Happy New Year. Have Some Wrestling Talk

I’m in the mood to talk some wrestling today and reading through these there seem to be some interesting topics that I might just have some opinions on, so let’s have at it.

Kevin Owens’ run as Universal Champion has been a disappointment.

It has, but that’s not his fault. Kevin Owens has pretty much been my favourite thing in WWE since he’s been there. Great wrestler, great talker, great comedic timing. Just about the only thing that isn’t great about him is the way they’re booking him. I’m so over the management’s chosen champion story. It only ever worked once (Stone Cold and Vince McMahon), and that was 20 years ago. And if we’re being completely honest, even that one went on far too long. I’m to the point now where I’m absolutely hating what I know are good matches before they even start because I know how they’re going to end. Somebody’s going to interfere and either cause a stupid DQ or cheat to help the hapless champ win, or nobody’s going to interfere and the guy holding the most important championship in the company is going to get beaten like a drum because he doesn’t deserve to be champion and they have to make sure we know that. At some point WWE totally lost site of how to book a good heel. Back in the day there were absolutely undeserving heels, but the thing about them was that sometimes they won on their own, which served two purposes. It made you angry because you always thought that this would be the night your guy finally kicked that fucker’s ass, and it also made it clear that even though you didn’t like the guy, you had to take him seriously because even though he probably shouldn’t have been the champ, he was just deserving enough to be in the spot he was in and your guy would have to work to beat him. The way things work now, nobody’s really getting upset at bad guy Kevin Owens for always managing to escape. We’re booing because after doing our best to invest ourselves into a story it always ends with the same old shit, just like it has for decades now.

WWE needs to keep Charlotte and Sasha Banks separated for a long time.

Before I say yes, I need to tell a few fans to fuck the hell off. WWE gives you feuds that don’t last long enough for anyone to possibly care about them and you bitch. Then they give you something that goes on for the better part of a year, produces basically nothing but good matches…and you bitch about that too. Seriously, go die. Or if you don’t want to do that, go find something else to watch. WWE does a lot of things worth complaining about, but when they actually get something right it won’t kill you to give credit where it’s due.

But yes, we need to give Charlotte and Sasha a rest for a while. Once you’ve had an Iron Man Match, there’s nowhere else to go. It’s time to give someone else a crack at the belt and to start telling whatever Sasha’s redemption story is. Like any good rivalry you’ll be able to come back to it down the road, but for now it needs to take a break before it stops being fun.

What is your level of excitement regarding the WWE United Kingdom Championship title & tournament.

I’m definitely looking forward to it. Yes it’s more damn wrestling to watch, but when it’s good wrestling it hardly seems like a burden, and I’m sure this is going to be good. The UK is becoming an awesome wrestler factory, pumping out guys like Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr. and so many others. I’m absolutely interested in seeing some of the other names here that I’ve heard but haven’t watched yet and to see who of the lesser known names might be a star waiting to happen. Plus it’s not as though it’s costing me any extra, so bring it on.

Total Nonstop Deletion was an amazing episode of Impact.

I don’t know because with the holidays and such I haven’t had a chance to watch it, but when I do I bet I’m going to have fun. The reason I left this one in is so that I’d have an excuse to tell anyone who thinks that there’s no good left in TNA to give this Hardys stuff a try. It’s weird, it’s hilarious, it’s different and it’s absolutely not going to be for everyone, but if you’re feeling down about wrestling and need something to remind you that it can be fun in ways you never would have expected, track down some videos and see what happens. Here, I’ll get you started.

Tye Dillinger should make his main roster debt in the Royal Rumble, at #10.

I believe that’s supposed to say debut. No matter, because whatever it’s supposed to say, the answer is yes. If he doesn’t, I may just quit. It doesn’t even have to be the start of a full-time main roster run. Truth be told, I may even be fine with him appearing year after year in the same position as a running gag. Come on, compared to most of WWE’s comedy, that’s brilliant.

Well hey. We get to end on a good note for once. How about that. I still have another set of questions to look at, so maybe I’ll be back soon to do this again. But on the other hand, maybe if you’re still in need of a New Year’s resolution, it should be to not hold your breath.

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