Road To MetLife: You Had One Job WWE

Of course WWE couldn’t go a full month without ruining something that was already perfect. Yes, folks. My love/hate relationship with the E is taking another dark avenue, only this time WWE had only one job. NOTHING! They literally had to do nothing for the next several weeks and let Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey do their promos in the ring and social media. They had it. They had lightning in a bottle and they actually managed to ruin it by creating a ridiculous swerve by adding a third participant in a what could’ve been a classic one-on-one encounter. Allow me to quickly recap.

We all know that Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble, which “gaurentees” the winner a shot at the Championship at Wrestlemania. We also know that, despite her upcoming title defense at Elimination Chamber, Ronda Rousey will walk into New Jersey with the Raw Women’s Championship. And up until Monday night, we were aware that Becky Lynch was challenging Ronda Rousey for that championship in what was supposed to be a personal, heated, and unforgettable collision course between these two women. But, leave it to the “creativity” of the writers and bookers, WWE felt it would be much more entertaining to suspend Lynch and hand the main event to Charlotte Flair. Seriously, WWE? You couldn’t just leave it alone, could you? Becky and Ronda have been doing a great job building their storyline since Survivor Series when they were originally scheduled to meet. They never stopped their momentum and only continued to draw more interest in their rivalry. The writers literally didn’t have to do anything. But they thought adding Charlotte Flair would be much better. It’s not.

I’ve read feedback from the opposition and all I keep getting is a short term payout. “Becky beating both Charlotte and Becky will make her bigger”. So explain to me the purpose of the injury angle with Becky’s leg? Lynch is going into Wrestlemania with a bad knee and her opponent is one of the biggest submission specialists in the game. Out of the gate, Becky would be absolutely outmatched with this handicap which gives us a great story right there and Becky having to overcome the odds against an angry and hostile Rousey would be the cherry. And if you REALLY want to add the McMahons in this story, have them make the match no disqualification which will unleash Ronda’s rage. Something we’ve yet seen since her arrival and trust me, she NEEDS to tweek the attitude. Ronda Rousey going Super Saiyan on Becky Lynch would might give Rousey a decent pop from the crowd. Something the McMahons want.

“Charlotte can take the fall, keeping Ronda’s momentum going”. I can’t stress this enough: RONDA NEEDS TO LOSE. It’s not out of hate or boredom because I love Ronda. You can’t oversatutate her because then you get a female Brock Lesnar. Right now Lesnar is the laughing stock of WWE by keeping this “invincible” persona and making very few appearances. He’s made the main event picture and the Universal Title a joke and having Rousey (also a former UFC Champion, mind you) duplicate that direction is going to turn the fans off even further. Wrestlemania is the time, and right now, Becky is the (wo)Man to do it. Adding Charlotte would dilute Ronda’s momentum and honestly, Becky’s as well.

I’m not saying Charlotte doesn’t deserve a title match, or even the championship itself. But this isn’t her moment anymore. It’s clear WWE wants to center the women’s division around Flair, but fans right now want Becky Lynch so why deny them? Because it doesn’t fit the corporate agenda? Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t fit that mold and look where he stood. Daniel Bryan didn’t fit that mold and look where he’s at. Sometimes the best stars are created organically. Through the fans, not always by the machine. WWE dropped the ball big time by putting Charlotte in the title picture despite the fact we all know Becky will return and make the match a triple threat. Nobody asked for this. Literally nobody wanted this. The fans were happy with a one on one match. Adding the swerve waters down the entire storyline by adding a Becky Lynch 2.0 and you’re fooling yourself if you don’t see the similarities. The Road to Wrestlemania did get interesting, but not the way Vince and company hoped. They’re reading the tweets. They hear the outrage. And for their sake, the payoff better be huge, because a new threat is soon going to appear in their rear view mirror.

Let Them Fight

First off, happy birthday to “The Man” Becky Lynch. An appropriate topic to bring up on this day.

Wrestlemania season is officially in full swing and WWE did not waste any time getting the road started. We already have two main events announced but the one I want to discuss is the one I’ve been hyped about since before they announced it. We’re finally going to get Ronda Rousey defending the Raw Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch, and for the love of GOD, PLEASE VINCE AND COMPANY, keep it that way. No gimmicks, no special appearances, and NO TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!

