Sunday, December 10, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: “A Life SPent”

LIKE A BOSS
Agents of SHIELD continues to move at a pace that puts the other shows to shame, although they may have been drinking a little bit of Team Flash’s Dumbfuck Lemonade in the process.

arrow: “Irreconcilable Differences”

This went on SO LONG.
Arrow decided to blow up its team in the midseason finale, then reveal at the very end that all its villains are working together as a team too.

The Flash: “Don’t Run”

Captain Condom to the rescuuuuue!
The Flash ends its mid-season with Barry Allen in jail, The Thinker in a new body, and Black Amunet’s accent still in Black Amunet and not in Mary Poppins where it belongs.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (12/4-6)

So unnecessary.
Really odd week in WWE, with what seemed like both a lot and a little happening at the same time. On the upside, we got a lot of good wrestling in the process. Events Of Significance:a

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Agents Of SHIELD: “Orientation, Parts 1 and 2”

I admit, he’s a bit of an off brand Star Lord/Han Solo, but still.
Agents of SHIELD opened its fifth season with a shot across the bow of every other superhero TV show out there. It was big, bold, and balls to the wall bugfuck from start to finish.

Crisis On Earth X: “Parts 1-4”

Quite a few of these class photo moments over the four hours.
I thought Crisis On Earth X turned out pretty good, and then I watched the two-part opening to Agents of SHIELD and I realized I was grading on a curve. But that’s another post.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/26-29)

It’s A T Party


Pretty dull week, but that’s to be expected. Smackdown is getting ready for a pretty weak Clash of Champions, looking like it’s going to feature Styles-Mahal, Corbin-Roode, Uso’s/Gabenjamin, and Charlotte/Natalya. Raw is spinning its wheels until the Rumble. Events Of Minor Significance:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Punisher: “3 AM” / “Two Dead Men”

It’s The Punisher and his beard.... and Karen Page.
Whoa. I’d forgotten what it was like to actually almost unreservedly enjoy a Marvel show. The Punish, at least the first two episodes, is really good.

Arrow: “Promises Kept” / “Thanksgiving”

THE WHITEST COLLAR CRIME.
Arrow continues to be on reasonably solid but strangely unsatisfying footing as it goes through some standard paces and I keep wondering “wasn’t he supposed to be fighting the Sin Eater or something?”

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Flash: “The Council Of Wells”, “Therefore I Am”

Even dumber than it looks, and boy, does it look dumb.
The Flash, which had been on kind of a roll, indulged two of its biggest flaws in the last two episodes, and the shows were worse for it.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/20-22)

Somehow, he’d never had one of these before.
When the most interesting thing to happen the week after a big PPV is six new additions to two women’s rosters, you know that’s wrestling. Plus, NXT was the usual post-Takeover collection of matches filmed at but not aired during Takeover, though admittedly Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano was a fantastic match. Events Of Significance:

Survivor Series 2017

DOUBLE MIDNIGHT HOUR!
In a rare feat for a WWE PPV, Survivor Series didn’t really shit the bed until the halfway point of the main event. Sure, there was at least one clunker along the way, but from a consistent quality standpoint, they’re kind of nailing it with this and TLC.

NXT Takeover: War Games

Undisputed Victory
Well, Drew McIntyre tore his bicep in his match with Almas, which sucks for him, but it does put off the inevitable rematch. The two of them had the best match the two of them could probably ever have. The rest of the show was solid, even exceeded expectations.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

PREDICTIONS: Survivor Series 2017

The fake fights all just got fake fightier
Survivor Series! One fake half of a billion dollar corporationg against another! It actually is shaping up to be a pretty good show but also a long one, which usually detracts from good.

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover: War Games

The only way to win predictions is not to make predictions.
This is the first NZXT Takeover that truly resembles a WWE pay per view, in that I’m not at all interested in the main title match but am excited about the other parts of the card.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/13-15)

Team Blue Stands Only Sorta United
I finde WWE’s lack of faith... disturbing. They’re creating a lot of excitement and some great matches for Survivor Series, but the way they’re doing it and throwing over other talent in order to do it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Arrow: “Deathstroke Returns”

You’re lucky he was here, episode of Arrow.
I completely forgot to write about last week’s Arrow, because last week’s Arrow was mediocre and dull. I can barely remember what it was about. Google confirms my suspicion it was the one with the hacker friend and the Room Where The Entire Internet Lives, which explains why I wanted to block it out.

