Best Friends Forever.

There’s a lot of interesting things happening on Monday Night Raw.

You’ve got the battle for the Universal Championship, Sasha vs. Charlotte, and the Cruiserweights in the mix. The most interesting thing, in my opinion, isn’t a title or a rivalry. It’s the friendship (or lack thereof based on this week’s show) between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. It sounds ridiculous but those two are my favourite part of Monday Night Raw.

You could ask me what my favourite thing about Jericho and Kevin Owen’s friendship is and I wouldn’t be able to tell you. They’re just so hilarious and their comedic timing is perfect. It’s kind of similar to what Abbott and Costello would be like if they were in 2016. They have this incredible chemistry that can only be contested by the likes of Enzo and Big Cass and the New Day. When I watch them on Raw, it’s like I’m watching two friends that have known each other for twenty years. In the last few weeks, some cracks have been showing in the foundation of their friendship.

The fact that you don’t really know what’s going on between them is one of my favourite things about their friendship. Are they friends? Do they hate each other? Is the other one going to show up and help in the others match? The unpredictability is what draws people in. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are one hundred percent ridiculous and people eat it up. If one episode of Monday Night Raw was just the two of them ripping on people, I could sit for the whole three hours and just laugh. It’s something you never want to see end. I don’t know what it says about me that the thought of Owens and Jericho not being best friends anymore makes me really sad and excited.

The only thing that is quelling my sadness over a potential break up is the epic match that would follow.

 

Heading Into Battle.

The Raw go-home show for Survivor Series featured a confrontation between both Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg. That was the main focus, with the other matches on Sunday’s card getting a little build-up but not enough to really get you amped. I’m a huge fan of the Survivor Series event so I am still looking forward to the event, I’m just worried about the other matches suffering because they’re building this entire event around Brock Lesnar and Goldberg.

The card on Sunday is pretty jam-packed with three Survivor Series elimination matches, two additional title matches, and the ‘main event’. I think that if the event is built around that supposed ‘main event’, it’s going to be a piss poor decision that will elicit the same reaction as Bray vs. Orton did at No Mercy. I will admit, I’m not the biggest Goldberg fan, I’m only cheering him on because I dislike Lesnar with the fire of 1,000 suns. This match is a special attraction, it isn’t exactly main event material. There’s nothing wrong with it being just a special attraction either.

There’s two problems with this match, Lesnar is built up as unbeatable and Goldberg isn’t exactly known for his stamina during matches. The WWE is really up shit creek with Lesnar’s booking and I don’t think that it is 100% WWE’s fault, Lesnar doesn’t like to lose. What do you do with a guy like that? Is there anything that you can do? With the way that Brock has been booked, it seems like Goldberg was just brought in to lose. I don’t think that this is the case, a second loss to Goldberg would get under Brock’s skin and that would be reason enough for me to have Bill win.

Their confrontation on Monday Night Raw actually got me a little amped for their match on Sunday, Goldberg wanted to scrap and Brock walked away like he usually does. I rolled my eyes so hard when Lesnar walked away that I’m sure my friends down in the States heard it. At least Goldberg looks like he wants to be there, he’s having fun, and he genuinely wants to entertain. Brock could give two shits because all he seems to want is to maintain his position and get his pay check. With the way that he’s been booked, literally NOBODY will be able to get a win over him and that’s just sad. His character has no more room to grow, not that he was a dynamic character in the first place. Who do you pit Brock against when he always beats everyone?

They can’t keep bringing in alumni for him to decimate because, quite frankly, there aren’t a ton of guys left or guys who can compete at maximum capacity. Lesnar NEEDS to lose on Sunday. He needs to show a crack in his foundation, that probably makes no sense but I think I made my point. The fans need to see that he is vulnerable, they need to know that Goliath can be taken down by David. They need to know that can happen even when the odds seem INCREDIBLY stacked.There’s no point in having Lesnar on the roster of either show if there is no one on the roster who can beat him. I’m pulling and hoping for a Goldberg win on Sunday night.

I know I’m reaching for that rainbow but it has to happen.

Take 2.

On Monday Night Raw, Goldberg finally got to respond to the challenge set forth by Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar.

Not surprisingly, Goldberg accepted.

When the idea of another Goldberg versus Lesnar match was floated around on the good ol’ internet, I wasn’t thrilled. I was never really a fan of either of them and I barely remember the last time they fought each other in the WWE. My eyes rolled so hard at the thought of them main eventing Survivor Series I swear you could have heard it. The proposed match immediately made me think of Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt main eventing No Mercy, nobody gave a flying fuck about that match and it wasn’t anything special. I was thinking that Bill vs. Brock was going to turn into the exact same thing.

My opinion drastically changed when Goldberg finally came out on Raw, something that seemed to take an eternity. I figured he would come out at the end of the show, tell Lesnar that he was next and then that would be it. Well, he did show up during the last ten minutes of the show but his promo was different from what I expected. His promo was full of life, passion, and emotion. Goldberg emoted real feeling and it was nice to see how much the chance to return meant to him. He actually had my attention and I was really into what he was saying. Dare I say he got me excited for a match that has Brock Lesnar in it? Shocking, I know! In that short promo, Bill Goldberg showed more emotion and passion than Brock has shown in his entire wrestling career.

