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Another Wrestling Week #21 (11th October 2021)
Wrestling news, Adam Page, LA Knight, Roman Reigns, Dan Lambert, and more!
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I’m here to complain about wrestling news, outcomes, and events that grab my eye, ear, and occasionally my nose on a Monday, in addition to giving you That’s Not Wrestling and raving about PPVs on YouTube. I’m Danny Damage, and here is Another Week of Wrestling for October 11th, 2021, for Geeks + Gamers!
—From the previous week’s episode of Another Week of Wrestling!
More nonsense from the WWE Draft. WWE seems to have approved tougher language as well. Get your shit-counters ready!
Jeff Hardy eventually got his way and entered the ring with one of his own tunes. Hardy was defeated by Damien Priest and teased an alter ego.
Austin Theory made his appearance and persuaded Hardy to pose for a picture with him before dumping him.
Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are almost certainly a rib on Orton. He gets to retain the belts till Riddle breaks him and makes him giggle on video as he pisses himself.
Dana Brooke was supposed to be added to Shayna Baszler’s list of victims, but Doudrop got in the way. Brooke at least attempted to swat Shayna away; Nia Jax and Eva Maria just kneeled and waited for it to happen.
Xia Li has been called up to SmackDown Live to smack some women in the face.
Now that he’s the champion, Big E is taking things a bit more seriously, but he still lacks Bobby Lashley’s presence. Drew McIntyre seems to be compensating for Big E’s lack of wit; I can’t take Drew seriously when he’s toying with Vince McMahon’s sword and flailing it about.
Dolph Ziggler, the Gatekeeper, makes an appearance; yep, it works both ways. Big E and McIntrye were both introduced to the main roster by him. The audience shouting “You earned it” when Big E received a semi spoke a lot. Drew and E defeated The Dirty Dawgs and then challenged each other to a WWE Blood Money championship battle.
Apollo is currently on Raw, complete with the accent he received for Christmas.
The Miz was absent from Raw owing to his participation in the reality program Dancing With the Stars. I’ve been saying that Cody Rhodes is more like a B-rate Miz than the Triple H-lite image he’d sought for since he launched his own face-planting reality show. Miz skipping shows because he has more important things to do is just like Cody, and it makes me happy to be proved wrong.
Nikki Cross/A.S.H. has gotten her odor on Rhea Ripley, and WWE seems to have messed up Ripley as well. The entire thing is cheesy, and it’s basically a female version of the Orton and Riddle feud. Ripley and Cross were victorious in their title defenses against Natalya and Tamina, but I pity everyone involved. Ripley tagged her partner in, fought to get her onto her shoulders, and finally dropped her on Tamina for the victory. Give it a rest; the setup of the technique looked awful, and its impact paled in compared to the Riptide that knocked Tamina out 10 seconds earlier.
Goldberg was in the arena live, searching for anything to rely on, just as Vince McMahon does at this time of year. Goldberg pretended to be insane and deranged before threatening to murder Bobby Lashley. At WWE Blood Money, Lashley emerged and challenged Goldberg to a no-disqualification match. Goldberg agreed to the use of life-threatening words and repeated it.
Seth Rollins’ current character is still a luck of the draw; he was goofy this week. Nobody knows what we’ll get; he and Becky Lynch are both behaving like those parents who become really shitfaced when drunk with change and then return to 18-year-old party mentality.
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander were easily dispatched by Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, who then had some fun in the ring with The Street Profits. This section was placed here to promote The New Day’s straight-to-NonceFlix flick, Escape The Undertaker, and I say fun.
Ridge Holland has been sent to SmackDown, while Gable Steveson has been assigned to Raw. Steveson has arrived sooner than I had wanted or anticipated. I don’t want WWE to hurry him and destroy his career.
The main event bout between Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair was entertaining. Becky Lynch was on commentary, and although she’s done a fantastic job being a heel so far, she was screaming over a lot of things she should have been observing and occasionally “ooohing” and “aaahing” at. Flair insists on doing two moonsaults in a row like Andrade El Idolo, and as I’ve already said, she lacks the elegance and agility of Andrade, so she’ll simply fuck up her knees. Becky stepped in and forced a disqualification before the bout could finish. Sasha Banks made an appearance and defeated Becky and Bianca, two of her WWE Blood Money opponents.
I get that they’re racing to get some new faces on the screen, but the program is becoming unrecognizable in sections.
To begin the show, Mandy Rose beat Ember Moon. Rose’s thighs, I’m still sure, might save a fire department that can’t afford any jaws of life. Moon, on the other hand, understands exactly what she’s supposed to be doing. Why did she abandon her usual routine of slithering out and down the aisle? They’re saying she’s stuck in a rut on commentary, so I’m assuming she hasn’t looked as well since her injury.
