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AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Should Close out WrestleMania 34

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WrestleMania 34 is nearly here and WWE has truly stacked the deck full of high profile matches. 13 bouts have been officially announced on WWE.com and there could be one more to come, if The Undertaker faces off against John Cena.

Some fans believe that match should be the main event, while others believe it shouldn’t happen at all. But amidst all of the hoopla and hype surrounding The Show of Shows, many feel only one match deserves to go last on April 8. That match is AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura.

Of all the showdowns that will take place this year, this is the one that has the potential to leave more of a lasting impression. Both Styles and Nakamura have worked their entire careers to reach this point and each man knows that this kind of opportunity may only come around once in a lifetime.

Working the main event of WrestleMania is a dream that so many pro wrestlers have, yet very few get to actually do it. It’s the most coveted spot in the industry and it’s one that a talent must strive to attain. It’s often said that if a guy doesn’t want to be the top champion, then he shouldn’t waste his time getting in the business. The same is true of the main event spot on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Who deserves that spot more than Styles and Nakamura? They are in the upper echelon of WWE and either of them could perhaps be the best. Styles in particular has morphed into a WWE powerhouse though it seemed the company would never take a chance on him.

Fans believed that the company would change him. If AJ did come in and join WWE, he would have to become someone else. He was too small. He was too southern. WWE would mock him, belittle him and eventually, discredit him.

WWE was always the land of the giants. It was also a place where guys couldn’t get ahead unless Vince McMahon created them. Styles did not meet that criteria. He was respected around the world but that would not be enough for WWE. But that was not the case.

Styles came in and the company fully embraced him for the star that he is. He was allowed to be himself and he flourished. The WWE faithful knew him and fully supported him. He wasn’t loud and he wasn’t flashy but he didn’t need to be.

Styles did his talking between the ropes. He delivered maximum effort every time out and he always made the card better because of his work. More importantly, he always made his opponents look good. AJ Styles is the epitome of what professional wrestling is all about and he may just be the best in the world.

Nakamura’s transition to WWE was perhaps not so smooth. The King of Strong Style’s booking was extremely weak in the beginning, as the company seemed intent on reshaping him to fit their image. He was entertaining but he wasn’t the killer that New Japan fans knew him to be. Something was off.

But after months of working within the system and acclimating to the WWE machine, Nakamura finally made some forward progress. When he tossed Roman Reigns over the top rope to win the 2018 Royal Rumble, fans knew that Shinsuke was indeed on his way to the top. Now that he’s here, he deserves the right to close out the night.

Some could argue the point of course. After all this match was the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 10 in 2016; why would Vince McMahon want to recycle another company’s match as his main event for WrestleMania? Reigns and Brock Lesnar are facing off for the WWE Universal Championship. What better match to end the night with?

But the fact is that despite how much the company supports Reigns, the truth is that his match will end with a chorus of boos from the massive crowd when he wins. WWE may choose to believe that Reigns is in the right spot and that all is well with his babyface run. However the fans know differently and they will make their voices heard when the final bell rings on after his victory. Is that the way WrestleMania 34 should end?

McMahon likes to believe that WWE can simply just do it better. So why not give the fans what they want and close the night with what will surely be an amazing pro wrestling match? The audience will be exhausted after nearly seven straight hours. But if they get Styles versus Nakamura in the last match, they will be energized. WrestleMania will end on a high note and unlike Reigns versus Lesnar, it will not make a difference who wins.

Styles versus Nakamura is about the action, not the end. If AJ goes over, then he goes back to SmackDown Live as the top guy on Tuesday nights and possibly the strongest champion in the company. If Nakamura wins, he solidifies himself as a top player and a whole new world opens up to him. There’s no downside to this match. It is an instant classic. Can fans really say that of Reigns versus Lesnar?

AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura have earned this. They are two of the best in the business and they will be competing for the company’s top championship. That is what WWE is all about. The fans want it. Both guys deserve it. Now it’s up to WWE to make the right decision.


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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE NXT (3/3/21)

Bodeen breaks out his Top 5 moments of NXT this week. Did he miss anything that made your list?

