I like a common thread with multiple twists and a logical conclusion. Monday evening gross started this week with a match between WWE Champion Big E and Bobby Lashley. Lashley truly believes E can’t beat him, which explains all the rationalization he’s done since the All Mighty added “the former WWE Champion” to his resume. Their opener, which was sick in all good ways, featured a dominant Lashley and the reestablishment of Hurt activity.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Hurt Business is apparently back. Once Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander made their presence known, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kington stepped in. A fight ensued, a DQ was handed in, and it was the best kind of chaos. Adam Pearce, clearly not a fan of everything he’s seen, said the match will continue later tonight in a steel cage. No hurt business, no new day. Just Lashley x E trapped in twisted steel.
These two cats did not disappoint.
Besides the brutality of the match, it was the clear desperation that both men showed. Bobby lashley necessary beat E to prove his point. Before the bell rang, I got the better of the champion. Lashley didn’t want to leave anything to chance and wanted all the perks he could muster. If that meant throwing E down before the game officially started, so be it. If that meant calling Hurt Business to do business, that’s cool too.
E necessary beat the All Mighty to silence him and anyone who believes he is not a legitimate champion. Despite the pre-game whooping cough, E turned Lashley on like a pinball machine once the bell rang. He used the cage to his advantage every now and then, but he wanted to overpower the man. It wasn’t just a question of proving he was the best man; E needed to prove he was the stronger man.
In every good or great wrestling match, a character flaw is shown and exploited. At the start of the game we had ours from Lashley. Rather than keep trying for pins, Lashley tried to climb. Corey Graves, a man who should make a point of being Flava Flav for Lashley’s Chuck D, has said Bobby wants to win the title in a dramatic way.
Bobby’s ego wouldn’t allow him to take the W right there; he had to show and continue his usual line step pattern. E stopped him from going out and tried to do a Big Ending from the third string, but alas, that wasn’t meant to be the case.
Not yet anyway.
We even got a glimpse of a Hurt Business x New Day feud that I’m dying to see. When Shelton and Cedric stepped in to keep the champion from coming out, Woods and Kofi represented as they should. Woods, in particular, looked like a man in need of a belt around his waist when he slammed the cage door on Bobby Lashley’s head and kicked Cedric back. Main event. No fuss for the man or Main event, but yes, you get it.
Once the four were finally in the locker room, E and Lashley continued their war. This desperation that I have mentioned manifested again as the two men had the opportunity to exit the door. When Lashley tried to get out, E grabbed his arm as many times as possible. When E looked ready to go out, Lashley grabbed his ankle.
They were literally hanging on to their lives because the title and fighting each other means a lot to them. Neither man wanted to stay in bed and neither could stay in bed. E survived a spear and a spine breaker, while Lashley survived multiple suplexes and a Big Ending.
But when the challenger put the champion in a precarious position, his fatal flaw once again surfaced. Rather than walk through the door or attempt a pinfall, he again decided to step out of the ring, apparently having learned nothing from earlier. E caught up with him again and this time he nailed the Big Ending of the third string.
While enjoying the moment, a familiar tune sounded from the arena’s speakers and Drew McIntyre, sword in hand, made his intentions known to the champion. We haven’t had a fight – and still no swordplay – but it’s clear Drew Mac wants a fight and E is willing to give it to him.
Hope this isn’t the last tango Hurt Business and New Day do, but it was a fantastic story and match. In just a few weeks, E and Bobby told a succinct story with a logical conclusion. Well done, boys.
Prêtre x Sheamus Get Extreme
I didn’t think they would get me. After watching Sheamus and Damian Priest play in the United States championship for several weeks, I understood. Priest is better than Sheamus right now. How many times can they tell the same story?
Well, it’s a good thing that I didn’t put any money on it because the stipulation of the extreme rules was the proper escalation of a physics-based feud. As usual with most matches like this in WWE these days, they start wrestling until a guy realizes they can use kendo sticks, chairs and all. what they can find. Chekov’s table made an early appearance thanks to the champion, and he suffered white noise for his troubles. In fact, with Sheamus’ history as a brawler, you’d think it was the perfect match for him to finally beat the infamous and claim the gold. Law?
