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WRESTLEMANIA 35 PREDICTIONS

It’s finally here.  It’s finally here.  Wrestlemania 35 is this coming Sunday in my backyard Met Life Stadium.  Sadly, I am not able to attend but will be at the HOF ceremony and the Monday Raw after Mania.  The card has a whopping 16 matches and the pre-show will start at 5PM.  You can bet this event will end way after midnight.  For those who are going to be in attendance, I hope you dress a little warm.  Met Life can be chilly and windy.  For those of us watching from our couches get the snacks and beverages ready for a long night.

The beautiful Alexa Bliss is your host and Elias is the musical headline act.

So let’s get to the matches and predictions.

Raw Tag Team Champions Revival Vs Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins

I am going to start with a match that was just added for absolutely no reason other than Vince for some reason wanted to add it.  By adding this match all this shows is how clueless the Uncreative has gotten in the WWE and how we as fans continued to be lied to and abused.  The Revival is putting up the tag team titles against Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.  Are you kidding me?  This match has had no build what so ever and Hawkins has not won a match in 2 years.  So let’s give him a title match at the show of shows.  Why?  Because Ryder issued a challenge to the Revival.  So Vince books this match instead of the only tag team match any of us actually wants to see and that is the Uso’s vs the Hardy’s.  I am pretty sure the Uso’s challenged the Hardy’s too.

We were told that Asuka could not defend the title at Wrestlemania because Vince felt that no one would have cared about that match.  So he had Asuka drop the title to Charlotte Flair.  If Vince felt that no one would care about the Asuka match, then what about this tag team match he scheduled.  No one cares about the Revival facing Ryder & Hawkins.  There would have been a small amount of interest if Revival was facing Ricochet and Aleister Black.  I am hoping this match gets on the main card so I can use it as a bathroom and stretch break.  By the way, there was plenty of fans who wanted to see an Asuka vs Naomi or Carmella match.

The winner:  Probably Ryder and Hawkins.  Vince wants to prove that anything can happen at Wrestlemania.  But the tag team divisions are such a joke anyway no one will care.

The Men’s & Women’s Battle Royal

These are two matches that only on the card to give the remaining talent a match at the show of shows.  Both will be on the kickoff show and the winner does not get a push or a title shot or anything except a trophy.  I have no issues with letting the talent get on the card in a match.  But I do have an issue with the WWE UNcreative.  Can someone tell me how you can dedicate TV time on Raw week after week to promote a Men’s Battle Royal match that will not be on the main card?  To go a step further there will be 2 competitors in the match who are not wrestlers.  This takes away 2 spots for actual wrestlers who now won’t appear in any match at Mania.  SMDH.  I just don’t get it.  Not that it means anything but we kind of know who is probably going to win both matches.  But for prediction’s sake, I will list the probable winners and who I want to win.  I hate this picture because Carmella needs to be in the center and should pop off the picture.

Men’s Battle Royal: Braun Stroman.  Vince has absolutely no idea what to do with Stroman.  It’s a shame because he is a good talent.  He will probably win.  I would like to see either Andrade or EC3 win.  Andrade is so talented.  I want to see him in a big angle.  I am a little concerned that now we are seeing pictures of Charlotte and Andrade together that he might become an afterthought.  Dude is way too talented.  Also, EC3 is a top talent with great mic skills.  Just another superstar that the WWE Uncreative does not know what to do with.

Women’s Battle Royal: Asuka.  We expect Asuka to win as a makeup for how her title reign and losing of the title was actually booked.  I have no problem with that if they plan on pushing her again.  But I would like to see either My Wife Carmella or Sonya Deville win.  Carmella is magic whenever she is on TV.   I like Sonya.  It’s time to get her in a worthwhile storyline.  Sonya and Mandy have not been involved in anything big since Paige retired.  I must point out that we still don’t know all the participants in this match yet.  If Lacey Evans gets into the Battle Royal I think she will win.  But we will probably see her do another catwalk at some point during the night.

Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese

I don’t spend any time watching this division so any pick I make would be a guess.

The Winner:  Tony Nese

Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos Vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black Vs. The Bar Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev In A Fatal Four Way Match

As fans, we deserve better than this.  Everyone wanted to see the Uso’s defend against the Hardy’s.  Instead, we get this 4 team schmoz match.  Truth be told Rusev and Nakamura should not be a tag team.  They were just thrown together because WWE Uncreative does not know what to do with these talented wrestlers.  It’s the same thing with Ricochet and Black.  So putting the straps on either team just makes no sense.  Nakamura desperately needs to go to Raw for a fresh start.  Rusev needs a push because we have seen how versatile he is if given a chance.  As for Ricochet and Black please put them on one show and break up this tag team.  Both are extremely talented.  But we never hear them talk.  As for the Bar.  Great tag team and honestly I have no idea what to do with them.  So for me, this is an easy prediction.   But this match can be entertaining.

The Winners: The Usos Retain. 

Kurt Angle Vs. Baron Corbin.  Angle’s Farewell Match

I keep hoping for a last minute swerve to this match.  Maybe Corbin gets pulled from the match.  Maybe someone like John Cena lays out Corbin in the back before the match so he could send Angle out in style.  Otherwise, this match is useless and has no point.  I can’t understand the mentality of booking this match.  The second it was announced the fans were all over this and Vince knows it.  So why hasn’t he done anything about it?  Is his ego that big?  Well, we know it is.  Is he really that stubborn?  This is Kurt Angle’s last match.  And it’s obvious he needs help delivering it.  Corbin is not that person.  In reality, this is one time where the moment is going to outshine the match.  The match is secondary.  Kurt should be allowed to go out in style.

