Bayley not getting enough respect and credit, why I liked Sasha Banks promo, and why I love Ziggler and Roode as a team.

Highspots:

  • A lot of the blogs, podcasts and wrestling twitter really hated hard on Sasha Banks promo this week on Raw. Maybe it’s because Sasha is my favorite wrestler, but I loved the promo. Think about it, Sasha and Bayley were passionate about tag team wrestling, yes but they were also very passionate about feuding with each other and both being singles stars. The women’s tag team was a backup plan for them to make something great that they basically created. Bayley and Sasha both belong in the main event and as champions. I loved Sasha’s promo about being the greatest and everything she said. Think about who did Becky have to face next besides Sasha? Sasha really saved this Raw women’s division. What I would love is if we had Sasha and Bayley both champions on Raw and Smackdown, but that’s just my dream. 🙂
  • I absolutely loved the tag team turmoil match on Raw. Paring Roode and Zigs together was perfect and them being the iron men of the tag team turmoil really proved that they are two of our best in ring wrestlers in the world. I am really looking forward to their tag team developing and the chemistry and good matches we see in the future.
  • My favorite match this week was Cedric defeating Cesaro. Really if you gave these two a story they could have an insane feud. Cedric is so good at his facials, selling and in ring work, he would be my pick to become the new Universal, WWE champion in the future, to me he has everything and I enjoy watching him every single time.
  • I’m enjoying this Randy Orton/Kofi story we have going on right now, currently it is the best. I really hope this ends with Kofi coming out on top and I know everyone wants the new day to split up but I Just don’t. Yes BIG E is the big guy that WWE would typically push and Cedric and Kofi are the little guys. I just like them all together and I love the brotherhood.
  • Good match between Buddy and Ali, I personally would of liked it to go longer and it isn’t the best out of all the matches these two have had with each other but as far as a smackdown live match goes it was good. I was surprised they went with Ali, but very curious to see where this goes and where Buddy’s storyline with Roman and DB goes.
  • Bayley had two matches this week. One on Raw with Nikki and one on Smackdown with Lacey. Both matches were very good, just no story attached to them. I think Lacey has a cool gimmick and she is athletic, but everything in ring and facials to me is off. When everyone was talking about how good Lacey has looked and improving, I’m not gonna say she isn’t but she is in ring with one of the best wrestlers WWE has in the women’s division. I am sick of Bayley not getting the respect she deserves. You can like the model type girls or the girls cakes with makeup and wearing their bootie shorts and bra but Bayley kills it in ring like no other.
  • I’m intrigued with Roman’s attacker story, I think this slow burn is something WWE hasn’t done in a while and it’s working for me. I think Seth, Buddy, DB, Rowan are too obvious of attackers but I would like a big surprise like maybe Usos are someone just out of nowhere.

Natty Insight:

  • I am really against a Braun and Seth Rollins feud. First of all these fans are horrible and treat Rollins like crap, booing him and just not responding well. Second Braun looks at that Universal title like a creep, it’s almost uncomfortable to watch. I am also one of the few that never thought Braun should be champion, yes he is a monster but promo and in ring wise I have never felt it click.
  • I just saw AJ VS Braun for US title. I have no desire seeing these two fight again. Give AJ some competition, like an Cedric, or babyface that could use the build.
  • I am just not feeling babyface Miz or Owens. Both of these men are top heels but as far as babyfaces goes, it’s just not there and I don’t think it ever will. Some are organic faces and some aren’t.
  • Last thing I will vent about is the 24/7 championship. When it was on R-Truth I thought it was funny and entertaining. Drake and Elias don’t entertain me with it and eventually the comedy fades which I feel it is doing right now. I think putting it on the women would make it interesting for a little bit longer.

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Why I feel Sasha Banks didn’t go to far, my excitement for NXT, and evolution

Highspots:

  • NXT going live to Wednesday nights on USA network is huge. Not only will the rating be competing with AEW, but Triple H really has the audience and spotlight to prove why he should be in charge after Vince decided to retire. I think this is really good for wrestling all together and I am excited to see the future of NXT.
  • I been talking about wanting a deep story with Kof and him and Orton have glued me in. Revival and Orton together is a deep threat and a future tag team in the making. Also the sympathy of one of my favorites Xaiver selling a leg break is a great add to this story. I am all in on this storyline right now.
  • I know my girl Bayley gets a lot of hate, but you all have to be invested into Charlotte vs Bayley. I know a lot think that Charlotte will automatically win this feud but I disagree. Charlotte has had titles, media and shine she should be thinking like Daniel and start putting over talent not bury them. I would love to see Bayley turn heel and or win this feud somehow. To me Bayley is the most underrated wrestler in the WWE. Her wrestling skills are incredible and yes her promos could use some work but she is not writing her own promos. I way of Bayley and Sasha reuniting at some point would be a great way to book Survivor Series.
  • Sami and Shinsuke together as a team or Sami as the manager is something that really really intrigues me. WWE has a hard time developing talent that doesn’t speak fluent english and I think Sami with Shinsuke could be gold.
  • Buddy defeating DB on Smackdown was a simple display of that you don’t always have to be the guy that you can help and put talent over. I loved this match and I am loving everything Buddy Murphy is doing right now.
  • I absolutely loved Ziggler vs Roman, it was my favorite match of the week. I would love a program with these two and with the right storyline, Zigs being Roman’s attacker would be great. Sure Dean returning to attack or even Rollins would be surprising but it’s all about the story for me.
  • We have new tag team champions and this could be an interesting storyline. Still feeling on this one. Curious if they turn Rollins or Braun or if we get babyface vs babyface for that title.
  • A lot of people online were complaining about Natalya’s dad being brought up in this story and the line that Sasha used was “go to hell and tell your daddy I said HI.” First of all I can bet Sasha was uncomfortable saying that line and that Natalya pitched the idea. I can see if from both sides of there is no payoff why bring this tragedy into a storyline. I can also see the side of wanting to bring real life stories into WWE and heels have been very weak these last couple years and a real heel would say some horrible shit like this. Sasha is a great heel and what I really like is there is more than wrestler in this storyline. She has a story with Natalya and she also has a story with Becky. This is the hottest feud in WWE right now and it hasn’t even started.

Natty Insight:

  • I like the concept of the king of the ring tournament, but I personally wanted long, competitive, false finishing matches. King of like cruiserweight classic and G1.
  • Babyface Kevin Owens and babyface Miz is not for me. I don’t have sympathy for baby faces that complain and bring up money. You are in the WWE, a superstar. I don’t think the fans should believe or even think they are less.
  • For me the Rey Mysterio retirement tease did nothing for me. First he was backstage and second the crying for some reason didn’t make me feel bad for him. It felt like a cheesy soap opera and I didn’t dig it.
  • Women’s tag team titles aren’t there for me yet. I think Bliss and Nikki are great together but I don’t see it long term. If they used boss n hug correct and IIConics that could of been something special but they wasted it. There needs to be more tag teams for this to be taken seriously.
  • I’m not the biggest comedy fan unless it’s my new day. The 24/7 championship was cute and had it’s laughs at the beginning, but I am over it at this point. I like R-Truth but Drake and the other come off and not as a superstar, unrealistic and honestly embarrassing.
  • There have been rumors that Evolution 2 isn’t happening due to not having enough talent. I disagree! Your potential card could of had tag team titles with Natalya and Beth vs. IIconics vs. Bliss and Nikki vs the Bellas, could of had Lita vs. Charlotte, could of had Bayley vs anyone on that women’s roster, and also could of had Becky vs Sasha headlining with also surprise appearances from legends the future of nxt.
  • I am probably the only one, but the fiend isn’t a character that I invest or care about. I know so many are going crazy and thinking this is the best thing in wrestling in forever, I Just don’t see it or feel it. I was a huge Undertaker fan,but Kane, Boogieman or any of the supernatural dark characters were never interesting to me.

Cedric’s time to shine, Do they pull the trigger on heel Bayley? Rollins nearly murdered on live tv and Charlotte VS Trish Stratus for Summerslam

I thought Raw was a good show and that Smackdown was a great show this week. At the start of the 24/7 title and introduction I really enjoyed it, but Drake and R-Truth thing has kind of fizzled out for me. Mike winning it was a good twist, but Maria winning it from him did the total opposite for me. I see Mike as a future champion and Maria tearing him down may be a good story but it doesn’t help him much.

I loved the gauntlet match on Raw, my favorite match of the week. Ricochet did win, but I loved the storytelling and them not giving away Mysterio VS. Ricochet. I would of liked AJ VS. Mysterio but Ricochet VS. AJ or a triple threat is a good build for Summerslam.

Great tag team action with the OC becoming new tag team champions. Revival are very good and I would of preferred them remaining champions but I understand they want to elevate the OC and AJ. Amazing match.

Moment of Bliss was good I like how Bliss called Becky out for attacking Natalya while training. Match itself was ok, but to be honest I haven’t seen a good Becky match in a long time. I really feel Natalya VS. Becky will be good though. I liked Natalya coming down to attack Becky, I am loving this story. I am very invested into Natalya winning in Canada.

This segment with Brock brutally attacking Rollins was really hard to watch for him. Rollins selling was perfect but I was afraid Brock really injured him too. To all these F5s on chairs and tables, to Rollins coughing up blood, to the attack in ambulance, It was all hard to watch but also really really good. I hope this helps Rollins. I really feel Becky took Rollins down a couple with that relationship making Rollins not seem like the man.

Main event of the night was Roman, Usos, Cedric, OC, Joe involved in a brawl. I really enjoyed this and it made me even happier that Cedric got his moment to shine. It was a really cool high spot. I keep saying this but Cedric has everything. I would love to see him pushed.

Opening promo to Smackdown by Owens was good and match was solid. Right now anything involving Shane is hard for me to invest into right now.

Bliss defeats Ember but all together good women’s wrestling match. The ending was the storytelling and best part. Bayley attacks Ember and it wasn’t necessarily a heel turn but in my heart that’s what I wanted.

It is happening, Trish VS. Charlotte. I cannot wait for this I am so excited. Trish really held her own out there. I loved how Charlotte took a shot at the model, diva type I thought that was great heat. I cannot wait for this.

Ziggler and Finn had as short match to just have Bray distract Finn, I wouldn’t mind this being a feud in the future when Finn returns and comes back.

Ali and Shinsuke had a really good match. Even though it wasn’t long I really enjoyed it and Ali getting that roll up pin gives me hope that he can become IC champion as Summerslam.

Raw reunion, Stone Cold show stealer, Zigs VS HBK? Natalya’s fire, And why are we cheering when Becky is acting like a heel?

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying all the wrestling. I thought Raw and Smackdown were excellent shows this week and I am really looking forward to Smackville this Sunday.

The Raw reunion was great and I loved the way it started out. John Cena is always great on the mic and has great energy. The Usos VS Revival match was alright. I did like Rikishi in his sons corner but Arn Anderson in Revival corner was something I wish was booked or even Sasha Banks in their corner.

I did think WWE made a big mistake not letting Carmella be the first woman to win the 24/7 title. Kelly and all the divas/legends winning it made it feel less important.

Drew and Cedric have some special potential with this feud. I’m a huge Cedric fans so of course I would like him to stand tall at the end of the feud.

My favorite match on Raw was Joe VS Roman. Joe and Roman both never get enough credit for their in ring work and storytelling, even with this match not so longer it was a really good match. I see potential with these two feuding or teaming.

It was good seeing Mysterio get a win over Sami. I love Mysterio and think him and a Ricochet feud would be amazing.

I thought Bray attacking Mick with his own move was really cool. Even though I’m not too into the gimmick I loved this segment.

I have to say I love everything Natalya has been these past two weeks. Her promos have trumped Becky’s and her babyface along with the storytelling of their past has been good. Becky has taken shots at journalist for calling her arrogant and at the end of the day she can say what she wants and do what she wants. She still left wrestling and she is still not even a top 5 women’s wrestler in ring. Her character is great but I would take Sasha, Bayley, Natalya over her. Becky has been my top 3 wrestler for years but I am not a fan of her the man character. I am hoping Natalya wins in Canada with Bret by her side. I know a lot of fans will freak out if Becky loses but has the women’s raw championship been so not important or competitive in years. Becky can do her thing, but I do feel it’s time for change and to move away from the 4-horsewomen and engage into the future into NXT talent.

A perfect ending to the Raw reunion was tipsy Steve Austin being Stone Cold. Brings memories back and always love seeing and hearing him.

A really good match on Smackdown between Apollo and Shinsuke. I really feel there is something here between these two. Shinsuke is a good heel and Apollo really needs something right now. He is so amazing in ring and I can feel his charisma, really want to see more matches with him.

We had a really short match between Ember and Charlotte but we also had Ember turning her back on Bayley. This will be interesting going into Summerslam, but I really want to see more of Liv and her character update and change.

Moment of the week for me was the HBK/MIZ/Ziggler segment. Oh boy do I want to see Ziggler VS HBK now. Ziggler mad a lot of good points about HBK coming back was a mistake, I really do think ending this story against Ziggler would be perfect.

Solid segment with Orton and Kofi. They are giving us a little story to work with, hopefully we get more because as of right now not too engaged but willing to give this a chance. Match itself was alright but was all for Orton to interfere. Deep down I really wanted Ali VS. Kofi at Summerslam.

I liked Finn’s promo and him VS Bray at Summerslam should be good. I know Finn will be going away for a little while but this was a match we were supposed to get originally so this should be good.

We didn’t get much of a Roman/Owens match but the kicking Drew, Elias and Shane’s ass was pretty damn cool. Owens is over and as much as I do not approve of him using the stunner I love everything he has been doing as a babyface.

Should Natalya beat Becky? Should Owens use the Stunner? Liv Morgan returns, and Rollins gets a rematch with the beast

Hey Everyone, I hope you have been enjoying your week. It has been three nights in a row of wrestling and we had some positives and some negatives. As far as Raw and Smackdown goes I thought both shows were descent. Extreme Rules wasn’t my favorite PPV this year but at least we get a more aggressive Ricochet and Seth Rollins.

Paul creatively is amazing but his promos for Brock have been repetitive for a while. It really did nothing for me, I see the hate on social media for Seth Rollins winning to get that rematch with Brock, honestly Rollins is has been the man the wrestler carrying this industry for the last two years, he deserves at least a rematch. I don’t care how long it takes but I want Rollins to retrain and face Roman at Mania.

Good tag team match with Ricochet and Usos. I just wish Usos had a story with Revival, instead of one off matches. Tag team division needs a spark.

My favorite part of Raw was Cedric getting the win over Drew. Drew by looks is what a white man would think a star looks like, but for me Cedric is the star and I hope Cedric gets a push.

One thing that everyone seems to be a fan of that I am not is Bray. I think Bray has a very talented mind but this character I am not feeling and him feuding with Finn again is nothing intruiging.

Natalya advances to face Becky at Summerslam. Becky is a great character and she really know how to make the fans love her but athletic and in ring wise Natalya, Sasha, Bayley are way ahead of her. I think this the man stuff did take Becky down a little, you don’t need to be super feminine but copying stone colds character is fizzling out for me. I like characters that are unique and organic and at a point she was, I preferred straight fire Becky and BEcky is one of my favorites I have just not been happy with her booking and matches lately. Natalya is a character I have always been invested in and I would be all for her winning in her hometown at Summerslam.

Miz and Ziggler as a tag team or a feud I would be interested in. Looking for another feud from these two.

I’m so happy to see Liv back on TV. A lot of people say Mandy, Mella, Bliss looks like the stars but to me Liv has everything and more. The offense she got was really good against Charlotte and with a teased character change I am really interested.

Cesaro and Black have a really good match but storytelling wise I am not sure where they go from here.

Bayley and Ember defeat Mandy and Sonya quickly. Match itself was whatever but after the match Bayley challenging Ember was really good. These two will have a great match together but am Ember heel turn would be unexpected and interesting.

Kevin Owens has been great as a babyface, but it’s my same issue with Becky right now. BE original don’t copy the former wrestlers attitude or finishes.

Baby face Owens, Extreme rules predictions,

Hey everyone! I hope you have all been having a great week and have been enjoying the wrestling. I am excited for Extreme Rules this weekend and also Evolve, it will be a great weekend of wrestling.

I really enjoyed the opening Raw match with Andrade and Zelina against Rollins and Becky. I get so annoyed when fans and critics say that Becky has cooled off. I may not be the biggest fan of Becky and Rollins acknowledging their relationship and putting it on WWE TV but both are incredible wrestlers and at the top of their good. It’s good to show emotion and make wrestlers relatable and that’s what I see with Becky and Rollins. I liked the match. The Lacey and Corbin attacking Rollins and Becky at the end I didn’t feel was needed but match quality very good match. Only little thing that would of been great is Rollins losing and somehow Becky to defeated Andrade. I know that could possible bury him and Zelina so I understood it. I do love Zelina getting more involved in Andrade’s matches,, just like Lita did.

S0lid tag team action with Miz and Usos defeating Revival and Elias. I like what we are getting with Usos and Revival, just wish we would get more of a storyline with them. As far as Miz goes, I have liked his baby face work but I do feel like it’s time for him to turn heel.

Burying Mysterio on Raw just to put over Lashley I didn’t like at all. I do not feel like we should be seeing Lashley or Strowman for weeks, they kind of died out that big spot.

Best storyline on Raw has been Ricochet and AJ Styles. I do like what they are doing with the club now, looking forward to this match on Sunday.

I’m a huge Cedric Alexander fan, so seeing him in the main event teaming up with Roman on Raw, really made me happy. I hope to see more of him.

Smackdown had the best start of a WWE show in years. I thought the start of that Raw explosion was good, but wow I preferred this and loved this so much more. I loved the pipebomb we got and how fucking real it felt. Kevin Owens nailed this promo, it was amazing.

Shinsuke defeating Finn was the right call. I would like a good storyline between him and Finn.

I love Bayley, but this storyline with Bliss and Nikki has not done favors for her. Bayley should be the champion that faces anyone and does open challenges every week. I think the unstoppable odds of Bayley vs Bliss and Nikki is interesting but I’d rather Bayley just defeat both of them instead of a Sasha return. I loved them as a tag team, but what is best for Bayley as champion is for her and Sasha to be seperated.

Extreme rules predictions:

Black VS. Cesaro: I really enjoyed Cesaro’s promo on Smackdown, but I do have a feeling they will sadly have Black squash him.

Revival VS. Usos: I am going with Revival retaining. They do need to add something to this storyline for it to continue and have Usos win at Summerslam.

Strowman VS. Lashley: I really don’t think these two should be fighting at this PPV. I would of liked a longer sell, but with that said I am going with Strowman retaining.

Drew VS. Tony: Drew is too good to lose and Tony was too dull to be a champion. Going with Drew.

Ricochet VS. AJ: I am going with AJ Styles becoming the new United States Champion. I think for this story to continue AJ either has to get the win or for it to end in no contest.

Smackdown tag team champions: I really feel it’s time for a title change, I am going with New Day. We may not have another moment while all new day members are all champions at the same time.

Bayley VS. Bliss and Nikki: I hope there is no Sasha return because I feel Sasha and Bayley are both stars on their own. I would like Bayley to just defeat both of them. Going with Bayley to somehow retain.

Kofi VS. Joe: I am going with Kofi retaining and for this to be the match of the night.

Rollins and Becky VS. Lacey and Corbin: I have Becky and Rollins retaining their gold.

Undertaker and Roman VS. Shane and Drew: This will be a fun match in the end I have Roman doing most of the work but taker getting the win.

I hope everyone enjoys Evolve and Extreme Rules this weekend!