Yeah, about that. We’ve seen Priest outsmart Sheamus in their previous matches. Even last night he was just faster in the draw than the Celtic Warrior. This week Priest has shown he is also the best man physically. He survived Sheamus’ best shots and, in my favorite spot of the night, threw a chair in the man’s face to counter a Brogue Kick.
In the end, Sheamus met his… account… after crossing a table in the corner of the ring, then taking an account.
This should be the last breath of this quarrel. The draft is Friday, and these two have fought enough. Damian needs more challengers, and Sheamus could benefit from a change of scenery. Happy ending to a story that has done so much to make Damian a legitimate, tough cat and not someone you want to play with.
Words from Goldberg’s garage
Goldberg doesn’t know what kind of daddy Bobby Lashley is. Obviously, Lashley isn’t the type to have a painting of his arm and baby hanging from that arm on his wall. But that aside, Goldberg wants to keep a promise he made to his wife and son to always protect the latter, at all costs. If he’s lucky, he can kill Lashley.
It’s a good story because it’s relatable and understandable. Lashley hurt Goldberg’s son, Goldberg wants his pound of flesh. And you know what? I hope he will understand. Goldberg was never the best promo but it worked because it was real and I roll with the old man.
AJ Styles can do just about anything he wants in a wrestling ring with anyone he chooses to do it with. Styles and Riddle put on a televised dope match that at times looked like someone who was rightfully injured. From a story standpoint, he needed this W. AJ’s that had racked up several Ls over several weeks and looked anything but phenomenal. It changed this week and it was beautiful to watch.
Charlotte doesn’t have time for that either
Charlotte Flair spoiled an open challenge on Doudrop because, duh, Eva Marie isn’t done with her old “friend” yet. Anyone who knows wrestling has seen it coming from 25 miles away, so it’s not shocking. However, it is disappointing because there is no end in sight between Doudrop and Eva. plus it ruins his first title match. No one has been served well here so consider it a swing and a failure.
Brut move fast. Remember when I said it looks like we always do this thing with Eva and Doudrop? As I just said? Scratch that off. Eva took the mic and said she should be Brutthe women’s champion. Plus, she believes she can beat any woman in the locker room. It brought out an angry Shayna Baszler, who did to Eva the same thing she did to Nia Jax last week. Guess WWE thought Shayna would be booed for that?
Angel Garza x Erik danced a bit for a breather after the hot opening segment. It was a glorified squash when Garza was awarded the W.
Reggie lives to fight another day
I’m a fool to think Richochet had any real luck in having gold around his waist. Instead of a match full of cats getting taller than a giraffe, we only got a taste of it until R-Truth, Drake Maverick, and their friends interfered. Wherever this ride goes, I want to go.
It’s not a bear, it’s a BearCAT
Tozawa, fresh out of another 24-7 embarrassment, demanded a game with anyone. The brand new Keith “Bearcat” Lee came out. This is obviously a reboot for the old unlimited. And he looks good. He looks like someone I have to take seriously. But Bearcat? Truly? Guess if you are going to debut that nickname, Cincinnati is the right place. If only Lee wasn’t from Texas.
Nikki ASH wants matching capes for Super Brutality. Rhea Ripley is not convinced.
Jeff Hardy, Mansoor and Mustafa Ali vs. Jinder Mahal, Shanky and Veer fought in the ongoing saga of Jeff Hardy wandering from position to position on Monday night. He was a fast hitter who didn’t last long enough to get good or bad. Jinder and the boys got the W as a holding circuit before the draft continued.
He’s the commander now
Another squash / holding pattern match between Karrion Kross and Jaxson Ryker. They build Kross as a dominant super shredder, the one who even made fun of Ryker’s military service. It was a nice touch and extra personality for a guy who needs all he can to get over this look.
Brut was good this week. The show went on with a good clip, was limited by two dope matches that told a long story, and was mostly entertaining in the middle. While this was largely a waiting pattern because things change Friday and next Monday, it was a good start for Brut as we know it.
Note : A-
It’s my grade and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.