Wrestling Reviews: The Shield’s Final Chapter (April 21, 2019)

Originally Written: April 21st – Finished April 23rd (1am)

Update: So just to give you guys a heads up, I watched all of the matches that took place yesterday in the Shields Final Chapter event, but I went back and rewatched everything over so I could give my thoughts to everything properly because watching it Live it’s hard to keep up……

A lot of the early stuff already written I went back and changed some things and added more to it, as well as wrote out the rest of my thoughts on the event. The first part that you’re about to read is the only original reaction that I kept and didn’t change, but the rest of what I wrote that’s all changed and added stuff.

So I thought this was going to be some kind of documentary on the Shield and their journey, but maaan was I wrong…….it turns out it’s a whole wrestling event, well it was WWE Live, i’ve never watched one of these before so this should be interesting.

Elias speaks about how he’s happy that this is the Shield’s final chapter and never having to see them again then talks about how Roman Reigns will pay for what he did to him and Mr McMahon last week and then we get a song from Elias, about the Shield……

He then of course insults the crowd while singing his song, because it wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t, but it also wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t get interrupted in the middle of it either.

If you’re wondering who interrupted Elias, well it was non other than the Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor, Elias of course unhappy at the fact asks Balor why he felt the need to interrupt his performance and Balor tells him how much of a fan he is of his and how he wants to Walk With Elias,

Elias not bothered to hear that Balor is a fan, tells Finn that since he’s a fan of his, he’ll let him sing with him and then Elias sings his famous song “When I Say I Love Elias, You Say Yes I Do”

The crowd didn’t really sing along at first, we then had Finn join in on the song, but decides he wants to change up the lyrics to it a bit, singing how much Elias sucks instead, gotta say Finn doesn’t have a bad voice, that was pretty good!!

Well I thought it was, Elias on the other hand did not like it, which lend him to attack Finn, starting up the match between the two.

Finn Balor Vs Elias (Intercontental Championship)

This was a good match, I had to rewatch this of course, but it was real good, both Finn and Elias did really well, both are extremely talented in the ring, they both had an equal amount of momentum going for them of there were a few nice moments during the match,

One moment was when Balor went up on the top corner ropes outside of the apron, to set up for his finisher, but Elias hits him, causing Finn to stumble off the top rope and back on the the ring apron, Elias then hits Balor with a few punches to the face……

Almost knocking him off the apron completely and on the announcers table at one point, which by the way i’m not really sure why it was that close to the ring anyway, but it was…….

Elias tried going for another attack on Finn, but Balor countered the attack, going for a sunset flip pin, almost gets the win, but was only able to get a 2 count, Finn then goes for some kind of cradle pin move, gets the whole 3 count, wins the match and retains his Intercontinental Championship.

Thoughts: This was a very well done match between the two, there was a few times where Elias was close to winning, but in the end it was Finn who made sure that title didn’t go anywhere, but well done to both Finn Balor and Elias for putting on a good performance in this matchup, I enjoyed it!!

Post/Pre Match Segment: Elias not to happy about his lost to Finn Balor, talks how Balor got lucky and then just tries to turn his focus back on his performance, but ends up getting interrupted again before he could even begin his performance when the Riott Squad heads on down to the ring……..and what do you know, they too are huge fans of Elias, ain’t that something!!

They even go out of their way to ask him if they could be the Elias Squad even though they’re known as the Riott Squad, Elias was all in for that idea of course, they even sang Elias’s song with him……well for a min, but they ended up changing the lyrics to “We Love The Riot Squad” not bad, but I think personally they could’ve rehearsed that better, but you know it was okay…….

Bayley & Ember Moon Vs The Riot Squad

I was pretty excited to see Ember get back in the ring after being out for so long, I know she was in the Women’s Battle Royal at Mania, but I didn’t watch it, but watching this match back, Ember, goodness gracious she’s something, the Riott Squad too are quite the pair as we all know, taking advantage any chance their given.

Liv Morgan especially, she did everything she could to make sure her team stayed in control of the match and it worked for the most part, until towards the closing parts of the match when she was caught red handed trying to help Ruby win, by holding her legs on the ropes as leverage after Ruby tried to use a dirty pin towards Ember to win the match, causing her to be banned from ringside.

She was not happy of course and neither were the Riott Squads’s Ruby Riot and Sarah Logan……on a good note, Liv being sent to the back after she was caught cheating gave Ember the advantage to capitalize on Ruby hitting her with her finisher the Eclipse from off the top rope, pinning her and wins the match for her and Bayley.

Thoughts: The match was pretty alright, I thought Bayley and Ember worked really well together, the Riot Squad did well too, even though I wouldn’t normally say this……

Liv Morgan, although she wasn’t apart of the match, she did a good job helping Ruby and Sarah stay in control of the match, although it wouldn’t be long before her dirty tactics played up against her leaving her to get caught red handed and then banned from ringside afterwards,

However for some parts of the match I thought Ruby and Logan, both held their own real nicely, Ember she’s amazing, Bayley is also great and overall the match was just really enjoyable!!

The Shield Final Disclosed Location Promo:

Now we’ve come to the closing parts of the Shields Final Chapter, first we got one last classic old Shield promo from a disclosed location where they talk about everything they’ve done as the Shield for the past 7 years with wanting to create a legacy of their own injustice, but how in the process of it all they ended up just starting a whole new culture in the WWE on their own terms……

Had the whole world thrown at them, but that there wasn’t anything they haven’t been through together and that come hell or high water they will go out there for their last match together and do things their way and when the Shield tell you that they will do things their way Believe That and Believe in the Shield…….

On to the Main Event…….

The Shield Vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin

The Shields final match and the final chapter to this story……..first I just want to say that watching this match a second time, I still feel the same about it like I did yesterday……….

I thought it was really great match, both teams put on one heck of a performance, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre I gotta say worked extremely well together, did I appreciate them ganging up on Dean, no I did not, but as heels they did what they were supposed to do and it is what it is, although they were talking a lot of smack about how they were going to beat the Shield and become the new stable of WWE…..I will say I am impressed with the way they work as a team during this matchup,

They did gave Dean, Roman and Seth one heck a fight and stood toe to toe with them, however it’s not like we’ve never seen both teams face off before (Fastlane) but even though we watched another match between the Shield and Drew, Corbin and Lashley, each time they’ve faced off, it’s been great, so i’ll give them that one, but just that one…..

Yes they’re they’re pretty great and all when working together, but I wouldn’t call them Shield level great, they’re good, but they aren’t better than the Shield, Drew, Corbin and Lashley are teammates, while Dean, Roman and Seth are brothers. They get each other, they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they know how to bring out the best in each other in a way that is just incredible and that’s why they’re the best!!

Corbin, Drew and Lashley TRIED to put them in the past, but the Shield you can’t take them down, especially when they are on the same page and have the mindset to take on everyone and destroy, that all being said though of course the Shield won in the end.

We had Dean land his dirty deeds finisher and he could’ve pinned Corbin right then and there, but he ended up tagging Roman in, who tagged in Seth where they then delivered their famous Triple Powerbomb tag team finisher move for the last time and Seth pinned Corbin, giving them the win. I couldn’t be happier, it would’ve had be wrong had they given Corbin, Lashley and Drew the win, i’m glad they didn’t though.

I was real happy seeing Dean fly and just go all out and everywhere in the ring and give the fight back to Corbin, Lashley and Drew, even when they were tag teaming against him outside of the ring and trying to make everything impossible for him, he still stood his ground and kept on rolling with the punches and i’m just real proud of him, i’m proud of all of them!!

Roman and Seth, I love how they always have Dean’s back and are always keeping a look out for him……..The Shield, yeah they’re all different, but each one of them bring so much to the Shield, they understand each other, they know how each other work and that’s because they just have this connection and bond that you can’t break.

