RAW AND SMACKDOWN REVIEWS
Let’s see was there anything different about Raw and Smackdown Live this week? Um I don’t know maybe. The big story is did Triple H and his father in law Vince McMahon fight over the NXT call ups? That’s all the buzz. But since the McMahon family made their speech about change they have introduced 10 new NXT superstars. The first 6 have made very small implications. All except for Lars Anderson have actually competed in a match. Lars has not been seen anywhere in at least a month. EC3 is not allowed to talk yet. Lacey Evans just does cat walks. Tucker and Otis got their names shortened and have cut some pretty funny promos. Nikki Cross has actually wrestled in some big matches. Both the ladies were in the Women’s Royal Rumble match. So why did the WWE bring up 4 of their top stars from NXT to not only compete on both Raw and Smackdown Live but win all their matches. Tomaso Ciampo, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet and Allestier Black all shined with great matrches.
The Louisiana crowd was not as over as we all would have hoped they would be. This is even after Triple H giving a scouting report on each and Michael Cole giving more during their video promos. All 4 are top talents. But all 4 returned to NXT on Wednesday so was this a one time thing or do we expect these 4 to be mainstays on the main roster? Well now that Ciampo and Gargano will be re kindling their feud on NXT maybe they will have a NXT Takeover match and come up permanently after Wrestlemania.
But the real problem is not the lack of talent. It’s the lack of opportunity for all of this talent. The shows are crowded. How do you get all this talent enough time to develop into meaningful story lines? The 4 new guys had 3 matches on Raw and 3 matches on Smackdown Live. Throw in the useless Braun/Corbin match, another Heyman/Rollins promo(get used to that), Ruby Riott getting another title match and Elias getting interrupted again, Lacey doing a catwalk, a Dean Ambrose squash match and a funny promo with Seth what was left. I expected a better promo with the new female tag team champs. Ryder and Hawkins vs Lucha House Party. Outside of the new guys debuting and the announcement of DX with Chyna going into the hall of fame(And I will be there) there wasn’t anything else of substance.
Smackdown Live in my opinion is the better show right now. Even with the whole Charlotte/Becky angle switching to Raw. There was 5 matches but all were good. Three of the matches were NXTer’s. Mandy Rose beats Asuka which could be a set up for a Wrestlemania match. All 6 participants of the Eimination Chamber match met up in a 6 man tag team match. Kofi gets the pin and a title shot at Fastlane. I also thought it was a good idea to not have Carmella on TV while this whole incident starts to die down which it will. All the matches were good. But Wrestlemania is fast approaching and we don’t have clear direction on most of the card. This is something insiders say is very rare this close to Wrestlemania.
On a personal note I am glad to see that Roman Reigns is coming to Raw on Monday to update us on his recovery. I was a never a big fan of his. That’s because of the ridiculous push and attempts to jam him down our throats for 3 years. This has nothing to do with that right now. I do respect him and I cheer for his recovery and his efforts and bravery facing a disease that just seems to not go away. Roman will be a true face for life for the kind of person he is.
I also am glad the Carmella/Corey Graves issue is behind us. I don’t know what is going on at the house shows. But if she is on live TV this week we will see what kind of crowd reaction she gets. I don’t want to talk about this anymore cause it’s in my eyes a non -issue. I just hope Carmella has distanced herself from him as this could be a career killer for her. The last thing you want is people to see them together and keep getting reminders of what happened.
I have not been a fan of the Total Divas TV Show. I don’t really have a good reason to not either. In fact I only binge watched the last 2 seasons because I can’t get enough my princess Carmella. Watching Big Cass get hurt reminds me that my brother took his MRI in Brooklyn because his boss and owner of the place is a good friend of Shane McMahon and he wanted it to be done quietly. Carmella is amazing and watching that show I firmly believe that Corey Graves lied to her about how far along his divorce is.
Buy anyway. I know parts of the show are scripted. But the emotion are not. I only saw seasons 7 and 8. It got me hooked on wanting to watch the 9th season. It got me to want to watch Total Bellas. Aside from how beautiful the Bella Twins are. I was not fans of them in the ring. It’s not that they are bad wrestlers. Nikki is certainly not. It’s just that the women coming up from NXT are better. They carried that banner for a while. I have such a new found respect for the Bella Twins now. They have really become the mentors or the den mothers for a lot of the women in the locker room. Just to see how they are dealing with all the emotions of the other female wrestlers. Brie and Daniel Bryan are so good together. I really feel for Nikki after the breakup with John Cena. I do applaud her and him for recognizing they wanted different things and calling off the marriage. Cena is a weird dude. It’s almost like he is robotic in his real life. Kudos Nikki. You deserve to get what you want and you will. Separation and divorce is really hard. It takes a while to get over and you need a lot of support. But poor Nikki. I feel for her. But she is so beautiful and driven I know she will come out of this fine. Brie. Sweet Brie you will forever be golden for what you did for Daniel Bryan.
Additionaly major kudos to Nia Jax. She just told the trust about her body and how hard it is for her to find someone let alone date. For someone who plays a bully on screen she is a really sweet person. Nia you have a pretty face. I want you to be confident in everything you do out of the ring. My Princess of Staten Island Carmella from Massachusetts. I am from Brooklyn so I definitely understand that kind of woman and I love it. Sweet and tough and driven. Not to mention so very beautiful. I would be your prince forever. Lana. There is a lot going on there. Beautiful woman. Very focused. Maybe a bit too ambitious to be liked and get better in the ring. But I think a complete open book. Nattie is like the who is the person I am looking to describe her. She has won titles before. She is the steady old school woman who is very conservative but she really does not want to be. Naomi is so down to earth. I hope she has resolved her issues with Jon. You really have to feel for Paige. Great career even though it was cut short. To have to deal with the other issues she has had as well as the injury is really not fair. But she has pushed through.