WWE - Who is hyped!?
WWE just keeps on trucking, even during the holidays. I didn't watch these two episodes, but it seems that women's tag team championship will be reality soon. Nice one! The one thing that just needs clarification is that will this be one pair of champs across both RAW and Smackdown and how would that work in that case, or will both shows get their own belts.
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@sentinel-beach this week shows were pre taped after last week Raw and Smackdown, which is a great thing after last year's disaster.
The only thing keeping me interested in WWE is the women's division and i hope they do things right for the tag titles.
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What did you think about RAW this week? Certainly surprising, but also weird. What's the deal with Strowman, is his arm still too injured so they had to take him out of the picture? A super sudden move. But he did flip that limo, so he can't be too hurt or cautious with the arm. Something's happened.
Well, after everything we got Finn Balor in the spotlight after a long while. I'm pretty happy about this. I'm kind of neutral of him, not bad but not my favourite either, but in any case it's good to see different guys at the top level. Not sure what will happen with Lesnar, meaning will Finn just be a quick one-time stop, or will he actually start his road to WM as a new champ. So I'm pretty interested in the situation, actually.
Women's first tag team champs will be crowned at Elimination Chamber. Three teams from RAW and three from SD in a EC match (right?). That sounds cool. And it confirmed that the titles will be shared between both shows. I wonder how that'll work in practise, but it does make sense, as there's not THAT many women for two teams of champs currently.
With Nikki Cross's arrival I was left wondering that isn't it really wearing to play a maniac character in the long run. Others get to be more or less realistic and themselves but you have to keep the act up with double the amount of, I don't know, intensity. And besides, a psycho character like that just feels really outdated for me somehow in 2019.
About Strowman, could it have anything to do with his disastrous promo segment last week? It was one of the most awkward mic moments since Tamina's "I'm gonna make you LOOK like Ellsworth"...
I don't know how much of it was his fault but he clearly did nothing to salvage it and it killed a lot of the momentum for the feud and the match. Maybe this is the new era, if you mess up too much, they give your spot to someone more deserving?
Happy for Finn although I highly doubt he'll win the title, but who knows with WWE these days.
And Lashley won the Intercontinental title, pretty surprising too! To be fair, Ambrose had totally lost steam whereas Lashley seems to have really found his character now. Again, signs of a new era? Don't let things stagnate for too long when it's clear they're not working? I sure hope so!
That last week was for sure super awkward. I honestly didn't know what the hell was happening. Strowman in the ring, Lesnar & Heyman on the big screen. For a moment I thought there might be like some weird delay in the arena, that it didn't broadcast to them like it did for home audiences. Strowman just stood there, like over ten seconds saying nothing, and multiple times during the whole segment. All eyes on him. He forgot his lines? Super painful to watch, and unlike him, too. Hadn't happened before, if I remember correctly.
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They are really not handling the NXT callups very well
With Lars Sullivan they didn't really have a choice, he apparently had a panic attack last week, then no showed RAW but also didn't tell anyone at the company and has been awol since.
On the plus side, I'm really excited they flipped things around with Balor and Strowman, they tried to slot Strowman in the old Reigns spot and it wasn't working, so he's back to doing what he does best, tip cars over and destroy stuff. Lesnars better matches this run have all been against smaller guys anyway (Bryan, Styles, Joe).
One other thing, looks like Kevin Owens is almost ready to return, and going off the pics he's lost a LOT of weight.
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Any Royal Rumble predictions?
I'm going with Strowman for the mens and Becky Lynch or Charlotte for the women's.
I find myself in a pretty nice state of mind when it comes to RR as I've no good predictions this year. Meaning it's pretty likely that I'll be surprised a few times during the show which is always welcome. I guess both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn could both return in the RR match itself (and KO's even a pretty solid winner candidate if that happens). McIntyre will be in a championship match this year, but would he really get his first one in WrestleMania? I don't see it happening yet. I'd be okay with either Strowman or Samoa Joe winning, but Strowman's position's really weird now after the past two weeks.
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Royal Rumble results and thoughts right here. Spoiler warning if you haven't watched the show yet.
The name of the game became pretty apparent as soon as we saw Becky vs. Asuka going in first. And after that loss you could lock your answer that Becky would still get her moment before the night's over. And she did! :) I don't matter if this was easy to see, it felt great all the same. The Man is the hottest thing in WWE right now, and you need to strike when the iron's hot. So thank you. We missed that Becky vs. Ronda in Survivor Series, but now have WrestleMania to look forward to. Ronda's first loss, coming up!
I'd have been okay if she lost here as well, as I was pretty excited to see Sasha in the spotlight again after what seems like a long time. (I haven't liked too much her and Bayley teaming up and doing basically nothing significant.) A good match, and based on that ending we'll see something more still.
Oh, and in the women's RR match Lacey Evans proved to be pretty capable, I was positively surprised. Her persona, that 40s/50s lady, doesn't really speak to me (yet?), but she was a nice sight in the ring. Both by her skills and visually as well.
