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Trail Alert – The Punisher (Netflix)

On Defenders day we get a Punisher trailer!? Talk about having a FUCKING day!

While this “trailer” doesn’t show you much, it actually gives you everything you need to know about the newest Netflix Marvel series. It’s going to be dark, gritty and have lots of long, deep, bloody monologues that will undoubtedly sound bad as fuck coming from the lips of Jon Bernthal. While I’m pretty content with my Marvel Netflix selection right now, (being able to go home tonight and binge the shit of the The Defenders and all) I know by the time Game of Thrones is over on Sunday I’m gonna be jonesin’ for some Punisher.

-Matt

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Your Average #WWESummerslam Preview & Predictions

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Last week I previewed WWE Summerslam 10 days before the pay per view. Now that we’re through the final Raw & Smackdown, it’s time for our official preview & predictions post. Between the pre-show and main card Summerslam is slated for 6 hours, so if you were looking to watch a whole lot of wrestling this weekend, you’re in luck. Let’s get to the preview!

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Randy Orton vs. Rusev

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I’m not as well versed on Smackdown feuds as I am with Raw, but WWE aren’t exactly the Coen Brothers when it comes to telling stories so I’m pretty sure I can figure things out. 2017 has been a frustrating year for Rusev. He missed WrestleMania due to a shoulder injury, got separated from Lana and when he finally debuted on Smackdown, he got thrown into a USA themed feud with John Cena that he obviously lost.

You’d think that’d be enough awfulness for one year, but now he’s slotted against Randy Orton, the man with less momentum than a nailed down piece of wood. Orton started the year off strong with a Royal Rumble win and a World title win at WrestleMania, but everything post Mania has been awful. He was in the House of Horrors match & has lost to Jinder Mahal three pay per views in a row. Even though he inexplicably got a clean non title win over Mahal on Tuesday, he’s still tanking.

Prediction 

Ryan – In a perfect world, this would be a spot to give Rusev a win at a major pay per view over someone with name value, but we do not live in a perfect world. RKO out of somewhere will win it for Orton.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

If you’ve been following the story of Bray Wyatt, you know all his storylines have three acts. Act 1. Start a feud by teleporting in and costing someone a match. Act 2. build up that feud with teleportation/spooky dark room promos. Act 3. Lose the match at a pay per view. We’re all the way though act 1 and almost through act 2, so the only thing left for Wyatt to do is lose to Balor at Summerslam. I really hope I’m wrong, but Balor hasn’t done much since returning from injury, and he wasn’t even on the GBOF card. Wyatt beat Rollins at that show, which was nice, but his track record causes me to believe he’s going to lose to Balor at the more important PPV.

Balor and Wyatt fought on Monday with Wyatt picking up a clean win. After the match Wyatt dumped a bucket of ‘blood’ on Balor, which caused Balor to announce that he’s summoning The Demon for Summerslam. I guess a bucket of blood is The Demon’s version of a bat signal? As hyped as I am to see a Demon entrance at a major pay per view, I wish they hadn’t wasted this match on Raw. Also, Wyatt already winning clean almost guarantees a win for Balor here.

Prediction

Ryan – The Demon

Big Cass vs. Big Show (Enzo Amore will be suspended in a shark cage above the ring)

This has been the never ending feud, but I will give credit where credit is due: I loved the segment from Monday featuring these three plus Gallows/Anderson. At this point Enzo shouldn’t be garnering any sympathy, and he once again talked too much and hung his 7 foot friend out to dry. Cass cut a great promo about how after Summerslam, he’s going to be the best big man in the business. Enzo interrupted, brought out the Big Show, and the Big Show got his hand destroyed by Cass, Gallows & Anderson for once again trying to help out Enzo. I hope the Cass, Gallows & Anderson pairing is more than a one off since Gallows & Anderson aren’t doing anything else, and I’m once again going to suggest putting actual sharks into the shark cage with Enzo.

