They have to fill them in. With such a short turnaround between Crown Jewel and Survivor Series, there wasn’t a lot of time to set up the latter show. That’s quite the problem with a show that is built around elimination matches and that’s exactly what we have with Survivor Series. The matches had to be thrown together in a hurry and that’s what happened this week. On Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, the rosters for both the men’s and women’s Survivor Series matches were revealed in full, along with two of five tag teams for the tag team Survivor Series matches. The captains for the men’s and tag team matches were announced as well, though there was no captain announced for the women’s team. Here was what was announced tonight: Men’s Team Daniel Bryan (Co-captain) The Miz (Co-captain) Rey Mysterio Samoa Joe Shane McMahon Women’s Team Naomi Carmella Sonya Deville Asuka Charlotte Tag Team Usos (Captains) New Day You can see one team come together all at once. [This post contain..
Follow the….wait where is he? Bray Wyatt is one of the most interesting wrestlers in a long time. He comes from a major wrestling family and has had some success on the roster, including winning the WWE Championship. However, he’s been up and down in the last year and a half, to the point where his best results were a Tag Team Title reign with Matt Hardy. Now he hasn’t been on television in a long time, and now we might know why. According to Mike Johnson on PW Insider Elite, there are no reports of Wyatt being injured, but rather WWE is leaving him off television for the sake of letting the fans miss him for a little while. Wyatt has been absent from television since Hardy went down with an injury of his own. His last televised match took place on the August 13 episode of Monday Night Raw when he and Hardy lost to the B Team. In case you forgot how creepy he can be. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: I’ve been a fan of Wyatt for a long time and this might be the b..
A little insanity never hurt anyone. The WWE roster changes constantly. There are almost always new people showing up or doing something new to change things in one way or another. This can include names coming up from NXT, which is often one of the most interesting parts of the year. That was the case again this week, as an NXT name made their main roster debut. How did she look? [This post contains video, click to play] This week on SmackDown Live, Nikki Cross made her debut on the main roster in a losing effort against SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. The match was a result of an open challenge from Lynch, with Sanity coming out before Cross followed. Cross was a member of the group in NXT but didn’t follow them up to the main roster. There is no word on if this is a one time appearance of a full time move for Cross. Opinion: This is certainly a nice surprise and I could go for Cross being around full time. She’s the kind of person who actually comes off as insane and th..
Just in case they weren’t ready to go home yet. The last few weeks have been very busy for WWE, including stops all over the world. Their latest shows have been in England, with Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live taking place in Manchester. This weekend will see the wrestlers return back home, but there was one last thing to do before the stop in England was over. According to Ringsidenews.com, the dark match after this week’s SmackDown Live saw WWE Champion AJ Styles team up with Daniel Bryan to defeat the Miz and Randy Orton when Styles made Miz tap to the Calf Crusher. Bryan and Miz spent most of the show bickering over the upcoming Survivor Series match and Orton attacked Rey Mysterio after his match. Styles didn’t appear in the arena but did talk about his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar. Styles sounds ready. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: That’s not the worst main event in the world and it makes a lot of sense to have Styles get out there and wrestle in..
Smackdown Date: November 6, 2018 Location: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips We’re in England again for the final big show on the long international tour. This show is going to be almost all about the fallout from Crown Jewel and the build towards Survivor Series, which is a mere twelve days away. Expect a lot of people being added to the card in a hurry. Let’s get to it. Here’s Paige to get things going. She wastes no time in introducing Shane McMahon, though the fans are NOT happy to see him. After a quick clip of the ending of the tournament and a photo op with the cup, Shane says he isn’t the Best in the World. That trophy doesn’t belong to him, but it does belong to everyone here on Smackdown. He reacted by instinct on Friday because he couldn’t handle the idea of Smackdown not being considered the best. That brings him to Survivor Series so we run down the champion vs. champion matches. What matters most though are the..
