Yes, every show will get an episode title from me. Deal.
TONIGHT! We open the show with the Intercontinental Title (aka the de facto Smackdown title for now) on the line as Shinsuke Nakamura defends against Roman Reigns in a match set up because Sami Zayn can’t keep his damn mouth shut. If we get Motivated Nakamura, this one will be amazing. I loved their segment to close the 2018 Rumble. Even if Reigns winning seems the most likely result, it’s fine. Roman Reigns has everything a wrestler needs for universal appeal (except, of course, for actual universal appeal).
In other news, The New Bayley needs someone to defend the gold against, and the draft is the closest thing to reset we have. So let’s run a scramble! Six-way trainwrecks are really popular in the indies, so why not give it a whirl? It’s Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Carmella, and Dana Brooke with the winner getting run through like an inflatable smiley face when Bayley faces them.
Speaking of, Bayley will be explaining why she’s suddenly in her angsty teenager phase on MizTV tonight. Half of you will be waiting to see which cliche she uses to justify her turn. (I have money on “It doesn’t pay to be nice, so why should I be?”) The rest of you are just begging for her to come out in short trunks. Weirdos.
Also pre-announced, we have Otis Dozovic, Tucker Knight, Xavier Woods, and Big E facing Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder, Bobby Roode, and Dolph Ziggler. Man, the charisma gap in that one between the teams… heck, Otis and E by themselves have more charisma that their four foes combined. This is all to set up the tag team turmoil match at Allahween Havoc, so expect neither team to get along.
College football is everywhere today, as we have Ohio State/Northwestern, Marshall/FAU, Pitt/Syracuse, and UNLV/Fresno State on TV. The ALCS may well wrap up tonight as Houston (3) looks to end the Yankees (1). ESPN2 has some MMA on, with Chris Weidman facing Dominick Reyes in the main event.
Enjoy the weekend, but let’s keep it clean, folks!