ZWrestleTalk writer Dom Bouchard gives 20 quick fixes for WWE.
20. Stop toilet humor
It wad outdated 20 years ago, it is way worse today. Vince's outdated and out of touch fetishes, needs to be put to rest like his grip on the company.
19. Rotation of top guys
We do not need to see AJ Styles on every ppv, but it would be fun to see Heath Slater or Tye Dillinger once in a while and have performers rotate at the top of men and women's division. Rusev having a main event run? Finn or Bray having a world title run? That would keep things fresh and keep people watching as you would never know what would happen week to week. Making wrestling must see TV.
18. Be creative with storylines
You can build feuds around championships but also around Twitter wars or personal vendettas or frustration. Having a guy like Mojo Rawley attack Seth Rollins out of frustration of not being on television and seeing Seth as a chosen one. Be creative, by keeping everyone relevant
17. Give Smackdown and Raw a makeover visually
Both shows have looked the same for 20 years. Freshen things up. New logos, new lights, and new entrance ramp. New layout of the ring entrance. Make it visually different.
16. Give tag team wrestling more exposure
Enough said. Gallows and Anderson, Sanity, Ascension and so many teams shouldn't have to do nothing. Use them and they will reward WWE by making the shows better.
15. Women tag team division
Read the above. Same goes for this division when it becomes a thing.
14. More managers
Performers like Apollo Crews, Naomi, and TJP could sure use it. Utilize Drew Gulak, Alicia Fox, Heath Slater and maximize their mic skills and use them to help those who don't have a lot of charisma.
13. Less talk
Well. A lot less talk, it is still called wrestling right?
12. No more authority figures
It kills the show, it kills ratings. Not to mention it can also kill careers. Just like Baron Corbin.
11. Keep using General Managers like Paige and William Regal
They are not overbearing, and they are good at what they do. They act fair, and it's believable.
10. More creative freedom
Best example is Becky Lynch on the positive side of being allowed to be yourself. Worst example is Ronda and Roman Reigns .Being over-scripted kills your ability to look authentic.
9. More interactions betweens shows
A good thing that happened lately is seeing Mustafa Ali on SmackDown. It was exciting and it gave him exposure. It helped Daniel Bryan make a new star in the process. WWE can do the same with Bianca Belair, TJP, and Keith Lee.
8. Use NXT UK stars
Guys like Wolfgang and The Coffey Brothers could be used to invade Raw or NXT.
7. Let Michael Cole and Tom Phillips talk like normal human beings
Not like scripted corporate robots. Cole can be really great when he's got freedom.
6. Incorporate social media posts on WWE
People like Rusev ,Becky Lynch,Kevin Owens ,Xavier Woods and Sheamus are so entertaining on Twitter and Instagram. Show everyone and it will increase their exposure and help them get more creative freedom and even help the creative team to find cool ideas to incorporate it into their feuds or programs.
5. More big fight feels to big matches
Present big matches as big deals and people will see it as big deals. Matches like Ronda vs Becky or Daniel Bryan vs AJ styles should be presented like money matches. See them prepare in the weeks leading up to the match.
4. Let the performers have fun
When wrestlers enjoy what they do we feel it. It makes the show feel genuine and exciting. Rusev by being able to be himself and use his charisma would make people love him even more. Same thing with New Day. Xavier is such a funny and charismatic man, let him use his wit and cool personality to shine through.
3. Let the creative team have more creative freedom
A lot of writers can come up with exciting and out of left field ideas. Don't be afraid to try new things.If one idea flops, it is not the end of the world.It beats repetition and boredom.
2. Make NXT available for main roster wrestlers..
Guys like Tyler Breeze going back to NXT ,or a veteran like Randy Orton going to NXT to teach those kids a lesson would make interesting television. Or a team like Ascension go back find themselves and make it a storyline. Where did it all go wrong kinda storyline?
