Crash Course Wrestling Column Week Of 6/19/2017

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We are 24 hours removed from the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View, a show that left us with more questions than answers. Didn’t have time to dedicate three hours to the show? No problem, here is my crash course on everything you need to know come Tuesday: WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Crash CourseLet’s get into this week in the world of wrestling and see how WWE rolls on toward Great Balls of Fire.

 

Monday Night Raw = Skippable

We are 3 weeks away from The Great Balls of Fire Pay-Per-View and although this Raw had some elements that help build to the show, the first half was painful. There are three things you need to watch on this show in order to get you up to speed: Miz and his bear friends, Braun and his ambulance, and Enzo’s mystery attacker.

Let’s start with the A list movie star, The Miz. I am a huge fan of factions in the WWE, but the dirtsheets have reported recently that Vince McMahon is sour on factions these days. Take this with a grain of salt as it screams fake news to me. Over the past few weeks Miz has been trying to assemble an Entourage. First he tried to recruit Heath Slater and Rhyno to no avail and then this week, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. There was a Miz TV segment with Maryse where The Miz’s plan was to get out of the dog house. This time there were 2 bears holding “I’m Sorry” and “Please Forgive Me” signs, hmm. Long story short, Miz is a bumbling clown and spilled Maryse’s champagne all over her. Ambrose comes in and gets the upper hand on Miz, only to get attacked by the dancing bears who turn out to be Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. The Entourage is here, minus Jeremy Piven:

The 10 o’clock spot saw Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe in an awesome match. Roman is setting up for a spear when the sound of a backing up vehicle rings around the arena. Eventually the titantron is showing an ambulance backing up through the loading dock doors. Braun busts through the doors and does his Braun war cry. This distraction allows Samoa Joe to pick up the victory as a dead Roman Reigns lays in the ring. Braun comes out and kills Roman and announces that at Great Balls of Fire there will be an Ambulance Match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. This was supposed to be the main event of Extreme Rules, but due to injury they had to scramble to make the Fatal 5 Way. I am glad to see we are getting this match after all.

Finally, after weeks of secret meetings, convoluted conversations, and multiple whacks in the back of head we are going to find out who is attacking Enzo and Cass. Most suspicious suspects: The Revival, with their fists (no flips), in the backstage area. Kurt Angle comes out with Enzo and Cass to help try to get to the bottom of this mystery. Corey Graves gets a microphone and announces that he has secret security footage that I guess took him a week to render up. Anyway, it is of Cass staging himself getting attacked. Cass then admits to Enzo that he has been the attacker all along and vents about how much he has been held down with a buffoon like Enzo. Cass boots Enzo to hell and mocks him by saying “and you can’t teach that” in his face. Cold, ice cold. I didn’t totally hate this, but I thought that it was more convoluted than it needed to be. This turn could of happened weeks ago without Big Show involved and Cass pretending to get attacked. Not to mention the involvement of Corey Graves, but maybe this is setting up for something more long term and I can’t complain about that.

Next week we will be 2 weeks away from Great Balls of Fire and some serious questions will need to be answered. How many bear suits is WWE going to buy? What jobbers will latch onto the A Lister’s Entourage? Will Braun Strowman kill someone or destroy things? Of course he will. Is friendship dead in the WWE? First JeriKO and now Enzo and Cass. All this and more next week right here on BeerSpit: Fresh Content, Great Culture, Served Daily.

 

Smackdown Live = Skippable

We are officially on the Road to Battleground, however, tonight there was no mention of Smackdown Live’s next Pay-Per-View event because there was still some unfinished business from Money in the Bank. The focus of the show revolved around what Daniel Bryan’s decision was going to be regarding the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Carmella starts off the show by defending her win as legitimate. I have to say I had low expectations for her promo, but man did she get the crowd heated. She plays that douche Jersey shore girl heel to a tee. More on Daniel Bryan’s final decision regrading the Money in the Bank briefcase in a bit.

In the middle of show Nakamura took on Dolph Ziggler and Nakamura got his momentum back after his loss at Money in the Bank. The New Face of America, Kevin Owens, issued an Open Challenge for his United States Championship to which Chad Gable returned to answer the call. Although it was a short match Gable got an impressive dead-lift German Suplex in. Owens wins and retains his championship. No mention of Jordan so we will have to wait and see what this means for next week. In the main event, Jinder Mahal took on Luke Harper. Only notable thing about this match was that Baron Corbin teased a cash in, but eventually walked away. Mahal beats Harper with The Khallas.

Finally, Daniel Bryan reached a decision of what to do regarding the Women’s Money in the Bank controversy. All the women accompany him in the ring and argue. Eventually Daniel Bryan announces that next week there will be a Women’s Money in the Bank rematch on Smackdown Live. This is a huge announcement because a Money in the Bank ladder match has never been on television. Unfortunately, the crowd did not react to this with a huge pop because they were disappointed they did not get that match tonight. None the less, next weeks Smackdown Live is shaping up to be can’t-miss. Which women will slowly climb the ladder and retrieve the briefcase? Will the newly arrived Maria and Mike Kanelis play a role this time around? Stay tuned right here to BeerSpit: Fresh Content, Great Culture, Served Daily.

 

205 Live = Skippable

This week’s 205 Live was pretty lackluster. We saw another match between Mustafa Ali and Drew Gulak. Last time these two met, Ali lost after trying a high-flying move, something Gulak is very against. This time around Mustafa Ali got his win back against Gulak. This feud is at a stand still and it may be time to wrap this one up for good. The main event was Rich Swann vs. The Cruiserweight Champion Neville. We have seen this match before and once again these two put on a very good match. Neville won via the Rinds of Saturn after a failed Pheonix Splash by Swann.

 

NXT = Skippable

This week’s NXT felt more like an advertisement for the next two episodes of NXT. Before we get to that, the main event of this show was Kassius Ohno vs. Aleister Black. This was a big main event because aside from NXT Takeover’s we have only seen Black against jobbers, Ohno was his first real competition since debuting on the brand. These two put on a hard hitting match with Black hitting The Black Mass on Ohno for the pinfall victory. If you are familiar with Aleister Black or this is your first time hearing about him, this is a match worth checking out:

As for next week, it was announced that we will see Asuka defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing Match. In addition, in two weeks Bobby Roode will defend his NXT Championship against Rodrick Strong on the 300th episode of NXT. Although all 4 WWE shows were skippable this week, there are some big matches and story progression segments planned for the coming weeks so make sure you stay tuned right here to BeerSpit: Fresh Content, Great Culture, Served Daily.

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