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WWE Money in the Bank: Timing is Everything for the Women’s Division

The Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match is the hardest to predict on the card.

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Eight top WWE Superstars will step into the ring at Money in the Bank to determine who gets a guaranteed opportunity at a women’s championship. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Natalya, Naomi and Lana will all compete for the briefcase and a shot at either the Raw or SmackDown women’s title.

But as fans speculate on who could win this match, it becomes clear that it’s anyone’s game. Each woman has a legitimate chance of pulling down the briefcase and making an impact at some point. Maybe a veteran will resume her former glory. Or maybe a rising star will realize her potential. Perhaps this one is all about timing.

WWE has done an impressive job of building up each Superstar heading into MITB on June 17. Fans must believe that everyone has a chance to win or otherwise there’s just no drama involved. The Women’s Revolution belonged to Flair, Banks and Lynch in the beginning of course. But those women are now sharing the spotlight with the next wave.

Ember Moon is a natural fit for this match. She was a hit in NXT and built a fan following that rivaled anyone on that brand. She has a unique look, she’s charismatic and she’s exciting to watch. Most importantly, she’s good in the ring. Ember combines showmanship and technical skill in a package that undoubtedly represents the future of women’s wrestling in WWE.

Lana could very well be the dark horse in this match. Her progression from Rusev’s manager and mouthpiece to in-ring competitor has been slow and steady thus far. The company could have rushed her along the way and perhaps that was the case early on. But Lana seems to finally be finding her rhythm in the ring. She could be the one to win it all.

Alexa Bliss is already a top star and she could rise up once again. Bliss is a wickedly obnoxious heel and fans have no reason to like her. But it’s hard to hate someone that so obviously enjoys her work. It’s even harder to hate her considering she’s just so good at it. Bliss’s time as a main event star is definitely not over.

Natalya is the ring general of this match. She is the one that bridged the gap from the latter days of the Ruthless Aggression Era to the modern era of WWE. If anyone deserves to be recognized with a Money in the Bank win, it’s certainly Natalya. She is a reliable star and the Raw Women’s Championship would be in good hands if she does go over on June 17.

Naomi is one of the most popular Superstars in WWE. She’s dynamic, she’s athletically gifted and she’s just fun to watch. She doesn’t really need a championship to get over. But every time she does wear a title, she accentuates it just as it accentuates her. If she takes the case at Money in the Bank, fans know she would surely deliver as only she can.

But then there’s the trio of Charlotte, Becky and Sasha. Each one is an established star and the women’s division is solid today because of their efforts. Like Naomi, none of the three really need a belt to be on top. In fact there’s every reason to believe that they’re in this match to strengthen it and provide some veteran leadership along the way.

However many have wondered why Bayley was not booked in this match. Indeed Bayley seems to be the forgotten Superstar in this equation. She and Sasha have had heat in recent months and that definitely would have carried over to MITB.

The storyline between them seems to have cooled off recently and it never really reached a boiling point the way some fans believed it would. There’s still time to revisit the angle of course and perhaps WWE has a long term plan in mind for them. But it’s curious that Bayley is not around for this. Could she interfere and cost Sasha the win?

Becky is perhaps the most technically sound of the three and the time seems to be right for her to get back on track with her main event career. But even though she’s gotten hot lately, many are wondering why she continues to be left out of the championship picture. Maybe the time is right for Becky to show off and show what she can do as the next No. 1 Contender.

Of course when it comes to top Superstars in the women’s division, Charlotte Flair is on another level. That’s due not only to what she does in the ring but also to her booking. Charlotte has been presented as the best of the best and though she has her critics like anyone else, it’s hard to argue her effort.

But when it comes to Charlotte Flair, this is not the match that fans are talking about. That match is Charlotte versus Ronda Rousey. Everyone knows it’s going to happen and the consensus opinion is it will happen at WrestleMania.

So if Charlotte goes over and becomes the new Ms. Money in the Bank, then that victory could ultimately lead her to a showdown with Rousey. Again, the timing is crucial if the storyline is to be successful. WWE still has just under a year until WrestleMania 35. Will the company hold out that long or could fans see Flair versus Rousey at SummerSlam?

