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WWE Week in Review: March 25-31, 2019

Next week is WrestleMania 35! Did the WWE shows help to excite, or further the IWC narrative of being disconnected? Let’s see what Tiffany says about it.

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Next week is WrestleMania 35! Did the WWE shows help to excite, or further the IWC narrative of being disconnected? Let’s see what Tiffany says about it.

RAW

Women’s Beat the Clock Match: Uh…Okay, that happened. Seriously, what was the point of doing a ‘Beat the Clock’ match with nothing at stake? And why was the Riott Squad sacrificed for that nonsense? These women are going to be MAIN EVENTING WrestleMania, and they do this two weeks out? Seriously?

Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley and Jinder Mahal: I’m over this feud, seriously over it. It’s just become bunch of petty nonsense and I hope Balor wins at WrestleMania and WWE separates him and Lashley in the Shake-up. The inclusion of Mahal was just silly, especially since Balor ran circles around Lashley and Mahal.

Elias: I don’t like Elias, but him going around New York and playing guitar was funny.

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs Revival: Black and Ricochet have been making quite a splash as a team on the main roster and they’ve done a great job of helping revitalize the RAW Tag Team Division. I have a feeling that Black and Ricochet will be having a VERY busy WrestleMania weekend after that great match with the Revival.

Drew McIntyre vs Reigns and Ambrose: I’m going to be blunt: I think McIntyre is massively overrated. He has no personality and is an average worker and promo at best. The only difference between the McIntyre ten years ago and McIntyre now is that he put on muscle because he’s every bit as boring now as he was as Mr. McMahon’s hand-picked ‘Chosen One’. So I find him being put with Roman Reigns for WrestleMania a little baffling, however since this match will be Reigns’ first singles match since October, it should be a good one.

On the other hand, the treatment of Dean Ambrose is frustrating. We keep being told that Ambrose is leaving, yet WWE keeps bringing him out and putting him in this feud, fighting McIntyre for Roman and getting beat every time. Why are we building a story for Ambrose if he’s leaving in a couple of weeks?  Make up your minds, WWE.

Women’s Tag Team Division: I think we all knew that the re-emergence of the Divas of Doom and the small number of actual women’s division tag teams meant we were headed for a Fatal Four Way match at WrestleMania, but I’m still concerned about how Beth Phoenix is going to do since it’s been seven years since she’s had an actual match. Hopefully, the other three teams will help cover any issues she might have.

Kurt Angle: The Angle retirement tour keeps on truckin’, but I’m still hoping that Baron Corbin will not be Angle’s final match. Kurt can’t go the way he used to, but I don’t think putting him with Corbin, who isn’t exactly a ring general, is the best way to send Angle into the sunset.

As someone who watched Angle and Samoa Joe in TNA, I had high expectations for this match, and it wasn’t the worst match I ever saw, but it was NOT like what they had in TNA, which was sad, though Joe’s face when Angle beat him on a roll up was very hilarious.

Moment of Bliss: Here we go again. As if Moment of Bliss isn’t cringey enough, we had to add Braun Strowman to the mix, just for added face-palming. I get that WWE is wanting to pull in mainstream people, but putting two SNL guys in the Andre is a dumb move. At least put in athletes that aren’t going to stink up the place.

Baron Corbin vs Apollo Crews: I really wasn’t into this match. The point was to build up Corbin to face Angle, but it just made it look like Crews should be facing Angle, not Corbin. Corbin just looked like a petty wannabe.

Seth Rollins: This was the highlight of the night, as far as I’m concerned. Seth more than held his own against Paul Heyman and watching him stalk down Heyman and vow to go to war for the WWE Universe was just fun. I’m not totally sold that Seth will beat Lesnar at WrestleMania, but he made a damn good argument for it on Monday.

Triple H: A lot has been said about Triple H’s influence on the business, not all of it good, but he was definitely a proud man on Monday when he talked about the RAW Women’s Championship main eventing WrestleMania. Turning his attention to his own WrestleMania match, Triple H did a great job of making Batista look like an entitled chump who didn’t have the guts to face him like a man, but sent a letter with more demands, like Triple H put his own career on the line. I’m not sure what the point was since the whole DX vs Brothers of Destruction storyline showed that career-ending matches aren’t binding in WWE, but it does make it feel like there’s more at stake for Triple H than just kicking Batista’s ass.

