In case you've been living under a rock this week, WWE Battleground 2017 has had the entire wrestling world buzzing, with some calling it one of of the worst events the company has produced in some time. Was it truly that terrible? Find out on the latest episode of WrestleRant Radio as Graham "GSM" Matthews and special guest Marlin Phillips break down the pay-per-view event and give their two cents on The New Day winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in an awesome opener and where the tag team scene goes from here, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin and whether we have seen the end of this program, and Natalya shockingly winning the Fatal 5-Way match and what's next for Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
Plus, hear the rest of their ranting review of Battleground and listen as they discuss Kevin Owens capturing the United States Championship in what could have been a botched finish, John Cena and Rusev rekindling their rivalry in a boring Flag match and why the entire feud was a waste of time, 50/50 booking striking again with Mike Kanellis following his loss to Sami Zayn, the atrocity that was the Punjabi Prison match between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton and the return of The Great Khali, what SmackDown Live can do to regain some of its lost luster, and much more!
For the first time in nearly one year, John Napolitano returns to WrestleRant Radio to shoot the breeze on all things pro wrestling with Graham "GSM" Matthews! Nothing is off limits as they discuss the build to this year's SummerSlam, Battleground's history, Kevin Owens' 2015 feud with John Cena, consistency issues between WWE and NXT, why it is no longer necessary for Triple H to be in action at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns being "the guy," what Brock Lesnar has left to accomplish in WWE, Jason Jordan being revealed as Kurt Angle's "son," and much more!
Plus, they're also going in-depth with their "booking" process as they play General Manager Mode in SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 and their history with the game!
WWE's inaugural Great Balls of Fire event was nothing short of a newsworthy night, but there's plenty to talk about first on WrestleRant Radio before breaking down the pay-per-view as Graham "GSM" Matthews shares his thoughts on Austin Aries' WWE departure (which you can hear his full analysis of here from last Friday), the latest on the Alberto El Patron-Paige domestic case and why GFW is taking the wrong course of action in not taking the title off him, AJ Styles winning the United States Championship at a house show in Madison Square Garden, and Kurt Angle's WWE 24 special featuring a surprising appearance from former TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter.
From there, GSM looks back at the week that was in WWE and discusses Big Cass squashing Enzo Amore and if a feud with Big Show is next for him, an excellent 30-minute Iron Man tag team match between Sheamus and Cesaro and The Hardy Boyz, Bayley re-entering the Raw Women's Championship picture, the awesome Ambulance match, Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe going to war over the Universal Championship and why the title must be defended in a Fatal 4-Way match at SummerSlam, a potential Shield reunion versus the Miz-tourage, Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt happening soon, The Hardy Boyz teasing becoming "broken," Neville hitting a milestone as WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Styles bringing back the U.S. Open Challenge, why the SmackDown's women's division is such a mess, and much more!
WWE announced on Friday, July 7, 2017 that Austin Aries has been released... but why?! In this exclusive audio, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses the departure of The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, speculates why he might have called it quits and what could have stopped him from leaving, how WWE could have used him better, when he might have known it was time for him to go, the biggest problem with WWE's Cruiserweight division, what's next for Aries, and much more! And, stay tuned for GSM's quick thoughts on AJ Styles winning the United States Championship at a house show in Madison Square Garden!