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Analyzing The WWE Draft

Mike McMahon Oct 15, 2019

WWE split up its rosters with Fox and USA "executives" making the picks ...

WWE held its Draft on Friday and Monday, splitting up rosters between SmackDown on Fox and Raw on USA Network. Different than in prior years, WWE ran a storyline where executives from each network were picking the wrestlers they wanted on their show. It was a nice real-world touch, despite the cheesy acting every time they went to the "war rooms" of each network.

Let's run down the results.

Raw will be headlined by Universal Championship Seth Rollins, with the main-event talent also including Aj Styles, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton. The next level includes Ricochet, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Andrade. The mid-card portion of the roster will have Rusev, Aleister Black, Rey Mysteiro and R-Truth while the bottom of the card features Cedric Alexander, Sin Cara, Carillo, Erick Rowan, Buddy Murphy,
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WWE Smackdown Live – Sept 3rd 2019: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s SmackDown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and if Sam Kinison had played Sandy in Grease, then all of her songs would have been loud screams. Hopelessly Devoted To You! Ahhhh! Ahhhh! Ahhhhh! Okay, Roman Reigns still wants to know who tried to kill him. I want to review this show…or bring me Peter Pan! I need to know if he’s a dude or a chick. That stupid hat. Here comes SmackDown.

Match #1: Elias def. Ali – King of the Ring Quarterfinals Match The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Ali squared off against Elias in the King of the Ring Quarterfinals. Both Superstars came out of the gates with their best stuff, as Ali used his blinding speed and took to the skies. Elias attempted to counter by overpowering Ali,
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WWE Smackdown – April 2nd 2019: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final Smackdown Live before Wrestlemania, so let’s see If Vince gave the WWE World Title Match some extra time to get you excited about it for the big card.

Match #1: The Usos & Aleister Black & Ricochet def. The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Four of the best tag teams on SmackDown Live paired off and squared off as SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos teamed up with Aleister Black & Ricochet to take on The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev. The team of The Bar, The King of Strong Style & Bulgarian Brute looked to wear down Jey Uso, but Jey eventually tagged his brother Jimmy for a noticeable tone shift in the contest. Soon, fisticuffs broke out all over the ring, with all eight Superstars getting in on the action.
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Kurt Angle Deserves Better than Baron Corbin

Mike McMahon Mar 20, 2019

Kurt Angle's retirement match at WrestleMania should be against someone with more history than Corbin ...

When Kurt Angle announced last week that he would wrestle his final match at WrestleMania 35, speculation ran wild on the internet with who Angle might face in his retirement match.

Shelton Benjamin, his old teammate on Team Angle, tweeted at Angle that he wanted to face the former Olympian. There are also plenty of wrestlers on the WWE roster that would make sense. Angle had great matches with Aj Styles in Tna, for example. Angle launched the career of John Cena, so he could have been a potential opponent. Angle and Lashley both have Mma and amateur backgrounds, and they wrestled in Tna. Angle vs. Samoa Joe was an important match for the careers of both men back in 2008.

There were plenty of natural choices.

But instead, WWE went with ... Baron Corbin.
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WWE Raw – March 11th 2019: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a lot to get to, so shut up and sit down. Wait, how can I be rude to you people? One word at a time, that’s how. Ah…screw it. You’re all right, goofy-grape. What the hell was I talking about? This is why I need to buy a delete button. Oh, Raw. This one was actually quite good, so here we go.

Match #1: Seth Rollins def. Shelton Benjamin The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In one sense, Seth Rollins’ victory over Shelton Benjamin didn’t tell the WWE Universe anything they didn’t already know: The Royal Rumble Match winner can, theoretically, beat Brock Lesnar. The question is how he’ll pull it off, and in that case, the first-time-ever bout provided some clues as to what
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‘RIng of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Oct 28th 2018)

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Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is a few days late due to being abnormally busy during the earlier part of the week. Fortunately, that was a temporary thing and my life is back to normal, so I can jump right in and get back to work. So, as the Amish always say… “I wanna play X-Box… damn it!”