SmackDown

Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan: Well, it seems as if this convoluted storyline finally seemed to be getting somewhere. Kofi Kingston seems to finally be getting his title shot, thanks to the New Day’s determination…or is he?

Yes, Vince said that Kofi was going to WrestleMania, but nothing was said about the title shot and Vince is not someone to capitulate as easily as he seemed to have at the end of SmackDown.

The Gauntlet Match Woods and E went through was amazing. The best part was the Usos forfeiting rather than try to cost Kofi his chance at the title shot he’d earned. It was a sign of respect between two teams that have had a lot of wars.

I loved that the babyface locker room came out to celebrate with Kofi, which shows how much genuine respect he has from the locker room.

Charlotte vs Asuka: If there was one major flaw WWE has, it’s the inability to leave things alone and the Charlotte/Asuka SmackDown Women’s Championship Match was one of those instances. I get that they wanted to build Charlotte up since she’s become a third wheel in a feud that doesn’t need her, but screwing over the SmackDown Women’s Division to do it was a stupid move. The match was big enough without throwing the SmackDown Women’s Championship into the mix.

Kurt Angle vs AJ Styles: This was the match I was really looking forward to. Angle and Styles had a great rivalry in TNA and if anyone could coax a good match out of Angle at this stage, it would’ve been Styles, so I was furious that Orton ruined it by interfering, but at least Angle got him back, but it still sucks.

Rey Mysterio: I’m still trying to figure out why Dominic is involved in this feud or how Mysterio got a US Title shot in the first place, but the match should be a good one.

Miz vs Shane McMahon: I honestly wasn’t onboard with Miz vs Shane McMahon at WrestleMania. I just didn’t think it was a big enough match to warrant going to WrestleMania, but they’ve definitely done a good job of building this feud quickly, even if some of the promo was a little ‘uh’. I’m not sure how to feel about Shane in a Falls Count Anywhere match, but he and Miz should have a great match.

205 Live

Lucha House Party vs Party of Gulak and Humberto Carrillo: This was SUCH a great match and continued the storyline of Carrillo not wanting to give up his high-flying style just because Gulak and Gallagher don’t like it. Making the loss Gulak’s fault is interesting.

I’ve said before that a lot about this storyline makes me very uncomfortable, but I can see where this is heading: Gulak and Gallagher keep pushing Carrillo to do things the ‘correct’ way until Carrillo snaps and becomes a huge babyface.

Drake Maverick and the Kanellises: I’m a little disappointed that Mike Kanellis is going to stay a heel since his ‘Better than the Best’ thing seems tailor made for a babyface/tweener run, but we’ll see. I am excited to see what will happen next week when Tozawa has Kendrick in his corner.

Buddy Murphy: I’ve said before that few things will wreck a friendship in professional wrestling than going for the gold and that’s proving true with Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese. I loved Murphy playing the arrogant heel that’s forgotten what his former friend did for him. I also loved Nese beating the tar out of Murphy and saying that he’s the reason Murphy was on 205 and not still in NXT.

Cedric Alexander vs Ariya Daivari: This was a really great match, but I’m a little confused as to why Oney Lorcan attacked Alexander. Lorcan is a great addition to 205, but I’m a little confused as to why he attacked Alexander when the only time they’ve been the ring together was in the Cruiserweight Tournament. It just seems nonsensical to me, but it’s another ‘wait and see’ thing, but I’m already skeptical of this storyline.

NXT UK

Jordan Devlin vs Dan Moloney: I don’t have much to say about this match. Jordan Devlin was involved, so it was a show stealer and it was only the opening match. I feel for Moloney, but it’s clear that Devlin’s being groomed for big things down the line, and I hope it’ll include a title run.

Kassius Ohno: Since the debut of the Shield, there’s been a rumor that Kassius Ohno had been slated to be a Hound of Justice, but that was change, though whether he was supposed to be in Dean’s spot or Roman Reigns’ is up for dispute. His promo on Wednesday proved why he would’ve been a disaster in whatever role he was supposed to play. It was just flat and made no sense.