The fact is the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match is anyone’s to win. This one is not easy to predict, which means it’s more exciting for the fans watching. The women continue to break ground in WWE and this match is yet another example. No matter who goes over on June 17, the fans are the ones that win and that’s the most important part.


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Carmella: The Fabulous WWE Villain Fans Never Knew They Needed

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When one thinks of Carmella, it’s understandable to hear the groans, complaints, and see the occasional eye roll whenever she is mentioned.  The current Smackdown Women’s Champion thrives in controversy, to which that is how she captured the gold in the first place.  From the Women’s Money in the Bank to now, it is well-known that Carmella will find any way to win, and now, keep the Championship around her waist.  Many fans don’t like it, but that’s okay.  They’re not supposed to like it, after all.

The heat for Carmella is something rather special.  Long gone is the sidekick to Enzo Amore and Big Cass.  Carmella’s opportunist-driven qualities are what have gotten her this far.  Aligning herself with James Ellsworth has been a catalyst for her career thus far; however Carmella’s motive on Smackdown has been clear from the time she was drafted just two years ago.  As the final pick in that particular draft, Carmella has done quite well for herself when you look at her accomplishments on the surface.  It may not be the right way, but fans can’t deny that it only adds to her notoriety.

In fact, Carmella just may have taken a page out of the book of the past Superstars and has executed those heel tactics to great success.  She isn’t the best wrestler by any means, but some of the best heels the company has had were the exact same way.  Wrestlers such as Tully Blanchard, Wahoo McDaniel, Yokozuna, Big Show, and even Jinder Mahal are names that come to mind when it comes to such traits.  With that being said, Carmella’s character on the main roster has always relied on the shady cheat tactics to get and stay ahead in the Smackdown Women’s division.  From her wins against Charlotte Flair and Asuka, those factors heavily play into her storyline direction.

Carmella uses those wins to draw continuous heat, which helps her tremendously.  In addition, her conceit and mouthy attitude draws even more ire from fans who want to see her get beat down.  There is no guess that she is Smackdown’s top female heel and with good reason given how her journey has been thus far.  There isn’t anyone at this present time that has the advantage and opportunities Carmella has been able to use at her disposal.  Perhaps the IIconics are on their way there, but they have a long way to go to make any kind of long-term establishment.

Carmella may not be the most talented in the ring, but what she does with her character matters so much more.  Years from now, she will be one of those who fans reminisce about when talking about this era of WWE.  Yes, she’s pissed us off, and yes, she gets on everyone’s nerves.  But in this day and age, that is something to be recognized for, and that is why she is the Smackdown Women’s Champion, and why she’s grabbing the spotlight.  When Carmella does lose that Championship, it will be a great moment because it has been a long time coming.


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Top 5: 2018 Dream Matches

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Some folks out there have been complaining about the All In card lacking that epic feel. I feel like these people would have complained no matter what Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks booked on the show, but I have to admit that Cody vs. Nick Aldis isn’t exactly something that I’ve been dying to see. Last week however, they announced a match between two of the most talked about wrestlers of the last few years that have never crossed paths.

Kenny Omega is the Best Bout Machine and the talk of New Japan & the wrestling world. His status with that company is a constant topic of conversation, as everyone wonders when/if he’ll make the jump to WWE. He’s admitted it’ll probably happen someday, but he has no reason to be displeased with where he is.

Pentagon Jr./Pentagon Dark/Penta el 0 M wrestles pretty much everywhere except Japan & WWE, it seems. Lucha Underground, Impact Wrestling, AAA, CMLL, they’ve all hosted Pentagon & his arm-breaking ways. There’s been some WWE hype, but Penta doesn’t seem the type to tie himself down to one company, or even one name.

Omega vs. Penta qualifies as a dream match in my eyes. We’ve seen Kenny tear it up on NJPW World. We’ve seen Pentagon do his thing in companies all across North America. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. In honor of this machup, I’ve put my thinking cap on and come up with some other matches I haven’t seen before that I think would be fun.

These are the Top 5 2018 Dream Matches.

