The Wrestling 9 Deuce – April 9 & 10, 2018 – Mania Aftermath

Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce.  I am your host, Kent.  We had the RAW and Smackdown Live after Wrestlemania, so we had returns, debuts, and surprises, plus a TNA name drop.  Wow!!  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.

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  1.  Paige retired from in-ring competition and became Smackdown’s new GM this week. Discuss.

Anonyruss:  I’m glad they have something for Paige to do.  I felt horrible for her when she was permanently sidelined.  So while this isn’t ideal it is better than nothing. Not to mention maybe the position is like magic!  I mean Daniel Bryan miraculously got better and is now a full-time wrestler again. Perhaps being General Manager of Smackdown magically cures you, but it takes a year or so depending on the severity of your injury.  I lost my point… Yay Paige as Smackdown GM!

Harper Lee:  I am so happy for Paige. She has not been too lucky as of late. That neck injury of hers is oh so sad. While I didn’t like Absolution’s tactics, I still respected Paige the person. I think she could be excellent in her new role and this feels very fresh to me.  She can be good as both a face or a heel. I am also really looking forward to her new film. My brother Eric loved her last film. He always watches it by himself. I don’t quite understand why. I thought Santa’s Little Helper was adequate, but I don’t understand why he watches alone.

Keri’s Verdict:  I couldn’t be happier with how events unfolded this week for my girl Paige. I was almost in tears when she gave her in-ring retirement speech and then was very happy when she was named the new Smackdown GM. Alright, time for the point for question number one. I like Anonyruss’ theory that being Smackdown GM has healing powers and therefore he gets the point.

 

  1.  We have a new Smackdown women’s champion and she is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s. Carmella cashed in, dethroned the queen, and is our new Smackdown women’s champ. Discuss.

Anonyruss:  Wow, is it my birthday? Two questions on the women’s division!  Sure neither of them are about Ronda, but I still have a few questions to answer.  Now as far as this story goes. Hooray! The Iconics are here! They had a wonderful debut on the Main roster.  They did something that Charlotte has struggled with for years. They put a magnificent promo together. I do have to give Charlotte some credit.  She took that vicious beating like a champ. I’m very interested in seeing where this all goes, but for now All Hail the new Queen! Carmella! May her reign last longer than one ppv!   

Harper Lee:  Really? That’s how they are going to treat the single most talented female wrestler ever. This is ridiculous! I am OUTRAGED! How is this even fair to Flair? She just beat the unbeatable. She deserved a night off and some darn respect. What kind of cowardly move was that by Carmella? She hasn’t been relevant in months. Meanwhile, Charlotte will get her belt back and main event WrestleMania 35.

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m a firm believer in karma and karma (not the wrestler, Kent) (Kent: But I really, really miss her!!!) is the word I would use to describe what happened to Charlotte on Smackdown. You break Asuka’s streak then you lose the title. It’s as simple as that. Even Becky didn’t come out and save Charlotte during that beating because catering had quinoa and it was good (check out Becky’s instagram to understand that reference). As for Carmella and the title, I could not be happier for her. She deserves the spotlight. I can’t wait to see what she does as champ. Now for the point for question two. Sorry Harper but Charlotte ended the streak and for that she needs to be karmically punished. But I admire your passion in sticking by Charlotte through all of this so I’ll give you a point for this question. (Kent: By the way, this may have been my favorite moment in wrestling in the past 5 years.  I needed to let everybody know just how much I cannot stand Charlotte.)

 

  1.  We had our usual post Wrestlemania debuts this week on RAW and Smackdown. Ember Moon, Authors of Pain, No Way Jose, and the Iconic Duo all debuted this week. Grade and discuss these debuts.

Anonyruss:  Ember Moon: Smart decision to bring her up I think she will add some excitement, hopefully, she will have a better run than she did in NXT.  Grade: A. AOP: I’m not a huge fan of Tokar and Razar, but I’ll give them a fair shot. Grade: C. No Way Jose: His debut was a party! Unfortunately, these types of acts never make it on the Main Roster.  So I say No Way, Jose, will make it very far with this gimmick. Grade: C- IIconics: This is the way you debut a group! Holy crap were they awesome and Charlotte was the perfect target. Grade: A+

Harper Lee:  Ember is an A- acquisition. She didn’t get a great run in NXT, in my opinion. She wasn’t given many great feuds, unfortunately. I would love to see her vs Naomi down the road. The 2 most athletic females in WWE.  AoP is an A as far as I am concerned. Those are 2 very big strong boys with excellent teamwork and a solid moveset. It would have been an A+ but getting rid of Ellering hurts their score. No Way Jose, OMG am I in love with this guy!  He is so much fun. I love what I have seen. But that is a problem, I haven’t seen much, so for fun factor and his potential, I will say a C+ with hopes that he is more like a B or B+. The Iconic Duo……oh they make me so mad! How is it fair to Flair to get a 2 on 1 beatdown and insulted?  I am giving them a B- because they probably have a bright future, but I do NOT like them one bit.

`Keri’s Verdict:  Ember Moon: Good call up. She is going to bring a little something extra to whatever women’s division she ends up in after next week’s shakeup. Grade: A. Authors of Pain: I’ll be honest I’ve seen these guys very little and usually only during Takeovers but what I have seen impresses me. This is a tag team you do not mess with and I think they might be just what the RAW tag team division needs (provided they survive the shakeup) Grade B+. No Way Jose: Honestly, I forgot that this guy was even employed by the company. That’s bad isn’t it? Oh well. I like the guys entrance music and he’s fun. Does he have longevity with this gimmick? I don’t know but I think Adam Rose maybe able to comment. Grade: C+ (the + is for the music. I just love it).  The Iconics: So, I’ll be honest I stopped watching NXT right around when this team was formed and I regret not seeing them develop their characters. These girls are great and I thoroughly enjoyed the beatdown they gave Charlotte when they arrived on Smackdown. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the rest of the division. Grade: A+. Alright now for question number three’s point. This one is difficult because it seems like both Anonyruss and Harper bring up some very valid points. However, Harper gets the point here because our grading is pretty much the same and I think she will come around on the Iconics eventually.

 

  1.  We also had our post Wrestlemania returns this week as well. Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, and Bobby Lashley all returned this week on RAW. Grade and discuss these returns.