Jinny vs Toni Storm: For whatever reason, and not doing anything to earn it, Jinny is the new #1 Contender for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Her promo over this was just plain dumb, especially since she hasn’t proven to be anything but an average wrestler.

Xia Brookside vs Rhea Ripley: I think we all knew what was going to happen when Xia Brookside challenged Rhea Ripley to a match, and we weren’t disappointed. It was a great match, but Xia had really no chance against Ripley. The really interesting thing was the debut of Piper Niven, who is EXTREMELY talented. The fact that she’s bad enough to scare off Ripley says something and I’m interested to see where this goes.

Isla Dawn vs Kay Lee Ray: Okay, this isn’t an official thing, but I was very intrigued by this exchange. Even though Ray claims to not be interested in being friends, the fact that there are three Scottish women on the roster is just BEGGING to become a stable like Gallus or be part of Gallus.

Trent Seven Interview: I don’t have much to say about this other than it looks like they’re going to break up Moustache Mountain, which is a dumb thing to do, in my opinion.

European Alliance vs Williams and Jordan: I’m actually kind of excited about this match. Both teams are great mid-card teams and could have a great feud before it’s all said and done.

Mark Andrews vs Noam Dar: This was another fantastic match for NXT UK this week. I love both guys involved in this match and they didn’t disappoint. The only disappointment was the No Contest ending. It’s hard to see who this was covering for, but they full deserved the standing ovation they got when they were carried out on stretchers.

Pete Dunne vs WALTER: Thank god we’re finally getting this match because the build was boring me stupid. I hope Dunne retains but I have a feeling WALTER is going to win it at TakeOver. At least this contract signing didn’t end in a fight.

NXT

Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole: I’m really excited about this match. Yes, I would have rather seen Gargano finally get one over on Ciampa, but Adam Cole will work. Triple H making it 2-out-of-3 Falls guarantees a barnburner, but Gargano should insist that Undisputed Era be banned from ringside so there’s no question about who the real winner is.

Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane vs Aliyah and Vanessa Borne: This was another good match that got ruined by Shayna Baszler and her goons. I’m not sure what the point of making Shayna look like a punk who has to pick fights with people who aren’t a threat to her is, but I hope it costs her the title because the women of NXT should be doing more than just being her punching bag. Also, where are Belair, Shirai, and Sane, the women who are ACTUALLY feuding with Baszler?

Matt Riddle vs Kona Reeves: This was a giant snoozer, as far as I was concerned. I don’t care about Reeves and Riddle sets my teeth on edge. Velveteen Dream being involved didn’t make me anymore interested in this match or the feud. Dream vs Riddle is already looking like a skipper.

Forgotten Sons vs Aleister Black and Ricochet: It’s the final of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and the most unlikely tag team in the bracket has been on a major role on three of the five WWE brands. This match was fantastic, as expected from both teams. The biggest surprise of this whole thing was that Black and Ricochet won. I honestly thought, given that they’re likely going to be on the WrestleMania card against the Revival, that they’d have the Forgotten Sons win it, but it looks like the Unlikely Duo is going to have a very full weekend and I’m excited for both of them.

Overall Thoughts: How was the penultimate week before WrestleMania? Not great. At least on the Big Two. RAW and SmackDown were full of misses, in my opinion because WWE/Vince can’t leave well enough alone, especially where it concerns the RAW Women’s Championship Match. I get that this is a historic moment, but I can’t think of a match that’s gotten more overdone and tinkered with than this and I’m almost afraid that WWE’s going to fix it until they break it, and this turns into a flop.

I’m glad that Kofi vs Bryan is finally finalized, but I keep feeling like Vince is going to pull some trick to drag this out to WrestleMania.

The network shows weren’t nearly as convoluted in their builds, thank God, and it made them much easier to watch, even if I didn’t enjoy very much of NXT.

We’re heading into the go-home week for WrestleMania and I’m PRAYING that Vince stops tinkering with things because it’s making too many messes that I don’t think are going to be fixed at WrestleMania.


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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