Welcome back to another round of Quick Takes—a post that indulges in the topics that aren’t worth dedicating a full article to, but are still on my mind.
Each week, I try to cram in as many smaller talking points as I can via a speedier process, and I invite you to chime in with your own thoughts about these topics and anything else by keeping the discussion going in the comments below! Drop some more talking points in there for everyone to chat it up about, too!
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s topics.
2020 Slammy Awards Snubs
After a 5-year absence, the Slammy Awards are back. For my full set of predictions to go with the lineup of nominees, click here. What I want to talk about on this post, though, are the snubs that should have at least been nominated.
Keep in mind I’m only thinking of Raw and SmackDown. If this were open to NXT, far more people should be on the list in different categories.
I can see an argument for not including Becky Lynch on Superstar of the Year. She was gone the majority of it. In her place, I’d put Shayna Baszler, who managed to destroy everyone at Elimination Chamber and make history as well as also win the tag titles.
The only non-NXT match I’d consider putting in Match of the Year is the SmackDown Tag Team Elimination Chamber match.
Fully agreed that the Mandy Rose storyline should have been in Rivalry of the Year over “Lana vs Announcer Tables”. That’s just ridiculous. Also, I personally hated the Mysterio/Rollins crap, but I get why it’s there, as it’s a kayfabe list, for the most part.
Tag Team of the Year should have included The Colons. I’m kidding. There are no snubs on this from Raw and SmackDown.
I don’t think Sami Zayn should have been included in Return of the Year. That slot should have been reserved more for Gobbledy Gooker for winning the 24/7 title at Survivor Series. I’m not even joking.
For Ring Gear, no love for Edge or Mandy Rose for WrestleMania?
Breakout Star could have included Shayna Baszler or Keith Lee.
Moment of the Year has all the main non-NXT ones covered, I think.
Rumored WrestleMania 37 Matches
According to some sources (while others say this is bogus), the three matches Vince McMahon has in mind for WrestleMania are Edge vs. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg and a triple threat with Drew McIntyre against Brock Lesnar and Keith Lee.
The Edge/Orton thing has to be a thing. It just pretty much has to. Unless Edge isn’t ready to return by then, naturally, there’s no other course of action that is logical for these two. They have to fight and end their feud.
Reigns and Goldberg doesn’t surprise me in the slightest bit. They wanted to do it at 36 and didn’t. There aren’t any viable options on SmackDown right now to challenge The Tribal Chief for the belt. Daniel Bryan is the only one and even he doesn’t have the most momentum in the world. I bet he’s the backup option if Goldberg doesn’t pan out. No real interest in seeing Reigns/Goldberg. I think it should be done, but I think it would be better off at Super ShowDown with an actual match at WrestleMania, rather than a series of spears that is 4 minutes long.
Completely pass on the triple threat. There’s no need. Lesnar isn’t under contract, he definitively lost to McIntyre, it would throw off the Paul Heyman dynamic with Roman Reigns and it serves no purpose. If WWE thinks there aren’t any good enough options for McIntyre other than Lesnar, that’s their fault for spending a whole year not building up any decent contenders. And if they think just adding Keith Lee to the mix masks that, then that’s not the case, either. Lee isn’t over based on what they’ve done with him on Raw. He’s over because he’s that good.
As much as I’m a huge fan of Lee, I don’t want to see him in that match, either. I want McIntyre against someone else. Now, if you give me Lee beating Lesnar in a random grudge match, that is something I’m down for. But that shouldn’t be for the title and it shouldn’t involve McIntyre.
Frankly, it may not be the most popular opinion, but at this point, Drew’s best opponent might be Sheamus. If they build up their friendship enough over the coming months and The Celtic Warrior wins the Elimination Chamber, that could work.
As much as I’m not into Bray Wyatt and I think he’s overrated, he’d be my #2 pick. However, I’d rather see Sheamus in that spot and Wyatt going up against Jeff Hardy with some weird Fiend/Willow nonsense that will most likely suck, but might at least give us something to look back on and make fun of. Then, Lee can be gunning for the United States Championship and take down Bobby Lashley in the midcard, have a run with that belt and gear up toward a world title reign later in 2021 or Mania 2022.
Rumor has it NXT India will start in January. I have no interest in it, but I understand the idea of expansion. To me, though, NXT UK has been a chore and not that successful. India will be an even harder presentation for someone like myself to want to watch as it won’t resonate with me as not only an American, but one who does not care about culture. I get nothing out of “isn’t it interesting that this has a rich history?” or “Look at how people from other countries do things” or whatever. Not my thing to begin with.
I’d have rather seen them go for NXT Asia. Even though that still would be too many more hours to watch per week, I think I’d end up enjoying it more. I guess we’ll see.
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