When Raw came to St. Louis last year I couldn’t bear the thought of going. Coming off of Wrestlemania 32, the main storylines going on were about Roman Reigns being the world champion and the McMahon siblings fighting over who would control Raw. It just wasn’t something I wanted to support with my hard earned money! Now, a year later, I didn’t think twice about buying tickets to a NXT live event coming up next week. It’s put on by the same company, but with fewer big stars and no storyline development. So why did I buy tickets without hesitation?
Asuka has been the highlight of NXT for me since she started there in 2015. She’s an amazing champion who has been booked strong and I want to let WWE know I’ll pay to see her wrestle. She’s also in the middle of a feud with Ember Moon, and I’m hoping it results in a long match at this show.
He’s listed as appearing at the NXT Live event, but I know he was just drafted to Smackdown Live, although I think he’s too big of a star for them to just take off of live events, though I know they always say “talent subject to change”, but I know he’s been at other NXT Live events lately… I’ll be disappointed if he’s not there, but I won’t let it ruin the show for me.
Bobby Roode’s “Glorious” Theme (and Bobby Roode too)
While I was only a mild fan of his during his time with TNA, Roode has been a great shot of energy for NXT, playing a snobby elitist heel that the brand hasn’t really had before. And yes, I look forward to singing along with his theme when he makes his entrance.
D.I.Y. are the only tag team listed, but I’m sure they’ll have an amazing match whether they fight the Authors of Pain, Heavy Machinery, or anyone else.
The crowd at this place will be intimate. Like, super intimate. I’m not exactly sure how many seats will be filled, but the arena it’s at only holds 10,000 people and more than half of it is cut off, so it doesn’t seem like a lot of people will be there. That can be a good thing though (for me, not the people making money off of ticket sales) because the people there will hopefully be dedicated and invested fans who make a lot of noise all night long.
House shows can be a lot of fun!
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a house show, but it’s always a good chance to see what new feuds are coming up and to see wrestlers trying new moves. It’s also a great way to check out new wrestlers who haven’t debuted yet. The WWE’s women’s tournament is coming up soon, so maybe I’ll get to see some people trying out for it?
Speaking of trying new things… just watch:
What was she thinking? pic.twitter.com/GkdtggU8Xm
— Gerard | ボイド (@DeathByDevitt) April 13, 2017
This gives me so many feelings. Like it’s funny, but then I feel guilty for laughing, but then I’m sure she can’t be serious, but then I JUST DON’T KNOW! I have to see more of her drunken Elaine dancing though.
Possibly getting a new collector cup?
Okay, so the last couple might not be that sincere, but there are still plenty of things to look forward to! I’m really interested to see how many people show up, because I haven’t seen any advertisements for the show and the only way I found out about it was I happened to see it mentioned on twitter. I’ll post thoughts and reactions to the show when it’s all said and done!
Hey all, Martytholath made some more Botched Spot-style wrestling comic strips and I wanted to share them with you! Check out more of his work at his deviant art page here!
botched spot fanmade strip-9 by joey2132132 on DeviantArt
I don’t know if Wrestlemania 33 lived up to being the ultimate thrill ride, but overall I thought it was one of the best Wrestlemanias in years, with some really good matches, surprises, and nothing that was too glaringly bad. Sure, it was way too long, but I was prepared for that after last year’s snoozefest.
I thought the pre-show kicked everything off to a good start even though I was wrong on all of my predictions. In fairness I didn’t know that Mojo had a football buddy in the crowd, otherwise I would have picked him over the friendless Braun Strowman. Even so, I thought the ATGMBR was fun and fast paced, and while I’d like to get upset about Braun’s early elimination or Sami not winning, it’s not like the match matters for anything.
Other than that, the cruiserweight match was really good (even though I would’ve liked to see Austin Aries win), and the Intercontinental Championship match was…there. I know some people were upset that this match was on the pre-show, but with the lackluster build and match I think it was right where it belonged.
As for the main card, I liked that it opened up with the biggest surprise of all: Shane McMahon actually having a good match. I could go down a list of everything that irks me about his performance and him even being in a match at Wrestlemania, but as far as what I was expecting and what I got, it was way better! Unfortunately I think all of the hardcore spots at the end of the show made it hard for Kevin Owens and Jericho to win the crowd over in their match. Owens winning the US Title was still good, but I think it would have made a better impression elsewhere on the card.
