WWE is live in Las Vegas for a major announcement!
After the brawl between Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar on SmackDown, as well the brawl between Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman on Raw, all four men are here live at the T-Mobile Arena.
The World’s Most Unstoppable Forces come together.
The most decorated combat athlete, and the one man that made him go down. The Monster Among Men, and the UNDEFEATED Gypsy King. Truly superhuman heavyweights are converging on one location “to be let loose.”
Michael Cole is here to welcome the audience and press.
Boxing, MMA and WWE history will be made in one move. First, Cole introduces the Executive Vice-President of Talent, Events and Creative, Triple H! The Game is here and takes the podium to say hello and thank you to everyone. “IN less than three weeks, on October 31st,” the WWE returns to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to display the best of the best “in one of the biggest nights in global entertainment,” Crown Jewel 2019. HHH takes this moment to thank the Chairman of the General Entertainment Committee for allowing this event to happen. As part of the Riyadh Season, “one of the most diverse entertainment initiatives,” where over 100 events from across sports, theater and food, to say the least, over two months from now to the end of December, we will reinvent “sports entertainment” when the world sees a show like only the WWE can do. HHH cues up just a sample of what he means.
A video package plays to display the excitement of last year’s Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel events, as well as this year’s Super Showdown. So many incredible opportunities for fans in Saudi Arabia to meet the WWE Superstars they love, and the biggest moment of all was when one of their own, Mansoor, won the Super Showdown’s 50 Man Battle Royal. What more will the world see on Halloween day?
HHH promises WWE will showcasing “the most exciting card in WWE history.”
From Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to the current stars like Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. This brings us all to the reason for today’s press conference. HHH is here to announce officially two matches that will “bring the worlds of UFC, boxing and WWE together in a way that only WWE can, truly exemplifying the words, ‘sports entertainment.'” As you can guess, the first of those two matches pits “one of the most decorated warriors in combat sports history,” from NCAA Division 1 to WWE and UFC, The Beast, Brock Lesnar, facing against a man who is very much his parallel: the NCAA Division 1 All American, two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion with the most knockouts in UFC history, Cain Velasquez.
Secondly, the Monster Among Men, winner of the Greatest Royal Rumble, Braun Strowman, going against the current and undefeated 30-0 lineal heavyweight boxing champion, the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury. Truly larger than life athletes sparked this fight on the Fox Friday Night SmackDown debut. HHH now cues up a video package to recap the encounter that went from jovial to personal, and that found its way to Monday Night Raw. Both men tore through security and superstars to get at each other, but nothing has been settled yet.
Michael Cole returns to the podium to take a moment to underline that this is NOT a typical press conference. Everyone has promised to keep the fighting for Crown Jewel. Without further ado, Cole introduces Braun Strowman. Strowman is even in a suit as he takes the stage.
Strowman thanks us for this opportunity to speak. he is getting goosebumps, and that doesn’t usually happen “on this meat castle” much. Strowman beat 49 of the best WWE superstars today, so Strowman promises to prove he is still “the toughest son of a bitch” when WWE returns to Riyadh. Tyson Fury is a bad, bad man, especially given what he’s overcome on his way to becoming a champion. But Strowman warns Fury, “we don’t wear gloves” and this is Strowman’s world. Fury is a household name, and Strowman promises that the world will remember who the Monster Among Men is! Strowman thanks us again for this time, and takes his leave.
Cole next introduces “a true legend of the fight game,” a man who has worked with boxing legends like Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The founder and CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum. Arum takes the stage now, and is honored to be here at this press conference. “You don’t know this, but I go back a long way with WWE.” He met a 29-year-old Vince McMahon to help promote Evil Kenevil’s Snake River Canyon jump. But since then, Arum is proud that Vince has built his own company to the level of worldwide branding, “the biggest sports entertainment company” that truly entertains a worldwide audience. Another remarkable thing is Tyson Fury’s career. A great fighter following in the footsteps of Ali and Foreman. He entertains in the ring, and is a tremendous personality, “a real showman.” Fans love him because he fights with his heart on his sleeve, even when he has a cut over his eye or blood pouring out. Arum officially introduces Tyson Fury to the press conference.
