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Tiffany’s Weekly Takes: April 20-26, 2020

Tiffany takes a look at some of the larger happenings in the wrestling world this past week!



Tiffany takes a look at some of the larger happenings in the wrestling world this past week!


Yeah, I’m still planning on talking about WWE. For one reason, I have some more non-week specific opinions on WWE to share, for another, I still keep up with WWE.

  • I love Seth and I get that he feels that obligated to defend WWE against any and all criticism, deserved or not, but someone needs to sit him down and explain to him that sometimes it’s better to just keep your mouth shut/fingers still because he’s doing himself more harm than good.
  • I hope whoever wrote the Firefly FunHouse match tipped their dealer.
  • Roman Reigns staying home because he’s got 3-5 kids and is immunocompromised is the right call for him to make. End of discussion.
  • Who is US Champion right now?
  • Funny that it took a pandemic for WWE to make any headway in the Wednesday Night Cold War.
  • Hard to believe Triple H is celebrating 25 years with WWE. That makes me feel old and he’s older than I am.
  • Bianca Belair is overrated. Don’t @ me.
  • The Bella Twins expanding their brand is always a good thing.
  • Is it wrong that the only thing I was disappointed in about WrestleMania was that we didn’t get to see Nikki Bella flaunt her happy, healthy, relationship and glowing pregnancy in front of John Cena at Hall of Fame?
  • I don’t like Velveteen Dream, but I hope the accusations against him prove false.
  • WWE spending a bunch of money on someone for ‘mainstream’ attention and then watching the guy run back to whatever sport he came from, is peak WWE.


Yeah, I watched RAW. What do you want? It’s a pandemic and if I watch much more Investigation Discovery, I’m going to start getting SUPER paranoid.

  • Shayna Bayzler is garbage.
  • I LOVE the team of Ricochet and Cedric Alexander.
  • Can the Lashley/Lana storyline be burned to the ground, like NOW?
  • Kairi Sane trying to sunset flip off Nia Jax is seriously funny.
  • I see Nia didn’t use her nearly year off to get better in the ring. Yikes.
  • Kayla Braxton in that dress. Wow.
  • No better way of advertising ‘We have no big plans for this faction’ than feeding them to the Champion while advertising his big match against someone else.
  • When did Jerry Lawler stop being funny?
  • I’m either missing something or Seth Rollins and his…cult are aligned with Zelina Vega and her crew.
  • Why is Seth on two thrones and I still HATE this gimmick.
  • Viking Raiders’ promo was…yeesh. WTF?
  • Apollo Crews vs MVP was fabulous.
  • This twist in the Ruby Riott/Liv Morgan saga is interesting.
  • Morgan vs Riott was GREAT!
  • I loved Mysterio vs Murphy, but I’m not sure if Mysterio being in MiTB is a good idea.
  • Santana Garrett losing to Bianca Belair is a crime.
  • Really not into Charlotte as NXT Women’s Champion. Seems like another thing that makes her look good but hurts everyone else, like just about every time she’s held a title.
  • McIntyre vs…Garza(?) was eh.


  • Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai is the best feud in NXT, if not WWE.
  • I’m not sure just WHY Candice LeRae’s heel turn involved going crazy with the fake tan on her face, but I love her and Gargano as heels.
  • Adam Cole will be NXT Champion until UE goes to the main roster.
  • If I’m not mistaken, Io Shirai has a title match against Charlotte sometime in the future, which makes Charlotte’s match next week against Mia Yim puzzling.


These are my thoughts on SmackDown. Yes, I guess this means I’m back in WWE. I just can’t quit it.

