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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Recap: Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles vs. Elias in a tournament to crown the new Intercontinental Champion, Sonya Deville takes on Lacey Evans, what’s next for both Braun Strowman and Money in the Bank winner Otis, and more…

ELIAS HIT BY A CAR?! JEFF BEHIND THE WHEEL? – Smackdown airs with Elias apparently being hit by a car that’s apparently rented by Jeff Hardy as then Jeff Hardy appears to be wounded or to the cops on the scene he’s “intoxicated” and smells like alcohol, seems like WWE finally went into their bag of “reality era” and are using real-life issues of Hardy into their storyline. That is something I can get behind as it draws us to Hardy as into either feel for his comeback run even more, or there can be a mix of judgement, either or people are talking about Jeff Hardy. Very interesting way to start off the show. Dammit, I was hoping to see him square off against Daniel Bryan. Man, I hope he somehow makes his way back to the ring and ends up competing. 

WHO’S FIGHTING WHO?! – This entire segment is great; each superstar being able to talk, everyone sighing when Ziggler starting to say “just how damn good” he is, Jey Uso finally getting a solo run, and AJ Styles really selling us that Styles vs Bryan finale by letting out that “you really are stupid” to Daniel Bryan. I don’t know about you guys, but the segment was good enough to transition into a match and on top of it, it gave me a couple of laughs. 

10-MAN Battle Royal: Winner faces Daniel Bryan in the semifinals in order to move on to fight AJ Styles in the Finals – King Corbin definitely is one of the best heels WWE has right now, and they don’t really have many, to say the least. Basically, if he makes you hate him, let alone can’t stand the sight of his face, just know he’s doing his job. He eliminates three people while after eliminating Ziggler from a short-lived alliance, he’s super-kicked over the top rope by Jey Uso, eliminating Corbin. Sheamus and Cesaro gave us some nostalgia with that “Bar Bump”. The final 2 was Sheamus and Jey Uso. If there’s one thing you gotta love about Jey is the intensity he has in the ring and how much he’s involved within the match. Both are battling on the apron against one another. Sheamus ends up Brogue Kicking Uso to win the battle royal and go onto face Daniel Bryan later on in the evening. Match Rating: B+

Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans – The storytelling within this match is pure GOLD. Starting the match with an actual wrestling tussle, then they go a little back and forth with the chain wrestling, then they start going blow for blow. The match gets carried away but as they both get counted out, but not before they both throw each other into a table. Seems as if WWE is starting up a feud, cause if so I wouldn’t mind who wins cause either one needs the build-up. BUT, if I have to choose, I’m going to have to go with Sonya. I think she has the look. Match Rating: B (only cause of the count-out finish and short match). 

WWE Women’s & Smackdown’s Men’s Tag Team Champions on Moment of Bliss

The New Day = Entertaining, Entertaining, and PURE COMEDY. I mean only Big E is going to give Alexa Bliss out of anyone coffee beans from “Ja Booty”, I mean come on. Bayley and Sasha Banks interrupt the set and I for one was not expecting this at all. New Day laughing and having background commentary actually makes you want to laugh with them. I wouldn’t mind Alexa Bliss having a Women’s Championship run again, preferably against Bayley. A match was announced during the back and forth heat. 

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – First off Sasha told Bayley to go to the back and get shoes and she comes back and Sasha is wrestling in Jordan 11’s, nice touch. This match has everything, a good back and forth with a good enough amount of commentary from Bayley and Alexa Bliss’s teammate Nikki Cross. Sasha Banks beats Alexa Bliss with the interference of Bayley from ringside. Match Rating: B

Cesaro vs. Chad Gable – To me, and probably to a lot of fans that’s been around for Cesaro’s run in WWE, believes he should’ve held the WWE Title at least once. Sure he’s held the Tag Titles plenty of times and has been U.S Champion but that was under Antonio Cesaro (it’s weird how Vince doesn’t like full names, I enjoy the whole ring to the first and last name combos but whatever tit for tat). Cesaro displays his usual strength and sheer power but somehow Chad… Shorty G sorry, forgot how terrible that name really is pulled off some sort of a reversal that turned a powerbomb into a  Sunslip flip into a pin that gave him the victory. Match Rating:

MATT RIDDLE: THE ORIGINAL BRO IS HEADING TO FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN


DANIEL BRYAN vs. SHEAMUS: THE REMATCH OF WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII

The back and forth blows from Bryan and Sheamus is really good. Daniel had a combo in the corner with two jabs to the chest, a couple of kicks to the chest and then several uppercuts and then Sheamus clotheslines him, very good back and forth. I love how Sheamus sells for Daniel when he clotheslines him back. The Suicide Dive into the commercial was so “vintage Daniel Bryan”, had to give Michael Cole a shoutout there. Sheamus has always been one of those wrestlers who’s had a very subtle, yet very successful career in WWE. A multiple-time WWE Champion, multi-time Tag Team Champion, and United States Champion, yet has never been an Intercontinental Champion. Nonetheless having this as the main event isn’t bad of a replacement at all. I for one just loves the way Daniel Bryan wrestles. The way he breaks down the reversals or shows exactly what part of the body he targets, displays the storytelling within the ring. Jeff Hardy returns to the arena and distracts Sheamus as Daniel hits the running knee to pick up the victory as Hardy quickly starts to attack Sheamus. Looks like this feud between Sheamus and Jeff Hardy is only beginning. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – WWE NXT Recap: The Original Bro’s Farewell, Tag Team match including Charlotte Flair, Io Shirai, and Rhea Ripley, the return of Kurt Angle and more…

Drake Maverick vs. Kushida vs. Jake Atlas: Winner moves onto the Finals to face El Hijo del Fantasma to crown the first ever NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

A very rapid back and forth Triple Threat which is always a good sign. Triple Threats tend to have an up tempo pace in the ring. Jake Atlas showcases early on he has both the tandem of athleticism and shocking strength. Kushida is the veteran within this match, previously working in New Japan Pro Wrestling and holding the NJPW Jr. Championship several times. Kushida has this rare combo of agility, strength, and the technical skills to provide submission holds, having all three tied into his in-ring style. SIDENOTE: The international talent WWE currently has on their roster is INSANE! This match ends in a clever finish as Kushida performs an armbar on Jake Atlas, but Maverick pins Atlas by keeping his shoulders on the mat to force the ref to pin to three. 

Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee seems to be setting up an North American Title match between the two. 

Lee and Mia Yum were both mocking Gargano and Candice Larae, Gargano’s wife, even stating “It’s not the Gargano way, it’s about making you pay”. Seems that Mia Yum and Candice Larae have things to settle in the ring as they square off on next wendesday’s show of NXT. 

 Welcome to the Era of Imperium: Where the Mat is Sacred. 

NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are set to butt heads with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. 

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel Gonzalez 

This match I’ll describe very shortly. Shoti Blackheart has incredible traditional style wrestling techniques and knows how to cleverishly reverse any move that Raquel tried to do for the first 2-3 minutes of the match. I must say personally, Raquel, just by her size, if used correctly, she can be a better powerhouse female wrestler than Nia Jax and Tamina… Yes you’re probably wondering that’s not saying much but; at least that means she can be better than both. Blackheart is a risk taker and seems to capture the big moment. We should expect good things from her. Raquel gets the victory due to the interference of Candice Larae at ringside.

Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest at NXT: Takeover In Your House 

During this segment numerous of encounters between the two were played to promote the match next week. This shall be one of the best matches on the card that night and definitely one fans may not exactly even have a clue who will pick up the victory. 

Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai vs Charlotte Flair & … Chelsea Green???  

I know when I say this for a lot of fans watching the product weekly, and I really hpe we see a title change hands next week. My pick? Io Shirai is extremely talented in the ring. Very agile and is a beautiful storyteller during her matches. The aggressiveness she displays shows how hungry and prepared she is for the opportunity. Rhea Ripley shouldn’t have lost in the first place, but that’s my opinion and I digress. Personally I believe the best move is to take the strap off Charlotte. It’s a no brainer she’s the safest and best wrestler in the industry, no doubt. Although with the new wild card rule in play; Flair is broadcasted on every show throughout the week. But it’s like what Jackie Chan told Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid, “Too much of good stuff is bad stuff” or in this case; too much Charlotte can cause fans to turn their backs. Charlotte being the veteran she is gets win by putting her legs on the rope as she pinned Io Shirai. 

KARRION KROSS VS TOMASSO CIAMPA?! 

Karrion Kross made his debut on NXT not too long ago and this matchup has fans talking. It’s going to be good to see how this plays out as Tomasso is an NXT vet and basically at one point was his brand. Will he fold against Kross or will Kross meet a roadblock this early into his WWE career? Tune in to see this match next week on June 7th. 

