Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event. Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential. Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy. We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.
Keri: I’m indifferent about this match. In fact I will probably be doing my weekly meal prep during it. If I’m not then I’m going to be wondering when Balor vs Styles is going to start.
Prediction: Sasha wins.
Teddy: I like Alicia fox she is a great wrestler and her gimmick is hilarious. Sasha has been falling off for me lately.
Prediction: Clever like a fox picks up a win
Cece: I didn’t even know this was a thing, to be honest. Kind of don’t care. However, Fox has been around a while and she deserves some love.
Prediction: WWE will continue to screw over people who put in work and are never recognized, so, I see Sasha taking the win.
Kent: The thing is, this is actually a solid match up that I enjoy. This actually is a good card, just weak compared to what it could have been. I am positive that Foxy is built up to be the next to eat defeat at the hands of Asuka. Still, give them 12-14 minutes please. Prediction: Crazy like a Fox
Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs THE Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack
Keri: I’m enjoying heel Gentleman Jack. This match will be good and I’m looking forward to watching it. It will be a good warm up for Balor vs. Styles later.
Prediction: The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack
Teddy: Cedric has been looking amazing lately and is one of the reasons I’ve been paying attention to the cruisierweights. On the other had brian kendrick and Jack have never disappointed me.
Prediction: Cedric carries Rich Swann to the dance party after they win.
Cece: I honestly don’t really care about this match either, considering I don’t really watch much 205 and I missed this week’s RAW. However, I do love the team of Kendrick and Gallagher. Should be fun.
Kent: This could be the best pure match of the night. I have really high hopes, but i also feel this could be an absolute boring, dull affair. I hope that these guys own the night with a spectacular showing given 17-20 minutes.
Asuka vs Emma
Keri: I’m going to quote a wise man’s entrance music and say Emma has no chance no chance in hell.
Prediction: Asuka is going to kill you
Teddy: #giveemmaanL because Asuka is gonna fuck her up
Prediction: No one is ready for Asuka
Cece: Asuka is back, baby! I am excited to see her return, however, it won’t last long. Asuka will kill Emma.
Prediction: Literally, nobody is ready for Asuka!
Kent: Squash match alert. Emma is going to destroy Asuka in 92 seconds.
Women’s Championship Match – Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James
Keri: Ok here what I predict for the next 6 months for the RAW women’s title. I’m hoping that this is what happens. Mickie wins the belt at TLC but the feud with Bliss continues and there is a rematch. Mickie retains in said match and carries the belt into Mania. At Mania she faces Asuka in a career vs championship match, where she loses. Then the following year, Mickie is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Prediction: Mickie wins
Teddy: Mickie needs love. They’ve got lots of ground to cover in order to make up for the “fat” and “old” angles they threw her up against. Seriously I thought WWE “cared” about women’s wrestling.
Prediction: Mickie gets the win but not the belt.
Cece: Honestly, this is a pointless match. However, I am very much over Bliss. Someone else needs the title. Although, I don’t think it should be Mickie James, per say. Nia Jax should have been next in line.
Prediction: Bliss retains.
Kent: Asuka needs to be kept away from Bliss til Mania. Bliss and Mickie could feud until the end of the year. Mickie should get the win and title here to support her decision to return, give her the rub and let Alexa get her win back in December perhaps. Also, why is this the only picture without the TLC background? Somebody is getting fired.
Prediction: Mickie James wins the belt.
Cruiserweight Championship Match – Kalisto vs Enzo Amore
Keri: I don’t care about this match. I will wondering the entire time when Styles vs Balor is starting.
Prediction: Enzo wins, I guess.
Teddy: I love they gave Kalisto the title but not at the expense of Neville leaving the WWE. On a lighter note who knew getting jobbed to Braun and tossed in a dumpster would lead to a title run….oh and enzo’s there
Prediction: More nut punting but Enzo gets caught this time.
Cece: Another pointless match. Enzo is getting on my 10th nerve. Like, why did WWE punish him by taking him down a peg and then just hand him the title? Stupid. Kalisto will hopefully kick his ass again.
Prediction: Kalisto squashes Enzo.
Kent: I am telling you, Enzo is going to impress you with how much he has grown in the ring. I know, I know. Trust me, he is going to have a match that makes you pay attention. Also, he needs that belt back so he can feud with Mustafa. Prediction: Enzo cheats to win.
Finn Balor vs AJ Styles (Bray is out with viral meningitis)
Keri: It is no secret that I’m a huge New Japan and Bullet Club fan. I mean my favorite wrestler is Kenny Omega, the current leader of the Bullet Club. We have two former leaders of the Bullet Club in the same match. A match that you would not have seen in New Japan since Balor was leaving as AJ was coming into the promotion. I can’t wait for this match. In fact, when I heard it was happening I said I will force myself to stay awake for this match because I must see it. This match I assure you will be a wrestling clinic. Match of the night if not match of the year. This is going to be amazing.
Prediction: Balor will get the win because this is a RAW show. But you know who really wins us the fans. Now someone give me a one sweet.
Teddy: Since Bray is out I am a lot more pumped for this match! It’s a NJPW wetdream.
Prediction: With Bray out I’m going with Balor club on this one
Cece: I honestly don’t know how I feel with this one just yet. It is 2 of the greats in one ring, so, I am excited in that aspect. However, it is a brand crossover, there is where I get iffy. I mean, I don’t quite understand what is going on here. But, WWE has been kind of on my shit list the last month anyway. Hoping this match will amaze and astonish.
Prediction: Balor needs a good, solid, win. He deserves so much better than he’s given.
Kent: This is a huge dilemma for me. This will be a solid match, and the best match that Finn has had in WWE, but make no mistake of it, it doesn’t mean that he’s great in the ring. Only Jinder Mahal can have a bad match with AJ Styles. With that said, I am pissed that I am missing out on the car wreck that was to be, in the Demon vs Abigail match up. This match-up is an absolute downgrade for me. Both guys had recently acknowledged that they felt like they had started clicking together in the ring, which meant something interesting was due. Honestly, I am glad that I am watching Walking Dead because now I won’t feel so bad about missing this one if it’s not on prior to 8. Oh, and one last thing, fuck Japan and their bullshit wrestling. Yup, I’m in the minority, but I don’t enjoy it. I’m sick of the stiff shots and unnecessary risks.
Prediction: Finn will win which will make this match even worse for me. Fuck that.
TLC Match – Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs The Miz, Sheasaro, Braun Strowman, & Kane (Roman is out with viral meningitis)
Keri: This match for me will have a lot to live up to after Styles vs Balor. But it has Kurt Angle so that is something. This will be a good match.
Prediction: 2/3rds of the Shield and Kurt Angle win
Teddy: OMFG I’m so fucking pumped to see Kurt wrestle again! That being said the whole roman being out changes everything in the match dynamic wise. I feel since Angle is coming back Shield will pick it up
Prediction: Kurt Angle will break the Miz’s ankle
Cece: Another really random change. Although I am happy to see Angle come back to wrestle, I still think this is awfully random. There’s no way they’ll bring Angle back to lose. He’s just that loved. But then again, they’ve been known to bring greats in to eat the pin.
Prediction: still think Shield will take the win.
Kent: Well, I should be pumped for Kurt’s return. I know I should be. The WWE made a HUGE mistake in putting him in. Kurt deserves the huge Angle of having his return mean something. Not something slapped together on a Friday. Kane also deserved better, but that was acceptable because he came out from under the ring. I know people are going to be pumped, but it is short term thinking. They should have just pulled a guy like Randy, or gave us Shinsuke vs Finn and put AJ in with The Shield. That would have made the most sense. No, let’s put in old ass Kurt in a TLC match. We like Japanese wrestling! See the fucking correlation? Nobody is thinking about the safety in these matches. It’s instant gratification at it’s worse and I am not happy about it.
Prediction: Braun pins Kurt and hurts him leading to Jason Jordan wanting revenge.
Which title is more likely to change hands?
Teddy: Cruiserweight since the only other title is the women’s title up for grabs that night.
Cece: Not sure. Don’t care.
Do you expect anybody else to get involved in the TLC match?
Keri: Nope. I’m watching for Styles vs Balor
Teddy: Miztourage will interfere. Or maybe the Goodbrothers
Cece: Probably no one. Unless Roman somehow gets better.
Kent: Authors of Pain because there are no DQ’s in this match. No idea why they can’t just add guys to this match as it goes.
Most anticipated match?
Keri: Styles vs Balor. Bullet Club 4 life. Now goodbye (mwah) and good night (bang).
Teddy: Asuka vs Emma because I miss seeing Asuka 🙁 *update* Kurt Angle coming back makes me so hyped for it! Sorry Asuka boo <3
Cece: Not too sure honestly. Probably Kurt’s return.
Kent: TLC I guess, just to see Kane and Braun with weapons.
Least anticipated match?
Keri: Enzo vs Kalisto
Teddy: Sasha vs Alicia now
Cece: Enzo and Kalisto.
Kent: Finn vs AJ because I already know that this will validate Finn in dumbass mother fucker’s minds. He’s not that good. Just remember, I warned you that this will happen.
We had the TLC go home show on RAW, which gave us the return of Kane. Bray is still MIA, as is Bo, Nia, and Neville. We saw a lot of cruiserweight and women’s action this week as well. Over on Smackdown, we saw KO and Sami grow together and rip on Daniel Bryan, Jinder challenge Brock Lesnar to a match at Survivor Series, a lot of backstage or pre-taped tag team segments, 4 to be exact, and Dolph touching Bobby’s butt. We talked about this, plus much more on this week’s episode of Are You Not Kentertained which you can also subscribe to on iTunes, and give our picks for TLC.
Wow, RAW ran 2 different Cruiserweight storylines in the same night. I know, I know. I checked and Hell did not freeze over. Which story has your interest: Cedric & Rich vs THE Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack or Enzo and his posse vs Kalisto and Mustafa Ali?
Russ: I am as shocked as the question! How did RAW find enough time to give us two Cruiserweight stories! I mean they only have three hours. They have to show the shield for at least two of those that doesn’t leave much time. Anyway, I’m more interested Cedric & Rich vs THE Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack. I really like this new Jack. His viciousness is fantastic and I just like to watch him wrestle. Plus anytime THE Brian Kendrick gets a story I want to see where they are going with it. Not to mention Cedric & Rich are a lot of fun to watch in the ring too.
Keri: Wow, I take a week off and they give me two Cruiserweight storylines. Way to try to win me back WWE. I’m still kind of mad at you. With that said, I’m loving Heel Jack Gallagher so I have to say I’m leaning towards that storyline has my fave. I mean come on the guy wrestles in a vest and looks good doing it. Also, I think The Brian Kendrick should see more screentime. He is largely underutilized. I’m already bored with Enzo and Kalisto so I can’t muster any more energy to say anything else regarding that storyline.
Kent: The moment that they put the belt back on Enzo, especially with Neville gone, and when they explain why those 4 guys are helping Enzo after wanting to hut him 2 weeks ago, then I may be able to understand things better. Until then, I’m going with a simple feud that makes sense and has legit in ring talent.
What’s the bigger surprise: Kane’s return, Curtis trying to take on Roman, or the fact that WWE is going to put the Shield over all 5 members of Miz’s team?
Russ: I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kane pop up from under the ring. That is one of my all time favorite ways for Kane to appear. Is it really a surprise, at this point, that WWE is going to embarrass 4 ultra talented individuals and Kane just so they can make a few bucks? Still I’ll mourn The Miz, Braun, and Sheasaro’s careers.
Keri: Again, I take a week off and Kane comes back. Now I’m even more confused. I thought he was running for office or something. Well I guess what better way to get people to vote for you then scaring them into voting for you. Either that or the wow our mayor is a total badass vote. I’m sure his campaign staff would prefer either as long as people vote for him. As for the other options, all I have to say is meh. However, I did mark out when I saw the old Shield entrance this week. I’m looking forward to them burying everyone this weekend. Oh come on, you know it’s going to happen. Don’t fight it. It will hurt less if you don’t.
Kent: Kane’s return, obviously. WWE clearly isn’t serious about making Braun a star or Miz a star or Sheasaro a star. Bonus question time. Name the last PPV match that Braun actually won. Yeah. Kane coming up from under the ring will always be the correct choice.
So TLC has 3 women’s matches, 2 Cruiserweight matches, Finn vs Bray (possibly), and the TLC main event. How is it that Elias, Gallows & Anderson, Jason Jordan, Matt Hardy, and Titus Worldwide are left off of this beyond mediocre card?
Russ: On paper this PPV looks like my career as a podcaster. Mediocre at best. I’m hoping they make the Emma vs Asuka match an actual match. If they do then that match will be good. Also, The TLC match will deliver. At least one of the cruiserweight matches should be good. After that though, things get murky. I love Mickie and Alexa, but I’m not sure how good this match will be. Bray (Sister Abigail) vs Finn may not even happen that will be a game day decision. I don’t understand why Elias doesn’t have a scheduled match yet. He has been doing a great job on RAW which should have a payoff that is pre-scheduled for a PPV. I’m sure some of these guys will have a match on the kickoff show, but damned if I’ll know before Saturday.
Keri: I’m confused. There is a PPV this weekend? You could have fooled me given the lack of match announcements on Monday’s RAW. Oh well. The card looks pretty bleak right now which isn’t a bad thing since I probably will not have time to watch it anyways. With that said, since the card isn’t finalized, Elias and company probably have a match this Sunday. Which leads me to one question. When did Jason Jordan join Titus Worldwide? Again week off and now I have questions. I’m so confused and may need an adult.
Kent: In a night where they could really use some small filler matches, the WWE says fuck conventional wisdom or common sense. I’m left wondering about how Nia Jax and Bayley got left out. Let’s acknowledge some facts. Alicia Fox only gets pushed for a short term in order for her to job to a face that needs a push (Asuka). Replace Alicia’s name with Emma and the same thing. SO 2 matches are taking place to get Asuka over, which isn’t stupid, but it’s predictable as fuck. Mickie is a legit all timer for women, so she is helping Alexa stay relevant for awhile longer, probably the rest of the year if they want, and I hope that they do. I’d love for Mickie to win it and then Alexa win it back in the blow off match. Alexa vs Asuka better be at Mania…..so expect it within a month. I’m happy for the Cruiserweights. The issue is that they shoved all of the main event level guys into 2 matches, and that’s if you consider Finn and Bray main event caliber, which I do, well at least for Bray. Joe is still out I guess, and Brock is doing Brock things and Cena is doing Cena things. Wow, this roster really appears thin at the moment, and that’s because everything is on pause to get the Shield over…again. The tag division is a mess at the moment, and so is the Red Belt situation. Hell, the IC belt is a mess for all intents and purposes. When was the last time the Miz had a meaningful feud for the belt? Last year with Dolph? Yeah, thought so. The WWE booked themselves in so many corners, and now they reap what they sow. I can’t wait for Sunday…..so I can watch the Walking Dead.
Let’s vent about WWE “only” having the one TLC match for Sunday while not having other Tables, Ladders, or Chairs matches.
