Crash Course Wrestling Column Week Of 7/24/2017

Monday Night Raw = Very Watchable

The Raw main event scene as of late has been absolutely on fire and this show was no different. Not only did the main event scene deliver, but very mid-card storyline did as well. Look at it this way, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe did not have a match tonight and the matches all delivered. Enough talking, lets get to it.

The show open was one of my favorite openers in a long time. Kurt Angle comes out to announce who he decided will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Summerslam. Before he can get his words out he interrupted by Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman. He announces it will be a Fatal 4 Way Match at Summerslam. Strowman then kills everyone including some jobber security. In fact, he pretty much kills one of them by throwing them over the ropes to the floor.

The 9 o’clock spot was some more development in the Enzo & Cass storyline and I use the word “development” very lightly. It was the same old stuff we have seem, Cass beats Enzo in a match, Big Show comes for the save and gets his ass kicked. Around this same time The Drifter and Finn Balor had a fun No Disqualification Match. When it was all said and done the match was used to promote Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt at Summerslam. Mid-way through the match Bray teleports to the ring and when the lights come back on, Balor gets hit by Sister Abigail. Due to the No Disqualification stipulation, The Drifter is able to legally take the pinfall and win.

Jason Jordan made his in-ring debut this week after finding out last week that Kurt Angle was his actual father. Jordan faced Curt Hawkins and if you know anything about Curt Hawkins you would know Jordan won. An interesting note about this match was that Jordan didn’t use the Angle Slam which one would assume would be absorbed by him. This is interesting because this increases the likelihood that Kurt Angle could make an in-ring return possibly to team with Jason Jordan.

Another big match tonight saw Bayley vs. Sasha Banks with the winner facing Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship at Summerslam. Many people predicted a screwy finish to make it a triple threat match, but this was not the case as Bayley secured a victory after a Frog Splash by Sasha Banks ala Eddie Guerrero. Bayley was able to use the momentum of the splash and roll up Sasha for the pinfall victory. You heard it here first on BeerSpit, Sasha heel turn on the way, stay tuned folks.

The Main Event was a mini reunion of The Shield (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. The Miztourage in a 3 on 2 Handicap match. This was a good match with Seth Rollins selling a DDT like he snapped his neck. Also, Cesaro & Sheamus watched on which was odd. I am assuming that Ambrose and Rollins will get a Raw Tag TEam Championship match somewhere down the road. Ambrose eventually got a pinfall after a Dirty Deeds, but the post match was where the story development continued here. Ambrose and Rollins hugged and Rollins held out his fist for the old school SHIELD fist bump. Ambrose denied it and walked up the ramp to close the show.

 

Smackdown Live = Watchable

We are 48 hours removed from what many called a poor Battleground Pay-Per-View. However, it seems as if WWE wrote an apology note to the fans in the shape of this Smackdown Live. Right off the bat we get the return on Chris Jericho who confronts both AJ Styles and Kevin Owens who were already in the ring. Shane McMahon comes out and announces that the main event for tonight’s show will be a Triple Threat Match between Owens, Jericho, and Styles for the United States Championship. A blockbuster main event to apologize for Battleground, my words not Shane’s.

It is also announced that tonight Jinder Mahal will request a new opponent for Summerslam. Jinder comes out without the Singh brothers because they were damn near killed in the Punjabi Prison thanks to Randy Orton. John Cena’s music hits and he cuts a very short promo telling Jinder he will see him at Summerslam for the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan comes out and says that on Smackdown Live the superstars don;t make the matches and opportunities are earned even if your name is John Cena. He announces that next John Cena will take on Shinske Nakamura with the winner going to Summerslam to face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. Apology number 2 for Battleground, my words not Bryan’s.

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As mentioned earlier the main event for the evening was Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship. This match was phenomenal, no pun intended. A lot of false finishes and near falls spots mixed with a somewhat shocking ending. Kevin Owens hits a frog splash on Jericho and Styles comes into the ring and throws Owens to the floor before he can cover Jericho. Before Owens can make it back into the ring, AJ Styles gets the pinfall victory off the frog splash to once again become US Champion. So the big question at the end of this Smackdown is where does this take us leading to Summerslam?

205 Live = Skippable

NXT = Skippable