WWE Can’t Get the Reactions They Want, So They’re Editing Crowd Shots

Oh, WWE. Sometimes your shenanigans are just too silly to bear. This time, they’re cutting out fan reactions that aren’t flattering to the story they’re trying to tell.

Eagle-eyed viewers of Raw last week noted that the camera cut to the same face more than once. Not just the same face, but the same face making the same reaction. Yep, WWE has taken the liberty of reusing crowd shots to “enhance” certain moments.

According to today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE can’t get the crowd shots they want so they’ve taken to misappropriating certain reactions as a sort of stock footage.

Fans of SmackDown from before the show went live will remember the days when extra noise was put on the broadcasts to make the cheers and boos a bit louder, and it seems WWE has gotten a bit more brazen in recent months.

Who can forget the time a fan was cheering for Chris Jericho’s recent US title victory, only to be edited into appearing heartbroken at Roman’s loss in the same match?

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One one hand, what does it really matter? WWE is trying to produce an entertainment program, and whatever steps they take in production are in service of that goal. But on the other hand, they’ve tried to make the case to fans that their cheers and reactions matter in determining who gets pushed on-screen. Seeing those reactions altered is questionable, at the very least.

What do you think of all this? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Smackdown Results – February 21, 2017

Date: February 21, 2017
Location: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Commentators: John Bradshaw Layfield, David Otunga. Tom Phillips, Mauro Ranallo

It’s a double shot tonight as we have a pair of big gimmick matches to get us further along the Road to Wrestlemania. First up it’s Natalya vs. Nikki Bella in a falls count anywhere match which should be the blowoff to their feud. Other than that it’s a ten man battle royal with the winner getting the World Title shot against Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania XXXIII. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of last week’s triple threat match for the Smackdown World Title and Randy Orton’s decision to turn down his title shot against Bray Wyatt.

Opening sequence.

Here’s Daniel Bryan to get things going. We’re forty days from Wrestlemania and the road to get there is full of twists and turns. He brings out Women’s Champion Naomi, who has been given a week to either give the title back to Alexa Bliss or face her in a rematch. It turns out that she’s injured and isn’t going to be able to defend her title. Naomi talks about how life can change in such a hurry because she was on top of the mountain a week ago and now she’s looking up from the bottom. She hands over the title and says she’s probably out of Wrestlemania as well.

However, she’s going to be back to take the title from whomever is borrowing it in her absence. Naomi leaves and here’s Alexa Bliss to laugh about the performance. With Naomi gone, Bliss says that she should be the champion since she never got her rematch. Bryan doesn’t think so and the title is going to be on the line RIGHT NOW.

Women’s Title: Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss

The title is vacant coming in. Becky starts fast with some rollups but gets kneed in the ribs and we hit the choking on the ropes. Bliss’ basic offense continues until a quick Bexploder sends her outside as we take a break. Back with Becky getting two off a missile dropkick. Bliss gets in a quick shot to the throat for the pin (while holding trunks) and the title at 9:03 in an ending that is as sudden as it sounds.

Result: Alexa Bliss b. Becky Lynch – Rollup with a handful of trunks (9:03)

Mickie James comes down to celebrate and gets in a fight with Becky.

Dean Ambrose wants his chance to main event Wrestlemania back and if he gets to break Baron Corbin’s legs in the process, so be it.

Kalisto wants to be in the main event so tens of thousands of people can chant LUCHA LUCHA LUCHA.

Miz runs down his resume and thinks being in the main event of Wrestlemania should be added.

Natalya is ready to expose Nikki Bella as a fraud.

Breezango vs. American Alpha

Non-title with Breezango jumping them at the bell. A double kick to Jordan’s head puts him in trouble. That lasts all of thirty seconds as Jordan gets over for the tag, setting up the Steiner Bulldog for the pin on Fandango at 1:45.

Result: American Alpha b. Breezango – Steiner Bulldog (1:45)

The Usos show up in the crowd to say they’re coming for the titles. Just not tonight you see. A lot of trash is talked with threats of jumping Alpha from behind.

Black History Month video on Jackie Robinson.

AJ Styles says he’s going to Wrestlemania.

Dolph Ziggler superkicks the wall of the interview set.

Mojo Rawley is ready to win another battle royal.

Luke Harper is done obeying Bray Wyatt and after tonight, there’s nowhere left for Bray to run.

Nikki Bella says after tonight, Natalya will be the broken Hart.

Nikki Bella vs. Natalya

Falls count anywhere. An early spear puts Natalya down and Nikki grabs her facebuster for an early two. It’s already table time (falls count anywhere means No DQ by definition) but Natalya baseball slides it into Nikki’s face. They quickly head over the barricade with Natalya doing You Can’t See Me.

