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Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville go from Absolution to Finding Redemption in WWE

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On SmackDown three weeks ago, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were met with a reality check upon reuniting with their former leader of the now ill-fated Absolution.  SmackDown General Manager Paige let her former stablemates know that not only did they have to earn their place on the roster, but that Absolution was “now dead”.

The question that comes up is that what exactly happens to Rose and Deville?  Upon Paige’s comeback, Absolution was red hot.  With Paige’s personal life taking over her professional life during her recovery from neck surgery, having her as the leader of Absolution was something WWE was doing right.  Bringing up Rose and Deville as her stable mates gave Paige an advantage as she was set to take back the Raw Women’s Division as her house.  Unfortunately, Paige would end up injured once more which forcing the twenty five year old to retire from in-ring competition.  Now that Paige is at the helm of SmackDown, the next question is could Rose and Deville survive as singles stars?

Having an intense faction such as Absolution was big for Rose and Deville.  It posed to be a great start for bigger things in the future.  Now that their momentum has seemingly been cut short, it is back to square one.  It looks as if the two women will have to start from the bottom all over again.  Starting from scratch and work their way up the SmackDown Women’s Division may be the only way to go for now.

For Rose, she has had a great start, upsetting Becky Lynch in what she thought was a Money in the Bank qualifying match.  Perhaps Rose’s win may be a fluke, but she is definitely a wildcard factor when it comes to the next chapter of the SmackDown Women’s Division.  Many remember Rose from the revived Tough Enough, so there’s weight to her ascent to stardom.  In addition to also appearing on Total Divas, Rose has already been with the company for quite some time.  Rumors surfaced  that Rose was given the ill-famed “Emmalina” gimmick from this point on.  Rose could breathe life into the character if that is the case.  The “Emmalina” gimmick is more suited for Rose, whereas it was not for the former Emma.

With Deville, she and Rose both said they were sticking together.  That is definitely the case although both women have failed to be a part of the Women’s Money in the Bank match.  Fans have yet to see what Deville can be capable of; her match with Naomi on this past SmackDown gives a insight to the talent that she has.  While Deville ended up losing, she put up a good fight with the former SmackDown Women’s Champion.  With her MMA background and previous experience on Tough Enough, Deville is someone to watch out for in the next couple of years.  She could very well be the surprise of the Women’s Division.

With the tension building up with Paige, the beef between the former Absolution members is far from over.  The segments are leading up to something bigger, and perhaps it’s up to Rose and Deville to prove Paige wrong.  Their potential is there, but they haven’t been able to back anything up thanks to being on the losing end of matches.  Whatever is going to happen with their tension with Paige will determine how things could go for them in the next coming weeks or months.  Absolution ended prematurely, but with the curveball of Paige’s retirement, there is no time like the present to see what Rose and Deville are made of.


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Could Finn Balor Actually Beat Brock Lesnar at the WWE Royal Rumble?

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Finn Balor is on his way to the main event of The Royal Rumble on January 27. The Irish born Superstar has the chance of a lifetime against Brock Lesnar and that chance may deliver the Universal Championship. Finn has worked hard for this moment as he’s finally getting another run at the top.

That is the narrative that’s currently being written by WWE. Finn Balor’s career resurgence is a feel-good story and understandably so. It’s been nearly three years since he’s truly been in serious world title contention. He is one of the most popular Superstars on the roster and fans want to see him do well. All of this is true. But is he really going to win it all on January 27?

Balor’s rise to the top back in 2016 seemed like a perfect move. He was riding a wave of momentum from his run in NXT and he was gaining popularity with each passing week. The fans saw him as a top babyface and that’s how WWE booked him.

His debut on the main roster was met with overwhelming approval, as fans couldn’t wait to see him mix it up with Raw’s biggest names. One of those names was of course Roman Reigns, who Bálor defeated en route to beating Seth Rollins and becoming the first-ever Universal champion.

Both wins were a statement by WWE. It wasn’t often that the company moved anyone ahead of Reigns, but that’s exactly what happened with Finn. Roman wasn’t going anywhere of course and Bálor was probably not taking his place. 

But WWE was giving the fans something new, something different. Balor was a breath of fresh air on a program that often grows very stale at times. However with Finn at the helm, there was little chance of that happening again.

So now that he’s finally regained momentum after three years, what are the chances that Finn Balor will once again be slowed to a dead stop? His injury the night he won the Universal title was through no fault of his own. These things happen and it could very well happen to any WWE Superstar at any time.

But there is definitely someone to blame for Finn’s booking since relinquishing the championship. WWE surely could not be expected to immediately reinsert Finn into a top spot the moment he came back from injury. But to wait this long to elevate him to the world title picture?

