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I guess it’s been a while since I’ve heard Booker T on commentary, I barely recognized his voice at first.

I think it’s really interesting how they cut/edit this show. For a lot of the big hits, they switch to a different camera. The first time I saw it I thought they just botched a move, but I’m sure it’s on purpose. Less violence for kids since it’s prime child-watching-time, haha. I don’t have a problem with that, it’s the time slot it’s on and you know what’s happening anyway.

Cena is like, absolutely perfect for this show. He is so good playing for kids, but he’s also very likeable for adults.

I’m sure I said this last time, but I think they do a really good job with this show. I think it’s also a good way for me to get used to watching wrestling regularly again.

Hope everyone had a nice (and tasty) Thanksgiving! I am definitely enjoying my long weekend.

This is the first time I’ve watched Saturday Morning Slam. We have officially cancelled cable so this is really the only “live” wrestling I can watch haha. But I also do really like the idea of a Saturday morning show.

The first match was Justin Gabriel vs. El Locale. I hadn’t heard of the latter, but it was a pretty good match; I’m happy to see Gabriel is still doing cool stuff, I think he’s really fun to watch.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I enjoyed the pie eating contest too. I think this stuff is part of what I like about wrestling; it’s geared towards kids, but isn’t super childish, it’s just simple, harmless fun. But since this show is so short, it doesn’t go on too long. It’s fun and then it’s over. A problem I’ve been having with the 3 hour RAW is that they extend some bits too far and they really lose their appeal. I know a lot of people don’t like the PG era, but it doesn’t bother me.

Haha, the 3MB. I had heard a tiny bit about them, but it really is 3-Count turned into a rock band. Hilarious. I’m not sure I would have expected Jinder Mahal in there, but I think it works! The match with the Usos was good, I think all 5 of those guys have a decent amount of talent and their styles worked well together. The finisher Heath Slater hit was crazy, I didn’t expect it but it looked super impressive.

You know what? That show was a lot of fun. It was short, but they put two solid matches in, plus a comedy segment. I really enjoyed it.

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all of those who are serving and have served.

This is my first time watching RAW in a while (obviously), and I don’t really know what’s been happening. I remembered it was 3 hours long earlier and got less excited than I had been to watch. Man, even with nothing else to do (well, there IS Monday Night Football…), 3 hours just seems like a huge chunk of my day. But I’m going for it, so let’s see what happens.

Well, starting the show with Ziggler in a match is a good way to win be back over. I’m so happy to hear that Kofi Kingston is the Intercontinental Champ! I like that guy, I think he’s great in all aspects of “sports entertainment.” Same with Ziggler, really. Pretty solid match(es) to start the show.

I’m not sure the AJ/Cena thing makes sense to me. I think I don’t understand the implications they’re trying to create or why it matters. What did I miss! haha

I think Kaitlyn could improve and eventually be a pretty solid wrestler. I did hear about Beth Phoenix’s retirement; it’s a bummer because she was great, but at the same time she wasn’t really used much.

Even knowing now that Jerry Lawler is okay, watching the footage and especially Michael Cole’s reaction is pretty tough. Man oh man, it’s good to see that guy.

You know, CM Punk can be a really awesome bad guy when he’s not doing stupid crap for cheap heat. I think his heel turn and the stuff they were writing for him were a big step in my losing faith in wrestling…not good, guys. (Not ALL of it, just certain things he would do or say I thought were too much.)

I’m so happy to see the 8-man tag match because it shows that there are actually solid tag teams still! Hooray!

Daniel Bryan made me laugh.

Okay, here is what I’m realizing: I’m still enjoying watching this. I like to watch the good matches, and a main event like Cena vs. Punk is exciting. But I don’t feel invested in the story lines or even the winners or losers anymore. Maybe that’s just because I haven’t been following along so I don’t feel huge attachments to the characters that have been developed. So I don’t know if that’s a WWE thing or just a me being a grumpy old person kind of thing hahaha. I really don’t want to be a downer though. Will I watch every week? Probably not, but I’m not giving up completely. This stuff is still fun.

I watched SmackDown last night for the first time in a LONG time, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Having only two hours felt refreshing; I wasn’t overloaded with wrestling, and it didn’t feel like they had to fill time up. The show moved along easily and was a lot of fun.

Edge was there which was awesome. He’s one of the best, and it’s always good to see him. The show had a lot of solid matches and moved storylines along well. I think they’re doing a good job with Kane and Daniel Bryan, and I’m always a little surprised how entertained I am by that! But last night at the end of the show when there were like 6 guys in the ring with Kane and Bryan hitting everyone with chairs, I loved it. It was funny and different, but is also developing an interesting story.

Which brings me to my next point: tag teams. I don’t want to jinx it, but I really think they are coming back. There were 4 teams (1 wrestling and 3 watching) in the main event last night, including Kane and Bryan. I know there are a couple more teams on RAW, too, with Primo & Epico and Kofi & R-Truth at least. The others were the Usos, Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd, and the Titus ONeill & Darren Young. That’s quite a few, and most of those are often ONLY in tag matches.

