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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Brock Lesnar?

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So, it was ‘revealed’ last Monday that because of ‘contract issues’ with Brock Lesnar, the huge multi-man #1 Contender’s match scheduled for Extreme Rules has been scrapped, though why Lesnar refusing to do his job should scrap a match is a little beyond me, but there you go. So once again, we’re faced with the fact that RAW has a bunch of main event level talent and no top title to go for because of things and issues only understood by Vince McMahon, who has twice balked at taking the title off of Lesnar at the very last minute.

So, what’s to be done? Personally, I would’ve stripped Lesnar of the title by now, but that’s me. I also would’ve had him drop the title to Reigns at Greatest Royal Rumble and save us all a lot of trouble, but, again, that’s me. Let’s look at some scenarios.

  1. Strip him of the title. This is what I would do and it’s what they did to Chyna back in 2001 in a similar real life situation. She refused to drop the title and so WWE stripped her of the belt and declared it vacant. Since this ‘contractual issue’ is likely a work, this would protect Brock for whatever they’re protecting him for and gets the Universal Title back on RAW.
  2. Make him compete. Since WWE is still Brock’s employer, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to make him compete, no matter what the contract says.
  3. Have Strowman cash in. Personally, this is the idea I like the least. I’m not a Strowman fan and I think that having him as champion for longer than a month would be a disaster, but it would be a way to get the belt off of Brock without hurting him too much, if Strowman were to do it in a surprise cash in.
  4. Have Lesnar vacate the title. I honestly can’t see this happening, but having Heyman come to RAW and announce that since no one can beat Lesnar, Lesnar sees no reason to stay in WWE and leaves the title. This would leave Lesnar free to return to UFC without being beaten and gives WWE a chance to put the title on someone else. They did this with Asuka, for better or worse, in NXT. It’s not an ideal solution, but each side would get a win out of it.
  5. Scrap the Universal Title and come up with something else. I think its safe to say that the Universal Title hasn’t fared very well on RAW, between looking like they just grabbed a prototype of the re-born Women’s Championship and slapped a new name on it, to a series of lackluster title reigns, including the first champion only holding the title 24 hours before vacating it due to a shoulder injury. At this point, WWE might just be better off retiring the Universal Title and coming up with a new title. Taz did this with his FTW championship that ended up being a huge hit with fans. Maybe dig up the World Heavyweight Championship, Big Gold never goes out of style.

I don’t know what WWE is doing in this situation. It seems that they’re trying to generate so much dislike for Lesnar before and if he does go back to UFC that fans won’t mind who beats him for the title. Bottom line, something needs to be done about the Universal Title, WWE has too many top tier level guys to justify not having a full time champion. They need to either find a way for Lesnar to NOT be champion anymore or come up with something else. Something’s got to give.


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Why Sasha vs Bayley Is A Bigger Deal Than The Women’s Championship Situation

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Okay, before you guys start shouting, hear me out. I love Ronda Rousey, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well she’s adapted to wrestling, but the Sasha Bayley feud has bigger implications for the Women’s Division in the the long run than whether or not Ronda Rousey gets a Women’s Title run.

For years, the Women’s Division has been limited to one major storyline per show, always involving the Women’s Title and if there was a secondary storyline, it wasn’t of much importance, it was usually just to keep a top face on TV. Sasha and Bayley is different, these are two top stars in RAW’s Women’s Division having a feud that easily could be for the Women’s Title. It’s a tale as old as time (no, not Beauty and the Beast): Two friends become bitter rivals, but unlike a lot of women’s storylines, Sasha and Bayley are rivals over a guy, they’ve become rivals because both women want to be the best in the RAW Women’s Division.

However, this story is even more important than just the Women’s Division getting more than one important storyline. WWE allowing this storyline to happen without the title being involved means that they are treating the Women’s Division as a valuable part of RAW and are invested in the division long-term.

Where could this go? I’ve long had a theory that eventually, RAW and SmackDown will basically be a storefront for the Network and that every division will have its own show, like 205 now. We’d have 205, a show for the Women’s Division, Main Event for the low card, a show for the Tag Division, and maybe keep RAW and SD for the top tier and mid card.

Sounds like a pipedream, especially considering the huge TV deals that WWE’s signed for RAW and Smackdown, but with cable cutting and sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon developing more and more content, it’s very likely that down the road, WWE decides to move more and more of their wrestling to the Network and just keep RAW and SmackDown on TV for the fans that don’t subscribe to the Network.