It doesn’t matter if they’re on opposite teams or not, that kind of thing doesn’t go away and no matter what anyone says there’s no Shield without Seth, there’s Shield without Roman and there’s definitely no Shield without Dean……..yes they had different paths and backgrounds to how they started, but each and every one of them all walked the same grounds, even if they didn’t know it at the time.

We all saw the kind of destruction they brought to the WWE and just the way they turned everything upside down and inside out, we all saw what they brought with them and just how they were, be it when it happened or seeing the highlights of their careers looking back at it.

After the match was over, we have the crowd give Dean and the rest of the Shield a standing ovation for just everything they’ve done in the WWE and as the Shield, the crowd chanting for them and trying to plead with Dean not to leave, which Seth let’s them know that they’ve already tried that, but once Dean’s mind is made up it’s made up………..

We then get some very heartfelt words from Seth, talking about his journey and becoming Universal champion and how him being champion wouldn’t have been possible without the Shield, the WWE Universe and The Brotherhood of the Shield……..he then let’s Dean and Roman know how much he loves them and how he’ll always love the Shield and how the Universal Championship isn’t just for him, it’s for all of them as a team.

We also got one heck of a inspirational speech from Dean, that made me tear up a bit the first time I heard it, I just smiled the second time watching it, he just talked about never taking no for an answer……

Saying if you work hard enough and you continue to fight through the obstacles in your way you can do anything you put your mind to and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise just stick the middle finger in the air and tell them the Shield said so……….i’m gonna leave it for you guys to watch because it Dean says it a whole lot better than I could.

Seth Looks Back On His Time With The Shield
Source: WWE

Final Thoughts: You know I still can’t believe that there isn’t going to be anymore Shield and I especially can’t believe that we’re not going to get anymore Dean Ambrose in the WWE……….

I honestly feel it’s just going to be so odd without Dean around, but at the same time I understand and respect Dean’s decision to leave, again i’ve said this before, but at the end of the day, all I want is to see Dean happy and if he’s happy, it’s only right for us fans who love and respect as well as support, to be happy for him, it doesn’t mean we won’t miss him,

Of course we’re going to miss him, he brought so much to the WWE and gave us entertainment as well as shared with us his love for pro wrestling and let us be apart of his career with him, it’s just gonna be weird not seeing him wrestle or him giving us promo’s to look forward to…….

Dean is one of a kind and there isn’t going to be anyone who can fill his shoes, sure we have other talents that we can support and who is also good on the mic and in the ring and who kinda relate to Dean……actually scratch that, there’s no one that’s like Dean Ambrose, because again there’s just only one Dean Ambrose and like I said before people can try, but there isn’t a presence like Dean’s, he has something to him that no one can match.

I’ve always seen greatness in Dean and I know that’s he’s going to do well wherever he goes and with whatever he does, like I said I just hope Dean happy and is doing well…….I also wish the best for not only Dean, but Roman and Seth as well as they’re stepping in to a new journey with their careers too, not sure we’re they’re going to be heading next, but I look forward seeing where that is……….

Overall though everything was good, I enjoyed the Shield’s Final Chapter, i’m sad knowing we won’t get to see them in the ring together again and about Dean leaving and all, but at the end of the day, I just wish them all the very best in everything they do, but that was The Shield’s Final Chapter……

Let me know what you guys thought of the event if you’ve watched it and let me know your favorite moments were of it all!!

All The Love ❀ ❀

~Lexa~

Thank You Dean….

Let’s talk for a bit,

So I was catching up with last weeks Raw and I came to the part where it was Dean Ambrose Vs Bobby Lashley, now the only thing to this was that it would be Dean’s last match in the WWE……which I wasn’t too excited about, I was hoping that Dean wouldn’t leave the WWE, but in way, we all knew it was coming considering it was announced a lot of the time.

Dean’s career hadn’t really been the same for a good while, he won the WWE Championship back in 2016 cashing in on Seth Rollins after he won it from Roman that same night (yes I know we’ve spoken about this) only it wasn’t as memorable as his Intercontinental Championship reign holding the main title for 83 days (2 months with the WWE Championship)

Also let’s not forget Elimination Chamber 2017, the one Dean was apart of, I didn’t forget (okay I did forget) apparently that was the last time Dean’s career went somewhere……..

You know, you would think, after he suffered quite an injury that had him out of action for 9 months, you would think when he returned from recovering they would have something for him, but they didn’t………unless you’re counting the whole Shield reunion, than that’s a different story, but if we’re talking him as an individual wrestler………

They really didn’t do that much with him there……..well okay apparently they did try something with Dean when he returned, but yeaaah it didn’t work……so we’re just going to sweep it away and pretend it never existed, but in all fairness, I didn’t watch the whole “WWE Universe germ keep away thing” so I don’t know what happened there, I missed the whole thing.

If this was the gimmick though, that made Dean finally decide to go: “Yeaaaah so listen Vince, i’ve been thinking and i’ve decided that I won’t be renewing my contract here with the WWE…….once WrestleMania 35 has finished i’ll be going, i’ll stick around for one more Raw since it’s the night after Mania, but once that’s done, i’m leaving……”

I could understand him wanting to leave then, I mean you make this grand return after being out with an injury for almost a year (ALMOST, not quite a year, but close enough) you then get this gimmick that’s supposed to be your heel turn where you don’t want to catch the WWE Universe’s “germs!?…..” Okay I mean I don’t see how it could go wrong……..

Only that’s exactly what happened apparently……..maybe Dean should’ve evacuated the building before the radiation idea got to him………we were all WAITING for this Dean Ambrose heel turn to happen and when we finally got it, it was a complete disaster in the end apparently…..

Side Note: You know I seriously should go back and watch those moments just to give my take on the experience of what everyone else saw.

I know some would say the way Dean turned was distasteful, while others would counter that and say it was actually good because it was unexpected and no one would’ve saw it coming……which they didn’t. So in a way it worked……at least for a minute, once everything went full gear, I guess it just crashed and burned………..the gas mask was cool though!!

It’s just a shame because Dean to me, was and still is one of the most talented wrestlers i’ve ever seen, not just in ring, but also on the mic. I feel that he could’ve done so much more in the WWE, had they maybe let him take over his character and just let him freestyle with it, if they had done that……I think he would’ve probably stayed.

I’m not really sure on the real reason Dean decided to leave, but i’m going to guess that it had something to do with him being unhappy with the way his career was going or just unhappy being in the WWE in general, I just hope wherever he goes next or whatever he does next, that he’s happy and that everything goes well for him.

The matches that he had while in the WWE and also when he returned from injury, I thought they could’ve been so much better, some of them i’ll say were good for what they were, but because it’s Dean and I know what Dean’s matches could be like and are like, they should’ve been so much better then what they actually were.

I really wish they would’ve given him a few proper feuds before he decided to leave, maybe if he had someone to work off of as inspiration or if he was able to gain control of his own character, maybe that would’ve changed his mind……..

If he still decided he wanted to leave even after those feuds then that’s fine, but they could’ve given him something good or at least something memorable, that way, when he did finally leave we’d be able to see him go in a good light you know!?

The match he had last week with Bobby Lashley, it wasn’t even a proper match, I mean we got to see Dean do what he does best and go crazy on his opponents, which was good, I always enjoy that Brawler type side of Dean.

I just would’ve preferred him to have a nice send off match, I think he really deserved that, but we didn’t get it, his send off match ended the opposite way when he was put through the announce table (by the way the match never started to begin with) but he should’ve been the one standing tall at the end of it, whether it was a match or not, it shouldn’t have been Lashley getting the last attack……..

On a good note though the crowd chanted at Lashley that he still sucked and also thanked Dean for his entertainment and for every moment that he gave us and every great match that we got to see him be apart of, that was a good moment!! I was really down on the whole fact that he decided to leave the WWE and that the match, well not match, turned out the way it did.

At least we will have the good moments and best matches in Dean’s career to look back on, but without further ado Thank You Dean for giving us those great and memorable moments and for just sharing your time, even though some people may not have seen it, you were and still are one of the best wrestlers and talents we’ve ever had the opportunity of witnessing.

