Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 6

Welcome to another edition of Behind the Pixels. Our journey continues with the final NES version of the Mega Man series: Mega Man 6, or “Rockman 6: The Greatest Battle of All Time!!”.

That sounds bad ass. Why is this the greatest battle of all time?

The story behind this game focuses on a big tournament hosted by a mysterious billionaire called “Mr X”.

Bruce Wayne.

Huh?

It’s Bruce Wayne. The billionaire, right?

Bruce Wayne doesn’t exist in the Mega Man universe.

Do you think there’s a “Bat Man” in the Mega Man universe? Get it? Bat Man?

Yeah… I see what you did there… Anyway, Mr X encourages the world’s most talented robot designers to build the most powerful robots for the tournament. In the final event, Mr X informs everyone the robots are going to assist him in conquering the world.

That’s a hell of a final round.

Also, Mr X decides to randomly tell everyone it was he who Dr Wily was reporting to throughout the series.

That’s a random thing to tell everyone. It’s like this mysterious Mr X is trying to make people think he isn’t Dr Wily for some reason…

I know, right? It’s up to Mega Man to save the day again… For the sixth time. He defeats the eight robot masters and…

Wins the tournament.

Wins the tournament?

If he just defeated eight of the world’s best robots who were fighting for the title of the world’s most powerful robot, wouldn’t that make Mega Man the world’s most powerful robot.

Technically… Yes. I guess that means Mega Man would officially be recognised as the world’s most powerful robot.

So Mega Man wins the tournament, wins a billion dollars, and lives out the rest of his cyber life in a villa in Tuscany.

No. He can do that after Mega Man 11. Until then, Mega Man needs to go deal with Mr X and – surprise, surprise – Mr X turns out to be none other than…

Bruce Wayne?

Dr Wily.

Of course, Dr Wily! Why wouldn’t it be him?! Mr X even looks like him!

And, for the sixth time in a row, Mega Man defeats the evil scientist. This time, Wily is captured and it sent straight to prison!

Seriously, why hasn’t Mega Man put a bullet, or glowing pea, through Wily’s head?

I think if Mega Man did defeat Wily, Mega Man wouldn’t have a purpose to exist anymore. Think about it, Mega Man’s purpose is to defend the world. If Wily isn’t around to threaten world peace, Mega Man would have no reason to keep functioning. He’d deactivate himself and just rust away as everyone else continues with their lives.

That answer was a lot more depressing than I thought it would be.

Fine. Mega Man doesn’t kill Wily because Light programmed him not to harm humans. Happy now?

Very happy. Ok. We’re certain these robots weren’t designed by Wily, yes?

Yes. As I mentioned, all the robots were built by the best inventors from around the world. Who do you have an issue with this week?

Before I reveal who, I just want to clarify this tournament was to determine who could build the most powerful robot, right?

That’s correct.

Most of them look tough. Centaur Man. Knight Man. Hell, Plant Man looks like he could hold his own. But in a fighting tournament, why would you design a robot who is basically a skiing snowball?

You’re referring to Blizzard Man.

Correct! Blizzard Man shouldn’t look like something a bunch of children built in their front yard!

You do have a point. I always thought Blizzard Man looked a bit odd. The name doesn’t suit the look. Maybe if he was called Snow Man, I’d be ok with it. But when you think of blizzard, you think of something terrifying.

Diablo: Immortal?

An actual blizzard, not Blizzard. Let me ask you a question. If you were designing Blizzard Man, what look would you give him?

I’d make him look like a yeti.

That’s actually a good design. I couldn’t think of anything else.

Or I’d make Blizzard Man look like an ice-cube dispenser. That way, you can reprogram him after the tournament to serve another purpose. I’d feel guilty after Blizzard Man deactivates himself after winning the tournament he was designed to win.

How sincere of you. On that note, that brings Mega Man 6 to an end. Next week we move on to the Super Nintendo’s Mega Man 7. See you then!

Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 5

Welcome to another edition of Behind the Pixels. The Mega Man series continues with the fifth installment of the game: Mega Man 5 aka Rockman 5: Blues’ Trap!?

Who’s Blues?

Blues is Proto Man’s name in the Japanese version.

Oh yeah, you briefly mentioned that in Mega Man 1. Why did Dr Light call him Blues?

I guess he was sticking to the Rock and Roll theme? Mega Man is Rock, his sister his Roll, and Proto Man is Blues.

Blues seems out of place… He should’ve called him Sex and/or Drugs. That goes better with Rock and Roll.

No. You can’t have Sex Man or Drugs Man in a game marketed for children.

Slap an MA15+ rating on it.

Anyway, back to the game. Mega Man 5 takes place a few months after Mega Man 4. This time, our old friend Proto Man is the main antagonist. He’s assumed control of a robot army and has launched an attack on the city. In the game’s manual, the spaceport and City Hall have been “totally destroyed”!

Oh no, not City Hall! Whatever will be do?!

Light’s laboratory is also attacked, and Proto Man kidnaps the world’s greatest scientist in the process.

Oh no, not Dr Light?! Whatever will we do?!

Why are you being such a jerk today?

Shouldn’t you be asking yourself that very question?

I just did?

…Shall we move on?

Please. Mega Man gets assistance from Dr Cossack and goes after his former ally. Mega Man, for the fifth time in a row, defeats the new eight robot masters and confronts Proto Man. It turns out, it wasn’t Proto Man who was behind the chaos because the REAL Proto Man appears.

An imposter?! Who dares attempt to besmirch the name of Proto Man? Who would be so evil, so bitter, so scientifically capable of…

Dr Wily.

Of course! Dr Wily… Again! Five times in a row!

Wily builds a new robot called Dark Man to frame Proto Man. Wily’s mad Proto Man betrayed him in Mega Man 4.

So let me get this straight, Wily didn’t kidnap Light for revenge, Wily kidnapped Light to make Proto Man look bad?

Pretty much.

…I’m starting to think Wily ain’t as smart as he thinks he is.

Mega Man heads off to Wily’s castle, battles the evil scientist and saves Dr Light. As per usual, the castle collapses and Wily escapes to fight another day.

Serious question now…

Yes, Wily designed all the robots in this game.

Oh, I wasn’t going to ask if Wily designed the bots. What I want to ask is, how the hell does Wily keep funding his evil ambitions?

Assuming everything in the Nintendo world is connected, Wily could be building robots and weapons for other video game villains. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a firm grip on the black market.

That’s an interesting theory. Now, since you mentioned it, these robots…

Charge Man? Is that who you have the issue with?