My only two wrong predictions on the main Wrestlemania card were back to back: The Raw Women’s Championship match and the tag team title match. I’ve expected Sasha to turn heel for months now, how was I supposed to know she wouldn’t do it at Wrestlemania? I still liked seeing Bayley’s successful title defense, although I was disappointed to not see any new direction for the division in the match or at Raw the next night. And while I knew the Hardys were close to debuting, I didn’t expect to see them back at Wrestlemania, especially after they were in a ladder match the night before. Their surprise return was delightful, even if they weren’t fully “broken”.
The mixed tag match with Cena and Nikki wasn’t great, although it was always more about the proposal than the in ring work. It was funny seeing Cena sell Miz’s weak offense for so long when we see him bounce back from finishers and huge power moves in every other match he’s in.
By the time Rollins vs. Triple H got going, I really started to feel the length of the show, and it only got worse during the WWE Championship match. Bray vs. Orton didn’t even seem bad to me as far as all the wrestling goes, but Wyatt’s new “power” of projecting bugs onto the ring was embarrassing and it didn’t even wind up helping Bray in the end!
And while I’m not a huge fan of Goldberg and Lesnar, especially when they’re fighting for a World Title in 2017, I have to admit their championship match was really good and helped pick the pace of the show way up. They only used four different moves, and yet it was perfect for what it was. It was also great seeing the Smackdown Women’s Championship match moved up to the main card, even if they had to wrestle like they were in fast forward.
Unfortunately, the pace of the show went back down with Roman Reigns vs. the Undertaker. As I’ve said before, I think Undertaker is wrestling way too late in his career, and while this match won’t tarnish his legacy, I think it would’ve been better for him to go out on his feud with Brock at Wrestlemania 30.
So on a scale of thrill rides, I’d say Wrestlemania was a “solid and enjoyable” thrill ride, if not an “ultimate” one. There were several good-to-great matches without any celebrity involvement or any legends pushing around younger talent, and even though there was a concert, it didn’t last THAT long. Ultimately, it was a good show with some good matches and a few fun surprises- that’s all I can ask of Wrestlemania!
What can you expect of Wrestlemania 33, the Ultimate Thrill Ride? What can anyone expect from a thrill ride? Long lines, thirty seconds of excitement, and then a sick feeling afterwards? I think WWE is on track.
There are a grand total of thirteen matches, two musical acts, and a bunch of New Day segments planned, so it’s going to be a full day. While I can’t hide that I’m less than thrilled with some of the decisions made leading up to Sunday, there are still plenty of big match ups headed our way!
The 2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
I get that this match is more about getting as many superstars onto the Wrestlemania card as possible than it is about a big ol’ buttery trophy, but I still think they could do a lot more to build it up. Once the match is over you never hear about it again! Even Baron Corbin doesn’t mention his win, and it’s literally his only accomplishment in his five years with WWE. There might be a few fun surprise entrants, but hopefully no big returns are wasted on this meaningless match (looking at you, Finn).
Who will win: BRAAAAAAAUN! Maybe Sami could pull off some kind of underdog win, but I doubt it.
Neville vs. Austin Aries for The Cruiserweight Championship
This could easily be one of the best matches at Wrestlemania, pre-show or no. While it sucked that Austin Aries was sidelined with an injury late last year, doing commentary on cruiserweight matches was a great opportunity to showcase who he is as a character (a confident jerk) and lead it into this Wrestlemania match.
Who will win: Austin Aries, because I’m not sure who else Neville can feud with if he beats Aries right off the bat.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Naomi for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
Naomi’s surprise return guarantees her win in my eyes. Wrestlemania takes place in her hometown, so conventional wisdom says she will lose, but… I don’t know, maybe I just want her to win.
Who will win: Naomi
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship
I like Ambrose and I want to like Corbin, but somehow I keep forgetting about this match. I’m not even sure what to expect. It was built around Corbin viciously attacking Dean with a forklift, but for some reason Dean just keeps joking about it. I don’t feel like anyone involved is taking it seriously, so I’m not sure why I should.
Who will win: Baron Corbin, so he has an accomplishment other than winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last year.
Enzo and Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Gallows and Anderson for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
These teams have fought so many times now! I don’t know what else to say!
Who will win: Enzo and Cass because out of all the hundreds of times we’ve seen these men fight, that’s the only outcome that hasn’t already happened.
Bayley vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
I’ve seen a lot of complaints about Nia’s inclusion in this match, but it doesn’t bother me. For one thing, I’m confident that the three more experienced women will be able to work around Nia, with her only having to come in and clean house a couple of times in the match. Also, I’ve already seen every combination on Bayley, Charlotte, and Sasha in a match, so just repeating that again wouldn’t really excite me. Welcome to the championship picture, Nia!
