The month of September is nearly over and as we look forward to what’s subsequent for World Wrestling Leisure, the months of October and November might be very busy with 4 pay-per-view fashion massive occasions on the horizon. All of them will air stay on WWE Community.
The subsequent main WWE present is known as Tremendous Present-Down on Saturday, October 6 from the Melbourne Cricket Floor in Melbourne, Australia with an estimated attendance of over 60,000 individuals. The present will air stay on WWE Community at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT, so when you’re watching it in North America. chances are you’ll select to go the on-demand route as an alternative of a stay viewing because of the time distinction. The important thing match on that present is Triple H vs. The Undertaker for the “Last Time Ever” in addition to The Defend vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, and AJ Types defending the WWE Title towards Samoa Joe one more time. I’ll have a full predictions column about that present up right here on The Comeback in about one week’s time.
There’s additionally WWE Evolution on Sunday, October 28 from Lengthy Island, New York in the typical Sunday night time time slot the place they may compete towards a primetime NFL recreation. It’s the first ever all-women’s WWE occasion that includes matches like Trish Stratus vs. Alexa Bliss and Lita vs. Mickie James. There’s a rumor that Ronda Rousey will defend her Uncooked Ladies’s Title towards Nikki Bella, and I anticipate Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Aptitude to have one other Smackdown Ladies’s Title match at that present.
#UniversalChampion @WWERomanReigns will defend his title towards @BrockLesnar AND @BraunStrowman in a #TripleThreat Match at #WWECrownJewel in Saudi Arabia, streaming LIVE on @WWENetwork Nov. 2! pic.twitter.com/X6UkgL7wCC
— WWE Community (@WWENetwork) September 18, 2018
On Friday, November 2, WWE heads again to Saudi Arabia for the WWE Crown Jewel occasion from the King Fahd Worldwide Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That occasion will air in the afternoon for these of us in North America. The doubtless main occasion of that present will see Roman Reigns defend the Common Championship towards Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in a triple menace match. It’s additionally anticipated that Shawn Michaels could have his first match in eight years when he groups up with Triple H towards The Undertaker and Kane, which might be a matchup of part-time legends. Identical to at the Biggest Royal Rumble occasion in April, no ladies’s wrestlers are anticipated to be at the present as a result of legal guidelines in Saudi Arabia. The main cause WWE is doing it’s that they reportedly get round $40 million for each Saudi Arabia present, which makes it a really worthwhile occasion. As Ted Dibiase used to say…everyone has a worth.
The 32nd version of Survivor Collection takes place on November 18 in Los Angeles. For the final two years, the theme has been Uncooked vs. Smackdown matches. We don’t know if that might be the case this yr and with three main exhibits earlier than Survivor Collection, I don’t know if WWE will have the ability to make Survivor Collection appear to be an enormous deal. Anyway, there’s loads of time to construct that present up.
For now, I’m right here to do a WWE Mailbag column the place I ask individuals on Twitter to fireside wrestling associated questions at me and I do my greatest to offer a considerate reply. You possibly can comply with me on Twitter @johnreport the place I principally tweet about wrestling together with sports activities (go LA Rams) in case you aren’t already. Let’s get to it.
1. From @offenderer:
Will Rusev ever be a World Champion? Why is WWE afraid to tug the set off on him? He’s the second most over man behind Bryan on SD.
I hope so. If this was a number of years in the past, I might have stated for positive, however now it might not occur as a result of there are lots of people on the roster that could be forward of him when it comes to being a long run champion. I’ve all the time appreciated Rusev and I feel “Rusev Day” is foolish, nevertheless it works. Typically foolish works nicely in wrestling as the “What?” and “Yes” chants have proven us. I might not rank Rusev forward of AJ Types as the most over guys, however he’s after Bryan and Types. I assumed Rusev did nicely towards Types at Excessive Guidelines, regardless that he misplaced the match.
