News out of Takeover that Asuka broke her collarbone and won’t be cleared to wrestle for 6-8 weeks. Eminently possible to book around it given their next Takeover is Survivor Series, but the question is will they?
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Greatly appreciate the passion of you WONDERFUL wrestling fans tonight. We wrestled so early that I felt as if I DELETED part of the crowd.
Didn’t watch the pre-show, but I’ve found out two issues were behind that - the much lesser reason is tickets sold for the event had the show starting at 6.30pm, instead of 5pm so some people just didn’t show up at the venue until the final pre-show match, but the big issue was venue management - not all doors were open until the pre-show had already started and those that were open had only been open for 20mins, with security heavily restricting the flow of patrons - apparently patrons were let in in groups of roughly 30, then security would wait for them to get through the more stringent security check before letting in the next group of 30.
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Unfortunately I think this India thing has made Vince pay close attention to SmackDown as since Jinder started his push the booking across the brand has been atrocious.
He is famous for saying that he can make the crowd accept anybody which is blatant BS as they don’t, but it explains his booking philosophy as wins & losses and protecting people doesn’t matter, what is important is what you are telling people about that person at that time.
Case in point, Vince - and I’m positive it would’ve been him as he is infamous for yelling at announces through the headsets to say specific things - he had Tom Phillips utter the words “Jinder has been a dominant champion” - a guy who needed half of India to beat a one-armed Randy Orton and who couldn’t beat him with the Singhs & Khali removed from the equation.
I really fear for the upper tier scene on SmackDown as it now desperately needs Roode, because the booking has undercut the heels to the point that they’re not taken seriously.
Owens is still OK, but is slated to feud with the 50yr who wrestles 2 or 3 times a year and with every other Shane match he’ll be booked to get in way too much offence…because Vince.
Jinder obviously isn’t a threat, though bemusingly they use Shinsuke and not Orton to make him look relatively strong, they haven’t rebuilt him in any way from being a jobber, they’ve just slapped the title on him. On a brand crying out for legit heels, Rusev should’ve been rebuilt as one, but instead he got fed to Vince’s two worst booking crutches and after getting the Orlando Fricken Jordan treatment at SummerSlam, is unrecoverable.
As for Baron Corbin, well allegedly post-Mania he was meant to be built as their top heel, but in the space of a week as the MitB holder, he has been buried in a way not seen since Damien Sandow. Sandow for some odd reason was booked to win, despite Vince hating him and set about burying him, whilst planning to have him lose the cash in anyway. Corbin apparently was a ■■■■ to a marine on twitter and if there is anything that is going to get Steph’s panties in a bunch it is her philanthropy for PR’s sake being threatened, plus Vince digs the army…so yay for backstage politics - there are other ways to punish someone without undercutting your ability to make money down the road, but again nothing I do today means anything as long as I push him tomorrow.