Hell no! Why would I have an issue with Thomas the Tank Engine on roids?

Oh. Well, who do you have the issue with?

Gyro Man.

Why do you dislike Gyro Man?

Why would you design a robot around meat?

What?

You know, gyros. The meat used in souvlakis. Tender lamb or chicken coated in a delicious marinade that’s been slowly cooking for hours.

Wait, you actually thought Gyro Man was Souvlaki Man? That’s not what Gyro Man is based off! Have you even seen what he looks like?

I have, hence why I’m so confused about why he looks like a helicopter.

Gyro is short for gyrocopter, a small helicopter-like aircraft which generally has a big propeller. He’s the wind robot boss of the game. Was that not obvious to you?

It is now. Thanks for the clarification.

Anytime. That’s a wrap of Mega Man 5. See you next week for Mega Man 6!

You know, I could really go for a souvlaki…

Now that you mention it, I really want one too.

Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 4

Behind the Pixels returns and what better way to get back into this series by kicking off from where we left off. If you haven’t read up on the previous installments, feel to click here for Mega Man 1, here for Mega Man 2, and here for Mega Man 3!

All caught up? Excellent! Let’s begin (again)!

It looked like everyone’s favourite 8-bit blue bomber was in for some serious vacation time with the death of Dr Wily, but Mega Man is back. Mega Man 4, or “Rockman 4: A New Evil Ambition!!” as it’s known in Japan, introduces us to a new, evil scientist.

Same old story, different evil scientist?

Somewhat. Mega Man 4 introduces us to Dr Cossack, a man who claims to be the greatest inventor in the world but is constantly being overlooked.

Dr Cossack? I take it he’s Russian?

I’m going to assume, yes. I say this because in the game manual mentions Cossack’s “Siberian citadel”. So yes, we have a Russian scientist called Dr Cossack. Very original name, right? It’s like naming an evil Japanese scientist Dr Shogun, or naming an evil Italian scientist Dr Roman.

Capcom if you’re reading this, let Dr Shogun and/or Dr Roman be the main antagonist/s for Mega Man 12! We know you’re going to make one eventually…

Until we get a Mega Man 12, let’s go back to Mega Man 4. Cossack sends his eight best robots to murder Mega Man to prove he’s better than Dr Light. Once he has killed Mega Man, Cossack intends on parading his robotic corpse around as proof he is the greatest of all time.

Holy sh*t! You’re making this up, right?

This can be found in the game manual. Imagine reading that as a kid. Cossack is going to put Mega Man’s body on display after his robots kill him. Don’t worry, Mega Man defeats the eight robots and battles the evil Cossack. That is, until Proto Man shows up with Cossack’s daughter, Kalinka.

Really? Kalinka? That’s like naming Dr Shogun’s daughter, Katana. Or naming Dr Roman’s daughter…

Mona Lisa?

I was gonna go with Arancini, but I guess Mona Lisa works too.

Cossack reveals he isn’t evil. Kalinka was kidnapped by the game’s real antagonist. He was being manipulated this whole time. The true mastermind behind the chaos was…

Let me guess, Dr Wily?

Correct. It was Dr Wily all along!

Why doesn’t that surprise me?

History repeats itself again as Mega Man defeats Wily, who escapes to fight another day.

For another seven games at the very least. Ok, so Wily’s back. The real question is, who designed the robots?

Cossack build them all.

Did Wily approve them all?

One would assume so. Why do I have a feeling you’re going to single out a specific robot and say Wily’s a dumb scientist?

It’s like you know me too well.

Let me guess, Skull Man?

Why would I not like Skull Man? He’s basically a death robot! My issue is with Bright Man.

What’s wrong with Bright Man?

He’s just a light bulb. I mean, there are a few other dumb ones in the mix in this game, but what’s the point of building a robot whose purpose is to light up a room?

To light up a room? You just answered your own question. When you think about it, if the very vulnerable light bulb on Bright Man’s head was to be destroyed, he’d be screwed. Your argument should’ve based on this huge design flaw.

Yeah… Well.. Your face is a huge design flaw.

Now who’s the one being unoriginal?

…Well that’s wrap for Mega Man 4. See you all next week for Mega Man 5!

I get to say that, not you!

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (30 Apr Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

I have, and the past few weeks have been busy. The final stretch of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia has been going steady. I’d say I’m around 93% completion though things have been slowly down a little.

How come?

I’ve been busy with a few non-book related things so finding the time to write has been a bit tough. I also have a trip to Canada coming up soon so I’ve been slowly preparing for it. When I do get time to write I’ve managed to complete more than what I thought I could, so it isn’t entirely negative.

That’s good to hear. A trip will help recharge the batteries.

I’ve found my previous overseas trips to be good motivation for writing as well. My brain finds itself going into a creative overdrive, especially when I go some epic hikes. Though I’ll be going to Canada for a wedding, there’ll be some time to go exploring and to get some more cool ideas brewing.

I like the sound of that! What have you been focusing on in Encyclopaedia Sarcadia over the past few weeks?

I’m at the point where I’m going through the timeline. When I first planned most of the important events Sarcadia experiences, I added chunks of paragraphs to what should be a brief overview of the world’s history. This isn’t a bad thing though as at the time it was more “note taking” than a summary.

As I’m tightening the timeline it’s allowing me to create new entries in the encyclopaedia. This process is helping me out a lot. Before I was hopping around all over the place without a real plan of attack, but now I’m more focused and my productivity has increased.

The focus is currently on the first of Sarcadia’s three main time periods known as the Time Beyond, or TB for short. I’m at the point of where Sarcadia’s deity, Atriarch, has gained control of his country, Un’Kabaal.

Praise be to the All-Father! Are you going to tell us about how awesome Atriarch is?

What do you think?

I think you’re going to be saving that for another day.

Right as always. There’s way too much to talk about Atriarch.

How about you tell us about Atriarch in 50 words or less?

Atriarch was the great ruler of Un’Kabaal who conquered Sarcadia. The benevolent ruler was named “Supreme Lord” by the people, which angered the world’s previous deity, Vratralarion. Vratralarion challenged and was killed by Atriarch, who ascended as the new deity of Sarcadia.

Summarised in forty-two words. You still have eight words to go.

And they lived happily ever after. The end?

And they lived happily ever after because…

I’m not falling for your tricks, but that’s Atriarch in a very, basic nutshell. As I said, more information about him will be revealed once the first draft of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia has been completed.

And edited… Then edited again… And again…

Until the end of time. Well, maybe not that long.

