Smackdown – August 21, 2018

Smackdown
Date: August 21, 2018
Location: Barclays Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips

It’s the final night in Brooklyn and things have gone rather well so far. Summerslam was a lot of fun and now we can move forward towards Hell in a Cell. It’s pretty clear that AJ Styles will be facing Samoa Joe again and that’s something that I can look forward to. Other than that, we’ll be seeing Miz bragging about beating Daniel Bryan. Let’s get to it.

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Which is the bigger giveaway of a guy about to lose his match?


Kane setting off his pyro before the match? Or Finn inexplicably deciding to leave the demon at home in a WORLD TITLE MATCH?

There’s actually a lot of storyline potential with the demon thing, where they could explain that it’s a supernatural force that Finn can only tap into a finite amount of times every year. It’d be neat to have him maul his opponent as the demon in a big Sunday title match, then struggle to beat the same opponent as Finn during the rematch on RAW the next night because he can’t summon the demon again so soon.  

But I suppose stuff like this might take too much planning and foresight and all that.


Not to shoot down your finely honed haterade there, champ, but didn't Constantinople Corbin bar Balor from wrestling as the Demon out of spite from the night before?  

I mean, bigger picture, yeah it's stupid that Balor can unleash these deadly super-powers just by painting his face and gyrating and yet he chooses not to 364 days out of the year, but swing and a miss on this particular one.

Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 05-03-1993

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: May 3, 1993 (taped 4/26)

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Will Duggan finally attain gold in the WWF? Who is this Kamikaze Kid? Also, who makes his triumphant return to the WWF on this show? Could it be George “The Animal” Steele or the Missing Link? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 4, 1995

Note:  Due to my work schedule picking back up, future reviews of this series will be posted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:00 EST.

Sting & Randy Savage and the Stud Stable cut dueling promos against each other.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping was done on January 10 and 11 in Atlanta, Georgia and drew 750 fans, none of whom paid to see the show.

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This week’s PowerslamTV release highlights




Hi Scott,


I hope this finds you having a great day. I just wanted to send you the Powerslam release highlights for this week. We added our 91st promotion this morning and will break 2,900 hours of content by the end of the day. While we have added over one hundred hours of content this week alone our we are highlighting three of our favorite international promotions:

Ireland's Over the Top – Scrappermania 4
New Zealand's Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) – Southern Rumble
Spain's WhiteWolf Wrestling (La Triple W) – No Rules Day

Thanks again for helping us to get the word out! Let me know ANY questions you might have about any of these events or promotions! 

Best,

For sure, thanks for the info!

Never Getting the Win Back…

Assuming Vince doesn’t throw down another half-mil to do it, does Braun not getting his win back from Lesnar really make a difference?  

The only time I can recall a soon-to-be champ not getting his win back was Austin never pinning Bret after WrestleMania, and with the double turn making Austin look like a badass nobody thinks back and says “well Austin never beat Bret so…”

Are there any other examples where not getting the win back actually made a difference in somebody’s career?  Or is this a lot of complaining about nothing?


I don't think anyone is seriously thinking Brock is gonna return and put over Braun, so I wouldn't worry about it.  Probably the only thing they'd have Brock return for is to put over Roman again just to make sure we all know who the #1 guy is.

But what about Rousey?


We can all guess where Roman goes from here, but what happens to the women's division? Assuming Rousey can survive her epic encounter with Nikki Bella, who do you think challenges her on Raw? W

ho could possibly beat her? Steph-o-mac?


UFC did OK with her smashing outmatched foes for a couple of years, so I think WWE can probably get away with the same.  Smash Nikki Bella, smash Natalya, finish things off with Charlotte at Wrestlemania…that should be fine.  

Never Before Never Again

Hey Scott,

If you were given The Rock for a three month program to build up for one match at Survivor Series this year what would you do? 


Other than the obvious pairing with Roman to go up against the dangerous alliance of R-Truth and The Miz. 

Man, tough call.  I think Rock v. Kevin Owens could be a hell of a deal, but honestly I think the most bang for your buck as far as giving someone the rub would be Elias.  The match would probably suck but the weekly build would likely be tremendous.  

They’re telling the wrong story

Hi Scott,

So, I loved the Shield angle but they've got the heels and faces mixed up. Strowman promised he was cashing in and he (like Roman) kept his word. If anything, Rollins and Ambrose should be like the old Horsemen saving the title for Flair because the fans' natural instinct is to boo Reigns. It's hard enough to garner sympathy for a guy like Strowman, so here's an opportunity to have him not only dethrone the champion but thwart his cronies in the process as well. Yet, the Shield are presented as conquering heroes for beating on a guy 3-on-1?

What say you, Sir?

Yeah, I'm not particularly clear on what they were trying to accomplish, either.  It felt like a Russo Reset angle where all of a sudden someone like Goldust just comes out in his old gimmick with no particular motivation behind the change.