It’s a Very Merry Talking Smackmas!
The Christmas cheer continues as Talking Smack has the big winners from Friday night! And if you saw SmackDown, you know who they are!
Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!
Merry Christmas and welcome to the last Talking Smack of 2020! Kayla is with her “festive” cohost, Paul Heyman. Is he feeling jolly today? Is that a fat joke? No, she would never. But the final SmackDown of 2020, and if anyone had the best Christmas this year, it’s the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Big E! Kayla applauds on behalf of Heyman, and notes that Big E will be one of the guests tonight. But surely Heyman has words for how SmackDown began. The Universal Championship steel cage match, Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens. For weeks, Kevin has been beat down for weeks, he is resilient, and Kayla has never seen someone fight “so freakin’ hard” and honestly, if not for Jey Uso, Kevin was going to win.
Heyman says there’s no “If” in WWE, and yet Kayla will praise the man who lost? “In the dog race of life, if you’re not in first place, the view is all the same.” Roman won the cage match and defended the title, hence Kevin lost. And in case you’re wondering if that makes Heyman think Kevin should walk around going, “Does that make Roman Reigns better than me?” The answer is YES. Roman is better as a fighter, as a wrestler, as a husband, father and champion than Kevin could ever hope to be that is why Roman is still the Reigns-ing, defending, undisputed, uncontroverted WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, YOUR Tribal Chief, the Head of ALL Tables, in all of the WWE and sports entertainment.
Kayla thinks Heyman is leaving something out. The reason Roman is still champion has to do with the handcuffs on Kevin that stuck him to the cage! But surely Heyman will have something to say to the man who beat Jey Uso, our first guest of the night, the leader of the Yes Movement!
Daniel Bryan joins Talking Smack!
Bryan is still pumped up! Kayla congratulates Bryan again on his win and likes having him back on Talking Smack. What a great Christmas! Bryan has his smile, his hair, and Bryan heard about people being better fighters, wrestlers, husbands, fathers, etc. These are things Bryan knows he isn’t the best husband or father, but he tries to be the best he can. But if you’re comparing Bryan to someone else, Heyman, does he think Bryan is a better fighter than Roman? Or a better wrestler than Roman?
Here’s an easier one: who is the better husband and father? Does Heyman think, because Bryan isn’t first place, is focused on first place? Bryan’s “fight” with Jey may not have been for first place. There was an energy surging and Bryan feels it can fill an entire room. Every time Jey hit him and Bryan hit Jey, it felt like a fight. Bryan doesn’t care if he’s first place or not, because he feels alive! That is why he loves wrestling. Not because he’s trying to be first place, but because being in a fight of that quality makes him feel alive. What else do they have for him?
Well Kayla again brings up that Bryan wants to check off winning the Royal Rumble. The one thing Bryan appreciated about his early retirement was that it reminded him that we never know when this will end, so you have to appreciate every moment. And though it’s been a couple years already since he’s returned, he still cherishes the moments. But knowing it could end, there are things he wants to check off. In his 20+ year career, he has never won a battle royal of any kind! And he’s wrestled in crazy places where the other people weren’t very good, no one has heard of, and yet Bryan could never win a battle royal.
“But this might be my last chance, so I am making it a goal of mine to win the Royal Rumble. To win a battle royal. And if that happens, if I win the Royal Rumble, that means I would go to WrestleMania and face whoever is Universal Champion.” Bryan doesn’t lay claim to being better than many. But he’ll say this: “I’m a better fighter than Roman Reigns. And I sure as hell am a better wrestler than Roman Reigns. If I win the Royal Rumble, and face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, if he’s still the champion, I will beat him for that championship. Here’s another thing: If he’s not champion, somewhere down the line, I’m gonna beat him anyways.”
And he loves Kayla’s Christmas jacket. Thanks! And again, good luck for the Royal Rumble. Bryan wishes everyone a Happy Holidays, his kids had such a great Christmas! Just playing with the wrapping paper was fun!