Fury walks on stage and thanks Arum with a handshake before taking the mic. Fury is living a dream right now, and this is a fantastic opportunity. He is excited to fight the Monster Among Men. And after seeing him in person, he sees why Strwoman has that nickname. But Fury fears no man as an undefeated champion. And he will be undefeated after Crown Jewel as he knocks Strowman out. Strowman talks about his good hands, but Fury has the best hands in boxing today! “He don’t want none of them hands, let me tell you that.” Fury thanks everyone for their time, and will see us all again at Crown Jewel. Cole reintroduces Strowman, so that we can get the classic face-to-face. They indeed do get face to face, but as promised, keep their hands to themselves before posing with dukes up. They do pat each other on the back a little hard, though. The two laugh it off and shake hands. But Strowman doesn’t let go. Things get heated again so HHH hurries out to keep them cool. No fighting here tonight, but what happens when the gloves literally and figuratively come off in Riyadh?
HHH returns to the podium.
HHH jokes how short he feels next to those two. But on to the next match. Friday last week had a shocking appearance from Cain Velasquez, and he went after Brock Lesnar with a vengeance. Between the two main event crossover stars, WWE has a match with “more athletic ability and technical fighting experience than maybe we’ve ever had inside one ring.” Both former NCAA Division 1 wrestlers, and Cain has a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and is so naturally talented, he has reinvented himself in this last year alone. What can HHH say about Brock Lesnar that Paul Heyman hasn’t shouted at the top of his lungs a million times over. Lesnar has become a household name, and HHH is still in awe 20 years later. Lesnar went to UFC, helped boost that brand into the stratosphere, and is doing that again in the WWE. This match has it all: two once in a lifetime talents, with the athleticism to overpower anyone on the planet, but have a story to tell. This story starts all the way back in the ring in 2010. HHH personally cannot wait for this next chapter in Riyadh. HHH cues up the tape to get everyone up to speed.
The Friday Night SmackDown debut saw Lesnar once again battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. And despite Kofi Kingston having all the hopes and dreams riding on his back, he only lasted NINE seconds against The Beast. But as part of revenge for his son, Dominick, Rey Mysterio brought Cain Velasquez to the WWE. For once, the WWE Universe saw Lesnar worried. Velasquez got Lesnar down, threw hands, and ran the Beast out of the arena.
Cole introduces the King of Lucha Libre, Rey Mysterio! Mysterio takes the podium, and isn’t sure where to begin. His son, Dominick, has dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps for his entire life. That dream has intensified these last few years, as he dreams now of fighting alongside Mysterio. But then that dream was crushed. Dominick pushed Mysterio to keep going when he was doubting himself, so it breaks Mysterio’s heart that they shared the ring when being attacked by Lesnar. Lesnar crossed a line no man should ever cross. Lesnar dragged Dominick into the ring to brutalize him. Mysterio is proud to announce “mi familia,” the person who has been by his side since that moment, the person that has dominated Lesnar in the octagon, will do it again in a WWE ring. Mysterio officially introduces Cain Velasquez to the stage.
Velasquez is excited to be joining the WWE, and keeps his cool when talking about Lesnar. “Brock Lesnar crossed the wrong familia.” For that reason, Lesnar will pay. Velasquez takes a moment to say that Lesnar is the biggest, but he ain’t the baddest. Velasquez beat Lesnar in the UFC, and now he’ll do it in the WWE at Crown Jewel. Velasquez warns Lesnar in Spanish that on behalf of Rey Mysterio and Dominick, he will beat him down again. Muchos gracias for this time.
Cole returns to welcome The Advocate, Paul Heyman.
