How was the Audience for the 11/21 “Smackdown Live”?

Houston, we’ve got an audience. With the end of “Survivor Series 2017”, we’re ready to get started on the road to the “Royal Rumble” and then on to “Wrestlemania XXXIV”. While we’re still a few more months off, the big time of the year is about to get started. The question though is how will the audience accept the TV that comes with it.

According to, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew a .82 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.662 million viewers. These numbers are even and up 2% from last week’s 2.607 million viewers respectfully. This week’s show was headlined by New Day vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

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Opinion: While it might not be as strong as WWE would have liked, this is certainly an improvement over last week’s show. Things are starting to pick up as we get closer and closer to the start of the biggest time of WWE’s year. The end of the “Survivor Series” might not have gone as well as the blue show would have liked but at least fans are still watching the adventures of Shane McMahon N Pals.

What did you think of this week’s show? Will the audience stick around? Let us know in the comments below.

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What Happened After the 11/21 “Smackdown Live”?

And then, the rest. This week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” was the final of four straight nights in Houston, Texas. With everything else going on, the final TV show (not counting “205 Live”) wasn’t exactly the most thrilling time in the world. There was a lot of talking going on, but at least the post-show dark match was a little bit better.

According to, the dark match after this week’s “Smackdown Live” and “205 Live” saw AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode team up to defeat Jinder Mahal, Rusev and Baron Corbin. None of the six wrestled on TV, though everyone but Nakamura appeared in a segment either on screen or backstage.

Miss last night’s show? Here are some highlights.

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Opinion: You wouldn’t know it based on the way the TV show is presented but there’s a lot of talent on the “Smackdown Live” roster. Unfortunately it’s the Shane McMahon Show featuring Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn more often than not. Owens and Zayn are very talented people but McMahon is the clear star and that’s one of the worst possible options they have available.

What did you think of this week’s show? Will Mahal take the title back from Styles? Let us know in the comments below.

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Major Change to 2018 “Money In The Bank” Pay-Per-View

Double shot. Over the weekend, WWE ran one of their rare two branded pay per view events with “Survivor Series 2017”. In the last year, the company has updated the amount of pay per views they’ve been running with many single brand pay per views. Now though, things seem to be changing with a specific show going from single branded to co-branded.

According to, “Money in the Bank 2018” will now be a co-branded show with both “Monday Night Raw” and “Smackdown Live” wrestlers appearing. At the moment, this is one of only five such shows in the coming year along with “Royal Rumble 2018”, “Wrestlemania XXXIV”, “Summerslam 2018” and “Survivor Series 2018”. There are currently fourteen pay per views scheduled for the year.

Here’s the most recent ladder match in case you need a refresher.

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Opinion: That’s a good idea. I’m not wild on having multiple Money in the Bank briefcases running around but at least it cuts down on the number of pay per views on the calendar. There’s no need to have two pay per views a month almost every month so having them cut down to one a little more often helps a lot.

Do you like the idea of double branded shows? Should more of them do this? Let us know in the comments below.

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New Book: KB’s Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Volume VI

A comprehensive look back at every episode of WCW Monday Nitro and Thunder from July – December 1999. This is a rather bad time for WCW as everything is starting to fall apart due to a combination of horribly boring wrestling and some rather questionable booking choices. With the good old boys no longer doing the trick, the solution was to bring in the star of WWF Creative: Vince Russo, meaning it’s all downhill from there. In this book, every episode of both shows in the second half of 1999 is reviewed in full, complete with analysis, ratings and complete content included.

The book is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $10.99 or an e-book format for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

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Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB Nitro VI” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1998, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

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Vince Russo Bashes Corey Graves on Twitter, Graves Responds

Don’t mess with the “savior of misbehavior.”

