This week we see the reformation of the Shield, Neville walks out and Enzo loses his belt, the Mizzies, the Women of RAW owning it, AJ vs Baron, the first peek at the Bludgeon Brothers, and Sami Zayn’s explanation on why he helped KO at Hell In A Cell. We talked about this, plus much more on this week’s episode of Are You Not Kentertained and give our picks for Hell In A Cell.
- Is WWE making a mistake by not having Elias take a loss to either Apollo or Titus?
Russ: I have to say yes. I like Elias, but if you want to build a proper feud no matter how short it will last there needs to be wins on both sides. Apollo and Titus losing all the time doesn’t make this interesting. The end result needs to be a total win for Elias, but up to that point giving Apollo and Titus a win here or there at least keeps the fans interested. Not to mention it keeps Apollo relevant, instead of the joke that he has basically become.
Kent: Yeah. As you know, I don’t want Elias to eat a lot of pins, but to get more traction out of a feud, there needs to be some give and take. Not 50/50 booking mind you. But in the end, you want to see that the person fought hard to rise up to the next position in line. It’s not like UFC where you want to look as dominant as possible, despite what VKM may think. You want the struggle so that when they lose, you don’t sit there scratching your head wondering how this guy beat another guy. Example: Bray defeating Finn cleanly the week before Summerslam. Yup, still dwelling.
- The Shield are supposed to be faces, but they just assaulted Braun in a 3 on 1 mugging, and the cameras assaulted my eyes with their bullshit directing. What the hell is happening here?
Russ: I am really angry with myself. I missed The Shield and Braun stuff. I went to take the trash out and when I came back everything was over. I tried to go back to watch it, but my cable box sucks nutts. So I can’t address the whole faces acting as heels thing other than to say that this is typical WWE thinking: We cheer them so everything they do is inherently good. What really pissed me off was how many times Michael Fucking Cole mentioned The Shield throughout the entire broadcast! If I were playing a drinking game and had to take a sip of beer every time The Shield was mentioned, I probably would have passed out by the end of the second hour. I’m talking “Russ Sips” too, so small ones that barely count as sips. Also, I’m not a complete lightweight when it comes to drinking before you think that. That is just how many times he mentioned The Shield.
Kent: I’m just jealous that Russ has a cable box that fellates testicles. I want one of those. I kinda want to play this Shield drinking game now. I may be seeing Ron this week, so we may take you up on that, with or without Russ Sips. Gosh, I’m just enjoying responding to Russ. Why even bother having an original thought? I hate this whole storyline, mainly it’s execution, so fuck it, if you really want to hear me lay it all out, listen to this week’s episode of Are You Not Kentertained. Buttplug Holly would be impressed with that plug.
- Which women’s segment did you enjoy more: Mickie and Alexa’s promo or the 5 Way Dance?
Russ: I enjoyed both of them, but I enjoyed the fatal 5 way more than the promo. I like the old timey video Alexa presented. It gave me a hardy chuckle. What I don’t like is that they keep beating this dead horse of Mickie being old. OK, we get it she isn’t a spring chicken. There have to be other things we can target about her. I liked the 5-way dance. I thought the match was pretty good, if not a little short. Also, Emma won! I mean she is going to end up losing at TLC, but hey she at least has a match at the PPV… so yay? In all honesty, I know Emma had a few good matches against Asuka in NXT and I hope they allow this to be a contest and not a squash match.
Kent: Man, I don’t know.I loved the Mickie and Alexa back and forth, and they did it so well. Is it weird to say that I may be cheering for Mickie at TLC? Yeah, it is. She is killing it right now and deserves a reward for her hard work in my opinion, which is not a shot at my goddess Bliss. WIth that being said, the other thing had a screaming Foxy and my girl Emma winning. I gotta enjoy her winning while I can before she starts taking it hard from Asuka. By the way, I have gone on record well over a month ago stating that Emma was going to be the first one to take on Asuka. On your knees dogs, and hail to the king!
- Did WWE just blow it by having Enzo drop the belt already?
