I don’t know about you, but I’m going through some serious wrestling withdrawal at the moment. It’s not good. Last week from Monday to Sunday we had over 14 hours of first-run content from WWE. This week we have a mere six. How can one survive?! Things got so bad I almost watched Holy Foley to get my fix.
Congrats to Jinder Mahal for turning around SmackDown’s misfortunes and helping deliver 2.33 million viewers to the show, which is an increase from the 2.22 million who watched the week before. It’s not quite the 1.3 billion that WWE is aiming for, but let’s give it some time. Also, in this space, we should probably address the elephant in the room when it comes to our new champ's body...dude needs to see a doctor and find out if he has laryngitis or something. Will his voice ever un-hoarse itself?
Over on Impact, Scott Steiner (Jinder physique of 1999) made his return to the company. While he didn’t take off his leather jacket, and really only found the motivation to deliver one kick, the man is still scarier than anyone in the business not named Brock Lesnar. It’s a shame that neither WWE or Impact have really tried to make someone that terrifying in decades. There’s Braun Strowman...but the guy spends his free-time debating whether he can beat up Ursula from The Little Mermaid and dishing on what he likes to order at Chipotle. Tell us more!
But let’s not waste any more time. Let’s get ready to Steiner Recliner our way through the 7 worst wrestling moments of the week.
As Rust Cohle from True Detective said "Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you're good at."
Sadly, I can't solve a murder like Rust...or change a tire, or even tie a tie. But I do know all the lyrics to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song and can easily name every Natural Born Thriller from the dying days of WCW. I was once ranked 21st in the United States in Tetris...on the Playstation 3 version...for about a week.
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