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WWE Needs More Paul Heyman On Monday Nights

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The one thing I miss more than seeing Brock Lesnar beat the holy hell out of his opponents is the brilliance of Paul Heyman. Monday nights aren’t the same without the over-the-top antics of the greatest manager of this generation.

While the Brock Lesnar “watch” has been thriving of late, with fans wondering when the current Universal Champion will finally drop the strap, I have been more than disappointed in next being able to hear Heyman’s antics on a weekly basis. Heyman is everything that is right about this business. A showman, a salesman, a mouthpiece, a unique part of programming, a major part of booking and the quickest wit WWE has on its roster.

WWE needs more Paul Heyman. With Lesnar toying with UFC and deciding from month to month whether to get out of bed and wrestle, Heyman’s disappearance on television is a loss for every fan who tunes into Monday nights.

With SummerSlam around the corner, at least we have a chance to see the 52-year-old who is part Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, part “Grand Wizard”, part “Gary Hart” and part Jimmy Hart. Nothing is wasted in a Heyman promo. Nothing is forgotten either. He is must-see television and he is a sound bite waiting to happen.

I wonder (out loud) what happens once Lesnar leaves WWE’s landscape. Who becomes the new “Heyman Guy” and how will the company build a program that brings that performer to the head of the class on Monday night’s red brand.?

Asuka needs him. Ronda Rousey could use a better mouthpiece. Samoa Joe would be unstoppable with him by his side. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if Roman Reigns walked out of Brooklyn with the Universal Title and Lesnar by his side? I like the idea of Dolph Ziggler or Jinder Mahal adding ECW’s founder as arm candy.

WWE fans aren’t pleased with the idea of Reigns and Lesnar wrestling for the millionth time. It’s a storyline that needs to disappear. Bobby Lashley doesn’t please many either. A change is needed. A better fate for WWE’s Universe is needed. As long as Heyman is somewhere in the vicinity of the main event picture, all is right in the world.

Reigns figures to beat Lesnar (I know we have heard this before) and Braun Strowman will at some point claim what he has deserved. I wonder if Heyman offers the Monster in the Bank a potential dynasty run. He, too, could use some of Heyman’s magic. It’s a match we all could get behind.

Only time will tell what happens with the man who has changed the definition of wrestling manager.

With Heyman, anything is possible.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/20/19)

Big night on Raw — who stood out?

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WWE Raw returned stateside this week, and we got ourselves a new championship. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is in the rear-view-mirror, and the WWE Raw side had a hell of a show to follow-up. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman knows how to deliver, and he delivered big time during Raw. He made the show feel like a big deal, and it did. He made both champions feel important, but put Brock Lesnar over in the process. Lesnar is so much more comfortable with Paul Heyman around, and the job done to make this briefcase situation feel unique was really solidified by Paul Heyman. Plus, his line about Rollins sitting through 7 hours of WrestleMania waiting for his girlfriend to main event the show he’s always dreamed of main eventing was clutch.


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The Second Star: The IIconics

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce really are national treasures. America, Australia, it doesn’t matter. They are the best, and they’ve crafted characters that don’t need to win or lose, they just need to perform their act. That’s what it takes in WWE, regardless of what we want it to be. Their promo during A Moment Of Bliss (full of people perfectly playing their characters, by the way), was outstanding. Hats off to both ladies for getting themselves to this place.

Honorable Mention: Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, the entire 24/7 crew, The Usos, The Revival, Baron Corbin (yup), Bobby Lashley (I miss Lio), Drew McIntyre, and Shane McMahon

So many great performances tonight, and I am positive I’m leaving deserving folks out.


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The First Star for WWE Raw: The Miz

The Miz is on fire right now, and it comes at a time where both world champions are babyfaces. He’s world champion caliber, and needs something to sink his teeth into if the issue with Shane truly is done. Drew McIntyre is a fine option, but I really want a top flight program for Miz. Maybe he’s the guy to elevate Drew? I’m not sure. I don’t feel like we turn Miz, but the best options for him (to me) are AJ Styles and Seth Rollins.


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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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7 Best Candidates To Win New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors 26

Who is the front runner?

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Abe takes a look at the New Japan Best of the Super Juniors tournament and who is on pace to pick up the overall win.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament kicked off just last week and plenty of quality wrestling has already taken place. For the first time ever, twenty total men make up the tournament field. That means a few more sleeper candidates could potentially sneak their way into the finals.

Best Chance of Winning The New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors

Shingo Takagi

At the time of this being written, Takagi is still undefeated since making his debut in NJPW. That includes the matches he’s already competed in during this year’s tournament. I don’t believe they’ll pull the trigger on him going the whole tournament without a loss but it’s definitely something to monitor. He’s been an incredible addition to Los Ingobernables de Japan as well as to the company as a whole.

Takagi has already taken shots at current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Dragon Lee for overlooking the field and only thinking about impending return of Hiromu Takahashi. Dragon Lee and Shingo are the favorites in their block. Takagi’s reason for winning the block could be that Lee was too focused on the future.

Dragon Lee

After winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden, there is nobody in the tournament with more momentum. The current champion winning the tournament is very uncommon but there is already a story in place as I mentioned. If the current champion wins the entire BOSJ tournament, he will get to select who challenges him for the championship at Dominion. Hiromu Takahashi is the man he wont stop talking about. Almost a year ago, Dragon Lee was the guy that put his biggest rival on the shelf. Hiromu had to vacate the title as a result of the injury suffered in that match. If Takahashi is cleared to compete, there is no better person to accept the challenge.

Who Else Has A Chance?

Will Ospreay

He hasn’t won the tournament in three years and is competing with the heavyweights more and more. Among the current field, Ospreay almost certainly has the most high-profile matches under his belt. He’s the clear betting favorite to make it to the finals in his block. If there’s anything that’ll stop him, it’s that NJPW may already be trying to transition him into a heavyweight.

Taiji Ishimori

Ishimori made it to the finals of the BOSJ tournament last year but only finished as the runner-up. He was also the most recent IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Since his official rebranding as Bullet Club’s “Bone Soldier” last year, he’s maintained a spot near the top of the junior division. If they want to continue his recently-formed feud with Dragon Lee, the opportunity is right there.

El Phantasmo

The newest member of the NJPW roster is in a similar position to the one Taiji Ishimori was in last year. El Phantasmo was introduced as the newest member of the Bullet Club mere days before BOSJ. The aforementioned Ishimori did actually end up going all the finals and Phantasmo is off to a 3-0 start this year. The only man in the B Block that’s a real threat to his path there is Will Ospreay but that’s going to be a tough ask.

Ryusuke Taguchi

Most fans think of him as a comedy wrestler but if you’ve seen him in longer, more competitive matches, you know that he’s one of the most talented guys New Japan has. It’s rare to find someone that can balance entertainment with in-ring skill the way he does. Taguchi is a two-time Junior Heavyweight Champion, former BOSJ winner, leader of his own faction, and one of the veterans of the locker room. It sounds strange but I wouldn’t put my money on Ospreay or Phantasmo as long as Taguchi is hovering near the top of the standings. He’s my dark horse in this year’s tournament.

SHO

This definitely wont happen but he is worth mentioning. SHO isn’t going to win the tournament as long as he’s attached to YOH and Rocky Romero as a part of Roppongi 3K. However, with three matches in, SHO has already wrestled the two longest and best matches of the tournament. He’s only 1-2 so far but that could make things more interesting. Watching him storm back and go on a serious winning streak would be something amazing to see.


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