Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – RAW and Smackdown Analysis, Lashley’s Strange Interview, IIconics Struggle in the Ring, More!

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Richards liked the Jeff Hardy/Miz match, even though it was fairly long. He did have an issue with the finish of the match however, as Hardy hit his finishing move (which legitimately hurts like hell) only to get rolled up for the pin. Hamin says that these two guys basically painted a Mona Lisa and then spray-painted “asshole” over the top of it with a finish like that.

Russo did not like seeing The IIconics, a couple of kids fresh out of NXT, schooling Charlotte on Smackdown Live. He points out that Charlotte is a Flair, and she should have just ran up the ramp and laid them out. He adds that Royce and Kay leave a lot to be desired in terms of their in-ring work.

Russo has seen enough of The New Day’s antics. He assumes that New Day and The Bar are just going to wrestle each other forever at this point. Lane agrees, noting that Smackdown’s tag division is basically nonexistent right now. Hamin points out tag team wrestling is great when it’s done right, but WWE doesn’t seem to put any effort into their tag divisions.

Russo thought Mandy Rose’s new entrance was good, but Richards points out that Rose did her rehearsed entrance in spite of the pre-tape segment that aired right before her entrance in which she was told that her partner was banned from ringside. Hamin says that’s the problem with the NXT cookie-cutter factory.

That sums up today’s episode of Vince Russo’s The Brand. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!

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