What does the cryptic message in Bray Wyatt’s latest Firefly Fun House really mean? Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to Raw! And great wrestling, great wrestling everywhere!
And has Goldberg’s next match been leaked?
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To kick of the show live from Madison Square Garden, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his long-awaited return to WWE for the first time in well, just over a month since the Raw reunion. And a few weeks ago when he phoned in on Skype.
Austin reminisced about the great moments he’s had in MSG – wrestling Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, giving Vince McMahon his first ever Stunner, and likely suffering a concussion from the Undertaker. Simpler times, when concussions weren’t controversial.
He was out there to mediate the Universal Championship contract signing between Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins (and also to sell more tickets).
Everything that Austin did was warmly naturalistic. Unfortunately Rollins and Strowman have about as much onscreen chemistry right now as, well, Rollins and his real-life fiance Becky Lynch.
Thankfully AJ Styles’ tremendous heel act brought the segment back to life, brilliantly soaking up the crowd chanting ‘What’ and ‘Asshole’. And then after Rollins and Braun brawled with Gallows and Anderson outside, AJ walked right into a Stone Cold Stunner – which Styles sold so well, even Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson endorsed it, tweeting: “Real talk that Stunner back bump, flip into a scissors ✂️ sell was a thing of beauty” I can’t wait for AJ vs Austin at Clash of Champions this Sun-ah, it’s Braun vs Seth.
Styles was still selling the stunner for his match against Cedric Alexander next. Usually that would be backwards psychology, having a heel sell an injury from the start, but AJ is such an effective bad guy, you just want to see him get beaten up more.
The two didn’t get to have the kind of match that’s in them, because this was more about setting up the main event. Gallows and Anderson beat up Cedric for the DQ, which brought out the Viking DON’T MENTION THE WAR EXPERIENCE Raiders for the save – booking a big 10 man tag main event between Rollins, Braun, Cedric and the Raiders against The O. C. and RooDolph the Impromptu Tag Team.
Roman Reigns then came out to celebrate a group of pediatric cancer suffers from right here in New York! Cheap pop. This was genuinely really sweet, made even more impactful by Roman’s own battle with leukemia.
Then came an excellent 20 minute tag match between Becky Lynch and Charlotte against the newly heel team of Sasha Banks and Bayley.
From the opening brawl on the ramp through to the quadruple down spots, this match had a big time feel with the star power in the ring, with the intensity and character history behind all four wrestlers significantly enhancing the action.
I wouldn’t have had the ‘babyfaces’ win, though, with Charlotte pinning Bayley with the Natural Selection. Sasha and Bayley’s newly heel momentum would’ve felt like even more of a threat if they won here. And Charlotte and Becky don’t lose anything, because they’re meant to hate each other anyway.
After that really enjoyable tag, we then got a surprise lucha dream match with Rey Mysterio taking on Gran Metalik – who might’ve been booked as a joke in WWE, but is one of the best high flyers in the world!
Metalik lived up to his King of the Ropes name by hitting multiple springboards, but Rey picked up the win, starting his redemption arc.
The Street Profits are so good in their role, they made advertising Clash of Champions matches feel fun!
Then came the King of the Ring Raw semifinal match – a three way between Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe and Ricochet, after the latter two had a double pin last week.
That Joe and Ricochet are fantastic is no surprise. Corbin getting dueling Let’s Go Corbin, Corbin Sucks chants, however, is pretty unprecedented!
After almost a year of being overpushed as a dominating heel in main event after main event, Corbin has now settled back into a far more effective midcard slot. And as a result, he’s now getting appropriate heel heat, as opposed to the go-away kind.
And he’s going all the way to the final, as he threw Ricochet out the ring after hitting a 630 on Joe and stole the victory.
Because not even the King of the Ring final can escape the pull of Baron Corbin’s midcard vortex!
After Lacey Evans used the HANDKERCHIEF OF DOOM in the finish of last week’s match, Natalya got her win back here. These two actually work really well together, mostly thanks to Nattie’s increasingly intense style.
There was a recap of NBA star Enes Kanter winning the 24/7 title from R-Truth earlier in the night, which Truth quickly won back. And then we got…
We’re really glad that you’re our friend, and this is a friendship that’ll never EVER EVER NEVER END!
In one of the most interesting Firefly Fun House episodes in the last few months, Bray was surrounded by all his puppet friends chanting ‘Stranger Danger’ about Stone Cold, with their digital clock being stuck at 3:16. Wyatt eventually snapped and smashed the clock with a hammer, blaming Braun and Seth for invoking The Fiend, because The Fiend never forgets. I love how Bray is tying his previous feuds and history into his new character, as WWE just usually ignores context that doesn’t serve their current story.
But where this gets really interesting is the numbers displayed on the clock after Bray smashed it: 11/19. This could relate to the bible verse Ezekiel 11:19 – “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” – as Bray’s own version of Austin’s 3:16 verse.