Let’s hope not! Is there anything else you want to tell us before we leave you to your writing?

Yes. I’ve decided to stop doing my Weekly Rasslin Rundowns for now. I’d like to focus on completing as much of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia as I can before I leave for Canada. I’ll continue to do my reviews on the important WWE pay-per-view events. I’ll also be posting up more Behind The Pixels reviews when I return from Canada as well as giving this website an updated look. I think it might be time for one even though it’s still relatively new.

Nothing wrong with a bit of change every now and then. Well, if that’s all, we’ll leave you to it. Write again and please, don’t get too distracted.

I can’t promise that, especially with Westworld season 2 now out.

That’s the one and only exception I’ll allow!

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (16 Apr Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

Indeed I have, good sir, and it’s been a productive week. The end is in sight as I push into the final stretch of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia.

The final stretch, ey? Can you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel?

I can see the light and it’s getting brighter as I push beyond 90% completion of the first draft. As I mentioned previously, I need to touch up on Sarcadia’s timeline as well as write up minor entries of the encyclopaedia which focuses on important figures and events throughout the planet’s history.

We’re almost there! How exciting! What new entries have gone into the encyclopaedia lately?

The final sections relating to Tenebris has been completed. I’ve added information regarding some of its notable residents, such as Gollentore, Xensaroch, and Nekvourntis. On the surface of Sarcadia I’ve added in some important werewolf figures such as Grigori Whiteclaw and Theron Bendoro, as well as included information on drugs and diseases one might encounter.

That seems like a lot of work. Tell us more about these Tenebites and werewolves.

I would but I think each might need their own post. There’s a bit of information to take in on each person, so a quick summary of all five might wouldn’t be ideal…

Why do I feel like you’re about to give us a teaser?

You know me too well! We’ll keep this short and sweet, so which two would you like me to quickly talk about?

Damn you! Well, how about we talk about Xensaroch and Nekvourntis?

Xensaroch was an ancient Lycan who’s responsible for the creation of Sarcadia’s werewolves. Like all Lycans, Xensaroch is a large, anthropomorphic wolf who was tasked by Elysia, the Master of Tenebris, to turn Sarcadians into Lycans. Instead, Xensaroch scouted for the world’s best wolf packs, transformed them into humans then granted them the gift to shift into an anthropomorphic wolf form similar to that of a Lycan. Though she was impressed with the result, Elysia saw Xensaroch’s act not to transform humans into Lycans as a sign of disobedience.

What’d she do to him?

She had him tortured and executed.

Damn. Elysia’s hard to please. What about this Nekvourntis chap?

Nekvourntis was another ancient Tenebite who rightfully earned the nickname “the Blood Tyrant”. He was infamous for his indiscriminate butchery and insatiable thirst for blood. The Dark Realm’s most powerful beings would temporarily put aside their differences to imprison Nekvourntis and starve him into a comatose state. The Blood Tyrant would be revived many centuries later by Elysia, who used him and his blood to develop a curse which would see the creation of the vampires.

And once Elysia got what she needed, she killed him?

No. Someone else did. But I’ll save that for another day.

Curse you and your teasing! Shall we talk about drugs?

I’m not sure this is the right forum for this discussion…

I mean the ones in Sarcadia, not the real-life ones. You mentioned you wrote about drugs and diseases.

Oh yeah! Sorry, my brain’s been in overdrive. I could briefly talk about some drugs and diseases. The most common drug in Sarcadia is known as “latisium”. It derives from a purple flower and can be smoked or baked into food, such as cakes and desserts. Users experience a euphoric relaxation accompanied by an increased appetite, enhancement of taste buds and hearing, and sometimes fits of laughter. In a nutshell latisium is world’s version of marijuana, only it’s legal everywhere.

I’m pretty sure some readers like the sound of that! How about diseases? What disgusting, gruesome things do people suffer from in Sarcadia?

I’m a little disturbed b your enthusiasm but I can confirm one nasty, common disease infecting people does by the name of “the Rot”. It starts off with one’s fingers, toes, or nose becoming numb and over time, blood stop flowing to these parts. They turn black, rot away and eventually fall off. In many cases hands, feet, and facial features decompose and must be removed. Those suffering from the Rot eventually die when their kidneys, liver, brains and other organs begin to decay away as well.

Ok, you can stop now. I’m officially done being excited.

Serves you right for being that excited to begin with. In any case, I’m happy with how things are traveling. I’m going to focus as much as I can on writing this weekend. If all goes well and I don’t get too distracted, I should soon reach close to the end of the first draft of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia.

Sounds like a plan! I’ll let you continue with your writing journey. Have fun!

I shall!

Weekly Rassling Rundown (09 – 11 Apr): The WrestleMania Hangover

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Rassling Rundown. Let’s dive into this week’s WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT shows!

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Welcome everyone, to Monday Night RAW!