I don’t think your talents should’ve been wasted the way they were, but thanks for letting us in on your comedic side as well as your serious side, with that you gave us a little part of you to take and just thank you for sharing some parts of your personality with us!!

Also it was a real pleasure getting to meet you during Summerslam Weekend back in 2017, that is a moment that both me and my friend Ray will never ever forget!!! I’ll never forget how extremely nervous we were that day, what a bunch of nerds right, haha!?!

We actually didn’t want to bother you, but thank you for taking the time to take that photo with us, would’ve liked to have gotten to say a few words to you then, but the fact that you even took the time to do that……we will forever be grateful for it, so thank you so much!!

P.S. you’re really tall, I remember watching you come over to us and was just surprised on how tall you actually were haha…….

No, but seriously thank you for everything, if you ever come across this, I just want to say that I wish you nothing, but the very best in your upcoming journey and I look forward to seeing what you get up to whatever you do next………whether you’re headed to a different wrestling company, going back to the indies or just living life…….whatever you do I just want you to be happy, but thank you again Dean and good luck with everything!!

Update: THIS. MADE. ME. CRY. I DON’T EVEN CARE!!! Maaan I love Seth and Roman for actually giving Dean the proper send off that he deserved, that WWE exclusive, really got to me, the minute I heard Dean’s theme, I realized that would be the last time we’d be hearing that and I just cried, well I teared up……..i’m glad that Dean has you guys as friends otherwise we would’ve just seen Dean get put through the announce table by Lashley and WWE go “welp it was nice having you in the company Dean, well wishes to you” (joke…kinda)

The Shield Say Farewell To Dean Ambrose
Source: WWE.com

No, but i’m really going to miss Dean, i’m gonna miss his entrance theme, the weird quirks that he always had, but most importantly, i’m going to miss seeing him in the ring and giving us his witty and most serious hard-hitting promo’s and all that jazz…….

It really sucks that WWE let a good talent, scratch that great “not knowing what they had” kind of talent in Dean Ambrose go to waste like that, but again like I said, I do wish him all the very best whatever he does next, at the end of the day, I just want Dean to be happy, even though he was/still is one of my favorites and I loved seeing him wrestle and everything……

I always saw Dean as something special and just an overall kind of character in the ring and out of the ring and it’s just not going to be the same, Dean has that presence that is going to be hard to match, but I know no one will match Dean’s presence, they could try, but there’s only one Dean Ambrose.

Watching Seth and Roman, do that for Dean though, I didn’t think i’d get that emotional, but thank you Rollins and Reigns for doing that………now that Dean’s officially gone from the WWE, I hope that he’s truly happy with whatever he’s up to, I gotta say though the fact that Dean stuck it out for as long as he did, you gotta respect him for it, it was never about money with Dean, the only thing he ever wanted and loved was pro wrestling, pro wrestling saved him and gave him something to look forward to.

It’s everything to him so for Dean to make that decision to leave WWE that took a hell of a lot of strength from him, that’s why he stood as long as he did, because he cared about it so much, he doesn’t mind entertaining, but for him if he does continue to wrestle somewhere else, I think he’s going to make sure that he’s getting a say on what he does in the ring and on the mic.

You’ll know why now, if you read my last Dean Ambrose post why I said with Dean you have to really get to know him because there’s a whole different side to him that you don’t know and if you want to get to know it, you’ll have to dig deep and not just understand him as a wrestler, but also as a real person too.

If you want to watch the tear-jerker and properly done send off moment by Dean’s former Shield brethren check it out, I left it for you guys, it’s real good!!

P.S. They double whammy’d me by playing Dean’s theme in the beginning and then the Shield’s theme at the end, YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO MEEEEE!!! I have a heart you know!?

I know I said last time in my last Dean Ambrose post, but this time I mean it one last time…..SIERRA, HOTEL, INDIA, ECHO, LIMA, DELTA….SHIELD!!!! We’re gonna miss you Dean, thanks for everything and all the best to you!!

All The Love ❀ ❀

~Lexa~

Let’s Talk Wrestling: WrestleMania 35 Predictions

So with WrestleMania around the corner, literally 2 days away, I thought i’d share some of my predictions on who I think could possibly take it home this Sunday, we have a lot of interesting matches headed out way, including the very first Women’s main event featuring Ronda, Charlotte and The Man Becky Lynch, so without further ado let’s talk predictions on what we could look forward to this upcoming Sunday at WrestleMania 35.

Let’s starts with the match everyone’s talking about that is:

Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch For The Raw AND SDL Women’s Championship (Winner Takes All)

Who would’ve thought that after 35 YEARS of WrestleMania it would finally be the Women’s turn to main event on the grandest stage of them all that is WrestleMania!? That is insane, we all know that it took ages for the Women’s division to go from being referred to as Divas transitioned to being called WWE Superstars along with the Men……

Then we had the Raw Women’s Championship reviled to us and then later the SDL Women’s Championship (Which I think is the best title, but i’m probably just being bias, kidding they’re both nice titles)

We got to watch them be included into the Royal Rumble as real competitors and then watched as they were then given their very own all Women’s PPV that was Evolution. We were recently and finally given a very well deserve women’s tag team division and got to see them battle it out at Elimination Chamber to see who would become the inaugural holders of those said Women’s Tag Team Championships……..

Now we get to watch as they put their hearts and souls on the line and go to town this Sunday as the main event of WrestleMania, talk about history in the making, I don’t know how this match is going to turn out, but I know that it’s going to be one hell of a match between those 3 Women come Sunday and I look forward to watching it all unfold when they do face off.

Now I gotta say, i’d be lying if I said this matchup wasn’t a tough match to call, I mean have you seen the 3 women in that match!? It’s gonna be a little tough, we have Charlotte who was the very first Raw Women’s Champion, who just recently became the new SDL Women’s Champion defeating Asuka for it, then we have Becky who was the very first SDL Women’s Champion.

Then there’s Ronda who recently signed with the WWE, leaving UFC and then later became the Raw Women’s Champion a little later after she had just arrived, all 3 women are pretty great in the ring so it’s going to be a very interesting and tough match when we see this match happen.

Prediction: Like I said this is tough, however i’m going for The Man known as Becky Lynch to win this match on Sunday, why because I really want her to win and take both title home and i’ve been doing some thinking Ronda and Charlotte already have titles, The Man however doesn’t which means……….it could be her time to shine Sunday and she could become the Raw and SDL Women’s Champion at the same time………

Making history again within the history making match so, yeah i’m going for Becky Lynch here no brainer whatsoever, even though I love Charlotte, I’m going with The Man that is Becky Lynch as my pick for this match, to win it.

Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins (Universal Championship)


Brock Lesnar………Seth Rollins…………Brock The Beast Incarnente, Seth Freaking Rollins (a.k.a. The Man……other man) tough choice here……..you see we have Brock who’s held this title for waaaaaaay to long, we only ever see it when a big PPV comes around because Lesnar can’t be bothered to show up at least once on a regular Raw show unless it’s when the PPV starts to approach closer to when the match is supposed to happen or the day after the PPV, Brock is pretty much how the weather is nowadays,

You never know what you’re going to get with the weather and you never know when Brock is going to show up on Raw unless it’s advertised. That being said let’s view Seth Rollins, we all know that he won this year’s Royal Rumble outlasting 30 other competitor and that he chose Brock Lesnar of all people to face when he could’ve went for Daniel Bryan, but he chose the toughest route thus this match would be born……….

Seth has improved tremendously as an in ring competitor, he’s always been really good on the mic, he’s had his fair share of moments where you didn’t know how to feel about him, but then later won us over with just being Seth Freaking Rollins and now we will watch as he tries to slay the beast once and for all, his determination to dethrone the beast incarnate from ruling over the WWE and bringing terror everywhere he steps………

Is quite the bravery I must say and I wait for the day, that is this Sunday where we will finally see Suplex City burned to the ground and we hear those sweet sweet words BURN IT DOWN as the village chants in happiness and joy as the beast finally becomes the vanquished one.

