You’re Welcome! The Rock’s Savage Diss and Mercedes Moné Shakes up AEW

In this week’s Episode 677 of Wrestling Uncensored, co-hosts Dave Simon and Pro Wrestler “Genesis” Johnny North were thrilled by The Rock’s Savage Diss during his appearance at Smackdown.

The Rock’s Savage Diss

Dave and Johnny discussed The Rock’s promo work, especially his segment where he referenced the song “You’re Welcome” from the Disney movie Moana. They found this moment particularly dark and impactful, as The Rock threatened to beat Cody Rhodes with a belt and then presented the bloodied belt to Cody’s mother, saying, “You’re Welcome” in a sinister twist on the upbeat song from the film. This stark contrast between the wholesome Disney song and the violent imagery The Rock conjured made the promo stand out for them, but it turned out to be one of the best of his new heel personal and could be listed in The Rock’s savage diss hall of Fame.

Additionally, they touched on the difference between The Rock‘s TV promos and the ones he posts on Instagram. Johnny pointed out that the Instagram promos were even better, describing one in which The Rock attacked Cody Rhodes using language and intensity that wouldn’t make it onto TV. Dave expressed a desire to check out these Instagram promos, noting that while entertaining, The Rock’s TV segments often felt like a toned-down version of what he’s capable of, constrained by the need to remain within PG guidelines.

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Overall, they appreciated The Rock’s ability to captivate the audience with his charisma and mic skills, whether on TV or social media. This contributed significantly to the buildup to WrestleMania.

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Wrestling Uncensored Recap: The Road to WrestleMania Heats Up!

Wrestling fans, the Road to WrestleMania is in full swing. This past week, WWE and AEW programming featured some major developments that have the wrestling world buzzing. Let’s dive into the highlights and speculate about what might happen as we inch closer to the grandest stage.

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Poster for Sami Zayn vs Gunther at Wrestlemania XL
Sami Zayn looks to recapture his IC title vs Gunther at Wrestlemania X

WWE’s WrestleMania Card Takes Shape

SmackDown was particularly eventful on WWE’s front, with significant matches being announced for WrestleMania. AJ Styles vs. L.A. Knight and Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso were among the bouts made official, adding depth to an already stacked WrestleMania card. Including a triple threat match for the United States Championship featuring Logan Paul, Randy Orton, and Kevin Owens promises high-octane action. Over on RAW, Sami Zayn vs. Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship was also confirmed, though there’s a buzz that Chad Gable might get added to the mix, turning it into a triple threat.

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AEW’s Dramatic Developments

AEW was buzzing with drama as well. The spotlight was on Mercedes Moné‘s debut, sparking enthusiasm for the new matchups and narratives she could introduce. Darby Allin’s anticipated “final match” before his Mount Everest journey also veered off course due to an injury, necessitating a shift in plans. The intense physicality of his bout with Jay White underscored AEW’s commitment to a full-throttle approach to wrestling while also shining a light on the inherent dangers of such high-risk bouts.

Mercedes Moné touching her ear to listen to the crowd at her AEW Dynamite debut
Mercedes Moné touching her ear to listen to the crowd at her AEW Dynamite debut.

Mercedes Moné’s (aka Sasah Banks) AEW debut

In their discussion, Dave and Johnny highlighted Mercedes Moné‘s debut in AEW as a significant moment. They noted that while her debut was a major event for AEW, the episode of Dynamite she appeared on wasn’t particularly newsworthy beyond her appearance. Johnny mentioned that her debut was the week’s big story for AEW but also discussed Darby Allin’s situation. Allin was supposed to have his “last match” for a while due to a planned climb of Mount Everest, which was delayed because he broke his foot during his match with Jay White.

Johnny described the match between Darby Allin and Jay White as very violent, expressing surprise at Allin continuing the match even after sustaining a real injury. This incident was highlighted as a testament to Allin’s dedication and toughness but also led to an unplanned storyline development. They discussed how Jay White could now take credit for “taking out” Allin and causing the cancellation of his Everest climb, adding a narrative layer to their rivalry.

This part of their conversation underscores wrestling’s unpredictability, where real-life events, like injuries, can suddenly shift storylines and character arcs. While Moné’s debut was a planned and significant addition to AEW, Allin’s injury and its impact on his storyline with Jay White added an unplanned but compelling twist to the week’s wrestling narrative.

The Tag Team Scene

Both WWE and AEW are heating their tag team divisions. WWE’s announcement of a six-way tag team ladder match for the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania is ambitious, promising chaos and thrilling moments. AEW, with its deep roster, continues to showcase tag team wrestling, offering a variety of styles and compelling storytelling within its tag division.

Speculations and Predictions

As WrestleMania approaches, speculation is rife. Will Cody Rhodes finally have his WrestleMania moment, or will Roman Reigns’ dominance continue? Can Mercedes Moné shake up the AEW women’s division? And how will the tag team landscape look post-WrestleMania and post-AEW’s current story arcs?

One thing is for sure: the road to WrestleMania and the ongoing developments in AEW are making this one of the most exciting times for wrestling fans. With each show, the anticipation builds, and fans are left eagerly waiting for what’s next, so whether you’re Team WWE, Team AEW, or just a fan of wrestling in general, strap in because the next few weeks are going to be a rollercoaster ride of action, drama, and, of course, a little bit of the ol’ razzle-dazzle that only wrestling can provide.

Jon Simon from the Editorial Staff

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