Russ: Yeah as if this PPV wasn’t mediocre enough it doesn’t help that they didn’t book the traditional Tables/ Ladder / Chairs matches that lead up to the TLC match. I’m not sure who really fucked up this PPV, but man WWE you can’t have TLC without the T, L, and C matches. How hard would it have been to just assign some of these boring matches the stipulations. It would have made this PPV more interesting. I know they tend to suck, but I could have been down for Sasha vs Alicia Chair match.
Keri: Honestly, I’m ok with the current set up. Yes there could be more gimmick matches. But honestly how many combinations of tables, ladders and chairs can one possibly come up with for a PPV before the audience gets bored. I’m asking on behalf of Creative.
Kent: Beyond anything else wrong with this PPV, this is the #1 thing that is pissing me off. All this would have taken was a modicum of common sense to do this. First we must ask, what matches could use the stipulations best. The main event is TLC. Finn vs Bray is it’s own clusterfuck, no need for anything beyond a House of Whooooores. Asuka vs Emma is an attraction unto itself. There, I just eliminated 3 out of the 7 planned matches. So when Alicia attacks Sasha backstage, she uses a chair. Boom, now we have a chairs match. When the guys were beating up Kalisto and Mustafa Ali, do a spot where they put them through a table to enhance the beatdown and you have a tables match. Mickie could said that Alexa wouldn’t be brave enough to put her belt on the line in a ladder match and Alexa is like, I will break your old ass. So everything I just said could have happened on RAW or last week in Mickie and Alexa’s case. All of a sudden, that card has some intrigue. These fucking clowns writing for WWE are dense as fuck. Hire me WWE. I will make you great once more. I refuse to say again because I’m not on Twitter half of my awake hours, nor do I have a fake ass tan. Put Hogan back in the Hall Of Fame!
Who is worse on the mic: Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, or Shinsuke Nakamura?
Russ: Finn is very boring on the mic. It’s not that he is bad, necessarily, he just doesn’t deliver a very exciting promo. However, this week the WWE did something that I’m not sure whether I think is completely asinine, or used correctly, brilliant. I’m talking about the CG paint on Finn’s face so he could be the demon without having to use the makeup. I was left dumbfounded by what I had just seen. I knew that I couldn’t ever unsee it either. If you read last week I stated that I was ok with a stupid story as long as it was fun. Well this story has taken a turn to stupid and dumb. That’s not a good combination.
Keri: I’m not going to say Shinsuke. The guy is still trying to learn English so it’s not fair to judge him right now. I mean he has only been with the company for over a year and most of that time was in NXT where the focus is more on wrestling than mic skills. With that said, the same kinda goes Finn but he’s been on the main roster long enough where that is starting to be not an excuse. I enjoy watching him (and those abs) in the ring. But when he picks up a mic. well, I cringe. So, I have to go with Finn. He just isn’t improving and that’s bad if he wants to move up. As for Roman, leave the chosen one alone, he has gotten better and temporarily has Rollins and Ambrose to help him.
Kent: I refuse to say Shinsuke because even when he talks, I listen and I enjoy listening to him. He knows his limitations but tries like hell. I get why he is the right answer, but I like him. So now we are left with a guy who rarely gets a chance to shine on the mic, and really only looked halfway decent when going opposite Cena and Miz, 2 of the few guys that make anybody stand out in some capacity. I think Roman could be above average if given the opportunity. I think he’s actually kind of a cool dude that I would enjoy. Then there is Finn. Name one time that Finn has been good on the mic. Oh, you can’t? The Miz couldn’t get anything, Bray could, Paul Heyman couldn’t. Finn is sadly the answer, and I don’t know if it’s him or the bad writing. I think it is both. I kinda feel bad for him, but he is held in such high regard, I struggle with empathy.
How great of an idea is it to have Jinder challenge Brock Lesnar?
Russ: This idea is actually great from a WWE fans perspective. Not in terms of match quality. No, that is going to be total shit. I mean that at least for one month Jinder and Brock won’t destroy a good wrestlers career. If they are facing each other then we don’t have to worry about them wasting Shinsuke’s or AJ’s or Samoa Joe’s or Braun’s time in a match we know they have no right to win. That’s fantastic! Sure it means they will keep the belts for another month, but the belts have become so meaningless that who the hell cares at this point. I will say that this match is going to be bad for business. If Jinder wins then it completely ruins the build up they have been working toward since Mania for Brock vs Roman. Also, if Brock wins then Jinder will be proven to be the unworthy garbage champion that we all know he already is. So, yea the match is going to suck, but at least they won’t ruin good wrestlers careers.
Keri: This match is going to be bad and Creative should feel bad. You know what I’m not watching at Survivors Series. Yep, you got it. This match. It’s going to be short and underwhelming and I have better things to do with my time. Like sleep.
Kent: Well, I mean, good for Jinder to somehow be in position to get this match. I honestly never thought that Jinder would be able to have this match. Yeah, it’s going to be a burial. WWE has to show how much better RAW is to Smackdown, but that has always been the case. Just think of all the bumps that the SIngh Bros will be taking.
We’ve seen Baron have great matches with Kalisto and on Tuesday, he wrestled Sin Cara briefly. Do you think that this is a solid matchup for Baron and even Sin Cara?
Russ: I’ll see where this matchup takes us. Baron vs Kalisto was fantastic this time last year. I think they are hoping lightning will strike twice here. I can see it happening. Baron is good against smaller opponents and Sin Cara can do his gymnastics routine and get thrown around like a rag doll well. So this seems like it could be a winning combination for a short feud.
Keri: This matchup intrigues me. It should work really well since Sin Cara is a luchador and Baron does really well for some reason with luchadors. Alright, I’ll just say it. This should be really good and I will enjoy watching it.
Kent: Unlike certain people, I am beyond sold for this. Both men like to hit hard and are very physical. On top of that, Sin Cara can bring some speed and high flying that Baron really works well with. I think this could be a very solid feud, if they continue it. It has more potential than most would perceive. Or you could be a pussy and take the wait and see approach because god forbid you make a bad prediction in this blog.
Bobby Roode has now lost. The big story is about pulling the tights. Is this working for you as almost a heel vs heel dynamic, or is Bobby still too much of a face for this feud to click properly?
Russ: The glorious gimmick is not meant to be a face one. It is supposed to be about an obnoxious person who thinks they are above it all and they consistently prove that point in the ring. So this isn’t really working for me. I’m a huge Roode fan but I want the “Glorious” one to be that same uisufferable ass hole that deep down we all love. Not this kind of lame face that we are getting. If they want to make this work then Bobby needs to have an above average match. He has yet to have one of those in WWE. Give him and Dolph some time and I think we may see that, but I doubt WWE will give them what they need.
Keri: I guess it’s working. Given the loss though, is there really any reason to continue this feud. Ziggler’s point has kinda been made, hasn’t it?
Kent: The moment somebody can explain to me how pulling the tights gives you additional leverage to get the pin, I will be more intrigued. I’m waiting.
We had the KO & Sami stuff with Daniel, Randy, & Shinsuke, the Pulp Fashion, the women’s match, The Uso’s with American Beta, Rusev & Aiden with New Day, and even another Bludgeon Brothers promo. Pick a topic, discuss it. Just don’t pick a topic that somebody else has chosen.
Russ: I am digging American Beta. I think Gable is proving just how stupid the WWE creative can be. We all thought that they would use Gable as the illegitimate son of Kurt because it made a lot of sense. Not to mention that he is charismatic and could cut a decent promo. Instead WWE creative went with Jason Jordan because it was a “funny” knock on Kurt. Hilarious! Except now that the joke has worn off Jason Jordan is fucked. He isn’t getting over with the crowds and the “Angle” is dead. So now Gable is getting his chance again and he is just fun to watch. His promo with The Uso’s was fantastic. He was all over the place and his excitement is infectious. I am excited to see how this feud unfolds.
Keri: To the surprise of no one, maybe other than Kent given his comments below, I’m going to talk Fashion Files, I mean Pulp Fashion. That segment, while not as funny as the Elias and the Good Brothers segment this week, was well worth the wait. I like the Ascension in their current role. They show that they are not just scary looking but have a comedic side to them. As for Breezedango, both guys just nail it week after week. And with that I close by saying Fashion Files 4 assemble.
Kent: As much as I want to choose the dynamic between Rusev and Aiden, I want to tackle the women. Sorry Keri. I think WWE needs to open their damn eyes sooner than later and put the focus back on Becky Lynch, first and foremost, as the face of that division. She is punny, yes, but is decent on the mic, and very good in ring. Carmella is still lurking. I think it would make sense for Becky to take the belt off of Natty and then have the cash in. That would really help.
Russ: For a go home show this was one of the better ones this year. Remember this year has been total crap for go home shows so to say this was one of the better ones is not a compliment really. I enjoyed several things about this show. The Tag Championship match was lots of fun. Elias, Gallows, and Anderson were great with their promo. Finally, when Kane came up through the ring I was very happy for a few moments anyway. Rating: 5.8
Keri: I thought this was a good RAW. Not exactly the best build for this weekend’s PPV but still I enjoyed what I did watch live and what I saw in recap videos. RAW is starting to improve week over week in terms of quality. Also, I just have to say again, yea Shield! It was nice to see my boys back together again with the same outfit and the same entrance. Yes, my name is Keri and I am a Shield mark. Deal with it. Rating: 6
Kent: This was the go home show. This was okay. It got over all of the feuds, so I think that is good. I mean Finn was screwed without Bray this week, so that’s nobody’s fault, so I am not holding that against them. I really loved Elias and G & A. That song was amazing. I thought the reveal of Kane was actually shocking. There are a lot of aspects that I would rewatch. The women’s matches worked, the Fisters vs Sheasaro was good if not entirely predictable. Roman vs Braun was fun, more of a sideshow but fun. I will say 5.3.
Russ: Smackdown was ok. I really enjoyed Sami coming out and just brutally destroying Daniel firmly pushing him into the heel zone. Sami is a great heel so far and I hope they continue this push. Fashion Files was ok. It wasn’t their best work, but it had its moments. The women’s division is awful right now and I’m definitely interested in seeing Gable and Shelton take on The Uso’s. Rating: 5.3
Keri: Remember when Smackdown was must see TV. Yeah those were good times which is why I bring it up every week. The only redeeming features for this week’s show were KO and Sami and Pulp Fashion. Rating: 2
Kent: I know that Smackdown happened. I know that I didn’t hate it. I actually paid attention to all things not named Charlotte. I liked it more than I enjoyed this hackneyed Shield bullshit, that’s for fucking sure. 5.8
Russ: Rating Smackdown and RAW has become difficult. This year has just been so bland that now just a mediocre show has become, what feels like better than average. For example: as I was rating Smackdown this week I gave it a 5.3, which is decent. However, in years past I don’t think this episode would have earned a 4. It had its moments, but for the most part I was pretty bored. Still for this year it seemed more than adequate. Come on WWE Step up your game!
Keri: Did I mention how happy I am that the Shield is back together? Ok good, because I’m so happy the Shield are back together.
Kent: Well I was going to start writing wrestling porn scenes. I don’t know if that’s necessarily appropriate for what we do. Just know that if I do, my first scene would involve a UN PC convention in which Lana would be the Russian ambassador and Rusev would be the Bulgarian representative. At the hotel where they would be staying, mid shower, Rusev’s shower would stop working. Wet and soapy, he wraps himself in a towel and knocks on his neighbor’s door. Just at that moment, Lana has stripped and just turned on her shower. She answers the door wrapped in nothing but her towel. When she hears of this sexy man’s plight, she offers to share her shower, and then we learn that PC may not stand for Politically Correct, but rather Pussy CRUSH! Admit it, you are ashamed that you read this whole thing. Also, here’s some zombie shit that WWE conveniently did days before The Walking Dead returns.
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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Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event. Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential. Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy. We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.
Kick off Show Match: American Beta defeated The less than Hype Bros.
Russ: For a Kickoff Show match this was really good. Shelton was surprisingly spry and doesn’t look like he has missed a step. The Hype Bros. also put on one of their best televised matches I’ve seen. I am surprised that The Hype Bros didn’t break up, but I guess we will get to see that on Smackdown. Or they may just drop the whole story, you know typical WWE shit. Rating: 4.5
Kent: I didn’t watch it because I was watching Prom Night from 1980, and I have too much to do, so I am passing on what sounds like a decent match.
The Uso’s defeated The New Day and became your new Smackdown Tag Team Champions in a Hell in the Cell Match.
Russ: First of all the fact that this match didn’t close out the night is a real shame. Both teams deserved it, so let’s make this the curtain jerker. As for the match itself. We thought this might be the match of the night and as of this writing it certainly held up to that standard. This was a fantastic match for both teams. It was brutal, it was high flying, and it had some great innovation. The right team won and this is where this feud should end. Big E was fantastic tonight and I honestly have no idea why he hasn’t been given a singles opportunity. He is a star and tonight he really showed why.
Kent: This match lived up to my lofty expectations, which was to say it would be a match of the year candidate. Some may say that they overly relied on weapons but it is a Hell in a Cell match and you have a more hardcore match environment. They had a ton of creativity in this one. Big E doing the Urinagi right into Xavier catching Jimmy in a back cracker was compelling stuff. You had the corner spot of caging the Uso up. The handcuffs made an appearance, just as I had suggested should have been used in the build up. Everything that happened made a lot of sense to me, and you know that it’s a great match when it gets to a point where I have made up my mind that I will not be upset over who wins. Kudos to everybody involved. I a down year for match of the year candidates, this may end up in the top 5, unless you have a hard on for the Okada and Omega stuff, which I don’t think is good for the industry.
Randy RKO’d Russev out of nowhere and into obscurity.
Russ: I really didn’t have much interest in this match other than I wanted to see how Aiden would be used and how good Russev would look in the ring. Well Aiden wasn’t used which I have no idea why he wasn’t! Big waste of an opportunity if you ask me. As for Russev, it was a pretty good showing for him. It wasn’t flashy, but I thought it was a good showing. Unfortunately the match was kind of blah. I think some of that has to do with being right after a fantastic match for the Tag Team Championship. Randy didn’t seem very inspired out there. Why does Russev take all of the losses for all of the older guys? He lost this month and he lost at SummerSlam to Cena. He has become a joke! He should be one of your top heels, instead I’m not sure if we should be taking him seriously anymore. Rating: 3.6 (and I might be being generous.)
Kent: Russev? Who’s writing this stuff? Anyway, I said during the last match that I felt bad for whoever had to follow up that match, and unfortunately, for these guys, they were chosen. This match was never going to be fast paced. So it was going to pale in comparison. This was a perfectly acceptable, and pretty expected match in reality. Right at the end, Rusev had that one counter to get the Accolade on, and I really thought that was well done. These guys could have used some kind of gimmick, like a strap match where you touch the four corners.
Rating: 3.7 It existed but nothing I ever need to see again. Missed opportunity to not use Aiden.
Triple Threat match Where Baron defeated Tye Dillinger and AJ to become the new WWE United States Champion.