Match #1: “Hangman” Adam Page defeated Scorpio Sky The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Page took the fight outside the ring early in the contest and rammed Sky into the barricade twice before lawn-darting him into the ring post. Back in the ring, Page set up for a move off the top rope, but Sky caught him with a leaping hurricanrana for a near fall. Sky had two more near falls before Page connected with a lariat.
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The Last Week in Wrestling #1 (Wrestling Round-Up)

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Welcome to the debut of The Last Week in Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. We’re combining the WWE Week In Review and the Nerdly Wrestling Awards into one weekly column that will perform the function of both. With Phil covering Raw, Smackdown and Impact, this will give me the chance to get all my stuff out in one sitting. I’ll give you my ratings for all of the matches before I give you my thoughts on the each league.

As for the Nerdly Wrestling Awards, that’s getting moved to just the end of the year and maybe we’ll have some goofy looking trophies to hand out then… to no one. Also, I apologize for all of my bad reviews last week… because they sucked. If you don’t remember, they were pretty much just obnoxious for the sake of being so. I liked the Wendy Williams eye joke,
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WWE Smackdown Live – Oct 9th 2018: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s review of Smackdown Live, which will – undoubtedly like Raw the previous night – feature more of the fall out from the Super Show-Down pay per view in Melbourne, Australia.

Match #1: SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair ended in a double count-out The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After Becky Lynch got herself intentionally disqualified during her title match against Charlotte Flair at WWE Super Show-Down this past Saturday, the champion and challenger once again collided for the gold. This time, however, The Irish Lass Kicker would lose her title if she was once again disqualified. The two bitter rivals picked up where they left off on Saturday, trading wicked haymakers at a breakneck pace. Both Superstars began to feel the ramifications of their recent ruckuses and were scrapping with everything they had to get an edge. At one point, Lynch grabbed
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WWE Week in Review (Oct 1st – Oct 7th 2018)

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Welcome to this edition of the WWE Week In Review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have lots of excellent wrestling matches to cover, so let’s do so.

Worst Promo:

A Moment Of Boredom (Raw) – Alexa Bliss was in one of those “A Moment of Bliss” vignettes that are performed well, but still manage to be dull… like most of today’s television shows.

Best Promo:

Ciampa’s Promise (Nxt) – Tommaso Ciampa pledged to destroy Velveteen Dream if he got in his way. This was a good old-fashioned declaration of war and made Velveteen Dream interesting for the first time in his career.

Worst Moment:

Thundersucked (Super Show Down) – Elias played Thunderstruck before a match. I don’t know if you know this, but Elias can’t sing… and this is a wrestling show.

Best Moment:

Your Team Left (Raw) – As a promo, this was average until the end,
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WWE Smackdown – Oct 2nd 2018: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Venom appears to be a weirdo-fest. I like weird $#!%. Will I like Venom? Who cares!

Match #1: R-Truth & Carmella defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Carmella was quick to respond when Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega trashed the debut of “Truth TV” on social media over the weekend, prompting The Princess of Staten Island to challenge them to a mixed tag matchup on the blue brand. Despite Almas & Vega having plenty of experience teaming together, Fabulous Truth came out firing on all cylinders. After Almas pulled Carmella off of Vega when she was going for a pinfall and blocked a kick from The Princess of Staten Island, R-Truth clobbered “Cien,” and Princess Mella trapped Zelina in the Code of Silence after several lightning-quick reversals to earn the tapout victory.
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WWE Week in Review (8/13/18 – 19/8/18)

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Welcome to this edition of the WWE Week In Review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have an odd week to cover, one that disappointed more than it should have, but still had its successes. I also want to thank Phil for filling in for me on Monday’s Raw. My absence is not something that will happen often, so if you hate the way I write then you’re probably going to be miserable for a long while. I hope that sentence didn’t come across as negative, but I can’t imagine that every person that reads my writing thinks I’m great. Also, we are going to add a few more categories to the review, including “Best Show”. Any-way, The Prince of tides was a good movie and it’s time to start our review of this week in the WWE.