Heyman makes his way out and takes the podium to “inject some personality” into the room. Heyman goes through his usual introduction, making sure they spell his name right. He is the Advocate for “The Baddest Dude” on the planet. Not to correct anyone, but while Velasquez is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, Lesnar is a once-EVER. NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Champion, UFC Heavyweight Champion, and multiple time TOP champion in the WWE, Lesnar will beat Cain Velasquez. “That’s not a prediction, ladies and gentlemen, that is a spoiler.” Now it is Heyman’s honor, duty and pleasure to officially introduce “the Cain Conqueror, the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, Brrrock. Lesnarrr.”
And Lesnar does appear on stage, title in hand. Lesnar places the title down on the podium before saying, “I don’t really feel the need to say anything when I’ve got Paul Heyman,” but he does want to say this: “Words can’t describe the feelings that I had in the ring when Cain Velasquez came walking down this ramp.” This is Lesnar’s world, his house, his kingdom. To Lesnar, this isn’t a show. For 10 long years, Lesnar was waiting for this moment. Lesnar gets up and looks at the scar Cain put on his face. “I can’t wait to get my hands on you again, because it will be a different story.” Lesnar now gets to be face-to-face with Cain Velasquez. They put up their dukes for the photo op, both men willing to wait a few more weeks for the fight of their careers.
First, I want to say this style of partial-kayfabe press conference will probably be done more often now that WWE is with Fox and is using at least SmackDown for a more sports entertainment feel. They already took away the fun of a possible press conference scuffle by saying the many different “fight camps” promised to keep the peace, so there wasn’t going to be anything necessarily to write home to casual fans about. The audience was of course calm, because this was still meant to be treated as a serious press conference. But there was also no question round because this is still kayfabe. The only person to speak today to really stumble on their promo-speech was Bob Arum, but you have to give him the fact that he’s up there in age. Not really a bad idea, but still needs ironing out of they want this to be something the normal fan cares about.
Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (1/23/21)
DING DONG, HELLO~! Talking Smack!
Talking Smack has a strong episode this week!
Cesaro, Bayley and Sami Zayn are all here to talk some smack on what went down! Will there be any sore losers among them? *cough* Bayley */cough*
Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!
We’re just over a week away from the Royal Rumble, and Friday Night SmackDown had us on the edge of our seats! Kayla is here with cohost Paul Heyman, who has some explaining to do as he does his evil finger pyramid. Kayla knew right away Heyman had something planned, and he did, and instead of Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman, we got Roman Reigns beating Pearce up. Roman did beat Pearce up, but Kevin Owens got back at Roman, too, and Kevin asked Heyman if he was watching. Were Heyman’s eyes open? Then yes, he was watching. “It was the perfect plan. Conspiracy theories abound and they’re all true.” They had Pearce locked in, Sonya was about to take over because Pearce was out the door. Heyman pulled the strings, he kept Kevin away all evening, but somehow Kevin screwed them. “Card subject to change.”
But Heyman isn’t done ranting! Wait until he finishes his point. Well he took a breath- Yes, he just took a breath! She made the mistake to jump right into any opening. Heyman continues to say that this is Kevin’s problem now: “The Royal Rumble, next Sunday, we’re not going to be pulling Card Subject to Change. Card will be delivered as advertised!” Which means KO is stepping into the ring with “an angry, infuriated WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion who understands that this match only ends when one man is left standing.” And it won’t be Kevin. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler! Three, two, one, now your turn, Kayla. Kayla appreciates that. Let’s lighten the mood, the host of DING DONG, HELLO~!
Bayley joins Talking Smack!
Heyman shakes Bayley’s hand and says he is a great admirer of her work. Bayley thanks him for that and appreciates Kayla’s slow clap. Heyman introduces himself and says if she wants to see something outside of her own brilliance, watch Roman Reigns get his hands on Kevin Owens in the Last Man Standing match to not only defend his title, but to put Kevin down with a beating that will earn a Parental Advisory Warning. Bayley likes that! They should get their people on that. Kayla has people? Yes. Now, to the “Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge.” Bayley is flexing now, but Kayla points out that while it was Bayley’s idea, it didn’t go as planned.