You’d assume that WWE would need to push a man that got here by means of their system, was a typical overseas dangerous man, and then become a well-liked face. I simply don’t know in the event that they see him as being a WWE Champion sort of man. He could also be in the higher midcard for the most of his profession. Whereas I personally hope it occurs for Rusev, at this level I might in all probability say I doubt that he will get to be WWE Champion.
2. From @Oofman21:
Are these worldwide PPVs making the storylines higher or worse? I attempted to get into HIAC however Taker/Hunter made for higher TV and that was for Tremendous ShowDown.
I feel the construct for Taker/Hunter has been okay, however in the finish, it’s not that huge of a deal as a result of it’s two part-timers which will have more matches. Who is aware of? I legitimately thought The Undertaker was achieved at WrestleMania 33 in 2017 when he misplaced to Roman Reigns and left his gear in the ring. As an alternative, he’s come again for more. Triple H will in all probability wrestle now and again nicely into his 50s (he’s 49) as a result of he’s in nice form. It might be good if WWE promoted the present stars as greater attracts as a result of I feel counting on guys of their late 40s and 50s just isn’t the approach to go.
So far as higher or worse goes, I feel the Smackdown feuds and matches at Tremendous Present-Down are higher as a result of they’ve private rivalries which are fascinating, which I wrote about in a column yesterday. With Uncooked, it simply seems like simply one other present with a bunch of tag staff matches. Uncooked is irritating proper now.
three. From @Jason617:
Who do you assume might be the subsequent huge call-up to the main roster, from NXT, and will they go to Uncooked or Smackdown?
There are such a lot of as a result of NXT is stacked proper now. I feel this may be the greatest yr in WWE’s NXT historical past since they began doing Takeover occasions on WWE Community in 2014 when the community launched. I liked 2015 rather a lot and into 2016 too, however 2018 has been on hearth because of some nice rivalries in addition to so many unimaginable strikes.
When it comes to main roster name ups, they possible gained’t make any strikes till Survivor Collection at the earliest. Perhaps The Undisputed Period goes as much as Smackdown as a gaggle of 4. I feel Shayna Baszler to Uncooked can be cool due to her friendship with Ronda Rousey, in order that could possibly be a feud. I’d like to see Velveteen Dream up there as a result of he’s ready, however the argument towards it’s he’s nonetheless beneath 25 years previous, so what’s the rush? They’ve time. Aleister Black doesn’t want a lot more time in NXT though they’ve received that thriller damage angle. I can see guys like Ciampa and Gargano succeeding very nicely on the main roster, however perhaps they may nonetheless be in NXT till WM season. When you have a very good factor moving into NXT, why finish it simply to finish it? That’s how I take a look at it. There’s simply a lot expertise that it’s exhausting to level to who it must be, so it’s a troublesome one to reply proper now.
four. From @Jake_afcb:
Is USA Community’s insistence on handing WWE a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of $ for Uncooked making the artistic writing lazy and repetitive?
I’m positive there are some followers that may assume that since WWE goes to get $1+ billion from USA Community over the subsequent 5 years (beginning in October 2019) that there could also be some complacency from the artistic workforce. It’s straightforward to get lazy when you understand the cash is coming in, however I don’t like that excuse. It’s not like USA (or Fox with Smackdown subsequent yr) can be proud of WWE scores dropping, so WWE’s artistic group ought to really feel the strain. There’s no approach for us to know with out truly being in WWE’s workplaces and their artistic “bubble” so to talk.
I feel WWE’s artistic group with Uncooked has gotten lazy as a result of they’re afraid to take dangers and to make huge strikes. In consequence, they hold the established order intact as a result of they really feel like there isn’t any cause to take these dangers that perhaps that they had to absorb the previous. I’d love for them to think about the huge image higher and assume outdoors the field more. Right now’s wrestling isn’t like 20 years in the past when WCW was competing with, and even beating, WWE at occasions. When you could have no one pushing you, it’s straightforward to get complacent.
