Abe Odeh brings you his Top 5 choices for what he wants to see in the Men’x WWE Royal rumble!
Everyone’s favorite night of the year is Sunday and the Rumble entrants may be as unpredictable as ever. With the ongoing rise of NXT and their talent, the WWE is relying less on legends to make surprise appearances and instead are using those free slots to invest in their future. As I was listing the names of 30 potential men’s entrants, I realized this year may be the most fresh faces we’ve seen in a single Royal Rumble.
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5. A Member of Sanity
The heads of WWE promised us that they would start listening to us more. We saw that when Gallows & Anderson and Sanity made an impact soon after the declaration. Since then, it’s been more of the same. They’ve been absent from our television screens.
If they’re struggling with using them as a tag team, then try building one of them up as a singles star. Eric Young is a totally underutilized asset that could be contending for the United States Championship. He’s done it all in the industry, including winning gold everywhere he’s been.
Killian Dain is as athletic of a big man as Keith Lee. The difference is that he didn’t get the same spotlight due to being in a faction since his debut. Even with his limited opportunities, he’s created the highlights of a 5-star ladder match, a War Games match, and had a great showing in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.
4. A Champion from Every Network Show
This means Pete Dunne, Buddy Murphy (or whoever wins in the kick-off show), and the winner of Aleister Black vs Tomasso Ciampa. If you’re the main champion of an entire brand, you deserve an automatic bid in the Rumble. Mustafa Ali earned a jump to the main roster by being a 205 Live standout and he never even won the Cruiserweight Championship.
The respective champions should be able to compete for a chance to make that same jump. Andrade got a Rumble slot as NXT Champion last year but the other champions were nowhere to be found. Pete Dunne is currently in the middle of one of the longest title reigns in WWE history. In May, he’ll have held the United Kingdom Championship for two years. The only time he’s ever appeared on the main roster is when he was pinned by Enzo Amore. The Rumble is a chance for a fresh start. Also, if they make an impact, you’ve now marketed each brand as well as the upcoming Worlds Collide event.
3. Face-offs: Velveteen – Cena / Rollins – Ricochet
Every time I get on Twitter, another person is entertaining the idea of a dream match between Seth Rollins and Ricochet. That possibility is drawing closer, especially if Ricochet is unsuccessful in his title defense the night before. Ricochet has one of the highest ceilings of any NXT superstar and is the closest thing we have to a superhero. He can be the Spiderman to John Cena’s Superman in the eyes of younger fans. Let’s see that first-time interaction with Seth Rollins.
Many of us are familiar with John Cena’s high praise of Velveteen Dream. Last year, John Cena stated that Dream could be “the one”. Cena is currently in the Royal Rumble match but has been tagged as questionable with an ankle injury. If he’s unable to compete for a lengthy duration, The Velveteen Dream is the perfect person to serve him with a quick elimination. Velveteen doesn’t even have a match at Takeover. I hope this means they’re saving him to take over the company the next night.
2. Kofi Almost Does It
Kofi Kingston’s near eliminations have become synonymous with the Rumble. Every Rumble season we relive his saves and wonder what he’s going to do this year. However, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about Kofi making it all the way til the end. Not winning, but as close as the final four or even three.
Kofi is one of those stars that fans have been rooting for to finally get his world title opportunity. He’s done literally everything except compete in a main event feud. He even cut a brief promo on Smackdown recently voicing his displeasure of never getting that big shot. That means either the writers are listening, or Kofi knows he has the support in order to start lobbying for that opportunity. WWE allowing Kingston to last until the final stretch would be a great way to tell the fans they are listening. Now that Daniel Bryan is a detestable WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston would be the ideal man to take the title off him later this year.
1. The Winner Dethrones Brock
Two of the most popular names I’ve heard as predictions to win on Sunday are Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre. Those are actually the guys I want to be the last two standing. Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar is the biggest money match you can book. The only time they ever met in a singles match was interrupted by The Undertaker and a winner was never decided. This is the first big chance to make Seth the future of the company. Rather than being champion, I’d like to see Brock transition to more of a Triple H or Undertaker role where he saves his appearances for new marquee match-ups.
Drew McIntyre is one of the lone men on the roster that could realistically match up with Lesnar from a kayfabe standpoint. If McIntyre wins, he’d be best served with an immediate babyface turn. Just imagine the impassioned promos from Drew headed into Mania if he gives the audience a reason to support him. That all sounds incredible, but Brock needs to get past Finn Balor first.
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/19/2019
Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis! How was the show?
Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis!
Scarlett and Fallah debut as a tag team today! Tessa and Gail’s story continues to bubble up and Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake get their shots at the Tag Team titles!
The whole oVe story and Rich Swann continues as Tommy Dreamer apparently is getting sacrificed to Madman Fulton. Are we about to watch a murder?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
- Scarlett Bordeaux & Fallah Bahh vs Desi Hit Squad: Scarlett wins via Tandem Banzai Drop – * 1/2
- Moose vs Dez: Dez wins via Body Scissors Cradle – ** 1/4
- Madman Fulton vs Tommy Dreamer: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – ** 1/2
- Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Rayne wins via Roll-Up – N/A
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c): Lucha Bros retain via Spike Fear Factor – ***
Okay let’s be serious for a minute. This wasn’t a great match, but it was entertaining. The crowd enjoyed singing along to Scarlett’s music, Fallah did most of the work since the Hit Squad didn’t want to interact with Scarlett at first. Amusing spot was after Raj got hit with a Stink Face from Scarlett, Rohit pulled him out and sat in the corner asking for the Scarlett Stink Face. They pulled the bait and switch since she told him to close his eyes. Scarlett jumps on Fallah’s back and Tandem Banzai drop with Scarlett pinning Raj was the finish. It was amusing, not a great match, but told a story and was entertaining.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
A couple backstage segments with Lucha Bros and Eli & Eddie hyping the tag match. Eddie is still imbalanced singing “We are the three best friends” song, of course referencing Kenny the kendo stick as the third.
