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Mitchell’s WWE Backstage Report! (12/3/19)

The Architect goes Backstage!



WWE Backstage coverage

It’s too late to apologize~! It’s too late~!

Seth Rollins goes Backstage after his Raw apology fell on deaf ears. Will he at least be able to get Renee Young and the panel to hear him out?


Renee Young runs down the schedule!

The Architect is in studio, but hopefully he won’t #BurnItDown too badly. The WWE has someone returning to the roster, find out who! And the Flex Appeal flirts with The Animal, Batista! Get ready to go Backstage on that and more!


Renee sits with tonight’s panel.

As always, Booker T and Paige are back, and Captain Charisma is here, too. Paige is a little upset that Renee doesn’t like Friends. But who needs Friends when you have…

Just the Highlights!

The Goddess is back and on the attack alongside best friend, Nikki Cross! Roman Reigns keeps SmackDown his Yard, even against King Corbin’s Court! The New Day remain your W, W, E, Smack, Down, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS while The Fiend keeps Bray Wyatt’s promise to bring a new face to the Fun House. Raw had Rusev refusing to obey restraining orders in order to get at Lana’s “hot, hot boyfriend,” Bobby Lashley! The Kabuki Warriors beat The Queen down in 2v1 action, The OC beat Rey Mysterio, Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo in Six Man Tag action, but Randy Orton only needed on RKO to get the better of AJ Styles! But the biggest thing might be the Authors of Pain attacked Kevin Owens again, without even so much as touching Seth Rollins.

Booker isn’t sure what’s coming, but he likes where this is going. Everything with AOP, KO and Seth Rollins “spoke volumes” as to where the business is right now. It’s getting GOODT, if not #Poifect. AOP were even looking sharp in their suits. Christian agrees, Akam and Rezar are great. Nobody likes to sit on the sidelines, and the AOP are in the driver’s seat. Being attached to Seth Rollins is big for them, too. That’s assuming they’re following Rollins or what. Paige admits she’s been very harsh on Rollins, but he’s starting to shine again with his passion. Rollins cares so much about the business and the WWE, even if he’s coming off careless towards his coworkers. Something about that saying, “Everyone can be a critic, but not everyone can be a leader.” Booker also likes the all black. That’s showing everyone that he’s ready to step on some toes and keep on walking.

Firefly Fun House was freakier than usual!

The Fiend got a belt that is very on-brand for his kind of creepy, and Bray promised to be “a man of his word.” The Fiend would attack Daniel Bryan to close Friday Night SmackDown, and he seemingly ripped the beard from Bryan’s face! Or head. Or anywhere. But this New New Daniel Bryan could be a literal baby face with just smooth skin. Paige will text Brie for news. The Bellas should call in. But back to the belt, it creeps even Paige out. It’s like a bad make-up day Paul Bearer face. Fast Count, aka The Fans Podcast on Twitter, even Photoshops Paige’s face on the Fiend belt! Renee would buy the Paige edition. Christian’s pretty sure Zack Ryder bought one of the Fiend belts. Limited edition, only seven made, apparently.

Booker says that looking at Bray Wyatt, everyone needs to take notes on what he’s doing. If the belt is worth 7 THOUSAND, then it is worth every penny because Bray is a Picasso of wrestling right now. Christian said before, he’ll say it again, Bray is a once-in-a-generation type and the customization of the belt is great. It suits everything going on with him right now. Booker confirms, Bray is the TOP merch seller right now! Is the Fiend Championship only going to solidify that stat?


Seth Rollins is Backstage!

The panel welcomes The Architect as it’s time to #BurnItDown! Rollins goes over the top rope since they’re much looser here than normal. He’s also willing to hug it out with Paige over the tough love. And to address a certain elephant in the room, CM Punk has said things about Rollins and Rollins has said things back. But Punk isn’t here, Rollins is, not shocking at all. But Rollins has exhausted his energy on the subject, it isn’t going anywhere right now, so time to move on to what matters. Their face-to-face is not in the cards, it seems. Booker agrees, no need to address old news anyway. Renee defends she’s just trying to do her job as a reporter.

