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 June 21, 2021. 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) WWE’s goal should always be to make you feel fulfilled with every show and looking forward to the next one at the same time. Do you feel that way about any part of Hell in a Cell? Was it worth the watch? What are you most interested in seeing coming out of it?
Absolutely not thrilled with what I saw, and definitely not looking more forward to Raw after that show. If anything, I’m less looking forward to more WWE programming. I can’t imagine this episode of Raw is going to be anything but recaps of that relatively worthless event, spillover from it (like McIntyre wanting a match against MVP, Charlotte Flair complaining that she deserves a rematch and so on), and then, some pointless filler for a full hour mixed in.
The most interesting thing is going to be whether or not WWE bothers to make any headway toward Money in the Bank, or if it’ll be a total stall episode. Basically, what’s most interesting is whether or not they just move on and act like the past month didn’t even happen. That’s awful, isn’t it?
2) If it’s true that Brock Lesnar is not in the plans to face Bobby Lashley for SummerSlam, who should be his replacement against The All Mighty?
I honestly can’t think of a single person that feels big enough other than Goldberg. Mind you, I don’t want to see that match. I have zero faith it would be any good. But if they’re looking for big names and Superstars who will sell the event as super special, nobody on the roster fits that bill.
There are tons of talented wrestlers on Raw and SmackDown who should be that level, if this was a perfect world. Keith Lee, Ricochet, Kevin Owens, etc. But that just isn’t the case at this moment—especially if you limit it to Raw.
WWE needs to bring an outsider in for that match and I can’t see Edge making sense, nor Triple H. That really only limits their options to Goldberg if it’s not Brock Lesnar, doesn’t it?
Maybe…just maybe…Bobby Lashley beats Kofi Kingston at Money in the Bank. Then, Big E wins the Money in the Bank briefcase and he challenges Bobby Lashley for the title at SummerSlam. That could be the only option other than an outsider that I can imagine making sense and coming off like a big enough deal people would be invested in.
3) Supposedly, WWE has been pitched a “points system month” and a World Cup that would last a long while. Are you a fan of either of these ideas?
It depends. In theory, that could be interesting, but I can’t imagine these are the best ways to do things.
The points system would be too hard for a company like WWE to take into account. After so many decades of not doing anything close to that, it would turn out to be a mess. Then, when it disappeared, people would wonder why. I also can’t imagine WWE would like it so much that they’d stick to it and do true power rankings like AEW.
The World Cup idea intrigues me if they have a way to do it where it isn’t just better as King of the Ring. By that, I mean if you’re going to do a tournament and it’s just going to last a few weeks, make it KOTR (and give it to Xavier Woods).
But what you might be able to do is play into the “we’re traveling again” idea and have Superstars broken up by countries where people represent their country.
For instance, both Finn Balor and Sheamus would be representatives of Ireland. They (and all others from Ireland) would face off for the right to be that country’s stand-in. The same would go for Japan, Mexico, etc. Since there are so many people from the United States, you could do a battle royal to determine that person. Then, maybe I’m down for a World Cup. But if it’s just a tournament of random guys for nothing at all, there’s nothing making me super into it.
4) Before anything happens with Money in the Bank, including any announced participants, who are you hoping will win the briefcases?
Since I’m hoping Brock Lesnar fights Bobby Lashley, I can’t sign off on my Big E idea I mentioned above. Keep that in mind.
Ultimately, what I care about the most is that WWE picks people they have actual plans for and those Superstars don’t lose a ton of matches before their cash-in, they ultimately are successful when they cash it in, and they have decent title reigns. I want this to be a success again and not a waste like it has been the past few years.
My ideal scenario at this particular moment, which will likely change here and there, is for Adam Cole to win the men’s match and either Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks or Charlotte Flair to win the women’s.
I think keeping the briefcase will protect Cole on the main roster and keep him always in the mix for the belt, but not someone who needs to perpetually win No. 1 contender matches. Then, hopefully, he’ll cash it in and win it down the line.
For the women, we know those are the only 3 who WWE will care about, so they might as well go with one of them and not fool themselves. Anyone else is going to have a bad run with it and I don’t want someone like Liv Morgan to get it, get people’s hopes up, and then have it go to waste and also hurt her career in relation to it.
5) The IIconics will likely be using the new team name “The IInspiration”. Ruby Riott has said she’s not returning to Heidi Lovelace and may go with “Ruby Reckless”, “Ruby Ramone”, “Ruby Blue” or “Ruby Vandal”. What do you think of these names?
The IInspiration is okay, but they could do better. I’d maybe go more for just The IIcons if they wanted to be cheeky about it. Maybe IImagine or IImage. At least it’s not The IIronics, right? But I’d actually like IInspiration better if it didn’t have “the” in front of it.