Nikki comes back with a shot off the barricade and the Disaster Kick to put Natalya down for two. Back to ringside they go with Natalya getting in a few kendo stick shots before loading up the announcers’ table. Nikki fights out of a powerbomb attempt and gets in an Alabama Slam onto the table for a close two.

We come back from a break with Nikki getting to the ropes to break the Sharpshooter (which Natalya breaks, causing the announcers to accurately point out that she didn’t have to). Nikki no sells a suplex on the ramp and they head backstage with Nikki being sent into a conveniently placed Maryse.

Nikki sends her face first into a mirror for two of her own and it’s time to come back into the arena. Natalya can’t get the Sharpshooter as Natalya reverses into the Fearless Lock, only to have Maryse come out with a pipe to attack Nikki. Miz drags her off and Natalya gets the cheap pin at 14:02.

Result: Natalya b. Nikki Bella – Pin after a pipe shot from Maryse (14:02)

Diamond Dallas Page Hall of Fame announcement.

Baron Corbin says he’s winning.

Apollo Crews says he’s winning.

Orton and Wyatt will be watching.

Battle Royal

Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Luke Harper, Kalisto, AJ Styles, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Mojo Rawley

The winner gets the Wrestlemania title shot.  After the long entrances, they waste no time in getting started with Ambrose and Corbin slugging it out in the corner. The fans are almost entirely split between Styles and Cena. Cena and Ziggler are both sent to the apron but quickly make it back in. A bunch of near eliminations go nowhere and Cena can’t get Corbin up for the AA.

We take a break and come back with Corbin as the only man standing. He tosses Rawley for the first elimination but eats a superkick from Ziggler. Kalisto gets up and starts kicking away until kind of botching what looked like a moonsault press to Dean. Ziggler and Kalisto both wind up on the apron and a pull of the mask sets up a superkick to eliminate Kalisto, getting us down to eight. Crews kicks Ziggler in the head though and it’s down to seven. Ziggler chairs Kalisto though and Corbin tosses Crews, who chases Ziggler off with the chair.

We’re down to Corbin, Cena, Miz, Ambrose, Harper and Styles and it’s AJ having to flip out of the AA. Almost everyone hits a hard strike and it’s Miz in the middle of the ring, meaning it’s time for the running corner dropkicks all around. Cena pops up and backdrops Miz out as we take a second break.

Back from another break with Styles and Ambrose knocking each other down. Cena loads up the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Styles but walks into End of Days. Ambrose tosses Corbin from behind and is quickly pulled to the floor for another End of Days. With Cena staggering to his feet, Miz sneaks in and tosses him, with Cena leaving rather calmly.

So we’re down to Styles, Ambrose and Harper with Dean getting back inside. All three are quickly put on the apron for a three way slugout with Dean having to hang on very carefully. AJ gets on Dean’s shoulders and gets back in, allowing Harper to superkick Dean out to the floor, leaving us with two. Harper stays on the apron and pulls AJ over the top to the join him but they’re both back in a few seconds later. Luke suplexes him to the apron again but quickly follows him out there, only to have Harper pull him out at 22:22.

Actually not so fast as the referees say Harper hit at the same time (it didn’t look close and they’re not showing replays) so here’s Daniel Bryan for a ruling. The official decision is a draw so there’s no winner. However, we will determine a winner next week. Harper blasts AJ with the discus lariat and poses to a rather mixed reaction to end the show.

Result: The Battle Royal went to a draw (22:22)

Wyatt and Orton pop up on screen to laugh at Harper to end the show.

Alexa Bliss b. Mickie James – Rollup with a handful of trunks
American Alpha b. Breezango – Steiner Bulldog to Fandango
Natalya b. Nikki Bella – Pin after a pipe shot from Maryse
A battle royal went to a draw


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News on the Original Plans for Bayley’s Title Win

There was no stopping her then. As you probably know by now, Bayley defeated Charlotte to win the Raw Women’s Title on the February 13, 2017 episode of “Monday Night Raw”. This might have felt a little sudden and it turns out that there’s a reason for that to be the case. It just so happens that there were some other plans for the title change.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of Wrestlinginc.com, the original plans called for Bayley to defeat Charlotte for the title at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” in Orlando, Florida and then defend the title in her hometown of San Jose, California at “Payback 2017”. Now the plans seem to call for the title to be defended in a four way at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” with Bayley, Charlotte, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks.

Opinion: I still don’t get the point in having Bayley win the title so soon and it would have made much better sense to have her get the belt either at “Wrestlemania XXXIII” in the town where she became a star in the first place or in her hometown. Either way I hope we don’t have to sit through Charlotte getting another title win and then losing it again just another month later.

