Raw didn’t have much this week, but if you can’t get behind a slow build to a Shield reunion, there’s nothing you’ll like on the WWE main roster this week. Meanwhile, Hell in a Cell is tomorrow we don’t really care because: one or both of the Hype Bros might turn, Roode’s entrance will outdo Ziggler’s, Orton will have an Orton-ass match, The Usos and New Day will steal the show, Shane/KO will end badly, and we hope the U.S. and WWE Championships swap places. Finally, should we care about what’s going on with Bray? History should steer you on this one. Enjoy the Cell and hope for no Hell!
It’s time again for another WWE PPV special event, only on the WWE Network! But this time, the guys have special guest Frank “The Tank (Engine)” Gibson with them to help make sense of it all. Together, these pros grapple with questions like do our significant others support our fandom, with so many weaknesses why can’t anyone defeat Bill Goldberg, and why should Steve care about the cruiserweights when WWE has conditioned him not to? All this, and everyone gives their picks for the Elimination Chamber!
The time is upon us! Once again, a weekend has come that brings us both a WWE event and an NXT TakeOver … takeover. After Goldberg nearly cost the WWE their Wrestlemania plans because he wanted to really sell that promo with a little hardway blood, where will he place in the Rumble match? Will Shaq be in the match? Will Curt Hawkins be in the match? Will the women stand out at all? Is Tye Dillinger the best story going in NXT right now? Answers to those questions and so much more in this super-sized episode that is appropriately bigger in Texas.
The road to the Royal Rumble continues, with not a Roadblock in sight! RAW was pretty terrible this week, so the guys instead focus on Smackdown, NXT, and even NJPW to find the good in the grappling. They wrestle with the following questions: Who will win the 2017 Royal Rumble? Is it possible that entrance themes play magically upon proximity to an entry way? Did Carmella fight an old lady? Will Tozawa save us from a lackluster 205 Live product? Is an Intergalactic Championship on the way?
Everyone loves a good underdog story, and WWE has concocted a fun one with James Ellsworth! Also, Goldberg returned and cut a really long promo, just like you’d expect him to do based on his previous matches and feuds. Finally, we run down the week’s NXT doings, which are always good news and never crushingly depressing. Also, we have another match for you to watch and tell us about! Check out The British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart in a match emanating from Germany to crown the first-ever European Champion!
There’s so much wrestling on these days, we have to decide what to talk about and what to abandon like a pre-live episode of Smackdown. Luckily, Jason took in a local NXT show a couple weeks back and has some notes to share on his experience. The guys also briefly recap the No Mercy results and Steve confuses his son as to the look and physical features of John Cena and Gary Johnson.
The Dusty Classic is back, and this one shall be … GLORIOUS. Also, the guys lament the fact that Smackdown! is good again, run down the results for the Night of Champions Clashing, and discuss whether TNA should fight for life or give up the ghost.
Also, we’re hoping to do a homework assignment each week, giving us a chance to share some amazing matches that we might find here or there. This week’s features Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay. Enjoy and tell us what you think!