Since Becky got injured during Survivor Series week, the highly anticipated collision between her and Rousey has been a hot topic and whether WWE should go through with the match at a different time. The crowd was not only in favor of the match, but even suggested these two clash at Wrestlemania, with Lynch going in as the challenger and ultimately ending Rousey’s reign and winning streak. The roadblock here is that for some reason WWE feels these two need a third participant in this feud. That third wheel being Charlotte Flair. No way, AND I MEAN, NO WAY does Charlotte need to be included in this rivalry and the proof was presented this week on Raw and Smackdown.

On Monday, Ronda had a very awkward and cringing promo that thankfully got overshadowed by Becky’s unexpected arrival. Lynch wasted no time ripping Rousey apart on the microphone and showing her how to cut a promo. But then something clicked in Ronnie’s head as Becky likes to call her. I don’t know if the nerves shook off or if Becky’s words triggered something, but we got a different Ronda Rousey. One that I’ve been begging to see since her debut last year. She cut a dark and angry promo that sounded almost biblical which got the crowd going. Meanwhile, Becky stood there cool as a cucumber smiling and taking Ronda’s enraged words like it didn’t faze her. With about nine weeks left until the big show, these two women already got fans pumped for their battle in East Rutherford (which I’ll be attending btw).

The following night on Smackdown, during a Becky Lynch promo, Charlotte interrupted and put her two cents into Lynch’s Royal Rumble victory and overall success. The crowd wasn’t feeling it nor were they buying the fact that she had any influence in her rise to the main event. But, I feel this is the segment WWE bookers wanted to slowly bring Flair into the title mix which is a major mistake. Nobody’s asking for this. At least not the majority so why add her? Including a third person in this already heated rivalry will just dilute the match and bring the heat down several notches. Flair had her chance. She failed, so put her in a different program while Lynch and Rousey have their moment. Have Charlotte go after Asuka in a rematch from last year with a different result. Or have her chase the newly implemented womens tag team titles. WWE has lightning in a bottle right now and it would be a shame to waste this because management is hellbent on making the daughter of Ric Flair a main eventer. Don’t get me wrong, Charlotte is a tremendous athlete with hall of fame status written all over her, but this isn’t her spotlight and this is one moment where she should take a backseat while we see magic between Lynch and Rousey.

If we get Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania, I can almost promise you a classic will take place. They’re both amazing athletes with plenty to offer in a one on one match. Becky’s been doing this for years and she’s only been improving, especially since this new edgy persona took effect. And Ronda has evolved so fast and has learned so much in a short time that seeing her best against a prime Becky Lynch would be fantastic to witness. And honestly, throwing Charlotte in the mix would give her the wrong kind of heat, especially in a New York/New Jersey crowd. We’re talking Roman Reigns/John Cena heat. Hey creative, this is one mistake you should stop repeating!

The Road to Wrestlemania Starts Here

This Sunday, the Road to Wrestlemania officially kicks off and it begins with the Royal Rumble. 30 men and 30 women compete for the chance to challenge a champion of their choosing on the biggest stage. For the men, they can either challenge for the WWE or Universal Championship, whomever that may be. It could be Brock Lesnar or Finn Balor unless creative throws a huge curveball and gives us a new champion (which is highly needed). For the women, they’re fighting to challenge for either the Raw or Smackdown’s Women’s Championship who’s currently being held by Ronda Rousey and Asuka respectively. How we get to Wrestlemania starts with Sunday.

Regarding the men’s division, there’s a lot of talk over who’s going to win the rumble. While everybody is rooting for Finn Balor to win back his Universal Championship, smart money says Lesnar is walking away with the belt to set up his loss and possibly final run with WWE. My guess is Rollins will be winner and get his overdue push to Wrestlemania to challenge the Beast. The setup to the storyline can be easily set. Since Lesnar and Roman Reigns have some history from their past rivalry, Heyman can push the envelope and mock Roman’s current condition which can elevate the feud between Lesnar and Rollins. A strong and aggressive match between these two can push Seth to the moon. But of course, there’s still the Braun Strowman factor which Vince might still want to showcase and if the Monster’s momentum is still strong going to East Rutherford, the trigger to push him to the main event might still be pulled. But for this to happen, Rollins will have to go through 28 men and one monster.