  • Hard to believe it’s been 25 years of Triple H.
  • New Day vs Lucha House Party. Battle of the ridiculous gimmicks.
  • LHP, Miz/Morrison, and Forgotten Sons going for the Tag Titles makes me miss the Usos that much more.
  • Gulak vs Corbin reminds of why I stopped watching this show.
  • Renee Young on my TV is always good.
  • The thinking behind Corbin’s continued push escapes me.
  • Kinda bummed that I can’t call Sheamus ‘Foghorn O’Leghorn’ anymore.
  • Sheamus going back to being a bully in this day and age is depressing. I miss funny!Sheamus.
  • Vicious!Sasha is the best Sasha.
  • Only good thing about that Banks/Evans match was building the Sasha vs Bayley story. Lacey Evans is still trash.
  • Mandy/Otis vs Sonya/Ziggler is yikes storytelling.
  • I like Dana Brooke, and she’s improved a lot, but I don’t see her as a future Women’s Champion. She’s just…not good.
  • Okay, that Women’s Tag Match wasn’t drizzling shits, but I’m a little confused as to what I just watched.
  • That Triple H celebration was good, but that end was weird and anti-climactic.


Like WWE, some of these takes aren’t locked into this week.

  • Matt Jackson vs Nick Jackson was PHENOMENAL!
  • Still bummed that Dustin Rhodes might be retiring from in-ring.
  • Cody either needs to be the inaugural TNT Champion or they need to find a way for him to face Jon Moxley for the AEW Championship.
  • I hope when the implosion of the Elite does happen, and it will, it is a SPECTACULAR trainwreck of an implosion.
  • I like that even the matches that you KNOW are going to be one-sided aren’t out and out squash matches, even for local talent.
  • Brodie Lee as the Exalted One is a HUGE blunder.
  • WHY has it taken over twenty years for Chris Jericho and Matt Hardy to do promos against each other?!
  • Matt Hardy trying to be some kind of Undertaker character does NOT work.
  • PLEASE, for the love of all that is good and holy, STOP asking Jon Moxley to talk about his WWE exit. It’s been a year, we all need to let it go.
  • So, AEW is going to do Double or Nothing as a PPV, just not in Las Vegas and with no crowd.
  • Aubrey Edwards is awesome!
  • AEW beat NXT in the ratings this week, very nice.
  • I’m not sure what to make of the news that AEW is going to start doing live shows again in May, especially since a lot of the talent still can’t travel because of statewide lockdowns, but we’ll see.
  • Sammy Guevara is obnoxious, but he’s amazingly talented.
  • Someone needs to do an intervention on Darby Allin or he’s going to be one of those ‘What could’ve been’ stories.


  • I like Anna Jayy. I also like Penelope Ford.
  • Anna Jayy vs Penelope Ford was SOOO good!
  • Not surprised Ford won, hopefully bigger things will be in store for Jay.
  • Not sure what to make of Cody’s cocky attitude.
  • Guess Bret Hart cleared everyone to use the Sharpshooter.
  • Good match, but cocky!Cody doesn’t do it for me as a babyface.


This is going to be for my Dynamite yammerings.

  • Cody needs to get his roots done.
  • This could be the final night for Dustin Rhodes to lace ’em up and that’s sad.
  • I’m SO for Cody to be the first TNT Champion.
  • I’m a little perplexed by Jericho still calling himself ‘Le Champion’. Bubbly Bunch is funny AF though.
  • Social Distancing elbow bumps are the best.
  • I like AEW having people in the crowd, at a safe distance of course. It’s better than wrestlers performing to silence.
  • Allin and Guevara was an AMAZING match, but that ladder spot was terrible.
  • Cody vs Darby Allin is ALWAYS a good thing!
  • Not a fan of this Matt Hardy. Wish they’d made him the Exalted One.
  • Love Taz explaining moves.
  • I’m happy Kenny Omega managed to put over a jobber AND keep the match under twenty minutes. Making progress here.
  • I want to like Scorpio Sky, but he does nothing for me.
  • Orange Cassidy vs Jimmy Havoc. Two wrestlers I don’t give a fuck about are wrestling each other. YAWN.
  • I’m ‘eh’ on MJF, he just doesn’t work as a top heel for me.
  • The fact that Wardlow isn’t NEARLY as jacked as he looks like he should be in his suits is disappointing.
  • Brodie Lee as Exalted One = FAIL.
  • This match and the Wardlow match must’ve been at the end of one of the taping days since its two jobbers.
  • Marko Stunt vs Brodie Lee. RIP Marko Stunt.
  • I’m down for a Penelope Ford/Brandi Rhodes feud
  • Dustin Rhodes vs Lance Archer is going to be a BRAWL!