The Original Bro Matt Riddle takes on his former teammate Timothy Thatcher in a Cage Pit Match 

Before I get into this, I’m sold highly on Matt Riddle. His character alone is probably the most that hits home with someone and it’s hard to even pinpoint if that’s his actual gimmick or if he’s like how he is naturally. We finally see blood! Not intentionally as the match was held and sent to a commercial for Thatcher to get cleaned up. Matt Riddle is such a good opponent for Brock Lesnar, too bad Lesnar hates his guts. This match gave me this feeling of having both a wrestling match and a flatout brawl. They incorporate some wrestling moves but for the most part was stuck to its “cage” feel. Timothy Thatcher ends up submitting Riddle in a chokehold where Riddle passes out momentarily. I for one will say again Matt Riddle may have a lot of big things ahead of him. His ability to sell in the ring while bein that powerhouse strength, with still being able to make someone tap quickly; he looks to have loads of potential that SmackDown Live would love to have. 

I appreciate everyone taking time out their days to read these, if you guys want me to talk about anything specifically, my opinion on a specific superstar, or what’s my favorite PPV etc. The more you’re engaged the more makes my day happier. Thank you guys so much, Brotha Monty signing off. 

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Monday Night Raw: We Have a Crowd?!

Raw started off with a segment between Kevin Owens and Asuka enticing the upcoming Triple-Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. Natalya’s presence within this match is very questionable given the fact that she lost the previous two weeks to Shayna Baszler, whom seemed more deserving for the spot. I personally think when I say we see too much for Charlotte I’m speaking for a lot of people. It’s getting quite repetitive to the point that each women’s segment involves Charlotte, especially last week where she actually appeared on each brand. It’s almost as if they’re relying on her throughout each brand instead of focusing on several other potential female superstars that have the talent to actually build matchups against Charlotte. For example; the Triple Threat Match, in my opinion should’ve been between Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, and Bianca Belair. Not only does it show the viewer new faces, you allow each individual to showcase what they have to offer within a match that can be pretty lengthy to show each individual’s skills. I think it could’ve been a match that nonetheless more people would’ve actually sat down and watched. Instead we get Nia Jax getting powerbombed twice, not to mention through tables, and still somehow winning. If there’s anything that can be described as entertaining, it’s definitely Asuka. Asuka, ever since Wrestlemania 36, has brought the amount of energy that we’d expect from a live audience, instead she amplifies her intensity and we clearly see she’s in full character when dancing around basically half the time during promos. 

Apollo Crews vs. Andrade for the WWE United States Championship

The match was up to speed considering the agility both Apollo and Andrade possess. Apollo has always been able to show his strength within the ring and he once again put that on display as he did a Military Press and stand up backflip senton that ended up netting Crews his first WWE Championship since joining the company. Andrade had control throughout the entire match, and the entire feel of the match made it seem like Andrade didn’t want to lose the title whatsoever even grabbing the title and yelling “This is Mine” mid match which shows the admiration for having the title. Giving Apollo Crews the win means that we can possibly see a feud with Andrade where either superstar can come out with the championship. Personally I’m very surprised to See Crews with the title victory, yet I’m extremely happy to see a new title holder and Apollo couldn’t be a better choice. I only wonder if someone would be following suit (Shayna Baszler). 

The Women’s Tag Team Championship

The promo from Nikki Cross felt very authentic in the sense that she talks about her struggle and road to the championship. The segment ended as the Iconics attacked both Cross an Bliss. The Iconics haven’t held the Gold since they won it back at the Championship’s debut at Wrestlemania. 

Intriguing as it is, it seems that we’re only getting started with this feud with Bobby Lashley and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Drew was a guest on MVP’s VIP Lounge, and it ended up the same way it ended the last time; Claymore Kick. It wouldn’t hurt at all if this feud lasted two PPV’s as Bobby Lashley is more than capable of seem fitting to challenge a man of McIntyre’s stature. Most fans that have been around since Lashley’s first run with the company would love to see the WWE Championship on Lashley but those same fans and then some are still attatched to Drew and more than deserving a lengthy title reign. Which in my discretion wouldn’t mind this feud going to two PPVs. 

Monday Night Messiah vs Aleister Black at Backlash??? 

This faction might be able to bring us a lot of matchups we haven’t seen. It seems we’re getting a Rey Mysterio vs Seth Rollins at BackLash. With the adition of Ausin Theory, the Monday Night Messiah looks to be growing in numbers and at the same time, really diving into is new character. The attempt to take out Humberto’s eye just like Mystrio was classic heel tactics. I’m hoping this matchup entices a feud between Black and Rollins. 

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