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Everything posted by RIShane

  1. Thought that was a pretty outstanding episode. Consistently strong matches and engaging storytelling with plenty of fun moments throughout.
  2. Also, for a match that felt like it was going to be completely predictable, Charlotte/Nattie/Nia did very well at making their triple-threat feel genuinely in doubt.
  3. They’re leaning into using Charlotte working multiple shows for heel heat:
  4. If they break up, it’s going to be emotionally devastating.
  5. Sasha turning on Bayley is long overdue (hopefully Dr Shelby and Kurt Angle leave them alone this time ) and their segment with Charlotte (playing up their history and also leaning heavily into smark criticisms with her reasons why Fox wanted to bring her to SD) was a fun way to get that story finally moving;
  6. Buddy counting down his own imminent demise was good fun, and Liv got a great showcase in her match with Charlotte.
  7. Thought tonight's episode was a lot of fun, and was a good mix of matches and character-building. Raquel Gonzalez also stood out in the opening tag match, catching Tegan's crossbody well and hitting a nice finisher on Shotzi.
  8. For being less than three minutes (WWE's YouTube upload includes nearly the entire thing), the Charlotte/Kayden match had some fun storytelling, highlighting again how well Charlotte has adapted to empty arena shows and how on-point her character work is in her current role as a a vicious and arrogant heel lording it over NXT. The match starts with her 'warming up' by grabbing the ropes and then rather going into a lockup, immediately proceeding to boot Kayden in the face and calling back to the Rhea Wrestlemania match in her trash talk. She proceeds to start dismissively kicking Kayden in the head while berating her on needing to do her "homework", before dusting off her hands and then going for another boot before Kayden finally sees an opening and cuts her down as well as using the opportunity to give a superkick. Kayden takes the chance to do a crucifix and put Charlotte in an octopus hold but Charlotte powers out of it and launches her up into the top rope after throwing a couple of elbows. Charlotte levels her with a spear before finishing her earlier gesture by dusting her hands off once more. To be even more of a jerk, Charlotte gets her into the Figure 4, taunts Kayden into sitting up, and then slaps her right back down, berating her further. Kayden soon taps to the Figure 8, but Charlotte doesn't break it, and then to add one final humiliation, sarcastically applauds Kayden as she's writhing in pain.
  9. They’ve had gauntlets before but it’s the first time I recall them doing five separate women’s matches on one Raw, nice to see. Though I kinda wish they’d thought of this more vicious Shayna gimmick before Mania rather than afterwards.
  10. Obviously there’s a cloud over things lately with today’s events and the ongoing uncertainty, but I thought it was a strong episode that showed NXT moving in some new directions, which is promising going forward. And it also didn’t have a 30+ minute Jake Hager match so it had that going for it too. I like the idea of a Tegan/Shotzi alliance, Dream/Balor next week should be fun, and the Charlotte promo did a great job of presenting her as a final boss type in this run while hyping the division as a whole:
  11. Some good analysis of Charlotte/Rhea and it standing out by their making every move feel like a legitimate struggle rather than something more choreographed. I’ve noticed this quality before in Charlotte’s work with Ronda and Asuka, but combining it with all that relentless limb work was masterful, and I did not know Rhea was so good at selling.
  12. I went into tonight thinking that Cena/Wyatt was going to be a standout. I went out thinking that they have a hell of a high bar to clear after that AJ/Undertaker madness.
  13. Plus Ramblin’ Rabbit survived the segment! Historical.
  14. It’s probably not going to catch on like Charlotte’s knee to Ronda on the go-home last year, but this camera angle is hilarious.
  15. I thought this episode showed some encouraging signs for WWE adapting to this new format. Besides the camera angles, I thought choosing two fast-paced high-impact matches in Cena/Brock/Seth and Charlotte/Asuka was a much more effective use of archival footage than replaying the entire men's Rumble, even though that was a very good match in its own right.
  16. That's what I assumed was the plan up through Elimination Chamber with her wearing increasingly outlandish costumes and becoming ever more arrogant, but then her promo the night after (the one calling Shayna a "black hole of charisma") acted like that routine was just "treading water" filler material and she was being serious again, so its hard to say at this point what her character is in this storyline.
  17. Yes, though they also have some extra challenges due to pro wrestling's narrative nature. Its not like being able to reschedule a game later in the season or postponing a concert until further notice, its not just a delay but also affects the broader stories. Whatever happens from here, WWE and other federations (who will probably be the real sufferers financially) have difficult decisions ahead.
  18. Feel they’ve done well this week making Charlotte/Rhea more personal rather than just being a ‘dream match’ build. This was a fun moment after the attack, too:
  19. That Kabuki Warriors match was very efficient booking, pushing the stories of their needing a challenger, Nattie not yet having the right partner, and the ongoing Riott Squad Explodes storyline.
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