  • Ronda Rousey didn’t have the greatest WrestleMania debut. That honour went to Fandango.
  • Forget Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon should be managing Ronda. I love how she pronounces her name.
  • Thanks to the post-WrestleMania Raw crowd for bringing back the “Shut The F*ck Up” chant.
  • Ronda needs to be a straight up badass and stop acting all humble and giddy every time she comes out.
  • I’m glad the announcers informed us this crazy international crowd will “boo those they normally cheer, and cheer those they normally boo”. I’d be really confused as to why Roman Reigns was still getting booed by the WWE universe who totally love him.
  • I’m looking forward to seeing the SuperStar Shake-Up next week. From the sounds of it, tag teams might be getting split up too.
  • WWE’s costume designer really needs to give Nia Jax something more flattering to wear.
  • Thanks for confirming Nia’s the bully, Alexa Bliss. I just assumed you were when you kept calling her fat.
  • Congratulations to Ember Moon for moving up to Raw. I’ll now shed tears for the NXT Women’s Division.
  • Coach’s comment that it’s “hard to debut on the night after WrestleMania” made no sense at all. It’s the best night of the year since all the fans in the audience are the most hardcore ones. Thanks Corey Graves for saying what we were all thinking.
  • Coach continues to make himself to stupid by saying there’s a lot of pressure on a NXT wrestler being promoted to the main roster because of the crowd. Most likely, this is the same crowd who watched them perform at Takeover.
  • Michael Cole tells us Ember calls her finisher the Eclipse. Thanks for telling us something we already knew.
  • Braun Strowman and Nicholas hand over the Raw Tag Team Titles, continuing to crap all over the division. At least Nicholas was funny in the segment, so it wasn’t entirely frustrating to watch.
  • Good to see No Way Jose on the main roster.
  • I was hopeful to see Revival capture the Raw Tag Team championship, but knowing they’re going to face Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt shattered my hopes… like a machine… a Shatter Machine. Sorry, bad pun was bad.
  • Here’s a new drinking game for everyone watching: take a shot every time the crowd informs a wrestler “They Deserve It”.
  • “Burn It Down” is still the weirdest chant to hear at a wrestling event… and the most concerning.
  • Apparently, Seth Rollins is only entitled to the middle name of “Freakin’” when he wins a title.
  • At the rate everyone is winning titles, the entire roster will be grand slam champions.
  • The Miz is probably the only person to use his baby daughter to gain heat from the crowd.
  • Jeff Hardy gets done for a DIY, is rewarded by being put in the main event of Raw.
  • How is the Sasha Banks/Bayley friendship saga STILL going?!
  • It sucks to see Paige retire from in-ring competition, especially after the neck injury and real-life drama she went through.
  • Coach tries to be smart by telling Corey the chant the crowd are doing is in the form of a “soccer chant” from England. Corey’s response? “Since you’re so educated Coach, I thought you’d know it’s called a FOOTBALL game in the UK.”
  • Seriously, Elias is so good on the microphone. He has full continue of the crowd which is rare to see these days.
  • Holy sh*t Bobby Lashley’s back! Looks like we know who’s dethroning Brock Lesnar.
  • Seriously, who does Kurt Angle keep talking to on the phone?
  • “I hear TNA is hiring”. Wow, Kurt’s sick burn to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn earned a “Holy Sh*t” chant from the crowd. Seriously though, that was brilliant!
  • Cole has to tell us which one is Akam and which one is Rezar of the Authors of Pain, despite their names being on their vests. Good to see the two up on the main roster. Let’s hope they don’t receive the “Ascension” treatment.
  • Looks like Paul Ellering has been dumped by Authors of Pain.
  • I wish the news articles said Brock “resigns” and not “re-signs”.
  • Roman’s only getting booed by this post-Wrestlemania crowd due to his man-bun… which means they’d be cheering it if this wasn’t the Raw after Mania.
  • It’s awesome to see Samoa Joe back, and back on the microphone.
  • Bray Wyatt has been regulated to teaming and laughing with Matt Hardy.
  • Hearing “TNA” chants from the crowd made the Zayn/Owens match even better. It’ll be interested to see what happens now the two are off both Raw and SmackDown.
  • Finn Balor and Seth Rollins reactions to Jeff, Matt, and Bray’s interaction was priceless.
  • This might be the first Raw main event after WrestleMania the crowd hasn’t shat all over.

 

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Welcome to SmackDown – The Land of Opportunity!

  • I’m not sure why crowd are thanking Shane McMahon for WrestleMania. Besides jumping off things and getting coffee for WWE executives, he doesn’t do anything backstage.
  • Really good to see Paige being made Smackdown’s new General Manager. Does this mean Paige and AJ Styles will now be fighting over the house that is SmackDown?
  • Pretty good match from Usos & New Day as usual. It would’ve sucked to see Usos lose their guaranteed Smackdown tag team title rematch.
  • Yay! Harper gets to keep his new wolf skull mask!
  • Natalya thinks Naomi winning the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal win was the biggest disappointment of WrestleMania. I can name a dozen things more disappointing than that.
  • Tom Philips managed to say AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura lived to the hype and delivered an excellent match with a straight face.
  • “Sorry, no speak Engrish.” Heel Nakamura is going to be so good.
  • The Iconic Duo IIconics are on Smackdown! The crowd was solidly behind them all throughout their promo and beatdown of Charlotte.
  • The cash-in by Carmella was good, but it would’ve been better to see it happen at WrestleMania.
  • Why is another former champion having to fight for their entitled rematch?
  • Pointless triple threat match between Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Rusev. Now we get to see the same, boring, crappy feud between Orton and Jinder Mahal all over again.
  • If Daniel Bryan’s safe style of wrestling is to stick to a mat-based technical style of wrestling, then I approve.
  • Byron Saxton seems to think a wrestler who takes a few years off from completing will completely forget everything they know about wrestling.
  • Good call to have Nakamura interfere and ruin the AJ/Daniel match. The crowd really don’t like him and right now he’s getting perfect heel heat. Let’s hope it continues in the weeks to come.
  • Since Asuka didn’t appear after her loss at WrestleMania, will John Cena start coming out to call her a chicken for hiding like how he did with Undertaker?

 

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Meanwhile, at NXT…

  • Recap show is recap show.
  • The crowd reaction to Lacey Evans was quieter than pre-L.I.J. Tetsuya Naito.
  • Looks like Paul Ellering’s officially done as Authors of Pain’s manager. It’s probably a good thing to do honestly. The two don’t need him now and they should be fine on the main roster. This leaves the door open for Ellreing to manage a new team or a new wrestler in NXT.
  • Shayna’s post-match interview at Takeover was sloppy. With the loss of Ember Moon and the IIconics, it’s going to be a long time before the NXT Women’s Division returns to glory.
  • Good to see War Machine Raiders finally make their debut. They’ll be a good replacement for the Authors of Pain. Not sure on the name though. They should’ve stuck with War Machine. War Raiders doesn’t roll off the tongue very well.

That’s all for this edition of WRR! Let me know when you thought of this week’s shows. Feedback is welcomed too! See you next week!

Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 3

Megaman3_boxThey’ll be no debating the hardcore credentials of Bubble Man this week as we look at Mega Man 3, also known as Rockman 3: The end of Dr Wily!?

Why are you shouting?

I’m not. That’s the name of the Japanese version, including the exclamation mark.

Oh ok. I thought you were still mad about Bubble Man.

I wasn’t mad, you were!

Sounds like you’re mad to me.

Ok I’m just going to ignore this and move right along. In Mega Man 3, Dr Light decides to construct a gigantic, peace-keeping robot called Gamma. Why he didn’t do this from the start I’m not sure. He could’ve at least built Gamma right after Mega Man 1 to stop Dr Wily from attempting world domination again.

Why would he when he has Cena Man to stop him?

To power Gamma, Light constructs eight robot masters to gather Energy Elements (or crystals depending on the version you’re playing) from various worlds. Since it’s a pretty big project, Light decides to recruit someone to assist him.

Good plan. It’s tough to do all of this by yourself. I’m guessing he hires someone who is just as intelligent as he is?

He does.

I’m guessing someone who he’s known for years?

That’s correct.

And that would be, who?

Dr Wily.