Russ: I think they screwed themselves with the stipulation about how none of the competitors could touch Enzo or they forfeited their right to challenge for the belt. This could have easily been avoided if they just made it a one night stipulation, which I thought was the case originally, but WWE doesn’t have the foresight to see how dumb this stipulation was. So with their creative backs in a corner they did the only thing they could do. Have Enzo lose. He’ll win it back at TLC. This will wipe away the stipulation, it will also allow Neville back into the picture (though apparently he may be gone now?). Still another quick title change isn’t going to help the cruiserweight division. On a positive note… I can’t believe how good Enzo has been since moving to 205! They are using his character almost perfectly and no matter what he does, he will still get pops from the crowd.
Kent: I saw a video earlier this year where one of my favorite actresses took on 5 guys via a glory hole. This somehow sucked harder. Enzo has been the golden goose that you have given the main event slot 3 weeks in a row, and I admit, I wasn’t getting sick of him. I was loving his stuff, especially with Neville. This should have played out so much better. Now we got that fat ass, Kalisto as the champ. Fuck this. I’m gonna watch my favorite actress some more.
- Pick a topic that we haven’t talked about and talk about it.
Russ: Let’s talk about Sister Abigail! I read on the interwebs how so many people hate this gimmick and how stupid it is. All I can say is “No shit!” It is a dumb gimmick, but it’s wrestling dumb. The kind of dumb I can get behind! I thought the segment was fun and has me intrigued. I want to see Sister Abigail come out to the ring damn it! I don’t know how much of a fan of wrestling you are if you don’t want to see what Bray will look like as Sister Abigail. I have to give Finn props for the serious acting chops he has. I mean, it must have taken all of his strength not to laugh as hard as he could when Bray was talking as Sister Abigail. I laughed a lot, but a good laugh is needed every once in awhile.
Kent: Russ, you foolish twit! You WASTED your response to talk of silly things. Let’s get serious and talk about the Bludgeon Brothers! Oh my, I may have been a white Lexington Steele for a few moments. Harper and Rowan are back together, but with these stupid ass looking hammers. I am so fucking excited. I don’t have the proper words to convey to you how excited I am about this.
- A lot of time, when a wrestler turns heel, their explanation is bland and non creative, and sometimes nonsensical. Did Sami’s explanation work for you?
Russ: I thought Sami’s explanation was perfect! Usually, WWE gives us dumb / Lame / non-logical explanations for why people turn heel or face. Since its WWE we usually groan or just ignore it. However, this was very logical and genuine. They used the WWE Universe’s perception of what’s going on with Sami and played it perfectly. He was wooed over to Smackdown by Shane. Then basically Sami was completely misused. Add in a few lines about never talking to Shane again and we have a guy who is just sick and tired of doing the “right” thing and getting nowhere. I have to agree with Kent, I don’t think I’d classify Sami as a Heel. Based on his thought process of what’s going on around him I actually sympathize with Sami. I hope they don’t turn this into cheap heel crap because this is the best thing WWE has going right now.
Kent: This may have been one of the top 10 turning heel explanations that I have seen. It made a lot of sense, it didn’t feel convoluted. It felt smart and genuine. I’m not even sure if Sami is truly a heel, but I guess he is in WWE’s “universe”. You know that place where some guy occasionally shows up with some red belt and defends it and gets paid way more than he’s worth?
- Did tonight confirm to you that The Usos and New Day will take on the rest of the tag division at Smackdown?
Russ: No, I don’t think this did anything except sever the feud for awhile. The Hell in a Cell match was the perfect place to end this feud, at least for now anyway. It was brutal, innovative and fun. I don’t think they can top this. I’d love it if they tried, but honestly I’d rather they leave it alone here. So now it is time for the new day to feud with someone new. Maybe a couple of Hammer Bros. that are debuting finally! While The Uso’s can go against American Beta. Things are looking good for the Smackdown Tag Division again.
Kent: Confirmed? Nah. Do I think that is the direction of things? Yeah. Especially when the Usos and New Day run through a couple of teams and all looks lost and then the Bludgeon Brothers come out to handle shit. Also, did this cement the fact that Authors of Pain are RAW bound because RAW has no tag team division to speak of? Here’s where WWE fucked up. Braun shouldn’t have gotten involved beyond getting triple powerbombed and stayed off of TV because his momentum is gone, but kept the Miz and Sheasaro. After The Shield won, yes, The Shield Russ, the Shield reunited, I would have Braun come out with the Authors of Pain at the end of TLC and massacre The Shield. Make an impact just like The Shield did back in 2013. See how that would make for a fucking riveting debut and be a great feud to close out 2017 so that Sheasaro can go back to being the best tag team in WWE.
