Fantasy Booking Series: The round-up

It beat me guys. It got away from me. I started this fantasy booking series thinking it would be a great idea, I could update it as I go and put something great together. I had all the main points planned out, and I thought I had a Wrestlemania card that had something for everyone.

But now I’m coming up for six months behind real time, and I don’t think it’s salvageable.  I hadn’t taken into account Crown Jewel, which hadn’t been announced at the time. Plus I made the decision at the start to ignore stuff like injuries, but take stuff like releases and signings into account. Then I watched as Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Rowan of the Bludgeon Brothers and probably more got injured. I saw Big Cass get released and Rey Mysterio come back. Then the kicker came – the announcement of Roman Reigns’ leukaemia. I had him as my top guy in the company, the dominating heel world champion for pretty much all year through to Wrestlemania. I don’t feel like I can go back to that now. Continue reading Fantasy Booking Series: The round-up

The Live Experience

If you follow WWE at all, you probably know that over the last 10 days they’ve been touring the UK and mainland Europe. And if you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw that I went to three of the shows – Raw in Manchester, SmackDown in Manchester, and a SmackDown house show in Glasgow.

There was a lot to love about all three shows. I got to see some of my all-time favourites for the first time, and some of the matches were great. I saw title changes, main roster debuts, a heel turn and just some great work on the mic and in the ring. Continue reading The Live Experience

Fantasy Booking Series: The card for Money In The Bank takes shape

It’s time for my fantasy booking series to return! We’re rounding off the month of May with more of the build to Money In The Bank. Did anybody else remember that there was a six week gap between Backlash and MITB? I didn’t. If you’re wondering where I left things, read the articles for the last PPV (Backlash) and the last article. Anyway, let’s fill out those ladder matches! Continue reading Fantasy Booking Series: The card for Money In The Bank takes shape

Fantasy Booking Series: The early build to Money In The Bank

It’s been about a month since I updated for my fantasy booking series, and while it’s coming along I thought I should post a couple of week’s worth of shows to keep it ticking over. Last time round we covered the entire nine days between Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash, so next on the calendar is Money In The Bank. Who’s going to qualify for the ladder matches? The first competitors are revealed here!

Monday Night Raw, 7th May

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Results: Bobby Lashley defeats Elias by pinfall, Ember Moon defeats Mandy Rose by pinfall, Alexa Bliss defeats Natalya by disqualification, Jimmy Uso defeats Shelton Benjamin by pinfall, Finn Balor defeats Sami Zayn

Promos: – Sasha Banks comes down to the ring to open the show. She says that for a week, WWE have been promoting a tell all speech from her. Banks says that ever since she attacked Bayley, people on Twitter have been asking her why. Banks plays the clip of her attacking Bayley after their match three weeks ago. People have told her that Bayley didn’t deserve that. Banks says it wasn’t about Bayley. Banks plays the clip of her attacking Naomi two weeks ago. Banks says that people told her Naomi didn’t deserve the beating Banks gave her, but it wasn’t about Naomi either. Banks says that people have been demanding that she explains her actions, she says that Kurt Angle didn’t ask her to explain her actions, he told her she would. Banks says she doesn’t have to explain herself to anybody. She pretends to leave, but then goes back to the centre of the ring and says she’s in a good mood, so she’ll throw the WWE Universe a bone. Banks says she’s in a good mood because she reclaimed her own fate. She says that for too long she pandered to the fans and the corporate sponsors and did whatever people wanted her to do, and whatever they asked her to do. Banks says people say she snapped, but she just got real. She says she attacked Bayley because she wanted to. Nothing more, nothing less. Banks says that she is writing her own story again, and now The Boss is back.

