–Ross on Vince and Shane McMahon: “The show had a hard time topping the opening segment with the continuing saga of the McMahon Family which I am enjoying. Shane McMahon is a breath of fresh air IMO and the Shane vs Taker match at WM32 will likely exceed many naysayers cynical speculation and predictions of gloom and doom.”
Powell’s POV: I just hope they figure out the role for Shane is that he’s the underdog who won’t quit, not the ass kicking machine we saw on Monday. No matter how inconceivable the match may feel to some viewers, there’s no denying that it has more buzz than the other two WrestleMania big WrestleMania matches.
–Ross on Chris Jericho turning on AJ Styles: “Interesting turn of events with Jericho knifing AJ in the back. If it means more of Y2J vs Styles matches including at Wrestlemania Texas, I’m good with it. No, I don’t think it was too soon. WWE likely wants AJ to get a signature win in a ‘singles match’ in Texas.”
Powell’s POV: One can only assume they want to get Styles a signature win at WrestleMania. As for the turn happening quickly, it’s important to remember that we don’t know how long Jericho’s latest WWE run will last. I suspect the timing of the story needing to play out before WrestleMania was the most important factor, but it’s not like Jericho has been a full-time guy in recent years.
–Ross on Triple H and Bray Wyatt: “Enjoyed the brief drama between HHH and Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is a major, character ‘face if WWE ever decides pull that trigger. The fans appear to love Bray’s presentation especially his fan friendly entrance.”
Powell’s POV: The big question is whether they are setting up something or just having a quick moment on television. My guess is the latter, but only time will tell.
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The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Frank Zarrillo discussing his film "The Wrestler: A QT Marshall Story", which includes appearances by Matt Riddle, Damian Priest, Gerald Brisco, Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, and many more, the involvement of Marshall's wife and mother, and much more. Stick around after the interview for Powell's audio review of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite television show...