Is Seth Rollins the Savior of Talking Smack?
After qualifying for SmackDown’s Survivor Series team, both the Wolf King and Savior are here to talk some smack with Kayla Braxton… and Paul Heyman?!
Kayla Braxton welcomes us back!
She and the new cohost are here, and they shake hands. She admits she’s nervous because she’s interviewed him before but they’ve never cohosted anything. How should she address him? First, let go of his hand. Sorry. Heyman gives his own introduction as the Special Counsel to your razing, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns. And, so that they can keep Kayla on the straight and narrow, he serves the public as cohost of Talking Smack. Because Kayla, as we can all see, has been talking smack just a little too much. Right, sorry, but to go off of that from SmackDown… Kayla may have been stirring up controversy, but she didn’t mean to. Is everything okay now?
Heyman would love to have Kayla as a neighbor because of all her gossiping. She’s a journalist! Gossip. Aren’t journalists just professional gossipers? Cronkite is rolling in his grave. Kayla says Talking Smack hits the hard hitting questions. But Jey Uso beat Kevin Owens, so is Roman proud of him? She keeps painting Roman as this shark. Roman is a family man, the head of the table. Roman loves cousin Jey, they grew up together. “Everything that he’s doing is for the betterment of Jey Uso” and Jey Uso’s family. Anytime a family gets in a situation like this, one person has to make the decision. That person says where the family is going. One person drives a car, and that driver navigates the family to relevancy.
Then final question, if he can answer this. Last year, Roman was team captain for SmackDown. Will that somehow happen this year? Well he IS SmackDown’s captain, but he doesn’t need to be on the team. Roman already has his match with Randy Orton, Universal Champion VS World Champion. Roman is the single biggest superstar in all of the WWE. Kayla thanks Heyman for that, and moves on to their first guest tonight.
Carmella joins Talking Smack!
The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island feels amazing after ambushing Sasha Banks on SmackDown. Kayla is glad to see Carmella back because last time was Money in the Bank in May. What has she been doing since? Oh y’know, just hanging out, scoping the competition, and waiting for her perfect moment to come back. And she did, because the people aren’t talking about Sasha retaining but Carmella arriving. What message was she trying to send? That she wants the title, obviously. She said that she makes her own rules and does whatever it takes to get ahead. Kayla points to social media, Carmella’s tweet after her own attack. “What a match” with clapping emojis. Carmella says she thought the match was great, yes, but she just wanted to get in Sasha’s head, too.
So she was paying attention to the entire Sasha VS Bayley story? Um, it’s all about Carmella. Heyman has advice for Kayla, that the story is Carmella. As it should be. Heyman says the videos Carmella was presenting showed her beautiful, sexy and empowered side. He says, in a professional capacity, she never looked more beautiful or more powerful than she did when she knocked down Sasha Banks and she towered over the successful and reigning champion. Now that, is beautiful, sexy, empowering and Carmella. Carmella says they should have champagne out to celebrate. Kayla is doing a no drink November. Well Carmella isn’t so where is it? Heyman says Kayla is stirring things up. She’s just jealous, like everyone else.
Kayla points out this huge change in her, and asks why. Well that other Carmella wasn’t her. That’s who they wanted her to be. But she’s here to be herself, and to do what she wants. Soon, the entire world will know exactly why she’s Untouchable. Well it was posted that Carmella’s been here six years. Did she see herself being where she is now six years ago? Just look at what she’s done. Her track record speaks for itself. Ms. MITB, SmackDown Women’s Championship, defeated Charlotte and Asuka twice, and certainly lasted longer as champion as Sasha Banks. Won the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, and so on! Oh, and she won the Mixed Match Challenge. And she did that without notes! Kayla does say she looks forward to what this new Carmella will do in the future. Carmella thanks Heyman for his time and then leaves to find some champagne.
Sami Zayn barges in!
He would like to know what the hell is going on here! Why is Heyman in Sami’s seat? Why is the cohost not the cohost? Why is the Champion of the People not here tonight? He wants Kayla to answer because he knows what she’s been up to. They’ve had problems, she was making fun of him, she has no respect for him. That’s the problem here. No one here has respect for THE Intercontinental Champion! Is this her doing? No of course not! She was just trying to bond last week for Halloween! This is above her pay grade. Heyman might have something to do with this.
