Wow what a night (morning)! Here are the Good, Bad and Ugly from WWE Super Showdown, from The Land Down Under.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship– New Day (c) vs. The Bar
This match delivered on all accounts, as The Bar is such a strong team. New Day got flattened as a pancake most of the match, but both teams looked great. Although probably an afterthought later in the night, the two teams did their parts to open the night with a bang! New Day Rocked and retained after a great showing.
WWE Championship– AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (No DQ or Countout)
When I am wrong, I am really wrong. This was a fantastic showcase of excellence. The match was insane on all accounts. AJ Styles was a different person tonight, and they sold this intense rivalry all the way to the end. Samoa Joe’s skills were on point, selling his pain, and ultimately losing to AJ Styles via Submission. A great match and in my opinion, the match of the night!
Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
Ronda Rousey just can’t lose, and she didn’t tonight! I enjoyed the dissension between Nikki Bella and Ronda Rousey, and cannot wait to see where that will go. The Riott Squad looked amazing, and the talent there has so much potential, I really hope to see a lot more them in big storylines. The story of the match and maybe the night though is Liv Morgan. Liv Morgan was on fire, she looked better than I have ever seen her work before, doing some great moves, and had an intensity about her. Congrats to Ronda Rousey and The Bella’s on their hard fought victory against more than admirable opponents.
Cruiserweight Championship– Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy
This match stole the show, it really made everyone wake up. The crowd was on fire, the announcing (Corey Graves) showcased the over the top talent and match we were watching. Buddy Murphy is so much more talented than I could have ever imagined, and it was a pleasure to see him awaken the way he has recently. I was on the edge of my seat and never wanted it to end, it sucked me in, and won me over. Buddy Murphy to the roar of “Buddy” win the Cruiserweight Championship.
The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre
I had high expectations for this rivalry, and tonight was not a disappointment. The Heel Group of Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre punished and destroyed Seth Rollins, who was beaten repeatedly away from his Shield brothers. This match was traditional as Ziggler did his job driving Ambrose and Reigns crazy the whole match. Although The Shield won in a predictable fashion, I will not take away from this action packed, incredible match, which showcased the best of the best (according to WWE), and it shows. I hope we see a ton more of Braun, Dolph and Drew McIntyre, as I absolutely love their stable, and feel the sky is the limit!
The Game HHH vs. The Undertaker
Before I say this is Good. This match was long, had no context, disappointed in almost every way. It ended up being a set up to a tag match at a later date which will include Kane/Undertaker vs HHH/HBK. All things I hate about a Mega Main Event. Now why is it Good then? It was good because Undertaker and HHH are Legends, who still got it! Kicking out of the two combatants signature moves, and the back and forth brutality shined. I felt like I was watching the great “attitude era” and my younger self was screaming the whole time how awesome this was. It was a spectacle, and delivered. Shawn Michaels played an integral role at the end of the night and HHH gets the victory. I hope that we see more of this as it was fun all around to see such legends.
SmackDown Women’s Championship– Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
I was greatly excited for this match as I would assume most of you were. Becky Lynch was vicious, and didn’t let Charlotte Flair get a moment before just brutalizing the challenger. A lot of near falls, and the pace was incredible. How do you ruin a great match on a PPV? A DQ. Becky Lynch keeps the gold but Charlotte picks up a victory.
Asuka & Naomi vs. The IIconics
The match itself was nothing good. In fact moments were awkward, and the pace was exhausting. The save sake if any was that this was meant to be The IIconics Homecoming, and it was! The crowd loves them, and I can see why. I think of this as just the beginning to some big things for these two “IIcons”. Not to mention Kay and Royce picked up a huge win against extremely established stars on a huge show.
John Cena & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Elias
This Match was just pointless, it made the event almost seem House Show like, which is as far from what a Super Show-Down should feel like. Cena was doing his thing which as always got a reaction, but when a post-match promo is the highlight of your spot on a card, that is an ugly place to be.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (No. 1 Contendership)
What a waste of time, this was a completely disrespectful attribute to The Miz. I cannot wait to see Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles feud but after all of the buildup, to have a crap match like that is just insulting. This could have been great but it was simply ugly. Daniel Bryan squashes Miz.
So there we have it, we came, we saw, we loved it, we hated it, on to the next one! Bravo WWE, most of us will keep watching!
Is Kofi Kingston On His Way to The Top After WWE Elimination Chamber?
What does this recent push for Kofi Kingston mean?
Kofi Kingston is a man on a mission. Of course that mission is no different than any other WWE Superstar that wants to rise up and steal the show. Kingston is very accustomed to seizing his opportunities and creating moments that fans will never forget.
Now he has the chance to do that once again when he walks into the Elimination Chamber on Sunday, February 17. Kingston’s reputation as a dynamic highlight machine will be realized again and there’s no doubt that he will provide his fair share of amazing moments inside the Chamber. But will he do more than that?
This is the part where many WWE fans immediately begin shaking their heads. They already believe that Kofi’s inclusion in this match is nothing more than a filler. He’s a replacement for Mustafa Ali, who is dealing with injuries and cannot compete. So when the company has a spot to fill, they must fill it with a dependable Superstar that can deliver. Kingston is that Superstar.
Then there’s the fact that Kingston has been here before. Kofi was seemingly on his way up the food chain in 2010 against Randy Orton, but that rise never materialized. Many fans blamed Orton for stopping Kingston and not allowing him to move forward.