Rowan returning out of nowhere was definitely a surprise. Could be a good addition by Bryan's side, a new angle to keep things fresh around his title reign. (I hope Harper's nearby as well somewhere.)
Once again there was that brief moment of hope during the Balor / Lesnar fight, that what if this is the night that the Beast falls. Buuuut then Brock killed Balor and all remained the same. What a final boss that man is.
The men's RR match wasn't too exciting as there wasn't really too many realistic contenders. It was basically Strowman and Rollins, when you think about it. And Strowman seems to have some backstage thing going on, so that narrowed it down even further. And when they went with that boring as hell angle of "now this guy's basically dead half the match until he isn't" it was a done deal. I don't mind Rollins per se, he's okay, but the way the match was delivered wasn't really thrilling.
Except for Nia Jax! What the hell! :D Oh man, that was crazy. I honestly thought that she would even win the whole damn thing, but nope. All she got was a series of finishers. That felt somehow super inapproriate and weird, but at the same time I was just super entertained by all that craziness happening in the ring. LOL, I tell you. :]
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does anyone else find Becky Lynch's gimmick of referring to herself as "the man" completely stupid? WWE was all about the Women's revolution throughout last year, then all of sudden they start referring to the women's champion as "the man!"
like wtf? lol
Man, Ronda had it rough on RAW. The crowd wanted none of her, that first promo was super painful to watch in the whirlwind of those boos. I imagine Vince backstage headphones on commanding Bayley on stage immediately to try and salvage the situation.
Becky is SO OVER right now that it's insane. And I love it. Nice that they played the WM card right away and announced the match. Really good promos from both of the women in the end, despite Ronda drowning under the boos still. Now it's a long road ahead as it's still ten weeks before the 'Mania, April 7th.
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just signed up to the WWE Network to watch the royal rumble.
WTF kind of shit service is this? yeah you get to watch the pay per views live, but then i found out later after signing up that you can't even watch RAW & Smackdown on the network. wtf is this bullshit?
Yeah, the two main shows not being on the network is a pain in the arse. The UK it's all tied up in super expensive Sky Sports satellite tv service, so would cost a fortune to watch the two shows. I just do the ppv's and catch the rest on news sites/youtube these days.
Well Ambrose has been confirmed to be leaving in April.
Also Hideo Itami is looking likely to be off as well (changed his Twitter back to KENTA and a lot of WWE stars have wished him well).
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Hopefully this will make WWE step up their game, at least a little bit.
Plenty of obstacles ahead for Becky, it seems. As it should be, as we still have like two months to go before 'Mania. Really liked Mr. McMahon on RAW, it felt both entertaining and surprising in the right way. Also, "I'm the Man!", heh. :)
The Revival won the tag belts finally which was cool, those two deserve them.
This Sunday's Chamber match with the six tag teams for the women's tag belts feels actually pretty hype in my book, I'm excited. Although it does seem that Sasha and Bayley will win the whole thing, which lessens the feeling a bit. I mean they'd be great winners for the history books as the first champions given their status and acts in WWE, but I still see them more as individuals just put together. Meaning for the tag team belts I'd much rather see an actual and solidified pair to win them, like Deville & Rose, IIconics or the Riott Squad, even. We'll see.
Elimination Chamber results and thoughts:
I really liked both the Chamber matches, I actually think this is one of my favourites stipulations in the whole year. What a week for Kofi, the man's suddenly so over now, huge pop from the crowd. First an hour or so in that Gauntlet Match and now this kind of night inside the Chamber. That was some entertaining stuff right there. If it wasn't Mania season there could have even been a surprise feel good ending to all of this.
The women's Chamber match was also a really fun ride to watch. I especially enjoyed seeing Mandy & Sonya and the Riott Squad performing really well. In the end I found myself extremely invested in hoping for a win to Sonya and Mandy, but not quite. Not tonight. And okay, sure, as I stated in the post above, Sasha and Bayley are worthy inaugural tag team champs. It was just a little too predictable, that's all. But it's cool that those titles are now in WWE. Should be less meaningless matches with the women's division.
Finished watch Elimination Chamber, it was a weird PPV.
The two chamber matches were great, Balor winning a title again was satisfying, but apart from that, it felt like a random episode of RAW.
The Ronda match was a huge missed opportunity and made Ruby Riott look like a total chump (although Ronda looked amazingly badass with her Sonya Blade cosplay, please stay like this and stop wearing atrocious make-up).
The whole Corbin-Strowman feud is boring and predictable. I can't stand those overly long heel beatdowns anymore, they're not fun to watch and are not as shocking as WWE seems to think, especially when there's one pretty much every week.
I'm happy they went with Sasha and Bayley as inaugural champs, sure it was predictable but sometimes I'd much rather take the predictable but wholesome option than the shitty swerve only for shock value.
Just like we all expect Rollins to beat Lesnar at Mania: if it happens but the match is great, I won't mind at all. If they make Lesnar win just to surprise us again, it will leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Feel-good moments can be just that, and WWE seems to have forgotten this in the past few years, so I'm glad they're doing more of those recently.