I’m not expecting a five-star match out of either of these guys. The one thing I want out of this match is to see Goldberg beat the holy hell out of Brock Lesnar. It will be interesting to see how they build this match as the two competitors have yet to appear on-screen together to build the match. Brock is scheduled to appear next week and I’m secretly hoping that Goldberg pops up out of nowhere with a spear…

First Day Jitters.

Like the millions of wrestling fans around the world, I was super anxious to see how the first episodes of Raw and Smackdown would go after the draft. What made me even more anxious was that there was a pay per view on the Sunday before, titles and superstars were scattered all over the place. A lot of things could have gone wrong on the first episodes after the draft, and I mean a LOT of things. Sure, Smackdown got a few stars but their roster looked much weaker on paper. Raw got a better looking roster but they didn’t have a major title to anchor the show.

The atmosphere was just different on Raw and Smackdown this week.

We’re finally getting a shake-up of the title landscape after the same people getting chance after chance. While Raw currently doesn’t have a major title, Finn Balor is getting the chance to compete against Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship. He wasn’t placed in that match, he had to fight in two matches that night to earn that spot. He gave us two world-class matches in one night, that’s something that some wrestlers fail to do in two weeks. I’m not praising Finn because he’s the new kid on the block, he’s just that good. Finn Balor versus Seth Rollins is definitely a feud that I can get behind.

Another title change that we got to see was Sasha Banks defeating Charlotte for the Women’s Championship. To be totally honest, I figured Dana would interfere and allow Charlotte another ill-gotten victory. I had tears in my eyes when she hoisted that title above her head. It sounds silly but Sasha makes me feel like I can do anything that I set my mind to. When she made Charlotte tap, I just had flashbacks of her matches, specifically the Iron Man Match that she had with Bayley. It just makes me so proud to see her doing what she loves and representing what women are truly capable of in that ring. Even Charlotte gave a top-notch performance and I never really care for her matches that much anymore.

Raw really had a different feeling to it with their new roster, logo, and music. I’ve always enjoyed it before but it was still so refreshing. I even enjoyed Smackdown more than I normally do, I don’t always get to catch it during the week but I was glued to my tv set.

Initially, I was a little upset that Mauro Ranallo wasn’t placed on Raw. The man has talent out the wazoo but he’s what keeps Smackdown fresh and entertaining. He’s the reason I was starting to make the effort to actually catch the show. The moment that I want to talk about is Dolph Ziggler winning the chance to face Dean Ambrose for the WWE Heavyweight Championship. The main event of Smackdown could have gone any way. I initially had my money on AJ Styles or John Cena.

Because god knows that John Cena needs another damn title shot…

When Dolph won, I thought I was going to fall off the couch. I wasn’t expecting him to win but now I’m even more excited for Smackdown each week and Summerslam at the end of August. Dolph is just so fantastic and I felt like he was stuck in some mid-card hell that he would never escape. He really is that damn good, all you have to is watch a few of his matches to know that.

Smackdown just felt like new life was breathed into it. I used to not care if I ever got to watch Smackdown because I just didn’t feel as though it was as ‘important’ as Raw, for lack of a better term. This past week changed all of that. The two shows can now actually compete against each other in all aspects; on television, in social media, and on pay per views. There’s also much more potential for talents to develop their current or new gimmicks, this is literally their time to shine. Just think of the potential for Twitter feuds…

I won’t be able to cover both programs every week but I will try my best and just enjoy this new era of wrestling. Not to rip off Big E but it’s a new day, yes it is!

 

 

In A Split Second.

Natalya lost the women’s title match at Payback.

I feel like I shouldn’t be shocked about that but I had so much hope that she would win, especially with the recent behaviour of Ric Flair. Obviously his behaviour shouldn’t determine the fate of a title match but it can’t be ignored. Of all the things that happened at Payback, Charlotte retaining the title is the biggest disappointment for me.

I think that both women can wrestle, but Nattie is better. This isn’t just me backing up a fellow Canadian, its pure fact and it’s been proven in the ring on multiple occasions. No matter where Nattie falls on the card, if she’s even on it, she gives her fans everything she has. She doesn’t need her father to accompany her to the ring for every match to interfere. I want to like Charlotte so bad, I feel like she could be a fantastic wrestler but her father is bringing her down. This sounds weird in a post about wrestling but Dr. Phil was right in his diagnosis of Ric Flair and Charlotte a few weeks ago.

An appearance once in a while, I can deal with. Ric doesn’t need to be there every single time Charlotte has a match. He just dances around and shouts like a crazy drunk person. There were a few incidents in the past that didn’t endear Ric to me but the icing on the cake was him telling Natalya to go kill herself. You heard me right, he told her to go kill herself. It wasn’t just something uttered privately, it was said in front of the entire audience at a Smackdown taping. Who does that to someone? The cherry on top of that icing was Ric getting treated in an airport for lacerations after reports of him acting like a crazy drunk person. I don’t spread rumors but I think that he has substance abuse problems of some degree. I thought for sure that Charlotte would have lost the belt because of what her father had done.

