Holy crap I have talked a lot of wrestling this week… and I have not even watched House of Hardcore yet. It is Wrestlemania season; even if I do not feel the hype. Several others do and they have been asking me the same five questions over and over again. I made a bad decision to check Twitter and see what some of you guys think about a few of this week’s show and the big matches coming up, but I honestly think some of you are weird, and that was without creeping too long on any one Twitter account.
Lucha Underground continues to be good with little to complain about. It has been too long since I saw a guy beat down by a bull rope. The insanely athletic machine known as Cage and high flying Johnny Mundo continue to impress me. Why are more people not watching this? That is my question, but the big debate between the fans seems to be about the inter-gender matches; women fighting men seems horrible to some, and like a great incorporation to others. Personally, I like it. With the size of the roster, how talented these two ladies are, and the fact that women wrestlers seem to just cower when confronted by their male counterparts even though they are trained competitors. This recent match with Sexy Star taking on Big Rych was not the best example, but there have been some great matches.
So my question is: what are some actual good reasons for why Lucha Underground should not be doing this?
TNA Impact Wrestling this week was what I have sadly come to expect from the company: good, but nothing much to write about. I enjoyed Drew Galloway facing off against Kenny King. That was two talented performers doing what they do best, in a match that could have been given more time. Awesome Kong battling Taryn for the belt was fun, and the Gail Kim teases keep me hopeful. The Wolves tore it up also, winning themselves the tag team title belts again, but the only thing that had me genuinely anticipating what would happen next was the segment with EC3 and Rockstar Spud. The internet seems to have a lot of general hate/disdain for TNA currently, without anyone actually pointing out what it is they do not like. So I have several questions here.
What exactly about TNA do fans not like?
How could TNA improve?
Is Drew Galloway a good talker?
I am honestly beginning to feel bad for Adam Rose. I watched him lose to Tyler Breeze, pretty efficiently, and wondered what Leo Krueger was up to. I expected Itami to come out and attack Breeze as well, but I guess we are holding off on that. I see a good number of people hating on this program between Alex Riley and Kevin Owens, but I honestly like it as a holdover until we see his next big match. Riley is a decent wrestler and all he really needs to do is sell Owens’ brutality. Bull Dempsey is also not looking great, going under to Solomon Crowe. I watched this match twice and was still unsure what I think about Crowe, other than knowing I want to see him in action again, and I do not want to run into him in a dark alleyway.
What do we think of Solomon Crowe?
This whole build toward the multi-person ladder match at Wrestlemania is kind of flawed and messy. All the key players are good and talented workers, and this seems like a replacement for the same type of spectacle the Money in the Bank match was for many years at the big show. I am saying it should be really good, but the road to it is lacking severely. Some people like these segments, and others are thrown off by R-Truth’s humor or Barrett constantly going under. At least Truth is not referring to Byron Saxton as Coach anymore, and I actually think Barrett is going to retain if we are being honest. Kane and Big Show both had matches with Ryback, making him look a bit stronger and furthering the tension between the two Authority members. The divas had a decent match—AJ versus Brie—that involved all four wrestlers participating in the Wrestlemania match. I was pondering how this whole thing could be better, but that promo featuring Eva Marie, Cameron, and Summer Rae was so odd it threw me off. I also liked the end tag team move from The New Day, and the fact that Cesaro and Kidd were shown scouting that team and The Mizs. The main event was decent, but my favorite part was Barrett yelling at the ref, “I know the bloody rules!” I did not see many people mention Smackdown on the internet with anything interesting, other than bashing R-Truth. I actually hope that other people see how good he is in the ring though, because the man can go.
My question here is: does anyone think #Axelmania and his awesome clock will win the Andre the Giant battle royal match?
Another loss for Barrett simply makes me believe his chances of retaining are growing stronger, kind of like AJ Lee did in that huge Divas match last year. I liked Ambrose taking on Stardust to build this match as well, but are we already done with his feud with Golddust, or will this continue after the big event? I have no clue why Sting had the altered voiceover, but I do not think I liked it. Silent or speaking; let’s not do this in between thing. I did however like the quick succession they did about three or four of those matches in. More of that please. Randy also continued to be interesting—even though he went Randy—and their match at Wrestlemania Play should be good.
I love rap music—unlike some people who work for this site—but even if the performance is good, I have never seen one that actually added to the show. I do not care if he was high or not; could have put a match there. :/
John Cena proved to us that anyone in the WWE—even the top face in the company—can bully their way into a title match by hurting someone. Is this the type of man fans want to see defending America’s reputation at Wrestlemania? That is a rhetorical bullshit question. That act was one of the most human things I have seen him do.
Lastly, am I the only one who is interested in the Zack Ryder / Adam Rose feud? I know it is taking place on Twitter and .com videos, but the back-and-forth is fun and has a more classic build than some of the WM matches. Also, I certainly do not mind two people fighting just because they hate each other, as long as it is done right.
Raw came across as mediocre to most it seemed, and I have to agree. Many of the questions asked were on how to deal with Wrestlemania feuds or outcomes. We can go over a few.
As cool as Bray Wyatt is, does this buildup work without Undertaker showing up on Raw?
Who goes over between Cena and Rusev? Do we give Cena the belt to build it or build Rusev up further for Reigns to eventually conquer?
Does it hurt WWE or Triple H if Sting wins his match?
Lastly, can Lesnar and Reigns—even with some assistance from Heyman and Rollins—possibly hope to fill out a main event even close to last year’s?
I am anxious to know what my readers think.
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