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WWE Nicholas Kid

One of the most divisive matches of WrestleMania 34 involved the Raw Tag Team Championship. Braun Strowman was forced by Kurt Angle to have a tag team partner in his match against Sheamus & Cesaro for the championships. Braun, apparently a fan of procrastination, waited until the last minute until finding one in the Superdome crowd.

Some felt that Braun teaming with Nicholas was a travesty of justice & a mockery of Sheamus, Cesaro & the Raw Tag Team Championship. Some thought it was awesome, and were disappointed when Nicholas had to forfeit the title the next evening on Raw. I thought it was funny, but it seemed like one of those things where they had no idea where they were going when they started.

“We need to have Braun on the WM card. People like him.”

“True. We don’t have many people for him to wrestle though. Half the mid-card is in the IC title match.”

“What about Elias? They’ve done some stuff on Raw & people seem to dig it.”

“We need Elias to get squashed by Cena to set up Taker.”

“What about The Bar?”

“OK. Who’s Braun’s partner?”

“I dunno, we’ll find somebody before WM.”

“Cool.”

I imagine they spent the next few weeks thinking of people & making phone calls, and everything fell through until somebody suggested John Cone’s kid. Which, to be honest, ruined the gimmick for me. They could have had a Make A Wish kid get to be Tag Team Champion, and instead they give an employee’s kid the rub. Lame.

To be honest, the best way for a kid to get into wrestling is to be the son (or daughter, though it’s mostly sons) of a wrestler. Easier to get around child labor laws that way. Nicholas’s recent success made me wonder who the most talented kids to take part in pro wrestling were.

Here are the Top 5 Kids In Pro Wrestling.

5. Colby Corino

Colby is the son of the King of Old School Steve Corino, and is currently an indy wrestler of some note. He was invited to train in the New Japan Dojo until he got arrested on drug charges. He’s still bouncing around the indies & looking to make his name. He reportedly started wrestling around the age of 13, but he was taking bumps in England’s 1PW somewhere around the age of 9.

The fans’ response of chanting “ohhhhhh Abyss” didn’t show much concern for the welfare of young Colby.

4. Owen Steen

Six-month old Owen is the youngest competitor to hold a victory in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. His father Kevin was going back & forth with Excalibur when the Commissioner of Food & Beverage decided it was a good idea to mock Owen’s appearance.

After a couple of Package Piledrivers, Kevin got Owen from the crowd & placed him on top of Excalibur for the three count. This wouldn’t be Owen’s last wrestling-related appearance, as an online video of him reacting to his father’s debut on Raw got quite the fan response.

3. Tyler Fullington

People weren’t sure that The Sandman had feelings. After all, he usually drank to the point where he couldn’t feel feelings. Raven did his best to get to Sandman by joining up with his ex-wife. When that didn’t work, Raven raised the bar by turning Sandman’s seven year old son against him.

When people talk about great ECW storylines that couldn’t be replicated today, this was one of them. Could you imagine WWE going here with one of Shane or Stephanie’s young kids? Absolutely not. Tyler has done some indy wrestling over the years, but from what I can tell on Twitter he spends most of his time watching Philadelphia sports teams. They have a lot of teams so I can see how that keeps one busy.

2. Haruka

Before Kenny Omega was known as The Cleaner & one of the best wrestlers in the world, he was largely known for wrestling a blow up doll & a nine year old girl. We’ll talk about the girl here.

Haruka was a youngster that was in a beginners’ class at a shoot boxing academy. She was sad because older girls were getting lured away from the academy to get into pro wrestling, & she was the biggest wrestling fan out of any of them. So DDT Pro-Wrestling signed her & enlisted Omega to train her. She had a run of matches in 2011, including one with Omega that became an online sensation.

Kenny did good work training her. Unfortunately she retired not long afterwards to pursue something resembling life.

(Tie) 1. King Maxel Hardy

Owen Steen may hold the record for youngest wrestler to win a match, but King Maxel is the youngest to do so on worldwide television. He made his in-ring debut at Total Nonstop Deletion on December 15, 2016 in Cameron, North Carolina. With some help from Senor Benjamin, Maxel scored the victory over Rockstar Spud.