The Winner: Kurt Angle

Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley vs. “The Demon” Finn Balor

The Demon is coming to Wrestlemania as Balor faces Lashley for hopefully the last time ever.  Seriously it is time for these two superstars to go their separate ways.  Lashley should be in Universal title picture.  Balor is fine where he is.  Although he does have main event talent.  This match needed something different and the Demon Balor while it’s a sight to see is not what I was looking for.  No, what I think happens is that we see the end of the relationship between the Hype Man Lio Rush and Lashley.  They also need to go their separate ways.

The Winner: Finn Balor as Lio turns on Lashley

United States Champion Samoa Joe Vs. Rey Mysterio

This is the one match that we could see a change to.  Rey is rumored to be injured and might not be able to go.  If that happens we probably see John Cena in this match.  In all the small builds for this match, we saw Rey’s son Dominic featured in the interviews.  Dominic who is training to be a wrestler looks like he is going to be involved in this match somehow.  For what I have no idea.  Maybe he helps Joe win the match and Joe takes him out too.  There really is no reason to have this match.  Rey is not going to win the title.  But you never know with Vince.  Samoa Joe does deserve a Wrestlemania moment.  I only wish he could have been in WWE his whole career.

The Winner: Samoa Joe

AJ Styles Vs. Randy Orton

This match on most cards could be the match of the night.  But with Daniel Bryan/Kofi Kingston on the card this match will probably be the second best of the night.  For a story that had nothing when they first teased it backstage, man has this taken off.  The in-ring promos were brilliantly done.  All they had to do was just speak the truth.  And it worked big time.  AJ mentioning Orton’s past suspensions was golden as was Orton’s counter calling AJ the new corporate bitch.  I am now excited to see this match and I know these performers will bring their A game.

The Winner: Randy Orton. This match can go either way. 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley & Sasha Vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya Vs. The IIconics Vs. Nia Jax & Tamina

I don’t know if anyone realizes this but this is the third straight Wrestlemania where Nia Jax has a title match.  I am not trying to downgrade Nia here but she does not deserve this.  Not when there are others who are just as good as her or better not on this card.  But Vince is pushing her.  I have no idea why she is in this match with Tamina since they lose a title match at Fastlane.  I have to say I props to you Nia.  Give us a good show as you always do.   I am not giving hate to Nia Jax.  Please believe me.  I don’t have a great feel on this match.  I thought for sure once Charlotte won the Smackdown Women’s title that we would finally have the Four Horsewomen moment with all 4 having the gold sharing the ring as Wrestlemania ends.  Now I don’t know.  I hate these multi-person schmoz matches as my boy BC Amplified always says.  In reality, this is the entire women’s tag team division minus the Riott Squad who have been moved to job city.  I prefer to see Sasha Banks as a singles wrestler.

The Winners: The IIconics.  I probably will be wrong here.  But my thinking is Nia and Beth get into a program after Wrestlemania.  Sasha and Bayley get started in a Horsewomen angle hopefully.  And its time for fresh matchups.

Roman Reigns Vs. Drew McIntyre

When Roman returned from his battle with Leukemia it was a shock to the fans.  I also think it shocked the WWE too.  Naturally Roman was not in an angle so the WWE had to get one for him in a hurry as the clock was ticking towards Wrestlemania.  Because of the last ride of The Shield that wasted three weeks and Since Drew didn’t have any plans it was a natural fit.  However, this angle did not have enough time to build in my opinion.  Dean Ambrose was used as a pawn in this angle and since he is supposedly leaving the WWE it didn’t matter that he lost these matches.  Whatever was building Drew up was fine with the WWE.  I expect a physical match but certainly not a classic one.  Drew has a lot of positive momentum and WWE can’t mess that up.  Who knows where Roman’s character goes from Wrestlemania.  He is the male face of the company.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Shane McMahon vs The Miz Falls Count Anywhere Match

This match was in the works since November 2nd at the Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia.  This isn’t years ago where angles were built slowly. So this is a throwback to the good old times.  This was done slowly and just kept building.  In fact, how they got this tag team to split up was done perfectly.  Everyone felt the Miz would turn on Shane and be that great heel we know he can.  But Shane did the turn.  Involving the Miz’s father was a good touch and I expect him to somehow get involved this Sunday.  Shane who is really good on the mic might have cut his best promo ever fully embracing the McMahon demeanor that his father has.  The Miz not to be undone and who is also great on the mic did his best work cutting face promos.  His Real World reference was great. His line of “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard enough” was truly brilliant.  This match will be crazy as we know Shane is going to do something sick.  Its falls count everywhere and you can expect this match to be all over MetLife Stadium.

Winner: The Miz

Triple H Vs. Batista No Holds Barred Match

In another match where the seeds were planted a while ago.  On October 16th during the Smackdown 1000th episode is where this angle started.  Since Batista is not an active wrestler it worked out well to allow this to just be a seed until it was time to bloom.  Batista attacked Ric Flair during his 70th birthday party.  We then had 2 really good weeks of promos from Batista and the Game.  Triple H’s line of “Galaxy of The Independents League” line was damn funny.  Then the promo’s got bad.  That was not what I was expecting.  But now it’s time to get in the ring.  This will be a fight and it will be brutal.  Triple H putting his career on the line means absolutely nothing.  He wrestles once a year anyway and he is the boss.  He can do whatever he wants.

