Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Raw and Smackdown (June 19-20)

Easily D-Bry's best moment since becoming GM.
In the interest of time, here are the significant events from Raw and Smackdown this week.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Money In The Bank 2017

Even he thinks this is a bad idea.
Money iIn The Bank has been successfully deposited, and as a brand-specific PPV, it was surprisingly entertaining. But as the delivery system for one of the most important gimmicks in the WWE currently, it fell short.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wonder Woman

Still gonna wait for reviews on Justice League tho.
In an "objective" measurement of comparative movie quality, Wonder Woman clocks in at a high Thor 2. Solid, mythological, good action, decent story, mediocre villain.

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground: "The Cup Begins"

Well, I didn't predict THAT.
The Cueto Cup has officially begun, and they're plowing through the matches fairly quickly, given that they only have 29 matches in the tournament and half a season before Ultima Lucha 3.

PREDICTIONS: Money In The Bank 2017

Two briefcases, no waiting.
Money in the Bank is here, with twice as many briefcases! It should actually be a decent show, at least on paper, but I am give-a-shit-impaired this week, so we'll see.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PREDICTIONS: The Cueto Cup

And so... it begins.
OK. It's been an awkward, shitty week, but the Cueto Cup starts tonight on Lucha Underground, they released the brackets, and I want to lock my predictions in before tonight's show airs.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Jim Jefferies Show

Funny, if not strictly necessary.
I do have to wonder why this show exists.

I'm not saying it's not funny. In fact, it's probably the most laugh-out-loud funny of all the topical desk-based comedy shows. John Oliver puts the jokes between the serious bits, and with Samantha Bee, you're more agape in awe at the dead on, palpable hits she scores on everybody she targets.

Jefferies' show is, appropriately for him, way more joke-heavy. But other than that, it follows a VERY standard structure of monologues and a field piece. The field piec, a pretty standard "this interview subject doesn't realize what he's saying" bit in Holland about their racist Christmas mascot, Black Peter, is elevated by Jefferies' trademark bluntness.

Jefferines has spent a lot of his career arouind that tricky "ironic racism", "outlandish character", "politically incorrect provocateur" line that Bill Maher spent so much of the past week on the very wrong side of. He pulls it off in the premiere, and he's generally been more successfulat it in recent years, making it clear that his heart's in the right place when his jokes aren't. More Jeselnik than Tosh.  Can he maintain it? We'll see.

On the upside, Jefferies is super-confident and super-comfortable in his new role, and the show is produced with the kind of competence you'd expect from the incredibly familiar format. I'm glad it's weekly, and not daily, though the actual Daily Show could learn a lot from Jefferies' and his staff's joke-writing.

Smackdeown Live (5/6)

I don't know. I think their day one is getting pretty h.
This week's Smackdown featured two events of real significance, one event of veery mild significance, a bunch of farting around, and the always (for sufficiently short-term values of always) entertaining tag division.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monday Night Raw (5/5)

Joe's gonna squeeze Paul's head until it's back to the same size as his face.
A middling Raw after a disappointing Extreme Rules, with few answers to many of my post-EXR questions, and the answers we did get were, for the most part, not great.

Extreme Rules 2017

Nothing makes sense anymore.
Want mediocre action, inexplicable stipulations, and disappointing finishes? Well, then have I got a PPV for you!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

PREDICTIONS: Extreme Rules 2017

Even the graphic agrees with me!
My ambivalence level for Extreme Rules is astonishingly high, and made all the higher by the knowledge that nobody is going to get pushed down cement steps on a spine board. So how extreme can it really be?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Motherfuckin' Lucha Underground! (AlFl Night Long Again)

Man, I missed this show.
Lucha Underground is back after a newarly five month hiatus with the second ever All Night Long match for the Lucha Underground championshi between Johnny Mundo and The Mack. And oh, man, did it not disappoint.

Smackdown Live (5/30)

HOW IS THIS WORKING?!
Pretty good Smackdown Live this week, coming as it does in that sweet spot where they're setting up their matches for the next PPV.

205 Live (5/30)

Whew.
205 Live still desperately needs the shakeup they've been hinting at but not delivering on for months.