Kevin makes a pitch to rid WWE of PPV event between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. Could it work?
Let’s get crazy, ladies and gentlemen.
I’d like to make a proposition that may not sit well with everyone. It’s in regards to the Road to WrestleMania that we finds ourselves traveling down at the moment. We’re just 50-some odd days away from the Show of Shows, and all of WWE’s creative juices should be focused on making WrestleMania into the biggest show it could possibly be.
So, with that in mind, here’s my idea (direct all hate and vitriol to @KevinCWrestling): Let’s abolish the February and March pay-per-views.
I don’t think this is that far-fetched of an idea, to be perfectly honest. I mean, how many times have we all collectively complained about the WWE PPV schedule being just too packed? Last year, there were a grand total of 15 pay-per-views/special events like Crown Jewel and Super Showdown.
I would personally be in favor of chopping that in half, for a number of reasons. It would be easier on the talent, easier on the writers, and most importantly to me, easier on the viewers. It would allow us a little bit of a chance to breathe in between big shows.
Trust me, I could write a whole column just on my fixing of the WWE PPV schedule, but that’s not why I’m here today. I’m just focusing on Elimination Chamber and Fastlane for now, the two PPV’s that fall between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
Axe them. Both.
Do We Really Need WWE Elimination Chamber and FastLane?
This is the Road to WrestleMania we’re talking about, people. Why do we need to clutter the road with unnecessary construction in the form of not one, but two major shows when we’re supposed to be building to the biggest show of ‘em all?
We just had the Royal Rumble two weeks ago, and already we’ve got Elimination Chamber coming to us this Sunday, with scarcely any time in the middle to actually build towards the show. Sure, the Chamber matches are always fun regardless of the story involved, but the whole thing feels really cobbled together, no?
It’s almost an entirely inconsequential show, as well. None of the main title belts will change hands, the only one I could foresee MAYBE switching is the Smackdown tag belts, and that would be in service to a larger story being told at WrestleMania with the Miz and Shane McMahon. A story that could be furthered along on Smackdown without much of a hassle, honestly.
Nothing that terribly important will happen at Elimination Chamber because, frankly, why would it? We’re less than two months away from WrestleMania, now’s not the time to introduce some radical change to an existing storyline.
I think having these shows is a burden on the writers because they know what their job is supposed to be this time of year, it’s supposed to be getting busy making sure that everyone’s WrestleMania plans are sliding into place. How are they supposed to do that when they’re working on such a quick turnaround from the Rumble to ensure that we get not one, but TWO PPV’s in between, shows that they have to make us care about without disrupting stories that are already being put in place.
So with the tight spot that the writers are in, we get a PPV like Elimination Chamber, where the card is pretty bland, to put it mildly. Is it really necessary to have a bad pay-per-view here? Wouldn’t it be easier to just try and make RAW and Smackdown more exciting with some PPV-quality matches over the next two months?
And this is just me talking about the Chamber, I’m not going to even touch on FastLane. I think most fans are wondering just why FastLane has found itself on the PPV schedule just three weeks after Chamber. What possible matches could you throw on there without a reasonable build and with WrestleMania just under a month away at that point? It’s oversaturation, and I’m not here for it.
I also have this beef with the Chamber PPV being now: is it really a wise idea to, with WrestleMania rapidly approaching, to throw a bunch of your top male and female superstars into the most dangerous match in WWE? I know this isn’t a new concept, the Chamber match/PPV has been in February for years now, but with WWE reeling from injuries the way it is now, wouldn’t it be safer to hold off on a match that most every superstar has spoken up about and said that it’s the hardest match to work?
We don’t need the Chamber. We don’t need FastLane. Take this month to get healthy, get focused, and to get going on some dynamite storytelling heading into WrestleMania.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!