Hell in a Cell’s wild ending clearly to protect both Reigns and Strowman

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…If you missed it, don’t just read the recap. You have to see the footage of not just the match’s ending but what happened just before the match ended.

McIntyre, Ziggler, Rollins and Ambrose showing up when they did was expected. The Beast Incarnate pulling a ’97 Kane was not.

Here’s that moment for reference:

Lesnar stormed down to the ring and kicked down the door before delivering an F5 to both Reigns and Strowman. Reigns and Strowman were having a mostly lukewarm match and I assume much of it was because of how the earlier Hell in a Cell Match on the card suddenly ended. Vince clearly didn’t want to take ANY chances and kudos to him for keeping Brock Lesnar–now clearly growing a beard–being there a closely guarded secret.

Before Lesnar came out, the four aforementioned superstars randomly showed up and started fighting each other outside, on top of and in the case of Rollins and Ziggler while hanging from the side of the cell. As soon as they came out, attention shifted away from Reigns and Strowman, who were laid out inside the cell. Until Lesnar came out, you almost forgot there was a match going on inside the cell because of the shift in focus.

The match ended in a No Contest but it doesn’t change the fact Strowman joins Baron Corbin, John Cena and Damien Sandow (Aron Rex in ROH) on the list of Superstars who failed to cash in the briefcase. We will find out tonight if this was a one-off from Lesnar or if he will be around to help put Reigns and Strowman over (again). It was obvious Strowman’s Heel turn was sloppy and rushed so…yeah.

As for other matches on the card:

  • Rollins and Ambrose vs. ZIggler and McIntyre stole the show and as mentioned before, all four participants showed up during the main event. A rematch for the RAW Tag Team Championships is clearly coming sooner than later.
  • Rousey retaining makes sense and is likely setting up for Nia Jaxx getting her obligatory rematch, likely at Evolution vs. Rousey. The rib injury was obviously kayfabe to make Alexa look good and make Rousey look beatable. It was nicely done.
  • AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe should’ve been a HIAC Match. The outcome is why I say that. The finish was shades of Taker and Lesnar’s HIAC Match back in 2015 only this time a title is on the line.
  • The New Day retained vs. Rusev Day but they will face The Bar next. It was a good match overall.
  • Becky Lynch upsetting Charlotte didn’t surprise me. Smackdown’s Women’s Division doesn’t have any strong Top Heels other than Carmella so Becky’s Heel turn was well timed. She could feud with not just Charlotte but Naomi, Brie Bella and Asuka as well.

 

The next two PPV events are the Super Show-Down in Australia and the female-only Evolution, both in October. Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia and Survivor Series are in November while TLC is in December. The Road to Wrestlemania begins again in January’s Royal Rumble.

 

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Hell in a Cell’s wild ending clearly to protect both Reigns and Strowman

WWE announces Mixed Match Challenge Season 2!

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It’s back!

Team Awe-Suka–The Miz and Asuka-won the inaugural Mixed Match Challenge earlier this year. They were on RAW at the time but are both now on Smackdown. They will be back along with 3 other teams from the first season: Jimmy Uso + Naomi (Married), Rusev + Lana (Married) and Alexa Bliss + Braun Strowman (no surprise).

We know of six other teams that will be joining them:

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The first Season had 12 teams to start. The other two teams have not be revealed as of yet but as you can see, it will air live on Facebook Watch immediately after Smackdown just like before. Episodes will be available on WWE Network a few days later, usually by Friday morning.

You can see from the poster that this time, they show the teams already paired off as well as by brand. Kevin Owens returning this week on RAW is likely mostly to help promote the Mixed Match Challenge with his partner Natalya. R-Truth has already been promoting it with his promos involving Carmella.

That reminds me. The MMC is independent of existing Raw or Smackdown storylines. It’s just a little something for the fans to see some of their favorite superstars in action. It’s fine if they are out of character as well since it has no bearing on existing storylines they may be involved in.

