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    (Original post by AR_95)
    The best thing about Goldberg's return is that he's proved Lesnar is human, and defeat-able. I have a feeling the company will let him hold the strap until next Wrestlemania (especially if that's his last?), but this time they can get away with it just because of the brand split and numerous other titles. If Seth Rollins goes for the united states champion, it will elevate that title and fill the void from Lesnar hardly being here too.

    Balor vs Joe has to happen too.
    Apparently Vince is big on AJ and wants him on RAW ASAP. That frees up a top spot on SmackDown.
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    Nuclear heat on Roman as was expected on RAW. Short and succinct he needed to be all from the very start but last night, nothing else he could say. It seems him and Braun will restart their program but all roads will lead to Brock whether its at Summerslam or WrestleMania.

    Goldberg's speech was emotional and from the heart. Despite him not being physically at it, he's been much better from a promo point of view. More natural and authentic. I'd be surprised if he came back but fully expect him to do the odd appearances now and then.

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    Btw, Nakamura is set for SmackDown, by all accounts. We may see him tonight. I certainly hope so.
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    Plenty of new arrivals on SmackDown and 205 Live. We saw Shinsuke Nakamura interrupt the Miz, and that's a great call from creative. The Miz is a genuine heel who it's cool to hate, not like Kevin Owens or Bray Wyatt who is seen as cool. The Miz/Maryse's John Cena/Nikki Bella shtick is just incredible, and seeing Shinsuke debut was a cool moment. The Miz deserves to stay relevant and in one of the top couple of programmes on the card. And Shinsuke debuting, without physically doing anything or saying a word, drew the largest pop of the night. What a character. SmackDown just went up 10 notches.

    Elsewhere on the night, Tye Dillinger picked up a victory in a squash match against Curt Hawkins, and Dean Ambrose lost to Baron Corbin in a match 10x better than their WM bout. The Street Fight was full of good action and made me think maybe Ambrose/Corbin disappointed at Mania because their time was cut short? This was a great bout, much better than the main event, which saw Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan lose to Randy Orton and Luke Harper. Wyatt also challenged Orton to a House of Horrors match - god knows what that entails - but it's so hard to take him seriously with empty threats not amounting to wins, time and time again. AJ Styles also appeared and shared a moment of respect with Shane McMahon in the ring before the tag team main event.

    On 205 Love, we saw Oney Lorcan debut and lose to Rich Swann, who revealed himself to be Alicia Fox's admirer. After a Neville title celebration, we saw Austin Aries pick up the win in a Fatal 4-Way main event to determine the next challenger. He beat Jack Gallagher, Mustapha Ali - who impressed last night on RAW - and TJ Perkins, showing the lack of heels on the division (where is Tony Nese? Drew Gulak? Fair enough, The Brian Kendrick is in another feud). Kendrick lost to Akira Tozawa in the opening bout, signalling their feud will continue.
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    Smackdown is an utterly weak show and desperately needs more star power.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Smackdown is an utterly weak show and desperately needs more star power.
    The way I see it, if they lose AJ, they'll really struggle without Cena.

    I'd put AJ on RAW, have Shinsuke work babyface on SD, have Ambrose heel on SD, and trade Reigns across to SD and turn him into a fully-fledged heel. I know the company is big on AJ and Reigns, so it's more likely they are on RAW, but we've see Reigns vs Braun, Reigns vs. Brock, Reigns vs Rusev, Reigns vs Rollins. I think he could absolutely own SmackDown.

    RAW: Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman.
    SmackDown: Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn.
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    Jim Ross to Smackdown as play-by-play should be the most obvious move in the world.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    Jim Ross to Smackdown as play-by-play should be the most obvious move in the world.
    That'd be huge. I'd definitely welcome that.

    With regards to the tag division, SmackDown needs a heel duo. I wanted it to be The Revival, because the Vaudevillains, Breezango and The Ascension have been booked dreadfully. That leaves Heath Slater and Rhyno and American Alpha, two babyface teams, and the Usos, one heel team. Really, WWE should have separated Heath and Rhyno a while back. Now, the storyline is too old and forgotten for anybody to care if Rhyno turns on him.
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    Shinsuke Nakamura entrance - will we see more wrestlers attempt this style in the near future?
    Majority of entrance themes stem to rock & hip/hop but will there be greater genre mix now?
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    is it time for fans to use new chants?
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    (Original post by da_nolo)
    is it time for fans to use new chants?
    There were loads on Raw and SD.
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    Gotch released and English now set for a singles push apparently...
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    It looks like they're reuniting all the BFFs. Alexa is back with Nia on Raw, Charlotte looks certain to come back into Becky's arms on SD, and Cass (+ Enzo) going to SD where his gf Carmella works is highly likely. Club reuniting on Raw or SD is still on.