The Flash: “Girls’ Night Out”

And that’s where our graves will be when this all goes horribly!
It’s weird that the saving grace of The Flash continues to be likable assholes.

Weeklly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Nov 6-8)

I could have told you this was a good idea months ago.
It was an eventful week of wrestling that I can’t say I particularly enjoyed, in part because the biggest surprises were spoiled for me before I could watch the shows.

The Reign Of Jinder Mahal Is Over For Now

AJ Styles defeated hi on Smackdown this week to claim the WWE CHampionship. He should be the champion. Jinder shouldn’t. AJ can wrestle and put on good matches with people, Jinder can’t. Nobody gives a shit about Jinder-Lesnar at Survival Series, everyone’s excited about AJ-Lesnar. BUT. All of this was a weird unplanned last minute decision by Vince, according to reports. They don’t know what they’re doing or why they’re doing it and this time they happened to land on something I approve of. It undercuts Mahal’s pretty good reasoning for wanting to fight Lesnar in the first place, and will probably require AJ to drop the title to Mahal before or during the next tour of India. So it’s a mess.

The Bar Defeats The Shield

In a more interesting twist I didn’t see coming until I saw headlines on the Internet before I had a chance to watch the show, Sheamus and Cesaro took the titles from Rollins and Ambrose thanks to New Dayfereence, setting up what has got to be a three on three match between The Shield and The New Day for Survivor Series. We get Bar-Usos out of it, which should be great, and Shield-New Day should be OK even if The Shield are gonna win.

Jack Gallagher Finally Has Heel Entrance Music

Only I care about this, but I’m glad it finally happened.

Becky Lynch defeats James Ellsworth In An INtergender Match

No, this wasn’t Ivelisse vs. Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Title. It was maybe 1% of that. WWE has a long way to go if it ever wants to make actual, legit intergender pro wrestling a reality, and this match, dubbed “Battle of the Sexes”, featuring one of their strongest women against the weakest man in all professional wrestling, didn’t help much. If Becky had beaten the shit out of him and squashed him, fine, but that’s not what happened, so...  fuck them.

Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are on the Raw Survivor Series Team

And they HATE EACH OTHER.

Auka and Sasha Banks are on the Raw Survivor Series Team

And Bayley isn’t, and if the rumors about Paige are true, won’t be.

John Cena Is On The Smackdown Survivor Series Team

Yay

Pete Dunne Beat The Shit Out Of Enzo Amore

Didn’t mean anything, but I enjoyed watching it!

Jason Jordon is the Fifth Member of the Raw Men’s Team at Survivor Series

I’m not turning on Jason Jordon, who I’ve always liked, but WWE is doing him no favors with any of this.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok (More Spoilery Full Review)

This movie is ON FIRE.
Thor: Ragnarok is every bit the movie you think it is, only more so.

Thor: Ragnarok (Basically Non-Spoiler Short Review)

You know you’re gonna go anyway.
Technically the very mildest of spoilers involving a song from the trailer that’s also in the movie.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Flash: “Elongated Journey Into Night”

Panic, screaming, and puking. As it should be.
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT, THE FLASH?!

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroudup (SPOOKY WEEK)

STOP MAKING ME WATCH YOU WRESTLE.

The nice thing about the build for Survivor Series and its accompanying NXT Takeover is that there’s a lot of building to do because all the matches are so weird. So a goodly number of Events Of Significance this week.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey

That’s some fuckin’ art design right there.

I am only sort of kind of a Mario guy.

I wasn’t into Nintendo during the golden age of the NES and SNES. I did hanve an N65, but don’t think I really played much Mario 64 on it. I had Mario Sunshine on the GameCube because it was obligatory, but never got hugely into it.

