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Good, Bad and Ugly Preview: WWE Money In the Bank (2019)

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WWE Money In The Bank

Bobby is back with his Good, Bad, and Ugly preview for WWE Money In The Bank!

As the old saying goes business is about to pick up.  Money In The Bank is one of the premier PPV’s that sets a huge buildup for future storylines.  Title changes are eminent.  As a whole a lot of fans are fed up with the current product and with AEW kicking things off the pressure is on!  Let’s see how the card looks on the Good, Bad and Ugly!

GOOD

Cruiserweight Championship – Tony Nese (c) v Ariya Daivari

I wanted Oney Lorcan here but that doesn’t mean this match will suck.  The 205 Live crew is extremely underutilized and the lackluster fan following is criminal.  The talent there is just amazing and the cruiserweight division continues to leave fans in awe when they actually are taking the time to watch.  Our Chief Greg Demarco is a huge 205 Live fan and now that I finally jumped on board I can see why he has been such a proponent of the brand that no one watches.  The shows are incredible, the talent superb.  This match will showcase that.  Nese retains!

United States Championship- Samoa Joe (c) v Rey Mysterio

Holy Veterans Batman!  This is going to deliver.  I don’t expect a whole lot of surprises here.  Both guys can work anyone and complement each other very well.  A perfect speed vs power, this will be very Good.  The cherry on top, Rey Mysterio getting the last piece of Gold to add to his prestigious career.  Mysterio Wins the US Title!  Believe me he will have to earn it though. 

Roman Reigns v Elias

The biggest acquisition in SmackDown history is finally one of the most popular faces in WWE history and it was because he heroically represented so many who fight cancer.  Roman showed the world he is the Big Dog in real life as well as in the WWE.  His larger than life persona can only be matched by the tremendous talent and ego of the great performer of our time, Elias.  Both men get a real reaction from the crowd and both are very talented at what they do.  This should be a Good match all together.  Roman Reigns Wins!

Men’s Money In The Bank: Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton

Although I have some other choices for participants over Corbin and Zayn (Rusev, Nakamura, Roode) amongst others this is a solid match and should be amazing.  Everyone here is crazy and will go out of their way to cause destruction.  We have so much here, power, highflying, and all around entertainment.  There will be blood, violence, and borderline torture.  I expect RKO’s galore but the winner who grabs the almighty briefcase of destinies is none other than The Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre.  He will finally have his time and with the MITB Briefcase his long awaited opportunity to get the gold he so rightfully deserves. 

WWE Universal Championship- Seth Rollins(c) v AJ Styles

This match is literally, Money In the Bank.  What a fantastic matchup of two very unique, and special talents.  Styles always brings his “A” game and Rollins is on fire.  He has so much heat and just keeps gaining momentum.  As great as AJ Styles is, and he is great, I see Rollins Burning it Down and retaining the red hot Universal Title. 

WWE Championship- Kofi Kingston(c) v Kevin Owens

Professional Wrestling is so personal to each of us, it is special in its own way.  Kofi Kingston winning the strap was one of those WOW moments and the after effect hasn’t disappointed.  KO can and will do amazing things against Kofi and this should be a spectacular showcase of their respective talents.  This will be even better than anticipated with potential to steal the show.  Not bad for a couple of former “Indie” guys.  Kofi retains.    

WWE Raw Women’s Championship- Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans

All of that Lacey Evan’s teasing payed off big time.  Everyone wants to see this and it should deliver. Expect a physical match that will take a lot out of “The Man.”  There is some heat here, and both can go.  Expect the very best as this is unquestionably the biggest moment of Evan’s career and she will show up guns blazing.  This is some “O K Corral” shootout style stuff here.  A Good ole’ fashioned fight.  Girls fighting but far from a girl fight.  In the end, it will be the Lass Kicker who will stand tall and be “The Man.”  Lynch retains. 


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BAD

Women’s Money In The Bank: Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Carmella

The main reason this is in the bad column is simple.  What are Natalya and Dana Brooke doing here?  With all of the talent that WWE has in the Women’s ranks, these two have no business near this match.  Hopefully this will be Good on the show but so far it’s got a lot of catching up to do on paper.  Alexa Bliss being off now doesn’t help anything and really knocks it down a couple of notches.  We have some talent here but we also have some Bad stuff in the mix.  Also, let’s be honest, we all love Mandy Rose, and if not shame on you, but the wrong one is in the match, we need some more Sonya Deville and this would have been a great opportunity.  After the mayhem, Bayley Wins!  We need to see this girl back where she belongs.  In the hunt for Gold wrestling the top talent. 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship- Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v The Usos

So sorry but not sorry, I feel like this match is going to bomb.  I just don’t see the value here unless the Uso’s are getting the straps back.  This really made no sense the whole thing is just useless.  It’s not going to be ugly because there is obvious talent but that doesn’t mean anything Good will come of it.  Uso’s Win!  Hopefully!

WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Becky Lynch(c) v Charlotte Flair

Okay, why Bad here?  Well enough is enough.  I know this will be a Good match, I know it but please for the love of God stop fighting each other so often!  We need some new blood and luckily as MITB always has it, we will get it.  Charlotte Flair Wins the SmackDown Women’s Title! 

UGLY

Shane McMahon v The Miz (Steel Cage Match)

Miz is angry, you won’t like him when he is angry.  This has been a bit played out and yes they have surprised many and had a lot of Good content but this bread is getting stale.  Stop the madness, you already had your exclamation point to the feud.  We already know Shane is going to be insane and do something extreme. Aside from that though, what do we have here?   Winner is The Miz! (in Maryse’s accent)

FINAL

  • Good- 7
  • Bad- 3
  • Ugly- 1

OVERALL

Good and it better be!  Wrestling fans are ravenous right now with fresh meat on the table. WWE product has been ridiculed for a long time however now the heat is on high.  A lot is at stake every week, every show, but at Money In the Bank, the key word better be Money. 

There we have it, this humble wrestling journalist opinion says we have some sunny sky’s ahead.  However a little rain may spoil the fun if WWE drops the ball.  Hopefully they bring the pain and the show kills it!  Money In the Bank will make and rewrite history as it always does!  Enjoy the show!  See you Sunday! 


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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