WRESTLING REPORT

WWE rides the momentum from WrestleMania

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The aftermath of the craziest WrestleMania in recent history.

Coming out of a crazy WrestleMania where seven titles changed hands, the bar was set rather high to carry the momentum but Raw did its best. Kurt Angle came back and got revenge on Baron Corben for how his WrestleMania moment was ruined with a loss in his farewell match. This led into Lars Sullivan making his WWE main roster debut with a run in to further destroy and humiliate Kurt Angle some more. Lacey Evans actually did something other than walk back and forth by punching Becky Lynch in the face probably setting up Becky's first post WrestleMania rivalry. Speaking of great female wrestlers, Alexa Bliss returned to the ring for the first time since the women's royal rumble a few months back against Bayley. The Revival had a title rematch against Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder for the Raw Tag Titles and yet again they lost, leaving them in an odd spot honestly, having lost way more than they've won here lately. The Undertaker made a bizarre surprise return to the ring and delivered a choke slam and a tombstone piledriver on Elias, as exciting as it always is to see The Deadman the question of why looms over the appearance. The biggest and most annoying moment in all of Raw though was the winner take all match between Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins each putting their newly won titles on the line, being interrupted by The Bar. It was an odd moment, why even tease unifying the titles to simply call it off and have them fight together against a common foe?

Smackdown played fast and light with the "rules" of the WWE universe, with Drew Mcintyre and Braun Strowman showing up even though they are both technically members of the Raw roster. Although both The Bar and The New Day and Becky Lynch were all on Raw the day before so maybe turnabout is fair play. After the Usos retained their titles in a fatal four way on WrestleMania they then had them come in and lose their titles on Smackdown to the Hardy Brothers, and then Lars Sullivan came in and threw them both around like rag dolls. Lacey Evans showed back up and punched Becky Lynch again so that's looking like a pretty good lock for the first rivalry for the now combined women's title. Perhaps the only real bad moment on Smackdown was Shane McMahon's obnoxious cut where he harassed the ring announcer and talked about being the best in the world, I'm just not interested in a bunch of Shane McMahon storylines.

With the Superstar Shake Up coming next week and lots of wrestlers floating around without storylines, it's going to be an interesting week next week and WWE took advantage of all that uncertainty to make two good shows where they just shrugged and said anything can happen.

THE WRESTLING REPORT

WWE continues its backslide into mediocrity

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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!

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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