Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (Feb 1-4)

Boooooored. Bored bored bored bored bored. Booooored.


Nearly everyone seems lost and aimless on the shows leading up to Fastlane. For example, we know Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar are fighting for the Wrestlemania main event against Triple H. So fine, on Raw we have a talky talky opening segment with them, and then Lesnar interrupts the tag main event to kill everyone. That's fine. It's dull, but it makes sense.

But then on Smackdown, Reigns and Ambrose are fighting the League of Nations for no reason other than to do the whole fake tension accidentally hitting each other will they break up oh no they won't thing. Which pulls Del Rio away from doing anything to build his rematch with Kalisto other than some light commentary work. Sheamus, Rusev, and Barrett are afterthoughts, which is fine for SHeamus, middling for Barrett, and a goddamned shame for Rusev.

AJ Styles "path to WWE legitimacy" apparently goes through Chris Jericho on TV. After taking longer than you'd think to dispatch The Miz on Smackdown (following a MizTV segment on Raw where AJ didn't say a word), Jericho challenged him to a rematch on next week's Smackdown. You know, AJ's not the best talker in the world, but there's no reason to keep him mute, WWE.

The face/heel dynamics of the Women's Division are a goddamned mess, with Brie Bella apparently a face now because her sister had surgery. Sasha's a tweener with her formal rivals turning on her and an uneasy alliance with Becky Lynch. By the way, the whole "Sasha breaking away from Team BAD" segment was the deadest thing of the entire week, because literally zero people were invested in what would happen to Team BAD, and that includes all thre members of Team BAD.

Kalisto got wins over Rusev and Kevin Owens this week, but they were a countout and a surprise rollup respectively, because WWE has only one style of booking "smaller" wrestlers, and it's just exhausting watching the same "underdog", "lots of heart", and "fluke wins" beats play themselves out over and over.

Also, Ryback was dressed very Goldbergy on Smackdown, which worries me.


Apollo Crews got his non-title rematch with Finn Balor, and came up short. Decent match, but I''m not sure what this means for Crews' story.

The "controversial" match ending from last week resolved as expected, with a new #1 contender's match between Joe and Sami Zayn. Not sure why we had to wait a week for that.

The Vaudevillains are being billed as "more aggressive', so I wonder if they're setting up a heel turn to call them up to the main roster asheels.

#1 Contender Carmella got an unspectacular win Over Emma, so I expect Bayley to defeat her fairly handily and move on to another challenger.

And in Jobber Match News, Asuka, Cass, and Enzo were on television!