The final leg of Moose’s revenge against the Rascalz. Moose took the match lightly, and controlled the majority of the match. Lawn Darting Dez into the corner was cool. Hell Dez tried to do a Dragonrana on the outside, Moose caught him smooth as butter and then smashed his head into the steps, before throwing him into the other Rascalz. After rolling him back in, the other Rascalz get involved for the first time and allow Dez to roll through with a Body Scissors into a Cradle.
After the match we see Rosemary and Kiera Hogan arguing. Kiera says as long as there’s two of them, two of them will fight Su Yung. So Rosemary proceeds to beat the crap out of Kiera and choke her with the chain leash that held the Bunny before she was killed in the Undead Realm. Yes, I know what I just wrote.
GWN Flashback Match: Tag Team Title 5150 Street Fight: LAX vs OGz, Slammiversary 7/22/2018
After the flashback we get a decent length segment of Tessa going to one of Robert Irvine’s restaurants where she runs down Gail, says she’s most famous for screwing a famous chef. Then she proceeds to terrorize different people all while looking for Robert Irvine. She doesn’t find him, has some interesting lines, and she sells things well. Not everyone acts well in the segment, but it wasn’t completely awful. A few amusing moments.
Not really sure why Madman and Dreamer are in a non-Hardcore match. It’s an alright match. Dreamer gets most of his offense in when Fulton takes too long to go to his next move. After hitting the DDT, Dreamer goes out to get a kendo stick…in a normal match, misses and Fulton hits a Reverse Lifting STO (think Corbin’s End of Days). Not sure what Fulton is calling it, but that was the end. Then a brawl between oVe and the rest of Dreamer’s little rag tag team of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.
Taya ran down Canada, said she wasn’t gonna do the match, but Madison jumped her before she could leave. Then after surviving the initial flurry, Taya tries to powder out, but Jordynne Grace throws her back in. Taya is mad and distracted, School Girl Roll-Up. So nothing to rate, but I guess this is comeuppance for one half of the douchey championship couple.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
Interesting match even though it felt to be less than 10 minutes long. Lucha Bros start fast and spotty, but eventually Eddie and Eli slow it down. LAX tries to cost Lucha Bros the match, but they fail. Eddie tries to throw Kenny to Eli, but Eli misses. Eddie gets wiped out and they pin Eli with the Spike Fear Factor. Afterwards Eli turns on Eddie and beats him with Kenny.
Overall Score: 6/10
Above average. Not a bad show, but it definitely felt like an episode to try and put more focus on the smaller stories. Lance Storm getting involved in the main event story does add a little more star power. Given that D’Amore insulted Cage before the confrontation, it makes me wonder where management’s feelings lie.
So again, the show wasn’t exactly a blow away, but there were plenty of entertaining moments. Ideally next week should finish the hype for Rebellion, and I’m really hoping Rebellion returns to the good wrestling form that Redemption and Slammiversary had last year.
Carol: Is Lacey Evans The Right Opponent For Becky Lynch?
Lacey may have The Woman’s Right, but is she the right opponent for Becky? Carol explores the question.
It’s been one week since Becky Lynch won both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships at WrestleMania. But Lynch doesn’t have time to rest because she’s getting ready to defend her titles against Lacey Evans.
Evans being the championship contender has caused mixed reactions with fans.
So I have to wonder, is Lacey the right contender for Becky Lynch?
I can see why fans are upset with Evans being Becky’s first opponent. Since Becky is the top star of the women’s division and fans would expect her first title defense to be with another big star such as Sasha Banks or Bayley.
I can see Becky feuding with someone like Sasha or Bayley, but their match would be saved for a bigger PPV such as SummerSlam. In the meantime, Becky will have to be put in a filler feud and Lacey Evans is her first opponent.
I don’t watch NXT so I’m not familiar with Lacey’s in-ring work, although I do know about her gimmick. Since arriving on the main roster, Lacey hasn’t competed much in the ring. The only thing she does is walk down the ramp like a runway model in the middle of a match.
This past Monday on RAW, Lacey competed in her first match on the main roster when she fought Natalya. While the match was short, it did give the WWE Universe a chance to see Lacey’s wrestling ability. Lacey showed that she has a lot of strength when it comes to wrestling, but is that enough to make her a worthy championship contender.
Reports say that WWE views her as a future star in the women’s division. She fits the mold of WWE’s women wrestlers, so it’s not surprising they want to push her. But are they pushing her too fast by having her challenge Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championships?
It would be best to slowly build up Lacey’s character until she’s able to prove why she’s championship caliber. But at the same time, a Becky Lynch feud could be just the thing to get the WWE Universe interested in the wrestler.
Becky’s the biggest star of the women’s division and anyone who has a feud with her is sure to gain a lot of attention. If WWE is adamant about making Lacey a star, a championship match with Lynch could be thing to get her push started.
While some fans are hesitant about Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch’s feud, this is a big opportunity for both ladies.
For Evans, she’ll have to prove to fans and WWE officials that she has what it takes to be a big star in the women’s division. As for Lynch, she’s worked hard to earn her spot as the top star in WWE. After a successful win at WrestleMania, she’s going to have to continue her momentum going to keep her spot as champion and leader of the women’s division.
Of course, WWE’s booking will play an important role in this feud. But if booked right, Lacey and Becky could both come out of this feud looking strong.
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