Roman Reigns and Nia Jaxx announced on Twitter that they will be paired for the MMC, noting their being included was omitted from the initial announcement. It’s unconfirmed but Cien Almas and Zelena Vega will likely be one of the other remaining teams. The word is Vince has been very impressed with Cien Almas since he came to the main roster so far so…yeah.

Like before, the winning team gets $100,000 for the charity of their choice while the losing teams get $10,000 for the charity of their choice. Let’s be real, The Miz + Asuka won Season 1 to protect Asuka’s undefeated streak at the time. Her win streak ended at Wrestlemania so this year, anyone could win.

The rumor mill is abuzz Team Little Big might be getting serious with each other and more so given their Road Trip Segments. Adam Scherr (Braun Strowman) and Lexi Kaufman (Alexa Bliss) are both Heels but The Monster Among Men is Over with the WWE Universe. Little Miss Bliss being a Vegetarian could be a problem for Strowman, who is big on eating meat himself. Even if they don’t get serious, just teasing it is good for now and they both know it.

AJ styles and Charlotte both currently have the top Smackdown titles so their pairing makes a bit of sense. AJ Styles is not expected to drop the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell and is likely a reward for showing up for work every week. Charlotte may drop the title to Becky Lynch or Carmella though the latter feels like the most likely if she drops the title.

Why?

Because WWE plans to book a Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen Match at Survivor Series. Everyone knows about Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley from their NXT days. They carried the Women’s Division in NXT and all four won titles when they went to the main roster.

Charlotte was the first Superstar period to win a title on both brands (first on RAW, then on Smackdown) as well as the first RAW Women’s Champion and the last Divas Champion. She is a 5-time Champion as well (which Booker T conveniently omitted during his promo with The New Day two weeks ago). Sasha Banks is a 2-time RAW Women’s Champion, winning both times vs. Charlotte. Becky Lynch is Smackdown’s first Women’s Champion while Bayley had a title run on RAW herself two years ago.

On the other side you have former UFC athletes RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and NXT’s Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (won the NXT Women’s Title and held it for a while) along with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. Shafir and Duke are both training at WWE’s Performance Center and the Survivor Series match could be used to showcase both of them. Shayna Baszler could be moved to the main roster by then, likely Smackdown since RAW has too many top names in the Women’s Division.

Anywho, the two teams of four facing off was teased during the Mae Young Classic when seven of them were involved in that now imfamous awkwardly done promo. Now WWE is clearly laying the groundwork for them to clash at Survivor Series. Duke and Shafir could both bypass NXT but I think at least one of them will be in NXT.

Moving on.

It’s easy to understand why most don’t think a real match between male and female wrestlers can be done. Their match highlighted some of the obvious challenges. The closest we have to that now are mixed tag matches. The match involving Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Triple H and Steph at Wrestlemania gave some ideas on how it could be done while making both participants look strong.

A few ideas:

  • Less Strike Moves, More Grappling: Let’s be honest, Rousey and Nia are probably the only two female superstars who could seriously get in the ring with Brock Lesnar, Samoa Joe or Braun Strowman. Rousey has the experience and Nia has the raw power to put on a decient match with one of them. That aside, cross-gender matches would focus less on strike moves and more on showcasing pure mat skills.
  • Matching Styles: Both competators would have to adjust to compliment the other’s style of wrestling. Both Becky Lynch and Dean Ambrose are brawlers and could probably go all out against each other. AJ Styles is a mostly technical superstar. It would match up pretty well with Asuka, who is also a mostly technical superstar.
  • Modified or different Finishers: Obviously, Seth Rollins can’t use his recently returned Curb Stomp (even as a Heel). Finn Balor can’t use the Coup de Grace either. Neither could Samoa Joe use his sleeper hold. It would just look really bad in a mixed gender match no matter who is involved. Bray Wyatt can use Sister Abigail normally as can The Miz use the Skull-Crushing Finale.

…Steph took a Spear from Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 32 and sold it well. Steph also sold an RKO from Randy Orton on RAW years ago well, too. Who can forget the time Linda McMahon botched talking a Stone Cold Stunner?