Russ: I am so glad that they decided to put Tye in this match! We talked about how it seemed odd that he would be left out of the match after the entire month or so leading up to the match he had something to do with the feud. As for the match itself, it was pretty darn good! All three guys put on a good show. Lots of great near falls and the match just felt smooth and looked good. Tye was a good fit in the match and was a great showing for him. AJ was AJ and he was of course phenomenal. Congratulations to Corbin on his first WWE Championship. Corbin ragdolled the hell out AJ and Tye which made him look like a beast. Sure Adding Tye to the match made it seem inevitable that Corbin would win, but I’m not against a Corbin win. Kent might end up with a raging clue all week. Rating: 6.4
Kent: Adding Tye made a lot of sense. Almost too much sense. Honestly, there was at least one moment where I was absolutely hoping that Tye won it. You all know that Baron is my boy and I have loved AJ for over a decade now, but Tye would have benefitted most by a win. I like Tye a lot and he could really use a big push to cement himself. Still, this match was well paced, told the story it needed to. Baron was talking trash to fans, which I love. It’s nice to see him with the belt that he should have had before winning MitB. Now he needs to stay hungry and prove to the world that he deserves this and more.
Rating: 7.1 I thought the pacing kept this must pay attention throughout most of it.
Charlotte wins via DQ against Nattie, but Nattie is still your WWE Smackdown Woman’s Champion.
Russ: I did everything I could to pay attention to this match. The build up and everything else leading to the match was just awful, so this was a tough to keep an eye on. Overall, the match wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It wasn’t that good either, but I was surprised at how well these two jelled in the ring. I liked how this ended. Nattie knew she didn’t stand a chance in hell against Charlotte so getting the chair and intentionally getting DQed was a pretty smart move on her part. Unfortunately, this also means that this feud will continue. Sigh…
Kent: Didn’t watch it, don’t plan on it. Sorry, but I won’t do it. I played ESO and waited for Twan to give me the all clear.
Jinder Mahal is still your WWE Champion after he beat, sort of cleanly, Shinsuke.
Russ: Oh boy talk about having difficulty paying attention. This was a really boring match. I knew it was going to be. I think everyone in the world knew it was going to be. I love Shinsuke, but this feud has done nothing for him. I’d rather he be in a match where nothing is on the line and fighting a great opponent, rather than waste him on these boring matches. It looks like Jinder is going to be champion for awhile longer, which sucks! The belt has become a joke. It was the third from last match! The Belt should be the most prominent thing in a PPV and it has become a worthless prop. Rating: 3.1
Kent: I’m at a point with Jinder where I am going to start treating him like Charlotte. I’m done with his boring ass matches. I am sick of this experiment. This isn’t heat. This is hate. I am bored to tears by this guy. Randy, AJ, Shinsuke are the names that he has faced and every fucking match sucked. The old saying is that if you can’t have a good match with AJ, HBK, or Benoit, then you are incapable of having a good match. Well there you go. So until further notice, I will not be watching Jinder matches.
Bobby Roode def Dolph ZIggler
Russ: Alright, I’ll be honest I was hoping that Dolph would come out to a crazy awesome entrance and I was a little disappointed when he came out to absolutely nothing. However, as more time passed I started to think how awesome this entrance truly was. What a heel move that was. As for the match: it was ok. Bobby is not very flashy, but he is damn good in the ring. The match didn’t really showcase this, but I thought both guys did pretty good in the ring. They needed a little more time to flesh out the match. Still I like how Dolph attacked after the match. Usually means we will see these two at it again and that’s ok with me. Rating: 4.6
Kent: I enjoyed Dolph’s entrance, but I just wish they would go the other extreme. Dolph knows that and that is why this is working. He refuses to give us what we want, and I can’t fault him. He’s being a true heel. This match was not as good as my lofty expectations, but I was also riding a 2 match doldrum. I was also drinking heavily at this point. Good job WWE promoting alcoholism. I enjoyed the match, but not enough to see it again. I want to see more of these 2, so that is a plus.
Rating: 4.9 I didn’t dislike it, just no point in rewatching it
Kevin Owens def Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell
Russ: Now this was a match that exceeded my expectations and I had high expectations for this one. Go ahead and read Kent’s review of the match because I’m really just going to mimic him for the most part. The story told in this match was fantastic. I thought the stuff done in the ring was sufficiently brutal and made a fun match. Then when they moved things outside the ring I like how they started to build for a big spot and instead gave us a nerve wrecking fight on top of the cell. The crowd was silent not because they were bored but because they were breathless watching that. Exceptional stuff and then we get the big spot and the interesting swerve with Sami. There go my hopes that he becomes a top face that faces KO at Mania for the WWE belt, though that was never going to be a reality this year anyway. I can’t wait to see why Sami pulled KO to safety. I actually want to watch Smackdown! Rating: 7.1 (still think the Tag Team was slightly better overall.)
Kent: This match absolutely delivered in a different way than a normal match would This was all about the story. The moves, at points looked good and brutal. Shane always gives his all and this is the character that KO excels at. Prior to the climb, it was a middle of the road Hell in a Cell at best. I loved KO’s indecisiveness of whether to do the big jump, but he couldn’t pull the trigger, and it just amp’d up the excitement. Then the battle on top of the cell was absolutely riveting and scary stuff. We all sat there and winced and worried if they would break the cell or if they would do a big fall. They did a 10 foot movie, but that wasn’t good enough for Shane. He went for the big move and Sami pulled KO off at the exact precise moment and it was a thing of beauty. This was showcasing the art of storytelling in wrestling, and they did an excellent job. This was the opposite of the Japanese stuff.
Was this the best WWE PPV of 2017?
Russ: Yes. that isn’t saying much because this year has not produced many good PPV’s. Still this was above average even in a good year. We had two great HiaC matches. The United States Championship match was very good. Dolph/Bobby and Russev/Randy were adequate. Only two matches that truly made me hate this PPV. Being one right after the other didn’t help. Still I enjoyed watching this one and I’ll take that the way this year has been going. Overall Rating: 5.8 I’d watch certain matches over again, but their are definitely some one and dones too.
Kent: Yes, I think it has to be. It sounds like they had a solid kickoff show match, which is all you can really ask for. Yes, this had 2 matches that I loathed, but that is pretty much every PPV, but both of the matches took too long in my opinion. The Rusev/Randy and Dolph/Bobby matches felt about right as what you’d expect. The US championship match was exciting the whole way through as was both HIAC matches. I would say I spent over half of this PPV actually enjoying myself. I know, that’s odd to hear me say, right? Also, in honor of Keri, the Fashion Files returned!
Worst match of the night?
Russ: Jinder vs Shinsuke, which is terrible to say because Shinsuke doesn’t deserve this.
Kent: Jinder vs Shinsuke because Shinsuke shouldn’t be in bad matches. I expect trash from Charlotte and I didn’t see it so I can’t confirm nor deny my guesses on that.
Best match of the night?
Russ: Tag Team Championship match Uso’s vs New Day
Kent: The Uso’s vs New Day was easily the best match of the night despite some other very solid matches.
Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event. Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential. Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy. We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.
Keri: You know who would be great in this match instead of the Hype Bros. Breezedango.
Pick: American Beta
Teddy: is their name really American beta? If so I feel bad for them…
Prediction: Shelton Benjamin will Carry this match and hype bros will be butt hurt about it.
Cece: Of course Hype Bros will lose. Duh.
Kent: I would say that this has to be the easiest match of the night to pick. Hype Bros are in a breaking up storyline and American Beta is still in the midst of establishing itself.
Prediction: American Beta after Zack screws up
Charlotte vs Natty for SD Women’s Championship
Keri: What is it with the Smackdown writers and not properly building up a women’s match? I don’t care about this match at all. Fashion Files. Now there is something I care about.
Teddy: Charlotte needs a decent push and Natty just isn’t cutting it as a top heel champion. Rousey doesn’t have a contract yet so it seems like a great place for a carmella cash in.
Prediction: either Carmella cashes in or cause for Natty to win via DQ
Cece: We all know Charlotte deserves the win, however, I think since she just came back, Natty will hold on to the title for a bit longer.
Prediction: Natty Ice
Kent: YAAAWWWWWN. Don’t know, don’t care.
Prediction: Ronda Arousme will distract Charlotte and cost her the match and while Natalya is watching, Carmella won’t cash in if Ronda is there because WWE can’t have her steal the spotlight from female Naitch. If Ronda isn’t there, expect a cash in by Carmella.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal for SD Blue Belt
Keri: I hate Mahal as champ. He has been the worst champ we have had in a long time. It’s not entirely his fault but still he’s pretty awful.
Pick: Nakamura wins because we really need to get the belt off Mahal
Teddy: Mahal also is failing as a champ. He hasn’t had a clean win as champion ever. People are getting sick of the Singh bro’s interference and Shinsuke is still Hella over
Prediction: Shinsuke should win but WWE sucks Mahal’s dick…Singh bro’s get involved…….again
Cece: Meh. I mean, I love Nakamura and I think he has a good chance at getting the belt. Jinder has had it for way too long. However, I see the WWE teasing us and having Jinder retain by a shitty DQ move.
Prediction: Nakamura wins by DQ, Jinder retains.
Kent: YAWWNNNNNN. Don’t care. Shinsuke hasn’t really been booked in this feud, not poorly or properly, but just not booked. Jinder has had the upper hand almost exclusively. So is this finally the night that WWE says enough is enough? Probably not, but I will be optimistic.
Prediction: Shinsuke because this nightmare has to end at some point, right?
Randy Orton vs Rusev
Keri: I like what they have been doing lately with Rusev since he returned from his post Summerslam hiatus. It’s like they are given him the opportunity to be himself and it works. Also, I expect Aiden to play a role in this match. I just don’t know what role he will play.
Pick: Rusev wins
Teddy: I’m loving Rusev lately and since his boo is doing her own thing he could really use some momentum. I am an avid Orton fan but please god give Rusev the win.
Prediction: Rusev wins via distraction from mediocre singer Aiden English
Cece: I don’t really care about this feud, however, I do like the entertainment from Aiden English. I think Rusev needs a push, though.
Prediction: Randy wins again, but it goes further for a longer build.
Kent: For a lower end feud, this has been fun. I like seeing Aiden and Rusev get some shine. Randy is ready to turn heel ASAP. I think he needs to put these guys over first and then set his sights on the new champ, Shinsuke and eventually AJ.
Prediction: Rusev crush!!!!!
Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler
Keri: This match has the potential to be dare I say it glorious. Both guys match up well. Also, I predicted this match weeks ago so right now I’m giddy about being right about something.
Pick: Ziggler wins. I know I changed my prediction from what I said on the podcast.
Teddy: Roode’s first WWE PPV. He is gonna win. They like to job Ziggler to the new guys and I am expecting no different.
Prediction: Roode will hit the Glorious DDT and make Ziggler look stupid
Cece: This match will be GLORIOUS! Honestly, we have needed something for Dolph to do for a hot minute now. He’s been teasing us with his getups and entrances. I’ve loved it. I’m anxious to see them square up.
Prediction: Bobby with the win, to piss of Dolph and to get hype from WWE Universe.
Kent: Traditional booking says that Bobby needs to win his first PPV match on WWE. What rub is to be had when Dolph hasn’t been relevant since last November? Dolph can cheat to win and continue this feud that has a lot of potential. I know I am gonna be proven wrong, but I have to book smartly, unlike WWE.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler with the greatest entrance ever….I hope
Aj Styles vs Baron Corbin for the US Championship
Keri: Honestly, I could careless about this match. And I hate saying that about something involving AJ. This would have been a little more intriguing if they added Tye to this match but maybe that’s something for the future.
Pick: Corbin. Only because I picked Shinsuke in the other match and damn it I want the build for my Styles-Nakamura dream match before there is another brand shakeup.
Teddy: this match is boring since it’s not a triple threat match (when is Tye’s time damnit!) Corbin looks to take the title.
Prediction: Corbin finally cuts the Right Corner
Cece: The most stupidly booked match of the night. I am so over Baron. They need to re-do his character. He needs more personality and a better story.
Prediction: AJ will win because… well, he’s AJ.
Kent: Baron shouldn’t win this right now. Crybaby Baron is great. Prolong this a bit and have Tye involved. I think this is the night that they give Baron a belt, but I would hold off one more month and allow Baron to get back to where he was in July. It’s like, something bad happened in August, but I can’t recall anything.
Prediction: Baron wins because it’s the wrong time to do it.
HIAC: Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens
Keri: I’ve enjoyed KO the past few weeks. He has been killing on the mic as of late. The match should be good because we usually don’t see Shane in something mediocre. I expect some really good spots and I expect Shane to jump off something.
Pick: Shane because pissed off KO is best KO
Teddy: Who’s ready to see Shane fall off of shit? I know I am! Shane should take this and finally set KO off the deep end. Bring back Fight Owens Fight and stop this whole coward shit they’ve been running.
Prediction: the WWE universe wins because this match is Hype AF. Also shane lol
Cece: I like this feud. It took a lot of build up and I think it has kept a lot of us on our toes.
Prediction: Match will be long and hard fought, Shane will jump off something high, and I call Shane for the win because it’s not a title shot and who doesn’t love Shane O’Mac?
Kent: I expect a good match, some backstage chicanery, and a big spot at some point. I fully expect Sami to get involved at some point. Sami should remain a face. Sami should win the Royal Rumble and KO should be the champ for Mania, but I am willing to bet Russ’ left nut that AJ wins the rumble and takes on Shinsuke at Mania because that would be huge as well. So with that in mind…..
Prediction: Shane wins, KO beats him down after the match and Sami interferes and appears to help KO, and then we get a supergroup with them and the Ascension all in red and black.
HIAC: New Day vs The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Keri: This will be match of the night. I calling it now. Why? Because everything leading up to this match has made me believe that it will be.
Pick: The New Day retain
Teddy: I think Shane and KO will steal MoTN but this will be a close second. I love new day and it’s clear they wont turn heel soon.
Prediction: IT’S A NEW DAY YES IT IS!
Cece: I want this to be a damn all out war between both sides. These guys have been going at this for so long now and have built up such a strong chemistry.
Prediction: I say New Day retains.
Kent: This should be the best match on the card, and these guys are going to go all out to make this memorable. I hope that they get the final match of the night. I don’t want any interference, no nonsense, just a great match. I am curious which New Day member is left out. I am guessing Xavier will be unless Kofi isn’t 100% healed.
Prediction: The Uso’s win after Xavier turns heel because he was left out of the match.
Will they have the HIAC matches spaced out on the card or next to each other?
Keri: Probably back to back. You don’t want to keep lowering and raising a structure like that. It takes too much time.
Teddy: definitely back to back, unless the structure is damaged then they may space it out to repair it before the next match takes place
Cece: They should be spaced out, but, they may keep them one after another.
Kent: I think that they will be the final 2 matches of the night.
What will be match of the night?
Keri: Tag team match
Teddy: Shane vs KO is closely followed by TND vs Usos
Cece: Honestly, I’m hoping for Roode/Zigler to be great and Shane/Kev.
Kent: I can see downsides to every match having something silly, except for one. Sometimes the obvious answer is also the right one. Tag Team title match is my answer, but I wouldn’t be shocked is the KO or Dolph match steals the show.
What will be the worst match of the night, better known as the Charlotte Flair Award?
Keri: Toss up between the Women’s match and Jinder-Shinsuke.
Teddy: Worst match will be Mahal v Nakamura. Because theyre gonna copy and past the last how many matches Jinder has been in.
Cece: Hey now. I love me some Charlotte. However, I do think either the women’s match or the beginning tag team match.