Paige brings up she took some shots of her own at Rollins, but she does ask how the relationship with fans has changed lately. Looking at even a year ago, Rollins was “the guy.” He was headed to the next level. At the time, everyone was in agreement, Rollins was super successful. WrestleMania, he becomes the #Beastslayer and new WWE Universal Champion, then we shift gears and he isn’t sure what happened there. If anyone else knows why, let him know. He’s been himself through and through.

Booker has been there, getting cheers then boos. Does it bother Rollins at all? Or does it motivate him? Rollins says a bit of both. It affects you negatively, whether you admit it or not. You see comments, hear the boos, but Rollins will confirm firsthand that it isn’t everyone. He goes to a place like Little Rock, or to Germany, here and there, he’s not getting booed. This is a small yet super vocal contingent, yet it all affects him. Rollins admits he’s passionate, because wrestling is his life. So when he puts so much into it, to get disrespect, he’ll push back. He won’t be like John Cena, who puts out motivational quotes, or be like Roman Reigns, who just chills and takes a step back. To each their own, but Rollins loves the business and loves the WWE. If someone pushes his buttons, he’ll push back.

Christian mentions the active social media presence, and knows that Rollins could read 1000 good things, but the one negative thing bugs him. Taking work as seriously as they do, does it carry over? Town to town, night to night, what is it that’s changing? Rollins notes that doing big major cities for major PPV or Raw episodes, it’s so strange. Fans will shout “BURN IT DOWN!” with the song, but then when Rollins is in the ring, the adults boo. But then Rollins was in a dark match that same night, stomping the mat, and fans are again still chanting, “Burn It Down!” Paige wants to know what fans want! Maybe the “cool thing” now is just to boo Rollins, the guy on top. This isn’t new, it was Roman and Cena before. Even as back as Bret Hart’s time.

Booker brings it back to social media. Booker avoids Twitter, but Renee calls him out on that. But the point Booker is making, there are so many who vent on Twitter. Is that helping or hurting? It is a tough thing. It is double-edged. We’re so reliant on social media, Twitter being a main one, social media is how up-and-coming wrestlers can promote themselves. It is the same for the WWE. Frustrated talent will go to social media to promote or to protest, whichever. Christian says everyone just needs to proof read and think it through. But even bad press is good press. If Rollins is somehow being “cringe” with his Tweets (a phrase Renee hates) then what is there to talk about? There is no bad publicity for Twitter.

Renee asks how hard is it to maintain the top spot. Not just popularity, but the physicality and mental toll. Rollins knows that Booker T, Christian and Paige know. You have goals, milestones, you tick them off the list one after another, but then staying on top is a different game. It isn’t paranoia, but something that keeps you on edge because everyone wants to be in your spot. Christian agrees, some people thrive and others fold under such pressures, but Christian feels Rollins is one who thrives.

Booker says Rollins has been “walking that line,” when does Rollins feel his turn started? Was it Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell? That was definitely a tipping point. The fans were upset no matter what happened, and Rollins was there to absorb that. He’s the one with the bloody mouth hearing the chants. That goes viral, it comes back on him. But there was the Twitter exchange with NJPW wrestler, Will Ospreay, that turned some fans off. Things happen, but it isn’t really one thing that did it. Booker does want to say, Rollins’ comeback during that Twitter beef was classy. Rollins again says, it was all in good fun as competitors in the business. They took shots at each other, and Ospreay got new merch out of it.

Christian goes back to HIAC. Be honest: the red light. Oh yeah, that is difficult to wrestle in that. Rollins didn’t realize it would be on for the whole match! It was a mess, because between the dark red lighting, the red cell, it was hard to find the corners and edges. Rollins is not a fan of the lights. Paige doesn’t like the idea of it, either. It hurt her eyes just watching. Rollins finally got accustomed to it, but the cell didn’t help.

Paige wants something juicier to chew on, though.

Rollins and Becky took their real-life romance to the screen! How did that feel? And will we see it again? Rollins says it was made canon, so it’s never really going away. Renee teases that there’s the wedding to do now. Rollins says it is a thing that if they could go back to edit it out of story, he would. He didn’t anticipate things like this. Putting yourself out there like that, from art to music to this, this opened them up to the world. When it was just him, that’s fine. Everyone knows how that goes. But when it is more personal, your chemistry with your loved one, it is hard to endure what comes. Both Rollins and Becky were hesitant, and hoped that the handling of it would be cool, because no one had seen badass chick and badass dude battle side by side. The Extreme Rules match was great, but it caused more problems than it solved. We’ll leave it at that.