Who will win: Sasha. Since it’s elimination style, I’m guessing it will come down to Bayley vs. Sasha, giving the Boss the perfect opportunity to turn heel and run the division for a while.
AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
Out of all the wrestlers that WWE employs, Shane McMahon had to pick AJ to wrestle him at Wrestlemania. I get that Shane, for whatever reason, thinks he should have a match at Wrestlemania. I get that the McMahons have even convinced themselves that this extremely plain, if somewhat affable man is a good and credible wrestler. But does he have to deprive us of a great Wrestlemania match for AJ? Not only that, but this guy who’s known for doing one dumb spot every few years is now in a regular singles match. The idea that the fans at Wrestlemania will cheer for Shane over AJ is also equally baffling. I am baffled.
Who will win: AJ Styles because he HAS TO.
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens for the United States Championship
This is my main event, dammit. This feud has had the best build up out of all the matches at Wrestlemania, with a long history to it (for WWE) and a real reason for both men to hate each other. It was only a year ago that Jericho was seen as another stale part timer and now he’s reinvented himself into one of the top babyfaces!
Who will win: Kevin Owens. I just can’t imagine Jericho doing anything other than putting over the younger guy.
Nikki Bella and John Cena vs. Maryse and The Miz
When news first broke on this match a couple of months ago I hated it… But now it’s one of the matches I’m looking forward to the most! The build for it has been great, with all participants “shooting” just enough about behind the scenes stuff without pulling back the curtain too much. Miz and Maryse have been so spot on with their Total Bellas impersonations, while still being heelish enough to keep from getting cheered (like Miz constantly backing down from Cena). Look… as far as match quality is concerned I have no doubt that it will be bad, and I could easily see this going the “Goldberg” route of only lasting thirty seconds, but it’s been a fun ride nonetheless.
Who will win: John Cena and Nikki Bella and maybe John will propose!
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
How painful was it to hear Undertaker say “the Ultimate Thrillride” last Monday? This match doesn’t really have me interested in the outcome as much as whether or not Undertaker will still be able to walk afterwards. Rumor has it that he’s been beat up for a while, so I hope he makes it through okay. I’m not expecting much in terms of match quality due to Taker’s condition, but I’ll at least enjoy Roman acting like a heel for this one match (though I’m guessing he’ll go back to being a white meat babyface the next night).
Who will win: Roman Reigns. He beat Strowman, now Undertaker, and soon he’ll beat Brock for the title.
Triple H vs. Seth Rollins in a Non-Sanctioned Match
Triple H vs. Seth should be one of the most anticipated matches, but somehow it seems to be falling flat with the audience on Raw. I don’t know if it’s due to Seth’s ill advised heel turn when he came back from injury last October or they’re playing up the injured leg too much (we all know he wouldn’t be allowed to wrestle if his leg wasn’t 100%), but it feels like Triple H and Seth have been fighting with the crowd to get them to cheer for him.
Who will win: Seth Rollins
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
This feud has been fun, or at least more fun that any Orton feud I can remember. It’s also been planned out better and is far more consistent than any other feud going into Wrestlemania, except possibly Owens vs. Jericho. It was a nice change of pace and for once I didn’t mind WWE being so predictable with Orton turning on Wyatt after joining him. WWE is leaning hard into the “supernatural” side with this feud, so while I hope these two will have a great match, I’ll be a little disappointed if we don’t see some magical special effects take place too.
Who will win: Randy Orton, because it will be a fitting end to his whole “destroy the Wyatts” storyline.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg for the Universal Championship
There’s a lot of questions surrounding this match, but none of them are really good ones for WWE. Will their match last longer than 30 seconds? Will Goldberg seriously injure himself? If he loses the title can he even come back for a rematch? Will the match be a huge disappointment like their Wrestlemania 20 match? I can admit that objectively Goldberg has had a nice little return storyline: he came back, beat the biggest guy on the roster, won the championship, and got to Wrestlemania. Nice, right? I’m ready for it to be over.
Who will win: Brock Lesnar
So that’s Wrestlemania! I feel confident about most of my predictions, or at least the ones for the big matches. Dean vs. Baron I’m not so sure on. While I’m not head over heels for any of the matches, a lot of them still feel like they’re Wrestlemania-caliber, thanks to a long build up or the part timers coming out of hibernation. What do you all think? Am I way off on my predictions or what?