Heyman says nothing goes as planned on SmackDown! And they had the best plan! The absolute best plan! But Kevin screwed it up! Kayla brings this back to Bayley’s plan in the obstacle course. Kayla gets Heyman relates to that here, but Bianca Belair, the EST, proved herself on Bayley’s course. She even embarrassed her. Bayley says to stop the replay, get to the end. Fast forward, guys, c’mon. Kayla brings up Bayley kinda cheated, and still lost. Bayley says it can’t be cheating if it’s under her rules. This is fair and square as her first-time-ever obstacle course challenge. Is no one listening? Is Bianca paying them to play the footage?
But it doesn’t matter, SmackDown doesn’t do obstacle courses between the longest reigning women’s champion and “some new chick.” Bayley doesn’t even want her weird chair anymore. Does Kayla want to be in the Royal Rumble? Bayley will gladly “welcome” her into that as the Role Model, the CAPTAIN of SmackDown! She’ll grab Kayla by her ear piece mic and throw her out, just like she will Bianca and every other woman in the match! Kayla doesn’t discount that, Bayley is an incredible competitor. But in the obstacle course- Heyman speaks up because he doesn’t like the use of “incredible,” it means “not credible,” but Bayley is definitely credible. She is a GREAT competitor, and Kayla is envious! #BayleyEnvy, make a shirt, put Kayla’s face on it.
Kayla asks if Bayley underestimated Bianca and therefore underestimating the other competitors in the Rumble. Bayley will say Bianca is a great athlete, we’ve seen what she’s capable of over the years. Bianca eliminated EIGHT superstars, but did she eliminate Rhea Ripley, a former NXT Women’s Champion who had her WrestleMania moment with Charlotte Flair? No, Bayley did! Quality over quantity! The lights, the stress, it’s all making Bayley sweat. Kayla thinks Bianca was making Bayley sweat. Maybe Bayley did the obstacle course and that’s why. Kayla does appreciate the challenge, it was entertaining, until the end when Bayley attacked Bianca. OH? Let’s check the ratings and see if it was entertaining.
Kayla thanks Bayley for her time, Bayley has a party to go to, Heyman says Kayla is condescending but he would never do that. He again shakes her hand and says Bayley is a generational talent. See you in the Rumble, Kayla. In the match! But speaking of the Rumble, our next guest is a superstar who vows to win the Men’s Rumble, the Swiss Cyborg!
Cesaro joins Talking Smack!
Cesaro likes the high chairs. He shakes hands with everyone and takes a seat. Standing tall, sitting tall, as he should after his victory. Cesaro beat Daniel Bryan last week, has a bit of a chip on his shoulder and turned down the rematch challenge. Why is that? Cesaro says he always has something to prove. He likes new challenges. He beat Bryan already, why do it again? And Bryan wasn’t even dressed anyway so he’d just be taking advantage. Kayla has known Cesaro for awhile, this feels like a new Cesaro. Is he showing a different side to the fans? No. Does he really seem that different? Kayla says there’s more intensity.
Well Cesaro says this is less new and more the old Cesaro. Cesaro went back to the basics, his strengths, and it’s paying off. So what is it about Bryan that “irks” him? Cesaro says it’s not the way we might think. They’ve known each other for about 15 years or more, they had a rivalry since they’ve met and it’s been very competitive. It came to the WWE, after having some of the toughest matches ever with Daniel Bryan. So yes, Bryan “irks” Cesaro because Cesaro needs to beat Bryan. Bryan brings out the best in Cesaro, and Cesaro does appreciate that, but it drives him.
Both men have been very vocal about winning the Men’s Rumble, but with 30 men total, will they be the final two? Cesaro is confident that they will. Anyone else that says differently, they should not be in this building, in that ring, and certainly not in Cesaro’s presence. Kayla says that Bryan having never won a Rumble, that is why this is so important to him. Bryan’s hunger could be greater than the others. Yes, it could be. But what a great New Year’s Resolution. Cesaro isn’t a fan of those, because you should want to be better every day. Not just once a year, but every day, be better today than you were yesterday, forever. Bryan’s hunger may be big, but it’s opinion.