Worst Promo
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WWE Smackdown Live – August 14th 2018: Results & Review

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I hope this is better than Monday’s Raw.

Match #1: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

As SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella insulted her two challengers from her position at the announce desk, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch teamed up to take on the hungry pair of Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. With Flair and Lynch wanting to score an emphatic victory prior to their title clash on Sunday, both were competing with a little extra in their tank. In the match’s pivotal moments, Becky Balboa fended off Rose and Deville, dropping Deville on the outside with a baseball slide and escaping Mandy’s rollup to trap her in the Dis-arm-her for the tapout victory.

My Take: Well, at least they wrestled. This was decent,
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WWE SmackDown Rankings 08/14/18 – Who is on top heading into SummerSlam?

Liam Hoofe with this week’s SmackDown rankings…

SummerSlam is just days away and tensions are at a boiling point on SmackDown. On this week’s show, Aj Styles came out to address Samoa Joe’s recent comments, Carmella tried to get one over on Charlotte and Becky Lynch, and Jeff Hardy made his return to in-ring action, but which superstars managed to gain the upper hand heading into the WWE’s biggest party of the Summer? Let’s take a look at this week’s SmackDown rankings and find out.

Results:

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose (** 1/2)

New Day defeated Sanity (*** 1/2)

Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas defeated Aiden English (**)

Jeff Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin (***)

10: Carmella (Last week: #10)

Like last week, Carmella wasn’t involved in any in-ring action this week, but she did get an opportunity to show off her mic-skills in the night’s opening segment.
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Who is Jacob Kasper, the latest top WWE recruit? Wrestling star compared to young John Cena

The WWE has always closely watched collegiate athletes and it looks like they might have found their next top recruit. But who is Jacob Kasper, the young man that talent scout Gerald Brisco hopes to bring to the WWE? It was ESPN that first reported that the WWE had a huge interest in the young Kasper, a collegiate wrestling superstar from Duke University. Finding stars in college that can transition to the WWE is not easy, but when they find one it is usually a monster signing. Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin came from the University of Minnesota straight to the […]

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WWE’s ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ Will Be Interrupted for Muslim Prayer

WWE rings the start bell on its “Greatest Royal Rumble” pay-per-view from Saudi Arabia today, with a 50-man battle royal anchoring the show. Do to the geographical location and the sheer length of the titular contest, the event will be interrupted by an intermission for Muslim prayer, the pro wrestling organization told TheWrap.

“The break will not impact the television viewing audience,” a WWE spokesman said. “We are working with the Gsa and expect it to be approximately 15 minutes.”

The Gsa or General Sports Authority is the government body responsible for sport in Saudi Arabia.

Also Read: WWE Superstar Shakeup 2018: 42 Wrestlers You'll Now Only See on 'SmackDown Live' (Photos)

The following Superstars are confirmed to be in the actual Greatest Royal Rumble Match:

Daniel Bryan

Braun Strowman

Kurt Angle

Shane McMahon

Chris Jericho

Mark Henry

Rey Mysterio

Elias

Kevin Owens

The Great Khali

Bobby Roode

​Baron Corbin

Big E

Kofi Kingston

Xavier Woods

Apollo Crews

Shelton Benjamin

Sin Cara

Chad Gable

Goldust

Titus O’Neil

Mojo Rawley

Dolph Ziggler

The prayer will not breakup that mega 50-man contest.

Also Read: Bruno Sammartino, WWE Legend, Dies at 82

In addition to the Greatest Royal Rumble Match, Friday’s show will include seven title defenses, a Casket Match featuring The Undertaker, and John Cena vs. Triple H.

Per Saudi Arabia law, there will be no women’s matches on the card.

The “Greatest Royal Rumble,” which takes place in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, airs live on WWE Network beginning at 12 p.m. Et/9 a.m. Pt today.