From England, with love. WWE has been going a bit insane with their travel schedule of late. The last two weeks have featured shows from New York, North Carolina, Saudi Arabia and now England for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live. You can imagine the roster just wanting to get some sleep, and with one final show in the books they might actually be able to do that. So what happened? WWE taped this week’s edition of SmackDown Live from Manchester, England in advance this week. The show will be focused on the fallout from Crown Jewel, with the main story being Shane McMahon somehow winning the World Cup of Wrestling and being named the Best in the World despite not actually being in the tournament in the first place. Here are the results, courtesy of WrestleZone.com: * Shane McMahon and Paige come to the ring, and Shane says the World Cup trophy isn’t his, but it belongs to Smackdown. He says he acted on instinct at Crown Jewel, but doesn’t really think he’s the best in the world. It ..
That’s what he’s gonna do? If there is one thing that the WWF could do with their eyes closed back in the day, it was push Hulk Hogan vs. the foreign monster of the month. It was a formula that worked perfectly well and made a ton of money over the years. That was thirty years ago and a certain foreign monster now seems interested in starting up the old formula again. On Monday, the recently reinstated Hogan said that he was looking rather muscular at Crown Jewel, to the point where he could beat up most of the current roster. Rusev took exception to this and said that Hogan could start with him at WrestleMania 35, which takes place on Rusev Day. There is currently no reason to believe that Hogan is getting back in the ring and this seems to be more of a friendly exchange. Ok, today is a new day. After seeing myself on Crown Jewel I have decided to get serious and get under 300lbs. I looked huge, swole, jacked and my arms are still bigger than most wrestlers legs. I don’t want to loo..
You have to fill in the lineups. With less than two weeks to go before Survivor Series, it’s time to get ready for one of the biggest matches of the year. That would be the men’s elimination match, featuring a Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live team of five men each, plus a captain each. Since there isn’t a lot of time left, those teams are starting to come together and someone knows a little earlier than usual. According to PWInsider.com, the lineup for the men’s Survivor Series elimination match will see a Monday Night Raw team of Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler vs. a SmackDown Live team of Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, the Miz and Randy Orton. This week on Monday Night Raw, McIntyre, Ziggler and Strowman were confirmed for the match. How did we get those three names confirmed? [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: That’s a pretty solid sounding main event. The important part of these matches is to offer pairings ..
Four hands are better than two. This week’s Monday Night Raw took place in England, though the big hero at the end of the night was Kurt Angle. While Angle was defeated in the main event by Drew McIntyre, it came after a hard fought effort at the end of a long show. That wasn’t quite it for the evening though, as there was one more thing for the English crowd. According to Ringsidenews.com, after this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw went off the air, McIntyre continued to attack Angle until Dolph Ziggler ran in to help with the beatdown. Braun Strowman came out to save Angle and the villains ran off. Ziggler had wrestled earlier in the night in a losing effort against Elias while Strowman made multiple appearances without having a match. Here’s how the main event went down. [This post contains video, click to play] Opinion: That’s not the worst way to end a night as Strowman seems to be popular still. At the same time though, aside from Seth Rollins, who else do you have? At th..
AJ Styles is the current WWE champion and as of November 7, he will have held the title for a full year. Though he never needed the belt to be considered a top talent in Vince McMahon’s company, the truth is that being champion has only increased his worth. Styles always had it in him to rise up and become the top star in WWE and he keeps proving that. Of course his championship run is being dictated by someone else. It’s just not his decision. WWE could suddenly pull a swerve and take the title off of him when everyone least expects it. Fans would be surprised, but they would likely not be shocked. WWE has done that type of thing before. But as The Phenomenal One continues on his reign as WWE champion, many fans are perhaps asking the same question. Is AJ Styles the best in the world? “Best in the world” is a phrase that’s been thrown around quite a bit lately. That’s thanks of course to the World Cup Tournament that concluded at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Shane McMahon won that to..