Prediction: In translation if you guys couldn’t understand what I was going on about, which i’m sure you picked it up, but just in case, no worries i’ll explain it, my prediction is that Seth defeats Lesnar this Sunday, because i’m tired of seeing him as the Universal Champion, especially when we only see the title every once in a blue moon, if you want us to start taking the title seriously, give it to someone who will bring (as the Miz would say) prestigious value to it instead of only getting to see the title every few months, at this point the Universal Championship is like a special guest.

And with that line you should know, that should not be the case, it’s a championship title, not a visit to your nan’s house or a some kind of unannounced family member who decided to drop by on the most awkward day of the week………the one I want to win is pretty obvious at this point.

The New Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)

Now this is the match that everyone wanted, needed and was begging for Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Freaking Kingston for the WWE Championship!!

It took a whole lot of arm crawls up the hill, a whole lot of obstacles in his way and a whole lot of opponents to face just for Kofi to get this match, even though he had gotten through them all, there was always something that kept trying to keep him from reaching this point…….

11 years Kofi had to fight just to get this opportunity, 11 years Kofi had to watch as others get the WWE Championship, now we know why they call him Mr 24/7 (UpUpDownDown reference)

It’s because no matter how much they tried to keep him from getting the title, no matter the amount of twist and turns, roadblock after roadblock, after roadblock, he never stopped trying, He was a replacement for Mustafa Ali in the Elimination Chamber where we saw him almost capture the title when he and Daniel brought the house down.

He then was given an earned opportunity to face Daniel at Fastlane, which was ripped from him when Vince McMahon replaced him with Kevin Owens, then at the Fastlane PPV, it seemed like he was finally going to be given his shot at the Championship, until Vince again screwed him over by getting his hopes up only to be baited into a handicap match against The Bar……….then he was put into a Gauntlet Match which should’ve been his golden ticket to finally getting an opportunity at WrestleMania……..

Which he earned, but of course was screwed out of it again when he had last minute opponent that was Daniel Bryan, losing that one, mind you he faced 5 opponents prior to Daniel Bryan……….then we got our last opportunity for Kofi to be able to go on to WrestleMania and face off against Daniel Bryan, but it would not be in Kofi’s hands……ohhhh…..noooo

That oppurtuinity would be in the hands of his fellow partners Big E & Xavior Woods (the other halves of the New Day) to compete in a gauntlet match and help Kofi go to WrestleMania after they were considering leaving WWE due to Vince being unfair to them and Kofi as well.

If they were victorious in defeating all of their opponents, Kofi would be heading to WrestleMania, however if they failed, Kofi would no longer be given another opportunity in the WWE…………….it was a hard match, but the New Day pushed through it, they did get put into a table, well Big E did by the Bar, even though they had two more opponents to face off against……

Their next opponents would be non other than their good time rivals that were the Usos, but surprisingly they forfeited the match, because they knew Kofi Kingston deserves to me at WrestleMania and the last opponents would be non other the Daniel Bryan and Rowan who is always with Daniel………..and even though Daniel tried everything to keep the New Day from winning and Kofi from facing him at WrestleMania in the end the New Day won when Rowan got counted out of the match……….

Which gave is our KofiMania dream, a lot of obstacles he had to overcome and he finally was given his chance all thanks to Big E and Xavior woods.

Also it’s pretty ironic that Daniel is the one telling Kofi he’s a B+ player that’s pretty Rich coming from him, considering that, he was Kofi at one point where everyone thought he was a B+ player and didn’t deserve the title, but I mean I guess it makes sense that it would be Daniel saying it, it’s kinda like Triple H Vs Daniel Bryan back in 2014 all over again, only this time Daniel’s Triple H and Kofi is Daniel, it so crazy seeing the tables turn there.

Prediction: Now with that long introduction on Kofi’s journey, you probably think i’m going to want him to win, well let me tell you, that’s not true, i’m going for Daniel to win and retain at Mania……..yep…………

HA!! yeah, no i’m just pulling your chain, it’s a no brainer that i’m going for Kofi to win this, he’s been through so much and has done so much just to get to this point in his career, Kofi deserves this moment, he deserves to be WWE Champion and I feel like he will become WWE Champion!!!

It’s going to be a New Day at KofiMania Babbyyyyyy, let’s go!!

Triple H VS Batista No Holds Barred (If Triple H loses he must retire)

I’m going to be completely honest here………….I don’t really care who wins between Batista Vs Triple H, Batista is just a really huge drama queen, he’s been away from the WWE for a good amount of years, then he randomly shows up and demands Triple H give him a match at WrestleMania.

Which Triple H does, Triple H then gives him a stipulation with the match being No Holds Barred and then we had Batista demand a stipulation last Monday on top of that stipulation, telling him to put his career on the line!?………Alright then, I don’t really feel anything with Batista, I like his theme song, that’s pretty much it, but since he returned I don’t know there’s just something about him that makes me want to tell him to go somewhere.

I’m not bothered on him being in the WWE, he wants Triple H’s career on the line, but what he doesn’t know is that Triple H barely even compete’s anymore, so whether he wins or loses I don’t think it’s going to bother Triple H, but that being said, I do look forward to watching this match, I just don’t care who wins it between the two.

Kurt Angle Vs Baron Corbin (Kurt’s Retirement Match)

So everyone was pretty surprised and not all that happy when Kurt announced that Baron Corbin would be his opponent in his very last match in the WWE, as he would be retiring at WrestleMania. He’s had a long career Kurt, I mean he won a gold medal with a broken freaking neck talk about dedication right there………

It’s crazy to think he returned back in 2017 after being inducted into the Hall Of Fame and then later on became GM and then an in ring competitor again and now he’ll be having his farewell match this Sunday…………

There’s so many moments Kurt Angle brought to us while in the WWE and they will always be something we will look back on, along with all of his greatest match as well, it’ll be sad seeing him retire, but at least we have this Sunday to look forward to……….now when it comes to Baron Corbin, well he’s a different story and I don’t really know how exactly to talk about Corbin so let’s just get into the predictions for this match shall we!?

Predictions: This is a bit hard to choose from because I feel it could go two ways, although it would be real nice seeing Kurt Angle win his farewell match, I don’t know Kurt could possibly pass Corbin the torch here come Sunday leaving Corbin to gloat every single week about it oooor we could have Angle beat Baron and humiliate him…….

While giving us a really good farewell match as well, either way I don’t really mind which way this match goes, but if I had to choose who i’d want to win, I think I would want Kurt to have good send off and win his farewell match, we’ll see what happens!!!

Drew McIntyre Vs Roman Reigns:

As we all know Drew McIntyre has been pretty on top of things lately, we all knew him as one of the 3MB members, he then went away from WWE for sometime and then later returned after a good amount of years, came back and was on NXT and now he’s on the main roster.

He then paired up with Dolph Ziggler for sometime, even winning the Raw tag team championships I believe, then those two split because of Drew and then he temporarily joined forces with Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley, which lead to a feud between them and the Shield, once Roman returned and of course the Shield one because their the Shield, but now Drew’s out trying to ruin peoples careers………….

After Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre’s defeat at Fastlane thanks to Roman, Dean & Seth, the night after Fastlane………Roman was scheduled to face off against Baron Corbin after being away from the ring for 5 months at the time I believe recovering from his fight with Leukemia.

The Shield had just said their final farewell as a stable, with them moving on to go and do other things, Seth preparing for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania to get the Universal title from him, Dean deciding on where he wanted to go next in his career and Roman wanting to focus on getting back into singles action after being away for so long………

Fast forward Roman is in the ring ready for his match, he waits for Baron Corbin to get into the ring, only to be surprised by an ambush from behind by Drew McIntyre, raining on Roman’s return back as a singles competitor and that’s the reason why we now have this match happening…….well with the request of Drew McIntyre is the reason we’re getting this match.

Predictions: This match could go two ways, either McIntyre defeats Roman, to continue on being this dominate force that he’s been built up to be oooor Roman wins this showing us that it doesn’t matter if you find yourself kicked down or stopped in your tracks along your journey, you can still come back and kick ass………….

This is hard (she says for the 3rd-4th time) Drew has been given this huge momentum since coming to the main roster and I have to be honest he’s been doing one hell of a job with that momentum too, the persona he’s gotten makes him seem a little unstoppable here, that being said……….

Roman he’s been through a lot, after just winning the Universal Championship he had to relinquish the title due to his Leukemia returning and having to take time off to recover and then later returning 2 months ago to tell us he’s in remission, which was the best news for everyone, but not as great as it was for Roman………..

He’s been through one tough rollercoaster ride and now that he’s back in the ring, ready to go, that’s it, once we see an ounce of momentum from him, we know that he’s not going to stop once he’s started.

This match is one of the tough ones to predict, but because I love Roman and because he’s one of my favorites, i’m going with the Big Dog here in this matchup, although Drew’s been on top of his game lately, I can’t go against Roman, plus I look forward to seeing him give McIntyre a taste of his own medicine especially after what he did to him and everything……..

Bobby Lashley Vs Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)

I don’t have anything to say as to introduce my predictions on this match, like I did with the other predictions, but I do have one thing that i’d like to say and that is, why did WWE feel the need to express that Finn would be arriving at Mania as the Demon King……..why!? Why not have where Lashley now knows he’s up against the Demon king at WrestleMania!?

They could have had it be a surprise, they could’ve had Lashley so off his game because he wouldn’t have saw this coming, this could’ve been Finn’s secret weapon here………..I just don’t get it, i’ll get back to this in my highlights for Raw & SDL, but for now let’s just get to the prediction……..

Prediction: I want Finn to win and regain the title……that’s it, that’s my prediction, I didn’t think he had a long enough run with title before so, I want him to win this match.

Shane McMahon Vs The Miz (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

Shane McMahon now known as the best in the worrrrld!!! Vs the A-lister and the must see WWE Superstar on tv The Miz………….former SDL Tag Team Champions and now they’re rivals………..no one would’ve saw Miz and Shane teaming coming and when it did it was weird, but also surprisingly nice to see, we didn’t think they’d work well as a team when put together, but hey we sure were proven wrong when seeing them in action together.

I remember saying how they just looked like a very odd pair, but once I saw how well of a team they were, well I still thought they were an odd pairing, (not as much as Gable and Roode of course, because that’s a real odd pair there) but I actually liked seeing Shane and Miz as a tag team, I got more use to seeing them working together than Roode and Gable, still can’t get use to them as a team, but I don’t mind them.

But back to Miz and Shane………who would’ve saw Shane turning on Miz coming after they lost and failed to regain the the titles back from the Usos after losing it to them at Elimination Chamber. I did not see Shane turning coming, if anyone would’ve turned I thought it’d be the Miz, but no it was Shane and that was surprising……..

I mean we all know Shane is capable of being a mean guy…….heel is what I mean, but he also plays the good guy really well too, which is why it was shocking seeing him just brutally attack Miz in his hometown the way he did, it’s like a switch had been turned on randomly and you just watched a completely different person appear in front of you.

I mean you look at Shane and he just doesn’t seem like this guy that would go ambushing people, unless he was provoked then you’re like, watch out for Shane, but randomly ambushing, can’t wrap my head around that, but it happened and that’s why we’re getting this match, demanded by Shane too.

Now let’s go to the Miz, because it was 2 weeks ago where he just wow’d me and i’m sure everyone else who watched his promo addressed to Shane when he talked about having to earn his way to where he is, as well as well as his father’s love. We all know how great Miz is on the mic, they way he delivers his promo’s is undeniably great, he’s just hands down one of the greatest when it comes to mic work and he’s also pretty great in ring too.

Miz knows how to bring the heat wherever he goes, whether he’s a face or a heel and that’s why people love and hate him, but like he said whether you cheer or boo him, you can’t deny his work ethic, because he’s always on the ball with everything that he does and it’s great.

Predictions: I’m going to go for The Miz to win this match, I feel he needs a redemption from last time, I mean he got pinned twice by the Usos and attacked in his hometown, so I think he needs this win, I feel this is going to be one of those tough matches, especially since it’s a falls count anywhere match and with Shane and Miz we know they both know how to perform well when in a match, so I know that it’ll be an interesting one, but I think Miz can win this, we’ll have to wait and see though.

Samoa Joe Vs Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)

I don’t have a lot to say with this match, we all know Samoa Joe became the United States Champion when he won a fatal 4 way on Smackdown Live out beating Andrade Cien Almas, Rey Mysterio and R-Truth who was the champion at the time only he wasn’t the one that got pinned for Joe to get the title and as for Rey he tried getting the title from Joe at Fastlane, but wasn’t quite successful, but was given a rematch for it at WrestleMania.

Now i’ve notice that Rey Mysterio’s son has been tagging along with him and the reason for that is because he’s training to become a wrestlers himself, which is nice that he wants to follow in Rey’s footstep, it’s crazy because I didn’t realize when Rey was being interviewed that the person standing next to him was his son Dominic, he’s grew so much from the last time we saw him in the WWE and that was many, many years ago, crazy!!

Prediction: I don’t know who I want to win here, I think i’m just gonna watch this one and see how this match turns out, I will say this though, I have some weird feeling that Dominic is gonna somehow get involved in this match.

Whenever Rey would be interviewed, he always spoke about Samoa Joe so, I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to get himself involved sometime during the matchup, plus if he’s training to become a wrestler, you know something’s bound to happen, I could be wrong but i’ll still be keeping my eye’s out for anything trickery to go down or something……….

The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) VS Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix & Natalya) Vs The IIconics Vs Tamina & Nia Jax (Fatal 4 Way Women’s Tag Team Championships Match)

Well, well, weeeell………a fatal 4 way Women’s tag team championship match, it shouldn’t have had to be a fatal 4 way, but it’s what we’re getting not that i’m complaining………I think Sasha and Bayley have done a pretty nice job at keeping the title, they were the first women to become the Women tag team champion back at Elimination Champber and they’ve had a pretty good reign with it too……….

Nia and Tamina they’ve just been out for revenge to get the title, Natalya and Beth they pretty much were just added to this match after Beth came out of retirement and the IIconics they earned their spot to be in this match after pinning Sasha and Bayley during their match on Smackdown Live 2 weeks ago, in all honesty I think this match should’ve just been team vs team Bayley and Sasha Vs The IIconics considering they were the ones that fairly beat Sasha and Bayley, but a fatal 4 way is fine………

Prediction: This ones a little hard, but i’m either going for Bayley and Sasha to retain or for the IIconics to win the titles, as for Natalya and Beth and Nia Jax and Tamina I don’t know I feel like they should’ve had their own separate match, since they were the ones that had a problem with one another, for them to be added to this match,

I don’t know, plus Nia and Tamina already got a title shot and Beth and Natalya even though they’ve been friends for years for them to just be given a shot at the title after they’ve just gotten back together as a team, I feel they should’ve just went against Nia and Tamina and then went after the titles later, I mean if Beth is going to be wrestling for a while, they could’ve just came back to it afterwards, but we’ll see what happens………

Buddy Murphy Vs Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Championship)

I don’t really have a pick for this match, I stopped watching 205 Live for a good while so I don’t really know what’s happening in the Cruiserweight Division so whoever wins is alright with me!!

I know that Buddy Murphy has been Cruiserweight Champion for a good while so i’m going to guess that he’s having a good title reign, as for Tony Nese I know how good he is because i’ve watched him perform before, but good luck to both Murphy and Nese during this match.

The Andre The Giant Battle Royal and The Women’s Annual Battle Royal:

And last, but not least, when it comes to both the Men and Women’s Battle Royal, there’s a lot of people there so i’m just going to watch to see, but if any of my favorites are in there, i’m gonna go with them to win.