1. Give wrestlers a few months off a year on rotation
That would keep everyone fresh and help with the injury problems. And with such a deep roster it is truly possible to do it. WWE does not rely on one guy anymore. It is a team effort.
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After ALL IN on September 1. The pro wrestling world realized there was enough talent on the indies to sell out a 10,000 seat arena and do a fair number in pay-per-view buys. The industry was shook. After the successful night. There is a rumored wrestling promotion start-up happening and it involves some pretty amazing characters.
WWE has been the top promotion since the demise of WCW. Others have tried to reinvigorate the wars that were fought in the nineties. This including TNA's attempt to restart the Monday Night Wars. Which they had potential but ultimately flopped.
Now a new wrestling promotion is on the horizon. Currently they have gone through a bunch of trademarks:
Now you may ask who is funding this venture?
Shahid Khan. Specifically his son Tony Khan. Also to let you know Shahid Khan has a net worth of $6.8 billion, he's the owner of Jacksonville Jaguars. Vince McMahon has a net worth of $2.8 billion, he's the sole owner of the rebooted XFL. Yes, money isn't everything in the wrestling business. At one time Ted Turner was the rich billionaire taking on Vince McMahon then he lost $8 billion in a merger...
I think the Khan's would be different. It just depends how they organize this promotion. At least they have deep pockets. They just have to make the right moves. That's they key to this entire promotion. Make the right moves!
They can't end up like Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling. It had potential to do something great and it failed. Here is the reason AEW may jump into that number two promotion in the world. First and foremost WWE is so dominant everything looks small in comparison. Ring of Honor still can't get good production value and they can't retain talent despite being able to sell out MSG. You'll always be small, if you play small. So that rules them out as the number two promotion in the world. Impact has been steered in the right direction by Don Callis. Yet I think so much damage has been done to the brand it's a matter of time before Don Callis or the talent get poached away. Lucha Underground is a revolutionary concept of mixing wrestling with an over-dramatic, artsy style TV show, and having it go by seasons. Still it will never reach that number two due to its network, and the format. Lucha Underground provides a great alternative. NJPW is awesome but it's kinda not really in competition with WWE. Which once again isn't a bad thing. NJPW owns a section of the market.
Tuesday Night Dynamite is one of the trademarks that should immediately jump out. The name sounds like an old-school WCW show. Maybe that's what they were going for? The biggest debate for AEW right now is if they will get on a traditional cable network. There is many cable networks that desperately need content. During ALL IN, WGN America hosted ALL IN: Zero Hour which acted as the pre-show. I'd assume WGN America would be interested in Tuesday Night Dynamite. They only show Cops reruns on Tuesdays nights. WGN America also had WWE Superstars in the past, and well we all know how that ended.
The other option that everyone is timid to mention is streaming. Why not Netflix? Why not Apple? Why not Amazon? Netflix it would help diversify their portfolio, and it could be another test for them in the LIVE sports entertainment arena. They are always looking to try something new because they know Disney and WarnerMedia are coming after them hard in 2019. Yes, Lucha Underground didn't work out on Netflix. There could be a million reasons why but AEW could be something better. Apple is another competitor. They haven't even revealed their streaming model yet but they could easily help kickstart a promotion. The third streaming option is Amazon. Which technically they could do some smooth operating. Amazon is interested in the Fox Sports regional networks. If their bid is successful that could be a secondary home for AEW. Also I could see AEW doing well on Prime.
The rumor started that The Elite, Chris Jericho, and Jim Ross were forming a new wrestling company with financial backing from the Khan family. Also the other rumor floating is that two WWE stars are going to leave in April to join the promotion. Which WWE is stacking and misusing talent all over the place.
That's a reason why WWE is signing people like ACH. Who has been in Ring of Honor forever. Same with Trevor Lee, who had a stint in Impact. All these wrestlers are all of sudden going to WWE. There were also reports that WWE offered Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and The Young Buck main event money to come to WWE.
It's starting to look like they didn't take that offer. Not to mention Cody Rhodes tweeting out to his followers asking what independent wrestlers are being overlooked. That is AEW scouting at its finest.
