Elimination Chamber Predictions

Elimination ChamberA live event on the WWE Network that didn’t even exist under a month ago is looking to be the dark horse candidate for event of the year. In a year where WWE events and PPVs are (seemingly) firing on all cylinders (perhaps in an effort to compete with NXT’s live events), we’ve got yet another event in Elimination Chamber that looks like it will totally deliver from top to bottom.

So who is going to win? Let’s take a look…

NevilleNeville vs. Bo Dallas – This is a very intriguing match because of the history that comes along with it. Bo Dallas defeated Seth Rollins to become NXT champion, and then was overthrown by Neville who went on to have the longest NXT reign to date. The fact that they are using their NXT resumes speaks volumes for the brand itself, but it also sets up a realistic storyline and reason for the match. I’m just psyched to see Dallas get an opportunity because I think WWE Creative has completely missed the boat with him and his potential. As much as I would love to see Dallas win using heel tactics to continue the feud (and really get a major career boost in the process), I think WWE Creative believe that having another high-profile loss (regardless of the reason behind it) for Neville would hurt him at this point.

WINNER: Neville

Naomi & TaminaNikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi (WWE Divas title match) – Here’s the thing with this match: all three women realize just how great the matches have been in NXT between the 4 Horsewomen, so all three realize just how much they need to display a great match here. The problem, though, is that only one of them is able to deliver in the ring. Bella gets by on doing average things in-ring while being beautiful and the girlfriend of John Cena. Naomi has proven to be a decent heel on the mic with incredible athleticism, but can’t string together a decent match (wrestling is more than just MOVES, Naomi). Paige will do her best to carry this match, but I don’t see it being nearly as good as what you can see in NXT on any given Wednesday. I think that if they’re going to pull the trigger on Naomi’s title reign, it’s gotta be now. If it doesn’t happen tonight, I don’t see it happening at all. Paige will have Bella pinned, but Tamina will interfere and allow Naomi to get the pin instead.

WINNER: Naomi

Kevin OwensJohn Cena vs Kevin Owens (United States title match) – Boy oh boy…I’m sure I’m not the only one just salivating at the thought of Owens going over here. In an age where new stars are generated by being put over at the right time at the right place, Owens seems primed for a major introduction to the WWE Universe. From what I’ve read online, Owens is going to be a permanent main roster addition after tonight; whether or not that changes the outcome of this match remains to be seen. But Triple H sees something in Owens, which has resulted in winning the NXT championship two months after debuting. Vince McMahon must also see something in Owens, which has resulted in his first feud to be against, of all people, John Fucking Cena. He’s selling merchandise and setting live crowds on fire. There is nobody else like him on the roster and I think Cena recognizes that. While I don’t believe my own prediction here, I’m still going with my heart on this one.

WINNER: Kevin Owens

Seth RollinsSeth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (WWE World Heavyweight title match) – I’m as surprised at the singles push of Ambrose over the past month as anybody. Not because he didn’t deserve the push itself, but because it came so out of the blue after months and months of losing match after match. What I’ve liked about this short-term build-up is that they’ve set-up Ambrose as somebody who can legitimately pin Rollins at a time where other superstars have failed. The crowds have been reacting very positively to Ambrose and he has walked the fine line between “cool” and “silly” with his promos lately, which is something Vince had a difficult time doing with Roman Reigns (perhaps he learned his lesson?). Still, as hot as Ambrose might be right now, Rollins is twice as hot as the heel champion. It’s absolutely NOT the right time to take the title off of him. I expect a great match that results in a ton of interference that puts over Ambrose as a solid main event player who gets screwed out of his opportunity.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

New DayNew Day vs. Best Team Ever vs. Los Matadores vs. Prime Time Players vs. Lucha Dragons vs. The Ascension (Elimination Chamber WWE tag team title match) – This is a recipe for disaster. With twelve people inside the match itself, the eliminations are either going to take place WAY too quickly or the ring will fill up WAY too quickly. Either way, I don’t see this being anything other than a clusterfuck with serious potential for injury and/or massive booing and crowd heat. Much like Rollins, the New Day has been on fire since turning heel and winning the titles. It would make zero sense to have them lose already, even to an extremely hot team like the Lucha Dragons. The timing isn’t right, but expect the Dragons to come out of the match looking like the new top contenders to the belts.

