THE WRESTLING REPORT

Summer Slam is coming and it looks awesome

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio shows www.nerdthugradio.com!

The final week before Summer Slam set up some interesting moments, with Summer Slam looking like a great event this Sunday. However, there are some things that need to be addressed; there are two storylines that I have a particular problem with and WWE has kind of doubled down on them this week and I honestly don't enjoy it. The first one is Roman Reigns being put in actual physical harm, two weeks ago they did a lame stunt and faked dropping scaffolding on Roman, then this week on Raw they actually had a genuine car accident stunt where Roman lunged back into his SUV before a car hit his. There's fun WWE style drama and then there are actual stunts where someone can get hurt, and this is a call back to those old school times when Jackass was on the airwaves and wrestling was a little more irresponsible. Which leads me to my other issue, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins rivalry going too far, Brock Lesnar has now severely injured Seth Rollins twice, if you believe the hype machine we are now to believe that Seth Rollins will overcome great physical duress to beat a Beast? Not only have they done this exact storyline with Seth Rollins when he signed a waiver to fight Triple H a few years back but it's just reckless and stretches all believability. It's actually too much.

There were some really cool moments on Raw that I'll touch on briefly, Bray Wyatt showing up and putting the Mandible Claw on Kurt Angle was cool. The 24/7 bit was at least funny, but I am truly tired of Maria Kanellis and honestly of the 24/7 title. The Viking Experience is now stale, the audience was dead silent as they had yet another squash match in the ring, it's time to either write them a story or bench them. The OC is a terrible name for a faction but at least they can put on a good match and against the New Day and Ricochet it was a great match, also Rey Mysterio and Andrade put on an amazing match. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross winning the women's tag titles was cool, but it makes me wonder why give it to the Iconics at all and what is the future of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. The obvious stunner of the week is Goldberg's surprise announcement against Ziggler, it's one of those odd moments though considering that means The Miz doesn't have a match and they trotted The Heartbreak Kid for nothing, it's a great surprise but an odd moment if you think about it.

Smackdown kicked off with an awful Charlotte Flair and Trish Stratus promo, this is not the match that anyone's asked for. Dolph Ziggler is making a great heel turn although the idea that he is a legend killer is an odd stretch considering he's at least ten years into the wrestling game himself. It's probably because of his time on the bench, but I honestly don't care for Mustafa Ali at all. There was a lot going on in this Smackdown, and some weird moments like the Zayn vs Black match and the odd moment where Bayley comes out to save Ember Moon after taking a cheap shot at her the other day, just odd moments indeed. The big reveal that it was Rowan coming after Reigns was interesting but considering how much I hate the storyline overall, I'm not sure how great it is. Overall Summer Slam is looking good though.

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THE WRESTLING REPORT

WWE makes a move on AEW

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio shows www.nerdthugradio.com!

So there's a ton that happened this week and not all of it on just Raw and Smackdown. Let's get to the big announcement first, NXT will be leaving the WWE Network and coming to USA Network and directly competing against AEW on Wednesday nights. Also, NXT will begin touring the country like the Red and Blue brands to give more exposure to these lesser wrestlers and help grow the brand overall. I've always said one of the hurdles an NXT call up has to deal with when they come up is that they aren't nationally known, so sure they pop in Florida where NXT films every month, but how do they play when they're seen for the first time in the Midwest? That's not going to be a problem anymore which will make some of these guys journeys much easier. The choice to compete with AEW I think is their mistake. I think if people have to choose between two things they don't know, they are more likely to give the complete unknown the try rather than the third WWE show, I might be wrong but that's just how I feel.

The other thing I wanted to mention was WWE did a house show here in Houston on Saturday and this is the perfect opportunity to talk about how crazy the WWE schedule is. This is an untelevised show, with guys like Randy Orton, Kevin Owens and Charlotte Flair among other big name stars doing matches, they were flying in from Orlando, doing this show and going right back on the road for Raw on Monday night. This is where the road takes its toll on WWE superstars. When it was reported that Dean Ambrose did 200 matches in one year and you start adding it up, even if he was on every Raw and Smackdown that's only 104 shows. The number of house shows these guys do is insane and it's part of how they make their business work but still, the travel and the wear and tear is incredible.

This week on the shows they began the King of the Ring contest, this is something they never should have gotten away from. King of the Ring is just one of those iconic WWE things that should always be an active part of the brand and I'm glad they brought it back. From both shows the things that stick out the most to me is the Kofi getting tough with Randy Orton, Bayley getting a little rough with Charlotte and I'm so damn tired of the Roman Reigns storyline. I do like Seth and Brawn winning the tag titles, and I hope they let this have a nice long simmer before these two match up for Seth's title eventually.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office email me for details or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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