Anonyruss:  Samoa Joe: Great to have him back.  His brutality and skill have been sorely missed.  Great to see he is picking up where he left off against Roman.  Grade: A. Jeff Hardy: Ok, I’ll admit that I didn’t think we’d see him on WWE again because of his DUI, but what the hell do I know.  I actually enjoyed his act on RAW. More of this Jeff HArdy Please. Grade: B Bobby Lashley: This is one serious hunk of man! I can’t believe that he wasn’t Russ’ Man Crush of the Week.  I loved him when he was in the WWE originally. I have heard he has only gotten better. I can’t wait to see. Grade: A+

Harper Lee:  Samoa Joe is a total jerk at times.  I respect that he usually backs up what he says.  A feud between him and Roman would be an epic Samoan feud, and I would love it.  So for that feud alone, I give Joe an A- mainly because I think that he is a jerk.  Bobby Lashley is somebody I don’t know too well. I have seen a bit of his work. I think his music is very bland and I simply wasn’t excited for him.  I know that he is supposed to be really talented, but he seems bland to me. I give him a C-. Finally, Jeff has returned!!! Yay!!!!!! I am so happy to have him back.  A+ easily. What else would you possibly give Brother Nero?

Keri’s Verdict:  Alright, let me start out by saying I’ve missed Samoa Joe. I didn’t realize until Monday night how much I really missed that guy. That promo he cut on Roman was spot on. I’m so glad he’s back. Grade: A. Jeff Hardy: Given recent events, his return surprised me but I guess everyone deserves a second chance. And I have to say I like the dynamic with him, Bray, and Matt in that backstage segment. I’m interested to see where that goes. Grade: B  Lashley: Talk about the worst kept return secret of the week. Who didn’t see this guy coming back at some point post-Wrestlemania? With that said, we finally have someone who can put Brock Lesnar hopefully out to pasture once we get the fruit roll up off of him. And that is what I’m most excited about with this return. Grade: A.  Alright let’s get to this question’s point. It looks like Anonyruss and I are on the same page here so he gets the point.  

 

  1.  The RAW and Smackdown after Wrestlemania shows are usually must see TV. Grade and discuss this week’s shows. Who won the week in your opinion?

Anonyruss:  RAW: Overall this was an interesting show.  Lots of returns and call ups to keep up entertained.  However, nothing new was really established and that is also one of the best hallmarks of the RAW after Mania.  I’m sure because of the Shake-up they didn’t want to establish anything new, but a few new stories would have been nice.  Grade: B+ Smackdown: This week felt like typical with a few exception. One, the debut of the IIconics and Charlotte losing the belt to The F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S one.  This was great! Also, heel Shinsuke is best Shinsuke! I guess the match with Daniel Bryan and AJ was pretty good as well. Grade: B

Harper Lee:  RAW had 4 debuts and 3 returns.  Smackdown had 1 debut and no returns.  I know that math was never my strong suit, but last I checked, 7 is greater than 1.  RAW killed it this week. Smackdown felt very disappointing after all of the RAW excitement.  WWE should have spaced this out better. And where is Sanity? I have been told to expect these guys and nothing!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  RAW positives: Debuts and returns. Main event. RAW negatives: Stephanie and Ronda to open the show and whiny Roman. Grade: B. Smackdown positives:  Paige as Smackdown GM, Carmella as women’s champ, debut of the Iconics, heel Nakamura, and Styles vs Bryan (I want to see this again without commercials). Smackdown negatives: Same old same old in the number one contender matches for the tag team and US titles. Grade: A. Smackdown in my opinion was the better show. But it seems my colleagues did not agree with me so this question’s point will be award to the person who argued their point effectively. Anonyruss sold me with his response so he gets the point.

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.

Anonyruss:  This week on Ronda Roundup.  Again no questions asked about the greatest women’s athlete in the WWE.  This blog has begun to slide downhill. Fortunately, I’ll keep the integrity by reporting about the most amazing athlete in WWE:  Ronda Rousey. This week she kicked off RAW with Stephanie and by-golly they did a bang up job. Steph is a fantastic foil for Rousey and they showed why on RAW.  Steph really knows how to sell. I mean she was in the arm bar for 10 seconds and she was acting like her arm was broken! Way to make Rousey look unstoppable! This was great stuff and I’ll continue to report on it here until it becomes a question in the normal 5!  Ronda Roundup for the win!

Harper Lee:  Can we please get Daniel Bryan and Miz on the same show?  I don’t ask for much, but I really want to see this.

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  Long week of wrestling.  Glad it is finally done and things will slow down a bit… What next week is the WWE Roster Shake-up? …. Poop.  

Harper Lee:  Boy, I am exhausted by wrestling this week.  Time to get caught up on my favorite soap opera, Days of Our Lives.

Keri:  Wow, I have wrestling burnout. After Supercard, some of Takeover, most of Mania, some of RAW, and all of Smackdown, I’m really spent. Then this week we also had the finale (episode 100) of Being the Elite, and that really put a rather sad cherry on top of an already full wrestling filled sundae. But next week, I’m going to NXT live here in DC so that should cheer me right up. So, expect a full report next week everyone.  (Kent: Wait a second.  So you watched everything else in it’s entirety except the one show, TakeOver, that was the best thing out of the 5 days?  And you are grading these people?  That smells like an F for Failure to watch great, relevant wrestling.)

 

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WrestleMania XXXIV (34) Preview

Russ and Kent give you the most thorough WrestleMania preview on the internet.  That’s our claim and we are sticking to it.  We are cautiously optimistic.   Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.

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Kickoff Show Matches

 

  1.  Cruiserweight 205 Championship Match – Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali

Who Wins?

Russ:  Pretty sure they are giving this to Mustafa.

Kent:  Cedric Alexander better win.

Any interference by other 205 superstars?  If yes, who?

Russ:  I have no idea, I haven’t seen any of this, but for intrigues sake I’m going to say yes.

Kent:  It feels like the GM may interfere on behalf of his secret chosen one.  That’s just my prediction. Go guy formerly known as Rockstar Spud!

 

  1. Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

First Man Eliminated?

Russ:  The ultimate loser:  Curt Hawkins

Kent:  Dash WIlder

Final Two

Russ:  Matt Hardy and a Reborn Bray Wyatt

Kent:  Tye Dillinger and Baron Corbin

Winner:

Russ:Reborn Bray  

Kent:  Tye Dillinger

 

  1.  The Non Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal

First Woman Eliminated?

Russ:  Becky Lynch, because WWE hates her

Kent:  Mandy Rose because they dicks to her.

Final Two

Russ:  Sasha and Bayley because they have been the focus of the non important women

Kent:  Sonya and Becky

Winner

Russ:  Bayley

Kent:  Becky….please!

 

The 9

  1.  Smackdown Women’s Championship Match – Streak vs Title – Charlotte vs Asuka

Will we see Ric Flair?