The pinning of Odyssey Jones by L.A. Knight was a much-needed victory for Knight. Knight’s reliance on Andre Chase to assist screw over Jones, rather than having the wise veteran outwit the rookie, made little sense. Sure, protect Jones, but making Knight seem ineffective isn’t cool.
Joe Gacy gave out indications that he was a little off his rocker. I’m not talking about a full-on John Wayne Gacy-style clown outfit just yet… However, it’s possible that we’re on our way there. It’s basically the same concept as previously; the one that was rumored to be canceled on the internet. Gacy, on the other hand, made a peace sign with his hands and flashed facial signals that he’s not as cool and collected as he claims. It’s almost like Jinder Mahal’s era, when he’d go about claiming he was all about positivity and inner peace, only to cheat in matches to get an edge and then forget about it.
Indi Hartwell continues to push the boundaries of material by reminding us all that humans have sex. At the very least, they’re encouraging appropriate condom usage, but I’d rather skip this cringe-worthy narrative and simply get the snip.
Last week, I stated that WWE is promoting Draft Kings and gambling in general by using Happy Corbin. This seems to be insufficient for WWE, as we are given a vignette promoting Duke’s Poker Room… whatever that is!
“Please don’t refer to me as a female Darby Allin,” Cora says. Just for fun, Jade went down to have a match while carrying a small skateboard. Because that’s how wrestling works, Franky Monet jumped Jade’s opponent and replaced her, but Monet was caught off surprise and pinned with a roll-up nonetheless. Another example of WWE’s brilliant usage of a seasoned pro who has just joined the organization!
Backstage, Joe Gacy approached Tommaso Ciampa, securing a fight with the title for the next week. Gacy will be added to the Tommaso Ciampa vs. Bron Breakker bout at NXT Halloween Havoc if he defeats Ciampa.
With the assistance of Ridge Holland, Pete Dunne beat Cameron Grimes.
Tony D’Angelo used a fisherman neck breaker/suplex on a jobber.
Indi Hartwell fought Mei Ying, a 1000-year-old, and won… because she’s in love or something.
Last week, Lash Legend attempted to persuade herself that her talk show wasn’t a pee break, and then she ridiculed Tony D’Angelo for his antiquated stereotyped shtick… yeah, really, she did.
Toxic Attraction attacked Raquel González, but Io Shirai and Zoey Stark rescued her.
The Diamond Mine has a great video package. Ivy Nile has a captivating charisma. I’m curious to see how she’s utilized and how she performs in a match.
Bron Breakker has gone from a colorful tag team Steiner in the 1990s to a WCW black leather Rick Steiner today. I’m not sure why.
Grizzled vs. Briggs & Jensen The main event featured Young Veterans vs. MSK vs. Carmello Hayes & Trick Williams. Despite the fact that there were eight guys participating, this match used elimination rules rather than fatal-four-way/tornado tag rules; it followed a logical course. Vic Joseph, or the voice in his ear, doesn’t know the difference, since fatal-four-way was stated approximately 10 times. At the end, it came down to MSK vs. Briggs and Jensen, with MSK winning with a questionable roll-up (only one shoulder was down). Imperium returned after the bout to sneak attack MSK, which the audience applauded and shouted “Thank you” at the heels.
AEW Dynamite is a brand of explosives developed by AEW.
The eight-man tag team bout opened off the 2nd Anniversary edition of Dynamite, and everyone was already in the ring before the program began. Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage, Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus were pitted against Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, and The Young Bucks. It didn’t take long for the game to devolve into a quail’s nest, and the referee, unsurprisingly, became as useless to a bull as tits are to a bull. Jim Ross’ latent hostility warmed my cockles once again when his irritated tone stated that the “bout is out of hand,” and Ross questioned, “All four guys in the ring; how did that happen?” during the quadruple team move for the finish. A three-man powerbomb on Luchasaurus was also bungled by Kenny and the Bucks.
Backstage, Jon Moxley was spotted attempting to pull a spider out of his jacket with his shoulders while cutting his normal promo.
On Friday, CM Punk challenged Daniel Garcia to a bout at Rampage.
Arn Anderson came up to Cody Rhode’s home and waited for him in the backyard after his gun violence commercial went over well last week. I believe Arn was ripping Cody up to tell him he was too much reality star in a suit and tie and not enough pro wrestler. “You may as well paint a star on your face!” Arn smacked Cody in the face and tossed his tie in a barrel fire.