Prediction 

Ryan – Big Cass

John Cena vs. Baron Corbin

My original stance on this match was that Corbin needed the win much more than Cena. Corbin had the MITB briefcase, and assuming Nakamura beats Jinder for the title, giving Corbin a win over Cena would make him that much more dangerous as he chases Nak.

It didn’t even need to be a clean win. He could kick Cena in the dick, set him on fire, whatever. WWE baby faces will never be as popular as they want them to be unless they have a legitimate heel to oppose them. If Corbin beats Cena at Summerslam, he’ll be on his way to being a true threat to whoever is holding the title.

WELP, so much for rooting for fun outcomes in pro wrestling. After John Cena beat Mahal via DQ on Tuesday, Corbin decided to cash in on Mahal. Cena distracted him, Mahal rolled up Corbin for the win and Corbin lost his briefcase. I can’t comprehend who thought this was a good idea 5 days before Summerslam, but whoever it was should be exiled. This decision takes a lot of suspense out of the title match now that there’s no MITB briefcase holder, and while Corbin might be more aggressive now that Cena cost him his briefcase, I’d rather have Corbin lurking in the shadows than fighting angry.

Prediction

Ryan – John Cena, because we can’t have nice things

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (C)

Neville has consistently been the best part of the Cruiserweight division for the entirety of 2017, so obviously he lost the title to Tozawa six days before Summerslam. I have no idea why they had a title match on Raw, and I’m even more flabbergasted that Neville would lose clean. Is anyone even interested in the rematch when we’ve already seen a clean outcome? The only silver lining is that Neville & Tozawa work really well together, so the match should be top notch. I just wish they didn’t already face other, with a title change, 4 days ago.

Prediction

Ryan – Tozawa has to retain, right? I honestly have no idea what to expect, but I’m going with Tozawa

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: New Day (C) vs. The Uso’s

New Day & The Uso’s have been having a very under the radar feud on Smackdown, and this is one of the matches I’m most excited for. As solid as Xavier Woods was at Battleground, the best wrestling version of New Day is always Big E & Kofi, so I’m glad to see they’ll be defending the straps. The Uso’s picked up a decisive win two weeks ago over Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger, and New Day also showed some much needed aggression in their post match attack. You get the sense that these two teams really dislike each other, which is an element that’s missing from a lot of modern day feuds. If they’re given as much time as they were at Battleground, this could turn into a classic.

Prediction

Ryan – This is a toss up for me, but if I HAD to choose, I’m going Uso’s.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match – Cesaro & Sheamus (C) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose

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This is my pick for match of the night. It’s also a story of two similarly formed teams, as Cesaro & Sheamus were also enemies who joined forces when they realized they were stronger as a unit. Rollins & Ambrose reluctantly rejoined forces after Cesaro & Sheamus continually beat them down, and we already know how effective they can be when they’re on the same page. I’ve enjoyed Cesaro & Sheamus’s tag title run, and even though there hasn’t been a lot of competition, adding Rollins & Ambrose into the mix is a big plus.

Prediction

Ryan – I don’t think reuniting Rollins & Ambrose and having them immediately win the tag titles is the right move, so I’d expect some growing pains. Cesaro & Sheamus retain.

Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Sasha Banks

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While you never want to see anyone get injured, Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss had all the making of another major letdown match. Bayley & Bliss have never clicked in the ring, and thrusting Bayley into another title match was not the right move. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa is a much better match up, and these two have already proved they have better chemistry with their match at GBOF. The thing to remember here is that Nia Jax is still guaranteed a title match as long as Bliss remains champion, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get involved in this match.

Prediction

Ryan – Alexa retains, potentially with some help from Nia Jax

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi (C) vs. Natalya

It’s refreshing to see the Smackdown Women’s title defended in a one on one match at a major pay per view. I understand the mindset of wanting to get as much people on the card as possible, but the title feels more important when there’s a standout challenger. It’s also nice to see Natalya given a title match at a major pay per view, and as the senior member of the Women’s division I think she and Naomi are going to put on a hell of a match. Summerslam is slated for 4 hours (plus a 2 hour pre show) so there’s no reason to not give each match the time it needs to tell a story. The result of this match may not matter as Carmella should be lurking in the background with her MITB briefcase.