…Dr Wily?!

wilyApparently Wily has turned a new leaf. Light doesn’t need any psychiatric assessment to determine whether Wily is outright bullsh*tting him or not. Wily just rocks up and is like, “Hey I’m good now. Can I help”? and Light basically replies, “Ok”.

Seriously?! Why would Light trust him after two Mega Man games?! At least wait until a few more like, I dunno, like after Mega Man 10?!

In any case, the two build Gamma and the new eight robots to mine the crystals they need to power Gamma.

And of course, they all malfunction, right?

You guessed it! The eight robots go crazy for some damn reason so Mega Man’s off to murder them for the crystals. At various points throughout his quest, Mega Man clashes with Break Man AKA Proto Man. This is the first time Proto Man makes an appearance in the series though, if you recall my breakdown of Mega Man 1, he’s mentioned in the backstory of the Japanese version of the game.

Now before we continue, you said Light and Wily designed the robots together?

They did.

Did they build specific ones, or did they build them together?

I’m not sure… Why do I have a feeling this is going to lead to robot man criticism?

I wasn’t going to criticise anyone. I’d just like to know who’s responsible for the creation of Top Man.

What’s wrong with Top Man?

You’ve got all these bad ass robots in this game, like Shadow Man and Gemini Man, but you design a robot which is basically a spinning top?

Maybe they were running out of ideas?

They had plenty! Wily could’ve redeemed himself for Bubble Man’s creation with Water Man!

topmanReally? You’re still mad about Bubble Man? Looks, there’s nothing wrong with Top Man. He spins around and… Shoots spinning tops… I guess you’re right however, there is logic behind designing at least one bad robot per batch.

Why?

People will know who to kill first when they pick up the game for the first time. Based on looks alone, people are going to assume Top Man is the easiest to kill. I mean, I did when I was a kid. You’re telling me if you played Mega Man 3 for the first time you’d start off on Hard Man?

That’s a very good point. Now I think about it, I probably would’ve started off on Bubble Man if I picked up Mega Man 2 for the first time.

Back to the story. After defeating the eight robots, Mega Man returns home only to find out Wily was lying this whole time!

No sh*t he wasn’t!

Not only has Wily stolen the crystals, he’s stolen and reprogrammed Gamma for world domination!

Come on! Seriously?! How was Light that stupid to trust Wily from the start?!

Maybe he thought Wily did change his ways. Maybe Light thinks deep down there’s good in a person no matter how bad they are. Then again for someone that smart, Light isn’t that bright.

Pun intended?

Not really but I’ll take it. Mega Man now has to defeat Wily and the world destroyer Gamma. The blue bomber defeats the duo but the evil scientist’s castle collapses on them. Proto Man rescues Mega Man and leaves Wily for dead.

Good! That’s exactly what should happen! It’s like Proto Man knew Wily was going to return for another fifty games.

But we both know that didn’t happen. That’s all for Mega Man 3. Next week we’ll continue with series with the fourth installment of the series. Thanks for reading!

WrestleMania 34 Review

WrestleMania 34 has come and gone. Did the “grandest stage of them all” live up to the hype? Did WrestleMania outdo NXT Takeover? Did the show look better on paper?

No. No. And hell yeah it looked a LOT better on paper.

Let’s break down this five plus hour mega extravaganza starting with the pre-show matches.

1) Matt Hardy won the ARMBAR. Nothing special here besides Bray Wyatt reappearing to side with Matt Hardy and help him win. Hopefully Wyatt learned a valuable lesson from Randy Orton and repeats this to Matt… As long as he makes sure Matt’s family and Senor Benjamin aren’t in the Hardy Compound when he burns it down, of course.

2) Cedric Alexander def. Mustafa Ali to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. An ok match though nothing as good as their previous encounters. I didn’t like how Cedric and Ali kept reminding us, and one another, they were the heart and soul. Tell us this by wrestling and not by using your words. Now 205 Live has its champion again, let’s see how where the show goes from here.

3) Naomi won the Women’s ARMBAR. Worse than the men’s battle royal. This was never going to be good, especially when someone untalented as Naomi wins it. The minor highlight of the match was Bayley finally getting back at Sasha Banks by tricking and eliminating her.

And now, onto the main show.

4) Seth Rollins def. The Miz and Finn Balor to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Great match. I knew the three would put on a hell of a show. The only complaint was this didn’t close the show. They fooled everyone into thinking we were in line for a great WrestleMania, but it would quickly go downhill from here. I was a bit disappointed Miz didn’t retain, but he’ll get another opportunity down the road to capture the title again and break the record. Let’s see if Seth will do as good of a job with the title as Miz has.

Speaking of Seth, could someone explain why he came out dressed up as a White Walker from Game of Thrones? It’s hard to “burn things down” when you’re made from ice.

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Freeze burn it down?

5) Charlotte def. Asuka to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Yes, that’s right. Charlotte broke Asuka’s undefeated streak. The match itself was good but the ending was disappointing for two reasons. Firstly, Charlotte didn’t need the win at all. She’s well established enough to lose against someone as worthy as Asuka without it hurting her reputation. The person who should’ve broken the streak should’ve been WWE’s next breakout female superstar.

The second reason I was disappointed was how Charlotte won. Throughout the whole match Asuka was working on Charlotte’s arm to set her up for the Asuka Lock. Out of nowhere, Charlotte slaps on the Figure Eight though struggles with it due to the injured arm (a Figure Six?). Asuka, who had no damage done to her leg what-so-ever, taps out. It was dumb to see Asuka not only lose but tap out that quickly. The fact Carmella didn’t cash in was a huge letdown as well.

6) Jinder Mahal def. Rusev, Bobby Roode and Randy Orton to capture the WWE U.S. Championship. Jinder, one of the most disliked wrestlers on the roster, gets his five hundredth Singh-distraction victory when he pins Rusev, the most popular wrestler on the roster. Let that sink in, and now let’s move on.

7) Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle def. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H. This wasn’t a wrestling classic, but it was a lot better than what I expected. Hats off to Ronda who proved she can transition to a WWE ring well. She looked very confident in the ring, a LOT more confident than her being forced to talk on the microphone. She needs a mouthpiece (Paul Heyman) to guide her through her WWE career until she’s confident enough to talk on her own.

Stephanie, Triple H and Kurt Angle played their roles very well and helped to elevate Ronda in her debut. It was good to see everyone attack one another regardless of who they were. Ronda’s off to the good start, so let’s see how her is going to go without the bosses carrying her around. The next month or so will really show us if Ronda is suited for the wrestling industry. And right now, she’s a LOT better than Shayna Baszler already.