Charlotte Flair and Asuka join Talking Smack!
The Grand Slam Queen and #EmpressTwoBelts are here. Charlotte says she has the OG Grand Slam because she retired the Diva’s Championship. But it’s great to have them both back on SmackDown and here on Talking Smack now that they’re both Women’s Tag Team Champions. They defended their titles on SmackDown, we’ll be seeing them both back for sure, but how does it feel to be back? Charlotte returns and takes gold immediately. Charlotte says it still hasn’t hit her back. Those six months she was gone, she wanted to be back but she was also so nervous despite having done just about everything. But it just meant Charlotte needed to prove herself again. Kayla says it’s so deserved.
Kayla asks Heyman if he wants to say something, since he’s been so quiet. Heyman watched Raw for them, the only reason why now really. But Charlotte said this was for a friend in need, and Heyman didn’t realize they’re friends. He’s happy for them, though. Asuka confirms they are “tomodachi.” But the question is then, since Kayla didn’t ask it, whose idea was this? Asuka takes full credit for reaching out to Charlotte first. And she basically begged Charlotte, and Charlotte confirms that in return. Heyman excuses the lack of professionalism as Kayla doesn’t understand a word of Japanese, so please translate. Asuka speaks more Japanese and Kayla actually does understand. What Asuka was saying was that she wanted the very best, and the very best is Charlotte.
There are many impressive tag teams in the Women’s Division now, as we saw on SmackDown. Is there a specific team out there that they are concerned about? It isn’t one team, but Charlotte is just impressed by many teams. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, the #SexyMuscleFriends of Asuka’s, and then Nia and Shayna, everyone’s come a long way. Asuka and Charlotte have both been SmackDown Women’s Champion, they’ve both faced Sasha Banks and Bayley many times, and then seeing Bianca Belair again, and even Carmella, it was all great. But the champs know they’ll be a hard team to beat. Kayla can’t wait to see it, congratulates them again and thanks them for being here. Wait, what is their tag team name? They come up with Queens of Tomorrow, and it’s a hit!
Big E joins Talking Smack!
“The Powerhouse of Positivity” and the NEW Intercontinental Champion shimmies and shakes his way on set and Heyman says he cannot physically dance so he apologizes. Kayla is so happy to see Big E with the belt, and he still has confetti on his shoulders. Keep it, though, it’s nice. Heyman shakes Big E’s hand and congratulates him. Big E appreciates that, and he says he still had those words Heyman told him last time. Big E said it was all very meaningful. There was a man signaling him. “Tommy” was doing something and Big E doesn’t understand. Oh, maybe it means propping the belt up.
It has been some time since he’s had the title himself. Seven years, 2013, was when he was last Intercontinental Champion. And again Big E thanks Heyman for those words he said. Many times in life, you know something, but it has to be said to you by someone else, especially someone of Heyman’s stature, that it hits home. Big E appreciates that. Sometimes you do need to be reminded of what you have. Heyman says Big E has always had it. But this is a business. You can have “it,” be here, do all the work, always show up, yet never get the ball.
We’ve seen time and time again those who have ability and do it all, but never get this shot. They become the “What ifs,” and Big E doesn’t want that to be him. Big E doesn’t want to leave and people go, “Oh, what could’ve been with that guy? He had some ability, but they didn’t do much with him, he complained, he didn’t take charge.” Big E doesn’t want to be the untapped potential of the WWE. Kayla understands and says there must be such validation. This year was so crazy, but perhaps the wildest of all was The New Day being split apart. Now Big E has the belt, is smooching and cradling it, that going solo was the right decision.
Big E says it wasn’t a decision, the WWE split them up! What did he decide? Well, the powers that be decided. Well, Kofi Kingston still become world champion with the New Day by his side, but hey. They were given lemons, they made lemonade that was good. It was not their decision, but that is this business. You take what you’re given, run with it, and sometimes take what you aren’t given and still figure it out. By no means, this is not the “I made it!” moment. The work begins now. Big E must prove he is worthy of this and more. That is what he is here for. Then is there sentimental value with that title? It was his first singles title on the main roster, after all.
