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Watch, Skim or Skip: Spoiler Alert w/ “Angry” Andy (11/13-11/15)

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Over the course of seven days, there’s a lot of wrestling on TV. But only some of it is actually worth watching. That’s where Spoiler Alert comes in: we break down the spoilers of all of WWE’s pre-taped shows to let you know what you should watch, and which segments and full shows you should skim or skip. This week, Bray Wyatt and his Dueling Banjoes Band wreak havoc on  SmackDown, and Main Event manages to make less sense than NXT only being available on Hulu.   

Main Event

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(spoilers via LordsOfPain.net)

This is usually a pretty good, logical show.  This week?  I’m not so sure.

Natalya d AJ Lee via DQ (DIVAS TITLE MATCH)

That’s right; we’re starting this bad boy with an poorly advertised Divas title match — there was a convoluted callback on Raw where they briefly showed AJ getting Sharpshootered by Natalya two weeks ago on SmackDown —  featuring the most popular diva since Trish Stratus.

Anyway, Nattie takes the win when Tamina interferes, and AJ runs away through the crowd with the title. Hopefully this angle is acknowledged on a future show, Nattie gets a little revenge on Tamina, and an honest title shot against AJ Lee. I won’t hold my breath.

Justin Gabriel d Tyson Kidd

Everything about this match is wrong. EVERYTHING. For starters, Kidd JUST CAME BACK from injury, and has been kinda-pushed on Raw for the last two weeks. Having him job out on the show nobody watches is mind-boggling.

Secondly, before Kidd got hurt, these guys were teaming regularly. Why are they wrestling each other? Why aren’t they taking on The Real Americans? The Shield? The Wyatts? The Ascension? Why are they fighting EACHOTHER, WITH NO BUILDUP?

Third, both of these guys, last I checked, were faces. Their styles pretty much demand it. Either of these guys playing the heel….sucks. It just sucks.

3MB d R-Truth & The Prime Time Players

You read that correctly. The guys who job twice a week to a team with a tiny bull mascot just pulled off a win. Who’d they beat? The guy who JUST BEAT RYBACK CLEAN. Who else? The team that, just a few short months ago, seemed destined for the tag titles. So much for THAT face turn.

SKIP this show… the booking is illogical and the results are inconsequential. Watching this show would be a mentally-exhausting waste of time.

SmackDown

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 (spoilers via WrestleZone.com)

Main event is announced as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs Ryback and Curtis Axel. Considering what Heyman had to say about Ryback on Raw, I see this show ending very badly for Mr. Joe Hennig.

Luke Harper & Erick Rowan d The Usos

Bray cuts a promo after the match, and is attacked by an Uso. Wyatt has him visit Sister Abigail, then finishes his promo – promising victory against Punk and D-Bry at Survivor Series.

Ryback is backstage. The former Paul Heyman guy doesn’t want to team with the least-successful Paul Heyman guy ever.  Who would?

Natalya d Tamina

Oh look, follow-up to that disaster on Main Event. AJ Lee gets knocked off the apron. Hopefully this is going somewhere, considering all three of these women can actually, you know, wrestle. The only way Nattie will ever get the title, though, is if she turns around and hands it to Summer Rae. The clueless announcers call her Mrs. Fandango. I call her the future Mrs. Angry Andy—and the future Divas Champion.

R-Truth & The Prime Time Players d 3MB

This does NOT excuse what you did on Main Event. Period.

John Cena d Alberto Del Rio in an ARM WRESTLING MATCH

This one was 2 out of 3 falls, so Cena won 2-0. Naturally. Del Rio says “oh yeah?” and puts him through a table.  Nothing builds the reputation of a damaged title while simultaneously selling a pay-per-view like an arm wrestling match (WITH WEP-UNS.)

Cameron & Naomi d The Bella Twins

Were Asksana and Alicia Fox busy? At least the babyfaces won, I guess. Oh, wait. They are all faces, but less over than HBAJ and Sheisel.

The Great Khali d Hunico & Camacho

Welcome back, Hunico!  Maybe you’d be better off taking some piggy-back bookings from Chris Hero.

CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs Ryback & Curtis Axel

This one ends in a no contest, when the Wyatt Family attacks.  The lights go out, and when they come on, all former WWE Champions have disappeared.  The Wyatts still need to complete their Deliverance roleplay, so make Ryback and Axel squeal like piggies instead.  Punk and Bryan come out from under the ring and attack Rowan and Harper.  Bray Wyatt escapes up the ramp.

SKIM this show.  DVR is your friend.  This one starts and ends strong with a LOT of filler sandwiched in between.

@AndyMillerJMS

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Watch, Skim or Skip: Spoiler Alert with “Angry” Andy, 10/21-10/25

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There’s a lot of wrestling on TV every week, but only some of it is actually worth watching.  That’s where Spoiler Alert comes in: we break down the spoilers of all of WWE’s pre-taped shows to let you know what you should watch, and which segments and full shows you should skim or skip.  This week, we wonder why Seth and Goldust weren’t the Main Event of Smackdown!.

