THE WRESTLING REPORT

WWE actually turns in a solid week of programming

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Raw

Raw started off with a bang with Seth Rollins attacking Elias with a chair after Elias announced he would be the special guest referee for Baron Corbin vs Seth Rollins championship match at Stomping Ground. Seth then proceeded to spend the rest of the show stalking anyone who even considered being the special guest referee for Baron's match. The five man match for the right to challenge Samoa Joe for for his title was nothing special and the list of the five guys who competed is basically that same list of five guys who have been in the mix for everything lately.

While the rise of Ricochet has been great and fun to watch, putting him on par with Straun Browman and The Miz feels artificial and honestly over reaching, but then again maybe not, Kofi is doing great as the WWE Heavyweight champion.It was nice to see Hulk Hogan back on Raw even if it was for a video segment cheering on the Women's Soccer Team in the World Cup. If you think WWE, you think Hulk Hogan if you're over a certain age and it was sly of WWE to promote a live sporting event on future networking partner FS1. Alexa Bliss is absolutely one of the best women's stars in WWE and I'm glad she's back to getting into the ring. I don't know if its injuries or whatever but I'm glad she's back at it.

Smackdown

Smackdown started off with some of the great mic work from Legendary mic champions, The New Day. The Alexa Bliss and Bayley rivalry continues to build very well, and it feels like a natural fight coming between the two of them and it's exciting. Aleister Black keeps cutting these interesting promos and honestly I don't understand why they haven't started booking him into a feud of some kind, is he hurt? Is there no one for him to fight? Also, when are they going to bring back Bray Wyatt? I have questions, as you can tell.

The continued evolution of Shane McMahon as a new authority figure who is rewarding the guys he works with who loyally serve him isn't a new concept, but it's working really well here and this roster of guys working together to further Shane and their own goals is fun to watch. It gives guys like The Miz and Roman Reigns someone else to fight against, although incorporating the 24/7 title into the story continues to make that title so annoying, it's clearly a joke title at this point. Overall this week was a lot better than ones in recent memory, but Stomping Grounds doesn't seem that exciting and honestly I'm just not feeling it.

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Coming out of Clash of Champions, Raw was epic. Seth Rollins holding onto the title and now setting up a rivalry with The Fiend is going to be a great match, I'm a huge Bray Wyatt fan but this does feel early. Also it's disappointing that Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are the champs if for no other reason than because they came out to Dolph's music and now one of the most Glorious entrance songs just got buried by bad writing. Also, I thought they were going to do King of the Ring during Clash of the Champions, did I miss something? Now Baron Corbin is going to be even more obnoxious that he is King of the Ring. This paternity storyline is silly, the announcers can't even keep a straight face talking about it. It's great to see Rusev back, lean and sporting an amazing moustache, but not as part of this lame baby storyline. Alexa and Nikki are great champions and a fun tag team, and every week Alexa is looking better and better since she recovered from her long-time injury. Raw finished strong with The Fiend taking out Kane and posing over Seth.

Smackdown started off with the Revival and Randy Orton in a tag match against The New Day. It's a little sad to see the New Day drop their titles to The Revival but we'll see where it goes. Ali is probably my least favorite wrestler getting screen time right now. The Kevin Owens lawsuit bit has been done before between him and Shane, this is literally the second lawsuit between them specifically, but they are great to go at each other on the mic. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair put on an awesome match and the Carmella run in was a nice surprise, I hope Carmella gets back in the ring soon. The build up to a Kofi and Brock match will be great, these are some of the best mic working people in the WWE right now, The New Day and Paul Heyman. Heavy Machinery is great but I feel for Otis running around the ring, he's exhausted by the time he gets to the ring it looks like.

It's a great week out of Clash of Champions and building up towards Hell in the Cell.

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