That is what irks Cesaro. If Bryan wants to win that badly, then Cesaro wants to win even more. That is how this rivalry works, that is what is needed in the WWE. Use everything as motivation to get to that next level. Kayla agrees. Now say Cesaro does win the entire thing, which Kayla could see happening. Has Cesaro thought about who he will challenge at WrestleMania? The options are Roman and Kevin for the Universal Championship, or Drew McIntyre and Goldberg for the WWE World Championship. Cesaro said last week on commentary, he would challenge Roman Reigns on behalf of Shinsuke Nakamura. Now McIntyre mentioned Cesaro as a dream opponent and Cesaro would love that, too, but Cesaro is a man of his word.
Does Heyman have something to say on that? Heyman says Roman VS Cesaro is big box office. Heyman has sung Cesaro’s praises since he got into the WWE. Cesaro knows that respect and admiration, and is a very dangerous man. You don’t hear all this energy, he’s soft spoken and “means not to be anything else besides himself.” Cesaro is rightfully confident because he is uber talented, and is on a path to the top. There’s only one man who can stop him, and that is Roman Reigns, which is why that match could headline WrestleMania 37. Roman will put down Kevin, and Cesaro has a good chance of winning the Rumble, so we’ll wait and see.
Kayla thanks Cesaro for his time, and Cesaro tells Heyman to tell “Table Head” that he’s next. And finally, a man Kayla thought she’d never miss but definitely does lately, the “Great Liberator!”
Sami Zayn joins Talking Smack!
Sami notices he has no music. Kayla says he can try again but no, the moment has passed. “These are the little things I’m talking about.” Kayla says Heyman has a part in this but Sami says Heyman’s been in this business longer than Kayla’s been alive. Kayla can’t catch a break. Sami says Heyman is a lot of things, a lot of bad things, almost all of them true, but Heyman is not jealous of anyone. Sami says this is rather fitting that he’d get put on Talking Smack and then he gets disrespected. He brings up the conspiracy and brings in his film crew.
The documentary crew is here because Sami doesn’t recognize the cameramen and Sami’s been here 8 years. This is so the footage is true and unedited. Now, conspiracies. There is a long standing one against Sami, but it’s all the little things, the little acts of disrespect that add up. Everyone else gets music and a warm welcome, but Sami gets treated like a fool after being a cohost! Sami had his cuffs as a peaceful protest, the right to assembly. America loves their rights, right? This was Sami making a point, engaging in his right to do that. This was all to make management aware that he will not be silenced. But people act like he was in the wrong! Kayla does, doesn’t she?
Heyman voices his agreement. Sami says the thing is, but Heyman says it’s like a bad marriage. Sami was called an instigator, but he has the signs he brought to SmackDown. Let’s dissect these. #SAMI: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Those who don’t like this sign, why? Are they FOR moral injustice? Yes or no? But isn’t it hypocritical? Sami doesn’t like Apollo cheating but Sami was cheating a lot! Heyman has to tell Sami, he loves the sign, but he admits he kinda likes moral injustices. Sorry. Nothing against Sami, but still. Wait, Apollo Crews walks on set! Sami is glad to see him, though! Apollo wants to hear Sami in person. Keep going. Sami says this is perfect.
Sami brings up a sign that works for Apollo, “How Do You Sleep at Night?!” It works for Big E, too, who holds SAMI’s title! How does Apollo feel getting his title shot, cheating to win?! Apollo is okay with that?! That’s the difference between Sami and Apollo! Sami stands for something, he has a value system! Sami doesn’t want to upset Heyman but he wants Apollo to hear him. “How do you sleep, cutting these corners to get ahead?” Apollo acts like a nice guy with a million dollar smile, but then he’s okay with winning how he did? At best, Apollo should’ve given Sami a rematch and then we’d see who is the better man.
