We're almost there. WWE's ultimate thrill ride is just around the corner and things are starting to heat up. AJ Styles is more phenomenal than ever, Bray Wyatt is more powerful than ever, and The Undertaker hates Roman Reigns just like we all do.
Although Superstars like Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and Sami Zayn have nothing to do at WrestleMania, they're still getting loads of television time which is sort of confusing. Maybe they'll be big players in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal? And as for the Universal Championship match which should have never been for the Universal Championship in the first place? Brock Lesnar and Goldberg didn't even appear this week, so what does that tell you? Part time wrestlers shouldn't be the main event match.
Like always, SmackDown's still better than RAW. It's just the better quality show. While RAW did have some pretty strong moments, it still managed to feature the five worst moments of the week. Here they are, along with the five best this week in WWE.
Chris Jericho cut an awesome promo on RAW in which he ended up showing us an old photograph of Kevin Owens as a teenager wearing a Y2J t-shirt. That's right, Kevin Owens was a mark. Compared to the promo Owens cut on Jericho last week, Chris Jericho definitely won the battle of words. But do words matter? Or did words just piss Kevin Owens off even more? With the help of Samoa Joe, Owens sneak attacked Chris Jericho from behind before ripping The List of Jericho to pieces.
So Dana Brooke had enough of Charlotte's bitchery last week and attacked her. Instead of capitalizing on a future feud between both ladies post-WrestleMania, WWE decided to completely strip away any momentum Dana may have gained from the incident by having her lose a match against Charlotte with a weak-ass boot to the face.
Although I question why so much time is being given to Mick Foley, Sami Zayn, and Stephanie McMahon just before WrestleMania (while at the moment, none of them are scheduled to be on the card), the opening of Monday Night RAW was fantastic. After last week, it was not a shock to see Foley finally get fired by the awful McMahon. It was a shock however to see Sami Zayn come out to defend Foley's honour.
It didn't really work out for Zayn though... because it wound up getting him in hot water. And by hot water, I mean a deathly Coquina Clutch by Samoa Joe.
Remember when TJ Perkins won the inaugural rebirth of the Cruiserweight Championship last year? Now he's losing matches in 80 seconds. So I just have to ask what is the point? If the point of the match was to get Brian Kendrick on television, why not do it in a backstage segment without making Perkins look super weak?
The Miz and Maryse are supposed to be the heels in their Mixed Tag Team match against John Cena and Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33, but how are people going to boo The Miz and Maryse after the hilarity that was "Total Bellas Bull****" - a parody of John and Nikki's relationship we've seen on E! Network's Total Bellas.
If you missed it, Bella desperately wants Cena to put a ring on her finger, and John Cena won't do it. He also has way too many rules for their love life.
Last week, AJ Styles outsmarted Shane McMahon by smashing his head through a car window. This week, Shane McMahon got the last laugh by dishing out some funky punches, delivering a beautiful suplex, and topping it off with a flying elbow drop onto AJ Styles through the announcers table. It was a whole lot of fun.
A Championship title change this close to WrestleMania? Why not!
American Alpha failed to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Usos this week in what has to be one of the best tag team matches we've seen WWE produce this year. By the final five minutes, the entire crowd was on their feet. After near fall after near fall, The Usos would emerge victorious and become the fourth tag team to hold the belts since their inception last year. It's interesting to note the crowd were cheering more for The Usos than they were American Alpha. Pretty surprising. As amazing as Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are, WWE Creative is going to have to make them much more interesting post-Mania as their first reign as Champions sadly fell flat.
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