Sami asks man to man so Heyman answers man to man. It was her idea. What? Heyman didn’t want this job. Sami is believing Heyman! Heyman says he’s too busy as Roman’s Special Counsel. He claims Kayla sent her a private memo that she’s glad to have Heyman and glad to be rid of Sami. Kayla defends her case. Heyman asks if he’s ever lied to Sami. Yes, actually. Well okay but Heyman defends he’s not lying now. Sami says the “powers that be” are frustrating him. He is the voice of the people of multiple countries! All the countries! He is the champion of the people, and yet he can’t even be his cohost? Or be on SmackDown last night! THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION!? Heyman says that is just wrong.
But Sami will show everyone, and especially Bobby Lashley at Survivor Series. No one is taking Sami seriously. We’ve all seen Lashley. Big, strong, scary, but he only represents ONE nation. Sami won’t even continue with that. But Sami will represent the rest of the world, and those people will will Sami to victory! Keep that seat warm, Heyman. He will be back. Moving on to the next guest…
King Corbin joins Talking Smack!
The Wolf King wants to be King of SmackDown and King of Survivor Series, and now he’s on Team SmackDown. Heyman shakes Corbin’s hand and Kayla congratulates him on his win. Was there any doubt? No, not even after seeing his opponent was Rey Mysterio. We all know Rey’s history, but Corbin knew he’d put him down 1-2-3. Well he did attack Rey backstage… Corbin says too many people are soft these days, he’s just toughening them out. It was a warm-up, if anything. Rey was too busy with his phone, Corbin was motivating him. Heyman knows what that’s like. Snooze, you lose. When you enter the ThunderDome, you’re ready for a fight. It’d be like getting into the octagon and thinking you need more time. No, when there are stakes on the line, you gotta be ready. Shame on Rey.
Kayla asks if Corbin was taking advantage of the family drama? Corbin kept his focus. A superstar of his caliber can keep his focus no matter what. Heyman asks Kayla, “The Queen and the King.” Kayla is the queen? No! He means in the Corbin home. The “princess” and “prince” and so on, does Kayla know how Corbin is getting along with all of them? No, you don’t, because he doesn’t bring his personal life to work. He comes to work to work. And what is his job? To fight. And why does he fight? To make a living. There is drama in the Mysterio home playing out here, and that leaves Rey vulnerable to someone ambitious like King Corbin. So then what does Corbin think of his teammates? Jey Uso, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins.
Corbin says Jey got toughened up and that will help the team. But Corbin is the king, they will fall in line with him. Survivor Series will be SmackDown’s. They will make money for the families of the team. Well there has been no captain named. Last year was Roman but- Heyman says they don’t need a captain, they have a king. Okay, but does Corbin want that spot? Corbin says he will put people in their place. These aren’t friends or family. If you need to, use force. No weak links. Well alright then. They thank Corbin for “gracing” them with his presence. Kayla needs a pay raise… Heyman says Corbin’s suit looks great, probably a $5000 custom piece, but nothing looked better than the confidence he had just now. Speaking of confidence…
Seth Rollins joins Talking Smack!
“He is the future. The future cannot be stopped.” The Savior of SmackDown loves that custom introduction. So much to talk about! They’re on the brink of history! Rollins says he’s beat up. Otis is a big boy. Kayla does say the jacket is great. Is the fur part of it? Of course it is! He isn’t wearing a scarf or something. She was just complimenting him. Can’t catch a break. But congrats on the win over Otis to join Team SmackDown. Leading, honestly. A lot of people think they’re leading, he appreciates that ambition. But there is only one leader. He will be leading SmackDown for the first time ever, and to victory. Well it was a great night, and it seems Murphy has come back around. Was that surprising? Rollins will say no, and he’ll explain why.
“The truth always lights the way.” Everyone, even Kayla and Heyman, are part of the greater good, like it or not. Murphy plays a special role in that. From day one, Murphy’s allegiance has meant so much to Rollins. Children stray, they have their own minds and will, but they will find their way back. Kayla says there’s similarity here between Rollins and Roman. Wanting to be leaders and wanting those who follow him. Heyman says Rollins spoke out on the ills of the industry, promised to lead us to a greater good, and has! Everyone Rollins “touched” on Raw has benefitted! They have risen in value! With the exception of the Mysterios, though. In fact, the value of SmackDown has gone up because they have Rollins! Clearly, Rollins has enjoyed doing what he’s done to the Mysterios.