Well yes, but it was his first year on main roster, and he knew he had the ability. If you haven’t advanced in seven years, then you need to do something else. Big E made those steps to be even more worthy, ready and better at everything of this job. Heyman hopes Big E is done with the “false humility.” What’s he talking about? Heyman sits up to give Big E another talk. Heyman appreciates the introspection. It’s rather humble, speaks to how Big E was raised as a gentleman. That gentlemanly nature has afforded Big E the opportunity to do a lot of press, media and charity events.
But there comes a time whether or not Big E takes the opportunity when it is given to him. Big E takes the opportunity, as he started to say, but then he backed off to show his humility and respect for the process. But Heyman sees the process this way: Big E said this is the first step, but towards what? Heyman knows the answer, and that Big E is too humble to say it because it punks Heyman out. Heyman says it for him, it’s the first step towards Roman, the Universal Championship, and becoming THE absolute number one attraction in WWE today. Heyman gets that. Big E should feel that way and is right to feel that way.
Two weeks ago, Heyman said Big E would be a singles champion, that he should go t hat way, and that Sami Zayn was a great first step. And then what did he do? Big E mowed Sami down and took the title. Now Big E will learn how much deep down he loves being a singles champion all over again. Then he’ll say that while this title is beautiful, it is not the Universal title. That is where Big E wants to be. The WrestleMania main event, the Universal Championship, but here’s how Heyman sees it. Big E is big box office, a magnificent athlete, and Heyman would love to see Big E in the ring with Roman Reigns.
At the start of 2020, if Roman looked at Big E and asked Heyman his opinion, Heyman would’ve said, “Just a tag team wrestler. Best one on the planet, but still just a tag team wrestler.” Can’t say that now. The first step in Big E’s journey, he is on his way. 2021 is around the corner, and when it comes to Heyman’s evaluation, it’s a new YEAR, yes it is. They shake hands, we relive the celebration with confetti, and that’s all for the last Talking Smack of 2020! See you in the new year!
A very good Talking Smack to close out the year. Now, much of Charlotte’s part tonight was recycled from Raw Talk, and I feel like they lean too into Asuka speaking mostly Japanese and at the very least pretending people understand. But I do like that the newest tag nickname for them is The Queens of Tomorrow, and that’s pretty good honestly. I just feel like them saying there are many teams in the women’s division right now, when the match itself was Asuka & Charlotte, a thrown together team, facing two other thrown together teams in Sasha-Bianca and BayMella! Riott Squad is the last real team standing, even if #SexyMuscleFriends are doing well right now.
Bryan had great energy and I like that he basically got in Heyman’s face about coming after Roman Reigns. It would be quite the year for Bryan to win the Royal Rumble match and add that to his great career. Of course, it would be for Big E, too. Big E and Heyman had another good segment together, and it really puts Big E’s return to singles action in a great perspective. Big E mentioned without giving names how wrestlers have come and gone in WWE and for whatever reason didn’t stick. Big E is definitely doing what he said in making sure he never leaves anything to question. He has the size, ability, charisma and dedication, he definitely should get a long reign with the Intercontinental Championship. If anything, a Champion VS Champion story should be part of Big E’s reign.
News From Cook’s Corner 4.12.21: The E-S-T of the I-W-C
Cook taking the long week/weekend and assessing some fun aspects that came to the forefront! Check out the news!
Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! It’s been a bit of a weird week for me. While the rest of you are celebrating WrestleMania or the cornucopia of WM Weekend shows, I’m stuck working very long shifts at a job I’ve given notice at. So I’m a lame duck while wrestlers in Tampa are swimming in the rain like ducks. Kind of ironic, I suppose.