Or it could be a reference to The Undertaker, who debuted on an episode of Superstars on November 19 1990. And with Taker being on tonight’s SmackDown, and Wyatt currently without a CoC match, perhaps something will take place between them.
And the main event was best described by Renee Young’s line: “so many personalities, so many giant men.”
This was a very fun 10 man tag, weaving multiple storylines and feuds between the various players, with the threat of Bray always looming above them all.
And continuing WWE’s focus on pushing new stars, Cedric Alexander got the biggest win of his career, pinning AJ Styles in the main event of Madison Square Garden… for Stone Cold’s music to hit. Austin celebrated with the babyfaces afterward by drinking irresponsibly in the ring.
This was a terrific episode, putting the focus on in-ring wrestling with stakes and feuds. And having Bray’s Fiend in the background provides a wonderfully unsettling unease about it all, like the calm before a storm. This week’s Raw is Cor.
And now over to Laurie with the news!
And I’m afraid to say that this news starts off with some sad news: NXT Takeover has been cancelled?!
Noooooo, you monsters, it was so beautiful…
Well actually it hasn’t quite, but according to some WWE travel package information released yesterday there won’t be a TakeOver on the weekend of the Royal Rumble in Houston in January 2020.
Instead WWE intends to run Worlds Collide like they did at Royal Rumble Axxess last year. A tournament which had no consequences! Except casting Luke Harper into some sort of yearlong abyss.
But oh well! That’s fun I suppose, especially as it crosses over all the brands!
And fear not NXT fans because TakeOver will be happening in 2020, WWE told ProWrestling Sheet they would have more to announce on this in the future.
In fact, according to Figure Four Online they are making changes to the PPV schedule across the board.
The Rumble weekend is just the start – changing from the usual four shows in one arena – that’s Takeover, Rumble, Raw and Smackdown.
To having Smackdown on the Friday in Dallas, then Worlds Collide and Rumble in Houston and then Raw in San Antonio.
Impact Moving To AXS?!
Speaking of changes to schedule… spreadsheet segway.
Impact wrestling have been a near nomadic presence in the world of wrestling television for a few years now, hopping from network to network in search of a home. Like those dogs and that ugly cat in Homeward Bound.
Now parent company Anthem has reportedly just signed a deal to purchase AXS TV, so it looks like the moving vans will be called in once again,
or they’ll just strap all of the props, set and equipment to Brian Cage.
Like he’s Boxer from Animal Farm. ‘I will work harder, Impact is always right’.
Rather obviously the deal would see Impact leave The Pursuit and settle on AXS, which is great news because it opens the show up to even more viewers.
There has also reportedly been plans to have a secondary Impact show start on Pursuit as well.
PWInsider say that they were told that Anthem’s purchase won’t change NJPW’s or WOW’s status on AXS, but you never know, they could always be bumped off air by the impact of Impact.
Unlikely though as WOW shares some Impact talent and Don Callis has been trying to foster a good relationship with NJPW now that they have distanced themselves from Ring of Honor.
Next Goldberg Match Being Planned?!
Someone who isn’t trying to make friends is Matt Riddle, at least not with Goldberg.
The Broberg match is something I’m very keen on seeing and something Matt Riddle seems to be out for if his Twitter antics are anything to go by.
Riddle doesn’t have many good words to say about the former Universal champion and the two apparently had a tense stand off backstage at SummerSlam which Riddle detailed on the WWE Watch Along. sidewacth
“I’m walking by, and I see his locker room. I’m trying to get a peek, and I’m looking, I’m looking. All of a sudden [hand smacks shoulder], big shoulder, 300 pounds at least. I look up; it’s Bill Goldberg. He goes, ‘we got some talking to do.’ ‘We can talk anytime.’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘Yeah. Alright, bro, we can talk anytime.’ He’s like, ‘I’m not your bro.’ I’m like, ‘Alright bro, take it easy, whatever.’ He’s like, ‘We’ll see, I’ll see you later. It was a pleasure meeting you.’ ‘The pleasure was all mine, bro.’ Then he goes, ‘I’m not your bro.’ Then I walked away,”
According to Fightful the conversation wasn’t just a bit of theatre to add drama to the watch along and it did actually happen.
In fact, they say their sources told them that Riddle and Bill did have a conversation at SummerSlam and they decided to ‘agree to disagree’ on the subject of Goldberg being s**t.
Another source said that the conversation was filmed ‘just in case’ and that Riddle wasn’t put on Watch Along by accident because WWE knows what it is doing with these two.
That same source said Riddle ‘got it’ when it comes to building a marquee match with Goldberg, who apparently is taking the whole thing a bit too seriously! Which is really rather scary. Watch out Bro, you might actually be next.
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