A recent Twitter exchange between former WWE writer Vince Russo and current commentator Corey Graves has been causing a lot of buzz recently. Russo posted the following message, calling out Graves for “not being interested” in the match between Jason Jordan and Braun Strowman on “Raw” this past week:

Guess announcers aren’t that excited about Jordan/Strowman. Total, total NO SELL. Hey, Corey—Pee Wee Herman called–he wants his suit back. #TOOL

— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) November 21, 2017

Graves was quick to fire back, calling out Russo’s insulting techniques as well as his religious views:

Wow. It’s amazing that the “driving force” behind the Attitude Era relies on the same insults as my 9-year old.

Just shout me out for giving your podcast some traffic. You’re a great Christian.

— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 21, 2017

Russo responded:

Don’t think ol’ Corey really understands—no—it wasn’t an insult at all—Pee Wee Herman REALLY DID where the same suit 30 years ago. Look this up too—NOBODY is a “Great” Christian–that’s why we ALL need God in our lives.

— Vince Russo (@THEVinceRusso) November 22, 2017

You can see a clip from the match below:

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At the end of the match, Kane assaulted Strowman, after being driven through the ring on last week’s show.

Editor’s Opinion:

I love Corey Graves. Besides Mauro Ranallo, he is my favorite commentator in wrestling, and has brought a unique sense of wit and intensity to the commentating position. That’s probably the reason that he is on both “Raw” and “Smackdown Live” each week!

As far as Russo goes, I cannot stand him. He constantly tries to bring back the magic of the past, and does it unsuccessfully. Give it up, dude.

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Video: Hideo Itami Announced for “205 Live”

Amore’s next meal. The situation on “205 Live” is rather odd at the moment with Enzo Amore, the least talented in-ring performer of the roster, dominating the Cruiserweight Title picture. He already traded the title with Kalisto before coming out on top, but the question now is who comes next for him. We might have that answer now, as announced on this week’s episode of “205 Live”.

On this week’s show, NXT’s Hideo Itami was announced to be coming to the show. While there is no word on whether he’ll be part of the Zo Train or chasing Amore’s Cruiserweight Title, Amore’s friend Tony Nese did insult Itami after the video aired. However, Itami last wrestled as a heel in NXT. Here’s the announcement:

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Opinion: As sad as it is, Itami probably needs to be brought up to the main roster while he’s still healthy. By putting him on “205 Live”, you’re basically covering yourself by putting him in a place where he can’t really lose much if he gets hurt again. However, this is probably his last chance as the injuries as just killing his WWE career.

What do you think of Itami going to the cruiserweight division? Will he be Cruiserweight Champion? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kurt Angle Continues to Tease a Match with HHH

Grumpy old men. One of the biggest stories to come out of this weekend was the rising tensions between HHH and Kurt Angle. While both men share a position of power, it’s clear that neither of them particularly care for the other. As you might expect, this seems to be setting up a match. While that hasn’t been confirmed, one of them is certainly making it seem to be more likely.

In a post on his Instagram page, Angle talks about not being a doormat to HHH, even if he is Angle’s boss. The two of them haven’t had a singles match since April 2002 but Angle certainly seems ready to update their list of showdowns. He also promises to be ready for anything HHH throws at him. Here’s the post.

Here’s their most recent issue.

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Opinion: Do we really have to see this? Angle hasn’t exactly impressed me since he’s been back in the ring for WWE, which is understandable given his age and history of injuries. However, that doesn’t mean he should be getting back in, especially in spots as big as this one. Even if the story makes sense, that doesn’t mean it’s the best idea in the world.

Do you want to see this match? When should it take place? Let us know in the comments below.

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“Clash of Champions 2017” Main Event Set

Main event ahoy. Two weeks ago, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to become the new Smackdown World Champion, ending Mahal’s reign at just under six months. In theory the rematch would take place on the upcoming WWE tour of India but that wound up not being the case. Instead, the title match was announced for another specific date.

As announced on tonight’s episode of “Smackdown Live”, Styles will defend against Mahal in a rematch at the upcoming “Clash of Champions 2017” on December 17. Mahal was scheduled to receive his shot on tonight’s show but said that he didn’t want to do it on Styles’ time, instead waiting for a more appropriate occasion.