WINNERS: New Day

Sheamus vs. Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. King Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. ??? (Elimination Chamber Intercontinental title match) – This, realistically, should be a fantastic match. Most of these guys have been inside the chamber before and should be able to structure a very entertaining match within the confines of the chamber itself. Let’s take a quick look at each challenger here:

  • R TruthR-Truth – There is no way he’s winning here. Hell…I don’t even know why he’s here to begin with, other than to be the sacrificial lamb. Truth doesn’t belong in the title picture at all. He needs to continue opening up live events with matches against Stardust and Zack Ryder.
  • RybackRyback – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: he’s NOT over. Sure, people chant “Feed Me More”…but then there’s silence in between that. He’s an inherently unlikeable character, so I’m baffled as to why they continue to push him as a babyface. It’s not working. He NEEDS the IC title to get more over as a babyface, but I don’t think that’s happening here tonight.
  • King BarrettKing Barrett – I don’t understand the love/hate relationship this guy has with WWE Creative. If he’s not winning Intercontinental titles or becoming King of the Ring, he’s losing non-title matches to EVERYBODY and getting pinned left, right, and center with his crown at ringside. I just don’t get it. The guy may not be a main-eventer, but he’s an upper midcard player with mic skills, in-ring ability, and personality to spare. Stop the start/stop pushing with him and let him run with SOMETHING. Of course having said that, he doesn’t need a sixth IC title reign…especially where he’s “King”.
  • sheamusSheamus – This is a push that WWE Creative has dropped BIG-TIME since his return. You’ve got a proven in-ring talent with personality, charisma, gimmick, and a killer new look…and what’s he be doing since he came back? He should have been thrown into the main event picture or close to it. Instead, he’s been feuding with Ziggler and not being the killer he needs to be. I don’t think he needs the IC title, but he needs a run with something. He needs to be put into a position to be the #2 heel behind Rollins because that’s what they’ve got with him. I don’t see him picking up the title here.
  • Dolph ZigglerDolph Ziggler – After becoming a two-time World champion and, subsequently, being put on the shelf due to concussions…I totally get why Ziggler is a force with the secondary title picture. But the best all-around performer in the entire company needs a title to justify his losses. He’s one of the top babyfaces in the entire company and will deliver in the ring every single time, so it certainly makes business sense to give him the belt. I just don’t know if it’s time right now. I think it’s time to move into a new direction.
  • RusevThis brings us to the final participant. With the recent injury to Rusev, as of this writing it’s still not certain if he’ll even participate in the match itself or not. Kevin Owens has reportedly replaced Rusev on all house-show bookings for the foreseeable future, so Rusev may legitimately be on the shelf for a bit. However, if it’s something he can work through and hide on television, then he’s my top pick to win the Intercontinental championship. The guy is a monster and needs to bring prestige to the Bray Wyattbelt like he did to the U.S. title, and he needs to be hot again now that his feud with Cena is over. But having said that, I’ve also read that if Rusev can’t wrestle then Bray Wyatt will take his place. If that’s the case, then I’ll go with Wyatt to win it all. I mean, it’s about time he won a title. They’ve protected him for a very long time and it would be extremely intriguing to see how “The New Face of Fear” could run with a title around his waist.

WINNER: Rusev or Bray Wyatt

On paper, this looks like a really entertaining event. I think I haven’t been this excited for a live event since WrestleMania, which is odd considering the last-second booking for it.

What do you think? Am I totally off on these picks?

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25 All-Time Hottest Female Wrestlers: #13 – Sable

Sable 13Sable 2Born Rena Greek, Sable is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She won her first beauty pageant at the age of 12 and eventually became a full-time model in 1990, working with companies like L’Oreal, Guess?, and Pepsi. She entered wrestling in 1996 as the valet to Triple H, but ended up working with her husband at the time: Marc Mero. It didn’t take long for her to become the most popular woman in sports entertainment and not only left her husband, but became one of the most famous WWE Divas in history.Sable 5

Sable 1Currently Sable is married to Brock Lesnar, with whom she has had two children (plus each had a child from previous relationships). They married in 2006 and Sable has pretty much been “off the grid” since then. She is very content to be a full-time mom to her children and has displayed zero interest in getting back into the world of sports entertainment for any reason. Sable 15Sable 2TRIVIA NOTE: In September 2012, Rena Lesnar became a grandmother for the first time as her oldest daughter, Mariah, gave birth to a baby boy. At only 47 years of age, Lesnar is no doubt one of the hottest GILF’s you’ll ever find. She has also appeared as an actress in Pacific Blue and Corky Romano. Sable 4 Sable 6Sable 14 Sable 16Sable 12

The World According to ZAH: 05-29-15

  • LettermanSo David Letterman retired last week. I used to watch the shit out of his show once he switched over to CBS and was NEVER a Jay Leno fan. I stopped watching over the years, but there were a lot of memorable moments for me watching that show in the 90’s. Will Stephen Colbert do well in his place? It’s hard to say, but Colbert has a LOT to go up against with Jimmy Fallon going viral on YouTube every other day. The guy has completely reinvented the late night talk show genre and made it cool to watch again. It’s going to take quick the effort to get me to switch over from Fallon at this point.

