Crash Course Wrestling Column Week of 8/28/2017

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Monday Night Raw = Skippable

Some of you may look at the “skippable” tag and disagree strongly due to some refreshing aspects and fire promos on the show. Although that may be true, most of the show was a drag. With more than a month away from the next Raw Exclusive Pay-Per-View No Mercy, what did Raw have in store for us tonight? Lets get to it. 

The show opens with a 15 man battle royal with the winner facing The Miz next week on Raw for the Intercontinental Championship. There was a lot of jobber meat in this battle royal and with superstars like Finn Balor in the match, it seemed like a no brainer, However, it didn’t end up like you might think. Bray Wyatt came out and ruined the match for Balor by tossing him out. It came down to Jason Jordan and Jeff Hardy so assumptions ran wild again. Contrary to my predictions, Jeff Hardy dumps Jason Jordan out of the ring and becomes #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Talk about unexpected.

Enzo Amore had his “205 Live debut” on Raw, not sure how that works, but I’ll roll with it. Enzo took on Noam Dar and man has his crowd reaction tanked. Enzo picks up the pinfall victory and only the kids with the Enzo hair in the crowd care.

Brock Lesnar came out on this show as well, with Paul Heyman of course. Paul Heyman cut a long winded promo about how Brock was going to kill Braun, but Heyman did admit that Braun was a serious monster. After a lot of words from Heyman, Brock LEsnar grabs the mic and tells the crowd what Paul is really trying to say is SUPLEX CITY BITCH.

Early in the day it was announced that Roman Reigns vs. John Cena would take place at No Mercy. It was advertised that there would a contract signing at the 10 o’clock to make the match official. I can hear you now, “oh great a contract signing”. However, this contract signing turned into an extremely heated exchange of words between John Cena and Roman Reigns. An exchange of words that lead to fourth walls breaking and bullets flying from the hip. This is a must watch:

The main event saw Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship. Sasha Banks has never successfully defended the Women’s Championship on Monday Night Raw. Unfortunately the curse was not broken tonight and once again we are teased with a Sasha title run. Bliss hits a vicious DDT on Sasha and gets the pinfall victory to win the Raw Women’s Championship back. Nia Jax comes out to congratulate Alexa Bliss and Jax puts Bliss on her shoulders. After some celebration time, Nia Jax gives Alexa Bliss the Randy Orton in Evolution treatment (thumbs down) and drops Bliss in the middle of the ring. Raw goes off the air with Nia Jax getting some serious heat from the crowd.

 

Smackdown Live = Skippable

Similar to Raw, although this has the “skippable” tag it is right on the edge. There was some really refreshing and interesting matches and storyline development here. However with the lackluster main event of Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton vs. Rusev & Jinder Mahal the scale tipped more one way than the other. Lets get to it.

The show starts off with a confrontation between the four guys in the main event. This is purely hype for main event and not much to see here. The first official match on the show saw the debut of Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin as a tag team face off against the Ascension. To the surprise of no one, Shelton and Gable pick up a victory. Gable and Shelton meshes really well her and it was great to see Shelton back in a WWE ring.

AJ Styles reopened the United States Open Challenge tonight. Before the segment we hear from Baron Corbin who says he is going to answer the challenge after the break. We come back from break and Tye Dillinger’s music hits to answer the challenge. Corbin comes out to attack Dillinger, but Dillinger gets the upper hand and the bell rings. AJ Styles wins rather quickly with a Calf Crusher for the submission victory.

Kevin Owens comes out at one point to air his grievances with Shane McMahon. Shane McMahon tells him to relax and says we were supposed to see Sami Zayn vs. Aiden English right now and gets the show back on track. Zayn wins that match by the way. Most importantly was that the middle of the show had the Season 2 Premiere of the Fashion Files:

As mentioned earlier, the main event saw Shinsuke Nakamura team up with Randy Orton to take on Rusev and WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. A good match between both teams with Shinsuke picking up a pinfall victory for his team following a KINGGG SHASSSSSAAAAAA. After the match, Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere on Nakamura. This sets up a match for them next week, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Randy Orton with winner becoming #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.

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205 Live = Watchable (if you have time)

This week’s episode of 205 Live had a lot of story progression. Every match and segment helped advance some on-going storyline and as a huge wrestling fan, I appreciate that. The show opens with The Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher in a No Disqualification Match. This match is actually quite brutal after Kendrick bounces Gallagher’s head off the steel steps and busts him open hard. The match had to stop for awhile which was unfortunate because it really hurt the momentum that was going. Kendrick gets the pinfall victory after hitting a vicious DDT on the ring bell to Gallagher. This ended somewhat abruptly which made me think this isn’t the last we have seen of this feud.

The middle of the show saw Rich Swann take on Ariya Davari with the “injured” TJP at commentary. The story here is that TJP has been sharking Swann this whole time by pretending to have a leg injury. At one point during the match Davari grabs one of TJP’s crutches to use on Swann, but TJP grabs it back. This is enough of a distraction for Swann to get a roll up victory. After the match, TJP hits Davari with a Detonation Kick using his bad leg. Swann looks shocked.

The main event was a fun one and also the 205 Live debut for Enzo Amore. Although last night on Raw they said it was his 205 Live debut, but I won’t split hairs. A lot of fun spots in this match and worth checking out:

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NXT = Skippable

For the last time in NXT history, it will be GLORIOUSSSS. I don’t think it has been glorious for quite some time, but I’ll try to keep most of my opinions to myself. Bobby Roode takes on Rodrick Strong in the main event as Roode says farewell to NXT.

The show opens with Drew McIntyre coming out to celebrate his championship win at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III. Rodrick Strong interrupts this and tells Drew that after he beats Bobby Roode tonight he will be going for the championship.

We find out that next week we will see Hideo Itami vs. Kassius Ohno in a No Disqualification match. In addition, we will see Lars vs. three jobbers in a handicapped match. Bobby Roode’s final main event on NXT did not disappoint as both Roode and Rodrick Strong gave it their all. Rodrick Strong hits Bobby Roode with two Strong Breakers, his modified backbreaker, for the pinfall victory. McIntyre comes out at the end of the show to state his dominance and is attacked by Adam Cole and his posse as the show goes off the air. William Regal and security chase them out of the arena.