Russ:  More than likely.  

Kent:  Yes, and he will cry at some point, possibly on the kickoff show.

Who enters first?

Russ:  Asuka

Kent:  Asuka

Any special entrance?

Russ:  Yea, this match has that feel.  Expect Charlotte’s to be flairish while Asuka’s will be awesome.  

Kent:  Yes, I think for Asuka, while Charlotte’s will be a little fancier but mainly the same.

Will victory come via pin or submission?

Russ:  Submission

Kent:  Both of them are submission specialist, but WWE won’t want either to look weak.  Pin.

Winner?

Russ:  Well, it would make no sense to end the streak here so Asuka.  

Kent:    For everything that is holy, Asuka.  New Orleans is where streaks come to die.  I pick Charlotte….I hate life.

  1.  US Championship Fatal 4 Way Match – Randy Orton vs Rusev vs Jinder Mahal vs Bobby Roode

Order of Entrants?

Russ:  Bobby, Rusev, Jinder, Randy

Kent:  Bobby, Jinder, Rusev, Randy

Will anybody have a special entrance?

Russ:  Any more special than the spectacles that they normally are for these guys?  No.

Kent:  Yes, Bobby and Rusev with Aiden doing something.

Who takes the loss?

Russ:  Randy

Kent:  Jinder

Who wins?

Russ:  Rusev

Kent:  Rusev

 

  1.  RAW Women’s Championship Match – Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax

Will Mickie accompany Alexa to the ring?

Russ:  No

Kent:  No

Any special entrances?

Russ:  No

Kent:  No

Will there be any outside interference?  If yes, by whom?

Russ:  Yes, Mickie James

Kent:  No

Will this match go longer than 7 minutes?

Russ:  No

Kent:  No

Winner?

Russ:  Nia

Kent:  Noa….I mean Nia.

Championship changing hands?

Russ:  Yes

Kent:  No

 

  1.  Smackdown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match – Usos vs New Day vs Bludgeon Brothers

Order of entrants?

Russ:  Bludgeon, New Day, Usos

Kent:  New Day, Bludgeon Brothers, Usos

Any special entrances?

Russ:  Yes, all

Kent:  Yes, New Day and Usos

Who takes the loss?

Russ: Xavier

Kent:  Kofi

Who wins it?

Russ:  Eric Rowan

Kent:  Luke

 

  1.  RAW Tag Team Championship Match – The Bar vs Braun Strowman and his mystery partner

Who comes out first?

Russ:  The Bar

Kent:  The Bar

Any special Entrances?

Russ:  No

Kent:  Yes, The Bar I hope

Who will Braun’s partner be?

Russ:  God willing it will be God himself.  

Kent:  People are saying Big Show, but I got Samoa Joe

Will Braun’s partner turn on him in the match?

Russ:  Yes

Kent:  Yes

Who takes the loss?

Russ:  Braun

Kent:  Braun

Who gets the win?

Russ:  Cesaro

Kent:  Sheamus

 

  1.  Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn – If KO and Sami loses, they are fired, but if they win, they get their jobs back.

Any special entrances?

Russ:  Nope

Kent:  No need for one

Will anybody get a bigger pop than Daniel Bryan?

Russ:  Nope

Kent:  No, but Hogan, Taker, or Rock will rival it and be tough to distinguish any difference.

Will anybody turn heel or face during or after the match?

Russ:  Nope

Kent:  Yes, I still think this isn’t over.

Who takes the loss?

Russ:  Zayn

Kent:  Shane

Who takes the win?

Russ: Daniel Bryan

Kent:  Sami Zayn (Remember my Real Men of Honor stable idea?  It’s happening.)

Will Daniel Bryan do a diving headbutt?

Russ: No.

Kent:  YES!

 

  1.  Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match – The Miz vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins

Order of entrants?

Russ:  Seth, Finn, Miz

Kent:  Finn, Seth, Miz

Any special entrances?

Russ:  Yes, Finn and The Miz

Kent:  Yes, Finn should come out as the damn demon!!  And Seth with flaming pants!

Will anybody turn heel during this match?

Russ:  No.

Kent:  Yes, Seth which leads to his trade to SD where his gimmick is he whines

Who takes the loss?

Russ:  The Miz

Kent:  Seth

Who gets the win?

Russ: Finn  

Kent:  Finn

 

  1.  Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs Stephanie McMahon & HHH

Order of entrants?

Russ:  HHH and Steph, Kurt and Rousey

Kent:  HHH & Steph, then Kurt, then Rousey

Will anybody have a special entrance?  (DUH!!)

Russ:  This is a definite yes.  

Kent:  If this ends up being a No, then I don’t want to watch Mania again.  HHH always does.

Will this match be good?

Russ:  Does laughing at it count?  If so then this will be great!  

Kent:  No, it’s a mixed tag match and WWE will be hellbent on pushing women

Will Ronda hurt anybody?

Russ:  No, I think they know what they are doing enough.  

Kent:  Herself

Will Ronda and Stephanie be in the ring together longer than 5 minutes?

Russ:  nope.

Kent:  God I hope not.  So yes, yes they will with lots of stalling.

Who takes the loss?

Russ:  Stephanie

Kent:  Stephanie

Who gets the win?

Russ:  Ronda

Kent:  Ronda

 

  1. Undertaker vs John Cena

Is this match actually happening?

Russ:  Yes, they have totally set this up to happen.  

Kent:  Yes, if not, I am rioting.

How do they set this up for the match to start?

Russ:  Cena comes out talks about loving this as a fan, probably during someone else segment.  Thats when the lights go dark and Taker comes out.

Kent:  I thought it would be during an Elias segment, but with the Rock rumored to be in attendance, Elias is the perfect person to be on the mic with The Rock.  I think you need to have Cena make the save after a post match beatdown. That sounds perfect for after the Daniel Bryan match because there should be a post match beatdown, I suspect.  That or possibly either tag team championship match.

Will Taker look good or bad in the ring, considering we have seen him both ways recently?

Russ:  I’ll wager better than last year.  

Kent:  Better than you would expect, but the match shouldn’t be too action packed allowing him to perform.  But I suspect Taker to be rusty.

Who gets the win?

Russ:  Taker because I don’t think Cena needs to win this.  

Kent:  I don’t want to say it.  I can’t. I won’t. I’d rather be wrong than disloyal, so Taker.

What is the finisher?

Russ:  Tombstone

Kent:  Escape from AA into Tombstone.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Smackdown World Championship Match – AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Will either gentleman have a special entrance?

Russ:  No, nothing more than normal special.  

Kent:  Shinsuke seems likely, so yes.