Then Super Mario Galaxy came out for the Wii, and I ate that shit UP. Just obsessed over it. Love everything about it to this day - the 3D gameplay, the level design, and most importantly, the way the game handled difficulty. The main mode provided a nice, light difficulty level. And then there were optional challenges that ramped the difficulty all the way up to holy shit nutballs. So you could beat the game, and do most everything, without being great at it, but if you wanted to do EVERYTHING, you had to develop some skills or devote time or both. I did EVERYTHING.

Mario Galaxy 2 was more of the same, but that was OK, because I loved the same.

Then, on the WiiU, we got the 2D New Super Mario games, and Super mario 3D World, and I liked them fine, but they didn’t do that thing Mario Galaxy did for me, and I don’t think I ever beat either one.

Super Mario Odyssey is way, way better than Super Mario Galaxy.

I’m serious. This game is fucking astonishingly good. It takes everything that was great about Super Mario Galaxy, adds in the open world lessons learned on Breath of the Wild, adds dozens upon dozens of new tricks, and wraps them all up in a package that’s pure, unmitigated joy.

It’s not an open world game in the sense of Zelda, of course. It’s broken up into smaller, themed open worlds that vary in size. I’ve just about wrapped up the second of the non-introductory ones, and they have that same thing Zelda has where you aren’t punished for exploration. Go off in a direction, you’ll find something. Play around. Experiment. Maybe you’ll die. If you die, you’ll lose ten coins and go back to your last checkpoint. No biggie. Load times are fast enough that you’re not punished that way, either.

All the exploration comes in the service of two collectables - Power Moons are similar to the stars in Mario Galaxy. You need about a third of the available ones in the game to progress. The rest are granted by stumbling across or seeking out challenges to complete or just hidden spots to find. The first two “real” levels I completed had 61 and 51 of these moons respectively, not counting some apparent bonus ones achieved in other ways like secret exits and entrances to the worlds.

There’s a lot to do, but the game makes it relatively easy to do it. You can learn the titles of the challenges for free, two at a time, from a character in each level. Once you’ve cleared the story missions in a world, you can access map markers for challenges either by tapping an Amiibo and doing other stuff for five minutes, or paying 50 coins to a Toad. Between these two things, you can find probably 90% of the callenges on your own. The rest you may need to look up on the Innternet for convenience, just because the levels have a LOT of... well, levels to them. So an X on a 2-D map doesn’t always tell you where to go with any degree of precision. There are also a few thingsthe game doesn’t make 100% clear are among its hundreds of mechanics, like hanging your hat on shit.

I haven’t mentioned the hat yet, even though it’s the primary game mechanic and the whole point of the game. Basically, you use the hat to take over the bodies of enemies and objects to either solve puzzles or give yourself new navigational abilities or both. It’s Tanooki Suit turned up to a billion.

Controls, even the motion ones, are mostly seamless so far. Graphics are fantastic, gameplay is fantastic, everything is fantastic. This is what video games should be.

Arrow: “Next Of Kin”

Few more weeks of this, then
This was fine? Yeah, it was fine.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/23-25)

Sure, whatever.
Not a super interesting week for wrestling this week, and an even less interesting when it comes to writing about wrestling, for reasons that will be apparent in two posts (or is already apparent by the time you read this). But some stuff happened.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Flash: “Luck Be A Lady”

Hey, THe Flas found some of the marbles it lost.
See, Flash? Is that so fucking hard?

TLC 2017

MUMPS DESERVES IT! (CLAP CLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP)
Thanks, mumps! Don’t get me wrong, diseases are bad and people shouldn’t get them, but there’s no denying replacing Bray Wyatt with AJ Styles improved this show greatly, and replacing Roman Reigns with Kurt Angle made it more interesting. Plus, I’m apparently way more in sync with Raw booking than I am Smackdown booking.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Marvel’s Inhumans: “The First 45 Minutes Of Episode 3”

Fuck this show.

Arrow: “Tribute”

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, DIGGLE!
Oooh, so close, Arrow. So close.

The Flash: “Mixed Signals”

Hey, they promised a LIGHTER Flash this season!
Flash is solving the wrong problem. Well, it’s sovling the least important problem.

