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) Did you enjoy WrestleMania Backlash enough to justify how WWE booked it, or did you think it was more of a waste of time?
I’m firmly in the camp that I didn’t need to watch that. Some of the matches were good if I looked at it within a bubble, but even then, I don’t think if I erased those from my memory, I’d be truly missing out on anything. Nothing that happened here was must-see. It all just happened, and a lot of it didn’t need to.
I don’t want WWE walking away from this feeling like they had a good show and can do this sort of half-assed “TV doesn’t matter to build to a pay-per-view that doesn’t matter because quantity of content hours is better than quality and if you get 4 good things over a month, shut up, you still got 4 good things” mentality. As a viewer, fan and consumer, I want every segment—match or promo—to be the best it possibly can be. The ratio should never lean more toward meaningless or bad with the good stuff being peppered in “to make it worth the wait.”
2) Cody Rhodes was front and center for the Money in the Bank promo and mentioned that the winners have implications for WrestleMania. What do you think WWE’s plan is for the briefcases this year?
I think they’ll divert from the trend of the past few years and not dispatch of the women’s briefcase super fast. Part of me thinks Bayley will win, but I can see an argument that she can fight for a title at any time and doesn’t need it. Maybe it is time to give it to someone like Raquel and see what happens months down the line.
Cody does seem like the obvious pick for the men’s. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say I’m sticking to my original prediction from a few weeks ago that he’ll cash it in for a title match against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, but it’ll only be for one of the titles. Rhodes will walk away with the WWE Championship and Reigns will continue holding on to the blue Universal Championship.
3) The NXT Breakout Tournament for the women’s division starts this week. Who is your early prediction to win?
I feel like it pretty much has to be down to two people. If Nikkita Lyons doesn’t win, it’ll be because Lash Legend screwed her in some fashion and she got counted out or whatever to protect her. She’s my overall pick to win and eventually dethrone Mandy Rose.
But I don’t think it’s necessarily time for WWE to take the title off Rose. At least, I don’t think WWE thinks that should happen super soon. So with that in mind, Roxanne Perez is the next best choice. She can win this and get a solid push, but ultimately come up short against Rose. It’s kind of doing a tournament just to get to the same spot they did already, killing time and circling right back, but that’s what WWE does these days anyway, so I doubt we’ll be able to avoid it.
Still, I would be down for a random win for Arianna Grace or Tatum Paxley, for instance. Giving Fallon Henley the win so she looks like a better prospect than ever before is something I’m 100% supportive of.
I just don’t want this to be a case where they try to pitch that Alba Fyre is a “new Superstar” and she’s in there to win it, or another equally lame idea like that.
4) Speaking of tournaments, who do you think the jokers will be for AEW’s Owen Hart Cup brackets?
My guess for the women is Athena, aka Ember Moon. I had thought of a few more potential names like Nixon Newell and Chelsea Green, but Mia Yim was someone I was leaning more toward until she popped up for Impact. It’s too early for Dakota Kai. Athena makes the most sense as a big enough name who is a free agent.
For the men, I have no idea. I honestly feel like I couldn’t possibly guess this one correct. Any number of guys could be great fits to join AEW or just make a guest appearance. My preferred pick would be Cesaro, though. He’s the one who would fit the AEW mold the best and be worth picking up more than anyone else, even though it could be used for a fun New Japan star or someone like Tyler Breeze, too.
5) Freddie Prinze Jr. is making headway in his wrestling company. He claims he has enough money to run for 3 years, wants to book the men and women equally, and have all his wrestlers be officially SAG-certified. What do you think will come out of this promotion, eventually?
I’m excited to see what he can bring to the table. Before seeing anything, I naturally can’t imagine that it will be the best thing in the world, nor the worst. Everyone is passionate about the ideas they have or they wouldn’t do them. But I respect the passion he’s bringing to the table and I feel like this has more potential legs than many other promotions.
I’m firmly of the opinion there are already too many outlets and that several companies should just merge. I’d be fine with NWA and Impact folding underneath AEW, for instance. But this strikes me as interesting if not just for the SAG aspect. Maybe this is what Control Your Narrative wants to be and will end up actually making sweeping changes to the business, where people start opening up more to it being employees, not independent contractors.
He seemed to have his head on straight for some of the ideas he would pitch as a writer, so that gives me some confidence, too. I’m excited to see what this becomes.
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