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Illegal things you can get away with on Smackdown
Give him a Wrestlemania match!
Beating up a McMahon?
Whoah – stop right there, pal.
We’re going to have to fire you for that
Last night’s episode continued the blue
brand’s strong build to Wrestlemania, firstly
with Daniel Bryan officially making the long-reported
mixed gender tag match of John Cena and Nikki
Bella vs The Miz and Maryse.
The feud has been using real life material
for inspiration, and last night’s Miz TV
segment with Maryse was no different:
“A while ago I was offered a contract to
come back to WWE and be on the first season
of Total Divas…Nikki, you took a contract
away from me.”
This is based on a rumour that the Bella Twins
played a part in blocking Maryse, Kelly Kelly
and Maria Kanellis from coming back to WWE
in 2013, which has also been used for material
in the later seasons of Total Divas.
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And yesterday’s Raw review poll results
are in: 28% of you agreed with me that it
was ‘Poor’, but the majority 48% thought
it slightly better at AvRAWge.
Last night also saw Austin Aries win 205 Live’s
No 1 contender’s 5-way elimination match
to face Neville for the Cruiserweight title,
and Shane McMahon challenged AJ Styles for
This came after Styles attacked the Smackdown
Live commissioner backstage, brutally putting
McMahon’s head through a car window.
Bryan promptly fired AJ from the show – in
storyline, don’t worry – but Shane later
hobbled out to steal the main event tag match’s
limelight, announcing himself as Styles’
This match-up has been reported for months
now, and many are disappointed Styles won’t
be facing an actual wrestler at WWE’s biggest
show of the year.
Raw announcer Corey Graves is one of those
On Monday’s very bizarre WWE Network show
Bring It To The Table – where WWE attempt
to address legitimate fan criticism by…criticising
the fans – Graves actually voiced that opinion:
“The prospect of AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
does absolutely nothing for me.”
He went on to effectively say Shane is a character
on a show, whereas AJ is a wrestler who can
put on – here it comes – phenomenal matches.
And not putting Styles with a better worker
is akin to missing out on “a full cinematic
experience in the ring…art in its highest
This is most definitely a worked shoot on
Corey’s part, fitting in with the awkward
half-kayfabe/half-real tone of the show.
Graves a smart guy, and he wouldn’t have
said something like that without clearing
it with the higher ups first.
AJ Styles wasn’t always Shane McMahon’s
Wrestlemania opponent, though.
Remember Summerslam 2016?
That show ended with Lesnar giving McMahon
an F5 after bloodying up Randy Orton, and
was the start of Brock and Shane’s originally
planned Wrestlemania 33 match build.
Dave Meltzer recently mentioned on Wrestling
Observer Radio that while all this changed
when Goldberg returned to WWE – making the
FANTASY WARFARE match come true – Lesnar was
already working on getting himself out of
facing Shane because The Beast “certainly
didn’t want to do [it].”
There’s another Wrestlemania 33 match that
looks like it’s definitely off – find out
what in my review of this week’s episode
of Raw – and two more WWE stars will miss
the company’s biggest show of the year because
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