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Take note Shayna, THAT’S how you be a professional wrestler.

8) The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Usos and The New Day to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. The first ever WrestleMania for the Usos and their match goes for… five minutes. Nothing special here just a cooling off match for the crowd. Bludgeon Brothers winning was obviously going to happen.

9) The Undertaker SQUASHED John Cena. Firstly, I HATED seeing the camera constantly cut to John Cena in the crowd. We get it. He’s in the crowd as a fan. You don’t have to keep going back to him in the middle of the matches to remind us.

At first Elias came out which led to Cena squashing him. This led to Undertaker coming out and squashing Cena in return (#sploosh). It was short, sweet, perfect, and is exactly what should’ve happened. Go home and rest, Undertaker. You deserve it.

10) Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon def. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens. Bryan comes out to a huge pop, then the crowd immediately dies when Zayn & Owens instantly take him out for 75% of the match. Shane gets in his one big spot then tags out to Bryan who comes in, kicks out of finisher, and defeats Zayn & Owens. An “eh” match to wrap up what was the hottest storyline in WWE recently. Let’s hope Zayn & Owens own Raw when they head over there.

11) Nia Jax def. Alexa Bliss to capture the Raw Women’s Championship. Another “eh” match but this was more about the storyline. What did we learn from this match, kids? Don’t worry about the mean things bullies say about you – one day you’ll kick their ass and shut them up for good.

12) AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship. With Asuka losing and a string of “eh” matches, this was the one match everyone was hoping would save WrestleMania. We must’ve angered the wrestling Gods, because the “dream match everyone wanted to see” failed to live up to the hype. Everyone was expecting an amazing match between the two, but what we got was something too slow and too short.

The most important thing to take away from this is the fact SHINSUKE NAKAMURA TURNED HEEL!!! This is great because in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Nakamura primarily was the main heel. The second Nakamura turned heel you could see him immediately revert to his stiff, NJPW style.

We all put too much faith into this match. We all assumed it would be a one-off, 5-star fantastic wrestling match. Don’t be too upset. Try to treat this match as the set up to a Heel Nakamura and Face AJ Styles feud which will produce many excellent matches… Then again this is WWE and the night wasn’t over yet…

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We’ll get that “dream match” one day people… One day… Maybe…

13) Braun Strowman & Nicholas def. The Bar to capture the Raw Tag Team Championships. Who was Braun’s partner? A 10-year-old kid named Nicholas he plucked out from the crowd. I sh*t you not. Braun then captures the Raw Tag Team Championships with Nicholas. Again, I sh*t you not. Obviously, Braun will be picking random strangers from the crowd each week to use as a partner while he beats the crap out of his opponents… But if this isn’t a gigantic “F#$% You” to the Raw Tag Team Division and to wrestling fans in general, I don’t know what is.

14) Brock Lesnar def. Roman Reigns to retain the WWE Universal Championship. This was possibly one of the worst WrestleMania main events I have ever seen. Yes, it’s up there with Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania 11 and Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna at WrestleMania 9. When the crowd is chanting “Boring”, “We Want Nicholas”, and “This Is Awful”, you know you dun goofed. Seriously, I have NEVER heard a “This Is Awful” chant in my life! And they’ve been plenty of bad matches preceding this one!

Brock beat Roman bloody and it took him about 5 F5’s to put him away! After the second kick out, it became unbelievable. The crowd got bored. I got bored. My friends got bored. Brock looked like he was bored. Roman was the only one interested in the match. I saw people commenting about how long the show was so naturally everyone was burnt out. When I looked at my phone, I realised WrestleMania went for about 5 hours. WrestleMania 33 went for over 5 hours WITHOUT the preshow! This year’s WrestleMania 34 went for 5 hours WITH the preshow!

People hated this match and the outcome because we continue to have an inactive champion who is never around to defend his title – which was the point Roman repeated over and over. We’re fed up of not seeing a main title not being on TV or being defended on pay-per-views. Good to see WWE are listening to their fans.

In all, WrestleMania 34 was a massive disappointment. It was a stacked card full of rushed matches. I was so excited for this WrestleMania to blow me away but instead it just blowed. I even made a joke a week prior about how funny it would be if WrestleMania sucked despite it looking great on paper. I’m not laughing now and regret ever making that joke.

Had it not been for the Intercontinental Match at the start of the show, this would’ve been up there with one of the worst WrestleManias of all time. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the show so leave your comments below.

See you all for the next edition of WRR!

NXT Takeover: New Orleans 2018 Review

It’s WrestleMania weekend which means we kick off with NXT Takeover: New Orleans. The card looked to be a very solid show on paper, so did it live up to the hype? Let’s break it down and take an in-depth look at how the night went.

1) Adam Cole (BAY BAY) def. Ricochet, EC3, Velveteen Dream, Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan in a Ladder Match to capture the NXT North American Championship. Holy sh*t this match awesome! Everyone had their moments to shine and they all took advantage of it. The action was constant and fast paced. I didn’t know the match went for thirty minutes until a mate pointed it out. There were a few odd spots which was mainly on EC3’s part, but there were enough exciting moves and moments in the match to let it slide. This has easily been one of the best ladder matches in the past fifteen, maybe twenty years. It’s up there in my favourite ladder matches of all time.

Cole winning was a shock to me. I honestly thought it would be Ricochet or Velveteen Dream winning the match. Regardless, I was happy to see Cole win it. I knew Lars, Killian or EC3 weren’t going to win. Speaking of EC3, he really didn’t do much for me in the match, especially seeing some of the awkward moves he hit as I mentioned above. I’ll need more time to see what he’s got since I never watched him wrestle in TNA (or watch TNA at all for that matter). I watched Ricochet wrestle in Lucha Underground as Prince Puma, so I know he’s a great in-ring performer. It’ll be interesting to see him in the WWE and so far, he’s been a huge hit with the crowd.

I love the look of the North American Championship belt. It’s very old school and there’s something about red leather straps make it look, as the Iconic Duo say, schmick!

2) Shayna Baszler def. Ember Moon to capture the NXT Women’s Championship. Coming off a big, exciting match hurt Ember and Baszler more than it should’ve. We received another average match between the two which had some throwbacks to their previous match, such as Ember being the one to damage Baszler’s arm. I’ll give props to Baszler for finally learning about “ring psychology”, even if she did ram her arm multiple times into the ring post to “put her dislocated shoulder back into it’s socket”.

The main problem with the match was the ending. Baszler had Ember locked in a one-armed chokehold and Ember’s foot touched the rope multiple times. The referee told Baszler to break the hold. She didn’t, rolled Ember away and continued to choke out the NXT Women’s Champion. The referee allowed this and awarded Shayna the win, pissing off every fan around the world. I seriously think the only two people excited about Shayna’s win was Ronda Rousey and the Mongo McMichael of the UFC Horsewoman.

Ember’s run as Women’s Champion wasn’t good, considering her main opponent was always Shayna. Maybe Ember’s not a good fit for Shayna, or maybe Shayna isn’t a good fit for Ember. I hope Shayna’s run as champion is an improvement, otherwise we’re looking at the end of the NXT Women’s Division, especially your newly crowned champion says “I’m the best wrestler you’ve seen in forever.”

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No, Shayna, there’ve been better wrestlers than you in forever.

The match was average and was never going to be anything amazing. With Cole winning and Bobby Fish not able to wrestler for several months, many assumed it was going to be Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong winning the match. It makes sense for Undisputed Era to drop the tag team titles to them, right? Wrong! Strong shocked everyone and “shocked the system” (sorry, couldn’t help myself) by turning on Dunne and joining Undisputed Era! Everyone watching collectively lost their sh*t when Strong broke up Dunne’s pinfall attempt, attacked him then dragged Kyle O’Reilly on top for the pin.

It’s great to finally see Strong develop a character and joining Undisputed Era is the perfect start. While Strong’s turn was a good highlight, the best highlight had to go to Kyle O’Reilly. There was a great moment when he took a German Suplex from Akam and/or Rezar. He got up and mildly “hulked up” before tumbling out of the ring and down to the arena floor. Going at it alone for his team allowed Kyle to really showcase his stuff to the world.

4) Aleister Black def. Andrade Almas to capture the NXT Championship. The second great match of the night. Almas and Black have great ring chemistry, and everything was on point. There were some nice moments where Almas hit moves he’s put people away with, but Black would kick out at the last second. I love watching how precise Black is with ever move he hits, especially the Black Mass he delivered to Almas when he had Zelina Vega in his hands.

This match was basically a handicap match due to the amount of times Vega got involved. She’s the best manager WWE has had for a very, very long time. Her style of management mirrors Sensational Sherri: the microphone work, the way she gets involved in her client’s matches, right down to the emotion she shows for every near-fall both men were taking. Vega losing it because Almas lost the title was great.

Black’s going to be a great NXT Champion. He hasn’t had a dull, boring match (yet) and his Takeover matches almost always steal the show. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Black, Almas, and Vega.

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Nailed it!

5) Johnny Gargano def. Tommaso Ciampa. What happens when the year-long storyline you’ve been running culminates with an unsanctioned match? You get yourself a God damn match of the year, that’s what. This match was an emotional, wild rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I haven’t seen a heel receive this much heat for a long time. The fans HATED Ciampa so much his new theme song is officially the crowd chanting “Asshole” and “F#$% You Ciampa”.

Words can’t explain just how fantastic this match was. Every single fan invested in this storyline was not let down. Ciampa lived up to his promise of becoming NXT’s most dangerous son of a bitch when he returned, and Gargano delivered punishment just as much as he received it. These two men beat the absolute hell out of one another. Ciampa’s eye was swollen. Gargano was left with some vicious marks all over his body. They did not hold back. You could feel the intensity and the hatred behind every strike and move delivered.

Everyone couldn’t keep up with the number of near-falls happening. Just as you thought the match was over, they kept going for another minute or so. I loved Ciampa playing on his knee injury. I loved how Gargano hesitated so badly not to stab Ciampa (yes, you read that right) with the broken crutch. I loved how they almost recreated that moment the two had at the Cruiserweight Classic. I loved how Ciampa tried to take advantage of Gargano’s vulnerability, but ultimately failed.

The only (slight) issue I had was Gargano winning the match. While a lot of people think it’s great to see Gargano sticking around in NXT, I think he’s time in NXT is over. He had a great solo run when Ciampa was injured and he should move on to the main roster (probably 205 Live at this stage). Ciampa should’ve won this match. He would’ve cemented himself for life as the most hated person in WWE and could’ve used the momentum moving forward as NXT’s residential Psycho Killer. Regardless, Gargano’s win was the fairy-tale ending to the heartbreak we all suffered at NXT Takeover: Chicago. Congratulations Gargano and Ciampa. This was awesome.

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You know Senator Palpatine was watching on from the Death Star saying “Do it”.

In all, NXT Takeover: New Orleans was a fantastic way to start off WrestleMania weekend. Match of the night was extremely hard to pick, but I think Gargano/Ciampa just took it over the 6-Way Ladder Match. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the show so leave your comments below! 

And now, we wait for the grandest stage of them all – WrestleMania! See you tomorrow!

Weekly Rassling Rundown 02 – 04 Apr

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Rassling Rundown. This week is up earlier than usual due to it being WrestleMania weekend! Let’s dive into this week’s WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT shows!

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Welcome everyone, to Monday Night RAW!

