Another OK week on WWEk, with a lot of good matches making up for the boring stuff and weird booking. Plus, Heavy Machinery were on NZXT this week, defeating and possibly breaking up Sabatelli and Moss, which is like the best twofer in the business and thus goes above even the EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.
WEIRD PRODUCTION DECISIONS
Post-Raw 25, both shows have established some new production ideas, and they’re all very distracting. Raw is now going with a bold, red and white color scheme full of boxes and sans serif and an almost sort of comic booky feel to it. Also, no theme song/intro? I can’t imagine this is permanent but it’s been two weeks in a row. Aparently the new Raw theme is by Papa Roach so mabye it’s divine intervention. Smackdown, meanwhile is putting big words all over their promos like they’re shitty YouTube videos and it’s super obnoxious.
BOBBY ROODE BEATS RUSEV CLEAN
I’m disappointed. Rusev is super over, so I was really hoping this title match would mean a program, but it doesn’t look like it. Also, they seem to be doubling down on Rusev and English being heels English even insulted the hometown crowd in his song, which is a thing they already have just fine on Raw. But you’re not going to turn crowds against Rusev at this point, so fucking roll with it for a change, WWE.
GARGANO VS. ALMAS, TITLE VS. NXT CAReER
Almas goaded Gargano into a rematch - if Almas wins, Gargano leaves NZXT forever. This could mean a Gargano callup, but I hope it means Gargano triumphing over Almas, Vega, and Ciampa to win the belt, at least for a little while. Otherwise they’re just doing Tye Dillinger’s final run in NXT all over again.
ASUKA KEEPS HAVING GREAT MATCHES
This week it was against Bayley, and led to some more Bayley-Sasha rivalry hints.
OH YEAH CRUISERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT
I forgot to mention last week that in addition to being named Drake Maverick, Drake Maverick set up a sixteen man tournament leading up to a finale at Wrestlemania to determine the new champ. Last week, Cedric Alexander defeated Gran Metalik and TJP defeated Tyler Bate. This week, Kalisto defeated Lince Dorado and, in a shocker, NXT’s Roderick Strong defeated Hideo Itami. ALl the matches have been high quality stuff, and the tournament element means they matter more than these matches usually do on 205.
FUUUUUUUCK RANDY ORTON
He RKO’d Roode, English and Rusev after the Roode-Rusev match. I hate Randy Orton and I hate this Randy Orton most of all.