Between Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, the Mixed Match Challenge, 205 Live, all of the WWE Network specials and shows, all of the YouTube content, pay-per-views, special events, social media and dirt sheets, there’s just so much WWE material to soak in throughout the week.
In a lot of ways, it’s overwhelming, and it makes someone’s job like myself that much harder to do when you tend to cover a lot of the same major topics over and over again while the smaller things are pushed aside—or, in some cases, things change week to week and you’re always focusing on the bigger picture and can’t weigh in on the twists and turns that make the sum of its parts.
To kind of counteract, I figured I’d start a new segment here on eWN that I’ve been toying with for a while, dubbed Fast Count. Essentially, it will be a “quick thoughts” type breakdown of a variety of topics that happened throughout the week in a smaller format, rather than choosing to either create giant think-pieces about every little thing or letting them slip through the cracks entirely.
With Fastlane coming up, I figured now was as good a time as any to dust this project off the shelf and give it a shot, so without further ado, here are some of my takeaways from this week in WWE:
What the hell is going on with Asuka’s title shot?
I honestly can’t tell if WWE is purposely trying to keep things “interesting” by saying she’s fighting Alexa Bliss, only to pull a fast one on us and go “ha, got you guys, she’s actually fighting Charlotte Flair” so we can be surprised, or if there’s some legitimate wires being crossed about their plans.
With Nia Jax and Asuka fighting again, I’m still thinking there’s a Triple Threat with those two and Alexa on the horizon, but I can’t think of anything decent for Flair to do, which makes me think a Fatal 4-Way is going on with Bliss, Jax, Bayley and Sasha Banks.
I’m interested, but my head is starting to hurt.
So Mickie James is definitely a heel now.
Up until Monday Night Raw, she was a babyface who was possibly being taken advantage of and didn’t realize Bliss isn’t really her friend. Now that she’s taken cheap shots at attacking Asuka, she’s flat out turned.
I hope she doesn’t take on the responsibility of being the heel that everybody can beat every week. I’d love to see her be Ronda Rousey’s first legitimate feud after WrestleMania, instead.
Oh, so the Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt thing isn’t over yet.
The Ultimate Deletion wasn’t something I thought would happen at WrestleMania. I figured the card was too stacked as it is. Maybe I’m wrong, and there is an actual plan to do something different and weird.
Time to cross my fingers that it isn’t too weird, as I wasn’t the biggest fan of the House of Horrors match, and I don’t know how they can pull off a pre-taped thing happening at WrestleMania, of all shows.
The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins could steal the show at WrestleMania.
I’m so glad to see that The Miz won’t just be in a squash match against Braun Strowman (more on him, later) and instead, he’s being set up for what easily has the potential for the match of the night.
These three guys have a chance to put on one HELL of a match if given enough time, and this has skyrocketed to one of my most anticipated things to look forward to for New Orleans.
The Bar has no challengers?
If Sheamus and Cesaro have beaten everybody there is to offer, surely, this implies someone from outside the roster will challenge them, right?
The Authors of Pain would be my top pick, if that’s the case, but I honestly don’t want to see that happen here, nor SAnitY (who I don’t think would have great chemistry with The Bar).
Instead, I’m just hoping for The Revival and The Balor Club to get in the mix. I would have said The Miztourage as well, but, well, I think the match would be better without them.
I’m not going to lie, though, that it didn’t cross my mind that War Machine isn’t in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and could possibly answer the call and get a big push out of nowhere.
And the Warrior Award goes to…
Very cool to see Jarrius “JJ” Robertson being the recipient of this year’s Warrior Award at the Hall of Fame.
That kid has gone through a lot more than most of us will ever have to experience and he still manages to keep a positive attitude and be a little ball-buster on top of it, keeping his edge despite all his hardships.
Truth be told, I’m more excited to hear his acceptance speech than Goldberg’s, which is weird, cause I’d rather listen to a kid talk than to listen to a guy talk about his kid again.
Braun Strowman vs. Elias? Really?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Elias, and I’d love to see him hold that Intercontinental Championship sometime in 2018, but he’s not on the same level as Braun Strowman is right now, and if this is the best WWE has in store for The Monster Among Men, they need to wake up.
Booking Strowman as strong as they did for Elimination Chamber and having him get the last laugh with Roman Reigns proves they’re not unaware of Strowman’s popularity, so why was there not a more solid plan in place for him?
Plan B, where B stands for Braun
Supposedly, the reason is because Strowman is in limbo of whether or not he’ll be inserted in the main event to replace either Roman Reigns (due to the possible steroid scandal) or Brock Lesnar (due to him possibly not cooperating).
Alternatively, he and Elias could be inserted in the Intercontinental Championship match, which I wouldn’t like to see all that much, as it’s just a copy of the Elimination Chamber we just saw, and it would feel a bit underwhelming in my mind. Plus, it would potentially saddle Strowman with the wrong belt, and I want to see him holding that world title instead.
Did Brock Lesnar really not show up?
Please. Give me a break. Of course this is a work. Someone in the back realized that a face-to-face last time around between these two led to the ridiculous tug-of-war with the belt and thought to themselves “Maybe we can get them to cheer Reigns if we appeal to the smarks by making this about Lesnar not being a company guy and being given even more special treatment?”