Why did WWE decide to move the Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio from Sunday to Friday? Graham "GSM" Matthews breaks down the (questionable) decision in his full review of the June 18, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown along with thoughts on new additions to the pay-per-view card, Commander Azeez making his in-ring debut alongside Apollo Crews against Kevin Owens and Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura and King Corbin clashing in a "Battle for the Crown" and if it finally means the end for the king crap for Corbin, Bianca Belair vs. Bayley at Hell in a Cell becoming a Hell in a Cell match, Alpha Academy attacking Otis, the excellent main event between Reigns and Mysterio, and more!
Fresh off his huge victory at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, new Million Dollar champion LA Knight joins Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio to discuss winning the title and what it meant to him, working with Ted DiBiase, his Ladder match with Cameron Grimes, why 2021 was the right time for him to return to WWE NXT, following in the footsteps of Drew McIntyre, seeing familiar faces backstage, the inspiration behind his entrance music, and more!
From there, GSM talks with RJ Marceau about the latest happenings in AEW including Team Taz splitting up, Christian Cage feuding with Matt Hardy and if All Out is the right time for Adam Page to beat Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship, if In Your House was one of the weaker installments of TakeOver NXT has done to date, a hot follow-up show on Tuesday night featuring the return of Samoa Joe, if he'll eventually wrestle, what's next for Karrion Kross as NXT Champion, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole being set for The Great American Bash, quick thoughts on Monday's Raw including the return of Eva Marie and Piper Niven's debut, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event!
Rey's Revenge; Why We Need to See Some Fresh Faces on Fridays (WWE SmackDown Review - June 11, 2021)
It was more evident than ever before during the June 11, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown that the blue brand could desperately use some fresh faces in every division right now. In his complete review of the show, Graham "GSM" Matthews explains why the show lacks depth right now, the ongoing angle with The Usos and Roman Reigns and how it hasn't run its course yet, Kevin Owens and Big E beating Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn in tag team action and the Intercontinental Championship picture needing a shakeup, Liv Morgan avenging her loss to Carmella, Cesaro returning on Ding Dong, Hello! and Bianca Belair taunting Bayley, Montez Ford and Chad Gable putting on a clinic, the never-ending feud between Shinsuke Nakamura and King Corbin, Rey Mysterio calling out Reigns, the Universal Champion's brutal assault on Dominik Mysterio being an example of a camera cut done right, and more!
SummerSlam is hitting Las Vegas this August and, per reports, WWE is going all out for the event! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio with their thoughts on what the card could consist of as well as whether Bobby Lashley will leave Hell in a Cell still WWE Champion, where MVP's interaction with Kofi Kingston might be headed, The Viking Raiders becoming number one contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championship, Jaxson Ryker's face turn (and why it won't work), Nikki Cross pinning Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, and THAT awful ending to Monday's Raw. Was it among the worst in recent memory, if not ever?
The duo also discuss Andrade El Idolo's AEW debut last Friday night on Dynamite and getting paired off with Vickie Guerrero, most of the feuds from Double or Nothing continuing and why that's a mistake, Lio Rush announcing his apparent retirement from wrestling, if Braun Strowman could return to WWE, Io Shirai and the Million Dollar Championship returning on Tuesday's NXT episode, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's NXT TakeOver: In Your House event!