It’s time for more Wrestling with Your Feelings with Rachel Bonnetta.

This week, Kevin Owens stops by. Rachel has heard about some work place difficulties, such as outbursts. Has she ever met Shane McMahon? No. If she did, she’d be angry, too. Well she can’t name names, because of patient-doctor confidentiality, but someone has said Kevin Owens is “a big maple syrup drinking untalented baby who just cries and cries until they get their way.” Oh? Can she tell him who that was? No, she just said it’s confidential. It was Shane. Whoa! That’s terrible, Rachel. Kevin can’t tell her anything now, she let Shane’s name slip so easily.

Kevin asks what is that on her desk. It is a bull, signifying strength. Please don’t touch it, it’s her bull. He has a bull tattoo, though. Oh is this a little guitar? Yes, for musical therapy, but that’s for other clients. No, he’s gonna play it. Rachel wants him to play with the stuffed animal instead. No, that seems more a Shane thing. Well, same time next week then. They’re done already? Well he’s taking the guitar then. No that’s theft. So he breaks it instead. She’s going to charge him for that.

The panel discusses Kevin Owens.

Has he found his footing at the top of Raw once again?

Not yet, in Booker’s mind. There’s still a lot to do, but he is a complete workhorse that will perform at a high level, week in and week out. Kevin can go the long haul, a rare breed. Renee notes he is great on the mic and Christian agrees. As far as his footing, we thought he had it before. But going out there with his honest style and that “uncomfortableness,” where he isn’t content, he’ll do great. Booker says even small injuries can slow you down but Kevin’s found his stride. Paige agrees with them all. Kevin is versatile, he will be ready for every situation. Mobile, versatile, “he’s got it all!”


Hot Tag!

Are the Kabuki Warriors on top?

Paige helped bring them together, and she realizes they’re doing better off without her. Though her taking the mist did help. She just feels that their new position, they’re showing their passion, having fun and are looking great both in new gear and in a match with Charlotte Flair.

Sheamus is back! But who should he go after first?

Booker feels after 7 months of recovering, they need to be very careful. If Sheamus was on Raw, it would’ve been Drew McIntyre. But on SmackDown, give Sheamus someone to warm up off of, like Sami Zayn to “molly whop!” Throwing the shade on Sami!

Erick Rowan’s mystery pet: what even is it?

Christian first wants to talk Erick Rowan himself. We all know you can’t teach size. A man that big, that can go, moving on from being the bodyguard to being the lead, he’s doing great. The cage… Razor Ramon’s toothpicks? Maybe tiny Luke Harper? Maybe some beard gloss? Booker thinks it should be a little baby pig. Rowan needs something cute to balance the creepy. Maybe a Baby Yoda! Paige wants #Yiddle or nothing.


Stephanie McMahon made a huge announcement!

At the March of Dimes luncheon, Stephanie McMahon said that the WWE will match all the funds raised by the charity!


The Satin Sheet returns!

Ryan Satin even has sexy music now. But what’s the news for tonight? First, an update on the Raw commentary team. Dio Maddin has been absent after taking that F5 through the table, and Samoa Joe has been on and off in his place. It is not because of injury, but because Maddin has been wanting to return to the ring! And while Samoa Joe continues to recover from his very real injury, Joe will be on commentary for the duration after impressing everyone.

And speaking of returns, there were rumors that John Morrison was returning to the WWE. The former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion took to Twitter to cast some doubt, making everyone think it wasn’t happening. But surprise! It IS happening! The Guru of Greatness is coming back, but the terms are undisclosed and we still don’t know where and when he’ll return. But the panel is excited to hear that! When will #JoMo return with the slow-mo? Can Taya Valkyrie come, too?

The panel discusses further.

Booker likes Morrison. He was a star since day one, the only Tough Enough winner that carried the banner and stayed on TV! You see him show that star power wherever he goes, so wherever he ends up, he’ll be a star again. Christian says everyone has flaws, and WWE makes things dog-eat-dog. You need to step away to become better. Christian did it, he matured, he came back better than before and reached that next level. The same will be for Morrison. Paige loves all these returns! Morrison will be a great addition to whatever brand he ends up on.

