Bobby Fernandes presents the Good, Bad, and Ugly preview for WWE FastLane 2019!
The last speed bump on the way to WrestleMania, it really is all going down after this small show. Will it be a small show though? I would say not, as on paper, this show may have some significant ramifications to the big dance. How will it fare on the most important of all scales, will it be Good, Bad or Ugly?
WWE Championship Match- Daniel Bryan (C) vs. Kevin Owens
There is a lot of history here in this rivalry. It already has so much attention due to the injustice to Kofi Kingston and the absolutely bizarre behavior of Kevin Owens. We deep down have a winner here as both guys are Main Eventers and big dogs on the roster. There is little to no doubt that this will be one hell of a physical match and the crowd will get their money’s worth no matter what. Daniel Bryan retains!
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship- Asuka (C) vs. Mandy Rose
On the fence with this one until I remembered that Mandy Rose can work decently depending on her opponent. Asuka is nasty and can work anyone especially someone as talented as Mandy Rose. She isn’t the best but that bombshell is far from the worst. Her partner Sonya Deville would have suited this rivalry a lot better in most opinions. However here we are. Hopefully setting up something better but this looks to be Good enough. Winner: Asuka!
The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
The Shield is back, and no one is upset. Even the ever hated Roman Reigns when with his Shield Brothers back in the dark days, was over with the audience. There is something about the hounds of justice that is just amazing, almost magical. Their opponents are equally impressive and massive at that. We have ourselves a major “sloberknocker” on our hands and all around this is looking very Good. Shield Wins!
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch (Lynch Gets spot in WrestleMania 35 Match)
It’s safe to say no one is happy that the triple threat is reality. This really is stupid and bad for business but it is what we have, maybe. Now we have a chance that Lynch is even in the match but she has to beat Charlotte first. It really is crap but this match won’t be. This match should be fireworks and as hot as the crowd will be when Lynch’s music hits and the Man comes around. This will rock and you can beat the Lass Kicker has this locked. Becky Lynch Wins!
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships Match- The Revival (C) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Roode and Gable
As red hot as the NXT boys are right now, and the immense talent surrounding them in the Champs and the former champs, we will have a decent match here. Expect to see some actual wrestling and of course the high flying, high impact usual from the NXT guys. This will be a Good match. The Revival Retains!
Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio
Yes! This is a match and feud that will never get old or played out. These two can absolutely “fight forever.” Expect high flying, non-stop absolutely out of you seat, action. This will not be boring, slow or otherwise. We have gold here and could be the best match we see in the evening unless they have been told to tone it down. Huge Match and a decisive Andrade victory! Great expectations here!
BAD- No, but possibly some Ugly stuff on deck.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship- The Usos (C) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon
Botchamania seems to be eminent however we could be surprised. This aside from splashes, superkicks and a coast to coast is a recipe for disaster. The feud is ugly, the matches and promos have been Bad and it will take a miracle for something Good to happen here. Uso’s Retain and hopefully McMiz can stop already!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship- Bayley and Sasha Banks (C) vs. Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax
This was touch as Boss n Hug are amazing and perfect first bestie tag champs for the Women’s division. That being said though, this match will be a nightmare in the form of two giant Samoans who cannot work. Nia Jax will be slow and sloppy and Tamina will no doubt be horrendous as that is her normal. Boss n Hug Win and God help us, hopefully this is quick!
- Good- 6
- Bad- 0
- Ugly- 2
We seem to have a Good show on board for Sunday. Fastlane has a lot of Gold on the line and big matches. It is being set up to be a major precursor to the biggest night in Sports Entertainment. The stakes are high, the talent is there, and the rest will be history soon enough!
The results are in as far as what I think will happen but the show is yet to go down? How will they do, will they be a textbook, no surprise, no frill waste of time, or will this be the precursor to a majorly explosive WrestleMania? We will find out this Sunday at Fastlane on the WWE Network.
Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/20/19)
Big night on Raw — who stood out?
WWE Raw returned stateside this week, and we got ourselves a new championship. Who stood out?
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.
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.
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.
7 Best Candidates To Win New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors 26
Who is the front runner?
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.