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DeMarco: Things I Need To See On WWE Raw After Mania Tonight

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SANITY WWE Raw

WrestleMania 34 is official, and while the details (and in some cases shock) are still fresh, it’s on to what was once the best wrestling show of the entire year: RawAfterMania.

With rebirth of the brand-split, RawAfterMania has lost a little of hits mystique since we know some surprises will be reserved for SmackdownAfterMania. But Raw is still RAW, and it’s still the most important wrestling show on television.

So in the aftermath of WrestleMania, what do I need to see on Raw, tonight?


John Cena vs. The Undertaker Made Official For WrestleMania 35

The undertaker John Cena WrestleMania 34

The Deadman is back. I said he wasn’t coming back, and I was wrong. I’ve said that I was wrong. You’ve reminded me that I was wrong. I deserve that!

But listen: WWE put the fans through hell with “The John Cena Story” for WrestleMania 34. The payoff was well done, but it doesn’t erase the pain along the way. Have The Undertaker come out on Raw, and have John Cena follow suit. Cena doesn’t make any excuses, but asks The Undertaker to give him another match–a match everyone knows about–at WrestleMania 35. The Deadman accepts, and any further Cena-Taker interactions between now and then are done with the match looming.

I know we need to get John Cena’s 17th world title win in there somewhere, but the WrestleMania 35 stage is perfect for John Cena vs. The Undertaker. Don’t toy with it this time, make it official now.

Don’t delay, do it today.

Roman Reigns Turns Heel

Roman Reigns Suit Raw

Short of “Vince McMahon losing faith” (which I don’t see) or “Roman failed a drug test” (which could always happen, but I am going with no), there absolutely has to be a change for Roman Reigns.

I have been solidly behind keeping Reigns as the tweener bad ass because that’s how he works. But there is a simple formula in wrestling that you follow when something works: milk it for all you can, then blow it up.

It’s time to blow it up. And WWE has set the stage for that with perfection.

For the past few years Roman Reigns has been “The Guy.” Granting every wish, shaking every hand, kissing every baby, making every smile. But Roman Reigns should be angry. He did everything for WWE, literally bled for the company in the end, and “Vince’s boy” Brock Lesnar still won out. Vince McMahon isn’t going to be on Roman Reigns’ side, nor should he. He suspended Reigns, because Roman told the truth about how Vince treats Brock Lesnar.

Enter The Authority.

The Authority has a thorn in their side in the name of Kurt Angle. Given his actions on The Road To WrestleMania, Kurt isn’t long for the Raw General Manager job. Even if he was in the right, Stephanie McMahon obviously wouldn’t see it that way.

But Triple H? Triple H always has a Plan B. That Plan B needs to be Roman Reigns. Roman Reigns already knows what The Authority can be as an adversary, but With The Authority behind him there is nothing a suit-wearing, sweet talking Roman Reigns can’t attain.

Don’t delay, do it today.

Something Happens In The Tag Team Division

I don’t know how long Nicholas has on his break from school, but at some point the referee’s son has to go back!

We’ve demolished the Raw Tag Team Division, and tonight it needs to show some signs of life. Maybe it’s a debut for The Authors Of Pain, a surprise move for The Usos (also with The Authority?). You have The Revival and The Club at your disposal, plus this new Woken/Wyatt Alliance between Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt.

You have the means at your disposal, use them!

Don’t delay, do it today.

Focus On Backlash, Greatest Royal Rumble Sells Itself

I don’t expect anything major for Greatest Royal Rumble. It’s a huge house show with seven men’s title matches, John Cena vs. Triple H, and a 50-Man Royal Rumble. Done. I’m gonna watch, and I will enjoy it.

But Backlash is your first co-branded non-Big 4 pay-per-view event of the current brand split era, and we need to see what’s going to happen. Smackdown seems easy with an AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura rematch, along with an issue for Charlotte Flair with Carmella that they finally pull the trigger on during SmackdownAfterMania.