What match # on the main card will this appear?  There’s 11 unless the Rock has an impromptu match.

Russ:  10, right before Roman and Brock

Kent:  9

Will this be the match of the night?

Russ:  This is definitely going to be up there.  There are several matches that could steal the title, but this will be one of the few that will be given the time it deserves.  So this has the best chance.

Kent:  There are so many good matches, it’s like do you take the one that should be or do you take the field that features Cena vs Taker, that IC match is stacked, SD tag title match could all steal the show.  I am going to say no..

What will be the finishing move?

Russ:  Kinshasa (sp?)  

Kent:  Styles Clash

Winner?

Russ:  Nakamura:  great time to pass the torch, while AJ goes to a show that isn’t a sinking ship.  

Kent:  AJ Styles.  I am over thinking this match, but Royal Rumble winners are practically a 50/50 chance now of winning and they have not been treating Shinsuke like the star he is.  Plus if you keep the belt on AJ, he can keep saying that Smackdown is the house that AJ Styles built.

 

  1. RAW Red Belt Championship Match – Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns

Any special entrances?

Russ: No

Kent:  No

Who comes out first?

Russ:  Roman

Kent:  Roman should

Will this match go longer than 15 minutes?

Russ:  No

Kent:  Yes

Will Brock turn purple?

Russ:  Yes (within the first 5 minutes.)

Kent:  Yes

How many superman punches will we see connect?

Russ:  5

Kent:  7

How many German suplexes will we see?

Russ:  12

Kent:  8

How many F5’s will succeed?

Russ:  2

Kent:  2

How many spears will we see?

Russ:  5 (2 from Brock and 3 from Roman)

Kent:  3

What will be the finishing move?

Russ:  Spear after about 3 Superman Punches

Kent:  Spear because Brock is susceptible to that move, just ask old Whisker Biscuit

Will this be Brock Lesnar’s final WWE match for the foreseeable future, meaning he isn’t resigning with WWE right now?

Russ:  Yes, he’s done.  

Kent:  No, he’s resigning

 

Final Thoughts – Quick Hits

  1.  Match of the Night?

Russ:  I want to say the IC title match, but I have a feeling they won’t be given enough time to shine properly.  So I’m going with Nak and AJ

Kent:  IC Title Match

  1. Worst match of the night on main card?

Russ:  RAW Women’s match: They won’t be given any time

Kent:  RAW women’s match or the Ronda match both sound awful.

  1. Shortest match of the night?

Russ:  Alexa vs Nia

Kent:  Alexa vs Nia

  1. Which match will we say deserved to have more time at the end of the night?

Russ:  IC Title Match

Kent:  AJ vs Shinsuke

  1.  Which match will have been given too much time?

Russ:  Asuka vs Charlotte

Kent:  Asuka vs Charlotte

  1.  Will this night be memorable for anything beyond Daniel Bryan’s return to the ring?

Russ: I’m sure, but I couldn’t tell you.  There are a lot of good things that this Mania is bringing to the table.  However, Since it is New Orleans the host of the worst Mania decisions this could be memorable for the wrong reasons.   

Kent:  Asuka’s streak ending, Daniel turning heel, Cena vs Taker, Stephanie’s major injury, Hogan, Rock

  1. Any surprise appearances aside from the Rock?

Russ:  Samoa Joe, maybe and of course some Legends

Kent:  Samoa Joe and somebody like Big Show and maybe Sanity gets called up for something.  To kill Daniel, Sami, and KO.

  1.  Will The Rock be there?

Russ:  Yes

Kent:  Yes

  1. Will this be the best Mania of the past 5 years?

Russ: Yes, I mean it doesn’t have very stiff competition to beat.   

Kent:  Without a doubt…..oh it’s in New Orleans….fuck…..yes…maybe.

  1. Who will interrupt Elias’ performance?

Russ:  Probably The Rock

Kent:  It could be so many people, but the Rock makes the most sense.

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – March 26 & 27, 2018 – Miz is Better Than Perfect

Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce.  I am your host, Kent.  This week, The Miz almost had it out with his Miztourage, Brock continues to make Roman his bitch, Sasha and Bayley finally broke up, Daniel revealed his match for Mania, and Cena mocked Taker more.  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.

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  1.  There was a MizTV segment where it looked like for a second the Miztourage was going to implode and then it did not. Discuss this segment.

Anonyruss:  I liked this segment. It has been a long time since we got smart heels playing the faces like fools. It is good to let your bad guys get the upper hand every once in awhile to keep us invested in them.  Too many times this past year (or more) WWE has made the heels stupid or their tactics so obviously underhanded that it is groan inducing. This in turn makes the heels weak. This one segment helped give The Miz a push giving us a chance to second guess who is going to win at Mania.   

Harper Lee:  Bo was so funny in this segment, he made me want to Bo-lieve all over again.  It was short lived. I will admit, the part that got me is when Miz brought up Mr. Perfect.  You just don’t DO THAT!!! I wanted punch MIz in the face for that one. It was fun seeing Mr. Abs and Flamer Pants having a good laugh.  More importantly, how great is that match going to be next week. I am soooo excited, and I just can’t hide it. I feel like Jessie Spano.

Keri’s Verdict:  The Miz shows week after week why he is the best heel in the company. This was a fantastically well done segment. Now to award a point for question one. Anonyruss made a good point. WWE over the past year has made its heels look weak and for that he gets the point. We need strong heels that we can boo with confidence.

 

  1.  Brock beat up Roman for the second week in a row. How are you liking the build for this match?

Anonyruss:  Color me a shade of kinda bored.  WWE is trying to make Roman a sympathetic figure and someone who shows up!  Smart idea, but poor execution. The beatdowns have been too mild. He should be getting destroyed. Although, if that were to happen then the fans would probably go ape shit for it and it would backfire.  Man, Roman can’t win no matter what he does. He gets beat up they cheer for more. He gives us great matches he gets booed. They try to compromise and give him enough of a beatdown to satisfy the haters, but end up boring the rest of us who consider Roman to be adequate.  Sucks to be Roman. That is until next Sunday when he wins the Red Title and that causes even more of a backlash. YAY Wrestling!

Harper Lee:  I feel like the WWE is trying to make me feel an emotion for Roman here, and my God, they nailed it!  Poor Roman, with his suspension and the beatdown. It’s not fair! I just want Roman to overcome the odds and vanquish the beast and make him his bit……I can’t say that, but you know what I was going to say.  I will take the man with wet hair any day over a purple people eater! I would like to see the Purple People Eater face the Eater of Worlds. What a great feud that could be!

