Returning from injury, Pro Grapplers is back and man is there a lot to catch up on! Braun and KO are still awesome, SummerSlam is still taking shape, and Randy Orton is still winning matches, for some reason. Nothing has changed, but welcome back, on the road to SummerSlam (and TakeOver)!
Vacation’s over and it’s time to talk about a LOT of wrestling! Money in the Bank came and went, Carmella stole the briefcase (twice), and that lovable bearded maniac made his return. Things are going pretty well, so let’s talk about our hopes and fears for the first-ever Great Balls of Fire PPV event!
Jason still loves the Fashion Files, but has no time for Facetime in wrestling matches and thought Raw was a rerun this week. Steve dug Okada vs. Omega, loves that Lucha Underground is back, and stays hyped about the return of the Hype Bros. Together, they run down the Money in the Bank card, including two MitB Ladder Matches!
No matter what you thought about the endings of Extreme Rules, it’s behind us and we move on. This week, we talk about how awesome Samoa Joe was with Paul Heyman, how Dean Ambrose loves to hide (and we love him for it), the continuing Cassening, the Women’s Money in the Bank briefcase, the continued excellence of the Fashion Files (telepathy and romper edition), and the no-go for Mojo.
We refused to hinder the Jinder and now we’re all just bit parts in his Punjabi celebration! We also got one of the best matches of the year from two guys who exist on the fringes of the WWE Universe, but who stole the show nonetheless. Also of note this week: Gargano and Ciampa are the MVPs of the week, KO on Talking Smack was brilliant, Pete Dunne needs to learn how to carry a championship belt, someone gave Breezango guns, and why Nak ain’t strong style on the mic. Keep your wad and enjoy the show!
The Fastlane to the on-ramp to Wrestlemania has come and gone, and both Steve and Jason feel less than whelmed. Will the cruiserweights continue their momentum from their tremendous showing? Can Bayley up her game heading into Wrestlemania? Wouldn’t it be better for EVERYONE to have a spear, since it’s such a devastating move? Why does Bill Goldberg sweat so much doing so little? The answers to these questions, plus: No one will be cheering Roman at Mania, the refs need to learn how to drive a forklift, and Emma debuts soon!
This past week in WWE (which was most definitely NOT the go-home for Fastlane) featured a return to the Kevin Owens of old, and that is a return we can get behind. The Big Show also returned for a great showing against Strowman in the Raw main, plus Naomi broke our hearts when she had to drop the title. So much emotion, and then Brock Lesnar stared into our souls and we’re afraid to leave the house. Vroom vroom Fastlane, hurry and get here! (Also, sorry about Jason’s sound quality. He has been punished.)
Another Rumble and TakeOver are in the books! TakeOver delivered, despite a less awe-inspiring roster, and the Rumble show was overall an entertaining one. But what happened to all the big men in the Rumble proper? Did the Beef Cart (pictured, left) bring them misfortune? Is Kevin Owens regretting his new hobby of building intricate stacks of metal chairs? Was there too much Rumble pre-show going on? Does Big Cass have to carry a spray bottle around with him to keep Enzo from humping everything, including fried chicken? The answers to these questions and more, in this, the pre-pre-Elimination Chamber show!
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It’s been a week and already there has been massive change in the world of WWE. We run down the events leading up to the crowning of the NEW Universal Champion and what that means for the future of the RAW brand. Their CWC also continues to kick so much ass, but we don’t know what to expect when the transition is made to the CW division on RAW. Steve has also been watching a lot of WC (What Culture) PW and has thoughts about it.