Prediction

Ryan – Naomi retains after a hard fought match, and Carmella capitalizes and cashes in.

WWE United States Championship Match: AJ Styles (C) vs. Kevin Owens (Shane McMahon as special guest referee)

Whenever you put AJ Styles and Kevin Owens together they have a chance to do something special, so my only request for this match is to let them do what they do best, which is wrestle and tell a story. I know that’s a lot to ask when Shane McMahon is the special guest referee, but this is a different Shane O Mac than the one we saw ref matches in the late 90’s & early 2000’s.

The general consensus is that this will lead to KO vs. Shane somewhere down the line (since we’ve already seen Shane vs. AJ) but again, all I want is for these two to wrestle their asses off. Leave the shenanigans for another day. This match doesn’t need AJ getting his foot stuck in the announce table or a confusing ending based on shoulder placement. You have two of the best wrestlers in the world in a title match at your second biggest pay per view. Let them work their magic.

Unfortunately we’ve gotten the exact opposite over the last two Smackdown’s. AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens for the US title at a major pay per view should not be centered around which guy is going to accidentally hit 47 year old special guest referee Shane McMahon, but that’s what WWE has chosen to focus on. It’s almost a certainty we’ll get some type of ref knockdown, but hopefully it doesn’t overshadow the match.

Prediction

Ryan – I’m very into workhorse mid card champion AJ Styles, so I’m going with AJ.

WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

This is the match I’m most nervous about. While it’s great to see a fresh face as champion, Jinder Mahal’s title reign hasn’t been great. While a lot of that has to do with him only fighting Randy Orton, you also have to remember who Jinder Mahal was before this run. He was the third best member in 3MB during his former run and his most noteworthy moment during his last run on Raw was hitting Finn Balor too hard in the head. Just because he’s champion doesn’t mean he’s magically going to turn into AJ Styles in the ring.

Nakamura has also had some growing pains since debuting on the main roster. He’s had sub par matches with Ziggler, KO & Corbin, all of whom are capable of much more, especially against Nak. If Nakamura can’t have good to great matches with those three, is he capable of doing it with Jinder Mahal? Are we in for another bad match with Singh Brother interference? I always skew positive when it comes to pro wrestling, but this match doesn’t have a lot going for it.

Nakamura should win this match. Even if you have the Singh Brothers interfere, Nakamura is clearly the star of this match, and he should be able to overcome the odds and Kinshasa Jinder to win the belt. Corbin losing his MITB briefcase takes away all of the post match drama, but regardless, Nak should leave as the World Champion

Prediction

Ryan – Shinsuke Nakamura

Fatal 4 Way Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe

The biggest compliment I can give this match is that no result would surprise me. If Lesnar wins and retains the title somehow, it would make sense because he’s Brock Lesnar. If Samoa Joe or Strowman win, you’re giving them their first major title win at your second biggest pay per view. If Rollins & Ambrose win the tag titles earlier in the night and help Reigns win the Universal title in the main event I’ll probably lose consciousness.

The biggest stipulation is the announcement that if Lesnar loses, he’ll leave WWE. It’s no secret that he wants back in the UFC, and it’s tough to train for that and appear for WWE at the same time. As awesome as Brock is, he’s always better in small doses, and he doesn’t need the title. He can show up and murder everyone every 6 months or so until he’s 60. If his heart is set on returning to the UFC, let him do it and then welcome him back with open arms if he wants to return.

Prediction

Ryan – My heart is set on Samoa Joe winning here, so that’s who I’m going with. Lesnar leaves temporarily, Strowman & Reigns become de facto number one contenders and Joe gets a title he over deserves.