This, my friends, makes me very happy. I think tag team wrestling can be SO cool when it’s done well. For a while there was really a lack of it in WWE, but I really have a good feeling about the tag division. Having dedicated tag wrestlers vs. just throwing some popular guys together is really what they needed, and they’ve done it. I’m excited!

I highly recommend everyone goes back to RAW two weeks ago and re-watches the Punk and Cena promo (with Bret Hart). That was a crazy night with Lawler getting sick, and I think now that we know things are good it’s a good time to go back and watch the very end of the show.

I can almost guarantee it will make you care about this feud, even though the PPV they were hyping happened. It. Is. Good.

Hope everyone had a relaxing and safe long weekend!
I did watch RAW last week but obviously did not post; it was fine, not a terrible show but not much that was really spectacular.

RAW was in Chicago last night. I didn’t go but Fro did, so hopefully we’ll be able to hear the live review soon! I believe he brought the ever-popular “Put some pants on!” sign again, as well – something CM Punk obviously paid attention to as he was wearing jeans, which is strange.

CM Punk isn’t even super huge and AJ looks just absolutely tiny next to him. I’m still trying to figure out why she’s GM.

So, Mysterio tagging with Sin Cara could be cool, but I have to say putting Tensai in the match kind of crushed my hopes for that match. It was alright though. I like Rhodes actually and it’s good to finally see Rey back, hopefully he can stay healthy (and out of trouble).

Seriously, the anger management segments are gold. One of my favorite things they’ve done in a while. It’s very different and they’re doing it well.

Bahaha, Punk taking the day off.

Cool finish by Sheamus to get Swagger to tap. Sheamus has kind of grown on me, I don’t remember being a huge fan when he first emerged but he seems like a guy that works really hard and is actively trying to improve all the time.

Does anybody else find it odd that Layla now has Tiffany’s old entrance music? Uh, so, that Divas match. I’m fairly certain Katilyn is already better in the ring than Eve. The neckbreaker at the end looked good though.

I thought Miz did a pretty good job as an announcer. He has a character to play and is a wrestler, not an announcer, so I was pretty impressed.

I’m also impressed with how the WWE has gotten people to like Ryback so much and so quickly.

And Ryback’s match is the last I saw. TiVo has just crashed again 😦

Well, between the Olympics, TiVo technical difficulties (that was rough), and my own disinterest I once again haven’t watched RAW for a little while. But, here goes! I have to admit the thought of constant 3-hour episodes terrifies me, but SummerSlam just happened and that’s a pretty big deal, which is compelling me to watch. Also I want to know what CM Punk is up to, and I know Jericho is leaving again/nearly already gone (since his band Fozzy is touring with my favorite band SOiL!), and I like that guy.

Right, sort of forgot about Brock Lesnar again. How did he look at SummerSlam? Anyone have an opinion? I’m guessing I won’t catch a replay, unless there’s something really spectacular I should see (and I’m not sure Lesnar would count as that, but maybe). Uh oh, you know someone’s in trouble when they actually use a referee’s name on air! Wait, they’re beating Shawn Michaels up now? Interesting. I’ll be kinda bummed if he starts wrestling full matches again. It’s not that I don’t want to see him, but he retired.

Cody Rhodes having a caricature of Sin Cara being “ugly” while also being involved in the anti-bullying campaign is…a very wrestling thing to do. I’m glad Kofi is getting in the ring (what seems like) regularly.

It still doesn’t totally make sense to me that AJ is general manager, but seeing it happen, it’s better than I thought since she’s just crazy and does whatever. Wrestling hasn’t made good sense in a while anyway. It’s pretty entertaining that she skips everywhere.

Hmm, finally a new WWE app. It really took them a long time to get there, which is surprising given their focus on technology. I’ll probably grab it, and if I have enough to say maybe I’ll post a little review.

Damien Sandow’s cartwheel made me laugh out loud.

Uh, the Diva Battle Royal helped remind me why I didn’t watch wrestling for a while. It wasn’t a complete disaster, but it was a mess. At least Tamina and Natalya had some stuff going on. Where was Beth Phoenix? And has Kaitlyn been doing well enough to deserve this title shot? Last I saw (which was quite a while ago) she wasn’t a trainwreck but…eh.

Okay. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho is an easy way to win me over. No complaints – except bummed that Jericho’s gone again, but I don’t think this is the end. At least I really hope not.
I’m not sure that WWE Films movie is my kind of thing, but it’s very interesting to me that it’s an R-rated movie with no apparent stars that are wrestlers (in fact I just checked the IMDb page and I’m not sure there are any wrestlers in it at all). Seems like a way for people to take WWE films more seriously, I wonder how that will go.

I love Punk’s pink and black.

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