Before his bout against Sammy Guevara, Bobby Fish received a lovely little welcome video package. Fish lost, but it was a good television match, and having Bobby on the roster would only improve things.
Dan Lambert and American Top Team came and destroyed Sammy while he was still in the ring. Luchabama Man, Sammy’s bestie, dashed in like a rabbit running into a buzzsaw, and then Chris Jericho’s music began to play. As they cleared the ring, Jericho received a loud ovation, and he was accompanied by Jake Hager. Lambert’s habit of speeding through his words like he’s eager for a piss, which I noted last week, is still in effect. Lambert’s lack of experience dealing with big, noisy audiences was also evident as the fans drowned out anything Lambert attempted to say while performing Jericho’s theme song. Jericho eventually had to intervene to quiet the throng, but the harm had already been done. The idea of a six-man tag team bout was approved. Next week, Jericho, Hager, and Guevara will face three members of the American Top Team.
The Acclaimed let us down with a Tony Khan ApprovedTM backstage promo. Max Caster’s mouth was once the most entertaining aspect of AEW performances, which is a huge pity.
Part 350 of “Tony’s Big Announcement,” which he announced before the program because fuck surprises. To be honest, there wasn’t much to reveal, and Tony chose to remain in the rear. But I can only hear “Tony Khan will declare” and prepare myself for him to walk down the ramp so many times. Aubrey Edwards was adamant about getting his hands on the new championship belt! She may have attempted to conceal it, but I’m fairly sure the humidity in her under-crackers shifted a bit as she held the tacky new belt over her head.
Backstage, Darby Allin talked on the charm of damp grass on a compost heap.
Despite putting their disagreements aside last week, the Dark Order continued to argue among themselves. At least someone cared, one of the lasses urged them to stop.
In the ring, Dante Martin offered an open challenge. Malakai Black came, spit mist in Dante’s eyes, followed it up with a spinning hook-kick, and that was the end of it. On Dynamite, they’ll square off next week.
A group of ladies and one man with special effects make advertisements about how much they want to win the women’s championship in second place. So now AEW has two championship belts with the insignia of another business on them to flaunt. Pfft, and I chastise WWE for being a massive whore-bag. Because the TBS logo uses lowercase letters, not only does their name read “tuh-buh-suh” rather than “tee-bee-ess,” but the belt also seems to have the word “Hos” on it; great.
Following that, Serena Deeb beat Hikaru Shida. Everyone was expecting Shida to get a trophy for her 50th victory in AEW, but Deeb wasn’t having it, so he turned up the violence and saltiness for the match. Shida was forced to tap out, and then she was smacked in the face with the trophy she hadn’t yet won. It was a nice match, but it seemed more like a live training session put on by the veteran, Deeb. When Jim Ross evaluated Deeb’s apparent heel turn in the fight and questioned, “Is it a one-off thing?” he showed more quiet hostility (which I adore). Is it just for one night?” knowing well well that AEW’s face/heel dynamics are often inconsistent.
The Pinnacle, who were wearing balaclavas, attacked Darby Allin in the parking lot.
When Brian Cage came, Ricky Starks shouted out to him and fled. On Friday, they’ll face at Rampage.
Leo Rush is back, and he’s not yet retired… maybe he’s just doing administrative work. If that’s the case, Rush seems to be on the verge of giving his services to Dante Martin.
Britt Baker agreed with me that the “tbs Title” is just an acknowledgment that she is untouchable, and that everyone else may debate about who is the greatest.
The Poker Chip in the Bank Casino Ladder Match made a comeback in the main event. Orange Cassidy, Jon Moxley, Pac, Andrade El Idolo, Matt Hardy, and Lance Archer have already been confirmed for the match. The joker/mystery entrant turned out to be “Hangman” Adam Page, and when the audience heard his music, it blew the roof off the building. Pac seemed irritated for the whole of the match, which is understandable given the bump he took off a ladder and through a table… He’s just recently recovered from a concussion! Hangman won, and he now owns the massive poker chip, which he can use to pay Kenny Omega anytime he wants. I’m afraid it’s too late for him to be the top star he might have been.
WWE SmackDown is a weekly television show that airs on the WWE
This week, I watched SmackDown with my headphones on again, and the phony crowd noise is grating in my ears like metal. When The Thunderdome was demolished (and presumably set on fire… again), I assumed they’d preserve this, and I’m glad I was incorrect.
The program began with Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bianca Bel Air refusing to sign the contract for their WWE Blood Money triple threat.
The King of the Ring competition has been resurrected! In the opening round, Sami Zane dominated Rey Mysterio.
