After weeks of bickering, will Adam Cole’s war of words with Roderick Strong affect his match with Matt Riddle on this week’s edition of WWE NXT? Tiffany’s Takes digs in!
Mia Yim vs Bianca Belair: I think I’ve been pretty blunt about how I feel about Bianca Belair. I don’t think she’s as good as a lot of people want to believe she is and I’ve also been vocal about how much it sucks that Belair has been given numerous chances to win the WWE NXT Women’s Championship only to fail, while talent like Mia Yim and Candice LeRae are left to sit on the sidelines.
The match between Yim and Belair did nothing to ease my feelings. It was a great match, but the fact that Belair stole the win because she couldn’t beat Yim fair and square only deepened my dislike. To me, she’s proven that she’s the unworthiEST person on in the Women’s roster to get another shot at Baszler. Hopefully, Mr. Regal will fix this next week.
NXT Tag Team Division: Well, if there was any doubt that the Forgotten Son want to get their hands on the tag titles, that got cleared up by them attacking Viking Raiders/War Machine. Viking Raiders will be in action next week, but I have a feeling that they’ll be wanting to do some berserking and pillaging on the Forgotten Sons.
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler seemed to think that jumping people from behind and having her own posse would protect her from the Women’s Division and I’m glad to see Shirai and LeRae proving her wrong. It was a little tough for me to see who was hitting who, but Shirai and LeRae have put the champ on notice and that’s a very good thing.
Riddick Moss vs Raul Mendoza: Talk about a blast from the past! Riddick Moss hasn’t been seen in NXT for a couple of years, but he’s back and healthy, but I’m a little confused as to what his gimmick is. He reminds me of the uber-douche lifters at the gym, but that’s me.
The match with Mendoza was really good and ended completely unpredictably. I think everyone was expecting Moss to squash Mendoza like a bug, so Mendoza pulling out the win was a shock to everyone, including Mendoza! I’m not sure what the plan for either man is right now, but it was an interesting match!
Matt Riddle vs Adam Cole: I can’t stand either man in this match, but it was definitely a great one. I was surprised that the match only went 15-ish minutes. Both men showed their immense talents and took each other to the limit. I actually felt that Cole got robbed by Riddle sneaking out the submission win since he’d had the match won.
The most interesting part of the match was the continued crumbling of Undisputed Era. I said last week that I thought Roderick Strong would cost Cole the match, and he did, but not by accident, he even took a nasty kick to the face from Riddle, but that wasn’t good enough for Cole. It’s looking more and more likely that Cole and Strong are going to come to blows sooner than later, but I still find the story intriguing for both sides.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was this week’s WWE NXT? It seemed to be a week of stolen wins. Belair stole a win from Mia Yim and Matt Riddle stole a win from Adam Cole. However, this was a really good show and things are definitely getting set up for the next TakeOver on all fronts.
If I had to guess, I would guess that Viking War Raider Machine is going to drop the titles at TakeOver since they will probably be beating Major Bros for the RAW Tag Team Titles in the near future, or that’s my hope. It’s hard to say what will happen with the other titles, but it’s looking like Shirai and LeRae will be feuding with Baszler and/or her lackeys and Johnny Gargano will probably have a match with someone from Undisputed Era, but that remains to be seen. KUSHIDA will be back next week, so that will probably help shape the Championship question.
That’s it for this week’s Tiffany’s Takes! Be back here on Monday to see if going across the pond helped RAW in any way, shape, or form.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!