End of an Era at ThunderDome; Three Latest NXT Call-Ups Revealed (WWE SmackDown Review - July 9, 2021)
Before getting into his review of an extremely eventful edition of Friday Night SmackDown for July 9, 2021, Graham "GSM" Matthews shares his thoughts on the Jimmy Uso issue and how WWE should respond to the situation. Why is he still on TV? Where are the consequences? When is enough enough? He then discusses Roman Reigns reuniting with The Usos, Shinsuke Nakamura and Seth Rollins qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match and why they were the right choices to advance, the latest with Baron Corbin's character and why it's becoming one of the more intriguing parts of the show each week, the debuts of Shotzi (don't call her Blackheart) and Tegan Nox and what that means for their current storylines in NXT, Toni Storm also arriving soon to the blue brand, Bayley's devastating injury, Sonya Deville announcing her replacement against Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women's Championship next week on SmackDown, Liv Morgan being added to the women's Ladder match, the Mysterios returning at the end of the night, and more!
Forget everything you know about WWE Superstar Eva Marie, because she's on this week's WrestleRant Radio and is far from the person she portrays on screen! In her exclusive interview with Graham "GSM" Matthews, they discusses her being back in WWE, returning to Raw and picking up where she left off, her experience in the ThunderDome, how she deals with criticism, if she trained during her time away, if she was supposed to return sooner than she did, her NXT run, wanting to feud with Bayley and Becky Lynch again, and more!
Then, Alexis DiGiacomo returns to WrestleRant Radio and replaces RJ Marceau on her and Graham's anniversary to preview Marvel's Black Widow out this weekend and give a complete breakdown of Wednesday's Road Rager edition of AEW Dynamite! Hear their thoughts on the South Beach Strap match between Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, Adam Page confronting Kenny Omega, Darby Allin and Ethan Page hyping up their Coffin match next week, the latest six-man tag team clash between Inner Circle and The Pinnacle, Chris Jericho and MJF facing off (and the stupid fan that tried to rush the ring), Andrade El Idolo's in-ring debut against Matt Sydal, the arrival of Malaki Black, Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander vs. The Blade and The Bunny in intergender tag team action, Lance Archer attacking Dan Lambert and if we've seen the last of Lambert in AEW, and The Young Bucks defending the AEW World Tag Team Championship against Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight main event.
The overnight viewership is in for the July 2, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown and Graham "GSM" Matthews has one question regarding the ratings: how low can they go? He discusses the biggest problem the blue brand and the rest of wrestling faces at the moment before getting into the episode itself featuring Edge addressing Roman Reigns, Big E and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin and the latest on Corbin's depressed state, two more men's Money in the Bank qualifying matches announced for next week, Bianca Belair challenging Bayley to an "I Quit" match at Money in the Bank, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn finishing off their feud (for now) in a grueling Last Man Standing match, everything you need to know about Zelina Vega's return to WWE and if Aleister Black could soon follow, how Liv Morgan could possibly win the women's Money in the Bank Ladder match, Otis vs. Angelo Dawkins, Edge attacking Jimmy Uso, and more!
It's an absolutely loaded week on WrestleRant Radio as Graham "GSM" Matthews first welcomes Eric Woodard and returning guest Branden Dross to discuss wrestling returning to Herrington, Kansas on July 30th! Hear what brought wrestling back to the area, why you need to check it out if you're in the midwest area, getting back on the road coming off the pandemic, where you can buy tickets, James Storm and Ricky Reyes being a part of it, and more!
The second interview this week is with none other than WWE NXT star Tommaso Ciampa! He has plenty to say about his upcoming opportunity at the NXT Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash, teaming with Timothy Thatcher, if it was adjustment returning to tag team wrestling, being left off TakeOver specials this past year, what motivates him, his incredible fitness, why a main roster run likely isn't in the cards, and advice for departing talent.
Finally, GSM and RJ Marceau give their thoughts on all of the latest happenings in AEW including two above-average editions of Dynamite featuring an AEW World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Jungle Boy, predictions for next week's Road Rager show featuring a South Beach Strap match, Drew McIntyre qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match, Ricochet and John Morrison rekindling their rivalry in a thrilling affair, Isiah "Swerve" Scott becoming the new NXT North American Champion on NXT, thoughts on the returning Breakout Tournament, and predictions for The Great American Bash next Tuesday!