But for Raw? No one has a clue what’s going on! Is Brock Lesnar going to be there? If not, do we us Backlash to determine his number one contender? Do we rush Cena vs. Taker: The Rematch? (Please don’t.) Who is Seth Rollins’ first Intercontinental Championship challenger? We have four weeks.

Don’t delay, do it today.

Someone Needs To Debut

SANITY WWE Raw

It’s RawAfterMania, which means we need a surprise debut. In the words of the New Day…Who?

Well we have reports of Bobby Lashley, James Storm, and Rey Mysterio being around. Samoa Joe is cleared and ready to return. Dean Ambrose may or may not be, we don’t know. Big Cass also looms in the background reportedly ready.

Plus you have NXT talents ready to come up, such as The Authors Of Pain, Ember Moon, Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega, please and thank you), Iconic’s Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, and SANITY.

What happens next? On Raw give me Bobby Lashley, Ember Moon, and SANITY.


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/19/2019

Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis! How was the show?

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Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis!

Scarlett and Fallah debut as a tag team today! Tessa and Gail’s story continues to bubble up and Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake get their shots at the Tag Team titles!

The whole oVe story and Rich Swann continues as Tommy Dreamer apparently is getting sacrificed to Madman Fulton. Are we about to watch a murder?

 

Ratings:

  • Scarlett Bordeaux & Fallah Bahh vs Desi Hit Squad: Scarlett wins via Tandem Banzai Drop – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Dez: Dez wins via Body Scissors Cradle – ** 1/4
  • Madman Fulton vs Tommy Dreamer: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – ** 1/2
  • Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Rayne wins via Roll-Up – N/A
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c): Lucha Bros retain via Spike Fear Factor – ***

 

Analysis:

Okay let’s be serious for a minute. This wasn’t a great match, but it was entertaining. The crowd enjoyed singing along to Scarlett’s music, Fallah did most of the work since the Hit Squad didn’t want to interact with Scarlett at first. Amusing spot was after Raj got hit with a Stink Face from Scarlett, Rohit pulled him out and sat in the corner asking for the Scarlett Stink Face. They pulled the bait and switch since she told him to close his eyes. Scarlett jumps on Fallah’s back and Tandem Banzai drop with Scarlett pinning Raj was the finish. It was amusing, not a great match, but told a story and was entertaining.

A couple backstage segments with Lucha Bros and Eli & Eddie hyping the tag match. Eddie is still imbalanced singing “We are the three best friends” song, of course referencing Kenny the kendo stick as the third.

The final leg of Moose’s revenge against the Rascalz. Moose took the match lightly, and controlled the majority of the match. Lawn Darting Dez into the corner was cool. Hell Dez tried to do a Dragonrana on the outside, Moose caught him smooth as butter and then smashed his head into the steps, before throwing him into the other Rascalz. After rolling him back in, the other Rascalz get involved for the first time and allow Dez to roll through with a Body Scissors into a Cradle.

After the match we see Rosemary and Kiera Hogan arguing. Kiera says as long as there’s two of them, two of them will fight Su Yung. So Rosemary proceeds to beat the crap out of Kiera and choke her with the chain leash that held the Bunny before she was killed in the Undead Realm. Yes, I know what I just wrote.

GWN Flashback Match: Tag Team Title 5150 Street Fight: LAX vs OGz, Slammiversary 7/22/2018

After the flashback we get a decent length segment of Tessa going to one of Robert Irvine’s restaurants where she runs down Gail, says she’s most famous for screwing a famous chef. Then she proceeds to terrorize different people all while looking for Robert Irvine. She doesn’t find him, has some interesting lines, and she sells things well. Not everyone acts well in the segment, but it wasn’t completely awful. A few amusing moments.

Not really sure why Madman and Dreamer are in a non-Hardcore match. It’s an alright match. Dreamer gets most of his offense in when Fulton takes too long to go to his next move. After hitting the DDT, Dreamer goes out to get a kendo stick…in a normal match, misses and Fulton hits a Reverse Lifting STO (think Corbin’s End of Days). Not sure what Fulton is calling it, but that was the end. Then a brawl between oVe and the rest of Dreamer’s little rag tag team of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.