The Winner: The Game Not that it really matters but I am picking the Game.

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar Vs. Seth Rollins

Seth is probably only in this match because Roman Reigns got sick.  But he took the ball and ran with it as good as he could.  It’s hard to promote a match when your opponent is never on TV.  So if it was not for Paul Heyman this angle would be just a waste of time.  There has been no storyline for this match except for Seth winning the Royal Rumble.  And we can all hope that he wins the strap.  I do expect Brock to fling Seth around pretty good.  It’s hard for these smaller guys to wrestle a big guy like Brock.  But let’s hope for a good match.  Brock has done well putting over smaller wrestlers.

The Winner: Brock Lesnar.  Everyone expects Seth to win the strap.  For that reason, I think Brock retains the belt.  He probably loses it at Saudi.

WWE Champion Daniel Bryan Vs. Kofi Kingston

Talk about a gem of a story falling right into your lap.  That’s exactly what happened here and give the WWE Uncreative credit. They built on it.  The storyline for this angle was done brilliantly.  Kofi’s promos were gold.  Fellow New Day mates Xavier Woods and Big E’s promos were gold.  Daniel Bryan’s promos were gold.  Everything about this angle was gold.  Xavier Woods pointed out that Bryan was in the exact same spot as Kofi.  This was Vince at his creative best.  We haven’t seen this Vince in a long time.  I even think they did a good job with putting a seed in our minds that the New Day turns on Kofi.  This is going to easily be the best match of the night.  As good as he is I still think Daniel Bryan is underrated.

The Winner: Kofi Kingston.  Kofi finally gets to hold a major strap.  If they decide to have Daniel win the match, please don’t have the New Day turn on him.

RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey VS. Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair Vs. Becky Lynch Winner Takes All

For the first time ever the women are going to close out Wrestlemania.  This story has been way too drawn out.  It started to play out on TV right before Survivor Series.  In reality, it started the day Ronda signed a WWE contract.  This was always Vince’s dream.  He wanted Ronda and Charlotte to close out Wrestlemania.  But there was one problem.  Becky got hot.  Nia Jax messed up and broke Becky’s jaw.  Becky’s character got super over with the fans and she had to be pushed hard.  So what does Vince do?  He adds her to the match.  Mind you this match was never announced or finalized until March.  But those who follow the business really close know this was going to be a triple threat match ever since Becky got hot.

I have been highly critical of this angle for a long time now.  It is completely dragging in my opinion.  Becky Lynch was once the hottest thing going.  She no longer is.  Partly because Kofi Kingston surpassed her.  Partly because Becky has not been able to sell it in my eyes.  Becky is still a great talent.  WWE is trying to re-create the Stone Cold Steve Austin character and angle and should never have done that.  Her promos have been a little weird and awkward but not more than Ronda’s promos.  Ronda Rousey has done everything the WWE has wanted her to do.  She has brought in more fans from different areas. She has been to work every week and put over her opponents.  She has definitely upped the game.  She was never in NXT or some other developmental league so her promos are not good but are getting a little better.  She was brought in as a face but now she is a heel as she should have been all along.  But I do understand why WWE had her as a face when she started.  But I would have loved to see Ronda being the bad ass all along.  Everything she has said has been true.  She does not need the WWE for money.  She already has money. She is not like these other female stars who get paid just enough to enjoy the lifestyle but not enough to leave the company.  But most importantly she said this main event match does not happen with her.

Charlotte was placed in this match because Vince has always wanted her to be in this match.  Vince and Charlotte are really playing the angle of Charlotte getting everything handed to her because she is Ric Flair’s daughter.  In reality, she is the best all-around female wrestler on the roster.  She is also the female face of the company.  But it also gives WWE the option to have Ronda drop the strap without getting pinned or tapped out which is what I see happening.  I am still looking forward to this match.  I hope the Four Horsewoman angle finally gets kicked off during this match or directly after it.

The Winner: Becky.  Becky I think will win but she should not be the winner.  This is an iconic moment for the WWE. Becky is not an iconic wrestler.  Charlotte is.  But the way the story is looking Becky comes out the winner.

There are my predictions.  I will hopefully if all goes well start up a weekly podcast to begin next week.  Hopefully dropping on Wednesday or Thursday.  Stay tuned.

Wrestling Blog 3-7

Wrestling Blog 3-7

After last week’s Raw which was the best Raw, we have seen in a while there was no way this week could ever top it.  I mean just with the return of Roman Reigns alone was a lot to overcome.  Throw in the Batista/Flair/HHH angle and Ronda’s promo there was a lot going on.  So, what do we have to talk about this week?  I am going to save the best for last which is the absolute madness involving the Raw Women’s Championship.

