Hello everyone. I hope you’re doing alright. I want to apologize to anyone who’s grown accustomed to my content on a daily basis. Yesterday, I took a mental day because I’m going through a lot of nonrelated site stress lately. There wasn’t much content on the site yesterday beyond 6 AM. I pride myself on being dependable for our audience but this really could not be helped.

I had planned on talking about SummerSlam this morning. But that kind of seems to be beaten to death at this point. My short synopses of that show is the first half was solid but soon fell apart following AJ Styles versus John Cena. This is due to a lot of poor booking decisions, time management and unfortunate accidents.

Honestly, I didn’t understand the booking of US Title Match unless they were planning for Randy Orton-Brock Lesnar to go that much longer before. But I just that changed when The Viper was legitimately knocked out by The Beast Incarnate. Although I do think they created a great audible with Shane McMahon and gives an interesting possibility for the future with Shane setting up challengers leading to Backlash and having Brock challenge for the WWE Title and make him a champion to be chased.

 

I know The Universal Title exists on Raw but it seems like a lazy attempt at creating a WWE Championship. While I agree with Raw GM Mick Foley and Seth Rollins that fans were truly unfair to Finn Balor and The Architect during the match at Summerslam, the belt looks terrible especially when The Women’s Title has the red background design. It is personally really unpleasant to the eye. Titles are not based on looks but the matches that are fighting for them. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor definitely gave it their all in making the title feel important. Unfortunately, the Demon King will be out with injury. It really doesn’t help Raw in trying to build the prestige of the title that they have to immediately crown a second champion next week. I would’ve thought they would’ve waited until Clash of Champions since the bulk of the show will be founded by title matches.

Other big news from Raw this week is the WWE exit of the Dudley Boyz. This is a big blow to the tag team division and the roster in general. I can think of no better two people to teach and get over the future then Bubba Ray and D-von. The multitime tag team champions are not the hard-hitting players they used to be. But they were the established name they can give credibility to anyone. The fact that the team decided to walk away from a guaranteed deal with the WWE is interesting. They must have a good idea of what they want to do next.

WWE will also lose Sasha Banks for a little bit as she rests the bumps and bruises of the road. While the WWE Universe will miss The Boss they got a warm hug with the debut of Bayley on the main roster. It will be interesting to see once Charlotte, Sasha and Bayley will be in the ring together how awesome that will be for the WWE Women’s Division.  It’ll be interesting to see what NXT does without their heart and soul. I’m sure Bayley will make appearances for the WWE developmental brand for the next month or so completing live event agreements.

As you might have read on my social media I couldn’t sleep this past weekend so I binged the first five episodes of WWE Network’s Holy Foley. Overall, I really enjoy the show. It kind of reminds me of the early days of the Osbournes MTV reality show a decade ago. It’s a really whimsical look at a family that is anything but normal. But at the core of everything you can tell they love each other.  Is it all truly real? Is it any reality show? No, but you love everyone so much that you can help but enjoy the ride. Whether they’re talking about clown babies, bad jokes, spooky dolls, or an old minivan you have fun on the ride. There’s some touching moments as well especially when Mick and daughter Noelle visit WWE archivist Ben Brown seeing the 1998 Hell in a Cell structure again. If you have the chance definitely check the show out I feel It’s well worth the time. And with the WWE Network autoplay feature you will down all five episodes in no time.

I also checked out “Scooby Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon” this past Sunday. This second animated feature with everybody’s favorite cowardly canine is far away much better than the “Wrestlemania Mystery” team up released a few years ago. The stars of this movie are without a doubt Stardust, Goldust and the Undertaker. This is also the last recorded project of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes before he passed in June 2015. Just having The Dream in the movie is priceless. Let alone all the lines they get Undertaker to say while teaming up with Shaggy and Scooby in their souped-up sandwich shop. If you have kids it’s a definite must watch. Hell if you’re a kid at heart definitely check it out.

I love what WWE is doing with these animated movies. It really opens up the brand to other audiences that may view them as something they’re not. It’ll be interesting to see how the second Flintstones crossover does as well as the computer animated Surf’s Up 2 coming next year. They also have a Jetsons crossover in the works which will be the first time that Hanna-Barbera property will be resurrected since the 1990s. If they can only have the success with WWE Studios live-action releases WWE’s portfolio would look all the better.

That’s it for my ramblings. I’m sorry if this comes off more disjointed than my other writings on this website. But I didn’t want to go another day without writing something. Thank you for all your support. It means the world to all of us.

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Dan is host of Shooting from the Hip which you can hear every Sunday at 8pm EST, 7pm CST right here on PWpop.com.