So now we are in the dregs of wrestling. Hour fucking 12 of the past 4 days after an excellent NXT Takeover, a fantastic Summerslam and a decent Raw. That pattern suggests Smackdown will be bad. Let's hope not. Hear that monster Kevin Owens face pop to start the show? Thanks Shane!Owens on King of … Continue reading WWE Smackdown Live “Cowboy” Bob Round-Up: August 13th, 2019
Fresh off a fantastic Summerslam (and an awesome NXT Takover) that saw Seth Rollins go from vanilla loser to at least a Cookies & Cream babyface, let's see if Raw can keep the momentum going. I think I'm starting to pinpoint why Seth Rollins rubs me the wrong way as a babyface. It's because he … Continue reading WWE Monday Night Raw: August 12th, 2019 “Cowboy” Round-Up
Scattered Pre-Show Notes After yesterday's glorious NXT Takeover, this show has a hard climb ahead of it. However, it can benefit from the luxury of low expectations. As "Cowboy" Bob has made no bones about, he is NOT hyped for this Summerslam at all. Literally not one of the main programs interests him. Maybe the … Continue reading WWE Summerslam 2019 “Cowboy” Bob Round-Up
Takeover time! I usually pride myself on not adhering to the internet hivemind, but the narrative that "Takeover is always better than the main roster PPV" is pretty valid. NXT, whether intentionally or unintentionally, allows these guys to put on the types of epic matches that we simply don't see with the standard WWE formula. … Continue reading NXT Takeover: Toronto 2019 “Cowboy” Round-Up
TONIGHT - will we find out who attempted to literally murder Roman Reigns twice? Will they be arrested and face trial? I'm guessing instead of facing any charges via the legal system they will be placed in a wrestling match. Few better ways to kick off the show than with The Queen. Seriously. They should … Continue reading WWE Smackdown Live “Cowboy” Bob Round-Up: August 6th, 2019
Final Raw before Summerslam. I am old enough to remember when a go-home show for a major PPV was MUST-SEE television. Now it's basically "eh, I can get a recap in the video package before the matches." Would be nice if WWE made them seem special again. Let's see how it goes. Also, if you're … Continue reading WWE Monday Night Raw: August 5th, 2019 “Cowboy” Round-Up
Please have a listen to the latest episode of The Protected Finish! "Cowboy" Bob, Heartbreak Biz, Gabe "The Snake" and No-Sell Drew discuss the current state of WWE, the upcoming slate for Summerslam, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch and ask the burning question: Is AEW even good? Have a listen here!
Ocean's Eleven is one of the best action/heist movies of the 2000's. With George Clooney and Brad Pitt in their prime, it was funny, fast-paced and entertaining all the way through. The scene where George Clooney explains to Brad Pitt why they should rob 3 casinos for $150 million is one of my favorite film … Continue reading One Last (Screw)Job: Vince, HBK, Bret & The Final Act of Kayfabe
Hilarious start with Shane apologizing for not being at Smackdown. "I know this will disappoint a lot of people." Who says WWE isn't self-aware?Would love to know the numbers on a pro wrestler saying that he will definitely NOT be on the show tonight, yet of course show up.Trust me, I love that Kevin Owens … Continue reading WWE Smackdown Live “Cowboy” Round-Up: July 30th, 2019
Can the build to the least exciting Summerslam in history be saved? Will anyone, including all of those cats, possibly give a shit about Natalya getting another title shot? We find out - NEXT! End of Modern Family going on. Sometimes random clips I see are funny, but you know what always rubbed me the … Continue reading WWE Monday Night Raw: July 29th, 2019 “Cowboy” Round-Up
Good ol' "Cowboy" Bob has long been a proponent of the women's revolution in WWE. Sure, it's half-PR bullshit. But "Cowboy" grew up in the Attitude Era. He lived through Torrie Wilson and The Kat title reigns. The Bob routinely watched Raw in a world where Evening Gown matches were a perfectly normal match stipulation. … Continue reading Wrestlemania 35: The Most Important Women’s Match In Wrestling History Gets The Shittiest Finish
Ah, 1992. What a time to be alive. Jump by Kris Kross was taking the nation by storm. Al Pacino was yelling HOO-AH in Scent of a Woman. And a young 9 year old buckaroo named "Cowboy" Bob was glued to the screen to see one of his favorite wrestlers, Bret "The Hitman" Hart defend the Intercontinental Title against The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith.
Please allow me, for a moment, to talk of a sport less legitimate than professional wrestling. NFL football. There is a famous playcall that Bill Belichick made in 2009 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots were winning this game handily heading into the 4th quarter, when Peyton Manning hit a rare clutch zone. He drove … Continue reading Defending Vince Russo
I'm old enough to remember when New Day was the hottest heel act in wrestling in a long, long time. Unfortunatley, when your heel act gets so hot that WWE turns you babyface, they take away all the edge that made you so popular to begin with. Why can't you just be the same act, except now directed towards heels?
Tonight is the "Raw Reunion", which is an obvious and desperate attempt to get ratings by bringing back characters more compelling than Kofi's 20 minute weekly lecture telling us "I won the belt at Wrestlemania and damn life is crazy, man, wow."
We didn't know it back in 1999, but Triple H marrying Stephanie McMahon would legitimately end up being the defining angle of modern-day professional wrestling. At the time, we thought it was a fun, silly little segment. We also somehow immediately pushed aside that Triple H essentially made it sound as if he drugged a woman and raped her. But it was simpler times back then.
Imagine a world where Hulkamania did not ever exist. A cruel, desolate, cold world, to be sure. But dwell in it for a moment.
Following last night's Raw setting up one of the shittiest Summerslams in recent history, hopefully Smackdown does something interesting.
The night after Extreme Rules we kick off Summerslam season with what is also allegedly Paul Heyman's first Raw. After making AEW look like a show at Hackensack, NJ high school last night, WWE tries to capitalize on the momentum of a good show.
We are LIVE from Philadelphia, PA, where the rabid fans of the city that gave birth to hardcore wrestling in ECW is sure to be HYPED for the bloodless, anti-septic X-Tr3mE inter-gender and handicap matches!
A few months ago, I wrote an article about AEW as a legitimate alternative to WWE. I said that I would not follow it religiously, but would be there to see All-Out. Yet I have to admit, my interest in piqued. So I am watching tonight. However, I also understand that this is essentially a glorified house show put on for free. This show should serve as a nice little appetizer for next month's All-Out, and would be smart if it delivered on a few surprises. Let's see.
Squandered Talent. You hear it often. Should Mr. Perfect or Million Dollar Man have been champions? Rick Rude? Jake "The Snake" Roberts? Did WWE squander a superstar with the poor booking of Asuka? No. I've debunked that. How could WWE not see Bayley as pure money?! Just untrue.
WWE makes some booking decisions that are questionable, at best. One of the internet hivemind opinions is that WWE has "messed up" Asuka, or poorly booked her. The truth is, Asuka has been booked perfectly. That's right. Absolutely perfectly.
Looks like the Kevin Owens face turn is finally a full-go, which is long overdue. Dude is an awful, awful heel. The comedic timing is too on point to fight how great of a babyface he can be. Guy can be the modern day Dusty Rhodes if they play it right.
So we have INTER-GENDER ACTION on tap, which is so X-TR3ME that it feels like WWE Extreme Rules, live this Sunday at 7:00 ET exclusively on the WWE Network has come early! Notes and thoughts from "Cowboy" Bob as he watches...
Let's admit it: Most of the time we're secretly rooting for the bad guy to win.
Longterm booking. It's essentially a meme at this point. When Kofi Kingston referenced the famous "stupid" incident recently with Randy Orton from 2009, people jumped to make the "longterm booking" joke. That's because the idea of WWE actually booking a storyline longer than a week or two in continuity and character growth is laughable. But what, actually, is real longterm booking?
They are still treating Lashley/Strowman like it was the Trail of Tears. Kind of makes it a little lamer the more they hype it up like that. But at least they are trying to make it a thing.
I got a notification that Braun Strowman is facing Bobby Lashley, so you just KNOW we are in for ONE. HOT. NIGHT. All kidding aside, I believe this is the first official Raw under the Paul Heyman banner, so let's see if it's the same old bullshit or not.
Supernatural pro wrestling characters have always had a soft-spot with me. The Undertaker, of course. Kane. Papa Shango. Gangrel and The Brood. The Boogeyman. Finn Balor.
It's not real heat, it's X-Pac heat, they say. Shane McMahon is awful. Shane McMahon is boring. How does WWE not see this?!
Please listen to "Cowboy" Bob, Heartbreak Biz, Gabe "The Snake", and No-Sell Drew break down WWE Stomping Grounds!
In a weird way, it's kind of a testament to New Day that they've gone all the way from "UGH these jobbers" to "Hey, these guys are pretty good!" to "Wow, New Day are the hottest heels in WWE!" to "Is New Day the greatest tag team of all-time?" to "Wow, New Day literally was given the longest reign in WWE history. They are truly the best." to "Okay, this is getting a little stale" to "UGH it's fucking NEW DAY." It's come full circle. Pretty impressive really.
Seth and Becky look like they are playing a couple instead of actually being a couple. Weird, awkward lack of chemistry.
Notes as good ol' "Cowboy" watches WWE Stomping Grounds. Please note that I rate all matches with "Bobs". They are like stars, but just very, uniquely different. PRE-SHOW Tony Nese (C) vs Drew Gulak vs Akira Tozawa Full disclosure, I don't watch 205 Live, so while I'm familiar with all 3 wrestlers, this is a … Continue reading WWE Stomping Grounds: “Cowboy” Round-up
The Protected Finish, Episode 1: WWE Stomping Grounds Preview "Cowboy" Bob joined in on a dream team that would make the Ultimate Maniacs proud when he sat alongside Gabe "The Snake", Heartbreak Biz and "No Sell" Drew to discuss the highly unanticipated WWE Stomping Grounds PPV. It's four randos talking about their lifelong love of … Continue reading The Protected Finish, Episode 1: WWE Stomping Grounds Preview
Months ago, because I'm childless and alone in my mid-30's, I decided to go out all by myself, have a few margaritas and see Fighting With My Family, of course the film about WWE superstar, Paige. Wait, you think this is pathetic and are asking if I have a GoFundMe you can donate to? Not at all.
A common refrain across the internet is that WWE has "messed up" with Bayley. This is a universally accepted narrative in professional wrestling. Bayley is MONEY. How does WWE not see that?! The kids should love her! She's so likable! I find this to be unequivocally false.
Steel cage has always been my least favorite stipulation. It's so fucking stupid. The object to climb out of the cage? The whole point is to keep both competitors inside of it. So dumb. And don't even get me started on walking out the door.
Hysterical line from Elias about Anthony Davis which is so insanely over the top. Terrible heel who is hilarious. His face turn failed. It shouldn't have. All he had to do was keep the same gimmick, except put him against heels now. WWE for some reason changes your whole act when the crowd cheers you so hard you got turned face to begin with. Very dumb.
H8ers gonna h8. Shane-O-Mac is 2nd best heel in this company. HEELS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BOOED. You're getting worked.
Raw is unwatchable and I fast-forward much of it. Therefore, instead of a "Recap", I'm going to give you scattered notes:
Great Scott! It's time for "Cowboy" Bob to go back to the future all the way from the distant past of April, 2017. No, this isn't Back To The Future Part III, despite me being a "Cowboy". Instead, it's a segment where Bob will look back on infamous matches throughout history and give a very Bob perspective on it.
It's no secret that WWE has gotten painfully stale. Every single Raw and Smackdown have exactly the same elements. We will have a long, drawn out promo to start the show, that usually sets up a completely meaningless 6-man tag match. When I watch Raw, I know that really only the only segments that matter will be at the top of each hour. I can freely fast-forward through then.