Episode Title: Jinder’s Big Day
Release Date: 5/19/2017
Recap by: Jason Young
- Stat Guy Greg feels that Randy Orton is lazy and he’s been phoning it in for at least five years and he is now coasting off of his potential.
- Rosenberg feels that Jinder Mahal should beat Orton for the WWE title this Sunday to shake things up.
- With the guaranteed huge pop, Stat Guy Greg thinks that Nakamura’s match should go on last at Backlash.
- Rosenberg thinks it’s telling that Sami Zayn was the most charismatic in his career when wearing a mask as El Generico.
- SGG reveals that wrestler Kenny King is on the next season of The Bachelorette.
- Rosenberg feels that Finn Balor should only be able to beat Roman Reigns as The Demon moving forward.
Subjects Covered (with timestamps):
2:01 – Randy Orton tweets discussion
10:36 – Orton/Mahal
17:21 – WWE Backlash breakdown
25:23 – Sponsor Ads
25:38 – More Backlash predictions
49:28 – Monday Night Raw discussion including Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns and Braun Stroman’s injury
The guys begin the show this week talking about how they got some hate on Twitter recently about how they strayed too far from wrestling talk in last week’s episode. They pivot into a discussion about Randy Orton and some of his tweets bashing Indy wrestlers. Stat Guy Greg brought up the point that most of today’s superstars have an Indy background including Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, etc. SGG also feels that these so-called Indy wrestlers are a much better draw than Orton now and get a much better reaction than he does. SGG also feels that Orton is lazy and he’s been phoning it in for at least five years and he is now coasting off of his potential. Rosenberg feels that Orton can’t really relate to being an Indy guy as he grew up as a third generation superstar. Rosenberg also brought up the fact that Triple H has been disappointed in Orton lately.
After a brief segment talking about the WWE character they created for SGG last week called Uptown Malcolm, including some entrance theme ideas from fans of the show, the guys segue into a discussion about this Sunday’s match featuring Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton for the WWE title. Rosenberg feels that Jinder Mahal should beat Orton for the WWE title this Sunday to shake things up. He feels that Jinder, with his two henchmen as a cheating champion, is amazing. SGG agrees and feels that it would be something different, which would be a breath of fresh air. Rosenberg feels that Jinder is absolutely shredded and it is one of the big reasons that Vince is pushing him, as he will always love those types of guys.
The guys next talk about the history of the Rosemont Horizon Arena where NXT Takeover will be this Saturday. WrestleMania 2, 13 and 22 were held at that arena which the guys think was the last WrestleMania held at an arena and not a stadium.
After a brief discussion of the card for NXT Takeover, the guys talk about which match they think will go on last at Backlash. With the guaranteed huge pop, SGG thinks that Nakamura’s match should go on last. They think that Orton vs. Mahal will go on last though. Both guys like Jinder’s finishing move and the match could be good at Backlash, but only if Orton cares. Rosenberg feels that Orton can deliver in the ring, but SGG questions whether or not he will give it his all for the match. The guys would like Jinder to win and they both predict him to win (I definitely disagree and feel that Orton is winning).
Next up, the guys talk about Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler. They feel that Dolph will sell his butt off for Nakamura and wonder if there will only be one match or if the feud continues. They also talk about Nakamura’s promo ability and if his limited English could potentially hold him back. SGG feels that because Nakamura is so charismatic that he demands the attention of everybody in the crowd. Rosenberg feels that we need to learn more about Nakamura for the fans to get totally behind him. Both guys pick Nakamura to win.
After the break, the guys discuss Kevin Owens vs. A.J. Styles. Rosenberg feels that this match could steal the night. SGG hopes that they will be given enough time to have a great match.
They briefly talk about Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan and the six women tag match. Rosenberg hopes that they don’t already turn Charlotte heel again because it won’t be a real turn. They talk about Ellsworth for a couple of minutes and wonder what could be next for him after being with Carmella. Next, they talk about Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn. Rosenberg feels that there is something about Sami Zayn that strikes him as heelish (which is absolutely insane). He feels that he should just become the evil paperboy. Rosenberg is really not into this match at all. SGG goes back and forth on Corbin. He liked him in NXT, but hasn’t really seen any growth from him lately. He’s not a fan of his look or ring work. Rosenberg feels that neither one of them has charisma.
This leads to a conversation of charisma. SGG feels that Bret Hart is the most charismatic wrestler in history and Rosenberg claims that he’s not even in the Top 10. He names a number of wrestlers including Austin, The Rock, Rick Flair, Dusty Rhodes and others who are more charismatic than Bret Hart.
They briefly talk more about Sami Zayn and his lack of charisma. Rosenberg thinks it’s telling that he was the most charismatic in his career when wearing a mask as El Generico.
Both guys are excited about The Usos vs. Breezango. SGG feels that The Usos will definitely win, but Rosenberg is torn. They both have been enjoying the Fashion Files vignettes, but feel that the Usos are doing a great job as heels and should remain champs.
SGG reveals that wrestler Kenny King is on the next season of The Bachelorette. Rosenberg says that he is friends with Kenny King and now he has to watch the show.
Then they briefly give their picks for A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens. SGG picks Kevin Owens and Rosenberg picks A.J. Styles. Rosenberg asks the question if people are getting sick of fans saying that A.J. is the best wrestler in the world. They discuss if guys in the locker room will resent it. They feel that other potential picks for the top wrestler in the world include Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Charlotte, and Kevin Owens.
The guys then talk about Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns from Monday Night Raw. SGG was not at all upset that Reigns won the match. He felt that Finn didn’t need the win. Rosenberg feels that Finn should only beat Reigns as The Demon moving forward. Beating Roman should be a big deal.
The guys talk about Braun Strowman’s injury and what a big deal it is. Rosenberg says that Braun could have been #1 on the power rankings and now everything has to be reshuffled. They discuss when the injury happened and if it was at the pay-per-view or on Monday Night Raw during Roman’s beatdown of Stroman. They talk about how Braun underwent surgery on Thursday and could be out for six months. They also mention who will potentially be the opponent of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and if Strowman could be back by then. Rosenberg feels that Stroman will be really over when he returns. He wraps up the show by letting us know that he’ll be in Chicago this weekend for the kickoff shows for both NXT Takeover: Chicago and WWE Backlash.
This week was another quality show. The guys did a great job previewing WWE Backlash and mixed in some very funny segments and sound drops. They both made a few ridiculous statements which makes the show as enjoyable as it is and why it is unique for other podcasts that just break down an episode of Monday Night Raw or an upcoming pay-per-view.
About the Author:
Jason Young is a lifelong WWE fan since his dad introduced him to the product in the mmid-’80s He grew up outside of Boston and now lives in Norfolk, MA. Throughout his WWE fandom, he was a huge fan of Austin in the Attitude Era and his current favorites include Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks and Finn Balor. He’s been a listener of the PWTorch Livecast since 2014.