  • Courtney Stodden - VividI’ve seen the Courtney Stodden “sex tape” and I gotta say: I’m not impressed. Sure, the girl gets naked and shoves things up her hoo-haw, but trust me when I say that very little of what she does on the tape is considered “hot”. Her lips are over-inflated and so are her breasts. It’s a damn shame, too, because she was SMOKIN’ hot a couple of years ago. But now she’s more interested in trying to look all “glam” instead of just being naturally hot. Too much make-up and too much 80’s-style “look at how glamorous I am” facial expressions into the camera. It just comes off as completely fake…like most of her body.Courtney Stodden - 2011
  • Destination America - TNAObviously, there is still a LOT of talk going on about the possibly dropping of TNA Impact Wrestling from Destination America, especially after Wednesday’s announcement that Ring of Honor would begin airing on Wednesday evenings before Impact beginning in June. TNA management said on a last-second conference call that many did not know about the network decision and can’t speak of the network due to contract obligations. Destination America has not publicly said anything one way or the other in reference to the rumours, so it’s been a crazy couple of weeks if you’re an employee of the TNA right now.  I’m super happy for ROH as I’ve been a fan for over a decade. Between their television and their live attendance, I’d dare say they are now the official #2 promotion in North America…though NXT is hot on their trail. Destination America - ROH
  • I remember the first Point Break movie. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times over the course of my life. I thought Patrick Swayze was fantastic in the role and even Keanu Reaves did a legit job as “Johnny Utah”. But now there’s a remake and, while the action is global and looks impressive, I’m discouraged to see the name Point Break attached to the movie itself. I hate that it’s a “remake”. I don’t even like the main character and have zero idea who the actor is. I think they’ve potentially got a big box office bomb on their hands with this one. But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself…

  • Culture ShockHad the chance to watch all three episodes of Corey Graves’ new WWE Network show, Culture Shock. While I think his description of the premise of the show isn’t really apt for the show itself, I like the idea. Listen…a lot of young WWE fans are nerds and geeks at heart, so to see Graves visit Marvel Comics or a Star Wars convention is a cool thing for people like me (and, I’m sure, other WWE fans) to watch. Hopefully WWE sends him to various things like that all over the world, because it could really be a fun show to watch. The only problem right now is that the show is just REALLY short. At under 10 minutes, it’s more like a YouTube webisode than a WWE Network program. Boost it to 30 minutes and now you’ve got something worth spending money on.
  • Sunny VividDepending on who you want to believe, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch is in the process of signing a 6-figure deal with Vivid Video for a series of adult movies starring her. It’s a shame that somebody who has bragged about being so smart has now got to resort to this in order to make some money. Sunny 2015I’m certainly not against pornography (I’m a huge fan, in fact…lol), but you normally get into it at 18 or 19 years old. You don’t normally have a superstar career, blow all your money, and then have to resort to porn as a way to pay the bills. I just hope that she loses enough weight to make the video worth watching. I mean, she’ll never be “90’s Sunny” again, but she’s still a very attractive woman (the photo at right is from March 2015). So yes…I’m definitely watching it (I pretty much have to, don’t I?), but I’m not overly optimistic. ESPECIALLY after Chyna’s “back-door” video. **shudder**Back Door To Chyna
  • Ummm…I knew that Dolph Ziggler was a legit fan of Britney Spears, but I never suspected he’d do something like this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbNHD-1fp1cElimination Chamber

  • Two quick notes about next week: (1) With the rumours swirling around about TNA’s possible cancellation from Destination America, I’ve got a realistic look at who WWE may or may not pick up for NXT and why on Canadian Bulldog’s World (look for a post on Monday), and (2) I’ve got predictions for this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV being posted here on Sunday morning. It really looks to be an interesting and entertaining show.
  • This week’s Song Of The Week is a classic from the 80’s. I mean, they just don’t make music like this anymore. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is subjective. It’s “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by one of my all-time favourite bands, Poison!

