Since we fans are the authority now, looks like we also can't book a good episode of Raw.
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
Of the announced NXT call-ups, EC3 is both the least and most surprising.
He should be dominating NXT with a title run first to establish his bona fides. BUT he also seems to have all his fundamentals in place to move up and be a main eventer immediately.
I hope he isn't lazily packaged as an arrogant millionaire getting cheap heat by insulting the audience, but he's such a natural fit for that gimmick that they kinda have to. So I'm already simultaneously cynical and curious about his work in the WWE. I think he has the chops to be a great performer, but so does Almas, and I'm still waiting for that guy to level up so I don't know.
Heavy Machinery will steal whatever show they're on.
I thought KO was out until February, but maybe he and Zayn can play Statler and Waldorf for a few months.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Yeah, I don't know that I'd say "different" either, but I thought this was a better episode than we've been getting - low bar, I know. But we got Tyler Breeze and a good, long, women's gauntlet match, and I kind of have to put both of those up as pluses.
I wish they'd realize that their problem is NEVER that they don't have enough guys. How many wrestlers are in the back sitting on their hands right now? Why not use some of them more (a la Breeze), instead of rushing up a bunch of talent to either sink or swim? Bringing up guys without a plan for them has almost never resulted in any kind of success, and they've got such a bloated roster. In comparison, there are 15 guys on 205 Live, and you'd think I'd be sick of every conceivable match-up there, but I'm not. It's not about having more guys, it's about using them a little smarter.
Where are they going to find room/time for all these guys on the roster? Almas hasn't been on SD! for a month and Sanity haven't done a thing since their call-up.
I don't want anyone to lose their jobs but WWE used to have those "we're releasing a batch of talent at once to clean house" waves and it seems like now they'd rather just hoard all the talent in the world rather than letting them *do* anything.
And EC3 at least was a previous WWE main roster guy and a main eventer in TNA Impact, so it's not surprising that he's leaving NXT so quickly.
As humbling as it was for Vince to appear and admit he made some mistakes, it didn't help that Baron was the sacrificial lamb for this instead of Stephanie. Steph hired him and in kayfabe world ran the show into the ground. She should have been hit with chair shots and put through a table. Instead the idiots in Sacramento aka Whale Vagina turned into a bunch of trained seals and clapped through that God Awful segment. Fuck them.
If they did want to change things up why not have Becky and Charlotte attack Rhonda from behind last night. Or why not have Braun demanded his title shot now and just hand him the title? Why was Shane even there? It all felt the same and the commentary team is awful with Graves there. He needs to be on one show and one show only preferably not Raw.
They know the show needs change, but as everyone has stated here, bringing up new guys is not the answer. The answer is seeing what you have and making it the best show you have. Everyone on this roster needs time to shine minus Rollins and Ambrose who somehow have no chemistry in the ring anymore. Finn needs a massive push. Sasha and Bayley need to either fight Rhonda or start the female tag division or something. Most importantly, you need a champ who shows up to wrestle every Monday Night and not training to beat a guy half his size in UFC.
So, following last night's SD and how many times they said it, it looks like we do have an actual, for-real change: the elimination of the obligatory rematch. Frankly - good choice. They had Shane say "antiquated" on Monday, and I think that's the right word for it. Now, we might finally be able to get out of a feud with less than 16 matches between the same two guys. I am curious to see how this shakes out in a practical sense, because they're obviously still going to do rematches sometimes (too many times), but for now I'm pretty happy with this.
Less happy with them eliminating Paige as the SD GM. She was really killing it in that role, and mostly people, you know, don't. Hope they've got something else lined up for her to do.
It's funny they're being so open about that, because on the other hand they have Seth Rollins talking about how he's owed his rematch. So ... it's antiquated until it's not?
It was also interesting to see the same "coming soon to the WWE" video that was on Raw. So not all those folks are going to Raw -- some will join Smackdown. I thought at first that we had a situation were those folks were going to Raw and we'd get a different collection of people on Smackdown.
I'm still wondering who in the blue hell this Athena chick is and why she's so damn important. I've seen these fucking "ATHENA" signs all over the shows, and I kept thinking that maybe she was some awesome Tennessee indy wrestler.