  • We kick off the final Raw before WrestleMania with… a social media Q&A.
  • First Ronda Rousey stole Roddy Piper’s nickname, now she’s stolen both Mickie James’ hair and Bayley’s kid-hugging gimmick.
  • You’ve been in the WWE for about a month now Ronda. It’s time to stop acting surprised whenever you hear people mildly chant your name.
  • Ronda doesn’t know how Q&A works. She wants an answer to her question that she asked in the middle of Triple H asking his question to Kurt Angle.
  • “We all know how you handle losses,” Stephanie McMahon said to Ronda. BURN!!!
  • I get Ronda’s meant to be a strong female athlete, but it looks unbelievable when Triple H easily allows her to overpower him repeatedly.
  • Not sure what move Stephanie used to put Ronda carefully through the table. Could someone please judo-splain it to me?
  • Also, that was the worst Q&A segment I’ve ever seen in my life.
  • The Fabulous Moolah Memorial WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal trophy looks bad.
  • It’ll be good to final see cry-baby Bayley wrestle mean Sasha Banks. Hopefully we get another classic from them that mirrors the matches they had in NXT.
  • Congrats to Miz and Maryse on the birth of their daughter, Monroe Sky.
  • Here’s a drinking game for everyone – take a shot when the “WrestleMania is free for new WWE Network subscribers” crawler appears.
  • Miz is happy to be pooped and peed on by someone he loves.
  • Great match between Seth Rollins & Finn Balor. The crowd was into it from start to finish. I really can’t wait to see them clash at WrestleMania with Miz in the middle of it.
  • After allowing Brock Lesnar to beat the hell out of Roman Reigns two weeks in a row, NOW Kurt Angle is concerned about protecting Raw’s WrestleMania main event!
  • Braun Strowman dressing up as his twin brother “Brains” Strowman was… Brilliant.
  • Matt Hardy now gets to bury Goldust! Wonderful!
  • Mickie James is making fun of Nia Jax’s weight, even though SHE was the target of bullying in a similar storyline many years ago. Shame on you, Piggie James. Shame on you!
  • Why does John Cena think there’s no more time left for Undertaker to respond? Did Cena forget he has free-agency privileges to abuse? He could easily call him out over on SmackDown.
  • Cena says he’ll be going to WrestleMania as a fan. I think it’s too late for him to get a good ticket.
  • Wait, Cena doesn’t want in on any of the other WrestleMania matches because he doesn’t want to take the spot away from a full-time wrestler? Are you F#$%ing kidding me?! From January he’s been asserting himself into matches by burying full-time wrestlers and taking THEIR spots! This whole angle has been stupid from start to finish and I can’t wait for it to God damn finally end after WrestleMania.
  • Cena tries once more to get the crowd to summon Undertaker. It takes him three attempts to finally get them to chant “Undertaker” instead of them just cheering and clapping.
  • “There’s your big break,” Braun said to Curt Hawkins after throwing him through a wall. 80’s action star – this is Braun’s gimmick now.
  • What did Asuka do to be teamed up with Dana Brooke?
  • Dana seems to be happy teaming with Asuka despite being choked out several times by her. The Empress of Amnesia’s streak continues.
  • If Asuka loses the tag team match her undefeated streak is over? Fair enough if she takes the pin, but not if she doesn’t take the pin. She’s lost a few matches in NXT because her partner got pinned, but her streak doesn’t break because of that. Hell, she even got eliminated in a battle royal in NXT and that didn’t break the streak either!
  • Good to see the Raw Tag Team Division was finally put to good use by standing in the middle of the ramp to stop Roman from getting to Brock.
  • Thanks to Paul Heyman, we now have the ending of Brock vs. Roman spoiled for us.
  • Good closing segment between Roman and Brock. I can’t wait to see them collide in the ring at WrestleMania.

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Welcome to SmackDown – The Land of Opportunity!

  • Thank you, WWE, for acknowledging Shane McMahon’s diverticulitis wasn’t caused by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s attack. Shane McMahon claims Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn gave him diverticulitis.
  • Shane also confirmed we’re in Nashville.
  • Raw’s drinking game continues SmackDown!
  • For the past six months or so, Daniel Bryan has been coming out protecting Owens and Zayn from Shane’s blind hatred towards them. Shane was making unfair decisions and screwing the two over repeatedly, so Daniel would step in and fix the situation. Daniel has been doing his job correctly making sure everything was fair and equal for everyone. It looked like Shane was headed towards a much-needed heel turn, or Daniel was going to turn heel by saying him, Owens, and Zayn were working together all along. This entire storyline was immediately undone when Daniel told Shane, “you were right from the beginning”, and they instantly buried the hatchet. Thank you, WWE, for ruining one of the best storylines you had going and for wasting the time everyone invested into this.
  • Also, wasn’t Shane on indefinite leave?
  • Daniel says the crowd wants to see him and Shane hug out their differences. I’m more inclined to say they wanted to see the two fight.
  • Charlotte Flair and Natalya Neidhart have a good match only to be interrupted by a failed Carmella cash in. SmackDown, the land of Déjà vu!
  • Asuka vs Charlotte, another WrestleMania match which sells itself. No hype or fancy promos needed.
  • I’m extremely disappointed Jeff Jarrett didn’t sing in a Nashville bar.
  • Please let Rusev win the US Championship at WrestleMania. At this point he’s the only good thing about this match.
  • Why did Bobby Roode interfere and save Randy Orton? This isn’t AJ Style vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. You don’t have to protect anyone. Unless it’s Rusev.
  • Even though Orton and Roode are having the intense stare down in the middle of the ring, the crowd’s still chanting Rusev Day.
  • If you’ve been playing the drinking you, you still need to take a shot for New Day plugging the WWE Network.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers save us from that sh*tty tag team promo by striking the camera with their hammers and summoning Baron Corbin.
  • Hey look, they gave us J.O.B Squad 2.0 vs J.O.B Squad 3.0!
  • Holy crap, I forgot Epico and/or Primo is employed by WWE!
  • Great promo from Owens and Zayn. I’ve been reading about how the two have been interrupting live events, so it was great to see it happen on the SmackDown before WrestleMania. Zayn’s heel microphone work is always fantastic and keeps getting better.
  • Shane talks about how much he can’t wait to get rid of Owens and Zayn, but what’s stopping them from going to Raw? Dumb move, Shane, especially when you have the draft coming up.
  • Nakamura psyches out Styles last week, so Styles psyches out Nakamura this week. That’s it. Nothing more needed. Can it be WrestleMania now, please?

 

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Meanwhile, at NXT…

  • Poor Bobby Fish. It sucks to see him get injured.
  • The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic finals between Authors of Pain vs. Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne gets interrupted by Undisputed Era, so now we’ll get a Triple Threat Match where the winners get both the NXT Tag Team Championship and the trophy. If Undisputed Era win, that’s kinda not fair to the other two teams. On the other hand, we get to see Adam Cole wrestle twice.
  • That was a good hype video for the North American Championship match.
  • That was an even better video package for Ciampa/Gargano match!
  • Vanessa Borne’s theme doesn’t suit her at all. It was kind of sad (and funny) how the crowd looked on in anticipation like, “Oh wow, a new wrestler? I wonder who it’s gonna… Oh never mind.”
  • Lacey Evans says Nikki Cross can’t do a proper interview? I’d take Nikki’s rambling over Lacey’s boring promos any day.
  • Wait, William Regal gave Kyle O’Reilly the option to defend the NXT Tag Team Titles solo? That means Braun DOESN’T need a partner at WrestleMania!
  • Ember Moon talks about how Shayna Baszler walks around expecting everything to be handed to her, yet Ember’s the reason why Baszler was handed two NXT Women’s Championship opportunities!
  • Boo! Don’t end the show with a stare down between the six wrestlers involved in the North American Championship match! Let them brawl!

That’s all for this edition of WRR! Let me know when you thought of this week’s shows. Feedback is welcomed too! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all in a few days for my reviews of NXT Takeover: New Orleans and WrestleMania!