Daredevil – A Netflix Success or A Marvel Bust?

Daredevil-televisonI never really grew up a huge comic book fan. I remember a couple of comics that I followed loyally (I was a big mark for Power Man & Iron Fist), but other than that I would just buy whatever cover would catch my eye.

The PunisherHaving said that, I’ve been a massive comic book movie fan through the years. Sure, for every Batman featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson you had The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren. For every Iron Man was an Elektra. Thankfully, Christopher Nolan changed all that with his Dark Knight trilogy…pretty much re-inventing the genre.

That’s not to say there aren’t still some stinkers out there (Spiderman 3, anyone? Either one of the stand alone Hulk movies?), but for the most part the genre is doing well. It’s big and loud and colorful and fun to watch.

I’ll be the first to say that I didn’t hate the Ben Affleck portrayal of Daredevil.

I thought the movie was good (especially the Director’s Cut). I saw what they tried to accomplish and thought, for the most part, they succeeded. There were a LOT of failures in the movie, though (that final battle scene between Affleck and Michael Clarke Duncan was ridiculous), so I was EXTREMELY hesitant to open up to the new Marvel Daredevil series on Netflix.

Charlie CoxI mean, I haven’t watched a single episode of Agent Carter, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, or Agents of SHIELD…so why should I give Daredevil a chance? I didn’t recognize the lead actor (Charlie Cox?) and, to be honest, I thought he looked too dorky to play the part.  I mean, HE’S gonna play The Man Without Fear?

If you, like me, decided to still give Daredevil a chance on Netflix only because (a) you had the time and (b) you already had the service…you probably were just as pleasantly surprised as I was at just how damn good the show was.

I was completely sold on Cox playing Matt Murdoch. He was never over-the-top but was believable enough to be a bad-ass when he needed to be. I was also sold on Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio portraying The Kingpin himself, Wilson Fisk. The storylines were gritty, as was the action. The language was salty and one episode even had a Walking Dead-esque head decapitation-from-a-car-door scene. All in all, it’s been nothing like the movie versions of Marvel superheroes. It’s been an adult version without going over-the-top in an attempt to prove that they’re different.Daredevil cast

I’m not going to give away the story and I don’t think spoilers are a good thing, either. I think you should simply give it a chance, if you haven’t already. If you are on the fence like I was, then you will thank me later for watching it. It’s honestly one of the best things that has ever had the Marvel brand attached to it. It’s a huge victory for both Netflix AND for Marvel.

It also gives me great hope for the upcoming Netflix series on Luke Cage (i.e. Power Man) and Danny Rand (i.e. Iron Fist). Eventually, there should be a team-up happening…but until then, I’m just going to continue to enjoy the shit out of this version of Daredevil. Bring on Season 2!!Daredevil season 2

RAW Thoughts

Tonight’s the “go home” show for this weekend’s Elimination Chamber PPV. How will WWE promote this last-second make-shift event? Let’s find out!!

RAW_1148_Photo_005-1536998331The Authority came out and said that even though Dean Ambrose forced them to grant a WWE World title match, Seth Rollins isn’t threatened and wants to face him. They call out Ambrose to sign a contract inside of the ring. Ambrose was given the opportunity to deliver a promo and delivered. Rollins was then given the same opportunity and he delivered, as well. At this point, they’ve really done a kick-ass job of setting up this title match.

RAW_1148_Photo_018-1010234951Dean made his way down to the ring but the Authority held him at bay. The gimmick of the situation was that they were preventing Ambrose from signing the contract. Then Roman Reigns came down to help out his friend and former Shield partner. Instead of a fight happening, Stephanie McMahon set-up a match of Reigns & Ambrose taking on Kane and Rollins with Ambrose having until the end of the night to sign the contract.

– It’s funny…the match itself had pretty much ZERO heat. The Nassau crowd was surprisingly dead, and this was the first match-up of the night. Because of that, the match very much had a “go through the motions” type of feel to it. At one point Booker T used the slur “Indian giver” to describe somebody…and it hit me that he’s a waste of fucking space on commentary. He’s terrible. If you need a third person, get somebody from NXT like Graves or even Renee Young. Booker is horrible.

Anyway, as the match reached a conclusion, Ambrose used a backslide to cleanly pin Rollins in the middle of the ring. JBL couldn’t believe what it would be like with “that lunatic” as champion. They did note, however, that Ambrose still had to actually SIGN the contract for it to all be official. RAW_1148_Photo_052-3096435293

– Next up is a match with “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev. Yes, he’s back to waving the Bulgarian flag and moved back to Bulgaria now that he has dumped Lana. It will be interesting to see how they develop his character going forward.

