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    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Weekly Wrecap (10/29/17): SmackDown vs. RAW 2K17

    The Blue Brand fires the first shot. Photo from WWE.com

    Battle lines have been drawn for Survivor Series this past week. PWR Vendetta is next week. And, lest we forget, Kurt Angle survived a 5-on-3 TLC Match!

    10. Plumpy

    Adam Blampied of WhatCulture fame took a leave of absence from their new venture Cultaholics after he admitted to emotionally manipulating women to get nude pictures from them.

    Rie Takumi of GMA News Online did a thorough report on this.

    9. Special guest referee, anyone?

    In last week's Grapevine, rumors swirled that the Survivor Series "Champion vs. Champion" match between Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar is getting a special guest referee. The top candidate? His name is John Cena!

    8. WWE 2K18 review

    WWE 2K18 is now in stores, people! Stan gave it an A- rating in his review last Tuesday.

    7. PWR Vendetta is next week!

    Philippine Wrestling Revolution's future will be at stake next Sunday, November 5, at PWR Vendetta. It's Team Sy vs Team Sebastian—who still lacks one member—in an Ubusan ng Lahi Match (our local version of WWE's 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination tag team match) for control of PWR.

    Smark Henry's prediction? Team Sebastian will win it all.

    Also at Vendetta:
    • British tag team The Regime fights The YOLO Twins
    • PHX Champion Mike Madrigal defends his belt against Bolt and Zayden Trudeau in a Triple Threat Match
    • PWR Tag Team Champions The Network battles TDTxECX and The Kakaibros in another three-way match
    • The Apocalypse puts his All Out War Championship on the line against Vlad Sinnsyk
    • Martivo faces former friend Crystal
    • McKata goes one-on-one against Vintendo

    6. Enzo Amore regains Cruiserweight Championship

    At WWE TLC, Enzo Amore became a two-time Cruiserweight Champion after cheating his way again to the purple-silver belt and defeating Kalisto.

    Romeo at Live from the 205 wished that a Cruiserweight 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match at the pay-per-view would be born out of this feud. A sample of that match already happened on RAW.

    5. Strong and Undisputed?

    Another solid main event care of the NXT crew this week, said Jocs at Smark He-NXT, as Roderick Strong took on Andrade Cien Almas (w/ Zelina Vega).

    Almas defeated Strong thanks to Vega, but what happened next to Strong was intriguing: The Undisputed ERA came down and offered him a spot in their group. Will he join them?

    4. Women Power

    Asuka made her main roster debut and defeated Emma two times in as many nights, at TLC and on RAW. Two more women's matches at TLC (Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox at the Kickoff Show and Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women's Title on the main card) helped make it a successful show.

    They kept the ball rolling as each brand prepared for the 5-on-5 Women's Survivor Series elimination match next month. Alicia Fox and Becky Lynch won their respective matches to be the captains of their teams.

    Too sweet! Photo from WWE.com

    3. Bullet Club represent

    For the first time ever in a WWE ring, two former Bullet Club members faced off, and it was a spectacular match. "The Demon" Finn Bálor—who was originally scheduled to face Sister Abigail (Bray Wyatt) but couldn't because of a viral infection—bested SmackDown Live's AJ Styles at TLC.

    AJ Styles extended his RAW visit the next night, when he joined RAW Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to defeat Cesaro, Sheamus, and Intercontinental Champion The Miz.

    2. Angle joins 5-on-3 TLC mayhem

    RAW General Manager Kurt Angle held his own—kind of—in his first match in WWE in 11 years at TLC. And boy, was it not an easy task in a 5-on-3 Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match.

    Angle dished out his classic German Suplexes and Ankle Locks before Braun Strowman temporarily took him out of the match by driving him through a table. He later returned when Team Miz was ganging up on his teammates Ambrose and Rollins. and hit a couple of Olympic Slams along the way. Moments later, Angle and 2/3 of the Shield walked out the victors.

    The TLC main event was a fun, rollercoaster match that also featured the beginning of the Kane-Braun feud, The Shield and Angle's tenacity, and Team Miz's strength in numbers.
    Catch up on TLC results here, then read Smark Henry's review of the show.

    1. #UnderSiege

    Sure, the Handicap TLC Match was chaotic, but SmackDown Live's pillaging of the RAW locker room the next night was even more so.

    Kurt Angle was about to introduce the Team RAW contingent for Survivor Series when SmackDown Live GM Shane McMahon and his crew entered the ring through the crowd.

    Angle retreated to the back, SmackDown gave chase, the Blue Brand beat up RAW Superstars backstage, and dragged Angle back to the ring to send him a message. Angle was so terrified, Nicole just had to wonder why in her RAW Report.

    RAW's response? Nothing. No retaliation Tuesday night, at least for now. But Daniel Bryan warned Shane that RAW might be brewing something sinister, so he better be ready for it. This was a good Creative call, said Ricky at his SmackDown RunDown Live: "The way Shane explained the siege and his overall view of the situation was totally out of his benevolent commissioner persona. Luckily, Creative caught up on that and immediately sent Daniel Bryan to act as the voice of reason."

    Meanwhile, Team SmackDown Live gets its 1st member: Randy Orton, who defeated Sami Zayn on Tuesday's main event. Next week, Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura battle it out with a spot on the SmackDown Live Survivor Series team on the line.


    And finally, you know what it is: Impact Wrestling in 45 words:

    Matches held in Mexico, Canada, Japan, then the Impact Zone. Johnny Impact and Garza Jr. defeated Global Champion Eli Drake and Chris Adonis. Moose defeated Lashley, then got his wish to make Bound for Glory tag team main event a Six Sides of Steel Match!


    Michael Bueza (@mikebueza) is a researcher for Rappler.com, a Managing Editor of Smark Henry, and a huge trivia geek. A post-Attitude Era wrestling fan, he caught up with what he had missed by literally reading through all WWE (and some WCW) pay-per-view results on the Internet. He posts PPV results for the site, and is in charge of Smark Henry's weekly wrestling recap.
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