Episode 26 sees Chris Charlton and Juan Torres from The Lion Marks look at 2014. NJPW have a grandiose card with spectacular entrances, Great Muta has his last Tokyo Dome match, and a controversial poll sees Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura edge out Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito to take the main event spot.
John Pollock and Wai Ting preview Sunday’s WWE TLC PPV featuring Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte vs. Asuka in a TLC match. We’re also joined by Smash Wrestling promoter Sebastian Suave to discuss the current state of independent wrestling as major companies begin to sign available talent to exclusive deals.
Monday’s Raw took place from San Diego heading into TLC this Sunday. The show featured Seth Rollins’ announcement that “Raw sucks” because of Baron Corbin to set up a show-closing TLC match for the IC title, plus a “Face-to-Face” between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable challenging for the Raw tag titles, Drew McIntyre downplays being undefeated & more.
SmackDown took place from Austin, Texas with the “new” Daniel Bryan explaining his disdain for polluters and socially unconscionable fans, the TLC contract signing went down involving Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka. Plus: Samoa Joe rented out a bar, Shane McMahon is taking the Survivor Series loss remarkably well, and AJ Styles took on The Miz in the main event.
The Target Center in Minneapolis was the site of SmackDown Live Tuesday with a Battle Royal to determine the third member of the first women’s TLC match next month involving Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio continued their feud with another attack, and Jeff Hardy’s 20th anniversary celebration was ruined by Samoa Joe.
WWE was in Milwaukee for Raw and featured Baron Corbin’s heel unit destroying babyfaces Finn Balor and Elias, Dean Ambrose gets vaccinated from the audience, Seth Rollins held an Open Challenge for the Intercontinental title. We also discuss WWE making several big moves with the NXT UK brand and the passing of Larry Matysik.
The WWE’s final night at the Staples Center featured Daniel Bryan’s explanation for his turn on AJ Styles last week and the enlightenment he acquired from the use of a hyperbaric chamber, a big angle to close the show involving Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, Eli Everfly involved in a match with Shane McMahon, Charlotte Flair’s rampage on The IIconics, and the Thanksgiving Feast Fight.
WWE returns to L.A.’s Staples Center for the third straight night with the fallout from Survivor Series. We explain what’s going on with the Braun Strowman injury angle, Ronda Rousey defends her title against Mickie James, A-O-PEE-PEE emerges, and Seth Rollins searches for Dean Ambrose for three hours.