Are we finally on pace for the women to send us home on WrestleMania? Juan gives us his take!
Women’s wrestling in just a few months will have one of its most historic night, in April 7th, WWE will present it first ever WrestleMania main evented by women making it one of the biggest accomplishments in women’s wrestling history. Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and possibly Charlotte Flair will wrestle in this match that will change history forever.
7 women made this possible
In the history of wrestling women like Manami Toyota, Chyna, Mae Young, Trish Stratus, Alundra Blayze, Lita and many others are important figures in the history of women’s wrestling and there legacy helped wrestling achieve new heights.
A few years ago, women’s wrestling was perceived or looked at by most fans (I include myself in this category) as the bathroom breaks of WWE shows. For those who don’t remember, women’s wrestling was generally always consider filler and would be given only 2 to 5 minutes to wrestle a match, and let’s not forget some of the bad storylines they were given.
7 women in the modern era changed things for the Better in WWE. The first one was Ronda Rousey, back on her days in UFC she showed the entire world women can be a draw on contact sports and even be the main event of this shows. Ronda is an important factor of today’s culture on women’s wrestling in WWE. Paige and AJ Lee during this ‘’dark ages’’ of women’s wrestling they were setting the bar on the main roster with the little they were given, and they made possible that not only men, but all WWE fans wanted more for women in the WWE main roster.
The 4 Horsewomen of WWE ( Lynch,Banks,Flair and Bayley) during their run in NXT they were the ultimate changers of women’s wrestling in WWE. Amazing matches and great work rate from them saw how if you give women a chance, they will take it and succeed with it. These 7 women made possible the idea of women being part of the main event of WrestleMania.
The unsung hero
WWE likes to give credit to Stephanie McMahon for the change WWE has made in women’s wrestling but, the credit should be given to Triple H. The Game and NXT, he was the one who believed in women and that bet turn out to be a massive jackpot for him and saw in him as the perfect and only person capable of taking control of WWE creative once Vince retires.
Triple H and NXT would later be the perfect ground for women to show their abilities in the ring instead of relying on sex appeal programs and most importance in ring work was more important over looks.
The rise of: The Man
2018 started as a terrible year for women’s wrestling with the controversy of women not wrestling in Saudi Arabia or the terrible booking of Asuka, Carmella, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss in the first half of the year. But everything changed when WWE botched Becky Lynch’s heel turn and gave birth to The Man.
Becky Lynch roasting Charlotte Flair and anyone in the WWE roster on twitter day after day made her stock rise in WWE’s eyes and for a while the most entertaining act in SmackDown Live and all WWE.
Becky Lynch during a SmackDown invasion of RAW and The Man attacking Ronda and her performance after being punched in the face by Nia Jax made everything fall into place. Her match with Ronda was cancelled by these events and the plans of the first ever women’s main event took shape.
More change to come
This WrestleMania main event Will change WWE in a lot of positive ways. Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch have proven women don’t need ‘’sexy segments’’ for women to be the main focus of a show, women’s wrestling in WWE is changing for the better, looks are still a important factor in the mind of Vince McMahon specially in women.
But, what will WWE do next? Women need more, maybe WWE will give more PPV main events or even better 2 women’s only PPV. WrestleMania will change women’s wrestling in WWE forever.
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!