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  1. Good show besides the addition of Lars and some awkward promos prior to the 8-woman tag. Finn/Ali was very enjoyable, and Charlotte/Carmella was a fun TV match that showed their ring chemistry, told a story and built logically to its conclusion. (It was an interesting contrast to Becky/Ruby the night before where Becky did no arm work whatsoever prior to the Disarmher.) As for the roster changes, SDL looks pretty stacked, particularly the women's division with adding Kairi/Ember/Bayley (and even Mickie James), but adding Buddy Murphy, Finn Balor and even Roman (who's done virtually everything already on Raw and has some good potential match-ups ahead) are all good calls. Also enjoyed Kevin's New Day bonding and the unsubtle Elias foreshadowing of Roman's appearance when talking about 'reigns'.
  2. Bayley came to Raw a month after the 2016 Draft and has stayed there since.
  3. She talked about Charlotte Flair and Shaul Guerrero helping her even when other (unnamed) wrestlers wouldn’t accept her:
  4. I'm sympathetic with the 'Sasha and Bayley just needed a feud' argument, but I think its more complicated and I'm not confident their WWE feud would have been the one people dreamed of based on their NXT work. The thing is while in NXT you can have a great feud on ringwork alone, but a lot of the time in WWE you need mic chemistry as well as ring chemistry. If you look at the Becky/Charlotte feud from last year, one thing that really stands out is how few matches they had for how long they feuded. If you take it from the original feud from Summerslam to Evolution, they only had four matches spaced across a two and a half month period. No random tag matches or such, they were instead able to do a variety of different segment types (from Becky on The Cutting Edge to promo duels to Charlotte and Becky addressing the Performance Center on the Evolution go-home) because both can be trusted on the mic and work well with each other. Even with the way post-Survivor Series the feud ended up crossing over with Ronda and stretching to Wrestlemania across both shows, they only had four real matches with each other across that time prior to (TLC, a January SDL match with Carmella, Fastlane and Mania, plus the last few minutes of the Rumble). I don't think WWE could have worked something similar with Bayley/Sasha, and one of the most interesting questions when analysing the last four-to-five years of WWE is why Bayley/Sasha were the half of the 4HW that seemed to have all the momentum and buzz back in 2015 but Charlotte and Becky managed to improve dramatically on the main roster and go all the way to main-eventing Wrestlemania, because I think its multi-faceted and booking alone doesn't explain it. .
  5. I'd like to see another Ruby/Charlotte feud. Their Fastlane match last year was very good and they managed to show strong chemistry even in that 85 second 'beat the clock' match a couple of weeks ago, and it'd be a great way to establish Ruby as a face if they want to do that. (Plus Charlotte was the one person to promote Ruby as a threat to Ronda before Elimination Chamber, and judging from their comments during the Mania WatchAlong, the Riotts all like her a lot.) Also, that IIconics segment/match was great, I loved their "FIIIIGHTING champions" promo and the Brooklyn Belles' '45-0' record. I know Sasha/Bayley were bummed (given their 'we're gonna lose' faces on Sunday), but maybe this could work out well.
  6. Its frustrating how Becky gets away with such poor and inconsistent selling as she's been doing in recent months. She was already going to win the brawl, it wouldn't have killed her to at least act like Lacey's finisher hurt at all rather than just turning and smiling.
  7. Alternate angle of the Spanish Fly > pin transition from the main event:
  8. I think Kofi getting the win and Mania Moment's a good idea, though at the same time Bryan's so good in this role that I'd like him to win it back not too long afterwards. Thought that was a pretty underwhelming go-home on the whole, though.
  9. Fair point. On the upside, Charlotte was laying in her shots HARD even before the knee: Also, that segment was brilliantly timed given the Last Week Tonight segment made the 'wrestling is awesome when its absurd' argument, so giving three of the top stars in the company an all-out crazy segment like that was excellent. Plus its the first time women have ever gotten one of those, so in its way it made history. I'm now dying for a courtroom segment/brawl with the three of them.
  10. This week's selection includes 7 matches, most notably a 30-minute 1996 Shawn Michaels/Steve Austin dark match: https://www.wwenetworknews.com/2019/03/27/exclusive-half-a-dozen-hidden-gems-to-be-added-to-wwe-network-tomorrow-focusing-on-2019-hof-inductees-3-dark-matches-included/
  11. Fair point,. I'd be happy for Nattie/Beth if they got a win. (And even the IIconics winning would lead to some good comedy.) Also,
  12. Its rumoured that neither woman wanted to do that hug for those exact reasons, but they got overruled.
  13. So far its just for the Raw belt. Given that SDL is going to Fox in October (and they've already been using Charlotte pretty heavily in their promotion thus far), I think unifying the belts at Mania would be a bad move, even though Becky is clearly going to beat Ronda for the title.
  14. While they can always change things, they specifically said the main event is still for the Raw belt alone. My guess is Becky wins, and it sets up the eventual 4HW/4HW feud as all four will have belts.
  15. I understand the anger, but that Asuka/Charlotte match was pretty incredible, they had great near-falls, counters upon counters, and I think that Spanish Fly topped the one at WM 34. Charlotte's tweet about it is all class, too:
  16. In fairness, Ruby in particular got protected. It was an essentially meaningless set of the matches, but it neatly encapsulated the last few months' booking with Charlotte unable to get her first win since November, and Becky able to win and easily beat Ronda's time despite interference. That said, it did remind me of how much I'd like to see another Ruby/Charlotte match, those (the Natural Selection dodge and Riott Kick into Figure 8 ) were some nice counters for such a short 'match'.
  17. There's a pretty decent chance they''ll do another Asuka/Charlotte PPV match post-Mania. They already had that SDL match on the TLC go-home, too.
  18. While I hope its a pleasant surprise like Elimination Chamber was, I have to say that Sasha & Bayley/IIconics match on SDL didn't leave me feeling optimistic about the rumoured 4-way women's tag (with Nattie/Beth and Nia/Tamina) at Mania.
  19. That his belt is made from an oak that fell over naturally is one of my favourite The New Daniel Bryan character details.
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