Here’s how the first match ended.

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Opinion: If sanity prevails, we can be done with this Mahal experiment in about a month. I really wasn’t a fan of Mahal as champion and now it seems that we’re almost out of the woods with him. Styles is a big deal on “Smackdown Live” and it makes sense to have him as the top man. With the India tour taking place before the rematch, there’s no much of a reason to put the title back on him ever for the most part.

Who do you think will win at the pay per view? Will Mahal ever get the title back? Let us know in the comments below.

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Three NXT Call-Ups On “Smackdown Live”

Anything you can do we can do too. Last night on “Monday Night Raw”, Mandy Rose, Paige and Sonya DeVille showed up to destroy a good chunk of the women’s division. It was a nicely needed boost to the roster, but the question instantly became what would “Smackdown Live” do to even things up?

Tonight on “Smackdown Live”, NXT’s Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan all made their debuts in a backstage segment. The new trio wasted no time in making their marks, attacking both Naomi and Becky Lynch. All three went by their NXT names and were introduced in the same segment.

Here’s a quick look at Riot.

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Opinion: I can go for this. Much like the “Monday Night Raw” trio, the blue show needed a change of pace to really make this work. You can only do so much when your division is all of six or seven people so adding in three fresh names, none of which have been on the main roster before, offers you a bunch of fresh matches and combinations. This is a good move, though NXT is going to need some restocking.

Which of the three are you most interested in? Which show got the better trio? Let us know in the comments below.

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Smackdown Results – November 21, 2017

Date: November 21, 2017
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves

So the battle between brands is over and now it’s time to find out where we go from here. In theory we go towards Clash of the Champions in just shy of a month, which could mean multiple things. AJ Styles is likely going to have to deal with Jinder Mahal again, though the title match won’t be taking place tonight. Let’s get to it.

We open with a long recap of Sunday’s main event.

Here’s Shane McMahon to get things going. They were so close on Sunday and, despite what his sister wants to say, Smackdown proved that they’re nothing but the best show. The Smackdown roster gives it their all every night and he’s proud of them all. Save for two that is, meaning Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Shane has them come out here and Owens immediately calls Shane drunk with power. Sami wants to know whether it’s harder for Shane to keep coming up with excuses for his failures or just admitting that he’s wrong. They would have beaten the Shield or even won a 5-2 handicap match or beaten Brock Lesnar. Shane says he’s the Commissioner and the two of them have no respect for anyone. He teases firing them but Owens says that would be stupid as they’re both future Hall of Famers.

Shane loads up the firing but gets cut off by Daniel Bryan. Sami starts getting fired up but Daniel tells him to be quiet. Everyone in the back hates Sami and Kevin’s guts, to the point where Bryan had to send Randy Orton home before he tried to kill them. Tonight, the two of them will be facing New Day in a lumberjack match.

Jey Uso vs. Shelton Benjamin

Shelton lets him out of the corner to start, only to climb the ropes for a knee to the face, knocking Jey outside. Back from an early break with Shelton working on a chinlock until Jey fights up with a Samoan drop. Gable offers a distraction so Shelton can get two off a rollup, only to have Jey score with a superkick for the same. The Superfly Splash misses though and it’s Paydirt to give Shelton the pin at 7:07.

Result: Shelton Benjamin b. Jey Uso – Paydirt (7:07)

Sami and Kevin try to get help from Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode, both of whom shoot them down. Roode promises both of them a receipt.

Naomi is getting her makeup done when NXT’s Ruby Riot comes up. She’s with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, all of whom beat the heck out of Naomi. Becky Lynch comes in for the save and gets beaten down as well.

The bosses are in the back with Shane praising Bryan’s decisions tonight because he can fire Sami and Kevin whenever he wants. Shane leaves to go watch the show at his hotel.

Hype Bros vs. Bludgeon Brothers

It’s Luke Harper and Erick Rowan with big Thor style hammers. Rowan runs Ryder over to start and knocks him outside. Harper gets in a hard clothesline and sends him into the steps, leaving Rawley alone. A double spinebuster puts Mojo away at 1:24. Total squash.