You can’t deny that Maxel inherited the charisma gene from his parents. The lovable tyke has over 33,000 Twitter followers & stands to inherit the Hardy Compound & whatever gold his father Matt & Bray Wyatt end up collecting during their expedition. Indeed, his future appears to be…

(Tie) 1. President Ramu

President Ramu Kid

[Editor’s Note: You didn’t think we’d leave out President Ramu, did you? Hell no!]

President Ramu, also of Japan fame, spent most of her time in Japanese promotion 666, but is also one of the approximately 500,000 people to fold the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship.

Originally dubbed La Hija Del Undertaker, after her original gimmick, she had a four year career before retiring in 2009, wrestling her final match against Tajiri.


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Brock Lesnar Creates the Kind of Chaos WWE Does Not Need

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Here we go again. The main event scene on Monday Night Raw has once again become even more disturbing with the addition of Brock Lesnar.

The former Universal Heavyweight Champion entered the main event at Hell in a Cell, taking down both the current champion Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman in a  sad but predictable ending to a decent pay-per-view.

WWE cannot seem to get out of its own way in deciding what to do with the red brand’s title. Or, maybe it’s Lesnar who is holding the marionette strings of a company that has not moved on from the Beast Incarnate to forge a new identity of main event stars. The Hell in a Cell match between Reigns and Strowman was muddled with the arrival of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as it was.

Adding Lesnar to the chaos and disorder creates more problems than solutions for the creative team, Reigns and the title he wears around his waist.

The thought was once Reigns beat Lesnar to claim the belt, it would be the end of the line for the WWE and UFC star, who has made no secret he wants to dominate the octagon once again. It also opened the door for Reigns to finally assume his role as Vince McMahon’s master plan of having the current Shield Member and four-time champion to step over Lesnar, John Cena and anyone else in his path as the company’s new face.

I’m sure WWE’s fans have finally succumbed to the notion Reigns isn’t going anywhere. To steal a phrase from Ric Flair, “Whether you like it or don’t like it, learn to love it…”

You get the idea.

So now, WWE has a three-headed monster fighting over the same belt it did only months ago with no end in sight. The notion of McIntyre stepping forward as the next opponent for Reigns looks to be squashed. Lesnar’s contract, demands and lack of airtime while wearing the Universal Title finally pissed the fanbase off. Does putting the strap back around his waist make sense?

Now that Strowman has become an ally of Ziggler and McIntyre, how does this all play out? Does anyone care? Is the best thing to come out of the Hell in a Cell match is the return of Paul Heyman? It’s still a tangled web WWE weaves with no ending point. It’s status quo for poor booking.

It appears to be the norm, not the exception. We all just learn to deal with it, mainly because change does not seem to be a good thing in this promotion.


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WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

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I don’t want this title to be misleading. I’m not trying to break news or spread a rumor. This is just something I’ve noticed over the past several months.

As we all know, WWE’s first all-female pay-per-view, Evolution, is set to take place in October.  In addition to the finals of the Mae Young Classic, an NXT Women’s Championship match is supposed to take place. Alexa Bliss vs. Trish Stratus has also been announced.

We know a lot of talent is supposed to be present but we haven’t heard much in terms of scheduled matches. This is one of the reasons I think we could see the debut of women’s tag team titles.

Over the summer, WWE has been pairing up a lot of the women on their roster. Take Sasha Banks and Bayley for example. Many of us thought that was leading to a blood feud that was going to culminate at SummerSlam or Hell in a Cell.  But nothing happened. They made up and have been working tag matches together ever since. We’ve also seen the return of The Bella Twins who have been appearing on both Raw and SmackDown.

Teams like The IIconics and The Riott Squad were already present but let’s look at the rest of the roster. When Paige left Absolution, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose continued to make appearances as a team. Ronda Rousey and Natalya have been in each other’s corner all summer. Alexa Bliss used to only be accompanied by Mickie James but now Alicia Fox has joined their stable. As previously stated, Alexa is supposed to wrestle with Trish so Mickie and Alicia can still partner together.

