Wow. This was quite the week for wrestling, wasn't it? WWE crowned its first ever United Kingdom Champion last weekend in a 16-Man Tournament exclusive to the WWE Network. Which of course you could have watched for the low price of $9.99. Like the Cruiserweight Classic last year, The United Kingdom Tournament provided top-notch performances from talent most of the world had yet to see. WWE has really been branching out to find new Superstars as of late and it's an exciting time to be a fan.
As for Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live? Let's find out which show had the better segments as we take a look at the 5 best and 5 worst moments this week in WWE.
- Two weeks ago, The New Day made fun of Titus O'Neil and Xavier Woods defeated Titus O'Neil.
- One week ago, The New Day made fun of Titus O'Neil and Kofi Kingston defeated Titus O'Neil.
- This week, The New Day made fun of Titus O'Neil and Big E defeated Titus O'Neil.
Charlotte thought it would be funny to dig up old photographs of Bayley as a teenager posing with some of her favourite wrestlers. Because according to Charlotte, there is something wrong with you if you're a wrestler who was a fan of wrestling as a teenager.
If you want an example as to why SmackDown is more riveting than RAW, look no further. Remember in 2012 when Jerry Lawler suffered a real-life heart attack on an episode of RAW after having wrestled a Tag Team match against Ziggler? WWE Creative remembered too and decided to exploit it for their own gain. Hey, why not, right?
Ziggler proclaimed the only reason Lawler requested Ziggler be his guest on King's Court is because deep down Lawler still harbours ill feelings against him for being the cause of his heart attack over four years ago. And then, well... Do you see the picture above?
The Club took on Cesaro and Sheamus in an exciting RAW Tag Team Championship match to become your brand spankin' new champions. Oh, wait... Never mind.
I've watched a lot of wrestling in my life, and when a referee accidentally gets knocked out in the line of fire, a new referee replaces the first and the match continues. Simple as that. So why then after Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson scored the pin fall to win the championships does the first ref think he has the power to reverse the second ref's decision?
So to reiterate. Instead of rewarding the winners for actually getting the clean victory, the ref thinks its a better option to punish them for the other team's honest mistake.
What WWE sometimes fails to do in months, they did in two days with the United Kingdom Tournament - deliver a classic story of good versus evil. It also didn't hurt they had amazing talent to work with. The fact Pete Dunne was able to transform the initial cheers he received the first night into roaring boos just 24 hours later speaks to how good (or evil) he is.
Last week Roman Reigns loses his United States Championship to Chris Jericho and this week responds with pretty much a shrug. So I want to say thank you, Roman. Thank you for making the United States Championship seem like the most unimportant title in the universe. A.K.A. Thank you for taking a hot turd on the title.
What happens when you throw Brock Lesner, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho, and Sami Zayn in the ring together and let them kill each other? You get WWENTERTAINED. If this segment was any consolation, this year's Royal Rumble match has a really good chance at becoming one of the most exciting Rumbles we may ever see! As long as someone stupid doesn't win it like Roman Reigns.
Highlight of the week: Brock Lesner delivering an F5 to Roman Reigns.
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