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) New Year’s Evil. Battle of the Belts. Wrestle Kingdom. Hard to Kill. Which show do you think was the best?
I only watched 3 matches of Wrestle Kingdom and I missed the first couple from Hard to Kill. All in all, New Year’s Evil was the better show for my tastes, but it paled in comparison to how a TakeOver event would have been in the black and gold era.
2) Where do you see the latest releases from NXT popping up next? (William Regal, Samoa Joe, Timothy Thatcher, etc)
The writers and other personnel, I have no idea. That’s almost impossible to tell.
Danny Burch – I’d assume he’ll go back to the indies in the UK scene.
Hachiman – Bloodsport and other indies like that, maybe? I wasn’t familiar with his work prior, so that’s as much of a shot in the dark as you can get.
Timothy Thatcher – This one’s tough. Most people would likely go straight to guessing AEW, but I don’t think that will happen. I also can’t quite picture him in Impact Wrestling. So maybe NWA? Maybe he does the indies and shows up more in places like GCW?
Samoa Joe – AEW. He has to go there unless he’s been given too bad of a bill of health and can’t wrestle anymore. There are far too many matches to look forward to, like CM Punk, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, hell even Jungle Boy, for Tony Khan to not snatch him up.
William Regal – AEW’s got to pick him up in some fashion, too, right?! This is Regal!
3) Since WWE is gutting everything related to the pre-2.0 era, who do you unfortunately see being cut in the next NXT releases that are seemingly inevitable?
Obviously, I’m hoping “nobody” is the answer, but that’s foolish. Each round of releases, I hope it’s the last one, and a few days or weeks go by and I’m proven wrong.
So if the game plan is to say adios to damn near everyone who Triple H had a say in bringing on board, I’m surprised Jeremy Borash and some more backstage people aren’t gone. Matt Bloom is someone I’d expect to be replaced. Nobody’s safe.
As far as the talent side goes, my eyes are on Dakota Kai, Io Shirai, Roderick Strong, Malcolm Bivens, T-Bar, Mace, Commander Azeez, Los Lotharios, Drew Gulak, Boa, Dexter Lumis, Guru Raaj, and potentially a good chunk of NXT UK. That might seem like a ton, but that’s what WWE’s doing these days. They’re just gutting everything.
4) Take a shot. Who beats Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship?
Grayson Waller or Von Wagner. They seem to be high enough on Waller that I’d give him an edge, but don’t count out Wagner. He was pushed out of nowhere and none of it made much sense. So the only thing that does make sense with his push is that they saw something in him. If that’s the case, what they saw is likely that he’s got top guy potential because he’s big.
I’d still lean toward Waller, though. Admittedly, that feels like the more obvious pick and I’m probably going to be wrong, but I’d feel foolish if I said anyone else and didn’t go with the one that stands out the most. They don’t really sign new people all that much anymore, so I can’t expect there to be a new signing that comes in red hot. Picking from the current crop, Waller’s been on Raw. That speaks volumes.
5) Why do you think WWE is hesitant to officially confirm Seth Rollins is facing Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble?
First off, I assume this wasn’t remotely close to the original plan. My guess is they wanted to have Drew McIntyre and Jeff Hardy fight at Day 1 to determine who got the title shot and one of them would have fought Reigns here. That went sideways with Hardy’s release AND McIntyre’s injury. Had he not been injured, I think we’d see The Scottish Warrior in this match.
Second, I assume the idea of putting Rollins in this match didn’t come until close to Friday.
Third, it wouldn’t shock me at all if there’s a miscommunication going on and it is confirmed, but some people just don’t know it. You’d think with all that money going around, they’d be able to have their website and social media accounts up to date even easier than we have here on EWN, but WWE.com is frequently late or flat out wrong about information. Just look at how long it took for them to take some released Superstars off the graphics for 205 Live on the shows page, or how Main Event still isn’t listed there. So I bet the graphics department doesn’t have it ready to go or someone thought they posted it on the site and didn’t.
Fourth, and I really hope this isn’t the case and they’re this ridiculous, but they literally might think not confirming is creates intrigue and will get people to tune in to Raw and/or SmackDown. I could imagine someone pitching this. “Let’s have Adam Pearce say he’s picked Roman’s next opponent, then Rollins can pop up, but nobody will say it’s him, so that’ll make you wonder IS IT ROLLINS? What a hook, right?!” Ugh.
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