, which is how Sasha toppled her many times. Gosh, I am starting to believe that nobody better than Asuka. She is so cute. I went to dye my eyebrows like she does. Ohhhhh, Daddy was livid! He made me shave my eyebrows and now i have to draw them on until they grow back the way they were meant to be. I learned my lesson.
Keri’s Verdict: The RAW women’s storyline right now is pretty much genius. I’m really enjoying it. Here is the potential problem that I see with Charlotte vs Asuka. Not only was this match up predictable, it also foreshadows the potential end of Asuka’s streak. Given how high the company is on Charlotte, do not think for a second that won’t happen. Yeah, Asuka will probably win the title but the fact that Charlotte is the one that is going to end the streak is still in the back of my mind. With that said, I’m going to award the point to Anonyruss here. He’s right it’s time for Asuka but I’m also worried that like all good streaks that tend to end in New Orleans. I think hers maybe, as well.
- While we are on the subject of women’s wrestling, The Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal was announced for WrestleMania this week. Discuss this announcement.
Anonyruss: Why did they have to change the name? Was Moolah mean? Well, a lot of people were crappy people back then. That was the way of the business. If you felt she was mean it isn’t like you couldn’t have just left and gone to someone else! She was one of the first women that got me interested in women wrestlers. I feel like Ronda is the next Moolah. Intense, strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone. I’m glad that WWE is finally giving the women a battle royal at Mania, but it feels like Mania is starting to get a little full of special matches. Soon we won’t have any time left for regular matches.
Harper Lee: I was so excited about this. Then I read some things on the internet that are not very nice about Moolah. I am happy that the women are getting an opportunity. I really am. I think it may have been in better taste to possibly name it after some other legend like Sensational Sherri or even Trish Stratus who never has any negative publicity. I don’t want to speak on the allegations, but if true, the name should be changed. Women shouldn’t be taking advantage of other women. We gotta stick together, not pimp each other out.
Keri’s Verdict: If you look back at a good portion of the women that have come through the WWE, there are skeletons in a lot of those closets. It just seems the time that we live in dictated this week that we pay attention not to what Moolah did for women in the industry but her extracurricular activities. I’m not dismissing what she did because quite frankly women should not be treated in that matter but I also feel that we as a society are too damn sensitive. With that said, I’m awarding a point to Harper here because she’s right they could have renamed this after a woman that didn’t have so many skeletons in her closet.
Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog. In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.:
Anonyruss: Man wrestling was full of interesting twists this week, but one thing that really disappointed me this week was the fact that Ronda wasn’t on RAW. I get it she had to get tests and other things done, but not having them move her story forward this week really felt like a huge gap. She got the video treatment this week, which I guess is fine, but she needs to get back and continue to improve and become the best.
Harper Lee: This year’s Wrestlemania has me legitimately excited. It’s my first year being genuinely invested in the product, and I just cannot wait. So happy for Kid Rock too. I know that he is from Detroit, but he does Southern Rock proud and for that, I salute him! That song he did that Undertaker used was quite uhhhhh, ah screw it, bad a$$. There, I said it!
Keri’s Final Verdict: Congrats to Anonyruss on this week’s win.
Anonyruss: I hear New Japan is trying to give a cup away or something? I don’t know. I’m a WWE homer so I don’t really pay attention to other stuff. However, I see that Keri and Harper are both talking about it here so I didn’t want to be left out. I hope this cup is worth it. I’m going to pick Sanada cause I like music.
Harper Lee: Much like Keri, I made first round picks for the New Japan Cup. I got Bad Luck Fale and Zack Sabre Jr right because I mostly picked names that I could pronounce. I am not good at picking apparently. Oh well.
Keri: So, here is my New Japan Cup update. So, for first round picks, I went 6 for 8. So not too bad, I guess. Unfortunately, my school work has prevented me from watching the tournament but there is a list of matches I plan to check out once school is over. With that said, here are my picks for the quarterfinals: Match 1: Michael Elgin vs Juice Robinson (Pick: Juice); Match 2: Bad Luck Fale vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (Pick: Tanahashi); Match 3: Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr (Pick: Ibushi and this will be match of the quarterfinals); and Match 4: Toru Yano vs Sanada (Pick: Sanada). So I have Juice Robinson facing Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi facing Sanada in the semi-finals and my pick for the finals are Juice Robinson vs. Kota Ibushi with Ibushi picking up the win. (Update: Well, my picks went sideways. Like UMBC in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Zack Sabre Jr. pretty much ruined what was left of my “bracket” for the New Japan Cup. I’m interested to see what he does against Tanahashi in the finals and hope that he is, in fact, winning this thing).
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