Why would they do that? It’s becoming more and more clear that while WWE struggles with time management, they also have a growing problem of having way too much talent and not enough time and titles to go around. Both Women’s Divisions and the 205 division have a lot of talent and only one belt, which leaves a lot of talent wrestling in the doldrums. Having

Where does Sasha vs Bayley fit into this? Well, these are two top level talents having the makings of a great feud, if there were a secondary title involved, this would be the perfect feud for it. Sadly, that’s not the case, but if this goes well, it makes a great case for women to get more non-title feuds and TV time on RAW and SmackDown and better stories than what they usually get, which seems to revolve around men and/or catty comments.

So, let’s hope WWE does this feud justice and we’ll get better stories and more TV time for the Women’s Divison.


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The Rock: The 10 Defining Moments of The People’s Champion

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Has there ever been anyone who has be as if not more successful outside of the WWE as the were in WWE as the Rock? The Rock is one of the most charismatic people to ever step foot in WWE with countless quotable catchphrases. One of the best talkers of all time, a Hollywood megastar and by all accounts genuinely one of the nicest people.

He is without doubt the most electrifying man in Sports Entertainment history, but which moments were most electrifying? What moments truly defined the People’s Champ? Let’s find out today as we go through the Rock’s career to find his 10 defining moments.

10. His Debut

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This moment is significant not just because it was the first time we’d ever seen The Rock in the ring but how the debut was done. First off it was in Madison Square Garden so clearly, they had faith in him.  Then there was the way he was presented with commentary talking about his potential and his heritage being the first third generation superstar (He wasn’t). JR even declared Rocky would be “the man”.

They did everything they could do to present him as this fiery babyface even having him be the sole survivor. The problem was nobody bought it. He got a decent reaction but soon after that fans turned on Rocky Maivia chanting Die Rocky Die and Rocky sucks.

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It’s Not As Easy as ‘Change the Channel’ or ‘Find Another Wrestling Show’

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If you’re someone who is happy with the product WWE is putting out these days, the wrestling world is a beautiful place. If you’re not happy with the product, or just aren’t thrilled with some of it, it can be a very aggravating and frustrating world. Your frustration probably isn’t being relieved by the comments of well-meaning fans to your complaints: ‘No one’s making you watch it’, ‘Change the channel’ ‘Be happy that they’re on the card’, ‘Be happy they go X, Y, or Z’, ‘There’s tons of other promotions out there, find something you do like’. This advise sounds very fair and reasonable, and I know that most of the people saying it mean well, but basically telling someone to take their ball and go home when they aren’t happy, rather than listening to what they’re trying to say, comes across as condescending.

It’s not as simple as changing the channel or finding something else. If you’ve loved a promotion all of your life and find yourself not happy with the current product, being told to change the channel or find another promotion to watch is like being told to change jobs because you’re frustrated with management or finding another place to live because you don’t like the landlord. It’s not helpful and just adds to the frustration. Let’s look at some of the most common things frustrated fans hear.

Change The Channel. This is the most common one I see and it’s one of the most tone deaf. It assumes that you’re going to find something else to watch and that’s not always the case. If you can’t afford to have hundreds of channels on your cable or satellite dish, or afford a streaming site, your choices are pretty limited.

Find Another Promotion: This one is the one I find most irritating, because it assumes that 1. You haven’t checked out other promotions 2. That you can afford to pay to see smaller promotions or know that they’re going to be in your area, and 3. That you can find a way to watch another promotion. I can’t tell you how many times I see people asking where they can find a way to watch NJPW or some other non-WWE promotion. Overseas promotions are not always easy to get access to or fit into everyone’s schedule.

Be Happy Your Fave Is on the Card/Just Be Happy They Got X, Y, or Z. I sort of get the logic behind this one, it doesn’t make it any less insulting or make me any less furious. Yes, I realize that a promotion with a deep a talent pool as WWE doesn’t have to give opportunities to everyone, but telling someone who is expressing frustration that someone they view as talented isn’t being given a bigger opportunity, or didn’t get the recognition for a big accomplishment when someone else did, that they should just be happy with what the person did get is very insulting and condescending.


Again, I realize that when fans say this to one another, they mean well…usually. Yes, some of the complaints do get tiring, like the ones about how Vince/Triple H/WWE/whomever is ruining the business/company/world, Roman Reigns is overrated/can’t talk/can’t wrestle/shouldn’t be pushed because of Wellness Policy violation/he’s too good looking to be relatable (yes, seriously). However, there is a lot of understandable frustration with how things are going that should not be dismissed or poo-pooed away with well-meaning comments that just add to the frustration. If we want to make the online wrestling fandom the inclusive place we claim it is, we need to be more willing to actually listen to the concerns and frustrations of each other and realize that for many people, giving up on something you love is not as easy as it sounds, especially when it’s something you’ve devoted a lot of time,money, and emotion into. Being frustrated with WWE doesn’t mean they don’t still love the company, and we shouldn’t be outright dismissing them.


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