WWE SmackDown went old school on Friday night and was very entertaining overall, despite not featuring an actual fist as part of the set. Graham "GSM" Matthews gets into why the throwback elements of the episode worked and why WWE should do it with the blue brand more often, the long overdue return of Jimmy Uso and where he fits into things with Roman Reigns and Jey Uso, Cesaro beating Seth Rollins to earn a Universal Championship shot at WrestleMania Backlash, Carmella vs. Ruby Riott, Bayley attacking Bianca Belair, Dominik Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler and when the Mysterios should win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, Tamina taking on Reginald and why it was a waste of time, a big 10-man tag team match, Reigns reprimanding Jimmy and what's next for them, and more!
In one of the biggest interviews in WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes 16-time WWE world champion John Cena to the show! They're talking his current hosting gig on Wipeout, his history with hosting from his time in WWE, the biggest wipeout of his career and what he learned from it, WWE Superstars that would fare well on the show, missing WrestleMania 37 and why he'll always be a part of the WWE Universe, his relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on Roman Reigns' current heel work, and more!
GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau as always to preview the premiere of Season 3 of Dark Side of the Ring and what episode they're looking forward to the most, Dario Cueto's return to wrestling in MLW, Daniel Bryan reportedly becoming a free agent following his fantastic championship clash with Roman Reigns on SmackDown and where he could end up, MLW's rumored working relationship with WWE, AEW's big Blood and Guts edition of Dynamite, thoughts on the main event and its polarizing ending, other major developments on the show including setup for Double or Nothing, Eva Marie returning to Raw along with the call-up of Mansoor, Charlotte Flair being added to the Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash, and quick thoughts on a strong show from NXT on Tuesday night headlined by a Street Fight for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.
How the hell can WWE produce a show as abysmal as Raw and a show as strong as SmackDown in the same week?! Graham "GSM" Matthews gets into what was an above-average episode of the blue brand for April 30, 2021 with this thoughts on what he enjoyed about it, why Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya and Tamina was the exception and why the feud just isn't interesting, Bianca Belair and The Street Profits vs. Bayley, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in a six-person tag team match, Aleister Black's latest vignette, Apollo Crews defending the Intercontinental Championship against Big E, the high-stakes Universal Championship main event between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, how WWE managed to give it a big fight feel, Reigns' awesome new entrance music, what's next for Bryan, and more!
The exclusive interviews keep coming on WrestleRant Radio as this week's episode welcomes the incomparable Phil "CM Punk" Brooks! The wrestler-turned-actor talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about how his role in Jakob's Wife came about, if his wife AJ Lee watches his movies with him, memorizing lines for a long scene vs. cutting a wrestling promo, if he still watches wrestling and who he keeps in contact with, staying in shape, AJ's cooking, and more!
GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss Draft Day for the NFL, Kenny Omega winning the Impact World Championship and what it means, Andrade's first post-WWE match, the latest on a location for SummerSlam, another awful episode of Raw on Monday night, Charlotte Flair getting reinstated, Riddle and Randy Orton forming a tag team, Braun Strowman being added to the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole continuing in NXT, Toni Storm's latest loss, Bronson Reed earning another shot at the NXT North American Championship, the fantastic final build for Blood and Guts on AEW Dynamite, Adam Page losing to Brian Cage, the ending to the episode, and the return of Cody Rhodes.