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!
In his complete review of Friday Night SmackDown for June 4, 2021, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses this week's releases, the greatness of Roman Reigns, The Usos challenging Dominik and Rey Mysterio for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship (twice), Carmella vs. Liv Morgan and how the blue brand only has seven active women on its roster, Bianca Belair challenging Bayley at Hell in a Cell, the latest chapter in the King Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura feud, Apollo Crews defending the Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn rekindling his rivalry with Owens, and more!
Former WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler joins Graham "GSM" Matthews at the beginning of this week's WrestleRant Radio to discuss her Raw match against Reginald this past week and her thoughts on intergender wrestling, comparing wrestling to Marvel movies and what Marvel character she feels she relates to the most, the status of her team with Nia Jax, possible opponents, competing in front of fans at WrestleMania 37 and how she benefited from the ThunderDome era, and more!
GSM and RJ Marceau then break down all of the latest shocking WWE releases including Tom Phillips (and Jimmy Smith replacing him on Raw commentary), Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Murphy, Ruby Riott, Lana and Santana Garrett. Which departures were the most shocking? Who among them had the most potential to be a bigger star? Where will they wind up next? Is a sale of WWE imminent? They also share their quick thoughts on AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view event and the biggest highlights and low points from the night!