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Everything posted by RIShane

  1. Also, I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s remarkable that Becky Lynch is booked so strong that they can’t even have her take a bite to the neck without stealing an ambulance and cutting an unopposed promo to stand tall.
  2. She has good chemistry with Charlotte, judging from their 2018 Fastlane match and then having a surprisingly strong 85-second Beat the Clock match on Raw last year.
  3. Them setting up before Takeover has me quietly hoping the Mania match is a triple threat with Bianca included as well. On the whole, Raw’s in a good groove right now, it’s nice to see.
  4. Swank! It’s nice to see how much her and Charlotte trust each other and how there’s always something different in their matches. Also thought Becky’s ultra-arrogant promo was interesting. Feels like she’s being set up to take a fall soon, perhaps from Shayna.
  5. It was a shirt from last year. That said, I’m sure there will be a lot of speculation until the match ends.
  6. I can understand them running Becky/Shayna, but that underwhelming Survivor Series match lowered my expectations quite a bit.
  7. Charlotte and Andrade are launching a fitness/lifestyle YouTube channel:
  8. Lana is well versed in much of what the 'Beeb provides.
  9. Sadly turns out she was misrepresented. She prefers the programming on BBC2.
  10. In fairness, I think the real catalyst was Ruby needing surgery. And yes, I miss the Riotts’ low-stakes mischief too.
  11. The Americans was also brilliant and multi-faceted. On the whole I think WWE has done well in not incorporating political themes into their storylines in recent years, their past record shows that its generally very tacky when they do.
  12. That ending was a Paul Heyman fever dream, though quite fun if not taken seriously. Also, Eric Young got wiped out during the Charlotte/Natalya match:
  13. This is a misleading angle. You can see from alternate angles that they didn't come near hitting her head: In terms of the situation in general, there's been so much outrage about it online (including ones based on the inaccurate belief Kairi got hit in the head by a monitor) and so many assumed motives (Reddit is completely furious) that I think its worth waiting for more information to come out before making judgements.
  14. Asuka/Kairi’s theatrical heeling was great fun before Kairi got hurt. It’s rough cause she’s tiny so she has less protection in situations like that.
  15. Plus while a hierarchy isn't a bad thing in itself, the match and her not really selling the Kairi elbow that much comes as just the latest moment in more than a year of Becky having incredibly protected booking. That match was her first back after not taking the fall at Survivor Series (which is fine in itself) and then getting a needless Hogan-must-pose moment and Michael Cole going on about how she didn't really lose to finish the show. At this point her last clean loss was at the Rumble to Asuka and given the way Asuka largely disappeared from TV afterwards was basically just a pretext so she could then win the Rumble later that night on one leg. The thing that gets me about it is that the protection is so heavy that its actively undermining the storytelling a lot of the time. In addition to this example (you can understand why Charlotte would need to work together given she lost clean but Becky didn't lose or even come close to losing, so why bother?), it reminds me of how parts of the Mania build were hurt by their reluctance to ever let Becky show any adversity on the way to winning both belts. The one that strikes me was the Beat the Clock challenge they did a couple of weeks before Mania. Ronda starts and beats Sarah Logan in 1:25, then Charlotte runs out of time against Ruby Riott (in what incidentally is about as good of a match as you can pull off in 85 seconds, they somehow tell a coherent story and include some cool counters/sequences in that time) and lashes out by attacking Becky. Clearly the logical choice given that Becky is going to be winning at Mania is to let Ronda win here so Ronda is then more of a threat to overcome at the PPV, especially as Becky has already gotten the protection of interference. What do they do instead? Have Becky win clean with ten seconds to spare. Its such odd storytelling. Its hard even for Becky to run this 'debt' storyline she keeps trying to push on social media because she's been booked so dominantly for so long that there aren't really any at this point.
  16. It was actually really interesting being able to watch Charlotte and Becky work the same stipulation and same opponents (and similar match length) within two weeks, it highlighted their different styles, as well as the extra-protected booking Becky has. And agreed, Andrade/Humberto was really good, loved Andrade's transition from a moonsault straight into his running knees. Plus him and Zelina having tension is some actual story development.
  17. At least it wasn't the Battlebowl? Not saying it was good, mind you.
  18. Here’s hoping, that match should be awesome when it happens, even if it would have been cool back when Kairi was a face. Two things that struck me watching the handicap match is how Asuka and Charlotte are excellent at making their work feel like a fight, and how even during submissions they’re always moving and struggling so it doesn’t feel like a rest hold. The pacing was great too, it was basically all-action for fifteen minutes.
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