Kevin Owens tweets the show!

“Less Rollins, more Owens. Definitely the way to go!” If Kevin wants to go Backstage, the door is open.


Can you feel the love tonight?

Romance has always been a big part of the WWE. Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. The Rock getting a kiss from Trish. Edge and Lita going Rated R. Eddie Guerrero and Chyna. John Cena and Maria Kanellis, long ago. The Miz and Maryse blending reality and kayfabe. And… Lana and Lashley… But there’s a NEW love story in sports entertainment, and it’s only on social media. “The following presentation is rated TV MA, and is based off real-life Tweets. Seriously, viewer discretion is advised.”

Batista to Dana: “Sup?” *big eyes emoji*
Dana to Batista: “Oh, not much. You?” *kiss lips emoji*
Batista to Dana: “You know. Just standing around with my arms up. I see you been gettin those squats in.” *peach emoji*
Dana to Batista: “I mean I do workout.” *shrug emoji* “You know a good gym?”
Batista to Dana: “I do actually! Just so happens that I have my own gym. #LionsDen. Two squat racks! here it is.” *selfie* “It also has an upstairs with a cage and mats as well. Ever done jujitsu?”
Dana to Batista: “Sounds like a date. Also, I’m sure you can teach me a couple things I can use in the ring- also the squat racks too- I’ll send you my number” *woman tipping hand emoji*
Batista to Dana: “So per our conversation I’ve been in deep thought about your question, which you can tell from the photo that I’ve entitled… ‘Me in deep thought about Dana’s question.’ And the answer is, yes. You can call me Daddy.”
Dana to Batista: “Okay, ‘daddy.’ Now for my bday wish & you have one hour until ya know” *wink emoji* “so I’m expecting that video”
Batista to Dana: *Batista shirtless Happy Birthday video*
Dana to Batista: “Oh, Dave. You make me smile and blush! Can’t wait to see you.”

The panel reacts.

Renee wishes people would STOP using “daddy” like that… Rollins laughs and Paige is feeling the cringe! But moving on to…

Pay It Off!

Does Rollins seeing Dana and Batista becoming a real romance? He sure hopes so! After all that, we need to see the next chapter! Takes heat off him, too. But Batista is retired from the ring. Will he be her…? Renee stops herself there. Paige feels Dana and Dave could give Lana and Lashley a run for their money. It is definitely better, anyway. Rollins remembers back to Edge and Lita having their Live Sex Show, just saying. If it’s what people want. Booker isn’t sure how to talk about it, as an analyst. What are we analyzing?! But Batista the Animal, as Dana’s about to found out, heheheheh! But this is all about sets and reps. Sets, guys, sets.

Christian adds on that this might be true love. Let the crazy kids do their thing. This is like a live romance novel. Paige got the scoop from Batista. He has one wish: If Dana Brooke is able to cook a traditional Filipino meal, his favorite kind of food, it’s a win. If Dana can do it, learn it, something like that, she’s in.

But speaking of the Lana-Lashley-Rusev love triangle…

The lovebirds were arrested! And the panel has been back and forth, but this is getting Rusev even more over somehow! How do we #PayItOff? Paige says she has no idea. Plus Lana talks trash back at Paige for calling her out on things. But Rusev has the fans behind him, it is at least paying off for him. Lana, stop tweeting! Rollins says Lana needs to be in a shark cage for a match. Paige suggests Lana on a Pole. Christian thinks Rusev should tweet Dana Brooke. Booker was skeptical with this whole thing, but this is one of those “wait and see” moments. Rusev is red hot, no one saw that coming, but the shark cage, the pole, something is going to make this worth it. Will this go all the way to WrestleMania? Who knows.


CM Punk will return!

Just tune in next week for the Best in the World to be back on Backstage!


It’s time for Social Media SmackDown!

For starters, Lana responds to Paige simply with a gif, classic Lana rolling her eyes in disgust. Paige is thinking Lana is getting obsessed. Paige wants to take Lana to Promo School!

