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Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley Make a Monstrous Team in WWE

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Braun Strowman has found an ally in Bobby Lashley. The two men have unofficially become a tag team in WWE and while it may or may not be a temporary alliance, it’s obvious that they do match up extremely well together.

Finally Strowman has a partner he can trust and more importantly, he has one that carries his share of the load. The Monster Among Men has been nothing short of a phenom in Vince McMahon’s company and he’s never really been the type of guy that’s ever had to reach out to anyone for any kind of help. Strowman is ordinarily a one-man war machine.

But that had everything to do with the roster of Raw Superstars around him. Big Show stepped out of the spotlight. Kane entered politics. Brock Lesnar works alone. In terms of size and strength, no one was really ever capable of standing toe-to-toe with Braun, much less teaming with him. Of course that is no longer the case now.

Lashley is the perfect compliment to Strowman. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s rock solid. More importantly, he’s a veteran. Strowman’s education in WWE came from Luke Harper, Big Show and Kane. Each one is also a vet and each one instructed Strowman on the ways of the big man. Now Lashley can be part of Strowman’s continuing education.

One of the key elements of this new partnership is Lashley himself. Though he cut his teeth in WWE, he is now a clean slate. He has no recent history to draw from, no soured alliances to exploit. He hasn’t let anyone down in the company recently because he hasn’t been around.

There’s nothing flashy about Bobby. He’s not loud, he’s not arrogant and he’s not overconfident. He has no agenda and there’s no reason for him to betray anyone. The only thing Lashley wants is to compete and every time he does, he makes an impact. He is the real deal.

That is exactly the kind of character that Strowman would want at his side. Braun has had nothing but contempt for everyone around him and that includes both heels and babyfaces. No one has really been on his level and Strowman knew it. He had no respect for anyone because they just could not measure up to him. Fans have seen this before.

The first real allies Stone Cold Steve Austin found in WWE were The APA. Bradshaw and Farooq were two tough guys that only wanted to fight and The Texas Rattlesnake appreciated that. He knew he could trust them when he ordinarily never trusted anyone. This is the dynamic that’s playing out between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley.

Braun could not remain on his own forever. He’s still wildly popular with the fans and he’s still over but now he has a new layer to his character. Fans now see Strowman as a guy who can play well with others, as long as there is a mutual understanding involved. Braun shows up, wreaks havoc and destroys everything in his path. Lashley is more than happy to join in the fun.

If this team continues, they could become the most dominant duo in WWE. No team on Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live would be able to touch them. They could have great wars with The Authors of Pain, The Bludgeon Brothers, The Bar, or any other team that decided to try them. Strowman and Lashley would be Monster Inc and no one could hope to slow them down.

But while Braun has gained a new partner, he has also gained a new opponent. Much like The Undertaker before him, Strowman’s biggest challenge thus far has been finding opponents that can hang with him in the ring. WWE developed new adversaries for Taker with Mankind and Kane. Now Lashley can be the newest threat to topple The Monster Among Men.

The same elements that make them a good team would also make them good enemies. They do have much in common and they are both massively strong Superstars. But Lashley has already been down the road that Strowman is now traveling. Bobby has seen it all. Mentally he would have an advantage over Braun because of the experience factor.

It would be a natural rivalry, just as natural as their partnership. Lashley would be perhaps the most important test for Strowman because he is still in such phenomenal shape. Big Show and Kane are both past their primes but Lashley has perhaps not even reached his yet. It would definitely be a war for the ages. If that war included the Universal Championship, it could become the biggest feud in WWE.

WWE has invested a lot in Braun Strowman. He is a major star in the company and he’s in it for the long haul. If he is to continue to improve, then he must continue to grow. Part of that growth includes placing guys around him that can both help him and benefit from working with him as well. This is where Bobby Lashley comes in.

No one knows how long WWE will keep these two men together. But everyone knows that the potential for great moments and highly entertaining matches is definitely there. Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley are each finding their way in WWE and now they can find it together.


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The Case For Ronda Rousey To Lose

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“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey may be one of the hottest commodities in wrestling right now but she should lose her first title match.  I know this is a very hot take but I think the best thing the WWE can do for Rousey’s character development, if she plans on joining the roster full time, is to lose to Nia Jax at Money in the Bank. I’m not saying by Pinfall or Submission, as that could hurt her character, but a well executed DQ finish. More on that later.