5. From @millerobert:
With numerous fascinating “slow burn” storylines on Smackdown, Bryan/Miz, Lynch/Aptitude, Rusev Day, Aj/Joe, and Uncooked with (for my part) more rushed storylines like The Defend reunion, Braun heel flip, Rousey in WWE, who on the Uncooked aspect may benefit most from a sluggish burn story?
The primary identify that involves thoughts is Finn Balor as a result of in his two plus years on the main roster, he actually hasn’t had an fascinating story but. I feel he’s a man who has a reference to the crowd and might actually use a scorching angle to assist his profession. Kevin Owens is one other one, though I feel he has had good tales each with Jericho on Uncooked and Shane/Sami on SD in the final two years. I’m simply saying that on Uncooked, he hasn’t had a lot to do. Bobby Lashley might actually use an fascinating story. Elias not often has something to do, and one thing for him can be good.
There are greater names like a Rollins or Ambrose that would definitely profit from more of a narrative as an alternative of wrestling in a bunch of repetitive tag staff matches. They should inform the story of Rollins going after the Common Championship as a result of he’s spent most of this yr in the Intercontinental Title image and that’s fantastic, however a man like him ought to actually need to be in main occasions once more, proper? So let’s see Rollins get that push once more. I’m positive we might all sit right here taking a look at the Uncooked roster and pointing at guys that would use one thing fascinating as a result of there’s numerous boredom once we sit via that present on Monday nights lol.
6. From @givaldizhafran:
In your opinion, who’re the greatest three superstars (in ring and promo) on the present WWE roster? For me it’s AJ Types, Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins.
I feel it’s in all probability these three as nicely. Seth Rollins is probably going the chief when it comes to greatest general performer on the main roster this yr. He’s not in main occasions and isn’t the Common Champion, however he’s been superb all yr. I feel AJ had higher years in WWE in 2016 and 2017 though he’s nonetheless…wait for it…phenomenal. I needed to! Bryan isn’t absolutely at the degree he was in 2014, however nonetheless persistently nice. That they had that one match on Smackdown, and I hope they’ve one other one.
I might critically think about placing Miz in that prime three group though he’s a bit behind the others when it comes to in-ring, however his promos are nearly as good as anyone proper now. Kevin Owens is excessive up there too, however he hasn’t had nice tales this yr. Finn Balor is an incredible all-around expertise that could be missing when it comes to promos. Samoa Joe has had a very good yr. When you checked out NXT, guys like Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are very gifted too.
7. From @JarOfTripsis:
When is Aleister Black more likely to be promoted to the main roster?
I feel Black’s a man that’s clearly ready and would do properly as a consequence of his distinctive look and his offensive type. He’s 33 years previous with loads of expertise. I hope Vince “gets” his darkish, brooding fashion of gimmick, however who is aware of if Vince will like what he can do? Vince doesn’t appear to get behind some NXT expertise. They in all probability should repay his damage angle first. What I might do is have Black beat whoever attacked him in a Takeover match at the Nov. or Jan. occasion and then have him debut as a shock entrant in the Royal Rumble. He would are available scorching for WrestleMania season.
eight. From @KickThe10Child:
Decide one underutilized Celebrity from every roster that you’d give an enormous push too, and why?
Finn Balor from Uncooked as a result of he’s obtained that particular reference to the viewers which you can really feel each time his music hits. Why not push the “Demon” model of Balor more? The response to him at SummerSlam was large. Perhaps it might be higher to maneuver him to SD to push him since they don’t get behind him on Uncooked. Chad Gable is one other man that I’m actually excessive on when it comes to the Uncooked roster. So what if he’s small? Excellent employee. I’d even help Elias getting a much bigger push simply because a minimum of it’s any person totally different. I like the concept of Drew McIntyre getting pushed rather a lot too.
Over on Smackdown, I’d like to see Cesaro get a singles push as a heel or a face. Both approach would work. He’s carried out the tag group factor for a number of years now and I don’t thoughts The Bar in any respect, however Cesaro has untapped potential as a face. I feel Andrade Almas is one other one too. I feel he’s going to get that massive push inside the subsequent yr anyway.