But the main event of this segment is for Rollins! The tweet aimed at The Architect is from Hollywood Cade Hayes! “Hey Suck Face. My friend Niamh said you probably smell like snail juice.” What? What? Escargot? Rollins can’t respond to that, it’s so weird. But to all the “keyboard warriors” out there, that if you think Rollins has soft skin, then bring it! Bring the fire, because he’ll what? #BurnItDown! You can’t take it, but he can! Hit harder next time, boys. He doesn’t smell like snails, he smells like smoke and the top of the mountain! Don’t type about it, be about it!



My Thoughts:

A real fun episode with Rollins, but NO Stephen Amell or CM Punk? That seems really lame. But it was good of them to at least bring up Punk not being there, obviously keeps things going. I fully expect Punk to respond next week when he returns. That aside, Rollins did good tonight with the panel, and it was good to hear from him about this stuff that’s been going on. The heat on him, to whatever magnitude it really is, really does seem to stem from a combination of things. Good of them to reference the Ospreay stuff, too. While it is always great when wrestlers are passionate and serious about their careers and the companies they’re with, we fans can take things too seriously sometimes and that just ends up falling on the wrestlers more than it does us. The saying about everyone being a critic is definitely true, because what do you think a site like ours is about? I kid.

I also appreciated Rollins talking about the angle with him and Becky making their relationship canon. Romances do spring up between talent, and sometimes that complicates things, and it made a lot of sense to hear they were nervous about doing it. Hearing about Batista and Dana was wow. Kevin Owens had a great skit with Rachel Bonnetta. Good to finally hear it confirmed that John Morrison is back. I don’t get why they left NXT off the possibilities of where Morrison would go, but chances are Vince really would insist he go to Raw or SmackDown. Though, to be honest, where would he fit? I don’t see anything on Raw being open right now, but he’d probably go after the Intercontinental Championship for SmackDown. Maybe he debuts at the Royal Rumble and we see what comes from it.

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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (1/25/21)

Who wants to Talk With Elias?



WWE Raw Talk

It will be a golden Raw Talk before the Royal Rumble!

The Hurt Business put in work and the Queen is worried about usurpers, but they’re here for some Raw Talk ahead of this Pay-Per-View Sunday!


#CharTruth welcomes us back to the show!

Charly Caruso says we’re on our way to one of the biggest PPV’s of the year, the Royal Rumble! She cannot wait! But she also can’t wait for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk, with Truth, who is still WWE 24/7 Champion! Isn’t she also champion by association? They should center the belt. And not to rub it in or anything, it’s been a long night for everyone, but Truth had his shot to officially enter the Men’s Rumble and it didn’t work out! What happened? AJ Styles is phenomenal and he has Omos with him. Omos is big. A mountain of a man! Hugigantimongous. Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro? Both. You gotta look up, and East to West. You can’t focus on Styles with Omos there, there and over there. Charly almost thought he was here, but Truth says you’d have seen Omos if he was here.

And then speaking of directions, there was an interesting misdirection with the main event, Lil’ Miss Bliss, The Fiend’s protégé, what even do we call her? Truth says they’re family. And then Orton with his sunburn face gave her an RKO! Hard to know how to react to that, other than that was the worst thing that could’ve happened. Or one of them, maybe. Orton wants revenge for what happened to him so he took back his pride, dignity, etc. Truth says Orton needs some Aloe Vera or something. But Truth getting that close to Orton might get him in Alexa’s sights, too. Truth can’t risk that, Charly needs him to be a cohost. Truth needs Truth to be here, so he’s going to just move on.

Moving on to an exciting match coming at the Royal Rumble, the WWE World Championship, Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg. We almost got a throw down between them but they went after Miz ‘n’ Morrison as they were egging everything on. That’s what they get, though! Spear AND Claymore! But that won’t stop them from going after each other on Sunday. Who you got? Charly will make a prediction. Just because of what he’s done in the WWE and that Charly has a lot of respect for him, she goes with McIntyre. Nothing taken away from Goldberg, but Charly’s voting McIntyre. Truth is with Gillberg. Well, alright then. And speaking of another big time champion with something going on at the Royal Rumble, it’s the Queen!

Charlotte Flair joins Raw Talk!