- Does Dolph Ziggler have the best hair out of all the males on the WWE main roster?
Russ: Now This is a handsome question. Better than asking what the actual fuck happened between Ziggler and Bobby on Smackdown. Seriously, that was an awful segment. Bobby is not a natural face. As for the hair. Ziggler has top 5 hair for sure, but I think Breeze and Dango both have better hair. Also, I like my hair wet and while Dolph has come out with wet hair that is admirable it is no Roman Reigns wet mop of hair.
Kent: This one is tough as hell. I do love “The Lone Hairline” of Baron. Seriously, this has to come down to Dolph and Tyler Breeze, right? I am terribly conflicted, but Dolph’s looks longer, so I am going with…….Dolph. Sheamus finished third for me and I felt that Tony Neese and Gentleman Jack get 4th and 5th place.
- Was that the best Baron Corbin singles match yet?
Russ: This was close, but I still think what he did with Kalisto in the chairs match is the best. Granted that had a gimmick attached to it, but I dare you to find a chairs match that is actually good. Still I love the chemistry between AJ and Corbin and I would really love to see more of them down the line. For now though we need to get AJ back into the Main Event and going for the WWE title. Jinder has sullied it and I think only an epic run by AJ can fix things. No Jinder this week and no one cared.
Kent: He had some really good matches this past winter when AJ was scouting him. I think the Kalisto chairs match is still #1, but this is probably his second best. I liked it a lot from a quality perspective, but then again, anybody who isn’t Jinder can have a great match with AJ. Where was Jinder this week? Oh, nobody missed him? That’s a shame.
Bonus Deuce Deuce
- Raw: Rate it
Russ: I enjoyed RAW tonight. A rare thing these days. There was a lot of things I didn’t pay full attention to. Sister Abigail was just dumb fun, The Main Event was good, and I really liked the Mizzies. I can say that I was happy to see the Shield come out and do shield things, even if this was a clusterfuck of a way to get them back together. By the end of the first hour I was sick of hearing about The Shield thanks to Michael Cole, so I can only imagine the joy Kent must have felt by the end of the third hour where, by that point, Cole must have mentioned The Shield about a million times. Rating: 5.4
Kent: I did not enjoy it as much as Russ did apparently. Sick of the Shield already. The Mizzies was fun, as was Sister Abigail, Emma won, the Alexa and Mickie stuff, and Braun vs Matt. This breaking Neville story is clearing up the air a bit about why the main event happened that way. Still, bad title change in my opinion. I wasn’t terribly Kentertained. 5.1 seems fair. And much closer to Russ than I thought. Damn.
- Smackdown: Rate It
Russ: I would have enjoyed it better if my cable wasn’t complete and utter garbage. Spectrum more like Sucktrum am i right? Still I loved the opening segment, Sami’s explanation for his turn is one of the most coherent stories wrestling has ever produced and the Main event was pretty damn good. Rating: 5.8
Kent: Now this was something I could enjoy. Not much fluff or filler, aside from the women’s division as a whole. Sami cut his best promo is a long ass time, Baron had a very good match, the Usos and New Day did good. I really enjoyed this, minus Charlotte. Rating: 6.2 because that’s my height, and you can’t teach that. Also, Bludgeon Brothers!!!!
Russ: Three days of wrestling in a row and I didn’t want to rethink my life choices! It is a modern day miracle. I hope this trend continues, but if I know the abusive relationship I’m in with WWE this won’t last. Yet, I won’t stop watching either.
Kent: Smackdown intrigues me. Are we getting more Shinsuke vs Jinder? Are they switching stuff up? AJ is going to join Shane to take on KO and Sami. With Cena gone, AJ in that feud, Randy already feuded, that leaves Shinsuke and……Bobby Roode or Tye? I’m telling you, I think KO gets that belt in December somehow. Also, Tuesday was Perfect 10 Day per this video from wwe.com.
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