– Ronda Rousey and Natalya are backstage in Kurt Angle’s office, with Rousey asking for a title match against Nia Jax. Alexa Bliss walks in with Mickie James asking who Rousey thinks she is – she has only had one match and she is asking for a title shot? Bliss says she is a four-time Women’s Champion, and that means she’s ahead of Rousey in the queue. Rousey responds saying she’s been a champion before herself, and if Bliss doesn’t think she can win she should get in the ring with her. Things threaten to get physical, so Angle interjects saying that tonight there will be a number one contender’s match between Alexa Bliss and… Natalya. Bliss and James leave, and Angle turns to Rousey apologetically, saying that Bliss was right, Rousey has only had one match and he can’t go giving her title shots just like that, even if she was ready.

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– Nia Jax is asked by Renee Young about the number one contender match Kurt Angle set up for later tonight. Jax says that she doesn’t know why Bliss is getting another opportunity after Nia beat her twice, but if Nia has to beat her again she will, with pleasure. Nia puts over Natalya’s experience and ability, saying that being in the ring with someone will make Nia a better performer, but that being in the ring with Nia will make Natalya hurt. Young asks Nia about whether she thinks Rousey should have gotten the opportunity, and Nia looks at her and leaves.

– Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are backstage in their lair. Hardy says that they have now seen off the man with red hair and his partner, because their mortal vessels lost control after the red mist descended upon them. Wyatt says that it doesn’t matter who is next to challenge them, because the expedition of gold will live on. Wyatt says that they will turn any thoughts of taking the red straps from them sour, and teams would be better served by doing one thing… run.

– Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman come down to the ring, with Heyman carrying the Universal Championship. Reigns gets on the mic and laughs at the fans for booing, says that it’s getting old and they should really be more original. He gives the mic to Heyman, who says that in nine days, Roman Reigns beat two of the toughest guys to ever have stepped foot inside the squared circle. Heyman says that last night’s match didn’t have to be for the title, but after a year of the former champion running from challengers at all costs, Roman Reigns stepped up like the big dog he is and put his money where his mouth is. Paul Heyman says his client took an unnecessary risk, and that usually he would advise someone not to do it, but he doesn’t have to worry about Roman Reigns losing the title, because there is nobody who can wrestle the belt from Reigns’ vice-like grip.

Samoa Joe Raw mic

That brings out Samoe Joe. Joe says that he wants another shot at Reigns. Reigns grabs the mic from Heyman to ask if he wanted another match just so that he could say he lost to Roman twice? Joe says he doesn’t even care about winning or losing anymore. Joe says that last week, Reigns and Heyman treated Joe like he was nothing. Joe says that nearly 20 years of wrestling all around the world is not nothing. Joe says that he’s accomplished more than most of the chumps in the back can ever dream of. Reigns says that Joe can only dream of getting a win over him, and that last night all of Joe’s years of experience counted for nothing.

Bobby Lashley then comes out. Lashley says that he thinks the Universal Championship picture needs some fresh blood. If only there was someone who has been on such a roll that they haven’t lost since coming back to WWE. Oh wait, there is, and he’s standing right here on stage. Reigns says that Lashley has been beating nobodies since he came back because he’s been scared of getting too close to Reigns. Reigns says that he’ll gladly put that first loss on Lashley’s record, but he needs to beat somebody that has a reputation first. Kurt Angle comes out, and says that Reigns can disrespect everyone around him, but they need to find the next challenger for the Universal Championship. So next week, Bobby Lashley will face Samoa Joe, with the winner facing Roman Reigns at Money In The Bank.

Storyline: – It is announced that there will be qualifiers for both the men’s and women’s money in the bank ladder matches over the next few weeks on Raw and SmackDown, starting tonight with Finn Balor vs Sami Zayn and Ember Moon vs Mandy Rose.

– Mickie James and Ronda Rousey each interfere in the Bliss vs Natalya match, but the referee only catches Rousey and so disqualifies Natalya.

– Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens and Sasha Banks vs Sonya Deville are announced as next week’s Money In The Bank qualifying matches, as is AJ Styles’ return to Raw.

