I know this isn’t something that everyone that checks out the site wants to see, but I write about stuff I want to write about and I watch WWE. I got back into it a few years ago. I’ve got the WWE Network and watch all the PPVs. I also at least keep up with Raw and Smackdown on Hulu while watching every NXT; however, it usally is a day or two late. I have also been to Royal Rumble, NXT Orlando, and NXT live shows in Gainesville recently. When I do these, I’ll just recap one thing I found interesting from each show; no need to recap whole show.
This week is go home to the second biggest show of the year, Summerslam. Raw & Smackdown both went to preview too much of the upcoming PPV and most likely gave away too much as a result.
On Raw, after weeks of buildup, two-thirds of The Shield reunited as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose made it official. They were immediately put into a match for the Tag Titles against Sheamus & Cesaro at Summerslam. I’m all for reunions. The Shield was awesome. There is just something that doesn’t feel right about this one. Fans are eating it up, but it feels like something is off. I think it could be fun for a bit, but both are bigger than what the tag team can deliver. I see someone eventually turning heel, with my pick being Ambrose.
On Smackdown, I want to hit on the main event and the complete lack of logic involved in the booking. The original match had John Cena face Jinder Mahal. Cena lost last week against Nakamura, but got to leap-frog Shinsuke in the line to face Mahal. That was mistake number 1. As Cena was about to pin the Modern Day Maharaja, Baron Corbin interfered, and attacked Cena, which made sense. Then, in a HUGE surprise, The Lone Wolf cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. This is where I get really confused. Cena distracted Corbin and Mahal made the quick pin. First, I don’t get why you wast Corbin’s cash in like that. You take one of the coolest gimmicks for the year, and throw it away. More importantly, why on Earth would John Cena cost Baron Corbin the ability to win the title? If Corbin wins, than that gives Cena the shot at the belt on Sunday. WWE through all logic out when it came to this scenario and it ruins what they had spent months building in Corbin.
I’ve been watching NXT every week for a while now. I enjoy the crispness of the product and how they usually go the long route in their booking. When the announcing team was Tom Phillips and Corey Graves, and even when it included Alex Riley, it really added to the show. I get that things have to change, and I was looking forward to the new team of Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, and especially Mauro Ranallo. However, there seems to be some chemistry missing. I feel like they should be able to get it down, but the edits when they re-record are very obvious and it takes away from the show. Hopefully working together at Takeover Brooklyn 3 will help them mesh together better.
I’m looking forward to NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3 and Summerslam this weekend and the surprises that could come out of each show.