    And if Charlotte is coming to SD, hey maybe that means her gym buddy/bit on the side Braun is coming with her. That would be a sound trade too, there are enough big guys on Raw and none on SD.
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    What's going on with ALL the championships? WWE has some work to do on SmackDown tonight to balance the sheets. The Miz and Maryse on RAW is a great, welcome change, and it gets him away from the Daniel Bryan feud. But will he be lost in a top-heavy roster? I hope not. I wanted him to have a run with the WWE Championship on SmackDown after his stellar year. Dean Ambrose seemed revitalised and was more entertaining in five minutes at the beginning of RAW than he has been in months on SD. I still think he needs a heel turn, but a change in brands can breathe life into a stale character at this point.

    In terms of in-ring action, the clash between the New Day and the Revival opened the show, and with Kofi Kingston injured long-term, I think we'll see Big E (and maybe Xavier Woods) debut on SmackDown tonight. It certainly makes sense, given the fact the New Day have lost twice in a row to the Revival now. They'll be great on SmackDown and can go straight into the championship mix-up after a few months of staleness, and a lack of real credible challengers.

    There were a couple of underwhelming arrivals - Curt Hawkins, who was run over by Big Show in the ring, and Apollo Crews - but I'm absolutely delighted to see Mickie James on RAW. Alexa Bliss came along with her, which means SmackDown will likely get a flagship name (Charlotte) tonight. Sasha Banks, who continued to tease a heel turn, is currently in the midst of a long-running feud with Bayley, and Charlotte has picked up more and more losses and needs a change of direction. Nia Jax beat her last night.

    I'm glad to see Seth Rollins stay on RAW and carry his feud with Samoa Joe forward. I'm even more excited about the possibility of a Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins feud. Wyatt returned to RAW last night, warning Finn Balor, after he had picked up the W over Jinder Mahal. Wyatt vs Balor, Wyatt vs Rollins, Wyatt vs Reigns, Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman... the list is endless. Speaking of Strowman, he overturned an ambulance carrying Reigns after a backstage interview, which was a powerful image. The less we see of whiney Sami Zayn the better, though. He picked up a win over the Miz, and it remains to be seen whether he stays on RAW or transfers to SmackDown, but him complaining backstage is becoming all too common and I could do without it.

    At this stage, a heel turn for TJ Perkins will do him the world of good, after he lost to Austin Aries and beat him down post-match. TJ is much more suited to being a cocky upstart heel at this stage, after a floundering run in the division after dropping the belt. A rematch between Neville and Aries was booked for Payback, which I'm looking forward to. In terms of other in-ring action, the Hardy Boyz, Cesaro and Sheamus beat The Club and The Shining Stars before both secondary championship holders - Kevin Owens and Ambrose - squared off, with Chris Jericho costing the former the victory with a Codebreaker to carry on their feud ahead of their rematch.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    What's going on with ALL the championships? WWE has some work to do on SmackDown tonight to balance the sheets. The Miz and Maryse on RAW is a great, welcome change, and it gets him away from the Daniel Bryan feud. But will he be lost in a top-heavy roster? I hope not. I wanted him to have a run with the WWE Championship on SmackDown after his stellar year. Dean Ambrose seemed revitalised and was more entertaining in five minutes at the beginning of RAW than he has been in months on SD. I still think he needs a heel turn, but a change in brands can breathe life into a stale character at this point.

    In terms of in-ring action, the clash between the New Day and the Revival opened the show, and with Kofi Kingston injured long-term, I think we'll see Big E (and maybe Xavier Woods) debut on SmackDown tonight. It certainly makes sense, given the fact the New Day have lost twice in a row to the Revival now. They'll be great on SmackDown and can go straight into the championship mix-up after a few months of staleness, and a lack of real credible challengers.

    There were a couple of underwhelming arrivals - Curt Hawkins, who was run over by Big Show in the ring, and Apollo Crews - but I'm absolutely delighted to see Mickie James on RAW. Alexa Bliss came along with her, which means SmackDown will likely get a flagship name (Charlotte) tonight. Sasha Banks, who continued to tease a heel turn, is currently in the midst of a long-running feud with Bayley, and Charlotte has picked up more and more losses and needs a change of direction. Nia Jax beat her last night.

    I'm glad to see Seth Rollins stay on RAW and carry his feud with Samoa Joe forward. I'm even more excited about the possibility of a Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins feud. Wyatt returned to RAW last night, warning Finn Balor, after he had picked up the W over Jinder Mahal. Wyatt vs Balor, Wyatt vs Rollins, Wyatt vs Reigns, Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman... the list is endless. Speaking of Strowman, he overturned an ambulance carrying Reigns after a backstage interview, which was a powerful image. The less we see of whiney Sami Zayn the better, though. He picked up a win over the Miz, and it remains to be seen whether he stays on RAW or transfers to SmackDown, but him complaining backstage is becoming all too common and I could do without it.

