Hi, hello and welcome to the column that nobody in wrestling wants to be featured in, Botched! Hope everybody had a good week and is ready to laugh their way into the weekend. Busy week in the wrestling world, with Great Balls of Fire adding an extra spice to things. Let’s look at five things that weren’t quite right.
1. Referee Has a Rough Night
The fans got downright unruly towards the end of the Iron Man tag team match between the Hardys & Sheamus/Cesaro. Why?
With a little over 4 minutes left (30:50 in the video), Matt hit a moonsault on Sheamus and went for the cover. It hit mostly knees and wasn’t the most graceful moonsault of all time, but that’s not the point. The point is that the fans thought that the referee should have counted three but instead stopped counting because Cesaro was supposed to break up the count. The fans were irate and chanted about the referee afterwards.
But was it in fact a botch? You guys can debate this in the comment section if you like, but I’m leaning towards no. The referee’s hand goes up and down three times, but the first time he’s checking Sheamus’s shoulder and makes very little contact with the mat if any. With that in mind, Cesaro did come in at the right time. The fans thought otherwise, but I think they botched their ability to count and gave the referee a hard time for no reason at all.
Or maybe they could look into the future, 34:50 of the video where Jeff’s shoulder was up on the deciding pinfall that gave Cesaro & Sheamus the win. Sorry ref, I can’t bail you out on that one.
2. Which title is on the line?
WWE social media has had a rough time lately. It seems like every week contains a bunch of flubs by WWE’s social media accounts that immediately get picked up on. I usually don’t bother with them, but Great Balls of Fire was a pretty good show and I didn’t notice a ton of mistakes from the wrestlers, so here’s one from the social media team:
In fairness, Ambrose was…