Mind you, there are some women not named Ronda Rousey or Charlotte Flair who can hold their own against most of the top male superstars, let alone the midcard male superstars as well. Asuka, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Nia Jaxx, Naomi and maybe Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon immediately come to mind. Not just raw mat skills but can make the contest look good for both of them.

WWE will figure out a way to make it work. No one else is interested in even trying so…yeah.

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Hell in a Cell has a few matches nicely set up already

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…More so given Lesnar will likely not be around for the rest of the year. Kudos to WWE for having the sense to bring in Braun Strowman for Reigns/Lesnar at Summer Slam. Folks heading for the exits probably ran back to their seats as soon as his music hit. LOL. It was obvious when Lesnar threw the Briefcase up the ramp Strowman was only there to keep the house crowd from leaving before the finish. It wasn’t like everyone didn’t know Reigns was booked to win so…yeah.

Strowman is actually supposed to be a Heel but he is so Over with the WWE Universe right now, Reigns/Strowman would hurt Reigns alot. So, what’s likely gonna have to happen first is Reigns is gonna drop the belt to someone, who is then cashed in on by Strowman. It would have to be indirect to protect both of their characters…or that’s what I would say if not for what happened at Summer Slam. I would not be surprised if all bets are off now.

Moving on.

I see at least four Hell in a Cell Matches that can or should be done:

 

  • Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch: Becky’s Heel turn prettymuch set it up. Carmella could be added to make it a Triple Threat but it would make much more sense for it to be one on one.
  • AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe: The finish at Summer Slam more or less demands we get a HIAC Match to settle things. Oh, the sweet destruction they would unleash on each other in that kind of setting.
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jaxx: Alexa Bliss would be damned if she got in HIAC but Rousey/Jaxx would work and work well. Plus, Nia hasn’t had her obligatory rematch yet anyway so…yeah. Speaking of, Nia was noticably absent from RAW tonight.
  • Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: Confirmed on the August 27 Edition of RAW ironically. Strowman will cash in the briefcase for that match. Clearly he is being built as the Heel (which he always was despite being cheered for) even if temporarily.

…Yes, I do see at least two of the HIAC matches involving women. It didn’t happen last year because the chemistry wasn’t there first and Hell in a Cell was Smackdown-exclusive second. The New Day vs. The Usos stole the show last year though.

The Shield reuniting at the end of the August 20 Edition of RAW permanently squashed speculation of a Dean Ambrose Heel turn. Ziggler vs. Rollins for the IC title seems pretty obvious and as a bonus, we could see Ambrose vs. McIntyre.

D-Bry vs. The Miz in a HIAC Match would have been EPIC but what we got instead–D-Bry + Brie vs. The Miz + Maryse is all kinds of awesome sauce. As a reminder, John Cena and Nikki Bella faced The “It” Couple at Wrestlemania 33 last year. Like back then, this matchup was YEARS in the making. The interesting thing is both couples racently had a baby. We do know their daughters have watched their fathers compete in PPVs. Could we one day see the their daughters continue the family feud in 20 years?!

Speaking of the Bellas. So, we know Brie is back and on Smackdown. Nikki is another story though. They were both ringside for Rousey/Bliss to keep fans in the dark about Brie’s return to in-ring action. We don’t yet know what Nikki Bella will be doing but I would not be surprised if she’s booked for a match at Hell in a Cell too.

WWE’s figured out how to keep storylines from being leaked online despite the internet, which is great. The biggest is just not telling the superstars themselves until either the day of or just before the match happens. Another is just subtle stuff like having the Bellas on the August 20 Edition of RAW. No one expected Brie to pop up on Smackdown until she actually did. There are the rumors Ronda Rousey could be set up to face Nikki but the question is when. I think Carmella or Alexa Bliss should face her at Hell in a Cell. Some breadcrumbs for either feud are already there.

This is to say nothing of the two big PPVs coming up that are not the Survivor Series or The Royal Rumble:  Evolution and The Super Show-Down. I’ll go over matches confirmed so far for both events in a separate post.