What that means for this column: Haven’t finished the show. Watched Night One through parts of Sunday, watched the Broken Skull Sessions with Chris Jericho since I didn’t get home in time to watch Night Two from the beginning. Kind of awkward since this is a news column getting posted the day after WrestleMania, but hell, I’ve written about stuff I haven’t been watching for decades now. Gotten really good at faking it, though my exes would disagree with that notion.
(What can I say? When you’re single for most of your life and getting older, sometimes you try to act like things are working in a relationship when they really aren’t. Fortunately I’m over all this now and am quite happy with life as a spiritual eunuch. I’m not really sure how any of this is relevant to the column, just riffing here to fill space and give you a little update on how things are going. Those who were around back in the day remember I was quite emo about the lack of female attention. Now I’ve kinda had my fill and am good with it, though my friends try to make me think I’m not. I think we’ve riffed enough now and can start with some wrestling news.)
Anywho, here’s the news!
New Announcers For Raw?
WWE likes to shake things up on multiple levels after WrestleMania most years. Sometimes that involves a change in the announce booth, and that seems to be on tap this year. WrestlingInc reported that former ESPN host Adnan Virk will be joining Raw’s announce team starting this Monday, replacing Tom Phillips on play by play. Andrew Zarian added that Corey Graves will also be moving over to Raw, replacing Samoa Joe. No word yet on if this means Graves will be working both shows, or if Joe will be moving to SmackDown, or if Joe will be moving back into the ring, or if Phillips will be moving to NXT UK, NXT India & whatever other NXT pops up in the next couple of years.
Many folks I know like to make a big deal of these things, as they feel announcers are crucial to the overall enjoyment of a show. I used to as well, but the more I watch these things the less I think that they’re that critically important to the sports or sports entertainment presentation. Sure, it’s nice to have a legend of the business, or a dynamic presence in their prime, on the microphone talking about the action. It can get the die-hards through some rough seasons, or some less than compelling in-ring action. Does it really affect viewership? I don’t think so. It’s not like Los Angeles Dodgers fans stopped following their team after Vin Scully retired. On the flip side, it’s not like the 50+ wrestling fan demographic has flocked to AEW Dynamite to listen to Jim Ross or Tony Schiavone.
It’s what the people are talking about that matters, not the people talking about it. Which a lot of us in the talking & the writing business could stand to remember from time to time.
Why did the Hurt Business break up?
It’s the question that was on everybody’s minds right after Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander were sent packing by Bobby Lashley & MVP. Why split them up? It was a stable that was working pretty well together, seemingly getting over with the public in the right way, and added a lot of options to Bobby Lashley’s act as WWE Champion.
The answer seems to be the same answer behind every other decision WWE makes. Cause Vince McMahon said so. He decided that Alexander & Benjamin didn’t deserve a push, which is pretty consistent with how their runs with WWE have gone, and that was that. Really not that surprising when you think about it. Somebody talked Vince into giving them a chance, Vince didn’t see it working the way he wanted it to, and then you had King Corbin backing up Lashley for an episode of Raw.
It’s a shame for Alexander & Benjamin, but it’s not in the least bit surprising. We’ll see if somebody else can talk Vince into giving them a chance down the road. Until then, the checks will clear.
Damian Priest Barely Made It To WrestleMania
I remember finding it kind of odd when Miz vs. Bad Bunny was announced for WrestleMania. It’d been reported for months that Miz & Bad Bunny would compete in a tag team match at the show, with John Morrison & Damian Priest as their respective tag team partners. It eventually got made into that, but what was with the pause?
Turns out that Priest had a back injury and wasn’t cleared until the days leading into WrestleMania. Which is really lucky for him, as one of the points of this whole thing was to get him over. At least I think it was. Now we got everybody talking about how Bad Bunny was the best debut wrestler since Pat McAfee, which really wasn’t that long ago but now feels like it happened multiple years ago.
Don’t know what the odds are on Bunny & McAfee main eventing a future WrestleMania, but I rule nothing out these days.
Becky Lynch & Ronda Rousey Back Soon?
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) April 9, 2021
That’s the word according to WWE President Nick Khan, who told Colin Cowherd as such on his radio show last week. Quite the scoop for Cowherd, who was once detested by fans for making fun of Eddie Guerrero after he died & calling wrestling fans “booger-eaters”. Now, he’s got WWE executives appearing on his show. Makes me feel better about getting WWE executives on my non-existent show one of these days.
Becky teased a WrestleMania Night One return on her Twitter account, but as usual with her social media teases, nothing came of it. Dave Meltzer mentioned in the Observer that at one point there were plans to have her show up in a truck during a Bayley talk show segment, but obviously the plans for a big truck were shifted to Bad Bunny. Gotta say that it feels like a misfire not having Becky return at WrestleMania in front of the live crowd if she’s coming back anytime soon. If she’s not, no big deal, but if she’s a Night After WrestleMania surprise in the ThunderDome, it’s not the same as bringing her out in front of 25,000 people.
As for Ronda, she was rumored to be coming back for this year’s WrestleMania when it was taking place in Los Angeles. Dunno if that means she’ll be back for WrestleMania two years from now or not.
DABBA KATO IS BACK!!!!!
— ❦ ꫝꪗ᥇𝘳𝓲ᦔ ❦ (@TheHybridEnigma) April 12, 2021
Surely you remember Dabba-Kato from his time on Raw Underground. The big fella hadn’t been seen after the end of those segments until Sunday night, where he re-debuted as Commander Azeez & helped Apollo Crews win the Intercontinental Championship. I would say this pretty much guarantees that he’ll be in line for a big push at the expense of Crews, but it’s not like the rest of Retribution has done anything since they dropped Mustafa Ali like a bad habit.
Here’s my question: The guy’s first name is Babatunde. Why don’t they just go with that? It just rolls off the tongue. No need to give him stuff like Dabba-Kato & Azeez when “Babatunde” is right there.
Mox vs. Gage?
— Tripping Balls (@IsThisWrestling) April 10, 2021
The biggest news to develop from GCW’s Collective weekend involved Jon Moxley making a surprise appearance to confront Nick Gage after Gage re-gained GCW’s championship. Moxley had wrestled against Josh Barnett on another GCW show during the weekend, but this was the first time Moxley & Gage had crossed paths since their glory days in CZW. I don’t know if they consider their CZW days “glory days”, but it seemed like a good phrase to use there.
One expects that it’ll lead to a match between Mox & Gage for GCW, which would be a pretty big deal for them given Mox’s drawing power and the fact that Gage will be the subject of a Dark Side of the Ring episode this season, which starts next month. I also wouldn’t rule out a Nick Gage appearance in AEW, as Tony Khan is a huge fan of people from that era of CZW & AEW has seen nearly everybody else in the business not contracted by WWE make an appearance at some point this year.
That’s all I’ve got for you right now. Later this week we’ll do a Fave Five for April, maybe pick up the Top 5 Quarterbacks by Franchise gimmick where we left off, and whatever else I can think of for wherever else I can think of. Thanks for reading, and keep your stick on the ice.
Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (4/10/21)
A WrestleMania edition Talking Smack!
The Grandest Talking Smack of Them All!
Just hours before WrestleMania 37 starts its two night adventure, we have one last round of Talking Smack, and it’s RATED R with EDGE!
Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!
It is the morning of WrestleMania 37, night one! Kayla’s so excited, and before we talk about tomorrow night’s Universal Championship Triple Threat, what are Paul Heyman’s thoughts about Jey Uso winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal? Heyman is extremely proud of #MainEventJeyUso, “the rightful winner.” Jey is a giant of talent and he proved it by winning the most prestigious annual battle royal that happens on WrestleMania Weekend. True, and yes, it is Mania Weekend. Kayla knows the real focus is on night two and the Triple Threat match, Roman Reigns VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan.
And after last night, where is Roman’s head at? Is he at his most confident? Is he worried after hearing from Edge and Bryan? Heyman seems confused by her line of questioning. He will say this, little disrespect as possible. Heyman is ready for Edge, but let’s get to it! The Rated R Superstar is tonight’s guest! Kayla says the cohost doesn’t get to do that, only she, the main host, gets to do that. Plus, Edge isn’t the first guest, he’ll be here later on. For now, we go to commercial.
Talking Smack returns, and Heyman speaks to us.
“It’s WrestleMania Weekend. I get a little carried away sometimes. My apologies.” Kayla makes a snide remark about the “sometimes.” But Heyman tries again. “Ladies and gentlemen, the Rated R Superstar, EDGE!” No! He’s not here yet! Maybe they should mute Heyman just in case. Kayla wants Heyman to relax, we’ve got a weekend of action to get to. Let’s talk tonight, WrestleMania Night One’s Women’s Tag Team Turmoil! Friday was extremely heated, but what does Heyman think? The Riott Squad, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, Tamina & Natalya, Billie Kay & Carmella, Naomi & Lana.
Heyman says you could choose anyone from this match, where they all want to be Women’s Tag Team Champions. Do any of THEM think Daniel Bryan legitimately tapped out Roman Reigns? Can we please talk about their match, not Roman’s? Heyman rants on, but Kayla says people are very excited for Tag Team Turmoil. Look at the chaos from last night! The winners of tonight’s match face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler tomorrow night for the titles! Heyman says Kayla made a great point! Thank you, Kayla, he is now HOOKED. But with that out of the way, the RATED R SUPERSTAR-
NO. Kayla will make a deal with him. She’ll bring out Edge if he talks about one other match. They shake hands, and she brings up Cesaro VS Seth Rollins! Rollins’ return brought up issues and Cesaro was the one that voiced it. How would Heyman handle someone like Cesaro? Someone who, in Rollins’ opinion, disrespected him and his “positive” message. What would Heyman do if he were in Rollins’ shoes?
Heyman isn’t in Rollins’ shoes. He’s in Heyman shoes, as the Special Counsel to the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, THE main event of WrestleMania, Roman Reigns, who will defend his title in a Triple Threat against both Edge and Daniel Bryan, where Roman has to beat either Edge or Bryan, but doesn’t have to lose to lose the title. And Heyman is supposed to talk about the King of Swing, Cesaro, and the Visionary, Rollins? They shook on it. Who will win? Can he at least say that?
The winner will be the winner. And that winner might be in line for a match with the Universal Heavyweight Champion, the winner of THE main event of WrestleMania, Roman Reigns. Kayla says it is up to her when Edge shows up. If Heyman won’t cooperate, they can drag this out all episode. Aw, is Heyman being a bad boy? Will Kayla spank him for misbehaving? Kayla wonders what else there is to talk about. Kayla is going to move things along, and Heyman is sarcastic about putting viewers first for once. They WILL have the Rated R Superstar on Talking Smack, after the break.
Talking Smack returns and this is the moment we’ve been waiting for.
Kayla welcomes to Talking Smack, the Rated R Superstar, one third of the main event of WrestleMania, EDGE! Edge walks right up and takes his seat, and he says hi to Kayla. Edge looks at Heyman, Heyman sits up and looks at Edge. Heyman smirks, and congratulates Edge. He offers a handshake, Edge takes it, and Heyman says he means it. This is Edge’s dream. THE main event of WrestleMania. Of course, Edge had this dream in 2020 when he shocked everyone and returned in the Royal Rumble. But who took him out of that dream? Roman Reigns. Roman eliminated Edge from the Rumble, stopped his dream dead in its track.
But to Edge’s massive credit, he spent another year working towards the dream again. And this year, with all the odds against him, Edge started the Royal Rumble, outlasted 29 other hungry participants, and his dream prevailed. Here he is, when no one ever thought he would be. WrestleMania Weekend, THE main event. Heyman offers his respect and admiration to a degree that no words can convey. Edge smiles and says “Paul E,” living dangerously out here. For weeks, Heyman has talked such an immense pile of crap about Edge, but Edge gets it. Edge is here, so it’s a different story. Edge appreciates that. Roman cuts Heyman’s checks as his hype man. Heyman’s gotta feed his kids, and Roman is the meal ticket as “Head of the Table.”
But does Heyman know what Edge does to tables? Edge is the godfather of the TLC match. He puts people through tables and obliterates them. Heyman is talking about Christians but Heyman is Jewish and Edge is Agnostic so what the hell was that about? And then he said Edge would crap his pants out of fear? But Edge can look past all of that because oddly, these two have a lot in common and a lot of people wouldn’t realize that. Edge and Heyman didn’t have a path carved for them, open to them into the industry. No, Edge and Heyman are of the same cloth. They fought to get into this industry.
Heyman faked his credentials! He snuck into Madison Square Garden so he could pick the brains “of the grand wizard, Captain Lou Albano,” and took some of the best wrestling photos in the history of this industry! Edge went to Maple Leaf Gardens, stood at the back door and waited for Demolition, Tito Santana, George “The Animal” Steele, just so he could brush up against their greatness and understand what it took to get this, his dream! Then Edge would sneak in and ask to set up chairs, just to get that close to the ring and touch the canvas and feel it! So he could feel the ropes! Any indie show that came to town, Edge set the ring up and the chairs, just to give himself two minutes in there. Just so he could feel what it was like. Edge knows Heyman understands that!
And Heyman of all people knows what Edge is about. Heyman was one of the first to give Edge a chance. Heyman knows what Edge can do “when the governor has taken off.” The SmackDown Six happened because Heyman had faith in Edge! Heyman knew Edge could have a match with Eddie Guerrero that lives on today in people’s minds! That Edge could team with Rey Mysterio and set the world on fire with possibly the greatest tag team match of all time! Heyman agrees, that is true. Edge then asks Heyman, that knowing all of this, and having such an understanding, does Heyman truly feel like Edge should have fear in him? That Roman tells Heyman the truth?
Roman came out and talked about holding it down for 30 weeks. Edge has been holding it down for 30 YEARS! Those were taken away from him for nine, and he fought with every ounce of his being, of his soul, to get back here! Edge cools off to say he appreciates Heyman, and he understands what Heyman is doing. But Edge is never, ever going to agree with him. Heyman deep down doesn’t, either. Edge sets his mic down to let that sink in, and we go to break.
Talking Smack returns, and Edge is still at the table.
Heyman pats Edge on the shoulder, and says Edge’s theme song has this line, “You think you know me?” Heyman does know Edge. Heyman knows he knows Edge. Heyman knows nothing is going to stop Edge, and that is what scares Heyman. That’s why now that we’re here at WrestleMania Weekend, Heyman might crap his pants. Heyman’s father taught him the story of the carrot and the stick. You dangle the carrot in front of the horse because that’s what it wants. That is the lure. Nine years, 364 days ago, Edge was forced into retirement. “My GOD, no one can write this story!” Ten years to the DAY, Edge main events WrestleMania in a Universal Championship match, the spiritual successor to the title he never lost.
And if Edge wanted to go public and show the world all the messages he received that very night, how many of his contemporaries wrote to him, “I’m so sorry. Oh my God, this is a tragedy! How awful this is! How terrible this is! I’m sorry, I wish this wasn’t happening to you.” How many? Not Heyman. Heyman can’t help but chuckle when he thinks back, because he wrote, “Great promo, kid. First day of your miraculous comeback to live out your dreams.” And Heyman didn’t hear from Edge for about two days and thought he upset Edge. Edge finally wrote back, “Paul, my dream is to main event WrestleMania. And I will live out my dream, I promise you.”
Heyman does know Edge. Heyman knew nothing would ever stop Edge from living that dream. Not a fused neck, not a number of surgeries, not the advice of doctors, not even his wife’s pleas to stay out of the ring. Heyman knew nothing could stop Edge from living out his dream. “You know what happens tomorrow night? You live out your dream. You do. And the best part of it is, everyone gets to share that moment with you. Because in front of a LIVE crowd, you will stand in the ring, in the main event of WrestleMania, and the ring announcer will say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, one of the contenders. In this corner, the winner of the 2021 Royal Rumble, Edge!'”
And what happens next? Ding ding ding, because Edge has lived his dream. He made it to the main event, but reality will BITCH SLAP him across the face, because in another of those corners, it isn’t the carrot. That is when the horse realizes the carrot is soured. Across the ring is the stick, ROMAN REIGNS. Roman is the reality that Edge will witness when he wakes up from his dream. Here’s the problem: Heyman does know Edge. And Heyman knows that if there is a breath left in Edge’s body, nothing will stop him from becoming Universal Champion tomorrow night.
But Heyman also knows Roman Reigns, and what being Tribal Chief means to him, and what being Head of the Table means to him, and what being the End All Be All means to him, and what being WWE Universal Champion means to him. Heyman knows that if Roman has to take that last breath from Edge’s body, that’s what he’ll do. Heyman knows it’ll be a massacre. It’ll be a beating so bad, Edge needs to understand what Roman is capable of. Roman’s in his prime, at his best, and that he is merciless! It’s to the point to where when Edge gets home and tells his children what it means to go for their dreams, and then hugs them tight, he won’t be able to feel it! Roman will take that from Edge! That is how bad it’ll be.
Heyman does know Edge, and likes him, respects him, admires him, and wishes his children aspired to be like him and live out their dreams at all costs. But the price Edge is going to pay to live a dream, Heyman says that is not worth it. Heyman gives Edge a hug, and says, “I am so sorry for what Roman Reigns will do to you tomorrow night. I’m sorry.” Heyman pats Edge on the back and says he is sorry it has to end this way for Edge. Heyman wishes he could stop this, but he can’t. There’s no counsel Heyman can offer Roman that will stop him from doing what he has to do to stop Edge. Heyman takes a deep breath and sits down, but Edge gets his mic back.
Edge pats Heyman on the back and head, and is forehead to forehead as he says, “Paul. I once crawled over to make the cover in a match while my arm was turning gray and smoking and bubbling from second degree burns, with barbed wire punctures in my stomach, and thumbtacks lodged into every part of my body, AFTER diving face first into a flaming table, just to mark my territory and to show that I belong in the main event of WrestleMania. I did all of that just to show that I deserve to be in the main event of WrestleMania. So what do you think I will do, and what depths do you think I will find, when I am in the main event of WrestleMania?”
Thanks for the warning, Edge appreciates it, but Heyman knows what Edge is capable of because he sees it in Heyman’s eyes and smells it coming off of him. Edge is not normal, Heyman, and you know that. See you tomorrow, see your Tribal Chief and Bryan, and Edge will take back what is HIS. Edge backs away to storm off the set. Heyman is stunned silent, and Kayla has no idea what to say. Will there be no words come THE main event of WrestleMania Weekend?
WOW, this was an awesome episode. Only one guest in Edge, but both he and Heyman just put on a masterclass of promos. It does help that there’s a lot of history here but the passion was great, too. Heyman was great with how impatient he was, and how he kept trying to redirect to the Triple Threat, and then both he and Edge had even great emotional looks as they went through their interaction. I just knew Heyman was going to turn things from putting Edge over to burying him as he put Roman over.
They did forget Bryan is in the mix, but something makes me think that’s the point. This was “meant” to be Roman VS Edge, they still see it as such, Bryan could still be the fall guy so there’s a winner without weakening Roman or Edge. Bryan can respond just by firing off first and tearing into both guys early in the match. But Edge bringing up that insane Hardcore match with Mick Foley, and a Triple Threat being No Disqualifications by default, I almost hope things escalate to where tables, chairs, and whatever else shows up and adds to this match, as it is the biggest match and it’d fit how big they’ve been hyping it up.
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