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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?