If, and most likely, when she beats Nia at Money in the Bank, she would become the third fastest WWE SuperStar to win a premier title at 141 days. The fastest being “The Dirtiest Player in the Game”, Ric Flair. He accomplished this feat at the 1992 Royal Rumble by eliminating Sid Justice and becoming the only one to win the Heavyweight strap by doing so. This was 113 days after he debuted but “The Nature Boy” was a 9 time Heavyweight champion at this point, 8 times in the NWA and 1 WCW reign. She has her accomplishments to this point, former UFC/StrikeForce Women’s Bantamweight champ and two Olympic medals, but this is Professional Wrestling. As much as I like “Rowdy” Ronda, she is not even on the same playing field as Flair was when he earned The Strap so quick. If Rousey beats Nia Jax it would slot her between Sheamus, at 116 days, and Brock Lesnar, who at 126 days beat The Rock at SummerSlam ’02. She and Lesnar have similar pedigrees, but the difference is we actually saw something in the ring from Lesnar first. All we have gotten from Rousey is a gimmick match at WrestleMania, which was great by the way but a gimmick still, and NO singles matches. Don’t get me started on the mic skills.

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I think the only way to end this and still leave credibility for Ronda Rousey’s character is to have her loose by DQ. Be it by Alexa Bliss having a “Moment of Bliss” and trying to regain the trust of Jax after the “bully angle’ or whatever the “Road Dogg” throws together over there at Titan Towers.With this angle we would get the hype, like we have had with the Styles/Nakumara feud of late, and they could even finish in a cage match at Extreme Rulez. Imagine “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey winning her first WWE Women’s Title in the cage. That would make for good TV.

But we won’t get this. The same “Marks” who BOO Roman Reigns will cheer to the high heavens when Ronda wins from a premature, undeserved push. Roman deserves it. He has been around for awhile now and even came up through the NXT system. But because he comes from a wrestling family, The Anoa’i Dynasty, and has the proverbial “Machine” behind him the fans don’t give him the time of day. Or, maybe it’s because he falls in the “MAN” category (more on that here)  That’s a discussion for another day. We will most likely see her become a Brock Lesnar type champ, with part time appearances and this guy as her mouthpiece.

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What Happened To The Heels?

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Where have all the good heels in professional wrestling gone? Why aren’t there characters like the ones from my youth that struck fear in me while watching the NWA on Saturday mornings with my father?

Granted, I am a bit older than I used to be and I know what professional wrestling is now as opposed to being seven years old. Still, the heel wrestler has been eliminated like the “Loser Leave Town” matches from the days of territorial promotions.

After finally watching ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on Ric Flair, it has occurred to me there will never be a heel as solid as the “Nature Boy” and a generation will never know what “real” wrestling was about.

I will need a moment of silence to get over this pain I feel.

Back in the day, when Kayfabe was alive and well, Kevin Sullivan terrorized my mind at night with his cryptic messages on Championship Wrestling from Florida. The Wild Samoans scared fans in the stands at Madison Square Garden. Gary Hart and his band of Japanese heels proved to be evil. They were just a few of the “bad guys” fans hated with a passion. There was no blurred line. Heels were hated, babyfaces loved. It’s a phenomenon that is scarce in WWE or TNA or even ROH.

We can thank Vince McMahon for that and the creation of Sports Entertainment. The name on the marquee used to be “wrestling” and that is what superstars did, helping to create my childhood memories of Dusty Rhodes and Sullivan, Dory Funk, Jr. and Jack Brisco.

Blake Oestriecher of Forbes.com wrote a story recently about the deficiency of heels in WWE. He makes a valid point, addressing the issue of fan support for the bad guys while the scales are tipped toward the babyfaces on both Monday and Tuesday nights. This would never have been the case if McMahon had just let wrestlers wrestle and honored the traditions of 1970s grappling.

Those days are gone forever.

“Overall, WWE has a lot of depth on the heel side. There are quality villains on Raw in the form of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Jinder Mahal and on SmackDown with guys like Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and The Miz,” Oestriecher writes. “It’s not the number of heels that is the issue. Rather, it’s WWE’s presentation of those heels and the creative team’s inability to establish them as bona fide superstars in that role that have really hurt the quality of WWE’s programming.”

Oestriecher hits it out of the park with that one paragraph.

Mahal is as close to a throwback heel you will find in WWE. His look, his gimmick, the venomous dialogue he spews and takes heat from the fans. It’s a perfect combination. Mahal, who has become a fringe main event star, would be successful in the 1980s NWA with Rhodes championing the cause of fighting good versus evil.