 

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Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are now the face of WWE at the Corporate Level

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There is a pretty simple reason Vince McMahon rarely appears onscreen these days: He looks his age. The soon to be 74 year old Chairman and Principal Owner of WWE no longer looks how he did when he got in the ring with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and he was in his early 50s at that time. Rank and file WWE Employees have candidly described Vince’s intense early morning exercise regiment that continued long after his last in-ring appearance.

These days, Vince exclusively works backstage and out of the spotlight making sure Raw, Smackdown and PPVs run smoothly. He sometimes works one on one with talent when not too busy as well. He last appeared on screen earlier this year during the build for Reigns vs. Lesnar Wrestlemania match. Before that, he put over Kevin Owens last year in the build to KO vs. Shane McMahon at last year’s Hell in a Cell (You can clearly see Vince tell KO to deck him hard). Vince will likely make an appearance at Smackdown’s 1000th Episode like he did for RAW’s 25th Anniversary and RAW 1000.

For promotions and public appearances outside TV, Triple H and/or Stephanie McMahon are there to represent the company. Steph and Triple H are the heirs to the company presumably when Vince is no longer able to do the job. Shane McMahon’s sudden return a few years ago caused a stir as Triple H and Steph had concerns Shane was legit back at the corporate level.

Clearly that wasn’t the case. Shane confirmed himself two years ago he doesn’t have a role outside his on-screen character so…yeah. Speaking of, Shane is taking some time off and that’s why he hasn’t been seen since he appointed Paige as the new Smackdown GM. He is expected to return to TV “soon” and likely to help build for Smackdown’s 1000th episode in October.

Triple H runs NXT aside from his role as the Vice CEO of WWE. Stephanie McMahon is the Executive President of Talent aside from her on-screen role as the RAW Commissioner. We do know Triple H has been booked in a match with the Undertaker at an event in Australia later this year (Will be carried by WWE Network). Triple H last competed against John Cena at The Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. I would be very surprised if Stephanie does not compete at Evolution. She last competed alongside Triple H at Wrestlemania 34 against Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle in a mixed tag match.

 

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Updates on Injured Superstars and the return of Hulk Hogan

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Summer Slam is fast approaching. Before the weekend, updates on a few Superstars who have been in the injured list for months were revealed.

 

  • Charlotte Flair, who had cosmetic surgery plans to return at the end of the month.
  • Kane’s injury is Kayfabe (He wasn’t really injured) and was WWE’s way of writing him off TV. As a reminder, Glenn Jacobs (Kane in WWE) is running for mayor of his hometown Knox County, Tennessee. Even though everyone in his hometown knows he’s a WWE superstar and many WWE fans know he’s running for mayor, WWE needed to write him out of TV for those who may not know more or less. His recent return to WWE leading up to Extreme Rules was expected to be brief and this way, the door is open for a return down the road.
  • Jason Jordan will return “When it is storyline appropriate”, meaning he is cleared to return. My guess is he will first feud with Baron Corbin, then reunite with Chad Gable to reform American Alpha on RAW. The two were split up to build them separately. Although neither won a title after being separated, the obvious mega push Jason Jordan got as RAW GM Kurt Angle’s Kayfabe son clearly failed to help get him Over. Chad Gable, who was paired with Shelton Benjamin on Smackdown Live after Jason Jordan was moved to RAW made the switch himself as part of the Superstar Shakeup after Wrestlemania.
  • Dean Ambrose is expected to return at the end of the summer. Ambrose tore his left tricep in January, leaving Roman Reigns as the only Shield member yet to miss Wrestlemania due to injury. Seth Rollins was forced to miss Wrestlemania 32 due to injury.
  • Jeff Hardy’s attacks from Randy Orton this week is clearly setting the stage for his exit so he can focus on the injury he was been working with for the last few months. He avoided using the Swanton Bomb in Live Shows because of it as well.

