THE WRESTLING REPORT

WWE continues its backslide into mediocrity

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In the aftermath of one of the most disastrous WWE events in recent memory, Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia, WWE struggled yet again this week. With an incredibly tepid response to AEW's Double or Nothing, the WWE has fallen well below their own usual standards of quality, the match between Undertaker and Goldberg was easily the worst match in recent history as both wrestlers nearly killed each other doing their finishers with a botched jackhammer and tombstone piledriver, there was literally no way the match could have been worse. Beyond that, there was a 50 man battle royal and the only Saudi on the entire WWE roster won it, a guy who has been on the roster for over a year and has never appeared on either Raw or Smackdown.

Coming into Raw, the bookings made even less sense, with Baron Corbin announcing he has another match against Seth Rollins after losing just three days earlier. So apparently losing a title shot means you get another title shot now? Cool. Kevin Owens came out of nowhere and wanted a match against the champion and got it for no reason either. The Iconics fought a couple of local jobbers for no reason, and then WWE ripped off ESPN and did a split screen interview of Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans, were they scared they might fight?

It's fake. There were other matches, including the Revival getting their titles back, which it never made sense for them to get but at least this time it was a real match. The 24/7 is now officially a joke, it's just a running gag where R Truth just runs around from a bunch of people who also are a joke, this thing is quickly coming off the rails.

Smackdown hasn't gotten much better though, there was another tag match against local jobbers, a meaningless women's match and another awful run between The Miz and Shane and Elias and Drew. The whole best in the World Thing is getting annoying. Big E returns and they book a 3 man tag match against Sami, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler who Kofi will be facing again in Stomping Ground, another loser rematch.


Meanwhile in the Indy scene, Jon Moxley just won a title in New Japan Wrestling in one of his first matches as an Indy wrestler, further hitting home that the WWE is underutilizing it's wrestlers severely. With the WWE going in one direction and the upstart going in the other, it's not inconceivable that change could be on the horizon.

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THE WRESTLING REPORT

WWE Struggles to find any rhythm at all

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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!

Raw yet again felt off balance with it kicking off with another chapter in the Roman Reigns rivalry with Shance McMahon with their match set to be in Saudi Arabia this coming weekend. It was immediately followed by The Miz coming out and helping Seth Rollins cut dual promos against both Brock Lesnar and Baron Corbin, but wait? Didn't The Miz have a massive rivalry with Shane? He didn't want to run out and help Roman against Shane? This is confusing. Raw overall has been confusing, everything from the Lucha House Party three on one match against Lars Sullivan to Rey Mysterio giving the US title directly back to Samoa Joe, I didn't know that was allowed. It feels like everything is just going crazy right now like whoever is spinning the plates is losing focus is kind of how it feels. With the Saudi Arabia event building up to literally this Friday they finally decided to put Triple H into the ring with Randy Orton and let the two of them say anything at all publicly and then also had The Undertaker issue vague threats to Goldberg who wasn't even on Raw. The beating on Seth Rollins from Brock Lesnar was brutal but honestly it wasn't all that interesting, Rollin's title match is against Baron Corbin but everyone knows Lesnar is lurking somewhere back stage, which makes the match less important it feels like.

Smackdown turned up the confusion a little bit more by beginning to push the next pay per view event which is apparently only two weeks away? What? We haven't even had this event yet and already Smackdown is talking about something new that's two weeks away? Shance McMahon at one point calls out Roman Reigns while he's in the ring with the Revival and for some reason Roman comes out by himself and takes yet another beating, why on earth would he even agree to do that? Finn Balor made his first appearance in about two weeks and he ran into the ring and took a very fast beating from Andrade, why would they even do that? Perhaps one of the most annoying parts of Smackdown was Lars Sullivan speaking for the first time and when asked why he's been mugging people for two weeks he asks if someone would ask the Nightingale why it sang it's sweet song. What? Who is he supposed to be, wrestling's Hannibal Lector? Perhaps the biggest highlight was Alexa Bliss winning a triple threat match to be the Number 1 contender for the Smackdown Women's Title.

Overall both Smackdown and Raw are feeling more and more like a mess and to me the biggest question I have at this point, is how long are matches like Triple H and Randy Orton or Undertaker and Goldberg going to be able to keep people's attention?

Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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