Facts from Friday Night Smackdown taping, not live from London, April 23rd 2013

April 23, 2013

20130423_182128[1]Tonight I headed back down the Jubilee line to the O2 Arena, courtesy of the WWE’s very nice PR firm, and took my complimentary seat to witness what looks like it’ll be a pretty good Smackdown. (They also taped Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, but we in the UK will never get to see them, so it doesn’t really count.) Again, spoilers… Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Daniel Bryan is our new WWE World Heavyweight Champion

December 19, 2011

That title consists of a series of words I never thought I’d type in that order.

Hands up who was expecting Bryan to be the first Money in the Bank briefcase winner to cash in and lose?

Sure, I’m a little bit disappointed that he didn’t wait for Wrestlemania (although not so much that I’ll repeatedly misuse the word “hypocrite”, like Michael Cole), but this was awesome.

And it’s mostly awesome because it happened at Big Show’s expense: he was the one who was trying to persuade Bryan a few weeks ago to cash in on Mark Henry, because it doesn’t matter when you take your opportunity as being a world champion is more important than anything. Let’s hope that Show’s two-minute-long title reign gave him a lot of happiness.

Congratulations, Dragon!

Question: which WWE TLC match are you most looking forward to?

December 17, 2011

If I’ve got my calculations correct, we’ve got six matches coming up on tomorrow’s WWE Tables Ladders Chairs pay-per-view. (No Divas match – girls aren’t allowed in TLC any more, and that’s probably just as well. Can you imagine the havoc Alicia Fox would wreak?)

So which of the following – if any – are you most looking forward to?

Question: Who do you want to see in the WWE World Heavyweight title picture?

November 30, 2011

Did you see the nonsensically Christmas-themed Smackdown last night?

Did you enjoy that main event between Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry, in the world’s shoddiest steel cage? (Honestly, I’m fairly sure Bryan could have got out through the gaps around the turnbuckles.)


Well, tough! Because our next title match will be in three weeks’ time! At our next pay-per-view, TLC! And it’ll be between Henry and the Big Show. Again. As it was at Survivor Series; and at Vengeance.

Which leads me to ask: Read the rest of this entry »

Question: Big Show, Mark Henry, Zack Sabre Jr, Marty Scurll – who would you rather watch?

November 5, 2011

I’m in Birmingham ready for Monday night’s WWE Smackdown arena show, and by coincidence I’ll also be going to New Scene Wrestling’s show at the Digbeth Irish Centre tomorrow evening.

So, looking at the cards, which main event would you rather see? Bear in mind that it’s £12 for guaranteed front-row seats at the Irish Centre, and £50-odd for bog-standard positions at the LG Arena.

Vote now! And if you’re heading off to any of the WWE shows, let me know what matches you saw and what you thought of it altogether.

Fact: time works differently in the WWE Universe

October 12, 2011

Anyone else slightly troubled by Smackdown’s bizarre time-travelling escapades last week? As Big Show returned, he told us that he’d been out of action for four months; Mark Henry reiterated that Show had joined the Hall of Pain four months ago.

At this point I began counting up on my fingers to verify the truth of these statements. But then WWE did the work for me by reminding me that it all happened at Money in the Bank, which was on Sunday July 17.

Dudes, that’s not even three months ago. What possible purpose can it serve to lie about that – and in such a half-assed way? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments.