I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Despite the holiday, WWE never stops which means you are in need of a crash course to keep your sanity from all the programming. What shows were watchable and what shows were skippable as we look toward No Mercy and Hell in a Cell? Lets get to it.
Have you watched all four episodes of the Mae Young Classic and now looking for more? You sick ass, get yourself checked, we call people like you an addict. I can relate though and I’m here for you and your addiction.
Contrary to the Cruiserweight Classic last summer, WWE and the WWE Network released the first four episodes on demand this Monday. These four episodes are all the qualifying rounds of the tournament. Check here for all the crash course style results, opinions, and comments for the first four episodes of the 2017 Mae Young Classic.
This Monday we will see the debut episode of The Mae Young Classic on the WWE Network. For those who are unfamiliar, WWE likes to have a tournament every summer showcasing some style of wrestling. Last year we saw a 32 man Crusierweight Tournament with TJ Perkins walking out as the newly crowned WWE Crusierweight Championship. Since that tournament, a lot of the guys, no matter how far they made it, have been a part of a new weekly show 205 Live. This summer we see 32 women from all over the world battle it out for their spot(s) in WWE history.
We are 24 hours removed from the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam. Third time was the charm for Brooklyn, as this is the
The marathon 5K known as Summerslam weekend has come and gone, the dust has settled, and new champions have been crowned. If you watched all the programming this week, congratulations you are ready to upgrade to Wrestlemania weekend and if you didn’t that’s what I’m here for. Without further a due, let’s get into all the matches and happenings from this past weekend.
It’s go-home week for the biggest party of the summer. All major WWE shows are trying to sell you on why their matches will be the best at Summerslam. Monday Night Raw was up first to prove to you that they are the superior brand in sports entertainment and I have to say they did a grand job at that. The theme of the night was the fact that “Summerslam has come early”. What does that mean? Lets get to it.
Last week on the Crash Course Wrestling Column, I mentioned that when Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins eventually nail that Shield Fist Bump whatever arena they are in will not have a roof once its over. Boy was this ever true and in my home city no doubt. Of course the one show I couldn’t attend, but I won’t be bitter like Bret Hart. The show opens with Ambrose and Rollins getting in a physical scuffle. Cesaro and Sheamus come out to beat them down some more, but Ambrose and Rollins save each other like true brothers would do. Ambrose and Rollins get the upper hand over the tag team champions and initiate the fist bump. The roof explodes off the TD Garden in Boston and Kurt Angle comes out. He announces that at Summerslam we will see Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro & Sheamus for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you tell a story.
Summerslam is fast approaching and WWE continues to load up the card with matches from Monday Night Raw, Smackdown Live, and 205 Live. However, how are they doing getting people hyped with only 14 days remaining? Let’s get to it.
Monday Night Raw this week had three major factors going for it, it was headlined by a Last Man Standing Match involving Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, Lesnar was advertised, and it was in Toronto. For those of you new to the product, Toronto fans are always a wild card. They boo and cheer whoever the hell they want. So with those major factors where did this show fall short?
It is the last Monday Night Raw before we welcome in August and also the third to last episode before the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam. Raw this week opens with Kurt Angle hyping his hometown crowd of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After the hype, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman come out. Heyman hypes the Fatal Four Way for Summerslam as only Heyman can and also announces that if Brock loses at Summerslam both him and Lesnar will leave WWE. Seems as if that UFC contract was just too sweet to turn down.
The Tag Team Division saw The Hardy’s take on Gallows & Anderson and pick up a pinfall victory after a Swanton Bomb. These two teams and The Revival brawled on the ramp after the match and Jeff Hardy dove off Matt’s back and off the ramp onto Gallows and Anderson. I’m not sure how many multi-man matches WWE plans to have at Summerslam, but it is looking like the Raw Tag Team division will make it another one. Speaking of Tag Teams and scuffles, Cesaro & Sheamus beat the shit out of Rollins and Ambrose so it looks like Rollins and Ambrose will get a Raw Tag Team Championship shot at Summerslam.
The 9 o’clock spot saw Miz TV with the special guest of Jason Jordan. This was Jordan’s first major speaking role and Monday Night Raw and he held his own. Miz offered Jordan a spot in the Miztourage and of course face Jordan turned it down. Everything broke down and Jordan did a belly-to-belly suplex to Miz and into the Miztourage.
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.