The show starts with Roman talking about wanting one thing and he asks Seth Rollins to join him in the ring.  Who didn’t think Roman wanted to get into that title match with Seth and Brock Lesnar?  I mean after all Roman never actually lost the belt.  As un fair as it is for Roman this is Seth’s time.  So, I was glad this is not what Roman wanted.  By the way I am not completely sold on Seth winning the belt at Wrestlemania.  There is no way Vince wants Brock going to a rival company.  Instead Roman wants the yawn band back together.  Who really cares anymore?   Seriously.  These things are better off as surprises like when they re united on the Raw after Summer Slam.  I was in the building for that and it was electric.  Now it looks like it’s forced and tired.  Even if this is an attempt to keep Dean Ambrose in the company which is a good idea, I am still over it.  Who the hell knows what to think about Ambrose anymore?  Is he leaving or staying?  Is this an angle?  I am so tired of the Shield and on that point I am tired of Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Lashley.  Drew needs to be in the main event already.  Elias attacks Dean as he was walking to the ring to address the shield re union.  Elias is so under used.  I am going to petition the WWE to organize a Walk With Elias NYC night during Wrestlemania week.  Imagine walking through the streets of Manhattan with Elias.  There is no shortage of bars that he can play at.  But overall just an average segment.

Next, we have a throw away 6-man tag team match.  Kurt Angle needs to retire already.  Sorry Kurt.  You were great but your time is up.  Give some TV time to EC3 and for god’s sake let him talk.  Finn Balor has the Intercontinental title, so he is relevant but get him out of this angle.  And Braun Stroman who just about killed Lio Rush I am not sure what to do with him anymore.  Bad match with no story behind it only to be fed to the shield at Fastlane.

Nattie vs Ruby RIott is just a waste of two talented wrestlers.  It’s okay to have several story lines for the women at one time.  It’s like they want to keep pushing the Ronda/Becky/Flair angle to the moon which I get but you have other talent that needs story lines.  Can you say a dedicated show just for the women?  After the match which Nattie wins we have another ridiculous cat walk by Lacey Evans.  This was old and tired two weeks ago.  Just get her in the ring already.  It’s like WWE does not want you to forget about her.  Then why bring her up from NXT if she is not going to wrestle.  If she is rumored to be getting a huge push and will be in an angle with Nattie then get it started now.  Nattie can’t be the sidekick to Ronda for the next month.  One Ronda and that angle does not need it and two Nattie is too good to be a sidekick

Now for one of things I wanted to see this week on either show.  I have to say Batista cut a good promo.  He clearly is the heel and he made sure it would stay that way.  Then HHH started to talk about the real man Richard Flehr.  I can see where this is going.  WWE is trying to make this into a real-life angle.  If that is the direction WWE wants to take this then so be it.  I am not so sure I agree with it.  Maybe they felt more juice is needed.  HHH was golden talking about attending a couple of Natch’s weddings.  Say what you want about HHH the man can still cut a mean promo.  I am looking forward to the one on one next week.  Hopefully they get some freedom when they are in the ring on the mic.  Dave is Hollywood now but what’s up with that blue earring in his nose.  Could be a very good segment.

Oh, Heavy Machinery runs the gauntlet on the minor leagues of the Raw Tag Team division.  By the way has anyone seen Otis’ Instagram stories.  Dude is always eating un healthy stuff.

The shield re-forms after Elias beats Dean.  Ho hum.  It would have been better if it was a surprise.  Now we have a 6-man tag team match at Fast Lane.  I get it.  Roman came back earlier than expected.  Now we have to fast track him into something for Wrestlemania.  So, I expect him to be in tag team matches for the first few weeks to get some stamina back.  Thus, the reason for the Shield re-forming.

Michael Che and Colin Jost with several promos through out the night.  Who really cares about this?  Seriously what a waste of air time and yet we keep seeing EC3 staring into the mirror with a spray bottle in his hand.  SMH

Tamina beats Sasha.  I was kind of surprised by this, but I guess you need to get some heat for Fastlane.  Terrible build for this match.  I haven’t seen Tamina win too many matches on her own.  This title deserves a better story line than what we got so far.  Horsemen always have gold.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win a match by DQ.  The former champs Robert Roode and Chad Gable interfere.  This sets up a triple threat tag team title match at Fastlane.  Ricochet and Black are impressive talents and are getting super pushed right now.

I have to say I am already so tired of this whole Ronda/Becky/Flair story.  Is anybody else?  Make no mistake this will be a hell of a match and will close out Wrestlemania but my god the drama has to end.  Since Ronda got into the WWE everyone knew it would be her and Flair closing out Wrestlemania.  The problem is Becky got super over.  WWE had no choice but to get her in this match.  But I have a serious problem with how this is going about and hopefully after Fastlane we can finally just stop the madness.  But WWE writers know best right, I guess.  I think my biggest issue is that this angle started before Survivor Series.  Your talking about over 4 months of build up.  And it never ceases to amaze me that some fans thought this was not going to be a triple threat match which is the right call.  So much can spawn off the outcome of this match including Ronda still being over if Becky and Flair team up to take her out of the match, so she does not get pinned.

Let’s start with Ronda.  I have said this for weeks now.  She can’t cut a promo the right way.  I will say this she is getting better.  But the last two weeks should have been epic promo moments and she for some reason either rushes or can’t get the words out.  But one thing is for sure.  Ronda brings the heat and the intensity.  I watched both the Divas and Bella shows for some clues on how she was received by the other women on the roster.  She got plenty of respect and the women knew they would have to up their game to get close to her level.  Besides she knew a lot of the girls anyway.  She is legit close to Nattie and Charlotte.

