Crash Course Wrestling Column Week Of 7/10/2017

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Monday Night Raw = Skippable

We are 24 hours removed from the inaugural Great Balls of Fire Pay-Per-View and if you watched Raw last night and took a shot every time Micheal Cole said the word “inaugural” you would be dead and unable to read this. The major question going into tonight’s Raw was the condition of Braun Strowman after a murder attempt by Roman Reigns. Did we get that answer? Not quite, but there is a lot of speculation for what this means for Summerslam, more on that in a bit.

The show starts off with Big Cass telling the audience how much he loved kicking Enzo’s ass at Great Balls of Fire. Big Show interrupts and reminds Big Cass that there are bigger fish in this pond. Looks like they are setting this mini feud up between Big Cass and Big Show which is a good thing because Big Cass can get a win over Big Show increasing his legitimacy as a new giant.

In the Tag Team Division we had a promo from the Hardy’s saying there has been speculation of where they go from here. Throughout the promo Matt and Jeff refer to their broken characters by using words like “obsolete”, “magnificent”, and of course “broken”. They went on to have a match with Anderson & Gallows and lost after a magic killer on Matt Hardy. After the match, The Revival came out and attacked the Hardys some more. Is Broken Brilliance on the way?

Miz has been killing it with his variations of Miz TV recently and this week was no exception. Miz presented the first ever “Mizzies” and gave awards to his supporting actors (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), his supporting female (Maryse) and of course himself (Miz). Ambrose disagreed with these nominations and tried to attack Miz and the Miztourage, but the numbers game got the best of Ambrose. Seth Rollins came out for the save with a steel chair and after the segment Ambrose assured Rollins that there will be no SHIELD Reunion and he can fight his own battles.

The 10 o’clock segment was the must-see segment of this week’s Monday Night Raw. Kurt Angle came out with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman to discuss an idea he had for Summerslam regarding the Universal Championship. They are interrupted by Roman Reigns and then Samoa Joe. The crowd was red hot for this segment. Kurt Angle announces that next week we will see Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns with the winner facing Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Potential spoiler alert, I think we are going to see Braun Strowman get involved in this one leading to Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Summerslam.

Recently Raw has had great in-ring main event matches, but they haven’t been matches people want to stay up until the end of the show to watch. This week’s advertised main event was Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins which I assumed was so that Rollins could get his win back from Great Balls of Fire. However, Bray picked up a clean victory over Rollins again. After the match, Miz and his Miztourage came out to attack Rollins and as friendly payback from earlier in the night, Ambrose came out for the save. Hmm I wonder what they are going for here.

The final story of the night came when Corey Graves got a text to which he brought to Kurt Angle. Angle says the text could ruin his family and his life and he has no choice but to publicly announce it next week. Raw goes off the air with Kurt Angle on the phone with someone saying he needs them to come next week to help him with this announcement. He signs off by saying “I love you, see you next week”.

Will we see the Broken Hardys before Summerslam and how will The Revival play into all this? What will be the blockbuster main event for this year’s Summerslam? Will we find out that Kurt Angle called himself in homage to Kevin Nash texting himself during a storyline with CM Punk in 2011? All this and more next week right here on BeerSpit: Fresh Content, Great Culture, Served Daily.

 

Smackdown Live = Skippable

We are two weeks away from the Battleground Pay-Per-View headlined by a Punjabi Prison Match. Do not adjust your sets or your iPhones or your laptops, yes you read that correctly, a Punjabi Prison Match. How did the blue brand of Smackdown Live help get us excited for the last Pay-Per-View before Summerslam?

The show starts off with AJ Styles announcing that he will follow in John Cena’s footsteps following his United States Championship win at the Madison Square Garden house show this past weekend. He issues an open challenge which is answered by John Cena. They get the crowd all riled up thinking they are about to see John Cena vs. AJ Styles for the United States Championship, only to have Kevin Owens interrupt and say no one wants to see that match. After some banter, Rusev attacks Cena setting up the main event of AJ Styles & John Cena vs. Kevin Owens & Rusev.

Notable parts in the middle of the show include, an exchange between Maria/Mike Kanellis and Sami Zayn. Zayn comes in and ruins their romantic moment together so Maria hits him over the head wit ha flower vase. Oh and before that, Maria was looking for Zayn in the locker room and Chad Gable called Sami, “Sami Wow Wow”. I don’t know how you want to take that, but that was a thing. Also the Fashion Files killed it again this week.

There was supposed to be a match between Shinske Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin, but it never started. It was announced that this match will actually take place in two weeks at Battleground. Speaking of matches announced for Battleground, there will be Fatal Five Way Elimination match, Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Lana vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte, with the winner facing Naomi for her glowstick Smackdown Women’s Championship at Summerslam.

The main event felt a little house show like with John Cena picking up the pinfall victory on Kevin Owens after an Attitude Adjustment. Which reminds me that also announced for Battleground, there will be a rematch between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles for the United States Championship. Will Sami Zayn continue to ruin true love? Will the Fashion Police’s case run dry!? Who will answer AJ Styles’ US open challenge? All this and more next week right here on BeerSpit: Fresh Content, Great Culture, Served Daily.

205 Live = Watchable

If you have never watched 205 Live before, give this episode a try. There is some awesome character development along with some great in ring work. This show was headlined by an “I Quit” match between Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander, a long standing feud on 205 Live.

Another long standing feud on 205 Live is between Mustafa Ali and Drew Gulak. I have mentioned this in previous posts, but I think this feud has run too long. On this episode of 205 Live, Gulak announced he wants to put this feud to rest once in for all in a 2 out of 3 falls match. Mustafa Ali accepted the challenge and we will finally see a payoff to this feud next week.

The main event is something you will want to watch. Essentially this feud has been over Alicia Fox and there is some good spots in this match. It isn’t a “hardcore” style “I Quit” match, but there is a steel chair that gets involved. In fact, the steel chair assists the finish. Cedric Alexander wedges Noam Dar’s arm into the chair and stomps on it until he yells I QUIT! After the match, Dar said he used Alicia Fox this whole time and dumps her.

NXT = Watchable

Every segment during NXT this week felt like a served a purpose. We had a debut of a new superstar to NXT, the return of Johnny Gargano, a Mae Young Classic qualifying match, and a NXT Tag Team Championship match to entertain us for an hour.

The opening match saw Alesister Black take on the newcomer to NXT Bobby Fish. Of course if you have followed Bobby Fish on the independents you know what to expect, however, this was his first match on NXT. AS of this writing he does not have an official contract, but that could change in the near future. Due to his lack of contract, he suffered a loss here after Black hits the Black Mass for the 1, 2, 3.

In the middle of the show we had a Mae Young Classic Qualifying round with Vanessa Borne taking on Jay Hachey. This match is a lot of going through the motions with Vanessa Borne qualifying for the Mae Young Class in August. Also in the middle of the show we saw the return of Johnny Gargano to a warm welcome by the crowd. He says he needs to go back to his roots and be Johnny Wrestling again. Slightly disappointing, but I don’t know what I expected.

In the main event Heavy Machinery took on The Authors of Pain (c) for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Good match between the two teams with the Authors of Pain picking up the pinfall victory. After the match, SaNity came out to the top of the ramp. Pieces of paper began to fall from the ceiling which the announcers predicted were pages for the Author of Pain’s book. Not sure how well that got across to the live crowd as they seemed slightly confused. Looking toward next week, we will see the undefeated Killian Dain take on the undefeated Drew McIntyre where the winner will become #1 Contender for Bobby Roode’s NXT Championship.

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