Result: Bludgeon Brothers b. Hype Bros – Double spinebuster to Rawley (1:24)

Natalya applauds Charlotte for winning the title last week and beating Alexa Bliss on Sunday. I mean, Natalya’s cat could beat Bliss but tonight she’ll give Ric Flair something to really cry about.

Video on Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles from Sunday.

Here’s Styles for a chat, but first we see a post-match video from Paul Heyman, saying Styles is the best in-ring performer he’s ever seen. AJ wishes he could celebrate with all the fans but it didn’t go as well as he thought it would. He’d love to face Lesnar again though because in the sequel, Rocky wins.

That brings him to Jinder Mahal, who says he’s taking the title back tonight. AJ takes off the jacket and the belt, saying come get it. Mahal pops up on screen to say it’s his time instead of AJ’s. If Mahal had faces Brock, he would be hailed as the Beastmaster. AJ says bring it on because Mahal should be well rested after not doing anything on Sunday. Mahal will take his rematch at Clash of Champions. Cue the Singh Brothers from behind to jump AJ, who cleans house without any trouble.

Sami and Kevin recruit Aiden English and Rusev, who don’t say no.

Women’s Title: Charlotte vs. Natalya

Charlotte is defending after having won last week. Natalya jumps at her to start but gets elbowed in the jaw. That earns her a face first toss into the middle buckle and we take a break. Back with Natalya getting two off a Batista Bomb and grabbing the Sharpshooter. Charlotte makes the rope for the break but Natalya is right back on her with right hands. A whip into the corner lets Charlotte try the moonsault, only to land on the knees. The spear connects but here are Logan, Riot and Morgan to jump Natalya for the DQ at 6:43.

Result: Natalya b. Charlotte via DQ when Sarah Logan, Ruby Riot and Liv Morgan interfered (6:43)

Charlotte gets beaten down as well as the trio poses.

Daniel Bryan has no comment on the trio attacking. Sami and Kevin come up and threaten him with repercussions if he fires them.

New Day vs. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens

Lumberjack match and New Day comes out with some pancakes. Woods is on the floor here as Owens and Big E. get things going. Kevin knocks Kofi outside early on and the lumberjacks let him back in without any issue. Sami comes in so Kofi leapfrogs him into a back elbow for one. Back up and Kofi is sent outside again and for the second time, no one touches him.

Sami goes to get him this time and gets pummeled, sending him running up the aisle. No one is letting that happen though and Sami gets carried back to the ring. We take a break and come back with Owens taking the Unicorn Stampede. Owens knocks Kofi into the corner though and stomps away as Saxton says the lumberjacks are like sharks who can’t wait to get their hands on Owens and Sami. Graves: “Sharks don’t have hands Saxton.”

Sami comes in and mocks New Day’s dancing claps before stomping away. Owens’ backsplash hits Kofi’s knees though and the hot tag brings in Big E. The Big Ending doesn’t work on Sami so it’s back to Kofi for his high crossbody. Everything breaks down with Sami being sent outside, triggering the brawl between the lumberjacks. They all come in and the referee doesn’t call for the DQ, leaving Sami to roll Kofi up for the pin at 11:50.

Result: Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn b. New Day – Rollup to Kingston (11:50)

Post break the lumberjacks leave with Kofi diving onto Rusev and English. Sami takes the Midnight Hour to leave him laying.

In the back, Owens gets on his knees in front of Bryan, begging him not to fire them. Bryan was never going to do that because he recognizes their talent. Next week, Owens goes one on one with Orton.

Shelton Benjamin b. Jey Uso – Paydirt
Bludgeon Brothers b. Hype Bros – Double spinebuster to Rawley
Natalya b. Charlotte via DQ when Sarah Logan, Ruby Riot and Liv Morgan interfered
Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens b. New Day – Rollup to Kingston


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