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APRIL 25, 2017
DES MOINES, IOWA, AT WELLS FARGO CENTER
By Joey Galizia (@RamJam89), PWTORCH SPECIALIST
Despite a lackluster few weeks since the show of shows, WWE is aiming big for the upcoming summer season. Charlotte Flair, the epitome of greatness, has already taken such strides in making her presence on SD Live important. Tonight in Iowa, she challenges for yet again for the top women’s prize, this time against a resurged Naomi. The Nature Girl has already proven that she can defeat the champ in a non-title affair, but will the rest of the blue brand women’s division just let Charlotte stroll onto their show and take the top spot? Someone better stop her because that’s exactly what she’ll do. Shenanigans or not, I look forward to this matchup.
Shinsuke Nakamura has also been an effective tool for Tuesday nights. Besides his charismatic entrance during the show, WWE has been booking the King of Strong Style in dark matches following 205 Live. While the television audience at home is counting the days until we get to see him wrestle, this is a smart strategy at giving the live crowd a taste of Shinsuke’s swagger. (Not to mention keeping said audience in their seats for 205 live.) Swagsuke is opening the show, so does his feud with Ziggler get cemented for Backlash? If not tonight, then soon.
The big story all week has been the sudden push of one Jinder Mahal. A couple weeks ago Jinder’s name was circulating the inter-webs because he was suspected of giving Finn Balor a concussion after a VERY STIFF MISTIMED ELBOW. Last week in Louisville, he made headlines for a different reason: by becoming #1 contender for the world championship. Regardless of the reasoning, Mahal and the Bollywood Boyz will need to ride this momentum as far as they can, because opportunities like this don’t come around very often. The champ Randy Orton immediately confronted his next challenger, but merely brushed him off, fully focusing on his House of Horrors match against Bray Wyatt this Sunday. However, this is a SD show, and so we must focus on the SD storylines. I expect, or at least hope, that the title match at Backlash gets some build tonight.
The main event last week pitted A.J. Styles against the phenomenally underrated Lone Wolf Baron Corbin which saw the latter counted out. With the two eyeballing the United States Championship (and it’s owner the face of America) these two will clash yet again tonight in Des Moines which is not only fine by me, but a testament at how vital both of these dudes are to SD. #teamblue
“BACK ON TRACK”
-The “Perfect 10” scored a massive victory over Eric Young in his farewell match for NXT. Now that Tye is main roster 4 life, can he be given a feud of some sort?
-Commissioner Shane McMahon has announced a “Beat the Clock” challenge to determine who will be the next opponents for the Tag Champion Usos. Jason Jordan & Chad Gable will be involved, but will they get another shot so soon?
-Becky Lynch has been campaigning for a matchup against the death of wrestling aka James Ellsworth. I’M GAME.
-Only thing announced for 205 as of now is Gallagher versus Neville. These two always deliver!
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