This little section is for all my thoughts and ramblings that don’t fit into any other category

  • Stay the fuck HOME! No, this has nothing to do with wrestling, but it’s common sense, or should be in a pandemic!
  • Considering that all the people that were just released from WWE are bound to 90 day no compete clauses, speculating about what company they’ll end up in is pointless. Chances are, IF things are somewhat back to normal in 90 days, a lot of them will be hired back.
  • People who try to find out personal details about wrestlers, such as what sex their unborn/just born kids are, are creepy.
  • Dark Side of the Ring is a great show, can’t wait for the season long one they do on Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
  • Mike and Maria Bennett/Kanellis basically trolling everyone with their announcement that people assumed was going to be on RAW, when they actually said ‘DURING RAW’, is hilarious. Plus the video was super funny and cute. They’re resuming their podcast, BTW.


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King: Top 5 Championship Matches in WWE Royal Rumble History

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!



2020 WWE Royal Rumble

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!

I have gone back in time to reflect over Royal Rumble’s over the last decade. From 2012 to 2022 the WWE Universe bared witness to some amazing matches including AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, The Rock defeating CM Punk and ending his historic championship reign, and even the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena & Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins in a classic triple-threat match.

Here are the top five championship matches at the Royal Rumble over the last decade.

Honorable mentions:

  • Brock Lesnar VS. Finn Balor (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2019
  • Brock Lesnar VS. Kane VS. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017
  • Randy Orton VS. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble 2014)
  • Daniel Bryan VS. AJ Styles (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2019

Top 5 Royal Rumble Championship Matches 

5. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

In August of 2016, the WWE Universe was shocked when Triple H turned on his former protege Seth Rollins and essentially handed the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens in a crazy fatal-four-way match. Over the next few months, Owens and Chris Jericho would become best friends and true enemies of Rollins and former Shield-mate Roman Reigns. After Reigns was screwed out of the title at Roadblock they would deliver a Shield bomb through the announce table to Owens.

Reigns and Owens would battle again at the Royal Rumble this time, Jericho would be locked inside of a shark cage to prevent interference. Both superstars delivered an impressive performance and threw out everything to defeat one another. Reigns was minutes away from winning the Universal Championship until Braun Strowman obliterated him, which allowed Owens the conniving champion to keep his title.

4. CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2013

The self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ CM Punk was on a complete tear going through the roster successfully holding the title for a historic 434 days. At Raw 1000, The Rock came back and challenged whoever was the champion at the time to a WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble. Later in the night, Punk would turn heel attacking ‘The People’s Champion’ and aligning himself with Paul Heyman shortly afterwards.

The Shield would work as mercenaries for Punk to retain his title since the 2012 Survivor Series where they debuted. Vince McMahon informed Punk that if The Shield got involved in the championship match he would be stripped of the title. After twenty minutes of back and forth action between champion and challenger, the lights went out and The Shield interfered yet again. McMahon came out to strip Punk of his championship but, The Rock had other plans and the match was restarted. The People’s Champion would deliver the People’s Elbow to end the historic reign of Punk.

3.  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2022

‘The Head of the Table’ Roman Reigns had conquered all of his challengers on Friday Night SmackDown, so a handpicked wild card was chosen from Monday Night Raw to challenge for the Universal Championship. Enter Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. The two former Shield-mates had faced each other in the past but, this time felt different. Reigns was the arrogant and cocky heel while Rollins portrayed more of a tweener character. Rollins mocked the champion’s historic title reign and infuriated Reigns the go-home episode of SmackDown.

The Universal Championship match was the first match to open the show to a white-hot crowd. Reigns made his long grand entrance waiting for his challenger until a familiar theme erupted throughout the WWE Universe. Rollins not only mocked The Shield’s old entrance through the crowd but, was also decked in full Shield attire which pissed off the champion.

I feel like it’s impossible for these two superstars to have a bad match. They have incredible chemistry whether as partners or rivals. Reigns locked in his challenger with the Guillotine Choke but Rollins made it to the ropes. The Tribal Chief was relentless and would not break the hold so Rollins won by disqualification.

2. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

Let me start of by saying this was a very difficult choice to make because I went back and forth on making this number one. ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles shocked the world in 2016 not only for turning heel on John Cena but, beating him at Money in the Bank via shenanigans and SummerSlam completely clean in the middle of the ring. Styles went on to have an incredible run as WWE Champion over on SmackDown Live.

Cena went off and did his own thing after a devastating loss to his rival but, came back returned in time to challenge for the title to not only become a sixteen-time champion but to tie the illustrious record held by Ric Flair. Both superstars used every maneuver in their arsenal to win the match, but it came down to the final sequence to understand where Cena’s passion lies. Mr. Never Give Up hit the Attitude Adjustment and deadlifted Styles to deliver another thunderous AA to become the sixteen-time WWE Champion. What a freaking match!

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship): Royal Rumble 2015

Even though the match before was tieing the legendary Ric Flair’s championship record, I still can say with full confidence that this triple threat match is one of the best matches in Royal Rumble history. Brock Lesnar had an impressive 2014 starting off with ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then obliterating John Cena at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

At Night of Champions Cena was minutes away from winning the title and defeating ‘The Beast Incarnate’ until the arrogant Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins caused a disqualification. Leading up to the Royal Rumble, Cena and Rollins would face off in a tables match at the TLC pay-per-view, while Lesnar vanished. A huge triple threat match was set for the 2015 Royal Rumble pitting all three superstars against each other. Rollins who was still holding the briefcase bragged about if he didn’t win the title with Plan A, he would just cash-in and become the champion with Plan B.

From the moment the bell rang, the action began between Cena and Lesnar. Rollins played the manipulative cocky heel picking his moments to strike. Rollins and Cena took out The Beast on the outside to make it one-on-one. Lesnar was stretchered out of the match but miraculously came back and displayed his freakish strength taking anyone who moved to Suplex City. Rollins hit the champion twice with his briefcase and set up for the Curb Stomp. Lesnar bounced up and delivered a thunderous F5 to retain in a fantastic match.

I love this match so much because it was the first time that I believed Lesnar can deliver a great match and good story when he wants to. We’ve experienced this in his matches against AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and even Finn Balor. The Beast is a very smart performer and knows how to sell for his opponents to make them look like a megastar.

There you have it, those are my top five championship matches at Royal Rumble. Let me know what you think!

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Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…



Roman Reigns Seth Rollins WWE WrestleMania 39

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…

Daddy’s back with something for you that is meant to be fun–and a distraction from the news surrounding Vince McMahon’s (likely terrible) return to WWE. Being a fan is meant to be fun, and one of the most fun things we get to do is look ahead to WrestleMania.

The main question, for this article at least, is who will be Roman Reigns’ opponent at The Granddaddy Of ‘Em All? Now everyone wants it to be The Rock, so we will explore the alternatives to that match.

In order to do that, I am making the following assumptions, even if some might not be true in the end:

  • Roman Reigns only wrestles one match, the final match on Night 2.
  • Roman Reigns is defending both the WWE and the Universal Championships in that match.
  • Roman Reigns–and this is just purely me–is not losing.

Honorable Mentions

I did have a few ideas who simply didn’t make the list. Check ’em out:

  • Drew McIntyre – Simply put: Why? Why would we put Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns in a football stadium when we just saw him against Reigns in a football futbol stadium last fall?
  • Kevin Owens – Similarly, why would we do this right after we do it at the Royal Rumble?
  • Karrion Kross – Ok, now I’m just trolling you. He ain’t the guy, brother–not with this gimmick.
  • Ricochet – Personally, as an underdog babyface against Roman Reigns, I love Ricochet winning the Royal Rumble and challenging The Tribal Chief. But we have a better underdog on the list already.

With that all out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. I give you…

My Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

5. Sami Zayn

The bloom is off the rose for Sami Zayn, at least in the eyes of The Tribal Chief. The eventual turn is one of the most telegraphed things in recent memory, and in this instance that is perfectly fine. Sami Zayn is insanely over, and him fighting the uphill battle with The Bloodline would get him Daniel-Bryan-Danielson-at-WrestleMania-30 levels of heat along the way.

