After Strowman’s injury, Raw rebuilt with a great Balor/Reigns match, Goldust finally having enough of R-Truth’s schtick, and the promise of a new number one contender for The Beast Incarnate in the near future. Meanwhile, SmackDown is ready for their Backlash, which means Nakamura will be making his in-ring debut, Breezango might finally capture gold that isn’t already on their fabulous outfits, and Tamina Snuka will almost certainly get out of having to wrestle. All that, plus a great TakeOver card to look forward to and a wonderful UK special to look back on!
We’re live on tape from the UK this week, and outside of a bobby and a Sherlock, it’s not all great. But it’s not bad, either! All this, plus: Sheasaro outsmarts the entire Raw tag division, the Miz remains hot stuff, Jason prefers his nUsos be silent, Backlash is all about Nakamura wrestling, probably, Pete Dunne is mean and super ugly, and playing board games with Braun Strowman.
There were many good things about Payback that the guys agree on. There was also one match that was Steve’s pick for Match of the Night. We will not talk about this match (but they totally talk about that match). Also, Braun continued his dominance, Sheamaro turned ugly (and amazing), and the Fashion Files were officially opened. Don’t worry, crying is absolutely ok here.
Alistair Black is an awesome kickboxing vampire, we think. There are other things to talk about that don’t matter as much, but we’ll run them down anyways. We do have questions, like: is a dumpster threatening when worn as shoes? Does Ziggler think owning a monkey and a ferris wheel is a bad thing? Are Breezango really the number one contenders for the SD Tag Titles? When will Jack Gallagher finally get his due? When will the Hardyz break, and will Cesarmus be the ones to do it? Does Steve think of Joe vs. Lesnar in bed? Will Jinder ever return the WWE Title? And just what ARE Great Balls of Fire?
If you’ve ever used one human being to hit another human being, you know how satisfying it can be. Nia Jax does it. Braun Strowman does it. Big people prefer to use smaller people as weapons, it’s canon. Also, Jason gets to educate Steve on the nuanced career of WCW’s Lodi, both guys freak out over Jinder’s current freaky body, the Colons could be a thing, Joe shouldn’t cut promos after matches any more, the perfect time to watch 205 Live, and why Strowman is STILL the best thing in WWE right now.
Raise your hand if you hate ambulances! Also, Roman Reigns. If you raised them up for both, you were in luck this past week! Also, the shake-up went down and we’ve got brand-new feuds to look forward to! Ambrose/Miz! Zayn/Owens! Mahal/English! All that, plus: Wyatt and Balor will compete to see who is the silliest wrestler in WWE, the Cruiserweights made it a week to remember, and Drew McIntyre made his re-emergence in NXT.
After a seven-plus hour broadcast, WrestleMania 33 is in the books. Who won? Who lost? Who traversed the longest ramp in recorded history? All that, plus: interesting battle royal finishes, HHH erring on the side of motorcycle safety, why Cesaro/Sheamus are the best tag team, and SUPERSTAR SHAKE-UP!!! The more things change, the more they change brands to give us fresh match-ups.
We’ve arrived! The speculation ends as WrestleMania begins! Will The Broken Hardyz resist the temptation of tag team ladder matches? Will The Gorgeous Vampire Baron Corbin bring prestige back to the Intercontinental Championship that we forgot Dean Ambrose currently holds? Will we see a shooting star press from Lesnar? Will JR and The King return to call one more match? Will we care about Wyatt or Orton when all’s said and done? Tune in to the entire 6-hour extravaganza and find out!
We’re nearly there, Maniamaniacs, and the sign is getting so big, we have to remove seats in the arena! In the buildup to the Showcase of the Immortals, the nUsos take the SD Tag Team belts, Shane-o-mac makes bad decisions, Raw becomes a rudderless ship, and the guys ask the important questions, like: who DID win the first Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal? (It was Cesaro.)
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!