WWE had to change plans after Finn went down. Fans surely realize that. The company really cannot afford to sit still for anyone, especially someone that had just arrived on the main roster. But Balor’s lack of main event success in the time following his return is indeed a curiosity. 

Brock Lesnar was the top titleholder for the majority of the time after Finn returned to Raw. WWE’s plans didn’t include Balor versus Lesnar. So why not move Finn to SmackDown Live and give him a run against then-WWE champion AJ Styles?

A feud between the two could have led to a WrestleMania 35 showdown for the WWE Championship. The founder of The Bullet Club versus the man who took his place. Two veteran stars that made their names outside of WWE now waging war on the WrestleMania stage. It’s a story that really could have written itself. 

But even as fans contemplate what could have been, there’s no denying that Finn is once again in a great place in his WWE career. Maybe it did take too long for him to return to this elite level. But he’s back nonetheless and now he indeed has a chance of achieving greatness. All he has to do is get past Brock Lesnar.

Facing Lesnar right now is a somewhat odd prospect for Finn Balor. On one hand, Finn has to look good and he most likely will. The contrast between the two men is apparent and that contrast should make for an intriguing matchup.

Balor will stick and move, he will weather the storm and he will continue to come out swinging despite how long the match lasts. But what happens when crowd fatigue sets in, as is often the case, during Lesnar’s matches?

The fact is that may bode well for Finn, because once he starts his comeback, the crowd will go along for the ride. The real drama in Brock Lesnar’s matches typically does not come until the end. That’s when the real test begins, as fans hold their collective breath to see if Brock’s opponent will actually pull out the win. The problem is, that win rarely ever happens. 

But this is actually in Finn’s favor as well. Even if Finn loses to Brock, it probably won’t affect Balor that much at all. No one expects Lesnar to really ever lose and when it does happen, it’s a complete shock to the system. So, Balor would be just another star that tried and failed. How could anyone hold that against him?

However will the notion that Finn is destined to be nothing more than a top mid-card star once again become the prevailing opinion? Fans have always debated Balor’s worth and WWE’s apparent refusal to use him as a main event star. Will a loss at The Royal Rumble once again put Balor right back in the middle of that situation? 

The truth is that for fans desperately wanting to see the Universal Championship back on Raw full-time again, nothing would be sweeter than a Lesnar loss. Roman is still out action and it’s clear that Braun Strowman is not the answer to Brock. So now may be the perfect opportunity to take a different path and reinsert Finn Bálor as the new top titleholder on Monday Night Raw. WWE did it before. Whether or not it will happen again is anyone’s guess.


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WWE NXT: Whose The Babyface?

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Bianca Belair gets her NXT Women’s Championship match with Shayna Baszler at WWE NXT Takeover: Phoenix, but Scott Mcleod wonders who the babyface is?

A few weeks ago Bianca Belair earned the right to face Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship a week from on Saturday at  NXT Takeover: Phoenix.

While I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Belair, I don’t object to her having a title shot. Given that she has been heavily featured and as they like to say is undefeated it was only a matter of time.

The thing is I didn’t think she would be going up against Baszler for one reason: I don’t know who is supposed to be the face?

Judging by a confrontation between champion and challenger on this week’s NXT they both have their fans but their gimmicks are more effective when they are positioned as the heel. Maybe they see Belair as more of a tweener at this point

Now in this modern age of wrestling just because you position someone a certain way doesn’t guarantee the fans will react to them the way you want them to. Faces and heels aren’t what they use to be.

I think it shows how high the likes of Triple H are on Belair that she is getting this title opportunity. I don’t see her winning it here however as I think there is still time for her.

Shes approaching that point that a lot of people who have a undefeated streak get to in that people worry what they’re going to once they’ve suffered their first loss. Have her lose then spend a couple of months telling the story of her having to start from the bottom again.

If she dose lose it should be thanks to Horsewomen interference to help Shayna get the upper hand. Following this is where she has to prove shes more than a catchphrase because she can’t call herself undefeated. The fact the lose wasn’t clean always gives her a reason to challenge again.

I would have thought Shayna would have defended against either Io Shari or Dakota Kai since they’ve had their issues since War Games. As they have Kairi Sane in their corner it would even up the odds. This means Shayna doesn’t have the advantage which would make her losing believable.

You could still do that after this match with Belair at Phoenix perhaps at the Mania weekend Takeover. Coming out of that Belair having been winning enhancement matches on TV to rebuild her and telling the stoey of her wanting another shot challenges whoever took the title from Shayna.

By this point she could have even transitioned from tweener to full blown face.

Then I would by her winning the title. I think she could be a big part of the NXT Women’s Championship picture in 2019 and beyond she just needs more of a story behind her getting the title.

One think I would like to see at Takeover is Shayna to get the choke on Belair while wrapping the braid around the throat. I look that would be a good image for people to have looking back on this match


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