This will be the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the fastest and the most GLORIOUS Talking Smack!
Why? Because Bianca Belair, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens will be here! What will they have to say about Survivor Series, Friday Night SmackDown and the future?
Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!
And she introduces the Special Counsel for the Reigns-ing, Defending Universal Champion, but Paul Heyman doesn’t look as jolly as usual. Is that a fat joke? He’s Santa Claus, because he’s fat and jolly? He said it, not her. But she just knows there’s been a lot of “fallout” from SmackDown and Survivor Series. Roman Reigns won, but there was still a lot of tension between him and Jey and now Kevin Owens, one of tonight’s guests. Kevin called Roman out, what are Heyman’s thoughts? Heyman takes a moment before he dares Kayla to tell us what she thinks. She’ll borrow a page from his book and respectfully decline to comment.
Good, because her opinion is irrelevant. Don’t be upset by that, because his opinion is also irrelevant. Ultimately, the only opinion that matters is that of the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, “the single biggest box office attraction in all of WWE,” Roman Reigns. So what Heyman has to say about Kevin, Heyman is adult enough to say it to Kevin’s face. Let’s get that over with! Let’s have the face to face! Kayla says no, that wasn’t the order of the guests. Then change it! Okay, Kayla gets it. But they’re just hosts. The guest order can’t be changed. But Kayla promises he’s later on. So allow her to introduce the first guest-
Oh well Heyman doesn’t have a lot say, does he? Allowing, not allowing. Allowing makes him a gentleman, but he doesn’t care right now! He wants Kevin Owens. Kayla calms things down and has their actual first guest, the self-proclaimed best tag team, the GLORIOUS Show-Offs, the “Dirty Dawgs,” AKA…
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler join Talking Smack!
Kayla likes Roode’s hat. Ziggler and Roode apologize for not being Kevin, Kayla apologizes for Heyman’s bad attitude. Ziggler asks Kayla what’s going on. A staring contest with Heyman? Who wins? Kayla says Heyman wins. But Kayla says they had a big win, how did it feel? Ziggler gives “Bob” credit on that.
Roode says they should be Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions, if not with that weird title swap. Is that even done? These two have been here a long time. Not together. But Roode is over two decades, Ziggler’s been in WWE “for a very long time.” They’ve been in the business a long time and know how it’s supposed to be done. Friday was just a taste. They proved themselves against “those kids,” then next time will be for the titles, and you will then be looking at the next SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Yes, but there are other teams here on SmackDown, like Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura.
But they’re not guests tonight. Why is she bringing them up? She is just asking questions. Ziggler says everyone else is better at interviewing. But Kayla just asks why Ziggler and Roode feel they’re next for the tag titles. “We came to work today. That’s how it starts.” Ziggler wouldn’t be found in breach of contract. Money first, then go show everyone why you get paid more than them. Ziggler doesn’t watch wrestling, he isn’t a fan, because he comes to work and kicks ass. Kayla asks if Heyman agrees with Ziggler’s and Roode’s claim of being the best tag team. Of course. And sorry for speaking over Ziggler. But Ziggler and Roode are old enough to be seasoned veterans, yet young enough to be in their physical prime. They are the best.
Kayla accidently interrupts, but she would love to have one Talking Smack- Well Heyman would love to have Charly Caruso as a co-host, but what he wants doesn’t happen, does it? Kayla says Heyman sure is worked up. Heyman just says that the best tag team is here and yet Kayla talks about another team. Kayla says Heyman jumps on bandwagons, because when the Street Profits were here, he was very friendly with them, too. Heyman likes the Profits. Bianca Belair is here tonight, and he will admit to her that he admires the Profits. But with Ziggler’s and Roode’s combined talents, they would only want to step into the ring with great teams like the Profits, which makes you greater when you win! Like Friday. Exactly! Kayla’s turn.
