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Botched!: Ambrose Cuts His Promo Short, Charlotte’s Pointing, More

February 16, 2019 | Posted by Steve Cook
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Hi, hello & welcome to Botched! It was a wild & wooly week in the world of wrestling. Some stuff happened, some of it wasn’t right, and we look at some of it here.

1. Dean cuts it short

Lots of online speculation surrounding Dean Ambrose’s appearance on Raw. Word on the street is things didn’t quite go as planned. He was supposed to give this big long speech about the Shield when he came out & talked to Seth Rollins. Instead, he cut right to the chase.

The segment wrapped with Ambrose’s non-siren theme, which played again after he beat EC3, so it was intended to be his return to Babyfaceville. It didn’t make any of WWE’s YouTube videos from Raw, so that fans the flames around the idea that things didn’t go as planned. If nothing else, somebody didn’t like it.

I say Dean made the right call. The Ambrose character, at its best, has never been about long, drawnout speeches. A one sentence face turn is a bit abrupt, but more to Ambrose’s character.

2. Can Charlotte point at a sign?

I don’t know if you heard about this, but Charlotte Flair took Becky Lynch’s spot against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. Apparently this took place on Monday night. Like every good WrestleMania participant, she came out to celebrate. She pointed at the sign on Tuesday night’s SmackDown Live, and will likely keep doing it until WrestleMania.

Apparently it needs some work.

Somehow I’ve never really paid attention to this because I don’t really care. But there’s a good chance WWE tells the camera operator to make sure the hands don’t cover the precious WrestleMania logo? I dunno, maybe she’s just cross-eyed or something.

3. Bryan likes us to worry once a match

I know we’re not supposed to like Daniel Bryan anymore because he likes the environment and makes things out of hemp. There’s still an emotional attachment though, and this kind of thing needs to stop.

Like, dude. I don’t even blame Kofi Kingston for losing his grip there. You gotta protect that head better.

4. Stacey Ervin Jr’s first match was almost his last

Maybe that title is a botch & Stacey Ervin Jr. has previously appeared on NXT, but he was new to me dangnab it. He didn’t do a whole lot in his match other than some cool flips, and nearly flipping onto his head during this suplex.

Referee thought the poor guy crippled himself there. That’s a really easy move to screw up & Ervin got lucky on that one.

5. One bad knee deserves another?

Adam Cole spent most of his match with Ricochet working over his opponent’s One & Only left knee. It didn’t stop Ricochet from doing most of his dives, and this one’s landing point could be seen as a bit of a receipt.

Splashes on the legs don’t sound like my idea of a good time, but they certainly seem more prevalent over the last few years.

Thanks for reading! If you see (or hear) anything wrong in the world of wrestling, let me know via Twitter or e-mail at [email protected] Have a nice week!