With a curious mindset, I got to have a chat to former WCPW General Manager, Adam Pacitti, about what he thinks is causing the recent boom in public interest over British wrestling. He talks about the WWE UK Championship, the future of WCPW, and who he thinks we should be watching as the next year plays out.
WhatCulture WWE is the reason this site exists, as after they turned me down for a writing job, I decided to start my own site, and now, almost nine months later, I’m pretty proud about where we are. This started as me recapping Raw and SmackDown on my own as something to do while I was off work waiting for a stomach operation, which I had the night after WrestleMania. I still recapped half of ‘Mania, although I’ll admit I got someone else to cover Raw the night after my surgery.
So, we’re getting SmackDown live, and a brand split too. I want to be excited, I really do, because I’ve been saying a brand split would work out nicely for a while now, and it’s nice to see WWE doing something people have been asking for. The recapper in me says that now, if I’m the only one available that week, I might have to recap a PPV Sunday, Raw Monday and then SmackDown Tuesday – and these don’t start airing until 1am my time, so I’m going to struggle with that. But aside from selfish reasons, here’s a few good questions about the split.
So, we start with a recap of the Roman/AJ feud from this week’s RAW – Roman coming in for the save on the Usos, Anderson and Gallows running in after Roman’s match with Del Rio, and AJ taking a superman punch from Roman after he tries to break up their little squabble. I’m frankly still not sure how I’m supposed to be feeling about this feud, because AJ is really selling me on the idea that he doesn’t approve of what Anderson and Gallows are doing but everything seems to be trying to convince me otherwise. Then again, I was embarrassingly wrong about every match prediction I made at Wrestlemania 32, so let’s ignore anything that I say speculatively and focus on what actually happens, shall we?
We start Raw with a graphic for Chyna, a silent tribute to a woman who deserved to much better, and there’s a lump in my throat, and I’m just… heartbroken.
Roman and AJ recap, because this is feud we’re supposed to care about, and I’m sobbing uncontrollably because I don’t care, because you stole a woman’s legacy and now you are act like you cared because she’s dead. I’m so angry, I can hardly breathe. I apologise if this recap is terrible, but I’m really struggling to see the funny side of any of this.
Kick Off Match: Darren Young and Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger So this kick-off match is for two spaces in the Royal Rumble (really, we’ve got enough roster left that people can fight over spaces?),… Continue reading Predictions: Royal Rumble 2016
SmackDown begins and we’re all happy to see a sign saying ‘KO plays w/kittens’ because it’s obviously the truth. There’s a smaller roster today as WWE heads off to India, so they have to make the most of what they have. Kalisto has his first title defence later against Del Rio, and then Dean and… Continue reading Rehash: SmackDown 14th Jan ’16
It’s the late, great, last recap before Christmas!
Superstars in suits, Seth Rollins making a limping return, and Nikki Bella striking a win for all of womanhood – it’s your wrasslin recap!