AEW could be a legitimate promotion. If you start with this core of:
I rather watch a roster of ELITE guys (pun fully intended) than forcing us to get to know some independent wrestler, who will probably go back to working smaller shows in some small town. That's what GFW did wrong. When you look at GFW Amped, the promotions main show that never aired until Impact bought GFW. They had Bobby Roode, Bollywood Boyz, Nick Aldis, Mickie James, KUSHIDA, TJ Perkins, Gallows & Anderson, Eric Young, and Shelton Benjamin. Now more than half of this list is now in WWE. Yet GFW filled the rest of the roster with TNA burnouts and AAA wannabes.
AEW will be daunting task but if they make the right moves it will only benefit the world of professional wrestling. AEW will only make NXT and WWE more competitive. Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks want something more. They don't want to simply just settle for Ring of Honor or NJPW. They don't want to have to due their own ALL IN pay-per-views. They want their own promotion. Something that could be successful.
So what will come of AEW? That remains to be seen but I believe that they are on the right track. One thing is for sure Vince McMahon hates competition. There is no denying that. He's probably going to snatch up more talent on the indies. I wouldn't be surprised if he starts to drain Impact and Luca Underground.
I have a feeling that with Jim Ross and Chris Jericho involved this will be legit. As long as they are actually involved. If they aren't involved then we will have to wait and see how legitimate the promotion becomes. I couldn't imagine Jericho and Ross burning a bridge with WWE for something minor league-ish.
No one thought they could pull of ALL IN. Now we have people saying AEW can't be a number two promotion. The Elite like proving people wrong.
If your a fan of pro wrestling your biggest hope is that Tony Khan and other investors will be All In.
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Triple Z discusses his thoughts regarding Survivor Series main event, and where it should go from here.
There is nothing like it when Brock Lesnar rises to the occasion. You instantly remember why he's the part-time superstar. The engaged Lesnar we saw on Sunday night was rare. Proving that Lesnar when he feels like it still has a passion for pro wrestling. It only took one opponent to get it out of him. Daniel Bryan.
We haven't seen a Brock Lesnar match that good in years. Yeah, his encounters with Goldberg were fine. But this was on a whole new level. At first we thought it was going to be a typical Brock Lesnar beatdown, and all of that quickly changed. Thanks to Daniel Bryan's heel persona.
Bryan brought out the very best in Lesnar. Even getting the beast to chant "Suplex City." Something we rarely see from Lesnar. The match made Brock Lesnar look like he barely survived. He was moments away from tapping out to the Yes! lock. And for a few moments the "smarks" who care about Lesnar only fighting people near his size were gasping.
Even though it is ridiculous to point out Brock Lesnar doing a bear hug it is necessary to point out. Lesnar rarely does different moves. Adding a bear hug or any move other than a F5 or suplex into his in-ring psychology is a rare sight.
This match should open the eyes to the people making the decisions in the back. Lesnar vs Bryan looked like something out of a NXT TakeOver event. There is ways to move this forward. It is time to reevaluate on how you use Brock Lesnar. The part-time star stock rises when he puts on a performance like that. Yet there is obviously a key to his epic performance. Lesnar has to care about his opponent.
It's blatantly obvious Brock Lesnar could care less for Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Braun Strowman. We don't know why he feels this way. Maybe he has a little bit more respect for Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins but who knows. If I'm WWE I would make sure every Lesnar match was with someone he respected and was willing to perform with. Daniel Bryan got it out of him, AJ Styles was able to get a little bit. Would Lesnar have a respectful match with Shinsuke Nakamura? Especially considering Lesnar's ties to NJPW. That could very well be Brock Lesnar's next good match. This also means no more finisher extravaganza's with Roman Reigns were they just do spear-F5-spear-F5. And no more Lesnar hitting five F5's to win a single match.