SmackDown Live, 8th May

Jeff Hardy

Results: Bayley defeats Sarah Logan by pinfall, Sanity squash local talent, Seth Rollins defeats Mike Kanellis to retain the Intercontinental Championship, Jeff Hardy wins a battle royal

Promos: – Shinsuke Nakamura saunters down to the ring to open the show. He makes a point of standing at every corner holding up the WWE Championship. Nakamura says that AJ Styles got a knee to the face. Daniel Bryan got a knee to the face. And now Nakamura is the WWE Champion. Nakamura says AJ Styles doesn’t matter, Daniel Bryan doesn’t matter, he is the best. Daniel Bryan then comes out to the stage with a mic of his own. Bryan says that Nakamura didn’t pin him two nights ago at Backlash. Bryan says that people told him he was making a mistake by using his title shot from the Greatest Royal Rumble in a triple threat match, but he felt it was a risk worth taking. Bryan says things didn’t go his way, but he was never pinned. Bryan says he thinks that entitles him to another shot at the WWE Championship, and asks if the fans would like to see Daniel Bryan vs Shinsuke Nakamura to get them chanting yes. When the crowd dies down Nakamura tells Bryan that he doesn’t deserve it. Bryan says that he and Nakamura go way back, but he didn’t fight to be able to resume his in-ring career for two years to sit back and wait for chances to come to him, and he wants to be WWE Champion. Paige comes out and joins Bryan on the stage, and tells him that she understands where he’s coming from. But she reminds him that while he was battling to get medically cleared for two years, he was GM of SmackDown, and he always used to tell people that they had to earn their opportunities in the ring. Paige said that with AJ Styles permanently on Raw, there is no obvious candidate to be Nakamura’s next challenger. So in tonight’s main event, there will be a battle royal, and the winner will face Nakamura at Money In The Bank.

Charlotte Renee Young

– Charlotte is with Renee Young backstage. Renee asks her how it feels to be SmackDown Women’s Champion again, and Charlotte says it feels right, because she belongs at the top of the mountain. Renee asks about the prospect of another Money In The Bank contract holder coming after her saying potentially it could be Charlotte’s friend Bayley. Charlotte says that when there’s a contract holder around, you always have to have eyes in the back of your head. She notes that Bayley just qualified for the match, and she has faith that Becky Lynch will join her next week. Charlotte says that she knows first hand how MITB works, but that knowing Becky and Bayley they would want her at her best. Carmella interrupts them to ask if Charlotte is already looking past her, because she still has a title rematch, and she’s going to take it at Money In The Bank. Charlotte responds by saying she’s surprised Carmella would want another shot, knowing that she’s not in Charlotte’s league. Charlotte says she assumed Carmella would try to worm her way into the MITB ladder match so that she could carry a contract around for another 300 days. Carmella says that she always has a trick up her sleeve, and leaves.

– Eric Young gets on the mic after Sanity’s win. He introduces the rest of the group – Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross. He says that they are a force like no other in WWE. He says that most people try to stay away from destruction, but they embrace it. He says that the Bludgeon Brothers walk around with their hammers trying to strike fear into everybody, but they are the true creators of chaos.


Storyline: – Becky Lynch is in Bayley’s corner, and the Riott Squad are in Logan’s corner for their Money In The Bank qualifying match

– Before the battle royal, Baron Corbin attacks Daniel Bryan on Bryan’s way to the ring. He throws Bryan into the barricade and steel steps, and then dumps him over the top rope first when the bell rings. Jinder Mahal eliminates Seth Rollins, but the final two are Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy.

– Becky Lynch vs Billie Kay and Daniel Bryan vs Andrade “Cien” Almas are announced as the Money In The Bank qualifying matches for next week.

Monday Night Raw, 14th May

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Results: Braun Strowman defeats Kevin Owens by pinfall, Jey Uso defeats Chad Gable by pinfall, Sasha Banks defeats Sonya Deville by submission, Tye Dillinger defeats Goldust by pinfall, Nia Jax squashes a local talent, Bobby Lashley defeats Samoa Joe

Promos: – The Deleters of Worlds are in their supernatural room looking up at a light. They talk about the duality of white light. They said it can mean a genesis or a finality. It can mean clarity, or a clouded fog of mystery. They say that in the present, the next challengers for their championships are unclear. But mysteries always have a way of finding a resolution, and whoever attempt to wrestle the titles away from then will be facing an obsolete task.

