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MARCH 14, 2017
PITTSBURGH, PA. AT THE PPG PAINTS
By Joey Galizia (@RamJam89), PWTORCH SPECIALIST
“THE WORDS OF A PROPHET”
It’s been almost two weeks since Bray Wyatt’s compound was burned to the ground. Two weeks for him to mull over the “unexpected” betrayal by his new protégé’ Randall Orton. After the viper regained his no. 1 contender spot by defeating A.J. Styles the stage is all set for his showdown with the Eater of Worlds. Bray has long been one of the best talkers in the company, but he’s always had a cryptic tone with whomever he’s been feuding with. The idea this time is that Bray has legitimate reasons to be angry, and plenty of time to decipher exactly what to say. THAT’S REASON ENOUGH TO TUNE IN.
“YOU CAN’T STOP WHAT’S COMING”
At this point there is no denying the inevitable: A.J. Styles will be facing Shane McMahon at WrestleMania. The seed for this was planted last week after A.J. lost his main event opportunity to the aforementioned Apex Predator. Backstage, Styles went beserk, pointing fingers and blaming everyone for his defeat especially Shane-O-Mac. While I am in the area of expecting this feud to be much better than expected, the story REALLY needs to be told in a particular fashion for me to be on board. They recently had a stare-down at the big house show in New York, but since that isn’t canon, expect the groundwork for this match to be laid tonight in Pittsburgh.
“ANYONE AND EVERYONE”
Poor Alexa Bliss. (Sarcasm.) After reclaiming the blue-brand women’s championship for the second time her Mania opponent was left in question. That was, until G.M. Daniel Bryan decided to make her defend it against every available superstar on the roster. While some surprises are in store (Naomi, Tamina, maybe Eva?) we know for certain that list will include: Alexa, Becky, Mickie, Natalya, and Carmella at the very least. I wish Nikki could be added to this match but her plans are already set with her hubby to face Maryse & Miz. While Raw is setting up a showdown between three-fourths of the Horsewomen SD Live is setting up a multi-elimination match which in my opinion has the potential to steal the spotlight. Maybe we’ll see some tag-team action tonight? HOLLA HOLLA.
“LACES IN LACES OUT”
-Dean Ambrose was sent away in an ambulance after The Lone Wolf attacked him with a forklift. Will the Lunatic respond? Probably, since he’s… ya know… crazy.
-Tag Champs may not get to defend their belts at the show of shows, but that would be a missed opportunity so my fingers are crossed that they still make that happen against those Super-Kicking Samoans. More details on this tonight.
-Last week Miz furthered his amazing run with a match-up of words against the Cenation. This mixed-tag feud already has enough to take us to Mania, but that leaves room for it to get even better.
-Will anyone else enter into the Andre Battle Royal for the blue team? DEAR GOD PLEASE BECAUSE SO FAR ALL WE HAVE IS MOJO AND APOLLO.
As I said with Raw this is must watch television since it’s all leading to the big card in Orlando. Make sure to tune it! Also huge match on 205 as well! JG OUT.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE: SMACKDOWN PRIMER: What to expect tonight based on what happened last week including Orton vs. Styles, Cena & Nikki vs. Carmella & Ellsworth