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Do you think Charlotte gets the title back at “Fastlane 2017”? Who leaves “Wrestlemania XXXIII” with the belt? Let us know in the comments below.

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Randy Orton Talks RKO vs. Diamond Cutter

Feel the Viper. One of the most commonly used moves in wrestling history is a cutter. While it was invented by Johnny Ace, it was made the most famous by Diamond Dallas Page who called it a Diamond Cutter. It’s a simple, fast move that looks flashy and can be done in a variety of ways. One such way is the RKO, which is basically a jumping Diamond Cutter. This brings up the obvious question of which version is better.

With Diamond Dallas Page being announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Randy Orton has weighed in on the question while also promoting the “WWE Champions” mobile game. Orton made a post on Twitter, saying that there was no contest between the two of them because it only takes one RKO to go to Viperville.

Diamond Cutter vs. The RKO? Not even a question. It only takes one RKO to go to #Viperville! #LetsSettleThis https://t.co/2BpXwDgYKj pic.twitter.com/pv2xWhTBVK

— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) February 21, 2017

He also posted the following video:

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Opinion: I know the tagline is the RKO can hit out of nowhere but I think people forget how true that was of the Diamond Cutter as well. Page claimed to have some ridiculous number of ways to hit the thing and he came close on many occasions. He really could hit that thing from a ton of angles and it made the move all the more devastating.

Which move do you like better? Who could hit one more out of nowhere? Let us know in the comments below.

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Here’s Who Will Compete Tonight to Be In WrestleMania’s Main Event

Royal Rumble? What’s that? Bray Wyatt captured the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber a week ago, and while his new protegee Randy Orton won a WrestleMania match for that title at the Royal Rumble, he doesn’t want to go against his mentor.

Of course, SmackDown still needs a WrestleMania main event, so what’s GM Danial Bryan to do? Announce a battle royal to determine a new #1 contender, of course! It won’t exactly be a Royal Rumble, but the 10-man main event promises to be a big battle on SmackDown tonight, and WWE has announced the full list of competitors.

  1. John Cena
  2. Dean Ambrose
  3. AJ Styles
  4. The Miz
  5. Luke Harper
  6. Baron Corbin
  7. Dolph Ziggler
  8. Mojo Rawley
  9. Apollo Crews
  10. Kalisto

A few of those names don’t exactly scream “WrestleMania main event” to me, but all SmackDown’s big stars are there–aside, of course, from Bray and Randy.

Of course, this all seems to be story-building to fill the month-and-a-half that separates us from WrestleMania an April 2nd. Plans for WWE’s big show–as far as we know–still feature Orton turning on Bray and challenging for the title in singles action. But rumors have been making the rounds about a triple threat featuring Luke Harper.

Beyond that, a Falls Count Anywhere match between Nikki Bella and Natalya will also seek to settle the feud between those two.

We’ll have live coverage of everything on SmackDown tonight, so be sure to stick with us here and on Facebook!

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WWE Edits a Russian Joke From Raw

AWW BIG E! If there’s one thing New Day is known for, it’s getting in some very quick lines that leave the fans in fits of laughter. They’re funny guys who know how to bounce off of each other as well as any trio has perhaps in wrestling history. However, WWE doesn’t seem too wild on some of one particular member’s lines.

Last night on “Monday Night Raw”, Lana stole the plans for New Day’s ice cream. This led to the following exchange (paraphrased):

Kofi Kingston: “How did she get the plans???”

Big E: “Dude she’s Russian!”

Apparently WWE wasn’t thrilled with this line as they’ve edited it off the video of the exchange airing on their YouTube page. You can tell the edit is in place as you can hear the audience laughing at a joke that isn’t actually said on the video. The exchange starts at around 1:52.

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This isn’t the first time Big E.’s jokes have been edited off WWE’s YouTube. A few weeks back he mocked Charlotte for winning and losing the Women’s Title at such a frequent pace, which was also edited out of later videos.

Opinion: I know WWE is going for a more family friendly audience these days but they can’t even throw in a topical reference like this one? It was a funny line and unfortunately it’s not there anymore. This feels like a case of over thinking something and that can get annoying if you remember the line but can’t hear it again.

Do you think New Day will actually have ice cream? What do you think they will do as “Wrestlemania XXXIII” hosts? Let us know in the comments below.

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WWE Game Didn’t Bother to Edit Lawler Flubbing Lines

Ah, WWE 2K. You might not be the best wrestling game around, but you are the only one. Now a major flub in the 2K17 edition is making the rounds, and frankly we’re surprised it’s taken so long to get noticed.