Read original story WWE’s ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ Will Be Interrupted for Muslim Prayer At TheWrap
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WWE SmackDown 04/24/18 – The Good and The Bad

Liam Hoofe rounds up this week’s edition of SmackDown Live…

The Good

Miz TV with Big Cass

The Miz opened this week’s SmackDown by stating that wherever he is, is the company’s A show, and in fairness, he has proven that claim on several occasions. His promo work on Daniel Bryan during last night’s show was excellent, and the company holding off on a confrontation between the two is a smart move. There is big money to be made the first time these two men meet.

Instead, Bryan will be squaring off with Big Cass at Backlash, who was out to explain his attack on Bryan last week on this week’s show. Cass said that he also returned from injury and that no-one seemed to care, he ripped into Bryan and the Yes Movement and really got himself over as a heel. Cass was great here,
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WWE SmackDown Review 04/17/18 – The Good, The Bad and The Shake-Up

Liam Hoofe breaks down this week’s edition of SmackDown…

The Good

Heel Shinsuke and the Main Event

Who would have thought that a heel Shinsuke Nakamura was just what we needed on Tuesday nights? Shinsuke has been excellent as a heel so far, and his low-blow on Aj during this week’s main event, and his subsequent claim that he doesn’t speak English were excellent. Aj Styles, Daniel Bryan, and Shinsuke Nakamura are an excellent main event trio, chuck Samoa Joe into that mix and you have something really quite special.

The main event match itself was also good fun, with Aj and Bryan taking on Aiden English and Rusev. With the SmackDown mid-card well and truly shaken, Rusev may be able to ascend up the roster a little easier in the new landscape.Big Cass’ arrival at the end of the bout sets up a potential feud between him and Bryan,
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WWE SmackDown 4/3/18 – The Good, The Bad and The Pointless

Liam Hoofe rounds up this week’s episode of SmackDown…

The Good

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon

I have been very vocal over the last few months about Shane McMahon on WWE television. His ongoing feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has, for the most part, been pretty terrible. The feud, however, has been saved over the last few weeks thanks to some excellent segments, and the incredible return of Daniel Bryan.

So, after months of struggling against each other for power, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon simply hugged out their differences. In any other circumstance, this would have been a bit of a silly way to draw a line under things, but Daniel is so over that the crowd ate it up and the whole segment just worked. Having Daniel apologise to Shane was a bit lame, but Shane then returned the favour, at least making sense of some things.
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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – New Matches for Fastlane, Post-Mania Nxt Call Ups, Cruiserweight Championship Quarter Final Brackets Revealed

Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…

New Matches Announced for Fastlane

Three championship matches were announced for Fastlane on last night’s edition of Smackdown Live. Firstly, The New Day defeated Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable to become number 1 contenders for the Smackdown tag team titles at the event. Then, Randy Orton Vs Bobby Roode was confirmed by Shane McMahon backstage, before Charlotte Flair accepted Ruby Riott’s challenge for the Smackdown Women’s Title at the event. This is the current line-up for the show:

Aj Styles Vs Baron Corbin Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs Kevin Owens Vs Sami Zayn for the WWE Title Bobby Roode Vs Randy Orton for the Us Title Charlotte Flair Vs Ruby Riott for the Smackdown Women’s Title The Usos Vs The New Day for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles

See Also: WWE Smackdown 2/20/2018 – The Good, The Bad and The
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WWE Smackdown 2/20/2018 – The Good, The Bad and The Pointless

Liam Hoofe with his take on this week’s SmackDown Live…

The Good

Fatal Five Way One-on-Ones

As with any multi-man PPV match in the WWE, the company will spend the weeks leading up to the match giving us every possible one on one match-up they can get out of the situation. Last week, we saw Dolph Ziggler Vs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens Vs Baron Corbin, and this week we got Kevin Owens Vs Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin Vs Aj Styles. While this formula feels tired, and takes the shine off the five men stepping in the ring together at the PPV itself, the matches this week were, as they were last week, fairly decent outings.

Ziggler and Owens put on the night’s best match to kick things off. The match was good, up until the finish, which saw Zayn run down to the ring and allow
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