Ronda should have been a heel from day one, but I do understand why she wasn’t.  What she said in her promo was 100 percent true.  Everything she was brought in to do she has delivered.  Stephanie changed the match at Fastlane and gave the title back to Ronda.  I know it’s part of the storyline but in this story Ronda demanded something and was granted.  And yes, the McMahon’s have made a lot of money because of Ronda.  Brock brings that big fight atmosphere every time he wrestles which is not often.  Give Ronda credit.  She is there every week and she does put over the women.  But she does not need this job and she has been respectful.  I think she made a quote that WWE gives you enough money to live a nice lifestyle but not enough that you can quit.  Ronda has made millions prior to the WWE and can pretty much do anything she wants and make real good money.  I love the aggression she showed and let’s face it in a real fight she can legit hurt these women.

As for Becky.  I have thought long and hard about this and I came up to the conclusion that I really don’t like “The Man” character.  Becky got hot and WWE made her into the second coming of Stone Cold Austin.  There will only be one Stone Cold and it does not matter to me that Austin has endorsed her.  Her promos are not that good in my opinion and her voice annoys me.  She is not on the level of Ronda and Flair.  But she got hot and she might walk away with the strap at Wrestlemania because of it.

Charlotte Flair is the best all around player in the game.  At least for the women’s roster.  While I hate the Stone Cold/Becky creation I feel it is different when you are starting to channel your father’s legendary gimmick.  After all it is genetic.  Ric was an amazing heel and was so on point on the mic.  Charlotte’s mic work is getting to that level.  Her promos have been so good.  Did you have any doubts?  What I can’t understand is how many times is a one-legged Becky going to get the upper hand on Flair?  There is nothing the WWE can ever do to make me believe Becky is on that level.

Smackdown overall was a good show.  When a 2 hour show flows quickly you know it was a good show.

Daniel Bryan furthers his character as this heel environmentalist.  Even though he is a heel character he is still a tremendous talent.  Kevin Owens is also a tremendous talent.  I like Owens as a heel better.  But his mic work is also good.  I would rather see in this match Daniel as the face and Owens as a heel.  It was a good promo for both trying to generate some heat for the Fastlane match.  Owens is announced in a match with Rowan later that night.

Miz pins Jey Uso.  I have said it before that I love the Miz character.  He is better as a heel and he needs to change to a heel when he fights Shane.  This was a filler match as we are all expecting the inevitable breakup of Shane and Miz and their match at Wrestlemania.  Is it me or does Shane look like he is not doing well?  He looked kind of out of breath when he was giving his promo.

The best match of the night was the 4-way United States championship match.  Any time Carmella is on TV it makes the night magical.  I would love to see her wrestle more.  The match had R Truth defending against Samoa Joe, Mysterio and Andrade.  Very good match.  Good pace.  Good spots all over.  Zelina Vega got involved and Mella booted her out.  Andrade is a real talent.  R Truth is underrated both in the ring and on the mic.  But I am glad to see Samoa Joe finally win a strap on the main roster.  I wasn’t too keen on bringing Mysterio back.  Even though I would love to see others get TV time Rey still has it.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win yet again this time against the Bar.   Rusev and Nakamura attacked the after the bell.  The Hardy’s come in for the save.  Ricochet and Black are doing both Raw and Smackdown and have a Raw tag team title match at Fastlane, so I am not sure where they are going with this.  Maybe there will be some kind of big tag team match at Wrestlemania if they don’t win the straps on Sunday

Mandy Rose squashes Naomi.  God’s greatest creation comes out and Corey as usual damn near busts in his pants.  I don’t know why Naomi is getting buried.  But ever since her husband was arrested, she seems to be getting the fall out.  Hopefully it’s because Asuka got injured the night before and was held out of wrestling to preserve the Fastlane match.  With Sonia DeVille interfering and Asuka laying out both we can maybe see Naomi in Asuka’s corner at Fastlane.

KO vs Rowan was just to further the story line.  Daniel on commentary making fun of KO was funny.  I liked the heat when KO just attacked him.  When it became 2 on 1 Mustafa Ali saved KO who had admitted earlier in the night, he has no friends in the WWE.  Very interesting.  But the crowd was calling for Sami Zayn.  I do expect a run in during the match at Fastlane

I already covered the Charlotte and Becky angle.  Loved that Flair attacked her bad leg.  I can’t understand why a one-legged Becky continues to beat down Charlotte.  Whatever.  I can’t talk about this angle anymore even though it’s the hottest angle WWE has going on right now.

 

NOTES

How does Dana Warrior get a job in creative?  She seems to get whatever she wants.  I guess the Ultimate Warrior had pictures Vince or something.  I am all for getting the woman’s perspective but jeez.  Hey WWE I am a life long fan.  Can you hire me?

Has anyone else noticed that WWE has gotten a but edgier in the last few weeks.  That’s what happens when there is competition.

Do we really need to see John Cena in a Wrestlemania match?  He has turned into what he despised about the Rock.

I watched the Wrestlemania 36 press conference today.  It’s clear that Roman and Charlotte are the faces of the company and neither one has a strap.

Is it me or does Heavy Machinery kind of remind you of a modern day Bushwhackers?  Hey before you laugh the WWE never saw the Bushwhackers when they were the Sheepherders and were very vicious.

Are we ready for an all-women’s weekly show?  Too much female talent is being wasted.  But the women closed both shows this week and could close out Fastlane too.

 

Stay tuned for my Fastlane Predictions and a look at the wrestlemania card as it fills up.

Elimination Chamber Recap and More

The Elimination Chamber just ended.  Overall I will give it a C rating.  I went 3-3 in my predictions but still a very predictable PPV.

