I only got to see the main event of Extreme Rules last night due to coaching in summer basketball league and ice cream with my wife. It was a heck of a main even though. Entertaining, energetic, and a surprise outcome. A nice change of pace for WWE. I'll try to catch the rest of the PPV today but let's hit on the main event here.
Know going in that I'm going to end up talking out of both sides of my mouth here. A classic "can't have your cake and eat it too" scenario. While I love that the WWE went with Samoa Joe winning the match, I hate the direction that is leading us too long term.
I love that Samoa Joe was the one man standing leaving the PPV. If I would have put the five men in order leading into the match of who I thought was most likely to win, I would have had Joe 4th or 5th. Didn't think he had a legitimate shot of winning. So I love WWE adding in some unpredictability in their shows, especially when you consider the WWE Champion on the SmackDown side of things is Jinder Freaking Mahal. Some fresh faces picking up significant wins helps the show avoid the "of course Cena/Reigns is going to win this no matter what" lull.
However.....Samoa Joe winning also feels like we are stuck with Lesnar as the champion for the forseeable future. Unless WWE has something crazy up it's sleeve (and maybe it does, they surprised me last night) it doesn't seem likely that Samoa Joe is going to be the man WWE picks to knock off Lesnar. Defeating Brock Lesnar in a one-on-one match for the title is going to be a HUGE moment for someone and I can't see that honor being bestowed on Joe.
Which means more of Lesnar as a champion who is rarely on TV. And when he is, what does he do anymore on TV that actually entertaining? He stands in the middle of the ring while Paul Heyman talks for him? We've been watching that song and dance for 3 years now.
And with such a stacked roster on both shows right now, WWE is in a holding pattern just to accommodate Brock Lesnar. It really is crazy when you think of it. On the RAW side alone you have Rollins, Reigns, Balor, Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe, a returning Strowman, the Hardyz, the Revival, Cass and Enzo, The Miz, Ambrose, a Shield reunion possibility, and a Club reunion possibility. There are SOOOO many options they could go with to put great feud after great feud on PPV after PPV but it seems like they are content to drag things out and wait on things. I get long term planning but we aren't exactly setting the wrestling world on fire right now on RAW.
As always, I'll hold off final judgement to see how they follow this up. But if it's just Samoa Joe goes on to face Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire, losing, and Lesnar taking another break until SummerSlam I'll be very disappointed.
Sounded like another impressive performance from Golden State last night. Like I stated above, I wasn't home much of the night to watch TV so I only caught about 2-3 minutes of Game 2 last night. Most of that time was just flipping to the game to see if it was close, and flipping back to wrestling once I saw the Warriors still had a double digit lead. Cleveland has some problems it needs to answer as they head back home for Games 3 and 4.
I know it sounds crazy when they just gave up 132 points last night but I think Cleveland's biggest problem is figuring out where they are going to get some points from. Nobody for the Cavaliers in double digit points last night outside of their Big 3 of James, Irving, and Love. There are crucial parts in these games when the Warriors are starting a run or in the middle of a run and Cleveland needs to answer. And from the little bit I've seen from this series they don't have a lot of offensive weapons from their role players and it makes that task of stopping a run very difficult.
There were times last night when I'd flip over to the game and see Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson on the court at the same time. Keep in mind this is the 2017 NBA Finals and not the 2007 NBA Finals. Tristan Thompson isn't a threat offensively, at least in terms of scoring. JR Smith had 0 points last night. Kyle Korver is struggling so far in the series. I'm not sure you want to bank your season on Iman Shumpert or Channing Frye needing to get buckets for you either. Just hard to see where Cleveland can muster enough points to give LeBron and Kyrie a chance down the stretch.
BUT....they are coming home. Typically in the playoffs, specifically the Finals, role players play better at home and worse on the road. All those role players mentioned above for the Cavaliers, if they can get production from 2 or 3 of those then I think they can get both in Cleveland. Same could be said about the Warriors. Let's see how their role players play on the road. Can they give enough help to KD, Curry, and Thompson?
I think this series goes back to Oracle at 2-2 but Cleveland's margin for error is really slim at this point.
I posted last week about the N64 Mario Kart Tournament we are having this summer at The 808. We have to change the date however. So for everyone that had already marked down August 5th on your calendars, change that to the following week and August 12th. I thought I had cleared that date with the wife but apparently we will be out of town that week. So we'll move it to the 12th and get it in before the end of the summer. New flyer is below: