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) WrestleMania Backlash is absolutely packed with rematches from WrestleMania. Is this okay to you? Are you fine with WWE just copying and pasting parts of the WrestleMania card and trying to double-dip?
No. I don’t care if it’s “WrestleMania Backlash” and “the feuds aren’t over with.” You can at least spice things up. Why is Edge vs. AJ Styles a regular match? There’s no gimmick to Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins? Nothing is on the line, so why should I care other than to see the same thing again, when I can just rewatch WrestleMania?
Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey is at least an I Quit match, but I haven’t cared whatsoever about that feud or Ronda’s upcoming title win anyway, so I’m in the camp where it still doesn’t matter to me.
All that truly mattered was the tag team title unification, and that was thrown away. Even then, I was more interested in what WWE is going to do after this show with the belts and the division as a whole, rather than who (The Usos) would walk out with the titles.
If all WWE could muster up was “Bobby Lashley has another match with Omos, and this guy fights that person again, and this woman fights that woman again” I wouldn’t have been interested in that happening on Raw, let alone a so-called “special” event.
2) Do you think any other matches will be added to the WrestleMania Backlash card? If so, what?
Two more matches will probably be on the card. One will be a throwaway kickoff match. I could imagine a few possibilities. The Women’s Tag Team Championship is on the line on SmackDown, but I think that might end with some non-finish that leads to them saying they’re doing a rematch on Sunday. Mustafa Ali against Ciampa could happen. Theory might defend the United States Championship. Maybe Liv Morgan fights Rhea Ripley. Ezekiel against Kevin Owens is a strong possibility. A Veer Mahaan squash could happen. Even Bianca Belair against Sonya Deville in another title match or The New Day against some combo of Butch, Ridge Holland and Sheamus are all on the table.
3) Does labeling a television episode something special like NXT Spring Breakin’ make you more inclined to watch, or does it still depend on what the card and lineup has to offer no matter how much they dress it up?
I would much rather WWE do this on the regular and at least put some effort into making it seem like it’s a bigger deal, like how this one has an NXT Championship match, some main roster talent and someone swapping over from NXT UK, than not to. If this were just another show with some of these matches advertised, I wouldn’t expect a bump in the ratings.
However, isn’t it lipstick on a pig, in a sense? More than likely, nothing super special will go down here and it will just be a slightly more important than normal episode. If you’re not digging the NXT 2.0 product, I highly doubt slapping this graphic (particularly with THIS name) on the screen is going to make you change your mind and keep tuning in week after week. Most of the friends I have who are into wrestling barely watch anymore except pay-per-views and they don’t consider these worthy of that distinction.
4) The IInspiration have announced an indefinite departure from Impact Wrestling. What do you think is in store for their future?
The wording of that made me think less that they’re leaving for another company and more that they’re not looking to wrestle at all right now. Obviously, I don’t know a damn thing about what’s going on in their personal lives, but I have my speculations.
One would be that they want to focus on their modeling and/or podcast. Maybe they’re making enough money with those avenues that they don’t want to keep beating up their bodies, or want to take a break for a little while.
Another could be that one or both of them wants to start a family, and they know that they’re a package deal, so the other figured it would be best to step away at the same time.
I don’t anticipate they’ll be popping up on Dynamite and this was just an excuse to get out of their Impact contracts or anything of that ilk.
5) W. Morrissey is teased to face Wardlow next week on Dynamite. Would you ever want to see Enzo Amore on AEW?
All Elite Wrestling has an abundance of talent. So many people don’t get featured on a regular basis, while others are relegated to just pretty much Dark and Dark: Elevation. If Tony Khan was going to bring in more people, they would need to be the right names and for the right reasons.
Acquiring new talent and replacing some of the lackluster ones is a given, but Enzo doesn’t fit that bill to me. There isn’t anyone on the roster I would cut in favor of signing him.
As far as a guest one-shot here and there like Erick Redbeard and likely W. Morrissey in this case, what does Enzo have to offer? I can’t think of a single situation where he would need to be brought in as a special attraction and it would be worth it.
My answer would be no, but I’m always willing to hear the other side of the argument.
Let us know your thoughts about these questions by answering them in the comments!