Yeah, its one of those were I have to start it. The Bullet Club looks a bit menacing, but they need to win matches. Sorts like Becky. The main event was done to put Steph as a face more than anything else. Step/Charlotte for the tutle will happen during this summer.
The IC stuff while being 3/4 great is stuck in a weird gear. The rest is just there.
The first 2/3 of the show were very strong but ran out of steam when the Golden Truth Breezy Dango showed up.
The entire New Day segment was outstanding, especially since E set up how absurd it was all going to be by essentially telling Xavier, "I know that's just a refrigerator box!"
Everything with the IC title picture is working for me, especially KO not shutting up in the ring. And speaking French to Maryse on commentary!
The main event put over Charlotte as a heel in her home turf and was maybe her strongest mic performance yet.
"The Club" nickname just makes me think of an auto-theft prevention device.
Even with all the main roster injuries, they might've brought too many NXT folks up at once. Apollo Crews is already MIA and on Superstars/Main Event duty when he could still be semi-main eventing on NXT (I know it's obviously more $$ for him on the main roster, you don't want him to stall out from the start...).
Jericho and Ambrose do a fantastic job selling a by-the-numbers angle. The new asylum cage match looks like a gentler Monster's Ball, which is fine because this doesn't need to be a bloodbath. These guys can sell the intensity without going to such, um, extremes.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Also - if TMNT: Out of the Shadows is sponsoring Extreme Rules, shouldn't Sheamus be involved in...something on TV?
Originally posted by Matt TrackerJericho and Ambrose do a fantastic job selling a by-the-numbers angle. The new asylum cage match looks like a gentler Monster's Ball, which is fine because this doesn't need to be a bloodbath. These guys can sell the intensity without going to such, um, extremes.
There was a potted plant up there! And props to JBL for quickly calling it the "son of Mitch."
'The Club' should have both beaten the Usos and have a much better name. The match was perfectly watchable but it just didn't seem right. Usos are just a strange team that could and possibly should be a lot more than just having a chant that most join in on.
Jericho and Ambrose should be good on Sunday despite the weapons that won't be used highlighted. Was the chainsaw up there?
Shane and Stephanie is getting boring so hopefully things will change after the PPV or Network special depending on what you want to listen to. Why does Stephanie need to come across as the untouchable babyface who can beat anyone and everyone whenever she wants? I believe that in 'real life' she is lovely and a fantastic person but just cannot like what she does on screen. She wouldn't work as a face so a break from her would not go amiss.
Primo and Epico must have seen something backstage and only keeping it quiet to keep on getting pushes and TV time or surely they would have gone a long time a go. Nice to see Total Elimination again though. If only Joey Styles was calling it.
And Owens is superb every time he is out there.
I've drunk too much wne and whisky tonight so this might not make sense. I will check it in the morning!
I know in this day and age ratings don't mean as much, but this can't be good.
I laugh at the whole Shane/Stephanie storyline. 1 month ago, she was the untouchable heel undercutting Ambrose. Now, she's slapping Ric Flair and standing up to the women's champions. Meanwhile, Shane gets the biggest pops and gets his name chanted, because you want is the 46 year old son of the owner who never wrestles to be your top face. Can't wait for Summerslam main event between them in Hell In The Cell.
History shows that nothing will change. People will 'complain' about them and other things, but we're wrestling fans. The base will still watch, tolerating everything because Owens or Zayn or Styles will be on screen for those precious minutes and the viewers will fool themselves into thinking whatever scraps they get will mean something in the long run.
(edited by DirtyMikeSeaver on 17.5.16 1533) Kevin Kelly: "Mr. Austin, would you like to comment on Wade Keller's Take that endorsing the XFL hurts your anti-authority character?"
Steve Austin: "Oh shit, he actually said that? I thought the boys in the back were ribbing me!"
Kelly: "No, he really said that. Did they tell you the part about you sitting in the stands, looking all skeptical?"
Austin: "AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah... oh man that was too much."
Moving TNA into closer toward the UFC presentation of competition (dropping the backstage skits in favor of fighter promos, for one) and combining the two for a Monday line-up might be Spike's best bet. TNA can't beat the WWE be replicating the WWE.