Other than the former WWE champion, who else besides Brock Lesnar, who is back hibernating with the Universal Title under his pillow, is there to fill that role? Even Lesnar, who by all accounts is a heel based on his gimmick, his look, and his mouthpiece Paul Heyman, is cheered simply because of size, power and his ability in the ring.

“Now, with Brock Lesnar, who is widely viewed to be WWE’s No. 1 heel, apparently not set to wrestle again until at least July, WWE finds itself with a gaping hole on the heel side of Raw,” Oestriecher adds. “There is not one particular thing that will make up for the loss of Lesnar, who many still consider to be WWE’s biggest draw, and doing so on Monday nights won’t help the blue brand.”

This might be a case of fans learning to deal with deficiencies in booking, that creative writers don’t see three steps in front of them and the bad guy is really the good guy and the good guy is really bad because he doesn’t have the qualities fans want in today’s business. If that is the case, then why is Roman Reigns so hated by the wrestling community?

That’s another column for another time and place.

No matter what WWE does to try and correct its problem, there will never be a viable solution. The present and future dictate the company sticks to the script of uneven booking. And until the problem is eased – not fixed – we will all wonder whatever ever happened to the “real” heels of professional wrestling?


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Will ‘All In’ Be All The Smarks Want It To Be?

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So the biggest thing the wrestling world seems to be talking about is All In, the one off indie show that Cody (Rhodes) and the Young Bucks have put together and are saying that it’s sold 10,000 tickets. If this is true, it’s quite a feat and would make it the first non-WWE show to sell that many since WCW folded in 2001. Since this news came out on Monday, smark fans have trumpeted this a the salvation of pro-wrestling because it’s supposedly a shot against WWE’s monopoly on the business, but is it really? Or are the smarks so desperate to prove their coolness that they’re ignoring some issues with this situation?

I’m going to preface the following by saying that I have nothing against Cody or the Bucks. I’m not a fan of either him or the Young Bucks and have no intention of watching All In, but I wish them luck on this thing. However, I feel the need to point out the problems I see with this whole thing.

1. The Lack of a Card. I realize that it’s a little early to be griping about the lack of a card, and if it were an actual promotion, WWE or not, I wouldn’t be, but the fact that as of right now, the only match on the card is Cody vs Magnus/Nick Aldis for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a little concerning to me. The Young Bucks, Rey Mysterio, Kenny Omega, Okada, Skrull, Tessa Blanchard, Pentagon Jr, Fenix, and Deonna Purrazo are going to be involved in some way, but there’s no other matches lined up.

2. The Title Match Itself. This is based on what I’m reading about the title match. Nick Aldis is actually scheduled for an NWA title match against PJ Black (Justin Gabriel) before competing at All In, though the article didn’t say when. Which means, if Aldis loses, All In’s main event will be a ‘Special Non-Title Match’, which is nice, but doesn’t have the same drawing power as an NWA Title Match. Do I think Aldis will lose to Black? No, but given that it’s the only match on the card so far, it’s a big risk to take.

3. The Emphasis on Cody and the Bucks. I’m willing to admit that I’m not into indie wrestling. I watch WWE and I used to watch TNA back when it was good, but even not knowing a lot about a lot of the people scheduled to appear, I’m worried about what the back up plan is if Cody and/or the Bucks get hurt, which is a distinct possibility in the wrestling business. Do they have a backup plan? We’ve all seen WWE have to throw out almost an entire WrestleMania card because of a rash of injuries, and that’s with a roster of around 50 guys. What do Cody and the Bucks have in reserve in case s**t happens?

4. The Lack of a Plan to Build On It. I think this the think I find puzzling about this whole thing: Is there a long-term plan for this? Does Cody have a plan of building on this, maybe making deals with other promoters and making it the WrestleMania or Starrcade of the indies? Given Cody’s background, I assume he wouldn’t do this without some kind of plan for the long-term.

5. What Kind of An Event Is This?  I ask this because as I was looking through the people who are scheduled to appear during All In and I noticed that there are a lot of Legendary performers listed. In fact, it seems that there are more people making appearances than are scheduled to wrestle on the show. So that begs the question: Is this a wrestling show with a fan convention attached, or a fan convention with a wrestling show attached? I will give Cody props for having the good sense to BAR Vince Russo from the Starrcast event.

Again, I’m not knocking this event, if Cody and the Bucks can actually pull this off in September, kudos to them, and I understand that fans who are not necessarily hardcore WWE fans are wanting to bask in the moment of somehow striking back at WWE, but let’s not get so caught up in the moment that we ignore the issues.


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