EMERGENCY PREDICTION OUTBREAK UPDATE: TLC 2017

The Shield’s new entrance gear!
The viral outbreak running wild on the Raw locker room has wreaked havoc on the TLC card, and as a result, I need to adjust a couple predictions accordingly.

Friday, October 20, 2017

MOTHERFUCKIN’ LUCHA UNDERGROUND! (The End Of Season 3)

Thanks to Wikipedia basing their info on tapings rather than airings, I knew this was gonna happen at some point.
The final minutes of Season 1 of Lucha Underground were one of the greatest things I’d ever seen. A montage of everyone leaving the Temple, rife with possibilities, but also full of mystery, because season 2 wasn’t guaranteed.

PREDICTIONS: TLC 2017

If you like tables, ladders, and chairs, one of these eight matches is for you!
TLC is live in two days from just down the road from me in Minneapolis. No, I’m not going. I don’t have “PPV seats good enough for my shitty eyes” money. But I do have predictions, and a need to redeem myself after my horrible Hell in a Cell performance.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/16-18)

THE DEMON CANE IS BACK... oh shit wrong search term.
TLC is this Sunday, so they put some ladders on the Raw entrance ramp and pretended things were important.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Arrow: “Fallout”

ALREADY OLD THANKS ARROW
Ah, Arrow. Where would you be without angst? The season premiere basically established everyone’s post-LIan-Yu angst situation. Predictably, the only person who died on the island was William’s mother, paying the ultimate price for having slept with Oliver while not having any useful crimefighting skills.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Open MIke Eagle And His New Album



I spent the first thirteen years of the millennium looking for Mike Eagle without realizing it.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/9-10-11)

DID YOU HEAR? THE SHIELD IS BACK TOGETHER.
Hey, a week with Events of Actual Significance in WWE. Who’da thunk it.

The Flash: “The Flash Reborn”

That’s how you fix a brain!
I’m not sure how to feel about the season 4 premiere of The Flash. I mean, it was deeply fucking stupid, as per newly established Flash norms, but at the same time, there were lots of flashes of hope for an entertaining season.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inhumans: “Behold... The Inhumans” / “Those Who Would Destroy Us”

No, really. They showed THIS to people in IMAX. 
This is a surprise to nobody at this point, but Inhumans is hot garbage.

No, wait. That’s not accurate. Think about garbage. Then think of whatever garbage temperature you personally find the most appealing. Inhumans is the opposite temperature of that.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hell In A Cell 2017

Woods really shone in this match.

Hell In A Cell broke with WWE pay-per-view tradition by starting well, ending OK, and being mostly shit in the middle. My predictions were awful, but in at least a couple cases, wrong because of exciting new directions for characters who needed them.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

PREDICTIONS: Hell In A Cell

What everyone wants to see. Middle management in a cage.
No Weekly Wrassling Wroundup because the closest thing to an Event of Significance this week was Kalisto joining the Cruiserweights, which is as anticlamctic as you can get. So instead, let’s go straight to the Hell In A Cell predictions.

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs Hype Bro (Kickoff)

Assuming they bother to care, Gable and Benjamin’s story is that of the overenthusiastic fanboy and the cranky older dude, presumably leading to a turn and a breakup. That’s not going to happen here. Gable and Benjamin will just win. Maybe the Hype Bros will break up, because they’ve been teasing that too like anyone gives a shit.

Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler

This is one of those tough to call matches because it depends on whether or not they’re committed to this as a feud going forward or if it’s just a time killer. IN the case of the former, Ziggler wins, the latter, ROode wins. Roode should win here because Ziggler’s new thing is stupid and tedious, but the WWE loves committing to stupid and tedious, so I’ll say Ziggler wins and they do this for at least two more PPVs.

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Having b et on Randy Orton once in 2017, I am legally and ethically prohibited from doing so again, because fuuuuuuuuuck Randeh. Rusev wins and I get this wrong.

WWE United States Championship: Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles (c)

Please. They’re not taking the belt off Styles. He retains, regardless of the match finish.

