– WWF Veteran On Raw Being Made To Look Afraid Of SmackDown Live, Reveals What He Didn’t Like About Stephanie McMahon’s Promo
During a recent edition of “The Taz Show” podcast, WWF Veteran Taz discussed this week’s episode of Raw, the segment between Kurt Angle & Stephanie McMahon & more. Below are the highlights:
On Raw being made to look afraid of SmackDown Live:
“I don’t remember who said it, if it was Kurt or Michael Cole. Whoever said it, I apologize I don’t remember exactly who said it. But they were implying strongly that the doors were locked, that they have security around the building.
Might have been Michael Cole actually. I don’t think that should have happened. I think it should have been the other way around where the show starts with Kurt Angle being the first voice you hear.
And Kurt says, “The doors are not locked. There is no security. SmackDown, Come on! We welcome you here. Please come back. This time don’t blindside us. This time we’re ready for you, but they don’t show up and then go into the apology thing where Kurt apologizes and Stephanie comes out.
I liked all that stuff. I just don’t like the overview of – “Hey, the doors are locked”. It’s like you’re scared. You’re scared of SmackDown. That shouldn’t be. That doesn’t get over SmackDown war. So that plot, to me, jumped out and I didn’t like that.”
On the Kurt Angle – Stephanie McMahon segment:
“I liked Kurt apologizing to the roster. I think that fits the character they have Kurt in for the most part where he’s a sensible, good person, good guy. And that’s what Kurt is. So I think that works. But when you trigger Kurt, he could snap and get hard.
Now we haven’t seen that part of Kurt a lot but last night we started to. And I liked the feel Michael Cole and the announcers put out there in Kurt’s performance that he has a gun to his head and he is under the gun because of what Stephanie said and he’s freaking pi$$ed off and he took it out on Miz a little bit and he took it out on Alexa Bliss. I liked that.
See that Kurt right there, we can relate to. When he gets a little ticked off and this is the sumb*tch that won a gold medal, won 13 or 14 World Championships. This is a guy who was not to be f***ing played around with.
Then Stephanie comes out and she kind of cut his nuts off and she emasculated him, cut a promo on him. I have no problem with that. You know…. she’s the boss and in character and we’ve seen Steph’s character do this. And it’s great. She does a great job.
Speaking of Stephanie, I have to tell you I was happy to see her back and I also thought her promo was like wow. I loved the promo. She took us for a little ride in the promo. We didn’t know if she was a babyface or a heel. And then she showed her true colors as a heel. I think she did an excellent job in this promo.
What I didn’t like about her promo and they did the same thing with Shane. I liked that Shane did it to Kurt’s face “It’s true, oh it’s true”, but I don’t like that Steph did it too. It’s like everyone’s just saying Kurt’s catchphrase to his face. I don’t think Steph should’ve done it.”
– Possible Reason Behind AJ Styles Getting A WWE Title Match Next Week On SmackDown Live
As we noted yesterday, WWE announced that “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles will face “The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship on next week’s episode of SmackDown Live.
This was discussed by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and he talked about the possible reasons why this match was booked. Below are the highlights:
So the announcement which makes absolutely zero sense that AJ Styles is going to be facing Jinder Mahal for the title next Tuesday. Even though after the vicious attack they already announced another match for AJ next Tuesday. So AJ’s original match was to determine who was gonna go on the Survivor Series team. Now he’s in a title match. What’s going on here?
“Well it could be one of a number of different things. It could be that Jinder is hurt and they need to get the title off of them. And it could be that they just came to the conclusion that nobody wants see Lesnar and Jinder, but Lesnar and AJ is a big match and probably would be a much better match.
Or it just could be that they panicked over the Monday night or the Tuesday night rating and just they’re gonna do the match and not going to change the title or anything like that and just figured that they need that championship match to build up the ratings.
So we’ll see. If AJ wins obviously the reason is to do Brock and AJ. If AJ loses it was just a change of plans and it was probably over the the rating being low.”