Heyman says Sami is upsetting Apollo but Sami says he doesn’t care. Apollo says Sami can talk, talk, talk, but eventually Apollo will get Sami in that ring. Well that’s a threat. Don’t make excuses, Kayla, it is a threat on her show! Heyman doesn’t like being in the middle of this, literally. Sami says he has to think about his camera crew’s safety. Apollo won’t intimidate Sami, but he is doing this for his documentarians. Apollo is going to be confrontational, he’s making Heyman uncomfortable, so Sami is going to leave. Not for Sami’s safety but his cameramen. Sami excuses himself, and Kayla says that’s fine, this is the end of the show anyway.
Heyman tells Apollo that Sami is just distracting him. It’s what Sami does. Is Apollo going to be distracted “by a prick” or be focused on the Intercontinental Championship? Apollo say she’s going to beat Sami’s ass, THEN go get the title. “Because I can.” Heyman is impressed. With that devious smile on Heyman’s face, Kayla goes to close the show, but then Kevin Owens shows up… Heyman and Kevin stare down, Heyman gives a nod, and Kevin leans over to tell Heyman, “You feel it.” Kevin then offers a handshake, and Heyman takes it. What did Kevin mean by that?
What a great episode! Heyman was great throughout the whole episode, but he’s great all the time really. Him trying to interject the Roman story into everything was great. Bayley had a good segment, and it fits her Heel persona that she takes a 360 on the obstacle course because she lost. Bayley VS Bianca really should happen on the go-home next week to get them both going into the Rumble. Cesaro made a good point, New Year’s Resolutions are a bit silly when you should be trying harder every day. And I really like that, though not fully Face, Cesaro is calling out Roman here on behalf of Nakamura. I still think Cesaro would be great as a Face, so we’ll have to wait and see.
And then the last segment was awesome stuff. Sami getting NO theme music, ranting on with Heyman on his side mostly, and then the surprise appearances from Apollo and Kevin to plug their stories, all of it was done perfectly. Apollo even somewhat defying Heyman was great. Whether he goes Heel or not, an aggressive Apollo is definitely a good move for him.
Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (1/18/21)
Raw Talk is PHENOMENAL!
It’s an Awesome, Phenomenal, GIGANTIC Raw Talk!
After issuing another Money in the Bank ultimatum, The Miz and John Morrison will join Raw Talk to explain how they managed to get GILLBERG to return!
Is it #CharTruth or #TheTruthSarahm hosting?
It’s Charly Caruso and R-Truth back together! Charly welcomes us back to the show and tells Truth he was right, she was busy with “Thanksgiving” with her mom. But after enduring things in 2020, we should really give thanks whenever we can in 2021. Truth agrees and asks if she had potato salad. She had potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, and a turkey pot pie from catering. So good! But enough about food, as much as they could go on and on about it, Charly says we should talk about what happened at the end of Raw. Would we expect anything less from Alexa Bliss, though? Something is going on in that mind and body because of The Fiend, but it’s hard to put a finger on it.
We got more questions than answers tonight, but that look in Alexa’s eyes said a lot. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, she beat Asuka! Truth says she’s hollow inside, like she has no soul! And then the whole thing with the lights and Alexa changing back, then the possession! The Fiend spoke through her! But didn’t he get burned up? So did we all. Truth doesn’t want to answer what’s going on with Alexa but Charly is thinking it could be his spirit. Truth says this is some paranormal activity here. So moving on, let’s get to our first guests, the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, or as Charly calls them, two men who are AAAAWESOME!
The Miz and Morrison join Raw Talk!
Truth fist bumps Morrison ‘n’ Miz, Awesome Truth rides again. Miz wants to get to the question. Truth asks what it was like being with The Doors. No, he’s not Jim Morrison. But that’s old question. Charly wants to ask about The Dirt Sheet. Miz says it was a train wreck but Morrison argues it was great. Morrison wrote it so of course he defends it. Charly is more interested in the guests. How did they book that? Morrison asks if they understand the concept of “misdirection.” That’s what pro-wrestling is all about. You expect one thing, then BAM! It’s something else! That’s why the moonwalk is so great. You think he’s going forward but he goes back.