Kayla then asks Heyman how to compare Ziggler and Roode- Heyman wants Kayla to talk to the guests! Does he need to write a manual for her? Yes, sure. Does he have a question for them? “Gentlemen, when you win the tag team championships from the Street Profits, in the manner that you shall be defending the championships, do you see anybody on the horizon that you would like to defend your titles against at WrestleMania?” Ziggler says first, the Profits are great. Entertaining, funny, talented. But “funny” has a shelf-life. Funny doesn’t make money, and it doesn’t main event WrestleMania like Ziggler and Roode will be.
So as they look at the roster, they always have a plan. Shinsuke and Cesaro: great team, Ziggler likes them. But they’re not Ziggler and Roode. Street Profits, the New Day, trading title, that’s not good business. That’s not main event, people clamoring for the story wanting to see who proves who are the best. That’s midcard. Main event of Mania, whoever can prove themselves to Ziggler-Roode and the WWE, that is who they will face. Kayla likes that answer and appreciates the respect given where it’s due. We can all learn from that. Kayla wishes them luck on their journey to the title. Ziggler says that was a great close. Everyone shakes hands and Roode-Dolph head out.
Kayla simply asks they take the mics, Ziggler forgets his but Roode takes it for him. Heyman says that’s called spite. He could be all happy smiley like her. Hi~ Talking Smack~! We’re all happy that you’ve joined us! Thank you for allowing us into your homes~! Well, anyway, on to the second guest. The EST always livens things up and she is back on Talking Smack!
Bianca Belair joins Talking Smack!
Third time already for Bianca and Kayla is always excited to see what she’s going to wear. This is MC Hammer and letterman. Bianca shows up and shows out, and show everyone that she’s the cute-EST. Showing out is literally what happens. Survivor Series, SmackDown, and let’s get into that with her match against Natalya. A locker room leader, a veteran of the business, and Bianca has a lot of respect for her, and that win meant so much. Bianca has been showing she belongs and that she tells the truth with the EST. Natty is the #BOAT, Best of All Time, she drew the best out of Bianca to help her prove she’s right.
Speaking of Friday, there was a certain someone else ringside. Let’s not talk about Bayley directly, just about how Bianca dealt with Bayley. Survivor Series, too, where they got at each other on social media. After Team SmackDown lost, Bianca still praised the team for sticking together. Bayley tried to get on Bianca for “blowing it” with the count-out elimination, but Bianca clapped back (with emojis) that “Captain” Bayley was the FIRST eliminated. Bianca had to feel good doing that. Yeah, Bayley was almost not part of the match, but she’s coming at Bianca. Bianca doesn’t get it. Bianca was the last one for SmackDown, Bayley should respect her by now. But Bayley just runs her mouth like always.
Maybe Bianca doesn’t get it as the new kid, but maybe Bayley feels intimidated or something. Bayley didn’t move and got hit, that’s not on Bianca. Kayla says that sure, SmackDown didn’t win, but Bianca’s performance alone was what people were talking about. How did it feel to get so much positive feedback? Bianca was just excited to be in that match and be part of that team to show the WWE Universe what she does, who she is and why she is the EST. She’ll use this momentum to keep going, prove she belongs, and that she isn’t going anywhere, no one can do a thing about it, not even Bayley. Kayla brings up that the Profits didn’t have a good night, but Heyman did say he would give proper praise.
Well yes, but Heyman needs to let Bianca know, which she surely knows, she is the future. Everyone says that, but Bianca is. She has amazing credentials that she brings to the WWE. And what she does is truly worthy of a tagline like The EST. He is in awe of the magnitude of her talent. His feelings of admiration for the Profits go for her, as well. So for her to talk about the Profits to her would be a disservice to her. Kayla says compliments like that are rare. Heyman says not everyone is worthy of compliments like that. Triple H also says Bianca is a game changer, so that praise means a lot. Bianca knows she goes on and on with her “humble brag,” but hearing all that from Heyman means so much. She thanks Heyman, and Kayla thanks Bianca for her time. The star is onward and upward!
Kayla says that was surprisingly nice from Heyman. Well it was the truth. He could put on another “veneer” if she wants. Some BS maybe. Well that wouldn’t hurt all the time. But would he like to introduce their last guest? He’d like to talk to their last guest. He’d like if she didn’t get so excited to say this stuff. Not gonna happen.
Kevin Owens joins Talking Smack!
Kayla even applauds, just to get on Heyman’s nerves. Heyman and Kevin still shake hands. Heyman wants Kevin to understand he has a lot of respect for Kevin. But sometimes, Roman Reigns doesn’t have a lot of respect until he can prove it to someone. But Heyman knows how this goes. He wants Kevin to understand that he was a fan of Kevin’s before he came to WWE, when everyone else would knock him for his ideas that were too radical, too progressive, and too violent. Heyman has always liked that about Kevin. He likes that Kevin is untrustworthy. Heyman likes that about Kevin. That people call him a “scumbag” behind his back.
Heyman likes that Kevin can’t be trusted on a team. And that Kevin is at the crossroads of his career. Kevin knows it, and he knows it’s time to pivot. Kevin can go one way, where one too many do. Kevin can cruise at a “semi-main-event” level. Or Kevin can go the other way, take inspiration from things like The Undertaker’s #FinalFarewell and say, “I want that to be me. I want my reputation to live 100 years from now. I want to be a multi-time WrestleMania main eventer. I want to be a legend above all legends.” And how you do that, and this is where it gets interesting, is at Roman’s expense. A champion is only as great as the challengers he puts down. No one else gets it, but Kevin is the #1 contender.
Heyman knows how twisted Kevin is, and that Kevin wants a chance to get at Roman Reigns and solidify his own legacy. The title? That’s great. But knocking Roman off the perch establishes the legacy. That is the trajectory Kevin is looking at. This will be a fight, and Heyman looks forward to it. Is Heyman done? Heyman seems to relish the fact they’re sitting here. After what Kevin did on SmackDown, Heyman seems to relish the fact they’re here now, like Heyman thinks this will be good for Roman. But Heyman, as much as Kevin respects and admires you, “I know you really only work for one person, and it’s not Roman Reigns.” Heyman works for Heyman.
And if Heyman thinks Kevin getting involved in this whatever it is will somehow be a positive for Roman, because the champion is only as good as the opponents he puts down… Kevin will tell Heyman this, because everything else was absolutely true. But just know this: it’s not going to be good for Roman or Heyman, because once Roman finds his balls again, and stops having Jey do his dirty work, Kevin will be there. And do you know what Kevin is? “I’m not a good guy. I’m not a bad guy. I’m THE guy that’s going to beat Roman Reigns and take the Universal Championship from him.” Mic drop, but another handshake. Heyman says this isn’t just business. This is on a personal level, too. Kevin says Heyman should do what he has to do.
Kayla isn’t sure what to say after that tense moment. Does Roman know about this being the conversation Heyman was going to have? Maybe Heyman just said things that Roman wouldn’t have approved of. Heyman says that was a lousy guest. And no one listens about the mics. Heyman tosses Kevin’s mic away and Kayla says that’s the end of the show. Heyman puts on the “veneers” again as he ends the show on top of Kayla’s outro. Yikes…
This was actually a really good episode, especially with Heyman and Kevin. That was powerful stuff from both guys, especially Kevin quoting Roman’s old catchphrase and using it to his advantage. This build is already incredible and it only just started. Roode and Ziggler had a good segment but I’m not sure if Ziggler was keeping track of the point he was trying to make. I do find it interesting they already have “Dirty Dawgs” shirts, so between that and Ziggler’s promo on Friday, that must be the name they’re trying to go for as a team. That also doesn’t make any sense when my name for them has been the most obvious one they should go with: Glorious Show-Offs.
Bianca had a good segment but the many forms of saying “show up and show out” were said too many times. It was like they were trying to push the SEO on that term up a level just so people will repeat it. But Heyman is right, Bianca is the future of the WWE Women’s Division, she should definitely be facing someone for that SmackDown Women’s Championship. They mentioned Banks VS Belair for Mania last time she was on, that could very well be the plan at some point.
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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