As always, the game features Lawler on commentary with a combination of lines recorded for previous games and brand new ones. The repetitious nature of the commentary is a well-known complaint among players, but this year’s edition includes something way more ridiculous.

That is an unedited take where Lawler makes multiple mistakes, gets corrected, and starts over the lines in the recording booth. It seems somebody at 2K neglected to cut down the audio to only feature the correct take. Check it out below, thanks to a Twitter user.

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So Lawler calls the Goodfather the Godfather, misspeaks, and starts all over again. And it’s all in there, unedited. I’d make some sarcastic remark about 2K’s QA team, but honestly this is far more entertaining than the game’s normal commentary.

Outside the world of video games, Lawler is still making occasional appearances in the announce booth. He commentated the main event of the Royal Rumble just a month ago.

My question: Will anyone bother to patch this out? Let us know what you think down in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Photos and Video: First Look at Paige and AJ Lee in New Film

Lost amid all the talk of the Rock appearing before Raw is the reason he was there in the first place. That is the movie he’s producing about the life of WWE star Paige and her family.

The scene to be filmed before the WWE universe was a championship match between Paige and AJ Lee, which we assume must be the impromptu contest made after WrestleMania 30, where Paige debuted and won the title in the same night.

Thanks to some camera-wielding fans on hand, we got a sneak peak at what the film would look like. Enjoy the video below while it lasts–WWE is making efforts to block these clips from being shown online. AJ Lee is being portrayed by Thea Trinidad, while Paige is being played here by Tessa Blanchard, who it seems will be standing in for star Florence Pugh during the film’s in-ring action.

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You can also see Paige’s entrance here.

And why not a few photos, just for good measure?

They filmed some of at Paige movie after Raw. So now we get some looks of Paige vs AJ Lee Hollywood style. pic.twitter.com/XvBopINqCN

— SQW (@SQWPodcast) February 21, 2017

“Paige” and “AJ Lee” #WWELA pic.twitter.com/ReuVzNM4HP

— NoDQ.com – WWE News (@nodqdotcom) February 21, 2017

Of course, you’ve probably already heard about the Rock calling up CM Punk after the show, and how WWE was none-too-pleased about Rocky’s cheap pop. But hey, check the video for yourself.

We’re not sure when the upcoming film will be released. Will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Shinsuke Nakamua Has an Idea for Wrestlemania

Both these guys! Shinsuke Nakamura debuted last year at NXT “Takeover: Dallas” and quickly became one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster. He’s dominated the NXT brand and became a two time NXT Champion in less than a year. Now the question is when does he join the main roster. It turns out that Nakamura has an idea and an opponent in mind.

During a recent conference call with Yahoo Sports Japan, Nakamura says he would like to face AJ Styles at Wrestlemania (translation courtesy of Chris Charlton by way of Wrestlinginc.com):

“It the [WrestleMania] opportunity presented itself, I want to do it,” Nakamura said. “AJ doesn’t have an opponent yet, I’d like to fill that spot. I’ve achieved a lot this year, but there’s much more to do. I want to make more strides over the next year and show my true ability.”

Styles has already responded to Nakamura’s comments.

@ShinsukeN how’s this? Sorry, but I do have a match at Wrestlemania. N fact, I’ll be headlining Wrestlemania after tonight.

— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) February 21, 2017

Opinion: While it might be a big soon for Nakamura to come up to the main roster, this has the potential to be one of the best matches that WWE could put together. They had an outstanding match last year at “Wrestle Kingdom X” and I have full confidence that they could do the exact same thing if they were given the chance on the grandest stage of them all.

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Do you think Nakamura will be called up soon? Would you like to see Styles vs. Nakamura? Let us know in the comments below.

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Update on Rusev’s Broken Nose

He really is that handsome. Ever since Rusev lost the United States Title for the second time, he hasn’t exactly had much going for him. He’s certainly taken a fall down the card and that doesn’t give fans the most confidence in his future. To make matters worse, Rusev broke his nose and has been forced to wear a face guard in recent weeks. However, things might be getting better.

According to “Wrestling Observer Radio” by way of 411mania.com, Rusev is no longer wearing the face guard at house shows. He’s still been wearing it on “Monday Night Raw” though, which may be due to the threat of a shot to the nose causing heavy bleeding. WWE is doing everything it can to keep blood off of its shows.

Opinion: As disappointed as I am in seeing Rusev treated like any run of the mill goon in a tag team with Jinder Mahal, I’m glad that he’s getting better. The Handsome Rusev stuff has potential and might get Rusev back on track. If nothing else having Lana swoon over him should get people jealous of him, which is a step up.

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Do you think the Handsome Rusev idea has potential? Does Rusev enter the “Wrestlemania XXXIII” battle royal? Let us know in the comments below.

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