Miz just wanted to make sure McIntyre and Goldberg understood that he could cash in at any time. Miz is even in the Rumble match! He could win the match, and then have a shot at the title at Mania anyway! Charly replays the footage of Gillberg coming out to the Goldberg entrance, and Miz says Morrison has an actor friend who could be McIntyre. Miz said the guy looks nothing like McIntyre, and Morrison said that’s the point! But then the fake asked for another take because he somehow forgot they were on live television! Well he doesn’t do live events, he didn’t know.
Charly asks if they at least thought the parts were played well. We all saw it, what does she think? Charly is not entering her own opinion, she’s just the host. Well the impersonator thought it was great, and he was high-fiving everyone backstage. Miz just wants to remind everyone he is Mr. MITB and could cash-in. It was Morrison who wanted Gillberg to come back! The wig kept falling off! Hey, the message was sent! Case closed! Miz asks if Charly has anything else. Charly says The Dirt Sheet was definitely bigger than ever with that McIntyre. Morrison says that’s the Jersey version of McIntyre.
Miz says they should’ve gone to Cleveland and gotten Drew Carey. But apparently the budget means nothing to Morrison. These sunglasses ain’t cheap. Nice pocket square. Truth makes a “sharp” joke and Miz doesn’t get what’s going on here. They’re bonding! They used to be a tag team. Yes, Miz and Truth used to be a tag team. Call it a remix. Then who would Truth choose? Miz or Morrison? Truth doesn’t do drama or peer pressure. Morrison says they’d be Black Magic & The White Shadow. Miz makes this “Breaking news.” Truth asks if Gillberg is available. He’s not an option. Truth would choose both. How diplomatic. Morrison would take Morrison over Truth, too. He just likes himself that much.
Charly just wants to point out that the message was sent to those we were expecting to see tonight, i.e. McIntyre and Goldberg. Morrison is confident they were watching and the message was received. Then there could be a new champion at the Royal Rumble because of Mr. MITB. What are the odds? Can they tell us anything? Miz has had the opportunity to get the contract back. When he lost it because of a certain someone, Morrison, but… No no no, Morrison cashed it in for him but Miz lost it. But it’s a good thing Morrison did cash it in because now Miz has it back. Miz says he has the only real opportunity for the world title. He doesn’t get a lot of those anymore, but here it is.
“At Royal Rumble, I know Goldberg and Drew McIntyre are going to tear each other apart. These are two big, muscular, brawling type of men and they are going to go at each other.” And Miz will be there to jump on it. Truth says he’ll be like a vulture! CACAW~! No, that’s a hawk. Close enough. Charly asks how Morrison will book the next episode, it might not sit well with Miz. Looking for a scoop? No scoop for you! Well, as always, this was an awesome time, Miz ‘n’ Morrison head out for the Queen of Spades to step in!
Shayna Baszler joins Raw Talk!
Charly feels Truth always has the better questions for Shayna so she’ll let him ask Shayna something first. Truth asks the Queen of Spades, “Are you better at Uno, Tonk, or Go Fish?” Can we not? Shayna has a long drive. Well Uno’s a long game, especially if the Draw 4 shows up. Shayna asks who in the back keeps scheduling her for this. Charly apologizes, she hoped he was going to come up with a slightly more intelligent question than that. As in, something along the line of sauces at least. Did she try the salmon today?
Charly brings up her interview on Raw, in regards to her match with Mandy Rose and the tension with Nia Jax. Has anything changed since earlier tonight? They made it clear they want the tag titles back but where are we with that? Shayna says she proved that it doesn’t matter what’s going on with her and Nia, she can take care of things on her own. No idea why people have forgotten that. The alliance with Nia was of convenience. They didn’t get along but they were dominant champions. It was never a thing that they need to get along, they get it done in the ring.
Charly surmises it as, it’s about coexistence for the common goal, but no commonality anywhere else? When was that an issue? We all saw that they haven’t gotten along, but Shayna still won. Say what you want about that, but do Charlotte and Asuka get along? They’re both too busy with the creepy Alexa stuff and the creepy Ric Flair stuff. Emotional stuff. Say what you want about Nia and Shayna, but at least they were always focused. Charlotte and Asuka have lost focus. That’s true, but amidst all of the tension, the challenge was issued. Have they heard anything back? Nothing yet, but the distractions are obvious. “When the prey is looking somewhere else, the predator can sneak up behind them.” That’s why Nia and Shayna are able to work together where they need to.