They went for the screwjob finish which was just the cheap way out. I didn’t get it because they way the camera was clearly showed that Nattie did not tap out during the submission move. I don’t think she screamed to stop the match, as Charles Robinson stated on Raw, but since when would that supersede a tap out? Even on Monday Night Raw the next night, the Flair’s explanation of this whole thing just didn’t seem to make any sense. The only thing that I can think of to even begin to clarify what happened at Payback was that was their way to write Ric off of television for his public behaviour because he did get banned from their rematch at Extreme Rules. Seems very convoluted but that’s the best explanation that I have.

It’s just such a shame that Nattie and her fans have to sit through this mess just to get a title shot. Hopefully, with Ric banned from their submission match, it will be well worth the wait. It will be nice to have a women’s champion who can win matches on her own and not have to have the help of her father every single time.

Also, I would LOVE to see her feud with Sasha Banks. That’s the stuff dreams are made of my friends.

Friend Or Foe.

Photo Courtesy of WWE.

Photo Courtesy of WWE.

Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns have a pretty solid friendship.

Heading into Fastlane this Sunday, perception doesn’t seem to be matching reality.

The telling moment came when Dean, after assisting Roman during his attack by the Dudleys, set his brother up for Dirty Deeds. My jaw literally dropped and the fan reaction was off the charts. He didn’t get to execute the move but it was enough to put doubt in some people’s minds about how strong their friendship really is.

Sure, they seemed to be laughing and joking about it but I think that something big is going to happen on Sunday. I’m not 100% sure what it will be because, let’s face it, creative changes their mind like most people change their underpants. I was scrolling through Twitter and the consensus seemed to be that Dean would be the one turning on his best friend on Sunday. I think that it will be the other way around, Roman is going to be the one who turns on his friend.

Dean is fantastic portraying a face or a heel. He can talk, wrestle, and is bat shit crazy and the fans just eat it up. Ambrose is still pretty new on the scene but he doesn’t need to prove himself as much as I feel Roman does. When he was partnered with Seth and Dean, Roman didn’t really have his own voice. As he grew into being a singles competitor, he found that voice and kind of developed his own style in a sense. I think he’s doing better but he’s still kind of struggling here and there on the microphone but practice makes perfect! As cliché as that sounds…

A heel turn doesn’t mean that Roman has to go full on bad guy, I absolutely love the idea of a friendly rivalry between himself and Dean. They’re friends but there’s always this underlying competition between them, they both want to be the best and there’s nothing wrong with that. Having something like that happen shows that they both want to be in the main event of Wrestlemania bad enough to destroy the other man to get it, or to make sure that Brock Lesnar doesn’t.

Sunday isn’t just a test of their friendship, it’s a test of how bad they want to be on the top of the mountain (there I go with another cliché!). There is too good of a story arc here to just hand the title opportunity, and probably the belt, to someone like Brock Lesnar. To me, Brock is a footnote in the triple threat match on Sunday and all eyes will be on Roman and Dean to see who turns first.

I just hope that their friendship is strong enough to survive.

Rollercoaster.

This year’s Royal Rumble had to be one of the craziest in the last few years.

The rest of the matches on the card were pretty good but I know I’m not alone in saying that the main event was what I was waiting for. Roman Reigns was the first entrant, defending his title, and he seemed to have all of the odds stacked against him. As anxious as I was to see if Roman would retain his title, I was equally as anxious to see who the surprise entrants would be. That was always my favorite part of the Rumble and rumors were rampant, especially with top stars in NJPW becoming free agents.

Boy, did they ever deliver this year with AJ Styles. I wasn’t really sure at first who it was because I didn’t recognize the music but did that place ever erupt when he came out! When he came out, I thought my boyfriend was going to flip the damn coffee table and I immediately thought that Vince McMahon owns the world. It’s not the Monday Night War days and there aren’t a whole lot of places for wrestlers to go but what a victory for the WWE to pull a major star with many of their own out with injury.

It was just absolutely incredible to feel that energy and see the crowd be so into what was happening.

Another shocking moment to me was Brock Lesnar’s elimination. I just assumed that he would be handed the belt and everyone would call it a day. I KNEW that the Sister Abigail meant more than it seemed, there was no way it was just a fleeting moment.

On Raw, Lesnar was added to the triple threat match at Fastlane to determine the number one contender for Triple H’s newly one WWE title (that’s another blog post for another day). I still don’t think he will win because there is too much potential in both Roman vs. Dean and Lesnar versus anyone in the Wyatt Family. The Wyatt’s are finally going to be in a storyline that is heading somewhere (they have been flip-flopping for a while) and we get treated to best friends brawling. What more could a wrestling fan ask for?

I feel like I’m rambling but I’m just so excited. It’s Wrestlemania season, they’re announcing the Hall of Fame Inductees, Shinsuke Nakamura is coming, and I can barely contain myself.

I may shed a tear of joy.