Charly says Charlotte looks amazing these days and Truth agrees. Super shredded, and very happy, but of course because she has the championship. Charlotte’s got Andrade at home to help her, after all. She hopes she got the roll of the R just right. But yes, a lot of things to be happy about. A live-in trainer, some championship gold, but also some problems… Just a little. Let’s talk about that after her mindset for tonight’s match with Shayna Baszler that didn’t even turn out that way. There was some involvement from Lacey Evans, the “problem” they were about to bring up. Charlotte was looking forward to facing Shayna, given the history with Shayna’s buddy, Ronda. Maybe they texted like, “Do you remember when Charlotte kicked your ass?” Whoa~!

But Charlotte says Shayna means business, so she knew to give her the best. But then there was Nia Jax and all that. The tag titles will be on the line against Nia and Shayna, how is Charlotte feeling about that? Charlotte has Asuka so there’s that. Truth knows Asuka is great, and Charlotte may sound cliché but she knows she doesn’t want anyone else with her as she goes into battle. Charly said it before and will say it again, Charlotte and Asuka are two of the greatest women in the WWE. But Nia and Shayna were very strong tonight. Charlotte says they were just mad tonight. Truth agrees with that. Charlotte has had the opportunity to be in the ring with the Irresistible Force, and it isn’t often she faces someone bigger than her, but they bring out the best in each other and expect nothing different.

But then Charlotte also wants to be in the Women’s Rumble, but there’s everything with Lacey and Ric Flair. Some family drama, Lacey attacked Charlotte in front of Ric, what is going on? Charlotte knows Ric thinks he’s being cute and funny, and for the last couple of years it’s just been hard. Everyone around Ric are Yes People, they just praise Naitch, and then they leave and it’s just Ric. Charlotte has only ever wanted to protect the Flair legacy. She would do anything to do that. So looking Ric in the face and pointing out how Lacey is sexy and all over him, she can get that. But Ric is going from legend to creepy old man and she will say it because she’s not the villain here. Charlotte doesn’t even have time for Lacey, who is just an opportunist. Are the intentions the title? Is it really about Ric?

Truth says how could it not be about Ric? He’s the Nature Boy! Charlotte knows Truth is a Carolina boy but slow down. Charlotte has done everything she can to show she’s here because of her work, not her name. But then those who will do anything to get to the top, that is Lacey. You hear about it while everyone else is doing things the right way, but you see that kind of girl everywhere at every level. It’s hard to be sure why Lacey is doing this to Ric and Charlotte, but she’s definitely doing it to get at Charlotte.

So Charlotte has her hands full with the tag title challenge, Lacey’s antics, and then the Women’s Rumble. Charlotte is sure people think she’s had a happy-go-lucky life as Ric’s daughter, but she’s used to obstacles in her path. People don’t see it, but the ones who have obstacles don’t talk about it. Charlotte will be prepared for everything coming her way. Truth loves it and Charlotte feels like she has a hype man. Charlotte says she has mac ‘n’ cheese to share with him. Is there pork chop in there? Truth only does light pork chop in the mac. But Charly thanks Charlotte for her time and wishes her luck. See you later, champion!

Elias & Jaxson Ryker join Raw Talk!

The Drifter and his follower are back and they talk BBQ after what we just got. What is his favorite? How do they mean? Regional, Carolina, Tennessee, etc. They vote for Carolina, which is Truth’s liking. Charly makes sure everyone knows the question wasn’t just because they were talking BBQ with Charlotte there. Charly was testing if they could come to an agreement given the miscommunication the last few weeks. Wow, Charly! They’re pals, but great journalism move. So then what is happening? There was discord but are things moving in the right direction?

Of course! They got on the same page, the communication problems are gone. They handled things on WWE Main Event on Hulu, but not like two weeks ago. The footage shows things, but Ryker & Elias took on Ricochet & Jeff Hardy on Main Event and took care of business! Hardy is a living legend, we all know that, and Ricochet is one of the most talented wrestlers in the world today! But Ryker is an intense animal that loves the Universal Truth, and Elias himself is a once in a lifetime performer. But those four on Main event shows how jam-packed Raw really is. Charly asks if Ryker sees Elias’ guidance as serving him well. Of course!