So then, there’s two ways to look at it. As partners against the tag champions, they will be united enough, as they have been. But then, the Women’s Rumble, hopefully we see Shayna and Nia in there together. Are they allies or foes? That’s a completely different issue. Nia is experienced enough to know how a Rumble works. Shayna was a finalist. Shayna tied a record for eliminations, she knows how Rumbles work. It won’t be a surprise. So what, “Oh let’s do the thing people do where they team up and eliminate people and high-five and then oh no~!”
Well it is a valid strategy. But it always happens! Someone turns on someone else. Shayna and Nia are separating Rumble and their tag team match. Charly has a lot of hypothetical scenarios, but no time for that tonight. Shayna says things go one way: they walk out of the PPV as tag team champions, and Shayna is winning the Women’s Rumble match. The relationship will remain unchanged. Then thank you for your time, and Shayna hopes it is a long time before she’s back here again. But she’s one of their best guests… Well, the last guest is PHENOMENAL!
AJ Styles and Omos join Raw Talk!
Styles really likes his music. Isn’t it the best theme in the WWE today? Truth says it’s alright. Styles asks what Omos thinks of his theme song, and Omos says it’s great. Truth wants to ask Omos about having Styles as his assistant. It’s phenomenal. Nice! Styles realizes Truth has it backwards. This is him trying to put a wedge between them. Don’t listen to him. Styles says this needs to stop. Charly, any questions? She just wants a grasp on his mindset after his match with Ricochet, where Ricochet was hoping to prove himself worthy of the Royal Rumble match. He did not win, Styles is obviously in, so what’s his mindset now?
Well Styles’ mindset is on the Rumble and to win it. Wouldn’t it be great? From his debut in 2016, his documentary just came out, Omos says it’s the best one ever, go watch it on the WWE Network. It’s phenomenal, even! Was Omos there? No! Sigh… Truth, you’re just wrong, wrong, wrong. Did you not see what he did to Ricochet with that great Styles Clash? Yeah but Omos looks awesome, too! Styles asks Omos if it irritates him when people get the name wrong. Of course! It’s “Aw-moss.” Like awmos done? Don’t play around, Truth. Truth is keeping the peace! Charly will get things back on track. Truth excuses himself to Omos.
Charly brings up that it will be five years in the WWE. What are Styles’ expectations, outside of winning, for the Rumble? Any number in mind? Well everyone wants to go 30th, because there will be all the others. Truth says the Phenomenal One should go first to prove it. And then Omos goes out! Well maybe Omos goes out there, too. Will he be in the Rumble match? We’ll see. Now that’s an unstoppable combo. But either way, there’s a plan. It’s a secret because it’s their plan. Can’t it be our plan? Nope. Charly wants Truth to get in the Rumble. Truth says he has other engagements, such as making sure “baby” WWE 24/7 Championship is safe. Charly thanks Styles and Omos for their time, and will see us again next Raw Talk!
A very good Raw Talk, with really good energy. But of course, Miz ‘n’ Morrison are great talkers, Shayna knows her character and Styles is also great on the mic. I like that Miz and Morrison continue to argue about how The Dirt Sheet went, but I wish they’d given a name to the man who played fake McIntyre. Well we’ll probably never see him again but even so, it’d prove he was the “actor friend” to Morrison. Morrison should know the name of the guy who is supposedly a friend that he could ask to be fake McIntyre. Shayna being so done with Raw Talk is always a great part of her character, and she helped give some good details on how she and Nia are handling this.
Styles and Omos have good chemistry for how this story is going, and them daring Truth to join the Rumble was fitting. Omos really should get in a match at some point, but maybe start with a 24/7 Championship moment with Truth in the ring and build from there.
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