Women’s Elimination Chamber Match.  As I had stated in my preview I thought any team could win.  I picked Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.  I was wrong.  I knew this match would be first and it was.  And who was the first one to open the show Carmella.  I have some new thoughts about the scandal which I will get into later.  But I was expecting a lot of boos.  So I was surprised it was not that bad.  Maybe it was placed perfectly to have her open the show.  However when Fabulous Glow finally got into the match I did hear a little booing.  And there was a chant that I could not make out what it was.  Overall it was the worst showing of any team in this match as they were the 5th team to enter the match and the first to be eliminated with Naomi doing the honors.  I was thinking that Vince is going to get them both out right away as penalty for their incidents this past week.  More on that later.  Again this match stole the show as the ladies always do.  I do believe this is the first time there has been a 6 team tag match inside the chamber and it really played well. Great spots all over this match and Sasha carrying her team to victory to be the first ever female tag team champs.  There was booing right after the match for the in ring interview but it quickly died down.  Not sure why they were booing.  Sonia and Mandy came out looking strong.  As did Nia and Tamina as it took 4 ladies to pin Tamina while Jax knocked herself out going through one of the pods.  I didn’t pick the Boss and Hug connection to win but I am not surprised they won.  The Horsemen have the gold and we are going to see that angle start to get formed in the next couple of months.  Match overall was an A

Mc Miz vs the Uso’s.  I am surprised the Uso’s took the straps because of the arrest this past week of one of the Uso’s.  But we know Shane and Miz are heading for a Mania one on one match.  What Shane lacks in ring ability he makes up for it by being absolutely fearless with his spots.  The match wasn’t very good and the ending now makes me see how this starts to turn.  The lackadaisical way Miz pinned one of the Uso’s is going to spark the breakup.  So perhaps this was the plan all along to have them lose this match and no matter who got arrested it wasn’t going to change the outcome.  Congrats to Miz and Maryse on her pregnancy.  Match Rating is a C.

Next we have Finn Balor vs Lio Rush and Lashley.  I finally picked one match right with Finn winning the strap tonight.  The match wasn’t very good and I found it interesting that Lashley turned on Rush after the match.  Is Rush gone now?  I kind of like the Hype Man.  Match rating is a C.

Next up is Ronda Rousey vs Ruby RIott.  This was a squash match.  They buried Ruby RIott big time.  Based on what happened after the match they would have been better off putting a different match in its place and just had an interview with Ronda and Charlotte which Becky would crash.  I mean the PPV ended surprisingly early.  Ron Ron and Charlotte just stared at each other while a supposedly suspended Becky on crutches just waltzes down through the crowd and into the ring and attacked Charlotte with one of her crutches.  If you are not keeping count out there this is the second time a woman on one leg beats down the Queen.  Then Ronda grabs a crutch and Becky wants her to get payback on Charlotte from the beat down she got a Survivor Series with the Kendo stick.  DTA Ronnie.  Becky attacks Ronda with the other crutch channeling her inner Stone Cold with the motto Don’t Trust Anyone.  Becky is super over and they are setting this match up well for Mania. But there is so much time from now til then that I am praying they don’t over do it.  This is the best angle the WWE has had in quite some time even though they are completely trying to re create Stone Cold with Becky.  I am getting a bit tired of it because you should never try to re create greatness and Austin was immortal in that role.  The post match activities pushed it from a F to a B.

Next we have Braun vs Corbin.  We knew there would be a run in.  We knew it would be Drew.  But Lashley also came out and made it a 3 on 1.  Corbin wins with the help of his buddies.  I am completely over this story.  It just flat out sucks.  Stroman is lost as a character now.  I don’t know where this is going.  Probably Drew vs Braun at Mania.  But no help for Braun.  No Kurt Angle.  No Lars Anderson.  Not even a Super Cena run in.  UGH just terrible.  Match grade is an F.

The Men’s Elimination Chamber Match.  I didn’t expect much and that is exactly what I got.  Figured Bryan would retain the titles and he did.  I must admit they are pushing Kofi big time.  But for what?  The way it came across on TV was that they were super into Kofi.  And I must admit I thought he was going to win at one point and I was definitely pulling for him.  The show ended so early that I found myself looking for something to happen after the match.  His New Day buddies coming down to greet him was nice.  There is no reason why this faction can’t have more singles matches.  I don’t understand why they don’t do that more.  Aside from that nothing else was good about this match.  Once again no push for Samoa Joe.  No run ins.  I will give this match a C.

 

Now for the post I wanted to write over the weekend but I wanted to cover the scandal.