His victim was R-Truth. Both men are in the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental championship, yet Truth was destroyed in about a minute.

Rusev then called out Lana. We went to commercial and came back to him STILL asking her to come out. Then out came “The Ravishing Russian”.

“You asked me to come. I came.” – Lana

#ThatsWhatSheSaid

RAW_1148_Photo_066-2496613767Rusev basically begged Lana to come back to him. They can still crush America together. Rusev said, “Take my hand and all will be forgotten. We can conquer our dreams together.” It looked like Lana was going to get back together with him; holding his hand and hugging him. Rusev then told her to say, “I was wrong” and everything would be perfect. Lana couldn’t believe that and walked away, saying that he was wrong and he quit.

“I tried to be nice to you but you need to know your place, woman! I own you! You are mine!” – Rusev

WOW.

Lana then told him, in not so many words, that she would never be his victim again. Dolph Ziggler came out and gave her a little kiss in front of the world, while Rusev went absolutely insane inside the ring.

What a brilliant segment. I mean, Rusev was spectacular. Lana was strong and defiant. It was well scripted and well acted. Kudos all around.

Dean Ambrose was “arrested” for accidentally hitting a cameraman (who may have been shoved into his fist by Seth Rollins…really?). Sigh.

RAW_1148_Photo_094-4250480740King Barrett took on Ryback next in a match-up of two men who will be in the Elimination Chamber for the Intercontinental title. In what was basically another glorified squash, Ryback pinned Barrett in quick order despite being “injured” still with his ribs. I don’t get the appeal with this guy. At all. I also don’t understand the WWE Creative machine hating on Barrett like they do. He’s a multiple time Intercontinental champion, yet was jobbed out during his last reign. He’s now King of the Ring, but he’s looking like a jobber again. I just don’t get it.

Stardust was in the ring next, prepared to take on Neville.

Apparently, Neville has a PPV match with Bo Dallas at the Elimination Chamber PPV. While I’m stoked to see both men getting a PPV opportunity, I’m a little surprised that it’s all happening so quickly. Does somebody in WWE creative FINALLY “get” Dallas?

Neville hit a picture-perfect Red Arrow to get the pinfall.

RAW_1148_Photo_113-2854635000As soon as he won, Dallas got inside the ring and told Neville to “BO-LIEVE”. He then dropkicked Neville’s knee and proceeded to take a victory lap. The great thing about this segment was that each guy did a number of little quirks that sold the segment. Neville sold the knee in a very believable way, even as he was about to win the match with Stardust. Dallas go his mean face on, just before breaking into his smile again. Most wrestling fans don’t pay enough attention, but success really is all about the little things inside of the squared circle. I appreciate it.

RAW_1148_Photo_137-2675827555– Next up was Sheamus battling Dolph Ziggler…again. I’ll be honest, though…these two seem to normally have a ton of chemistry together. After watching them battle each other live in a street fight, I’m an even bigger fan of the two of them. Sheamus absolutely dominated this match, with the sporadic comeback by Ziggler making things interesting. Lana made her way out to the Titantron area to watch what was going on.

RAW_1148_Photo_147-3493623204Rusev then made his way to the ring, smiling at Lana along the way. Ziggler caught him with a superkick to the face, but Sheamus then got Ziggler with a killer Brogue Kick for the pinfall. Rusev then proceeded to attack Ziggler while staring at Lana the entire time. She showed little-to-no emotion while Ziggler got his ass handed to him. Again, the acting was spectacular here. On the way out, with Ziggler dead in the ring, Rusev screamed “KISS HIM NOW!!” Great stuff.

– I am BRUTALLY tired right now, but I kinda want to see Zack Ryder take on John Cena for the U.S. title. I mean, I don’t like Ryder, but I expect the crowd to help make this average match pretty darn good. So I’ll stay up for that…but I might just call it a night afterwards. I mean, do I really need to know how Ambrose gets his title shot?

– Thankfully, next up is the Cena Open Challenge as the crowd sings, “JOHN CENA SUUUCKS!” in unison. He then proceeds to drone on in yet another long-ass promo. Yawn.

When Cena finally opened-up the challenge, the limp-dick cast of Entourage came out to introduce Zack Ryder. I mean, the crowd would have rioted if it weren’t Ryder. Hopefully Cena can make him look better than he has in years.