There is obviously some other opponents that I think could bring the most out of Brock. I could see Finn Balor getting Brock to work. Considering how he was on the indies forever and his NJPW ties. I would likened this match to Lesnar's fight with CM Punk. Then my other two options are legends. Kurt Angle, could probably bring out a lot in Brock Lesnar. Then the other legend would be The Rock. Another feud that we thought we were getting. It has been rumored to be the main event of multiple WrestleMania's. The rumor went all the way back to the night after WrestleMania 28.
Now it's once again rumored that we could see Brock Lesnar vs The Rock go down at WrestleMania 35. I'm all for that. The Rock will energize Brock Lesnar into performing well. If not WWE now has the sturdy backup plan of just having Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan again. Could you imagine a babyface Daniel Bryan defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the title? That would be quite the the scene and an iconic moment to close out the show.
So the matter of the story is that when Brock Lesnar is motivated he puts on an incredible, awe-inspiring match. When was the last time a main roster match truly told a story? It's funny because on Survivor Series you technically had two storytelling matches in Nakamura/Rollins and Lesnar/Bryan. Yet I think the path with Brock Lesnar is quite simple. It's time for him to agree to matches that will be good.
There is also another opponent that I think would be fascinating for Brock Lesnar. Matt Riddle down in NXT. The man who claims "he will retire" Lesnar. Riddle has a MMA/UFC background. It's now just a matter to if Brock Lesnar actually respects the guy.
So far Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar is my match of the year for WWE main roster.
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[Also known as: Daniel Bryan is a stupidly brave maniac]
Alright folks let's just get it out there: Survivor Series is scary.
There's a myriad of injuries on the roster, the card's been changing frequently and, as we know WWE likes to do, it can continue to change as the event goes on.
One rather curious change is the match between Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar, what was originally meant to be between Brock and AJ Styles.
It's an interesting switch, a dream match for many fans out there. Personally I feel as though I have to be cautious with this match, and try not to expect the world of it. First, I feel that Daniel Bryan at any point of his career, would best have this match against Brock Lesnar if it were the early 2000's, when the man was clearly at his wrestling prime and had more than two moves. Yes, Daniel Bryan has had to change his move set a bit to accommodate his prior injuries, but he's still got a loaded arsenal. Brock....well, he's got fewer moves than the Incredible Hulk.
Onto my second point, the one that has me more worried. Brock is an absolute brute, there's no doubt about that. The man is scary, not so much in the entertainment way, but in the 'I think this counts as involuntary manslaughter' sort of way. Him, against a man who most were certain would never wrestle again at some point, screams disaster to me. Bryan is very clearly willing to die in the ring because of his passion for it, and Brock typically does what Brock wants to do. It just feels like there's a lot of room here for devastating errors that should not even be allowed to be possible.
Considering we're missing out on what would have been show-closing match of the night Lynch vs. Rousey, I suppose watching the possibility of Daniel Bryan being murdered in the ring is almost as good.
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Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles are bound to have another classic. Ronda Rousey will face another formidable challenger. Hopefully, WWE ends Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle's power struggle.
WWE had to make a pivot for Survivor Series. After Roman Reigns' announcement that his leukemia had returned. WWE had to have him relinquish the belt he fought so hard to get.
Things are beginning to take shape on WWE's Survivor Series. The big four pay-per-view was going to steer away from the RAW vs SmackDown theme. WWE had to change its plans. Here is my projection of the card. Of course things may shift.
(I'll do it FiveThirtyEight statistical style, so if I get it wrong I can blame it on the "polling errors.")
Lesnar looks to conquer Styles again
I'm most looking forward to Styles/Lesnar II. Just due to what AJ was able to do with Lesnar alone. Styles is still a fresh opponent for Lesnar. Hopefully, we get some actual build up to this match. Styles sadly won't have a shot at getting the W. Considering Lesnar will soon be facing Daniel Cormier in the UFC. It's just a matter of timing. Still these two should be able to provide a solid match. Lesnar's WWE status is still up in the air. According to sources he was suppose to be done with WWE until Royal Rumble season.
Rousey should lose at Survivor Series
Rousey has been blamed for months (by fans) for injuring her opponents. Her match with Nikki Bella at Evolution was decent but some of the spots looked rough. Maybe just maybe her move set is a little to rough for someone with inexperience? I mean her judo throws and her finisher look botch-worthy on occasion. Don't get me wrong Ronda Rousey is still an attraction but WWE needs to still monitor her in order to make her the next "star" of the company. What if WWE has Rousey lose? That would be the best thing for her at Survivor Series. Becky Lynch is a strong opponent with years of experience on Rousey. WWE shouldn't have Rousey go undefeated until WrestleMania 35 for a few reasons.
Now this brings me to the long winded feud of Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle. RAW's power struggle was expected to collide at Survivor Series. Now it's not looking good as WWE may go for RAW vs SmackDown teams. Due to the theme change. I do believe that Corbin/Angle need to end their feud soon though. I still have a feeling Angle will end up on Team RAW or involved with Survivor Series somehow. He was last year. Plus he has to continue his feud with Shane McMahon.
The Sad Circumstance of Shawn Michaels
Now my final subject for this blog. Shawn Michaels un-retired in spectacular fashion. Now he is expected to be on a collision course with The Undertaker. Yet seeing HBK wrestle in 2018 bums me out. I just don't have the desire to see a changed man go back to wrestling. Shawn Michaels is bald. Why is that a big deal some may wonder? It ruins his mystique. It destroys the image we once had of him. It's like an old wrestler working on the indys and he no longer looks good. That's essentially Shawn Michaels despite his in-shape look. He can still go but it won't be the same. Triple H is also bald but we got to openly witness the evolution. So it's not as bad as HBK's.
Michaels has the chance to put on dream matches. The Undertaker is still waiting for his match. If I'm being honest I'd rather have Sting come back for another run. He could've done so much more but wasn't able too. Some part-time returns feel fresh. Some don't. HBK's doesn't feel right for multiple reasons. Maybe it was because he did stay true to his retirement for eight years or maybe it was because he came back for WWE's controversial Crown Jewel event?
WWE's Survivor Series plans are intriguing. Even though they have to be concerned about fatigue kicking in. WWE has done so many events in a short period of time hopefully Survivor Series is able to succeed.
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In Dom Bouchard's returning piece he discusses WWE's aging roster and how he would replace old talent with more young pieces.
I don't understand why, but lately the WWE roster has been aging so much it makes me sick to my stomach. Especially with so many talented young wrestlers in the company ready to steal the show. Guys like Andrade "Cien" Almas, Mojo, Apollo Crews, and the whole NXT roster and what we see is the full time return of Rey Mysterio, part time returns of Kurt Angle, Undertaker, DX ,Kane, Big Show, R Truth, Shelton Benjamin and so many old guys that being called up to the main roster is a demotion now.
Especially on Smackdown. The Randy Orton's and Jeff Hardy's of this company are the reason why ratings suck and so many people don't watch anymore. I am a huge lifelong WWE fan and it is the most frustrating time I ever witnessed.There are no reasons to let so many talented guys rot like this and use over the hill guys especially Taker whose matches often result in cringeworthy moments. It is like watching our grandpa in a ring and hope he doesn't get badly hurt. I could understand if there was no young talents ready to take the mantle but there are many. Here is the list of guys I would make sure we never see wrestle anymore:
4 Shawn Michaels
6 Big Show
7 Baron Corbin. Not old but sucks
8 Shelton Benjamin
11 Jeff Hardy
1 Randy Orton
2 Shinsuke Nakamura
3 Bobby Roode
4 Brock Lesnar
2 Heath Slater
4 Eric Young
5 Alexander Wolfe
8 Zack Ryder
Replace them with big pushes from:
1 Andrade Cien Almas
2 Chad Gable
3 Apollo Crews
4 Mojo Rawley
5 Killian Dain
6 Bo Dallas
7 Aleister Black
8 Ty Dillinger
My main guys:
1 Seth Rollins
2 Dean Ambrose
3 Braun Strowman
4 Aleister Black
6 Johnny Gargano
7 Adam Cole
8 Roderick Strong
9 Kyle O'Reilly
10 AJ Styles
11 Daniel Bryan
12 The Miz
13 New Day
17 Moustache Mountain
18 Pete Dunne
19 Drew McIntyre
20 Velveteen Dream
I believe these changes would result in a younger and more talented roster that wouldn't waste its youth but embrace it. I believe while keeping some veterans you need more youth to counter balance it. WWE's aging problem is getting silly. Not everything should be a "return" or a "comeback." WWE needs to get back to simple wrestling storytelling. Similar to how NXT has proven that it works.