I do want to mention this scandal a bit more.  Fan reaction was better than I thought it was.  Carmella finally started posting again on Instagram after her match.  I have a google phone which tracks the topics I like to read online on my phone and I got something about Corey Graves posting texts from someone at Total Divas I think.  He was talking about his ex wife and how he is going to be on the show next season.  The article says they plan to make this scandal a big part of the show.  Stop right there.  The bell went off in my head and I am starting to think this could be a work.  Or partly a work.  Is Corey Graves after what happened yesterday that stupid to post more stuff about his wife online.  Really?  I for one would be very upset if WWE allows this to be exploited if it is true.  How does Amy get all these texts with Corey and someone else?  Now she shut down her Instagram account which is probably a good thing.  I thought things were calming down since she was posting about her son yesterday.  Also which is completely unfair to Carmella that now people are saying she was sleeping with a lot of the males on the roster.  But the double standard the WWE continues to show regarding this type of behavior is very degrading to women.  Nothing happened to Bray Wyatt when he cheated on his wife with JoJo.  Cena always got pushed despite cheating on his wife.  I am sure there are others.  But this did affect Carmella last night.  You can see it in her eyes.  She was upset and probably did a good amount of crying.  I am starting to think she might have actually had feelings for Graves and he lied to her about his marriage.  This did not seem to affect him at all.  When Naomi got pinned last night and they showed Carmella and Naomi leave the cage together with their arms around each other after a very poor showing in the match I almost felt as they took the bullets for the incidents.  They were probably never scheduled to win the match but maybe they were supposed to have a better showing.  I felt like they were relieved a bit that they got through the night and are hoping for a this to go away.  Naomi will be fine as I think most feel that Jon was drunk and she was trying to take care of him.  But the first time Carmella comes out on Smackdown it will be interesting to see what reaction she gets.  My guess is she won’t get TV time this week.

Ok I am all scandaled out.

People need to calm down about the Undertaker.  He will never be a part of another promotion.  That is a guarantee.  He can barely wrestle now.  But if you were Mark Caloway and you know the character you built and perfected into what is without a doubt the best gimmick ever created in wrestling history you would start booking yourself and not sharing profits with the WWE.  My god he is charging 25 grand an hour.  Just think about that.  If he worked a weekend event and worked 3 hours a day he is making 150,000.   Just unreal.  You know Vince gave his blessing.  No one is going to have an issue with the Deadman.

You have to admit it.  Selling out your first show in 4 minutes with only a few matches announced is pretty impressive.  AEW is going to try to be the new WCW.  They are going to load up on top talent.  From what has been rumored the contracts are very lucrative.  The schedule will be more manageable for the talent.  They are backed by a billionaire.  The talent is getting more of a cut of their merchandise sales than the WWE gives their talent.  It has been rumored the contracts are very lucrative.  The schedule will be more manageable for the talent.  They are backed by a billionaire.  The talent is getting more of a cut of their merchandise sales than the WWE gives their talent.  But I do have a couple of questions.

  1. Will there be a TV contract and weekly shows like Raw and Smackdown
  2. Will it be just house shows and will they be televised if they get a TV contract.

Let’s not forget one thing here.  It’s nice to be the shiny new toy that everyone wants to play with.  The Khans have money we all know that.  But this company needs to make money to stay in business.  No billionaire will continue to dump money into a product that does not pull a profit.

Before we get into the awful products on Raw and Smackdown I want to again put my take on this triple threat match at Mania with Ronda/Charlotte and ultimately Becky.

This was the plan all along.  WWE wanted to build this women’s revolution and have the first women’s match to close out Wrestlemania in history.  This is why Ronda is here.  She has done everything they could ever hope for and much more.  Charlotte was always going to be in this match.  She has natural ability and charisma.  She is a great heel and great on the mic as we have seen so far and will continue to see in the coming weeks.  After all she is a Flair.  Becky is just a bolt of lightning that hit and caught fire.  No one knew she was capable of this.  Same can be said of Stone Cold Steve Austin who she is being compared to.  I really hate that she is compared to Austin.  There is only one Austin and his feud with Vince was pure magic.  So it makes tons of sense to have a triple threat match.  So many story lines can be spinned off from this match.  Here are my reasons in no particular order:

  1. Ronda is a top attraction world-wide. Becky is white hot right now.  Charlotte when she is done will be recognized as the greatest female wrestler of all time.
  2. WWE won’t make Ronda a heel which she should be. There is nothing they can do to make Becky a heel.  Charlotte is a natural heel.  Main event matches don’t work with a face vs a face.
  3. I am not convinced they know who they want to win this match yet. They can keep Ronda’s invincibility by having Becky and Charlotte pin each other.
  4. By having these three in this match it opens up a spot for another woman to wrestle Asuka at Mania.

Does this make sense to you?  The 4 horsemen angle is coming and it could very well officially begin at Mania.  Look at the scenarios.  Becky and Charlotte gang up on Ronda to help one win.  Ronda’s squad beats up both Becky and Flair so she could retain forming the Horseman.  Sasha and Bailey getting involved if Ronda wins and all 4 beat her down.  Or possibly the old double pin on Ronda by Becky and Charlotte setting up yet another match between them.  Or perhaps Ronda’s squad takes out Sasha and Bailey costing them their tag titles and then take out Charlotte and Becky.  Something big is going to happen.  But mostly I want to see another woman in a big match against Asuka.  The women’s matches are getting better and better.

 

