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WWE Smackdown Recap (30th May 2017)

The show opens with short vignette style promos from all of the women in the fatal 5-way match. They remind me of the old promos you used to get from Royal Rumble competitors. It's a nice change.

In ring we start with Kevin Owens hosting the Highlight Reel. He says that even though Jericho invented the Money In The Bank match he never won one. He is better than Jericho though so he will win this one. He then announces his guest, Shinsuke Nakamura. Owens is not impressed by Nakamura and tells him to stop dancing and not to show up at MITB. Baron Corbin comes out to show highlights of him beating up Sami Zayn. Owens is unimpressed again as he has been beating up Zayn for 15 years. Nakamura makes some points to Owens and Corbin but gets attacked by both of them. Zayn makes the save and sets up a Teddy Long style tag match, playa. This was your standard show opening promo. It did what it needed to do.

Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin - This was a good …

WWE Raw Recap (29th May 2017)

We kick things off with Miz TV. Miz runs down Dean Ambrose before introducing his guests, Sheamus & Cesaro. The three of them are annoyed that the Hardy Boyz turned up and got a title shot without earning it. Heels making good points again. Shesaro say that they will beat the Hardys at Extreme Rules. Ambrose comes out and calls them buttheads. Okay. Ambrose challenges them to a fight and he has backup in the form of Matt & Jeff Hardy. Average open to the show.

The Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro vs Deam Ambrose & Hardy Boyz - A fun but also quite sloppy match. The Hardys pick up another victory, pinning Miz following a Twist of Fate and Senton Bomb. 

Corey Graves leaves the announce booth in a hurry.

Back from the break Graves is talking with Kurt Angle. Graves shows Angle something on his phone. Angle seems worried and says it could ruin him.

Elias Sampson vs Zack Evans - Once again we get an Elias Sampson original song. It's terrible once again. Obviously the rest of it is a m…

WWE Smackdown Recap (23rd May 2017)

We start the show with Shane McMahon saying that Randy Orton will get his title rematch at Money In The Bank. He also announces that the MITB match will be between Styles, Zayn, Corbin, Ziggler and Nakamura. Owens was annoyed at being left out because there were wrestlers that lost at Backlash involved. Shane decided that he was right and put him in there. He announces Zayn vs Corbin and Styles & Nakamura vs Owens & Ziggler for tonight. As opening segments go this did what it needed to.

Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs Carmella & Natalya - This was better than the match at Backlash but it still had some boring bits in it. The faces pick up the win because of 50/50 booking.

Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn - Roll up. Pin. 15 seconds. Following the match Corbin beats down Sami until he has to be stretchered out. 

Backstage AJ welcomes Nakamura to Smackdown. 

We get another Fashion Files. This time Shane is with them. Breezango thinks Shane wants them to hand over their badges and g…

WWE Raw Recap (May 22nd 2017)

Bray starts the show off by saying something about slaying the beast. That will not happen. He says he will sacrifice some people. He once again claims that only he can slay the beast. Reigns decides he wants to make an appearance. He threatens Bray for no real reason which brings out Kurt Angle. He claims the fatal 5-way at Extreme Rules could be the most important match of the new era. How? Reigns retired Undertaker last month. He makes Wyatt vs Reigns for right now.

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt - I missed most of this cuz I was making a sandwich. Priorities. I got back in time to see Samoa Joe do a run in. This brought out Rollins and he and Reigns ran off the heels.

We are backstage with Reigns and Rollins. Angle turns up to book the incredibly predictable tag main event. It's like GM Mode on the old Smackdown vs Raw games. Book a tag match to keep the feud going. Then the fucking drifter turns up. Angle books him in a match against Dean Ambrose. Why would you put him in a match y…

WWE Backlash Review

Kickoff: Tye Dillinger vs Aiden EnglishEnglish comes out and runs down Chicago, which is his hometown. Dillinger comes out to a pop. This is your basic Kickoff match, complete with advert break. I wasn't bad but it wasn't particularly good and I've forgotten it 10 minutes after watching it. **
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph ZigglerWe are kicking off strong. Nakamura gets a massive pop, as is to be expected. They start with some back and forth before Ziggler takes control after hitting a hanging neckbreaker. Ziggler bad mouths Nakamura while he has the advantage but his hubris allows Shinsuke to fight back. Nakamura's command doesn't last long though and Ziggler takes control again. Dolph hits the Famouser for a 2 count. He then hits a Zig-Zag for another 2 count. Ziggler is having way too much of the control in this match. Ziggler hits a superkick to the back of the head for another 2 count. Nakamura finally gets some offense in, hitting knees and an xploder. He then hi…

NXT TakeOver: Chicago Review

Roderick Strong vs Eric YoungEvery time I hear Sanity's entrance theme I am amazed that Primus haven't had a word with WWE's legal department as it's basically the same song as 'My Name Is Mud'. The crowd was hot for Roddy, as would be expected from an ROH stronghold like Chicago. Roddy starts strong (sorry) by taking out the other members of Sanity before the match even starts. He gains the advantage early on, chopping the life out of Young. Young regains the advantage after Killian Dain absolutely flattens Strong on the outside. From there we get a prolonged heat segment by Young which allows the crowd to rally behind Strong. Young hits the wheelbarrow neckbreaker on the floor for a good 2 count. Strong makes his comeback, fighting off Wolfe and Dain and hitting a massive knee that sends Young off the top rope on to the other Sanity members. Strong follows this up with another big knee and the End of Heartache for the win. This was a really good way to kick …

WWE Raw and Smackdown Recaps (May 15th & 16th 2017)

Two recaps in one this week as I was swamped with coursework and didn't have the time to do them as they happened.

