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Wrestlemania is starting to look a little crowded

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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 and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio shows www.nerdthugradio.com!

Wrestlemania gets crowded as we get closer to go April 7th.

Raw lost a little momentum as everything was about Wrestlemania and everyone tried to get a piece of it. The addition of Colin Jost and Michael Che into the Andre the Giant Memorial Royal Rumble takes two actual wrestler's spots but considering some of the odd bookings going on lately, that may not be an issue. I'm starting to suspect that either WWE writing is purposefully keeping a lot of people on the bench for some reason or a lot of people aren't able to go right now and that's why guys like Aleister Black, Ricochet and Apollo Crews are getting so much air time. The women's tag titles match just went from a showcase singles match, which honestly the team of Natalya Hart and Beth Phoenix wasn't a great choice for an opponent, into likely a large group tag match with probably the Iconics and Nia Jax and Tamina getting into the match, maybe a four way tag battle? Finn Balor gets his title match, Seth Rollins and Triple H both cut some solid promos and Dean Ambrose and Drew Mcintyre had a fantastic last man standing match. Kurt Angle's farewell tour continued with a painful looking match versus Samoa Joe, I respect Kurt Angle for holding out and not wanting to end his career yet but seriously how is he still standing at this point?

Smackdown continues its theme of who knows what's going to happen, with another crazy game of "who did what now?" The women's triple threat match at Wrestlemania got even more confusing with Charlotte Flair winning the Smackdown women's title, just one day after coming in third place in a beat the clock match on Raw. With three people it's fairly obvious that someone would have come in third place, but Charlotte Flair's problem in this whole booking is that she's felt like the middle child in the storyline constantly having to remind people she's in it. Also, beating Asuka really kind of puts Asuka in a weird place, from undefeated phenom into short term title holder very quickly, this all leaves Asuka struggling for direction coming into Wrestlemania where the Smackdown women's title didn't even have a match. The New Day winning Kofi's way seemingly into the title match against Daniel Bryan is a great payoff for the storyline building up to Wrestlemania but with one more week between then and now, is it going to end that way? I guess we'll have to wait and see, which is smart programming on WWE's part.

One thing I do want to take a second to comment on though is how awesome it is for the women's triple threat match to be the main event at Wrestlemania. The journey from bra and panty matches to being THE MAIN EVENT, has been a long crazy one and all of these girls deserve a piece of the credit, from Sasha, Bailey, Alexa, Becky, Chyna, Sable and everyone in between the evolution from eye candy to time fillers to genuine impressive athletic entertainment is unmistakable and worthy of comment and reward.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF O'BRIEN'S COACHING

Not my job: Texans no match for the Ravens

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The Texans fell to the Ravens 33-16 in a game they had a shot at winning. Most of you reading this will probably think I'm crazy for saying that. I assure you, I meant what I said. One of the reasons they didn't was because Bill O'Brien made a few questionable decisions that cost this team.

The first was the 4th & 1 decision. Deciding to go for it was bad enough. They were down 3-0 near the end of the first quarter with the ball on their own 34-yard line. This is not a situation that calls for a gamble or statement play. The play call itself was okay I guess: a play action bootleg with two short options. It was read and played perfectly by the Ravens defense. Deshaun Watson had nowhere to go with the ball and had to throw it at Darren Fells' back before getting sacked. That led to a quick Ravens touchdown and an early 10-0 deficit. I seriously think he has PTSD after that playoff loss to the Chiefs when it comes to fourth down calls. Bumbling Bill strikes again!

When they got the ball back, they scored a touchdown thanks to more play action passes and pre-snap motion. It was as if Bumbling Bill realized his offensive line was outmatched by the front seven they're opposing. Sure Watson is mobile and looks like a magician escaping sacks, but misdirection helps throw the defense off and keeps Watson from breaking into 177,000,000 pieces. Oh, and the quick reads were a good idea as well. Too bad Bumbling Bill went away from that and opted for longer developing routes. Or will he blame it on Timid Tim Kelly? Or was Waiting Watson holding onto the ball too long? I blame all three.

Also, can we stop starting drives with the predictable run, run, pass combo please? First down should be play action rollout with Watson having the ability to choose to run if it's there. More run/pass/option plays need to be called as well. Incorporate more things that we saw when Watson was on his way to winning rookie of the year before his knee was sacrificed for the Astros.

Credit where it's due: the end of the first half to get a field goal with a minute and change left was good to see. Typically, these situations tend to make Bumbling Bill come out. I liked the quick slant to Cobb with no timeouts. They were able to spike the ball and get the field goal up.

The game was still within reach at 23-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 1, they gave up a 30 yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Mark Ingram. I saw gaps on both sides of the defensive line pre-snap. Sure enough, Ingram got a lead block from the Ravens human plough of a fullback and that effectively put the nail in the coffin at 30-13. I know the tendency is to quarterback sneak or run up the middle, but don't leave gaps along the defensive line trying to stack the middle. First time defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver will take the L on this one.

Overall, I'll give O'Brien and his coaching staff a C- this game. Mistakes were made that could've cost them a legit shot at winning, but the Keke Coutee fumble return for a touchdown wasn't their fault. The play calling menu was brought to us this week by Craft Pita via the "What's Eric Eating" podcast. Tune in next week for another "Not my job!"

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