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New U.S. Champ Crowned on ‘SmackDown Live’

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Samoa Joe captured the WWE United States Championship last night on SmackDown Live, defeating champ R-TruthAndrade, and Rey Mysterio in a fatal four way match. Truth was attempting to emulate his ‘childhood hero’ John Cena by keeping the U.S. Open Challenge alive but instead of one competitor he got three and that DAMNED NUMBERS GAME cost him the championship. Poor guy. This is Joe’s first main roster championship and his first championship since 2016, when he reigned atop the NXT mountain. While I’m bummed the U.S. Open Challenge under R-Truth didn’t lead to him defending the title in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal or facing John Cena at WrestleMania, we still got a couple of funny segments out of it so not a total loss. Now we can sit back and watch Joe eat folks alive and finally WIN again.

If you missed SmackDown Live you can click here and read my recap. This match was a good one.

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[TV Recap] ‘WWE SmackDown Live! 3.5.19’ – US Open Challenge, More ‘Fastlane’ Build

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton

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It’s more Fastlane build this week as The Miz takes on Jey Uso and…other things related to the PPV happen, I think. Also R-Truth is here for another U.S. Title open challenge so that’ll be fun! Anyway let’s get to it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: R-Truth
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • The Miz vs. Jey Uso (**)
  • OPEN CHALLENGE: R-Truth [c] vs. Samoa Joe vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. The Bar (**1/2)
  • Naomi vs. Mandy Rose (NR)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Rowan (NR)

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SNL ‘Weekend Update’ Anchors to Appear on ‘RAW’

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Hey here’s a thing out of left field; WWE.com reports that Michael Che and Colin Jost, the anchors for Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update’ segment’, will appear tomorrow night on Monday Night RAW in Philly. WWE and SNL have worked together in the past, from Hulk Hogan‘s co-hosting stint in the 80s to The Rock‘s first hosting stint during the Attitude Era.

Given the show’s anti-Trump stance and the fact one of the McMahons actually serves in Trump’s cabinet, this is a surprising turn of events. Honestly I wouldn’t mind Che and Jost ripping on WWE, that would be hilarious, but I doubt WWE will let them go as far as they could so I’m not sure what’s to be gained here. All I know is I can’t wait to see what happens…the next day via YouTube.

VIDEO: Hardy Boyz Reunite on ‘SmackDown Live’

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Instead of getting our announced Gargano/Cesaro match last night, WWE instead surprised the fans with the reunion of The Hardy Boyz and the return of Matt Hardy who appears to be a lot less Woken sans the blonde streak. They defeated The Bar in their return match. Cool moment, and if The Hardy Boyz are going to be back in full-time action that’s alright too I guess, but I wanted Gargano/Cesaro DAMMIT.

VIDEO: Kofi Out, Owens In at ‘Fastlane’

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WWE Fastlane got a wrench thrown in its plan during the opening of last night’s SmackDown Live. Before the contract could be signed between WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi KingstonMr. McMahon interrupted and replaced Kingston with a ‘more marketable’ superstar: the returning Kevin Owens. Owens signed the contract, taking Kingston’s place at Fastlane, then teamed with Kingston later in the night and got the pin over Bryan in the tag team main event to prove his worthiness. Owens had previously been sending in cell phone promos saying he was a ‘month out’ from returning to the ring, so this was definitely a shock.

I’m interested to see how this story progresses; Owens seemed like a possible WrestleMania contender so does that mean that Kingston is going to actually get the big event nod and take on Bryan at the Grandest Stage of Them All? Or will Kingston end up the third man in the WWE Championship match next weekend at Fastlane. I really really REALLY hope it’s the former. #KofiMania y’all.

The Honky Tonk Man Joins 2019 WWE Hall Of Fame Class

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The Honky Tonk Man has been announced as the next inductee in the 2019 WWE Hall Of Fame class, reports CBS Sports.

Honky, real name Wayne Ferris, joined the then-WWF in 1986 initially as a babyface Elvis impersonator but the crowd reaction was less than positive and he turned heel in short order, taking on ‘The Colonel’ Jimmy Hart as his manager. Honky went on to win the Intercontinental Championship, surprising everyone, by defeating Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat in 1987. He would go on to a record-setting (and still standing) reign, spending 454 days as champion before losing it (in very short order) to The Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam 1988. Honky went on to form the tag team Rhythm ‘n’ Blues with Greg ‘The Hammer Valentine’ and had one more banner performance, a live rendition of ‘Honka Love’ at WrestleMania VI, before departing the company full-time in 1991.

Honky has made appearances here and there in the WWF/E since then, including a stint as manager of Rockabilly (Billy Gunn), as well as a very brief run in WCW challenging fellow music impersonator Johnny B. Badd for the Television Championship. His WCW run was so well-regarded that Eric Bischoff often mentions that Honky was his favorite person to fire.

The Honky Tonk Man joins D-Generation X (sans Rick Rude) in the 2019 class, who will be inducted on April 6th live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Here’s hoping we get a sing-a-long of “Cool, Cocky, Bad” like we did with Double J’s “With My Baby Tonight”.

VIDEO: Batista Returns to ‘RAW’, Sends Message to Triple H

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The planned 70th birthday for ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair turned sour at the end of RAW last night as the returning Batista decided to send a message to Triple H by beating up their mentor backstage before he could enjoy the festivities. Presumably this is to set up Triple H vs. Batista at WrestleMania, the match that Batista has previously stated was the only match he would return for. Interesting that he’s coming back as a heel too; WWE isn’t even going to flirt with the babyface version of Batista after how his last return in 2014 turned out. I’m actually pretty bummed that I missed this, but thankfully YouTube had my, and everyone else’s, back for this one.