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As folks have heard by now, Terry Bollea– more commonly known by his wrestling name, Hulk Hogan–was just reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. The Hulkster was suspended from WWE three years ago. Almost to the day. I broke the news here back then.

2018 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Mark Henry revealed in interviews since Hogan’s reinstatement the reported apology he previously said Hogan would have to do say to the current roster happened in the locker room before the start of Extreme Rules. After he apologized, which everyone saw was clearly sincere and remorseful, he issued a warning based on his situation that they be careful what they say publicly because they they might be recorded and don’t know it.

That’s what happened to him though I am not trying to excuse what he said. He didn’t know the racially inflammatory comments he’d made–comments he made 8 years before he was suspended–had been recorded at the time he made them. Those comments got him exiled from WWE in 2015. The suspension was a statement that no one, not even Hogan was untouchable.

Although the Hulkster clearly missed the money, more than that he spoke to Mark Henry about how his life changed when word of what he said spread and how people looked at him afterward. That bothered him more than anything and unsurprisingly, Mark Henry offered to personally help him rebuild he reputation.

While it’s not known yet who reached out first, i would not be surprised at all if it’s revealed Mark Henry had a role in Hogan’s reinstatement. He has been pushing for Owen Hart (died in a freak accident during a WWE PPV in 1998) and Chyna (died from a drug overdose in 2016) being inducted into the Hall of Fame for some time as well.

According to Mark Henry, the Black Superstars are 50/50 on Hogan’s reinstatement (!). It’s not like they don’t know about what he said, mind you. They can also separate that from him being the face of WWE during the 1980s. Overall, most WWE Superstars–and I mean in general–hold themselves to very high standards compared to Hogan’s heyday. They do so much outside the squared circle so…yeah. If one of them said it, that would’ve been career suicide.

 

In the 48 hours since Hogan’s reinstatement, The New Day answered requests for comment with this lengthy statement posted by Kofi Kingston via Twitter:

“To the WWE Universe and whoever else it may concern:

This will be the only statement we will make regarding Hogan’s reinstatement into WWE’s Hall Of Fame. We do not wish to spend the energy debating the point, because between our kids, our external values, and this job, our energy is spread thin enough already, lol.

We are only writing this simply to provide an answer to the many who have bombarded us with questions on where we stand on the issue.

We preface this statement by emphasizing that this is our own opinion and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of anyone else affected.

How do we feel? Indifferent. We are not happy, or sad, angry or resentful. Who WWE puts into the HOF is totally and completely up to the company and from a career standpoint, there is no argument on whether or not Hogan should have his place. We have no problem with his re-induction in the slightest degree. It is impossible to even begin to mention the history and evolution of the business without mentioning his name and accolades.

On a personal level, when someone makes racist and hateful comments about any race or group of people, especially to the degree that Hogan made about our people, we find it difficult to simply forget, regardless of how long ago it was, or the situation in which those comments were made. But we also do not respond with more feelings of hate. Instead, we just do not associate with the people who convey or have conveyed this negative and hurtful mindset. This instance will be no different. Perhaps if we see him make a genuine effort to change, then maybe our opinion will change with him. Time will tell.

Through the course of our lives, people have used racial comments towards us and it doesn’t feel good. But if we stopped moving forward everytime we were met with prejudicial hatred, then we would have never achieved our current accomplishments.

We know we are worth it, we know our kids are worth it, and most importantly, we know that people that look like us are worth it and always have been. There isn’t a person on this planet who will be ever be able to say anything to make us think otherwise because we believe in ourselves as a people and don’t need anyones approval on that, regardless of who they are.

Having said that, his reinstatement won’t change anything for us. It will have zero effect on our ability to perform or the level of effort we put into doing what we love to do, and that is: To deliver an entertaining product each week for our fan base.

Sincerely,

-The New Day

“Never trade authenticity for approval.”

The neutral reaction matches up with most of the opinions voiced by Black Superstars at the news of Hogan’s reinstatement. Most are more interested in seeing Hogan back up his words with action. Not that they’re personally interested. They would like to see him back up his words with action is all.

