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) Edge is set to face Austin Theory for the United States Championship on Monday Night Raw. Do you think he’s winning the title, or will Theory retain?
I’m torn. If Theory vs. John Cena is the plan for WrestleMania, and Theory is holding the title, that ties WWE’s hands. I would think Cena would win, but he can’t realistically hold that belt. So that means either doing a non-title match (which is lame) or having Theory win.
So it wouldn’t shock me at all if Edge did win this, so that he could hold that belt and drop it to someone else at WrestleMania (or further down the line, if need be). But since that would likely just be another match with Finn Balor, and I don’t think Balor holding the United States title is an upgrade from Theory by any means, I’m leaning toward Theory retaining.
That’s in part because Balor and The Judgment Day could very easily interfere and cost Edge this win to keep that feud going.
We’re either getting Balor vs. Edge inside Hell in a Cell, or we’re getting Edge, Rey Mysterio and someone else (Bad Bunny?) against Balor, Dominik and Damian Priest. I don’t think the United States Championship will be involved with Edge’s WrestleMania plans.
2) How are you hoping WWE follows up on the Sami Zayn vs. The Bloodline story after Elimination Chamber?
I think WWE made a MASSIVE mistake not having Jey Uso strike Sami with the chair. That would have transferred the heat to fans wanting to see Sami get revenge on Jimmy and Jey, rather than how right now, Jey looks sympathetic toward Sami’s cause more than anything else.
I’m worried fans will start rejecting Cody Rhodes out of spite because they don’t realize they can be pro-Cody and pro-Sami at the same time. They’re fickle and will think supporting Rhodes betrays their love for Zayn. And right now, it still seems like they need to wrap this up by having Sami Zayn beat Roman Reigns, not The Usos.
Since they made such a big mistake at Elimination Chamber, they need to do damage control FAST. We need a red hot angle on Monday Night Raw that sees a heat transfer where fans can sympathize with Cody Rhodes and cheer for him, while hating Jey and Jimmy, and wanting to see Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn embrace in partnership.
Zayn absolutely has to move on past Roman Reigns to have his focus on The Usos in order for fans to accept it and not dwell on “It should’ve been Sami, not Cody.”
3) Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar once again ended in controversy. Is WWE milking this too much for you? Are you more (or less) interested in seeing them have one more clash with some finality at WrestleMania? Does the prospect of Bray Wyatt against either of them appeal to you? How are you feeling about Lashley/Lesnar/Wyatt right now?
Ugh. Not only am I tired of WWE dragging this out, I think the Wyatt option is an even worse scenario. I’m not in the slightest bit interested in simultaneously dragging out the Wyatt vs. Uncle Howdy situation to make this random sidestep to see Lashley OR Lesnar against Wyatt. Both of those potential feuds seem like a waste of Lashley and Lesnar. Neither of them have any storyline reason to be going against Wyatt, and I can’t imagine they’d have great chemistry on their promos OR in the ring, either.
If I had it my way, Lashley vs. Lesnar would have ended at Crown Jewel. Since it didn’t, I would have had the Royal Rumble interaction lead straight into WrestleMania, without doing anything at Elimination Chamber between the two. Wyatt needs to be doing something else.
The last thing I want to do with all these guys is take 6 weeks to tell some half-baked random Wyatt vs. Lesnar/Lashley story, only to come back to Lashley vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania Backlash in Saudi Arabia in May or something, when they could just do a Hell in a Cell or Fight Pit match at Mania and be done with it. Let Wyatt do something else, like finally progress his story, instead of taking months to go nowhere.
4) Who do you think will win the tag team battle royal on Dynamite to earn a spot in the four-way at Revolution?
If they’re going for star power, The Lucha Bros make the most sense. They’d probably put on the best match, too. But I wouldn’t count out a possibility that another team might be thrown in there that wasn’t part of the graphic.
More so, however, I think that a surprise team will be added as the fourth team, instead of the third. Lucha Bros is 100% my pick. There’s no way The Butcher and The Blade win over them, for example.
5) Mercedes Moné won the IWGP Women’s Championship at NJPW Battle in the Valley. Does this make you more or less interested in watching New Japan, or does it have no bearing on you whatsoever?
It actually depends more on who her opponents will be rather than whether she’s holding the title.
Kairi against Tam Nakano wasn’t why I watched Wrestle Kingdom. I tuned in to that for Mercedes. But on a similar wavelength, if Mercedes goes up against a bunch of talent from Stardom that I’ve never heard of before and know nothing about, there won’t be enough of a hook.
And for anyone thinking I’m being too harsh, I apply the same to the men’s divisions and in other companies, too. Just like I’m a fan of Moné, I’m a fan of Johnny Gargano, but I have zero interest in watching Main Event to see him beat some local jobber, or to watch Impact Wrestling (or, keeping it with New Japan) to watch Guy I’ve Never Heard of Before against someone I like.
My philosophy is more so “if I’ve got nothing else getting in the way, maybe I’ll check it out” but I’m not going out of my way to order it or watch it.
Let us know your thoughts about these questions by answering them in the comments!
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