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) Which of the three pay-per-views from this weekend was your overall favorite?
Worlds Collide was the tightest show for me. It didn’t overstay its welcome, the mission was accomplished for the matches, and it had some of the best action for the weekend.
There were positives and negatives all around, but Clash at the Castle felt underwhelming in how it could have been more special, but wasn’t. All Out was exceedingly long and didn’t need to be, since much of it was filler, and they didn’t even have one of the matches that I was looking forward to the most (Jungle Boy vs. Christian Cage)
2) Out of the three pay-per-views, what was the best match?
Carmelo Hayes vs. Ricochet was my favorite overall, most likely. It certainly topped Worlds Collide, at least.
The best match for me at Clash at the Castle was Gunther vs. Sheamus. I definitely want to see those two go at it again.
All Out’s best match was the tag team title match, even though I think The Acclaimed should have won and that outcome was disappointing.
3) What is the top story you’re interested in seeing the follow-up from after Clash at the Castle? Dominik’s heel turn? Reigns and the title hunt? Solo Sikoa? Something else?
Bayley will naturally get a title shot against Bianca Belair at Extreme Rules. I don’t think there’s much of particular interest to that story.
I love that Giovanni Vinci is back with a reinstatement of Imperium. However, that’s a finished story in a sense, too.
Dominik’s heel turn is interesting, but I don’t want to see him join Judgment Day. On top of that, I don’t think he has the promo skills to make this a super interesting storyline beyond just the idea on paper of “son turns on his father.”
More than anything, I’m curious what the next direction is for Tyson Fury, Drew McIntyre, Karrion Kross, Austin Theory and Roman Reigns. Is there a set match in mind for these titles for Extreme Rules, or is Reigns taking another pay-per-view off? If the former, who fights him? Assuming the latter, what is the replacement main event and how will they stretch out two months until Crown Jewel for the next title shot?
4) Worlds Collide unified all titles except the NXT UK Heritage Cup. What do you think is happening there?
My guess is they didn’t want to do Carmelo Hayes against Noam Dar in a unification. Hayes against Ricochet is a bigger draw (sorry; I like Dar, but it’s true) and the heel/face dynamic works better that way.
I don’t think there are any plans to bring back the Heritage Cup in any form. I’m assuming it’s just retired and won’t be mentioned, rather than that we’ll see Dar pop up on NXT this week with that trophy, touting that he’s still a champion and whatnot.
It wouldn’t make sense, in my mind, for there to be a lingering NXT UK championship after all that. It’s not like the Heritage Cup would translate into a normal NXT title, nor would it work to carry over into NXT Europe and keep it active for however many months it’ll take for that to get off the ground.
5) Does CM Punk’s appearance on the post-show media scrum overshadow All Out for you?
Totally. Not even MJF’s return is as interesting to me as the fallout of what Punk said. There has been so much rampant rumors and speculation about people upset on the roster lately and this divide has seemingly only gotten worse. If it is true that there were altercations and people threatening to walk out, that will have a much bigger lasting effect on AEW as a whole (and elsewhere) than just Toni Storm becoming interim champion and whatnot.
Let us know your thoughts about these questions by answering them in the comments!