Updates on Injured Superstars and the return of Hulk Hogan

Ronda Rousey inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame; The latest Brock Lesnar Rumors

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…Most folks realize this now but Rousey’s 30-day suspension from RAW is a work. What most didn’t know is Ronda Rousey would become the first woman inducted into UFC’s Hall of Fame.

Rousey, 31retired from UFC and MMA in 2016 after her two knockout losses to Holly Holm (ended her 12-0 win streak) and Amanda Nunes. She was prettymuch done with MMA at that point and spent most of 2017 negotiating with WWE for a contract.  Her return to UFC for her induction into the UFC Hall of Fame was viewed by fans of her MMA career as a final sendoff.

Although she made several appearances last year–mostly in support of her friend (and current NXT Women’s Champion) Shayna Baszler–Rousey officially debuted in WWE at the 2018 Royal Rumble. She has so far participated in two matches. She teamed up with Kurt Angle to face Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at Wrestlemania 43, which they won. Her first official singles match took place at the Money in the Bank PPV where she faced Nia Jaxx for the RAW Women’s Championship. Alexa Bliss, who won the Money in the Bank briefcase cashed it in ro win the title and indirectly protect Jaxx and Rousey’s characters.

Rousey is currently on a 30-day suspension for attacking Kurt Angle and several referees on the RAW after Money in the Bank. She appeared in a pre-recorded interview this week and plans to be front row at the Extreme Rules PPV as a spectator. She is booked to be there anyway so more likely than not she will do more than just watch Nia Jaxx face Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship.

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Brock Lesnar has now held the Universal Championship longer than CM Punk.

Dana White all but confirmed in recent interviews that Brock Lesnar is returning to UFC later this year despite having signed a new contract with WWE two years ago. Lesnar has made it no secret he is very interested in returning to UFC and has been training for it.

Vince has been dancing around the fact RAW having an absentee champion has long run its course. Reigns’ on-screen frustrations earlier this year is a shared sentiment and more so given how much effort has been put into just not talking about the fact Brock Lesnar wrestles who and when he wants. Lesnar is not booked for Extreme Rules and has recently been ruled out for Summer Slam. This despite Roman Reigns clearing being set up to take the title from Lesnar…only to be cashed in on by the Monster in the Bank Braun Strowman immediately or shortly afterward.

My guess is Lesnar will be booked to drop the title later this year to Reigns but instead the Money in the Bank Briefcase will come into play to protect Lesnar’s character. This was why it was done at Wrestlemania 31, too (Rollins cashed in). It’s a matter of seeing how things play out at this point.

 

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Ronda Rousey inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame; The latest Brock Lesnar Rumors

Backlash done, Money in the Bank up next!

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…How shall I put this? When the best match on the card is the opener, it says alot. When the house crowd heads for the exits as soon as Roman Reigns comes out, you know Vince McMahon has no choice but the make some hard decisions he knows he doesn’t want to make about his new top guy.

At this point, one three things will need to happen and it should happen ASAP:

  1. Roman Reigns Heel turns: Fast track to this would be to have Reigns destroy a Top Babyface. Seth Rollins and/or Finn Balor would be sufficient. Taking out Braun Strowman…that would instantly put him Over.
  2. Braun Strowman replaces Reigns as the new Top Guy: Let’s be honest, Strowman could Heel turn and he would STILL be over. He got Over when he destroyed Roman Reigns several times last year as a Heel. Strowman would be a safe bet at this point now that he’s worked with all the top talent on the roster at this point.
  3. Someone Else Replaces Reigns as the new Top Guy: AJ Styles could pull it off as could D-Bry, who are both Over with the WWE Universe already.

 

According to some sources, WWE’s plan for Roman Reigns is to book him like they did Daniel Bryan with a “management is keeping me from the title” angle. The problem is the reason it worked with Daniel Bryan is because originally the plan was for Batista, who won the Royal Rumble in 2014 was originally booked to win the WWE Championship off Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 30.