If i’m being honest here, I don’t really get why the women’s have a battle royal when there aren’t really many of them in it, it’s literally like 8 to 10 (well I counted it’s actually 13) in the battle Royal, I mean I get them wanting everyone to be apart of WrestleMania, but still, it’s not going to mean anything they were all just added to one just for the sake of it……..

Whoever wins is going to just say “I won a battle royal at Wrestlemania”

They could’ve had them fight for something like how the men are fighting to be called the Andre The Giant Memorial winner, like I know that’s a different thing and it’s to honor Andre The Giant, but if they are just going to throw the remaining Women’s division into a battle royal without really anything to it, it just make people see it as unimportant and it shouldn’t be like that, but who knows maybe the battle Royal will be good one, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that come, well tomorrow night……..

That’s all of my predictions for Wrestlemania, tomorrow’s PPV is going to be one heck of a show, hopefully most of my predictions here are right, but we’ll see, I look forward to watching what goes down tomorrow, I can’t wait for the Women’s main event, can’t wait for Kofi Vs Bryan and so many other matches it’s gonna be good, hopefully we get a few surprises, but we’ll see.

All The Love ❀ ❀

~Lexa~

Wrestling Reviews: Monday Night Raw Review/Highlights (March 11, 2019)

Originally Written: March 14, 2019

So I just finished watching Monday Night Raw a little bit ago and I gotta say I thought it was a pretty alright show following the Fastlane PPV that went down last Sunday. I felt there were a whole lot more segments this week, than actual matches and if there were matches, they were really short ones, but let’s get to the highlights as well as some favorite and least favorite moments from this past episode of Raw.

Highlights: The Shield’s Farewell Opening Segment:

So we got to hear the Shield’s theme song one last time, which was good, a lot of different things were said in this segment, we had Roman, Dean & Seth open the show to give us their last farewells, it’s still hard to take in that after all these years with them being one of the biggest Stables in the WWE, we now are saying farewell to them as a team………….

We’ve seen them dominate and take out anyone that’s crossed their paths, we’ve seen them face off against the Wyatt Family, Evolution, individual superstars and even going against each other at one point……….they really changed and shook things up in the WWE and i’m gonna miss them, but of course I wish them all well on what they do in the future now that their main focus is on what they’re going to be doing next……..

Just a quick re-cap on what the segment was about:

We open Monday Night Raw with Roman, Dean & Seth heading to the ring, with Roman doing most of the speaking throughout the segment, he talks about how for the past few months he’s realized that life is too short and that nothing’s guaranteed, saying that if Fastlane was the last night ever………..

He didn’t have any regrets because he got to do what he loved with the people he loved. He then talks being on the road to Wrestlemania and all 3 of them having business to handle, with him getting back into singles action after being away from the ring for 5 months…………

He talked Dean not knowing what he’s going to be doing next, but how he wishes him luck with whatever he decides and talks Seth having the real business with him going against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania next month, how he’s been chasing the dream for a long while now, but that he’ll go on and beat Lesnar at Mania and have the crowd chanting burn it down too when he does!!!

The Shield’s Farewell (March 11, 2019)
Source: WWE.com

That was a quick sum up of the whole segment with the Shield in the ring together one last time…….I thought the segment was done really nicely and I didn’t say this in my Fastlane PPV review, but i’m glad that in their last match together they were victorious over Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre.

At the same time though it would’ve been shocking had it been the other way around and we’d have seen Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley dominate the Shield last Sunday, that would’ve been a whole twist had that happen, and we would’ve had to sit and watch them boast about it every week and be all smug about too, but i’m glad we were able to get this outcome where they were able to say a proper farewell……

Once again thank you to Roman, Dean and Seth for bringing us great moments and matches in the WWE as the Shield, I wish you all the best of luck and well wishes on your next upcoming journey………..and just for old times sake I write you the famous opener line to the Shield’s theme song.

SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA, ECHO, LIMA. DELTA…….SHIELD!!!!

Highlight: Seth Rollins & Paul Hayman’s Segment:

A little after the Shield’s segment, there was another segment within it, but it was after Roman & Dean had left the ring, leaving only Seth there where he talks about Fastlane and their match against Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre, as he was in the middle of talking about it he was interrupted by non other than Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman…….

This segment was actually quite entertaining to me, we watch as Seth Rollins and & Paul Heyman have a bit of a back and forth on Brock Lesnar, with Heyman doing his job to big up Lesnar anytime he has a match, always sells it well too and then there’s Seth Freaking Rollins who felt the need to have a few rebuttals with Heyman about Lesnar…….

Asking him if the Lesnar, he’s talking about, is the same Brock Lesnar that dominated the Big Show, ran through Samoa Joe, took Braun Strowman to Suplex City and annihilated Bill Goldburg which left Heyman telling Seth he appreciated him doing his whole advocate thing for him……….

Then he asked him if that’s also the same Brock Lesnar who had a real tough time, going through Daniel Bryan, got pushed to his limits by the Phenomenal one AJ Styles and who was close to being beaten by Finn Balor, which made Heyman answer with a touchΓ©………leaving Seth to continue on by saying how Brock Lesnar seems to have a problem with guys like him, when it comes to his size, speed, agility, stature, quickness and style.

He then gives credit and shows appreciation to Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles & Finn Balor, but says that when it comes to beating the Beast that is Brock Lesnar, no one is uniquely suited for it then Seth Freaking Rollins…………he then let’s him know that he’s got 3 weeks to run his mouth, but when it’s time to go against Brock Lesnar, he’s taking the Universal Championship and bringing it back to Raw where it belongs every single week.

Heyman & Rollins continue to go back and forth, this was just a really good segment between the two, seeing Heyman lost for words after Seth calls him out on Brock not always getting an easy win over his opponents was the best, I really enjoyed this segment…………

Good Moment……..But Also A Little Underwhelming: Shelton Benjamin’s Return

Now in the same segment with Heyman and Seth talking about Brock Lesnar, we got a bit of a surprise guest on Raw in the likes of Shelton Benjamin (who is actually from Smackdown Live) where he ambushed Rollins from behind and landed a few German Suplexes to Seth during the promo segment………

I was surprised seeing Shelton Benjamin on Raw this past Monday, we hadn’t seen him for a good while, which i’m guessing was due to injury…………I know him and Gable were a team and they were a pretty decent team too, now Gable’s teaming with Bobby Roode which is fine, their a nice team as well……….I thought Shelton’s return was surprising, to be honest I actually thought it was Lio Rush at first attacking Seth, but then once I saw his face I thought “oh that’s Shelton”

However, even though I thought his return was good and unexpected, I felt it was also a little underwhelming at the same time……..and that’s only because you would think he’d get a bigger reaction from it, with him returning and all, but to me I didn’t feel like the reaction he got was the best reaction, it was still a good moment though, I just thought he could’ve gotten a little bit more of a better reaction from it.

We ended up getting a match between Rollins & Shelton, it was pretty alright the match. It was made over Raw’s first commercial break during the show, there was a small segment with Heyman where he talks about someone who actually knows Brock Lesnar introducing Shelton Benjamin to where Seth then challenged Shelton to a match and why we’re talking about it……….

There was a lot of good moments in this match we had Seth deliver a nice blockbuster move from the top rope to Benjamin, he then tried to hit his Blackout stomp finisher, but Shelton dodged it, he then tried to catch Seth with a german suplex, but he escaped.

Seth attempted to go for a dive outside the ring, but was caught by a knee to the face by Shelton who then goes for a pin, but Rollins kicks out, Seth then catches Benjamin with a slingblade and then later hits a move from off the top rope. Moving on to the closing parts of the match, Rollins hits two superkicks to Shelton, hits his finisher Blackout Stomp, pins him and wins the match………now I wouldn’t say this was the best match, however I did still enjoy it, they both gave each other a nice fight and there were some moments in the match that I actually enjoyed, it was pretty alright!!

Least Favorite: Bobby Lashley Becoming The New Intercontinental Champion……..