5. Dalton Castle vs. Velveteen Dream

I see a lot of Dream hype online during & just after every NXT Takeover. I don’t hear a word about him any other time, but he’s a talented performer with a certain charisma about him. His flamboyance is a key tool he uses to play mind games with his opponent. Some feel he could be the future of the business, but believe that WWE’s main writing staff will be unable to use him properly.

Castle is a character that could only exist in its true form in Ring of Honor or a promotion on its level. TNA wanted him to have Girls when Boys were what made the entrance work. He overcame the barrier that flamboyant acts had previously faced in ROH by being as talented in the ring as he was on the microphone. Both of these guys get it done in every aspect of the game, and seeing them in a feud would be very interesting.

4. Charlotte Flair vs. Tessa Blanchard

Charlotte has stood on top of WWE’s women’s scene for a couple of years now, but another daughter of a Horseman is making her presence felt on television these days. Tessa has been in NXT rings before, but didn’t cross paths with Charlotte before making her way to Impact Wrestling. The daughter of Tully and step-daughter of Magnum TA has made her desire for this match between two daughters of Jim Crockett Promotions legends well-known. One figures it has to happen someday.

I’m not sure that Ric & Tully ever faced off one on one. The one place I can think of that it could have happened would have been the Southwest territory while Tully was one of the top heels, but I’m not sure the NWA Champion toured there. Maybe Houston on a Paul Boesch card? Somebody should ask Mathew Sforcina.

3. LA Park vs. Dean Ambrose

LA Park is having a career renaissance in 2018. He’s main eventing Arena Mexico shows for CMLL. He’ll be in the TripleMania main event for AAA. This obviously never happens because CMLL & AAA don’t trust each other (for good reason), but Park’s viability with the lucha audience is such that both promotions are rolling with it. He’ll also be appearing in MLW to work the likes of PCO. His matches, as they have been for the past couple of decades, have been wild.

Dean Ambrose hasn’t done anything in 2018. He’s been out with a torn tricep since December 2017. As we all know, Dean is the Lunatic Fringe & one of wrestling’s craziest brawlers when he’s healthy. Anybody that knows me knows that I love a good, out of control brawl. Matches where furniture is flying, foreign objects are in play & fans need to run for their lives are good times in my book. These two would probably get a promotion banned from a venue.

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Three Stars of The Night: WWE Monday Night Raw (August 13, 2018)

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A look at the Three Stars Of The Night for the August 13th edition of WWE Monday Night Raw!

Did you miss me? I know you did! If you are new to this format, the Three Stars concept is defined below. Take a look and this will make way more sense.

Good? Excellent!

Now then, the Road to SummerSlam comes to a close for WWE Monday Night Raw–and that means some folks are earning some stars!

The Third Star:
The Revival

 

Raw featured multiple tag team matches (it WAS a go-home show, after all), but The Revival is once again showing why they are THE team on Raw. This match is exhibit A, B, and C. It’s time for Patrick O’Dowd’s Cycle Of WWE Tag Team Wrestling to continue to roll, with the belts finally resting on a legitimate tag team for an extended period of time.

Maybe not at SummerSlam, but soon.

The Second Star:
“Local Musician” Ricky Roberts (and Elias)

 

John Skyler is 31 years old, and has been wrestling since 2008. He’s made multiple appearances on WWE (and NXT) broadcasts in the past, but his appearance on RAW as Ricky Roberts? That takes the cake.

Hell of a job, Ricky. Hell of a job.

Other Honorable Mentions:
Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Alicia Fox’s head-dress, Ronda Rousey, Mojo Rawley, Kevin Owens, Constable Corbin

And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!

The First Star:
Dean Ambrose

“Less is more” is a phrase that more professional wrestlers need to learn, and tonight one who basically did the least (Dean Ambrose) really accomplished the most. Dean’s return to Raw ignited the crowd, social media, and really added some needed “zing” to the Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental Championship defense against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam.Hopefully shorter hair and a fuller beard means we are getting more Stone Cold out of Dean Ambrose and less Mick Foley.

(Full disclosure: I always thought Ambrose had “Stone Cold” potential if used right. Hopefully we’re headed down that road.)

Will he stay on the good side with Seth, or is Dean setting up his brother for a big swerve? Time will tell us soon enough!


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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