Hell In A Cell (SmackDown Tag Team Championship): The Usos vs The New Day (c)

This is the end of the current New Day / Usos run, and I don’t see any way the New Day doesn’t come out on to, even though the next logical contenders are Breezango, who are faces.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs Natalya (c)

OK, we gave Natty a title run, that’s fine, now ut the belt on Charlotte where it belongs. Charlotte wins.

Hell In A Cell: Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens should win, but he stood tall on Smackdown this week and Shane McMahon is Shane McMahon, so McMahon will win and I will be sad.

WWE Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal (c)

Mahal got the upper hand on Nakamura on Smackdown, and it’s long past time for Mahal to go back to the midcard, because he’s shown me nothing as champ that makes me want to see this much of him. Nakamura gets the belt, and hopefully a long run.

Friday, September 29, 2017

MOTHERFUCKIN’ ULTIME LUCHA TRES! (Part ONe)

This is the friendiest image from this match I can post.
I know I’ve been slacking off the Lucha Underground coverage of late (and that nobody cares) but not a lot happened except for concerns that Cage may be too resistant to the Gauntlet Of The Gods and some mostly filler matches to set up Ultima Lucha Tres, like a weaksauce Gift of the Gods match that exists only to set up a ladder match for GotG between Pentagon Dark and Son of Havoc.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (

OK, fine. This gets a pass. Barely.
We’re back to a close-packed PPV schedule, with Hell IN A Cell two weeks after No Mercy, so attention turns to Smackdown, and Raw does a thing that looks like regrouping but isn’t really.

No Mercy 2017

Thank you for that, Nia Jax.
No Mercy was a better show than I thought it was going to be. Like most WWE shows, it peaked early, and like most WWE shows, the main event bloc was disappointing, but some superlative efforts by a good chunk of the roster made it a fun watch.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

RagnaPops



Oneof these stands head and shoulders above the rest.
It’s been quite a while since I’d added anything to the POP collection, which is pretty good given storage and display issues.

PREDICTIONS: No Mercy 2017

SPOILER ALERT: There will probably be some mercy.k
It seems like it’s been forever since Takeover and Summerslam, which is sad, because it’s only been five weeks. But let’s get the No Mercy predictions in before the show tomorrow.

Elias vs. Apollo Crews (Kickoff Show)

No idea why this is happening, but I have to alssume Elias will win because he’s on TV every week and Apollo Crews is an afterthought these days.

Neville vs. Enzo Amore (Cruiserweight Championship)

Man, three weeks ago I was prepared for Enzo to win despite the issues around his in-ring performance, but the last three weeks have taken away the one thing he brought  to 205 Live - his incredibly popular persona. At this point, it’s a tossup, but fuck it, I’ve bet against Neville and lost a lot this year. Neville retains.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt is wrestling at a PPV. The story is that Balor can’t beat him without The Demon. So Balor will beat him without the Demon.

The Miz vs. Jason Jordan (Intercontinental Championship)

This is the start of an IC program with The Miz, so The Miz will win via interference from the Miztourage, Maryse, or both.

Shield At 67% Vs The Bar (Tag Team Championship)

I don’t see Ambrose and Rollins dropping the belts or breaking up or turning on each other yet. I also don’t see Sheamus and Cesaro getting another run with the belts. Shield retains.

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Bayley (Women’s Championship)

Everyone Not Mickie James In The Pool! It’s almost guaranteed that whoever wins the title will hold it only to be destroyed by Asuka when she debuts. So it’s going to be a heel, which rules out Sasha and Bayley, and it rules out Nia, who would need to be protected from Asuka for a while longer. Which leaves Alexa retaining or Emma pulling off a surprise win. Emma winning would be perfect long-term planning, but since we know from Sasha banks that doesn’t exist in the women’s division, Alexa retains.

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

The only way this makes any sense is for Reigns to win and earn Cena’s respect, which is meaningless to either of their characters but what the hell. Reigns wins.

Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)

I firmly believe, at this point, that they’re gonna keep the belt on Brock as long as they’re paying Brock. Brock hits the F5 on Strowman and retains.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (Sep 18-20)

Never a great week when this gets the top spot.
No Mercy is this Sunday, so a bunch of stuff happened on Raw, sort of. Smackdown was boring and racist, 205 Live was confusing, and NXT did nothing except announce Roddy vs. Drew McIntyre in two weeks, which I don’t even think counts as an Event Of Significance..