Street profits are stars, Ali chasing for change, Becky/Rollins and why I didn’t like Fyter Fest

This was a very good week of wrestling. AEW Saturday night, and an amazing Raw on Monday and solid Smackdown on Tuesday.

Raw started out crazy and this may have been the best start of Raw in years. The explosion and the sell of Lashley and Braun was amazing. Everything looked realistic and like a work, I really enjoyed it.

Raiders and Joe defeating New Day was a really good match and the outcome was certainly a risky but interesting booking. I personally feel Kofi needs to be protected and not submitted or pinned but I do understand them wanting Joe to look strong.

I absolutely loved the Undertakers promos, this has been his best promo since facing Roman. I am really looking forward to this match but would like to see an alliance with Roman and Undertaker or at least an understanding as a tag team for Extreme Rules.

We certainly had an interesting promo with Rollins and Becky along with Mike and Maria. I thought Maria nailed this promo and goodbye to PG era with her calling her husband her bitch. I laughed so hard at that promo, but she really looked like a star cutting that promo. Becky and Rollins need to find their chemistry during promos and in ring or they need to end this partnership at Extreme Rules. It just comes across as not organic and awkward.

Street profits promos on Raw, made this show feel like a star show. We need more of the street profits, they are so entertaining.

Maverick becomes the new 24/7 champion, for now this is alright. I just really like the championship on Truth with Mella right now. Eventually Mella being the champion would be awesome. As long as they have a story, this has and will be entertaining.

Ricochet and AJ had another good match, wasn’t as good as last week but it had it’s moments. We finally got a heel turn by AJ and now we can develop a story with an amazing in ring match. Looking forward to this.

Kevin Owens started out Smackdown with the KO show. Kevin Owens is so damn good at everything he does, give me baby face Owens. Kevin being real towards Drew and Shane was great, I really thought we were getting a babyface turn and Owens VS. Drew but instead we got Zigs and Owens teaming up. I thought Shane and Drew were not good in this segment but Owens was great. My favorite part was Owens blowing up on Ziggler and basically spitting out facts. Tag team match itself was good, but I really wanted Zigs and Owens to get a run as a tag team.

Nikki Cross lost to Bayley, but this was a good part to add to the story. Honestly the biggest story in WWE right now have been Nikki Cross and Bliss. I hope Paul Heyman gets his hands on this and continue to add to this story. Nikki is a female Dean/ Mick Foley. She is really good and plays crazy well. Bliss and her really go off each other well. Unfortunately this whole story is making Bayley not seem like the champion on Smackdown. Bayley and Becky are the champions of their brand but they are not displayed that way, hopefully Paul and Eric can help with this.

Andrade and Crews had a good match, we just need a story attached to this and get that IC title picture going.

I was happy that Ember finally got a win, she beat Mandy. Match itself was alright but her finisher was all worth it. They have been teasing a lesbian storyline with Mandy and Sonya and I’m not against it, but make it real not some two hot women in a makeout storyline. Give it story and meaning.

Ali cut a really good promo, he is so good at these. He talks about chasing the light and how he doesn’t want the WWE title for money and fame, he wants to give those all around him hope and inspiration. Kofi has been booked well, but Ali in my heart was who I wanted to be the champion all along and I would love to see it.

Last thing I would like to talk about is AEW’s event over the weekend, Fyter Fest. I was not engaged or entertained by the event. AEW wrestlers have taken shots at WWE for their comedy acts but the librarian and hokey things on that show were certainly not my cup of tea or what I find entertaining. I also was disappointed in the production and film angles. This is what WWE will always win in, their backstage and production team. I thought having Cody VS. Allin and Jon VS Joey were two matches that were gimmick matches full of hot shotting. I saw nothing different than what WWE, independents and other promotions are doing. I do not see edge, unless you count pointless highspots and thumbtacks an edge. It was just not for me, I think Cody, Omega and young bucks are amazing but explaining a chair is gimmicked made me turn away. We all know wrestling is predetermined but do you really have to discuss the behind the scenes of it being predetermined, leave some suspense. It comes down to lack of storylines, hot shotting, no selling and too predictable.