The match card currently sits at 12, but there’s always room for more. Look for a Miz/Jason Jordan or Miz, Miz-Tourage vs. JJ & The Hardy’s to be added, as well as whatever Goldust has planned.

-Ryan

Your Average #NXTTakeOver Brooklyn Preview & Predictions

Before the biggest party of the summer on Sunday, NXT will hold their third consecutive TakeOver from Brooklyn Saturday night. The show is headlined by Bobby Roode defending his NXT title against Drew McIntyre. Asuka will defend her Women’s title & the AOP will defend their tag titles, while Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami & Andrade Almas vs. Johnny Gargano round out the card. Let’s get to the preview!

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Andrade Almas vs. Johnny Gargano

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Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa, formerly known as #DIY (RIP) would have been a magical main event in Brooklyn in an alternate universe . They were the ultimate baby face tag team, and unlike most heel turns, Ciampa turning on Gargano felt organic and painful. Unfortunately Ciampa suffered a pretty serious injury, so Gargano is forced to move on without the closure of finishing a feud with his former partner.

That brings us to Almas vs. Gargano at TakeOver, and this match has all the makings of the beginning of an underdog story. Almas’s character is finally getting rehabilitated thanks to the addition of Selena Vega, and it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to start his new journey off with a loss at TakeOver. It would make sense to position Gargano similar to how Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger were booked in the past, especially since he already has the built in crowd love from his time in #DIY.

Prediction: Andrade Almas

Hideo Itami vs. Aleister Black

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As awesome as Black has been so far, he still doesn’t really have a character in NXT. We know he enjoys the dark arts and can kick your head off in an instant, but the motivations behind his character still aren’t clear. It’s very similar to Hideo Itami’s frustrating run in NXT (minus the injuries), but Itami has finally been given some semblance of a character. He’s been great in his role as an paranoid performer who craves respect, which was amplified a couple weeks ago when Aleister knocked him out cold with a Black Mass. Itami still seems caught in the middle as far as where NXT wants to position him, and after losing to Bobby Roode, I’m not sure how much longer he should stay there. Black, on the other hand, is on an upward trajectory and should have a title shot in the near future.

Prediction: Aleister Black

NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Authors of Pain vs. Sanity

I wasn’t a huge fan of this pairing when it first started, but after the opening segment last week, I’m all in. The Authors of Pain are still undefeated and have been dominating the tag team division since their debut, but for the first time ever they were outsmarted and overpowered last week. Sanity finally looked like a legitimate threat to the AOP, and the reemergence of Eric Young put the numbers game firmly in their favor.

While Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe might not be able to overpower AOP as a team, they can use their over aggression against them. That’s what they did last week, as Akam charged the ring ahead of Rezar, allowing Eric Young to take out Rezar and zip tie him to the guard rail. As powerful as Akam is, he’s not going to win a 2 or 3 on 1 attack against Sanity. The AOP will definitely be coming in guns blazing Saturday night, but Sanity has the upper hand and EY back in their corner. We haven’t had a title change (not counting the UK title) on a TakeOver since Bobby Roode won the NXT title in January, but I’m going with the upset.

Prediction: Sanity

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (C) vs. Ember Moon

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“No one is ready for Asuka”. Have truer words ever been spoken? It’s almost silly to call Asuka dominant at this point, because she’s so much more than that. She’s the longest reigning, most overpowering champion in NXT history, and she will roll into TakeOver still undefeated, with a 16 month & 2+ week title reign. Ember Moon has been her most worthy adversary, and a case could be made that Asuka might’ve lost her title at TakeOver Orlando if she didn’t shove the referee into Ember when she setting up for the Total Eclipse. One thing we know for certain is that if Ember does hit the Total Eclipse, Asuka’s undefeated streak and title reign are over. That’s a big IF though, because Asuka has proven flawless at avoiding big time moves that would cause maximum damage. Will we have two title changes in one night? I think so.

