That poor, innocent laptop. Another casualty caused by The Riott Squad on their weekly tear through the backstage area. On the 18 June episode of RAW, Sarah Logan smashed a laptop to pieces and then Ruby Riott smeared the letter R on a nearby mirror. Just cruel. The three rogue women remind me of another group of three that also likes to destroy property and bully people: Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney from The Simpsons. These three cause ruckus wherever they go, whether it be Springfield Elementary or Ned Flanders’ store The Leftorium.
Springfield’s Riott Squad
This comparison to the three Springfield thugs is not flattering for The Riott Squad, though. While Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney are recurring characters in The Simpsons, they rarely feature as an integral part of an episode. And even then, we hardly ever learn anything of value about them. Especially not why they spend so much time with vandalism and bullying. We get glimpses of their past, but never of their plans for the future. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to their violent behaviour. What are their ambitions? Are they actually trying to change the system or are they happy with the status quo?
Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney on RAW
Ever since the Riott Squad came to RAW, they have been causing mischief on Monday nights. Cutting ties, emptying backpacks, using Bayley as a canvas. But to what end? What does all of this accomplish? Yes, the Riott Squad occasionally wins matches, but never when it counts. Not a single member of the group qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match, despite numerous chances. Consequently, they did not feature on Sunday’s pay-per-view.
Cause for Concern
There is potential in The Riott Squad, especially in Ruby Riott herself. Yet in order to get fans invested in the trio, the WWE should make their intentions clear. The three women need to cut promos, telling us why they vandalise the backstage area and what their next goal is. They need to focus on their motivations and ambitions, instead of giving interviews that focus entirely on the Bayley and Sasha situation.
Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney never make their motivations or ambitions clear. This is why we do not care about them as much as we care about other characters on the show. If the WWE wants to make the most out of The Riott Squad, the company should not make the same mistake. If they do, the WWEs risks fans losing interest in the rioting squad without a cause.
What do you think? Leave a comment below or message me on Twitter @KirstinHerzog1. Always #UseYourHead.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!