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”

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

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


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


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.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroudup (SPOOKY WEEK)


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.