WWE's only getting older. It's sad to see such talented, young workers get passed by the relics of the past.
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U.S. Senators are urging WWE not to travel to Saudi Arabia. But will Vince McMahon and WWE listen?
WWE is staying in this relationship because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is paying them tons of money. I mean heck the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forced Shawn Michaels out of retirement. Just think about that... WWE has been trying to get HBK to return for dream matches. All it took was Saudi Arabia offering HBK $10 million for one match. Fans have been urging WWE to exit the Saudi Arabia relationship since the start. Greatest Royal Rumble didn't feature a single women for well.. reasons. That contradicts WWE's current women's evolution. Now Crown Jewel is in jeopardy for different reasons.
The current idea of WWE canceling Crown Jewel created the back up plan to replicate the same exact card at Survivor Series. Also meaning WWE would have to pay Shawn Michaels and Brock Lesnar the same amount out of pocket. Politicians are telling WWE to reconsider their deal with Saudi Arabia. Most are encouraging WWE to put event on pause. WWE is currently monitoring the situation.
We live in crazy times. This WWE/Saudi Arabia partnership may not last after all. Sorry, for the shorter blog post but this topic is mind-boggling.
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What a time to be alive!
On this very day, September 10th, 2018, it was announced that Renee Young would be joining the Raw commentary team full time and would be replacing Jonathan Coachman. Never did I think I’d see this day come, where we had a woman doing commentary full time on the main show, the show of all shows (yes I know SmackDown is superior, just go with it); and quite frankly it’s amazing.
Now if you told me a few years ago that Renee would be taking one of the three seats on commentary, I would have cackled, and or possibly screamed in the most dramatic way possible out of disappointment. Not to be too harsh, but a few years ago while I was watching Renee I just couldn’t get into it. I cringed, I didn’t think she was that good, and the thought of her doing commentary was never a thought in my mind, even with her NXT commentart past. In my opinion, she’s really blossomed over the last few years. Is she perfect? No, but she doesn’t need to be.
There’s the idea that some may feel she has to be perfect, as a woman filling a male-dominated spot in a male-dominated form of entertainment, but she doesn’t need to be perfect. Why? Because Michael Cole and Corey Graves are absolutely far from perfect. If I had a nickel for every time Michael Cole flubbed anything the last five years, I could buy a place to live in New York City. Not rent, buy, do you know how ridiculous that cost is? Astronomical.
This is a huge step for Renee, as well as women in general on the main roster. Yes, we’ve had female commentators for other shows and specials, but the fact that its a full time position on Raw is a huge deal. It not only shows Renee’s growth over the years, but leaves the door open for other opportunities of change within the WWE.
So thanks Renee, for truly living up to the “anything can happen” schtick within WWE, this is one of those times where it’s a magnificent surprise.
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I went to NXT Detroit yesterday. It is truly one of the best wrestling events to go too.
Heavy Machinery defeat The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Jaxson Ryker)
A couple of notes right out of the gate.
Dakota Kai defeats Aliyah
Dakota Kai is just super fun to watch. I think she will be the "correct version" of Bayley by the time she makes the main roster. Aliyah has some serious skills as a heel. Honestly it is only a matter of time until Aliyah is main roster bound or in the NXT Women's Championship picture.