We’re also entering the second ever women’s Royal Rumble and this year is more unpredictable than the previous, which is great for business. In 2018, everybody knew Asuka was getting that huge push to the championship scene, but this year it’s anybody’s ballgame. Some are already saying Charlotte Flair is a shoein to win the whole thing and normally I would agree. Becky, Sasha, Asuka, and Ronda are all competing in championship matches so of course that leaves Flair wide open for the w. But I think a lot of people would groan over the thought of Charlotte getting ANOTHER championship match. She’s seriously turning into the Tom Brady of women’s wrestling which won’t end well for her fanbase so it would probably be best to throw a swerve in the Rumble. Enter Becky Lynch. Becky should take the loss to Asuka, by hook or crook which SHOULD cut her out of the title scene. Then during the women’s rumble, Lynch should attack a superstar, let’s say the #30 entrant and throw Charlotte over, declaring her the winner and number one contender for the women’s Championship at Wrestlemania. This outcome will finally give us the Becky Lynch/Ronda Rousey match we’ve been waiting since October.

If there was a time for wrestling fans to get back into tuning in, now would be that time since the stars are aligning this Sunday. Not only does the Road to Wrestlemania officially kicks off at the Royal Rumble, but WWE is starting to make some big changes in the direction of their characters and their overall product. I guess you can call this a soft reboot which I’m very excited to see. I’m already going to apologize in advance because with the writing team on high alert for the next 10 weeks, my creative anxiety will be revved up.

Well played WWE

Over the last several weeks, WWE has had quite the slump in terms of quality writing. Boring segments and predictable results were making watching RAW and sometimes Smackdown a bit of a chore. But this past week, WWE stepped their game up and delivered a solid product. It’s not a real surprise as the writing team tends to struggle the hardest towards the end of the year, but rebounds around the beginning of the year and into the Royal Rumble. Not trying to give excuses, but at least the content is where it should be now.

After months of talk and speculating, WWE finally revealed the design of the Women’s Tag Team Championship and to be honest, I’m very happy with the look of the belts. I have nothing against the other designs, but these stand out from the others which is a refreshing pace. And instead of some traditional tournament that’s usually done to crown a new champion, WWE decided to place three teams from each brand and have them compete inside the Elimination Chamber to determine the inaugural champions, which to me is a great decision because if you want these brand new championships bad enough, you’ll go through hell for them.

Another pleasant surprise was a major title change on television. Dean Ambrose defending the intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. These three needed something new and fast because, as much as I love Ambrose and Rollins, their storyline wasn’t really going anywhere which isn’t a good sign heading into Wrestlemania season. Having Lashley win the Championship was a nice and much needed swerve because honestly, Lashley was getting stale pretty quick so him capturing the IC title should revitalize his character, at least for a couple of months.

There’s even a new main event for the Royal Rumble (thank God) with Brock Lesnar now defending the Universal title against Finn Balor. I can’t put into words how relieved I am to have someone new and worthy to finally challenge for the title and no better person than the Demon. Now if you look at the two side by side, I can understand the mismatch and can even predict how the match will end (hopefully I’m wrong and they’ll finally take the belt off Lesnar) but with the way WWE has changed their direction, anything is possible at this point. Balor definitely deserves this push as he’s been getting lost in the shuffle as of late which is a shame for a guy of his talent and fanbase. I’m crossing fingers for a successful 2019 for this guy.

If you noticed how WWE handled their shows this week, you’ll notice a little edge and, dare I say, a little attitude in their product. A little sex appeal was used on both shows without being too scandalous (although you never know with today’s sensitive society) and the backstage segments were a little more violent than your typical PG product. Not to mention they’ve been very lenient with their language which if daytime television can get away with, I can’t see why Primetime WWE tv can’t throw a “bitch” every once in a while.

I can say this was the happiest I’ve been with the product in some time and as most of you know, I’ve been pretty cranky lately. A lot of unpredictable outcomes and some new edgy angles were introduced along with some neccessarry last minute changes going into their busy season. I’m not saying we’re on verge of witnessing an Attitude Era 2.0, but this was a change WWE needed and I hope this keeps up for awhile. Until then, well done WWE, you’re back in the driver seat……But I still want a job with you guys 😁. My resume is in your database.