Keri’s Verdict:  Ok, I’m going to say something that is going to shock everyone. I actually like the build for this feud. WWE is booking this correctly. Brock is supposed to look like the unstoppable heel in this match and Roman has to look like the struggling babyface. It’s about time they kinda sorta tried to get the crowd behind Roman. With that said, seems like Harper agrees with me so for that she gets the point.

 

  1.  Well it finally happened. The female version of the Mega Powers have exploded. Discuss the Bayley-Sasha segment.

Anonyruss:  Man what a beat down both these girls delivered.  Vicious doesn’t begin to describe how it looked as those girls slammed each other into the lockers behind them.  Kind of felt like a school yard cat fight. Still they did a great job. I have to admit I kinda feel bad that this feud is going to be relegated to the Women’s Battle Royal, but Mania is already jam packed to the point of overdone.  I’m sure we will see a lot more from this feud in the coming months, but it is a shame that it doesn’t get its finale at Mania.

Harper Lee:  I feel so conflicted.  I have been on both Bayley and Sasha’s sideline cheering them on.  I don’t know what to say here. The thing is, if I think about this logically, Sasha is in the right here.  But I love hugs and I love Bayley and you can’t force me to pick against her. Also, haha Sasha, you lost in the MMC twice now!  That’s what you get! I am fired up this week.

Keri’s Verdict:  This implosion was inevitable. The chemistry between these two women is too good not to put them in a feud. Should they have waited until after Mania? Yes they should have. This implosion should have happened at the end of the battle royal. Oh well, I like where Anonyruss’ head is at on this question so for that he gets he point.

 

  1.  Daniel Bryan officially has a match at Wrestlemania. Discuss this announcement.

Anonyruss:  Obvious match is obvious?  I mean once he said he was returning to the ring I don’t think there was a doubt in anyone’s mind that he wouldn’t be getting a match at Mania.  Also, you had to figure it would involve Shane or KO and Sami in some way. The only thing I’ll say is that I don’t like the stipulation of if KO and Sami win they are reinstated.  I guess in the long run at least it keeps us guessing as to who is going to win, but damn the best feel good moment you can have is Bryan pinning either KO or Sami for his first win, but if it cost those guys there jobs… That kinda sucks.  

Harper Lee:  Doesn’t Shane have diverticulitis?  How is he supposed to fight with that disease?  I know that is what made Brock and Vince both stop having matches.  I know that is why Kent doesn’t exercise. The pain is that excruciating.  Shouldn’t Daniel find a better partner? I am just going to say, for one night only, if Shane can’t come out, if Daniel had a new partner and Cult Of Personality played, I would be in Wrestling Havana…..I mean Heaven.  Half of my heart is in Havana ooooh na na.

Keri’s Verdict:  So, I want a show of hands. Who didn’t see this announcement coming once he was cleared? Oh, put your hand down Kent.  (Kent: Fine!)   It think it’s great we are going to see him at Mania in a ring. And maybe we can finally get some closure on this storyline so we can all move on. That is all I want this upcoming Mania weekend. Closure on storylines (yeah I’m also looking at you Cody and Kenny) so I can move forward. And now for this question’s point. Again, I’m liking where Anonyruss’ heads at so one point for Anonyruss.

 

  1.  Let’s discuss the build for Nakamura vs Styles. Are you enjoying this or could they have done more?

Anonyruss:  Well if AJ is indeed injured then I am not sure you can do too much more than they are already doing.  Nakamura is playing some great mind games with AJ. Plus, let’s face it, This match doesn’t need much in the way of build up. This is one of those matches that we have been waiting for.  One might even say it is going to be phenomenal. Not me, I don’t like to use the word phenomenal. Too hard to spell. So I will go with amazing!

Harper Lee:  I want to see some blood.  No, I’m just kidding. What is there to say to build up this match?  I am a firm believer that sometimes a match is so big and so important that the first match doesn’t need much of a build.  You leave that for rematches to keep the story fresh. As a fan, if you need more to get excited for AJ vs Shinsuke then you are a monosyllabic speaking troglodyte.  I love this new word a day calendar!

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m conflicted on the build for this match. For me, I’m familiar enough with NJPW to know why this match is a big deal and that fans at Mania are in for something special. With that said, the casual fan does not know the history between these two so a build that played to that would helped those fans out a little. I’m going to award Harper a point here because she may have proved what I just said wrong. Maybe the “causal” fan does understand after all.

 

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:  Did anyone else notice how amazing Ronda is?  I mean she destroyed Absolution! People saying that she is dangerous just don’t know how hard it is for her to keep her MMA background in check.  If these ladies can’t stand the heat they need to get out of Chef Ronda’s kitchen. If you smell what she is cooking!

Harper Lee:  Are we ever going to see Bray Wyatt again?  I miss him in the weirdest way. Is he deleted?  Is he an obsolete mule? Is Michael Cole going to go for a swim soon enough?  Can we sign Senior Benjamin to a contract? Seriously, Wrestlemania is New Orleans.  WWE, don’t WWE the heck out of this. Do the right thing, please! I am now going to listen to the original and best version of House of the Rising Sun in honor of Bray.

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  I just farted.  It felt great! I had been holding it in because I’m writing this in a coffee shop (gotta stay Anonyruss as much as possible!)  I just couldn’t hold it anymore and let it rip. Sure a lot of people gave me the stank eye, but man did I give them a stink that was much worse!  

Harper Lee:  Santa Clarita Diet is back and wow, they nailed it!  Kudos to them. It’s such a fun and quirky show. I hope NetFlix doesn’t Orange is the New Black this.  Just let the show maintain it’s humor. The Elias Snickers commercial was amazing this week.

Keri:  Three weeks left of double classes. This is almost over. Then, two more weeks after that and I can return to my hosting duties on Are You Not Kentertained? That is if Russ and Kent want me back and you, the fans, really do miss me. I know miss you all and can’t wait to be back. (Kent: I miss shorter podcasts.  And the next 2 weeks are about 9+ hours of wrestling this weekend.  Sigh.)

 

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – March 19 & 20 – Daniel Bryan is BACK!

Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce.  I am your host, Kent.  This week, Daniel Bryan got cleared to return to the ring.  Yes, yes, I told you all that this would happen months ago on the podcast and in these very pages of the blog.  Gloating aside, we got to see WWE’s attempt at Total Deletion as well Brock destroy a handcuffed Roman Reigns.   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.

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  1.  So breaking news, Daniel Bryan is now clear to compete in a WWE ring. Discuss this huge news story.