The same is occurring over on SmackDown Live. Naomi was feuding with both Peyton Royce and Billie Kay but Asuka has very recently joined forces with her. They even had a tag match against The IIconics on Tuesday.

On Raw the only women left without a team are Nia Jax, Ember Moon, and Dana Brooke. Carmella, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte are the only lone women on SmackDown Live. Zelina Vega and Lana are attached to their male associates so I don’t expect them to be paired with another female talent in the near future. Carmella’s partnership with R-Truth isn’t as permanent and Tamina is still on the shelf with an injury. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a mini Welcoming Committee reunion upon Tamina’s return.

Again, this is all just personal speculation. I turn a blind eye to dirt sheets and leaked event cards so you may know more than I do on this subject. This is just something I’ve picked up on from watching the product. It may be my imagination but there were too many signs for me to ignore.


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Dear Smarks, The Saudi Arabia Show Has Nothing to Do With Evolution!

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It’s that time of year again. WWE is getting ready to go to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a Network Special, and once again, the wrestling PC Police are up in arms about it. The rallying cry this time is about how AWFUL it is that WWE is doing a show in Saudi Arabia, where the Women’s Division isn’t allowed to compete, just days after the first all women’s PPV. Obviously, this is a blatant attempt by WWE to undermine the Women’s Evolution by doing this and that WWE should be ashamed to take ‘blood money’ from Saudi Arabia.

There’s so much wrong with this argument, I’m not sure where to start. First of all, the scheduling of the Crown Jewel for November 2 would’ve happened if WWE had put No Mercy on instead of Evolution. The scheduling for both events was done long before either was formally announced.  Secondly, as I have stated before, WWE goes to the Middle East as part of their bi-annual overseas tour every year and have done so for decades, and every time, except for the match in Abu Dabai, the women have never gone on that leg of the tour because they weren’t allowed to compete. This wasn’t a secret, but no one cared until after the deal with Saudi Arabia was announced and Banks and Bliss had their history making match in Abu Dhabi.

Here’s a question: How is doing TWO shows a year in Saudi Arabia undermining the Women’s Division? Seriously. Do you HONESTLY, truly and honestly, think WWE is going to spend three years building the Women’s Division, putting on two all-Women’s tournaments, doing the first Women’s Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania Battle Royal, while secretly plotting to undermine it by doing two glorified house shows in a country where women are banned from participating in sports?

As for the ‘blood money’, oh where do I start? What brand of shoes do you have on? What brand of clothing are you wearing? Or your phone? Chances are pretty good that your clothes, shoes, and/or your phone, was made in an overseas factory by workers who get pay a very small amount and often work long hours in terrible conditions. Yet, companies stock these products and not a word is said about the business deals being ‘blood money’.

Before anyone starts about Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations, let me point out that Australia, site of the Super Show-Down and China, which will be getting it’s own Network Special, BOTH  have their own recent histories of human rights violations. Australia has been HEAVILY criticized for its treatment of migrants and refugees, many of whom are from predominately Muslim countries, as well as the continued mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples. China’s list of human rights violations is a pretty lengthy one, but they have also recent come under fire for its persecution of a Muslim minority, and yet, no one has complained about WWE doing shows there. No one has made nearly the same amount of noise about ‘blood money’. So why is Saudi Arabia unacceptable while Australia and China are acceptable?

The bottom line is that WWE is a business, not the United States Government, or the United Nations. The deal with Saudi Arabia is a business deal that gives fans in the Middle East a chance to see a WWE show without having to stay up to the crack of dawn.

If the idea of WWE doing TWO shows a year without the women present bothers you that much, don’t watch it and focus that energy on supporting women’s wrestling and women’s causes where you live. Cheer when the women’s matches are on instead of going to the bathroom or changing the channel, watch the Mae Young Classic (it’s great, I promise), plan to watch Evolution, buy merchandise to support the female superstars. The Women’s Evolution is bigger than two house shows in Saudi Arabia, don’t diminish it by making that the end all-be all.


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