9. From @soundinmymemory:
If / when Chris Jericho comes again to WWE, do you assume WWE will acknowledge what he’s been as much as? The cruise…All In…NJPW?
I doubt it. Why put over his different accomplishments in New Japan or his cruise that WWE has no affiliation with, however corporations like Ring of Honor and Impression Wrestling are concerned with? I feel WWE can say he was out conquering the world and specializing in Fozzy, however when he comes again, it may be a case of Jericho is “home,” each time he does return. The superb factor about Jericho is that he turns 48 years previous in November and continues to be so productive.
10. From @jamessheehan199:
When do you assume Roman Reigns loses the Common Title? Uncooked feels actually stale proper now and I wouldn’t be mad in the event that they did a shake-up at the prime quickly.
I assume they might have him drop the title to Strowman, maybe at Crown Jewel, however it looks like it’s too quickly after build up Reigns to win that Common Title for the previous two years. Strowman could possibly be a dominant heel champion, in order that’s intriguing. I simply have a sense this might be a long term for Reigns going to WrestleMania season or longer.
Permit me to pose a query to you, readers. A whole lot of us assume issues are stale, however does Vince? I’m unsure if he does, and contemplating that Vince has spent a lot time build up Reigns as a prime man, he could also be quite a bit much less reluctant to vary the plans simply because we might imagine issues are stale. If I’ve to make a prediction I’d say Reigns holds that title for like eight months or more. I might do a Defend triple menace at WrestleMania and have Rollins win it whereas Ambrose is a heel in the match.
11. From @LordJawann:
Why hasn’t AJ Types been main eventing PPVs, particularly throughout Lesnar’s absence, earlier than he dropped his title to Roman? They belief him to carry the title for almost a yr, however to not main occasion? May need helped his feud with Nakamura, for instance.
They, which means the determination makers in WWE, like Uncooked more than Smackdown and that’s been apparent for 20 years now. Return to the unique model extension in the mid to late 2000s and the Uncooked guys headlined more exhibits than Smackdown every time that they had a joint PPV. I feel AJ ought to be main eventing PPVs too, however it’s less than us. Might it change in a yr’s time when Smackdown is on Fox and has a much bigger profile? Perhaps. We gained’t know till October 2019 and past if WWE opts to make Smackdown the greater present since Fox is on community tv and Uncooked is on cable.
12. From @pjwalk85:
Hey John, love your insights and studying your website. Anyway, why does it appear to be WWE likes to disregard the followers? E.g. Becky heel, no Rusev push. Plus, they appear to disregard NXT callups. E.g. Revival, Ascension, Tye, Asuka. I do know you possibly can’t push everybody directly, however take heed to followers.
I don’t see a lot of a problem with Becky. That they had her beat almost each lady on Smackdown in the previous couple of months. In the event that they booked her as a pure face, she can be boring. Being a heel or being booked like a heel has been fantastic, so take pleasure in it for what it’s. In case you are fan of Becky, what’s there to complain about? Being a heel is lots more enjoyable to observe and she is probably going having fun with it too. Be comfortable that she obtained an enormous push in the final 4 months or so as a result of she was barely doing something earlier than that.
Rusev received a WWE Title shot at the PPV in July, in order that was a push. It’s not all the strategy to profitable the title, however no less than he was put in that spot and hopefully there’s more to return. As for NXT stars on main roster, quite a bit might be used higher, however you possibly can’t push everyone when you’ve over 100 individuals on the main roster and over 200 individuals signed to offers in the firm.
I feel typically followers overlook that some individuals should lose the matches. What issues the most is telling good tales, not about who wins and loses all the time. Don’t overlook that Steve Austin turned a a lot greater star at WrestleMania 13 in 1997 as a result of he misplaced the match to Bret Hart. That advised a greater story than a win would have.
That’s all for now. Subsequent week I’ll be again with some predictions for Tremendous Present-Down and masking the whole lot else happening in the wacky world of World Wrestling Leisure.