Kent: Women, no doubt. It shouldn’t be as long as Jinder’s, but Shinsuke is fun to watch at the very least. If the answer ends up not being one of these 2 matches, I will be a saaaaad panda.
Here we go again with more fist bumping. WE GET IT! You like to fist each other! Meanwhile, Smackdown had it’s go home show prior to Hell In A Cell and on RAW we saw Miz form an alliance with Sheasaro, Bray became Sister Abigail before our eyes, and Kalisto became the cruiserweight savior that we didn’t want and didn’t need. Poor dude. 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.
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Do you honestly pay attention to the breast cancer awareness segments that they air during the month of October? Also, does it take you a bit out of things when both heels and faces are in the ring just hugging it out? Also, thoughts on the women’s tag team match.
Russ: I am of two minds on the whole breast cancer awareness segments done in October. On the one part of my mind I think, this is a great thing that WWE does. It is a noble cause and I’m glad WWE is giving back and a little bit of grandstanding gets the money flowing. On my other mind, I just don’t care enough to pay attention. If I can I will definitely fast forward these segments because I don’t care about it. WWE I am aware and I know you are aware so that’s enough for me. As for the women’s tag match, I don’t know I fast forwarded that too.
Keri: I find myself kinda tuning out during this segment which I feel kinda bad about doing now that I think about it. I think it’s great all the charitable things that WWE is involved with and promote on their programming. Also, I think it’s great the fight that these women display against the disease that plagues or has plagued them. It’s very inspirational. Still, for some reason, I just can’t get myself invested in the segments. Something must be wrong with me. As for the tag match, the recap video was decent and I’ll leave it at that.
Kent: Alicia tried snatching Sasha bald. I mean….what is there to really say? I really liked the match and actually thought it was the match of the night, for me at least. Let’s face it, there were 2 good matches, but I preferred this one over the Roman vs Miz match. Honestly, I fast forward through this stuff all the time. I think WWE should seriously consider getting Dana Warrior on screen more often. She has a lot of very positive energy and I think that she has a really good presence. This video is backstage with Dana. She seems genuine.
With Jeff out for awhile with injury, how should WWE utilize Matt?
Russ: The good thing about Matt is that he doesn’t need his brother to shine. He can do a lot of things right now and none of them sound too awful. First, have him mentor a younger guy, which it seems like they are doing with Jordan. This benefits everyone especially the younger guy. Second, have him go after a belt. The only belt that is around is the IC belt so I guess that would be it, but having Hardy and The Miz put on a classic isn’t out of reach and something the IC belt desperately needs as it feels really irrelevant right now. The best part is that Matt doesn’t have to win the belt. He just has to make it seem like a prize worth winning. Finally, you can have him start a feud with a current top tier star. Matt can produce in the ring give him someone else who can produce in the ring and that’s all you really need. Give us a quick story to back it up and let the fans enjoy a good match.
Keri: Well let’s see here. We could put him with Miz. Wait a second. He’s in his thing with Roman and possibly the other former members of the Shield? Ok then. What about Bray? Oh, he’s still dealing with Finn and introducing us to Sister Abigail. Ok, how about Elias? Oh, he’s taking on Titus Worldwide. Well shoot. Wait a minute, I can’t believe I forgot about Braun. How could I have done such a thing? Ok, so hear me out what if we put him in a temporary feud with Braun. It could work and would keep Braun relevant until Roman gets the belt (you know it’s happening don’t kid yourselves). Because you know he’s not finished with Roman yet.
Kent: This would be a really good time for Matt to win the IC championship. He could do whatever for a character. Then when Jeff returns, Matt promptly loses and that could cause all kinds of storylines. Miz doesn’t need the belt anymore, it’s a prop for him for the immediate future. Miz really never needs that belt ever again, he’s a main event player. Matt could put on some fun matches and win with his veteran knowledge. He’s still more than capable if he likes what he’s doing.
Is the Miz being rewarded with his feud against Roman and inevitably the Shield reunion, or is this more of a case of no other heels that Roman hasn’t feuded with?
Russ: I’m going to say rewarded. If anyone can make the Roman haters cheer him on it’s The Miz. He is just that damn good at being a heel. It makes perfect sense. Two things that will get Roman cheers: 1. Have him face off against the ultimate heel character and get a beat down, check! 2. Put him back in the Shield, check! Smart move by WWE. I just wish they didn’t rush this Shield reunion. They could have let this play out a couple more weeks to build it up, but that is WWE for you. They blow their load quick and then usually end up feeling ashamed afterward. Yet, they will not learn from their past mistakes and do the same thing again and again.
Keri: A possible reward. Let’s face it the Miz has been killing it for over a year now. It’s about time they give him something substantial. Yes, I know, it means getting fed to the new chosen one (and his former Shield brethren) but it’s better than nothing (or the pre-show in front of an empty arena), right?
Kent: I hope that it’s a reward. Over the past 5 years, it’s tough to name many people that have consistently performed at such a high level. Yes, even Wrestlemania 27 was better than anybody gave him credit for. Also, if the WWE had an ounce of intelligence, as soon as this Shield thing is over, they should have Bray bring Luke and Rowan over and give us an absolutely great main event. Also, build Bray as the man to take the red belt off of Brock. Please, on a side note, I need weeks of “Will they or won’t they fist each other”.
Did Bray just make this feud interesting again, or shall I say Abigail?
Russ: The logical progression for this feud is astounding! Kudos to WWE for bringing this in a direction I didn’t think was even remotely up for consideration. Think about it. Bray got beat by the Demon. In order for Bray to beat Finn he knew he had to goad him into not being the demon. So he forces Finn into a Man vs Man match. He then loses again. Confused and defeated Bray decided that if The Demon is the alter ego of Finn, then it is finally time to unleash Sister Abigail. All along we thought Sister Abigail would be a different person, instead it is just Bray’s alter ego! Brilliant! Now give Bray the win at the next PPV. Survivor Series: Bullet Club vs Wyatt Family, then finally at the December PPV we finish this feud off once and for all with The Demon vs Sister Abigail. They just took care of these two guys for the rest of the year.
Keri: I’m very intrigued now. At least now I won’t turn my TV off when these two come on my screen. So there is that.
Kent: I am a sucker for really bad, silly feuds, so for me, I hate to admit this, but they just made me care again. Fucking hell. Is he going to be Braybigail? When Bray is Sister Abigail, does that make his finisher name Bray Wyatt? Will anybody be able to kick out of Bray Wyatt?
Okay, first of all, how big of a dud was that Kalisto signing? Secondly, is Enzo finally making good on all of his potential?
Russ: “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. Oh man Kalisto?” That was my reaction. Not that Kalisto is bad. It’s just that he isn’t that big of a star or a promising up and comer. He is just Kalisto. He can help Enzo get over in the ring I guess, but don’t make this like it was some big deal that we will all be talking about the next day. “HAHAHA… oh man, get the fuck out of here WWE.” My end thoughts on the whole thing. As for Enzo, I am starting to remember the reasons I liked him when he first debuted on the main roster.
Keri: I’m going to start with the easy part of this question. Enzo has been killing it the past couple of weeks. I’m enjoying his character and this storyline immensely. Not too bad for a guy who the three of us wrote off no more than a month or two ago, huh? As for Kalisto, seriously WWE stop it and put him back with Sin Cara and bring back the Lucha Dragons. While you are at it, put Jordan and Gable back together too. This single star experiment is over for all involved except for Enzo because that may actually work.
Kent: Johnny Gargano should have been called up, or so I thought. But Kalisto is a good in ring hand that can put on a good match and keep this going. You don’t bring Johnny up to job. Unfortunately, this was the hand that WWE had to play I guess. Perhaps they should have had somebody not hit Enzo last week. Finn also could have joined in this feud to spice it up. Still, kudos to Enzo because he’s in a position to do something special and he’s nailing it. Admit it, he had some really good lines. I don’t know if he’s a heel or a face, and I like that.
Why isn’t Tye in the US Championship match at Hell In A Cell?
Russ: Simple, WWE doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the perfect 10! AJ, Corban and Tye would make for a hell of a match. Instead we will have to wait to see how they will screw up things for Tye at a later date.
Keri: Because reasons. He has been a big part of the build up for this match but there is just no payoff for him? Seriously? This is just lazy booking. By the way, why do I have to wait until Sunday for my Fashion Files? I was promised fashion files on this week’s Smackdown and I want fashion files.
Kent: I don’t know. If they want to put it on Baron, having Tye in the match would allow for AJ to not get pinned. Baron has been booked so oddly the past 8 weeks or so, that I have no idea what they are doing, but I truly consider his momentum squashed. I don’t want him to win the belt on Sunday. I do wish Tye was in the match though. Maybe he can hang out with Gallows and Anderson. By the way, G&A’s theme song is surprisingly good if you listen to it without the crowd. It’s called “Omen In The Sky”.
Were you satisfied with the build to the New Day vs Uso’s match basically being: “we have great matches, so watch us”? Also, should this match be the main event over KO vs Shane?
Russ: While I wouldn’t say I’m not satisfied by the build, because I am stoked for this match based on their previous matches, but I would say that they could have elevated things a bit more. Maybe they could have gotten a bit physical. Or maybe had a singles match and then have a promo-down (is that what you would call it?) Still, I definitely expect this match to deliver in spades and can’t wait. As for if this should be the main event… Absolutely! This is for a belt so it should headline the show over a grudge match.
Keri: I’ve enjoyed everything both teams have done over the past two months. This feud was booked perfectly. I’m looking forward to Sunday’s match. You know what else I’m looking forward to on Sunday the potential return of the fashion files.
Kent: Here’s my big issue. They could have made this really good. After Summerslam, the Uso’s could have sneak attacked New Day and handcuffed them because they are in the Uso Penitentiary. From there, they injure a member of New Day, to quintessentially let us know who would be representing New Day, and add some animosity to it. It could have been a cool way to end a Smackdown. They blew it, and so the answer is no, because it’s like they didn’t really try. I can’t sit here and say with 100% certainty that the tag match will be better than the Shane match. It should be, and I think it should main event, but I’m not going to argue one way or the other, for once.
Let’s face it, Smackdown’s women’s division feels boring, dull, uninspired, insert your own adjective. Pick one reason why and elaborate please.
Russ: It is a simple reason no direction. It feels like they put the women in a holding pattern for whatever reason. Maybe it is because of the 4-Horsewoman thing that WWE seems to have a hard on for. Also, they aren’t really building any stories. Sure we have Carmella and Dogsworth, but instead of letting that flesh out into an interesting story they cut it dead in its tracks. Also, the champ is not very interesting. Nattie can be great she has shown flashes, but as soon as she got the belt she stopped being interesting. WWE has a habit of giving the belt to someone and making them boring immediately afterwards.
Keri: Another adjective is bland. Kinda like the writing for the division. It hasn’t been the same since Alexa left. Wait a minute. That’s what killed the division everyone, no Alexa and no one with enough charisma to take her place. You know what else can’t be replaced? The Fashion Files. They better be back on Sunday.
Kent: They really, really needed Asuka for this show. I know, I am beating a dead horse, but she would have been must see TV and revived this thing. We have a multitude of problems, the obvious one is Carmella is lurking but never really appearing like a threat. Still, I’ll offer something different since I know neither of my colleagues will be stupid enough to copy me….right? The girls aren’t really allowed to create much with their characters. Naomi and Natty were bland champs, not because of their talent, but rather their characters never got a huge chance to shine. If only there was a show, say after Smackdown, where the wrestling talents could talk to the WWE audience and really get their character over. Gosh, that would be amazing. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you have no character, nobody will give a fuck. So character is my choice. The funny thing is that the only character that there were doing great with was Tamina with Lana. That seems to just be shoved to the side. Paige, return ASAP.
Aside from the 2 HIAC matches and the US Title match, does any of the other matches intrigue you at all? They include Rusev vs Randy, Natty vs Charlotte, Bobby vs Dolph, Shinsuke vs Jinder (I seriously had forgotten this until I looked it up), and Hype Bros vs American Beta or American Omega or any other name that you can come up with.
Russ: I will say that the only other match on this list that I’m remotely interested in is Bobby vs. Dolph. Randy vs. Rusev holds very little interest for me. I have never really liked Randy and he has not been involved in too many great matches lately (same could be said for a lot of the WWE.) While Rusev has been hitting it out of the park lately as a character, but his perpetual losing of feuds has made it so I just don’t get excited for his matches anymore. Back to why I’m interested in Bobby vs. Dolph. Simply put this will be Bobby’s first time to showcase his in-ring ability. I want to see if he and Dolph can put on a show stealer. They both have the potential given enough time, but will they produce. This is a big make or break moment for Bobby and I think for sure he will be successful. Plus I’m intrigued to see how Dolph will make his entrance.
Keri: Dolph vs Roode has potential. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out on Sunday. That and I’m wondering what type of entrance we get from Dolph. Oh, and the potential return of the Fashion Files. Seriously, whar Breezedango whar?
Kent: I expect everybody to say Rusev vs Randy, and potentially some to say Bobby vs Dolph. Unfortunately, Dolph is now the Jericho of Smackdown on the heel side, and Randy seems to be taking on that role as a face. Every other name I have for Chad and Shelton seems to involve cookies and race, like the Black and White Cookie, or Oreo, or even Hydrox. I want cookies!!! As bad as the women’s division has been, the Jinder feud has somehow been worse. PLEASE, make the title change and have Baron cash in MITB immediately afterward. (Russ: Are you living in fantasy world? Did you forget Baron already cashed in and failed?)(Kent: Say WHAT? I think I would have remembered Baron Corbin cashing in his briefcase and being the world champ. You sir, live in a fantasy world.) That’s how you solve this BS.
Russ: Raw was completely skippable this week. Sure they had a few things going for it, but at the end of the day if you missed it you would be filled in ad nauseum the following week. Rating: 3 (Kent: That’s not remotely true. IF somebody had watched it, they would have seen that Miz and Sheasaro are teamed up despite no foreshadowing, that Bray is going to turn to Sister Abigail despite no foreshadowing, that Alexa and Nia are back to being cool with each other despite no foreshadowing, and that Kalisto would be the savior to the Cruiserweight division despite absolutely no foreshadowing. In the words of every millennial ever, Russ that was an epic fail and therefore you deserve this.)
Keri: This was a good RAW. I love what they are doing with Mickie and Alexa. Enzo, dare I say it, is killing it. The matches were decent. And I have to be honest, seeing the Shield “back together” kinda gave me goosebumps. Rating: 5 (Kent: Those aren’t goosebumps.)
Kent: Good for Elias on his Alice in Chains parody! (Keri: Thanks Kent! For the life of me, I couldn’t remember who sang the original version of that song.) Unfortunately, he chose a really fucking depressing song called Nutshell. Even worse, this song reflects how I feel when I watch RAW most of the time. Uhmmm, Give it a 3.5 because of Sheasaro, Miz, Enzo, Elias, and the women’s tag match. I’m deducting points if we are due for another “will they or won’t they fist bump” story.