– Alexa Bliss and Mickie James come down to the ring. James conducts a mock interview with the number one contender. James asks Bliss how she feels about her win last week – Bliss answers by saying that she doesn’t know why anybody would have doubted her. She says that she calls herself a goddess for a reason, she’s just that much better than anyone else on the roster. Bliss says that Nia Jax has clearly gotten lucky against her twice, and that at Money In The Bank she will finally regain her title. James asks Bliss about Ronda Rousey wanting to be in the match last week, and Bliss laughs. Bliss says that Rousey must have been dreaming if she thought she could jump ahead of Bliss in the line. Bliss says that she may have gotten fights based on her reputation in UFC, but that’s not going to cut it in WWE. Bliss says she worked for years through NXT, SmackDown and Raw to get to where she is, and Rousey is not about to get the same opportunities without putting in the same amount of work. Bliss calls her a rookie, and says that even Rousey was in the match last week, it would still have been Alexa Bliss standing here as your number one contender. That brings Ronda out, and she storms down to the ring. Bliss throws James in front of her, and Rousey takes her out. Rousey then chases down Bliss who tries to run away, and lays her out too.

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– AJ Styles comes down to the ring to discuss losing the WWE Championship at Backlash. He says that he’s pissed off. Styles says that Kurt Angle gave him last week off because he was scared of how Styles would react, but he’s still not happy about how things went down at Backlash. Styles said he knew he could beat Shinsuke Nakamura. All he wanted was one last opportunity to prove it fair and square. But Daniel Bryan changed the game. Styles says he respects Daniel Bryan, and he doesn’t blame him for taking the opportunity to try and win the WWE Championship, but if it weren’t for his presence Styles would still be standing here as your WWE Champion. Styles says that the match was made with the promise that it would be the last time AJ Styles would face Shinsuke Nakamura with the WWE Championship on the line, and he’s going to honour that. He still wants to be able to call himself a champion, so now that he won’t get a rematch for the WWE Championship, he’s coming for the Universal Title. Styles says he’s not expecting to walk straight into a championship match, but there is a PPV called Money In The Bank coming up. Styles says he has a qualifier next week, and he is going to win that, cash in and become your next Universal Champion.

– Nia Jax is stopped by Renee Young just behind the curtain as she heads to the ring for her match. Renee asks her about Bliss’ comments earlier. Jax says she said it last week and she’ll say it again, it didn’t matter who won last week because Jax isn’t giving the title up anytime soon. Young asks about what Rousey did, but Jax’s music plays and she excuses herself for the match.

Miztourage backstage

– The Miz is in his dressing room with The Miztourage. He tells them that it was a disgrace that Kurt Angle couldn’t find a place for him on the show last week. Miz says he may not have regained the Intercontinental Championship that is rightfully his, but he is still the biggest star on Raw. Miz then turns his attention to AJ Styles, saying you wouldn’t know it because Styles never mentioned him, but it’s AJ Styles vs The Miz next week in a MITB qualifier. Miz says that Styles has never respected him, but that suits him just fine. Miz says that he has been proving people wrong his entire career, and next week he will beat AJ Styles and go on to grab the MITB contract.

Storyline: – Naomi vs Mickie James and The Miz vs AJ Styles are announced as next week’s Money In The Bank qualifying matches

SmackDown Live 15th May

Almas Vega

Results: Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Big Cass by pinfall, Becky Lynch defeats Billie Kay by submission, Seth Rollins defeats Baron Corbin by pinfall to retain the Intercontinental Championship, Heath Slater & Rhyno defeat The New Day, Andrade “Cien” Almas defeats Daniel Bryan

Promos: – Carmella approaches The IIconics backstage, and asks if she can count on their help at Money In The Bank against Charlotte. Kay asks why they would do that, since she can’t offer them anything. Royce says that while she was champion, it was good for their image to be seen with her, but they have their own ambitions and Carmella has already shown that she can’t beat Charlotte. Kay tells her that they’re focusing on the MITB ladder match, and when the contract becomes iconic, they are going to take Carmella’s spot.