Prediction: Ember Moon

NXT Title Match: Bobby Roode (C) vs. Drew McIntyre

As of now (Thursday afternoon) this is still a one on one match for Roode’s NXT title, but after he interfered in McIntyre & Strong’s match on Wednesday, I wouldn’t be shocked if it turned into a triple threat. I’m going to preview it as if it were a one on one match, and McIntyre will be one of Roode’s toughest tests to date. That’s saying something when you remember he’s already faced guys like Nakamura, Itami & Strong, but this new version of Drew McIntyre is a perfect blend of experience, size & strength.

What separates Roode from most guys, and what has allowed him to win and retain his title, is his ability to outsmart his opponents. Take his feud with Drew McIntyre. He baited both GM Regal and McIntyre into taking a match against Roderick Strong, someone Roode knows is a tough competitor who will wear down Drew before their match TakeOver. His arrogance and cockiness gets under his opponents skin, which alters their game plan and Roode is a good enough wrestler to capitalize on it.

As impressive as McIntyre has been since his arrival in NXT, I think he’ll be next in a long line of victories for the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode.

Prediction: Bobby Roode

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trailer Alert – Molly’s Game

If I told you an Olympic-class skier ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons would you believe me? What if I added in that her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob? Seems far fetched, right? Well luckily for movie fans, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Molly’s Game, which will serve as the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin (who also wrote the movie based on the book of the same name) stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, the aforementioned Olympic skier turned poker queen. This movie looks like a whole hell of a lot of fun, and stars Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd & Kevin Costner. Save the date, as Molly’s Game premiers November 22nd.

-Ryan

Daniel Craig Is Getting Paid A Metric Shit Load To Return As James Bond

He once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007. But Daniel Craig may now be regretting his words, as he has confirmed he will, for one final time, play James Bond.

Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night, the actor finally put an end to the long-running saga of will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time.

“I have been quite cagey about it. I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”

Asked by Colbert directly whether he could deliver some “good news” about returning as Bond, Craig finally replied: “Yes.”

He revealed he had known for a “couple of months”, adding: “We’ve been discussing it, we’ve just been trying to figure things out. I always wanted to, I needed a break.” – The Guardian

Bugged out Eyes

When you see Craig’s James Bond paycheck

Daniel Craig, you sneaky minx. Imagine having a job that you publicly hate, and instead of getting fired your boss offers you $135 MILLION to keep doing it? Only in movies, man.

It is the source of much speculation of how much the film studios will have promised Craig to tempt him back. He was rumoured to have been paid $65m (£48.66m) for Spectre, and in 2016 it was reported he had been offered $150m to shoot two more Bond films, almost back to back.

I’m a big fan of Craig’s Bond movies (he’s no Sean Connery, Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan, but then again, who is?) but knowing he’s making this much money might take me out of the films completely. All I’ll be thinking of when I watch future Bond movies that he’s in is that this guy is getting paid over 9 figures to wear a tuxedo, have sex with hot women and drive fancy cars. It’s hard to hate on Craig, though. Pretty magical game plan. Everybody knows that the forbidden fruit is the best tasting fruit. The movie studios wanting Craig but knowing he was the only man they couldn’t get drove them nuts. Now he’s getting paid monopoly money to play James Bond. Daniel Craig is the master and ruler of the world this week.

-Ryan

 

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WWE RAW Review (8/14/17): Fist Bump City

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RAW was live from Boston last night for the final show before Summerslam. Tonight we got a mini Shield reunion, a new number one contender for Alexa Bliss’s Women’s title & a new Cruiserweight champion.

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And now, the Raw review for August 14th, 2017.

Fist Bump City

Raw opened with Dean Ambrose, followed by Seth Rollins, reminiscing on their shared friendship/brotherhood and a whole lot of fist bump teases. Ambrose doesn’t trust Rollins, Rollins doesn’t trust himself, and both guys definitely seem more comfortable being alone than they do linking back up and being forced to trust each other again. They’ve been teasing this reunion for weeks, so I could go without the constant fist bump teasing, but I do like that the story is that they’re teaming up out of necessity.