Russ: For a go home show this sucked a big one. I was bored most of the night. When did WWE forget how to do a go home show? This one and RAW’s two weeks ago were just terrible. I did enjoy the promos by New Day and the Uso’s and the last segment of the night was good, but the rest of the night was completely forgettable. That isn’t how you get someone excited to see a PPV. Seriously, does anyone even care about the WWE Title match? I love Shinsuke, but since he is fighting Jinder I’m just not excited by the match. Rating: 3
Keri: Well it was a go home show and it happened. It had its high points and super low points. Mostly low points though. With that said, it did just enough to get me excited about KO vs. Shane and the Tag Team HIAC match so I guess it did its job. Rating: 2.5 (I deducting a half point for lack of Breezedango)
Kent: Remember 2 weeks ago when we blasted WWE’s RAW go home show for No Mercy? Yeah, they only did a slightly better job here. At least people showed up, but it was super weaksauce. Rating: 2.7
Final Thoughts – Also, name 3 matches that you would like to see Brock in before he retires?
Russ: WWE has ruined their championship belts. The Universal and WWE Championships have been reduced to garbage all in the name of trying to make a few bucks. Brock has the belt, barely on the show and is not the draw he used to be. Instead of giving it to a talent that deserves it and is there all the time they have decided it would be better to keep it on Brock for an entire year. Somehow that will elevate the belt? Then when Roman wins it at Mania we are supposed to be excited? Why? He won a belt that has been mostly absent the past year, big deal. As for the WWE Championship. Jinder has that belt and the only reason he has it is to get the India market to keep tuning in. Except Jinder isn’t a good champion, at least WWE has not made him into one. His matches are second or even third fiddle to other matches. They don’t let him just be a heel, he has to be the foreigner heel, which in this day and age is starting to get offensive. Lastly, he just isn’t exciting in the ring. I keep hoping I’ll be wrong and he proves himself, like I will again this weekend, but he keeps disappointing. The belts just aren’t what they used to be.
Keri: Whar Breezedango whar? Seriously, I miss the Fashion Files. You know what? That’s it, I’m protesting. From this moment on until I see a Fashion Files segment on my TV screen, all my responses on this blog will have some reference to the Fashion Files in it. As for Brock matches, hasn’t he pretty much wrestled everyone at this point? Wait he hasn’t wrestled AJ Styles, has he? If not, then I say AJ Styles.
Kent: The more I see and hear Dana Warrior, the bigger a fan I become. I think she is 100% legitimately the person that we see on screen. If she wasn’t in the role that she is in, which is a good will ambassador of sorts, I would say that she could be the next Vicky Guerrero. Enzo was the star of the week after Neville was last week. How odd. I would like to see Brock take on the following 3 or more guys in no particular order…okay some particular order: Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Rusev, Sheamus, Cesaro, Luke Harper, Finn Balor, Enzo, Shinsuke, and oddly enough, if booked well I would actually enjoy Jason Jordan or Apollo Crews.
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This week, we talk about the Fistourage as well as Smackdown”s compelling build to Hell in a Cell. Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we really tear down No Mercy’s morale and pray for Cesaro’s teeth. We apologize for the lateness of this, but tech issues suck. Also, Russ and Kent reviewed No Mercy here.
Does Mickie still have what it takes to carry a feud, both inside and outside the ring, if she needs to? How long before we get the Sasha heel turn?
Russ: I think Mickie may still have what it takes. I thought her Mic work on Raw was pretty good and she handled herself pretty well against Miss Bliss. In the ring? I’m not so sure, it’s been awhile since she has had a high profile match. Still I think she will be fine in the ring against The Goddess. I’m glad they are giving us this feud, it is at least still fresh. As for Sasha and a heel turn all I’ll say is that since WWE seems very high on a 4-horsewomen of WWE and MMA match I don’t see her turning any time soon.
Keri: Mickie absolutely still has what it takes to carry a feud. She’s still strong in ring and stronger than she was before on the mic. It looks like WWE is finally giving us the feud we have been asking for so don’t question it. As for Sasha and any potential heel turn. Honestly, I just don’t care anymore. She just bores me now.
Kent: First and foremost, how poorly did WWE just treat Emma? Like, they barely showed her on offense aside from a few kicks. Fucking ridiculous that everybody else got their shine, but not Emma. Fuck that. Shame on WWE! I think Mickie is criminally underutilized and can still be a big time player in any women’s division. She still puts on good matches and still can cut a good promo. That’s better than most of the women. She’s in the upper echelon still. Her combination of skills elevates her above every female on Smackdown except possibly Becky. She better than all the girls on RAW with the exception of Bliss at the moment. As for Sasha, I think she holds off a bit because I truly believe that we get a women’s Royal Rumble this year and Bayley will eliminate Sasha. That will be what flips the heel switch. So January.
Which member of the Shield had the best night? How many weeks until we get a Shield reunion match?
Russ: I’m going to say Seth. There are several reason for my pick. My first reason: He won his match against Sheamus. It was a decent match, nothing to write home about, but it was serviceable. Dean’s match was much more fun, but he lost and I just can’t pick a loser like that. Yes Roman won his match too, but at the end it didn’t look like he was much of a winner i My second reason: This should have been obvious from the start, but it’s because he is MY FAVORITE WRESTLER! Anytime I can pick him over any one else I WILL! HAHAHA the best part: there is nothing you readers can do to stop me! I’m mad with the infinitesimal amount of power I have from this blog!
Keri: I’m going to get booed for this from a lot of different sides but honestly Monday night was Roman’s coronation. He held his own in a promo with Miz, which isn’t an easy feat. And he didn’t have to do much to get a match with the Miz which he, of course,won in great Cena 2.0 fashion. The other two guys did well but really the focus last night was on Roman and Roman only. He had the best night. Why? Because he’s the chosen one now and we all have to live with it.
Kent: Well, it’s sure as shit not Roman. The question is, do wins matter for this question, or does match quality, or who put on the best show, or who won? I love seeing Sheamus improve each and every week. That guy is a star. I hate that Seth did jack shit all match, just like Sunday, but then gets the cheap win. That’s the Cena way and fuck that. Dean was admirable in defeat and the match was well done. Dean did his job and I enjoyed his segment the most on RAW aside from the Mickie and Enzo segments.
Man, just when I thought that GREAT story and feud between Bray and Finn was over, I mean because it was so great and told such a logical full story, how SHOCKED are you that this great and logical feud appears to be continuing?
Russ: Well shocked isn’t exactly the word I’d use. More like groan inducing. Look I actually enjoyed this feud and I honestly thought it came to it’s logical conclusion at No Mercy. Finn winning proved that he doesn’t need to be the Demon in order to overcome adversity. I was ok with it. Sure I wanted Bray to get an actual freaking win over somebody, but I know how this goes with him now. So when Bray had some creepy ass kid sing Whole World for us to Finn my first thought was “Oh come on! We don’t need this. There is nothing Bray can do to make me believe that he still has some kind of power over people.” So now I guess we will see where this feud continues to go. I can tell you this it doesn’t seem to be heading in a positive direction.
Keri: This storyline is the reason why I need to break up with watching the WWE. This storyline should have ended Sunday night. The ending Sunday night kinda made sense (Yes Kent, I concur with Eric’s point on this). (Kent: That’s about as surprising as Russ picking Seth in a multiple choice question.) But alas, here we are and where is that you ask? A point where if Bray and/or Finn come on my TV I turn it off. Good job WWE. You made me hate Finn. I hope you are proud of yourself.
Kent: Man, I could have sworn I heard some guy on Sunday tell me that this story made sense and he elaborated it to me, and I said that he missed the point. So Eric, how you doin? Yeah, this fucking feud isn’t done and now look who is on top of the mountain, looking down and saying that you book things like WCW circa late 90’s? The FACT is that once they decided to have Bray injure Finn, one of two things should have happened. Either Bray should have won cleanly by working over the injury, plus he has shown that he can beat Finn clearly, or did we forget the week before Summerslam? The other option would have been to have both men tire themselves out and had an ending that led to a last man standing matching at TLC. That way they don’t take up one of the 4 precious match spots with the TLC stips. So yeah, the story isn’t over. It never made sense Sunday night and it still doesn’t make much sense. They have failed to engage the audience, and for that, WWE, like my friend with the WCW booking strategy, have failed miserably. Have a nice day.
Enzo’s celebration…..discuss. Did Neville just become a star or will this be quickly forgotten?
Russ: I really enjoyed this segment, way more than I ever thought I would. Heel Enzo is just like Face Enzo, except he amped up the obnoxiousness. This is the Enzo I’ve been waiting for since they debuted way back in 2016. Enzo played all of his parts well, the scathing promo, the weasley way he got the no contact clause and the ego the size of Big Cass. When I thought it couldn’t get better Neville decided to come out and he was on point. Attacking Enzo was brilliant because now Neville can’t compete for the belt which will get him away from the belt for a bit to build him up. This is WWE’s chance to make him a star and they took a great step in the right direction. I look forward to nexts weeks 180 when they blow this.
Keri: I have only one question for you all. Do you want the Cruiserweight division to become relevant? Well apparently you put the belt on Enzo and the division becomes relevant. It even helps to elevate a stale guy like Neville.Honestly, I am surprised by this stunning turn of events and the fact that the WWE deems the division now main event worthy. It’s all interesting very very interesting. I’m also now intrigued but not intrigued enough to watch 205 Live. Sorry WWE, I watch enough wrestling already.
Kent: Wow, the cruiserweights finally main event due to Enzo. I liked every aspect of how this played out. I don’t know if there is a face or a heel in this case. There are two guys with valid points that are right in their own way. That’s when feuds work best. This was actually a brilliant segment. They missed the mark on one thing, in my opinion. After Neville hit Enzo, I feel like everybody should have performed their finisher on Enzo. That was everybody would essentially have lost the right at the belt, forcing management’s hand to either bring in new talent, or to give everybody a chance again. Still, IF they want, they could make Neville into a star. They just raised the Neville level. I doubt that they take true advantage of it.
What interests you most: John Cena passing the torch, Gallows and Anderson nowhere to be found on RAW, Goldust still being involved in storylines on RAW, Jeff Hardy’s injury and impending surgery, or Elias and Titus possibly developing a feud?
Russ: I’m going to say G & A missing in Action was the most interesting part for me. How did they go from right in the thick of the Tag Team title hunt right before the PPV, to pictures on milk cartons since. It boggles the mind how badly they are mistreated. Or maybe McMahon didn’t want G & A on because of the whole Bullet Club thing that went on outside the arena. Either way I hope we see them next week start working with Dean and Seth.
Keri: I’ll be honest here for a second. I’m most interested in what was happening outside the arena earlier in the day than anything on this list. We had the Bullet Club (Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, and others) try to “invade” RAW. That is so much more interesting than anything WWE related right now. But if I had to chose something WWE related, I’ll pick the Elias and Titus feud. I’m interested to see where it goes and if it means more TV time for all involved.
Kent: Elias and Titus is very interesting to me. Goldust still being utilized is great. I think the Cena thing is what has my attention though. I feel like there is something bigger happening here, or something that we don’t know yet. Cena isn’t done, he can still go. It wasn’t time to pass the torch, especially to the greased up deaf guy named Roman. The WWE had a few golden eggs that they have been sitting on. Taker’s streak, Taker’s final match, Cena’s torch, Brock’s torch, belt, and possible final match. So they fucked the streak by putting over that youngster Brock. They had Roman, a guy who really needed the Taker’s Final match rub, and then minimized it in it’s entirety on No Mercy. In the process of doing that, they passed Cena’s torch to Roman. They refused to give Braun the belt, and as has long been rumored, it appears that Roman vs Brock at Mania AGAIN is what we will be getting in Brock’s possible last match and also for the belt. So let’s revisit history. WHat has been the #1 issue with wrestling the past 12 years or so? It was that every time there was a big moment, rather than spread the wealth to various wrestlers that could utilize that rub, it all went to Cena. The fans turned on him. Vince couldn’t understand why. Here we are making the exact same mistakes. When you have only a few great rubs to give, you MUST spread them out in order to make stars. Getting one win over Cena does not make you a star. Bray should have gotten a rub, Dean could have benefitted from one, Braun or Joe could have, even Dolph could have been legitimized by a rub. Wade Barrett is at home shaking his head. And the worst part of all of this is that we can’t sit here and say that WWE hasn’t given other people chances, as much as we want to. RVD was given the biggest push of his career, beats Cena for the belt, then gets caught with drugs. Daniel Bryan finally gets his moment, had one of the biggest and best build ups ever in WWE, then gets hurt too many times and it was all for nothing. Even a guy like CM Punk, was given that ridiculously long title reign, but rarely had great people to work with, and it was all wasted to get the belt on the Rock so he could put over…..you know who at Mania. Fuck, I hate wrestling.
Did Dolph need to win a feud before getting in a feud to help get Bobby Roode over? Is Bobby working as a face for you?
Russ: When was the last time Dolph actually won a feud? That is the better question! At this point in his career just being in a high profile feud is good enough. Can he help get Bobby over? It really depends on how much effort Dolph puts in. I love this gimmick that he is doing currently and I hope that it has reinvigorated him. A motivated Dolph is one of the best in the ring, which will help Bobby shine. Though, I’ve said this before Bobby doesn’t really need someone to help him get over he just needs time in the ring and mic and he can do it himself. As for is he working as a face? Well I can’t say yet. I know that is Kent’s favorite answer, but this time I have to say it. He has barely been on TV. I’ll reserve judgment until WWE has put him on TV for more than 5 seconds.
Keri: I called this Bobby-Dolph feud two weeks ago when the whole entrance gimmick began. I said to Eric you know who would be perfect to answer Dolph on this gimmick. Bobby Roode would be perfect. And you know what I predicted correctly. With that said, I think at this point it doesn’t matter if Dolph wins a feud or not. I think we are past that even mattering for him. He will put over Bobby and we will all cheer because it’s Bobby. I miss cocky heel Bobby Roode though. This whole face thing looks too stiff if you ask me.
Kent: Maybe not even a feud, but like 2 matches perhaps. It’s not like Mike Kenellis was too busy, aside from knocking up Maria, kudos to you sir. Dolph has no momentum, so him putting over Bobby doesn’t necessarily help the feud or Bobby’s standing, now does it? In order to become hot and move up the charts, you should beat other hot acts. This is common sense and why 50/50 booking is beyond fucking retarded. I legitimately worked with clients at an ARC who could book this shit better. Bobby can work as a really good face, but with this gimmick, it’s tough. I think if he stopped doing the strut stuff, that would help. The strutting is more heel unless you have slept with over 10,000 women and you are the dirtiest player in the game, still. Wooo!
Will you remember to celebrate Rusev Day next year? Discuss the segment.
Russ: No I won’t. Mainly because I didn’t get to see it. Though I hear Aiden English and Rusev were great out there. I may just watch this one on Hulu. My memory isn’t what it used to be and it was crap to begin with. So when Kent reminds me about this next year I know I’ll say something like… “Oh yeah, now I remember.” and give an excuse as to why I forgot… Ahh, old age!
Keri: I have already marked it on my calendar. That was an entertaining celebration. Too bad Orton ruined it. Cue the damnit Orton guy. Not to be confused with sad Bayley guy. Watch No Mercy and see if you find him. I think we now may have competition for shocked taker guy. Anyways, as I said good celebration and now Rusev can avenge that loss from Summerslam again at HIAC. Also, should one exchange gifts on Rusev day? I think they should. Thoughts?
