Crash Course Wrestling Column Week of 9/11/2017

A big week ahead for wrestling as we are two weeks away from No Mercy, Sin City Smackdown with two championship matches, and the finals for the Mae Young Classic. Who the hell has time for all that? Well me, but not you, and that’s why you’re here, so let’s get to it.

Monday Night Raw = Watchable

Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw was brought to you by the Reality Era. The whole first part of Raw tonight involved worked shoot promos left and right. Before we get to those, we start of Raw with a match. Yes you read that right a match. Roman Reigns takes on Jason Jordan in hopes to pick up a victory just like his opponent at No Mercy, John Cena, did last week. Jason Jordan really held his own in this match and week by week he is really building himself as a star. However, the experience caught up to Jordan when Roman Reigns hit a spear for the pinfall victory.

After the match, John Cena came out and had another worked shoot like promo with Roman Reigns. Although it was a similar promo to last week, these altercations are really helping build their match at No Mercy.

The 9 o’clock spot was a hot one as Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to do their usual hype for the upcoming Pay-Per-View. Heyman did his job as usual, but was rudely interrupted by Braun Strowman. Strowman comes out and lays out the WWE Universal Champion. Is this a sign of things to come for No Mercy?

In the big news department, Asuka was announced to be coming to Raw in the near future. This is huge for a couple reasons, one she just recently left NXT and most importantly she is still undefeated. If she is booked right on Monday Night Raw, this could be one of the most exciting superstars leading into Wrestlemania.

John Cena felt the need to one up Roman Reigns tonight by having a match with Braun Strowman. Although this match ended in Disqualification, the aftermath was pretty shocking. Braun Strowman destroyed John Cena by giving him a Running Powerslam on the steel steps. This alone isn’t too shocking, but Strowman destroying both Cena and Lesnar in one is monumental.

Back to the worked shoot/reality era part of Raw I was talking about, Enzo Amore was on Miz TV. I have to say I used to dread Miz TV segments, but The Miz has just gotten better and better. He shows so much passion in his promos that you have no choice, but to believe every word he says. Speaking of which, him and Maryse are having a baby. Back to the wrestling world, Miz berated Enzo Amore for hanging out with “b-rate rappers” and pissing people off in the locker room. My words can’t do justice to the Miz’s performance, but this led to a match between The Miz and Enzo Amore. I like this because although Enzo is affiliated with 205 Live he is still interacting with Raw superstars.

The main event saw The Hardyz, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose take on Cesaro & Sheamus and Anderson & Gallows. A good match, but not much to see for a main event. Dean Ambrose hits a Dirty Deeds to Karl Anderson and Seth Rollins picked up the pinfall because of it. All the faces stand tall as Raw goes off the air.

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Smackdown Live = Watchable

Before I review Smackdown Live, as some of you know there was quite a slew of WWE programming Tuesday night. The line up consisted of Smackdown Live, The Mae Young Classic Finals, and 205 Live. At first, although I wanted to see all this programming, I gave the programming a quick roll as I thought it was too much in one night. However, this was some of the most entertaining content in a row WWE has produced in a long time. Let’s get to it.

Smackdown Live was dubbed as Sin City Smackdown for the night and featured three championship matches and the return on Vince McMahon to WWE television. The show starts with Kevin Owens now calling Smackdown Live “The Kevin Owens Show” and says changes will be made. Dolph Ziggler comes out pretending to be Vince McMahon because that is his new thing I guess.

The first championship match on the card was AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger for the United States Championship. It was nice to see Tye Dillinger get a shot, but he came up short after AJ Styles secured a submission victory with the Calf Crusher. Baron Corbin announced he will face AJ Styles next week for the United States Championship. After this match, Jinder Mahal cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura at the 9 o’clock spot. If it is fine with you guys, I really don’t want to talk about it. In short, it was horrible television.

The second championship match on the card saw the current Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions, The Usos take on the New Day in a Sin City Street Fight. These two teams have put on incredible matches. Although they have hot potatoed the Tag Titles a few times, it still working because these teams are at the top of their game. A lot of good spots in this match, the finish came when the New Day sent Jey (maybe Jimmy? 50/50 shot) Uso through a table and Big E picked up a pinfall victory to give the New Day yet another Tag Title reign.

The third and final championship match was Natalya vs. Naomi for the Smackdown Women’s Championship match. Nothing too exciting here with Natalya retaining her championship via submission thanks to the Sharpshooter.

The main event segment was an altercation between Vince McMahon and Kevin Owens. My god did this segment fire on so many cylinders. Not only did we get an announcement that Kevin Owens will face Shane McMahon inside a Hell in a Cell at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View, but we also got a headbutt heard around the world. After Vince promises Owens he could hurt a McMahon, Kevin Owens headbutts the 72 year old Vince McMahon, makes him bleed the hard way, punt kicks him in the gut, superkicks him, and frog splashes him. 2017 wrestling is the most insane shit ever. This is an absolute much watch segment.

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205 Live = Watchable

This show had some great segments, but would have been better if the crowd was more into it at first, but after sitting through so much wrestling I can’t blame them. The opening match was the long awaited rubber match between TJP and Rich Swann. May have been better with a more hyped crowd, but Rich Swann picked up the pinfall victory with a Phoenix Splash.

The middle segment had a special appearance by the Fashion Police and man did this wake the crowd up. Drew Gulak was continuing his Powerpoint Presentation from last week on how to make 205 Live better. The Fashion Police said they had to come to 205 Live tonight because they heard they had a Fashion Emergency and they were right. The fashion police arrest Drew Gulak and read him his “fashion rights”.

The main event was The Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander. This match didn’t last long because Jack Gallagher came out and it looked like he was going to attack The Brian Kendrick. In a swerve of events Gallagher went after Cedric and it was reveled that Gallagher and Kendrick are in kahoots as 205 Live went off the air.