Wrestle Review: Passing and Shakeup Submitted by Andy Sullivan on 04/20/2018 at 11:18 PM
Bruno Sammartino was on the downside of his career when I started watching wrestling. Or at least I didn't pay a lot of attention if not. He was the longest reigning WWWF Champion and will always be such, I believe. I've been watching the Bruno collection on WWE Network. Give it a watch. Sidebar: Peter Gene Hernandez has become a pretty popular artist under his stage name: Bruno Mars. Yes, the Bruno is from the family's favorite wrestler, Bruno Sammartino.
Now, to the Superstar Shakeup. For all the online "the superstar shakeup was pretty lame" that I read(and I read ALOT), it actually turned out pretty good as far as I'm concerned. One of the best things? Jinder Mahal on Raw, losing the U.S. title to Jeff Hardy, then Jeff taking the title back to Smackdown was pretty unexpected. I like them splitting up Matt and Jeff. I like the Matt and Bray pairing. Do they beat the Bar for the vacant tag titles next week? We'll see.
Riott Squad, Nattie, Breezango, the new tag team(apparently) of Dolph Ziggler and a returning Drew Galloway I really like. Bobby Roode being the surprise member of the 5-man Raw team was pretty cool. The bottom half, well, I hate to call them bottom-feeders but it's hard to imagine that WWE will reboot these careers just because they're on the other show: Corbin, Kanelis, Ryder, Mojo, Gable and the Ascention. If Sunday Night Heat were still around, that's where these guys would be wrestling.
Big Cass was the big get for Smackdown, I guess. Yes he's big as in tall. Concerning whether he garners excitement, though, has he ever? Also, it'll be interesting that the exes, Cass and Carmella, are on the same show. I bet they try to keep those two as far apart as possible. I still think the Iconics and Carmella will end up being a team. They should. Think about it, top heels need a stable to help them keep their title, Will Big Cass be any better on Smackdown than Raw? Obviously his first feud is with Daniel Bryan. Let's see how that goes.
I was thinking they would split New Day. It's time. Kofi is a former IC Champion as well as former tag champ. Why not branch him out? Oh well... One last WWE note: first they announce Rusev v Undertaker in acasket match for the Greatest Royal Rumble(where the winner gets nothing). then they take Rusev out because of a Twitter rant he went on. They plug Jericho in. Then they take Jericho out and put Rusev back in. Right now, the card officially says Undertaker/Rusev. Let's see if it stays that way. It looks to be a pretty stacked card that I'll give my thoughts on to end this column.
Roman Reigns/Brock Lesnar in a steel cage for the Universal title: I have NO CLUE how this will go. I honestly thought Reigns would win the title at WrestleMania. Maybe they set up this match in Saudi Arabia because the Saudi fans won't be as mad when Reigns wins the title. Who knows? WWE's symbolic burying of Rusev will be literal when Undertaker puts him in the casket.
Jeff Hardy vs Jinder Mahal for the U.S. title: I can't help but think they're about to hot potato this title. Jeff wins it. Jinder wins it back, and so on and so on. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy will beat the Bar for the Raw tag titles. It's a no-brainer. They should, anyway. The Bludgeon Brothers and Usos will be rough. I wouldn't be surprised to see a double count out or DQ.
Cedric Alexander will win the cruiserweight title. Most fans will probably be in the bathroom. John Cena vs Triple H is honestly one I did not think we'd be getting. I pick Triple H only because I can't see him losing two in a row. Cena, on the other hand, is adept at that. The IC ladder match should steal the show, possibly over the WWE championship rematch. Michael Cole mentioned Joe could win the IC title and then, if Roman wins next week, the Universal title. Would that make Joe the Intercontinental Universal Champion? Of course WWE will never do that. And if they did, that would switch the Universal title to Smackdown. That won't happen.
What happens Monday and Tuesday? I have no idea. It'll be fun to watch, though.
Impact has been pretty good lately. The Sami Callahan/OVE vs Tommy Dreamer/Moose/Eddie Edwards hardcore match is intriguing. I'll be interested in seeing where that one goes. Not to mention Su Yung vs Allie. What about Johnny Impact vs Kongo Kong? Or, after being attacked by Kong this past week, does Johnny get replaced? Perhaps by, oh I don't know, Abyss? I know he lost their first tangle but you know wrestlers never have a one-off match. Well, hardly ever.
I'm very much anticipating where the wrestling organizations take us!