Kent: As long as my Google calendar doesn’t let me down, then yes, I shall. This segment was pure gold. Aiden is getting time to shine and he is making the most of it. He’s one of the few things that WWE is doing right, at this moment.
Several stories were furthered this week. Which one interests you more: The AJ/Baron/Tye feud, the New Day/Usos feud, The Hype Bros not being on the same page, Natty and Charlotte’s tiff, or Ellsworth on a leash?
Russ: I’m going to pick New Day/Usos. First can I say that Big E needs to become a singles star as soon as possible! I’ve been saying that for almost a year now, but truly he is a man that knows how to entertain a crowd. Just watch him eat the popcorn! This has been one of the best feuds in WWE in terms of wrestling. They have yet to put on a disappointing match together and now that they will meet in a Hell in a Cell match I am psyched! This could be the match of the PPV.
Keri: Ellsworth on a leash. How is that PG? How hasn’t the media been all over that like they were for the Jinder promo from last week? Seriously, there are kids in the audience. Parents should be outraged. Well they should, right? As for the other storylines, I’m Kentertained but i don’t have questions about them like I do this Ellsworth situation.
Kent: First of all, Baron’s new theme now has lyrics. I am trying to find the newest updated version of it so I can rock out with my cock out. One of those 2 things is already true. Woo woo woo, you know it! Which doesn’t lead me to the Hype Bros because this is happening and all of their momentum is gone because they are trying to accomplish something at the wrong time. This should have been 2 months ago. Ellsworth on a leash should be this year’s #1 Halloween costume for couples, and does Carmella’s tits look bigger or am I seeing things? Can I see those things. I will deal with gimpy Mr 7 Feet tall if I can. I mean, even though he’s gimpy, he would end me, but I just want to see those tits. Did I answer any question? Probably not. Oh wait, I did just answer that question! Yay. Also, no more Joker and Harley costumes. You losers know who you are. Go be the Crow for the 7th time. Bunch of fucking Humanoids.
Kevin Owens is killing it right now. Are they building up a Sami Zayn heel turn?
Russ: I don’t know about a Sami Heel turn, but I can definitely see them building him up as a strong face off of KO. KO is definitely in top form. This would be an excellent opportunity to finally get Sami where he belongs. As a top face of the company. I know KO and Sami have wrestled forever, but they usually do not disappoint. If KO can help Sami shine as a face I think he will get over big with the crowd. This will help elevate him to the next tier and hopefully get him some title shots.
Keri: I liked the segment with KO and Zayn. But then again, I always enjoy when these two lock up verbally or physically even if it may be for the 10 millionth time. This feud is almost as good as Omega and Okada. I said almost. As for a Zayn heel turn, I doubt it. They are probably planning for the future so they have something in place for when this thing with KO and Shane is over.
Kent: Without Cena, is Smackdown ready for a new big heel or face? Really, that’s a tough question. Is Corbin out of the doghouse, is Rusev going to be taken seriously, how long are they going to continue the worst push on Smackdown in Jinder? KO,Shinsuke, AJ, and Randy aren’t losing their spots. Is Bobby going to stay face? Is Dolph going to be a factor? Sami should be the guy to take the belt off of Jinder. He could have great promos about how he is Syrian and it could be a really refreshing feud on the mic, just not in the ring. Still, this could be the storyline of the year. Sami keeps getting dragged into this feud and he doesn’t want to be, but it gets worse and worse until this week when things play out the way that they did. Then you remember, Sami specifically ask that Shane not get involved and when all is said and done, Shane didn’t and ended up hurting Sami. These are things that WWE does when they want to turn a face heel in a smart way. Can Sami handle being a heel? Could him and KO for a great stable with the help of another underrated team that wears their red and black colors, one of which is trying to lose the sympathy weight. If any guys could help the Ascension rise to prominence, KO and Sami could This could be excellent. Imagine Jinder and KO on the mic. It would be golden, like a shower.
Russ: This week had some very interesting segments and matches and some missed opportunities (read as: Garbage). I am enjoying this side of Enzo, I laughed with Roman when The Miz compared The Miztourage and The Shield and Braun continues to be the greatest Kentertainer WWE has to offer. Of course on the flip side, Bray and Finn don’t seem to be done and Emma is just getting squashed now that Bayley is back. Overall it was an ok night.
Keri: I was not impressed. Average post PPV RAW. Yawn. Rating: 4
Kent: It’s Wednesday. I don’t remember RAW aside from Mickie/Alexa, Enzo/Neville, Dean/Braun, Sasha/Bayley backstage and in match, Elias/Titus, and Miz/Roman. OK, actually, I’m proud that I retained that much without scrolling up to read what I wrote yesterday. I would say it had more positives than negatives, plus Seth and Sheamus. Shit, I’m on a roll. Rating: 5.3
Russ: I only got to watch the first 45 minute of wrestling before my cable box decided that it was time to stop working. So rating this week would be unfair. On the other hand if I know my WWE I’m pretty sure I could guess a rating and be pretty accurate. So before Kent and Keri answer I’m going to put down my rating as: 4.2. Now go read Keri and Kent’s ratings to see how close I was.
Keri: I’m just not that impressed lately with either show. Smackdown had its good points. KO and Zayn, Dolphtaker, Ellsworth on a leash (Again how is that PG?), and the tag division. But for some reason I’m still not impressed or excited by it all. You what does impress and excite me though? The Fashion Files returning next week. That makes me temporarily happy. Rating for this week: 3.5. It would have been higher if they would stop giving Jinder the damn microphone.
Kent: The KO and Sami stuff is worth 3 points for me. The Baron/AJ/Tye is worth a point, Baron’s song a half point, Dolph as Taker and challenging Bobby is half a point. New Day and Usos didn’t move the needle for me one bit, nor did the women, but Ellsworth on a leash and Carmella’s rockin tits gets a half point, Charlotte negates a full point, Jinder’s promo negates a half point, Rusev and Aiden are worth a full point, Hype Bros falling out is negating a quarter of a point for blandness and a case of being too late baby now it’s too late. That leaves me with….Rating: 4.75. Russ, you were pretty close.
Russ: Brawlhala is a fun free multiplayer fighting game. I recommend it to anyone who likes Smash Bros. It’s a great way to pass the time while watching wrestling. (Kent: Playing with other people? Ewwww, fudge that.)
Keri: Is it me or is every week worse than the last? Ok,it’s not me. Good. I feel better now. In other news, at least Nikki Bella is doing very well on Dancing with the Stars. So that’s also good. I guess.
Kent: Snoop Dogg’s rap for the new WWE game is really good. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Also, I really want a Mania match of Finn vs Sheamus. It would steal the show if given the time and story. Sheamus is the most improved male wrestler so far this year. Damnation strikes me as a decent show by the way.
Russ and Kent break down No Mercy as only they can. Unfortunately, this is a week late thanks to technical issues on our servers. We apologize. Still, we tried. Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we do a better job at selling No Mercy than RAW did.
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Russ: Elias is getting pretty popular with the crowds lately. He always gets a loud pop when he asks people if they want to walk with him. Overall, this was a good showcase for both guys. This will hopefully lead to a real story on Raw instead of obscurity, which we all know it will. Thought Apollo looked good in losing here. Rating: 4.6
Kent: I liked this match because it was a solid showcase for both guys and I wouldn’t mind a feud with actual storylines. I know, it will be tough with all of that focus on the Finn story, you know, because they clearly tried hard there. Still, I love when Elias does some spot or move where you think to yourself, this guy is a special combination or strength, size, and speed. Can I get Elias vs Luke? That’s a match I would pay extra for.
Rating: 5.5 I really enjoyed it
The Miz def Jason Jordan
Russ: I thought this match was actually watchable. Jordan has proven he can be decent in the ring. Tonight I thought he did another adequate job. I’m glad they didn’t pull the trigger on him winning. The Miz was the real star of the match. I just wish they would do more with him on Raw. Rating: 4.2
Kent: Blah. I am so over this feud. I am over Jason Jordan. I am over The Miz on RAW. Think about all of the the people that came to RAW from the trades. Bray, Miz, Dean, and Bliss. Well Alexa has done OK for herself. Anyway, give the Miz a good feud, like with Bray or Elias. This match existed, and it was technically sound, but bored me.
Rating: 2.5 I couldn’t get invested in it.
Finn Balor def Bray Wyatt
Russ: Ok this match seemed like it was going in a good direction. Bray kept on getting the upper hand after being very underhanded in attacking Finn before the match even started. Afterwards they kept on telling a great story of Finn who just wouldn’t quit even when the odds were against him. This was a perfect opportunity to give Bray a win. Then it goes to shit at the end and they give Balor the win. I have no idea what giving Balor the win accomplishes, especially the way the match started, except to continually bury Bray. I can’t wait to see what stupid ass excuse Bray comes up with as he goes after his next victim. Rating: 3.2
Kent: So they start off with bray injuring Finn. Perfect excuse to give Bray a win and lengthen the feud, perhaps tell a story, you know, anything that would make you give a fuck about this feud. Nope. The match was really well done. I do have a major gripe and it’s towards Bray actually. It is beyond infuriating when Bray catches his opponent for the set up to Sister Abigail, and the opponent just has to lay back in Bray’s arms. It’s so absurd, no matter how early into the match. I wish they would alter that somehow. This match was really good. Lots of good action. The outcome was silly. Bray beat regular Finn before, why is he losing now? Who can Finn feud with now? This story was absolutely stupid, no matter the spin that some may put on it, like Eric. I don’t feel a story was told. I don’t believe anybody sat there prior to the match and thought: “My God, the story that Bray and Finn have told has been something I care about or will remember ever.” No, nobody will remember it positively. Waste of god damn time.
The Fist def The Bar
Russ: Wow, this match was brutal! I have always hated the slingshot because of how fake it looks, but man did Cesaro’s face plant into post look brutal. He also lost a lot of his front teeth there. Got to give him credit though he kept on fighting. This was good match, lots of hard hits and great back and forth. Best match of the night so far and one I’d happily watch again, with exception of that slingshot, I cringed every time they replayed it., Rating: 6.2
Kent: This match delivered, surprise surprise. The tag team matches at PPV’s have been the shining light all summer. So good. I gotta give Cesaro big time props for sticking it out. Like, I probably would have cried a bit. What holds this back is that Sheasaro didn’t win after White Noise and then the powerbomb. That should have finished it. Poor booking, but great match. Still, not enough for a 7.
Rating: 6.4 sadly the wrong team won with Cena booking.
Alexa retained her belt against Emma, Bayley, Sasha, and Nia
Russ: Well, Emma didn’t take the pin. WWE was very adamant that she wouldn’t and boy were they right. Of course overall she was a complete no-factor anyway. This was boring, which is sad because they had several great competitors in the ring. I thought Nia did a good job, but I’m not sure how Alexa got the win in the end. I thought I was paying attention to most of the match, but I can’t remember the ending. Rating: 3.1
Kent: That was a really good match. I thoroughly enjoyed how they kept me Kentertained throughout the match. Kudos for Nia kneeing herself in the face after that powerbomb. I gotta say that Michael Cole is a retard saying that he has never seen the stacked Samoan Drop. Ryback says hello. I know that Cole called his matches. Emma looked good as did Sasha. Bayley didn’t look like she belonged and that worries me a lot. Alexa is gonna be the one to keep the belt until Asuka debuts. Will Asuka immediately get a title shot for doing nothing? Bayley did!
Rating: 5.2 because Emma should have won, and Bayley didn’t really do shit.
Roman kicked out of 4 AA’s and beat Cena…yeah
Russ: This was a tale of two matches and how we are supposed to see this match. The first tale of this match was the decent back and forth between the two guys. I thought for the first 10 minutes they did a really good job of telling a good story. Then Roman got AA’d and everything went downhill. That brings us to the second tale of this story and how cartoony it all felt. After that first AA Cena kept on upping his AA game and Roman kept on kicking out. I’m ok with him kicking out of one AA, but after that every other AA was a super AA or more than 1 AA. Which would have put out any other wrestler. They really made the AA look useless. Overall it wasn’t a bad match, but between these two I expected a lot more and I don’t feel they delivered it. If this was a Mania Main Event caliber match then it bombed because it never once felt like a Mania match. Rating: 5
Kent: Fuck this. 4 AA’s, kick out. This win is more important than beating Taker at Mania. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!! No! Why even have finishing moves?
Rating: Go fuck yourself
Enzo kicked Neville in the nuts to win the Cruiserweight belt
Russ: Beetlejuice outfit? Sure why not Enzo. Decent match. Enzo had some good lines in his intro. He can be pretty clever when he wants to. Also, I Thought Enzo did a good job making Neville look good. The crowd was dead for this. Which was sad, because they’ve been pretty good most the night. I don’t understand why everything Enzo does is underhanded and slimy, yet he is the face? He has to cheat every time he is out in the ring or he loses. Now he is Cruiserweight Champ. Should make 205 Live interesting. Too bad I doubt I’ll see how it plays out, unless they show it on Raw. Rating: 4.7
Kent: To sum up my feelings as I just text to Twan. “Jinder Mahal approves of that match’s finish,” Yeah, the match was fine, and it was creative. Kudos to how good that leaping DDT that Enzo does.
Brock Lesnar defeats Braun Strowman
Russ: Wow, way to not shake things up WWE. WWE had a chance to do something right and give a great up and comer in Braun the belt and a chance to shine. Instead they kept with the Status Quo. I guess they made Braun look strong in the first 3 minutes. The next 5 minutes was a bit of a mix between the two where you thought: “Well Braun still has a chance.” Then the last 3 minutes of the match ended all hope for those of us who thought it would be nice to have a change up at the top. Missed opportunity WWE, but that has been the story of the WWE for the past 5 months. Gotta give Roman one more torch cause he loves collecting them. Rating: 4.2
Kent: Oh yay, a 10 minute match. Okay, maybe 11 minutes, but I wrote that before the match happened. It’s sad how easy that was to predict. What a shit show! I enjoyed the match for what it was, but you just killed Braun and his momentum. For what? To give us Brock vs Roman, the rematch that nobody is asking for? Thank your WWE kids. “Thanks Vince!”
Rating: 4.0 and moving along displeased.
Rate No Mercy overall.
Russ: It felt like watching Raw except there weren’t commercials for products other than WWE anyway. There were also a lot less promos. The matches were not out right bad, which I guess is a minor win, but none of them came close to being must watch. The only belt that ended up changing hands was the cruiserweight belt, so there is that. Raw Exclusive PPV’s are just like watching Raw on the USA Network. Very boring and safe. So why the fuck am I paying WWE $10 a month? Oh, right! I’m a fucking idiot! Overall Rating: 4.2
Kent: Loud over exaggerated yawn. I should have just watched horror movies all night. Waste of my mother fucking time.
Overall: 3,8 thanks to the big matches sucking long hard schlongs
Bonus Deuce Deuce
Worst match of the night.
Russ: Take the whole night! Alright: for me it was it was the Woman’s Title Match. I watched the whole damn thing and I can’t remember much about it. The Finn and Bray match was damned close to being just as bad.
