Shinsuke Nakamura has landed on SmackDown Live

In a long overdue move, Shinsuke Nakamura is finally on the WWE main roster. Nakamura debuted on the post-WrestleMania edition SmackDown last night following a segment involving The Miz and Maryse.

As the couple was finishing up their mockery of John Cena and Nikki Bella, a violinist was in the aisle way and Nakamura came out to a huge reaction. He did his signature poses in the ring without speaking a word to the audience tunes of “NA-KA-MURA.”

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Smackdown Women’s Title Match Back on WrestleMania Main Card

The card for WrestleMania 33 is always changing. Due to popular demand, WWE has shifted the SmackDown Women’s Championship match from the kickoff show to the main card. Alexa Bliss defends the title against Becky Lynch, Natalya, Mickie James, Naomi, and Carmella in a Six Pack Challenge.

Upset over the match’s placement on the show, fans started using the hashtag #GiveSDWomenAChance on social media to campaign for the change. The WrestleMania lineup on WWE.com no longer has the match listed on the kickoff show. Becky Lynch took to Twitter and confirmed the change.  Continue reading “Smackdown Women’s Title Match Back on WrestleMania Main Card”

Styles vs. Orton: A Wrestling Lesson

I apologize for being late to the party with one, but I watched a really, really good wrestling match last week. It won’t go down as an instant classic or awarded five stars among journalists, however, the wrestlers took their time telling a fun and engaging story.

Whatever do I mean? Well…

Wrestling is an art form like any other creative and entertaining means of expression. Sometimes, in a particular space, certain nuances fall by the wayside, looking to be picked up again. In wrestling matches, it’s the little things that can make all the difference.

Over the last few years in WWE, punches, kicks, submission holds, and selling has been devoid of any real intensity and effort. Also, the action in the ring is too fast and does not leave enough time for anything to properly marinate with the audience.

Instead, back-and-forth matches, where the wrestlers take turns delivering big moves, appear to be a substitute for an arbitrary application of the smaller moves that support the assembly of a match.

Now, I know I sound like that older guy that emphatically claims it was better in my day, but stay with me. 
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Wrestling Soapbox: SmackDown Review and Fastlane Predictions

Randy Orton burns down the Wyatt Family compound, AJ Styles is going to WrestleMania, Kevin Owens defends the Universal Title against Goldberg and so much more!

This week on the Wrestling Soapbox, Atlee Greene and Adam Kohn review all of the goodness that was SmackDown and gives their preview and predictions for WWE Fastlane.

SmackDown Live Review (10/18/16)

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Atlee Greene and Adam Kohn review the 10/18/16 episode of SmackDown Live, which emanated from the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. Bray Wyatt continues to play mind games with Randy Orton, Carmella puts Nikki Bella on blast, and once again, James Ellsworth defeats WWE World Champion AJ Styles.

SmackDown Live Review (10/11/16)

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Adam Kohn and I review the 10/11/16 episode of SmackDown Live, which emanated from the Shark Tank in San Jose, CA. as the blue brand produced some newsworthy items.

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon issued a challenge to Raw for Survivor Series, James Ellsworth’s unlikely win over the WWE World Champion AJ Styles and more.

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