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We’re still feeling the groundbreaking effects of Stomping Grounds, what with all that kicking ass and taking names, (did you know that was the tagline of the show?) where we saw Ricochet pick up his first championship in his WWE run, beating Samoa Joe for the United States Championship.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Ricochet though, as on his usual handspring backflip entrance thingy, he seemed to botch it slightly and land pretty much directly on his face. He clearly needs to take some lessons from Edna Mode.No capes.
In some of the more exciting news to come out of the show, AJ Styles and The Good Brothers took some pictures backstage with the new champ, before Styles reminded, or threatened, or maybe he just informed Ricochet, that he’ll be seeing him tomorrow on Raw.
Well now it’s been confirmed that we’ll be having a Ricochet vs AJ Styles match on the show tonight. Yes please. It’ll be a non-title match, but one would assume this might lead to a feud between the two, or at least a three way feud with an upset Samoa Joe.
Ricochet’s title win was one of the best feel-good moments of the night, alongside Baron Corbin losing again, however it wasn’t exactly shared with many people in attendance.
As expected leading into Stomping Grounds, time to kick ass and take names, the attendance for the show was pretty poor, with half of the arena curtained off and fans being moved round to fill the side that the hard cam could see.
Several pictures and videos were sent in to various wrestling sites, all showcasing the degree to which tickets had not sold. According to WrestlingInc, there was a decently sized queue for tickets being bought on the day, and a lot of free tickets were also given out.
Despite this, the Tacoma crowd managed to still feel like a hot audience, giving great reactions throughout the night, mainly to Daniel Bryan though.
Speaking of wrestling, because…because Bryan is a wrestler…weak segue, I know.
It was reported over the weekend by Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer that Vince McMahon had held a meeting the previous week, announcing that there will be no more wrestling taking place during commercial breaks.
If you’ve been following this channel for a while, or listened to pretty much any WrestleRamble ever, one of the most common complaints that we have is that most of the wrestling in any one show takes place during the ad breaks, robbing the TV audience of any chance of emotional investment as we can’t buy in to the babyface’s comeback having not seen the heel take control beforehand.
So, this seems like a good thing, right? Well, not exactly.
This past week on Raw and SmackDown, there were two two-out-of-three falls matches, with the stipulations being used to be a reason to essentially “pause” the matches so that they could resume after the ad breaks. So a match can still go through a commercial break, but there can’t be any wrestling in that break. Makes perfect sense.
John Pollock of Post Wrestling updated the report, indicating that it was in the Raw pre-production meeting that this was announced, with the idea being that legitimate sports don’t miss any fighting due to ad breaks, so nor should WWE. Both Pollock and Dave Meltzer have both pointed out how hard it is going to be for WWE to continue to make seemingly organic reasons for there not being any wrestling during ad breaks, when it already felt stilted after one week.
Chances are, though we’ve been asking for this change for a long time, it’s actually going to make the product harder to watch, especially for the live audience.
The solution appears to be to actually change when the ad breaks take place, which could always be after a match has concluded, but considering WWE’s ad break patterns have been the same for a number of years now, it would require quite the shift in order for that to happen, including a whole bunch of hassle with networks and companies, which basically means, we’re getting a whole lot more two out of three falls matches. Can’t. Bloody. Wait.
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