Kent: Miz vs Jordan to no surprise. You cannot be shocked. Cena and Roman is a close second for pissing me off.
Best match of the night.
Russ: The Tag team match. It wasn’t great, but it was the best thing offered on this mediocre borefest called No Mercy. Also, I have to give props to Cesaro for finishing that match!
Kent: Tough call, but I think the tag team match but the women were damn close. I liked both a lot. I give the slight edge to the tag teams.
Russ: I feel like I wasted my time with No Mercy. The worst part, I’ll continue to waste my time with the fall out tomorrow on Raw and then of course I’ll have to watch Smackdown. By the time the podcast comes around I’m going to be very sick of wrestling. Oh sure, WWE could shock me and make their TV show’s good, but we all know it is a safe bet that isn’t true.
Kent: Twix makes a fine candy bar. Channel Zero is a great TV show on SyFy Wednesday nights. It’s way better than AHS. Fuck RAW, Fuck Smackdown, Fuck AHS, watch Channel Zero and eat Twix. This was 3 plus hours of my life that I won’t ever get back.
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Keri and Kent break down the No Mercy as best we can. As of this time, there has been no Kickoff Show match(es) announced, so we just wildly speculate without a care in the world. Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we do a better job at selling No Mercy than RAW did.
Kent: Elias will sing, and maybe Curt Hawkins will get to extend his streak
Intercontinental Championship match – The Miz vs Jason Jordan
Keri: This is the match that everyone saw coming a mile away. Apparently, the WWE thinks Jordan is ready for a feud. This will be a decent match and there will be Miztourage involvement in the outcome.
Prediction: Miz retains.
Kent: Will I be looking at porn during this match? Probably. Do I give a single, solitary fuck about Jason Jordan’s push? Nope. Do I already miss Maryse? Yup. Do I miss Miz having interesting feuds? Yup. This can be a very good, technical match. Alas, I just am not remotely interested in this match. I don’t see any way that Miz can rebuild at this time, he needs something different, and I think WWE is hellbent on giving us the Jason Jordan experience. SIgh. Prediction: Jason Jordan is the new IC champ
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
Keri: Honestly, I could careless about the match or the people in it. WWE has ruined Finn and that in itself is shameful. With that said, I didn’t know they could ruin Bray after putting the WWE title on him roughly a year ago yet here we are.
Prediction: Bray wins, I guess.
Kent: I fear I will have run out of energy and or porn by this point. God damnit. I am done with this feud. Give me Bray vs Miz and Finn vs Roman moving forward, That would feel so much better than what we are given here. Put Elias in with Jason. As for this match, Finn probably wins, but Bray has a tendency to win matches that are meaningless. There’s no demon, there’s no storyline. At this point, bring Luke and Rowan over and reform the family. Would you honestly be opposed to that? Brock vs Bray would be way better with them involved. Joe vs Bray would also be more fun.
Cruiserweight Championship Match – Neville vs Enzo
Keri: I think Neville’s tone as champ is over. WWE, in order to hopefully save the division, is probably going to put the belt on Enzo. Enzo has more “star” power and that is going to out eyes on a stale product.
Prediction: Enzo wins and we get at least a month have of bad promos.
Kent: I just don’t care. I think Neville’s reign of dominance ends this Sunday. It should have been Akira to have a run, but Enzo provides something that Akira doesn’t, in WWE’s mind, which is mic work, despite Akira having Titus. I will admit, I am kinda intrigued how Enzo’s belt will be personalized. Also, the potential for Enzo to be a champion before Cass is amazing. At Summerslam, had I asked which participant would be most successful by the next PPV, nobody would have said Enzo. Most would have said Cass, some may have said Big Show out of spite. Both guys are injured, so how you doin? Prediction: Enzo wins the 205 Belt
Women’s Championship Match – Alexa vs Nia vs Sasha vs Emma vs Bayley
Keri: I think adding Bayley to this match is pointless but what do I know. She comes back and gets a title shot. Yeah good one Creative. Prediction: Alexa retains and drops the belt to Asuka when she debuts
Kent: So Bayley is magically in despite having not won a match or a feud in how many months? This is fucking absurd. Even better, most people assume that Emma is there to eat the pin and go back to obscurity. Honestly, just last week, I was still very excited for this match. Now, I am daring to be sour. It should still be good, lots of interesting spots with Nia and Bliss I hope. Bayley will be outside the ring a lot I speculate. Emma and Sasha will keep the match flowing in between bigger spots. It should be a well done match. Still, I am less excited than I had been the past month. Prediction: Emma wins the belt
WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Fistius vs Sheasaro
Keri: I don’t care about this match at all. The build they had going up to this match just doesn’t translate well. Why are we getting an all tag team on deck match at this PPV? WWE I would like a thorough explanation.
Prediction: The Bar wins and this feud continues this time with the assistance of Chad2Badd
Kent: Fistius isn’t losing this. They just lost on RAW. Making it a 3 way would have added far more intrigue to this match. I am actually saddened that Gallows and Anderson aren’t in this. Dean and Seth are fine at what they do, I am just not into them as a team despite doing everything right. Their will they or won’t they build to Summerslam simply burned me out. Sheasaro are sooo good right now. I want them as the champs. Prediction: Fistius Retains
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
Keri: I guess I’m looking forward to this match. It should be good and hopefully it lives up to the hype. Honestly, couldn’t this match had waited until Mania?
Prediction: Cena wins. But I’m still rooting for that meteor.
Kent: This match should be very good, no doubt about that. Roman doesn’t put out shitty matches much anymore. Cena puts on a match if he’s into the feud. Something to really pay attention to is how much of a show Cena is putting on. If he goes for a couple of flashy or big moves, it’s more likely that he loses. This is how he works. If he loses, he takes more of a beating during the match and hits his more traditional moves, only off the top rope or something that adds a little extra oomph. Rumors have it that Cena is going to win and then have Roman get his redemption as he builds to Wrestlemania against Brock. Does anybody really want to see this or thinks that this story would add any more legitimacy to him? I hate to say this, but an injury to Roman that takes him out for a year would be best for business so WWE can do the right thing. I’m not wishing injury on him, just saying that WWE would benefit from it because then Braun would get the push that he deserves. Prediction: Cena wins via golden shovel
Red Belt Match – Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman
Keri: I want to see this match. It’s the one on the card that I’m positively giddy over. This is going to be a great brawl that I know will probably leave me very disappointed. As much as I want him to win and how much he deserves this win, Braun is not going to win on Sunday. But maybe WWE will surprise me and do the right thing. Therefore rediction: Braun wins!
Kent: This is the match I am most looking forward to. Both guys will put on a show. I do fear the amount of time that this match will get. 10 minutes at most seems likely. Expect Brock to get manhandled at some point, going through tables. Expect some struggles to suplex, but eventually land a bunch. I don’t know if we will see just one finisher or if this is going to be whoever hits their finisher 3 times type of match. I think it’s going to be a 3 F-5 type of night. I really wish WWE would put the belt on Braun. Fuck it, let’s pull a Revival and go hard. Prediction: Braun Strowman wins the belt
In your opinion, is this card better than Summerslam’s?
Keri: I’m going to go with kinda. There are some strong matches and some real duds. It should be at least watchable for the majority of the time.
Kent: It’s a tough one. Summerslam had more high quality matches on paper, but it also had like twice as many matches and took 6 damn hours. Add to that, there’s no Jinder on this card, and it’s 2 hours shorter, I will take this card.
Predict the best and worst match of the night.
Keri: Best: Tag Team
Kent: Best: Tag Team Championship
Worst: Cruiserweight Championship
What match are you most looking forward to and least looking forward to?
Keri: Most: Brock vs Braun
Kent: Most: Brock vs Braun
Least: Cena vs Roman
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In what could possibly have been the worst cumulative week for WWE programming all year, which is saying A LOT, we drudge through the steaming piles of garbage, squeeze out all of the garbage juice, and try to make sense of it all, just in time for No Mercy. Really WWE, this is what you give the fans??? Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we do a better job at selling No Mercy than RAW did.
Let’ start off remembering Bobby the Brain Heenan. WWE did a rather lackluster job this week in doing that.
Russ: I remember Bobby as the quintessential heel commentator. When I was young and was lucky enough to see a wrestling show on one of the 4 Networks (I didn’t have cable until I was 17.) It was always Bobby and Vince calling the matches. I hated Heenan because he would always back up the guy I wanted to lose and call out a lot of things that were just not true. Back then I had no clue that wrestling was scripted so I just hated the man. Now looking back I can honestly say that he was one of the best commentators I ever had the experience of listening to. He knew how to make the audience at home feel like they were a part of the experience, which is a feat that few commentators can do even today.
Keri: So, little do our readers know but I have two separate segments of my wrestling fandom. The first segment began about 18 years ago when I was in college and started watching pretty much regularly with my friends. That’s the time I remember the most. The second segment, well that one is a little more difficult to remember given how young I was at the time. It was the early years of Wrestlemania and I would watch wrestling with my parents and their friends. This was the time of Hogan, Savage, Andre, and yes, Bobby “the Brain” Heenan. While I don’t remember specifics, I do remember the name and the fact that he was one of the premier managers at the time. What I also remember, maybe slightly, is the reaction he was able to get from the audience both in the arena and from the viewers watching at home. This is probably why, despite a 8 to 9 year gap between when I first started watching wrestling and when I resumed, his one of the names I remember the most from my first years as a wrestling fan.
Kent: Every wrestling fan has certain people that helped keep their attention or draw them in. For me, in 1989, while the Hulkster was running wild, the Ultimate Warrior was starting to get as much shine in the audience’s eyes as Hulk. Vince knew that in order to get Warrior over, he’d have to work with the best of the best. SO he feuded with a good chunk of the Heenan family, and when I started, it was with Ravishing Rick Rude. As you all know, I hold Rick Rude in extremely high regard as one of the 10 greatest heels ever, probably higher. Rick and Bobby got the Warrior over and helped get Big Bossman (my other favorite wrestler at the time) over as a face while feuding with the Heenan Family as well. At the time, I didn’t get it, I just knew that I hated everything that Bobby touched and I wanted him to get his ass handed to him.
Moving forward, I’d see Bobby move to commentary, and his stuff along with Gorilla Monsoon and Vince was probably the best commentary of my wrestling life. Jim Ross with Heyman and Gorilla with Ventura are also up there. Bobby simply made you laugh, and a lot of it was cheesy, but it was effective. The height of this had to be the 1992 Royal Rumble, right here in Albany, NY!!! While I saw it live, I did eventually rent the VHS, and my goodness, Heenan was so ridiculous in regards to Ric Flair. “It’s not fair to Flair” has been one of my go to lines for so long now. Unfortunately, for the WWE, Bobby would go to WCW and he killed it over there on commentary. Would the NWO angle have felt as real or well done if Bobby wasn’t on commentary? Hell no! He never receives the credit that he deserves in making that angle so successful, but he was very instrumental in it. He also was influential in getting Goldberg over, which was hugely important for WCW, I didn’t even touch on the Prime Time Wrestling stuff, which I missed a lot of, but the highlights are absolutely remarkable. I hope the WWE puts together a 2-3 hour highlight clip. It would be deserved. I’m very pissed that WWE didn’t do a 10 bell salute. He’s probably one of the 50 most important people in wrestling history, and I am probably underselling that. We need more managers in WWE. When the Paul’s (Heyman and Ellering) leave, what will we be left with?
Was it smart to add Bayley to the Women’s championship match on Sunday? Also, Paige is back at the WWE Performance Center. Which show should she be placed on and should she be a heel or a face upon return?
Russ: I hate the fact that Bayley was added to this match! It wasn’t needed. In a day and age where WWE has many performers miss a PPV or two, why couldn’t they just keep her off TV until next monday? Adding her made everything that preceded it obsolete. Emma and Nia had to earn their spot, but Bayley walks in and BOOM! She is now apart of the match. Truly Asinine. They have totally screwed Emma on this. She was left off of RAW last night which is dumb right before a PPV she is involved in. Now I have read rumors that Emma won’t be the one to eat the pin on Sunday, but I just don’t believe that. I mean she is the forgotten, so why wouldn’t she be the one to be pinned. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t even get into the match. As for Paige: I don’t care what show she ends up on, unless they want to get her involved with Xavier then I say Smackdown! She should definitely be a heel though.
Keri: I’m going to follow up the question about Bayley with a question. A simple question. Why? This return and it’a timing makes literally no sense. They could have waited. As for her being added to the match, I’m not surprised by it just annoyed with it. The only way I will not be annoyed is if Alexa retains and then cuts a promo the next night in how she is better than everyone on the roster and no one can touch her. Then cue Asuka. You know similar to Paige’s debut on the main roster with AJ Lee minus the title change because I don’t think Asuka is cleared yet. Speaking of Paige, I would like to see her go to Smackdown as a heel, tweener, or face. It doesn’t matter to me really. I just know that show and it’s division needs help.
Kent: 5 way? What? RAW showed me Alexa, Nia, Sasha, and Bayley. That’s only 4. Ohhhhh, Emma is apparently part of the match too. I can’t wait to see her eat the pin and go back to the shadows. I’m truly sick of this shit. Oh and Asuka is coming, so Emma will return to job to her. Smart use of somebody that talented….and hot. Well, on the plus side, Paige is coming back. Put her on Smackdown. Asuka should have gone to SD and Paige to RAW. Huge missed opportunity for Paige to work with a bunch of fresh match ups. Good thing that WWE continues to overvalue Charlotte and not push her. WAIT a fucking second. Jennifer Lopez is getting a spot on WWE for being Hispanic???? The fuck? And we can’t give Heenan a 10 bell salute? Oh, and the first commercial is about how women eat, and they are strong. Fuck this politically correct fucking country. I now demand to see commercials about what racially diverse lesbians eat, and you know that I am being lewd about that, but let’s have it. What about what gay black men eat? What about half Puerto Rican, half Indian transgender people eat? I gots ta know. Come on Special K, up your game!
Do you find it odd that Gallows and Anderson are not in the tag team championship match at No Mercy?
Russ: With all the build up with G & A over the past few weeks it does seem a bit odd that they aren’t in the match at No Mercy. It feels like they are trying to build a feud for the aftermath of No Mercy, which I am completely fine with. I think G & A will have a match at No Mercy with the Hardly’s and it may even be a #1 contender’s match.
Keri: It is very very odd. They are included in the storyline each week but they are not added to the PPV match. It sounds like someone dropped the ball here to me.
Kent: I don’t really see the sense in all of this build up, where I feel like G & A have been the most over of the 3 teams, and to get nothing. I wouldn’t be opposed to getting a G & A vs Hardlys or even Ginger Rhynos or Miztourage.
Who has the least amount of momentum: Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Goldust, Apollo Crews, Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, or Jason Jordan? Be as mean as you can be and only select from these people. Dana is not an acceptable answer…..or wrestler.
Russ: Well first of all you need to have momentum in order to have the least. That eliminates Apollo, Bo and Curtis. Goldust is enhancement talent so momentum means nothing to him. Jason Jordan is at fault for his own lack of true momentum, because let’s face it WWE is trying to give him momentum and it is sort of working. Bray and Finn, I’ll be honest, I like the direction this feud is going. That leaves The Miz. Raw has completely wasted him as a talent. This week he even came out and said how he has been wasted as a talent. He is the IC Champion, yet they barely have him defend it. He didn’t even defend it at SummerSlam! While they have been hinting at a Jordan feud for the past several weeks, they didn’t even set up the match until the last possible second for No Mercy. What a joke! I feel sorry for The Miz.