Cesaro & Sheamus will not stop running down to the ring and beating the shit out of Rollins & Ambrose, and it’s clear that neither of them are going to win that battle two on one. They might not be cohesive enough to beat the tag champs as a team either, but they definitely stand a better chance when they join forces. Also, that visual of them finally touching fists was pretty badass, and it’s clear the crowd has been ready for some type of Shield reunion for the last four years. Cool opening segment, and the tag title match has a very good chance of stealing the show at Summerslam.

WOOOO!

WWE provided a somewhat hopeful update on Ric Flair after the opening segment. Flair had been hospitalized over the weekend due to heart issues, and it looks like he still has a long road ahead of him. Thoughts and prayers with the Nature Boy & his family.

#1 Contender’s Match

The #1 contenders match between Sasha Banks and Nia Jax was exactly what it should’ve been. Nia should dominate every match she’s in, and that’s what happened here. Nia squashed Sasha from the opening bell, swinging her into the barricade and overpowering her at every turn. Sasha knows there’s a slim chance that she’ll be able to keep Nia down for a three count, so her best bet is to lock in the Banks Statement and pray Nia can’t take the pain. After taking a beating the entire match, Sasha finally locked it in. Nia almost got to the ropes, but Sasha did a great job kicking Nia’s hand away.

Nia almost powered out of it, but Sasha turned that into a sweet DDT, locked the Banks Statement in again and Nia was forced to tap out. Sasha vs. Alexa is the better matchup for Sunday, especially when you remember that Bliss had promised Nia a future title shot. Will Nia interfere to help Alexa keep the title & secure her future title shot? An interesting factor to consider for what should be a great title match.

Also, I love Alexa Bliss’s lifeguard throne. She should just sit there silently judging every Raw match until the end of time.

Elias vs. Beantown

Elias (no known last name) was conspicuous by his absence last week, and he either loves Toronto and couldn’t bear to come up with a diss song or WWE couldn’t come up with something interesting for him. Considering they had R-Truth come out to get beat up tonight, I’m going to go with option 2. Elias’s Boston song was interrupted by Truth’s rambling, and having Truth follow Elias would be like having Freddie Mercury open for William Hung. I like to keep an open mind when it comes to Raw, but Elias vs. R-Truth is not high on the list of matches I want to see.

Big Cass, Actual Smart Wrestler

After weeks and weeks and weeks of Enzo, Cass & Big Show yelling and fighting each other, we’re going to get Cass vs. Show with Enzo suspended in a shark cage above the ring at Summerslam. The whole feud is based around Cass being fed up with Enzo, who keeps running his mouth and not being able to back it up. Cass would always be left cleaning up Enzo’s messes, and now that Cass has broke off on his own, Big Show has taken his spot. Cass (who was not well received by the Boston crowd) cut a promo about how he’s going to beat Big Show Sunday and prove that he’s the best big man in wrestling today.

It was one of his better promos, and naturally he was interrupted by Enzo, who ran his mouth, brought out the Big Show and got kicked in the face multiple times while Big Show got attacked by Cass, Gallows & Anderson. Once again, Enzo runs his mouth and was nowhere to be found when his bigger friend was getting beat up. It’s always more fun watching smart wrestlers, which is why I enjoyed this segment so much. 99% of Big Show’s offense is his right hand, so why wouldn’t Cass slam his hand into the shark cage? If Big Show isn’t able to choke slam or knock out Cass, he’ll be at a huge disadvantage. Adding Gallows & Anderson into the mix is interesting, especially if it turns Cass into their leader. Will Enzo & Show find someone to even the odds? We’ll find out Sunday.

Cruiserweight Title Match

WWE has 6 hours worth of programming blocked off for Summerslam, so it was confusing to see Neville vs. Tozawa for the Cruiserweight title and Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt tonight. The first of those was Neville vs. Tozawa, and while it was a good match, Neville deserved a better end to his reign as champion. He’s been the high point of the division for this entire year, and while Neville will get his rematch at Summerslam, I would’ve preferred to just see this match on Sunday. Pay per views should be different than Raw’s & Smackdown’s, not literally the exact same match card.

