Saturday, December 23, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (12/18-20)

We found half of them!
With Clash of Champions out of the way, it’s all about the Royal Rumble, and the news this week means it’s going to be an interesting show to figure out the timing of. Events Of Significance!

There’s Gonna Be A Women’s Rumble

The obvious rumors are obviously true. They finally have enough women and credible women on the roster to do this right. Looking forward to it.

Fish and O’Reilly Are The New NXT Tag Champs

With help from Adam Cole, of course, they took the belts off Sanity. Decent match, and I’m OK with the outcome. The tag title scene has been kind of moribund, what with the War Games distraction and all, to the extent that I have a tough time remembering who the champs are/were. This helps with that.

Braun vs. Brock vs. Kane at the Rumble

On the other hand, I’m not looking forward to this. I assume Brock will be pinnig Kane here to help us forget that time Brock beat Strowman like Strowman was a man amongst men. I’m tired of Brock winning.

Dolph Ziggler Is (Fake) Quitting?

After winning the US Title on Sunday, he came out on Smackdown, yelled the same things he’s been yelling since he turned heel, left the US Title in the ring, and walked off. So that’s a thing.

Bate and Dunne Put On Another Clinic

A great match for the UK Title on NXT, with Dunne retaining. These matches are great, but I hope the UK show starts soon and we get more than Dunne beating Bate every couple of months to remind us who they are and how great they are. Imagine matches like this with a story building up to them?

It’s Cedric

The least interesting option happened twice, with Cedric Alexander beating Drew Gulak for the title shot at Enzo on Monday, and then beating Angry Drew Gulak in a revenge match on 205 Live. Bleah. I love Cedric as a wrestler but they need to give him somethig other than Good Wrestler Who Banged Alicia Fox For A Couple Of Weeks.

The Revival Returns

This makes me happy, even if the crowd was ambivalent. To be fair, Revival’s had like four matches since they debuted on the main roster nearly a year ago due to injuries, but I was hoping more people would remember them. And they’re going to have a tough time getting screen time and gaining traction in Raw’s moribund tag division.

Hideo Itami Debuts

If The Revival’s reaction was weak, Itami’s was depressing. He came out to save Finn Balor from the Miztougrage on Raw and got the pin in the resulting tag match, but his debut singles squash on 205 Live was met with total silence until he hit the GTS, when it was met with a very anemic “CM Punk” chant. Ouch.

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