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Braun Strowman Returns As A Babyface & Destroys Former Intercontinental Champion

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Braun Strowman Returns As A Babyface & Destroys Former Intercontinental Champion

In the final segment of tonight’s episode of Raw, “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman made his return as he came out of a garbage truck and he chased down The Miz and The Miztourage.

After throwing around all three men at the ringside area, Strowman delivered four running Powerslams on former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, while The Miz looks on in shock from the ramp.

Strowman then ended by Powerslamming Axel through the announce table.

Former WCW Wrestler On WWE Making Kurt Angle Look Like A Sissy

During a recent edition of “The Brand” podcast, Vince Russo & former WWE wrestler Vito LoGrasso (along with the co-hosts of the podcast – Jeff & Kenny) discussed SmackDown Live invading Raw and Kurt Angle not doing anything to protect his Raw Superstars.

Below are the highlights from their discussion:

Jeff: I hated it. I absolutely hated it and I’m gonna tell you why. Because to me this doesn’t make sense on a number of levels and the first one is the fans. They are WWE fans so they aren’t – yes go team raw or go team Smackdown. I don’t think the passion is there for one side to win over the other. So I think that’s a mistake.

The second thing is here – are these guys that every single week hate each other on their own show. None of them like each other but yet……Well, we’re all gonna come together and work together to beat up the other show. Why? Like… they don’t listen to Shane on SmackDown, they don’t listen to Daniel Bryan. So why are they gonna all of a sudden start listening to them now?

Vito: I want to know how a bunch of guys come into your house like we said anybody comes into my house, I’m picking up a bat. I’m picking up a knife, a gun. I’m doing it. I’m defending my house. Kane disappeared, Brock Lesnar disappeared, Braun Strowman disappeared, all the wrestlers again they disappeared. Where the hell was the crew? You left all the guys who were less than midcard to get beat up? You’ve brought in the less than midcard guys that are on SmackDown to come and beat up on Raw.

So you beat up Raw. You made Kurt Angle look weak. He looked like a sissy and he was scared. If that was your brand and you were the leader of your ship, you’re gonna go down with a fight. And you don’t care how many guys are there. Kurt didn’t do nothing. He looked scared. It was awful. It was terrible. It made them look weak. They just shut the doors. At least if Stephanie was there or Vince McMahon or Triple H. They’re Raw heroes.

Russo: Whoever’s listening to this show on podcast, I don’t care, if there’s one person out there that would believe this angle, you are an absolute imbecile. Here is the problem and I talk about this all the time. They don’t have writers. They don’t have wrestling people.

I’m gonna compare this to The Rock joining the Corporation. The Rock was joining the Corporation at Survivor Series. We started the freaking angle three months to the Survivor Series. So if you have writers and your company is well planned out and you know – Okay, at Survivor Series we’re gonna go brand versus brand. Now you tell that story over three freakin months.

Now Shane says something that Kurt doesn’t like and Kurt takes a shot at Shane and now we see you know Daniel Bryan chimed in. You build that story in three months if you want it to mean anything and have any ounce of believability. But here’s how they book it – They wake up on Monday morning after the pay-per-view and they realize – holy shit, in three weeks it’s brand versus brand.

We gotta shoot some kind of an angle. So you shoot an angle that’s sh*t. You shoot an angle that’s stupid and ridiculous. Nobody’s going to believe. Know three months ago that you’re going to do this and then you tell a story over those three months. That’s how you make things mean something.

WWF Veteran Thinks Kurt Angle Wants To Wrestle More

During a recent edition of “The Taz Show” podcast, WWF Veteran Taz discussed Kurt Angle’s current WWE run with a fan (who called on the show). During the conversation, Taz noted that he thinks Angle wants to wrestle more.

Below is the conversation:

Caller: I think this is like the most awkward phase of his (Kurt’s) career and I don’t think that it’s meant to be that way and I think he’s doing the best he can. I just feel like he’s just not the same because I think it feels everything he’s doing right now just feels scripted. I feel like Kurt Angle was known in the past for his personality, his humor, everything and it’s just like everything is so awkward and weird.

Taz: You make a lot of good points. I agree with just about everything you’re saying. It does feel awkward though. A lot of things feel awkward. Everybody knows. I go way back with Kurt. I love Kurt. I mean he’s a good friend of mine. And I’ve talked about Kurt in the past where a guy like me or a lot of other guys, we wanted to ad-lib. Kurt was a guy who liked to work from what I remember.

Kurt from what I understood was not a huge guy into ad-libbing. But I think that there’s a way to work off of a script and then kind of spitball off of that script as bullet points. And I think that’s what Kurt used to do. I think now it’s almost like they want him verbatim which I don’t think works.

He never flat-out told me this but just my vibe over the years and just knowing him, I think Kurt wants to wrestle more. That’s just my opinion. I think he has basically said that. I think he said it publicly. And it wasn’t news to me. That didn’t shock me one bit.

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