Welcome back to another Monday Morning Q&A where I toss out some questions to get a feel of how you guys and gals are feeling about certain topics.
So here are 5 questions I’d like to toss out for this week. I’ll give my answers, too, but the key here is that I want to know what YOU think! So make sure you chime in!
1) Before getting into WWE, let’s talk AEW. Cody Rhodes defeated Sammy Guevara on Rampage to win the TNT Championship. How do you feel about this decision?
I’m torn. On one hand, I think this could lead toward a Rhodes heel turn that could be good for the long run. If that doesn’t happen, though, I think this is a big mistake.
I also think Sammy Guevara never got a chance to have an actual run with the title. Maybe that will help him gain sympathy in the eyes of the fans and it’ll be better for his babyface image down the line, but right now, it just feels like a missed opportunity.
Another missed opportunity is possibly just giving the belt to someone else. Plenty other heels could have beaten Sammy and it would have sit better with me than just going back to Cody.
The more I think about it, the less I like it. I’m going to give AEW the benefit of the doubt that this was for a good reason, but they haven’t been spotless with their track record, either. This could be more along the lines of the mistakes like how Brian Cage has been booked rather than the successes like Adam Page’s journey to the top.
2) Are you excited for WWE to have a pay-per-view on January 1st? Will you be watching it live, or focusing more on New Year’s Day?
At first, I was into it. Sometimes, changing up the formula can inspire some creativity and passion. But I never saw that boost in productivity from WWE. All I see coming out of this is that they took December off and they’re phoning in Day 1 just the same as they would have phoned in some other event mid-December.
Now, I’m more annoyed to be watching the show on January 1st than excited. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t drink and had no plans to party on the 31st, so I’m not even feeling peeved that those plans got ruined. I’ll be watching live because it’s my job and not because I’m especially excited for this card. How about you?
3) What are your predictions for how COVID is going to play out with WWE in the coming months? Do you think Royal Rumble and WrestleMania will go on as scheduled?
I think WWE is going to do everything it can to argue that live events should continue the way they are right now, at least until Mania is over and done with. They have a built-in excuse now, too, if the ticket sales are crap, as they can just blame it on COVID, and I hate that. While that is definitely a factor, I hate WWE being able to use other things as scapegoats instead of just acknowledging their own poor business decisions and bad creative output.
I anticipate Royal Rumble will go on as scheduled with some minor adjustments. Then, the Saudi Arabia show they haven’t announced will potentially be postponed, or that’ll be their Elimination Chamber and they’ll be trying to put all their eggs in that basket. Mania will either run into a snag and they’ll have to scramble, or it’ll go on with a limited capacity and WWE will play that up as why fan interest wasn’t higher. Then, if this variant (or another, ugh) is still raging, I think post-Mania, WWE will be forced to reevaluate the ThunderDome.
Yes, I’m being pessimistic. I thought we’d be out of this pandemic in a few weeks. We’re entering year 3. By now, I just assume 2024 will still have this shit going on, if not 2025. Yaaaaaaay….
4) Assuming this isn’t just a shorter event and there will be more to the lineup, which matches would you like to see added to WWE Day 1’s card?
I’d prefer a shorter event, to be honest. But some other matches I could see being possibly added to the card are a Raw Tag Team Championship match, AJ Styles vs. Omos, Damian Priest against Dolph Ziggler and/or Robert Roode for the United States Championship, Shinsuke Nakamura against Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship and maybe something spotlighting Austin Theory.
Hopefully, they don’t fill it with nonsense like Nikki A.S.H. against Zelina Vega or The Viking Raiders against Jinder Mahal and Shanky just because they don’t have the people available to do other matches.
5) WWE Day 1 versus New Year’s Revolution versus NXT New Year’s Evil versus AEW New Year’s Smash. Which pay-per-view name do you like best?
I’m not particularly fond of any of them, to be honest. If I were to rank them, though, I’d go with New Year’s Revolution at the top. It’s the most basic twist of the phrase. Then, New Year’s Evil would be #2. New Year’s Smash would have to come in third for being very bland, but in a far distant fourth would be Day 1. Not only do I think it doesn’t roll off the tongue, it also just doesn’t sound like a pay-per-view event at all. On top of that, I think it sounds like older people trying to be cool and thinking of something that might have felt more with a vibe 5+ years ago.
Let us know your thoughts about these questions by answering them in the comments!