Taya ran down Canada, said she wasn’t gonna do the match, but Madison jumped her before she could leave. Then after surviving the initial flurry, Taya tries to powder out, but Jordynne Grace throws her back in. Taya is mad and distracted, School Girl Roll-Up. So nothing to rate, but I guess this is comeuppance for one half of the douchey championship couple.

Interesting match even though it felt to be less than 10 minutes long. Lucha Bros start fast and spotty, but eventually Eddie and Eli slow it down. LAX tries to cost Lucha Bros the match, but they fail. Eddie tries to throw Kenny to Eli, but Eli misses. Eddie gets wiped out and they pin Eli with the Spike Fear Factor. Afterwards Eli turns on Eddie and beats him with Kenny.

 

Overall Score: 6/10

Above average. Not a bad show, but it definitely felt like an episode to try and put more focus on the smaller stories. Lance Storm getting involved in the main event story does add a little more star power. Given that D’Amore insulted Cage before the confrontation, it makes me wonder where management’s feelings lie.

So again, the show wasn’t exactly a blow away, but there were plenty of entertaining moments. Ideally next week should finish the hype for Rebellion, and I’m really hoping Rebellion returns to the good wrestling form that Redemption and Slammiversary had last year.


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Carol: Is Lacey Evans The Right Opponent For Becky Lynch?

Lacey may have The Woman’s Right, but is she the right opponent for Becky? Carol explores the question.

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Lacey may have The Woman’s Right, but is she the right opponent for Becky? Carol explores the question.

It’s been one week since Becky Lynch won both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships at WrestleMania. But Lynch doesn’t have time to rest because she’s getting ready to defend her titles against Lacey Evans.

Evans being the championship contender has caused mixed reactions with fans.

So I have to wonder, is Lacey the right contender for Becky Lynch?

I can see why fans are upset with Evans being Becky’s first opponent. Since Becky is the top star of the women’s division and fans would expect her first title defense to be with another big star such as Sasha Banks or Bayley.

I can see Becky feuding with someone like Sasha or Bayley, but their match would be saved for a bigger PPV such as SummerSlam. In the meantime, Becky will have to be put in a filler feud and Lacey Evans is her first opponent.

I don’t watch NXT so I’m not familiar with Lacey’s in-ring work, although I do know about her gimmick. Since arriving on the main roster, Lacey hasn’t competed much in the ring. The only thing she does is walk down the ramp like a runway model in the middle of a match.

This past Monday on RAW, Lacey competed in her first match on the main roster when she fought Natalya.  While the match was short, it did give the WWE Universe a chance to see Lacey’s wrestling ability. Lacey showed that she has a lot of strength when it comes to wrestling, but is that enough to make her a worthy championship contender.

Reports say that WWE views her as a future star in the women’s division. She fits the mold of WWE’s women wrestlers, so it’s not surprising they want to push her. But are they pushing her too fast by having her challenge Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championships?

It would be best to slowly build up Lacey’s character until she’s able to prove why she’s championship caliber. But at the same time, a Becky Lynch feud could be just the thing to get the WWE Universe interested in the wrestler.

Becky’s the biggest star of the women’s division and anyone who has a feud with her is sure to gain a lot of attention. If WWE is adamant about making Lacey a star, a championship match with Lynch could be thing to get her push started.

While some fans are hesitant about Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch’s feud, this is a big opportunity for both ladies.

For Evans, she’ll have to prove to fans and WWE officials that she has what it takes to be a big star in the women’s division. As for Lynch, she’s worked hard to earn her spot as the top star in WWE. After a successful win at WrestleMania, she’s going to have to continue her momentum going to keep her spot as champion and leader of the women’s division.

Of course, WWE’s booking will play an important role in this feud. But if booked right, Lacey and Becky could both come out of this feud looking strong.


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