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Don't forget: the clocks changed last week so if you want to record Smackdown you probably need some professional help.

What a Mark. 

Rob Gronkowski's ring entrance in an empty arena was the most embarrassing and cringy thing I may have ever seen as a wrestling fan. And thats coming from somebody whose parents were in the room when

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23 hours ago, Supremo said:

Much like with what they did on Raw, I don’t want to fault them for at least trying something new. But yeah; it genuinely looked like small children invading.

Fuck that closing angle though. The big news coming out of this show is how Big E effortlessly delivered another stonking promo. This guy, man. Fucking hell. They spend years trying to find a genuine top babyface, and Big E has been here, under their nose, the whole time. What a gem they have with him. Famous last words, but he’s so fucking great and so naturally likeable that I’m almost convinced they couldn’t ruin him.

Now he’s a heel, surely they’re going to change Shorty G’s name to Naughty G, right?

Perhaps all this time fucking about with the New Day as faces might help him out massively in the long run as he probably knows better than some of the main even faces already how to keep an audience engaged and on his side.

Would be nice as well if he has a bit of a backbone to tell people where to go with shit ideas. He's a big enough star to work anywhere he wants and has probably made a fair wack from merch over the years that he isn't so concerned with "losing his push".

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SmackDown was a bit shit wasn't it? That ending angle was cringe inducingly bad. My brother, who hasn't watched since about 2002/2003 came into the room and the conversation went like this:

Brother: "What the fuck is this shit you're watching?"

Me: "SmackDown. It's terrible"

Brother: "A bunch of midgets running about making a pile of racket. They must be losing money hand over fist these days."

Me: "Actually. . . With the TV deal, they are making more than ever before."

Brother: "Well I bet you that TV station feels like they got royally shafted. Surely there's only you and about two other people still watching it"

Me: "Probably". 

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I thought Smackdown was really good. Probably best episode this year. I thought the woman’s match did a great job of setting up multiple feuds, big E cutting more great promos. Rebellion were less annoying, though the agenda still doesn’t seem to make sense. Joseph Park!!!!

the only duff bit was the last segment, Braun just doesn’t have the ability to pull off the acting required. Just cringey

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Really good episode this week. Most segments worked well I thought. Particularly enjoyed AJ and Joseph for the TNA history.

Agreed on Braun though. Every time he talks I lose interest. Personality wise he just doesn't have it for me.

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Yeah they need to get the belt off Braun, he was never meant to have it anyway and they only ended up going with him when Reigns went, he’s had his chance and it’s not working.

Put it back on Wyatt for a bit and then build up to Big E winning it towards the end of the year, Survivor Series maybe.

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19 minutes ago, Doog said:

Yeah they need to get the belt off Braun, he was never meant to have it anyway and they only ended up going with him when Reigns went, he’s had his chance and it’s not working.

Put it back on Wyatt for a bit and then build up to Big E winning it towards the end of the year, Survivor Series maybe.

Ive no faith in them doing it, but if crowds are back early next year, that’s the time to put the belt on Big E. Audience numbers drop after the summer every year because that’s (usually) when they’re competing with legit sports. You then get a spike early in the year for the Royal Rumble through Wrestlemania. If you’re going to move him up the card and-or away from The New Day, that’s the time to do it. But like I say, no faith in them to actually go through with it.

I genuinely forgot the other day that Braun was the champion, it’s been such a good run, and as already mentioned, he only got it because Reigns (rightly) said “screw this I’m going home”

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I feel so sorry for Braun. He was white hot two years ago as the loveable lummox, but got shafted by The Plan and hasn't never found that spark again. It doesn't help that they've got him doing Generic Promo 101s. The guy just doesn't fit the cookie cutter, nor should he. He's being drowned.

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It's hilarious how a multi billion dollar company can get it so wrong 99% of the time. Braun was THE man 18 months ago. We were crying out for him to get a run with the belt.

Braun is one of those that would have benefited from having an audience I think. But as usual, he gets himself over, WWE intervene, book him like a "monster" and give him promos (which were never his thing) and sure enough here we are crying out for the belt to be taken off of him.

I don't even care who is champion now but the only one that's come across well is Drew. I got sniped at for mentioning it before but he's done well, has had good matches and just works as champion. Braun hasn't had anything to redeem himself.

There needs to be more flexibility in reacting to things in WWE i.e. if someone gets them self over give them a shot, don't over script them, just give them a shot see what happens. At this stage I'd be tempted to get the belt onto AJ for a bit to see if Big E develops any over the next few months.

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I don't think Big E even needs to develop. He's got the full package already. I guess we just need to be reconditioned to accept him as a top tier WWE singles star. I always enjoyed his NXT work and thought even then he was destined for great things. It's pretty crazy it's taken this long for him to get a proper shot.

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Don't know why people are complaining. I absolutely loved the eleven seconds I spent on YouTube clocking the thumbnails and descriptions. Looked like an amazing show!

Take that company to Switzerland.

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5 hours ago, CavemanLynn said:

I feel so sorry for Braun. He was white hot two years ago as the loveable lummox, but got shafted by The Plan and hasn't never found that spark again. It doesn't help that they've got him doing Generic Promo 101s. The guy just doesn't fit the cookie cutter, nor should he. He's being drowned.

Yeah, I agree. He absolutely could work as champion, even now, but they seem determined to book against his strengths rather than around his weaknesses. 

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