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Four Changes WWE Must Make Right Now

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Business is about to pick up in WWE.

With the Money in the Bank pay-per-view just a few weeks away and wrestlers positioning themselves for a shot at three briefcases, the long summer months figure to be white hot, with many roads to navigate before the second biggest pay-per-view of the year.

Despite the changes WWE has made to its Monday and Tuesday night rosters, there is work to be done. SmackDown Live has a better main event picture. Raw’s mid-card is the best thing going today. Even with the most recent success of both brands, there are a few changes that could make WWE better.

Here is a look at four moves the company must make immediately for greater success.

Break up The New Day

The shtick is getting old and if the company really wants to push Big E as a singles star, this has to happen sooner, rather than later.

Kofi Kingston was a solid singles star and the former United States and Intercontinental champion. Adding him to the mid-card on Tuesday nights could make things a bit more interesting. Would WWE finally consider making him part of the main event picture? How would he fare against Shinsuke Nakamura or Daniel Bryan? A program with Jeff Hardy may become an instant classic.

As far as Xavier Woods is concerned, I think he would have great success as a cruiserweight on 205 and could challenge for the brand’s belt upon his arrival.

Push Drew McIntyre to the Universal Championship

This only works if he first turns on Dolph Ziggler and then he leaps over Roman Reigns for the top spot as Monday Night Raw’s lead antagonist.

There is plenty to like about McIntyre. His look, his ability to deliver a solid promo, and the fact he is not Reigns. He told WWE’s Universe he is nothing like WWE has seen or has on the current roster. He was spot on. I have been a fan of McIntyre from his time in WWE before his leap to TNA.

If booked properly, McIntyre becomes the star the “Big Dog” was supposed to be, without forcing the fans to accept that role. It also leads to a confrontation with the former Shield member, which could be a “Feud of the Year” candidate.

Pump the Brakes on Daniel Bryan

His return to the ring is the best story of 2018 by far. But would putting a title on Bryan’s waist be the best thing for the company right now? How would the locker room handle making the “Yes! Movement” the biggest thing in WWE once again.

Bryan was out of action three years. Plenty has changed since then. The three-time WWE champion cannot be expected to come in a pick up where he left off. Looking at the roster of SmackDown Live, it would not be fair to put him over AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura or Samoa Joe right this moment.

While Bryan has the same kind of appeal as a Shawn Michaels, pushing him too fast, too soon would be a bad thing.

Move Sasha Banks to SmackDown Live

I am not sure this can happen. The Superstar Shakeup is over a month old. Rosters are set, feuds are developing, and Banks is a wrestler without a clear path toward a title. Banks is still one of the three best performers on the women’s roster, but she is nowhere near a title shot.

The best thing WWE could do is put the SmackDown Women’s Title on Asuka and have Banks win the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. When given a choice of which brand she would like to represent, she makes the move to the blue team.

We have seen Banks and Asuka before in one of the better matches of 2018. Fans should be treated to that kind of performance once again.


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Carol: Are Wrestling Crowds Disrespectful?

Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

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Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

Every week wrestlers put their bodies on the line as they step into the ring to put on a show for the fans. These wrestlers do their best to make sure they put on an entertaining match; however there are some fans who make it impossible to enjoy the show.

This past Monday on RAW was a perfect example of how fans can ruin a show. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella competed in an elimination match to determine the number one contender for Becky Lynch’s championship at SummerSlam. At times, the match moved slowly, but the ladies put on a decent bout that ended with Natalya being declared the winner.

But the women were overshadowed by the crowd, who broke out into a “this is awful” chant. Alexa Bliss took to Twitter after RAW to admonish the crowd for their disrespectful behavior. Many believe that stars like Alexa should stop acting like a crybaby and tough it up.

However, I’m siding with Alexa on this issue and I believe the crowd was very disrespectful.

These days wrestling fans are very vocal in their opinions, and I’m not just talking about the ones on social media. I’m talking about the ones who buy tickets to shows, then try to hijack them by doing stupid stuff to draw the attention away from the wrestlers.

Who can forget during the 2017 SummerSlam PPV when fans began playing with a beach ball?

