The July 23, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown made history by being the first to emanate from two different locations, but was the experiment a success? Graham "GSM" Matthews gives his complete review of the show with thoughts on John Cena addressing out Reigns and Paul Heyman interrupting him, Finn Balor beating Sami Zayn, Big E not getting a chance to discuss being Mr. Money in the Bank, the Rolling Loud crowd in Miami not giving two craps about Angelo Dawkins vs. Chad Gable or Bianca Belair vs. Carmella for the SmackDown Women's Championship, Edge and Seth Rollins kicking off the build to their bout at SummerSlam, Toni Storm debuting against Zelina Vega and why it wasn't a burial of Vega, Jimmy Uso vs. Dominik Mysterio, Balor challenging Reigns, and more!
Before breaking down a massively-newsworthy week in wrestling, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes the now-former Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley to WrestleRant Radio! They talk her match with Charlotte Flair at Money in the Bank, fans returning, her roller coaster of a last year in WWE, her current character dynamic, why she's reverted back to being the Rhea Ripley from NXT UK, adjusting to the Raw roster, her call-up from NXT and when it was supposed to happen, her interactions with Vince McMahon, her thoughts on the recent call-ups of Toni Storm and Piper Niven based on her history with them from NXT UK, and more!
GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau to talk about the huge breaking news: SummerSlam is coming to movie theaters this August! Okay, so not that (though they do discuss it), but rather CM Punk and Daniel Bryan reportedly being in talks with AEW! How big would they be for the promotion? Who can they face? When should they debut? They talk about all of this and much more, as well as their thoughts on last Friday's SmackDown in front of fans and the newest additions to the blue brand, Sunday's electric Money in the Bank pay-per-view, their thoughts on who won each briefcase, Nikki A.S.H. cashing in to become Raw Women's Champion, if AJ Styles is being underutilized, Bobby Lashley squashing Kofi Kingston before being challenged by Goldberg to a WWE Championship match at SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley, John Cena's epic return following Roman Reigns vs. Edge, Karrion Kross' polarizing Raw debut and if he can recover from it, if it takes away from the hype from Kross vs. Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver 36, and a quick recap of Night 2 of Fyter Fest on AEW Dynamite.
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At long last, WWE is back on the road! Graham "GSM" Matthews gives his complete review of the white-hot July 16, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown featuring an electric atmosphere in Houston, Mr. McMahon addressing the audience, a huge six-man tag team match between Edge, Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio and the trio of Roman Reigns and The Usos, the return of Finn Balor to the main roster and why the blue brand is the best landing spot for him, Shotzi and Nox knocking off Natalya and Tamina for the second straight week, news on Harry Smith re-signing with WWE after a decade away, Bianca Belair defending the SmackDown Women's Championship against Carmella, Cesaro colliding with Otis, Baron Corbin starting up his own "Corbin Fund Me", a big Fatal 4-Way main event, and more!
For the first time in two weeks, RJ Marceau returns to WrestleRant Radio alongside Graham "GSM" Matthews to break down all the latest happenings in the world of wrestling! They have plenty of thoughts on last week's Road Rager edition of Dynamite as well as Night 1 of Fyter Fest this week featuring Jon Moxley defending the IWGP United States Championship against Karl Anderson, Ricky Starks winning the FTW Championship from Brian Cage and how AEW bungled Team Taz, the benefits of Malaki Black's first feud in AEW being with Cody Rhodes, the latest with Adam Page and The Elite, Christian Cage vs. Matt Hardy, and a Coffin match main event between Darby Allin and Ethan Page.
GSM and RJ also have thoughts on the last WWE Raw from the ThunderDome, Bobby Lashley losing to Xavier Woods clean, Ricochet vs. John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match, Mandy Rose returning to NXT in exchange for Aliyah going to Raw, why Doudrop may be better off with Alexa Bliss than Eva Marie, what's next for Karrion Kross as NXT Champion and if he's going to drop the title to Samoa Joe on the way out, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view including Lashley vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship, and who will win the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches!