There comes a time in every person’s’ life when you need to know what you’re doing just isn’t right anymore, and sadly we’ve seen that time come with the Chairman, Vince McMahon. Hear me out, Vince is amazing. What he has done for the WWE and the entire wrestling circuit is unparalleled and you could argue the success is due solely to him, but last night proved that he is no longer in it for the fans but just the money.
Last night during Money in the Bank, Brock Lesnar showed up out of nowhere and won the Men’s Money in the Bank match. It what was an amazing, gut wrenching display from the men involved, to have it stolen from them has to hurt. The entire match I felt like Ali was going to win and he should have, but it seemed like it was stolen. Brock is Brock. He retired from the MMA due to the fact that Vince offered him so much more money, presumably due to the Saudi PPV. You can hate him all you want, but he is doing his job. But there is only one reason this move was made; money.
Fox has agreed to a deal with WWE, everyone knows that, but they had some request and it had to do with Ronda and Brock. They are both two high profiled athletes and money seems to follow them and Vince knew he needed to get one of them to Smackdown which explains last night. Brock will most likely defeat Kofi during the Saudi PPV and it will lead the WWE into their Fox deal with a huge profile leading the way. But to have him steal an up and coming talent’s biggest moment was not the way it should have been done.
This week there have also been rumors of Triple H complaining about Vince, not being happy with what is going on. If that is true, I do not think Vince will be around much longer. Hunter is a much better businessman and he knows how to get the fans engaged, much like Vince did during the attitude era. So I’m asking, nay, begging Vince to step away. All he is doing is making fans cancel their subscriptions and run to the AEW. So what do you think, should Vince step down?
Breaking news today as TMZ has reported that Ric Flair, the 16 time WWE champion, has been hospitalized in what is being deemed as a “very serious medical emergency.” He was hospitalized this morning in Atlanta where he was “rushed” to the ER just as a precaution but it may have saved his life. There is no further update at this time.
Flair was hospitalized in 2017 for a serious issue after his intestine ruptured. Thankfully he pulled through after an eleven day coma.
Hopefully Flair pulls through. I love how WWE has been utilizing him recently, especially in the Wrestlemania buildup. I also am concerned for this Sunday’s Money in the Bank match involving his daughter, Charlotte who has a title match but with the health of her father in jeopardy, what could this mean?
Pray for Ric and a full recovery. We’ll keep you posted as best as we can.
Yesterday Seth Rollins confirmed what many had speculated…that he and Becky Lynch are dating and it seems like they have been for awhile. The picture posted on Instagram showed the two embracing after Seth’s victorious moment over Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Of course later that night, Becky Lynch became Becky Two Belts and has completely stolen Rollins’ thunder but what a powerful couple they are. The question is, how long do they hold the titles?
This Sunday the Money in the Bank PPV will be held in Hartford, Connecticut. But this one seems different than ones in the past. There has always been build up, but it seems it’s been primary focused on the three major fights…all three involving the new power couple in the WWE. First off, Seth Rollins will go up against AJ Styles in what probably be one of the best matches of the year…unless WWE messes it up. Both Seth and AJ are unreal talents and with them pairing up anything could happen, well except Seth losing his title. It took him long enough to get his hands on the title, I don’t think he loses it quite yet. It’d have to be a bigger PPV like Survivor Series before I’d worry about him losing it. Becky, on the the other hand, is different.
Becky is going up against two talented women, one who has one the most titles in female history and one who is new to the scene. There’s two things that could happen. She could win both or spilt and I hope she splits. I love Becky, I love what she has done for the Women’s movement in wrestling but she should not keep both titles. Flair should win and take the Smackdown title. By doing this, it allows Smackdown to have their title as well as push new people forward. While I hope she loses to Flair, I hope that she smashes Lacey Evans. There are rumors Vince is so high on Evans, but I don’t think he’ll have her win yet…wait till Wrestlemania. I think Flair and Becky will be the better match but I think she only beats Evans. Keeping Becky on Raw is what they need to do, considering there is so much more talent there with Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, etc. It’d be dumb to have her back on Smackdown. So here’s to hoping Vince doesn’t mess this up…again.
I have officially had it with people saying the WWE is not a sport. In fact, it is the complete definition of a sport and that was shown last night. Last night during a NXT match, the ref snapped his leg right in half. But, he continued to call the match until the very end. Grit.
I mean look at this leg. It’s literally bent. He took it like a champ though. Besides the fact that his leg is bent almost 90 degrees, you wouldn’t be able to tell he broke it by his actions. Here is another look.
If you ask me, Kevin Ware and Paul George could learn a lot from this referee. WWE isn’t a sport? Then why did a ref break his leg. The thing about WWE is clear: you get hurt, get over it and finish the match. The NBA and College Basketball could sure learn a lot from this ref.
Former 2-time WWE Champion AJ Styles was moved to Raw during the Superstar Shakeup last week. It was a big move then, but it was expected due to the failing ratings of Raw. In 2016, AJ said his “dream opponent” would be Seth Rollins and he practically begged Vince to give him his match. Well, last night we had the build up.
Seth and Triple H opened up the show with an explanation on how Rollins would get his next opponent and it was announced it would be 2 seperate Triple Threat matches and the winners would then take on the other to set up a match with Rollins at Money in the Bank. AJ won the first one while Baron Corbin won the second… then AJ won between them. Personally, this was a great idea. AJ Styles is one of the most beloved wrestlers out there right now but he’s coming off an injury from his match against Orton at Wrestlemania. Seth has also been injured recently so this match may not be everything we dreamed of, but at least we’re getting it.
AJ is not going to win the title at Money in the Bank… sorry if I ruined that for you. Seth will walk out as champion and he will be for awhile. But this match is 3 weeks away. If WWE is smart, they do not let Seth or AJ fight major matches during the next few Monday’s. Let them build up their match and then be able to give 100% because if that happens, it could easily be the match of the year. Two incredible talents and both people make the person they are fighting better as well. It could be an instant classic and I am here for a long time feud between the two.
In what was being teased as the biggest acquisition in Smackdown history, Elias made his debut last evening. While performing a song thanking Vince McMahon, Roman Reigns came out and violently attack Elias and Vince. It was an absolute shock, considering Roman has been the gears behind Raw for years but I see this as something else.
Roman Reigns has been a motor for the company ever since he made his first appearance. Storylines have focused on him for the last 5/6 Wrestlemania’s along with Seth Rollins. The idea of moving Roman to Smackdown just makes sense. Why? Fans love Seth. After his cancer scare, fans adore Roman. They want to keep the title on Seth but they also want to have Roman be a main figure in the title picture, so they switched him. Honestly, it’s going to be awesome. Kofi currently holds the title, but I do not think he will hold it for long. Maybe Bryan wins it back and then him and Roman feud which would be insanely cool.
Now let’s move on to some rumors. Sasha Banks is reportedly on leave from WWE. This should come as no shock to those that watch wrestling, but she had been involved in the Women’s Tag Team Title storyline for the better part of the last 2 years… then they strip her of the title at Wrestlemania to put over the IIconics (great decision). Bayley and her reportedly cried and yelled afterwards, stating that it was unfair. Bayley got moved to Smackdown, while it was announced that Sasha is on leave to reevaluate herself and figure out what she wants. Look, I hate Sasha. I always have, probably always will. I have no reason other than how much I hate Bayley and her stupid gimmick. Pairing them together was smart, but now I hope both are never relevant again. So in other words, sinara Sasha.
Lastly, the superstar shakeup did not disappoint. We saw Alexa back last week and I hope she adds to more of the title storyline. We saw Lacey Evans attacking Becky and hopefully leading to Lacey winning the Smackdown Women’s Title back from Becky. And the best of all, Asuka and Kairi Sane are back and coming for the IIconics. With so much to build towards, WWE’s year is just beginning.
Last night was Wrestlemania and to be completely honest, it was just alright. It started with a bang with Seth winning the Universal Title from the Beast, Brock Lesnar and the match itself was just mediocre. It was just a huge bullying session by Brock and then Seth reverses one and it’s over. It was the third fastest Title winning match at Wrestlemania and it seemed rushed. Vince stacked the card, but it just could have been better. I’m going to rank my top 3 matches of the night, biggest surprise, and then my biggest disappointment.
When they were brought to the WWE a year ago, everyone knew they would eventually win the Tag Team Titles but we did not know when. No one knew if Team Boss N Hug would get their Wrestlemania moment or if the IIconics would and it ended the right way. With the IIconics winning the titles, it opens Bayley and Sasha up for a good solo run and a good feud. They have been in the same stupid storyline for over a year now and this allows them to finally get out of that. They made tag team history, now let’s move on. For the IIconics, this is just the beginning. At Payback they’ll retain against Boss N Hug and begin a very lengthy title run that they deserve. This was a really good victory early on in the PPV.
So what they built towards since the last Saudi PPV completely went the opposite way. Shane bullied the Miz’s dad and it completely flipped a switch in the Miz. He became the aggressor and absolutely destroyed Shane. In my preview I expected Shane to win, but he won due to the Miz getting “hurt” which I also called. This match was everything we needed. “Falls Count Anywhere” and that’s exactly what happened when the Miz suplexed Shane off a high area and they landed on the hardest object (it was defintely just a cushion that the WWE put there) imaginable. Then, Shane was on top of Miz and the ref counted 1, 2, 3 and Shane got his win. Here’s the video. But what a great match.
I can’t say enough about this match. It was such an amazing back and forth without knowing who would actually win. Bryan put Kofi in so many LeBell locks that Kofi at one point looked like he was about to pass out. Kofi on the other hand, delivered time and time again with reversals and key momentum swings, including his Trouble In Paradise which won him the match. The match was truly beautiful but I want to appreciate the actually storytelling done by Vince. He listened. When the Authority took over, they said they’d listen to the fans and this is exactly what was needed to show us. Kofi was never going to get a Title shot and he knew that, everyone did, and everyone was fine with that. But when Ali got hurt, Vince threw Kofi out there and when Kofi and Bryan fought at Elimination Chamber, everyone saw how unreal the two were together. Vince continued to make him work for it while displaying some old school heel Vince along the way. Another thing I loved was how Big E and Xavier Woods ran into the ring to celebrate along with Kofi’s kids. What an unreal Wrestlemania moment and the match of the night.
The Dr. of Thuganomics interrupted Elias and “turned heel” while doing so. He began to rap and humiliate Elias. Honestly it was a much needed comic relief and not to mention how dope his entrance was. Watch here. But what’s next for Cena? Rumors say that he is the one who wanted to bring back the Dr. of Thuganomics gimmick but does that mean he sticks around awhile? I hope so. My hope is Vince continues to screw Kofi and has Cena win the Title pretty quickly off of him, but that’s just me. Regardless, what a dope moment. Now let’s get to the biggest disappointment…
Look, this was such an iconic moment for the Women’s Division. No matter what anyone thought of the in-ring product, this is the future and what a great job by Becky, Ronda, and Charlotte. Before I talk about the match, thank you to Ronda. She gave the WWE Women’s Division the push it needed and gave them the highest profile name in wrestling, so thank you Ronda. With that being said… what an awful match. They risked absolutely everything but the best fighting came form Flair and Lynch. I wanted so much more Becky v Ronda and Flair v Ronda due to the storytelling, but it seemed like Ronda got hurt early and it kinda changed everything. Flair and Lynch had an amazing match and it sucks that Flair did not win but it was the right call. Ronda apparently broke her hand pretty severely and it definitely had an impact on the match but the ending seemed botched and according to people on Twitter, it was. Apparently Flair was supposed to tap out to Lynch but Becky rolled Ronda up after a Piper’s Pit and pinned her… but Ronda’s shoulders were not done. It seemed a lot like a Montreal Screwjob because Ronda was severely upset at the ending because it “made her look weak.” I agree. Flair should have taken the fall and it seemed like it was the plan… to only Ronda. Becky, the ref, and Charlotte all seemed to expect the roll up and the ref whispers something into Becky’s ear then Ronda’s at the end. It was either a screwjob or a botch but regardless it disappointed.
Well, Wrestlemania is finally over after seven and a half hours. But where do they go from here? We’ll find out tonight on Raw. Tweet me during it @soft7juice on twitter.