People love Sami Zayn. His awkward charm and seemingly unlimited charisma won over the audience so well that his storyline with The Bloodline had to get extended multiple times over. However, it’s obviously coming to an end.

The obvious match is Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn against The Usos, but you could also slot Kevin against Solo Sikoa if Sami were to indeed get the nod.

4. Bron Breakker

You probably think I’m crazy, and I totally get it. Bron Breakker comes from NXT and goes right to the WrestleMania main event?

If you want to create a new star in Bron Breakker, this is how you do it. (At least, it’s one way you can do it.) Look at Roman Reigns himself–part of the story of his WrestleMania 31 challenge of Brock Lesnar was that he was growing into the role. JBL told the story on commentary, and the match was all about Roman ascending to the level of Brock.

Of course it was all the perfect set-up for Seth Rollins to give us the greatest Money In The Bank cash-in in WWE history, but in the process Roman proved that he belongs.

So make this year’s Royal Rumble the ultimate opportunity–the most shocking winner since Rey Mysterio, the NXT Champion Bron Breakker.

3. Seth (Freakin’) Rollins

Seth Rollins seems to be in a never ending program with Austin Theory, and it’s time to move on. Seth is an automatic main eventer in WWE at this point. He’s a made man, probably the next biggest star (on the men’s side) in WWE after Roman Reigns.

And he also has a very specific distinction that no one else has: a singles victory over Roman Reigns since he made his huge return in 2020. Yes, it was by disqualification, but he has proven his abilities to get inside the head of the Tribal Chief.

And Seth Rollins is going to have a match at WrestleMania, and 50,000+ in Sofi Stadium are going to be singing his song. Might as well be in the match that closes WrestleMania Night 2.

2. Sheamus

This is purely a match on my playlist–but this is MY list. And to me, Sheamus makes perfect sense.

In fact, I thought the feud between The Bloodline and The Brawling Brutes would lead to Sheamus challenging Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. And had Sami Zayn’s involvement in The Bloodline not taken off the way it did, we still may have.

Sheamus is more popular now than ever, and at 44 years of age he is doing some of his best work. Sheamus winning his second Royal Rumble and challenging Roman Reigns would be the Lifetime Achievement Award he deserves.

But it’s more than that! The match? It would deliver in a big way. History? There’s plenty between Sheamus and Roman, going back to when Sheamus cashed in Money In The Bank on Reigns, and when Reigns eventually beat The Celtic Warrior to win one of his world championships. The fans? They would be solidly behind Sheamus, and would go nuts for every near fall. Don’t sleep on Sheamus as your WrestleMania 39 main event opponent for Roman Reigns.

1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Full credit for this idea belongs to PC Tunney and Dave Ungar, as shared in the Chairshot Radio Twitter DM thread. And it’s steal-worthy indeed.

Three major legendary names are rumored for WrestleMania 39: The Rock, John Cena, and Steve Austin. All three make sense for a multitude of reasons. But The Rock will be launching a football league (which might be a reason to do this–the publicity), and is still in insane demand in Hollywood. Cena seems to be free at the present time, and we’ve seen the videos of Austin working out.

Remember, I am assuming Roman Reigns is going to win. If that’s the case, then this WrestleMania is but another moment in Reigns’ legacy. Why not add Steve Austin to his list of victories?

It would sell. ✅
The fans would buy it. ✅
Austin proved he can go. ✅

This type of match is what WrestleMania is all about. If it’s not The Rock, it should be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

And there you have it, my list of–

Wait a minute Greg, what about Cody Rhodes?!?!

Man, I thought I could slip this one past the goalie!

Cody Rhodes is a great question. But you have to look at my assumptions above. I am assuming Roman only wrestles one match, defends both championships, and–most importantly–doesn’t lose. Given those assumptions, you want Cody Rhodes as far away from this match as possible.

If we do split the titles, then Cody needs to be the guy to walk away with the WWE Championship. He does that either over Seth Rollins, or in a triple threat on Night 1 against Reigns and Rollins–but Rollins still eats the fall.

But under my conditions, losing at WrestleMania doesn’t do anything for Cody.

What do you think? Let me know on social media!

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Until next time, remember: enjoying wrestling is a choice…make the right choice!

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