After an opening video package highlighting the stuff that went down last week as well as hyping two huge matches for tonight (Styles vs. Owens and Cena vs. Nakamura) we head to Cleveland, Ohio for action. Tom Phillips, JBL, and Byron Saxton are calling the action.
By January of 2017 four of these six men would be employed by the WWE and two of them would hold championship gold. There’s a weird clash of styles here with the British boys rocking their World of Sport inspired stuff while the Bucks wrestle every Young Bucks match you’ve ever seen for the millionth time and AJ Styles is just kind of there, but it’s a pretty fun match if just for the weirdness of seeing AJ Styles and Tyler Bate going toe to toe.
This is the historic first episode of Impact. Prior to this TNA had just done weekly PPVs. There’s an opening montage of a bunch of exciting stuff from previous TNA events. We then get an off-camera Professor “Iron” Mike Tenay introducing the show as the camera pans around the Universal Studios Arena.
I love gimmick matches and in my rather humble opinion there is no finer gimmick than the Royal Rumble. Thirty men enter. One man walks out with a shot a championship gold. There are usually some comedic spots, some decent in-ring action, and a surprise entrant or two that make it a must watch PPV, more so even than the Granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania. So how was the 2017 Rumble? Let’s find out.
After a quick recap of the events that transpired Sunday at Survivor Series on Sunday, SmackDown Live is underway.
Commissioner Shane McMahon, looking like slightly warmed over dog shit makes his way down to the ring for the opening talky portion of SmackDown. He talks about how he’s not 100% because of Survivor Series and gives props to the Raw team and the SmackDown team except for Dean Ambrose.
The first Smackdown brand exclusive PPV since the brand split has a pretty stacked card. New championships are up for grabs and existing championships will be defended. Who’s going to walk away with gold and who’s going to go home empty?
The show begins with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan coming out to hype up the event and Smackdown as a brand before telling us that the match for the new Smackdown Women’s Championship is coming up now!