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After Adam Cole put the nail in the coffin in the Undisputed Era last week, many eyes were on NXT this week to see what the reaction from Roderick Strong would be as well as the Tag title matches after the Dusty Rhodes Classic. With all these factors it’s no surprise that NXT put on another amazing night of action that was entertaining from start to finish. So without further ado, it’s time to look at the top 5 moments from NXT this week.

5. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler beat Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez

It feels like so long ago we saw Shayna Baszler on NXT. Just a few years ago Baszler was dominating the NXT women’s division as she beats the likes of Kari Sane, Mia Yim, Bianca Belair and Io Shirai. After she lost the title to Rhea Ripley and moved to RAW, over time she lost credibility and she was slowly removed from the title picture. That’s why it was so great to see the submission magician back to her former self on NXT as she and Nia Jax beat Dakota Kai and Requel Gonzalas in a great match that ended in controversial circumstances

This was another great match for the team of Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, with Raquel Gonzalez once again being the MVP of this match as she took a hot tag from Dakota Kai to dominate Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. The match would end under controversial circumstances after Adam Pearce called for a referee to ring the bell after Kai was trapped in a submission despite the fact Gonzales was legal.

This finish made Kai and Gonzales look strong in defeat as they did not lose cleanly. It also sets up a storyline in the future, especially after NXT General Manager, William Regal stated he had an announcement to make that would change the NXT landscape.

4. The Way go to therapy 

The Christmas with the Gargano’s vignettes were one of my favorite moments from NXT in 2020. The jokes catered to everyone and ranged from inside jokes to die-hard wrestling fans to silly, cheesy jokes that you would see in a Monty Python or Adam Sandler movie. While the Way going to therapy wasn’t near the level of Christmas with the Gargano’s it was still a fun segment that continued to highlight how good Johnny Gargano is at being a goofy heel.

Gargano’s reactions were priceless to watch as he could not believe that Austin Theory enjoyed his time with Dexter Lumis. Indi Hartwell’s innuendoes were also hilarious to watch, as this series of segments did a great job in giving all members of The Way enough lines so that no member felt pointless being there.

With Dexter Lumis most likely the next in line for Johnny Gargano’s North American Championship, it will be interesting to see the involvement of Austin Theory in what is sure to be a highly entertaining feud to watch.

3. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch beat Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher  

While it was originally meant to be Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, MSK facing Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch we instead got the makeshift team of Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher facing the NXT Tag Team champions in a brutal, hard-hitting match that was intense from start to finish, with Lorcan and Burch getting the win after Imperium distracted Thatcher and Ciampa.

This match did a good job at bringing together Thatcher and Ciampa as they smiled at each other, sharing their joy for inflicting pain on their opponents. Despite sharing a moment with each other, the relationship between the two men would be tense as Ciampa seemed annoyed at Thatcher’s history with Imperium costing them the match.

2. Roderick Strong faces off against Finn Balor  

After Adam Cole put the nail in the coffin of the Undisputed Era by superkicking Roderick Strong last week, Strong would open the show this week and would waste no time in calling Adam Cole out to the ring. Despite Strong calling Cole out, Finn Balor would come out, with Roderick blaming Balor for Cole’s actions. Balor would reply by saying that Roderick does not have the killer instinct that Balor has causing Roderick to attack the NXT Champion, leading to a match between the two men later in the night.

This was my favorite match of the night as Roderick Strong, pushed the NXT Champion to his limit, with Balor once again doing an amazing job of selling, as he sold the back which, Strong attacked throughout the match. The match would end after Balor hit the Coup De Grace and 1916 on Strong to win, with Adam Cole coming out to stare off at Balor ahead of their title match next week.

With Finn Balor and Adam Cole ready to face each other in a TakeOver worthy match, it will be interesting to see who will win, in what is sure to be an amazing match.

1. LA Knight makes his intentions known 

While his name change has led to disagreement between fans LA Knight’s short time in NXT has been entertaining to watch. His promo skills and style remind me of a 1980s movie star as he is always the center of attention when he is on the mic. This week would be no different as LA Knight cut his first in-ring promo on NXT TV as he called out the entire roster as well as sewing the seeds for a feud with Bronson Reed.

