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WWE TV 11th - 17th December 2017

11 December 2017 - 06:40 PM

Reigns vs Cesaro for the IC title should be a banger.
Kane vs BRAUN for the fucking Rumble title shot less so, especially if they book Kane to win.

WWE TV 4th - 11th December 2017

04 December 2017 - 06:55 PM

The weekly TV thread. Hopefully the Reigns open challenge continues and Kane being a heat sink for Braun does not

Booker T & Goldust vs Christian & Chris Jericho (WWE Raw 12/23/02)

04 December 2017 - 05:56 AM

Tag team titles on the line with Booker and Godust defending. The idea is that they're an odd couple and Goldust thinks he's the weak link in the team. Jericho cuts a heel promo on Goldust backstage, calling him a failure as a father, a husband and a performer. This has decent star power for the mid-2000s WWE tag scene.


I love how Dustin throws rights. Faces clean house and Goldust catapults Jericho over the top and onto Christian on the floor. Christian pops up to pull Goldust from the second rope to get the heat and Jericho works over his back. Booker plays a good second, getting the crowd clapping for Goldust to fight out of a hold. Crowd are really into the fired-up hope spots. Christian throws a really good slap. He always used it during his babyface ace run in ECW in 2009 and here he is as a heel 7 years before slapping Dustin in the corner. Hot tag to Booker gets a good pop and he cleans house. He pulls out an old fashioned noggin knocker and teases the spinarooni - he's very over at this point. Booker was never the best worker but he always made for an energetic presence during his best runs. 


Booker actually gets a three-count off the scissors kick but Christian had his foot on the ropes so the ref corrects it. Back from the break and now the heat is on Booker. Good old fashioned heeling as Christian distracts the ref so he misses the hot tag. Draws good heat as the heels double stomp Booker. Jericho throws in the fake heel tags as well in a further old school touch. Booker almost gets the pin with what JR describes as the "Jack Brisco roll-up." Christian cinches in a chinlock to take control back. Goldy and Jericho are good on the apron at conducting the crowd during the down period. Dustin is an energetic hot tag, getting a double DDT, curtain call on Christian and then a ridiculously close near-fall on Jericho with a powerslam. Crowd are hot. 


Goldust shows some great babyface resilience by sticking out the Walls of Jericho before Booker breaks it up. Chaos as Christian misses with a wild belt shot and Booker dumps him. Jericho throws him out before getting another super close near-fall with a roll-up with feet on the ropes. However, a Lionsault lands on knees and Goldust rolls Jericho up for the win in 14:40 or so.


I watched this after hearing people making the case for Dustin in the GWWE poll and he is excellent here. Great as a babyface in peril, good at conducting the crowd from the apron and showed really strong fire as the underdog out to prove himself. But really, I thought everyone was really good in the this match. Four experienced guys having an old school tag match with all the old tricks thrown in: missed hot tags, heel fake tags, double heat section, feet on the ropes and a hot crowd. This is really fun and its a pity that both of these teams didn't have much longer runs. 




WWE 27 November - 3 December 2017

27 November 2017 - 07:03 PM

Apparently Roman Reigns will be doing an open challenge type gimmick with the Intercontinental Title, which should be awesome. Hope it gives guys like Elias a chance to shine.

Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins (WWE Raw, 29th May 2017)

21 November 2017 - 11:05 AM

Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins (WWE Raw, 29th May 2017)


Strong PPV quality main event here between two guys who know each other well. I liked the flashes of Reigns acting like a bully heel here, pushing Seth's head into the corner and talking shit to him. His selling was on point as always, highlighting his superiority to Rollins as a worker - Seth wasn't bad here but there were points where he would kinda make gestures towards selling but then run through all his high spots anyway. Reigns' drive-by into the post looked vicious, as did him throwing Seth into the barricade. The superman punch counter to Rollins coming from the top was picture perfect. One thing I will say for Seth is that his flying moves - standing moonsault, frog splash, missed Phoenix Splash - all looked really graceful. There were a few bits that people may not like where big shots weren't sold so that they could go back-and-forth but Roman is able to make those look like desperation/instinctive strikes rather than just go-go-go workrate exchanges, the buckle bomb into superman punch combo being the prime example. Good clash of the babyfaces match and I'd like to see them hook up some time with Roman as the heel.


Going back through some of these Reigns matches to prepare for arguing that he's been the WWE worker of the year over AJ and Braun. This match is a good example of the quality TV performances he was putting on around the first half of the year that stand him in good stead. Probably Rollins' best singles match of 2017.