WWE has learned that Strowman is money, so he dominated the first hour of Raw; indie security fodder, Hawkins-chucking, and chocolate cake loving ensue and it’s wonderful. Also wonderful this week: Asuka/Jax impresses, Jason Jordan is still the smartest man, The Revival is here to WRESTLE (don’t check YouTube), Elias finds a new gig, Seth welcomed back an old friend, the U.S. Title was decided, Fashion Files still delights (even if it’s harder to find), shut off your brain and enjoy the Mixed Match Challenge, check out all the new signings, Hardy promises the Broken-verse is coming, and please, WATCH NXT.
After hearing Steve’s recounting of a fight with a crane (more to come later?), it’s on to the webcomics! Zach Weiner asked his followers for comic recommendations and they more than obliged (Facebook thread, Twitter thread), Room of Swords and Gosu prove that Webtoons houses some excellent comics (and brings some annoying downsides to the reading platform at the same time), and Business Cat is trying something new.
Look around backstage, you never know who, or what, you might find! Strowman’s brute strength is again our highlight this week, but there are other items worth nothing, like: Rusev deserves all of the … accolades, Jordan is still the smarmiest, slimiest heel on Raw, Paige hears some bad news, Matt and Bray inch closer to a new thing, TJP throws a fit after a CWC rematch, Titus and Apollo make it a win, exasperated Joe is the best Joe, Dakota Kai is a really good sport, and Shane is still the worst. Finally, just how DOES one watch a Facebook Watch?
Memory is tied to our senses in ways the guys don’t understand. Jason jumps between the soundtracks for Beverly Hills Cop and The Bodyguard when it comes to dictating his childhood. Steve finds Washington state to be EXTREMELY dank, but his need for Chinese food when Enrique Iglesias is belting out tunes means maybe we can’t trust him.
It’s winter, and you know what that means: the flu is here! Enzo lays down, but Strowman refuses to job to influenza and the show goes on! The guys haven’t seen Wrestle Kingdom yet, so they’re left to ponder the questions left by the WWE: Can we do something interesting with Hardy and Wyatt now? Is Sexy Dana Brooke sexy? Can we make the Miztourage and actual, functioning tag team? Could Lesnar BE more checked out? Could Jason love Karl Malone’s WCW stuff more? Can we Bexplode everyone? Where do we watch the Mixed Match Challenge again? And just what is Daniel Bryan up to?
Celebrate the new year with a new episode of Pro Grapplers! It’s been a while, but we’re barreling towards the Royal Rumble, and the various stories are taking shape. We’re still thankful that every day is Rusev Day, but can we trust WWE to take it more seriously than they did the Fashion Police? Also, is Shane just a dick, or is something more sinister coming from his rivalry with Daniel Bryan? Matt Hardy is now Woken, but will he ever do more than just laugh a lot? Will we ever find a reason to hate Samoa Joe? And can this please, PLEASE be Kane’s final shot at a title?