SIDE NOTE: Honestly, I’m just sick of Ryder’s current gimmick. It’s played out and has been for years. He’s a solid hand, though, so if he had a new gimmick then he could really do something. I mean, the best performers evolve and change and grow as performers. Ryder has done nothing new or different within the past 5+ years. He’s tired and played out. And because he no longer gets opportunities, he whines like a little bitch.

RAW_1148_Photo_167-3792312102The match didn’t really last very long. And quite frankly, if it weren’t for the interference of one of the Entourage guys, the match would have ended a LOT quicker. One thing I respect from this match was Ryder attempting a 450 splash. I mean…damn. Really? Kudos, Ryder. Well done. You still suck, though.

Trying to hit @johncena with that 450 Splash! #Raw #LI

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RAW_1148_Photo_180-3807227659Just as Cena was celebrating, out came Kevin Owens to sneak attack and hit the pop-up powerbomb on Cena yet again. The crowd popped and so did I. Goddamn I love that guy. It’s the one match I want to see at Elimination Chamber more than any other.

– Out came the Bella twins and now it’s time for me to hit the sack. Screw this nonsense. There’s nothing that will happen in the last half hour or so that will alter my life before Elimination Chamber, which looks like a pretty damn good PPV.

The World According to ZAH: NXT Edition

To say that this past week was a big one for NXT would be an understatement…

  • Owens vs Cena 2First and foremost, Kevin Owens made his WWE RAW debut by leaving company poster-child John Cena laying in the ring and having a match against him announced for the Elimination Chamber What an incredible push for Owens, who is a favourite of Triple H. I’ve said for months now that he was ready for the main roster with a total package (i.e. in-ring ability, look, gimmick, promo skills, merch that sells), so to see him leap-frog over some of the other very deserving performers in NXT is not only surprising, but it’s very exciting if you’re a fan of his (which I am).

  • Samoa Joe vs Kevin OwensSamoa Joe made his WWE debut on Wednesday at the live NXT special, NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. From what I can tell, he has signed a very unique deal. He’s going by the name Samoa Joe, so WWE won’t own his copyright once he’s done with the company. They already have an official WWE-licensed t-shirt for him, which is crazy since he is still booked for independent shows over the next month or two. My understanding is that if NXT wants him, then WWE will compensate the indy promoter. At this point, though, I don’t expect Joe to be in NXT for very long. If Triple H loved him enough to allow him to go by his Samoa Joe name, then he’s going to probably get fast-tracked to the main roster.

  • Finn BalorWhat does this mean for Hideo Itami, Finn Bãlor, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and the numerous other veteran performers who are still in NXT? It’s hard t say, though the injuries to both Itami and Zayn probably mean more opportunities for guys like Breeze. My best guess would be that Bãlor is the next individual to get called up after Owens and Joe.

  • Charlotte and BayleyThere should be at least two or three Diva call-ups, too…with Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Bayley all showing that they are capable of carrying the Divas division on the main roster with some outstanding recent performances. At this point, the main roster could use a little shake-up when it comes to the ladies.

  • Sara AmatoThere were some off-camera promotions last week in NXT, as well. Matt Bloom (aka Jason Albert) was promoted to Head Trainer (something that was assumed anyway) and Sara Amato (aka Sara Del Rey) was named Assistant Head Trainer. Some troll on Twitter tried to convince me that he knew two months ago that Amato would be promoted. Why? He claimed it was because she had the second most complaints as a trainer behind now-ousted Bill DeMott. The flaw in his logic? Well…Amato is still at the WWE Performance Centre, but now will also be doing producing and training on the road with the main roster. Yeah…that totally sounds like a result of being a bad trainer. I’m sure all of the praise that Triple H and the Divas have given Amato are all a smokescreen for the terrible person they think she really is. **insert eyeroll here**
  • Blake & Murphy & BlissI’m already annoyed with the NXT fair-weather fans. Y’know, the ones who are complaining about the Alexa Bliss heel turn to join-up with the tag team champions, Blake & Murphy? “Out of nowhere”, they’re saying. “It doesn’t make any sense”. Well, if you’ve watched the program over the past few weeks, you would have seen a backstage segment where Carmella and Alexa got into a little bit of a confrontation. Who swooped in to comfort her and make her feel better? You guessed it…Blake & Murphy. Is it a perfect heel turn? No, because she wasn’t really that over as a babyface to begin with. However, it’s a logical turn from a storyline perspective. I’m interested to see where they go with this.