Between this match and the match at GBOF, it’s clear that Tozawa & Neville work well together. At the very least, their match Sunday should be fun to watch.

Demon Hunter

While I appreciate WWE giving us a reason for Finn to bring out The Demon this Sunday, I don’t think it had to be at the expense of a Balor/Wyatt match. Wyatt won the match clean, which I will always love because he needs to win more matches, but again, why would the average fan tune into to watch this match again at Summerslam? Finn bringing The Demon out is always cool, but he doesn’t really wrestle any different as The Demon. It’s really just a cooler entrance and some sweet face & body paint.

It would have been more effective if Balor fought someone else tonight, won clean & then Wyatt attacked post match with a Sister Abigail and his oddly, readily available bucket of blood. That way both guys look good heading into Summerslam, we don’t waste a pay per view match on Raw and Finn still has a reason to bring out The Demon. A man can dream.

Give Emma A Chance

Here are my thoughts on Emma vs. Mickie James:

Emma has been asking for more opportunities on social media lately, and she’s been rewarded for that by losing quickly and cleanly to Nia Jax, tapping out to Sasha Banks and losing quickly and cleanly to Mickie James. I guess the lesson here is don’t ask for an opportunity?

Team USA Extreme

Jason Jordan took on The Miz and had the match won when Axel & Bo Dallas interfered and started a 3 on 1 attack on JJ. That brought out the Hardy’s, and if the Revival didn’t get hurt, we probably would’ve gotten a badass Revival/Hardy’s match at Summerslam. Instead the Hardy’s have been added to the Miz-Tourage/Jordan feud, and the 6 man tonight was actually pretty fun. Jason Jordan continued to look great in the ring, and while his theme song is still the shits and the crowd isn’t into him yet, there’s only so many times you can watch him suplex guys out of their shoes and zip across the ring to spear guys before you start rooting for him.

The last couple minutes of this match were super fun, and my only issue with this is that The Miz continues to look awful. It’s one thing to get eaten alive by Brock Lesnar, but it’s another to get your ass handed to you by Jason Jordan. I understand wanting Jordan to look strong, but doing it at the expense of your only mid card champion is not the right call. They should be building up The Miz & JJ simultaneously, so if/when JJ wins the title, he’s beating someone worthy.

The Main Event

Brock Lesnar will defend his Universal title against Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe & Roman Reigns at Summerslam. As a preview for that main event, the main event of Raw was a face off of sorts between the four men. Heyman & Lesnar opened up the segment and sold the match like only they could. The stipulation of Lesnar leaving the WWE if he loses mixed with the real life story of Lesnar heading back to the UFC as soon as he legally can make this match one of the more unpredictable main events WWE have put on this year. Lesnar can lose the title without being pinned or submitted, which is always ideal, and I can picture scenarios where Strowman, Reigns & Joe win. Lesnar could always pull out a win too, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. After Joe & Strowman came out to talk some trash, Reigns joined the party and decided to spear Samoa Joe instead of talking on the microphone. No nonsense Roman is always the best kind of Roman, and Raw went off the air with the locker room trying to separate Braun and Brock.

Besides showing their hand with two matches that will be on the Summerslam card, this was a solid go home show for the WWE. Make sure to check back here Friday morning for our official Summerslam preview.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Rememory

Peter Dinklage may be busy cozying up to dragons in the Game of Thrones universe, but as Sam Bloom in Rememory, he plays a mysterious man who tries to solve the murder of the creator of a memory playback device by using the device itself. The more I read back that sentence the more I confuse myself, but this looks like a classic rainy day psychological thriller to watch sometime down the road. I can’t imagine a ton of people going to see this in theaters, but every movie serves a different purpose. Rememory premieres August 24th.

-Ryan

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