RAW

My god what the hell is going on here.  We have Seth Rollins not wrestling since the Rumble and barely on TV.  And when he goes on TV here comes the advocate for Brock Lesnar.  Heyman is golden on the mic so that does not bother me.  But this title has become so secondary cause it never gets defended.  I also think that Vince is so scared of losing Brock to AEW that he might not drop the strap at Mania and he will pay him even more money to stay.  UGH.  How many more weeks will we be forced to see Mojo Rawley stare at himself in the mirror.  Please Stroman, Drew, Corbin story has to go.  And now Lashley might be back into it too.  Kurt Angle is also still around in main events.  We were forced to see Double J and the Road Dog get TV time against Elias.  Now Elias who is still a hot story last week was in a spot with the Lucha House Party?  Curt Hawkins and Long Island Iced Z?  Ronda abusing and making the Riott Squad look obsolete.    Do we need to see videos of Kevin Owens throwing gutter balls and eating pizza with pineapples.  But at least he is coming back and maybe as a face cause we need him back.  Dean Ambrose who already gave his notice is still getting prime TV time.  The men’s tag team division is a joke.  At least a real tag team now has the straps.  Can we let EC3 talk?  He is great on the mic.  Thank god for the women on this show.  Sasha and Bailey as the tag team champs will get this going in the right direction.  Outside of Ronda and with Charlotte and Becky appearing on both shows now there is enough quality women to have a pretty competitive tag team division.  That is if Sasha and Bailey don’t cross shows.  Bottom line with over 2 hours of TV time to fill there isn’t any juicy angles right now.  I never thought I would admit it but they need the Big Dog back.  Get well soon Roman.  Also a healthy KO.  Cena’s eventual return?  Maybe Bray Wyatt too?  And what the hell happened with Lars Anderson?

SMACKDOWN

This is a better show because the Becky Lynch angle came from Smackdown.  The Kofi Kingston push came out of nowhere and it is lit right now.  I am interested in seeing where this is going.  The rest of the show is very average.  I don’t think Samoa Joe is getting pushed the right way.  AJ is awesome but he needs a fresh story.  Abyss?  Shane and Miz are getting ready to have the breakup for their Mania match.  How does Asuka make The Man tap out and we never see her on TV since the Royal Rumble.  She needs a Mania opponent and the roster on Smackdown is light on the female side.  I don’t know what to make of R Truth having a strap.  Unless they felt bad scrapping him from the rumble for Nia Jax.  Send Nikki Cross to Smackdown.  Stop pushing Orton, Hardy and Rey.  I do like Andrade and let’s get him into a push maybe with Nakamura and Rusev who are both underused.  I really think we need a roster shake up and more NXT call ups.

Wrestlemania.  First the announced matches already.  Then what I would like to see.

Ronda vs Charlotte vs Becky.

Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins

The above are the only two matches officially announced aside from Becky which we know she will be there.  I am assuming we are still having the Men’s and Women’s Battle Royal matches.

Now for what I would like to see or think we will see.

WWE Championship Match Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston.  Assuming Bryan still has the belt it appears Kofi is getting a singles push.  The fans are completely behind this right now.  But Mania is 7 weeks away.  A lot can happen before then.  Kofi does deserve this push so if he is going to get the strap then I would love to see him win it at Mania.  The fans are going to be calling for him to get a shot before then.  So how this gets booked will be interesting.  Outside of Kofi I don’t see another story line or wrestler right now that is more deserving.

Shane McMahon vs the Miz.  This really should be in the announced part because we all know it’s going to happen.  I only hope Miz is the heel because he is so good on the mic as a heel.

Smack Down Women’s Championship.  Asuka vs???  I have been thinking about this for a couple of days now.  Maybe Naomi because they seemed to have each other’s backs for a while now.  And Naomi was a champion before.  I will leave Carmella in the mix because this scandal with Corey Graves might be something WWE looks to exploit.  I am not behind the scenes so I don’t know the whole story but I felt Carmella was hugely affected by it.  Or perhaps it’s time to get another woman pushed.  Mandy Rose?  Or does someone leave Raw and show up on Smackdown.  I am going to say Mandy Rose gets the chance but will keep my options open to see how the fans react to Carmella.  I mean let’s face it.  The WWE did have a story with Mandy trying to have an affair with Naomi’s husband.  KARMA.

Smackdown Tag Team Champs the Uso’s.  I was kind of surprised they won the belts last night.  That’s only because of the arrest of Jon on Thursday.  His wife Naomi took that bullet for him last night.  But we know McMiz had to lose to start setting up their Mania match.  So maybe the Uso’s lose the belts quickly as punishment to a team I don’t know like the New Day.  Big E and Xavier will need something to do while Kofi gets his singles push.  Makes sense.  New Day are crowd favorites.  So I am thinking the Mania match could be the New Day vs a team like Sanity or maybe Harper is back by then and teams with Rowan since they technically weren’t supposed to drop the straps so soon.  And Bryan’s stable grows.

United States Champion R Truth.  I would be beyond shocked if he still has the belt by Mania.  So this is a tough one.  Going out on a limb and saying that Andrade beats R Truth and faces Mustafa Ali at Mania.  Nakamura and Rusev are too good to be mid carders.

United States Champion Finn Balor.  He will still be the champion by Mania and he deserves to be.  There is only one match I want to see with him.  EC3 vs Balor at Mania.  And please put a mic in the hands of EC3.

Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival.  Another tough one.  Maybe the Revival just goes into the men’s battle royal match.  I don’t see a team I like for this spot.  It also could be on the kickoff show too.

Women’s Tag Team Champions Sashs and Bailey.  They will still be the champs at Mania.  I could see the RIott squad or Nia/Tamina facing them.  I also feel they are going to start to set up the Horsemen angle with run ins by Ronda’s group.

AJ Styles vs Abyss.  An oldie from TNA.

So I got 12 matches down already with lots of talent left.  That’s why there are the battle royal matches.  The one thing I desparately want to see is Elias have a sing off with the Rock.  That would be pretty entertaining.  I have all the titles getting defended except for one.  Also you can bet there will be a couple of matches with no titles involved on the main card.  Plus I know this will never happen but I would want to see one a 4th female match on this card.  It would not involve a female champion.  But that is wishful thinking

So how do you like the card?