Anonyruss:  Wow, this is big news!  Kent called it last week on the podcast, but I can’t believe it would happen this quickly.  I am happy for him, I felt genuinely bad for him when he was forced to retire way back in 2016.  I thought for sure we would never get to see him in the ring again. Which was a shame, because WWE was starting to get some of the best talent in the world.  Now we have tons of dream matches we can look forward to. I have a feeling wrestling is going to be great this year. Welcome back Daniel!

Harper Lee:  This sounds amazing.  I genuinely am happy that he is back.  I will keep this short. Daniel, please don’t keep your risky in ring style.  Leave that for the young guys trying to prove themselves. There is no need to ever do a diving headbutt ever again.  Welcome back you bearded wonder. I’m so jealous of Bri. Maybe I’ll stop watching Total Bellas……nah, I can’t do that.

Keri’s Verdict:  Like Edge’s retirement speech, Daniel Bryan’s retirement speech two years ago was difficult for me to watch. With that said though, I’m glad that Daniel Bryan has another chance to do what he loves and I’m excited about the potential matchups that this will mean for the fans. This is just amazing for everyone involved. Now to award points. Given the circumstances, I think everyone here is a winner here so everyone gets a point.

 

  1.  We all got to see Ultimate Deletion Monday night on RAW. Give me your thoughts on this.

Anonyruss:  Ok I was a big fan of this when they did it on TNA.  I usually don’t stray from WWE, but I’ll catch stuff that has the internet a buzz or even former WWE guys.  So that had both for me. Anyway, back to Monday night’s main event. All I can say was… WOW, this was fantastic.  I mean I didn’t expect it to be a horrible trainwreck, but this knocked it out of the park! The wrestling was great Vanguard 1 was great.  The stunts were fantastic! Best of all we got to see the Mower of Lawns and Chair of wheels! I’m not exactly sure where they are going to go after this, but sign me up for the next one!  

Harper Lee:  I don’t get it.  Kent insisted that I watch these matches that they had in TNA, so I did.  God he is annoying. Anyway, I thought that what they accomplished in TNA was refreshing and fun.  It was always something different and unique. Whatever happened on Monday felt soulless. I don’t know if they were restricted by WWE, if they planned some stuff but couldn’t carry them out, maybe they wanted to start small and hope that people would want more.  Instead, I felt like they went through the motions. I wanted more King Maxell and Senior Benjamin. I loved the dress Reby was wearing though. I understand that she filmed and edited a lot of it, and props to her. I just didn’t like this one. I’m sorry, I wanted to.  I feel bad for Bray. I wish they would film a match at my family’s compound. That would be amazing!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  Overall, I thought this was a well-done piece of cinematography. I wouldn’t mind seeing this again. With that said, I like Anonyruss’ positivity this week on this question so one point for him.

 

  1.  John Cena insulted the Undertaker and then had to deal with Kane. How are you liking the build to this potential match?

Anonyruss:  I’m torn on this.  I do like seeing John Cena, but usually only when he wrestles.  He tends to ramble when he is just on the mic. Still, I liked dejected Cena all the way up to Fastlane.  I also like how they show him fail, but he keeps getting back up and trying again. This is a great message to show the kids.  Even if you fail, you need to keep going. Now that we know the true direction of Cena’s road to WrestleMania it’s gotten kind of blah.  Kane coming out and choke slamming Cena feels a little old hat. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll be marking out when Taker finally comes out and answers Cena’s pleas.  

Harper Lee:  I like this a lot.  Cena is really good on the mic, whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that.  This story actually makes some sense. Goldust……that didn’t make sense. But Kane defending his brother’s honor, I like that.  This has been one of the better, original ideas for a story, and I sincerely applaud WWE for this one. I cannot wait for Cena to Rest In Peace.  Sorry Cena, but nobody is better than The Undertaker. Oh crap, it’s in New Orleans. Hmmmm, Taker, maybe you should sit this one out and come back next year.

Keri’s Verdict: Ah yes, the most tired, overplayed storyline currently in wrestling. Come on now. You are John Cena, you want a match with Taker at Mania then you are probably going to get a match at Mania with the Taker. Why you ask? Because you do not say no to the Cena and the Cena is not left off the card at Wrestlemania. Can we please stop with this nonsense?  Anyways, Anonyruss is on fire this week with the positivity and I find that great so another point for him.

 

  1.  Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were fired on Smackdown this week and beat up Daniel Bryan. Discuss where this is headed.

Anonyruss:  This is one of those angles you really have to suspend your belief in reality.  If they were fired on Tuesday, by Thursday we would have heard TNA or Lucha Underground would have picked these guys up.  Ok, so maybe I’m the one who is crazy, like those two could afford these guys. Anyway I am pretty sure this is leading to Shane and Daniel vs Sami and KO. at Mania.  I’m fine with this. It will be a great match to get Daniel back into the swing of things.

Harper Lee:  Straight to the unemployment line, suckas!!!  I think Booker T would be proud of me. But seriously, I am glad that they got fired.  I was on their side against Shane in a lot of ways because I felt Shane was incredibly underhanded with them.  Like they deserved each other in their own way. Daniel was just doing his job, and on such a happy night, for them to do that, and for Kevin to keep screaming for some reason, nope, not a fan.  Enjoy the indies, you scrubs, and no I don’t want no Scrubs.

Keri’s Verdict:  I have a question about this storyline. Actually, wait I have two questions. First, is this finally the payoff and set up for the match at Mania? Also, can we finally be done with this after Mania? I can’t take this storyline anymore. With that said, one point to Anonyruss. He was on point with his response to this question.

 

  1.  There was dark segment Dana Brooke and Ronda Rousey on RAW. Discuss this segment.

Anonyruss:  This was amazing!  Ronda Rousey is a beast!  Did you see the way she tossed Dana?  Brutal! I encourage you to watch this.  Wow, Stephanie is going to get brutalized and it will be great to watch.  Dana was great as a heel, but it was weird seeing her all of a sudden being heel-ish.  I mean she was a statistician for Titus Brand just a few weeks ago (at least the last time we saw her.)  Now she is evil. She did well. However, I am sold on Ronda. WWE you don’t have to do anymore except keep on putting her on my TV.  

Harper Lee:  I am so confused why Dana is so mean.  Is Titus Worldwide not making millions of dollars because they lost so much to the Bar?  She actually wasn’t bad on the mic. Still, what was that girl thinking???? You don’t mouth off to the Rowdy one.  I felt so happy when Ronda forcibly stopped Dana’s one strike attempt. It was riveting stuff. I can’t wait to see how many strikes she blocks of Stephanie’s and just holds the arm there for 5 seconds.  Give me more, please!!!