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The TIck: “Fear Of Flying / Rising”

Oh, good. That’s a mid-season break and not an incredibly confident first-season finale.

Preacher: “Backdoors”

Like the gun, the fire of the season leaves characters unchanged SIMILE!
OK. With two episodes left in the season, the purpose of the long, drawn out, mushy middle of this season presents itself.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Tick: "Party Crashers"

Oh yeah. That's the stuff.
After just castigating Preacher for not being fun, it's a joy to come h ere and praise the fourth episode of The Tick for being the most fun yet.

Preacher: "Puzzle Piece"

That could have gone worse. Well, not this date.
OK, I think it's official. I am unhappy with what Preacher Season 2 is doing with at least two of the three major characters. 

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (9/11-13)

And she can't come soon enough.
A weak-ass Raw, an eventful Smackdown, and a surprisingly important 205 Live made for an interesting week of wrestling. Events Of Significance:

Asuka: Coming Soon To Raw

The most exciting thing in the entire three hours of Raw was an ad promoting Asuka's debut. THat's how exciting Raw was this week.

Kevin Owens Beats The Shit Out Of Vince 

Vince McMahon, the good guy, threatens to fire his employee, Kevin Owens, the bad guy, if Owens proceeds with his lawsuit over management beating him up. Instead, it's Owens-Shane at Hell In A Cell, a match Owens seems briefly and inexplicably afraid of, before extracting a promise from Vince of no repercussions when he "beats a McMahon senseless". This goes badly when Owens beats a McMahon senseless, including a  headbutt, some punches, and a frog splash (!)). I'm always uncomfortable watching old people bump, and ither intentionally, or because of Vince's many, many blade jobs over the decades, he bled on Smackdown, but it was one of the best things to happen to Owens' character in a long time, even if the match with Shane won't be.

Jack Gallagher Turns Heel

I shouldn't like this, but I do. After getting his ass inexplicably beat by Brian Kendrick last week in their street fight, Gallagher came out during the Kendrick-Alexander main event ostensibly to get revenge on Kendrick and save Alexander from Kendrick's cheating. Instead, he beast the ever-loving hell out of Alexander and shakes Kendrick's hand. This would be even better if there were a Cruiserweight Tag Team belt for them to win. But in a show that's largely stagnant and filled with things even I can't give a shit about, this is a welcome change.

The New Day Wins Back The Belts

The Sin City Street Fight, like pretty much every UsosNew Day match this year, was hellaciously entertaining. New Day picks up the semi-surprise win. I've seen the stories that they want the New Day to set the Most Titles tag team record in addition to the Longest Reign, which is fine by me, but they don't seem to be stretching it out at all. This is good for these two teams but not great for the rest of the SD tag division, which is foundering while all this goes on.

A Nikki Cross Faceish Turn?

To go along with Sanity being the sorta faces when they beat Authors of Pain for the titles, this week, Nikki Cross became Ruby Riot's impromptu tag partner in what started as a handicap match with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. And she did it in the most Nikki Cross way possible, because Nikki Cross is awesome.

OK, Jinder, I'll Give You That One

About halfway through a usual "mock your opponent" promo that was falling flat as Jinder Mahal said some mildly racist shit about Shinsuke Nakamura, he stopped, and told Nakamura why he shouldn't even want to be champion, because the fans will be just as racist to Nakamura as they've been to Jinder. It's actually a really good point. Not entirely accurate, but a solid heel argument.

That's A Lot Of Pipe Bombsd

WWE seems to think that we want lots of promos that acknowledge the alleged reality of behind the scenes perceptions and drama, so now The MIz and Enzo Amore are talking about Enzo's backstage antics that Internet rumors say make everyone hate him in real life. I mean, it's The Miz and Enzo cutting promos, so it didn't suck, but in three weeks we've had this plus three Cena-Reigns fake-shoot promos with maybe a little real shoot in them. That's too many.