I’m not going to rant, i’m not gonna rant………however I will say, I don’t like that Bobby Lashley got the title back last Monday……….I didn’t realize how much feeling I had on Lashley being the new Intercontinental Champion until now………..I just don’t understand, why give Lashley the title back!? Why stop Finn’s reign!? when he just got it!!?…………

Let’s be honest here, I honestly didn’t think the match was that bad, I actually enjoyed the match between Lashley & Balor, there was some really nice moments during the match, but had Lio Rush not gotten involved and kept away from the time keepers area distracting Finn from the match, Lashley wouldn’t be champ………..

It’s makes no sense giving him back the title, I think Finn should’ve definitely kept the intercontinental championship for much longer than he did…………let’s move on though……….

Good Moment: Ronda Rousey’s Promo……….but The Highlight Dana Brooke…….

We all might have different opinions here and that’s completely fine, first let’s talk Ronda Rousey’s promo and segment discussing why she got Charlotte disqualified last Sunday at the Fastlane PPV………..so we learned that the reason Ronda DQ’d Charlotte, is because she wants to humiliate and embarrass both Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch at the grandest stage of them all WrestleMania…………

Saying that she will expose and embarrass them and the WWE for the carney (carne) con artist that they are and how she is going to walk through both Becky & Charlotte and still come out Raw Women’s Champion. That was a brief sum up of her promo, but I thought that it was well done, I quite enjoyed Ronda Rousey this way, she really does play that persona well I gotta say…………

After Ronda was finished with her promo, she got an unexpected surprise when Dana Brooke came out to say a few words, she told Ronda that everyone’s heard enough of her venom, letting her know that she has nothing left to lose at this point and how she won’t let Ronda disrespect the WWE, The WWE Universe nor the women’s locker room.

She tells Ronda that she may not be a big time fighter, but how she loves WWE and the business, how she’s worked her tail off to gain the respect of the women’s locker room and prove she belongs in the WWE and how she fights everyday for a chance, yet never gets the time of day, let alone a match………..

She continues on by saying that even though she isn’t on tv and she isn’t a household name like Ronda Rousey, all she wants is a chance, tells her it’s a night after a PPV and that normally Ronda sets out an open challenge, she then let’s Ronda know who she is and that she accepts the challenge……….

Dana Brooke With An Impressive Promo On Monday Night Raw Challenging Ronda Rousey To A Match, For The Raw Women’s Championship (March 11, 2019)
Source: WWE

Okay……….so Dana Brooke people, alright i’ll be honest here, at first I was going to say that Dana’s promo was good, however there was certain things about it that I thought was weird and I was going to say it could’ve been better………….BUT, and it’s a big but here (wow that sounded weird) ANYWAY!!!………I went back and watched it again, because I wanted to rewatch it and see if I still felt the same and boyyyyy let me tell you………

I didn’t……..I actually felt a whoooole different reaction to her promo……..I don’t think it could’ve gone any better than what she gave us this past Monday, Dana not that you’ll read this, but, I really felt that, I felt that so much, I had goosebumps and I even got all teary eyed, i’m not kidding that was my natural reaction, the second time I watched it, I thought her coming out unexpectedly and delivering that promo was super impressive, that was really good, at least I thought that was good……….

I feel like with that promo, she was told to go out there unexpectedly, because you can see even though she was determined, she was also pretty nervous on how that was going to go and I think that’s why she delivered that promo last Monday the way she did.

Again with my first reaction, I felt it could’ve been delivered different, but I also thought it was interesting and liked the fact that with it, I was still listening because she had me wanting to hear what she had to say, once she told Ronda we heard enough of your venom, that line alone, made me want to hear what she had to say…………..

I’m really glad I watched it again and that I didn’t go with my first reaction, normally I would, but with this, I felt I needed to watch and hear it one more time and i’m glad I did, because that was really good………..

Good job Dana, well done!!

P.S. Although her promo was great, Ronda attacked her afterward and slapped a referee while she was add it, when they tried to break up the fight, which she then got fined for the next day I believe………

Highlight: Alesiter Black & Ricochet

I don’t know if I already said this, but Ricochet & Aleister Black………they’re climbing up the roaster pretty quickly, even though they just arrived 3 weeks ago. (almost 4) When you look at these two, they seem like an unlikely pair, but watch them in the ring and you’ll see that they actually work pretty well together.

Both Aleister Black & Ricochet made their main roster debut on Feb 18, 2019 on both the red & blue brand known as Raw & Smackdown Live and since coming up to the main roster, they’ve been showing up the tag team division on both brands, well mainly the teams we don’t really see all that often………they’re the talk of the town at the moment or shall I say tag team division, being talked about more than the The Revival who are the Raw Tag Team Champions………..

Their also getting more of the opportunities then the rest of the tag team division and because of that, they now have a nice target on their backs with the other tag teams, but Ricochet & Black them now a team, are the ones to watch at the moment!!!

Different fighting styles these two have, as well as two different personalities, but they blend well together surprisingly!! They’ve been winning matches together for the few weeks they’ve been on the main roster, even though they didn’t get the tag titles at Fastlane last Sunday, they still technically haven’t lost as a team……….

These two are definitely on the radar and I know we’re going to continue to keep our eyes on them and I think we all know it’s not going to be long until they’re the new tag team champions.

Good Moment: Alexa Bliss Being This Years WrestleMania Host

You know when the host was being to be announced and they showed the video package for it, I thought it was going to be the Miz, because in the video they showed the Hollywood sign and I was like, “is Miz hosting WrestleMania!?” and then when they showed who it actually was, I wasn’t surprised………what can I say about this!?

I think that Bliss being the host, is actually a pretty good idea, I mean they brought moment of Bliss to life and it’s been going well for her so for them to chose Alexa Bliss to host Mania this year, I think it’s good, I actually think she deserves to host WrestleMania, i’m not a huge Alexa Bliss fan, but I don’t mind her, also her speech was quite entertaining.

She told us it was an honor for the WWE Universe and that finally WrestleMania will be hosted by the brightest star of them all herself, I look forward to seeing how her hosting goes next month it should be good!!!

Good Moment: Nia Jax & Tamina and Natalya & Beth Phoenix

Alright so last Monday, we got a match between Nia & Natalya, but before that match, Natalya did a pre match promo questioning who has her back in the WWE, telling Nia & Tamina that she doesn’t trust them or Ronday Rousey, but that she knows someone who does have her back and that person was none other than the Glamazon Beth Phoenix…………

We then had the match between Nia & Natalya, but it didn’t last that long due to it ending in a disqualification when Beth got involved and attacked Nia after Tamina got involved in the match, she then later went after Tamina and both her & Nia escaped the ring and walked backwards up the ramp heading backstage to where they ended up getting ambushed and attacked by Sasha Banks & Bayley to the point where the ref’s and WWE staff had to get involved and break up the fight.

Now I would have liked for the match between Nia Jax & Natalya to be a little longer than it was, but we all know that there’s going to be a match set up between Nia & Tamina Vs Natalya & Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania and I am looking forward to that, it’s gonna be an interesting one!!!

Good Moment: Triple H & Batista Face To Face:

This was the moment everyone was waiting for, Batista face to face with Triple H………..now this segment had it’s flawed pieces happening, mainly with Batista, but we’ll get to that soon……..Batista arrives to Monday Night Raw, Triple H heads to the ring and then the segment starts to begin…………now my first thought when we were waiting for Batista to come out was whether or not his theme would be the same or if they changed it………it was the same and it’s still a good tune, so that’s good.

Going back to what I said before, I felt if it wasn’t for Triple H keeping the segment from falling flat, it would’ve been a bit of a mess in my opinion………obviously with Batista being away from WWE for so long, it’s not really that much of a surprise that he’d be a little rusty on the mic.

He literally didn’t say anything for a good while, you saw he was going to, but he was also having trouble. It took Triple H to ask him if he was going to stand up on the stage looking like a nose ring model or if he was going to get in the ring and face him like a man, for him to then say something.