Keri’s Verdict:  Am I the only one who watched that segment and saw if for what it was? Scary proof that Ronda is extremely green and should not be on the main roster yet. After watching that, I predict that within the next three months she is going to seriously injure someone. She has no idea how to safely do wrestling moves and it’s going to cost someone at least 6 months or more of their career if they step in the ring with her at this point. I know it can’t happen but if I were one of the women in the locker room I would refuse to work with her until she has had more training. She is reckless and I don’t think she gives a shit that she is and that is scary like Brock Lesnar scary. Yeah there is another one that is just as reckless but at least he has wrestling training. I fear for the women in the locker room and not in a good I can’t wait to see Ronda’s rise to the top kinda way. Anyways, time to award a point for this question. I’m going to award a point to Harper here because she pointed out the only thing that Ronda did correctly in this segment.  

 

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:  Did anyone else notice that Brock and Roman were going great until Brock tipped Roman over.  I don’t know it just fell flat after that. I thought for sure we were going to get something brutal instead Brock just left him there.  I think something was planned, but Roman came off the stretcher and Brock decided to abort because it would have been way too dangerous. I mean when Brock tipped Roman over I thought for sure Roman’s foot was Broken the way it hit the barricade.  Too bad, I was really enjoying the stuff before the fall.

Harper Lee:  Where in the name of Sam Hell is Elias?  I miss him singing to me!!! Also, how is Baron Corbin going to be on the kickoff show at Wrestlemania for the third straight year?  I can see why some of the hardcore fans get upset about part-timers in this regard. But if it results in Taker accepting Cena’s challenge, then suck it Baron.

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  I love tacos!  (Kent: Huh, so do I.  We should hang out some time.)

Harper Lee:  I wish I could have afforded tickets.  New Orleans isn’t a terribly long drive from where I live.  But those tickets are so expensive. But at least I can watch it with my family.  Happy belated birthday to Daddy!!! He won’t read this.  Also, the movie Mohawk, starring Luke Harper was too bloody for my tastes, but he was very good in it.

Keri:  Things I hate: Having too much school work to do and being sick. Guess what happened this week? Yep, both of those things happened this week. Oh well at least I have NJPW Strong Style Evolved to look forward to this weekend. Oh, and I bought tickets to my first Ring of Honor show (the Best in the World PPV in June).

 

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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – March 12 & 13, 2018 – SamiKO Are Reunited

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.

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  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.)

 

  1.  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?

 

  1.  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.

 

  1.  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.

 

Final Thoughts:  

 

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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The Wrestling 9 Deuce – March 5 & 6, 2018 – Symphony of Destruction..Amazing

Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce.  I am your host, Kent.  This week, we gained some momentum to Wrestlemania, well RAW did at least.  Smackdown is stuck in neutral while trying to get in the Fast Lane.  I hate myself for saying that.  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.

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  1.  This week on RAW Nia faced Asuka again, Asuka won again, and Alexa kind of comforted Nia on said lost and the fact that as of right now she is not going to Mania. Discuss this storyline.

Anonyruss:  This was amazing wrestling!  I don’t know why the ladies get crapped on so much.  I am really beginning to think that the women are the best part of WWE.  This match was crisp clean and brutal. Best of all it told a great story.  Nia trying desperately to get out of the armbar and Asuka holding on like a tick in summertime was great emotional storytelling.  However, Little Miss Bliss really stole the show. I like how she is no nonsense tell it like it is. I wish I had a friend like her when I was growing up to tell me about all my flaws.  

Harper Lee:  I was just so impressed with Nia this week.  I can’t believe that she’s not even going to get a match at Wrestlemania.  It’s really sad. Nia should be put in the Women’s championship match with Asuka and Alexa.  Let’s make it a threesome! Or triple threat. Or three-way dance. So many ways to say it. Asuka is so good, but I felt that Nia is on the cusp of solving the riddle that is Asuka.  Great story here.

Keri’s Verdict:  As I said last week, the RAW women are the greatest storyline going in the WWE right now. The matches and the storytelling by the women involved have been spot on and, as I said last week, I’m very intrigued. My only criticism is how they handled, if it is in fact handled, the storyline of Asuka choosing her opponent for Mania. It seems rushed which doesn’t go along with what we are currently seeing in the division. Anyways, time to award a point for this week’s first question. I have to say Anonyruss is starting out this week pretty much spot on with his first answer so I will award him a point.

 

  1.  We saw two new Wrestlemania matches get booked this week on RAW. We have a triple threat match for the IC title and Angle and Rousey vs. Stephanie and Triple H. Which one of these matchups excites you the most and why?

Anonyruss:  well as much as I love Seth, Finn and The Miz.  I am way more excited about what’s going on with Ronda Rousey.  I was a little worried at first when she entered the WWE. I mean the sign pointing at the Rumble was beyond groan-inducing.  However the past two weeks she has really proven she has potential. This week she was amazing. Loved how she saved Kurt from getting smacked.  I also like how she wasn’t playing games with Stephanie when Stephanie asked for a drumroll. Ronda didn’t even bother to wait for the drumroll. She is all business.  I loved it. She is quickly becoming a favorite. I can’t wait to see her wrestle! Wrestlmania can’t get here fast enough.

Harper Lee:  Hmmm, a match featuring 2 all-time legends with bald heads, or a match with a guy wearing flaming pants.  That is a tough decision. As you know by now, I like my men with hair and beards usually. Bald men…..eh, they just don’t do it for me.  I hope Kent isn’t reading this. (Kent: Yeah, I am, thanks.)  The other match has Finn.  As long as Finn has those abs, please sign me up.  Also, how good did Curtis and Bo look this week? Very dapper!  Also, Ronda is a total bad girl, but she doesn’t quite seem right.  Something is off. I honestly think she would be better as a heel.

Keri’s Verdict:  Well just the subject of Ronda makes me start talking about the state of the Bullet Club. And as we all know that takes me to a very dark place so I will not even address it. As for the triple threat with Seth, Finn, and the Miz, this match has the match of the night potential written all over it again provided they leave it as it is right now. But they won’t and it will be disappointing. At least I’m watching Supercard of Honor the night before so I’ll be ok. Anyways time to award a point. I agree with Harper here and as a result, she gets the point. Ronda is being booked incorrectly and despite, what I feel are her best efforts,  she looks incredibly green out there. She looks like a fan that is trying to be a wrestler and its cringe-worthy to watch. Oh darn it I said I wasn’t going to talk about her.

 

  1.  RAW gave us the first time ever (and possibly historic) Symphony of Destruction match between Elias and Braun. Discuss this match.

