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Brian Floyd
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I read the results, and quite frankly I'd have been disappointed if I had watched it. I'm actually happy with ALL the results, but not the way some of those matches endsd or what happened afterward.

Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt need to stay as far away as possible once the feud is done. I'd even be all for one of them switching brands. Looks like Orton's next feud may be with Jinder Mahal, but making Orton the face in that situation would be a bad idea. Orton is bland and boring as a face. He may have a crowd popping finisher, but I'd rather watch paint dry than hear him cut a promo when he's a face. He's a natural heel, and it comes off as forced when he's a face. (I believe Orton has even done interviews in the past where he's said he prefers being a heel.)

Not happy they decided to turn Cesaro and Sheamus heel. But I'm glad Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley. I don't get what people see in Bayley.





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Sean Waltman was caught at an airport with cannabis chocolate bars and a bunch of drugs, including marijuana and meth. He could end up doing up to 4 years in prison, because he's also being charged with intent to sell. 

So, X-Pac sucks....at drug smuggling. 

I was hoping he'd got his act together, finally. Would loved to have seen him get a short nostalgia run in the WWE.


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"Pretty Boy" Doug Somers passed away.  He was never a name on the national scene but if you see the matches he had when he tagged with "Playboy" Buddy Rose against the young Midnight Rockers in the AWA, it's textbook classic tag team stuff.  Shawn Michaels has given those two guys a lot of credit for leading that program and getting them over.


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Not a big name, no, but Somers did get a lot of exposure on ESPN in the late '80s.
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Wow, a lousy Backlash last night for sure, especially after a pretty great NXT show the night before.   

(SPOILERS for both shows below.)

Nakamura's already just another guy on the roster. His match last night was ok but no different than any other Ziggler match on TV. Nakamura gets an amazing entrance pop, especially last night, but after that, the Smackdown crowds aren't that into him.  With his mannerisms my guess is he'll be in a comedy role sooner than later, which is a shame.

Corbin and Zayn had a by-the-numbers match that firmly established that neither of them are going anywhere.  Corbin was in a place where he might start getting a push but he would need wins for that to happen.  Zayn's a jobber to the stars basically and wins don't do him any good.  

The women's six man was ok, at least the women try and come up with different spots.  The finish didn't seem to really advance anything - if they're trying to push someone closer to Naomi and the title, last night didn't do that at all.  

Owens and Styles will always be in the position to blow a show away.  Last night wasn't quite at that level, although they did some crazy spots and were on pace to steal the show before an a 'booked to show off how clever' we are finish.  Owens still works like a babyface and it keeps him from being a real top heel and I hated that the top rope crusher he hit wasn't a real finish.  Still, no one can touch these two for a match full of high spots.

Harper and Rowan wasn't any good, which is strange, Harper's usually one of the better wrestlers on the card.  It didn't click, which didn't help with their position on the card.  Harper's always close to being over but doesn't seem to get there.

Orton and Mahal was a standard Orton main event.  The crowd was generally into it but Orton only gets reactions for the RKO and that DDT off the ropes spot.  Once he hit that on the jabronis the finish was obvious.  I don't care about Mahal being champion, the bigger question is who is going to work with him to better establish him as a top guy.  Otherwise, he'll just be another Jack Swagger as champions go.  

The NXT show was better.  As much as I don't love the endless high spot style, for that kind of match the UK title match was top drawer.  Roode's a great old school worker who's more deliberate selling-based style is a good contrast to all the high flying everyone else is doing.  The show ending angle with the DIY split was super.  

There really isn't anyone on any of the rosters that I see as becoming a real main event star.  

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The problem with Randy Orton is that he's boring. 

He's.....meh...on the microphone, and even worse when they make him a face. He's a natural heel who uses a crowd-popping finisher more appropriate for a face.

JInder Mahal being champ is NOT the way to go. Hopefully he doesn't have a long reign, and it isn't Orton who takes it away from him.


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Monday Night RAW ratings have been in the gutter for weeks. Keep hitting record lows. That can't be good for business in the long term.

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Ratings did bump up a bit this week, after the PPV. With Brock appearing next week, maybe the trend will continue. Hopefully it's a sign that people are buying into Samoa Joe as a top guy and someone people are tuning in to see.

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Monday Night RAW ratings have been in the gutter for weeks. Keep hitting record lows. That can't be good for business in the long term.
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I haven't watched RAW for the last two weeks. The previous weeks were a bit of a bore.
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Ratings did bump up a bit this week, after the PPV. With Brock appearing next week, maybe the trend will continue. Hopefully it's a sign that people are buying into Samoa Joe as a top guy and someone people are tuning in to see. 
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I've had no interest in Samoa Joe going back to discovering him in TNA.

Brock Lessner holds no appeal for me. He's very limited as a performer. Which surprises me I expected that he would have a lot in his arsenal. His lack of mic skills doesn't help. I'm also not a fan of a World Champ that doesn't defend his title on a regular basis. 

In my opinion Lessner and Roman Reigns would be more entertaining as muscle for someone else. Reigns thrived as a member of Shield. I was really impressed with him. His going solo has really exposed his weakness. He has no personality and is terrible on the mic. In contrast I didn't think much of Seth Rollins as a Shield member. His solo career proved to me that he is a star. 

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Since he doesn't wrestle on a regular basis, Lesnar should be a special attraction, ala Andre the Giant. Not a title contender. Put Lesnar up against the bigger wrestlers (Big Show, for example) or in handicap matches, and have him thoroughly dominate the latter.

Reigns just needs a heel turn and someone else writing his promos.
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FYI.... on the latest Bruce Prichard's "Something To Wrestle" podcast, the discussion is about "Stone Cold" Steve Austin "taking his ball and going home" in the summer of 2002. If you haven't listened, this is THE podcast on behind the scenes topics from the history of wrestling.

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