I am looking forward to watching Cena vs Reigns. The match and the energy should be wild. I am not a fan of the build to this match. It BLOWS. They are booking towards wrestling twitter nerds (like me) and it's dumb. I hate when Meltzer debates crowd sizes, I don't need the top two wrestlers debating it in the ring.
I am a fan of Miz totally burying Enzo for the sake of burying Enzo. The joy on the faces of Bo and Axel as they pummeled poor Enzo was my favorite moment of the show.
One thing (among others) I don't get in the Cena/Reigns build is the use of Jason Jordan. I was expecting Reigns to beat him in less than five minutes to have something to lord over Cena. But no, they both struggle equally with the rookie. So what's the point of the two matches, then?
The logic is presumably "Cena, who is our top guy and currently burying the living shit out of our next top guy on the mic, famously had a losing effort match against Kurt Angle; therefore, maybe we can have the guy we disastrously booked as Kurt Angle's son become the next next top guy by having losing efforts against the top guy and the next next top guy!"
It's airtight logic, you see.
I am enjoying the Reigns/Cena build for the pure unbridled glee that No Shits Given End of Career Internet Troll John Cena has on his face every time he lands a direct hit on Reigns and for the possibility that it might reignite Shaprio's love for This Business. As a build-up for what should have been a WrestleMania match a year or so ago, it is in desperate need of an "and that champ will be Stone Cold Steve Austin, with all due respect" galvanizing moment that I don't see coming
(Related: that Braun/Show video package was pretty great and old school, huh?)
So, within the space of about a month we'll have had, by my count, at least FIVE WrestleMania Main Events/Dream Matches given away with almost zero build:
-Cena/Nakamura (both a Dream Match and WrestleMania caliber match as a first time ever meeting on a random Smackdown with a week's build) -Nakamura/Orton (a Dream Match type as a first ever meeting on a random Smackdown with I think no build?) -Cena/BRAUN (a WrestleMania Main Event caliber match on a random Raw with no build) -Cena/Reigns (the most WrestleMania Main Event-ass match of all WrestleMania Main Event matches given away on a C-Level PPV) -Brock/BRAUN (what should be/have been the main event for this coming WrestleMania on the same C-Level PPV where you're already giving away the Cena/Reigns match)
So either Cena is dying and getting in all of his matches now or, uh, business ain't doing as good as The Big Dog was scripted to say, I guess?
If the plan after all this is still Roman vs. Brock to main event WrestleMania, cancel this company forever.
Originally posted by Dr UnlikelyIf the plan after all this is still Roman vs. Brock to main event WrestleMania, cancel this company forever.
They have to be locked into this now, especially since they've done/are doing the matches you listed. They really have no other options unless Finn Balor gets a surprise Royal Rumble win and Reigns doesn't beat him for the title shot.
Brock/Braun is also repeating so many story beats that Brock/Joe did, where Brock gets manhandled by the beast every week, etc. then gets dominated in the match until he hits one F5 and wins to go deer hunting while the belt sits in a box for 6 months.
Maybe this time, Brock barely wins and has to be carried out to sell Braun's offense a little more, but these monster feuds are really just stopgaps before we find ourselves on the Road to WrestleMania.
Originally posted by Dr UnlikelyThe logic is presumably "Cena, who is our top guy and currently burying the living shit out of our next top guy on the mic, famously had a losing effort match against Kurt Angle; therefore, maybe we can have the guy we disastrously booked as Kurt Angle's son become the next next top guy by having losing efforts against the top guy and the next next top guy!"
It's airtight logic, you see.
Yeah, but that's only within the context of Jordan. That doesn't apply at all in the context of the build for the Cena-Reigns match, which is how the announcers spun the set of matches. The one match against Cena last week, sure. But I think it would have done better for all involved for Reigns to kick the crap out of Jordan, with a line after of "This ain't 1996 [or whenever], I ain't Kurt Angle, and I sure as hell ain't John Cena." Have him rush Jordan right at the bell when he's not 100% focused if you want an excuse, but in the context of the story they were trying to tell -- the Cena/Reigns story -- those matches mean nothing. And since they were trying to tell the Cena/Reigns story with the set of matches, that devalues the way they can tell the "Jason Jordan, wunderkind" story as well.
Nia and Alexa looked so bored during commentary. There is no real juice in the women's division.I can understand sending Asuka up, but she has to do more than buzzsaw through the women mainly due to the fact there is only really six of them with only being used. I also do not want 30 seconds and out Rhonda feuding with the women. All its going to do is bury the women further.
well,I have the pre-air release and here I'm reviewing cd1 of smackdown (the first hour). I'll have cd2 in about 10 minutes. I haven't really watched it yet,just fast forward. it wasn't really a smackdown,it was more like a weird house-show.