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I’m not sure if you guys have heard about this or not, but All In is coming up this Saturday night. It’s the biggest night that non-WWE American-based wrestling has seen in quite some time. Cody Rhodes & the Young Bucks have put together quite the array of talent & have drawn the attention of thousands of people traveling to Chicago to the occasion, along with the folks that will find other ways to watch.

Everybody that follows wrestling in 2018 knows that there’s one thing every wrestling fan likes to debate. Who should go on last?

ALL IN Main Event

There are three matches that I would consider legitimate choices to go on last. With all due respect to Jay Lethal & the ROH World Championship, his match with the winner of the Over the Budget Battle Royal isn’t one of them. (I’m rooting for Jordynne Grace myself. Representing the intergender genre on a show celebrating independent wrestling makes sense. Then again, having Lethal beat up a woman might not be the best of ideas considering the situation with Taeler Hendrix. There’d be an ickiness factor there regardless of whether the allegations are true or not.)

Let’s take a look at each match and weigh the pros & cons of their serving as the main event. We know which one will, but it’s not like we stop debating which match should main event WWE PPVs even when we all know it’ll be the Roman Reigns match.

Cody vs Nick Aldis

Pros: Cody is one of the top forces behind this show happening in the first place. He was the one that accepted Dave Meltzer’s challenge to draw 10,000 fans in an arena. He’s one of the main reasons the non-WWE scene is as strong as it’s been in decades. His potentially winning the championship his father’s life revolved around as champion, challenger & booker for over a decade has to be a big deal for him & his fans. This makes sense to close ALL IN.

Cons: Don’t get me wrong. Billy Corgan has done a lot to rebuild the NWA brand name. People haven’t been this interested in what the NWA is doing since they were partnered with TNA. That being said, Aldis isn’t over enough with the type of fan attending All In for the main event slot here, and the NWA title isn’t quite at that level yet. Maybe it’ll get there if Cody wins it and becomes half the first father/son pairing to hold the title.

Kenny Omega vs Pentagon Jr.

Pros: This is the most interesting match on the card. I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed with some of the announced matches, and thought the show might not live up to expectations. They added this match pitting two of everybody’s favorite wrestlers against each other in a first-time meeting, and I was ok with it. These two guys don’t work the same places. It’s one of those matches you weren’t sure you’d see unless people jumped promotions. Indy supershows need matches like this, and ALL IN is the perfect setting.

Cons: The IWGP Heavyweight Championship isn’t on the line. It makes the result less predictable, but the stakes are less important. If the belt was on the line I’d say this should be the main without question. It’s still the match I’m most looking forward to.

Rey Mysterio Jr./Fenix/Bandido vs Kota Ibushi/Young Bucks

Pros: Mysterio is the biggest star on the show. Even with all that the Bullet Club guys have done to increase their fame without the WWE machine, Rey is still in a league of his own here as a legendary figure. He’s teaming with the present & future of lucha against two guys that promoted the show & a popular Japanese star that fits in with these guys’ high-flying ring style. Let’s be honest. These guys are going to have a complete spotfest. Lots of GIFfable stuff, good & probably bad too. No need for psychology here. Nobody would be able to follow it.

Cons: I mean, outside of wondering if Bandido deserves to main event at this stage of his career, I got nothing. I haven’t seen the kid wrestle so it’s tough for me to say. I can say that he wasn’t even born when Mysterio made his U.S. PPV debut at When Worlds Collide. He kind of stands out from Rey, Fenix, Kota & the Bucks, all of who have proven themselves able to carry the position on shows of varying size. This is his chance. Why am I listing this as a Con?

This is the type of match you either open or close a show with. The idea of closing the show with a feel-good sprint with six popular wrestlers & everybody showing mutual respect while the fans chant things makes sense for a super-show. Aldis retaining by hook or by crook would be good if it was an episode of Raw. Kenny vs. Pentagon probably won’t end in mutual respect due to the fact that Pentagon is involved.

Two spots on a card matter the most: the opening match & the closing match. All In is 1 for 1 on their decisions so far.


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The Miz: WWE’s Newest Babyface Wins Fans Over

2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

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2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

When WWE decided to flip the script and give Daniel Bryan his chance at becoming the company’s top heel, I immediately wondered what would happen to The Miz and how he would impact Tuesday nights.

For any of us who doubted the possibility that Mike Mizanin could pull off a run as a top baby face, we should all apologize now. One of my favorite characters in wrestling today proved once again last night that it does not matter which role he plays, there is brilliance and how he does it.

I’m not 100 percent excited about this program with Shane McMahon, however I think it is a great storyline the WWE put together in one of the more shocking twists and turns of the year so far. McMahon, much like his father Vince, is a natural heel. The Miz has shown versatile to make it work in either side of the squares-circle. Like his matches before, this could be a defining moment for McMahon, who will once again prove he is better than expected in a wrestling ring.

For The Miz, I’m curious how this all plays out given after this feud I wonder which direction the creative team will take in developing his character even more.

This promo on Tuesday night was nothing short of brilliant. And for a performer who is used to working off heat from the crowds, he showed the ability to win them over. The mark of a great wrestling performer is the ability to work as a babyface or a heel and keep the wrestling fan engaged.
It also presents a potential challenge to Bryan in the future should WWE keep the company title around his waist.