MAIN EVENT (spoilers via LordsOfPain.net)

Besides NXT, Main Event may be the best-kept secret in WWE TV.  It airs every Wednesday night on Ion television, features lots of solid wrestling, and minimal bullshit.  The con is that the main event airs first, so everything that follows feels really irrelevant.

Seth Rollins d Goldust

This match breaks the Main Event norm by going just under five minutes, instead of the typical 15.  But it continues the hot Shield vs Rhodes Family feud, complete with interference from Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes.  Rollins is a great athlete and Goldust has been amazing since he’s returned, so you’d be a real fool not to at least DVR this bad boy.

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The crowd booed.  You will either take a leak, fast forward, or change the channel.

Real Americans d Prime Time Players

Swagger makes Titus tap out.  Cesaro should be getting the wins for the Real Americans, since he’s the teammate with a future.  Swagger has had two separate affairs with the World Heavyweight Championship, and both have failed. If he’s going to be involved in the finish, he should be putting the PTPs over.

That said, the PTPs have been coming into their own as babyfaces.  Cesaro is taking off.  Zeb Coulter is deep-fried racist gold.  This match is totally inconsequential, but definitely worth watching.

Cameron & Naomi d Aksana & Alicia Fox

Cameron and Aksana have zero wrestling skill.  Naomi is athletic and Alicia is ok, but that’s not nearly enough to warrant this match.  Shy of Aksana’s decision to strip naked, I’m not sure why this match was on a television show from any reason, business or otherwise. Avoid at all costs.

Damien Sandow d Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler’s jobbing on the B/C shows now.  Oh well.  Sandow is a great heel, and Ziggler is bumping machine.  Sandow should come out of this looking like a million bucks, and Ziggler won’t suffer for it.  Don’t let the worst of the divas division keep you from catching this one.

Watch this show… on DVR

Smackdown! (spoilers from PWInsider.com)

Michael Cole interviews Triple H about Big Show.  Daniel Bryan comes out and says “YES!” a few dozen times.  You may start watching this show around 8:20.  Nothing to see here.

The Usos d Wyatt Family

The Miz attacked Bray, causing Erick Rowan to go after Miz. One more reason to hate The Miz. With the Usos getting ready to challenge for the tag titles, and the Wyatt family on their way up, this is worth watching. You’ll just have to stomach the hard sell for the Miz as a babyface challenger for the dark and mysterious heel.  Spoiler alert : he’s not.

AJ Lee (with Tamina) d Nikki Bella (with Brie)

Love AJ.  Love that they’ve given her some serious heel muscle with Tamina.  Hate that the Bellas are faces because they suck.  The booking for this feud sucks.  Luckily, they kept this match short.  You should make a sandwich during this match.  You won’t miss anything.

Los Matadores d 3MB (with Zeb and The Real Americans at ringside)

Yes, this match again.  The only way this is worth watching is if Zeb spouts off a bunch of racist one-liners about El Torito.  The action is probably fine, but you know where it’s heading.  How’s that sandwich?

The Wyatts catch the Miz and chain him up.  Hope you oiled up that flabby physique, Miz.  You’re in for a rough night.

Ryback & Paul Heyman d “CM Skunk”

Remember when Heyman booked this show, and it was awesome?  It’s come to THIS.  Seriously.  Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel are around.  Ryback could have squashed them both and looked like a million bucks, while Heyman squealed in the mic about how he’s killing CM Punk.  Tag Heyman, Heyman pins them both. Nope. CM Skunk. Skip this.

Alberto Del Rio promo

As much as Nick loves ADR, the crowd doesn’t. Putting him up against John Cena seems to be their last resort in giving him a big heel rub. I think it’s more likely to turn him babyface again with the anti-Cena crowd.

Fandango vs. Great Khali, NC

“Fandango and The Great Khali went to a no contest when their respective ladies started fighting.”  That’s the write-up from PWInsider. My analysis? A major waste of Fandango’s gimmick and talent. Oh, and a major waste of time.

Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston and The Rhodes Brothers d Randy Orton and The Shield

Big E interrupts an RKO, allowing D-Bry to hit his flying knee and pin Orton clean.  This may end up being the only reason to watch the show this Friday.

This show starts strong, then falls into a giant pit of filler.  Luckily, it ends strong.  Everyone involved in the main event has been on fire. Don’t miss it.

Watch this show … and skip everything but the opener and the main event.

Headlock’d: Night of Champions Predictions

It’s PPV Sunday, which means we have an asston of content, at least a third of which will be drug related. We’re starting off with the Headlock’d prediction show, and we’ll have What’s the Worst That Could Happen? and the Night of Champions drinking game to get you prepared for the show.

Tonight’s the night, THE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS! Where a plurality of titles are on the line and at least one might change hands. Possibly, but we’re promising anything.

Headlock’d: Two Penny Opera

We look at what’s left of the Night of Champions card, do something with Ryback and Bully Ray that we aren’t entirely comfortable with, and bring back those beautiful Big Boss blues.

Let’s Lock Up!