    At this stage, a heel turn for TJ Perkins will do him the world of good, after he lost to Austin Aries and beat him down post-match. TJ is much more suited to being a cocky upstart heel at this stage, after a floundering run in the division after dropping the belt. A rematch between Neville and Aries was booked for Payback, which I'm looking forward to. In terms of other in-ring action, the Hardy Boyz, Cesaro and Sheamus beat The Club and The Shining Stars before both secondary championship holders - Kevin Owens and Ambrose - squared off, with Chris Jericho costing the former the victory with a Codebreaker to carry on their feud ahead of their rematch.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5A_0WLlcq4
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    Charlotte will be interesting because, for no real reason, the fans have suddenly switched back to loving her again. Fickle Maybe she'll be face.

    The US title coming to SD was obvious after Ambrose and the IC title went to Raw, though as a trade it makes no sense. Why would SD swap the #1 pick and world champ for a guy who was champ but ran scared and struggled against any contender, and made the show look bad?

    Lana and Rusev are being treated as separate and unrelated, which is weird.

    Sin Cara being traded for Kalisto is all kinds of boring. But not as boring as Juicer Mahal.

    Shining Stars... SD doesn't need ANOTHER boring generic tag team with no star power or particular charisma.

    If they REALLY wanted to shake it up, they would've traded Orton and Brock, that was my outside bet. SD gets the lame title and Raw gets the 'real' title back (satisfying their Raw favouritism). Raw pick up Orton because they'd feel he has more matches in him than Brock (plus no risk of opponents getting killed), while SD get a big name.
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    Kevin Owens has arrived on SmackDown Live, cutting a fantastic promo to start the night before Sami Zayn also debuted. He was booked in a Triple Threat match to determine the No. 1 contender, against AJ Styles (who won it) and Baron Corbin. It makes sense to keep Zayn and Corbin in the midcard title hunt, and while it may seem like a demotion for Styles, the matches Owens vs babyface Styles have will be match of the year candidates. The additions of Zayn and Owens are sorely needed after SmackDown lost Dean Ambrose, The Miz and Bray Wyatt.

    We also saw The Shining Stars debut, after American Alpha had lost to the Usos, and Jinder Mahal switch brands, only to lose to Mojo Rawley after interference from the same NFL star who caused havoc at WM33. We also saw Aiden English get a singles match after Simon Gotch of the Vaudevillians was released last week, with a new singing gimmick in tow, only to lose to Tye Dillinger. The Shining Stars' appearance was far more meaningful. SmackDown is in desperate need of established tag teams, but all three are bound to be enhancement talents, along with English.

    In terms of in ring action, we saw Erick Rowan lose to Randy Orton via disqualification after he attacked the champ with ring steps after Bray Wyatt appeared on the big screen and issued warnings. The issue for Rowan is, now Bray has moved to RAW, where does he go from here? He is far more suited to being a part of a faction/tag team, so I wouldn't mind he and Luke Harper reuniting to challenge for the belts. The main event was stellar, with Styles rightly winning, after SmackDown was thrown a lifeline in terms of its women division, with the arrival of Charlotte and Tamina.

    The other notable incident was Shinsuke Nakamura seemingly gearing up for a programme with Dolph Ziggler, who has been curiously absent recently. It may see a far cry from what we all want - Nakamura vs Zayn, Styles, Owens or even the Miz - but Ziggler can carry the verbals and it's a decent introduction to Nakamura for many. Speaking of overlooked stars, WWE also confirmed The New Day, Sin Cara and Rusev were heading to SmackDown.

    205 Live, meanwhile, was a shocking disappointment this week: The Brian Kendrick vs. Mustafa Ali kicked off the show, with Akira Tozawa providing a distraction to allow the latter to pick up the W, before Rich Swann beat some jobber before post-match saw a continuation of this woeful Noam Dar/Alicia Fox/Rich Swann storyline, and the new heel TJ Perkins beat Jack Gallagher in the main event.
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    Excellent and unprecedented theory for the next few PPVs I've seen, blowing the title picture open, so brilliant I'm going to spoiler it because it could happen and would make sense, but would be unique and mindblowing.

    Spoiler:
    Show




    Bray/Orton for the SD title is on Raw's next PPV. That is one hell of a setup. If Bray wins, he takes the world title to Raw. So surely the entire Raw roster will want him to win.

    So Bray wins, probably by Raw interference (even someone as obvious as Joe or Triple H himself).

    What now? Well no worry, SD would have to focus on the U.S. title, Owens and AJ Styles. This has been done before on Raw when a part-timer was champ or Seth was double-champ.

    June is the MITB PPV, which is suspiciously SD-exclusive. So a SD wrestler is getting a shot at either Raw title no matter the result.

    This makes Raw must-watch TV as the MITB holder could cash in at any time on TV, bringing ratings up (and continuing the sabotage of SD).

    Presumably, the eventual cash-in is successful and it's for the Universal title, because that's the joke title with no prestige.

    End result: Raw ratings up, titles swapped, 'anything can happen in WWE!' shtick, shock of the year, SD sabotaged further, minds blown, Raw and Roman look strong.

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    The way WWE swapped black announcers (because, duh, they're interchangeable) during the Shake-Up is hilarious. The notion of brands swapping jobbing talent is also ridiculous.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    The way WWE swapped black announcers
    Wow.

    WOW.
 
 
 
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