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.
WWE Thunderdome Gets Trolled
As fully expected, every day something is broadcast from the WWE Thunderdome, there are a handful of reports of inappropriate things being shown on various feeds.
So far, someone’s shown Chris Benoit, the KKK, a “fire Velveteen Dream” sign (less offensive, obviously), and footage of a goddamn beheading—at the very least. We don’t even know how many things didn’t get reported or even noticed yet.
We all saw this coming. There was no way WWE could give people a platform to do these kind of things and everyone would behave. Look at the way this pandemic is happening, where some people are being incredibly unsafe just because they think it’s funny to have parties where you spit in each other’s mouths. That’s human nature for you. Collectively, we’re both brilliant and completely moronic.
A little trolling can be fun/funny. Frankly, if I tuned in to Raw or SmackDown and saw someone on the Thunderdome screen with a shirt that said #Blunderdome, I’d chuckle. If someone replaced their image with the fan who was surprised with bulging eyes when Undertaker’s streak ended, that would be great.
But when you get people putting an ISIS execution on there? What the hell is wrong with you?
This is why we can’t have nice things. You can’t trust people not to break them.
The people responsible for putting these things up and whatever else happens in the future are quite pitiful, not clever at all and have likely peaked with this, which is sad.
If I were WWE, I’d start charging for appearing on the Thunderdome and try to make people more accountable, too. Make it even $1 per episode and you could make tons of money back. Once people tie that into their WWE Network or whatever, you can threaten to disable their access or something and that might prevent people from doing these things a little bit better. Hell, make it a $5 or even $10 “Thunderdome Priority” sign-up thing where people can have more of a chance to get a better position closer to the ring so they might be seen. Ask them for their details and get them tied into their feed so when you have to ban them, you can put a clause in there about how if they do something awful like that, they’re fined or something.
I don’t know the full legalities behind that, but they can probably figure something out.
Keith Lee Moved to Raw with New Music and Ring Gear
The outfit is awful. It looks like he’s wearing a skirt. The new music is bland as all hell. Why go from his personalized song to something so generic? Who makes these decisions and thinks they’re good?? Well, we know who…
Supposedly, Lee is getting a new song come Payback. I hope it’s more akin to his previous song or even better, rather than some rush job that is even worse.
Also, how much do you want to bet WWE changes his finisher from The Big Bang Catastrophe to just The Big Bang? And how long before he starts going by Big Keith since everyone has to have short names and they love having Big in there (Big E, Big Cass, Big Jordan, Big Red, Big Show, Big Hungry, Big Daddy V, Big Boss Man, Big John Studd, etc)?
Bella Twins Reveal the Names of their Kids
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev have named their son Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev. Pretty normal name, right?
But in typical fashion to follow up Birdie Joe, Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan have decided to name their son Buddy Dessert. Buddy Dessert.
It’s supposed to be pronounced “desert”. You know what would have made more sense, then? To name the kid Buddy Desert.
But, I mean…c’mon now….really??? Buddy Dessert??? I say this full-well coming from a lifetime of having the surname Mango that even that has had its moments of having to roll my eyes when people crack the same old jokes. At least nobody was able to get under my skin and pick on me because of it. With a name like Buddy Dessert, you’re asking for the kid to get teased. Here’s hoping he doesn’t, but I wouldn’t take that bet.
Wade Barrett on NXT Commentary
How cool was it to see Wade Barrett return and join the commentary team for NXT? Frankly, I think he did a great job. I hadn’t ever listened to him on NWA, so this was my first taste of him as a commentator. I dig it. Sign the guy to a full-time gig!
For that matter, you know who I always thought should come back in one of these roles? Give me Mr. Kennedy as a ring announcer. That was always the best part of his performance, so let’s have his vocal chords shine by announcing other people to the ring, rather than trying to do the stuff between the ropes on his own. Then, if you ever want to do an angle with someone getting physical, you know he’s at least able to handle that. He can replace Alicia Taylor, who can do more backstage interview stuff, instead.
Jon Moxley Tops PWI 500
I’ll never claim to be the be-all and end-all of wrestling journalism. Hell, I consider myself more of a pundit to begin with. I also know I’ll never be qualified to make a top 500 list as I don’t have time to watch anything other than WWE and AEW, so I can’t tell you how great Naito is and such outside of a match or two.
But in my opinion, Moxley isn’t the right choice for #1. He’s certainly up there in a lot of ways, but I think I’ve gotten more out of Cody this year, for instance. Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy have had a better rivalry than Mox has had with Jake Hager, Brian Cage and Brodie Lee. Adam Cole had a better match with Pat McAfee than Moxley will likely have against MJF.