Wait, Elias is sinking in his chair. Truth says it’s cuz Elias is lying. Well it happened to Keith Lee but for a very different reason. Get us a montage of people sinking in the chairs. That’ll go viral. Elias says he wrote the Universal Truth cuz he speaks the truth and now he’s talking to Truth! Nice one! Okay, one last time to see if they can get on the same page. Who do they think wins the Royal Rumble? They say “WE are going to win the Royal Rumble.” Oh so if one wins, they both win. Yes, they are going to win. Simple as that. Watch this Sunday! Elias is declaring officially, so there you go. It is an official declarence. A declaration? Yes, that, too.

Well Charly will pass that along, though we don’t know the rules right now. Truth says it’s about opportunities but Ryker wants to take it. Ryker and Elias will write history at the Rumble when THEY win! 2021 will be historic! Well alright. Good to have them on the same page with the declarence, be ready for a Raw Talk BBQ. But now from BBQ to perhaps fine dining? The Hurt Business is here!

Bobby Lashley & MVP join Raw Talk!

MVP warns Truth, “Every word out your mouth tonight, measure very, very carefully. Because I am not here for it. And I give you my word, one, ONE, wrong thing out your mouth, and it’s on.” Like a pot of neck bone? Don’t play around, Truth. Charly seconds that because of what we saw the last few weeks. Bobby Lashley told us two weeks ago that he’s not playing around with Riddle’s bro-ness stupidity and Truth went and said something that angered MVP. MVP almost got Truth that night, and Charly is just happy that she wasn’t here for that. Things will not go that way this week, Charly won’t allow it. Oh, allow? Is that’s how this is? Y-Yes…? So if MVP slaps Truth, how will she stop him? Right, nevermind what she said, then.

Lashley tries to lighten the mood as he keeps MVP back and has a big smile. Riddle won tonight’s gauntlet match and has a rematch for the US Championship. Lashley’s feelings about Riddle, the one thing the Hurt Business wants to accomplish is to get rid of disrespect. Lashley beat Riddle before, Riddle is not a problem. But he was a problem for the rest of the team. No, the problem was inside the Hurt Business. There is some dysfunction, but they’ll sort that out. So why is it happening now? The VIP Lounge was meant to be a celebration as they have major titles, so why is it happening now? Lashley wants MVP to relax but MVP keeps glaring at Truth.

Truth tells MVP he’s missing out on interview time, they’re just asking questions. Lashley says when you get on top, sometimes things get tense. They’re all friends. MVP has been a great friend, as has Shelton Benjamin, and even Cedric Alexander is a friend. But they have titles, money, but that causes tensions to rise and things get out of hand. Truth says he was a friend and got put in the Nelson from the Simpsons. MVP says this is just a speed bump. It’s done, as is the line of questioning. What will Charly “allow” now? She just wants a feel for what’s going on. Individually and together, the Hurt Business is successful, but it is a bit worrying when things start to break down. You may want it to be a speed bump, you may want to rebound, but look at Conor McGregor!

Lashley says it’s been awhile since McGregor won. But the Hurt Business is fine. They’ll talk it out, it’ll be back in place. They can’t be crumbling if they still have the gold. Truth says he likes the THB necklace. MVP asks how much Truth likes it. He likes it a lot. Charly says not to push any more buttons. The show is done, MVP and Lashley head out, and #CharTruth says they appreciate their time. The Royal Rumble is coming, will that speed bump hit someone in the butt?

My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw Talk, but I will say this. Elias and Ryker did a good job to plug WWE Main Event, and I like that they tried to put it over as proof that Raw is so stacked, they couldn’t fit their match with Ricochet and Jeff Hardy on the show so they put it on Hulu. That’s not true, I’m sure that match could’ve been fit on tonight’s Raw if things were a little different, but at least it’s happening somewhere. Charlotte had a good segment, nice little shoot on how she is with Andrade romantically, and for being able to play that confidence bordering on arrogance, she seems like a really nice person in her day to day life.

The Hurt Business had a really good segment to close, and I like that there is this ongoing story of tension with MVP and Truth. I really hope MVP gets the 24/7 Championship before the faction loses one of the other titles. And that shouldn’t be too hard, it’s the 24/7 Championship. He might even lose that title as the Raw Tag or US Championships are lost because Truth could just sneak in and roll him up. I just hope the Hurt Business lasts long enough to only break when they lose it all.

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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (1/23/21)

DING DONG, HELLO~! Talking Smack!



WWE 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?

My Thoughts:

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.

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