– Jinder Mahal appears on stage after Seth Rollins’ victory. Mahal says that he was the last man to beat Rollins, and he eliminated him from the battle royal last week. Mahal says that he is the better man, and he will take the Intercontinental Championship from Rollins. Mahal says that he is already a champion to the people of India, and at Money In The Bank the Maharaja will wear gold again.

Jinder Mahal

– Renee Young catches Seth Rollins backstage after his match, where he accepts Jinder Mahal’s challenge for MITB.

Storyline: – The Revival’s music hits during The New Day vs Slater & Rhyno, distracting New Day and costing them the match.

– Zelina Vega distracts the referee during Almas vs Bryan, allowing Baron Corbin to attack Bryan with a chair leading to Almas getting the win.

– Peyton Royce vs Liv Morgan and Drew McIntyre vs Baron Corbin are announced as the MITB qualifying matches for next week.

And I’m going to leave it there for now. That’s two weeks of Raw and SmackDown covered, but it’s a lot of words to get through. My hope is that I can get to the stage where I’ve caught up to real time and I can do Raw and SmackDown as separate articles each week, going back to the format I used with the Superstar Shake-Up. But until then, I’m going to be putting up a couple of weeks at a time as often as I can.

I do want to make a point of saying though, I have the whole thing broadly planned out through to Wrestlemania. It’s just a case of filling in specifics for each show, which is actually quite time-consuming, at least at this stage. I just want this to be clear, because I’ve noticed some pairings or things being hinted at on actual Raw and SmackDown that I’ve already planned, so I don’t want any confusion over whether I’m just copying what’s actually happening, which would then defeat the point of me doing this.

Current Money In The Bank card:

Roman Reigns (C) vs Bobby Lashley for the Universal Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura (C) vs Jeff Hardy for the WWE Championship

Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match – Finn Balor vs Braun Strowman vs Andrade “Cien” Almas vs ? vs ? vs ? vs ? vs ?

Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match – Ember Moon vs Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch vs ? vs ? vs ? vs ?

Seth Rollins (C) vs Jinder Mahal for the Intercontinental Championship

Nia Jax (C) vs Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship

Charlotte (C) vs Carmella for the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Bludgeon Brothers (C) vs Sanity for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships

Fantasy Booking Series: Backlash

Here’s the next installment of my fantasy booking series! The last edition covered the week from the Superstar Shake-Up to the Greatest Royal Rumble, and now it’s time to cover the fallout from Jeddah to Backlash. There are quite a few title rematches here which booked themselves on the card, but the big story is that in Saudi Arabia Roman Reigns aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Why? The answers are here…

Continue reading Fantasy Booking Series: Backlash

Fantasy Booking Series: Greatest Royal Rumble

This has been long overdue. I finally sat down and worked out where I wanted to go with the fantasy booking I started way back at the Superstar Shake-Up, and I’m going to be working on it from now on. I’m going back to my original format of posts for the time being, and hopefully once I catch up with the real life timeline I’ll go back to the Shake-Up format of post.

As a reminder, I didn’t set myself any rules before – I have full control of NXT call-ups, heel/face turns, and the formation or break-up of tag teams. But since writing in the return of Big Cass and his subsequent departure from the company, I’m going to say that if someone genuinely leaves or joins the company, I must adhere to that timing. For example, I’m not going to bring Neville back, and not just because I’m not dealing with the Cruiserweight division. Equally I’m not suddenly going to have Kenny Omega in WWE, unless he actually does sign in real life. Similarly, the matches WWE already announced for Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash have mostly been kept the same.

