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Three new matches were confirmed, two more hinted towards as we travel down a somewhat low-key road to WrestleMania. A middling episode of the flagship last night to be sure (the show is still WAY long) but by no means the worst thing to ever happen in sports entertainment like I’ve read this morning.
Admittedly the build to this year’s show has been down from past years. I think where people are having a hard time getting excited this year lies in the fact that three of the players in the top three matches making sporadic or no appearances at all. While there’s no doubt Bray Wyatt has done a yeoman’s job selling me on Taker vs. Wyatt being one of the top matches on the card, the lack of face to face confrontations from Lesnar/Reigns & Sting/HHH might be hurting the interest for some. Wyatt’s build with the Undertaker works where those two have not because Bray has been trying to lure Undertaker back, so his absence from TV makes sense to the viewer.
For some it could be the dreamy blue-eyed Samoan in the room, Roman Reigns. There is a portion of the fan base that have stayed steadfast in their refusal to accept the Rumble winner. They’ve ignored the weeks he does get a great pop from the crowd or the strides he’s made in the ring with and without Daniel Bryan. While Paul Heyman always does a fantastic job getting his client’s point across for him on the microphone as he did in another masterful performance tonight, we need more Reigns-Lesnar physicality. Staredowns, sneak attacks, etc. to create more anticipation for their match, something to take people’s minds off of internet negativity. Talking about Roman Reigns isn’t going to do that. Seeing Roman Reigns do cool stuff, now you’ve got a chance.
For others it could also be the (seemingly) eternal gripe that Daniel Bryan should be facing Daniel Bryan for the Daniel Bryan Championship and Daniel Bryan should cash in his Daniel Bryan briefcase afterwards because…Daniel Bryan. Okay I got carried away there but I hope you follow my meaning. I love the guy as much as the next but there is a difference between being a “main event guy” and being in the Main Event. Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Triple H, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and the Undertaker are all “main event guys” not in this year’s “main event” because there are only two (sometimes three) spots a year.
If the build hasn’t spoken to you speak with your time and energy by avoiding the show. It’s entertainment. I’m not entertained by everything you are I’m sure but come WrestleMania when you’re seeing Bray Wyatt and the Undertaker face to face, or Sting WRESTLING in a WWE ring, you may not care how the build was if the spectacle delivers on your $9.99.
With that out-of-the-way let’s hit the major happenings.
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Let’s quiet your “Brock doesn’t want to job to Roman” talk, marks. The rumored issues that sprung up in the last 24 hours between Brock and WWE is apparently business, not creative, related.
In case you missed it, prior to last night’s Raw Brock Lesnar was advertised to appear but once the three hours had come and gone, the Beast Incarnate made no such appearance. Rumors hit the internet this morning that Lesnar had left Nashville before the show was completed due to a business issue with management. PW Insider is reporting this evening that “Vince McMahon acknowledged the issue during a Smackdown production meeting today, a source claimed, but did not elaborate on the issue.”
Despite these reports, a Twitter user posted a photo of Lesnar in Nashville this morning looking pleasant. So who knows right?
Of course when something negative regarding WWE hits the rumor mill, marks go crazy and conspiracy theories abound. Does this mean Lesnar’s returning to UFC? Did it have to do with UFC’s Frank Mir repeating his willingness to fight Lesnar for the third time?
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated on his radio show that whatever the issue is, it is not big enough right now to put his WrestleMania match in danger and also says he doesn’t know what the exact issue is between the two parties.
FWIW, the next date to keep circled on your calendar to sniff out whether there is actual trouble between Lesnar and WWE is March 9th in Pittsburgh, the next Raw date Lesnar is advertised to appear.
Heyman & Lesnar’s Raw Fallout – YouTube
Renee Young caught up with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar following their assault and a proposed alliance with Seth Rollins. Heyman wasn’t answering questions about it but he did suggest that Renee would like to ask him out on a date. I’ll stop and wait while the internet police get angry at him for being sexist. I love you Paul.
Striker to team with Ross at WrestleKingdom – PW Torch
Matt Striker, currently the play-by-play voice of Lucha Underground will be Jim Ross’ partner for the Global Force Wrestling presentation of NJPW’s WrestleKingdom on PPV January 4th.
All-Star Rosebuds; Tyson Kidd is amazing – Lords of Pain
ROH’s Jimmy Jacobs & Scarlett Bordeaux and former TNA Knockout Taeler Hendrix were part of Rose’s party patrol last night on Raw. When Rose goes evil, I’d love for Jacobs to be a permanent evil Rosebud stabbing people with his spike for Adam. Also, in this link Tyson Kidd had the perfect in-character explanation for checking on Nikki Bella last night on Raw. I don’t know who or what is responsible for the spark that Kidd has had in recent months but thank you. He was always solid inside the ropes but now he has personality to go along with it.