Others said that it was all too much, too soon for Kofi. The Superstar just wasn’t ready for the pressure that comes along with being a top guy and WWE had no choice but to pull back. Despite which side the fans took, the fact is that Kofi’s run was exciting and full of promise. But why was that?
The WWE faithful are suckers for a feel-good story and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some of the most memorable stars in the history of pro wrestling rose up from nothing and achieved success because they built a loyal fan following. Perception is reality in many cases. So when fans perceive a guy to be the well deserving underdog, then that belief becomes very real.
There’s just something about a rising talent fighting his way to the top that makes fans immediately feel connected to the moment. They invest in the run itself and before long, the talent in question gets white hot.
The only problem with Kofi is that fans have indeed seen him in this position before. They believed in him then and he showed some strokes of brilliance, if only for a brief time. Yet he was ultimately pushed backed down to earth. Kingston’s ascension was a tease. But maybe it was something more.
For WWE, it’s all about the experience. Just because a Superstar gets a break and hits a winning streak, does not mean he’s on his way to the world title. The company obviously sees potential in someone and the only way to cultivate that potential is to turn on the spotlight.
Once that happens, the Superstar’s strengths immediately shine through. Suddenly, the conversation shifts from “why him” to “is he the next big star?” That’s a completely natural conclusion and it’s reached from a train of thought that’s encouraged by the company along the way.
So when it comes to this situation, booking Kofi Kingston in The Elimination Chamber may have nothing to do with the desire to elevate him to the WWE Championship. In fact there may indeed be no plan to do anything with him in the singles division after February 17. It could very well be that Kofi will do his part, lose the match and then go right back to stealing the show along with The New Day.
If that happens, then it’s really no harm, no foul. WWE gets what it needs and the fans get an exciting match they will talk about long after it’s over. To be fair, there’s really nothing wrong with that and the company is only doing what it must do in order to keep moving ahead. The show must go on.
But then there’s the other side of the conversation and that’s the side the fans live for. They believe they have the power to light a fire under a Superstar and they’re right. Stone Cold Steve Austin, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are all living proof of that. Yes, the talent and the hard work was definitely there.
But without the fans demanding more, WWE would perhaps have never used any of them on the main event level. The same is currently true for Becky Lynch. So if the fans believe that Kofi Kingston should rise up and they indeed begin supporting him, then the desire to see him breakout and achieve major success will be irresistible. Of course that doesn’t mean WWE won’t resist.
WWE is a land of many stars, but very few megastars. It’s just not how the company is built. So when it comes to elevating anyone, there’s only so much forward progress that can be achieved. To the company, Kofi Kingston is surely a valued hand who is well loved and respected on every level. But is that where his story ends?
It’s only a matter of time until The New Day splits. The group has been together since 2014 and they’re currently the longest running unit in modern WWE history. However that run won’t last forever. When the time is right, The New Day will come to an end. When that happens, Kofi Kingston may finally get his break. Or maybe he won’t. Whether or not that will make a difference to him, or to WWE, is unknown. Whether or not it makes a difference to fans will never be in doubt.
Heel or Face? Make Up Your Mind WWE
Heel or face? WWE can’t make up their minds!
WWE has shown little regard for heel and face alignment, and Carol Cassada wants the company to make up their minds!
Any wrestling fan knows that there are two types of wrestlers: the heels and the faces. Although, every once in a while you’ll have a tweener, someone who’s not a villain, but not a good guy. With WWE, they often switch a wrestler’s persona around to fit a storyline.
WWE has a history of flip flopping when it comes to a wrestler’s persona. One week they’re face, the next they’re heel, then all of a sudden they’re face again. Recently, WWE has been doing this with a bunch of their stars, which leads me confused on whether they’re heel or face.
First, let’s start with Dean Ambrose, who’s been portraying a heel the past four months. Yet, in recent weeks he’s shown signs of becoming a face again. After Monday night’s RAW in which he offered his former Shield brother Seth Rollins support in his match against Brock Lesnar, it’s safe to say that Ambrose is a babyface. Given the news that Ambrose is leaving due to creative differences with Vince McMahon, Dean would be seen as a face no matter what role he portrayed on television.
The next turn that had me questioning a wrestler’s persona is Alexa Bliss. The Goddess has been viewed as a heel as well as her partner Mickie James. But three weeks ago she and Mickie wrestled against the heel team of Nia Jax and Tamina. It’s very rare that WWE has two heels compete in a match, so it could mean that WWE is turning Alexa into a babyface like the reports suggest. Although, in a recent segments, she’s coming off as more of a tweener than babyface.
Another turn that had me confused is Nikki Cross. When the Sanity member made her debut on RAW a few weeks ago, she was a babyface teaming with Bayley and Natalya to take on The Riott Squad. But during the women’s tag team qualification tournament, she teamed with Alicia Fox to attack Bayley and Sasha backstage. But on the most recent episode of RAW, Cross appeared to be a face again as she faced Ruby Riott.
The last person who’s been flipping back and forth between his persona is Elias. Since his debut, he’s been more of a heel. But in October, WWE decided to switch things up and make Elias a face. Elias is a star who’s naturally over with the crowd, so it doesn’t matter what type of role he has. Yet, WWE must’ve felt the face turn wasn’t working because they’ve had Elias resort back to his devious behavior.
WWE likes to do spur of the moment stuff all the time, but having the wrestlers switch from heel to face one week from the next is becoming too much. It’s leaving fans confused on whether they should boo or cheer a wrestler. I know WWE likes to test the waters and see the audience’s reaction; however the constant changes to a wrestler’s role will not only baffle fans, but it may hurt the wrestler’s credibility.