This post only covers a week of programming, one Raw, one SmackDown and the Greatest Royal Rumble. It’s not a huge amount, but I think it’s a good way to ease back into these articles. So now that this is back (the link to the Shake-Up is at the top of the article if you want a refresher), let’s get back into it! Continue reading Fantasy Booking Series: Greatest Royal Rumble

WWE Brit(ish) Report 2

Welcome to the second edition of my weekly round up of what WWE’s UK & Ireland contingent have been up to! It was a huge week of news with the Superstar Shake-Up, but where did that leave them?

The big news is of course the return of Drew McIntyre to the WWE main roster. He left the company in 2013, made a big name for himself on indies each side of the Atlantic, and got signed to NXT on Wrestlemania weekend last year. He quite quickly rose up the yellow brand to become NXT Champion before losing to Andrade “Cien” Almas in November, where he also injured his arm. Continue reading WWE Brit(ish) Report 2

TV Talking Points – 16th-18th April

This week it was time to shake up the Raw and SmackDown rosters! And since it took place over two nights and really the main highlights from both shows could be exclusively roster moves. So for that reason, I’m shaking up the format of my talking points a little this week too.

Superstar Shake-Up

Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & The Miz

This was a fantastic segment. From the appearance of KO and Zayn aligning with The Miztourage, to Zayn’s obnoxiousness when telling Angle they were a permanent part of Raw, to Angle cutting them off by telling The Miz he was going to SmackDown. It was all brilliant, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering these three are some of the elite characters in WWE right now. The Miz vs Daniel Bryan rivalry really could make SmackDown must see TV once again.



























He’s back… but not alone.

Dolph Ziggler needed a refresh. I thought it would come in the form of a proper face turn, but instead it was his return to Raw. Oh, and he has joined forced with Drew McIntyre. I would not have predicted this pairing in a million years, but I’m really intrigued to see what happens next with it. And most of all, I’m just delighted to see McIntyre back on Raw. It’s well deserved.






















Raw is Glorious

It’s not so much the move itself that was noteworthy, it was the positioning and presentation of it. Roode, after bring underwhelming on SmackDown for a while, and recently losing the United States Championship, was put on a level playing field with the likes of Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. It bodes really well for him to be in that company, because on Raw that’s the best of the best.




















Striking out on his own

I’m gonna get to his golden exploits on Monday night, but the first move to SmackDown on Tuesday was the new US Champion, Jeff Hardy. He is back on the show where he won three world championships, and being moved away from his brother is as sure a sign as there ever was that WWE are going for the singles push for Jeff. Long may the success continue.


















SmackDown’s Samoan Submission Specialist

Curve. Ball. The man I expected to be the top heel in the company for months to come, and to be feuding with Roman Reigns over the Universal Championship, got moved to Tuesday nights. And it may be the best thing that ever happened to Samoa Joe. He already knows he has chemistry with the top faces on the blue brand, and he can really take over to become the top guy in a way Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman would never let him on Raw.

















Empress of SmackDown

How is it possible, that with all the names SmackDown lost to Raw, that their roster may actually be stronger now than it was last week? It seems like every division that needed strengthened got that big name, and as far as SmackDown’s women go there aren’t many bigger than Asuka. Being on the same show as Charlotte should allow WWE to explore every nuanced consequence of Asuka’s streak ending, and from a star power perspective the balance is much better between Raw and SmackDown’s women’s divisions now.















Andrade “Cien” Almas & Sanity

I’m grouping these two together for a couple of reasons – neither properly appeared on the show, and both are coming up from NXT and not Raw. But both have huge potential, and both could be star names. Sanity will breathe new life into SmackDown’s tag team division, and Killian Dain has huge breakout singles potential. Almas has proven over the last six months in NXT that he can be an absolute star, and with Zelina Vega by his side the sky is the limit for El Idolo.