Anonyruss:  I’ll be honest this didn’t do much for me.  Yes, Elias trying to escape before the match was hilarious, but Braun just wasn’t doing enough Braun things.  Holding up the back end of a car? Ho hum. Braun crushing a Cello on Elias’ back that was so two weeks ago. The piano thing was ok, but I was expecting more.  Elias looked great in that kimono though so there was that.

Harper Lee:  Time to earn a point.  Did you know that Megadeth had a song called “Symphony of Destruction”?  I bet you thought Corey was just a Megadeth fan, but there is the rub. Also, The Undertaker used to come out to the “Graveyard Symphony”.  Neither of these guys has an opponent at Mania. I think they are hinting at something. Also, this was the best thing I have seen on RAW in over a month, easily.  I loved it. Elias is the perfect opponent to play off of Braun. He’s everything Roman was, except Elias doesn’t need the wins, so Braun gets over, and Elias Kentertains the crowd.  Yes, Elias, you have reinvented WWE for the better, and Braun……oh Braun. Someday I will meet this muscley bearded man. I hope security doesn’t hit me too many times.

Keri’s Verdict:  It was a good match and I really like the chemistry these two guys have. It’s a great feud that I hope creative continues with since there are not enough one on one feuds out there. And now to award the point for this question. I like Harper’s attempt at seven degrees of separation and kinda wish she related it back somehow to Kevin Bacon. But, in any case, she gets the point.

 

  1.  John Cena is trying to insert himself into the AJ Styles vs Nakamura match at Mania. Give me your thoughts on this possibility.

Anonyruss:  well I won’t lie if that triple threat match occurred I would be very very moist. I mean excited. It’s one of those matches that you know all three guys would put all their effort in to make a main event that would blow all other main events out of the water.  John’s reasoning to get to this point have been dumb, but it may be forgiven if we get this match. Plus how exciting will it be that John Cena will have that record-breaking 17th world championship?

Harper Lee:  I was talking to Kent a few nights ago, and he jokingly said that Cena was going to weasel his way into this amazing main event.  I instantly blew him off. Now the fear is really sinking in. Listen, I love Cena as much as anybody else does online. He’s a great guy.  I know that we all want this AJ vs Shinsuke match, but Cena could actually add a dimension to this match and it could be match of the year.  Shinsuke is very good, but he isn’t always great in the ring. Adding Cena could be a brilliant move.

Keri’s Verdict:  Why won’t creative give me the one thing that I ask for? I’m asking for a rematch between two amazing wrestlers that occurred back at Wrestle Kingdom 10. I heard Styles and Nakamura was amazing then and should be now. And I want to witness that greatness. Why do they constantly deny me (and a lot of the fans) what they want? It’s all because of Cena.  Cena,Cena,Cena. Anyone else feel like they are watching the Brady Bunch here? Oh well, at least I still have Cody vs Omega at Supercard to look forward to that weekend so go ahead add Cena I no longer care. Oh and one point for Harper.

 

  1. Let’s talk Tag Team Wrestling overall in the WWE. On RAW, we had the Revival lose to the Bar and now the Bar is issuing an open challenge to find an opponent for Mania. On Smackdown, the Uso and the New Day are wrestling this Sunday to see who have the title walking into Mania with their opponent for Mania TBD at this point.  Discuss these developments and also what matchups you would like for both brands at Mania.

Anonyruss:  The Bar doing what the Bar does, which is win, doesn’t surprise me. So the Revival losing was to be expected.  They are green and need more practice, but I think they show promise. Them issuing an open challenge for Mania is stupid.  The only way they are performing at Mania on the main card, is if they get lucky and WWE decides to do a multi-team tag championship.  No opponent they could face makes them good enough to be on anything other than the pre-show. As for Smackdown. Who cares until after this weekend’s match.  So I’m not going to speculate.

Harper Lee:  I am so upset about The Revival losing.  This is so dumb!!! I’m not talking about it.  Screw the points because my Southern gentlemen got got in a John Wilkes Booth-ian way.

Keri’s Verdict:  I’m a firm believer right now that RAW Creative is using all of its creativeness on the RAW women’s division and I not sure where Smackdown’s creativeness is going. But one thing is for sure neither booking team cares about the tag team division right now. That’s really all I have because I want to be as lazy as they are right now. And with that one point to Anonyruss. He really is on point with his response.

 

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:  Did anyone else notice that Roman is getting more and more cheers.  Are WWE fans really that easy to manipulate? If you hated him because he is being shoved down your throat, then stick to your convictions damnit.  Just because now you hate Brock because he is super part time and has lost his luster doesn’t mean you can jump on the Roman train. Just hate the whole match and be done with it.  

Harper Lee:  Is Sasha and Bayley the best storyline that WWE has to offer at the moment?  How great is this? Also, how great does Mickie look in leather? She’s a southern girl like me.  Maybe I should try to rock the leather. Yeah! Seriously, if they do a Sasha vs Bayley match at Mania, does it even make the main card?  Are we getting a 9 hour Mania????

Keri’s Final Verdict:  Congrats Harper on this week’s win.

 

Final Thoughts:  

Anonyruss:  I hate final thoughts.  

Harper Lee:  Well, Keri stole my idea, so I guess I need something different to discuss.  Ohhhh, I know. How about the idiotic decision to replace Booker T with Jonathan Coachman who involved in this ESPN sexual harassment thing….allegedly.  While I don’t feel comfortable commenting on that, who actually wanted to lose the Booker and Corey dynamic?

Keri:  For the next few weeks I’m going to use my final thoughts to discuss the New Japan Cup which starts this Friday and the winner of the tournament gets a title shot against the champ of his choice at Sakura Genesis on April 1st. Here are my picks for the first round of the New Japan Cup: Match up 1: Michael Elgin vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Pick: Ishii); Match up 2: Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi (Pick: Juice); Match up 3: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi (Pick: Tanahashi); Match up 4: Bad Luck Fale vs. Lance Archer (Pick: Fale); Match up 5:  Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr (Pick: Naito); Match up 6: Kota Ibushi vs Yoshi Hashi (Pick: Ibushi); Match up 7: Toru Yano vs Davey Boy Smith Jr (Pick: Yano); Match up 8: Chuckie T vs Sanada (Pick: Sanada). Come back next week readers to see if I got any of these picks correct and also to get my thoughts on the first round results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.:

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

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

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.

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

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

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.:

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

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

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

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

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

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

Keri, please come out on the other side.

 

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog.  In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.:

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

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

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

 

Final Thoughts:  

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

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

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

 

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