Only 11 days and 1 SmackDown left before WrestleMania. Quick Hitters time:
- No Mauro Ranallo again for the second week in a row. Could be a thing.
- Having this match two weeks before WrestleMania seems weird but that was a heck of a tag team match between American Alpha and The Usos. I almost wish that was the match that closed the show last week instead of opening this week. Here's seeing where they go into WrestleMania then. Maybe nothing???
- That first segment with The Miz and Maryse as John Cena and Nikki was great. So funny and exactly what professional wrestling should be. I wasn't sold on their second segment, thought it was a little overkill, until Miz brought out the Diamond Dallas Page Yoga line. Then I was back on. Great stuff.
- Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton was solid. Corbin continues to improve. Not sure the whole "Get Ambrose up on a forklift" thing was necessary since the crowd saw it coming for about a full minute to it occurring but oh well. Not that big of a deal.
- Chet Chetterfield vs. Lance Catamaran. Seems too early for this blowoff feud. Thought this could have been made into a big program. Gotta strike while the iron is hot though.
- Tyler Breeze dresses up as Nikki Bella, just so he can get speared by Nikki Bella. Better than not being on camera I guess, but I'm not sure by how much.
- Always fun to see Shane O'Mac do something crazy.
- Pretty good episode. Like RAW, I was hoping for something huge heading into WrestleMania and it wasn't there. But it was a really good show that was entertaining for about the entire two hours. There is quite a difference between watching a good two hour show like SmackDown this week and a good three hour show like RAW this week. Just flows better and makes everything seem more important.
Just started listening to a new podcast recently, so thought I'd throw the suggestion out to others as well if they want to try it out. It's called Truth and Justice. It's basically like the Serial podcast from what I can gather through two episodes. This is the third season apparently so I've missed the first two season but it sounds like each season is a new case.
Basically, each season covers a cold case that was left unresolved previously and tries to solve it during the podcast. Seems to me like what makes this podcast different is the listener interactions. The show wants the listeners to participate throughout the series and help track down information or people of interest. So this case in Season Three took place in 1991. A woman was on her daily walk around a school one morning at sunrise and was brutally stabbed to death. So the podcaster is retelling the story and information, but also hoping people spread the information to help him fill in blanks he doesn't have.
There is also a call-in show between each episode where viewers either call or email in suggestions/thoughts and they discuss those. So it helps you recap the information in the episode and hear theories and thoughts from other listeners.
Through two episodes and two call in episodes I think it's pretty good so far. Not normally the type of podcasts I listen to but I found this one and thought I'd give it a try. I enjoyed the Serial podcast so hoping this is similar.
Another huge WWE announcement during WrestleMania season came our yesterday: WWE is debuting their own shoe. Take a look at the story here but here's the jist of it: WWE has partnered with Puma to create a limited edition line of sneakers that portray wrestling legends.
Looks like the wrestlers will be Stone Cold Steve Austin, Macho Man Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Andre The Giant, The Ultimate Warrior, and The Undertaker. Maybe one other wrestler, I couldn't tell. These will be limited editions though it sounds like. The announcements said there would only be 600 shoes made total, with an additional 23 Undertakers in black. These will be released WrestleMania weekend across select Foot Lockers across the nation.
The shoes look pretty sweet. They are a classic Puma shoe with the WWE logo on the back. Each individual wrestler gets the personalized insoles and a tee shirt to go with it. So it's still a classic, great looking shoe that you could wear out in public with the WWE style and infusion.
Now the bad part though obviously is the limited edition part. Only creating 600 of these shoes means the chances I end up owning a pair is very, very, very slim....especially since the nearest Foot Locker that will have these shoes is in Chicago. So, anyone in the Chicago area that's reading this blog and wants to help a guy out I'm a size 13 and could fit into a size 12 if I had to.
But, hopefully this could lead to other collaborations in the future. Maybe this sparks something the following year and then these get mass produced, or something like it gets mass produced. Seems so simple that hopefully good things are coming in the future in regards to WWE footwear, I know I'd be in.