No no no. Let’s get this straight: Rollins doesn’t enjoy the implosion of the Mysterio family. He is dismayed by that. Rollins is here to change things for the better. He gave the Mysterio family opportunity after opportunity to join him, yet they have defied him over and over. It doesn’t have to be this difficult. Rollins doesn’t enjoy the things that have to be done, but he has to because no one else will. Has he considered trying to convince Dominik to see things his way? It does seem like he would enjoy that. No, not at all. Rollins would love if Dom saw the light, but sometimes that’s a difficult process. We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. It takes time to figure out who we are and who we want to be.
Rollins knows Dom is extremely talented, and Rollins says that in time, Dom will realize the truth. Whether that’s sooner than later, that’s not for Rollins to say. Kayla thanks Rollins for being here, and says she had fun cohosting with Heyman. See you again, next Talking Smack!
Not a bad episode, but the highlight was that Heyman took over being the cohost and that Sami was very upset by that. It is definitely an interesting surprise, and it even adds a layer to the kayfabe power and influence Roman has backstage. Sami does have a good point about not being on SmackDown at all, even for just a moment. I don’t see this being that likely, but I could imagine Sami turning every so slightly Face to take on Roman or even Jey. Maybe after Survivor Series, Jey is positioned by Roman to be a contender and bring the Intercontinental Championship to the family. After the great chemistry Sami and Kevin had on last week’s Talking Smack, I would love if the Roman story was how Sami and Kevin became friends again and they stand against Roman.
Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (1/25/21)
Who wants to Talk With Elias?
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?
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.
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.
Chairshot Radio: NFL, UFC and the Royal Rumble 
PC Tunney kicks things off going over the huge sports weekend, followed by Rob's Royal Rumble speculation and expectations.
Chairshot Radio: Happy Trails Hank Aaron and Larry King, NHL Update, & the Dallas Cowboys suck 
Join Dave and Patrick as they pay their respects to Hank Aaron and Larry King, take a look at the...
Cook: Breaking Down The 2021 NFL Conference Championship Games
This weekend is Conference Championship Sunday in the NFL, and Steve Cook is here to break it down and tell...
Chairshot Radio: NFL Conference Championships 
Platt and Balaz are back to give you their thoughts on everything NFL Playoffs.
Chairshot Picks: 2020-2021 NFL Conference Championship Picks
The NFL is down to their final four, and our crack staff here at The Chairshot has picks --who will...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/25/21)
The Bracket of Courage closes out the opening round!
Bandwagon Nerds #63: So Many Theories, So Little Time
The Nerds entertain WandaVision theories, discuss another likely Black Widow delay, gush over the first Godzilla v Kong trailer, and...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/24/21)
The Bracket of Wisdom is next!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/23/21)
The Second Triforce Tournament begins!
Chairshot Radio: VH1 Behind The Soundbites Pt. 1 
Greg fuels his soundbite addiction with a special "Behind The Soundbites" edition of Chairshot Radio!
Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (1/25/21)
Who wants to Talk With Elias?
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/25/21)
Will the Empress still reign?
Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 1/24/2021
Well even on a quiet-ish week, all of the bigger NA companies get a version of representation and even AJPW...
News From Cook’s Corner 1.25.21: Swinging For The Fences
Some notable deaths and a shift in the USA Network programming schedule seem to have peaked Cook's interest. Check out...
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan!...
Cook’s Top 5: Royal Rumble Diesel Pushes
The Royal Rumble is right around the corner, and someone's Diesel Push might be on the way! Steve Cook looks...
Rob: Has Pro Wrestling Become Too Soft?
The Undertaker took the online wrestling community by storm with his comments on the current product, and Rob offers some...
NXT Minus 6: Anatomy of a Wrestling Match
Bradley Jay digs into the HISTORY MAKING night of WWE NXT. HISTORY! (And Timothy Thatcher is the only person to...
Outsider’s Edge: Secure The Bag Episode – Undertaker, NXT, and Tama Tonga
Kyle and Rance talk discuss Undertaker's "video game" comments, NXT possibly moving nights, and much more!
Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (1/23/21)
DING DONG, HELLO~! Talking Smack!