Aliyah and Dakota Kai had a really solid match.
Tyler Breeze defeats Dan Matha
The pop for Tyler Breeze was loud. Most of the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Matha is still really raw right now. The crowd chanted "Gillberg" at him. Breeze is still one of the best wrestlers to come out of NXT. During this match I was thinking of his classic with Jushin "Thunder" Liger. It was an honor to watch Breeze takedown Matha.
Marcel Barthel Segment
The fans were into it. Lars Sullivan ended up laying him out.
Johnny Gargano defeats Lars Sullivan by DQ
Detroit is Johnny Gargano territory. His theme gets me instantly pumped. Even with a brute like Lars, Johnny made this match brilliant. Gargano has a bright future. I have gotten to watch him live three times. I want Gargano to have the best success on the main roster.
Candice LeRae & Nikki Cross defeat Shayna Baszler & Vanessa Borne
LeRae is easily the best one out of the four. Baszler attracts a fan base for her violent style. To me I find her uninteresting, maybe that will change. Cross and Borne play their gimmicks well. The match was solid.
Tommaso Ciampa retained over Dominik Dijakovic
Ciampa was fun to watch live. Dijakovic is going to be great at one of the next TakOver events. His match with Ciampa was stellar. The crowd legitimately thought we would see a title change. Dijakovic brought out some depth from his move set.
Ricochet & War Raiders defeat The Undisputed Era
This was such a great main event. Really can't go wrong with The Undisputed Era. Ricochet makes every move look so easy. War Raiders will be dominating the tag team division soon enough. Ricochet stole the show.
Overall this event was excellent. It was a good way to spend the fifth anniversary of the site.
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Triple Z reflects on ZWrestleTalk's big anniversary.
This is super cool. ZWrestleTalk is five years old. Which in my opinion is pretty impressive considering how many outlets/blogs end up calling it quits.
I'm proud that this site is still going, and it has more of a purpose. It is crazy to think that five years ago my very first blog was about The Authority (Stephanie McMahon and Triple H). This was before WWE decided to split the brands again. Countless of great wrestling moments have transpired. TNA is no longer even TNA! It's called IMPACT now. Lucha Underground wasn't around five years ago, and we were one of the first to write about it. They still follow us on Twitter to this day. Jeff Jarrett created Global Force Wrestling, which I did countless blogs on and it fizzled out. When the site first started WWE NXT was fairly new, and the WWE Network was a couple months away from launch.
It's been five years of me doing predictions for WWE pay-per-views. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I was way off.
It's been fun to express my opinion on part timers, Sting's WWE debut, AJ Styles joining WWE, and the evolution of NXT. There is many other moments I can recount that were super fun to blog.
So I'd like to take the time to thank some people. I want to thank the current staff of ZWrestleTalk. Dom Bouchard, thanks for bringing some of the biggest hot takes in wrestling to this site. One day we will get to that podcast (by the way our guest list is LOADED. Thanks Dom). I would like to thank the new writers to the site Amanda and JD. I'm excited to see what we will accomplish.
I'd also like to thank the countless other writers who made quick stops at ZWrestleTalk. They helped the site grow too.
I would also like to thank all the guests who have ever done guest predictions for The Wrestling BreakDownZ. It's a long list so I'm only going to highlight a few. Josh.0, Zach McGibbon, and Zack Heydorn brought some outstanding guest work to the site.
So you may ask how Triple Z is spending his fifth anniversary? I'm going to NXT Detroit tonight. Blogs will follow that event. I didn't even realize it was ZWrestleTalk's anniversary when I originally got the tickets for NXT. It just makes this day even cooler.
Thanks for the ride these past five years. I have enjoyed the comments and questions from our fans. It has been amazing to watch the site grow in viewership, and I'm confident we will be hitting more milestones soon.
Also by the way the old blogs are comical. If you want a laugh go into the archives and find some classics. The comment section use to be crazy too.
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