Cesaro, who was part of the tag match, went into the crowd and ripped the beach ball. The incident sparked outrage with everyone. WWE banned beach balls from their events, while Cesaro and Seth Rollins criticized the fans in attendance.

Aside from the beach ball incident, there’s also the fans who continue to chant CM Punk’s name during events. CM Punk was a favorite with the WWE Universe because of his famous pipebomb. When he left WWE on bad terms, fans sided with Punk and whenever the company is in Chicago, you can bet there will be plenty of Punk chants in the crowd.

Why fans continue to partake in this type of behavior is anybody’s guess. Maybe they want to be cool, but in reality they’re looking at idiots.

When you go to a wrestling show, you’re supposed to have fun and watch your favorite wrestlers. It’s one thing to cheer the babyfaces and boo the heels, or even chant “this is awesome” during a match. But don’t chant “this is awful” or play with a beach ball.

Not every match is going to be a five-star spectacular, and you may not like it. But don’t act rude during by chanting someone else’s name or calling the match awful. The wrestlers are just doing their job and the last thing they need is the crowds breaking their concentration. Imagine how you’d feel if you were performing in front of a big crowd and all they did was tell you how untalented you were.

These types of fans not only ruin the show for the wrestlers, but also the other fans who paid money to enjoy the event.

So my advice to all those fans out there. If you want to talk about how bad a match is or how untalented a wrestler is, stay home and complain about it on social media. Don’t spend a lot of money to go to a wrestling show just to act like a jerk and ruin it for everyone else.


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Tiffany’s Takes: NXT UK (7-17-19)

Who will step up to face Imperium?

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Who will step up to face Imperium?

I’ve said several times that I wasn’t sold on the whole Imperium storyline because it sounds too much like World War II, but I will give them credit for being talented, even if they aren’t my cup of tea. That said, I’m not thrilled that Tyson T-Bone and Saxon Huxley did have more of a match with them than that. I get wanting to build the team up but T-Bone and Huxley are capable of more.

I feel for Travis Banks. Going for the NXT UK Championship should’ve been a huge deal for him, but everyone knew he was going to lose, so there was no real drama to his championship shot. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back and get another shot where he actually has a prayer of winning.

I’ve said numerous times that I love Xia Brookside and thinks she’s a STAR in the making and it seems like WWE agrees with me. Yeah, Xia lost her match against Jinny, but it had more to do with Jazzy Gabert than Jinny’s wrestling skills, which protects Brookside. I’m not sure what the endgame for this is because I don’t picture Brookside beating Gabert clean, but we’ll see.

Yeah, the Imperium storyline is sounding too much like World War II documentaries. Trent Seven vs WALTER sounds really interesting, but I’m not sold on this constant ‘Get Seven to retire’ stuff.

I’m really starting to get into this Kenny Williams/Noam Dar feud. It’s still a little odd to me, but I like that Williams seems to be done playing around.

You gotta love Gallus for playing up how tough they are. I also love that the feud between them and the Wild Hunt isn’t over. I wonder how long Mastiff’s undefeated streak is going to last because he should’ve had a title shot by now.

I’m SUPER excited about Toni Storm vs Kay Lee Ray, but the way the feud is being written is confusing. I thought Storm and Ray weren’t friends, now they’re supposedly best friends but KLR has changed. I’m just a little puzzled. At least we know the match will happen at TakeOver: Cardiff, but the rest of this was confusing.

Well, the six-person tag virus has spread to NXT: UK according to Sid Scala. At least some of the competitors makes since, but I have no idea why Piper Niven is there, unless it’s to start a feud with Gabert.

I’m not really into this Kassius Ohno/Mark Andrews feud. I just don’t buy Andrews growing up watching Ohno, I just don’t. I did enjoy this match, it’s always fun to watch an arrogant heel look like an idiot, which is what happened to Ohno. I guess Ohno’s job in NXT: UK is about the same as it was in NXT: Work with younger talent and get them over and look like an idiot in the process, which is cool, I guess. However, Mark Andrews has DEFINITELY been needing some oomph in his run since Flash Morgan Webster has disappeared. I don’t think this feud will be done, but at least we got one good match out of it.

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT UK Takes! Stay tuned for NXT OG!


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