LA Knight’s promo this week was absolute gold, as he blended cockiness, arrogance, pride and emotion brilliantly, stating that he is not in NXT to do flips and dives, but rather win regardless of style. LA Knight would make his big move against Bronson Reed, as he cost Bronson Reed a match against Cameron Grimes.

Bronson Reed is a great first feud for LA Knight, as it can perfectly show off LA Knight’s style well against a bigger man like Bronson Reed.

These were my top 5 moments from NXT this week. What were your top 5 moments and who do you think will win the NXT Championship Title match next week? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 


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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 3/1/21

Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

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Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

With just 6 short weeks left until WrestleMania, RAW once again came to us from the Thunderdome, with the main story on RAW this week being focused on the WWE Championship match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley. Despite this there were still some other moments on RAW that stood out, so without further ado let’s once again look at the top 5 moments that stood out on RAW.

5. Mustafa Ali pins Riddle

There is no denying that the booking of RETRIBUTION has been botched. While it was extremely interesting to watch Retribiution at first, Retribution soon died even after Mustafa Ali turned heel mainly due to terrible logical booking and a series of losses that made them all look weak.

However, it is still nice to see RETRIBUTION get wins back, especially when it comes to their leader, Mustafa Ali. Ali is extremely talented and has shown he can perform with the best in the ring. That is why it was so great to see him beat Riddle on RAW.

While the match between the two men was nothing special and had a bad-looking finish, it was still nice to see him beat the United States Champion in a non-title match and give RETRIBUTION and himself a small amount of credit back.

4. Miz makes Bobby Lashley wait

Over the years The Miz has grown to be one of the best heels in the business, his promos are amazing to watch and over the years Miz has learned to control any crowd as a heel. Miz’s promos though are not the only thing that has helped him as a heel, as we have seen Miz over the years use brilliant strategies to give himself an advantage in the ring.

Miz would once again use his mind this week on RAW as he used excuse after excuse throughout the night to avoid defending the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley until eventually, Shane McMahon forced him to defend or vacate the title at the end of the night.

The great part about watching this was seeing the reaction from MVP and Bobby Lashley as they grew increasingly frustrated with The Miz and his ideas as their annoyance at the start of the night turned into a pure rage after Miz retained after being counted out.

3. Damian Priest gets another win 

At first, I was somewhat worried about Damian Priest being teamed up with Bad Bunny, mainly due to the fact it feels Priest deserved more. However, after a few weeks and seeing how much merchandise Bad Bunny has been selling, the relationship between the two men can be effective for Priest especially as Bad Bunny guarantees Priest time on RAW, where he can impress fans.

Priest would once again look good on RAW this week as he pinned Elias in a solid match between the two men. It was also nice to see Priest beat Elias without any major interference from Bad Bunny, as Priest has arguably looked somewhat weaker due to the distractions from Bad Bunny in his matches.

With there being a good chance that Bad Bunny will be on WrestleMania with Preist, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Priest after WrestleMania

2.  Drew Mcintyre and Sheamus destroy each other

While this may not off been on a Pay-Per-View, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus put on an amazing match between each other and easily put on the best match of the night. The match showcased the brutal style of the two men as they traded moves with both men working extremely well together.

The match would start with an intense brawl between the two men as they gave each other a beating. After a brutal match where both men push each other to their limit, Drew McIntyre would catch Sheamus with a Claymore after Sheamus attempted a Brouge kick to win the match.

After the match, both men stared at each other potentially meaning that this is not the end of their feud as he approach Fastlane.

1. Bobby Lashley finally wins the gold 

It is hard to believe how much Bobby Lashley’s career has changed in a year. This time last year, Bobby was stuck in a never-ending feud with Lana and Rusev which had lost all credibility. Then Bobby Lashley left Lana for MVP and started The Hurt Business, where he became a dominant part of the mid-card as the United States Champion.

Even after being a dominant mid-carder for so long Lashley still hadn’t reached that next level however Bobby would finally break through the glass ceiling this week on RAW after he waited for three hours to dominate The Miz to finally become WWE Champion after what has felt like an eternity.

With Bobby now Champion the big question is, will Lashley be Champion by WrestleMania and if so, who will Lashley face?

These were my top 5 moments from RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of Bobby Lashley being WWE Champion? Let us know in the comments below. 


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