Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage
In the tenth instalment of This Week in Wrestling of 2017, Jamie steps in for Craig to discuss a busy week for the Wrestlemania booking team, the return of some classic toys and looks at what wrestling taught us this week. Meanwhile, Brian shares the week’s most interesting photos and videos from the world of wrestling.
The Wrestlemania Card Takes Shape
It was a busy week in WWE in terms of confirming plans for Wrestlemania. Bray Wyatt’s one on one WWE Title defence against Randy Orton was confirmed while Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title was also made official. Elsewhere the Raw Women’s Title will be defended in a triple threat featuring the only three women to have held the belt while the Smackdown Title will be up grabs in a traditional ‘let’s book as many people into a match as possible at Wrestlemania’ match. It would also appear that The Undertaker has chosen Roman Reigns as his challenger, Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens has the green light while Dean Ambrose looks certain to face Baron Corbyn. That’s seven matches, more or less, confirmed. Triple H vs. Seth Rollins and Cena & Nikki vs. Miz & Maryse will likely make eight and nine once they are made official. For context, last year Wrestlemania featured nine matches on the main card and three pre-show bouts. Using that as a template we could see both tag titles, the Cruiserweight Title, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal compete just for a spot on the pre-show.
There is a ray of hope though. Last year’s main event between Triple H and Roman Reigns lasted 27 minutes. Assuming Lesnar vs. Goldberg goes on last, the defending champion will have only racked up 5 minutes worth of action in last 13 years, and that’s across 3 matches. Additionally, those anticipating a surprise up Goldberg’s sleeve for Wrestlemania may have to reconsider after the copious amounts of sweat the champ produced while standing stationary in the ring on Raw this week. So while all signs point towards another short, thoroughly unsatisfying Goldberg match in the main event of Wrestlemania, at least it will free up time on the under-card for matches that will actually be worth watching.
What Wrestling Taught Us This Week…
- Every time I see this year’s Wrestlemania logo it makes me want a Snickers…
- Triple H, who famously called himself ‘The Game’ and ‘The King of Kings’, never had to make up names for himself
- Stephanie McMahon can watch a pay per view on her phone while simultaneously calling Mick Foley using said phone, whilst on a plane. So much for flight mode…
- Byron Saxton has a racecar bed
- Byron Saxton would like Corey Graves to sleep over…
- Austin Aries’ beautiful, and lengthy, package is more over than the rest of the cruiserweight division combined
- Triple H likes bangles, lots of bangles
- Sasha Banks benefited from making the Raw Women’s Champion tap out…
- Bayley, the babyface Raw Women’s Champion, tapped out without hesitation
- While Seth Rollins’ Curb Stomp is banned for looking too violent and too easy for children to copy, The Big Show is allowed to position an unconscious man in a corner and punch the defenceless guy in the face
- Baron Corbyn knows how to use a forklift
- Forklifts are left unattended in backstage areas at WWE events
- Dolph Ziggler probably shouldn’t make fun of anyone for talking about ‘brass rings’
- In order to make us believe that Trish Stratus and Lita are of equal standing to the likes of Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey, the WWE included footage of a dangerously botched suicide dive in their montage
Hold on a Minute, Playa…
- Who exactly was Alexa Bliss planning to name as her Wrestlemania opponent?
- Why didn’t Randy Orton turn on Bray Wyatt after Elimination Chamber? It would have saved him a lot of hassle in having to wrestle his Wrestlemania main event back from AJ Styles
- Has anyone else ever noticed that the giant sets used by WWE tend to make their ‘larger than life characters’ look rather small?
- Why do so many WWE performers have that haircut?
‘Hasbro’ Wrestling Figures Are Back!
If, like most of the writers at Ring The Damn Bell, your first exposure to wrestling came in the late 80s or early 90s then ignore Nintendo’s new console, I have found what you should ask Santa for this Christmas. Mattel, the current manufacturer of WWE action figures, have just released a ‘retro’ line of figures. Nothing new there, but this time the ‘retro’ element is the design of the figures and not the wrestlers themselves. Yes, Mattel have released action figures of modern Superstars but styled after the Hasbro range from the late 80s/early 90s. Included are Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar and John Cena. For good measure they have also included Attitude Era versions of Kane, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. What’s more, there is also an early 90s style Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior to collect as well.
Let’s be honest for a second…we are all guilty of this!
Is it me or when Baron Corbin played in the NFL he looked a lot like Husky Harris?
I think Bill Goldberg’s son feels the way many fans felt like when he beat Kevin Owens for the Universal title…
How cool is this? John Cena’s likeness made out of Fruity Pebbles…
Ooooh yeah snap it a pair of Macho Man sneakers…dig it!
Looks like Chris Jericho already found a couple of new best friends!
Epic fail all around…Japanese style!
An oldie but goodie Sid Vicious promo
Last Week on the Blog
Following last Sunday’s Fastlane predictions Jamie continued to relive events from WCW in week 9 of Meanwhile in WCW. Brian brought us Wrestling With Sin 105 on Tuesday, while Craig continued his history of the Intercontinental Title on Wednesday. Thursday’s Top 5 covered the best matches from Wrestlemania 18-32 and Brian finished of the week by looking at Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon’s WWF run.
Next Week on the Blog
Tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon tackles the mammoth task of looking at the biggest moments in wrestling history. We’ll continue our look back at WCW on Monday and Thursdays Top 5 will look at Wrestlemania’s biggest mistakes.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.