A new champion

While I kind of expected mid card titles to change shows, I did not expect a title change to be involved in that. Not on Raw at least, I thought they would at least have saved it for the Greatest Royal Rumble or Backlash. But no, in Raw’s opening match Jeff Hardy defeated Jinder Mahal to add the US Title to his trophy cabinet. Just for the record, that cabinet also includes the WWE Championshp, World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental Championship, European Championship, Hardcore Championship, Light Heavyweight Championship and multiple tag title reigns with several incarnations of the belts. What a career. What a man.









Sasha Banks vs Bayley

So this match is going to be overshadowed by the ending, but it felt like these two were a matter of minutes away from reaching the classic level again. Whenever these two get in the ring there’s a magic in the air, and the fans totally bought in. I can’t wait to see more, and that’s all you can ask for from a match.







Ember Moon kills Mickie James

That sell. That is all.





Joe tells Reigns how it’s going to be

See, this is why I’m disappointed Samoa Joe vs Roman Reigns appears to be a one off. The intensity and legitimacy of Joe’s promos in such a menacing fashion is unrivalled in WWE right now. That’s two weeks in a row he’s produced this kind of promo, and I think long term it could have served up a really memorable match. Oh well, we’ll just have to make to with him facing AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan instead.



Ten man tag

At the end of a show with a lot of excitement, this was a really fun main event. I mean, with the talent on hand, the time given and the fact that it was a 10-man tag team match, it really couldn’t have been anything else.




I’ve been a little surprised in the last two weeks at how good Carmella’s mic work has been, and then I remembered how good she was after winning Money In The Bank. She hasn’t been featured a lot on TV in the interim, but her character work these last two weeks is worthy of the gold she holds. Fingers crossed her in ring work doesn’t spoil the package.



The January Four in action

In the middle of January, WWE announced the signings of “internationally renowned” superstars Ricochet, Hanson & Rowe (War Raiders) and Candice LeRae. Last night on NXT, all four were on the same show for the first time. And I think they all showed why there was so much hype and excitement around them – Ricochet is arguably the best flyer in the world, War Raiders are an elite tag team with an unorthodox moveset, and much like her husband LeRae just has that intangible underdog quality. These four could be the leaders in a new NXT generation.


What a week, another whirlwind week. The momentum WWE has right now coming off of Wrestlemania season is huge, and it’s across the board on all three shows. That’s rare, and it’s going to be awesome to go along with this ride!



Fantasy Booking Series: Superstar Shake-up

So I was in the middle of putting together one of the countless “X superstars who should be shaken up” articles that are currently on the internet, and inspiration struck. I loved putting together those fantasy booking articles last year, so why not use the Shake-up as an opportunity. Instead of just listing some people who I thought should/would swap brands, I could take it into my own hands and actually book the shows.

Before I took one division on Raw and SmackDown and booked months in advance. I see this as the start of more regular posts covering the whole show, maybe covering up to each PPV at a time. Last time I set myself some ground rules, but for this I’m throwing most of them out of the window. If a match has already been announced, I’ll stick to it, but other than that it’s a completely fresh start, and everything – face/heel turns, NXT call-ups, teams forming or splitting up – is fair game. So what would I do with the 2018 Superstar Shake-up? Read on to find out. Continue reading Fantasy Booking Series: Superstar Shake-up

TV Talking Points – 9th-11th April

So much has happened in WWE over the last week, I couldn’t contain it all in one article. I had to split up the Wrestlemania part of the week from the weekly shows, which this article covers. The post-Mania Raw is always one of the highlights of the year, they’re attempting to make SmackDown the same way and NXT is always solid whether it’s Wrestlemania season or not. So what happened? There were loads of highlights, let’s get to it!


One Ember sparks the fire

It hasn’t always worked out this way, but if an NXT Champion loses their title right before Wrestlemania, they’re an obvious candidate to be called up. Ember Moon lost the NXT Women’s Championship Saturday night, and debuted on Raw Monday night. I’m really excited to see what Moon can do on the main roster, and her being there should allow for a big name or two to move to SmackDown, because the Raw women’s division is now stacked. With the Eclipse and her presentation, Moon can stand out and be a key player.

Continue reading TV Talking Points – 9th-11th April