Keri: There is only one answer here and it is Finn and his abs. (Kent: There’s the Keri we all know!) And before anyone says anything I have not jumped back to Team Finn and I’m still very much on team Braun. (Kent: My bad.) But in all seriousness, when was the last time he was on TV? He had a match with Jordan a couple of weeks ago and did a run in during whatever that was last week with Bray and Goldust. But outside of that when was the last time you saw them properly use Finn. They have ruined him and for that they should be shamed repeatedly.
Kent: First of all, did you see Elias jump to the top rope? That’s my boy!!! As for this question, what a dearth of momentum. Yeah, when was the last time you saw the word dearth appear in a wrestling blog? I’m going to eliminate all of the Miztourage easily. Apollo and Goldust aren’t the answer by default due to never having much momentum, so it’s not like they have been downgraded. That leaves Jason Jordan, Finn and Bray. Jason would be a funny answer, but not accurate. Finn wasn’t at Mania, has been left off of PPV’s, lost the week before PPV’s, had to bring back his gimmick to get some momentum after getting an acidic blood bath. That makes it seem like a sure thing. Of course, then there’s Bray. He was involved in the hottest storyline of the first quarter of the year and won his first championship. Then Luke got the boot, and then weird images showed up on the mat during Mania. From there, bray went to RAW, got buried, got involved and then uninvolved in various storylines that went nowhere, including against Seth. He has since been involved with Finn in which he beat Finn cleanly, burned him with acid, and then lost. Since Summerslam, he’s wiped the paint off of Goldust’s face and……well that’s it pretty much. When you go from being the world champ at Mania to wiping off Goldust’s face paint, that is going to be the answer.
Overall, which match has been built up better: Brock vs Braun or Roman vs Cena? Also, in hindsight, should WWE have pulled the trigger and had Brock lose to Joe in July or to Joe, Braun, or Roman in August?
Russ: Brock vs Braun has definitely been built up better. Cena vs Roman has had some great promos, but I just feel the lack of physicality between the two hurt it. On the other hand Braun has just been gold! Every time he comes out it feels like he ups the ante for a match that already has the “richest” prize on Raw. I’m looking forward to both matches this Sunday, but when Braun loses, I’m going to be pissed! As for the hindsight piece of business. If Braun wins then I’ll say that WWE did the right thing in waiting, because this would feel big and deserved.
Keri: It’s really a toss up because both match ups have had an exciting build up. I have to give Brock vs Braun the slight edge though. The build up for this match has made want to see if they pull the trigger on Braun. They almost have to at this point. They have to capitalize on the build. And honestly, who better to get the former next big thing rub than the next big thing. Ask me a year ago if I saw Braun as champ and I would say yes but he won’t be a good one. My stance has changed. He is ready, WWE. As for Roman and Cena, it’s the same old stuff we here for every Cena feud. I’m not excited and I’m still rooting for that small meteor to hit the ring.
Kent: I have been wavering back and forth on this. I took a lot of factors into this. Longevity favors Brock vs Braun. Most screen time with each other since Summerslam favors Cena and Roman. Promos seemingly favor Cena and Roman. The better match is probably Cena/Roman but the Brock/Braun is more likely to be exciting and memorable. On top of that, potential outcomes don’t help because best outcome is Braun winning, worst is Brock, while the Cena/Roman one doesn’t move the needle in a direction either way. So I am left to go back and analyze promos and face to face meetings. Technically Cena and Roman have a great past from the Shield days, but they failed to really capitalize on that. Furthermore, we got the same old “Shoot” promos on Cena, and he did his Cena stuff. Just because you mention shovels and Alex Riley, it doesn’t make it feel any more real. Neither guy is ever going to elicit an ounce of sympathy for me while in character, while in real life, I am definitely on Roman’s side of this. They had that really good promo with Miz, but Miz isn’t part of it, so it doesn’t really count. On the other hand, Paul has been doing the same old shit, and yet I eat it up, still I can’t praise it after bashing the other’s for doing the same old shit. There is one big difference, and this is the only reason I am going this way. Brock and Braun got into it physically and it felt good. Roman and Cena haven’t. Game, set, match, Brock and Braun. Yeah, Joe should have won the belt in July. I’m sticking with that belief. Joe was hot and they could have built up to a Joe vs Braun feud that could have been amazing.
205 has been doing well since Summerslam with Enzo going there and Jack Gallagher turning heel. If WWE replaced the first hour of RAW with 205, would you watch 205 more frequently than you do now, and would it be beneficial to WWE?
Russ: While things seem to be finally moving in the right direction for 205, I cannot say that I would watch 205 more than I already do. First, I would like to say that I would welcome Raw’s first hour being strictly 205. I love many of the wrestlers on the show and I feel like they deserve to get a chance on free TV. However, I don’t think it would increase my viewing of 205 Live! Simply put I just don’t have enough time to do everything. Yes, I know 205 is on the network and I can view it anytime I wish, but after Monday and Tuesday evenings of wrestling and almost every other Sunday being a PPV I find myself wrestled out. There are a lot of TV shows that I want to see and very limited time. So 205, much like Lucha Underground, gets the shaft.
Keri: The WWE has made progress in changing how 205 live is perceived by fans. Am I excited about the division? Not really but I wasn’t to begin with so I guess nothing has really changed for me. However, I am intrigued about this Gulak storyline and his campaign to end high flying. Why is nobody talking about this? From what I understand, its pretty interesting TV. Anyways, would I watch 205 live more if it was the first hour of RAW? Probably because it is the first hour of RAW and my TV would be on anyways. With that said, since it’s on my TV that means it is on other TVs which means that WWE is increasing viewership on the division which I feel would be a good thing for WWE.
Kent: To answer the first part, yes, I would watch 205 more frequently, pretty much every week. I have reserved this time frame every week into my routine, so I would just enjoy 205. This would be huge for 205 and I think that I would actually like this. Then I think about how WWE would run RAW, and I realize that rather than them spreading talent around and giving guys week’s off and continue to provide us with quality match ups, they would revert to short matches and angles in order to fit everybody on every week. As bad as RAW has been since the brand split, they have been doing better when they give us 2-4 solid matches a week and made RAW way more fun to watch. As good as 205 can be, the good to great matches that RAW can provide us that go 15-20 minutes is far more tantalizing to me as a fan. If they take the chains off of the 205 roster and allow them to actually work their style, then I would have to really reconsider things. In a perfect world, RAW would just rotate guys better and give us solid matches while giving 205 it’s own hour.
Randy Orton has been involved with a lot of younger or newer talent this year with Bray, Luke, Jinder, Aiden, Rusev, and Shinsuke and put all of them over at least once (I’m not 100% on Luke). Is this a good role for him?
Russ: This is a great role for him. I don’t need to see Randy as champion anymore. Whenever he is champion it feels like his matches are lacking and I find myself bored. I’ve never been a huge Randy fan, I just don’t like his style, but having him work with the younger talent is great! He has the pedigree (or is that HHH) (Kent: Or is that Seth?) that makes him a legit top guy. So when he is facing the younger talent and he puts them almost always over it makes the younger talent seem more legitimate. I never thought Randy would be the type of guy who would develop the younger talent, but he has proved me wrong and it’s a great spot for him. Side Note: I missed Rusev getting his win back this week and judging by some of the gif’s I’ve seen I’m kind of disappointed by missing it.
Keri: Randy has been around long enough and has had enough success where if you are a younger guy and he puts you over it means something. And I mean let’s be honest, Randy at this point in his career really has done it all. Why shouldn’t he give back to the younger talent that is going to carry the company years after he has retired? Especially since he seems willing and almost eager in some instances to do it. A certain individual could learn a lot from what Randy is doing right now. I won’t mention who because frankly I can’t see him and probably neither can you.
Kent: Let me tackle the negative or middle ground first. The Bray match failed at Mania, and by and large the build up to Mania once Luke was taken away. I do not blame Randy as I feel that he legitimately loved working with them and Bray may never have gotten the championship if Randy wasn’t willing to do the program.Still, that was one of the 5 worst Mania title matches ever due to the awful gimmickry. The other bad thing, and I type this as he is on my screen and they are walking past 2 very attractive ladies, well the brunette was at the very least. Yummm. Anyway, as we are quickly learning, you can diet, you can sculpt your body, but just like Chris Masters can attest, you may not deserve the push that you are being given. Wow, this promo is fucking awful. Anyway, I don’t believe Orton had a chance in hell in getting Jinder over, and you could see the energy slowly dissipate as the feud went on. With that being said, with Randy away from Jinder, I’m starting to see Randy appear like he’s enjoying his time again.I am guessing that him and Jericho have talked at length and Randy bought in. I like this Randy, a lot. After Rusev, give him Baron and Mike Kanellis (if he is still employed by then).
Is Smackdown doing a good job with a great, a young guy, and a buried wolf in the AJ, Tye, and Baron storyline?
Russ: I really like this storyline. Sure at first Corbin was getting buried and that sucked, but he took his lumps like a man and is now turning that negative into a positive. Adding Tye into the mix has given the story a much needed twist. Instead of Bad guy vs. Good Guy, as per usual, they have turned this into deserving up and comer vs. Jerk up and comer vs. amazing veteran. The three guys have a pretty good dynamic and I am looking forward to how they resolve this in the end.
Keri: This is quite frankly the best storyline on Smackdown right now. Nothing really comes close. The Shinsuke-Jinder thing is a joke and I don’t care at all about the Owens vs. the McMahons even though that has had a decent build. This storyline is really what we should be getting and it is helping to build younger talent. Half a gold star for Smackdown creative for this storyline. Now fix the rest of the show so I can give the other half.
Kent: Corbin feels violated. He is such a good petulant child. I love that Tye has maintained his role in this and isn’t looking out of place. He has so much potential and talent, he does need to add something to his repertoire, but he can be a lead guy in the midcard division. AJ is still AJ. Something that I would love to see is the WWE go back to how AJ was scouting Baron last fall and winter. It would help add to this feud. Tye needs a big night moving forward, like have a big time upset victory over a Jinder, just so he has that “anything can happen” vibe.
The Hype Bros lost to New Day. They had a segment backstage where Mojo suggested that things need to change. What kind of changes should we expect?
Russ: Ok bare with me on this. So The Hype Bros. lose and Mojo goes crazy. He beats the crap out of Ryder. The next week Ryder comes out and asks Mojo to the ring. Mojo comes out and Ryder tells him he forgives him for last week and wants to work together still. Mojo again goes wild on Ryder. This will of course lead to a feud between the two. For several PPV’s they have back and forth matches but neither getting a decisive win. Finally, right before Mania Ryder calls out is Hype Bros. Again, he tells him that he wants to work with Mojo as a tag team and that they could be the best of all time. Mojo says that he wants to be rid of Ryder once and for all so they will have a decisive battle at Mania. Finally, at Mania they have an incredible match where Ryder gets a decisive win. He puts his hand out for Mojo to shake. Mojo thinks about it and shakes the hand. The Crowd goes wild, because they know now: This was how Ryder finally got his Mojo back! (Kent: I sat here blinking my eyes after reading that one. It went places.)
Keri: They will go the Enzo and Cass route. They will break up, talk trash about each other, and have some lackluster matches against each other where one of them will end up in a shark tank. Seriously, you think with the current product that Smackdown creative is putting out that it will be something good. Oh you did. Well that is unfortunate.
Kent: Hopefully they join up with Dolph and start doing some crazy fun group activities. No, not like Paige.
Was this one of the 3 worst Smackdowns of the year? You can also talk about the women’s match if you prefer.
Russ: The show was on my TV, but I barely knew what was going on. It was a very promo heavy show. The few matches we did get were kind of boring, with exception to the Main Event. So I can’t say if it was actually one of the worst or not, but I can say that I don’t feel like I missed anything spectacular.
Keri: In the words of our Smackdown GM, Yes! Yes! Yes! it was one of the worst if not the worst Smackdown of the year. It just seemed like Creative said let’s throw something against the wall and see if something sticks. Well guess what? Nothing stuck to the wall. In fact, the big new story from the last two nights is the live crowd attendance and how low it was on both nights. I think people are finally starting to voice their displeasure with the product. If this continues, will things change? Who knows. With that said, the women’s match was decent with a predictable ending.
Kent: Yeah, I would rank it only behind the night of the unthinkable burial. This night didn’t offer much of any progress or anything interesting. The most interesting stuff involved the AJ, Barn (Russ: Is Barn a new wrestler? Is he the personification of Bray Wyatt’s barn that was burned down by Randy and is now looking for vengeance?) , Tye angle, the Hype Bros, and possibly Rusev getting a win back. When those are the only highlights of your show, that is a fucking terrible show. Add to that the terrible Jinder promo, the terrible Natty and the terrible one’s promo, the bland main event, actually every match was relatively bland. Like, it was just a really bad night all around. (Kent: To answer Russ’ question, he is partially correct. He forgot about Bray’s secret uncle, and father of his sister, Abigail. Yup, Arn Anderson because he does a lot of things. Just ask Breezedango……where are those guys? You see, Breezedango was pissed at Bray for not accepting them into the Wyatt family, so they hired Randy to burn down the barn and pay for any legal fees because, in case you forgot, Tyler used to be a runway model and Fandango was a world renowned dancer, so they got money. After seeing what happened to his daughter, Arn beheaded Tully the horse. I don’t know why WWE failed to elaborate on this whole ordeal,)
Russ: No Brock and Cena kind of hurt this week. I understand why Cena wasn’t there, but there is no excuse not to have Brock on. It was ok, nothing really stuck out in my mind from this week. I liked what Braun did with Enzo and the Six Pack Challenge was decent, albeit with a predictable ending. Rating: 4.5
Keri: And we are back to mediocre RAWs. How did I miss them? Seriously, that was your go home show for No Mercy, WWE? Wow just wow. Rating: 3
Kent: Let me just say that despite writing this first, it sucks when you get down to me and somebody has basically written the same damn first line, making what I wrote seem redundant. With that, here’s my original response. Well no Brock or Cena there live really helped the build up for what looked like an adequate card on Sunday. Great job WWE! You get a 3.4 this week.
Russ: It was on my screen, that’s all I can really say about this week. Rating: 2
Keri: I want the hour and half I watched Smackdown back and I want it back now. That was beyond awful. Rating: 1
Kent: 2.1 as I truly felt that it was a really bad Smackdown. I mentally checked out the second half of the show. Seriously, I rated it the highest. No love for the AJ stuff, with Tye and Barn?
Russ: If I reversed the roles of Ryder and Mojo from Question 8. It would be How Mojo got his Ryder Back and that sounds much more like a porno than an actual Wrestling feud.
Keri: WWE is seriously starting to make me question why I am a fan and why I pay attention to the product. I think it is time to end this abusive relationship.
Kent: It’s getting to October, and I am wondering how badly I want to watch five episodes of RAW, five episodes of Smackdown, and two PPV’s. That’s over 30 hours, and it feels incredibly thankless.
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