It was really funny, I couldn’t stop laughing, that was probably one of the best lines of the night if you ask me. Now i’m gonna sum up this whole segment for you guys okay, this was the whole segment here:

Batista: “Give me what I want”………..Triple H: “I’m not going to give you what you want”……….Batista: “Give me what I want”………Triple H: ‘I’m not giving you want you want”………Batista: If you don’t give me what I want, I will keep hurting everyone you love”………Triple H: “I’m not giving you what you want, so get in this ring and face me like a man so I can give you what you deserve which is a beatdown in this ring or we can do this on my terms and go where you are and i’ll just hurt you from the stage.”

Batista: “Nope not doing things on your terms, it’s going to be on my terms, so just give me what I want”…….Triple H: “You think just because you’re a Hollywood movie star, you have the right to demand things and get things handed to you, you quit remember!? you walked away” so for the last time, i’m not giving you, what you want”……….

Batista: “Yeah I left, but you know why I left!? It was to get as far away from you as possible, because you were holding me down, you kept looking and talking down to me and kept shutting me out, it’s been years, just give me what I want………..you know what it is I want, you just won’t give it to me, because you’re not in control, you know what it is and you know we all want it, so just do it………..give me a match at WrestleMania, I want a match against you at WrestleMania.”

Triple H: You want a match against me at Mania!? Fine you got it!!”

That was pretty much the whole segment summed up not kidding, that was everything that they said in the segment……….originally I started to just write it all out in a serious manner, but I thought it’d be better to just sum it up the way it was when I watched it.

Also if you didn’t notice in the photo Batista ended up bringing some security with him when he arrived to the arena, which Triple H asked if the security was for him, Batista tells him that it’s actually for his protection (himself) because he’s not stupid and that he’s learned and has also paid attention to the two dirtiest players in the game Triple H & Ric Flair………….

Quick recap: On Feb 25th’s episode of Raw, Batista returned and the reason for this face to face, is because Batista attacked Ric Flair on his return back to WWE, but it was on Ric Flair’s 70th birthday celebration and Triple H is really close with Ric Flair, then we had Triple H call out Batista on March 3rd’s episode of Raw because he didn’t show up after the attack on Ric Flair, which is why we had this segment……….

You would think based off their back and fourth, that what Batista wanted was going to be extremely important, but it just turned out that all he really wanted was a match against Triple H at WrestleMania, which Triple H accepted……….once he accepted Batista said that that’s all he ever wanted,

To end his career, wrestling career, on his terms as well as Triple H’s career……..Triple H not letting him get the last word, tells Batista that come WrestleMania, he better find whatever scrap is left of Batista’s persona the animal and he better hope there is some left, because at WrestleMania it maybe on his terms, but the match will be on Triple H’s telling him to bring everything he’s got, because at the grandest stage of them all, the match will be a no Hold’s Barred Match………..

Now I know this was a personal thing, but did we really need all that fuss just to be told we’re getting a match between Triple H & Batista at WrestleMania!?………….that was quite a segment, some flaws here and there, but overall I still enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing how this match turns out.

Highlight: Kurt Angle Announcement

So there was an in ring segment last Monday on Raw with Kurt Angle where he talked about his future in the WWE, he tells us the story of when he left his hometown Pittsburg to go to the Olympics where he won a gold medal with a broken freaking neck, which then lead him working for the WWE, where he traveled the world and competed for 20 years, but that no matter where he went Pittsburg was always his hometown.

He then told us that at WrestleMania, he will be competing in his farewell match, thanking everyone in the WWE, everyone he’s shared a locker room with and gave a special thanks to the WWE universe for making it fun for him and how he had the time of his life for the years he’s been in the WWE.

This was a bit of an emotional segment, at least for me, we’ve seen Kurt wrestle for so many years and to know that at WrestleMania he’ll be competing in his farewell match, is insane…………two different announcements in this Raw episode, we had the Shield disband and say farewell and then we learned that we’ll be getting another farewell from Kurt at WrestleMania next month……….

I wonder if he’ll still be apart of the WWE somehow or if he’s leaving all together, after WrestleMania!? On a good note, we didn’t have to wait for him to have that match at Mania, because he gave us one last match in his hometown before that match, his last match on Raw was against Apollo Crews who is actually a really big fan of Kurt Angle……..

Now the match between Apollo & Kurt, wasn’t that long of a match, however it was still enjoyable!! There were a few nice moment during this match, Angle hit 3 german suplexes to Apollo, Crews hit Kurt with a standing moonsault, he then tried to go for a frog splash move, but Kurt dodges it and lands his finisher the Angle slam winning the match.

Again not that long of a match, but it was still a pretty decent match for what it was. Not sure who his opponent is going to be at WrestleMania, but I look forward to watching the match as well as Angle compete in his last match before we finally say farewell to him in the ring.

Pre Match, Match & Segment: Originally we were meant to get Roman Vs Corbin, in Roman’s first match back since everything he’s been through, it was meant to be the main event I believe, but instead of that match taking place, we had McIntyre come in and ambush Roman and even though Roman did try to fight back, McIntyre continues to brutally attack him………

He hit his finisher twice to Roman, the second time he hit it though, had Roman hitting the ring post a little too hard, to where it was hard for him to focus on anything…………the WWE medical staff had to go and check on Roman and Seth Rollins even came out to make sure he was alright.

Roman was trying to seem like he was fine, but he wasn’t obviously, Seth even said to him that if he’s not cool, it’s fine to say he’s not cool and for him to take it easy………..Seth even helped him backstage because he was having a little trouble walking properly…………..

We then head backstage where Seth and Dean helped Roman get to the medical staff room to get checked out and makes sure he was doing alright, Dean so pissed off at Drew McIntyre, runs into Triple H after helping Roman to the medical staff room and demanded a match with McIntyre, telling him to make it a falls count anywhere match………

Least Favorite: Dean Ambrose Vs Drew McIntyre (Falls Count Anywhere Match

This match……….now although, I thought the match was alright, the reason this is my least favorite is because this match was most likely, hopefully not, but most likely Dean’s last match, now there was some pretty nice moments during the match, when it started Dean went straight after McIntyre, they ended up fighting up the ramp and in the crowd, there was a moment when Drew threw Dean against the walls within the crowd………

Then we had a moment where Dean low blowed McIntyre, Drew tried to throw Dean on the announce table, but Dean ended up throwing him on the table instead, McIntyre gets payback and catches Dean with a low blow he then stabbed Dean with a pencil that was on the announce table on the side of his face, which was a little brutal……….

Closing parts of the match, well the rest of the match had McIntyre in control, Dean did try to fight back, but McIntyre just had the upper hand over him, he brought Dean to the stairs next to the commentary table, where he then put his hand and head through the railing of the small stairs, hits his finisher……….and wins the match………

I really wanted Dean to win this, it would’ve been so nice for him to win this match, I felt he needed to win more than McIntyre did, especially if that was his last match in the WWE, it wasn’t even a bad match, I did enjoy it, I just would’ve preferred Dean get the win, it’s been too long since he’s properly had a good match and it’s been longer since he’s actually won one too, the way Dean’s career been in the WWE, it sucks because you know that it could’ve been a whole lot more better, had they used him properly……

I’m hoping that wasn’t his last match, last match (that was intentional) because if he’s going to leave, at least have him have some kind of proper feud before he officially goes, I think he seriously deserves that…………

Final Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty alright Raw after the Fastlane PPV, we’ve got some surprising announcements with Kurt Angle telling us about his farewell match at WrestleMania……..

We got to see The Shield’s farewell, Batista & Triple H face to face, that awesome back & forth with Heyman & Rollins and even an impressive promo with Dana Brooke, a lot happened some good moment, and some alright moments overall though, it was a pretty alright Raw I gotta say………..

What were your favorite moments from Monday Night Raw, Let me know in the comments below!!

All The Love ❀ ❀

~Lexa~