In Seth Rollins’ defense… None of this nonsense was written or published by him. However, WWE aired a piece in which he says he did nothing wrong when he showed up to Edge’s home last week.
Toni “1980s References” Storm isn’t out there wiggling her arse in her underwear any more. She’s on the main roster and ready to w-… well, Zelina Vega swiftly defeated her; never mind. This match was the opening round of the “Queen’s Crown” competition, which isn’t the same as letting the women do their own version of what the men have done for years while patting them on the head and loudly proclaiming “equality.”
I know it’s a cheap pitch, but please read this 2018 piece once you’ve done reading for more information on how WWE hasn’t been as cool with the women as the PR/marketing department would have you think.
Next to enter the ring were Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Jay Uso, and Drunky Uso. The audience is now loving applauding for Reigns – not all of the time, but when he’s performing his “acknowledge me” routine. Heyman was given the opportunity to speak openly about his interactions with Brock Lesnar, and he emphasized that turning on Roman would be foolish. They departed when Heyman was permitted to peek into the camera and make a promo on Brock for the upcoming bout at WWE Blood Money.
Carmella was pitted against Liv Morgan once again, this time as part of the Queen’s Crown tribute performance. Morgan was distracted enough by Carmella’s new face guard gimmick that she was knocked out with a superkick. Pat McAfee couldn’t help but point out how ineffective a mask this thin is at providing protection.
It’s time for a WWE and Draft Kings crossover gimmick. Kevin Owens and the audience were ridiculed by Happy Corbin. For some reason, Corbin’s sidekick, Madcap Moss, laughs like Killer from One Piece.
In a King of the Ring tournament battle, Finn Balor beat Cesaro… It will also be compensated at WWE Blood Money; the jerks!
Edge was summoned to the ring by Seth Rollins. Edge arrived to the arena after a barrage of Seth sounds and expressions. He chased Seth away and accepted Seth’s offer to pick the stipulation; Edge selected WWE Blood Money’s Hell in a Cell.
Rampage of the AEW
This week’s episode of Rampage started out a bit differently. The three-way split screen pre-match interview, hosted by Mark Henry, was shown to us. This was, as anticipated, the finest of these events so far, owing mostly to CM Punk, although 2point0 (or the Nasty Boys’ younger brothers, as Punk referred to them) and Daniel Garcia also delivered.
CM Punk performed two basic body smashes on Garcia and received a standing ovation each time, demonstrating that you don’t always need to flip, dive, and execute complex moves. “A solid bodyslam puts you in your place every single time,” Tazz said on commentary, comparing the move to what AEW spams each week. Chris Jericho added, “A good bodyslam puts you in your place every single time.” CM Punk had the upper hand at the start of the battle, but 2point0 helped turn things around. Under the lower turnbuckle, Punk ended himself split-legged, his legs on each side of the post. 2point0 was able to continuously pound Punk’s knees against the steel when Garcia turned the referee. Punk attempted a few of comebacks, but Garcia was able to easily cut Punk’s leg and reclaim his position. Punk makes his return after avoiding a corner dropkick and gaining some momentum. Punk’s Pepsi Twist only got him a two count (his leg ached too much to attempt the GTS), but he grounded Garcia with a piledriver and forced him to tap with the Anaconda Vice.
The Lucha Brothers put The Acclaimed through their paces for almost 10 minutes before pinning them. Audrey Edwards bounced about like Mr. Mime on cocaine, disregarding the match’s rules. At the very least, Max Caster’s pre-match slams were better than the last time I heard one of his Tony Khan ApprovedTM dog crap heaps.
Skye Blue was defeated in a matter of minutes by Jade Cargill. When Thunder Rosa made the save, the post-match thrashing came to an end.
Another Mark Henry interview part aired, and this time Mark got to do his “It’s time, for the big event!” routine.
Ricky Starks and Brian Cage fought in a Philly Street Fight as the main event. There were weapons and furniture brought into play since the contest was not a DQ, but nothing stuck out. Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs aided Starks whenever they felt like it, thanks to the uncreative freedom that no DQ provided. They triple-teamed Cage, and Starks won by hitting his Roshambo into a pipe. Ricky Stark is fantastic; this bout came out of nowhere, and Brian Cage is a cross between Ryback and Batista, with a preference for the former.
I’m not going to chastise Tony for appearing on screen… this time, since it occurred after Rampage; but he is acclimating people to the notion. I’m going to leave this one final item here, however. People may say anything they want about Tony Khan being the polar antithesis of Vince McMahon, but here’s someone showing off his toy box of stuff that his father purchased for him…
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