|Please, world, let me enjoy this without reservation.|
DANIEL BRYAN RETURNS
I want to believe them. I want to believe they’re taking all the precautions they say they’re taking, and are taking them as seriously as they say they’re taking them. I want to believe Daniel Bryan when he says his health comes first, because he hasn’t always felt that way.
Because dammit, when he hit those running corner dropkicks on Smackdown, I felt things I wasn’t expecting to feel, And the last thing I need is to be complicit in this generation’s Chris Benoit.
Anyway, it looks like Zayn-Owens vs. bryan-Shane at Mania, which, fine, I will get a little excited for.
Was the Ultimate Deletion everything it could have been? No. Was it, rather than being an ultimate anything, a rushed introduction to all the Broken Universe tropes, relying on knowledge of and nostalgia for the TNA stuff in order to have any real impact? Yes. Was it, despite all that, delightfully ridiculous and the best example fo this kind of thing WWE’s ever done? Fuck yes. Even if it did include flashbacks to Randy Orton burning Bray Wyatt’s shack down.
GARGANO BEHIND A SIGN!
Ciampa ripping through a sea of Gargano signs in the crowd only to find a very angry Johnny Gargano behind one of them would have been my favorite moment of the week if the week hadn’t had fireworks and Daniel Bryan in it.
IT’S ALEXANDER VS ALI FOR THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
I really thought they were going to go with Gulak vs. Alexander. I still think they should have. Alexander and Ali can put on an amazing match, no doubt, but if you’re trying to relaunch the cruiserweight division, essentially, a clear face-heel dynamic with the good guy winning in the end is a more solid choice than a more technically impressive match with a less clear story.
THEY’RE GONNA MAKE STROWMAN HAVE A PARTNER
THE SASHA-BAYLEY THING HAS NO HEAT
It’s like the polar opposite of Ciampa-Gargano in NXT. Or Sasha-Bayley in NXT.
THE ROODE-JINDER-ORTON TRIPLE THREAT IS OFFIciAL