As I’ve discussed before, wrestlers need other wrestlers to be great. Jack Brisco needed Dory Funk, Jr. Ric Flair needed Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes. The Miz needs Bryan. From a fan perspective, seeing those two in a ring and a role reversal is worth the price of admission alone.

My concern as I just touched on it, is the company will drop the ball in character development. It will lose sight of what it has in the performer and the self promoter. There is no one better than the former WWE and Intercontinental champion.

The Miz’s words were real, succinct, passionate and gripping. Never for a lack of animation, he is just as dynamic when speaking his mind. There should be another world title run in his future, but I wonder with the most recent push of Kofi Kingston, does this mean the A-lister becomes the B+ superstar?

By the way, the comment about Vince not owning Kofi was spot on at the moment.

I suspect the feud between co-owner of WWE and the man I like to call the company’s greatest asset will continue past April. How it concludes is predictable. McMahon is not a full-time performer and should not be. As for The Miz, the doors opened a little wider on Tuesday night. We saw a focused and determined wrestler on television. I’m betting that translates to one of the best years he’s had in this business in 2019.

 


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Mustafa Ali Should Be Thankful For KofiMania

Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

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Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

When I first heard it, I didn’t believe it.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to demean the ability of Mustafa Ali. In his limited time under WWE’s umbrella of entertainment, he’s amazed crowds with unbelievable moves. He’s also shown the ability to be likable, much to the amazement of some that believe that people of his descent can’t be supported by the WWE Universe.

Ali is a remarkable story. He was sixteen years old when he had his first match in February 2003. Mustafa worked graveyard shifts as a police officer while pursuing his wrestling dream, along with having a family.

He has a good head on his shoulders & a very promising future.

WWE is high on Ali, as they have every right to be. So high, in fact, that the word around the campfire was that Ali was slated to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Those plans were put on hold just before the Elimination Chamber, when Ali suffered an injury that forced him out of the Chamber match for the WWE Championship. Ali still might have been in line for a title shot, as there was still plenty of time before WrestleMania when he was scheduled to come back.

But a funny thing happened, Kofi Kingston was tapped to take his place, and the fans in Houston went absolutely crazy for him. We’ve been watching Kofi on WWE television for eleven years now. We saw him break into WWECW as a fresh-faced, happy-go-lucky Jamaican kid. Upon his arrival on Raw (and later SmackDown), he became a regular in the Intercontinental & United States championship scene, depending which show he was on. He also became a tag team specialist, winning tag team championships with CM Punk, Evan Bourne & R-Truth.

Then The New Day happened, and it took Kofi’s popularity to a whole other level. Kofi, Xavier Woods & Big E have become one of the most successful trios in wrestling history. The only downside? It put Kofi’s singles career on ice. There were no more quests for secondary titles in hopes of breaking into the main event scene as a legitimate contender for a top championship. Kofi, Big E & Xavier had their role. Pump up the crowds, make money off merchandise & be happy.

You can make a lot of money doing that. But eventually you develop a taste for something more.

Honestly, it seems more like Big E & Xavier developed that taste for Kofi. They’ve been speaking up for him ever since this thing started at Elimination Chamber. Back at Money in the Bank when New Day was granted a slot in the match, they insisted that Kofi take it. It makes sense. New Day has achieved so much on the tag team side of things that the only thing left for them to do is reach the top of the mountain. One of them obtaining a top singles championship will be like all of them doing so.

Kofi got Mustafa’s slot at Elimination Chamber, and the fans bit on it hard. Here was a guy they had been watching for years busting his butt and doing whatever he was asked to do at the best of his ability. To the Houston fans, Kofi more than deserved to be there. He deserved to be WWE Champion. It seems like most of the WWE Universe is falling in line with the idea. Kofi’s being thrown obstacles left & right now, and even people that should know better are really buying into the idea that WWE doesn’t want Kofi Kingston in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.

It’s an incredible thing. Kofi’s lucky to have gotten this opportunity. Do you know who’s even more lucky that Kofi got this opportunity?

Mustafa Ali.

It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Ali’s been wrestling longer than Kingston. He’s more than paid his dues to get to WWE. He’s defied the odds his entire career. Ali is an amazing story that is really difficult to root against. However, if he got pushed right into a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania after a couple of months on SmackDown, people would root against him. Specifically, the fans that attend WrestleMania would root against him.

Mustafa has paid his dues. But we didn’t get to see it. We’ve seen Kofi Kingston paying dues for over a decade now. Not to sell Mustafa’s experiences short, but we weren’t at the indy shows watching him work. We weren’t on the graveyard shift with him. Kofi Kingston has been right in front of us for eleven years, proving that he deserves to be at the top of WWE just as much as anybody else does. It’s easier for us to identify with Kofi.

Had Ali been placed into the WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan, the same thing would have happened that happened at Fastlane in Cleveland. He would have gotten booed, he would have had a nice performance and that would have been it. Bryan would have moved on to the next thing in time for the next PPV while Mustafa Ali would be looking for his next goal.

He deserves better, and he’ll get better.

We need to see Mustafa Ali work his way up. It’s not his fault that most of us don’t watch 205 Live, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t. We need to see him against the best of WWE, busting his ass and proving he belongs with the best in the business every single night.

It’ll take longer to get there. The reward will be much better. Once Mustafa Ali reaches the top of WWE, there will be no doubt that he deserves it. He won’t be somebody getting a push because of his life story, or because there was nobody else around at the time. He’ll be a superstar that the WWE Universe has grown to love & respect.


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