Orton annd Triple H convinced Vince and Batista putting D-Bry over would be the better storyline so they changed the card that year. Batista’s part-time contract with WWE would be expiring after Wrestlemania 30 and he needed to return to Hollywood to help promote the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So, the card was changed so D-Bry would both get his revenge on Triple H and win the Title in the same night in two separate matches.

…The rest is history.

I suspected this might have been the plan for Reigns when Vince Kayfable temporarily suspended him for running his mouth. I am willing to see how things turn out but the obvious problem is Reigns can’t cut a good promo for shit. He was destroyed on the mic trying to cut promos with John Cena last summer leading up to their match at Summer Slam as a reminder. His ring skills aren’t the problem. His problem is he lacks the charisma and mic skills to be a Babyface.

I do think “Roman vs. Authority” could work as long as Triple H isn’t involved since he was used already. When Rollins came back from the knee injury that forced him to vacate the WWE Championship two years ago, things were set in motion for his Face turn. It was well executed and was organically done, ending with the Rollins vs. Triple H. Match at Wrestlemania 33.

…On that note. Roman Reigns beat Triple H for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 32 using the “Regins vs. The Authority” angle. Ironically, that was when the house crowd started booing him actually. The WWE Universe realized then that Reigns was going to be the new top guy and felt he hadn’t earned it like the guys before him did.

As I said before, the plan for him could work BUT Triple H can’t be involved this time since he was used before already and it didn’t work. Having him feud with Shane could work, however.

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All the titles defended at Backlash were retained. Neither of the tag team titles were defended, nor was the Universal Title. On that note, Brock Lesnar is not booked to compete at Money in the Bank and that’s probably just as well. It’s no longer a secret Lesnar is in talks with UFC to compete at some point later this year. Since WWE and UFC are on friendly terms between Lesnar, Ronda Rousey (And Bobby Lashley and Shana Baszler), it might be a cross-promotion opportunity if Lesnar has the Universal Title when he competes on UFC.

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Speaking of UFC-WWE crossovers.

Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, who along with Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey were known as the Four Horsewomen of UFC reported to the WWE Development Center in Orlando earlier this week. They will presumably follow in Baszler’s footsteps and go through NXT before moving on to the main roster.

The four were involved in an awkwardly cut promo involving three of NXT’s Four Horsewomen Bayley, Charlotte and Becky Lynch (Sasha Banks was the only one who wasn’t there) during the Mae Young Classic last year (which Baszler competed in and is the current NXT Women’s Champion).

Now that Shafir and Duke are both coming to WWE, the challenge Rousey famously threw down could happen. Since all PPVs are now crossbrand, it will no longer matter who’s on which roster either.

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This year’s Money in the Bank PPV happens June 17 and will be crossbrand. Like last year, there will be a match for men and women BUT superstars from both brands will be involved.

The following Men have qualified so far:

  • Braun Strowman
  • Finn Balor
  • The Miz
  • Rusev

 

The following Women have qualified so far:

  • Ember Moon
  • Charlotte Flair
  • Mandy Rose

 

There will presumably be four superstars from each brand involved. Whoever wins the match gets the briefcase for their brand. I predict RAW will get the Women’s Briefcase and Smackdown will get the Men’s Briefcase.

16 out of 19 cash-in attempts were successful. Who were the three failed cash-ins? Let’s revisit that:

  • John Cena: Cena became the first person to fail to cash in the Money in the Bank Briecase in 2012: He famously announced a week in advance he would be cashing it on then current WWE Champion CM Punk at RAW 1000. Thanks to The Big Show running interference, the attempt ended in failure.
  • Damien Sandow: Won the briefcase in 2013 and failed to cash it in vs. John Cena, who was the current WWE Champion at the time.
  •  Baron Corbin: Tried to cash in vs. then WWE Champion  Jinder Mahal last year when they were both on Smackdown but failed due to interference from Randy Orton. In truth, Corbin was booked for the failed cash-in as punishment for some backstage comments to a guest speaker he took issue with.

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Backlash done, Money in the Bank up next!