Kurt Angle kicks off the show by addressing the Braun Strowman injury situation, he's out for 6 months. He then announces that there will be a fatal 5-way match at Extreme Rules to determine the number 1 contender for Brock Lesnar's title. It will be Reigns vs Balor vs Wyatt vs Joe vs Rollins. Reigns appears to tell everyone that there was no need for the match because he's Reigns and fuck you. Everyone else then showed up to make their point and it inevitably turns into a mass brawl. It was a good opening segment that established what the plan was going forward. Braun's injury will hit hard though.

Sheamus vs Jeff Hardy - Decent match that played out pretty much as expected. Jeff won after some shenanigans involving Matt and Cesaro.

Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox - It appears they wanted to try this again. It was better than the last match they had but that i…

Best Matches of April 2017

Before I start there is a bit of housekeeping to be done. There are a few matches that happened in March that I didn't get around to watching until recently (in the case of PWG the show took place ages ago but they don't have iPPV so it's all DVD). Anyway, those matches are:

Mark Haskins vs Axel Dieter Jr - PROGRESS Chapter 46: I Like To Chill Out Here And Shoot Some Dinosaurs ****

Matt Riddle vs Walter (Atlas Title) - PROGRESS Chapter 46: ILTCOHASSD (I'm abbreviating) ****1/2

Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews (PROGRESS Title) - PROGRESS Chapter 46: ILTCOHASSD ****

Chosen Bros (Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb) vs Unbreakable F'n Machines (Brian Cage & Michael Elgin) - PWG Only Kings Understand Each Other ****

Superkliq (Adam Cole & Young Bucks) vs OI4K (Sami Callihan, Jake Crist & Dave Crist) - PWG Only Kings Understand Each Other ****

Honourable MentionsJay Lethal vs Cody (Bullrope Match) - ROH Supercard of Honor XI ****

South Pacific Power Trip vs Catch Point - WWN Li…

WWE Smackdown Recap (May 9th 2017)

We kick off with Randy Orton explaining that he only lost at Payback because of Jinder Mahal. This, of course, brings out Mahal who shows Orton the pictures he had taken with the belt and tells him that he will take the title back to his people, who will erect a statue in his honour. Kevin Owens then comes out to tell them that nobody cares about the House of Horrors or India. Owens then claims that he ended Jericho's career and at Backlash he will end AJ Styles's career, then he's coming for the WWE Title. This brings out Styles, who gets a great pop. He says that Owens will never be the face of Smackdown. Baron Corbin arrives but gets attacked by Sami Zayn. The faces clear house and we have our 6-man main event for the evening.

The welcoming committee are out to talk shit. Naomi comes out and introduces Becky Lynch. Charlotte then comes out and needs no introduction.

Natalya vs Becky Lynch was not a very good match, in no small part because of the shitty ending. Also it la…

WWE Raw Recap (May 8th 2017)

We kick off the evening's festivities, taped from London, with Dean Ambrose coming out to announce that he is acting GM as Kurt Angle isn't there. Miz is not happy with this choice of leadership. Luckily, he gets a call from Stephanie McMahon who tells him that he can be co-GM for the evening. Dean gives zero fucks about this. Miz says that he beat Rollins and Balor single-handed last week. Ambrose offers to shake his hand but BRAUN decides he has seen enough. He is taped up but comes down to remind everyone that he murdered Roman Reigns and as long as he keeps coming back to life he will continue to murder him, then he can finally fight Brock Lesnar. He then gets interrupted by Kalisto, of all people. Kalisto says, incorrectly, that nobody treats him like garbage and challenges BRAUN to a match. BRAUN says he is injured but that he could beat him with one arm. Dean agrees and makes the match. BRAUN seems besmirched by this so Dean wisely retreats. Before he goes though he mak…

WWE Smackdown Recap (May 2nd 2017)

We start with Shane McMahon backstage, telling Jinder that the title isn't his so he's taking it back. And does.

The show proper kicks off with Shane introducing Jericho as the newest member of Smackdown. This is the new show of Jericho, smack it down maaaan! AJ Styles comes out to say that he will beat Jericho, if Jericho can beat Owens. Jericho is about to put AJ on the list when Owens comes out. He runs all 3 men down which leads to Styles attacking him. Good start to the show. Get your main stars out and let them do their thing.

The first match of the night is Jinder Mahal vs Sami Zayn. Pretty decent match but with one noticeable botch. Sami is really good at playing the face that almost wins so it makes sense that he was used here. Once again it was distraction that caused Jinder's opponent to lose. Keep him sneaky strong.

Becky Lynch runs in to Natalya and her crew. Natalya tells her that she deserves title shots instead of Charlotte. Becky said she will ponder on i…

WWE Raw Recap (May 1st 2017)

We kick off the show with all of the women. Alexa cuts a promo about about being a goddess. She runs down Mickie James for being old & Sasha for being worse than her before getting to Nia Jax. She is good with Nia. Bayley gets the home town pop again but Alexa shuts that shit down. Alexa tells Bayley that her nephews were crying at her loss but at least they can now look up to Alexa Bliss. Bayley decides enough is enough and a brawl breaks out. Decent open to the show, Alexa is an excellent heel.

Back from the break we get straight into an 8-woman tag. Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Emma & Alicia Fox vs Bayley, Sasha Banks, Mickie James & Dana Brooke. Alicia Fox spent most of the early part of the match in ring for her team. It breaks down later on with everybody ending up outside the ring except for Bayley and Alexa. Alexa gets a sneaky eye rake in and follows that up with a DDT for the win. This was a pretty fun match as there was always something happening. They got given the tim…