Brian Damage and Craig Wilson
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’. Today, in part 23, Brian considers the possible break-up of Enzo and Big Cass and shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week while Craig talks about Finn Balor’s absence from this week’s episode of Raw.
We have been watching a storyline unfold the last couple of weeks where both Enzo Amore and Big Cass have been assaulted by a mysterious attacker. It has led to a lot of speculation that the mysterious attacker just might, in fact, be Big Cass himself. That, of course, would mean that their very popular tag team would split up.
While there is probably no doubt in anyone’s mind that the 7 foot tall Cass would thrive as a singles star in Vince McMahon’s WWE, that does leave a lot of questions surrounding the fate of Enzo. I mean, let’s be 100% honest here, Enzo isn’t exactly what you would call a technician in the ring. Nobody will mistake Enzo as the second coming of Bret Hart or Daniel Bryan. While Enzo is a bump machine, he is often sloppy and has hurt himself a couple of times already in his short tenure on the main roster.
Enzo’s biggest strength is his mic skills. Is that enough though to secure himself a valuable roster spot? I truly fear that once this break up happens and make no mistake, it will eventually happen, what does that mean for Enzo Amore’s future? Can he survive on his mic skills alone? My short answer is no, not as a wrestler anyway. Perhaps, he can be used as a manager to a wrestler who is not as talented as a talker? Is that enough to keep him around?
What about making Enzo a full-time color commentator? My gut is telling me that Corey Graves will become the new Raw general manager after this who Kurt Angle texting scandal storyline plays out. That means that there would be a spot for Enzo at the announcers’ table. Is it a coincidence that these two storylines are occurring at the same time? Maybe, maybe not. All I know is, Enzo might get lost in the shuffle without being part of a team with Big Cass.
While it seems unheard of for a guy over as much as Enzo is with his weekly pre-match catchphrases to be “future endeavored,” it certainly wouldn’t shock me either. Here’s hoping that the WWE has big plans for both Big Cass and Enzo moving forward. Otherwise, let the countdown clock to Enzo’s job security start immediately.
And you can’t teach that!
Finn Balor is one of the most popular acts in the WWE. A huge global talent who was catapulted straight to the top in the WWE when he was one of the first men drafted during last year’s draft split before almost instantly winning the Universal title.
Injury curtailed that run with the gold but to no-one’s surprise, when he returned from injury, he was back in the main event picture.
Last Sunday at Extreme Rules, Balor was one of five stars in the main event match. For a while, the odds had favoured him to win the match. Instead, that honour went to Samoa Joe in what was the best match of the evening.
The following evening on Raw, four of the five men had a match on the show. It was only Balor who was left out of the mix.
That led to one wrestling fan tweeting Dave Meltzer, of Wrestling Observer, fame to ask why. His response:
That is a pretty remarkable position for the WWE’s creative to be in. With so much time to fill on Raw then you really want all your top talents to be there. And if you are in creative and can’t pull together a segment for one of the company’s top names, then you need to ask questions of yourself.
Whether it was a squash win, a backstage interview or an in-ring promo, it’s not really hard to come up with something for Balor to do. It doesn’t necessarily always have to be something which advances a storyline, it seems ridiculous that creative had nothing for him.
Creative have a lot to answer for, there is no denying that but it’s also incredible that Vince McMahon wouldn’t push more for one of the company’s most popular stars to appear on their main show.
In no way am I suggesting that WWE is losing faith or interest in Balor. But it certainly raises questions of how creative the WWE creative team actually is.
Tomorrow, in our Sunday Sermon, we continue to have a look at wayward creative decisions by looking at how Bayley has been treated, and booked, in recent weeks and months.
Poll Results from this Week
This week’s NXT
Good – 55.56
Average – 22.22
Excellent – 11.11
Bad – 11.11
Awful – 0
This week’s 205 Live
Awful – 50
Average – 25
Excellent – 12.5
Good – 12.5
Bad – 0
This week’s Smackdown Live
Excellent – 33.33
Good – 22.22
Average – 22.22
Bad – 11.11
Awful – 11.11
This week’s Raw
Good – 31.58
Average – 26.32
Awful – 26.32
Excellent – 10.53
Bad – 5.25
Best match at Extreme Rules 2017
Five-way main event – 30.77
Neville vs Aries – 23.08
Ambrose vs The Miz – 19.23
Cesaro/Sheamus vs The Hardys – 11.54
Kalisto vs Crews – 7.69
Swann/Banks vs Dar/Fox – 7.69
Bliss vs Bayley – 0
Extreme Rules 2017
Average – 47.62
Awful – 19.05
Bad – 14.29
Excellent – 9.52
Good – 9.52
A skinny kid by the name of Randy Poffo aka ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage working out with his dad Angelo Poffo.
Now THAT’s a CAKE!!! A Psicosis cake to be precise…
The Rock doing his best imitation of Kid-N-Play from back in the day!
Sometimes you stumble upon magic when you go to the convenience store…
The WWE toy manufacturer has apparently gotten pretty lazy and just pops on current superstars faces to legends toys.
A pretty cool La Parka tattoo…
Meanwhile, over in Japan, they sell everything over there…including hair flips!
Anybody remember the old Super Mario Brothers show starring the late, great Captain Lou Albano?
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we previewed and predicted Extreme Rules 2017; on Monday we had part 22 of ‘Meanwhile, in WCW‘; Tuesday’s ‘A Moment in Time‘ looked back at when Tatsumi Fujinami won the NWA title; on Wednesday we had part 11 of ‘Styles Clash: Clash of the Champions revisited‘; Thursday’s Top Five looked at some of the most (in)famous botches in wrestling history and we rounded off the week part 117 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘.
Next Week on the Blog
Tomorrow we discuss the plight of Bayley, finally have the latest ‘history of the Intercontinental title’ and more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.